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Saturday, July 21, 2007
The Amazingly Diverse Works of Mr. Carey
Are What Your Bookshelf Hungers For
When I set out to craft this communique missive on the glory that is Mike Carey, I thought to myself, "I'll show folks the prolific wonder that is Mike Carey with a selection of my favorites." Boy was I in for a surprise when I realized just how many Mike Carey favorites I have...
Well, what the heck. Instead of chopping this list down, let's just take a look at a massive selection from the huge pile of books this teacher-turned-author makes!
The Devil You Know
416 pages from Grand Central Publishing for $24.99
The just-released first novel by Carey is everything you could hope for in an urban supernatural noir thriller. Down and out freelance exorcistisms, ghosts that bind animal flesh to themselves to form ghastly human shapes, a haunted London hall of records, and a protagonist best described by one reader as "a hybrid of Johnny Rotten and Mike Hammer."
Carey delivers all the supernatural noir you've come to love in Hellblazer and Lucifer, and pumps it up to an all new devilish level. Nice!
Hellblazer: All His Engines
128 pages from Vertigo for $14.99
Yes, one of my all-time favorite Carey books!
Blazened across the top of the cover of this stand-alone Hellblazer original graphic novel is a Neil Gaiman quote that reads "Mike Carey has written the quintessential Constantine story. If you want to see what the fuss is really about you should read this book." Couldn't have really said it better myself, could I?
174 pages from Minx for $9.99
This coming of age tale of a Korean-American girl in L.A. is Carey's addition to the marketed-towards-teenage-girls Minx line. This book serves up great teenage romance and family drama... and seasoned with a healthy helping of kick-ass martial arts action!
A great book for boys and girls of all ages.
64 pages from Marvel for $3.99
It's the Marvel big summer mutant cross-over that all the kids are excited about. Carey has been rocking the house hard on this series since he came aboard, out-pacing his contemporaries with a keen eye for everything we require in our X-Books (yes, even Brubaker!)
This X-Men #200 written-by-Carey kick-off issue dropped some pretty big bombs on the X-Men universe which will no doubt be causing lots of angst, tears, and epic frustration for months to come. Ah yes, what more could we ask for?
Crossing Midnight Vol 1: Cut Here
128 pages from Vertigo for $9.99
Twins born on either side of the midnight hour, one a warrior-princess-in-training under a demon master, and a father with mob problems, are at the beastly heart of this japanese horror story.
Not like anything else out there anywhere. Definitely worth checking out for those who want something different on their bookshelves.
24 pages from Vertigo for $2.99
Wow, this first issue was harsh!
Carey and Isotope-favorite artist Jock drag us kicking and screeming back to the midwest for a dirty, filthy look at Minnesota college roommates and the strange mystery that surrounds them. Plenty of resurfacing repressed memories, students that no one remembers, roommates who claims to be non-existant... and lots of lies lies lies! My staff and I are quite honestly all in anticipation of the next issue to find out more.
96 pages from 2000ad/Rebellion for $12.99
The UK punk rock scene from the late 1970s and early 1980s delivers pure thrill-power overload.
My first exposure to Carey's work was in the pages of the eternally-beloved 2000ad with this story and I enjoyed it so much I've followed his work ever since.
Lucifer Vol 1: Devil in the Gateway
160 pages from Vertigo for $14.99
The cream of the crop of Carey's amazing body of work has to be the Lucifer series.
And alright, I'll admit it... I actually didn't fall in love with this series until volume 2. The true beauty of this series is somehow, amazingly, it gets exponentially better with each subsequent volume. And when I say "better" I mean knock-you-on-your-ass awesome. You might not know it yet, but you've been waiting for a comic like Lucifer all your life! Seriously.
Labels: comics, Mike Carey