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*I'm ready for you, 100 degree weather.


The Punisher MAX #50

Robot Dreams

movie review: Rescue Dawn


Column #3: Marshal Law: Fear and Loathing

short review: the soul of Ennis (Garth Ennis' Chronicles of Wormwood #6)

short reviews: yummy Japan (Mushishi Vol. 2, Witchblade Episode 3)

At The Savage Critics!

*Damn, that's the kind of weekly round-up I like to see up there.


Notes for a War Story: New Gipi, from First Second. Review here.

Robot Dreams: New Sara Varon, from First Second. Review here.

Style School Vol. 1: This ought to be interesting. It’s the first English-language edition of the Japanese illustration journal SS, which is typically filled with glossy features spotlighting young manga artists and designers and illustrating creation techniques - Dark Horse will be publishing this version, a 144-page full-color publication for $14.95, and it’ll be accepting reader submissions. There’s a ton of ‘how to’ manga books out there, but this is probably the most dedicated a US publisher has gotten.

Casanova #8: The one many have been waiting for. Beginning a new storyline for writer Matt Fraction’s ultra-compressed trans-dimensional epic, this time with added time-travel excitement, unless I misread something! Featuring the art of Fábio Moon, brother and frequent artistic collaborator of last storyline’s Gabriel Bá (still on covers). Still only $1.99, so give it a try.
Punisher War Journal #10: Meanwhile, the Hate-Monger storyline finally wraps up, although the whole Punisher-as-Captain-America thing still has an issue left after this.

Berlin #13: The newest issue of Jason Lutes’ long-running series, from Drawn & Quarterly, in case you’re following the pamphlets. I’ve actually seen this sitting around in some stores already, so maybe Diamond got it out to some locations early, or maybe some stores are dealing direct with D&Q.

Alan Moore: The Complete WildC.A.T.s: This new 393-page omnibus (only $29.99) does have a few strikes against it. First, if you’ve read a bunch of WildC.A.T.s or related books, you probably already know the identity of the surprise villain at work for the whole story. Second, the story gets knocked clear off track by the thoroughly awful Fire From Heaven crossover for a pair of issues around the middle. But all in all, this is actually some of Moore’s better Image era material, a mostly complete story split between the grime of Earth and the politics of space, with different artists handling each part - obviously, one Travis Charest proved to be the all-star. Collecting issues #21-34, plus the Moore/Charest epilogue story from issue #50, which has never before shown up with the rest of this material.

Criminal #8: Actually, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips made good use of one of Moore’s creations in their Sleeper spin-off. This book, however, does not originate in any way with Alan Moore or Jim Lee.

Batman #667: Beginning the Grant Morrison/J.H. Williams III reunion storyline in short order - I do believe the three parts of this are supposed to appear biweekly as a means of getting the title back on scheduling track. The story sees Batman and Robin jet off to an island to meet a Club of Heroes, and the art looks to take a slick approach to differentiating between characters and traditions. Probably bound to be the most immediately impressive superhero thing of the week.

Blade #12: Final issue of this often very loopy, perpetually somewhat-better-than-expected Marc Guggenheim/Howard Chaykin production, although the team is basically just pulling up stakes and moving over to Wolverine, so don’t feel too bad. Note that Chaykin actually starts on Wolverine #56, which is written by Jason Aaron, and then Guggenheim begins writing at issue #57 with artist Scott Kolins, and then the two synch up with issue #58.

B.P.R.D.: Killing Ground #1 (of 5): Say, Guy Davis is even doing the covers this time.

The Un-Men #1: A new Swamp Thing spin-off project from Vertigo. I don't know anything about writer John Whalen, but artist Mike Hawthorne's designs look nice.

Bad Planet #2 (of 6): Holy shit, remember this? Image comic? Co-written by Thomas Jane, of various acting roles? Lewis LaRosa & Tim Bradstreet on art? Issue #1 came out in… late 2005? Well, here’s issue #2.