What’s I&N Store (7/22)

I took my daughter Avery to see her first in-theater movie on Monday. We saw Inside Out.  Sure, I loved the movie, but I loved even more how much Avery loved the experience of sitting in a deep theater seat with a Joy figurine in her cup holder and her own bag of popcorn in her lap, pieces of popcorn impatiently passing her lips, while watching an emotional atom bomb of a movie explode on an impossibly large screen. I loved her perfectly-timed giggly glances; I loved how we turned to one another with tears in our eyes and how she held onto my arm, her head on my shoulder until the end.

But the excitement of the afternoon didn’t end there. We were on the road talking about our favorite parts of the movie when–noticing in the rearview mirror that she wasn’t fiddling with her Joy figurine–I paused to ask if she had remembered to grab Joy on the way out of the theater. She said she had forgotten Joy, that she had left her in the cup holder!  As expected, in Joy’s absence, Sadness took over: Avery started bawling. “I want Joy!” were the only words that rose above the sobs. I promised her that I’d turn back and that we’d save Joy; I told her that this was going to be our journey, one not unlike the journey that Joy herself went on to save Riley. We met with a few obstacles–including an antagonistic red left turn arrow, which didn’t give a green that we were in a rush, skipping over us once as the lights cycled round the intersection; and a stubborn garbage truck that simply refused to get out of our way as it seemed to contemplate the value of each off ramp before finally choosing one–the one that immediately preceded the ramp to which we were racing.

Once in the multiplex lobby, we presented a stub to a ticket taker and explained our plight. She wished us luck and we ranranran–we knew the way–straight ahead, to the left, last theater on the right, which had–uh oh!–already started–oh no!–letting people in for the next showing. I hopedhopedhoped that some sticky-fingered kid hadn’t already found Avery’s Joy and sadly made it his own, that we weren’t going to be stuck with a sad ending–with a blue-tinged core memory. I was ready, however, to ask around–to plead; to pay, as necessary–if Joy wasn’t where Avery had left her. Luckily, no one was sitting in the row we had sat in, but the row below it was filled with kids, most of whom were most assuredly sticky fingered already! I got nervous as we climbed the steps and revisited our row. I stuck my hand in every blinking cup holder in that flipping row; and wouldn’t you know: no Joy. I turned to Avery and told her, “She’s not here, baby girl.” “I want my Joy,” she cried. She caught the attention of the kids and the adult in the row just below us. I asked them if they had happened to find a Joy figurine as they found their seats.   They apologized. I told Avery to wait right there and I got on my hands and knees. I reached under the seats that I supposed had been ours and knocked pieces of popcorn here and there; and as I did so, one of the kids in the row below reached over his seat and used his cellphone as a flashlight, illuminating the freakishly florescent popcorn–a lot of popcorn–did any popcorn make its way into Avery’s mouth?–and, amongst the kernels, Avery’s Joy. “Daddy saves the day!” celebrated the adult, probably a mom, who understood the import of the moment. I handed the figurine to Avery, thanked the clever kid with the cellphone, scooped Avery up and skipped down the steps. “Are you happy, baby?” “Uh huh. Can we go home now?” “We sure can.”

As we drove home, we were talking about our favorite parts of the movie and how cool it was that we had a journey of our own when–noticing in the rearview mirror that she was playing with Joy–I paused to say, “I love you, Avery.” She said, “I love you, too. I had fun on our date, Daddy.” “On our date?” I laughed. “I did, too, baby girl. I did, too.”

Boy, I can’t wait for a comic book to have that same effect on us.  Hmm.  Maybe one of these’ll do the trick:

  • Archie Vs. Predator #4 (Dark Horse)
  • Fight Club 2 #3 (Dark Horse)
  • Frankenstein Underground #5 (Dark Horse)
  • Mind MGMT #35 (Dark Horse): I&N Demand I cried plenty during Inside Out–and, full disclosure, during the volcanic short that preceded it.  You know: lava, tears.  My investment in those weren’t nearly the investment I have in Mind MGMT.  We’re two issues away from my being reduced to nerd jerky.  Speaking of being reduced: poor Meru!  She’s been laid out; her future’s in question–she’s on the brink!–and a cute K-9 strapped with C-4 has come to her rescue.  Yeah, Mind MGMT. is. about.  to. blow. up!  Cue tears.
Mind MGMT #35

