Showing posts from November, 2010

Pick of the Week 12/2

It's already December in a few days!  Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, books will be in stores on Thursday this week.  Here's the book you should be paying attention to...

Tezuka's Ayako GN - I know pretty much nothing about this new graphic novel being reprinted by Vertical, but it's Osamu Tezuka, so it's bound to be pretty awesome.

Other Noteworthy Releases
Achewood (Volume 3): Home For Scared People HC
Brightest Day (Volume 1) HC
Chaos War: God Squad #1
Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers #1
Creepy Archives (Volume 8) HC
Fables (Volume 14): Witches TP
Heroes For Hire #1
Lady Death #0
Marineman #1
Sky Doll: Space Ship HC
Wolverine: Best There Is #1

Bat Books

Over the weekend, I had a chance to read a couple of books from DC's Batman universe: Knight and Squire and Batwoman.

Knight and Squire #1-2
Paul Cornell & Jimmy Broxton

Spinning out from their recent appearance in Grant Morrion's Batman and Robin are their England counterparts Knight and Squire, written by fan-favorite writer Paul Cornell.  Having had previous experience writing British superheroes on Marvel's Captain Britain and MI-13, Knight and Squire is certainly a suitable first job for Cornell now that he's DC-exclusive.  Cornell hits the ground running in the first issue of the six-issue mini-series, introducing character after character in an enchanted pub where heroes and villains can hang out together without worry of injury, that is until someone finds a way around the magical system.  Included in the rowdy bunch are some odd characters, including a British counterpart to America's Joker, although England's version is a hero.  I won't lie and s…

Picture This HC

Lynda Barry

Lynda Barry's follow-up to her book dedicated to the creative process, What It Is, focuses more on art than creation in general.  There are still some things in here for writers to use to get their creative juices flowing, but it's mostly for those who draw or paint, offering advice on how to prevent "writer's block," and keep being creative, with some inspiring words of wisdom and fun exercises.  Introduced in this book is The Near-Sighted Monkey, a kind of mascot for the book, but of course characters like Marlys are featured heavily throughout as well.  Lynda Barry once again does a great job of being able to identify and articulate what it is that gets in her way of being creative, and offers solutions to get past it.  Along with doodling and drawing for drawing's sake, there are exercises in coloring, tracing and some more crafty stuff to keep people inspired with art lessons.

As more of a writer than an artist, I found that the focus shifting…

Pick of the Week 11/24

Here is the book you should be paying attention to, in comic shops tomorrow!

Miss Don't Touch Me (Volume 2) GN - I loved the first Miss Don't Touch Me from French creators Hubert and Kerascoet, so I'm very much looking forward to the continuing adventures of Blanche in this follow-up.

Other Noteworthy Releases
The Acme Novelty Library (Volume 20) HC
Archie: The Best of Stan Goldberg (Volume 1) HC
Astonishing Thor #1 (of 5)
Batwoman #0
Boy Commandos by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby HC
Chew (Volume 3): Just Desserts TP
Firebreather (Volume 3) #1 (of 4)
Green Lantern Omnibus (Volume 1) HC
Salimba GN
Sasameke (Volume 1)
Special Exits HC
The Sword Complete Collection Deluxe HC
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man (Volume 2): Chameleons HC
Vampirella #1
War Is Borings GN
The Weird World of Eerie Publications HC

Arisa (Volume 1)

Natsumi Ando

I was a little late for Manga Monday this week, but still wanted to talk about this manga that seems to be on a lot of people's radar right now.  Arisa is a new book being published by Del Rey, from Natsumi Ando, the creator of the excellent Kitchen Princess.  I enjoyed Ando's earlier series quite a bit, so I'm happy to see Arisa getting noticed, especially since it is also shaping up to be a well-executed book.  The story follows Tsubasa, a girl with only guy friends because she has a temper and scares her female classmates away.  She's never been the popular one, the one surrounded by people - that honor has gone to her twin sister Arisa, who goes to another school.  Arisa seems to have the perfect life, as Tsubasa sees first-hand as she takes Arisa up on her offer to go to her school in a wig to take her place for a day.  She's class representative, has a hot boyfriend, and everyone seems to love her, as she's always surrounded by adoring boys an…

Batman Incorporated #1

Grant Morrison & Yanick Paquette

Grant Morrison's highly-anticipated new Batman series begins with a bang as he brings Jiro Kuwata's Lord Death Man to American comics (see the character's debut from the original Japanese comics in the Chip Kidd-edited Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan.)  In this new series, Morrison has Batman travel abroad to establish a Batman presence in different areas of the world, beginning with Japan, where he hopes to recruit and train Mr. Unknown in the way of the bat.  Catwoman is along for the ride, as he needs Selina's expertise in cat burglary to help him break into a vault.  Unfortunately for him, things don't go as planned when it comes to his new recruit, and Lord Death Man makes his ghoulish presence known.  I love the concept of the series, and Paquette draws a mean Batman book, with great action scenes, and he brings Morrison's pretty gruesome opening scene to life, setting the tone for the book.  There'…

Pick of the Week 11/17

Holy crap it's a big week for comics this week!  A lot of high profile graphic novels come out from David B., Joann Sfar, Linda Medley, Chip Kidd, and Tony Millionarie, among others (not to mention Grant Morrison's new Batman title)!  It was hard to pick one out of the bunch, but with the holidays coming upon us...

