What's New In Comics - Jan. 16, 2013

By Michael R. Murray,

It’s not the 16th is it?  As much as I sometimes regret it I don’t live in comic book land and unfortunately I just came from a funeral.  Earlier in the week I was dealing with my family and the commitments to work to leave early today.  Some things come before comic books and in some cases there won’t ever be a regret or second thought.  Yet if I did live in comic book land we wouldn’t have to attend a funeral because we’d only have to wait for our dear loved ones to come back to us.

But they’re not coming back.  So I turn to a comfortable chair and a short time of escape, and a few moments when I can live a fantastic, vicarious life free of the burdens of my own personal pain.  This week’s respite from life comes in the form of Black Beetle #1 (of 4), $3.99, from Francesco Francavilla and Dark Horse Comics.  Black Beetle’s investigation of two local mob bosses in interrupted when a mysterious explosion murders them and a pub full of gangsters – taking out most of Colt City’s organized crime in one fell swoop…

You can find some truly escapist fare in DC Comics Fables trade paperback vol 18 Cubs in Toyland, $16.99.  Written by Bill Willingham with art by Mark Buckingham and various others and a cover by Joao Ruas, this volume collects Fables #114-121 in which a harrowing epic starts when  Snow and Bigby’s cub Therese receives a Christmas gift from an unknown admirer…

Threshold #1, $3.99, by Keith Giffen, Tom Raney, and Scott Kolins spins directly out of the pages of the Green Lantern: New Guardians Annual #1.  I didn’t realize at all what this was but I’m looking forward to seeing the New 52 version of Captain Carrot…

Saga #9, $2.99, from Image Comics and Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples is getting more and more love as it goes on.  I haven’t experienced this yet, but I’m starting to feel like it needs to be in my pile…

Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, and Stuart Immonen have produced this week’s first sold out book for Marvel Comics with All New X-Men #6, $3.99.  This is a great series that I’m really enjoying…

Mighty Thor Journey Into Mystery premiere hardcover Everything Burns, $29.99, is a collection I’ve been looking forward to.  Collecting Mighty Thor #18 – 22 and Journey Into Mystery #642 – 645 by Matt Fraction, Kieron Gillen, Alan Davis and various other artists…

My wife, in fact, everyone I know, is so sick of hearing me bang the drum for Valiant Comics that this week I’ll simply say Archer and Armstrong #6, $3.99, and Bloodshot #7, $3.99… Oh heck, I’ve already read them both!  I fracking love them….

Harper Collins Publishers has got a Blue Bloods hardcover graphic novel volume 01, $19.99, the adaptation of book one of Melissa De La Cruz’s best-selling series.  Robert Venditti  gets some writing credit here and the art is done by Alina Urusov…

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 wished he had read comic books instead of watching the Broncos lose last week… Oh well, it’s not the worst thing that’s ever happened to me!

 

 

 

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