Monday, November 20, 2006

Stealing ideas

So, I'm stealing this post method from others (Jog and Kevin Church do it especially well), but I figured I would go ahead and point out what I'm interested in (or find notable) that's coming out this week. But before I start, I wanted to point out that Chris Sims missed two great candidates for the Face-Kick of the Week last week:



Wolverine lands a kick to the face, to the FACE!



It should be noted that the face-kicker here followed it up by clunking two guys' heads together.

For reasons unknown, Sims ignored these two candidates and went with Archie. That's right, ARCHIE. What the HELL, man? (If Sims reads this, please don't get pissed. I kid because I love. Aw, crap, I'm repeating myself now).

New comics this week (Wednesday, 11/22/2006):
SEP060023 DWIGHT T ALBATROSS THE GOON NOIR #2 (OF 3) $2.99

I love The Goon, but I was slightly disappointed by the
first issue of this anthology miniseries that's coming
out while the regular series takes a break for a few
months. The guest writers had trouble nailing Eric
Powell's tone for the series. Good art though, and I'll
still get the next two issues.

SEP060293 BOYS #5 (MR) $2.99

Like I said in my solicitations review, I am enjoying
this series, and I hope it gets better, since Ennis
seems to be wallowing in exploitation. The team is
finally on its first mission, so hopefully something
will happen this issue beyond setup.

SEP060314 JACK OF FABLES #5 (MR) $2.99

Jack finally escapes the Fable prison (or "retirement
home", or whatever)! Maybe some secrets will be
revealed! I'm still digging this book!

SEP060295 MAN CALLED KEV #4 (OF 5) (MR) $2.99

I've read some of Garth Ennis' Kev stuff, but I haven't
bought any of the miniseries. Maybe I'll pick some of
them up in a back issue sale or buy one of the trades.
He's an enjoyable character, and it does have some good
Ennis ultraviolence.

SEP060274 RED MENACE #1 (OF 6) $2.99

Not sure about this one. I'll probably skip it, but I
might pick it up if it gets some favorable reviews. I
don't really know anything about it other than that The
OC
's Adam Brody is one of the writers. Wait, I just
looked up information on DC's website (I'm amazing at
the research, aren't I?), and apparently it's about
superheroes dealing with the Red Scare in the 50's. Is
that a new thing from Wildstorm? Alternate history
superhero stories set in different eras of American
history? They just did something similar with The
American Way
, which dealt with race relations in the
60's. And didn't DC already do this sort of story with
The Golden Age? What's next, an 80's series about
Reaganomics? Weird.

MAY060257 SAMURAI JACK ON HORSE STATUE $125.00

I wish I could afford stuff like this.

AUG060299 Y THE LAST MAN VOL 8 KIMONO DRAGONS TP (MR) $14.99

I buy this series in monthly pamphlet format, but I
would recommend it in trades if you're not reading it.
This one was a pretty good story, with Yorick and the
gang searching for the lost monkey Ampersand, who had
been kidnapped and taken to Japan. They end up finding
another male (sort of...) and going up against a pop
singer/mafia leader. Fun stuff.

SEP061810 CASANOVA #6 (MR) $1.99

This series is awesome. As many have said, writer Matt
Fraction crams so much stuff into his wild
interdimensional spy stories that even though it's
shorter (and cheaper) than a regular comic, it feels
twice as long. Last issue was a great story about a
lost tribe of people with no contact with the outside
world. I don't know what this one's about, but I bet it
will be fun.

SEP061786 DRAIN #1 (MR) $2.99

This is a series coming out from Image by CB Cebulski
and Japanese illustrator Sana Takeda. Apparently it's
about vampire ninja samurai, or something silly like
that. The art looks pretty, if a bit stiff. I don't
think Cebulski is a very good writer (doesn't he
usually do Marvel Mangaverse stuff?), so I probably
won't be getting it.

SEP061813 ELEPHANTMEN #0 $2.99

I've been hearing a lot about Elephantmen, but I
haven't read it. It's one that I'm kind of on the
fence about, and I've been spending too much on comics
lately anyway, so I've decided to skip it. I hope that
wasn't a bad move. I've glanced through a few issues,
and the art always looks nice.

SEP061817 GODLAND #14 $2.99

Wow, didn't the last issue of this comic come out like
two weeks ago? It's another one that I'm enjoying
greatly each month, and it's good to have it back after
the hiatus it took this summer. Joe Casey, Tom Scioli,
Kirby-esque wackiness with a modern twist, what's not
to like?

SEP061820 IMPALER #2 (OF 4) (MR) $2.99

This series looks interesting. It's another one that
I might have picked up if I wasn't spending too much on
comics. If I hear good things, maybe I'll pick it up
in back issues or trades.

