This week <i>Hercules</i> falls, <i>Voodoo</i> ends and Shiga lets you choose your own adventure

Welcome once again to Can't Wait for Wednesday, our weekly look at what you can expect to find in your local comic shop tomorrow. To see what Kevin, Chris and I have to say about this week's comics, read on ...

Kevin Melrose's pick of the week: Captain America #603

Given all the controversy surrounding the previous issue, is it safe to presume there will be a run on Part 2 of "Two Americas" as political pundits and members of right-leaning message boards search for hidden messages and perceived slights? Perhaps instead of those they'll simply find the kind of engaging, complex and slow-burning story for which Ed Brubaker & Co. -- in this case, artist Luke Ross -- have become known in the past five years on Captain America. (Marvel)

Chris Mautner's pick of the week: King Aroo Vol. 1

My only exposure to Jack Kent's whimsical strip about a laid-back king and his odd assortment of subjects was in the Smithsonian book of comic strips that Bill Blackbeard edited way back when. The little I read certainly charmed me, and what little I read about it certainly made it seem like on of those "great lost" strips that everyone would love if they only had the chance, but that chances are it would never get collected. What an age we live in now. Here's hoping we see a lot more volumes to come, and soon. (IDW Publishing)

JK Parkin's pick of the week: Ignition City trade paperback

Actually you have you choice of three different versions of this collection this week -- a signed and numbered hardcover, a regular hardcover and a trade paperback. But whichever you chose, it's definitely worth picking up, not only because it's one of the best Warren Ellis books in recent years, but the artwork by Gianluca Pagliarani is absolutely gorgeous.

This is an alternate history, gritty Buck Rogers-esque tale set after the fall of the space heroes; Earth has given up on outer space, our heroes have been grounded and are living on a lawless island near the equator. There's a mystery, a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle references to other space heroes and a female lead at the center of it all. It's definitely worth checking out if you're into science fiction, pulp heroes, alternate histories, Deadwood or Ellis' other works. (Avatar)

Devil #1 (of 4)

Kevin: Manga artist Torajiro Kishi and anime company Madhouse Studios team up for a Western-style sci-fi thriller about a virus that turns a normal person into a superhuman bloodsucker -- the "Devil" of the comic's title -- and the special police unit devoted to stopping a new strain of the agent. You can read Shaun Manning's interview with Kishi at Comic Book Resources. (Dark Horse)

DC Universe: Origins

Kevin: DC collects those condensed origin stories -- most were two or three pages, if I recall -- that appeared in 52 and Countdown to Final Crisis and online. At 144 pages, it'll tide you over until the new Who's Who debuts. (DC Comics)

Joe the Barbarian #2

JK: The first issue of Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy's new Vertigo series set things up perfectly for our young hero, and I'm looking forward to seeing where he goes ... even if it is just across his house again. (DC/Vertigo)

The Starman Omnibus, Vol. 4 hardcover

Kevin: This volume, in particular, is a good one as it not only collects eight issues of the well-regarded '90s series by James Robinson and Tony Harris, but also the crossover with The Power of Shazam, Starman 80-Page Giant #1, Starman: The Mist #1 and the Mike Mignola-drawn Batman/Hellboy/Starman miniseries. (DC Comics)

Tiny Titans #25

Kevin: It's the return of Superboy -- co-written by Geoff Johns! (DC Comics)

Perhapanauts: Molly's Story

Kevin: Writer Scott Weinstein and artist Jason Copland join Perhapanauts co-creator Todd Dezago for this one-shot telling the origin of Bedlam's resident ghost, Molly MacAllister. (Image Comics)

Daredevil #505

JK: As much as I've been enjoying Andy Diggle's take on Daredevil leading The Hand, I'm mostly mentioning this issue because I wanted to show off Paolo Rivera's stellar cover. He posted a breakdown of the creation process on his blog last November, which you can check out here. The inside of the book has been a lot of fun, too. (Marvel)

Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural #5

JK: And with that, Marvel's new master of the mystic arts wraps up his first storyline and his short-lived series. Too bad; I never felt like I really got the chance to know him. (Marvel)

The Incredible Hercules #141

Kevin: With this, the finale of the "Assault on New Olympus" storyline, the series comes to an end. Sort of. You see, The Incredible Hercules is followed in March (if only briefly) by Hercules: Fall of an Avenger which, in turn, is followed in May by Prince of Power, in which Amadeus Cho picks up Hercules' mace. (Marvel)

Kick-Ass Premiere Hardcover

Kevin: On the heels of the final issue of the Mark Millar-John Romita Jr. series, Marvel releases a premiere hardcover edition collecting all eight issues -- at about the same price it would have cost you to buy them individually. (Marvel/Icon)

Almost Silent

Chris: This rather deluxe hardcover collects four previously out-of-print stories by the Norwegian artist Jason -- the mostly gag-filled Meow Baby and the more serious Tell Me Something, You Can't Get There From Here and The Living and the Dead. That last one by the way is a zombie epic and not an adaptation of the novel by Australian author Patrick White. Just in case you were wondering. Anyway, as the title suggests these are mostly wordless stories, apart from the occasional word balloon. They're also all very good and if you haven't had a chance to encounter Jason's work yet this is a fine place to do so. (Fantagraphics)

Bokurano Ours Vol. 1

Chris: Another new series from Viz's Ikki/Signaure line. This one's about a group of kids who discover a cool new video game, pitting giant robots against alien hordes, that may have disastrous consequences in the real world. (Viz)

Meanwhile: Pick Any Path. 3,856 Story Possibilities.

Chris: When Jason Shiga first attempted this choose-your-own-adventure story back in 1999 it was a Xeric-winning mini comic. Now it's a full-fledged, fancy-shmancy children's book, where its grand formulist play appeals to the elementary school set, who no doubt can best appreciate it. If King Aroo wasn't out, this would probably have been my pick of the week. (Amulet)

20th Century Boys Vol. 7

Chris: This and Pluto have been some of the most acclaimed manga released in the past year. But I wonder if that translates into sales? Usually the stuff that's being talked about on the Internet in glowing terms isn't necessarily what's selling. Are these books successful for Viz and will it mean the release of more Urasawa in the coming years? Just musing. (Viz)

Check out Diamond's website for a list of everything hitting comic shops this week, then let us know what you're getting in the comments section.

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