04 January 2006

On the Shelves: 1/5/06

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Happy new year! My weekly look at select comic books being released THURSDAY, 1/5/06. 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]

Alan Moore Spells It Out, $9.95

Spells what out? A-l-a-n S-m-i-t-h-e-e?

Lullaby #2, $2.99
Yenny #2, $2.99

Lullaby has kind of lost me, and I can't honestly say that it's not partly thanks to my feelings about Alias and Mike S. Miller. Pity. Yenny #1 simply didn't work for me.

Doc Frankenstein Sketch Cvr B #4, $3.50
Doc Frankenstein Sketch Cvr Ed #3, $4.95
Doc Frankenstein Skroce Cvr A #4 (resolicited), $3.50

I flipped through the first issue a while back and was mildly intrigued, but it never made it home with me. It did make our Best of 2005 over at Buzzscope, though, so maybe I'll give it another look.

Soulsearchers #75, $2.50

Thanks to Madrox and X-Factor, I picked up Fallen Angel #1 last week and was pleasantly surprised. I checked out a jump-on issue of SoulSearchers last year, though, and wasn't impressed at all. C'est la vie!

Evil Ernie Straight To Hell Chromium Sgn, $16.00

Ha ha! That's a pun, right? Chromium cover, straight to hell? Right? Sigh.

Aeon Flux #4 (Of 4), $2.99
Billy The Kids Old Timey Oddities TPB, $13.95
Chronicles Of Conan Vol 9 River Dragons & Others TPB, $16.95

Aeon Flux is done already? Did they release it weekly or something? Billy the Kid caught my eye too late to jump in, but I'm picking up the trade, I think. Father-in-law loved his Vol. 2 of the Busiek/Nord Conan and now wants me to get him Vol. 1. Good work, Mr. Allie!

Batman And The Monster Men #3 (Of 6), $2.99
Gotham Central #39, $2.50
Jonah Hex #3, $2.99
Y The Last Man #41, $2.99

Thank you, Matt Wagner, for an entertaining Batman story. It's apparently a lost art. Only two issues left of Gotham Central, and I seem to be one of its few fans who wasn't feeling the beginning of this final arc. Jonah Hex is on the chopping block this month. First two issues have been solid, if unspectacular, and they need to kick it up a notch or I'm moving on. Rich Watson has me excited about jumping back into Y, despite the fact that I've only read the first TPB and will surely be lost. Nice little accessibility test for Mr. Vaughan, yes?

Squarecat Comics Vol 1 GN, $9.95

Isn't this the Johnny Raygun publisher? Might check it out simply because I love Johnny Raygun.

Doc Samson #1 (Of 5), $2.99

Um...wow! Marvel shot their load last week and there's only Doc Samson, a mini-series I know nothing about. Enjoyed Casey's reference to him in Iron Man: The Inevitable #1, though, so maybe I'll give it a looksee.

Zorro Vol 2 SC, $7.95

Might check this out to see if they worked the kinks out from the shaky first volume. And because Salicrup's cool people.

Shonen Jump Feb 06 #38, $4.99

Finally picked up a copy last month and realized I'm totally not their audience. TokyoPop's free Manga is much more up my alley.

Inquest Gamer #130, $4.99

Must. Resist.

Knucklebones Mar 06 #2, $5.99

That's a cool name! Best Title of the Week. What is it, though?


jdonelson.nyc said...

While I don't think you'd be completely lost if you jumped from the 1st trade of Y The Last Man to the latest issue, it's definitely a story that reads better in sequence. I'd suggest picking up the 2nd trade instead.

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

Dissuading me from the floppies, Donelson? You're killing comics!

Actually, it's such a light week for me, maybe I'll pick up a couple of trades and shoot for catching up before this arc ends? Everybody wins!

On a side note, I think I'm going to pick up The Black Hole, too.

Erech said...

"Spells what out? A-l-a-n S-m-i-t-h-e-e?"

Ha! You're my mid-afternoon hero, sir.

You won't like Black Hole, I'm betting.

And yes, Y only reads well in a full sitting environment, and even then not so much. I haven't read it much the last 5 months though, so maybe it picked up. It has potential, but, I just never really felt the heart at the core of the book, I dunno. Single issues really don't work for me on it though, so do get the trades. Or as I would say in my reviews, download that shit ;)

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

You won't like Black Hole, I'm betting.

Why? Too mainstream? :-P

Actually, the many reviews I've read made it sound pretty interesting, which usually doesn't happen when something gets too much praise. *coughDEMOcough* What's your take on it?

Scott said...

What didn't connect with you on the first issue of the current Gotham Central arc? I think this series has been as strong as it's ever been and I'm looking forward to the resolution. Hopefully it doesn't involve the Spectre in any way.

Once this series is wrapped up, I want to revisit the whole thing and watch Montoya and Allen's storyarc more closely.

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

Hopefully it doesn't involve the Spectre in any way.

That's why, right there, actually. The, pardon the pun, spectre of Infinite Crisis looming over the finale is a bit off-putting, and makes it feel like they're co-opting a potentially interesting storyline just to set up 52. Admittedly, I'm partly to blame for reading the damn solicits and seeking out spoiler info!

But yeah, GC has been in my Top 10 since I first discovered it around issue #9. I'll miss it.

Erech said...

"What's your take on it?"

It was weird, but pretty. But pretty weird too.

Get it, and tell me what you think - I'd rather see you get than than Doc Samson eek ;)