“Why always so negative, Ian?” “Why can’t you ever say anything nice about comics, Ian?” “Hell, why can’t you say anything nice about anything, Ian?”
Okay, let me buck this perception (just this once):
I like A LOT of the Hardcovers & Graphic Novels coming out this week.
I like that there is a great selection. A bit of everything… And that Marvel doesn’t dominate the list.
I like the House of Lies TV series on Showtime. 3rd episode was positively stunning.
I like Kristen Bell’s teeny tiny feet. (See like just above.)
I still like Lana Del Rey. Her XFM London interview today convinced me more.
I like listening to Adele’s 21… No matter how many times the songs are overplayed.
I like how finally watching all the Harry Potter movies makes me appreciate Mike Carey’s Unwritten comic book even more.
I like Steven Tyler’s swagger. I wish all 63 year olds were this fun.
I like that Robert Kirkman stopped The Infinite when he didn’t get the art he wanted from Rob Liefeld.
I like DC’s We Can Be Heroes campaign to help the starving in the Horn of Africa.
I really like cats.
So what’s not to like… Hmmm?
As much as I loved/lusted after John Romita Sr’s Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane Watson as a wee child, I had no idea how beautiful women could be in this graphic art form until I discovered my first Milo Manara book.
The simple, seemingly effortless lines. The understated facial expressions that speak volumes with no words. The strong, self-assured, happily sexual women.
There isn’t– and quite possibly never will be– anything more erotic than a “Manara woman”.
Which, of course, is why this collection is the HOT PICK of the WEEK!
Absolute Kingdom Come (New Print) - Recommended… In a CHEAPER format.
Anubis Warrior – I’m giving this a try
Astonishing Spider-man And Wolverine – Own the Hardcover
Avatar Last Airbender Vol 1 Promise Part 1 – Uh, no. Not even me.
Avengers Solo Avengers Classic Vol 1
Batman And Robin White Knight Dark Knight HC
Batman Beyond Industrial Revolution
Bone Quest for Spark Book 2 Novel SC - Recommended
Brenda Starr Reporter The Collected Daily and Sunday Newspaper Strips Vol 1
Captain America by Brubaker Vol 1 HC
Catwoman Vol 1 - Recommended. Already own some version
Creepy Archives Vol 12 HC
Daredevil by Brubaker and Lark Ultimate Collection Book 1 Recommended. Own it.
Daredevil by Waid Vol 1 HC - Runner-up HOT PICK of the WEEK!
FF Vol 2 HC
Hawkman by Geoff Johns Omnibus Vol 1 HC
Irredeemable Vol 8
Jason & Argonauts Campfire Edition
Judge Anderson Psychic Crime Files
LIL Abner Vol 4 HC
Little Green Men Small Package Big Fun
Manara Library Vol 2 HC - HOT PICK of the WEEK!
MMW Uncanny X-Men Vol 4 SC
My Best Friend’s a Booger - This Week’s POS*!
Naughty & Nice Good Girl Art Bruce Timm SC
Nelson Mandela Campfire Edition
Official Handbook of Marvel Universe A to Z Vol 3
Polly and the Pirates Vol 2
Red Skull Incarnate
Resurrection Man Vol 1
Sam & Twitch Complete Collection Vol 3 HC
Shadowlaw – I am giving this a try too
Silence of Our Friends
Space Family Robinson Archives Vol 3 HC
Strikeforce Morituri Vol 1 – Ahhh… The smell of… Nostalgia
Sweet Tooth Vol 4 Endangered Species
Wally Wood Strange Worlds of Science Fiction – GN of last week’s HOT PICK!
Warren Ellis Atmospherics Color Edition
Warren Ellis Atmospherics Color Edition Sketch HC
Wolverine: Wolverine vs X-Men – Own the Hardcover
X-Men Legacy Aftermath – Own the Hardcover
Apple Selection Vol 1 - Manga PICK of the WEEK!
Arisa Vol 6
Cardcaptor Sakura Dark Horse Omnibus Edition Vol 3
Sailor Moon Kodansha Edition Vol 3
You’ve read all the hype by now… Reinvents the character after the Shadowland debacle… Makes Daredevil live again…
Bottom line: No matter how outspoken Mark Waid can sometimes be (a grumpy, bitter guy like me prefers the term “straight-forward”)– there is no doubt about one thing: The man can write comics. He can write the hell out of them. He can take the shittiest ideas and turn them golden… And left to his own devices, he can create some of the best CORPORATE OWNED titles ever. (See Absolute Kingdom Come in the list above.)
Just this once, believe the hype.
I hope it’s common knowledge by now that I devoutly believe that there should be comics for everybody. You can ask Jose how much I hate that most comics meant for kids are usually priced at an astonishing allowance-busting $3.99.
And I’ve usually enjoyed Tyler Kirkham’s art. So, in my heart… I gotta believe there is nothing wrong with this book… Even though I have long had an admitted aversion to boogers and children who think it is charming to pull them out of their noses and play with them.
What I will not stand for is the PRICE: $6.99 for 34 pages.
WTF? Is the industry headed toward producing kids books that can only be afforded by Richie Fucking Rich now?!