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Monday, July 16, 2007

 
The Week in Comics -- Looks like some very good stuff is arriving in comics shops this week...

BOOK OF THE WEEK

* Lone Ranger HC and Lone Ranger #7 (Dynamite). I sure would not have expected this title to grab me the way it has, but it's always a fun, dynamic and gorgeously-rendered title. Here's my review of Lone Ranger #1.

OTHER TITLES OF NOTE

* Bone Vol. 6: Old Man's Cave (Scholastic). I never read much Bone until the mammoth one-volume collection came out a few years back. The colours in the new Scholastic editions are absolutely beautiful and add even more to what was already an exceptionally well-realized vision.

* The Comics Journal #284 (Fantagraphics). I never miss an issue of this, the most essential periodical on the subject of comics. In fact, I don't think I've missed more than a handful since I started reading TCJ circa 1980. The issue's Roger Langridge interview should be worth the price of admission all by itself.

* Conan #42 (Dark Horse). Am I enjoying this as much as I did when Kurt Busiek was still writing it? I'm not sure, but I think Tim Truman has exceeded my expectations in his efforts so far to fill Busiek's big, big shoes. I think this is part 2 of "Rogues in the House."

* Godland Vol. 3: Proto Plastic Party (Image). This is one I dropped from my monthly pull list, because the floppies just weren't doing it for me. In a nice, big chunk, Joe Casey and Thomas Scioli's Kirby pastiche reads much better and is far more satisfying.

* The Spirit #8 (DC). Man, I really missed Darwyn Cooke last issue; I think only one of the three fill-in stories really held my attention, and just a month later, I couldn't even tell you what it was about. With Cooke back in the saddle, though, things are sure to be much-improved.

* World War Hulk #2 of 5 (Marvel). Like Lone Ranger, this is a title I would not have predicted ahead of time that I would enjoy. The first issue felt more like a Marvel Comic in the best sense of the word than anything I can remember reading in a long, long time.

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