Comic book Wednesday always delivers the most prescient fashions. Who wouldn't want to sport a dapper Orange Lantern (your friends will be so envious!) or a gem-encrusted Infinity Gauntlet (that Soul Gem is 24 carat!). Let this week's comic haul teach you that superheroes wear more than spandex.
If burly, super-manly dudes are on your pull list, there are the inaugural issues of the King Conan: Scarlet Citadel (Dark Horse) miniseries and Nick Spencer's War Machine-centric ongoing series, Iron Man 2.0 (Marvel). And if no-bones-about-it torture porn is in your wheelhouse, there's a new Crossed miniseries — Crossed: Psychopath (Avatar) — in which people with facial blemishes will undoubtedly be cussing and misbehaving and tossing all stripes of human viscera at each other.
For supernatural fare, there's The Mission (Image) from Red screenwriters Jon and Erich Hoeber (plot = average Joe is suddenly given a quest by the archangel Gabriel) and True Blood: Tainted Love (IDW), which is co-authored by Marc Andreyko and Michael McMillian (the show's Reverend Steve Newlin).
Paul Cornell pits former Orange Lantern Lex Luthor against the giddy and goofy Larfleeze in Action Comics (DC), and Brian Michael Bendis brings back the Infinity Gauntlet in Avengers (Marvel). The final issue of Fantastic Four (Marvel) hits the stands before their relaunch as the Future Foundation.
Other comics you may be looking forward to include new issues of Terry Moore's Echo, Mark Waid's Incorruptible, Matt Fraction's Invincible Iron Man, Nick Spencer's Morning Glories, Jonathan Ross' Turf, and Brian Clevinger's Atomic Robo And The Deadly Art Of Science.
Noteworthy trade paperbacks include a new printing of stalwart John Constantine penman Jamie Delano's Hellblazer: Pandemonium (DC/Vertigo), which contains artwork by The Losers artist Jock. For a look at Jock's earlier work, there's Lenny Zero And The Perps Of Mega-City One (Rebellion), which collects some of his 2000 AD collaborations with Losers writer Andy Diggle.
Volume 5 of Warren Ellis and Paul Duffield's webcomic Freakangels (Avatar) and the second collected volume of Grant Morrison's enjoyable maxiseries Seven Soldiers Of Victory (DC) are out as well.
A special shout-out goes to DC's Justice League: The Rise And Fall hardcover, which finally collects the infamous "Roy Harper does heroin and rescues a dead cat" story. My ward is still a junkie!