Say, I think a date went missing somewhere...

*Hey! Wasn’t there supposed to be a movie review yesterday?! Oh, it’s still coming, but it’s taking a little longer than expected. And I had way less free time than expected for basically all of the holiday weekend. But it’ll appear in due time. Speaking of nothing getting done -


Mineshaft #19

Yeah, that was it. Happy Easter?

*Quite a lot of comics out this week. Plus, on top of everything below, stores that didn’t get Madman Atomic Comics #1 last week (like all the stores around me) should be getting it this week, although reviews have really not been kind at all. Many more things to keep you occupied.


Garage Band: Part of the new third wave of First Second books, a spread of six books which will be released two at a time over the next three months. This one’s from Italy’s Gipi, and while somewhat problematic, it’s well worth your attention. Full review here.

Sardine in Outer Space Vol. 3: Also from First Second, there’s the latest installment of Emmanuel Guibert’s and Joann Sfar’s kid-targeted series, though it’s not so kid-targeted that they can’t slip a reference to The Night of the Hunter into the cover art.

MOME Vol. 7: I’ll have a review for this up very soon, but take note that this is a volume of changes for the continuing Fantagraphics anthology. It includes the final MOME contributions of Gabrielle Bell and Anders Nilsen, along with word that Jeffrey Brown and Martin Cendreda also will not be returning. In their place are three new regular contributors, Eleanor Davis, Tom Kaczynski and Al Columbia. The lattermost contributes a selection of themed drawings, while the other two present stories that prove somewhat different from what’s been seen in the title thus far, and perhaps more satisfying. But yeah, more later.

Complete Universe of Dupuy & Berberian: I do believe this is a 2006 tome from Oog & Blik, just becoming available through Diamond, a 300-page hardcover retrospective of the works of the title duo, creators of Mr. Jean, though the contents of the book will go beyond that. At $55, it’s probably for devoted fans only, but I expect those fans will be in for a treat.

Complete Peanuts Vol. 7: 1963-1964: Chugging along nicely - just the latest Peanuts book, that’s all.

Doomed Presents Ashley Wood: Not a bad idea here from IDW, compiling only the Wood-drawn stories from the defunct horror magazine Doomed into a single $7.99 package. All are adaptations of prose works, and they’re somewhat significant to my observation of Wood’s development as the moment where he finally struck a completely comfortable balance between his unique, individual aesthetic and a straightforward presentational method of direct comics storytelling. If you haven’t looked for this stuff yet, it’s now even easier.

Cold Heat #4 (of 12): The newest chapter in Ben Jones’ and Frank Santoro’s saga of action and rock and so on. Pick it up if you see it.

Optic Nerve #11: The final chapter of Adrian Tomine’s three-part graphic novel, which I’ve really been enjoying so far. Finally the end is here. Unless your shop got its stuff direct from publisher Drawn & Quarterly - in that case, the end has already been here for weeks now.

Death Note Vol. 11 (of who knows?): Really, there is a Vol. 13 in Japan. But VIZ seems to be saying that Vol. 12 is the last US volume. Either way, we’ve entered the home stretch in this beautiful all-true biography of Light Yagami and his crusade to make the world all happiness and sunshine.

Dragon Head Vol. 6 (of 10): Also all about the sunshine in manga this week.

Marvel Illustrated: Jungle Book: Here’s something probably worth digging out of Marvel’s stack for the week - an inexpensive ($2.99), 64-page package reprinting a Gil Kane-illustrated Kipling adaptation from Marvel Fanfare #8-11, with bonus previews of Marvel’s upcoming line of contemporary classics-to-comics (starting next month with Last of the Mohicans). Look for the new cover by P. Craig Russell.

Punisher War Journal #6: Or you could look for Civil War, out this week in handy trade format. There’s many spin-offs swarming around, and this is the one that I’m reading, from writer Matt Fraction. It apparently features a new costume at issue’s end, which will undoubtedly be good for some laughs if it’s in line with what we’ve all seen so far.

Blade #8: Yeah, Blade’s a strange little book, but it keeps me occupied. It occurs to me this’ll make a fine surprise discovery for someone digging through a bargain bin years down the line, where expectations have faded and enthusiasm is higher due to the drop in price. It’s just eccentric enough.

Fell #8: Hmm, a new issue of Warren Ellis’ and Ben Templesmith’s police comic, in fairly short order. If you’re in love with Templesmith, he also has a new volume of his continuing art book series, The Art of Ben Templesmith, out this week from IDW. The title is Conluvio (volume 1 was called Tommyrot), and it strings unseen drawings together into a sort-of narrative, a technique very reminiscent to me of Ashley Wood’s Popbot, also released by IDW.

52 #49 (of 52): Featuring things.

All Star Superman #7: It didn’t show up last week, but nothing can stop the force of tomorrow. Kicking off the two-part Bizarro storyline, which is sure to tickle the fancy once its finished. Also out this week is a $19.99 hardcover collection of the prior six issues, the first-ever All Star collection, actually, which will no doubt provide a far better venue for appreciating Frank Quitely’s working of the comics page.