In Wednesday's comics, the Marvel Universe collects hammers to bash heads, not nails

Marvel Comics starts a new miniseries about heroes hammering down. Alan Moore collects his H.P. Lovecraft tales. Captain Kirk meets Brainiac 5, plus new issues of Batman and Wonder Woman. It's Comics We Crave, flossing your brainpan on a Tuesday morning.

First Issues

Marvel releases twice-monthly miniseries The Fearless this week, which features the superheroes and supervillains of the Marvel Universe chasing down a collection of powerful Asgardian artifacts. You can read an interview with the creators of this series here. This series ties in with the final issue of the Asgardian mega-crossover series Fear Itself, which is out to boot.

As for IDW Publishing releases, there's the first issue of the ongoing 30 Days of Night series (preview here), John Byrne's espionage series The Cold War, and the Star Trek/Legion miniseries (and here's an interview with author Chris Roberson about that mash-up).

There's also the debut issue of the BioWare scifi epic Mass Effect: Invasion and a new volume of Neal Adams' Batman Odyssey.

Grab Bag

There's also new issues of Fables, Howard Chaykin's Avengers: 1959, the final Kieron Gillen-penned issue of Uncanny X-Men, Mark Millar's Superior, The Boys: Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker, Atomic Robo And The Ghost Of Station X, Dark Horse Presents, Batman, Brian Azzarello's Wonder Woman, Journey Into Mystery, Invincible Iron Man, and Justice League.

DC is collecting the first few issues of Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen's rather lovely Superman: Secret Identity and Peter Milligan's cannibal miniseries The Eaters.

In Wednesday's comics, the Marvel Universe collects hammers to bash heads, not nails

Graphic Novels

The third volume of Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker's Gotham Central is being collected in trade paperback, as is the fourth volume of Mike Carey's The Unwritten ("Leviathan") and the final volume of Warren Ellis' Freakangels.

Two trades about tearing asunder the pall that's draped over the mysterious underpinnings of society are Jonathan Hickman's S.H.I.E.L.D. (about the historical origins of Marvel's foremost clandestine organization) and Alan Moore's Neonomicon (about a rather nasty Cthulhu sex-and-drug-and-rock-and-roll cult). Finally, for $130, Alexandro Jodorowksy's Metabarons series is getting a chi-chi hardcover treatment.

As usual, here's the list of everything being released to comic stores tomorrow, and you can find your nearest comic retailer here. Happy reading, gang!