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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century #1 (of 3): 1910 (the NEW comic from Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, coming soonish!)


20th Century Boys Vol. 1 & Pluto Vol. 1 (two NEW releases of Naoki Urasawa megahits)

At The NEW Savage Critics!


Afro Samurai: Resurrection (a NEW anime outing for the cross-cultural swordsman)

At my NEW NEW twice-monthly column at comiXology! New.

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20th Century Boys Vol. 1 (of 24): Friends: That's right - Naoki Urasawa's magnum opus about coming of age and going toward age for people his age in the late '90s. It's a mystery and a comedy and a drama, and basically lives up to the hype so far. Review here. Note that the "24" counts the last two volumes, which are titled 21st Century Boys and marked vols. 1 and 2; it'd be pretty unfunny if VIZ didn't license those. It's 216 pages for $12.99, all fancy with flaps.

Pluto Vol. 1 (of 8): Also from Urasawa, his update of an Osamu Tezuka Astro Boy classic. I'm only guessing that it'll run eight volumes in total, although it's a pretty educated guess, given that the Japanese serialization is due to wrap in April. I wrote a bunch about it years ago, although my re-read wasn't so excited, I'm afraid.

The Zombies That Ate the World #1: Continuing Devil's Due's dalliance with Les Humanoïdes Associés, this time in the form of a $3.50 pamphlet format translation of B.P.R.D. artist Guy Davis' European zombie comedy series with writer Jerry Frissen. I do believe this issue should collect material seen before in English as part of the 2002-04 Metal Hurlant revival. I recall liking this. Interview and samples here, longer French preview here.

Daybreak Vol. 3 (of 3): But if it's serious end-of-today zombie stuff you want, I direct you to this $10.00, 52-page conclusion to Brian Ralph's first-person perspective horror series. From Bodega; review by Tom Spurgeon here.

Teenagers From the Future: Essays on the Legion of Super-Heroes: Being the new book-on-comics from the Seqart Research and Literary Organization (website still down), a 344-page, $26.95 tome on a readily discernible topic, edited by Timothy Callahan with a Foreword by comics's own Matt Fraction and an Afterword by novelist and former Diamond employee Barry Lyga. Featuring essays on many Legion eras and topics, with contributions by noted bloggers Chris Sims and Scipio Garling, among many others. Have a look.

A Comics Studies Reader: Also in books o' words, the University Press of Mississippi has this neat-looking 304-page, $25.00 collection of 30 learned essays on the form from various times, edited by Jeet Heer & Kent Worcester. The lineup includes Bart Beaty, Charles Hatfield, Art Spiegelman, Thierry Groensteen (of The System of Comics), R.C. Harvey (of The Comics Journal) and even the good Dr. Fredric Wertham. Worth many flips.

Afro Samurai Vol. 2 (of 2): Also in highbrow criticism... oh wait, no, this is the conclusion of Takashi "Bob" Okazaki's pro-published manga version of his own dōjinshi creation. In black & white & red (blood only); features many fates, and probably a more focused ending than the original Gonzo anime, now that I think of it, although many unused scenes pop up in the sequel too. From Tor/Seven Seas; $12.99 for 176 pages.

Eden: It's an Endless World! Vol. 11 (of 18): Your reminder for the financial quarter that Dark Horse has not yet cancelled this sci-fi manga from Hiroki Endo. Not too much more to go, folks. Too much. Preview.

Garth Ennis' Battlefields: The Night Witches: In case you missed (or avoided) the pamphlets, here's a $12.99 Dynamite collection of the first storyline from writer Ennis' revived War Story (more or less), honing in on both female Soviet bomber pilots and the traditional young man in the thrall of a dangerous worldly superior. Not as concentrated as the best of the Vertigo tales, and yeah, Russ Braun's art isn't quite up to the level, but it has its passages of cruel power. Preview.

Four Eyes #2: Fiumara.

Johnny Boo Vol. 2: Twinkle Power: Kochalka.

The Punisher: Frank Castle MAX #67: Shootings.

Hellblazer #252: Peter Milligan.

Mysterius the Unfathomable #2 (of 6): Jeff Parker.

Gødland #26: Many cosmic returns.

Heavy Metal Cryptic Special (Spring 2009): Oh wow, it's the second half of Philippe Saimbert & Andrea Mutti's 2004 series Break Point (last seen in the Summer 2005 Mystery Special). I remember liking it... a gritty crime thing. Er, the memory's kinda cloudy, but I do know I liked it, at least. That's a great pull quote.

Comic Foundry #5 (Winter 2008): Final issue of the comics 'n culture glossy, featuring a feature piece on Bryan Lee O'Malley, a chat with Grant Morrison and writing by my double sitemate Tucker Stone. It's $5.98. And that is that.