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Talking Comics with the Jersey Devil

Power STILL hasn’t been restored in my cave deep in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, but this is probably due to the fact that it never had any. I knew this was going to be a bad storm when the Jersey Devil showed up at my cave and asked if he could plug his phone into my charger.

I never knew the Jersey Devil was into comics. He had dropped by my cave a few times in the past to borrow sugar, and one time because his friends had baked him some brownies and couldn’t eat them all. When he saw Before Watchmen Silk Spectre on my coffee table, he freaked out.

“YEAH!” he hooted. “I had heard about these! Are they any good? Is there, like, an overall plot?”

Some are great, I said, some aren’t. NO, I said, they follow their own narratives. I told him I was getting pretty excited about Before Watchmen Moloch #1 coming out this week because it was drawn by Eduardo “100 Bullets” Risso.

“I liked that Spaceman book he just did. I used to love seeing his stuff in Heavy Metal,” said the Devil.

“That’s getting a deluxe hardcover edition this week from Vertigo,” I mentioned. “Wow! I didn’t know you liked comic books, The New Jersey Devil,” I said. He likes being called by his full name…he’s oddly formal like that.

“Bigfoot is really into them and he lent me some stuff,” he said.  “I’m really looking forward to Avenging Spider-Man #14 this week. Spidey’s going to team up with Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur!”

The New Jersey Devil has a pretty good point. Devil Dinosaur is awesome.

QUICK PICKS

Marvel is launching a new Iron Man title with a new #1 this week. Tony seems to be sporting his new Black and Gold armor he’ll be wearing in the most of the Marvel Now titles. I’m on board.

Few talk about Vertigo these days, but this week Vertigo is bringing a top tier table of titles. The first of their authorized Stieg Larsson graphic novel adaptations hits the shelves with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo TP, as well as the sequel to the comic which inspired the film Road to Perdition, the aptly named Return to Perdition.

The debut graphic novel Black Lung from Chris Wright and Fantagraphics books also looks intriguing. Black Lung is already garnering critical praise and getting some great press. ‘Tis a story of love and loss, and one man’s quest to commit as much unspeakable sin as he can in order to be reunited with his dead wife in Hell.

BOOKS WORTH A LOOK

There are also a couple of sweet art books hitting the shelves this week. Famed fantasy artist Brom has an original art novel called Krampus: The Yule Lord featuring everybody’s favorite Christmastime crazy, the Krampus! PLUS, a brand new book from Scott C. in the form of Great Showdowns.

Scott C. is a wonder! If you haven’t picked up Amazing Everything, Scott C.’s first book of fantastic illustrations, NOW would be a great time! The holidays are fast approaching, and there ain’t nobody that you know who wouldn’t want this book for their very own!

NEXT WEEK: The Disney/Lucas merger and what it means for us all. Till then, stay dry!

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More musings from Unkiedev, Earth’s own sidekick, can be read at unkiedev.blogspot.com

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SDCC: Vertigo Crime Panel.

"Daytripper" cover by Fabio Moon.
"Daytripper" cover by Fabio Moon.

I am ridiculously fired up over what comes out through the new Crime Line series of books from DC/Vertigo Comics.  Shepherded in by Will Dennis, Kiel Phegley at Comic Book Resources gives us a great outlook of what to expect.

Karen Berger [VP of Editorial introduced panelists Jason Starr, Peter Gross, Jeff Lemire, Chris Gage, brothers Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon (who when asked why they have different last names, Ba joked,"It's all fake names"), Max Allan Collins and Gary Phillips.

First of all, Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon are doing a Crime Line book? Oh, that's goddamn brilliant.  Their book is called "Daytripper" which is about an Obituaries writer who becomes embroiled in a case beyond his control.  The book is going to come out some time around the end of 2009.

Other books discussed: "Nobody" writer/artist Jeff Lemire talked about his ongoing series "Sweet Tooth," which is about a human/deer hybrid wandering the road in post-apocalyptic earth.  That's going to be a cool one I'm sure.

Brian Azzarello's "Filthy Rich," which I'm sure is going to be a total gem. Azz is the best crime writer working in comics now. Modern luminary Ian Rankin is going to be doing a "Constantine" story, and doing a book called "Dark Entries."

Peter Milligan is contributing "Bronx Kill," about a writer who is the black sheep of his family of Irish cops, and gets involved in a case when he's suspected of his family's murder. Workaholic Christos Gage is also doing a book (I swear I feel like Gage is writing at least six books now) called "Area 10" about someone who experiments in Trepenation which is the art of drilling a hole in your head to enhance awareness.

There are many more including works from Anderson Gabrich, John Evans, Gary Philips, and more. However the highlight for me is Max Allan Collins' "Return to Perdition."

"Initially Dreamworks didn't want anyone to know [the movie for 'Road to Perdition'] was based on a graphic novel, and the media loved it,” said Collins, who explained that the slow pace his artist worked on precipitated him to write two prose novels while the film took off and the brand expanded. “Right now, there’s one story left, and I said to Will at a con, ‘What would you think of instead of my doing a prose novel, bringing it full circle with a graphic novel?’”

Taking place in the early ’70s with the grandson of Tom Hanks’ character in witness protection and finding out that the government has been hiding the fact that his father lives and the “Watergate-esque” drama that springs from that setup.

Collins announced that his former “Ms. Tree” collaborator Terry Beatty will reteam with him for “Return to Perdition.”

“Road to Perdition” was easily my favorite comic to film adaptation. I’m not a Sam Mendes fan, but I do think this was the best movie he ever did.  So, the fact that Collins is bringing the conclusion to this is a Must Buy in my book.

Sources: CCI: Vertigo New Ongoing Series/Crime Line [Comic Book Resources].  Daytripper photo [via Fabio Moon's Flickr].


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