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