A reminder of your two options:
My highlights below, often with external links to previews or interviews followed by, wherever possible, a “LINK” to where you can pre-order the books from us online. (Unavailable for UK books, I’m afraid.) Alternatively you can read the whole of Diamond’s own PREVIEWS with no commentary or quality control from me, split by Jonathan and Dominique into digestible chunks. Went up a fortnight ago:
Books For November 2011 onwards
“I also happen to know that in the third issue Page 45 will find itself with a brand new branch in The Bay. Yes, apparently we’ve just opened in San Francisco!”
– Stephen on The Rinse #3. We seriously are in this comic. Buy it and treasure a piece of Page 45 history!
The Sigh h/c (£7-50, Archaia) by Marjane Satrapi.
Huge news! The hugest of news, yet I discovered this only by using our own search engine on Sunday!
Known as LE SOUPIR in French, this is the first colour work from the creator of PERSEPOLIS, Embroideries and CHICKEN WITH PLUMS. Both constituent parts of PERSEPOLIS were my books of the year when originally published separately. We sold several hundred copies before the animated film was even proposed – over 50% of them to women – and we’ve had a three-dimensional display of it in our window for two or three years now.
“Rose is one of three daughters of a rich merchant who always brings gifts for his girls from the market. One day Rose asks for the seed of a blue bean, but he fails to find one for her. She lets out a sigh in resignation, and her sigh attracts the Sigh, a mysterious being that brings the seed she desired to the merchant. But every debt has to be paid, and every gift has a price, and the Sigh returns a year later to take the merchant’s daughter to a secret and distant palace.”
Nelson (£18-99, Blank Slate Books) by… oh, just pick your favourite creator and they’re here:
Paul Grist, Rob Davis, Woodrow Phoenix, Ellen Lindner, Jamie Smart, Gary Northfield, Sarah McIntyre, Suzy Varty, Sean Longcroft, Warwick Johnson–Cadwell, Luke Pearson, Paul Harrison–Davies, Katie Green, Paul Peart–Smith, Glyn Dillon, I.N.J.Culbard, John Allison, Philip Bond, D’Israeli, Simone Lia, Darryl Cunningham, Jonathan Edwards, Ade Salmon, Kate Charlesworth, Warren Pleece, Kristyna Baczynski, Harvey James, Rian Hughes, Sean Phillips & Pete Doree, Kate Brown, Simon Gane, Jon McNaught, Adam Cadwell, Faz Choudhury, JAKe, Jeremy Day, Dan McDaid, Roger Langridge, Will Morris, Dave Shelton, Carol Swain, Hunt Emerson, Duncan Fegredo, Philippa Rice, Josceline Fenton, Garen Ewing, Tom Humberstone , Dan Berry, Alice Duke, Posy Simmonds, Laura Howell, Andi Watson, and Dave Taylor.
Yes, you read right: even Posy Simmonds.
This isn’t, however, an anthology: it’s a single story told by a relay race of writers and artists somehow coordinated by Woodrow Phoenix who’s a bit a legend at Page 45 on account of RUMBLE STRIP, SUGAR BUZZ and WHERE’S IT AT, SUGAR CAT? 250 pages.
“London, 1968. A daughter is born to Jim and Rita Baker. Her name is Nel. This is her story, told in yearly snapshots. Each chapter records the events of a single day, weaving one continuous ribbon of pictures and text that takes us on a 43- year journey from Nel Baker’s birth to 2011.
Part exquisite corpse and part relay race, Nelson spans decades of British history and a myriad of stylistic approaches in telling the story of one woman’s life by 54 creators, in 54 episodes, detailing 54 days. The result is a surprising and compellingly readable book that is sad, funny, moving, poignant, ridiculous, heartfelt, and real. This is a story like none you have seen before. All Profits from this book go to Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity.”
Here’s a brief interview with Woodrow: LINK
No, it’s a UK item so email firstname.lastname@example.org to order!
The Adventures Of Hergé h/c (£14-99, Drawn & Quarterly) by Jose-Louis Bocquet, Jean-Luc Fromental & Stanislas Barthelemy.
