This week is what's known as a "fifth" week in the comic book world, so I expected a pretty short list. As it turns out, both the Big Two and a few other publishers made some big news this week, perhaps to attract some All Hollow’s Eve business..? But enough postulating, this Colonel is a reader, not a retailer!
The Fox #1 (Archie)
This was a last second addition to my stack this week, after hearing Dean Haspiel on Word Balloon just yesterday. His take on the photojournalist turned superhero sounded like a breath of fresh air and some much needed levity in a week that see planets exploding and dead Robins returning. Scripting the series with Mr. Haspiel is none other than Mark Waid! Waid's Daredevil is coming to an end soon, but this looks like a neat replacement. The Fox is also an MLJ hero from 1940, so bonus points for keeping a golden age character relevant.
Sandman Overture #1 (DC)
Neil Gaiman returns to the character that made him a household name to sooo many comic book fans. This is a prologue to the Sandman series, explaining how a two-bit warlock was able to imprison Dream in the first place. J.H. Williams II provides the art for this series, and fans of his work on Batwoman already know what a great fit he would be for the world of the Endless.
Damien: Son of Batman #1 (DC)
Damien Wayne quickly turned from message board fodder to a beloved addition to the Batman mythos in Grant Morrison's Batman run. Despite his death in Batman Inc., he appears to be all grown up here. Just how exactly DC plans on bringing him back to star in this miniseries by his co-creator Andy Kubert is beyond me. A parallel Earth? A tale from the Old 52? Who knows?
Saga #15 (Image)
It's been a while since I've checked in with Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples's series. Despite not mentioning every issue in this here column, Saga is always a must-buy. One of the best comics on the racks from two of the best in the business, no doubt. This issue sees our parental protagonists looking a little more lustful than usual.
Cataclysm #0.1 (Marvel)
If an Ultimate Universe fell in the woods and no one was around to hear it, does anybody care? I guess you could say I'm morbidly curious about how Brian Bendis is going to wrap things up for Marvel's once mighty Ultimate line.
Not a bad haul for a fifth week! As always, check this space daily for new rambling about comic book history and be on the lookout for new episode of the CoH Podcast! Also, check out Real Men in This Town, a new podcast by Adam Lopez and Seth Pasahow, allies of the Club of Heroes!