As I write this, I am waiting for Fantagraphics' website to load up so I can attempt placing an order. If there's one thing I learned the last couple of days while visiting Shanell in Saskatoon, it is I can always find new ways to spend what little money I have on comics.
Let's try something different this week...breaking it down into Books, Comix, and Comics
ADV OF TINTIN NEW ED HC VOL 05
Ordered ahead with this series because I really want to see Herge draw spacecraft and the moon. My French-Belgian comics fascination has started to mild out a bit, mostly because there is just so very little of it available in this part of the continent. What I did manage to order were a few Christopher "GUS AND HIS GANG" Blain graphic novels, specifically ISAAC THE PIRATE and THE SHIP ABATER.
But speaking of orange-haired action-adventures staples...
COMPLETE TERRY & THE PIRATES HC VOL 05 & VOL 06
Aaaand…scene! These are going to look pretty fab right in between DICK TRACY and PEANUTS. Oh, but this doesn't mean I'm done with these hardcover archival reprints! Why, there's still two WALT & SKEEZIX I have to get, as well as getting a start on LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE. The good news I actually started reading TERRY Volume 1! The aim is to keep up a rotating of comic strip reading: TERRY, POPEYE, KRAZY KAT, DICK TRACY, and so on.
RICHARD STARK'S PARKER THE HUNTER HC
Came out last week for the rest of the world it seems, but better late than never. If you don't know Richard Stark/Donald Westlake, Darwyn Cooke, or Ed Brubaker...crazy. If that is the case, you should read this great Tom Spurgeon/Cooke/Brubaker interview from back in May. Probably one of the best interviews I've read in years.
YOU SHALL DIE BY YOUR OWN EVIL CREATION TP
Kind of excited for this.
CITIZEN REX #1 (OF 6)
Hey, Hernandez comics! Will we be getting GRIP? Or SLOTH? Or maybe SPEAK OF THE DEVIL? CHANCE IN HELL?
DELPHINE #4 & GROTESQUE #3
Hey, Fantagraphics Ignatz comics! I forgot all about you!
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #600 & INCREDIBLE HULK #600
Congratulations, Peter Parker! Congratulations, Bruce Banner! You know what frightens me? I was doing some house cleaning the other week, and I realized I have almost complete consecutive runs of both AMAZING and HULK starting at their respective #300 issues. For every issue of ARCADE, or ZERO ZERO, or ACME NOVELTY LIBRARY, or DIRTY PLOTTE, or Al Columbia comics I have, my Marvel superhero comics outnumber them...what, 10, 15, 20 to 1?
Hey, did you know that Alex Ross is one of the 21 artists who changed mainstream comics (for better or worse)? Actually, AVClub.com has been doing a real comics beatdown this week: Seth talking comics, the already mentioned list, an interview with Michael Kupperman, now I see an interview with Grant Morrison.
BLACKEST NIGHT TALES OF THE CORPS #2 (OF 3) & GREEN LANTERN #44
Let the wholesale slaughter for profit continue! Actually the first TALES OF THE CORPS was pretty good. Actually times two, as much as I pretty well scoff at the absurdity of this comic book, at least it is entertaining in an incredibly stupid way. I just find it tragic that for many comic shop denizens this is literally the best thing they'll read this week.
BOYS HEROGASM #3 (OF 6)
Why, Garth Ennis, do you write this? Why, John McCrea, do you draw this? Why, Jarrett Duncan, do you buy this?
CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI 13 #15
Last issue, yeah? Thanks to Caleb for bringing this highlight in the Marvel superhero line-up to my and others' attention, if even for a short time.
CONAN THE CIMMERIAN #12
I want to grow up to be the 40 to 50 year old dads who come in and this and JONAH HEX are all we know.
DETHKLOK VS THE GOON
A really random order, hopefully turns out better than last week's CREEPY #1.
FINAL CRISIS LEGION OF THREE WORLDS #5 (OF 5)
What a fuck up. I’ve never really liked George Perez (save that CRIMSON PLAGUE comics, which was suitably trashy and nice to look at), so none of this seems worth all the delays. Oh, I feel a rant coming on.
Speaking of fairly popular, incredibly late limited series: please, Marvel, make sure you overprint your OLD MAN LOGAN GIANT-SIZED SPECIAL thing, because being so incredibly slow and late no retailer will be able to remember how much to bring in initially. Do we order high, supporting the numbers of the various printings and various runs we've sold beyond initial orders on, say, #72? How about all those people who have since cancelled WOLVERINE off their file because 1) Mark Millar/Steven McNiven aren't on it, and 2) what is DARK WOLVERINE, who would still like to get that last issue? This is all very short term, no big deal in the end, but definitely drives people in the long run into the waiting arms of 'waiting for trades' (meaning decreased over all sales because waits become never buys), or into Other Less Demanding and Needlessly Convoluted Hobbies.
IMMORTAL WEAPONS #1 (OF 5)
I’m curious whether or not IRON FIST will continue after this miniseries of one shots by different creators wraps. Same thing is happening with GHOST RIDER, which I actually just started to really enjoy once Jason Aaron had a good artist. Hey, did you hear that Jason Aaron is going to continue on with PUNISHER MAX with Garth Ennis in mind? Could be great, based on that hilariously dark PUNISHER CHRISTMAS SPECIAL he did!