good this week

mouse guard legends of the guard #4 : david petersen’s anthology series wraps up with a rare bill willingham-illustrated tale, a painted story from jackson sze, and an illustrated ballad based on traditional mouse lyrics. i’ll be looking forward to the next series. this is a delightful package.

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the fox #2 : dean, you baffled me here, out MADMAN-ing MADMAN at times. but damn if you don’t look good doing it. and the added bonus of that killer paul pope cover is a cherry on top of a good old fashioned sundae someone slipped a micky into.

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elephantmen #52 : did you know that every copy sold of this series helps clothe & feed a baby elephant? well, it does. so don’t be cruel. buy some. the elephants will be better for it. you will be better for it.

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trillium #5 : things get topsy turvy in this standout sci fi adventure from jeff lemire.

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fairest #21 : a new storyline begins in this FABLES spin-off series that focuses on the women of fabletown. shawn mcmanus’ bouncy cartooning and academy award-winning range of facial expressions is the perfect foil for the dark, noirish story marc andreyko spins.

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the mighty thor by walter simonson vol #3 : one of the great runs in comics history, walt simonson brought the sound and the fury every month. read it in these easily accessible volumes, you won’t be disappointed.

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the amazing x-men #2 : ed mcguinness and jason aaron break out the fun all over the place here. too goofy to describe, just get into it.

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alternative movie posters – film art from the underground : no glossy head shots or airbrushed boobs here, just a bunch of international artists taking a crack at 200 iconic films and putting their own decidedly un-hollywood spin on what makes a great movie poster. good stuff abounds.

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inhumanity #1 : matt fraction picks up the pieces of a meh INFINITY and lends it all a heft and weight of consequences that was missing. we’ll see how it goes. for now, karnak, we knew you well.

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rover red charlie #1 : garth ennis does a funny animal story. who’da thunk it?

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velvet #2 : all the makings of a good spy story from ed brubaker and an on-his-game steve epting.

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grendel omnibus #4 : matt wagner’s masterpiece goes into high gear. highest recommendation.
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–chris stevens

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