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MOME Vol. 12 (Fall 2008)

A Treasury of XXth Century Murder: The Lindbergh Child


Faust Vol. 1 (a literary journal from Japan with a certain flavor)

at The Savage Critics!

*Not an avalanche of stuff -


Typhon Vol. 1: A new anthology of color comics, edited and published by Danny Hellman of Legal Action Comics; actually, this was started so as to be vol. 3 of that series, but things got broader and more ambitious. It's got some interesting people participating, like David Chelsea, Victor Cayro(!), Matthew Thurber, Hans Rickheit, Tobias Tak, Tim Lane, R. Sikoryak, Glenn Head and more. It's $24.95 for 192 pages. Full list of contributors and extensive preview here.

Tall Tales: Your Golden Age of Reprints nugget of the week - a $14.95, 128-page Abrams collection of MAD stalwart Al Jaffee's 1957-63 wordless strip for The New York Herald Tribune, notable for running vertically (like Japanese strips tend to) and getting some mileage from the concept. With an introduction by Stephen Colbert.

Achewood: The Great Outdoor Fight: A dandy new Dark Horse hardcover, $14.95 for 104 pages, collecting possibly the most popular storyline from Chris Onstad's much-admired webcomic. Contains special added blog posts, fighter profiles and recipes after the feature presentation. Preview here, if you don't want to just scour the archives.

Barb Wire Omnibus: I remember when the Barb Wire movie came out; that was '96. Pamela Anderson. There was a big sign up at the box office screaming that BARB WIRE CONTAINS NUDITY * ID WILL BE REQUIRED, like it was pornography and we'd get to drink too. Anyway, here's every Barb Wire comic Dark Horse ever published, in case you were wondering where to get those; 320 color pages for $24.95. Looks like home.

Appleseed Vol. 3 (of 4): The Scales of Prometheus: Now smaller and right-to-left for your $14.95. This is the one where Masamune Shirow's larger story pretty much checks out in favor of obsessive tactics and near-fetishistic levels of mecha/weapons detail. Which, for some, means 216 pages of heaven. They don't draw buildings like this anymore.

Warren Ellis' Scars: A new, $17.99 printing of Ellis' police drama of morals, with artist Jacen Burrows and publisher Avatar. See also: Gravel #4, Doktor Sleepless #8.

Kick Ass #4 (of 8): While driving home today I heard people talking about the upcoming movie version of this, really laughing and having a good time with the title and Nicolas Cage's involvement. Yes, this is the fourth-ever issue of the comic book. Such is the power of Mark Millar, who also has Wolverine #68 out this week. Penciller John Romita, Jr. can also be found in Amazing Spider-Man #569. And since we're talking about This Week in Marvel here, some might be interested in writer Terry Moore's relaunch of Runaways (he's doing Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane now too; hmm), or perhaps a $17.99 softcover for The Immortal Iron Fist Vol. 2: The Seven Capital Cities of Heaven, rounding out the Brubaker/Fraction run (though Fraction still had a pair of solo scripts to go), or maybe even a big ol' $99.99 hardcover block of Bendis via the Daredevil by Brian Michael Bendis Omnibus Vol. 1, collecting all the man's stuff through issue #60.

Haunt of Horror: Lovecraft #3 (of 3): Concluding Richard Corben's transmutation of literary horror into the short stuff of old-timey comics. Have a sample.

Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1 (of 2): Being the 40-page start of Grant Morrison's very own, very special Final Crisis tie-in, a Supermen-of-many-worlds story told in glorious 3-D, with glorious 3-D glasses included, for a glorious $4.50 cover price. Pencils by Doug Mahnke, which you can combine with J.H. Williams III's variant cover for a partial Seven Soldiers reunion (hey, Final Crisis is the place to do it). Morrison also has a 256-page, $29.99 deluxe hardcover for his venerable run on JLA this week, collecting the first nine issues and Secret Files and Origins #1, plus a $12.99 softcover for All Star Superman Vol. 1 (of 2) - is it just me, or did that take a while?

America's Best Comics Primer: This is purely anecdotal stuff here, but my local big box bookstores are fucking choked with Watchmen. I mean, stacks and stacks, copies piled up on the nice tables in front, reams of yellow and black all down the Graphic Novels shelf, sometimes with covers facing out and copies pressed eight or ten deep... it's money, that Watchmen. I have no idea if this new $4.99, 168-page softcover sampler of the first issues of Alan Moore's various latter-day science hero series (Promethea, Top Ten, Tom Strong, Tom Strong's Terrific Tales and Tomorrow Stories) was intended to capitalize on any of that, but I'm sure it won't hurt DC/Wildstorm to have another book out there with Moore's name on it, especially when it pertains to one of the few lines of comics that's been fully collected into bookstore-ready form.