Yes, it’s that time of the month again for Previews! You know you want to!
I’ve never read a Janet Evanovich book, so I have no idea if Troublemaker, her graphic novel debut (page 28), will be any good, but Joëlle Jones is drawing it, and as you know, Joëlle Jones is pretty awesome. Check out her work in this week’s Madame Xanadu if you don’t believe me! (20 July)
Hellboy goes to Mexico in the one-shot Hellboy in Mexico (fancy that) on page 42. Hellboy v. luchadores? Drawn by Richard Corben? Yeah, it’ll probably be good. (5 May)
I’m really tempted to get Justice League: Generation Lost (page 68) because it’s plotted by Keith Giffen and stars members of the JLI, but things keep putting me off it. First of all, the solicit cracked me up: “Someone is targeting the old members of the defunct Justice League International …” Well, if we ask Maxwell Lord, Ted Kord, and the Dibnys about it, they’d say his name is Dan DiDio! Second, it’s scripted by Judd Winick, and as crazy fun Barry Ween was, it was a long time ago, and Winick doesn’t fill me with confidence. Third, Aaron Lopresti for issue #1 isn’t bad, but Joe Bennett on issue #2? No thanks. Fourth, Tony Harris’ cover is just terrible:
Okay, that’s not a reason NOT to buy the book, but it’s really ugly. And I LIKE Harris. (12 and 26 May)
I wonder why Gail Simone left Birds of Prey in the first place (new #1, page 69). I mean, the book didn’t last long after she left, and now she’s back on it, and it’s 2003 all over again! I wasn’t too impressed with the first iteration of this comic (sorry, I wasn’t, even though I like Simone as a writer), so I’ll probably skip this. It just seems odd. (19 May)
Solicitation texts are written to be mocked, I know, but I still chuckled when I read the one for The Return of Bruce Wayne (page 74): “Grant Morrison tackles his most ambitious project to date …” Really, DC? More ambitious than writing seven different mini-series spotlighting seven different heroes who all needed somehow to get together as a team without knowing it? More ambitious than 50-some issues about a secret organization and the future of mankind? Heck, more ambitious than trying to drag a franchise out of the shadow of Chris Claremont? It’s Bruce Wayne fighting people throughout history. Fun as all get-out, I’m sure, but “most ambitious project” yet? Really? (12 and 26 May)
This cover (page 90) creeps me out:
This cover (also page 90), on the other hand is super-adorable! Guess what? They’re by the same person, Daniel Luvisi. Odd.
I trust you didn’t get the two 6-issue trades of All Star Superman because you knew DC would release a mega-12-issue trade, and on page 93, they have exactly that! Of course, it’s $100. Jesus, really? I know it’s hardcover and all, but shit. Oh well. You can wait another year until DC brings out a softcover, can’t you? (20 October)
Hey, remember that Suicide Squad Showcase volume that DC solicited and then pulled? Well, it’s back, baby! Page 96 has all the details: 18 bucks, 552 pages of awesome comics, all for you! This is, not to put too fine a point on it, kick-ass periodical literature. (16 June)
Over on page 103, John Arcudi and Peter Snejbjerg bring us A God Somewhere, a new graphic novel about a man turning into a superman. I’m not sure if that theme has ever been explored before, but with Arcudi and Snejbjerg, it will probably work pretty well. (2 June)
I usually don’t mention mini-series that are in the middle, but the solicitation for Sparta: USA #3 (page 110) reminded me that I read the first issue already (never you mind how). It’s pretty good. I’d rather see Lapham drawing as well as writing, but the premise is more intriguing than the solicitation made it sound (there’s a blue dude, for instance, and apparently legalized looting) and the art isn’t bad, just not as good as Lapham’s would be. It comes out next week (I think), so you might want to check it out.
