Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 5/23/12

<i>By <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>While the rest of the entertainment world is still trying to think up creative variations on the "<i>Avengers</i> sinks <i>Battleship</i>" headline, the comic book industry keeps chugging along, with another weekly installment of New Comic Book Day headed our way on May 23. <p>One book is already slated for major mainstream media coverage. Another is a relaunch of a dormant high-profile series. Yet another is a tie-in to a super-popular online TV series. <p>What could they all be? Well, you may already have some pretty accurate guesses, but click "start here" in the upper-left corner to find out, and see our picks for 10 of the most newsworthy and noteworthy books out this week. <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> <p>

DEADPOOL #55

Turns out, Deadpool didn't die at the end of the "Dead" storyline. Quite the opposite, actually he's human, and handsome, once again, with the noticeable side effect of losing his healing factor along with his disfigured skin. <p>The issue also features the supersmart gang of villains known as the Intelligencia, none of which are particularly attractive.

RESIDENT ALIEN #1

By his own choosing, Alan Moore isn't doing a lot of comic books these days. But this week you can read a new book from two people familiar with the seminal writer, Dark Horse's <b>Resident Alien</b>. <p>Writer Peter Hogan worked on Alan Moore creations <i>Tom Strong</i> and <i>Terra Obscura</i>, and Steve Parkhouse collaborated with the <i>Watchmen</i> creator on <i>The Bojeffries Saga</i>. <b>Resident Alien</b> tells the story of an alien (the outer space kind) living in a small town, whose easygoing existence is upended when he gets caught up in a murder mystery.

CLINT 2.0 #1

Relaunches tend to go well for Mark Millar <i>Ultimates Vol. 2</i> was a big hit, after all so he's doing something similar with his comic book magazine <b>Clint</b>, which gets a new #1 this week. <p>The new #1 features serializations of Millar series <i>The Secret Service</i> and <i>Supercrooks</i>, plus a new, non-Millar strip titled <i>Death Sentence</i>, about an STD that gives superpowers to the infected.

MIND MGMT #1

If you're not familiar with Matt Kindt, you may be soon he's taking over as the new writer of <i>Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.</i> in June, part of DC's New 52. <p>Before that, you can get on board with the creator via the new Dark Horse series <b>Mind MGMT</b>, an espionage series written and illustrated by Kindt.

GODZILLA #1

<b>Godzilla</b> has entertained audiences in a variety of different types of media for nearly 60 years because, well, it's Godzilla, dude you don't really have to explain it. <p>The latest step for the pop culture icon is a new ongoing series from IDW, written by Duane Swierczynski and illustrated by Simon Gane. Here's a bonus: Each issue contains a trading card, illustrated by Art Adams.

THE GUILD: FAWKES

These days, Wil Wheaton is so much more than Wesley Crusher, having cultivated a huge online following and becoming royalty among the geek community. <p>He's also Fawkes on online TV show <i>The Guild</i>, and the character is starring in his own comic book one-shot out this week. If that wasn't enough Wheaton for you, he's co-writing the issue along with <i>Guild</i> co-creator Felicia Day. Plus, it's illustrated by <i>Phonogram</i>'s Jamie McKelvie, who doesn't have any prior connection to Wheaton that we know of, but is still awesome.

YOUNGBLOOD #71

The Extreme Studios stable of Rob Liefeld-created titles have recevied thorough revamps in the past few months, and this week, the flagship gets the treatment: <b>Youngblood</b>. <p>From screenwriter John McLaughlin (not the political host), artist Jon Malin and Liefeld himself, the book brings back characters like Shaft and Badrock, some in dramatically different places than the last time readers saw them.

HERO COMICS 2012

The Hero Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to helping comic book creators in need, puts out a <b>Hero Comics</b> benefit one-shot each year. The 2012 edition features contributions from the likes of Kevin Eastman, Christian Gossett, Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood. <p>"There are a lot of people who contributed mightily to this industry who didn't expect to fall on hard times," <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/hero-comics-2012-hero-initiative.html>Ryall told Newsarama</a>. "Hero Initiative does a great job of paying tribute to old heroes."

BATMAN INCORPORATED #1

You can rest easy tonight: Grant Morrison is back on Batman. <p>The writer re-energized the franchise over the past few years in stories like "Batman R.I.P." and the <i>Batman and Robin</i> series, and after a bit of a hiatus, has returned to finish the long-brewing Leviathan storyline (we're talking pre-New 52) in a new volume of the globe-trotting <b>Batman Incorporated</b>, with artist Chris Burnham back along for the ride.

ASTONISHING X-MEN #50

It's not every day that a comic book is discussed on <i>The View</i>. But this one will be on Tuesday morning. <p>Marvel hasn't revealed exactly why yet, but every indication has shown that it will feature a major development in the relationship between openly gay superhero Northstar and his boyfriend, Kyle given that Marvel's promoting a wedding in June's <b>Astonishing X-Men #51</b>, it's not hard to connect the dots here. And given the amount gay marriage has been in the news lately, it's definitely a story, and one that will likely have people interested. <p>Some comic shops will be selling this one a day early, and it's a good bet that the mainstream media bump might very well drive up demand, so prepare accordingly.

Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 5/23/12

Date: 21 May 2012 Time: 08:58 PM ET