Last week had only a few highlights but this week your comics cup overfloweth. This Wednesday is the celebration of all things Dark Knight because to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Batman, DC has declared that this July 23rd is Batman Day. To help celebrate, participating comics retailers, Barnes and Nobles, Hastings, and Books A Million will give out FREE copies of Detective Comics #27 Special Edition, which reprints the first ever appearance of the Batman, as well as some other material from writers Brad Meltzer, Scott Snyder, and more! There is plenty of other swag available to celebrate 75 years of Batman as well as a few titles featuring the Caped Crusader from DC. So whether it’s Batman & Robin #33 (which continues “Robin Rises”), Batman #33 (end of “Zero Year”), Batman Eternal #16, the campy throwback Batman ’66 #13, or even just the free book they’re giving away there is something and plenty for everyone!
There is plenty more from DC this week as well, with Wonder Woman #33 kicking off the final arc from Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, Aquaman #33, Flash #33, a new Secret Origins #4, and more. Marvel is hanging their hat on some supplementary material for “Original Sin”, including Original Sins #4, Thor and his newly revealed sister Angela in Original Sin #5.2, someone else was bitten by the radioactive spider in Amazing Spider-Man #4, and Mighty Avengers #12. Marvel also has a new solo X-title with Storm #1, written by Greg Pak and art by Victor Ibanez.
Archie Comics ships the final issue of Life With Archie that looks at the Riverdale gang after the death of Archie. Issue #36 sold out the day it was released and has already been ordered to a second printing. IDW releases Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time #2 which takes the gang to Feudal Japan, and perhaps the most intriguing book this week in Transformers vs. GI Joe #1, which is set outside continuity so essentially anything and anyone is up for grabs.
Wonder Woman #33 (DC)
It’s one final battle between the First Born and Wonder Woman to control Olympus. This issue also begins the finishing arc for Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang, the creative team on Wonder Woman since the beginning of the New 52. The book was a critical success and was a consistent representation of DC’s most storied female hero, and these final few issues will set the table for Diana and everything she must deal with in the wake of the destruction of everything she’s known. Issue #35 will be the last from Azzarello and Chiang.
Storm #1 (Marvel)
Ororo is the newest recipient of a solo X-title and there is plenty to tell about Storm. She’s been a thief, she’s been a queen, she’s been a headmistress. Greg Pak (Batman/Superman, Action Comics) teams with relative newcomer Victor Ibanez (fill-in on Constantine, Trinity of Sin: Pandora) to deliver a solo book that should be ripe with lots of great character moments from one of the most storied X-Men.
Batman #33 (DC)
No one was expecting Snyder and Capullo to try and split the atom again with the Batman origin story, because Frank Miller’s “Year One” is such a classic. Instead, in the spirit of the New 52 universe, the new origin “Zero Year” was a new take with a new origin story villain in the Riddler. Snyder’s second Batman epic, the other being “Death of the Family”, comes to a close in issue #33. There’s bound to be a few surprises left and it should be a wonderful ending to yet another well-crafted yarn from Snyder and Capullo.
Amazing Spider-Man #4 (Marvel)
As it so happens, Peter Parker wasn’t the only one who was bitten by a radioactive spider. I’m sure most readers/fans have the same principal question that I do about this revelation: where has this person been all this time? Marvel knew that would be a frequently asked question as it was the second bullet point on the solicitation for issue four. Well, the “Original Sin” event seemed like a perfect time as any to bring to light something that happened long ago in Spider-Man’s past and now the character of Silk, who was bitten so many years ago, is now taking center stage and the solicitation bills her as “a major Spider-Man player for the whole year!”
Transformers vs. GI Joe #1 (IDW Publishing)
This titillating series from IDW is ripe with potential. Earth has made their first contact with aliens and it isn’t pleasant. The first responders are the G.I. Joes and then it’s all out space war. Oh and did I mention that this story is not in continuity? It’s Thunderdome.
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