There’s yet another zombie comic on page 113, but it’s drawn by Mike Allred, so I, Zombie might be worth a look. I haven’t been reading From Fabletown With Love, so I don’t know if Chris Roberson is any good, but Allred doing zombies (well, Allred doing anything, really) is pretty keen. (5 May)
If you haven’t gotten any of Matt Kindt’s stuff because he wasn’t working for the Big Two, here’s your chance, as Revolver shows up on page 114. It’s the story of a man with a crappy life who wakes up one morning in a world that’s gone to hell. The next morning, however, he’s back in his regular world. Every day “revolves” and he can’t figure out how to stop it. Kindt is fantastic, and I’m looking forward to this a lot. So should you! (14 July)
There’s yet another Shade trade on page 123. I guess DC is committed to releasing these. Good for them! (30 June)
So The Sword ends with issue #24 on page 156. You know what I like about the Luna brothers? They just keep coming out with new series, doing it for a couple of years, and then firing up another one. It’s refreshing that they just keep plugging along. I’m sure we’ll see another one from them before too long. It’s neat that they can do it and not go to the Big Guns and churn out corporate stuff. (12 May)
There’s a second Celestial edition of Gødland on page 158. Twelve issues for $35, packed with awesomeness. Come on, check out the cover!
The complete Sea of Red shows up on page 159. I have a few issues of this, but it never really clicked with me. Salgood Sam’s art is quite good, though. (10 May)
Speaking of Gødland, issue #33 is offered on page 164, with this cover:
Oh, Joe Casey and Tom Scioli, can you do anything wrong?
Oh, goody. The Heroic Age.
As part of this whole rigamarole, Marvel is bringing us the “Astonishing” line of comics, featuring … well, I’ll just let the solicitation tell you: “The industry’s top creators … launch the all-new Astonishing line of comics. Synonymous with excellence, the Astonishing line was pioneered to be the books for both the casual and hardcore fans. … Each Astonishing series works as a stand alone series, set firmly in the Marvel Universe and providing the perfect starting point for all readers, new or old.” Well, that’s swell. Let’s check it out, shall we?
The first up is Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine, a new ongoing series (page 7). Let me type that again, in case you missed it: a new ongoing series starring Spider-Man and Wolverine, teamed up together. No, they’re not getting rid of any of the dozen other Spider-Man books. No, they’re not going to shelve one of the half-dozen Wolverine books. This is in addition to them. Because that’s what the market needs, apparently. And given that it’s drawn by Adam Kubert, who can be very good if you give him six months between issues, I imagine it won’t be long before this book has a less astonishing artist working on it. Meanwhile, over on page 9, Warren Ellis reboots Astonishing X-Men with a new #1 and a new artist, Kaare Andrews. Guess who’s on the team? Why, is that Logan? Why yes, yes it is. Sigh. Good luck, Marvel. I hope it works well for you. (5 May)
Blood on tits! Whore makeup! It’s the Dazzler one-shot on page 12! Whoo-hoo! Look, I love Alison Blaire. I’m really not looking forward to this, and not because of the awful cover, but because it sounds terrible. (5 May)
You know, Rob Liefeld rules:
I’m totally serious.
You know, I understand that John Romita Jr. has to get all five (male) Avengers into the cover of Avengers #1 (page 33), but that’s just a terrible cover:
I mean, are Iron Man and Thor flying? If so, why are they so close to the ground? And how is Spider-Man holding onto the hammer and still trailing along as they fly? And won’t he crash into Cap when Thor flies over him? And hey – Spider-Man and Wolverine are teamed up together in this book! If only Marvel would give us a comic where they team up again! (5 May)
You know, She-Rulk, if you have to wear a belt around your breasts to keep your top on, a trip to the mall might be in order:
On page 59, Thor #610 has an interesting solicit: Kieron Gillen teams with the “legendary” Doug Braithwaite. Now, I have no particular issue with Braithwaite or his art, but in what universe is he “legendary”? (26 May)
I usually enjoy Denys Cowan’s art, but what the heck is up with Captain America’s face on this cover?
Mike Grell is drawing X-Men Forever Giant-Size #1 on page 78. It won’t get me to buy the book, but that’s kind of neat. (26 May)
There’s a trade of X-Factor: Invisible Woman Has Vanished on page 98. It includes X-Factor #203, which hasn’t come out yet. As the story pretty much ended in issue #202, exactly what will be in next issue to warrant inclusion in this trade? Strange. (19 May)
I own most of the stuff collected in Moon Knight: Countdown to Dark (page 102), but I might have to get this anyway. It features the stuff by Moench and Sienkiewicz before his first series showed up, and the stories I’ve read, at least, are pretty darn good. And it’s only 25 bucks, which might sound like a lot, but these stories are fairly difficult to find, so there’s that. (4 August)
Moving on …
While we’re waiting for a new Mouse Guard series, David Petersen and Archaia brings us Legends of the Guard, an anthology series set in Petersen’s world. Alex Sheikman and Ted Naifeh contribute, so already I’m totally geeked about it!
Over at Avatar, David Lapham is taking over the writing chores on a new Crossed mini-series (page 203). That’s kind of interesting. There’s a long text piece by Lapham about the new series, and in it he writes “gentile” when I believe he means “gentle.” Or maybe he is actually calling Garth Ennis a non-Jew. I wonder.
You might think that 7 Psychopaths, the new series from Boom! Studios on page 212, sounds familiar, as it’s about a bunch of crazy people who are out to kill Hitler. The solicitation text even mentions the movie. But Sean Phillips draws it, so I am sorely, sorely tempted. And hey! it might be awesome.
Boom! also has a funny solicitation text for The Anchor #8 (page 216): “If you’re not buying this by now you’re just embarrassing yourself and those who love you!” I wouldn’t go that far, but it’s a nifty comic.
Dynamite Entertainment is approaching Marvelesque Spidey/Wolverine/Deadpool saturation with the Green Hornet. Yes, there are five (5) Green Hornet books offered on pages 231-235. Holy schnikey!
However, Dynamite does have Black Kiss on page 237 for a mere $25. I’ve always been curious about this. Can anyone tell me if it’s worth checking out?
On page 249, Drawn and Quarterly offers the first trade of Berlin again. If you haven’t read this yet, do so. It’s brilliant.
Tales Designed to Thrizzle is in full color on page 253 from Fantagraphics. If you haven’t gotten an issue yet, you might want to try a color version!
Oni Press has Frenemy of the State on page 281, which, despite the horrible title, might be pretty keen. It’s about a carefree heiress who is also a CIA agent. I have no idea if Rashida Jones can write (and who knows if she has any input whatsoever beyond the idea), but Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir are quite good, so this might be cool.
Mondo Urbano (page 283) from Rafael Albuquerque, Mateus Santolouco, and Eduardo Medeiros could be neat. It’s about the world of rock and roll, told through a series of vignettes. Who doesn’t love rock and roll?
Top Shelf has Moving Pictures on page 292 from the Immonens. It’s a story about art thievery during World War II, and as the Immonens are really good, I’m looking forward to this.
Just underneath that, B. B. Wolf and the Three LP’s [sic] is offered. It’s a tragic tale of a 1930s blues musician that sounds intriguing. I don’t know anything about the writer, J. D. Arnold, but Rich Koslowski, who’s a good artist, is drawing it.
Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale (page 308) from WW Norton sounds keen. A woman escapes a scary present by delving into her father’s past in Manchuria during World War II. Man, a lot of stuff about WW2 in Previews this time around. If it’s good, I don’t care!
I don’t know if you’ve seen some pages from Twilight: The Graphic Novel, which is offered on page 309 from Yen Press, but you can find them if you want to. I wasn’t impressed, but then again, I’m not impressed by what I hear of the books, either, so I’m not really the audience for it.
And that, despite the fact that I’d like to make fun of the Tru Blood soda that’s in the depths of the book, is that. I hope you enjoy yourself as you dig through the goodies that Previews has to offer!
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