“The Adventures of Hergé is a biographical comic about the world-renowned comics artist Georges Prosper Remi, better known by his pen name, Hergé. Meticulously researched, with references to many of the Tintin albums and complete with a bibliography and mini-bios for each of the main ‘characters,’ the biography is appropriately drawn in Hergé’s iconic clear line style as an homage to the Tintin adventures that have commanded the attention of readers across the world and of many generations. Seven-year-old Hergé first discovered his love of drawing in 1914 when his mother gave him some crayons to stay out of trouble. He continued drawing in school when he fatefully met the editor of XXe Siècle magazine, where Tintin first appeared. His popularity skyrocketed from the 1930s through post-WWII. Hergé was perceived by some to have aided the Nazi government in Belgium by continuing to publish Tintin in a government-sanctioned magazine, and he was briefly imprisoned in the aftermath of the war and narrowly escaped execution. Also covered are his marriage troubles in the 1950s and subsequent affair with Fanny Vlamynck, who went on to become his lifelong partner; his late career in the 1960s, as his interest in Tintin waned and he occasionally ‘disappeared’ for weeks at a time as he contemplated giving up his career to become a fine-arts painter; and a recounting of a humorous encounter with Andy Warhol.”
The Eyes Of The Cat h/c (£52-99, Humanoids Inc) by Jodorowsky & Moebius.
At a whopping 12” x 16” this luxurious edition limited to 750 copies comes with a whopping price to boot. But to have these masters’ first collaboration in print at all in the English language is a minor miracle. Feast your eyes on that miracle with this preview: LINK
The textures! Oh, the textures!
Rasl vol 3 (£10-99, Cartoon Books) by Jeff Smith.
RASL appears in two formats. These album-sized beauties or the pocketbook two-in-one version. I repeat: this is the album-sized version. Of book one I wrote:
“No” is the answer to that most commonly asked question, “This is nothing like BONE“. You had nine books of that, so don’t you think it’s well past time for something completely different? This is about as refreshingly far from the brilliant BONE as Dave Sim’s JUDENHASS is different to GLAMOURPUSS. One-trick ponies there are aplenty, but Jeff Smith isn’t one of them.
This is a brutally noir piece of extrapolated science set over several fictional worlds in which the art-thief hero, I infer, stole the technology he’s been using to hop between dimensions because it could have been used as an electromagnetic weapon. Unfortunately someone or something is hot on his tail, has murdered his girlfriend and is on verge of murdering her counterpart if Robert can’t take the fight back to them. There’s a real physicality to the protagonist with slightly simian looks, his big mop of hair, his compacted, body-builder physique and the fountain of sweat that sprays off his face. Even the way he pulls up his slacks is sexually charged. You imagine he might have a growl like Tom Waits, and he sure likes his liquor bars and strip joints.
It’s too early to judge where this is going yet, but where it’s coming from involves parallel universes, conspiracy, Native American symbolism/spirituality and knowing your Bob Dylan. Well, it does for “Rasl” Robert, which is why he knows he made the wrong turning at the pandimensional traffic lights. Some clever scenes where he’s caught off his guard by the seemingly familiar, and finds it not so.
Athos In America h/c (£18-99, Fantagraphics) by Jason.
All-new, all-colour, and from the artist on our Comicbook Of The Month, ISLE OF 10,000 GRAVES.
“The title story is a prequel to the graphic novel THE LAST MUSKETEER, in which the ageless swashbuckler tells the tale of playing himself in a film of The Three Musketeers. Also included are ‘The Smiling Horse,’ ‘The Brain That Wouldn’t Virginia Woolf,’ the Bukowski pastiche ‘A Cat From Heaven,’ ‘Tom Waits on the Moon’ and ‘So Long Mary Ann,’ a prisonescape love-triangle story. Dry, mordant and all very Jason!”
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele-Blanc-Sec vol 2: The Mad Scientist / Mummies On Parade (£18-99, Fantagraphics) by Jacques Tardi.
