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Flippin’ through Previews – January 2010

Smell it? It’s comics from the future! Aaaaahhhhh! They’re in Previews #256, to which we now turn our attention!

Oh, vampires, why do you hold such sway over writers of our generation?

Okay, so there’s all this Free Comic Book Day stuff starting on page 18. One thing kind of bugs me about these offerings. FCBD has become “Wednesday-and-a-half,” as more and more books contain new stuff. Here are some things I’m interested in this year: Mouse Guard, The Sixth Gun, and Atomic Robo and Friends. The problem is: I don’t want to go to FCBD. FCBD is not for me. FCBD is for people who don’t buy comics, to show them how excellently cool the medium can be. It has become something that comics nerds want to check out, and that’s kind of annoying. I hope neophytes go in and check out the selections, but I know that some subscribers at my shop actually snap up the supply of free comics my retailer gets (they’re not free for him, after all). It’s fairly annoying. Oh well.

Dark Horse:

I’m not interested in The Guild (page 32; 24 March), but hey! Jim Rugg art!

The second of two Barry Windsor-Smith Conan Archives is offered on page 41 (19 May). Who doesn’t love Barry Windsor-Smith? Commies, that’s who!

That's right, Commies!

DC:

Blackest Night #8′s solicitation claims that “the results will change the course of the DC Universe for years to come” (page 67; 31 March). Hey, remember when Final Crisis was going to change the course of the DC Universe for years to come? And Infinite Crisis? Remember how quickly they had absolutely no impact on the DC Universe? Good times! I’m sure this will be different, though.

Andy Clarke draws the next arc of Batman and Robin (page 70; 10 March). Is there outrage? Let me know!

So Jock is drawing Detective Comics (page 71; 31 March) while J. H. Williams III draws a Batwoman ongoing? Is that right? That’s … strange. Considering Batwoman is still starring in ‘Tec.

There’s a character called “Abuse” in Streets of Gotham (page 72; 24 March)? Do I want to know anything at all about this character, or will I be too depressed to know?

Booster Gold, whose real name is Michael, has a sister named Michele (page 79; 17 March)? Man, those were some lazy parents.

So First Wave #1 is offered on page 80 (3 March). How many different versions of Batman are we going to have now? It makes my head hurt. I do like the solicitation text: “It’s a world with no supermen, only mortal men … Death can come at any moment …” Yeah, I’m sure Batman will die two issues in. It’s nice to say that death can come, but it probably won’t, at least not for the main characters.

See?  Doc Savage must always have a ripped shirt!

I probably won’t buy Jonah Hex: No Way Back (page 83; 5 May), but a 136-page graphic novel … that’s pretty impressive. Well done, DC!

Nemesis gets another mini-series on page 89 (3 March). I hope DC combines this with the Final Crisis thing he was in for a big ol’ trade!

If you’ve been waiting for the trade on the new Power Girl series, snap it up on page 95 (14 April). If that’s your thing!

Page 97 has Showcase Presents: Dial H for Hero for a somewhat staggering $9.99 for 288 pages(21 April). Did you hear that? That’s Greg Hatcher jumping up and down in ecstasy.

Ten bucks?  How can you turn this down?

Joe Kubert, who recently celebrated his 150th birthday, has a new graphic novel on page 99, Dong Xoai, Vietnam 1965 (5 May). It’s about a group of Special Forces soldiers who enter a village on a recon mission that turns deadly. Holy crap, I can’t wait for this comic. Kubert probably wrote and drew as he was kicking his sons’ asses for not being as good as he is.

Over on page 107, David Lapham writes Sparta: USA, a six-issue mini-series (3 March). I’m torn about getting this in single issues or waiting for the trade, because I know I’m getting it. There’s a short preview in the book which doesn’t give us too much, but it’s Lapham! And the art looks pretty cool, even if he’s not drawing it.

I’m a bit bummed about the existence of American Vampire on page 116 (17 March). It’s very cool that we begin the ongoing with five extra-length issues and that writers Scott Snyder and Stephen King are putting a spin on vampire tales and that Rafael Albuquerque is drawing it, because Rafael Albuquerque is freakin’ excellent, but … it’s still a vampire story. Do I really want to read another vampire story?

Vertigo Crime continues with The Executor on page 117 (19 May), in which a former pro athlete returns to his hometown to be the executor of his high-school sweetheart’s will, and he digs into her mysterious death. Oh dear. Sounds keen.

100% gets a new trade on page 121 (14 April). I’ve never been into Paul Pope too much, but maybe I should check this out in the hopes it will change my mind!

Hey, look – it’s the latest Sandman Mystery Theatre trade paperback on page 125 (21 April). Such good stuff.

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I know you’ve been waiting for the trade of Haunt, and on page 145, there it is (3 March)! Get it before it’s gone!

Shuddertown (page 150; 24 March) looks kind of neat. But I don’t get the first part of the solicitation – “The dead are killing.” Does this mean it’s a zombie comic dressed up as a police procedural? It’s odd. But it still looks neat.

But will it come out on a regular schedule?

I was skipping the issues of Viking, but the buzz on it is really good. Should I get the trade offered on page 155 (24 March)? Step up and testify, readers!

If you never got around to buying Fell, a new printing of the trade is offered on page 156 (3 March). This is a phenomenal comic. Does a new printing of the trade mean a new issue is in the pipeline?

I don’t know if Forgetless is any good, but issue #4 (page 162; 3 March) promises a “sex-addicted koala.” How can you go wrong?

Marvel:

As all the Siege-related crap washes over me, I always seem to find something in these events that I’d really, really want to get. Case in point: New Mutants #11, written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Niko Henrichon and featuring Dani Moonstar (page 9; 31 March). I’m really going to have to think about picking that up.

As much as I like Amanda Conner’s cover of Girl Comics #1 (page 15; 3 March), why do all the guys automatically assume Tony Stark would beat Jennifer Walters in an arm-wrestling match? I mean, she’s freaking She-Hulk, for crying out loud! Yes, Tony is wearing his armor, but I can’t believe the men of Marvel would be that naturally chauvenistic to assume that Iron Man could beat She-Hulk. That’s just dumb.

I mean, it's just a suit of armor, for crying out loud!

I don’t really mean for my mind to go there, but when I saw the cover of The Stand: Soul Survivors #5 (page 22; 24 March), my first thought was, “That really doesn’t look like blood.” Sorry!

Is that girl in the back horrified ... or impressed?

Marvel continues to ride the Deadpool gravy train with Prelude to Deadpool Corps #1-5 on page 25 (weekly in March). But check out the odd collection of artists: Rob Liefeld, Whilce Portacio, Philip Bond, Paco Medina, and Kyle Baker. That should be … interesting.

With that weekly series, there are NINE comics starring Deadpool (or Deadpool-related characters) coming out in March. Ponder that for a while.

So, Ultimate Comics New Ultimates #1 shows up on page 29 (3 March). Jeph Loeb is now teamed with Arthur Adams on one book and Frank Cho on another. I predict three issues a year, tops, of both books. And what happened to Millar and Pacheco’s Ultimate Avengers comic? Is that dead? And do I care? Well, no. But still.

I do like that in the solicitation text for Amazing Spider-Man #625 (page 34; 17 March), the Rhino’s last name is spelled two different ways … in the same sentence.

You know, while I’ve never been a fan of Dagger’s costume, the fact that most people drew her as slim rather than busty made it at least tolerable. Mark Brooks says “Screw that!” on the cover of Cloak and Dagger #1 (page 41; 3 March):

How do you like them ta-tas now?!?

Well, gosh, Marvel, thanks for ruining the end of “Assault on New Olympus” for us (page 45; 17 March). I mean, even though we know death means nothing in the Marvel Universe, it still would have been nice to be a bit surprised.

Why does Marvel keep publishing one-shots about The Twelve (page 61; 10 March) while the original mini-series remains unfinished? That’s kind of strange.

Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way (page 62; 3 March) is an interesting project, but I like how the only way you can break into Marvel, it seems, is to be an artist. Sure, the writing may suck, but at least the books will look good!

David Finch draws X-Men: Second Coming (page 69; 31 March). Didn’t he just sign an exclusive contract with DC? How long has this been in the can, I wonder? Oh, and I like the tagline: “Many will be wounded. Several will die.” How charming! At least this will, presumably, address the stupid idea of getting rid of every mutant except, coincidentally, those in the X-Men. Won’t it?

Man, I love that cover of S.W.O.R.D. #5 (page 78; 10 March):

It's all mod and shit!

Wait, Mark Millar is writing a book in which the star is a bad-ass who kills people (page 85; 3 March)? Alert the media! Oh, wait, he’ll probably do it.

I was writing about Marvel’s policy of collecting their three-issue mini-series into trades with stuff I don’t really want, and on page 114, they do it again! Kieron Gillen and Manuel Garcia’s Ares mini-series, which I’m kind of interested in, gets collected with Michael Avon Oeming and Travel Foreman’s old Ares mini-series … which I already own (17 March). Well done, Marvel! Sheesh.

