POLL: Would ‘Daredevil’ work better as a Marvel Studios Phase 2 Film or as a TV Show?

The hot question going around this week in the superhero film talk is will Daredevil come back to Marvel Studios? That may happen very soon with time running out for Fox to put a new DD film into production. Word traveling around the campfire is that the movie rights to Daredevil will revert back to Marvel by the end of this week, which would make fanboys ecstatic to imagine him in the fold for the next batch of Marvel films.

Joe Carnahan director of The Grey and The A-Team was the latest to give it the old college try for Fox, going for a funky, gritty period piece set in the 70’s based on Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli’s Born Again story. Now that’s not to say that Carnahan wouldn’t have an opportunity to make this film should the rights revert back to Marvel, but as we’ve seen with phase I of Marvel Studios films, there’s a certain tone and universe feel to Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. It would be a mismatch for what Marvel has been building. As a reminder, here’s what Marvel has in store for phase II

Iron Man 3 (5/3/13)
Thor 2: The Dark World (11/8/13)
Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier (4/4/14)
Guardians of the Galaxy (8/1/14)
Ant-Man (TBD) 

See the trailer below to see what Carnahan had in mind.

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All of this is presumably culminating to an Avengers 2 film that would be targeted for 2015. Now Daredevil was recently brought into the Avengers comics by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Finch in 2007-2008, after The Avengers: Disassembled storyline, when Marvel began publishing two monthly Avengers titles, Avengers and New Avengers, eventually building towards the Civil War storyline. Wolverine and Spider-Man were also part of the Avengers.

So there is some ground work to build on should they want to establish Matt Murdock as part of the Avengers, but it would be difficult envisioning Daredevil being part of the crew that bridges that cosmic gap that will at some point takes on Thanos in Phase II, just as difficult as it would be to see Black Widow or Hawkeye in there too. I’d rather see Marvel Studios push hard or ensure that Fantastic Four, Galactus, and Silver Surfer return to the studio. To me, that’s the money franchise that opens up the universe to all of these cosmic realms. But Marvel still has to deal with Fox with that.

Daredevil in the truest sense, should be dark, gritty, dirty and violent as Carnahan’s video suggests but I don’t see Disney/Marvel Studios getting behind a take so drastically different in tone or scope than their other films. Miller and Mazzuchelli made that as low down and dirty as they could at that time. It would be a fantastic launching point for a film. Now they could have a stand-alone film series and keep it separate. Blade was also retained recently too and the vampire hunter was more likely to encounter Daredevil than the larger-than-life Avengers. We could talk now until December about how cool a Daredevil reboot, or re-imagining would be with the current creative team at Marvel Studios.

How I’d like to see it work is through, is as a television show that is able to stay within it’s own universe, based in the real world of New York, and Matt Murdock’s entire rogue gallery could be done in the practical world as opposed to say, Guillermo del Toro’s The Incredible Hulk TV Show, which sounds like a budget nightmare. Here’s a list of his biggest villains: the Owl, Mister Fear, Stilt-Man, Gladiator, the Jester, Man-Bull, Death-Stalker, Mr. Hyde and Cobra, The Purple Man, Bullseye, Typhoid Mary and of course, Kingpin. The Punisher could live in this world, so could The Night Nurse. Most if not all could work in a live-action world.

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You could play up an entire episode or arc in the law offices and feature Foggy Nelson or have some great dramatic moments between Murdock and his long list of women, and never have to feature Matt in costume as often. One season could be the entire Elektra Saga. That’s the great thing about Daredevil, is that there are so many elements to him where he doesn’t need the costume as much as other vigilantes like Spider-Man or Batman do. Daredevil in the comics always worked best when he was on his own, starring in his world alone. He’s essentially a blind Batman who’s more acrobatic and has a bigger devotion to his job as a lawyer in Hell’s Kitchen.

He’s a character that doesn’t require much suspension of disbelief outside of navigating around that costume, which is brilliant on a comic book page–it’s a different story as a real life costume, but honestly I never thought we’d be talking about a Walking Dead television show five years ago. “Make it work,” as Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn would say. The budget wouldn’t have to be such a barrier like other super-hero shows and a serial television show develops characters and relationships much better than a 100-minute film.

the night nurse daredevilSo what we want to ask is, could you envision Daredevil better in Marvel Studios’ Phase II Film or as a TV Show on ABC? Look, if they’re making a film on Ant-Man, you can bet that a Daredevil film will high on the priority list in some form. And let’s not forget that there’s that mysterious Joss Whedon show that will launch on ABC between now and Avengers 2. Share your thoughts below and vote to let us know what you’d like to see, true believers!

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Guy Pearce All Aboard On The ‘Iron Man 3′ Train As ‘Extremis’ Storyline Takes Shape

guy pearce iron man 3As audiences are bracing themselves for The Avengers to be released on May 4, pre-production is moving briskly for Iron Man 3. Guy Pearce has just been cast to play Aldrich Killian, a geneticist seen in the story, Iron Man: Extremis, one of the more essential, modern-day stories told in the Iron Man comics, written by fan-favorite scribe Warren Ellis and stunning art by Adi Granov.

Pearce, who can currently be seen in Lockout and in Prometheus this summer, will fit perfectly in this role and finally make his Marvel Studios film debut. It was always my dream casting that Pearce would play Daredevil one day. He has the acting chops and slender but muscular build that Matt Murdock exhibits in the comics. He was offered the role for the 2003 film because it “wasn’t his cup of tea” and turned it down. The role eventually went to Ben Affleck who–while muscular–appeared ill-fitted in the suit with a bigger barrel chest. That script on the other hand, woooo, that’s another story.

EDITOR’S PICK: Is Oscar-Nominated Actress Jessica Chastain Set to Join the Cast of Iron Man 3?

dr. killian iron man extremisNow that he’s been cast in more of a citizen role, Pearce enters the Marvel film universe and joins a cast with returning members that include Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Gwenyth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Don Cheadle (Jim Rhodes/War Machine), and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow). Ben Kingsley was cast earlier in April, but will not play the Mandarin as many assumed when his name first surfaced, he will instead play an unknown villain tied in with the Extremis storyline, Mallen perhaps?

Extremis
So do you want the skinny on all of this Extremis talk? Back in 2005-2006 when there was hopes of an Iron Man film becoming a reality, Marvel published the six-issue mini-series that would be a reboot of the character in modern day by giving him an updated origin story, add loads of sci-fi elements (one of Ellis’ specialties) and give Stark’s armor a significant upgrade. There’s also a link to Extremis being a super-soldier solution and this may be tied into what we’ll see in The Avengers. Stark as a result of Extremis evolves from being an arms dealer to a test pilot of a living armor.

iron man extremis coverBasically Extremis is a bio-electronics package made up of billions of graphite nanotubes and suspended in a fluid. Once injected, it fuses with the human brain, white blood cells, and creates a revamped healing and repairing process of the body. Stark’s internal organs, motor, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems are all upgraded with lingering side effects. Extremis technology also alters Stark’s brain and his ability to interface with his armor directly and process information like the perfect computer. Tony Stark and technology are one. The Extremis was developed by two scientists, Dr. Aldrich Killian (Pearce) and Maya Hansen, an old fling of Stark’s to recreate the Super-Soldier Serum that created Captain America that could be fine-tuned before it is injected making it tailor-made to be programmed into an infinite number of possibilities and becomes a supremely sought-after weapon for militaries.

Now elements have already been adapted from Extremis into the first Iron Man film directed by Jon Favreau, especially adapting the origin to modern day foes substituting Communism and Vietnam for Al Qaeda and Afghanistan. Plenty of the design elements were also brought over as Granov was a conceptual artist and design consultant on both Iron Man films. Now it appears that the rest of the Extremis story is being adapted into Iron Man 3, which is directed by Shane Black (who worked with Downey Jr. on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). If Extremis is fully adapted (minus the flashbacks to his origin) then there’s plenty to be excited about Iron Man 3 even though Jon Favreau and his plans for Mandarin and Stark’s bout with alcoholism will never be fully realized. And if you thought Industrial Light and Magic amazed you with their special effects in the first two Iron Mans, wait until you see what they get to brig to life in this story.

I won’t dispel why Stark needs the Extremis and the conflicts he encounters, but I highly recommend tracking down a copy of Iron Man: Extremis which is available in trade paperback and hardcover and there is the motion comic which is available on iTunes. Here’s a quick clip of a trailer of the motion comic.
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Are you loving how Iron Man 3 is taking shape? Would you have rather seen Stark deal with alcoholism and The Mandarin? Do you think we’ll see Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man after this three-quel? Tell us your thoughts below?

‘Tekken’ Yoshimitsu & ‘Mass Effect’ Liara T’Soni Bishoujo Sculpts Dazzle Kotobukiya 2012 Lineup

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Comic book and science fiction fans who are also statue collectors should already know about the impact that Kotobukiya has made in recent years especially with their ARTFX line and Star Wars sculpts. Their Marvel Studios line is also impressive as is their Bishoujo take on Marvel’s cast of female characters. Gamers should take note though, because Kotobukiya’s most impressive statues in 2012 are targeted at them. On display at Wondercon Anaheim were two new sculpts that are available for pre-order.

kotobukiya tekken 2The first is the Tekken Tag 2 Tournament: Yoshimitsu Fine Art Statue, priced at $449.99, this highly detailed Yoshimitsu stands on top of a giant head and towers at a whopping 21 1/2 inches tall (1/6 scale). An intricate paint job accentuates tons of battle damage and tech innards spilling out of the bottom of the head. Yoshimitsu was sculpted by Japanese master artist Takayuki Takeya, and will be available June 2012 but place your pre-orders here or at your local comic shop because these are going to go fast!

