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Gorillas Riding Dinosaurs | What Looks Good for May

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Gorillas Riding Dinosaurs | What Looks Good for May

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

AdHouse

Cavemen in Space – You don’t really need to know anything past that title, right? Okay, how about that the main caveman’s name is Washington? This is AdHouse, so it’s likely to be thoughtful, but that doesn’t mean it won’t also be awesome.

Archaia

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #1 – It’s a little disappointing having to be patient for the next “real” installment of the series, but getting fill-ins done by Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Alex Sheikman (Robotica), and Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, Polly and the Pirates, The Good Neighbors) goes a long way towards softening the wait.

Dark Horse

Thun’da, King of the Congo Archive – Three words: Frazetta Jungle Comics.

Tarzan Archives: The Jesse Marsh Years, Volume 6 – This may take a bit more selling, but that preview art of Tarzan and the Waziri’s rushing an army of giant, hairy-ass spiders will do it.

Hellboy in Mexico (or, A Drunken Blur) – Hellboy vs a vampire luchador and an evil turkey? I’ll take twelve.

BPRD, Volume 13: 1947 – The next installment in the awesome BPRD collections.

DC

Brightest Day #1 – I’m gonna go a bit nuts with DC comics this month (relative to how much I usually cover them in this column). It was Marvel’s turn last month, so it’s only fair I guess, but DC really does have a lot going on in May. Like the return of Aquaman. They’ve had a lot of time to figure out how to make him work and I’m curious to see what they’ve come up with. There’s no reason that Aquaman should be as widely ridiculed as he is.

Birds of Prey #1 – At last, a good comic for Black Canary to be in. I couldn’t read Green Arrow/Black Canary, so I’m really looking forward to this.

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1-2 – I’m not as interested in the continuity-changing event as I am seeing Grant Morrison tell stories about Cave Batman and Solomon Wayne.

The Legion of Super-Heroes #1 – Can you go home again? We’re about to find out.

Zatanna #1 – The other fish-netted hero gets a new series the same month as Black Canary. Life is good.

Devil’s Due

Jericho, Season Three: Civil War – I loved this show and miss it dearly. Can’t wait to find out what happens next.

First Second

Solomon’s Thieves – I’m curious enough that this is a story with a Templar Knight as a good guy, but then they went and made it a heist story too. Sounds good. And since it’s published by First Second, of course it will be.

IDW

Mystery Society #1 – This sounds much more pulpy and adventurous than what Steve Niles is typically known for. I’ve loved his other projects in that tradition (Monsters on the Prowl and Batman: Gotham After Midnight being a couple of examples), so I’m expecting to eat this up too.

Bram Stoker’s Death Ship #1 – Not so much a prequel to Dracula as a fleshing out of a sequence from the novel that could really use it. I’ve always thought that the Demeter‘s was an especially tense and horrifying story, so I’m glad it’s getting told in more detail.

The Ghoul – The case of Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein-esque detective is collected. Knowing the love those two guys have for Frankenstein’s Monster – and sharing that love myself – I expect to enjoy this.

Image

Sam and Twitch: The Writer #1 – I’m not a big fan of these Spawn supporting characters, but writer Luca Blengino’s come up with a great hook for a mystery: a dead body with the first part of a story written on it.

Sea of Red: Complete Series – I loved Rick Remender’s pirate-vampires series and never got around to getting the collected version. Time to rectify that.

Marvel

Atlas #1 – I’m not so excited about the inclusion of 3D Man and I’m confused about the need for a name change, but as long as it still has a talking gorilla, a couple of mermaids, a spaceman, a super spy, a killer robot, and Jeff Parker’s writing it, they can call it whatever they want.

Agents of Atlas: Turf Wars – The next in the Atlas collections actually comes out in June, not May. No worries. I’ll wait.

NBM

Boneyard, Volume 7 – Richard Moore’s awesome horror/comedy/romance series comes to a (hopefully temporary) conclusion.

Oni

Frenemy of the State #1 – Who cares what it’s about? It’s got the best title of anything coming out this year. (Okay, it sounds like a cross between Chuck and Gossip Girl, so that’s also pretty awesome.)

Jam! Tales from the World of Roller Derby – I just watched Whip It! again, so that may be influencing my interest here. But I think it’s probably also affected by Eric Powell and Ray Fawkes’ (The Apocalipstix) each taking a story.

Vertigo

I, Zombie #1 – Hold me down and eat my brains! An original zombie concept! Specifically, a zombie detective who has to eat a human brain once a month to keep control of herself and hold onto her memories. Add a dash of Rogue from the X-Men so that she’s compelled to fulfill her victim’s final requests and you’ve got something that I can’t wait to read. Never thought I’d say that about a zombie comic.

Revolver – All they really had to say was “By Matt Kindt,” but this sounds as fascinating as I, Zombie. A guy with a safe, boring life gets transported back and forth between his world and a horrible, but exciting, post-apocalyptic one. The choice between safety and adventure is something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately, so this is pretty much made for me.

And that’s it for me. What are you looking forward to in May?

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