- Posted by Johanna on October 13, 2010 at 8:29 am
- Category: Shopping Guide
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.
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.