November 10, 2010 at 9:32 am By:

1) Amazing Spider-Man #648

This issue Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos kick off the new ‘Big Time’ story line.  With ‘Brand New Day’ now finished, this is a great jumping on point for readers curious about the new direction.  Foregoing the rotating cast of creators that have been bringing us Spider-Man in recent years, the next several stories will be solely written by Slott, with a smaller group of rotating artists, including Ramos and Stefano Caselli.  Also worth mentioning is that we’ll see a new Hobgoblin and the original Scorpion over the next several weeks.  Early preview pages look fun, so check out this issue to see how the wall crawler will be heading into 2011.

2) Batman: the Return of Bruce Wayne #6

After time-hopping as a Caveman, Pirate, Puritan Warrior, and Cowboy, Bruce Wayne finally gets back to present-day Gotham in this final chapter from Grant Morrison and Lee Garbett.  Don’t miss this one if you want to see how this epic is resolved, and how Morrison lays the groundwork for his upcoming Batman, Inc. series.  In addition to wrapping up the ‘Return’ story, this issue will probably give you some idea of the new shape of the entire Batman universe and its growing family of titles.

3) Darkwing Duck: The Duck Knight Returns TP

Boom! Studios had another hit with this fantastic all-ages book.  Now the first storyline from Ian Brill and James Silvani is collected in one handy trade.  If you missed any of the early hard to find issues here’s your chance to see what we’ve all been talking about.  This is one of those great kid-friendly books that manages to appeal to adults just as much as kids.  And don’t think you have to be familiar with the original animated series to enjoy this book.  It’s an easy, fun, accessible comic that is well worth a look if you haven’t taken one yet.

4) Grant Morrison’s 18 Days GN

This is essentially a graphic novel interpretation of the fabled Indian story of the Mahabharata.  While that alone is an intriguing element, the idea that this project was spearheaded by Grant Morrison should appeal to his extensive fan base.  Artist Mukesh Singh illustrates this graphic novel which is also in the process of being adapted into a possible animated series/video game franchise.  It’s good to see the grandiose plots and philosophies of Eastern thought finding their way into comics.  With his own history of expansive plots, Morrison is an ideal writer to translate this lofty work into comics.

5) T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1

A list of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents writers and artists over the years reads like a who’s who of comic book legends.  Including work from the likes of Wally Wood, Steve Ditko, Joe Orlando, Dave Cockrum, and George Perez, this is one of those franchises that never seemed to sustain any long-term series in spite of the many great creators who worked on it over time.  DC is the most recent publisher to bring the Agents back into the spotlight, and chose rising talents Nick Spencer (Morning Glories) and Cafu (War of the Supermen) to handle the new series.  The idea of a superhero team as a branch of the U.N. remains an interesting one, as is the treatment of costumed heroism as a day job.  Don’t be surprised if this one ends up being the sleeper hit of the day.

> Bonus picks of the week:  Avengers: Children’s Crusade #3, She Hulks #1, Birds of Prey #6, Superman vs. Muhammed Ali HC, and Thor #617.


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