SPOTLIGHT ON NEW RELEASES :: DECEMBER 8

December 8, 2010 at 10:06 am By:

1) Batgirl #16

I bring this issue to your attention because I’m sure some of you might have missed the debut of artist Dustin Nguyen on the book last month.  With all things Bat-related switching up and changing of late, Nguyen joins writer Bryan Q. Miller on this title in hopes of building up a solid rogues gallery for the character.  The Batman titles are often the most enjoyable from DC every month, and Nguyen’s quality work should encourage some new readership on this book.

2)  Widowmaker #1

Widowmaker is essentially a miniseries that will be standing in place of two struggling, unappreciated titles, Hawkeye and Mockingbird and Black Widow.  What’s most interesting about this project is that it sees the creative teams of the regular titles all working in collaboration.  In talking with Jim McCann for an upcoming interview for our site, he was especially excited about how he and co-writer Duane Swierczynski continually tried to one-up each other with each issue’s cliffhanger.  This series should focus on some of the common espionage threads between the characters, and will introduce a new Ronin in the process.  Plus, this series leads directly into the upcoming Hawkeye: Blindspot miniseries, so fans of the archer should take note.

3) Halcyon #2

Image continues its recent trend of introducing new super hero comics with this second issue from creators Marc Guggenheim, Tara Butters, and Ryan Bodenheim.  Focusing on a world where most evil has already been vanquished, Halcyon proves to be an interesting twist on several classic super hero themes.  Guggenheim and Butters have done frequent work for television shows, and if you’re not familiar with Bodenheim from his work on Jonathan Hickman’s Red Mass for Mars, check out his John Cassaday-esque work in this series.

4) Tiny Titans/Little Archie #3

Without question, the best family friendly offering of the day is this final issue of one of the most unexpected team ups of the year. Regular Tiny Titans creators Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani bring the magic-based characters Sabrina and Raven into the spotlight in this issue. This series is a great example of comics at their most simple, entertaining, and accessible.

> Bonus Picks of the Week: Batman: The Widening Gyre HC, Lady Mechanika #1, Mystery Society #5, Thor: the Mighty Avenger #7, Thor: the Mighty Avenger TP vol. 1, and Fables #100, the anniversary issue featuring art from Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Adam Hughes, and Chrissie Zullo, another talented Charlotte-based artist.

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