I don’t know for certain, but I do know this: Now that Pandora, the mysterious figure glimpsed in Flashpoint — who's part of the New 52’s mysterious Trinity of Sin with the Phantom Stranger and the Question — is finally getting her own self-titled comic this week, so we might be as close as we’re gonna get.
• 47 Ronin #5: Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai’s retelling of Japan’s most famous tale reaches its epic — and deadly — conclusion.
• Catalyst Comix #1: This classic '90s Dark Horse superhero team gets a radical relaunch.
• Other releases: Abe Sapien: New Race #4, Emily and the Strangers #3, Mister X: Eviction #3, Victories: Transhuman #3.
• Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1: The mystery woman who helped bring about the New 52-niverse reveals her deal. Hopefully.
• Earth 2 #14: Steppenwolf is going to destroy the earth (2), and only Alan Scott, the Flash and Dr. Fate stand in the way.
• Ame Comic Girls #5: A New God gets the Ame Comi Rule 63 treatment, just in time to stop Sinestra from flooding Thanagar with zombies.
• Other releases: Action Comics #22, Batman Inc. #12, Batwing #22, Detective Comics #22, Dial H #14, Fairest #17, Green Arrow #22, Green Lantern #22, Legends of the Dark Knight #10, The Movement #3, Stormwatch #22, Swamp Thing #22, Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger #10.
• G.I. Joe: Special Missions #4: The Joes fight the Baroness, her mutinying troops, and Serpentor’s ninja squad in the middle of the ocean.
• Other releases: Transformers: Monstrosity #2, Transformers: Robots in Disguise #19.
• Satellite Sam #1: A ‘50s children’s TV host is murdered, revealing the sordid, sexy, violent world behind the cameras.
• Dark Skullkickers Dark #1: Honestly, I could read about Skullkickers making fun of Marvel’s Avengers titles all day, every day.
• Other releases: Age of Bronze #33, Blackacre #8, Five Weapons #5, Invincible Universe #4, Mice Templar IV: Legend #4, Spawn #233, Ten Grand #3, Thief of Thieves #15.
• Avengers AI #1: Hank Pym leads a group of heroic robots and androids to fight the digital threats of the Marvel universe. That's a Doom-Bot, if you're wondering.
• Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1: Looks like Spidey’s foes are getting back together, and they dislike the Superior Spider-Man even more than the original.
• Deadpool Kills Deadpool #1: Having killed the entirety of the Marvel universe and all of literature, Deadpool selects his final target: himself. All of himselfs.
• Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow’s Avengers #1: You think the the regular GotG are weird? Then check the GotG of the year 3,000.
• Other releases: Avengers #15, Daredevil: Dark Nights #2, Dexter #1, Emerald City of Oz #1, Iron Man #12, Red She-Hulk #67, Thunderbolts #12, Venom #37, What If? AVX #1, X-Men Legacy #13.
• Absolution: Rubicon #1: After a superhero turns vigilante, the courts and the criminals scramble to deal with his brutal new justice.
• Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake #6: The duo discover Flame Prince’s secret in the epic conclusion to the acclaimed miniseries.
• Other releases: Aliens Vs. Parker #3, Archie #645, Bionic Woman #10, Charismagic Vol. 2 #3, Clive Barker’s New Testament #2, Deathmatch #7, The Dresden Files: Ghoul Goblin #5, Fathom: Elite Saga #3, Final Plague #1, The Green Hornet #3, Grimm Fairy Tales: Oz #1, Grimm Fairy Tales: Werewolves’ Hunger #2, Human #1, Jennifer Blood: First Blood #6, Legends of the Shadowclan #5, Mercy Spark #1, Night of the Living Dead: Aftermath #9, Owl #1, Polarity #4, Princeless Vol. 2 #4, Red Sonja #78, Screwed #2, The Shadow #15, Sonic the Hedgehog #250, Steam Engines of Oz #1, Suicide Risk #3, Uber #3, Unprofessionals: Sociopathic Bromance #1, Xenoglyphs #3.
Trade Paperbacks and Hardcovers
• Axe Cop Vol. 4: President of the World: The axe-wielding cop is now President of the World, and all criminals should beware. And other people. And pretty much everybody in outer space, too.
• Usagi Yojimgo Vol. 27: A Town Called Hell: Usagi Yojimbo finally getting around to doing a Yojimbo/town-torn-apart-by-two-warring-gangs-and samurai-plays-‘em-both story? I am shocked it took this long.
• Other releases: Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities Vol. 3: Orm of Loch Ness, Chronicles of Conan Vol. 24: Blood Dawn and Other Stories, Grendel Omnibus Vol. 3: Orion’s Reign.
• Green Lantern Corps Vol. 2: Alpha War: John Stewart is framed by the Guardians, convicted of killing a fellow Lantern, and sentenced to die. What’s Guy Gardner gonna do? Jailbreak, natch.
• Other releases: Team 7 Vol. 1: Fight Fire with Fire.
• Star Trek Vol. 5: A further look at the origins of the new Trek crew, including how Bones enlisted, when Sulu and Chekov first met, and Uhura’s secret past.
• Other releases: The Crow: Midnight Legends Vol. 4: Waking Nightmares, Doctor Who 3 Vol. 3: Eye of Ashaya.
• Masks and Mobsters Vol. 1: When a mobster kills Doctor Daylight, the superhero community makes the entire mob their #1 priority.
• Marvel Now Omnibus Vol. 1: Collecting over 30 #1 issues of Marvel series, after their Now relaunch.
• Daredevil: End of Days: After Daredevil and Kingpin are dead, reporter Ben Urich discovers Matt Murdock’s final secret.
• Mark Millar’s Wolverine Omnibus: Let’s just say this collection is not unviolent.
• Other releases: Dark Avengers: Masters of Evil, New Avengers Premiere Edition Vol. 1: Everything Dies Now, Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1: Revolution, Venom: The Enemy Within, X-Factor Vol. 20: Hell on Earth.
• Science Fiction: When a no-nonsense realist watches a crappy scifi movie, he suddenly remembers being abducted as a child. But can his relationship survive this claim?
• Graphic Canon Vol. 3: Heart of Darkness to Infinite Jest: Another magnificent collaboration of artists working together to illustrate and reinterpret the stories of the 20th century.
• Subculture Omnibus: The comic (and webcomic) series about the crew of Kingdom Comix, collected in one handy tome.
• Other releases: ABC Warriors: Volgan War Vol. 1: Big Plans, Bleach Vol. 57, Blue Exorcist Vol. 10, Classics Illustrated Vol. 17: Secret Agent, D.Gray-Man 3-in-1 Vol. 1, Fairy Tail Vol. 27, The Gettysburg Address, , Green Eggs and Maakies, Hana Kimi 3-in-1 Vol. 5, Harvey Horror’s Witches Tales Vol. 4, Jiu Jiu Vol. 5, Kodt: Bundle of Trouble Vol. 39, Mobile Suit Gundam Origin Vol. 2, Natsume’s Book of Friends Vol. 14, Negima Omnibus Vol. 7, Oresama Teacher Vol. 14, Paul Joins the Scouts, Percy Jackson and the Olympians Vol. 2: Sea of Monsters, Persia Blues Vol. 1, Pokémon Adventures Vol. 17, Psyren Vol. 11, The Secret History of D.B. Cooper, Strobe Edge Vol. 5, Tales of Hot Rod Horror Vol. 2: Uglydolls: Going Places, Wasteland Vol. 8: Lost in the Ozone.