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Comics on Sale January 20th

JOE THE BARBARIAN! AVENGERS! RASL! More!

By Ben Johnson     January 20, 2010
Source: Mania

A few weeks of year end/year beginning lists have led to some fun conversation (thanks to all involved last week) but a serious lapse in access to my advice on what loyal comic fans should be reading has surely lead many of you to stare bleakly at stocked shelves, not knowing what hidden gems should be brought home. OK, maybe not, but there is some serious awesome coming out Thursday (damn Monday holidays) including a return of Captain America, a book written by the coolest special education rock group ever, The Kids of Widney High and Grant Morrison’s latest Vertigo effort, Joe the Barbarian. All these and more in this week’s installment of:

 

Ben’s Ten

10) Green Lantern Corps Vol 2 #44
I got all caught up on Blackest Night and I can now put myself firmly in the “I don’t hate it” camp.

9) Dark Avengers #13
Got to get my Normie is in charge fix while it lasts.

8) Nova Vol 4 #33
I think this has been on the list every month.

7) Incorruptible #2
The first issue was, um, interesting, but did set us up for a solid book.

6) Rasl #6
Jeff Smith, of Bone fame, continues his latest opus.

5) Dark Wolverine #82
My favorite thing to come out of Dark Reign. Daken rocks.

4) Mighty Avengers #33
I dig the all new, all awesome Hank Pym.

3) Captain America Vol 5 #602
Finally, FINALLY back to regular numbering. Let’s go Ed!

2) Kids Of Widney High One Shot
Written by the Kids themselves. If you don’t know who they are use that google toolbar.

Cover art to JOE THE BARBARIAN #1 by Sean Murphy

1) Joe The Barbarian #1
I’m taking a leap of faith on Grant Morrison’s new book about a kid who could be off to save a fantastic realm or might just be suffering from insulin-deprived delirium… yep, it’s Grant Morrison.

 

The Rest of the Rack

DC
Fables #92
Superman Batman #68
Brave And The Bold Vol 3 #31
Hellblazer #263
Green Lantern Corps Vol 2 #44 (Incentive Greg Horn Variant Cover (Blackest Night Tie-In)
Green Lantern Corps Vol 2 #44 (Regular Patrick Gleason Cover (Blackest Night Tie-In)
Tiny Titans #24
Air #17
Gears Of War #11
Batman The Brave And The Bold #13
Outsiders Vol 4 #26
Power Girl Vol 2 #8
Starcraft #7
Batman Streets Of Gotham #8
Free Realms #5
Azrael Vol 2 #4
Authority The Lost Year #5
Blackest Night Flash #2 (Incentive Francis Manapul Variant Cover)
Blackest Night Flash #2 (Regular Scott Kolins Cover)
Justice League Of America Special #1
Phantom Stranger Vol 2 #42 (Blackest Night Tie-In)
Starman Vol 2 #81 (Blackest Night Tie-In)
Joe The Barbarian #1
Supernatural Beginnings End #1 (Incentive Photo Variant Cover)
Supernatural Beginnings End #1 (Regular Diego Olmos Cover)


