Ho Che Anderson's King Part 2. Haven't read yet; I liked Part 1 a lot, so much so that I'm just now getting around to buying part 2, what, two years after it was published? Good for me.
Greg Rucka & Steve Rolston's Queen & Country 1: Operation Broken Ground. Haven't read yet; like Rucka's writing generally (he seems to be one of the few people who came to comics from another medium and managed to get it right), and I was really impressed by Whiteout, so I thought I'd give this a try.
Jim Mahfood's Stupid Comics issue #2. I want to like Mahfood so much more than I actually like him. I mean, take that comment for what it's worth (nothing), and how much I like him, at least on his part, is probably measured by the fact that I've bought everything he's ever done. And I like him okay, and I want to like him a whole lot. Boy, do I want to. But I don't. I wish I liked him more. It actually makes me sad to talk about it.
Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon's Preacher Book 9: Alamo. This is the last Preacher collection. Was it worth it? I guess so. This series pretty much defines the phrase "wildly inconsistent" -- compelling and fascinating when good, lazy and predictable when bad. Dillon's art really grew on me as the series went along, while Ennis' writing had the opposite effect -- it had greatly distanced me by the end. The actual climax to the series struck me as a perfect example of something that's very clever without being particularly interesting or satisfying. This whole review makes it sound like I hated it, I know, but I didn't. I liked it. It just had so many flaws, it held me at arm's length and kept me from liking it any more.
Neil Gaiman & Andy Kubert's 1602, issues #7 & 8. Of a series where I don't have 1-6; I read them at a friend's house (hi Hayden!). I expected to hate this one, and I don't. The Andy Kubert art pleases me, the story is fairly compelling, the tone skirts around cheesiness without ever plunging in, and while I'm sure there's some gimmick coming, I haven't sussed it enough yet and I'm still reading. Also, the covers are fantastic. I dunno...maybe this just shines by comparison, because the rest of what Marvel is putting out right now is such horseshit, but I like it so far.
Kyle Baker's Plastic Man, issues #3 & 4. This, on the other hand, I just love unreservedly. I love Kyle Baker under any circumstances, but his spazmo cartoony style I could just look at all day. With the awkwardness of issue #1 out of the way, he's really let himself go wild, throwing in every kind of gag and joke imaginable, lending this air where if you don't like one kind (say, the self-referential comic in-jokes), stick around one panel and you'll see something you love (say, the inventive Plas visual gags). The story is light and breezy and fun exactly the way it should be. Also, the Batman gag in issue #4 is priceless.
Another longbox. This is a nice long white box to keep my stupid comics in. It seems perfectly serviceable, if uninspiring. Keep up the good work, people at the carboard box factory!