Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Comic Shop Stop: What I Bought This Week

After stopping by Midtown Comics today - a day where we got out early from work in celebration of the holiday this week - it struck me that I was excited to see what was bought by the other guys with whom I went to the store. Who DOESN'T like to see what their buddies bought at the comic shop?

SO! In celebrating that curiosity, I've decided to post each week what I've picked up at the comic shop. Sometimes it's new stuff. Sometimes it's old stuff. Sometimes it'll be back issues or the same ol' thing I got 4 weeks ago. Whatever the case is, here's what I got at the shop this week (lemme know if you wanna borrow anything):

MUPPET SHOW: THE TREASURE OF PEG-LEG WILSON #4 - Missed this when it came out last week. And I got THIS cover, too! Roger Langridge!

IMAGE UNITED #1 - As if being written by Kirkman, who I love, wasn't enough, this bastard is drawn by a bunch of different guys within the same panels. I can't wait to see what this oddball looks like! And it might even be a great read! Ahhhhhhhh!

ULTIMATE AVENGERS #4 - I REALLY don't like the taint-expose pose on characters. Even still, I caved in and grabbed the first 3 issues of this for-fun book a couple weeks ago in time to grab this new TODAY.

SPARKY O'HARE - I fell in love with the creator known as Mawil after We Can Still Be Friends earlier this year and then bought Beach Safari. So I was surprised to see this new title from Blank Slate new in the store this week - especially since I didn't see it on the ship lists I study before hitting the store each week. This is exactly why browsing is fun!

CRIMINAL: THE SINNERS #2 - What am I gonna do? NOT buy the new book by Brubaker and Sean Phillips? Pffft. SOLD.

IKIGAMI VOL. 3 - This manga series about the government choosing someone at random to kill each day in order to shock the populace into a more fervent life has had me hooked since I saw volume 1 in solicits forever ago. I didn't even know volume 3 was due out today! This is one of those books that people who are afraid of reading manga should definitely check out. You're warned. Viz Signature are some quality-ass guys.

SYNCOPATED VOL. 1 - I really meant to grab this about 94 times in my life and never did. Walking over to the checkout line today, it caught my eye again, so I snagged this sweet little anthology book from 2002 (that was almost 8 years ago, people!) featuring guys such as James Kochalka, Nate Powell, Ivan Brunetti and many more. Solid, clean stuff. And I can finally mark it off my "to buy" list.

How about you guys? Get anything good?

(Quick disclaimer: I borrow a LOT of stuff from Ben each week from Marvel, I don't always buy single issues of the Marvel books. And I get everything from DC, WildStorm, Vertigo, and Zuda for free, so I never really buy anything from them unless I'm picking up for somebody else. So don't take my exclusion of DC stuff as a sign that the books aren't good. They are. So there.)


Ben Morse said...

Of the stuff you listed, I've got the Muppets issue and it is a delight. I hope Roger Langridge keeps doing Muppets comics from now until forever.

Oh, and I got Ultimate Avengers #3 as well, but like you, I get my respective company's books for free, so there ya go. Fun though.

Big comics buying week for me (i.e. DC put out a lot of good stuff that I wanted to read). I got the new issues of Blackest Night, Green Lantern, JLA, JSA, Cry for Justice, Superman, Superman: Secret Origin, Teen Titans...I think that's it? Maybe forgetting a thing or two.

The best part of buying books the past couple weeks is that I send my enthusiastic intern Kevin to the shop to pick up for me (I'd feel bad except he loves doing it) and then get to see what Lantern rings the folks at Jim Hanley's give him. He picked up red and green today, giving him the full set now except for black.

David Ryan said...

WOW you've been buying Ikigami all this time? I've got to borrow them!!

Darren said...

I only bought two things yesterday: Criminal The Sinners #2 and Invincible Iron Man #20.

Haven't read Criminal yet (probably won't till I get back from the weekend), but Iron Man was reaaaal good. I don't remember if you've read any of Fraction's run but I'm sure I've told you a million times how much I love it.

And I hope you get to catch up on Ultimate Avengers this week. Issue 3 has so far been my favorite, but 4 was pretty solid too.

What'd you take from work this week?

Ben Morse said...

Oh, got Detective Comics too.

This latest issue of Secret Origin got me more excited for the concept of Superman since I saw the Chris Reeves movie. Gary Frank is incredible.

Rickey said...

Yeah, Ben, I was about to ask if you'd grabbed Detective this week. That Mazzuchelli-inspired Year One art is terrific and the scene where that style meets JH's modern style is neat!

And I couldn't send an intern even if I wanted to. Besides the fact that I DON'T have an intern, I just like going to the store and seeing everything. Also, yeah, DC had a fantastic week. New Blackest Night is crazy.

David, I'm almost certain you were the one who showed me the Ikigami solicit way back. You were still at Wizard and I was at DC and we were IMing and you said to turn to page whatever cause the book looked cool. Bam, I got all 3. You should borrow them.

Darren, I took home a LOT of stuff from our comps this week. And for the long weekend, I took home the last 3 or 4 month's worth of WildStorm Universe stuff to catch up. No joke, I'm looking forward to it. And I tried Invincible Iron Man for a while. It's just not for me. Although I DID forget to get the new issue of Kirkman's Invincible.

Ben Morse said...

As you know, I do love going to the store, but it's just sooo convenient. After this intern finishes, I'll probably be back to going myself.

How was Image United? I was on the fence and decided against, but if it's good I'll pick it up next week.

And I couldn't (or rather my intern couldn't) find Justin's book. :-(

Rickey said...

I couldn't find Justin's book, either! I even asked the guy and he ahd no idea what I was talking about! I couldn't find it on Midtown's site, either.

Haven't read Image United yet, but I'll let you know what I think.

Mike said...

Um, yeah! There was only a new issue of Powers at last (seems like a good start) and an issue of Invincible that made me laugh out loud, swear, and then remark to my empty apartment that 'sh!t is really poppin off!'

I'm not the type that's given to talking to myself. This issue was just packed with big event after big event, after what feels like a year of, well, big events. And I'm not talking 'Death of Superman' events, I'm talking things that are exciting less for the event themselves than for what they portend. Kirkman is on fiya.

Rickey said...

Mike, I skipped Powers as a single issue. Figure I'll read the whole thing in trade paperback. But yeah, Invincible has been incredible.

Darren said...

"And I tried Invincible Iron Man for a while. It's just not for me."
Just not for you eh? You know what doesn't seem for you? Good stuff.
Joking! Did you read the first arc only? Because this last 12 part arc was a great improvement in story and art.

And I'm sorry about Powers! Seriously! I still need to get the last trade, and once I do I'll be back on the Powers bandwagon. Honest!