Maybe all the comics should be called Secret Star Wars. Get on that, Marvel!
And hey, we have someone new in the HOT PICKS hothouse — Corry Brown of New Jersey’s Zapp Comics!
Corry Brown, Zapp Comics, Wayne, N.J., location
Big week for Marvel! Star Wars always brings the fans back in.
Star Wars #6 has Luke vs. Boba Fett, which is sure to be the best seller this week.
Darth Vader #6 has a real interesting cover with the Emperor.
Secret Wars is selling like crazy! The third issue finally hits and is gonna fly off the shelves just like #1 and #2.
Good week to be a Marvel fan in the Comic Book World.
Scott Tipton, Co-Owner, Blastoff Comics, North Hollywood, Calif.
Bat-Mite #1, DC Comics. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen any sort of effort at humor from the generally humorless DC Universe. Could this be an Ambush Bug for the 21st century? Let’s hope so.
Bravo for Adventure, IDW Publishing. The long-lost graphic novel by Alex Toth, the undisputed master of the form. Everyone should buy this.
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1, Marvel. As a reader who loved the Peter Parker/Mary Jane marriage and hated to see it go, I’m very excited to see where this goes.
Ted Alexander, manager, Midtown Comics’ Downtown location, Manhattan
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1, Marvel. I understand big events and am not always bothered by them. Several years ago, when Marvel made Peter Parker (my favorite of their characters) single by undoing all the continuity that I had read previously, I was a little miffed. I just couldn’t understand it at the time. Overall, I forgave them because the Spidey stories we got out of it were really good. At the time I referred to that event as a long painful birth that delivered us a beautiful baby. Now with Secret Wars we get to see a version of that story that never happened. With a daughter and wife, Peter isn’t just fighting for himself anymore. Written by the biggest Spider-Man fan and the best Spider-Man writer, Dan Slott, I’m sure we’ll get a great story.
Star Wars #6, Marvel. Out of the three Star Wars titles coming out this week, this one is the one I’m looking most forward to. Last issue ended with the first meeting of Luke and Boba Fett, so we will get to see how Luke gets himself out of this one.
Tim Finn, Hub Comics, Somerville, Mass.
House of Hem, Marvel Comics. Screencaps from animated series aren’t comics to me, so anytime Marvel releases an actual all-ages comic these days, I take note. Even better — and at last! — a collection (though sadly, not quite complete) of much of Fred Hembeck‘s one-pagers from Marvel Age, and his two specials where he “Roasts” and “Destroys” the Marvel Universe. I want to be able to sell these for a long time, so we ordered 10 times our usual quantity for an all-ages single. (For a preview, click here. — Dan)
Island of Memory GN Vol. 1 (of 4), Alternative Comics/Floating World Comics. Here’s Georg Wilhelm Steller‘s second Kamchatka expedition, which brought the Russians to Siberia and Alaska in the 1900s, as retold by T. Edward Bak.
The Spectators, Nobrow Press. Ever judge a book by its cover? I don’t know what this is about, but I love that cover, and I must have the book.
Bravo For Adventure, IDW Publishing. Three stories by Toth!
Dimitrios Fragiskatos, manager, Midtown Comics’ Grand Central location, Manhattan
Justice League #41, DC Comics. Aren’t you glad to get the old DC Universe we all know and love is back? The one with convoluted alternate realities, and histories and time. Reboots and threeboots. Matter and anti-matter. People pleasing, Victor Freezing, Super sneezing, plotline teasing. Aren’t you glad to get the old DC Universe back?
Oh, and Darkseid has a daughter in this storyline.