I know Uncle Manhammer hasn’t been around much lately, nieces and nephews. He’s been a little busy. But he’s still been bitten by the comic book bug, and that’s what we’re going to talk about at great length today. Which, I suppose, is the reason you’re reading this article in the first place. If I were to title it “Seth Talks Comics” and proceeded to wax philosophical about the Napoleonic Wars that would be a bit of a bait and switch and my illustrious editor would hate me forever.
I do want to give a few shout-outs to some new titles I’ve been enjoying and profess my undying love for Escape Pod Comics yet again. I’ve gotten some pretty solid recommendations from the owner of new titles to try out, but the unchanging stable of Savage Dragon and the current Cerebus in Hell number one are always on my reading list. And speaking of Cerebus, the remastered edition of volume 10 (Minds) has finally been released. So far six remastered volumes have been released and they really are the bee’s knees. Worth the upgrade if you’re a Cerebus fan.
With the exception of Action Comics 1000 and Savage Dragon, I’ve pretty much dropped the superhero genre in favor of smaller, more slice of life books as of late and I’ve had a lot of fun with them. Rich Tommaso’s Dry County has been three solid issues of entertainment so far and I’m eager to see where this series goes. It’s a pseudo-noir detective story with an unlikely protagonist and will cap out at five issues. The best part though? I’m highly interested in checking out more of Tommaso’s work because of this series.
But these next three books I can’t wait to devour. Nieces and nephews, Dylan Dog is being translated into English again by Epicenter Comics and so far they’ve released three volumes; Mater Morbi, Mater Dolorosa, and The Long Goodbye. The Nightmare Detective himself is having another resurgence Stateside and I, for one, could not be happier.
Back in the late 90s and early 2000s, Dark Horse Comics backed the dark horse that was Dylan Dog and… only four people cared. I wasn’t even one of them until they released the Dylan Dog Case Files omnibus later on (timed for the release of the disappointing film Dylan Dog: Dead of Night starring Brandon Routh…seriously, avoid it) and fell in love with the eccentric as hell Dylan and Felix (who I didn’t learn until much later was actually Groucho in Italy, complete with mustache) and needed more. But much to my chagrin, I had everything available. A comic with an obscenely large circulation overseas had virtually no footprint here, and that didn’t seem likely to change anytime soon.
Until a few days ago.
I was a few days behind looking at the new releases on instocktrades.com and Dylan Dog: The Long Goodbye had been released earlier in May and completely slipped under my radar. A quick Google search led me to Epicenter Comics and their eBay page (which is where I ordered my books from, and both packages arrived quickly from California and were packed extremely well. No dings or scuffs and free shipping!). I’ll have a full review of the Dylan Dog books both in content and presentation soon, but I cannot stress how beautiful the books themselves are. Very high quality and The Long Goodbye even comes with a poster of the Mastrazzo cover art (which is going to be framed and hung in my home).
Dylan Dog isn’t the only offering from Epicenter Comics, however. They’ve also been doing other Italian titles such as Zagor, Tex, and Magic Wind… which I admittedly haven’t read (and didn’t know existed) but I plan on picking up if for nothing else than to support a publisher trying to bring something fresh and different to the comic store shelves that aren’t capes and cowls. From what I’ve read about those titles on their site, I’m on board. Good western comics are hard to come by in 2018.
Also be sure to check back soon with Seth Talks Comics, because I’ve been in contact with the president and publisher of Epicenter Comics, Igor Maricic, and he’s agreed to do an interview with us!