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A Lollapollooza of Loquacity Across the Latitudes and Longitudes of Quality Comics Consumption – all on sale June 20th, 2012

Northstar ties the knot in NYC! Coipel takes over on AVX! Ty Templeton’s Avenging Spider-Man issue arrives!  More Before Watchmen in the form of the Comedian #1! Saga #4! Walking Dead #99! The Art of Howard Chaykin! All these and so much more arrive this Wednesday at the Comic Book Lounge! See you there!

 

 

NEW RELEASES – COMICS AND MAGAZINES
ADVENTURE TIME #5 3.99
ALABASTER WOLVES #3 (OF 5) 3.5
ASTONISHING X-MEN #51 3.99
AVENGERS ACADEMY #32 AVX 2.99
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #2 (OF 12) 4TH PTG CHEUNG VAR AVX 3.99
AVENGERS VS X-MEN #6 (OF 12) AVX 3.99
AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #8 ENDS 3.99

 

Friend of THE LOUNGE and TCW honcho Ty Templeton provides a script for this week’s AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #7

BALTIMORE DR LESKOVARS REMEDY #1 (OF 2) STENBECK CVR 3.5
BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #5 3.99
BATWOMAN #10 2.99
BEFORE WATCHMEN COMEDIAN #1 (OF 6) (MR) 3.99

 

 

JG Jones gives us some of the best work of his career on a Brian Azzarello script in this week’s BEFORE WATCHMAN: THE COMEDIAN.

BIRDS OF PREY #10 2.99
BLUE BEETLE #10 2.99
BPRD HELL ON EARTH DEVILS ENGINE #2 (OF 3) 3.5
CAPTAIN ATOM #10 2.99
CASANOVA AVARITIA #4 (OF 4) (MR) 4.99
CATWOMAN #10 2.99
CHEW #27 2ND HELPING ED (MR) 2.99
CLASSIC MARVEL FIG COLL MAG #85 WINTER SOLDIER $12.00
DAREDEVIL #14 2.99
DARK AVENGERS #176 2.99
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #13 NOTO CVR 7.99
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #13 SEELEY VAR CVR 7.99
DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER MAN IN BLACK #1 (OF 5) 3.99
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #10 2.99
DEJAH THORIS & WHITE APES OF MARS #3 (MR) 3.99
DOMINIQUE LAVEAU VOODOO CHILD #4 (MR) 2.99
ELEPHANTMEN #40 (MR) 3.99
ETERNAL DESCENT VOL 2 #5 (OF 6) 3.99
FABLES #118 (MR) 2.99
GHOSTBUSTERS ONGOING #10 3.99
GLORY #27 2.99
GODZILLA ONGOING #2 3.99
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #10 2.99
GRIM LEAPER #2 (OF 4) (MR) 3.5
HELLBLAZER #292 (MR) 2.99
HULK #54 2.99
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #519 3.99
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #640 2.99
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #10 2.99
MAD MAGAZINE #516 5.99
MARS ATTACKS #1 3.99
MARVEL SUPER HEROES #2 4.99
MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS EARTHS HEROES #3 2.99
MEMORIAL #6 (OF 6) 3.99
MERCILESS RISE OF MING #2 3.99
NANCY IN HELL ON EARTH #3 (OF 4) (MR) 2.99
NEAR DEATH #9 2.99
NEW AVENGERS #27 AVX 3.99
NEW MUTANTS #44 2.99
NEXT MEN AFTERMATH #44 3.99
NIGHTWING #10 2.99
PLANET OF THE APES #15 3.99
PUNISHER #12 2.99
RAGEMOOR #4 3.5
REBEL BLOOD #4 (OF 4) (MR) 3.5
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #10 2.99
ROGER LANGRIDGES SNARKED #9 3.99
SAGA #4 (MR) 2.99

 

We can never get enough copies of the first printing of an issue of SAGA in without it selling out – we’re trying at an even 25 this month. I know, it won’t be enough…

 
SECRET AVENGERS #28 AVX 3.99
SHADOW #3 3.99
SIMPSONS COMICS #191 2.99
SNAKE EYES & STORM SHADOW #14 3.99
SOULFIRE PRIMER #1 CVR A TURNER 1
STAR WARS DARTH VADER GHOST PRISON #2 (OF 5) 3.5
STAR WARS DAWN O/T JEDI #5 FORCE STORM 3.5
SUPERGIRL #10 2.99
TMNT MICRO SERIES #5 SPLINTER 3.99
TRUE BLOOD ONGOING #2 3.99
UNCANNY X-MEN #14 AVX 3.99
UNWRITTEN #38 (MR) 2.99
VENOM #19 2.99
WALKING DEAD #99 (MR) 2.99
WINTER SOLDIER #7 2.99
WOLVERINE #308 3.99
WONDER WOMAN #10 2.99
X-FACTOR #238 2.99
X-O MANOWAR (ONGOING) #1 2ND PTG WRAP CVR 3.99
YOUNG JUSTICE #17 2.99

