A full week of work ahead.

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Oh christ, I did more reviews on one site than the other last week...

Infinity Inc. #1


Column #8 (covering Batman: The Cult)

two short reviews (of Wolverine #57 & Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus #1)

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The Arrival: This one has a lot of good chatter behind it. It's the four-year labor of illustrator and children's book author Shaun Tan, a 2006 wordless graphic novel concerning the travels of an archetypical immigrant through alien and symbolist places. It's already won a pair of awards in Australia (the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards - Book of the Year; Children's Book Council of Australia - Picture Book of the Year). Scholastic is behind this new North American hardcover edition, $19.99 for 128 pages. Take a gander at the impressive visuals, then read Eddie Campbell's full review. You'll be hearing more of this, I'm sure.

Tekkon Kinkreet: Black & White: If I'm not mistaken, this is the fourth time VIZ has printed some or all of Taiyo Matsumoto's two-fisted soul-of-the-city fantasia of 1994 (after the Pulp serialization, the partial pamphlet-format serialization culled from Pulp, and the three-volume series of collected editions, all released under the title of simply Black & White), but that hasn't stopped many online commentators from getting excited all over again. The upcoming (9/25) R1 dvd release of the Studio 4°C theatrical anime adaptation is the obvious
prompt, but any excuse is probably a good one to scoop up the whole series into a 624-page, $29.95 brick, with the color bits included! There'll probably be no better way to enjoy this stuff until VIZ figures out a way to plug it right into our brains (dammit, why are these teenagers just sitting there hogging all the plugs at the plug store?!)...

Welcome to the N.H.K. Vol. 4: Meanwhile, in new-to-English manga, Tokyopop has a fresh helping of this compelling trip down the Japanese cultural sewer, with added helpings of romance. Although, I guess those three volumes of Naruto (16-18) VIZ is putting out as part of its Naruto Owns Your Face initiative are also an option.

The Groo 25th Anniversary Special: Sergio Aragonés' creation is nearly as old as me, at least going by publication history like Dark Horse is; I can recall reading some of the old Epic issues when I was very young, before he even hooked up with that dog. Groo got a dog before I did. So, here's a 56-page, $5.95 special to commemorate the occasion, with Mark Evanier and Stan Sakai and Tom Luth along as always, featuring a new story, an illustrated history, a character guide, and more. Introduction and preview here. Next month begins the newest Groo miniseries, the delightfully-titled Groo: Hell on Earth, which is a million times better than Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as far as I'm concerned.

Casanova #9: So, when'd he go? Begin the quest for answers, courtesy of new father Matt Fraction. Papa also has Punisher War Journal #11 out this week.

John Woo's 7 Brothers Series 2 #1: Yeah, I had no idea Virgin was doing another one of these. Former writer Garth Ennis is working on Dan Dare for Virgin right now (and a lot of other things for other publishers, obviously), so this one's written by Ben Raab & Deric Hughes of Living in Infamy, with art by Edison George of Virgin's Devi.

Booster Gold #2: And here's the only DC title that catches my eye this week.

B.P.R.D.: Killing Ground #2 (of 5): According to the Hellboy Universe News Headquarters & Letters Page in the back of last week's Lobster Johnson issue, there will actually be a new creative team for the miniseries after this one, a special 'flashback' storyline titled B.P.R.D.: 1946. I kind of reeled at the prospect - the last dozen or so issues have seen the main creative team really start to cook on this series, although I'm sure this is just a way to get everyone stocked up on material without the title vanishing for months. It's more like an ongoing all the time! Anyway, I expect good from this issue. Also be on the lookout for Hellboy Vol. 7: The Troll Witch and Others, collecting Mike Mignola's four The Dark Horse Book of... shorts (one of which is online in full), plus his two-issue Hellboy: Makoma, or, A Tale Told by a Mummy in the New York City Explorers' Club on August 16, 1993 collaboration with Richard Corben, and a previously unpublished outing with P. Craig Russell.