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@@@@ Denny O’Neil back on Batman! @@@@ Shatner brings TEK WAR to Bluewater! @@@@ Previews of AMBUSH BUG! @@@@ Contest & Preview of ARCHER & ARMSTRONG! @@@@


Well, AICN COMICS: SHOOT THE MESSENGER is your weekly one stop shop for comic book news that’s dropped in the previous week. Thanks to Newsarama, CBR, Wizard, etc. for reporting it as it breaks. Click on the links for the original stories. This column cuts the crap to run down all the vital information for those of you who don’t follow it as it comes in, and serves it all up with that special ingredient of @$$y goodness. It’s also the place for interviews, previews, and special reports.

Hey folks, Stones Throw here with a batch of news for you, our Faithful Talkbackers. As shocking as a badly-printed issue of ALL STAR BATMAN! As bracing as a slightly confusing SECRET INVASION advert! It’s the SHOOT THE MESSENGER rundown of the week’s biggest headlines in comics! Keep the mouse away from that “Back” button, friends, as we start with the news:

@ Jimmy Palmiotti will pen Devil’s Due’s take on Japan’s foremost vampire slayer in VAMPIRE HUNTER D: AMERICAN WASTELAND, expected in 2009…
@ 15-page preview of Steve Niles’ CITY OF DUST at the link. Here is the link.
@ Dennis O’Neill comes out of “Resting in Peace” to write a two-issue storyline called “Last Days of Gotham” that’ll run through BATMAN and DETECTIVE COMICS in December…
@ The campaign to save Jerry Siegel’s house has been joined by TV luminaries Stephen Colbert and David Letterman, who’ve put tickets to show recordings up for auction. Official website here…
@’s Digitial Comics Unlimited (DCU for short) is starting two weekly online serials set in the movie continuity. IRON MAN: FAST FRIENDS is underway now, INCRDIBLE HULK: THE FURY FILES begins in October…
@ William Shatner’s given his name to be used by Bluewater Productions. Look for new TEKWAR, QUEST FOR TOMORROW and MAN O’ WAR comics, as well as an all-new series…
@ Beau Smith’s back with LOST AND FOUND, from IDW, featuring cowboys, dinosaurs, Nazis, Zulu warriors, pirates, cavemen, and a sea monster, all of whom never returned from places like the Bermuda Triangle, black holes, etc.
@ San Francisco readers! Mike and Laura Allred will be signing at the Neon Monster comic shop on October 4th to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their graphic novel RED ROCKET 7! Go, go, go!

And now, some previews!

Hey folks, Ambush Bug here, taking a ride on the old Spinner Rack to the Future. This week, we have a preview of issue three of AMBUSH BUG. This series continues to deliver the hilarity and irreverence that has made Ambush Bug (the comic book character, not the reviewer) a fan favorite for years and years. Check it out!

Look for AMBUSH BUG #3 in stores Wednesday!

Next up is an extra special extended preview of Valiant’s newly remastered ARCHER & ARMSTRONG Trade Paperback entitled FIRST IMPRESSIONS. This influential miniseries by Jim Shooter, Bob Layton, and Barry Windsor-Smith is considered one of the best team-up comics ever. Those of you not familiar with A&A should check this book out and then scroll down for an extra special contest! Enjoy!

And comic book history was made. I love ARCHER & ARMSTRONG. It was always one of my favorite Valiant titles. The kind folks at Valiant have offered to give out copies of this book to ten lucky Talkbackers and five autographed copies to some extra special Talkbackers. With the abundance of comic book movies out there these days, why don’t we follow suit and cast an ARCHER & ARMSTRONG movie. Who would you like to see play the drunken eternal warrior and his monk partner in crime? Email me here with your full address and your casting picks. My psychic powers are fading in my old age, so be sure to send those addresses. If you don’t send me your address, don’t expect to win. Good luck, folks.

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  • Sept. 22, 2008, 7:38 a.m. CST

    I am ....

    by duct tape wallet

    Well, you know. Only because nobody cares yet.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST


    by Brad Seltzer

    So close, and yet so far away.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 9:53 a.m. CST

    X-O Manowar was my favorite Valiant comic

    by teethgnasher

    Valiant was a great company in its day.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Sorry, but "Oops I got drunk and married a

    by Snookeroo

    ditzy blond in Vegas" humor is not exactly cutting edge, even if you add green skin and spandex. It's not even funny in a retro sort of way.<br><br>There's a reason Ambush Bug is a C-list character, and this issue just proves it.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST


    by Lord John Whorfin

    maybe if Amanda Conner drew the whole issue, then I'd buy this Ambush Bug thing. But just the cover? Forget it.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Ambush Bug...a C-Lister?

    by Err

    Don't let your jealousy of Ambush Bug cloud your judgments, my young douchebag.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Ambush Bug needs....

    by Err

    an ambush hug.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST

    My balls are tight ust thinking about Denny returning tio Batman

    by wowsah156

    I am thinking we might get another shoot on the "Prodigal Son" story line just after Knightfall, where Grayson assumes the mantle of the Bat whilst Wayne is "elsewhere". Either way Denny's two parter will be like gold dust.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Yeah. It's not RIP Batman ... it's going to be RIP Dick Grayson.

