Tuesday, December 21, 2004

New This Week: December 22, 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 Ariel Schrag's Likewise #3 from Slave Labor. I'm not a huge fan of autobiographical comics, but Ariel's diary of her high school days is raw, earnest and real. Yes, it's over a year late, but I'm sure it will be worth it.

In other comics:

Alternative has Bipolar #5.

Antarctic has a new issue of Gold Digger (#58), plus a fourth Gold Digger Pocket Manga and the first Twilight X Pocket Manga.

Burlyman has the second Matrix Comics anthology, plus the first issue of Shaolin Cowboy.

Dark Horse has a new issue of The Goon (#10), the second volume of Samurai Executioner (finally!), and the fifth volume of Seraphic Feather.

DC has the first collection of Darwyn Cooke's exquisite DC: The New Frontier, the third issue of Green Lantern: Rebirth, the second issue of Grant Morrison's JLA: Classified, and Richard Corben takes over for the second issue of Solo.

Fantagraphics brings Charles Burns' Black Hole to a conclusion with issue #12.

If your comic shop didn't get last week's Pick of the Week, Thieves & Kings vol. 5, last week, it should show up this week. (Unless they foolishly didn't order any copies at all, in which case you need to use a better comic shop!)

Image has a new printing of JMS and Gary Frank's Midnight Nation trade.

Marvel has new issues of Astonishing X-Men (#7), Black Widow (#4), New Thunderbolts (#3), and holiday stories in Punisher: Red Xmas and X-Men #165 (now with 100% less Chuck Austen!)

Oni has the penultimate issue of Ojo (#4) and a new Queen & Country (#28).

Penny Farthing has the final issue of Stuart Moore's Para (#6).

The guys at Win-Mill have their second issue of Following Cerebus.

A lot of good stuff this week. I hope that you're all done with your Christmas shopping, because after tomorrow's trip to the comic store you won't have much cash left!

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