Most weeks I arrange my comics into a stack in the order in which I want to read them. This is not uncommon, I realize. Some people put their favorite comic on top, some save it for last as "dessert."
Typically I arrange my comics from most fun to least fun. That's really the only way I can think of putting it. It's not a matter of books I do or don't like; I've put some effort into eliminating buying books I won't enjoy. It's just that most of the time I get more excited about books that are fun, call me old fashioned.
So even though I buy several Vertigo titles of high caliber that I love and cherish, a Vertigo title will almost always immediately go to the bottom of the pile, even if it's something over-the-top and blackly humorous, such as The Exterminators.
And I judge comic weeks by how many top comics there are versus how many bottom comics there are. The more top comics, the more fun I will have reading.
This week was a good week. Seven comics deep into the pile I had books that, any other week, would have been a top of the stack comic. So, you know, good times.
Hellboy, of course, was top of the stack. Lobster Johnson sat right under it. Beneath those you would find Iron Fist, Omega the Unknown, Howard the Duck, MODOK's 11.
That last one is the real quality find this week. The Super-Villain Team-Up: MODOK's 11 mini-series, by the highly under-rated Fred Van Lente, has been a treat from the beginning, but the ending? HOLY CRAPS, GUYS. There are so many twists and turns and double-crosses and triple-crosses, your head will spin as you jump up and down in your chair and also wet yourself. Do yourself a favor and pick up this cool little ditty.
Another thing I picked up this week was Dan Brereton's Nocturnals hardcover. It is a really nice package, the first of three oversized hardcovers collecting every Nocturnals story evah. Also, due to an awesome slip-up, I totally got the deluxe HC for the price of the regular edition. My only complaint is that every page is printed on super-high-gloss black paper. Which looks really nice--UNTIL YOU TOUCH IT ONE TIME. Every single page is going to have fingerprints and smudges unless I wear gloves while reading it.
Still. A great week for comics.
(Oh, the bottom comics of the week were Y, Exterminators, and Criminal. All great books--otherwise I wouldn't buy them--but they're bottom-of-the-stackers.)
Thanks for the support following my last post; I wasn't really fishing for compliments (or money), but thanks to those who provided either, even if the only people who donated money were people who probably shouldn't have.
BENITO HATE PREVIEWS, NOVEMBER 2007 EDITION
(For comics shipping January 2008)
1) Teen Titans Lost Annual -- NOV07 0170
Try to convince me not to buy the last Titans written by Bob Haney. Just try it, and I'll punch you in the neck. Also? Art by Jay Stephens and Mike Allred. This is a must, basically.
SOLICIT ME, BABY
Written by Bob Haney; Art by Jay Stephens & Mike Allred; Cover by Nick Cardy
Don't miss the TEEN TITANS LOST ANNUAL, featuring the original Teen Titans: Robin, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, Speedy and Aqualad! Classic Teen Titans writer Bob Haney sends the Titans into space to rescue President John F. Kennedy in this story illustrated by Jay Stephens (The Land of Nod) & Mike Allred (Madman, X-Statix)! Meet new alien races, witness a startling betrayal, and more! It's a secret space adventure that couldn't be told...'til now!
DC Universe | 64pg. | Color | $4.99 US
2) Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus vol 4 HC -- NOV07 0239
Written by Jack Kirby; Art by Kirby, Mike Royer, D. Bruce Berry and Greg Theakston; Cover by Kirby
This fourth and final volume collects the remaining issues of these classic series - THE NEW GODS, THE FOREVER PEOPLE and MISTER MIRACLE - in chronological order as they originally appeared! Also included in this volume are Kirby's sequel to THE NEW GODS, plus the graphic novel THE HUNGER DOGS - featuring 25 pages restored to Mike Royer inks - and rarely seen Kirby art from DC's WHO'S WHO series, all from the mid-1980s.
