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And here we go with another week. Time is just flying by as I don’t feel like I’ve even recuperated from Christmas and New Year’s. Yet it continues to march on and some of the things we’ve seen and gotten excited about in the previews catalog are finally here.
Like Star Wars #1, $2.99, from Dark Horse Comics, Brian Wood and Carlos D’anda with a cover illustration by Alex Ross. We’re being taken back to those heady, adventure-filled days following the destruction of the Death Star -- when the Empire ruled, the Rebels were on the run and the galaxy was a dangerous place where anything might happen.
DC Comics is shipping out Adventures of Superman: Gil Kane HC, $39.99, spotlighting the dynamic artwork of Gil Kane and featuring guest appearances by heroes including The Flash, The Atom, The Teen Titans, Hawkman and Animal Man. I don’t remember seeing this solicited but I really like the Batman books they’re doing in this style.
Fairest #11, $2.99, written by Lauren Beukes with art by Inaki Miranda and a cover drawn by Adam Hughes, features a story in which dark history and high court intrigue are revealed as Rapunzel hatches a desperate plan to steal Tomoko’s soulfire back from the conniving shogun Ryogan. The Fairest trade paperback was so good. I sincerely hope that this "new" creative team lives up to the high mark of excellence that Willingham and Phil Jimenez produced.
A hugely exciting book that I’ve been chomping at the bit to get my hands on is IDW’s Gil Kane Amazing Spider-man Artist’s Edition HC, price varies, and these volumes are so beautifully produced. A big part of my excitement here is instead of a smattering of stories that show a representation of Kane’s art, there’s an actual story arc here. This edition collects Amazing Spider-man #96 – 102 and 121. The Green Goblin, Morbius, The Lizard and then The Death of Gwen Stacy all reproduced from the original art and presented in full-sized glory! It also features a gallery of covers and exceptional splash pages. If you’re as interested in this as I am, get it quick, it’s sold out.
Marvel Comics is shipping Superior Spider-man #1, $3.99, and while I have no interest in it at all, it’s sold out. Not just the seven different variant covers, but the regular Now! cover as well. I’m sure the eighth variant second print cover will be along soon.
Marvel’s got a pretty good week going as Thor: God of Thunder #4, $3.99, by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic is also sold out. This is one of the few Marvel Now books that I haven’t experienced, but I keep hearing very good things about it.
Cable and X-Force #3, $3.99, by Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larroca is also sold out. Look for the answer to the mystery of Colossus post-AVX.
And another sold out book for Marvel is Thunderbolts #3, $2.99, by Daniel Way and Steve Dillon featuring a cover by Julian Totino Tedesco. Red Leader. Find out for yourself!
Valiant Entertainment’s got Shadowman #3, $3.99, by Justin Jordan and Patrick Zircher. I love everything they’ve done so far and no, I won’t apologize! Check it out if you haven’t yet.
There are plenty more that aren't listed. For a more complete list, feel free to visit your local comic store or favorite site. If you’re interested in more of what I think, follow me on Twitter at Mycomicstore001 or like my Facebook page.
Michael R. Murray is a full time Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service who won’t think about comics at all for about a three hour period on Saturday when he’s watching the Broncos beat the Ravens in the playoffs!