Baseball season is now in full, ahem, swing, but there's no time-off for the comic book industry, so here we are at another midweek classic — Free Comic Book Day. For a gaggle of previews of this week's releases, including exclusive looks at IDW's Iron Siege #3 and Image's Who Is Jake Ellis? #3, head over here.Speaking of Image, the buzziest creator-owned comic of the week is surely Nate Simpson's Nonplayer #1, the first of a planned six-issue miniseries that's already going for well above cover price on eBay. Chris Arrant interviewed Simpson here, and David Pepose called the book "the best new release of 2011" over here. Marvel's giant event of 2011 starts today, with Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen's Fear Itself #1 unleashed upon the world. (Expect plenty more coverage of that series in the days and months ahead.) The publisher's also debuting co-writing team Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente's latest Hercules series, simply titled Herc #1. DC's got their penultimate (got to love that word) issue of their biweekly series Brightest Day, #23, out today, which — if you haven't heard already — features a rather surprising return revolving around the mystery of the White Lantern. And just in time for the movie, there's a new collected edition of Green Lantern: Secret Origin. Elsewhere, Charismagic #1 premieres from Aspen Comics, plus BOOM!'s newly rebranded "kaboom!" kids line releases the Peanuts: Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown! hardcover. Chew #18 keeps the momentum of that Image series, in development at Showtime as a series, going. Courtesy of the skillful Best Shots team, advance reviews of those last three titles — plus Fear Itself #1 and Nonplayer #1 — can be found by moseying over here, but you know how this works — we want to hear from you! So pick up some comics, read them carefully, then get on Twitter (Don't forget to follow us!), and let the world know your 140-character-or-less thoughts on this week's releases. Just add the hashtag: #RamaRev and it'll go into our stream right here! So share your thoughts, spread the word, and let's talk comics!
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