The Great Treasury of Christmas Comic Book Stories HC - Craig Yoe edits this collection of classic Christmas comics from the Golden Age, including stories by Walt Kelly, John Stanley and Dan Noonan.  Pre-order it from Barnes & Noble right now, and you can get it for over 30% off ($23.61 instead of $34.99).  Christmas will be here before you know it, and what better way to lead up to it?

Other Noteworthy Releases
75 Years of DC Comics HC
Batman: The Return #1
Batman Incorporated #1
Best American Comics 2010 HC
Captain America 1940s Daily Newspaper Strip TP
Castle Waiting (Volume 2) HC
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Volume 5) HC
Ex Machina Deluxe Edition (Volume 4) HC
Fables Deluxe E…

The Acme Novelty Library (Volume 20) HC

Chris Ware

An impeccable design with thoughtfully-arranged panels and art, and complex characters, are pretty much guarantees when it comes to the work of Chris Ware, and are present in the latest volume of The Acme Novelty Library.  Continuing the epic Rusty Brown story, Ware gets sidetracked and delves into the life of Jordan Lint, a secondary character who bullied Rusty Brown in school in previous volumes, telling his life from birth to death.  I rather enjoyed watching Lint grow up, from the clever illustrations of his early memories, to his troubled childhood, to his latter years, where he reflects back on things we've seen earlier.  The reflecting back on things was the most riveting part of his story for me, as you see him make connections, and regret actions he took.  Lint is pretty much an asshole, but seeing him in his pathetic and cringe-worthy moments, it's hard not to sympathize, and you really get to see this one-note character from the previous Acme Novelty Libra…

Pick of the Week 11/10

Here is the book you should be paying attention to, in comic shops Wednesday...

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (Volume 1) HC - This new translation of Jacques Tardi material from Fantagraphics is an action-comedy featuring mysterious circumstances that occur in pre-World War I Paris.

Other Noteworthy Releases
Angel: Ilyria #1 (of 4)
Archie Firsts (Volume 1) HC
Atomic Robo: The Deadly Art of Science #1 (of 5)
The Awakening (Volume 2) HC
Darkstar and The Winter Guard TP
Darkwing Duck (Volume 1): The Duck Knight Returns TP
Eerie Archives (Volume 5) HC
Forgetless TP
God Machine HC
Grandville: Mon Amour HC
Icons: The DC Comics & Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee HC
Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard HC
The Smurfs (Volume 3): The Smurf King GN
Superman vs. Muhammad Ali HC
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1
Ultimatum HC
Victorian Undead II: Holmes vs. Dracula #1 (of 5)

Manga Monday: Kuro Zakuro

Kuro Zakuro (Volume 1)
Yoshinori Natsume

Kuro Zakuro is a new series from Viz that introduces readers to high schooler Mikito Sakurai, a boy who's always thinking of those around him, but is always on the radar of bullies.  When his best friend gets disgusted with him when he doesn't stand up for himself yet again, Mikito gets what he needs to turn his life around, just not in the way he expected.  While sleeping, Mikito swallows a demon seed and has a dream featuring a creepy sharp-toothed kid that grants him his wish to be able to stand up for himself.  When he wakes up, he finds that he's super-strong and has perfect vision, and when bullies come for him again, he fights back, amazed at how easily he defeats his adversaries.  While this should be good news, Mikito finds himself having strange cravings, and in time, sees the people around him as meat.  Then he meets a demon who recognizes him as one of his kind, and has an encounter with a demon-hunter who tries to kill hi…

Previews HYPE: January '11

Wading through the phonebook that is Previews Catalogue so you don't have to... Here are twenty choice books that you may have overlooked or that I'm just plain excited about, shipping to comic shops in January!

Love From the Shadows HC - A new original graphic novel from Gilbert Hernandez is always cause for celebration.  More Fritz B-movie goodness.

Pepper Penwell and the Land Creature of Monster Lake GN - This looks cute - a spunky teenage detective on the case in a comedy adventure.

Cursed Pirate Girl (Volume 1) TP - This has been solicited so many times, I hate to get my hopes up, but I loved Jeremy Bastian's contribution to Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard and it's renewed my interest in reading this series from him.

Book of Lilah GN - Someone is after the Keepers, who protect the world's knowledge and its progress, and only one girl stands in their way.

The Finder Library (Volume 1) TP - This is the first of two volumes collecting the acclaimed science fiction …

Pick of the Week 11/3

Sorry, no Manga Monday this week, as I was too busy with horror movies leading up to Halloween to do any posting, let alone reading.  You'll see a new manga review next week however.  It's a big week for comic releases, but here is the book you should be paying attention to in comic shops this Wednesday...

Xenozoic: The Complete Collection TP - This collects the complete run of Mark Schultz' post-apocalyptic Xenozoic Tales, that many will recognize as Cadillacs and Dinosaurs.  Beautifully illustrated and action-packed comics.

Other Noteworthy Releases
Absolute All-Star Superman HC
Art of Jim Starlin: Life In Words & Pictures HC
Bartimaeus (Book 1): The Amulet of Samarkand GN
Batman and Robin (Volume 2): Batman vs. Robin HC
Bent HC
Classic Jurassic Park (Volume 1) TP
Coffin: 10th Anniversary Edition HC
Days Missing: Kestus #1 (of 5)
Denys Wortman's New York TP
Generation Hope #1
The Good Neighbors (Volume 3): Kind HC
How To Understand Israel In 60 Days or Less HC
Little Lulu (Volu…