Monthly Archives: March 2010

It’s A Bird

It's A BirdIt’s A Bird
DC Comics / Vertigo Comics
Writer: Steven Seagle
Art: Teddy Kristiansen
FC, 136 pgs, $24.95 US / Higher in Canada

Despite his status as the most famous comic book hero of all time, Superman has never been easy for me to relate to. He’s too powerful, too perfect, too…alien. It seems I’m not alone –- even Superman’s writers can’t seem to come to terms with him. Such is the premise of It’s A Bird, a graphic novel memoir from Steven Seagle and DC’s Vertigo. Partly an autobiography and partly a dissection of comics’ most recognizable icon, the story follows Seagle’s trials and tribulations as he struggles to understand the last son of Krypton, and himself in the process. Continue reading

Wednesday News Bites: March 17, 2010

I’ve got a themed installment for “News Bites” this week: Comics featuring tough female characters. Check out these recent annoucenemnts:

Stickleback

SticklebackStickleback
by Graham Annable
Alternative Comics

Two-color, 48 pgs, $6.95 US / Higher in Canada

It really is impressive how some people can do so much with so little. Take comics creator Graham Annable for instance: his Grickle and Further Grickle collections are comprised of a series of short comic stories populated with characters that are little more than stick figures, and yet the tales are filled with poignancy, humour, sadness and triumph. He manages to do this because he is able to convey truth that resonates in both his illustrations and his words. This is as evident in Stickleback as it is in Grickle and Further Grickle. Continue reading

Farewell, Georgia

Farewell GeorgiaFarewell, Georgia
by Ben Towle
Slave Labor Graphics

BW, 48 pgs , $6.95 US / Higher in Canada

We all know someone who is great at telling tall tales. For me, I had two such folk around my campfire of life. The first was  Joe Zack, a kindly man who was old even back in the days when I was young. The other person is my great uncle Leonard, who has many tales to tell about his own life, from rum-running with his brother (my grandfather), helping smuggle Chinese immigrants into Canada, and of a murder to which, to this very day, Leonard claims only he knows the identity of the killer.

Tales such as these often take on a life of their own, growing with each telling, each teller adding his or her own particular brand of spice. In time, these tales make the rounds and become a defining characteristic of a community, a time and place. The best of these become folk tales, specific to certain locations, but also capable of crossing borders because people from all over can identify with their underlying qualities. Continue reading

The Originals

The OriginalsThe Originals
DC Comics / Vertigo Comics
(w) Dave Gibbons
(a) Dave Gibbons
BW, 160 pgs, $24.95 US / Higher in Canada

As a graphic novel both written and illustrated by comic book veteran Dave Gibbons, The Originals can be appreciated on a number of levels. First and foremost, it’s a testament to Gibbons’ skill as a storyteller, told through a concise narrative and stylized black and white layouts. Looking beyond the book’s pages, it’s also a semi-autobiographical tribute to Mod culture, a personal story fueled by the creator’s adolescent memories and passion for the subject matter. When it comes down to the actual story, however, Gibbons relies a bit too heavily on contextual relevance, and without prior knowledge of his background, The Originals is a typical coming-of-age story that has a hard time living up to its name. Continue reading

Recommended Picks for March 17, 2010

Hot Pick!
American Vampire #1
DC Comics
(W) Scott Snyder & Stephen King
(A/Cover) Rafael Albuquerque
Variant cover by Jim Lee

Witness the birth of a brand new species of vampire in this new ongoing series that begins with five extra-sized issues featuring back-to-back stories by exciting new writer Scott Snyder and the master of horror himself, Stephen King! When notorious outlaw Skinner Sweet is attacked by an old enemy (who happens to be a member of the undead), the first American vampire is born… a vampire powered by the sun, stronger, fiercer, and meaner than anything that came before. Plus,Pearl Jones is a struggling young actress in 1920s Los Angeles. But when her big break brings her face-to-face with an ancient evil, her Hollywood dream quickly turns into a brutal, shocking nightmare.

FC $3.99

Recommended Pick!
The Bronx Kill HC
DC / Vertigo Comics
Written by Peter Milligan
Art by James Romberger
Cover by Lee Bermejo

Being a cop was in the Keane blood. But Martin wanted to be a writer even if it meant turning his back on the family legacy.

