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Two New Watchmen Books Hit the Stands!

Graphic Novels and Trades Rule the Week

By Tim Janson     February 08, 2009


Watchmen: The Art of the Film
© Titan Books

 

Bit of a slow week in terms of new releases and what is coming out in genre fiction is primarily comic graphic novels and trade paperbacks. Still, this is come good stuff. Devil’s Due has been doing a fantastic job adapting Dungeons & Dragons works into comic form, particularly with their adaptation of R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt Do’ Urden novels. They’ve got two books out this week and if you’ve never read them, I heartily recommend doing so.
 
Also this week, Titan Books releases two companion books for the upcoming Watchmen film. First is Watchmen: The Art of the Film and second, Watchmen: Portraits . Both books are absolutely gorgeous! Perfect for the fan or collector.
 
Please keep an eye out this week for my article on the Top 20 Horror Writers of all-time. It was quite a challenge coming up with the list as horror’s lineage dates back far further than Sci-Fi’s. 
 
 
 
 
New In Fantasy
 
The Worlds Of Dungeons & Dragons Volume 2 (Devil’s Due Graphic Novel)
 
The second volume in DDP's Dungeons & Dragons Anthology book - The Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons! In "Elminster at the Magefair," a mysterious and dangerous errand takes the Sage of Shadowdale and the lovely Storm Silverhand to a gathering of the Forgotten Realms' mightiest wizards, while "The Rigor of the Game" pits a gambler in the nightmare-haunted domains of Ravenloft against the infamous death knight, Lord Soth!
 
Forgotten Realms Volume 7: The Legacy (Devil’s Due Graphic Novel)
 
Finally returning to the legendary Mithral Hall brings the unexpected to Drizzt's life - in the form of his family! The Drow return! With them come thoughts of vengeance against their wayward son, a deep desire for bloodshed, and the corrupt influence of the dreaded Spider Queen! The stakes get higher in the next chapter of the Legend of Drizzt! The first collection of the comic book adaptation of R.A. Salvatore's Forgotten Realms saga, The Legacy!
 
 
New In Science Fiction 
 
Serpent's Tooth (Outlanders) James Axler (Gold Eagle)
 
Overlords and humanity battle to claim Earth in a war as old as the alien domination of the planet. Yet with each new offensive comes stunning new revelations—exposing mysteries that were unfathomable before Skydark but are now quite real and deadly. Still, hope lies in the brilliant counteroffensive led by the Cerberus rebels, for whom success means nothing less than returning Earth to mankind.
 
An exotic combination of reptilian and human DNA, the Najah are the revitalized original foot soldiers of the Earth's ancient alien masters, the Annunaki. Having survived the megacull of humanity, these half-cobra warriors vow to avenge their near extinction and usher in a new age on Earth. From a massive, underground war base in northern India, this monstrous force launches its cleansing fire. Kane and his allies have one hope—a renegade female Najah, reptilian and ruthless, whose alliance is both a promise…and a threat.
 
Monsterpocalypse Volume 1 (Desperado Publishing GN)
 
The era of monsters is upon us! Giant dinosaur-like creatures roam the southern hemisphere wrecking absolute destruction upon every city in their path. Now mankind has designed their own giant protectors, but will they be enough to save mankind or is our time on Earth up? Three months have past since Gorghadra destroyed most of Chicago and left humanity's defender, Sky Sentinel, for scrap. Sky Sentinel has been rebuilt but his commander is gone, and the crew is not happy with the replacement: Major Jackson Chase, a pilot with a less-than-perfect military career. Tensions among the crew members escalate when Sky Sentinel is dispatched with an untested commander to defend New York City from an unearthly monster.
 
Aliens Omnibus Volume 6 (Dark Horse Comics Trade Omnibus)
 
Mankind has always struggled to balance exploration and exploitation when stepping into new lands. In the era of the colonization of space, the discovery of new wonders is countered by the awful realities when species once separated by light years of airless void are suddenly thrown together, and the heady intoxication of discovery becomes the feral nightmare of a battle for supremacy. Humanity's arrogance and greed have helped the Alien plague spread, and now men and women must step forward to ensure that the future of the galaxy does not become the age of the Alien!
 
The Dragon Never Sleeps Glen Cook (Night Shade Books)
 
Glen Cook (The Black Company, The Dread Empire) delivers a masterpiece of galaxy spanning space opera! For four thousand years, the Guardships ruled Canon Space with an iron fist. Immortal ships with an immortal crew roaming the galaxy, dealing swiftly and harshly with any mercantile houses or alien races that threatened the status quo. But now the House Tregesser believes they have an edge; a force from outside Canon Space offers them the resources to throw off Guardship rule. Their initial gambits precipitate an avalanche of unexpected outcomes, the most unpredicted of which is the emergence of Kez Maefele, one of the few remaining generals of the Ku Warrior race - the only race to ever seriously threaten Guardship hegemony. Kez Maefele and a motley group of mysterious aliens, biological constructs, and scheming aristocrats find themselves at the center of the conflict. Maefele must choose which side he will support; the Guardships, who defeated and destroyed his race, or the unknown forces from outside Canon Space that promise more death and destruction.
 
