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Flippin’ through Previews – April 2008

It’s another slab of comics, courtesy of our not-sinister-at-all friends at Previews.  It has Indy on the cover – what’s not to love?  So let’s check it out!

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You’ll notice that, for the second month in a row, there’s no order form in this issue.  This is, I think, the third time in the past six months that this has happened.  Is Previews giving up on the order form completely and switching to the always-reliable telepathic ordering system?  It could happen!  Second, there’s an interview in the front with Warren Ellis.  He mentions that John Cassaday has not yet started drawing the final, epilogue issue of Planetary.  Sheesh.  It’s going to be 2010 before comes out, isn’t it?

Dark Horse:

Conan the Cimmerian #0 is offered this month (page 32; 25 June).  I buy Conan in trades, so I might skip this, but I do wonder why this curious obsession with new #1s (or, in this case, a zero issue) continues to infect companies.  Does it really do that much for sales?  Have we seen any proof of this?  Anyway, Tim Truman is writing it, so it will probably be pretty good.

Tony Moore is back on Fear Agent with issue #22 (page 34; 25 June).  His work on the early issues kicked ass, so this might be a good place to jump on.  Me, I read the trades.  Trades rule, man.

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I don’t think Herbie Popnecker is as awesome as some of my blog-mates, but if you’re interested, there’s an archive collection on page 36 (20 Aug) for 50 bucks.  Wow.

Here’s a problem I have with collections.  On page 38, Dark Horse offers the X Omnibus vol. 2 (27 August).  I’m curious about it, because I like Steven Grant, but the first volume hasn’t come out yet, so I’m not sure if this is any good and don’t want to commit another 25 bucks to a second volume if it sucks.  Can’t Dark Horse publish the first one and let me make up my mind?  Is that so wrong?

Hey, more trade paperbacks!  On page 42 Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus is coming out (18 August).  It’s always good to get your Hellboy-related stuff in trades, say I!

On page 49, there’s an 800-page book (!) featuring the greatest adventures of everyone’s favorite whiny Jedi, Luke Skywalker.  It actually says that it has Marvel issues in it.  How does that work?  Did Marvel get to publish those but retained the rights only as long as they had the license, and once they gave that up, those issues became the property of Overlord Lucas and now anyone who gets the license can publish them?  I assume that’s it, but does anyone know for sure?  Anyway, I’m not buying this, but it’s 100 bucks for 800 pages and 30 years of comics.  It might be something for you!

DC:

I’m not that interested in Trinity (page 67), but if they’re going to keep a weekly series with one artist, they couldn’t go wrong with Bagley.

James Robinson takes over the writing reins on Superman with issue #677 (page 75; 25 June).  That makes it tempting.  The Superman comics, however, always seem to be going squirrely, with guest artists and guest writers and stunt writers.  It’s very weird.  I’ll probably check this out, and if Robinson can stay on this for a year or so without any interruptions, that would be cool.

Yes, Manhunter is back (page 90; 4 June).  I guess I should buy the single issues this time instead of waiting for the trades, but I do hope it’s better than the final few issues were, when it seemed to lose some of its verve.  Still, Gaydos on art is pretty danged cool.

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(Of course, this drawing is by Liam Sharp, who’s doing the covers, but still.)

If you’ve never gotten the trade of Faces by Matt Wagner (page 94; 16 July), do so.  The issues are excellent.  I may be tired of Two-Face, but when someone like Wagner gets a hold of him, it’s good comics!

For 30 bucks, you can pick up the JLA vol. 1 hardcover by the God of All Comics himself (page 96; 20 August).  These are dazzling comics, and although they trades are easy to find, if you haven’t gotten them yet, wait for this.  It’s sure to be a groovy package.  And Porter’s art is excellent.  Yes, I said excellent.

I would love to get the Metal Men hardcover (page 97; 20 August), because if I wait for the softcover, it may be late next year before DC bothers to publish it.  Why do they wait so long?

I’ve already shown you how awesome the first volume of Diana Prince: Wonder Woman is, and on page 97, DC brings us another volume!  You know you want to learn all about women, 1960s-style!

