'The Tick' reaches 100: SPOON!
The Tick and Invincible team up in The Tick #100.
May 9th, 2012
10:26 AM ET

'The Tick' reaches 100: SPOON!

Hello again, fellow comic readers!

"The Tick" is a brilliant superhero parody first published by New England Comics in the 1980s, and is perhaps best known to most thanks to a well-remembered cartoon in the '90s and a short-lived live action show early last decade.

This week, this hilarious arachnid reaches a milestone with “Tick #100: The Tick meets Invincible!!” Longtime "Tick" writer Benito Cereno - who, since 2009 has been responsible for what I think are some of the best "Tick" stories thus far - teams up with Robert Kirkman's comic book hero, Invincible.

“Robert Kirkman gets a lot of love for the Walking Dead and it's all well deserved," said Daniel Dean of Titan Comic Books & Games in Smyrna, Georgia. "However, he first won my heart with 'Invincible."

Kirkman's "Invincible" embodies the surprising and simple concept of the world's greatest superhero's progeny coming into his own and quickly realizing how in over his head he really is, Dean said. "Nothing he took for granted is true and every choice is harder than he expected. Teenagers, right?” he said.

"Tick #100" pairs Invincible with the more naive pair of The Tick and his sidekick Arthur, whose most notable vigilante effort was to keep a supervillain from writing his name on the moon. The Tick and Arthur afford Invincible some levity. Invincible injects a deeper pathos into the world of his hapless insect-hero friends.

The result is a story that manages to distill all that is good about "The Tick." This book is a concentrated version of "Tick" humor and action and a great showcase of two independent comics powerhouse writers.

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 May 9, 2012. Your local retailer will probably have these and others, so make sure to check with them for more details.

NEW ENGLAND COMICS

Tick #100 (The Tick Meets Invincible), $6.99

DC COMICS

BATGIRL #9 (NIGHT OF THE OWLS) $2.99

BATMAN #9 (NIGHT OF THE OWLS) $3.99

BATMAN #9 COMBO PACK (NIGHT OF THE OWLS) $4.99

BATMAN AND ROBIN #9 (NITE OF THE OWLS) $2.99

BATMAN ARKHAM CITY SER 2 BATMAN (TEC MODE) AF PI

BATMAN ARKHAM CITY SER 2 CATWOMAN AF PI

BATMAN ARKHAM CITY SER 2 HUSH AF PI

BATMAN ARKHAM CITY SER 2 RIDDLER AF PI

BATMAN ARKHAM UNHINGED #2 $2.99

BATMAN HC VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS $24.99

BIBLE HC $29.99

BRIGHTEST DAY TP VOL 02 $19.99

DC UNIVERSE LEGACIES TP $24.99

DEATHSTROKE #9 $2.99

DEMON KNIGHTS #9 $2.99

FAIREST #3 (MR) $2.99

FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE #9 $2.99

GREEN LANTERN #9 $2.99

GREEN LANTERN #9 COMBO PACK $3.99

GRIFTER #9 $2.99

IZOMBIE #25 (MR) $2.99

JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL TP VOL 01 SIGNAL MASTERS $14.99

LEGION LOST #9 (THE CULLING) $2.99

LEGION OF SUPER HEROES ARCHIVES HC VOL 13 $59.99

MYSTERY IN SPACE #1 (MR) $7.99

NIGHT FORCE #3 (OF 6) $2.99

RESURRECTION MAN #9 $2.99

SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #21 $2.99

SUICIDE SQUAD #9 $2.99

SUPERBOY #9 (THE CULLING) $2.99

SUPERMAN GROUNDED TP VOL 01 $17.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Batgirl #9
Batman #9
Batman & Robin #9
Deathstroke #9
Demon Knights #9
Fairest #3
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E #9
Green Lantern #9
Grifter #9
iZOMBIE #25
Legion Lost #9
Night Force #3
Resurrection Man #9
Suicide Squad #9
Superboy #9
Mystery in Space #1
Justice League Beyond #7

