Random things I have learned so far: Namor is ‘Roman’ spelled backwards; Wonder Woman was created by the same man who invented the polygraph lie-detector test, hence the magic lasso of truth; there really are an awful lot of chemicals and psychiatric disorders in BATMAN. Two-Face = schizophrenia; Catwoman = kleptomania; The Scarecrow = the motherload!
- Stephen on Grant Morrison’s Supergods.
Books for July 2011 onwards
Big Questions s/c (£33-99, Drawn & Quarterly) by Anders Nilsen.
600 pages I cannot wait to get my hands on.
From the creator of Comicbook Of The Month DOGS & WATER, of #10 Tom succinctly wrote:
Latest instalment of Nilsen’s long running opus concerning the lives of a flock of birds after a plane crashes in their natural habitat. Viewing the plane as a massive bird and the pilot as a hatchling because they have no frame of reference for anything like this, the incident sends ripples through the birds’ delicate social strata. Often humorous, sometimes genuinely upsetting allegory of society encapsulated by Anders’ finest illustrations.
Finder Library vol 2 (£18-99, Dark Horse) by Carla Speed McNeil.
Warren Ellis, Mark, Tom and Jonathan have all evangelised at length about the humanity in this eloquent science-fiction, and coming in at a ridiculously affordable 640 pages each, complete with original covers, you would be insane not to take a chance on these two books which together form all Carla’s material prior to the original graphic novel FINDER: VOICE. Here’s Mark on volume one complete with interior art:
Joe The Barbarian deluxe h/c (£22-50, Vertigo/DC) by Grant Morrison & Sean Murphy
“You heard all that, right? Make sure you eat your candy.”
“Wish me luck. And say hi to your father for me. If it wasn’t for him, none of this would be happening.”
In the Veteran’s Cemetery, where his father lies buried:
“Hey, Dad. You suck.”
Joe’s Mum is on her way to see if they can somehow keep the house. Joe is drawing in his sketchbook. The Veteran’s Cemetery is the location of the school field trip, and the double-page spread from Sean Murphy – with its senescent, desiccated leaves swept across the stormy sky and over the regimented rows of simple white crosses between the white Palladian monuments - will have you tucking your scarf back in. I love what he does in several scenic panels with the autumn trees themselves, the leaves all jagged and crinkled and brittle.
Sean Murphy (HELLBLAZER: CITY OF DEMONS) was a revelation. I’ve compared him to Chris Bachalo circa mid-SHADE or DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING, but here he proves to be entirely his own man when Morrison grants him as much space as he could want to delineate in uncluttered detail Joe’s well appointed attic bedroom reached through a rope ladder, the deluge outside, and then those tell-tale beads of sweat on the sleepy boy who emphatically didn’t eat his candy. What follows is a delirium which anyone who’s woken to a disconcerting semi-consciousness will be able to relate to, when you’re not sure how much you dreamt is your current condition. Is Jack shifting between reality and a dimension populated by his toys made animate? Or is it just his hypoglycaemia kicking in?
To begin with it was a refreshingly sparse script almost bereft of Morrison’s more ‘involved’ terminology, and if the scenes being bullied are pretty standard, well it’s an un-pretty standard experience. I only read the first couple of sentences here, but whoever wrote them nailed it, as well as reproducing one of Sean Murphy’s many glorious suburban landscapes as well as the fantasy:
Infinite Kung-Fu (£18-99, Top Shelf) by Kagan McLeod.
Warren Ellis and Antony Johnston have been waiting on this for years! In fact Johnston’s pre-ordered it. You can too after reading it online for free, then returning for 464 pages of manic martial arts man-on-man mayhem.
Casanova: Gula (£10-99, Icon/Marvel) by Matt Fraction & Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba.
“What the hell is “Zen Crime?””
“It’s like crime, only there’re no victims, and really, no crimes. It really just spreads a general sense of unrest.”
From the author of INVINCIBLE IRON MAN and one of the two Brazilian brothers responsible for DE: TALES and DAYTRIPPER, another blast of bombast and badinage so ridiculously dense in ideas and nomenclatural horseplay that you expect arch-neologist Grant Morrison to turn up any moment with a lexical injunction. Here be jargon, by George!
