It’s New York Comic Con week on the BuzzFocus Pull List. The big two publishers (Marvel and DC Comics) are stacking the shelves with several titles from Batman and the Secret Six to newly launched and relaunched Wolverine titles and some Tron: Legacy action. But, don’t count other publishers out with The Walking Dead AMC premiere on the horizon and several comic adapted movies just waiting to be signed. Image Comics gives us action from The Walking Dead, just in time for the Halloween premiere. The publisher is releasing a graphic novel that collects cover art from the series along with commentary by creator Robert Kirkman.
Marvel jump starts a new series, that’s not new at all with Uncanny X-Force #1. After Cyclops tells Wolverine to disband the vigilante-esque team, Wolverine decides to add Uncanny to the name and keep the party going. He also hits the shelves with Wolverine #2, the second issue of the relaunched series.
Vertigo Comics strikes hard with two BuzzFocus favorites: Sweet Tooth and American Vampire. Unfortunately, the Vertigo Crime franchise remains on hiatus from releasing noteworthy books.
Wildstorm is seeing Red with a 3-issue collection of the New Edition, while Radical Comics continues to make its mark in 2010 with the another new mini-series – named Ryder on the Storm.
The BuzzFocus Must Read Title of the week goes to Tron: The Betrayal. It’s a risky pick, being a movie adaptation. But sometimes you just have to make the leap. The Betrayal preempts the release of Tron: Legacy by two months. It will show the early days of the Grid, and the first appearances of the heroes and villains that will be seen in Tron: Legacy.
Now onto the Pull List:
AMERICAN VAMPIRE #7 – Vertigo Comics
Written by SCOTT SNYDER • Art and Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
1935, Las Vegas. Skinner Sweet is suspect number one behind the mystery of the bloodless victims – but could he just be a blood-red herring? Meanwhile, young police Chief Cash McCogan has his hands full with two FBI agents who may not be what they seem. Don’t miss part two of “Devil in the Sand,” and learn the secret history of Las Vegas!
THE AUTHORITY #27 – Wildstorm
Written by TOM TAYLOR ; Art by AL BARRIONUEVO; Cover by DAVE GIBBONS and KEVIN NOWLAN ; 1:10 Variant cover by ANDY PARK
One hundred thousand refugees scream inside the Carrier and are gone. Hawksmoor, Flint and Grifter disappear with them – taken by a species of brutal, nightmarish creatures. River’s growing powers as the Spirit of Information hid only a handful of Authority members. As they set out on an impossible rescue, a terrible history is uncovered and the mystery of Swift deepens.
BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #49 – DC Comics
Written by JAMES PATRICK; Art by STEVE SCOTT and BOB PETRECCA; Cover by ANDY KUBERT
With a life hanging in the balance, the world’s greatest detective is put to the test! Just how fast can Batman deduce, profile and make his way from crime scene to killer? Don’t miss this special glimpse inside the mind of The Dark Knight!
BATMAN: ODYSSEY #4 (OF 12) – DC Comics
Written by NEAL ADAMS; Art and cover by NEAL ADAMS; 1:25 Black and white variant cover by NEAL ADAMS
The fourth chapter of Neal Adams’ epic Batman tale sees Bruce Wayne confronted with a terrible moment that harks back to his origin. Will this shocking episode derail Batman from his Odyssey? Guest-starring Aquaman, Deadman, Talia and Man-Bat!
BATMAN: HIDDEN TREASURES – DC Comics
Written by RON MARZ and LEN WEIN; Art by BERNIE WRIGHTSON and KEVIN NOWLAN; Cover by BERNIE WRIGHTSON
At long last, the legendary “lost” Bernie Wrightson story starring The Dark Knight comes to life! Written by Ron Marz (GREEN LANTERN) and inked by Kevin Nowlan (SUPERMAN VS. ALIENS, Doctor Strange), this astonishing Batman/Solomon Grundy story features full-page illustrations on every page!
