The system is fast like a salty slug.

*Boy I'd better hurry up with


Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars #3 (of 4)

Blade #1

The Illustrated Dracula

Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. #8

I've got to win that bread!

*Thrilling Disc News Dept: Sorry if I’m holding up the post here folks but I simply cannot allow the 5-7 readers of mine who care about this to fall behind - new F.W. Murnau! Yes, the greatest filmmaker of the silent era may have died three quarters of a century ago, but the beauty of heretofore unavailable works hitting the public spotlight is that they’re as good as new to even most of the old movie nerd population, especially when they’ve been restored.

Hence, Flicker Alley’s restored R1 release of 1922’s Phantom, the film Murnau made right after Nosferatu, a Symphony of Terror. It’s a stylized psychodrama of desire, that for a good while was feared ‘lost.’ But now it’s up for order, at a special introductory price for another week or so. Flicker Alley is a boutique distributor of silents (this is only their third release since 2002, I believe), so don’t expect to see copies flooding your local retailers; I don’t even know if the usual online places will have it for rent. Literally anything Murnau has done is worth seeing, though.

*Ok, glad that’s off my chest.


The Comics Journal #278: I believe if you’re a subscriber, you’ve already gotten to read this issue online. But anyway, this week has the new hardcopy issue, I do believe the first from new Managing Editor Michael Dean, and the feature interview is Bill Willingham. Also, an extended tribute to Jack Jackson. I’m not in this issue, by the way.

Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol. 1 (of 5?): Details are sketchy as to exactly how long this series is, which is fitting since not a lot of people seemed to know when this, Dark Horse’s inaugural English-language volume would be out anyway. From writer Eiji Ohtsuka (of the recently-licensed MPD Psycho) and artist Hosui Yamazaki, it’s about a bunch of Buddhist students who use powers to assist spirits and solve things. Lengthy preview here.

Sock Monkey: The Inches Incident #1 (of 4): Also from Dark Horse comes the latest Sock Monkey miniseries, from creator Tony Millionaire (most recently of the excellent Billy Hazelnuts). There hasn’t been a pamphlet-format miniseries for this thing in a while, the property taking on many diverse forms from illustrated prose to children’s books to the hardcover Uncle Gabby graphic novel; the quality tends to remain very high, though, and it doesn’t look like there’ll be any dip here.

Zombie #1 (of 4): Marvel’s MAX label has risen from the dead several times, so it’s fitting that it now sees its very own horror miniseries set amongst the non-superhero undead. A bank robbery leads into an encounter with flesh-eaters. This interview with writer Mike Raicht has a few preview pics attached. Certainly artist Kyle Hotz seems at home.

Batman #657: A family outing with everyone along.

The Punisher MAX #38: Blood and sand.

Albion #6 (of 6): Wow!

Eternals #4 (of 6): Oh gosh, actually I guess this things counts as a Civil War tie-in, doesn’t it? Kind of unofficially? I’m reading more of these things than I thought. Anyway, Eternals is a bit of an object lesson in how to smoothly integrate ongoing shared-universe business into your own compartmentalized story without disrupting anything too badly, so points to writer Neil Gaiman there. I’m sort of wondering where he’s going with this series, so little ground has seemingly been coved with half the book done already, but I can’t deny it’s been a hell of a lot more successful than 1602 so far - I just hope it doesn’t lunge for the ‘open’ non-ending that’s perhaps beckoning.

52 #21 (of 52): This week sees absolutely nobody fill in the backup slot, since it’s a special full-length saga. A story so big, it took two more pages to tell!

Hawkgirl #56: All good things must come to an end, and so it goes for writer Walter Simonson and artist Howard Chaykin’s universally acclaimed run on this book. Actually, Simonson is sticking around, but it won’t be the same without Chaykin, you know. At least we have this final issue to share, in which I guess a bunch of things will be wrapped up. Hey, I kept reading it!