SEP061818 LOOKING GLASS WARS HATTER M #4 (OF 4) $3.99

I haven't been reading this, but it looks pretty crazy.
I generally like Ben Templesmith (especially on Fell),
so it's another one to possibly pick up sometime.
Apparently it's part of some big multimedia publishing
venture, tying into a series of novels and probably
other stuff. Pretty crazy.

SEP061826 PIRATES OF CONEY ISLAND #2 (OF 8) $2.99

I got the first issue of this, and it was pretty wild.
I'll definitely check out the second issue, and maybe
tell my shop to add it to my pull list. It's a pretty
enjoyable tale of youthful rebellion, and different
gangs that hang out wreaking havoc on the shores of
Coney Island. And Becky Cloonan is doing variant
covers!

SEP061827 SAM NOIR SAMURAI DETECTIVE #3 $2.99

I didn't get the first two issues of this because they
were sold out at my shop. It does look good. I like
the idea, putting a noir detective story in a samurai
setting. Again, I'll probably pick up the back issues
sometime (when I have the money).

SEP062166 NEW X-MEN OMNIBUS HC $99.99

Cool. Grant Morrison's X-Men was awesome. I have
about a third of the run in single issues, and back
issues aren't hard to find, so I'll probably continue
to collect the rest of the series that way rather than
buy this huge thing or the hardcovers that are already
out. But if you can afford it, it's cool to have the
whole run in one piece.

JUL061988 PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL #1 CW $2.99

I won't be getting this issue, since I'm not buying
any of Marvel's Civil War stuff, but I'm interested in
Matt Fraction writing a Punisher book. Based on his
Casanova work, I think he could really have fun with
the character. I'll have to read some reviews and see
how it is.

SEP062132 RUNAWAYS #22 $2.99

Man, I'm going to be sorry to see Vaughan and Alphona
leave this book in a few issues. Joss Whedon is coming
on as the new writer, but I don't know who will be
doing the art. I'm sure I'll enjoy the run while it
lasts.

SEP062085 SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE #12 $2.99

And here's another book where a creator is leaving.
Takeshi Miyazawa, whose are has defined this series, is
going to be leaving soon. I don't know how they'll find
a replacement for him. Again, I'll enjoy it while I can.

AUG063268 ACME NOVELTY DATEBOOK (O/A) $39.95

I would love to buy this, but I can't afford it right
now. I've bought most of Chris Ware's recent stuff, and
I'm slowly buying some of his older stuff. This is one
that I really want to get because it apparently has a lot
of sketches and stuff that is different from his usual
style. I'd like to see that. And, of course, I love his
stuff anyway, so I'd like to have everything he's done.

SEP063294 ANGRY YOUTH COMIX #12 (MR) $3.50

I've read some of Johnny Ryan's work, but I haven't
bought any issues. I won't be starting now, but I do
think he is pretty funny. Just thought it needed to be
said.

AUG063464 COMPLETE OMAHA THE CAT DANCER VOL 5 TP (A) $12.95

Hee hee, this would be fun to get. Weird furry porn
comics!

JUL063106 DONT GO WHERE I CANT FOLLOW GN (MR) $17.95

Wow, this looks really sad. A collection of photos,
letters, comics, and other stuff from cartoonist Anders
Nilsen about his girlfriend, who died of cancer. Damn.
I'm not sure if I've read anything by Nilsen, but I
recall reading that he's pretty good (how's that for an
endorsement?). Sounds like it might be worth picking up
sometime if I feel like crying (that sounds like a
rejection, but I'm serious).

JUN062976 ENIGMA CIPHER #1 (OF 2) $6.99

After reading Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon, I'm
always interested in stories about WWII codebreaking, so
the story behind this looks interesting; however, I know
little about the writer or artist, and I believe they're
also doing X-Isle, which I've heard is not especially
good. Another one to read reviews and see.

SEP063345 HOT MEXICAN LOVE COMICS 2006 (MR) $5.00

I don't know anything about this, but the title made me
laugh. I assume it's porn.

AUG063263 IRON WOK JAN GN #21 $9.95

I have the first two volumes of this manga, and it's
hilarious. Someday I'll get at least some of the rest
of the series.

SEP063629 JOHN WOOS SEVEN BROTHERS #2 $2.99

I kind of liked the first issue of this series. John
Woo is a good director (but he was better in his pre-
Hollywood days [film snob alert!]), and I like Garth
Ennis. I'll be getting this one, but it's definitely
on the chopping block.

SEP063673 WILL EISNERS CONTRACT WITH GOD SC $16.95
SEP063675 WILL EISNERS DROPSIE AVENUE SC $16.95
SEP063674 WILL EISNERS LIFE FORCE SC $16.95

I really need to get more of Will Eisner's stuff.
Sometime I'll pick these up, although I'll probably
get the Contract With God Trilogy collection that
contains all three of these books.

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Wow, I'll have to make that shorter next time. I need to work on that
method Jog has of just using
one word to describe the book.