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Flippin’ through Previews – July 2011

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Flippin’ through <i>Previews</i> – July 2011

Oh, no – is it the Apocalypse?!?!? Only Previews #274 knows for sure!

Dark Horse:

Hey, look on page 24 – there’s a Buffy Season 9 comic. So, they’re still doing that, are they? (14 September)

Dark Horse Presents #4 has the “first chapters of brand-new Beasts of Burden and Criminal Macabre stories!” I’m not sure how I feel about that. I know they’ll be collected in the trade paperbacks, but it seems rude to do that to people who are only fans of the series and don’t necessarily want to buy Dark Horse Presents. Of course, maybe some people are only buying DHP to read something by Neal Adams or Howard Chaykin and will be impressed enough to buy those series when they do show up. See why I don’t know how to feel about it? (21 September)

Dear Lord, Fear Agent #31 is solicited on page 40. Wasn’t this series supposed to be finished a year ago (at least)? This is why I buy it in trades! (5 October – yeah, we’ll see)

Holy crap, Dark Horse is offering a new volume of MPD-Psycho on page 51. That’s certainly neat-o! (Although Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service seems to have hit a snag, so there’s that.) (16 November)

The Manara Library Volume One HC seems a bit pricey at $59.99, but I still might get it. I dig Manara, after all. (9 November)


Something strange is going on with DC this month. I just can’t put my finger on it …

Let’s run these down, keeping in mind that I’m probably going to wait for trades for the ones I like:

Justice League. I’ve rarely like Johns, Lee is really slow, and it just doesn’t look that interesting.
Justice League International. I like Lopresti, but with Jurgens writing, it’s almost guaranteed that this will be competent but forgettable.
Aquaman. More Johns. No thanks.
Wonder Woman. Azzarello is okay, Chiang is excellent, but I don’t know if he’s slow or if DC likes jerking him around on and off books. Maybe they’ll let him stay here a while? +1
The Flash. Manapul has gotten A LOT better since he started at DC, but who knows if he can write?
Captain Atom. J. T. Krul? No thanks.
The Fury of Firestorm. Cinar is a big draw, and I’m morbidly curious to see if the political leanings of van Sciver and Simone bleed over into the book. So I might get it? +1 (?)
Green Arrow. More J. T. Krul, really?
The Savage Hawkman. A commenter on my “If I ran DC” post wanted to know what I had against Daniel as a writer. To be honest, I’ve only read maybe two issues he’s written, but they were so very bad I can’t imagine this being any good.
Mister Terrific. The concept sounds intriguing, but I’m desperately wracking my brains to recall anything I’ve ever read by Wallace or Robinson. I can’t do it. So I suppose I’ll wait for some reviews. +1 (?)
DC Universe Presents. Is this rotating creative teams? It depends on that, I guess.
Action Comics. It’s Grant Morrison, so of course. +1
Superman. No thanks.
Superboy. Lobdell and Silva? Another one about which I’m on the fence. +1 (?)
Supergirl. Despite Asrar’s presence, I think I’ll skip this.
Batman. Snyder = good. Capullo = bad. This is tough choice. Probably? +1 (?)
Detective Comics. Tony Daniel again? No thanks.
Batwing. I like the concept, but Judd Winick? I don’t think so. Plus, I like how Batwing lives in West Africa but the cover shows him gliding over the pyramids. He’s the Batman of an entire continent when Batman himself can barely hold it together in one city? Yeah, that makes sense.
Batman: The Dark Knight. David Finch tries again. Bwah-ha-ha-ha!
Batman and Robin. As much as I like Gleason, I think I’ll skip this.
Batgirl. Meh. I don’t care either way what they do with Barbara Gordon, but she seems superfluous (as so much of the Bat-line is).
Batwoman. Is it really happening? +1
Nightwing. Remember that “superfluous” comment? Yeah, it applies to this, too.
Catwoman. Bwah-ha-ha-ha! Yeah, no.
Birds of Prey. Swierczynski is an odd writer who can go hot or cold with me. I’m intrigued by this, but I’ll wait to see what others say about it. +1 (?)
Red Hood and the Outlaws. Um, yeah. Definitely no.
Green Lantern. I’m not buying it now, so why would I start in September?
Green Lantern Corps. Still no.
Green Lantern: New Guardians. Tyler Kirkham art!!!!!!
Red Lanterns. This has “Elektra” Milligan written all over it.
Justice League Dark. This, on the other hand, sounds intriguing. +1
Swamp Thing. Snyder and Paquette sounds like a great match. +1
Animal Man. I doubt it, even though it’s Lemire.
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Another Lemire book, but this sounds far more interesting. +1
I, Vampire. I like Fialkov, but I think I’ll skip this one.
Resurrection Man. I know this is a cult favorite, but I wasn’t too impressed with it the first time around, and with the same writers, I doubt if I’ll be impressed with it this time around.
Demon Knights. Cornell writing Dark Ages DC stuff? That might be totally worth a look. +1
StormWatch. For whatever reason, this just doesn’t float my boat.
Voodoo. Unless she strips every other issue, what’s the point?
Grifter. Edmondson and CAFU are a good team, although I worry about CAFU’s speed. +1
Deathstroke. Next!
Suicide Squad. Oh, Marco Rudy. I sure would like to support your comic.
O.M.A.C. Giffen art = good. DiDio and Giffen writing? Not so much.
Blackhawks. Ken Lashley? Seriously?
Men of War. I love the stylized cover by Kalvachev, because it’s masking the fact that this is drawn by Bland Tom Derenick.
All-Star Western. Gotham City isn’t in the West.
Teen Titans. Arrggghhhh! My eyes!
Static Shock. Every sentence in the solicit text ends with an exclamation point except the last one, which ends in a question mark. Get excited for Static Shock, people!!!!!
Hawk and Dove. Bwah-ha-ha-ha! Over/under on the Marat Mychaels fill-in issue: 2.
Blue Beetle. Tony Bedard can certainly write 20 pages of comic book text.
Legion of Super-Heroes. I’ve never been a Legion fan, and probably never will be.
Legion Lost. Ibid.

