May 23, 2006

Sure, nothing else on offer this week can quite inspire the same level of enthusiasm as the arrival of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness (Oni), but since you’re going to be at the comic shop anyways…

You should probably run over to The Comics Journal’s site and save a copy of Michael Dean’s piece on the Taki Soma/Charles Brownstein incident so you can see what gets redacted from the print version when TCJ #276 arrives tomorrow. (I’m still breathlessly awaiting the results of Buzzscope’s investigation into the incident.)

If you aren’t getting your fill of shinigami in Death Note (Viz – Shonen Jump Advanced), Seven Seas offers Boogiepop Returns: VS Imaginator. The book is part of the publisher’s first foray into licensed manga. I like Seven Seas president Jason DeAngelis’s views on the development:

“The best way for us to stand out from the crowd is to focus on quality over quantity. We plan to give our licensed works the same sort of love of the medium and attention to quality as we have with our original properties.”

Brigid has reviewed Boogiepop Doesn’t Laugh over at MangaBlog, and the series sounds intriguing.

Do I stick with the floppies or wait for the trade? That’s the question with Peter David’s X-Factor (Marvel), which hits issue #7 and offers a reasonable opportunity to change over. I’m enjoying the book so far, and I buy so few floppies these days that it makes for a nice change. If I see a big Civil War logo on the cover, I’m headed for TPB City.