Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Current Comics Report for 5/18

This is a report about what I think about the comics of this week, based upon Diamond's Shipping This Week list, as reprinted below, with my (sometimes quite snarky, so be forewarned) comments.

Certain sections of the Current Report on the 5/18 Comic Book Week contain forward-looking statements that are based on my expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions. Words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate” and variations of these words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which include but are not limited to projections of books being good, writing performance, character flaws, artistic coolness and continued title stability.

Forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Prognasticators Reform Act of 1995, as amended. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual future results and trends may differ materially from what is forecast in forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation:
  • A book being better than I thought it would be;

  • A different creative team on a book;

  • A different type of story than I thought it was;

  • Differences in anticipated and actual performance by the writer and/or artist
All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this report or, in the case of any document incorporated by reference, the date of that document.All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to me are qualified by the cautionary statements in this section..

Shipping This Week: May 18, 2005

DARK HORSE

MAR050041 CONAN #16 $2.99

I was disappointed in #15, but I predict that this will be an improvement.

NOV040151 CONAN THE LEGEND ONE SHOT #0 (O/A) PI
OCT040206 CONAN THE LEGEND ONE SHOT (O/A) PI
FEB050079 DARK HORSE BOOK OF THE DEAD HC $14.95

I am drawing a blank. What is this again?

MAR050018 GOON #12 $2.99

I estimate that this will be super cool.

DEC040063 KOTOBUKIYA YODA SOFT VINYL MODEL KIT $44.99

Now, ya see, THIS I don't have a real problem with. I mean, if some dude really loves Yoda, then by all means, go out and get a $45 Yoda thing.

NOV040040 SAMURAI EXECUTIONER VOL 4 TP (MR) $9.95
JAN050047 STAR WARS EMPIRE #31 $2.99
JAN050048 STAR WARS OBSESSION #5 (OF 5) $2.99

This has been surprisingly good.
DC COMICS

MAR050453 ABC WARRIORS VOL 2 THE BLACK HOLE TP $14.99

Enlighten me, please. What is this about? Who are the ABC Warriors?

MAR050460 AUTHORITY REVOLUTION #8 (OF 12) (MR) $2.99

Now, this is just a rumor, so make sure to take it as that...but I heard from a friend of a friend whose sister dates a guy whose cousin saw Dustin Nguyen skin a cat alive and eat its flesh.

Just a rumor.

MAR050357 BATMAN BEGINS BATMAN ON ROOFTOP STATUE $89.99

Ninety dollars?!?! Don't they know that no self-respecting Batman fan would pay less than $195 on a statue!?

MAR050354 BATMAN BEGINS BATMOBILE REPLICA $195.00

Phew! Luckily, some sanity has returned to the world!

MAR050371 BATMAN DARK DETECTIVE #2 (OF 6) $2.99
MAR050365 BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHTS #65 $2.50

I predict that Hush will be treated like he's really cool, even though he's a dork, in this issue.

MAR050374 BATMAN JEKYLL AND HYDE #2 (OF 6) $2.99

Jae Lee is awesome.

MAR050394 BIRDS OF PREY #82 $2.50
MAR050478 BOOKS OF MAGICK LIFE DURING WARTIME #11 (MR) $2.50
MAR050462 EX MACHINA #11 (MR) $2.99

I estimate another strong issue!

FEB050279 GREEN LANTERN SECRET FILES 2005 $4.99

Darwyn Cooke illustrating a Geoff Johns story...it is like that one time that the kids let the Trix Rabbit have the Trix. It is just not natural.

MAR050404 HAWKMAN #40 $2.50

I predict that I will continue to have no interest in the Golden Eagle.

MAR050409 JLA CLASSIFIED #7 $2.99

I estimate that Giffen and DeMatteis will show you how emotion can be done without being cloying!

MAR050435 JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED VOL 1 UNITED THEY STAND TP $6.99
MAR050484 LOSERS TRIFECTA TP (MR) $14.99
MAR050486 LUCIFER #62 (MR) $2.50

Ooooh...going all the way back to the FIRST storyline! Interesting!

MAR050413 MANHUNTER #10 $2.50

I predict that my pal Loren will take issue with SOME legal inaccuracy in this issue.