Mind MGMT #35

  • We Are Robin #2 (DC)
  • Sidekick #11 (Image)
  • Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #6 (Image)
  • Wolf #1 (Image): Just I&N Ales Kot is comic’s most compelling read–as long as he’s in his own world.  Lucky for us, Wolf‘s his.  Anticipate crime noir like you’ve never read befoir: a stream a flood of consciousness that’ll leave you drowning in daddy issues.  Or.  Maybe.  Not.  Heck, I’m imagining Brubaker and Phillips’ Criminal on ‘shrooms; Miller’s Sin City on youthful arrogance.  Whatever the result, I’m pretty confident that we’re in for a treat–a dust-laced Milk Bone, perhaps?
Wolf #1

Wolf #1

  • Magneto #20 (Marvel)
  • The Disciples #2 (Black Mask): I&N Demand A solid first issue’s worth of exposition–which never seemed to drag despite the conspicuous lack of action–with a shared WTF? hook at the end sold me on this slice of sci-fi horror from Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten.  Reminded a bit of Garth Ennis’s recently-wrapped Caliban (Avatar), which ended up being really good.  So, yeah, I’m ready for more.
The Disciples #2

The Disciples #2

  • Mayday #4 (Black Mask): I&N Demand “Chaos reigns,” indeed!  Curt Pires is lighting fires and is letting them burn down everything in sight!  Has been solidly amorphous through three.  I sure as hell hope the end note follows suit–by shooting the massive expectations that have been built up after three idiosyncratic issues in the effing head.
Mayday #4

Mayday #4

Avery’s Pick of the Week

  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #32 (IDW): Have I mentioned that Avery loves her Ponies?  If Applejack’s featured, all the better.  Guarantees that Grammy’s going to mention–again–that her father’s CB handle was Applejack.  Gosh, Avery just loves that little tidbit of information!
My Little Pony #32

My Little Pony #32

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

What’s I&N Store (7/15)

Getting this week’s list put together was like pulling teeth.

No, really: Tooth #31–Steve–was ripped from my head-Hallelujah!–after having gotten on my last nerves.  Dentist’s promise: no more pain and a clearer brain.  Oral surgeon seconded; so el lidocaine did flow.

Don’t need to be anesthetized to pull these incisive installments, a few on the cuspid of greatness:

  • BPRD: Hell on Earth #133 (Dark Horse)
  • Death Head #1 (Dark Horse)
  • Astro City #25 (DC/Vertigo)
  • Hawkeye #22 (Marvel): I&N Demand The honest-to-goodness final issue!  Hell, I wouldn’t mind if Fraction and Aja were to return every four or five months with another final issue.
Hawkeye #22

Hawkeye #22

  • Silver Surfer #13 (Marvel): I&N Demand In the wake of #11, #12 could’ve easily been a disaster.  Wasn’t–not by a long shot.  The issue itself was lotus flower that I ate blissfully–so blissfully that the final-splash kiss fully satisfied.  A love story fueled by the power cosmic–there is no love higher!  And there’s no book, er, better in the Marvel U.
Silver Surfer #13

Silver Surfer #13

  • Where Monsters Dwell #3 (Marvel)
  • Book of Death #1 (Valiant)
  • Crossed +100 #6 (Avatar): I&N Demand Re: #5: All the proof you need that Alan Moore is the best there is.  His handling of Salt’s journal was undeniably Nabokovian!  I’m kind of getting all arthritic as I’m typing this: #6 brings an end to Moore’s meticulous run, but his vision will carry on: a way-with-words son, Si Spurrier–who just so happened to win the 2013 Innie Award for Best Writer–is up next.  Before that all goes down, there’s this:
Crossed +100 #6

Crossed +100 #6

  • The Fiction #2 (BOOM!)
  • Giant Days #5 (BOOM!)
  • Mercury Heat #1 (Avatar): Just I&N Kieron Gillen goes sci-fi under the Avatar banner.  What’s not to love?
Mercury Heat #1

Mercury Heat #1

  • Oh, Killstrike #3 (BOOM!)
  • Rachel Rising #35 (Abstract Studio)

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

What’s I&N Store (7/8)

My weekly haul: is it getting better?

I say: #1 love/#1 life/When it’s #1 need in the night/It’s #1 love.

You, too?

I hope they don’t disappoint me/or leave a bad taste in [my] mouth.

The way to make sure that doesn’t happen: follow my advice to my youngest: we read comics, we don’t eat comics.  That girl–my youngest–is a serial cover ripper; she’s Paige the Ripper.  Yeah, it’s name destiny.

