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Monday, October 13, 2008

The Best Books You Didn't Read this Week, Issue 12

Green Lantern Corps #29
Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Pat Gleason

I know I have said it before but I think that one of the books that far too few people are reading is Green Lantern Corps. The problem is that so many people started checking it out during The Sinestro Corps War but few stuck with it afterward. What you are missing out on is the kind of sci-fi story telling that can be found in far too few comics in the industry these days. This is the beginning of the Sins of the Star Sapphire story-arc where we are going to find out quite a lot more about the Violet Lanterns of Love, and despite how positive they might sound I have to say that they are not by any stretch of the imagination the good guys out in the universe. Watch as the march toward The Blackest Night continues on and even more of the players are revealed. Watch as one of The Guardians of OA plots and plans against the rest of the Universe right under the noses of the Universe's greatest protectors. Seriously this is a criminally overlooked book.

Pulp Tales: Josh Medors Benefit One Shot
Written by: B. Clay Moore & Seth Peck, Josh Fialkov, Kody Champerlain, Tony Fleecs, and Steve Niles
Art by: Chris Samnee, Andy B, Kody Chamberlain, Tony Fleecs, and Sarah Wilkinson

There is something tragic about this country when we can, seemingly with little or no hesitation, offer the risk takers on Wall Street a $700,000,000,000 (and that's a conservative estimate) bailout but guys like Josh Medors can get diagnosed with cancer and be S.O.L. when it comes to being able to pay for treatment. Far too many artists and writers in the comics industry are without proper health coverage, it's a tragedy. Support the HERO Initiative and the CBLDF because the country certainly isn't going to help comic creators or the comics industry. But, more importantly if your Local Comic Store stocked Pulp Tales on it's shelves go in this week and make sure that you buy it, and if they didn't make them special order it for you. All the proceeds go to helping to pay for Josh Medors medical bills. A chance to really help someone by purchasing a comic comes along so infrequently so we must take it when it happens. It also doesn't hurt that it is full of great stories, and great art by great creators.

Lone Ranger #14
Written by: Brett Matthews
Art by: Sergio Cariello

Alright, so ... I love me some westerns. I think that has to have been made rather clear from the kinds of articles I have posted and some of the reviews that I have written. And what I have said in the past is that the first western that I ever experienced was Lone Ranger. When I was a very small child I would wake up at 5 in the morning to make sure that I could watch The Lone Ranger and Tonto and hear "Hi Ho Silver, Away!". Dynamite Entertainment's Lone Ranger has really been on the forefront of the modern western comic genre. For quite a while it was anything but timely, but recently the book has been much more punctual and that has made for incredibly rewarding reading. Brett Matthews has a great grasp on how to tell an engaging western tale and Sergio Carriello's art just gets better and better as the series goes along.

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