Tuesday, December 14, 2004

New This Week: December 15, 2004

Based on the NCRL list for this week's comics shipping from Diamond, here are a few things to look for at the local comic shop tomorrow:

The Pick of the Week is Thieves & Kings, vol. 5: The Winter Book from Mark Oakley & I Box. If you're looking for something to fill the fantasy void left by the ending of Bone, you should definitely check out M'Oak's Thieves & Kings. It's the story of Rubel, a young thief who is caught up in royal intrigue and a 1000-year-old war between sorcerers. The story is told in a combination of comics pages and illustrated prose passages. The Winter Book collects issues 37-45 of the series, so if you haven't read any Thieves & Kings before you may wish to start at the beginning with the first volume (The Red book).

In other comics:

Abstract has the third Strangers In Paradise Pocket volume.

Bighead has the Probablity Broach GN, adapting L. Neil Smith's novel of a Libertarian utopia.

DC has new issues of Adventures of Superman (#635), Birds of Prey (#77), Ex Machina (#7), Ocean (#3), Plastic Man (#13), the first issue of Trigger, a second White Lama volume, and the final issue of a little-known mini-series called Identity Crisis (#7).

Fantagraphics has another Krazy Kat compilation: Krazy & Ignatz 1933-34 Necromancy By The Blue Bean Bush.

Marvel has the first collected volume of Joss Whedon & John Cassaday's Astonishing X-Men; the seventh Powers collection (Forever), and new issues of Daredevil (#68), Fantastic Four (#521), Madrox (#4), and Ultimate Spider-Man (#70).

Random House has the new American Splendor collection, Our Movie Year.

Scary-Go-Round is making several titles available via Cold Cut, including the sublime Girl Spy!

Viz has three second editions of manga volumes in case you missed them the first time around: Banana Fish, vol. 5; Maison Ikkoku, vol. 8; and Phoenix, vol. 2.

Another light week, so attend to your slush pile and use your saved pennies to buy your mom a nice present.

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