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UNTIL YOUR HEART STOPS v34.9
by Brian Domingos

"Mug and Smog"

June 23rd, 2010

Summer is officially here in New England and it’s muggy as hell. It’s not like it doesn’t happen every year, but it’s just that it’s never pleasant. It’s made it so uncomfortable, in fact, that I’ve had to neglect some of my reading pile. A shocker, I know – that it’s spread past the laziness and lack of sleep. It’s more that the books tend to warp in the heat and I’m better off keeping the hardcovers wrapped tight in their plastic sealants and stacked high on the softcover trade paperbacks – the weight of them all saving their spines.

I am reading some stuff, though, because I can’t help myself sometimes, despite the time, the tone of the temperature.

I’m about half way through the latest HELLBOY collection, “The Crooked Man and Others”.

I highly recommend this book not because it contains the hard-to-find “They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships” by the utterly talent Jason Shaw Alexander or the recent – and first in years – written & drawn Mike Mignola story, “In the Chapel of Moloch”. No, it’s because of the titular story from Mignola and Richard Corben. “The Crooked Man” is the first HB story to creep me out since “The Wolves” .

The story has the basic set up of a young Hellboy in the Appalachian Mountains plus hillbillies and witches and all that expected stuff. It’s all disturbing and usually good for the murky atmosphere but the Crooked Man himself made me shiver despite the heat. I was reading as my wife slept – couldn’t have been later than 11:30 or midnight – like I do every night but Corben’s twisted figure made me aware that I was all alone in the world. It’s only words and pictures but it’s a striking image, a guy who’s irregular enough to be fictional, but peculiar enough to be real all the same time. He’s not a guy I’d be comfortable meeting while running a lonely trail in the woods.

Additionally, I enjoy the HELLBOY mythos and all that stuff but I’m also happy to see these little short stories from his past. It’s nice to check in with HB back before he found out he was The One.

I also finally got around to reading through the first volume of SUPERMAN: NEW KRYPTON, the massive storyline that produced the nearly two years of comics that wrap up with this week’s SUPERMAN #700.

The collection opens with a pair of oneshots by James Robinson – SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN SPECIAL #1 & ADVENTURE COMICS SPECIAL #1. They sum up most of what I love about Robinson’s writing: the sense of history and scripting. He actually made me not only root for Jimmy Olsen but love the freckled bastard. The scripts have Robinson’s dialogue tics (page 26 and 43) the things that make is work so special to me. He did a great job with The Guardian as well, in ADVENTURE COMICS SPECIAL, which acted as a set up to his SUPERMAN run with Mon-El and the Science Police.

They also have great art, the first by a trio of highly capable artists (Jesus Merino, Leno Carvalho, Steve Scott) and Pere Perez.

Then it moves into the “New Krypton” special which starts with the silent funeral for Jonathan Kent. It would have been nice to include a quick recap that, you know, Brainiac killed him in the previous arc, because I’m only barely familiar with the story and it’s a little vague. This special goes on to set up the whole storyline, with the newly restored, now un-bottled city of Kandor and the 100,000 Kryptonians that it houses. This kicks the uniting of Lex Luthor and General Sam Lane into gear. It’s a double-dose of jealousy, which is nothing short of dangerous for everyone involved.

Pete Woods handles a good deal of the material here, which is great, because he’s probably the definitive Superman artist of this era. (People like to think it is Gary Frank, but it’s not.) Woods illustrated most of the post-INFINITE CRISIS/52 story “Up, Up and Away,” a big part of this collection here and a majority of the WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON series – as well as the upcoming ACTION COMICS run with Paul Cornell. It’s a Superman guy, folks. The work speaks for itself.

Yeah, so I loved this collection. I opted out of reading this arc in lieu of the collected edition. I think it holds up and I’m eager to see the rest of it. I don’t yet know how Kandor got on the other side of the Sun (as seen in the WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON series). I think it’s worth it for the Jimmy Olsen story alone.


