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Astro CIty #45: Writer Kurt Busiek, Artist Brent E. Anderson, Lettering & design John Roshell & Jimmy Betancourt of Comicraft & Color art Peter Pantazis.  The 70s iteriation of Mr.Cakewalk/Jazzbaby/the Bouncing Beatnik/the Hopping Hippy/etc Glamorax and the probably origin of the Broken Man.

Heroines #2: Creator/script/art Ted Naifeh & Letters Taylor Esposito.  The female hero team goes on their first planned mission.  Which is basically a success despite killer robots, a villain in a patriotic banana hammock and someone getting shot.

Saga #44: Artist Fiona Staples, Writer Brian K. Vaughan & Lettering/design Fonografiks.  The freak-show result of human/centaur fucking.

Shutter #29: Writer Joe Keatinge, Artist Leila Del Duca, Colorist Owen Gieni & Letterer John Workman.  A montage of flash forwards showing glimpses of the next thirty years.

Lumberjanes #39: Written by Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh, Illustrated by Ayme Sotuyo, Colors by Maarta Laiho & Letters by Aubrey Aiese.  Trickster spirits can be such assholes.

Saucer State #2: Writer Paul Cornell, Artist Ryan Kelly, Colorist Adam Guzowski & Lettering Simon Bowland.  T-minus 1 year to "official" alien arrival.

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Heroines #1: Script & Art Ted Naifeh & Letters Taylor Esposito.  Naifeh doing a cape book.  And I'm always down for new Naifeh ladies.

Lobster Johnson & the Pirate's Ghost #3: Story by Mike Mignola & John Arcudi, Art by Tonci Zonjic & Letters by Clem Robins.
Aliens: Dead Orbit #1 & #2 by James Stokoe.  Stokoe rocks on doing scifi horror as much as he does on giant monsters or crazy fantasy.

Saga #43: Art by Fiona Staples, Written by Brian K. Vaughn & Letters & Design by Fonografiks.  Start of a new arc and the aftermath of Alana's miscarriage.
Southern Cross #12: Story Becky Cloonan, Art Andy Belanger, Colours Lee Loughridge & Letters Serge LaPointe.  The end of the Romulus mining rig and the return of the Southern Cross.
Monstress #12: Written by Marjorie Liu, Illustrated by Sana Takeda & Lettered by Rus Wooton.  Maika/Zinn vs. Lord Rohar and the end of the second arc.

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I'm actually not sure if this is Naifeh's cover.  It kind of looks like his art, but it says variant.  But I can't spot an artist signature to tell if its one of the four variant cover artists (Joelle Jones, Mike Norton, Warren Wucinich or Allen Passalaqua) listed in the credits...
lurkerwithout: (Reading cat)
For two weeks worth of books, not a very big pile. Starting with the new Astro City about an old lady who runs a roadside attraction/museum of damaged robots.  Of the super-villainous lackey variety...

Then another Princess Ugg, where-in our titular character explains why she's attempting to get thru a "civilized" finishing school.  And then tries to engage in diplomacy with her roommate/archenemy...

The latest Lobster Johnson, mini "Get the Lobster" finishes up with a blimp-board fight to the death...

Another print issue of the Legend of Bold Riley.  Where Riley meets an old lady who invites her to take shelter from a coming storm.  And then goes on a vision quest while looking at some hand-woven rugs.  Also why smoking something...

The second issue of Rocket Raccoon is mostly Rocket jail breaking with the aid of a smuggled in twig-Groot.  Still think the vengeful exes plot-line is dumb...

The New Warriors continue their rescue mission for Haechi and Sun Girl from the new Inhumans.  Except I guess their were two groups of renegade Inhumans?  And one was attempting to use the "recruiting" of Haechi to impress the other?  I think?

Invincible sees the birth of Mark & Eve's daughter as Robot continues his bid for world conquest.  And as part of that he makes the Viltrumites an offer...

And finally Shutter with Kate sitting down with her newly revealed little brother.  And having his age make her realize something new and upsetting about her father...
lurkerwithout: (Reading cat)
I missed when the first issue of Ted Naifeh's new book, Princess Ugg, came out before.  Happily plenty of the first issue still on the racks when this weeks issue #2 reminded me.  Naifeh this time goes with a barbarian princess attending a more traditional princess finishing academy...

