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Pick of the Week 5/30

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Wonder Woman (Volume 1): Blood HC - One of the best things to come out of DC's New 52 is this fantastic run on Wonder Woman, who has rarely been written well in the past.  Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang find the perfect balance of superheroic action and bloody mythology for Diana in this first collection of their run.

Other Noteworthy Releases
Baltimore (Volume 2): The Curse Bells HC
Batman: Death By Design HC
Channel Zero: The Complete Collection TP
Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse HC
Empowered (Volume 7) TP
Fables Deluxe Edition (Volume 5) HC
The Graphic Cannon (Volume 1): From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons TP
Green Arrow (Volume 1): The Midas Touch TP
Grim Leaper #1 (of 4)
Kick-Ass 2 HC
Monsieur Jean: The Singles Theory HC
The Moon Moth GN
Peyo: The Life & Work of a Marvellous Storyteller SC
Ravagers #1
Starman Omnibus (Volume 1) TP
Superman Family Adventures #1
Until Death Do Us Part (Vo…

Manga Monday: Linking

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For this week's Manga Monday, I wanted to point you toward a youtube video of Patrick Markfort talking about 20th Century Boys, and creator Naoki Urasawa in general.  Patrick Markfort is the co-host of the Comics-and-More Podcast, and he has begun posting his own videos pretty frequently.  It's good stuff, so check it out!

Justice League Dark #9

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Jeff Lemire & Mikel Janin

I wasn't a fan of the original launch of DC's New 52 title Justice League Dark, written by Peter Mulligan, but I like the idea of this book, so with Jeff Lemire coming on board as writer, and him writing some excellent books for DC, like Animal Man and Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E., I thought I would check out what he planned to do to steer this title into new territory.  Mikel Janis is still on art, but while his panels were a little unfocused and hard to follow in his initial issue, he does a good job of making the action flow better in this new incarnation of the team.  His art style is well-suited for the book and I hope he continues to grow with the title.  Jeff Lemire's new team consists of John Contantine, Deadman, Zatanna, the vampire Andrew Bennett, and the shapeshifter Black Orchid.  For all intents and purposes, this is like a new book.  There are a few references to Mulligan's initial run, but the introduction of the new cha…

Pick of the Week 5/23

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


Makeshift Miracle (Book One): Girl From Nowhere HC - This new full-color graphic novel from UDON makes its way from webcomic to print, boasting beautiful illustrations in a coming-of-age fantasy.

Other Noteworthy Releases
Absolute Batman: Dark Victory HC
Adventures Into the Unknown Archives (Volume 1) HC
Batman Incorporated #1
Best of Sonic the Hedgehog HC
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight Library Edition (Vol. 1) HC
Comic Book History of Comics GN
Godzilla #1
Golden Age Western Comics HC
Interiorae TP
Justice League Dark #9
Mind Mgmt #1
Resident Alien #1
Savage Hawkman #9
Showcase Presents: Sea Devils (Volume 1) TP
Steve Ditko Archives (Volume 3): Mysterious Traveler HC
Stormwatch (Volume 1): The Dark Side TP
Uncanny X-Force: Otherworld HC
Youngblood #71

Manga Monday: Young Miss Holmes

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Young Miss Holmes: Casebook 1-2
Kaoru Shintani

It's been awhile, but Manga Monday is back!  This week, I'm talking about Seven Seas release Young Miss Holmes, which in Japan, goes by the title Christie: High TensionYoung Miss Holmes is a title that immediately gets the concept of the manga across, however.  This book follows Christie, the niece of famed detective Sherlock Holmes.  In these adventures, we get to know this rambunctious ten-year-old who has inherited her uncle's intellect and knack for solving cases.  Already, she's bored with her studies, and it seems that the only thing that really holds her interest is when she's in the middle of a new mystery.  Young Miss Holmes takes place in a Victorian setting, with a retro art style that suits the story really well.  The art of the pages is rather detailed, with nice cartooning demonstrated by Shintani.  Christie is a very likable character who it's hard not to like; her enthusiasm is just infectious.  An…

Previews HYPE: June 2012

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


Fantagraphics EC Reprint Line - Two offerings become available through Fantagraphics' new line of EC reprints, focusing on the artists of the classic tales.  "Came the Dawn" and Other Stories from Wally Wood, and "Corpse of the Imjini" and Other Stories from Harvey Kurtzman.

Fatima: The Blood Spinners #1 - A new series from Gilbert Hernandez (Love & Rockets) featuring zombies?  Yes, please!

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen III: Century #3: 2009 - Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill bring the League into current time!

Dark Avengers #175 - They're baaack!  Thunderbolts become Dark Avengers this month, featuring your favorite Avengers to hate.

Before Watchmen - The debut issues in several mini-series featuring characters from Alan Moore's Watchmen come out this month, including Minutemen #1, Silk Spectre #1, Comedian #1 and Nite Owl #1.

Out of the Sha…

Pick of the Week 5/16

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


Are You My Mother? HC - One of the most anticipated graphic novels of the year is Alison Bechdel's follow-up to her hugely-successful and acclaimed Fun Home, this book focusing on her mother, whereas Fun Home was about her father.

