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Arriving 12/14/2011

Now that’s a little more like a pre-Christmas shipping week, with both a new paperback volume of WALKING DEAD as well as one of FABLES.

27 SECOND SET #4 (OF 4)
68 JUNGLE JIM ONE SHOT
7 WARRIORS #2 (OF 3)
AIRBOY PRESENTS AIR VIXENS #1
ALL NEW BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #14
AMERICAN VAMPIRE #21
ATOMIC ROBO GHOST OF STATION X #4 (OF 6)
AVENGERS 1959 #4 (OF 5)
AVENGERS ACADEMY #23
AVENGERS X-SANCTION #1 (OF 4)
BALTIMORE CURSE BELLS #5
BATGIRL #4
BATMAN AND ROBIN #4
BATTLE SCARS #2 (OF 6)
BATWOMAN #4
BLACK PANTHER MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE #526
BLUE ESTATE #8
BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #4
CARNAGE USA #1 (OF 5)
CYCLOPS #7
DANGER GIRL ARMY OF DARKNESS #4
DAOMU #8
DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER WAY STATION #1 (OF 5)
DC COMICS PRESENTS BATMAN THE SECRET CITY #1
DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #19
DEATHSTROKE #4
DEMON KNIGHTS #4
FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE #4
GHOST RIDER #7
GODZILLA LEGENDS #2 (OF 5)
GREEN LANTERN #4
GRIFTER #4
HAWKEN #2 (OF 6)
IRON MAN 2.0 #11
JINGLE BELLE GIFT WRAPPED SPECIAL ONE SHOT
JOHN CARTER OF MARS WORLD OF MARS #3 (OF 5)
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #632
KIRBY GENESIS SILVER STAR #2
KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #181
KULL THE CAT & THE SKULL #3 (OF 4)
LEGION LOST #4
LOCKE & KEY CLOCKWORKS #3 (OF 6)
MAGNETO NOT A HERO #2 (OF 4)
MARVEL HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2011
MEMOIR #5 (OF 6)
MISTER TERRIFIC #4
MY GREATEST ADVENTURE #3 (OF 6)
NEW AVENGERS #19
NORTHANGER ABBEY #2 (OF 5)
OPERATION BROKEN WINGS 1936 #2 (OF 3)
ORCHID #3
PC CAST HOUSE OF NIGHT #2 (OF 5)
PIGS #4
RAY #1 (OF 4)
RED SONJA #60
RESURRECTION MAN #4
ROGER LANGRIDGES SNARKED #3
SECRET HISTORY BOOK 17
SEVERED #5 (OF 7)
SHADE #3 (OF 12)
SHIELD #4 (OF 6)
SPONGEBOB COMICS #6
STAND NIGHT HAS COME #5 (OF 6)
STAR TREK LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #3 (OF 6)
STAR WARS AGENT O/T EMPIRE IRON ECLIPSE #1 (OF 5)
STITCHED #2
SUICIDE SQUAD #4
SUPER DINOSAUR DLX COLORING BOOK
SUPER HEROES #21
SUPERBOY #4
THE OCCULTIST #2 (OF 3)
THE STRAIN #1 (OF 11)
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #4
UNCANNY X-FORCE #18
UNWRITTEN #32
VERONICA #210 (VERONICA PRESENTS KEVIN KELLER #4)
VERTIGO FIRST BLOOD #1
WALKING DEAD #92
WAR GODDESS #4
WAREHOUSE 13 #3
WARLORD OF MARS #13
WITCHBLADE #150
WOLVERINE BEST THERE IS #12

Books / Mags / Stuff
CHUCK JONES DREAM THAT NEVER WAS HC
CLIVE BARKER OMNIBUS TP
DEADPOOL MAX TP NUTJOB
ESSENTIAL RAWHIDE KID TP VOL 01
ESSENTIAL SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 06 NEW ED
FABLES TP VOL 16 SUPER TEAM
FAT TARINO HC
GARTH ENNIS COMPLETE BATTLEFIELDS TP VOL 01
GREEN HORNET YEAR ONE TP VOL 02 BIGGEST OF ALL GAME
MAD MAGAZINE #513
MOON KNIGHT BY BENDIS AND MALEEV PREM HC VOL 01
NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 18
RED WING TP
ROCKETEER ADVENTURES HC VOL 01 DM EX ED
SECRET WARRIORS TP VOL 05 NIGHT
SECRET WARS 2 TP
SECRET WARS TP NEW PTG
SPIDER-MAN BY MARK MILLAR ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP
TALES OF THE BATMAN DON NEWTON HC VOL 01
TUROK SON OF STONE AZTLAN TP VOL 01
WALKING DEAD TP VOL 15
WITCH DOCTOR TP VOL 01
WOLVERINE AND JUBILEE CURSE OF MUTANTS TP

 

What looks good to YOU?

