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What I bought – 12 January 2011

“I was in the Resistance,” he went on. “There were thirty Germans for every one of us, and they came here like beasts, not soldiers – shooting children, hanging women, cutting off people’s hands – but we never surrendered.” He put a cigarette between his lips and turned back to the sea. “There is nothing good about war, even if you survive.” (Nicholas Christopher, from The Bestiary)

As good as it's always been! The cover might be the best thing about this book, unfortunately Hey, both characters on the cover appear in this comic! Not for the puritan! Half of a Humberto Ramos cover is too much! So sad! Ahoy, penis substitute!
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What I bought – 29 December 2010

“We met long ago,” said Galip. “When we first met, your legs looked so thin and so delicate that I was afraid they would break. Your skin was rough when you were a kid, but as you got older, after we graduated from middle school, your complexion became rosy and incredibly fine. If they took us to the beach on hot summer days when we went crazy from playing indoors, coming back with ice-cream cones we bought at Tarabya, we would scratch letters with our long nails into the salt on each other’s arms. I loved the fuzz on your skinny arms. I loved the peachy color of your suntanned legs. I loved the way your hair spilled over your face when you reached for something on the shelf above my head.”

“We should have met long ago.”

“I used to love the strap marks left on your shoulders by the bathing suit you borrowed from your mother, the way you absentmindedly tugged at your at your hair when you were nervous, the way you caught between your middle finger and thumb a speck of tobacco left by your filterless cigarette on the tip of your tongue, the way your mouth fell open watching a movie, the way you unwittingly scarfed up the roasted garbanzos and nuts in the dish under your hand while you read a book, the way you kept losing your keys, the way you screwed up your eyes to see because you refused to accept you were nearsighted. When you narrowed your eyes on a distant point and absconded for parts unknown, I understood that you were thinking of something else, and I loved you apprehensively. Oh my God! I loved with fear and trepidation what I couldn’t know of your mind as much as I loved what I did know.” (Orhan Pamuk, from The Black Book)

Yeah, don't go in that house! Jeannette fights Vandal Savage with ... a fan! How much awesome can be contained within?!?!?!? Is Jock awesome?  Yes, yes he is Well, that's just adorable! More horror in the desert! I don't look meaningfully at the horizon very often, and I should Yeah, that's going to be messy I just love the paunch! Tesla?  Really?
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What I bought – 22 December 2010

“You remember those birds that were getting sucked into the jet engines? Sometimes I lie in bed at three or four in the morning and I imagine myself flying miles above the earth, very cold, and one of those black secret spy planes is up there with the huge round engines with the spinning blades in it, the blades that look like the underside of mushrooms? The black plane’s going very fast and I’m going very fast in the opposite direction and we intersect, and I fly right through one of those jet engines, and I exit as this long fog of blood. I’m miles long, and, because it’s so cold, I’m crystalline. Very long arms, you’ll be pleased to hear. And then I recondense in bed, sshhp, as my short warm self. It must have something to do with my estrogen level. But that’s what telephone travel would be like out there, I think. What am I saying, that’s what it is like.” (Nicholson Baker, from Vox)

He's a friendly derring-doer! The hen takes one for the team! He's all rugged and handsome! I would have liked to check out the variant cover! Gene Ha's cover is the best thing about this book! More Bisley wackiness! It's like Odysseus and the sirens, sort of! Lightning makes everything more dramatic! Nick Spencer - master of self-promotion! Still awesome?  Why yes, yes it is! Bullets, blood, and boobs! When Campbell does something like this, it looks trashy, but when Jusko does it, it looks heroic! It just keeps getting better!
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Flippin’ through Previews – December 2010

Be thankful that we have so many excellent comics in Previews! Don’t be afraid!
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What I bought – 24 November 2010

“I write in blood, and the best truth is a bloody truth.” (Irvin D. Yalom, from When Nietzsche Wept)

Batman needs some gum work done! Not surprisingly, it's a stunning cover! How is she standing up? If that dude is so invincible, why does he need a vest? Not surprisingly, it's a stunning cover! You mean it doesn't end well for the humans?  What a shock! Sheriff Badd-Asss sure loves his penis substitute! Another great Cheung cover! I can't believe that's not Fin Fang Foom For an anniversary issue ...... this is a pretty cool cover There's just never enough killing in this series! The French love them some prostitutes!
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What I bought – 17 November 2010

If people bring so much courage to this world the world has to kill them to break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of those you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry. (Ernest Hemingway, from A Farewell to Arms)

The chick on the cover looks NOTHING like the chick inside - it's two different artists, but come on! Gotta love the yellow oval! Do the Republicans know that Batman is selling us out to the United Nations? Why is the Russian girl a Rastafarian? He looks more like a dandy than a punk, doesn't he? Arrrrgggghhhhh!!!!  A photo cover! Well, he doesn't look pleasant It's all dark and spooky!!!! What's she looking at? Is he moving?  He's blurry! That hand needs to clutch that gun more securely, I reckon WTF?  A Greg Land cover I don't hate?  Has the world gone mad?!?!?!? Their dentists' bills must be astronomical! Why so very dark? Zombie Vikings!!!!  Or are they Viking Zombies? More historical fiction! Yay!  More Talbot goodness! Secret societies RULE! Alternate dimensions RULE!
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What I bought – 27 October 2010

