Speaking of Canada Day, I'm not sure if comics will be shipping out for me on Wednesday with the holiday and all, so reviews may or may not be delayed until Thursday when the shop reopens.
Hit the jump to see what books I'll be picking up this week and what I have to say about each.
Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Frank Quitely
"Batman Reborn" continues with the reteaming of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, WE3, New X-Men)! In a blazing Gotham City police department, the new Batman and Robin face the bizarre, fighting freakshow that is the Circus of Strange and find that they don't make as good a team as Batman had hoped! Meanwhile, the mysterious Sasha escapes from Professor Pyg and vows vengeance on the people who killed her father.
Kirk: Was surprised at how much I enjoyed the first issue of Grant Morrison's return to a Batman title after how much I disliked the latter half of his previous run. Looking forward to seeing what he does with Dick and Damian in this second outing.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: REBORN #1
Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Bryan Hitch
Following the events of Captain America #600, Steve Rogers’ closest friends and allies may have found a way to bring back the original Captain America. Or is what they found something more sinister? The Red Skull’s greatest plan to destroy Captain America has been in motion and its completion is almost at hand. Will Captain America be lost forever or will he be REBORN?
Kirk: It seems like only yesterday we knew nothing about this series and now it's already here. Not sure how I feel about that. The lackluster reveal in Captain America #600 and sour taste after all that media attention a few short weeks ago has kind of killed any excitement for this issue. Oh, who am I kidding? It's by Ed Brubaker with art from Bryan Hitch. I know I'll love it the minute I get my hands on it, but the actual project doesn't have me all that thrilled just yet.
FANTASTIC FOUR #568
Written by Joe Ahearne & Mark Millar
Art by Bryan Hitch
The penultimate chapter of THE MASTER OF DOOM, as Reed Richards is offered a Solomon’s choice by the triumphant Marquis of Death!
Kirk: What's with Joe Ahearne being credited for co-writing with Mark Millar? Seems like an odd time to bring on a collaborator. Quick Google search lists Ahearne as a British writer/director for shows such as Dr Who. Curiouser and curiouser.
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #38
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Patrick Gleason and Rebecca Buchman
"Emerald Eclipse" hits its shocking conclusion leading directly into BLACKEST NIGHT. The sciencell riot causes a new law to be doctored into the Book of Oa as Kyle and Guy fight against it. What fate awaits the honor guards, and who will be left standing from the riot that shook Oa to its core?
Kirk: New law is no feeding the mogwai Red Lanterns after dark. Those gremlins can cause riots in the sciencells. Alternate law is to keep them away from water.
MARVEL DIVAS #1
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art by Tonci Zonjic
Diva (dee-vah), noun: An unusually glamorous and powerful woman. See: Patsy "Hellcat" Walker; Felicia "Black Cat" Hardy; Angelica "Firestar" Jones; and Monica "Photon" Rambeau. What happens when you take four of the Marvel Universe's most fabulous single girls and throw them together, adding liberal amounts of suds and drama? You get the sassiest, sexiest, soapiest series to come out of the House of Ideas since Millie the Model! Romance, action, ex-boyfriends, and a last page that changes everything! Let your inner divas out with this one, fellas, you won't regret it!
Kirk: Egads, what is this doing on my pull list? After a marketing 101 failure when introducing this book the first time, I had all but forgotten about this much maligned series. Recent previews for it have actually restored some faith in the project and Zonjic's art looks great, as always, so I'm going to be giving this first issue a shot to see what's what. Solicit is still horrible, though. Just who is Marvel marketing this towards?
SECRET SIX #11
Written by Gail Simone
Art by Nicola Scott and Doug Hazlewood
A former Wonder Woman is now a slave? That's just the first shock as the Secret Six face a new enemy with a heart of ice and an entire country at his command! All this plus the return of Mockingbird! It's all heading towards a confrontation against one of DC's biggest powerhouses, and the Six don't stand a chance…
Kirk: It's Secret Six. If you aren't reading it, we can't be friends anymore.
WAR OF KINGS #5
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Paul Pelletier
The high impact, critically acclaimed sci-fi epic rages towards its explosive climax! Last issue’s jaw-dropping cliffhanger has everyone scrambling! Vulcan’s once unbeatable and vast war machine is grinding to a halt! Black Bolt’s forces are struggling to survive! It’s all coming down to the final clash, king vs. king! But where will the other power players place their loyalty, and can anyone imagine a solution as extreme as the one Medusa is proposing? The Universe is about to change forever in what IGN.com calls “a veritable dream for science fiction/fantasy fans…War of Kings is event comics
Kirk: Ignore the IGN quote. This event is amazing and you don't need to be a sci-fi or fantasy fan to enjoy it. You just have to like good stories. Simple as that.