Sunday, November 04, 2012


For someone that is not really reading, it seems silly to have a post about recent purchases, but, well... Here's the situation. Today I went to make lunch and the food didn't seem awfully cold. The freezer was not plugged in... I threw out lots of food. As you can probably imagine I was a bit stressed out and decided I was buying books. I didn't care it might take me 6 months to read said books at the rate I was going. I was splurging. So, I went to the comic book store. I actually showcased said comic book store for Where in the World are you Reading. You can see the awesome pictures here. And, it really was a splurge. I got the new The Unwritten, but otherwise I have no idea what I am getting myself into. I knew the person that was working and he kinda threw stuff at me and I went along with it. I spent too much money, but I don't even care.

 The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
In this volume, Tom Taylor goes to war against the cabal that has tormented, imprisoned and tried to destroy him. To have a hope of winning, Tom must use every weapon he can get hold of, but even storybook magic carries its own risks. Tom's crusade plays out against the backdrop of the cabal's sinister secret history and delves deep into the dark past of some of the series' major players. When it's all over, very little will remain "Unwritten."
Yay! New The Unwritten!
Fatale: Book One: Death Chases Me by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
The first arc of Image's surprise hit is collected just in time for new readers to jump on board with issue 6! Secrets, lies, horror, lust and monsters from the time before time all collide in FATALE: DEATH CHASES ME. In present day, a man meets a woman who he becomes instantly obsessed with, and in the 1950s, this same woman destroys the lives of all those who cross her path, on a quest for... what? ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS best-selling series will leave you craving more!
I really liked the cover of this one...
Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon

From one of America’s most critically acclaimed graphic novel writers – inspired by true events, a startlingly original look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War. 
In his award-winning work on Y THE LAST MAN and EX MACHINA (one of Entertainment Weekly’s 2005 Ten Best Fiction titles), writer Brian K. Vaughan has displayed an understanding of both the cost of survival and the political nuances of the modern world. Now, in this provocative graphic novel, Vaughan examines life on the streets of war-torn Iraq. 
 In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD raises questions about the true meaning of liberation – can it be given or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity? 
 Based on a true story, VAUGHAN and artist NIKO HENRICHON (Barnum!) have created a unique and heartbreaking window into the nature of life during wartime, illuminating this struggle as only the graphic novel can.
I have wanted to try Brian K. Vaughan before, but he does a big series. I said I just wanted small series or ones just starting out. This fit the criteria.
Punk Rock Jesus (Issues 1-4) by Sean Murphy
The newest reality show hit has the unlikeliest celebrity of all in this new black and white miniseries from writer/artist Sean Murphy (JOE THE BARBARIAN, Off Road)! J2, the TV series starring a clone of Jesus Christ, causes chaos across a near-future United States in PUNK ROCK JESUS, a new miniseries written and drawn by Sean Murphy, the acclaimed illustrator of JOE THE BARBARIAN and AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. J2 causes outrage and adulation. Religious zealots either love or hate the show, angry politicians worry about its influence on the nation, and members of the scientific community fear the implications of cloning a human being at all – let alone the Son of God. And what effect will this all have on Gwen, the young woman who is selected, through an American Idol-style process, to be the mother of the new Messiah? All this leads to the hiring of Thomas McKael, the clone’s bodyguard and a former IRA operative with a turbulent past who must protect the new Messiah – a baby who captivates the world, but grows up to become an angry teenager.
This just sounds entertaining...
Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. 
 From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults. 
 This specially priced volume collects the first six issues of the smash-hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls "the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make.
One, I am again intrigued by Brian K. Vaughan. Two, I like the cover. Three, it comes recommended.


  1. I was feeling bad today and thought about a bookstore trip. Unfortunately, it was a headache so I wasn't up to driving. It was probably a good thing because I would have spent too much too!

  2. Aw, it definitely sounds like you needed a treat. yay for new The Unwritten indeed! Hopefully I'll get a couple of gift cards for Christmas and will be able to buy the most recent issues (on a side note, how crazy is it that it's almost Christmas?).

  3. Anonymous10:24 AM

    Buying books definitely helps when having a bad day! Pride and Saga are both awesome. If you like them, I definitely recommend picking up Vaughan's series Y: The Last Man when you have some time to read it (ten volumes).

  4. Pride of Baghdad is such an amazing yet heartbreaking read. Saga is such a good book. I recently read it and loved it. I hope things become less stressful for you.

  5. Glad you got yourself some good reading! Especially The Unwritten -- I've not been able to keep up with the individual issues as they come up, but I'm always keen to read a new volume. It's such a strange wonderful series.

  6. This sounds like a perfect occasion on which to buy! I'd be stressed too!

  7. Pride is really really good. It's the only one I've read. I have The Unwritten around here…somewhere…


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