This week, a new Spider-Man hits the scene. Also, Buffy, Frankenstein, and disgusting gladiator mutants!

What's on the stands this Wednesday? A new Spider-Man swings over New York City, Etrigan and Batwoman debut in the DC Universe, and vulgarity-drunk space demons throttle each other in a hellish extradimensional desert. Business as usual!

First Issues

The second week of DC's September relaunch kicks off. Among the titles we're looking forward to are J.H. Williams III's Batwoman, Paul Cornell's Demon Knights, Jeff Lemire's Frankenstein Agent Of S.H.A.D.E., Peter Milligans' Red Lanterns, and Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning's Resurrection Man.

Other DC relaunch titles on the stands are Batman and Robin, Deathstroke, Green Lantern, Grifter, Legion Lost, Mister Terrific, Suicide Squad, and Superboy.

Another two scifi stalwarts are getting fresh starts this week. The first issue of Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Season 9 sees our hero adjusting to life in San Francisco without the glitz of superpowers. And in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, new Spider-Man Miles Morales assumes the mantle of the Ultimate Universe's resident webslinger.

Also out this week is the monster mash miniseries Fear Itself: Hulk versus Dracula and the Disney tie-in John Carter: A Princess Of Mars, which is penned by Thor: The Mighty Avenger's Roger Langridge.

Grab Bag

The penultimate chapter of Marvel's Asgardian battle royale Fear Itself is on the stands — here's our recent coverage of what comes after this book. There are also new issues of Dollhouse: Epitaphs, Journey Into Mystery, American Vampire: Survival Of The Fittest, Daredevil, Cobra, The Unwritten, and Punisher MAX.

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Graphic Novels

This week sees the confluence of two thematically similar trade paperbacks about superhumans going out of control. First up is John Arcudi and Peter Snejbjerg's A God Somewhere, which is about a mortal man's destructive delusions of grandeur when he suddenly receives superpowers.

There's also a collection of Warren Ellis and Garrie Gastonny's Avatar miniseries Supergod — this book follows a superhuman arms race that has apocalyptic consequences. Both comics — which make excellent companion pieces — depict worlds where superhumans don't become superheroes.

For those of you looking for a 1980s Marvel throwback fix, there's The Evolutionary War omnibus. Finally, Johnny Ryan's Prison Pit Book 3 brutally meanders into stores. In this third volume of scifi horror, taciturn mutants — whose dialogue is mostly swearing — beat the living snot out of each other in a desolate hell dimension. It's violence and excretion and demonic mutation as unadulterated Dadaism. Read a preview here.

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 Nanda Parabat, rock on San Theodoros! The Kronas Corporation — we'll soldier on through any season, especially the winter!