Gantz Vol 29, Mara TP, Saga #15 + Wild Blue Yonder #3
With Bakuman ending a few months ago, the only manga I currently collect is Gantz. It’s been way too long since the last volume of this series– and the story seems to be headed toward its conclusion. The thing about Gantz: Every story arc tries to top the last by being even more ridiculously insane… And where the story is now– it seems to be as ridiculously insane as it can possibly get. If there is another story arc after this one, I’ll kinda be shocked… But I’ll still enjoy the ride. I’ve come too far with this series to even think about quitting now.
Brian Wood’s Mara is a title I caught wind of too late. It was getting some good buzz by the third issue, but by that point I had decided to wait for the trade. And, well, now the trade is here… So I’m going to give it a shot. $12.99 is not a bad price for an Image trade… And with Wood writing it, I am sure it will be more than worth it.
Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staple’s Saga is a book I am not quite caught up on. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working my way through my pile of unread comics… And the last 6 or 7 issues from this series are now at the top of my stack. I’ll be buying the new issue, so I’ll have Issue #15 ready when I’m done reading the others. I just hope the series is still in good form. Fingers crossed.
I read the first issue of Wild Blue Yonder the day that it came out. It was a very pleasant surprise and a true breath of fresh air. Though the writing was good, Zach Howard’s art made me want to stick with the series. I know I should probably be trade-waiting this since it’s $3.99 a pop… But IDW’s Trade prices are, at times ,just as ridiculous as their monthly comic book prices… So I doubt I can win either way. It’s the only IDW title I’m even remotely interested in, so what the hell. Maybe by supporting this title, it will spur the company to publish more comics in the same vein. Ya know… Maybe.
A Distant Soil #42, Ash and The Army of Darkness #1, Criminal Macabre – Eyes of Frankenstein #2 + Cataclysm #0.1
I love Colleen Doran’s A Distant Soil… And I am certain Issue #42 will prove no exception. I also love that the creator is finally getting the opportunity to finish her epic tale. A Distant Soil has been around for years, and it’s wonderful to see Image– specifically Jim Valentino’s Shadowline imprint– promote the series anew and reprint all the previous Soil trade paperbacks in revised, upgraded editions with tons of extras! As Jose once said to me about Manga, I envy anyone who is just now discovering this series. Buy the improved Trades– and these last issues– to finish off the grand experience. Doing so will support a talented creator and give you much joy.
I figured if I picked both Ash and The Army of Darkness #1 and Criminal Macabre – Eyes of Frankenstein #2 in the same week, some crank out there would make some crack about how I’m only doing this to draw attention to creator Steve Niles’ home recently flooding tragically. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Army of Darkness is the perfect vehicle for a comic adaptation and has long deserved a writer of Niles’ caliber. His talent to combine intelligent wit, sarcasm and horror is practically unparalleled in the comic realm.
Coincidentally, this is the same reason I have purchased every Criminal Macabre trade Dark Horse has ever published too. I love Macabre’s wise-cracking central character Cal McDonald… And every time I read one of his limited series, I shake my head wondering why some Film or TV Producer hasn’t made bringing this comic to the screen their reason for existing. To put a finer point on it, I am leaning toward a Pay TV adaptation… Criminal Macabre would make an excellent replacement for the soon to depart HBO series True Blood. (Universal had an option to make CM as a film but dropped it. Shows you what little they know… Just keep going back to The Fast and the Furious trough. It’s safer that way.)
So we have one Steve Niles comic book adapted from a great film series and another great Niles comic that should be a TV or Film series. I bet both of them will rock!
Which leaves me with the Marvel Ultimate comic Cataclysm #0.1. Besides the idiotic numbering, this comic once again offers up Galactus as a major threat to the Ultimate Universe. Why does this book have me excited? Well, it’s certainly not the below average art (in some of the previews I’ve seen, Galactus actually looks like a bitter old man.) No, I’m excited about this crossover “event” because Galactus may finally do what Marvel Zombies have refused to do– end the Ultimate Universe. I doubt this event will actually fulfill my death wish for this poorly shepherded line of comics. (When was the last time you read a magnificent Ultimate comic book?) But hey, I can dream… And so I shall.