If I ever use "L@@K" non-mockingly, you have my permission to shoot me.

§ August 25th, 2009 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on If I ever use "L@@K" non-mockingly, you have my permission to shoot me.

So there are new comics coming tomorrow:

  • Batman and Robin #3 and #2 second printing – Well, that second printing of #2 is here just in time, since I just put our last copies of the first print into the back issue bins. “$15 RARE HOT 1ST PRINT L@@K.” Okay, I didn’t really do that. But this series is currently our top-selling title that isn’t Blackest Night, which is nice, since it is a good, solid Bat-title. I am curious if we’ll see a slight dip in sales with the non-Frank Quitely-illustrated arc coming up. Not that Grant Morrison’s writing alone doesn’t sell the book, but the two-headed Morrison/Quitely comic-creating monster really has our customers’ interest up in this title.
  • Batman: The Widening Gyre #1 – Well, Kevin Smith’s last Batman 3-issue mini-series was more or less on time, so DC’s tempting fate by giving him a 6-issue series. The debut issue of that first series sold well, though sales dipped a bit in the second and third…but, oddly enough, it’s been a strong back issue mover. Let’s see how this one does.
  • Barack the Barbarian #2 – Hell, the customers liked the first one. Seems like the more bizarre the Obama comics become, the more folks seem to like ’em.
  • Cerebus Archive #3 – Looks like I’m the only person at this shop still reading this. Hey, I think it’s neat.
  • Citizen Rex #2 – This series by Mario and Gilbert Hernandez seemed to slip underneath the radar of many a Love & Rockets man, as we’re still pointing it out to folks who hadn’t heard about it. It’s peculiar and fun, featuring robots and bloggers, and I’m at least one of those things so of course I love it.
  • Darkness/Pitt #1 – Every time I’m reminded of Pitt, I remember back in the ’90s when we got a case or two filled with Pitt #1s and we sold every last darn copy of it. Those were the days. And then I look at our relatively minuscule orders on this crossover book and I think “wow, I hope we can sell all these.”

    On the other hand, if one were to somehow cajole Dale Keown into doing a regular Pitt series again, I imagine it would do reasonably well.

  • Fantastic Four #570 – First issue with the new creative team (Jonathan Hickman and Dale Eaglesham), which means it’s time for me to evaluate again whether I’m going to read the FF or not, like I do every time the creative team changes. Actually, it looks good, so I think I’ll probably stay on.
  • Flash: Rebirth #4 – Boy, our customers really noticed how late this book was. Lots of demand for it, at least in our area. (And about that panel I reproduced yesterday from issue #3 – I’ve thought the art on the series so far has been okay, but man, didn’t anyone look at that Superman drawing and think “that looks a little odd; maybe it should be redrawn.” It was actually enough to kick me out of the story a bit.)
  • Halo: Helljumper #2 – Notice customers are a little gunshy about picking up this series, given the incredible delays on the previous mini.
  • Hulk #14 and Incredible Hulk #601, not to mention Son of Hulk #14 – Oh, no, we couldn’t space these out over different weeks, we HAD to have them all come out at the same time, and during a week where Marvel’s already putting out an assload of other titles. That’s fantastic.
  • Last Days of Animal Man #4 – This has been a fun little series so far. Still not enough Green Lantern Whale in it for my tastes, however.
  • Muppet Show TP and Muppet Show: The Treasure of Peg Leg Wilson #2 – If you haven’t read these yet (well, okay, I’ll let you slide on Peg Leg #2 since it’s not out yet), I’m asking you…I’m begging you to check them out. Roger Landridge’s Muppet Show is about as close to perfect as comics get.
  • Previews #252 September 2009 – Well, shit.
  • Riftwar #3 – Nobody at our shop buys this. Nobody. Even the guys who get EVERYTHING didn’t buy it. Nothing against the title…I’m sure it’s a perfectly fine comic, but it’s just not fitting the needs of any customers I have.
  • Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen Special #2 –

    “Jimmy Olsen has put all the pieces together regarding the mysterious Project 7734, and it’s worse than he imagined. With The Man of Steel temporarily out of the picture, though, it’s all up to Superman’s Pal to take action. Thankfully he has the help of Mon-El and Steel’s niece Natasha Irons – but will they be enough to defeat Codename: Assassin?”

    Sirs, I am not seeing any Giant Turtle Jimmy, Jimmy Olsen Fan Club, Jimmy crossdressing, Jimmy fighting Nazis, or any other Jimmy-appropriate shenanigans. There’d better be some inside.

Speaking of Jimmy Olsen, Nazis, and crossdressing, noted Jimmy-ologist Chris Sims and his partner in pod-crime Eugene have built from spit, spare parts, baling wire, and good ol’ fashioned American know-how a brand new episode of War Rocket Ajax, with special guest, writer Caitlin Kittredge. Great fun as always, and be sure to check out that great drawing advertising the episode in question at that link.

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