Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Current Comics Report for 10/12

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.

The guest commentaries are going well, I think, so welcome Comic Should Be Good's own, Tadhg (who may soon actually post an entry here!!)

Certain sections of the Current Report on the 10/5 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...

NOTE: T=Tadhg, B=Brian, if there is no letter before the sentence, then it is me, as well.

Shipping This Week: October 12, 2005

DARK HORSE

FEB050061 APOCALYPSE NERD #2 $2.99

T - Ick. I don't trust any comic with nerd, geek, or dork in the title.

B - Damn...I can't think of an example off-hand to prove you horribly wrong.

T - You suck then

T - Because I can

T - But I won't tell you

B - blast

T - A title like Apocalypse Nerd sounds like it's going to be too self referential.

JUL050052 BERSERK VOL 9 TP (MR) $13.95
AUG050028 GOON 25 CENT COMIC $0.25

T - Goon 25 cent comic isn't really worth commenting on. It's Goon. It's 25 cents. Every comic blogger and their sidekick will be talking about it

B - Because it rules!

JUL050020 GOON FANCY PANTS ED HC $24.95

B - And the hardover has a great name, doesn't it?

T - The Hardcover is much more interesting

T - With a Great name. Best name for a collection I've seen

T - Fancy Shmancy edition would have been better

B - I think I've seen better

B - Or maybe I'm thinking of music collections

B - like "Greatest Near Misses"

B - or, remember the Invisibles with the unenhanced cover?

T - Yes

B - that was better than "fancy pants edition"

T - You're right

T - It was

T - But Fancy pants is so much better than Absolute, Ultimate. worthless adjective here

B - Agreed.

B - It IS a great name.

JUN050045 STAR WARS CLONE WARS ADVENTURES VOL 4 TP $6.95
JUN050046 STAR WARS EMPIRE #36 $2.99

I liked last issue a LOT. I hope this one is good, as well.

JUL050055 SUPER MANGA BLAST #56 (MR) $5.99
MAY050026 TONY MILLIONAIRE LITTLE & LARGE HC $7.95

DC COMICS

AUG050280 100 BULLETS #65 (MR) $2.75
AUG050196 ACTION COMICS #832 $2.50

T - Action Comics 832 would have been a cool story

T - During like Day of Judgement

T - or something

B - I think it will still be good.

T - The Dead rise, blah blah blah.

B - Byrne and Simone are good together.

T - What's up with all the dead coming back to life?

T - Zombie's are the new black

B - Because I think Lord Satannus is trying to get souls to fight the Spectre.

B - They brought Lord Satannus back!

T - Satanus.

B - Sorry

B - Excuse me

B - Very important character

B - Musn't add an extra N.

B - That would be terrible.

B - Worlds would crumble.

T - Hey. Satannus sounds like the lord of some kind of ancient pagan festival. Not scary at all

T - Not like Satanus

T - That Strikes fear

B - Touche.

T - I do love Byrne and with the Jurgens cover it reminds me of late '80s comics instead of mid-'90s that the rest of DC reminds me of

B - Agreed.

B - I think Byrne and Simone are the best creative team DCU has...although that is a bit of damning with faint praise.

B - Gibbons and Gleason will unseat them, I predict.

T - What about JH Williams, DC Johnson, and Seth Fisher?

B - What DCU ongoing are they doing?

T - LoDK is readable again

B - Bah

B - That is one arc.

T - Shut up

T - It's good

B - Seth Fisher IS good.

B - I will give you that.

B - Still, name me a DCU creative team better than Byrne and Simone.

B - ONGOING.

B - There isn't one.

B - And, like I said, that is not to say that Action Comics is the greatest comic ever.

B - Just that, in the DCU right now, a good book sorta stands out.

T - Byrne and Pfeifer

B - Good, but I'll take Byrne and Simone.

B - And I think so would you.

T - OKAY

T - How fucked up is it that Byrne is topping the DC talent list now, when 2 years ago we used him exclusively as a punchline

B - Excellent point. I, for one, think it is a result of him saying, "Hey, I have to make people notice me again, or else I won't be ABLE to do the books I want to do."

B - And, don't forget, Doom Patrol is still a joke.

AUG050259 ASTRO CITY LOCAL HEROES TP $17.99
AUG050184 BATMAN LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #196 $2.50
AUG050239 BATMAN STRIKES #14 $2.25
AUG050209 BREACH #10 $2.50

T - I never read it, but Harras is writing a book and it looks more interesting than most of the other DCU stuff out currently

T - That shakes me to my very core

B - Hehe...they're giving him JLA now. For the "No JLA" arc.