Knights of the Dinner Table has Bob and Dave scrambling to try and find some advice or secret knowledge from other local G.M.s to give them a shot against Brian and Sara and Carvin' Marvin.  But none of them are willing to break the G.M. code.  At least not until some bets start going down as to which team will come out on top...

I'm not sure I buy into Southern Bastards High School football coach crime boss.  Given how focused he is on coaching when would he find the time to run a crime empire?

When not looking into the family history of Shutter's lead, this issue teaches the reader to never trust a platypus fixer...

New Gods met in the second issue of the Wicked & the Divine; Baal, the Morrigan and Baphomet.  Mentioned but not seen Tara, Woden, Inanna and Minerva.  Adding in previously met Lucifer, Amaterasu and Sahkmet thats Ten out of Twelve...

Rat Queens gives us a look at Hannah's kinder, gentler side.  And bad-ass lady brawler Lola (who I can't recall meeting before).  Also a glimpse at Sawyer's wang...

The Lumberjanes fall into some poison ivy, meet some boy campers and some yetis and finally get a cool, probably magic, bow and arrows...

Two Adventure Time related books.  The first, regular ol' Adventure Time celebrates its 30th issue by making it a MarcelZine issue.  Where Marceline edits a 'zine made up of stories contributed by all her pals.  Adventure Time Banana Guard Academy has Princess Bubblegum opening up the Banana Guard to non-Bananas 'cause she's tired of their being no turnips in the castle fridge for snacking.  Potential recruits include Peppermint Butler, Mr. Cupcake and Treetrunks...

While I do love Skottie Young's drawing on Rocket Raccoon I'm not so sold on his writing.  His Rocket is just so generically aggressively obnoxiously outlaw-ey.  And the revenge obsessed ex-girlfriend antagonist is no great shakes either...

And lastly the new New Warriors get their second enemy group in a Inhuman Supremacist group looking to force recruit Haechi.  'Cause Inhumans are the latest mass-super-power outbreak origin...
lurkerwithout: (Reading cat)
Daredevil tries to take a day off while Foggy waits for his latest medical tests. But he's got to deal with an unknown group attempting to recreate the exact circumstances of the accident that blinded and empowered him...

Moonstone and Skaar are stuck dealing with crazypants Ben Grimm, while the rest of the Dark Avengers attempt to pass thru crazypants Spider-Man's territory...

Over on Saga Marko and his mom track down Izabel just in time to get off the hatching egg-planet. And for Marko's ex to piss off the gigantic baby space monster...

Wonder Woman spends some time with her brother War again, as the pair go off to try and get Zolo's demigod baby back from Hermes and Demeter. Plus the First Born dude fights a sea serpent/shark monster thing...

Adventure Time has Finn and Jake and Marceline sort of fighting an army of robots to get to the undead-ish hacker behind corrupting BMO's program. And a backup story with Finn and Jake beating a devil/ogre thing by Josh Lesnick. And another backup by Chris Schweizer where Finn becomes the Princess of Rad Hats...

Conan the Barbarian follows Belit into her desert homeland and then gets drafted into some army to attack some fortress. Where it looks like Belit is hanging out anyway. So Conan will probably be killing a bunch of dudes pretty soon...

The stand outs for the most recent Dark Horse Presents would have to be a new "Finder" chapter, Shannon Wheeler's supers parody/prison story "Villain House" and "The Day the Saucers Came" written by Neil Gaiman and drawn by Paul Chadwick...

The main focus for the Knights of the Dinner Table is a mixer thrown by Patty at Hawg's. Mostly as an attempt to get a few people to sign up for Crutch's new gaming group...

From this week we have what looks to be not only the finale for the current volume of Courtney Crumrin. But for the series as a whole, with Courtney and her uncle concluding their problems with the Witch/Warlock community...

