Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tomorrow's Comics, Recommended Today

Tomorrow is New Comics Day, a day/phrase that gets capitalized in the hearts and blogs of comic book lovers everywhere. Ah, but can it possibly live up to the six day hype that we have mentally preceded it with? This week, yes.

Dark Horse Comics will be releasing the third volume in their Aliens Omnibus series. This volume covers all of the US and UK licensed comics from 1993-94, and boasts such critically acclaimed contributers as Jim Woodring, Kilian Plunkett and Peter Milligan. For the first first few pages of Salvation, a one shot comic by Mike Mignola (Hellboy) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), click here.

LOST fans may want to check out Batman: False Faces. It's a collection of short stories written by the guy that finally got that show back on track, Brian K. Vaughan. Don't like LOST? Well, Vaughan is also responsible for writing the recently completed, brilliantly executed, Y: The Last Man.

Want to look like a 'serious' comics reader, the sort of person that still gets a kick out of Chris Ware's boxy draftsmanship and one emotion storytelling? You could do a lot worse than toting around Fantagraphics special edition of Joe Sacco's Palestine. Sacco's artwork is deliriously cartoony, while his writing is an engrossing, non-fiction reporting of his time spent in the war torn country. One of my all-time favorite comics, by the way.