Kotobukiya Description
An honorable warrior and leader of the Manji Clan, Yoshimitsu stands victorious on the severed head of a gigantic mechanoid! Wearing his unique and distinctive armor, the Tekken fighter holds his two swords in triumph, waiting for his next opponent. Yoshimitsu’s demonic armor is amazingly detailed with multiple textures including metals and sculpted “fabric,” layered plating, intricate piping and designs, buckles, straps, and much more. Matching the varied sculpt is a fantastic paint job capturing the one of a kind look; burnished purple and gold armor plates cover bluish gray clothing and are decorated with silvers, blues, and white. Yoshimitsu also has an enormous circular device behind his head and two detailed scabbards, one mounted on his back and the other at his hip.

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Equally impressive but a bit more budget conscious is the Japanese Import Mass Effect Liara T’Soni Bishoujo Statue, priced at $59.99, Liara T’soni stands nearly 10 inches tall (1/7 scale). This statue was sculpted by Busujimax (Takaboku Busujima) features tons of detail on her coat and weapons. Place Liara on your pre-orders here or at your local comic shop. And if you look next to Liara, there’s a Ghostbuster Lucy Bishoujo too that was released back in August 2011.

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Kotobukiya Description
A “pureblood” Asari, Liara is both a scholar and a warrior. Channeling her martial instinct, the distinctive blue-skinned alien stands with a Phalanx at the ready and a folded M-3 Predator holstered at her hip. Alert to danger and careful to observe her surroundings, Liara leans on her slightly bent right leg and arches her back, emphasizing her gorgeous body. The doctor is mostly covered by her armored outfit, but it accentuates her curves instead of hiding them. A skin-tight black bodysuit is visible under matching boots, jacket, and lingerie-like clothing in stunning blue and silver. Meanwhile, Liara’s head is bare, revealing her striking blue skin and alien features that make her unique from previous bishoujo statues!

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More Bishoujos!
Some of the other great sculpts on display were the DC Comics Bishoujo Collection. Pictured here are two versions of Batgirl and this slick Poison Ivy statue striking a pose. Marvel gets in on the Bishoujo act too with an awesome Elektra sculpt, a sexy Mystique, and an X-23 ready to attack.

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For Batman fans there’s an ARTFX statue based off of Jim Lee’s 2002 Hush that stands 11 inches tall (1/6 scale) and was sculpted by Kouei Matsumoto. It is available for pre-order for $99.99 And mutant fanboys have got to love these full figure (1/6 scale) X-Force statues of Warpath ($199.99) sculpted by Erick Sosa featuring real metal blades and a to-die-for Archangel ($229.99) statue that will need at least 18 inches tall of clearance on your display shelf.

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And what’s becoming a new trend are collectible chopsticks, but these Alien Chestburster Chopsticks ($9.99 each) are based off the movie Alien. There are also silicone ice cube trays of Alien egg pods for $9.99–Let’s hope one of these don’t hide in your sushi or noodles because you’d hate to get that sinking feeling in your stomach a few hours later.

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All of Kotobukiya products can be ordered through your local comic shop or online directly through Kotobukiya’s website.

Photos taken by Lucky Bronson

David Slade Chosen to Direct Daredevil Sequel

For those of you still wondering what business Twilight has being at Comic-Con, they now have a common thread. Twilight: Eclipse director David Slade was selected by 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment to direct the sequel to Daredevil. Variety was the first to report the news.

Matt Murdock, AKA Daredevil was brought to the big screen back in 2003. Murdock is a blind lawyer who is also a vigilante in Hell’s Kitchen. The film was directed by Mark Steven Johnson, and starred Ben Affleck in the leading role. Affleck’s future wife, Jennifer Garner was cast as Elektra and the film started out strong but crawled to the $103 million domestic box office. The film polarized fans instead of popularizing the character like Iron Man. Considering the comic was at an all-time high, at the height of the Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev run, the film was a disappointment.

No writer has been chosen yet (nor has any actor been attached to the lead role), but Slade will work closely with him/her for a direct sequel to the 2003 film rather than reboot it like what Sony is doing with The Amazing Spider-Man. Now before you give up all hope that a Twilight director would be working on a comic book film, know that Slade was one of the names that was in the running when Fox was on a director hunt for the next Wolverine movie before Darren Aronofsky was chosen. Slade’s other credits include directing a film adaptation of Steve Niles’ vampire comic 30 Days of Night and the Ellen Page-Patrick Wilson thriller Hard Candy. He is in the middle of shooting The Last Voyage of Demeter, a genre film about the crew aboard a merchant ship carrying Dracula’s coffin from Transylvania to England.

Once Marvel Studios began their own productions, the remaining movie properties already at other studios were pushed to make sequels while they still had the rights to those characters. Hence why Sony is trying to rebooth the Spidey Franchise, why Fox is going back in time with X-Men First Class, and why we must all suffer another Ghost Rider film. Fox is pushing for another installment of Daredevil and Fantastic Four or else their rights will revert to Marvel Studios/Disney.

But before we put this news to rest before casting begins, let’s quickly revisit that classic film and reflect on the good and the bad; and 20th Century Fox, feel free to take notes if you like.

The Good
• Jon Favreau as Foggy. Is there any way for Favreau to play every sidekick chum in the Marvel Universe?

• Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin. He was big, powerful and ominous in the role. One of the few likable things. Whether the Kingpin was white or black, it didn’t matter. He was scary and if anything there was too little of Duncan.

• Colin Farrell was acceptable as Bullseye. He didn’t make me cringe even when he was over the top.

• Frank Miller’s cameo. If you blinked you almost missed it. But it was nice to see Miller be given the respect of appearing in the film.

The Bad
• Jennifer Garner as Elektra. Did she die in the Elektra movie? I didn’t bother seeing that so someone has to tell me. I hope so because I don’t want to see her ever again. Anyway, she wasn’t terrible but she certainly wasn’t memorable. In fact, don’t use Elektra in the new movie. Like the comics, there should be a moratorium on using Elektra. Matt Murdock is a sucker for women, why not Typhoid Mary? Let’s see some characters outside the expected Daredevil staples.

• Ben Affleck as Daredevil. There’s no side-stepping around this. Acting chops aside, which fans can debate until the cows come home; you could stomach him as Matt Murdock. Okay, tolerate him as Matt, but there was something off when he was in the suit. Affleck is a stockier build, barrel-chested physique. There was talk about Guy Pearce for the first film, and I know that those talks went south. Is there anyway he could be approached again? Or someone like Pearce? He not only had the ideal body type, but he also had a face that would fit the cowl correctly. I know Affleck was in shape for the film but his face in that cowl looked like dough that was rising.

• The costume was part of the reason Affleck looked wrong for the part. The vinyl leather looked like it was made from a bad 70’s couch. I hated the zipper down the front and the way it bunched up looked like it didn’t fit Affleck. It’s probably the way that fabric behaved but that’s not what a superhero with extreme agility wears.

• The hyperbaric chamber Matt slept in was just excessive and unneeded. He doesn’t have it in the comics, he’s a simple man living in Hell’s Kitchen, not Michael Jackson.

• Bullseye’s look was awful too. I was not a fan of the bulls-eye branding on the forehead, nor did I understand the alligator skin trench coat. What’s so bad with an all black unitard with a white bulls-eye logo? I mean, they put out Affleck in that hideous outfit, so why not take Bullseye in that same place?

• Kevin Smith’s cameo as the medical examiner. It wouldn’t have been so bad if he had acted like anyone beside Kevin Smith.

The story was okay, not great, but no one talks about how great Daredevil’s origin looked up on the big screen. Honestly I could go on and on, but the point is that there was very little to like and a lot left to be desired. Slade has a lot of wrongs to right.

Comic Pull List Week of Sept 8, 2010

We’ve got a packed week on the Comic Pull List with several titles to check out from Marvel, DC, Vertigo, Wildstorm and IDW Publishing.

From Wildstorm we’ve got Supernatural: Beginning’s End. The story picks up several years after Rising Son, the Winchesters find themselves in a strange situation: monster-hunting in NYC.

From Marvel Comics, Daken: Dark Wolverine #1 hits the stands. We’ve also got the conclusion to the recent Amazing Spider-Man story arc, featuring the final conclusion to the Mary Jane and Peter Parker love drama. X-Men Forever 2 continues to impress so it’s a great time to hop on and see Sabertooth fighting for his life.

At DC Comics, the Bat-family continues to dominate the racks with four hot titles worth every dollar: Batman #703, Batman and Robin #14, Batman: Odyssey #3 (of 12), and Red Robin #16.

american vampireFrom Vertigo Comics, Cuba: My Revolution hits the stands as well as Daytripper #10 (of 10).

The BuzzFocus Must Read Title goes to American Vampire #6. If you don’t know why you should be reading this book yet, then it’s about damn time you picked up this title! This isn’t your typical vampire story and it’s a notch above any vampire drama in the business comic or otherwise.

Now onto the Pull List:

ADVENTURE COMICS #518 – DC Comics
Written by PAUL LEVITZ • Co-feature written by JEFF LEMIRE • Art by KEVIN SHARPE & MARIO ALQUIZA • Co-feature art by MAHMUD ASRAR & JOHN DELL • Cover by SCOTT CLARK & DAVID BEATY

It’s not easy being Superboy. He knows he’s destined for greatness as Superman, but how does a teenager deal with that knowledge? Not as well as you’d think…

Also: The Atom co-feature continues with Ray Palmer trying to learn who stole his shrinking technology!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #641 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: Paolo Manuel Rivera; WRITER: Stan Lee, Joe Quesada; PENCILS: Marcos Martin, Joe Quesada, Paolo Rivera

This is it! The startling conclusion to ONE MOMENT IN TIME! How did the world REALLY forget Peter Parker was Spider-Man? And what does the future hold for Peter & Mary Jane? Every question is answered, the past laid to rest, and Spider-Man swings into a new direction for the future!

