Here’s a look at some of the most interesting digital comics coming out this week.
Amazing Spider-Man #700.4 and #700.5
Here’s one for traditional Spider-Man fans. Last year Marvel killed off Peter Parker and ended the Amazing Spider-Man series with issue #700; a different Spider-Man (no spoilers here!) lives on in the succeeding series, Superior Spider-Man. But this month they have a little holiday gift for us in the form of five out-of-continuity issues of ASM featuring … Peter Parker. Issues 700.1, 700.2, and 700.3 are available now on comiXology, and the quintet completes next week with 700.4 and 700.5.
Avengers Assemble #22.INH
Marvel’s Inhumanity crossover is just getting under way, and it’s not too late to jump on board. ComiXology has you covered with Inhumanity #1 and Inhumanity: Awakening #1, along with the tie-in comics—just look for the telltale INH in the issue number. Avengers Assemble joins Inhumanity for issues #21-25, and legendary comics writer Warren Ellis teams up with series writer Kelly Sue DeConnick beginning with this month’s issue.
Harley Quinn #1
The zany villainess of the Batman comics gets her own series; last month’s Harley Quinn #0 was the second best selling print comic in comics shops, and with the husband-and-wife team of Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner at the helm, this series shows a lot of promise. Quinn is a former psychiatrist who had the misfortune to fall in love with The Joker and ended up in Arkham Asylum. Now she is back on the outside and settling into a new (to her) apartment on Coney Island. This issue is a good jumping-on point for new readers but will be a satisfying read for longtime Harley fans as well. Conner describes it as “Looney Tunes meets a Quentin Tarantino movie” in this interview with Brian Truitt of USA Today, which also includes a preview of this issue.
A new creative team (writer Tony Bedard and artist Yildiray Cinar) takes over with this issue and they launch a new storyline, making it a great jumping-on point for new readers. Supergirl returns to Earth after her latest adventure and finds herself face to face with a new enemy: LOBO.
This is the final issue of a stand-alone miniseries about a superhero who gets his power from massive quantities of alcohol. It’s a clever premise and writers Mark Reznicek and Donny Cates keep the twists coming so it never becomes predictable. Issues #1 and #2 are marked down to $1.99 each, so catching up won’t break the bank.
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