Spotlight on New Releases:: June 30

June 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm By:

In Shawn’s absence, I’ll be contributing my thoughts on new releases you should know about, all via the magic of Heroes Online!

1) Batman Beyond #1

DC brings the popular animated version of a future Batman to comics in his own six issue mini series.  Writer Adam Beechen and artist Ryan Benjamin reintroduce young Batman Terry McGinnis and his aged mentor Bruce Wayne, along with a future version of a recent bat villain whose name rhymes with ‘Mush.’  All this and a nice cover by the great Dustin Nguyen, who can make any version of Batman look amazing.

2) Secret Avengers #2

Issue one seemed to surprise a lot of readers with how concisely it unfolded.  Writer Ed Brubaker delivered a promising start to this series by immediately placing the new team on their first mission.  In the process, he managed to address some questions readers had regarding the presence of characters like Nova, Valkyrie, and Moon Knight on a Steve Rogers directed team.  If you were ever curious about how the Avengers might act as an espionage unit, this is worth checking out.  This book is turning out to be an unlikely but appropriate effort between Brubaker, artist Mike Deodato, and a seemingly unrelated cast of heroes.

3) Green Arrow #1

Writer J.T. Krul and artist Diogenes Neves pick up where Justice League: Cry for Justice left off, with Oliver Queen in exile mode as he lives out his Robin Hood fantasy in a real live forest!  In spite of his isolation, I’m betting he still gets the chance to shoot arrows at bad guys, though.  Fans of earlier darker themed Green Arrow stories from the Mike Grell period will probably want to check this series out.

4) Abe Sapien: The Abyssal Plain #1

Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, and artist Peter Snejbjerg kick off a new Abe two part series set in the early ’80’s.  With mermaids, underwater ghouls, and a mystical helmet, this series should be as entertaining as we’ve come to expect from this corner of Dark Horse.  You can’t really go wrong reading anything in the Mignola-verse, in my humble opinion.  And if you needed another reason to take a look at this one, there’s a great cover by the talented Dave Johnson.

5) Wonder Woman #600

Sure to be a controversial issue, the internet’s already buzzing with opinions on Wonder Woman’s first new costume change in a long while (courtesy of new DC co-publisher Jim Lee).  Regardless of your opinion on that, there are a lot of good contributors to this issue.  Alongside notable Wonder Woman artists George Perez, Phil Jimenez, and Adam Hughes, this issue boasts contributions from the likes of Amanda Conner, Geoff Johns, Scott Kolins, Louise Simonson, and new writer J. Micheal Straczynski, who kicks off his run on the title right here.


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