Hello Comic Book Fandom:
Each week Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, and others release comic books every Wednesday and sometimes fantastic comic books get lost in the shuffle. The goal of this list is to highlight ten comic books that are worth checking out for this week.
This is the way the list works: I tend to add more books that ARE new reader friendly than those that AREN’T. But usually, it’s just a list of books I’m excited for, and you should be too. Also, if you’d like to take a look at the full Diamond shipping List, click here.
This week, the art from “The Last of Us” hits shelves with a hardcover and is a must for any fan of the video game; Justin Jordan (The Legend of Luther Strode) starts up his run on “Green Lantern New Guardians” with issue #21; Francesco Francavilla supplies art duties for J.H. Williams III’s “Batwoman” with issue #21; Marvel’s “Age of Ultron” finally comes to an end with issue #10; and lastly, “The X-Flies” is coming back for season 10, and in comic book form!
So, how about that list?
[Honorable Mention] The Art of The Last of Us
Naughty Dog Studios and Dark Horse proudly present the essential companion to The Last of Us, a richly detailed and compelling game set in a postpandemic world where humans have become an endangered species. Featuring concept art, character designs, and astonishing settings and landscapes, The Art of The Last of Us provides a unique look at one of the gaming world’s most eagerly anticipated titles.
* A must-have companion tothe game.
* Incredible full-color artwork!
* The latest project from Naughty Dog Studios.
* The Last of Us swept the top Game Critics awards at 2012’s E3 conference.
10. Batgirl Robin Year One TP
For the first time in one trade paperback, it’s the year one tales of both Robin and Batgirl, from BATGIRL YEAR ONE #1-9 and ROBIN YEAR ONE #1-4. See what happens when Robin dons his costume for the first time, then learn how Barbara Gordon transformed from ordinary citizen to costumed super heroine.
9. Ultimate Comics The Ultimate #26
ULTIMATES DISASSEMBLED PART TWO!!!
A new dark force has taken the reigns of the world
The Ultimates are no more. Long live the XXREDACTEDXX
8. Wild Blue Yonder #1
Take to the skies in this thrilling new action-adventure sci-fi tale. In the near future, mankind has destroyed the Earth, and the only refuge from radioactive pollution can be found in the skies. Unfortunately dwindling supplies and bloodthirsty air-pirates make life all the harder. Will the crew of the Dawn escape the merciless Judge and survive another week?
Read the book everyone will be talking about and find out!
7. Green Lantern New Guardians #21
The Templar Guardians have been locked away for millennia, but they have a VERY clear idea of what they need to do next — and of all the Lanterns in the universe, they need Kyle Rayner’s help. So it’s a shame he wants nothing to do with them! But once he sees the strange anomaly lurking at the edge of the universe, he may have no choice but to get on board with their mission. . .
6. Batwoman #21
In the aftermath of the Medusa ordeal, Killer Croc is rescued by a mysterious cult. . . but what connection do they have with Batwoman, and why do they need to see her die?
5. Batman and Batgirl #21
What deal would you make to bring someone back from the dead? And in this issue, it’s Batman vs. Batgirl!
4. Age of Ultron #10
THE FINALE! The biggest secret in comics will be revealed to you! An ending so confidential even the artists of this book don’t know what lies on the final pages! A surprise so big that comic book legend Joe Quesada himself returns to the pages of Marvel Comics to draw a sequence that people will be talking about for years. *All covers of Age Of Ultron #10 will be polybagged.
3. 100 Bullets: Brother Lono #1
BROTHER LONO is a brand-new 8-issue miniseries set in the world of 100 BULLETS!
The Eisner award-winning team behind 100 BULLETS-writer Brian Azzarello, artist Eduardo Risso, colorist Trish Mulvihill, letterer Clem Robbins and cover artist Dave Johnson-reunites to tell the story of the baddest Minuteman of all.
When last we saw Lono in 100 BULLETS, Dizzy Cordova had shot him through the chest. . . but Lono always was too tough to die. Now, after the final events of 100 BULLETS, Lono finds himself in Mexico working on the side of the angels.
But there’s always more to a 100 BULLETS story, so pick up this EXTRA-SIZE first issue to see what’s really going on with BROTHER LONO, the cold-blooded killer you hate to love!
2. The Extinction Parade #1
The best-selling Zombie writer in history finally unleashes an all-new epic for comics! Be ready for the summer’s biggest comic event as millions of zombie fans come looking for with the first chapter of Max Brooks’ Extinction Parade!
One of the founders of the zombie renaissance, Max Brooks has sold millions of books in dozens of languages. His first book The Zombie Survival Guide not only singlehandedly jump-started the zombie prep subculture, it’s graphic novel companion Recorded Attacks debuted as #1 on the New Times Bestseller list. His second book World War Z (already a multi-million copy NYT bestseller in its own right) has been adapted by Brad Pitt into what is sure to be one of the biggest blockbuster movies of 2013.
Now Brooks takes the zombie genre to a whole new level with his new comic series Extinction Parade featuring stunningly rendered art by super-star Raulo Caceres (Crossed, Captain Swing). Building on the seed of his hit 2010 short story, Brooks has crafted a truly epic series spanning over 250 pages. Not only does Extinction Parade’s multilayered depth and meticulously researched detail raise it to the standard of his previous work, it also introduces fans to an entirely new, fresh and terrifying subgenre: Vampires Vs Zombies.
As humans wage their loosing fight versus the hoards of the subdead, a frightening realization sets in with the secretive Vampire race: our food is dying off. This is the story of Vampires decent into all-out war with the mindless hungry hordes of the zombie outbreak as humanity tries to survive them all. Three species in mortal conflict. This is how a species dies.
1. The X-Files Season 10 #1
For years they investigated the paranormal, pursued the “monsters of the week,” and sought the truth behind extraterrestrial activity, along with the grand conspiracy surrounding it rooted deep within their own government. But when AGENTS MULDER and SCULLY reunite for a new, ongoing series that ushers THE X-FILES into a new era of technological paranoia, multinational concerns and otherworldly threats, it’ll take more than a desire ‘to believe’ to make it out alive.
The X-Files: Season 10 also sees creator Chris Carter return to the fold as Executive Producer!
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