Tuesday, February 01, 2005

New This Week: February 2, 2005

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 a two-fer from IDW: the first volume of Legend of Grimjack, the first collection of Ostrander & Truman's classic eighties comic, and the first issue of Grimjack: Killer Instinct, their return to the character. Despite the fact that I was a fan of Grimjack way back when, I never read the early issues, so the collection will be a treat. And even though it's a bit overpriced, and will surely be collected, I'm getting Killer Instinct to show my support.

In other comics:

Aeon has the second issue of Matt Howarth's Bugtown

AiT/PlanetLAR has the third volume of Couriers.

Amaze Ink has a collection of Evan Dorkin's Bill & Ted's Most Excellent Adventures.

Antarctic has a new issue of Fred Perry's Gold Digger (#60).

Dark Horse has a third volume of Megatokyo and the second issue of Concrete: Human Dilema.

DC has new issues of Adam Strange (#5), Detective Comics (#803), and The Question (#4); the premiere issue of Twilight Experiment; the collection of Grant Morrison & Cameron Stewart's Disney-meets-PKD Seaguy; and the indy-esque Bizarro World hardcover.

Fantagraphics has a new Blood Orange anthology (#4).

Image has the first issues of Lions, Tigers and Bears and Mora.

Marvel has the first issue of a new Black Panther series, with sure-to-be-nifty JR, jr. art, a third collection for Runaways, new issues of Supreme Power (#15) and Ultimate Spider-Man (#72), and the first issue of Frank Cho's cover-up-the-nipples Shanna the She Devil, whose appearance during the week leading up to the Super Bowl is just too perfect to be a coincidence.

Pantheon has the reviewed-in-the-NYT Gemma Bovery GN.

Viper Comics has a collection of Daisy Kutter.

And lots and lots of manga, seeing as this is an unofficial last week of the month: ComicsOne has the tenth volume of Crayon Shichan and two new titles: Imperfect Hero and Indian Summer; Del Ray has the second volumes of both Othello and Wallflower; TokyoPop has a bazillion titles, including the final volume (?) of Planetes (oddly numbered as vol. 4 pt. 2); and Viz has a third volume of Hikaru-no Go and flipped editions of volumes of Banana Fish (vol. 6) and one of my all-time favorites, Maison Ikkoku (vol. 9).

That's a lot of comics! If you somehow end up with a few dollars left over, consider bidding on an item in the Mercury Studios benefit auction for Bill Loebs.


Kevin Church said...

IDW have consistently priced themselves out of purchases by me - the Steve Niles/Scott Morse collaboration on Frankenstein sounds completely up my alley until I do math like "48 pages divided by $16 = OW MY ASS."

Anonymous said...


Yeah, I gotta agree with you that Shanna #1 coming out the week of the Super Bowl can't just be random happenstance. Could this be the Marvel marketing maching in action? ;)

By the way, thanks for linking The Comic Asylum in your blog list. It's very much appreciated. And I've already made several bid on a few of those items in the Bill Loebs auctions. And for the first time ever, I don't care if I win any of them. :)

- James

Dave Carter said...

Yeah, IDW's prices are too steep. But a) this is Grimjack; and b) with DCBS giving 50% off the trade and the first issue and 35% off issues 2 and 3 it brings the cost down to almost reasonable.