Let's check out this month's Previews with the full knowledge that these are the last times we'll see all these DC titles in their current incarnations!
Man, that cover is totally freaking me out. This is why photo-referencing is creepy. Agent Booth looks sexy, though!
I don't have any interest in that Angel and Faith #1 (page 20), because I'm not a fan of anything Buffy, but Rebekah Isaacs is drawing it. Rebekah Isaacs, in case you've been living in a hole, is awesome. (31 August)
Evan Dorkin writes The Goon #35 (page 28). A different writer would be the only way I would buy The Goon, because Powell is a phenomenal artist but just not a good writer. There. I said it. (31 August)
Dark Horse Presents #3 (page 42) features some of Steranko's Red Tide, the new edition of which has been teased for, I believe, 800 years. I mean, come on, Dark Horse!
According to the solicit for the War of the Green Lanterns Aftermath #2 (page 62), they're setting up the "next year's worth of GL tales." Is Tony Bedard writing the next year of Green Lantern? Or is he just writing this by editorial fiat? Only the Didiot knows for sure! (10 August)
Flashpoint #5 is solicited for 31 August (page 66). You already know that. DC has to be extremely confident that Kubert will finish it by then. I can only hope he's actually done pencilling it by now, because that would totally suck if their GIANT PLANS were upset because they didn't get Andy Kubert to start drawing five issues about a decade ago.
Whenever I think Kelly and the Chicks (they're a new wave band, don't you know) have been smoking the crack about the way women are portrayed in comics, Brett Booth or someone of his ilk hits us with this:
Well done, DC. (Page 71; 3 August)
I'm trying to hate "Brittania's" costume on the cover of Lois Lane and the Resistance #3 (page 79), but I just can't:
I admit, I love every ridiculous thing about this costume, from the topknot of hair that sticks out of her helmet to the giant metal breasts to the British flag loincloth. It's frickin' genius!!!!! (24 August)
I like J'onn J'onzz on the cover of The Outsider #3 (page 80) and the solicit text: "The Outsider's greatest enemy is revealed!" Um, yeah, you totally revealed it on the cover. (17 August)
Yes, DC is revisiting JLA Detroit in this "Retroactive" thing (page 88). Rejoice! (10 August)
Darryl Banks draws DC Retroactive: Green Lantern - The '90s #1 (page 92). Whatever happened to Banks? He's obviously still drawing, but did he drop out of comics to go work in animation, like so many other people who wanted to, you know, make real money? (24 August)
Speaking of reboots, is Batman, Incorporated (page 94) just going back to #1 and continuing on its merry way? Reboots make my head hurt. (17 August)
Boy, what a clusterfuck Batman: The Dark Knight has turned out to be (page 95). DC isn't even pretending that Finch is drawing it anymore, as they outright state that some dude who drew Soulfire is now the artist. Is the Didiot tossing and turning in his sleep for "stealing" Finch away from Marvel?
Scott Snyder, Jock, and Francesco Francavilla are no longer working on Detective Comics (page 96; "the extra-sized conclusion"). Is this a consequence of the reboot, or did they always plan to leave the book so soon? 'Tec has been better than it's been in some time (including the Batwoman issues - sorry, Kelly), and it would be a shame if these gentlemen got the rug pulled out from under them. (10 August)
If you buy Batman and Robin #26, featuring Nightrunner (page 97), then the terrorists win. Why do you hate America? (10 August)
Superman #714 finishes the "Grounded" story on page 102. Does anyone else get the feeling that DC pulled this line-wide reboot just to retcon the JMS Superman and Wonder Woman crap? (3 August)
DC tries to sneak in the fact that Brian Bolland is drawing a story in The Spirit #17 (page 106). Damn, that's tempting, especially because P. Craig Russell and Jose-Luis Garcia-Lopez are drawing the other two.
