The best day of the week just got a lot better with a new round of awesome comics arriving in stores this week. Staff members at Major Spoilers are here to help you with your comic book selection this week, with their roundup of comics they recommend.

Writer: Kurt Busiek
Artist: Brent Eric Anderson
Publisher: DC Comics/Vertigo
Cover Price: $4.99
SOLICITATION: It’s our 100th issue celebration! This 40-page extravaganza introduces Astro City’s most revered hero-the Astro-Naut! Learn his secrets! See him in action! And in the heat of World War II, see the stunning sacrifice that inspired a grateful populace to rename a city after its greatest hero. Also featuring the All-American, the Lamplighter, Zootsuit and the debut of the Gentleman, as our tour through Astro City’s history continues!

This amazing anniversary issue features two covers: one by regular cover artist Alex Ross, and the other by the great Alex Ross!

MATTHEW: The 100th issue of Astro City features our first look at the hero who named the town, and I’m totally geeked to see this story. It’s been a long time comin’…

Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Christian Duce
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: League of Shadows’ part one! The next big DETECTIVE arc explodes here as the League of Shadows goes from mysterious rumor to deadly fact! What’s their plan for Gotham City? And how will their actions affect Batman and his team?

WAYNE: This comic remains a favorite of mine issue after issue! Love what they’re doing with the Bat-guys!

Writer: Matt Owens
Artist: Juan Cabal
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: CASINO BATTLE ROYALE! Running from her tumultuous past, ELEKTRA attempts to lose herself in a vibrant sea of neon, noise and anonymity: LAS VEGAS. But how long can a former ninja assassin really hope to escape the vortex of violence that encompasses her life…especially when there’s a new player in Sin City that has her in his sights for his newest game? Enter: Arcade.

MATTHEW: If nothing else, I’m excited to see a new look for Elektra…

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
SOLICITATION: “ROGUES RELOADED” finale! In this epic conclusion, the Rogues defeat The Flash! Or so they think. To save the day, Barry Allen’s got to take down the mastermind behind the Rogues’ ultimate heist…the original Rogue; the one who always got away. That’s right, it’s The Flash vs. Captain Cold!

STEPHEN: I have never cancelled a Flash series. It has quickly surpassed every other series I’ve collected over the years, which says something about The Flash. Definitely worth picking up this issue today.

WAYNE: I’ve always enjoyed the Rogues! And this is a great story, too! Highly recommended!

Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Ron Randall
Publisher: DC Comics

Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: Not since the time of Mightor has planet Earth seen titans battle like this! The towering mechanical might of Frankenstein Jr. hurls megavoltage at the largest creature ever to stride the planet’s surface! Race Bannon fights with power no Terran has ever possessed! The Herculoids arrive from the far reaches of time and space to join the fray! And then, it all goes wrong…

WAYNE: This is the most fun I’ve had reading a comic in a long time! I’m still holding out for Future Quest II after this finishes!

Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Ivan Reis
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
SOLICITATION: Meet the Extremists-self-proclaimed saviors from another Earth, they thirst for peace, prosperity and total submission to the will of their leader, Lord Havok! How can the newly assembled JLA stop this group of misguided maniacs before the Extremists unleash their own unique-not to mention dangerous!-brand of law and order on our chaotic world?

MATTHEW: I’m actually really looking forward to this League, as the whole “Seven Biggest Heroes” blah blah blah is once again old and busted. Steve Orlando’s work always gets my attention…

Writer: Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson
Artist: Paul Grist
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
SOLICITATION: In 1944 Hellboy was conjured in a ceremony meant to give Hitler the ultimate occult weapon. Fortunately, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm was there to witness, and to guide Hellboy to become the greatest paranormal detective in the world. But Bruttenholm wasn’t the only witness to Hellboy’s arrival. A visitor was there, sent to kill the Beast that had been prophesied to kill us all. What the visitor saw, and why he stayed his hand, leads to the most mysterious Hellboy spinoff yet …

STEPHEN: I have been anxiously awaiting this series since it was first announced. It’s part of the Hellboy universe, so this will be interesting to see how this mysterious new character ties into the greater mythology of Hellboy.


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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...

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