Also included in this can’t-miss issue is the newly colored, classic Bernie Wrightson/Len Wein Batman story “Night of the Bat,” which originally appeared in SWAMP THING #7! Both stories feature colors by acclaimed artist Alex Sinclair (BATMAN: HUSH, 52) and both present particularly startling looks at The Caped Crusader as only Wrightson could present!
BRIGHTEST DAY #11 – DC Comics
Written by GEOFF JOHNS and PETER J. TOMASI; Art by IVAN REIS, PAT GLEASON ARDIAN SYAF, SCOTT CLARK and JOE PRADO; Cover by DAVID FINCH and SCOTT WILLIAMS; 1:10 Variant covers by IVAN REIS
Don’t miss the hottest event in comics as the biweekly BRIGHTEST DAY continues with the return of the Black Lanterns! Has time run out for our resurrected heroes? Plus, you must not miss the stunning origin of the new Aqualad, the battle between Aquaman and Black Manta, and the bizarre journey of Jason Rusch and Ronnie Raymond as they delve into the inner workings of the Firestorm matrix and uncover its secret!
CHAOS WAR #1 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: Ed McGuinness; WRITER: Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente; PENCILS: Khoi Pham
Bigger than THE INFINITY GAUNTLET! More cosmic than ANNIHILATION! Since the end of SECRET INVASION, the CHAOS KING has amassed his army of alien slave gods — and the time to strike Earth is NOW! Only the greatest Marvel heroes can oppose him — all led by the newly-returned god of heroes … HERCULES! But are even his incredible new powers enough to stand against the greatest threat the Marvel Universe has ever seen a mad god who seeks to destroy Reality itself? PLUS: While thought dead, Hercules was trapped in a dangerous world that threatened his very sanity. Find out the secret of his exile in a special extra story penciled by PRINCE OF POWER’s Reilly Brown!
FREEDOM FIGHTERS #2 – DC Comics
Written by JIMMY PALMIOTTI and JUSTIN GRAY; Art by TRAVIS MOORE and TREVOR SCOTT; Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
It’s the war of Americana! The Freedom Fighters face the ancient threat of the Renegades, whose magic may be too much for the heroes to overcome. Has the Lost America conquered the Living America? Find out in this second issue of the new ongoing title starring the fan-favorite super-team!
HOUSE OF MYSTERY #30 – Vertigo Comics
Written by MATTHEW STURGES ; Art by LUCA ROSSI and CARINE BRANCOWITZ; Cover by ESAO ANDREWS
There’s so much happening in this issue that it’s nearly impossible to summarize. There’s the thing with the witches, the bit with the monster, and then there’s killer ribbon. See? Too much. With stunning art by French fashion illustrator Carine Brancowitz (Vogue, Elle)!
JSA ALL-STARS #11 – DC Comics
Written by MATTHEW STURGES; Co-feature written by JEN VAN METER; Art and cover by FREDDIE WILLIAMS II; Co-feature art by TRAVIS MOORE and DAN GREEN
In the conclusion of “Glory Days,” Cyclone is pushed past her limit when the Paradoran gods threaten the one she cares for most.
And in the final chapter of the Liberty Belle/Hourman co-feature: the secret power of the artifact that they’ve been hunting may doom the planet!
KANE AND LYNCH #3 – Wildstorm
Written by IAN EDGINTON; Art by CHRISTOPHER MITTEN; Cover by BEN TEMPLESMITH
Kane and Lynch have killed their way into Europe in search of Osterman, the one responsible for the “open season” contract placed on their heads. But to what depths are these two killers willing to go in order to clear their names? And will it be in time for Kane to find his daughter?
NEW MUTANTS FOREVER # 3 – Marvel Comics
It’s New Mutant against New Mutant as the young heroes come face-to-face with their missing friends only to find them turned to the side of the sinister Red Skull! Could Doug and Amara really have joined the Fourth Reich? And can their fellow students really say that working with the Black Queen, Selene, is any better? Mutant mastermind Chris Claremont joins with stellar art team Al Rio and Bob McLeod to continue the lives of the X-Men’s young counterparts!
