New In Comics; March 13, 2013

By Michael R. Murray,

Amazing Spider-man Dying Wish went on sale last week.  It was scheduled months in advance and it was on the invoice I paid for.  I read the better part of a year’s worth of Amazing Spider-man, for the first time, working up to the Dying Wish story arc in anticipation of a glorious send off.  Inevitably it wasn’t in the boxes from Diamond Comics.  My run on the end of Peter Parker stalled, and by the time I get to it, it won’t be with the heightened sense of drama that’s been building, but as just another story that I’m reading and either enjoying or not.  Sure I could pull out my individual comics, but that defeats the purpose of holding that book that I ordered in my hands.  Sadly, this happens quite often.  Damages I know Diamond can’t control.  I’ve seen the way those boxes are thrown across the room into various hampers or onto a truck because you’ve got 11 and a half minutes to load up these 226 packages for the days run…  The shortages really bother me.  It’s not uncommon, and a company as big as Diamond should have more in the way of quality control.  On any particular week that you visit a comic store looking to buy something, sure there are sold-out books, but sometimes it just never arrived.  Here’s a look at some of what we’re expecting to arrive this week…

Dark Horse Comics is shipping out Star Wars #3, $2.99, by Brian Wood and Carlos D’anda with a cover by Alex Ross and Gabe Eitaeb. This new series seems to be making a lot of noise among collectors.  Princess Leia has formed a secret squadron to help expose a spy within the Rebel ranks but taking command puts her at odds with Luke Skywalker at a time they need solidarity more than ever.  Especially when the spy has alerted the Empire to Han Solo's latest venture…

DC Comics is heading towards the end of the Before Watchmen era with the conclusion of Before Watchmen Ozymandias #6 (OF 6), $3.99, by Len Wein and Jae Lee. Tt seems like only yesterday they had just made the announcement that this was all coming…

Marvel Comics continues what I think is a great event in Age of Ultron #2 (of 10), $3.99, by Brian Michael Bendis and Bryan Hitch.  Ultron has evolved to fulfill its desire to wipe out all organic life and take over the Earth!  I thought the first issue was excellent, but completely out of continuity with the rest of the Marvel Universe and that’s just perfect for me.  I won’t read anymore of this but will be able to enjoy it as a collected volume when it’s all done…

And because there aren’t enough, Wolverine #1, $3.99, It’s Hunting Season!  The best there is at what he does gets yet another series.  When Wolverine finds himself the bargaining chip in a hostage situation he must make a decision to save a little boy that will follow him forever...literally!  How can a berserker fight what he can't see?  How far will he go to assert his humanity in the face of the unknown? Find out when superstars Paul Cornell (Captain Britain and MI:13, Doctor Who, Action Comics) and Alan Davis (Excalibur, Uncanny X-Men) take on the Wolverine…

Valiant Entertainment is going to start the Harbinger Wars with Bloodshot #9, $3.99, written by Duane Swierczynski and illustrated by Manuel Garcia with cover art by Clayton Henry and there's no turning back now.  The man with a past he can't remember has to make one of the most difficult decisions of his life; should he play the role of savior and unleash a force that could possibly destabilize the world or should he settle into the role he knows best - killer - and wipe the slate clean, once and for all?  Full of shocks, heart-stopping action and more backstabbing than a dozen productions of Julius Caesar, Bloodshot has his finger on the trigger - and the shot that will be heard around the Valiant Universe gets fired right here…

One of my new favorite comics is Archer & Armstrong #8, $3.99, by Fred Van Lente and Emanuela Lupacchino.  I thought the Wrath of the Eternal Warrior story was over but it’s gearing up for its “Universe-shattering penultimate issue!”  The Null have found the key to the utter destruction of all that is - and his name is Obadiah Archer!  Can Aram and Gilad set aside their differences long enough to team up against Armstrong's best friend and will any of them survive the battle?...

There is still 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 might be willing to try his hand at distribution if he had a LOT more money.

 

 
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