AMERICAN VAMPIRE #6 – Vertigo Comics
Written by SCOTT SNYDER • Art and cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE • 1:25 variant cover by RAPHAEL GRAMPA

It’s Las Vegas circa 1935, and Skinner Sweet and our gal Pearl are about to learn the hard way that the bloodsuckers in Hollywood were nothing compared to what awaits them in Sin City.

In just a few short years, young police Chief Cash McCogan has watched his native city of Las Vegas go from cow-town to wild, glittering boom-town. And when the bodies of prominent businessmen start showing up drained of blood, Chief McCogan finds himself facing a threat much darker and deadlier than anything he could have imagined…and the only sure bet in town is that Skinner and Pearl are right in the thick of it!

So belly up to the bar and lay your chips on the table, because “Devil in the Sand,” the next cycle of AMERICAN VAMPIRE, begins now!

BATMAN #703 – DC Comics
Written by PETER MILLIGAN • Art and Cover by TONY DANIEL • 1:10 “DC 75th Anniversary” Variant cover by KEVIN NOWLAN

Celebrating the “Return of Bruce Wayne”! Those closest to The Dark Knight look back on the legacy he has created. Featuring appearances by Alfred, Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, Damian Wayne, Selina Kyle and more!

BATMAN AND ROBIN #14 – DC Comics
Written by GRANT MORRISON • Art by FRAZER IRVING • Cover by FRANK QUITELY • 1:25 variant cover by FRAZER IRVING

In “Batman Must Die!” part 2 of 3, one of our heroes lies near death! Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne enter the ultimate, blood-soaked battle against two foes who almost destroyed the original Batman. Are the new Dynamic Duo up to this final confrontation with absolute evil? If they can’t truly bond as a team, they’re dead!

BATMAN: ODYSSEY #3 (OF 12) – DC Comics
Written by NEAL ADAMS • Art and Cover by NEAL ADAMS • 1:25 Sketch variant cover by NEAL ADAMS

Batman legend Neal Adams returns to The Dark Knight! In the third chapter of Adams’s epic Batman tale, Bruce Wayne and Alfred strategize the next steps on The Dark Knight’s odyssey…but appearances by both The Riddler and Talia al Ghul might spoil their plans!

cubaCUBA: MY REVOLUTION – Vertigo Comics
Written by INVERNA LOCKPEZ • Art by DEAN HASPIEL • Cover by DEAN HASPIEL

From the moment Fidel Castro captures Havana in 1959, 17-year-old Sonya believes in the promise of the Cuban Revolution. A medical student who dreams of becoming a painter, she joins the militia and finds herself caught between idealism and ideology. As a volunteer medic at the Bay of Pigs, she’s imprisoned and tortured by her own comrades. Physically and emotionally scarred upon returning home, Sonya searches for fulfillment in art. But when she realizes that none of her efforts, by gun or brush, fall in line with Castro’s regime, Sonya must make agonizing choices between her family, her lover and her beloved country.

This graphic novel is inspired by the true experiences of first-time author and Havana-born artist Inverna Lockpez, with stunning art by the Eisner-nominated Dean Haspiel (THE ALCOHOLIC, THE QUITTER, AMERICAN SPLENDOR) in a lush red-and-black palette created by colorist José Villarrubia.

DAREDEVIL # 510 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: JOHN CASSADAY; WRITER: Andy Diggle, ANTONY JOHNSTON; PENCILS: MARCO CHECCHETTO

SHADOWLAND TIE-IN! As New York City crumbles under the weight of Matt Murdock’s new order, his former friends and allies struggle just to hold their lives and world together. But as the pressure builds, Foggy Nelson will make an alliance no one saw coming while Black Tarantula takes a stand against Daredevil and learns the consequences of crossing the Man without Fear.

DAYTRIPPER #10 (OF 10) – Vertigo Comics
Written by GABRIEL BÁ & FÁBIO MOON • Art by GABRIEL BÁ & FÁBIO MOON• Cover by GABRIEL BÁ

A great writer once said that we have to die to prove that we’ve lived. For nine beautiful issues, Bá and Moon have chronicled the different deaths of Brás de Oliva Domingos, so what’s left to say? Now, with the final chapter, there’s no turning back – for them or Brás. How brave must you be to keep going when you know death is the final outcome?

DAKEN: DARK WOLVERINE # 1 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI; WRITER: Marjorie Liu, Daniel Way; PENCILS: Giuseppe Camuncoli

For decades, Daken, the son of Wolverine, remained hidden in the shadows of the Marvel Universe, methodically plotting how he would one day dominate the world around him. And now, with his father’s soul hanging in the balance, that day has come. This is the beginning.

green lanternGREEN LANTERN #57 – DC Comics
Written by GEOFF JOHNS • Art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE and CHRISTIAN ALAMY 1:10 White Lantern Variant cover by RYAN SOOK, FERNANDO PASARIN and JOEL GOMEZ

BRIGHTEST DAY continues as what readers have been asking for finally arrives: a male Star Sapphire in the form of the Predator. But how is this entity unlike the others? And what does it want with Carol Ferris? Meanwhile, the White Lantern is defended by an unlikely hero…

INVADERS #1 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: Alex Ross; WRITER: CHRISTOS GAGE, Alex Ross; PENCILS: CAIO REISS

The greatest super heroes of World War II blaze into action this time in the modern world! For the first time in decades, the original Invaders are alive and active at the same time! But what mysterious force has drawn them all together…and how does it relate to the darkest moment in Invaders history, an event so horrifying it threatens all life on Earth today? Featuring: Captain America! The Sub-Mariner! The original Human Torch and Toro! The Golden Age Vision! Spitfire! Union Jack! And Steve Rogers!

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #30 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: Salvador Larroca, WRITER: Matt Fraction, PENCILS: Salvador Larroca

The only thing more shocking than the first three pages are the last three pages! It’s the meeting 30 issues in the making: Tony Stark and Sasha Hammer, at long last, face to face. The gang at Stark Resilient burn the midnight oil against an impossible deadline — but if they don’t get Project Daylight off the ground they’re doomed before they start. They’re not the only one manufacturing their world-changer, though — the Hammer Girls are building an army of drone bombers as air support for Detroit Steel!

JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST #9 – DC Comics
Written by JUDD WINICK • Breakdowns by KEITH GIFFEN • Art by FERNANDO DAGNINO • Covers by CLIFF CHIANG • 1:10 Variant covers by KEVIN MAGUIRE

DC’s biweekly JUSTICE LEAGUE event continues! Fire has been keeping a dangerous secret from the team, and her past literally comes back to haunt her when she’s forced to confront the darkest of demons!

Meanwhile, still hot on the trail of Max Lord, the former members of the Justice League International pick themselves up after their disastrous battle at Checkmate headquarters. But can they locate Max while The Dark Knight himself is hot on their trail?

KILL SHAKESPEARE #5 – IDW Publishing
In the suspenseful fifth issue of the series Ain’t It Cool News proclaims as “a smashing success”, Hamlet strikes out on his own, away from both Prodigal leader Juliet and Richard’s lieutenant Iago. But is the Prince of Denmark delivering himself into even greater danger?

Read the review of Kill Shakespeare #5.

newavengersNEW AVENGERS #4 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: STUART IMMONEN; WRITER: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS; PENCILS: Stuart ImmonenSTUART IMMONEN

With reality under furious attack by arcane power far beyond anything anyone on Earth has ever dealt with before, the Avengers have to start getting creative or forfeit all that we know. The rules of magic and mysticism in the Marvel Universe are about to change in a gigantic way and it’s all going to happen here! All this plus a brand new chapter in the oral history of the Avengers.

RED ROBIN #16 – DC Comics
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA • Art and Cover by MARCUS TO & RAY MCCARTHY

The new Anarky has his own version of Red Robin’s Hit List! Ulysses Armstrong has made a record of Gotham City teens who could be Red Robin – and he’s murdering them one by one. With an incapacitated Tim Drake crossed off his list, can Red Robin stop Anarky before the villain attacks his next target? And with the deaths of innocents weighing on his conscience, how far will Red Robin go to cross Anarky off his own Hit List?

shadowland blood on the street daredevilSHADOWLAND: BLOOD ON THE STREETS #2 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: FRANCESCO MATTINA; WRITER: ANTONY JOHNSTON; PENCILS: WELLINTON ALVES

Silver Sable. Paladin. Misty Knight. The Shroud! Four very different heroes, all ensnared in a mystery spinning out of Shadowland! Is Daredevil using The Hand to kill mobsters untouchable by the law? Or is something even more sinister spreading throughout the city? Each hero approaches the puzzle from a different angle, and now they must race to discover the truth but The Hand has other ideas, and time is running out! Can this quartet of strange bedfellows put their differences aside and come together before death strikes again? Join writer Antony Johnston (DAREDEVIL) and artist Wellinton Alves (THUNDERBOLTS) for a trip down the mean streets of Shadowland!

SUPERMAN: NEW KRYPTON VOL. 2 – DC Comics
Written by GEOFF JOHNS, JAMES ROBINSON and STERLING GATES • Art by RENATO GUEDES, PETE WOODS, JAMAL IGLE and others • Cover by ALEX ROSS

Don’t miss this second volume of the mega-event that alters The Man of Tomorrow down to his core, with stories from SUPERMAN #682 and 683, ACTION COMICS #872 and 873 and SUPERGIRL #35 and 36, now in trade paperback!

After a long-lost section of Krypton is miraculously resurrected on Earth, The Man of Steel greets thousands of Kryptonians who are suddenly able to walk among humans. But a jarring culture clash destroys relations between the two species and violence erupts!

