Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Pick of the Week 10/31

The past few months have been so busy for me that I've had little time to devote to regular posts, but I should be back on track shortly.  As for this week's new releases, here is the book you should be paying attention to, in comic shops today...

EC Comics - Two of Fantagraphics' new line of EC Comics collections debut today!  EC Harvey Kurtzman: Corpse of the Imjin and Other Stories and EC Wally Wood: Came the Dawn and Other Stories HC.

Other Noteworthy Releases
A+X #1
Abelard HC
Absolute Final Crisis HC
All Star Western (Volume 1): Guns and Gotham TP
Archie Archives (Volume 5) HC
August Moon GN
Extremely Moronic Mad TP
G.I. Joe: The Complete Collection (Volume 1) HC
Joe Kubert Presents #1
Lot 13 #1
The Real Ghostbusters Omnibus (Volume 1) TP
Red Hulk: Mayan Rule TP
Superman: Earth One (Volume 2) HC
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2012
Through the Walls HC
Uncanny X-Force: Final Execution (Book 1) HC

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pick of the Week 10/24

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

Ralph Azham (Volume 1): "Why Would You Lie To Someone You Love?" - This is a new landscape-format collection featuring the wonderful Ralph Azham comics of Lewis Trondheim.

Other Noteworthy Releases
Ghost #1
Huntress: Crossbow at the Crossroads TP
The Lost Art of Ah Pook Is Here: Images From the Graphic Novel HC
Multiple Warheads: Alphabet To Infinity #1
Punisher: War Zone #1
Savage Hawkman (Volume 1): Darkness Rising TP
Supercrooks HC
Wolverine MAX #1
You'll Never Know (Book 3): Soldier's Heart HC

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pick of the Week 10/17

This is the book you should be paying attention to, in comic shops today!

The Hive GN - The second volume of Charles Burns' new horror epic, this follows up on X'ed Out from a few years ago.

Other Noteworthy Releases
A-Babies vs. X-Babies #1
B.P.R.D. 1948 #1
Bloodstrike (Volume 1): Reborn Under a Bad Sign TP
Cyber Force #1
Green Lantern - New Guardians (Volume 1): Ring Bearer HC
Infernal Man-Thing TP
Limit (Volume 1)
Marvel NOW! Point One
Marvel Zombies Halloween
Mind the Gap (Volume 1): Intimate Strangers TP
Mudman (Volume 1) TP
Nancy Drew & the Clue Crew (Volume 1): Small Volcanoes GN
Supergirl (Volume 1): Last Daughter of Krypton TP
Sword of Sorcery #1
Ultimate Comics: Iron Man #1
The Wizard of Id: Dailies & Sundays 1972 HC

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Comics-and-More Podcast: Marvel NOW! Part One

On the latest Comics-and-More Podcast, Patrick Markfort and I discuss the first two debuts from Marvel Comics' Marvel NOW!

Uncanny Avengers #1
Rick Remender & John Cassaday

Red She-Hulk #1
Jeff Parker, Carlo Pagulayan & Wellington Alves

For further reading:
Uncanny X-Force (Volume 1): The Apocalypse Solution TP
Rick Remender & Jerome Opena

Red Hulk: Mayan Rule TP
Jeff Parker & Dale Eaglesham

Agents of Atlas (Volume 1) TP
Jeff Parker & Leonard Kirk

Astonishing X-Men (Volume 1): Gifted TP
Joss Whedon & John Cassaday

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Pick of the Week 10/10

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

Building Stories HC - Good lord, there are a lot of good releases this week.  It's that time of year when publishers are putting out their high quality material for the holidays, including several books that are certainly contenders for some of the best graphic novel releases of the year, including Theo Ellsworth's The Understanding Monster, Adrian Tomine's New York Drawings, the first volume in the Pippi Longstocking reprint series and the latest edition of the Best American Comics anthology, edited this year by Franoise Mauly.  The most exciting of the new releases, however, would have to be the highly-anticipated masterpiece from Chris Ware, Building Stories, an elaborately designed book that's $50, and worth every penny.  It's been a long time coming, and is sure to be on the top of many lists as the best thing to come from comics this year.

