What's New In Comics: Halloween Edition

By Michael R. Murray,

Hello Hurricane Sandy!  Diamond Comics has alerted its customers that any orders need to be placed sooner rather than later so that they may be handled before the potential loss of power.  That while most accounts had their product delivered to UPS, even UPS is warning of service delays.  If you’re anywhere on the US East Coast, call ahead to make sure the books you want are there.  Everyone else… happy reading!  Here’s a partial list of what’s scheduled to ship this week…

The new catalog, Previews #290 November 2012, $4.50, offers a look at everything that’s scheduled to begin shipping in January 2013…

DC Comics is shipping out the Absolute Final Crisis, $99.99, and it’s advertised to be “The mind blowing event from 2008."  One, I can’t believe it’s already been that long, and two, I didn’t find it nearly as mind blowing as Identity Crisis, which I do realize was a different year.  All in all though, I do appreciate these oversize, slipcase editions that allow you to really admire the art.  Written by Grant Morrison with art by J. G. Jones and various others, it collects Final Crisis #1 – 7, Final Crisis: Submit #1, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1 and 2, the final Crisis sketchbook, plus the newly added Final Crisis # 1 Director’s Cut and Batman # 682 and 683.  What I really like about this collection is it’s including seven new story pages by Morrison and Doug Mahnke and while seven pages isn’t a whole lot, it’s a special something that you get for buying this super nice volume anyway.  It’s a part of the story that everyone else who bought the original comics, hardcover, and trade never experienced…

Joe Kubert Presents #1 (of 6), $4.99, features some of the last of the work produced by legendary creator Joe Kubert.  It’s an anthology series in which the first issue offers up two tales written and drawn by Kubert; A new Hawkman epic and a tale of dark times called “Spit”, Angel and the Ape by writer/artist Brian Buniak, plus writer/artist Sam Glanzman returns to comics with a new tale of the U.S.S. Stevens…

Superman: Earth One hardcover vol 2 by J. Michael Straczynski, Shane Davis and Sandra Hope, $22.99.  I’m really looking forward to this original graphic novel as the first one was just superb.  The highly anticipated sequel to Superman: Earth One continues the growth of young Clark Kent as he learns what it means to be Superman.  Along the way he’ll have to deal with the Parasite, a love interest that ‘s not Lois Lane and living without powers beyond those of a mere mortal…

IDW has a sell out in the way of 30 Days of Night #11, $3.99, by Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten.  Euro vampires, a secret weapon and a lost ally… I’m not a fan but sell out says some of you are looking for this…

Image also has a sell out in Bedlam #1, $3.50, by Nick Spencer and Riley Rossmo with various cover artists.  Fillmore Press had a previous life as a homicidal maniac and criminal overlord and then he got better and this is the story of what happens next.  The regular cover, the Phantom cover and the Third Eye cover are all sold out.  I had two copies of a different NYCC retailer cover that sold for a whole lot more than I would ever have guessed.  So even though, again, I have no interest in this series at all, it’s showing amazing demand…

Marvel Comics is also shipping a sold out AVX Consequences #4 (of 5), $3.99, by Kieron Gillen and Dale Eaglesham with a cover by Patrick Zircher…

I’m really looking forward to Uncanny X-Force hardcover book 1: Final Execution, $24.99.  It’s the beginning of the end of the Rick Remender run and it’s been absolutely stellar.  Mike McKone picks up the majority of the art chores with credit to various others and this collection of #25 – 29 features a cover by Jerome Opena…

And plenty more that’s not listed.  For a complete list visit your favorite shop or site.  If you’re at all interested to know my opinion of what I’ve read feel free to follow me on twitter at mycomicstore001 or like my Facebook page here.

 

Michael R. Murray is a full time Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service who right now is desperately hoping that Hurricane Sandy doesn’t take away his power!

 
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