My “Can’t Wait for Wednesday” cohort, Chris Mautner, is probably casting the Evil Eye in my direction, because he ended up doing most of the work this week. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find much to get excited about.

It’s not the beginning of some autumnal malaise — at least I don’t think it is — it’s just a light week for me. Considering the last few Wednesdays, that’s probably a good thing. At least for my wallet.

That obviously doesn’t mean other people won’t find a lot of good titles on the shelves tomorrow. DC’s popular “Sinestro Corps Wars” continues, Image has new installments of Casanova and The Walking Dead, and Marvel gives Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD the Masterworks treatment (something I’d intended to highlight below, but forgot about amid all of our server issues). Plus, for comic strip fans, there’s a Charles Schulz biography, and collections for Mutts, B.C., and the legendary Winsor McCay.

To see what other titles Chris and I — well, Chris, mostly — think are worth mentioning, just keep reading. As always, let us know your choices in the comments below.

Chris’ pick of the week: Schulz and Peanuts

Schulz and Peanuts

Schulz and Peanuts

Controversy aside, David Michaelis’ biography of Charles Schulz is a must-read for any serious Peanuts fan, if only for the way it shows just how autobiographical a strip it was. Michaelis wisely punctuates various moments in the cartoonist’s life with actual strips. More than ever before, Michaelis shows how much of Schulz was truly invested in the strip. Just keep in mind the family’s complaints when reading the stuff about him being a “reserved” father.

Kevin’s pick of the week:

Bride of the Water God, Vol. 1

As my crowded bookshelves can attest, I’m a devotee of mythology, folklore and fairy tales. So, the delicate and ethereal artwork and the fantasy premise of Mi-Kyung Yun’s Bride of the Water God hold an instant appeal. I’m also pleased to see Dark Horse further diversifying its manhwa lineup, which so far has been dominated by guys with swords (Shaman Warrior, Banya: The Explosive Delivery Man, Chuchu: The Genocide Fiend).

Blue Beetle #20

Blue Beetle #20

Blue Beetle #20

Green Lantern Corps #17

Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman Prime #1

Kevin: I’m glad to see DC’s willingness to support Blue Beetle, first with the Teen Titans connections, and now with the tie-in to the “Sinestro Corps War,” a crossover that’s managed to generate more buzz than the larger Countdown. I’ve talked before about the success of the Green Lantern event — and Marvel’s similarly compact, but more successful, World War Hulk — so I don’t know that I have anything more to add. If Marvel’s three-month-long X-Men crossover, “Messiah Complex,” performs well, maybe we’ll see a moratorium on prolonged company-wide events that require characters to undergo personality overhauls and readers to adopt a Pokemon-like obsession with tie-ins and spin-offs. (”Gotta catch them all!”) Just maybe.

Hellblazer #237

Kevin: This wraps up Andy Diggle and Leonardo Manco’s dark, but extremely enjoyable, “Joyride” storyline, which sent John Constantine from a violent South London housing estate to a sleep country village on the trail of a sinister secret. I stopped reading Hellblazer for a long time, but Diggle and Manco’s tenure has me back onboard. Good, creepy reading.

The Spirit, Vol. 1

The Spirit, Vol. 1

The Spirit, Vol. 1, hardcover

Chris: For the most part, I enjoyed Darwin Cooke’s take on Will Eisner’s most famous creation. I don’t know that I liked it enough to plunk down $25 for the hardcover version; I’ll probably wait for the softcover edition. But for serious Cooke/Eisner fans who’ve been waiting for the trade, this is likely to be their big pick of the week.

Casanova #10

Chris: Hey, how about that new interior color choice? Mighty blue, isn’t it?

Cable & Deadpool #46 — Zombie Variant

Marvel Spotlight: Marvel Zombies

Marvel Zombies: The Covers hardcover

She-Hulk #22 — Zombie Variant

Ultimate Spider-Man #115 — Zombie Variant

She-Hulk #22 (Zombie Variant)

She-Hulk #22 (Zombie Variant)

Kevin: Oh, how I long for the day when a deranged Scarlet Witch screams, “No. More. Zombies.” If she doesn’t do it — and soon — we’re heading into Foil Zombie and Hologram Zombie territory. Also: Marvel’s recently redesigned website? I hate it. And its pop-up windows.

