WLG #415: Moving Moving Moving

A column article by: Matt Spatola

Am I the only one who hates moving? I seriously doubt it. The whole process is just stressful, draining and hectic. But I’m looking forward to the new house we are going to and having a nice and huge room to use as my ‘office’ and handle all my comic book business. Well that’s the plan anyway. Just need to go through that horrible process of moving.

Anyway this is my sly way of trying to explain my shorter than normal column this week.  I’m knee deep in boxes and trash bags and trying to figure out what goes, stays or needs sold on Craiglist. But I’m not clearing out any of my comics, trades or anything else. Hopefully though I’ll be better organized at the new house.

So with that let’s hurry and check out what I think looks good in comics this week….


Black Kiss II #1 of 6 $2.99 (Howard Chaykin doing it all!)

“Sex, death, and the movies - what else really matters? Nearly twenty five years ago, HOWARD CHAYKIN brought the 80s to a close, and comics to the brink, with his landmark erotic thriller, BLACK KISS. Now, after years of anticipation, he's back with issue one of BLACK KISS II, a six-part miniseries that tells the story behind that legendary story - like the original, in glorious black and white. And really, now - does it have to be so dirty?”

This is one of my ‘no brainer’ choices this week. Hopefully everyone has read the original. When I was a kid that book just blew my mind as in what could be said, done, shown and ‘allowed’ in comics. Truly a visionary work. I’m betting that Chaykin will come at us one again with something equally shocking and sexy.

Oh and that crotch shot cover will certainly help sales along as well.


The Shadow #4 $3.99 (Garth Ennis & Aaron Campbell)

“Exactly who the Shadow might be- or who he once was- is the subject of some grim speculation by Taro Kondo and Buffalo Wong, but the answer may be closer than either suspects. Meanwhile, Cranston and Margo come face to face with the full horror of the Japanese occupation... and on the River Yangtze, a deadly ambush awaits the unwary”

Here’s another book with strong connections to Howard Chaykin. But it’s not that that is putting the comic on my list again this week. It’s the best Alex Ross cover I’ve seen in years that is doing that. I mean check out that portrait of Shadow’s secret identity of Lamont Cranston on the right. Look at that detail, that emotion and realism. This is the Alex Ross I love, not the one of ‘going through the motions on way too many covers’.


Daredevil #16 $2.99 (Mark Waid & Chris Samnee)

“Nelson/Murdock no more! Foggy's discovered a secret Matt's been keeping--and he doesn't take it well! And a last page shock that will have Daredevil fans buzzing! Series Stalwarts Mark Waid and Chris Samnee bring you a turning point in the lives of Marvel's most famous legal team!”

Maybe I’m being overly worried but I can’t help it. But ever since Marvel announced that Greg Rucka’s fabulous Punisher book was being canceled I keep thinking of the future of this title. Both of them weren’t burning up the sales chart but were critically acclaimed. Now one’s gone and only Daredevil is left.

Not trying to hint that I know something or that we all should be worried that Daredevil will be canceled too. Just sort of trying to throw some attention to one of Marvel’s best books and reminding folks that no matter how much buzz or hype books get on the internet from readers, reviewers or others if the sales aren’t there the book soon won’t be either.

Thanks for reading and understanding the abbreviated column. The big move is happening at the same time as the big work promotion so my time is so jumbled now. Please let me know what you think and share your own choices below in the comments.

See you in 2.


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