Monday, March 26, 2007

New comics: Lots of stuff, but not too much to buy

It's Monday, so let's look at

New comics this week (Wednesday, 3/28/07):


Thanks again to Chris Butcher for providing the shipping list.

ALICE IN SUNDERLAND GN 29.95

I doubt I'll get this, but it looks interesting. From what I understand, It's a biography of Lewis Carroll. It's by Bryan Talbot; I haven't read much of his stuff (I need to check out Luther Arkwright sometime), and I'm not sure if I want to bother with this or not.

AMERICAN WASTELAND BLOOD AND DIESEL #1 (OF 4) (MR) 3.95

This one seems interesting (premise: truckers vs. vampires!), but judging by the preview on Arcana Studios' website, I don't think it looks especially good. I'll see if I read any reviews, and decide if it's worth reading.

BATMAN #664 2.99

Probably actual comics this time.

BATMAN SNOW TP 14.99

This collects the Mr. Freeze origin story from Legends of the Dark Knight #192-196. I'm interested in Seth Fisher's art, which was some of his last before he died. Also, J.H. Williams III is one of the writers, which I didn't realize. He's a great artist, but I have no idea if he's a good writer or not.

BLUE MONDAY VOL 1 THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT TP NEW PTG 11.95

I already have this, but it's pretty damn enjoyable, so I'll recommend it.

DMZ #17 (MR) 2.99

The end of the "Public Works" storyline. On his blog, Brian Wood recommended reading the previous four parts of the story before this one. I'm not sure why. I'll probably just read this issue and look at the others if I feel like I'm missing something.

GODLAND #17 2.99

Looks like I was wrong about this coming out last week. That's okay, it's still worth reading.

HALF DEAD TP (MR) 10.99

A vampire comic coming from Marvel's Dabel Brothers publishing arm. It'll probably suck (HA!), but I might at least take a look at it.

HOUDINI HANDCUFF KING CENTER OF CARTOON STUDIES HC 16.99

Chris Butcher says this looks interesting, so who am I to disagree? It's a biography of Houdini, if you couldn't figure that out by the title. It could be interesting, but I don't know if I'll spend the money on it. Might be something to read from the library. A good example of the breadth of subject matter in comics right now.

KUNG FU KLUTZ & KARATE COOL VOL 1 GN (OF 3) 4.99

I have no idea what this is, but the title amuses me. It appears to be written by D.J. Milky, who I think wrote the Princess Ai manga. It's cheap, if nothing else.

LOVELESS VOL 2 THICKER THAN BLACKWATER TP (MR) 14.99

I started reading this series, but it became too difficult to follow in monthly installments (that's Brian Azzarello for you). I might pick this up and see if it's worth buying in trades.

MANGA SHAKESPEARE HAMLET GN 9.95
MANGA SHAKESPEARE ROMEO & JULIET GN 9.95

Interesting. I doubt I'll read this, but it's probably a good idea. Shakespeare's pretty adaptable, so hey, why not manga? I guess I just find it interesting that it exists.

PIRATES OF CONEY ISLAND #5 (OF 8) 2.99

And here's another one that I was wrong about last week. It's an awesome comic; if you haven't been reading it, this probably isn't the place to start, but I'm sure it will be collected.

SAM NOIR RONIN HOLIDAY #3 (OF 3) 2.99

Wow, this seems to be coming out quickly. I'm digging it.

SAM NOIR SAMURAI DETECTIVE SPECIAL ED (PP #745) 7.99

And maybe I'll finally get to pick this up this week!

SILENT WAR #3 (OF 6) 2.99

Has this been any good? I was tempted to pick it up for the Frazier Irving art, but my distaste for mainstream Marvel stuff prevented me. Somebody let me know if it's worth reading!

SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE VOL 1 HC 24.99

I have all the issues of this, but I'll give it a hearty recommendation. It's awesome.

SUPERMAN CONFIDENTIAL #4 2.99

This seemed to take its time coming out. I liked the first few issues, although it seems a bit padded to fill out a six-issue storyline. Whatever; it's Darwyn Cooke and Tim Sale!

TEXAS STRANGERS #1 2.99

Hmmm, I thought this came out last week. I didn't see it, so I was going to get my shop to order a copy for me. But maybe it's another one that I was wrong about. I'll definitely look for it on Wednesday.

WALK-IN #4 2.99

You know, I've heard next to nothing about this comic, even though it's written by blogosphere darling Jeff Parker. Is it any good?

VIRULENTS (ONE SHOT) #1 4.99

This one's a one-shot from Virgin Comics about some American soldiers fighting a supernatural menace in India, or something like that. Might be interesting.
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Well, that appears to be everything I found notable. Lots of stuff there, but it'll probably be a fairly light week in terms of what I'll actually buy.

As for the blog, I promise I'll try to do that review of Empowered tonight. Really!