  • Harrow County #3 (Dark Horse): Suffering from witch hangover?  Wait.  Slightly different, but better: Suffering from witchdrawal?  Of course you are.  So what if Bunn’s a bit late to the black mass?  Here’s the skinny: his brew’s bubbling over with enough interesting notes–some familiar, some familial–to draw me in for another evil–and, thanks to Tyler Crook, beautiful–ladle-full.  On one warted hand: it ain’t Sabrina, that’s for damn sure.  On the other: it ain’t Wytches–thank Satan.  My one fear: it’s going to drag on for no good reason.
  • Rebels #4 (Dark Horse): Have Mercy!  Re: #3: Wood slowed things down–a lot–in order to deliver a backwoods backstory, in order to develop further–and, ultimately, sell–Seth, whose narration is equal parts addition and subtraction.  Wood generally uses narration to great effect–as seen in the recently-put-to-rest The Massive; but here, it’s a bit uneven, perhaps a result of the temporal trip, which, plays as one step back and one step forward, leaving us, in the end, kind of where we started.  That’s not what I signed up for, but I’m marching on.
  • Negative Space #1 (Dark Horse):  Ryan Lindsay and Owen Gieni had me with “writer’s block [getting] in the way of [a] suicide note.”  That brand of pathetic is my morning sun!  The simplicity of the idea–despite its dour note–inspires.  The rest of the premise (uncovering conspiracies, blah, blah–a potential Duh Vinci Code facsimile) could be a conveyor belt of clouds with cruel designs on my otherwise perfect day of unspoiled pessimism.  It could turn Colder; it could play a bit like Neverboy; hey, it could also grow into its own thing.  That’s why we read ’em, folks.
  • The Tomorrows #1 (Dark Horse): Curt Pires is killing it on Black Mask’s Mayday; as a result, he’s earned Must Try status.  Throw in a Zero-tolerance approach to the art duties–a different artist on each issue–and I’m ready to throw it in my bag without looking.  Regarding the premise, Previews hands down the following sentence: “The future: Art is illegal.”  Reminds of the most recent issue of Low, which was ridiculously good–a highpoint for the series, no doubt.  More of a turn on than a turn off.
  • Injection #3 (Image): #1 was a whole lot of What?  Plenty was drawn up; but in the end, Ellis and Shalvey’s singular thumb was poised smugly on the plunger with no clear sign that it was ready to push.  #2, however, brought the Injection for which I was hoping: it hit like an issue of Moon Knight.  Considering how great their short run was–how special their storytelling was–it would’ve been a shame if they didn’t hit some of the same narrative notes.
  • Saga #30 (Image): Throwing death around like the book’s in its death throes.  Unfortunately, the great Saga hasn’t been great of late.  The big page turns aren’t as big as they used to be; the irreverent moments don’t support the emotional bombs like they used to.  Yeah, the surprise is gone, the excitement gone; it’s missionary, once a month.
  • Starve #2 (Image): I&N Demand I love the desperation, the arrogance of Wood’s first course.  I love that Chef Cruikshank’s not so different in spirit from Callum Israel and that Zezelj’s art is a massive leap from–yet reminds of–his work on The Massive, which I miss so much.  I love the Heart of Darkness-ish riff on hunger and Wood’s fileting of foodies and chef celebs.  So, yeah, I guess I liked #1 enough to try another.  Cut me off another piece, man–I’m starving!
Starve #2

Starve #2

  • Archie #1 (Archie): Just I&N Seems like an obvious choice for our Just I&N pick of the week, doesn’t it?  Think about it: there’s really no other choice.  Mark Waid and Fiona Staples have paired up to remake Riverdale!  Sure, Afterlife With Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina have already altered the Archieverse in unexpected ways; but–using DC’s Multiverse as a frame of reference–they’re set in Riverdale-2.  This is the Riverdale; this is classic Archie–the Archie–getting a modern makeover.  This is a huge undertaking, you know, with a world–one born in 1941–in the balance.  This, folks, is exciting.
Archie #1

Archie #1

  • Bloodshot: Reborn #4 (Valiant): Speaking of exciting: this one ain’t.  Therapist couch revelation: Bloodsquirt makes me want to hurt myself.  Ugh!  Just thinking about him makes my blood boil!  I may have to pass, if only to protect myself.  I hate typing it: it’s further proof that Jeff Lemire has trouble connecting with his characters and with his audience outside of his creator-owned work.
  • Death Sentence: London #2 (Titan): Re: #1: Montynero’s energy is infectious, and Martin Simmonds’ art harnesses it well.  Together, they’ve delivered a solid extension of the original series.
  • Providence #2 (Avatar): I&N Demand Re: #1: Patient and precise storytelling from Alan Moore.   It’s exposition at its finest.  You get the sense that Mr. Moore is in complete control, and it feels frighteningly good: his dialogue delivers what it needs to, just enough to feed curiosity; his transitions are sharp as a ritual dagger; but the most powerful proof: the four-panel bookends that are page one and page twenty-six.

