Very light load this week with only four titles slated to come home on Wednesday. There are a few other titles I'm interested in, such as Absolute Sandman Vol 4 and Sandman: The Dream Hunters, but am not picking up for various reasons. I'll leave the Absolute for either a Christmas present or future purchase and, while I've read the prose Dream Hunters, I'm holding off on the sequential comic book format version due out this week in favour of a future hardcover. DC should have simply released it as a hardcover / trade like last week's Joker instead of four single issues.
Let me know if there are any releases I might have missed that you think I should be picking up. It's a light week and I could probably fit another issue or two into the pile if there are some suggestions.
Written by Dan Slott
Art by Steve Uy
One of the longest-running plotlines in Avengers: The Initiative is resolved at last! Hardball is among the Initiative's most respected and decorated graduates. He's become a celebrity hero in Las Vegas, with his true love, Komodo, serving nearby in Arizona. But all the while, he's secretly been in the pocket of the terrorist group Hydra! Now everything comes to a head as Komodo finds out the truth...Senator Woodman's evil plan comes to fruition...and Hardball must choose a side, once and for all! Also in this not-to-be-missed issue, Dan Slott returns to solo writing duties for the previously-untold origin of Trauma...and the shocking revelation of his link to a longtime Marvel character!
Kirk Says: Now this sounds like an issue of Avengers: The Initiative. Would have been nice to have Caselli do the art on it, but I think this might reaffirm my love of this book in the face of the recent, lackluster, Secret Invasion tie-ins.
FINAL CRISIS: RESIST #1
Written by Greg Rucka and Eric Trautmann
Art by Ryan Sook
In a world overrun by Darkseid's Anti-Life Equation and his relentless storm troopers, do you choose to RESIST? The world's only hope for survival depends on one-time JLA mascot Snapper Carr, Mr. Terrific, and Checkmate. With the aid of the villainous Cheetah, Snapper must rally the various factions of Checkmate and awaken an evil from a Crisis past. Could this actually be the end?
Kirk Says: Uh, not sure why I'm picking this up. Snapper Carr is the star of this issue? Really? It's a slow week and this might have something to do with Final Crisis (who knows with these tie-ins), so I'll give it a shot.
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #20
Written by Geoff Johns and Alex Ross
Art by Dale Eaglesham
It's the Justice Society of America vs. the Justice Society Infinity of Earth-2 with the fate of Power Girl at the center of it all! Meanwhile, Starman struggles with his returned sanity as he embarks on his true mission in our time period – one that will have vital consequences for the Crisis of the 31st century!
Kirk Says: More Starman is always a good thing.
SECRET SIX #3
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Nicola Scott and Doug Hazlewood
Introducing the team's newest member! The hunt is on as some of the world's most dangerous killers are getting paid ridiculous chunks of cash to bring down the Secret Six. But the Six have some tricks – and a whole lot of bullets – up their own sleeves...
Kirk Says: Secret Six is a unique read and completely different from what I was expecting, but in a good way. However, this non-traditional storytelling might turn off mainstream readers and I can see this possibly coming back to bite the book in the arse in terms of sales. Here's hoping one of my new favourite books can keep its head above water.