Monday, October 01, 2007

Wednesday's Comics! (10-3-07)

Action Comics #856
All New Atom #16
Amory Wars #3 (OF 5) – S/O #11
Annihilation Book 1 TP
Bomb Queen IV #2 (OF 4)
Boys vol 1 TP
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #7
Conan #44
Countdown 30
Countdown: Search for Ray Palmer – Crime Society #1
Daily Bugle October
Deadman #13
Detective Comics #837
Dragon’s Lair #3 – Shortage Replacement
Exiles #99
Faker #4 (OF 6)
Gamekeeper #5
Gold Digger Annual 2007
Green Lantern Corps #16
Howard the Duck #1 (OF 4)
Howard the Duck Zombie Variant #1 (OF 4) – S/O #64
Infinity Inc #2
Iron & the Maiden #3
Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin #2 (OF 6)
Jack of Fables #15
JLA Hitman #2 (OF 2)
Jonah Hex #24
JLA #13 CVR A – Shortage Replacement
Lobster Johnson & the Iron Prometheus #2 (OF 5)
Looney Tunes #155
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #32
Marvel Max Sampler 2007
Marvel Zombies Dead Days Poster – S/O #64
Metal Men #3 (OF 8)
Metamorpho Year One #1 (OF 6)
Midnighter #12
Ms Marvel #20
Ms Marvel Zombie Variant #20 – S/O #64
New Battlestar Galactica Season Zero #2
Nightwing #137
Omega Unknown #1 (OF 10)
Previews vol XVII #10
Robin #166
Sadhu: The Silent Ones #2
Samurai: Heaven & Earth vol 2 TP
Shanna She-Devil, Survival of the Fittest #3 (OF 4)
Super Villain Team-Up: MODOK’s 11 #4 (OF 5)
Supergirl #22
Tales of Raphael: Bad Moon Rising #3 (OF 4)
Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Cyborg Superman #1
Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Parallax #1
Transformers: Devastation #1
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #1 (OF 6)
Uncanny X-Men #491
Uncle Scrooge 60th Anniversary Halloween Ashcan
Usagi Yojimbo #106
Vinyl Underground #1
Wolverine Annual: Deathsong #1

Howard the Duck #1 (OF 4) - It's 2007, Steve Gerber is not writing for Marvel and yet there is a new Howard the Duck mini-series coming out. Why? The character has never proven successful as anything beyond a means for Gerber to kick pop culture in the groin and nick its wallet. When he stopped writing the original series in 1978, after one of the earliest and most publicised creator-rights conflicts in comics, it staggered on without him like a headless chicken before collapsing a few issues later. Marvel's attempt to reinvent the series as a bimonthly magazine in the '80s lasted for just nine issues, though each of them was infinitely superior to the Lucasfilm movie version. The fact that, barring a few random guest spots here and there, nobody bothered with Howard until Gerber returned for the six-issue MAX mini-series in 2001 speaks volumes. By the way, those guest spots were just plain baffling. Who thought it would be a good idea to have Howard the Duck join Generation X to fight Black Tom Cassiday? He is not a superhero, he is a cipher through which the world can be deconstructed by a cynical observer. He is a Vertigo character in the Marvel Universe, trapped in a world he never made.

Lobster Johnson & the Iron Prometheus #2 (of 5) - The Lobster and Jim delve deeper into the sinister forces behind Professor Gallaragas's mysterious disappearance and discover a conspiracy wilder than they could possibly have imagined, with Nazis, Tibetan cultists, and a prophesy whose fulfillment could mean the end of the world . . .

Metamorpho Year One #1 (of 6) - Adventurer Rex Mason is a star — as the host of the reality series Treasure Quest, he travels the world on the hunt for the world's hidden riches, and it's all to help line the pockets of one of the world's richest men: Simon Stagg. When Mason's latest quest leads him to Egypt to recover the mysterious Orb of Ra, his life will be forever changed. What other surprises are in store? Find out in Metamorpho Year One!

Omega Unknown #1 (of 10) - The story of a mute, reluctant superhero from another planet, and the earthly teenager with whom he shares a strange destiny -- and the legion of robots and nanoviruses that have been sent from afar to hunt the two of them down. Created in 1975 by Steve Gerber and Mary Skrenes, the original Omega The Unknown lasted only ten issues but was a legend to those who recall it -- an ahead-of-its-time tale of an anti-hero, inflected with brilliant ambiguity. One of Omega's teenage fans was award-winning novelist Jonathan Lethem, who has used the original as a springboard for a superbly strange, funny, and moving graphic novel in ten chapters.

Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #1 (of 6) - Once, the Umbrella Academy was unstoppable. Under the tutelage of their guardian and mentor, Dr. Reginald Hargreeves, its members spent their childhoods fighting evil and honing their extraordinary gifts.

Until something went terribly wrong.

Now, nine years later, the estranged members of the Umbrella Academy are reunited by the death of the only parent they've ever known and the rise of a new and terrible threat. Will they be able to overcome their history for long enough to save the world-one more time?

See you at HAVEN!!

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