Bruce Wayne never breaks his oath to never use guns (except when firing time bullets at evil demi-gods, although that admittedly doesn't come up much). But something is forcing him to exercise his second amendment rights in this week’s comics, which also includes robot royalty, plan amnesia, the most badass raccoon/tree team-up in the universe, and more!
• X #0: A brutal vigilante sends a message of death to Arcadia city’s three top crime lords.
• Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #20: Xander gets fed up with Buffy’s shit.
• Star Wars #4: While the Empire hunts Han Solo through Coruscant, Leia sets a trap and Luke makes a new lady friend.
• Other releases: Mind MGMT #1 (1for $1 version), Sledgehammer #44.
• Suicide Squad #19: The Suicide Squad has a new leader, but that doesn’t mean the Suicide Squad’s going to live through the day.
• Batman #19: Bruce Wayne has a gun. BRUCE WAYNE HAS A GUN. (Best if sung to the tune of "Janie's Got a Gun" by Aerosmith.)
• Constantine #2: Constantine searches for the pieces of Croydon’s Compass before the Cult of the Cold Flame can get their hands on it.
• Other releases: Action Comics #19, Batgirl #19, Batman and Red Robin #19, Batman: Arkham Unhinged #13, Batman: Lil’ Gotham #1, Deathstroke #19, Demon Knights #19, Django Unchained #3, Green Lantern Corps #19, Ravagers #11, Saucer Country #14, Superboy #19, Team 7 #7, Threshold #4.
• Danger Girl Trinity #1: Abbey, Sidney and Sonya go on three different adventures drawn by three hit artists.
• Colonized #1: When an alien spaceship crash-lands in a separatist camp, it’s aliens vs. zombies vs. crazed militia men!
• Other releases: Doctor Who Classics #2, Dungeons & Dragons: Cutter #1, G.I. Joe: Cobra Files #1, Kiss Solo #1: The Demon, Mars Attacks #9, The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror #3, Star Trek Countdown to Darkness #4, Transformers: Regeneration One #90, True Blood #11.
• Saga #12: Bryan K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' amazing scifi/fantasy series continues, as Prince Robot IV makes his move.
• Sex #2: When a superhero hangs up his cape, his sexual problems come to the forefront (so to speak).
• Other releases: Invincible Universe #1, The Walking Dead #109.
• Ultron #1: Victor Mancha struggles with the horrible knowledge that his father is Ultron, the villain that destroyed the world.
• Fearless Defenders #3: Not only is Warrior Woman not dead, she’s joining the team!
• Uncanny Avengers #6: Thor takes on Apocalypse as part of Kang’s insidious plans.
• Hawkeye #9: Hawkeye meets with his ex-wife, and probably thinks Victor Mancha and Thor have it easy.
• Other releases: Age of Ultron #5, Alpha Big Time #3, Avengers #9, Avengers Arena #7, Avengers Assemble #14, Avenging Spider-Man #19, Fantastic Four #6, Marvel Universe Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes #13, Secret Avengers #3, Secret Service #6, Thor: God of Thunder #7, Ultimate Comics Ultimates #23, Uncanny X-Men #4, Wolverine #2, X-Treme X-Men #13.
• Tales of Fear #1: This anthology from Aazurn features six tales of horror, including a real life zombie apocalypse hitting Hollywood to humans gone fishing… as the bait.
• Satanika Anniversary Special: Glenn Danzig’s blasphemous heroine gets a special assortment of stories to celebrate her one-year satan-niversary (sorry).
• Standard #2: The acclaimed series about a superhero that’s retired to become a quiet high school chemistry teacher continues.
• Mega Man #24: The great Mega Man/Sonic the Hedgehog crossover begins here!
• Other releases: Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake #4, Aliens Vs. Parker #2, Bravest Warriors #7, Dead Man’s Run #4, Green Hornet #34, Harbinger #11, Jennifer Blood #25, Kevin Keller #8, Lord of the Jungle #14, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #8, Shadow #11, Stuff of Legend: Toy Collector #4, Vampirella #28.
Trade Paperbacks and Hardcovers
• Mind MGMT Vol. 1: Matt Kindt’s hit mystery about a plane whose passengers all lost their memory, and the journalist who tries to uncover the truth.
• Other releases: Criminal Macabre: Cal McDonald Casebook Vol. 1, Oh My Goddess Vol. 44.
• World’s Finest Vol. 1: Lost Daughters: Superman’s cousin and Batman’s daughter are transported from Earth-2 to our world, and must fight evil while trying to find their way home.
• Smallville Season 11 Vol. 1: The Guardian: If you wanted to see what Smallville’s Clark Kent would finally look like (and act like) wearing Superman’s iconic tights, this comic has the answer.
• Swamp Thing Vol. 2: Family Tree: Swamp Thing must battle The Rot for the fate of all life, but even if Swamp Thing wins, he may lose Abigail Arcane.
• Other releases: 100 Bullets Vol. 4, Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2: Scare Tactics, The Flash Chronicles Vol. 4, Tiny Titans Vol. 8: Aw Yeah Titans.
• Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness: The prequel that leads directly into this summer’s Star Trek Into Darkness movie.
• Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimate Collection Vol. 4: Containing the epic “City at War” storyline, which pits the TMNT against the reformed Foot — and Eastman and Laird’s final TMNT pages.
• Other releases: Bringing Up Father Vol. 2: Cabbages and Kings, Judge Dredd Vol. 1: Star Trek: Space Spanning Treasury Edition, Steve Canyon Vol. 3: 1951-1952, Tales of the TMNT Vol. 2, Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Artists Edition.
• Point of Impact: A woman’s murder changes the lives of her husband, her friend and her lover in this noir by Jay Faerber.
• Rocket Raccoon and Groot: Complete Collection: Without a doubt, this is the finest collection of raccoon/tree team-up comics you will ever read.
• Wolverine: Covenant: Wolverine teams up with Elsa Bloodstone, fights with the Murderous Lion, and tries to figure out why a secret society called the Covenant keeps trying to kill him.
• Other releases: Avengers Vs. X-Men, Captain America by Ed Brubaker Vol. 3, Essential Iron Man Vol. 5, Fantastic Four Vol. 1: New Departure New Arrivals, Marvel Universe Iron Man Digest, Oz: Road to Oz, Uncanny X-Force Vol. 6: Final Execution, X-Men: Reckless Abandonment.
• Taint Meat, It’s the Humanity: The EC Jack Davis Collection: Fantagraphics collects every single one of Davis’ horrifying, hilarious tales from EC’s classic Tales from the Crypt comics in one convenient package.
• Queen Sonja Vol. 5: Ascendency: As soon as Sonja frees her people from Thulsa Doom and takes the throne, her less-than-grateful subjects rebel.
• Other releases: Alien: The Illustrated Story, Excel Saga Vol. 25, M3, Tiger &Bunny Vol. 1, Unico.