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Arriving 10/3/2012

Not so many titles this week, but well-packed with stuff — the end of AvX, the second big WALKING DEAD Omnibus, HVC, Moore, and more!

 

2000 AD #1798
2000 AD #1799
ACTION COMICS #13
AGE OF APOCALYPSE #8
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #695
ANIMAL MAN #13
ARCHIE #637
AVENGERS ACADEMY #38
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #12 (OF 12) AVX
AVX VS #6 (OF 6)
AXE COP PRESIDENT O/T WORLD #3 (OF 3)
BATWING #13
BEFORE WATCHMEN RORSCHACH #2 (OF 4)
BLACK KISS II #3 (OF 6)
BOYS #71
CREEPY COMICS #10
DANGER CLUB #4
DAREDEVIL END OF DAYS #1 (OF 8)
DEFENDERS #11
DETECTIVE COMICS #13
DIAL H #5
DOCTOR WHO VOL 3 #1
EARTH 2 #5
EVERYBODY LOVES TANK GIRL #3 (OF 3)
FAIREST #8
FASHION BEAST #2
FATALE #8
FERALS #9
FUTURAMA COMICS #63
GARFIELD #6
GI COMBAT #5
GREEN ARROW #13
GREEN LANTERN #13
GUARDING THE GLOBE #2
HARVEST #3 (OF 5)
HYPERNATURALS #4
LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #1
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #23
MINIMUM CARNAGE ALPHA #1
MUPPETS #4 (OF 4)
NON HUMANS #1 (OF 4)
PATHFINDER #2
PLANET O/T APES CATACLYSM #2
RED SONJA #69
ROAD TO OZ #2 (OF 6)
SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #26
SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 #6
STORMWATCH #13
SWAMP THING #13
SWEET TOOTH #38
THE LONE RANGER #10
THIEF OF THIEVES #9
UNCANNY X-FORCE #32
UNCANNY X-MEN #19 AVX
WAR GODDESS #10
WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS #16
WHITE CLAY ONE SHOT
WORLDS FINEST #5

Books / Mags / Stuff
AGE OF APOCALYPSE TP VOL 01 X-TERMINATED
AVENGERS BRIDE OF ULTRON PREM HC
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT HC VOL 01 KNIGHT TERRORS
CRIMINAL DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 02
DEATH THE DELUXE EDITION HC
EPIC KILL TP VOL 01
EVERYTHING TOGETHER GN
FAIRIES MAGAZINE #9
HELL YEAH TP VOL 01 LAST DAY ON EARTHS
I VAMPIRE TP VOL 01 TAINTED LOVE
JUDGE DREDD CRY O/T WEREWOLF GN
JUDGE DREDD RESTRICTED FILES TP VOL 04
LITTLE DEATH GN
MARS ATTACKS CLASSICS TP VOL 02
NEGRON SC
PREVIEWS #289 OCTOBER 2012 (NET)
QUEEN SONJA TP VOL 04 SON OF SET
SKIPPY HC VOL 01 COMPLETE DAILIES 1925-1927
STAR WARS OMNIBUS CLONE WARS TP VOL 02 ENEMY SIDES
SUPERMAN BATMAN SORCERER KINGS TP
TOLKIEN YEARS O/T BROTHERS HILDEBRANDT TP
TRIO TP VOL 01
V FOR VENDETTA BOOK AND MASK SET
WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM TP VOL 02
WORLD OF WARCRAFT CURSE OF THE WORGEN TP

 

What looks good to YOU?

 

-B

6 Responses to “ Arriving 10/3/2012 ”

  1. Wow, dude, like nothing on this list for me. I’ll buy the Muppets in a collected book. I’ll also buy the Shanowar/Young Oz book in a collected form, too. I *love* those Oz books!

  2. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #695–Didn’t this just come out last week? I pretty much expect now that every time I go to buy comics there’ll be another issue of ASM. It’s my only $3.99 title. Anyway, Dan Slott, wildly uneven Spider-writer. Hopefully the Alpha crap is past and we can move on to the build-up to issue #700.