Marvel
Nova Vol 4 #33 (Realm Of Kings Tie-In)
Captain America Vol 5 #602
Uncanny X-Men #520 (Nation X Tie-In)
Mighty Avengers #33
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2 #618 (Incentive Joe Quinones Villain Variant Cover)
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2 #618 (Regular Marcos Martin Cover)
Thunderbolts #140
Hulk Vol 2 #19 (Incentive Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover (Fall Of The Hulks Tie-In)
Hulk Vol 2 #19 (Regular Ed McGuinness Cover (Fall Of The Hulks Tie-In)
Incredible Hercules #140
Dark Avengers #13 (Siege Tie-In)
Wolverine Weapon X #9
Dark Wolverine #82 (Siege Tie-In)
Deadpool Merc With A Mouth #7 (Regular Arthur Suydam Wraparound Cover)
Deadpool Merc With A Mouth #7 (Variant Rob Liefeld Cover)
Incredible Hulk Vol 3 #606 (Incentive Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover (Fall Of The Hulks Tie-In)
Incredible Hulk Vol 3 #606 (Regular John Romita Jr Cover (Fall Of The Hulks Tie-In)
Spider-Woman Vol 4 #5
Doctor Voodoo Avenger Of The Supernatural #4
Spider-Man 1602 #4
Web Of Spider-Man Vol 2 #4
Deathlok Vol 4 #3
Realm Of Kings Inhumans #3
Black Widow & The Marvel Girls #3
Avengers vs Agents Of Atlas #1 (Incentive Gabriel Hardman Variant Cover)
Avengers vs Agents Of Atlas #1 (Regular Humberto Ramos Cover)
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Jungle Adventure Vol 1 HC (Regular Dust Jacket)
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Jungle Adventure Vol 1 HC (Variant Dust Jacket)
Marvel Masterworks Doctor Strange Vol 4 HC (Regular Dust Jacket)
Marvel Masterworks Doctor Strange Vol 4 HC (Variant Dust Jacket)
Thing Project Pegasus HC (Premiere Edition Book Market Cover)
Thing Project Pegasus HC (Premiere Edition Direct Market Cover)
Thor By J Michael Straczynski Vol 3 HC
X-Men Asgardian Wars HC


Avatar Press
Gravel #16 (Reg Cvr)
Gravel #16 (Wrap Cvr)
Anna Mercury 2 #3 (Painted Cvr)
Anna Mercury 2 #3 (Reg Cvr)
Anna Mercury 2 #3 (Wrap Cvr)
No Hero HC (Regular Edition)
No Hero HC (Signed Edition)


Dark Horse
Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic #49
Star Wars Dark Times #15
Barry Windsor-Smith Conan Archives Vol 1 HC
Boris Karloff Tales Of Mystery Archives Vol 2 HC
Creepy Archives Vol 5 HC
Solomon Kane Deaths Black Riders #1


Devils Due Publishing
Zombies That Ate The World #8
Barack The Barbarian Fall Of Red Sarah One Shot


IDW Publishing
GI Joe Vol 4 #14 (Incentive David Williams Virgin Cover)
GI Joe Vol 4 #14 (Regular Cover A)
GI Joe Vol 4 #14 (Regular Cover B)
GI Joe Origins #11 (Incentive Tom Feister Virgin Cover)
GI Joe Origins #11 (Regular Cover A)
GI Joe Origins #11 (Regular Cover B)
Robot Galaxy #3 (Power Of The Seventh Ring)
Robot Galaxy #4 (New Warriors)
Beyond The Wall #3
Star Trek Deep Space Nine Fools Gold #2 (Incentive David Messina Virgin Cover)
Star Trek Deep Space Nine Fools Gold #2 (Regular Cover A)
Star Trek Deep Space Nine Fools Gold #2 (Regular Cover B)
Transformers Bumblebee #2 (Incentive Chee Black & White Cover)
Transformers Bumblebee #2 (Regular Cover A)
Transformers Bumblebee #2 (Regular Cover B)


Image
PvP #43
Jersey Gods #10
Mice Templar Destiny #6 (Cover A Michael Avon Oeming)
Mice Templar Destiny #6 (Cover B Victor Santos)
G-Man Cape Crisis #5
Cowboy Ninja Viking #3
Image United #2 (2nd Ptg)
Darkness Shadows And Flame One Shot


12-Gauge Comics
Luke McBain #3


Aardvark Vanaheim
Glamourpuss #11


Antarctic Press
Gold Digger #113


Archie Comics
Pals N Gals Double Digest #138
Jughead #199
Sonic Universe #12


Atomic Basement Entertainment
Kids Of Widney High One Shot


Basement Comics/Amryl Entertainment
Cavewoman Pangaean Sea #11 (Nude Special Edition)
Cavewoman Pangaean Sea #11 (Regular Edition)
Cavewoman Pangaean Sea #11 (Special Edition)
Cavewoman Cover Gallery #3


