THE REVOLVING DOOR OF DEATH

The debut issue of Superior Spider-Man makes it clear that Peter Parker Spider-Man is still swinging around in the mind of his body’s usurper, Dr. Otto Octavious. While we have no idea what crazy comics writer Dan Slott will do next, it is safe to say we shall see Peter Parker back in the driver seat of his own body sooner than later.

Meanwhile, over in the pages of Batman, the Joker has gathered the entire Bat-Family together for an awkward dinner party. Ole’ Strap-face is trying to make the point to Bruce that his emotional dependence to his crime-fighting partners is always going to slow him down.

A point he will surely try to make through death, namely the eponymous Death of the Family. Many will ask “Who will die?” A more jaded person might ask “Who will care?”
We can’t grumble about the short-term deaths of our comic book brothers and sisters. The crazy, never-say-die ups and downs of these fictional people’s lives are half the fun, am I right? I’m really looking forward to Mars Attacks the Transformers this week, and I wouldn’t give one Energon cube’s worth of dang if the Martians won!  In fact, I’m ROOTING for the Martians…they didn’t do so well agains Popeye, the Ghostbusters or Kiss, and I do like me an underdog.
KICK THE BUCKET

DC hits the shelves running, with Justice League #16, Batwoman #16 and Green Lantern #16. Also up is the conclusion to the interesting experiment that was Before Watchmen, namely The Minutemen #6 of 6. Like many stories, some of the books were good, some were less than stellar. The question is, “Was this worth alienating fans and creators over?”
So what is the answer?
The Answer is a brand new book from Dark Horse hitting the shelves this week! Now as to whether squeezing the last blood out of Watchmen was worth it, that all depends on who you are. If you are Warner Brothers, absolutely. You now have a wealth of material you can mine when you want to create a prequel Watchmen movie.
Dark Horse will also be publishing two great books which, financially, will fit my wallet well.  Buffyverse sampler #1 is an incredible bargain; Four issues of the ongoing Buffy spin-off titles under one cover for the low price of $4.99! Take all that money you just saved getting four comics for the price of one and get ready to spend it. Dark Horse is publishing Final Fantasy artist Yoshitaka Amano’s brand new illustrated novel called Deva Zan, and while it is beautiful it sure ain’t cheap.
And then there’s some Marvel books out. You don’t really care about those guys, do you?
JUST KIDDING

Deadpool #4 has Deadpool vs Zombie Lincoln (Ironic hipster “Yawn”) and FF#3 has Mike Allred art! Uncanny X-Force #1 is one of my most anticipated books of 2013, and the wait is over! On the flip side, the relaunch of Young Avengers could be awesome, but could be a terrible cash-grab. No expectations, peoples, lets dive on in!

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