Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 7/25/12

<i>By <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>The big three superhero movies of summer 2012 <i>The Avengers</i>, <i>Amazing Spider-Man</i> and <i>The Dark Knight Rises</i> are now all out, and surely a good number of you have seen (and passionately dissected) each one. <p>The comic book fun continues both in and outside of the superhero genre with this week's New Comic Book Day, the latest effort on behalf of the industry's publishers in the never-ending battle against boredom. <p>This week includes new material from <i>Animal Man</i>'s Jeff Lemire, an X-Men series launch, the latest in IDW's lauded hardcover Artist's Editions and more. Click "start here" in the upper-left corner for our picks of the 10 most noteworthy new releases out July 25, 2012. <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>

GREEN LANTERN #11

The main <b>Green Lantern</b> series slipped a bit in its release schedule this month, and is out this week, the same day as the Larfleeze-centric <b>New Guardians #11</b>. <p><b>Green Lantern #11</b> starts "The Revenge of Black Hand" story arc by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke, featuring more from the death-obsessed villain at the center of pre-New 52 event <I>Blackest Night</i>. Since the end of that story, he's been a prisoner of the Indigo Tribe, but he's busting out from their watch, and most likely up to something creepy.

BATULA

There are two sides of Steven Seagle the one who's written dark, mature readers fare like <i>Sandman Mystery Theatre</i>, and the one who co-created <i>Ben 10</i> and is heavily involved in the kid-friendly current <i>Ultimate Spider-Man</i> animated series. Those two sides meet, kind of, in his new all-ages vampire graphic novel, <b>Batula</b>, illustrated by Marco Cinello. <p>"As a co-creator of <i>Ben 10</i>, I get asked all the time at conventions by parents, you know, 'What of your books can my kids read?' And the answer is usually, 'Nothing, because they're kind of 13 and up,'" <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/steven-seagle-batula.html>Seagle told Newsarama</a>. "So I really wanted to start building a library of books I could give to kids."

CAPTAIN AMERICA #15

Ed Brubaker is ending his eight-year <b>Captain America</b> run in October, and one of his final stories starts this week "New World Orders," co-written by <i>The Sixth Gun</i>'s Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Scot Eaton. <p>"There's this new group of terrible villains called the Discordians who are showing up and are immensely powerful, and have basically declared war. It's Captain America standing against them and the puppet masters that are pulling their strings. All the while, the world is kind of turning against him," <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/cullen-bunn-captain-america-namor.html>Bunn told Newsarama</a> about the story. "They're feeding on fear, there's a shock journalist who is calling Captain America out he's basically saying Captain America is very last century, we don't need him anymore, he can't stand up against these kinds of threats; and we need someone, or something, that can."

DEBRIS #1

The <i>Green Wake</i> team of Kurtis J. Wiebe and artist Riley Rossmo is back at it with another new book at Image, a four-issue miniseries titled <b>Debris</b>. <p>It's set in a dystopian future where Earth is covered by literal debris, and a "warrior woman" named Maya makes a stand against the (presumably spooky) creatures that rise from it.

STAR WARS: DARTH MAULDEATH SENTENCE #1

Fans of <i>The Clone Wars</i> animated series take note: This new miniseries, by Star Wars comic vet Tom Taylor and former <i>Human Target</i> artist Bruno Redondo, is intended to pick up directly on threads from that show. <p>As the cover and title clearly suggest, the story features Darth Maul, so it's potentially worth a look for both those looking to read more about the Sith Lord, and nostalgic folks pining for the optimistic age that was spring 1999.

SERGIO ARAGONES' GROO THE WANDERER: ARTIST'S EDITION

Pretty much anyone who has been in the same general proximity as one of IDW's Artist's Editions has gushed about it, and the latest is out this week, shining an oversized hardcover spotlight on the <b>Groo the Wanderer</b> artwork of Sergio Aragones. <p>Like all Artist's Editions, the book is scanned from the illustrator's original art, in this instance a four-part <b>Groo</b> story.

EVERYBODY LOVES TANK GIRL #1

If your only memories of Tank Girl are of the Lori Petty film, you might want to consider <b>Everybody Loves Tank Girl</b> by <i>Grrl Scouts</i> cartoonist Jim Mahfood and character co-creator Alan C. Martin, which looks to capture the spirit of Martin and Jamie Hewlett's celebrated original work, and (for better or worse) doesn't appear to involve Ice-T in any way. (It should be obvious, but <b>Everybody Loves Tank Girl</b> is also likely devoid of any Ray Romano-related content.) <p>It's a three-issue miniseries, and while some shops got copies last week and it's currently available on Comixology, it's on Diamond's list for this week, so we're counting it here. (Though feel free to give your local shop a call to see if they have it.)

AXE COP: PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD #1

<b>Axe Cop</b> is one of the Internet's most popular webcomics, but this story is actually debuting in print, in a <i>Freaky Friday</i>-esque reversal of recent comic book publishing trends. <p>The story, befitting an election year, sees Axe Cop appointed "president of the whole world." Those looking for cutting political satire might be disappointed, but those looking for Axe Cop fighting bad guys in outer space will likely be thoroughly satisfied.

X-TREME X-MEN #1

<b>X-Treme X-Men</b> is back, and other than being a new ongoing series starring Marvel mutants, it's not a continuation of the Chris Claremont/Salvador Larroca series of the same name from last decade. <p>What it is, though, is a new team introduced by writer Greg Pak and artist Stephen Segovia; a kinda sorta <i>Exiles</i>-ish squad featuring mainly alternate versions of famous mutants (including Captain Howlett, Emmeline Frost and Kid Nightcrawler), plus Dazzler from Marvel's classic universe. <p><a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/wondercon-2012-x-treme-x-men-greg-pak.html>Pak on Dazzler</a>: "She's so much fun to write she's funny and real and wry; she's a survivor who's seen it all and lived to tell the tale; and she will save your life with rock and roll."

NATIONAL COMICS: ETERNITY #1

With <i>Animal Man</i>, <I>Sweet Tooth</i> and more, Jeff Lemire has built up the kind of reputation at this point that if he's writing a comic, you might want to pay attention. <p>And here is one such comic: A New 52 reintroduction of Kid Eternity, described as follows: "introverted medical examiner Kid Eternity solve a deadly crime in just 24 hours?" <p>Existing characters will get new spins courtesy of different creative teams in each issue of the series, continuing in August with Ian Edginton and Mike S. Miller taking on <i>Looker</i>.

Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 7/25/12

Date: 23 July 2012 Time: 09:09 PM ET