- Posted by Johanna on March 30, 2011 at 9:09 am
- Category: Shopping Guide
Let’s start with the periodicals/single issues this time out. I got to peek at a preview copy of Dollhouse: Epitaphs (Dark Horse, $3.50), and I have to say, I had no idea what was going on or who the characters were. I’d say this was for fans only, who likely remember the details this leads up to. I imagine that once I read the upcoming series or rewatch the TV show (since this comic was originally packed into the second season DVD set), that problem would be solved. The art, by Cliff Richards, is very nice, with strong, attractive figures.
I’m still enjoying Zatanna, especially seeing her face off against an evil puppeteer, so I’m highly anticipating the conclusion of that story arc in issue #11 (DC Comics, $2.99). I’ll also flip through Wonder Woman #609 and Action Comics #899, because I keep feeling like I should want to follow two such bulwarks of the DC universe, but their current stories aren’t really doing anything for me, which is disappointing. I will not be buying the Jimmy Olsen one-shot because I think it’s a cruddy move to tell readers “you can only get the conclusion to this serialized story by rebuying all the pieces you already have for $6.”
Image debuts Joe Casey’s Butcher Baker The Righteous Maker ($2.99), which you may recall from a campaign of exaggerated images that ran last November. That seems like too much of a time gap between promotion and actual purchase to me, but we’ll see if anyone recalls it now. (I despise the whole wallowing “we’ll make superheroes adult with even more sex and violence” approach, so it wasn’t for me anyway.)
From Marvel, I was reading Spider-Girl #5 ($2.99), but now that it’s canceled, my interest is gone. (It was waning, anyway, once they killed off dad. That made her more generic and less individual.) That’s the flip side of the implicit periodical agreement between the customer and the publisher. If they’re not going to keep feeding me the story, month after month, what’s the point?
On the book side, Abrams ComicArts publishes The Comics: The Complete Collection ($40) by Brian Walker. I’m sure it’s a beautiful book, and if I didn’t already have the two books it contains — The Comics: Before 1945 and The Comics: Since 1945 — I’d be putting this comic strip history on my want list.
Definitely going on the wish list is the fourth volume of Bloom County: The Complete Library (IDW Publishing, $39.99). It’s such a wonderful time capsule to re-read political cartoons from a different era and remember what those years felt like.
I’ve talked before about Rick Smith’s Yehuda Moon & The Kickstand Cyclery (Shuck Comics, $14.95), and now the first collection of the webcomic is available through your local comic shop.
I was surprised to see a listing for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dreadfully Ever After (Quirk, $12.95), because I thought that fad was over last year. (And the way prices are dropping online suggest that I’m not the only one who feels that way.) It seems this is listed as the conclusion to the book series, which sounds about right.
Vanguard is bringing out a new volume of their Frazetta Classics, White Indian, in hardcover for $50. It’s a very inappropriate idea from the 1950s, about a white guy and “his little Indian friend Tipi” in the 1700s having backwoods adventures, but Frazetta fans care only about the art. When I flipped through, I was a bit surprised by how much skin all the characters show. With the nearly-naked topless lead, his muscles, and the various scenes of men wrestling, this might find another, unexpected audience.