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Flippin’ through Previews – March 2010

Yes, it’s that time of the month again for Previews! You know you want to!

I'm so glad the Nineties never ended in some places!

Dark Horse:

I’ve never read a Janet Evanovich book, so I have no idea if Troublemaker, her graphic novel debut (page 28), will be any good, but Joëlle Jones is drawing it, and as you know, Joëlle Jones is pretty awesome. Check out her work in this week’s Madame Xanadu if you don’t believe me! (20 July)

Hellboy goes to Mexico in the one-shot Hellboy in Mexico (fancy that) on page 42. Hellboy v. luchadores? Drawn by Richard Corben? Yeah, it’ll probably be good. (5 May)

DC:

I’m really tempted to get Justice League: Generation Lost (page 68) because it’s plotted by Keith Giffen and stars members of the JLI, but things keep putting me off it. First of all, the solicit cracked me up: “Someone is targeting the old members of the defunct Justice League International …” Well, if we ask Maxwell Lord, Ted Kord, and the Dibnys about it, they’d say his name is Dan DiDio! Second, it’s scripted by Judd Winick, and as crazy fun Barry Ween was, it was a long time ago, and Winick doesn’t fill me with confidence. Third, Aaron Lopresti for issue #1 isn’t bad, but Joe Bennett on issue #2? No thanks. Fourth, Tony Harris’ cover is just terrible:

I get a feminist objection to this title, but for me, it's more that it's butt-ugly!

Okay, that’s not a reason NOT to buy the book, but it’s really ugly. And I LIKE Harris. (12 and 26 May)

I wonder why Gail Simone left Birds of Prey in the first place (new #1, page 69). I mean, the book didn’t last long after she left, and now she’s back on it, and it’s 2003 all over again! I wasn’t too impressed with the first iteration of this comic (sorry, I wasn’t, even though I like Simone as a writer), so I’ll probably skip this. It just seems odd. (19 May)

Solicitation texts are written to be mocked, I know, but I still chuckled when I read the one for The Return of Bruce Wayne (page 74): “Grant Morrison tackles his most ambitious project to date …” Really, DC? More ambitious than writing seven different mini-series spotlighting seven different heroes who all needed somehow to get together as a team without knowing it? More ambitious than 50-some issues about a secret organization and the future of mankind? Heck, more ambitious than trying to drag a franchise out of the shadow of Chris Claremont? It’s Bruce Wayne fighting people throughout history. Fun as all get-out, I’m sure, but “most ambitious project” yet? Really? (12 and 26 May)

This cover (page 90) creeps me out:

Not because of the blood, but because of the photo-realism!

This cover (also page 90), on the other hand is super-adorable! Guess what? They’re by the same person, Daniel Luvisi. Odd.

Maybe it's cute and not creepy because it's not a human?

I trust you didn’t get the two 6-issue trades of All Star Superman because you knew DC would release a mega-12-issue trade, and on page 93, they have exactly that! Of course, it’s $100. Jesus, really? I know it’s hardcover and all, but shit. Oh well. You can wait another year until DC brings out a softcover, can’t you? (20 October)

Hey, remember that Suicide Squad Showcase volume that DC solicited and then pulled? Well, it’s back, baby! Page 96 has all the details: 18 bucks, 552 pages of awesome comics, all for you! This is, not to put too fine a point on it, kick-ass periodical literature. (16 June)

Over on page 103, John Arcudi and Peter Snejbjerg bring us A God Somewhere, a new graphic novel about a man turning into a superman. I’m not sure if that theme has ever been explored before, but with Arcudi and Snejbjerg, it will probably work pretty well. (2 June)

I usually don’t mention mini-series that are in the middle, but the solicitation for Sparta: USA #3 (page 110) reminded me that I read the first issue already (never you mind how). It’s pretty good. I’d rather see Lapham drawing as well as writing, but the premise is more intriguing than the solicitation made it sound (there’s a blue dude, for instance, and apparently legalized looting) and the art isn’t bad, just not as good as Lapham’s would be. It comes out next week (I think), so you might want to check it out.

