Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Weekly Treats! DC #0, Fashion Beast, Amulet, Aya, Love & Rockets and more!

Hold on to your hats folks because it's deja-vu in the best kind of way. Remember when DC released each comic for a month with just the character logo on the covers? Remember when you came into the shop and were faced with all those number ones to choose from? Well September is #0 month. Every title gets an #0 release - think of it as an annual so if you want to collect them all there's only one issue of each to buy without feeling compelled to buy the next in the numerical sequence. HOWEVER this isn't just a sales gimmick - these are important issues. New characters are introduced. Secret origins unveiled. Mysteries revealed...

“San Francisco, baby. The best part of the trip...is the trip.” Amanda Conner's Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #3 of 4 (DC)

And what's this? Fashion Beast #1 (Avatar). Over to you Mr Alan Moore:

"Since Malcolm McLaren first suggested that I write a screenplay based on his notion of marrying the strange and isolated life of Christian Dior with the fable Beauty and the Beast, I’ve often wondered what such an unlikely concept would have looked like had it been properly realised. Now, albeit in a different medium, I finally get to find out thanks to Antony Johnston’s excellent adaptive skills and the appropriately stylish artwork of Facundo Percio. It’s an odd tale, in its subject matter and in the mode of its telling, and I like to think that Malcolm would be very pleased to see another of his startling and incendiary ideas brought so intriguingly into existence."

There are a ridiculous amount of fantastic books out this week that I can only scratch the surface of. Kazu Kibuishi's Amulet series really is the natural heir to Bone for all ages fantasy storytelling. It still has a way to go as this week sees the release of Amulet Book 5: Prince of the Elves (Scholastic) but I just know that there'll be some very excited followers out there. Aya: Life in Yop City (Drawn & Quarterly) by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie, collects the entire Aya series into one really nice, slightly under-sized format - that's 344 pages of charming, engaging life on the Ivory Coast.

Also this week we have the annual release of Love and Rockets: New Stories vol. 5 (Fantagraphics); Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez still manage to surprise and inspire but still within their own inimitable styles. Always a pleasure.

And finally, two books from the flurry of quality Image titles over the last six months or so. Thief of Thieves vol. 1: I Quit was certainly a hot cake on initial release and thanks to Robert Kirkman's attached name has had the TV companies sniffing round. Nick Spencer co-writes and Shawn Martinbrough illustrates. Rather more inventive and intriguing is Manhattan Projects vol. 1, in which Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra explain what was really going on during the development of the atom bomb - and it involved a few famous scientists...

As ever, the full list of releases can be found under the tab at the top of the page.

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