The latest "DC Comics Presents" thing is a reprint of Heaven's Ladder, the JLA graphic novel by Waid and Hitch (page 111). This is not a bad book, but it pops especially because of the giant-sized format. I don't know how it will work in the smaller size. (24 August)
All of Marshall Rogers' Batman work is collected on page 112. It's 50 bucks for 500 pages, and what I've read is pretty darned good, so if you've never read it, it might be something to pick up. (5 October)
There's a Night Force hardcover on page 114, collecting the entire 14-issue run from the early 1980s. This is Wolfman and Colan, which is pretty neat. However, DC just released that "DC Comics Presents" thing with some of these issues, and now they're bringing out the entire run? If I had bought the former, I'd be pissed. (19 October)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen gets an omnibus edition on page 124, which is awfully nice of DC. Give them your 50 dollars and settle in! (26 October)
In case you haven't gotten around to reading 100 Bullets, DC is releasing them in big ol' hardcovers on page 126 - the first one is 50 bucks for the first 19 issues. 100 Bullets is overrated, but it has nice art. (5 October)
Bill Willingham has a second Fables graphic novel on page 127 called Werewolves of the Heartland. This tells the story of what Bigby was doing a few issues ago wandering around the Midwest. It's odd yet keen that Willingham does this sort of thing outside of the usual run. (5 October)
The New York Five gets the trade treatment on page 129. If that's your thing. (21 September)
Speaking of Azzarello and Risso, Vertigo Resurrected: Jonny Double is offered on page 131. As usual with these things, 8 bucks for this is a good value. (10 August)
I never read Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but some people did, and now IDW is bringing it back on page 138. Eastman is still around, but Laird isn't. Meanwhile, the first seven issues of the original series are collected in a trade. Fifty dollars for it might be a bargain!
I have no idea if Creed: Omnichronos is any good (page 159), but I just wanted to point out that it's Trent Kaniuga's comic. Trent Kaniuga was a hot artist in Wizard in 1996, but I never knew he did any comics work before heading off to video games. But there he is!
Mnemovore gets a trade on page 162. This was a Vertigo series from 2005 with gorgeous Mike Huddleston art. The story isn't bad, but it's not superb, either. I'm surprised it's never been collected in trade before. Hmmm.
Dear Sweet Lord, Rob Liefeld:
(page 166; 3 August)
And then, on page 169, you can throw down 6 dollars for The Infinite #1 Deluxe Edition, with "mountains of [motherfucking] behind-the-scenes sketches and illustrations by Rob Liefeld!!!!!" (There's no "motherfucking" and no exclamation points, but there should be!) Man, how can you resist?!?!?!?!?
Over on page 186, Sweets is offered as a trade. Kody Chamberlain's art is very nice, but I do have to re-read it to see how it all fits together, as it took a while to come out. The trade won't have that problem! (24 August)
You know, I always wondered how Marvel could make Ghost Rider viable, and the answer is, of course, TITS! (page 7; 10 August)
The knowledge that Greg Land uses porn actors as photo references makes me really wonder on whom he based Colossus (page 13; 17 August)
Ultimate Comics Ultimates (page 19). I can't stop laughing about that name. (24 August)
I don't have any interest in "Spider-Island," but Emma Rios drawing the Cloak and Dagger tie-in mini-series (page 22) is good news indeed. (10 August)
Secret Avengers #16 (page 28) is how I like my Warren Ellis on corporate characters: short stories drawn by amazing artists, in this case Jamie McKelvie. Ellis is on the book for six issues. That's about how long he should be on it! (24 August)
Page 37: Iron Man 2.0 #7.1. I knew it was coming, but that doesn't mean it's not funny. (3 August)
I really do love reading solicitation texts, because they're so much fun. On page 5 (Alpha Flight #3), Dale Eaglesham is "legendary." Hey, I like Eaglesham, but "legendary"? Esad Ribic, your Ultimate Comics Ultimates (heh) artist, is a "superstar." Depends on how broad your definition of "superstar" is, I guess. Then, on page 43, Greg Rucka's Punisher #1 is offered with art by "neo-superstar" Marco Checchetto. What the heck is a "neo-superstar"? He's newly minted as a superstar, whereas Ribic has been one for years? I guess so, but exactly how is Checchetto a "superstar," neo- or otherwise? (3 August)
I really want pants like this (page 75):
Unfortunately, I don't have Brett Booth drawing me, so no luck, I suppose. (N.B.: I would kill myself painfully if Brett Booth was drawing me.) (17 August)
Marvel rolls out another weapon-sized Omnibus, this time the Fantastic Four by John Byrne variety (page 81), which packs over a 1000 pages into a $125-package. It's not that they're not good comics, because they are, but that's still a hefty book to take on the bus with you. I'm still pissed that the Thor one seems to have replaced the Visionary trades, because Marvel let volume 5 go out of print and I still don't fucking have it yet!!!!! Grrrr!!!!! (2 November)
I own all the issues, but I'm sorely tempted by the X-Statix Omnibus on page 82. I might have to skip it, though, mainly because I don't want to accidentally drop it on my daughter's head and kill her. (2 November)
Over on page 91, we get Black Widow: The Itsy-Bitsy Spider hardcover, which collects the two trades from the turn of the millennium. One is drawn by J. G. Jones and is gorgeous, while the other is drawn by Scott Hampton and is less so, although it's probably the better story. These have been collected before, right? Either way, if you don't have it, it might actually be worth it just for the Jones art. (2 November)
If you buy your Peter David Hulk stories in Visionary trade format, the eighth volume is offered on page 114. These are, of course, really good comics. It's nice to see that Marvel seems committed to releasing them, at least for a while (until the inevitable 10,000-page Omnibus edition). (10 August)
I think it's time we headed to the back of the book! Join me, won't you?