There’s yet another zombie comic on page 113, but it’s drawn by Mike Allred, so I, Zombie might be worth a look. I haven’t been reading From Fabletown With Love, so I don’t know if Chris Roberson is any good, but Allred doing zombies (well, Allred doing anything, really) is pretty keen. (5 May)

This is the Darwyn Cooke variant, which is typically awesome

If you haven’t gotten any of Matt Kindt’s stuff because he wasn’t working for the Big Two, here’s your chance, as Revolver shows up on page 114. It’s the story of a man with a crappy life who wakes up one morning in a world that’s gone to hell. The next morning, however, he’s back in his regular world. Every day “revolves” and he can’t figure out how to stop it. Kindt is fantastic, and I’m looking forward to this a lot. So should you! (14 July)

There’s yet another Shade trade on page 123. I guess DC is committed to releasing these. Good for them! (30 June)

Image:

So The Sword ends with issue #24 on page 156. You know what I like about the Luna brothers? They just keep coming out with new series, doing it for a couple of years, and then firing up another one. It’s refreshing that they just keep plugging along. I’m sure we’ll see another one from them before too long. It’s neat that they can do it and not go to the Big Guns and churn out corporate stuff. (12 May)

There’s a second Celestial edition of Gødland on page 158. Twelve issues for $35, packed with awesomeness. Come on, check out the cover!

Why an elephant?  Why the hell not, haters?

(19 May)

The complete Sea of Red shows up on page 159. I have a few issues of this, but it never really clicked with me. Salgood Sam’s art is quite good, though. (10 May)

Speaking of Gødland, issue #33 is offered on page 164, with this cover:

Yes, the issue is called Dogland.  Did you expect anything else?

Oh, Joe Casey and Tom Scioli, can you do anything wrong?

Marvel:

Oh, goody. The Heroic Age.

As part of this whole rigamarole, Marvel is bringing us the “Astonishing” line of comics, featuring … well, I’ll just let the solicitation tell you: “The industry’s top creators … launch the all-new Astonishing line of comics. Synonymous with excellence, the Astonishing line was pioneered to be the books for both the casual and hardcore fans. … Each Astonishing series works as a stand alone series, set firmly in the Marvel Universe and providing the perfect starting point for all readers, new or old.” Well, that’s swell. Let’s check it out, shall we?

The first up is Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine, a new ongoing series (page 7). Let me type that again, in case you missed it: a new ongoing series starring Spider-Man and Wolverine, teamed up together. No, they’re not getting rid of any of the dozen other Spider-Man books. No, they’re not going to shelve one of the half-dozen Wolverine books. This is in addition to them. Because that’s what the market needs, apparently. And given that it’s drawn by Adam Kubert, who can be very good if you give him six months between issues, I imagine it won’t be long before this book has a less astonishing artist working on it. Meanwhile, over on page 9, Warren Ellis reboots Astonishing X-Men with a new #1 and a new artist, Kaare Andrews. Guess who’s on the team? Why, is that Logan? Why yes, yes it is. Sigh. Good luck, Marvel. I hope it works well for you. (5 May)

Blood on tits! Whore makeup! It’s the Dazzler one-shot on page 12! Whoo-hoo! Look, I love Alison Blaire. I’m really not looking forward to this, and not because of the awful cover, but because it sounds terrible. (5 May)

I'm not kidding - I totally love Dazz.  But this ... sheesh.

You know, Rob Liefeld rules:

Come on, flying head guy rocks!

I’m totally serious.

You know, I understand that John Romita Jr. has to get all five (male) Avengers into the cover of Avengers #1 (page 33), but that’s just a terrible cover:

I can believe a lot in my superhero comics, but come on!