This month has really flown by. It’s a five Wednesday month but the PREVIEWS catalogue is due out this week. Here’s a look at what’s going up this week:

Upcoming…
Books and items shipping Wednesday June 23rd, 2010

APR100811 28 DAYS LATER #12 $3.99
APR100812 7 PSYCHOPATHS #2 $3.99

APR100268 AIR #22
Vertigo/DC Comics
$2.99


When you know it’s coming, you can see how Willow & MK are wrapping up the series. I know it’s a little premature, but it still works, I think.
OCT091012 AKIRA KODANSHA ED GN VOL 02 (MR) $24.99
APR100539 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #635 GRIM $3.99
APR100266 AMERICAN VAMPIRE #4 (MR) $3.99
APR100813 AMORY WARS KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH 3 #2 $3.99
APR100363 ANGEL #34 $3.99
APR100673 ANITA BLAKE TP BOOK 02 LC NECROMANCER $16.99
APR100737 ARCHIE #610 $2.99
MAR101052 ARCHIE BEST OF DAN DECARLO HC VOL 01 $24.99
APR100740 ARCHIE DIGEST #265 $2.69
FEB100595 ASTONISHING X-MEN GIFTED GN HC W/MOTION COMIC DVD $24.99
APR100230 ASTRO CITY #1 NEW PTG #1 $1.00

MAR100279 THE AUTHORITY: THE LOST YEAR #9 (OF 12)
$2.99

MAR100280 THE AUTHORITY: THE LOST YEAR BOOK 1 TPB
Wildstorm/DC Comics
$17.99


I’ve sort of warmed up to “The Lost Year” over the last couple of issues. The first few didn’t seem to have a point, but the art’s been great and the alternative realities have been packed with material. Good stuff.
APR100923 AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER FILM COMIC TP VOL 01 $7.99

APR100547 THE AVENGERS #2
Marvel Comics
$3.99



This is definitely a “true” Avengers book but my problem has always been that, well, I hate The Avengers.

FEB100377 BANANA TAILS COLORFUL ADVENTURE HC $12.99
APR100808 BART SIMPSON COMICS #54 $2.99
FEB100129 BATMAN ARKHAM ASYLUM MADNESS HC $19.99


APR100159 BATMAN: RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #3 (OF 6)
DC Comics
$3.99


I can’t wait for this. Yanick Paquette is a megastar and Pirate Batman is too good to be true. The sample art pages look fantastic. This is going to be a blast.

APR100169 BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM #13
DC Comics
$3.99


The final installment of MANHUNTER. Which is sad. The ‘Not Sad’ is the start of the sequel to “Heart of Hush”. I wonder what Tommy Elliot is going to do with his new Bruce Wayne face when the real Bruce Wayne comes back?
FEB100057 BEASTS OF BURDEN HC $19.99
APR100236 BILLY BATSON AND THE MAGIC OF SHAZAM #17 $2.50
JAN100887 BLACKBEARD LEGEND OF THE PYRATE KING #4 $3.99
MAR100879 BUCK ROGERS #12 $3.50

APR100891 BULLET TO THE HEAD #1
Dynamite Entertainment
$3.99


I think this is a reprint of a French book. I know it’s Tough Dudes With Guns which is what artist Colin Wilson does well.
MAR101068 CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT CHRONICLES LTD ED HC $29.95
MAR101067 CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT CHRONICLES SC $16.95
FEB100180 COVER RUN THE DC COMICS ART OF ADAM HUGHES HC $39.99

APR100691 DAREDEVIL BY BENDIS & MALEEV: ULTIMATE COLLECTION BOOK 1 TPB
Marvel Comics
$34.99


I highly recommend this. It’s pretty much as good as Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev can do.
APR100601 DAREDEVIL MGC #26 $1.00
APR100454 DEAD AT 17 WITCH QUEEN #4 (OF 4) $2.99
APR100690 DEADPOOL & CABLE ULTIMATE COLL TP BOOK 02 $39.99
APR100697 DEADPOOL CORPS BY DAVE JOHNSON POSTER $15.99

