Short and sweet this week as the real world is beating furiously on my door. I'm 99% sure I'm blowing off SPX -- I've turned in my list of what I would have picked up to a friend who'll be going, who shall also pick up anything that he feels may interest me.
My own personal shopper. I've truly arrived.
We've got a repeat winner this week, because apparently only Logan wanted or needed Brit. And that actually works out great because I haven't gotten around to sending him last week's swag. But note, Mr. Polk, you have to sit out the next few... Look for details below on the next give-away from my mighty stack.
Here's what left the stack this week, and where it's going:
In the Shadow of No Towers (Spiegelman): For such a hefty, beautiful book, this was really light reading in every sense of the word. The classic comic strip reprints in the latter half make it a keeper tho...
Persepolis 2 (Satrapi): Every bit as interesting to me as the first collection. Is there to be a third? I'm going to be selling the set on eBay, not as an indication of my enjoyment of them, but more that I really don't feel the need to re-read, loan out, or smarten up my shelf.
The Bible Eden (Giffen, Elliott, Hampton): I could go for the whole Bible done this way, and now I wish I'd picked up Bisley's stab at God's best-seller during San Diego. I don't know what I'm doing with this yet...
Bad Mojo (Harms, Morris): This wasn't very good -- what's with that ending, am I missing a page? -- though the art was very nice. Anyway, judge for yourself. You want it, it's yours.
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100 Bullets: Samurai TPB: Two separate stories spread over 6 issues (3 apiece) and I have no idea what either one was about or how they fit into the story as a whole. Wonderful art from Risso, and a crackling script from Azz, but I'm out of the loop on this one. It's gone...
Smax HC (Moore, Cannon): Picked this up to replace my floppies. A wonderful mini-series from my favorite of the ABC titles (and when I say that, most people exclaim, "But what about League...?" to which I posit that League is its own thing, and not part of the Tom Strong, Promethea, Top 10 universe of titles...
Illustration #11 (various): It's all about the men in this issue. Or rather, all about the men who drew the sexy, sexy chicks for the trashy, trashy novels of their day. Good stuff. Heading to my upstairs rack with the other mags of its caliber. Still working on getting that sub.
And of course, the usual smattering of floppies: Astonishing X-Men #5: The best stuff since Morrison, that's for sure - but what an ugly cover; Wanted #5 and 6: I don't think I ever read #3, and barely remember #'s 1 and 2. Not sure any of that makes a difference. Competent, but not terribly bright; Strange #1: Competent, but unnecessary; Avengers #502: Stiff as a board, and I'm not talking about Hawkeye!
Here's the unread stack as it stands today:
Batman in the '80s TPB (various): Ahh the eighties. I was doing a lot of things back then, many of them illegal, but reading Batman wasn't one of them. Let's see if I was missing anything...
Sinister Dexter (various): This 2000AD stuff is all new to me, just hope I don't get a backlog going like I got doing with the Humanoids releases. Oi!
Wonder Woman: Down to Earth TPB (Rucka, Johnson): Haven't read the singles, and see the fan reaction is mixed. We'll see...
Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer (Moorcock, Simonson): I have a soft spot for Mr. Moorcock and this character (I never read Conan novels, I read Elric novels during my formative years), so I'm anticipating a moderate level of enjoyment here.
Essential Iron Fist (Claremont, Byrne): I'm about halfway through, tho to be honest, I'm doing a fair amount of skimming. In light of all the Bryne-talk going around this week, I have to say that no matter what the man says or does in this stage of his career, his early Marvel art still holds up in general and makes this book in particular.
Essential Super Villain Team Up (Various): I'm about 1/4 in. This is getting a skim more than a thorough read-through.
Second Help-ing (Kurtzman, various): No movement.
The Unorthodox Corpse (Brown): No movement.
Invincible: Eight is Enough TPB (Kirkman, Walker): No movement
The White Lama (Jodorowsky, Bess): No movement.
Deicide #1: Path of the Dead (Portella/Pastoras): No movement.
Townscapes (Chrisitn/Bilal): No Movement.
The Horde (Baranko): No Movement.
The Hollow Ground (Schuiten)): No Movement.
Superman: The Man of Steel Volume 3 TPB (Byrne, Wolfman): No movement.
The Fortress of Solitude (Lethem): No movement.
Comics Prose (various): No movement.
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind 3,4, 5, 6, 7 (Miyazaki): No movement.
Romance Without Tears (various): No movement.
No More Shaves (Greenberger): No movement.
Playboy: 50 Years of the Cartoons (various): No movement.
The Future Dictionary of America (various): No Movement. Kerry/Edwards in '04!
The Tomb (Weir/DeFilippis/Mitten): No movement.
The Kid Firechief (Steven Weissman): No movement.
The Last American (Grant/McMahon/Wagner): No movement.
The Ballad of Halo Jones Books 1, 2 and 3 (Moore/Gibson): Mo movement.
Stranger Than Fiction (Chuck Palahniuk): Ugh...
Exterminator 17 (Bilal/Dionnet)/Gods in Chaos (Bilal): No movement.
The Incal 1, 2 (Moebius/Jodorwsky): No movement.
Found (Rothbart): No movement.
Lone Wolf and Cub #3,4 (Koike/Kojima): No movement.
Joseph Rybandt has been working "professionally" in the comics "business" for close to 14 years. He lives in the mountains of Northern PA with his wife, daughter and companion Cosmo. His thoughts and opinions are, mercifully, his own.