All Ages Comics ^^ 4/30/08

It’s a nice selection of books this week, from floppies to trades to even manga! Gon Volume 4 comes out this week, but it’s got a teen rating, and from my daughter’s reaction to it, I don’t think it fits on this list despite being wordless. There’s plenty of other books to fill the gap though, that cover every taste. Cat lovers should not only check out the final volume in Greystripe’s adventure with Warriors Volume 3, but also the Dayan Collection from Dark Horse.

ALTERNA COMICS INC
Morbid Myths TP, $11.95 ^^AA PICK^^

AMAZE INK/SLAVE LABOR GRAPHICS
Gargoyles Bad Guys #2, $3.50
Wonderland #6, $3.95

ARCHIE COMICS
Archie #584, $2.25
Archie Double Digest #188, $3.69
Sonic The Hedgehog Select TP Vol 01, $11.95
Tales From Riverdale Digest #28, $2.49

BLUEWATER PRODUCTIONS
Blackbeard Legacy #3 (of 4), $3.99
Jason & The Argonauts Kingdom Of Hades #3 (of 4), $3.99

DARK HORSE
Dayan Collection HC Vol 01 Dayans Birthday, $9.95 ^^Y7 PICK^^
Dayan Collection HC Vol 02 Thursday Rainy Party, $9.95 ^^Y7 PICK^^
Dayan Collection HC Vol 03 White Eurocka, $9.95 ^^Y7 PICK^^
Dayan Collection HC Vol 04 Chibikuro Party, $9.95 ^^Y7 PICK^^

DC COMICS/JOHNNY DC
Cartoon Network Block Party #44, $2.25
Teen Titans Go #54, $2.25

HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS
Warriors GN Vol 03 Warriors Return (Of 3)**, $6.99

MARVEL COMICS
Marvel Adventures Iron Man #12, $2.99

SCHOLASTIC INC
Magic Pickle GN, $9.99 ^^AA PICK^^

TOKYOPOP
Kingdom Hearts Chain Of Memories Box Set GN, $14.99

VIRGIN COMICS LLC
Buddha Story Of Enlightenment #2, $2.99
Devi #19 (resolicited), $2.99

PICKS:

Dayan Collection Vol. 1-4Coming from a publisher you wouldn’t expect, Dark Horse Comics has licensed a children’s book series from Japan. Dayan is a mischevious cat that lives in Wachifield, and has little adventures with his other animals friends. By author Akiko Ikeda, it reminds me of the Beatrix Potter books with the stories about Peter Rabbit. The art is beautiful and the stories are perfect for young children. The hardback binding help the books last the beating kids give them. Click on the links to see an 8 page preview of each book. Even though my kids have outgrown these books, I would have loved to have ordered them for myself!

Morbid Myths TP – This is a compilation of the first 4 issues of the comic. Described as being in the same vein as The Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt, it features stories that are darker with some horror and humor. A strange combination, but worked great in The Twilight Zone. This series looks to be good for anybody who likes tales with some suspense, some shock and some humor. Click on the link for a 4 page preview.

Magic Pickle GN – From Scholastic Books, this is from their Graphix Line, and is a graphic version of the Magic Pickle series. Created by Dr. Jekkel Formaldehyde as part of an Army experiment in the 1950′s to make vegetables into soldiers, Magic Pickle fights the The Brotherhood of Evil Produce, evil products of the same experiment. With the help of Jo Jo Wigman, who’s bedroom sits over the hidden lab, Magic Pickle fights the Brotherhood and save the day. I think what Scholastic is doing with their Graphix line and will endorse it at every opportunity. Click on the link for the Amazon.com page with links to the books as well.

2 Responses to “All Ages Comics ^^ 4/30/08”

  1. Hi guys,

    I love the site. I’d particularly like to highlight Gargoyles: Bad Guys and its parent comic Gargoyles.

    This was originally a Disney series in the 90s; their only real attempt to do a dramatic animation (think Batman: the Animated Series). The writer, Greg Weisman, is now a lead producer on the Spectacular Spider-Man animated series.

    Six gargoyles from 10th century Scotland lost their gargoyle clan and the castle they protected in a Viking Raid and were frozen in stone for a thousand years as punishment. They awoke in modern-times and defended Manhattan.

    The show received a strong following for smart characters, optimistic themes and the sheer scope of the universe (closer in spirit to the sorts of worlds created by Pullman or Rowling than standard Saturday morning fare). Characters from literature, world history and mythology would routinely turn up. The hero would unwind reading Dostoyevsky. There were episodes on literacy, gun safety and the issue of revenge.

    The comic book is in the same vein. Issue #1 sees the gargoyles unveiled to the world in a news report. Some people want them captured and studied; others have positive experiences with them; and some join a KKK-style vigilante movement out of fear.

    Gargoyles #8 is currently available and concerns the Stone of Destiny’s return from Westminster Abbey to Scotland in November 1996. In flashbacks we see the Stone’s role in history with characters as diverse as Moses, Gathelus, Cu Chullain, Arthur, Macbeth etc. In the present day, the gargoyles and their allies are on alert for those plotting to steal it and unlock its secrets.

    Gargoyles is a young adult book — I’d guess 12 and up, or your best judgment. Issues 7-9 have a non-linear structure which is rewarding but complex. It also occasionally has violence (issue 5′s cover depicts a stabbing). It has also been said by the creator that one of the gargoyles will have a same-sex mate, though this hasn’t yet been explored in the comics.

    In one instance there’s a use of strong language although as usual with Gargoyles it’s done intelligently: a character is called a “bastard” as an insult but it’s also true to his parentage, and true to the literary tradition the character derives from — he’s particularly reminiscent of Edmund from King Lear (“God stand up for bastards”).

    Gargoyles: Bad Guys is a six-issue spin-off featuring five villains from the old show who are offered a chance at redemption. It’s hoped that it will be successful enough for there to be subsequent spin-offs. Gargoyles: Pendragon features a reawakened King Arthur searching for his teacher Merlin in the modern world. Gargoyles: Timedancer features a character who becomes lost in time.

    The original show runs on Toon Disney in repeat, the first 39 episodes are now available on DVD sets and the first trade paperback of the comic was released this January (Clan-Building: Volume One).

    I probably wouldn’t recommend Gargoyles to under-12s unless they have a specific interest in the original series or are advanced readers. But otherwise, I couldn’t recommend it more highly. There’s plenty of action and heroism and adventure, but it’s also full of strong characters and epic themes; tragedy and hope and romance and heroism. It also rewards close attention and scrutiny.

    And chances are more than good you’ll come away from any given issue wanting to know more about Native American mythology, or the Biblical Jacob, or Sally Hemings, or Henry IV Part One, or the Grey Goo theory, or the Tasmanian Tiger, or 11th century Scottish history….

  2. Gargoyles is definitely on my radar, not to worry about that. I was a fan of the TV back before my kids were born. I would put it at an age appropriateness of 9-10 now. It’s well written with good morals written into the stories without bashing you over the head with it. The comic, has kept that high level of writing. It will definitely get a AA pick when the next issue comes out. :)

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