Monday, January 30, 2012

Buy This - February 1st, 2012

Every Monday Seth picks out three items that are due to ship on Wednesday and directs you toward your best bets for a quality purchase. Some times it's a single issue of a comic, other times a massive omnibus edition of a beloved series, and occasionally a figure or shiny bauble that caught his eye. Read on to find the three items you shouldn't leave your comic shop without this week.

Initially, while perusing this week's shipping list I was a bit underwhelmed. However, despite the lack of new product I noticed three things in particular that more than make up for it. Quality over quantity and all that...

Before we get to that I just wanted to mention again that the first episode the Ancillary Characters podcast is now available for download on iTunes or directly from our site at Download it, give it a listen and then rate and review it. Also, pay attention to the end of the show where I announce or first podcast-related giveaway. Also, I noticed that Locke & Key oversized hardcover of Welcome To Lovecraft is again being solicited to ship this week. Definitely grab that and the Amazing Spider-Man by John Romita: Artists Edition; both published by IDW. Those Artist Edition books are really incredible and probably the best possible format to experience your favorite artist's work.

As well, I won't be writing about it but the Justice League: Generation Lost trade paperback volume 1 (already available in hardcover) ships this week. If you haven't tried this series out do so now. It's good comics.

Okay, on to this weeks list...

 Batman: Gates of Gotham tpb

This mini series was overseen by Scott Snyder and written by Kyle Higgens and despite it's pre-New 52 release none the less laid the groundwork for much of the history of Gotham still playing out in the Bat universe. I've heard good things about this and judging by the current Court of Owls story taking place in Batman and it's ties to Gotham's past I definitely mean to buy this. While it was eventually only plotted by Snyder it should be noted he actually did scripting on the first two issues before handing it over to Higgens. Snyder's track record alone has earned this book a buy...

Madman: 20th Aniversary Monster edition hardcover

I'm not sure what to make of this book. It's apparently a collection of all-new stories by everyone from Kyle Baker to David Mack to Madman's creator, Mike Allred. At any rate it's a ridiculous gathering of talent and the book's size (practically Wednesday comics-scale) guarantees it'll look beautiful. I've always been a huge Mike Allred fan and though my previous experience with Madman is minimal this would be worth a purchase just as an artist's showcase. Again, the book is ENORMOUS... It's also priced at around a hundred bucks. It'll all come down to how much you like the artists who worked on this. For me, it's probably going in my Amazon cart sooner or later.

The Twelve #9

It's been at least four years since the last issue of the Twelve saw print so normally I wouldn't highlight a book this terminally late. The Twelve is special though. I've always referred to it as Watchmen with a heart and I'll stand by that. The first eight issues were wonderfully told by J. Michael Straczynski with great pencilling by Chris Weston. For a while I'd go so far as to say this was the best title Marvel was publishing... Now, well, it's up in the air but it'll certainly be worth picking up this issue to see how well it's held up. Of course it'll also be wonderful to finally get the ending to this story.

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