I&N Store 11/7

Yay!  I get to celebrate my birthday with a sweet batch of comics.

Oh.  And my family.

Sweet, loyal comics.  And my family.

So, yeah: Yay!  Happy Birthday to me!

  • Dead Rabbit #2 (Image): I&N Demand I’m a sucker for a criminal with a cause.  The most recognizable of ’em all, Robin Hood–he ain’t shit compared to Dead Rabbit! But that dude’s problems are multiplying like the plural form of the latter half of his fucking moniker.  Hey, I’m sure if he could steal out of his wife the sick that’s stealing her from him, he would.   Instead, he’s gotta sack some jack for a more traditional form of treatment.  But do not expect traditional anything from Gerry Duggan, John McCrea, and Mike Spicer.  Looking forward to seeing Martin’s next move.

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  • Redlands #8 (Image)
  • Seven to Eternity #12 (Image)
  • Batman #58 (DC): I&N Demand Tom King follows up the KGBeautifully affective “Beasts of Burden”–it was goddamned operatic!  Wagnerian!–with the little pecker with a Napoleon complex: the Penguin.  Did I read about a team-up?  I sure did: Mikel Janin’s back on art with Jordie Bellaire on colors.  It’s a Penguin-win scenario for us all!

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  • Border Town #3 (DC/Vertigo): I&N Demand Talk about building something big and beautiful at the border!  Eric M. Esquivel, Ramon Villalobos, and Tamra Bonvillain’s Border Town is engaging on every level: sharp writing, strong characterization, sick art, and a creepy-ass caravan of Latinx monsters.  Hell, yes!  Can’t wait to see what goes down here in #3.

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  • Green Lantern #1 (DC)
  • The Immortal Hulk #8 (Marvel)
  • Marvel Knights #1 (Marvel)
  • Fearscape #2 (Vault): I&N Demand I’m a big Nabokov fan.  So, you know, Ryan O’Sullivan’s conceit ran the risk of running afoul of my most sensitive literary sensibilities.  It didn’t.  Instead, I walked along with Henry Henry and bought into the very clever premise that–thanks, in part, to Andrea Mutti and Vladimir Popov–plays your eyes, your heart, and your mind.  Yes, sirs: I’m the accomplice you’ve been waiting for.  Let’s do this.

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  • Volition #3 (AfterShock)
  • The Wrong Earth #3 (AHOY): I&N Demand This is a “Wow!” book.  If you’re still not reading The Wrong Earth, what planet are you on?

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What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

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I&N Store 10/31

Happy Halloween, I&Nmates!

  • Ice Cream Man #8 (Image): I&N Demand Re: Ice Cream Man #7: “But that’s why we have stories.”  And we’re lucky to have stories like this one–one where innocence draws from imagination to fill an empty swing.  This story hit me in the same way Tom King’s recently completed Batman arc “Beasts of Burden” hit me.  I’m talking tears welling up and falling down.  The cleansing breaths.  The rush.  As revealed in an earlier post, I’m a sucker for father-son stories; and King spun one that had me feeling empty but not alone–one that made me long for a Batdad and made me want to be a Batdad with all my might.  Here, W. Maxwell Prince got me on the father-daughter level (my God, what would I do if my daughters had to endure a loss like this?  I hope I’d be a Goddamned Batdad!) and on another level: when I was fifteen, a classmate of mine took her own life.  Before school that day, I found out that she had killed herself.  No, not just before school that day: on the way to school that day.  While on the bus.  Cop cars outside of her house.  The bus driver slowed down.  In front of her house.  Cops in the driveway–standing over her.  In the driveway.  Curled up in the driveway.  Cops standing over her.  The bus driver pulled away.  I saw her face in the window.  It was the color of the trees and the houses we passed.  She was alive in the window.  A reflection of a reflection.  Alive.  Dead didn’t make sense.  In English class, I was the only one in the room who knew that she wouldn’t show up to class.  That her seat would stay empty for the rest of the period.  And tomorrow.  And the day after.  I stared at her seat.  Everyone else did what they usually did.  I stared at her seat.  And I couldn’t picture her in it.  I could only see her in her driveway.  Curled in her driveway.  I still pass that driveway.  Every fucking day.  That last page, tenderly and innocently rendered by the brilliant Martín Morazzo, with colors by Chris O’Halloran, has made the ride–that bus ride to school thirty-two years ago and my daily drive home from work–a little easier.  Yeah.  That’s why we have stories.  And now I’ll always have this one.  Obviously, #8 is very much I&N Demand–a Halloween treat, indeed!

