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Scott and Dan pick the comics they’re most looking forward to this week …

Dan Greenfield, editor, 13th Dimension

Batman #35, DC. Here’s where we’re at: Batman is going to marry one of the most dangerous women in the world. They’ve traveled halfway around the world to rescue a friend and tell the mother of his son, who happens to be even more dangerous. Now, the two women — Catwoman and Talia — are gonna fight it out with swords. In the desert. How did Grant Morrison not come up with this idea in seven years? Good thing Tom King has. Art by Joelle Jones with color by Jordie Bellaire. (Oh, by the way, this is also Batman #800.)

Amazing Spider-Man #791, Marvel. I never warmed to the idea of Peter Parker as a successful, full-time scientist or wealthy industrialist. There are some ideas that are ingrained in me and one of them is that Pete is the Everyguy who has to struggle to make ends meet while juggling all the other craziness in his life. So with Marvel Legacy stripping away the finery, I’ve really enjoyed Dan Slott and Stuart Immonen’s Bold Old Direction. And his relationship with Mockingbird is cute too. Does Clint know?

Aquaman #30, DC. The first arc since the book went monthly with Dan Abnett and Stjepan Sejic wraps up. Aquaman’s been in hidden exile within Atlantis, Dolphin at his side. Meanwhile, the #Resistance grows…

Future Quest Presents #4, DC. Hey, look! The Fantastic Four Galaxy Trio take center stage, by Jeff Parker and Ron Randall! Nifty cover by Steve Rude, too.

Sheena: Queen of the Jungle #4, Dynamite. I love Moritat’s art. And the story by Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo is also cool.

Not Brand Echh #14, Marvel. Forbush Man is back! Here’s another Marvel Legacy one-shot that — in spirit, anyway — picks up where previous series left off. The last issue was in 1969, by the way. This time, creators like Chip Zdarsky, Katie Cook, Ryan North and Jay Fosgitt bring the funny. (Click here for a SNEAK PEEK.)

Scott Tipton, co-owner, Blastoff Comics, North Hollywood, Calif.

P. Craig Russell’s Strange Dreams Artist’s Edition, IDW Publishing. Two beautiful examples of Russell’s work represented herein: his final Killraven story with Don McGregor and his Dr. Strange graphic novel What Is It That Disturbs You, Stephen? Gorgeous art in the giant AE format. (Click here for an EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW — featuring 13 highly detailed pages.)

Spider-Men II #4, Marvel. Better buy it while you can, people.

Planet of the Apes, IDW Games. According to one description, in this game “each player takes control of one aspect of Colonel George Taylor’s psyche, and must work together to survive the Planet of the Apes!” I gotta find out what that means.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. I’ve never really kept up with all of the renumbering of comics. But how can Batman which was first published in 1940 be at issue 800 while Spider-Man which was first published in 1963 is at 791? Even in Spider-man were continuously published monthly it could only be at 660 (55 years x 12 issues per year). Did it publish weekly at one time?

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    • The issue doesn’t even say 800 “in spirit” or show the hero of the comic itself. It’s no wonder I’ve not bought a DC title in years.

      The Spider-Man numbering seems odd too. I agree.

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