Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
Comics College is a monthly feature where we provide an introductory guide to some of the comics medium’s most important auteurs and offer our best educated suggestions on how to become familiar with their body of work.
Strap yourself in, kids, because this is going to be a big one, as we run through the lengthy and considerable career of one of mainstream comics’ biggest stars, Grant Morrison.
Welcome to another edition of What Are You Reading? Today our special guest is Kevin Colden, whose comic work includes Fishtown, I Rule the Night, Vertigo’s Strange Adventures and Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper, among others. He’s also the drummer for the band Heads Up Display.
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Last week’s release of a hardcover edition of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s We3 miniseries was something to behold, and not just for the new packaging. In addition to the extensive sketchbook section of the 144-page book, 10 new pages of story were added in what was the first issue of the Vertigo series.
This isn’t the first time DC has elaborated on comic series when they’ve gone to collected format; new pages were added to the collected edition of Warren Ellis and Chris Sprouse’s Ocean series, clarifying an element glossed over in the original series. Neither the creators nor the publisher have stated the exact reason the creators went back to the drawing board (literally) for this collection and not the previous softcover, but it gives fans one more reason to buy the book despite having already purchased previous versions.
After receiving early attention from Hollywood just months after its original debut, We3‘s feature film prospects have dimmed in recent years. But regardless, the We3 series remains an evocative work worth having, especially with the hardcover costing less than $25.
Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy at our local comic shop based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a “Splurge” item.
As we’re heading towards the middle of August, it’s no surprise that curiosity is getting me to pick up more than a few DC books just see how particular series “end;” I’d be getting Justice League of America #60 and Legion of Super-Heroes #16 (both DC, $2.99) anyway, because I’ve been following those series for awhile, but I’m likely to add Batman #713 (DC, $2.99) to the pile as well, if only to see the explanation as to why Dick quits being Batman before the big relaunch. But it’s not all endings for me with my $15 this week; I’d also make a point of grabbing Daredevil #2 (Marvel, $2.99), because the first issue was just breathtakingly good, and the series became a must-read before I’d even reached the last page.
If I had $30 this week, I’d add to my list of DC final issues with Supergirl #67 (DC, $2.99), which Kelly Sue DeConnick has talked up in interviews as being the highpoint of her short run to date and a great capper to the series as a whole. I’d also check in with the third issue of David Hahn’s All Nighter (Image, $2.99), as well as see if Nick Spencer’s Iron Man 2.0 is worth a look with the mini-collection of the first three issues, Iron Man 2.0: Modern Warfare (Marvel, $4.99).