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Underrated Comics: The Burma Chronicles & Wormwood

There are a couple of books that I wanted to let you know about. If you want to take a break from the capes and spandex for awhile, you might be interested in these books:

In a country known for its use of concealment and isolation as means of social control, one would think that you couldn’t find humor.

Guy Delisle has a great way of looking at a culture and distilling it into poignant pieces of art. His new book The Burma Chronicles comes out in February and I’ve already got my order in. If Chronicles is anything like his previous works, Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea or Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China, we’re all in for a treat.

If you’re a fan of Ben Templesmith, chances are you’re already familiar with Wormwood. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the title, we get guns, crazy leprechauns, giant squid monsters, chicks with ninja swords and flamethrowers, and even fairies!

Yeah, fairies.

The Wormwood Gentleman Corpse HC will be given a great treatment next February. The story sounds pretty tame–Wormwood owes his lazy ghost cop buddy a favor, so the gentleman corpse and his posse are brought in to investigate the case. The art is sick (in a good way) and the characters are funny and rich. Not only do we get the first volume of the Wormwood saga here, but the extras include bonus sketches, art, and original comic pages from Templesmith. Well worth the price of admission!

What’s your take? Wanna spout off on how much you freaking love Templesmith or Delisle? Let us know what you think.

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