It’s the most wonderful time of the year again. San Diego Comic Con is back for 2010. The doors open to the press today, and we’re on the ground running. But, that doesn’t mean we’re skipping out on the comic shelves! This week heralds several exciting titles from both Marvel and DC Comics as well as a few indie publishers.
On the DC front, we’re still looking at the new Batman Beyond mini-series. Just like Morpheus in the Matrix, we don’t believe in coincidence. This series is timed with the Return of Batman mini-series so we’re expecting the two arcs to overlap down the road. Also, Brightest Day continues. Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, Hawkgirl and Firestorm may be back, but there will be hell to pay. We’re also keenly looking forward to Zatanna #3. This series is one of the hotter solo releases from either Marvel or DC this year. We’re optimistic about Zatanna’s future.
Over at Marvel town, the X-titles and Avengers series continue to impress. Deadpool also gets some shine in his 25th issue.
Dynamite Entertainment makes its way to the BuzzFocus Pull List for the first time with Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #6. While, Seth Rogan may not be everyone’s favorite actor of choice for the upcoming film, Kevin Smith always brings something new and unusual to his writing.
The BuzzFocus Must Read title for the Week of July 21, 2010 goes to The Walking Dead from Image Comics. Rick and the crew must prepare for their greatest challenge yet – a TV show on AMC. This Fall, The Walking Dead is joining fan favorites Breaking Bad and Mad Men on AMC. In its landmark 75th issue, Ryan Ottley inks a special full color back-up story for The Walking Dead – a first for the series.
Now onto the Pull List for the Week of July 21, 2010. See you at the Con!
AVENGERS # 3 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: John Romita JR.; WRITER: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
The time space continuum is broken! And the Avengers must travel to the far flung future to see exactly what terrible mess their children have made of the world. But maybe, just maybe, Kang didn’t tell our heroes the truth about what has gone wrong. Guest starring the Next Avengers, the Future Imperfect Hulk and the Amazing Spider-Girl! Yeah, you heard us! Another blockbuster issue from Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita, Jr.! Plus! Another chapter in the untold oral history of the Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis…!
BATMAN BEYOND #2 (OF 6) – DC Comics
Written by ADAM BEECHEN • Art by JOHN STANISCI• Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
A mysterious new threat targets the original Batman’s villains, and only Terry McGinnis – the Batman of the future – has a chance of finding and stopping him. But of a Catwoman stalks into the picture, Terry is torn between the lady she appears to be and the deadly tiger she might turn out to be!
BLACK WIDOW #4 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: DANIEL ACUNA; WRITER: Marjorie Liu
Iron Man, Captain America and Wolverine haven’t been able to help…the U.S. government is somehow involved…and the web of intrigue and danger surrounding Natasha has tightened into a noose! Will the Black Widow discover who’s out to destroy her before it’s too late…?
BRIGHTEST DAY #6 – DC Comics
Written by GEOFF JOHNS & PETER J. TOMASI • Art by IVAN REIS, PATRICK GLEASON, ARDIAN SYAF, SCOTT CLARK & JOE PRADO • Cover by DAVID FINCH & SCOTT WILLIAMS • 1:25 variant cover by IVAN REIS
Deadman discovers the truth behind the formation of the White Lantern and what it means to the twelve returnees and the rest of the DC Universe. Plus, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, Hawkgirl and Firestorm discover the price for their resurrections…and why they may be doing more harm than good to the world.
DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES #3 (OF 10) – DC Comics
Written by LEN WEIN • Art by JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ & DAVE GIBBONS with SCOTT KOLINS• Cover by JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ & DAVE GIBBONS • 1:25 Variant cover by DAVE GIBBONS
The evolution of the DC Universe continues as the Silver Age of Super Heroes dawns with the appearance of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and dozens more in the wake of the disappearance of the Golden Age heroes from active duty. Simultaneously, heroic humans without powers hold up their end of Earth’s defense as the Challengers of the Unknown and the Sea Devils emerge to lend a hand!
DARK WOLVERINE #88 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: SIMONE BIANCHI; WRITER: Marjorie Liu, DANIEL WAY
A DARK WOLVERINE/FRANKEN-CASTLE CROSSOVER! Daken, reeling from his father’s betrayal, heads to Japan in search of Muramasa, the legendary mystic swordsmith…only to come face-to-face with a ghost from his recent past—the monstrous Franken-Castle! The last time these two met, it ended with Frank Castle in pieces, lying dead in the sewer. It’s time for revenge. And Daken couldn’t agree more…
DEADPOOL #25 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: JASON PEARSON; WRITER: Duane Swierczynski, DANIEL WAY
“TRICKY,” PART 3 Wait—I thought Deadpool was trying to be a hero, sooo…why is he teaming up with Grizzly to rob casinos? That’s not very heroic. Oh, there’s a twist? He’s gonna do what?! That’s not a twist, that’s…that’s just twisted.
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #41 – DC Comics
Written by JAMES ROBINSON • Art by MARK BAGLEY & NORM RAPMUND • Cover by MARK BAGLEY & JESUS MERINO • 1:25 “DC 75th Anniversary” Variant cover by GEORGE PÉREZ
In part 2 of the JLA/JSA crossover, the Starheart has staked its claim on Alan Scott and his kids Jade and Obsidian! Can the combined might of the Justice Society and the Justice League break up the newly reunited family before they unwittingly unleash serious damage on the DC Universe?
