Man, I remember being in college and being so new to comics that everything excited me, even the books I knew weren’t really that good. There was always another creator to discover, a tidbit of real or fictional history to uncover, something to make me want to peek inside nearly any cover.
Now, I’m just a sad, old bitter man, apparently, because I can barely find ten books in the entire Previews catalog that appeal to me at all, and several of those aren’t quite “Holy crap, I gotta have ‘em” type books. November, the oft acknowledged but never purchased “I guess if it’s a slow month, I’ll look at those” grade of book appears to be the highlight of the month.
Here’s the drill: I read Diamond’s Previews catalog, the primary (in many cases, only) source of comics for your local comic shop, so if a book’s not in here, it’s sadly going to be overlooked by most comic shops in America. I’ll point out the books that catch my eye.
Muppet Show: The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson collects Roger Langidge’s four-part serial. It’s Roger Langridge, so it’s gotta be pretty good, although his first Muppet Show book has so far eluded my budget. But hey, slow month!
I’ve so far only dipped my toes into John Porcellino’s work, and I can see where he’s going, but so far, nothing I’ve read has quite meshed with my own tastes. His latest, Map of My Heart, is from Drawn & Quarterly. I’m actually happy to have an excuse to prioritize more Porcellino; I’ve been wanting to for quite some time now.
Fantagraphics has Dash Shaw’s new book, Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D. I’ll read this one.
The Art of Ditko, from Craig Yoe and IDW, has some appeal. Probably more of a “hope it comes to the library” book than a buy-book, but I’d like to check out a nice selection of Steve Ditko comics.
Along similar lines, TwoMorrows is publishing Sal Buscema: Comics’ Fast and Furious Artist, featuring art and an extensive interview. Man, I love Sal’s work. Sign me up; the interview content pushes this past the Ditko book.
At Dark Horse, my days as a Star Wars fanboy are pretty long past now, but I did enjoy the Tim Zahn novels way back in the day. The Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy compilation of Mike Baron adaptations of Zahn’s novels may get a page-through. Although I probably have the original collections around here somewhere. I should dig ‘em about and read a little before committing any cash.
Nothing at all at Image, and only a few marginal titles from DC and Marvel interest me. Fantastic Four Visionaries: Walter Simonson vol. 3 is … well, it’s Walt, and I love Walt’s stuff. ‘Course, I still haven’t read vol. 2. One of these days… Batman: The Cat and the Bat sounds like a lark, but more of a library rental. Probably the same with Superman/Supergirl: Maelstrom, which got mediocre reviews but I dig Supes and the old Kirby Fourth World stuff, and Graymiotti’s written some fun stuff.
And … that’s it. Like I said, not much grabbing me this month. Anybody see anything I’m missing?