RED – NEW EDITION – Wildstorm
Written by Warren Ellis; Art and cover by Cully Hamner
Warren Ellis’s fast-paced tale of intrigue and revenge is back in a new edition collecting the 3-issue miniseries under a new cover by Cully Hamner that also includes the script to issue #1 and never-before-seen developmental art by Hamner!
As a C.I.A. operative, Paul Moses’s unique talent for killing took him around the world from one hotspot to another, carrying out the deadly orders of his superiors. When he retired, he wanted to put his bloody past behind him. But when a new administration takes over the White House, the powers that be decide that Moses knows too much, forcing him back into the game against the agency that trained him.
This acclaimed volume was the basis for the upcoming film from Summit Entertainment! And don’t miss the all-new, comic book universe continuity one-shot, RED PREQUEL SPECIAL #1, also on sale in October!
RED HOOD: LOST DAYS #5 (OF 6) – DC Comics
Written by JUDD WINICK; Art by JEREMY HAUN; Cover by BILLY TUCCI
With a terrorist attack set to send London into mayhem and countless lives held in the balance, Jason Todd is forced out of the shadows and must call upon all he has learned to prevent this disaster. Can this fallen hero embrace what he used to be – and stop this catastrophe?
RYDER ON THE STORM #1 (1 of 3) – Radical Comics
Writer DAVID HINE; Artist WAYNE NICHOLS
From the team that brought you FVZA, a new adventure brimming with elements of H.P. Lovecraft, mixed into a noir mystery.
Ryder on the Storm follows Ryder, a private eye hired by the beautiful femme fatale Katrina Petruska to investigate the horrifically bizarre suicide of her lover, Michael Hudson. Ryder’s journey to solve the case and finish Hudson’s work leads him to discover a truth more sinister and terrifying than he could ever have imagined – daemons walk among us. Now, he must team up with the last daemon hunter, Charles Monk, to take down the cabal of ancient evil controlling the city while struggling to reconcile the dark side of his own nature.
SECRET SIX #26 – DC Comics
Written by GAIL SIMONE; Art by J. CALAFIORE; Cover by DANIEL LUVISI
It’s Scandal’s Secret Six vs. Bane’s Secret Six in the savage secret world of Skartaris! Who is manipulating the two teams, and who has vowed to track them both down?
SECRET SIX: DANSE MACABRE – DC Comics
Written by GAIL SIMONE and JOHN OSTRANDER • Art by JIM CALAFIORE, PETER NGUYEN and DOUG HAZLEWOOD • Cover by DANIEL LUVISI
Amanda Waller and her Suicide Squad have captured Deadshot to force him back in their ranks in this volume collecting SECRET SIX #15-18 and SUICIDE SQUAD #67. But his teammates in the Secret Six don’t see that happening any time soon. Features a BLACKEST NIGHT tie-in!
SHADOWLAND: SPIDER-MAN #1 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: STEPHANIE HANS; WRITER: Dan Slott
A SHADOWLAND TIE-IN. MR. NEGATIVE takes advantage of the chaos in SHADOWLAND by launching an all-out assault on THE HAND. Can SPIDER-MAN and SHANG-CHI stop MR. NEGATIVE and his INNER-DEMONS from adding Hell’s Kitchen to his growing criminal empire? It’s non-stop MARTIAL ARTS MAYHEM as the Wall-Crawler and the Master of Kung Fu face off against Daredevil’s ninja army, a super-powered Chinese Tong, and one of Spidey’s most dangerous foes! Watch out for this one, Marvelites! This adventure will set Shang-Chi down a new path and leads to strange developments in the pages of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN!
SWEET TOOTH #14 – Vertigo Comics
Written by JEFF LEMIRE; Art and cover by JEFF LEMIRE
Just as Jepperd gathers his army to take down the militia camp, Gus and the hybrid kids embark on a daring escape. In the process, our doe-eyed hero crosses a line, and he’ll never be the same. “Animal Armies” amps up as our cast all head toward a bloody, heart-wrenching collision.