APR100167 DETECTIVE COMICS #866
DC Comics
$3.99


Long time BATMAN writer and later Bat-group editor Denny O’Neil joins Dustin Nguyen on a special issue of DETECTIVE COMICS. I love these two.
NOV090261 DETECTIVE COMICS BOX SET PI
MAR100924 DF GREEN HORNET STRIKES #1 CASSADAY COOL GREEN EX CVR $6.99
FEB100746 DINGO TP VOL 01 $16.99
APR100840 DISNEYS HERO SQUAD #6 $2.99
APR100388 DOCTOR WHO ONGOING #12 $3.99
MAY101288 DOONESBURY SIGNATURE WOUND ROCKING TBI TP $9.99
APR100614 DRACULA #2 $3.99
APR100410 DYNAMO 5 SINS OF THE FATHER #1 (OF 5) $3.99
APR100696 ESSENTIAL CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 05 $19.99
OCT090347 FABLES PORTFOLIO SET $29.99
FEB100661 FAFNIR DRAGON AMERICAN IDOLATRY GN $14.95
APR100925 FAIRY TAIL GN VOL 11 $10.99
APR100384 FALLEN ANGEL OMNIBUS TP VOL 00 $29.99
MAR101058 FAMILY CIRCUS LIBRARY HC VOL 02 $39.99
APR100575 FANTASTIC FOUR #580 HA $2.99
APR100731 FRAGGLE ROCK #3 (OF 4) $3.95
APR100580 FRANKEN-CASTLE #18 $2.99
APR100253 FRINGE TALES FROM THE FRINGE #1 (OF 6) $3.99
MAY101758 GAME TRADE MAGAZINE #125 PI
JAN100195 GANTZ TP VOL 11 (MR) $12.99

APR100255 GARRISON #3 (OF 6)
Wildstorm/DC Comics
$2.99


I wasn’t wowed by the last issue of GARRISON. It seemed rather inconsequential, which is dangerous for a six issue story.
APR100895 GARTH ENNIS BATTLEFIELDS #7 (OF 9) (MR) $3.50
MAY101268 GET FUZZY TREASURY TP $16.99
APR100376 GHOSTBUSTERS HOLIDAY SPECIAL CON VOLUTION #1 $3.99
APR100344 GI JOE OPERATION HISS #5 $3.99
APR100346 GI JOE SPECIAL MISSIONS TP VOL 01 $19.99
FEB100649 GIRL GENIUS HC VOL 09 AGATHA & THE HEIRS O/T STORM $48.95
DEC090640 GIRL GENIUS TP VOL 03 AGATHA & MONSTER ENGINE (NEW PTG) $22.95
FEB100648 GIRL GENIUS TP VOL 09 AGATHA & THE HEIRS O/T STORM $22.95
APR100457 GOD COMPLEX #7 $2.99
MAR100685 GOLD DIGGER TP VOL 05 GOLD BRICK COLL $49.95

