Good Comics Out March 30

Weird. The list I use shows some titles I also saw last week. I guess that’s the vagaries of Diamond shipping.

Zatanna #11 cover

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?

The Comics: The Complete Collection cover
The Comics: The Complete Collection
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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.


6 Responses to “Good Comics Out March 30”

  1. SKFK Says:

    “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.” ”

    I agree that it’s annoying when a major publisher pulls stuff like this. I wish DC had done it like how they handled the Detective Comics situation, by devoting an entire issue to wrap up the backup story. (The obvious difference is that both the main and the backup stories on Detective Comics were by the same writer, so maybe they couldn’t do the same thing with Jimmy Olsen.)

    On the other hand, since I haven’t been buying Action Comics anyway, this is a good way for me to pick up a complete, brand-new story in one convenient package.

    Outside of major publishers, I’m pretty much used to having to buy TPB’s to get the finished stories when either the publishers go out of business, or decide that single issue releases don’t make business sense, before the run is done. Off of top of my head, I can think of titles like Impaler (by William Harris), Elk’s Run (by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Noel Tuazon), Guerrillas (by Brahm Revel), Of Bitter Souls (by Chuck Satterlee and Norm Breyfogle), and Midnight Sun (by Ben Towle). In many cases, reading the completed stories were worth the double-spending for me.

  2. Johanna Says:

    You make a good point. Looking on the bright side, the Jimmy Olsen one-shot makes a good purchase for someone who’d heard about it late. They get the whole story in one package.

    I agree with your last paragraph. Unfortunately, that teaches people not to try indy periodicals in future, which pretty much makes their failure a foregone conclusion.

  3. Thad Says:

    Ugh, didn’t know they were doing that with the Jimmy one-shot; thanks for the warning. A pity; I’ve really liked it up to this point, but I’m not about to re-buy the parts I already paid an extra buck for last year so DC can hold the line at $5.99.

    The hell of it is that when it doesn’t sell DC will almost certainly interpret it to mean nobody wants to buy Jimmy Olsen comics.

  4. Grant Says:

    Johanna,

    Going off on a tangent here, but what did you think of Batman Inc. 4?

    Just wondering because there’s a bit of a bruhaha at CBR over comments made in a podcast where one woman reviewer claimed that morrison bringing back silver age Batwoman was an attempt to marginalize or trivialize the new “Kate Kane” character. Just wondered what you thought about it. Thanks.

  5. Johanna Says:

    Oh, I had no idea that was a concern, since I haven’t had a chance to read that issue yet. (Yes, I’m a week behind.) I’ll keep that in mind when I read it to see what I think.

    My first response, though, is that Morrison brings back Silver Age stuff because he thinks it’s cool, not for any kind of weird political conspiracy.

  6. Grant Says:

    that’s what I thought.

    btw, they’re raving about Jimmy Olsen at bleeding cool. Rich said “Jimmy Olsen is dazzling work that leaves me breathless just writing about it”

    Ok. The art sure looks pretty.

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