Of volume one, Jonathan wrote… a lot! Here’s some of it:
The Adele Blanc-Sec material has some common themes running throughout with occultism, mysticism, mentalism and pseudo science-fiction of the Houdini-esque type prevalent in the pre-WWI era, frequently being the driving force behind the stories, but Tardi also takes the opportunity to take a few satirical swipes and occasionally make a serious point about themes such as corruption and nationalism. He also continues the great French theme in comics of portraying the police as a bunch of bumbling idiots which, let’s be honest, is always good amusement value when done well.
What is really great about this particular Fantagraphics release is we get Tardi in colour again for the first time, with a rather eclectic palette of colours (I’m not sure pterodactyls really were burgundy*) enriching some outstanding fine line penmanship. The ligne claire school of artistry, including the typically detailed backgrounds and slightly cartoonish aspect to the characters, is therefore considerably more evident here than on the more heavily penned black and white material released by Fantagraphics before now.
I’m not making a statement that one style is better than the other, far from it. What it does demonstrate though is that Tardi is obviously an extremely accomplished artist as well as writer. Still, one could spot his hand at a distance of a thousand yards, irrespective of the particular stylistic approach he has chosen to employ. The nice thing though for those of us who’ve come to appreciate his work, is that we know it to be the hallmark of quality.
* I was merely middle-aged at the time, but I can assure you that pterodactyls were indeed burgundy, as was my choice of vino – Ed. (Partial to a little of the blanc-sec myself.)
Nobrow 6: The Double (£15, Nobrow) by Tom Gauld, Kevin Huizenga, Luke Pearson, Jon McNaught, more.
120-page anthology whose production values will be, I promise, magnificent.
“The theme of this issue The Double explores the sinister concept of the Doppelgänger, one which has appeared in literature and mythology since our earliest written records. From Greek and Norse Mythology to Shelly, Dostoyevsky, Donne and Goethe the idea has held the human imagination, fascinating and terrorising us in equal measure. Now we turn it over to 60 illustrators and graphic storytellers to interpret it as they wish, each, taking on one ‘double’ page spread.”
Here’s the cover on their website: LINK
Sandcastle h/c (£14-99, SelfMade Hero) by Pierre Oscar Levy, Frederik Peeters.
“None of us can leave.”
Known in France as Château De Sable, and you may already be familiar with Peeters given how many copies of the poignant BLUE PILLS we’ve sold. The publisher writes:
“Early morning on a perfect summer’s day, people begin to descend on an idyllic, secluded beach. Amongst their number, a family, a young couple, a refugee and some American tourists. Its fine white sand is fringed with rock pools filled with crystal clear water. The beach is sheltered from prying eyes by green-fringed cliffs that soar around the cove. But this utopia keeps a dark secret.
A woman’s body is found floating in the waters, which brings these thirteen strangers together to try and unravel the riddle of the sands and escape the beach alive in this tense, fantastical mystery.”
Beautiful cover and a couple of interior pages: LINK
Krazy & Ignatz vol 1922-1924 Drim Of Love.
“With our 13th volume, the award-winning project of publishing every single Krazy Kat Sunday created by Herriman comes to a close. With its fantastically inventive language and haunting desert decor, Krazy Kat has been rated the best comic strip ever created. The book includes 10 rare full-colour strips, a ‘DeBaffling’ section explaining period references and in-jokes, a selection of recently-unearthed samples of Herriman’s very first published comic strip, and the entire full run of the never-before collected 1920s full-colour Us Husbands strip. And as with the previous 12 volumes, Chris Ware has provided the superb covers.”
Also this month. Krazy and Ignatz: First Sundays 1916-1924.
Siegfried vol 1 h/c (£18-99, Archaia) by Alex Alice
“A three-part story inspired by Wagner’s classic opera The Ring of the Nibelung! Siegfried, born of the love between a mortal man and a Valkyrie, is a young orphan being raised by Mime, one of the last of the dwarf-goblin Nibelungs, in a dark forest with only wolves for friends and family. While his foster parent only wants to live in peace and solitude, Siegfried yearns to discover who his real parents were and live amongst his own kind, not knowing that Odin, father of the Norse gods, has a destiny planned for him: to fight the dragon Fafnir, guardian of the Rheingold!”