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  • The Sadhu: Birth of the Warrior #1 (Graphic India): Why the hell not?  The premise has me thinking Orwell’s “Shooting an Elephant” gone mystical.  Chuck Dixon’s doing the wordy work, so I’m on board.
  • Strange Fruit #1 (BOOM!): The water and the tension are rising in this period piece from Mark Waid and J.G. Jones.  I wonder if Waid’s wading in the racist river of 1920s Mississippi in response to the roiling race relations that have been plaguing us of late or if this has been in the works for a while.  Even though Waid’s social-issue-of-the-month approach to Daredevil hurt Ol’ Horn Head more than a brawl with Bullseye, I’m willing to give this one a go because I know what I’m getting into–and it’s probably going to be pretty good.
  • Transference #1 (Black Mask): Yeah: grab it before you can’t.  Why?  Not because of Michael Moreci (I haven’t loved his stuff).  Certainly not because it’s a time-travel comic (that’s right, time-travel fans, it’s another time-travel comic!).  Here’s the big because: it’s a Black Mask book!  Count ’em, kids: #1: We Can’t Go Home.  #2: Mayday.  #3: The Disciples.  #4: Space Riders.  Really good stuff.  It’d be foolish not to try this one.

Avery’s Pick of the Week

  • Scooby-Doo! Where Are You? #59 (DC): Avery loves Shaggy.  Perhaps I should start worrying now.
Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #59

Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #59

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

What’s I&N Store (7/1)

Kicked off summer vacation with a folk-rockin’ concert–Richard Thompson in NYC–and an empanada-fueled stroll into infinity along the naturban High Line.  Spent a schizophrenic Sunday in Davis Park; and for two pain-in-the-grass days, I fought the lawn–and the lawn won.  Quite a ride thus far.  Vacation really doesn’t start, however, until noon on Wednesday.

  • Neverboy #5 (Dark Horse)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #47 (IDW)
  • Airboy #2 (Image): I&N Demand Re: #1: James Robinson rocks as comicdom’s version of Hank Moody in a masturbatory exercise that makes Robinson required reading again!  As cocky as a book can get–though not quite as cocky as most of Danzig’s Verotik line from the mid-’90s, but plenty cocky in it’s own right, thanks to Greg Hinkle, whose pen is large and in charge!  Cover your eyes!  When Airboy finally showed up, I sighed with concern, fearful that his appearance would let the air out of the book–one that I’m super excited about.  Gosh, I hope this thing takes off…
Airboy #2

Airboy #2

  • No Mercy #4 (Image)
  • Satellite Sam #15 (Image): I&N Demand The story–Fraction’s brilliant black and Michael White-focused arc–ends here.  Big time bummer!  Each issue is an epic battle between class and crass.  Few books are as consistently great as Satellite Sam.  Sad to see it sign off–even if only for an extended hiatus.
Satellite Sam #15

Satellite Sam #15

  • We Stand On Guard #1 (Image): For thee: We Stand On Guard didn’t make the I&N Demand cut and has been trumped by The Spire for our one Just I&N designation; but, c’mon: it’s Brian K. Vaughan!  He’s fixing to make some magic north of the border!  Oh, I can hear the chatter already: It’s not as good as Saga, man; or: Man, this is so much better than Saga!  For worse or better, that’s what this book’s up against.  I’m hoping for the latter, especially since Saga‘s lost some its soul of late.
  • The Wicked + The Divine #12 (Image): I&N Demand Wow.  #11 delivered one of those unforgettable Didn’t see it comin’ moments.  Similar to Satellite Sam, this is a book that kills it month after month: Gillen, McKelvie, and Wilson are as in sync as creators can be, dropping perfect pop songs twenty-two pages at a time.
The Wicked + The Divine #12

The Wicked + The Divine #12

  • Zero #18 (Image): I&N Demand Our early favorite for book of the year–from an early favorite for writer of the year, Ales Kot–ends here, leaving us, appropriately, with an empty space that may never be filled.  Sure, Kot’s exploring similar themes in The Surface and Material; but this is clearly his baby–one that’s grown up way too fast.  Damn.
Zero #18

Zero #18

  • Broken World #2 (BOOM!)
  • The Bunker #12 (Oni)
  • Grant Morrison’s 18 Days #1 (Graphic India)
  • The Spire #1 (BOOM!): Just I&N The fellas behind one of our favorite books of 2013–the high-caliber Six-Gun Gorilla–are back!  Spurrier and Stokely laid down some serious–and not-so serious–layers in their meta-fiction miracle mini; I’ve been practicing my pinching skills ever since, and, boy, am I ready to do some peeling!
The Spire #1

