January 26, 2011 at 8:57 am By:

1) Fantastic Four #587

The book most likely to move quickly this week is probably this anticipated issue featuring the death of one of the members of FF.  There’s been healthy speculation in recent months about which character will meet their end.  While the media has already leaked that information, the issue is still guaranteed to sell out, so make sure you pick up a copy.  Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting have been building their entire run up to this moment, and are planning a relaunch for March that is simply called FF.  Come see how they end this incarnation of Marvel’s flagship title.

2) Shazam #1

Fans of the Big Red Cheese rejoice!  This is only a one shot, but for Captain Marvel fans any new issue is worth appreciating.  Eric Wallace and Cliff Richards offer up this issue which has the added bonus of featuring a great cover by Cliff Chiang.  I’d be remiss not to mention that we still have several copies of Chip Kidd and Geoff Spear‘s excellent pictorial history of the character, Shazam! The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal.

3) Age of X: Alpha

This new X crossover seems to me like it will be a strong seller for Marvel.  Like the popular Age of Apocalypse of years past, Age of X features an alternate take on the X universe, with the last remaining mutants trying to survive on the fringes.  The draw of this series is the curiosity it raises around how certain characters will be portrayed.  Mike Carey, Paul Davidson, and others are the creators behind this series, which Marvel is touting as another universe-changing event.

4) Detective Comics #873

Scott Snyder and Jock wrap up their acclaimed “Black Mirror” storyline with this week’s issue.  Readers seem to be excited to see Jock doing interiors for this arc, as lately he’s become a go to cover artist for Marvel and DC.  Snyder has capitalized on his American Vampire success by doing a respectable job following Greg Rucka‘s popular Batwoman issues of Detective.

5) X-men #7

The inclusion of vampires into the X universe probably kept a few of you away from this newest ongoing X-men book.  If you’re among that lot, consider picking up this issues, as the X-men team up with Spider-man in a story set in New York.  Regular writer Victor Gischler is joined by artist Chris Bachalo, who is no stranger to illustrating Spidey or the X-men.  His Lizard story arc in Amazing Spider-man still gets plenty of talk around Heroes from staffers and customers alike.

>Bonus picks of the week: Uncanny X-force #4, Question: Pipeline TP, Magneto #1, Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Lost Command #1, and a slew of Avengers titles, including Avengers #9, New Avengers #8, and Secret Avengers #9.


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