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10
Sep
08

Supergirl 32 & 33

You know, I’d never thought of buying Supergirl until Previews solicited issue #34 a few months ago, announcing that Supergirl was going to be directly tied into the massive Superman event that begins unfolding in October, tying Action, Superman, Supergirl and a whole bunch of specials along with JSA together.  Then, after knowing that I was going to be reading the book soon, I decided to pick up issue #32, which was a good sort of space adventure, then I picked up #33 which was slightly better and the art was quite respectable on both issues.  Kelly Pucket did a good job of introducing the character to me, who I didn’t really know anything about.  That first issue lead me to picking up the incredibly cheaply priced Superman/Batman – Supergirl trade paperback, which reintroduces her to the DCU and sets up her origin.  It was written by Jeph Loeb and drawn by the now dead Michael Turner.  It was fantastic.  A paranoid Batman, a way too trustworthy and Kryptonian Pride Superman, a lost girl scared on a planet she didn’t understand with memories of the home Clark never knew.  Plus, Darkseid breaks shit.

I’m in.

10
Sep
08

New Comics Day

I’m going to start doing this differently.  Instead of listing all the crap, I’m just going to list what’s worth buying.  Here we go.

Out today – 10/09/08

All-Star Batman and Robin #10 should be in my home today, but a criminal said cunt and Americans are a sad sensitive bunch, so call copies are being burnt and the book is being reprinted in a neutered and bleached version.  What do you expect if you put a crazy old bastard like Frank Miller on a book?  Poor form.

100 BULLETS #95 $2.99 Vertigo

Brian Azzarello is winding down his long-running crime series and I’m starting to wish I’d bought more than three issues of the damned thing.  I might start buying up the trades soon, as I’ve been contemplating it for some time.  I think these are worth checking out if you aren’t watching your budget.

BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #21 $2.99 DC

Half-naked Bat-Girl, typical Gotham business.  This title looks to get real interesting next month.

BOOSTER GOLD #12 $2.99 DC

Due to some kind of government program that rewrote my memory, I forgot to buy anymore of this title after issue two and I just never got around to picking it back up.  Shame too with Rick Remender working on it.

DAREDEVIL PREM HC GUARDIAN DEVIL 10TH ANNIV DM ED $24.99

Although I tend to gravitate towards trades, this hardcover of Joe Quesada and Kevin Smith rebooting Daredevil back in 1998 is only five dollars more than the softcover.  Add in that it’s an anniversary edition and probably has some extras packed in there and I think it’s probably worth the five dollars that you don’t have to really pay for anyway if you buy it on Amazon.

DARKTOWER TREACHERY #1 (OF 6) $3.99

I like stephen king.  I like Peter David and I LOVE Jai Lee.  The last mini-series of Dark Tower expansion stories was considerably less entertaining or emotionally involving than the first one so I really hope this one has some bite to it.

DEADPOOL #1 SI $3.99

In the nineties I remember Deadpool being a dickface Spider-Man who made fun of Wolverine a lot.  It’s a #1, so I’ll give it a shot.

DEAD SHE SAID #3 $3.99

Bernie Wrightson and Steve Niles doing what they do best – finely drawn retro horror.

ETERNALS BY JACK KIRBY TP BOOK 02 $24.99

This book would have been so much more appealing if both were bound together, it would have been under 400 pages the presentation would have been so much better.  It doesn’t help that this second and final batch of Eternals stories by Jack Kirby are generally regarded as garbage because the book had lost readership by the halfway mark and he was forced to incorporate various Marvel characters to try to boost the book.  That didn’t work, but it did make the work suffer.  I’ll still be buying it but I’m much more excited about Daniel Acuna’s work on the new ongoing Eternals series.  Daniel Acuna is a BAMF.

EX MACHINA #38 (MR) $2.99 Wildstorm

Although in the later issues of this series, as it winds to it’s conclusion in a storm of mediocrity, it’s become boring, I’m still planning on riding it out until the end.  I think I should have just kept reading the trades, they seem to work considerably better than sequential issues.

FINAL CRISIS REVELATIONS #2 (OF 5) $3.99

Greg Rucka is dicking around with the Specter and Rene Montoya in a pretty okay sidetracked trip from Final Crisis.  I’m just glad the whole thing will clock in under 30 issues.

GEN 13 #22 $2.99

I still haven’t made up my mind about this whole World’s End event, but I’ve bought every involved Wildstorm title since the reboot two years ago and I’m still interested in what Jim Lee and company have planned.

GOTHAM CENTRAL HC VOL 01 IN THE LINE OF DUTY $29.99

Grek Rucka and Ed Brubaker doing crime noir in Gotham without much interference from Batman.  Lately DC has been putting out some nice hardcovers, see JLA Deluxe, so I’m completely on board.  Plus, I’ve been buying up anything that Rucka or Brubaker write lately.  These guys know exactly what they’re doing.

