bw, 712 pages, 6 1/2" x 9", $59.99
FC, 96 pages, 6" x 8 1/2", $14.99
Thomm: Now this is more my speed. A very interesting story at a reasonable price.
THE MANARA LIBRARY VOLUME 2 HC
Hugo Pratt (W), Mino Milani (W), Milo Manara (A/Cover), and Laura Battaglia (C)
FC, 280 pages, 8 3/8" x 10 7/8", $59.99
Lee: Manara is probably best known for his erotic work but he was a heck of an artist long before that. This, while expensive, is worth the money. It should be noted that Hugo Pratt, while mostly unknown to American audiences, is a fantastic writer. If you like things other than capes and tights then this is an easy winner.
Thomm: I like mythical trials of historic figures. Usually you learn more about the writers than the historical figures.
NINGEN’S NIGHTMARES TP
J. P. Kalonji (W/A) and Dan Jackson (C)
bw, 120 pages, 6" x 9", $12.99
In ancient Japan, a witch seeks to use the warrior-monk Ningen’s enlightened body and spirit to resurrect a demon-samurai and unleash an era of chaos on an already-troubled country. After leaving the safety of his temple to protect poor commoners who are caught in bloody battles between feuding warlords, Ningen soon finds that several colorful bounty hunters are on his trail—seeking his head and his very lifeblood for the witch’s twisted spells! A stylish and violent standalone adventure from the creator of 365 Samurai.
Lee: 365 Samurai was a fun story so I expect this to be good too. I’m always up for a good samurai story.
Thomm: I haven’t read a ninja story in quite a while, and even longer for one authentically Japanese. This looks like a good bet.
THE STRAIN #1 (of 11)
FC, 32 pages, $1.00
When a Boeing 777 lands at JFK International Airport and goes dark on the runway, the Center for Disease Control, fearing a terrorist attack, calls in Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his team of expert biological-threat first responders. Only an elderly pawnbroker from Spanish Harlem suspects a darker purpose behind the event—an ancient threat intent on covering mankind in darkness.
Lee: This is just an adaption of the book… which wasn’t all that good. I started it because I thought it was going to be like “They Thirst” by Robert McCammon, one of the greatest vampire books of all time. And it was, with the addition of cardboard characters and plot clichés. Maybe it will read better as a comic.
Thomm: Pictures might help. It does have a good premise, but the execution will be the thing.
Lee: I can’t pass up the Manara. I have been wanting to read Pratt’s work for years so I’m gonna spend the money.
Thomm: I’m more likely to get Dotter.