Flippin’ through Previews – May 2014

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Flippin’ through <i>Previews</i> – May 2014

DC actually makes a dick joke in Previews #308! What’s going on over there at 1700 Broadway????

Dark Horse:

On Page 36, The Authentic Accounts of Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities Omnibus is offered. Man, that’s a mouthful. I read one of the mini-series, and it wasn’t bad, so I might dive into this. It’s only 25 bucks for over 300 pages, and Eric Powell’s story is pretty decent while Kyle Hotz’s art looks groovy. (10 September)

Peter Bergting draws an arc of Baltimore on page 38. Baltimore is the only Hellboy-verse comic I’ve never tried. Maybe I should. (30 July)

Leaving Megalopolis shows up on page 44. I’m curious to read this, because I like Gail Simone’s writing and Jim Calafiore’s art, so I’m glad it’s coming out in a format that I want. Like I have time to back all these Kickstarter projects! (10 September)

Groo vs. Conan #1 is offered on page 45. I just love the fact that Aragonés is drawing the Groo parts and Tom Yeates is drawing the Conan parts. That should make the book look unique, at least. I’ll probably wait for the trade, but I’m sure this will be fun. (23 July)

On page 48, we find the Usagi Yojimbo Color Special, which should be neat. I’ve read some of these pages, but not all of them, and if you still want to support Sakai and his wife, do yourself a favor a check this out, because Sakai stories are always pretty good. (9 July)

I don’t know how old Red Moon (page 49) is, as Carlos Trillo has been dead for three years, but he and Eduardo Risso made some cool comics together, so I might have to pick this sucker up. It’s about a young girl who embarks on an adventure to save her father. I imagine it will be keen. (17 September)

I don’t know if the new ongoing of Ghost is any good, but the first four issues get collected on page 53. I’m shocked – SHOCKED – that Ryan Sook didn’t last very long on it. (10 September)

On page 58, The Complete Silencers shows up, with the old Moonstone series, the Image one-shot, and other stuff thrown in. I knew this existed, and I thought I had read some of it, but maybe I haven’t. I’d have to check. Anyway, it’s Fred van Lente and Steve Ellis, which isn’t a bad team, and it’s about super-powered mob enforcers, so I might get it. (17 September)

Finder: Third World shows up in a collected edition on page 59. This was serialized in Dark Horse Presents, so I’ve already read it, but it’s quite good, so I’m torn about getting the collection, especially because I’m one of the weird people who happens to dig Carla Speed McNeil’s annotations. We’ll see. (3 September)

I am adverse to the idea of buying comics based on video games, but I’m not totally against it, so I might have to check out the trade of The Witcher on page 62. It’s by Paul Tobin and Joe Querio, so I imagine it will be pretty neat. Gadzooks, I hate video games. Yes, I went there. (10 September)

So Previews is doing some sort of “Women in Comics” thing to celebrate that … there are women in comics? I guess? Anyway, I mention it only because Deep Gravity (page 63) by Mike Richardson, Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, and Fernando Baldó gets a “Woman in Comics” emblem, while the description – about a man in a “savage world … where gravity can turn your bones to powder” – makes it sound like the woman is a fairly typical damsel in distress. Um, yay? (30 July)

Well, this is weird. On page 72, Dark Horse offers the final volume of The Manara Library. So far, so good. It’s Volume 6: Escape from Piranesi and Other Stories. Again, fine. Here’s the rub, though. Dark Horse already solicited volume 6 of The Manara Library back in September, and it wasn’t this collection. The Borgias never came out (it was due in January), and it’s not on Dark Horse’s web site. Did something happen with the rights to those stories? Why would they have? So not only did it never come out, it’s as if they never existed. Very weird. I’m curious to find out what happened. (10 September)


I’m mildly curious about Grayson #1 (page 80), because I dig spy comics, and I especially like spy comics set in a larger, superhero universe. The team of Tim Seeley and Mikel Janin isn’t the greatest, but it’s still nice that DC is giving this a try. I’ll probably get the trade of the only arc before it gets cancelled, but we’ll see. (2 July)

I love how DC claims they’re not going to go all Marvel on us with constant reboots, and then on page 82, we get … a reboot, in the form of New Suicide Squad, which looks suspiciously like the “old” Suicide Squad. I mean, why relaunch this so soon after cancelling it? Anyway, I dig how in the DCnU, the “most dangerous and unpredictable place in the world” is Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Not Gotham City, where the murder rate is probably higher than Honduras’s. Not any of those fictional countries ruled by actual super-villains. Yeah. (9 July)

DC is also rebooting Teen Titans on page 83, and for the occasion, they’ve chosen a totally inoffensive cover. Nothing to see here, people!

