- Chew, vol. 1: Taster's Choice by John Layman & Rob Guillory. This was pretty good, but I don't get all the praise I've seen for it online. (Checked out of the library.)
Witchfinder, vol. 1: In the Service of Angels by Mike Mignola & Ben Stenbeck. Another Hellboy spin-off, this one set in Victorian times. As long as Mignola keeps writing these, I'll keep reading them.
- Agents of Atlas: Turf Wars by Jeff Parker, Gabriel Hardman, et al. A great updating of characters from the 50s. This comic deserves to sell a lot more than it does, and I will be sad when the latest version finishes with issue 5.
- One Model Nation by C. Allbriton Taylor, Jim Rugg, & Cary Porter. I would have enjoyed this more if I knew more about the Baader-Meinhoff gang and the German music scene in the 70s. (Library.)
- Agents of Atlas vs. X-Men & the Avengers by Jeff Parker, Gabriel Hardman, et al. I picked this up at a signing even at the shop where I get my comics, and Parker signed this for me. Plus, he drew an awesome sketch of Gorilla-Man for me.
- Spider-Man: Death and Dating by various. (Library.)
- Unknown Soldier vol. 1: Haunted House by Joshua Dysart & Alberto Ponticelli. Good but depressing comic about the situation in Uganda. (Library.)
- Star Drop by Mark Oakley. Oakley doesn't publish books very often, but when he does, they are worth the wait. This is a collection of a web comic about a galactic princess hiding on Earth. Sweet & fun.
- Showcase Presents: Dial H for Hero by Dave Wood & Jim Mooney. Entertaining but not-very-good comics about a teenager who has an alien artifact that transforms him into a different superhero every time he spells out H-E-R-O on the dial.
Gotham Central, bk. 3: On the Freak Beat by Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark, et al. Police procedural set in Gotham City. Great stuff. Glad it's getting reprinted in a nice format (that includes all the issues).
Just a couple of movies this week:
- Special: Specioprin Hydrochloride (Rx) A man participates in a clinical trial for a new anti-depressant and begins to think he has super-powers. This is good (albeit depressing) up until the end. I just don't like the ending. Neither did Teena.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000: Jack Frost Russo-Finnish production of a folk tale. It is somehow reassuring that other countries also produce terrible movies for children.