MEDICAL REPORT: 01/29/2010

Another great week of comics coming this Wednesday!

Unfortunately, a truck carrying Marvel Comics from the printer to one of Diamond Comic Distribution centers had a serious accident this week, destroying many of this week’s new releases. Diamond Comics Distribution has warned there will be some minor shortages.Thankfully, First Aid Comics’ numbers look good for this Wednesday, with even more copies arriving the following week! No worries here, should be plenty of comics for the shelves! Whew!

For February’s Black History Month, here are some cool books to check out:

Black History Leaders $15.99
Bluewater Productions
In honor of Black History Month, this 96-page anthology features biographies of leading African-American personalities, including Barack Obama, Colin Powell, Oprah Winfrey, and Condoleezza Rice. These biographies were previously published as individual issues of Bluewater’s biographical comic titles Female Force and Political Power.

King Special Edition HC $34.99
Fantagraphics Books
Ho Che Anderson has spent over 10 years researching, writing, and drawing King, a monumental graphic biography of Martin Luther King Jr. Here is King -father, husband, politician, deal broker, idealist, pragmatist, inspiration to millions- brought to vivid, flesh-and-blood life.

Original Johnson GN VOL 01 $19.99
Trevor Von Eeden (w & a & c)
At last-The Original Johnson, Trevor Von Eeden’s personal and heartfelt graphic novel biography of Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world, international celebrity, and the most controversial American of his time. This is the artistic achievement of Trevor’s career (Batman, Green Arrow), more than four years in the making and worth every moment.

Bayou TP Vol. 1 $14.99
DC Comics/ZUDA
Lee Wagstaff is the daughter of a black sharecropper in the Depression-era town of Charon, Mississippi. When Lily Westmoreland, her white playmate, is snatched by agents of an evil creature known as Bog, Lee’s father is accused of kidnapping. Lee’s only hope is to follow Lily’s trail into this fantastic and frightening alternate world. Along the way she enlists the help of a benevolent, blues-singing swamp monster called Bayou. Together, Lee and Bayou trek across a hauntingly familiar Southern Neverland, confronting creatures both benign and malevolent, in an effort to rescue Lily and save Lee’s father from being lynched.

Incognegro SC $14.99
Written by Mat Johnson
Art by Warren Pleece
Photo cover
“[An] engrossing graphic novel, with its smart dialogue and sharp images.” – The New York Times
Writer Mat Johnson, winner of the prestigious Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for fiction, constructs a fearless graphic novel that is both a page-turning mystery and a disturbing exploration of race and self-image in America, masterfully illustrated with rich period detail by Warren Pleece (THE INVISIBLES, HELLBLAZER). In the early 20th century, when lynchings were commonplace throughout the American South, a few courageous reporters from the North risked their lives to expose these atrocities. They were African-American men who, due to their light skin color, could pass for white. They called this dangerous assignment going “incognegro.”
Zane Pinchback, a reporter for the New York-based New Holland Herald, is sent to investigate the arrest of his own brother, charged with the brutal murder of a white woman in Mississippi. With a lynch mob already swarming, Zane must stay “incognegro” long enough to uncover the truth behind the murder in order to save his brother – and himself.

Nat Turner SC $12.95
The story of Nat Turner and his slave rebellion – which began on August 21, 1831, in Southampton County, Virginia – is known among school children and adults. To some he is a hero, a symbol of Black resistance and a precursor to the civil rights movement; to others he is monster – a murderer whose name is never uttered. In Nat Turner, acclaimed author and illustrator Kyle Baker depicts the evils of slavery in this moving and historically accurate story of Nat Turner’s slave rebellion.

Dark Horse
This is the first comprehensive omnibus collection of rapper/cartoonist Keith Knight’s Harvey Award-winning, semi-autobiographical comic strip, the K Chronicles. An unabashedly provocative mix of political and social satire, it tackles such touchy subjects as racism, violence, and sex with a self-deprecating humor, personal honesty and light-hearted goofiness rarely found in a newspaper comic.

Marvel Comics
In every war, people demand their champion. In World War II, that hero was Captain America. Truth is the controversial, declassified story of the African American men involuntarily subjected to the U.S. War Department’s “Super Soldier” project, in a race to develop a serum that might turn the tide against the Axis powers … if the Nazi’s didn’t get to it first. An epic spanning the time just before the attack on Pearl Harbor into the present day, Truth finally reveals the tragic sacrifice that a Black infantry unit made for their country – and what those sacrifices mean to a white man named Steve Rogers.

I should get back to work! Our new POS computer system arrived and I am now sitting here surround by boxes full of computer parts! Modern technology just won’t leave me alone!
Have a great weekend everyone!
James Nurss

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