-I'm working on a review of a beloved 1990s superhero series right now. Hopefully I'll have it done tomorrow or Thursday.
-Tom Spurgeon's interview with Comic Foundry editor Tim Leong is well worth checking out. Spurgeon really hits on some of the issues which bug me about the magazine. Based on what I've heard, that is--my comics dealer still doesn't carry it. Maybe I'll flip through it if I see it for sell in some other shop at some point in time.
Related: Tucker Stone reviews the latest issue of Punisher Totally Dubstep. I'd never even heard of dubstep before. This is what happens when you're over the age of 30 and don't live on the east coast. On the other hand, I'm reasonably confident that I will make a good batch of pretzels when I attempt to do so later in the day. This is a tradeoff I would have gladly made 10 years ago.
-There are way, way too many new books out this week: Aqua Leung, Haunted (finally), new issues of Criminal and Castle Waiting, The Rabbi's Cat volume 2, Jessica Farm, and I think this might be the week that Diamond finally sends along the second issue of Ganges. (I know, it's been out everywhere else for a couple of weeks--it just hasn't shown up in my local store yet, even though it was ordered.) That's probably a hundred bucks or so, way more than my usual comics-buying budget; it's going to be hard to decide what to buy this week.
-Speaking of conspicuous comics consumption: my latest used bookstore purchase is the first sixteen volumes of Lone Wolf and Cub for $40. I'll probably read about four or five of them when we fly out to Oregon in a few months.
-Stuff I wished I'd put on my best of 2007 list department: Matt Groening's latest Life in Hell collection, Will and Abe's Guide to the Universe, is as funny as any comic I can remember reading in the last year. It's strange to think of what it's like growing up as the subject of comic strips. The real Dennis Ketcham hasn't had the best life, but I'd guess that the overwhelming success of the Simpsons greatly overshadows any Life in Hell appearances by the brothers Groening.
-Been thinking about this, but I haven't made up my mind: is Final Crisis worth buying? Those of you who read this blog on a regular basis know that I don't really bother with the mega-event comics, and (like many) consider them to be a somewhat unpleasant and unwelcome facet of the current comics industry. On the other hand, I do generally enjoy Grant Morrison's comics, and the solicitation copy I've read makes this sound somewhat weird and potentially interesting. I'll probably buy the first issue and try to decide from there. Anyone else pondering this?