Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Weekly Treats! Lot 13 (SIGNING!), Superman Earth One vol. 2, August Moon

Good Eeeeevning to you. Come with me if you dare to a comic written by horror maestro Steve Niles and illustrated by detail-king Glenn Fabry titled Lot 13 #1 (DC) of 5. After a nasty accident, a family making a cross-country move investigates an abandoned apartment complex only to end up fighting for their lives. I sincerely doubt you'll see a more lushly illustrated horror story this year filled with haunted images and gruesome detail; one would think that artist Mr. Fabry rather enjoyed his work too much. In fact he can tell you himself if you come in this Wednesday, Halloween no less, because he'll be in the shop signing copies all through the afternoon, from 2pm and for as long as we can hold him down. See the previous post for more details.

No! Turn back now...!

If horror is your thing then Bedlam #1 (Image) by Nick Spencer & Riley Rossmo is about Fillmore Press who was once a homicidal maniac until he got better and this is the story of what happens next. Also, there's Ghosts #1 (DC) a horror anthology with an incredible line-up of contributors including Geoff Johns, Gilbert Hernandez, Paul Pope, Jeff Lemire and featuring the last published work of Joe Kubert who is also the focus of Joe Kubert Presents #1 (DC) which includes short stories from Kubert and others. There's a whole bunch of one-shot annuals out this week too but the other title of note is A+X #1 (Marvel) a new series bringing you two stories every month; this issue features a Wolverine/Hulk story by Jeph Loeb and Dale Keown and a Captain America/Cable story by Dan Slott and Ron Garney.

Hot on the heels on the release of Batman: Earth One and following on from the hugely successful first volume, Superman: Earth One vol. 2 (DC) is once again written and illustrated by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis and continues young Kal-El's journey to becoming the Man of Steel. And Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth vol. 5: Unnatural Habitats (DC) includes two chapters illustrated by Matt Kindt.

And finally, August Moon (Top Shelf) by Diana Thung. Young Fiona Gan moves with her father to a town where the inhabitants have a strong sense of ancestral spirits. With the vaguest of nods to the films of Hayao Miyazaki events for Fiona take a turn towards the strange and magical. This slightly smaller format graphic novel is great value at over 300 pages and though it's black and white, Thung's illustrations are fluid and  idiosyncratic and utterly charming. See here for Diana Thung's website.

Full list of releases can be found under the tab at the top of the page.

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