The end of summer, back to school, shorter days. Well during all of that, there are books still comic out in September and here’s a couple that jumped out at me as ones that I know I’ll want to read.
SOUTHERN BASTARDS TP VOL 01 HERE WAS A MAN: Jason Aaron and Jason Latour’s manly book about southern men simultaneously rings on Neil Young and Lynyrd Skynyrd. After Aaron’s years of writing at Marvel, Southern Bastards has the gritty edge of his Scalped but has more personality than that book ever did. Latour’s artwork is a key part of bringing out that personality as his grizzled cartooning comes close to feeling like it’s playing within cliches about what the south feels like but remains honest to the characters and the situations that they exist in.
BUMPERHEAD HC: everyone is referring to this as Gilbert Hernandez’s follow up to Marble Season (written about here) and that may be more just marketing talk but I’m curious to see how this stacks up to Love and Rockets X, an old story that may be one of the most Altmanesque pieces that Gilbert has ever done. L&R fandom always goes on and on about Gilbert Vs. Jaime and that’s just complete bullshit. They’re brothers, working often in the same comic but both cartoonists work completely differently and you really see that in every Love and Rockets New Stories that come out annually.
BARBARELLA DLX ED SUPER OVERSIZED HC: You know, I don’t think I’ve ever even watched Barbarella. It’s been sitting in both my Netflix and Amazon Instant Video queue for ages but I’ve just never gotten around to watching it. I’ve seen Jean-Claude Forest’s artwork for what feels like most of my life thanks to the fantastic old The World Encyclopedia of Comics but this will be the first time I’ll get to see these comics.
CHARLES BURNS SUGAR SKULL GN: I’ve really got to read The Hive, the 2nd book in Burns’ trilogy, before this one comes out. Burns is one of those cartoonists that I struggle a bit with. I love his detached storytelling, where nothing in the world quite seems to synch up but that also feels incredibly cold. It’s hard to find the spiritual or emotional center of Burns’ work for me but that’s more because I just haven’t read as much of his work. I still need to pick up his Black Hole, so what do I know?
SHOPLIFTER HC: Other than illustrations that he’s done over the past number of years, I don’t know if I could even tell you any short stories that Michael Cho has ever drawn. Cho’s artwork reminds me a lot of Darwyn Cooke’s, only cleaner and neater. It’s like when J. Bone inks Cooke and there’s just a smoothness to the artwork. That’s what Cho reminds me of and it looks nice.
GRENDEL VS SHADOW #1
ALL NEW DOOP
BATTLING BOY RISE OF AURORA WEST GN VOL 01