The Big Two Are Starting to Come Back One


When ROM is the indiest thing on my list, it cannot be a very amazing week for comics, but I didn’t like the Batvark thing last month, don’t think the color of a signature will make me more interested in Redneck (default interest is high enough) and nothing catching my eye … Of course, I am probably wrong and you should tell me below! Have a great new comics day everyone!!!

Action Comics #988 Lenticular Variant

I will be the first to admit that I couldn’t care less about who Oz is, but this issue is drawn by Ryan Sook, which immediately puts it on my list.

Generations: Hawkeye / Hawkeye Francesco Mattina 2nd Print Variant

I wonder how the numbers will look for this after all is said and done. I would expect retailers to order more as people get more interested, but the natural tendency would be to order less or even stop ordering 2nd prints of books they cannot sell in the first place.

Meanwhile in the world of Metal …

So if you aren’t reading this and wonder what it’s about, it’s basically the DC Universe vs a JLA where the members are “what if Batman went crazy and got X’s powers” (where X is a member of the JLA) and they are all led by “what if Batman became the Joker”. So, if last week is anything to go by, the one-shots will be the origins of those Batmans, while other tie-ins will deal with other heroes fighting these characters. For the moment it’s kinda interesting, but I have my doubts any of the characters will stay around. Especially since the Watchmen thing is starting before this is over. Event pile-up, everybody!!!

Nick Fury #6 Dave Johnson Cover

I am personally going to miss this series, it was a run of fun done-in-ones (a bit like the Warren Ellis Secret Avengers arc) done brilliantly by James Robinson and Aco. It says goodbye with two Steranko cover swipes: Aco’s is a homage to Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #3 and Dave Johnson’s is half remake / half update of Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #4.

Batman / The Shadow #6 Jock Cover

Reasons to get this:

#1 Jock’s wonderful cover.

#2 Steve Orlando introduced a new villain called Stag back in Batman Annual #1. Outside of that short story, this character has only appeared here. Orlando seems to be a trusted writer over at DC, so this villain has a chance of sticking around for a while.

#3 There’s a Shadow / Batman series starting next month, also written by Steve Orlando and this has been pretty good.

Spider-Gwen #24

Gwenom possibly starts here alert! The preview shows the symbiote taking over Wolverine, so I am going to take a (not so) wild guess and say that the symbiote takes over Gwen by the end of this issue.

Rom #13 Tom Whalen Variant

More Tom Whalen for all of you who bought the others, I guess.

Marvel Legacy #1

I gave a serious thought to making an effort and take you through a guided tour of the covers for this, but it’s not worth it. You have ratio variants, store exclusives, 1 and 2 per store variants and then covers that appear out of the blue letting you know they’re staying over for dinner. Best I can do is throw some covers up here and let you guess what’s what …

These are some/all(?) of the official Marvel releases:

And these, some pretty cool store exclusives:

Venomized Variants

I would like to congratulate all of you for surviving another Venom variant themed month. Hopefully this will be the last one in a while. Nothing particularly offensive about this week’s Venomized releases (depending on your sense of humor regarding Rob Liefeld), but nothing particularly exciting either. Please Marvel, let the symbiote rest for a bit!

Swipe of the Week

Homages to covers that got imprinted forever in my brain as a kid gets you a mention here, clearly. It gets extra points for being a tribute to the colorist’s work (Lynn Varley) rather than a standard remake of the cover. Also, this book has enormous talent in it and hopefully is as good as you would think by looking at the creators involved (Joe Casey, Nathan Fox, Jim Rugg, …).

That’s it for this week. What would you buy? There can be only one!

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