Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Corben! And Comics For Tomorrow!
Richard Corben comics. I had no idea he did the cover for Meat Loaf's BAT OUT OF HELL until a week ago, and it really shook me. I always thought my first exposure to Corben was that Hard Times storyline he drew for Brian Azzarello on Azzarello's first HELLBLAZER storyline "Hard Times", followed by those ridiculous BANNER and CAGE miniseries for Marvel. But no! The first time I ever encountered Corben was when I was 3 or 4 years old, looking through my parents' LPs and being terrified by that bat. The other thing that has got me wanting more Corben is coming across a really big chunk of his late 80s/early 90s Fantagor Press stuff: DEN, CHILDREN OF FIRE, RIP OF TIME, SON OF MUTANT WORLD. It is out there, and I aim to get what I can get.
Well, I'm starting to feel the urge to write some non-shopping list posts here...just the mildest, tingling sensation.
ACTION COMICS #879
Holy shit has this been a terrible comic book. The art has progressively got worse, the ongoing story is just dullsville...I never read Rucka's ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN comics, but know of their ill regarded reputation. Actually, if it weren't for the strength of WORLD OF KRYTON alone, the entire SUPERMAN line would be pretty lackluster until the Geoff Johns/Gary Frank SECRET ORIGIN project kicks off...which still strikes me as fairly unnecessary, even considering its very unnecessary nature of being a superhero miniseries. Oh, those SUPERGIRL covers are all pretty nice, and remind me why I don't really miss having new Michael Turner covers anymore.
ALL SELECT COMICS #1 70TH ANNIV SPECIAL
Michael Kupperman! Or, just another chink in the Golden Age Marvel revival stuff. Really, outside the initial issue that got me hooked on buying these (YOUNG ALLIES)...they haven't been all that terrible interesting.
ALL STAR COMPANION TP VOL 04
Oh, right, I ordered this, even though 1) I haven't read the previous two (don't let that stop you!), and 2) I couldn't care less about Justice Society anymore, in a post-Geoff Johns series.
Oh, I couldn't find a cover for this, but I did stumble across this odd cover of GREEN LANTERN.
BLACKEST NIGHT #1 (OF 8) & BLACKEST NIGHT TALES OF THE CORPS #1 (OF 3)
And speaking of Geoff Johns. So #1 is coming out, finally revealing whether this is going to be Entertaining and Fun like a Sinestro Corp Wars way, or a Anti-Readable Editorially Mandated Geoff Johns story like INFINITE CRISIS was. And hey, don't forget to get your free Black Lantern ring from your retailer tomorrow with every purchase of BLACKEST NIGHT!
CAPTAIN AMERICA #601
Hmm, I think we may have underordered this...it will be curious to see how much this will have to do with anything, between #600 and REBORN #1.
COMPLETE TERRY & THE PIRATES HC VOL 04 1941-1942
Wooo, four down, two to go! Have I mentioned how nice these covers are?
CREEPY COMICS #1
My random sample and order from that month's PREVIEWS, not even sure what to expect.
So I haven't actually heard anything too glowingly positive or damningly negative about this...is everyone just politely waiting for CRIMINAL to start again? Regardless, wow, that's probably my favourite Sean Phillips cover in a long time!
This is selling decently in issues, but we still have the same three trade paperbacks of Vol. 1 of this that we did the day they arrived. It isn't exactly going for the young BONE reader (kind of an adult book), but maybe the potential 'thick edition' collecting it all in one go is putting people off?
SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOL 2 & 3
These were getting cleared out at a steal of a deal, got the first one a while ago, might as well pick these up while they are still available.
WEDNESDAY COMICS #2 (OF 12)
Sometime shortly after I left and the store closed we sold our last shelf copy of #1, earning it 2 reorders. Showed a friend my copy, he wanted it, sold that one, reordered again. This is where publishers help the retailer out: overprint!
Random though: what I would love to have is the series of SOLO reprinted in two volumes, right alongside BIZARRO COMICS and BIZARRO WORLD to be able to sell people as a bridge from superhero comics to indie stuff. What a dream!
I did read #1 the other day: I think everyone who is buying and reading this is all on the same message: the TEEN TITANS and WONDER WOMAN strips are terribly for two different reasons (TT is an absolute nothing, and WW is needlessly dense, reproduced poorly on this paper, and dull). Everything else varies from "Awesome" (ADAM STRANGE, FLASH/IRIS WEST, HAWKMAN) "Really Fun" (DEADMAN, KAMANDI) to "That Was Ok" (SUPERMAN, GREEN LANTERN, METAMORPHO, SUPERGIRL, BATMAN, SGT. ROCK) to "Hmm, Well At Least It Wasn't TT and WW" (METAL MEN, DEMON/CATWOMAN).
The rest: SCALPED #30, X-FACTOR #46 & YOUNG LIARS #17
Part of the great unread pile...in the very real sense that I have literally not read either series since maybe the first storyline. With YOUNG LIARS...only one more of these to go. I do remember not really caring for the first few issues, but apparently by the end of the 'first act', it completely changed. I like Lapham's comics, generally, and I guess by buying anything he does gets us a little closer to seeing more STRAY BULLETS.
Before we go, let's check in with Traylor, see what he has to say.
Until next time!