New Comic Wednesday: November 23, 2011
The cover of Fantastic Four #600 written by Jonathan Hickman
November 23rd, 2011
09:10 AM ET

New Comic Wednesday: November 23, 2011

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t read Fantastic Four No. 600 and you are planning to read it, please, stop reading now. NOT KIDDING!

Hello, faithful comic readers!

We all know that Wednesday is the best day of the week because the new comics arrive today, and this week marks a Marvel Comics event that everyone is talking about.

Daniel Dean of Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, a behind-the-counter guy with a knack for knowing what comic book fans like to read, is focused on Marvel Comics' "Fantastic Four No. 600".

Yes, I said "Fantastic Four" and not "FF".

Any experienced comic book reader will probably be a little skeptical about Marvel bringing a title back for a big-number issue, Dean said, but this time it's different.

If you are still reading this despite the spoiler alert at the top, now is the time to turn back if you want to remain in the dark about what Marvel has on tap. But really, if you couldn’t figure out what this issue was going to be, well, have you ever read a comic before?

“Yes, the Human Torch is returning. Yes, the 'Fantastic Four' have gone back to its original title and numbering," Dean said.

But, he said, those facts are like the carnival barker outside a circus big top.

"Inside, ringmaster Jonathan Hickman and an always-excellent art team are drawing together threads that Hickman has been weaving for years," he said. "All of his work on the book has come together at once: the interwoven, byzantine plots; the exemplary characterization; the revitalization of overly familiar elements and introduction of intriguing new ones.”

Hickman works a lot like a stage magician, Dean said. Much like the way magicians show the audience a flashy magic trick in order to hide the real trick, bringing Johnny Storm (a.k.a. the Human Torch) back was never the real, complete story.

"What happened is the real story, and we get a doozy here,” he said. And this doozy is no flash in the pan. The story in this issue runs deep into the entire "Fantastic Four" universe.

"The team itself, the supporting cast, the villains, the sci-fi, the Manhattan setting – there will be a ton for you to enjoy this issue,” he said.

Long story short, Dean thinks this is an amazing Fantastic Four book, but apart from that this is an amazing superhero comic.

Is there a comic out there that you are really loving? Let us know in the comments. We’re always looking for tips on good comics!

Here are some of the comics scheduled to hit the shelves on November 23, 2011. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, so make sure to check with them for more details.

MARVEL COMICS

5 RONIN TP $16.99
AGE OF APOCALYPSE BY BILLY TAN POSTER $8.99
ALPHA FLIGHT #6 $2.99
ANNIHILATORS EARTHFALL #3 (OF 4) $3.99
ASTONISHING X-MEN #44 $3.99
AVENGERS ORIGINS SCARLET WITCH AND QUICKSILVER #1 $3.99
AVENGERS SOLO #2 (OF 5) $3.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #624 $2.99
DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #17 $2.99
FANTASTIC FOUR #600 $7.99
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #510 $3.99
IRON MAN 2.0 #10 $2.99
KAPOW GUINNESS WORLD RECORD SPECIAL #1 (MR) $2.99
KICK-ASS 2 #5 (MR) (PP #990) $2.99
MIGHTY THOR #8 $3.99
MIGHTY THOR BY FRACTION PREM HC COIPEL DM VAR ED VOL 01 $24.99
MIGHTY THOR BY FRACTION PREM MOVIE HC VOL 01 $24.99
MMW X-MEN TP VOL 04 $24.99
MMW X-MEN TP VOL 04 DM VAR ED 35 $24.99
SECRET AVENGERS #19 $3.99
SKAAR KING OF SAVAGE LAND TP $15.99
SPIDER-MAN #20 $2.99
SPIDER-MAN ORIGIN OF HOBGOBLIN TP $29.99
THOR HEAVEN AND EARTH HC $19.99
ULTIMATE COMICS CAPTAIN AMERICA TP $14.99
ULTIMATE COMICS HAWKEYE #4 (OF 4) $3.99
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN DOSM FALLOUT PREM HC $24.99
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN DOSM FALLOUT PREM HC DM VAR ED $24.99
UNCANNY X-FORCE DARK ANGEL SAGA PREM HC BOOK 01 $24.99
VENGEANCE #5 (OF 6) $3.99
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #2 XREGG $3.99

