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UNTIL YOUR HEART STOPS v34.6
by Brian Domingos

Scenes From The Future: Part LXXXIX

June 3rd 2010

Welcome to June and a brand new installment of "Until Your Heart Stops." We’ve begun a new month which means a new PREVIEWS catalogue, which showcases all of the items shipping through the comics industry. The books below are scheduled to arrive in stores at the beginning of next year, starting in August 2010 and beyond.



Not one to be left behind, Dark Horse Comics as thrown their hat into the "comics for a dollar" ring.

Their initiative, "1 for $1" features the first issues of classic DH comics. We're looking at the first issues of ALIENS VS. PREDATOR, SIN CITY, HELLBOY: SEED OF DESTRUCTION, USAGI YOJIMBO, CONAN and THE GOON. This is nothing new to me, but there some cool stuff for first-timers.

"Seed of Destruction" is the first miniseries that Hellboy starred in, and is an excellent introduction to the character. It features Mike Mignola's plot, a script by John Byrne (which is surprisingly un-clunky), line art by Mignola and colors by the uber talented Mark Chiarello. It's a gorgeous looking book.

That's my pick out of this group. SIN CITY and THE GOON are great, too.

1 FOR DOLLAR: ALIENS VS PREDATOR (PAGE 26, $1.00, Scheduled Ship Date: 08/11/10; Order Code: JUN10 0009)
1 FOR DOLLAR: SIN CITY: THE HARD GOODBYE (PAGE 26, $1.00, SSD: 08/11/10; OC: JUN10 0010)
1 FOR DOLLAR: HELLBOY: SEED OF DESTRUCTION (PAGE 26, $1.00, SSD: 08/18/10; OC:JUN10 0011)
1 FOR DOLLAR: USAGI YOJIMBO (PAGE 27, $1.00, SSD: 08/18/10; OC: JUN10 0012)
1 FOR DOLLAR: CONAN (PAGE 27, $1.00, SSD: 08/25/10; OC: JUN10 0013)
1 FOR DOLLAR: THE GOON (PAGE 27, $1.00, SSD: 08/25/10; OC: JUN10 0014)


As Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon gain more and more fame and recognition, the hunt for their older work will heat up. Dark Horse Books released one of their early American books, DE: TALES, a book of anthologies, back in 2006.

DH is rereleasing the book in hardcover form, with a new cover and new packaging. We've seen them do the crazy and the absurd in CASANOVA and THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY and the material in here is more of the heartfelt and insightful works as currently shown in DAYTRIPPER as well as in their classic book, URSULA. They are two of my favorite creators and this is a great bunch of stories.

I'm not going to be double-dipping, but I recommend it to any of their fans whom haven't read it yet.

DE: TALES HC (PAGE 38, $19.99, SSD: 10/06/10; OC: JUN10 0028)

Next up is a pair of books from the HELLBOY universe.

HELLBOY: MASKS AND MONSTERS is a collection of out-of-print single stories from Hellboy's past. The first is the BATMAN/HELLBOY/STARMAN story written by James Robinson with art by Mike Mignola and colors from Matt Hollingsworth. It's a two-issue story which is a lot of fun, which has Batman & Hellboy teaming up to save the Golden Age Starman, Ted Knight, from power-hungry NeoNazis in Gotham City. The Nazis get away and this sends Hellboy and Ted's son, Jack Knight AKA Starman to the Amazon to finish off the thugs once and for all.

Mignola's art is great - particularly with Hollingsworth's colors, and Robinson's script is excellent. It was collected in the fourth STARMAN OMNIBUS, but that's not the most convenient place for it to be for HB fans.

Then there's the HELLBOY/GHOST crossover with story by Mignola and art by Scott Benefiel & Jason Rodriguez and colorist Pamela Rambo. It's been a long time since I read it, but I've got the Prestige Format comic somewhere on my bookshelf. Ghost was always sort of a silly/unfocused character and I thought this gave it a little more weight. It's done with the classic "weird story from Hellboy's past" type of tone.

This is a solid little collection for fans, and I can't help by recommend it (but I'm STARMAN superfan, so there you go).

Next up is "Hell on Earth - New World" a new miniseries that marks the start of a new era of B.P.R.D. stories.

The threat of The Frogs has passed - at least for the moment, and now the B.P.R.D. is being overseen by the U.N. and back to fighting random monster issues. I liked The Frog story, but I'm glad to see us moving past that. A lot has happened to the Bureau since the start and it's time to look forward.

That said, co-writers Mignola & John Arcudi have done a great job keeping the story interesting and Guy Davis and Dave Stewart are one of comics' best artist/colorist teams working today. I'm excited to see what they have planned.

B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH - NEW WORLD #1 (OF 5) (PAGE 44, $3.50, SSD: 08/11/10; OC: JUN10 0036)
HELLBOY: MASKS AND MONSTERS, VOL. 11 TPB (PAGE 45, $17.99, SSD: 10/20/10; OC: JUN10 0038)


Over at DC Comics, the big book of the month is SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, the first of a new line of out-of-continuity books starring the icons of the DCU.

