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Two Comics That End at Beginnings This Week

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If you're here in the Panel Discussion programming block, you might be a lapsed comics reader, trying to find a way back to the JLA Satellite. Or you might someone killing time until you pick up your weekly Wednesday pull list. Or maybe you've said goodbye to dozens of longboxes to embrace the promise of digital comics. Whichever it is, you're still interested in the good stuff.

Welcome, then, to the Panel Discussion Dozen Duo, where I pick out just-released or out-soon comics that I think are worth paying attention to. Ready? Then, let's meet the sequential art that'll be draining your wallet this week. Be sure to chime in with the books you'll be picking up or that you think everybody should be ready in the comments.


The Incredible Hulk #13

I've really enjoyed Jason Aaron's ornery run on Marvel Comics' angriest superhero for the way it's reversed the character's status quo. The title's had Hulk at war with Banner, sometimes within the same body. This last storyline has seen Hulk trying to stay angry so Banner's personality doesn't reassert itself and I'm looking forward to seeing where Aaron leaves the characters' relationship for Mark Waid to follow up on.


The Shade #12

Honestly, I'm just glad this left-of-center series by James Robinson is getting its final issue out the door. Like its titular character, The Shade has been an un-superhero type of comic, filled with gothic motifs, family melodrama and a literary affectation that's made it unlike most anything else on the stands. If you're the least bit intrigued, hunt down those back issues. There's no guarantee that a book this idiosyncratic will be getting trade paperback collections.