It’s always fun to see what’s going on in Previews #282, right? Right!
Jamie McKelvie is drawing The Guild: Fawkes one-shot (page 40). That almost makes me want to buy it. Now I’ll have to think about it. Well played, Felicia Day. Well. Played. (23 May)
If I told you that there was a comic with a John Layman/Sam Kieth Alien story, a Dean Motter Mister X story, and a Mike Baron/Steve Rude Nexus story, you’d be crazy not to get it, right? Well, Dark Horse Presents #12 (page 42) has all that plus a bunch of other stuff! Yay, anthologies! (23 May)
Matt Kindt, who’s awesome, has a new ongoing on page 44 called Mind MGMT. It’s about a journalist stumbling upon a secret government program, which, yes, has been done to death, but Kindt is, as I mentioned, awesome, so of course I’m going to check this out! (23 May)
If you missed Andi Watson’s Skeleton Key stories in DHP, they’re collected in a one-shot on page 46. They’re quite delightful, I must say. (2 May)
On page 61, Freaks of the Heartland gets a nice hardcover for 30 bucks. I don’t know if it’s worth 30 bucks, but it’s nice that it’s getting the treatment, and it’s a solid comic. Whatever happened to Greg Ruth? He’s tremendous on this comic, and I haven’t heard of anything he’s done recently. (11 July)
There’s another Blacksad volume on page 64. They’ve all been good, so why wouldn’t this one be? (11 July)
• Is copying Marvel’s bulletpoint solicits a crappy idea for DC?
• Who thought they were a good idea, anyway?
• I mean, really!
So, Earth-2, huh (pages 74 and 75)? It worked so well in the past! (2 May)
Ariel Olivetti has become one of those artists I avoid like the plague, but teamed with J. T. Krul on G. I. Combat (page 78)? Man, that might cause an aneurysm in my brain to explode. (2 May)
I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: It’s sad that a major point of selling a comic like, say, The Ravagers (page 79), is that “no one’s survival is certain each month”! Really, comics? Not “watch our heroes do something heroic each month!” but “we’re going to kill off characters at a frightening rate!” Jeebus. (30 May)
If comics aren’t going to get completely sexually insane, the existence of a female supervillain called “The Masochist” in Superman #9 (page 90) becomes a weird, uncomfortable thing. I mean, it’d be weird and uncomfortable if DC was willing to go sexually insane, but at least it would be a good weird and uncomfortable. As DC won’t allow that, this will be all creepy because you know Superman will want to hit her and fuck her and not fuck her and not hit her, and it will be far ickier than if they both just got naked and beat the shit out of each other before fucking each others’ brains out. You know, like the best Silver Age stuff! (23 May)
Ten (11) DC comics are part of this “Night of the Owls” crossover, including a motherfucking comic that takes place in 1880. Shit, DC, are you trying to emulate every stupid thing Marvel does?
DC is following up that Superman graphic novel with Batman: Earth One on page 120. This is by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, so it might be worth checking out, although much like Superman, do we really need another goddamned origin story for Batman? (4 July)
On page 129, DC gets the first volume of Neal Adams’s Batman work out in a trade paperback, some years after the hardcover came out. I thought the hardcover was out of print, but I haven’t looked for it in a while. So of course I have to buy this, because it’s awesome. (27 June)
Man, Todd McFarlane on Infinity Inc. (page 129) It’s so strange to think about that these days. Everyone starts somewhere, don’t they? (18 July)
Bernie Wrightson returns to one of his old horror adaptations with Frankenstein Alive, Again! on page 153. Yes, it’s a sequel. But man, that art looks superb.
The latest “Artist’s Edition” is for Daredevil: Born Again (page 163). I managed to get a look at one of these (the Thor one), and man, they’re tremendous. I wish I had many ducats to spend on them.
On page 168, you can get your trade of Comic Book Comics, Fred van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey’s hilarious take on comic book history. It’s not quite as good as Action Philosophers!, but it’s still pretty danged good.
Mind the Gap on page 182 sounds intriguing – a woman is attacked on a subway platform and left in a coma, and no one knows who attacked her or when they’ll strike next, and I’m assuming this isn’t just a garden-variety mugging – but what’s really interesting to me is seeing Rodin Esquejo’s interior art. He’s been doing covers so much, I wonder how his sequential storytelling is. (2 May)
Well, that’s odd. Usually more from Image jumps out at me, but nothing’s really grabbing me that I haven’t mentioned before, so let’s move on!
Speaking of idiotic bulletpoints, here is the solicitation for X-Men Legacy #266 & 267:
“• Avengers She-Hulk, Falcon and Moon Knight are tasked with securing the Jean Grey School …
• And Rogue and her team of X-Men aren’t too happy about it!”
