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


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^ This is a really great week for coloring aficionados

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* ^ % £ 2000 AD #1754

The best British comic book is finally available weekly in the U.S., as of this issue. (And no, it won't kill you to pick up a series beginning 1754 issues in.) I'm really enjoying the serials running right now--John Wagner and Henry Flint's "Judge Dredd: Day of Chaos" (a long, slow-burning story that's clearly leading up to something huge), Ian Edginton and Simon Davis's "Ampney Crucis Investigates: The English Assassin," Kek-W and John Burns' "Angel Zero" and Rob Williams and D'Israeli's ridiculous "Low Life: The Deal." This issue's also got a one-off story by Simon Spurrier and John Davis-Hunt that's essentially a joke about 2000 AD's tradition of one-off stories. Diamond also lists the September 2011 2000 AD Pack this week; I believe it contains #1750-1753.* % AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #672

Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos, wrapping up "Spider-Island" proper, although there's an epilogue next issue. Also this week: the third and final issues of the Spider-Girl, Cloak & Dagger and Deadly Hands of Kung Fu tie-in miniseries.


Attention, fellow fans of Jen Van Meter's writing: she and Roger Robinson have a Hawkeye solo serial that begins here.


Yuichi Yokoyama's color comics (and paintings), from Picturebox. His stuff is Not Like Anyone Else's: not particularly narrative, more interested in physical structures than in people's actions, pop delight filtered through inexplicable abstraction. To quote a @mattseneca tweet from a couple of days ago: "i know what the color adds to Yokoyama's work. In b+w it's fascinating, whereas in color it's outright THRILLING." (On the Midtown list, not the Diamond list.)


Mark Waid and Marcos Martin continue their incredibly good-looking collaboration (seriously, that sequence with the confetti last time? I just stared at it for a while) with a story involving the old "one honest man" gambit.

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Speaking of visually attractive superhero comics, Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato's collaboration on the first issue of this--Manapul draws, Buccellato colors, they co-write--looked fantastic. If there's a character who needs both artists and writers who think a lot about representing time vs. space on a page, that would be the Fastest Man Alive, right?


Is Kieron Gillen's Loki/Asgard/Marvel-Universe-theology serial weekly now? I wouldn't mind that one bit. (It's not. But I still wouldn't mind.) Rich Elsin draws this issue, in which Volstagg narrates his version of "Fear Itself."


The stories reprinted here are from the 1992-1993 period (2000 AD #804-829 and Judge Dredd Megazine 2.12-2.26). In the weekly, Garth Ennis was just settling into the fact that the Dredd feature was effectively his to control, and developing his mature voice; in the Megazine, John Wagner was writing the first two "Mechanismo" serials--both of which take place in a single day, but set up plot threads he'd be following for years to come. Really nice art in this period, too (by John Burns, Colin MacNeil, Greg Staples and others); I don't know if the editorial budgets were high enough to get artists to spend a little more time on each page, or if there was some other reason everyone was on their A-game.


Nice to see that Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso keep collaborating on very different projects, post-100 Bullets. This miniseries is a science fiction thing, whose first issue costs a buck and involves a lot of Clockwork Orange-style argot in lieu of exposition.


An oddly titled collection of Steve Ditko's sci-fi and horror Charlton comics; the hook is that this material was produced during the same period as his Amazing Spider-Man run. Although I'm betting Spider-Man paid considerably better per page. (On the Midtown list, not the Diamond list.)


George Pérez and Jesus Merino's Superman is more retro than futurist, but it's fun to see exactly how much Pérez can cram into a single issue. Also out this week: a new printing of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely's Absolute All-Star Superman hardcover, which disappeared very quickly on its initial release last year.


The first of a three-issue (or six-issue? accounts vary) miniseries written by co-creator Alan Martin and drawn by the great and perpetually surprising artist Mick McMahon. Tank Girl will probably look "off-model," yes. Bring it.


A collection of two horror-themed serials drawn by Frazer Irving a decade ago, the former written by Gordon Rennie and the latter by John Smith. Weirdly, "A Love Like Blood" was reprinted in the U.K. a few years ago in another Irving-centered collection, Storming Heaven. How hard would it be to get all this stuff in one place? (On the Midtown list, not the Diamond list.)

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