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Gorillas Riding Dinosaurs | What Looks Good for June

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Gorillas Riding Dinosaurs | What Looks Good for June

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

Dark Horse

Mighty Samson Archives – I barely remember these comics from when I was a kid, but they and stuff like Planet of the Apes, Thundarr the Barbarian, Kamandi, and Marvel’s War of the Worlds comics with Killraven have created a soft spot in me for this kind of urban, post-apocalyptic, monster-filled world.

Flash Gordon Comic Book Archives – This mostly makes me mad because it’s a reminder that I can’t get the volumes I want from Checker’s reprints of Alex Raymond’s strips. But it could also help tide me over until those become available again.

Abe Sapien: Abyssal Plain #1 – I’m so far behind on BPRD that something in the solicitation for this spoiled part of Abe’s story that I haven’t read yet. And made me even more anxious to catch up. At any rate, any new comic about Abe Sapien is worth mentioning.

Buzzard #1 – As is any new thing by Eric Powell. But I especially love the look of this character. He’s one of my favorites from The Goon and I’m glad he’s getting the spotlight for a bit.

Pirates, werewolves, dinosaurs, a giant talking bear or two, and more after the break.


Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #3 – Of all the Time-Traveling Bruce Wayne stories, Pirate Batman is the one I want most. In fact, I want an entire series about Pirate Batman.


Zorro, Volume 2: Clashing Blades – I love Matt Wagner’s writing almost as much as I love Zorro. I’m trade-waiting this series, so the second collection is very welcome indeed.


Set to Sea – I love sea stories. Especially sea stories with pirates in them. But especially especially sea stories with pirates in them that are drawn in “an elaborate crosshatched style somewhere between Gustave Doré and [Popeye’s creator] EC Segar.”

Werewolves of Montpellier – New Jason! And it’s about a guy who moves to a new town, likes to dress up like a werewolf, and ends up crossing the real werewolves who live there.


Jurassic Park: Redemption #1 – I was wondering how it was possible that no one had made a Jurassic Park comic before now, but then I remembered that Topps tried a couple back when most of us were more interested in Youngblood and Thunderstrike. Seems like the time is perfect to try again.


Sea Bear & Grizzly Shark #1 – The title pretty much says it all.


Namora #1 – Marvel’s definitely onto something with its focus on women heroes this year. They’ve certainly got my attention since most of my favorites of their characters are women. And Namora the Bad Ass Mermaid is at the top of that list.

Heralds #1-5 – She-Hulk and Valkyrie are also in the Top Five. I don’t really care that much about Galactus’ former heralds, but I do like to see She-Hulk and Valkyrie beat stuff up.

Avengers Academy #1 – This is not at all the kind of series I’d normally be interested in, but I’m just so excited to see that Reptil – the boy with dinosaur powers and a mysterious past – will get some more attention after his Avengers Initiative one-shot (not to mention his frequent appearances on The Super Hero Squad Show). I do wish they’d come up with a different name for him though. Even Dino Boy would be better than Reptil.

Darkstar and the Winter Guard #1 – I’m not sure why a team with a giant, talking bear on it is only just now getting a mini-series, but I’ll take it. Especially since it also features a team with a giant, talking gorilla. Now if we could just get an Ursa Major/Gorilla Man team-up series.

Fantastic Four in… Ataque del MODOK #1 – I either don’t share general fandom’s love for MODOK or I’m just getting a little tired of him, but I do like Tom Beland’s (True Story Swear to God) writing quite a bit and an FF adventure by him set in Puerto Rico is a must-read.


The Phantom: Generations – I’ve been waiting quite patiently for this collection of tales about the previous Phantoms before Kit Walker.

The Phantom: Guardian of the Eastern Dark – Also for this one collecting Mike Bullock’s The Phantom: The Ghost Who Walks series. Bullock does a great job with the character and it makes me sad that his time (and Moonstone’s) with the Phantom is coming to an end.


Leviathan – I tried a long time ago to get my hands on this graphic novel about the search for a cruise liner from the ’20s that went missing with its 30,000 passengers and crew. The cover’s (and the title’s) suggestion that a sea monster is involved sweetened my interest, as did its being created by Ian Edgington and D’Israeli (I loved their War of the Worlds sequel, Scarlet Traces). Anyway, I never did find a copy of it, so I’m excited to know it’s being released again.

Scar Comics

Madam Samurai – As I said earlier, I love stories with women who kick butt. I also love stories set in Victorian England and am developing a late fondness for samurai tales. So a book about a female samurai who crosses paths with Jack the Ripper in London is very much my cup of gyokuro.


The Royal Historian of Oz #1 – I struggle with new stories about public-domain worlds like Oz and Wonderland. On the one hand, I’d love it if someone invented the next Oz instead of just revisiting the old one. But on the other hand, if it’s a good story, being set in a familiar location isn’t going to hurt it. What sounds so cool about this project is that Tommy Kovac (who knows something about this, having written SLG’s excellent Wonderland) seems to get that tension and has created a story around it. It’s about a modern writer of Oz stories whose son wishes he’d come up with something original. Of course, Oz turns out to be real and adventure ensues – which is all good – but it’s the commentary on creativity and originality that looks to set this apart from other Oz sequels.


Tom Strong and the Robots of Doom #1 – I’ve missed you, Tom Strong. Thanks for coming back and bringing some Nazi Robots of Doom with you.

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