Shipping March 7th, 2007

Ex Machina Volume 5 TPHi there folks. These are the comics that are scheduled to ship to The Beguiling Books & Art in Toronto, Canada this week. These books may not show up at all retailers at the same time, but if you see a title here it’s probably at least worth asking your local retailer about…

Jesus H Christ. I usually try and keep the ‘my picks’ section to just five books because otherwise I won’t get this list up until… well, never, actually. But this is the biggest shipping week in recent history, with a truly shocking number of big books as well. I dunno, I hope you all decide to take out second mortgages before coming into the shop this week. But honestly, there seems to be something for more-or-less everyone on the shipping list and that never happens… So without further ado, here we go.

OCT060255 AUTHORITY #2 2.99
The second issue of Gene Ha and Grant Morrison’s Authority is shipping. I don’t know if I ever told you my theory of this incarnation of The Authority. I didn’t read much on it, but I think the idea here is that they’re in “our” world, a world with no superheroes and badly in need of “fixing”. The first issue with it’s murky “realistic” colour pallette, the shocking appearance of the ‘door’, the complete absence of the title characters, it all points to a very different status quo, and really the only one that I could think of that would work. Let’s see if I’m proven right!

DEC062304 CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 CW 3.99
This issue! Something happens but we can’t tell you what! Maybe someone dies! Maybe not! We’ve been letting you down for five years, true believer! Let’s see how far your faith extends.

DEC063562 CASTLE WAITING VOL II #5 3.95
Continues to be strong. Someone mentioned that this volume seemed a little “off” as compared to the first volume, but Castle Waiting has always been a bit wierd in installments, really only garnering any critical acclaim in its (multiple) collected editions. I do think that Linda Medley is one of the few comics auteurs that you could accuse of “writing for the trade” (or gorgeous prestige hardcover as the case may be), but at the same time I very much feel that without the self-imposed deadline of serialization, this material might not ever materialise at all, which would be the real shame. I certainly hope that whatever format Medley and Fantagraphics decide to collect this new material in, that it’s both compatible in both design and formatting with the first hardcover. Mostly because they’re getting close to the point where we could see a collection, what with that first issue having been better than triple-sized.

DEC062306 CIVIL WAR INITIATIVE 4.99
Yeah. I dunno. It’s an interesting concept, but then so was Civil War, and look how that turned out. This one shot sort of… explains… the post-Civil War Marvel Universe in a way that was only hinted at at the end of CW #7. To echo Jeff’s comments over at The Savage Critic, I really can’t see Marvel following this through to its natural conclusion as a publisher, and I don’t think Mark Millar in particular is a good enough writer to pull it off either. His idea of satire being “This is the face of me fucking you in the ass.” Er, yeah.

DEC062361 CRIMINAL #5 (MR) 2.99
Meanwhile: This? Awesome! Buy.

DEC062364 DAREDEVIL BY FRANK MILLER & KLAUS JANSON OMNIBUS H 99.99
Christ almight. Both Marvel AND DC are smart enough to capitalise on that Frank Miller movie coming out, but the company who publishes the book its based on can’t keep it in print. I suppose I could just quit fucking bitching about how stupid this is, but it is honestly shocking and even a little upsetting to me. Dark Horse, where’s the rest of Miller’s catalogue? Martha Washington, Hard Boiled, Rusty & Big Guy… This Is Not Rocket Science.

JAN072346 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN #2 (OF 7) 3.99
That first issue was alright, actually. Looking forward to #2, and I appreciate that it’s on time too! I did forget to bring a copy to my dad. Maybe I’ll send him the first two, see what he thinks.

Death Note Vol 10 TPDEC063983 DEATH NOTE VOL 10 TP (C: 1-0-0) 7.99
What, you thought the manga would take a week off? The manga never stops. Here’s something interesting, we do better with Death Note than we do with Naruto. Why? Because Death Note has not only more cross over potential, but actual cross over with our existing customer base. The people buying Naruto buy a lot of other manga, but generally aren’t picking up much in the way of non-Japanese comics. Death Note, on the otherhand, is manga crack, each chapter ending on a ridiculous cliffhanger, leading up to the ridiculous cliffhanger at the end of each book; that’s something that no comics reader can resist.