APR100143 GREEN ARROW #1
DC Comics
$3.99


This whole Green Arrow/Arsenal hoopla has soured a lot of readers lately. At the middle of the pain of it all is writer JT Krul. I was comfortable with the way James Robinson’s “Cry For Justice” ended but Krul’s follow-up lacked subtly (and compared to “CFJ” that’s really saying something.) I do think Diogenes Neves’ art looks nice and that Mauro Cascioli’s covers are great. I’ll give this an issue or two.
APR100142 GREEN LANTERN CORPS #49 (BRIGHTEST DAY) $2.99
APR100671 HALO GRAPHIC NOVEL TP $19.99
APR100511 HERALDS #4 (OF 5) $2.99
FEB100862 HOW TO CONTROL A SIDECAR GN (MR) $12.95
APR100582 HULK #23 WWHS $4.99
MAR100487 HUSK #2 (OF 2) (MR) $5.99
APR100824 INCORRUPTIBLE #7 $3.99
MAR100811 INCREDIBLES #10 $2.99
MAR100812 INCREDIBLES HC VOL 01 SDCC 2009 SP ED $74.99
APR100594 IRON MAN LEGACY #3 $2.99
MAR100299 JACK OF FABLES TP VOL 07 NEW ADVS OF JACK & JACK (MR) $14.99
MAR101103 JAM TALES FROM THE WORLD OF ROLLER DERBY GN $19.95
APR100372 JAMES PATTERSONS WITCH & WIZARD #2 BATTLE SHADOWLAND $3.99
APR100277 JOE THE BARBARIAN #6 (OF 8) (MR) $2.99
APR100402 JOHN SABLE FREELANCE ASHES OF EDEN TP VOL 01 $19.99
APR100157 JOKERS ASYLUM KILLER CROC #1 $2.99
APR101056 JUDGE DREDD COMP CASE FILES GN S&S ED $19.99
APR100333 JURASSIC PARK REDEMPTION #1 $3.99

APR100147 JUSTICE LEAGUE: GENERATION LOST #4
DC Comics
$2.99


First: I dig the hell out of this cover. Second: the story and art are pretty damned great, too.
APR100193 JUSTICE LEAGUE THE RISE OF ARSENAL #4 (OF 4) $3.99
APR100729 KADE RISING SUN TP $14.95
APR100876 KATO ORIGINS WAY O/T NINJA #2 $3.99
MAY100925 KEVIN SMITH GREEN HORNET #5 $3.99
MAR100703 KILLER MODUS VIVENDI #3 (OF 6) (MR) $3.95
APR100380 KILLING THE COBRA CHINATOWN TROLLOP #2 $3.99
FEB100398 KING CITY #9 (MR) $2.99
APR100979 LEGEND OF PERCEVAN GN VOL 04 SEVEN SEALS $19.95
APR108152 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #1 2ND PTG $3.99
APR100185 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #2 $3.99
FEB100021 LIFE & TIMES MARTHA WASHINGTON IN 21ST CENTURY TP $29.99
APR100387 LOVE AND CAPES TP VOL 02 $19.99
JAN100910 LOVE GN (RES) (MR) $12.95
MAY100002 MARVEL PREVIEWS JULY 2010 EXTRAS PI
APR100656 MARVELS EYE OF CAMERA PREM HC $24.99
DEC090990 MODESTY BLAISE TP VOL 17 DEATH IN SLOW MOTION (RES) $19.95
FEB100865 MOONLIT PROMISES GN (MR) $12.95
APR100733 MOUSE GUARD LEGENDS O/T GUARD #2 (OF 4) $3.50
MAR100898 MOYASIMON GN VOL 02 (RES) $10.99
FEB100279 MUSASHI #9 VOL 17 $9.99
APR100505 NAMORA #1 $3.99
APR100506 NAMORA #1 FRANDON VAR $3.99
APR100926 NINJA GIRLS GN VOL 03 (MR) $10.99
APR100677 NOVA TP VOL 06 REALM OF KINGS $19.99
APR101114 OCTOPUS PIE TP VOL 01 NO STARS IN BROOKLYN $17.00
FEB100040 ODDLY COMPLELLING ART OF DENIS KITCHEN HC $34.99
MAY101083 PAUL THE SAMURAI COMPLETE WORKS TP (O/A) $29.95
APR100544 PETER PARKER #4 (OF 5) $2.99
JAN101059 PHANTOM GENERATIONS #12 $3.99
FEB100277 POLYPHONICA CARDINAL CRIMSON VOL 01 $9.99

APR100198 POWER GIRL #13
DC Comics
$2.99


I’m mildly interested in this – Judd Winick and often-only cover-artist Sami Basri are the new creative team of POWER GIRL. I never read the first year’s worth of issues, mostly due to my dislike of Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray.
JAN100632 POWERS #5 (MR) $3.95
APR100011 PREDATORS #3 (OF 4) $2.99

