Just keep swimming: 8/20/08 Recommendations


More comics? Seems like there’s a new batch coming out every week. Here are some notable ones from last Wednesday.

Dark Horse

MySpace Dark Horse Presents TP Vol. 1: I was so proud of myself for resisting the MySpace phenomenon. But if all that teenage melodrama and cyberstalker angst from the Web site is going to presented so handily in comic book form, I don’t know if I’ll be able to stay away.


Air #1: This is either

1) A new Vertigo book about flight attendants (the real answer)

2) A Public Service Announcement in comic form, featuring the Super Friends teaching elementary school kids about not polluting.

3) A sequel to Suicide Squad, except instead of using somewhat famous villains, the team is composed of the living embodiments of burps, farts, and quefes.

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #1: The Final Crisis tie-ins have been good so far, though all but Requiem felt like they didn’t really need FC to work. This one probably has the biggest creative team of all (Geoff Johns and George Perez), but it deals with the least fan-favorite subject (The Legion of Super Heroes), so we’ll see how it turns out.

Mad Kids #12: You’d be mad too if you had to sit through a PSA about pollution from the Super Friends.

Sandman Presents: Dead Boy Detectives TP: This is what happens when dead baby jokes grow up.

Scalped #20: I wonder if this was another “sexy issue” of Scalped. Unfortunately, we didn’t get as far as this is August’s Preview Reviews, which Spiffy may or may not be posting whenever he gets back.

Trinity #37: It’s actually only on #12, but you believed me, didn’t you?



Charlatan Ball #3: Damn, I need an invite to this.

Dark Ivory #3 (of 4): If “Ebony and Ivory” referred to black and white, respectively, then I suppose this is a euphemism for a book about a mulatto. Very PC, kudos.

Youngblood TP Vol. 1: Focus Tested: I still need to try this, since it seems only right to do so when a book bears my last name, and since “focus tested” is a great subtitle to my life in general right now.



Captain America #41: In case you haven’t heard, this is kind of a big deal. Ever wondered what a mixture of drool and cum looks like, but you don’t have the heart to get/watch a blowjob? Read any of Spiffy or I’s reviews of Brubaker’s Cap, and you’ll get the idea.

Incredible Hercules #120: This seems like the kind of book Goki would read (if Goki read comics).

Moon Knight #21: Can’t wait for Spiff to get back so he can tell us all about how incredibly dark this was, yadda yadda yadda.

Punisher #61: Last week he killed the Marvel Universe in a special one-shot (inexplicably though, Marvel’s still publishing other books). What does the Punisher do for an encore? Well, I believe its Garth Ennis’ finale, the end of what’s regarded as possibly the greatest run in the character’s history. Maybe he’ll kill the DC Universe as he goes out. Or at least re-kill Hal and Barry (please!).

Uncanny X-Men #501: The issue after 500 must feel kind like the day after your birthday. It’s still a good day, and you may get some slight lingering attention, but the spotlight has clearly moved on.

X-Factor #34: Maybe this issue, the finale to a crossover within a crossover, will be good, and maybe it won’t. But if nothing else, you have to respect that this three-part SI tie-in between XF and She-Hulk has been perhaps the only SI tie-in to avoid claiming that it will “change things forever.”

X-Factor Special: Layla Miller: She knows stuff, so if you don’t buy this, she’ll come after you.


Indies (shit)

2000 AD #1596: Holy fuck, I guess this is a weekly. Surely we would’ve noticed by now if that numbering were legit, but still, this could be a glimpse into the future of Trinity.

Anna Mercury #1-3 (of 5): It’s probably a coincidence, but Anna Mercury was the name of one of the main characters in Susan Power’s novel Grass Dancer, one of the finest pieces of modern Native American literature you’ll find.

Archie #588: When was the last original Archie idea? I respect that they’re still publishing, but I feel like they must have used up all new thoughts many years ago, and have probably spent at least the past 550 issues reusing the same jokes, just slightly tweaking the wording or presentation.

Honestly, I’m feeling pretty tapped out, so sorry to the rest of the Indies and to the Merchandise section (both of which had some dandies), but we’re going to wrap it up.

What AA Bought: Captain American #41, Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #1, Uncanny X-Men #501, X-Factor #34, and X-Factor Special: Layla Miller.


2 Responses to “Just keep swimming: 8/20/08 Recommendations”

  1. Gokitalo Says:

    Incredible Hercules #120: This seems like the kind of book Goki would read (if Goki read comics).


    Post is coming soon, by the way. Although it may not be what you’re expecting.

  2. spiffyithaca Says:

    You’re right. The fact that your posting is very unexpected. ZING

    Kudos for Air, Dead Detectives and Mad Kids especially. Good post. It was very tidy, something I’ve never been able to do with those posts.

    I didn’t even see the Layla special in my store, so I guess I won’t get it, pending your review

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