“I am the Supreme Director of E.M.P.I.R.E. – that’s why you’re handcuffed at the moment. My name is Cornelius Quinn. My son Casanova went missing from Timeline 919 while on a mission two years, two weeks, and two days ago. I’ve devoted what is, frankly, a ridiculous amount of time and energy following the breadcrumbs that led out of his disappearance. Breadcrumbs that led us to you, Miss Lisi. Missus Lisi?”
“Doctor. I have a PhD in Catastrophic Temporal Entropy Manipulation Theory.”
“I’m a time traveller that loves to step on butterflies.”
“M.O.T.T. – define it for me.”
“We’re the spacetime protectorate. We monitor the whole of the way things are and manipulate it for optimal results.”
“On whose authority?”
“In both literal and philosophical interpretations, I don’t think I’m qualified to accurately answer your question.”
“Why are you here?”
“There is a mystery in time – when is Casanova Quinn? – that we can’t answer. This cannot stand.”
I think they’ve just told you the plot. It took Fraction most of the first issue to get there, though, so don’t expect to be hand-held or patronised. Meanwhile Casanova’s sister, Zephyr Quinn has been field tested by the bad guys (keep it simple, Stephen) for work on a hit list of everyone who knows of the H-Element Generator powered by the electromagnetic supercharge released upon dying, and the first issue ends quite literally with a “Dum! Dumm! Dahhhhhhhh!!!” that may lead her to reconsider the gig.
Moon is on prime, Pope-esque form whilst Cris Peter (sic – no ‘h’) reserves colour for when it really counts, making you sit up and take notice. Lots of swagger, sex and the shooting of things. But when, exactly, is Casanova Quinn…?
Review of vol one (back in stock!):
Any Empire h/c (£14-99, Top Shelf) by Nate Powell.
From the creator of SWALLOW ME WHOLE, this examines war, violence and their effect on middle America as a gang of kids reunited in adulthood find their dark histories colliding. Just look at the light here!
Like A Sniper Lining Up His Shot h/c (£13-99, Fantagraphics) by Jean-Patrick Manchette & Jacques Tardi.
Tardi in crime mode once more. See WEST COAST BLUES:
Black Paths h/c (£14-99, Self-Made Hero) by David B.
From the creator of EPILPEPTIC.
“He tried to remain as invisible as possible in everything he did.”
“1919 – the defeated Austro-Hungarian Empire is losing control of the city port of Fiume to pirates. A self-styled “Pirate King”, Gabriele d’Annunzio (poet, Italian war hero and Dadaist) storms the city with 3000 loyal Italian footsoldiers. He declares Fiume a free Republic: a utopian city-state, with himself as Commander. The city soon descends into looting and surreal decadence, reminiscent of the last days of Rome. Amid this chaos, the beautiful Mina, a black-haired young singer, is lost in this city gone mad, consumed by a love affair with a young soldier. Haunted by the horror of the trenches, a soldier, Lauriano, hunts Fiume’s alleys in vain for the ghost that haunts his dreams.” Interior art:
Castro: A Graphic Biography Of Fidel Castro (£14-99, Self-Made Hero) by Reinhard Kleist.
“Homeland or death! We will be triumphant!”
“In October 1958, Karl Mertens, a young journalist, arrives in Havana, Cuba. Having read an interview with Fidel Castro in the New York Times, he sets out on behalf of a German newspaper to meet and interview the young leader. When he arrives, he finds himself in a country plunged into revolution. Quickly he becomes involved in its events. From the viewpoint of this young journalist, Reinhard Kleist presents a detailed look at the life and the political motivations of the Cuban “Máximo Lider” Fidel Castro, from his childhood up until the present day.” Interior art:
Shame vol 1: Conception (£7-50, Renegade Arts) by Lovern Kindzierski & John Bolton.
From The Green Woman’s John Bolton, more macabre doings as a young woman called virtue gives birth to a demon’s child called Shame. Which is going to stand her in really good stead at school. Interior art:
A History Of Violence new edition (£10-99, Vertigo/DC) by John Wagner & Vince Locke.
A domesticated family man’s past finally catches up with him in small town America. Grisly stuff. Fans of Guy Davis (the equally grisly SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE) will love the art. Have a preview:
Dark Rain s/c (£14-99, Vertigo/DC) by Mat Johnson & Simon Gane.
