New Comics Day 2/15/12: Athos in America

This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new title. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about it (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the link, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.

Athos in America by Jason

Athos in America
by Jason

196-page full-color 6.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-478-8

"A new and even-odder-than-usual book of short pieces by the marvelous Norwegian cartoonist Jason; as usual, I find that his stuff seems very lightweight at first and then sneaks up on me. My favorite of the stories in here is 'The Brain That Wouldn't Virginia Woolf,' which is (in both form and content) an attempt to graft together things that don't actually fit together at all." – Douglas Wolk, ComicsAlliance

"Jason’s stuff is always awesome and this sort-of prequel to The Last Musketeer should be no exception." – Michael May, Robot 6

"The Beguiling Recommends: …New Jason!" – Chris Butcher, The Beguiling

"If you are already a fan of Norwegian artist Jason’s work, you’ll probably just pick this. His output has been consistently that good. Some folks get turned off by the anthropomorphism or ligne clair (some call it simplistic) style of his work but fans like the mix of tragic themes and adult writing mixed with the fun adventure graphic novel style of the Tintin books. His coloring is moody with a warm, somewhat noirish palette. As usual with his books, it looks good on a shelf with it’s cloth-bound spine and hardcover format. Oh and the book collects six new stories of 'love, crime, alcohol, and severed heads.' Oh my." – Perry Shirley, The Escapist

"If I had $30, I’d… grab Athos in America, the latest book by cartooning superstar Jason. Instead of a stand-alone story, this is a collection of short tales along the lines of his Low Moon, one of which involves the title character, previously seen in The Last Musketeer. There’s also a take-off on The Brain that Wouldn’t Die that’s surprisingly sad and bittersweet." – Chris Mautner, Robot 6

"The new Jason book's here! The new Jason book's here!" – Secret Headquarters

"…all Diamond will list is Athos in America, the newest 196-page hardcover collection of original color work by the fabulous Jason, and that’d be enough for me…" – Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal

"Book of the week… Fantagraphics gives us: Athos in America. A new collection by Cartoonist Jason. Absurd, funny…." – Señor Hernandez

"I'm in the midst of reading this new short-story collection from Jason. It's good, but Jason is so reliable you can basically [buy] the new works sight unseen at this point. I'm warming up to the hardcover presentations of this material." – Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter