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This Week's Must-Have Comics: May 9, 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 May 9.

Baby’s in Black HC
Arne Bellstory (W and A), :01 First Second, $24.99

Chronicling the famous fab-four, The Beatles, and their time in Hamburg, Germany, Baby’s in Black promises to deliver an intimate exploration of the world’s favorite band at the beginning of their careers.  Told through the eyes of the “fifth Beatle” Stuart Sutcliffe and his love Astrid Kirchherr, Baby’s in Black offers fans and new readers alike the rare chance a rare glimpse at the heart of The Beatles before their fandom, and the story that took place behind the TV spots and magazine shoots.

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Dan the Unharmable #1
David Lapham (W), Rafael Ortiz (A), Avatar Press, $3.99

Eisner Award winning writer David Lapham may be pumping out this week’s most original and fun title.  Imagine being a lazy sloth with no concrete ties to friends or family.  Now imagine that you’re a private detective.  Now imagine that your lazy detective body can never be harmed, not by beating, punching, kicking, shooting, or burning.  How would that impact crime and the world?  Lapham aims to discover the answer to all these questions and more in his new title, where the lead invulnerable character, Dan, faces the toughest job of his life, accepting fatherhood. 

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Deathstroke #9
Rob Liefeld (W and A), DC Comics, $2.99

Kyle Higgins’ run on Deathstroke was tragically cut short as 1990’s “mega-star” Rob Liefeld packs his ammunition and weapons to take over the assassin’s series.  Several of Liefeld’s titles have recently witnessed their rebirth over at indie publisher Image Comics, yet now Liefeld aims to dominate several of DC’s New 52 books, including The Savage Hawkman.  In his first effort to revive the floundering Deathstroke, Liefeld will pit the hilarious and deadly Lobo against DC’s most deadly assassin, Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke.  How much of Wilson’s battle against Lobo will be business, and how much will be pleasure, will be answered as the title hits this week.

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Higher Earth #1
Sam Humphries (W), Carlos Magno (A), Boom Studios, $1.00

Sam Humphries continues to pump out content like a well-oiled writing machine.  Following up the hugely successful titles Our Love is Real, Sacrifice, and Fanboys vs. Zombies comes Higher Earth, Humphries’ first foray into the epic sci-fi genre.  In this creative spin on home-world assault, Earth is will not be invaded by alien enemies from distant worlds, but rather from other Earths separate by the very fabric that connects all parallel universes.  Higher Earth is not merely a sci-fi war tale, however, as Humphries develops two characters who come together for different reasons, yet both want to free their planet from tyranny.  Humphries’ has conquered the comics industry over the past year, and Higher Earth looks like the talented new writer is aiming to continue his domination. 

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Mystery in Space (One Shot)
Andy Diggle (W), Michael Alfred (W), Paul Pope (A), DC Comics, $7.99

In this massive space anthology from DC Comics, readers will blast off into countless “mysterious places in space.”  In Michael Alfred’s offering, readers will strap in and blast off to the edge of the Milky Way where the space-heist the size of a galaxy is stealing its way across the cosmos.  With numerous additional stories packed with Alfred’s, including offerings from Andy Diggle and more, Mystery in Space’s adventures will surely be worth the larger price tag.

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Oz Ozma of Oz TPB
Eric Shanower (W), Skottie Young (A), Marvel Comics, $19.99

We’re not in Kansas anymore.  But we’re not in Oz, either.  Dorothy unexpectedly lands in the world of Ev, home of the Billina the chicken, Tik-Tok the mechanical clock, and more, as L. Frank Baum’s classic story is adapted by Eric Shanower and the amazing Skottie Young for the comics medium.  The pair’s Oz work has awarded them countless honors and praise, and if you sadly missed the opportunity to catch this amazing series when it was first releases, the TPB is the perfect chance to catch up on Dorothy’s adventures across Baum’s world.

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Takio #1
Brian Michael Bendis (W), Michael Avon Oeming (A), Marvel Comics, $3.95

Last year’s Takio OGN from Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Oeming was a massive all-ages hit.  Now, the two responsible for Takio and the similarly beloved, Powers, brings a new monthly title featuring the superhero sisters, Taki and Olivia, to the pages of Marvel Comics.  The original Takio title earned the pair a 2012 YASLA Great Graphic Novel for Teens Award, proving that their work was one of the best releases of the year, which the two are hoping to recreate with a brand new and fresh monthly.

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Trio #1
John Byrne (W), IDW Publishing, $3.99

Prepare your eyes and ears for John Byrne’s Trio as sound effects dominate the pages of the famed writer’s new series, Trio.  Rock, Paper, and Scissors, better known by their codenames, One, Two, and Three will be joining Byrne as he returns to his superhero roots.  With a new series, characters, and an indie publisher, however, anything will be possible when Trio hits the stands.

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  • Richard Boom

    Richard Boom May 8, 2012 at 7:09am

    nice line-up! Especially Higher Earth sounds intriguing to me!

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