DEC063437 DISGAEA 2 VOL 1 GN 9.99
This manga has done surprisingly well for us, thanks to it coming out from a smaller publisher (Broccoli) with less distribution amongst comic and book stores, and the fact that the art is just adorable. Broccoli also released an art-book of the series last week that was really pretty too. I have no idea if it reads well at all. 🙂

DEC063785 DUNGEON PARADE VOL 1 TP 9.95
NBM continues doing God’s own work by releasing brilliant graphic albums from Sfar, Trondheim, et al. If you’re curious, NBM has even put up a preview of the series at their website. This volume features art by Manu Larcenet, whose brilliant Ordinary Victories was also released by NBM a few years back, an unrecognised gem of a book.

NOV063594 EC ARCHIVES TWO FISTED TALES VOL 1 HC (C: 0-1-2) 49.95
I really hope that the market continues to be healthy enough to bear the cost of these reprint projects. Because honestly, I’ve never read almost any of this stuff and I really feel like I ought to.

Tales From The FarmJAN073894 ESSEX COUNTY VOL 1 TALES FROM THE FARM TP (MR) 9.95
Readers of this blog may remember about a month’s worth of advertisements for this book on the right side of the screen there, so feel free to assume I’m compromised. I’m not though, because while Tales From The Farm creator Jeff Lemire is a friend of mine and a fellow Torontonian, he’s also crafted a pretty excellent graphic novel here, and I’m glad that Top Shelf agreed and picked it up. Lemire’s really good at pacing and mood, and espescially at setting, and if you check out the preview at his site you’ll see what I mean right away. I’m personally unsure about his figure work, not that I think it’s too rough or anything, but I worry that while appropriate for his stories that it’s also a little… uncommercial I guess? I dunno. People like to look at other attractive people, generally, so I always worry that Jeff’s renderings of awkward and gnarled characters will turn people off before they get to the actual story. If that sort of thing is keeping you on the fence about his work, do me (and yourself) a favour and at least check out the preview, I think it’s the kind of thing that readers of quiet, contemplative, small-town set fiction will really enjoy.

DEC060271 EX MACHINA VOL 5 SMOKE SMOKE TP (MR) 12.99
That trade paperback cover is both ridiculous and amazing (see: top). Great reading though, I’m finally caught up on this series and enjoying it a lot. Although this does feature the single most… surprising… full page illustration in a comic from the last 12 months. Enjoy!

SEP062108 FANTASTIC FOUR #543 CW 3.99
This is, I think, an anniversary issue for the Fantastic Four, featuring buckets of guest artists. This issue Paul Pope does a new Human Torch / Spider-Man story, which is always fun, but really I’m only mentioning this at all because I want to show a gorgeous piece of Paul Pope art from the book.

Paul Pope Fantastic Four Drawing

Nice, eh?

Feeble Attempts #1 by Jeffrey BrownJAN073896 JEFFERY BROWNS FEEBLE ATTEMPTS #1 (MR) (C: 0-1-0) 5.00
“Collects some of Jeffrey Brown’s favourite anthology and mini-comics stories,” according to the Top Shelf website. I hope it includes that really good comic he did about Andrew Bird (musician), because despite not really “getting” his music when I first heard it Brown’s story was really compelling, and I want to read it again before settling in with the music. Anyhow, this should be a nice little surprise/bonus for fans of Brown’s work.

JUL063808 KANA DE MANGA SPECIAL SOUND FX (C: 0-1-2) 9.99
This should be a cool little book for manga fans. With fewer and fewer manga being released with translated or re-drawn sound effects, who wouldn’t want to be able to decode their books with a handy guide like this? I also imagine that now that a hand guide to Japanese sound-effects exists, we’ll start seeing a lot more of them in fan and OEL work… Here’s hoping there are no humourous errors in this. I can just see a legion of creators adding in what they think is the sound effect for “crying softly in the rain” and instead using the one for “large boobies bouncing in place”.

