It may be Comic-Con, but Wednesday won't con you out of new comics

Just because the entire comic industry will more or less relocate to San Diego tomorrow doesn't mean there isn't a ton of new stuff on the stands — Locke and Key and Daredevil return, and Grant Morrison pens his treatise on superheroes.

First Issues

Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's new Locke and Key series Clockworks travels back to the Revolutionary War, where redshirts and supernatural nastiness are equally deadly. Mark Waid also starts a new Daredevil series that sees Matt Murdock reassessing his red pajama legacy.


DC's Retroactive line of one-shots has seminal comic creators writing new stories for DC characters as they appeared in the 1970s — Len Wein writes Batman, Cary Bates is on Flash, and Dennis O'Neil pens Wonder Woman. And yes, this is Wonder Woman during her I Ching phase, when she dressed like a mod and learned kung fu.

Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson helm a new Boys miniseries, Butcher, Baker, Candlestickmaker, which delves into the backstory of the team's ruthless leader. Another comic about an unhinged macho protagonist is Duke Nukem: Glorious Bastard, which coincides with the release of that much-ballyhooed video game nobody really liked. Finally, we have Criminal Macabre/The Goon: When Freaks Collide, which teams up Steve Niles' supernatural detective series with Eric Powell's brute monster smasher.


Other Releases

There are new issues of The Walking Dead, Witch Doctor, Invincible Iron Man, Batman: Gates of Gotham, DMZ, Hellblazer, and War Of The Green Lanterns: Aftermath.


Graphic Novels

Jonathan Ross' gangster vampire miniseries Turf is collected in hardcover, and Lou Reed (of all people) releases his interpretation of Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven with Italian cartoonist Lorenzo Mattotti (preview here).


Fantagraphics also presently has an initiative to translate post-Tintin Franco-Belgian comics for English-speaking audiences, so they're releasing Maurice Tillieux's crime cartoon Gil Jordan, Private Detective: Murder by High Tide (preview here). 2000 AD is also releasing a collection of tales starring Judge Dredd's undead nemesis Judge Death: The Life and Death of.


Finally, it's not a graphic novel, but today Grant Morrison releases his 464-page treatise on superheroes and the comic industry Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human Not to be confused with Warren Ellis' recent superhuman-arms-race series Supergod, the book promises to be a mind trip from the man who met Animal Man and wrote Superman's Happy Ending Machine.

As usual, here's the list of everything being released to comic stores tomorrow, and you can find your nearest comic retailer here. Rock over Paradise Island, rock on Syldavia! Kord Enterprises — we put the "Bwahaha" in "Savings!"


Top Image from Invincible Iron Man #506 by Salvador Larroca.

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