April 18, 2012
The Shadow #1: The Shadow is a mysterious, psychic asshole. Since the author is very good at writing magnificent bastards, this is going to work out very well, I think. While the plot is winding up, we’re treated to a view of atrocity, perhaps the Shadow’s view on the world, and then we get to see him operate.
Resident Alien #0: An alien in a small town is cajoled into a local medical practice to cover for a murdered doctor. It’s like Doc Hollywood meets Space Invaders, but with a murder mystery instead of a ‘cocky young turk turned around by folksy wisdom’ plotline. …well. Half the Young Turk story.
I missed two issues of Conan the Barbarian with the Becky Cloonan art!! What is wrong with me? So I caught up on them today and it was ~amazing~ and men were wrecked. There was great prose included about the wrecking of men. The strength of the writing, art and especially the pacing makes this series a treat.
Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland HC: A posthumously published work, snapshotting exactly what it says in the title. Those who liked American Splendor or simply like Harvey Pekar will find something in this trade.