Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #2, Eltingville Club #1, Gantz Vol 31, Lazarus #8 + Original Sin #0
Kind of a big week for me. It helps almost everything I’m buying is top-notch (with the exception of that one Marvel comic… But I’ll get to that in a minute.) Waiting in my club this week will be Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #2, Gantz Vol 31 and Lazarus #8– all of which I’m looking forward to reading.
Past that, Eltingville Club #1 by Evan Dorkin is one comic I believe everyone should be picking up this week. Out of everything Dorkin has created, Eltingville Club has always been my favorite. This satirical look at fanboys is so spot on it’s scary. It’s a strip about how absolutely horrible fanatical fanboys are– then packs in so many genre related in-jokes you’ll practically need to be a fanboy to “get” the humor. It was an extremely meta comic back when meta wasn’t really too big of a thing in the comic industry. Yes, Dorkin is making fun of genre fans, but it’s hilariously obvious he intimately knows what he’s writing about too. It’s like a fun house mirror reflection of geek fandom– and it would be damn sad if the comic wasn’t so fucking funny.
You need to be able to laugh at yourself, and this series will help you do that.
Now for something not very funny at all. Marvel’s All-New Crossover Extravaganza is starting this week– and if that news wasn’t bad enough, it begins with a #0 Issue. They gotta squeeze an extra $3.99 out of their next totally forgettable storyline, ya know? But I do want to take a look, since Mark Waid is writing it and there’s supposedly some sweet Jimmy Cheung art. That’s a killer creative comic duo if there ever was one.
But I should also tell you upfront I won’t be buying Issue #1. Why? Because Marvel has the audacity to release a #0 comic at $3.99 (which technically IS the first issue)… Then will charge $4.99 for Issue #1. To be clear: Issue #1 is listed as 40 pages long, while #0 only has a measly 32 pages– counting ads, of course. But this being Marvel– who knows what those 40 pages will actually consist of. Also, sorry… But $4.99 for a comic book (which may have 28 pages of art– tops) is a joke. Stay classy, Marvel.