I don’t have a lot of interest in Chuck #1 (page 105; 11 June), but Jeremy Haun and Phil Noto on art tempts me.  Oh, I’m like Jesus in the wilderness!  Yes, this situation is exactly like that.

Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly, who probably stopped working on Local because DC threw a ton of money at them to write a graphic novel for the Minx line, bring us … a Minx graphic novel!  As I mentioned last time, Minx should not be called “the first graphic novel imprint for teens.”  The New York Four (page 112; 9 July) actually sounds pretty good, but it’s for girls, man!  What would DC do if a top-of-the-line creator pitched a Minx graphic novel for boys?  Would they accept it?

On page 115, Madame Xanadu #1 is offered (25 June).  It’s written by Matt Wagner, which means it’s going to be well written, and Amy Reeder Hadley has a pretty nice style.  I met her at the Phoenix Con this year, and she’s a tiny and very nice person.  Her table was surrounded by teen girls, and maybe they’ll actually pick this book up.  Wouldn’t that be interesting?  Does DC even care that Hadley has a largely untapped (by them) fan base?  Given that this is a Vertigo book, probably not.

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Pick up Scalped #18.  It’s a stand-alone issue, so you can see if you like the series.  I’m a bad person because I buy this in trades, but it’s quite good.  Should I start buying the single issues?  Will that save it?  Does it need saving?

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Hey, check it out: Mark Millar has yet another comic about what happens if superheroes existed in the real world (page 142; 24 June)!  War Heroes will be pretty, because Tony Harris is drawing it, but I very much doubt if it will be any different from anything Millar has done in the past, what, eight years?

Joe Casey has another odd comic coming out, Charlatan Ball (page 148; 11 June).  A down-and-out stage magician is transported to a world where magic actually works.  The preview pages are suitably wacky, and although it might be a case of Casey going to the weird well once too often, I’m still going to check this out, because he is, after all, one of the best writers of comics today.

Displaced Persons on page 156 (4 June) sounds interesting.  A family history linked to the twentieth century, taking place in 1939, 1969, and 1999, with strange things happening all over.  Derek McCulloch, who wrote the very good Stagger Lee, writes this, and although I’ve never heard of the artist, Rantz A. Hoseley, I’m probably going to check this out.

On the next page (157), Michael San Giacomo has a new graphic novel, Tales of the Starlight Drive-In (4 June).  It’s drawn by a host of artists and features stories about the eponymous theater over the course of 50 years, each, apparently, standing alone but forming a grand narrative.  It sounds pretty cool.

I’m not terribly interested in this, but the entire run of Scud: The Disposable Assassin (page 163) ships on 25 June.  It’s only 30 bucks for almost 800 pages, so it might be something you want.

On page 164 you can get the trade paperback of Strange Embrace (18 June).  This is a very weird and horrifying comic that was not as good as it could have been, but is still worth a read.

Top Cow has another round of those “pilot season” one-shots, and the more interesting one, Alibi, is on page 177, which features a sniper who always has a perfect alibi and is brought to us by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Jeremy Haun.

Marvel:

You know, I’m just not jazzed by much that Marvel has for us this month.  I mean, I will buy plenty of the books, because I like certain ones, but nothing is jumping out at me and saying “You must write about this!”  There’s a ton of “Secret Invasion” stuff, of course, and you should all be buying Iron Fist, but the first thing that really strikes me as weird is on page 60, when the solicitation text for Astonishing X-Men Sketchbook reads “See the gorgeous costume redesigns for Wolverine, Cyclops, Emma Frost and more by emerging superstar Simone Bianchi!”  Um, if the “redesigns” are the ones shown in the accompaning artwork, how are they that different?  I can see that they’ve been “redesigned” a tiny bit, but nothing really radical has been done.  Or are they hiding the actual redesigns from us?  Will Wolverine be wearing a frilly pink dress?  That would be awesome.

I’m sure it will outsell every other comic ever published, but is Wolverine #66 (page 65) really “the most important Wolverine story of the 21st century”?  I mean, it takes place in the future, and when has Marvel ever been concerned about what happens in future stories?  If they did, Jubilee would be the “last X-Man.”  Yeah, I remember that!  Does Tom Brevoort?