Speaking of covers, I don’t think any artist has ever, in the history of comics, referenced the Pietà before. This could start a trend!

On page 122, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio have an open letter to retailers, explaining that they need to order “3-D Motion” covers for their Futures End tie-ins that ship in September, the big anniversary month for DC these days. This is in response to those covers from last year, which weren’t available to everyone because the demand was so great. That’s nice that DC is doing this to make sure everyone gets what they want, but I can’t help but be depressed that they have plot synopses for these comics but have no creative teams listed. This implies a few things. One, of course, is that people will buy these solely for the funky covers, no matter what is inside the book. Second, that it proves DC’s editorial is in charge of their comics, as they already have the plots of these comics laid out even though they have no idea who’s writing or drawing them. Third, if they do know the creative teams, which is why they know the plots and it’s not editorially-driven, they think so little of creative teams that they don’t bother to list them. I mean, these are some depressing thoughts. But as long the machine stays turned on, who gives a shit, right?

Page 143. Words fail me.

DC solicits the Forever Evil hardcover for September (page 145). They’re awfully confident that David Finch will have the final issue done by then! (3 September)

For $125, you can get Absolute Batman, Incorporated on page 154. DC really should begin releasing nice, $30-Omnibus editions of Morrison’s entire Batman run in order rather than piecemeal, like they’re doing. Still, this is probably a pretty good deal, depending on how much you like Morrison. (26 November)

Also on page 154, there’s The Flash Omnibus volume 1 for $99.99. This is the beginning of the Silver Age stuff, and I’m very, VERY tempted to get this, as I’ve only read Showcase #4 and I’m woefully behind on my 1950s and 1960s comics stuff. (24 September)

Bodies on page 157 sounds pretty damned cool. It’s a story about four detectives in four different time periods solving four murders, but they all take place in London, so it sounds like they’ll be connected somehow. It goes from the 1890s to the 1940s to the present to 2050, and it’s written by Si Spencer and illustrated by four different artists – Dean Ormston, Phil Winslade, Meghan Hetrick, and Tula Lotay. Man, this sounds neat-o. (30 July)

The trade of Trillium is offered on page 163. I thought it was a very cool comic, although maybe others didn’t. But here’s your chance to make up your own mind! (6 August)

Mr. Punch gets a 20th anniversary edition on page 164. It’s been a long time since I read this – I should drag it out and re-read it. I didn’t get it when I read it, but that might be because I’m not very bright. Still, it’s a neat-looking comic. (3 September)


On page 180, Ragnarök #1 shows up, which is nice. I’ve been looking forward to this for a while, and I’m glad it’s here. Walt Simonson continues to be a superb artist, and he’s a good writer, too, so this should be cool. I like how IDW is desperate to get us to buy the single issues – the “first trade paperback will not be in stores until late 2015!” Well, shit, I better get it now!!!!

Ben Templesmith’s fascination with squids continues, as he gives up all pretense of anything else and just calls his latest book The Squidder (page 183), which is about a soldier in a post-apocalyptic world fighting against tentacled alien monsters. Yes, it sounds like so many other comics of the past, but Templesmith’s art is always cool to see, and he’s a sneakily hilarious writer, so I might have to check this out.

Tom Scioli is drawing Transformers vs. G. I. Joe #1 on page 184. God. Damn. It. Because I really want to spend more money. Maybe I can make sure to get the Rob Liefeld variant cover, because why would I want Scioli’s or James Stokoe’s when I can have Liefeld’s????

I mean, honestly, it’s kind of unfair.


On page 218, we find Low, which is the latest collaboration between Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini. Their last work together, as far as I know, was the arc on Uncanny X-Force that was not very good, but they did The Last Days of American Crime together, which was. I don’t quite trust Remender as a writer, but he’s a good idea guy, and this book – in which a space probe returns to an almost-destroyed Earth after tens of thousands of years – sounds pretty neat. Let’s keep our fingers crossed about it! (30 July)

Warren Ellis is rebooting an old Image character with Supreme Blue Rose on page 222, which should be pretty cool. Tula Lotay, whose profile is skyrocketing these days (deservedly so), provides the keen art. I suppose I’m down for this, at least to see what’s what. (23 July)

A few years ago, I thought John Bivens would be a good artist to work in my New DCU. Now he’s working on Dark Engine, a weird-sounding series about someone sent into the past to kill her creators’ enemies. The preview pages are small but look phenomenal. I knew Bivens would fit in my DC! (10 July)

