Here’s a look at some of the more interesting titles that are out this week in digital format.
Detective Comics #27: DC celebrates the 75th anniversary of Batman (who first appeared in the original Detective Comics #27) with seven stories about the Caped Crusader, including Brad Meltzer and Bryan Hitch’s retelling of the first Batman story, “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate,” Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy’s “Twenty-Seven, which explains how the identity of the Batman is passed on from one person to the next, and the kickoff of a new storyline, “Gothtopia,” by John Layman and Jason Fabok. The price tag is a little heftier than usual, at $7.99, but so is this issue, which weighs in at 96 pages. (ComiXology)
The Walking Dead #119: How explosive is this issue? Here’s the blurb: “All Out War is so explosive that even showing the first few pages of The Walking Dead would spoil the surprises.” That’s right, a comic so mind-bending that we can’t tell you anything about it! Well, either that or the marketing staff decided to knock off early and have a couple of martinis. Anyway, it’s The Walking Dead so at this point it pretty much sells itself. (ComiXology, Image Comics)
All New Marvel NOW! Point One #1: As the title so subtly suggests, this comic is aimed at new readers who want to enjoy the Marvel universe without having to figure out a whole tangle of confusing continuity. It’s actually a collection of lead-in stories to get you started on six different series: Loki: Agent of Asgard, Silver Surfer, Black Widow, Ms. Marvel, All-New Invaders, and Avengers World. (ComiXology)
All-New X-Factor #1: Peter David picks up his story of mutant detectives, which ended in X-Factor #262 last summer, with a new team of Polaris, Quicksilver, Gambit, Warlock, Cypher, and Danger, all superhero investigators who are on retainer for Serval Industries. This story actually follows from the events of X-Factor #260. David answered some questions about the new series for CBR this week. (ComiXology)
Sex Criminals #4: Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky continue their tale of a couple who can stop time by, er, doing it, and who use that power to rob banks. It’s an odd premise but a very funny story; It’s also too hot for Apple so you can’t buy it in-app, but you can get it from the comiXology or Image websites or even iBooks. If you’re new to the series, check out the first issue for free on comiXology. (ComiXology, Image Comics)
A former book editor and newspaper reporter, Brigid Alverson started MangaBlog to keep track of her daughters¹ reading habits and now covers comics and graphic novels for Comic Book Resources , School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Robot 6, and MTV Geek. She also edits the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. Brigid was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards. Send her an email to firstname.lastname@example.org