Harvey Pekar's final book is a great companion piece to his previous one: where Cleveland finds him reminiscing about his life in relation to the city he lived, Not The Israel My Parents Promised Me (Hill & Wang) explores his feelings towards his Jewish faith and the importance of Israel. Employing a device similar to Logicomix in which both writer and artist, JT Waldman are seen discussing the subject, the narrative is interspersed with recreations of historical events and mixing realism with ancient art styles. As with all his work, Pekar effortlessly finds, so-to-speak, god in the details bringing importance to the small stuff and putting the big stuff in its place. A Jewish perspective on the book itself is explored in considerable detail as part of a review on VelveteenRabbi (see here) and there's an extended preview on Guernica (see here).
Okay, its already seen print as a comic and a graphic novel but this collected edition of the first two books is worth a mention. The Stuff off Legend Omnibus One (Th3rd World Studios) about a boy kidnapped by the Boogeyman and rescue mission employed by his toys, features a cover that instantly reminds you why this title has been snapped up by the Disney movie guys. And as for the quality? Writers Mike Raicht and Brian Smith and artist Charles Paul Wilson III have created wonderfully imaginative and evocative world that fans of Bone and Mouse Guard should look into. Check out the gushing quotes on the back of the book from Brian K. Vaughan, Frank Quitely, Gail Simone, Mark Waid and John Layman...
And finally the penultimate volume of the sometimes brutal, but always honest and morally complex series set on an Indian reservation: Scalped vol. 9 Knuckle Up (Vertigo). Jason Aaron exemplifies versatility (his Marvel stuff feels like it's written from a different part of his brain) and RM Guera's muddy illustrations have been a perfect match for the characters and action.
Notable Weeklies now: Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #2 of 4 - "I’ve just come to a horrible realisation...My mom would be really proud of me right now." Written and illustrated by Amanda Conner and plotted by Darwyn Cooke.
In Avengers Vs. X-Men #8 of 12 Brian Michael Bendis takes up the writing reigns and Andy Kubert is our new illustrator for the journey as Phoenixed-up Emma Frost sets Phoenixed-up Namor loose against the Avengers. Captain Marvel #1 debuts with Marvel's new claim that she's Earth's Mightiest Hero - over to you writer Kelly Sue McDonald and illustrator Dexter Soy... Also from Marvel: the Eisner Award-winning title Daredevil #15 and described as James Bond meets My Fair Lady, Mark Millar & Dave Gibbons Secret Service #3.
Also out: Justice League #11 (DC), Adventure Time #6 (Kaboom), Saga #5 (Image) and Star Trek Doctor Who: Assimilation #3 (IDW).
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