Help! I'm addicted to short reviews!!

*Some weeks it's one site, some weeks it's the other.


Column #14 (on the life and times of Hong Kong comics king Tony Wong, as I 'knew' him)

reviews o' the sci-fi (Dan Dare #1, Doc Frankenstein #6)

reviews o' the nasty (Speak of the Devil #3, Foolkiller #2)

Take that, my webpage!

*Hmm, some unexpected things.


The Comics Journal #287: Huh? Um, Diamond says the new Journal's out! I didn't expect that at all. The feature interviews are Jeffrey Brown and Greg Rucka, and the comics feature is a bunch of non-Krazy Kat stuff by George Herriman (which sounds like a plan to me). Keep an eye peeled?


Popeye Vol. 2 (of 6): Well Blow Me Down!: Covering the years of 1930-32 as seen by E.C. Segar's famed Thimble Theatre, in the same 168-page, 10.5" x 14.75" hardcover format you loved last year from Fantagraphics. The debut of Wimpy! Seriously, this is $29.95 well spent.

Madman & The Atomics Vol. 1: Don't ask me why it's only the first volume, because I've got no clue how this 380-page, full-color brick could possibly not collect the 15-issue entirety of Mike Allred's The Atomics, a 2000-01 expansion of his Madman universe into a Silver Age-style superhero team book. At only $24.99, you can get caught up real easy.

Will Eisner's New York, the Big City


Will Eisner's City People


Will Eisner's City People Notebook


Will Eisner's Invisible People: So, you missed W.W. Norton's 2006, $29.95 omnibus hardcover collection of these four books of urban living, huh? Well... you can probably still find it for a good price! Or, if you just want one of the stories, for instance, you could check out these new individual softcover tomes, which'll run ya $16.95-$17.95 a pop.

Signal to Noise: But as for more recent reprints, you could probably do worse than this new $24.95 Dark Horse hardcover edition of Neil Gaiman's and Dave McKean's well-traveled story of a dying filmmaker putting his affairs in order while pondering a film about the end of human affairs in the Dark Ages. Although I haven't read it in years and years, I do recall McKean usually bringing out the best in Gaiman. Serialized in 1989 in the pages of The Face, collected into a graphic novel in 1992, and adapted for radio and the stage, this new edition remasters the visuals, adds some bonus short stories and an extra chapter from the CD of the radio show, and generally aims to look pretty.

Flash Gordon: Star Over Atlantis: And rounding out the reprints that catch my eye, here's a collection of 1953-54 Dan Barry Flash Gordon dailies from Manuscript Press, the publisher of Comics Revue. It's $25.00, and I think in magazine format?

Heavy Metal January 2008: Magazine! That reminds me - some of you might be interested in checking out this issue's feature album, since it's the first volume of Paolo Eleuteri "Druuna" Serpieri's new series, Les Enfers (which I believe will be translated to simply Hell), with writer Jean Dufaux. Your boss may not like this link, but I think he/she's being too harsh.

Northlanders #1: New Brian Wood-creating viking series from Vertigo. Review here.

Zombies vs. Robots vs. Amazons #1 (of 3): But for those who want a bit more gritty realism in their battles, I must recommend this carefully researched historical think piece from Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood, based on true events. Here are some photographs.

Warren Ellis' Blackgas: And in other zombie comic news, here's Avatar's collected edition of writer Ellis' two Italian-flavored gut-munching miniseries, with art mostly by Max Fiumara, although he's not present for the final epilogue issue. As bleak and hopeless as one might expect from the subject matter and style, with Ellis hushing his typical writing of character voices into something more genre-naturalistic, if you will. Avatar has more Ellis this week in Black Summer #4 (of 7), while DC has current Fiumara work in Infinity Inc. #4.

Welcome to the NHK Vol. 5 (of 8): Don't ask me why Diamond thinks there's only seven volumes of this delightful light comedy of nerd manners, because everyone else -- including publisher TokyoPop -- knows it's actually eight. Anyway, this volume sees romantic hero Satou collapsing into a drug-fueled paranoid breakdown that mandates his hospitalization. Laffs ahead!

Omega the Unknown #3 (of 10): My choice item from Marvel proper for the week. I'd also be up for The Order #5, although I expect The Ultimates 3 #1 (of 5) will prove a bigger draw. No offense, but I'm about at likely to pick that up as Owly Vol. 4: A Time to be Brave. Wha... oooh, now I've made fun of Owly! This is your fault, Iron Man and Joe Mad! YOUR FAULT.

Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus #4 (of 5): I am reading this comic.

Following Cerebus #11: I am reading this magazine.

Kabuki: The Alchemy #9 (of 9): David Mack's signature series (currently published under Marvel's Icon banner) only comes out two or three times a year, so I thought I'd give you a heads up that it's ending the current storyline on Wednesday. I haven't always been very big on Kabuki; actually, I didn't think it really got cooking until Metamorphosis, which was the 'big' storyline right before this one, and even now it's got its share of troubles. But at his best, Mack can design truly formidable visual/textual webs of allusion, cross-reference and human connection, his pages dizzying the reader into a state occasionally bordering transcendence. It'll read better in big chunks, but just letting you know it's here.