Jun 092012
 

Brian Wood may not be a household name, as far as comic writers are concerned, but he should be. Having stuck primarily to non-superhero fair for the last eight years or so, Wood has built up a reputation for strong, varied Indy comic stories, most notably with his series of DC Vertigo, DMZ. Well, now that Wood has finished that epic maxi-series, he’s moved on to Marvel and, more importantly for this post, Dark Horse. The Massive is his first series published by the company, set in a world on life support, slowly slipping into environmental waste, the book follows the crew of a battleship searching for one of its sunken brothers. Wood writes post-apocalypse stories better than most, having years of experience on DMZ, Supermarket, and others, so The Massive is guaranteed to be a riveting read.

Making the meat of this Comic Highlights sandwhich are two pretty statue-esque figures.

One of which is actually a statue. And it’s the statue that can kick all other statues’ butts.

Because it’s Batman. By Jim Lee. In his New 52 costume. In black and white.

Which all adds up to it looking really, really, really awesome.

Take a look.

The, let’s say, roast beef of this nerd sandwich happens to be the other major remaining comic movie character of the summer, Spider-Man.

Preceding the new Amazing Spider-Man film, this action figure presents Peter in his freshly redesigned costume from the upcoming reboot.

And an air conditioner. To keep him cool, I’m assuming.

Speaking of Spider-Man and his various representations, Marvel is dropping the epic hammer that is Spider-Men this week. Haven’t hear of it? Well, here’s the details. In current Marvel continuity there exists two different Spider-Men, one in the regular universe (Peter Parker) and one in the Ultimate universe (Miles Morales). These two universes have never crossed over since the inception of the Ultimate universe in the early 2000′s. But that finally changes with this Wednesday’s Spider-Men. Written by Brian Michael Bendis (the only guy to ever write the Ultimate version of Spider-Man) and drawn by his recent (and excellent) collaborator on the series, Sara Pichelli, this is event is sure to be a landmark series and major event for both universes.

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