Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 3/28/12

<i>By <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>As another major comic book convention approaches Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, happening this weekend we implore you to focus on the here and now at this point in time, and the upcoming promise of another New Comic Book Day. <p>What's on tap for this week? Oh, only the start of a Marvel event series that's been hyped for nearly six months, plus new issues of franchises recently in the news due to their ties to the movie and TV world. <p>Ready to see our picks for the 10 most noteworthy new released on March 28? Click "start here" in the upper-left corner to begin the countdown. <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=http://www.facebook.com/Newsarama><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/newsarama><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p>

ARCHIE #631

Archie Comics has distinguished itself over the past couple of years for a series of increasingly bold moves, and a lot of that started with a 2010 storyline coupling Archie and Valerie, bassist for Josie and the Pussycats. <p>It was a noteworthy move not just for stepping away from the classic Archie/Betty/Veronica love triangle, but also because it was an interracial romance, something that had not really been explored in Archie Comics up to that point. <p>The two characters are reuniting in a new storyline starting this week, with writer/artist Dan Parent <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/kevin-keller-dan-parent-120209.html>telling Newsarama</a>, "Exploring her character really was interesting, and the chemistry with the two clicked. I think she's really the first serious threat to the Betty and Veronica love triangle."

RACHEL RISING: SHADOW OF DEATH

After wrapping <i>Strangers in Paradise</i> a few years back, comic creator Terry Moore has released two subsequent well-received creator-owned series: <i>Echo</i>, which ended in 2011, and the current <b>Rachel Rising</b>. <p>The latter series gets its first trade paperback collection this week, consisting of the first six issues. <p>"I can just run with this for quite a while," <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/terry-moore-rachel-rising-the-walking-dead-kathcoo.html>Moore told Newsarama of <b>Rachel Rising</b></a>. "As long as people are enjoying it, I'll keep doing it."

AVENGERS #24.1

<a href=http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album_view.php?gid=4138&page=7>Click here for a preview!</a> <p>Before <b>Avengers vs. X-Men</b> gets rolling and more on that very soon the main <b>Avengers</b> series gets its second Point One issue, written by long-time franchise overseer Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Brandon Peterson. <p>The issue stars The Vision, who was recently brought back to life by Tony Stark, but hasn't gotten much of a spotlight yet. Until now. As you might know, his death in "Avengers: Disassembled" was a result of his ex-wife Scarlet Witch's actions, and as you might imagine, he's looking to have a conversation with her that might be a tad uncomfortable.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #8

If you're one of the vocal fans unhappy about the news that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Michael Bay's upcoming film are slated to be aliens and didn't accept his subsequent "chill pill" suggestion relief may be found in the form of IDW's ongoing <b>Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle</b> series, hitting issue #8 this week. <p>Possible twist: The comic is co-written by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, who has expressed his excitement over Bay's plans, and has been reported as working on the film. But still, rest assured that the Turtles in this comic come from the sewer, and not outer space.

B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH: THE PICKENS COUNTY HORROR #1

The latest <b>B.P.R.D.</b> spinoff is <b>The Pickens County Horror</b>, a two-issue story co-written by <i>Hellboy</i> creator Mike Mignola and Dark Horse editor Scott Allie. <p>Illustrated by Jason Latour, it's said to be "most horrific <b>B.P.R.D.</b> in years," which includes a considerable amount of material.

THE NEW DEADWARDIANS #1

Dan Abnett writing without long-time collaborator Andy Lanning? That's not the only twist in this new Vertigo series. <p>The last of four new series debuting from DC's mature readers imprint this month, eight-issue series <b>The New Deadwardians</b> is a zombie story... in post-Victorian England. It also involves vampires.

CHOKER #6

It's not a dream, hoax, imaginary story or any of that jazz <b>Choker #6</b> is here. <p>For some perspective, the previous issue, #5, came out more than a year ago, and the series started in February 2010. This issue brings the Ben McCool/Ben Templesmith series to a close.

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #7 / I, VAMPIRE #7

Crossovers have been pretty few and far between in the first seven months of The New 52, but the worlds of <b>Justice League Dark</b> and <b>I, Vampire</b> collide this week. <p>Basically, Madame Xanadu sends out the JLD to deal with the mounting vampire problem established in <b>I, Vampire</b>, and things set off from there with industry veteran Peter Milligan and relative newcomer Joshua Hale Fialkov working together, it's an intriguing prospect all around.

THE WALKING DEAD #95

It's now been eight days since the season finale of <b>The Walking Dead</b> on AMC. Hungry for more? Well, how about the latest issue of <b>The Walking Dead</b> the comic book? <p>In this issue: The "A Larger World" story continues, as the series approaches issue #100. <p><a href=http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album.php?aid=45968>Click here for a preview</a>.

AVENGERS VS X-MEN #0

<a href=http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album_view.php?gid=4138&page=16>Click here for a preview!</a> <p>We all saw the <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/marvel-its-coming-phoenix-teaser-111017.html>"It's Coming" teasers</a> last year. Well, now it's here. Almost. <p>AvX gets going this week, with prologue issue <b>Avengers vs. X-Men #0</b>. Written by Jason Aaron and Brian Michael Bendis, it's illustrated by Frank Cho and stars Scarlet Witch (representing the Avengers) and Hope Summers (of the X-Men), two characters that look to be important not just to the overall AvX story, but everything that's led to this point.

Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 3/28/12

Date: 26 March 2012 Time: 08:43 PM ET