HOT PICKS! On Sale This Week!

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

Dan Greenfield, editor, 13th Dimension

Batman vs. Ra’s al Ghul #1, DC. Neal Adams is back with another miniseries – and, hey, Deadman guest stars! (Click here for an EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW.)

Doomsday Clock #11, DC. Issue #10, which feels like it came out more than three months ago… oh, wait, it did! I kid, I kid. Anyway, that issue went a long way toward explaining DC’s convoluted continuity. (Click here.) This issue promises to explain the secret behind Rebirth, which launched more than three years ago. By Johns and Frank, natch.

Justice League #31, DC. Aaaaand, the classic Justice Society returns! FINALLY! This is a big deal, y’know? Oh, and Kamandi, too. By Scott Snyder, Jorge Jimenez and co.

Batman #181 Facsimile Edition, DC. This beaut from 1966 features Poison Ivy’s first appearance; a backup story; a lettercol featuring a future Bat-scribe; and one of the most iconic Batman and Robin pin-ups of the era. (Click here for an INSIDE LOOK.)

Amazing Spider-Man: Going Big #1, Marvel. An 80th anniversary one-shot featuring the talents of Gerry Conway, Erik Larsen, Mark Bagley, Ralph Macchio and MORE. (Click here for a SNEAK PEEK.)

Vampirella/Red Sonja #1, Dynamite. Doesn’t it seem like these two should have had an ongoing team-up book long before now? But, hey better late than never, right? Jordie Bellaire, Drew Moss, Rebecca Nalty, Becca Carey and co. have you covered.

True Believers, Marvel. Two Hulk dollar reprints this week!

Scott Tipton, contributor-at-large, 13th Dimension

The Joker: His Greatest Jokes TPB, DC Comics. Just in time for the bewildering new Joaquin Phoenix Joker film comes this collection of great stories from throughout the decades, including one of my personal favorites: a terrific appearance by the Clown Prince of Crime in The Spectre by John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake.

Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1, DC Comics. I would really like the Legion of Super-Heroes to be good again. I remain, as ever, hopeful. This two-issue mini sets up the new status quo for DC’s fictional future, ahead of the ongoing Legion series this fall. By Brian Michael Bendis and an all-star line-up of artists.

Spawn #300, Image. You know, I don’t think I’ve read an issue of Spawn in almost 25 years, but there aren’t many comic books that make it to an Issue #300. I’m buyin’ it. Todd McFarlane is joined by heavy hitters, such as Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jerome Opena and J. Scott Campbell.

Spider-Man by John Byrne Omnibus HC, Marvel. I remember being really bent out of shape back in the ’90s when Byrne revamped Spider-Man’s origin much in the same way he did for Superman — so much so that I didn’t read the rest of his run. Now that I’ve been beaten down by decades of reboots and revamps, I’ll have to go back and read these. I bet I’ll like them.

Star Trek: The Official Guide to the Animated Series, Weldon Owen. The most underrated piece of the entire Star Trek pantheon, the Filmation animated series made up for limited animation with strong designs, great voice work from almost all of the original cast, and outstanding scripts from many of the series’ original screenwriters. This history and episode guide by Aaron Harvey and Rich Schepis is long overdue.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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