Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Weekly Treats! Happy, American Vampire, Dr. Who

Well doesn't this cover just capture how we feel today in the shop - guns ready but where's the delivery? Due to an error at Diamond, this week's delivery will be a tad late getting on to the shelves. Bank Holiday rules will therefore apply so please give us until 1:00pm-ish to get it all unpacked, counted, broken down etc. 

So anyway, back to Happy #1 of 4 (Image) by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson. Obviously a pairing of this creative team is worth a look regardless of the story hook (for what it's worth it involves an ex-homicide detective turned hitman, a botched hit and a floating blue unicorn) but I'm really intrigued by BleedingCool's suggestion (see here) that it's been written as a reaction to those writers who revel in bloody and violent storytelling (I think he's looking at you Mr. Millar).

Other comics out this week: In Steed and Mrs Peel Ongoing #1 (Boom!) by Mark Waid & Caleb Monroe, spies have infiltrated all areas of British society - who can our well-mannered heroes trust? There's Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #3 (DC) of 6 by Len Wein & Jae Lee (“If a man has the opportunity to do good, he’s obliged to take it”). Plus National Comics: Rose and Thorn #1 (DC) by Tom Taylor & Neil Googe. And as I'm feeling guilty about featuring so many non-Marvel I'll plug Jason Aaron's Incredible Hulk #14, currently one of my current titles and this week starting a new story arc.

In DC's #0's: All Star Western #0 reveals how Jonah Hex became scarred, Batman is shown assembling his lieutenants in Batman Inc. #0 and Batman: The Dark Knight #0 features the New 52 take on Batman's investigation into the death of his parents.

Scott Snyder's decades-spanning American Vampire has been a big hit - I've never heard a bad word said about it - which is no mean thing when vampires have been around in fiction forever. This week sees the release of American Vampire vol 3 in paperback, featuring art by Raphael Albuquerque and Sean Murphy, and American Vampire vol 4 in hardcover (both DC) including art by Albuquerque, Jordi Bernet and Roger Cruz. Both these books represent fantastic value for money: volume 4 contains nine issues and volume 3 a whopping twelve issues. Great stuff. 

When the Federation's most terrifying enemy strikes an unholy alliance with one of the Doctor's most hated antagonists the fate of the galaxy...yadda, yadda, yadda. Forget all that and just wallow in some indulgent fan-fun! It's Star Trek The Next Generation Doctor Who: Assimilation vol. 1 (IDW).

Plus; Walking Dead vol 8 (Image) hardcover finally surfaces collecting #85-96 and Tower Chronicles vol 1 (Legendary) of 4 is a slice of dark fantasy from Matt Wagner and Simon Bisley about a supernatural bounty hunter.

As ever, the full list is under the tab at the top of the page.

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