 

-B

13 Responses to “ Arriving 12/14/2011 ”

  1. Getting pretty lonely here in the COMING ATTRACTIONS side of Savage Critic…John K has gone pro, and the rest of the mob are plunged into decrying OH NOEZ THE INTERNETS!

    But every Monday I dutifully post here, and 48 hours later clomp the few blocks from work to buy real comics, from a real store, staffed by real people. Yeah, that’s retro, but it’s my thing.

    ALL NEW BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #14 (last issue was pretty EXCELLENT, figures the book is cancelled. But luaghing in the face of death, I’ve got to tell you, I’m excited about this one. Here’s hoping for a schmaltz free Chanukah story. )

    AMERICAN VAMPIRE #21 (Jordi Bernet!)

    BATGIRL #4 (This has been extremely solid, with last issue probably hitting VERY GOOD)

    BATWOMAN #4 (Golly Mister this is some great stuff)

    BLACK PANTHER MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE #526 (this was OKAY, and a bit of a letdown. Martinborough was not the breath of style and energy I remember from Tec days)

    BTVS SEASON 9 FREEFALL #4 (another high GOOD, with a great TV ending to last issue which I didn’t see coming but totally should have.)

    GREEN LANTERN #4 (The art gets this odd “Steve Dillon with an astigmatism thing” happening to the faces sometimes…I dunno. That said, Johns loves telling Sinestro stories and this is a doozy. I give #3 an entertaining VERY GOOD which left me wanting to read #4, what with Hal being dead and all. Oops, SPOILER)

    JOHN CARTER OF MARS WORLD OF MARS #3 (Mars…Needs…Dollars!)

    SHADE #3 (I like this lots, but as Mr Hibbs has explained before, this is really the product of a bygone era. So a high GOOD for me, but probably a mystified EH for the rest of all y’all.)

    DROPPED: STAR TREK LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #3 This should have been a license to print fandom money. But it really has not gone anywhere, boldly or otherwise. And thus rates an EH, or as Mr MacMillan would say: “it exists”.

    DEMON KNIGHTS #4 (this never connected as it should. It’s not you, it’s me)

    COMICS! I buy them in print and gripe on the Internet! Which beats buying them on the Internet and griping in print!

  2. I read ’em every week, Corey — I wouldn’t keep asking the question if I wasn’t in interested in what you and others write…

    -B

  3. Demon Knights #4:
    Dropping out, eh Corey? I agree with you this isn’t quite connecting as much I’d like, but I’m going to stick with it.

    I wish I could figure out what’s missing… Part of it is decompression: not quite enough story per issue and thus the usual (for an old school guy like me) “as soon as it’s getting started, it’s over”. This is a problem especially with so many characters, many of whom are largely unknown (at least to me). The way the story is communicated seems sketchy: events jump around, some are skimmed over, the stakes aren’t clear. I guess it’s clear that Our Heroes are trapped in the village, but it wasn’t really spelled out. I guess they built a wall around the village last issue, but that just seemed to slide by. When I read it to my kids I actually find myself inserting narrative captions like “meanwhile, with that horse chick in the mountains” or whatever just to clarify where we are and with who. People complain that old comics are over-written, but this is a very clear case, I think, of something being too under-written.

    People rave about the art, but I find it very uneven. I still don’t have a clear idea of the geography of what’s going on (even though they supplied a map!). There’ll be some great figure work, then some really awkward figure work. There’ll be great detail in one panel, then hardly any the next. That sort of thing.

    But, after all that griping, it’s intriguing enough in concept that I’m sticking for now.

    Frankenstein #4:
    Also not quite as good as I’d like but, again, I’m staying. Lemire’s doing a better job of giving lots of unknown characters distinct, if cliched, personalities. He’s made it easier on himself than Cornell by doing it in the context of a much more straightforward story. From the interviews I’ve read, it sounds like I’ll enjoy where this is going.

    Star Trek Legion of Super Heroes comment:
    I’ve not bought an issue, but have given it many serious glances because, like Corey says, this should be a slam dunk. But I don’t like the art (stiff and bland) and the story (from my skimming in the store) seems meh. Everything I’ve read on the interwebs suggests that my skim-through impressions are correct. It’s too bad, really.

  4. When the second issue of Trek/LSH came out, I flipped through it and figured out (um, spoiler?) that the two groups apparently don’t even meet until the final page of that issue. Did they really waste two whole issues without embracing the premise of the TITLE? Star Trek! The Legion! TOGETHER!

