Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose have been getting some buzz and critical acclaim for their indie comic Sacrifice. The series has suffered some delays and it was micro-distributed (it was a self published comic), but in any case it looks like Dark Horse Comics is putting out the collected edition of Sacrifice in November. 168 pages for $20. Humphries recently took over as regular writer on Marvel’s The Ultimates, and it has remained an excellent book. I look forward to checking out this collection.
Speaking of Sam Humphries, his comic Higher Earth #2 that he is doing with Manuel Bracchi and Francesco Biagini has sold out faster than anything Boom! has previously published. Good for them. They needed a good hit.
Mike Allred’s upcoming issue of Daredevil will feature Stilt Man. I expect that to be awesome. Also, frequent DD artist Paolo Rivera will be ending his Marvel exclusive to do some creator-owned works, but he will continue doing some covers. And for those Black Cat fans, Mark Waid hinted that she will be returning to DD soon!
Writer Victor Gischler and artist Paul Lee will be working on a Spike solo story, spinning the character out of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, just in time for August. Should be fun.
Evidently in South Carolina a young teenage girl took home a copy of Alan Moore and Jacen Burrow’s Neonomicon from her public library. As a result, lots of negative news coverage has spun out of this. (Those that have read the comic can venture a guess as to why.) Well the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) has come to the defense of the work. Should be interesting to see where this goes from here.
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For the first time in a very long time July 4th holiday falls on a Wednesday this year. As you know Wednesday is of course new comic book day and we have good news and bad new concerning July 4th this year.
The good news: yes, comics will still be coming out on Wednesday. We open at 11am and will have all of your favorite comics ready and available for purchase!
The bad news: we will be closing at 3pm! The Catonsville Parade does indeed start at 3pm and many, many roads around the store will be closed. So if you want your comics on Wednesday July 4th, you gotta stop on by early!
Parking will not be a problem. Our lot never fills up! And even if you’re just coming to watch the parade our parking lot is an excellent place to park. It’s a very short walk to Frederick Road.
Of course, if you can’t make it in on Wednesday the 4th, we will be open again on Thursday, regular hours from 11am-7pm!
Enjoy the holiday!
Last week I read Stormwatch Vol. 1, which collected one of the series that really shifted how superhero stories are told. It was fun and entertaining but a wee bit too mainstream for this post. So this week I decided to read something which was completely new to me but different from anything that I’d been reading lately. I chose PANDEMONIUM, written by Christophe Bec and illustrated by Stefano Raffaele.
In 1951, Doris takes her young daughter, Cora, to one of America’s most prestigious institutions for the treatment of tuberculosis, The Waverly Hills Sanatorium. To pay for her daughter’s treatment, Doris becomes a nurse in the facility. It isn’t long before things get very, very strange. Cora starts to see the ghosts of the people who have died at Waverly Hills, while her mother starts to question the odd medical procedures performed by the doctors. Nothing is what it seems as mother and daughter must confront evil both alive and dead.
Pandemonium is one of the most intense, scary ghost stories that I have read in long time. This is similar in context and intensity as King’s The Shining and it all starts with the setting. In case you weren’t aware, The Waverly Hills Sanatorium is a real place which has been spotlighted on TV shows like “Ghost Hunters” and “Scariest Places On Earth.” The simple fact that the setting is real adds that much more to the atmosphere of the book.
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