SUPERNATURAL: BEGINNING’S END – Wildstorm
Written by ANDREW DABB and DANIEL LOFLIN • Art by DIEGO OLMOS and MATTHEW DOW SMITH •?Photo cover

Picking up several years after RISING SON, the Winchesters find themselves in a strange situation: monster-hunting in NYC! This gripping story from the 6-issue miniseries – courtesy of television series writers Andrew Dabb and Daniel Loflin – explores what makes the Winchesters unique.

X-FORCE: SEX AND VIOLENCE #3 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: Gabriele Dellotto; WRITER: Craig Kyle, CHRISTOPHER YOST; PENCILS: Gabriele Dellotto

The blood soaked conclusion!! Wolverine is the best he is at what he does. Domino is the luckiest there is at what she does. But this time, it’s not going to be enough. The full force of the Assassins Guild is coming down on our heroes, and it’s not going to be pretty. Except for the art.

X-MEN #3 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: ADI GRANOV; WRITER: VICTOR GISCHLER; PENCILS: PACO MEDINA

MUTANTS VERSUS VAMPIRES, PART 3 In a desperate bid to fend off an endless horde of vampires, the X-Men do the unthinkable: They resurrect Dracula. Will the former Lord of the Vampires go along with Cyclops scheme to take down Dracula’s upstart son, Xarus? Meanwhile, Wolverine sets off to rescue Jubilee, unaware of the chilling transformation she has undergone. To attempt to free his former teammate, Wolverine must embark down his darkest path yet.

X-MEN FOREVER 2 #7 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: THOMAS VAUGHN GRUMMETT; WRITER: Christopher Claremont; PENCILS: RONALD LIM

It’s double the danger as Sabretooth fights for his life against. SABRETOOTH!? The cover says it all, folks, as the X-Men’s resident bad boy faces off with his Marauder self. He’s blind and down a hand but Victor Creed is angling to prove it ain’t the prettier killer who walks away but the one who’s willing to go the furthest. Just how far will the reformed villain go? Find out as X-Legend Chris Claremont whips up a throw-down that’ll leave fans salivating!

Comics Pull List Week of August 25

batman702We’ve got anoter packed week on the Pull List. There’s so many titles coming out to close out August that it may just blow your mind.

Vertigo Crime releases two new crime novels: Filthy Rich, from Brian Azzarello and Victor Santos, and Dark Entries, from Ian Rankin and Werther Dell’edera.

From Marvel Comics we’re checking out Shadowland: Moon Night #1. One of the hottest arcs from Marvel matched with one of the most underrated heroes is definitely one to check out.

Over at DC, it’s the week of the Bat with several Batman titles coming out, including this week’s BuzzFocus Must Read Title of the week Batman #702. DC is stating that Grant Morrison will be revealing secrets that lead to the Return of Bruce Wayne. When you hear secrets and Morrison in the same sentence, you always want to know exactly what shocker he has in store for you next.

Now onto the Pull List:

ACTION COMICS #892 – DC Comics
Written by PAUL CORNELL • Co-feature written by JEFF LEMIRE • Art by PETE WOODS • Co-feature art by PIER GALLO • Cover by DAVID FINCH and JOE WEEMS • 1:25 “DC 75TH Anniversary” Variant cover by IVAN REIS and OCLAIR ALBERT

Lex Luthor’s all-consuming quest for power leads him straight into conflict with Deathstroke, the Terminator! What happens when the DCU’s most ingenious mastermind meets its most lethal killer? We don’t know, but it’s sure gonna be fun finding out …

This issue also features a new Superboy story by Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and Pier Gallo (ADVENTURE COMICS) – the creative team of the upcoming new SUPERBOY ongoing series!

AVENGERS #4 – Marvel Comics
WRITER: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS; PENCILS: John Romita JR.

The blockbuster Marvel comic of the year continues!! The timestream is broken and with that the Marvel Universe has fallen into utter chaos. Can the Avengers defeat Kang and even if they do, is it too late? Guest-starring EVERYONE!! Plus! Another startling chapter in the untold oral history of the Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis…!

BATMAN #702 – DC Comics
Written by GRANT MORRISON • Art and cover by TONY DANIEL

Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel continue their captivating untold tale of Bruce Wayne and his adventures between BATMAN R.I.P. and FINAL CRISIS! Discover the shocking secrets that point toward THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE that we couldn’t show you until now!

CAPTAIN AMERICA #609 – Marvel Comics
WRITER: ED BRUBAKER, SEAN MCKEEVER; PENCILS: FILIPE DANIEL MORENO DE ANDRADE, MARKO DJURDJEVIC, BUTCH GUICE

Bucky must return to the place where his life once ended as Baron Zemo continues to rip his life apart. It’s the hardest hitting arc of Captain America ever by the awesome team of Ed Brubaker and Butch Guice.

darkentriesDARK ENTRIES – Vertigo Comics
Written by IAN RANKIN • Art by WERTHER DELL’EDERA • Cover by LEE BERMEJO

Now in trade paperback from Vertigo Crime! HELLBLAZER’s John Constantine must become part of HAUNTED PALACE – a closed set reality game show – to deal with the supernatural murder of one of the cast. He enters as a “surprise” contestant and meets the other participants, learning that they all have secrets and that one of them must be “channeling” poltergeists and/or be the murderer. However, John soon learns that he is in fact in a game show which is being broadcast only to the denizens of Hell, who have chosen him to be the next contestant. Now he has to figure out who’s the killer and how to escape with his soul intact.

DARK WOLVERINE #90 – Marvel Comics
WRITER: DANIEL WAY, Marjorie Liu; PENCILS: MIRCO PIERFEDERICI

THE SERIES CONCLUSION! The end of one journey marks the beginning of another, as Daken contemplates the road less traveled…a road of truth, desire…and empires.

DETECTIVE COMICS #868 – DC Comics
Written by DAVID HINE • Art by SCOTT MCDANIEL and ANDY OWENS • Cover by PETER NGUYEN

A warped variation of the Joker drug has caused those who use it to suffer mental breakdowns and embrace anarchy and chaos. With riots cropping up throughout Gotham City, the citizens find themselves divided into two gangs: one led by a Batman impostor whose mission is to bring law and order back to the streets, and the other led by a Joker impostor whose purpose is to punish the innocent and set Gotham ablaze. And in the middle of it all is The Dark Knight – but can Batman stop an entire city?

FILTHY RICH – Vertigo Comics
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO • Art by VICTOR SANTOS • Cover by LEE BERMEJO

Now in trade paperback from Vertigo Crime! Richard “Junk” Junkin has always lived on the edge of trouble. A former professional football star whose career was cut short by injury (and gambling problems), he now finds himself selling cars in New Jersey, dreaming of what might have been and lusting after his boss’ unbelievably spoiled, unbelievably sexy and unbelievably rich daughter, Victoria. So when the boss’s asks him to be her personal bodyguard as she tears up the New York City club scene, he leaps at the chance. But before long Junk becomes more of a lapdog than a chaperone, doing all of Victoria’s dirty work . . . up to, and including, murder.

GREEN ARROW #3 – DC Comics
Written by J.T. KRUL • Art by DIOGENES NEVES and VICENTE CIFUENTES • Cover by MAURO CASCIOLI• 1:10 White Lantern Variant cover by RYAN SOOK, FERNANDO PASARIN and JOEL GOMEZ

Witness the power of the BRIGHTEST DAY as death comes to Green Arrow’s forest. Is the Emerald Archer worthy of living in the sacred grove? Who else is in there? Will he be Green Arrow’s assassin or savior? The mysteries continue!

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #48 – DC Comics
Written by JAMES ROBINSON • Art by MARK BAGLEY, ROB HUNTER and NORM RAPMUND • Cover by MARK BAGLEY and JESUS MERINO • 1:10 White Lantern Variant cover by RYAN SOOK, FERNANDO PASARIN and JOEL GOMEZ

The BRIGHTEST DAY continues with a shocking connection to the White Light in part five of the JLA/JSA crossover!

It’s the grand finale of this team-up, and it’s chock-full of revelations as the greatest threat to the Earth may not be Alan Scott or the chaotic energy of the Starheart, but one of the other members!

Plus, don’t miss the second feature starring Cyborg, whose goal of restoring Red Tornado’s body becomes a battle to save the android’s sanity as the madness of the Starheart engulfs them.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST #8 – DC Comics
Written by JUDD WINICK • Breakdowns by KEITH GIFFEN • AARON LOPRESTI • Covers by TONY HARRIS and J.D. METTLER • 1:10 White Lantern Variant covers by RYAN SOOK, FERNANDO PASARIN and JOEL GOMEZ

DC’s biweekly JUSTICE LEAGUE event continues! Justice League International has re-formed and tracked Maxwell Lord to Checkmate headquarters. Their plan is simple: break into Checkmate – one of the most heavily guarded facilities on the planet – and capture Max so he can pay for his crimes. But Max has more than one trick up his sleeve as he turns the entire world against the JLI and shows Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Fire, Ice, Blue Beetle and Rocket Red what it truly means to be lost…

NAMOR: THE FIRST MUTANT #1 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: Jae Lee; WRITER: STUART MOORE; PENCILS: ARIEL OLIVETTI

Spinning out of the pages of X-MEN #1, comes an all-new series starring the world’s first mutant, NAMOR THE SUB-MARINER. When the X-Men are confronted with a deadly vampire threat, Namor takes matters into his own hands on a mission that might bring down the entire might of the vampires on their heads…and in the process, destroy Atlantis! What lurks down below the ocean where the sun can’t reach? What he thought was a fable to scare the children of Atlantis comes to terrifying life in the form of a newly-discovered race of Atlantean Vampires. Namor’s choice, to stand with Atlantis or the X-Men, will define a new chapter in his life…or death.

