- Posted by Johanna on September 14, 2011 at 7:42 am
- Category: Shopping Guide
After all the great indy and small press works I picked up at SPX last weekend, it seems weird for me to be telling you about the superhero comics I’m looking forward to reading, but well,
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
I like to consider it a welcome diversity. I love comics, not any one particular genre or format. (And for blogging, it’s probably more appropriate to move down a stanza or so in that poem and pull “I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.”)
Let’s start with Marvel. I’m surprisingly not minding Spider-Island as an event, although I wouldn’t go so far as recommending it, exactly. It’s just cute to see a baby with spider-powers, and it’s touchingly twisted that Peter is now able to stop lying to his girlfriend about his abilities by pretending that he’s just gotten infected as well.
Mystery Men, the pulp adventure I haven’t talked about yet but am enjoying, concludes with issue #5 ($2.99), and Daredevil (#3, $2.99) is the best superhero series start in a long while (and yes, that includes comparing it to the new DC 52 titles I’ve seen so far), but the most exciting Marvel release this week is the conclusion to Criminal: The Last of the Innocent (#4, $3.50). I’m very curious to see just what twists Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips give us in the saga of Riley Richards.
DC continues its launches, which I won’t be able to read until this weekend since KC gets first crack at them. I’m most interested in seeing Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Mister Terrific, and Resurrection Man (all $2.99 each), and I hope that some of the more unusual concepts survive and thrive. While I’m waiting, I’ll read the latest All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold (#11, $2.99) and The Unwritten #29 ($2.99), both of which are entertaining, but in very different ways. The Unwritten, especially, doesn’t get talked about enough for its creative manipulations of both the medium and our expectations about stories.
I’m thrilled to finally see DC reprinting the hilarious Sugar and Spike, but an Archives volume is pricey ($59.99) for what it is. I’d rather see thick paperbacks at a more reasonable price point to share with kids.
As for manga, I’d be preening about getting Yen Press’ Bunny Drop Volume 4 ($12.99) last week, but since I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, it’s a moot point. And another sign that I really need to be vigilant against hoarding tendencies — too many comics on the shelves I want to enjoy, but I’m still chasing whatever’s out new.
Oh, one last mention — the Sergio Aragones Funnies series (out this week is #3, Bongo Comics, $3.50) provides a sampling of his work, which is always welcome, but it’s making me want to see a much longer self-illustrated autobiography, since his stories about his early years of cartooning are easily the best part of the book.