MAR050456 OLYMPUS TP (MR) $14.99

I think DC is just screwing with me, just trying to make me feel dumb for not knowing what this is about. Someone, help me!

FEB058394 OMAC PROJECT #1 2ND PTG $2.50

A second printing for this...

MAR050417 PLASTIC MAN #16 $2.99

...And yet Plastic Man can barely sustain a first printing. Justice, thine are dumb!

MAR050439 POWERPUFF GIRLS #62 $2.25
MAR050375 ROBIN #138 $2.25

Willingham is slowly but steadily building a Rogue's Galley for Robin. Can anyone remember a writer being more brazen about creating a Rogue's Gallery?

MAR050423 SEVEN SOLDIERS GUARDIAN #2 (OF 4) $2.99

I predict that this will be good.

MAR050384 SUPERMAN #217 $2.50

I estimate that Lois Lane's ass will be featured at one point or another in this story.

As an aside, what the heck is the deal with having the FIRST ISSUE of a new creative team be a tie-in with a freakin' crossover?!!?

MAR050419 TEEN TITANS #24 $2.50
MAR050416 TEEN TITANS BEAST BOYS AND GIRLS TP $9.99

Just when you thought there was no justice in the world, the Beast Boy mini-series from five years ago is collected in a trade!!

MAR050448 TENJHO TENGE VOL 2 $9.99
FEB058477 VILLAINS UNITED #1 2ND PTG $2.50

IMAGE

MAR051672 DAWN 2005 CONVENTION SKETCHBOOK ONE SHOT $2.95

BLAST! Only a one-shot?!?! I was hoping for a Dawn 2005 Convention Sketchbook ongoing!!

MAR051689 FREEDOM FORCE #5 (OF 6) $2.95
MAR051676 HERO CAMP #1 (OF 4) $2.95

This seems like it will be a really fun book.

FEB051593 LIONS TIGERS & BEARS #4 (OF 4) $2.95

This already IS a fun book.

FEB051644 MARK WAID HUNTER KILLER SCRIPTBOOK #1 $4.99

Wait...Mark Waid wrote SCRIPTS for Hunter Killer!?

Oooh..that lowers the book a bit in my estimation.

I had presumed that Marc Silvestri had just thrown together a bunch of pin-ups and Waid then added dialogue.

But all that hoo-hah was PLANNED?

JAN051614 REX MUNDI VOL 2 RIVER UNDERGROUND TP $14.95
FEB051581 WALKING DEAD VOL 3 SAFETY BEHIND BARS TP (MR) $12.95

If you are not already reading Walking Dead, I estimate that you should be.

MARVEL

MAR051892 BLACK PANTHER #4 $2.99

I think it would be funny if our esteemed Secretary of Defense was an avid Black Panther reader, and he's all sad now.

MAR051931 CABLE DEADPOOL #15 $2.99
MAR051889 DAREDEVIL #73 $2.99
MAR051954 EXCALIBUR VOL 2 SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER TP $14.99

Interesting choice of title, as I would compare Excalibur more to Stayin' Alive, a surprisingly decent return to classic characters, with some perhaps ill-advised new characters thrown in on top.

MAR051926 EXILES #64 $2.99

Hurry up, Bedard! Something has to actually HAPPEN soon!!

MAR051959 GIANT SIZE MARVEL TP $24.99

What a COOOOOL idea! Collecting a bunch of different Giant-Size comics!! (Isn't it interesting to note that they were called Giant-Size, not Giant-SizeD).

MAR051891 HERCULES #2 (OF 5) $2.99

I predict an improvement over #1...which is kinda hard NOT to happen, but still...

JAN058159 HOUSE OF M COIPEL POSTER $5.95
MAR051914 LIVEWIRES #4 (OF 6) $2.99
MAR051890 MARVEL KNIGHTS 4 #18 $2.99

This is my favorite Fantastic Four title.

MAR051893 MARVEL KNIGHTS SPIDER-MAN #14 $2.99

So Absorbing Man is a killer now, right?

MAR051924 MARVEL MUST HAVES NYX #1-3 $4.99

JUST in time! #4 should be out soon, right? Oh? #4 came out seven years ago?

Ohh...then maybe this is a bit late.

