Monday, October 10, 2005

Stuff of Interest - December 2005

Interesting stuff, images of the same, as well as the solicitations and some of my comments.

THE BEST OF THE SPIRIT TP
Written by Will Eisner
Art and cover by Eisner
DC Comics is proud to present its first-ever collection celebrating the greatest stories by comics mastermind Will Eisner starring one of the most indelible characters ever created: The Spirit! THE BEST OF THE SPIRIT reprints 22 Spirit sections from 1940-1950, featuring famous first appearances, classic confrontations, human interest tales, and all those magnificent splash pages!
Eisner's blue-suit-clad, fedora-wearing crimefighter starred in hundreds of newspaper adventure stories that thrilled readers with Eisner's groundbreaking style. Eisner was a master of utilizing the comics format to its greatest strengths, and his Spirit stories are some of his finest examples!

This volume also features an introduction by New York Times best-selling novelist Neil Gaiman (THE SANDMAN).
On sale December 14 • 192 pg, FC, $14.99 US

Good to finally get an affordable volume of Eisner's classic. Hopefully the story selection will be smart enough to capture the variety of Eisner's best work.


A TREASURY OF VICTORIAN MURDER VOLUME 7: THE MURDER OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN SC
by Rick Geary
Now in paperback! Geary turns his attention to the most famous assassination of the Victorian era, that of President Lincoln. The details he reveals are fascinating. Booth worked with a group of disgruntled Southern sympathizers out to decapitate much of the US Executive branch, not just the President! Geary also details the flight of the culprits and the hot pursuit of federal agents.
SC, 6x9, 80pgs, B&W SRP: $8.95

I'm quite behind on these (I think I just have the first three), but I love Geary's artwork and look forward to reading this someday.


NAT TURNER #3
by Kyle Baker
All-action issue! AmericaÂ’s new favorite comic book hero Nat Turner wages his famed battle against the evil institution of slavery! Will he win? Witness the ultimate awesome shocking cataclysm, the results of which will change the universe forever!
32pgs, B&W (3 of 4) SRP: $3.00

NAT TURNER #4
by Kyle Baker
Everybody dies! The devastating conclusion! His army defeated, Natevades capture by fleeing into the swamp. After numerous close calls, he is apprehended, tried, and executed. His noble sacrifice inspires subsequent generations to bring true equality and freedom to the United States!
32pgs, B&W (4 of 4) SRP: $3.00

Read the first volume of this, and enjoyed it quite a bit, a lot more than some other recent Baker work. Good price, I'll probably continue picking up the individual issues rather than wait for the collection


AMELIA RULES! VOLUME 3: SUPERHEROES TP
by Jimmy Gownley
During the summer after fourth grade, Amelia and her friends dream of themselves with special powers in special situations: Reggie is a superhero, adventuring with sidekick Supertanner; Rhonda is Rapunzel, rescued by Reggie; and Amelia is a glowing fairy, pursued by an unknown menace.
SC, 7x10, 176pgs, FC SRP: $14.95

I've enjoyed the early issues of this I've read, so very good to see it coming out from a mainstream publisher.


DEADBEATS #75
by Richard Howell, Ricardo Villagran, & Louis Lachance
As the "Year of Climaxes" concludes, detective Mike Trigger uncovers the secret behind the roving city Chiroptolis and — along with Kirby, Mason, and Dakota Kane--invades it, to battle the bat-god Murcielago and discover the fates of the kidnapped Adam and Rachel Collier, in "The Unkindest Cult of All!"
32pgs, B&W SRP: $2.50

I've only read this occasionally, but it was pretty fun, and thought that Howell and Villagran getting up to 75 issues was worth a mention. You don't hear that noted often when long runs on comics are mentioned.


JACK STAFF #11
written by PAUL GRIST
art & cover by PAUL GRIST
He's the Eternal Warrior, a champion destined to wander through time and space for all eternity. Fighting. So what's he doing in the middle of a supermarket carpark in the center of Castletown? More fighting, really. And his fist opponent is John (Jack Staff) Smith! Also in this issue, find out the secret history of the Nazi Super Villain Kaptain Krieg!
December 29 • 32 pg • FC • $3.50

Yeah, there's no way #11 will be out by then. Still, a fun book whenever it does manage to straggle in.


AGE OF BRONZE #22
written by ERIC SHANOWER
art & cover by ERIC SHANOWER
“BETRAYAL” Part Three
Trojans attack! In the middle of a victory feast, battle erupts when Paris aims an arrow directly at Menelaus. Only the two Ajaxes stand between Menelaus and death. Then Achilles' fury mounts when he finds the feast started without him. Why don't Agamemnon and Odysseus mind the anger of Achilles?
December 7 • 24 pg • BW • $3.50

I'll probably stick with the eventual collections of this, but Shanower does manage to make each issue a satisfying and dense read for those who don't want to wait. Also he seems to be getting the issues out a bit faster now, which is nice to see.


PUNISHER: THE TYGER
Written by GARTH ENNIS
Penciled by JOHN SEVERIN
Cover by TIM BRADSTREET
DEADLY ONE-SHOT!
Long before he waged a one-man vendetta against organized crime, long before he was a young lieutenant waging war in the jungles of ‘Nam, Frank Castle was a 10-year-old boy growing up on the mean streets of Brooklyn. When a classmate commits suicide in the aftermath of an unspeakable act, young Frank uncovers a secret dark enough to blacken the purest of hearts. Thus begins his first journey on the road that will eventually turn him into the man known as the Punisher, a journey that will bring him face to face with the Tyger: a creature not made by God, but just as vital to the world as anything He created.
56 PGS. $4.99

I'll leaf through this for the Severin art, I'm not sure I'll buy it because of the Ennis writing, though. It'll have to be really top notch Severin. I do think the idea of stories of the Punisher as a 10-year-old is funny.


SHOWCASE PRESENTS: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA VOL. 1 TP
Written by Gardner Fox
Art by Mike Sekowsky, Carmine Infantino, Murphy Anderson and Bernard Sachs
Cover by Anderson
The newest installment in the SHOWCASE PRESENTS collection spotlights the JLA! In these stories from THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #28-30, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1-16 and MYSTERY IN SPACE #75, thrill to confrontations with intergalactic, mystical, and super-powered rogues such as Despero, Kanjar Ro, Dr. Destiny, Amos Fortune and Felix Faust!
On sale Dec 7 • 544 pg, B&W, $16.99 US

Loves me some early JLA, and nice to see the MYSTERY IN SPACE crossover issue with Adam Strange included.


CRISIS ON MULTIPLE EARTHS: THE TEAM-UPS VOL. 1 TP
Written by Gardner Fox and John Broome
Art by Carmine Infantino, Gil Kane and Murphy Anderson
Cover by Jerry Ordway
In these eight stories from the pinnacle of the Silver Age of DC Comics, thrill to the exploits of Green Lantern, Flash, Dr. Fate, Hourman, Black Canary and Starman as they oppose the Shade, Captain Cold, Solomon Grundy, and more! This volume collects THE FLASH #123, 129, 137, 151; GREEN LANTERN #40; SHOWCASE #55-56; THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #61.
On sale Dec 21 • 224 pg, FC, $14.99 US

A great idea for a companion to the MULTIPLE EARTHS collections of JLA/JSA crossovers, I'm especially looking forward to some of those FLASH issues and the GREEN LANTERN, which I don't think I've read.

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