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Man, I’m just turning into an old fuddy-duddy.  On page 67, the text for X-Force: Ain’t No Dog reads: “Tonight, Wolverine flies solo – dressed in black and operating off the grid.  And when the night is through, there will be mountains of corpses, and no one to answer to.  What could be better?”  Yeah, I can think of 67,898 things that are better without even really putting my mind to it, and that includes watching a Michael Moore-Rush Limbaugh nude jello-wrestling match.  Am I completely out of touch with Marvel?  What could be better than a mountain of corpses and “gallons” of blood?  Yuck.

If you’re waiting for the trade on Astonishing X-Men, why on Earth would you buy volume 4, which is offered on page 97 and finishes up the seemingly-endless Whedon/Cassaday run?  Let’s say you bought the first one.  Okay.  Maybe you bought the second one.  By that time you must have known that Marvel would release an Omnibus edition, so why would you buy anymore?  If it’s your thing, that’s cool, but wouldn’t you rather have the honkin’ huge slab of 25 issues, which will probably be priced pretty reasonably (like the Captain America one was)?

Terror, Inc. gets a trade on page 106.  I read the first two issues and liked them, but figured I’d wait for the trade.  Did it continue to be good?  Anyone?

Ah, the Big Four are done.  Now, we foray into the back of the book.  You know you love it!

Hey, look!  It’s Nat Turner by Kyle Baker on page 202, courtesy of Abrams Image.  The first time it’s been collected?  Really?  Wow.  My only exposure to Baker has been the underwhelming Special Forces (yes, I know I should have exposed myself to Baker – so to speak – before this, but give me a break), so I’m wary about this.  I’m sure our readers can let me know if it’s brilliant!

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Alterna Comics has something that sounds interesting on page 204: American Terror volume 1: Confessions of a Human Smart Bomb (phew!).  It takes place in 2041, in a new age of peace and equality, but no one remembers why so many people had to die to make it that way, until one old man decides to tell what he knows.  It’s an intriguing idea that could work very well.

Archaia Studios Press has its usual assortment of good comics on page 213, but I’m a bit puzzled why they’re soliciting a trade of Awakening.  According to Nick Tapalansky, who has stopped by the blog before, this is a collection of the first half of the book, and I’ve often written that this will read better all at once.  But only three issues have come out (I’m fairly sure about that; I haven’t seen a #4), and I doubt if #4-6 will be out in time for this to be out.  Archaia knows this, but they still solicit this.  What’s up with that?

The Killers from Atlas Comics sounds interesting.  It tells a story about two World War II soldiers on opposite sides, each with an agenda outside of the war.  War comics are cool, even when Garth Ennis isn’t writing them.

Bloomsbury has a comic called Freddie & Me: A Coming of Age (Bohemian) Rhapsody on page 232.  It’s the story of a man growing up and his obsession with Queen.  Yes, it’s a coming-of-age story, but seen through the lens of a Queen-obsession might make it worthwhile.  It’s 20 bucks for 304 pages, so if you’re interested, there it is!

Hey, look!  Boom! Studios offers Station again (page 238), which is nice of them.  This sounds like a nice creepy space story, and it was originally solicited last year sometime.  Let’s hope it comes out this time!

Jeff Smith and Cartoon Books have a new printing of Rose on page 241.  Charles Vess art?  Yes, please!

I have a bit of interest in Sparks, the new book by new publisher Catastrophic Comics (page 244).  It’s a “super-noir thriller” set in 1948, and I’m a sucker for those kinds of things!  What really cracks me up is that William Katt is the force behind Catastrophic Comics, and he must have thrown some money around, because they’re all over this months Previews.  Katt, of course, is famous for his brilliant role in Models, Inc.  Who could forget that groundbreaking show?

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It’s probably pointless to mention this, but “World War III” comes to an end in G. I. Joe: America’s Elite #36 by Devil’s Due on page 267.  This has been a very good storyline, and I’m looking forward to some kind of trade paperback.  But I figured I’d mention it, even though it’s the final of a 12-issue arc.

