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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – April 4, 2012: Hero of the Beach

Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

* The Paul Masson principle
^ Somebody’s read some Moorcock
% Supertasters
¢ Claret and/or carrots

Mark Waid and Khoi Pham are the creators behind this “no, really, you can start reading it now” issue. That is one king hell of a Marcos Martin cover, too.* ^ ¢ 2000 AD #1770
Ah, here’s the issue that went missing last week when the ones around it came out. Ben Willsher fills in for Henry Flint on the artwork for the Judge Dredd serial “Day of Chaos”; Nikolai Dante, Grey Area, Absalom and Strontium Dog are all still in mid-story.

Grant Morrison and Rags Morales wrap up their initial “early days of Superman” sequence. At least this time we supposedly get 30 pages of their story for our $4.

In which Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita Jr. give the people what they want. Also this week in the Avengers department: the paperback collection of Jen Van Meter and Roger Robinson’s sly, low-key Avengers: Hawkeye Solo. Also this week in the department of superhero comics about archers: Ann Nocenti and Harvey Tolibao’s Green Arrow #8.

One day shy of six months after #2, Matt Fraction and Gabriel Bá’s densely packed miniseries returns. I really like that little Prisoner homage Fraction posted as a preview.

Tadashi Agi and Shu Okimoto’s wine manga rolls onward.

The wonderful mid-’90s Grant Morrison/Frank Quitely miniseries that spun out of Doom Patrol is collected after years of rumors and reschedulings. (It’s also been recolored, and apparently has some extra sketchbook-type material thrown into the package). I went back and reread this last year, after not having seen it for a long time, and was fascinated to see how much of Morrison’s subsequent work was here in germinal form–Supergods, in particular, really seems like Flex Mentallo from a very slightly different angle.

That’s right: Dave Sim has been doing this series for almost four years. Its overall artistic progress has arguably been rather less than than we saw in any given four-year span of Cerebus, but you also can’t accuse him of failing to follow his own path.

¢ iZOMBIE #24
Chris Roberson and Mike Allred’s series continues with rock ‘n’ roll, “dead presidents” and undead secret agents. They’ve just announced that #28 will be the final issue–I’m sorry to see it go, and curious to see what both of them cook up next.

In which Dark Horse takes yet another stab at publishing an American edition of Hermann’s long-running Belgian comics series (31 volumes to date, from 1979 to the present). This omnibus format is going to cover three European volumes in each American one, starting from the beginning–Dark Horse previously tried jumping in with volume 22, about ten years ago. Other abortive attempts to publish it here were made by Fantagraphics, Catalan and Malibu.

% ¢ MR. TOAST COMICS #1 and #2
Dan Goodsell’s adorable, slightly James Kochalka-esque toy/illustration creation comes to comics form, with stories by Goodsell–who doubles as an expert in the history of food packaging targeted at children–and Todd Webb. (On the Midtown list, not the Diamond list.)

* ^ % SUPREME #63
I had somehow thought that Alan Moore had written another year’s worth of unpublished Supreme scripts, but apparently there was only this one, which ends on a cliffhanger. Erik Larsen draws it, and takes over writing too as of next issue. Also this week: the paperback edition of Moore, Stephen Bissette, John Totleben et al.’s Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book One–perhaps with its production errors corrected this time? Cross your fingers.

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