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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – February 16, 2011: Finder Finder Finder Finder Finder

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

* Screamer in the brain
^ Paramilitary
% The teachers are afraid of the students
¢ Professional wallflower

Carla Speed McNeiiiiiil!!! Do I sound excited? That’s because I am: this is the first new volume of her excellent “aboriginal SF” series Finder in several years, the first not to have been serialized in print first (a pencils-only version appeared online), and the first from Dark Horse. Here, have a look at the Finder site, which includes an extensive preview.¢ AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #654.1
Maybe we should call it Small Time: for this point-one “introduction for curious new readers” issue by Dan Slott and Paulo Siqueira, the usual price drops by a buck and, I assume, the page count drops to 22. Also this week: Spider-Girl #4, by Paul Tobin and Matthew Southworth.

A big fat $75 hardcover collection of Kirby’s mid-’70s run on his co-creation from 35 years earlier–#193-214, plus a pair of annuals and the “Bicentennial Battles” special. I’ve never been sure whether this was the last great explosion of Big Kirby Weirdness or the moment where he started to lose the plot.

^ % DMZ, VOL. 9: MIA
Brian Wood and company’s NYC-as-Baghdad project moves into its third act.

A Garth Ennis/Adriano Batista “vigilante soccer mom” series from Dynamite begins.

For those of you who, like me, have heard good things about this Nick Spencer-written, Joe Eisma-drawn, reportedly “Lost”-influenced series about creepy goings-on at a prep school but haven’t gotten to see much of it, this sounds like an excellent deal: the first six issues for ten bucks.

^ S.H.I.E.L.D. #6
Ah, there we are. The initial arc of this gorgeous Jonathan Hickman/Dustin Weaver series about the history of science in the Marvel universe finally concludes with what’s billed as a match between Da Vinci and Newton.

The first issue of this Kathryn Immonen/Phil Noto miniseries was a very pleasant surprise: a spinoff from the X-Men-and-vampires stuff that was, against the odds, fun, smart, engaging and attractive. It should be fun to see where it goes.

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