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I just spent the past weekend at the New York Comic Con and in spite of being told by Diamond Comics that sales are up across the board, and that Marvel and DC are very happy with their sales numbers.. I couldn’t care less. I left with such a Blasé feeling towards the big two that I want to explore and enjoy more of what I’ve been missing. Some of this I’ve found recently and some I’ll be taking a harder look at. Please feel free to comment or email me if you think you’ve got something interesting…
First out of the gate this week is Joe Golem & The Drowning City deluxe hardcover, $99.99, from Dark Horse Comics and Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden. Mike is a legendary creator that I know people respect and Chris, whom I know personally, is an amazing talent and Bram Stoker Award winning author.
This handsome edition features an exclusive print signed by both creators and is limited to only 1,000 copies. If you want it and you find it, buy it fast for it’s sold out already…
DC Comics is finding success in its marketing of Death of the Family and Catwoman #13, $2.99, by Ann Nocenti, Adriana Melo, Julio Ferreira, and featuring a cover by Andy Clarke is sold out. This isn’t the first Catwoman issue of the death crossover storyline, so don’t look for the die-cut cover, but it is a Prelude to
Green Lantern: New Guardians HC vol 1 hardcover Ring Bearer, $22.99, is something I’m interested in. Geoff Johns blazed a new path across the DCU with his groundbreaking work on Green Lantern and as DC kicked off the New 52, the thought was ‘Why fix it if it ain't broke?’ and so Green Lantern featured the fewest changes or updates. This volume collects the first seven issues.
IDW has got the American Freakshow, $4.99, by Steve Niles and Chee it’s an original graphic novel written by Niles (30 Days of Night) and tells the story of a carnival freak in a Florida trailer park. I’m no fan of Niles and didn’t get any of the previous works I’ve read by him but I know he’s got his fans and this one’s sold out so it has to offer something.
Valiant Entertainment, which impressed the heck out of me in NY with their dedication to the fans, is delivering Harbinger #5, 3.99, by Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans with a cover by David Aja. Peter Stanchek has had enough and he and Toyo Harada go head to head here.
X-O Manowar #6, $3.99, by Robert Venditti and Lee Garbett with a cover by Doug Braithwaite brings us X-O vs Ninjak part 2. I’ve got both of these books on my list and think they’re something that you should be trying as well.
Archie Comics is sending out Art of Betty and Veronica hardcover, $29.99 by various creators and a cover by Dan DeCarlo. I was shown this book in NY and it’s absolutely beautiful in its presentation. It’s also not an art book, per se, but a timeline of Betty and Veronica through the ages, detailing the changes in the two girl’s looks and attitudes as time passes. I was much more impressed with this in hand than I was when I saw it solicited.
And plenty more that’s not listed. Please visit your favorite store or site for a more complete list. If you care to read more fully some of my opinions about the Comic Con or what I’ve read lately, feel free to visit my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Mycomicstorenet/172073462926176?fref=ts
Michael R. Murray is a full time Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service who’s bone tired right now and can’t wait for this Superior Spider-crap to be over with so he and Peter can get on with their bromance…