    by riskebiz

    I read that Dan Didio said he doesn't get Nightwing as a character and would like to kill off Dick Grayson. That whole storyline exists to kill Dick Grayson because Dan Didio doesn't get it. I'd rather Dan Didio get fired than Dick Grayson get killed to satisfy one person: Dan Didio. Bruce Wayne dying is a red herring ... I'd bet money that it's Dick Grayson that buys the farm.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 2:15 p.m. CST

    hmm.. hate to say it..

    by soup74

    it was nice seeing ambush bug again, but i kind of think snookeroo is right. i used to rabidly collect every ambush bug comic i could when i was a young teen. i loved it so. <br><br>actually thats probably the problem. im not a young teen anymore. so it isnt ambush bug thats's me.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 2:24 p.m. CST


    by A-COD

    I'm still busy not caring about this property from 1992. Originality is dead, who in the world is going to buy a Tekwar comic in 2008? They wonder why comics are dying, the last new good idea occured somewhere in 1989. And this is coming from someone who loves Trek and loves Shatner.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Grayson isn't getting killed.

    by Laserhead

    Absolutely not. Didio doesn't like him, but the fans love Nightwing and Didio wouldn't mandate something that stupid, having already screwed Final Crisis with his pair of year-long New Gods series. Grayson isn't dying, and neither is Batman.<p>Although, by the time it's all said and done, Batman returns as an immortal.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Archer & Armstrong

    by x-oManowar

    Great preview! I forgot just how damn good that comic is. And the coloring looks pretty. Definitely gonna to have to get it now. I agree X-O Manowar was top class but I always liked Shadowman too.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST


    by waterman4

    Valiant's Archer & Armstrong was such a fun series and a real entertaining read. City of Dust's painted look is really great.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Hey is anyone reading Freedom Formula?

    by Series7

    The first issue was awesome, but the second issue was AALLL over the place. I had no idea who was talking, who was doing what. Big let down, still gonna finish the series, but maybe they should have done a ten part because issue two just jumped like 3 plot points from frame to frame each time.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 7:31 p.m. CST


    by x-oManowar

    Hugely disappointed with Freedom Formula. I have to say its been that way with all that companys books...still like Hercules though. have a soft spot for that character, maybe thats why i like x-o manowar so much!

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Dick Grayson isn't going to die since... (spoiler?)

    by blindambition238

    he's going to be the new Bats, and Damien le neuveau robin. At least thats what a solicit for a couple months down indicates. Also, in typical scheduling fuck-ups, they sort of ruined R.I.P. ahead of time by showing in Outsiders that Bat took the Suit of Sorrows from its case. The suit made him go apeshit last time and nearly turn him into a murderer... so I'm guessing he's gonna kill someone real close to him, which prompts him to freak out and drop the cowl... until sales start to slump

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 10:05 p.m. CST

    "Oops I got drunk and married a ditzy blond in Vegas"

    by buster00

    That's not just any ditzy blond, Snookums, it's Dumb Bunny from The Inferior Five. Your knowledge of DC history is almost as lacking as your sense of humor. Ambush Bug was never meant to be an A-list character. He's the DCU's Alfred E. Neuman.

  • Sept. 22, 2008, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Dumb Bunny/buster00

    by Snookeroo

    Yeah, I know -- Dumb Bunny, Merryman, the Blimp, etc. I have the Inferior Five Showcase issue from 1966. And yes, I've been collecting DC that long. The "I got drunk and married a bimbo in Vegas" gag was old then. This issue is a none-too-disguised pandering to the fanboys.<br><br>If the issue gives you a few laughs -- cool.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST


    by Laserhead

    Everyone thinks Batman is dead, but he's not. The Bethlehem story in Batman #666 points toward Grayson taking over the mantle with Damien as Robin; then Grayson getting killed while being Batman.<p>Then Bruce returns as Batman, who everyone thought was dead, but was not as he bathed in the waters of life in Nanda Parbat during the Ressurection of Rha's Al Ghul.<p>The one thing missing from this story... Tim Drake.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 8:34 a.m. CST

    "The one thing missing from this story... Tim Drake."

    by Joenathan

    And excitement.<br><br>Don't forget excitement... because DC sure did...

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Why so serious?

    by rev_skarekroe

    It's Ambush Bug. Lighten the fuck up.<p>That said, this new series is really random as compared to some of the old stuff, even for Ambush Bug. It's like Giffen is deliberately penciling the strangest sequence of events he can think of just to challenge Fleming to make some sense out of it.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 10:15 a.m. CST

    The big question about Ambush Bug is...

    by MrSensitive

    ...will the AICN Ambush Bug be talking about his lovelife in the reviews again?

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST

    This issue of Ambush Bug

    by Snookeroo

    does have a strange sequence of events -- which has a nice Freakazoid quality to it.

  • Sept. 23, 2008, 1:06 p.m. CST

    I'm excited

    by Laserhead

    I'm way more excited by R.I.P. than Secret Invasion or Final Crisis. I read all the Morrison issues in a row recently, and it's a great fucking story.