NEW RELEASE GRAPHIC NOVELS AND BOOKS
ALPHA FLIGHT COMPLETE SERIES BY PAK AND LENTE TP (RES) 29.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN MOVIE PRELUDE TP 9.99
ANGEL & FAITH TP VOL 01 LIVE THROUGH THIS 17.99
ART OF HOWARD CHAYKIN HC (MR) 29.99

 

HOWARD CHAYKIN!!! HOWARD CHAYKIN!!!!!
(ok, I’ll stop)

ART OF MOLLY CRABAPPLE SC VOL 01 WEEK IN HELL 9.99
BATMAN ARCHIVES HC VOL 08 59.99
BILL THE BOY WONDER SECRET CO-CREATOR OF BATMAN HC 17.95
BUCK ROGERS IN 25TH CENTURY SUNDAYS HC VOL 02 1933-1937 (C: 75
CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN OMNIBUS BY KIRBY HC 39.99
COMP FLASH GORDON LIBRARY HC VOL 01 ON PLANET MONGO (C: 0-1- 39.95
FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE TP VOL 01 WAR MONSTERS 14.99
GAMERA THE BRAVE DVD (NET) (RES) (C: 0-1-3) 12
MESKIN OUT OF THE SHADOWS TP (C: 0-1-2) 26.99
PHANTOM COMP DAILIES HC VOL 04 1940-1943 (C: 0-1-2) 60
RIO HC 49.99
SILVER STREAK ARCHIVES ORIGINAL DAREDEVIL HC VOL 01 (C: 0-1- 59.99
SILVER SURFER REBIRTH OF THANOS TP NEW PTG (PP #1023) 24.99
SPAWN ORIGINS TP VOL 15 14.99
SPIDER-MAN TROUBLE ON HORIZON PREM HC 19.99
WALKING DEAD SURVIVORS GUIDE TP 12.99
X-9 SECRET AGENT CORRIGAN HC VOL 04 49.99
X-MAN MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH TP 34.99

REORDER ITEMS
BERNIE WRIGHTSONS FRANKENSTEIN HC (4TH PTG) 34.99
BINKY GN VOL 01 SPACE CAT 8.95
BINKY GN VOL 02 TO THE RESCUE 8.95
BINKY GN VOL 03 UNDER PRESSURE 8.95
BLUE ESTATE TP VOL 01 (MR) 12.99
CEREBUS TP VOL 04 CHURCH & STATE II 35
CEREBUS TP VOL 06 MELMOTH 20
CEREBUS TP VOL 07 FLIGHT 20
CEREBUS TP VOL 08 WOMEN 20
CEREBUS TP VOL 09 READS 20
CEREBUS TP VOL 10 MINDS 20
DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE HC VOL 02 TREASURE ISLAND 29.99
FIRE WATER BILL EVERETT BIRTH OF MARVEL HC 39.99
GHOSTBUSTERS DISPLACED AGGRESSION TP VOL 01 17.99
GLOOMCOOKIE TP VOL 01 (MR) 18.95
INFINITY GAUNTLET TP 24.99
INVINCIBLE TP VOL 15 GET SMART 16.99
JOHNNY RED HC VOL 02 RED DEVIL RISING 19.95
LOST DOGS GN (MR) (C: 0-0-2) 9.95
MILTON CANIFF TERRY & PIRATES & STEVE CANYON MEANWHILE HC 34.95

 

The definitive biography of TERRY & THE PIRATES and STEVE CANYON creator Milton Caniff “MEANWHILE” is back in stock at the shop. Needless to say our old DRAGON LADY customers might be very happy about that.

