- Posted by Johanna on November 16, 2010 at 8:34 am
- Category: Shopping Guide
I’m giving up on the whole budget idea, because it’s not like I was holding myself to it anyway, and with it being the holiday gift book season, some of my most anticipated works were cover-priced more than $20.
Such as my book of this week, Castle Waiting Volume 2 (Fantagraphics, $30). The first Castle Waiting book was one of my Best of 2006, and I anticipate similarly great things from the followup. Linda Medley puts out a wonderfully fresh and modern take on fantasy conventions, including the title castle with its exotic and magical inhabitants.
If that’s not your taste (although you’re missing out), here are some other excellent hardcover graphic novels shipping this week:
Return of the Dapper Men (Archaia, $25), a new-style fairy tale about time stopping. Dapper Man himself Tim Gunn provides the introduction, which you can read at the link, or find out more about the book’s unique construction in this interview with artist Janet K. Lee.
Shockrockets (IDW, $25), the reprinting of the 2000 miniseries by Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen that launched the short-lived Gorilla Comics line. I’m probably not remembering it in depth, but I recall lovely art telling a typical tale about a team of high-flying adventurers.
The Little Prince (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $20), retold in a comic adaptation by Joann Sfar, sounds gorgeous, an excellent gift for young and old alike.
Although I’ve dropped the current series, my Legion fan heart loves the idea of a new deluxe edition of The Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga (DC Comics, $40). The best known storyline from the largest super-team gets a new reprinting with more issues by Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen added.
For your coffee table, Abrama ComicArts has a Chip Kidd-designed memorabilia book, Shazam!: The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal ($35). I’m curious to see it, just because it surprises me that the book exists. Now, when Captain Marvel is an also-ran, trotted out occasionally but usually considered a second-runner to Superman, it’s amazing to consider how popular he was in his heyday, with all kinds of merchandise produced and photographed here.
But if you’re really looking to be astounded, you want 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking (Taschen, $200). Yes, you saw that right — two hundred dollars for a super-sized (over 700 pages!) DC history book by former company leader Paul Levitz. My copy’s on order (at a significant discount!), so I’m hoping to have a review later this month.
So what about the pamphlet comics, which are much easier on the pocketbook? From Dark Horse, check out the Hellboy one-shot Double Feature of Evil, $3.50 for two stories illustrated by horror master Richard Corben.
Plus, Tiny Titans is always a fun and happy end to the week’s reading. Issue #34 is $2.99 from DC.