Monday, March 7, 2011

Last Week in Comics

Very happy to see more Peanuts material hit the market.

Boom! has only been producing comics for a handful of years, but between AMORY WARS, INCORRUPTIBLE, IRREDEEMABLE, FARSCAPE, the Stan Lee books, the MUPPET SHOW, and all their other titles, they've made a name for themselves as publishers of quality comics. There's a lot of enthusiasm and experience behind-the-scenes there. Stan Lee doesn't work with just anybody, y'know?

When Boom! first teased the possibility of doing a Peanuts book, I was caught off-guard. Fantagraphics has been doing the hardcover reprints of Peanuts for several years, and they're clearly not giving up that license.

And then.. boom, we find out what Boom! has in-mind for their re-branded kids line, Kaboom!:

Kaboom! announces new Happiness is a Warm Blanket Peanuts graphic novel 

From the press release:

This March, join Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy and all your favorite PEANUTS characters as Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown, the very first PEANUTS graphic novel ever published, is released by newly-launched all-ages imprint kaboom! Based on the work by PEANUTS creator Charles M. Schulz himself, this graphic novel is sure to delight a whole new generation of PEANUTS fans!

This is a pretty cool idea. There's been a number of new animated Peanuts specials over the years (Although the Christmas one is far-and-away the best), and by adapting Happiness is Warm Blanket, they're adding more great content to all the good all-ages material currently available.


Annihilators #1 arrived last week. I mentioned this a couple weeks back, and it was worth the wait.The first half of the book detailed the new team that Quasar put together, dealing with the Spaceknights and their enemies, The Dire Wraiths.The 2nd half was a story about Rocket Raccoon and his new job at an interstellar corporation. His job? He delivers the mail.

No. Really. Ton of fun, as he deals with the guilt of losing the Guardians and his friends.

Speaking of Abnett and Lanning, they've been knocking it out of the park with their work on Heroes for Hire. They've also made me like long-time C-lister, Paladin. That last sentence was a group of words I never thought I'd put together in that particular order.

This is why I love DnA so much; they do a great job of taking characters that often come off as boring and or plain, and spice them up. Which is why I was stoked to see that..

They're the new writers on New Mutants.

More at the link, but the first story arc has them tracking down one of the most enigmatic mutants, ever.


I've written recently about my love for the 100 Bullets story, and it's creative team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso. I should also point out the covers, done by Dave Johnson, are extraordinary.

I've also mentioned that I'm not quite certain what to think of DC's newest event, FLASHPOINT.

Funny how things turn out.

Looks like someone at DC likes me:

The 100 Bullets/Spaceman creative team are writing a Batman tie-in for Flashpoint. Crazy.

Half the Flashpoint books/tie-in's have been announced.

More titles at the DCU blog


Couple quick links I posted on Facebook:

- Google changed their font on Sunday to recognize the late, great Will Eisner. Mark Evanier (he of Groo and Garfield fame) has a great blog post talking about Eisner's achievements. Evanier's blog is a must-read in my book. He talks film, animation, Hollywood, a smattering of politics, and lots of comics. Great stuff.

Link here for his thoughts on Eisner.

- Winter is Coming:

 - No, really... WINTER IS COMING.

As in the next book.

Yes, it's really coming. In July.


That's it for today. Back later in the week, as I peruse Previews.


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