SPOTLIGHT ON NEW RELEASES :: MAY 9

May 9, 2012 at 8:30 am By:

First off, thanks to the huge crowd of folks who were on hand Saturday to help us celebrate Free Comic Book Day!  We hope you had as much fun as we did.  Thanks also to all of our guest artists who offered up their time and skills to make it a memorable event.  Don’t forget that HeroesCon’s 30th Anniversary is only a little over a month away, so make sure to purchase your tickets soon.  Now on to the week’s new releases!

1) Frankenstein Alive Alive #1

Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson helm this new series that picks up right where Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein novel ends.  Wrightson’s work on adapting that classic novel is one of the true hallmarks of comics horror, and Niles is a writer who not only reveres that work, but classic horror in general.  If you haven’t read horror comics in a while, this is the place to get back into them.  Also, don’t forget that both Niles and Wrightson will be returning to HeroesCon next month!

2) Silver Surfer: Parable HC

This classic story from Stan Lee and Moebius receives a new hardcover treatment this week.  Aside from being a classic Silver Surfer story, this is probably where many of us who came of age in the eighties first saw the artwork of the late, great Moebius.  If you’ve always wanted to find a story to introduce yourself to the work of this genius, here’s a great place to start.

3) Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #5

The pulp hero from the pages of Hellboy and B.P.R.D. sees another great miniseries come to a close this week.  The collective works of Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and cover artist Dave Johnson are nothing if not reliable.  While they are all their usual entertaining selves, this series really benefitted from the work of artist Tonci Zonjic, who made a name for himself on last year’s Who Is Jake Ellis? series.  With Lobster Johnson, Zonjic really showed his skill at interpreting the adventures of a past pulp hero in a way that still feels new and exciting.  Here’s hoping he’ll do some more work in the Mignola-verse down the line.

4) Avenging Spider-Man #7

In the vast Marvel Universe, where do you turn if you just want to read a single, stand alone issue featuring your favorite wall-crawling superhero?  Look no further than Avenging Spider-Man, where over short arcs (many times no longer than a single issue), you can see Spidey team up with his Avenger pals for no nonsense, action packed stories.  This issue features the creative team of Kathryn and Stuart Immonen teaming Spidey up with She Hulk.  Expect plenty of action, humor and charm from arguably the best husband/wife creative team around.  Don’t forget, you can meet them both next month at HeroesCon!

5) Captain America and Hawkeye #630

For those who haven’t noticed, the long running Captain America title has become something of a team up book.  In short arcs you’ll see Cap team up with various characters in self contained stories.  This is also a good series to pick up if you haven’t been reading any Avengers titles, but saw the movie and want to find a good place to start.  This is the second issue to feature Cap and Hawkeye, and has the pair fighting some mutated dinosaurs underground.  Along with this title, writer Cullen Bunn wrote this week’s Wolverine #306 and the Spider-man Season One HC, showing that he’s quickly becoming one of Marvel’s go-to writers.

> Bonus Picks of the Week: Fairest #3, Fatale #5, Batman #9, Essential Black Panther vol. 1 TP, Takio #1, Spider-man Season One HC, Hulk Smash Avengers #2, Wolverine and the X-men #10, Uncanny X-force #25 and Walking Dead #97.

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