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  • Man-Eaters #2 (Image)
  • Batman: Secret Files #1 (DC)
  • Heroes In Crisis #2 (DC): I&N Demand Tom King’s storytelling is impossible to pass up.  Impossibly, Clay Mann and Tomeu Morey have made it even more so.

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  • Hex Wives #1 (DC/Vertigo)
  • The Wild Storm #18 (DC)
  • Daredevil #610 (Marvel)
  • Bone Parish #4 (BOOM!)
  • Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #4 (Valiant)
  • Crossed + One Hundred: Mimic #6 (Avatar)
  • Edgar Allen Poe: Snifter of Terror #1 (AHOY): I&N Demand AHOY is 3-or-3 with The Wrong Earth, High Heaven, and Captain Ginger.  I’m sure it’s gonna be 4-for-4 after this one.  Everything about it screams Halloween!  Quite possibly the finest use of the word snifter–ever.  Man, I took an entire semester of Poe during a summer session way, way back.  I fell in love with Poe’s prose, with his voices, and with his vision.  He saw something inside of me, ripped it out, showed it to me, and thrilled me with it–and did so from the fucking grave with 150-year-old words on a page.  That’s bad ass.  This–well, this might not be that; but it sure as hell looks like a lot of fun.

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  • Über: Invasion #17 (Avatar): I&N Demand Kieron Gillen and Daniel Gete’s Über: Invasion has been really fucking good.  (In fact, the Über franchise has been otherworldly from the get-go!)   If it’s not on your radar, you better get a better radar.  Re: #16 (including the always insightful backmatter): Oh man, that Maria: “She’s a darling! She’s a demon! She’s a lamb!”  Stalin couldn’t solve that particular problem, and ended up red faced–and pretty much red everything else.  That Gillen–he’s the bomb!  And he’s about to go off again.

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What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

I&N Store 10/24

OK, so a Halloween Ball, an apple festival, and a working Sunday kicked. my. weekend. ass.  I barely put a dent in my ever-growing stack of books, and then there’s the list.  You do the math; I’ll write the ups.

Despite being short on time, I’ve found an angle.  Check it:

  • Days of Hate #9 (Image)
  • Redneck #16 (Image)
  • Lodger #1 (IDW/Black Crown): I&N Demand Look: I don’t get preview copies of books; so any time I I&N Demand a #1, I’m going on gut–unless, of course, I’ve got a history with the character(s) or if I’m familiar with the creator(s).  In this case, Lodger couldn’t be any more I&N Demand: it’s the comic-child–a bouncing flopping baby book–of the royal Laphams, for Christ’s sake!  Any fan of Stray Bullets, of David Lapham, of exquisitely-crafted crime noir, of black and white comics, of the fu-cking me-di-um, should, as he or she picks Lodger off of the shelf, expect a cleaver clever, kill-her killer comic–because, you know, you Stray Bullets, David Lapham, exquisitely-crafted crime noir, black and white comics, fu-cking me-di-um fan, you: that’s what you’re gonna get.  Now go do your fan-ly duty and buy Lodger.  Hell, buy two–and spread the love of Lapham.

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  • Action Comics #1004 (DC)
  • Books of Magic #1 (DC/Vertigo): I&N Demand Look: I don’t get preview copies of books; so any time I I&N Demand a #1, I’m going on gut–unless, of course, I’ve got a history with the character(s) or if I’m familiar with the creator(s).  In this case, Tim Hunter couldn’t be any more I&N Demand: he’s the comic-child–a bouncing maturing teenage magician–of the royal Neil Gaiman, for Christ’s sake!  Any fan of The Books of Magic, the mini; of The Books of Magic, the ongoing; of Neil Gaiman; of magic; of bespectacled boy wizards (because there are, you know, other bespectacled boy wizards, who, like, magically appeared over the years); of Bildungsromans; of magical Bildungsromans; I just like typing Bildungsromans; of new Tim Hunter handlers Kat Howard and Tom Fowler; of the ma-gi-cal me-di-um, should, as he or she picks Books of Magic off of the shelf, expect an evil-calling enthralling, tragic magic comic–because, you know, you The Books of Magic, The Books of Magic, Neil Gaiman, bespectacled boy wizard, magic, Bildungsroman, magical Bildungsroman, new Tim Hunter handler, ma-gi-cal me-di-um fan, you: that’s what you’re gonna get.  Now go and do your fan-ly duty and buy Books of Magic.  Heck, buy two–and spread the love of magic.