So, that’s 52 titles. I’m definitely buying (in trade) eight titles, and probably buying five more. So, 13 new books, which is exactly 25% of their output. Considering that as of right now, I’m buying 7 or so regular series from DC, that’s pretty good, I think. So, well done, DC? I may change my mind about these, of course, and an improvement from 7 to the 8 definite buys isn’t that great, but it’s something! I share others’ concerns about the lack of diversity, more among the creators than the characters, but that’s something for another day. Let’s move on.

Lee Bermejo writes and draws Batman: Noel, which is based on A Christmas Carol (page 118). That’s certainly odd. (2 November)

There’s a softcover collecting all twelve issues of All Star Superman for 30 bucks on page 119. That’s not a bad price.

DC is reprinting the comics adaptation of The Bible from 1975 (page 119). Joe Kubert and Nestor Redondo provide the art. Has anyone ever seen this? It sounds like a trippy project. (29 February)

There’s a new Suicide Squad trade on page 123, collecting issues #7-13 plus the JLI crossover. More good comics, people! (19 October)

Batman teams up with Jonah Hex in 1879 in the latest issue of The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold (page 126). Because if you’re Batman and you don’t travel through time at least once a week, it’s kind of a waste, isn’t it? (14 September)

Over on page 132, there’s a big hardcover reprinting a bunch of Bill Willingham stuff from the past two decades or so. It’s 50 bucks but is packed with content. I think Willingham even drew some of it! (16 November)


The Definitive Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim, volume 1 shows up on page 163. This is Alex Raymond doing his thing, so while it’s $75, it might be for you!

From what I’ve seen of Suicide Girls (the trade of which shows up on page 164), I can’t recommend it at all, but it sounds so ridiculous that I wish someone would buy me the trade just so I can read it without spending money on it.


Idea Man Jay Faerber has a new comic out on page 170 called Near Death, which follows a hit man whose near-death experience convinces him that he better start being a nice guy. (21 September)

I’m excited about Joe Casey and Nathan Fox on Haunt (page 173), but I’ll probably end up getting whatever work they do in trade format. Still, nice coup for Kirkman and McFarlane. (21 September)

I’m kind of curious about Pigs (page 174), about a KGB sleeper cell in Cuba that has been activated and is killing Americans. I’d be curiouser about it if either one of Ben McCool’s mini-series was finished, but since he has a co-writer, I hope that might be mitigated a bit. (14 September)

Rick Veitch and Gary Erskine have The Big Lie on page 181, in which a lab tech goes back in time to the morning of 11 Sept. 2001 and tries to convince her husband to get out of the World Trade Center. Man, this has “entertaining train wreck” written all over it, doesn’t it? (7 September)

Lots of trades of series I’m liking are offered in this month’s Image section: Blue Estate on page 184, Elephantmen on page 185, Green Wake on page 186, Moriarty on page 186. Of course, three of those four haven’t shipped the final issues of what the trade is offering, so I can’t say they end well, but they’ve started strong! (14 September, 21 September, 21 September, and 7 September, respectively)

There’s a nice Bill Sienkiewicz homage by Mike Huddleston for Butcher Baker #7 (page 193; 28 September):


I know Marvel is just taking the piss a bit with DC, as in their section of Previews, they proudly proclaim that all of their series are “Still #____”, but considering that they kind of started this renumbering craze (or at least went nuts with it, because I guess DC technically started it after the first Crisis), it seems a bit stupid. Especially when they list that Uncanny X-Men is “still #543” on the solicit when they’re ending that and rebooting it a freakin’ month later. I mean, it’s kind of funny, because you know Marvel isn’t that serious, but they should have gone all the way and done it with something like FF (“Still #9”) or Punisher (“Still #3”). That would have made the joke even funnier.