The Spire #1

  • Über #26 (Avatar)
  • War Stories #10 (Avatar): I&N Demand What are Ennis and Aira going to do to follow up the high-risk and near-perfect “The Last German Winter”?  They’re sticking with WWII and sending a band of Irish boys–who have a lot of fight in ’em–to Germany.  It’s Guinness vs. Beck’s in a long-pour showdown that’s bound to satisfy ’til the last drop–of Nazi blood!
War Stories #10

War Stories #10

  • X-O Manowar #38 (Valiant)

Avery’s Picks of the Week

  • Scooby-Doo Team-Up #11 (DC)
  • Mickey Mouse #1 (IDW): No doubt about it: Avery loves Mickey!
Mickey Mouse #1

Mickey Mouse #1

  • My Little Pony: Friends Forever #18 (IDW)

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

What’s I&N Store (6/24)

This is the school year that just won’t end!  The tests seem to be multiplying like rabbits–which is our fault for putting them into envelopes and for leaving them unsupervised in the safe overnight.  That’s right: we could very well be grading our collective way into summer vacation!  How dedicated are we!

OK.  Not that dedicated.

This, however, is the definition of dedication:

  • Fight Club 2 #2 (Dark Horse)
  • Frankenstein Underground #4 (Dark Horse)
  • Suiciders #5 (DC/Vertigo)
  • Superman #41 (DC): I&N Demand Gene Luen Yang takes the reigns and offers some hope for the Superman slice of the post-Convergence DCU.  Wondering what he’ll bring to the Kryptonian born Kryptonian.  Wondering if he’ll bring the wonder back to the greatest hero of ’em all.  Morrison’s New 52 Action Comics hit some of those notes; otherwise, it’s been a rough go.  Hoping, too, that John Romita, Jr.’s re-energized after having pretty much punted his way out of his arc with Johns.
Superman #41

Superman #41

  • The Fade Out #7 (Image)
  • Invisible Republic #4 (Image): I&N Demand Truth: yes, I’ve compared IR to its contemporaries Lazarus and The Bunker; through three, however, I’m more excited about what’s going on here than I am about what’s going on in those other books.  That’s high praise considering how good Lazarus is and how good The Bunker was. The book’s flawlessly layered–reminding of the tight storytelling that initially sold me on The Bunker–and reads at a snappy pace.  I hope that holds–at least through the first arc.
Invisible Republic #4

Invisible Republic #4

  • Material #2 (Image): I&N Demand Material #1 was as Kotish as Change, Zero, and The Surface.  No surprise: Kot writes with a distinctive Kotish dialect, delivering an engagingly egotistical, pseudo-intellectual poetry slam that screams southpaw politics and daddy issues.  That’s right: as long as he’s living in his own world, Kot’s a keeper.
Material #2

Material #2

  • Rasputin #6 (Image)
  • Daredevil #16 (Marvel)
  • Where Monsters Dwell #2 (Marvel): I&N Demand The opening salvo saw Ennis playing familiar notes to perfection in a monstrously cheeky Battlefields/War Stories clone.  I generally hate dinosaurs in my comics; and it doesn’t help that I suffered through the monstrously cheesy Jurassic World the other night.  Gonna have faith in Mr. Ennis, however; I’m gonna trust that he’s got the tyrannosaurus by the tail.
Where Monsters Dwell #2

Where Monsters Dwell #2

  • Annihilator #6 (Legendary)
  • The Black Hood #5 (Archie)
  • Mayday #3 (Black Mask): I&N Demand You’ll find yourself shouting mayday at your LCS if you’re too late–yet again!–to snag a copy of Mayday.  Kleio on the cross–it’s friggin’ crazy! 
Mayday #3

Mayday #3

  • Ninjak #4 (Valiant)

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

What’s I&N Store (6/17)

Testing, proctoring, grading, cleaning: yup, it’s the end of the year–a very long year.  It’s been a long year of long lists of comics, too, which has made the work side of things a tad more tolerable.  Unfortunately, while I am diligently turning lots of pages, I’m not as diligently writing about them.  Hope to get that straightened out once the summer kicks in full force.  Until then…

  • Archie vs. Predator #3 (Dark Horse)
  • BPRD: Hell on Earth #132 (Dark Horse)
  • Mind MGMT #34 (Dark Horse) I&N Demand  It’s about to go down!  Man, I am equal parts excited and, not surprisingly, sad.  Why–why!–can’t all good things go on forever?
Mind MGMT #34