    So I bought something else.

  5. 27 SECOND SET #4 (OF 4)
    Every few months, when the mood strikes me, I decide to pick up a random Image Comics mini. This was one such pick-up. Was pleasantly surprised when the first issue turned up slightly oversized with an angular painterly look that brought to mind a grungier Ken Steacy. More interesting than engaging — bolting a mysterious sci-fi device to the “live fast, die young” rock lifestyle, which has the side effect of making the lead character kind of an unsympathetic ass — but between the art and the slightly off-kilter form factor I don’t regret ordering it.

    BLACK PANTHER MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE #526
    Loved Priest’s Black Panther, hated Hudlin’s, and I honestly think Liss’s would be better were he not bolted to this book’s concept — the Black Panther operating undercover in Hell’s Kitchen — because it’s been a solid, interesting, even gripping at times read, but T’Challa as a character feels like he’s been running around with an arm tied behind his back, or like he’s wearing those weighted clothes characters would use to train in Dragon Ball Z. In it for the not-so-much-longer haul since I know the book’s been canned and it’s still enjoyable, if not the bee’s knees.

    FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE #4
    Finally clicked for me last issue, though I have to ask, is anyone else reading this, Stormwatch, and JLI thinking their story beats are all a bit samey? I suppose there’s only so many ways to write a less-decompressed-than-ten-years-ago-but-not-as-compressed-as-twenty opening superhero team book story arc with lots of fighting in it. Still, I’m gonna ride this train at least through the crossover with OMAC, because OMAC is action-packed bliss, and while this isn’t as good, it’s still a monster-fightin’ good time, even if the art looks like a colorized version of a mid-80s black & white independent monster fighting comic. (Which is only sort of a complaint.)

    JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #632
    Kieron Gillen wound up on my radar with the 1st Phonogram mini, a book about self-centered magical bastards. When he wrote the Loki one-shot during Siege, I went, “well, that’s certainly in his wheelhouse.” Took me ’til the Mephisto issue to start picking this up monthly, or biweekly, or however the hell often it comes out, but now that it’s on my pull list I doubt it’s coming off anytime soon, especially since a few issues ago I finally started grooving to it; I think the Volstagg-telling-the-story-of-Fear-Itself issue finally swayed me for good. Just hoping Whilce Portacio doesn’t come back anytime soon. Used to like him, but he seriously can’t draw kids, and given what they’ve done to Loki, that’s a problem.

    SEVERED #5 (OF 7)
    Issues 2-4 of this are sitting right next to me right now, unread. I should probably get right on that. Grabbed it because I was curious about Snyder’s non-Batman stuff and I like the early 20th century, nineteen-teens America setting. Futaki’s art really does give the book a good sense of time and place. Now, where did I put my copy of issue 1?

    SHADE #3 (OF 12)
    This has been like going home to meet an old friend and listening to him regale you with stories about people you don’t know who are only sort of interesting. I’m enjoying the company, and Robinson feels like he’s back up to his old standard — much like when he did Starman 81 during Blackest Night — but the other narrator in the first two issues had a few good lines here and there, but I found I just didn’t care when he was on the page. I’m always surprised anew when I find I like Cully Hamner’s art, since the first time I encountered him was on the cover of the first issue of a Robotech mini-series he was pretty solidly unsuited for; obviously that was far from his best work, and everything I’ve seen from him since has been really quite good. As good as the other artists lined up for the series are, he will still be missed. Well, except for on issue 4, because dude, Darwyn Cooke & J. Bone.

    UNCANNY X-FORCE #18
    I don’t think I’ve been this excited to read a Marvel comic book since I was a teenager. Funny, since I dismissed this title when the first issue came out, “Ho-hum, the X-Men versus Apocalypse, again.” Then Remender took all this stuff — Archangel’s transformations at the hands of Apocalypse, Warren & Betsy’s relationship, Deadpool’s presence in a team book, Fantomex and The World, Deathlok of all things — and, with the help of talented artists (well, mostly Jerome Opena) and a moody, cool color palette with splashes of vibrance, made all this old stuff seem reinvigorated, full of new life and energy. I didn’t want to care anymore, but Remender & Opena MADE me care through sheer force of quality. That’s a rare trick. Here’s hoping Marvel doesn’t somehow drop the ball, force some stupid crossover with some stupid book I don’t care about, or shuffle one or both of them off the title anytime soon.

