Looks like casting has finally begun for the next Superman film. I, for one, am glad that they decided to go a different way with it. It’s about goddamn time. In other news, it’s also time for this week’s batch of comic books! Wednesday brings another flood of colored paper our way, so let’s see what I’ll be rescuing from the deluge.

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Another national holiday, another delayed New Comic Day. That means Thursday is the day to get up at the crack of noon, brush the SweetTarts out of your beard, and head on down to Ye Olde Comick Shoppe. Unless you’re like me—my “list” is so short this week, I may just leave it until the following Wednesday. That said…

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June is almost over. Which, for many of you, means a day you’ve been anticipating since the mid-80’s: June 30th, 2010, the official debut of the Spider-Ham 25th Anniversary Special #1!! In truth, no one I’ve spoken to is looking forward to this book, but its existence is just further proof of last week’s assertion (by me) that the Marvel bullpen is huffing back issues of Micronauts (or possibly ROM: Spaceknight) in their free time. As is, by the way, the title…25th Anniversary Special #1? As far as I can tell, this is a one-shot. Will the book somehow celebrate a second 25th anniversary?

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As you may recall, I’m occasionally called upon to wield my (ahem) mighty pen in the service of others. Not least among my authorial duties is crafting creator biographies for my various pals in the Wide World of Art.

One such individual is my longtime musical co-conspirator DJ Flip, a fellow I’ve never actually met in real life. Thanks to the Internet, we’ve collaborated on a number of songs (three, to be exact…three is a number, isn’t it?), and Flip has always been particularly proactive in spreading my tunes around as he slithers and slinks his way over the great open wastes of Europe, playing records for large groups of poorly dressed, intoxicated teenagers. Or whatever it is that he does.

Long story short, Flip is a busy man, and he’s also functionally illiterate (I made that last bit up). So it came as no surprise to me when he recently asked if I might favor him with a clever “bio” for his brand new group, The Filth Bags. Of course, I promptly declined, citing the fact that, on the scale of favors owed, the balance was decidedly weighted down on my side, and that he had better pony up if he ever wanted to work with me again. Flip must have sprinkled some kind of magical leprechaun dust on his increasingly desperate e-mails, because I appear to have written the damn thing anyway, despite my contrary intentions. And since no one he sends it to in the course of promoting his “career” will ever read it, I’m posting the Filth Bags’ biography here in hopes that someone else might—for a written word un-read is a tragedy, and I won’t be party to such willful neglect. And so, without further ado, may I present…

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Ooooh, trippy. What got into the Kool-Aid over at Marvel HQ? We may never know. Sometimes I think that they sit in the warehouse huffing ink off the pages of never-opened Micronauts back-issues. I see no other way to explain their repeated attempts to breathe new life into characters like the Purple Man or the continued existence of terrible titles like Wolverine: Origins. That said, let’s see if I can’t give them my money for some funny books this week. But they know I have my eye on them. You, too, DC, I’m watching you. Read the rest of this entry »

Shazbat. I’m back. Another week, another couple funny books (if that). My list sure used to be longer, but the current economic crisis requires that I indulge my reprehensible habits slightly less these days. Plus, most comics kind of suck. Maybe that’s true of everything. But let’s take a look at what, hopefully, won’t suck this week.

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Aw, don’t cry, Alfred. Your boy Bruce will be back, I know it! And how do I know ? Well, I’ve been reading The Return of Bruce Wayne (not out this week, I’m just behind), in which Batman plays caveman, pilgrim, and pirate. Time travel books are a mixed bag, but the Batman mythos is pretty dear to my heart, so I’m willing to go there….for now. Grant Morrison has always been a high-concept, over-the-top storyteller, and I feel like he may be stretching that MO a bit thin these days. But so far I like this book, despite the fact that it’s had two artists (albeit very good ones) on as many issues. Never a great sign, even if they planned it that way.

And speaking of high-concept, multiple-artist Batmania, Mr. Morrison returns to the flagship Batman title this week, accompanied by a whole slew of pencillers, extra pages, and an oversized price-tag. Will I or won’t I join in the fun? Read on…

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That’s right, y’all, Grip’s Pull List is back like Steve Rogers. For those who don’t know what that means, congratulations: You get -1 Dork Points.

Grip’s Pull List was a fairly regular feature on the Rec-League website, until one day I discontinued it for lack of public interest in the subject matter: namely, which comic books I would be buying each week. I mean, people are interested in the comics maybe, but not which ones I, personally, will plunk down my ill-gotten guap for. And maybe it was making the Rec-League crew look a little more nerdly than they really are—most of them wouldn’t be caught dead at Comic-Con (Rob Rush, however, is another story. Ask him about cos-play.)

Nonetheless, since www.GripGrand.com is MY website, I can feel free to indulge my whims (like blathering about my comic books or using all caps to indicate emphasis) and no one can stop me. So, to restate the title of today’s entry: Grip’s Pull List is back!

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