Mind MGMT #34

  • Alex + Ada #15 (Image) I&N Demand  Speaking of all good things: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn’s under-the-radar beautiful slice of humanity comes to an end here with #15.  I’m a bit nervous.  Sometimes flash-forward finales work–Weeds mostly worked, right?–and sometimes they don’t: Dawson’s Creek, anyone?  I don’t care if I sound like a Luna-tic: I have a feeling this one’s gonna work out perfectly.  I mean, after fourteen pretty perfect issues, is there any other way for this thing to end?
Alex + Ada #15

Alex + Ada #15

  • Lazarus #17 (Image)
  • Low #7 (Image)
  • Southern Bastards #9 (Image) I&N Demand This book’s been pretty damn boss, no?  #9 kicks off a new arc and promises more of the same terrific storytelling from Aaron and Latour.
Southern Bastards #9

Southern Bastards #9

  • Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #5 (Image) I&N Demand Re: #4: Oops.  So that didn’t work out the way it was planned.  Kudos, of course, to Mr. Lapham for planning it out that way.
Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #5

Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #5

  • Magneto #19 (Marvel)
  • Bloodshot: Reborn #3 (Valiant)
  • The Fiction #1 (BOOM!) Just I&N Curt Pires won me over with Mayday #1.  As a result, he’s an easy Must Try.  This layered trip into the realm of fiction sounds like a mash-up of Stand By Me and The Neverending Story.  Yes, please!
The Fiction #1

The Fiction #1

  • Giant Days #4 (BOOM!) I&N Demand Fun and crazy funny!  It’s true: I’m having a stressful week.  Luckily for me, BOOM!’s got the cure: Giant Days’ intoxicating twenty-two pages are my Friday happy hour on a Wednesday afternoon.
Giant Days #4

Giant Days #4

  • Oh, Killstrike #2 (BOOM!)
  • X-O Manowar #37 (Valiant)

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

What’s I&N Store (6/10)

Linda Loman’s line ” Life is a casting off” comes to mind with the death of another school year.  As my seniors take flight, I’ll be left in the nest–for another nineteen years of fated school years and of casting off–kids and tears.

Thank goodness I’ve got some comics to look forward to!

  • Harrow County #2 (Dark Horse)
  • Rebels #3 (Dark Horse)
  • Section 8 #1 (DC): I&N Demand Ennis and McCrea having a go Hitman-style?  Hell yes!
Section 8 #1

Section 8 #1

  • Injection #2 (Image)
  • Nameless #4 (Image)
  • Saga #29 (Image)
  • Starve #1 (Image): Just I&N This book was as inevitable, wasn’t it?  It’s Knife Fight–Ilan Hall’s televised foodie fight club–on steroids!  That’s right: it’s not your–or the Chairman’s–uncle’s Iron Chef.  “Allez [effing] cuisine,” indeed!  It’s a chef of a different mettle entirely.  It’s Brian Wood’s most massively anticipated new release, if only for the crazy recipe he’s cooked up with The Massive collaborator Danijel Zezelj.
Starve #1

Starve #1

  • Silver Surfer #12 (Marvel) I&N Demand No comic has ever had as many twists and turns as the cosmically courageous Silver Surfer #11.  Truly a perfect ride from Slott and Allred.  No reason to expect anything less here.  The cover does, in fact, look half Radd.
Silver Surfer #12

Silver Surfer #12

  • Crossed +100 #5 (Avatar)
  • Death Sentence: London #1 (Titan) I&N Demand Montynero’s my hero, dammit!  The first go-round with Death Sentence made me a fan for life!  The book had that Brit bite that’s always a bloody delight.  Can’t wait to see what he’s got in store for The Smoke.
Death Sentence: London #1

Death Sentence: London #1

  • The Disciples #1 (Black Mask) I&N Demand Black Mask is making black magic, boys and girls–and it seems that everyone’s kind of figured that out.  Their books are flying off of the shelves quickly, in many cases, leaving our man Derek without–and he goes to Midtown Comics Times Square, for goodness sake!  Better grab this one if you see it: the Black Masker himself, Steve Niles, along with Christopher Mitten, deliver what’s billed as a “ghost story in space”; so, yeah: grab one for yourself and one for a friend–you know, the one who probably won’t make it out to the shop until five o’clock.  Don’t want him to be punished for his procrastination–or for his taking care of stupid responsibilities, like finishing up his work or picking up his kids.
The Disciples #1

