What's going on in comics this week? For starters, there's a brand new Marvel "buddy cop" book featuring Misty Knight and Valkyrie, which looks awesomely badass. Darth Vader is still mopping up the last of the Jedi. And there's a post-apocalyptic Earth being attacked by ancient monsters, an anthology of "Day of the Dead" stories, and much much more!
Here's everything comics have in store for you this week.
Top image: Debris from Image Comics
We're dealing with the repercussions of the "Death of the Family" storyline in Detective Comics #17, where Batman tracks the League of Smiles, a group of psycho killers who worship the Joker. (Preview here.) And in Batwing #17, Batwing learns that "you can't bring justice to a country that doesn't want it," and battles the Sky Pirate. There's also issue #9 of China Mieville's superhero comic Dial H. And new issues of Animal Man, Earth 2, Fairest, Green Arrow, The Human Bomb, Insurgent, Legends of the Dark Knight, Phantom Stranger, Stormwatch, Swamp Thing and World's Finest.
IDW's Star Trek comics are still counting down to Star Trek into Darkness, and this time around we're learning how Dr. McCoy's origins are different in the new J.J. Abrams timeline from what little we knew of Leonard McCoy in the TOS version. Let's hope we get a brand new version of the weird "dying parent" trauma from Star Trek V. And meanwhile, Andy Diggle returns to IDW's Doctor Who comic! There are also new issues of Adventures of Augusta Wind, Crow Skinning the Wolves, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony and Transformers.
The latest Star Wars miniseries is Star Wars: Dark Times: Fire Carrier, which launches its first issue from Dark Horse this week. There are a bunch of Jedi younglings hiding out on a moon, and meanwhile Vader is training a new assassin. Basically, more of Vader hunting down the last Jedi and stuff. There's also the penultimate issue of Buffy: Willow Wonderland, and issue three of Hellboy in Hell.
From Image Comics, there's the first issue of Dia De Los Muertos, an anthology comic where different writers tell "tall stories from beyond the grave," with art by Riley Rossmo. This time around: "A mariachi falls in love with a woman who strongly resembles his lost love, a father is abused by a poltergeist, and a girl who's mother died when she was born visits the land of the dead in her dreams." Also this week from Image: the first issue of a new thriller miniseries, Snapshot. There are also brand new issues of '68: Scars, Blackacre, Epic Kill, Great Pacific, Guardian the Globe, I Love Trouble, Mudman, The Perhapanauts: Danger Down Under!, Repossessed, Super Dinosaur, Think Tank and Youngblood. Plus the very last issue of the super-weird series Multiple Warheads, in which "Blue Nura chases her prey across a mass of pipes built high above the earth past a Sphinx and into a town built onto the back of a Whale."
From Marvel, there's the first issue of Fearless Defenders, in which Valkyrie and Misty Knight are an unlikely team hunting down mystical artifacts. All the early buzz is really positive, and it sounds like Misty's getting another decent chance to anchor an ass-kicking book after the demise of her Heroes for Hire comic a while back. Might be worth picking up just to support that sort of thing. Preview is here. There's also the first issue of Monsters Inc.: Humanween Party.
Also from Marvel: new issues of All-New X-Men, Daredevil: End of Days, Hit-Girl, Iron Man, Marvel's Iron Man 3 Prelude, New Avengers, Red She-Hulk, Road to Oz, Scarlet, Secret Avengers, Superior Spider-Man, Thunderbolts, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, Venom, Winter Soldier and X-Factor. Plus an Avengers Assemble annual.
Also from Image, there's the trade paperback collection of Debris, the miniseries about a future world that's covered with garbage. Yes, like in Wall-E. And a bunch of ancient monsters called the Colossals rise up out of the debris to kill the last survivors of humanity, and it's up to the final guardian, Maya, to save everyone. Oh, and there's a Doctor Who Omnibus.
Dark Horse has a trade paperback of King Conan: Phoenix on the Sword by Timothy Truman et al. King Conan is surrounded by scheming politicians who want him dead — but they chose the wrong ally in Thoth-Amon. There's also a hardcover of the Alice in Wonderland manga by Rod Espinosa. You can read a preview of it here. There's also volume two of the Brothers of the Spear archives in hardcover. And a paperback of volume two of Rex Mundi.
From DC Comics, there's a chance to catch up with Batgirl — there's volume one of her recent Gail Simone-scripted adventures in paperback, and volume two in hardcover. Find out just how Barbara Gordon got over being shot in the spine by the Joker, and how she's easing back into fighting crime in a Batsuit. There's also a new trade paperback collection of New Deadwardians, the Victorian zombie series by Dan Abnett. You can also catch up with Superman with two new trades: Superman: For Tomorrow, and Man of Steel Volume 7.
And Marvel's collections include Avengers: Once and Future Kang, for those of us who feel nostalgic for some real time-traveling insanity. Plus Deadpool Max: Second Cut, Uncanny X-Men Volume 3 and X-Men: Fall of Mutants. New hardcovers include First X-Men and X-Force Omnibus.