I mean, are Iron Man and Thor flying? If so, why are they so close to the ground? And how is Spider-Man holding onto the hammer and still trailing along as they fly? And won’t he crash into Cap when Thor flies over him? And hey – Spider-Man and Wolverine are teamed up together in this book! If only Marvel would give us a comic where they team up again! (5 May)

You know, She-Rulk, if you have to wear a belt around your breasts to keep your top on, a trip to the mall might be in order:

Really, J. Scott Campbell?

On page 59, Thor #610 has an interesting solicit: Kieron Gillen teams with the “legendary” Doug Braithwaite. Now, I have no particular issue with Braithwaite or his art, but in what universe is he “legendary”? (26 May)

I usually enjoy Denys Cowan’s art, but what the heck is up with Captain America’s face on this cover?

Arrrrggggghhhhh!

Cap SMASH!

Mike Grell is drawing X-Men Forever Giant-Size #1 on page 78. It won’t get me to buy the book, but that’s kind of neat. (26 May)

There’s a trade of X-Factor: Invisible Woman Has Vanished on page 98. It includes X-Factor #203, which hasn’t come out yet. As the story pretty much ended in issue #202, exactly what will be in next issue to warrant inclusion in this trade? Strange. (19 May)

I own most of the stuff collected in Moon Knight: Countdown to Dark (page 102), but I might have to get this anyway. It features the stuff by Moench and Sienkiewicz before his first series showed up, and the stories I’ve read, at least, are pretty darn good. And it’s only 25 bucks, which might sound like a lot, but these stories are fairly difficult to find, so there’s that. (4 August)

Moving on …

While we’re waiting for a new Mouse Guard series, David Petersen and Archaia brings us Legends of the Guard, an anthology series set in Petersen’s world. Alex Sheikman and Ted Naifeh contribute, so already I’m totally geeked about it!

It's become a franchise!

Over at Avatar, David Lapham is taking over the writing chores on a new Crossed mini-series (page 203). That’s kind of interesting. There’s a long text piece by Lapham about the new series, and in it he writes “gentile” when I believe he means “gentle.” Or maybe he is actually calling Garth Ennis a non-Jew. I wonder.

You might think that 7 Psychopaths, the new series from Boom! Studios on page 212, sounds familiar, as it’s about a bunch of crazy people who are out to kill Hitler. The solicitation text even mentions the movie. But Sean Phillips draws it, so I am sorely, sorely tempted. And hey! it might be awesome.

Boom! also has a funny solicitation text for The Anchor #8 (page 216): “If you’re not buying this by now you’re just embarrassing yourself and those who love you!” I wouldn’t go that far, but it’s a nifty comic.

Dynamite Entertainment is approaching Marvelesque Spidey/Wolverine/Deadpool saturation with the Green Hornet. Yes, there are five (5) Green Hornet books offered on pages 231-235. Holy schnikey!

However, Dynamite does have Black Kiss on page 237 for a mere $25. I’ve always been curious about this. Can anyone tell me if it’s worth checking out?

Does Howard Chaykin just need to get laid more?

On page 249, Drawn and Quarterly offers the first trade of Berlin again. If you haven’t read this yet, do so. It’s brilliant.

Tales Designed to Thrizzle is in full color on page 253 from Fantagraphics. If you haven’t gotten an issue yet, you might want to try a color version!

Oni Press has Frenemy of the State on page 281, which, despite the horrible title, might be pretty keen. It’s about a carefree heiress who is also a CIA agent. I have no idea if Rashida Jones can write (and who knows if she has any input whatsoever beyond the idea), but Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir are quite good, so this might be cool.

The Will Smith movie would have been a billion times better if it had been named this

Mondo Urbano (page 283) from Rafael Albuquerque, Mateus Santolouco, and Eduardo Medeiros could be neat. It’s about the world of rock and roll, told through a series of vignettes. Who doesn’t love rock and roll?

Top Shelf has Moving Pictures on page 292 from the Immonens. It’s a story about art thievery during World War II, and as the Immonens are really good, I’m looking forward to this.