Speaking of things ending, Berlin #16 comes out from Drawn & Quarterly on page 284.  It’s the final issue of the second part of the Berlin trilogy, which means I’ll be looking for a trade within a year or so.  This is a phenomenal comic, by the way.  It’s nice to see Jason Lutes getting it out with some regularity.

Fantagraphics has another issue of Delphine on page 288.  I wasn’t that impressed with issue #1, so I didn’t get #2, but you can get all three of them now, if you’re interested.  It’s a strange take on Snow White, and I liked the art but didn’t feel like spending 8 bucks for an issue in which very little happened.  Maybe something is starting to happen now!

If you like pirate comics, Great Big Comics has one for you on page 296: The Voyages of She-Buccaneer #1.  She’s searching the world for seven gems to open the gates of Eden and rescue her beloved Calico Jack Rackham.  Along the way she battles dragons, giant cannibals, and lusty sultans.  Previews is also gushing over this.  It doesn’t sound like my thing, but, you know, pirates!

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There’s what sounds like a very cool book on page 298 from The Hero Initiative.  It’s Mike Wieringo’s last Fantastic Four story, of which he completed seven pages, featuring the FF from those great issues of yesteryear: Spider-Man, the Hulk, Ghost Rider, and Wolverine.  A ton of cool artists finished the project, Marvel gave its blessing, and this is 48 pages of comics awesomeness for 5 bucks.  Pick it up!

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Rick Geary has made quite the cottage industry with graphic novels about historical figures, and on page 317, NBM offers another one: A Treasury of 20th Century Murder: The Lindbergh Baby.  It’s 16 bucks, and Geary usually does well with these things, so if you’ve ever been keen on knowing what went on with the tragic kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s kid, check this out.

Oni has a collection of Barry Ween, Boy Genius on page 322.  Isn’t this supposed to be the non-sucky Winick?  If so, it’s 20 bucks for the entire series.

I’ll probably be skipping this, but on page 330 you can find an adaptation of The Magic Flute by Yoshitaka Amano from Radical Publishing.  It’s 30 dollars, so it might be out of your price range, but Amano’s art is absolutely stunning, so it might be something you want to check out.

On page 331, Red 5 Comics has the first trade of Atomic Robo.  The couple issues I read were very fun, but I couldn’t find the first one, so I decided to just wait for the trade, and here it is!  It’s a fairly derivative comic, but it’s wildly fun, very funny, and action-filled.  19 bucks for groovy comics!

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Simon & Schuster has a couple of cheap ($7.99) comics on page 332: Little Rock Nine and Sons of Liberty.  They’re part of a series called “Turning Points,” and although I can’t tell if they’re for children or not, they both sound rather interesting.  I might have to got the S&S web site to find out more.  But still: 128 pages for 8 dollars ain’t bad.

Viper Comics has an offering on page 354: Kid Houdini and the Silver Dollar Misfits.  It’s written by Dwight MacPherson, who gave us the rather bizarre The Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allen Poo, and this sounds like it’s in a similar vein, as a ten-year-old Harry Houdini runs away from home, joins a circus, and forms a team that solves mysteries.  Yes, it sounds that cool.

I hate being interested in stuff Zenescope publishes, but on page 382 they have Straw Men #1, which sounds pretty keen.  An average guy has a direct link to a bunch of murders, and he investigates his past and finds out there’s a network of killers doing horrible things.  It sounds neat, and features art by Brett Weldele, who needs more exposure, damn it!  So give him some love and check this out!

And that’s all she wrote for another month of Previews.  More interesting stuff than usual, it seems.  Demand Previews for free from your retailer!  Explain that you will buy more comics that way, and make more money for him!  It’s basic economics, people!

33 Comments

Rantz Hoseley runs Panel and Pixel, the forum that sprang from the ashes of Warren Ellis’s Engine, and he’s a very good artist. Mostof his previous work has been in the animation and computer game industries, though, so far as I can tell.

Of the items you mentioned, I’m definitely getting Madame Xanadu. Been waiting for this one since it was announced in SD Con last year.

