Thus begins the last normal month in comics for a while, as DC wraps up their typical publishing schedule before diving into Convergence. Some of their monthly books won’t survive, like Swamp Thing and Aquaman and the Others, which finish this week. Marvel seems content with trickling out information periodically and not peeling back the curtain on their full Secret Wars slate or what will survive to be published afterwards.
DC says farewell to Aquaman and the Others #11, Infinity Man and the Forever People #8, and Swamp Thing #40 this week, plus provides the last monthly installments of Detective Comics #40, Earth 2 #32, Grayson #8, Green Arrow #40, Harley Quinn #15, Justice League 3000 #15, and Lobo #6 before Convergence. They also have Wolf Moon #4 and Hinterkind #16 from their DC/Vertigo brand.
Marvel has a few noteworthy debuts but they also provide Angela Asgard’s Assassin #4, Avengers #42, Avengers World #18, Hulk #12, Iron Fist Living Weapon #10, Operation S.I.N. #3, Rocket Raccoon #9, Spider-Woman #5, and X-Men #25.
Elsewise, Dynamite Entertainment has Project Superpowers Blackcross #1, IDW has G.I. Joe #6 and Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #3, Image has Black Science #12, Nameless #2, Revival #28, and Saga #26.
Descender #1 (Image)
One robot struggles because androids are outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet. Sold. Oh, AND it’s written by Jeff Lemire (New 52: Futures End, Justice League United) and drawn by Dustin Nguyen (American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares).
All-New Hawkeye #1 (Marvel)
A second highlighted pick (and debut) this week from writer Jeff Lemire, Mazel tov! The book that was beloved by fans, and frequently delayed, ends to make way for an all-new version with a different creative team. Same results though? Read on to find out, true believers!
Guardians Team-Up #1 (Marvel)
The Guardians get themselves a team-up anthology and what a better way to start, very behind schedule though, than with a team-up adventure with the Avengers. All-star creative team of writer Brian Michael Bendis (everything.) and famed artist Arthur Adams.
Princess Leia #1 (Marvel)
If you’ve been reading the Star Wars family of books from Marvel then obviously you’re also going to pick this up. If the Darth Vader book is any indication though, the solo series might actually be more interesting as they tell a slightly different version of the stories we already know plus a deeper understanding of a classic character. It also helps that it’s written by Mark Waid (Daredevil, Hulk).
Green Lantern #40 (DC)
So as I have detailed previously, DC is shuffling their publishing lineup after Convergence, and for the Green Lantern family of titles they are dropping two of the current five. It’s quite possible that the events in this last Green Lantern book before Convergence may set up some of fallout with Hal Jordan, the Guardians, and the rest of the GL Corp. I mean, that’s what it basically says in the solicitation.
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