Then his wife goes missing, and Martin is forced to delve into the dark history – and darker secrets – of that same family. It’s a path that will lead him back to the Bronx Kill: that lonely, godforsaken stretch of land where many years earlier his grandfather had been brutally murdered, and where finally he will learn the truth about his wife’s disappearance. It’s a truth more monstrous than he could ever have imagined.

Entertainment Weekly “It” writer Peter Milligan (GREEK STREET, HUMAN TARGET) joins forces with New York cartoonist and fine artist James Romberger (Seven Miles a Second) for an urban mystery drenched in family secrets. Don’t miss the newest sure-fire hit from Vertigo Crime!

Vertigo Crime 184pg. B&W Hardcover
$19.99 US
Mature Readers

Comics shipping March 17, 2010

PREVIEWSworld.com New Releases

Shipping This Week: 3/17/2010

Every Monday, PREVIEWSworld.com provides a list of comics, graphic novels and other pop-culture merchandise arriving this week to your local comic shop.

Please check with your retailer for availability, as not all new releases may be on sale in all areas at the same time.

DARK HORSE COMICS

JAN100129 DEVIL #2 (OF 4) $3.50
DEC090032 GROO HOGS OF HORDER #4 (OF 4) $3.99
SEP090078 SIMPSONS CLASSIC CHARACTER #6 KRUSTY THE CLOWN $49.95

DC COMICS

JAN100344 AMERICAN VAMPIRE #1 (MR) $3.99
JAN100328 AUTHORITY THE LOST YEAR #7 (OF 12) $2.99
JAN100243 AZRAEL #6 $2.99
JAN100240 BATMAN #697 $2.99
DEC090203 BATMAN INTERNATIONAL TP $17.99
DEC098499 BLACKEST NIGHT #5 (OF 8) 2ND PTG $3.99
JAN100262 BOOSTER GOLD #30 $2.99
DEC090179 BRAVE AND THE BOLD #32 $2.99
NOV090223 BRONX KILL HC (MR) $19.99
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Powers #3

Powers #3
Icon / Marvel Comics
(w) Brian Michael Bendis
(a) Michael Avon Oeming
FC 41 pgs $3.95 US / Higher in Canada

So far this new arc in Bendis and Oeming’s Powers has been just okay. Walker and his new partner are trying to solve a murder. They’ve arrested the daughter of an old school super-hero. And the daughter’s mother isn’t happy about it.

I don’t if it’s because both Bendis and Oeming are busy with other projects but Powers just hasn’t had the same intensity it once had. At one point this comic was one of my favorites and now, well,  it’s not terrible by any means, but it has lost some of its zip. I don’t think it’s the change in partners either. Sure Pilgrim was extremely entertaining but Enki Sunrise hasn’t had much of chance to build up her character or form any sort of dynamic with Walker other than they’re partners. But the last arc with Pilgrim was where the series started to lose its punch.

I keep hoping Bendis and Oeming will kick things up. They are trying – this issue was 41 pages of super violent car chasing but there still feels like something is missing. Maybe it is Pilgrim. Still it’s better than most of the other comics being put out there right now. (Shane Hnetka)

Shipping Update

We were shorted a box this week that contained the majority of this week’s new releases. These items will be shipped to us on next Wednesday along with next week’s new releases.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Comicreaders

Wednesday News Bites: March 10, 2010

We decided to start a new “feature” here at ComicReaders– comics and gaming related news bites for each Wednesday to coincide with the arrival of new comics. Of course, I only thought of this idea today, which is why the first installment is one day late. “Thursday News Bites” just didn’t make sense to me.

  • Blackest Night #7  tops the sales charts for February 2010. Find out what other titles were at the top of the list at icv2.com.
  • Marvel wants a Captain America movie, and the hunt for the actor to play the lead role is well under way. The Hollywood Reporter has the details as to who is on the list and who is off.
  • J. Michael Straczynski will write Superman and Wonder Woman starting in July 2010. Check out DC Comics for more details.
  • Red Robin gets a new writer in June: Fabian Nicieza. DC Comics made the announcement and Newsarama followed up with more info.
  • Indie publisher Fantagraphics is starting a manga line. Find out what they have it store by checking out the Fantagraphics Web site.