What's in comic shops Wednesday? A lot of new X-titles, the Predators comic book sequel, and the X-Files meets 30 Days Of Night. Comic-Con may be next week, but there's plenty of four-panel action on the racks.
The X-books are having a particularly big week. The Second Coming crossover wraps up in X-Men: Second Coming 2. The mutants have withstood a swarm of Nimrod Sentinels and now must square off against the cyborg Bastion. The Uncanny X-Men: The Heroic Age (Marvel) one-shot explores how the mutants fit into the Marvel status quo post-Second Coming — the crackerjack team of Whilce Portacio, Jamie McKelvie, and Steven Sanders are on art duties.
Finally, there's X-Force: Sex And Violence 1 and X-Men Origins: Deadpool 1 (Marvel). Two stand-alones about (respectively) Wolverine and Domino's sex life and Deadpool writing his own movie treatment à la Hugh Jackman. You already know if you're the target audience. As for X-trades, we have Kathryn Immonen and Sara Pichelli's X-Men: Pixie Strikes Back. The X-team's rising star must confront the secret of her villainous father.
What other issues will be in the shops?
Comic Book Guy: The Comic Book - The Collectors Edition 1 (Bongo): Cover of the week at the top.
Predators Preserve The Game One Shot (Dark Horse): It's the comic sequel to Predators. Who survived the onslaught of the film?
Batman 701 (DC): The "Batman R.I.P." team of Grant Morrison and Tony Daniels revisit the events between "R.I.P." and Final Crisis. That's good, as I thought that the segue between those two events went from Point A to Point Ω.
Stargate: Daniel Jackson 1 (Dynamite): SG-1's favorite PhD gets his own miniseries.
Solar Man Of Atom 1 (Dark Horse): Jim Shooter relaunches the old Valiant Comics crew this summer starting here. He'll also be tackling Turok and Magnus, Robot Fighter.
X-Files/30 Days Of Night 1 (DC/Wildstorm - IDW): This is perhaps one of the most logical crossovers in scifi histories, and it's penned by Steve Niles and Adam Jones (a.k.a. the guitarist from Tool). You can read a preview here. Looks way nifty.
Richard Stark's Parker: The Man With The Getaway Face - A Prelude To The Outfit (IDW): Darwyn Cooke takes on Richard Stark's crime anti-hero in this preview to The Outfit graphic novel this autumn. This preview is $2.
Astonishing Spider-Man Wolverine 2 (Marvel): The second issue of Marvel's most marketable man-duo hits the stands.
Superman Vol 3 701 (DC): J. Michael Straczynski's "Superman walking across America" arc, "Grounded," begins here.
Doctor Who Annual 2010 (IDW): An over-sized issue of Tenth Doctor tales.
There's also a slew of neat trades this week. First off, there's the hardcovers of Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps Volumes 1 & 2 (DC) — these collect the various BN minis showcasing Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Flash. The Predators: The Movie Adaptation trade paperback (Dark Horse) offers a "twist in perspective," as the tale is told from the viewpoint of Isabelle the sniper. Absolute Planetary Book 2 (DC/Wildstorm) hits the stands — it's big enough to incapacitate a prowler. The hardcover collection of Marvel's Siege also comes out tomorrow.
What's MY PICK OF THE WEEK? Revolver (DC/Vertigo), a scifi graphic novel by Matt Kindt. Sam lives a dull life as photo editor...until a dirty bomb goes off in Seattle. The world's gone to pot, but when Sam finally collapses from exhaustion, he awakens in his original, mundane existence. It turns out that Sam exists between two universes — a post-apocalyptic hell and a post-modern purgatory. The thing is, he might just prefer Hell over Limbo. Kindt, whose espionage graphic novel Super Spy was Eisner Award-nominated, spins a yarn about a man stuck between two unpalatable dimensions — Sam must choose safety or significance. We'll be talking to Kindt later this week about this compelling book.