The Disciples #1

  • Hit: 1957 #3 (BOOM!)
  • Rachel Rising #34 (Abstract Studio)
  • We Can Never Go Home #3 (Black Mask): I&N Demand For some it’s more like We Can Never Find This Damn Book.  I understand your frustration.  OK, no I don’t.  I haven’t missed one yet.  And if you have, let me tell you: you’re really missing out if you’ve missed out.  True, true: we’re only through two, but what a two it’s been.  It’s Lucas meets Bonnie and Clyde with a side of superpowers, which makes things undeniably interesting–and which makes this book a must buy.  You should never go home from the comic shop without it.
We Can Never Go Home #3

We Can Never Go Home #3

Avery’s Pick of the Week

  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #31 (IDW)
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #31

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #31

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

 

What’s I&N Store (6/3)

I’m super-behind in my reading, super-behind in my writing, super-behind in my grading, in my daddying and hubbying–so I guess that cinches it: I’ve finally found my superhero name:

This hero ain’t frontin’–he’s completely behind!

He’s Super Behind!

  • Neverboy #4 (Dark Horse)
  • Millennium #5 (IDW)
  • The Last Fall #4 (IDW)
  • Airboy #1 (Image): Just I&N James Robinson’s been mostly unreadable ever since we named his shimmering The Shade one of our Top Books of 2012.  Sure, this has the potential of being a masturbatory mess à la Fraction’s Sex Criminals; but I’m willing to yank it from the shelf and to save it, perhaps, for some light bathroom reading.
Airboy #1

Airboy #1

  • The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #6 (Image): I&N Demand I’ve been enjoying it; Derek’s been loving it–enough for Busiek’s best–yes, it’s better than the Eisner nominated Astro City–to finally crack our super-behind Top 5 Books of March.
The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #6

The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #6

  • No Mercy #3 (Image): I&N Demand Alex De Campi and Carla Speed McNeil are showing no mercy–at all–in this beautiful bus-wreck of a book–one with serious bite, that’s for sure!  Wasn’t even on my radar when #1 dropped.  Silly me.
No Mercy #3

No Mercy #3

  • The Wicked + The Divine #11 (Image): I&N Demand Don’t usually agree with the Eisner noms.  Definitely agree with this one, though: once a month, for 22 pages, Gillen and McKelvie are frickin’ gods.
The Wicked + The Divine #11

The Wicked + The Divine #11

  • Zero #17 (Image): I&N Demand Kot’s clearly putting 100% into Zero.  We’ve celebrated it as a Top Ten book the last two years–and it’s headed in the very same direction for 2015.  The last two issues have been big-time brilliant.  in them, Kot has waded into some heady territory, delivering along the way the comic book equivalent of psychedelic mushrooms.  OK, so, I’ve never taken ‘shrooms; but I’m pretty confident that burrowing into Burroughs’ brain in this vein is exactly the same experi–  What?  It’s–it’s not like that at all?  Well, even if it isn’t exactly like that, it’s got to be somewhat simil– Huh?  Not even similar?  All right.  Fine.  It’s not like taking ‘shrooms–not at all.  Still a damn fine trip.
Zero #17

Zero #17

  • Arcadia #2 (BOOM!)
  • Brides of Helheim #6 (Oni)
  • Broken World #1 (BOOM!)
  • The Bunker #11 (Oni)
  • The Sixth Gun: Valley of Death #1 (Oni)
  • War Stories #9 (Avatar): I&N Demand While Ennis’s trip to Israel tanked unexpectedly, this WWII-focused arc–with it’s spotlight shining sincerely on a group of heroic Nazis–has been filled with dread, leaving us waiting, with every page turn, for the other jackboot to drop.  Come on: who else can pull that off?
War Stories #9

War Stories #9

Avery’s Picks of the Week

  • My Little Pony: Friendship Forever #17 (IDW)
  • Feathers #6 (BOOM!): My girl loves her Feathers!
Feathers #6

Feathers #6

 

 

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

What’s I&N Store (5/27)

And this post’s late, baby now, this post is late

though I really did try to write it

somethin’ inside my bag is wide

and I just can’t indite it, oh, no, no…

(My apologies to Carole King.)

