Buying off the comic book rack Aug. 29, 2012

Third Eye Comics‘ Steve provides the dirt on the latest comics coming out this week:

JUSTICE LEAGUE #12 — ONE OF THE BIGGEST MOMENTS IN THE NEW 52 GOES DOWN IN THIS WEDNESDAY’S JL #12

JUSTICE LEAGUE, has remained consistent, as one of our favorites of the DC NEW 52, and it’s earned it’s top spot as one of the best books we read each and every month. There’s no doubt about that at all.

As the flagship title of the NEW 52, and the title that’s responsible for much of the “world-building” of the NEW 52 Universe, JUSTICE LEAGUE is the foundation for pretty much everything else. In other words: read this book, seriously. :)

Geoff Johns and Jim Lee? You couldn’t ask for a better creative team, as these two superstars deliver a monthly dose of the formative years of not just the JUSTICE LEAGUE but the NEW 52 as a whole.

  

And, in this week’s issue, as many of you may have already seen from all the widespread media coverage it’s been receiving, JUSTICE LEAGUE #12 features the monumental beginnings of Superman and Wonder Woman’s relationship.

This is something that’s been hinted at in pre-NEW 52 stories, but never touched upon, but in this week’s JUSTICE LEAGUE, the NEW 52 makes it official.

GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #1 KICKS OFF THE BIGGEST GREEN LANTERN & DCU STORY ARC SINCE BLACKEST NIGHT !

The biggest story arc since BLACKEST NIGHT and SINESTRO CORPS begins this Wednesday in GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #1, and folks: you will not want to miss this issue, TRUST US.

First off, this is a perfect jumping on point for anyone not already following GREEN LANTERN, as it serves as the perfect entry point to one of the best DC NEW 52s on the stands with this huge storyline that’s kicking off.

Secondly, it’s a landmark issue, for many reasons. The prologue to the RISE OF THE THIRD ARMY is a key issue that will be every bit as big as that original Prologue to BLACKEST NIGHT back in the day. And, there’s the fact that the new GREEN LANTERN of Earth, the first one since Kyle Rayner in the ’90s (or Sinestro, I guess, but he’d already been a GL elsewhere, so he doesn’t count, right?) debuts in this annual.

Finally: it’s Geoff Johns reuniting with the man who helped him launch the GL stuff in the first place: Ethan Van Sciver. How big of a deal is that? I mean, that’s HUGE.

Don’t forget that this issue also marks the debut of the mysterious new GREEN LANTERN of Earth, Baz, who we’ve seen promo images of, but know very little about. It’s going to be pretty kick-a$$ to find out just what his story is as well.

THE SECOND ISSUE OF THE KICK-A$$ NEW GAMBIT SERIES DROPS!

The first issue of the brand new GAMBIT ongoing series blew us away, as it did a fantastic job of doing what many attempts at a Gambit series couldn’t: a straight-forward, kick-ass look at Gambit doing what he does best — stealing. No angst. No broken hearts. Just Gambit showing why he’s known as one of the Marvel Universe’s best thieves.
Stellar artwork, and a fast-paced plot have us hooked on this one, and we cannot wait to see what’s in store with this Wednesday’s issue #2.

 

 

AVX: VERSUS #5 DELIVERS TWO MORE EPIC BATTLES!

AVX: VERSUS has been one of the best tie-in books to an event that we’ve seen in quite some time. Each issue takes place in between the issues of AvX, and delivers a relevant, and connective story that, well, it’s basically THE FIGHTS!

An entire series dedicated to the knockdown, drag-out throwdowns of Avengers vs. X-Men? In detail? With clear cut winners and losers? By superstar Marvel creators?

This is why we love AvX VERSUS. It’s almost like you took MARVEL VS. CAPCOM and translated it into a kick-a$$ comic book.

This week, we get two whoppers of match-ups: STORM VS. BLACK PANTHER, and HAWKEYE VS. ARCH-ANGEL. Both of these look fantastic, and with Matt Fraction (INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, HAWKEYE) and LEINIL YU (SUPERCROOKS, SUPERIOR) handling the creative reigns… you know it’s gonna be good!

THE FLASH ANNUAL #1 — The NEW 52 Rogues team up against THE FLASH!

The FLASH has been one of those DC NEW 52 titles that just quietly gets better, and better, and then all of the sudden: everyone is talking about how awesome The Flash is.

Seriously though, Francis Manapul’s artwork has continued to make this book a superstar, and the stories that’ve been being put together within, have been fantastic.

Now, in this week’s FLASH ANNUAL #1, you’re being given the perfect opportunity to jump on board one of the DC NEW 52’s best kept secrets, as the next arc kicks off, and the big showdown goes down.

That’s right, Third Eye Faithful, this week is: FLASH VS. THE ROGUES of the NEW 52. This annual reveals their motivations, how they got their powers, and at what cost.

I love the spin on the Rogues going from being classic gun-toting low-rent bad guys to super-charged meta-humans, and cannot wait to get the full scoop on these.

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