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UNTIL YOUR HEART STOPS v34.8
by Brian Domingos

"The Very Old Man"

June 16th, 2010

Not just the title of a track from Humís second albumÖ

Iím very very old.

I am thirty years old as of Monday. My wife and I, weeeeeeeeeeeee- weíre expecting. Itís a December due date, which is shockingly soon. A third decade and a child. Oh, and my four year wedding anniversary is coming up as well. Like I said, Old.

In the meantime, Iím working through my reading pile (as noted last week) and Iíve made some real headway.

First up, I want to publicly apologize to Eric Trautmann and Marco Rudy: I had no idea that THE SHIELD was so good. I read through the first nine issues over the weekend and itís not at all what I was expecting.

Now let me just say this: I read all of the RED CIRCLE one-shots and really, THE SHIELD was the one that interested me the least. I thought the story was a little too on-the-nose and the character seemed like a Captain America knock-off. Similarly, Scott McDanielís superhero art was simplistic and not an appropriate set up to Rudyís more realistic style.

And then when the first issue came out from Trautmann & Rudy, the preview pages I saw were uncolored and not that impressive. And then the covers, by Francis Manapul and later Sami Basri, while nice to look at, were not exactly a fitting style to match the interiors. I mean, really, DC, I canít read everything Ė it wasnít until I saw the full color preview pages for #9 that I realized what I missed.

Trautmann made his mark as Greg Ruckaís collaborator on CHECKMATE and ACTION COMICS and is quickly carving out a cool little niche for himself. The scripts are complex and have that the hard edge of CHECKMATE with a heavy dose of techno/military-speak. Trautmann downplays the more jingoistic aspects of the American Superhero and chooses to focus on more interesting aspects of the character: strategy, tactics and combat. He wears a nanotech suit that allows him to do amazing things but he never strays from the grounded aspects of his background.

Rudy Ė along with inker Mick Gray Ė have turned in and inventive layouts and unique artwork. It reminds me a lot of J. H. Williams IIIís work on CHASE and PROMETHEA. Add in that Art Lyonsí distinctive color palette and youíve got something special. Lyonsí colors were not the typical red, white and blue that youíd find on an American Hero Ė he used darker, more complex shades, like burgundy, white and Federal Blue, which gives makes it look less gaudy and more realistic.

And like I said, the resulting package is fantastic. Iím sad to see it end, even if I just started reading it this month. Iíll be picking up the last part (the tenth and final ships this week) and get the trade paperback in July. I highly recommend fans of smart comics give this a book another shot.

Trautmann & Rudy deserve the attention and love and I want to see them working on something cool like a Sasha Bordeaux & Checkmate book. I know Trautmann has affection for Sasha (since he brought her back from the brink in JSA VS KOBRA) and Rudyís got the chops for a book like that. What do you say, DC? Eh?

I also read through A GOD SOMEWHERE Ė John Arcudi & Peter Snejbjergís Original Graphic Novel from Wildstorm. Itís the prototypical ďnormal guy becoming SupermanĒ story that takes an extremely harsh turn. Itís four chapters over 190+ pages of Snejbjergís art which is all nice to look at Ė even the brutal stuff. Iím glad to see Wildstorm doing Original Graphic Novels, because itís a great format.

I was a little unimpressed with the trade dress and lack of real design of the book itself. The cover wasnít exactly inspired and the back cover was simply a basic text layout. Would it hurt to give the book some charm and affection? When I see something like this, it makes me feel like the book was an afterthought, like it wasnít a big deal. OGNs should be events in themselves, and should look like something special.


Enough of that:

UpcomingÖ
Books and items shipping Wednesday June 16th, 2010

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JAN100665 AVENGERS CONTEST PREM HC $24.99
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APR100174 AZRAEL #9 $2.99

OCT090337 BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE STATUE BY FRANK QUITELY
DC Direct
$80.00


Frank Quitelyís BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE statue is the fifth one I picked up for my shelves. I mean, I havenít put them up yet but Iíve got them stacked in their boxes and ready to go.

MAR100237 BATMAN: R.I.P. TPB
DC Comics
$14.99


I loved this stuff when it first came out Ė itís been forever since these came out monthly and I canít wait to reread it alongside the current BATMAN & ROBIN/ĒReturn of Bruce WayneĒ story.
APR100742 BETTY & VERONICA #248 $2.99
APR100743 BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #205 $2.69

MAR100950 BILLY HAZELNUTS & CRAZY BIRD HC
Fantagraphics
$19.99


Thereís a debate going on in my house about which one of Tony Millionaireís characters is the creepiest. My wife says itís Billy Hazelnuts because of the dead flies in his head and all that other weird stuff. Iím right, though, in saying itís that undead doll, Inches, from the SOCK MONKEY books. Horrific.
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MAR100026 CONAN SPEAR & OTHER STORIES TP $14.99
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APR100639 CRIMINAL: THE SINNERS, VOL. 5 TPB
Icon/Marvel Comics
$15.99


