Tuesday, November 16, 2004

What I Buy: Trade-Ing Spaces

It occurs to me that I never mentioned the series I buy in trade paperback format. While they don't show up in the reviews (usually because I rarely buy them the day they come out), they're still worth a quick write-up. Hence this little addendum.

JSA: The DC Universe's Original Superteam, featuring the survivng Golden Age stars and the modern-day inheritors of their legacies. Mainstays include the original Hawkman, Wildcat, Flash and Green Lantern, modern-day versions of Hourman, Dr. Mid-Nite, Mr. Terrific, Dr. Fate and Hawkgirl, plus newcomers Atom Smasher, Stargirl, Jakeem Thunder, Captain Marvel, and Power Girl. Six volumes are in print, with a seventh on the way in February. By Geoff Johns and various.

Outsiders: Nightwing heads up this group of supers who go after the villains before they can cause trouble. Other members are Jade, Arsenal, Grace, Thunder, Shift, and Indigo. One volume in print, with a second on shelves tomorrow. By Judd Winick and various.

Birds of Prey: Oracle (the former Batgirl), Black Canary, and Huntress as the DCU's leading Femmes Fatale. A great girl power book. One volume in print, with number two in January. By Gail Simone and Ed Benes.

Y: The Last Man: When a mysterious plague kills every male mammal on Earth except for chronic fuckup Yorick Brown and his pet monkey, the failed escape artist must contend with various organizations fighting for his head while searching for the cause of the plague, why he was the one to survive, and maybe, jut maybe, finding his girlfriend. Three volumes in print, with number four due tomorrow. By Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra.

Rurouni Kenshin: Nobuhiro Watsuki's elegant historical romance blending swordsmanship and poignant drama. Follow one man's journey of redemption in Japan's turbulent post-civil-war Meiji era. Eight volumes in print; published monthly. Translated manga.

Ranma 1/2: The beloved genderbending martial arts romantic comedy. Ranma Saotome must deal with an arranged marriage, a multitude of suitors and rivals, and a bizarre curse that turns him into a female (and hot) version of himself whenever he's splashed with cold water. 28 volumes in print; published 4-6 times a year. Translated manga. By Rumiko Takahashi.

1 comment:

Lena said...

I've been dying to read the new 'Y' volume since I finished the previous one.