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Monday, March 22, 2004

 

The Week in Comics -- Here's a rundown of noteworthy new comics and graphic novels arriving in stores on Wednesday...man, am I ever picking up a lot of floppies this week.

COMING WEDNESDAY MARCH 24TH

AVATAR PRESS

ALAN MOORE'S HYPOTHETICAL LIZARD PREVIEW $1.99 -- Alan Moore's projects for Avatar have ranged from the inconsequential (Magic Words) to the essential (The Courtyard). I haven't seen enough of this one yet to know which way it'll lean, but you can view a few pages here.

TOP SHELF

COMIC BOOK ARTIST VOL 2 #3 (RES) 7.50 -- Darwyn Cooke is featured in this must-buy issue. Cooke is one of the best and most interesting cartoonists currently plying his trade in corporate superhero comics, and putting most everyone else doing it to absolute shame. Find out why and how in this issue.

DARK HORSE

FREAKS OF THE HEARTLAND #2 $2.99 -- The first issue didn't move a story along much, but it was well-done, atmospheric stuff with gorgeous artwork. Writer Steve Niles rarely disappoints, and this looks to be another winner.

HELLBOY THE CORPSE ONE SHOT $.25 -- Buy a couple of dozen and give them to everyone you know who has never told you "I hate them damn funnybooks."

IDW

WAKE THE DEAD #5 (Of 5) (MR) 3.99 -- To quote a noted comics critic, "Writer Steve Niles rarely disappoints, and this looks to be another winner."

AIT-PLANETLAR

DEMO #5 (Of 12) (MR) $2.95 -- The nice thing about a series of unconnected stories like this is that every issue is a good jumping-on point. There are brief character portraits, but each one so far has been compelling and I'd recommend you give the series a try.

DC COMICS

CAPER #6 (Of 12) (MR) $2.95 -- The first issue of this storyline, last month, really grabbed me with its realistic depiction of celebrity life and some of the best John Severin art I've ever seen. Looking forward to the rest of this excellent series.

HUMAN TARGET #8 (MR) $2.95 -- One of the best monthly series you may very well not be reading.

OUTSIDERS #10 $2.50 -- It speaks to my profound affection for Tom Raney's art that I am stiff buying this. Other than the "Two Metamorphos" issue, I haven't cared much for the writing, and the non-Raney issues were excruciating.

SMAX #5 (Of 5) $2.95 -- The fantastic (in more than one sense of the word) tie-in to Top 10 concludes. Alan Moore really surprised me with this one, pulling out all the stops to make me care about what I thought would be a diverting spinoff at best.

WILDCATS VERSION 3.0 #19 (MR) $2.95 -- Jesus, I want Nguyen back on the art already. This series had a years-long run of interesting stories coupled with excellent artwork, but the past month or three has seen the quality of the visuals -- and my level of interest -- drop a bit.

IMAGE

INVINCIBLE #9 $2.95 -- Hey, Hellboy, Astro City and Savage Dragon fans! Over here! Good, fun superhero comics!

SAVAGE DRAGON #114 2.95 -- Ooh, here's another one.

WANTED #3 (Of 6) 2.99 -- And another one!

MARVEL

HULK GRAY #6 (Of 6) 3.50 -- Too many ads, and a very awkward looking Iron Man were among the elements that made this mini-series suffer by comparison to its earlier related projects by the same creative team, Spider-Man: Blue and Daredevil: Yellow. Maybe once it's collected in hardcover, it'll read better.

That's it for me -- check out another point of view (two, actually) on this week's new releases over at Previews Review.

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