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Previews: What Looks Good for May

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Previews: What Looks Good for May

Time once again for our monthly trip through Previews looking for cool, new comics. Starting with this installment, we’re going to open things up a little beyond just adventure books. Because it’s me doing it, the list will still slant heavily in that direction, but it won’t be a criterion any more.

I will still be focusing on graphic novels, collected volumes, and first issues though so that I don’t have to come up with a new way to say, “BPRD is still awesome!” every month. And I’ll continue letting Tom and Carla do the heavy lifting in regards to DC and Marvel’s solicitations.

Also, please feel free to play along in the comments. Tell me what I missed that you’re looking forward to or – if you’re a comics creator – feel free to mention your own stuff.

Ape

Kung Fu Panda #1 – I’m not sure if this is for me, but I have a 9-year-old at my house who’s going to be absolutely thrilled.

Richie Rich #1 – I have mixed feelings about this one too. I doubt I’ll be able to get past the This Isn’t My Richie Richness of it, but suspect that if I were, I might enjoy the adventures of a world-trotting rich kid and his pals. Still, Harvey Comics were a huge part of my childhood and I may be too close to think objectively.

Archaia

Berona’s War, Volume 2: Fight for Amity – This reminds me that I need to get and read Volume 1. The art looks great and I’m a sucker for fantasy stories about talking animals. Even brutally violent ones, I expect.

Days Missing, Volume 2: Kestus – I loved the anthology feel of the first volume, but if they had to do a longer, multi-issue story for Volume 2, I’m sure glad they got Phil Hester to write it. Been waiting patiently for this.

Archie

Archie #621 – Archie discovers a Lost Land of amazons and dinosaurs. I always loved this kind of stuff much more than the Betty/Veronica triangle and high-school hijinks back in the day. Not that I’ve been paying a lot of attention to Archie until recently, but I don’t recall the publisher’s exploring this adventurous side much in the last several years. If it is new, I’m glad to see they’re going back to it.

Betty #192 – And speaking of Archie adventure: here’s the second part of the Betty and Veronica “Spy Girls” story that starts in Veronica #206.

Boom!

DuckTales #1 – This should be a lot of fun, so it’s exciting all by itself, but it’s also one step closer to a TaleSpin comic and that’s what’s got me greedily rubbing my hands together.

Cartoon Books

Bone One-Volume Color Edition Signed 20th Anniversary Box Set – Two things. First, per Jeff Smith, this “is listed in the May-shipping Previews catalog because we needed a caution 3, as well time to get some numbers from retailers, but it will not actually be available until Preview Night at [San Diego] Comic-Con.” That’s fair. A lot of collected volumes get solicited early that way when they won’t be out until a couple of months later.

Secondly, this is the $350 Box Set version. The $150 Just the Book version will be out around November in time for the holidays.

Dark Horse

Avatar: The Last Airbender, Volume 1 : The Lost Adventures – My family and I just finally finished the Last Airbender DVDs and are hurting for more. While we wait for the sequel, we’ll take the edge off with this.

Blackjacked and Pistol-Whipped: A Crime Does Not Pay Primer – Try reading a history of comic books in America without hearing about Crime Does Not Pay. It’s not just brutal and horrifyingly thrilling; it’s educational!

DC

Static Shock #1 – I’ve only really ever enjoyed Static when Dwayne McDuffie was writing him, so Felicia Henderson’s got a lot of proving to do. Still…I really, really want Milestone’s characters to live on and do well. Don’t break my heart, Static Shock.

Superman/Batman #84 – I’m digging the Future JLA line-up on the cover. Stanley and His Monster and Klarion the Witch Boy Warlock alone make it worth looking into, but that’s also one badass, surfing Aquaman there.

Batman: Knight and Squire – It’s finally time for me to get off my butt (figuratively speaking, of course) and read some Paul Cornell.

Aquaman: Death of a Prince – If Aquaman has a definitive story, this is it. After spending more time than I should have with the Bob Haney stuff lately, I need this.

Dynamite

Kirby Genesis #0 – I can’t tell from the solicitation blurb, but I’m really hoping that this includes Satan’s Six in some capacity. Because Kurt Busiek writing those guys would be fantastic.

First Second

Anya’s Ghost – The art in this story about a friendship between a girl and a ghost looks wonderful. Of course it does; it’s First Second. Which means that the story’s likely to be very sweet and touching as well.

Humanoids

Incal Classic Collection – Like Crime Does Not Pay, this is another classic that I’ve been meaning to read ever since I first realized that there were comics outside of Harvey, Marvel, and DC. It started as a curiosity, but has turned into a genuine Bucket List item.

IDW

Rocketeer Adventures #1 – Can’t type. Weeping with joy.

30 Days of Night: Night Again #1 – Joe R Lansdale’s writing in the 30 Days of Night world is a really great idea. Sam Kieth’s doing anything is a really great idea.

Doc Macabre – One of these days, I’m going to sit down and catch up on all of the Niles-Wrightsonverse stuff. I’m looking forward to that.

Image

Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors #1 – I’m usually very cautious about superhero parody or anything that sort of smells like it, but the character designs for this team of student supervillains are marvelous. I’ve already picked my favorites and all I’ve seen of the book is the front cover.

Drums #1 – Oooh… voodoo!

Moriarty #1 – I’m obviously not alone in this, but I guess that I really do have an insatiable appetite for anything Sherlock Holmes-related.

Marvel

Alpha Flight #0.1 – This is so wonderful (I mean, Marrina? Come on!) that I feel bad about even hinting that it could be better, but I really hope they figure out how to pull Puck into this. When it comes to Alpha Flight though, I’m totally going to trust Fred Van Lente.

Mystique by Brian K Vaughan: Ultimate Collection – Like a lot of people, I discovered Brian K Vaughan through Y: The Last Man. But it was his run on Mystique that made me realize how awesome a writer he is. Anyone who can make a Mystique series even interesting – much less one of my favorite comics of its day – is a freaking magician.

Moonstone

Phases of the Moon #1-4 – You know what I like? An inter-company, almost line-wide crossover that includes a ton of great characters, but I only need to read three issues of (and spend a total of $7.50 on) to get the whole story.

Oni

Courtney Crumrin Tales #2 – It’s been a long time since we’ve had some new Courtney Crumrin. If there’s a bright side to not having new Good Neighbors to look forward to, Ted Naifeh’s being free for this would be it.

Sixth Gun, Volume 2 – I’m embarrassed that I’m not caught up on this yet. It’s so exactly the kind of thing that I like.

Red 5

Foster Broussard: Demons of the Gold Rush #1 – The Weird West is making a comeback and I’m not complaining.

SLG

Zeke Deadwood: Zombie Lawman #1-2 – And here’s another one. Reminds me that I also need to check out Jonah Hex.

Top Shelf

Gingerbread Girl – I’m following Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover’s webcomic on Top Shelf 2.0 and have fallen in love with its quirky sweetness. The jury’s still out on whether I’m also going to fall in love with the emotionally messed up main character, but I’m awfully fond of her and want to see her get her crap together, so I’m invested. Have a feeling I’m going to need the printed volume.

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