If only Dark Horse would reprint P. Craig Russell’s version. In the meantime Alex’s website is well worth a look: http://alexalice.com/
A.D.D. h/c (£18-99, Vertigo/DC) by Douglas Rushkoff & Goran Sudzuka, Jose Marzan Jr.
“The Adolescent Demo Division are the world’s luckiest teen gamers. Raised from birth to test media, appear on reality TV and enjoy the fruits of corporate culture, the squad develop special abilities that make them the envy of the world – and a grave concern to their keepers. One by one, they ‘graduate’ to new levels that are not what they seem. But their heightened abilities can only take them so far as the ultimate search for their birth families leads to an inconceivably harrowing discovery. Written by Douglas Rushkoff, world-renowned media theorist, Frontline TV correspondent and author (Ecstasy Club, Media Virus and Program or Be Programmed, TESTAMENT).”
Monster Truck (£10-99, Image) by Shaky Kane.
From the artist on BULLETPROOF COFFIN.
“Taking its stylistic cues from the silver age of comics, this graphic road movie by comics legend SHAKY KANE, pans out over 50 continuous panels, taking the reader on a hallucinogenic journey into the very hinterland of popular culture. Deluxe, recolored, remastered second printing of the Wishbone Studio cult classic. ‘The world in a blender, all the tastiest parts shaken, rattled, and rolled into a Technicolor mind-warp!’ Matt Seneca, Death To The Universe.” Interior art etc. here: LINK.
Rocketeer Adventures vol 1 h/c (£18-99, IDW) by various.
Not to be confused with Dave Stevens’ original ROCKETEER material currently in stock, this is the recent tribute anthology with a stellar line-up of creators. Of the first issue, I wrote:
“Cliff Secord, where have you been?!”
Dave Stevens would be very proud.
Three short stories, each faithful in their own individual ways to different aspects of Dave Stevens’ rocket-fuelled retro with the luscious Betty centre-stage in each. John Cassady’s lifts off right in the middle of a military heist/blackmail/kidnapping which feels very early-Superman complete with our Lois Lane substitute giving the Rocketeer a right roasting for being late/impulsive/accommodating. On top of that, being Cassady, it is as lush and shiny as hell. Allred’s is a breathless and far more romantic affair which takes full advantage of the Art Deco, star-themed crown of the Chrysler Building for its sense of wonder and air-born liberation. Busiek and Kaluta, however, as you might expect, go for heart as Betty, very much the successful stage star in her own right, eschews the superficial rewards fame lays on for her each and every night to immerse herself in letters sent from the frontline of WWII by her beloved Cliff Secord flying alongside an air force squadron who of course have Betty Page painted on most of their planes’ fuselages. He makes light of the danger but she sees right through him, and suddenly – for days, weeks then months – the post stops arriving and Betty starts to fear for the worst…
One of my favourite Alex Ross pieces in ages graces the front cover. The colours are rich, the perspective a perfect piece of foreshortening; and the different leather textures and metallic sheens all suggest a sunshine up above which fills the space before brightening up the green fields below.
Elektra Assassin h/c (£18-99, Marvel) by Frank Miller & Bill Sienkiewicz.
Oh-ho! A visual game-changer, was this, and not just for Marvel Comics. It inspired David Mack’s entire KABUKI career! Here’s Mark – yes, our Mark – on a Marvel Comic!
“Deadly but beautiful ninja action from 1987. Bill’s art begins to approach the wild invention of STRAY TOASTERS with lashings to photocopies, splayed paint, collage, stickers and time-saving short cuts. The first chapter alone seems to have given David Mack his current tortoise-like career. Frank’s splintered storyline uses multiple voices to give a sense of confusion in both the narrative and their own minds.
