Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What I'm Stoked For

 Like most fanboys, I always keep my eye open for the new solictations that Marvel and DC put out once a month. Also like most fanboys, I pre-order my books. This is a good and bad thing. The good is that I can always make sure no matter what, that I will always get a copy of Moon Knight #1. The bad thing is that I tend to find out how awesome a book is a little late and have to rush out to a store and buy it. But the other day I was looking at the solicits from Marvel and DC and it showed two books that I knew I just had to have. The first was a collection of stories that Gene Colan did for Batman and Detective Comics in the 1980's. Now I have some of this stuff in single issue, but for the fact that it's drawn by Gene Colan and written by Doug Moench... I freaked out. When it comes to layouts Colan is one of the best. I don't have much of this run in singles and I really would like this collection just to round out my Batman by Doug Moench run.

 The other book is an Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus by David Michelinie and Tood McFarlane. I've been waiting to buy a Marvel Omnibus for some time now. But all the books they've put out over the last few years are things I already own. Mostly in Essential Marvel format or in singles. Plus I really want a complete Todd McFarlane Amazing Spider-Man run. I think just dropping the $99.99 for this will save a little time and money on my part instead of trying to find all those books at a con or online.

Tash Moore

1 comment:

  1. I never knew Gene Colan worked on Batman, let alone DC. I always associated him as strictly a Marvel guy. That being said, Gene Colan's mastery of light and shadow make him a natural for the Dark Knight.

    As for the Amazing Spider-Man Omnibus by David Michelinie and Tood McFarlane, I'm fearful as to how McFarlane's finished work will translate to the high quality glossy paper that Marvel prefers for their Omnibus offerings. I own most of that run, and McFarlane's work was all the rage when the comics industry was still using pulp paper, but for whatever reason, his work is much diminished when printed on paper of finer quality. I think his inking style has something to do with it. His inking style was never that precise and he tended to favor extraneous squiggles in favor of solid, old school inking techniques, like cross hatching. That being said, that omnibus is still worth picking up for Michelinie's solid writing. Also, McFarlane's art, (whether you love it or loathe it), introduced many elements to the character that other artists have since adopted, like the spaghetti style webbing and the over-sized eyes of the Spidey mask.