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  • Detective Comics #991 (DC)
  • Scarlet #3 (DC/Jinxworld)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man #8 (Marvel)
  • The Sentry #5 (Marvel)
  • Babyteeth #13 (AfterShock)
  • Dead Kings #1 (AfterShock)
  • High Heaven #2 (AHOY)
  • X-O Manowar #20 (Valiant)

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

I&N Store 10/17

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No time to waste!  Let’s go!

  • Cemetery Beach #2 (Image)
  • East of West #39 (Image)
  • Evolution #11 (Image)
  • Gideon Falls #7 (Image): I&N Demand Re: #6: Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino have opened the dark doorway to phantasmal madness!  The latter’s layouts are mind-bending, sending the narrative deep into the id of a fractured Father Fred, into the bowels of the still abstruse Black Barn.  I love the insistence at the very end: Norton insists, “The Black Barn…we’re going to build it.  And you’re going to help me…”  See: “we,” “you”–that’s me: a boy with a farming pedigree.  Let’s do it!  Let’s build it!  I’m ready.

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  • The New World #4 (Image): I&N Demand I’ve loved the way Aleš Kot has manipulated time ever since Zero #1; so you know I loved #3.  But there was plenty more love to go around–mostly for the Moores: the he’s Tradd-ass lines and layouts and the she’s face-melting colors; and kinda for the kitty–specifically the sneaky “SSSNNNIKT” and the cat-fu that follows.  It’s a new world, indeed–full of politics and impulsivity, violence and–wait.  OK, well, it’s a world.  It’s the world.  It’s our world.  It sure as fuck is.

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  • Skyward #7 (Image): I&N Demand Re: #6: See, now: it’s the look–that look: Willa’s face in the last panel of the second-to-last page.  Her face shows everything she’s learned, everything she knows to be true about herself and the Low-G world.  She’s not going to let a little girl–a lot like a little Willa–lose her dad; so, despite the big-ass bugs, she’s going out the train door, into a forest full of freakishly large dragonflies, like a goddamned superhero.  Cue page turn.  Beautiful work from Lee Garbett with striking colors from Antonio Fabela.  Well played, Mr. Henderson.  Well played.

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  • Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #39 (Image): I&N Demand Re: #38:  What a fucking trip!  It hit me so hard that I had to write a 22 I&N 22 like right away–and here it is: Stray, stray, gang’s all here–in sub-space! Ay mi! Mother of a race to the top, learning: to get ahead, let (e)go.  God, I soooo wanted to shout Love Yourself! to the fucking moon, but, ugh, I didn’t want to spoil it for all of my fellow Love Yourself fans; I wanted them–and they’re out there, man–to experience the euphoria I felt when that dredlocked son-of-a-bitch was there on the last page turn, standing next to hospital bed-bound Beth.  That’s a good dude right there; and I can’t wait to see him kill some more bad folks.

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  • Black Hammer: Age of Doom #6 (Dark Horse): I&N Demand Re: #5: Well, spit in my eye and call me Spit Eye Guy!  Everything is revealed and it all adds up to nothing.  Say what?  Oh, but never before has nothing been so Anti-Goddamned satisfying.  Isn’t that something?  Certainly expecting Rich Tommaso to do his thing–be it any, some, every, no?  Oh, yes: Jeff Lemire–I&N Double Demand this week–has detonated a nostalgia bomb, leaving our displaced heroes–wallowing in the weird fallout of fate–in some super-secret, heart-crushing crisis.  And I’m Spit Eye Guy!  Collaterally damaged–and loving it!

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  • Batman #57 (DC): I&N Demand Re: #56: Like most guys, I’m a sucker for father-son stories, particularly those that recount dysfunctional relationships that remind of my own effed-up relationship with my father–a really interesting fella who’s lived an enviable life, if I’m being fair–and a total shit as a dad. Yup: I’m a “Cat’s in the Cradle” kid, tears and all. But KGBeast and his dad? Why would I give a dump about that? Why did I? Why do I still? Characterization? Motivation? Juxtaposition? Sure, there’s that.  (C’mon: one father who’ll do anything (take on ninjas and the cooky Kanto, the craziest baddy I ever saw), go anywhere (Volgograd–go Dad!) vs. a father who sits–yeah: a total sit as a dad!) But it’s more: it’s how Tom King tells a story–any story, really.  But this one: It’s his honesty. His humanity. His fearlessness. His taking shots. A father and son taking shots. Shots to forget. Shots to remember. Add Tony S. Daniel’s best Bat-work to date, and ta da!–I&N Demand.

