October 5, 2011 at 11:03 am By:

1) Roger Langridge’s Snarked #1 and The Show Must Go On TP

It’s a great week for new comics if you’re a fan of cartoonist Roger LangridgeSnarked #1 features Langridge’s take on the Walrus and Carpenter characters from Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass.  This is one of the best all ages comics to hit stands this year, and its humor and fine cartooning should appeal to adults as well.  The Show Must Go On is a collection featuring over 200 pages of Langridge strips over the years, including some of his most popular characters like Mugwhump the Great, Kabuki Kid, and several Frankenstein Meets Shirley Temple strips.  Stay tuned to the Heroes Blog for my upcoming interview with Langridge.

2) Animal Man #2

The first issue of this new DC relaunch surprised a lot of people.  In addition to reading like the book Jeff Lemire has really been wanting to write, there were several truly scary moments.  Lemire and artist Travel Foreman seem like they’re already making a mark on this character, and finding a way to tell a story about a family that also manages to work as a horror story.  I should also use this space to remind you that several second prints of DC first issues are also being released this week.  Check out our full listing of new releases HERE to see what you might’ve missed the first time around.

3) Hark! A Vagrant HC

If industry buzz and the lines at her SPX booth are any indication, this newest collection from cartoonist Kate Beaton is going to be huge.  This 160 page book features Beaton’s distinctive cartooning and humor as she examines history, literature, and even Romance Comics as they might’ve been in the 15th century!  This book is bound to end up on numerous ‘best of the year’ lists, and is well worth a look from you in your comic travels this week.

4) Action Comics #2

It’s not a surprise that the first issue of Grant Morrison and Rags Morales Action Comics met wth lots of acclaim.  The idea that their Superman starts out as a brash, overconfident, naive hero suggests to me that their story will feature the humbling of the character over time.  This isn’t necessarily an original idea, but most people think of Superman as a character who was always fundamentally good from the start.  The thought of a Superman who has to grow into his role, abilities, and status is certainly an interesting one, and might provide opportunity for numerous new stories in the process.

5) X-men Schism #5

I’ve been talking about the merits of writer Jason Aaron for a while now on the spotlight, and if you’re curious to check out his upcoming Wolverine and the X-men series, you owe it to yourself to check out the issues of X-men Schism.  Not only does Schism build up to the philosophical rift between Cyclops and Wolverine, but it lays the groundwork for the upcoming revamped X titles.  This issue also features art from Adam Kubert, who did some solid work with Aaron on last year’s Astonishing Spider-man and Wolverine miniseries.

> Bonus Picks of the Week: Swamp Thing #2, Superior #5, The Huntress #1, Avengers: 1959 #1, FF 1234 HC, American Vampire vol. 1 TP, Casanova: Avaritia #2, Detective Comics #2, and Best American Comics 2011 anthology.






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