Thursday, 12 April 2012

Weekly Treats!

You may want to sell your uneaten Easter eggs because this week features an avalanche of new books and comics. Okay; let's take a deep breath for the highlights:

Art Of Daniel Clowes Modern Cartoonists HC (Abrams Comicarts) including his best known illustrations plus rare, previously unseen work.

Unterzakhn (Schocken Books) by Leela Corman about immigrant life on New York's Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th-century, as seen through the eyes of twin sisters whose lives take radically and tragically different paths.

Pete and Miriam (Boom) by Rich Tommaso is a coming of age character story about the bond of friendship. This was a well-received title at Angouleme. 

Severed (Image) HC is an excellent horror title from the scourching hot Scott Snyder & Attila Futaki. It's 1916 and sharp-toothed man haunts the highways. When 12 year-old Jack Garron runs away from home, his quest for the American Dream becomes a... nightmare.

Batman Incorporated vol. 1 (DC) HC collects a meaty eight issues of Grant Morrison & Yanick Paquette's tale of a force of worldwide Batmen.

The Strange Talent Of Luther Strode vol 1 (Image) by Justin Jordan & Tradd Moore. About an "average geek" who sends off for an exercise course from the back of an old comic book. What he gets is the instruction manual from a murder cult as old as mankind...

And finally Dollhouse: Epitaphs (Dark Horse) by series writers Andrew Chambliss, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jed Whedon.

For the Weekly Treats we can focus on some number 1's:

Marvel Universe Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #1 (Marvel) is a new all ages title written by the the Cartoon show writer Christopher Yost and illustrated by Adam Dekraker. Batman: Arkam Unhinged #1 (DC) continues the video game tie-in. America's Got Powers #1 (Image) by Jonathan Ross & Bryan Hitch spins Hunger Games with super-powers. Secret #1 (Image) is another new series by Jonathan Hickman & Ryan Bodenheim, this time filed under Espionage Thriller. But Secret Service #1 (Icon) just about pips everyone to the post for big release though if only because it's from Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons featuring spies, hoodies and Mark Hamill. Finally, not a number one but featured due to hot sales on the previous issue Saga #2 (Image) by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples as Marko and Alana must now protect their newborn girl from the lethal killers dispatched to destroy their family.

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