Also features the second piece of the 5-part interconnecting cover by Mark Bagley and Jesus Merino!
KEVIN SMITH’S GREEN HORNET #6 – Dynamite Entertainment
Writer: Kevin Smith; Penciller/Inker: Jonathan Lau
We’re in the home stretch of the biggest superhero launch of the year as Dynamite continues to proudly present Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet! The dark forces that took the life of the original Green Hornet now set their sights on young Britt Reid Jr as he takes up his father’s war on crime. With the help of the Kato family Britt begins to grow into his role as hero. But a larger, more sinister game is afoot, one that could cost our new Green Hornet not only his life, but the lives of everyone in Century City.From the unproduced screenplay by fan-favorite Kevin Smith, featuring the careful had of Phil Hester and artist Jonathan Lau! And check out that strong of all-star covers!
NEW AVENGERS #2 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: STUART IMMONEN; WRITER: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
All new Marvel magic by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen! The Avengers don’t even get a chance to move in to their new digs when a dimensional invasion tears right into the heart of the team. This is a story that wlll completely reinvent the rules of magic in the Marvel Universe and have long- lasting effects on a handful of your favorite Marvel characters. Plus: an Avenger disappears! Backup feature: Another brand new oral history of the Avengers chapter by Bendis!
NEW MUTANTS #15 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: DAVE WILKINS; WRITER: Zeb Wells
“FALL OF THE NEW MUTANTS” LEONARD KIRK JOINS THE NEW MUTANTS! Fan-favorite artist Leonard Kirk (DARK X-MEN, CAPTAIN BRITAIN & MI-13) becomes the regular NEW MUTANTS artist this issue! Coming out of SECOND COMING, the New Mutants who are still left are licking their wounds on a forced R & R trip. While they try and put themselves back together, others are looking to take them apart. The strange secretive military group we met in NEW MUTANTS #09 has an agenda involving Illyana Rasputin. And they don’t want to give her a medal.
SUPERMAN/BATMAN #74 – DC Comics
Written by PAUL LEVITZ • Art by JERRY ORDWAY • Cover by ARDIAN SYAF & VICENTE CIFUENTES
In “How Not To Be A God,” Luthor’s plan for the planet Lexor progresses while Superman and Batman search for those behind the cult that wants to sacrifice Lois in the name of their Man of Steel god.
THE WALKING DEAD #75 – Image Comics
Story ROBERT KIRKMAN, art & cover CHARLIE ADLARD, CLIFF RATHBURN & RYAN OTTLEY
Lines are crossed, rules are broken and the peace and tranquility of the community is shattered. After months of safety and security, are Rick and the crew even prepared for what they now face? As an added bonus: a very special back-up story drawn by RYAN OTTLEY in FULL COLOR—a first for THE WALKING DEAD! This issue is not to be missed!
TIME MASTERS: VANISHING POINT #1 – DC Comics
Written by DAN JURGENS • Art and cover by DAN JURGENS & NORM RAPMUND • 1:10 Variant cover by CHRIS SPROUSE & KARL STORY
“The Search for Batman” starts here! Vanishing Point – where time ends – is tearing itself apart, and one of the keys to keeping reality from being torn asunder is finding exactly where Bruce Wayne is in the time stream! Rip Hunter puts together a high-powered band of Time Masters to travel throughout history in search of the World’s Greatest Detective, but can even the combined might and skill of Superman, Green Lantern and Booster Gold help the Time Master pinpoint where Batman went at the end of FINAL CRISIS?
DCU fans won’t want to miss this 6-issue companion series to the highly anticipated BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE (see page 77)!
X-FACTOR #207 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: DAVID YARDIN; WRITER: Peter David
Remember when we warned you about the shocking twist involving Madrox’s baby? Remember when the return of Shatterstar wound up making every comics-related website? Well, that was just a warm-up for the shocking end of this issue. X-Factor gets a new client, a tall green-garbed woman with a deadly secret, but that’s just a set-up for the jaw-dropping final page that’s going to reignite the Internet and have fandom going, “Did you BELIEVE what happened at the end of X-Factor #207?!
X-MEN LEGACY #238 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: LEINIL FRANCIS YU; WRITER: MIKE CAREY
“COLLISION” Following the events of SECOND COMING, Young X-Man Indra is called back to India at the request of his family. Accompanied by Rogue and Magneto, the X-Men arrive to discover that not all is right in Mumbai…and not just due to tensions with Indra’s parents. Earthquakes tear through the streets and energy flares cause planes to fall from the sky. Could this be a new mutant manifestation? Or is this something far more sinister?
ZATANNA #3 – DC Comics
Written by PAUL DINI • Art by STEPHANE ROUX & KARL STORY • Cover by STEPHANE ROUX • 1:10 Variant Cover by BRIAN BOLLAND
Until now, Zatanna and Brother Night have sparred from a distance – but that all changes when Night targets Zatanna’s closest friends, provoking a magical brawl like nothing you’ve seen before! San Francisco might never be the same!