Whole bunch of crazy in the week's comics. A Superman without a girlfriend, the man who wrote The Dark Knight Returns is back to fight the War on Terror, and Jack Kirby's post-apocalyptic manimal series gets ready for your bookshelf. Wackiness abounds.
It's the final week of DC's September relaunch, and 13 first issues are on the stands. We're looking forward to Francis Manapul's artwork on Flash and Peter Milligan's scripts on Justice League Dark (below). Also, Clark Kent is no longer with Lois Lane in Superman. What's going on with that?
As for the rest of the new DC titles, there's Savage Hawkman, Teen Titans, All-Star Western, Aquaman, Voodoo, Batman: The Dark Knight, Blackhawks, Fury of Firestorm, The New Guardians, and I, Vampire.
Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley kick off Brilliant, their creator-owned title for Marvel/Icon. In this series, young geniuses try to divine the scientific basis for superpowers. Will the results be sexy or deadly?
The miniseries Annihilators: Earthfall sees Beta Ray Bill duking it out with the Avengers. IDW starts up an ongoing Ghostbusters series this week, and in the first issue of Abe Sapien: The Devil Does Not Jest, the BPRD's resident ichthyosapien squares off against a demonic threat.
There are new issues of Kick-Ass 2, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Sixth Gun, Angel & Faith, American Vampire, Snake Eyes (preview here), FF, Journey Into Mystery, and Warren Ellis' run on Secret Avengers.
A high-profile release this week is Frank Miller's Holy Terror, an unabashed propaganda comic about a superhero taking on Al-Qaeda. This comic originally starred Batman, but without scenes of the Dark Knight losing his shit in Afghanistan, will this be worth a read?
You may have seen our interview this morning with webcomic maestro Kate Beaton — her cartoon collection Hark, A Vagrant comes out today. Also, Beaton's one of many creators who contributed to Marvel's indie-centric Strange Tales II anthology, which is out in softcover.
Finally, for pure Jack Kirby insanity, it's hard to beat the first omnibus of Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth. Dolphin utopias! The Kangarat Murder Society! It's the post-apocalypse meets Dr. Dolittle!
Some other releases that may pique your interest could be the second volume of Carla Speed McNeil's Finder and Brian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue DeConnick's Castle graphic novel, Castle: Richard Castle's Deadly Storm.
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 The United States of Lions, rock on Black Freighter! Global Peace Agency — staying faceless so you won't have to!