It’s week two of Zero Month, which means we officially don’t understand numbers anymore. But we do understand DC will probably dominate the market again, particularly with a strong slew of bat-books. That’s led by BATMAN #0, which will flash back to the time period around Batman: Year One, but also includes BATGIRL #0 and BATMAN AND ROBIN #0.
Not to be overshadowed, DC also releases THE SHADE #12, one of our favorite series of the past year. Here, finally, after decades, we’re getting the origin of The Shade from the only man who should ever tell that story: James Robinson. Art is by Gene Ha, so you know it’s gonna be a good one.
Over at Marvel, the biggest release is easily AVENGERS VS X-MEN #11, where the two teams finally hash everything out and decide to have a swimsuit modeling session next issue. Kidding, they probably keep beating the heck out of each other. There’s also INCREDIBLE HULK #13, which finally reveals Bruce Banner’s evil master plan; X-TREME X-MEN #3, continuing the dimension hopping adventures of Dazzler and Professor X’s severed, flying head; and UNCANNY X-FORCE #31, bringing the Final Execution story back to the present.
Dark Horse has a trio of great titles this week, running the gamut from the supernatural (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #13), to the semi-historical (CONAN THE BARBARIAN #8), to Juggalos (BUCKO). If only someone could write a supernatural Juggalo story set in ancient times, we’d be set.
Image releases two great titles, as well: MANHATTAN PROJECTS #6 starts off the book’s second arc of science gone bad; while CHEW #28 continues the book’s regularly insanity. IDW has ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM #2 from the incredible team of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee. And Valiant releases HARBINGER #4 and X-O MANOWAR #5, both rock solid titles from a publisher that’s continuing to make some big waves.
And that’s it! See you next week... At the comic shop! Or not, either way.