Wednesday, March 5, 2008
I've loved Casanova since the first jam-packed issue and I'm loving this second arc even more than the first. This book fits more crazy ideas, fight scenes and character moments into 16 pages than most books fit into the standard 22 or 24. Fizz! Pow! >--< (you'll have to read this issue to get that last one)! And the back matter is also a treat. I wasn't as big a fan of the back matter during the first arc, but the ones in this second series have really grown on me and this month's is an extremely entertaining look at writing comics and becoming a dad. If you like comics that are pushing and pulling at the shape and conventions of the traditional comic book, then this is the book for you. If you just like an old-fashioned butt-kicking adventure/spy/time-travel yarn with an interesting cast, this book is also for you. Go. Read. Thank me.
Kirby: The King Of Comic’s recounts the life and time of seminal comic creator Jack Kirby. It’s the official biography by long time Kirby buddy, Mark Evanier. I found this book to be a heartbreaking tale, detailing all of Kirby’s artistic triumphs that are always being overshadowed by The King’s struggles, frustrations and poor business sense. Evanier details the way The King was manipulated by the suits, losing out on a fair share in his creations time and time again. A man trapped between his principals and the need to make sure his family is provided for. Choice artwork, shot from original art boards/printed pages mirrors Kirby’s true life story accompany the text throughout. Neil Gaiman's intro is a hoot too, as he make a great connection between Iggy Pop (!) and The King. A great book if you love comics, and a great book for anyone with a passing interest in pop culture, and a must for all fans of Jack Kirby (that means any fans of modern Marvel and DC Comics)!
Oh please. You saw this coming a mile away.
I mean, if you've been reading the checklists/newsletters since I started writing them, and if you remember when NEW FRONTIER was published, you'll remember that I said it from the start. NEW FRONTIER was one of the best stories ever committed to paper, let alone comic book stories. Only a few weeks ago, I extolled the storytelling abilities of Darwyn Cooke and J. Bone on their last issue of THE SPIRIT. You're talking to a guy who owns a page of original art from the story. So really, if you looked at this week's shipping list or the in-store checklist and couldn't predict I'd pick the JLA: THE NEW FRONTIER SPECIAL as my pick of the week?
Shame on you.