What’s Hot & What’s Not : What’s Worth Buying in Comics & Slims!

What’s Hot & What’s Not : What’s Worth Buying in Comics & Slims!

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 You can order most items listed below (or earlier issues) by going here:

LONE STAR COMICS

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Weird Love: You Know You Want It. And from this link you can search for everything else Highlighted in this installment.

BOOKS & Magazines

Back Issue #81 (C: 0-1-1) -This is a special 100-page full-color edition spotlighting DC Bronze Age Giants and Reprints! We open DC Comics’ vaults for an in-depth exploration of its 100-Page Super Spectaculars!
  • Product Code: MAR151789
  • Expected Ship Date: 6/24/2015
MAR151728Chocolate Cheesecake Celebrating Modern Black Pin Up HC (MR) -Blending the style of the past with the women of the present, this book is a first-of-its-kind celebration of modern black pin-up beauty. Black pin-ups existed during the ‘Golden Age of Pin-ups,’ but like other black artists of the time, they often did not receive the same attention as their white contemporaries. This new book shines the spotlight on ten of today’s best pin-up photographers and their work with over 50 of today’s most beautiful black pin-up models. With images ranging from classic pin-up glamour to retro-inspired fetish photography, this collection of works shows the diversity of flavors found in contemporary black pin-up culture.
  • Writer: Earnest L. Cox
  • Product Code: MAR151728
  • Expected Ship Date: 5/27/2015

MARVEL

What is worth buying Monthly:  Nothing. At 3.99 and up, and with stories that don’t lend themselves to satisfying stand-alone monthly reads, Marvel Comics for me have largely priced themselves out of the monthly or periodical business. If you hear good word of mouth about a title wait until it is collected and check the trade out for free at your local library. And if you like what you read purchase it at a discount online or from your local bookstore.

DC

What is worth buying Monthly:  Nothing. Everything I said for Marvel goes for DC, with the exception DC has of late had far fewer creators or titles I’m interested in sampling at all. I think they followed up the initial high of the New 52 with largely a lot of uninspired and direction-less characters and books. Their flagship titles such as JLA, Superman, Batman, due to too many cooks (editorial influence) and over-saturation of the characters across multiple titles, are largely unreadable.

BOOM

What is worth buying Monthly: Nothing. Exorbitant $4 an issue price, and a publishing policy designed on collecting mini-series into more trades gives no incentive to buy the monthly issues.

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

What is worth buying Monthly: Nothing.

DARK HORSE

What is worth buying Monthly: CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT, X CAPMID

Captain Midnight #23 -

After learning the origin of the mysterious masked man from the past known as the Mark, Captain Midnight may finally have an ally who understands the Archon’s twisted beginnings-and might be able to defeat this übervillain! And they’re not alone! A united force of superheroes joins the fray to defeat the Archon. The last great hope has arrived!

  • Publisher: Dark Horse/Dark Horse Comics
  • Writer: Joshua Williamson
  • Artist: Michael Broussard
  • Product Code: MAR150030
  • Expected Ship Date: 5/27/2015

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Creepy Presents Alex Toth HC -

A brilliant storyteller who wielded a dynamic, minimalist style, Alex Toth is considered a master in the fields of comic book storytelling, animation, and design. With Creepy Presents Alex Toth, all of his vibrant stories from Creepy and Eerie are collected in a deluxe hardcover for the first time ever!

  • Publisher: Dark Horse/Dark Horse Comics
  • Writer/Artist: Alex Toth & Various
  • Cover Artist: Alex Toth
  • Product Code: MAR150091
  • Expected Ship Date: 7/8/2015

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Ec Archives Weird Science HC Vol 04 -

The Weird Science archives take flight at Dark Horse! This volume collects the complete Weird Science issues #19-#22 and Weird Science-Fantasy #23-#24 in glorious remastered color! Don’t miss any of the sci-fi classics from such visionary artists as Wally Wood, Al Feldstein, Harry Harrison, and Harvey Kurtzman!

  • Publisher: Dark Horse/Dark Horse Comics
  • Writer/Artist: Various
  • Product Code: MAR150097
  • Expected Ship Date: 7/29/2015

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Frank Frazetta Death Dealer Playing Cards-

Dark Horse is proud to announce a new range of collectables licensed from the estate of perhaps the finest fantasy artist of our time, the late Frank Frazetta. By special arrangement with his heirs, we are bringing forward selected images as the face cards and Jokers on a new deck of playing cards, as well as coasters with some of the most savage heroes ever painted!

