In Wednesday's comics, Batman goes VR and kung fu fighters go nuts

A big heaping dollop of high concept crazy is waiting for you at your neighborhood comic emporium. There are supernatural martial arts masters, a new issue of Kick-Ass 2, and a certifiable deluge of four-color crazy. Let's examine the goods.

First Issues

For superheroic fare, there's the first issue of (the somewhat redundantly titled) Jonathan Hickman book Ultimate Comics Ultimates, which promises to hearken back to that big-screen Mark-Millaresque action of the early Aughts. Tom DeFalco pens the Superman Beyond one-shot, which features the Batman Beyond universe's version of the Last Son of Krypton.

IDW's also premiering several titles — they're publishing Anne Rice's new horror comic Servant Of The Bones (you can check out a preview here), R.A. Salvatore's Dungeons & Dragons: Legend Of Drizzt Neverwinter Tales, and Kevin Eastman's new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Finally, Dynamite is kicking off series based on the Bionic Man (co-penned by that Kevin Smith) and Warehouse 13.

Other Releases

DC's cleaning house this week with the final issues of some of their better books — we see the end of Grant Morrison's Batman Inc. for the time being. The synopsis? "When Waynetech's launch of Interworld is plagued by a series of "virtual murders," Batman teams up with Oracle to hunt down the culprit in a simulated environment that's slowly collapsing into post-apocalyptic zombie-haunted chaos."

We also see the conclusions to John Rozum's Xombi and Scott Snyder's Batman: Gates Of Gotham. Snyder's wrapping up Project Superman, which was one of the niftier miniseries to come out of Flashpoint. There are also DC Retroactive issues representing 1990s comics like Ron Marz's Green Lantern, Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis JLA, and Louise Simonson's Superman.

As for the rest of the grab bag, you'll see new issues of Uncanny X-Force, Dark Horse Presents (which showcases work by Dave Gibbons and Jim Steranko), Chew, American Vampire, FF, Punisher, and Kick-Ass 2.

In Wednesday's comics, Batman goes VR and kung fu fighters go nutsS

Graphic Novels

The standout release this week is Kagan McLeod's stylish Infinite Kung Fu, which features absoludicrous martial art techniques clobbering the living dead. In case you're considering buying this book, Top Shelf has posted a 250-page preview online, which is more than half the book. One heckuva free sample!

Other idiosyncratic releases include Humanoids republishing of Alexandro Jodorowsky's western Bouncer The One-Armed Gunslinger, a reprint of Pat Mills' 2000 AD scifi series ABC Warriors: The Black Hole, and Hondo-City Law, a compilation of stories about Japan's megalopolis in the Judge Dredd universe.

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 Okefenokee, rock on Czarnia! Roxxon Oil — we wring the profit from your neck!