Monday 23 August 2010

Swoon Now! Bone: Tall Tales & Spider-Woman

If you're aware of the Bone (Scholastic) series - it's one of Time magazine's ten best graphic novels of all time for goodness sake - then you'll be keen to know about the new book that not only features new Jeff Smith story work but also collects the stories previously available in Stupid, Stupid Rat-Tails as well as a long out of print Bone story previously published in Disney Adventures. One of the few titles that can truly lay claim to the category of all ages, Bone is available as a nine book series or as a one book black & white compilation.

The second new release worth having a look at is Spider-Woman (Marvel) which brings together Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev together for the first time since their magnificent Daredevil run. Originally presented as a monthly limited series and simultaneously as Marvel's foray into internet motion comics the book looks like an electrical fire in a paint factory with it's vibrant psychedelic colours and intense photo-based linework (the actress who plays Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman gets a credit). Personally I prefer Bendis when he's writing the these 'smaller' books and he keeps the story grounded to suit Maleev's style (Jessica Drew only dons her costume for a short time in the middle of the story). Whilst Drew is not as complex a character as Jessica Jones in the Alias series Bendis weaves a good line in dramatic intrigue but ultimately this is Maleev's book.
Bone: Tall Tales is £8.50 and Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. (hard cover) is £19.

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