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Monday, April 16, 2007
That Post I Never Do
Yes, every lazy comic blogger's friend, the shipping list. And so, in that grand tradition (and since it's starting to look as if I'll never get around to reviewing the new season of Doctor Who), here's the list of what I plan to get, what I think is noteworthy, and what makes me embarrassed of my hobby, with commentary.
52 WEEK #50 Yeah, at this point in the game, I'm pretty sure I'm sticking with this.
AQUAMAN SWORD OF ATLANTIS #51 To be honest, I didn't mind Busiek's run on the title. But Williams seems to be running with the sense of the absurd that, frankly, an Aquaman title probably needs.
BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK TP I liked Batmen and the Monster Men more than this mini, but Wagner's retellings of early Batman stories are superb.
BIRDS OF PREY #105 BRAVE AND THE BOLD #3 These fill my need for big, dumb fun super-hero comics quite nicely, thanks.
DC MINIMATES WAVE THREE (RES) I'm giving serious consideration to picking up the Wonder Woman/Ares set.
DMZ #18 (MR) I want to like DMZ, but every time I pick up an issue I feel like I'm about fifteen years older than the target audience. Which is not a criticism of the book at all. It's a great book for a politically aware teenager.
EX MACHINA #27 (MR) Every time a new issue comes out I read it, and I enjoy it, and then I forget about it again until the next issue comes out.
FIRST APPEARANCE SER 4 WARLORD AF All right, so it's not the Mike Grell warlord, but it's the closest I'm ever going to get to a Warlord action figure. And he'll look nice on my shelf next to my Wildcat figure. Maybe sandwiched between my Wildcat and Hawkman figures. And maybe my Apollo and Midnighter figures can come over and "hang out" with them sometimes...
FLASH THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE #11 What a difference a new creative team makes, eh?
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #8 I seem to be one of the few who actually enjoys Meltzer's JLA. I think his character based approach to the title actually works quite well.
MANHUNTER #30 One of the best super-hero comics out there right now. If you're not reading it, well, you have no taste.
NIGHTWING ANNUAL #2 Pete wants to know why Babara and Dick broke up. That's the only reason we're getting it, I swear.
SHADOWPACT #12 See my above statements about "big," "dumb" and "fun."
SHOWCASE PRESENTS SUPERMAN VOL 3 TP This is full of, as the LiveJournal kids say "the crack." Whatever the hell that means.
SPIRIT #5 Beautiful art and a really outstanding blending of Eisner's sensibility and contemporary story-telling.
SUPERMAN BATMAN #34 This was one of those "big dumb fun" books, but that horrible, horrible aliens going crazy storyline was just so dreadful I ended up buying it just to see how bad it could possibly get. Hopefully this new Metal Men storyline will turn the book around. I mean, how could you possibly gowrong with the Metal Men?
TESTAMENT #17 (MR) Hands down my favorite Vertigo title of the moment, and one of my favorite on-going series, period. It's thoughtful, it's challenging, and it's vastly under appreciated.
WONDER WOMAN THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD TP Did they ever announce what comics were actually going to be in this book? I'd like to get it, but if it's heavy on the Bronze Age Wonder Woman stories, it'll be hard-going, and I have virtually all the post-Crisis comics already.
WORLD WAR III PART FOUR UNITED WE STAND WORLD WAR III PART ONE A CALL TO ARMS WORLD WAR III PART THREE HELL IS FOR HEROES WORLD WAR III PART TWO THE VALIANT I've enjoyed 52, and I don't have any reservations about the creative teams on these books, but I can't quite get past the feeling that these are "whoops, we forgot to explain that" continuity-patch titles to keep fans from complaining about loose threads and plot holes left over from the main book.
ANNIHILATION BOOK 2 HC Dear Marvel: I was interested in sampling your well-reviewed and favorably received comic, but the pricey hard-covers and bridging minis and instant sequel pretty much turned me off of the idea.
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #108 You know, I don't like Spider-Man, and I don't much care for Bendis as a super-hero comics writer either, but this is usually just about tolerable. When it isn't in the middle of an interminable emo-Spider storyline. Which, uh, it is about half the time.
ULTIMATE X-MEN #81 This was never really all that good to begin with, but it's taken a steep nosedive in quality since Kirkman took over. We've stuck with it so that Pete can get his X-Men fix in the least objectionable way possible, but man...this is a stinker.
YOUNG AVENGERS VOL 2 FAMILY MATTERS TP A friend has asked me to pick this up for him. He was given the first volume, and now he wants more. And, yes, he'd much prefer it if he didn't have to buy a dozen different books to follow the characters.
WIZARD HOW TO DRAW 3 PACK You know, for every good artist giving reasonable, useful advice in these Wizard "How to Draw" books, there's about a dozen "hot" artists who wouldn't know anatomy from an aardvark or perspective from a periscope. It makes for a frequently surreal and unintentionally hilarious reading experience.
EDU MANGA MOTHER TERESA GN I wonder how much time will be devoted to her questionable financial relationship to Charles Keating? Yeah, I know "none" and I'm an asshole and I'm going to hell.
INUBAKA CRAZY FOR DOGS VOL 2 TP Cute doggies and crazy girls! Not as good as a book about a toddler assassin, but still pretty enjoyable.
NIKOLAI DANTE TSAR WARS VOL 2 TP I think this was actually supposed to ship last week, but west coast stores didn't get it. At least I don't think they did. Either that or Mike sold my copy to someone else, the jerk! Anyway...what can I say, I like hairy-chested, over-sexed rogues.
SALON GN (MR) I thought this looked promising when I first saw the preview materials a few years back. How impressed was I? The book features Gertrude Stein and Pablo Picasso as characters, two people high on my list of "historical figures who needed a good slap," and I still want to read it.
CITY SLAB MAGAZINE #10 I haven't the vaguest clue what this magazine is about, but I seriously doubt it could ever live up to the images the title suggests.
SCREEM #14 From the people who brought you "Feer" and "Horrrr" I suppose.
300 ORIGINAL MOVIE SOUNDTRACK REGULAR ED CD (PP#757 300 ORIGINAL MOVIE SOUNDTRACK SPECIAL ED CD (PP# Wait...there's a collector's edition of the damned soundtrack? What has it got, an extra five minutes of people screaming incomprehensibly?
DOCTOR WHO TARDIS USB 4 PORT HUB STATION Oh, I'm so tempted.
EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH DANE COOK POSTER EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH JESSICA SIMPSON POSTER Choose your own joke: A) "Just in time for no one but their mother's to care anymore!" B) "Just in case your walls weren't unfunny enough!"
ERAGON DAGGER OF ARYA WITH SHEATH Yeah, that's a license someone overpaid for.
LEGEND OF THE PERVERT DVD SUB (A) You know, with a title like that, you'd expect a certain level of quality. And yet, I hear that it had to be edited for the North American release. Which just begs the question: if you knew it had to be edited, why the hell did you license a cartoon called "Legend of the Pervert" in the first place?