GREEN ARROW BLACK CANARY #12 $2.99

I decided to pick up this book last month on a whim and was pretty much unaffected.  Good enough to be read, I suppose.

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #28 $2.99

FUCK. YES.  You NEED to be buying both GL books.

RED SONJA #37 $2.99

I’m thinking about starting to read this.

SIMON DARK #12 $2.99

I’m getting this, but I don’t really want to read it. Sad, really.

The same can be said about Trinity, which unfortunately is still coming out.

STAR TREK MIRROR IMAGES #3 $3.99

Watching an evil Kirk conspire against a Captain Pike with a serious case of the douches has been pretty entertaining, but it’s just making me want to see a rehash of that mirror images that Enterprise did a few years back, when Scott Bakula was a pirate-style jerkbag and the enterprise were these swashbuckling assholes keeping secrets from their own government and trying to essentially take over the empire.  Fuck, that was a great episode arc.

WOLVERINE #66 3RD PTG MCNIVEN SKETCH VAR (PP #830) $2.99

I’m happy to see that this issue is seeing a third printing and issue #67 is getting a second printing, not just so Mark Millar gets some well deserved money, but so that many more people can read this story because it is FUCKING PHENOMENALLY ENTERTAINING.

WONDER WOMAN #24 $2.99

Gail Simone’s run on Wonder Woman is coasting along at a decent pace but I’ve yet to see her do anything new.  Unfortunately everything she’s done on this title has been a follow-up to the previous writer’s loose ends.  I’m ready to see her make this her own now that DC has taken her off of nearly everything she was doing last year.

X-MEN MAGNETO TESTAMENT #1 (OF 5) $3.99

Nazis.  Little Magneto.  Inherently expected violence.  Game on.

YOUNG LIARS #7 (MR) $2.99

It’s a safe bet to buy anything Vertigo’s putting out.  And there’s David Lapham for support.

10
Sep
08

Ebay Flux Capacitor Adventures in Variated Timelines

Today some stuff showed up from the internet.  I usually buy some impulse comics in addition to looking for deals on various things that would fill in the enormous collection/library that I one day hope to share with many friends that I might someday attain.  This means that, barring a miracle that the USPS takes a break from their intense douche-baggery, I get old stuff every week.  This is kind of like show and tell.

I didn’t read DC or any independents in the 1990s when I was a teenager.  In fact, I didn’t really read anything that wasn’t x-men related.  I have a short year or so of Spider-man comics from around 1992, when they did the Clone Saga thing, but that threw me off of Spider-Man and I have yet to come back aboard 16 years later.  I was entirely unaware that independent comics were happening, that Dark Horse was doing all these great licensed property comics and developing their own universe, or that Image and Wildstorm were essentially creating massive story lines with great art.  I’ve yet to be able to determine why, but after the X-Men cartoon came out, I was never aware of anything but X-Men from 1992-1998 when I stopped reading comics due to an expensive obsession with music and CD collecting.  When I came back to comics in 2004, mostly due to Joss Whedon’s X-Men relaunch, it took me about six months to discover guys like Ben Templesmith, Steve Niles, Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison and a huge group of English writers had been doing tons of work that I had missed out on.  This was, of course, in addition to the horrifying revelation that DC had done a ton of great content in the nineties that I had missed out on.  Some of this work was the Tangent line, an attempt to create an entire new universe using classic character names but infusing them with new abilities, personalities and settings.  This was all done through the use of one-shots, each featuring a different character.  A few of these showed up today.

the Green Lantern issue was why I really bought this lot of four issues, which also included Secret Six, The Superman and the Joker.  It was interesting and not at all related to the cosmic ideas that the Lantern comics in mainline DC continuity that has drawn me in, but it was more of a mystical revenge story written by James Robinson of Starman fame.  Along with the other issues, the art was better than the writing of this particular issue, in this case being done by J.H. Williams III, but this isn’t to say Robinson’s outing into the unknown was bad, it was just really out there without anything to fall back on.  I found it refreshing and unappealing at the same time, though I ultimately liked it.  I intend to buy the three trades that have all of these one-shots bound together, hoping that reading them in that format will tell a story that assumes some semblance of continuity and sense, not just vignettes of the unknown.

I also managed to win Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess’ Stardust softcover for about five dollars, which is a deal considering it’s a $20 book.  I’ve been trying to go around and buy up Gaiman’s relatively small amount of DC work from the 80’s to the 90’s and this trade will make four Vertigo books of his that I now have for my graphic novel library if you don’t count the three massive Absolute Sandman books I’ve been buying as they come out. There are so many versions of this book – the trade, the mass market novelization, the big $40 hardcover illustrated, there’s even a damned movie and at some point they put it out in single issue format, but this is the only version I really need, though a few years ago I got the MMTPB for X-mas and have yet to take a peek at it.  I’m excited to dig into it.