THE OUTSIDERS #32 – DC Comics
Written by DAN DIDIO • Art by PHILIP TAN and JONATHAN GLAPION • Cover by PHILIP TAN

With the team split in two and wanted for acts of war, The Outsiders find themselves fighting with one another in order to survive. While Geo-Force, Katana and the Eradicator build a new team in Markovia, Black Lightning, Owlman and Metamorpho find themselves at the home of an old friend who just happens to want Metamorpho dead! Plus, The Creeper faces off against a creature of the night!

SECRET WARRIORS #19 – Marvel Comics
WRITER: FIRM 15; PENCILS: ALESSANDRO VITTI

Steve Rogers guest stars in the shocking conclusion to “The Last Ride of the Howling Commandos”! Never forgotten. Never defeated. No longer.

moonknightSHADOWLAND: MOON KNIGHT #1 – Marvel Comics
WRITER: GREGG HURWITZ; PENCILS: BONG DAZO

Daredevil, the former defender of Hell’s Kitchen turned leader of the ninja death cult known as the Hand, has summoned the villainous Profile to take Moon Knight out of the picture for good. And to do it, the Profile enlists the aid of a mysterious figure, a second avatar of Khonshu! Has Khonshu finally decided to replace Moon Knight? And if so, what hope does Moon Knight have of saving Daredevil and himself from the darkness of Shadowland?

SUPERMAN/BATMAN #75 – DC Comics
Written by PAUL LEVITZ, JOE KELLY, DAVID FINCH, J.T. KRUL, STEVEN T. SEAGLE and others • Art by JERRY ORDWAY, DAVID FINCH, ADAM HUGHES, FRANCIS MANAPUL, DUNCAN ROULLEAU and others • Cover by FRANK QUITELY

You’re invited to a spectacular anniversary celebration as Paul Levitz unites the World’s Finest with the super-team he’s best known for – the Legion of Super-Heroes! Lex Luthor has finally unleashed a threat powerful enough to gain the Legion’s attention in the far future, but to take Luthor down, they’ll have to journey into the past and ask for help from both Batman and Superboy!

Plus, Joe Kelly and various writers and artists chronicle the history of The Man of Steel and The Dark Knight in adventures that span from yesterday into the far beyond! Adam Hughes writes and draws a tale starring Supergirl and Batgirl, J.T. Krul and Francis Manipul deliver a tale of Superboy and Red Robin seeking advice from their mentors, Ace and Krypto get leashed by Duncan Rouleau, David Finch writes and illustrates a story for the first time, and Joe Kelly, Steven T. Seagle, Billy Tucci and many more surprises help commemorate this anniversary extravaganza!

TEEN TITANS #86 – DC Comics
Written by FELICIA D. HENDERSON • Co-Feature written by REX OGLE • Art by JOSÉ LUÍS and MARIAH BENES • Cover by JOE PRADO • Co-feature art by TED NAIFEH • 1:25 “DC Anniversary” Variant Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED

“The Hunt for Raven” continues! The Titans have found their friend, but will the Wyld be able to let her go? More important, is Raven still their teammate — or has she become something greater than ever?

Plus, The COVEN OF THREE have found their answers, but restoring their world may not be a shared goal. How far will they go for ultimate power?

UNKNOWN SOLDIER #23 – Vertigo Comics
Written by JOSHUA DYSART • Art by ALBERTO PONTICELLI • Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

In the hands of the men who created his fractured psyche, Moses is ready to assume his role as a super soldier in service of a shadowy government agency. But on one condition: Bring back ostracized CIA agent in exile Jack Lee Howl. Get ready for secrets revealed, mysteries unlocked and old warriors reunited.

X-MEN FOREVER 2 #6 – Marvel Comics
WRITER: Chris Claremont; PENCILS: Tom GrummettMIKE GRELL

Moira MacTaggert has paid dearly over the years for her allegiance to the X-Men, but will this latest altercation ask her to pay the ultimate price? AND, a familiar face is back to cause the X-Men trouble. But you’ve never seen him like this before! FROM COMICS LEGEND CHRIS CLAREMONT AND ART BY RODNEY BUCHEMI (INCREDIBLE HERCULES)! GREAT JUMPING ON POINT WITH ISSUE 6!

X-MEN LEGACY #239 – Marvel Comics
WRITER: MIKE CAREY; PENCILS: CLAYTON THOMAS MANN, LEINIL FRANCIS YU

“COLLISION” PART TWO When a pack of Sentinels chases a girl through the streets of Mumbai, the X-Men assume she’s a newly-manifested mutant and rush to her aid. But could it be that she’s something else entirely? One thing’s for sure: she has ties to the X-Men that could spell bad news for Rogue and Magneto…

Step Aside Daredevil: Shadowland – Who Will Be Marvel's New Man Without Fear?

Shadowland, Marvel’s latest miniseries features Daredevil’s descent into amorality as the vigilante’s attempts to rid Hell’s Kitchen of crime go too far. If you haven’t picked up the series and its off-shoots yet, the Daredevil’s story has been building to this climax thanks to the excellent writing of Andy Diggle and Antony Johnston. Daredevil made a deal to lead the Hand, the ninja clan he has often been at odds with, to become their new leader with the hopes of using their resources to safeguard his home-base of New York City. The catalyst for this extreme decision was the death of several dozen tenants in an apartment complex detonated by Bullseye, his long-time nemesis and former Dark Avenger. Daredevil erected a fortress/prison called Shadowland on the site of the tragedy, hoping to deter criminals from their future crimes. However, his tactics have escalated to murdering known criminals before they commit crimes, imprisoning those that would hinder his charge to keep his streets safe, and most recently, his brutally efficient murder of Bullseye.

Marvel has released teasers for their next big saga with the tag “Who Will Be the New Man Without Fear?” So now that we know Shadowland will not end well for Matt Murdock, we can deliberate on this question. Marvel teasers feature five ‘dark’ heroes, including the X-Man Gambit, the Black Panther (male version), The Falcon, Kraven and Nova. Do any of these heroes deserve Daredevil’s moniker?

shadowland

Gambit seems just that: a gambit. The character has had flair and when he had his own series, remarkably enjoyable. When he gets doused in other character’s issues, Gambit is not as interesting. Take, for instance, his transformation to Death by Apocalypse a few years back which resurfaced in the pages of the X-Men’s Second Coming storyline. He is not interesting as a figure of death (only Archangel played it well because it made Warren Worthington intimidating). Similarly, his laid-back Cajun-style is not well-suited for NYC’s grittier façade.

The Black Panther has gone through some changes that would otherwise prevent him from becoming the “Man” Without Fear. However, T’Challa is recovering and was bound to make a comeback somehow given that the female Black Panther is also quite boring. But would he fit the urban jungle of New York? It doesn’t seem necessary to place the Black Panther in the role of protector of Hell’s Kitchen given that he is ruler of an entire country, Wakanda. It seems a bit silly to remove T’Challa from that situation and bring him over to New York. He is a star that deserves his own series on its own terms, not riding on what Daredevil built.

If you’ve read Spider-Man’s Grim Hunt (Amazing Spider-Man 634-637) storyline, you know Kraven is back from the dead. Including Kraven in the list of candidates is intriguing. I’m not partial to making a villain into a hero because we just “been-there, done-that” with the whole ‘Dark’ Marvel years. This might have worked a few years ago: if Kraven were revived then and tried to atone for his sins, maybe it could have worked. Now, Kraven and his clan (or what’s left of it) have a lot to settle before he goes back to his old ways.

Nova, as his name implies in Spanish, “no va” – doesn’t go. Just for the power set alone: this man is fighting intergalactic battles and he’s supposed to be a contender for dealing with mobsters and street criminals? That’s like using a fire hose to put out a candle!

Of the choices offered by Marvel, The Falcon makes the most sense. One-time sidekick to Captain America, the Falcon has been receiving more face time in that title and shows that he can handle himself without the razzle-dazzle of super-powers. Yes, he has a special suit that lets him fly and he can talk to his pet falcon, but his human vulnerability is what makes him intriguing – is his arsenal enough? Can this non-powered hero overcome great odds and the occasional suped-up baddie? On a side note: The Shroud has been an under-achieving character in the Marvel U who is playing a role in an off-shoot of Shadowland: Blood on the Streets. Would elevating a C-Lister like The Shroud into Daredevil-level circumstances make for a compelling read? Let’s see what the Mighty Minds at Marvel dream up after Shadowland is said and done.

Comic Pull List Week of August 11, 2010

Our weekly Comic Pull List continues. This week we’ve got several great titles worth checking out at your local comics store, including The Walking Dead #67 from Image Comics.

From Top Cow, we’re checking out Artifacts #1. If you have never had the opportunity to check out Witchblade or The Darkness, then this is the perfect time to check out a comic that blends the heroic giants of the Top Cow Universe.

Vertigo Comics is stacking the Pull List with Mike Carey’s The Unwritten. The second graphic novel in the series comes out, collecting issues #6-12, this week as well as The Unwritten #16. This series seamlessly blends reality with storytelling fiction in one immersive story.

birdsofpreyOver at Marvel, the Shadowland saga continues in Daredevil #509. While fans speculate over who the next man without fear will be, Daredevil continues to show us that he is the original and there is no replacing him. Blade returns in Ultimate Comics Avengers #1 so expect a monthly dose of vampires and the undead to top off your True Blood, Twilight, and general Supernatural addictions. Steve Rogers: Super Soldier continues with issue #2. The first issue surprised us and we are fully invested in this new arc.

Over at DC, we’re living out the Brightest Day. Guy Gardner takes center stage in Green Lander: Emerald Warriors #1. We’ve also got more Justice League: Generation Lost and Zatanna action worth checking out.

