Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pick of the Week 2/29

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

Punisher by Greg Rucka (Volume 1) HC - In case you haven't had the chance to check out these solid comics, the first volume of Greg Rucka's excellent take on The Punisher is now available in a nice hardcover collection.

Other Noteworthy Releases
Batman Beyond Unlimited #1
Breathe Deeply GN
Darkness #100
GTO: The Early Years (Volume 11)
Key of Z (Volume 1) TP
Markus Fang GN
Ralph Wiggum Comics #1
Strawberry Shortcake Digest: Berry Scary Storm BN
Strawberry Shortcake Digest: Pineapple & Others GN
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Series: Donatello
Ultimate Comics: Ultimates by Jonathan Hickman (Volume 1) HC
Uncanny X-Force: The Dark Angel Saga (Book 2) HC

Monday, February 27, 2012

Manga Monday: Soulless

Soulless: The Manga (Volume 1)
Gail Carriger & Rem

I absolutely loved Soulless: The Manga!  I haven't been this excited about a manga in a while, so I'm glad that I picked it up on a whim.  Soulless is actually an OEL manga adapted from prose novels written by Gail Carriger.  But the supernatural elements and the tone make it a great fit for the manga format, and Rem does a stunning job adapting the story with very cinematic sequences and jaw-dropping illustration work.  The story is about Alexia Tarrabotti, a preternatural in a Victorian Era London populated by vampires and werewolves, as well as humans.  Preternaturals are rare, but the gift that Alexia has makes her a formidable opponent, as well as a target, as she has the ability to make a supernatural being completely human for as long as she touches them.  And while that is certainly a cool part of the story, and comes in to play quite a bit, it's really the relationship between Alexia and the sexy werewolf Lord Maccon that is the thrust of this story.  Maccon puts Alexia under his protection as monsters come after her, while trying to figure out who is stirring trouble in the supernatural community.  The story is action-packed, funny and sexy - the perfect package.  But it's really Rem that makes this gem shine.  She adapts this story perfectly, hitting the right notes, letting the story unfold slowly and bringing the characters, secondary as well as primary, to life.  People may recognize Rem's artwork from the Vampire Kisses manga, and she was actually the grand prize winner of Tokyopop's first Rising Stars of Manga competition.  She definitely proves that she's worthy of that title in this fantastic manga.  I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pick of the Week 2/22

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

Is That All There Is? HC - This is a collection of all the material from European cartoonist Joost Swarte from 1972 and on, including his material from RAW.  This first English translation of his work also comes with an introduction from none other than Chris Ware.

Other Noteworthy Releases
Afrika HC
Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives (Volume 1) HC
Explorer: The Mystery Boxes HC/SC
Goliath HC
Hector Umbra HC
Invincible Ultimate Collection (Volume 7) HC
Kolor Klimax: Nordic Comics Now GN
Mondo #1 (of 3)
My Friend Dahmer GN
Quasar Classic (Volume 1) TP
RASL #13
Thunderbolts Classics (Volume 2) TP
Too Much Coffee Man: Cutie Island TP
Wally Wood's EC Stories Artist's Edition HC
X-Men: Age of Apocalypse Omnibus HC

Monday, February 13, 2012

Pick of the Week 2/15

Manga Monday will return in two weeks (finally!), and as I'm on vacation next week in Arizona, the Pick of the Week feature will also be a little late again, posting on early Wednesday.  But until then, here is the book you should be paying attention to, in comic shops this coming Wednesday...

Glory #23 - This is another Extreme relaunch, hot on the heels of the excellent Prophet #21.  This one is from Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell.

Other Noteworthy Releases
Annihilators TP
Astonishing X-Men by Whedon & Cassaday Ultimate Coll. (Bk 1) TP
Athos In America HC
Avengers Omnibus (Volume 1) HC
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth: The Long Death #1
Captain America by Dan Jurgens (Volume 3) TP
DC Universe Presents #6
Fables Deluxe Edition (Volume 4) HC
Peter Panzerfaust #1
Road Rage #1 (of 4)
The Stand: Night Has Come HC
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man by Bendis (Volume 1) HC

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Previews HYPE!: March '12

Here are the books that caught my eye in Previews Catalogue, for books shipping to comic shops in March...

Uncanny X-Force #23 - Holy crap I have to start reading this comic!  I love Meggan and Captain Britain, and there's Widget on the cover, and Captain Britain Corps stuff - all you Excalibur fans out there, prepare to geek out with me!

Savage Dragon Ultimate Collection (Volume 1) HC - Erik Larsen's comic has really had no good reprint program associated with the title, so it's nice to see that people will finally be able to turn to a series of hardcovers to rediscover this gem.

Batman: Death by Design HC - An original graphic novel featuring the Dark Knight, written by none other than Chip Kidd! 

Avengers Assemble #1 - A new ongoing series from Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley (the original team behind Ultimate Spider-Man) featuring the Avengers roster from the movie, but in Marvel Universe continuity.

