It’s DC’s week to lose. Not that it’s a competition (it kind of is, though), but if there are two comics more highly anticipated than FLASHPOINT #5 and JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 this week, I’d like to see ‘em.
The former has all the expectations of closing out not just a big event, but also an entire chapter in the history of the DC Universe. The latter would be hotly anticipated regardless of any expectations, given superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee are the creative team… But let’s be honest here: a lot of fans are going to read JUSTICE LEAGUE #1, and make a snap judgment about how successful the entirety of DC’s New 52 is, based on that single issue. Hey, I didn’t say it was fair… But it’s going to happen. So let’s hope it’s really, really good.
There are some other comics coming out, though, and in fact some pretty big exciting ones at that. Dark Horse kicks off their second wave of Buffy comics – and their first official Angel comic, with ANGEL & FAITH #1 by Christos Gage. Given the rather apocalyptic state our favorite vampire detective was left in at the end of Buffy , this is a can’t miss.
Another can’t miss? LOCKE & KEY: CLOCKWORKS #2. The last issue was shockingly dense on straightforward information, as well as some brilliant story and characterization, and the most disturbing panel of a goat we’ve ever seen courtesy of artist Gabrile Rodriguez. Will there be more disturbing goat pictures in this issue? All I know is, if not, I’ll be drawing in my own.
Three other exciting new comics get released this week: the always reliable GOON #35; THE SIXTH GUN #14; and SKULLKICKERS #10, which I had a chance to read in advance, and it may be the funniest issue of the series yet! I’m not just saying that because I’m quoted on the back cover, by the way. Oh, and ROCKETEER ADVENTURES #4 gets released, bringing the mini-tribute to a close.
Then there’s Marvel, of course, who has saved the big “Fear Itself” guns for another week, but still comes out swinging. Top of the list is INCREDIBLE HULKS #635, which brings Greg Pak’s character-defining run to a close. We expect tears. And smashing. There’s also SECRET AVENGERS #16, which kicks off Warren Ellis’ run of one shots. For this one, we expect crazy science, and most of the characters complaining that they haven’t “drunk enough coffee to deal with this yet.” And AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #668 continues the exciting Spider-Island crossover, which is just getting started, but already is living up to the hype.
And that’s it! Let us know what you’re looking forward to in the comments below, and we’ll see you next week!