The second issue of Young Avengers has Billy & Teddy confronting the "person" masquerading as Teddy's mom. Which gets them grounded into a pocket dimension prison. Leading to a rescue by Kid Loki. Who makes them pay off his diner tab. And then a trip to Asgard. Where a new parental problem emerges...

The Unwritten has zombies vs. vampires vs. umm..creepy nun/puppet makers. Plus ghostly make-outs...

I'm not exactly why the Kapital's crew decide to smash up things on the oil rig/town. Or pretend to betray their captain. Or why the one dude maybe steals a nuclear Chinese submarine? But yeah thats all stuff from the Massive. Oh and someone has cancer!

And finally Prophet. Where the John Prophet clone army is preparing to retake Earth and the rest of the galaxy for humanity. Even if most of humanity isn't really very human of late. Except for the regressive savages living in the wilds of Earth...
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Starting with Marvel we've got Dark Avengers. Where the newly repaired USAgent takes the lead of the titular Avengers' knock-offs, comes up with a bare bones plan to free Moonstone and Skaar and then rescue Reed Richards from King of the Monsters Ben Grimm before Sue, Queen of Atlantis drops the Atlantic Ocean onto Manhattan...

The new Kieron Gillen written Young Avengers is off to a pretty great start. Hell, he and artistic partner Jamie McKelvie actually get to show Wiccan and Hulkling kissing. PLUS Kid Loki and Marvel Boy. The Morrison created one...

Moving over to DC/Vertigo with Wonder Woman. Where the accidental super-hero fight gets stopped almost before it can begin. Also Zola and Hera go out drinking. AND Still Unnamed First Son of Zeus dude beats up some giant ice dudes..

Saucer Country has a story about faeries and how they may be connected with current UFOology stuff. Its a real pity this series is getting cancelled, so early in its run. Hopefully, Paul Cornell will find a way to do more with this, since there is no possible way for him to wrap this up in the few remaining issues...

The Unwritten is back to the "real" world. In that its a world where dyslexic Aussie cops team up with a vampire reporter to investigate a case of murder-by-zombie...

Stumptown ends its second volume, with the mystery of the stolen & returned guitar solved, some skinhead drug dealers busted and Dex even gets a bonus out of it...

Courtney Crumrin attempts to take refuge with the Lady of Goblin Town, but her uncle follows her even into that twilight realm...

The latest Adventure Time tricks you into thinking its going to be one of those damned Lumpy Space Princess centric episodes, but then its all about giant bunches of wizards. I personally want to find out more about Otter Magi...

Given the grim ads of the last few months. And the very death centric covers, the 100th issue of Invincible is more than a bit of a fake out...

Glory and her gang take a break to chill and check in with loved ones before preparing to face the apparently unstoppable Knight of Thule...

Amidst all the regular super-weird scifi awesomeness of Prophet is a sort-of cameo by Supreme. Making three somewhat unexpected eXtreme Studios characters showing up. Maybe next they'll have, I don't know, Brigade or Vogue...

The strips of the latest Knights of the Dinner Table are book-ended by the Knights to start, with a off his game Brian. And the Black Hands at the end, where poor Gordo's campaign setting is getting thoroughly trashed...

The Massive ends with a surprising supposed betrayal aboard the floating drilling rig/city state....

And finally the latest Dark Horse Presents with more "Finder", "X", that Pokemon parody, "Resident Alien", some supers thing by Michael Avon Oeming and other stories...
lurkerwithout: (Reading cat)
Keeping going with the 2nd issue of Clone. Which fills in the How of the cloning conspiracy, while ignoring the Why. Seriously, why would a government agency go to the vast expense of creating a huge number of clones, set up monitoring on them for decades and then do NOTHING with that? I'm still curious to see where it keeps going, but that is some weak back story building...

The Dark Avengers team of knock-offs plus Moonstone and Skaar are in some alternate Marvel U where all the main heroes are some kind of totalitarian gang bosses who have divided up New York between them...

Saucer Country has the Democratic debate and a bunch of discussion on conspiracies. All wrapped in a vague sense of unreality as usual...

Marceline and the Scream Queens finishes up as Marceline flips right the Hell out at their farewell concert and so Princess Bubblegum has to come back and set things right. Plus a back-up featuring a jerk centaur whose band is a rival to Marcy's...

