It's been a long while — approximately five months, to be precise — since my last look at what's currently out at the comics shops and frankly there has not been much worth discussing during all that time, so let's get back on track and start things off with what gets my vote as Book of the Week (and maybe of the year).
Warner Brothers animation wunderkind Bruce Timm is honored with the stunning NAUGHTY AND NICE: THE GOOD GIRL ART OF BRUCE TIMM, a hefty coffee table book of his hot chick art from Flesk Publications. I'm a sucker for even the most minor of Timm's artwork, so this huge festival of pulchritudinous eye-candy is like a gift for the gods. The paperback edition goes for fifty bucks in stores and the deluxe slipcased hardcover edition is a hundred bucks, so it was too pricey for me to pick up today but a brief perusal of it has me saving up for the deluxe. Simply put, it's fucking beautiful and a must-have that belongs on any serious comics and animation design fan's bookshelf immediately. The paperback's available on Amazon for nearly twenty bucks less than in stores, and the deluxe edition, as far as I'm aware, is only available in comics shops. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION
KEVIN KELLER #1
An amusing segment features a nervous Kevin about to go on his first date, and he makes the mistake of taking fashion advice from that douchebag Reggie. Seriously, it's just the latest bit of evidence supporting the need for Reggie's public execution. Man, Archie dating a black chick, homosexuals running around... Welcome to contemporary America, Riverdale! About goddamned time!
SUICIDE SQUAD #6
the dislike of Harley's current design, which takes her away from her conceptual roots as a mad harlequin and in the process makes her very name make no sense. There's nothing about her look that in any way says "harlequin," and instead she looks like another of the legion of generic punker/Goth chicks who infest Manhattan's Lower East Side. However, by this point I've accepted that we're stuck with it, so I just ignore it. But whatever the case, this is one of the few New 52 books that I'm sticking with.
outright crap like the much-maligned "Skittles Lantern Corps" mess. With his duties within DC's administrative infrastructure presumably eating up a lot of his time, as well as scripting AQUAMAN, it may be time to turn this series over to some fresh talent...
Lastly comes this specialty item that may or may not be available at you local comics shop, depending on whether they chose to order it.
The uber-talented Stephane Roux has released this small sketchbook featuring seven portraits of assorted sultry jungle girls, and since I'm a huge fan of Roux's art and also of jungle girls, this convention-style sketchbook is a win-win. RECOMMENDED.