All right, gird up your loins, and join me in the back of the book! Whoo-hoo!

Antarctic Press, which is recent Previews has brought us Obamouse and Time Lincoln, gives us two fun books on pages 192-93. First is Twi-Lit, which is a vampire story (get it?) about … vampires who smoke marijuana. And the cover is, well, it is:

Don't you just dig the eyes?!?

Then we get The Governator, which I can’t believe hasn’t been a comic yet. Yes, it’s Arnold Schwarzeneggar/The Terminator carrying a Conan sword, kicking ass. I didn’t mean to chuckle at the tag line, “Vote for me if you want to live,” but I couldn’t help it!

On pages 194-96, Archaia has new issues of The Killer and The Secret History. Yay! They also have Okko: The Cycle of Air #1. I only have a few issues of Okko, but it’s pretty keen. I should get the trades.

Man, Brett Favre continues to be overexposed, as Avatar has a comic book series about him on page 204! Sheesh! First the media fellates him, and now comics publishers? What, it’s called FEVRE Dream? Oh, okay, never mind. Why would they spell “fever” so stupidly?

The solicitation for Supergod (page 207) made me laugh: “Prepare to crap out your brains through your eyes!” Why would I want to do that? Is that supposed to get me to read the comic?

So Previews is celebrating “Women in Comics” this time around, coincidentally at the same time that Marvel is. That’s cool and all, and they’re putting little Women in Comics symbols by books that are female-centric. So, yes, Tarot gets one on page 232. I mean, sure, she’s a woman, and it’s a comic, but really?

It’s somewhat sad that Dynamite has to make a big deal that Kevin Smith’s entire first story is completed before they solicit the first issue of Green Hornet. I guess they have to, but it’s still sad. Speaking of Smith, can you believe how far he’s fallen? I saw a commercial for that new movie, Cop Out, and it made no mention that Smith was the director. Usually, when you have a “name” director, they mention it in the commercial (“The latest epic by Michael Bay!” for instance), but Smith, it seems, is now just a hack pumping out cop buddy movies. Oh well. At least his scripts are in for Green Hornet!

Drawn & Quarterly has a new book by James Sturm, Market Day, on page 253. I’ve never read anything by Sturm, but this book, about a marketplace in Eastern Europe in the early 1900s, sounds interesting. Well, interesting to me.

Jacques Tardi’s It Was the War in the Trenches, from Fantagraphics on page 256, sounds keen. It’s a World War I book, so I’m sure it will be utterly depressing, but it still sounds worthwhile!

Chuck Dixon, war comics writer extraordinaire, dips into the Civil War on page 258 with Civil War Adventure from History Graphics Press. I’m not sure it will be good, but Dixon sure knows how to write a war story!

Can't they just get along?

I know you’ve been waiting for the trade of The Last Resort, and IDW obliges on page 271. This is quite a good horror/disaster comic. Much mayhem!

If you’ve been looking for Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder trade paperbacks but can’t find them, Previews offers them again on page 274. The series is … a bit weird.

Oni has Ghost Projekt #1 on page 279. A U. S. weapons inspector heads to Russia to track a freaky stolen weapon. Sounds keen. And it’s drawn by Steve Rolston, so you know it will look good.

Spooooooky!

Tim and Chad, the Ebert and Siskel of comics criticism (or are they the Felix and Oscar? or the Mulder and Scully? or the Murtaugh and Riggs?) already discussed wrestling and comics, in anticipation of Titan Comics’ WWE Heroes, which shows up on page 290. It has to be good, right?

On page 296, you can get a trade of James Kolchalka’s Super Fuckers from Top Shelf. Or, if you’re like me, you could ignore it. Underneath it on the same page, however, we get Super Spy: The Lost Dossiers by Matt Kindt. It’s 13 dollars for only 88 pages, but it sounds wildly fun, which annotations and other supplemental material! Of course, you should probably read Super Spy first. Because it’s awesome.

WW Norton offers Stitches on page 306. My question is: How did Our Dread Lord and Master have this on his list of best comics of 2009 if it’s just being offered right now? It must be that pact with Satan he has! (I’m sure this has been in bookstores for a while, and that’s how he got it. Don’t smite me for making fun of your pact with Satan, Dread Lord and Master!)

And so we reach the end of another slab of Previews. Oh, there’s the usual assortment of scary statues further in the back, but we’ll ignore those. So get flippin’! It ain’t gonna flip itself!

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FCBD is for everyone.

BWS style Conan goodness! I love the B/W reprints of his run in Essential format. It really shows off the evolution of his art on a month by month basis. I’ve never read any of the post BWS Conan. Anyone care to posit in on whether I should or not?

You make it sound like Marvel has been publishing regular THE TWELVE one-shots. This is the first once since the series went on hiatus, and the only one unless you count the two reprint books (one of which came out before the series started, and the other came out before the hiatus).

I think I’m going to have to get the DIAL H FOR HERO Showcase book.

Dial H for Hero – Really not very good. And I say this as a huge fan of Silver Age DC. (And almost completely indifferent to early ’80s DC, when the series was relaunched.)

You’ve been warned.

Scott: I could have sworn there was another Twelve one-shot. I guess I’m wrong!

I tried going to a Free Comic Book Day once, and it was a sad, pointless affair. Admittedly, this was some years ago, before it really became A Thing. I’m just going to hope the fine folks at DCBS send me the Atomic Robo one, like they did last year.

Despite the fact that I don’t watch the Guild (I should), I’ll totally buy a comic by Felicia Day (dreamy) and Jim Rugg (dreamy).

If I was Azz, I’d totally off Batman in my comic. Because I hate sales.

Never been into Paul Pope? That’s it. We’re over.

I only buy smashin, groundbreaking and breathtakin new series with shattering events that will dramatically turn upside-down the marvel/DC universe status and/or continuity forever and beyond(and that’s a lot of cash each month)

There’s any news of future DC Archive Editions releases?

Andy Clarke draws the next arc of Batman and Robin (page 70; 10 March). Is there outrage? Let me know!

Nah, Clarke’s good, and Irving and Quitely are still on tap to draw arcs.

So Jock is drawing Detective Comics (page 71; 31 March) while J. H. Williams III draws a Batwoman ongoing? Is that right? That’s … strange. Considering Batwoman is still starring in ‘Tec.

Jock’s fill-in arc was announced a while ago. So, now, instead of returning to the title, Williams will be launching the spin-off series. No idea who’s following Jock on ‘Tec yet. Or if Rucka’s sticking around.

I was skipping the issues of Viking, but the buzz on it is really good. Should I get the trade offered on page 155 (24 March)? Step up and testify, readers!

The wait between issues has absolutely killed my enthusiasm for that series. #5, which was supposed to be out in December, still hasn’t shipped. Sigh. The trade might be worthwhile, though.

I know Tarot isn’t an obvious example, but it actually DOES have a sizable female readership. Make of that what you will…

The “Women In Comics”-tagged book that amused me more was the newest issue of Dave Sim’s Glamourpuss. That sound you hear is Sim’s teeth grinding…

As for Antarctic and their wacky books…well, I love AP to death, but they’ve been struggling for a little while now. Their two flag ship books, Ninja High School and Gold Digger, are both over 20 years old now and sagging in sales and direction. Even AP’s best selling books don’t even crack the top 200 on Diamond’s sales charts. These gimmick books like “Sherlock Ninja” and “Obamouse” and now the two you spotlight above are, at best, gap fillers until AP can come up with their next big sustainable franchise. Personally, I think their best material now is the stuff being put out by Richard Moore (Fire And Brimstone, Far West) and Rod Espinosa (Prince Of Heroes, Alice In Wonderland, Neotopia) so the more they spotlight them and their work, the better for AP…

Wait, Mark Millar is writing a book in which the star is a bad-ass who kills people (page 85; 3 March)? Alert the media! Oh, wait, he’ll probably do it.

hehehe

I bought Viking in single issues because of the buzz, and it looked cool, and I liked the pitch of “viking crime comic”, and I like to support creator-owned stuff, and…I’m still not sure. It reads better in one sitting. It is a good looking book. There are some clever bits of dialogue. But I’d be hard pressed to recommend it. It’s been more potential than promise, at least at this early juncture.

I saw a commercial for that new movie, Cop Out, and it made no mention that Smith was the director. Usually, when you have a “name” director, they mention it in the commercial (“The latest epic by Michael Bay!” for instance), but Smith, it seems, is now just a hack pumping out cop buddy movies. Oh well.

Fun Fact for the Trivia-Minded: The trailers for Kevin Smith’s movies have never included his name.

What I do is go to FCBD and bring a bunch of my non comics-reading friends with me. Everyone wins!

I’m not outraged about Andy Clarke, but I would rather Frazier Irving or Frank Quitely.

And that Mark Millar Ultimate Avengers series has been coming out. I think it’s on issue 4 or 5 now.

Dial H for Hero – Really not very good. And I say this as a huge fan of Silver Age DC.

It pains me to admit this, because I LOVE that trade format, but I have to agree. Truthfully, the jumping up and down came from my tantrum that the $9.99 format was being wasted on this strip and not, say, the original Hawk and Dove, or SilverBlade, or Hercules Unbound, or any of another half-dozen strips that deserve to be collected but probably don’t have the fans to support a color collection.

“On pages 194-96, Archaia has new issues of The Killer and The Secret History. Yay! They also have Okko: The Cycle of Air #1. I only have a few issues of Okko, but it’s pretty keen. I should get the trades.”

“Jacques Tardi’s It Was the War in the Trenches, from Fantagraphics on page 256, sounds keen. It’s a World War I book, so I’m sure it will be utterly depressing, but it still sounds worthwhile!”

European comics all! Good taste!

Best,
Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Viking is really, really good. The first issue fell a bit flat because of the poor opening sequence (it actually wasn’t that bad, just confusing) but other than that a 5-star book. Art is as beautiful as ANY book being published and the production values on the singles issues and I’m assuming the trade are ridiculous. Can’t wait to see how it ends. Sucks that the last issue is a couple weeks late though.

I never go to FCBD. There’s always hype on the news and the owner of my LCs always looks a tad uncomfortable about answering their questions (which always seem to to ask if comics have grown up, what the collector’s market is like now, etc., etc.). On the bright side, there are always enough of these issues that I am never left wanting for the issues I want (probably because everyone is limited to 2 per visit).

Well, anyway, I never go in on FCBD. That was all I was saying.

Hey Greg – don’t be bummed about the existence of American Vampire! Rafael’s art is in fact freakin’ excellent on the book, promise, and I also promise you that all of us involved are working overtime to make the book something worth picking up. We all care a lot about the thing – really do give my word it’s not something conceived as part of any vampire glut or wave. Been working on it long before. Really hope you like it. Love to hear what you think in March. Stay in touch. S

Ian: Hmmm. I didn’t know that. Maybe I’ve never seen a trailer for a Kevin Smith movie before? I could have sworn the actual commercials that you see on television have had something about a movie by Kevin Smith. I could be wrong.

MarkAndrew and Other Greg: Man, that’s too bad. And a bit surprising. It seems like such a cool concept! And the Pfeifer series was pretty good, even though I haven’t read all of it.

Pedro: Not only that, but two of Tardi’s other comics are re-offered on the same page, and I’ll probably get all three. Crazy!

Scott: Well, the format, the different take on vampire stuff, and Albuquerque’s art will probably get me to check out the first issue, and then it’s up to the quality! So I’ll definitely give it a chance.

I think FCBD is as good as stores want to make it. I’m lucky enough to live by two stores (Green Brain in Dearborn, MI and Vault of Midnight in Ann Arbor, MI) that do a great job making it appealing to both regulars as well as newcomers. They have sales and other promotions that make it worthwhile for the usual Wednesday crowd and well thought-out displays and a knowledgeable staff to appeal to the newbies. There were tons of kids at Vault last year and seeing there reactions (“You mean I get FIVE comics?!?”) was priceless.

Thanks. Quality is what we’re focusing on on all fronts. And I’m happy to send you the first issue, on me, so you don’t have to pick it up. Just want your feedback.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

January 10, 2010 at 7:52 pm

Hey, remember when Final Crisis was going to change the course of the DC Universe for years to come? And Infinite Crisis? Remember how quickly they had absolutely no impact on the DC Universe? Good times! I’m sure this will be different, though.

Here’s what I realised the other day, and it’s been bugging me ever since…

Final Crisis was marketed as a sequel – of sorts – to Infinite Crisis, when it was actually a sequel (or even prequel) to Seven Soldiers Of Victory, a series that was overshadowed by coming out at the same time as Infinite Crisis.
And DC wonders why some people couldn’t make heads or tails of FC?

Booster Gold, whose real name is Michael, has a sister named Michele (page 79; 17 March)? Man, those were some lazy parents.

I once dated a girl called Emily, who had a younger sister named Amelie – which is the French equivalent of Emily.

100% gets a new trade on page 121 (14 April). I’ve never been into Paul Pope too much, but maybe I should check this out in the hopes it will change my mind!

It’s pretty freakin’ good.

Kills Heavy Liquid.

With that weekly series, there are NINE comics starring Deadpool (or Deadpool-related characters) coming out in March. Ponder that for a while.

The rapture happened and everyone was left behind?

It’s somewhat sad that Dynamite has to make a big deal that Kevin Smith’s entire first story is completed before they solicit the first issue of Green Hornet. I guess they have to, but it’s still sad.

