The latest generation of hunters includes two brothers, one of which is a celebrated, if cold-hearted pterodactyl killer whilst the other is a mild-mannered watchman timid in life and unsure of his calling. Featured in Best American Comics 2011, it's a delightful format and the story has genuine drama and heart. Brendan Leach (who counted David Mazzucchelli as a MFA thesis adviser) is clearly a talent to watch out for. See here for his website and see here for an interview at TheComicsJournal.
Considered as something of a practise run for Sandman, Black Orchid: The Deluxe Edition (Vertigo) marks an early collaboration between Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman, an enduring partnership that has included comics, picture books and a movie. Using elements of super-heroes, the DC universe and myth-making it was part of the late-eighties movement towards a grown up approach to mainstream comics. McKean's dream-like paintings beautifully set the tone for Gaiman's work.
Also out is Chew vol. 5: Major League Chew (Image) by John Layman and Rob Guillory. A Harvey and Eisner Award-winning series it's the police/horror series doing its best to get the word cibopathic (to have the ability to know the history of something just by eating it) into the mainstream (although I haven't found myself using much in conversation). Surely it's only got to be a matter of time before it's turned into a pilot for a TV series. See here for its very own blogspot.
Woo-hoo! Now that's what I'm talking about! Fights! Yeah! This week it's Thing versus Namour and Iron Man versus Magneto! Get yourself some smackdown! All in Avengers vs X-Men: Versus #1 (apparently these stories have writers!?). See also: Thor leading a suicide mission to stop the Phoenix force in Secret Avengers #26 and gentlemanly fisticuffs I'm sure between the Red Hulk and Colossus in Uncanny X-Men #11.
Mark Millar and Leinil Yu's Supercrooks #2 continue their Italian- sorry Spanish job and hot on the heels of Marvel Universe: Avengers, there's a new all-ages cartoon tie-in comic in the shape of Marvel Universe: Ultimate Spider-Man #1 (not to be confused with regular Ultimate Spider-Man - got a feeling that may cause some problems).
Full list of goodies, as ever, is under the tab at the top of the page.