(The humour here is in the fact that the Japanese have a sound effect for everything. Just in case the preceeding paragraph made no sense to you.)

NOV063557 LIVING AND THE DEAD GN 9.95
Hey, new Jason! Apparently this is a solid, though unspectacular, addition to Jason’s catalogue, but the time I spend reading Jason’s work is just wonderful, and I’m always looking forward to a new release.

JAN070307 MANHUNTER #29 2.99
This has actually been pretty good. Have I said that already? Anyway, this is one of those “read while exhausted” comics I mentioned a while back, primarily so you don’t really need to think about any of the ridiculous implications of the series in a larger, completely broken superhero universe. Instead, you just get to turn off that part of your brain and giggle at Wonder Woman being unable to deal with Hollywood press. I’m glad to hear that the series got picked up for another go-round, Marc Andreyko’s a good writer who really deserves a steady gig (if anybody does).

JAN072384 MARVEL ZOMBIES ARMY OF DARKNESS #1 2.99
Fuck, will this week ever end? Anyway, the dude from Army Of Darkness fucks up a bunch of zombie super-heroes with a chainsaw. It Sells Itself.

JAN072385 MIGHTY AVENGERS #1 3.99
Finally, it only took 10 years but we’ve got another West Coast Avengers.

DEC063972 NARUTO VOL 13 TP (C: 1-0-0) 7.95
…which isn’t to say that Naruto doesn’t sell phenomenally, amazingly well. It does. A lot.

DEC061863 NAT TURNER BOOK 2 REVOLUTION TP 10.00
The long-awaited conclusion! Nifty! I hope that I don’t get too much blow-back from folks who bought the first two “issues” only to see the series conclude in book format. Because… dude… it’s all comics, you know? Anyway, this is a very good thing to even see in print, let alone the quality with which Kyle Baker constructed it. I hope it gets its due, and that Kyle Baker can get nominated in something other than the “humour” category at the Eisner’s for a change.

Shazam 2 - No LogoJAN070316 SHAZAM THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL #2 (OF 4) 5.99
Quote of the week: “Both signings were crowded, and I think everyone at DC was surprised by the amount of kids that showed up.” That’s Jeff Smith, talking about his signing at the New York Comic Con for the first issue of Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil. I think Tom Spurgeon had something to say about that, but his site is down at the moment. At any rate, yeah, I’m not surprised that DC was surprised, for whatever that’s worth to you.

As to the book itself? Perfect.

DEC060250 UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS #8 (OF 8) 2.99
Last, and probably least of the books listed, is Uncle Sam. I… I’ve really enjoyed this ridiculous farce of a comic. I think anything with Uncle Sam as a superhero character has to be at least a little over-the-top, and this is that in SPADES. So, yeah, nice art, a crazy story, objectionable characters trying to get their shit together, stupid crazy superhero fun like it should be. I have no idea what’s going to happen with these characters next though.

That’s what I thought! Rest of the list behind the cut:

 

 