Our BuzzFocus Must Read Title of the week goes to Birds of Prey #4. Wonder Woman writer Gail Simone has captured our attention once again with her page-turning stories. It’s Black Canary vs. White Canary in Birds of Prey #4, which concludes the first arc of the newly relaunched series.

Now onto the BuzzFocus Weekly Pull List:

ARTIFACTS – Top Cow
artifacts1Writer : Ron Marz; Artist : Michael Broussard

“The Event FIVE Years in the Making! Thirteen mystical Artifacts, including the Witchblade, the Darkness and others, guide the fate of the Top Cow Universe. For centuries, it’s been whispered that bringing together all 13 Artifacts would herald mankind’s destruction. But a mysterious figure has been manipulating events, laying plans to put Armageddon into motion. The final phase begins here, with the abduction of Hope, the daughter of Sara Pezzini and Jackie Estacado. What ensues will remake the entirety of the Top Cow Universe, from the Witchblade and the Darkness, to the Angelus, Magdalena, and even Cyberforce. Artifacts #1 is the perfect place for faithful readers to see their loyalty pay off, and for new readers to experience the Top Cow universe.”

BIRDS OF PREY #4
Written by GAIL SIMONE • Art by ED BENES, ADRIANA MELO and MARIA BENES • Cover by ALINA URUSOV • 1:10 White Lantern Variant cover by RYAN SOOK, FERNANDO PASARIN and JOEL GOMEZ

The explosive first arc of BIRDS OF PREY concludes here! The Birds race against the clock to protect the Super Hero community, but can they make it in time and find their blackmailer? And the final showdown between Black Canary and White Canary is a can’t-miss fight between two martial arts masters!

DAREDEVIL # 509 – Marvel Comics
daredevilCOVER BY: JOHN CASSADAY; WRITER: ANDY DIGGLE, ANTONY JOHNSTON; PENCILS: ROBERTO PASCUAL DE LA TORRE

As Daredevil’s Shadowland stronghold in Hell’s Kitchen grows, more heroes step forward to try to bring The Man Without Fear back to his senses. But any foe of Daredevil knows he is not a man easily stopped. The battle for New York continues!

DARK WOLVERINE #89 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: SIMONE BIANCHI; WRITER: THE KNIGHT AGENCY, INC., DANIEL WAY; PENCILS: STEPHEN JORGE E. SEGOVIA

Daken barely survived his encounter with Frank Castle, but that only makes him more dangerous than ever — especially when Wolverine shows up to save the day. Killing two birds with one stone has never been more appealing…

DMZ #56 – Vertigo Comics
Written by BRIAN WOOD • Art by NATHAN FOX • Cover by JP LEON

This second in a series of five one-shot stories concerns the enigmatic Wilson, the self-professed protector of Chinatown and confidant to Matty Roth. Wilson’s always said he’d “own” the DMZ in the end, and now, with the U.S. poised to steamroll its way into the city, it’s do-or-die time for the old man. Artist Nathan Fox (Pigeons from Hell) returns to DMZ for another gorgeous, detail-rich issue.

GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS #1 – DC Comics
gl_emeraldWritten by PETER J. TOMASI• Art by FERNANDO PASARIN • Cover by RODOLFO MIGLIARI 1:25 variant cover by LEE BERMEJO

BRIGHTEST DAY! A whole new chapter in the epic GREEN LANTERN saga gets under way as Guy Gardner begins his secret mission for Atrocitus, bringing him into conflict with Hal Jordan with massive repercussions for the Green Lantern Corps!

Guy takes fellow Emerald Warriors Kilowog and Arisia along as he explores the Unknown Sectors — but what happens when they discover his mission and what’s waiting for them in the unpatrolled darkness?

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #29 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: SALVADOR LARROCA MARTINEZ; WRITER: MILKFED CRIMINAL MASTERMINDS INC.; PENCILS: SALVADOR LARROCA MARTINEZ

When you think of the greatest mechanized hero of the modern era, only two words come to mind: DETROIT STEEL. You wanted the best? You got the best. But the best comes at a price. Meanwhile Pepper Potts is on the road to recovery, but nothing is free from complication in Tony Stark’s world — and this one’s a doozy, even if it means the debut of an all-new RESCUE. The Pentagon keep shutting War Machine out, and the new offices of Stark Resilient let everyone in for a big coming-out party…with special guests Justine and Sasha Hammer.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST #7 – DC Comics
Written by JUDD WINICK • Breakdowns by KEITH GIFFEN • Art by JOE BENNETT • Covers by TONY HARRIS and J.D. METTLER • 1:10 White Lantern Variant covers by RYAN SOOK, FERNANDO PASARIN and JOEL GOMEZ

DC’s biweekly JUSTICE LEAGUE event continues! Justice League International has re-formed and tracked Maxwell Lord to Checkmate headquarters. Their plan is simple: break into Checkmate – one of the most heavily guarded facilities on the planet – and capture Max so he can pay for his crimes. But Max has more than one trick up his sleeve as he turns the entire world against the JLI and shows Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Fire, Ice, Blue Beetle and Rocket Red what it truly means to be lost…

STEVE ROGERS: SUPER-SOLDIER #2 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: CARLOS PACHECO; WRITER: ED BRUBAKER; PENCILS: DALE EAGLESHAM

Steve Rogers’s past and present collide as he digs deeper into the mysteries at the center of a global conspiracy and comes face-to-face with the first woman he ever loved. All this, and the secret manipulator behind the scenes twists his knife in Steve’s back with an ending that will leave readers stunned! From the pen and pencil of Ed Brubaker and Dale Eaglesham.

unwritten16THE UNWRITTEN #16 – Vertigo Comics
Written by MIKE CAREY • Art by PETER GROSS • Cover by YUKO SHIMIZU

When Tom and Wilson Taylor come face-to-face, secrets are revealed, friends and enemies unmask, and chickens come home to roost. All this plus exclusive coverage of the launch party for the 14th Tommy Taylor novel – an unexploded bomb and a perfect gift for loved ones.

THE UNWRITTEN VOL. 2: INSIDE MAN – Vertigo Comics
Written by MIKE CAREY • Art by PETER GROSS & others• Cover by YUKO SHIMIZU

In this volume collecting issues #6-12 of the hit series, Tom arrives at Donostia prison in southern France and falls into the orbit of another story: The Song of Roland. Unfortunately for Tom, it’s an epic that ends with a massacre…

TITANS #26 – DC Comics
Written by ERIC WALLACE • Art and cover by FABRIZIO FIORENTINO • 1:10 White Lantern Variant cover by RYAN SOOK, FERNANDO PASARIN and JOEL GOMEZ

Straight out of the JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE RISE OF ARSENAL miniseries, Arsenal signs up with Deathstroke and Cheshire when the Titans target a child slavery ring for takedown. What they unearth will shock you to the core!

ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 3 #1 – Marvel Comics
ultimateavengersCOVER BY: LEINIL FRANCIS YU; WRITER: MARK MILLAR; PENCILS: STEVE DILLON

Blade is back in a bad way and that can only mean one thing: vampires are afoot! Somebody is leaving behind a bloody trail of bite marks and Blade’s stake-ready to take them on. Could the mysterious figure donned in an iron suit have something to do with it? And who exactly is the new figure leaping around down in a devil costume? As the Avengers get deeper into black ops, there’s no telling who’ll be thirsting for blood and who’ll be next on the menu! Bite into the next exhilarating series of ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS by superstar creators MARK MILLAR (CIVIL WAR, KICK-ASS) and STEVE DILLON (PUNISHERMAX)!

Walking Dead #76 – Image Comics
STORY ROBERT KIRKMAN; ART & COVER CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN

The conflict escalates.

X-MEN #2 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: ADI GRANOV|PACO MEDINA; WRITER: VICTOR GISCHLER; PENCILS: PACO MEDINA

“CURSE OF THE MUTANTS,” PART 2 Upon discovering that San Francisco has been invaded by Dracula and his vampire army, the X-Men set out to find the evil and destroy it. But when Blade the Vampire Slayer shows up and drops a bombshell, the X-Men realize all of their assumptions have been wrong. Their only chance to survive hinges on a desperate plan which might prove their undoing.

X-MEN FOREVER 2 #5 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: THOMAS VAUGHN GRUMMETT; PENCILS: ART & COMICS INT\’L

Moira MacTaggert has paid dearly over the years for her allegiance to the X-Men, but will this latest altercation ask her to pay the ultimate price? AND, a familiar face is back to cause the X-Men trouble. But you’ve never seen him like this before! FROM COMICS LEGEND CHRIS CLAREMONT AND ART BY RODNEY BUCHEMI (INCREDIBLE HERCULES)! GREAT JUMPING ON POINT WITH ISSUE 6!

ZATANNA #4 – DC Comics
Written by PAUL DINI • Art by CHAD HARDIN and WAYNE FAUCHER • Cover by STEPHANE ROUX • 1:10 Variant cover by BRIAN BOLLAND

Zatanna loves Vegas, and Vegas loves her – but should Zee be wary of the attentions of a handsome, well-connected casino owner? She can hold her own against the most ridiculous Royal Flush Gang ever assembled, and she can just about cope with her cousin Zachary’s immature antics, but she’d better watch out for the sultry fire demons that are hot on her heels!

Comic Pull List Week of August 4, 2010

August kicks off with another awesome week of comic buys. Vertigo Comics hits the ground running with a new Vertigo Crime novel Fogtown, while House of Mystery continues to delight.

Over at Wildstorm, we’re all about Kane and Lynch #1. One of our most sought out video games of the summer is getting its own comic. Wildstorm tends to give game books the special TLC they need so we’re anxious to see what they’ve done with Kane & Lynch. Also The Authority turns 25 this week.

Over at Dark Horse Comics, we’ve got our eyes glued to Baltimore: The Plague Ships #1. This comic, based on the novel by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden will definitely be one to check out, especially with Witchfinder artist Ben Stenbeck on the job.

