God Is Dead #1 (of 6) (Avatar) – Writer: Jonathan Hickman | Artist: Di Amorim
It’s the second coming of the Gods; Horace, Zeus, Odin – They’ve all come back to Earth to claim the domain of man for their own but this time mankind isn’t praising them it’s fighting them. Jonathan Hickman starts this 6 issue series this week for Avatar press and I’m excited to read it.
The Star Wars #1 (of 8) (Dark Horse) – Writer: J.W. Rinzler | Artist: Mike Mayhew
I’ve been looking forward to this since I saw the first few preview pages. What would George Lucas’s rough-draft of Star Wars look like as a comic – well, here it is. Things seem familiar but are different enough to make this “What if?” project very interesting. Plus a lot of the art is based on the very early Ralph Mcquarrie drawings that many Star Wars fans know very well.
Forever Evil/Villain’s Month Kickoff (DC) – Writer: Various | Artist: Various
The super-hyped Villain’s Month for DC kicks off this week with no less than 12 “.1” villain books with The Joker, Two Face, Poison Ivy, Desaad, Grodd, Relic, Darkseid, Bizarro and more. DC did hype the 3-D covers, but production is much, much less than demand. The 2-D covers are a buck cheaper ($2.99) and aren’t as limited in production. Also the Forever Evil #1 tie in comes out today too. It’s a crazy (and costly) Wednesday for DC fans.
X-Men Battle of the Atom #1 (of 2) (Marvel) – Writer: Brian Michael Bendis | Artist: Frank Cho
Marvel has some massive crossover events of their own coming into September. While the Avengers have been engulfed by Infinity (issue #2 comes out this week) the X-Men deal with time-travel problems as past, present, and future mutant-kind collide. This is a ten-part event that cross over multiple X-Men titles this month kicking off with this issue.
Hit #1 (Boom) – Writer: Bryce Carlson | Vanesa Del Ray
With so many major events dropping today it’s good to get back to dependable crime drama. Hit takes place in 1955 LA where clandestine groups of LAPD detectives moonlighting as sanctioned hitmen taking an unorthodox path to fight crime.
A note on this list: I’m not trying to pick the top 5 sellers (though some books here will have no choice but to be near the top for the week) but trying to pick out some books that you may not be aware of that may be causing some buzz – especially brand new series – sprinkled in with the big guns. I have not read any of these titles yet, but basing the list off quality of writers, artists, and story lines. - Walt Keegan