This comes from new SUPERMAN writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Shane Davis, a guy whom I think needs a lot more work. It's weird to see this book for a couple of reasons: One, JMS has not yet done his version of Superman in the ongoing book (starts the end of June) and he's already doing a different and new version; and Two, the latest retelling of the origin, "Secret Origin" hasn't even finished coming out yet (the final issue ships in July). But other than yet, I don't have a problem with it. I'm always into the idea of new Original Graphic Novels - regardless of the material - and I think DC doing its own "Ultimate" versions of their characters is long overdue.

The creative team has a lot of potential: JMS is a "strip the character down to its bones to get to the core" kind of writer and he's done plenty of superhero High Concept work in the past. And Shane Davis, well, the guy is fantastic. He's pretty much the best clean-line superhero guy to go to, right after Jim Lee. His style is heroic and easy to follow.

This is supposedly the first of many Superman stories that take place on "Earth One". I've got a good feeling about it. And plus, with a discount, I'm expecting this will be something like ten bucks, which is a good deal.

SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE HC (PAGE 68, $19.99, SSD: 10/27/10; OC: JUN10 0127)

My first impression of Guy Gardner came from 1991's DC Cosmic Comics Series. It was a card set from some company called "Impel" that featured the characters of the DCU and there were some really cool versions of them. Guy Gardner was there with his bowl cut, leather jacket and a green yo-yo construct. What a douche. I've kept that image in my head over all these years, with Guy being super lame and annoying.

Then I read the GREEN LANTERN CORPS series and, yeah, Guy's actually pretty cool. A big part of that was Peter Tomasi's writing. So when I saw that Guy was getting his own book - written by Tomasi and drawn by Fernando Pasarin - I knew I'd had to check it out. That whole Guy the Green/Red Lantern was one of the best parts of BLACKEST NIGHT.

Oh, and the newly retired Kilowog is there, too - SOLD.

GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS #1 (PAGE 72, $3.99, SSD: 08/11/10; OC: JUN10 0136)

Lots of cool DC collections:

First, there's "Life After Death", the hardcover collection of Tony Daniel's run on BATMAN. It's his eight issue run and it's fantastic. I never thought I'd say that about a Tony Daniel comic, but it is. It's an engaging Dick Grayson/Batman story that is wholly Dick-based while avoiding the "I'm not worthy" aspects. He's there, being Batman, alongside Catwoman, Huntress and Oracle. And it's cool because his relationship with Huntress is similar to Bruce + Catwoman, so it's an interesting comparison. On top of that, Daniel includes many bits of older continuity into a newer story, resulting in a story with a "classic" feel. There's also the two-part story he did with Guillem March, which is OK. I won't be shelling out the cash for the hardcover, but I'm all over this trade paperback.

"Leviathan" is the second collection of BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM and it's a mixed bag of quality. It's all nice to look at - with great art from Dustin Nguyen, Derek Fridolfs and colorist John Kalisz – but some of the stories aren't so good. It's seven issues and only three are written by series writer Paul Dini. (#7, 10, 11). The titular arc (#5-6) is by Christopher Yost and it's a strange Huntress/Man-Bat team-up. Mike Benson's little two-parter (#8-9) is clunky and awkward. It seemed like an older script retooled to fit the current status quo. The only thing it had going for it was the art. I'd never say this is a "must read" book - you'd probably be better off picking up the issues alone. (But man, is it nice looking...)

JSA: BLACK ADAM AND ISIS is a weird book because it followed up the year-long, 18 part KINGDOM COME not-sequel, "Thy Kingdom Come" with a three issue Black Adam story. It's weird, because Black Adam was a HUGE part of Geoff Johns' first run on JSA, and the brief follow up to that, coupled with its wrapping up of threads from 52 and the BLACK ADAM miniseries made the story seem like an afterthought. It's a whole lot of build up for not a whole lot of payoff, which is depressing. Plus, it's got art from Jerry Ordway, which is tired and boring. It's not a very good story. (Ordway also wrote/illustrated the two part story in J.S.A. #27-28 which is incomprehensible). The only saving grace of the whole book - and I'm shocked to say it - is J.S.A. #26, “Black Adam Ruined My Birthday” - which features Stargirl's 16th birthday. It's cheesy and clichéd but it positively sings. It's everything I loved about Johns' Justice Society all summed up in one issue. It's cheesy but it works. It's even moving, if you can believe it; it's that well done. Part of that is due to Dale Eaglesham's art, which puts a nice cap on the whole run.