Other Noteworthy Releases
Alien: The Illustrated Story TP
Animal Crackers TP
AVX: Consequences #1
Barack Hussein Obama HC
Batman: Odyssey HC
Beetle Bailey: The Dailies & Sundays: 1966 HC
Best American Comics 2012 HC
Bigfoot Boy (Volume 1): Into the Woods GN
City of Ember GN
The Epic Chronicles of Hagar the Horrible: 1977-1978 HC
Evil Ernie #1
Finder: Talisman HC
The Graphic Canon (Volume 2) TP
Haunted Horror #1
Kane Chronicles (Book 1): The Red Pyramid GN
Legends of the Dark Knight: Alan Davis HC
Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip (Volume 7) HC
New York Drawings HC
Night of 1000 Wolves TP
Nightwing (Volume 1): Traps and Trapezes TP
Paradise Kiss (Volume 1)
Phantom Stranger #1
Pippi Longstocking (Volume 1): Pippi Moves In HC
Red She-Hulk #58
Roy Crane's Buzz Sawyer (Volume 2): Sultry's Tiger HC
Saga (Volume 1) TP
Stuff of Legend: The Toy Collector #1
Team 7 #1
Transposes HC
A Trip To the Bottom of the World HC
Uncanny Avengers #1
The Understanding Monster GN
The Walking Dead: Michonne Special

Monday, October 08, 2012

Fairest #8

Lauren Beukes & Inaki Miranda

The latest issue of the Fables spin-off title, Fairest, begins a new story arc featuring Rapunzel, written by a new creative team.  I have to say that I was a little let down by the first arc of this series, from Fables series creator Bill Willingham, especially since it picked up a pretty exciting storyline from that main title.  It felt drawn out and it was kind of dull overall.  So I'm happy to report that with this new storyarc, Lauren Beukes injects some life back into this title with a stunning story that promises some cool Japanese mythology to come.  It seems like a no-brainer that a series featuring the women from Fables would be written by a woman, but this is the first issue that that's the case, and Lauren Beukes takes the reins on the title masterfully, easily putting out the best issue to date.  In this story, we see Rapunzel receive a mysterious message insinuating that her children may still be alive, in a story that takes place prior to the first issue of Fables.  It's neat to see characters like Snow White and Bigby in their iconic first roles again, and it makes for an interesting time frame for the story.  Anyway, Rapunzel recognizes the kanji on the message from the Hidden Kingdom, which could mean that a gate to the Homelands in Japan has been opened.  And since Snow and Bigby will not investigate it with the urgency that Rapunzel feels it deserves, she takes matters into her own hands, recruiting fan-favorite bad boy Jack, as well as her hair stylist, a character that I really, really like named Joel.  There are plenty of cool scenes here, particularly with Totenkinder, revealed to be her mother, who locked her in the tower from the classic fable.  The set-up here is great, with a nice balance of characters, and an intriguing mystery.  The art from Inaki Miranda is a little stiff at times, but I rather like the look of it, especially some of the clothing and character designs.  If you dropped this title due to the slog the first arc proved to be, I recommend giving Fairest another chance, beginning with this issue.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Pick of the Week 10/3

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

Skippy: The Complete Dailies (Volume 1): 1925-1927 HC - The classic comic strip from Percy Crosby begins being collected here.

Other Noteworthy Releases
Age of Apocalypse (Volume 1): X-Terminated TP
Avengers: Bride of Ultron HC
Avengers vs. X-Men #12 (of 12)
Batman - The Dark Knight (Volume 1): Knight Terrors HC
Broxo GN
The Complete Flash Gordon Library (Volume 1): On the Planet Mongo HC
Creepy Archives (Volume 14) HC
Crusades HC
Daredevil: End of Days #1
Epic Kill (Volume 1) TP
Hell Yeah (Volume 1): Last Day on Earths TP
I, Vampire (Volume 1): Tainted Love TP
Man-Thing Omnibus HC
Marvel Zomnibus HC
The Nao of Brown GN
Sailor Twain GN
Trio (Volume 1) TP
Voltron (Volume 1): The Sixth Pilot TP
The Walking Dead Compendium (Volume 2) TP
A Wrinkle In Time GN
X-Men: Bishop's Crossing HC

Previews HYPE: October '12

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

Uncanny Avengers #1 - Rick Remender and John Cassaday team up for the new flagship title in Marvel's Marvel NOW! with a team made up of a mixture of Avengers and X-Men characters, with Havok taking center stage.

The Understanding Monster (Volume 1) GN - Theo Ellsworth's Capacity was one of my favorite comics from 2008, and finally, we get his follow up!!!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Annual 2012 - Co-creator Kevin Eastman writes and draws a full TMNT comic for the first time in almost twenty years!  Also available this month, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures (Volume 2) TP, in which the Archie material begins to venture away from adaptations of the classic cartoon series, and venture into exciting, new territory.

Wolverine: MAX #1 - A new ongoing series, which appropriately lets creators cut loose with one of the more brutal and bloody Marvel characters out there.

Scary #1 - IDW's monthly releases of classic comics like Popeye and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a real treat, so this new effort from the Yoe Books! imprint sounds awesome:  Monthly comics featuring horror tales like Dick Briefer's Frankenstein and Bob Powell's Terror and Zombies.  Should be hella fun.

