- Posted by Johanna on April 11, 2012 at 12:52 pm
- Category: Shopping Guide
If you’re buying comics today, keep an eye out for these:
The first issue of Mixtape (Ardden Entertainment, $2.99), a new indy series following teenagers coming of age in the 90s, tied together by music, finally makes it out. It’s a classic theme that, with its moving period of nostalgia, makes me realize my adulthood, yet is universally relatable, since we’ve all been there.
One of my favorite artists, Steve Lieber, illustrates the new miniseries Alabaster: Wolves (Dark Horse, $3.50, #1 of 5). It brings the character of Darcy Flammarion from Caitlín R. Kiernan’s novels to comics. I’m not the audience for a story about teens fighting monsters, but check out David Brothers telling you why it’s great, complete with preview pages. I agree with him, the book’s strong sense of setting is one of its virtues.
I’ve already talked about Unterzakhn (Schocken Books, $24.95), the excellent how-to Mastering Manga With Mark Crilley (Krause, $22.99), 20th Century Boys Book 20 (Viz, $12.99), and Bakuman Book 10 (Viz, $9.99).
Old friend J. Torres wrote the Jinx collection (Archie Comics, $9.99 paperback, $16.99 hardcover), originally serialized digitally. It didn’t do much for me, but I’ve never liked that character, so I had no connection to seeing her as a teen. You can read a preview online.
I’m hoping I get a chance to flip through Pete and Miriam by Rich Tommaso (Boom! Studios, $14.99). Also a coming-of-age story, this one explores the age-old question of whether boys and girls can be friend through the story of two college kids. It’s gotten good reviews. I’m also interested in how this was first published in France in 2010 and took two more years to get over here.