DC Universe | 424pg. | Color | Hardcover | $49.99 US
3) Showcase Presents Superman Family vol 2 tp -- NOV07 0244
Thanks, DC, for options. By printing the amazing Fourth World Omnibuses, I can read those amazing comics instead of the Death of the New Gods. And by printing this, I can read fantastic, fun Jimmy Olsen adventures instead of whatever the hell Countdown is. (Also in this volume: Lois Lane. I bet they use the fact that she wants to marry Superman as a plot point!)
Written by Otto Binder, Jerry Coleman, Leo Dorfman and others; Art by Curt Swan, Wayne Boring, Kurt Schaffenberger and others
The spotlight shines on Superman's girlfriend Lois Lane and pal Jimmy Olsen in this volume collecting stories from SUPERMAN'S PAL Jimmy Olsen #23-34, Showcase #10 and SUPERMAN'S GIRL FRIEND Lois Lane #1-7!
DC Universe | 520pg. | B&W | Softcover | $16.99 US
4) Scalped vol 2: Casino Boogie tp -- NOV07 0301
NDN 4 LIFE
(P.S. This book is awesome. Writer Jason Aaron is now offering a money-back guarantee on the first volume trade, which is already economically priced at $10. Pick it up; you won't regret it.)
Written by Jason Aaron; Art by R.M. Guera; Cover by Jock
This volume, collecting issues #6-11 of the acclaimed new series by Jason Aaron (THE OTHER SIDE), explores Dash Bad Horse's troubled origin and chronicles his day-to-day life on The Rez working for Chief Red Crow.
Vertigo | 144pg. | Color | Softcover | $14.99 US | Mature Readers
5) Savage Dragon Archives vol 3 tp -- NOV07 2028
I love Savage Dragon, man. And these archive editions are super-handy. And with this volume, I'll finally get to read a run of Dragon I have never actually read. I've read everything before it, and nearly everything after it, but nary a single issue from 51-75. I'm looking forward to it.
SAVAGE DRAGON ARCHIVES, VOL. 3 TP
story ERIK LARSEN
art & cover ERIK LARSEN
Savage Dragon was dead, to begin with and by the end of this earth-shattering epic the world he knew was dead as well. Featuring the resurrection of the Savage Dragon, the return of OverLord, the resurgence of the Vicious Circle and the revenge of Darklord. All this and Dragon gets married, gets widowed and gets small. It's 25 action-packed issues of fandom's favorite fin-head! A thrill on every page!
Collects SAVAGE DRAGON #51-75
JANUARY 30 o 576 PAGES o BW o $19.99
6) The Engineer #2 -- NOV07 3311
I can't seem to find the cover or solicitation for #2, but, heck, I already talked about issue 1, so just imagine that, but one issue greater.
7) Antoine Sharpe, The Atheist: Incarnate TP -- NOV07 3492
Okay, crap, for whatever reason I can't seem to find an image of the cover of this trade.
Anyway, Phil Hester is a completely under-rated writer, and his series The Atheist had a really great start to it. I totally bought the first issue. Then, a year later, when the next issue came out, I bought that. Then, the next year, when the third issue came out, I bought that, too. Soon, the fourth issue is going to come out and I ultimately just decided to wait for the trade, which hits in January.
Anyway, the book is good.
" Written by PHIL HESTER Art by JOHN McCREA
Our world has dark corners normal people refuse to enter. They are populated by unspeakable things that defy logic and feed on fear. But these beings do have a natural predator in the form of Antoine Sharpe. He’s a scalpel on two legs bent on cutting out the disease infesting the human race, even if it kills the patient. A misanthropic genius and heartless hero, he’s better known to his government handlers as simply…the Atheist."
8) Atomic Robo #4 -- NOV07 3787
Blah blah Atomic Robo blah blah Scott Wegener blah blah Brian Clevinger blah blah.
"In 1975, with pressure to deliver a success, NASA turns to Atomic Robo to act as a top-secret escort for their troubled Viking mission to Mars. But one small step for a robot may not be the kind of giant leap for mankind that they were hoping for.
32 pages, $2.95."
And that's the list for books shipping in January. Not too shabby.
And as long as we're talking January Previews, just remember this is in it, too:
Okay, it's almost time for Last One Standing.