This Week's Must-Have Comics: March 21, 2012

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It's almost Wednesday, and you know that means a fresh load of comics and graphic novels! With so much stuff hitting your local comics store or digital storefront, BF is here to lead you through the woods with our handy overview of books you can't afford to miss on March 21.

Make sure to check the site tomorrow too, as we take an in-depth look at another big release this week in our weekly Guiding Lines column: Smoke & Mirrors #1.

Amazing Spider-Man #682
Dan Slott (W), Humberto Ramos (A), Marvel Comics, $3.99

Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos promise Amazing Spider-Man #682 to be a shocking story more than 50 years in the making.  Dying villain Doctor Octopus holds the entire planet hostage in the first part of Ends of the Earth.  With the fate of every human at stake, what will Peter Park sacrifice to save the world?  As the Avengers step in to lend their help to New York’s favorite wall-crawler, moreover, the scope of Ends of the Earth is destined to be bigger than anyone can hope for.


Darkness #101
David Hine (W), Jeremy Haun (A), Image Comics/ Top Cow $2.99 

Darkness #100 not only brought a monumental chapter in Jackie Estacado’s life to close, but more importantly marked the departure of long-time creative team, Phil Hester and Romano Molenaar.  With the reigns being taken up by David Hine and Jeremy Haun, Image and Top Cow Comics are striking off in a bold new direction as “The Crack in Everything” begins.  For anyone even remotely interested in the story of Jackie, there has never been a better time than now to pick up Darkness.


Dominique Laveau Voodoo Child #1
Selwyn Sefu Hinds (W), Denys Cowan (A), DC Comics/Vertigo $2.99

A brand new supernatural title hits the shelves this week from the always fantastic Vertigo Comics.  Written by award winning author and journalist Selwyn Sefu Hinds, Voodoo Child promises to churn out a ghastly tale of murder, ghosts, and powerful Voodoo queens, all taking place in America’s most haunted city, New Orleans. 

With Tulane University student Dominique Laveau at the heart of the mystery, the plot only thickens as she discovers her whole life may be a lie.  Vertigo is known for stories packed with surprising plot twists, and Voodoo seems destined to follow in the footsteps of countless other great titles that precede it.


Hoax Hunters #0
Michael Moreci (W), JM Ringuet (A), Image Comics $2.99

What if our assumptions about the supernatural world were completely wrong?  What if monsters, aliens, cryptids, and other impossible beings truly existed?  Welcome to the upside down world of Hoax Hunters, where the hunters seek out the bizarre only to cover up the truth from the prying public.  Issue #0 finds the Hoax Hunters tearing off to Russia to stalk a mysterious crash-landed astronaut.  The truth behind the survivor, however, may be too strange to believe.


I’m Not A Plastic Bag HC
Rachel Hope Allison (W+A), Archaia Entertainment $19.99

Just in time for 2012’s Earth Day comes I’m Not A Plastic Bag from Archaia Entertainment.  Printed on 100% recycled paper and told strictly through images, I’m Not A Plastic Bag sheds light on The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive gyre of humanity’s trash.  Silent comics often times tell incredibly moving stories, and within the pages of Plastic Bag, writer Rachel Hope Allison plans to tell a beautiful yet tragic story of humanity’s impact onthe planet.  I’m Not A Plastic Bag clearly sounds like a unique and rare story worth the cover price.


Ragemoor #1
Jan Strnad (W), Richard Corben (A), Dark Horse Comics $3.50

Ragemoor, from Jan Strnad and Richard Corben, just may prove to be this week’s spookiest and most unnerving horror offering.  What could be more horrifying than a sentient monstrous castle?  Feeding off spilled pagan blood, Castle Ragemoor shifts, transforms, and reconfigures itself, surely to trap and devour its unlucky and unprepared occupants.  Inspired by the works of Poe and Lovecraft, Ragemoor will haunt every reader’s dreams this Wednesday night.


Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1
Peter David (W), Marc Guggenheim (W), Sandy Plunkett (A), Stan Sakai (A), Bill Sienkiewicz (A), IDW Publishing $3.99 

Dave Stevens blasts off this week with the second volume of his Rocketeer anthology.  Three individual and complete stories, flying across twenty-five pages, pack a re-introductory issue that promises both action and thrills.  One of the most exciting parts of Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1, however, is the amazing cover by Darwyn Cooke.  Cooke’s style is the perfect fit for the Rocketeer as he channels the mid 20th century’s aesthetics into some charming images.  Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1 is definitely a stand-out title for the week amidst countless super-hero escapades.


Supercrooks #1
Mark Millar (W), Leinil Yu (A) Marvel Comics $2.99

Mark Millar of Kick-Ass and Civil War fame joins Leinil Yu to bring readers an epic heist story with a super-powered spin in Supercrooks.  Millar has built his polarizing career by creating over-the-top shocking stories, and it’s doubtful his trademark ethic is going anywhere.  With the cast of tricksters and thieves being brought to life by Marvel’s Secret Invasion artist, Leinil Yu, Supercrooks is sure to steal the show this Wednesday.

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  • Richard Boom

    Richard Boom Mar 19, 2012 at 2:22pm

    there is definitely something I am going to try! Most of them I will end up buying in TPB or HC like Rocketeer and Voodoo Child and even SPider-Man (what a soap! I still miss MJ :) in all of this).

    Personally I am antsy about this weeks Fathom Volume 4 #5, Vampirella #15, Hack Slash #14, Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Alice In Wonderland #3 and Grimm Fairy Tales Presents The Jungle Book #1.

  • VashNL

    VashNL Mar 19, 2012 at 6:19pm

    I liked Jungle Book #1, although the set-up is what dominates the first issue mostly and I'm not sure I like that. I get that they want to explain it, but that could've been done differently.

    I'm not a big Spider-Man fan, but the Ends of the Earth story arc does have my interest. Probably going to be a TPB. I'm also glad I jumped on the The Darkness train. Too bad Romano is leaving, I love his art!

  • Josh West

    Josh West Mar 19, 2012 at 6:26pm

    This is a major creator owned week for me! Can't wait to grab everything on this list and Rebel Blood from Riley Rossmo! Looks beautiful(ly creepy)! Another installment of Memorial aswell! Great week for comics

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