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

Dan Greenfield, editor, 13th Dimension

Superman Special #1, DC. Well, this is it. The last Superman book before Bendis takes over in full. It’s been a sweet run by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason and the various art teams over the last two years. (Same goes for Dan Jurgens over in Action.) In this finale, Superman and Superboy return to Dinosaur Island, tying up a thread with DC oldie Capt. Storm. (Line art by Scott Godlewski.) And there are a couple of back-ups too, by Mark Russell and Bryan Hitch and Ian Flynn and Kaare Andrews. (Click here for a salute to the Super-work by Jurgens, Tomasi and Gleason.)

The Avengers #2, Marvel. I really enjoyed Issue #1, right up to its “F— yeah!” final page. I’m making it a point to try all of Marvel’s #1s this summer, and The Avengers definitely paid off. Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales, Jay Leisten and David Curiel are setting up a bombastic story while giving the characters room to breathe. I dig it.

New Challengers #1, DC. Speaking of DC oldies. I’ve not been on board with most of the New Age of Heroes initiative. I’m not against the books or anything, it’s just that most of them just plain don’t interest me, despite much of the talent involved. But I’ll definitely check out this updated take on a classic: the Challengers of the Unknown. By Scott Snyder, Aaron Gillepsie, Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson and co.

Justice League: No Justice #2, DC. I do like a good weekly event. Scott Snyder, Joshua Williamson, James Tynion IV and Francis Manapul are giving you that ol’ summer comics feeling. (Click here for The 13 COMICS to Look Forward to This Summer.)

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #27, Marvel. Charles Soule’s been showing off glimpses of what happened in and around The Force Awakens (and The Last Jedi) that you didn’t see. Moving art by Angel Unzueta and co. (Click here for a SNEAK PEEK.)

Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection Vol. 3: Spider-Man No More, Marvel. Some of the very best Spidey stories ever. Collects Issues #39-#52, Annual #3-4 and material from Not Brand Echh #2. This is when John Romita took over pencilling dues from Ditko. C’mon, Marvel, keep the Silver and Bronze Age Spider-Man editions coming! (Scott concurs.)

Batman #47, DC. The conclusion to the cracked-mirror version of For the Man Who Has Everything, by Tom King, Tony Daniel, Sandu Florea and Tomeu Morey. Up next? Final wedding planning begins…

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

Supergirl: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol. 2 HC, DC Comics. More of the sweet and silly Kara Zor-El stories from the 1960s.

Nifty Doc Shaner cover

Bubba Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers #1, IDW Publishing. After a slight delay, my pal Josh Jabcuga returns to comics with this adaptation of the great Joe Lansdale’s latest novella. Can’t wait to see what they’ve got cooked up! (Art by Tadd Galusha. Cover by Baldemar Rivas.)

Star Trek: The Next Generation — Through the Mirror #3, IDW Publishing. Is that Emperor Spock I see?! Yes. Yes, it is. The invasion of the Mirror Universe continues with this third issue by David Tipton, J.K. Woodward, Josh Hood and yours truly.

Marvel Masterworks: The Defenders Vol. 6, Marvel. Prime 1970s “non-team” weirdness with this latest Defenders Masterworks hardcover volume. You can have your Netflix nonsense, this is what the Defenders should be.

X-Men Wedding Special #1, Marvel. You know it’s comics when you see the words “Wedding Special” and think “Man, I hope no one dies.” Still, anytime Chris Claremont comes back to write X-Men, I’m there. (Others on the bachelor and bachelorette party guest lists are Todd Nauck, Marc Guggenheim, Greg Land, Kelly Thompson and Marika Cresta.)

Author: Dan Greenfield

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