DC COMICS

ALL STAR WESTERN #3 $3.99
AQUAMAN #3 $2.99
BATGIRL TP VOL 03 THE LESSON $19.99
BATMAN THE BLACK MIRROR HC $29.99
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #3 $2.99
BLACKHAWKS #3 $2.99
DC COMICS PRESENTS LIFE STORY OF THE FLASH #1 $7.99
DIABLO #1 (OF 5) $2.99
DMZ #71 (MR) $2.99
FLASH #3 $2.99
FURY OF FIRESTORM THE NUCLEAR MEN #3 $2.99
GOTHAM CITY SIRENS TP VOL 02 SONG OF THE SIRENS $17.99
GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #3 $2.99
GREEN LANTERN OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $75.00
HELLBLAZER #285 (MR) $2.99
I VAMPIRE #3 $2.99
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #3 $2.99
PREACHER HC BOOK 05 (MR) $39.99
SAVAGE HAWKMAN #3 $2.99
SCALPED #54 (MR) $2.99
SHADE #2 (OF 12) $2.99
SHOWCASE PRESENTS GHOSTS TP VOL 01 $19.99
SUPERMAN #3 $2.99
TEEN TITANS #3 $2.99
UNWRITTEN #31.5 (MR) $2.99
VOODOO #3 $2.99

DARK HORSE COMICS

ALIENS FAST TRACK TO HEAVEN HC $10.99
BPRD HELL ON EARTH RUSSIA #3 $3.50
BRAIN BOY ARCHIVES HC $49.99
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #6 LOVE VAR CVR $7.99
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #6 MOON CVR $7.99
DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES CHARACTERS #3 GOOFY $49.95
LITTLE LULU TP VOL 29 THE CRANKY GIANT AND OTHER STORIES $14.99
MILK & CHEESE DAIRY PRODUCTS GONE BAD HC $19.99
STAR WARS KNIGHT ERRANT DELUGE #4 (OF 5) $3.50
STAR WARS OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 AT WAR WITH THE EMPIRE $24.99
USAGI YOJIMBO #142 $3.50

IMAGE COMICS

27 SECOND SET #3 (OF 4) $3.99
INFINITE #4 $2.99
INFINITE #4 DELUXE ED $5.99
INVINCIBLE #85 $2.99
SAVAGE DRAGON KIDS ARE ALRIGHT TP $16.99
SUPER DINOSAUR TP VOL 01 $9.99
TEEN WOLF BITE ME #3 (OF 3) $3.99
VESCELL #4 (MR) $2.99
WALKING DEAD WEEKLY #47 (MR) $2.99

IDW PUBLISHING

CURIOUS CASES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES GN $19.99
DOCTOR WHO ONGOING VOL 2 #11 $3.99
DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS #13 $3.99
GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #9 $3.99
IN THE SHADOW OF SHERLOCK HOLMES SC NOVEL $16.99
JACK AVARICE IS THE COURIER #4 (OF 5) $3.99
LOCKE & KEY GUIDE TO KNOWN KEYS ONE SHOT $3.99
LOVECRAFT LIBRARY HC VOL 01 HORROR OUT OF ARKHAM $16.99
PARKER MARTINI ED HC $75.00
ROCKETEER JETPACK TREASURY ED $9.99
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ULT COLL HC VOL 01 $49.99

List is via Previews World

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Emperor Norton

    Hellblazer didn't get renumbered with everything else, since it's a Vertigo book; issue #285 comes out this week.

    Its quality tends to vary widely by the writer. Right now, it's Peter Milligan, who can be very hit-and-miss. I really enjoyed Mike Carey's years on the book, though.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  2. Doug G

    Topher (or anyone else) - have you read the New 52 "Hellblazer?" It's a book I used to follow religiously (pun?) but have fallen off in recent years. Is it worth picking back up?

    November 23, 2011 at 9:31 am |