The Book I Want to Buy:
by Douglas Rushkoff and Goran Sudzuka; Veritgo, $24.99
Douglas Ruskoff is not your typical comics writer. He’s written more books than comics, and they tend to have titles like ‘Program or be Programmed’, ‘Coercion’, and ‘Life Inc: How Corporatism Conquered the World, and How We Can Take It Back’. The only one of his comics I’ve read was Testament, his utterly bizarre Vertigo series that had Old Testament stories coming to life in a dystopian future. It didn’t last long (surprisingly), but it had some interesting ideas.
This new graphic novel was described like this in the solicitations:
The Adolescent Demo Division are the world’s luckiest teen gamers. Raised from birth to test media, appear on reality TV and enjoy the fruits of corporate culture, the squad develop special abilities that make them the envy of the world – and a grave concern to their keepers.
One by one, they “graduate” to new levels that are not what they seem. But their heightened abilities can only take them so far as the ultimate search for their birth families leads to an inconceivably harrowing discovery.
It definitely sounds like a Rushkoff book.
Part of the appeal to me is that the art is by Goran Sudzuku, who was the second most common artist on Y: The Last Man, among other books. This should be interesting.
The Book I Think You Should Buy:
by Joe Harris and Brett Weldele; Oni, $24.99
Spontaneouswas a very cool mini-series that came out over the last year. It starts by following a young man who has a habit of showing up places where people are about to spontaneously combust. He’s been studying this phenomenon, and has a few theories as to why it’s been happening. He has some personal reasons to be so involved in this investigation, and he soon gets the attention of a young wannabe female reporter.
The story that follows is filled with some very cool visuals. Brett Weldele has really grown as an artist, and he makes very interesting use of colour in the combustion scenes. Joe Harris’s writing, like on his Ghost Projektis very tight. This is a good comic.
So, what would you buy Were Money No Object?
Tags: Goran Sudzuku, Joe Harris, Oni Press, Spontaneous, Vertigo