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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

My Comics Can Beat Up Your Comics - 05/04/05

If I throw them at you, they will hurt. Boy will they ever.

On the bright side, it appears that next week will be cheap, if not free. However, I still blew through two weeks of budget today, so it's not much comfort on the wallet.


The Complete Peanuts: 1955 to 1966 - There's been a lot said about these books since they came out; this is the third volume. One commentator summed it up best, however, when he said the genius of Charles Schulz is that through disarmingly simple cartoons and situations, he was able to tell the story of a chronically depressed child in a heartfelt and funny way. This volume begins Charlie Brown's slow descent into perpetual misery, a journey we can be amused by and feel sympathy for at the same time. You're a good man, Charlie Brown.

Why Are You Doing This? - There is something extremely appealing to me about the concept: a Hitchcock-style thriller told in Jason's minimalist style. I really can't describe it, but expect the outcome will be similar to something by Jason Lutes or parts of Eightball #22. Very much looking forward to this.

Essential Defenders Vol 1 - My favorite super-hero as a kid was Dr Strange, and I have continued to collect his adventures as an adult, mainly for notalgic purposes. Fortunately for me, Dr Strange is known for having very strong mainstream creative teams from the 60's through 80's, so going back and reading those comics is a pretty high-quality experience. However, the same cannot be said for the Defenders, Dr Strange's super-team. So I am very pleased to see that there is an affordable, cheap way to read these tales in the form of this Essential volume, because I have never bothered to go pay $7 each or whatever for mediocre back issues of this series. It's cheap and it has Dr Strange in it. Everybody wins, by which I mean me.

Full Metal Alchemist Vol 1 - Ok, how can you go wrong with this: "When two brothers . . . dabbled in [alchemy] to grant their dearest wish, one of them lost an arm and a leg . . . and the other became nothing but a soul locked into a body of living steel." Errr, ok, maybe that sounds like every other boy-and-his-robot manga, but my impression is that this is one of the most anticipated manga translations to hit the U.S. in a long time. So as I dip my toe into these Japanese imports, this seemed like a good idea. We'll see.

Serenity Rose Vol 1: Working Through the Negativity - Clearly I am not the market for this, one of the many goth books published by Slave Labor. Wait, let me check. Nope, not a teenager who shops at Hot Topic. But, then again, neither is Greg McElhatton, and he's usually a good judge of this stuff. So I pre-ordered this on spec, a decision I am now regretting with an empty wallet. This better be good, Greg.

Ultra Vol 1: Seven Days - The line between bad soap opera and good character drama is a tricky one, so I was surprised that the one issue of this series that I read was smart and enjoyable. Plus, the art is very, um, "easy on the eyes." Here's hoping they maintained a level of quality throughout.

Shanna The She-Devil #4 - This is for a friend, honest. Please believe me.

Finals this week. No reading, just buying. Extra bonus chronic depression, sigh.


go shanna!
Please keep us posted on Full Metal Alchemist. i'm trying to decide on giving it a whirl. The Essential Defenders collection is really more amusing than i remembered.

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