SPOTLIGHT ON NEW RELEASES :: JANUARY 12

January 12, 2011 at 11:47 am By:

I write this week’s spotlight from the snowy tundra of. . .Charlotte?  It’s true that there’s been more snow this winter than in recent memory, but your stalwart stewards at Heroes are still on hand to bring you the best new comics the industry offers this week.  Here are a few of the books that you might want to be aware of in your shopping.

1) Daredevil: Reborn #1

This first issue of a four issue miniseries focuses on Daredevil trying to redeem himself following his villainous acts in ShadowlandDaredevil and Shadowland scribe Andy Diggle and artist David Gianfelice team up to tell the story of Matt Murdock’s rough road back to super heroics.  Also on board as the series cover artist is Jock, whose talents are currently being seen on the acclaimed Detective Comics arc with Scott Snyder.

2) Black Panther: Man Without Fear #514

David Liss and Francesco Francavilla offer up the second issue of their run on the new Man Without Fear this week.  I think if you can get past the idea that this is a Black Panther title where he’s no longer the King of Wakanda with access to any of the cool gadgets he used to have, and if you can accept that he’s now essentially a normal guy who’s standing in for Daredevil as the new guardian of Hell’s Kitchen, then you should really enjoy this book.  While Liss is a relative newcomer to the comic world, you can tell he’s a studied writer.  While Liss is contributing nicely to the title, the real draw for me is still Francavilla, who is finding a way to merge his pulp art tendencies with some of the more heroic aspects of the Panther.

3) Spawn #200

I bring this issue up because I’m sure there are plenty of people who will be interested in knowing that creator Todd McFarlane returns to illustrate this issue.  Actually, he’s also writing and inking the issue which also features contributions from Jim Lee, Robert Kirkman, Marc Silvestri, Ashley Wood, and David Finch, among others.  Whether or not you like Spawn, 200 issues of a title is indeed a long run on the book, and there’s sure to be plenty of reasons to pick this one up if you’re a fan of the character.

4) Wonder Girl #1

Some of you may have noticed that DC is offering up several new one shots as part of their recent push toward publishing more $2.99 titles.  Here’s another 32 page book at a low cost, this one featuring the fan favorite Wonder Girl.  J.T. Krul and Adriana Melo are on hand to tell this solo story featuring the popular Titan.  And if you weren’t aware that DC was publishing these new one shots, check out ones featuring Steel and Starman/Congorilla already available, and titles ones to include Shazam.

5) Thor the Mighty Avenger #8

One last time I’ll happily promote this amazing book.  Cheers to Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee for thoroughly entertaining us with this series.  Though it’s genuinely sad that a book like this is getting cancelled, we can at least be thankful we got to enjoy eight solid issues of a comic storytelling.  Rather than conjecture about why this book had to end, let’s all enjoy it one more time.  And if you haven’t for some unknown reason picked it up yet, the first trade paperback is now available.  If you want to recapture some of the joy you felt reading comics as a child, please continue to support this book in trades.  Maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll see the Langridge/Samnee team together again on a future project.

> Bonus Picks of the Week: B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Gods #1, Casanova: Gula #1, Justice League: Generation Lost #17, Sixth Gun TP vol. 1, and Widowmaker #3.

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