Dave: Mighty Avengers (Volume 1): The Ultron Initiative Premiere HC - I have to say that I’m enjoying the new Avengers book from Brian Bendis and Frank Cho. I love Ms. Marvel in charge (well, in charge for the most part) and the cast of characters included in Iron Man’s team: Black Widow, Ares, Wasp and others.
Dave: It Ate Billy On Christmas - This looks like a cute all ages book just in time for the holidays, written by Lenore’s Roman Dirge and painted by Steven Daily.
Dave: Manhunter (Volume 4): Unleashed TP - I believe this fourth trade of the fan-favorite Manhunter series collects the last of the issues (through the trial of Wonder Woman) that have been published so far, in time for the book to start up again in the near future.
Pride of Baghdad SC - And the beautifully-illustrated Vertigo book from Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon finally gets a soft cover edition.
Patrick: The Next Issue Project #1: Fantastic Comics #24 - This is the first in a series of comic books continuing the adventures of real, forgotten golden age superheroes, in new stories by modern cartoonists. Erik Larsen, Joe Casey, Fred Hembeck, Ashley Wood, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mike Allred, Howard Chaykin, and others all contribute to this first sixty-four page issue. Sounds like it could be a lot of fun.
Casanova (Volume 1): Luxura TP - If, like me, you have yet to check out this acclaimed series from Matt Fraction and Gabriel Ba, this affordable soft cover, collecting the first seven issues, sounds like a great opportunity to get caught up.
Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics:
Patrick: Gargoyles (Volume 1): Clan Building TP - The first six issues of creator Greg Weisman’s comic book continuation of his cult hit television series are collected here. The second issue of the spin-off, Gargoyles: Bad Guys, is available this month as well.
Archaia Studios Press:
Dave: The Long Count #1 (of 6) - Another new mini-series from Archaia, this one from Jason L. Blair and Leanne Buckley. Nice art. I'm not sure what it's about really, but like I always say, if it's by Archaia, it's worth a look.
Robotika: For a Few Rubles More #1 (of 4) - The sequel to Alex Sheikman’s amazing mini-series!
Drawn & Quarterly:
Patrick: Crickets #2 - The first issue of Sammy Harkham’s new series was my favorite single issue of a comic book last year. Harkham is one of the most talented cartoonists currently working, and this new series is a terrific showcase for his talents. Please ask your retailer to order you a copy of this book and see for yourself.
Dave: Adventures In Oz TP (2nd Printing) - The second printing of an amazing book. My favorite book published last year. You have to check this out!
Dave: Black Hole Collected SC - Also in time for the holidays is the soft cover edition of Charles Burns’ masterpiece!
Dave: Nana (Volume 8) GN - Very exciting! Nana is now venturing into new territory that hasn’t yet been serialized in Shojo Beat…
Sand Chronicles (Volume 1) GN - I’m really enjoying this manga by Hinako Ashihara in Shojo Beat. It’s definitely worth checking out.