Bwah-motherfucking-ha. This isn’t the only time this month that the bulletpoint solicits don’t quite work, but by God, Marvel is committed to them!
Garth Ennis is back writing a Fury “MAX” story, which is odd, because I thought his first Fury “MAX” story was considered anathema around the Marvel offices. I don’t know if this will be any good, but it’s nice that Marvel isn’t holding a decade-long grudge!
There are some weird collected editions in Marvel’s Previews this month. There’s X-Force: Child’s Play, which collects issues #32-37 of the old series and some New Warriors issues. Then there’s an Operation: Zero Tolerance hardcover for 75 dollars. Really, Marvel?
Man, do the Big Two comics just suck these days, or have I finally completely lost interest in them? Whatever the case, let’s move on to the back of the book. Maybe something there will catch my interest!
On page 254, Bluewater Productions gives us The Secret Lives of Julie Newmar. This can’t be any good, but I love that Bluewater is shamelessly promoting this as simply Julie Newmar being sexy. Why the hell not?
Sam Humphries is apparently the hip hot writer, because he keeps bringing out new books. On page 257 he has Higher Earth from Boom!, which tells the story of two people who cross dimensions to hundreds of different earths trying to do … something. It’s only a dollar for the first issue, but here’s something interesting – there is no artist listed. Boom! has the cover artists listed, but not who’s doing interior work. Yes, we’ve moved into the age of comics where interior artwork doesn’t matter at all, just the people doing covers! It’s a new world!
Dynamite is relaunching The Spider on page 270. It’s written by Davis Liss of the recently-cancelled Black Panther book, if that’s a draw for you. I wonder how these pulp books are doing for the various publishers who hold the license. Are they really cheap to produce?
On page 296, First Second has Baby’s In Black, a story about the early, Hamburg days of the Beatles. It focuses on Stuart Sutcliffe, apparently, and sounds pretty neat (it’s on-line, but as you know, I don’t tend to read comics that way).
Metro from Metropolitan Books (page 302) sounds intriguing. It’s about a guy who gets caught up in a crime scheme set against the crumbling Mubarak regime in Cairo. At least, it sounds intriguing to me!
Claremont and Bolton’s Marada the She-Wolf gets a hardcover collection on page 316 from Titan Books. It includes a story that’s never been collected before. I’ve never read these stories, although the art does look nice, from what I’ve seen.
Top Shelf has Eddie Campbell’s The Lovely Horrible Stuff on page 320. It’s a comic book about money. Yes, money. You know it’s going to be awesome!
Valiant is back on page 327 with X-O Manowar by Robert Venditti and Cary Nord. I have no idea how it will sell, but my retailer just mentioned a conversation he had with a Valiant dude about the “talking” cover. Apparently if a retailer orders 50 copies of issue #1, he gets a cover that actually speaks. My retailer told the Valiant guy that there was no way he was going to sell 50 copies of issue #1, and even if he could get 50 bucks for the “talking” cover, it wouldn’t be worth it. The Valiant dude was actually getting mad at my retailer for saying this. My retailer has been in the business for over 25 years, so I think he knows what’s going to sell and what’s not, so why should he order far more copies than he can sell (he thinks he might be able to sell 20 copies if he’s lucky)? I get that Valiant is trying to make the book “hawt,” but why should the retailer take the financial hit just because they want to sell a gimmick cover?
Some punk named Brian Cronin has a book out on page 351 called Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellant? First of all, what a stupid title. Batman carries Shark-Repellant to repel motherfucking sharks, for crying out loud! Second of all, that sounds like a made-up name. I mean, Cronin? I’d be suspicious of that name, because it sounds fishy. Third of all, Our Dread Lord and Master actually forces everyone who writes for this blog to buy a copy of this book, but you don’t have to! Resist, good readers! Don’t get sucked in! It’s too late for us, but you can still escape!!!!!
And so, once again, we come to the end of another Previews. I don’t think I’m getting bored with comics, but I’m just having a hard time getting excited about DC and Marvel stuff these days. This is also a bit shorter than usual because of this:
Yes, it’s a break in my finger. I won’t go into the embarrassing circumstances that led to me breaking my finger, but let’s just say that when you’re an out-of-shape 40-year-old, you shouldn’t be doing things that in-shape 6-year-olds do with ease. Sigh. I can still type, but it’s kind of a pain in the … well, finger, I suppose. So I wasn’t too keen to delve too deeply into Previews this time around. Forgive me!
Don’t let that stop you from digging through the catalog yourself. It’s always a fun journey!