The promotion for Green Arrow was that DC made him get a years worth of issues in the can before soliciting…

He then went back to Marvel, who didn’t make him, and that’s how we got that Black Cat mini that went for six decades between issues.

saw a commercial for that new movie, Cop Out, and it made no mention that Smith was the director. Usually, when you have a “name” director, they mention it in the commercial (“The latest epic by Michael Bay!” for instance)

Don’t forget Watchmen’s ‘From visionary director Zac Snyder’.
VISIONARY!
Fucker did a remake and then an adaptation in the exact same style as the last adaptation of that creators work.

The whole women reading Tarot thing always kind of blows my mind. I think I try to purposely cleanse it from my memory every time I hear about it (which has the icky benefit of then shocking me every time I hear it again). A post from my personal blog about comic book covers got picked up over the summer on AfterEllen and I was pretty shocked by the covers that (mostly women) were putting up in the comments as covers they liked – many of them were horribly sexist and objectifying and I remember one of them was definitely a Tarot cover.

Just more proof I guess that people’s tastes vary wildly.

That said, that Dagger cover makes my blood boil, so I guess MY tastes at least remain the same as always, go figure. :)

If Market Day looks interesting to you, you should definitely pick it up. James is an old professor of mine and a hell of a guy. His The Golem’s Mighty Swing is pretty great, as was his take on the Fantastic Four (Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules).

Scott: Wow. That’s awfully nice. If you e-mail me (my address is in the “Contact Us” section), I’ll tell you my mailing address. I’m not going to say no that offer!

Instead of complaining about that Dagger cover, why don’t we just praise the uber-superior SWORD cover?

Oh, that’s right. Boobies are evil. Hence, we must bitch. Ho-hum.

Hey Greg – Can’t find it. Only Greg I see has a different last name? My email is ssnyder1835 at yahoo. And I mean it – I’d love to hear your thoughts. S

I just spent about 10 minutes watching trailers for Kevin Smith movies and have come up with two observations:

a)They usually say “From the guy who directed Clerks” or some variation on that; I didn’t come across any that identified him by name.
b) The trailers for most Kevin Smith movies are dang wretched and make even the watchable ones seem pretty crap.

I don’t go into the store on FCBD – I might if I had a non-comic book reading friend to bring along (Or even if I just had a friend, period. *Sniff*) but there ain’t nothing there that I’m not at least somewhat familiar with already. Really, it’s only fair to the retailer who’s paying for the stuff; he can already count on my business every week, it’s the heathens they’re trying to entice.

I’ve been wanting to get into Paul Pope for a few weeks, since I’ve been hearing about him from knowledgable friends. Where should I start with his work?

Nitz: My friends like Heavy Liquid but I loved Batman Year 100. It leaves you guessing, but keeps you reading.

agent_torpor: Hey, I did praise the SWORD cover! How cool! And I have no problem with boobies. When they’re thrust in your face like that, it’s a bit obnoxious.

“Not only that, but two of Tardi’s other comics are re-offered on the same page, and I’ll probably get all three. Crazy!”

You do well, Tardi is brilliant!

Although it bears mentioning that all three comics are written by different people. “It Was the War in the Trenches” by Tardi himself, “You Are There” by Barbarella creator Jean-Claude Forest and “West Coast Blues” is an adaptation of a story by top french crime writer Jean-Patrick Manchette.

Each represents one main “branch” of Tardi’s long and storied career. The first being his award-winning, gut-wrenching depictions of WWI trench warfare, the second his more experimental work, the third his hugely popular crime fiction adaptations (to the point that he has been hired to cover/illustrate many french crime books). Still missing is his most famous series, Adèle Blanc-Sec, a bit of a blend of all above. I think Dark Horse translated a few issues years ago.

Luc Besson is directing an Adèle movie. Here is the teaser:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqiHR3bDpCc

Best,
Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

I saw that, Pedro, but they all look quite good.

agent_torpor: Oh, I see you were bitching about Kelly. Well, I still think Dagger is a bit too busty in that cover. But I guess I’m repressed!

Brother Justin Crowe

January 10, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Why would anyone complain about boobies thrust in their face? I don’t understand. It’s my favorite activity.

I love Free Comic Book Day. I get free comic books!!! The comic book store I go to usually only allows you to take two books, though. The first Free Comic Book Day I knew about, though, (it was 2007) I also went to the Hastings bookstore, which was participating, and they said I could have as many as I wanted. However, the first four employees I talked to there had never heard of Free Comic Book Day, and I finally had to show someone the sign above their comic-book section to convince him there was such a thing. And that guy had to track down the manager before I finally got to find out where they kept their free books. (They were in a box behind one of the counters. ) I didn’t see any evidence that anybody besides me got any of their free books. In 2008, they didn’t have any signs up and I was afraid to ask anyone, so I only got the two books I’d selected at the comic-book store. And then last year I wasn’t able to go to town that day so I missed it all. But my brother picked out some for me at a store in Texas and I got them a few months later when he came by.
I’ve never seen any indication of Free Comic-Book Day being some sort of big event, as some people here seemed to imply. Even at the comic-book store, I was the only there getting any the two times I went.

