Find Out How To Make A Superhero in This Week's Comics

Here's hoping that you're not looking for something new from the Big Two comic publishers this week, because both DC and Marvel Comics have apparently found themselves so exhausted by their Secret Invasions and Final Crises that they're pretty much taking the next seven days off. Not that that means that you'll be starved for new superheroic flights of fancy, as tomorrow brings two new superteams to your comic book retailer of choice. Find out about heroes trained by patricide and schools inspired by canopies under the jump.

Find Out How To Make A Superhero in This Week's Comics

Perhaps it's something to do with the amount of big name recent launches everyone has been doing recently, or otherwise a sign of impending San Diego Comic-Con (Publishers are already working on the timing of their big announcements, even though it's more than a month away), but this is an astonishingly quiet week for new releases – DC Comics pretty much skip the week altogether, although you should probably be looking at picking up the second (and concluding) volume of Green Lantern: The Sinestro Corps War as well as the tenth and final collection of Y: The Last Man, called Whys and Wherefores ("Y"s and wherefores? Get it? Oh, it'll make sense when you get to the last chapter). Otherwise, their big release of the week is probably a "deluxe" hardcover reissue of World's Finest, a beautifully-illustrated (by Steve Rude) Superman/Batman story from the 1990s, as written by Watchmen's Dave Gibbons.

Marvel, too, is taking this week relatively easy. Sure, there's the fourth and final volume of Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men, a paperback release for Neil Gaiman's revival of Jack Kirby's Eternals, and even a "director's cut" rerelease of the first issue of Mark Millar's increasingly-racist Kick Ass, but nothing really jumps out as particularly worthy of your time or attention. You may be interested by the sound of something calling itself Jack Kirby's Galactic Bounty Hunters, but trust me when I tell you that you would never forgive yourself if you spent any money whatsoever on that particular book.

Find Out How To Make A Superhero in This Week's Comics

No, this Wednesday, the message from your local comic store should be loud and clear: Kill All Parents. That's the title of a new series by Aqua Leung's Mark Andrew Smith and Marcelo Dichiara that shows you the darker side of superheroics… which happens to include the murder of any and all parents said superheroes may happen to have. What is behind such a plan, and who is doing the murdering? You'll have to pick up the book to find out, but there may be a machine that can predict the world that's coming, and a terrible possible future to avoid, involved. You have been warned.

If that's not your cup of supertea, then why not try The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite, the first collection of Gerard Way's superhero story that no less than Grant Morrison called "[a]n ultraviolet psychedelic sherbert bomb of wit and ideas." I think that's supposed to be a good thing; just don't hold Way's My Chemical Romance past against him (And if you're just in it for the prettiness, this book is worth picking up just for its visuals from Gabriel Ba with covers by Prada-favorite James Jean).

As usual, the week's new releases can be viewed in full here, and you can find where to shop for the origin stories of new generations of superheroes over here. And, although I'm sure there's nothing to be worried about, I'd check on how your parents are, just in case you have latent superpowers that you aren't aware of. You never can tell, after all.