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*Oooh, I didn't do a ton of reviewing last week.


Golgo 13 Vol. 11 (of 13): The Wrong Man

SPX 2007 (and some lil' reviews of comics I picked up)


Aaah, not a peep from the other site. But that won't last.

*Here's this.


Golgo 13 Vol. 11 (of 13): Laffs and history alike are shot to death for money. My review. Don't forget The Drifting Classroom Vol. 8 (of 11), now inching toward the home stretch, and Naoki Urasawa's Monster Vol. 11 (of 18), which is nowhere near the home stretch at all.

AWESOME: The Indie Spinner Rack Anthology: In which the popular podcast spawns a 208-page b&w anthology from Evil Twin Comics, your $14.95 helping to fund a student scholarship for the Center for Cartoon Studies. I saw many stacks of these at SPX the other day - the covers are designed to fit together across multiple copies, thus turning any table into a large, clever ad. There's a big preview at the homepage, along with an impressive list of contributors (Al Columbia! Renée French!). Clearly worth leafing though, at the least.

Tintin and the Secret of Literature: S... say! I don't think there's many pictures in here! But devout Hergé readers will probably want a look at this, a 240-page study by Tom McCarthy of how the famed comics series might be called literature, and what the series' themes might mean for 'literature' itself. Actually, comics/literature issues have been coming up a lot lately, not to mention steady Tintin-related hype (movies!) and controversy (insensitivity!), so maybe this thing's showing up at just the right time.

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel: Man, Chris pointed out a neat-looking book of Harry Potter fan comics at SPX. Kind of a doujinshi flavor there, which doesn't mean everyone's having sex, by the way. Not necessarily. Er, anyway, this is a 100% authorized funnybook adaptation of the first book in Eoin Colfer's teen-targeted criminal mastermind series, the script adapted by Colfer & Andrew Donkin, with art by Giovanni Rigano (lines) & Paolo Lamanna (colors). Look at it here. I don't think any sex can be reasonably expected.

Skyscrapers of the Midwest #4 (of 4): Oh no! Could this be the end?! Yes, bow your heads for the final installment of Joshua W. Cotter's much-loved series, going out on a 56-page note, from AdHouse as always. The flames of Hell, superhero t&a, and a great 8-bit NES ad parody parade before your eyes, prior to the final fade to white. Since nobody likes to be alone, AdHouse also has J. Chris Campbell's new Zig Zag #2 this week, for your pleasure.

Suburban Glamour #1 (of 4): A new Image project from Phonogram artist Jamie McKelvie, now also the writer, with Guy Major bringing it all into color. A bored teenager, playing in a band and dreaming of monsters, sees her childhood imaginary friends pop in one day to let her know that shit's going down. This is how it looks.

The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #2 (of 6): Well, I liked the first one!

Army@Love #8: God, I'm pretty glad there's a regular comic out from writer/penciller Rick Veitch. This week, Vertigo makes it easy to catch up on the wartime satire/soap opera antics, since issues #1-6 are also being compiled into Army@Love Vol. 1: The Hot Zone Club, with an intro by Peter Kuper. I guess you'll have to look around for issue #7. Maybe your shopkeeper is hiding it. He's hiding a lot of things from you. My cameras know.

The Programme #4 (of 12): Always teetering on the edge my losing interest... Milligan!

Elephantmen #11: I also buy this. Aren't you glad to know?

Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil: Hibbs really liked the looks (and features!) of this deluxe $29.99 hardcover Jeff Smith collection, what with the dust jacket turning into a fold-out poster, and the cover underneath looking just as nice, and many pages of bonus materials being included. He did not like the timing of the release, though, with the series itself having only wrapped a few months ago. If you've been holding off, it'll be a sweet package. This is a good, young-skewing series, which benefits immeasurably from Smith's grasp of childhood dream logic and latent worry, enough so that it manages to wriggle out from under heavy dollops of political commentary not far removed from Captain Planet in action-stopping blunt force. The visuals are as nice as you'd expect, though, with some great body nuance and fun character designs.

52: The Covers: Relive the magic of seeing things on the shelf, with this $19.99, 128-page oversized hardcover collection of J.G. Jones' cover art for the weekly series, along with other drawings, production materials, and commentary. Also out is 52: The Companion, a $19.95, 224-page softcover array of various reprinted solo stories featuring key members of the series cast, culled from all over the place.