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Flippin’ through Previews – November 2009

It’s time to delve into the latest issue of Previews, #254! Let’s rock!

Man, that's an ugly cover!

Dark Horse:

There’s a new Solomon Kane mini-series on page 28 (13 January), if you’re interested. According to the quote on the page, Kane is the “only Puritan” Ed Brubaker has been a fan of. What about Roger Williams, Ed? He was a pretty cool guy!

On page 34, we get a hardcover collection of Blacksad for $30 (24 March). I’ve heard plenty of good things about this – anyone want to reaffirm the kudos?

A cat smoking a cigarette really freaks me out!


I have no interest in DC’s “final issue” thing that they’re doing (although it’s a clever enough idea), but I suppose I’ll have to buy Suicide Squad #67 (page 69; 6 January), as it ties into Secret Six. It’s another issue to test Bill Reed’s patience, as Ostrander and Simone write it, but Jim Calafiore draws it. Poor Bill!

As much as I’m jazzed by Batman and Robin #7 (page 71; 27 January) because it’s drawn by Cameron Stewart and features the Knight and Squire, it appears to be a “Blackest Night” tie-in. Goddamnit, even the God of All Comics can’t resist!

Why is Spawn guest-starring in Batman #695 (page 71; 13 January)?

Todd McFarlane's lawyers on line one, DC!

So the solicitation text for Supergirl #49 tells us that Lana Lang dies (page 77; 20 January). That’s not what concerns me, though. It’s this: “She is survived by ex-husband, former president of the United States Pete Ross …” I know why Pete was president, but stuff like this just reminds me how very, very stupid comics can be occasionally.

The Mighty gets cancelled on page 83 (6 January). I guess that’s my fault.

Hey, look – Mike Grell draws Warlord #10 (page 86; 6 January). Will it be enough to save the book????

The second Hitman trade gets a new printing on page 88 (24 February). Buy it. It does not suck.

The fourth Planetary hardcover is offered on page 97 (3 March). Will there be a complete Omnibus (with the specials included) in the future?

Some dude named Grant Morrison has a book called Joe the Barbarian on page 108 (20 January). If you like shitty, non-linear, pretentious comics which probably don’t feature enough ass-kicking, that is.

It's too weird!!!!!

David Lapham draws an issue of Fables (page 113; 13 January). Look at him, getting work like that!

DC is re-releasing the first two volumes of The Losers as one book (page 114; 27 January). I was ambivalent about this book through the first trade, but it gets a lot better as it goes along.

Joëlle Jones draws an issue of Madame Xanadu (page 115; 27 January). Nothing against Amy Reeder Hadley, but they get some dynamite fill-in artists on that book. Speaking of which, Michael Kaluta’s arc is collected in trade on the same page.


There’s a new Jack Staff comic on page 140 (27 January). That monthly Jack Staff book worked out pretty well, didn’t it?

I'll probably get this, because I really ought to read a Jack Staff comic before I die.

If you buy Dynamo 5 in trade, the latest one is on page 145 (27 January). It brings us up to date while we wait for the relaunch.

Proof comes to an end with issue #28 on page 156 (6 January). I hope it was just a natural place and not because sales are terrible. That always sucks.


Max Fiumara draws an issue of Amazing Spider-Man (page 21; 6 January). I still won’t buy it, but Fiumara is really good.

Geoff Johns’ run on The Avengers is collected in trade on page 100 (20 January). Is this the arc where the Wasp and Hank Pym were having icky sex?

Continuing Marvel’s policy to put out a trade for everything (which is a nice policy, even if some of their choices are head-scratching), we get the first seven issues of Iron Man from 1998, written by Kurt Busiek and drawn by Sean Chen and Patrick Zircher. If you were jonesing for these issues, here they are!

That’s some really unfortunate placement of that console there, Marvel.

A little excited, are we?

More Visionaries volumes on page 116: Another Peter David Hulk one, collecting issues #383-389, and another Alan Davis Excalibur one, collecting issues #51-58 (27 and 20 January, respectively).

You know what time it is … time for the back of the book!

