Monday, September 05, 2011

The hits keep rolling in this Wednesday, September 7

With the release of Justice League #1 and subsequent sell-out from distributors (don't worry, we still have some copies) last week, the DCU relaunch is off to an amazing start! We are in luck this week as the first big wave of new #1 books continuing DC's biggest event in years hits the shelves. First up, Grant Morrison and Rags Morales bring readers Action Comics #1 and tell the story of Superman's humble beginnings in Metropolis as his powers develop in a world not used to super beings. This extra-sized issue promises to be the cornerstone of the entire DCU!  Detective Comics #1, DC's flagship title, is also relaunched this week for the very first time by Tony Daniel and Ryan Winn. Follow Batman as he plays a dangerous game of bat and mouse with the killer The Gotham Ripper! There is more Bat Family to be had! Batgirl #1 by Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf, and Vicente Cifuentes puts Barbara Gordon back in the suit for the first time in over twenty years, and Judd Winick and Ben Oliver present Batwing #1, following Batman Incorporated's Batman of Africa into a land of beauty and horror.

Some of our other DCU favorites also premiere this week. Hawk and Dove #1 by Sterling Gates and Rob Liefeld promises plenty of action as Hank Hall and Dawn Granger, his new partner in the war on crime, uncover a plot to plunge the United States into a new civil war! Deadman fans should also keep their eyes on this book because of his relationship with Dawn. Green Arrow #1 by J.T. Krul, Dan Jurgens, and Norm Rapmund finds the emerald archer traveling the world and bringing outlaws to justice while breaking all of the laws himself. Scott McDaniel, John Rozum, and Jonathan Glapion  take us along for the ride in Static Shock #1 as electromagnetic hero Static takes on the villains lurking in New York City's underworld. If team books are your thing, Justice League International #1 by Dan Jurgens, Aaron Lopresti, and Matt Ryan follows a new super group created by the UN, Justice League International, charged with promoting unity and trust while trying to not kill each other in the process. Stormwatch #1 by Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulvda follows the dangerous super human police force as Jack Hawksmoor, Martian Manhunter, and the rest of the crew try to recruit Midnighter and Apollo, two of the deadliest super powers in the world.

Those looking for some of the more off the path DC books should look no further than Animal Man #1 by Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman, and Dan Green. Buddy Baker has gone from the super powered Animal Man to a family man attempting to hold the household together as his daughter Maxine starts manifesting familiar and dangerous powers. While not part of the new DCU, Sweet Tooth #25 by Jeff Lemire is also out this week! Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette bring one of the world's most iconic characters back to the heart of the DCU in Swamp Thing #1! A monster rises in the desert as Alec Holland attempts to put his newly returned life back together; however, the Green needs a monster to fight a monster, and Swamp Thing is life's last hope.  OMAC #1 by Dan Didio, Keith Giffen, and Scott Koblish introduces a new, yet familiar, beast to the DCU as the all-seeing Brother Eye satellite recruits an unwilling Kevin Kho into a war between Checkmate and Brother Eye. War is no stranger to members of the Easy Company in Men of War #1 by Ivan Brandon and Tom Derenick. Joe Rock assumes control of the group of ex-military men turned contractors as the they navigate a Super-Villain ravaged battlefield.

Marvel's big summer events continue this week as well. Fear Itself: Wolverine #3 hits shelves, and the Spider-Island story line has several new titles. In Spider-Island: I Love New York, various artists and writers pay tribute to New York City and its spider-powered inhabitants through the eyes of the common man; this issue also features a bonus Punisher story by Greg Rucka! In Spider-Island: Avengers #1, the unlikely heroes Frog-Man and Squirrel Girl are called in to help as the Avengers are spread thin by the threat of the newly powered populace.

Fans of Matt Fraction and Gabriel Ba's Casanova have loved Marvel's colored re-releases of the original story. However, this week, an all-new, full-color 32-page story begins in Casanova: Avaritia #1!  Join the fun as the world's best superspy kills his way from dimension to dimension in this new action packed story that must be experienced to be believed.

These books, and many more, will be available as soon as we open the doors on Wednesday, so come on by! (And if you want to get an idea what else you can expect, check out the covers below!)

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