Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 6/13/12

<i>By <a href=>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>OK, you're saving money for that new MacBook Pro with retina display doesn't mean you can't treat yourself a little this New Comic Book Day. <p>It's another big week, with a nice chunk of worthwhile single issues and collected editions out this Wednesday. After a dozen years, Marvel is finally allowing their classic universe interact with the Ultimate Universe. <b>Before Watchmen</b> heads to its second week. And there are a ton of Brian Wood comics. <p>We've looked through Diamond's big ol' weekly list, and here are our picks for 10 of the most noteworthy new releases out on June 13. Click "start here" in the upper-left corner to see the best of what's new this week. <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>


The Mark Waid-written <i>Irredeemable</i> ended its run last month with issue #37, and this week companion title <b>Incorruptible</b> wraps with what BOOM! Studios is calling an "explosive conclusion" (no pun intended, as far as we can tell.) <p>It's not the last work from Waid at BOOM!, though, as the writer is also penning a <i>Steed & Mrs. Peel</i> ongoing series from the British <i>Avengers</i> TV show, unrelated to the Marvel superteam for the publisher starting in August.


It's been 20 years since the debut of <i>Batman: The Animated Series</i>, and the DC Animated Universe continues to be revered and influential. DC Comics is revisiting its heyday with one-shots including this <b>Superman Adventures</b> collection, featuring issues #16, 19, 22 and 23. <p>The stories feature classic Superman villains like Mr. Mxyzptlk and are from Mark Millar's run on the series. Being an all-ages take on comic books' first superhero, it's clearly a lot different than his current output of creator-owned mature readers series though these are some of the comics that helped get him attention in the first place.


Multiple publishers have been experimenting with digital-first publication like DC's new <i>Smallville</i> series but Image's <b>Planetoid</b> has a little bit of a different path in getting on racks. <p>The book, written and drawn by Ken Garing, was originally released exclusively by Graphicly, before increased attention led to be a pick-up by Image, where it's coming out in print miniseries form starting this week. Sort of a similar path as <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> in terms of going from digital to print, and presumably completely different in every other way.


Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon's <b>PunisherMAX</b> ended back in February, but there are still mature readers-only Frank Castle stories to tell and one is contained in the first issue of this <b>Untold Tales</b> miniseries. <p>#1 is written by crime novelist Jason Starr, who has past comic book experience via credits including the <i>Justice Inc.</i> co-feature that ran with DC's 2010 <i>Doc Savage</i> series. (Hey, remember "First Wave"?)


Though Jeff Lemire is no longer the writer of <b>Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.</b>, the creator replacing him Matt Kindt is both a close associate of Lemire (they've collaborated on <i>Sweet Tooth</I> and more) and a celebrated writer and artist in his own right (his new Dark Horse series, <i>Mind MGMT</i>, debuted last month to critical acclaim). <p>Fittingly, it looks like the series will keep the unconventional vibe that kind of comes with the territory of a book starring Frankenstein as a government agent. From DC's solicitation of #10: "FRANKENSTEIN and THE CREATURE COMMANDOS must investigate suspected double-agents in SHADE field offices. Their first stop is the UNTROPOLIS an exact copy of Metropolis that floats upside down in the 4TH CLOUD above Superman's home town."


Though it's been 37 years since "Rock and Roll All Nite," KISS recently proved that they're still a powerful commodity in pop culture with "Archie Meets KISS," a popular crossover no one reasonably saw coming. <p>Their latest comic book endeavor is a <b>KISS</b> ongoing series from IDW, written by Chris Ryall (IDW's publisher and editor-in-chief) and illustrated by Jamal Igle, of the pre-New 52 <i>Supergirl</i>. Removed from typical KISS surroundings, the series takes place in 1920s Chicago, which probably explains why the cover to the first issue is Gene Simmons in a fedora.


<a href=>Click here for a preview!</a> <p>Thanos. Thanos, Thanos, Thanos. <p>Thanos is a big deal these days, thanks to his (spoiler alert, but come on now) mid-credits appearance in the third highest-grossing movie of all time, <i>Avengers</i>. <p>As timing works out, Thanos has also recently returned to Marvel comic books in Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley's <b>Avengers Assemble</b> with a brief appearance at the end of last month's issue #3, and much more unfolding this week in #4 (including him featured on that nifty banner on top of the comic).


<b>Before Watchmen</b>'s weekly roll-out continues, and after the highly controversial initiative debuted last week with the <a href=>well-reviewed <i>Minutemen #1</i></a>, the next book out is <b>Silk Spectre</b>. <p>Like <i>Minutemen</i>, <b>Silk Spectre</b> has Darwyn Cooke on board the creative team. In this series, he's co-writing with the similarly beloved Amanda Conner. <p>"If you read <i>Watchmen</i> closely you'll notice there are certain things there that are completely different from the 1985 we know," <a href=>Conner told Newsarama</a>. "It's fun for me, but at the same time challenging. I have to pick and chose what actual facts to put in there, and what things I want to put in that aren't really real but seem real."


It's a big week for Brian Wood. <p>That sentence would have a certain alliterative appeal no matter what, but it happens to be definitely true. First up is his latest creator-owned debut, <b>The Massive</b> a "post-crash" series illustrated by Kristian Donaldson and published by Dark Horse. (<a href=>Much more on that here</a>.) <p>Then over at Marvel, he's starting his run on the X-Men in two different worlds classic Marvel and the Ultimate Universe; as of <b>X-Men #30</b> (<a href=>preview here</a>) and <b>Ultimate Comics X-Men #13</b> (<a href=>preview here</a>), making him the first writer to work on X-Men in both universes simultaneously since Chuck Austen briefly did last decade.


<a href=>Click here for a preview!</a> <p>The Ultimate Universe and Marvel Universe haven't crossed over, ever. Except for now. <p>After 12 years, Marvel's two main fictional worlds are colliding in a big way with <b>Spider-Men</b>, from Brian Michael Bendis who's written every issue of every incarnation of <i>Ultimate Spider-Man</i> and artist Sara Pichelli, the original artist of Miles Morales, the current Ultimate Spider-Man. <p>Breaking down these walls is not something Marvel is taking lightly, with editor-in-chief Axel Alonso <a href=>going on record</a> that the story will have "ramifications." Details have mostly been kept quiet, but it's known that the villain of the story is Mysterio, and that the Ultimate versions of Aunt May, Gwen Stacy and Nick Fury are all involved. Of course, the Peter Parker they know has been dead for a while, so meeting the original Peter Parker should be interesting for them. <p>"I'm so excited for it to hit the stands. It's so beautiful. It meant the world to me," <a href=>Bendis told Newsarama</a>. "I love this character, and to find a Spider-Man story that hasn't been told before, but features a lot of elements of Spider-Man's life, is a real gift, and I'm so happy it all came together like this."

Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 6/13/12

Date: 11 June 2012 Time: 08:40 PM ET