As MSpot warned us a few weeks ago, be careful what you wish for.
Well, okay… I didn’t wish this dump on anybody but I did warn it was coming last week. And it did. While all the singles collectors rejoiced with a light week, we trade waiters got slammed… Hard.
The sad thing is, in this midst of this huge dump, I almost purchased the Avengers The Crossing Omnibus too. I was just about to pull the trigger on this $99.99 doorstop when I had second thoughts and emailed Jose instead.
His response? He said it is stories like the ones reprinted in this omnibus that made him stop reading the Avengers comic… It’s just “… 90s Image shit.” “And,” he added, “I bet you can find them all in quarter bins.”
Ouch. He actually said a lot of other unfavorable things too… But I think I’ve already made his point.
Now for one of my own: Look at the cover on the left. This poorly drawn piece of shit is actually what prompted me to email J. in the first place. Nothing looked quite right in it– a massive red flag. But I thought, “This is a KANG time travel story– so maybe that’s why Thor looks so fucking weird.” Then I looked at Tony Stark as Iron Man and thought, “Why does Tony look like a slightly heftier version of Ed Helms (The US Office TV Series, The Hangover comedy films) with a pencil thin moustache?” That was the real clue something was very, very wrong here.
Sadly, Marvel has also released a Direct Market version with a much snazzier cover by Mike Deodato. Don’t get drawn in by that, my friends. Jose tells me Deodato’s work is in the book (somewhere) but not worth the hefty price of admission either.
About the other OAS (Old Avengers Shit) on this week’s release list: There are two other reprints actually worth the price of admission– and neither one of them qualifies as “shitty”. The Avengers Kree Skrull War HC and the Avengers Private War of Doctor Doom HC are both recommended. But if you only have cash for one— buy the Kree/Skrull War Hardcover… Even if you’re burned out on Skrulls from their more recent Invasion of the Marvel Universe (which we all know was more like an incursion or infiltration).
At least with this Roy Thomas penned classic, you can see/read a Kree/Skrull story done right.
Yeah, I’m going here. I love Milo Manara and I love his erotic comics. In fact, it was his over-the-top erotic fantasy Click! that first introduced me to Manara’s comic book work. I remember reading those comics very carefully– to make sure no one caught on I was perusing something other than Amazing Spider-man or Superman. I went to great lengths to hide my Manara obsession back then… Which is why I am now coming out as an adult and professing my obsessed love for same in a very public forum.
Milo Manara has always drawn his erotica respectfully and with a determined sense of whimsy. Could it be classified as lewd? Well sure, by some. There’s always some nutbag ready to plaster anything with a bare man or woman pornography. But the Manara Erotica Volume 1 Hardcover is not pornography. It’s adult comics written for adults– who love a strong sense of story (and fantasy) along with their beautiful women and wonderful art.
Manara’s women are universally strong and extremely sensual. But they don’t work overtime to achieve the effect– they come by their sensuality and looks genetically. If you’re an adult who enjoys good stories filled with fun and gorgeous art, then these Manara Collections from Dark Horse (there are already two not tagged with the “Erotica” Label) are for you.
Under 18? We’ll you’ll be there soon enough. Keep dreaming.
Amazing Spider-Man Secret Origins – Oh, please just stop already!
Anne Rice Servant Of The Bones HC
Archie Sundays Finest HC – I like Archie comics. Newspaper strips? Not so much
Astonishing X-Men Vol 7 Monstrous – Own the Hardcover
Atomic Robo Vol 6 Ghosts of Station X
Avengers Academy Second Semester HC
Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis Vol 3 HC – See Spider-man comment above
Avengers Crossing Omnibus HC – This Week’s POS*!
Avengers Kree Skrull War HC – Recommended
Avengers Private War of Doctor Doom HC – Recommended
Avengers X-Sanction HC
Baby’s In Black HC
Batman Vol 1 Court Of The Owls HC – Can’t wait for the other “16” Hardcovers!