Plenty of politics here, as seen from the frontline when Hurricane Katrina struck five years ago and the poor, largely black population of New Orleans was left to fend for itself when the levees broke, 80% of the city was submerged, and “too little too late” became synonymous with the Bush administration. However, there’s lots of comedy too in this convoluted crime heist in which two minor ex-convicts seek to avail themselves of the contents of a bank from which one of them was summarily ejected then sent to prison for larceny. My full review of the hardcover with its beautiful braille cover here:
Green River Killer: A True Detective Story h/c (£18-99, Dark Horse) by Jeff Jensen & Jonathan Case.
The hunt for and interrogation of the 1980s serial killer written by the interrogator’s own son. Contents and cover:
Parker: The Martini Edition slipcased h/c (£55-99, IDW) by Darwyn Cooke.
Both Richard Stark h/cs plus 65 extra pages including a brand new story plus art gallery in an oversized edition. Here’s Jonathan on book one:
Meta 4 (£10-99, Image) by Ted McKeever.
Meta-phor. Get it? From the creator of METROPOL, Eddie Current etc., an amnesiac astronaut travels to New York City with a muscular woman dressed as Santa Claus. Self-awareness, barriers, that sort of thing. Also, he’s changed his art style considerably. Digest-sized, BTW. Illustrated interview from 2008.
Chimichanga h/c (£10-99, Dark Horse) by Eric Powell.
“Step in my tent! I and my amazing two-eyed goat will tell you the future!”
From the creator of THE GOON, an all-ages comedy horror starring a black-eyed bearded girl and her frankly less than freakish Freak Show. Also, a flatulent witch and a bug-eyed monster hatched from an egg coughed up by an eagle. Think Roman Dirge for children. Which wasn’t a sentence I ever imagined typing.
Everything Can Be Beaten h/c (£9-99) by Jhonen Vasquez & Crab Scrambly.
Larger reprint of the mini-comic which saw Vasquez is back and in top form, this being easily the most enjoyable nonsense he’d foisted on us so far. “What’s the plot?” – as if you care.
ITs chief preoccupation and – for all we know – gainful employment, is to bash soft kittens with a substantial mallet, in a dark and rather messy room on his own. But in an RSPCA-endorsed twist of fate, curiosity this time serves to save the cats, as IT wonders to himself, “Is this all there is?” and emerges to explore a bright new world full of colour and smiley-faced jelly-creatures, all soft and squidgy and puzzled at ITs sudden feelings of loneliness. Naturally they offer to play, and IT feels so overwhelmed with their love that it lifts him right off the ground, and down with his hammer onto the nearest pink little cutie.
“The happy people of the valley look on in shock as their friend runs down their faces. ”Sweet whorish mother of merciless GOD! What have you done?!” howls the happy cloud, not so happy anymore and offending our more religious readers. ”We welcomed you into our joyful land, and you bring pain and suffering and beatings!” And IT is no monster. He feels very bad for what he has done and…oh wait just a second…”
I think from the title you can hazard a guess at what ensues. Playful narration dips in and out of the story, addressing the reader, the cast, and the images alike. I thought it was funny. It even had a moral for a punchline, if you care to think about it. Have a Suicide Girls interview with Vasquez. Funny:
Last Dragon s/c (£22-50, Dark Horse) by Jane Yolen & Rebecca Guay.
Dragon-based fully painted fantasy. Here’s Rebecca’s website – a little bit Arthur Rackham, don’t you think?
Turf h/c (£16-99, Titan) by Jonathan Ross & Tommy Lee Edwards.
Of #1 I wrote:
You’ve got to be curious, yes? Can the dapper dandy and self-confessed comicbook nerd recently jettisoned by the BBC actually write what he reads? Yes, he can.
New York City during the snow-swept February of 1929: a time of underground jazz clubs and speakeasies populated by high society and lowlifes alike, for ten years ago Prohibition put the money in the hands of those on the make and police and politicians on the take. Protected by the very law they are breaking and lord knows how many gunmen of their own, the gang bosses are virtually untouchable. So how come the Delancey family just disappeared overnight? Was it Don Mario Bava’s gang? Mmmm, probably not, no. Don Mario Bava, the Capo Di Tutti Capi, has just been been slaughtered along with his mob high up on the 57th floor of the Baltimore Hotel in their private, unassailable penthouse suite. Strung from the ceiling, some of them with their throats ripped out. And the strange thing is that only one man got in its elevator that night: Stefan Dragonmir, young brother of Gregori. Four years ago the Dragonmir family arrived on the scene, all the way from Romania. They bought their way into society by lavishing money on charities, but there is tension between the two brothers, for one is more ambitious than the other.