MARVEL COMICS

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN PARALLEL LIVES #1 $4.99

ASTONISHING X-MEN BY WEAVER POSTER $8.99

ASTONISHING X-MEN TP VOL 07 MONSTROUS $16.99

AVENGERS ACADEMY PREM HC SECOND SEMESTER $24.99

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #3 $3.99

AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS PREM HC VOL 03 $29.99

AVENGERS CROSSING OMNIBUS HC DEODATO DM VAR ED $99.99

AVENGERS CROSSING OMNIBUS HC SCHERBERGER CVR $99.99

AVENGERS PRIVATE WAR OF DR DOOM PREM HC $29.99

AVENGERS PRIVATE WAR OF DR DOOM PREM HC DM VAR ED 89 $29.99

AVENGERS VS X-MEN BY OPENA POSTER $8.99

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #7 $3.99

CAPTAIN AMERICA #11 $3.99

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND HAWKEYE #630 $2.99

CAPTAIN AMERICA BY ED BRUBAKER PREM HC VOL 02 $19.99

DEADPOOL #51 2ND PTG JOHNSON VAR (PP #1018) $2.99

DEADPOOL #52 2ND PTG JOHNSON VAR (PP #1018) $2.99

DEADPOOL #54 $2.99

ESSENTIAL BLACK PANTHER TP VOL 01 $19.99

HALO FALL OF REACH COVENANT TP $16.99

HULK #51 $2.99

HULK SMASH AVENGERS #2 (OF 5) $2.99

INCREDIBLE HULK BY KORMARCK POSTER $8.99

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #637 EXILED $2.99

MAGNETO NOT A HERO TP $14.99

MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS EARTHS HEROES #2 $2.99

MARVEL ZOMBIES DESTROY #1 (OF 5) $3.99

MMW AVENGERS HC VOL 12 $59.99

MMW AVENGERS HC VOL 12 DM VAR ED 179 $59.99

NEW AVENGERS #26 AVX $3.99

OZ OZMA OF OZ GN TP $19.99

POWERS PREM HC VOL 06 SELLOUTS (MR) $24.99

PUNISHER #11 $2.99

SCARLET SPIDER #5 $2.99

SILVER SURFER PARABLE PREM HC $24.99

SILVER SURFER PARABLE PREM HC DM VAR ED 91 $24.99

SPIDER-MAN IDENTITY CRISIS TP NEW PTG $24.99

SPIDER-MAN SEASON ONE PREM HC WITH DIG CDE $24.99

TAKIO #1 $3.95

THING SERPENT CROWN AFFAIR PREM HC $24.99

THING SERPENT CROWN AFFAIR PREM HC DM VAR ED 92 $24.99

ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #10 $3.99

ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #11 $3.99

ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 12 $39.99

UNCANNY X-FORCE #25 $4.99

WOLVERINE #306 $3.99

WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #10 AVX $3.99

X-MEN LEGACY #266 AVX $2.99

X-MEN MUTANT GENESIS 2.0 HC $49.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Amazing Spider-Man: Parallel Lives #1
Avengers Assemble #3
Avenging Spider-Man #7
Captain America #11
Captain America And Bucky #630
Deadpool #54
Hulk #51
Hulk Smash Avengers #2
Journey Into Mystery #637
Marvel Zombies Destroy #1
New Avengers #26
Punisher #11
Spider-Man Season One GN
Scarlet Spider #5
Ultimate Comics X-Men #11
Uncanny X-Force #25
Wolverine #306
Wolverine & The X-Men #10
X-Men: Legacy #266

IDW PUBLISHING

ANNE RICE SERVANT OF THE BONES HC $24.99

ARCHIE SUNDAYS FINEST HC $49.99

DEAD RISING ROAD TO FORTUNE TP $17.99

DOCTOR WHO CLASSICS SERIES IV #4 (OF 6) $3.99

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS FORGOTTEN REALMS #1 $3.99

FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE ALIVE #1 $3.99

GI JOE VOL 2 ONGOING #13 $3.99

MEMORIAL #5 (OF 6) $3.99

NIGHT OF 1000 WOLVES #1 (OF 3) $3.99

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES COLOR CLASSICS #1 $3.99

TRANSFORMERS IDW COLLECTION HC VOL 06 $49.99

TRIO #1 $3.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Dungeons and Dragons: Forgotten Realms #1
Frankenstein Alive Alive #1
G.I. Joe: Ongoing Vol. 2 #13
Memorial #5
Night of 1000 Wolves #1
Trio #1

