New Comic Book Day is upon us once again and this week looks like it’s going to be a special one. This Wednesday, traipse down to your local comic shop (or preferred digital retailer) to get your fill of questionable morals, radioactive heroes, punk rock vampires, and high-flying vintage vigilantes.
Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1
Written by: J. Michael Straczynski / Art and Cover by: Adam Hughes / Publisher: DC Comics
The first issue of Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan sees Adam Hughes taking up interior art duties for the first time in far too long. Hughes has worked primarily on cover art for the past few years and fans have been looking forward to this moment for a long time. Also included is the latest chapter of the Crimson Corsair backup, written by Len Wein, with art by John Higgins.
Justice League Dark #12
Written by: Jeff Lemire / Art by: Mikel Janin / Cover by: Ryan Sook / Publisher: DC Comics
Jeff Lemire’s homerun streak continues with Justice League Dark #12. Under Lemire’s direction, the series has gone from good to great and this month’s installment is set to answer some burning questions for fans following the series’ events. While Faust’s master will be revealed, the team must still go head to head with Blackbriar Thorn.
Written by: Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato / Art and Cover by: Francis Manapul / Publisher: DC Comics
Flash continues to be one of the standouts of DC’s New 52 lineup and the creative team of Manapul and Buccellato continue to deliver the goods with Flash #12. The Fastest Man Alive has always had one of the most colorful rogue galleries around and in this issue, the Rogues have a mind to make themselves into a force to be reckoned with.
Batman Incorporated #3
Written by: Grant Morrison / Art by: Chris Burnham / Covers by Chris Burnham and Jason Fabok / Publisher: DC Comics
After being delayed due to the tragic shooting in Aurora, CO last month and DC’s concern that the book’s violent content would be poorly timed, this re-solicited issue is finally making its way to comic book stores. Morrison reintroduces Matches Malone, an alter ego that’s occasionally caused more harm than good for the Bat-family while Batman closes in on the identity of the person trying to kill Robin.
Amazing Spider-Man #692
Written by: Dan Slott / Art by: Humberto Ramos / Covers by: Humberto Ramos and Marcos Martin / Publisher: Marvel
What does one get the webslinger who (usually doesn’t) have it all for his 50th anniversary? A sidekick, of course! Ever since Marvel revealed that Spider-Man, long since a solo act, would find himself in the position to mentor a brand new sidekick, fans have been dying to learn more about Alpha, a boy who finds himself in an eerily similar position to Peter Parker when he becomes the victim of a lab accident that bestows super powers upon him. Alpha has great power, but is he ready for great responsibility?
Written by: Greg Rucka / Art by: Mico Suayan / Cover by: Marco Chechetto / Publisher: Marvel
The unrelenting blood and violence that has marked Rucka’s time on Punisher shows no sign of slowing down, as Rucka’s run approaches its end. The series continues its slow crescendo to October’s Punisher: War Zone and we’re clinging to every word and panel in this captivating tale that has focused pretty heavily on Frank Castle’s sort-of-but-not-really sidekick, Rachel Cole-Alves.
Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #1
Written by: Mark Waid / Art by: Chris Samnee / Covers by: Chris Samnee and Dave Stevens / Publisher: IDW
Genre fans of a certain age will remember the 21 year old charmingly faux-vintage film, The Rocketeer, but lest we forget, 2012 actually marks the 30th anniversary of Dave Stevens’ Rocketeer. What better way to celebrate than with a new mini-series by writer Mark Waid and artist Chris Samnee. Fans who have enjoyed the duo’s work on Daredevil won’t be disappointed with this delightfully retro romp through the skies.
Written by: Jason Aaron / Art by R.M. Guera / Cover by: Jock / Publisher: Vertigo
It’s with equal parts sadness and joy that we bid farewell to writer Jason Aaron and artist R.M. Guera’s Scalped, a series that rightfully received a great deal of praise. After last issue’s epic standoff, Aaron is pulling out all the stops to give Scalped the sendoff it deserves.
Rachel Rising #10
Written by: Terry Moore / Art by: Terry Moore / Publisher: Abstract Studios
Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising has flown a bit under the radar for the past few months, but after upping the ante in issue #9, Moore is proving that this is a book not to be ignored. After a minor snafu with this issue’s cover art (a pendant that was meant to be a pentagram was printed as a Star of David, adding a potentially anti-Semitic bent to a cover featuring a witch about to be hung), Moore and Abstract Studios were quick to address the problem, which threatened to overshadow the issue itself. Rachel Rising’s subtly creepy brand of horror should appeal to indie and mainstream comic fans alike and issue #10 is a definite addition to this week’s must-read list.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike #1
Written by: Victor Gischler / Art by: Paul Lee / Cover by: Steve Morris / Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
After having his heart broken yet again by the Slayer, Spike leaves Earth behind and sets out on his own, accompanied by a crew of loyal insect-like aliens aboard his very own steampunk spaceship (you heard me). Join Spike and his unlikely allies on his journey of self-discovery as they visit the dark side of the moon, where evil most certainly awaits.