Is Kieron Gillen only doing one story for New Mutants or is he taking over the series? I’ve been kind of disappointed with Zeb Wells.

When I first read it, I thought you said you’ve never been into Pope Paul much. I’ve never been much into him either. Wasn’t he just a caretaker pontiff between John XXIII’s Vatican II reforms and John Paul II’s global outreach? I’ve never even heard of Paul Pope. (I know, I’m ignorant.)

They still haven’t finished The Twelve? This is why I say limited series should be complete before the first issue comes out.

They spelled the Rhino’s name two different ways? I’ve seen it spelled ‘Aleksei Sytsevich’ and ‘Alex O’Hirn’ on different occasions. I still don’t know which is correct.

“I probably won’t buy Jonah Hex: No Way Back (page 83; 5 May), but a 136-page graphic novel … that’s pretty impressive. Well done, DC!”

Is this Palmiotti and Gray? If so, I’ll buy it. I’ve been absent from the Jonah Hex monthly series since about #50, despite being a vocal supporter (you remember me harassing you about getting it in your now-defunct recommend me a Wednesday purchase, right, Greg?)

Kubert should get no accolades for being around in comics for as long as he has. He should be feted for his excellent work, which he’s consistently provided for 50 years. I have full faith in his work to be beautiful, thoughtful, and enjoyable. He’s like the Clint Eastwood of comics.

Lapham didn’t draw Sparta: USA? Who drew it?

“Do I really want to read another vampire story?”

Do you ask this every time a superhero comic comes out? You should.

Paul Pope is awesome. I’ve never read 100%. I guess it’s my chance!

James Sturm wrote “The Golem’s Mighty Swing,” which appeared on a number of best of lists. He also won an Eisner for a Fantastic Four story, which I assume is hard to do. I haven’t read him, but I’m willing to check him out!

Stitches has been out long enough for my library to have two copies. It’s pretty good. It’s not that great.

Shit, I should thank you for the effort you put in to this. Thanks, Greg!!!

I love Paul Pope and 100% is my favorite work of his (I’ve read just about everything other than THB). Actually it’s one of my favorite comics period. It’s not very action-y though so if you’re looking for more of an action book, HEAVY LIQUID or BATMAN: YEAR 100 might be a better intro to his work.

Would it kill DC/Vertigo to release more than one Sandman Mystery Theatre trade paperback per year??? I love the series but the wait between volumes always annoys me!!!

As much as I like Amanda Conner’s cover of Girl Comics #1 (page 15; 3 March), why do all the guys automatically assume Tony Stark would beat Jennifer Walters in an arm-wrestling match? I mean, she’s freaking She-Hulk, for crying out loud! Yes, Tony is wearing his armor, but I can’t believe the men of Marvel would be that naturally chauvenistic to assume that Iron Man could beat She-Hulk. That’s just dumb.

What I actually find dumb about the cover is the assumption that both the men and women superheroes would be sexist enough to root for either side based solely on gender loyalty. I’m not offended enough to lose sleep over it or anything but it really is kind of narrow-minded to just assume all men root for other men and all women root for other women. Black Widow for example I’d expect to have way more ties with Tony Stark for example. I mean picture it was Luke Cage arm wrestling against a white character and it showed all the white characters rooting against Luke Cage and how insulting it would be to white people to portray all of them as automatically rooting against blacks based on their race. Well it’s also insulting to portray men as automatically rooting against women as well I think.

Like I said, it doesn’t offend me enough to lose any sleep or anything, just irks me a little.

Thanks, Scott. I appreciate the help.

“Still missing is his most famous series, Adèle Blanc-Sec, a bit of a blend of all above. I think Dark Horse translated a few issues years ago.”

Yeah, they were in one of their publications called Cheval Noir. It’s all black and white, though. Aah, you still can’t beat those french hardcovers!

I think the lack of identification of Kevin Smith as director of “Cop Out” has more to do with the audience they are trying to reach. Smith has always been a “name” director in only a cult sense. His movies make money because they don’t cost too much to make, and he has a built-in audience that guarantees a certain return on that investment. But with a movie like “Cop Out,” they aren’t looking for the Kevin Smith cult following, but instead for the general movie-goer who thinks it would be fun to watch Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan make jokes and shoot at bad guys.