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  • Cover #2 (DC/Jinxworld): I&N Demand Cover 2–my favorite defense, particularly because my team’s got two solid safeties.  Throw in some top-notch corners and a hungry d-line and what’s it all mean? I’ll tell you what it means: don’t pass on Cover 2. No, really: the concept is terrific, the execution makes it matter.  Bendis! is at his clever best; and David Mack is back making magic.  A Con artist with a cover: artist?  Fun, fun!  In fact, when I met Mr. Mack at NYCC, I fancied myself in the comic as I handed him a blank sketch cover of Cover #1 and asked for a sketch to complete the cover and I got lost in the layers and loved every minute of it.  I tried to explain the fantasy to my wife–about my being a part of some secret spy scheme that’ll change the course of the world–and she was like, “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”  Well played, honey.  Well played.

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  • Pearl #3 (DC/Jinxworld)
  • Daredevil #609 (Marvel)
  • Black Badge #3 (BOOM!): I&N Demand Re: #2: Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins, and Hilary Jenkins’ Black Badge is the perfect escape.  It’s engaging; it’s gorgeous.  It simmers and explodes, simmers and explodes–yeah, it’s quite a ride; you know, like being on a train with your fellow Black Badges and then Young Canadian Mounties show up and you’re not sure what’s going to happen and then the plans go KABOOMY! and then Bond-ing over snow mobiles and a tiger, some storytelling inside the story, and an end that’s a right riot, right?  That’s one Badge-ass comic, y’all.

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  • Captain Ginger #1 (Ahoy!)
  • Strangers in Paradise XXV #7 (Abstract Studio)
  • PATIENCE! CONVICTION! REVENGE! #2 (AfterShock)

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

I&N Store 10/10

New York Comic Con 2018 was certainly one to remember!

The busybusybusy of the bustling Con–we did two days this year!–kept me from fleshing out previews for this week’s list of books.  (Shame, too: I really wanted to write about some of ’em.) Yeah, yeah: your world’s been shattered; I get it.  Figured, however, that I’d give you the bare list and highlight what’s I&N Demand so, you know, you can pick up the pieces and go on with your life.

Update: I’ve gone with reviews of the books I’ve read so far!  Yay!

See: I care.

  • Infinite Dark #1 (Image)
  • Murder Falcon #1 (Image)
  • Oblivion Song #8 (Image)
  • Unnatural #4 (Image)
  • The Quantum Age #3 (Dark Horse): I&N Demand

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  • She Could Fly #4 (Dark Horse/Berger Books): I&N Demand I just had to write a little something about this bloody beauty–and I did so in a 22 I&N 22.  Sad to see it come to an end; but, happy to echo, it’s not an end end.  Thank the Lord–and the Cantwell, the Marazzo, the Mrva, the Robins, and the Berger.

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  • Catwoman #4 (DC)
  • Detective Comics #990 (DC)
  • Superman #4 (DC)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man #7 (Marvel)
  • Captain America #4 (Marvel)
  • The Immortal Hulk #7 (Marvel)
  • Venom #7 (Marvel)
  • Hot Lunch Special #3 (AfterShock): I&N Demand

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  • Last Space Race #1 (AfterShock)
  • Survival Fetish #4 (Black Mask): I&N Demand Survival Fetish continues to be a top-of-the-pile book–and #4 is no exception: while things do slow down a bit (I mean, they had to, hey?  Just enough to catch our collective breath), Kindlon and Fuso still push the pace and Saheer from one tower-power player to the next, driving the high stakes even higher.  If this is, in fact, Saheer’s final run, I’ll be standing at the window cheering him on.  With Surival Fetish, the aforementioned creators–terrific storytellers, both–have, ironically, cemented themselves as must-buys going forward–ever forward.

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  • The Wilds #5 (Black Mask)
  • The Wrong Earth #2 (Ahoy!): I&N Demand

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What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

22 I&N 22: She Could Fly #4

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Here’s my 22 I&N 22* for She Could Fly #4 (Dark Horse/Berger Books) by Christopher Cantwell (writer), Martin Morazzo (artist), Miroslav Mrva (colorist), and Clem Robins (letterer):

 

What’s Donne’s done: violent crescendo (Woo-ing Tarantino): gun barrels and grounded angels reciting mad poetry, claiming power to fly, to be–undone.