Thanks to Edwards this is steeped in period atmosphere. He can do rakish (Stefan) as well as debonair (Gregori), sharp-dressed and sleazy too. His interior decor is as well researched as his exterior architecture, and Ross too knows his stuff. But you’ve seen so many mob films before, so what sets this apart? Is it the vampires? Yes, but we’ve seen that mixed with crime in comics too (BITE CLUB). No, what sets it apart, on top of all that, is that a bloody great space ship has just crashed into Coney Island’s funfair! Both Edwards and Ross play that straight, making the incongruity even funnier. So if you thought this sounded just a little too familiar, I defy you to predict where on earth this is heading now.
Yeah, don’t think I’ll promise you a release date…!
Creepy Presents Bernie Wrightson h/c (£14-99, Dark Horse) by Bernie Wrightson, more & Bernie Wrightson, Howard Chaykin, Carmine Infantino.
From the man who brought you that outstanding FRANKENSTEIN hardcover (think Gustave Doré, Franklin Booth) and Swamp Thing, all his CREEY and EERIE short stories plus frontispieces and colour illustrations from the 1970s and ‘80s. Have a cover:
B.P.R.D: Plague Of Frogs vol 2 h/c (£25-99, Dark Horse) by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi & Guy Davis, John Severin.
Fantastic Four 1234 (£7-50) by Grant Morrison & Jae Lee.
Oh this was good. It was so, so good and having reached the FF part of Grant Morrison’s SUPERGODS (due in July, feel free to pre-order) I now feel better informed. Ten years or so ago, I began with this montage…
“Sue. It shouldn’t sound like that. It’s not raining outside…”
“That’s not thunder, is it…? It’s under the ground….”
“Johnny, I love what you do to me, but these are third degree burns…!”
“Shut up. Stop trying to hurt us, you stupid, lonely, ignorant man!”
There’s a storm brewing over Manhattan, and Marvel’s most dysfunctional family, wandering through the echoing chambers of their soulless, high-tech skyscraper, are coming apart at the seams. Someone’s playing a game of chess with their lives. It’s rigged, of course, with a scattering of rogue pawns lying in wait across the board. One by one husband and wife, brother and friend are being isolated and taken down by their own hopes, fears and inadequacies. Reed Richards isn’t just brooding, he’s hooked up to his machines like some reclusive techno-junky, leaving his wife to feed fake fish, his careless, callous brother-in-law to preen and party, and Ben Grimm, the most insecure of the lot, in temptation’s way.
Morrison and Lee strip away all comfortable elements of this superhero family team title, with its preposterous dialogue and garish colours, leaving some vulnerable, emotional individuals to crash and burn by their own hands. Once again, it’s time to ignore the publisher and trust the creators, for, like the INHUMANS, this is far more Vertiginous in style and content, and you’re going to kick yourself if you let the title dissuade you from grabbing another slice of prime Grant Morrison. Jae Lee has once more risen to the challenge of adapting his art to the task at hand. The backgrounds are relentlessly slate or green-grey, with a mass of sharp, angular blacks, crumbling sympathetically with its occupants. It’s a miserable, neo-Gothic environment for miserable, 21st Century people.
“Richards. In one short evening, I’ve taken everything. The boy is blinded, crippled and enslaved. The monster is shattered, lost, his lover now the Mole Man’s bride in his kingdom of filth. Your wife is drowning in the deep fathoms of her adulterous frenzy. And all that remains… is Doom. While you’ve been locked away, I’ve been busy destroying the life and lives of your family forever, Richards. Tell me… what have you been doing?”
“Well, Victor… I’ve been thinking.”
It’s cold out there. Get ready to shiver.
Due: 05/10/11 apparently!?
Avengers By Brian Michael Bendis vol 2 (£18-99, Marvel) by Bendis, John Romita Jr., Bryan Hitch.
The Infinity Gauntlet: a glove composed of Power Gems affecting space, time and reality, too powerful to be in the possession of any one man or woman. Years ago the Illuminati secretly split the gems between them then hid them. One of them’s just been found. And wherever the gems go Thanos always follows.