Next is the second collection of Christopher Yost's run on RED ROBIN, "Collision". It starts with Tim Drake's uneasy alliance with Ra's al Ghul, which turns into Ra's backstabbing and their eventual face-off. It also has the brief crossover with the better-than-it-should-be BATGIRL series from Bryan Q. Miller and Lee Garbett. This also has the first issues drawn by new series artist Marcus To, whose style is much more slick than Ramon Bachs. This collection is RED ROBIN #6-12, which brings it right up to #13 (which ships this week). It's a good place to get caught up, and four months behind, isn't that bad of a wait.

Finally, the most important book of the month is the fifth STARMAN OMNIBUS. It collects, in its entirety, Jack and Mikaal's adventure in space (STARMAN #47-60) as well as STARMAN #1,000,000, which is a crucial part of the DC 1,000,000 story as well as the first issue of the series that I ever read. I've mentioned this before, but I found it in a spinner-rack at a supermarket and thought it looked cool. The supermarket never carried another STARMAN issue, ever - so I took it as a sign of fate. Combine with that, my buying the third trade paperback (with Jack and Wesley Dodds) and I was hooked. I started monthly with #51, which had Jack and Mikaal thrown through time and meeting a young Kryptonian scientist named Jor-El. The Space arc was James Robinson assuring that Jack and the Starman legacy would live on forever in the DCU. He implanted Jack in Superman's past, and gave him a journey across the universe that, in some places, mirrored the journey that Alan Moore gave Swamp Thing in his closing arc. Robinson wrote the major arc along with David S. Goyer and, while people say the book suffered, I think that it's a very important story to the characters and helped mold the rest of the final 20 issues of the series. It also marks the first major story not drawn by Tony Harris. Steve Yeowell, a long time fill-in artist bridged the gap until Peter Snejbjerg & Keith Champagne took over full time. It took a couple of issues for Snejbjerg to get into the swing of things, but once this arc was over, he has primed to finish the series with the best work of his career. Also included here is STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #0, the introduction of the new Star-Spangled Kid (to whom Jack later leaves his cosmic rod) by some new guy called Geoff Johns and artist Lee Moder, ALL STAR COMICS 80-PAGE GIANT #1, where Ted "Wildcat" Grant teaches Ted "Starman" Knight to box, from Robinson & Goyer and artist David Ross, and Robinson & Tony Harris' short story from JSA: ALL STARS #4, "Ted Knight, FBI Agent". This is a huge part of the STARMAN story and, with 20 issues left, the sixth omnibus is going to be a monster. I can't wait until October!

BATMAN: LIFE AFTER DEATH HC (PAGE 98, $19.99, SSD: 10/13/10; OC: JUN10 0203)
BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM HC VOL 02 LEVIATHAN (PAGE 98, $19.99, SSD: 10/27/10; OC:JUN10 0205)
JSA: BLACK ADAM AND ISIS TPB (PAGE 99, $14.99, SSD: 09/22/10; OC: JUN10 0206)
RED ROBIN: COLLISION TPB (PAGE 99, $19.99, SSD: 09/01/10; OC: JUN10 0207)
STARMAN OMNIBUS, VOL. 5 HC (PAGE 100, $49.99, SSD: 10/06/10; OC: JUN10 0209)


Joe Casey began to set the stage for WILDCATS v3.0 when his run on the title began with "v2.0" #8. He made quick work of wrapping up existing plot lines and moved the characters away from superheroics and into the corporate aspects of the characters. The multimillion dollar business was always the backdrop of the series - from the first issue of WILDC.A.T.S - and Casey merely accentuated those attributes turning the team's robotic tactics expert into a cold and calculating CEO. Either way, he was changing the word, so it worked out perfectly.

The WILDCATS series and v3.0 came with a fantastic new trade dress (thanks to artist Dustin Nguyen and design genius Rian Hughes) and a new outlook on the world. The team was long gone and the remaining characters took on their new personas with ease.

Nguyen and inker Richard Friend added a stylized realism to the book, skillfully mixing the dynamic Jim Lee-esque action scenes with the taut storytelling and intricate linework of Travis Charest, forming a bold new style for the bold new era.

Sadly, sales weren't great and after Nguyen took a brief break to draw an arc of BATMAN, the book collapsed under the weight of general apathy.

I'm a huge, huge WILDCATS v3.0 fan. I read every issue and - once I got back into the pre-ordering zone - I pre-ordered every issue to help keep it alive. It died a painful death at 24 issues, and the fans suffered even worse because only the first 12 issues were collected (in a pair of six issue tpbs). I even took the next 12 issues and got my own custom trade paperback made.

It looks like Wildstorm is, smartly, collecting the series in a pair of 12 issue books.

This thing is going to sell like crazy.

WILDCATS 3.0: YEAR ONE TPB (PAGE 110, $24.99, SSD: 09/15/10; OC: JUN10 0243)

I've been picking up all of these Vertigo Crime books because they've been a lot of fun. I love the format, the trade dress and the unyielding potential.