Archaia finally gets around to soliciting the collected edition of The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury on page 227. The single issue of this that came out a few years ago was phenomenal, and I'm so glad it's actually showing up ... of course, it still might be ridiculously delayed. Oh, Archaia, you're lucky your books are so good! They also have the third volume of Tom Siddell's Gunnerkrigg Court (page 226), which you can read for free on-line, of course, but who wants to do that? Also offered is the Feeding Ground hardcover on page 227. I haven't finished reading this yet, perhaps because any issues Archaia sends to me are going to Arizona, where they await my return, but it's an intriguing comic so far!
I'm kind of sad that a lot of Avatar's output no longer interests me, because they've often had good work in the past. But Warren Ellis's latest crazy take on superheroes, Supergod, is out in trade on page 236, and Ellis's crazy takes on superheroes are always fairly interesting. I'll have to ponder this.
Boom! has a trade of Codebreakers on page 247, if you're interested. This is a pretty good espionage series, made better by Scott Godlewski's very good art. On page 254, Boom! also has Roger Langridge's new series, Snarked, which looks fun (and the zero issue is only a dollar). I'm not sure if it's the "most anticipated series of 2011," but solicitation texts tend to be a tad exaggerated, so I'll let it slide!
I have no interest whatsoever in Candlewick Press's Tantalize: Kieren's Story on page 258, because it's about teenaged werewolves, and none of them are Michael J. Fox, but I should point out that it's drawn by Ming Doyle, who's really good. So it will look nice!
Gordon McAlpin's Multiplex shows up in a trade on page 258 from Chase Sequence. The collection has been available for a while, but it just made it into Previews. Huzzah! Our Dread Lord and Master reviewed this here.
Kevin Smith begins a new series from Dynamite, this time going with The Bionic Man (page 262). I could rant about the kind of creator Kevin Smith has turned into, but I'm not going to. I'm just going to figuratively sigh.
So Jennifer Blood has a seventh issue ... without Garth Ennis (page 266). Huh? Is it an ongoing? If so, huh? Isn't Garth Ennis the only reason anyone is buying this? Odd.
There's a new Optic Nerve on page 281 from Drawn & Quarterly. If Adrian Tomine is your cup of tea, that is.
There's a new Ganges on page 284 from Fantagraphics. If Kevin Huizenga is your cup of tea, that is.
Fantagraphics also has Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010 by Michael Kupperman (page 284). Tales Designed to Thrizzle is always a bit hit or miss for me, but Kupperman is very talented, so this long-form book of Twain's adventures in the 20th century might be frickin' awesome. Or at least intriguing enough to give a look!
On page 290, Gumby Comics reprints all of Arthur Adams's Gumby Specials from years and years ago. I'll probably get this, even though it will make me sad that Adams hardly does any work anymore, and when he does, it's on a Jeph Loeb book.
Kickstart Comics has Book Smart on page 293, which is a collaboration between Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Juan Santacruz. The last time I read a book by these three gentlemen, it was The Twilight Experiment, which was pretty good. Plus, this is espionage-y, so of course I'm going to give it a look!
I still haven't gotten around to reading Blankets, but Craig Thompson has a new book out, Habibi, from Pantheon Books on page 304. It's a love story set in the Islamic world. It looks neat.
New Frank Quitely! Okay, not really. On page 308, 2000AD has a couple of collections with Quitely art: Missionary Man: Bad Moon Rising and Hondo-City Law. I question how much of them Quitely actually draws, though. Also available is Shakara the Avenger, with Henry Flint on art. Henry Flint is, you know, good.
Yes, there's a new Atomic Robo mini-series on page 310 from Red 5 Comics. Rejoice!
There's a new printing of The Middleman: The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse from Viper Comics on page 331. This isn't quite as good as the "regular" series, but it fits in well with the television series (which you all own, right?) and features plenty of humor.
If we move into the book section, there's an interesting book on page 343: Dracula Illustrated, which is illustrated by none other than Becky Cloonan, so it will look great. I'm not sure how many illustrations she does, but if you don't own an edition of the original yet, here's an opportunity!
So that's another month of Previews. Have fun checking it out! I can't imagine there will be anything to write about next month, so it's important that you give Previews a thorough reading this time around!