    DIAL H #5–I was loving this but Issue #0 kind of gave too much away. Hopefully we can get back to the hilarious and slightly impenetrable stories we had before, but now the curtain’s been pulled back I don’t know if it will be the same.

    SWAMP THING #13–A lot of people seem down on this title. I’ve always liked Swamp Thing, but I’ve never been hugely attached to the character. Maybe that’s why I’m able to enjoy what Snyder’s doing with him now.

  3. LAST WEEK!

    BATMAN INC, BPRD, HAPPY!, and PROPHET all came out last week and they were all, more or less, a bit of good. I liked Happy! least of the bunch but it was mostly because I was hugely bothered by “That c*nt” Nick Sax magically producing an aerosol can from nowhere to spray his flying pony hallucination. So…instead I’m going “long” on my personal favorite. Indulge me, or not. I encourage the other regular commenters to take a shot with their personal pick. You know, give it the world class sell job. The Alec Baldwin “Brass Balls” speech. Enjoy…or skim…or skip!

    INVINCIBLE 95

    So, assuming we can agree that the purpose of an entertainment is to entertain via a series of executed techniques that in total satisfy an audience I have to put forward this book in general as a masterclass.

    For the past several issues noted “Proud Liar and Fraudster” (See my comments on Episode 101 of What, Wait for my epic sh*tstorm on that one, folks) Robert Kirkman has been cutting a thrilling narrative between three different story tiers and developing the cast of this comic into the most varied and fully realized group going today in any company.

    Mark Grayson, the original Invincible, has been depowered. (Via specifically engineered virus designed to wipe out his people.)

    Zandale (aka Bulletproof), the interim Invincible, is stepping into the role and doing a fair job. All the while he’s dealing with his own philandering tendencies, parents who believe him a failure and a tenuous relationship with his current girlfriend.

    Last, and most prominently, Robot (Rex) and Monster Girl (Amanda) have been marooned on an alien world. Due to the time difference Rex and Amanda have been alive on the Flaxan homeworld for centuries; 700 years, in fact, without appreciably aging. These last few issues have gone deeply into their time off-world. Their love, their attempts at ruling and simultaneously integrating themselves into society, and Rex’s attempt at serious social engineering given a span of centuries. Perhaps, most importantly, Amanda’s frustration as a result of her inability to mesh with Rex intellectually.

    This is important because it has been a long simmering plot point since they returned to the main timeline story. Kirkman has given us bits and bobs of interaction that point to a deep and lasting rift. Here, he delivers on his promise through an excellent framing device and in a story split between two time periods without ever once being confusing or unclear. DC, AS A COMPANY, has already bungled their most important character’s basic historical timeline. Take that for what it’s worth.

    This whole issue is a thoughtful examination of love gone wrong, right AND realistically (for a book about superbeings) complex. I found Amanda’s embrace of the exiled Flaxan royalty to be exactly the kind of misplaced but heartfelt connection that comes from a complex feeling of spite. Rex is above her intellectually and growing more distant by the day in this new peace era. The culture has developed to suit his more contemplative and intricate thinking and this leaves Amanda something of an outdated barbarian. She feels the outsider, unable to even speak the native language after centuries of itinerant dilettantism, but finds something (some might argue the most dangerous thing – a cause) that makes sense. She feels included and a part of something important and culturally relevant. This leads her to ignore the larger social issues, that alchemical interplay of history, class and generational hate. This results in a well intentioned but tragic twist that ACTUALLY explains the point of an alien invasion. When was the last time we really understood the motivations of our fictional assailants? When was the last time we could say, confidently, “Yeah, that makes SENSE.”

    Invincible is not afraid to be frequently gorgeous and in the next moment workmanlike. The nine panel irregular grid shares space with the half page splash and full blown double spread. So geared toward expedience are the Invincible crew that they reuse the exact same exterior shot of the pentagon every single time. It’s not cheap, it’s efficient and a signifier of consistency. The word balloon placement and interplay with the art is some of the best in the business and very critical when you consider the amount of dialogue and captioning in an average issue.