Other Noteworthy Releases
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth - The Devil's Engine #1 (of 3)
Catwoman (Volume 1): The Game TP
The Coldest City HC
The Complete Chester Gould's Dick Tracy (Volume 13) HC
Eerie Archives (Volume 10) HC
Flowers of Evil (Volume 1)
Green Lantern (Volume 1): Sinestro HC
Hardcore #1
Kamen HC
Moon Knight by Bendis & Maleev (Volume 2) HC
New Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis (Volume 3) HC
New Mutants Classic (Volume 7) TP
Walt Kelly: The Life & Art of the Creator of Pogo HC

Friends With Boys GN

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Faith Erin Hicks

Friends With Boys is a new graphic novel from Faith Erin Hicks, creator of the webcomic Demonology 101 and the graphic novel Zombies Calling.  I've never read anything from her before, but she fits in well with the First Second Books crowd, with a gentle story for the young adult crowd, with a little supernatural element thrown in for good measure.  The story follows Maggie, who's going to high school for the first time after being home schooled by her mother her whole life.  Her three brothers (two of whom are twins) all went to public school for high school, so it's nothing new for the family, except that this comes off of their mother leaving the family.  Maggie blames herself for some things she said to her, adding more drama to the tale as Maggie falls in with two outcasts from school, and watches her popular brothers strut around the school.  Maggie also has a ghost that follows her around that doesn't speak, and while she would rather have the gh…

Pick of the Week 5/9

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

Other Noteworthy Releases
Archie's Sunday Finest HC
Atomic Robo (Volume 6): The Ghost of Station X TP
Avengers Academy: Second Semester HC
Baby's In Black HC
Batman (Volume 1): The Court of Owls HC
Essential Black Panther (Volume 1) TP
FLCL Omnibus GN
Frankenstein: Alive, Alive! #1
Justice League International (Volume 1): Signal Masters TP
Marvel Zombies: Destroy #1 (of 5)
Spider-Man: Season One HC
Takio #1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics #1
Trio #1

Comics-and-More Podcast: Uncanny X-Force

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This week, on the Comics-and-More Podcast, Patrick Markfort and I review a title that I've been wanting to read for awhile now, Rick Remender's Uncanny X-Force.



Reviewed:
Uncanny X-Force (Volume 1): The Apocalypse Solution
Rick Remender & Jerome Opena

Uncanny X-Force (Volume 2): Deathlok Nation
Rick Remender, Esad Ribic & Rafael Albuquerque

Uncanny X-Force (Volume 3): The Dark Angel Saga (Book One)
Rick Remender, Billy Tan & Mark Brooks

Uncanny X-Force (Volume 4): The Dark Angel Saga (Book Two)
Rick Remender, Jerome Opena & Robbi Rodriguez

Part One:


Part Two:


For further reading:
Secret Avengers #21.1, 22-25
Rick Remender & Gabriel Hardman

Uncanny X-Force #19-22
Rick Remender & Greg Tocchini

Venom by Rick Remender (Volume 1)
Rick Remender, Tony Moore & Tom Fowler

Age of Apocalypse #1
David Lapham & Roberto De La Torre

Pick of the Week 5/2

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


Fallen Words GN -  A new manga from Yoshihiro Tatsumi is always cause for celebration.  This collects eight "moral comedies" adapted from oral tradition, from the Edo-era Japanese storytelling form rakugo.

Other Noteworthy Releases
Animal Man (Volume 1): The Hunt TP
Avengers: Kree/Skrull War HC
Avengers: X-Sanction HC
Dial H #1
Earth Two #1
Epic Kill #1
Exiled #1
Fury MAX #1
Garfield #1
G.I. Combat #1
Hulk: Return of the Monster HC
Justice League (Volume 1): Origin HC
Kiki de Montparnasse GN
Mind the Gap #1
Skeleton Key Color Special One-Shot
The Spider #1
Spirit World HC
Tanpopo Collection (Volume 1) HC
Teen Boat GN
Worlds' Finest #1

Previews HYPE: May 2012

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


Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: "Only a Poor Old Man" HC - Carl Barks' classic Uncle Scrooge begins bing collected here!

DC's New 52: Second Wave Titles - New titles replace the recently canceled ones in DC's New 52, including Earth Two #1 (James Robinson & Nicola Scott), Worlds' Finest #1 (Paul Levitz, George Perez & Kevin Maguire), Batman, Incorporated #1 (Grant Morrison & Chris Burnham), Dial H #1 (China Mieville & Mateus Santolouco), G.I. Combat #1 (J.T. Krul, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Ariel Olivetti & Dan Panosian), and The Ravagers #1 (Howard Mackie & Ian Churchill).

Cursed Pirate Girl (Volume 1) HC - My favorite comic from last year gets the deluxe treatment, thanks to Archaia.  A nice new hardcover edition of Jeremy Bastian's gorgeous comic is being released with a new epilogue.  If you missed the small print run the …