This week's comic haul is a grab bag of weirdness. We have a spaceships-and-girl-groups book from two of indie comics' titans, the return of Canada's premier superheroes, and a veritable smorgasbord of graphic novels.

First Issues

IDW resurrects the Rocketeer in Rocketeer Adventures (which features contributions from John Cassaday, Mike Allred, and Kurt Busiek) and starts a new Snake Eyes series penned by Chuck Dixon.


Marvel's printing a brand new Alpha Flight maxiseries, but Puck sadly isn't mentioned in the solicit information. I kind of wish Puck had an American sidekick named Pigskin, and Italian partner named Bocce, and a Basque cousin named Jai-Alai-Ball Man.

There's also the Qui-Gon Jinn prequel Star Wars Jedi: The Dark Side, the Gotham City mystery Batman: Gates Of Gotham (which guest stars former Wonder Woman martial arts master I-Ching), and Image's supernatural percussion-and-zombies series Drums.

Other Releases

DC Comics Presents: Batman - Dark City reprints a Peter Milligan Riddler tale from years past, and the first issue of James Stokoe's Orc Stain is reprinted for $1.


There are also new issues of Invincible Iron Man (a Fear Itself tie-in), Uncanny X-Force, DMZ, Fables, and Zombies vs Robots: Undercity (check out our preview here).


Graphic Novels

First off, Fantagraphics collects Peter Bagge and Gilbert Hernandez's all-ages graphic novel Yeah! for the first time in a decade. This title was initially published on Wildstorm and is about the foibles of an intergalactic Josie and The Pussycats-style girl group. You can read a preview here.

Marvel's collecting Brian Michael Bendis' Ultimate Doomsday and the first volume of Deadpool MAX (both in hardcover), Chris Claremont's Essential X-Men: Volume 8 (which has some of the wackier moments in 1980s X-Men history, such as the time everyone became demonic during Inferno ), and a new printing of Powers' first volume.


Dark Horse publishes the first volumes of the long-running webcomic The Adventures Of Dr McNinja and Star Wars Blood Ties: A Tale Of Jango And Boba Fett. Si Spencer and Sean Murphy's John Constantine miniseries Hellblazer: City of Demons is collected, as is the first volume of Stan Lee and Paul Cornell's Soldier Zero.

Finally, if you're looking for quite possibly the weirdest thing Mark Millar's ever written, look no further than Marvel's sexy summer vacation series Trouble! It was part of an ill-fated attempt by Marvel to start a new romance line using horny teenage incarnations of Aunt May and Uncle Ben, but all Trouble did was sketch out readers and make everyone feel like a Peeping Tom.


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!