“We begin with Elektra escaping from the asylum, controlling her memories and trying to keep the ninja training at the forefront. Throughout the book, this discipline is responsible for many great plot twists – mind-swapping, lightning-quick reflexes, mind-control, everyday objects used as weapons. There is a great beast looking to bring the destruction of the world by controlling the mind of the next president of the United States and Elektra must stop him. Although this was published by Epic, it references Miller’s earlier DAREDEVIL storyline but the only Marvel bleed-through we get to see is a big-gun-obsessed Nick Fury along with several disposable S.H.I.E.L.D operatives.”
Due: Ist February 2012!
Ultimate Comics Death Of Spider-Man: Fallout h/c (£18-99, Marvel) by Bendis, Hickman, Spencer & Bagley, Pichelli, Larroca, Tan, Crain.
Please note: this is a reprint of ULTIMATE COMICS: FALLOUT, not the actual death of the Ultimate version of Spider-Man. It’s the mini-series which followed that, and which leads into the three current Ultimate series. As such it is both epilogue and prologue and the Bendis/Bagley/Pichelli sequences with Aunt May lost at a state funeral are gutting. I could have read an entire six issues of that and wish that I had.
Batman: The Dark Knight vol 1 – Golden Dawn h/c (£18-99, DC) by David Finch, Grant Morrison & David Finch.
Grant Morrison alert! For those following his run on Batman, this contains the vital one-shot he wrote before BATMAN INC which set up the whole Leviathan epic. Of BATMAN: THE RETURN, then, I wrote:
David Finch, as you’d expect from the artist on NEW AVENGERS: BREAK OUT, does it full justice making it the finest-looking Batbook ever. And let’s face it, there’s some pretty impressive competition out there, especially since Bolland went and recoloured KILLING JOKE. Bruce Wayne is back in residence and has gathered his cohorts together. This the beginning of something new, fighting ideas with better ones and constructing a more coherent campaign against crime on a number of carefully coordinated fronts technologically, geographically, corporately. Just as well because Leviathan is rising from the deep and I don’t think it bodes well for Damian if the Yemen incursion is anything to go by.
Also contains Finch’s own BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1 to 5 sparked off by the murder of one of Bruce Wayne’s childhood friends, and featuring Etrigan the Demon.
Boys vol 9: The Big Ride (£18-99, D.E.) by Garth Ennis & Russ Braun, John McCrea.
Big ten-issue chunk from #50-59. Of volume one I wrote:
“Unadulterated carnage.” Yeah, that pretty much sums it up, cheers.
Writer and comedian Simon Pegg provides the introduction in which he offers the experience that, as an actor, you rarely switch on the TV to find yourself starring in a series you hadn’t performed for. I mention this because he – or a character with his exact likeness – is the star of this particular show in which his love-life is literally torn apart by a couple of squabbling super-freaks. Great timing, that panel. This makes him easy pickings for Billy Butcher, a man with a mission to bring down the high-and-mighty but secretly down-and-dirty super-thugs and super-sluts who enjoy the adulation of millions and the support of the authorities (although decidedly less so in Glasgow), yet whose team leaders like The Homelander emotionally and sexually abuse their fresher cohorts.
Together with The Frenchman, Mother’s Milk and The Female, Billy and Wee Hughie (the naive Pegg-alike), Billy Butcher embarks on his first new mission to covertly film a teen team in the all-together doing the unmentionable. They’re not going to expose them, though, they’re going to blackmail them into self-destructing in public: it’s about making these conceited celebrities with their polished media profiles squirm and turn on each other.
Little is left to the imagination as Garth and Ennis trawl through an A to Z of what Wertham worried about and Marvel and DC have never allowed to be shown in superhero comics. So it’s little surprise that DC dropped the title; the only astonishing thing is that it took them so long! It’s crude, it’s lewd, but the lascivious relish is infectious, and I can’t wait to see what happens when The Boys start climbing the ladder to take on the equivalent of the Justice League of America. They won’t go down so easily – except on each other.
Other Books Scheduled:
Yes, you can read the entire contents of Marvel or DC books scheduled here, and do so separately with covers etc. or simply skip to Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics, Top Shelf, Viz etc. instead:
Art & Prose For November 2011
Art & Prose, see here:
Comics For November 2011
Heaven All Day (£2-99, Adhouse) by John Martz.