There’s Warrior Chicken Poyo on page 236. Even if you don’t buy Chew (and why not?), you should check out the Poyo specials, as they’re even more insane than the regular series. (9 July)

Hey, it’s the Bad Dog trade on page 238! Isn’t that nifty? I do like how they have the balls to call it “volume 1,” considering how long it took the six issues to come out. But there it is! (9 July)

Richard Starkings is apparently redoing the Elephantmen trades, this time in chronological order, as Elephantmen Mammoth volume 1 shows up on page 239. It’s well over 450 pages for only 30 bucks, which is a pretty good deal. I’m not the hugest fan of releasing things in chronological order when they weren’t originally presented that way (see: The Godfather movies), but if you’ve never read Elephantmen, this is a good way to start, certainly. (9 July)

It’s been a while since I read Murder Me Dead so I can’t really say much about it, but David Lapham’s noir tale gets reprinted on page 239 if you’ve never read it. I remember liking it, but that’s about it. (16 July)


So there I am, flipping through the Marvel catalog, and I turn the page and get a full blast of this:

Now, if that was, you know, a real person, this might not be an unpleasant experience. I do like how Marvel puts them front and center, because they know what sells, man! Moving on from the fact that the boobs are the focal point, the solicit for Thor: The Tenth Realm (page 6) claims that Angela – a character created in a series published by a completely different comic book company, is really the “sister Thor never knew he had.” That just made me laugh and laugh.

Skottie Young is probably the perfect person to draw Rocket Raccoon (page 18), but it’s still depressing that instead of advertising that fact more, Marvel chooses to make sure we all know the series is “in-continuity.” Sigh. (2 July)

Peter David is back writing Spider-Man 2099, but of course Miguel has to live in 2014. I mean, there’s a serious lack of Spider-Man derivatives running around the Marvel Universe these days, so I’m glad they’re rectifying that! (9 July)

All of the “100th Anniversary Specials” from Marvel sound pretty missable … except for Motherfucking James Stokoe writing and drawing the Avengers one (page 28). Holy crap, I’m all over that one. (23 July)

So, on page 36, we find a solicitation for the thirteenth issue of The Superior Foes of Spider-Man. Okay. However, in last month’s Previews, the “penultimate” issue of the book was offered, and it was issue # … 14. So, um, what’s up with this? I don’t expect Marvel to use restraint in their solicits, but now they’re just straight lying to us? Oh, Marvel, how could you?

Daredevil #0.1 (page 42) tells the story of Matt Murdock’s cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. I would pay twice – no, thrice the $4.99-price tag if it’s just Matt Murdock sitting quietly on an airplane while two guys he hired as movers have an uneventful four-day drive on I-80. That would be the best comic ever. EVER!!!!! (2 July)

Joe Madureira made it three issues into Inhuman (page 49), while Adrian Alphona made it five whole issues into Ms. Marvel (page 55). Yay? (23 July and 16 July)

cat yronwode wrote some of Miracleman (page 62)? What the heck? When did that happen? (2 July)

Ms. Marvel Masterworks volume 1 shows up on page 90. That’s kind of neat. (15 October)

It’s the back of the book! Yay!

On page 276, you can pick up the softcover Strangers in Paradise Omnibus for $100. This is two books containing 2128 pages, and I really want to get it, but I’m wary about giant collections and how they’re bound. I love the 41-issue Stray Bullets collection, but it’s not bound very well, and I hope this is. Maybe I’ll contact Moore and see if he’ll be at San Diego, so I can see the giant thing before I drop $100 on it.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Noah van Sciver (yes, I know I’m a heretic), but his Youth Is Wasted shows up on page 280 from Adhouse Books. Maybe I’ll pick it up and give him another chance!

I like how everyone is making somewhat of a big deal about the “death” of Archie in Life with Archie #36 (page 290). I mean, it’s neat that they’re doing it, but no one is pretending that Archie Comics is going to stop publishing Archie Andrews comics, and it’s weird that anyone would care about this more than any other regular Archie story.

Boom! Studios:

On page 311, we get RoboCop #1 by Joshua Williamson and Carlos Magno. It’s an ongoing following from the first movie, which could work, I suppose. Anyway, good for Boom!

Meanwhile, on page 313, we find Black Market by Frank Barbiere and Victor Santos. A down-on-his-luck medical examiner working in a funeral home gets a visit from his criminal brother, who proposes a scheme to find the cure to all disease, a cure which happens to exist in the DNA of superheroes. So I assume that means they have to kill the superheroes. Who knows? Anyway, that’s not a bad idea, so we’ll see how it goes, shan’t we?

