Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 5/9/12

<i>By <a href=>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>So, seen any good movies lately? <p>Apparently, a lot of you have to the effect of around a <a href=>$650 million worldwide total</a> for <b>The Avengers</b> (including a $207 million domestic opening weekend). <p>So what better time to look closely at what inspired the box office mega-megahit (that much money merits at least two "megas," right?). After all, new comic books come out every Wednesday New Comic Book Day and each week, we take a look at the best and most newsworthy new releases in the form of Wednesday Watch. <p>To see our picks for 10 new and noteworthy single issues and trade paperbacks, click "start here" in the upper-left corner. <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p> <p>


It's been 10 years since the first printing of <b>The Pro</b>, an unconventional modern classic by Garth Ennis and Amanda Conner about a prostitute who gains superpowers and briefly lives the life of a superhero, alongside a deliberately thinly veiled analogue of the Justice League. <p>Despite being only a one-shot tale separate from any shared continuity, the legacy of <b>The Pro</b> (and its gleefully vulgar sense of humor) has remained strong in the past decade recently in <i>Entertainment Weekly</i>, Nick Fury actor Samuel L. Jackson suggested he'd like to see a movie adaptation. A paperback edition of an earlier deluxe hardcover release is out this week.


From <i>X-Men</i> to <i>Superman</i> to <i>Fantastic Four</i> to much more, John Byrne is one of the most storied writers and artists in the superhero genre. <p>He hasn't worked for Marvel or DC much in recent years, but he's returning to superheroes at IDW, with a new book called <b>Trio</b>, about, well, three superheroes. (He's been successful with number-based superhero booked before, right?) The trio is known as "Rock, Paper and Scissors" and the first issue is inked by the legendary Joe Sinnott, who worked with Byrne on <i>Fantastic Four</i>.


"One More Day" might have caused the Marvel Universe at large to forget Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson were ever married, but they clearly still have a close bond, as seen in recent issues of <i>Amazing Spider-Man</i>. <p>The extent of that bond was explored in the 1989 Marvel Graphic Novel <b>Parallel Lives</b> by Gerry Conway and Alex Saviuk, which revealed that Peter and MJ were linked even before she made her first appearance in <i>Amazing Spider-Man #42</i>. It's getting a re-release this week, at 64 pages for $4.99.


No text has as much historical importance as The Bible, so really, how could we not include it in this week's list? Superman has been around for a long time and all, but he's still not quite as enduring as say, Adam and Eve. <p>Specifically, this is a hardcover reprint from DC of a 1975 graphic adaptation of The Bible by Sheldon Mayer, Joe Kubert and Nestor Redondo. It doesn't adapt the entire Bible that would take way longer than its 64 pages but rather select stories from Genesis, like Noah's Ark and Cain & Abel.


Vertigo grouped together an impressive list of creators, had them do short science-fiction stories, and put it in an 80-page anthology for $7.99. <p>Your interest level may very well be raised by hearing who's involved: Paul Pope, Mike Allred, Andy Diggle, Kyle Baker, Ann Nocenti, Ming Doyle and many more. If that doesn't convince you, maybe this will: The solicitations promise a "a zero-gravity menage &#224; trois."


<a href=>Click here for a preview!</a> <p>Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming have been teaming on creator-owned series <i>Powers</i> for a dozen years now, and though it's gotten plenty of acclaim and attention and is currently in development at FX as a TV series one thing it isn't is family friendly. <p>The duo shifted gears by putting out a book that definitely is kid-safe last year, the original graphic novel <b>Takio</b>. It takes place in what's pretty much the real world other than the fact that a pair of young sister, Takio and Olivia, have just gotten superpowers, and are trying to do the superhero thing. A new ongoing series depicting their adventures starts this week.


<i>30 Days of Night</i> co-creator Steve Niles and legendary illustrator Bernie Wrightson represent two of the biggest names in horror comics, and have collaborated in the past on projects like <i>City of Others</i> and <i>Dead, She Said</i>. <p>The pair is back with IDW's <i>Frankenstein Alive, Alive!</i>, a sequel to Wrightson's celebrated 1983 adaptation of Mary Shelley's <i>Frankenstein</i>.


The "Night of the Owls" train keeps running at DC, and this week it hits the book where it all stemmed: Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's <b>Batman</b>. <p>This issue also includes a back-up filling in the history of Alfred's family, which is surely much more lurid than you might initially expect. Also tying in to "Night of the Owls" this week: <i>Batgirl #9</i> (a href=>preview here</a>) and <i>Batman and Robin #9</i>.


<i>Guarding the Globe</i>'s Benito Cereno has been writing <b>The Tick</b> since 2009, but there hasn't been a new issue in a while: Until this week, that's is, when <b>The Tick #100</b>, guest-starring Robert Kirkman's Image Comics character Invincible, is unleashed on the world. <p>"The great thing about Invincible showing up in <b>The Tick</b> is that Invincible is a character whose adventures started off relatively light-hearted, but his life took a dark turn," <a href=>Cereno told Newsarama</a> about the team-up. "So he's able to look at the Tick and Arthur and kind of shake his head and say, 'I wish all I had to deal with is guys trying to write their name on the moon.'"


<a href=>Click here for a preview!</a> <p>OK. So, you've seen <b>The Avengers</b>. You want to keep that superhero team-up buzz going a little bit longer. Well, there are worse places to turn to than <b>Avengers Assemble #3</b>, the latest installment of the in-continuity series specifically positioned to appeal to one of the many, many people who saw the movie this past weekend but aren't necessarily experts on Marvel history. <p>Not only does it have the same main cast as the movie Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye just earlier today, series writer Brian Michael Bendis hinted that the connections may run a bit deeper, <a href=!/BRIANMBENDIS/statuses/199598568594604032/>tweeting</a> that this week's issue contained "the best timed surprise in the history of modern comics." Feel free to speculate what that might be <a href=>we did</a>! (Warning: Major <b>Avengers</b> movie spoilers in that last link.)

Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 5/9/12

Date: 07 May 2012 Time: 08:29 PM ET