Monday, 14 January 2008

Top Five Comics for February 2008

DMZ volume 4: Friendly Fire by Brian Wood (Vertigo/DC)

Americas worst nightmare has come true. Having neglected the threat of anti-establishment militias, the U.S. government is in danger of losing control.Middle America taken control of the entire nation, except for New York Cityor, as the world now knows it, the DMZ.Matty Roth, a nave, aspiring photojournalist lands a dream gig following a veteran war journalist into the heart of the DMZ. Things soon go horribly wrong, and Matty finds himself lost and alone in a world hes only seen on television. In this volume, Roth reluctantly lands an interview for Liberty News with an enlisted U.S. solider who's found guilty of a massacre within the DMZ. (Artist website here:

Grease Monkey by Tim Eldred (Tor)

Remember when you were just a kid trying to figure out the adult world? Remember walking through that minefield, never knowing when you’d put your foot in the next one? Don’t you wish you had an 800 lb. Gorilla on your side then? That’s exactly what junior spacecraft mechanic Robin Plotnik is about to get. Mac Gimbensky has been there, done that, and laughed it off. He’s fussy, cranky, witty, clever, and the single best mechanic around. Fixing space fighters is his passion and his art. The last thing he needs is a cookie-cutter cadet nipping at his heels. But that’s exactly what he’s about to get. (Book website here:

Birth (Alterna Comics) Michael Bracco

Two doomed alien species, the Aquans and the Terans, are at the brink of extinction. Their only solace is in placing blame on each other for their own evolutionary shortcomings. Blame quickly turns to hatred, which escalates to a devastating war, decimating the two great cultures. Now all but dead, their only chance is to find peace and hope where only resentment has ever existed, in each other.
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Contraband by TJ Behe & Phil Elliott (Amaze Ink/SLG)

Toby has filmed the wrong folks on his phone! Caught recording an illegal video transaction, a self-styled “citizen journalist” is forced to find the female activist sabotaging the country's most controversial cellphone channel - Contraband. His search leads him into a voyeur underground where profit-hungry youths prowl the streets filming violent events to satisfy our society’s accelerating demand for sensational content. Where the fun adventures of Tintin meets the anarchic subculture of Fight Club, this character-driven thriller vividly highlights our near-future use (and abuse) of wireless technology. (Book website here:

Albert and the Others by Guy Delisle (Drawn & Quarterly)

Limbs are swapped and pants are dropped in Albert and The Others, a collection of wordless strips that expose the pleasures, pitfalls and perversities of masculinity. In this companion volume to Aline and the Others, Guy Delisle delves deep into the male psyche and emerges with 26 alphabetically arranged strips, named after the men who tumble through the pages. These elastic protagonists risk damnation and dismemberment in a series of improbable slapstick relationships with women that veer from the titillating to the downright macabre."
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