Books That Look Good (or not) and Other Cool Stuff

This week feels like it should be bigger than it is. Maybe it'll feel that way by the end of the post.

In Very Important News, my Nightmare Before Christmas Deadly Nightshade jar is now my Angel The Puppet savings fund (meaning: it's where I'll put all my spare change until December). Also, it'll serve as my Angel The Puppet Spare Clothes fund, because while out on my awesome Geek Date on Sunday, I realized I could dress him up in other outfits.

My one regret: not having my camera on to capture husband's expression of horror as I exclaimed this beautiful, beautiful revelation. I think only Babs appreciated it (and that's FINE, two is the great beginning of an army).

How spectacular. Merry Holiday to me.

Onto the previews, but feel free to loiter and marvel at Angel The Puppet for as long as you like.

Hey, remember that "Sightings" banner that was supposed to go across the top of comics that tied into . . . something or other? Final Crisis, or was it pre-FC stuff? Whatever: I only recall seeing it the once, in that one book. JSA? JLA? I think it was JSA.


Nightwing #147: This is a RIP tie-in--supposedly--but it's also Tomasi, and if you've been paying attention you know I've really been enjoying his run. I have my suspicions that it'll end up like Detective Comics with me wishing they'd just rip the RIP Tie-In blurb off the top of it and it'd be just fine.

Two Face is in NY? And he's cranky about the corrupt? And
he's wanting Dick to save an ex-girlfriend or he'll kill everyone? Aww, that's our Two-Face, extreme as ever.

We'll see. Considering Dick's supposed to be in Arkham, I'm not certain how this is a RIP tie-in at all, but man-oh-man, check that sexeh drool.


PS: Looking at all the Nightwing blurbs for the coming months, this loo
ks like what I think it is.

Okay, so I probably won't get the Hawkman S
pecial, but I'm using the cover here anyways because this looks like a huge, cross-dressing Raven. And she's got the whoooole world in her hands . . .

Detective Comics #847: Still not a RIP tie-in! But still great, thanks Dini. Hush! His motivations! Catwoman! Here only because her monthly got canceled! Suckers! And that guy--Batman! And history items revealed! !!!

(Still not a
tie-in. Just saying.)

Robin #176:
You know, I'm feeling really awesome about this comic. Especially after that great, great--onemoretime--great Newsarama interview with Fabien Nicieza. Poor guy has to run a lot of damage control, put out some awesome last minute issues and deal with R.I.P. tie-ins, but I think he is the best guy to do the job. I really like the way he talks about Tim, about who he is and the way he's approaching this seri
es. Very confidence inspiring, so at the very least he knows what should be said.

This, actually, looks like it could be a relevant tie-in and from everything Fabien said in the interview, it is! Wow! Amazement! Shock! Awe! So on!

Final Crisis #3: This is me not criticizing the cover. Except, what the HELL is on her head? Seriously. Is that the Super Ugly Mask Of Warthog Doom? Excerpt taken straight from DC, because they have just as many exclamation points as I would've: "Batman missing in action! Superman immobilized! Green Lantern on trial for his life! A shadow is falling across Earth's super heroes — and now it's Wonder Woman's turn to face the Evil Gods! What bizarre warning from beyond awaits Frankenstein, The Question and the agents of S.H.A.D.E. in the shadows of the Dark Side Club? What grim fate lies in store for The Human Flame? What happens when the Anti-Life Equation hits the internet? Can the Fastest Men Alive outrun The Black Racer — Death himself? And who are the Justifiers?"

First of all: I want a t-shirt that says "The Justifiers" on it. Alright? And I knew the internet was bad for all of us. KNEW IT. And maybe I want an "Agent of S.H.A.D.E." shirt too. Alright? A four-page preview is up here at Newsarama and I'm very, very excited for this issue.

. . . okay, I also want an "The Internet Has Anti-Life Equation" t-shirt, LOLZ style. Give me suggestion for phrase and whose image. If you say Supergirl, I'm going to fucking Prime punch you in the nads (and probably accidentally bring someone back to life). I'm looking at you, smart-ass.

I'll also be grabbing Final Crisis #1: Director's Cut Special because yeah, I'm their target demographic: SUPER-NERD.

And last for DC, but totally not least: Manhunter #33.
Awwwwesome. A link between immigrants and big businesses? Clearly this is completely made-up. And Kate might go to court and we get to hear some awesome Lawyer Speak. I'm pleased.

Hyperkinetic #2: Robot fights! More great Howard Shum story with Matteo Scalera and Oscar Celestini art! And? And? Robot Fights! Also, some mechanical what's-its and doodads, as well as jungle wandering.

Good times to be had at all and if you need anymore convincing than that and what I said about #1, check a few pages preview here, at

Also, for those of you who budget or may
need to make sure one is ordered for you, here's your two week warning about the Astounding Wolf-Man Vol. 1 release. Don't miss it!

And while I'm at it, I might as well poke you
about getting your retailer (or Us!) to order The Roberts that'll be coming out in two weeks as well. It's just a two-issue run, so no big new investment for you. Story by Wayne Chinsang with art and covers by Erik Rose, this looks promisingly creepy (with a potential for wrongly funny, but I'm not sure). Synopsis courtesy Image site that finally let my browser load it after five tries:

"The Boston Strangler and the Zodiac Killer are alive and well, living amongst the old and dying of The Shady Lane Retirement Center. Surrounded by bingo tournaments and tea times, these two notorious serial killers quietly trade "war stories" about their golden years, two seemingly parallel pasts filled with violence and victims."
Neat, right? I know.

NYX #1: Snagged from Marvel site:

"The Story: There’s no place like home—just ask young mutant KIDEN NIXON. She’s survived the hard streets of Manhattan, and she’s built a home—and a family—for herself, with her friends TATIANA, BOBBY SOUL and his LI’L BRO. But with fewer than 200 mutants left on the planet, Kiden’s become a target—and when somebody strikes at one of her friends, Kiden’s going to find out just how much farther she can fall! Don’t miss the breathtaking return of this beloved series, by NEW YORK TIMES best-selling writer MARJORIE LIU (the DIRK & STEELE SERIES) with stunning art by KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY!
Plus—a special behind-the-scenes gallery!"

Also not to be missed is Secret Invasion: Front Line #2, and yep, there goes my two Marvel titles of the week. Have fun Iron Man and Spider-Man fans.

Buffy #17: More of the awesome, awesome Fray. Fray who will steal and keep the show, because blondes may have more fun but purple. . . ettes kick more ass.

Take that.

And? Look who is on the cover with them? Faaaaantastic. I'm very excited about this Fray storyline.


Spike: AtF #2 is up from IDW too, which just gets Fray and Spike meetings all aflutter in my head. How epic and awesome would that be?

Hm, I guess that was a little bit bigger than I thought. Go DC, though.


John said...

Kiden Nyx? How about Kizdean Gix?


Sorry, EQ geek humor.

Darth McQuinn said...

I can't tell you how hard I laughed that you used the Wonder Woman Final Crisis cover instead of the Supergirl cover! Because that Wonder Woman image is SO much less sexist. "Look, I have a pig face but it's ok because I still have a smokin' hot body!" Priceless.

Kristina Wright said...

@J: Your EQ Geek Humor TRUMPS me!

@Dearest Boss: That's why I used it! I pointedly did not make a comment about this one, since I already vented about the first one. Dammit!

Matt said...

Please stop recommending interesting books. My wallet can't take it.

Kristina Wright said...

@Matt: ahahaha--what? It can take it! Just one more.