Massive cast including the Red Hulk here written somewhat differently. Most importantly, however, after Iron Man promised nor further secrets and best behaviour to Steve Rogers, his role in the Illuminati and its clandestine history comes out of a closet so capacious you could fit half the last century’s light entertainment stars in it.
The final issue was played ingeniously, plus this also contains #12.1 by Bryan Hitch featuring the jaw-dropping return of ******. AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI, containing their prior history with the Infinity Gauntlet, reviewed here:
X-Men: Executioner’s Song h/c (£37-99, Marvel) by Lobdell, David, Nicieza & Jae Lee, Andy Kubert, Peterson, Capullo.
A softcover @ £18-99 sat on our shelves for six years. A hardcover @ £37-99…? You will need to order it in! Oh yes, sorry: APOCALYPSE!!!
X-Factor: Scar Tissue h/c (£18-99, Marvel) by Peter David & De Landro, Lupacchino
Lupacchino?! Is that some sort of full-moon, lycanthropic latte?
Rahne and Rictor finally have it out over the identity of Rahne’s baby’s father and Major J. Jonah Jameson finds himself at the centre of the very murder investigation he initiated.
Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine h/c (£18-99, Marvel) by Jason Aaron & Adam Kubert.
High up the night sky there’s a meteor approaching. It’s heading for Earth. It’s heading directly for Peter and Logan. Oh, and it’s the one that wiped out the dinosaurs.
Wolverine and Spider-Man have been stuck back in time for ages, ever since trying to foil a diamond heist - diamonds with very peculiar properties. Peter dreams obsessively of a woman, carving her face over and over on the rocks round his hideout. Logan’s become leader of the Small People, defending them from savage attacks by more predatory hominids. Peter’s been warning him about that: it might do catastrophic damage to the timeline. It does catastrophic damage to the time-line.
I’m going to leave you to discover the rest for yourselves, but Kubert’s art is as smart as you’d expect. Just one warning (you might want to print this review out now before you forget): pages 9 and 10 of the first chapter, plus pages 11 and 12, and 21 and 22 need to be read left-to-right across the breadth of each double-page spread. I’ve been reading comics for over three thousand two hundred and thirty-four years now and it caught me out completely.
Avengers Academy vol 2: Will We Use This In The Real World? h/c (£18-99, Marvel) by Christos Gage & Mike McKone.
The return of Korvac. Who he? See here:
Heroes For Hire s/c (£11-99, Marvel) by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning & Brad Walker, Robert Atkins
Having spent some time at DC, Dan and Andy realised that Marvel didn’t have a BIRDS OF PREY title so wrote one with Misty Knight as Oracle and the Falcon, Black Widow, Moon Knight, Elektra, Ghost Rider, Punisher and Iron Fist among her rotating roster of operatives. Each handles separate parts of a coordinated ambush/attack in exchange of information, the currency of any vigilante worth their sea salt dredged up here in the form of Atlantean narcotics. It’s a pretty standard painting-by-numbers superhero series but wait until you see who’s pulling Misty’s strings.
Brightest Day vol 3 h/c (£22-50, DC) by Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi & Ivan Reis, more.
The conclusion to DC’s latest blockbuster which you will never see coming in a million years: a cliff-hanger so close to the edge that it will put the fear of heights into you. Here’s Jonathan, a less cryptic critic than I:
Hitman vol 5: Who Dares Wins (£9-75) by Garth Ennis & John McCrea.
This is the sort of work which McCrea excels at: exaggerated, cartoon violence deep in urban shadow, with Garth Ennis reliving his 2000AD days in a different environment. Members of the SAS, fresh from infiltrating the IRA, have come to town. Tommy and Natt find themselves the target. Naturally there are complications. Here’s Alex Sarll, botherer of ponds and the dandy who dares, on volume one:
Superman: The Black Ring vol 2 h/c (£22-50, DC) by Paul Cornell, Gail Simone & Ed Benes, more.
Orange is for avarice and Lex Luthor feels the need: the need for power which he has always secretly envied in Superman. His quest for Black Lantern energy and extra sales leads to an encounter with the Joker. Book one:
Art, Criticism, Prose etc. For July
Supergods h/c (£17-99, Jonathan Cape) by Grant Morrison.
