New In Comics - March 6

By Michael R. Murray,

I don’t really have much to soapbox on this week so I’ll just get right to it…

Will Eisner - Last Day in Vietnam Memory Hardcover, $17.99, produced in its entirety by Eisner, Last Day in Vietnam recounts Will Eisner's own experiences with soldiers engaged not only in the daily hostilities of war but also in larger, more personal combat. Some of the stories in this novel are comical, some heartrending, some frightening, yet all display the incredible insight into humanity characteristic of Eisner's entire oeuvre.  I said once before I was looking forward to this so I eagerly anticipating getting into this one from Dark Horse Comics

Green Arrow #18, $2.99, suddenly jumps out at me because I just finished reading Green Arrow #17, and as the first Green Arrow I’ve read since the New 52 started, it brought me back to what I think was the greatest GA story ever, The Longbow Hunters.   Oliver Queen has lost everything; his company, his money, his friends and most of his arrows. It's all because of one man: Komodo, who has come to tear Ollie's life to shreds!  I hope this continues to be as good for DC Comics as it started…

I’ve really been enjoying Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips works as far as getting away from traditional superhero and fantasy works.  Sleeper Omnibus hardcover, $75.00, is a great looking book to someone who hasn’t read any of the story yet.  Collecting POINT BLANK #1-5, SLEEPER #1-24, COUP D'ETAT: SLEEPER #1 and COUP D'ETAT: AFTERWARD #1, SLEEPER tells the story of agent Holden Carver, a reluctant double agent without hope of rescue. Tao, the criminal mastermind whose organization Carver has infiltrated, had Carver's only lifeline, spymaster John Lynch, shot, leaving him in a coma. Tao's cut off every means of escape, and he's persuaded Carver to join him...for real this time…

IDW has piqued my interest in a book written by Kurt Busiek and illustrated by Dave Wenzel; Wizard’s Tale trade paperback, $19.99.  Welcome to the Land of Ever-Night. Bafflerog Rumplewhisker is an evil wizard, from a long line of evil wizards. It's his job to maintain the darkness spells that keep his corner of Ever-Night as dark and gloomy as the rest of it, and to find the long-lost BOOK OF WORSE, which holds magical spells that can crush the forces of goodness and light forever. There's only one problem-his heart's just not in it. Master storytellers Kurt Busiek and David T. Wenzel invite you to join Bafflerog and his companions-Gumpwort, an enchanted toad who was once a wizard himself, and Muddle, the third son of a woodcutter who's convinced he'll one day be king-as they make a journey that may mean the end of everything. Or maybe... it could mean something else…

 

What a great story arc in Marvel Comics All New X-Men #8, $3.99.  How will The Avengers, Earth's Mightiest Heroes react to the time-swept X-Men?  I don’t know but I’m giddy waiting for this one…

Spider-man Dying Wish premium hardcover, $24.99, is here.  Having just read the last year’s worth of Amazing Spider-man in the last week, I’ve been keenly aware of how Dan Slott has been ramping up the adrenaline in that story.  Collecting Amazing Spider-man #698-700, this is the must-read story that turns over all the cards and reveals the secrets that have been seeded for the last three years! Dr. Octopus has mere hours left to live. He has no master plan - all he wants is vengeance against his eternal enemy, Spider-Man. And he's just discovered Peter Parker's secret identity. Which members of Spider-Man's rogues' gallery will heed Ock's call to arms? With special appearances by the Lizard, the Spider-Slayer, Morbius the Living Vampire and some surprising Spidey foes, believe us when we say this is the end of an era - and quite possibly the end of Spider-Man's world!  It’s written by J. M. DeMatteis and the art is credited to “various”.  This is it for me, Spider-fan that I am I despise the Superior Spider-man yet I am looking forward to reading this…

I always enjoy finding stuff like Fantagraphics BooksMessages in a Bottle trade paperback Comic Book Stories by Bernie Krigstein, $35.00.  The stunning work of pioneering twentieth century comics artist Bernard Krigstein spanned many genres including western, true crime, horror and historical fiction, all rendered with a technical virtuosity and emotional depth new to the nascent comics medium.  Messages presents 41 Krigstein stories created for a variety of publishers, including the legendary EC (for which he did his most extraordinary work, including the all-time great "Master Race").  Extensive notation and original art reproductions round out this compelling volume…

Because you wouldn’t recognize my column if I didn’t share my love of Valiant Entertainment..  Valiant Masters Ninjak hardcover volume 1: Black Water, $24.99.  Collected for the very first time--Ninjak's solo debut in the original Valiant Universe by Mark Moretti (Bloodshot) and comics icon Joe Quesada (Daredevil, Amazing Spider-Man) and Jimmy Palmiotti!  Colin King--sophisticated British playboy by day, elite super-spy by night!  Codenamed Ninjak, King is gifted with a brilliant mind and lethal training in the world's most dangerous fighting techniques.  Both will be put to the ultimate test as he is drawn into globe-spanning mission to apprehend and execute Dr. Silk, mastermind of the WEBNET terror network, before the mysterious weapon known as "Black Water" goes online.  From the British Isles to the land of the Rising Sun, Ninjak will leave an indelible imprint on the Valiant Universe - or die trying. Collecting Ninjak (1994) #1-6, #0, and #00 and featuring special, rarely seen sketches and process art from the Valiant Archives…

 

Michael R. Murray is a full time Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service who despite feeling that life sometimes dumps on him realizes that some of his complaints are so petty that even he doesn’t notice them most days, is also willing to acknowledge that he’s pretty damn happy with where he’s at in life right now.  “It’s all good!”

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