  • Publisher: Dark Horse/Dark Horse Comics
  • Artist: rank Frazetta
  • Product Code: MAR150116
  • Expected Ship Date: 5/6/2015

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Harrow County #1 -

Emmy always knew that the deep, dark woods surrounding her home crawled with ghosts, goblins, and zombies. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she learns that she is connected to these creatures-and to the land itself-in a way she never imagined. Don’t miss the first issue of this southern gothic fairy tale from the creator of smash hit The Sixth Gun, beautifully and hauntingly realized by B.P.R.D.’s Tyler Crook!

  • Publisher: Dark Horse/Dark Horse Comics
  • Writer: Cullen Bunn
  • Artist: Tyler Crook
  • Product Code: MAR150088
  • Expected Ship Date: 5/13/2015

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Mind Mgmt #33 -

Every mystery, every revelation, every backstory, every death has led to this-Meru and a handful of former agents make their final stand against the Eraser and her rebuilt Mind Management!

  • Publisher: Dark Horse/Dark Horse Comics
  • Writer/Artist/Cover: Matt Kindt
  • Product Code: MAR150019
  • Expected Ship Date: 5/20/2015

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Mind Mgmt HC Vol 05 The Eraser -

The mission to stop Mind Management has fallen apart, and after nearly losing her mind at the hands of the Eraser, Meru finds herself alone in a world of rogue agents. To press on, she’ll need to seek out a new mentor-the First Immortal! Collects MIND MGMT #25-#30!

  • Publisher: Dark Horse/Dark Horse Comics
  • Writer/Artist/Cover: Matt Kindt
  • Product Code: MAR150020
  • Expected Ship Date: 7/22/2015

When it comes to the smaller publishers I’m more forgiving in regards to price. They don’t have the scale to set prices as a Marvel and DC do, but still try to provide lower prices, and even when the prices are the same, smaller publishers such as Dark Horse excel in giving you more pages, less ads, extra material, including letters pages, and best of all books that are the unique vision of a distinctive creative team, not typically beholden to company wide editorial events. The books as a whole are more mature, able to offer something more than another reworking of decades old super-hero stories. Dark Horse makes some of the best hardcovers and collected editions, and recently they have excelled at making some of the best monthly books. It for me is clearly a more interesting company, with more interesting titles, than either Marvel or DC.

IDW

What is worth buying Monthly: LITTLE NEMO RETURN TO SLUMBERLAND, WEIRD LOVE

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This month they are offering SC and HC versions. Beautiful art, comes recommended. IDW makes great collected editions and art books. I’m less enamored of their monthly titles. One that does get my vote for solid entertainment month in and month out is WEIRD LOVE. weirdlove7

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What is worth buying Monthly: LITTLE NEMO RETURN TO SLUMBERLAND, WEIRD LOVE   annila

Annihilator HC Vol 01 -

Legendary Comics proudly presents Annihilator, an original graphic novel odyssey from the subversive mind of Grant Morrison. Washed-up Hollywood screenwriter Ray Spass is caught in a downward spiral of broken relationships, wild parties and self-destruction. Out of luck and out of chances, he’s one failed script away from fading into obscurity. Little does he know he’s about to write the story of his life. As his imagination runs rampant, Ray must join forces with his own fictional character Max Nomax on a reality-bending race to stop the entire universe from imploding – without blowing his own mind in the process.

  • Publisher: LEGENDARY COMICS
  • Writer: Grant Morrision
  • Artist: Frazer Irving
  • Product Code: MAR151417
  • Expected Ship Date: 5/20/2015

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Bart Simpson Comics #96 -

Bart and Lisa find themselves embattled over just who won a ‘dream’ bedroom contest. And later, when Lisa decides to become more self-assertive, she enrolls in a class that will help empower her, but maybe she should look before she leaps!

  • Publisher: Bongo Comics
  • Writer: James M. Bates, Michael Saikan
  • Artist: Jacob Chabot
  • Cover Artist: Jason Ho & Various
  • Product Code: MAR151029
  • Expected Ship Date: 5/27/2015

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Jack Kirby Collector #50 -

Kirby Five-Oh! looks at the best of everything from the 50-year career of Jack ‘King’ Kirby, co-creator of the Marvel Comics universe! The regular columnists from The Jack Kirby Collector magazine exmaine: The best Kirby story published each year from 1938-1987! The best covers from each decade! Jack’s 50 best unused examples of art! His 50 best character designs! And profiles of, and commentary by, 50 people from all media influenced by Kirby’s work! Plus there’s a 50-page gallery of Kirby’s powerful raw pencil art, and a deluxe color section of photos and finished art from throughout his entire half-century oeuvre. This tabloid-sized trade paperback features a Kirby cover inked by Darwyn Cooke, and an introduction by Mark Evanier!

