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    Notable new releases for this week in comics:

    American Splendor Season 2 #1

    Scalped #16
    Vinyl Underground #7

    Kick-Ass #2
    Omega The Unknown Vol 2 #7
    Punisher War Journal Vol 2 #18
    Twelve #4

    Abe Sapien The Drowning #3
    Buffy The Vampire Slayer Vol 2 #13 Season 8

    Casanova #13
    Dead Space #2
    Frank Frazettas Dark Kingdom One-Shot
    Jack Staff Vol 2 #15
    Walking Dead #48

    Anna Mercury #1

    Awkward And Definition The High School Comic Chronicles Of Ariel Schrag TP

    Black Summer #5 Auxiliary Ed
    Boys #17
    Doktor Sleepless #3 Auxiliary Ed

    Edison Steelheads Lost Portfolio
    Garth Ennis Streets Of Glory #2 Auxiliary Ed

    Holmes GN
    Insane Jane #1
    Jenny Finn Doom Messiah TP

    Reich #2
    Shonen Jump Vol 6 #5 May 08
    Tonoharu Part 1 GN
    Zorro Vol 6 #2
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      CommentAuthorJohn Keats
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2008
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    secret invasion #1 is due to release this week? another casanova, great news!
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      CommentAuthorshad0903
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2008
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    Isn't the next issue of The Dark Tower coming out this week? Anyone been picking up this series?
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      CommentAuthormadmatt213
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2008 edited
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    @shad0903

    I checked Marvel and Dark Tower #2 is scheduled for this week. I picked up the original miniseries in floppie form, and am buying up this series, too, but have yet to read any of them. The simple reason for that is that I have yet to read Book 7 of The Dark Tower novels, even though I bought it day of release. One of these days I'll get to it, and I do know that the first miniseries was basically an adaptation of Wizard and Glass (so I've heard), but I'm still holding off until I read the final novel (I'm odd that way).
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      CommentAuthormadmatt213
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2008 edited
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    Here's what my Wednesday will look like:
    ANNA MERCURY #1
    BOYS #17
    CASANOVA #13
    DARK TOWER LONG ROAD HOME #2
    KICK ASS #2
    LOGAN #2
    OMEGA THE UNKNOWN #7
    PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #18
    SCALPED #16
    + (hopefully) TRANSHUMAN #1 (my LCS sold out before I could get my dirty mitts on a copy)

    I'm mildly interested in SECRET INVASION #1, but I don't want to be sucked into another Marvel crossover, especially one written by an Avengers-flavored Bendis and penciled by Leinil Yu.
    • CommentAuthordnwilliams
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2008 edited
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    i am freaking dying to pick up casanova. i fell in love with ba's art on umbrella academy and fraction is great on iron fist.

    i'll pick up the trade (an amazing £8!) but is #13 a decent jumping on point, anyone know?
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      CommentAuthorMark Seifert
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2008 edited
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      CommentAuthorJohn Keats
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2008
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I don't know about Secret Invasion, but I love Leinil Yu.
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      CommentAuthormadmatt213
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2008
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    @dnwilliams

    I wouldn't consider Casanova #13 a good jumping on point, only because it's issue six of a seven-issue arc. I'm guessing you'd be pretty lost, because a fair amount of stuff has happened in the previous five issues, though Matt does a good job on getting new readers up to speed in the intro to each book. That said, Fraction's backmatter is an awesome incentive to purchasing the (no-so-monthly) floppies, as opposed to waiting for the trades. Tough call, but if you can find the back issues starting at #8, you should go that route.
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      CommentAuthormadmatt213
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2008 edited
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    @Keats

    Have you seen the previews for Secret Invasion #1? Yu's pencils look so much cleaner. My main concern with Secret Invasion is that it may end like all of the other Marvel crossovers in recent years (anticlimatic, at least that's how I've felt about them). I don't feel like spending $4+ on eight issues of this miniseries, to find out in the end it was a whole lot of smoke-blowing. I'm trying to cut down on my mainstream Marvel books, anyways, and I think the only books that SI might affect will be Fantastic Four (I'm a Millar bitch) and Uncanny/Astonishing X-Men.
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    Nice looking week: Anna, Casanova, The Boys, Buffy. Need to decide if I will start getting Walking Dead monthly at long last.

    And as one of the resident superhero readers here I will say this: if SI involves Nick Fury coming back and kicking alien ass I will be pleased.
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2008
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    Yu's pencils on that look really clean, but I wonder how much of that is the inker.

    I am impressed though. I liked Yu, but the scratchyness really got to me at some point, and I tired of seeing his work. The cleaner stuff looks really nice, and I hope he carries it over to whatever he does next.
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    CASANOVA WEEK IS SMILE WEEK.

    anna mercury looks good as well, picking that up as well as a few spandex books.
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      CommentAuthorDIGIT
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2008
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    Kick-Ass is ... well, kick ass!!! As is Black Summer (more so, actually), Doktor Sleepless, and Boys.
    • CommentAuthorScottS
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2008
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    Kick Ass
    Buffy
    The Boys
    Casanova
    Anna Mercury

    what a happy week
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      CommentAuthormadmatt213
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2008
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    @JTraub

    Yeah, Nick Fury is the strongest pull Secret Invasion has on me. I'm hoping that the IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF SHIELD book will be repositioned as a Nick Fury book, since it is quite unanimous that the Iron Man character can not support the sales of two ongoing series (at least once the movie's heat dies down). If Marvel doesn't pull another "Incredible Hercules" and move Nick Fury into the ongoing Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. "spy" book, they'll miss a golden opportunity at big, SI fallout sales.
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    I'm sorry, can you point me to this unanimity? I seem to have missed it.
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2008
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    I don't think it's unanimous, but it definitely has precedence in the sales history of the character. But Marvel has been pushing the character hard even before much of the Movie Buzz was collecting, so I think he'll carry them for a while.

    I think a better question is whether or not it's necessary.
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      CommentAuthormadmatt213
    • CommentTimeMar 31st 2008 edited
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    @warren

    It was an exaggeration, and one based solely on Newarama message board comments. Yet, with that said, the Beat claims that February's Iron Man #26 sold 36,607 copies. Surely the numbers will go up with Secret Invasion and the movie around the corner, but we will also have a super-awesome, Fraction-penned Iron Man-in-superhero-mode ongoing series on the racks, too. I don't think I'll be the only shopper that will only purchase the new Incredible Iron Man book. Now, if Marvel were to give Nick Fury the Director of SHIELD book (if he isn't back on duty as director, they can name is something else), I would, more likely than not (maybe, possibly depending on the writer(s)/artist team), buy this newly-christened Nick Fury book. Because I love men with eye patches.

    So, as you can see, my usage of the word "unanimous" was wholly warranted.
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    Yeah, Nick Fury is the strongest pull Secret Invasion has on me. I'm hoping that the IRON MAN: DIRECTOR OF SHIELD book will be repositioned as a Nick Fury book, since it is quite unanimous that the Iron Man character can not support the sales of two ongoing series
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    I assume he will get his own book o will die again, either way. I like super spies. I even hear a guy formally over at DC have some more free time. Anyway, I am unsure why you think Iron Man can't support "two" books, between Ultimate iron, Might Avengers, and mini ( and his existing book) he has about 2-3 a month already.