For comics shipping 08.11.10 or The Week Scott Pilgrim Took Over The World. Every week I’ll check Diamond’s shipping list to see what you absolutely, positively need to spend all your hard earned cash on at the Local Comic Shop.
DARK HORSE COMICS
Sin City: The Hard Goodbye #1 – $1.00
If you’ve never read any of the Sin City stories by Frank Miller, you’re missing out on some of the best hardboiled graphic noir tales told in the last twenty years. While the later entries in the series never lived up to the first few, the original mini-series “The Hard Goodbye” holds up very well. Full of memorable characters, gorgeous black and white art, and gritty street justice, this comic represents Frank Miller at his very best. Plus, it’s only a dollar. There are no excuses for not picking this up. Even if you already own it, buy it, and give it to someone else to get them interested.
Birds of Prey #4 – $2.99
Alright, so last issue was a little weird. I’m not going to deny that. In spite of the awkwardness with the Penguin, I’m really digging this book, and I’m super-curious to see what Gail Simone has in store for Dinah, Babs, and the rest of the Birds. Besides, the first arc concludes here, and if you think I’m missing out on the potential reveal of the identity of the White Canary you are sorely mistaken.
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #1 – $3.99
I’m an unabashed Green Lantern fan, and I’ve always like what writer Peter Tomasi’s done with the characters in the Green Lantern Corps. It’s been a long time since Guy Gardner has had his own series, and I’m looking forward to seeing whether or not he can shoulder the load of a semi-solo book. Plus, more Kilowog is always a good thing.
Northlanders #31 – $2.99
The Church didn’t take too kindly to their new chapel being burnt to the ground by Erik and the escaped albino nun Ingrid. A search party heads out to hunt them down, but working for the Gods of old, can Erik and Ingrid be stopped? Brian Wood continues crafting some brilliant Viking fiction, and if you’re not reading this book, you’re doing yourself a great disservice.
Thor: The Mighty Avenger #3 – $2.99
Hot damn do I love this book. Seriously. Chris Samnee is doing amazing work, and Roger Langridge has made Thor more interesting than he has been in ages. This book is a testament to everything that is right with comics.
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #13 – $3.99
Last issue left off with the man I’m guessing is the Ultimate Chameleon finding Peter’s Spider-Man costume in his bedroom. I’m pretty sure the cover is an example of exactly what’s going to happen when the Chameleon puts on the suit. As much as I enjoy Bendis’ writing on this book, the real star of the show is David LaFuente, and as long as he’s on the book, I’ll be reading it.
Trade Paperback/Hardcover of the Week
Gossip Girl: For Your Eyes Only, Vol. 1 – $12.99
That’s right world, there’s a Gossip Girl manga coming out tomorrow, and I’m recommending it as this week’s trade of the week. Published by Yen Press, the manga will be based off the original novels, which star Serena and Blair as two best friends who… ah, I’m just joshing ya internet. I just couldn’t believe there was actually a Gossip Girl manga. The real hardcover of the week is…
Chew: The Omnivore Edition, Vol. 1 – $34.99
Collected here are the first ten issues of Rob Guillory’s and John Layman’s eccentrically awesome comic Chew. Starring cibopathic detective Tony Chu (he can get psychic impressions from anything he eats: steak, potatoes, dead bodies, etc.), Chew is an absolute joy to read. It’s bizarre, funny, well drawn, and perfectly written. I’ve spoken at length about the previous trade collections, but if you missed out on those, now’s your chance to make amends. Seriously, you won’t be disappointed one bit.
That’s all for this week. Pick up Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on your PS3, and go see the movie this weekend. See you next time.