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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 – 20 October 2010

What can be broken, should be broken. (Dimitri Pisarev, 1840-1868)

The world would be a lot cooler if they swore in the president like this ... costumes included, of course I used to really like Brandon Peterson's art ... now it kind of freaks me out I like that you can see his ribs God forbid he lose his cigarette! She should really be looking more closely at what she's doing Oh, Darwyn Cooke - you're so groovy! Becky kicks ass! Nice of them to deliver it to the West Coast, ain't it? Squeed looks like he's doing some kind of funky boogie This seems like it's an homage, but I'm not sure what it's referencing Yes, please! That worm-thing on the cover is brought to you by a Mr. Steve Ditko! It's all lo-tech and shit! Freaky-deaky!
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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 – 25 August 2010

While we wait for chocolate malteds I notice a high-schooler sitting at the counter exchanging looks with the girl next to him. She’s gorgeous, and I’m not the only other one who notices it. The girl behind the counter waiting on them is also watching with an anger she thinks no one else sees. Some kind of triangle. We keep passing unseen through little moments of other people’s lives. (Robert M. Pirsig, from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

He's all loomy, man! How will she elude that bad guy falling out of her outfit like that? I actually liked this cover more than the Dan Brereton one, which surprised me More heroes than you can handle! Guns, guns, and more guns! I wish I had spooky red eyes! Oh, Dash - you're having so many problems! I'm not sure what Steve Rogers is doing in that cover - it looks like he's saying 'BOO' to Fury! This cover is misleading, man! Warning: This scene appears in this comic! Freaky-deaky! Freakier-deakier!!!!
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What I bought – 21 and 28 July 2010

Society had tamed the erratic fellow by co-opting him into the mainstream. For its largest threats, society reserves success. (Richard Powers, from Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance)

Giant robot runs wild!  Film at 11! Ride, Brucie, ride! There's more action on the cover than almost the entire book! That cover is just two panels from the book - couldn't they have spruced up the covers a bit? It's Jaime Hernandez!!!!! That cover doesn't make a lot of sense Continuing the grand tradition of cheesecakery!!!! Ka-Blooooey!!!!!! Man, Bisley is wacky! Buckingham is really doing a nice job on these covers Man, those pants are close to going down! You can practically hear the ringing of the hammer on steel! Who is this crazy snake bitch?!?!?!?! Cosmicky! So scary!!!! I love how the kid wants Thor to sign his copy of issue #1 Look at that wonderful cover! That can't bode well! Seriously with that cover? It's like he's leaping right at you!!!! I wish Brother Night was cooler, man! No good can come of this! Why does he have the stuff on his face? It's the Seventies, maaaaannnnn! It's all about the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, man! Who doesn't love the giant tiki statue with lightning-discharging eyes?!?!?!?
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What I bought – 23 June 2010

“Concentration-camp existence … taught us that the whole world is really like a concentration camp,” wrote Tadeusz Borowski. “The weak work for the strong, and if they have no strength or will to work – then let them steal, or let them die. … There is no crime that a man will not commit in order to save himself. And, having saved himself, he will commit crimes for increasingly trivial reasons; he will commit them first out of duty, then from habit, and finally – for pleasure. … The world is ruled by neither justice nor morality; crime is not punished nor virtue rewarded, one is forgotten as quickly as the other. The world is ruled by power …” (Otto Friedrich, from The End of the World)

Sadly lacking in bottles of rum! Well, this title leaves no doubt about what's happening! Bruce is looking a little chunky on that cover! Yay!  It's back! Francavilla really ought to mix up the layouts of the covers! Warning: This is the only time Jack appears in this comic! Once again ...... we get the story behind the cover! Yes, these aren't listed alphabetically, because of Mouse Guard's squareness and double-sidedness! Too much black! What's this?  No giant white space on this cover?  It's a Festivus Miracle! I'm not sure, but I think that '7' is just a little small There's a disturbing lack of Spoon in this issue I love how Rictor is running away like a scaredy-cat! Unfortunately, the actual comic does NOT feature Oscar Hempel's Merry-O-Nettes! Sam Kieth doing a book about Arkham Asylum?  Yeah, I'll take that! Not unlike Picasso, Gantz has a blue phase
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What I bought – 19 May 2010

They hated Thomas for his courage, his brief moment as a bird. Everybody has dreams about flying. Thomas flew.