Bluewater Productions
Vincent Price Presents #14
Roger Corman Presents Black Scorpion #2
William Shatner Presents Tek War Chronicles #5
Distortions Unlimited #1


Bongo Comics
Simpsons Comics #162


BOOM! Studios
Muppet Peter Pan #4 (Cvr A)
Muppet Peter Pan #4 (Cvr B)
Farscape Vol 2 #3 (Incentive Joe Corroney Sketch Cover)
Farscape Vol 2 #3 (Regular Cover A)
Farscape Vol 2 #3 (Regular Cover B)
Nola #3 (Cvr A)
Nola #3 (Cvr B)
Incorruptible #2 (Incentive Jeffrey Spokes Variant Cover)
Incorruptible #2 (Regular Cover A)
Incorruptible #2 (Regular Cover B)


Cartoon Books
Rasl #6


Class Comics
Rapture #6


Dynamite Entertainment
Project Superpowers Chapter 2 #6 (Incentive Alex Ross Virgin Cover)
Project Superpowers Chapter 2 #6 (Regular Alex Ross Cover)
Project Superpowers Chapter 2 #6 (Regular Michael Golden Cover)
Project Superpowers Chapter 2 #6 (Regular Steven Segovia Cover)
Garth Ennis Battlefields #2 (Happy Valley Part 2)


Fantagraphics
Troublemakers HC


Terminus Media
Terminus Tales Presents Platypus vs Monkey #1


UDON Entertainment
Swans In Space Vol 2 GN


Vanguard Productions
Loverboy An Irwin Hasen Story HC
Visions Of Never Collection Of Fantasy Art HC (Deluxe Edition)
Visions Of Never Collection Of Fantasy Art HC (Regular Edition)


Zenescope Entertainment
Stingers #4
Grimm Fairy Tales Pinocchio Collection Cover A David Seidman
Grimm Fairy Tales Pinocchio Collection Cover B E-Bas
Merc #1

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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dbrock06 1/20/2010 6:04:39 AM

No Comics today?    :( 

Stupid monday holidays.

dbrock06 1/20/2010 8:00:20 AM

okay, I just called my shop and they said that they have the books in.  You may want to check your local shop to see if they got their deliveries.

Looking foward to getting my Siege on.

agentkooper 1/20/2010 9:11:14 AM

I guess MLK Day doesn't stop the presses from rolling.  My bad everyone.

lister 1/20/2010 10:12:26 AM

What is up with Marvel's release schedule? Last week there was but a pittance, and this week is chock-a-block. Here is what I am to be liking this week:

Nova  Nova plus Sphynx plus Namorita (or something)? I am so there.

Captain America  Captain America plus Captain America plus Captain America (or something)?? I think it's 2 out of 3 actually.
Mighty Avengers  Pym x Pym x Pym = Pym^3 on the cover! I like!
Thunderbolts  They make it sound like 1 of the new team will die. Good. I don't like the new team.

Incredible Hercules  Cho is better at math than me.

Doctor Voodoo  Issue 1 > Issue 2 > Issue 3   Doesn't bode well.

Avengers vs. Agents of Atlas  Well the 50s meet the 60s I guess. That equals the 110s which is now I think.

Realm of Kings Inhumans  DnA = T.N.T. (as JJ says: Dy-no-miiiite!)


Right with you on the "I don't hate" BN front, Ben. As for me and DC this week, Blackest Night is stalled this week (and it was already losing steam), so I might check out Starman #81 if it's the Starman I like with the guy who could change his face and stuff. Good series, that.

P.S.
Anyone else just get into the now-cancelled S.W.O.R.D.? I read the first 3 issues back-to-back and I was enjoying more than MI:13 or Secret Warriors. Uncool.
 

cdale78 1/20/2010 2:14:05 PM

Don't forget to pick up the newest issue of Amazing Spider-Man, the best comic Marvel does, with beautiful art by Marcos Martin. 