SLG offers Animal Crackers, a collection of early work from Gene Luen Yang, on page 178. I imagine it’s pretty good.

Over on page 183, Antarctic Press gives us … Obamouse!

Story continues below

Words fail me.

Dear Sweet Lord.

Hey, “Rob Liefeld’s fallen angel, Avengelyne,” returns to comics from Arcana on page 184. Did you miss her?

Also on page 184, Archaia offers Tumor by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Noel Tuazon. You missed their last collaboration, Elk’s Run – don’t miss this one!

Yes, it's on Kindle, but I don't like that new-fangled stuff!

No Hero comes out in trade on page 191 from Avatar. I’m sure you’re dying to see the dude tie someone’s spine onto his crotch and brandish it like an erect penis, aren’t you? (Isn’t this the comic where that happened?)

I haven’t been reading Swordsmith Assassin from Boom! Studios, but I’ve read some good things about it, and there’s a trade on page 202. If you’re in the mood to check it out!

I shouldn’t point out anything to do with Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose (page 204), but Jim Balent makes it so tough with awesome covers like this:

You magnificent bastard, Jim!

Well, Dynamite Entertainment does it again, with Robocop #1 on page 214. I don’t know if it’ll be any good, but there it is!

Dynamite also has the second Zorro trade on page 219. It’s a hardcover, so you might want to wait until the softcover comes out, but it’s a pretty good story.

In case Chad Nevett wants a new edition of Hicksville, Drawn & Quarterly has it on page 223!

So many conflicting opinions about this!

D & Q also has Adrian Tomine’s first book, 32 Stories, in a new redesign (page 223). It’s sure to be caustic!

IDW has some things you might be interested in. On page 242 they reprint The Wizard’s Tale by Kurt Busiek, which isn’t bad. On page 243 they have the trades of The Veil, which is quite good, and Fallen Angel: Reborn, which is pretty decent.

Rick Veitch and King Hell have Abraxas and the Earthmen and a new edition of Brat Pack on page 248. I’ve never read these, but someone has!

Chuck Dixon writes Airfighters on page 248 from Moonstone, which means it will feature kick-ass war stories featuring brightly-garbed heroes! Can you resist????

Oni has a new printing of the Local hardcover on page 252. It’s very good. Then, on page 253, the first 13 issues of Wasteland (including the prose shorts) are collected in a giant hardcover. This too is very good.

Page 256 gives us another title from Radical Comics: Aladdin. I don’t know if it’s going to be any good, but Ian Edginton is writing it, and he’s a fine writer.

You have to respect Radical's attempts at bringing different characters to comics!

And so we reach the end of another Previews. As usual, there’s some good stuff in there, if you’re willing to dig! So get to it!


Those are awesome Rick Veitch comics!

I don’t know that I’d call 32 Stories caustic. It’s more maudlin,or contrived. It’s Tomine’s extremely early work. It’s interesting to see, if you’re already a fan, but I wouldn’t recommend it as an entry-point.

I know almost nothing abot Joe The Barbarian, other than it’s written by Morrison.

Can you tell me what it’s about?

I don’t know if you were playing or serious about it being shitty. Your sarcasm just has too many layers,Greg. :-)

Proof isn’t cancelled. Issue 28 is just the end of the first season (currently the plan is to have at least one more 28 issue season).

Also the Mighty was originally a 12 issue series (with hopes to do another 12 later). Unless trades sell like crazy, I guess that’s not happening.

No one knows much about Joe the Barbarian. It’s said to be a kind of Narnia-esque journey into a world that may or may not be imaginary or part of a young man’s schizophrenia? Or something? It doesn’t matter– Morrison and Sean Murphy! You can’t lose!

Gotta remember to get that Veil trade.

Joe the Barbarian is about a diabetic kid who, when he forgets to take his penicillin, hallucinates all of these imaginary toys and comic characters coming to life around him. Oh, and his sidekick is a ninja rat.

For a buck, I’m down.

And B&R 7 is not a Blackest Night tie-in, because if it was I would not be getting it. I think it’s just an unfortunate coincidence that the arc is called “Blackest Knight.”