Oh, the most beautiful of blues! This could be an absolute gem!
“The lives of a lonely factory worker and an abandoned robot become intertwined as the man struggles to complete his life’s work – a mysterious contraption that he must keep secret from the outside world.”
Several page preview online, alternating between the two stories like an electric current. Tantalising! Infuriating! What happens next?!?! LINK
Thought Bubble Anthology #1 (£2-25, Image) by Andy Diggle, Antony Johnston, Stuart Gordon & Duncan Fegredo, D’Israeli, Charlie Adlard.
Will you be at Thought Bubble? I will!
I’m “In Conversation with Bryan Talbot” or something. On stage! I can’t recall which brief drunken evening that sounded like such a good idea. Details of the enormous Leeds convention can be found elsewhere on the following site after you’ve taken a look at their preview to this very anthology: LINK
The Rinse #3 (£2-99, Boom!) by Gary Phillips & Marc Laming.
Page 45 appears in this actual issue!
“There’s nothing like the air in the countryside.
“The smell of money is much sharper out there.”
Jeff Sinclair is a man who plans and keeps the map of any money trail hidden in his head. His job is to disperse vast sums of cash so that they can never be found, and certainly not traced. He is discreet, cautious, meticulous and methodical. Unfortunately for Jeff, not everyone he encounters is half so sage and in the space of one short day in sunny San Francisco three key encounters look likely to sully his otherwise clean bill of wealth. It’s about to get brutal.
Welcome back, Marc Laming! It’s been 15-odd years since he joined fourteen other artists here to sign at our second Independents Day, and if I knew he’d be returning in such fine form I’d have missed him even more. So many artists skimp on the details, leaving their figures stranded weightless and lifeless in limbo; but here every car, every bar, every single street awning is rich in texture and light, while each individual negotiating this living, breathing city must do so in step to its beat. I also happen to know that in the third issue Page 45 will find itself with a brand new branch in The Bay. Yes, apparently we’ve just opened in San Francisco!
There’s also a renewed softness to Marc’s forms, a love of deft smiles, and the way Jeff subtly adjusts his glasses or keeps close watch from beneath their upper frames makes all the difference in the world. As for his women, I offer you evidence on August 30th of precisely why you need this series: Marc’s own blogspot: LINK
Our Love Is Real one-shot (£2-99, Image) by Sam Humphries & Steven Sanders.
I can’t remember which unlikely creator first alerted me to this months and months ago. Finally available through Diamond Distributors rather than direct from Mr. Humphries himself, this has been such a hit that we started receiving pre-orders over a month ago!
“Plantsexuals riot in the streets for equal rights. Humans fall in love with dogs. And crystals are more than just jewellery. A chance encounter on the job changes a riot cop’s life forever as he finds himself caught in a bizarre love triangle that blurs romance, crime, and lust beyond recognition. OUR LOVE IS REAL is a bold new sci-fi one-shot written by Sam Humphries and illustrated by STEVEN SANDERS (FIVE FISTS OF SCIENCE).”
Praise and Preview here: LINK
Stitched #1 (£2-99, Avatar) by Garth Ennis & Mike Wolfer.
Garth Ennis has written and directed a film! A film we can’t have right now due to the whole British ratings thang! But we can have the comic!
“From the mind of Garth Ennis comes the modern chapter of an ancient horror. Ripped straight from the debut of his first-ever writing/directing effort comes the ongoing comic book continuation of the acclaimed short film, Stitched! The three survivors of an American military helicopter crash discover that there is something even more deadly than the Taliban controlled countryside they find themselves trapped in. Garth Ennis weaves a tale that combines today’s headlines with his trademark vision of the supernatural into a modern horror masterpiece.”
Guns And Dinos #1 of 3 (£2-25, Image) by Frank Cho.
Oh, Cho’s going to have a riot with this! Here’s an illustrated interview on the series: LINK
“With a catastrophic fossil fuel shortage looming, several scientific and military groups are hard at work trying to find alternative fuel sources and modes of transportation to keep the United States military machine running. A small group of quantum scientists and engineers have made a breakthrough in transportation: space folding. Things go awry on its maiden voyage, though, and instead of teleporting the soldiers across the lab, it sends the entire military base back in time – with disastrous results!”
