Tonight, the ISB goes toe-to-toe with the back half of the Previews catalog to pore through the small press and the merchandise! Because really, where would you guys be if I wasn’t around to tell you that dropping a hundred and fifty bucks on this…
…is probably not a good idea.
Now let’s get to it!
P. 187 – Wizard Magazine: Oh, Wizard.
Don’t ever change.
P. 196 – Blank Comic Books: I’ll admit that while my first reaction to this thing was “Blank comic books?! What, for the people too lazy to drive over to Kinko’s and work the stapler themselves?”, I’ve warmed up to the idea a little bit. The problem, though, is that the solicitation tries to bill it as three different products in an attempt to disguise the fact that it’s blank paper and staples. In the course of one paragraph, it goes from being a DIY tool to a gag gift for collectors (get it slabbed for X-TRA HILARITY!), and if you don’t buy that, well, it’s a convention sketchbook! I mean, sure, you could use it for all that stuff, but let’s be honest: It’s a pack of blank paper that costs ten bucks, and trying to hedge your bets only makes the con more obvious.
P. 208 – Sabrina the Teenage Witch #100: My affection for Tania Del Rio’s manga-style Sabrina stories has been a long-running joke here on the ISB, but the punchline there is that I actually do like it a heck of a lot. And really, what’s not to like about a series where everyone’s favorite Teenage Witch joins an underground student organization dedicated to overthrowing the government? Yes. Really.
Of course, it couldn’t last forever, and a forty-two issue run is nothing to sneeze at–especially at Archie, where forty-two issues that tell a continuous story is a concept that’s pretty much unheard-of–but still, the fact that it’s coming to an end and being replaced by the story of Sabrina’s cat before he was a cat doesn’t really thrill me.
Man, Previews! You’re just full of bad news this month!
P. 292 – Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe:
Okay, Previews! All is forgiven!
P. 294 – True Tales of the Roller Derby: And hey, speaking of things I’m excited about from Oni Press, we have this, which combines two things I love: Women’s roller derby and the art of Friend of the ISB Dennis Culver. Culver’s a good egg and a heck of a talent, and for proof, you need look no further than the stuff that he posts on his sketchjournal. It’s great stuff, and seeing him turn his talents to all-girl rollerskate violence is something I’m definitely looking forward to.
P. 373 – Ghost Rider “Muerte” T-Shirt: Hey! I didn’t give these guys the rights to make a t-shirt featuring The Vengeful Spirit of William Henry Harrison, from my groundbreaking patriotic action special, The Presitron! What gives?!
P. 406 – Jack of Hearts Mini-Bust: The following product has been certified RAD by bitterandrew:
P. 472 – Ah My Buddha! DVD:
Ikkou is your everyday teenage boy with everyday teenage desires. Too bad he’s training to be a priest in a Buddhist temple full of incredibly gorgeous and obviously available priestesses! The temple is usually called on to perform exorcisms, and Ikkou’s iner power is on hand for whenever things get out of control. A little flash of skin (usually a lot) from his female colleagues is enough to supercharge him, but the aftermath involves dealing with an extra turned-on priest whose loins were blazing to begin with!
And that’s this month. As always, if anything caught your eye, feel free to tell me about it, but rest assured: I’ve already got Tokyo Gore Police in the queue.