 
New In Horror
 
Pigeons From Hell (Dark Horse Comics TPB)
 
Master horror storyteller Joe R. Lansdale throws his scathing wit and wild, otherworldly creations into the mix as he brings Robert E. Howard's classic tale of dark revenge to the present . . . and into the unwilling lives of the Blassenville mansion heirs, twin sisters Claire and Janet. When Griswell fled the Blassenville estate those many years ago, he couldn't have imagined the grotesque horrors that would eclipse the ones he saw then - but they're here! With more than twenty books to his credit, Joe R. Lansdale is an acclaimed storyteller. He's been called "an immense talent" by Booklist; "a born storyteller" by Robert Bloch; and The New York Times Book Review declares he has "a folklorist's eye for telling detail and a front-porch raconteur's sense of pace." He's won a ton of awards, including five Bram Stoker horror awards, a British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Horror Critics Award, the "Shot in the Dark" International Crime Writer's award, the Booklist Editor's Award, the Critic's Choice Award, and a New York Times Notable Book award.
 
Dead Girl Diaries Marianne Paul (Bookland Press)
 
When a young university student is assigned the task of writing her obituary by her journalism professor, she procrastinates. Who wants to think about their own death? An obituary is really about life how one has lived it and the assignment sends Maxine down a road of hopes and dreams, what she imagines her life to be. But life doesnt unfold in the way Maxine thinks it will. Stopping along a dark highway to help a stranger with car trouble, Maxine is attacked and left for dead at the side of the road. But like her life, Maxines death is full of unexpected twists of fate. Her ghost tells the tale from the otherworld, an unearthly place where a renegade angel helps her escape the boredom of paradise, and God makes random appearances as a disembodied Voice, a snoring mountain and a manic rock star.
 
 
New in Non-Fiction
 
Watchmen: The Art of the Film Peter Aperlo (Titan Books)
 
Discover how director Zack Snyder (300) and his crew faithfully recreated the intricately detailed world and characters of the legendary graphic novel in the eagerly awaited film adaptation. From the New York City of an alternate 1985 to the surface of Mars, the film adaptation of Watchmen is a triumph of design, filled with unique characters and layer upon layer of arresting detail. Featuring scores of production designs, set photos, costume sketches, storyboards and other pieces of conceptual art, Watchmen: The Art of the Film is a lavish celebration of a comic book made real.
 
Watchmen: Portraits Clay Enos (Titan Books)
 
As the official photographer on the set of Watchmen, Clay Enos was there at every stage of production as director Zack Snyder filmed the adaptation of the legendary graphic novel. As well as his day-to-day duties making sure there was a visual record of the production, Enos also made time to work on a very special project: a collection of black-and-white portraits of every character in the film, and every crew member in the production.
 
From the lead heroes, including Rorschach, the Comedian, Dr. Manhattan, Nite Owl and all the other Watchmen, to supporting characters and even extras in the crowd, plus the crew who put the film together, his lens captured them all. With its wealth of exclusive photographs, this stunning book is a unique look into the world of the film.
 
The Art of Monsters vs. Aliens Linda Sunshine (Newmarket Press)
 
This official illustrated tie-in book showcases over 400 spectacular images from DreamWorks Animation first feature film produced in digital 3-D technology. The Art of Monsters vs. Aliens is a spectacular, full-color book celebrating DreamWorks Animation's first film using groundbreaking In Tru 3D that transports the world of stereoscopic animation to a bold new level. This lavishly illustrated volume features: more than 400 images of concept art, character design, and architectural plans * insider information about the creative process behind developing the story and the characters * descriptions of the animating, rigging, surfacing, and lighting processes; and creating an all-new 3D environment. The original story reinvents the classic monster movie into an entertaining modern-day action comedy. The Art of Monsters vs. Aliens is a book for anyone who loves moviemaking, animation, art, and big blue gobs of superheroes.
 
 
Capsule Reviews
 
John Winchester’s Journal Alex Irvine (William Morrow hardcover)
 
Fans of the TV show Supernatural know that one of the most important tools that Sam & Dean Winchester have had in their quest to battle evil is the journal of their father, John. Now you can see inside the journal yourself in this faux journal. It is part diary and part supernatural tome…filled with “hand written” spells and symbols. 
 
The journal begins in 1983 with Dean just a little boy and Sam a newborn. The first entry is dated November 16, two weeks after his wife Mary was murdered by a demon, setting in motion the events in the TV show. The book fills in the years between Mary’s death and the start of the show. John informs the readers on how Sam & Dean are growing up on the road and their difficult lives. You’ll read about many of the horrors that John encounters while trying to find the demon that killed his wife.
 
The book is a fascinating companion to the TV show, richly filling in the details of Sam and Dean’s early life with their father and how they were forged for the battles that were to come. Grade A.
 

 

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