- Posted by Johanna on September 7, 2011 at 11:44 am
- Category: Shopping Guide
Publisher of the week for me is First Second, with three outstanding reads out today: Bake Sale ($16.99), Feynman ($29.99), and Americus ($14.99). I’ve been meaning to review the last two for weeks now, but it’s much harder to recommend a good book than to trash a bad one. Hopefully, those posts will be coming soon. In the meantime, check out any or all of the three — they’re great reads.
Also out this week are these books I found enjoyable: Domo in the World (Abrams, $12.95) and Usagi Yojimbo #140 (Dark Horse, $3.50). Not so recommended are Anne Steelyard’s The Garden of Emptiness Volume 3 (Penny Farthing Press, $14.95) and Butterflies, Flowers Volume 8 (Viz, $9.99), concluding the troublesome shojo series.
I’m looking forward to a new issue of Screamland, with #4 out this week from Image ($2.99). Also from Image is the particularly timely Big Lie #1 ($3.99), a story by Rick Veitch revolving around time travel to save someone from the 9/11 disaster. I won’t be reading it, since I’m not sure I find it in good taste, although it’s an obvious plot to choose for a medium that often involves science fiction and fantasy, so I can understand why someone’s doing it.
In terms of superheroes, Marvel, with its motley collection of standard issue releases, seems to have conceded the week to DC’s first big #1 rollout. (Stay tuned later this week as KC reviews them all!) In addition to DC’s table of 13 launches — of which I’m particularly curious to see Static Shock #1, Stormwatch #1, and the reaction to Batgirl #1 (all $2.99) — I’d like to draw your attention to the reprint of Astro City: Life in the Big City ($29.99 hardcover or $17.99 paperback). It’s a wonderful set of stories that launched Kurt Busiek’s series about the superheroes he read and loved.
DC was also supposed to be releasing the long-awaited New Teen Titans: Games hardcover, a retro project by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez, but it looks like that’s been pushed back a couple of weeks. Probably best not to distract from the all-new 52 DCU launch — it’s kind of opposite that direction.