- Posted by Johanna on October 19, 2010 at 10:58 pm
- Category: Shopping Guide
I have a feeling that, between now and the end of the year, I’m going to be saying this a lot: forget the budget, there are too many good books out. It’s coming up on gift-book time, after all.
Let’s start with the comics: I never pass up Roger Langridge’s work on The Muppet Show comic, and issue #11 ($2.99) is particularly seasonal. It’s the fourth issue in the “Muppet Mash” storyline, uniquely twisted takes on classic monsters. The gang has already tackled Gonzo as a vampire, an immortal Egyptian and her mummies (Calistoga Cleo and the Fandango Pharaohs, plus Statler and Waldorf get more of the spotlight), and werewolves, as Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem welcome Howlin’ Jack and his secret. Now, in the latest issue, it’s the Frankensteinien Beaker Mark 2, whose creation involves numerous power outages.
During this storyline, Langridge is doing more than just reinventing the classic bits — he’s also introduced a new feature. In the vein of “Veterinarian’s Hospital” and “Pigs in Space” comes “Link Hogthrob, Monster Smasher!” in which Miss Piggy is a Lois Lane-like reporter. Unfortunately, there’s none of that in #11, but there are plenty of puns and a giant robot.
On the superhero side, KC got me interested in DC Universe: Legacies ($3.99), so I’m curious to see how the nostalgic, fan-oriented series handles the aftermath of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Plus, Keith Giffen on Legion of Super-Heroes, which should be a blast from the past!
I always enjoy Tiny Titans, so #33 is a must-buy. At $2.99, that means I’ve already spent $10. Yikes! Maybe I should up my budget to $25 a week? That way, I’d have room to buy the second volume of Kingyo Used Books ($12.99). I’m enjoying this wonderful walk through the memories reading comics creates, and I applaud Viz for bringing the series to the U.S., even though many of the manga it recommends aren’t well-known over here.
Now, I said I was going to talk about books, didn’t I? Thankfully, both of these are already on KC’s desk, ready to be reviewed. We hope to tell you more about them soon.
|DC Comics Year by Year||Peanuts Collection|
|A Visual Chronicle||Treasures From the World’s Most Beloved Comic Strip|
|DK Publishing||Little, Brown and Company|
|A walk through the history of DC Comics, chronologically||Reproductions of photos, sketches, cels, comics, and prints|
One last oddity — Watson-Guptill’s latest art book is Pop Sculpture: How to Create Action Figure & Statues ($30). It’s aimed at creators who want to make the collectible mini sculptures in the title. Glossy pages and lots of pictures illustrate comprehensive techniques that most, based on the equipment required, won’t get a chance to do at this scale. There just aren’t that many openings for people designing and building action figures. The pictures are fun, though, using lots of recognizable (mostly DC) pieces, and fans will gain new appreciation for the work that went into the plastic statues that are part of their collections. Action figure customizers may find the book useful.