Stuart might be the draw, but Kathryn is quite good, too

Just underneath that, B. B. Wolf and the Three LP’s [sic] is offered. It’s a tragic tale of a 1930s blues musician that sounds intriguing. I don’t know anything about the writer, J. D. Arnold, but Rich Koslowski, who’s a good artist, is drawing it.

Forget Sorrow: An Ancestral Tale (page 308) from WW Norton sounds keen. A woman escapes a scary present by delving into her father’s past in Manchuria during World War II. Man, a lot of stuff about WW2 in Previews this time around. If it’s good, I don’t care!

I don’t know if you’ve seen some pages from Twilight: The Graphic Novel, which is offered on page 309 from Yen Press, but you can find them if you want to. I wasn’t impressed, but then again, I’m not impressed by what I hear of the books, either, so I’m not really the audience for it.

And that, despite the fact that I’d like to make fun of the Tru Blood soda that’s in the depths of the book, is that. I hope you enjoy yourself as you dig through the goodies that Previews has to offer!

46 Comments

It’s fairly obvious that JRJR’s Avengers #1 “cover” isn’t the final cover, and that it’s just a Photoshopped placeholder. Also, Wolverine: Origins is ending soon, so Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine essentially brings the Wolverine starring/co-starring books back up to par. He was always a member of the Astonishing X-Men squad, so I don’t see why him still being on the team in Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis is maddening. It’s not like there’s 2 AXM books — AXM is turning into a series of minis instead of a traditionally numbered ongoing.

I didn’t know about the film connection, but 7 Psychopaths is an English translation of a French graphic novel/album that Phillips did a few years back. Boom! is, for whatever reason, breaking the book up into three separate issues for the American release.

Attention, Marvel: Spider-Man/Wolverine =/= Superman/Batman. It just doesn’t.

“I trust you didn’t get the two 6-issue trades of All Star Superman because you knew DC would release a mega-12-issue trade, and on page 93, they have exactly that! Of course, it’s $100. Jesus, really? I know it’s hardcover and all, but shit. Oh well. You can wait another year until DC brings out a softcover, can’t you? (20 October)”

That’s a fairly common price for most Absolutes, isn’t it? (I haven’t read the solicit but I haven’t heard of any other HC versions of AS Superman outside of that)

That’s a fairly common price for most Absolutes, isn’t it? (I haven’t read the solicit but I haven’t heard of any other HC versions of AS Superman outside of that)

There are two hardcover volumes of it with 6 issues each. I have them on my bookshelf. They just haven’t put the whole 12 issues into one hardcover yet other than the Absolute.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

February 27, 2010 at 12:14 pm

It’s fairly obvious that JRJR’s Avengers #1 “cover” isn’t the final cover, and that it’s just a Photoshopped placeholder.

Care to explain why Marvel keeps promoting the image as “the cover of Avengers #1?”

Having read Howard Chaykin’s Black Kiss when it first came out, I’d say yes. Lots of sexual situations.
The story’s pretty good, and the art is mostly usual Chaykin art.
Make sure you keep a box of klennex by you. ;-)

Softcover of the complete All-Star Superman next year? I wouldn’t count on that. I have every confidence All Star Superman will eventually be collected into one affordable compilation – but if that’s what you’re waiting on to read it, you’ve probably got another half decade from today to wait.

It took them four years after Absolute Batman Hush to put out a complete hardcover, and four years to get JLA/Avengers collected in something that wasn’t an Absolute (which it technically isn’t, but the only thing it doesn’t have in common with an Absolute is the word “Absolute”).
The other Absolutes which have equivalent softcovers were softcovers first – League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Danger Girl, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Crisis on Infinite Earths, Batman: Long Halloween, Ronin, Kingdom Come, and Green Lantern: Rebirth.
There aren’t twelve issue collections for Planetary or the Authority.
There aren’t complete softcovers for Death, New Frontier, Superman: For Tomorrow, or Justice.
Dark Knight Returns and Dark Knight Strikes Back are not collected into the same softcover.
There aren’t big compilations of Sandman or Promethea.

