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*I suppose the reviewing parts of the brain napped last week.


God Save the Queen

Yep. I mean, obviously I posted about other things, but this is all I could formally call a 'review,' you know?



Misery Loves Comedy: From Fantagraphics, a 172-page, $24.95 hardcover compiling the first three issues of Ivan Brunetti’s famed comics series Schizo, along with a bunch of additional material. The series has become something of a touchstone for a certain breed of comics fan, despite having released a total of only four issues since 1995 (yeah, take that, comics at the bottom of this post!). Loaded with massive shifts and leaps in Brunetti’s art style, sometimes overloaded with words, always overloaded with dejection and neurosis and horrid, filthy humor, Schizo remains disconcertingly effective, potentially upsetting work today.

Things Just Get Away from You: Also this week from Fantagraphics’ $24.95 hardcover collection department - this 216-page omnibus of works from seemingly perpetually under-the-radar cartoonist/animator Walt Holcombe, a man much respected by his peers, yet not so much discussed by readers. Containing the artist’s Xeric-funded The King of Persia, along with other works.

The Plain Janes: The first book in DC’s much-hyped Minx line of comics for young females, from writer Cecil Castellucci and artist Jim Rugg. The plot is something about an urban lass moving to the suburbs and forming an art gang with local outcasts, I think. Anyway, if there's any non-superhero book everyone will be talking about online this week, it'll probably be this.

Batman: Black & White Vol. 3: Being another fat (288-page) collection of b&w Batman tales from a wide variety of writers and artists. Hardcover, $24.99. I wish DC had posted a contributors’ list somewhere, since lord knows I can’t keep a million Batman shorts straight, but we are promised appearances by Darwyn Cooke, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Jill Thompson, and more. Also this week from DC’s Batman department - Batman #665, an issue that both ties in with Batman’s origins and apparently serves to fill in the gaps of the ill-fated Batman subplot in 52.

B.P.R.D.: Garden of Souls #3 (of 5): Solid as always.

Army@Love #3: I enjoyed Marc Singer’s review of the first two issues of this Rick Veitch project, if you haven’t seen it already.

X-Men: First Class Special #1: I can’t say I’ve read any prior issues of writer Jeff Parker’s continuing chronicle of the X-Men’s earliest exploits (an eight-issue miniseries just wrapped, and a sequel ongoing series is set to launch next month), but this 48-page one-off’s visual line-up of Kevin Nowlan, Nick Dragotta & Mike Allred, and Paul Smith is too much to resist. Preview here.

Warren Ellis’ Blackgas 2 #2 (of 3): Gee, I had no idea what was going to happen to this Avatar zombie sequel project from writer Ellis, now that artist Max Fiumara is off to work with Peter Milligan on Infinity Inc. over at DC, but I guess it’s going to draw a little closer to finishing itself off. It’s been half a year since issue #1, but I do believe the cast is holed up at a hospital, and are preparing to fight off ink-spewing zombie things in a distinctly Italian style. Lots of bodily harm. Also this week from Avatar’s zombies department - Plague of the Living Dead #1 (of 6), from the Escape of the Living Dead crew of John Russo, Mike Wolfer, and Dheeraj Verma, which is only 16 pages, hence the $2.50 cover fee.

All Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder #5: Face it folks, after a couple days of online commentary surrounding this one, you’ll probably want it to disappear for another year. Also this week from the extreme lateness department (an inter-publisher endeavor) - The Ultimates 2 #13 (of 13), Mark Millar’s final issue, which will also thereafter jump from the glacial art process of Brian Hitch to the greased lighting we all know as Joe Madureira.