    UNWRITTEN #32
    Or, as I always think of it, “Mike Carey does with the literature of the world what he did with X-Men continuity over in X-Men Legacy.” One of the books I most look forward to every month, even if I’m sure a lot of the literary references are going way over my head. I think my only gripe with the book is that after seeing the scope of the antagonists’ hold on world history & literature from days of long ago up ’til now I fear our heroes are in way over their heads and are going to lose, and lose hard. Carey’s created an enemy and an overarcing plot that has an easy, cynical plausibility; I’m half convinced that he’s actually discovered an ancient conspiracy that’s been running the world for a few thousand years and is bringing it to light in a medium he knows is “disreputable” and poorly read for his own protection.

    NAOKI URASAWA 20TH CENTURY BOYS GN VOL 18
    File under “things I keep buying even though I haven’t even cracked the cover of the first volume.” I read a lot of Urasawa’s MONSTER until I stopped being able to find the series on my local bookstore shelves, read all of his PLUTO (which was magnificent), and assured myself that I’d make the time to read this once PLUTO was over. It’s been, what, over a year now? Ah well. One of these days … until then, they’ll keep on stacking up, I guess.

    WOLVERINE AND JUBILEE CURSE OF MUTANTS TP
    Kathryn Immonen & Phil Noto making a silk purse out of the sow’s ear that was The X-Men Versus Vampires. Read the first issue a little after it came out, liked it, but decided to trade wait. Guess my wait is over!

  6. AVENGERS 1959 #4 (OF 5)
    AVENGERS X-SANCTION #1 (OF 4) – Maybe. I’m a little curious, but I’ll see which Loeb has shown up before I commit.
    BATMAN AND ROBIN #4 – This has gotten better every issue. Still some ways to go, but it’s doing better than if it had gotten worse every issue.
    DC COMICS PRESENTS BATMAN THE SECRET CITY #1 – I’ll check it out. I’m guessing Horrocks doesn’t quite show the same form he did with Hicksville?
    DEMON KNIGHTS #4 – Because I’ve got no complaints!
    FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE #4
    LEGION LOST #4 – The concept is still better than the execution, but #3 felt a step in the right direction. Of course the writer is now leaving! But I wanna see where it goes…
    MISTER TERRIFIC #4 – This has been alright, I’m hoping it gets better. Anyone read GA#4? That book has gotten better every issue, let’s hope this one does too!
    RESURRECTION MAN #4 – Haven’t read #3 yet, so it’s depends on what I think of that one, which I’ll read first.
    SEVERED #5 (OF 7) – This books pretty freakin’ good. Slow burn, early 20th Century horror. Reminds me of certain Joe R Lansdale novels.
    SHADE #3 (OF 12) – Another maybe. It just hasn’t excited me, or shown any need to exist. Which would have been fine ten years ago, but I just don’t see the need now.
    SUPERBOY #4

  7. I’m really depressed there’s no word yet of the annual Acme Novelty Library. I’m also down about Tales Designed to Thrizzle 7 isn’t out yet.

    I’ll be reading Frankenstein. I like Lemire and it’s a fun book in the BPRD vein.

    Snarked!!! YAY!!!

    I think there’s a new 20th Century Boys, too….

    And I think that’s all. Probably skip this week and wait for my next trip….

  8. I sort of fell off of the habit of posting my picks here, but I’ll gladly respond to Corey’s call to arms:

    GREEN LANTERN #4 – Johns’ take on Sinestro was one of my favorite things about this book even before the relaunch and his promotion to starring role. And I’m sure the Hal Jordan disintegration is a red herring, more for the fact that his relationship with Sinestro is the best thing about the book than for the more obvious reasons. Within the context of the relaunch, I feel, well, guilt is too strong a word, maybe regret?, that the only Nü 52 books I’m still buying are the high profile ones. I really wanted to like Demon Knights (and Justice League Dark, DC Universe Presents, etc.) but as said by others, the quality is just too scattershot.

    JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #632 – Wasn’t sure if this book had any direction to go in post-Fear Itself, but the new arc they’re advertising looks to prove me wrong, Rich Elson is a better artistic fit than Whilce Portacio, and I shouldn’t second guess Kieron Gillen, who may be Marvel’s secret weapon right now.

    MY GREATEST ADVENTURE #3 (OF 6) – I like that DC seems to be committed to putting out anthologies, and titling them after old classic series, which is cool and kitschy. I don’t know if I like any of the 3 features enough that I’d buy them in their own title, but the fact that I like all 3 of them is enough for me. It’s not great, but it’s 100% GOOD, and how often can you say that about an anthology?

