It won’t take much detective work to see that a LOT of books came out this week. Jose reported over 30 Marvel floppy titles alone. Not quite the 52+ of two weeks ago, but still FAR TOO MANY. So either Marvel is taking their sweet time knocking down the number of actual titles they publish every month (as they intimated they would eons ago) or Brevoort has once again disingenuously blown more fetid smoke up our collective asses.
BUT WAIT! THAT’S ONLY THE TIP OF THIS SHITBERG™
If you really want to get pissed at the excess, focus on is the THREE MARVEL OMNIBUS EDITIONS that were ALSO released this week– and the TWO MARVEL MASTERWORKS HARDCOVER EDITIONS (plus a softcover Masterworks as well). Then, of course, Marvel sent out their normal number of Hardcovers & Graphic Novels– including another THOR reprint… And, inexplicably, they also spewed out a pricey HC Reprint of the original X-Force comic. A PRICEY HARDCOVER REPRINT… OF THE ORIGINAL X-FORCE COMIC?! Aren’t all these X-Force books deservedly languishing in 25¢ and 50¢ bins everywhere? Or has there been a sudden (insane) run on books drawn by still SUPREMELY untalented, still MASSIVELY delusional, still DUMB fucks… Who still CAN’T DRAW feet?!
Not that I expect any of these companies to care about the continuous deluge of product they force on their ever dwindling audience– because they don’t. DC Direct once again rubbed salt into the average consumer’s empty wallet but releasing NOT one, NOT two… But THREE Frickin’ Porcelain Statues this week: The long-delayed Adam Hughes inspired Poison Ivy (so beautiful) and thankfully (for me at least), 2 of the DC Universe Online Statues that the company laughably continues to insist were based on Jim Lee’s artwork. Well, maybe they ARE based on quick Jim Lee cocktail napkin sketches (that he drew after one-too-many Jack & Cokes)… But they certainly didn’t have to make matters EXPONENTIALLY worse by hiring GORILLA GRODD to sculpt the damn things.
You’d think now that Jim is a DC Big Wig he’d have put the kibosh on this putrid statue series (possibly the WORST DC has EVER released)– until they could have been re-sculpted. Hell, every other statue and bust DC Direct has solicited is at least 6 to 9 Months behind their expected release dates. (Some well over a year.) Why rush these atrocities to market… To coincide with the DC Online release? Makes you wonder what is going to happen to the rest of DC with Jimbo helping make the BIG decisions… Especially when he doesn’t use his power & status to stop statues based on his OWN ART from STINKING up the joint!
So the week was RIDICULOUSLY HEAVY. Again. Yet there was NO press reaction. Fans didn’t seem to care. So expect more of the same… And Mini-Rants like this one to disappear from Inveterate Media Junkies since, while I think it is OKAY to be a grouch– I detest being a repetitive grouch.
Please buy The Original Johnson Book 2. If it is anywhere near as good as Volume 1, it is priceless.
HARDCOVERS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
28 Days Later Vol 3 Hotzone
Acts of Vengeance Omnibus HC – Yippee! Another cross-over!
Air Vol 4 A History of the Future
Atlantis Attacks Omnibus HC – Another cross-over that SUCKED the first time
Captain America Lives Omnibus HC
Creepy Archives Vol 9 HC - RUNNER-UP PICK OF THE WEEK!
Daken Dark Wolverine Empire HC
Eye Of the Gods
Farscape Vol 2 Scorpius – Own the Hardcover
Farscape Vol 3 Gone & Back – Own the Hardcover
Femina And Fauna Art Of Camilla D Errico HC
Flash Dastardly Death Of The Rogues
GI Joe A Real America Hero Vol 1
Hack Slash My First Maniac HC Vol 1 S/N Ltd Ed – Looks cool. Own the softcover
Haunt Vol 2
Inannas Tears HC – I am really looking forward to reading this
Invincible Iron Man Vol 5 Stark Resilient Book 1 – Own the Hardcover
Little Lulu Vol 26 Feud And Other Stories
Marvelman Classic Vol 2 HC
Mickey Mouse & Friends 300 Mickeys
Mid-Life – Looks interesting
MMW Atlas Era Battlefield Vol 1 HC
MMW Fantastic Four Vol 5 SC
Namor First Mutant Vol 1 Curse of the Mutants
Namor Visionaries Vol 1 John Byrne – Originals were unimpressive
Nemesis HC – I wouldn’t buy this shit if Millar put a gun to MY head!
New Mutants Forever
Occult Files Doctor Spektor Archives Vol 2 HC – Budget concerns only
On The Line HC
Original Johnson Book 2 - PICK OF THE WEEK! Artist Trevor von Eeden’s BEST!
Secret History Omnibus Vol 2 HC – Very nice work here
Shadowland HC – Ugh. Whatever.
Sonic The Hedgehog Select Vol 3
Spider-Man Animal Magnetism – Drawing the Line at Stupidity
Star Wars Old Republic Vol 1 Blood Of the Empire
Suicide Squad Vol 1 Trial by Fire
Superman Mon El Vol 1 – Own the Hardcover
Teen Titans Hunt for Raven
Thor Death of Odin (New Printing)
Twilight of the A-Holes – Lots of BITING Political Cartoons with LOTS of essays
Voltron Defender Universe Official Art Book HC
Wolverine Reckoning – Own the Hardcover
X-Force Force To Be Reckoned With HC – A THOUSAND TIMES NO
Z is for Zombie SC
Biomega Vol 5
Inu Yasha VizBig Edition Vol 6 - MANGA PICK OF THE WEEK!
Jormungand Vol 6
Maoh Juvenile Remix Vol 4
Oh My Goddess RTL Vol 37