Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 4/11/121 of 12By Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer
It's officially spring, and as seems appropriate for a season associated with rebirth and renewal, a lot of stuff is happening. Baseball season is underway. Summer blockbusters are rapidly approaching. Chicago's C2E2, one of the biggest comic book conventions of the year, is just a few days away.
But New Comic Book Day knows no season, happening 52 (or 53, as the stars align) Wednesdays a year. As things happen, though, this April 11 is actually packed with new series launches, from Image Comics, Dark Horse, DC, Dynamite and Marvel's Icon imprint.
So in the spirit of embracing new, we've picked a new series-heavy list of 10 comics and collections to check out this week. Click "start here" in the upper-left corner to get all the pertinent info on the most noteworthy of this week's new releases (but hey, don't forget this week's big #2s, like Saga and Saucer Country).
BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED #12 of 12Over the past few months, DC has made a habit of releasing a few series on their digital apps first, then presenting them in print a few months later first, Batman Beyond Unlimited, and soon, Smallville Season 11.
Another such series is Batman: Arkham Unhinged, a video game spinoff of the phenomenally popular Batman: Arkham City video game. If you haven't read it yet, this is your chance to find out more about the game's Catwoman/Two-Face relationship. If you have, here's your opportunity to read it again in a printed form. (Comic books on paper it just might catch on.)
BIONIC WOMAN #13 of 12Dynamite has been publishing Bionic Man comics for a while now, based on Kevin Smith's unproduced treatment for a feature film adaptation of The Six Million Dollar Man.
So what's next? Bionic Woman, of course, written by Paul Tobin recently of Marvel's Spider-Girl and illustrated by Leno Carvalho. It's a spinoff of the Bionic Man comic, as opposed to the 1970s TV show (or the mostly forgotten 2007 revival).
UNTOLD TALES OF SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS4 of 12Much of Spider-Man's '90s adventures were of the "love it or hate it" variety y'know, Clone Saga and all that but one series that was pretty much universally embraced by anyone that encountered it was Untold Tales of Spider-Man by Kurt Busiek and Pat Oliffe, a series that presented early Spidey adventures that fit neatly in between Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's stories.
With a new Spider-Man film out this July, once again adapting his early days, Marvel is giving Untold Tales of Spider-Man the omnibus treatment, collecting all 25 issues of the series and more including an incredibly fun annual illustrated by Mike Allred and guest-starring the Fantastic Four.
ALABASTER: WOLVES #15 of 12Novelist Caitlín R. Kiernan who wrote Sandman spinoff The Dreaming for Vertigo is returning to comics this week with the first issue of the five-part miniseries Alabaster: Wolves, starring her character Dancy Flammarion.
The series is illustrated by Steve Lieber, a comics veteran who collaborated with Greg Rucka on Whiteout.
INFESTATION 2 #26 of 12IDW's second Infestation event once against brought together disparate properties this time around including Dungeons & Dragons, 30 Days of Night and Danger Girl.
Things reach a climax in this week's Infestation 2 #2, from writer Duane Swierczynski and artist David Messina which means it's time to start daydreaming about who might get involved in an Infestation 3.
THE MIGHTY THOR #12.17 of 12Marvel's latest Point One entry is The Mighty Thor #12.1, featuring series writer Matt Fraction presenting a new reader-friendly adventure of the Thunder God, mere weeks before the character's turn in the live-action Avengers feature film.
"It's sort of like a clip show, almost, but there's also a meta-adventure happening, leading us towards a big finale," Fraction told Newsarama of the issue. "It's a lot of fun. Just a great, 'everything I love about Thor condensed to 20 pages,' kind of story."
SECRET #18 of 12Jonathan Hickman's work-for-hire future may be in flux he's stepping away from Ultimate Comics Ultimates, Fantastic Four and FF in the near future, and readers don't yet know his next project at Marvel but his creator-owned slate looks to be pretty full, having recently debuted The Manhattan Projects.
This week he's adding another new Image series, Secret. Here's what Hickman told Newsarama about the two books last month:
"Manhattan Projects is a grand epic in every sense of the word, and Secret is this complex, character/plot puzzle that to be satisfying needs a more room to breathe," Hickman said. "Structurally, they are both really different, but just happen to have the same 'real estate' needs."
GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES #1 / AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES #19 of 12If you're lamenting the lack of kid-appropriate series from Marvel and DC, this week brings good news: The launch of two all-ages books based on the publishers' popular animated series.
DC is debuting Green Lantern: The Animated Series #1, spinning out of the recently launched series that's part of the "DC Nation" block. Over at Marvel, they've got Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #1, an ongoing series set in the world of the cartoon that's now in its second season. Later this month, Marvel launches a book based on the other "Marvel Universe" show, the animated Ultimate Spider-Man.
SECRET SERVICE #110 of 12Mark Millar's busy spring continues, with another creator-owned "Millarworld" series hitting just one month after the premiere of Supercrooks.
Secret Service sees Millar paired with Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons, a collaboration Millar has described as the fulfillment of a long-held aspiration. The book looks to deal with some pretty heavy material "Secret Service is the ramifications of [how] America is struggling on the world stage," Millar said in the first issue's solicitation.
AMERICA'S GOT POWERS #111 of 12British talk show host Jonathan Ross is one of the biggest celebrities in the UK, and he also happens to be a major comic book fan. He took that fandom to the next level a couple years back with Turf, and is returning to the medium with a six-issue miniseries called America's Got Powers, set in the world of, you guessed it, reality television.
Joining Ross on the series is Ultimates artist Bryan Hitch. While it's not yet clear when his "Age of Ultron" issues for Marvel will be released, here's a sooner chance to check out his work once again.
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