Courtney Crumrin escapes from her uncle and Rawhead, but Calpurnia is taken back to the Council for trial. So Courtney goes looking for someone else she can hide with. Plus a fairly touching moment with Courtney's mom...

The Massive sees the Kapital docking at a free city state set on an abandoned oil rig. And the conflicting goals of the crew look to be coming more sharply into focus...

And also this week is Brian Wood's other Dark Horse book, Conan the Barbarian. Which has Conan making shore with the rest of the Tigress's crew half-dead with an unknown illness. And the still healthy Conan being urged to abandon Belit and the rest to save himself...

Lastly Knights of the Dinner Table is still at GaryCon. And the UT+1 can't seem to get their act together, getting stomped by the other teams. Though things look hopeful for the honor of Muncie as Nitro's Peewee player team kick-ass and take names in the tournament...
lurkerwithout: (Reading cat)
Saucer Country's big UFO bit this time around is providing a "realistic" explanation for Men in Black stories while having a bit of weirdness almost immediately counter to it...

The focus on the Massive this time is on former Tamil Tiger and mercenary Mag Nagendra and what the line is between piracy and salvage...

Conan the Barbarian and his pirate queen are back at sea. Where a moment of mercy for a castaway may end up costing them everything...

Marceline and the Scream Queens latest gig is a concert in Marceline's former home, the Nightosphere. And where Mar's drama looks to have finally gotten to be more than Bubblegum is willing to deal with...

Coutrney Crumrin and Calpurnia take temporary shelter with another outcast witch. But Uncle Al and the Council's other hunters are still close on them...

Its fun with the in-laws as Marko's parents continue their drop-in visit in Saga...

In addition to the regular hop skotch of back-story check-ins the current Invincible has a..um..family..er...

Ok look, Bulletproof aka "new" Invincible tells his fucked-up origin story which leads to an even more crazy fucked-up thing. And its followed by a sort of authorial character stand-in kind of explaining why...
lurkerwithout: (Reading cat)
Two weeks worth of comics because..well because..um..because shut up thats why. Yeah, thats why...

Starting with some Courtney Crumrin, with Courtney and her teacher on the road and battling the hunters of the Council...

Then a one-shot return to Marvel's zombie Earth for Van Lente with Marvel Zombies Halloween. And a survivor story with a holiday appropriate guest spot...

Next Daredevil reveals the mastermind behind the whole Matt-is-crazypants plot. And while I can always appreciate a good D-level villain reinvents themselves tale I still am amazed that Daredevil figures out who it is without ever even thinking "vampire". 'Cause I totally would have gone with vampire...

the Dark Avengers face off against the returned full team of Thunderbolts. They don't come off so well. Especially as that includes a re-empowered Cain Marko...

Saucer Country is past the world/mythos building to get back to the focus on the joint presidential race/x-files investigation...

Decided to at least try out the new Sword of Sorcery title from DC, since Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld was always one of those off-genre bits of the DCU I've been curious about. Its a decent if somewhat stereotypical lost heir to the magical kingdom thing. Still its a hard sell at $4 for 20 pages with the "extra" value of a re-imagined Beowulf back-up story....

Wonder Woman begins its new big story arc with Diana and her allies, including a banished from Olympus Hera, looking for allies amidst Zeus other demi-divine children...

Glory and company set off from her base to begin searching for her little sister, Nanaja. Who is basically Glory with all the brakes taken off...

And then we've got Savage Dragon with more alien invasion aftermath for Malcom and Angel Dragon. Plus some more violent overreaction by the new Overlord...

Then its this week starting with the Unwritten. And Tommy goes on a walkabout back into the world's of fiction by after hearing the Australian whale origin myth of Kondili...

I also grabbed the A-Babies Vs. X-Babies one-shot. 'Cause Skottie Young and Gurihiru writing and drawing half the Marvel Universe as brawling babies is too adorable for words...

Over on Adventure Time Finn & Jake engage in multiple time trips and crazy Princess Bubblegum science-ings in order to get back to the status quo they started from...

