THIS WEEK IN COMICS! (2/16/11 – New Findings)
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Yeah, I’m still a little woozy from finishing that post yesterday (and I scanned too many images), so let’s get right to the new funnies:
Uptight #4: The newest issue of Jordan Crane’s Fantagraphics comic book, continuing the serials that started off last issue. A guy tries to cope with a woman he possibly only imagines is cheating on him — ambiguity in the visual presentation, I think — while the kid/animal characters from Crane’s The Clouds Above have an adventure in and out of the cooler at school. Big samples; $3.95.
Finder: Voice: Being the first Dark Horse release for Carla Speed McNeil’s much-admired fantasy series — a 208-page b&w softcover — as part of an extensive author-at-Dark-Horse initiative also encompassing a dedicated website and thick new collections of past books, The Finder Library, set to launch next month. Preview; $19.99.
Captain America by Jack Kirby Omnibus: One of several Captain America books out this week, no doubt slowing getting movie-related produce out on shelves. Some might prefer the Bronze Age-and-after tour of Captain America: Scourge of the Underworld, but I’ll give a little nod to this 568-page collection of Kirby’s 1976-77 tenure as writer/artist of the character. Collects issues #193-214, Annuals #3-4 and the Marvel Treasury release Captain America’s Bicentennial Battles, obviously not at Treasury size; $74.99.
Johnny Red: Falcon’s First Flight: Alternatively, you could always go for this 128-page hardcover slice of ’70s British comics from the pages of Battle Picture Weekly, depicting the adventures of an ex-RAF pilot who finds himself flying for Russia. From writer Tom Tully and soon-to-be Charley’s War artist Joe Colquhoun. Introduction by Garth Ennis, who’s also launching his new a-housewife-who’s-kind-of-the-Punisher series Jennifer Blood at Dynamite this week; $19.95.
Alex Toth: The Adventures of Jon Fury… in Japan: Apparently a colored compilation of strips Alex Toth drew for his base newspaper in the mid-’50s while stationed in Japan with the Army, published by storyboard artist and illustrator Paul Power. Includes an interview with Toth, purportedly the last one given prior to his death; $11.00.
Tarzan: The Jesse Marsh Years Vol. 8: Just another U.S. Grant hit of Marsh from Dark Horse, that’s all. Preview; $49.99.
DeadpoolMax #5: There was kind of a lot of plot last issue, suggesting that writer David Lapham probably has some long-view scheme worked up for this series depicting Marvel superhero elements as imagined by mentally damaged special forces personnel on (very) broadly parodic missions. Kyle Baker is the artist. Preview; $3.99.
Human Target: Second Chances: Because a television show kind of is a second chance for a comic! This is the second latter-day extra fat collection of Vertigo comics written by Peter Milligan, concerning a man of fluid identity. Collects issues #1-10 of the 2003-05 ongoing series, which is to say the 2004 trades Strike Zones (art by Javier Pulido) and Living in Amerika (art by Cliff Chiang); $19.99.
Detective Comics Classics: Finally, here’s an inexpensive little collection of ’60s and ’70s Batman comics that used to be a pack-in bonus for action figures. With Gardner Fox & Frank Springer, soon-to-be Star*Reach publisher Mike Friedrich & Gil Kane, and an Elliot S! Maggin/Mike Grell story summarized at the Comic Book Database as “Benedict Arnold returns from hell to battle Batgirl and Robin and the American spirit,” which is certainly better than I could do; $5.99.
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