Yes, yes it is.
Today is Wednesday, generally the very best day of the week, on account of Wednesdays also being New Comic Book Days. This is the day of the week I look forward to the way some people look forward to Fridays.
But today there are—gulp!—no new comic books! Now, that's a situation I've had to deal with before, there being no new comic books on Wednesday. Holidays will account for a comic-less Wednesday, there have a been a few cases where the weather was responsible, once or twice a shipment just plain didn't come in that day for some reason. That sucks when it happens, but it generally just means comic book day is pushed back until Thursday or, at worst, Friday.
But that's not the case this week. There are new comic books this week, quite a lot of them actually, but here's the terrible, terrible thing—none of them are comic books I wanted to buy and read.
I've lamented the fact that I'm buying fewer and fewer comic books and, without even really meaning to or wanting to, transitioning from reading comic book-format comics to reading trade-format comics (due to the advent of $4 comics more than anything else). And I've worried that what that meant was eventually I'd enter into this painful transition period during which there would only be a new book or two per Wednesday until I had quit reading enough comics long enough to start reading trades on Wednesdays, but I guess I had never foreseen a week in which a Wednesday would not bring a single new comic book I wanted to spend money on to read that day in that format.
But that day has come! I've been scouring the Diamond shipping list for the last few days, but just didn't see anything prompting a trip to the shop this week.
On my regular pull-list at the shop, only Secret Six is out, but I'm skipping this arc, as regular artist Nicola Scott—a big part of why I keep reading the title—has been replaced (for at least the time being) by J. Calafiore. Maybe my library will carry the eventual trade collection of this arc and I can see what I missed then.
There are a pair of DC's back-from-the-dead Blackest Night tie-ins, but neither seem at all interesting to me, particularly now that the the Blackest Night tie-in formula has been established in other tie-ins I've read. One is Catwoman, which DC practically announced would be so completely unimportant that the creators themselves are interchangeable (Whichever team ends up doing the book, I like either one okay, but not enough to overcome my lack of interest in the premise or characters, or my desire to have $2.99 to spend on other things).
The other book is Power of Shazam, which isn't by Power of Shazam creator Jerry Ordaway, but by writer Eric Wallace (whose name I can't place) and artists Don Kramer and Michael Babinski. I like Captain Marvel fine, but this one will actually star Black Lantern Osiris, and the "Shazam" franchise remains in disarray. Osiris' family of Black Adam and Isis are currently petrified statues, Billy and Mary Batson have been de-powered and the only Marvel is the post-Whatever Judd Winick Did Captain Marvael Jr., now going by Shazam I think...? (The solicit calls him "the new Captain Marvel" though, so who knows).
The J. Bone-drawn cover of this week's Super Friends looks pretty darling, with the various 'Friends all wearing cute little personalized astronaut suits, but Bone just provides the covers for this series, and I've found what lies beneath them tend to be pretty hit or miss.
Dark Horse has one of their easily-accessible, taste test style done-in-one "one-shot wonders" books out this week, Conan The Cimmerian: Weight of The Crown. It's written and drawn by Darrick Robertson and looks pretty nice, and I'd almost certainly buy it if I were in the shop anyway this week, but there's a same-ness to Conan comics that I generally find enjoyable, but not exactly something I'd make a special trip just to get a single issue's worth of, you know?
The Hero Initiative's Ed Hannigan: Covered book looks like it might be an interesting read (and certainly for a good cause), even if Hannigan's work was before my time, but, again, it's something to pick up while I'm already in the shop, not something that motivates me to drive there.
There are also new issues of Age of Reptiles: The Journey, Adventure Comics (Krypto! A dinosaur!), Black Panther 2 (Doom! Namor!), The Marvels Project, Invincible Iron Man, Spider-Man and the Secret Wars, Marvel Adventures Super Heroes, The Anchor and The Muppet Show Comic Book, but those are all things I've decided to read in trade for one reason or another ($4 price tags, preferring the format as applied to those particular stories, whatever).
Doc Savage: The Silver Pyramid, Calamity Jack, Olympians Vol. 1 and (especially) Torpedo Vol. 1 all look like they'll be worth a read, but those are collections and graphic novels rather than comics, and are thus a whole different sort of financial formulation for me—I tend not to buy such things on the Wednesday of release unless it's something I can't wait for and I happen to be flush with cash that week.
And that, that's the whole week. That's it. That's everything that's coming out. There is nothing for Caleb. No one published any comics specifically for me to buy this week.
Well, at least I just got this in the mail...