At DC Comics we’ve got several winners, from Batman: Odyssey to Secret Six. Did we mention Brightest Day? Okay. How about Red Hood: Lost Days? This Jason Todd mini-series has surprised us throughout the summer.

shadowland2On the Marvel front, we’ve got Casanova #2. Bizarre and intriguing, there is still time to jump onto this bold new series before it gets trapped in the back issue market.

The BuzzFocus Must Read Title of the week goes to Shadowland #2. Daredevil, what have you done?! Since the 90s, Daredevil has always danced the line between right and wrong in getting the job done. Now, he’s just totally bad-ass. This is the title that does it all.

Now, onto the Pull List:

Avengers: Prime #2 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: ALAN DAVIS; WRITER: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS; PENCILS: ALAN DAVIS

Steve Rogers, Tony Stark and Thor have traveled to a mysterious dimension of the broken Nine Realms and have to fight their way to one anothers side or they will never make it back home. This vital chapter will impact the lives of all of the characters and resonate in the pages of Thor for years to come!

baltimoreBaltimore: The Plague Ships #1 – Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden; Artist: Ben Stenbeck

Months after a devastating plague ends World War I, Europe is suddenly flooded with deadly vampires. Lord Henry Baltimore, a soldier determined to wipe out the monsters, is on the hunt for the creature responsible for this chaos and his own personal tragedy. What he uncovers is a terror as horrific and frightening as any he’s seen on the battlefield.

BATMAN: ARKHAM REBORN – DC Comics
Written by DAVID HINE • Art by JEREMY HAUN • Cover by CLIFF CHIANG

Following Black Mask’s destruction of Arkham Asylum, Dr. Jeremiah Arkham has rebuilt the Asylum following the design of his mad Uncle Amadeus. But will the new Arkham be a haven for the criminally insane – or a house of torture? Collecting BATMAN: BATTLE FOR THE COWL – ARKHAM ASYLUM #1, ARKHAM REBORN #1-3 and DETECTIVE COMICS #864-865

BATMAN: ODYSSEY #2 (OF 12) – DC Comics
Written by NEAL ADAMS• Art by NEAL ADAMS • 1:25 Sketch variant cover by NEAL ADAMS

Neal Adams’s ODYSSEY ramps up as The Caped Crusader slowly but surely loses control. A dark presence lurking in the background begins pulling Bruce’s strings…who is responsible? This second chapter is a tour de force of action as the greatest crime fighter on earth displays his vicious combat skills. What else can you expect? Adams’s art at its best!

BRIGHTEST DAY #7 – DC Comics
Written by GEOFF JOHNS and PETER J. TOMASI • Art by IVAN REIS, PATRICK GLEASON, ARDIAN SYAF, SCOTT CLARK and JOE PRADO • Cover by DAVID FINCH • 1:10 White Lantern Variant covers by RYAN SOOK, FERNANDO PASARIN and JOEL GOMEZ

There can be only one who wields the White Lantern…but is it truly Deadman? And what will happen when he attempts to charge the white ring? Meanwhile, Ronnie Raymond risks everything for Firestorm, Martian Manhunter uncovers more clues about the bizarre string of murders stretching across the country, Aquaman searches for the key to the ocean’s survival and the Hawks come face-to-face with the evil that lurks within the strange land known only as Hawkworld!

CASANOVA #2 – Marvel Comics
casanovaCASANOVA: LUXURIA continues! Strange, sweaty, naked things are afoot deep in the jungle metropolis of Áqua Pesada. A rogue E.M.P.I.R.E. agent has gone mad and, in between throwing the most decadent parties the world has ever known, spills his spy-guts out in the pages of a breathless, confessional, comic book… and Casanova Quinn is given orders by his father to bring the agent in… but Newman Xeno wants Casanova to kill him instead. Bloodshed, betrayal, a trial, an exile, a Paco Rabanne dress made entirely out of credit cards, and a shocking twist that sets Casanova irrevocably on a path of no return. 32 PAGES OF COSMIC COMIC SPY-CHEDELIA. All new back-matter! Soul-elevating colors! Staples and paper!

CAPTAIN AMERICA #608 – Marvel Comics
WRITER: ED BRUBAKER, SEAN MCKEEVER; PENCILS: FILIPE DANIEL MORENO DE ANDRADE, BUTCH GUICE

Baron Zemo takes his battle against the new Captain America to a new and terrifying level. And neither Bucky Barnes, or the readers will believe Zemo’s last page revelation! By the senses-shattering team of Ed Brubaker and Butch Guice!

FOGTOWN – Vertigo Comics
Written by ANDERSEN GABRYCH • Art by BRAD RADER • Cover by LEE BERMEJO

New from Vertigo Crime! Frank Grissel is a hard-knuckled private eye – and a deeply closeted homosexual – set in the very real world of 1953 San Francisco. Aided by his long-suffering secretary (and sometime live-in lover) Loretta, Grissel’s search for a runaway girl winds up with his becoming a suspect in a string of gruesome murders. The case takes twists and turns through the Golden Gate’s greasy underbelly: the beguiling arms of a Chinese shipping heiress (and smuggler); an unexpected reunion with the daughter he abandoned long ago; the loss of Loretta to the sadistic clutches of the high-powered “Colonel”; and finally to the horrifying, gender-bending truth.

HOUSE OF MYSTERY #28 – Vertigo Comics
Written by MATTHEW STURGES • Art by LUCA ROSSI and ESAO ANDREWS • Cover by ESAO ANDREWS

The Witch Queen seems to think that Fig is very important, but the more time they spend together, the more the Witch Queen has her doubts… Plus, this month’s short story is illustrated by cover artist Esao Andrews (FABLES: 1001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL) and stars our dearly departed Poet.

IZOMBIE #4 – Vertigo Comics
Written by CHRIS ROBERSON • Art and cover by MICHAEL ALLRED

After a few months of brain-eating, Gwen Dylan thinks she knows all there is to know about being a zombie. But she’s dead wrong. When the mysterious mummy Amon takes her on the “Magical Memory Tour” and reveals secrets from Ancient Egypt to modern-day Oregon, Gwen quickly discovers that the world is much, much stranger than she ever imagined. Meanwhile, the monster-hunters close in on Claire the vampire, and Spot the were-terrier deals with the fallout of last issue’s startling revelation.

KANE AND LYNCH #1 – Wildstorm
kane_lynchWritten by IAN EDGINTON • Art by CHRISTOPHER MITTEN • Cover by BEN TEMPLESMITH

Following the bullet-ridden finale to the best-selling video game, Kane and Lynch decide what’s best for everyone concerned is that they go their separate ways. That is, until a contract is put out on their collective lives for a huge bounty – and every assassin and two-bit goon around the world is gunning for the volatile pair. Can the unrepentant traitor and medicated psychopath work together once more to save their lives and get to the bottom of this blood-drenched conspiracy?

RED HOOD: LOST DAYS #3 (OF 6) – DC Comics
Written by JUDD WINICK • Art by PABLO RAIMONDI • Cover by BILLY TUCCI

Learn the secrets of Jason’s Todd hidden past! Jason’s out in the world and living in secret. Now he’s looking for new training, new skills, new teachers and a new identity. But what he finds on this path will challenge both his body and soul. The road to revenge becomes darker as his road to becoming Red Hood becomes clearer…

RED ROBIN #15 – DC Comics
Written by FABIAN NICIEZA • Art and cover by MARCUS TO and RAY MCCARTHY

With Tim Drake targeted for assassination, will Red Robin have to eliminate his secret identity? Or is it all part of an elaborate ruse to draw out the lethal Egyptian assassin known as Scarab and get Vicki Vale off his trail?

SECRET SIX #24 – DC Comics
Written by GAIL SIMONE • Art by J. CALAFIORE • Cover by DANIEL LUVISI

In a small, corrupt mining boom-town, six remarkable strangers who hate each other band together in a bloody last stand against an army set on destroying them all!

SECRET WARRIORS #18 – Marvel Comics
secretsixCOVER BY: Jim Cheung; WRITER: Jonathan Hickman; PENCILS: Alessandro Vitti

“The Last Ride of the Howling Commandos” rages on—with special guest-star Captain America! The reunion dinner between Nick Fury and his World War II brothers in arms continues against the backdrop of a suicide mission deep within enemy territory. Night approaches and we approach the end of a very long road in the latest issue of the series that has IGN.com raving: “Hickman has successfully drawn me back into his web of espionage and intrigue…this series should be considered as one of the publisher’s best monthly offerings.”

SHADOWLAND #2 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: JOHN CASSADAY; WRITER: ANDY DIGGLE ; PENCILS: Billy Tan

SHADOWLAND #2 (of 5) Written by ANDY DIGGLE Penciled by BILLY TAN Cover by JOHN CASSADAY EVIL DAREDEVIL VARIANT COVER by JOHN CASSADAY The battle for New York begins as battle lines are drawn and war forges strange allies. Luck Cage, Iron Fist, Spider-Man, Moon Knight and…Kingpin?! Plus, a dangerous new player enters the battle, one that could win the fight…or damn all of New York!

S.H.I.E.L.D. #3 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: GERALD PAREL; WRITER: FIRM 15; PENCILS: DUSTIN WEAVER

The surprise hit of the year marches on! In this issue, discover the secrets of Sir Issac Newton, see how Galileo defeated Galactus long before the Fantastic Four ever did and find out why Leonardo da Vinci traveled over 400 years to do. All of this from the twisted minds of writer Jonathan Hickman (FANTASTIC FOUR) and superstar in the making Dustin Weaver (X-MEN LEGACY)!

