In comics, Hellboy meets mutant cows (and everyone wants to be Cobra Commander)

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Everybody wants to rule the world (as Tears for Fears once so poignantly noticed), and the comic book baddies at Cobra are not immune to such megalomania. Also, new Hellboy and a very foul-mouthed talking rabbit!


New Releases

IDW's gearing up for the Cobra Civil War in several title. With Cobra Commander dead and gone, the power vacuum left by his passing proves hectic for the supervillain organization. Every Cobra underling wants to assume his mantle in a story kicking off in GI Joe Cobra: Civil War. GI Joe: Cobra Commander Tribute reprints the leader's sudden demise along with new material, and there's also a $1 reprint of the first issue of the gritty espionage title GI Joe: Cobra .


What's out in terms of one-shots? From Dark Horse, there's Hellboy: Buster Oakley Gets His Wish , which features artwork by Kevin Nowlan and Hellboy fighting his way out of an alien livestock ship. DC Comics Presents: Batman Arkham collects a litany of past tales about Gotham's famed mental hospital. Jonathan Hickman tells the secret history of Marvel Universe in S.H.I.E.L.D. Infinity, and Brian Clevinger's Captain America: Fighting Avenger recaps Cap's first day on the job.

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Other Releases

How about some superheroic storytelling? In Flash, Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul delve into the mystery of Hot Pursuit, a motorcycle-bound speedster at the center of DC's summer Flashpoint event. Jeff Lemire pits Smallville's teen superhero against 1992's Villain of the Year in Superboy's "Reign of Doomsday" event. Thor is rebranded as Journey Into Mystery as Kieron Gillen brings Loki back into the fold for a Fear Itself crossover, and Gillen brings back Joss Whedon's Breakworld in Uncanny X-Men.


Another issue of Nick Spencer's dimension-hopping/trading places series Infinite Vacation is out, as is more of Jason Aaron's Punisher MAX. Also, Mike Carey brings back one of my favorite characters, the foul-mouthed Mr. Bun in this month's issue of The Unwritten. If you're unfamiliar with Mr. Bun, imagine a potty-mouthed criminal who's trapped in a Beatrix Potter-style universe (and is unbelievably pissed about his rutting luck).

Graphic Novels

For readers with Benjamin Franklins to burn on omnibuses, Joe Madureira's entire (and unfinished) über-1990s fantasy series Battle Chasers is collected, as is Walter Simonson's classic 1980s run on The Mighty Thor. Other graphic novels that you may fancy include the fifth and final Ex Machina Deluxe Edition, the first hardcover of Uncanny X-Force, Christos Gage and Chris Samnee's science fiction noir graphic novel Area 10, and the hardcover of Bill Willingham's Warriors Three: Dog Day Afternoon.


As usual, here's the list of everything being released to comic stores tomorrow, and you can find your nearest comic retailer here. Happy reading, gang!

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Erik Sofge

I can't get into Hellboy without Mignola's artwork. I wish I could. BPRD, particularly with Guy Davis, is a different animal, but Hellboy is wrong in anything but glorious Mignola super-2D.