Hey guys, do me a favor and imagine there’s a poorly-drawn, colored-pencil cartoon containing a lame gag about a comic book that’s shipping this week here, okay? Thanks; I ran out of time to draw one myself this week.
But I still had plenty of time to ponder this week’s shipping list!
Here are some things that caught my eye…
1 For $1: Conan / 1 For $1: The Goon: This week’s “Only $1?!” reprints from Dark Horse consist of Kurt Busiek and Cary Nord’s 2004 Conan #1 and Eric Powell’s 2003 The Goon #1. Doing some quick math here, it looks like that adds up to…let’s see…yes, that adds up to two really good comics for just two bucks.
Batman: The Bat and the Beast: Like just about everything else that gets published in the pages of Batman Confidential, this swell little Peter Milligan-penned story about Batman fighting the Russian mob seemed to have gone mostly overlooked. Well, now it’s a $13, 130-page trade paperback, without the eyeball aversion-creating Batman Confidential logo stamped upon it. The art comes courtesy of Andy Clarke, but you can find it lurking under a Jock-drawn cover.
Batman: The Brave and The Bold #20: This month’s unlikely team-up? Batman and Big Barda, as written by Bob Greenberger and drawn by Robert Pope and Scott McRae. Mr. Miracle and the Female Furies are also involved.
The Crusades Vol. 1: Knight: The millennial Vertigo crime series about a guy dressed as a knight riding a horse around modern day San Francisco and bashing people’s skulls in with a mace and hacking bad guys to pieces with swords is back! Only instead of Vertigo, Image Comics is publishing. Steven T. Seagle wrote it, Caleb-favorite Kelley Jones drew it, and you can own the 260-page hardcover for $30. It contains more drawings of angry and/or evil looking horses per page then just about any comic you’ve ever read—guaranteed!
Guarding The Globe #1: This new Invincible spin-off features writer Robert Kirkman’s Invincible-continuity version of the Justice League/Avengers team, the Guardians of the the Globe (Which is totally different than the Global Guardians). Benito Cereno co-writes with Kirkman, while Ransom Getty provides the artwork. How’s it look? You can check out a preview here.
Namor: The First Mutant #1: One of Marvel’s first superheroes gets another shot at his own ongoing, this one seemingly doomed to failure by its $4 price tag and the fact that it’s tied in to the current X-Men crossover story about mutants fighting vampires (sure, throw Atlantis in there too! Why not?) Writer Stuart Moore and artist Ariel Olivetti will be the creative team swimming upstream with this one. Good luck guys!
Science Dog Special #1: More Kirkman, more Invincible spin-off. This special collects a pair of never-before-reprinted Science Dog back-up stories from issues of Invincible, stories about a Tom Strong-like dog that fights evil with SCIENCE! All-caps and exclamation point! Corey Walker drew the stories, and you can see an extended preview of it on the main site by clicking here.
Star Wars: Blood Ties—A Tale of Jango and Boba Fett #1: I want to get excited about this comic book, but I read the synopsis and as soon as I get to the name “Count Dooku” all interest just drains out of me. They named a villain after a little kid word for excrement! Anyway, if you don’t share my particular hang-ups about certain portions of the Star Wars universe, this Tom Taylor/Chris Scalf collaboration is a multi-generational story featuring Fett Sr. and Fett Jr. Preview here.
Superman/Batman #75: To celebrate the 75th issue of the modern incarnation of the World’s Finest title, DC has assembled an awfully fine list of contributors, including the likes of Paul Levitz, Joe Kelly, Steven T. Seagle, Jerry Ordway, Francis Manapul, Duncan Rouleau, Jill Thompson, Adam Hughes and some other folks I don’t like quite as much but a lot of you probably do. The over-sized, fifty-some page book will run you $5, and is, I imagine, well worth a flip-through by any super-comic fan. You can see a few pages of the Levitz/Ordway story here.
Superman: Secret Origin #6: Geoff Johns, Gary Frank and Jon Sibal finally drag the six-part re-re-re-re-re-telling of Superman’s origin story (give or take a couple of re-’s) across the finish line (Preview here). Now get to work on those Batman: Earth-One graphic novels, guys!
X-Men: Curse of the Mutants—Blade #1: Duane Swierczynski and Tim Green check in with Marvel’s main vampire slayer, to see what he’s up to amid all the vampires vs. mutant shenanigans in this one-shot tie-in. And then surely breaking some sort of record for title punctuation comes X-Men: Curse of the Mutants—Storm & Gambit #1 (hypen, colon, dash and ampersand?!), a Chuck Kim, Mico Suayan and Chris Bachalo comic in which the X-Men’s two greatest thieves must team-up to steal something or other from the vampire bad guys. Both are $4, and the latter is over-sized.