The big mover in trade releases for the week is The Walking Dead Compendium, which collects The Walking Dead #1-48 in one giant, 1088 page, zombie brain crushing tome. If I didn't own most of the series in singles already, I'd probably pick this bad boy up myself. Don't let the zombie theme scare you off. This is a great comic for anyone.
Written by Brian Clevinger
Art by Scott Wegener
New York City, 1926. ATOMIC ROBO’s dull night of studying for a physics exam is interrupted by a duo from NIKOLA TESLA’s past with a dire message: the imminent doom of all life in the universe! Guest starring CHARLES FORT, HOWARD PHILIPS LOVECRAFT, and the TUNGUSKA INCIDENT.
Kirk: Despite scans of this book showing up in our Moments of the Week last Friday, I'm still going to be listing it for this week's previews due to the fact that Diamond didn't bother to ship the book to anyone on the east coast, among other areas, which included my shop.
If you still aren't sold on Atomic Robo, check out my reviews for the first series or take a gander at the FCBD issue, which Red 5 went and put online for everyone to read earlier today.
BATMAN: BATTLE FOR THE COWL – THE NETWORK #1
Written by Fabian Nicieza
Art by Don Kramer
A wave of heroes arrive in Gotham City in this one-shot with hopes of helping stem the tide of chaos threatening to overwhelm everybody! Starring Huntress, Batgirl, Misfit, Ragman, Manhunter and many others. Will these heroes succeed – or will they be victims of Gotham City's madness? And if they do succeed, what does the future hold for them?
Kirk: Fabian Nicieza is a capable writer and this book will be starring many of my favourite 'D-list' characters, including Manhunter, Batgirl and Misfit, so should make for a solid, enjoyable read.
Written by Duane Swierczynski
Art by Ariel Olivetti
“X-FORCE/CABLE: MESSIAH WAR,” PART 4
The sequel to 2007’s MESSIAH COMPLEX continues here! “Messiah War,” the much-anticipated sequel to “Messiah
CompleX,” continues here! For the first time, Cable’s been separated from the girl he’s sworn to raise and protect — Hope, the so-called “Mutant Messiah” — and now she’s in the hands of his greatest enemy! Meanwhile, X-Force, sent by Cyclops on a desperate rescue mission to the deep future, scrambles to find their way out of a trap that will kill them in matter of hours. And if that’s not enough, an old — some might say ancient — enemy of the X-Men has reared his ugly head one last time…
Kirk: Messiah War has been a very uneven story so far, primarily due to the subpar quality of Swierczynski's half of the story in Cable. I end up getting excited about possibilities in a Yost & Kyle issue and then watch all that dashed in the next Cable issue and then built back up again, which brings us back to another round of Cable. I just hope this issue doesn't end up filler for this crossover like the last issue.
FLASH: REBIRTH #2 (OF 5)
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ethan Van Sciver
What's happened to the Speed Force? One of the world's most powerful speedsters is dead, and Barry Allen must discover who – or what – is responsible! But the reborn Barry is a man haunted by a dark secret in his past. A secret that drives him to push far beyond his limits. A burden that, if he's not careful, could send him right back into oblivion! Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver's reinvention of the Scarlet Speedster picks up the pace – we dare you to keep up!
Kirk: The first issue of Flash: Rebirth left me less than impressed, but I'm not going to give up on this book just yet. Would like some reasons behind the various unneeded retcons for the Flashes that even someone with little experience with them, like myself, found odd, but I imagine Johns will glaze over them in favour of setting up whatever status quo he wants.
NEW AVENGERS: THE REUNION #3
Written by Jim McCann
Art by David Lopez
After last issue’s bombshell revelation, the hits keep coming for Mockingbird and Ronin as they begin their infiltration to stop a weapon of mass destruction from destroying an entire city. Plus, the question that’s been on everyone’s mind, especially Clint’s: What happened to Mockingbird while she was held captive by the Skrulls? Find out here as the Reunion 15 years in the making continues!
Kirk: I received another advance copy of this comic and will be featuring a review of it tomorrow, so check back for that. This series has been a fun, Mr & Mrs Smith style team up between the former lovers that has done as good a job as can be expected filling in the blanks of Mockingbird's time since she was abducted by the Skrulls, including how they did it, when and what she was doing while captive and even giving us an inner look at her thought process and how her time in captivity has affected her state of mind. One of the better aftermath/follow up books from Secret Invasion.
WAR OF KINGS #3
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Paul Pelletier
Marvel’s next sci-fi spectacular rages on! Emperor Vulcan cuts loose, but will final victory depend less on military might and more on actions of the conscience? And how will the Inhuman known as Crystal and the Imperial Guardsman named Gladiator factor in to the escalating events? The balance of power in the Marvel Cosmos will change in the interstellar battle that IGN.com calls “the fight of the year”!
Kirk: My most anticipated book, just narrowly edging out the new Atomic Robo, is War of Kings #3. Last issue was a great 'talking heads' issue which saw some brief retaliation from the Inhumans, so I'm hoping this issue will escalate this war, which has, so far, amounted mostly to a brief sneak attack in the first issue. The series has been great, but let's see them put the 'war' in War of Kings.