Thursday, July 29, 2010

Indies Preview Review For September Part 2 of 3

Boom! Studios - Kids
Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck Companion Vol. 01 HC by (W/A/C) Don Rosa Finally available in a Deluxe Hardcover Edition! Want more of Don Rosa's monumental The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck? This Companion volume is it, featuring the pre-chapters, the post-chapters, and the in-between chapters of Don Rosa's Eisner Award-winning series. This is the first Volume of two. $24.99
Lee: I haven’t talked Ducks in awhile so now a good time to remind everyone how good these stories are. As silly as it sounds, these really are action packed adventures for the entire family. And now available in hc!
Jim: Quack, quack, quack. Lee loves the ducks and so do millions of other people. Don Rosa was the acknowledged master of the ducks.

Drawn & Quarterly
Make Me a Woman HC by (W/A/C) Vanessa Davis It's easy to understand why Vanessa Davis has taken the comic industry by storm: her comics are pure chutzpah, gorgeously illustrated in watercolors. No story is too painful to tell - like how much she enjoyed fat camp; Nor too off limits - like her critique of R. Crumb; Nor too personal - like her stories of growing up Jewish in Florida. Using her sweet-but-biting wit, Davis effortlessly carves out a wholly original and refreshing niche in two well-worn territories: autobio comics and the jewish identity. Davis draws strips from her daily diary often centering on her relationships with men, her mother, and eventually her long-time boyfriend. $24.95. Visit Davis and see previews here.
Lee: If you like slice of life stuff, then this is the book for you! From the previews I read it doesn’t appear that she holds anything back and that’s males for some of the best stories.
Jim: Slice of life stories that have raw and true feelings to them are often the best stories, but this does not interest me.

D. E./Dynamite Entertainment
John Moore Presents: Dead Soldier #1 by (W) John Moore & Richie Smith (A) Dean Hyrapiet
From acclaimed filmmakers John Moore (Max Payne, Behind Enemy Lines and The Omen) and Richie Smyth, comes the story of Colonel John Donner, aka John Doe. It's the last days of World War One? The Great War. On an obscure patch of mud, a small company of American soldiers fights to the last man against a powerful German offensive. John Doe is the only American survivor of the attack. He wanders alone for days amongst the maze of trenches and blast holes. Shellshocked, badly wounded and without food or medicine, he is lost. Through a twist of events, Donner is transformed into a creature of unthinkable power, a monster that pledges he will avenge the deaths of his fallen comrades, not only on the muddy battlefields of WWI, but across the generations to the slaughter-fields of the War on Terror. With abnormal strength and agility he hunts his enemies. But Donner's actions have not gone unnoticed ? and he will soon face an enemy from a place he could never have contemplated. #1 of of 4, $3.99
Lee: I really enjoy stories set during the WW1 era so my interest is definitely piqued. Add the monsters on the battle field theme and I’m basically sold. And, Hyrapiet did the art for the highly forgettable Nick Cage VooDoo Child series. To be clear, art was good, story was dumb.
Jim: Yet another "Hollywood" name writing a comic. You just said Nic Cage's story was dumb, this doesn't sound any better.

Vampirella Archives Vol. 01 HC by Frank Frazetta, Neal Adams, Tom Sutton, Donald F. Glut, Forest J. Ackerman, Ernie Colon, Billy Graham, Alan Weiss & Jeff Jones
In September 1969, Vampirella #1 debuted with a stunning cover by the legendary Frank Frazetta -- and quickly made publishing history! The writers and artists that contributed during the magazine's original run included Jose Gonzales, Archie Goodwin, Doug Moench, Bernie Wrightson, Barry Windsor Smith, Estaban Maroto, Frank Brunner, Mike Ploog, Ruby Nebres, Richard Corben, Wally Wood, and many more! Dynamite now collects this legendary magazine in a hardcover archive edition FOR THE FIRST TIME! Featuring work by Forest J. Ackerman, Donald F. Glut, Tom Sutton, Neal Adams, Ernie Colon, Billy Graham, Alan Weiss, Jeff Jones, and Frank Frazetta, Volume One collects the first seven terrifying issues of the magazine's original run, reprinted in its magazine-sized format, and features the very first Vampirella cover by the immortal Frank Frazetta! $49.99
Lee: How did DE ever get this license???? I imagined that DH, because of Creepy and Eerie would have. The initial couple of issues are somewhat uneven but this is too nice a format not to get it.
Jim: Harris has owned the rights for this forever, so Dark Horse was not buying the rights to Warren, just to Creepy and Eerie as Blazing Combat was republished by Fantagraphics. Uneven is right, but I can't resist and the art line up is impressive.

:01 First Second
Koko Be Good GN by (W/A) Jen Wang
Koko's always got a new project cooking, even though they typically end in disaster. But this time will be different, Koko promises herself. This time, she's decided to Be Good. But how can a girl whose greatest talent is causing trouble get her act cleaned up? Honest, wrenching, and funny, Koko Be Good is a story about human nature and the inhuman efforts we make to find ourselves. 300 pgs $18.99 Visit Jenny and read a preview here.
Lee: This looks great, and if the quality in the previews can be maintained, it will be excellent. :01 is one of my go to publishers when I need a good book so this is an easy sell for me.
Jim: This sounds very good and 300 pages for $19 hard to go wrong.

Dawn Land GN by (W) Joseph Bruchac (A) Will Davis
Ten thousand years ago, Young Hunter set out on a quest to overcome the Stone Giants who were terrorizing his people. Pitted against these creatures of legend, Young Hunter journeyed to the innermost heart of his own humanity - and entrusted with his tribe's most dangerous secret, a weapon that would change mankind forever: the first bow and arrow. $19.99
Lee: Imagine my surprise when I find out Dawn Land was actually a prose novel first published in the early 90’s! Go figure. From what I gathered, this is a compilation of Indian myths and folklore rolled into one longer story. I might have to give this a try.
Jim: I'd rather read Scalped.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Little Prince GN by (W) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (W/A) Joann Sfar For over sixty-five years Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince, a whimsical story with a fairy tale touch, has captured the hearts and minds of its readers. This exciting graphic adaptation features beautiful, new artwork by Joann Sfar. Hand-chosen by Saint-Exupéry's French publishers for his literary style and sensitivity to the original, Sfar has endeavored to recreate this beloved story, both honoring the original and stretching it to new heights. A vibrant, visual gift for longtime fans and those experiencing the story for the first time. $19.99
Lee: I live in France so I had to pick this. Not to mention, I think anyone in America who’s ever had HS French has read this book. Or pieces of this book, because I know that I never finished it! Oh well, this is a classic no matter what and with the added benefit of Sfar on art chores I’m sold.
Jim: Geez you move to France and now it is all about you, what a narcissist. I had HS French and we never read this book, but for me this is a pass.

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