This week, Spider-Man hangs out with his avenging friends!

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Hey, comics are out tomorrow! Spider-Man's attending a superheroic coffee klatch, Frankenstein's in a surly mood, Mike Carey's got plenty o' stuff on the stands, and John Byrne's Fantastic Four is collected in a book so burly it can cause concussions.


First Issues

Marvel pulls out some big guns this week with several high-profile releases. There's Avenging Spider-Man, which features Joe Madureira artwork and all of Spidey's colorful coworkers.


There's also the post-Fear Itself miniseries Battle Scars (more on that here) and Point One, a portentous one-shot volume showcasing seven stories that will set the agenda for the Marvel Universe in 2012.

Rounding out the first releases are novelist PC Cast's new House Of Night comic series, the android-inflected one-shot Avengers Origins: Vision, and the Skottie Young-penned X-Men miniseries Magneto: Not A Hero.

Grab Bag

For the Whedonites, there are new issues of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse: Epitaphs. For fans of screwed-up future timelines, look to the latest installments of Tom Morello's Orchid and Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes. Mike Carey aficionados can anticipate The Unwritten, X-Men Legacy, and a one-volume reprint of Vertigo's personal deity miniseries My Faith in Frankie.


Supernaturally, we got Jeff Lemire's zany Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. (a preview of that here), Batwoman, 30 Days of Night, and Demon Knights. Marvelites can look forward to Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Punisher MAX, Uncanny X-Force, and Matt Fraction's Thor-centric Fear Itself #7.2 .

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Graphic Novels

It's an eclectic week in the bookshelf department. Readers who like their panels infused with some classic cinema can expect Star Wars: Darth Vader And The Lost Command and Chew's John Layman's Godzilla: Gangsters And Goliaths.


Classicists will appreciate the finale of Alan Moore's Saga Of The Swamp Thing and the first volume of Stan Lee's Essential Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos. Jason Aaron's magnificently creepy Punisher MAX: Bullseye is recommended for those who enjoy their Frank Castle with a side of crazy marksman. Fans of John Byrne's Fantastic Four run can look forward to a +$100, 1000-page-plus omnibus of his work.

Appreciators of the ever-florid Garth Ennis will see the latest trade paperback volume of The Boys and Avatar Press' Chronicles Of Wormwood: The Last Battle. Finally, bringing the weirdness full circle are the Lovecraftian-inspired book Vessel of Terror (book description) and a reprint of Kurt Busiek and Roger Stern's time-jumping miniseries Avengers Forever.


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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Monsieur Mallah

I can't wait to finally get the Boys trade. That's pretty much what got me collecting again.

I have a question for my fellow comic nerds. My wife and I were discussing this last week.

I always save the best part of my pull sheet for last. That way I have something awesome to look forward to and blaze through my new comics.

She reads her favorite first and then limps through the things she doesn't care as much about. And ends up with a stack of 50 comics on her nightstand. All the stuff she's going to get around to reading one of these days.

How does everyone else do it? And what's everyone's favorite right now?

I'm loving Justice League Dark. And the Deadman series is freaking amazing.

Stormwatch is first on my read list.