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Gorillas Riding Dinosaurs: What Looks Good for March

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

Antarctic

Chip #1 - Thanks to comics like this month's Twilit (a stoner parody of the easiest target of the decade? no thanks) and The Governator (timely!), I've almost gotten to the point where I just skip past Antarctic's section of the catalog. I'm glad I didn't this time though, otherwise I'd have missed Richard Moore's comic about a tiny gargoyle out to prove that he can be scary too. If you've read Moore's awesome Boneyard, you're as excited about this one as I am.

Archaia

The Killer: Modus Vivendi #1 - Whoa, this is going to be a great month for Archaia. I haven't completely caught up on The Killer, but based on how it was when I switched to trade-waiting, I can't imagine this being anything but more, excellent Euro-spy comics.

Okko: Cycle of Air #1 - Like with The Killer, I have catching up to do on this series, but Cycle of Water was a fast-paced, gorgeously illustrated adventure in a fantastically realized world. I'm glad it's finally being continued.

Secret History, Book 8 - I'm even further behind on this one, but the concept alone - four immortal siblings shaping history throughout time - makes me intensely curious. This volume gets them up to WWI and has them searching for a mythical, desert city.

Hollow Earth, a Viking goddess, the Russian X-Files (with gas masks!), and more after the break.

Boom!

The Muppet Show, Volume 2: On the Road - Collecting the first four issues of Roger Langridge's universally praised ongoing Muppet series. So nice to see the Muppets getting the respect and care they deserve.

IDW

FX2: Lost Land #1 - FX was primarily known as The Comic That A Fan Commissioned John Byrne to Draw. Having become frustrated with Byrne long before, I skipped it. But it must have done okay, because creator Wayne Osborne is back with a sequel and a new artist. An artist who's a lot more interesting to me than Byrne, too. I spent a lot of time hanging out at the table next to Uko Smith's at Wizard World Chicago last year and was way impressed with his stuff. I couldn't figure out why he wasn't working on a series for a major publisher. I'm glad I can quit wondering about that now. Also: FX2 is a Hollow Earth story and I always dig (Heyo!) those.

Marvel

Sif#1 - I'd be lying if I said that Kelly Sue DeConnick's writing it wasn't a huge part of my interest in this, but out of all of Marvel's hoopla over this being the Year of the Superheroine, it's comics like this - honest stories about established characters by exciting creators - that have me most thrilled. Sure, the creators and concepts behind Girl Comics and Her-Oes are awesome, but thanks to their cringe-inducing, hype-machine, "Hey, Girls! Comics!" titles, I'm cynical about them. I'm tired of being cynical about comics, but I'm even more tired of comics giving me a reason to be. Sif doesn't do that. And Kelly Sue rocks as hard as any Viking warrior.

Oni

Ghost Projekt #1 - Oni's promise that this will appeal to fans of The X-Files and Phil Hester's The Coffin are okay and everything, but the solicitation doesn't give a lot of plot detail other than that it's scary and unusual. If it was another publisher, that wouldn't be enough to get my interest. Oni doesn't publish enough adventure comics, but when they do put one out, it's always excellent. From what I've seen of Steve Rolston's art on Ghost Projekt, this won't be an exception.

The Sixth Gun #1 - Two Oni adventure comics this month. This one's not for sale; it's Oni's Free Comic Book Day offering. But it's a Western about a young girl, an "otherwordly" pistol, and the "vile men thought long dead" who are trying to take it from her, so it needs mentioning. And again, awesome, moody art by Brian Hurtt.

Top Shelf

Superf*****s - If The Boys was less concerned about "shocking" readers and more interested in making them laugh, it would be Superf*****s. I've read some of the single issues in this series and definitely want more.

Super Spy: The Lost Dossiers - I haven't gotten around to reading Matt Kindt's Super Spy yet, so I almost didn't mention this companion volume. But then I read, "secret spy activity book for grown-ups" and decided that I need to have it. It can serve the additional purpose of pushing Super Spy closer to the top of my To Buy list.

And that's it for me. What are you looking forward to in March?

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