Monday, November 10, 2008

This week, I don't feel too bad about staying home

Because there's not much of note.  By the way, this is the 600th post on the blog.  That's a lot of typing.

New comics this week (Wednesday, 11/12/08):

100 Bullets #97

We're nearing the end, even if it will be a while before I get to read it.  Since I'm working on volume 12 right now, I'm kind of obsessed with this series again.  It happens every time a new collection comes out.

Anna Mercury #4

Of five, I think.  Warren Ellis and his weird alternate universe steampunk-ish thing near a conclusion.  I stopped reading after the second issue, but I do want to check out the rest of the series at some point.  It's pretty interesting stuff, especially if you dig the Ellis-isms like I do.

Batman Cacophony #1

Kevin Smith and Andy Kubert Walt Flanagan.  So has anybody started a pool as to when this miniseries will actually finish?  A better question might be who would actually want to read it, but the answer is probably "more than is healthy".

Fables #78

Is there a new trade of this series coming soon?  It's another one that I get obsessed about every 9-12 months or so.  

Fantastic Four: True Story #4

Paul Cornell's goofy story about the FF entering the world of fiction ends here.  It's not bad, altogether.  I should have a review up at Comics Bulletin tomorrow, I think.

Galveston #1

New from Boom! Studios, this series extrapolates on the real-life friendship between French pirate Jean LaFitte and Jim Bowie to tell some of their adventures together.  Sounds like fun.  Johanna Stokes writes (from a story by Tom Peyer and Mark Rahner), and Greg Scott and Todd Herman split art duties.  I might write up a review, if I end up liking it.

Lost & Found

This Beau Smith-written one-shot pamphlet has a great sci-fi hook, involving a scientific research lab outside of the timestream which brings together various elements from throughout history for an action-packed adventure.  Who knows if that will live up to the promise, but it certainly sounds cool.

Batman Ego & Other Tails TPB

The collection of Darwyn Cooke Batman-related stories gets a softcover edition, so it looks like a good chance to check it out if you didn't want to shell out for the expensive hardcover.  This contains the Catwoman: Selina's Big Score graphic novel, the "Ego" arc from Legends of the Dark Knight, and other miscellany.  Good stuff.

Curious Case Of Benjamin Button HC

F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel about a man who ages in reverse gets a comics adaptation, written by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, with art by Kevin Cornell.  Sounds interesting.  Here's the official page, where you can see a two-page preview.

Exterminators Vol 5 Bug Brothers Forever TPB

This Vertigo series was supposed to be good, but I never really read it, since I didn't really like the first couple of issues.  Apparently, others shared my dislike, because it got cancelled due to low sales.  This collection finishes off the series.  So, would anybody recommend that I give this another try?

Fables Covers By James Jean HC

If you want a fancy collection of James Jean's art (besides his Process Recess books, that is), here's your chance.  His work on Fables has been uniformly excellent, and while I don't usually buy stuff like this, I might consider it if I had more money to throw away.

New X-Men By Morrison Ultimate Collection Vol 3 TPB

Here's the final volume of the "ultimate" collection of Morrison's run on the X-Men.  The story had kind of fallen apart by this time, what with his abrupt departure from Marvel, but there's still some damn good stuff here.  Check it out, if you haven't before.

Powr Mastrs Vol 2 GN

I wasn't too keen on the first volume of this artsy fantasy series, but lots of other people loved it.  Here's another installment; maybe I'll get more into it this time (if I ever get the chance to read it).

Salt Water Taffy Vol 2 Climb Up Mt Barnabus GN

Here's another series reaching its second volume, and I dug the first one.  In this one, Jack and Benny encounter a giant eagle, if the cover image is any indication.  I bet it will be fun.

Stray Toasters TP New Printing

Bill Sienkiewicz's classic weird series.  I have the original issues somewhere, but I haven't gotten around to reading them yet.  Here's the chance for anyone else who needs to catch up.

Ted McKeever Library Book 1 Transit HC

I don't know if there's a big audience for high-end reprints of Ted McKeever's work, but I'm quite interested to see this early series of his from 1987.  This volume collects the original five issues of that series along with an unpublished final chapter for $25.  Check it out, if it's something you would want to read.

Wet Moon Vol 4 GN

I've never read any of this Ross Campbell series, but I've heard it's good.  I think Campbell is a good artist, even if I didn't like his Minx graphic novel, Water Baby (see my review here), so I'll have to try to check these out someday.

Gankutsuou Vol 1 GN

Del Rey has this manga which adapts an anime that was based on The Count of Monte Cristo.  It sounds pretty crazy, doing a sci-fi interpretation of the book, but manga adaptations of anime are rarely all that good.  It might be better to check out the anime in this case.

Nodame Cantabile Vol 15 GN

I've been hearing about this series lately, namely that it's quite good, so I really should check it out sometime.  Looks like I'm only 15 volumes behind; I'm sure I'll catch up someday.

Record Of A Fallen Vampire Vol 3 GN

Hey, how about this series?  Is it good?  I think I have a couple volumes sitting in the piles of manga that Viz has sent me, but I haven't read them.  Is it worth taking a look?

And that's everything?  Huh, not much.  More content tomorrow, so keep an eye out.


  1. The Kevin Smith Batman book isn't drawn by Kubert. And if you look at the preview you just might see some of the worst Batman art you've seen in years. Check out that Joker!

  2. Whoops! Fixed. Wasn't Kubert originally going to do the art? The guy quits series before they even start these days.

  3. I hope you enjoy LOST AND FOUND. I tried to capture the stand alone/full throttle comics of the 1960's with the feel of the "Lost In Time" genre movies that I've always loved.


    Beau Smith

  4. Andy was s'posed to do covers only -- never s'posed to do the insides -- at least, that's what I heard.

  5. I do not know if Wetmoon would be your cup of tea, is very slice of life and doesn't seem to have and mystery to discover or and objetive (like get the girl, enter college, be the best at..) but at least for the art you should give it a try. :)