“Diane, 11:30 AM, February 24th. Entering town of “Comic Books.” Five miles south of the Canadian border, twelve miles west of the state line. Never seen so many trees in my life. As W.C. Fields would say, I’d rather be here than Philadelphia. 54 degrees on a slightly overcast day. Weatherman said rain. If you could get paid that kind of money for being wrong 60% of the time it’d beat working. Mileage is 79,345, gauge is on reserve, I’m riding on fumes, have to tank up when I get into town, remind me to tell you how much that is. Lunch was $6.31 at the Lamplighter Inn, that’s on Highway 2 near Lewis Fork. That was a tuna fish sandwich on whole wheat and a slice of cherry pie and coffee. Damn good food. And if you ever get up this way, Diane, that cherry pie is worth a stop.”
It may not be cherry pie, but if you’ve got a spare $6.31, you might want to try some new comic books? Here’s some suggestions that even Diane would approve of.
Ron says try…
By Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning, and Leandro Fernandez
Very quietly, Abnett and Lanning have done it again, taking the New Mutants and building it up to be one of the books I find myself looking the most forward to each issue. They’ve really captured the magic that made this group of mutants so much fun to read back and the day, without taking any cheap retro approaches or gimmicks. They’ve just honed in on the characters and do what they do best, tell good stories. Leandro Fernandez on art is just the icing on the cake with this first issue of a new story arc.
Josh says try…
By Ted McKeever
A man cannot know everything. A man cannot be an expert on all things. A man can know many things, and have much wisdom, but there may still be an area lacking. I know of Ted McKeever. I know his work has resonance, and importance to those who know about such things. I know this is a book by Ted McKeever, and if you were the kind of person who knows about him, you’d want to know about this. If you don’t, maybe this is a great place to start.
Conor says try…
By Derf Backderf
One of the most interesting, chilling, and disturbing graphic novels that I read last year gets a new printing and it’s not to be missed. Remember that weird kid in high school? The one who skeeved you out for reasons you can’t quite explain? Well, I bet that kid didn’t grow up to be one of the most notorious serial killers in the history of the United States. Writer/artist Derf Backderf’s weird high school friend was Jeffrey Dahmer and this memoir looks back at their time together and asks many disturbing questions, not the least of which is, “how did I… how did everyone… miss the warning signs?” My Friend Dahmer is one of the most engrossing reads you’ll come across.