“The original Superman was a bold humanist response to Depression-era fears of runaway scientific advance and soulless industrialism… If the dystopian nightmare visions of the age foresaw a dehumanized, mechanized world, Superman offered another possibility: an image of a fiercely human tomorrow that delivered the spectacle of triumphant individualism exercising its sovereignty over the implacable forces of industrial repression.”
A book on the superhero genre by one of its most imaginative practitioners. I have a proof of this in my possession, I’m one hundred pages in, and if you’re a Morrison fan it’s particularly illuminating when it comes to his own books like FANTASTIC FOUR: 1,2,3,4 above. Random things I have learned so far: Namor is ‘Roman’ spelled backwards; Wonder Woman was created by the same man who invented the polygraph lie-detector test, hence the magic lasso of truth; there really are an awful lot of chemicals and psychiatric disorders in BATMAN. Two-Face = schizophrenia; Catwoman = kleptomania; The Scarecrow = the motherload!
Also, a lot of really weird shit started happening to Superman, Lois Lane, Robin et al post-Frederick Wertham: everything he complained about which was never there suddenly manifested itself!
Taxidermied: The Art Of Roman Dirge h/c (£24-99, Titan) by Roman Dirge.
The creator of LENORE tells you to get stuffed.
Comics for July 2011
Rachel Rising #1 (£2-99, Abstract Studios) by Terry Moore.
The last issue of ECHO is yet to ship and already Terry’s straight out the gate with another filly set in the same universe. Yep, the cat’s out of the bag: RACHEL RISING, ECHO and STRANGERS IN PARADISE all take place in the same reality as you will discover all too well in ECHO volume six!
Rachel wakes up one morning on a shallow grave: it’s her own. There lies her body, murdered. So where’s her boyfriend, eh? I’m in!
League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen III: Century #2 (£7-99, Knockabout) by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill.
London 1969. Look, you’re either reading this or you’re not. As it happens, you are. #1:
The Red Wing #1 (£2-75, Image) by Jonathan Hickman & Nick Pitarra, Rachelle Rosenberg.
From the creator of NIGHTLY NEWS and current writer of Shield and FANTASTIC FOUR, a new science fiction series. “To stay alive in the future, the best fighter pilots in the world not only have to perfect skills and master their aircraft, they also have to know how to travel through time.” Interview and interior art:
Wormwood: Bingo Night In Valhalla #1 of 4 (£2-99, IDW) by Ben Templesmith.
From the artist of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT and FELL, a fourth investigative comedy horror story starring a sentient worm/maggot animating a dapperly dressed corpse to fend off supernatural disaster. Included here are Nordic Gods, nursing homes and a surly unicorn.
Spontaneous #1 (£2-99, Oni) by Joe Harris & Brett Weldele.
“Driven to discover the true regarding his father’s mysterious death years prior, Melvin Reyes seeks to prove the existence of Spontaneous Combustion after fresh outbreaks of the phenomenon reveal a pattern only he can see, a predictability model only he can read, and the terrifying realisation that whatever phenomenon consumed his father is also boiling inside of him, just waiting for release. Sounds like Weldele’s work on THE LIGHT!
Whole of the first issue here:
DC Comics Presents: Batman – Gotham Noir (£5-99, DC) by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips with Scott McDaniel.
Good grief! An Elseworlds book I cannot recall from the creative team behind CRIMINAL, SLEEPER and INCOGNITO! Bat-fans, have you read SLEEPER? You’d need to read SLEEPER! Superb superhero noir: two books, beginning, middle and end. Here’s Sean’s blog.
Brilliant #1 (£2-99, Icon/Marvel) by Brian Michael Bendis & Mark Bagley
They must be out of their brilliant minds. Ivy League colleague students set about cracking the secret of superpowers. Some are younger than others but none of them are old enough to realise how they themselves will react to the discovery or how the wider world will react to them. Set very much in the insular world of college campus – the outside world comes to them – I wouldn’t expect costumes but plain clothes and late starts… says the man who began typing today at 1pm.
University joke: Why don’t students stare out of the window in the morning? Because there’d be nothing left to do in the afternoon.
Captain America #1 (£2-99, Marvel) by Ed Brubaker & Steve McNiven.
