Monday, June 4, 2007

A normal week, except for several trade collections and graphic novels that I will eventually need to acquire

List via Chris Butcher, with assistance from Midtown Comics and my local shop.

New comics this week (Wednesday, 6/6/07):


BATMAN TURNING POINTS TP 14.99

I considered checking this out due to the talent involved (Paul Pope, for one), but meh. I'm tired of superheroes lately.

BLACK DIAMOND DETECTIVE AGENCY SC 16.95

But I'm excited about this one. Eddie Campbell! I don't know if my shop will have it, so I might have to get it from Borders or Amazon.

BLACK SUMMER #0 (OF 7) (MR) 0.99

This has me confused. It's the first issue of Warren Ellis's new ultraviolent superhero series (I guess I can overcome my superhero apathy when he's involved), but it gets a #0. So I'm not sure if the final issue will be #7 or #6. Whatever; I'm expecting it to be good. Art by Juan Jose Ryp, promising lots of detail, and probably plenty of gore. Don't let me down, Ellis!

COMPLETELY DOOMED TP 19.99

A collection of IDW's horror comics magazine. I have one issue which I bought in a sale. There's some nice Ashley Wood art in the series, so it's worth reading. It's just kind of expensive. I might get the collection someday.

DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN #5 (OF 7) 3.99

More of this series. I'll talk about it if I feel it's worth it, but by this point the series is chugging along doing its thing, and I doubt there will be anything too extraordinary to mention. Unless Jae Lee whips out some cool artistic feat or something. Keep up the good work, fellas!

DRAFTED PREVIEW 0.99

I don't remember where I saw an ad or something for this series, but it might be somewhat interesting. Something about aliens coming to Earth to help us fend off another alien invasion, with all of humanity being "drafted" into service, as indicated by the title. It's a possibility.

EXIT WOUNDS HC (MR) 19.95

A graphic novel from the Israeli artist Ruta Modan, about a young man in Israel searching for clues about his father's death (and life). It looks really nice. I might have to look for it.

GHOST RIDER TRAIL OF TEARS #5 (OF 6) 2.99

I probably shouldn't have started buying this series; now I have to complete it out of inertia. It's not bad, but I haven't found it to be too exceptional. Garth Ennis, western setting, supernatural business, etc. Maybe it'll pick up in the last two issues, which seem to be heading toward a big fight between Ghost-Rider-on-a-horse and various satanically-enhanced baddies. We'll see.

I SHALL DESTROY ALL THE CIVILIZED PLANETS SC 19.95

Everybody seems to be talking about Fletcher Hanks lately, probably because of the arrival of this book. I read his story in Art Out of Time, and while it was quite bizarre, I don't know if I need a whole book of that stuff. It might be worth getting from the library someday, I guess.

JACK OF FABLES #11 (MR) 2.99

I think this issue finally gives us the completion of the Jack Frost story that started in issue #6 or 7. Should be fun, like always.

MPD PSYCHO VOL 1 TP (MR) 10.95

Now this is a manga I've been looking forward to. It promises lots of craziness and gory violence. Plus it apparently inspires murders. I'm sure I'll have to special order it or look in bookstores, but I'll definitely read it eventually.

SPIDER-MAN FAMILY #3 4.99

I've considered picking up previous issues of this series due to the talent involved; there was a Vasilis Lolos-illustrated story in the first issue, I think. But the price tag daunts me; I don't think I'll get $5 worth of value when I'm mostly interested in an eight-page story. I don't know what's in this issue, but once again I'll probably flip through it and put it back on the shelf. Maybe I'll pick some of them up when my store has a sale.

SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE #19 2.99

I'll pick this one up without reservation. Still no word on the future of the series after Sean McKeever leaves. Don't leave me hanging, people!

SUPERIOR SHOWCASE #2 (MR) 2.95

What is this, a biannual series? It's got fun stories from the Project: Superior folks, so it's always worth picking up. I have no idea who contributed to this issue, but maybe if people buy it, Adhouse will release issues more often.

THREE PARADOXES GN (RES) 14.95

The new book from Paul Hornschmeier. Didn't it come out already? I'll have to pick it up sometime.

TRUTH SERUM VOL 1 TP (O/A) (MR) 18.00

I kept hearing about how good this was. Maybe I can get it now. Or the sequel; I should get that one too.

WARD O/T STATE #2 (OF 3) 3.50

Did I ever review the first issue of this miniseries? I forget. It was interesting, but I don't know if I want to keep reading the series. I'll take a look and decide in the store.

Girl From HOPPERS TP
Human Diastrophism TP

I didn't think these were supposed to come out yet, but Midtown Comics has them on their list. I'll have to ask about them at the store. I'm quite excited to read them though.
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And I think that's everything. Not a big week in pamphlets, but several items of the larger, more expensive variety to eventually get. Tonight, I might have a review, or maybe not. You could always come back and see.