Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Weekly Treats! Batman, Thieves & Detectives

Remember the old farmers saying: Bank Holiday fun, wait an extra couple of hours for your comics! Should all be done by lunchtime but keep an eye on Twitter updates for the real time progress.

So, this week sees Matt Kindt make more hay whilst the sun shines. Hot on the heels of Mind MGMT comes Red Handed Fine Art Strange Crimes (First second), a crime story that promises to be as fractured as the title. Detective Gould is a super-sleuth who gets into difficulty trying to solve crimes that appear too odd and random to conform to regular profiling. Also, Zombie king Robert Kirkman lends some writing time to Thief of Thieves vol 2: Help Me (Image), co-written by James Asmus and illustrated by Shawn Martinbrough.

There's also Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 vol 3: Guarded (Dark Horse) and one of the most famous of the early Constantine story lines in the slow chronological reprinting of the series - Hellblazer vol 5 Dangerous Habit (Vertigo) finds the Johnny dying from his nicotine addiction.

Two Batman books dominate the superhero releases: First is  Batman Incorporated vol. 1 Demon Star(DC). Grant Morrison's take on Batman will be wrapping up soon leaving behind a huge body of work and carving his name on a large chunk of Batman history for years to come. This volume is the beginning of the end marking a healthy collaboration with illustrator Chris Burnham. Also out is the paper back edition of original graphic novel Batman: Death By Design (DC) written by legendary designer Chip Kidd with striking pencil illustrations by Dave Taylor

Batman makes himself space on the comic shelves as well this week with both the Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo regular series and Batman Incorporated, both on #20 (DC). From Marvel it's a very Avengers-centric week (and if you picked up a copy of the Infinity prelude on FCBD then you'll be keeping an eye on Jonathan Hickman's titles) but I'll spotlight Thor: God of Thunder #8 because I think Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic have been working some magic there. After one of those sneaky #0's last month the first issue proper of Kieron Gillen and Caanan White's Uber #1 (Avatar) arrives - just your usual regular tale of very nasty Nazi super soldiers and a woman at the heart of it all trying to get her secret out to the allied forces. And finally, based on the tv show Grimm #1 (Dynamite).

Full list of releases under the tab at the top of the page...

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