TASKMASTER #2 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: Francesco Mattina; WRITER: Fred Van Lente; PENCILS: Jefte Palo
Everyone’s favorite anti-hero continues the quest for his secret origin (so secret he himself doesn’t even know it) to drug war-torn Mexico, where even the billion-dollar bounty hunters of The Org, the mysterious super villain underground, fear to tread. But instead, he discovers an even more formidable threat: the newest murderous Marvel sensation, the bad guy you’ll be talking about for years, or possibly minutes.
TRON: THE BETRAYAL #1 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: Salvador Larroca; WRITER: Jai Nitz; PENCILS: Andie Tong
Get a first look at the world of the upcoming Tron: Legacy! Following the events of the original Tron, the year is 1983 and Kevin Flynn is now in charge of Encom. He’s built it into the largest videogame company in the world. But that’s not all Kevin has accomplished he’s also secretly built the Grid, a digital world filled with living programs! More than a place where he can race light cycles, it’s a place where he can build and test environments only limited by his imagination. But the Grid is far more complex than even its creator realizes, and even Flynn can’t be in two places at once. As this new world develops a life of its own, Flynn is going to first need the help of an old friend, a security program named Tron. Showcasing a key time of the mythology of the Tron world, part one of THE BETRAYAL will show the early days of the Grid, and the first appearances of the heroes and villains that will be seen in Tron: Legacy.
ULTIMATE COMICS THOR #1 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: CARLOS PACHECO; WRITER: Jonathan Hickman; PENCILS: CARLOS PACHECO
Exploding from the pages of the Ultimates, comes Ultimate Thor! Don’t miss the superstar team-up of JONATHAN HICKMAN and CARLOS PACHECO as they go back to the beginning and tell the origin of Thor, Loki and the rest of Asgard! Ragnorak has descended and Asgard sits at the edge of the end. What will become of Thor and the Warriors Three? And what exactly does Baron Zemo, mysterious commander for the Nazis, have to do with it all? Ultimate Comics Thor brings you the untold story of Thor’s thunderous debut
UNCANNY X-FORCE #1 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: ESAD RIBIC; WRITER: RICK REMENDER; PENCILS: JEROME OPENA
AGES PART 1 Wolverine promised Cyclops that X-Force would disband — he lied. A secret society has resurrected En Sabah Nur, putting into motion events that will turn this age of heroes into an Age of Apocalypse! To hold them back, Wolverine and Archangel bring together Fantomex, Deadpool, and Psylocke to form The Uncanny X-Force! Stained by their history, they are the only ones capable of making the hard resolutions necessary. A band of likeminded friends and mercenaries set to one purpose, one big ugly task — kill Apocalypse by any means.
UNKNOWN SOLDIER #24 – Vertigo Comics
Written by JOSHUA DYSART • Art by ALBERTO PONTICELLI • Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Two men sit at a table. One is a WWII veteran, a highly placed secret agent known only by the code name Unknown Soldier. The other is a psychologically deconstructed ghost named Moses Lwanga. Tonight, one will tell the other his story – and the course of their lives will be changed forever.
THE WALKING DEAD: THE COVERS, VOL. 1 HC – Image Comics
Commentary ROBERT KIRKMAN, art TONY MOORE, CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN, cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN
JUST IN TIME FOR THE ALL-NEW TELEVISION SERIES ON AMC! Image Comics presents a full-color hardback collection of the first 50 covers of THE WALKING DEAD, as well as covers for the various collected editions of the series, with added sketch material and commentary.
WOLVERINE #2 – Marvel Comics
COVER BY: Jae Lee; WRITER: JASON AARON; PENCILS: Renato Guedes
Imagine everyone Logan has ever killed over the course of his very long life, all confined to one place, all itching to get their shot at revenge. Now witness the devil give them just what they want. It’s Logan versus the legion of the damned, including some very familiar faces. And with Logan’s demonically-possessed body still running amuck on earth, the body count can only grow. Who could possibly stand in his way? Maybe… Mystique???