    THE STRAIN #1 (OF 11) – It’s a dollar, right? I thought this already came out, and it was a dollar and I still didn’t buy it. Maybe I’ll buy it this time, or maybe I confused it with something else that was a dollar? Maybe the dollar thing is running its course with me.

    UNCANNY X-FORCE #18 – Marvel’s ridiculous pricing policy (which seems to be “We’ll charge you $3.99 for this book if we think we can get it out of you”) has made me boycott any book at that price point if they don’t add any extra content, and they’ve actually dropped content, if you’ve noticed they’ve sneakily dropped the page count to 20 pages in most cases. But I’ll probably pick up the conclusion to the long running Apocalypse storyline because what I’ve read of this series has been so damn good.

    UNWRITTEN #32 – The best part of this has always been the special issues, which are worthy reading even if you aren’t reading the rest of it. But with the .5 issues and the main storyline hotting up, I’m really enjoying it. Perhaps the best thing yet by Mike Carey, a writer whom I’ve always liked aspects of his work while rarely enjoying his comics as a whole.

    WALKING DEAD #92 – Now that this has hit it big time, it’s common to dis it for just being consistently good and coming out every month. Note to Kirkman: Start missing your ship dates to make the fans really long for it, then pull some “jump the shark” move to pull the Internet punters away from the TV show.

    Like Chris Hero, I’m eagerly awaiting Tales Designed to Thrizzle #7, which was supposed to have come out but disappeared from solicitations. Same with Berlin #18, which I think was supposed to come out last week. I’d also like to buy 2000 AD Prog 2012, but that doesn’t seem to be coming out this week as planned either. There are complaints that retailers aren’t interested in stocking the independents/small press/art comics, but if they only come out once a year and then they don’t come out, can you blame them?

  9. Jonathan, have no fear, 20th Century Boys is very much worth it. It’s my favorite of Urasawa’s work, mostly because it’s just a lot more fun than the painfully moody Monster and Pluto.

  10. Well after Corey (AKA Canada’s pugilistic powerhouse “The Chastener”) I have been shamed into commenting.(Gone “pro” – that’s some astonishing generosity there, Mr. C(O)! Unless the missing bit was “…stitute” in which case why I oughta..!)

    This week I’ll be emulating our ancestors and demanding the following on folded paper held together by staples:

    ALL NEW BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #14
    (Ragman! But will he be accompanied by Tatters! Oy! I should cocoa!)
    AMERICAN VAMPIRE #21
    (!!!BERNET!!!)
    AVENGERS 1959 #4
    (Howard Victor Chaykin may only be doing 5 issues of AVENGERS but, y’know, at least they are entertaining. I think that’s the greater achievement. Personally.)
    BATWOMAN #4
    (Rub it on your eyes!)
    DEMON KNIGHTS #4
    (I agree with Chris Brown on every point he made above. Also: it should be funnier.)
    FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE #4
    (Hey, I like the art! It’s a bit Henry Flint and that’s okay by me. Actual Henry Flint would be better.)
    JOHN CARTER OF MARS WORLD OF MARS #3
    (Is the Marvel one? Or the Dynamite one? Is it the one with John Carter’s arms drawn with worrying veins like he has two big phalli for arms or the one where Dejah Thoris’ mouth is always open? I’m that far behind I have no idea.)
    KIRBY GENESIS SILVER STAR #2
    (Dear God, the artist here wants to be David Finch. That’s okay for him but, since I think David Finch’s over rendering makes everything look like its made of compacted dog muck, maybe not for me.)
    ROGER LANGRIDGES SNARKED #3
    (Expensive. But great.)
    WARLORD OF MARS #13
    (Is this the Marvel one…etc?)

    It’s so retro it’s chic! It’s COMICS!!!

  11. John K’s right – Henry Flint would be a much better artist for FRANKENSTEIN, which at the moment looks too much like it was inked on a moving train.

    I’m still picking it up, however, along with ALL NEW…BOLD, BATWOMAN, BATGIRL, MARVEL HOLIDAY SPECIAL (as I’m a nut for holiday themed anthology books), SHADE, and maybe a random TPB to read on my holiday travels next week.

  12. Jonathan,

    You’re going to be rewarded by waiting to read 20th Century Boys all at once. The tension between volumes is so thick, you can practically chew it. But with the breaks in between, there have been times when I’ve been like, “Who are you, again? Are you part of this story?”

  13. BATWOMAN #4
    BLUE ESTATE #8
    LEGION LOST #4
    PIGS #4
    RED SONJA #60
    STAR TREK LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #3 (OF 6)
    WARLORD OF MARS #13

    Books / Mags / Stuff
    WITCH DOCTOR TP VOL 01

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