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New Comic Wednesday: January 4, 2012

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

"Fatale #1" from Image Comics comes with an amazing pedigree. This is something that Daniel Dean from Titan Games and Comics in Smyrna, Georgia, and I can agree on.

Dean and I are both fans of supernatural horror/crime stories that follow classic film noir conventions in the vein of the television show "Supernatural" or Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files." This comic book adds to that mixture with a narrative that jumps through multiple time periods and is told from the point of view of many different characters.

But if comic book bibliographies were criminal rap sheets, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips - writers of "Fatale #1' - would be the FBI's two most wanted.

Together, on books like "Incognito," "Sleeper" and "Criminal," the duo has shown readers the world as seen through a criminal's eyes, by using the conventions of a wide range of different fictional genres.  Each of these comic books has been an absolute home run from Brubaker and Phillips.

Brubaker, additionally, has had amazing runs on "Daredevil," "Captain America," "Batman," "Gotham Central," and more to his credit. (In the comic book world, a "run" is a phenomenon where a writer or artist produces several comic book issues in a row that are widely received by readers and critics as exceptional.)

Dean thinks Brubaker can do little if any wrong and said that his talents, "made me care about and enjoy 'Catwoman' several years back."

The series is slated for 12 issues in its current season. Brubaker and Phillips's track record is enough to make us hope "Fatale" gets a second one.

We are both excited about this launch more than about anything else this week, and there is some fabulous stuff out this week. Dean was right-on when he said, "If you're still on the fence, I have only two words for you: Mobster Cthulhu."

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 January 4, 2012. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, so make sure to check with them for more details.

Keep in mind, folks, that because of the holidays this week some shops may not be getting your new books in until Thursday. Call ahead if you're not sure.

IMAGE COMICS

ARTIFACTS #13 (OF 13) CVR B CHRISTOPHER $3.99
ARTIFACTS #13 (OF 13) CVR C CHRISTOPHER $3.99
BLOOD RED DRAGON #3 $3.99
FATALE #1 CVR A (MR) $3.50
FATALE #1 CVR B (MR) $3.50
FEARLESS TP VOL 01 $14.99
GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES #3 $2.99
LIL DEPRESSED BOY #8 $2.99
MUDMAN #2 $3.50
SCREAMLAND DEATH O/T PARTY TP $16.99
SHINKU #4 (MR) $2.99
SUPER DINOSAUR #7 $2.99
VESCELL #5 (MR) $2.99
WITCHBLADE #151 COMICS PRO VARIANT CVR $2.99
WITCHBLADE #151 CVR A CHRISTOPHER $2.99
WITCHBLADE #151 CVR B CALERO $2.99

MARVEL COMICS

AVENGERS ACADEMY #24 $2.99
AVENGERS ACADEMY TP VOL 02 REAL WORLD $19.99
AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 $4.99
AVENGERS X-MEN PREM HC BLOODTIES $24.99
AVENGERS X-MEN PREM HC BLOODTIES DM VAR ED 82 $24.99
AVENGERS X-SANCTION #2 (OF 4) $3.99
DEFENDERS #2 $3.99
ENDERS GAME ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP $29.99
ESSENTIAL FANTASTIC FOUR TP VOL 04 NEW ED $19.99
FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #6 (OF 12) $2.99
FEAR ITSELF PREM HC $34.99
HULK #47 $2.99
HULK WORLD WAR HULKS HC $29.99
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN HC VOL 02 $34.99
PUNISHER #7 $2.99
SPIDER-MAN MASQUES PREM HC $24.99
SPIDER-MAN MASQUES PREM HC DM VAR ED 83 $24.99
STAND TP VOL 02 AMERICAN NIGHTMARES $19.99
STRIKEFORCE MORITURI WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1 $0.99
THOR DEVIANTS SAGA #3 (OF 5) $3.99
THUNDERBOLTS #168 $2.99
UNCANNY X-FORCE #19.1 $2.99
UNCANNY X-MEN #4 $3.99
VILLAINS FOR HIRE #2 (OF 4) $2.99
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN ALPHA AND OMEGA #1 (OF 5) $3.99
X-23 #20 $2.99
X-CLUB #2 (OF 5) $2.99
X-FORCE HC VOL 02 $34.99
X-MEN #23 XREGB $3.99
YOUNG MARVELMAN CLASSIC PREM HC VOL 02 $34.99

DC COMICS

ACTION COMICS #5 $3.99
ACTION COMICS #5 COMBO PACK $4.99
ANIMAL MAN #5 $2.99
ANNOTATED SANDMAN HC VOL 01 (MR) $49.99
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT HC VOL 01 GOLDEN DAWN DLX ED $24.99
BATMAN THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE TP $19.99
BATWING #5 $2.99
DC COMICS THE NEW 52 PRESENTS THE DARK #1 $7.99
DETECTIVE COMICS #5 $2.99
GREEN ARROW #5 $2.99
HAWK AND DOVE #5 $2.99
HUNTRESS #4 (OF 6) $2.99
IZOMBIE #21 (MR) $2.99
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #5 $2.99
MEN OF WAR #5 $3.99
OMAC #5 $2.99
PENGUIN PAIN AND PREJUDICE #4 (OF 5) $2.99
RED LANTERNS #5 $2.99
SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #17 $2.99
SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY TP VOL 01 $29.99
STATIC SHOCK #5 $2.99
STORMWATCH #5 $2.99
SUPERNATURAL #4 (OF 6) $2.99
SWAMP THING #5 $2.99
SWEET TOOTH #29 (MR) $2.99

DARK HORSE COMICS

BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 02 GODS AND MONSTERS $19.99
BRODYS GHOST ONE SHOT $3.99
DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES CHARACTERS #5 PHANTOM BLOT $49.95
EERIE ARCHIVES HC VOL 09 $49.99
GOON #37 POWELL REG CVR $3.50
WITCHFINDER TP VOL 02 LOST AND GONE FOREVER $17.99

IDW PUBLISHING

COLD WAR #4 $3.99
CRAWL TO ME TP $17.99
CRYSIS TP $19.99
DUKE NUKEM GLORIOUS BASTARD TP $19.99
GI JOE VOL 2 ONGOING #9 $3.99
GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS TP VOL 02 $17.99
GODZILLA LEGENDS #3 (OF 5) $3.99
JURASSIC PARK DANGEROUS GAMES #5 (OF 5) $3.99
STAR TREK LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #4 (OF 6) $3.99
TRUE BLOOD FRENCH QUARTER #5 (OF 6) $3.99

Dynamite Entertainment

BOYS #62 (MR) $3.99
FLASH GORDON ZEITGEIST #2 $3.99
NOWHERE MAN #1 (OF 4) $3.99
ROBOCOP ROAD TRIP #1 (MR) $3.99
THE LONE RANGER #1 $3.99
VAMPIRELLA VS DRACULA #1 $3.99
WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS #9 (MR) $3.99
ZORRO RIDES AGAIN #7 (OF 12) $3.99

BOOM! Studios

ELRIC THE BALANCE LOST #7 $3.99

Archie Comics

BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #197 $3.99

List is via Previews World