It’s Valentine’s Week, and what do we love more than comics? MORE COMICS. So let’s get to it, shall we?
How do you top one of the best single issues of Batman, well... Ever? We’re not sure yet, but writer Scott Snyder, artist Greg Capullo and company have set the bar insanely high leading into this week’s BATMAN #6. Will they raise it again? Will Batman even be alive to see it be raised? Will the Court of Owl’s terrifying ability to turn their heads three hundred sixty degrees finally be revealed? We’ll just have to pick up the issue and find out! You too, okay?
Other offering from DC include the always excellent BIRDS OF PREY #6, which pits new New 52 character Starling against her teammates; WONDER WOMAN #6, continuing a story where Diana fights giant seahorses and somehow its still very exciting; and over on the Vertigo side, FABLES #114 continues being Fables, so either you’re going to get it or your not, the end.
Marvel, meanwhile, leads with THEIR two best superhero titles: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #679.1, and DAREDEVIL #9. The former has something to do with Morbius The Living Vampire, which is always a good time; while the latter has the Man Without Fear heading below ground to fight the Mole Man and snag the bodies of his dead parents. They also have superb covers, and we always recommend judging books by their covers.
Also coming out? IDW’s STEPHEN KING & JOE HILL: ROAD RAGE #1, which is one of the stranger projects we’ve seen, as it adapts into comic book form the Father/Son pair of writer’s take on Richard Matheson’s Duel. There’s solid pedigree all around on this, but even if there wasn’t we’d want to pick it up out of pure fascination.
Over at Image, there’s the equally interesting World War II take on Peter Pan, PETER PANZERFAUST #1, which our good buddy Charles Webb reviewed way back. And at BOOM!, you’ve got ROGER LANGRIDGE’S SNARKED #5, which is the brilliant artist/writer’s riff on Wonderland. Between the two - and ROAD RAGE - you should have more than enough “modern takes on older tales!” to satisfy whatever urge it is that satisfies!
And that’s it! For reading to the bottom, we can now tell you that you are totally our Valentine. We’ll see you next week, sweetie.
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