Cheat Sheet | From 'Larfleeze' to 'Lazarus' to Wizard World NYC

Welcome to “Cheat Sheet,” ROBOT 6′s guide to the week ahead. Between a release party at Bergen Street Comics for the collections of Change and Strange Attractors and (deep breath) Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience, New York City appears to be the place for comics events this week.

But before you start packing your bags, there's a healthy list of new releases arriving in stores Wednesday, ranging from the aforementioned Change, by Ales Kot and Morgan Jeske, to the debut of Lazarus, which reunites Greg Rucka and Michael Lark. But that barely scratches the surface.

'Change' and 'Strange Attractors' release party and Wizard World NYC Experience

Bergen Street Comics in Brooklyn plays host Wednesday evening to a release party for the collections of Change and Strange Attractors, featuring their respective writers Ales Kot and Charles Soule. The event, which begins at 7 p.m., will include a book signing and discussion, accompanied by drinks. Bergen Street Comics is located at 470 Bergen St., Brooklyn.

It was much simpler when each of the Wizard World stable of shows was simply called "Wizard World" followed by the name of the city. But each year, the titles seem to get a little longer, so that we're left with events like Wizard World Comic Con NYC Experience, which is either a laser light show or another way to say Wizard World New York.

Whatever they, and you, choose to call it, the three-day convention -- it's held Friday through Sunday at Pier 36 in New York City -- is still what you've come to expect from the Wizard World brand, namely a mix of comics and media guests (though significantly heavier on the latter than the former).

On the comics front, it features the likes of Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Mike Zeck, Carlos Pacheco, Humberto Ramos, Neal Adams, Greg Pak, Michael Golden, Rich Buckler, J.G. Jones and Greg Horn. Television and movie guests include Patrick Stewart, Norman Reedus, Ralph Macchio, Whil Wheaton, Parm Grier, James Marsters, Laurie Holden, Michael Rooker, Anthony Michael Hall, Henry Winkler, Dennis O'Hare and Chandler Riggs.

ROBOT 6 contributors name their top choices from among the comic books, and comics-related books, scheduled to arrive in stores this week. We welcome readers to highlight their picks in the comments below.

Age of Ultron #10 A.I.

After being disappointed in the great black-bagged ending of Age of Ultron #10, I'm hoping that Age of Ultron #10 A.I. will be the conclusion I so crave. Why did the Age of Ultron happen? What were we supposed to learn? What's next for Hank Pym, the deus ex machina of the whole affair? If anyone's going to bring me some closure and character development to this event, it's going to be Mark Waid, and while this will mostly focus on our reluctant hero and (sigh) another redemptive arc to wash at his sins, at least it will be something to hang on to. -- Carla Hoffman

Atomic Robo and the Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur #1

Even though the concept of a supervillainous dromaeosaur is inarguably awesome, Dr. Dinosaur has never been the main adversary in an official Atomic Robo miniseries. Instead, he's made a series of appearances in Free Comic Book Day one-shots and a back-up story or two. That's all about to change with this newest story that will finally settle whether the Thinking Theropod is threat enough to keep Robo & Co. hopping for five issues. Though based on the previous work of Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener, I'm 100 percent confident we already know the answer to that. -- Michael May

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 #1

This week kicks off a new series of anthology comics set in the world of David Petersen’s Mouse Guard. It’s a chance to enjoy Petersen’s beautiful art (in the framing tale) and several other creative talents in a series of short, self-contained stories that can be read without any knowledge of the larger series. Contributors to this first issue include Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Ben Caldwell (The Dare Detectives), and Nick Tapalansky and Alex Eckman-Lawn (The Awakening). There is quite a bit of variation in both the art and the tone of the stories; you can see samples on the catalog page. This looks like a promising follow-up to the first Legends of the Guard, which won an Eisner Award for best anthology. -- Brigid Alverson

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