The last company to mention is IMAGE, and I left them for last because they are the best. I get more books from IMAGE than all the other companies combined. In part 2 of this installment we’ll devote it to covering all the great monthly books available from Image.

— to be continued–

I Dreamt of Bermuda

Last year was a year of firsts.

Two of them revolved around Bermuda.

My first cruise, and my first time in Bermuda.

A place I had dreamt of, and last year the dreaming and the waking met. And it was all I could want and more. Much of the more was wondrous, but some of it, a bit, felt mournful, and bitter sweet, and touched with something not unlike dread.

Don’t get me wrong, Bermuda is a ravishingly beautiful island, and I enjoyed immensely my cruise, and enjoyed immensely Bermuda. It’s pull on you is strong and deep and abiding, and there is a reason Ex-pats make Bermuda their home. No one goes to Bermuda and does not feel the forlorn desire to make one of its lovely pastel colored, and tropic of capricorn tinged, houses… theirs.

Buf it is a desire mitigated typically by two things. One is well known and rational: finances. Bermuda, I knew even before arriving, is an expensive place to live.

But the 2nd reason people have for not calling Bermuda home, is one probably few ever put into words, or look at too closely… and one I myself did not know until being in Bermuda… but it is the sense of the world as being too close to you and ineffably too far.

Something too subtle and lightly felt to be called fear, but there is something about the isolation of Bermuda and the endless encroachment of the sea, and the pervasiveness of the sky, that makes you aware of the precariousness and preciousness of life.

Bermuda is an island that has been shrinking for thousands of years, the peak of a massive volcanic eruption that was born when man was but a dream. Recent rising tides, perhaps tied into global warming and the melting of the polar icecaps, are rising faster, and today an island that once was over 200 square miles in landmass, is down to 27 square miles. Less depending who you believe.

To stand on an empty, craggy Bermuda beach and look out at the relentless sea, is to feel the turning of the world, and the ephemeral nature of the works of man. We will all return to the sea eventually, no matter where we live; it is just that on Bermuda ‘eventually’ feels closer.

That and the fact that the small grouping of islands called Bermuda is 700 miles away from everything and virtually everything Bermuda requires has to be shipped in, and suddenly the paradise that is Bermuda, gives way to the eerieness of the Bermuda Triangle.

I dreamt of Bermuda, and I dream of it still, those pink sands, and blue skies, and pastel houses, but my dreams now are of returning to visit; Living there long term is not for me.

But that is what Bermuda is best at, giving you the moment… the dream.

I dreamt of Bermuda.

Black Faces White Messages – Reviewing ANIMAL (2014) Horror Film


ANIMAL- I enjoy horror movies. Let me rephrase that, I enjoy GOOD horror movies. The Brett Simmons directed, and Thommy Hutson, Catherine Trillo scripted Animal unfortunately does not qualify as a good film, of the horror or any other variety. The film starts interestingly enough, but quickly devolves into stereotype and stupidity. I am so sick of these films where the male character of color is the asshole. Now I’m not saying that can’t happen, but I’ve saying in these genre films, when that ALWAYS happens, that’s a stereotype.

And there is no quicker way to get me to write off a film or a filmmaker, than to fill the work with 21st century examples of Step & Fetchit. Black faces, yes, but forever regurgitating White messages of Blackness and Ethnicity and Wish-fulfillment. Whether that being the White guy as always the hero who gets the girl (increasingly the Black Girl), or the male character of color only as sexless side-kick at best, obnoxious fool or ignorant comedy relief at worst.

Amaury Nolasco gets the really reprehensible roll of the A-hole in this movie, and is so far tweaked, that he is beyond the stereotypical mustache twirling villain. It’s character pushed to the point where it is nothing more than caricature. I would have disliked any actor playing such a poorly written, idiotically extreme character, but considering how few roles are made available to characters of color in genre movies, specifically Horror movies, it becomes especially damning and noticeable, each new role that adds to the reoccurring positioning of male characters of color as inept and belligerent and reprehensible.