I see the new one, A SICKNESS IN THE FAMILY, though, and I'm a little concerned. It's written by Denise Mina, an award-winning crime novelist.

Now, you'd think that that was the kind of talent you'd want on one of these VC books - and it is - but she already had a year long run on HELLBLAZER that, well, it wasn't great. It started off OK, but by the end, it was kind of dopey and not really worth the time. I actually got rid of the trade paperbacks because I knew I wouldn't go back and reread them at any point. That's not the best track record to start with - but this is apparently what she does so we'll see how it goes.

The art's by Antonio Fuso, known mostly for his work on the surprisingly great G.I.JOE: COBRA series with Christos Gage & Mike Costa. There are some sample pages in the PREVIEWS catalogue and it looks pretty good.

I'll give this a shot.

SICKNESS IN THE FAMILY HC (PAGE 119, $19.99, SSD: 10/13/10; OC: JUN10 0261)

Ah, AIR.

It was an uphill battle, but G. Willow Wilson and M.K. Perker's AIR completes it's second year and final issue in August. It's sad to see the book end prematurely, but it's a tough-as-hell market and it lasted a respectable amount of time.

It was a hard sell, because there really wasn't a high concept to grab hold of. They say it's like LOST but I've never seen LOST, so I don't know. I thought it read a little like "THE INVISIBLES on a plane". It's about a woman who learns she's more important to the universe than she thought and she's drafted into the battle between good and evil. There's love, spirituality, action, suspense and intrigue.

Wilson's script was also thoughtful and succinct, with easy to follow characters and clever twists & turns. Perker's art got better by the issue, really coming alive and working well in full color. He knew when to step back and let Chris Chuckry's colors do some of the heavy-lifting, which is hard to learn, especially when coming from a black & white background.

So in the end, we're looking at 24 issues, what will be four trade paperbacks and some Eisner recognition. That's not bad for a couple of folks new to the comics biz.

I'll be following them wherever they go - and I hope they end up together again at some point.

AIR #24 (PAGE 126, $2.99, SSD: 08/18/10; OC: JUN10 0265)

Nick Spencer just keeps putting out the books. I'm glad to see him continue to do his creator-owned work like this. It's only a matter of time before he's writing Machine Man or The Spectre or something like that.

But for now, we'll give his original work a shot. I didn't like SHUDDERTOWN as much as I thought I would, but it's not done yet and there's some potential still. His new book is MORNING GLORIES, which is about rich kids at a prep school. I can't tell if this is more 90210 or more X-MEN yet. I seem to remember some implication of superpowers. We'll see.

The first issue is 48 pages for four bucks, which is appreciated. The preview at from Joe Eisma looks cool, too.

One of Spencer's other books - seen in two parts: EXISTENCE 2.0 & EXISTENCE 3.0 - gets collected all at once. I read the first issue of 2.0 that Ron Salas did and it had a cool Sean Phillips style to it. It's a strange science fiction story where a scientist's consciousness is transferred from his dying body into the body of the hitman that killed him. This leads into a second story where he is a the only prototype of his process in existence and the blood-thirsty corporations want the process for themselves.

It's a cool concept, for sure. And it's seven issues for 15 bucks, which is a pretty good deal.

MORNING GLORIES #1 (PAGE 172, $3.99, SSD: 08/11/10; OC: JUN10 0395)
EXISTENCE 2.0/3.0 TPB (PAGE 184, $14.99, SSD: 08/18/10; OC: JUN10 0410)


MURDERLAND is a new miniseries from Image from Stephen Scott and David Hahn.

I'm trying to find some info about Scott and all I'm coming up with is the press release for the book. He's a newcomer, apparently, writing about crime in Baltimore. Hahn is a big shot artist, fresh off of RED HERRING and formerly of books like BITE CLUB and PRIVATE BEACH. I'm a big fan of Hahn's stuff, so I'm looking into this.

The story focuses on The Arabber, a street vender who sells fruits and vegetables from a horse-drawn cart. The most famous Arabber I can think of is Risley Tucker, the prime suspect in the murder of Adena Watson, the unfortunately unsolved crime that ran the length of HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET. I can't help but make that connection. It's possible that Scott is counting on that.

Like I said, I really dig Hahn's work so I'll be checking this out. The colors by Guillem Mari are a little more rendered than the stuff that usual goes with Hahn's work, but it's fitting.

MURDERLAND #1 (PAGE 174, $2.99, SSD: 08/04/10; OC: JUN10 0396)

There have been a couple of these "Black & White" books and this is the first time that I thought it was appropriate for the character. I like to think that Daredevil has more dimensions than most characters and that he's the perfect guy for this type of ensemble of stories.

It's three short stories by Peter Milligan, Rick Spears and Ann Nocenti - an iconic weirdo, an indie darling and a classic DAREDEVIL author.