As for Delphine, its Richard Sala, man. You know what you’re getting. I’ve been enjoying it. But you didn’t mention The Troublemakers from Gilberto Hernandez. I love that he’s doing another HC based on a movie idea in Love & Rockets.

Over all I pre-ordered about $45 bucks; something like 8 comics and HC. That’s enough for me

Thanks for the Kid Houdini mention, Greg! Anyone interested in reading the first 21 pages of the graphic novel can do so by clicking on my name or the link below. It’s free, so why not take a few minutes and check it out?

http://www.chemsetcomics.com/kid-houdini-the-silver-dollar-misfits/

Thanks again,
Dwight L. MacPherson

PS- I take “rather bizarre” as a high compliment, so thanks for that. ;-)

I liked Michael Marshall’s “Straw Man” when I read the novel some years ago. I’m curious how the comic adaptation will turn out.

Beyond the Barry Ween collection, which I always wanted to check out, seems like a lean month coming up.

Thanks for highlighting the TPB’s. I wouldn’t hear about so many of the more obscure ones otherwise.

Terror, Inc was a cool book, yes. The conclusion was a bit iffy, but I liked the series as a whole. And the art? Gorgeous!

Previews and the order book have to be ordered like any other comic or book or item in the Previews catalog. The order book has to be added to the catalog after it’s received at the shop. And sometimes things get shorted. I’m guessing that where you get Previews doesn’t always get enough order books and you’re getting stuck.

or maybe someone hates you.

Regarding Marvel’s Star Wars, Dark Horse has reprinted that material in several different forms over the years since they got the license. I know that other Marvel licensed books (Transformers & GIJoe), the trademark owner (Hasbro) has the rights to the comics, which has led to other companies reprinting Transformers, and Hasbro itself is now marketing toys with reprints of the old GIJoe comics with all the Marvel indicia/logos stripped out.

Displaced Persons should be cool. I have a 10 page preview that Derek and Rantz did, which is stellar.

On the BOOM! front, you’ll be happy to know that Staion 1-3 is basically in the can. Another instance where we stockpiled the book for re-solicitation later on. It will come out. You saw Jenny Finn last week, see!

Best,

Chip
BOOM! Studios

Personally, I thought Terror Inc. was pretty awesome, but if the X-Force solicitation didn’t appeal to you, you might want to be cautious with it. I mean, the final fight scene in issue #5 is pure splatter, but it’s amazingly well done, and Zircher’s art is lightyears ahead of anything else he’s ever done. If you liked the first two issues, it definitely keeps up to that standard, so it’s definitely worth a purchase. I know I’m picking it up and anticipating the sequel Lapham’s working on.

As for the X-Force special, I actually am pretty excited for it, but mainly because it’s Charlie Huston doing what seems like an all-out rampage, and if you’ve ever read his work on the Joe Pitt casebooks, you know how good he as at writing those, especially the climaxes of Already Dead and Half the Blood of Brooklyn.

I seem to be in the minority with Barry Ween, because while most people cite it as “good Winick,” I just found it to be completely charmless and thought it read like a high schooler trying to do Calvin and Hobbes with gratuitous profanity and violence.

Actually, Chip, I won’t be getting Jenny Finn until this week. I’m not sure what happened between you guys and my comic book shop, but it will be in my hands this Wednesday! I do appreciate your efforts with your books, as you know!

Dwight: Yes, “rather bizarre” is a compliment!

Sorry for skipping The Troublemakers, DubipR. I often miss cool stuff, so I’m glad you mentioned it!

Salamurai: I’m talking about the short order form that used to come inside the big book. I know there’s a longer form, which I never needed to use, because there was always a short form. It’s okay, as I just write things down on a piece of paper (the guys at my shop are very informal), but it’s weird that Previews is doing that. Maybe they’re forcing people to order the ordering book!

Dave: Yeah, I’m a bit of two minds when it comes to out-and-out gore. I’m actually more opposed to the text, which seems to revel in the fact that Wolverine slaughters a bunch of people. I have no idea if the actual book will be any good, because it does depend on the writer and artist. I’m just a bit put off by the way it’s being described more than the actual content. I do like a good slaughter occasionally, though!