MAR051949 MARVEL TEAM-UP VOL 1 GOLDEN CHILD TP $14.99
MAR051906 NEW THUNDERBOLTS #8 $2.99

I predict Nicieza will treast the Shocker with respect, which I will be impressed by.

MAR051953 NEW THUNDERBOLTS VOL 1 ONE STEP FORWARD TP $14.99
MAR051922 NEW X-MEN #14 $2.99

I predict some soap opera style "kiss me to make ____ jealous" action this issue!

MAR051915 OFFICIAL HANDBOOK MARVEL UNIVERSE TEAMS 2005 $3.99
FEB051937 POWERS VOL 8 LEGENDS TP (MR) $17.95
MAR051883 SPIDER-MAN BREAKOUT #2 (OF 5) $2.99

This had better have a recap page. People need to know WHO these characters are!!

FEB051888 SPIDER-MAN HUMAN TORCH #4 (OF 5) $2.99

Is this late? I think it is.

MAR051886 TOXIN #2 (OF 6) $2.99

I predict that Milligan will try to give Razorfist some deep characterization, but it will instead make me laugh. But I will still enjoy this issue.

MAR051879 ULTIMATE X-MEN #59 $2.25
MAR051928 UNCANNY X-MEN #459 $2.25
MAR051896 WOLVERINE #28 $2.25

I predict some cool action in this issue.

MAR051909 YOUNG AVENGERS #4 $2.99

I estimate that this will be another enjoyable issue.

WIZARD

MAR052450 WIZARD MEGA POSTERMANIA 2005 $5.99

I have always been impressed with this idea. They have sooo many good artists do drawings for them, they might as well do a poster book.

COMICS

JAN052865 (USE SEP044072) STARSHIP TROOPERS BLAZE OF GLORY BK 1 GN (O/ $14.95
FEB053014 2000 AD #1435 $4.10
FEB053015 2000 AD #1436 $4.10
MAR052966 30 DAYS OF NIGHT BLOODSUCKERS TALES #8 $3.99

My pal Michael May insists that this book will be getting better. I hope he is right, or else he knows that I will cry.

MAR053139 AI YORI AOSHI VOL 9 GN (OF 13) (MR) $9.99
MAR053129 ARCANA VOL 1 GN (OF 3) $9.99
MAR053134 ARM OF KANNON VOL 6 GN (OF 8) (MR) $9.99
MAR052603 BETTY & VERONICA SPECTACULAR #70 $2.19
MAR052907 BLACK KISS DLX ED (O/A) (A) $18.95

What do you think, exactly, comes in the DELUXE edition of a Black Kiss edition? Condoms?

JAN052569 BONE PERFECT COLL ACT 3 HARVEST GIFT SET $55.95
FEB052470 BUGTOWN #5 (OF 6) (MR) $2.95
MAR052970 CASTLEVANIA THE BELMONT LEGACY #3 (OF 5) $3.99

I like the art, but the story has been disappointing. And from the SAME team doing a good job on Sam & Twitch! Weird.

FEB052971 CISCO KID VOL 1 TP $10.95
JAN052939 CLASSIC DAN DARE VOL 5 OPERATION SATURN PART 1 HC $19.95
FEB052687 CLASSIC ILLUS JR #508 GOLDILOCKS & THREE BEARS $5.99
MAR053131 CRESCENT MOON VOL 6 GN (OF 6) $9.99
FEB052847 CRIMSON GASH VS HITLER (A) $3.95
JAN052611 D3 GI JOE ARASHIKAGE SHOWDOWN GN $10.95
FEB052742 D3 PATRICK THE WOLF BOY VOL 2 PKT TP $10.95
MAR052980 DAMPYR #2 NIGHT TRIBE $7.99
MAR053135 DEAD END VOL 2 GN (OF 4) (MR) $9.99
MAR052877 DF MARVEL KNIGHTS SPIDER-MAN #13 SGN $19.99
MAR052870 DF PHOENIX ENDSONG #2 SGN $29.99

I enjoy that these two comics don't say signed by WHO, which allows me to hold out hope that they are signed by Spider-Man and Phoenix, respectively.

JAN052718 DF ULTIMATE SECRET #1 MCNIVEN SGN (RES) $29.99
JAN052719 DF ULTIMATE SECRET #2 MORALES SGN $19.99

Way to encourage a creative team squabble! "Eat it, INKER! My signature is 50% more valuable than yours!"

