Savage Critic and "Reading Comics" author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:

* "Use an old idea"

% "Emphasize the flaws"

^ "Remove a restriction"

@ "Magnify the most difficult details"

^ DAYTRIPPER #9

The penultimate issue of Fabio Moon and Gabriel Bá's meditation on how the meaning of a life changes as it goes along.

% @ INDOOR VOICE

A miscellany (sketchbook pieces, comics, paintings) by "Skim" artist Jillian Tamaki--a very interesting young artist who I suspect is still figuring out where she's going. (That's a good thing.) Preview.

* % INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #29

Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca's excellent run continues. And this time we get Rescue back in action, it looks like!Preview!



* MARVEL ADVENTURES SUPER HEROES #5

"Five thousand HYDRA personnel, and you want me to come in and steal a baby rhino?" Paul Tobin writes; ChrisCross, who I'll probably always associate with his work on "Xer0," draws. Preview.

* ^ @ RAWHIDE KID #3

The stuff Howard Chaykin is drawing these days, like this Ron Zimmerman-written camp Western, perpetually surprises me, but not really in a bad way.

* THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER #3

Not really sure what to make of Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee's take on "Journey Into Mystery"-era Thor yet, but I'm still curious to see where it's going.

* % ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 3 #1

Mark Millar and Steve Dillon, at the Marvel imprint where they get to break all the toys they want. Expect ultraviolence. Plus: vampires! Vampires are hot, apparently! Preview.

* THE UNWRITTEN VOL. 2: INSIDE MAN

I was not crazy about the first arc of Mike Carey and Peter Gross's metafictional series, but I'm told it ramps up considerably in this volume's sequence set in and around the "Song of Roland." And #12, which I did read, is a lot of fun--a cheerfully nasty homage to Beatrix Potter and A.A. Milne, starring a foul-mouthed bunny.