This week’s highlights, with commentary from the NFNT gang:
Archie: the Married Life Volume 3 (Archie Comics, 9781936975358)
Snow: Since I’ve fallen hard for Kevin Keller, I’m eager to see Archie: The Married Life book 3, where Kevin gets married.
The Freddie Stories (Drawn & Quarterly, 9781770460904)
Caitlin: I’m pretty excited for the new edition of Lynda Barry’s Freddie Stories – this is a dark, disturbing and heartfelt book that never fails to make me cry, but it is also funny and sweet.
Global Frequency (DC/Vertigo, 9781401237974)
Michael: Global Frequency is one of the most fantastic comics ever. Each issue stands solidly on it’s own as a story and together they all make a cohesive plot. It’s a shame it’s so short, but everyone who can get their hands on this should read it.
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me (Gotham, 9781592407323)
Caitlin: I’m hoping to read this soon. I know memoir is not everyone’s favorite genre, but Forney is an excellent cartoonist and I’m looking forward to seeing her handling of this topic.
Arakawa Under the Bridge Season 1 (NIS America)
Jenny: I’ve read that Arakawa Under the Bridge is a fun, out-there kinda show, so it’s on my to-watch list.
Jenny: Yeah, Snow, I was relieved that it stopped where it did, having worried the whole time it would creep into the squicky terriroty I’ve read so much about. I haven’t read the books themselves yet for that reason, though I may eventually get around to them (or just quit when I get to that point). But the anime is lovely, lovely and nothing but warm-fuzzy goodness.
Snow: Just read through vol. 4 and then stop. You’ll get all the feel-good and none of the squick.
Shin chan – the Complete Third Season (Funimation)
Allen: I’m kind of surprised to see Shin Chan on that list. It’s a great cartoon but it seems like its been forever since season two was released.
Jenny: Shin-Chan’s twistedly ridiculous localization cracks me up, though I wish they’d release it with the option of the original Japanese dialogue subbed just for the fun of comparison and seeing how much they’ve made it their own brand of crazy in the dub.
Allen: I’m with you Jenny about Shin Chan
Jenny: Allen, my brother and I love Shin-Chan! We’re dying to know just how much license they’ve taken with it, as with Penny’s messed-up family and Shin’s crudeness. And the fact that Jerry Jewel voices Happiness Bunny just makes us twitter with glee as he is so good at sounding deliciously mad.
Allen: The first volume of Shin Chan has an original Japanese episode (one of the first Ench-Man stories) and I was surprised to see that it isn’t too off the mark from the English dub
AND NOW FOR THE COMPLETE LIST
- ARCHIE THE MARRIED LIFE TP VOL 03
- EXTERMINATION TP VOL 01
- PLANET OF THE APES TP VOL 04
- ROGER LANGRIDGES SNARKED TP VOL 03
Creators Edge Press
- BLADE OF THE NORTH WIND GN
- CREEPY ARCHIVES HC VOL 15
- DRAGON AGE HC VOL 02 THOSE WHO SPEAK
- LEGEND OF ZELDA HYRULE HISTORIA HC
- STAR WARS OMNIBUS INFINITIES TP
- BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT GOLDEN DAWN TP
- GLOBAL FREQUENCY TP
- JUSTICE LEAGUE HC VOL 02 THE VILLAINS JOURNEY
- JUSTICE LEAGUE TP VOL 01 ORIGIN
Drawn & Quarterly
- CAVE-IN GN
- FREDDIE STORIES HC
- COMPLETE CRUMB COMICS TP VOL 03 FRITZ CAT
- PRINCE VALIANT HC VOL 06 1947-1948
- MARBLES: MANIA DEPRESSION MICHELANGELO & ME GRAPHIC MEMOIR
- JIHAD HC
- ANGORA NAPKIN HC VOL 02
- CAPE 1969 HC
- FRANK R PAUL DEAN OF SCI FI ILLUSTRATION HC
- TRANSFORMERS COMPLETE DRIFT HC
- X-9 SECRET AGENT CORRIGAN HC VOL 05
- BLOODY MONDAY GN VOL 09
- WALLFLOWER GN VOL 29
Little Brown & Company
- TINTIN COLL FACSIMILE ED RED RACKHAMS TREASURE HC
- TINTIN COLL FACSIMILE ED SECRET O/T UNICORN HC
- AVENGERS VS X-MEN TP CONSEQUENCES
- DARK AVENGERS END IS BEGINNING TP
- FANTASTIC FOUR REUNITED THEY STAND TP
- IRON MAN BY JOE QUESADA TP
- ULTIMATE COMICS DIVIDED WE FALL UNITED WE STAND HC
- X-MEN BLANK GENERATION TP
- X-MEN MUTANT MASSACRE TP NEW PTG
- X-WOMEN TP
- TREASURY VICTORIAN MURDER COMPENDIUM VOL 01
- BAD MEDICINE TP VOL 01
- CALVIN & HOBBES ATTACK OF SNOW GOONS NEW PTG
- HELLRAISERS GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHIES GN
- DEAR BELOVED STRANGER GN
- ROBERT JORDAN EYE OF THE WORLD HC VOL 03
- SUPER STREET FIGHTER GN VOL 01
- LIMIT GN VOL 03
- IRRESISTIBLE TP
- Baka and Test: Season Two – Complete Set
- Shin chan – The Complete Third Season
- Arakawa Under the Bridge Season 1
- Bunny Drop – Complete Series
- Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up – Complete Series
- Fate/stay night – Collection 1
- Naruto Shippuden
Keep in mind that titles are not always available from book vendors on the same dates as they are released in comic book stores, so not all of these will be available everywhere at the same time. Check with your vendors, just to be sure!