DEC063828 1-800 MICE #1 (MR) 5.00
JAN070274 52 WEEK #44 2.50
NOV063801 ADVENTURES OF BARRY WEEN BOY GENIUS VOL 1 TP NEW P 9.95
JAN071931 AGE OF BRONZE #25 3.50
NOV063961 AISHITERUZE BABY VOL 6 TP (C: 1-0-0) 8.99
JAN070281 ALL NEW ATOM #9 2.99
MAY061721 ART OF GREG CAPULLO HC 29.95
OCT060255 AUTHORITY #2 2.99
OCT060256 AUTHORITY VAR ED #2 2.99
OCT063714 AVATAR CINEMANGA VOL 4 GN (OF 6) (C: 1-0-0) 7.99
DEC063988 BACKSTAGE PRINCE VOL 1 TP (C: 1-0-0) 8.99
DEC063989 BEAUTY POP VOL 3 TP (C: 1-0-0) 8.99
DEC063311 BETTY #163 2.25
OCT063629 BLACK BELT CLUB VOL 3 BEWARE OF THE HAUNTED EYE (C 4.99
DEC063971 BLACK CAT VOL 7 TP (C: 1-0-0) 7.99
JAN071920 BOMB QUEEN III #1 (OF 4) (MR) 3.50
DEC063792 BONEYARD #24 2.95
DEC063808 BORROWED TIME #2 (MR) (NOTE PRICE) 5.95
JAN072365 BULLET POINTS #5 (OF 5) 2.99
DEC062304 CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 CW 3.99
DEC062304 CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 CW 3.99
DEC063562 CASTLE WAITING VOL II #5 3.95
DEC062306 CIVIL WAR INITIATIVE 4.99
DEC062306 CIVIL WAR INITIATIVE 4.99
DEC062310 CIVIL WAR POSTER BOOK 5.99
DEC063704 COMPLETE UNDERWORLD TP (MR) 24.99
DEC062361 CRIMINAL #5 (MR) 2.99
JAN073723 CSI DYING IN THE GUTTERS TP 19.99
DEC062364 DAREDEVIL BY FRANK MILLER & KLAUS JANSON OMNIBUS H 99.99
DEC062363 DAREDEVIL BY FRANK MILLER & KLAUS JANSON OMNIBUS V 99.99
JAN072346 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN #2 (OF 7) 3.99
DEC068153 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN FINCH VAR #2 (OF 7) 3.99
DEC068152 DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER BORN JAE LEE SKETCH VAR #2 ( 3.99
JAN071959 DARKNESS ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP 19.99
AUG063639 DEAD AT 17 VOL 2 #3 (MR) (C: 0-1-2) 3.25
DEC063983 DEATH NOTE VOL 10 TP (C: 1-0-0) 7.99
JAN070258 DETECTIVE COMICS #829 2.99
DEC063437 DISGAEA 2 VOL 1 GN 9.99
DEC063531 DK GRAPHIC READERS CURSE OF CROCODILE GOD HC (C: 0 14.99
DEC063530 DK GRAPHIC READERS CURSE OF CROCODILE GODS SC (C: 3.99
DEC063533 DK GRAPHIC READERS INSTRUMENTS OF DEATH HC (C: 0-1 14.99
DEC063532 DK GRAPHIC READERS INSTRUMENTS OF DEATH SC (C: 0-1 3.99
DEC063535 DK GRAPHIC READERS PRICE OF VICTORY HC (C: 0-1-2) 14.99
DEC063534 DK GRAPHIC READERS PRICE OF VICTORY SC (C: 0-1-2) 3.99
DEC063537 DK GRAPHIC READERS TERROR TRAIL HC (C: 0-1-2) 14.99
DEC063536 DK GRAPHIC READERS TERROR TRAIL SC (C: 0-1-2) 3.99
SEP063273 DORK DECADE DORK TOWER 10TH ANNIV TP 15.99
DEC063785 DUNGEON PARADE VOL 1 TP 9.95
JAN071918 DYNAMO 5 #1 3.50
NOV063594 EC ARCHIVES TWO FISTED TALES VOL 1 HC (C: 0-1-2) 49.95
JAN072449 ESSENTIAL FANTASTIC FOUR VOL 3 TP NEW PTG 16.99
JAN073894 ESSEX COUNTY VOL 1 TALES FROM THE FARM TP (MR) 9.95
