Gorillas Riding Dinosaurs: What Looks Good for February

Time again for our monthly trip through Previews looking for interesting new adventure comics.


Necessary Monsters - At one time I would've been tired of the concept behind this, but it's been a while since I've read a good book about monsters who protect us humans from other monsters. Or an AIT book at all, for that matter. I'm not completely sure what to expect here, but it's a genre that I like and am ready to experience again.


Ignition City, Volume 1 - I'm also ready to experience this classic Warren Ellis story. Everyone says it's amazing and with all the rayguns, spaceships, and jetpacks it promises, it should be. Plus, you know, there's that Warren Ellis guy.

Captain Swing #1 - Speaking of Ellis, Avatar really wants my money this month and they're going to get it. Steampunk pirates and Springheeled Jack... they're not playing fair.


Anchor, Volume 1 - Since reading the preview for the first issue I've been anxiously waiting for this Phil Hester story about an immortal Viking demon-hunter. And as cool as the last four words in that sentence are, they're made infinitely more exciting by putting "Phil" and "Hester" in front of them. It's not only going to be fun, it's going to be smart too.

Hunter's Fortune #1 - I loved the first issue of this. I'm really excited to find out where it went from there.

Poe - Got a soft spot for Poe too. And detective stories. This has both.

Dinosaurs, fairy tales, atomic robots, and a derby-wearing gargoyle after the break.


Edgar Rice Burroughs' Land that Time Forgot, Edgar Rice Burroughs' People that Time Forgot, and Hound of the Baskervilles - I'm still impressed by the imaginative art on these Campfire adaptations. The ones for Swiss Family Robinson and A Christmas Carol are due out this month, so I'm looking forward to seeing how the printed package looks.

Dark Horse

Witchfinder: In the Service of Angels - Cannot go wrong with a story written by Mike Mignola about a Victorian occult investigator on the trail of a secret society and a monster.


Wednesday Comics - "Wait for the collection?" they scoffed. "Pshaw! Ridiculous! You're missing the point!" Maybe, but I'm not missing having to fork out $50 for it the first time around and then again now, because man that's going to be a beautiful book and oh hey, extra material! This is one time when I'm actually looking forward to paying $50 for a hardcover.

Night Owls - The solicitation text doesn't say anything about mummies, but that sure looks like a mummy on the cover. And there's nothing I'd like to see more than a flapper and a derby-wearing gargoyle fighting a mummy.


The Legendary Talespinners - Sounds very Fables, but I like Fables. That Baron Munchausen on the cover looks especially fun.

Zorro: Mantazas #1 - I also like Zorro. And this one's written by Don McGregor with art by Mike Mayhew (no relation).

Man with No Name, Volume 2: Holliday in the Sun - The solicitation is incredibly vague, so someone who's read the single issues please fill me in. Does Clint Eastwood meet Doc Holliday in this? 'Cause that I'd like to see.


Captain Easy - I've never read these, which is why I'm very glad that Fantagraphics is reprinting them. "Beautiful women! Pirates! Sunken Ships! And fun! fun! FUN!" Hey, I like all of those things!


Perhapanauts: Molly's Story - Full disclosure: artist Jason Copland is a friend of mine and he illustrated this. But that shouldn't diminish Jason's also being a very talented person, that the Perhapanauts rule in general, or that this promises to be a great ghost story.


Hitman Monkey #1 - Oh, sure, it's very calculated to attract people who like Awesome Things. It's like putting a big Hunny Pot on your Pooh-trap. But some of us just can't resist that sweet, delicious honey even when we see the trap. Or - for that matter - cute, tiny, suit-wearing primates with guns.

Red 5

Atomic Robo and the Revenge of the Vampire Dimension #1 -  Atomic Robo is exactly what this column is all about, so I'm always thrilled when a new mini-series begins. And if Robo hurts some stinkin vampires, well then that's even better.


Birdhouse - I like fairy tales, but I'm a little bored with the dark, reimagined versions of classics that keep coming out. If I never see another slutty Alice or Dorothy, that would be great. This, on the other hand, promises to be an all-new, original fairy tale with "modern themes," but hold the cynicism about the genre in general. I can get behind this.

Haunted Mansion, Volume 2 - I quit reading Haunted Mansion because I was liking it enough that I wanted the collections. I feel a little guilty about that since #8 never came out, but I am happy that I'm getting my collection anyway. This was a very cool anthology by some of the best spooky artists around.

Did I miss anything? Tell me about it in the comments. What are you looking forward to?

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