There are two parties going on this Wednesday: The first is at Scott Snyder's house (probably) with the release of two collections of this rising stars work. The first is a monster offering from the highly acclaimed Vertigo series American Vampire vol. 3 (DC). Collecting #12-18 of the decades-spanning vampire-hunting saga illustrated by the excellent Rafael Albuquerque it also includes the five issue mini-series Survival Of The Fittest illustrated by the equally fabulous Sean Murphy (see below). So that's twelve issues of WWII horror entertainment, along with the inclusion of a few pages of sketches at the back, making this hardcover book fantastic value at only £19.
And if there's not enough violence in your day why not try Garth Ennis' Jennifer Blood vol 1 (Dynamite) - by day a mild mannered housewife...
And so to the weeklies. Ahhh, look see: The proper Superman on the cover to Action Comics #6. Grant Morrison starts mixing it up as the current Superman teams with the Legion of Superheroes to save the jeans (and tea towel) version from the past. Animal Man #6 takes a break from the action to enjoy a low budget super hero movie starring ... guess who and take a look at Detective Comics #6 - that Tony Daniel is in danger of becoming the new defining Batman artist of the moment. Avengers: X-Sanction #3 (of 4) sees Cable square up to Red Hulk and talking of men with metal arms, Winter Soldier #1 kicks off with Ed Brubaker (of course) and Butch Guice at the helm. For anyone missing X-23, she joins Venom #13 for a new story arc and a new team-up. The genre-defying Fatale #2 (Image) arrives from the Criminal team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips and finally, a chance to get an exclusive game card for some but a tale of sorcery and fantasy adventure for others with Magic: The Gathering #1.
And the second party I referred to at the beginning of the post? Well not so much a party as a informal gathering in the shop between 6-8pm to launch the Brighton graphic novel project run by QueenSpark. If you fancy getting involved as a writer or artist, come along for more information (see here for my original post on the topic).