I’ve read Rick Veitch’s Abraxas and the Earthman waaaaaaaaay back in those days of EPIC ILLUSTRATED magazine. A futuristic take of Moby Dick, Veitch-style.

Cool back then, kewl today. ;-)

Now if only, someone collects The One.

Blacksad is very, very, very good. If it doesn’t bother you that you have things like sex, racism, drugs, mafia, cold war and such told in a world with disney-like ”cute” anthropomorphic animals…

Tom F.–The One is still available from King Hell Press at http://www.rickveitch.com/store/ I just picked up a copy last week–so far it’s pretty good.

Greg–why was Elk’s Run good? I may need to check it out.

Over on page 183, Antarctic Press gives us … Obamouse!

And also President Evil #4 (#4!) with a cover depicting Obama as a zombie, coupled with the tagline “Yes We Cannibal”.

I’m in awe. Really.

Joe the Barbarian is about a diabetic kid who, when he forgets to take his penicillin, hallucinates all of these imaginary toys and comic characters coming to life around him. Oh, and his sidekick is a ninja rat.

Insulin, you mean?

Blacksad is very, very, very good. If it doesn’t bother you that you have things like sex, racism, drugs, mafia, cold war and such told in a world with disney-like ”cute” anthropomorphic animals…

Anyone who’s read Maus should be all right, then.

Oh, god.

I found the solicit for Obamouse.

And, this is real:

The economy is crumbling like stale roquefort. We are at war with Owl Kaida, our soldiers being targeted by their traps, poisons and predators. When the nation, perhaps the whole world, needs change, one rodent steps forward to offer it: Barack Obamouse. But if his daring plans for the country are to succeed, he will have to win over his skeptic political rivals and countrymice, including Hen Beck, John McCrane, Sarah Penguin and Ratt Limbaugh!

John McCrane… Sarah Penguine… Ratt Limbaugh… Owl Kaida…?!



Heh, my dumbfounded-ness made me misspell “Penguin”.

Still. Wow.

Dan: I’ve only read one Adrian Tomine book, and it was caustic, so I just assumed they all were. I bow to your superior knowledge!

Dude: I’m totally looking forward to Joe the Barbarian. Any time Morrison goes outside the superhero world, I’m all over it.

Nawid: Good to know. Thanks!

Joshua: Oops, I should have picked up on the “Knight” part. I hope you’re right!

Dan: Elk’s Run was wonderfully illustrated, had a nice “grab” (a village tries to cut itself off from the rest of the world), and is really exciting.

Ian: I was tempted to give the entire solicitation for Obamouse, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it!

Thanks for the kind words about Tumor and Elk’s Run, Greg! Anybody who wants to check out the book can read the first half of it for free over at http://tumorthecomic.com/friends%20of%20tumor/

And please, if you enjoy the book let your retailer and friends know!

Good lord. With names like that, Roy Thomas and Scott Shaw! should get some sort of royalties from Obamouse. Or at least apologies. Come to think of it, I’ll take an apology too for even reading that solicit.

Blacksad is great, get it!

And Mike Grell has been drawing Warlord for some time now. I fear that many others besides you have failed to notice that.

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Whoops! I did not realize that Grell had been drawing it. The one issue I got didn’t feature him on art, and I haven’t checked it out recently. I ought to take a look at an issue!


November 1, 2009 at 7:20 pm

I don’t know that I’d call 32 Stories caustic. It’s more maudlin,or contrived. It’s Tomine’s extremely early work. It’s interesting to see, if you’re already a fan, but I wouldn’t recommend it as an entry-point.

I got the boxed edition, where each mini comic is reproduced separately, as they originally appeared.

I love it because it’s fun to have a bunch of mini comics in a box, and it’s interesting to watch the book designs change as his skill grows with the strip.

It also makes it quite clear which strips were originally published together, and in a few, you’ll get a stand out story in one mini, and the next you can see that he’s realised how much better it was than the others, and learned from it, and the next one has him trying to get them all up to that level.

Neat. I didn’t know there was such a thing.

Yeah, it is interesting to track his evolution as an artist throughout the comics.

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