Random acts of retail

A few of the books I’ve picked up on a whim over the past few months. As you’ll see, I’m a sucker for the $1 first issue offers.

American Vampire (Vertigo)
The whole Steven King thing put me off so I was actually planning to avoid this one, but something I read – either a review or the editorial by series creator Scott Snyder – convinced me to try it out. Two issues in, I’m not disappointed…yet.

i zombie (Vertigo)
Mike Allred pencils. $1 first issue offer. It’s a no-brainer (no pun intended). I nearly bought the Darwyn Cooke variant cover edition for $5, it’s so gorgeous.

Irredeemable/Incorruptible (Boom!)
These guys put out one of the best Free Comic Book day offers going: issue #1 of both titles in flip book format. I’ve been meaning to check this one out for some time, and they finally gave me the perfect incentive. Super smart team at Boom!.

Shuddertown (Image)
I was looking for a book to replace Die Hard and came across this one. Two issues in and I have no idea what the hell is going on in the story. The art is pretty good, but some of the transitions between panels leaves me scratching my head.

Girls (Image)
Another $1 first issue book. I’ve heard and read many good things about this series. If I like this issue, I’ll pick up the trades.

Sparta U.S.A. (Wildstorm)
David Lapham – when the man is on, he’s on. But when he’s not, it’s like eating soggy cereal. Young Liars is one of my all-time favourite books. This series piqued my interest, but the message seems rather obvious to me so I’m hoping he has something crazy planned up his sleeve. Otherwise, it’ll be boring. It strikes me as a book intended for an American (read: U.S.) readers.

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