Easy Times!

*Just what I need for another loaded first two days of the week.


Cry Yourself to Sleep (debut book by Jeremy Tinder - there's promise laying among the low-key humor and melancholy)

Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. #4

Every Girl is the End of the World for Me (Jeffrey Brown scales it back, and he's better for it)

X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #4 (of 5)

And a film review of Michael Haneke's suspense-cloaked think piece, Caché, to round it out.

*Sweet god, this is a feather-light week. I don't know where Death Note Vol. 5 went, but it's not on the final list. Maybe some stores are getting it anyway?


Solo #10: Let the funeral march begin! Accolades, end-of-year best-of lists, award nominations, and set to die in only three short issues! This time around, we’ve got Damion Scott, an artist whose work I’ve never actually seen in a comic - he’s got a substantial run on Batgirl to his credit, plus shorter tours on Robin and the most recent incarnation of Spectacular Spider-Man, and he’s co-authoring a book on How to Draw Hip-Hop. His cover looks nice and dynamic to me, though we’ll see what the innards of the beast can tell us. Certainly the future of Solo seems foreordained.

Seven Soldiers - Frankenstein #4 (of 4): Well, try and savor this - it's the penultimate chapter of the Seven Soldiers saga, promising to reveal all of the secrets about the Sheeda as Our Hero goes on "a rampage the likes of which has never before been seen in comics" as DC's solicitation breathlessly notes. That whole "A Soldier must die" thing is kind of waning in suspense now that we've already seen evidence of more than one of them strolling around in Infinite Crisis and related covers. Although, it still leaves me curious as to what Morrison has planned, exactly. We might be waiting a while to find out, but Frankenstein is clearly one of the stronger segments of this project, and I don't expect it to let us down in the final sprint.

Kilroy is Here: Although there’s always some interesting curiosities to examine, like this 304-page tome from Image, collecting a whole lot of stuff from writer Joe Pruett’s eponymous ‘90s Caliber project from back in the day, which spanned two series, a host of short stories, and various specials. Featuring art by the likes of Tim Bradstreet, Phil Hester, Michael Avon Oeming, and others. I’ve not read any of this material, but I keep seeing it floating around in back-issue bins, and I’m sure its fans will be happy to see this compilation.

Hawkgirl #51: Hmmm - this little Walter Simonson/Howard Chaykin project proved to be more divisive than I’d expected. Granted it’s rather old-fashioned, sometimes clumsily so (I don‘t know about you, but I always babble expository information aloud while driving alone in my car), but I thought it was a workable enough introduction to the new creative team. We’ll have to see a little more meat this issue, to get a sense of where all of this might actually be going.

Gødland #10: Generally a pleasure to see this one. What kind of crazy hi-jinx will Adam Archer stumble into this time, especially now that he's stuck hanging around with perturbed Doombot par excellence Frederiek Nickelhead? Will Basil and the Tormentor bond as father and (mostly) daughter? Will there be pretty laser effects as villians bounce around? I bet I know the answer to that last one!

Iron Man: The Inevitable #5 (of 6): Well, there’s always miniseries that I happen to be reading.

Ed the Happy Clown #7 (of 9): Those generally fill out the old stack.

Boys of Summer Vol. 1 (of 3): Hey, it’s that Tokyopop book that Chuck Austin is writing with artist Hiroki Otsuka, who’s better known as hentai artist ‘Pirontan’ - a very NOT SAFE FOR WORK sampling of his work can be found at his homepage. This book however, while rated OT for ages 16 and up, is not porno - rather, it looks to be a pretty straight-up melding of horny youth ‘fan service’ comedy with sports action, and I’ve got to say that Austin looks to have a pretty decent handle on the ins and outs of the style. Not that the style itself is anything I’m itching to experience, but it certainly doesn’t seem deficient in any relative way, at least judging from at this 19-page preview.