PIPELINE PREVIEWS FOR MAY 2006
Again this month, I’ll be spreading out my look at the latest PREVIEWS across a couple of columns. We’ll take a look at Marvel, Dark Horse, and the cancelled comics this week before heading to DC, Image, and the back of the catalog for the rest of the fun next week.
In the meantime, I encourage you as always to grab a copy of the catalog for yourself to find what might be of interest. I will miss some stuff in here that will no doubt be exciting to you, and vice versa. I just hope to highlight a few of the things that piqued my interest and might entertain you in some small way, as well.
Marvel’s catalog starts off with the Civil War crossover books. I’ll try to dodge those bullets to see what else is interesting. Besides, it looks like Marvel is jumping the IDENTITY CRISIS bandwagon by starting a crossover with the death of a group of characters that more fans than ever will suddenly love.
The cover to ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #30 is repulsive. Greg Land draws the Fantastic Four as zombies, but it’s not all that attractive a cover. I’d hate to have it staring back at me on the store shelves. It might be an effective portrayal of zombies, but it’s a giant turn off for me. Horror fans will, no doubt, disagree with me.
ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN gets two issues in May, featuring the start of the Morbius storyline that leads to the 100th issue.
FURY: PEACEMAKER hits its fourth of six issues. I think this might be the mini-series I’m most looking forward to a hardcover on right now. Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson earned that attention with the previous PUNISHER: BORN book. Robertson, once again, is putting a lot of effort into this book to make it feel authentic.
MARVEL ADVENTURES: SPIDER-MAN #15 has a story from Zeb Wells with art by Patrick Scherberger. This time around, Spider-Man takes on Doc Ock’s tentacles.
Meanwhile, in MARVEL ADVENTURES: FANTASTIC FOUR #12, Jeff Parker whips up a story wherein Doctor Doom takes Reed Richard’s souped-up hot rod for a joy ride. With a log line like that, how could I possibly pass it up? Juan Roman Cano Santacruz handles the art.
David Finch’s art on MOON KNIGHT is some of the most amazing superhero art I’ve seen in a while. I’ve only seen bits and pieces here and there so far, but if the rest of the book lives up to the hyper-detailed style he’s using in the promo pages so far, I’ll happily pick up this series. The second issue is due in May.
PUNISHER: THE TYGER is resolicited, but is worth mentioning again to point out the art is by John Severin, who’s an amazing veteran draftsman in this industry. Garth Ennis is handling the story. It’s 56 pages for $5.
That brings us to the hardcover and trade paperback portion of this month’s mighty Marvel magalog. I’m scared by the wallet-devouring treats that may be waiting for me within.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER Volume 2 (Premiere Hardcover format) collects the second batch of issues from Ed Brubaker’s new series. Artists include Steve Epting, Mike Perkins, and Michael Lark. In other words: not a lot of suck in there. It reprints issues #8-9 and #11-14. The tenth issue was a House of M crossover, so it gets skipped. This book will run you $20.
WOLVERINE: ORIGINS & ENDINGS (Premiere Hardcover) wraps WOLVERINE #36-40 up under one hard cover. The story by Daniel Way follows the newly-reawoken memory of Logan in the aftermath of the House of M. Javier Saltares and Mark Texeira do the art duties, which is exciting for those of us who remember their works together more than a decade ago. It was some seriously cool stuff. Sadly, it’s still $20 for only five issues.
SPIDER-MAN/BLACK CAT: EVIL THAT MEN DO (Premiere Hardcover) presents the long-delayed Kevin Smith-penned mini-series featuring art by Terry Dodson. This time, your $20 will get you a full six issues. For those of us who knew enough to wait for the trade from the beginning, this is good news, indeed.
I can’t remember if I ever reviewed his first BLACK WIDOW series or not, but Richard K. Morgan returns for a second go-around in BLACK WIDOW: THE THINGS THEY SAY ABOUT HER. The trade paperback collects the six-issue mini-series featuring the spy adventures of one of Russia’s favorite (or least-favorite) daughters. If that’s not enough for you, the art is by Sean Phillips and Bill Sienkiewicz, which is misspelled in the solicitations. I thought the first book was an excellent re-imagination of the character, placing her in a more powered-down spy thriller than a super-powered showdown.
HULK VISIONARIES: PETER DAVID Volume 3 not only brings together the David-penned HULK #349-354, but also throws in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #44 and FANTASTIC FOUR #320. A quick check of the FANTASTIC FOUR DVD set shows that the issue continues the story from HULK #349, but is written by Steve Englehart. The letters come from “Jay Workman.” I don’t know if that’s John Workman abbreviating his own name, or if it’s his son or something. The lettering looks Workman-esque, but something feels a little off. It was 15 or 20 years ago, though. I think it’s allowed to look different, right?
