Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 8/1/12

<i>By <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p>August is here already! Well, almost. So while the summer might be nearing its end (calender-wise if not temperature-wise), take comfort in another New Comic Book Day. <p>Feel free to balance out your Olympic fever with new books from the likes of Howard Chaykin, Matt Fraction, Grant Morrison, Neal Adams and James Robinson, comprising a few of our picks for 10 new and noteworthy single issues and collected editions out on Aug. 1, 2012. Click "start here" in the upper-left corner to see this week's list. <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 KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #1

<a href=http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album_view.php?gid=4402&page=21>Click here for a preview!</a> <p>Hey, there are five Wednesdays in August. You know what that means: The timing is right for a five-issue, weekly-shipping miniseries. (It probably means other things too, but less relevant to the topic at hand.) <p>Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Dalibor Talajic have just such a project starting this week, <b>Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe</b>. It's a story set outside mainstream Marvel continuity, and you can probably guess the plot. <p>"People have this pre-conceived notion of what a Deadpool book is, and this is not that book," <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/cullen-bunn-venom-deadpool-kills-marvel.html>Bunn told Newsarama</a>. "When I set out to write the story, I set out to write a Deadpool that would be just as sinister and creepy as he is humorous. The things that have made Deadpool humorous in the past set this story in motion in a very dark way."

INFECTED #1

Adapting a prose novel into the comic book format is nothing new at this point, but IDW has thrived in the format with Darwyn Cooke's takes on Richard Stark's <i>Parker</i> novels. <p><b>Infected</b> is a very different project, but with a similar structural starting point: Prose fiction, this time by contemporary sci-fi and horror writer Scott Sigler. The author, along with artist Chad Minshew, are adapting the 2008 novel of the same title (the first in a trilogy) as a four-issue miniseries. <p>And also new this week from IDW...

LOVE AND CAPES: WHAT TO EXPECT #1

When you think "superhero comics" you probably don't think "pregnancy guide" or "Cameron Diaz" comedy, but <b>Love and Capes</b> doesn't play by the same set of rules as most books, whose title is a clear reference to <i>What to Expect When You're Expecting</i>. <p>For writer/artist Thom Zahler's latest volume of his superhero romantic comedy a six-issue miniseries starting this week he's depicting the Crusader and his wife taking on the incredible journey of expectant parenthood.

EARTH 2 #4

<b>Earth 2</b> made a big splash a couple of months back with the revelation that Alan Scott the original Green Lantern is gay in The New 52's Earth 2. <p>The series by James Robinson and Nicola Scott looks to keep the momentum going this week, with Green Lantern in action alongside the Flash and Hawkgirl, plus a new version of Atom Smasher.

BEASTS OF BURDEN: NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson return to <b>Beasts of Burden</b> for a one-shot that collects three earlier tales from anthology book <i>Dark Horse Presents</i>. <p>In the offering in this edition of the Eisner-winning series: Dogs, cats, a goblin, sheep.

HARVEST #1

Harvesting organs is one of the creepier concepts in existence, and writer AJ Lieberman and artist Colin Lorimer are capitalizing on that with their new five-issue series at Image Comics. <p>"Once recruited into an black market surgical team Dane is framed for murder and decides his only way out is to bring down the man who set him up by reclaiming organs already placed in some very powerful people," <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/harvest-organ-trafficking-image-comics-interview.html>Lieberman told Newsarama</a> about the series.

FIRST X-MEN #1

<a href=http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album_view.php?gid=4402&page=26>Click here for a preview!</a> <p>Neal Adams is returning to X-Men, and that's as good of a reason as any to pay attention. <p>The artist, who illustrated X-Men back in the late '60s and early '70s, is returning to the Marvel franchise to tell an even earlier story one set before the X-Men as we know it were founded. <p>Adams is teaming with <i>Avengers Academy</i> writer Christos Gage for the five-issue <b>First X-Men</b> series, which depicts a pre-Xavier's School team of mutants led by Wolverine.

ACTION COMICS #12

<a href=http://blog.newsarama.com/2012/07/24/grant-morrison-plans-upcoming-action-comics-batman-incorporated-exits/>Grant Morrison is leaving <b>Action Comics</b></a> soon. <p>Well, not that soon, he's stated that he's leaving after issue #16, which spans through the end of the year and into the first part of 2013. Still, that means that there's only a limited amount of time to read the monthly adventures of Superman as written by Morrison as they come out, and one such issue is out this week. <p>Also out this week: A hardcover edition collecting the first eight issues of The New 52 <b>Action Comics</b>, <b>Superman and the Men of Steel</b>.

HAWKEYE #1

<a href=http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album_view.php?gid=4403>Click here for a preview!</a> <p><b>Hawkeye</b> is back for another ongoing series, but what makes this one different from past efforts is that he's now a movie star, as the millions of people who saw the <I>Avengers</i> film are well aware. <p>The fact that the comic is by writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja, and looks to show what Clint Barton does when not saving the world with the Avengers, makes it even more of a high-profile debut. <p>"The idea of dropping this damaged idealist and reformed con turned inadvertent SOO PER HEE RO into the middle of a world of drug gangs, human slavery, shadow economies, homelessness, criminal bankruptcies, personal ruin, and all the other below-the-fold scams and scandals that screw up life every day for people like you and me was just too good not to want to write," <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/c2e2-2012-hawkeye-matt-fraction.html>Fraction told Newsarama</a>.

BLACK KISS II #1

After more than 20 years, writer/artist Howard Chaykin is returning to <b>Black Kiss</b>, his erotic vampire crime series that was a critical success back in the late '80s. <p>This time, <b>Black Kiss</b> is at Image Comics; a six-issue series that purports to "tell the story behind that legendary story." Like the original, it's also black-and-white, and like the original, it's definitely for mature readers only.

Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 8/1/12

Date: 30 July 2012 Time: 08:38 PM ET