COMING ATTRACTIONS: NOVEMBER 2005
(Previews #9, Sept. 2005)
SEXY CHIX tpb (Dark Horse pg.31)
The Previews description has this to say: "Sexy Chix is devoted to the under-recognized contingent of female cartoonists in an overwhelmingly male-oriented industry". And yet the title still is "Sexy Chix". 'Chix'. I wonder if they female creators spotlighted in this trade knew of the title before hand? The title screams "This book won't sell to the fanboys unless we have a catchy, sexy, objectifying title!". Anyway, I'm picking it up in the hopes that "my vote" helps to have more of these compilations....compiled. Heh.
BATMAN AND THE MONSTER MEN #1 (of 6) (DC pg.57)
Yippee!! Yet another Batman limited series! And look - it's by Matt Wagner!!! You know, because Trinity was such a commercial success that we need another Matt Wagner take-a-look-back approach mini-series. Oh wait, what's this: "this is the first of two planned miniseries featuring Batman". Feets don't fail me now!!!
ALL STAR SUPERMAN #1 (of 12) (DC pg.63)
Okay, sarcasm button off. By Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, I've been looking forward to this ever since it was first announced. I never hide the fact that I'm a huge Morrison fan and he's been waiting for a long time to write his definitive Superman story. After almost 15 years, we finally get a Superman story where he isn't married, his secret identity is exactly that, secret, and where Red K, Bizarro and hell even Streaky are once again part of the Superman mythos. This series has nothing...I repeat, NOTHING...to do with current continuity. So for those of you who read that and still are asking "But how is this related to Superman?", all I can do is smack my forehead and say 'Man, I hate Fan-boys'. (And just to clarify; I'm a Geek, not a Fanboy. Geeks do podcasts, fanboys do radio shows).
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES vol.1: TEENAGE REVOLUTION tpb (DC, pg79)
By Mark Waid, Barry Kitson, Leonard Kirk, Dave Gibbons and more. I'm not big on trades, I've been collecting this series monthly, but I'm spotlighting the trade because if you haven't been reading LSH since that dreadful Zero Hour reboot series, then you need to read this Legion. Mark Waid has put a different spin on the concept behind the need for a Legion and it works. I don't know if it's going to work three years from now, but so far, it makes sense and is compelling. The artwork is some of the finest Kitson artwork ever. The costume redesigns are goregous, incorporating all the various Grell, Giffen, Sprouse designs of the past and his background details are stellar. When looking back on Kitson's L.E.G.I.O.N., I see a younger Kitson, raw, energetic, and detailed. In hindsight, it very much looks like the testing ground for this current LSH. Buy this book and you won't be able to stop saying "Eat me, Grandpa!".
OMAC PROJECT & DAY OF VENGEANCE tpb (DC pg.81)
Just buy them. You know you want to.
Yea... no Marvel recommendations. Sorry about that. I'm just not that excited about Marvel these days. Not since the days of the first Marvel Knights wave. It all has a "been there, done that better" feel to it.
IMAGE COMICS HC (Image pg.131)
Only 3 years late. Caveat Emptor.
10 ONE-SHOT (Boom! Studios pg.246)
By Keith Giffen and Andy Kuhn. "Ten innocent people become unwilling contestants in a game of death. Given 10 bullets and a gun, it's kill or be killed as they're forced to hunt the other 10 contestants!". Giffen has been doing the translations for Battle Royale so it's very obvious where this story comes from, but I'm picking it up anyway because I'm a huge Giffen fan. And if this is Giffen unleashed, then we are in for some major fun.
GEORGE PEREZ, STORYTELLER: the FIRST 30 YEARS HC (Dynamic Force pg.277)
Yet another "definitive" retrospective of my favorite artist. But I'm picking it up anyway (duh!). Over 200 pages in full-color, interviews, career highlights, etc. There's a reason why Perez keeps getting book after book written about him - he is a master. There may be some (deluded) people who find him overrated, but you can't argue his storytelling and sequential art. He is right up there with Eisner in that aspect. There, I said it. If you're building a Perez library, then you should take a look at this.
TITANS COMPANION vol.1 sc (TwoMorrows pg.354)
If you aren't picking up the many mags that TwoMorrows puts out, and you are a fan of reference material, then you need to start now. And what better book to start with then with my favorite team ever: the Titans!! Celebrating 25 years of the New Teen Titans by Wolfman and Perez, this book is full of interviews, art, and more. Previous companions include Legion, All Star featuring the JSA, JLA, Thunderbolts, etc. This series of books is great stuff.
Check them out if you haven't already.