Good Comics Out July 27: Mostly Books This Time

My pick of the week is The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti, the latest installment in Rick Geary’s series “A Treasury of 20th Century Murder” (NBM, $15.99). Since I’ve already reviewed it, I shall refrain from telling you again how great it is.

The most-talked-about book of the week is likely to be Grant Morrison’s Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human (Spiegel & Grau, $28), in which the notorious comic writer expounds on his theories about superheroes.

Lesser known but worth taking a look at are two graphic novels: Emily McGuiness is self-publishing Ties: A Chronicle of Letters and Scotch ($15.97), about a young man raised by mail from parents who travel the world, leaving him behind. I haven’t seen it yet, but it seems intriguing, and this review is positive.

The other is the “Ultimate Edition” of Hope Falls (Markosia, $17.99, preview available at link). I’m pointing this out because it illustrates how difficult the path is that independent comics follow. The miniseries began in issue form in November 2007. The UK origin of the series caused shipping snags, and the 2009 collection‘s orders through Diamond were cancelled for not being high enough. Yet with determination, here’s a final book — and here’s hoping it’s easier to find this time around.

On the periodical front, this week brings the regular issue debut of Spontaneous, one of Oni Press’ Free Comic Book Day releases earlier this year. Also available is issue #2 of the five-issue miniseries; each is $3.99. I was intrigued by the setup, but not as excited by the second issue. However, I suspect that it’s just putting pieces into place and excitement will ramp up as the story continues.

Last, in the “making fun of Diamond” category, they’re shipping the art book Constructing Green Lantern From Page to Screen (Universe, $35). This book was in print at the beginning of last month, just before the movie came out. Now that the film has flopped, is there still an audience for this? Or are stores or customers going to get stuck with books that they had to preorder? Fans probably still want it; I suspect it’s just the browsing/impulse purchase market that’s gone.

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