If this week’s shipping list is any indication, we may have reached the Dog Days.
For those with extra cash in your pocket — hey, gas has dropped 15 cents a gallon, right? — Marvel is releasing the hardcover Daredevil By Brian Michael Bendis Omnibus for $100. If you’re looking for something a little less expensive, Wednesday also sees the premiere of the third volume of Runaways, by Terry Moore and Humberto Ramos.
DC says good-bye to Catwoman and hello to two more Final Crisis tie-ins: DC Universe: Last Will and Testament and Superman Beyond.
Elsewhere, Dark Horse collects Chris Onstad’s popular Achewood comic, Abrams spotlights Al Jaffee’s Tall Tales strips, and Image debuts Guerillas.
To see what other titles Chris Mautner and I think are worth mentioning, just keep reading. As always, let us know your choices in the comments below.
Chris’ pick of the week: Typhon, Vol. 1
I hope to have a more in-depth review at a later date, but suffice it to say Danny Hellman’s spicy color comics anthology is an entertaining ode to the “anything goes” in the spirit of ’90s books like Zero Zero and Snake Eyes (as well as the current Hotwire and Hellman’s previous Legal Action Comics). David Chelsea, Matthew Thurber, Tim Lane, R. Sikoryak and Glenn Head are among the contributors. You can see sample pages over on Hellman’s blog. Tom Spurgeon also has an interview with him about the book over here.
Kevin’s pick of the week: Guerillas #1 (of 9)
Brahm Revel‘s Guerillas is one of those concepts destined to be absolutely terrific or absolutely terrible. I’m hoping for the former, of course. In what seems like a mash-up between Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and, I don’t know, Platoon, maybe, the Nixon administration initiates a top-secret program using specially trained chimpanzees to fight in the war in Vietnam. As the apes, with an Army unit of humans in tow, make their way through the jungles of Southeast Asia, the question becomes what will win out — their military training or their natural instincts.
Revel’s art — you can see a preview here — is reminiscent of Cameron Stewart’s, if maybe not as refined. That suits the subject matter, and me, just fine, though. You can read an interview with Revel here.
Achewood: The Great Outdoor Fight hardcover
Chris: Confession time: I don’t get Achewood. I mean, I get it — at least I think I do — but I just don’t find it that funny. Despite the recommendations of, well, just about everyone I know, Chris Onstad’s webcomic rarely inspires paroxysms of laughter in me. Perhaps this new Dark Horse collection, compiling what is generally regarded as Onstad’s finest hour, will finally be the tipping point that allows me to join in the fun. Perhaps not.
All-Star Superman, Vol. 1
Kevin: The first six issues of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s stellar series are finally collected as a trade paperback. Maybe if we’re really good, Warner Bros. will use it as inspiration for the Superman movie reboot.
Ambush Bug: Year None #2 (of 6)
Chris: Man, there was a time when Ambush Bug was my favorite comic book character, bar none. The first and only letter I’ve ever written to a comic book editor was to testify my love for the Ambush Bug Holiday Spectacular (and printed in the first issue of Son of Ambush Bug, if you ever feel like embarrassing me). Will the nostalgia factor be strong enough to get me to follow this new mini-series? Probably.
America’s Best Comics Primer
Chris: Huh. This first issue sampling of such now completed series as Tom Strong and Promethea seems a bit odd coming out now that the door on the ABC line has pretty much been nailed shut. Are they trying to attract more attention to the trade collections? Are they trying to capitalize on Watchmen sales?
Kevin: DC says good-bye to Selina Kyle’s ongoing series.
DC Universe: Last Will and Testament
Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1 (of 2)
Kevin: I don’t know what to make of these two Final Crisis tie-ins. The first, DC: Universe: Last Will and Testament, is as maudlin as the title suggests, with Brad Meltzer and Adam Kubert chronicling how the heroes of the DC Universe prepare for their supposed ends. “It’s the day before you die,” the solicitation reads. “What would you do?”
The second title, Superman Beyond, is the first of a two-part story by Grant Morrison and Doug Mahnke focusing on, I guess, the Men of Steel: Superman and his alternate-Earth counterparts unite to save the universe for extinction. How do they spend the day before? Two words: “Ice cream!”
Okay, I may have made up that last part.
Justice Society of America #18
Kevin: This is probably a big moment for fans of Kingdom Come and of the recent JSA storylines, which are an ode to the 1996 miniseries: Magog debuts in mainstream DCU continuity.
Teen Titans: Year One #6 (of 6)
Kevin: Oh, how I’ve loved this miniseries by Amy Wolfram and Karl Kerschl. I wish they were doing a — the? — Titans ongoing.
Daredevil By Brian Michael Bendis Omnibus, Vol. 1
Kevin: Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s Daredevil was one of the titles I read when I got back into comics about six years ago, and I thoroughly enjoyed it until I wandered away during the David Mack/Echo interlude. This hardcover omnibus collects the majority of Bendis’ run on the series: Issues 16-19, 26-50, and 56-60. If I had an extra $100 lying around, I’d pick this up.
Runaways 3 #1
Kevin: The series relaunches again, this time with Terry Moore and Humberto Ramos at the helm.
Al Jaffee: Tall Tales hardcover
Chris: No, it’s not a collection of fold-in gags. From 1957-63, Jaffee did a newspaper strip called Tall Tales, the catch being that, unlike most strips, it read vertically instead of horizontally. This book collects 120 of the best, with an introduction by Stephen Colbert.
EC Archives: Tales From the Crypt, Vol. 3, hardcover
EC Archives: Weird Science, Vol. 2, Limited Edition Leather-Bound Hardcover
Chris: In case you hadn’t spent enough on that Nemo and Sickels books last week, here’s a new collection of horror stories from your ghoulish chum the Crypt-Keeper. Of course, if you feel like spending even more money, you could pick up a leather-bound edition of the second volume of Weird Science. Just saying.
Terry Moore’s Echo, Vol. 1: Moon Lake
Chris: Terry Moore’s new series gets its first trade collection.
The full list of titles shipping this week can be found here.