AUG050282 DOOM PATROL VOL 3 DOWN PARADISE WAY TP (MR) $19.99
JUL050284 EX MACHINA #15 (MR) $2.99

T - I honestly haven't been as impressed with Ex Machina as I hoped to be. The premise sounded great, the talent made me giddy, but the execution has left me kind of cold. It has brilliant moments, but that's all they are is moments. It's much more traditional than I thought it was going to be

AUG050284 FABLES #42 (MR) $2.75
AUG050211 FIRESTORM #18 $2.50

T - Why does Firestorm look OMACian on the cover to his comic?

T - I ask only so I could use the word OMACian

B - Moore said the cover was misleading.

T - My guess then is that it is the best part of the comic, ecause turning Firestorm into an OMAC thingy has at least the potential to be cool

B - No.

B - OMAC things are dumb.

T - Yes

T - But there's something inherently cool about superheroes turned into evil slaves.

T - It's like all the JLA and Avengers go bad stories.

T - We all loved those as kids.

AUG050253 FROM EROICA WITH LOVE VOL 5 $9.99

Only 15 more to go!

AUG050215 GREEN ARROW #55 $2.50

T - My god. Green Arrow #55.

T - There's been 55 issues of a comic with one of my favorite characters ever and I STILL have no desire to read any of it

B - I liked Meltzer's arc.

B - And Scott Beatty did two good fill-ins.

T - The solicit for this one sounds fine until you get to the last sentence

B - Written by Judd Winick?

T - "Is their appearance a coincidence or poart of a more sinister plot"

T - Yawn

B - Yeah.

T - Why can't we just have single issue stories anymore?

B - But I bet we will hear some more about how great Ted Kord was!!

JUL050228 GREEN LANTERN REBIRTH HC $24.99

Finally, Johns has something to really hit us over the head with, BESIDES his plots.

AUG050216 HAWKMAN #45 $2.50

T - So I haven't read any Hawkman

T - And it's on issue 45, which astounds me/

T - But I see two Hawkmen and "Year of mystery"

T - I thought we had Geoff Johns reboot this shit to get RID of the extraneous Hawkmen

B - They brought back Golden Eagle!

T - I heard about Golden Eagle from Brad I think

B - It's hard to believe that that was NOT Johns.

B - Seems like such a Johns thing to do.

T - So is anyone who died during the Titans Hunt still dead?

B - Danny Chase and Raven's mom.

T - Memo that to Johns STAT

AUG050205 INFINITE CRISIS #1 (OF 7) $3.99

T - I have nothing to say about Infinite Crisis

T - I don't know what it's about

T - I don't know why I should care outside of "DARKEST DAY FOR THE DCU"

T - So scary

T - It's so monotonous. This constant "Universal doom" hanging over the heads of the heroes. The stakes keep getting raised, but it's so sad. At least the Buffy and Angel writers had the sense to make jokes about the constant apocalypses

B - Hehe

B - Well, that's too easy.

B - You know I'm gonna agree with any Infinite Crisis snark!

T - I know, and I didn't mean to get snarky

T -I honestly don't know anything about the comic

B - Well, you can check my take on the preview pages.

T - All I have to go on is a mediocre Lee cover and a solicit that is longer than any other solicit this month and yet, it tells less

T - At least Donna Troy is in it. My wife should be happy about that

AUG050217 JLA #120 $2.50
AUG050242 MAD MAGAZINE #459 $3.99
AUG050267 MAJESTIC #10 $2.99
AUG050193 NIGHTWING #113 $2.50

T - Nightwing *le sigh* is evil now. And the way we can tell that, his costume is now Red! If only he'd grow an evil goatee, it'd be complete. I'd crack a joke about Devin lifting story ideas again, but it's like shooting buffalo. No sport.

AUG050248 SCOOBY DOO #101 $2.25
AUG050236 VILLAINS UNITED #6 (OF 6) $2.50

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not have Mockingbird turn out to be an alternate Luthor. ANYone but an alternate Luthor would be fine by me.

AUG050272 WILDCATS NEMESIS #2 (OF 9) $2.99
AUG050291 Y THE LAST MAN #38 (MR) $2.99

IMAGE

JUN051769 BATTLE POPE COLOR #3 $2.99
AUG051671 BONE REST #4 (MR) $2.99
AUG051733 CITY OF HEROES #6 $2.99

I am sorry, Troy Hickman, this book is lame. I will write something nice about your work, though, to assuage my guilt.

MAY051600 DARKNESS VOL 3.5 FLESH & BLOOD TP $24.99
JUL051655 GODLAND #4 $2.99

Godland is a fun book. You should pick it up.

AUG051687 IRON GHOST #4 (OF 6) $2.99

Greg likes this book. You should get it, too!

JUL051698 NECROMANCER #2 $2.99
JUL051635 RING OF ROSES TP (RES) $12.95

MARVEL

AUG051950 CABLE DEADPOOL #21 $2.99

T - Cable Deadpool. God I hate to say it

T - I really do

T - It sounds fun.

T - This is a comic I really want to hate, but it's just silly enough to make me like when everything else MUST BE TAKEN VERY SERIOUSLY.

B - Yeah, but to be fair, it is a specific KIND of fun. It is "people who have read enough comics to get the jokes" fun.

JUL051936 ESSENTIAL SPIDER-MAN VOL 7 TP $16.99
AUG051986 ESSENTIAL WEREWOLF BY NIGHT VOL 1 TP $16.99
AUG051944 EXILES #71 $2.99
AUG051884 FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1 $2.99

I predict at least ONE pun. Anyone disagree?

AUG051900 GHOST RIDER #2 (OF 6) $2.99
AUG051901 GHOST RIDER DIRECTORS CUT #1 $3.99
AUG051927 GRAVITY #5 (OF 5) $2.99

T - Gravity ends. And it seems okay. It's just that I seem to keep getting it confused with Invincible. Probably just me.

B - I predict a bittersweet, but satisfying, conclusion.

JUL051844 HOUSE OF M #7 (OF 8) $2.99

T - I don't really have much to say about House of M. I could be totally wrong but it seems to me that it's another very big event that's fairly cliche for Marvel. Mutants alter reality, allows company to make tons of new figures. Why should I care about this anymore than Age of Apocalypse?

B - People cared enough about Age of Apocalypse to give it its own 10th anniversary celebration.

JAN058166 HOUSE OF M LARROCA VARIANT COVER #7 (OF 8) (PP #684) $2.99
AUG051973 LIVEWIRES CLOCKWORK THUGS YO DIGEST TP $7.99

Brevoort always wins!

AUG051940 MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR #5 $2.50
AUG051906 MARVEL KNIGHTS 4 #23 $2.99

I love Aguirre-Sacasa, but too soon, Roberto, too soon. You can't do the "write yourself into the comic" yet. Give it a couple more years, please.

AUG051930 MARVEL MILESTONES BLADE MAN-THING & SATANA $3.99
AUG051934 MARVEL MONSTERS WHERE MONSTERS DWELL $3.99

Not as good as Devil Dinosaur, which was amazing.

AUG051936 MARVEL NEMESIS IMPERFECTS #6 (OF 6) $2.99

T - The Imperfects also ends and well, it's not okay. I guess a stupid story is okay if it's a video game, but it fails as a comic.

B - Why does Marvel hate Pak? They give him such terrible assingnments.

AUG051937 MEGA MORPHS #4 (OF 4) $2.99
AUG051945 MUTOPIA X #4 (OF 5) $2.99
AUG051974 SPELLBINDERS SIGNS AND WONDERS DIGEST TP $7.99
AUG051966 STOKERS DRACULA HC $24.99

T - The Book I'm most excited about this week is the Stoker's Dracula HC. It's all old school Dracula goodness, and right after Dark Horse collected the Wolfman/Colan Curse of Dracula.

T - YAY VAMPIRE GOODNESS

AUG051892 ULTIMATE X-MEN #64 $2.50
AUG051898 WOLVERINE #34 $2.50

Why is Wolverine regaining his memories that big of a deal? Unless...will Wolverine remember the JLA mind-wiping him?!?!

AUG051977 X-MEN BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE TP $9.99

WIZARD

AUG052580 TOYFARE TOP 100 GEEK MOMENTS CVR #100 $4.99
AUG052586 WIZARD MICHAEL TURNER MILLENNIUM SGN HC PI

COMICS

JUL052547 7 DAYS TO FAME #1 (OF 3) $3.99
JUN052658 ACTOR IDENTITY CRISIS #7 MORALES SGN $19.99
JUN053138 ADV OF HANNO AND LORIS #2 (MR) $5.25
JUL053036 AMELIA RULES #15 (RES) $2.95

Great book.

JUN052651 AMERICAS GREATEST COMICS #13 $6.95
JUN058279 ANGEL THE CURSE #1 3RD PRINTING (PP #684) $3.99
JUL052636 ARCHIE & FRIENDS #95 $2.25
AUG052918 BEG THE QUESTION SC $16.95
JUL052532 BEST OF THE WEST ROUNDUP SP #1 $24.95
JUL052641 BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #137 $3.59
AUG052717 CANNON HAWKE PRELUDE $2.50

Shouldn't this have come out BEFORE Cannon Hawke #1?

And is there REALLY that much going on about Cannon Hawke that we need a prelude to explain it?

JUN052728 CHISUJI #1 (OF 6) $2.99
JUN053071 CISCO KID GUNFIRE & BRIMSTONE #2 (MR) $2.95
JUL052948 COMPLETE CLIVE BARKER THIEF OF ALWAYS TP $19.99
JUL052944 DAMPYR #6 LAMIAH $7.99
AUG052642 DEAD EYES OPEN #2 $2.95
JUL053056 DEATH VALLEY #1 $7.95
MAR052863 DF ASTONISHING X-MEN #11 SGN $19.99
APR052855 DF ASTONISHING X-MEN #12 SGN $19.99
JUL052826 DF GHOST RIDER #1 SGN $19.99
MAY052726 DFE RED SONJA ALT FOIL CVR #2 $14.95
JUL052792 DRAGONLANCE CHRONICLES WALEPOLE CVR B #2 (OF 8) $5.95
JUL052750 ELVIRA #149 $2.50
JUL052787 EVIL ERNIE IN SANTA FE #1 (OF 4) $2.95

Makes as much sense as anything else, I guess.

AUG052723 FATHOM #4 $2.99
JUN052649 FEMFORCE #133 $6.95
JUL052970 FINDER #38 (MR) $2.95

Sad to see the floppy go. But if it works, Grist will have a place to go!

JUL052530 FURTHER ADVS OF NYOKA JUNGLE GIRL #6 $6.95
JUL052718 FUTURAMA COMICS #21 $2.99
MAR052467 GOLDEN PLATES #3 (OF 12) $7.99
AUG053513 GREEN LANTERN SLEEPERS BOOK 2 MMPB $6.99
AUG053318 GRIMM FAIRY TALES #1 $2.99
JUN053152 GRIMOIRE #6 $2.99
JUL053084 GTO VOL 1 GN & VOL 1 DVD BUNDLE $19.99
JUL052786 HACK SLASH VOL 1 FIRST CUT TP $14.95
JUL053269 HANA KIMI VOL 8 GN $9.99
JUL052990 HOW TO DRAW FURRY BY KIT FOX $2.95
JUL053059 HUNGER #5 (MR) $2.99
AUG053118 I GOTTA CATCH SANTA CLAUS #1 $3.95

What is this about?

AUG053080 JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #236 $11.99
JUL053200 KARMA INCORPORATED #3 (OF 3) $2.95
JUL052929 KEEP #1 (OF 5) $3.99
JUN053052 KODT TALES FROM VAULT VOL 5 TP $9.99
JUL052583 LITTLE SCROWLIE #11 $2.95
JUN053033 MARS IDW S&N HC $75.00
MAY052558 MEDIEVAL LADY DEATH BELLADONNA LEATHER CVR #1 $24.99
JUN052650 MEN OF MYSTERY #55 $6.95
JUN052741 METADOCS THE SUPER ER $4.95
JUL053201 MIDDLEMAN #3 (OF 4) $2.95
AUG052681 NINJA HIGH SCHOOL #132 $2.99

I love that this still comes out.

JUN052929 NODWICK #30 $2.99
JUL052620 OCTAVIA TRILOGY $5.95
AUG053110 OF BITTER SOULS #3 $2.99
AUG052896 PERFECT EXAMPLE TP NEW PTG (MR) $16.95
JUN053140 POISON ELVES DOMINION #1 (MR) $3.50
JUN052745 SCIENCE FAIR #1 (OF 8) $2.99
JUL053270 SENSUAL PHRASE VOL 10 TP (MR) $9.99

I am inspired that they have managed ten volumes of this.

AUG052933 SEX WARRIOR ISANE XXX #7 (A) $3.95
JUL053204 SHOJO BEAT NOV 05 VOL 1 #5 $5.99
AUG053245 STREET FIGHTER ETERNAL CHALLENGE TP UDON ED $34.99
AUG053241 STREET FIGHTER II #0 PI
JUL053068 STUDENTS OF THE UNUSUAL #6 (MR) $3.50
JUL052914 SWORDS OF ROME VOL 1 THE CONQUERORS GN (OF 2) (RES) (MR) $14.95
JUN053015 THIEVES & KINGS #47 $2.95
JUL053010 TICK DAYS OF DRAMA #2 $3.95
DEC048394 TOTALLY SPIES CINEMANGA VOL 4 GN (OF 4) $7.99
APR053195 WALLY WOODS LUNAR TUNES SC (MR) $9.95

Hehe...Wally Wood rules.

AUG053047 WANNABE #2 (OF 6) (MR) $3.00
MAY052841 WITCH CLASS VOL 2 GN (RES) $9.95
JUN052977 YOUNG WITCHES VOL 6 WRATH OF AGATHA #2 (OF 3) (A) $3.95

That's it for us this week!


Feel free to check back later to tell me how off our predictions were!

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10 Comments:

Blogger Michael said...

Well, Action isn't written by Simone this month, for starters.

10/12/2005 08:05:00 AM  
Blogger Tadhg said...

Does DC want to be sued by Hibbs too? The solicit says Gail Simone was writing it

10/12/2005 09:20:00 AM  
Blogger MarkAndrew said...

Oooh! I can name a good comic with "Nerd" in the title: Apocalypse Nerd # 1.

C'mon folks... Petter Bagge. Who gets a free pass from me even when his stuff blows because just lookin' at his art cracks me up.

And I dunno if Nerd's gonna end up being as drop-dead brilliant as Hate or that Spider-man One Shot from a few years back, but # 1 was still a damn site better than, say, Sweatshop.

Although, honestly, I think Sweatshop was killed by the monthly schedule. Which is why it's reassuring that I had to wait six months for Apocalypse Nerd 2.

10/12/2005 12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Diz said...

FEB050061 APOCALYPSE NERD #2 $2.99

T - Ick. I don't trust any comic with nerd, geek, or dork in the title.

B - Damn...I can't think of an example off-hand to prove you horribly wrong.


Evan Dorkin's Dork Magazine?


AUG050193 NIGHTWING #113 $2.50

T - Nightwing *le sigh* is evil now. And the way we can tell that, his costume is now Red!


In every comic except a Batman comic, a black/dark grey costume would mean evil.

JUL051655 GODLAND #4 $2.99

Godland is a fun book. You should pick it up.


The only series on my pull list right now.

AUG051973 LIVEWIRES CLOCKWORK THUGS YO DIGEST TP $7.99

Brevoort always wins!


Not a bad thing in this case. Hopefully it will do well.

AUG051898 WOLVERINE #34 $2.50

Why is Wolverine regaining his memories that big of a deal? Unless...will Wolverine remember the JLA mind-wiping him?!?!


He will remember that Xavier let him pay for the beer and pizzas every single time.

10/12/2005 03:12:00 PM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

B - People cared enough about Age of Apocalypse to give it its own 10th anniversary celebration.
No, Marvel decided that people cared enough about Age of Apocalypse to give it its own 10th anniversary celebration. Age of Apocalypse itself being a celebration of twenty-odd years of the "All-New" X-Men, which just goes to show how creepy and cannibalincestuous this industry is.

10/12/2005 06:46:00 PM  
Blogger Bill Reed said...

Does mean the JLA will all be wearing matching jackets now? I'd buy that.

Oh, and that one hella long phrase of sensuality.

Anyone get the Doom Patrol trade this week? I heard it might not've come out.

10/12/2005 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

"PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not have Mockingbird turn out to be an alternate Luthor. ANYone but an alternate Luthor would be fine by me."

Ah well.

10/12/2005 08:09:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

The Doom Patrol trade came out, Bill.

10/12/2005 08:10:00 PM  
Blogger Tadhg said...

"Evan Dorkin's Dork Magazine?"

That was the comic that came to my mind that I refused to tell Cronin.

10/13/2005 12:05:00 AM  
Blogger Julio Oliveira said...

**spoilers**
But Mockingbird is not a Alternative Luthor. As the Secret Society says to Pariah when he says that there is another Luthor: I know, I'm him. The Battlesuit Luthor/Mockinbird is the real Luthor them.

10/13/2005 11:39:00 AM  

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