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Friday, October 29, 2010

In Case You Missed It


A four- issue hard boiled noir crime thriller with girls, guns, fangs and aliens. New York, 1929. The height of prohibition. The cops turn a blind eye while the mobs run the city, dealing in guns, girls and illegal liquor. But the arrival of the mysterious Dragonmir Family from Eastern Europe with more of a taste for blood then booze co-incides with a series of brutal attacks on the gangsters themselves. As the gangs fall before the fangs, only a handful of mobsters survives. But an unlikely alliance formed between tough guy Eddie Falco and a character from a long way from New York City - a long way from Earth in fact - offers the humans a glimmer of hope. As the strong willed young reporter Susie Dale from the Gotham Herald tries to survive in the middle of the maelstrom, and an ancient prophecy unfolds, no one can guess who's going to win the battle for this particular slice of Turf.

Not enough people are reading this comic and it's seriously depressing me. There are so many great things about this book. It takes place in the prohibition era 1920's, which I think is one of the most fascinating times in U. S. history. It has a little bit of everything I love: gangsters, flappers, gratuitous violence, sassy lady reporters, sociopaths, vampires and aliens. The vampires are not lame, and the vampire subplot is fresh even in a time of vampire overkill. The characters are all expertly drawn and full of depth, as is the storyline. And there is a lot of story packed into each issue, so you're getting your money's worth. And the art couldn't get any better. With so much awesomeness being contained in one comic, I really can't figure out why more people aren't reading it. If you're reading this, definitely give it a try!  Right now!


Meghan's Pick

 xkcd: vol 0

A collection selected from the first 600 comics of the immensely popular webcomic, including various author and fan-favorites, lovingly assembled from high-resolution original scans of the comics (the mouseover text is discreetly included), and featuring lots of doodles, notes, and puzzles in the margins! 

At first glance, these pages full of crude stick figure drawings might not look like much, but once I opened this book, I couldn't put it down. It's a combination of offbeat humor that reminds me of Demetri Martin's stand up, random math puzzles, hand drawn graphs, and clever social observations. Each page is something entirely fresh and different. It's definitely unique and  well worth checking out.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Fantastic Four #584

It's the return of Galactus, a trip to Nu-World, the Old Kings of Atlantis and Namor, the all-new Yancy Street Gang, and the day the Thing becomes human again. Join Jonathan Hickman and superstar artist Steve Epting in THREE, part 2: 'Congratulations, Mr. Grimm...You're Human Again.''

Action Comics #894

Guest-starring Death from SANDMAN! Yes, you read that right! Death! From SANDMAN! In ACTION COMICS! Lex Luthor finds himself literally at Death's door, which leads to a fascinating look not only into the mind of one of the all-time greatest villains, but also at what Death means in the DC Universe...
    And in the JIMMY OLSEN co-feature, an alien race has chosen Metropolis to be the host of their millennial celebration! And who better to show them around town than James Bartholomew Olsen? But when the alien princess gets wasted and her brother starts picking bar fights, it's up to Jimmy to get things under control before all of Metropolis is destroyed!

Incognito #1 Bad Influences

It’s time for your first look at the jaw-dropping interiors from the hotly-anticipated Incognito: Bad Influences #1. The Eisner Award-winning team of Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Val Staples present the most anticipated super hero noir series of the century, as Zack Overkill heads deeper into the criminal underworld than ever before. This is the mission that’ll redefine his life…if he can find a way to survive long enough. Drawing acclaim from critics and fans alike, no comics fan can afford to miss the sequel to the series that has Ain’t-It-Cool-News raving, “What Brubaker and company do deliver is one of the finest expositions I’ve read in years, leaving me salivating for the next issue.”.