 

Let us know what you think–about She Could Fly #4 and about 22 I&N 22!

Turning pages,

Scott

*22 I&N 22 is a 22-word review of a comic book–which is typically 22 pages long–done up I&N style, naturally.

And, yes: She Could Fly #4 is 32 pages long; but I can’t go mucking about with the branding of the feature, now can I?

22 I&N 22: She Could Fly #3

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Here’s my 22 I&N 22* for She Could Fly #3 (Dark Horse/Berger Books) by Christopher Cantwell (writer), Martin Morazzo (artist), Miroslav Mrva (colorist), and Clem Robins (letterer):

 

Open up! See inside: secrets—weigh, way down; but the answers, there: up in the air! A toast! I can’t get enough.

 

Let us know what you think–about She Could Fly #3 and about 22 I&N 22!

Turning pages,

Scott

*22 I&N 22 is a 22-word review of a comic book–which is typically 22 pages long–done up I&N style, naturally.

I&N Store 10/3

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New York Comic Con is coming–and I’m going!  I’ve picked panels; I’ve artist alley-ooh-ed and ah-ed–and I’ve mapped it all out like a cross-eyed pirate.  I’ve emptied out the ol’ backpack and have filled it back up again with enough Pro Bars to fuel a contingent of hardcore cosplayers.  I am convinced that this’ll be the best Con ever!

My optimism is not unfounded: I’ve conspired with some art reps for some pre-Con commissions from a few talented fellas: Ian Bertram (Allen Ginsberg circa the acid-fueled “Wales Visitation”), Leandro Fernandez (Adrian Chase/Vigilante), and Martin Morazzo (The Ice Cream Man serving up ice cream cones to my Goosebumps-loving daughters).  Can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Before the Con, however, we’ve got a notable NCBD.  So here’s my weekly FYI:

  • Dead Rabbit #1 (Image)
  • Die! Die! Die! #3 (Image)
  • Paper Girls #25 (Image)
  • Redlands #7 (Image): I&N Demand NYCC memory: Back in 2013, I had the pleasure of meeting Vanesa Del Rey, mostly by accident.  See: I was on the hunt for some Six-Gun Gorilla OA from Jeff Stokely–which I scored, by the way–and VDR just so happened to be seated at an adjacent table.  At the time, I knew her only from Hit, which was, at the time, a hit in its own right, and I told her as much.  VDR was very friendly; in fact, she asked about my I&N shirt–even asked for a card, which I, regrettably, did not have.  (I’ll be cardless this time around, too.  ScottNerd–where lessons go to die.)  She was kind enough to allow me to take a picture, which we featured in our NYCC 2013 follow-up.  And, wouldn’t you know, I’ve been a fan ever since!  I enjoyed the hell out of the first arc of Redlands–featuring strong women born of strong writing (a real breath of [Jordie] Bellaire, the otherwise ubiquitous colorist) and beautiful, lush, exceedingly sexy art from VDR–and am very much looking forward to this one.

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  • Euthanauts #3 (IDW/Black Crown)
  • House Amok #2 (IDW/Black Crown)
  • Batman #56 (DC): I&N Demand Re: #55: It’s all fun and games until [fill in the blank].  It’s Tom King’s formula–and it’s spectacular.  And, of course, the chemistry with Tony S. Daniel, who absolutely killed him it.  Re: 56: The perfect foil:

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  • Border Town #2 (DC/Vertigo): I&N Demand Well, I had no idea I’d like #1 as much as I did.  Had to shout it out in a 22 I&N 22, which I’ll share here because it says a lot: Bloody moving—a monster of racial relevance; tears down walls, cranks up the stereotypes to once upon a helluva good time. Arriba!  You know what that means: expectations for #2 are muy alto–muy, muy alto.

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  • The Dreaming #2 (DC/Vertigo)
  • United States vs. Murder Inc. #2 (DC/Jinxworld)
  • X-Men Black: Magneto #1 (Marvel): I&N Demand Chris Mother-effing Claremont writing Magneto.  I can feel the tug, the iron in my blood nudging me westward toward my LCS.