And finally, as a continuation of my absence from DC Comics in the 1990’s, I managed to find Zero Hour: Crisis in Time, the entire mini-series that acted as both a sequel to and bridge between Crisis on Infinite Earths and Infinite Crisis.  The books essentially try to tie up loose ends and establish a solid time line and continuity throughout the whole of the DC Universe.  Jerry Ordway and Dan Jurgens do an excellent job plotting this out and the art is classic 90’s superhero art.  Great Stuff.

10
Sep
08

Wintastic sale going on at Top Cow until Friday

Right now Top Cow, fine purveyor of graphic novels and occasional comic books, is having a great sale on a large section of their graphic novels.  Many of their books are $3, which is a serious steal.  I think it ends Friday, so you should get over there and get some deals.  Both of Jeremy Tinder’s books are on sale and Matt Kindt’s 2 Sisters book is half price.  Matt Kindt writes amazingly touching retro spy graphic novels, in case you didn’t know.

And you can grab Alex Robinson’s newest book for a slight discount.  It’s a fantastic read by a gifted human interest cartoonist/writer.  I’ll probably be buying this, which has come highly recommended by my local comic shop owner:

There are even some deals on Alan Moore’s books

I plan on putting a serious dent in my bank account this weekend.  you should too.

10
Sep
08

no swearing in Gotham

Rich Johnston seems to have gathered the proper scans of why the newest All-Star Batman and Robin has been recalled and any copies have been destroyed per DC’s request. language that hurts boring people and retards who think that MURDERERS AND CRIMINALS don’t swear like the rest of us.

Where my opinion differs is that this is a depiction of realistic dialogue, I’ve heard harsher things thrown at a clerk who didn’t have a douche bag’s specific cigarette brand. I think this book could be considerably better and perhaps sell more copies if they’d just slap a vertigo logo on there and tell the boring vanilla people to leave it on the goddamned shelf and buy Paul Dini’s Detective. Bitches.

10
Sep
08

Obama comics!

Fuck yes.  He’s going to lose and then it’s going to be illegal not to pray while spitting at muslims, women and gay people, but until them I’m going to be buying up all of the Obama comics I can get my hands on and it looks like IDW is doing it first.  With J. Scott Campbell of Gen13 fame doing the cover on this one.  The doom of November may be slightly cooled down with one of these in my collection.

Oddly enough a retardedly aggressive person reviewed this book two months before it came out and essentially called Campbell’s depiction of Obama as racist because he looks “aggressive”, but I’ve never seen someone be aggressive while standing still.  The world is full of failures.

10
Sep
08

on Templesmith

a symposium on a beloved psychopath

This is Ben Templesmith, an Australian illustrator who mainly works in the American comic book industry.  Behind him you can actually see the cover for his newest series, “Welcome to Hoxford”, which is about a bunch of captive serial killers and violent criminals in a specialized facility for the professionally horrible.  Only the first issue has come out so far, but it’s written and drawn by him and, as I’ve found out from Wormwood, when he as complete control of a book, that’s really when his best work is being done. As Broken Frontier has said,

“As expected, the series is gory and bloody, and certainly will not disappoint those Templesmith fans who are looking for such things from his artwork. I count myself among them, but Welcome to Hoxford is much more. The back-story and mystery set up a much more compelling atmosphere than the action oriented 30 Days of Night.”

At times Templesmith comes off as a Savant of things which make me laugh and think introspectively about the human condition, but the way he gets to that kind of questioning your universe is unconventional, shit your pants funny and would horrify most of the vanilla population of this vanilla country.

Wormwood Gentleman Corpse is about a well traveled worm who happens to enjoy his days having adventures in a corpse, which he dresses up in a nice tuxedo.  He spends his time at a nifty strip club with his friends, a cyborg who deeply wishes for genitals and an adorable assassin/body guard.  It’s one of my favorite creator owned ongoing books and happens to be one of only two books that IDW puts out that isn’t a mini-series.

Of course, he’s probably best known for either Fell, his detective/whatever ongoing for Image with one of my favorite writers, Warren Ellis

Or 30 days of night with my favorite horror writer, Steve Niles, which has become so popular it was a big expensive goddamned movie last year

Or perhaps even his work on the comic adaptations of the Silent Hill video game.

and I’ve been looking for the issues of Hatter M, his strange reworking of Alice in Wonderland on LSD at a coke party as portrayed in a Terry Gilliam party, but I’m ready to just give up and buy the damned trade so my brain can eat it.

Aside from these lovelies he has three books collecting his art from IDW, which can be found on Amazon, generously discounted for about fifteen dollars a piece.  Also, there are eight 30 Days of Night trades, two Wormwood collections, Hatter M, and tons of other books collecting his recent work.  He’s also been doing work on my favorite dystopian post-apocalypse series, Wasteland, by doing ALL of the covers for the series.  And there’s good news, after a long break, it looks like Fell is coming back in October.