I suppose DC could make a big about face on this, but it doesn’t seem like a smart bet.

I’m intrigued by the Dazzler one-shot, partly due to my love for the character and partly for knowing that writer Jim McCann also loves her, so I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt that he’ll do right by her.

But…that cover is awful. I don’t understand the blood splatter or the weird, dark blue-ish lighting on the cover. Both seem contradictory to the generally bright nature of the character. Like the logo though…

I like the Dazzler cover. I’m guessing it’s an old “Dazzler” album cover splattered with blood. What’s hard to understand about that?

“Attention, Marvel: Spider-Man/Wolverine =/= Superman/Batman. It just doesn’t. ”

From the perspective of sales, it’s pretty close. And from the perspective of having stories that don’t invariably descend into interwoven thought monologues expressing guy-love enough to make John Dorian and Christopher Turk uncomfortable, Spidey and Wolvie have the upper hand. :)

Black Kiss is AAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEESSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMEEEEEEEEE.

No one’s mentioned the SUICIDE SQUAD Showcase being back into play?

YYYYYEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

Why did you have to lead with horribly sexist comments on a description of a Dazzler one-shot, Burgas? I quite like Callahan’s theory of the old-school album cover with blood on it, but to describe a musical act’s stage makeup as that of a whore is slightly out-of-line and antiquated.

Really looking forward to Matt Kindt’s Vertigo book.

“Care to explain why Marvel keeps promoting the image as “the cover of Avengers #1?”

Because the characters we currently see in the image are just a part of the final cover — there’s more to the it than is being shown at present, hence the overlapped, outlined, clearly Photoshopped placeholder we have now.

Matt: I agree that it’s probably an old “album cover,” but I just don’t like the fact that we have to have the blood on the breasts, linking sex with violence, and I’m sorry if the stage makeup looks whorish – it did in the Seventies when it was trendy, and it still does today. That heavy eyeliner with those glossy lips just looks whorish to me, whether it’s on a comic cover or an actual person. That’s just what I think.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

February 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm

ecause the characters we currently see in the image are just a part of the final cover — there’s more to the it than is being shown at present, hence the overlapped, outlined, clearly Photoshopped placeholder we have now.

And your source on this is…?

Yay Mike Allred! Yay Godland!
A THIRD trade of Shade? NIIIIIIIIIIIICE!

So what sounds terrible about the Dazzler besides the awful cover? You said that wasn’t your reason, but then you didn’t give us one.

I just can’t think of any reason why Spider-Man and Wolverine should team up on a regular basis. I can understand Marvel looking for a series with good sales potential, but if the premise doesn’t hold up on its own merits, I don’t see how the sales can continue after the first few months.

I haven’t liked Romita, jr’s art that much since the ’80s, but he does still have some good qualities, none of which seem to be present in that cover.

I don’t know why I seem to be complaining a lot today. Sorry about that.

Mary: Just the description of the issue. It’s something coming out of that Necrosha thing and it just sounds like a typical dark, depressing, bloody affair. I’ll probably look at it briefly in the store because I love Dazzler so much, but it just doesn’t sound like something I’d like.

Woo, new Thrizzle!
Woo, new/old Sean Phillips! As always, he posted some in-progress pages on his blog while he was working on it.

if that’s what you’re waiting on to read it, you’ve probably got another half decade from today to wait

I waited for The Walking Dead Compendium, I will wait for All Star superman. *Anxiously lights cigarette*
On a related topic, any word on when/if Oni’s going to release another Apocalyptic Edition(Collecting #13-?) of Wasteland anytime soon? *Lights another cigarette off that other cigarette*
Waiting sucks. *Sniffles, has coughing fit*

That cover is a perfect example of what I hate about Romita. Every character has the same body, it’s all terribly flat, and it’s inappropriately sketchy.

