This week was a bit slow as far as the arrival of comics and other swag, but what did arrive was either very quirky or of the must-read variety. And as far as hauls go, that's not a bad thing at all. Here's a photo of some of the highlights from this week's Swag Report arrivals, along with some notes about each of item.
"100 Bullets: Wilt" -- Yet another reminder that I'm woefully behind on a few series that I've heard nothing but great things about, the 13th (and final) volume of Brian Azzarello's brilliant (I'm told) crime series hits shelves in early July. I haven't read a single issue of this one, and that's a real shame, because I've heard amazing things about this story from start to finish. Receiving this volume is going to force me to pick up the first 12 -- which isn't a bad thing at all.
"100 Bullets: Wilt" hits shelves July 8.
"Batman: Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader - Deluxe Edition HC" -- As reader PJ Perez pointed out when I posted an update on Twitter about receiving this book, it seems a little strange to collect a two-issue story in a hardcover collection -- even if it is the product of two of comics' most celebrated creators, writer Neil Gaiman and artist Andy Kubert. However, there's more than just the two-part "Caped Crusader" story in this hardcover, as it includes four other Batman stories written by Gaiman that I hadn't read. To be honest, I like some of the extra stories better than I do "Caped Crusader," but the fact that they're all written by Gaiman means that they'll all be better than 90 percent of everything else I read this week. (Yeah, I'm sort of a fan.)
"Batman: Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader - Deluxe Edition HC" hits shelves July 15.
"Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea" -- I think this one might've been held up in the mail for a while, as the movie this CMX manga is based on was released on DVD back in September, and the book hit shelves in May. It's a manga... about Genghis Khan. I find this kind of fascinating, so I'll probably check it out this weekend.
"Gettysburg: The Graphic Novel" -- On the subject of weird comic book projects I find strangely appealing, I'm not sure what to make of this "Gettysburg" comic. It promises to explain "why the Gettysburg Address still matters," and I'm almost afraid to crack it open, because how I imagine a "Gettysburg comic book" probably won't match up with the reality.
"The Darkness: Accursed" and single issues -- I mentioned to the Top Cow crew during this year's Book Expo that playing through the "Darkness" video game (one of my favorite comics-based video games ever made) had really piqued my interest in the character, and since there had been rumblings about a "Darkness" movie the last few years, I'd love to catch up with the series. They sent over this big batch of "Darkness" books that will probably occupy my entire weekend -- which is awesome.
"Stuffed!" -- We've mentioned this graphic novel written by award-winning "Colbert Report" writer Glenn Eichler with art by Nick Bertozzi several times already, and we even previewed it last year. This week, an extra copy of it arrived in the mail from publisher First Second Books, offering me the opportunity to show it around Splash Page HQ without risking anyone stealing my copy. This fills me with joy, because I really enjoy the book and don't want to part with it.
"Stuffed!" hits shelves in September.
Any thoughts on this week's Swag Report? Any books you'd recommend -- or recommend staying away from?