Floppies on top.

*As always, one in under the wire.


The Rocketeer (touching on the soon-to-be collected Dave Stevens classic, but honing in on its roommates in serialization)


Watchmen (all your lovable favorites, in their first motion picture)

At comiXology!

*Calm down. Cooool down.


Special Forces #4: Goddamn right Kyle Baker's snappin' mad Iraq War/action-comics-on-the-Iraq-War two-for-one satire goes up top in commemoration of another 32 color pages; prepare for a culmination of neon desert bloodshed as per the Frank Miller paradigm, since this one closes out the introductory storyline. Future issues will shift the focus of the endeavor to Afghanistan, much like in the real world. Really, this may wind up as the best thing Baker's done in the 21st century. Why not read issue #1 and issue #2 for free? New one's still only $2.99. From Image. Big preview here.

The Perry Bible Fellowship Almanack: No, this isn't one of those blank books with a licensed property on the cover that Dark Horse sells on occasion; it's the publisher's second and final-for-now hardcover collection of Nicholas Gurewitch's much-loved, quasi-retired humor strip. Many people will want it, even though I'm pretty sure it (re-)reprints stuff from the prior collection. Larger though: 11" x 8 1/2". Featuring 'lost' strips, a few sketches, a chat with Wondermark creator David Malki! and an introduction by screenwriter Diablo Cody. More samples here; 272 pages for $24.95.

Jack Kirby's The Losers: Yet more Kirby, yet more from DC's omnibus effort. Now we're into one of the more controversial (in its day) projects from the King's post-Fourth World period, specifically issues #151-162 (1974-75) of Our Fighting Forces, in which the Robert Kanigher-created team of hard-luck WWII troops gets caught up in some high-impact, often fantastic struggles against vivid, teeming odds. Introduction by Neil Gaiman; 240 pages for $39.99. Looks nice.

Be a Nose!: A 'hardcover' project that I believe is actually a band or shell or something surrounding three Art Spiegelman sketchbooks, reproduced from the years 1979, 1983 and 2007. Probably worth a look, but don't break it or they'll charge you. From McSweeney's; $29.00 for not one, not two, but three books. Animated preview here.

Appleseed Vol. 4: The Promethean Balance: First released in 1989, this still stands as the last completed volume in Masamune Shirow's probably-never-to-be-seen-again unfinished sci-fi opus of a girl and her mostly-machine guy, and their peacekeeping adventures in a human-robot society. As with vol. 3, it's mostly a self-contained piece, finding Deunan (girl) and Briareos (mostly-machine guy) at odds with terrorists smack in the middle of the city. Non-stop tactics, yards of metal textures and guns guns guns - they don't make 'em like this anymore. Actually, Shirow don't make 'em at all. It's in the right-to-left Dark Horse digest format, 216 pages for $14.95; preview here.

The Mask Omnibus Vol. 2: You remember those old comic book movies, don't ya? Like, 1994? Movies meant more comics, so here's a 386-page, $24.95 doorstop of color Dark Horse funnies about a green face thing that makes you both crazy and bloody unstoppable. Featuring some stuff from early adopters John Arcudi & Doug Mahnke, plus Evan Dorkin's & Peter Gross' The Hunt for Green October, Rich Hedden's & Goran Delic's Southern Discomfort and Bob Fingerman's, "Sibin's" & Bernard Kolle's Toys in the Attic. Virtually none of this has appeared in collected form before, which tells you something about the lull in the streets after the film is out and the parade's gone by. Have a look.

Tilting at Windmills Vol. 2: Oh, some guy wrote this, and he sells comics and stuff, so it's a book about that!

The Amazon #1 (of 3): Being an issue-by-issue Dark Horse representation of a 1989 Comico miniseries that showcased the emerging talents of writer Steven T. Seagle and artist Tim Sale, albeit here with new colors by Matt Hollingsworth. A reporter sets off to the jungle to investigate logging sabotage, and maybe encounters spirits and stuff. Could be something. Preview here.

B.P.R.D.: The Black Goddess #3 (of 5): Guy Davis. I hear the shit starts to go down in this one.

Captain Britain and MI13 #11: Versus vampires and shit.

Punisher: Frank Castle MAX #68: This storyline isn't doing it for me.

Top 10 Season Two #4 (of 4): This was better than expected, though. Note that writer Zander Cannon plans to continue the revivied series with a one-off special later this month, drawn by manhua artist and French market veteran Da Xiong.

Charlatan Ball #6: Final installment of the introductory storyline for this odd lil' Image thing (24 pages, $2.50) from Joe Casey & Andy Suriano. Take a peek, then peek more.

Batman: Battle for the Cowl #1 (of 3): Yes, it certainly is the new Batman affair for the flower of Spring. Writer/artist Tony Daniel will tour the garden of combat, green from superheadliner naiveté. Some will pay, yes, $3.99. Pencils! Colors!

Saga of the Swamp Thing #21: Special Edition: You won't quite find blood in extraordinary quantities in this $1.00 reprint of 1984's swampland finest, but it is the famed debut of the Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette & John Totleben team, and basically the dawn of a new approach to corporate-owned fantasy character properties. Some movie might have a thing or two to do with it, but keep in mind that Vertigo is launching a whole series of deluxe hardcover repackagings of the Moore-written Swampy content; amusingly, while one of the selling points of the first hardcover is the inclusion of the oft-neglected issue #20, a deck-clearing exercise that was Moore's official debut (with penciller Dan Day in place of Bissette), the publisher has opted to preserve the classic "second time's the charm" approach for the 100 cent sample. Which makes sense, seeing how it's good and all.

Sandman Mystery Theatre Vol. 7: The Mist and Phantom of the Fair: Sure, Vertigo has other trades out this week -- they're kicking off a big Transmetropolitan re-release, for instance, now with six issues in vol. 1 -- but only one of them's got 200 pages of the aforementioned Guy Davis rockin' it 1996 style for $19.99. Two tales of mayhem in the Golden Age, from writers Matt Wagner & Steven T. Seagle. Hey, I mentioned him above too; small world of comics.