And, artistically, it's that powerhouse David Aja and a couple of 'new' artists - Jason Latour and Mick Bertilorenzi. Latour drew THE EXPATRIATE with B. Clay Moore (and, like most Moore books, it was never finished) and he's also drawn the upcoming Vertigo Crime OGN, NOCHE ROJA with Simon Oliver (due in 2011). Similarly, Bertilorenzi drew THE CHILL, the Vertigo Crime book written by Jason Starr. All three are great artists.

This looks like a lot of fun.

DAREDEVIL: BLACK AND WHITE #1 (MARVEL PAGE 46, $3.99, SSD: 08/04/10; OC: JUN10 0585)

Here's a couple quick Marvel collections:

As fun as the first volume of THE ULTIMATES was, ULTIMATES 2 blew it out of the water. If anything it was the first story where I saw the worth (and interest) in Hawkeye. I mean it - the end of his story was hard-edged and brutal as hell. And oh-so-cool. It's a sad to think, though, that it was all downhill from here. ULTIMATES 3 was unreadable and the latest miniseries are missing a step. But man, Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch did it right here. It's the only Avengers stories worth reading. The "Ultimate Collection" collects all 13 issues of the book. It's actually worth the 35 bucks.

What's weird about this new era of DAREDEVIL is it's a new direction but it's not as drastic as Marvel thinks it is. Issue #500 ended with Matt Murdock in charge of international assassin group, The Hand. This seemed less like 'this was Matt's only option" and more like Ed Brubaker had no idea how to end his run. Brubaker took the book over from Brian Michael Bendis, who's story, while it had some lulls, it ended as strongly as it started: Matt Murdock was in jail for various charges - locked up with those of whom he struggled to put away. Brubaker took the prison storyline and ran with it - and it was great. And then it seemed to meander a bit and here we are with The Hand. This collection, "The Devil's Hand" is the first eight parts of Diggle's larger story - the DARK REIGN: THE LIST story he did with Billy Tan and DAREDEVIL #501-507. I love a nice, hefty trade paperback (Diggle's first HELLBLAZER volume was like this, too) so I'm excited about it. Diggle's reteamed with his THUDERBOLTS artist Roberto De La Torre, who has a cool style that's perfect for DD. This all leads up to the major storyline, "Shadowland," which also starts in August.

I was hesitant to read the first volume of EXCALIBUR VISIONARIES: WARREN ELLIS but it was actually a ton of fun. Sure, some of the art was awful, but it had that early Ellis charm, and, right out of the gate, he put Kitty Pryde and Pete Wisdom together. It was risqué at the time and it gave Kitty a new dimension of character. She was no longer Wolverine's old sidekick - she was the voice of Excalibur, sleeping with an older man and being her own woman. It was bold but fitting and it was of course retconned away by Chris Claremont. But it was a nice touch, I thought. We also got Nightcrawler in his 'shaved' head version, and a Colossus. It also united Ellis and Carlos Pacheco, who worked on EXCALIBUR as well as the STARJAMMERS miniseries (also included in this book).

ULTIMATES II: ULTIMATE COLLECTION TPB (MARVEL PAGE 106, $34.99, SSD: 08/11/10; OC: JUN10 0680)
DAREDEVIL: THE DEVIL'S HAND TPB (MARVEL PAGE 108, $19.99, SSD: 08/11/10; OC: JUN10 0683)
EXCALIBUR VISIONARIES: WARREN ELLIS, VOL. 2 TPB (MARVEL PAGE 110, $24.99, SSD: 08/11/10; OC: JUN10 0685)


It’s June already and a five shipping date month as it is. Look for lots of new stuff this month.

Upcoming…
Books and Items Shipping Thursday June 3rd, 2010

MAR100780 28 DAYS LATER #11 $3.99
APR100183 ADVENTURE COMICS #12 $3.99
MAR100657 AGENTS OF ATLAS TP TURF WARS $14.99
APR100599 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN MGC #546 $1.00
MAR100709 ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #209 $3.99

APR100245 THE AUTHORITY #23
Wildstorm/DC Comics
$2.99


I really really liked how The Carrier was turned transparent so that The Authority could defeat the Vampires of the Night Tribe.

That was a nice touch. I've got a really good feeling about this book.
MAR108094 AVENGERS #1 PREMIERE VAR $3.99
APR100565 AVENGERS ORIGIN #3 (OF 5) $3.99


APR100559 AVENGERS PRIME #1 (OF 5)
Marvel Comics
$3.99


I don't really see the point of Thor, Iron Man and Steve Rogers arguing through time. Did Marvel and Bendis miss when Matt Fraction had Tony Stark get the trio back together? There's a whole lot of the same thing over and over again around there. And it's by Bendis and Alan Davis, who's a bit of a snooze. Plus, the coloring is yellowed and sucky. Oh, and this is bi-monthly? PASS.
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APR100137 BRIGHTEST DAY #3
DC Comics
$2.99


