It’s May! What else is there to say? Check out my picks for this week’s books, and then go listen to AuRrGh!!, the new podcast starring myself and Mike Perry of No Dice Comics!
Cyborg 009, Chapter 000 (One-Shot)
Published by Archaia / By F.J. Desanto, Bradley Cramp, Marcus To & Ian Herrig
Solicit: “An epic re-imagining of Shotaro Ishinomori’s manga classic CYBORG 009, CYBORG 009: CHAPTER 000 is a specially priced sneak peek at the Archaia original graphic novel coming this summer. When a young man known only by the numerical designation “009” discovers his body has been cybernetically augmented and “improved” against his will, he must break free from the clutches of The Black Ghost, a secret society hell-bent on turning humans into cybernetic weapons of mass destruction for sale to the highest bidder. Written by F.J. DeSanto (The Spirit, Insurgent) and Bradley Cramp (Gattaca, Lord of War) and stunningly illustrated by Marcus To (Batwing, Huntress, Red Robin) and Ian Herring (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand), Archaia and Ishimori Productions are proud to present this incredible new take on one of the most famous manga titles of all time!”
Our buddies over at Archaia are getting ready to finally release the anticipated CYBORG 009 hardcover graphic novel. I got the chance to catch a few episodes of the Cyborg 009 anime during it’s brief run on Adult Swim and really enjoyed it, so I’m absolutely looking forward to what is expected to be yet another gorgeous hardcover release from Archaia and Ishimori Productions. The hardcover is slated to release in July, but this one shot will give you a sneak peek at what’s to come, and it’s only a buck!
The Movement #1
Published by DC Comics / By Gail Simone, Freddie E. Williams III & Amanda Conner
Solicit: “We are faceless. We are limitless. We see all. And we do not forgive.
Who defends the powerless against the GREEDY and the CORRUPT? Who protects the homeless and poverty-stricken from those who would PREY upon them in the DARK OF NIGHT?
When those who are sworn to protect us abuse their power, when toxic government calls down super-human lackeys to force order upon the populace…finally, there is a force, a citizen’s army, to push order BACK.
Let those who abuse the system know this as well: We have our OWN super humans now. They are not afraid of your badges or Leagues. And they will not be SILENCED.
We are your neighbors. We are your co-workers. And we are your children.”
Gail Simone’s been hyping this project ever since her rehiring by DC after that little Batgirl snafu a few months back (note to DC, don’t fuck with the Internet). Simone’s writing is top notch, and the art team is really top notch. Definitely a book to check out.
The Superior Spider-Man #9
Published by Marvel / By Dan Slott, Ryan Stegman & Marcos Martin
Solicit: “IT ENDS HERE! “SUPERIOR NO MORE!” * The hottest comic in comics comes to a turning point that will get you angrier than you were after Spidey #700! * The time has come to see who will live, who will die, and who will emerge as the one, true Superior Spider-Man!”
Jesus Christ, this book has been screwing with it’s readers heads for 9 long months, and now it looks like it’s finally coming to a head as Doctor Octopus is finally aware that Peter Parker still lives. All signs point to Dan Slott and Marvel keeping Doc Ock in the Spider-Man suit, so what happens to Peter after this issue? The seeds are planted for an story that will leave long term fans furious, but make sure to stick around: this past week at C2E2, Marvel confirmed that fan-favorite Spider-Man 2099 is on his way to the book for a story or two.
Also shipping this week…
All-New X-Men #11 (Marvel) Which of the original X-Men will join Cyclops’ new Xavier Institute? It’s already long since spoiled by last week’s Uncanny X-Men, but the fallout of that decision happens here. By Brian Michael Bendis & Stuart Immonen.
Batwing #20 (DC Comics) The new title character has been revealed as Lucius Fox’s MMA fighter son Luke, and his first romp as Batwing starts here. By Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti & Fabrizio Fiorentino.
Hawkeye #10 (Marvel) Easily the best new book from Marvel in ages! Hawkeye faces a mysterious new foe. By Matt Fraction & Francesco Francavilla.
Iron Man #9 (Marvel) The secret origin of Tony Stark is retold, just in time for Iron Man 3. I’m sure it’s a coincidence. By Kieron Gillen & Greg Land.
World’s Finest #12 (DC Comics) Power Girl (once again in her classic costume) and Huntress find themselves trapped on Apokolips. By Paul Levitz, Kevin Maguire and Geraldo Borges.