Whether it's vampires, men in suits of armor or simply high adventure you're after, this week's comics will provide it. There's also romance, reborn Wolverines... and William Shatner. Who could ask for anything more?
Marvel is definitely gearing up for the Iron Man 2 buzz, releasing two kid-friendly collections (Iron Man & The Armor Wars and Iron Man: Tales Of The Golden Avenger) as well as an all-new black and white magazine The Indominatible Iron Man with work by Paul Cornell and Howard Chaykin amongst others.
Elsewhere in the Marvel Universe, romance meets superheroics in Marvel Heartbreakers, while Hulk's bastard son continues his adventures in space in Reign Of Kings: Son of Hulk. Alternate universes get investigated in both the House of M: Masters of Evil collection and the new series Ultimate Comics: X, reshaping the X-Men franchise for more marketing opportunities.
DC's superheroes also have tales of rebirth going on, with both a paperback edition of Green Lantern: Secret Origin and Superman: Mon-El (a hardcover collection of the first days for Superman's replacement in Metropolis). There's also the much-anticipated Milestone Forever, a simultaneous relaunch and farewell to one of the better superhero imprints of the 1990s (The birthplace of Static Shock and Xombi, amongst others), written by co-creator Dwayne McDuffie. Less of a new beginning but just as superheroic: Legends Of The Dark Knight Special, a reprint primer for those looking for some classic Batman stories.
More traditional vampirism is to be found in The Complete Dracula, a very faithful retelling of Bram Stoker's novel in comic form, from Dynamite Entertainment. Less classic but just as goth, DC's new collection Showcase Presents Secrets Of Sinister House reprints a short-lived attempt at a gothic romance comic from the 1970s, while Fables: The Great Fables Crossover collects the nine-part new modern day fairy tale from the same publisher.
Indie-publisher-wise, Top Cow have Pilot Season: Murderer - a oneshot pilot for a potential series about a man who just has to kill. Also, Oni Press have Crogan's March, the latest in the generation-spanning adventure series (French Foreign Legion action) and Bluewater release the potentially-awaited William Shatner Presents Tek War Volume 1. All of these are dwarfed, however, by the indie-gone-major debut of the second series of Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan's Demo. Formerly published by AiT/PlanetLar, the new six issue series is now a DC Comics/Vertigo production but in all other respects the format is the same - and, if anything, the storytelling is even better. Highly recommended.