Tom Fitzpatrick

March 30, 2008 at 8:40 pm

What? Nothing from IDW?

Scud the Disposable Assassin, 800 pages?
Is that for real, or were you just kidding?

I checked the Miles High Comics website, and there’s 22 issues, plus 5 issues for the tales of scud.

Even at least 20 pages per issues that’s at least 550 pages.
Dunno about the trades (if its’ original or reprints).

Thanks for giving American Terror a lil’ shout out! If anyone orders it, I hope they enjoy the book and let us know about it! thanks again!

William Katt was the Greatest American Hero, if that doesn’t warrant a buy, nothing does.

786 pages, Tom, according to Image. I would never kid!

No problem, Peter. I’m going to order it, so I’ll let everyone know what I think!

Winick was never “non-sucky”. :-P

Winick was never “non-sucky”

You are, literally, the only person I’ve ever heard from that didn’t like Barry Ween.

You = outvoted.

Thanks you very sincerely, Chris.
I was wondering if it was the one and same William Katt.
What is/was Models, Inc.?
Actually, I don’t care…lol.
His fame comes from being The Greatest American Hero.
Or…maybe I’m just THAT old now…

Okay, what I read of Barry Ween (a couple issues) seemed like a bad, unnecessarily “edgy” ripoff of equal parts South Park and Calvin & Hobbes.

Hi Greg,

Thanks for the mention of Yoshitaka Amano’s Mateki: The Magic Flute. I’m obviously biased but I feel that it 128 pages of really amazing Amano art.

Gianluca Glazer
VP Operations and Marketing
Radical Publishing

Dan (other Dan)

March 30, 2008 at 11:28 pm

“On page 42 Lobster Johnson: The Iron Prometheus is coming out (18 August). It’s always good to get your Hellboy-related stuff in trades, say I!”

Hellboy trades always have extra content. I feel like a sucker getting the single issues.

Maybe it’s just the art, but I’m worried that Charlatan Ball might steal Joe Casey’s Godland mojo. He does do great stuff, so I’ll check it out.

“Displaced Persons on page 156 (4 June) sounds interesting. A family history linked to the twentieth century, taking place in 1939, 1969, and 1999, with strange things happening all over. Derek McCulloch, who wrote the very good Stagger Lee, writes this, and although I’ve never heard of the artist, Rantz A. Hoseley, I’m probably going to check this out.”

I got a preview of this (which skipped around a bunch, so I probably didn’t get a good sense of the narrative), and it didn’t seem great. The art kind of left me cold; it struck me as muddled and unexpressive. Hoseley apparently works in the “game industry” and this is his “first long-form graphic novel” after doing some work in the late 80s. It might be disappointing after Stagger Lee, but maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised. I hope I haven’t scared you off, but those are my impressions.

If you like Pixie Sticks, you’ll probably like Barry Ween. I think it’s fairly enjoyable.

Dan (other Dan)

March 30, 2008 at 11:30 pm

I think “unnecessarily edgy” certainly applies to Barry Ween, also.

Regarding Kyle Baker’s Nat Turner, yes, it is quite brilliant. Very impressive artwork and the sparse text is used intelligently, it’s all lifted from the historical documents surrounding the events of the slave revolt led by Nat Turner. That forms the effect that the wordless drawings are forming the actual narrative and the occasional text fills the traditional role of illustrations.

Baker makes this work excellently in a very dramatic story that never seems overly theatrical. The only minor beef I had with it is the few panels that I think used some Photoshop fx, they felt out of place with the ‘analogue’ artwork imo. Those are few and far between and I’d definitely recommend this book though.

I read the entire Scud story years back. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Great, frantic artwork and some terrific ideas. I might be tempted by a massive Slab O’ Scud.

Yes, I was joking about William Katt, as I loved The Greatest American Hero and own the entire series on DVD. He was on Models, Inc. though. It’s the show that introduced me to Carrie-Ann Moss! And yes, it sucked big-time. But it was fun to watch it suck big-time.

