New Comic Wednesday: December 14, 2011
Star Wars: Agent of the Empire #1 from Dark Hose Comics. Cover Stephane Rox, Writer John Ostrander, Penciller Stephane Roux, Inker Julien Hugonnard-Bert
December 14th, 2011
12:02 PM ET

New Comic Wednesday: December 14, 2011

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

As a huge Star Wars fan, I was excited when Daniel Dean, my comic guru at Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, pointed out "Star Wars: Agent of the Empire – Iron Eclipse," as a book to read this week. It's a promising comic book launch from Dark Horse Comics, John Ostrander, and Stephane Roux.

"Star Wars" is both a world and a brand which manages to continually inspire and attract people despite some of the more disappointing aspects of the franchise. What's nice about "Iron Eclipse" is that it requires only a basic familiarity with "Star Wars" - you won't be out of your depth if you haven't, like me, memorized Wookieepedia. This is the first book of a five-issue miniseries, so there's the added bonus that jumping into "Iron Eclipse" is a short-term commitment for any prospective reader.

The premise of this miniseries - the Empire's own James Bond agent who crushes the Empire's enemies with the help of a fembot sidekick - is what has Dean excited about this book, since he's a big Ian Fleming fan. Roux's penciling work injects just the right amount of smarm and lots of energy into this book for a great 007 spin.

But it's really Ostrander who is the biggest draw for Dean, and it was infectious to witness his excitement about the author.

Ostrander, Dean told me, has been one of the best writers in comics for as long as most of Dean's customers have been reading comics - in some cases longer than they have been alive. In fact, neither Dean nor I have read an Ostrander-penned comic book that we didn't enjoy. He has the kind of writing pedigree that can actually pull off a mash-up of "Star Wars" and "James Bond" - he's known for writing super-capable yet morally gray government agents like in "Suicide Squad" for DC as well as creating the very successful, very popular "Star Wars Legacy" comic for Lucas and Dark Horse.

I hope that Titan has enough extra copies on Wednesday, especially since we both hope to set one aside as a stocking stuffer for Star Wars-mad friends on our holiday shopping list this year.

So, until next week, go forth and read, my people, and the reading will be good!

Is there a comic out there that you really love? 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 December 14. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, so make sure to check with them for more details.

DARK HORSE COMICS

BALTIMORE CURSE BELLS #5 $3.50
BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #4 JEANTY VAR CVR $2.99
BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #4 MORRIS CVR $2.99
FLASH GORDON COMIC BOOK ARCHIVES HC VOL 05 $49.99
KULL THE CAT & THE SKULL #3 (OF 4) $3.50
ORCHID #3 $3.50
PC CAST HOUSE OF NIGHT #2 (OF 5) $2.99
STAR WARS AGENT O/T EMPIRE IRON ECLIPSE #1 (OF 5) ROUX CVR $3.50
STAR WARS EPISODE I ADVENTURES TP $7.99
STAR WARS EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE TP $7.99
THE OCCULTIST #2 (OF 3) $3.50
THE STRAIN #1 (OF 11) HUDDLESTON CVR $1.00
TUROK SON OF STONE AZTLAN TP VOL 01 $15.99

DC COMICS

ABSOLUTE PROMETHEA HC VOL 03 $99.99
ALL NEW BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #14 $2.99
AMERICAN VAMPIRE #21 (MR) $2.99
BATGIRL #4 $2.99
BATMAN AND ROBIN #4 $2.99
BATWOMAN #4 $2.99
DC COMICS PRESENTS BATMAN THE SECRET CITY #1 $7.99
DC COMICS THE NEW 52 HC $150.00
DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #19 $2.99
DEATHSTROKE #4 $2.99
DEMON KNIGHTS #4 $2.99
FABLES TP VOL 16 SUPER TEAM (MR) $14.99
FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE #4 $2.99
GREEN LANTERN #4 $2.99
GRIFTER #4 $2.99
HITMAN TP VOL 05 TOMMYS HEROES (RES) $29.99
LEGION LOST #4 $2.99
MAD MAGAZINE #513 $5.99
MISTER TERRIFIC #4 $2.99
MY GREATEST ADVENTURE #3 (OF 6) $3.99
RAY #1 (OF 4) $2.99
RESURRECTION MAN #4 $2.99
SHADE #3 (OF 12) $2.99
SHOWCASE PRESENTS BATMAN TP VOL 05 $19.99
SHOWCASE PRESENTS WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 04 $19.99
SUICIDE SQUAD #4 $2.99
SUPERBOY #4 $2.99
TALES OF THE BATMAN DON NEWTON HC VOL 01 $39.99
UNWRITTEN #32 (MR) $2.99
VERTIGO FIRST BLOOD #1 (MR) $7.99

