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October 14, 2008

Pull List Analysis for October 15, 2008

Going to try to skip past the obvious “big books” this week — if you’re following Astonishing X-Men, Final Crisis tie-ins or Amazing Spider-Man I bet you’ll notice the big stacks of them at your local shop tomorrow. Here are some things that might not be so well-stocked:

Are you excited for Halloween? Publishers sure are! Marvel’s gearing up for round eighty-two of ZOMBIE COVER VARIANTS, and DC is putting out the ridiculously titled Superman & Batman vs. Werewolves & Vampires mini-series, and I’m going to be uncharitable and assume the title is the first and last thing you need to read about that book. Here are two slightly more palatable haunts:

monster-hulkHulk Monster-Size Special by Jeff Parker & Gabriel Hardman (Marvel Comics): Yes, this is Superhero Property vs. Universal Monster Property, just like S/BvW/V. But HMSS is a standalone one-shot rather than a six issue mini-series, which gives me hope for a punchy fun story light on exposition and high on goofy slugfests. It also helps that it’s written by Jeff Parker, who has shown a knack for big goofy fun in various Marvel Adventures books. Hopefully everyone will overlook the lack of Red Hulk, who according to Jeph Loeb is “the most popular character since Wolverine”!

Dear Dracula by Joshua Williamson and Vinny Navarrete (Image Comics): Image/Shadowline is rolling out a series of all-ages/children’s graphic novels, starting with Dear Dracula. Everything I know about the book and its creators can be found alongside a preview of the book at Newsarama. Looks cute, and the timing of the release is right.

There are plenty of options for people who like neither superhero nor supernatural this week too! For Western enthusiasts:
scalpedv3Jonah Hex volume 5: Luck Runs Out by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Various (DC Comics)
Scalped volume 3: Dead Mothers by Jason Aaron, R.M. Guera & John Paul Leon (DC/Vertigo)

For the past few years the writing team of Palmiotti and Gray have been chugging along putting out a monthly western comic, and lately they’ve been attracting some high profile collaborators: current superstars JH Williams III and Darwyn Cooke‘s contributions will end up in the sixth collection, but Luck Runs Out features art from Russ Heath, Jordi Bernet, John Higgins, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Rafael Garres and Stefano Landini. It’s an impressive set of creators.

We were pretty harsh on Scalped when we reviewed the first collection, but since then Aaron has jumped over to play in the Marvel Superhero sandbox to generally very pleasant effect. Between that and positive buzz around Scalped, I want to give it another chance. If you’ve enjoyed Aaron’s Wolverine, Ghost Rider or Black Panther, why not give it a chance as well? One nice thing about Vertigo, its trades are always affordable: 128 pages for ten bucks!


There’s also books out this week for fans of war comics:
War Is Hell: The First Flight Of The Phantom Eagle by Garth Ennis & Howard Chaykin (Marvel/MAX)
for fans of travelogues:
Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle (Drawn & Quarterly)
for fans of reprints of old Grant Morrison licensed comics from the 1980s:
Grant Morrison’s Doctor Who #1 (of 2) by Grant Morrison & John Ridgeway (IDW Publishing)

Plus there’s the third issue of RASL from Jeff Smith and Cartoon books, the paperback release of Percy Carey and Ronald Wimberly’s Sentences: The Life of MF Grimm and the second collection of Jason Lutes’s Berlin. Here’s Jon telling you why to check out Berlin:

Berlin is Jason Lutes’ masterpiece, a project that’s been ongoing for a decade and is only now releasing its second of three planned collected volumes, each comprised of eight single issues that Drawn & Quarterly has released serially — and sparingly — since 1998. The series is about the decline and fall of the Weimar Republic, the provisional German government established after the end of the First World War and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The first volume, City of Stones, traces an ensemble cast from the last days of 1928 to the disastrous May Day demonstrations in the streets of Berlin on May 1st, 1929; this volume picks up right where the first left off. It is one of the best examples of the power of funnybooks to tell historical fiction as well as stories in more fanciful genres, and is an exceptional demonstration of craft by Lutes. Pick it up.

What looks good that we missed? Let us know!


  1. “Superman & Batman vs. Werewolves & Vampires”

    Let me guess: In the last half of the last issue, NINJAS ATTACK.

    Comment by DensityDuck — October 15, 2008 @ 1:52 pm

  2. Wow, Berlin looks awesome. The rest of this list is really uninspiring, though. At least I’ll save some money this week.

    Comment by Jamaal Thomas — October 15, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

  3. Berlin IS awesome. It’s taking him fucking forever to do it, though.

    Comment by Aaron Poehler — October 15, 2008 @ 5:45 pm

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