Monday, January 9, 2012

Buy This! - January 11th, 2012

Every Monday Seth picks out three items that are due to ship on Wednesday and directs you toward your best bets for a quality purchase. Some times it's a single issue of a comic, other times a massive omnibus edition of a beloved series, and occasionally a figure or shiny bauble that caught his eye. Read on to find the three items you shouldn't leave your comic shop without this week.

...and after an extended break I return triumphantly to bring you yet another barrage of buyable items. Hopefully everyone enjoyed their New Year weekend as much as I did. I managed to pack and move apartments in a matter of two days and still found time to read the X-Men: Schism hardcover, and the Death of Ultimate Spider-Man prelude hardcover as well as a handful of single issues. It was busy few days but interesting and obviously, I was too occupied to find time (or the inclination) to sit down and write up my column.

No house cleaning this week other than the usual disclaimer that I'm pulling the shipping items listed here from the Comixology site. Don't blame me if they aren't available come Wednesday, blame Diamond or the publisher... or your store owner.

Resurrection Man vol 1 tpb

I enjoyed the first issue of the New 52 Resurrection Man enough to want to know more about the character and this trade will satisfy that need. Written by Abnett and Lanning the 14 issues contained here give the origin of the character and feature art by guys like Mike Mckone and Butch Guice. I've always heard this series had a much more Vertigo feel than the traditional DCU superhero flare that permeated other books at the time. I've even heard comparisons to Alan Moore's Swamp Thing. In other words, this is worth a look.
The Intrepids vol 1 tpb

I just highlighted this series in my "Best of the Rest" column on Friday. The book has a definite Doom Patrol feel to it and wears it's influences front and center. Written by Kurtis Wiebe, who does a masterful job of laying out an interesting group of characters, and tossing them into a fun, action-packed story. The art by Scott Kowalchuk is fantastic cartooning. While some other series' at Image nabbed all the attention this year I feel like the Intrepids deserves more attention than it's been given. Pick it up.
Scarlet Spider #1

It's almost unbelievable that Scarlet Spider is being given his own book this long after the dust has settled from Clone Wars but here it is. Why am I putting this on here? Well, it's written by Christopher Yost who has always been a solid writer and the artist is Ryan Stegman who is, likewise a solid artist. They're tackling a character who's been a running joke for years who originated in the midst of one of the most maligned superhero stories ever told. Buy this issue. At the worst it'll be gloriously ridiculous to see the hoodie-garbed hero back in action. Now if only we can get someone to tackle a series of books that follow Peter's adventures in the Spider-mobile...

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