Superf*ckers #279

The Last Sane Cowboy & Other Stories

and also a bunch of thoughts on 52 and World War III that weren't much of a review but here they are anyhow since people linked to them



The Comics Journal #282: Many delightful treats await you inside here, including a feature interview with Alison Bechdel of Fun Home, a look at Asian comics that aren't from Japan, and a selection of '50s humor comics from Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. I also have a pair of pieces in there, one small and one large, although the larger, Tarzan one appears to have been miscredited to Rob Vollmar, so keep that in mind.


King-Cat Classix: Surely the reprint project of the week, this new Drawn & Quarterly hardcover compiles over 250 pages of impossible-to-find early material from John Porcellino’s King-Cat Comics and Stories, one of the longest-running minicomics series around (since 1989!), augmented by bits of prose and letters from friends. Here’s some samples. I also think D&Q is reissuing both of their Yoshihiro Tatsumi books this week, so you might find them hanging around too.

The Professor’s Daughter: Gosh, I guess it’s already time for the next segment of the new wave of First Second books. Actually, I’ve been hearing from some places that suggest this book’s already been out for a while, although I’ve never seen a copy on store shelves around here. Oh well. This is the new one from Joann Sfar and Emmanuel Guibert, who’ll be familiar to seasoned First Second readers, although this time it’s Sfar writing and Guibert handling the art. Review tomorrow.

Tiny Tyrant: Also from First Second, the comedic exploits of a child king, from writer Lewis Trondheim and artist Fabrice Parme. I really didn’t think any of this stuff was due until May.

Micrographica: A new $10.00, 208-page collection of (expansion of?) an online project by Renée French. I’ll just let Tom Spurgeon explain it. It’s Renée French though, so it’s probably going to be interesting.

Superf*ckers #279: Well, actually it’s issue #4. If you hate fun. Review here.

To Terra… Vol. 2 (of 3): And hot on the heels of Vertical's official announcement that they're starting a shōjo-focused line of contemporary manga in 2008 comes the next volume of this older series from shōjo legend Keiko Takemiya. My favorite quote from the link above, by Vertical Director Ioannis Mentzas: "It's nearly impossible to get good licenses now, but we'll do it."

EC Archives: Weird Science Vol. 2: Ah, I notice these are into their second volumes now. A lot of good Wally Wood in here, I presume.

Agents of Atlas: A new $24.99 hardcover collection of the highly-regarded Marvel miniseries from writer Jeff Parker and penciller Leonard Kirk, which is notable for containing a bonus section stocked with vintage stories from the '40s through the '70s, presenting the book's cast in their earlier element. It's enough extra stuff to pull the page count all the way up to 256. Sounds like a good package.

God Save the Queen: An original graphic novel from Vertigo in which human and Faerie youths bum around an urban environment, with the Faeries getting plenty high on Faerie drugs, and then everyone gets embroiled in a civil war in the land of magic, I think. So really, this is exactly the kind of plot that springs readily to mind if I think ‘Vertigo graphic novel.’ Mike Carey and John Bolton do the honors for this 96-page, $19.95 project. Preview here.

Dave Stewart’s Walk-In #5 (of 6): Miniseries.

Wisdom #5 (of 6): Miniseries.

The Punisher Presents: Barracuda MAX #3 (of 5): Miniseries!

52 #51 (of 52): This. By the way, I don't have any intention of picking up Countdown, which is 52's replacement weekly series set to launch in two weeks. It's nothing fancy behind it, no 'event fatigue' or dissatisfaction with the direction of the current book or World War III or anything. It's just Countdown doesn't look like it has all that striking a nexus of creators behind it, and the concept doesn't hit me as all that interesting. And that's not enough to sign up my $2.99 every week. That's all.