Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Waiting for Wednesday, Volume 2, Issue 32

Not much of a preamble this week, since there's plenty of work to be done today. Still, I did want to be sure that I mentioned this link, because I'll be talking about it tomorrow.

It's to a review of the Scott Pilgrim movie by CBS Sunday Morning film critic David Edelstein. But, instead of focusing on that film, Edelstein feels the need to belittle other comic book movies. Which is fine. Most comic book movies are pretty horrible.

What raises my ire, though, is the way in which the critic denigrates the comics medium, and more specifically, the people who read comics.

I really want to go into this now, but I need to get to this week's books and get back to work. So, please take a look at the link, read the review, and come back tomorrow for my thoughts on the issue.

That is, of course, if you care to do so. I won't be offended if you don't--it'll likely be pretty rant-y and kinda incomprehensible.

What won't be rant-y and incomprehensible, however, is the list of comics that I'm looking forward to picking up this afternoon from my local shop. (Oooh, bask in the glow of that transition.)

And this week brings some cool, new books to the forefront, as it's definitely going to be another indy-tastic Wednesday for me.

So, first up, we have a brand spanking new series from Image Comics, called Morning Glories. I first noticed this series in Diamond's Previews catalog, and it stuck out as something to watch out for.
There are previews of the book up online (there's one right here, at Image's website), and I'm intrigued enough by what I've seen to give the book a chance.

Here's the solicitation information from the publisher:

The most anticipated new series of the year starts here! Morning Glory Academy is one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country...But behind it's hallowed doors something sinister and deadly lurks.

When six brilliant but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and desperately seeking answers in a place where nothing is what it seems to be!

Hyperbole aside, the art on the series looks good, and the writing appears to be pretty stellar. I'm always up for trying new books, so I'll be picking this up today. If, of course, my LCS has a copy. Being that it's a small press book, there's always the chance that my shop didn't order any, or that they ordered only one or two copies.

My fault, really, if I don't get one today, since I did not pre-order the book. A lesson to all of us in this tights and capes industry during a recession. Anyway, hopefully I'll be able to grab a copy without having to order from an online retailer.

Next up, we have the third hardcover collection from IDW and writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez in the Locke & Key ongoing. Entitled Crown of Shadows, this latest arc was my favorite so far, and considering how much I dig this series, that's saying something. If you haven't followed this series, these collections are the perfect way to catch right up.
And the collections themselves are pretty spiffy--beautiful hardcovers with those red ribbon thingies they put in the pages to keep your place. You know what I'm talking about.

Obviously, since this is volume three, I'd suggest (read: scream at you) that you should find volumes one and two first. Here's the blurb from IDW on their latest release:

The dead plot against the living, the darkness closes in on Keyhouse, and a woman is shattered beyond repair, in the third storyline of the Eisner-nominated series. Dodge continues his relentless quest to find the key to the black door, and raises an army of shadows to wipe out anyone who might get in his way.

Surrounded and outnumbered, the Locke children find themselves fighting a desperate battle, all alone, in a world where the night itself has become their enemy.

Joe Hill is a major player in modern horror, and this comic is in my personal top five. I've never been disappointed by a single issue, and I honestly look forward to each new chapter.
If you are behind, and you'd like to catch up on the cheap, IDW is also releasing today the Legacy Edition reprint of the very first issue of Locke & Key, which includes “The Cheat Sheet,” an 8-page summary of everything that’s happened in the series up to now.

A great idea from the publisher, for sure.

Well, that's it from me today. Like I said, it's really busy at the old office, and I need to head out. Enjoy your New Comic Book Day, everyone, and before I go--what are you Waiting for?

1 comment:

Dr. Nick Riviera said...

Isn't David Edelstein the critic who gave negative reviews to both Dark Knight and Inception? Are you sure Edelstein isn't confusing Edgar Wrigh with Christopher Nolan. Is it even physically possible to confuse the two?