Order Up! Comic Journeyman’s Picks for the Week of 11/7!

DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Mike Richardson (A/CA) Stan Sakai
Among the best-known tales in Japanese history, the legend of the 47 Ronin and their epic mission to avenge their disgraced master epitomizes the samurai code of honor. It has been said, “To know the story of the 47 Ronin is to know Japan.” Retold through the ages, the legend at last comes to comics in a meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated miniseries from Mike Richardson, Stan Sakai, and editorial consultant Kazuo Koike! Recounting this sweeping tale of honor and violence in all its grandeur, chapter one details the tragic incident that would seal the fate of Lord Asano and set forty-seven of his vassals on a years-long path of vengeance!
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT
(W) Ryan North (A) Shelli Paroline & Various (CA) Chris Houghton
It’s ADVENTURE TIME! Join Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, and Princess Bubblegum for all-new adventures through The Land of Ooo. The top-rated Cartoon Network show now has its own comic book! Don’t miss the first collected volume of this critically acclaimed “all-ages classic” that has fans and critics alike calling it “the best new comic of 2012″!
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS
(W/A/CA) Chris Wright
One part Melville, one part Peckinpah, Blacklung is a sweeping and visually startling tale of a man determined to commit as many acts of evil as possible in order to ensure reuniting with his dead wife in hell. It is a story of violence, amorality, fortitude, and redemption and is unquestionably one of the most impressive graphic novel debuts in recent years.
DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Paul Tobin (A/CA) Juan Ferreyra
Declan Thomas’s body temperature is dropping. He never gets sick, never feels pain. An ex-inmate of an insane asylum that was destroyed in a fire, he has the strange ability to step inside a person’s madness and sometimes cure it. He hopes to one day cure his own, but time is running out, because when his temperature reaches zero . . . it’s over.
DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Steve Niles (A) Christopher Mitten (CA) Michelle Madsen, Fiona Staples
After Cal McDonald’s recent resurrection into the world of monsters, he’s back to his old game: solving crimes involving creatures that go bump in the night. After a political candidate is mysteriously decapitated on live TV, Cal teams up with his ghoulish sidekick Mo’Lock and an LAPD detective to find out who the culprit is . . . and if it’s connected to the brewing war of darkness.
BOOM ENTERTAINMENT
(W) Ian Brill (A) Josh Covey (CA) Phil Noto & Various

Val and Cassie are two women trying to make it in L.A…who just happened to grow up in a Kung Fu Orphanage, and now make their way in an ultra-competitive world of bounty hunting . They’ve watched each others’ backs since they could stand, and those bonds are tested daily as they navigate a city where loyalty usually only runs as deep as one’s bank account. Val and Cassie take the most dangerous jobs, and watch as others bask in the glory. But now, as their former mentor becomes L.A.’s most wanted fugitive, Val and Cassie will fight through L.A.’s glitziest and grimiest hoods  as they learn just what sacrifices are necessary to make Hollywood dreams come true.

Rising star scribe Ian Brill (DARKWING DUCK) and red-hot newcomer Joshua Covey team up for this raucous series full of wild nights, beautiful dreamers, and knock-down brawls in between trips to the newest food trucks.

DC COMICS
(W) Denise Mina (A) Leonardo Manco, Andrea Mutti (CA) Lee Bermajo
DC Entertainment is pleased to present the official graphic novel adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy,” brought to life by best-selling mystery novelist Denise Mina and illustrated by Leonardo Manco and Andrea Mutti, with a spectacular cover by Lee Bermejo.
Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families, disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of unfathomable iniquity and corruption in this extraordinary adaptation of the international publishing phenomenon.
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Greg Land
Tony Stark-Iron Man: Technological visionary, wealthy playboy, unparalleled engineer, and armored Avenger. His greatest invention becomes his greatest mistake. Iron Man must act fast…and Tony Stark must build faster! The lethal techno virus Extremis is out in the wild and out for grabs to the highest bidder! It’s up to Tony Stark to contain it and that means creating a new suit of armor…NOW!
 
DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Jan Strnad (A/CA) Richard Corben
From the creators of Mutant World!
Ragemoor! A living castle, nurtured on pagan blood, harborer to deadly monsters! A fortress possessed of its own will and ability to change itself, with the power to add and destroy rooms and to grow without the help from any human hand. Its servants aren’t human, it’s origins Lovecraftian, and its keeper must fend off the castle walls from the terrible race of worm men! Collects the four-issue miniseries.