It's been a week, let me tell you. Lots of fun, work-related stress, added to lots of fun, Outside Stuff stress. Oh, and the holidays are here, so at least there's that, too.
Makes for a nice big ball of tension, mostly. But Wednesday has finally arrived, and boy am I going to take solace in my trip to the comics shop today. I might even do some Christmas shopping while I'm there. (Somehow, Christmas shopping seems way less stressful when you're surrounded by Batman and Robin.)
But, because of all that work-related stress I mentioned, I'll have to be brief in my picks for this week. Which is okay, because I have just one book that I'd like to share for today.
From DC/Vertigo, one of my favorite ongoing series gets an annual. Hellblazer Annual, number one, ships today and promises to deliver the goods. The, um, horrible, disturbing goods.
Writer Peter Milligan has brought John Constantine to a new level of quality over the course of his lengthy run on the title. And this annual issue will likely be a great jumping-on point for new readers interested in the book, as it's a stand-alone story.
Here's the solicitation information from the publisher:
A dying woman's desperate need to see her long lost son sends John Constantine on a mission in "Suicide Bridge," a haunting tale of evil and melancholy that finds John using his occult connections to learn why so many young people are going missing. It's a story full of strange places and desperate lives that leads Constantine to unearth his own connection to the mysterious disappearance of a boyhood friend.
Oh, and did I mention that the issue is drawn by Simon Bisley? Well, it is. So you should buy it for that reason.
Note, though, that the book (because it'll be bigger than your average comic) is priced at $4.99. But, hey, everything at DC is $2.99, so readers should have a couple extra bucks saved up through the year.
Check it out and let us know what you think of it. Hellblazer is a great title, and one that should be read by a lot more folks than the numbers indicate.
Right. So. Back to work, Exfanders. Back to work. Before that, though, what are you Waiting for?