Budget for Good Books: Comics Out October 13

It’s a good thing I haven’t done this in a couple of weeks, because I can pretend I saved up and don’t have to stick to the usual $15 limit. There’s a lot of good reading due out today.

Top of my list is the gorgeous Scary Godmother hardcover, from Dark Horse, a very reasonable $25 given how pretty the art is and how substantial the contents.

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Also themed for the holiday are two mystery graphic novels. I didn’t enjoy Odd Is on Our Side (Del Rey, $10.99) as much as I’d hoped, but it’s fine escapism with a built-in audience of Dean Koontz fans.

All Saints’ Day (Oni Press, $19.99), on the other hand, is a twisty exploration of how the past affects the present as Amy Devlin seeks to catch a holiday-themed serial killer. (All Saints’ Day is November 1, the day after Halloween.) It’s a followup to Past Lies, and the former book is an important part of the new one’s background, so you might also want to check out the recent reissue. (Plus, that way, the formats will match, in case that kind of thing bothers you. It does me.) They’re both suspenseful investigations, great for fans of TV procedurals.

From Fantagraphics comes Everybody Is Stupid Except Me & Other Astute Observations ($16.99), a collection of Peter Bagge’s comic strip essays that take a libertarian approach to current political and social issues of interest.

This week is also good for “regular” comics. I’ve been enjoying the humor of Comic Book Guy: The Comic Book, and the fourth of five issues is out today from Bongo ($2.99).

For younger readers, Boom! is launching a second Toy Story comic series called Tales From the Toy Chest ($2.99). It’s by the same creative team as the “main” title, Jesse Blaze Snider and Nathan Watson, so if you enjoy that, have a second helping!

Two titles debut from DC as well this week. Knight & Squire ($2.99) is a London-set Batman and Robin, but I’m hoping with a lighter attitude. I’ve enjoyed writer Paul Cornell’s other superhero work, and given his track record, a six-issue miniseries is probably a better choice than a series. That might also allow for a satisfying story ending.

I can’t wait to see Tiny Titans Little Archie #1 (DC, $2.99) — should be huge helpings of laughs!

Vertigo has the holiday-themed House of Mystery Halloween Annual #2 (DC, $4.99), a collection of spooky tales spotlighting their line. Within a framing piece by Matthew Sturges and Luca Rossi comes stories of “Madame Xanadu” by Mike Kaluta and Jill Thompson, “i, Zombie” by Chris Roberson and Mike Allred, and “Hellblazer” by Peter Milligan and Guiseppe Cumoncoli. Most exciting: an all-new “Lucifer” story by the original series creative team, Mike Carey and Peter Gross. Update: Creative team change: “Madame Xanadu” will have art by Brandon Graham, not Jill Thompson.

Marvel’s also got an anthology: Strange Tales II #1 ($4.99), in which well-known indie creators — including, in this issue, Kate Beaton, Jeffrey D. Brown, Nicholas Gurewitch, Kevin Huizenga, Johonen Vasquez, and Shannon Wheeler — tackle the superheroes.

What am I up to now? I know I’m playing fast and loose with the budget this week, but I can’t even imagine buying this: DC Super Heroes: The Ultimate Pop-Up Book has a Deluxe Edition available for $250. Since you can get the regular edition for $30, I was curious what made the Deluxe so special. It’s reported that it has “an extra pop-up embedded in the cover” and it’s signed and numbered by the author. This video features designer Matthew Reinhart showing off his work and talking about how it came together:

And some are going to laugh at my mentioning this, but I’m curious about 50 Years of the Playboy Bunny (Chronicle Books, $35). Our culture is fascinating when it comes to our mixed-up ideas about sex and women, and this seems like the kind of capsule social history that would bring those contradictions to the forefront. However, since it’s an officially licensed publication, it’s probably not going to delve too deeply into those areas. Regardless, in an era loving Mad Men-style nostalgia, there’s plenty of audience for this collection of cheesecake.


8 Responses to “Budget for Good Books: Comics Out October 13”

  1. JeffG Says:

    All Vertigo and leaves carry-over for next weeks shopping for me, with Unwritten and Northlanders being about my only haul (unless I grab the TT/Archie for my daughter – just not an Archie fan myself).

  2. JeffG Says:

    Oops – overlooked Locke&Key, BPRD, and after seeing the other review article and looking inside, I now have to find Scary Godmother as well… and I may have placed the regular DC pop-up book on my amazon wish list!

  3. Johanna Says:

    Thanks for sharing! I like hearing what readers are looking forward to, too — it helps me find things I may have missed. Like BPRD — although I only read that in collections.

  4. Suzene Says:

    Unwritten, Frenemy of the State, and All Saints Day are all I’m going to pick up, but I’m looking at The Complete Bloom County and Scary Godmother and whimpering longingly.

  5. Johanna Says:

    The Complete Bloom County has another volume out? I’m behind!

  6. David Oakes Says:

    TT/LA – The only way this could possibly be cooler is if it actually was a Teen Titans West Coast revival. And even then, it still wouldn;t be as cool.

    Invaders NOW! – I am a little worried about the retro-angst where we learn our squeaky clean heroes may have had to “do what was neccessary, for the war”. Stern wrote a nice workaround of the racial politics of the time in Forever Allies, and Kesel is doing a lot with gender politics in Patriot. So it is possible to have “modern relevance” with something other than “Hey, look, Dresden!” But it is Invaders, and it isn’t bad.

    Thanos Imperative – DC takes a second string space jockey and makes it the best selling event of all time. But I will take my rag tag group of c-stringers anyday, even if I have to put up with Nova to get them. Thanos always had the best motivation of any villain, and it has only gotten better with death.

    Thanks to Marvel’s mini-series pricing, I only have $4 left in the “budget”. And while I am tempted to grab Unwritten and BPRD and damn the torpedoes, someone has to balance out the spend-crazy week of our Blog-Geliebte. So I will end with:

    Knight and Squire – Grant Morisson has become to “Hey, I have a cool idea, trust me” to be trusted. And this colors my perceptions, even when he won;t be writing. But not even Superman singing the universe back inot existence can withstand the sheer enjoyment I had for MI-13. So damn the torpedoes, I am getting this!

  7. Anthony Says:

    This week, probably just Super Hero Squad (IIRC out this week) and the Tiny Titans/Little Archie crossover, which I *assume* my shop will carry—they carry Tiny Titans, but not Archie titles, save only buying the “Veronica” Kevin Keller issue just for the attention value it got (I asked the shop owner, they said Archie “doesn’t sell”). Thus I’m forced to go buy Archie at Barnes and Noble/etc.

    Next week will see the final issue of “Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!”, plus “Darkwing Duck” and (at newsstands) “Life With Archie”‘s next issue…

  8. David Oakes Says:

    I was mistaken. There can be no cooler book than TT/LA. Steve’s last two panels alone out-shone anything else this week, or this month. (And that even includes Rocket Racoon, so you know I am serious.)

    And while Gage did go for Retro-Modern Agnst, at least he stood up stright, looked the reader in the eye, and took responsibility for it. Would that every writer had his integrity.

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