Another Tuesday afternoon, another installment of “Can’t Wait for Wednesday,” our weekly look at what you can expect to find on shelves on New Comics Day. JK Parkin is under the weather, so Chris Mautner and I are left to our own devices.
To see what we think looks good, read on. And, as always let us know your picks in the comments below.
Chris Mautner’s pick of the week: The Complete Milt Gross Comic Book Stories, Vol. 1 hardcover
I didn’t even know that Milt Gross, best known for such deliciously absurd comic strips as Count Screwloose and Nize Baby, had worked in comic books before reading the ad copy for this book, part of Craig Yoe’s new imprint for IDW Publishing. Gross was a one-of-a-kind cartoonist, frenzied and inspired, with an off-kilter, anything-goes sense of humor that in many ways was a precursor to MAD. He’s one of those artists that always seems to get sidelined, however, so it’s really nice to see someone put together such a loving collection. Now if only they’d collect his newspaper strips … (IDW Publishing)
Kevin Melrose’s pick of the week: Haunted
Thanks to Peter Laird’s Xeric Foundation, we get to hold in our hands the print collection of Joshua Smeaton’s wonderful webcomic about a group of middle-school friends who want nothing more than to be cool and to attend a Halloween keg party being thrown at an abandoned mansion. But once they sneak in, they quickly discover they’re not the only uninvited guests. Smeaton has described the comic as “like Goonies in a haunted house,” which seems about right. It’s beautifully drawn and colored, with characters who sound like actual 12-year-olds — not what adults think 12-year-olds sound like. It’s a good read, well worth checking out. (Orion)
Gantz Vol. 9
Chris: More ramped-up sex and violence via Hiroya Oku, just the way you like it, you sick, sick puppy you. (Dark Horse)
Hellboy, Vol. 9: The Wild Hunt
Kevin: Dark Horse collects the eight-issue miniseries by Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo in which Hellboy is invited to join the ancient band of monster hunters called the Wild Hunt, only to end up facing the Queen of Blood. (Dark Horse)
Batman and Robin #10
Chris: So long, Cameron Stewart. Hello, Andy Clarke, as Morrison begins a three-issue arc in which Damian is forced to decide where his loyalties lie. (DC Comics)
Justice League: Rise and Fall Special #1
Kevin: In case you feel like you missed out on the death, dismemberment and general mayhem of Justice League: Cry for Justice, there’s this one-shot, which the League is divided (what, again?) by news of Green Arrow’s murderous ways. The solicitation says that, “A new meaning to the term ‘hunt for justice’ creates fear in the villain populace.” However, I’m not sure “hunt for justice” is, y’know, an actual term that’s used by anyone. (DC Comics)
Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #1 (of 3)
Superman: New Krypton, Vol. 3 hardcover
Kevin: I’m a little confused, primarily — okay, entirely — because this three-issue miniseries, which leads into DC’s big War of the Supermen event and also kicks off the “Brainiac and The Legion of Super-Heroes” crossover, is called Last Stand of New Krypton instead of … some combination of the words “Brainiac” and “Legion of Super-Heroes.” On a related note, this week also sees a hardcover that collects the aftermath of the “New Krypton” event: Superman: World of New Krypton #1-5 and Action Comics Annual #10. (DC Comics)
Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way #1 (of 2)
Kevin: This two-part book, which showcases the work of 12 artists discovered by talent coordinator C.B. Cebulski in his global travels, will probably evoke memories among fans of a certain age of The Official Marvel Comics Try-Out Book. This 21st-century version includes commentary from the artists on how they landed their Marvel gigs, step-by-step submission information, a sample Marvel script and more. (Marvel)
Criminal: The Sinners #5
Chris: More noir shenanigans from Brubaker and Phillips. If you’re waiting for the trade, this is the final issue to a great storyline. Can’t wait to see how it all plays out. (Marvel/Icon)
Ghost Riders: Heaven’s on Fire trade paperback
Kevin: One-time Ghost Rider collaborators Jason Aaron and Roland Boschi reunite for this critically acclaimed miniseries in which Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch must save the Anti-Christ in order to save the world. I’m a latecomer to Aaron’s Ghost Rider work, so I’m looking forward to picking up this collection. (Marvel)
Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers Unleashed #1 (of 4)
Kevin: Chris Eliopoulos and Ig Guara return for a sequel to one of the more unlikely, yet more enjoyable, miniseries of last year — which just happened to star Lockjaw, Hairball, Lockheed, Redwing, Throg, Zabu and even Ms. Lion (of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends fame). (Marvel)
The Mystic Hands of Dr. Strange #1
Kevin: I’m not sure why Marvel is releasing a black-and-white one-shot “in the spirit of the Mighty Marvel Magazines of yore,” but I have a soft spot for poor, mistreated Stephen Strange. The 48-pager features four stories by Frank Bruner, Mike Carey, Kieron Gillen, Ted McKeever and Peter Milligan. (Marvel)
Kevin: Kieron Gillen and Steven Sanders’ series about the agency that protects the Earth from extraterrestrial threats comes to its untimely end with this issue. (Marvel)
The Boys, Vol. 6: The Self-Preservation Society
Chris: Here’s the latest trade collection in Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s ongoing superhero satire/political commentary, with some art assistance via John McRea and C. Ezquerra. Here the Boys finally experience a bit of payback from some of the superheroes, and we learn (almost) everyone’s secret origin. There’s some really nice pacing in these issues, particularily when Butcher starts picking off … well, I don’t want to spoil it for you. (Dynamite)
Dungeon Twilight, Vol. 1: Dragon Cemetery
Chris: If you’re new to the Dungeon series, the Twilight arc (no relation to the vampire series) probably isn’t the best place to begin, since it’s set in that fantasy world’s far-flung future, though it certainly isn’t so foreboding you’d be lost. Is that wishy-washy enough of a recommendation? Hey, it’s Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar and friends doing great, funny fantasy comics. That either tickles your interest or not. (NBM)
Ghost Projekt #1 (of 5)
Kevin: Darkness Falls screenwriter Joe Harris and Queen and Country artist Steve Rolston team up for this supernatural thriller about a U.S. weapons inspector and a Russian detective who become embroiled in a break-in at an abandoned laboratory. Comic Book Resources spoke with the creators about the miniseries. (Oni Press)
Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1
Chris: And here we have the (potential) 500-pound canary of 2010. Everyone’s betting this manga adaptation of the utterly awesome vampire romance will sell like something resembling hotcakes, and I have no reason to kick against the prevailing wisdom. I do have a question, though: When you hold the book up to the light, does it sparkle? Cause it totally should. (Yen Press)
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