SUPERMAN: THE LAST FAMILY OF KRYPTON #1 (OF 3) – DC Comics
Written by CARY BATES • Art by RENATO ARLEM • Cover by FELIPE MASSAFERA

Returning to a character he’s long been associated with, legendary writer Cary Bates explores a different side to Superman’s legend in an Elseworlds tale that hinges on the fact that while baby Kal-el has rocketed to the distant planet Earth from his doomed homeworld of Krypton, he was not alone. How does a world handle the emergence of the Last Family of Krypton as Jor-El, Lara and Kal-El make Earth their adopted home?

THE AUTHORITY #25 – Wildstorm
Written by TOM TAYLOR • Art by AL BARRIONUEVO • Cover by HOWARD PORTER, ALLEN MARTINEZ and WES HARTMAN

In the aftermath of the twin battles with the Aegean and Mondregon, the team assesses the damage and Hawksmoor is forced to explain the origin of his strange, secret weapon. Deathblow is down for the count, and Swift is unconscious with no one able to figure out why she can’t be revived. But there’s not much time to lick their wounds or ease over internal tensions as The Carrier appears to finally be approaching its ultimate destination. Who or what they are about to meet could alter the course of the Wildstorm Universe forever.

Comic Pull List Week of July 14, 2010

We’ve got another pull list chock full of fun for the week of July 14.

Marvel pulls out the big guns before Comic Con, releasing a X-Men Origins: Deadpool #1 as well as several X-titles. More World War Hulks action comes home, featuring Spider-Man and Thor.

solarAlthough this is a light week for DC Comics on the Pull list, the publisher still brings home a few stars with Superman and Batman both releasing issues #701. But, the DC fav of the week goes to Justice League: Generation Lost #5.

Mike Carey is back with more of The Unwritten from Vertigo Comics. This series has rocked the BuzzFocus Pull List month after month, rising to become the Must Read title on numerous occasions.

The BuzzFocus Must Read comic of the week goes to Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom from Dark Horse Comics. Jim Shooter (former Valiant Comics editor in chief) returns to the character he redefined in the 1990s! Honorable Mention goes to The Stuff of Legend: The Jungle #1 (of 4) from Th3rd World Studios. The Stuff of Legend may live up to its name – thanks to the creative team of writers Mike Raicht and Brian Smith as well as artist Charles Paul Wilson III.

Now, onto the Pull List:

BATMAN #701 – DC Comics
Written by GRANT MORRISON • Art and cover by TONY DANIEL

Grant Morrison and Tony Daniel re-team to tell the exciting 2-part, untold tale of Bruce Wayne and his adventures between BATMAN R.I.P. and FINAL CRISIS! What happened to Batman – and Dr. Hurt, for that matter – after the devastating events at the climax of R.I.P.? And what secrets within this story point toward THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE?

BIRDS OF PREY #3 – DC Comics
birdsofpreyWritten by GAIL SIMONE • Art by ED BENES • Cover by CLIFF CHIANG

The explosive first story arc of BIRDS OF PREY continues! Pursued by an unstoppable killer, the Birds are forced to run a gauntlet of insane gang members and corrupt cops out to kill them all while trying to stop a teammate from dying in front of their eyes! The meanest BoP villain yet is calling for blood and won’t stop ’til she gets it!

DAREDEVIL #508 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: JOHN CASSADAY; WRITER: ANDY DIGGLE, ANTONY JOHNSTON

SHADOWLAND Tie-in Matt Murdock has long played judge and jury to criminals as Daredevil, but has he now become executioner as well?! SHADOWLAND takes over Daredevil and his friends aren’t about to stand by and lose him on the path he seems destined for. A major player joins the battle as Hell’s Kitchen is about to live up to its name once more!

DOCTOR SOLAR, MAN OF THE ATOM #1 – Dark Horse Comics
Empowered by a thermonuclear catastrophe, Doctor Solar discovers that he can control energy. Immeasurable strength is his at a whim. Power beyond imagination courses through his body. But he knows that the same kind of science run amok that created him can also empower the wicked. In the aftershock of the cataclysm that created Doctor Solar, ripples throughout space time imbue one Whitmore Pickerel with the power to create life — which he uses to serve his selfish desires and reckless ambitions. His newly created being, Leviathan, invulnerable and immeasurably strong, clashes with the Man of the Atom in a fierce battle that ravages the city. Meanwhile, for his personal amusement, Pickerel creates Glow, a living fantasy of unearthly charms . . . and deadly possibilities!

* Special bonus for this supersized issue: the very first Doctor Solar story from 1962!

* Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #1 is but the first act in an explosive program that will also see Shooter reimagine Magnus, Robot Fighter and Turok, Son of Stone for the twenty first century!

* Jim Shooter (former Valiant Comics editor in chief) returns to the character he redefined in the 1990s!

JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST #5 – DC Comics
Written by JUDD WINICK & KEITH GIFFEN • Art by JOE BENNETT • Cover by TONY HARRIS & J.D. METTLER • 1:25 variant cover by KEVIN MAGUIRE

DC’s biweekly JUSTICE LEAGUE event continues here! Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Fire, Ice and Blue Beetle track a mysterious villain to Russia only to find themselves face-to-face with an angry Rocket Red Brigade! When one of the Rocket Reds decides to defect and join our heroes, they all soon realize that the Justice League International is once again complete…but why, and for what purpose? The mystery deepens as this BRIGHTEST DAY tie-in continues!

NEW MUTANTS #15 – Marvel Comics
newmutantsCOVER 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.

PREDATORS: PRESERVE the GAME (Film Sequel) – Dark Horse Comics
Writer: David Lapham; Penciller: Allan Jefferson

Set a few weeks after the climax of Robert Rodriguez’s Predators film, the remaining survivors still struggle to find some existence on the alien planet where they are hunted. Hope of outlasting the alien hunters still lives; they have a plan to get away, and they just might be able to pull it off!

* David Lapham (Stray Bullets, Young Liars) writes the sequel to Robert Rodriguez’s Predators!

SUPERMAN #701 – DC Comics
Written by J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI • Art by EDDY BARROWS & J.P. MAYER • Cover by JOHN CASSADAY • 1:25 “DC 75th Anniversary” variant cover by JOHN CASSADAY

J. Michael Straczynski begins his highly anticipated run on SUPERMAN! After the devastating events of WAR OF THE SUPERMEN, how can Superman possibly continue his battle for Truth, Justice and the American Way? Find out here in “Grounded” part 1 and get in on the starting line of a modern-classic SUPERMAN story!

THE STUFF OF LEGEND: THE JUNGLE #1 (of 4) – Th3rd World Studios
Writer : Mike Raicht, Brian Smith; Artist : Charles Paul Wilson III

Following the liberation of the board game town of Hopscotch, a brave band of toys continues the quest to rescue their human master from the nightmare realm of the Dark. With the Boogeyman’s army fast approaching for battle, Max the teddy bear and his friends discover one of the Dark’s oldest secrets, and a new threat that could destroy them all.

TITANS #25 – DC Comics
Written by ERIC WALLACE • Art and cover by FABRIZIO FIORENTINO

Lex Luthor stands in the crosshairs – but are the Titans out to get him, or has he been targeted by someone else? And do not miss the fight of the century: Deathstroke versus Osiris!

THE UNWRITTEN #15 – Vertigo Comics
unwrittenWritten by MIKE CAREY • Art by PETER GROSS • Cover by YUKO SHIMIZU

While Lizzie wanders through a Dickens novel in search of a past she thought she’d left behind her, Tom pursues his father through the streets of London and ends up in a maze made out of stories. Hopefully he’ll realize this maze has a monster at its heart…

WORLD WAR HULKS: SPIDER-MAN & THOR #1 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: BARRY KITSON; WRITER: Chris Eliopoulos, Kieron Gillen

It’s the final battle before the war! Find out what you’re favorite hulked-out heroes have been up to between the world-breaking events of WORLD WAR HULKS! The gamma-god of Thunder and a not-so-friendly Spider-Man are tearing up D.C. in a brawl of titanic proportions! Can the Asgardian and the wall-crawler overcome their savage impulses…or is it too late for these irradiated Avengers?!

X-FORCE: SEX AND VIOLENCE #1 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: Gabriele Dellotto; WRITER: Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost

Just when you thought it was over, we pull you back in—it’s the X-Force story everyone’s been talking about, finally delivered! Wolverine and Domino have always had a special relationship, but everything goes upside down when the Assassins Guild puts out a hit on our gun wielding bombshell. Why do they want her dead? And more importantly, how many people have to die before Wolverine and Domino can spend some quality time together? Get ready for the sexiest blood-soaked ride Craig Kyle and Chris Yost have ever delivered as they join forces with international superstar Gabriele Dell’otto to offer up their final X-Force story!

X-MEN FOREVER 2 #3 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: Tom Grummett; WRITER: Chris Claremont

Still reeling from the explosive events of Issue #1, the world is now contemplating what life without the X-Men will be like. Some mourn, others rejoice, and still others continue to search for answers. But answers can come from the unlikeliest places… including one of New York City’s biggest super heroes.

X-MEN ORIGINS: DEADPOOL #1 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: MARK BROOKS; WRITER: DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

“DEADPOOL: THE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE” You may have heard there’s a Deadpool movie in the works. Anyway, Wade Wilson’s heard the same thing — and he’s determined to tell his own story before Hollywood screws it up. Deadpool even hires his own screenwriter, who manages to get the Merc With a Mouth to open up like never before—revealing not only his origin story, but shocking details you’ve never heard before. We’re talking Oscar™ -worthy stuff here, people. That is, unless Hollywood manages to screw it up anyway…

X-MEN: SECOND COMING #2 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: ADI GRANOV; WRITER: Mike Carey, Matt Fraction, Zeb Wells, Chris Yost

The end is here. Sacrifices have been made. The most dangerous and successful attempt at the extermination of mutants is upon us. Who will walk away