I'm not crazy about this book so far. There are some nice parts in here but I'm not feeling the need to read it regularly. I'm probably going to check out the collections in the end.
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MAR101200 CRIMSON HERO TP VOL 13 $9.99

DEC090592 DAREDEVIL OMNIBUS BY BRUBAKER & LARK, VOL. 2 HC
Marvel Comics
$75.00


I thought the Ed Brubaker/Michael Lark started better than it finished, but there's some decent stuff in here. The ending is kind of stupid, but the supporting cast is solid. Lark's art is great, too, especially with Matt Hollingsworth's colors.
APR100693 DAREDEVIL TP MAN WITHOUT FEAR NEW PTG $19.99
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OCT090328 DCU ORIGINS SERIES 1 BATMAN TWO PACK AF PI
OCT090329 DCU ORIGINS SERIES 1 CATWOMAN 2 PACK PI
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OCT090331 DCU ORIGINS SERIES 1 NIGHTWING 2 PACK PI

APR100275 DEMO VOL 2 #5 (OF 6)
Vertigo/DC Comics
$2.99


Brian Wood & Becky Cloonan do time-travel! Excellent.

APR100271 DMZ: HEARTS AND MINDS, VOL. 8 TPB
Vertigo/DC Comics
$16.99

DMZ
is a helluva read. The stories have been building to something massive since the start, and it all came to a head in #49. I've been avoiding the spoilers but it's been hard. Because it's MASSIVE. Yeah. The art's by Riccardo Burchielli & Ryan Kelly, which means it's going to be great. Volume 8 collects DMZ #42-49.
APR100390 DOCTOR WHO CLASSICS SERIES 3 #4 $3.99
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APR101007 FAT FREDDYS CAT OMNIBUS (O/A) (MR) $29.99

MAR100239 FINAL CRISIS TPB
DC Comics
$19.99


Hey, I know FINAL CRISIS gets a lot of grief but I think it's pretty cool. The art - as all over the place as it was - is solid and the story will live on forever.
APR100231 FLASH REBIRTH #1 NEW PTG #1 $1.00
MAR100562 FRANKEN-CASTLE #17 $2.99
APR100763 FREAKANGELS HC VOL 04 (MR) $27.99
APR100764 FREAKANGELS HC VOL 04 ELLIS & DUFFIELD SGN ED (MR) $39.99
APR100762 FREAKANGELS TP VOL 04 (MR) $19.99
MAR101000 GI JOE HEARTS AND MINDS #1 SGN ED $9.99
APR100340 GI JOE ORIGINS #16 $3.99

MAR100276 A GOD SOMEWHERE TPB
Wildstorm/DC Comics
$24.99


This new OGN from John Arcudi & Peter Snejbjerg is getting a lot of positive press. People seem to be surprised. I don't know why - they are two top talents. I'm particularly ready for this.
APR100192 GREAT TEN #8 (OF 9) $2.99
APR100276 GREEK STREET #12 (MR) $2.99
DEC091073 GRIMM FAIRY TALES #47 $2.99
MAR101201 HAPPY HAPPY CLOVER GN VOL 05 $7.99
APR100588 HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #1 HA $3.99

APR100507 HERALDS #1 (OF 5)
Marvel Comics
$2.99

HERALDS
is the weekly book that picks up where MARVEL DIVAS ended. I just tracked down that trade paperback - it's very good. Artist Tonci Zonjic is back for the miniseries but this time Kathryn Immonen scripts. I'll check out the first issue and, if I like it, I'll check out the tpb.
MAR101125 HERCULES TP VOL 02 KNIVES OF KUSH $14.95
APR100586 HERCULES TWILIGHT OF A GOD #1 (OF 4) $3.99
MAR101202 HONEY & CLOVER GN VOL 10 $9.99
MAR101203 HOSHIN ENGI TP VOL 19 $9.99
APR100956 HOUSEWIVES AT PLAY MOTHER KNOWS BEST TP (A) $9.95
FEB100669 HOW TO DRAW ROBOTS PKT MANGA TP $12.95
MAR100658 HULK PLANET SKAAR TP $24.99
MAR100249 ICON MOTHERSHIP CONNECTION TP $24.99
APR100826 INCORRUPTIBLE #1 ECCC VAR CVR (MR) $9.99
FEB100397 INVINCIBLE #72 (MR) $2.99
MAR108097 INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #25 2ND PTG LARROCA VAR (PP #919) $3.99
MAR100550 IRON MAN EXTREMIS DIRECTORS CUT #2 (OF 6) $3.99
APR100579 IRON MAN MAGAZINE #2 $6.99
APR100827 IRREDEEMABLE #14 $3.99

APR100282 IZOMBIE #2
Vertigo/DC Comics
$2.99


I didn't care for the first issue of iZOMBIE at all. I dunno - me and Mike Allred haven't been on the same page for years now.
FEB100041 JET SCOTT GN VOL 02 $34.99
APR100154 JOKER'S ASYLUM: THE RIDDLER #1 $2.99
JAN100270 JONAH HEX NO WAY BACK HC $19.99

APR100195 JSA ALL-STARS #7
DC Comics
$3.99


That whole Johnny Sorrow story is over and it’s time for the JSA All-Stars to deal with the aftereffects of Blackest Night, namely the death of Damage.

