Good Comics Out February 2

With the winter holidays receding, it’s time for some good graphic novels to debut. Out this week are the following:

Ivy, Oni Press, $19.99 — The story of a grumpy teen who wants to be an artist by Sarah Oleksyk. You can read the first chapter online at her website. I’ve been anticipating this for a while, since she’s vouched for by some artists I really trust. Pick of my week.

Zita the Spacegirl, First Second, $10.99 — Ben Hatke’s webcomic character gets a book, and boy, it looks full of adventure and creative monsters. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, only a flip-through, but I’m getting an Akiko vibe off of it, which is quite the compliment.

Scenes From an Impending Marriage, Drawn & Quarterly, $9.95 — An instant perennial, this cute little (40-page) book makes for an ideal gift for marrying friends. It contains Adrian Tomine’s strips about the wedding experience, including all the planning involved. There’s a preview at the publisher’s website.

I’m not sure enough about Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth (Hill and Wang, $18.95) to order sight unseen — I was disappointed by its predecessor, The Stuff of Life, and the “aliens explain things to each other” conceit is a tad precious — but this one is written by Jay Hosler, who’s impressively skilled at explaining science in comic format. Art is by Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon, and they also do a good job, as shown here.

In terms of manga, I’ve already had the pleasure of enjoying The Stellar Six of Gingacho Book 2 (Tokyopop, $10.99) and Hikaru no Go Book 22 (Viz, $9.99), so for new reads this week, I’ll be continuing with Bakuman — Book 3, Viz, $9.99 — and Otomen — Book 9, Viz, $9.99 — and perhaps try The Story of Saiunkoku Book 2, based on David Welsh’s recommendation.

If you’re looking for book reading… local professor Tom DeHaven’s 2005 novel It’s Superman!, a pulpy prose retelling of Superman’s 1930s origin, is now available in mass-market paperback format from Del Rey ($7.99).


4 Responses to “Good Comics Out February 2”

  1. Grant Says:

    Never heard of a single one. I know you mentioned the “It’s Superman” book so I wouldn’t feel left out. I see it’s going for 62 cents used. I might actually get that!

    I wanted to mention a couple of recent Marvel Masterworks releases. The “Mystic Comics” masterworks vol. 1. This is pretty cool because it has a lot of the characters from “The Twelve” and the art for the golden age Black Widow stories is particularly nice. The Masterworks website has this being released on 2/23.

    There’s also the just released Marvel Team Up Masterworks vol 1. Lots of pretty Gil Kane and Ross Andru art.

    http://www.marvelmasterworks.com/ has sample pages on their new and upcoming releases as well as on certain previously released editions. They also have a fun “what if” section where we see mock Masterwork editions that have yet to come out.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Oooh, I’m glad you mentioned that — I hadn’t heard of the Mystic Comics book (Amazon says March 12). Although it would probably just make me sad that we may never see the end to The Twelve.

  3. Grant Says:

    Actually, I just read something over at The Beat about JMS. He says he will finish The Twelve as a trade. He doesn’t say when, but it’s something.

  4. Johanna Says:

    Yeah, and it means rebuying what I already have to find out what happens… but it’s been so long that I will appreciate the re-read to remind me!




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