One of his dreams came true for just a second, just enough to make it real. (Sherman Alexie, from “This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona”)

3-D Man's arm makes it look like Jimmy has a multicolored moustache, which I think would improve his chances with the ladies! I totally want someone to send me that postcard! They should use the Bat-Phone in the 'real' Bat-titles! Big pictures split into many covers often look weird, like this one does You know, conceptually, this is a dumb cover, but it just looks so gorgeous! This cover has nothing to do with what's inside, but it's still kind of neat! I love this comic a little more each issue, I tells ya! Overcompensating much, King Richard? This is a really misleading cover You there!  Yub ym koob! What is it with those guys from Perth? Yet more Vertigo crime!  Whoo-hoo! Well, this is going to get messy
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What I bought – 21 April 2010

“It is something so monstrous it is past sin and becomes necessity,” he said. (Greg Bear, from “Petra”)

Ramos' art veers between ugly and scary, I'll tell you that much! Marlo is the kind of girl who exists only in geeks' imaginations! Yeah, I'm as surprised as you are that I bought this! Oh, John, you crazy punk, you! That cover is so boring it almost puts me to sleep Gotta have a chick! Who's his tailor? The puns don't get any better inside! My vote is for this to be a new ongoing series It's only sort of part of the crossover, so I didn't have to skip it! Fine, fine comic strip excellence! It's Pope-tacular! Too insane for words! Don't resist the manga!
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What I bought – 24 March 2010

The thousands stand and chant. Around them in the world, people ride escalators going up and sneak secret glances at the faces going down. People dangle teabags over hot water in white cups. Cars run silently on the autobahns, streaks of painted light. People sit at desks and stare at office walls. They smell their shirts and drop them in the hamper. People bind themselves into numbered seats and fly across time zones and high cirrus and deep night, knowing there is something they’ve forgotten to do.

The future belongs to crowds. (Don DeLillo, from Mao II)

Churilla really does nice covers for this book Why would crazed cannibals wear bibs?  Are they that dainty? Seriously - all of the covers for this comic are gorgeous! Don't you just hate when you're trying to get the ketchup out, and you're hitting the bottom, and it just shoots out everywhere, and ... what's that?  Oh, never mind. I love the tag above the title: 'They believed that he was still alive.  Then again, they were out of their minds ...' I like how the snow forms little hats PG appears to be thinking that she should have just killed him It's all about the foreshadowing! You can't make me look at the strippers! Every cover should have dinosaurs on it somewhere, because dinosaurs make everything better! It's Swede-tastic! Supernatural detectives in the 1920s?  Did you think I WOULDN'T buy this?
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What I bought – 24 February 2010

One need only admit that public tranquility is in danger and any action finds a justification. (Leo Tolstoy, from War and Peace)

Punch his smug face - oh, Zombie Batman, you card! It's a pictographic adventure-o-rama! I'd like to have a name that appeared in a movie title, but no one's making 'One Night at Burgas's,' unfortunately It's raining men, damn it! Oh, Boris - your cross won't help you now! But ... if they're up there, whose skeletons are those? STILL hating the cover design! Oh, Dave Johnson - you're so groovy! It's so blue and shit! Gotta make sure the breasts are there! I've forgotten to put the collections I've been buying up here, but there haven't been too many; this week, however, we get more Batman awesomeness from DC! More Garcia-Lopez than you deserve! God, I love this book.  I wish it came out more than once a year, though. Apparently, this is quite awesome.  It better be! Are you happy, Pedro?  Are you?!?!?!?!?
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What I bought – 27 January 2010

“The more civilized we become, the more horrendous our entertainments,” Frex said. (Gregory Maguire, from Wicked)

This is kind of a misleading cover, as the dude isn't in it that much, but it's still pretty keen Batman should get some carbs in him! CHOMP! Check out that Williams cover! Another cool cover by Alan Davis! So much drama! I hate that trade dress so much! Warning: This scene actually takes place inside the comic! Yes, a little dude with a big cleaver shows up in this book I hope she at least didn't let Doom take some of her gum!
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What I bought – 16 December 2009

Now hang our bloody colours by Damascus,
Reflexing hues of blood upon their heads,
While they walk quivering on their city walls,
Half-dead for fear before they feel my wrath.
Then let us freely banquet, and carous
Full bowls of wine unto the god of war,
That means to fill your helmets full of gold,
And make Damascus’ spoils as rich to you
As was to Jason Colchos’ golden fleece.
And now, Bajazeth, hast thou any stomach?

I just love that cover. Part five of five? Existence abides, bitches! Why yes, those are dogs with human heads! Manga-riffic! Who else can they kill??? The title as part of a declaration?  Gold! More claustrophobia than you can handle! Yeah, I'm not sure what's going on on that cover either. Frenchie: Kicking ass and kissing guys! Why so angry?And why are they standing under a freeway? Man, I love this series.  I don't know about this volume, because I haven't read it yet, but the first five are awesome. Enjoy the issues that exist, because it's not coming back! With fancy new coloring!
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What I bought – 28 October 2009

You can just forward my mail to me in Hell, okay?
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What I bought – 30 September 2009

“I stick my neck out for nobody!”
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What I bought – 16 September 2009

“Stop hitting people with your Rex Harrison hat!”
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