Monday, December 24, 2007

New comics, ho ho ho!

Man, I get lazy with the blogging this time of year. But who's reading, anyway? Well, let's look at the ol' upcoming comics list, which has to wait until Friday this week, for some reason:

New comics this week (Friday, 12/28/0&):

Berlin #14

I haven't read any of Jason Lutes' series, so this probably wouldn't be the best place to start. I should try to pick up the first collection sometime.

Brawl #3

I never got around to writing about the second issue of this weird book, but I definitely liked it. We'll see how well the ending works.

Dan Dare #2

I picked up the first issue of this (I had to go with the ugly Greg Horn cover, unfortunately), and it was pretty decent. I like Garth Ennis in his "war comics" mode, so this could turn out to be pretty good. I'll give it another issue, at the very least.

Hulk vs. Fin Fang Foom

Peter David writes a monster-fightin' one-shot that could be enjoyable, depending on the artist. It's still listed as TBA, and I doubt I'll buy it unless the mystery creator turns out to be Paul Pope or somebody. That would be a Christmas miracle.

Jack of Fables #18

In what looks to be a fun storyline, Jack and Co. travel to Americana, the land of American fables. This is a good book. I hope it stays that way.

Pax Romana #1

Hey, a new Jonathan Hickman series! This is the time-traveling military one; I'm pretty excited, since I dug The Nightly News so much.

Punks the Comic Christacular

I never did see the regular Punks comic, which is too bad, since I had wanted to read it. But maybe I'll end up getting what appears to be a Christmas special.

Snaked #1

I reviewed this issue a while back, and it's interesting, but I don't know if I'll want to keep reading. Um, that's all I got.

Acme Novelty Library vol. 18 HC

Hey, looks like Chris Ware managed to sneak in an "issue" (a funny term for a hardcover comic) of his series just before the year ended. He must be planning to mess up any top ten lists that have already been composed. I believe this one takes a break from the ongoing "Rusty Brown" story to collect the "Building Stories" comic that ran in the New York Times. I can't wait to read it.

Blue Pills HC

A depressing-sounding graphic novel by Frederik Peeters about a guy who befriends a woman and her three-year-old son who both have HIV. Might be pretty good, in a literary comics way. It's published by Haughton-Mifflin, who put out what was probably last year's best comic, Fun Home. I don't know if I'll buy it, but I'll probably try to get it from the library or something.

Midnight Sun TPB

More of a conventional graphic novel here, about a North Pole expedition in 1928. It's by Ben Towle, collecting some previously-published issues and completing the story. Could be pretty good.

Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow

My IndiePulp cohort Bernie Gonzalez just reviewed this illustrated book by Rich Tommaso and James Sturm, and it looks pretty good. I still have yet to read Sturms other books, like The Golem's Mighty Swing, but I do want to one of these days. This might be another one to add to the pile.

Tales of the Batman Tim Sale HC

Early Batman stories by the artist. I like his work quite a bit, but I don't know if I'll bother spending anything for this. I'll probably take a look at it though.

Wasteland Book 2 Shades Of God TP

Hey, I'm glad to see this one show up, since I dug the first volume of the series. Good old post-apocalyptic violence, with a focus and culture, class, and religion. I can't wait to read it.

Dragon Head Vol 9 GN

And here's this week's manga volume in a series on which I'm hopelessly behind. I'll catch up someday, I hope.

I think that's everything. Man, I'm excited about that Acme Novelty Library. Looks like a good week. But not for blog content though; don't expect any posting or anything. Sorry. Maybe later, but you know how busy things get around Christmas. So I'll get to it some other time. Yup.


  1. Berlin is a great series but definitely not one you want to start in the middle. I've been reading it for years and I still get confused when a new issue arrives.

    Blue Pills is decent. Peeters has a loose, expressive brush style and the story does not take the cliched tragic turn one might expect from the subject.

  2. Thanks for the info, Derik!