DEC060271 EX MACHINA VOL 5 SMOKE SMOKE TP (MR) 12.99
DEC060297 EXTERMINATORS VOL 2 INSURGENCY TP (MR) 12.99
NOV063396 FALL OF CTHULHU MAVLIAN CVR A #0 3.99
NOV063397 FALL OF CTHULHU WALPOLE CVR B #0 3.99
SEP062108 FANTASTIC FOUR #543 CW 3.99
SEP062108 FANTASTIC FOUR #543 CW 3.99
JAN072369 FANTASTIC FOUR THE END #6 (OF 6) 2.99
JAN072354 FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #18 2.99
NOV063823 FURRLOUGH #167 3.50
NOV063824 FURRLOUGH #168 3.50
OCT063166 GARTH ENNIS 303 TP (C: 0-1-2) 19.99
DEC063990 GENTLEMENS ALLIANCE VOL 1 TP (C: 1-0-0) 8.99
JAN072374 GHOST RIDER TRAIL OF TEARS #2 (OF 6) 2.99
JAN072374 GHOST RIDER TRAIL OF TEARS #2 (OF 6) 2.99
NOV063505 GI JOE DREADNOKS DECLASSIFIED SAUVE CVR A #2 (OF 3 4.99
DEC060263 GO GO HEAVEN VOL 1 (C: 1-0-0) 9.99
NOV063808 GRAPHIC HISTORY IRONCLADS AT WAR (C: 0-1-2) 9.95
AUG063688 GRIMM FAIRY TALES #12 (MR) 2.99
DEC060203 HELMET OF FATE ZAURIEL #1 2.99
DEC063490 HIGHLANDER #5 2.99
DEC063491 HIGHLANDER B&W HOMS SKETCH CVR INCV #5 2.99
JAN073838 HONOR BRIGADE #1 (OF 6) 2.95
JAN072371 HULK AND POWER PACK #1 (OF 4) 2.99
DEC063984 HUNTER X HUNTER VOL 13 TP (C: 1-0-0) 7.99
JAN072377 INCREDIBLE HULK #104 2.99
JAN072379 IRON MAN HYPERVELOCITY #3 (OF 6) 2.99
DEC063985 IS VOL 12 GN (C: 1-0-0) 7.99
JAN073896 JEFFERY BROWNS FEEBLE ATTEMPTS #1 (MR) (C: 0-1-0) 5.00
OCT063911 JEREMYVILLE SESSIONS HC (C: 0-1-2) 39.95
JAN070304 JONAH HEX #17 2.99
DEC060227 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #6 3.50
DEC060228 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VAR ED #6 3.50
JAN070325 JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED #31 2.25
JUL063808 KANA DE MANGA SPECIAL SOUND FX (C: 0-1-2) 9.99
JUL063046 KID KOSMOS GN SGN INCV (C: 0-1-1) 19.99
JAN073579 LA ESPERANCA VOL 6 GN (C: 1-0-0) 12.95
OCT060029 LITTLE LULU VOL 14 QUEEN LULU TP (C: 0-1-2) 9.95
NOV063557 LIVING AND THE DEAD GN 9.95
DEC063489 LONE RANGER DIRECTORS CUT #1 4.99
JAN070327 LOONEY TUNES #148 2.25
DEC060300 LOVELESS #16 (MR) 2.99
JAN073304 MABURAHO MANGA VOL 2 TP 9.99
JAN070307 MANHUNTER #29 2.99
JAN072382 MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #25 2.99
JAN072384 MARVEL ZOMBIES ARMY OF DARKNESS #1 2.99
DEC063993 MEGAMAN NT WARRIOR VOL 11 GN (C: 1-0-0) 7.99
JAN070349 MIDNIGHTER #5 2.99
JAN072385 MIGHTY AVENGERS #1 3.99
DEC062368 MS MARVEL VOL 2 CIVIL WAR PREMIERE HC 19.99
DEC063972 NARUTO VOL 13 TP (C: 1-0-0) 7.95
DEC061863 NAT TURNER BOOK 2 REVOLUTION TP 10.00
JAN072388 NEWUNIVERSAL #4 2.99
JAN070360 NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET #6 (MR) 2.99
JAN070264 NIGHTWING #130 2.99
DEC060185 NIGHTWING BROTHERS IN BLOOD TP 14.99
NOV062311 ONSLAUGHT REBORN #3 (OF 5) 2.99