JAN052703 DFE DARKNESS & TOMB RAIDER B&W FOIL CVR #1 $14.95
MAR052843 DFE HUNTER KILLER EBAS ALT CVR #2 $14.95
MAR052842 DFE HUNTER KILLER GLOW CVR #2 $14.99
JAN052697 DFE HUNTER KILLER LINSNER RED FOIL CVR #2 $14.99
JAN052700 DFE WITCHBLADE & TOMB RAIDER B&W FOIL CVR #1 $14.95

Someone told me that the E was for Entertainment, but they are not doing a new copy of Hunter Killer #2,right? Weird.

MAR052923 DONALD DUCK AND FRIENDS #328 $2.95
MAR052829 DRIPPYTOWN COMICS & STORIES #4 (MR) $6.00
MAR052979 EASY WAY #2 (OF 4) (MR) $3.99

This is the Andy Kuhn book, right?

MAR052967 ERIC REDS CONTAINMENT #5 (OF 5) $3.99
NOV042850 F STOP GN (MR) $14.95
FEB053019 FADE FROM BLUE #10 (OF 10) $4.95
MAR053145 FAERIES LANDING VOL 9 GN (OF 14) $9.99
FEB052964 FIRST KINGDOM VOL 1 TP (OF 4) (MR) $17.95
FEB052588 FREAKSHOW #6 (MR) $2.95
MAR053146 FRUITS BASKET VOL 9 GN (OF 14) $9.99
MAR052921 FULL CIRKLE CLASSIC SILVER FOIL #1 (MR) $7.95
MAR052922 FULL CIRKLE CLASSIC SILVER FOIL #2 (MR) $7.95
MAR053147 GET BACKERS VOL 9 GN (OF 26) $9.99
FEB052541 HEAVEN SENT #10 (OF 11) $2.99

Is this the Ben Dunn comic?

MAR053148 HYPER POLICE VOL 3 GN (OF 9) (MR) $9.99
MAR053132 INSTANT TEEN JUST ADD NUTS VOL 4 GN (OF 4) $9.99
MAR052604 JUGHEAD #165 $2.19
DEC042791 LAST HOPE VOL 1 GN $10.99
MAR053153 MAHOROMATIC AUTOMATIC MAIDEN VOL 6 GN (OF 8) $9.99
MAR053029 MAM TOR EVENT HORIZON VOL 1 ENHANCED FABRY CVR TP (MR) $21.95
MAR052925 MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS #277 $2.95
MAR053070 MIRACLEMAN #17 PLATINUM ARCHIVE SIGNED ED $99.95

Seems reasonably priced.

MAR053069 MIRACLEMAN #17 SIGNED ED $18.95
MAR053071 MIRACLEMAN #22 SIGNED ED $12.95
MAR053072 MIRACLEMAN 3D #1 PLATINUM ARCHIVE SIGNED ED $99.95

3-D?! Even MORE of a value!

MAR053068 MIRACLEMAN APOCRYPHA #1 SIGNED ED $14.95
MAR053133 MOURYOU KIDEN LEGEND OF THE NYMPHS VOL 3 GN (OF 3) $9.99
MAR053155 NECK AND NECK VOL 3 GN (OF 4) $9.99
MAR052577 NINJA HIGH SCHOOL #128 $2.99

Someone please fill me in on what is happening at Ninja High School.

FEB052993 OJO TP (MR) $14.95
MAR053156 PRESIDENT DAD VOL 3 GN (OF 6) $9.99
FEB052851 REAR ENTRY #9 (A) $3.95
MAR053160 REBOUND VOL 14 GN (OF 18) $9.99
MAR053136 SAIYUKI VOL 8 GN (OF 9) (RES) (MR) $9.99
MAR052692 SIMPSONS COMICS #106 $2.99

I predict another amusing tale courtesy of Ian Boothby (watch him not even write this issue).

MAR053161 SLAYERS NOVEL VOL 4 (OF 6) $7.99
MAR052609 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #149 $2.19
MAR053138 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS CINEMANGA VOL 8 GN (OF 12) $7.99
MAR052916 SPUNKY KNIGHT XXX #1 (A) $3.95
FEB052885 STALAGMITE #2 (O/A) (MR) $7.00
MAR052547 STRANGE EGGS #1 $3.95
MAR052610 TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #2 $2.39

Seriously, did Pals & Gals REALLY need a revamp?!?!

