Coming This Week: "And The Band Plays Some Song About Forgetting Yourself For A While"

Every week I review Diamond's “New Releases” to determine what I’ll definitely be buying sight unseen, what I’m interested in enough to do a quick scan of at the LCS to see if it can win me over, and note any other items that catch my eye. Here’s a look…


The Last Days of American Crime #1 (Radical Comics): Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini finally get this little series underway about a not too distant future high concept crime caper set during the government’s attempt to eliminate crime altogether. If it’s as intriguing as the San Diego Comic Con Preview, then consider me sold on this three issue series. Also of note is that Radical is putting this out in their self-described “revolutionary new ‘BIGGER BOOKS! BIGGER VALUE!’ format, each issue of The Last Days of American Crime contains more than 60 pages of story and art for only $4.99.”

Detective Comics #860 (DC): Greg Rucka and JH Williams III finishing up their three part origin story for Kate Kane, prior to their brief respite, in which Jock takes over on art duties. While this issue is sure to delight the senses, I hope the Jock arc won’t be akin to Philip Tan following Frank Quitely on Batman & Robin.

Northlanders #23 (DC/Vertigo): Word on the street is that I like this book quite a bit; eagerly anticipating more from Brian Wood and Leandro Fernandez as The Plague Widow arc continues. Don’t be frustrated by the longer arcs of Northlanders; sure, they don’t have the quick flash gratification of their smaller compatriots, but when all’s said and done they deliver in powerful ways.


Uncanny X-Men #519 (Marvel): If I ever come to my senses and stop the blind loyalty to some characters I like conceptually, 2010 will probably be the year I stop supporting this title in its current incarnation.


Okko: Cycle of Earth #4 (Archaia): Your eyes are not deceiving you. After a several month dealy, Archaia puts out back to back weekly issues of this series to wrap it all up before the clock is drained on 2009.


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