Foolkiller #1

Kevin: On the heels of the Howard the Duck and Omega the Unknown miniseries, here’s another update of a Steve Gerber creation. Here, crime author Gregg Hurwitz and artist Lan Medina give the viglante Foolkiller the MAX treatment, this time without the blue floppy hat or the ’90s S&M hood.

Basil Wolverton: Agony and Ecstasy trade paperback

The Original Art of Basil Wolverton hardcover

Chris: What are the odds, WHAT ARE THE ODDS, I ask you, of there being two, yes two, Basil Wolverton books coming out in the same week? Pretty good, apparently, because here they are. The first is a collection of Bible-related illustrations from Pure Imagination. The second is a more inclusive retrospective of the man’s work, to coincide with the ongoing exhibit of his work in California, from Last Gasp. Apparently a lot of work in the latter has never been published before. Something to bear in mind.

Cromartie High School, Vol. 12

Cromartie High School, Vol. 12

Cromartie High School, Vol. 12

Chris: Hopefully with more sushi-making gorillas.’s The Sandbox softcover

Chris: Not comics, but a “best of” collection of writings taken from Gary Trudeau’s military blog, written by soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dream of the Rarebit Fiend: The Saturdays softcover

Winsor McCay: Early Works, Vol. 9 trade paperback

Chris: Two new books from Checker, each focusing on legendary turn-of-the-century cartoonist Winsor McCay. Rarebit collects all of the Saturday strips McCay did about people getting horrible nightmares after eating cheese sandwiches. Works continues the ongoing series collecting the cartoonist’s various unrelated strips, cartoons and illustrations.

Gene Simmons’ Dominatrix #3

Chris: Honestly? I’m more interested in what Ace Frehley’s dominatrix is up to.

Growing Old With B.C.: A Celebration of Johnny Hart

Growing Old With B.C.

Growing Old With B.C.

Chris: Also from Checker, this is a “best of” collection of Johnny Hart’s strip about fundamentalist Christian cavemen (sorry, couldn’t resist), hand-picked by Hart himself before he passed away. There was a time when this was one of the funniest strips running, so I’d be curious to see what type of material is collected here.

Bart Simpson Talking Giant Pez

Chris: At last, all my nightmares are coming true.

Chris Ware trade paperback

Chris: This is, I’m guessing, a new edition of the 2004 appraisal of the Jimmy Corrigan author by Dan Raeburn. My copy’s sitting somewhere in my basement, as yet unread, but I’ve heard good things about this book, and Raeburn’s a smart guy. I think there’s a big chapter on how to create your own comics cabal.

Clean Cartoonists’ Dirty Drawings softcover

Chris: Call me a pervert if you must (it wouldn’t be the first time), but I’ve really been looking forward to Craig Yoe’s odds and sods collection of “naughty art” by such folks as Steve Ditko, Carl Barks, Chuck Jones, Sergio Aragones, Dave Berg and many more. His Arf books always feature winning design and sensibility and I see no reason why this book won’t as well, girlie pics or no girlie pics.

The Best of Mutts

The Best of Mutts

Mutts: The Best of Mutts hardcover

Chris: A handsome coffee-table collection of Patrcik Mcdonnell’s cute strip about dogs, cats and other pets. Obviously designed for the casual comic strip fan, with the upcoming holidays in mind. Buy one for your mom.

Tekkonkinkreet DVD

Chris: I don’t usually cite anime, but the original manga by Taiyo Matsumoto has obtained a fervent cult following, and I imagine many people will be curious about the film adaptation as well. Most people who’ve seen it seem disappointed. I watched it over the weekend, and, while it’s not as good as its source material, it’s not a bad film by any means.

A Taste of Venison hardcover

Chris: I tend to enjoy Gary Baseman’s work, whether gracing the interiors of Blab or the cover of the Cranium board game, so a lavish art book, complete with sketchbook illustrations, would be at least worth a perusal.