SKRULL KILL KREW puts together the five issue series from Grant Morrison and Mark Millar, featuring art by Steve Yeowell. I don’t know if you could call this series “legendary,” but it is much-loved and well-remembered by readers from the time. I think it might have had something to do with the relative low quality of the other crap Marvel was producing at the time. It’s $17.
It’s not a long look, but here’s what I see over at Dark Horse:
They’re going back to the well for more Kazuo Koike goodness. After LONE WOLF AND CUB and LADY SNOWBLOOD and SAMURAI EXECUTIONER, DH is giving PATH OF THE ASSASSIN a shot. This is the 15 volume historical piece drawn by Goseki Kojima, telling the story of Hattori Hanzo, the ninja who protected the guy who united Japan. I’m not terribly well-versed on my Japanese history, but that about sounds right. Each book will be in the usual LW&C format, shrinkwrapped for your children’s protection.
CRYING FREEMAN and LADY SNOWBLOOD are also solicited for June releases, in case you can’t get enough Koike. Those two are in the slightly larger manga format of 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″. So many comics, so many fractions of an inch. . .
CONAN #28 features guest artist Eric Powell, of GOON fame. Kurt Busiek is still writing issues. Get them while they last.
Most exciting from Dark Horse is DE: TALES, a new trade paperback from everyone’s favorite Brazilian brothers, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. It’s a collection of short stories the two have worked on, a lot of it focusing on life in Brazil and Latin America. It’s 112 black and white pages for $15.
PREVIEWED NO MORE
This month’s list of “Cancellations” runs a paltry three pages. Given the news of the past week, I supposed we should also add a new column for all of Speakeasy’s previous solicitations. As it is, they have four listings in the catalog. OF BITTER SOULS #6 and the first trade of the series (solicited in both August and December) were both cancelled by the publisher. BUTTERNUT SQUASH #2 was going to be resolicited.
AiT/PlanetLar makes it official by canceling FIVE FISTS OF SCIENCE themselves, which had solicitation codes of both July and September last year. The book is showing up at Image now.
Alias Comics — fan favorite for next to fall post-Speakeasy — is canceling 10th MUSE Manga Sized (Volume 1), ARMORQUEST GENESIS #4 and #5 (of a six issue series), and DEVIL’S KEEPER #4.
DC and Dark Horse take up most of a column by themselves this month, but almost all of them are sell-outs. Diamond, though, cancelled a batch of STAR TREK books from DC — REVISITATIONS trade, THE ASHES OF EDEN graphic novel, and TNG: BEGINNINGS TPB.
Diamond’s own GAME TRADE MAGAZINE #72 Retailer Edition gets a code 11 cancellation. There is no 11 listed amongst the categories, though. Diamond Select Toys, in the meantime, sold out of a bunch of statues, globes, etc.
Graphitti Designs is late on three t-shirts: FRESHMEN Protecting the World, NEW AVENGERS II by David Finch, and WOLVERINE: WHAT HUH from Jim Mahfood.
IDW cancelled orders for MAZE AGENCY#4 (of 4) and DAMPYR #10: HOUSE OF BLOOD. I highly doubt that the trade-happy IDW would be canceling MAZE AGENCY completely so close to a collection. I get the feeling they’re just running late on that one. Look for a resolicitation somewhere.
Image sold out of the second AGE OF BRONZE hardcover, as well as the trades of HAMMER OF THE GODS: MORTAL ENEMY and LIBERTY MEADOWS Volume 1. SEA OF RED #10 and FEAR AGENT #5 will be resolicited. STARDUST KID #4 (of 5) is cancelled by Image.
Marvel Comics sold out of a lot of their Masterworks hardcovers. They cancelled the HOUSE OF M: WOLVERINE trade, as well as a batch of books from October listed as “Target” items. I wonder if those were made for the red and white bull’s eye store. UNCANNY X-MEN #473 will be resolicited. X-MEN SAGA TPB is cancelled by Marvel. PREVIEWS cancelled the ULTIMATE IRON MAN Volume 1 Premiere Edition hardcover. Did they ever finish enough issues to put one of those out?
That is it for this week. I’ll follow up with more PREVIEWS next week, as well as a new review of a recent series collection. I’m not naming names in case I change my mind between now and then.
Don’t forget about the VandS DVD podcast, while you’re at it, looking at each week’s new DVD releases.
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