Bible HC – Runner-Up Pick of the Week
Boondock Saints Limited Edition HC
Brightest Day Vol 2 – Own the Hardcover
Captain America by Ed Brubaker Vol 2 HC
Choker Vol 1
DC Universe Legacies
Dead Rising Road To Fortune
Doc Savage Double Novel Vol 58
Essential Black Panther Vol 1
Forgetless Live To See Last Call (New Edition) – Own the Original GN
Green Wake Vol 2
Grimm Fairy Tales The Library
Halo Fall Of Reach Covenant– Own the Hardcover
Hulk Return of the Monster HC – Own the Trades
Judge Dredd Crusade
Justice League International Vol 1 Signal Masters
Kolchak and Lost World SC
Kung Fu Panda Vol 2 Elemental
Legion of Super Heroes Archives Vol 13 HC
Lone Ranger Vendetta SC
Magneto Not A Hero
Manara Erotica Vol 1 HC – HOT Pick of the Week!
Megaplex Complete Story HC
MMW Avengers HC Vol 12
Oz Ozma Of Oz– Own the Hardcover
Oz Wonderland Chronicles Vol 2
Powers Vol 6 Sellouts – Own the Definitive Hardcovers
Pro One Shot (New Print) – Recommended (NSFW)
Pterodactyl Hunters in the Gilded City
Richie Rich Vol 1 Welcome to Rich Rescue
Savage Sword of Conan Vol 11
Shadow Double Novel Vol 60
Silver Surfer Parable HC
Space Ducks Infinite Comic Book Musical HC
Spider-man Identity Crisis (New Print)
Spider-Man Season One HC
Steve Ditko Archives Vol 3 Mysterious Traveler HC
Superman Grounded Vol 1
Thing Serpent Crown Affair HC
Three Stooges Vol 1 Bed Bugged
Transformers IDW Collection Vol 6 HC
Ultimate Spider-man Vol 12 HC
X-Men Mutant Genesis 2.0 HC – Oh, please just stop already!
Blood Blockade Battlefront Vol 2
Certain Scientific Railgun Vol 4
Gon Kodansha Edition Vol 5
Haruka Beyond The Stream Of Time Vol 16
Inu Yasha VizBig Edition Vol 11
Love Hina Omnibus Kodansha Edition Vol 3
Nausicaa Of Valley Of Wind Vol 1 (2nd Edition)
Nausicaa Of Valley Of Wind Vol 2 (2nd Edition)
Nausicaa Of Valley Of Wind Vol 3 (2nd Edition)
Nausicaa Of Valley Of Wind Vol 4 (2nd Edition)
Nausicaa Of Valley Of Wind Vol 5 (2nd Edition)
Nausicaa Of Valley Of Wind Vol 6 (2nd Edition)
Nausicaa Of Valley Of Wind Vol 7 (2nd Edition)
Negima Vol 34
One Piece Vol 62
Oresama Teacher Vol 8
Psyren Vol 4
Story of Saiunkoku Vol 7
Tegami Bachi Vol 9
Tokyo Mew Mew Omnibus Vol 3
Yeah, I’m going here too. From Milo Manara Erotica to DC’s Reprint of their short-lived Bible series… All in one column. Who says diversity is dead? Not me.
With all the “F-words” and “G-Damns” that pepper my prose, I think it’s fairly obvious that I am not that religious. And on the days that find me thinking of such subjects, I don’t choose to believe that I’ll be denied admittance into anyone’s Heaven for typing a few “bad” words. That quick, personal insight mercifully over, I highly recommend DC’s The Bible Hardcover.
The adaptations are written by long-time DC stalwart Sheldon Mayer, with cover art (and a few interior pages) by the incomparable Joe Kubert… With the equally incomparable Nester Redondo doing most of the art inside. (Thanks for the clarification, MikeBo— my memory failed me on that one… It’s been a while since I flipped through those pages.)
As the Amazon.com blurb states:
“In 1975, DC Comics published a comics adaptation of the Bible as part of a series of tabloid-sized comic books. This first book in the projected series adapted the earliest chapters of the book of Genesis, including the stories of The Garden of Eden, the Flood, and Sodom and Gomorrah.
While the adaptation never continued, this first volume has become something of a legend among collectors. Now, for the first time, DC reprints this hard-to-find classic in a deluxe hardcover edition.”
I don’t usually use a blurb to fill out a review space but since I agree with all of it, then why the hell not?