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 them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
Buddy Buys a Dump: The Complete Buddy Bradley Stories from "Hate" Comics Vol. 3
by Peter Bagge
144-page full-color 6" x 9" softcover • $19.99
"Pete Bagge created a generational icon who I grew up with, and continued to grow up with even after I was a grown up. This book collects the last thirteen years of Buddy's life – and keeping up with him is like keeping up with an old pal from college who, while you still don't see them as often, you still miss dearly, and are always surprised at how much your life and theirs still overlap." -Benn Ray, Atomic Books
"[Buddy Bradley] attacks modern, and more adult-oriented, social trends-MILFs, recessions, mortality-with the same critical skill and wit he brought to the grunge era. For those of us who've accepted these stories piecemeal over the past dozen years, it's nice to seem them joined together." –Christopher Arnott, Below the Fold
112-page black & white 9" x 11.25" hardcover • $19.99
"…it's maybe the best comic I've read all decade…A beautiful, humane, masterfully executed comic." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter
"Being a collected edition of Jaime Hernandez's hugely-appreciated climax-of-sorts to his ongoing chronicles of erstwhile romantics Maggie and Ray…IT'S THE SEASON FINALE OF LOVE AND ROCKETS." –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal
412-page two-color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $29.99
"This is a must read for all Tina Belcher fans. This is also a must read for anyone who likes fun!" –Forbidden Planet USA
"Esther Pearl Watson has built up a nice following for these teenage comedy/agony vignettes, counting Matt Groening and Pendleton Ward among their admirers.…Lots of visceral drawing in here, all up in everyone's face." -Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal
The EC Comics Slipcase Vol. 1
by Harvey Kurtzman, Wallace Wood, Jack Davis, Al Williamson, Al Feldstein et al.
832-page four-volume hardcover 7.5" x 10.5" x 4" slipcased box set • $94.99
"I'm kind of hooked on the black and white author-oriented Fantagraphics volumes because they force me to reconsider artists that I power past when they're collected in a format resembling the original comics…" –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter