Read on, true believers…
Batman The Brave And The Bold #9: Great TV series, decent comic. A fun way to introduce kids to more obscure D.C. comics characters.
Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #55
Trotsky A Graphic Biography: For the budding young communist in your house. Or, if you believe Glenn Beck, in the House of Representatives.
Betty #182: Poor thing wasn’t able to marry Archie Andrews, but she still has her own comic. Take that, Veronica Lodge!
Pals N Gals Double Digest #135
Mickey Mouse And Friends #296: From TFAW.com — “One of the longest-lived, most-successful comic book series in the industry’s history comes to BOOM! and brings a little magic – presenting Wizards of Mickey! Student of the great wizard Grandalf, Mickey Mouse hails from the humble village of Miceland.” Disney has a good track record with their comics; my son, who doesn’t care much about Disney characters, loves the Scrooge McDuck books because the stories stand up well on their own.
Tiny Tyrant Lucky Winner: “The world’s most diminuative despot,” “the miniscule monarch” — what’s not to like? Never read it but it sounds like it has potential.
Ben 10 Alien Force Alien Swarm Movie Novelization: It’s only $4.99 and is an actual book rather than a comic, so I’m going to pick it up and see how my son responds.
Grown-up Title of the Week – 25000 Years Of Erotic Freedom: I don’t know anything about this one but the title made it a shoo-in for Grown-up Title of the Week. From the Amazon description: “Sexually progressive cultures gave us literature, philosophy, civilization and the rest, while sexually restrictive cultures gave us the Dark Ages and the Holocaust.” Well all righty then. Written by Alan Moore, author of Watchmen, among other classic titles.
Superman Batman Public Enemies: A direct-to-DVD adaptation of Jeph Loeb’s graphic novel. Unlike a lot of live-action feature films that go straight to home video, the track record for DVD-only animated superhero fare is pretty good.
Batman Collection DVD: If you want something less good, you can pick up this disc, which features four crappy Batman movies for only $12.99. Which crappy Batman movies? “Batman” with Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight and Jack Nicholson as The Joker, “Batman Returns” with Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman, Danny DeVito as The Penguin and Keaton again, “Batman Forever” with Val Kilmer in a career-killing performance, and “Batman & Robin” with Chris O’Donnell as Robin, George Clooney as Batman, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze. These films got progressively worse, although even the first one has an unforgiveably stupid moment when Alfred ushers Vicki Vale into the Batcave after knowing her for about five minutes. Oh, and Keaton as Bruce Wayne wears reading glasses. Batman does not need reading glasses. It’s a rule.
This quartet is also known as The Batman Feature Films, Burton/Schumacher Series. I’ll stick with “the four crappy Batman movies.”