Ralph Azham (Volume 1): "Why Would You Lie To Someone You Love?" - A new landscape-format collection featuring the Ralph Azham comics of Lewis Trondheim.

Charles Burns' The Hive HC - Following up on X'ed Out, this continues Charles Burns' latest comic horror saga.

Pippi Longstocking (Volume 1): Pippi Moves In HC - These are supposed to be pretty fantastic comics, so it's nice to see a publisher like Drawn & Quarterly picking it up.

A Wrinkle In Time GN - Hope Larson illustrates Madeleine L'Engle's classic story of time travel just in time for the 50th anniversary.

Delphine HC - The creepy, atmospheric Ignatz comic from Richard Sala is collected in a nice hardcover volume.

AVX: Consequences #1 (of 5) - Directly spinning out of Avengers vs. X-Men, this will continue the story from where next week's final issue of the crossover leaves off.

The Best American Comics 2012 HC - The latest edition of The Best American Comics anthology is edited by Francoise Molly, and features plenty of amazing comics from creators like Gary Panter, Charles Burns and Chester Brown, showcasing some of the best of what comics had to offer in the previous year.

August Moon GN - A new beautiful-looking all-ages graphic novel from Top Shelf and Diana Thung.

DC Comics: The New 52 Zero Omnibus HC - All 56 #0 issues from September are collected together in this massive hardcover.

Red She-Hulk #58 - Red She-Hulk takes over Hulk this month, as she moves into the spotlight courtesy of Jeff Parker, Carlo Pagulayan and Wellington Alves.

Lot 13 #1 - A new DC horror series from Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Glenn Fabry (Preacher).

A-Babies vs. X-Babies #1 - Overload on cuteness with Skottie Young and Guruhiro's cartoony baby battle.  You'll see plenty of "Baby" variants this month throughout Marvel titles this month as well.

Julio's Day HC - Originally serialized in Love & Rockets (Volume 2), Julio's Day is now collected and completed in Gilbert Hernandez's latest graphic novel.

Peanuts: It's Tokyo, Charlie Brown! GN - Another original graphic novel featuring Charlie Brown and the gang.

Cyber Force #1 - Marc Silvestri returns to his creation as co-writer, launching a new ongoing book.  Also available this month, Cyber Force: Origins (Volume 1) TP.

Marvel Zombies: Halloween - Sure, I'll bite.  Get it?  I'll...yeah, you got it...

Sailor Twain GN - Mark Siegel weaves a tale of intersecting lives on the Hudson in this brand new graphic novel from First Second Books.

Mega Man Megamix 3-Volume Set - The out-of-print fan-favorite manga by Hitoshi Ariga becomes available once more in a new set of three books. Also back in print this month in a boxset is the amazing classic by Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.

Ghost #1 - Kelly Sue DeConnick (current writer of Captain Marvel) resurrects the Ghost at Dark Horse.

Multimple Warheads: Alphabet To Infinity #1 (of 4) - A new mini from Brandon Graham, creator of the acclaimed comic King City.

Punisher: War Zone #1 (of 5) - Greg Rucka ends his run on Punisher with this mini-series featuring Frank Castle gunning after various Avengers.

Heads or Tails SC - A new short story collection featuring the work of Lilli Carre (The Lagoon).

Problematic: Selected Sketchbooks Drawings 2004-2011 HC - A rare glimpse into creator Jim Woodring's moleskin sketchbooks, courtesy of Fantagraphics.

Star Trek: The Newspaper Strips (Volume 1) HC - I doubt these deserve such a treatment, but these rare strips are being collected for the Star Trek completest nonetheless.  Who knows?  They could be awesome.

A+X #1 -This is a new team-up series that will see an Avenger and an X-Men get together in one of two stories each issue (much like Avengers vs. X-Men: VS).  This first issue sees Jeph Loeb and Warren Ellis on writing chores.

Grandville: Bete Noire HC - Bryan Talbot continues to explore his Grandville universe with another graphic novel.

The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel (Volume 1) GN - Cassandra Clare's prequel to her stellar Mortal Instruments series gets the graphic novel treatment, thanks to HyeKyung Baek.  Also available this month, the second book in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga, New Moon begins to get illustrated.

Prison Pit (Book 4) GN - Johnny Ryan's gore-fest continues.

Gil Kane's Amazing Spider-Man: Artist's Edition - The latest entry in IDW's Artist's Editions is Gil Kane's lovely art on Amazing Spider-Man #96-102, and issue #121, featuring some of the most iconic Spider-Man villains.

Dexter #1 (of 5) - I like the show, and this is actually written by the creator of the books the show is based on, Jeff Lindsay.

Evil Ernie #1 - The Chaos! Comic character returns in a new ongoing series.