The majority of the Knights of the Dinner Table cast is still at Garycon. Where we learn that Felicia Day is so magical she can even overcome Brian's near crippling shyness around women he's attracted too...

And then a doubleshot of Brandon Graham. First off with the scifi crazy awesomeness of Prophet. And then a different kind of scifi crazy with the return of his Multiple Warheads series. Which is totally crammed with visual puns and concepts, much like his King City. MW follows Sexica, former alien organ smuggler and her werewolf boyfriend Nikou as they go on a road trip in search of a new life and home...

After that Invincible wraps up the Flaxan/Robot/Monster Girl story. Relationships are rebuilt, secrets are revealed, secrets are kept, love is confessed and awkward sex is had. Not necessarily all by the same people...

And finally a new Dark Horse Presents. With "Finder" getting the main cover this time around. Plus a "Mr. Monster" story that features Munden's Bar...
lurkerwithout: (Reading cat)
First up I went and grabbed Godzilla: the Half Century War off the older racks. This is the Godzilla book from IDW by James Stokoe, who does the sublime Orc Stain. There is at least one other Godzilla ongoing, but its kind of crap from what I've seen of it. Stokoe's book is pretty darn sweet...

Next up is the Scalped final issue. Some people die, some people step into new roles and on the Rez not much changes at all. Still a few characters manage to find some kind of redemption of a sort...

The Unwritten has Tommy giving a speaking engagement and meeting up with the remains of Tommy cult. As well as Detective Patterson, Danny the Reader and the unicorn...

The latest Courtney Crumrin is mostly flashbacks to the back-story for the tragedy of Skarrow the Changeling...

The comic portions of Knights of the Dinner Table step away from the various campaigns to focus on Gamer's Court and Bob's trial. Though there is a nice moment where Nitro basically tells Skip and Hard8 to basically go fuck themselves over trying to exploit his kid's table gaming group...

Jake & Finn are now stuck in their near future on Adventure Time thanks to messing around with Bubblegum's time machine. And the near future is all messed up with the evil robots...

More flashbackery as Invincible continues to cut between the current Flaxian invasion and Robot and Monster Girl's long sojourn on their home world...

And finally Dark Horse Presents. Not my favorite installment of the anthology series. Yeah, Carla Speed McNeil's "Finder" bit is always great. And its always nice to see some new "Nexus" from Baron & Rude. And Nate Cosby & Evan Shaner's "Buddy Cops" and Mike Russell's "Sabretooth Vampire" are pretty darn funny. But most of the rest of the stories or chapters are mostly meh. Sadly including the latest for "Ghost" and "Aliens"...
lurkerwithout: (Reading cat)
And this week sees the end of two series and the near finale of a third. The latter being G0dland which has only an epilogue issue left after the penultimate confrontation with the forces of entropy. With Adam Archer and Maxim merging into the cosmic ADAMAXIM!

Also ending with a big cosmic finale is iZombie, as Gwen the Zombie comes up with a way to stop the Chtulu-ian big bad that doesn't involve sacrificing everyone she cares about...

And Rasl finishes up, more quantumly than cosmically. Plus we get to find out, finally, what the hell Rasl actually means...

Courtney Crumrin and her new friend manage to escape from the Fairy Kingdom. But then they've got to deal with the community of witches and warlocks discovering much of Courtney's previous escapades...

Avengers Academy is closed down and that leaves many of the former students at loose ends. The perfect time for the Alchemist to return with another job offer...

And Daredevil takes some to look into Matt's head. Literally, in this case, with Hank Pym shrunk down and smashing Doom's nanobots in Daredevil's brain...
lurkerwithout: (Reading cat)
Hey look, day of comics commentary. Suck it procrastination! Starting with the second issue of Resident Alien. I thought this DHP spin-off would be an ongoing, but it looks like it will only be a 3-issue mini. Four with that zero issue with the collected bits from Dark Horse Presents. With another murder, Harry the Secret Alien looks into local history for a potential suspect. Also the unnamed government forces have found the wreck of his crashed ship. Plus his night nurse looks to suspect there is more to him than is evident. Looks like writer Peter Hogan is trying to cram a bunch of stuff in over a shortened story arc...

