Showing posts from June, 2009

Batwoman kicks ass!

Well actually it's really JH Williams III's art and Greg Rucka's writing that kick ass, but in Batwoman #1 (or as it's called on the cover, Detective Comics) Batwoman also does indeed kick ass. Not that I had any doubts, but in addition to some of the very finest art you'll see on a super hero comic, the story is really good also. Seriously, just look through this book at your favorite comic book store and it'll sell itself. The only people I can see not buying this book are people who don't like super hero comics or only buy Marvel titles (which I don't understand at all) - huge money back guarantee is what I'm saying here! The only two things wrong with Batwoman #1 is that it has ads and that it is standard comic book size (I wish it was a huge Life magazine sized comic)!
And remember JH Williams III and Greg Rucka will be here at my store and at Comic Oasis Saturday, July 11th!

George Sprott 1894-1975

George Sprott 1894-1975 is the new graphic novel by Seth (this was serialized in The New Yorker in the last year or two). Seth, one of my very favorite alternative cartoonists, isn't very prolific, but when he does produce a comic work it ranks at the top of the top shelf and George Sprott 1894-1975 is right up there with his excellent It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken. George Sprott 1894-1975 is an over-sized book, a format that beautifully showcases the excellent production values that comes with a Seth graphic novel.
George Sprott 1894-1975 , like It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken and his sadly unfinished Clyde Fans, is a work of fiction about a life lived. Over the course of the book we see George Sprott's life as a television talk show figure unfold through his musings and reflections and through others that worked with him and knew him in his personal life. George isn't an exciting character in any way, nor is he very well liked by others, but …

World Of Tomorrow?

Whatever Happened To The World Of Tomorrow? is a new graphic novel by Brian Fies (his first graphic novel, Mom's Cancer, was the first Eisner winner in the best digital comic category in 2005). Whatever Happened To The World Of Tomorrow? (which I'm going to shorten to World Of Tomorrow? for the rest of this entry because I'm lazy) is an excellent autobiographical and historical examination covering the New York World's Fair of 1939 up through NASA's space shuttle program of our current age.

The title of World Of Tomorrow? refers, of course, to the age old question that people have always had about what they were led to believe the future would look like, be it from works of entertainment or scientific discoveries that looked like we would all have personal rocketpacks and that extraterristial encounters were right around the corner. Well a certain amount of disappointment has occurred for people when their perceived expectations of the future (our present) didn'…

JH Williams III & Greg Rucka t-minus one month!

As the cool flyer here details (with art by Charles Holbert Jr.), the new creative team for Detective Comics featuring Batwoman, writer Greg Rucka and artist JH Williams III will be doing a joint signing at Alternate Reality Comics (my store of course) and Comic Oasis on Saturday, July 11th. The fun starts at Alternate Reality Comics from 11-2pm and continues over at Comic Oasis from 4-7pm! The first issue of their Batwoman arrives in two weeks, on Wednesday, June 24th.
This is JH's cover for the third issue of Batwoman (Detective Comics).

To bring people up to speed on other books that JH Williams III's art has graced, he did the amazing Promethea (with Alan Moore), Desolation Jones (with Warren Ellis), Chase, Batman (with Grant Morrison), Justice Riders (a two issue JLA Elseworlds), and Son of Superman (a Superman Elseworlds graphic novel). For those of you unfamiliar with JH's art, this cover and the two page spread below from the first issue of Batwoman, should speak for…

Color of Water

This week The Color of Water arrived and it is a great follow up to The Color of Earth. The Color of Water is the second volume in this trilogy, with the third, The Color of Heaven, to follow in a couple of months (I've got a blog entry on the first book, The Color of Earth, posted on Wednesday, April 8th).
>The Color of Water is written and drawn by Korean manhwa artist, Kim Dong Hwa, and continues the themes from The Color of Earth, coming of age, love, and a mother and daughter's relationship. Ehwa, the daughter, in this second volume, is now entering her early teenage years and her appreciation and understanding of what love and longing will do to a person intensifies. Ehwa's mother is in love with a traveling salesman and in The Color of Water, there's a progression on that front as well. Hwa writes and draws The Color of Water so beautifully that the subject matter doesn't succumb to the sappiness or cliches that often plagues the romance genre, making this…

I Kill Giants

I Kill Giants was a seven issue comic series by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura from 2008 which was recently collected into the handy trade paperback format by Image for only $15.99.

"I kill giants" is the war cry / mantra of Barbara (she's about twelve years old and probably has played too many role playing games), the central character of I Kill Giants. The first impression a reader of I Kill Giants will get is that this book is funny (which it is) and that Barbara is odd. Humor isn't the only thing that writer Joe Kelly wants to leave the reader of I Kill Giants with and it's that other thing that's ultimately going on in this book that will stay with the reader long after they've read I Kill Giants and artist, KM Ken Niimura, is equally at home rendering the funny, the kinetic, and the other things going on here (as anyone who's a long time reader of my blog knows, I don't like to talk about specific story elements, thinking they're better up…

Darwyn Cooke getting his crime on

This July IDW is publishing Darwyn Cooke's hardcover graphic novel The Hunter, an adaptation of Richard Stark's 1962 crime fiction novel of the same name. Scott Dunbier, special projects editor at IDW, last week was facebooking that "it is done" and I somehow weaseled a preview copy from him that arrived yesterday! Following is my spoiler free review / impressions / shout out for The Hunter:

Richard Stark, who wrote The Hunter novel, is the pseudonym of Donald Westlake, who was a very acclaimed crime fiction / mystery novelist (he died at the end of 2008). The Hunter is the first of the Parker (the central character of said novel) series of which two movie adaptations were made, 1967's Point Blank with Lee Marvin and 1999's Payback with Mel Gibson. I haven't seen either movie or read the original novel, but if I still had time to read "real" novels, The Hunter would definitely have been right up my alley.

Anyone who's already familiar with th…

Grant Morrison's Animal Man

A couple of weeks ago I decided to revisit Grant Morrison's Vertigo series Animal Man, of which he wrote twenty-six issues (collected into three trades) and today I finished the third volume. I hadn't read these books since they first came out back in 1989-1990, but as I suspected they age very well. Actually the art by Chas Troug and Doug Hazlewood (with a couple of fill in issues by other similar artists) is solid, good C list superhero comic book art, but while re-reading this series I just kept thinking that if there was an artist on this series like Frank Quitely (All Star Superman, WE3) or Chris Bachalo circa his Shade The Changing Man art style, Morrison's Animal Man would be more of a defining / seminal book than it is. It can be argued that this art style was chosen specifically to emphasis what Grant Morrison was saying with the entirety of his run on Animal Man. All of the covers were done by Brian Bolland including the three featured here.

Animal Man is Buddy Ba…

Batman & Robin: Morrison & Quitely

If you're a fan of superhero comics, how can you look at the cover to Batman and Robin #1 and not want to pick it up!?

When I'd first heard months ago that Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely were going to do a new Batman and Robin comic, the superhero geek side of me got very excited. I like a lot of Morrison's writing, although he can also go into the wonky too many ideas territory (and not in the good way - see Final Crisis and Batman RIP), but when he works with Quitely that combination is gold. My excitement got knocked down a few notches though when I found out that Quitely was only going to do three issues in a row (with another three issues planned for the fourth arc). So while I was faily certain that the first three issues of Batman and Robin were going to be good, I was concerned with the shortness of the first arc and the rotating art teams (this happened when Morrison did New X-Men and Quitely only did a couple three issue arcs here and there and most of the other…