This Week’s Ever-So-Pricey Comics

Thanks to Matt for filling in for me last week.  This may lead me to abandon him more often.  There’s not a lot coming out this week, but almost all of it is expensive.  Here’s what I’m looking at this week.

  • ATLAS TP MARVEL BOY – In another example of TPB’s gone wild, Marvel brings us Marvel Boy, which reprints three issues of The Uranian (at least they’re including the Golden Age reprints), and two old Fantastic Four issues.  For $20.  That sounds about right.
  • BATMAN #700 – Hopefully DC’s going to take a page from Marvel’s playbook and make this anniversary isue something special for our $5. 56 pages isn’t a great start, but Grant Morrison is writing with several artists, so I’m optimistic.
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE GENERATION LOST #3 – I haven’t delved into #2 yet, but by the time I get comics this week I will have decided if I’m going to keep going along for the ride.
  • TALES DESIGNED TO THRIZZLE #6 – This is probably going to be my most-anticipated book of the year.  New Michael Kupperman material — and in color! — will always be welcome.

Last week I had the good fortune to stop by the Fantagraphics retail store in Seattle.  About a month back they had an in-store event with Kupperman and they have about a dozen pages of original art on the
wall to check out.  It was wonderful to be able to see some of my favorite pages up close.  I learned that he doesn’t appear to have a standard page size he draws with (he’s certainly not using Marvel and DC-standard 11×17 bristol board pages) and there were several instances where it was possible to see line art that wound up getting inked over.  All of the pages are for sale, but they are very, very expensive.  However, if you’re in the Seattle area, it’s definitely worth checking out.

The FG storefront is a nice, if small shop.  They carry single issues from some of their biggest creators, but it’s mostly TPB’s representing most publishers.  They also have a small half-off room in the back where you can pick up damaged books at discount prices.  The staff was incredibly friendly, and lest anyone think they completely snub superheroes, I overheard them discussing how much they liked Iron Man 2.  (Hopefully that doesn’t get anyone fired.)

That’s it for me.  What are YOU looking at?