    What it really comes down to is the level of thought that goes into each issue. We all make noise about craft, about consistency, about the utilization of an accumulation of storytelling technique that should be at the core of the comic book experience given its long, illustrious history of groundbreaking narrative design.

    Look, this is that book. When so many others lack everything this title has in spades the contrast week in and week out is STARK. If you have to equate it to something a little more mainstream it’s basically a peak professional athlete at the height of his or her game. Federer (2004-2007). Emphasis on PROFESSIONAL.

    Hilarious Pretentiousness Warning – The back page Image “Experience Creativity” ad features Alex de Campi (she of Kickstarter / Dangerously Unprofessional Conduct re: Jimmy Broxton) posed mid knuckle crack a.k.a. “Let’s get down to writing!” next to a prominently displayed copy of Thomas Pynchon’s late era masterwork Mason & Dixon. Allow me to say, “Keep f*cking dreaming, Alex de Campi.” I mean, I liked SMOKE fine but…Sweet Christmas.

    THIS WEEK!

    ACTION COMICS #13
    (James Robinson said he almost “teared up”)
    BLACK KISS II #3 (OF 6)
    (I support Howard Chaykin basically pulling comics most recently audacious version of “F*ck You. Pay me.”
    DANGER CLUB #4
    (Yeah, it’s good.)
    DIAL H #5
    EARTH 2 #5
    WORLDS FINEST #5
    (New, New 52 Finisher Rush. Will it be enough for the knockout? If Kevin Maguire has anything to say about it…YES!)

    Support digital comics as well (Double Barrel up to date? Latest Monkeybrain downloaded?) and best to everyone!

  4. I always flinch when you say there are few titles any given week, since that’s usually when many of MY titles come out, for some reason. The two DREDD trades alone make for a costly week, plus ACTION, BLACKER KISS, EARTH 2, DIAL H, DEFENDERS, CREEPY, etc.

  5. LAST WEEK: Got caught up with, and thus despised, DC’s #0 issues. What a waste of time and money. Spent more time reading old Justice League (60’s/70’s) than anything current, including most of what I bought from the shop, so I’ve still got a big pile to get through. That will also be my excuse for not joining J_Smitty in an extended review – nothing I read has me motivated to do that.

    THIS WEEK:
    ACTION COMICS #13 – Let’s hope Morrison got it out of his system with the #0, eh?

    BLACK KISS II #3 (OF 6) – This book makes me nostalgic. Not for when Black Kiss was coming out, but for when Wolverine: Origin was coming out. I’m going through similar emotions with each issue.

    CREEPY COMICS #10 – I’d prefer to read these same stories stripped of the EC tie-ins, but I’ll suffer through it, as this is a damn good anthology.

    DANGER CLUB #4 – It’s good.

    DIAL H #5 – I understand Thelonious_Nick’s concerns, but I’m hoping this early clarification allows the creators a bit more leeway to go nuts with the way they tell the main story – I think we may have been spared a ton of exposition with #0.

    EARTH 2 #5 – Here’s another that I hope gets back on track after it’s rather pointless and quite dull #0.

    FATALE #8 – I can’t remember what’s going on in Fatale. Looks pretty though. Definitely be trying to squeeze in a re-read.

    GREEN ARROW #13 – I skipped the #0 for this – DC tried to trick me with Noncenti’s name on the cover, but I could smell the Winick within!

    HARVEST #3 (OF 5) – #2 lacked the creepy craziness of #1, but remained a gorgeous, twisted book, so I’ll be back for more.

    LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #1 – I actually got this as digital downloads off comixology awhile ago. The Damon Lindeolf/Jeff Lemire story is alright – amazing by Lindelof’s standards. The JG Jones story has the worst case of Bat-god syndrome I’ve ever read – he fights Amazo single handed, as practice for if he ever needs to take every other superhero down. It’s pretty, but YAWN. The final story by Tom Taylor and Nicola Scott is the best, they are Austalians after all, and shows a much nicer and probably more effective Batman than we’ve seen for awhile.