IMAGE COMICS

AMERICAS GOT POWERS #1 (OF 6) VAR CVR 2ND PTG $2.99

ARTIFACTS #17 $3.99

CHOKER TP VOL 01 (MR) $16.99

FATALE #5 (MR) $3.50

FORGETLESS TP LIVE TO SEE LAST CALL NEW ED (MR) $14.99

GREEN WAKE TP VOL 02 LOST CHILDREN (MR) $14.99

INVINCIBLE #91 $2.99

MANHATTAN PROJECTS #2 VAR CVR 2ND PTG $3.50

MORNING GLORIES #18 (MR) $2.99

PRO ONE SHOT (NEW PTG) (MR) $7.99

SAGA #2 VAR CVR 2ND PTG (MR) $2.99

SECRET #1 VAR CVR 2ND PTG $3.50

SKULLKICKERS #14 $3.50

SPAWN 20TH ANNIVERSARY POSTER #2 (OF 4) $9.99

THIEF OF THIEVES #3 VAR CVR 2ND PTG $2.99

WALKING DEAD #97 (MR) $2.99

WITCHBLADE #149 VIRGINIA COMIC CON EXC $10.00

Digital Same Day As Print

Artifacts #17
Choker Vol. 1 Collected Edition
Forgetless: Live To See Last Call New Collected Edition
Green Wake Vol. 2 Lost Children Collected Edition
Hell Yeah #3
Invincible #91
Mondo #2 (of 3)
Morning Glories #18
Skullkickers #14
Thief of Thieves #4
Walking Dead #97

DARK HORSE COMICS

ALABASTER WOLVES #2 (OF 5) $3.50

BLOOD BLOCKADE BATTLEFRONT TP VOL 02 $10.99

BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #9 JEANTY VAR CVR $2.99

BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #9 NOTO CVR $2.99

DRAGON AGE II EMBROIDERED PATCH CHANTRY $4.99

DRAGON AGE II EMBROIDERED PATCH KIRKWALL $4.99

DRAGON AGE II EMBROIDERED PATCH QUANARI $4.99

DRAGON AGE II EMBROIDERED PATCH TEMPLARS $4.99

FLCL OMNIBUS GN $19.99

LOBSTER JOHNSON THE BURNING HAND #5 (OF 5) $3.50

SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN TP VOL 11 $19.99

STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC WAR #5 (OF 5) $3.50

Dynamite Entertainment

Dark Shadows #5 (Francesco Francavilla Regular Cover), $3.99
Dejah Thoris And The White Apes Of Mars #2 (Ale Garza Variant Cover), AR
Dejah Thoris And The White Apes Of Mars #2 (Brandon Peterson Regular Cover), $3.99
Dejah Thoris And The White Apes Of Mars #2 (Brandon Peterson Black & White Variant Cover), AR
Dejah Thoris And The White Apes Of Mars #2 (Ale Garza Risque Variant Cover), AR
George R.R. Martin's A Game Of Thrones The Graphic Novel Volume 1 HC (not verified by Diamond), $25.00
Lord Of The Jungle #4 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover), AR
Lord Of The Jungle #4 (Francesco Francavilla Virgin Variant Cover), AR
Lord Of The Jungle #4 (Lucio Parillo Regular Cover), $3.99
Lord Of The Jungle #4 (Lucio Parillo Virgin Variant Cover), AR
Lord Of The Jungle #4 (Paul Renaud Green Variant Cover), AR
Lord Of The Jungle #4 (Paul Renaud Regular Cover), $3.99
Patricia Briggs' Alpha And Omega Cry Wolf Volume 1 #7, $3.99
Robert Jordan's The Wheel Of Time The Eye Of The World #24, $3.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Dark Shadows #5
Dejah Thoris And The White Apes Of Mars #2
Lord Of The Jungle #4
Wheel Of Time #24

BOOM! Studios

Higher Earth #1 (Cover A Joe Benitez), $1.00
Higher Earth #1 (Cover B Phil Noto), $1.00
Higher Earth #1 (Cover C Frazier Irving), $1.00
Higher Earth #1 (Cover D Ben Oliver), $1.00
Higher Earth #1 (Cover E David Aja), AR
Higher Earth #1 (Cover F You Are Illegal On This Earth), AR
Higher Earth #1 (Cover G Joe Benitez Sketch), AR
Higher Earth #1 (Cover H Michael Golden CGC 9.8), AR
Incorruptible #29 (Cover A Garry Brown), $3.99
Incorruptible #29 (Cover B Matteo Scalera), $3.99
Space Ducks An Infinite Comic Book Of Musical Greatness HC, $19.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Fanboys vs. Zombies #2
Garfield #1
Higher Earth #1
Incorruptable #29
Rich Johnston’s Avengefuls #1
Supurbia #3

Archie Comics

Betty And Veronica Double Digest #201, $3.99
Mega Man #13 (Patrick Spaziante Regular Cover), $2.99
Mega Man #13 (Patrick Spaziante Villain Sketch Variant Cover), AR
World Of Archie Double Digest #17, $3.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Betty & Veronica Double Digest #201
Mega Man #13
World of Archie Double Digest #17

Vertigo

Digital Same Day As Print

Oni Press

Courtney Crumrin #2, $3.99
Wasteland #37, $3.99

Digital Same Day As Print

Wasteland #37
Courtney Crumrin #2

Comic List is via Previews World
Digital List is via ComiXology

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