Mudman #1 (£2-75, Image) by Paul Grist.
From the creator of KANE and JACK STAFF. I tweeted about this a week ago saying how cute the cover was. Grist replied that he was going for “gritty”. That’s Paul Grist all over, bless.
“It’s the first day back at school for Owen Craig, and it’s not going too well. He’s been run over, got detention, and his police officer father has been taken prisoner by armed bank robbers. And now his body seems to be turning into mud…”
Here’s an interview illustrated with interior art: LINK
Victor Von Doom #1 (£2-25, Marvel) by Nick Spencer & Becky Clooan.
Yes, it’s Becky Cloonan! At Marvel!
“The teenaged Victor Von Doom defends his life…in Hell. The undergrad who’ll grow to become Dr. Doom is an abrasive young genius surrounded by collegiate buffoons, wastrels, and dilettantes – like that insufferable Richards. But Doom knows he’s destined for greater things, and from his dorm he journeys fearlessly to Hell to save the spirit of his mom…and his struggle to get there, the trials he faces, and his subsequent failure will make him the man he’s to become. Nick Spencer and Becky Cloonan pull back the cloak to reveal the youthful, angsty, exuberant side of Victor Von Doom!”
Point One (£4-25, Marvel) by Bendis, Brubaker, Fraction, Lapham, Van Lente, Loeb, Van Lente & Hitch, Dodson, McGuinness, De La Torre, Stegman, Pulido.
And more, apparently. Could you possibly squeeze any more cooks into that kitchen?
“Seven all-new stories that set the stage for everything coming your way in 2012.”
Everything?! Fantastic: Marvel are finally culling their comics to more manageable seven comics per month – you heard it first here.
“YOU CANNOT MISS THIS.”
There, that’s told you.
“Catch a tease of THE BIGGEST CHANGE TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE IN OVER 35 YEARS!”
Or, you know, since the last time you claimed that five weeks ago. Heigh ho, up to you.
Fear Itself #7.1: Captain America, Fear Itself #7.2: Thor, Fear Itself #7.3: Iron Man (£2-99 each, Marvel) by Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction & Butch Guice, Adam Kubert, Salvador Larroca.
Since each of these is written and drawn by their regular series’ creators, you’ll get ‘em automatically if you’re down for those titles. You won’t receive them if you’re down for FEAR ITSELF so please order separately. In the aftermath of FEAR ITSELF (the current big Marvel event), Steve Rogers is mourning **** ******, Odin’s pretty pissed, and so is Tony Stark – on Asgardian mead. Which is unfortunate given that the man is a raging alcoholic. Pivotal issues, I’d have thought. Also, pivotal “issues”.
I hadn’t really enjoyed FEAR ITSELF until this week’s issue #6 which was a belter and made everything preceeding it all the more poignant. Preorder:
Six Guns #1 & #2 (£2-25, Marvel) by Andy Diggle & Davide Gianfelice.
It’s Diggle & Gianfelice.
“’Don’t set them up if you can’t take them down!’ Times may have changed since the days of the Old West, but in the war-torn South American state of San Diablo, the law of the gun still holds sway. When former hero-for-hire Maria Vasquez, alias Tarantula, finds herself wanted for murder south of the border, Texas Rangers Division lawman ‘Tex’ Dawson is assigned to bring her in. But they’re on a collision course with the outlaw Black Riders biker gang, who plan to make sure she never makes it to trial alive… Classic Marvel gunslingers Tarantula, Tex Dawson, Black Rider, Matt Slade and the Two-Gun Kid are given a modern-day makeover in this hard-bitten tale of blood and bullets by the Daredevil: Reborn team of Andy Diggle and Davide Gianfelice. Five heroes, six guns…against six hundred!”
Other Comics Scheduled:
Don’t want your hands held? Then see what I have to wade through every month. Just press Dark Horse, DC, Marvel or whatever:
There is no section for “whatever”. Oh wait, there is: IDW!