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The shopping list 10.7.09: Planetary, Strange Tales, Batman & Robin, Astonishing X-Men, Haunt


Planetary #27

Today is new comic book day! But with so many books coming out each week, what's a comic book fan to do? Your local Examiner is here to help, with a list of the top 5 must have (or least give a look) comics hitting stands this week. What are you reading?

1. Planetary #27: Over ten years after the series' inception, Warren Ellis and John Cassaday's brilliant journey through the fictional history of the world, Planetary, comes to its conclusion with issue #27. This series stands should to shoulder with Transmetropolitan as Warren Ellis' best work, and John Cassaday's art is some of the best in the business. There's no good reason to miss out on this series.


Strange Tales #2

2. Strange Tales #2 (of 3): Strange Tales is a rare treat that fuses the usually segregated realms of indie and mainstream comics, allowing such talent as Jason, Peter Bagge, and Paul Pope to share their unique visions of Marvel's most iconic characters. Show support for this title and maybe you'll get to see more like it in the future.


Batman & Robin #5

3. Batman & Robin #5: Usually Batman & Robin is a safe bet to top the shopping list, but the departure of Frank Quitely last issue has caused it to slip a few notches. Quitely brings such incredible life to the book that you can't help but feel like Philip Tan is just phoning it in. But with Grant Morrison writing the series, and artists like Cameron Stewart and Frazer Irving waiting to take over after Tan's run, this one is still a keeper.


Astonishing X-Men

4. Astonishing X-Men #31: There were a several good reasons to abandon Astonishing X-Men during the first arc of Warren Ellis' run: a spastic shipping schedule, Simone Bianchi's claustrophobic artwork, and the writing being too much Ellis and not enough X-Men. Issue #31, however, provides several good reasons to give the book a second chance: Phil Jimenez's art, Agent Brand, and the Brood. Sounds like some serious potential.


Haunt #1

5. Haunt #1: The Image Comics all-star team of Todd McFarlane, Robert Kirkman, and Ryan Ottley debut their latest creation, Haunt, this week. Will it live up to a legacy that includes Spawn, Invincible, and The Walking Dead?