NOV062311 ONSLAUGHT REBORN #3 (OF 5) 2.99
JAN070310 OUTSIDERS #46 2.99
OCT061880 PHONOGRAM #5 (OF 6) (MR) 3.50
DEC060267 PIECES OF A SPIRAL VOL 7 (C: 1-0-0) 9.99
AUG063136 PLANETARY BRIGADE ORIGINS #2 (OF 3) 3.99
DEC063977 PRINCE OF TENNIS VOL 18 GN (C: 1-0-0) 7.95
NOV063262 PUBLIC ENEMY #3 2.99
DEC063991 PUNCH VOL 3 GN (C: 1-0-0) 8.99
JAN072412 PUNISHER #45 (MR) 2.99
DEC063469 RED SONJA #20 2.99
DEC063470 RED SONJA CHEN B&W CVR INCV #20 2.99
JUL060045 ROMAN ALBUM SAMURAI CHAMPLOO TP (C: 1-1-2) 17.95
JAN070380 SCALPED #3 (MR) 2.99
JAN070056 SECRET #2 (OF 4) 2.99
DEC063571 SEEING THINGS SC 16.95
JAN070316 SHAZAM THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL #2 (OF 4) 5.99
JAN073554 SHEENA PREVIEW CVR A 0.99
JAN073555 SHEENA PREVIEW CVR B 0.99
DEC060242 SHOWCASE PRESENTS HOUSE OF MYSTERY VOL 2 TP 16.99
DEC063992 SKIP BEAT VOL 5 TP (C: 1-0-0) 8.99
DEC063320 SONIC X #17 2.25
OCT061883 SPAWN #165 2.95
JAN074109 SPECTRUM 1 SC NEW PTG (C: 0-1-2) 27.00
DEC068078 SPIDER-MAN REIGN 2ND PTG ANDREWS VAR #2 (OF 4) 3.99
JAN072443 SPIDER-MAN SAGA OF THE SANDMAN TP 19.99
OCT063015 SPIDER-MAN SINISTER 6 VULTURE MED STATUE (C: 1-1-4 85.00
JAN072394 SQUADRON SUPREME HYPERION VS NIGHTHAWK #3 (OF 4) 2.99
DEC060046 STAR WARS LEGACY #9 (C: 1-0-0) 2.99
DEC063220 STRANGERS IN PARADISE #88 2.99
DEC061866 STRONGARM #1 2.99
DEC060193 SUPERGIRL CANDOR TP 14.99
OCT060169 SUPERMAN BATMAN #32 2.99
DEC063759 TEMPLAR CHRONICLES THE HERETIC #1 3.50
JAN072448 THOR ETERNALS SAGA VOL 2 TP 24.99
DEC063402 TOMB RAIDER VOL 3 TP (BANDAI) (JUL068428) 9.99
JAN073698 TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS #12 3.99
DEC063644 TRANSFORMERS PRIME DIRECTIVE MOVIE PREQUEL #1 3.99
JAN073809 TRENTON DOYLE HANDBOOK (MR) 6.00
DEC063986 ULTIMATE MUSCLE VOL 16 GN (C: 1-0-0) 7.95
JAN072349 ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #106 2.99
DEC062289 ULTIMATE VISION #3 (OF 5) 2.99
JAN072410 UNCANNY X-MEN #484 2.99
DEC060250 UNCLE SAM AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS #8 (OF 8) 2.99
JAN070355 WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY #4 2.99
JAN070356 WELCOME TO TRANQUILITY VAR ED #4 2.99
JAN070343 WORLDSTORM #2 2.99
DEC063978 ZOMBIE POWDER VOL 3 TP (C: 1-0-0) 7.99
DEC063702 ZOMBIES ECLIPSE OF THE UNDEAD #4 (MR) 3.99

3 thoughts on “Shipping March 7th, 2007”

  1. I believe this is the issue of Captain America where he takes all the criticisms leveled against him to heart and gets a MySpace page and watches YouTube videos of techno songs set to anime clips.

    Sigh. “The lateness won’t matter when it’s in trade, but we’ll horribly date the story anyway.”

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