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What I bought – 10 March 2010

It was the smell of death and destruction and it smelled fresh and lively and hopeful. (A. S. Byatt, from Possession)

Hey, this scene is actually in the book! Oh, Tracy, you sure can take a punch! Is this part of a triptych or something? You know, if she wanted to torture me, I'm not sure I'd object! So much rage! Best cover of the year so far? Swirly! Does Chris Sims know about this cover? Yet more Tardi!
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What I bought – 10 February 2010

“Reading,” he says, “is always this: there is a thing that is there, a thing made of writing, a solid material object, which cannot be changed, and through this thing we measure ourselves against something else that is not present, something else that belongs to the immaterial, invisible world, because it can only be thought, imagined, or because it was once and is no longer, past, lost, unattainable, in the land of the dead …”

“Or that is not present because it does not yet exist, something desired, feared, possible or impossible,” Ludmilla says. “Reading is going toward something that is about to be, and no one yet knows what it will be …” (There, now you see the Other Reader leaning forward to peer beyond the edge of the printed page at the ships of the rescuers or the invaders appearing on the horizon, the storms …) “The book I would like to read now is a novel in which you sense the story arriving like still-vague thunder, the historical story along with the individual’s story, a novel that gives the sense of living through an upheavel that still has no name, has not yet taken shape …” (Italo Calvino, from If on a winter’s night a traveller)

Ah!  Scary eyes! Call me wacky, but I love that cover! So we're supposed to turn this upside-down or something? Yes, it's another cool cover of this series! Kicking ass and collecting flowers! Blast away, Bob! So sad! Um, yeah ... spoiler alert, I guess Penises!!!!! Trippy! Who knew Goebbels might be a bad guy? Why so angry, Mr. Knight?
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S.W.O.R.D. is cancelled: Why, God, why?!?!?!?!?

No, this isn’t a post hand-wringing about the cancellation of a cool Marvel series. This is a post about why you shouldn’t wring your hands. Oh, and how S.W.O.R.D. never stood a chance. I know, shocking.
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What I bought – 13 January 2010

As a rightist professor pontificated, “When democracy gets democratic, it doesn’t work at all.” (Isabel Allende, from My Invented Country)

I wish the blood was dripping onto the title - we need logos incorporated into the covers more! Two for two in great covers! It's for a good cause, people! It's a mask, not a real tiger head! J. Bone = awesome! That's kind of overkill, ain't it? An early contender for best cover of the year!
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What I bought – 9 December 2009

Ay, I pray, leave me in my patience. You, that
Were ne’er possess’d of wealth, are pleas’d with want.
But give him liberty at least to mourn,
That in a field, amidst his enemies,
Doth see his soldiers slain, himself disarm’d,
And know no means of recovery.
Ay, let me sorrow for this sudden chance;
‘Tis in the trouble of my spirit I speak:
Great injuries are not so soon forgot.

While I like this cover, it doesn't look a lot like Dan Brereton. A bit surprisingly, the Frazer Irving cover was not as good as this Dale Keown one. Has anyone referred to them as the Boys from Brazil?  No?  I'm a trendsetter!  What? Nazi monsters, hot chicks, and bondage!  Where's Kelly when we need her? If I could, I would buy fifty thousand of each issue just to make this financially viable! Why does she have a Batman logo on her arm? 'You owe me an eyeball'!  Ah, Death's Head, you slay me! I love these covers! I thought I'd start posting the covers of collected stuff that I'm not going to review in this post just to let you know what's out there.  And hey, this is ten bucks for a fancy hardcover.  And hey, Our Dread Lord and Master is quoted on the dust jacket!

This week: Two books written by Phil Hester, two books written by Kieron Gillen, and THREE books colored by Matthew Wilson! Phew! Plus: Just to drive our pal Apodaca crazy, another installment of “Which song by a band that Dan hates is this comic?” But which band? See below!
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What I bought – 11 November 2009

“I love my dead gay son!”

The Anchor #2 (“Five Furies Part Two: Bark and Hide, Bone and Root”) by Phil Hester (writer), Brian Churilla (artist), Matthew Wilson (colorist), and Johnny Lowe (letterer). $3.99, 22 pgs, FC, Boom! Studios.

He's really not carrying that anchor in the optimal way, I reckon.
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