  • Fight Club 2 #1 (Dark Horse): Sure, following up the punch-perfect Fight Club with a comic series sounds like a dangerous proposition; but if anyone is suited to do it, it’s Chuck.  The first rule of Fight Club 2: buy it with high–read two ways, duh– expectations.
  • Mister X: Razed #4 (Dark Horse): All of a sudden, it’s more Mister Expository, and I’m less excited.  Damn.  Talk about razed expectations!
  • PastAways #3 (Dark Horse): Can’t say I love it.  I did like #2 more than I liked #1, however.  Feels Kindt-y enough–especially the zoomy 10x-planations.
  • Sandman: Overture #5 (DC/Vertigo): Gaiman and Williams III took some serious liberties with the fermata following #4.  I bet this one’s gonna be gorgeous.  I also bet that I’m going to have to research #4 in order to get my bearings straight.  Yeah, curvy bearings kinda suck.
  • Suiciders #4 (DC/Vertigo): Hasn’t been terrible.  Bermejo’s offering enough on both ends to keep my interest.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #46 (IDW): The earthquake that was #44 generated a strong aftershock with #45.  Wonder what this one’s going to register on the ol’ Richter I&N scale.
  • Invisible Republic #3 (Image) I&N Demand And to think I almost passed on #1!  Has a great feel to it–one not unlike that of Lazarus and The Bunker.
Invisible Republic #3

Invisible Republic #3

  • Material #1 (Image): I&N Demand At this point, I can’t get enough Ales Kot–as long as he’s writing his own trippy stuff, of course.  There are zero reasons not to buy this.  His is as unique a voice you’re going to find in comics today.
Material #1

Material #1

  • They’re Not Like Us #6 (Image): OK, so, we’ve finally established the book’s Voice!  #5 left us hanging off a couple of cliffs.  Good thing this series is designed to get right to it; yeah, Stephenson and friends have got us covered.  In that way, other comics are not at all like this one.
  • Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #12 (Marvel): I&N Demand Kaare Andrews has done some beautiful work on this series.  As I’ve mentioned: he’s brought a Kindt-like kinetic energy to his visual narrative; it’s truly been a marvel.  Sad to see it go.
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #12

Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #12

  • Where Monsters Dwell #1 (Marvel): Garth Ennis and Russ Braun head back to the front–this time, however, the battlefield–er, Battleworld–is in the Marvel Universe!  It’s fight and flight–à la Night Witch; so you know I’m down!
  • The Black Hood #4 (Archie): Save for some odd transitions, The Black Hood has been pretty good.  It’s criminally dark and gritty, thanks to the career-defining work from Michael Gaydos.  Reminds me of one of my favorite books: Wolfman and Pollard’s more polished Vigilante (DC).
  • Divinity #4 (Valiant): #3 won me over.  Kindt has assumed a Valiant voice–one that befits the omnipotent being at the center of the series.
  • Mayday #2 (Black Mask): I&N Demand Mayday surprised me.  It popped more than Pop, which I didn’t care for.  It sounded not unlike Kot’s Change at times.  Folks, Black Mask is for real.
Mayday #2

Mayday #2

  • Providence #1 (Avatar): Just I&N Two words: Alan Moore.
Providence #1

Providence #1

  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3 (Archie Horror): I&N Demand Let me spell it out for you: witches are coming out of the woodwork.  Sabrina, however, is the best of the brew.  Roberto Aguirre Sacasa is a level above the witchy competition.  The dude is warlocked in!
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3

  • Surface Tension #1 (Titan): Titan has put out some decent books of late.  Figure I’ll give it a whirl, especially considering it’s a one-man show.  In fact, it’s a Gunn show!
  • Über #25 (Avatar): Gillen’s doing work over here–damn fine work.  Ain’t as flashy or as fun as The Wicked and The Divine; but what it lacks in sexiness, it makes up for with historical smarts.

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

What’s I&N Store (5/20)

Relatively small week with some big books.

  • Archie Vs. Predator #2 (Dark Horse)
  • B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth #131 (Dark Horse)
  • Mind MGMT #33 (Dark Horse) I&N Demand

 

Mind MGMT #33

Mind MGMT #33

  • The Fade Out #6 (Image)
  • Satellite Sam #14 (Image) I&N Demand
Satellite Sam #14

Satellite Sam #14

  • Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #4 (Image) I&N Demand
Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #4

Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #4

  • Daredevil 15.1 (Marvel)
  • Moon Knight #18 (Marvel)
  • Uncanny X-Men #34 (Marvel)
  • Bloodshot: Reborn #2 (Valiant)
  • Cap Stone #6 (Titan)
  • Mono Vol.2 #2 (Titan) I&N Demand
Mono Vol. 2 #2

Mono Vol. 2 #2

  • Ninjak #3 (Valiant)
  • Oh, Killstrike #1 (BOOM!) Just I&N
Oh, Killstrike #1

Oh, Killstrike #1

Avery’s Pick of the Week

  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #30
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #30

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #30

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

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