Displaced Persons is the best thing Derek’s ever written, and I feel blessed to be drawing it. From a personal stance, I feel like the preview book isn’t really representational of the quality of the book, as the art was shrunk down to half its size because the preview book is smaller in size than the finished version, which caused a lot of the hand-generated screens to go a bit muddy-blurred, and detail definately got lost in process.

If you want to know a bit of what I’ve done in comics in the past, Indie Spinner Rack has an interview with me on their current Steve Gerber tribute episode (#115), and in this month’s previews I also have the first issue of Vix! from Shadowline/Image which me writing and Matthew Humphreys doing the art.

and then in July is Comic Book Tattoo, which I’m editing/cat wrangling.

-R

Andrew Collins

March 31, 2008 at 9:49 am

What, you’re not getting Tarot: Witch Of The Black Rose volume 6?? I know it’s one of your favorites… :P

Seriously, though, one book that deserves to be mentioned is Richard Moore’s Fire And Brimstone #1 that is solicited through Antarctic Press this month. Moore’s Boneyard series for NBM is just brilliant and highly, HIGHLY underrated. I’ll miss Boneyard during his hiatus from it, but I am really looking forward to the first of his new round of side projects. I hope more people pick it up and discover what a fantastic writer and artist he is.

Greg, if you want a copy of the Displaced Persons preview book, just send me a snail address. Email me at badmanstaggerlee (at) comcast (period) net.

For that matter, anybody who wants a copy, just email me. You have but to ask and you shall receive. And don’t listen to other Dan or even Rantz. The art’s AWESOME.

Dan (other Dan)

March 31, 2008 at 12:23 pm

I didn’t intend to be harsh in my comments, and I do plan to check out Displaced Persons. I very much enjoyed Stagger Lee, so I was eagerly anticipating McCulloch’s next work. My criticisms come from high expectations! It probably is unfair to judge the book’s art from a half-size preview. Hopefully the end product looks great!

I only saw the short order form for the first time in this month’s Previews. I thought it was new.

‘Nat Turner’ is indeed brilliant, a very well told and disturbing account of real events. The black and white art is unflinching. Good to see a complete collection.

Great roundup, but I wanna hear more about the cover story: Do you have any feelings on the Indy comics? Besides the movie adaptation, what’s coming out? I think Dark Horse does licensed property comics better than anyone, so I’d be willing to check it out.

I haven’t given MANHUNTER a try, despite the strong response from its cult following. I’m a horrible person, I know. I plan to remedy that this time around. I’m also picking up FALLEN ANGEL, so I’m going to finally get around to all the “hidden gems” comic books that people have been talking about for years.

Millar will resort to the same old “superheroes in OUR world” routine until people actively force him to stop. It’s the only trick up his sleeve. At the opposite end of the spectrum, I’m not surprised to be surprised by Joe Casey, one of the most inventive guys in comics.

I know you’re not going to pick up X-FORCE, but would you be tempted to buy it if Marvel published half with a “Rush Limbaugh vs. Michael Moore nude jello wrestling” variant cover by Arthur Suydam? Be careful what you wish for.

For the record, I agree that their solicitation of X-FORCE sounds completely repulsive… almost as bad as the reviews I’ve read for FOOLKILLER. Disgusting trash in en vogue these days. Take a look at the 85,342 zombie books being published by nearly every company for proof.

I’ve never read an Indy comic, sleeper. I’ve never really been tempted. I don’t know why. This series doesn’t seem all that interesting, either.

Hell yes I would buy that variant cover. That would be awesome!

Hey, Greg –

You’re right, issues 4 and 5 haven’t hit stores yet – 4 was due at the end of February but technical issues kept that from being completed on time. The ship date on issue 5 is the end of April.

The good news is that both issues are completed, in to ASP, and pre-pressed for the printers. Both will actually ship on the same day in April, looking to be the 23rd or the 30th. The better news is that both issues will be available at the New York Comic-Con also!

The hardcover contains the first five issues of the series, which makes up our first half-year in Park Falls and as such all story material for the collection is in, hence the solicit. We’re wrapping up some fun supplemental material as we speak.

Thanks!
- Nick

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