“On pages 194-96, Archaia has new issues of The Killer and The Secret History. Yay! They also have Okko: The Cycle of Air #1. I only have a few issues of Okko, but it’s pretty keen. I should get the trades.”

I was under the impression that The Killer ended. Am I wrong? Is there a second series?

The only thing I’m remotely excited for here is new “The Killer”, but since it has been solicited like, half a dozen times and is still a no-show, I’m just brushing it off. That’s why I don’t read Previews and judge my “to buy” list on the inventory at midtowncomics.com. At least when they say they’re getting it it’s in the mail.

Gabe (and zombied): This is the sequel to the first series of The Killer. It’s six issues long. It hasn’t been offered before! The Archaia stuff was seemingly offered a lot because they had their implosion last year and into this year, so everything got delayed and cancelled and screwed up. They do seem to be back on track a little, though!

Hey Greg!
As the founder of FCBD, I hope you’ll allow me to clarify something for your readers.

“The problem is: I don’t want to go to FCBD. FCBD is not for me. FCBD is for people who don’t buy comics, to show them how excellently cool the medium can be.”

Free Comic Book Day is for *everyone*. It was founded with the intent to introduce new readers, former readers and current readers to how excellently cool the medium is–and the diversity found in their local comic shops.

So if you like comics, FCBD is for you! Be there– First Saturday in May!

Joe Field
Flying Colors Comics
Concord CA

Joe: I know that in theory, and I’ll still go by my shop, but I always feel like I’m taking comics away from the people who SHOULD get them – the people who don’t already read them. That’s just my problem, though!

@Keg:
Would it kill DC/Vertigo to release more than one Sandman Mystery Theatre trade paperback per year??? I love the series but the wait between volumes always annoys me!!!

Word. I love that comic, but I always get nervous waiting that year between volumes. I always fear that each one could be the last, which is amazing when you think that it’s a Vertigo comic with the word SANDMAN in the title and features the work of Matt Wagner, Steven Seagle, AND Guy Davis. Still, glad to see a new one on the way and hoping it won’t be another year before volume 9…

FunkyGreenJerusalem

January 11, 2010 at 4:08 pm

What I actually find dumb about the cover is the assumption that both the men and women superheroes would be sexist enough to root for either side based solely on gender loyalty.

Especially as it’s well known that She-Hulk puts out – every guy would be cheering for her in the hope of getting some of those big green boobies.

FCBD is also great for getting people into new series. For example, at my very first FCBD, I picked up the free issue of Stray Bullets. I went on to buy all the trades and single issues.

Think of it like the times when Baskin Robbins gives out free ice cream. Why should that only be for people who don’t already buy ice cream?

I think the popularity of Tarot with female readers speaks to two things…

1) Tarot’s attempts to glamorize wicca, a belief system that women tend to find extremely appealing. So of course women end up reading the wicca comic– and I suspect a lot of them ended up reading Promethea for similar reasons.

2) How absolutely marginalized and invisible female characters are in most mainstream fantasy/action/hero comics. Women who want to identify with a female lead are, in fact, so desperate that patently awful characters like Tarot and Raven Hex become acceptable power fantasy for lack of anything else in the same vein.

What’s the alternative, a female spin-off of a male character? I somehow doubt women would’ve warmed to Xena back in the 90′s if they’d called her She-Hercules or Herc Girl…

Fevre Dream is an adaption of George R.R. Martin’s 19th century vampire horror novel. It’s the name of a steamboat, and in turn it’s named after a river known at the time as the Fevre (now since called the Galena). Hence the weird spelling.

I’m looking forward the Jonah Hex OGN. I’ve seen quite a few pages from Tony DeZuniega… looks wonderful.
Also the James Strum piece I’ll definitely get. I’m a fan of his work…flawless.

I’d guess that Kevin Smith isn’t named in the “Cop Out” trailer because he didn’t write the script. It’s the first film where he’s just a hired director instead of writer/director. If he didn’t write it, it’s not really a “Kevin Smith film.” They’re most likely protecting the Kevin Smith brand by not marketing his name with the movie.

I feel duty-bound to mention here that Kim Thompson (who is like a god among men) strongly hinted that Fantagraphics may be publishing Adèle Blanc-Sec by the time the movie comes out:
http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?option=com_myblog&show=Teasers..html&Itemid=113

If it does happen, I strongly suggest you buy it!

(Even if it’s B&W Çteve! Tardi looks better in B&W than color, IMHO.)

Best,
Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

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