Boom! is firing up Steed and Mrs. Peel once again on page 315, which is nice. Ian Edginton is writing it, which might mean it’s probably going to be decent, and the description seems to imply that they’re going to end up in The Prisoner’s village, which I happen to know made Greg Hatcher’s head explode with delight.

Day Men gets a trade on page 317, and it’s only ten dollars. I was waiting for the trade, and now I have to decide if what sounds like a somewhat dull vampire story is worth it for the Brian Stelfreeze art. Oh, what to do?!?!?

Burlyman has a trade of Doc Frankenstein on page 331, if you’re interested. Has this ever been collected? I might have to get this.

Jeff Smith has a new book, Tuki, on page 331. That’s always nice. It’s about the “first human to leave Africa.” Okay. I might have to get this in single issues, even though Smith takes a long time between each issue. But I might have to check it out.

Over at Dynamite, Doc Savage comes to an end with issue #8 (page 355). This has been a solid comic, with some very nice art from Bilquis Evely, who should really get more high profile work based on her stuff in this comic. We’ll see if she does! (30 July)

Meanwhile, on page 357, Kings Watch gets a trade paperback. I was waiting for it, so now I’ll have to pick it up! (30 July)

Fantagraphics has Hip Hop Family Tree volume 2 from Ed Piskor on page 366. I should probably get volume 1 first, but there it is!

Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew bring us The Shadow Hero from First Second on page 369, and I am all over it. Yang is a very good creator, and the origin story of the largely forgotten first Asian American superhero sounds really keen.

I haven’t read Neil Gaiman’s novel The Graveyard Book, but HarperCollins has a graphic adaptation drawn by a bunch of cool artists, so I might have to pick this sucker up.

Hermes Press has the trade paperback of Howard Chaykin’s Buck Rogers series, in both hardcover and softcover. I don’t have much interest in anything Chaykin is doing these days, but if you were waiting for the trade, here it is!

Oni Press:

Joshua Hale Fialkov has a new comic called The Life After on page 383. It’s about a man who goes “through Heaven and Hell to save us all.” There’s not a ton about it in the solicits, but Fialkov is a good writer, so I might have to check this out. (9 July)

I wasn’t sure if The Auteur was an ongoing or a mini-series, but issue #5 is solicited on page 384, so I guess it’s an ongoing. The first trade is right above it, and I’m considering getting it, based on some of the things I’ve heard about the book. Anyone want to chime in with a recommendation? (10 September for the trade, 16 July for issue #5)

Foster is collected on page 390 from OSSM Comics, which is nice. Foster was coming out in single issues, but it went away for a while, so it’s nice that it’s back. It’s not a bad comic – Brian Buccellato has a pretty good idea about a strange world stuck in the 1970s and a demon chasing a young boy – and Noel Tuazon’s art is nicely done.

Speaking of comics that never finished, on page 400 we find Sparks from Sideshow Productions. A few years ago, Sparks came out with 4 (?) of 6 scheduled issues, and I think the final two were published digitally but not in the real world. It wasn’t bad – it’s about a noir superhero caught in a murder mystery – and JM Ringuet’s art is pretty good, so it’s nice that it’s finally getting a collection. I guess it’s been made into a movie? That’s neat.

Almost two years ago, Titan Comics solicited a new hardcover version of Claremont and Bolton’s Black Dragon, and it’s back again on page 408. Maybe it will actually come out this time!

Also from Titan, on page 410 we find Void, by Henrik Hanna and Sean Phillips. I’m going to assume this is an older book, but who knows. It’s a science fiction thriller, and we know how awesome those are! (It’s for fans of Alien, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Firefly, according to the solicits. Why is it never for fans of Outland? Outland was the motherfucking bomb, yo.)

You can get the complete collection of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century from Top Shelf on page 412. This started off pretty well and went completely off the rails when Voldemort starting raping people. I’m glad Alan Moore isn’t obsessed with rape, or else we might see it a lot more in his comics. Phew – dodged a bullet there!

Page 455: The Big Butt Book 3D HC. The world is a glorious, and gloriously weird, place.

If you thought that nothing could top a book with a butt on it, I give you … Female Freddy (page 548):

Gaze upon it! Let it infect your darkest and most uncomfortable nightmares!!!!!

Hey, have a good day, okay? Be excellent to each other, as you know you should be!