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  • Lollipop Kids #1 (AfterShock)
  • Oblivi8n #2 (Scout)
  • Uber: Invasion #16 (Avatar)
  • A Walk Through Hell #5 (AfterShock): I&N Demand Re: the cover: An Hello to Arms–obviously a Prequel to Hemingway’s classic to-hell-and-back wartime love novel.  Or maybe it’s just a disarming cover for another horrifying stretch of Ennis and Sudzuka’s A Walk Through Hell.  I’m going with the latter ladder–of fucking arms.  (Apologies available on a first-come, first-served basis.)

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What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

I&N Store 9/26

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This week, I&Nmates, is all about initial offerings.  In that, I’m buying and trying a slew of new books; and I’m hoping to hit on each one.

  • Cold Spots #2 (Image)
  • Maneaters #1 (Image): I&N Demand Holy shit!  I lovelovelove the premise.  Period. Add to that my enduring love for Chelsea Cain’s super-fun and femmly-friendly Mockingbird, and whattaya got?  Love enough to fill a litter box twice over!  Ask me about my parasitic infection, haterrrrrrrrrs!

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  • Redneck #15 (Image)
  • Action Comics #1003 (DC)
  • Detective Comics #989 (DC)
  • Doomsday Clock #7 (DC)
  • Heroes in Crisis #1 (DC): I&N Demand Tom King.  Clay Mann.  More heroes than a deli-catered funeral reception for a friend!  And the word “Crisis.”  That adds up to a must buy in my book bag.

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man #6 (Marvel)
  • The Sentry #4 (Marvel)
  • Bone Parish #3 (BOOM!)
  • Fearscape #1 (Vault): I&N Demand  Sounds good.  Will probably look good, too, considering Andrea Mutti (Rebels) is on art duty.

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  • Friendo #1 (Vault): I&N Demand “What business is it of yours” why I’m interested in this book, Friendo? Playin’, B.  Yet another fun idea from Vault Comics!  I’ve got my good eye on the artist, Martin Simmonds.  (He happens to be working with main-man Monty Nero on Death Sentence: Liberty, which I’ve happily backed on Kickstarter–and which should be out soon!  Yay!  Until then-o, of course, I’ll try-o Friendo.)   Let’s see what kind of magic he’s got goin’ on with Alex Paknadel, who, for me, is an unknown quantity.  But the prospect of a VR BFF goin’ all 5150’s got me giggling back a few decades to the glorious sigh-fi flick Electric Dreams, which sparked my teen-aged imagination in many ways–one of those ways leading to the beautiful topography of a newly-discovered Virginia.  Giggles.

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  • High Heaven #1 (AHOY): I&N Demand AHOY Comics rocked the world a couple of weeks ago with The Wrong Earth; and here’s Tom Peyer, this time teaming up with Greg Scott, ready to hit loftier heights with High Heaven.  Hell, yeah!

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  • Hillbilly: Red-Eyed Witchery From Beyond #2 (Albatross)
  • X-O Manowar #19 (Valiant)

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott

I&N Store 9/19

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Big week of books, boys and girls!  I had trouble not wielding the I&N Demand designation this time around.  I ain’t complaining; but I am cutting this intro short so I can get to the good stuff.  To it.

  • Days of Hate #8 (Image): I&N Demand #7 was brooding, heavy for the wait of it all, and, in that, emotionally affecting enough–the result of the dramatic ménage à trois of Aleš Kot, Danijel Žeželj, and Jordie Bellaire–to demand immediately a 22 I&N 22 from me, awash in a sympathetic afterglow.  I want to feel that again.  And again.

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  • Evolution #10 (Image)
  • Ice Cream Man #7 (Image)
  • Eleven to Eternity #11 (Image)
  • Skyward #6 (Image): I&N Demand So thrown by the sacrifice, I 22 I&N 22’d #5, another high-flying, peril-full issue from Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett, Antonio Fabela, and Simon Bowland.  Now, it’s time to see if Willa–her father’s journal in her hands and a heavy, heavy mandate in her heart–will follow through, if she will do what she needs to do–which is to, you know, fix.the.world.  #staygrounded

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  • Black Hammer: Age of Doom #5 (Dark Horse): I&N Demand Re: #4: Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, and Dave Stewart serve up some seriously strong women with a lop-sided sack of ineffectual men as garnish.  Yeah, the bros are silly sideshows, supplementing the driving feminaction with neutered passivity.  But, in the end, the fantasy world in which they’ve been living is a meticulously-plotted perversion of reality, molded by one of their own: it’s, ironically, a phallic safe space hurtling through the heavens.  But now that the heroes are woke, that safe space is going to fill up mighty fast–if not with fists, certainly with equally as menacing questions that could blow the ship out of the fucking sky.  Man, I can’t wait for answers!

