Wednesday comics = a Rocket Raccoon, samurai superheroes, and undead G.I. Joes

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What's in stores this Wednesday? The final issue of Grant Morrison's diabetic fantasy yarn Joe The Barbarian, an all-ages graphic novel from the creative team behind Powers, and a certain law enforcement official with an axe to grind.

First Issues

IDW continues its Infestation event with GI Joe: Infestation, a miniseries about the Joes and Cobra attempting to divine the secrets of a zombified robotic arm (it's a long story).


For more high concept weirdness, check out Peter Milligan's 5 Ronin (Marvel). Its premise? Wolverine, Pyslocke, Punisher, Hulk and Deadpool are samurai in 17th century Japan — this series runs every week until the last week of March. And for super-duper high concept, there's Axe Cop: Bad Guy Earth (Dark Horse) — we'll be talking to Ethan Nicolle, the older brother illustrator of the Axe Cop team about this miniseries later today, so stay tuned.

Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning return to cosmic Marvel with Annihilators, a new miniseries starring the MU's spacefaring heroes (Mike Mignola draws Groot and Rocket Raccoon on the variant cover above), and the Marvel Zombies Supreme miniseries features the Squadron Supreme against an undead virus.

Other Releases

Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy conclude their "low-blood-sugar-induced suburban fantasy epic" Joe The Barbarian (DC/Vertigo). There's also a new story arc on The Boys (Dynamite) (which examines superhumans in World War II), the final issue of Brian Azzarello and Rags Morales' First Wave (DC), a new story arc of Gail Simone's Secret Six (DC) (one of the gang finally uses the "Get Out Of Hell Free Card"), and a special issue of Sweet Tooth (DC/Vertigo) that features a guest art team including Revolver writer/illustrator Matt Kindt.


Other titles of interest include Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' Incognito: Bad Influences (Marvel/Icon), a new arc on Locke & Key (IDW), a new issue of Chew (Image) (featuring the mysterious chicken-space-plant), and Powers (which is getting a pilot on FX, in case you missed that news).


Graphic Novels

The second half of Joe Casey and Dustin Nguyen's stylish corporatist superhero series Wildcats 3.0 is reprinted, and Powers' Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming write an all-new, all-ages graphic novel Takio about two bickering sisters who develop superpowers and clean up the streets of Portland, Oregon. Also getting reprints are the first volumes of Hellblazer and Mick Anglo's Marvelman Family's Finest (still no word on getting the Alan Moore or Neil Gaiman runs back in print, sadly).


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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Rocket Raccoon and Groot is a different comic than the Annihilators. The Annihilators stars the most powerful 'Cosmic' Marvel heroes (Ronan the Accuser, Silver Surfer, Beta Ray Bill and Gladiator). It was formed after the last Cosmic 'event', where they realized if the powerhouses had worked together to stop threats sooner, none of the recent catastrophes would have happened.

Rocket Raccon and Groot is about two of the characters from the Guardians of the Galaxy series (my two personal favorites).