If you spent the last Super Bowl wondering what the hell the weird trailer for the film Cowboys and Aliens was all about like we did, we have an answer for you today. Thankfully, the long out-of-print graphic novel that inspired the film is back on the shelves this week. It's accompanied by a few other amazing new products to blow your cash on this week too, with a new novel from T.C. Boyle, a video game that'll make your parents cry, a new graphic novel from Mark Kesniko and a Criterion Collection treatment to one of our favorite American films.
5. Freeway by Mark Kelesniko On the surface, Freeway isn't anything too crazy. It's a graphic novel about a man, who happens to be an animator, sitting in traffic. The novel follows his daydreams through his history, his battles and his creative compromises. That alone is an interesting feat, with a few different running narratives combining to tell a story, it already amounts to more than a just a flashback. However, when you combine that with the resources and inside knowledge of two generations of animators, it becomes a peek into an industry most people don't usually get to see.
4. Bulletstorm (PC, Xbox 360, PS3) Look, there has to balance in the games industry. For every somewhat intelligent RPG or strategy title, there needs to be a childish, over-the-top, violent shooter. Bulletstorm fits that mold perfectly. So perfectly, Fox News freaked out about it possibly causing rape. If that doesn't make you want to play it, then this isn't the game for you. If the very idea that a game could exist that was so ludicrous in its design and its statement that it caused pundits to shit themselves in fear makes you happy, this is your game. It's a first person shooter for people who'd rather watch 300 than read a book.
3. Sweet Smell of Success Criterion Collection (DVD, Blu-Ray) Sweet Smell of Success has been out on DVD before, but it was always one of those cheap MGM Classics discs with poor transfers. Thankfully, someone in the universe realized what a great film this was and handed it over to Criterion Collection so they could work their magic. This is an absolute classic of 1950s cinema with Tony Curtis playing a desperate press agent and Burt Lancaster playing the gossip columnist he's trying to sell his client to, and the story ends up turning into a crazy, otherworldly tale of Broadway's steamy side. It's still as fresh as it was when it was originally released, and to sway your dollars, Criterion has packed in plenty of extras.
2. When the Killing's Done by T.C. Boyle T.C. Boyle's readership jumped a bit after the release of The Women two years ago, but the fact he spends most his time dwelling on morose tales revolving around baby-boomer issues hasn't changed much over the years. This novel tackles a slightly different realm, putting nature at the forefront and introducing a biologist main character to help explain exactly what's going on. What happens is a story about those who are passionate about the environment and disgusted by human stubbornness, and who want to add some semblance of humanity to the destructive strength of progress.
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1. Cowboys and Aliens Cowboys and Aliens was a graphic novel first released in 2006, but it's been out of print for a while. Thankfully, some weirdo in Hollywood decided it would be a good idea to make a movie based on it, and subsequently, the book is getting a nice new reissue. As one would suspect from the title, it is indeed a story about cowboys and aliens. Taking place in mid-19th century Texas, it's about the battle of the Apache and the cowboys against, uh, aliens who want to enslave humanity. It sounds stupid and it is, but the artists and author are all well aware of the fact, and we've got high hopes the filmmakers do too.