FEB100188 JUSTICE LEAGUE: CRY FOR JUSTICE HC
DC Comics
$24.99


OK OK, so “Cry For Justice” isn’t the best of stories (sadly, it’s not the worst, either) but there’s something about it that I really liked. Was it worth the long wait? Not really, but we got to see The Shade and Mikaal again – that goes a long way for me.

MAR100218 JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #39
DC Comics
$2.99


The JSA in the future Vs Nazis story continues. It’s pretty damned cool.
FEB100819 KEVIN SMITH KATO #1 LTD ED GREEN FOIL CVR PI
FEB100676 KILLER MODUS VIVENDI #2 (OF 6) (MR) $3.95
DEC090877 LA BIBLE HC BK 01 GENESIS $16.95
MAR101204 LA CORDA DORO TP VOL 12 $9.99
FEB100844 LEGENDARY TALESPINNERS #3 (OF 3) $3.99
MAR101194 LIBRARY WARS GN VOL 01 $9.99
APR100240 LOONEY TUNES #187 $2.50
SEP090257 LYNDA CARTER AS WONDER WOMAN STATUE (2010) $195.00

JAN100176 MADE WITH 90% RECYCLED ART TPB
Dark Horse Books
$10.99


This is the second BASIC INSTRUCTIONS collection – it’s a four panel webcomic that teaches the reader life lessons, such as “How to Explain a Fictional Technology or Superpower”, “How to Be the Life of the Party” and “How to Suffer for Your Beliefs”. Scott Meyer is a funny guy.
MAR101205 MAGIC TOUCH GN VOL 08 $9.99
JAN101125 MEGA MAN ZX GN VOL 01 (OF 2) $12.95
MAR101049 METAL GEAR SOLID OMNIBUS TP $29.99
MAR100434 MICE TEMPLAR DESTINY #9 $4.99
MAR100699 MOUSE GUARD LEGENDS O/T GUARD #1 (OF 4) $3.50
FEB101060 MOVIE COMICS FEATURING MAN FROM PLANET X TP $25.00

MAR101136 MOVING PICTURES TPB
Top Shelf Comix
$14.95

MOVING PICTURES
is the collaboration of Kathryn & Stuart Immonen about a young woman involved in art smuggling during the Nazi occupation. She’s not the smuggler, but she’s part of the whole thing. I got my copy a couple weeks back and I’m about halfway through it.
MAR101206 MUHYO ROJIS BUREAU SUPER INVEST TP VOL 17 $9.99
MAR100815 MUPPET SHOW #6 $2.99
MAR101180 NARUTO TP VOL 48 $9.99

APR100200 NEMESIS: THE IMPOSTORS #4 (OF 4)
DC Comics
$2.99

“The Impostors”
is one of my favorite stories of the year so far. Ivan Brandon & Cliff Richards have made Tom Tresser a top threat in the world of DC’s espionage.
APR100766 NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD SGN HC VOL 01 (MR) ) $34.99
APR100765 NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD TP VOL 01 (MR) $24.99
MAR100640 OFF HB MARVEL UNIV A TO Z PREM HC VOL 14 $24.99
JUL090672 OKKO HC VOL 02 CYCLE OF EARTH W/ DUST JACKET $19.95
MAR101183 ONE PIECE TP VOL 49 $9.99
MAR101184 ONE PIECE TP VOL 50 $9.99
MAR101185 ONE PIECE TP VOL 51 $9.99
MAR101186 ONE PIECE TP VOL 52 $9.99
MAR101187 ONE PIECE TP VOL 53 $9.99
APR100513 ORSON SCOTT CARDS ENDER IN EXILE #1 (OF 5) $3.99
APR101075 PEACE MAKER KUROGANE GN VOL 04 (OF 5) (MR) $10.99
APR100403 PILGRIM #2 $3.99
MAR101207 POKEMON ADVENTURES TP VOL 07 2ND ED $7.99
APR100424 PRO (NEW PTG) (O/A) (MR) $7.99
APR100581 PUNISHER FRANKEN-CASTLE BIRTH OF MONSTER #1 $4.99
FEB100836 QUEEN SONJA #7 $2.99
MAR101208 RASETSU GN VOL 05 $9.99

APR100161 RED HOOD: LOST DAYS #1 (OF 6)
DC Comics
$2.99


Judd Winick returns to Jason Todd aka The Red Hood for a prequel of sorts, filling in the gap between his resurrection (due to Superboy Prime’s punching of reality) to his return to face Bruce in the “Under The Hood” story. That was one of Winick’s best pieces of work, so I’m interested to see what he has in story. He’s joined by artist Pablo Raimondi, who is fantastic. The preview pages look excellent.

