Some of the most beloved comics creators are putting out work this week — Darwyn Cooke and Paul Pope are both unloading some creator-owned goodness, Frank Cho is putting Wolverine in the Savage Land, and there's a new issue of Brian K. Vaughan's Saga. And meanwhile, Batman is still facing massive destruction in "Death of the Family," and the Martians are attacking the Ghostbusters. Plus John Byrne is doing space opera!
Check out everything you need to know about this week's haul of comics, below!
Top image: Saga #9
Dark Horse has the first issue of Black Beetle: No Way Out, in which the Beetle is investigating Colt City's mob bosses, until a mysteroius explosion takes them all out. And there's also a new issue of BPRD 1948.
And from Dynamite, there's Bionic Man Vs. Bionic Woman #1, which is just what it sounds like.
DC Comics brings us Threshold #1, following up on the Green Lantern: New Guardians annual. Keith Giffen is reinventing the DC Universe cosmic characters, and bringing the same kind of mania that he brought to Lobo and Justice League International. Basically, a bunch of space-faring characters are stuck on a hostile planet where they're being hunted to death by the planet's citizens in a televised game. Among the people being hunted: rogue Green Lantern Jediah Caul. It's pretty much exactly what "Keith Giffen does The Most Dangerous Game on an alien planet" sounds like.
DC also has the first issue of Insurgent (pictured at left), in which the U.S. government creates a sleeper army of ordinary citizens using nanotechnology — and then someone starts activating these unknowing soldiers for nefarious purposes. A new American Civil War looms on the horizon, unless a former bounty hunter can be convinced to stop it.
Also from DC: tons of Batman titles. "Death of the Family" continues with Batman #16 and Batgirl #16, plus there's Batman: Arkham Unhinged #10. And meanwhile, Superman's new Super-family is facing off against the Kryptonian monster H'el in Superboy #16. There's also Demon Knights #16, which we had a preview of the other day. Plus Frankenstein Agent of SHADE, Legion Lost, Grifter, Ravagers, and a few other things.
And Image has issue #9 of Brian K. Vaughan's Saga, in which "the Will finally has a good day." There's also the first issue of Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth, "a collision of comedy, sex, and violence, [which] follows the misadventures of America's most dysfunctional family as they go head-to-severed head with an Oprah-loving ax murderer, a cult-crazy soap opera star, and a neo-Nazi prison gang." There's also a new issue of Creator-Owned Heroes with work from Darwyn Cooke. And the final issue of Howard Chaykin's new Black Kiss mini.
The big news from Marvel is the first issue of Savage Wolverine, a new series by Frank Cho, in which "Wolverine awakes to find himself transported to the Savage Land and labeled public enemy number one!" Check out a preview here. There's also a curiously late comics adaptation of the Thor movie. Plus new issues of Avenging Spider-Man, Dark Avengers and Avengers Assemble, in which we see how the Avengers like the new and improved Spidey. This week's X-titles: X-Factor and X-Men. Also there's a new Captain Marvel, a new Indestructible Hulk, a new Ultimate Iron Man, a new Wolverine Max, and a new Venom, plus a few other things.
From IDW, there's the first issue of The High Ways, in which 1980s comics superstar John Byrne does space opera in the vein of Dan Dare, focusing on the crew of a rock-hopping freighter, during the early days of interstellar travel. Says Byrne:
I liked the idea of playing in that "old time sci-fi" kind of milieu, where all the adventures took place within the Solar System, and where life - even intelligent, humanoid life - was to be found everywhere. I decided this takes place in the Next Men "universe" — though in the altered timeline our heroes created when they wiped out Project Next Men. The time is eighty or ninety years in the Future, roughly, and a central character of the first arc is Eddie Wallace, who appeared briefly in the previous series.
Also from IDW: a new G.I. Joe, a Transformers one-shot focusing on Thundercracker, and the latest Mars Attacks crossover — this time Mars is attacking the Ghostbusters!
Trade Paperbacks and Hardcovers
DC Comics has the first volume of the new Batwoman series, Hydrology — and it looks just as gorgeous as you'd expect. Just amazing art by J.H. Williams III. There's also volume 18 of Fables: Cubs in Toyland.
Image has the hardcover edition of Paul Pope's One Trick Rip Off: Deep Cuts, a 288-page collection of Pope comics featuring 150 pages of previously unseen comics and art. Pictured at left. And a new volume of Invincible, Vol. 17, What's Happening.
From Dark Horse, there's volume 12 of Conan The Barbarian: Throne of Aquilonia.
Marvel is putting out a ton of trades, including Generation X Classic Volume 2, Fear Itself, and Dark Tower: Gunslinger: Little Sisters of Eluria. New hardcovers include Avengers Academy, Avengers Assemble by Bendis, Mighty Thor: Everything Burns, and Captain America by Ed Brubaker.