Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Wednesday, June 07, 2006



Dark Horse in August...

Ah August is so far away but anticipation is cool (courtesy IGN)...



Chickenhare: House of Klaus
Writer: Chris Grine
Artist: Chris Grine

He's a chicken! He's a hare! He's Chickenhare! And he's your new favorite comic book character, whether you know it or not!

As night falls on a frozen landscape, Chickenhare and his turtle friend Abe find themselves on their way to be sold to Klaus—an insane taxidermist with a penchant for unique animals and enough emotional baggage to go on a very long vacation.

With the help of two mysterious new companions, our fuzzy, feathered, and amphibious heroes endeavor to escape their dire fate. But they soon discover that might not be so easy when they get caught up in an adventure that could bring Klaus's villainy to an end for good . . . or they all might die.

Whatever happens, Chickenhare is sure to charm, scare, and delight readers young and old alike!

Recommended for fans of Bone, Usagi Yojimbo, and Sock Monkey!

Recommended for fans of Bone and Usagi?  Though those two have little in common but i AM a fan of both.  This solicit had me at "insane taxidermist"...




The Hellboy Companion
Writer: Stephen Weiner and Jason Hall
Artist: Mike Mignola

Written by Stephen Weiner (The Will Eisner Companion) and Jason Hall (Beware the Creeper; Trigger; Detective Comics) and densely illustrated with classic images from the comics as well as a handful of new drawings from Mignola, this volume offers thorough documentation of the Hellboy universe, compiling the many complex pieces that make up the life of the World's Greatest Paranormal Investigator into an easily understandable format. From Abe Sapien to the secret origin of the world, this complete compendium is every hardcore Hellboy fan's key to the mind of Mike Mignola, and the ultimate introduction for anyone looking to begin their journey in the weird and wondrous world he has created.

Hellboy fans (new and old) have been waiting years for something like this...  I can't wait to find out how "way off" i am with about half of what i understand (or think i understand) about the intricacies of HB and the incredible mythos Mignola has built around him...  I'm also a sucker for "dense compendium"s (esp those containing new art from MM).




Satsuma Gishiden Volume 1
Writer: Hiroshi Hirata
Artist: Hiroshi Hirata

Controversial, tough, angry, highly skilled, and lost in a time of peace, the characters of Satsuma Gishiden tell a quasi-historical tale of social caste and brutal reprisal.

Readers with a taste for Kazuo Koike's gritty Lone Wolf and Cub will go nuts for master gekiga artist Hiroshi Hirata's tome of samurai struggle. Hirata's art and calligraphy leap off the page during scenes of action, only to unfold upon a full bleed that looks like a fine plate print. It's art at its most expressive, accentuating the classic stoic samurai characters you've come to know, only with a little more true society thrown in to help the reader understand what it was really like to be a warrior without a war.

You guys just new i'd jump on this one now didn't you?  PS i'm starting in on Lone Wolf and Cub for the first time this week...



3 Comments:

08 June, 2006 01:17, Anonymous comicfreak said...

I'm maybe gonna order Chickenhare. I only wish somewhere on the internet there's more art about this (other than the cover).
Some preview pages would be nice.

 
08 June, 2006 06:16, Anonymous CellarDoor said...

Zilla,

Any idea on the format of the Hellboy companion? I'm assuming it's not a flop, but is it a TPB or maybe a larger HC? Number of pages? Price? I suppose I could do my own searching on the web, but figured I'd ask you first. It sounds great! I'm working my way through the HB trades now. Just got #3. I actually read all the BPRD stuff before I started on the Hellboy titles, kind of backwards...

 
08 June, 2006 10:19, Blogger zilla said...

damn if you read B.P.R.D. before HB you're in for a real treat... i mean B.P.R.D. is good but HB is CLASSIC.

as for the format of that new book... i'm guessing a TP since it's listed at 14.95... shame since it would make a great HC if done properly...

my source for the stuff in this post is IGN (http://comics.ign.com/articles/711/711518p1.html)

 

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