NORTHWEST PASSAGE TP 15.99
THREE THIEVES GN VOL 01 TOWER OF TREASURE 8.95
TRUE STORY SWEAR TO GOD 100 STORIES TP (MR) 9.95
ULTIMATES TP ULTIMATE COLLECTION 34.99
UNWRITTEN #34.5 (MR) 2.99
UNWRITTEN #35 (MR) 4.99
UNWRITTEN #35.5 (MR) 2.99

Review: AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS – adapted by I N J CULBARD

Sterling / SelfMadeHero Press' AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS
INJ Culbard adapts HP Lovecraft in graphic novel form

Most comic adaptations seem to miss something significant about H. P. Lovecraft when they try to translate him to the medium, tending to be more concerned with formless masses of roiling extra-dimensional tentacle monsters (see ref: any comic book adaptations of Lovecraft in the 80s & 90s) and losing the weird blend of paranoiac size and a pulverizing fear of the unknown that is at the heart of the Lovecraft Mythos. When I. N. J. Culbard was presented on the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast as someone who had recently produced an adaptation of Lovecraft’s final novel AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, I had my doubts as to whether or not he could pull it off. He certainly knew the story and Lovecraft’s work very well. He also had some very interesting research points to add to the show. Nevertheless, even most of the best comic-book writers with the best of intentions of paying homage to The Old Man of Providence, seem to somehow fall short of delivering the punch of the work in its purest form. Writers like Neil Gaiman, Warren Ellis, and Alan Moore, seem to miss the mark with Lovecraft when they play with the toys he left behind for his successors. This is especially disappointing when it comes to Moore, whom one would have wanted to be much better at Lovecraftian fiction. As cleverly icky as relating the womb to Cthulhu’s deep-sea den and sex to the spawning of monsters is (something HPL might have agreed with, even as he turned his nose up at its frankness of concept), Moore’s recent NEONOMICON is largely unrecognizable as either good Mythos writing or even good writing when it compares to other comics the author has already given us (and Moore was ready more than once to swipe an image or two from HPL’s bag of tricks in pieces that go back as far as his original run on SWAMP THING). This is why, out of many many adaptations of Lovecraft that I’ve read over the years, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS as adapted by I.N.J. Culbard, is a singularly special graphic novel that deserves a lot more attention than it has gotten, and one that I can strongly recommend as being a great example of what makes the Mythos tick.

It's a *kind* of a grave - but that isn't a human...

Adopting a vaguelyHergé-like cartooniness and knowing when to quote Lovecraft and when to paraphrase him, Culbard takes us along with that sorry expedition to Antarctica and manages to convey the sense of wonder and audacity of explorers like Shakleton, Byrd and Scott that originally attracted Lovecraft himself to the subject matter. What starts off as a historic trip to the centre of an unexplored continent turns into a story about a great moment in paleobiology combined with a Jack The Ripper styled forensic serial killing thrown in as well. Throughout all of the story’s twists and turns, Culbard, an animation director who has adapted other works into graphic novel form by writers such as Oscar Wilde and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, deftly manages to capture the expansiveness of Lovecraft’s prose at no cost to the storytelling itself.

He also has a strong enough sense of Lovecraft’s work to bring the most recognizable elements of HPL’s style to play. Yes, there are monsters. At least one of the many alien species of monsters with non-humanoid forms show an all too human ability with scalpels and taste for vivisection. Yes, there is violence – something that the people who confuse the weaker, wordier, early work of Lovecraft with the stronger work the writer produced near the latter half of his career might find hard to believe. It’s all there, here, as it was all there in the original novel by HPL. Before too long the Necronomicon is consulted, and, ultimately, we see nothing less cosmic than the rise and fall of pre-human Earth, the formation of Pangaea, the true origin of humanity, and a cameo from Great Cthulhu himself, in his house in R’Lyeh, moodily dreaming and waiting for the stars to come right.

Two page spread from INJ Culbard's AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS adaptation

What is most interesting is how some of the regulars in the LOUNGE have responded to Culbard’s deceptively friendly art style and ease of storytelling. One of them, someone who is decidedly not interested in most of the Lovecraft-iana that I’ve already brought into THE LOUNGE in our month or so of being open (he openly ridiculed my dice game and stuffed Lovecraft tentacle!), read AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS and really enjoyed it, saying that it was the least like any Lovecraft things that he had read in comics up to date. He also said that he understood why I was so into the stuff if the good stuff was like this graphic adaptation. If someone who usually hates Lovecraft likes the piece as much as someone like myself (who can’t get enough of the good stuff ), one knows that the creator has done his work and that it’s certainly worth a look. I can almost guarantee that it’s worth your while.

Joe’s Rating: 8 out of 10 for masterfully getting it right while still keeping it interesting.

Currently available at THE COMIC BOOK LOUNGE & GALLERY for $14.95.