    CRIMINAL DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 02 – Probably can’t afford it, but I have the first one, and it is lovely.

  6. LAST WEEK: made it through about half so far, but I have to say that I thought NATIONAL COMICS ROSE AND THORN #1 stood way above the rest. Its different and tight, with a great individuality to the art. But with only one issue, I just don’t know how DC would be in a position to puruse any of these National Comics concepts. So I will plug it here, just in case the DC Mystery Shopper reads Saavge Critic.

    NEW DEADWARDIANS #7 was a massive surprise, with great twists, which I totally fell for. ALL-STAR WESTERN was very nicely done, but really didn’t add anything and thus merits a shrugging grade of OKAY, while I VAMPIRE #0 was stunningly beautiful. JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #0 was better than hoped, but suffered for seeming a bit slight given we had just seen the secret origin of John’s trenchcoat a few months back over in the Vertigo parent book. Where it killed people, and then ran away to America. Seriously, go read it. I also made impulse buys on SUPERMAN #0 and STEED AND MRS PEEL #1, both of which were nice surprises.

    So not a bad week in all, but if like Ben Lipman you spent it reading Bronze Age JLA, you probably came out slightly ahead.

    THIS WEEK:

    BEFORE WATCHMEN RORSCHACH #2 – I want to find a diner that serves chili dogs for breakfast. Great art and grit to this book, although I can’t help but hear Jackie Earle Haley’s voice when reading those typed entries from Rorscach’s Journal.

    BIONIC WOMAN #5 – winding down on this, sorry Mr. Tobin. It is definitely a better level of craft than on show in her male counterpart, however. The new artist seems a bit manga-ish for my taste, although that might help reverse the impression I have of many Dynamite books, where the background and the compositions always seem a bit insubstantial.

    DANGER CLUB #4 – I thought this started amazingly well, but last issue really veered off course for me. Could just be a blip. J_Smitty_ and Ben Lipman thinks it’s good, so I will read it more carefully from now on.

    DAREDEVIL END OF DAYS #1 – I am really looking forward to this.

    DIAL H #5 – Hero is a four letter word.

    EVERYBODY LOVES TANK GIRL #3 – totally a nostalgia buy. Tank Girl really was of an era. And that era is not now.

    GI COMBAT #5 – Bring on the Haunted Tank! And we have H.V. Chaykin waiting in the wings!

    LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #1 – I have not read these on line, so I will be taking a recommendation from 3 Chicks and buying it.

    THE LONE RANGER #10 – crimminey, can the current arc end. Please?

    THIEF OF THIEVES #9 – while I will be giving the new team a chance to get settled, I still think doing a caper book cannot be a long term thing. That only works if you have really strong central characters, and while this book does (in two great adversaries), it may have erred in revealing too much about Redmond too early. It seemes a serious misteep, actually, as there was more in drama to be gained but not immediately spelling out his motiviations and his secret origin in the first arc. That isn’t traditionally how pulp works, but it is how TV works. Oh wait….

    BOOKS:

    AVENGERS BRIDE OF ULTRON PREM HC DM VAR ED 104 – the best arc George Pérez did on Avengers. Mind blowing stuff back in my spinner rack days, and I love having it finally collected. Maybe I’ll pick up a Mars bar and a Grape Crush. I thought the Marvel Premiere HC line was great (even if they did kind of expand a bit fast and far), and I will be sorry to see it go.

    Given some positive impulse buys last week, I might toss in a DREDD trade or two, that MARS ATTACKS book reprinting the cards looks wild, and I may even pick up PATHFINDER #2 if I feel the need for some mindless fun.

    …and nobody ever says it, but just this once I’ll add in that I love a New PREVIEWS Day. It’s like getting the Sears Christmas Catalog, when two months out seems full of promise and mystery.

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