Staff Picks – Week of 21/10/2015

A Scale Modeller’s Guide to Aircraft From The Adventures of Tintin
Designed, Edited and Illustrated by Richard Humberstone
Blue Rider Publishing

Thomas says: Apparently this book has been in stock in our Adam West Wing for sometime now but I’ve only just discovered it. This slim volume is filled to the brim with beautifully drawn aeroplanes of all descriptions their only commonality being that they’ve all appeared in Herge’s Tintin books. Herge was well known and rightly praised for the level of research that he put into each adventure and this book illustrates those endeavours focusing on Herge’s aeronautical choices. Working from The Land of the Soviets and on, Humberstone covers each and every plane that appears in those books with beautiful illustrations in the Clear Line style and a small paragraph of detail about said plane and Herge’s creative choices regarding it and any later appearances. Although primarily aimed at Aircraft Modellers this is actually a very nice and very different look at Tintin and is well worth the admittedly high price. Also available from Blue Rider are decal sheets that you can use to transform your model plane into a Bordurian fighter plane.

The Amazing Spider-Man #2
Dan Slott (w), Giuseppe Camuncoli (a)
Marvel Comics

Liz says: The more things change, the more they stay the same. So Dan Slott’s Spider-Man run is getting it’s fourth reboot in as many years and, as with every other time, all the story dynamics have been turned on their head. It wasn’t long ago that Amazing Spider-man started from #1 again, post-Superior Spider-Man, which wrapped up in tandem with the second Amazing Spider-Man film coming out. And like so many Marvel books rebooting after Secret Wars, the story playing out in that series felt cut short. Now, this post-Secret Wars incarnation has seen Parker Industries go global, bringing Pete Stark-level power, notoriety and gadgetry to play with (hello, Spider-mobile). And despite all that it still feels like a logical step forward in the same old Spider-Man series that I’ve loved. All the kudos to Dan Slott and company for rolling with editorial demands and keeping the spirit of this book fun, fresh and linear against all odds.

Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas
Adapted by Troy Little
Top Shelf Productions/IDW Publishing

Chris says: It’s not easy to adapt Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo classic, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas … Just ask Terry Gilliam. This surreal blend of truth and fiction sends Thompson’s alter ego Raoul Duke on a drug-fuelled journey into the bloated heart of the American Dream with his unsteady companion Dr. Gonzo. It feels somewhat timely to revisit this modern classic, and who better to do it than cartoonist Troy Little. Known for his work on Angora Napkin and Chiaroscuro, Little brings a unique perspective as a Canadian and a fan of the book. He demonstrates a closeness to the source material without stepping over the line into familiarity or parody. The result is a fresh take, which remains 100% faithful to the original (this is an adaptation not a reimagining), and shows what a powerful medium comics can be. Where cinema has nobly tried and failed, comics can sweep in and bring visceral, visual life to Duke & Gonzo, while playing with perception and a seemingly endless budget. It’s a great way to reexperience Thompson’s classic work or introduce someone to it for the first time. You can hear more about Troy Little and his take on the project in this interview we did for our podcast this week.

Curveball
Jeremy Sorese (w/ a)
Nobrow

Camila says: Gorgeously illustrated and charmingly told piece of sci-fi set in a not-so-far-away future where people have long forgotten how to do anything without the aid of technology. Recycled energy, automated aid and convenience, complacency, languidness, love, heartache… all packed up in a beautiful paperback edition with bright orange tinted pages. Recommended!