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Tyler’s Comic Corner – 4/3 Edition

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 12:01 am by Tyler Waterman

Welcome to Tyler’s Comic Corner, where I highlight the majority of this week’s new comic releases. My highlights include mainstream and indie titles, ensuring your pull list won’t be deprived of one of this week’s gems. My apologies if your favorite isn’t listed, but good news; you clearly already knew it was coming!

tr1Marvel Releases

Age Of Apocalypse #14
Age Of Ultron #4 (Of 10)
All-New X-Men #10
Castle A Calm Before The Storm #4 (Of 5)
Dark Tower The Gunslinger Evil Ground #1 (Of 2)
Deadpool #7
Indestructible Hulk #6
Iron Man Season One
Red She-Hulk #64
Superior Spider-Man #7
Thanos Rising #1 (Of 5)
Ultimate Comics X-Men #25
Venom #33
Winter Soldier #17

Perfect Pulls: It’s a slow week for Marvel releases, but don’t let the small number of titles trick you into thinking nothing important hits the Marvel shelf at your local shop this week. If you’ve been following along, Age of Ultron #4 comes hot on the heels of the major reveal at the end of the last issue, and I for one can’t wait to find out what comes next after that unexpected discovery at the heart of Ultron’s complex… or is it even Ultron’s at all? Another exciting offering this week is Thanos Rising, the first of a five-part series chronicling the rise of one of Marvel’s greatest villains, from young boy to the mad Titan we all know and fear. Marvel has made it clear that Thanos is going to be a major factor going forward, both with his appearance in the Avengers film and his featured role as the face of the upcoming Infinity event, so now is a great time to discover what makes this villain tick.

gl19covDC Releases

Action Comics #19
Animal Man #19
Batwing #19
Detective Comics #19
Dial H #11
Earth 2 #11
Fairest #14
Green Arrow #19
Green Lantern #19
Legends Of The Dark Knight #7
Phantom Stranger #7
Stormwatch #19
Swamp Thing #19
Worlds’ Finest #11

Perfect Pulls: DC counters a quiet week from Marvel with… an even quieter week themselves! Just like Marvel, however, there are definitely a few shining points in this small crowd. For instance, Wrath of the First Lantern continues in Green Lantern #19. As we reach Geoff Johns’ penultimate issue and the impending close of the crossover event, Sinestro has been cut loose, and rarely does that end well for anyone besides Sinestro. Also, Action Comics #19 begins a new era for the title after Grant Morrison’s final run on the book. The creative team has been in flux since he left (a startling statement since that was just last issue), so hopefully this book continues to shine, as it was consistently one of the best books to come out of the New 52 reboot.

mtivImage Releases

68 Jungle Jim #1 (Of 4)
Bedlam #6
Blackacre #5
Glory #34
Great Pacific #6
Mice Templar IV Legend #1
Mind The Gap #9
Repossessed #4 (Of 4)
Savage Dragon #186
Snapshot #3 (Of 4)
Son Of Merlin #3
Spawn #230
Super Dinosaur #18
Witchblade #165

Perfect Pulls: It’s the end of an era, and a very good book, in Glory #34. The final issue of the critically-acclaimed series, the story is set 100 years after the final events of the book, and serves as the farewell issue to both the characters and the fans. Where one series ends, however, two new books rise, and both seem promising. Mice Templar IV Legend begins the final chapter of the acclaimed Mice Templar series, promising a conclusion as epic as the series itself. One the completely opposite end of the spectrum, ’68 Jungle Jim #1 is a series born from the one-shot by the same name, fleshing out the tale of the most brutal and terrifying individual force in a dark and zombie-infested take on the Vietnam War. (You know, as opposed to all those light and positive Vietnam tales.)

Uber0Indie Releases

Caligula Heart Of Rome #4 (Of 6) (Avatar)
Fashion Beast #8 (Avatar)
Uber #0 (Avatar)
Hypernaturals #10 (BOOM!)
Planet Of The Apes Cataclysm #8 (BOOM!)
Polarity #1 (Of 4) (BOOM!)
Abe Sapien Dark And Terrible #1 (Of 3) (Dark Horse)
Last Of Us American Dreams #1 (Of 4) (Dark Horse)
Snow Angel (One Shot) (Dark Horse)
Star Wars Dark Times Fire Carrier #3 (Of 5) (Dark Horse)
Army Of Darkness #12 (Dynamite)
Dark Shadows #15 (Dynamite)
Lone Ranger #14 (Dynamite)
Masks #5 (Of 8) (Dynamite)
Miss Fury #1 (Dynamite)
G.I. JOE Special Missions #2 (IDW)
Godzilla The Half-Century War #5 (Of 5) (IDW)
Joe Palooka #5 (Of 6) (IDW)
Kill Shakespeare The Tide Of Blood #2 (Of 5) (IDW)
Locke And Key Omega #4 (Of 7) (IDW)
Memorial Imaginary Fiends #2 (Of 3) (IDW)
Popeye #12 (IDW)
Transformers Spotlight Trailcutter #1 (IDW)
Harbinger Wars #1 (Of 4) (Valiant)
Shadowman #6 (Valiant)

Perfect Pulls: The Big Two might be having quiet weeks, but indie publishers came out swinging, with one of the strongest release weeks across all the publishers. I’d be remiss if I didn’t start by mentioning Harbinger Wars #1, the beginning of Valiant’s first major crossover event. Every book out of Valiant since their return has been pure gold, and each one has been barreling their respective characters towards this knock-down slugfest that will leave the entire Valiant U changed forever. Speaking of crossover events, Dynamite’s gorgeous pulpfest Masks continues this week, and spinning from its pages comes a separate series for the masked knockout Miss Fury, who’s been a great part of the event. Along with these major events, two new series come out of the indies that also shouldn’t be missed. BOOM! brings us Polarity, featuring a character who’s struggles with bipolar disorder doesn’t just impact their social life, but also their superpowers. Last but most definitely not least, you can not miss Uber #0 from Avatar. This is the latest from superscribe Kieron Gillen, the man who completely reinvented Cyclops and is now doing the same for Iron Man over at Marvel. In this indie title, he’s set out to reinvent superpowered characters entirely, with a WWII-based storyline promising to be unlike anything we’ve ever read. That claim is nearly impossible when it comes to WWII-based stories, but if there is anyone who can do it, it’s Gillen.

Those are the highlights for Wednesday, April 3rd. Anything you simply can’t live without, or simply can’t imagine reading? Share it in the comments!

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