It’s time once again for our monthly trip through Previews looking for cool, new comics. We've each picked the five comics we're most anticipating in order to create a list of the best new stuff coming out two months from now.
As usual, please feel free to play along in the comments. Tell us what we missed that you’re looking forward to or – if you’re a comics creator – mention your own stuff.
Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #1 (of 12): I'm a sucker for Doctor Who, I think I've said that before, right …? No surprise, then, that I'm very much looking forward to this year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of the BBC science-fiction show, with each issue spotlighting a different incarnation of the character. That Simon Fraser is providing art helps a lot, too; I've been a big fan of his "Nikolai Dante" work for 2000AD for a while. (IDW Publishing, $3.99)
One Trick Rip-Off/Deep-Cuts hardcover: Speaking of things that I'm a big fan of, Paul Pope easily fits that bill, so this enhanced reprint of his Dark Horse graphic novel -- with more than 150 pages of rare and unseen work from the same period, including his Supertrouble manga -- is far too tempting to pass up. (Image Comics, $29.99)
Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness #1 (of 4): I was very impressed with Star Trek: Countdown back in 2009, and the way it teased the then-upcoming J.J. Abrams reboot without giving too much away, so I'm looking forward to see if this prologue to this summer's sequel is just as fun. (IDW, $3.99)
Star Wars #1: Brian Wood and Star Wars feel like an odd pairing in my head, but everything I've read about this new ongoing series set after the first movie (which is to say, Episode IV these days) seems completely up my alley, and the 5-year-old within me is completely sold on the chance to see more stories set in the "true" Star Wars era. (Dark Horse, $3.50)
Young Avengers #1: Kieron GIllen and Jamie McKelvie pairing on anything is pretty much a must-read for me, but seeing them let loose on Marvel's teen characters and seemingly determined to make them actually seem like teenagers. … Yeah, this looks like it may be one of my favorite superhero books in quite some time, I suspect. (Marvel, $2.99)
Young Avengers #1: Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have shown they make great comics together (Phonogram), and they do great work for Marvel separately (Journey Into Mystery, Defenders) so my main question here is, what took so long? There's no way I couldn't make their new take on teen heroes in the Marvel Universe my top pick for the month.
Curses! Foiled Again: Jane Yolen and Michael Cavallaro return for a second helping of Foiled, the adventures of Aliera Carstairs, protector of the fairy kingdom Seelie. Like just about everything First Second has published, the first Foiled featured a great story in a high-quality package, so I expect the same here.
Uncanny X-Force #1: I know, I know ... I'm gonna miss the previous volume of this as well. But Sam Humphries plus Ron Garney should make this a title to watch, plus it's got Spiral, plus it's got Puck, plus Storm has a mohawk. Could this be the sleeper hit of Marvel NOW? Is it even right to call it a sleeper? Who cares -- I'm looking forward to it.
Threshold #1: Keith Giffen doing cosmic again is a good thing, and seeing him getting to play with a lot of obscure space-faring characters, many of whom haven't reappeared in the New 52, should be fun to watch.
Counter X: Generation X -- Four Days trade paperback: More than a decade ago Warren Ellis and friends took over some of the X-books and produced the Counter X line, specifically X-Man, X-Force and Generation X. I never read them myself, so it's nice to see some of Brian Wood's Generation X run is back in a new trade. I believe these are the issues he wrote solo, vs. the handful that he and Ellis wrote together, and they predate a lot of the work he's known for, like Demo and Local.
Bad Machinery, Volume 1: The Case of the Team Spirit: I'm a big fan of kid detectives, so John Allison's webcomic (printed by Oni Press) about boy bloodhounds trying to outsmart girl gumshoes is right in my wheelhouse. Good thing it's set in a town with plenty of mysteries to go around. It doesn't hurt either that Allison's art reminds me a lot of Genndy Tartakovsky's.
The Answer! #1: I don't know which part I like best. Maybe how it's a librarian and a guy with an exclamation point on his face versus a sinister motivational speaker. Or possibly it's because I'm already imagining the crossover where The Answer responds to The Question ...with punching. Probably, though, it's that it's drawn and co-written by Mike Norton, the genius behind Battlepug.
Star Wars #1: This is really great timing, but even if Star Wars wasn't already totally in the news and on my mind right now, the thought of Brian Wood's playing in the setting of my favorite Star Wars film would be as exciting as a Death Star trench run.
Uncanny X-Force #1: It's difficult to pick a Marvel NOW! series I'm most excited about this month, but Uncanny X-Force narrowly beats out Young Avengers simply for having Puck. If I can't have an Alpha Flight series, I'll take this and I'll be smiling while I do it. Plus, all that stuff JK said, and Bishop.
The Unauthorized Tarzan: Dark Horse seems to be getting a lot of my money this month, but I'll fork over some more for this collection of '60s Jungle Tales of Tarzan comics that were created by Charlton under the mistaken notion that Tarzan was in the public domain. He wasn't and they had to quit making them, but here they are again; less unauthorized. I was disappointed by the general lack of hoopla over Tarzan's 100th anniversary this year, so this will help soothe my hurt feelings.