My wife's favorite comic character is Hank Pym and he's going through a revival right now in Mighty Avengers, always near the top of my read pile.  She has me mail her a copy every Wednesday as she is currently deployed to the middle east. 

lister reads Mighty Avengers, I thought you only liked crappy comics

agentkooper 1/20/2010 3:32:32 PM

Why does your wife read the same issue four times a month?

cdale78 1/20/2010 4:09:08 PM

Because she loves it so much

dbrock06 1/20/2010 4:55:04 PM

I talked to my comic shop guys today about Spiderman and they too were talking about their lagging sales on the book.  They brought up many of the same points that were brought up here by Lister, Ben and Myself.  The writing was getting better, but that too has begun slipping.  The poor artwork and lack of need for BND  .  They also showed me a promo poster of upcoming Spiderman events,  Had the Lizard on it(not sure why), and Mary Jane in a wedding dress reaching for Peter.  If Marvel wanted to completely get MJ out of the picture, then why bring her back into the fold.  The guys at the shop also agreed that they need to put better people on that book.  

I also heard that they are doing another book called Peter Parker.  Not sure if it is a reboot of the previous book.  Was putting out Amazing Spidey weekly in lieu of getting ri of the other monthly books?

Marvel just keeps messing with the wrong character...please get Spidey right.

Cdale,  I do read the book.  It is nothing personal.  We have different opinions which are fine.  I just want Spidey to come back to its glory days and to me and a lot of other people, the book is just floundering right now.  I also hope your wife can come back home soon. 

lister 1/20/2010 4:57:50 PM

You’re right cdale78. You called me out! Here is my real top ten of the bestest comics ever right now:

Amazing Spider-Man (luv the art)
Punisher (Frankencastle arc is best thing ever)
Titans (so much cool stuff happens in every issue... and since everyone is in some other book too, most of them are unrelated solo stories so we don't get bogged down in character development)
Avengers: The Initiative (I love how the art is as garish as the narrative thrust)
Magog (looking at this comic is like looking through butter-covered chrome... it's that pretty)
Deadpool (put him in every comic)
Action Comics (Nightwing/Flamebird arc is so much better than all that Kandor drama)
Incredible Hulk (I love the use of Number One Son of Hulk... he's so great)
Hulk (two years with no answers... I love neverending stories)
Fall of the Hulks (the event to end all events... watch me drool)

cdale78 1/20/2010 7:49:04 PM

dbrock06, I talked to my comic shop owner today too actually. He thinks the book's better than it has been in years. I didn't ask him about sales today but I have before and sales were strong when I asked. What's that all mean, it's well received here and less so where you are. To each their own

Marvel's goal was never to get Mary Jane out of the book, just the marriage, that was the dilemma that prevented it from happening all these years. The problem with divorce is that Mary Jane would be radioactive as a character in the book for a long time, probably forever. They tried to do their best by saying the marriage never went through, all the stories happened the same except they were in a serious relationship not married, so that they could break them up and still have her come back as an ex-girlfriend not an ex-wife.  Was that the best solution, maybe not, probably not, but that's what they went with. I wonder if they had Dr. Strange erase the marriage like I thought was going to happen, if people would still be as passionately negative about it? No telling.

I personally don't really care if they reverse it and bring the marriage back, I'm just enjoying the book right now. Either way I'm a Spider-Man fan, not a Mary Jane fan. I read the book for him. I think it's better for the character to be single, but if they change their mind then I'll still support the character. and as far as putting top talent on the book, I consider Dan Slott one of the best writers in comics, he's writing Mighty Avengers which seems to be well liked on this page. Joe Kelly writes some of the best Spider-Man I've read.

I hope they don't start a second title either. and Thanks for the well wishes.

lister, just teasing you. I never liked the Punisher (even though I consider him a Spider-Man character since that's where his first appearances happened), I don't read the Titans, Avengers Initiative, Action Comics, or Magog, so I cannot and will not comment on them. I loved the main Deadpool title when it first started, but I fear he is getting stretched too thin. I agree the Hulk is ridiculous. I do not care for that title at all. I stopped after issue 6 when the promised reveal of the Red Hulk's identity didn't happen, came back for #600 after they promised it would be revealed, and left for good when it didn't happen there. But thanks for asking
 

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