A duo of paranormal protagonists are having a productive week. Ms. Summers wraps up her comic series, and the snarkiest magician in comic history ties the knot. Plus, Steampunk Sarah Palin and tons more high concept weirdness!
First off, the final issue of Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 8 (Dark Horse) is out — the Scooby Gang are still reeling from a major loss and Ms. Summers must face Judgment Day head on. It's also Buffy's 30th birthday on Wednesday, so there might be a birthday/release party at your neighborhood comic shop. Another comic book milestone is the wedding of John Constantine in Hellblazer 275 (DC/Vertigo). The DC Universe' most eldritch bachelor is settling down with alchemist Epiphany Greaves, but supernatural enemies threaten to rain on his wedding day. This tale comes to you courtesy of Peter Milligan.
For the TARDIS faithful, there's the beginning of Doctor Who Volume 4 (IDW) by Who comic writer Tony Lee — this series showcases Matt Smith's 11th Doctor. Another debut this week is the Mass Effect: Evolution (Dark Horse) miniseries, which is penned by Mass Effect 2 writer Mac Walters and stars the game's mysterious Illusive Man. And the Kathryn Immonen-penned Wolverine And Jubilee (Marvel) features the Batman and Robin of the early 1990s. Jubilee is a vampire these days, and she needs her Albertan papa bear to see her through her hemoglobin withdrawal (or something).
Christos Gage and Mike Costa's gritty espionage tale GI Joe: Cobra II (IDW) promises a radical shift in the status quo as one-time Joe agent Chuckles cozies up with Cobra. Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca's Invincible Iron Man (Marvel) hits issue 500 with a highfalutin futurist fable, and the Steampunk Palin one-shot (Antarctic) promises, well, something. Other grim and grimy releases from notable creators include new issues of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev's Scarlet (Marvel/Icon), Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu's Superior (Marvel/Icon), and the fiftieth issue Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's The Boys (Dynamite).
As for graphic novels, Matt Fraction's Casanova: Luxuria (Marvel/Icon) gets a much deserved reprint. Ed Brubaker's Secret Avengers and Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier are out in hardcover. For those who like their comics with a side of saurians, Richard Delgado's wordless Age Of Reptiles (Dark Horse) gets the omnibus treatment — another dinocentric comic this week is John Byrne's cowboys versus dinosaurs series Jurassic Park: The Devils In The Desert (IDW). Two volumes of Alexandro Jodorowsky's scifi series Technopriests (Humanoids) are in stores, as are Peter Milligan's 2000 AD trade The Complete Bad Company and Claudio Piersanti's surrealist graphic novel Stigmata (Fantagraphics, preview here).