Staff Picks – Week of 23/11/2016

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1954 – The Unreasoning Beast
Mike Mignola & Chris Roberson (w), Patric Reynolds (a), Dave Stewart (c)
Dark Horse Comics

Ryan says: There’s only one number you call when your family is being terrorised by an ectoplasmic capuchin monkey… what, no, not Ghostbusters, are you crazy?! You call the only team that has the devil’s son on their side, the B.P.R.D.! Hellboy returns for another intense one-shot story, and while his adventures are usual full of action and occult lore, this one feels much more grounded and intimate. Joe Golem artist Patric Reynolds does a stellar job of bringing his art style into the Mignolaverse, and twinned with seasoned Hellboy writer Chris Roberson, there’s no good reason to miss out. Pick up your copy today!

Food Anatomy
Julia Rothman
Storey Publishing

Will says: My two most favourite things in this universe are sleeping and eating. Sure, comics are somewhere near the top, coming closely after making organised lists of my favourite hobbies. After the massive success that Robin Ha’s Cook, Korean! was, I’m convinced graphic cook books are the superior cook books. I never want to consume another recipe any other way. This is not necessarily a recipe book. Yes, recipes are included (amazing ones too!), but this book is so much more. It’s a beautifully drawn guide through everything that is wonderful about food from all over the world. There’s a double page showing what the infinite list of pasta shapes are called! Maybe this is just me, but I’ve always wanted to know and now I have it right in front of me (it’s called ‘ruote’, not ‘that wheel pasta’). This book tastes sooo amazing!!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Merchandise
Marvel
Disney

Liz says: Is it just me going next-level geeky or is it like the drumroll for Rogue One has just gone up a notch now that we have posters in the racks? With the final trailer now online and the film less than two weeks away, having physical merchandise on the shelves is an exhilarating reminder of how close we are to the next instalment in the Star Wars franchise. I remember last year when the Force Awakens merchandise turned up before the film and that brief period of time when the characters on the posters were still unknown quantities to me, before I completely fell in love with them as soon as I saw the film. Having the Rogue One prints and posters to look at fills me with the same kind of hope and excitement that in a few weeks time, I’ll feel the same way about these characters in Rogue One. Come take a peek at what we’ve got!

The Lost Art of Will Eisner
Will Eisner
Locust Moon Press

Karl says: Unearthed as part of a massive collection of pre – WWII newspaper printing plates, the mid 1930’s comic strips “Uncle Otto” and “Harry Karry” represent the earliest known cartooning of the great comics and sequential art pioneer Will Eisner. In these strips you can see the young Eisner’s imagination expanding as he experiments with the possibilities of serialized storytelling and works through his numerous influences. The comics collected document the genesis of one of the most iconic and brilliant cartoonists of all time.

..to quote the back cover blurb of this wonderful crowd funded ( I believe ) landscape format collection of strips. The book falls in to 2 halves really, the first being Eisner’s largely unpublished,{a few of them made it into issues of Jumbo Comics} first attempts at comics – the rather slapstick “Uncle Otto”- the title itself a tip of the pen to Otto Soglow, creator of The Little King. Eisner put these hilarious 3 and 4 panel strips out under the pseudonym Carl Heck!
The second part of the book is even more intruiging, being the Harry Karry spy serial, again under the thinly disguised name Willis B. Rensie (geddit?!).

This strip abruptly changes style, mid-panel, to become the seeds of Eisner’s signature style, and simultaneously the prototype for his most enduring creation, The Spirit.

Bloody brilliant, and thank you to Vinnie the French, for bringing this gem to my attention.

Mimi and the Wolves – Act 3: The Howl
Alabaster
Self-Published

Camila says: New volume of Alabaster‘s strange and wonderful tale. Mythology, magic, friendship, loyalty, discovery, and the most wonderful set of characters. One of my favourite ongoing indie comics these past few years! Check it out!