Good Books Out in October So Far

I wasn’t able to do a weekly post either of the last two weeks, and there won’t be one this week, either. I’m not sure it’ll be missed, given the lack of comment on my last one, but there have been a number of great reads out the last two weeks that I wanted to be sure you knew about. Short and sweet, since the changing comic world means more ways and timetables on which to get books:

* Amelia Rules! The Meaning of Lifeā€¦ and Other Stuff (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $10.99) is a strong contender for my best-of-year list.

* Volume 3 is the latest Archie Archives (Dark Horse, $49.99) to arrive.

* The last Bloom County collection comes out with Volume 5 (IDW Publishing, $39.99), although Outland will follow.

* Bubbles and Gondola (NBM, $16.99) gave me a unique perspective on being an artist and loneliness.

* You don’t need me to tell you how good Kate Beaton’s Hark A Vagrant (Drawn and Quarterly, $19.95) is, since so many others have already done so.

* The latest Modern Masters volume covers Frazer Irving (TwoMorrows Publishing, $15.95).

* Of the two My Boyfriend Is a Monster books (Lerner Publishing Group, $9.95) out this week, I liked My Boyfriend Bites much more than Under His Spell.

* Pope Hats #2 (AdHouse Books, $6.95) — Don’t worry if you haven’t seen the first one, you can still appreciate Ethan Rilly’s amazing cartooning in this one.

* Stargazing Dog (NBM, $11.99) is heartbreaking, as are most good dog stories.

* The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #1 (Image Comics, $2.99) was MUCH too raw and violent for squeamish little me, but it’s very well-done. The concept — kid who loves superhero comics really gets powers — is common, but the execution here is exceptional.

* Mike Dawson’s Troop 142 (Secret Acres, $20) is a realistic portrait of a week of Boy Scout camp, with all the horrible things teenage males do to each other. Great cartooning, too, especially with the distinct characters.

* Two Generals, one of my Best of 2010, is now out in paperback (Emblem Editions, $19.99).

* It was a pleasure to see raw autobiographical cartooning from the female perspective, as seen in Jennifer Hayden’s Underwire (Top Shelf Productions, $9.95).

* Kevin Keller’s story continues in Veronica #209 (Archie Comics, $2.99), which has a variant cover choice.

* Viz Media has three great manga: Cross Game Volume 5 ($14.99), Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys Volume 17 ($12.99), and my favorite, Bakuman Volume 7 ($9.99).


2 Responses to “Good Books Out in October So Far”

  1. Stan Says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with you about Amelia Rules! Now that Landridge’s Muppet Show appears to be gone for good, I believe that Amelia is the best comic currently being published for any age group. In my opinion, this is the Little Lulu or Sugar and Spike for the current generation. Kids love it and thier parents will find it just as fun and amusing.

  2. Ray Says:

    A lotta these look good. Will check out Amelia Rules. Thanks for these reviews!

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