This week's LVW column features reviews of The Sweeter Side of R. Crumb (a title I never tire of typing), Mitsukazu Mihara's highly recommended manga Haunted House, and Marvel Adventures Spider-Man Vol. 5: Monsters on the Prowl.
Elsewhere in the blogosphere...
— Donewaiting.com and U Weekly sponsored Stephen Slaybaugh and Kevin Elliott's Bands to Watch 2007 (Jesus, that's a mouthfull) included one local band with a comic book connection, The Black Canary. You can listen to an MP3 and find more info on them here.
—I believe the Best Shots Crew can now officilly claim the crown of Absolute Last "Best of 2006" List To Be Posted on the Internet, with our list making it to Newsarama.com this week. Our Christmas trees are all still up, too.
—I have no idea what this image is all about—and apparently no one this side of Phil Jimenez does—but iI do know it frightens me. At the very least, it means another big DC crossover/event series. At the most, it means the returning, expanded multiverse (inculding the Kingdom Come-iverse and Earth-Pirate), which means more continuity question marks on top of the ones that haven't been resolved since the last crisis.
—In blogging about the anniversarry of Roe v. Wade, Ragnell offers up another good argument for why Milestone's Icon series should be collected in trade paperback form, like, stat!
—This is the funniest thing I've read in a comic book in a good long time. Eddie Berganza can't possibly be that clueless, can he? If so, I have a couple of suggestions for him to consider: Hiring an artist with at least a rudimentary grasp of anatomy capable of drawing Supergirl like a real human being (this means no more Turner or Churchill); a costume redesign that includes lengthening her skirt so she's a little less half-naked and replacing her halter top for an actual shirt (and requiring her to wear a bra at least until she's 18 and a superwoman); and maybe, just maybe, think about hiring a female writer who's actually been a teenage girl at some point to write Supergirl. Oh, and most importantly, fewer panels like this
and more panels like this
(That first one is form Michael Turner's Superman/Batman story arc, "The Supergirl From Krypton." The second one is from Dean Trippe's website.)