I have not done this in a while. Anyway, life has been extremely hectic since the little one came out. I have about 15 minutes of rest time before doing the next thing that is in store for me. In this 15 minutes, I wish to do something that is thoroughly non-work or family related. It seems that comic books have not been a category (see the right hand side menu) that I have dealt with for sometime. Ever since coming across the Diamond Previews online (they made it into web html format), I have often thought of perusing through it to see whether anything tickles my fancy. I have not done this in years! The last time was probably 10 years ago when I actually went through a physical copy in a comic book store back in Melbourne. *sigh… those were the days of care-free living… (actually, not exactly correct)*
Anyway, I don’t buy comic books anymore. Not directly anyway. It is a very expensive hobby although one that is quite good when young, since the comic book reader gets the best of both worlds (words and art). Without further delay, here we go:
My Picks for May 2010
BATMAN RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE #1 & #2 (OF 6)
Written by GRANT MORRISON Art by CHRIS SPROUSE
BAYOU TP VOL 01
Written by JEREMY LOVE
Wired The first book from the original webcomics imprint of DC Comics is here! South of the Mason-Dixon Line lies a strange land of gods and monsters; a world parallel to our own, born from centuries of slavery, civil war, and hate. Lee Wagstaff is the daughter of a black sharecropper in the Depression-era town of Charon, Mississippi. When Lily Westmoreland, her white playmate, is snatched by agents of an evil creature known as Bog, Lee’s father is accused of kidnapping. Lee’s only hope is to follow Lily’s trail into this fantastic and frightening alternate world. Along the way she enlists the help of a benevolent, blues-singing swamp monster called Bayou. Together, Lee and Bayou trek across a hauntingly familiar Southern Neverland, confronting creatures both benign and malevolent, in an effort to rescue Lily and save Lee’s father from being lynched.
THE VILTRUMITE WAR CONTINUES! Invincible is stranded on an alien planet, clinging to life, left battered and broken from his battle with Conquest. Nolan and Oliver stay behind to nurse him back to health, but meanwhile, out in space, the war rages on.
INCREDIBLE HULK #609
Written by GREG PAK Penciled by PAUL PELLETIER
WORLD WAR HULKS CONTINUES! ‘Planet Hulk’ was big. ‘World War Hulk’ was bigger. Now with ‘World War Hulks,’ the Marvel Universe explodes with the biggest emotional story ever to hit Bruce Banner and the Incredible Hulk! Following the mindbending twist ending of ‘Fall of the Hulks,’ everything Bruce Banner knows has been turned upside-down — and everything he’s ever desired may be just a heartbeat away. Written by Greg Pak (PLANET HULK, WORLD WAR HULK) and drawn by Paul Pelletier (WAR OF KINGS, FALL OF THE HULKS: ALPHA), don’t miss the insane action and non-stop revelations as Skaar, Son of Hulk, enters his most brutal battle, Bruce Banner faces his greatest temptation, and the secret identity of a certain scarlet smasher is finally revealed!
Written by RICK REMENDER Penciled by ROLANEL BOSCHI
Prelude to PAYBACK! Punisher: REBORN! In the past few months, Frank Castle has had his family desecrated by the Hood, been killed by Daken, been slashed to ribbons by The Hand, been hunted by Microchip’s Deadly Dozen, and had a bounty placed on his head by Jigsaw. But now, The Punisher has made a list of his own. God help you if your name is on it. It’s time for the rise of Frank Castle. It’s time for PAYBACK.
JOHN STANLEY LIBRARY NANCY HC VOL 01
(W/A) John Stanley
In John Stanley’s version of the beloved Brillo-headed character, Nancy is no longer a crabby cipher but a hilarious, brilliant, scheming, duplicitous, honest, and loyal little kid – a real little kid. Her adventures with her best friend, the comically destitute Sluggo, involve moneymaking schemes to afford ice-cream sodas, botched trips to the corner store for Nancy’s Aunt Fritzi, and comically raucous attempts to remove loose teeth.
THREE FINGERS GN
(W/A) Rich Koslowski
Through a series of never-before-seen interviews and rare photos, documentary-maker Rich Koslowski reveals the horrifying true story behind the Cartoon industry and our most celebrated cartoon actors – the story that Hollywood doesn’t want you to see.. Told in the style of a Ken Burns documentary, with interviews of ‘toon stars today as well as historical ‘file footage’ of the ‘early years,’ you will forever rethink those beloved characters in the white gloves.