Courtney Crumrin and her sort of friend/nemesis run around Goblin Town, meeting up with various and sundry from previous Crumrin forays into the faerie realm. All while being chased by werewolves...

Second to last issue of Scalped. And its the final confrontation between Dash, Red Crow and Catcher. With Agent Nitz and Dino Poor Bear added into the mix as well...

Fatale starts a brand new arc with a prologue featuring the modern-day obsessive Nic Lash. And the start of a 70s story with Hollywood hedonistic cults, B-list actors and doom bringing Josephine...

Savage Dragon is all alien monsters around the world. I think this is the third or fourth time Larsen's actually used global snap shots as part of an invasion story arc. Also, an Ant cameo? Seriously?

And finally Prophet, with Graham doing the art chores as well as the writing. With lots and lots of glimpses and the many and varied gonzo scifi weirdness of the setting. This book is so hard to capture and yet so very cool...
lurkerwithout: (Reading cat)
In addition to my pull list my comic's shop held the Archaia Free Comic Book Day book for me. Its a slim little hardcover with a new Mouse Guard story as well as samples from their other titles...

The Tick returns with the Tick/Invincible where the Image hero gets summoned to the far less serious super-hero universe by a villain who's a mash-up of Marvin the Martian and the Martian Manhunter. Its even got a two-page spread parodying Kirkman's spray-the-walls violence...

Plus this week also has a regular issue of Invincible with more fall-out from Mark's recovery and escape from Viltrumite custody...

Fatale finishes up its first arc with an unexpected face-turn from one of the supposed bad guys...

Hopefully this isn't the actual last issue for iZombie since its more than a bit of a cliff-hanger...

Courtney Crumrin looks at some of the incidents in the title character's previous stories from the perspective of the normal townsfolk. Just a reminder that the effects of spells doesn't stop when Courtney stopped paying attention to them...

And finally a new Resurrection Man with a cross-over with the new Suicide Squad. I still don't like that they felt the need to give the Wall such a total physical make-over but at least her manipulative, twisty and abrasive personality is still the same...
lurkerwithout: (Reading cat)
Another very heavy week. And even though the store got shorted on the latest issue of the Wood/Cloonan Conan, they did get in the issue of Mouse Guard: the Black Axe I missed from a few weeks back. With the new weilder of the Black Axe having to go into the briar patch to face a killer fox...

I also got another unexpected issue of Lobster Johnson: the Burning Hand. I swear I manage to miss seeing this when checking the week's releases every time. Anyway, L.J. and his crew continue to face off against the mob's hired supernatural assassin...

The latest Resurection Man has Mitch Shelley encountering a pair of extra-normal investigators. One of whom may end up having the clues he needs to piece together his past...

The Shade concludes his adventure in Spain with demons vanquished, evil thwarted and fashion rescued...

I'm still on the fence about Paul Cornell's Saucer Country, but the various oddities and characters now look to be working into a more coherent story at least...

The Unwritten begins its new arc with a visit to somewhere and a team-up between the Tinker and Pauly the Bunny. Pauly is still a selfish asshole by the way...

Glory takes a look at future, but really it was the preview for the new Youngblood at end that draws my attention. Mostly just in showcasing how truly vast the difference in skill levels are between Ross Campbell and Rob Liefeld. Seriously, dude still can't draw feet or waists or arrows. Why would you make a super-team whose leader is an archer if you can't draw a fucking arrow?

Ungh. Right, back to good comics with the second issue of Saga. With lots of weird, alien bounty hunters and robots deadly plants and ghosts and a baby...

Over on Adventure Time with Finn & Jake are titular heroes refuse to give up in their quest to save the world from the Liche King and his super-magic bag of holding. Teaming up with Desert Princess and Princess Bubblegum and Lumpy Space Princess and Marceline and even the Ice King...

And finally a new Courtney Crumrin ongoing from Oni. And it starts with Courtney seemingly making an actual friend. Though that may be speaking too soon. Seriously, new Courtney Crumrin, in color even...

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