Frivolous: Comic Purchases for August 24

I buy a lot of comics. Seriously. A LOT. ‘Frivolous’ will take a look at my stash and spotlight some of my picks of the week. WARNING: I’m going to try my best to not hate on any books on these lists.

Action Comics #904
American Vampire #18
Astonishing X-Men #41

Batman: Arkham City #5 (of 5)
Written by Paul Dini, Art by Carlos D’Anda

I’m hoping everyone who bought this knew that it was going to lead into October’s Arkham City game. If they didn’t, then boy were they disappointed. There is no ending to this mini-series. This last issue read like a really long trailer. Even in my head, all the characters sounded like one big voiceover. That being said, I enjoyed the series. It did what it was meant to do and it looked pretty while doing it. It was brighter and slicker than the game but you really can’t help but ogle at D’Anda’s art.

Batman: Gates of Gotham #5 (of 5)
Batman Incorporated #8
Batman: The Dark Knight #5
Brightest Day Aftermath: Search for Swamp Thing #3 (of 3)

Captain America and Bucky #621
Written by Ed Brubaker and Marc Andreyko, Art by Chris Samnee

Everything I want in a comic in one nice package. Ed Brubaker, Captain America, Ed McGuinness. Look at that cover. I want McGuinness to draw a Cap and Bucky picture book. No words. Just the two of them sidecar-ing some Nazis. Yes, I absolutely made that a verb. Wait. Marc Andreyko and Chris Samnee too?! Ok, Marvel. You need to relax. Seriously. You’re making me write a hell of a lot of one to two word sentences. That’s not cool, bro. NOT COOL.

Daken: Dark Wolverine #13
Dark Horse Presents #3
Deadpool #42
Disney/Pixar Presents The Incredibles: Family Matters
Doctor Who Annual 2011
Doctor Who #8
Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt #4 (of 6)
Flashpoint: Lois Land and the Resistance #3 (of 3)
Flashpoint: Project Superman #3 (of 3)
GI Joe: A Real American Hero # 169
Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters
Gotham City Sirens #26
Hack/Slash: Eva Monster’s Ball #3

Intrepids #6
Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Art by Scott Kowalchuck

Killer baboon assassins. Cyborg bears. #yourewelcome #realtweet





Iron Age: Omega #1
Justice Society of America #54
Kick-Ass 2 #3

Kill Shakespeare #12 (of 12)
Written by Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col, Art by Andy Belanger

For fear of spoilers, I can’t say much more than how much I love this book. Without giving to much away, the series starts with Hamlet, fresh off a boat, being taken in and hired by Richard III to kill Shakespeare and to retrieve his magical quill. Yes, the book is as awesome as the description. No, his “magical quill” is not a euphemism. Along the way, Hamlet pretty much runs into everyone and everything that has been written by Shakespeare. This issue marks the end of what I hope to be a first of many volumes. As a fan of ol’ Bill the Bard, I can’t recommend this series enough.

Marvel Adventures Spider Man #17
Marvel Zombies Christmas Carol #4 (of 5)
Mediterranea #5 (of 5)
Mystery Men #4 (of 5)
New Mutants #30
Northlanders #43

Punisher #2
Written by Greg Rucka, Art by Marco Checchetto

Two issues in and Punisher has yet to utter a word. I’m ok with it. You know why? Because the rest of this book is soooooooooooooooooo good. Rucka is at his grittiest best here and Frank’s silence is a part of that. It makes him more intimidating. It puts him in the role of the hunter. And honestly, it makes him one scary dude. I love Garth Ennis’ Punisher. Big dude, rolling around blowing things up and cutting off transvestite heads. I could read that, laugh and be satisfied. Never did I think that I would ask myself while jaywalking, “I wonder which kneecap he’ll shoot first.”

Queen Sonja #19
Skeleton Story #5 (of 5)
Snake Eyes #4
Superman Beyond #0
Teen Titans #100
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Ultimate Comics: Ultimates #1
Written by Jonathan Hickman, Art by Esad Ribic

Yes. A million times over YES. Both of you regular readers know by now that I will pretty much read anything Hickman even breathes on. He, once again, does not disappoint. I can not stress enough how much I loved the pacing of this issue. After reading every panel, I swear I thought something was going to blow up or Galactus was going to show up and punt the Hellicarrier. Esad Ribic, usually known for painted covers, does an amazing job of adding almost a calmness to the suspenseful writing. Tense moments grounded with gorgeous, serene art. There’s nothing like seeing art that you can describe with a feeling.

Uncanny X-Force #13
Wolverine #14
Wonder Woman #614
X-Men #16
X-Men: Legacy #254
Xombi #6
Young Justice #7

Blackjacked & Pistol Whipped: A Crime Does Not Pay Primer
Captain America: Prisoner of War Premium HC

Infinite Kung Fu GN
Story & Art by Kagan McLeod

I don’t want to be a hipster about this, but I was on this shit since 2002. I even have a sketch from the awesome Mr. McLeod when I attended Toronto FanExpo in 2005. So, to say that I take a little bit of pride championing this book might be a bit of an understatement. What’s different in this collected edition? Oh, about 200 new pages and an ENDING. Originally self published, the last issue was released in 2004. I thought I’d never see it again. Now here we are with this fantastically pretty compilation and talks of doing more. I might spend this weekend on the couch with this book and a stack of Shaw Brothers’ films. For all those wondering, My Young Auntie and One Armed Swordsman are at the top of the list.

Malinky Robot: Collected Stories & Other Bits TP
Milton Caniff’s Male Call HC
Marvel Masterworks: Sub-Mariner TP Volume 1
Modesty Blaise: Million Dollar Game TP Volume 20

Team-ups of the Brave and the Bold TP
Written by J. Michael Straczynski, Art by Jesus Saiz and Cliff Chiang

A couple of things here. First, there’s a story with Dial H, For Hero. That alone is worth buying. Second, Aquaman teams up with Etrigan, the Demon. How do I not own all the original art for that issue yet? Finally, there’s an absolutely brilliant story involving Barbra Gordon, Zatanna, and Wonder Woman. The only time I have cried harder is when I found out that Chef Boyardee changed the sauce in their lasagne. I don’t understand it. They still use the sauce for all the other pastas. It was the best lasagne ever. WHY WOULD YOU CHANGE IT?!

Vampirella Master Series: Kurt Busiek TP Volume 5
Previously on Frivolous:
August 17
August 3
July 27
July 13
July 6

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