James Marsters fans rejoice — your favorite too-cool-for-school, towheaded vamp this side of Eric Northman appears in two comics this week. Also, quirky graphic novels out the wazoo!
First off, Spike will be making his appearance in Dark Horse's Buffy the Vampire Slayer 36. Joss Whedon is penning this final arc, so now we get to see the follow-up after last issue's atmospheric sexcapades and totally random spaceship fly-bys.
Spike also appears in Spike: The Devil You Know 3 (IDW) — in this miniseries, Spike and the devil Eddie Hope must deal with problems coming straight out of Hellmouth.
What other comics are out?
Star Wars Blood Ties: A Tale Of Jango And Boba Fett 1 (Dark Horse): The Extended Universe's strangest father-and-genetic-replicate team must confront a mysterious mission from Count Dooku.
Science Dog Special 1 (Image): Robert Kirkman collects the back-up tales of Science Dog that weren't available in the Invincible collected editions
Wolverine 1: Jason Aaron takes Wolverine's soul to Hell but leaves his body running amok in the real world. Here's hoping things that this is like Weekend at Bernie's, but with more stabbing.
Freedom Fighters 1 (DC): Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray relaunch Uncle Sam's star-spangled gang of superhumans in a new ongoing — the team investigate a Confederate superweapon.
Avengers — Childrens Crusade 2 (Marvel): In the second issue of Alan Heinberg and Jim Cheung's new Young Avengers series, the Avengers and X-Men square off to find the Scarlet Witch.
Secret Six 25 (DC): Look at that cover by Daniel Luvisi. Someone make this a video game, pronto.
Torchwood 2 (Titan): Zombies and Bilis Manger are the obstacles the Torchwood crew must overcome (thankfully, not at same time).
Deadpool Pulp 1 (Marvel): Deadpool gets the mid-20th century treatment as a CIA liaison who must track down a femme fatale during the Cold War.
Stumptown 4 (Oni): The conclusion to the first tale of Greg Rucka's Portland-based crime drama hits retailers.
5 Days To Die 1 (IDW) and One Month To Live 1 (Marvel): The former is about a cop who has five days to live after a horrific car accident and must find the man who's killed his wife. The latter is a five-issue, weekly miniseries about a man who has 30 days to live...but also 30 days worth of kick-ass superpowers. Similar conceits, different heroic prerogatives.
Scourge 1 (Aspen): Terminator franchise producer Gale Anne Hurd and Scott Lobdell helm this title about New York City under the thrall of a virus that turns citizens into gargoyles.
What sort of trade paperbacks are coming out? There's Existence 2.0/3.0 (Image), which collects Nick Spencer's miniseries about a physicist whose consciousness is transferred into the hitman that killed him. Paul Cornell's Dark X-Men (Marvel) also gets the trade paperback treatment, as does J. Michael Straczynski's Supreme Power Volume 1 (Marvel) — that series was fine reading at the time, and it was a bummer that it fell off the planet. BOOM!'s trade paperback collections of 28 Days Later: London Calling, which follows Selena from the first film, and Volume 1 of Farscape (The Beginning Of The End Of The Beginning) are also out.
Rather than narrow it down to one PICK OF THE WEEK, I'm just going to go with a whole mess of graphic novels. First off, Argentinian cartoonist Pablo Holmberg will unveil a collection of his webcomic strip Eden (Drawn & Quarterly), which is about a medieval world where sentient creatures get in all sorts of imbrolgios and it rains angels. We also have Volume 4 of Atomic Robo — "Atomic Robo And Other Strangeness" — from Red 5 Comics. Did you see the preview of the Atomic Robo cartoon that debuted this weekend?
There's also Mike Mignola's Amazing Screw-On Head And Other Curious Objects from Dark Horse, which includes "The Magician and the Snake," the Eisner-winning tale Mignola wrote with his seven-year-old daughter. Finally, we have the trade paperback collection of Strange Tales Volume 1 (Marvel), which contains outlandish reinterpretations of Marvel heroes from creators like Paul Pope and Peter Bagge (that's Bagge's "Incorrigible Hulk" below).