Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Spectral Engine (2013) Ray Fawkes

My review of The Spectral Engine is now on The Comics Alternative. If you haven't picked up this great ghost story for Halloween, you really should. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Upcoming Artist's Editions from IDW

If you're a fan of Watchmen or of Jack Kirby, here's cause for celebration: artist's editions of Watchmen and Kirby's New Gods will be forthcoming from IDW in 2014.  

I enjoyed Watchmen, but have no interest in picking this one up. The Kirby, however, is another story. It's long been said by many in the comics field that we would never see a Kirby artist's edition, since most of his original artwork was bought years ago and would be next to impossible to collect for such a project. Yet this New Gods edition will collect reproductions of Kirby's original artwork on issues # 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8. 

While New Gods is not my favorite Kirby work, I'm tempted to pick this one up (or put it on my birthday wish list. In case you haven't priced them, the artist's editions aren't cheap.). This may be the only shot Kirby fans will ever get for an artist's edition. 

Yet the biggest temptation for me is the announcement of two Steranko artist's editions featuring Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. with and without Captain America. Most artist's editions are 12 x 17", but the S.H.I.E.L.D. edition will be a whopping 15 x 22" monster! I'd better start saving now....

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Graphic Novels Read in September

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Classics Volume I (1965-66/2013) Various

Previously discussed.


Tommysaurus Rex (J-Fic 2004) Doug TenNapel 

Tommysaurus Rex, an older work by TenNapel that’s recently been reprinted, is a warm-hearted coming-of-age “Old Yeller with Dinosaurs” story that worked for me about half the time. TenNapel’s focus wanders a bit, but it’s worth a look.  


The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan (J-Fic 2012) Maxwell 
Eaton III 

Previously discussed


Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy (J-Fic 2012) Nathan Hale


Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party (J-Fic 2013) Nathan Hale


All three (but mainly Donner Dinner Party) discussed at Comics Alternative.

Manhattan Projects, Volume 2 (2013) Jonathan Hickman, Nick Pitarra

I really enjoyed this, probably not quite as much as I did the first volume, but that could be due to the fact that I’m just not sure if I can wrap my head around the story... Yet I can’t deny it’s weird, wild and fascinating.


Astro City Vol. 1: Life in the Big City (1995) Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross

I really enjoy Busiek’s writing and the Alex Ross art is a wonder to behold. Busiek and Ross have literally created a world with a fresh look at superheroes and their lives. I’m certainly onboard for more, including the new Astro City series. 


Fatale, Book Three: West of Hell (2013) Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips

Look for an review over at Comics Alternative soon.


Gotham Central, Book One: In the Line of Duty (2004) Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, Michael Lark

Gotham Central, put simply, is the Gotham Police working on crimes when Batman isn't around. Of course, it's more complicated than that, but that's a good starting point if you're considering whether you should pick this up (and you should). 

Rucka and Brubaker are both excellent writers and Lark's artwork is the perfect match for their stories. It becomes clear from the first story how difficult and frustrating it is for the police not only to solve crimes in Gotham, but also to work in the shadow of Batman (who does appear briefly). 


I refrain from giving this volume 5 stars only because Batman acts as a deus ex machina a couple of times. Of course, maybe that's the point, adding another level of frustration to the G.C.P.D.