APR100171 RED ROBIN #13
DC Comics
$2.99


Fabian Nicieza takes his rightful place back at the helm of the Tim Drake book. I was disappointed to see that he wasn’t on the RED ROBIN book from the start, but Chris Yost kept the seat warm and now he gets his shot. Marcos To sticks around as artist as well, which is also good.
MAR101128 ROGUE TROOPER TALES OF NU EARTH GN VOL 02 $24.99
APR100027 SERENITY FLOAT OUT ONE SHOT #1 FRANK STOCKTON CVR $3.50
APR100026 SERENITY FLOAT OUT ONE SHOT #1 JO CHEN CVR $3.50
APR101085 SHINOBI LIFE GN VOL 05 (OF 7) $10.99
MAR101188 SHONEN JUMP JULY 2010 $4.99
MAR100488 SKY DOLL SPACE SHIP #1 (OF 2) (MR) $5.99
MAR100489 SKY DOLL SPACE SHIP #1 (OF 2) VAR (MR) $5.99
MAR101209 SLAM DUNK GN VOL 10 $9.99
MAR100715 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #213 $2.99
APR100256 SPARTA USA #4 (OF 6) $2.99
APR100543 SPECTACULAR SPIDER-GIRL #2 (OF 4) $2.99
MAR100635 SPIDER-MAN NOIR PREM HC EYES WITHOUT A FACE $19.99
MAR101210 ST DRAGON GIRL GN VOL 07 $9.99
APR100516 STAND HARDCASES #1 (OF 5) $3.99
FEB100063 STAR WARS LONG TIME AGO OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 $24.99
APR100392 STARSTRUCK #10 $3.99
APR100515 STEPHEN KINGS N #4 (OF 4) $3.99
FEB100270 STUCK RUBBER BABY HC NEW EDITION (MR) $24.99

APR100179 SUPERMAN/BATMAN ANNUAL #4
DC Comics
$4.99


Paul Levitz joins Renato Guedes & Jose Wilson in this fourth SUPERMAN/BATMAN ANNUAL that reintroduces Terry McGinnis as the future’s Batman as he teams up with Superman. Guedes does the colors, too and they are gorgeous.

This looks like a blast and leads into the BATMAN BEYOND book that ships later this month.
FEB100194 SUPERMAN NEW KRYPTON HC VOL 04 $24.99

APR100286 SWEET TOOTH #10
Vertigo/DC Comics
$2.99


Good God, I’ve been waiting on this. What’s next, Lemire? WHAT’S NEXT???
MAR101231 TFW WHITE KNIGHT ONESHOT A CVR RIO $3.99
MAR101232 TFW WHITE KNIGHT ONESHOT B CVR MYCHAELS $3.99
APR100620 THANOS IMPERATIVE #1 (OF 6) $3.99
APR100608 THOR AND WARRIORS FOUR #3 (OF 4) $2.99
APR100960 TOO HOT TO HANDLE TP (A) $18.99
MAR100575 TORCH #8 (OF 8) $3.99
MAR101178 TORIKO GN VOL 01 $9.99
APR100849 TOY STORY #2 ECCC BLANK VAR CVR $9.99
MAR100997 TRANSFORMERS BEST OF OPTIMUS PRIME TP $19.99
APR100349 TRANSFORMERS IRONHIDE #2 $3.99
APR101023 TREASURY 20TH CENTURY MURDER HC VOL 02 FAMOUS PLAYERS (O/A) $15.95
MAR108109 UNCANNY X-MEN #524 2ND PTG DODSON VAR (PP #919) $2.99
MAR101195 VAMPIRE KNIGHT TP VOL 10 $9.99
APR100617 VENGEANCE OF MOON KNIGHT #9 HA $3.99
FEB101159 WAKING #4 (OF 4) A CVR MELO $3.99
FEB101160 WAKING #4 (OF 4) B CVR BENITEZ $3.99
MAR100826 WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #707 $2.99
MAR100651 WAR OF KINGS WARRIORS TP $24.99
MAR101211 WILD ONES GN VOL 10 $9.99
APR100503 WOMEN OF MARVEL CELEBRATING 7 DECADES POSTER BOOK $5.99
APR100667 X-BABIES TP STARS REBORN GN $14.99
DEC090593 X-FORCE HC VOL 01 $34.99
MAR100614 X-MEN FOREVER GIANT-SIZE #1 $3.99
MAR108108 X-MEN HELLBOUND #1 (OF 3) 2ND PTG TOLIBAO VAR (PP #919) $3.99
MAR101179 YU GI OH R GN VOL 05 (OF 5) $9.99
My reading pile is two feet tall. I’ll cover some new books I’ve liked, an old favorite and a missed opportunity. See you then – thanks for reading.

 


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