I wonder where DeMatteis is on the new JL. Didn’t he do the Formerly Known As… & I Can’t Believe it’s Not… series? I’m interested in the book, in part because I only know Winick from Barry Ween & Frumpy the Clown, both of which I enjoyed. I’ve not read the stuff for which he’s reviled.

Which comic has the grenade-mouth cover?

A hundred bucks for All-Star Superman?! That’s pricey!

Is Revolver a Vertigo series or something? I really, really hope Matt Kindt isn’t going to be stuck on the Fraction/Gillen/Hickman/Aaron et al. path of superhero pap after doing awesome indie stuff.

The first Celestial Edition of Godland is nice. It came out in August ’07; I’ve been waiting for the second one for a long time.

Berlin is great, but it takes a little while to get going. Right about the time Kurt starts to write I think it really took off.

Was Tales Designed to Thrizzle not in color? Didn’t it have at least some green shading or something? I guess not. Huh. Was the hardcover B & W? It just feels weird that I didn’t notice.

That’s the first I heard about Moving Pictures. Immonen/Immonen is pretty great.

So many questions, Dan! DeMatteis is actually joining Giffen on Booster Gold. I thought about mentioning it, but then I didn’t. The grenade-in-the-mouth cover is the third issue of the Nemesis series. Revolver is a stand alone graphic novel. Sorry, I thought I mentioned that, but I didn’t. And I don’t have the hardcover of Tales Designed to Thrizzle, but the issue I own is in black and white.

Anything else I can help you out with? :)

The first five issues of Thrizzle were in B&W (Or the two-tone thing). They added colour to many of the stories for the #1-4 hardcover collection, and decided to do the same to the regular series starting with #6, I believe.

” I just can’t think of any reason why Spider-Man and Wolverine should team up on a regular basis. I can understand Marvel looking for a series with good sales potential, but if the premise doesn’t hold up on its own merits, I don’t see how the sales can continue after the first few months. ”

Spider-Man and Wolverine work well together for the same reason buddy cop stories are popular. They’re mismatched character types who inevitably have a lot of friction– one’s a young, quick-witted idealist, the other’s an old, grumpy veteran– and make the plots more entertaining.

An ongoing with the two teaming up wouldn’t work, but the mini with Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert is at the top of my list for Marvel books I’m looking forward to.

Frenemy of the State is a fantastic title. The conflict–internal and external, is all right there.

That may be the only comic I buy that month.

I think both of those Luvisi covers are disturbing, but the second one does have some cuteness mixed in. That may be what makes it disturbing.

To the Bloody Nitz–

I don’t deny that Spidey and Wolverine work well together sometimes. But putting them together on a regular basis feels artificial. You said yourself that an ongoing series wouldn’t work, but that’s what Greg just said that this is– ‘a new ongoing series’ (direct quote).

It’s a mystery to me why Marvel hasn’t published a “World’s Finest” comic with Spider-Man and Wolverine.

So by the third issue, someone in Generation Lost is going to have AIDS, right?

Astonishing Wolverine/Spider-Man is actually a six issue bi-monthly miniseries. Marvel was a least smart enough to know that there was no way it would work as a monthly ongoing.

You can find the info here – http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=24862

Greg, if only the Ultimate Warrior in his heyday could hear you call Dazzler’s makeup whorish.

I’m a little disappointed the Kevin Smith Green Hornet arc is 10 issues. Plenty of time for it to fall apart, but the preview is nice and I like it when Phil Hester works with Smith’s scripts. I am interested in the Matt Wagner-penned stuff as well. Haven’t heard about anything else, though.

So it was Greg’s mistake then? Well, I have no objection to a Spider-Man/Wolverine limited series (unless it’s a bad one, but I have no a priori objection). They do work well together, it’s just that keeping them together is out of character for both of them.

