Escape Watchmen's Long Shadow

In a week when it seems that Watchmen hangover is still lingering for some, relief comes from the most unexpected of places in this week's comics.

Escape Watchmen's Long Shadow

It's not just Rich Johnston's fun parody Watchmensch that owes a lot to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' classic this week; Marvel's two Squadron Supreme collections (J. Michael Straczynski's The Pre-War Years and, to a lesser extent, Howard Chaykin's Power To The People) are very Watchmen-ish in their own ways... and Moore has a "new" book, Alan Moore's Light Of Thy Countenance (actually a comics adaptation of a prose story by other creators), himself. For those who want to escape the shadow of the 1980s, though, there's light at the end of the tunnel.

For one thing, you could escape to the 1960s; the latest collection of Jeff Parker's enjoyable X-Men: First Class series, The Wonder Years is released, and just narrowly loses out on the book of the week position to Letters From Lost Countries, the first collection of Vertigo series Air, which also has a specially-priced $1 issue released to entice new readers to pick up its particular brand of magical-realism; personally, I think it's worth the gamble, even if Letters From Lost Countries has the occasional stumble in getting to its destination.

Otherwise, there're the usual slew of crossmedia tie-ins launching (Star Trek: Crew, which looks back at the pre-Kirk days of the original series, and GI Joe: Cobra, which tells the inside story of America's favorite terrorist force), including my favorite: Sherlock Holmes/Kolchak. There's almost no way that it can live up to that title, but you know that it's going to be fun trying.

Whether your taste is in '80s Gloomanddoom or retro movie chic, you're sure to find something to please in the complete list of this week's new comic releases. Just remember to use the Comic Shop Locator Service to find your local comic store, and - while buying whatever you decide on - tell the owner that you're glad that his or her store is nothing like the one in Heroes.