The great French revolutionary hero Danton, who will lose his head during the ‘Terror,’ is making a rueful remark. ‘… But Robespierre and the people,’ he observes, ‘are virtuous.’ Danton is on a London stage, not really Danton at all but an actor speaking lines of Georg Büchner in English translation; and the time is not then, but now. I don’t know if the thought originated in French, German, or English, but I do know that it seems astonishingly bleak – because what it means, obviously, is that the people are like Robespierre. Danton may be the hero of the revolution, but he also likes wine, fine clothes, whores; weaknesses which (the audience instantly sees) will enable Robespierre, a good actor in a green coat, to cut him down. When Danton is sent to visit the widow, old Madame Guillotine with her basket of heads, we know it isn’t really on account of any real or trumped-up political crimes. He gets the chop (miraculously staged) because he is too fond of pleasure. Epicureanism is subversive. The people are like Robespierre. They distrust fun. (Salman Rushdie, from Shame)

Cheery! I should point out that no one gets thrown out of a window of a tall building in this issue Drac is all stylish! Broody! See, my dog would just run to the threat and try to lick it She's back and kicking ass! Spooky! This cover is by a dude named McLeod, which of course makes me think of 'Highlander' - don't deny your love of Christopher Lambert! Mark Buckingham, freaking us out once more! In this issue - the Human Torch guest stars! Well, this can't end well It's all emo!
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What I bought – 6 October 2010

“It’s like blue light when you touch me,” she’d say. “Electric blue light sparking between us.” She’d cry softly into my shoulder, tears of passion, because she couldn’t get close enough to me. (W. P. Kinsella, from The Iowa Baseball Confederacy)

Seeing your mom's Penthouse shoot would make anyone angry! I need me a sword like that! Those 'roids that Herc uses can't be good for him Oh, you stupid, stupid Ranger! It's all THREE-DEEEEEE!!!!! If they pour water over her, it would be just like Flashdance! He could use some calming tea or something Doll eyes freak me out, man! Bane has been hitting the Slim-Fast! Oh, the agony! I don't even want to know what that guy is doing! Dude needs to clean his ears every once in a while! They used my head tattoo on this cover, man! Firestar's breasts are oddly alluring! Fact: Nathan Fox is awesome! It's Ghost Rider-eriffic! I don't know if I'm tough enough to own this!
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What I bought – 29 September 2010

Neither of the two people in the room paid any attention to the way I came in, although only one of them was dead. (Raymond Chandler, from The Big Sleep)

This is the end, my only friend, the end ... Pure, unadulterated awesome! Pulp at its pulpiest best! Yeah, I don't know what's going on either with this cover - I just enjoy the drawing! Oh, that's not going to end well There has to be a more efficient knife he can use! Man, I love Brereton's art! Daisy's wearing a push-up bra underneath that leather! Yes, I should have gotten this years ago, but at least I got it, right?
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What I bought – 15 September 2010

“I’d like to change the world, but I end up as entertainment. Whereas all you lovers” — he spoke the word contemptuously — “who couldn’t give a fuck about the world as long as you’re feeling passionate, you’re the ones who make the cities burn and the nations tumble. You’re the engines in the tragedy, and most of the time you don’t even know it.” (Clive Barker, from Imajica)

Young people - they can't stop the texting! Hey!  It's back! A scene from the comic on the cover?  Uncanny! Don't fuck with the albino women!!!! Oh, Nazis - you're always there for us! Man, I love these covers! More creepiness!!!! Why has Longshot never visited Las Vegas before?!?!? Man, I love this title! It's a story about plastic surgery!
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What I bought – 1 September 2010

“Your profession?”

“Poet.”

“Poet? But what do you really do?”

“I write poetry.” (Jerzy Kosinski, from Blind Date)

This issue smells good! This issue, on the other hand, doesn't smell quite as good I suspect I know why this book is delayed, but I'm not saying! Ass: front and sort-of center! So much RAGE!!!!! He loves his work! Your eyes don't deceive you ...... those mice ARE riding hummingbirds! World War I action! Okay, when she gets fat, I chuckled What cheesecake? Amadeus reads his own comics! Those beads have to hurt when they slap against her legs Is this the greatest comic in the history of humanity? It's all nerdy and shit! There you are! Action ahoy! See, that's just not very nice ... Oh, the wackiness! Will he ever run out of bad sitcoms? An Arcana comic? TWO Arcana comics?
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What I … okay, what I got for free in the mail – Radical Comics!

Usually, I fold the stuff I get for free into my weekly posts. But the fine folk at Radical Comics (most likely Gianluca Glazer, ’cause he’s swell) sent me a whole bunch o’ comics, so I figured they deserved their own post! So let’s get to ‘em!

Fuqua!  Snipes!  What's not to love? Yay!  More craziness! That cover looks vaguely Matrix-y I can't stop singing the title of this comic to the tune of 'Islands in the Stream' You sure know what you're getting with Gulacy art!
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Box of Comics: After Dark #0 & The Royal Historian of Oz #1

One foolproof way to guarantee my purchase of a new comic book single is to only charge one (1) American dollar for it. (As a wise man once said, “I’d buy that for a dollar!“) The first-one’s-a-buck philosophy has been floating around comics for a few years now, providing a spike in sales and awareness, lessening the impact of any potential buyer’s remorse. Vertigo has been at the forefront of the lone greenback game, but some other publishers have ventured into the business, as well. Let’s take a look at a one dollar introduction that works, and one that does not.

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A review a day: Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead

Steve Pugh goes nutty. What’s not to love?
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Flippin’ through Previews – May 2010

Three words: “Neal,” “Adams,” and “Batman.” Yes, it’s Previews #260! Go get ‘em!
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