October 18th, 2007

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Stuff, compiled.

Man, I haven't updated in forever, chicks and dudes. For this I am eternally sorry.

From outside I just heard the giant robot voice that occasionally blares from nowhere and makes me think that I've accidentally slipped into some Orwellian nightmare, but which really, I believe, alerts us of storm warnings. Sometimes I wonder where that voice is coming from. And if it's warning me of a storm, why is it so muffled that I could only hear it if I were outside, where I'm most vulnerable to the storm? Perhaps the robot voice of 1984 wants to kill me.


BENITO HATE PREVIEWS for December 2007

I meant to do this ages ago, as I got my Previews order in rather early this month. But internet has been spotty for me, and I've been busy with other things, so this is really the first chance I've had. But here we go. Things in the current Previews that are scheduled to ship in December that I will be ordering.

1) Showcase Presents Justice League vol 3 tp -- OCT07 0207

Things that should be of no surprise to you: Benito loves Silver Age DC; Benito loves DC Showcase editions. I feel like I buy at least one a month. I just bought the last minute rush retro-solicited World's Finest Showcase that came out yesterday. This leaves me with a stack of three to finish making my way through: Adam Strange, Metal Men, World's Finest. The last two Justice League volumes were totally awesome, masterpieces of the bizarre. I look forward to this new installment. Also: Benito loves Gardner Fox.


Written by Gardner Fox; Art by Mike Sekowsky, Carmine Infantino and others; Cover by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson

A third gigantic black-and-white volume collecting 1960s adventures of the World's Greatest Super-Heroes, from JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #37-60!

DC Universe | 528pg. | B&W | Softcover | $16.99 US

2) Doom Patrol vol 6 tp -- OCT07 0251

Another thing that should come as no surprise: Benito totally loves Grant Morrison. His run on Doom Patrol is an absolute classic and a must-own for fans of surreal super-heroics. This volume completes the run.


Written by Grant Morrison; Art by Richard Case, Stan Woch and others; Cover by Brian Bolland

Legendary writer Grant Morrison (ALL STAR SUPERMAN, BATMAN) finishes his fractured remake of this 1960s misfit super-team in this volume collecting DOOM PATROL #58-36 and DOOM FORCE SPECIAL #1. Along the way, the Doom Patrol must face new challenges: Danny the Street meets his cosmic destiny, the bizarre hero known as Rebis battles the Candlemaker, and Crazy Jane attempts to find her place in the world.

Vertigo | 224pg. | Color | Softcover | $19.99 US | ISBN 9781401216245 | Mature Readers

3) Next Issue Project: Fantastic Comics #24 -- OCT07 1967

My love of the Golden Age is considerably smaller than my love of the Silver Age (with some exceptions: Plastic Man, Captain Marvel), but it's hard to resist the concept of this series (doing what would have been the next issue of canceled Golden Age series featuring all the same character features) or the talent (Erik Larsen, Mike Allred, Kyle Baker, Frank Cho, Bill Sienkiewicz, Howard Chaykin, Steve Niles, Phil Hester, Dan Brereton, Ashley Wood, Joe Casey, Ivan Brandon, Eric Canete, Gerry Duggan, Frank Espinosa, Jay Faerber, Steve Gerber, Brandon Graham, B. Clay Moore, Moritat, Tom Scioli, Jim Valentino and Tony Salmons).

Plus! A Stardust story! Woo! Fact: Benito love Stardust.

Also, you know, if someone asked me and Nate to contribute a Fantoma story, we probably wouldn't say no.


4) Punks the Comic Christacular Special -- OCT07 3468

Yeah, that first one was pretty darn good.

New one solicit:

Punks the Comic Christacular Special
by Joshua Hale Fialkov, Kody Chamberlain
Cover by Kody Chamberlain
What’s that you say? You need something to celebrate a long haired fellow who died for your sins AND participate in crass consumerism? Well, consider your Christ-mas wishes granted when Abe, Dog, Fist, and Skull return with the most Holy Hostly Holiday Hootenanny Hyperbole allows! Join their search for the true meaning of Christmas, Leprosy, and most importantly of all, friendship. Featuring an exclusive animated section rendered in stylish inanimate still panels. PLUS! Eight Exciting Bonus Pages to ring in the New Year/Age of Leopards.

5) The Last Musketeer SC -- OCT07 3506

Yet another bit that comes as no surprise: I love books by Jason. His latest book to hit the shelves, I Killed Adolf Hitler, was everything I could have hoped AND MORE THAN THAT ALSO. I hope you picked it up like I told you to do.

Here's the new one:

Set in the present time, The Last Musketeer stars the by-now centuries old musketeer Athos, who has been reduced to a suavely dressed but useless near-panhandler trading on his now almost extinct fame. All this changes when one day the Martians attack Earth. Suddenly there is a need for swashes to be buckled, and Athos leaps back into the fray with a vengeance. The Last Musketeer is a vintage sci-fi adventure with a unique twist from an internationally acclaimed cartoonist.

6) Atomic Robo #3 -- OCT07 3753

Another new issue. Get on the damn bus already. Jeez.


With a mobile pyramid and solar powered deathray wandering the Egyptian desert, Atomic Robo and the Alpha Squad are authorized for violent science. In these situations, it's safest to assume mummies until proven otherwise.

NOTE: You can tell it's not a good month for trade/graphic novel orders when three of six special orders are not even trades or graphic novels.


I have been watching a lot of horror movies for Halloween season. I hope you have, too. Here are some I have watched recently:

Phone (kind of meh)
One Missed Call (by Takashi Miike. A+++++; would recommend to others; will watch again)
The Host (pretty darn sweet, but more of a monster action comedy than a horror film)
The Eye (good plot, not a lot of big scares)
The Call of Cthulhu (pretty awesome idea with not bad execution. Good "making of" documentary on it, too.)
A Tale of Two Sisters (basically incredibly awesome, but pretty complex and kind of confusing)
Sleepy Hollow (just as awesome as I remembered it, dammit)
1408 (not bad, but it gets much less scary as it gets more and more elaborate. The simple scares are the best ones, directors.)

Forthcoming watches:

Dark Water (the original)

Not a horror film, but also recently watched:


Basically this movie is amazing and awesome and amazingly awesome and I hate you if you don't see it.


Holy crap, you guys, I totally just got the first colored Atom Eve page from Bill Crabtree. This is a weird and awesome experience.


Note about Popgun vol. 1:

I was recently informed that part one of the Bully Pulpit/Joy Buzzards crossover will not, in fact, be appearing in Popgun vol. 1. Sorry if you got really excited about this story. I guess two parts will be appearing in volume 2 now?

I'm not sure; it wasn't my call.


Comics news I'm excited about:

Teen Titans: The Lost Annual: FOUND. I love Bob Haney.

Showcase Presents: Superman Family vol. 2. I was worried they wouldn't do another one. I love Jimmy Olsen.

The last issue of Scud is not only coming out, it's going to be huge. FOUR ISSUES HUGE.

Jack Staff returns in January, to a monthly schedule. Jack Staff > all other super-hero comics. Fact.


Okay, that's all, because I am totally tired of typing. Another true story from Benito's LCS next time perhaps? This one is crazy.