World's most on-time posts.

*Follow Up Dept: So, you might recall I asked a question a week or so ago, concerning the Bravura #0 giveaway premium released by the eponymous short-lived creator-owned imprint of Malibu Comics. Basically, I wanted to know if the material in Bravura #0 was new, or reprints of other stuff. It was kind of a specialized question, requiring one to own not only an actual copy of the bloody hologram-weighted thing, but enough supporting Bravura material so as to determine what’s new and what’s not. I wasn’t all that surprised to not get an answer. Actually, the only comments I got were from my younger brother, who doesn’t read many comics but occasionally lurks here anyway, presumably because he enjoys confusion.

Well Christmas came and went, and then the day after Christmas came, and lo and behold, what should arrive in the mail? Yep. One of the benefits of running a site like this. Makes family gift-giving easy.

In conclusion, the Howard Chaykin and Walt Simonson bits of Bravura #0 definitely did not appear in any of their other Bravura books, though I’ll leave open the possibility that the stuff might have popped up in Wizard or something (oddly, Simonson’s contribution also gives away the ending to his Star Slammers miniseries, which wouldn’t actually conclude during Bravura’s lifespan, presumably under the assumption that nobody would actually be able to get a copy of Bravura #0 until Star Slammers was done - I guess he didn’t read the giveaway rules closely enough, or maybe he was just in the mood to throw his hands up by that point). I can’t speak for Jim Starlin’s story, or Ernie Colon’s pin-ups, or Steven Grant’s prose story with Gil Kane's illustrations, save for the fact that they’re all in there. It’s good to know!

And thank you, Ryan.

*At the rate I’m going today, this’ll be posted while you’re walking out the door to New Comics Thursday...


Atlas #3: Yeah! They’re rolling out like clockwork now!! Drawn & Quarterly presents the third issue of Dylan Horrocks’ current solo series, which technically started back in 2001, but it actually hasn’t been that long since issue #2. More intrigue concerning the lives of cartoonists in the lands Horrocks introduced in Hicksville. Only $2.95.

Drippytown Comics & Stories #5: Another installment of the pamphlet-format anthology series, dedicated to fun and frolic and joy for all. Tony Millionaire and Marc Bell contribute, along with many others for only $4. More info at the Drippytown homepage.

Mister i: In the event that the recent MOME piqued your interest in more Lewis Trondheim, NBM has a fresh hardcover collection of Trondheim’s big, wordless, violent gag pages (9" x 11 ½ "), featuring a little fellow shaped like a letter of the alphabet. Preview here. The prior volume, Mister O, is also being offered again. NBM should also be releasing Nicholas De Crecy's Glacial Period any week now; some sources have it down for this week, but Diamond doesn't. You should look at that if it happens to show up, since De Crecy was the highlight among many in the excellent Japan as Viewed by 17 Creators, and his stuff pretty much never shows up in English. This one's a comedy about post-apocalyptic explorers discovering the Louvre under a frozen tundra, and attempting to extrapolate what pre-cataclysm human life was like from what they find. Looks great.

Cromartie High School Vol. 9: At least ADV is dedicated to keeping some of their series rolling at a semi-steady pace. Heck, they’ve even been dropping hints that the much-lamented Yotsuba&! might be resuming release with Vol. 4 in early 2007 (it’s up to Vol. 6 in Japan now, still ongoing). Till then, there’s still Freddy...

Project X: 7-Eleven: Meanwhile, there this thing, new in DMP’s line of educational manga dedicated to Japan’s contributions to world culture. Comics about the historical shifts in international retailing? Why not?!

Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. #11 (of 12): In which the mock Civil War branding on the cover just might fool a few dozen people into bugging the clerk at their shop about whether this issue is actually an official for-reals Civil War tie-in or not. C’mon, you know it’ll happen somewhere.

Warren Ellis’ Wolfskin #2 (of 3): Also in Warren Ellis news, we finally get the new issue of his Avatar barbarian book with Juan Jose Ryp that somehow got lost in the ether for over half a year. The story revolves around people getting cleaved in detailed ways, so it’s sure to please those looking for an in-depth study of that.

Gumby #2: I definitely enjoyed the first issue of this franchise revival from writer Bob Burden and artist Rick Geary, a disarming mix of good-natured chaos and understated melancholy, so I’ll be sure to pick up this new one.

The Immortal Iron Fist #2: Same general feeling toward this, though the chaos is more of the ‘pain boxes and people turning into birds’ variety, and the franchise revival comes courtesy of Ed Brubaker & Matt Fraction writing with David Aja on art.

Guy Gardner: Collateral Damage #2 (of 2): Whether you wish there was more Guy, less writer/artist Howard Chaykin, or more Chaykin, less G’nort, or maybe just less G’nort no matter what, I think there’s one thing we can all settle on - that’s a nice-looking suit.

52 #34 (of 52): Someone dies or is found dead or something to ring in the new year. Featuring a back-up story by whoever turned their stuff in recently.

BPRD: The Universal Machine: Dark Horse’s new collected edition of the latest and best BPRD storyline, although I’ll add the caveat that a lot of the book’s effect depends on your familiarity with the BPRD cast and their recent adventures. Still, there’s some big plot payoffs here, tethered to a surprisingly delicate reflection on the impermanence of death in a fantastic universe, and the elusive joy of fading away, never to return. Fine art as always from Guy Davis, with a special guest popping in to polish off the last few pages.