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  • Ether: The Copper Golems #5 (Dark Horse): I&N Demand I knew the end was coming, but that knowledge hasn’t made any softer the blow of the prospect of turning the final page of this inspired, imaginative, and innovative arc of the magical Ether mythos.  David Rubín’s ever-moving map of Matt Kindt’s one-of-a-kind mind has led to this; and I, for one, will eagerly yet apprehensively turn every page, and with the last, reflecting, will find satisfaction in knowing that, in having read Ether, I’ve stood atop the comic book equivalent of Everest.

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  • Batman #55 (DC): I&N Demand Breaking News Alert: President Trump has ordered the release of FISA documents, text messages, notes, and other goodies related to the prostate-tickling probe into Russian collusion.  And, wouldn’t you know, on the heels of that order, here comes Batman #55, featuring the undeniably Russian KGBeast.  Coincidence?  I think so.  Still, Tom King and Tony S. Daniel better be ready for a tweetstorm–one from a rapidly moving front of loyal readers celebrating what’ll probably be another undeniably brilliant issue of Batman.

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  • Batman: Damned #1 (DC)
  • Mister Miracle #11 (DC): I&N Demand Mister Miracle is an emotional inter-dimensional teleportation device, and, boy, am I enjoying the ride–in spite of/especially because of the hitting so close to home with the thoughtfully-wrought family dynamic, fraught with effectually infinite frustration and nod-off-and-you’ll-miss-’em microscopic moments of joy.  Toss in the, you know, high stakes of the Highfather’s suicidal stratagem, and, well, it is what it is, mister: another goddamned miracle from Tom King and Mitch Gerads.  Re: #11: This cover offers up a uneasy inevitability.  I’m already feeling it weighing down my arms, my legs–and I’m not even holding the damn thing.  Ugh.  That menacing sentence: “Darkseid is.”  I mean, I know what he can be, and that’s freaking me the fuck out.  But, you know–you know what?  I am.  I am, too.  And I know what I am: I am scared.  Yeah.  I’m not sure I want to read this.

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  • Pearl #2 (DC/Jinxworld)
  • The Wild Storm #17 (DC)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (Marvel)
  • The Immortal Hulk #6 (Marvel)
  • Venom #6 (Marvel)
  • Black Badge #2 (BOOM!): I&N Demand [Due to a quirk in my reading/writing schedule, I wrote a review for BB #1 back in my I&N Store post for books out on 8/8.  I’m reprinting it here because it reflects well my initial and my enduring reaction to the superlative first issue.]
    • I’m kind of a Kindt junkie, and, logically, following with more figurative language, Black Badge is my next fix–oh, and how satisfying #1 was.  Exploiting the same chemical formula that worked so well in the intoxicatingly agitative Grass Kings–Kindt+Jenkins^2=masterfully mature storytelling and a well-deserved Eisner nom–Black Badge bursts onto the scene like a nostalgia bomb with a perfectly-paced adventure that calls to mind the ubiquitous kidventure movies of the ’80s (Stand by Me and The Explorers were two of my faves) and mirrors those games my friends and I used to play on the farm, as we’d battle imaginary Nazis or Russians a la Where Eagles Dare or Red Dawn.  These kids, however, aren’t playing a game–and neither is the creative team: this is some dark stuff; and like good little scouts, we best be prepared for more.  See: “Nobody can do what [they] can do.  No one can go where [they] can go.”  (Hey! you say?  “They”? Doubled for your pleasure, fair reader!  OK, you got me: mostly for mine.)  For the week [of 8/8], Black Badge #1 is #1 with a bullet drone strike.
    • Re: anticipating #2, recalling the last page of #1: I’m all-in on the mission.  I’m the Fifth Badger headed for the bus.  Well, the pre-teen I–drawn out so brilliantly by Kindt and the Jenkinses–am, anyway.
      • Scott.  Escape reader.*  Comic book in back pocket, crinkled cover hanging on by a staple.  A penchant for mud pies.

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  • Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #3 (Valiant)
  • Strangers in Paradise XXV #6 (Abstract Studio)

*That’s Scott me, not Scott Free.  Just worked out that way.

What are you looking forward to this week?

Turning pages,

Scott