Sure, there may be other comics coming out, but on a week where Jenna Jameson's Shadow Hunter #1 ships to comic book stores across this proud nation, is there any point talking about any of them? ...Oh, wait. Shadow Hunter is actually a generically dull story about a woman dealing with demon heritage that we've all seen more than once before, and something that wouldn't get a second's publicity if it wasn't for the connection to one of porn's favorite daughters. In that case, let's talk about the other things you can pick up this week after all.

The indie books this week are really stepping into the Way Back Machine; Dynamite Entertainment goes for the genre vote with a collection of the Dark Xena series, telling you just how everyone's favorite Warrior Princess came back from the dead at the end of her TV show, as well as Zorro #1, launching a new monthly series for the formerly-Gay Blade.

Dynamite is also pushing out something called Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Apocalypse, which admittedly sounds awesome until I tell you that it's based on the original series and not the current Sci-Fi Channel version... In other words, for those who are unafraid of Dirk Benedict likenesses only.


IDW is picking up some of the nostalgia slack as well by releasing Classic Transformers, Volume 1, giving you a 312-page slab of the comics of your youth by collecting the original Marvel series from 1984.

As far as the "big" publishers go, DC Comics essentially give the week up for dead with the exception of the Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War hardcover that slipped from last week.


Image Comics also goes relatively quiet aside from the relaunch of some cartoony ghostbusters (and I mean that in a good way) with The Perhapanauts Annual #1. You can download a previous issue of the series for free here)

Marvel Comics, however, makes a major play for your dollar. Matt Fraction, whom I talked to a couple of weeks ago, gets his WWII kung-fu groove on in the pulpy one-shot spin-off from the regular Iron Fist book, Iron Fist: Orson Randall and the Green Mist of Death. Yes, it's not exactly sci-fi, but it'll be fun, dammit (Fraction's also the mind behind the super-heroes-for-one-year series The Order, the first half of which is collected in this week's The Order: The Next Right Thing paperback).

The big io9-friendly book of the week, though, is undoubtedly Marvel's The Many Armors of Iron Man, a collection of stories from Tony Stark's 40+ year history that gives you the chance to remember some of his lesser-known looks. You all know the classic red-and-gold armor, sure, but how many of you knew that there was a "stealth armor"? Or space armor (It had no mouth. No, really)? Or even special deep-sea armor? You can tell that Stark's a genius from the number of variations on his one invention that he's managed to crank out over the years; there was even one with a nose on it.

As always, you can have a look at the complete shipping list for this week and make up your own mind, and then go to your local retailer to find out where to pick it up. Just make sure that you take a look at that Iron Man book, is all I'm saying.