Basically just a continuation of the current series, but with added McNiven which is always a wonderful thing. The current series also continues, obviously, this being today’s sprawling Marvel. <sigh>
On the other hand, Brubaker’s unbroken run some several years on has yielded but one duff book in an otherwise superlative stream of genre-splicing joy. Check it out from the beginning:
Red Skull #1 (£2-25, Marvel) by Greg Pak & Mirko Colak.
Greg Pak returns to WWII following his exceptional MAGNETO: LAST TESTAMENT which I cannot commend highly enough to X-Men fans or indeed school libraries. You’ll see what I mean when you click on that link. Will this take the same approach to historical accuracy? I don’t know, but I’ve never been clear myself on the schweinhund’s origins so I may well be giving this a gander. #givingthisagander. I cannot converse any longer without Tweet-speak.
Daredevil #1 (£2-99, Marvel) by Mark Waid & Rivera, Martin.
Under Bendis, Brubaker, Diggle & Johnston (a most unlikely law practice) DAREDEVIL’s readership soared. We’re talking a 600% increase in periodical sales let alone the books. Bendis’ take beat Frank Miller’s formidable tenure over the head with a billy club, and here is why: LINK. But as much as I love some of Waid’s writing (particularly KINGDOM COME – oh, but you need KINGDOM COME; maybe even ABSOLUTE KINGDOM COME!) he has a radically different aesthetic. So, you know, give the man a chance but I am just not sure…
Sergio Aragonés Funnies #1 (£2-75, Bongo) by Sergio Aragonés.
From the creator of GROO, a self-explanatory new series.
Elric: The Balance Lost #1 (£2-99, Boom!) by Chris Roberson & Franceso Biagini.
The return of the Michael Moorcock legend with an afterword from Neil Gaiman. Interior art here:
Little Nothings vol 4 (£10-99, NBM) by Trondheim. No one bought volume 3!
Cruisin’ With The Hound: The Life And Times of Fred Tooté (£14-99, Fantagraphics) by Spain Rodriguez
Nuts h/c (£14-99, Fantagraphics) by Gahan Wilson
Complete Peanuts 19814-1982 h/c (£21-99, Fantagraphics) by Charles Schultz
Even More Old Jewish Comedians (£14-99, Fantagraphics) by Drew Friedman
Echo: The Complete Edition (£29-99, Abstract Studios) by Terry Moore
Bouncer: The One-Armed Gunslinger vol 1 h/c (£22-50, Humanoids) by Alexandro Jodorowsky & François Bouq
John Lord vol 1 (£14-99, Humanoids) by Denis Pierre Filipi & Patrick Laumond
Transmetropolitan vol 10: One More Time new edition (£14-99, Vertigo/DC) by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson 10/08/11
Sandman vol 6: Fables & Reflections new edition (£14-99, Vertigo/DC) by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell, Jill Thompson, more 31/08/11
Madame Xanadu vol 4: Extra Sensory (£13-50, Vertigo/DC) by Matt Wagner & Amy Reeder, more 10/08/11
Petrograd h/c (£22-50, Oni) by Phil Gelatt & Tyler Crook
Judge Dredd Restricted Files vol 3 (£19-99, Rebellion) by Wagner, Grant & Talbot, Ezquerra
Captain America: Red Glare h/c (£22-50, Marvel) by Mark Wade & Andy Kubert, Lee Weeks
Wolverine: Wolverine Vs The X-Men h/c (£18-99, Marvel) by Jason Aaron & Daniel Acuna
X-Men: Legacy Aftermath h/c (£14-99, marvel) by Carey & various
The Stand: No Man’s Land h/c (£18-99, Marvel) by Aguirre-Sacasa & Mike Perkins
Avengers vol 1 s/c (£14-99, Marvel) by Bendis & Romita Jr
New Avengers vol 1 s/c (£14-99, Marvel) by Bendis & Immonen
Secret Avengers vol 1 s/c (£14-99, Marvel) by Ed Brubaker & Mike Deodato, more
Spider-Man: Complete Ben Reilly Travesty (£29-99, Marvel) by them poor bastards
Essential Peter Parker vol 5 (£14-99, Marvel) by various
Thunderbolts: Violent Rejection (£11-99, Marvel) by Jeff Parker & Walker, Shalvey
Incredible Hulks: Planet Savage s/c (£14-99, Marvel) by Greg Pak & Dale Eaglesham, Tom Grummett
X-Men: Age Of X s/c UK edition (£15-99, Panini) by Carey & co.
And so many, many more
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