Major Spoilers Staff Picks for November 28, 2012

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Another week, another round of comics we think you should pick up.  Don’t believe us? Take the jump and see what we are most looking forward to the most this week.

BEDLAM #2
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Riley Rossmo
Publisher: Image comics
Cover price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Swing Low

ZACH: The first issue of Bedlam was outstanding. The central figure and villain of Madder Red will send chills down your spine with his undertones of Ledger’s Joker with even more terrifying qualities. Riley Rossmo’s art completes the entire reading experience. Worth the price of admission.

CHEW #30
Writer: John Layman
Artist: Rob Guillory
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
SOLICITATION: “SPACE CAKES,” Conclusion
The bonus-sized wedding issue, CHEW’s half-way point, and the issue that is gonna take EVERYBODY by surprise. Sure, it’s a terrible jumping-on point for new readers, but did we mention the FREE TRI-FOLD POSTER COVER, at no extra cost?

ROB: Is there anything more that needs to be said about this book in order to pick it up? We have some of the most entertaining stuff I’ve ever read here heaped with a fantastic amount of weird. Just give the book the purchase it deserves.

ZACH: Chew has reached it’s half way point……I’m going to go cry now.

FF #1
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Mike Allred
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
SOLICITATION: No fan can miss this jaw dropping variant featuring the all-new substitute Four, Ant-Man, She-Hulk, Medusa, and Ms. Thing! Handpicked by original members can this new team defend Earth and the Future Foundation? That’s the question Matt Fraction and Michael Allred answer as they kick off this all-new ongoing series!

GEORGE: Matt Fraction on script makes me happy, but Mike Allred on art makes me ecstatic. How can you not love his extra-cartoony pop-art style? It’s everything I love about comics. And needless to say, I am extremely intrigued to find out the story behind Miss-Thing. A long time ago, Marvel promised the Heroic Age, where things would be bright and fun, but that status quo did not last very long at all. With books like FF on the stands, I think Marvel is finally fulfilling that promise and taking a break from the gritty, grim, and boring.

ZACH: After reading the Marvel NOW! Point One issue I was already on board for this title. Now that Fraction’s Fantastic Four has arrived I’m completely giddy. Hopefully this will be another Marvel NOW! hit.

MULTIPLE WARHEADS ALPHABET TO INFINITY #2
Writer: Brandon Graham
Artist: Brandon Graham
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
SOLICITATION: Sexica and her Werewolf boyfriend run into trouble on their way to the Whaling wall while Nura keeps running into different versions of the man she was sent to kill.

GEORGE: The first issue of this series was stunning. Brandon Graham’s love of stupid puns is only outstripped by his prodigious artistic talent. His incredibly detailed, cartoony style is like nothing else on the stands, and is clearly a labor of love. Usually I am a writer-first guy, but this week, so many beautiful titles are coming out. A veritable feast for the eyes. This series is about a strange, alternate Russia where magic is real and very little makes sense – Graham is an expert at crafting enthralling settings out of surreal dream logic, and this miniseries is well worth your time.

MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #1
Writer: Katy Cook
Artist: Andy Price
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Welcome to Ponyville, home of Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, and all your other favorite Ponies! Something’s not right in the town though, as some of the inhabitants are acting very, very strange! It’s up to the Mane Six to find the source of the weirdness before it’s too late!

ROB: While some would consider me a Bronie and I am a fan of the series, I won’t be picking this up just yet. It does beg the question, “Will this be involved in the next Infestation type crossover?” That I will pick up.

R.I.P.D. CITY OF THE DAMNED #1
Writer: Jeremy Barlow
Artist: Tony Parker
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.50
SOLICITATION: Roy Pulsipher and Nick Walker are dead, but that doesn’t mean their time in law enforcement is over. Both Roy and Nick are officers in the Rest in Peace Department, sworn to serve the Almighty and protect the living from evil’s foul corruption. Their current case has them chasing a ghostly fanatic determined to undo all of creation—a threat with very personal connections to Roy’s past, stretching back a hundred years into a weird, Wild West and Roy’s first day on the job. It’s a twisted history that Nick is only starting to uncover, and one that could have him reconsidering ever joining the R.I.P.D.!
* Prequel to the upcoming feature film starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges!
Cowboys versus demons in the Wild West!
* The return of the hit series by Peter M. Lenkov (Hawaii Five-O, Demolition Man).
* Written by Jeremy Barlow (Dethklok) and drawn by Tony Parker (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?)

RODRIGO: A story that spans hundreds of years, cowboys and spooky clouds! I hereby present this lawsuit to Dark Horse comics for somehow stealing my feverish migraine dreams.

STAR WARS DAWN OF THE JEDI PRISONER OF BOGAN #1
Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Jan Duuresma
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
SOLICITATION: Banished to the dark moon Bogan, the Force Hound Xesh has been living in contemplation; the memory of who he was before his ship crashed on Tython still escapes him. A rival from his past is on his trail, and the Je’daii are doing all they can to discover his origin. And now, Xesh is about to meet someone who will change his life forever, a former great Je’daii . . . the prisoner of Bogan!
* Chronicles the origins of the Jedi!

RODRIGO: Time to check out the new star wars title. Gotta say, haven’t liked any since… Tales of the Jedi? Have they all really been so lackluster? We’ll see how this goes.

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #2
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Esad Ribic
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Throughout the ages, the gods of the Marvel Universe have been vanishing, their mortal worshippers left in chaos. NOW! the Mighty Thor follows a trail of blood that threatens to consume his past, present and future selves. The only hope for these ravaged worlds lies with the God of Thunder unraveling the gruesome mystery of the God Butcher!

GEORGE: It was a toss-up between this or Uncanny Avengers #2 as my final pick this week, but the superior art of Esad Ribic and Dean White made the difference. Thor: God of Thunder #2 was very good indeed, with some excellent narrative work by Jason Aaron. All this double-shipping has me nervous though – Marvel NOW! might drain my wallet quicker than I thought.

TRANSFORMERS: ART OF FALL OF CYBERTRON HC
Writer: Mark Bellomo
Artist: High
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Cover Price: $32.99
SOLICITATION: The curtain is raised on the biggest and best Transformers game in history! See never-before-revealed art from the genre-smashing Transformers: Fall of Cybertron! Watch as Optimus Prime, Grimlock, Bumblebee, and Shockwave grow from conceptual sketches into finished, fully-realized characters; witness the development of Cybertron into the most detailed renderings of the planet that have ever existed; learn the behind-the-scenes secrets from the visionary artists at Activision and High Moon Studios! The Art of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is a must-have for any fan of Transformers, gaming, or great art! For fans who enjoyed: ART OF THE MASS EFFECT UNIVERSE 9781595827685, THE ART AND MAKING OF STAR WARS 9780811875004, HALO: THE ART OF BUILDING WORLDS 9780857685629

RODRIGO: I love these books AND fall of cybertron had great art design. It even led to Transformers Prime, which was very enjoyable.

UNCANNY AVENGERS #2 NOW
Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: John Cassaday
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Marvel Now! continues with Cap’s newest Avengers! What are Red Skull’s new powers? Havok and Thor vs. Honest John, The Living Propaganda! Rogue and Scarlet Witch vs. Red Skull’s S-Men! Wolverine and Cap find the truth behind worldwide mutant murder!

ROB: Remender has quite the reputation and the first issue wasn’t bad, giving us some logic as to why the characters on this team are who they are. Now I’m looking forward to getting through the first arc so we can see what the team really does.