Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 1/18/121 of 12By Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer
It's awards season. It's election season. But if there's one thing worth looking forward to all year long, it's New Comic Book Day.
Another big week in the world of comics brings plenty of new series, plus '90s concepts returning, old favorites continuing and a high-profile writer's creator-owned series wrapping up.
For those seeking knowledge of this week's notable new releases, click "start here" in the upper-left corner to proceed.
DANGER GIRL: REVOLVER #12 of 12There has been a good deal of early '90s nostalgia in the comics industry lately see the return of Extreme Studios and the proliferation of creators like Howard Mackie and Scott Lobdell in The New 52 but what of the late '90s?
Danger Girl started in 1998 as part of Wildstorm's "Cliffhanger" imprint, with J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell presenting their take on female spies. The latest miniseries, the four-part Danger Girl: Revolver, starts this week, with Chris Madden of Jack Avarice is the Courier on art. Keep an eye on Madden former Danger Girl artist Nick Bradshaw is now on Wolverine and the X-Men at Marvel.
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS #33 of 12The latest incarnation of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents has a history of working legendary artists into its rotation, with Howard Chaykin, George Perez and Mike Grell all stopping by in the past.
This week's issue #3 features guest art from Walter Simonson, who was just announced last week as illustrating a six-issue arc on Marvel's Avengers.
Said T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents writer Nick Spencer to Newsarama: "The guest artists that are coming up wow. These are top 10 of all time guys. These are guys that I have been a fan of my entire life."
STEED AND MRS. PEEL #14 of 12Grant Morrison writing The Avengers? Well, sort of.
Steed and Mrs. Peel is a Morrison-written, Ian Gibson-illustrated adaptation of the '60s TV series The Avengers, first published in the early '90s. BOOM! Studios is now reprinting the series, with the first installment out this week.
LORD OF THE JUNGLE #15 of 12Dynamite has had luck with the John Carter franchise on series like Warlord of Mars, and now they're trying their hand at another Edgar Rice Burroughs property: Tarzan.
Lord of the Jungle debuts with the introductory price of $1. Here's what writer Arvid Nelson told Newsarama about how his story would differ from past adaptations:
"I was surprised at how far all the adaptations I've seen stray from the original. Really, the only similarity is the basic concept of a man raised by apes in the jungle. Which is a shame, because the original story is so much fun."
HALO: FALL OF REACH - INVASION #16 of 12Just a few years ago, Brian Reed was a regular presence in Marvel's publishing line, on series including Ms. Marvel, Dark Reign: Sinister Spider-Man and multiple collaborations with Brian Michael Bendis.
He's now working in the video game industry, but his two worlds collide once again this week in the form of Halo: Fall of Reach - Invasion #1, a series he's writing that's billed as "the final chapter of the Halo: Fall of Reach comic series." Felix Ruiz is on art.
PROPHET #217 of 12Extreme Studios is back. But a lot different. (Read our interviews here and here.)
It starts this week with Prophet #21, picking up on the previous series' old numbering, but set far in the future.
"It's... sort of, but the guy at the beginning isn't the same guy," writer Brandon Graham said of how his series relates to the original Prophet.
DEAD MANS RUN #18 of 12Greg Pak has been pretty much exclusively associated with Marvel during his career, from Incredible Hercules to Incredible Hulk to the recent Alpha Flight run.
His latest project is Dead Man's Run from Aspen Comics, in association with Gale Ann Hurd's production company Valhalla. The series, illustrated by Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? artist Tony Parker, has one of those clearly defined high concepts: jailbreak from Hell. (Literally.)
SUPERIOR #79 of 12Mark Millar's creator-owned output is increasing in a big way in 2012 last week, he announced Jupiter's Children with Frank Quitely at CBR, among other "Millarworld" projects.
Before all that starts, Superior at Marvel's Icon line is coming to an end with issue #7. The book, illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu, will contain a preview of Millar and Yu's next project: Supercrooks.
BATMAN #510 of 12Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman has been one of the most acclaimed entries in DC's "New 52" lineup, and last week brought news that the series is expanding to 40 pages with a new back-up feature focused on the "Court of Owls."
Also noteworthy: As of this month, Batman, like Justice League before it, will be available as a "combo pack" for a dollar more, bagged with a code for a digital copy of the comic.
DAREDEVIL #811 of 12Surely, you've heard by now about how good Daredevil has been, with its refreshing take on the lead character, lighthearted yet engaging tone and work from some of the best artists in comcis. Haven't tried it yet? Why not give it a shot with this issue, sporting guest art from Kano.
It's the second and final part of the "Devil and the Details" crossover with Amazing Spider-Man, though, so first make sure you've read last week's ASM #677 (also written by Mark Waid).
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