I understand actors need to work, but actors of color need to be more selective of the roles they take. And filmmakers need to be more cognizant of what they are selling as genre, may just be veiled stereotype and bigotry. I don’t think the filmmakers set out to make minstrel show films, films sporting Black faces, but white messages, it is simply people not challenged on their lazy thinking, and lazy view of the world, have no reason to grow beyond it.

So that’s where this new installment comes in, BLACK FACES, WHITE MESSAGES, it serves to highlight filmmakers and actors, that are producing films perhaps more at home in 1920 then 2020.

I know a lot of ethnic guys and gals (obviously unlike the filmmakers) and most of them are good, fun people. Of course you have your occasional asshole, but that demographic is the exception rather than the rule, and is as likely to come in all colors and persuasions.

It would be nice to see Horror and Genre Films that showed me a diverse range of humanity, with Heroes of Color, not just Villains. And actors of color who get the girl, rather than get to play the eunuch who gets dissed by the girl (STAR TREK NEXT GENERATION, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANDROMEDA comes to mind, the stereotype is so ingrained in TV and Movies it is ubiquitous, so when you have the rare show or movie that bucks the trend, HANCOCK, HELL ON WHEELS, ARROW it is embraced by a population starved for people that look like them in positive and winning roles).

So ANIMAL by filmmakers Brett Simmons, Thommy Hutson, Catherine Trillo get this installments BADGE OF SHAME. Netflix and Amazon Prime please drop this film, and replace it with something better. Grade : AVOID!

THE SHOUT (1978) – Expressionist 70s Horror at its Best!

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THE SHOUT (1978) – THE SHOUT is a type of horror film that the 70s managed to produce arguably better than any other decade (save perhaps our current streaming generation, the share bulk of content at our fingertips allows for a diverse range of content and experimentation). The eerie existential tale of foreboding; tales of protagonists beset from seemingly all sides by nameless and unnameable dreads that live disturbingly close to the fragile facade of our normal lives.

A culmination of sorts of the filmic movements before it (namely Expressionism, often called German Expressionism, and Film Noir) and the new dynamism of the conflicted post war, post age of Aquarius 70s; 70s Expressionist horror grafting the fatalism of Film Noir to Expressionism’s use of exaggeration and distortion to illicit an emotional response, to create a horror that was more about broader questions of what lives beyond the borders of the accepted, and the illusions… of control.

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Films like DON’T LOOK NOW, IMAGES, THE ABOMINABLE DOCTOR PHIBES, AND SOON THE DARKNESS, THE DUNWICH HORROR, LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH, MAGIC, OBSESSION, PHANTASM, DEEP RED, THE SENTINEL, SUSPIRIA, ERASERHEAD, SHORT NIGHT OF GLASS DOLLS, GANJA & HESS, NEITHER THE SEA NOR THE SAND are marked by extreme directorial flourishes, bordering on surrealism, creating worlds of emotive rather than accepted reality.

THE SHOUT, features a stellar cast of burgeoning British Stars, among them Alan Bates, Susannah York, John Hurt and Tim Curry, all brilliantly directed by the legendary filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski. His only film in the horror genre, THE SHOUT much like IMAGES (directed by another great, serious filmmaker Robert Altman), manages to be not just a great genre film, but one of the best films of Skolimowski’s lauded career.

Not the typical Horror movie, the best horror of the 70s resists and transcends easy classifications, and trite genre labels. Indeed THE SHOUT would be as justified in the drama or fantasy or art film designation as any other, but somehow horror seems to sum up best the creeping unease that these types of 70s films in general, and THE SHOUT in particular, provide.

This is horror not of the slasher or torture porn fodder that unfortunately passes too-often for horror in the 21st century, but something more… imaginative. While the 70s had its own knife wielding maniacs, that was often played as a facet of the horror, rather than the horror in total. The horror that the 70s dealt in was rather a call back to the existential roots of cinema, horror, and arguably humanity, the MR James and Wakefield definitions of horror… the horror, with questions that endure.

Jerzy Skolimowski’s THE SHOUT is a film that rewards repeat viewings. See it for yourself courtesy of Amazon Prime, or get the DVD here: The Shout [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import – United Kingdom ] or Blu-Ray here: The Shout (1978) [ NON-USA FORMAT, Blu-Ray, Reg.B Import – United Kingdom ]

Grade: B+.