Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 7/18/12

<i>By <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>Comic-Con is over, but of course that doesn't mean that comic books should be far from your mind for very long. Or at all. <p>See, there's another New Comic Book Day this week, and it's, you guessed it, big. There's a major debut from Marvel, a new licensed crossover at IDW and a long-running DC series creeping towards a major milestone. Plus, of course, more. <p>To prepare for your post-San Diego comic book consumption and see our picks for the most noteworthy titles out July 18, click "start here" in the upper-left corner. <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>

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY: THE LIFE STORY OF BUCKY BARNES

With <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/film/sdcc-2012-marvel-studios-guardians-of-the-galaxy.html>this past Saturday's announcement</a> that 2014's <i>Captain America</i> movie sequel will be subtitled "Winter Soldier," Bucky Barnes is about to become a hot property in the world of entertainment well, in about a year-and-a-half from now, at least. <p>Get in on the seemingly inevitable Bucky feeding frenzy with this collected edition of <b>Captain America and Bucky #620-624</b>, from co-writers Ed Brubaker (writer of the "Winter Soldier" story) and Marc Andreyko, plus artist Chris Samnee; telling a World War II-set story featuring Captain America's sidekick-turned brainwashed Soviet assassin-turned superhero.

CARBON GREY VOL. 2 #1

After a run in 2011, <b>Carbon Grey</b> is back at Image Comics, with a new series starting this week. <p>Here's how the official solicitation puts it: "Months have passed since the events of volume one. By order of the Queen an expedition force sets out in search of the real stone of Gottfaust. Anna hunts down the conspirators behind an assassination attempt on Her Majesty. What has become of the sisters in exile, Eva and Giselle?"

X-FACTOR #240

<a href=http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album_view.php?gid=4380&page=33>Click here for a preview!</a> <p>There have been many pop cultural references to 1998 film <i>Run Lola Run</i>, but few have the verbal symmetry of <b>X-Factor #240</b> story "Run Layla Run." <p>It's a one-shot story that focuses on Layla "Knows Stuff" Miller, and, quite possibly, depicts three scenarios unfolding in different directions.

CONCRETE: THREE UNEASY PIECES

Paul Chadwick recently returned to <b>Concrete</b> in the pages of the relaunched anthology <b>Dark Horse Presents</b>, and that story gets collected in a single issue here, the "Three Uneasy Pieces" one-shot. <p>First appearing back in 1986, Dark Horse boasts that the story is both new reader-friendly and filled with appealing to existing fans, that delicate balance publishers so often are looking to achieve.

WONDER WOMAN #11

Nearly a year since <i>Justice League #1</i> was released, The New 52 continues to be an ongoing topic of discussion among fans, with this past weekend's revelation that in the new DC Universe, Tim Drake was never technically a "Robin" being the latest source of controversy. <p>One thing that most people seem to agree on is that the Brian Azzarello-written, Cliff Chiang-illustrated <b>Wonder Woman</b> is one of the standouts of the line, and the latest issue, #11, starts a new story arc for those curious to give it a try.

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #14

<a href=http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album.php?aid=46699>Click here for a preview!</a> <p>The aforementioned <b>Dark Horse Presents</b> is out with a new issue this week, and again features a staggering lineup of talent, including Carla Speed McNeil, John Layman, Sam Kieth and more. <p>In this week's issue #14, a new feature from <i>Powers</i> artist Michael Avon Oeming debuts, titled "The Wild Rover."

HELLBLAZER #293

<b>Hellblazer</b> has quietly made its way to nearly 300 issues (an astronomical figure in this age of frequent relaunches), and is now a rarity among the Vertigo line a series starring a character from the DC Universe. <p>If the first 292 issues have alluded you, this week starts a new story arc, "The Curse of the Constantines," from Peter Milligan, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Stefano Landini; for those looking to get on board before issue #300.

DANGER GIRL/G.I. JOE #1

After all of those <b>G.I. Joe</b> covers that J. Scott Campbell did a decade ago, a crossover with <b>Danger Girl</b> just kind of makes sense, right? <P>It is indeed happening with a four-issue miniseries written by Campbell's <b>Danger Girl</b> collaborator Andy Hartnell, and illustrated by John Royle and, yes, Campbell is on covers. (And if you don't think Scarlet and Baroness are on upcoming covers, you are naive.)

SUNSET

You may know Christos Gage from <i>Avengers Academy</i> and <i>X-Men Legacy</i>, but he's stepping outside of superheroes for a new Image hardcover graphic novel about a former mob enforcer titled <b>Sunset</b>. <p>The noir revenge tale is from Minotaur Press, a division of Image imprint Top Cow that was <a href=http://blog.newsarama.com/2010/09/07/top-cow-confirms-return-of-minotaur-press-imprint/>revived back in 2010</a>. Art is from Jorge Lucas, who worked on <i>The Darkness</i>, keeping things in the Top Cow family.

CAPTAIN MARVEL #1

<a href=http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album_view.php?gid=4382&page=6>Click here for a preview!</a> <p>Captain Marvel is back, but it's not Mar-Vell, Monica Rambeau, Genis or any of the prior to use the title it's Carol Danvers, the former Ms. Marvel, stepping into the mantle for the first time in her 44-year existence. <p>Series writer Kelly Sue DeConnick <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/wondercon-2012-captain-marvel.html>talked to us about the shift</a>: "She's not auxiliary to Captain Marvel anymore. He's gone. And she's got a long history of her own. It's time to stop being an adjunct and take the mantle." <p>The series is said to focus on Carol's background as a pilot (and control freak), and is illustrated by Dexter Soy, with covers (as seen) from Ed McGuinness.

Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 7/18/12

Date: 16 July 2012 Time: 09:07 PM ET