MAR053162 TAROT CAFE VOL 2 GN (OF 4) $9.99
MAR053125 TRANSFORMERS LAST STAND GN PX ED $24.95
FEB052976 WILD #12 (A) $3.75

That is all!

Feel free to share your thoughts, or just stop by later to see if I am right about anything...hehe.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Vincent J. Murphy said...

About ROBIN #138:

"Willingham is slowly but steadily building a Rogue's Galley for Robin. Can anyone remember a writer being more brazen about creating a Rogue's Gallery?"

Yep. Chuck Dixon's run of Nightwing introduced all sorts of forgettable rogues for Nightwing, including a guy with his head twisted backwards, twin acrobatic thiefs, a street punk, and stupid hackers wearing even stupider costumes. Oh, and Lady Vic, too.

In fact, the whole Robin: Year One mini-series was just a set up for a lame Nightwing villain. When Willingham gets a four issues prestige format series to introduce a crappy Robin villain, then he will have matched Dixon.

Sigh, it saddens me that people think Dixon's run on Nightwing was good. Though, in relation to Grayson's run, it was fricking Shakespeare.

5/18/2005 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger chasdom said...

Dark Horse Book of the Dead:
This is the third volume in Scott Allie's horror/mysticism anthology; the first two were DHB of Haunting and DHB of Witchcraft. Past volumes have included the Eisner-award winning "Stray" by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson, and work by Mike Mignola, Scott Mills, and Gary Gianni. If you like those creators, you should pick this up, I know I am.

Olympus TP:
The reason you don't recognize this is because it is written by G**** J****. (See how you can't even read his name? Quite a mental block you have there.) Anyway, it's drawn by Butch Guice and published by Humanoids, who first released it in French in Europe. (wonder if a translator and a re-translator will be credited?). It's a story about Greek Gods, I guess. Not something I'm excited about, but I am curious to read some reviews.

5/18/2005 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Olympus per Ninth Art:

"Harryhausen's influence on Guice's portrayal of the Greek myths is obvious. The story, by G---- J---- and Kris Gimmenger, tells of a team of archaeology students and mercenaries trapped on Mount Olympus, who discover than the myths are real. It certainly sounds like it belongs in the late 60s era of stop-motion monster movies. And I mean that in the best possible way."

http://www.ninthart.com/display.php?article=1044

They also provide a link to preview pages that they find encouraging. Note that all the students are cute and will apparently spend the whole story running about in swimwear. Good thing they brought mercenaries.

http://www.humanoids-publishing.com/news/news.php?id=137&idx=0

Livewires has actually been fun.

-k

5/18/2005 01:40:00 PM  
Blogger Loren said...

"I predict that my pal Loren will take issue with SOME legal inaccuracy in this issue."

I hope so, but I fear the trial may be over already. There's certainly no good way to reach a verdict in the space remaining. I'm gonna miss this storyline when it's over, because it guaranteed me something to write about each month.

Fortunately, I looked over Copperhead's trial in #1 the other day, and it provided plenty of material.

5/18/2005 05:32:00 PM  
Blogger MarkAndrew said...

"Darwyn Cooke illustrating a Geoff Johns story...it is like that one time that the kids let the Trix Rabbit have the Trix. It is just not natural."

HA! It's funny because... Well.. because Geoff Johns bores the crap outta me 98% of the time, and Darwyn Cooke is goodgoodgood.

5/19/2005 01:58:00 AM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...

I love me some Cooke art, too. And I sleep through some Johns stories. This was a dumb, predictable little schmaltz, but it was pretty. Cooke as Kane and Cooke as "modern" was a little too . . .knowing for me, though.

5/19/2005 05:33:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Yeah, Cooke was nice, and I thought the exact thing about the different styles of art.

A bit over the top.

And the story, as expected, was booooooooring.

And hey, as a bonus, the Secret Files DID come with a story that was originally printed in Wizard, so that's value, right?

"Secret Files - Where to go for material we threw into magazines seven months ago for free!"

5/19/2005 06:13:00 PM  
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