Iím in the mood for a new CRIMINAL series. Itís a solid crime yarn from Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips.
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APR100836 DARKWING DUCK #1 DUCK KNIGHT RETURNS $3.99
SEP090256 DC COVER ART PRINT SUPERMAN $125.00

APR100187 DC UNIVERSE: LEGACIES #2 (OF 10)
DC Comics
$3.99


This book is taking a long time. Itís only the second issue but itís already feeling a bit old. Weíll see how this one goes.
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APR100528 DEADPOOL MERC WITH A MOUTH #12 (OF 13) $2.99
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APR100841 DONALD DUCK AND FRIENDS #355 $2.99

APR100247 DV8: GODS AND MONSTERS #3 (OF 8)
Wildstorm/DC Comics
$2.99


Brian Wood & Rebekah Isaacsí DV8 is a lot of fun. Itís keeping true to the central concept of the characters while bringing in new ideas and atmosphere.
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MAR101190 HAYATE COMBAT BUTLER TP VOL 15 $9.99
APR100278 HELLBLAZER #268 (MR) $2.99

MAR100308 HELLBLAZER: HOOKED TPB
Vertigo/DC Comics
$14.99


I wasnít crazy about the first volume of Peter Milliganís HELLBLAZER but Iím giving the second one a shot. The artís been a little inconsistent but thereís some potential here.
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APR101153 HERO TALES GN VOL 03 (MR) $10.99
APR100504 HER-OES #3 $2.99
NOV090273 HISTORY DCU SER 4 SUPERMAN AS NIGHTWING AF PI
NOV090272 HISTORY OF THE DCU SER 4 CAPTAIN ATOM AF PI
NOV090275 HISTORY OF THE DCU SER 4 KOBRA AF PI
NOV090274 HISTORY OF THE DCU SER 4 MARTIAN MANHUNTER AF PI
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MAR101064 KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #163 $4.99
FEB101025 KOLCHAK LOVECRAFTIAN DAMNATION $4.99
APR108074 LIGHT BUMPER ED (PP #921) $4.99
APR100401 LITTLE ADVENTURES IN OZ BOOK 02 $9.99
APR100606 LOCKJAW AND PET AVENGERS UNLEASHED #4 (OF 4) $2.99
MAR100890 LONE RANGER #22 $3.50
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APR100556 NEW AVENGERS #1 HEROIC AGE BLANK VAR HA $3.99
APR100553 NEW AVENGERS #1
Marvel Comics
$3.99


So NEW AVENGERS by Brian Michael Bendis & Stuart Immonen ends only to be replaced by a new NEW AVENGERS byÖ Bendis and Immonen. Hrmm.
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MAR100768 POLITICAL POWER #11 AL FRANKEN $3.99
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APR100912 ROBERT JORDAN WHEEL OF TIME EYE O/T WORLD #3 (RES) $3.99
APR100466 SAVAGE DRAGON #161 $3.50
APR100242 SCOOBY DOO #157 $2.50

FEB100191 SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY, VOL. 1 HC
DC Comics
$39.99

Grant Morrison is one of the most prolific writers in the industry and his massive 30 issue SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY series is one of the recent high points. Released as seven miniseries and then collected as four trade paperbacks, itís collected Ė again Ė in a pair of hefty hardcovers. If I didnít have the tpbs already Iíd be up for these but itís too much buying the same thing multiple times.

APR100203 THE SHIELD #10
DC Comics
$3.99


As mentioned above: THE SHIELD is great. This is the final issue of the run and itís a sad fact that itís ending.

MAR100437 SHUDDERTOWN #3
Image Comics
$3.50


I thought SHUDDERTOWN seemed cool from the start but itís not exactly scratching the crime comic itch I have.
APR100809 SIMPSONS COMICS #167 $2.99
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APR100361 SPIKE THE DEVIL YOU KNOW #1 $3.99
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APR108050 SUPERMAN WAR OF THE SUPERMEN DOUBLE FEATURE #1 $4.99
APR100259 SUPERNATURAL BEGINNINGS END #6 (OF 6) $2.99
MAR100832 TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #62 DLX ED (MR) $19.99
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APR100674 THOR BY J MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI TP VOL 03 $14.99
APR100238 TINY TITANS #29 $2.50
APR100351 TRANSFORMERS NEFARIOUS #4 $3.99
APR108070 ULTIMATE COMICS NEW ULTIMATES #2 (OF 5) 2ND PTG CHO VAR $3.99
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APR100545 WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #9 $3.99
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MAY090405 WITCHBLADE TP VOL 07 $14.99
FEB100239 WORLD OF WARCRAFT HC VOL 03 $19.99
APR108071 X-FACTOR #205 2ND PTG DE LANDRO VAR (PP #921) $2.99
APR100636 X-FACTOR FOREVER #4 $3.99
APR108072 X-MEN LEGACY #236 2ND PTG LAND VAR (PP #921) $2.99
APR101001 YOUNG LOVECRAFT GN VOL 01 (APR090937) $14.95
Next week: Reviews? More, yes.

 


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