Monday, March 17, 2008

This week, there's not as many new comics of note, which is fine by me

Now I can try to get caught up on my reading (and blogging), and manage to actually save some money. Um, nothing new to point to on other sites today, so on to:

New comics this week (Wednesday, 3/19/08):

Boy Who Made Silence #1

I picked this book up in a different (self-published?) form at Wizard World Chicago last summer, and I liked it quite a bit. Now it's being published by Markosia, so I'm going to have to make a point of picking it up.

Everybody's Dead #1

Just what everybody has been clamoring for: another book about zombies. This one, from IDW, seems to take a jokey look at frat boys and how they would deal with the apocalypse. Normally I wouldn't care, but I like the artist, Dave Crosland. So I might take a look.

Programme #9

More post-Cold War superhuman violence. And race wars. And other weirdness. Hey, am I the only one who didn't realize Senator Joe was black until last issue? That was confusing.

War is Hell First Flight Phantom Eagle #1

A new war miniseries from Garth Ennis and Howard Chaykin, about fighter pilots in World War I. I almost always like Ennis's war comics, so I expect this to be good. In fact, I've got a preview PDF of this issue that I need to read and write a review of, so I should be linking to that tomorrow. Don't let me down, Garth!

Wasteland #15

Okay, I'm on board this series for the long haul now. Last issue was the periodical inter-storyline fill-in (and it was quite good), and now a new storyline starts. Should be awesome.

Al Capps Complete Shmoo The Comic Books HC

This is one of Dark Horse's overpriced "archive" collections, but I would love to check it out. It's a spinoff of Capp's L'il Abner strip, and I'm sure it's quite good. But I might never know, since I refuse to pay so damn much for these books. Come on, Dark Horse, put out stuff that's affordable!

Asterix Omnibus vol. 1
Asterix Omnibus vol. 2

Oh man, I would love to get these (they're new collections from Sterling Publishing). I don't think I've actually read any Asterix, although my grandparents, who used to live in France, had a bunch of the albums, and my sister and I used to beg them to read them to us (they were in French, so we couldn't understand them). I've always wanted to get some translated versions of the books, and this looks like a good option. Maybe someday I'll be able to afford them.

Batman Killing Joke Special Ed. HC

Here's a new edition of the seminal Alan Moore/Brian Bolland comic that ruined Batman for around 20 years. And even though the original was, what, six dollars? You can pay ridiculous prices for a super-special edition! Eh, it's not a bad comic, but definitely not one of my favorite Alan Moore books. The art's nice, at the very least, but it's kind of a wallow in misery with a "Dude, Batman and Joker are, like, both kind of psychotic, am I right?" ending. I'll pass.

Maintenance vol. 2

Hey, a new collection of the cool humor book about janitors who clean up after mad scientists! I have all the issues, but Oni sent me a review copy of the trade, so I might write something up about it. I do highly recommend it though.

North World Vol 1 GN

Also from Oni, this looks to be a webcomicky fantasy-type story. I've also got a review copy of this one, so I'll try to get it read and reviewed soon.

Princess at Midnight

A new Andi Watson graphic novel! Similar (in format and price, and probably style as well) to his excellent Glister series! I think this was previously published in a "Best New Manga" anthology, but I haven't read it, so I'm all over it. Don't let me down, Andi!

Punisher War Journal vol. 2

I haven't been following this series, but it often receives a fair bit of acclaim, and I do like Matt Fraction, so I might end up reading it sometime. I did read the most recent issue, and it didn't do too much for me, but maybe I had to have been reading to understand it better. Eh, I'm not really a Punisher fan anyway, so I'll probably continue to pass.

My Heavenly Hockey Club Vol 4 GN

Now for the manga! I hear this is a really fun series. Maybe I'll get to it someday. I say that a lot, don't I?

Phoenix Vol 12 Early Works TP

Ooh, I think this is the final volume of Viz's Phoenix series. I think the previous one finished up the series proper, and this is a collection of early bits and pieces that didn't fit into any of the other volumes. But I'll still read it whenever I finally get to it; I'm not gonna pass up any Tezuka if I have the chance.

Shojo Beat Vol 4 #4 Apr 08

Good stuff in this issue; I hope to have a review up soon. Soon!

With The Light Raising An Autistic Child Vol 2 GN

And here's the second volume of courageous motherhood triumphing over adversity. I liked the first volume quite a bit, so I'll definitely have to pick this up when I get the chance.

And that's all! We'll see when I'm able to get another post done; new fatherhood doesn't provide a lot of free time. Later!


  1. See, you have more cojones than I do. I wanted to mention that I didn't realize Senator Joe was black until last issue, but I figured that would open me up to the normal insults that I endure about my stupidity. So I kept my figurative mouth shut. You, sir, are the brave one!

    I'm glad to see a quick review of The Boy Who Made Silence. I'm getting it today (I hope - my store is occasionally behind the times), and I'm looking forward to it.

  2. Matt,

    I hope you'll forgive the off-topic comment, but I wanted to say that, yes, I did see your comment; and I'm glad you're enjoying Cerebus. Jaka's Story and (to a lesser extent) Melmouth are definitely worth checking out (and High Society -- couldn't tell if you'd seen that or not). Beyond that... well, I won't repeat my blog post. But Don't miss those.

    Oh, and did I forget to say congrats on the baby? If so... congrats!


  3. Greg: surprisingly, I don't get very many insults here, but I don't get the CBR audience that you do. I'm surprised though; usually you seem to enjoy baiting the insulters. Or enjoying the shitstorms you unintentionally stir up. But I can definitely see how it would get tiresome.

    Stephen: Thanks! Also, I did read High Society as well as Church and State. Good stuff; I need to try to get to the next ones soon...

  4. That's funny. To an extent I enjoy baiting the insulters, because it's usually all in good fun, but occasionally, it bugs me because they always seem to have an agenda that doesn't necessarily jive with what I've written. Then it just gets boring. As long as they're picking on me for something deserved, I don't have a problem with it.