Comics and collections for the week of March 5th:
THE AUTEUR 1
By Rick Spears and James Callahan. This book’s been getting some talk lately, so I’m putting it here mostly just to remind myself to look for it. Hard to find on Oni’s main site but there are plenty of review links around if you want more info.
BLACK COAT: THE BLACKEST DYE GN
By Ben Lichius and Dean Kotz. I’ve been following the adventures of the revolutionary spy Black Coat for about seven years ever since meeting Ben at a Pittsburgh Comic Con. It’s through Black Coat that we were introduced to Francesco Francavilla, long before Afterlife with Archie or Black Beetle. I believe Black Coat is also responsible for my first exposure to the art of Gabriel Hardman. It’s great to see the character still going strong.
BLIGHTED EYE HC
A hefty compilation of original comic art from the collection of Glenn Bray dating back as early as 1965. Carl Barks, Dan Clowes, Jack Cole, R. Crumb, Jack Davis, Kim Deitch, Al Feldstein, Matt Groening, Al Hirshfeld, Harvey Kurtzman, Gary Panter, Spain Rodriguez, Charles Schulz, Gilbert Shelton, Basil Wolverton, Wallace Wood and many more.
HAWKWORLD NEW EDITION TPB
Once Frank Miller’s Dark Knight hit in 1986, DC was quick to follow it up with other prestige format minis focusing on their various icons as a way to redo their origins or to modernize their place in comics for a new era: Green Arrow Longbow Hunters, the Fall of Adam Strange, Blackhawk: Blood and Iron, etc. Hawkworld is Tim Truman and company’s attempt at updating the Hawkman origin into a scary yet beautiful story about the haves and the have-nots on an alien world. While it knocked Katar Hol down a few pegs, it’s also responsible for finally giving Hawkgirl more of a personality than just being “Hawkman’s wife”. Read this without thinking about the continuity mess that would follow.
A riff on Flash Gordon. There’s also a Flash Gordon series coming out soon from Dynamite by Jeff Parker.
WHITE CUBE HC
A not so serious art book that pokes fun at the oh so serious world of art.