GAMBIT, GODZILLA and More Headline a Busy Week of Debuts1 of 12By Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer
The world continues to be a fascinating place records are being broken at the Olympics; a rover has landed on Mars. But the steady consistency of New Comic Book Day has continued, and this Wednesday is no exception.
On Aug. 8, we're looking at a new solo series starring one of the most perennially popular X-Men, another familiar-yet-different Valiant series, and a revival of a concept from the late Frank Frazetta.
Click "start here" in the upper-left corner for 10 of the most noteworthy new releases out this week.
SUPERBOY #122 of 12Click here for a preview!
Tom DeFalco attracted a vocal group of loyal fans through his years on Spider-Girl, so there's certainly some symmetry to the fact that as of this week, he's the new writer of DC's Superboy.
DeFalco is taking over the series from previous writer Scott Lobdell, and his first issue, with art from Robson Rocha, features Kon-El taking on a new challenge: Dancing.
"We've not yet seen Superboy interact with 'normal' people," DeFalco told Newsarama. "This is going to be his first opportunity to interact with normal humans."
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #63 of 12Click here for a preview!
Yes, you've probably heard that there's a Guardians of the Galaxy live-action film coming from Marvel Studios in 2014. So it's not exactly a coincidence that they're appearing in this issue of Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley's Avengers Assemble, for the first time since a couple members were presumed dead as a result of The Thanos Imperative (something Bendis has said will be addressed).
"All of the characters have a very strong voice and a very interesting point of view of the universe, and they've all got a lot to answer for, and a lot to live up to, and that's my favorite kind of characters," Bendis said of the Guardians of the Galaxy in a Newsarama interview in May. "There's a very strong connection between the Avengers that I've chosen for the Avengers teams and these characters."
ANTI #14 of 12Gale Anne Hurd has produced films including The Terminator and Aliens, and currently works on an AMC series you may be familiar with called The Walking Dead.
Unsurprisingly, she's interested in the world of comic books, and has previously worked on Aspen series Dead Man's Run and The Scourge through her Valhalla production company.
This week, she's a part of Anti from 12 Gauge, a religious-themed book written by Peter Calloway and illustrated by Daniel Hillyard.
THUN'DA #15 of 12Legendary illustrator Frank Frazetta created Thun'da back in 1952, a World War II pilot who landed in a bizarre world and was captured by ape-men though he ended up thriving in his new surroundings.
Dynamite is reviving the concept this week with a new series from writer Robert Napton and artist Cliff Richards, and a cover from Jae Lee.
"He was like Jason Bourne before there was Jason Bourne, so we are picking up the baton on that aspect and taking it a step further," Napton said in a Dynamite press release.
BATMAN #126 of 12Click here for a preview!
Twelve issues into its run, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman has been one of the critical and commercial standouts of The New 52.
In issue #12, Snyder joined by guest artist Becky Cloonan looks to be presenting a transition of sorts between the "Court of Owls" story that has dominated the first year of the book, and the Joker-centric "Death of the Family" arc officially starting in October.
GODZILLA: THE HALF CENTURY WAR #17 of 12IDW debuts a new five-issue Godzilla series this week from writer/artist James Stokoe, creator of Image's Orc Stain.
It takes place in 1954 the year the original Godzilla film was released and, as the title implies, unfolds over a span of 50 years.
CREEP #08 of 12John Arcudi has worked on a variety of diverse titles in his career from The Mask and Major Bummer to extensive recent work on B.P.R.D..
His latest from Dark Horse is Creep, about a detective investigating teen suicides who suffers from acromegaly a real-life condition that affected André the Giant and others. (And, as seen here, issue #0 features a cover from Frank Miller.)
IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #19 of 12The latest series starring Mike Allred's The Atomics debuts this week, courtesy of writer Jamie S. Rich and artist Mike Norton, taking on the Madman characters.
"I think in terms of Mike Allred's shared universe, they are the two characters that really have the most pull, and had Madman stuck with his intended supporting role back in The Atomics at the turn of the century, It Girl would have owned that book," Rich told Newsarama of Madman and It Girl. "As folks might recall, she was the last of the Atomics team to emerge from the shadows, but she quickly became the most popular."
ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #110 of 12Click here for a preview!
The latest Valiant revival series is Arhcer & Armstrong from writer Fred Van Lente and artist Clayton Henry, and Van Lente is planning on both paying tribute to the original adventure series/buddy comedy while also doing something wholly new.
"My desire here is to sort of do South Park as an adventure series. I want this to be as irreverent and offensive as possible," Van Lente said. "The tagline for the book, as far as I'm concerned, is 'the comic that's offended by you.' The gag I've been using about Archer & Armstrong is, 'one's a little bit Fox News, one's a little bit MSNBC,' but they have to somehow team up and defeat this much larger enemy."
GAMBIT #111 of 12Click here for a preview!
Whether it be due to his prominent role in the '90s X-Men animated series or his overall Cajun charm, Gambit remains one of Marvel's most popular mutants.
Marvel is capitalizing on that popularity with a new solo ongoing series starting this week, from writer James Asmus and artist Clay Mann.
"This is Gambit as his own man, thieving his way through the larger Marvel Universe," Asmus said in an April interview. "I will be pulling in some other X-Men characters a little further down the line when the story demands it. His status quo in the X-Men books is still a part of who he is here but these adventures could almost be thought of as his reaction to his sudden position as teacher and role model. When being a school teacher gets a little suffocating for him he slips off to indulge in this addiction in order to feel like himself again."
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