New comics this week (Wednesday, 11/29/2006):
GOON WICKED INCLINATIONS VOL 5 TPB (MR) $14.95I buy the monthly issues of The Goon, so I won't be getting this, but I would recommend it for anyone who wants to read one of the funniest comics currently being published. Of course, this volume probably wouldn't be the best place to start, but it does contain some good stories, particularly the one(s?) about The Buzzard, and great addition to the book's regular zany cast.
BATMAN #659 $2.99So, this clears up my confusion regarding this title (although I probably could have figured it out sooner if I'd bothered); this issue begins the fill-in arc by John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake, which I won't be buying. Nothing against those two, but the only reason I'm buying Batman is Grant Morrison, so I'll wait until he comes back (with or without Andy Kubert (preferably without)).
BATMAN THE SPIRIT $4.99Now this is one I'm torn on. I like Darwyn Cooke, but I don't like Jeph Loeb. The plot sounds like Loeb's usual schtick: cram as many characters into the book as can fit. It's also slightly pricey, but it's sized to fit (48 pages). I'll probably wait and read some reviews before I get it.
CROSSING MIDNIGHT #1 (MR) $2.99I'll probably pick this one up. I'm not sold on Mike Carey, but the concept is interesting, and I usually give new Vertigo series a try-out. Hopefully it will be good. The plot has something to do with a pair of Japanese twins that are born in different years (you know, on either side of midnight, hence the title), resulting in magic and stuff. Wow, I need to get better at summarizing these things.
EX MACHINA VOL 4 MARCH TO WAR TP (MR) $12.99Here's the new volume of what's probably my favorite series currently being published, although it's another one that I buy monthly. This volume concerns Mayor Hundred's reaction to a terrorist attack on anti-war demonstrations in the lead-up to the current war in Iraq, among other plots. A good storyline in a great book.
ART OF BRIAN BOLLAND HC $49.99Wow, this is probably pretty sweet. Damn expensive, but sure to have some great art. I can't afford it. I don't usually buy artbooks, for that very reason, but there are a few artists that might make me splurge. I should search out the James Jean one from a couple years ago, and Paul Pope has one coming up that I'm probably not going to be able to resist.
NEGATIVE BURN #6 (MR) $5.99I've bought a couple issues of this anthology series, but I just can't see spending this much each month for what inevitably turns out to be a mixed bag. The book often showcases some really nice art and decent short stories, but nothing that justifies the price. I've been picking up back issues in bargain bins when I see them, or at sales that my shop sometimes has to clear out inventory.
IMMORTAL IRON FIST #1 $2.99I'm torn about getting this one, but I'm leaning toward no. I like Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker as writers, but I'm not really interested enough in the character (or the current Marvel universe) to make the monthly investment. And I think it's spinning out of Daredevil, which I don't read. I might pick it up if it gets good reviews, but only if it sounds really good.
NEXTWAVE AGENTS OF HATE #10 $2.99Ah, here's one that I can count on to be good. Let me try to remember how the last issue ended...oh, yeah, it had the team being attacked by all sorts of crazy super-teams coming from an upside-down castle! And the main bad-guy team consisted of characters from Not Brand Echhh! Led by Forbush Man! Rock!
POWERS #21 (MR) $2.95I pick this up every month, and it's been pretty consistently good. I'm having trouble remembering the current storyline, but I'm sure it will come back to me as I'm reading. I've been a Powers fan from early on in the run, and it's pretty much the only thing I'm interesting in that Bendis is currently writing. I wish he would go back to smaller-scale crime stuff and give up on the overblown superhero stuff that he's not especially good at.
STAN LEE MEETS DR DOOM $3.99I've been getting all the Stan Lee Meets... comics that have been coming out recently, and they've been pretty enjoyable. They're a little bit of a mixed bag, with the title story being written by Lee and a current Marvel artist (Olivier Coipel was great on ...Spider-Man; I never knew he had that kind of work in him), with back-up stories by other famous writers and artists reminiscing about how much Lee's comics meant to them in the past, etc. Also some funny one- or two-pagers by the likes of Fred Hembeck and Johnny Ryan, and reprints of classic issues featuring the character that Lee meets in the issue. This issue features Salvador Larroca on the main story, with a back-up by...Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness. Damn. I'll still get it, but I hope Loeb doesn't ruin it. At least McGuiness will make it pretty. And a classic Lee/Kirby Fantastic Four issue (#87)!
ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY VOL 17 HC (MR) $16.95Oh, wow, I didn't realize this was coming out this week. Sweet! I love Chris Ware, and I really enjoyed last year's issue, featuring the beginning of the "Rusty Brown" story (will it be the next Jimmy Corrigan? We'll see!), so I'm definitely up for this one!
ACTION PHILOSOPHERS VOL 1 GIANT SIZED THING TP (O/A) $6.95One of my favorite books that's coming out, although it's yet another one that I get monthl...um, I mean in single issues. But this is a good collection of the first three issues, I believe. Fun stuff.
ART OF JIM BALENT MAGICK IN B&W SGN #1 (O/A) $24.99Oh, the very idea of this is just ridiculous. Please don't buy this. (And why is only #2 mature readers? Weird).
ART OF JIM BALENT MAGICK IN B&W SGN #2 (O/A) (MR) $24.99
CREAM HOW ERIC CLAPTON TOOK THE WORLD BY STORM TP $13.95I don't know anything about this, but was Cream really when Eric Clapton "took the world by storm"? I should read up on my rock history (hey, maybe this comic will help! Not that I'll be buying it.)
DEAD SONJA SHE ZOMBIE WITH A SWORD #1 (MR) $3.99Another one I don't know anything about, although I assume it's from Avatar since it has three different variant covers listed. The title made me chuckle, slightly.
VATICAN CITY LAS VEGAS GN (MR) $14.95I vaguely remember reading something about this a while ago. Isn't it a satirical series about the Catholic church opening a pope-themed casino? Might be enjoyable. I'll take a look at it if I see it in the shop.
ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS #1 (OF 2) $3.99I don't know anything about this either, but I assume it's a takeoff on the neverending internet fad of X vs. Y, with X and Y being any or all of the following: Pirates, ninjas, zombies, monkeys, robots, or whatever else gets added to the list (vampires? Werewolves? Swamp monsters? Aliens? Predators? Giant man-in-rubber-suit monsters?). These things can be funny, but they can get old quickly. I'm definitely tiring of the idea.
So, looks like that's it. I'll see if I see anything else at the shop, and maybe this week I can try to start my other recurring feature: weekly reviews!