MAY100001 PREVIEWS #262 JULY 2010
PI


Neeeeew PREVIEWS already. Jeez…
APR100888 PROJECT SUPERPOWERS BLACK TERROR TP VOL 02 $16.99
APR100433 PROOF TP VOL 04 JULIA $16.99
APR100905 RED SONJA HC VOL 08 BLOOD DYNASTY $29.99
JAN100909 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW GN VOL 01 (OF 2) (RES) (MR) $12.95
FEB100263 SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING HC BOOK 03 (MR) $24.99
APR100465 SAM & TWITCH WRITER #4 (OF 4) $2.99
APR100927 SAMURAI DEEPER KYO GN VOL 37-38 $14.99
APR100423 SEA BEAR & GRIZZLY SHARK #1 $4.99
MAR100705 SECRET HISTORY BOOK 10 (MR) $5.95
APR100612 SECRET WARRIORS #17 HA $2.99
MAY100994 SELVES GN $19.95
APR100520 SENSE & SENSIBILITY #2 (OF 5) $3.99
APR100467 SHADOWHAWK #2 (MR) $3.50
APR108087 SHIELD #1 3RD PTG WEAVER VAR (PP# 922) $3.99
APR100603 SPIDER-MAN #3 $2.99
APR100668 SPIDER-MAN AND SECRET WARS TP GN $14.99
JAN100211 STICKY NOTEBOOK BETTIE PAGE ORANGE $8.99
JAN100210 STICKY NOTEBOOK BETTIE PAGE PINK $8.99
FEB101045 STRAY MOONBEAMS GN NEW PTG (A) $10.95
APR100177 SUPERGIRL #53 $2.99

APR100128 SUPERMAN #700
DC Comics
$4.99


I really enjoyed BATMAN #700 and so I’m looking forward to the Man of Steel reaching the same milestone. Lots of great creators working on this.
APR100178 SUPERMAN BATMAN #73 $2.99
APR100687 THOR BY JURGENS AND ROMITA JR TP VOL 03 $24.99
APR100616 THUNDERBOLTS #145 HA $2.99
MAR101098 TICK NEW SERIES #4 $4.95
APR101222 TRANSFORMERS EXODUS OFF HIST OF WAR FOR CYBERTRON HC $27.00
FEB101046 TRANSFORMERS ONGOING #1 NDC EX SKETCH CVR $44.99
MAR100020 TUROK SON OF STONE ARCHIVES HC VOL 06 $49.99
JAN100374 TWO FLOWERS FOR THE DRAGON VOL 06 $9.99
APR100532 ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 2 #4 $3.99
FEB100282 VENUS CAPRICCIO VOL 04 $9.99
APR100382 WE WILL BURY YOU #4 $3.99
FEB100931 WICKED KISSES HC $14.95

APR100246 WILDCATS #24
Wildstorm/DC Comics
$2.99


I really enjoyed the last issue of WILDCATS - more so than the last couple. The plotlines are breaking off and the different kinds of stories are being set up. I think that, with a cast so big, WILDCATS should be a double-sized comic every month – even if that meant different artists.
APR100631 WOLVERINE ORIGINS #49 $2.99
APR100632 WOLVERINE WEAPON X #14 $3.99
MAR100252 WORLDS FINEST TP $14.99
APR101068 WWE HEROES #4 $3.99
APR100629 X-FACTOR #206 XSC $2.99
APR100625 X-MEN LEGACY #237 XSC $2.99
APR100659 X-MEN NOIR PREM HC MARK OF CAIN $19.99

APR100685 X-MEN: S.W.O.R.D.: NO TIME TO BREATHE TPB
Marvel Comics
$15.99

S.W.O.R.D.
ended as we expected – early. It’s a shame, though, since Kieron Gillen and Steve Sanders actually had something cool here. I preordered the trade paperback in case my LCS didn’t get any other copies.
APR100205 ZATANNA #2 $2.99
Next week: new PREVIEWS column. Grab a catalogue and meet me back here.

 


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