This Week in Comics - 9/19

By Michael R. Murray,

Here's what's new in comics this week:

The very first thing I would like to address this week is that on August 22nd, I erroneously identified Jeff Lemire’s independent success with Blankets.  Craig Thompson created Blankets.  Jeff Lemire is responsible for Essex County.  Both were equally good books.  Please accept my apologies for any confusion this may have caused.

First up this week is from Dark Horse Comics. Buffy The Vampire Slayer Spike #2 (of 5) by Victor Gischler, Paul Lee, and Andy Owens.  This book ships with a 50/50 cover distribution, one by Jenny Frison and the other by Steve Morris.  I point out this book because it was just last week someone was inquiring into the Buffy franchise.  It’s still alive and well.  I don’t know if we can call it growing yet, but it’s got to be easier with the franchise all under one publisher now…

DC Comics is shipping out Green Lantern Corps HC vol 1 Fearsome written by Peter J. Tomasi with art by Fernando Pasarin, Scott Hanna, and various other artists, with a cover by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy.  Scott Hanna’s actually not listed on the Diamond notice but I know he inked this book and I’ve got to throw some love his way as I think he’s one of the most under rated, accomplished inkers in the industry.  He should be penciling and I also happen to know that in several cases he is getting “Finishes” credit.  If you care about such things and ever get a chance to meet him at a public appearance, treat yourself.  He’s the kind of creator that’ll make you glad you’re a comic fan.  These hardcover collections are also how I prefer to have my books.  Stories all bound up in a neat collection and able to sit on the shelf easily handy for quick reference (until I run out of room and they end up in a box, which incidentally, is where the comics are anyhow).  I just wish the hardcovers offered more like they used to…

Justice League #0 continues the Zero Month and will introduce a little magic to the DCU in the way of Shazam and Billy Batson presented by Geoff Johns with art by Gary Frank…


I have no idea what Revival is but #1 third printing, #2 second printing and #3 by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton with covers by Jenny Frison are all sold out.  That’s right.  All shipping this week and already sold out.  For one day in rural central Wisconson the dead came back to life and Officer Dana Cypress has to deal with the media scrutiny, religious zealots and government quarantine that results from that.   I’ll be looking for that in hardcover when Image Comics hopefully gets to it…

Avengers vs. X-Men #1 and #2 are both getting a seventh printing this week and that’s a very respective achievement for Marvel Comics

Spider-men #5 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli with a cover by Jim Cheung brings the Spider-man event of the year to It’s shocking conclusion…

The best of the rest is sending us Raw Studios Dark Country HC by Tab Murphy and Thomas Ott featuring a cover illustration by Tim Bradstreet.  This is not an adaptation of Thomas Jane’s 2007 film but an original graphic novel in itself…


And Secret Of The Stone Frog HC from newcomer David Nytra and Random House.  The story of Leah and Alan awakening in an enchanted forest of pet bees and giant rabbits and the adventure they find in their search for home…

 

And plenty more that’s not listed.  For a more complete list please visit your favorite comic book store or website.  To see my thoughts on what I’ve read recently feel free to visit my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mycomicstorenet/172073462926176

Michael R. Murray is a full time Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service who’s as thrilled with finding a good new book to talk about as he is to just be able to share that opinion.

 

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