MARVEL COMICS

AVENGERS 1959 #4 (OF 5) $2.99
AVENGERS ACADEMY #23 $2.99
AVENGERS X-SANCTION #1 (OF 4) $3.99
BATTLE SCARS #2 (OF 6) $2.99
BLACK PANTHER MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE #526 $2.99
CARNAGE USA #1 (OF 5) $3.99
DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER WAY STATION #1 (OF 5) $3.99
DEADPOOL MAX TP NUTJOB (MR) $19.99
ESSENTIAL RAWHIDE KID TP VOL 01 $19.99
ESSENTIAL SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 06 NEW ED $19.99
GHOST RIDER #7 $2.99
IRON MAN 2.0 #11 $2.99
JOHN CARTER OF MARS WORLD OF MARS #3 (OF 5) $3.99
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #632 $2.99
MAGNETO NOT A HERO #2 (OF 4) $2.99
MARVEL HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2011 $3.99
MMW NICK FURY AGENT OF SHIELD HC VOL 03 $59.99
MMW NICK FURY AGENT OF SHIELD HC VOL 03 DM VAR ED 171 $59.99
MOON KNIGHT BY BENDIS AND MALEEV PREM HC VOL 01 $24.99
NEW AVENGERS #19 $3.99
NEW X-MEN BY GRANT MORRISON GN TP BOOK 08 $14.99
NORTHANGER ABBEY #2 (OF 5) $3.99
SECRET WARRIORS TP VOL 05 NIGHT $14.99
SECRET WARS 2 TP $29.99
SHIELD #4 (OF 6) $2.99
SPIDER-MAN BY MARK MILLAR ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP $34.99
STAND NIGHT HAS COME #5 (OF 6) $3.99
SUPER HEROES #21 $2.99
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #4 $3.99
UNCANNY X-FORCE #18 $3.99
WOLVERINE AND JUBILEE CURSE OF MUTANTS TP $14.99
WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS #12 $2.99

IMAGE COMICS

27 SECOND SET #4 (OF 4) $3.99
68 JUNGLE JIM ONE SHOT CVR A $3.99
68 JUNGLE JIM ONE SHOT CVR B $3.99
BLUE ESTATE #8 (MR) $2.99
DAOMU #8 (MR) $2.99
JINGLE BELLE GIFT WRAPPED SPECIAL ONE SHOT $3.99
MAGDALENA #10 $3.99
MEMOIR #5 (OF 6) $3.50
NIGHTLY NEWS ANNIVERSARY ED HC $34.99
PIGS #4 (MR) $2.99
RED WING TP $14.99
SAMURAIS BLOOD #6 (OF 6) $2.99
SEVERED #5 (OF 7) (MR) $2.99
SUPER DINOSAUR DLX COLORING BOOK $4.99
WALKING DEAD #92 (MR) $2.99
WALKING DEAD NOVEL HC DLX SLIPCASE ED (MR) $74.99
WALKING DEAD NOVEL HC DLX SLIPCASE S/N LTD ED (MR) $124.99
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15 (MR) $14.99
WALKING DEAD WEEKLY #50 (MR) $2.99
WITCH DOCTOR TP VOL 01 $12.99
WITCHBLADE #150 CVR A SEJIC $4.99
WITCHBLADE #150 CVR B BROUSSARD $4.99
WITCHBLADE #150 CVR C CHOI $4.99
WITCHBLADE #150 CVR D TURNER $4.99

IDW PUBLISHING

CHUCK JONES DREAM THAT NEVER WAS HC $49.99
CLIVE BARKER OMNIBUS TP $29.99
DEAD RISING ROAD TO FORTUNE #2 (OF 4) $3.99
DOCTOR WHO ONGOING VOL 2 #12 $3.99
FAT TARINO HC PI
GODZILLA LEGENDS #2 (OF 5) $3.99
HAWKEN #2 (OF 6) $3.99
J SCOTT CAMPBELL FAIRY TALE 2012 CALENDAR $19.99
LOCKE & KEY CLOCKWORKS #3 (OF 6) $3.99
ROCKETEER ADVENTURES HC VOL 01 DM EX ED $24.99
SHERLOCK HOLMES GREATEST CASES HC VOL 01 $39.99
SNAKE EYES ONGOING (IDW) #8 $3.99
STAR TREK LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #3 (OF 6) $3.99
TRANSFORMERS IDW COLLECTION HC VOL 05 $49.99

List is via Previews World

soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Im_magic

    Been waiting for freaking ever for the new Locke & key issue to come out!!!!

    December 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  2. Emperor Norton

    It's a good week for Marvel, as two of their best books ship today. Uncanny X-Force is wrapping up a pretty amazing storyline, "The Dark Angel Saga," and Avengers Academy features a talked-up issue where one of the kids comes out of the closet. Both are on my pull list.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm |