Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Current Comics Report for 10/19

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.

This week, there is guest commentary by my pal, Stony, as well as some cameo commentary from last week's guest analyst, Comic Should Be Good's own, Tadhg (who posted an entry here the other day! Woohoo!!)

Certain sections of the Current Report on the 10/19 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: S=Stony, T=Tadhg, B=Brian and if there is no letter before the sentence, then it is me, as well.

Shipping This Week: October 19, 2005

DARK HORSE

AUG050047 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #106 (MR) (NOTE PRICE) $3.99
AUG050016 CONAN #21 (MR) $2.99

S: I once had a friend who had an idea for a story where he teamed up Conan and Sherlock Holmes

B: I bet Busiek could handle that.

S: I don't remember too much of it, just one scene where Sherlock is examining a door and says to Conan "Conan, bring the door"

B: That sounds awful.

B: Conan would probably brain him with a pipe.

B: By the by, Busiek's Conan? Very good book. I estimate that this issue will be excellent, as well.

S: Speaking of Holmes, I read that novella that Michael Chabon did... The final Solution" wonderful read

S: I think they should do a black Conan

B: You WOULD like the Final Solution - Herr Stony!

T: Busiek and Nord are adapting Tower of the Elephant?

B: Yes.

T: Wasn't that one of the first stories that Thomas and Windsor-Smith did?

B: Yes, I believe it was.

B: But I think Busiek's take is supposed to be a good deal different.

B: A bit more literal-minded.

T: And less cool.

B: Apparently, Thomas has adaped the story TWICE.

B: Once with Smith and once with Buscema.

B: But I think Busiek will be able to draw the story out more, which will allow him to include more of Howard's original style.

T: I think I prefer the Busiek original Conan stories more to adaptations.

JUL050103 HOT STUFF HEART KEYCHAIN $4.99
JUL050102 HOT STUFF MMMM KEYCHAIN $4.99
AUG050156 SIN CITY KADIES CLUB PECOS ZIPPO LIGHTER (O/A) $29.95
JUL050105 SIN CITY KADIES CLUB PECOS ZIPPO LIGHTER (O/A) $29.95
JUL050106 SIN CITY MOLLYS ESCORT SERVICE ZIPPO LIGHTER (O/A) (STAR0246 $29.95
AUG050157 SIN CITY MOLLYS ESCORT SERVICE ZIPPO LIGHTER (STAR02469) $29.95

Okay, Sin City lighters is actually a pretty cool idea.

APR050065 STAR WARS REPUBLIC #78 $2.99

DC COMICS

JUL050277 ASTRO CITY THE DARK AGE #4 (OF 16) $2.99

S: This I am getting

B: I am enjoying how Busiek is really setting up the tapestry of The Dark Age well.

S: I recently re-read the story with the Blue Knight from Local Heroes... Highest praise.

AUG050262 AUTHORITY REVOLUTION #12 (OF 12) (MR) $2.99

S:Oh God, no... Not after boring me to tears with the first 6 issues... I am still saddened by the praise this, very boring, comic is receiving

B: But are you pleased that it is at least ending?

T: I liked Revolution you fascist bastards

B: Is this the end of the Authority?

S: I dunno, I dropped it with #6

B: I liked Revolution.

B: But Nguyen's art freaks me out.

B: Why does everyone have lines over their faces?!?!?

B: How is THAT a "style"?!?

S: It was just so dull! I'm sorry but it just didn't live up to the zany madness of Ellis and Millar's run... It made the cardinal sin of actually making the Authority seriously consider the repercussions of their actions. Which is wrong.

S: There's just something about shoving a tyrant's face through a brick wall that has more oomph to it than Midnighter and Jack sitting around talking about the rights and wrongs of what they're doing... while receiving oral attention from Apollo and the Engineer respectively

B: Well, fool, you are missing out on one of the best Authority fights in awhile.

B: The only thing that would make it cooler.

B: Is if each character did not have lines over their faces.

S: And my beloved Henry Bendix... what has Brubes done to my beloved Henry Bendix?

B: Brubaker?!? Ellis ruined him first!

B: Don't be laying that on Brubaker!

S: (am I allowed to call you cunt on your blog?)

B: Certainly.

AUG050186 BATGIRL #69 $2.50
AUG050183 BATMAN #646 $2.50
AUG050182 BATMAN GOTHAM KNIGHTS #70 $2.50
AUG050187 BATMAN JOURNEY INTO KNIGHT #3 (OF 12) $2.50
SEP050335 BATMAN KIA ASAMIYA SERIES 2 AF MASTER CASE PI
AUG050208 BIRDS OF PREY #87 $2.50
AUG050281 BOOKS OF MAGICK LIFE DURING WARTIME #15 (MR) $2.75
AUG050257 CAPTAIN ATOM ARMAGEDDON #1 (OF 9) $2.99

S: I was thinking about trying this...

T: Ugly art

T: UGLY art

B: Well, I DO like Will Pfeifer.

T: and a bad job on the costume

B: This is the artist from Intimates.

B: I agree on the costume.

B: I don't even get the concept - why did he change costume?

S: I think Cap's due for a costume change... but not that one

T: That's what he looked like when entered the wildstorm universe

B: I like the silver look.

B: Right, but that WASN'T what he looked like when he left the DCU

T: I flipped through the book, but didn't pay attention as to WHY he looked different

S: Really, as much as we can say about the costume, I fear Giffen and DeMatty have already said it all for us

T: The only saving grace

T: Is that since he's in the WS universe

T: They can't kill him off during Crisis

S: heh

AUG050283 CHIAROSCURO TP (MR) $24.99
AUG050214 GREEN LANTERN CORPS RECHARGE #2 (OF 6) $2.99

S: Is this tied into Crisis?

B: I don't believe so.

T: Too bad

T: Crisis would be the perfect time to kill a bunch of Green Lanterns to show how terrible the threat the DCU faces is

S: Guy Gardener!

B: Not Guy.

B: But yeah.

S: No no, Guy! It fits in with Blue Beetle et al

AUG050285 HELLBLAZER #213 (MR) $2.75
AUG050261 INTIMATES #12 $2.99

Sniff...tis the end!

AUG058214 JSA CLASSIFIED #2 THIRD PTG $2.50
AUG058213 JSA CLASSIFIED #3 SECOND PRINTING $2.50
AUG058187 JUSTICE #1 2ND PTG (OF 12) $2.99
AUG050223 JUSTICE #2 (OF 12) $3.50

S: Why is there a difference in price?

B: Paper prices went up dramatically between issues.

AUG050252 KIKAIDER CODE 02 VOL 1 (MR) $9.99
AUG050254 LAND OF THE BLINDFOLDED VOL 5 $9.99
AUG050287 LUCIFER #67 (MR) $2.75
AUG050228 MANHUNTER #15 $2.50

Apparently, there is going to be a Peacemaker cameo in this comic!!

AUG050225 OUTSIDERS VOL 3 WANTED TP $14.99
AUG050230 PLASTIC MAN ARCHIVES VOL 7 HC $49.99
AUG050245 POWERPUFF GIRLS #67 $2.25
AUG050194 ROBIN #143 $2.50

Ah....nepotistic continuity, and he's been on the book for less than two years.

AUG050266 ROBOTECH PRELUDE TO THE SHADOW CHRONICLES #2 (OF 5) $3.50
AUG050233 SEVEN SOLDIERS KLARION THE WITCH BOY #4 (OF 4) $2.99

S: Coincidentally enough, there's a pub I frequent called Clarion... no demonic cat sleeping in the corner though

B: Luckily.

B: I predict that this will be awesome.

S: To be honest, and in no small part to derive joy from rankling the Morrison-fans... I've been a little underwhelemed with Seven Soldiers...

B: It is okay. I am underwhelmed with you, as well.

S: That is until I decided to stop reading them as they come out and read each series at it was collected. Case in point: the manhatten Guardian. Wonder ful stuff as a whole

B: But it was great on its own, too.

B: But yes, I bet they're even better read as a whole.

S: Actually it was... Wish I could say the same about Shining Knight and Zatanna

AUG050195 SUPERMAN #222 $2.50
AUG050202 SUPERMAN IN THE FORTIES TP $19.99
AUG050277 TOMORROW STORIES BOOK TWO TP $17.99
AUG050274 TOP TEN BEYOND THE FARTHEST PRECINCT #3 (OF 5) $2.99

S: Did anyone try number 2?

B: I liked it well enough.

B: I liked the scene where Smax was looking at apartments.

IMAGE

AUG051646 AMAZING JOY BUZZARDS VOL 2 #1 $2.99

B: This book will be good.

B: Did either of you two read Volume 1?

S: No I did not...

B: Fun stuff.

JAN051589 BATTLE HYMN #4 (OF 5) $2.99
JUL051649 COMMON FOE #3 (OF 4) $3.50
APR051671 DEADWORLD #2 $3.50

S: What is this... Is this about those Zombies? Man, do i hate zombies...

B: Zombies are the new black.

B: Just ask Tadhg.

S: I dunno, I just prefer... My monsters to have brains in their heads rather than in their stomachs...

AUG051731 FRESHMEN MIGLIARI CVR #1 POSTER PI
JUL058210 INVINCIBLE VOL 1 ULTIMATE COLL HC (NEW PRTG) (APR051666) $34.95
AUG051653 LONELY TOMBSTONE ONE SHOT $5.99
JUL051631 NYC MECH VOL 1 LETS ELECTRIFY TP $14.99

B: Who did NYC Mech?

S: Pat Lee?

AUG051658 RUULE GANGLORDS OF CHINATOWN TP $19.99
AUG051727 TERRY DODSON WITCHBLADE #91 LITHO $19.99
AUG051728 TERRY DODSON WITCHBLADE #91 LITHO SGN $29.99

Witchblade #91 Lithograph! Now I know what to get my grandfather for Veteran's Day!

JUN051786 THE RIDE ADAM HUGHES LITHOGRAPH $19.99
AUG051722 VICE BENITEZ CVR #1 $2.99
AUG051720 VICE KIRKHAM CVR #1 $2.99
AUG051721 VICE SILVESTRI CVR #1 $2.99

Buying this book IS this book.

MAY051578 WALKING DEAD #22 (MR) $2.99

By the by, Walking Dead is a zombie book that even you would enjoy, Stony.

MARVEL

AUG051979 CABLE DEADPOOL VOL 3 HUMAN RACE TP $14.99

S: This must be doing well...

B: Well enough. It is a pretty fun series.

S: Is it Joe Kelly Deadpool or Priest Deadpool?

B: Neither

B: It is Nicieiza Deadpool.

B: Which took place before Kelly and Priest.

S: Old school Deadpool eh?

B: Yes.

B: Remember, Nicieza co-created Deadpool.

AUG051981 DAREDEVIL VOL 12 DECALOGUE TP $14.99
AUG051907 DAREDEVIL VS PUNISHER #5 (OF 6) $2.99

S: I remember when I was modding the CBR Marvel board, there was a great deal of discussion about this,... A lot of the newer Punisher fans that came on with Ennis berated this because Punisher had white gloves, but the classic Punisher fans welcomed this return to classics

B: People actually complained about the gloves?

B: Fools.

B: This story is awesome.

S: People complained about the gloves.

B: The art is good, as well.

B: David Lapham has created a really good Daredevil AND Punisher story, while actually incorporating the goofier aspects of their continuity.

B: He uses the JACKAL well!

S: The Jackyl, you say?

B: Yes, the Jackal!

B: Because, remember, the Jackal was the guy who hired Punisher in Punisher's first apperance!

S: Yes i do remember that actually!

S: Guy looked like a cross between the green Goblin and Gollum

B: Yes.

B: Lapham has drawn him like the Grinch.

B: But it actually WORKS!

S: Is that Boris Karloff grinch or Jim Carrey Grinch?

B: Karloff.

AUG058181 HOUSE OF M SECOND PTG VARIANT #4 (OF 8) $2.99
AUG051923 MARVEL 1602 NEW WORLD #4 (OF 5) $3.50
AUG051885 MARVEL KNIGHTS SPIDER-MAN #19 $2.99
AUG051933 MARVEL MONSTERS FIN FANG FOUR $3.99

I predict that this will be suh-weet.

AUG051962 MARVEL SELECT FLIP MAGAZINE #5 $3.99
AUG051963 MARVEL TALES FLIP MAGAZINE #4 $3.99
AUG051889 NICK FURY HOWLING COMMANDOS #1 $2.99

S: The art in this looks terrible.

B: Giffen is scripting himself. Therein lies trouble.

AUG051935 OFFICIAL HANDBOOK MARVEL UNIVERSE HORROR 2005 $3.99
AUG051926 RUNAWAYS #9 $2.99

S: Do the kids have a name for their team yet? Young Pride? New Pride?

B: The Runaways!

S: Runaways? what kind of name for a team is that?

B: This plot sounds so...old-fashioned.

B: I keep waiting for the twist.

B: "The Runaways help Cloak clear his name"

B: That is so old school.

B: New school would be "Runaways help Cloak clear his name, but then learn that he IS guilty"

S: That is new school...

S: Or... "Runaways help Cloak clear his name, only to find that Dagger is the guilty party"

B: But I think even NEWER school is "Make people think we're doing a new school plot, but actually have it turn out to be an old school plot."

B: Kirkman used the "NEWER school" technique on his Captain America run.

B: Where he made it look like he was telling a new school story, but it was actually a seriously old school story.

S: That was the run with... bachelo?

B: So old school that Gruenwald could have written it.

B: No, it was the short run AFTER Bachalo.

S: who was the artist?

B: Scot Eaton, inked by Drew Geraci, I believe.

AUG051987 RUNAWAYS TEAM SHOT POSTER $5.99
AUG051888 SHE-HULK 2 #1 $2.99

S: Oh dilemna.... singles or trades? singles or trades? singles or trades?

B: Slott makes a snarky comment in the issue about buying for trades.

B: It is a comment that, coming from a fan, might be funny.

B: Coming from the writer of the title, though, it sounds kinda whiny.

AUG051895 SPIDER-MAN FAMILY #1 $4.99
AUG051955 SUPREME POWER HYPERION #2 (OF 5) (MR) $2.99
AUG051985 SUPREME POWER VOL 3 HIGH COMMAND TP (MR) $14.99

S: There's an interesting thread on the new Ultimate board that Supreme Power, as well as being a new take on the Squadron Supreme... Is supposed to be Marvel's attempt at underscoring an All-Star Justice League. Comments?

B: I disagree.

B: I do not think that thought ever crossed JMS' mind.

B: Well

B: Maybe AFTERwards.

B: But not at the creation point in time.

S: It never crossed his mind that this new team holds... some... similarity to the
JLA?

S: Not even at creation point?

B: Oh, yes, of course so.

B: I think it was his attempt to write the JLA.

B: Obviously.

B: But NOT, as you mention above, "underscoring an All-Star Justice League"

AUG051925 THOR BLOOD OATH #3 (OF 6) $2.99

S: Ultimate Thor title. Come on marvel, let's go already.

B: I really don't get how Oeming is still writing a Thor title.

AUG051890 ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #24 $2.50

S: Apparently... and I've long accepted this even if you CBSGers haven't... Millar is the Man.

B: How is he "the man"?

S: He writes fun stories with great twists on classic characters that keep us interested without losing the eesence of what attracted us to those characters in the first place?

B: What? His last story was about Marvel Zombies!

S: what? where?

B: And you just got done talking about hating zombies!

S: Well yeah, but you don't expect to meet up with Zombies in a sci-fi title with other dimensions! It's a good twist! Even if it is... zombies

B: Bah.

B: If you want zombies with a good twist, read Walking Dead.

B: Then you will come running back to me with, "Wow, Brian! I was so wrong! How could I have been extolling the virtues of Millar when there was this other book that was so much better!"

S: You're just jealous that he's starting to outshine that other scots you like

B: The day Mark Millar outshines Grant Morrison will be a sad day indeed.

B: It will likely occur two months after Morrison's funeral.

S: Ah ha! There I have you! I haven't even been reading Ultimate Fan Four..... hmmmm.... that admission doesn't do wonders for my argument...

B: No, no it does not.

S: Onwards and upwards!

AUG051893 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #84 $2.50
AUG051984 VISION YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW TP $14.99

B: FINALLY!

S: I know i've been saving up for it

B: I have been waiting for them to release this hackneyed Johns mini-series for two years now!

B: The timing is excellent, as well.

B: As Johns has been off the book for well over a year.

B: And this story ties into nothing Marvel is currently publishing.

B: Yay!

AUG051948 WEAPON X DAYS OF FUTURE NOW #4 (OF 5) $2.99
AUG051951 X-MEN #176 $2.50
AUG051946 X-MEN AND POWER PACK #1 (OF 4) $2.99

B: It is amazing how well Sumerak gets the Power Pack characters.

S: Power Pack!

S: The girl from Power Pack is in Excelsior, right?

B: Sadly, yes.

AUG051949 X-MEN COLOSSUS BLOODLINE #2 (OF 5) $2.99

S: Is this the gay Colossus or the straight one?

B: The bi-curious one.

WIZARD

AUG052582 WIZARD ANIME INSIDER TOONAMI IGPX CVR #26 $5.99

COMICS

SEP052762 1000 DEATHS OF BARON VON DONUT #1 $2.99
JUN052685 10TH MUSE VOL 2 #5 $2.99
JUL053032 2000 AD #1457 $4.10
JUL053033 2000 AD #1458 $4.10
JUL052916 A G SUPER EROTIC ANTHOLOGY #21 (A) $4.99
JUN052750 ABIDING PERDITION LITTLE RED CVR B #1 $3.50
JUN052751 ABIDING PERDITION RAMOS CVR C #1 $3.50
JUN052749 ABIDING PERDITION WRAPAROUND CVR A #1 $3.50
AUG053097 AKIKO VOL 6 TP (STAR19184) (O/A) $14.95
JUN053101 ALISON DARE LITTLE MISS ADVENTURES TP #1 (O/A) $8.95
JUN053099 ALISON DARE LITTLE MISS ADVENTURES VOL 2 TP $11.95
MAY052760 ANAL INTRUDERS FROM URANUS #2 (A) $3.95

S: hmmmm.... is this guest-starring Colossus?

AUG052702 ARCHIE #561 $2.25
AUG053058 ARMAGEDDON & SON GN (MR) $9.95
JUL053012 BANANA SUNDAYS #3 (OF 4) $2.99
AUG053133 BATTLE ROYALE VOL 14 GN (OF 15) (MR) $9.99
JUL053023 BLACK HOLE COLLECTED HC (MR) $24.95

S: Wow, Collosus is in everything these days

B: You are sick and twisted individual.

B: And we haven't even hit "Blowjob" yet.

AUG053135 BLADE OF HEAVEN VOL 5 GN (OF 15) $9.99
JUL052867 BLOWJOB #15 (A) $3.95

And we get there, and NOTHING. Figures.

AUG052724 BOLD BLOOD #1 $5.95
AUG053137 BOYS BE VOL 7 GN (OF 20) (MR) $9.99
JUN052808 BRIAN PULIDOS MEDIEVAL LADY DEATH #7 $3.99
AUG052774 BRIAN PULIDOS MEDIEVAL LADY DEATH GRACE CVR #4 (OF 8) $5.99
SEP052813 BRIAN PULIDOS MEDIEVAL LADY DEATH PEACEFUL CVR #4 (OF 8) $5.99
JUN052810 BRIAN PULIDOS MEDIEVAL LADY DEATH PREMIUM CVR #7 $9.99
JUN052809 BRIAN PULIDOS MEDIEVAL LADY DEATH WRAPAROUND #7 $3.99
SEP052811 BRIAN PULIDOS WAR ANGEL PLAY TIME CVR #3 (OF 3) $5.99

I decided to read this title as "Brian Pulido's War: Angel Play Time."

AUG052782 BRIAN PULIDOS WAR ANGEL SHOCKING CVR #3 (OF 3) $5.99
AUG052953 CANTARELLA VOL 1 GN (MR) $10.99
AUG052989 CASTLEVANIA THE BELMONT LEGACY VOL 1 TP $19.99
AUG052951 CROSSROAD VOL 1 GN $10.99
AUG052987 CSI NEW YORK BLOODY MURDER #4 (OF 5) $3.99
JUN052678 DAVID SHEPHERDS SONG #2 (OF 3) $2.99
JUL052631 DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES #2 (OF 4) $3.95
JUN052687 DEAL WITH THE DEVIL #5 (OF 5) $2.99
JUL052823 DF ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN #2 SGN $29.99
MAY052724 DF ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN BOY WONDER TEAM SGN #1 $149.99

Wow.

That is a pretty goddamn expensive comic book.

JUN052948 DF MARVEL 1602 NEW WORLD #1 SGN $19.99
JUN052951 DF ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #1 SGN $29.99
AUG052823 DJUSTINE TALES OF TWISTED WEST NUDE CATFIGHT #2 (A) $5.95
AUG052939 DONALD DUCK AND FRIENDS #333 $2.95
APR052825 DORK TOWER #32 $3.49
AUG053138 DRAGON HUNTER VOL 13 GN (OF 18) (RES) $9.99
AUG053139 DRAGON KNIGHTS VOL 21 GN (OF 22) $9.99
AUG052865 DRAGONLANCE CHRONICLES BURNS CVR A #3 (OF 8) $2.95
AUG052866 DRAGONLANCE CHRONICLES WALPOLE CVR B #3 (OF 8) $5.95
JUL053067 FAUNA GN (MR) $10.00
JAN052532 GARTH ENNIS 303 #6 (OF 6) (MR) $3.99
JAN052533 GARTH ENNIS 303 WRAPAROUND CVR #6 (OF 6) (MR) $3.99
JUL052790 GI JOE AMERICAS ELITE DATA DESK HANDBOOK $2.95
AUG052861 GI JOE SNAKE-EYES DECLASSIFIED #3 (OF 6) $2.95

I do not know WHAT the hell is going on in this series.

MAY052683 GI JOE VOL 7 UNION OF THE SNAKE TP $14.95
JUL052723 GIANT MONSTER #1 $6.99
AUG052645 GLOOMCOOKIE VOL 4 CARNIVAL WARS TP (MR) $16.95
AUG053158 GREATEST STARS O/T NBA CINEMANGA VOL 5 ALLEN IVERSON GN $7.99
AUG053159 GREATEST STARS O/T NBA CINEMANGA VOL 6 FUTURE GREATS GN $7.99
MAY052743 GRENUORD #1 (OF 6) (MR) $5.95
AUG053141 GUNDAM SEED ASTRAY R VOL 4 GN (OF 4) $9.99
AUG053142 HEAVEN ABOVE HEAVEN VOL 3 GN (OF 6) (MR) $9.99
AUG052931 HERE COME THE LOVEJOYS AGAIN #1 (A) $3.95
APR052926 HERO SQUARED #1 GRAHAM CRACKERS EXCLUSIVE CVR $6.99

It would be cooler if it came with exclusive graham crackers inside.

FEB052578 HEROBEAR AND THE KID VOL 1 INHERITANCE TP (NEW PRTG) (STAR18 $19.95
SEP052650 HIP FLASK LADRONN SKETCHBOOK #3 MUD IN YOUR EYE $10.00
AUG052707 HOLIDAY FUN DIGEST #10 $2.39

Out already?

AUG053143 HONEY MUSTARD VOL 2 GN (OF 4) $9.99
AUG053144 INITIAL D VOL 20 GN (OF 30) $9.99
AUG053031 JAZAN WILDS CARNIVAL OF SOULS #1 (OF 3) $3.50
AUG053319 JINDAI #1 $2.99
AUG052708 JUGHEAD #169 $2.25
AUG053285 KEKKAISHI VOL 3 GN $9.99
AUG053145 KINDAICHI CASE FILES VOL 12 PLAYING THE FOOL PART 1 GN (RES) $9.99
AUG053146 KING OF HELL VOL 11 GN (OF 13) $9.99
SEP053007 KODT BUNDLE OF TROUBLE VOL 12 TP $11.99
SEP052815 LADY DEATH DEATH GODDESS REGAL CVR $5.99

I don't CARE how regal the cover is! Without the Brian Pulido seal of approval, I do not trust it!

JUN052671 LEGEND OF ISIS #4 $2.99
AUG053107 LIVING AND THE DEAD GN $14.99
SEP052814 MEDIEVAL LADY DEATH BELLADONNA UNSTOPPABLE CVR #1/2 $5.99
AUG052942 MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS #282 $2.95
JUN052753 MIDNIGHT KISS #1 (MR) $3.50
APR052622 MR T #2 $3.50

S: I pity the foo' who makes this and yet doesn't make an A-Team comic

JUL052932 NIGHT MARY #3 (OF 5) $3.99
JUN052676 OPPOSITE FORCES VOL 2 #2 (OF 4) (NOTE PRICE) $2.99
JUL052912 ORCS TREASURE HC (RES) $24.95
AUG053129 PITA TEN OFFICIAL FAN BOOK VOL 1 GN $9.99
JUN052870 PORN BLONDS 4 PACK (A) $9.95
JUN052725 POTLATCH PROJECT VOL 4 TP (MR) $6.95
AUG053147 REBIRTH VOL 16 GN (OF 19) $9.99
APR052741 SHAOLIN COWBOY #4 $3.50

S: I wanted to like this but...

B: Did they touch you in the bad place?

AUG053149 SHAOLIN SISTERS REBORN VOL 3 GN (OF 4) $9.99
AUG052824 SHAUNDRA MORE SWORDS SEX & SORCERY #1 (A) $9.95
JUL052716 SHYGIRL VOL 1 GN $13.99
AUG052804 SIMPSONS COMICS #111 $2.99

Ian Boothby has been doing a fine job on this series. Of course, watch this issue be written by someone else, just to spite me.

MAY053345 SIN CITY VOL 4 COBARDE BASTARDO YELLOW BASTARD SPANISH ED $19.00
SEP053030 SINFEST VOL 1 (O/A) (MR) $17.95
SEP053031 SINFEST VOL 2 TP LIFE IS MY B$TCH (O/A) (MR) $17.95
AUG053150 SNOW DROP VOL 11 GN (OF 12) (MR) $9.99
AUG052713 SONIC X #2 (OF 4) $2.25
JUL053176 SURROGATES #2 (OF 5) $2.95
AUG052715 TALES FROM RIVERDALE DIGEST #6 $2.39

I think this is the one featuring manga Josie and the Pussycats! Rock!

AUG052802 TALES OF BLOODY MARY #4 (OF 8) $2.95
AUG052678 TALES SLEEPY HOLLOW LOST CHRON I HUNT MONSTERS #1 $2.99
JUL052727 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE DLX ED #34 (MR) $19.99

Comes with its own tissues!

AUG052952 TENSHI JA NAI (IM NO ANGEL) VOL 1 GN (MR) $10.99
JUN053160 THE NORM #10 $4.95
AUG053152 TRAMPS LIKE US VOL 7 GN (OF 12) (MR) $9.99
AUG052972 TRANSFORMERS #0 $0.99

Ah, I see. Lower the price point to the point where it is not WORTH it for Pat Lee to steal people's money.

AUG053157 ULTIMATE BTVS CINEMANGA VOL 1 THE GIFT GN $7.99
AUG053153 VAMPIRE GAME VOL 13 GN (OF 15) $9.99
JUL053071 WALLACE AND GROMIT A PIER TOO FAR HC $12.95
JUL052987 WYATT EARP DODGE CITY #3 (MR) $2.95

That's it for us this week!

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18 Comments:

Anonymous Eli said...

"S: There's an interesting thread on the new Ultimate board that Supreme Power, as well as being a new take on the Squadron Supreme... Is supposed to be Marvel's attempt at underscoring an All-Star Justice League. Comments?"

What does that even mean? "Underscore" means "to emphasize."

10/19/2005 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger Christopher Burton said...

This was like Mystery Science Theatre 3000 only with comics. And Brian and Stony. Pretty funny stuff, fellas.

10/19/2005 12:51:00 PM  
Anonymous jdonelson.nyc said...

B: If you want zombies with a good twist, read Walking Dead.

Could you elaborate, Brian? Frankly, I stopped reading the book after the 2nd trade because of the decided lack of a twist. It's about the most straightforward, untwisted zombie story ever.

10/19/2005 01:00:00 PM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

T: The only saving grace
T: Is that since [Captain Atom]'s in the WS universe
T: They can't kill him off during Crisis

I wouldn't be so sure. The tagline of this series is "The beginning of the end of the Wildstorm Universe" and that seems too much of a coincidence to be happening right now. And with a post-Crisis WildCATS revamp coming too, I wouldn't be surprised to see the WSU end here only to be officially made part of the DCU post-Crisis2, as Earth-W or somesuch.

Oh, and Pat Lee's got nothing to do with the new Transformers, as I recall.

10/19/2005 01:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Dan Coyle said...

I WANTED to like the new She-Hulk, but I just can't tolerate that metafictional whining anymore. It kicks me out of the story, or in the case of Planetary, made me realize there was no story at all.

On the upside, I tried Manhunter and liked it a lot better this time around, and Thor: Blood Oath, Shaolin Cowboy, and Transformers were all pretty boss.

10/19/2005 02:46:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

"Oh, and Pat Lee's got nothing to do with the new Transformers, as I recall."

Right, Kelvin, that was my silly joke.

The price point was so low that Pat Lee could not even be bothered to try to steal the money.

10/19/2005 04:12:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

"Could you elaborate, Brian? Frankly, I stopped reading the book after the 2nd trade because of the decided lack of a twist. It's about the most straightforward, untwisted zombie story ever."

The twist, at least in the most recent 10 or so issues, is that the book is no longer ABOUT zombies.

It is just about building a new society.

The group is now holed up in one consistent location (a prison) and the book is just about the interrelations of the people inside the prison.

10/19/2005 04:14:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

"What does that even mean? 'Underscore' means 'to emphasize.'"

Stony was raised by wolves, so our "you-man" words are hard for him to understand.

10/19/2005 04:16:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

So, Brian, the second Stu Cicero scene did nothing to change the tone of the first for you? Or did you just ignore it for the sake of snark?

10/19/2005 04:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Dizzy said...

AUG051888 SHE-HULK 2 #1 $2.99

S: Oh dilemna.... singles or trades? singles or trades? singles or trades?

B: Slott makes a snarky comment in the issue about buying for trades.

B: It is a comment that, coming from a fan, might be funny.

B: Coming from the writer of the title, though, it sounds kinda whiny.


My problem with some of his first She-Hulk run as well. The critics of the story at the end and then She-Hulk's friend then coming down on them and explaining how "real fans" do stuff like No-Prizes conjured an image of Slott (I have no clue what the man looks like) on a throne waving a sceptre and screaming "Do not judge me!". Too bad, because I really like the rest of his writing (GLA was one of the best minis in ages)

10/19/2005 05:24:00 PM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

Right, Kelvin, that was my silly joke.
Ah. My considerable bad. Many apologies.

10/19/2005 05:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Dizzy said...

I wouldn't be so sure. The tagline of this series is "The beginning of the end of the Wildstorm Universe" and that seems too much of a coincidence to be happening right now. And with a post-Crisis WildCATS revamp coming too, I wouldn't be surprised to see the WSU end here only to be officially made part of the DCU post-Crisis2, as Earth-W or somesuch.

What? DC buying a company, stripmining them off all interesting characters, merging said characters into its main universe, noticing that said characters don't really work in those new settings most of the time, making them play 2nd fiddle to the already existing characters in said setting for over a decade and then killing them off for dramatic purposes in another big event? Never!

10/19/2005 05:51:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

"So, Brian, the second Stu Cicero scene did nothing to change the tone of the first for you?"

You are correct, sir. It did not.

10/19/2005 05:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Iron Lungfish said...

conjured an image of Slott (I have no clue what the man looks like) on a throne waving a sceptre and screaming "Do not judge me!"

Except that Slott isn't saying "Don't judge me!" He's just suggesting that readers not be so anal retentive about continuity and enjoy the book on its merits. I fail to see how this could be a controversial sentiment.

10/19/2005 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Dan Coyle said...

He's saying that AND throwing gazillions of bones to the continuity guys at the same time. It's not FAIR.

And I don't buy comics to be yelled at. I read columns to be yelled at.

That said, I've met Slott at a few cons, and he's a really nice guy, despite the side he's showing in his stories.

10/20/2005 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Colin said...

T: I liked Revolution you fascist bastards


Ditto

10/20/2005 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Facist bastarD, Colin!

BastarD!!

I liked Revolution as well!

Except for the lines on everyone's face.

Which was NOT present in #12! New inker?

10/20/2005 05:22:00 PM  
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