Is there a Warlord of Mars movie in the works? Because suddenly everyone’s jumping on the Burroughs property like it’s a live grenade and they’re some heroic WWII soldier – first Dynamite, now Marvel (page 20). And I’m still totally freaking out about John Carter’s right leg in this image:

It’s just weird, man. (14 September)

Steve McNiven is the listed artist for Captain America #3 (page 33). We’ll see. (14 September)

I’m crossing my fingers that the old Matt Fraction shows up on the latest chapter of Casanova (page 81). Man, that would suck if he didn’t. (7 September)

So far, apparently, Marvel’s revival of the CrossGen stuff hasn’t made much of a blip on the sales radar, but Ruse: The Victorian Guide to Murder is offered on page 107, and I know I’ll be buying it. So that’s one more sale! (21 September)

Strange Tales II is out in softcover on page 122. It’s pretty good. (28 September)

Well, Marvel wasn’t really exciting me this time around. What say we head to the back of the book and see if we can rectify that?

SLG has a trade of The Royal Historian of Oz on page 216. I seem to recall Bill Reed enjoying this book, so if you trust Bill Reed, maybe you should pick this up! (Unless I’m wrong and Bill Reed doesn’t like this book, and can we really trust Bill anyway?)

Pages 230-231 give us some nice selections from Archaia. Jim Henson’s A Tale of Sand is an adaptation of a Henson screenplay that sounds pretty keen. Awakening is collected in a giant hardcover for only 25 dollars, which ain’t bad. There’s an Immortals: Gods and Heroes trade that ties in with the movie (which looks really dumb, by the way) and features a lot of cool talent, including Jock, Brian Clevinger, and Francesco Francavilla. Finally, Mr. Murder is Dead is a graphic novel created like an olde-tymey comic strip. Sounds interesting.

Archie Comic Publications has a trade of Archie: The Married Life volume 1 on page 231. Norm Breyfogle draws it, and I keep hearing what a weird, twisted comic this is, so I’m very tempted by it!

There’s another volume of Freakangels offered on page 244 from Avatar. I’ve only read the first three, but it’s still a good series. Of course, you could read it for free like a sucker, but I prefer to spend money on it!

Boom! Studios has a new series called The Rinse on page 256. It’s about a guy who launders money and what happens when he tries to go straight. It’s written by Gary Phillips, of whom I am not a fan, but you might be interested in it!

On page 264, Dynamite has the comic book adaptation of A Game of Thrones, piggybacking on the success of the HBO series. I finally started watching the series (so don’t spoil it for me, please), and I always have a question about stories like this: If the Night’s Watch has been around for 8000 years (which I think someone mentioned in the show), that implies that this civilization has been around at least that long. If so, why don’t these societies ever progress past medieval times? Didn’t anyone invent the internal combustion engine or incandescant light bulb by now? It’s the same thing that bugs me about Tolkien’s stuff. Yes, this is what I think about occasionally.

Chad Nevett (among many others) was a big fan of Johnny Ryan’s Prison Pit #2, on page 284, Fantagraphics offers #3. It doesn’t seem like my kind of thing, although it’s been pointed out to me that I’m kind of square.

Jim Ottoviani always makes science more fun, so his latest, Feynman, which is on page 289 from First Second and is a biography of the physicist, ought to be interesting. Who doesn’t love physics?

I’ve heard good things about Mangaman on page 291 from Houghton Mifflin, so I might get it. A manga character falls into the real – and Western – world? Intriguing …

So Frank Miller’s “Batman-vs.-Osama bin Laden” comic has turned into Holy Terror, a story about a vague hero hunting down murderous zealots who look vaguely Arab. It’s on page 298 from Legendary Comics. The few art samples look terrific, but I wasn’t sure if this was a good idea when it was Batman and a real-life bad guy, and I’m even less sure now. Like most of recent Frank Miller, though, I’m morbidly curious.

Titan Publishing brings us The Simon and Kirby Library: Crime HC on page 314. It’s 50 bucks, so it might be a bit dear for you, but it features Simon/Kirby crime comics from the 1950s, which has to be cool, right?

It’s always strange to get near the end of the comics section of Previews, because I’m never sure where I’m going to finish. This time, it’s with Simon and Kirby. That ain’t bad, is it? So that’s the latest check through the catalogue. Have fun with it yourself, and remember: There are other books beside DC ones coming out in September!

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