Fallen Words GN - A new manga from Yoshihiro Tatsumi is always cause for celebration.  Older Drawn & Quarterly collections from Tatsumi, like The Push Man and Other Stories are also becoming available in paperback this month!

Will Eisner's The Spirit: Artist's Edition HC - This is going to look amazing!!

Fairest #1 - Instead of mini-series spin-offs like we've seen from fan-favorite character Cinderella, Fables co-creator Bill Willingham is launching a new ongoing series that will have a rotating cast of female characters from the Fables universe, the first arc continuing events from a Fables story in which Briar Rose is taken from the castle where she lay dormant after dealing the Empire a blow.

Elektra by Greg Rucka Ultimate Collection TP - I'm a huge fan of this run on Elektra.  Fans who like Rucka's stuff now that may have missed this should check it out.

Manara Erotica (Volume 1): Click! and Other Stories HC - This is part of Dark Horses's Milo Manara Library project, featuring his more tantalizing art.

Interiorae SC - Originally published in a series of oversized comics as part of Fantagraphic's Ignatz line, this is Gabriella Giandelli's story collected.

Sammy the Mouse (Volume 1) TP - Also being collected from Fantagraphic's Ignatz line is Zak Sally's comic.

Saga #1 - Brian K. Vaughan returns with a new ongoing fantasy series from Image Comics!

Age of Apocalypse #1 - Spinning out of Uncanny X-Force, this is a new ongoing series featuring the popular alternate universe.

Nonnonba GN - The "definitive" work of Shigeru Mizuki, the manga creator behind last year's release Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight (Volume 1) HC - A nice hardcover collection of this series was definitely missing until now.

Night Force #1 - More dark supernatural stories for DC, from Marv Wolfman, who created the original Night Force.

Ultimate Spider-Man Omnibus (Volume 1) HC - An omnibus collecting forty issues of Bendis and Bagley's run on the very good superhero book Ultimate Spider-Man

Wonder Woman (Volume 1): Blood HC - And we're beginning to see collections of DC's New 52 now!  Of the first wave of books, this is the one I recommend most: Azzarello, Chiang and Akins' sharp new vision for the Amazon.

Ragemoor #1 - This horror comic looks neat, about a living castle.

Dominique Laveau: Voodoo Child #1 - Another horror comic!  I love these girl witch comics, when done right.  This one takes place in New Orleans, with voodoo queens, vamps and loup-garous.

Avengers vs. X-Men #0 - I'm not really sure why this is such a big deal, but it could be fun.

The Manhatten Projects #1 - Jonathan Hickman launches another new ongoing series, from Image Comics.

The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath & Other Stories HC - Adapting some lesser-known HP Lovecraft fantasy material, this comic is from manga expert Jason Thompson.

The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist HC - Kind of explains itself, but should look amazing.

Peyo: The Life and Work of a Marvelous Storyteller SC - Another great art book this month is this biographical import from France.

Kitchen Sink Press: The First 25 Years SC - A neat retrospective by Dave Schreiner.

Sunday Funnies Collected (Volume 1) SC - Featuring 96 full-color Sunday pages presented in their original dimensions, this book brings to life classic strips such as Gasoline Alley, Tarzan, Kin-Der-Kids, Terry and the Pirates, and more!

Next Men: Aftermath #41 - John Byrne isn't done yet!

Blue HC - This debut graphic novel from Australian creator Pat Grant looks beautiful.

Astonishing X-Men #48 - A new creative team comes on board beginning with this issue: Marjorie Liu and Mike Perkins.  And of course there's a roster shake-down as well that sees characters like Northstar and Gambit joining the team.

Atomic Robo: Real Science Adventures #1 - A new ongoing series featuring Atomic Robo!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Pick of the Week 2/8

Sorry this is being posted late, but better late than never.  Here is the book you should be paying attention to in comic shops today...

Young Romance: The Best of Simon & Kirby's Romance Comics HC - From Fantagraphics Books, this reprints twenty-one romance comics from the 40's and 50's in color, from two masters of the medium.

Other Noteworthy Releases
Conan the Barbarian #1
Fantastic Four: Season One HC
Garth Ennis' Ninjettes #1
Jinchalo GN
Kevin Keller #1
Spider-Man: The Next Chapter (Volume 2) TP
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Volume 1) TP
Thief of Thieves #1

Friday, February 03, 2012

Comics-and-More Podcast: Image Comics Debuts

Patrick Markfort and I take a look at four debut issues from Image Comics.


Part One:

Prophet #21
Brandon Graham, Simon Roy & Richard Ballermann

Part Two:

The Bulletproof Coffin: Disinterred #1 (of 6)
David Hine & Shaky Kane

Part Three:

Whispers #1
Joshua Luna

Part Four:

Fatale #1
Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips

For further reading:
The Bulletproof Coffin TP
David Hine & Shaky Kane

Girls (Volume 1): Conception TP
The Luna Brothers

Sleeper (Volume 1): Out In the Cold TP
Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips

Prophet/Cable #1-2
Rob Liefeld, Robert Napton & Mark Pajarillo