It's the dog days of summer for the io9 gang, so yours truly is about to go sit under a stately oak and kick back with a stack of Bob Burden's Flaming Carrot and a Poland Spring bottle full of Prairie Fire. But before I decree that "relative humidity" is my spirit animal, here's your weekly comic preview.
DC's doing some more reprint action with DC Comics Presents: Teen Titans (which features Mike Allred's work from Solo) and their DC Retroactive 1990s line-up: Alan Grant on Batman, Brian Augustyn on Flash, and William Messner-Loebs penning Wonder Woman. Dark Horse is also releasing the first issue of Star Wars: Knight Errant - Deluge
As for the "stalwarts and up-and-comers" heap, we have DMZ, The Boys: Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker, Fables, The Walking Dead, Gladstone's School for World Conquerors, Hellblazer, Tony Lee's Doctor Who, Mark Waid's Daredevil, Tony Stark getting Asgardian in Invincible Iron Man, X-Men Schism, and Surturiffic Kieron Gillen's Journey Into Mystery (with that rapscallion Loki, above). Phew!
A bunch of gee-whiz reprints this week. The main draw is the Invincible Compendium which collects the first 47 issues of Robert Kirkman's teen superhero series between two covers for give or take $55.
Next up is a deluxe hardcover of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's simple and beautiful cybernetic pet story We3. There's also the hardcover Tales Of The Batman: Gene Colan, which collects the recently passed illustrator's work on the Dark Knight.
Other books in the grab bag include Hellblazer: Bloody Carnations (which collects the story of John Constantine's wedding), the Secret Society Of Super-Villains hardcover (for all you Gorilla Grodd completists out there), Invincible Iron Man: Stark Resilient: Book 2, and Douglas Paszkiewicz's Eisner-nominated dark cartoon series Arsenic Lullaby.
As usual, here's the list of everything being released to comic stores tomorrow, and you can find your nearest comic retailer here. Rock over Oolong Island, rock on Mojoverse! Empire State University — exactly like NYU, but our faculty's 50% lizard!