When last I visited my local comic book shop, it was a great day LIKE THIS!
So, how do you top a day like that? With a day like today! Check out this day's haul!
Anyone wanna lay odds I'll read this one first? If so, you'll win because I *already have* last April when I wrote the dialogue for it!
You just KNOW we're going to have a separate post for IDW's MICKEY MOUSE # 2 (Legacy Numbering 311), so read the issue, and start getting your comments ready for that!
|The gang's all here - literally!|
The last time we saw an issue of the venerable WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES, it was EXACTLY four years and one month ago today - as noted HERE! So, just imagine how thrilled I am to have it back - and with more Jonathan Gray - Yay!
Everybody's favorite Archival Editor, David Gerstein, perfectly welcomes back WDC&S in his "Crosstalk" column, appearing in all this month's releases. Note that it retains its historical numbering of # 721. Yay also for IDW on that one!
And, this MUST be the first time ever, in the United States, that TWO comics featuring The Phantom Blot were released on the SAME DAY!
Story and art by the great (and underrepresented) Miquel Pujol - and we welcome our old friend Gary Leach to the ranks of IDW translators and scripters. Gary has been a part of these comics since the days of Gladstone Series One, and I look forward to enjoying much work by him.
Oh, and look for a cameo by Carl Barks, somewhere amid all that great Pujol art!
Anyone regularly reading this Blog knows my love of the BATMAN '66 comic book, based on the sixties TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward.
Despite the flow of amazing Disney material from IDW, and the SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP title, BATMAN '66 remains a don't-miss favorite of mine.
It seemed inevitable that a "sixties version" of Harley Quinn would be ret-conned into this title, and it will be interesting to see just how she differs from the classic '90s Bruce Timm version.
For decades, now, Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier have been producing GROO... a comic funnier than Cheese-Dip, Mulch, and whatever a "Mendicant" is, all put together!
If there is any sort of complaint to have about GROO, it's that it isn't a regular, monthly comic!
Oh, and I LOVE the "Rufferto" one-page gags on the back covers!
With my departure from Marvel in the late '80s / early '90s, and my more recent departure from DC with "The New 52", Kurt Busiek's ASTRO CITY may be the only "mainstream superhero title" remaining on my pull-list.
Busiek still maintains that sense of grandeur that most mainstream titles have long left behind, coupled with a sensibility that encompasses Golden Age, Silver Age, and modern storytelling, that never lets me down.
Oh, and he's even written MICKEY MOUSE once!
Finally, there is a true "Dark Horse" entry -- and I don't mean the publisher of GROO!
I saw this, and just HAD TO TAKE ONE out of sheer curiosity!
Really? Do you believe this? Mark Waid was one of my favorite writers of "mainstream superhero comics", with an historic run on FLASH, and great runs on FANTASTIC FOUR and JLA to name a few, so I'm really interested to see what he might do with this new, more realistic Archie.
I'm just as curious to see exactly how long it will last, before America's favorite teen is reverted to the friendly and familiar face we see on those ubiquitous Digest Comics at supermarket checkouts.
There were umpteen different variant covers, or so it appeared to my overwhelmed eyes, so I took the one with "comics and rock-and-roll".
Oh, and with this "new look", let no one doubt that Archie and "Superman's Pal" Jimmy Olsen were separated at birth!
|Where's the "ARCHIE-OLSEN"?|
With all this fun reading ahead of me, only one question remains... Has anyone seen IDW's DONALD DUCK # 3?
I was looking forward to Thad Komorowski's feature-story debut (though he DOES have a shorter story in today's WDC&S # 721 - so my day won't be completely Thad-less). ...I hope Fethry wasn't in charge of shipping it!
I hope everyone's New Comics Wednesday was just as enjoyable. We're here to discuss any and all of these -- soon as I read 'em!
MICKEY MOUSE # 2 will definitely have a post of it's own, to follow this one.
The others? Who can say? But, your comments are always welcome right here!