18 October 2005

On the Shelves: 10/19/05

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My weekly look at select comic books being released tomorrow, 10/19/05. The full shipping is list available at ComicList.

[NOTE: Not all of these titles will actually arrive in all stores. If your LCBS offers a pre-ordering service, be sure to take advantage of it. If not, find another one; or try Khepri.com or MidtownComics.com]

ALIAS ENTERPRISES LLC
10th Muse Vol 2 #5, $2.99
David Shepherds Song #2 (Of 3), $2.99
Deal With The Devil #5 (Of 5), $2.99
Legend Of Isis #4, $2.99
Opposite Forces Vol 2 #2 (Of 4), $2.99


Now that they've lost both Elsinore and Monkey vs. Lemur, the only two titles of theirs I liked, let the Deathwatch begin. I'll take April 2006 in the pool.

APCOMICS
Mr T #2, $3.50


I thought these guys went under already? I know they lost several of their titles to Markosia, and Mr. T #1 wasn't very good...

ARCANA STUDIO
Dead Men Tell No Tales #2 (Of 4), $3.95


Flipped through the first issue at the store - as I'll do with anything from Arcana - and wasn't terribly impressed.

ARSENIC LULLABY PUBLISHING
1000 Deaths Of Baron Von Donut #1, $2.99


Winner of the Best Title of the Week prize!

AVATAR PRESS INC.
Garth Ennis 303 #6 (Of 6), $3.99


Still have #0-1 sitting near the bottom of my To Read pile.

DARK HORSE COMICS
Conan #21, $2.99


Still going strong.

DC COMICS
Astro City The Dark Age #4 (Of 16), $2.99
Batgirl #69, $2.50


If one of the outcomes of Infinite Crisis is Barbara Gordon resuming the Batgirl mantle, I'm going to be really pissed.

DEVILS DUE PUBLISHING
GI Joe Americas Elite Data Desk Handbook, $2.95
GI Joe Snake-Eyes Declassified #3 (Of 6), $2.95


What? Screw you, I'm hooked!

IDW PUBLISHING
Transformers #0, $0.99


Considering my reborn love for G.I. Joe, I shouldn't talk, but is there really any reason for this series?

IMAGE COMICS
NYC Mech Vol 1 Lets Electrify TPB, $14.99
Ruule Ganglords Of Chinatown TPB, $19.99


I'm loving the current arc of NYC Mech ("Beta Love"), so I'm curious to see how the first arc was. Image had the complete first two issues online a while back, and I didn't like them nearly as much as the current storyline. Ruule is Beckett's second release under Image which I'll probably pick up one of these days.

MARVEL COMICS
Daredevil Vol 12 Decalogue TPB, $14.99
Nick Fury Howling Commandos #1, $2.99
Official Handbook Marvel Universe Horror 2005, $3.99
She-Hulk 2 #1, $2.99
X-Men And Power Pack #1 (Of 4), $2.99


As a monthly, Decalogue was pretty good up until the last issue's weird-ass left turn into horrorville. Speaking of horror, I'm looking forward to both Howling Commandos and that Official Handbook. Haven't bought an OHTTMU in years! She-Hulk was one of those buzz books from last year, like Runaways, that's getting a second chance and the preview of the first issue actually looks kind of fun. Of course, I cut Runaways after the first arc of its second go-round so, we'll see. And a big "HOORAY" for the new Power Pack mini-series. The first was one of the most entertaining minis of the year.

TITAN PUBLISHING
Wallace And Gromit A Pier Too Far HC, $12.95


Allow me to take this opportunity to recommend the new Wallace & Gromit movie. Cracking good time, that! And the Madagascar short that precedes it is way better than the bloated, tedious movie was.

TOKYOPOP
Battle Royale Vol 14 GN (Of 15), $9.99


Read Volume 1 of this a couple of weeks ago, and I'm still on the fence about whether I liked it or not. It was entertaining, in a "leaves you feeling dirty" kind of way, and I'm not sure if I'll continue with it or not.

TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS
Surrogates #2 (Of 5), $2.95


About time! First issue was pretty good, though.

Magazines
Comics Buyers Guide Jan 2006 #1612, $5.99
Wallace & Gromit Magazine #1, $5.99


Got CBG last week, with a great feature package on horror comics. Have to give the W&G magazine a looksee.

6 comments:

Erech said...

misspelled the link to khepri :)

You can keep that Alias bet, frankly I'm surprised they made it this far. It's probably not the popular notion in comics what with all this "survival of the industry" hooha, but I say good on more publishers of this sort taking a dive. Not to wish anyone failure, but glutting up the market with garbage is never good for anyone. And there is alot of garbage out there indeed that needs to go away...

SMASHER said...

Guy, I'm surprised DC's Justice was not on your pull list - Alex Ross art & significant amount of face time for the Dark Knight.

Gonna try to hit up Midtown this weekend, any recommendations besides from this week's pull list? Anything from this week you would underline as a must read?

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

Erech: Thanks for the Khepri catch! I agree the market needs some pruning, and I won't miss Alias when they're gone. There is some perverse delight in their situation, though, thanks to how completely unprepared they were to actually back up their bold talk.

Seve: Ross doesn't really ring my bell, though I'll probably pick up the trade if it has some good buzz. This week, She-Hulk #1 was unexpectedly fun, as was Fin Fang 4. Finally read Batman Year One: Scarecrow #2, and that was pretty good, too. Lot of catching up to do in the next round of CBC Quickees.

Harvey Jerkwater said...

Guy, is there any way I could possibly miss a comic entitled The 1000 Deaths of Baron Von Donut?

The answer is no.

Had I not seen your blog, I would not have known it existed.

Thank you. Thank you for this service.

I'm also going to call myself "Baron Von Donut" for at least a week. My wife's gonna hate it.

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

Hmmm... Cronin's not doing his job with that Current Comics Report then, is he? ;-)

Of course, your comment just reminded me that I forgot to pick the damn thing up on Wednesday, one of the main reason I spotlighted it here! Grrr...

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