Man, I have been out of the comics news loop – I had no idea a lot of this stuff was cooking. Thanks Greg for doing a non-”End of Civilization” Previews post! Not that I don’t love me some Progressive Ruin (and the ISB/Comics’ Alliance version too)!

Didn’t know Sparta USA was a limited series…however, as someone still morning the loss of Young Liars, I’m glad to hear some positive buzz on it.

Also, thanks to Eric for the link on the AS-MW story. Looks like I’ll be getting that at some point. ‘Cause Jason Aaron. I was kind of hoping it would be Zeb Wells, as the Wolverine/Spider-man team-up he did with Paolo Rivera was strong stuff. Aaron’s take on Logan has been a solid hit, though, and I’m geeking to read his take on Spidey. The quotes in the CBR article about shooting for a Marvel Boy feel and teasing a Devil Dinosaur appearance…fuhgedabaudit.

Black Kiss is pretty good. It’s a well-executed sexual thriller…if you like Chaykin’s blend of titillation and humor, it’s definitely worth checking out. Not American Flagg good, but better than most of his recent work.

I guess it is my mistake. Marvel is sketchy about telling whether something is a mini-series or not. Very often they have (of 4) or something attached to the title, but they didn’t in the case of Spider-Man/Wolverine (they do for Xenogenesis on the very next page, for instance), so I just assumed it was ongoing. I don’t know why they wouldn’t have it listed as a six-issue series. That’s weird.

Re: the Dazzler cover–there’s also blood on her stomach, hip, leg, hair, arms, hands and all around her, so why just highlight that there’s blood over her chest? The fact that it’s also over her breasts seems like an odd thing to focus on.

"O" the Humanatee!

February 28, 2010 at 9:07 am

What, no mention of the grotesque way Kaare Andrews draws Storm’s hips and waist in the Astonishing X-Men promo (not to mention the butt-shot on a not-quite-as-grotesque Emma Frost)? To his credit, his drawing of the mutant girl who forms some kind of transparent (mental?) armor around herself – I forget her name – is quite decent. (See http://www.newsarama.com/comics/marvel-may-2010-solicitations-100216.html for image.)

As for that Captain America face, Cowan was probably going for something Kirby-esque, as he clearly was with the rest of the Cap drawing. Doesn’t mean he succeeded.

Yeah, that Kaare Andrews cover is awful. I can’t point out all the awfulness! I often like Andrews, and hope the interiors are decent, but that cover … man.

Somehow, JRJR’s style is just plain incompatible with the whole computer inked/coloured glossy molded look that we’ve seen recently in a bunch of Marve’s promo stuff. To me, it just doesn’t work and looks All Wrong.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

February 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm

However, Dynamite does have Black Kiss on page 237 for a mere $25. I’ve always been curious about this. Can anyone tell me if it’s worth checking out?

How much are you into Chaykin?

It’s got a few pretty hardcore sex scenes – you see things dripping – and other than that has some nice art and some nice scenes, but there’s no reason given to care for any of the characters, and by the end there’s been a few too many double crosses.
Also, I found a couple of the characters – there’s two blondes who look the same and live together – to be indistinguishable from each other most of the time (in certain scenes one’s got something the other hasn’t).

So you may enjoy it as a fun and seedy little Chaykin jaunt, but it’s not one of his groundbreaking works (I imagine the sex was it’s big breakthrough back in the day).

X-Factor 203 is a done-in-one. The arc immediately after is the tangential “Second Coming” tie-in, so it makes more sense to put it in this trade than the next one.

No true Dazzler fan dislikes that cover. “Whore” makeup? Good lord.

“Also, I found a couple of the characters – there’s two blondes who look the same and live together – to be indistinguishable from each other most of the time (in certain scenes one’s got something the other hasn’t).”

Which they are supposed to. Well, except for that detail…

Seven Psychopaths is a cool european comic that deserves attention. Buy it if you can, guys.

(Do note it’s part of a loose series where on each book seven people are selected to accomplish a specific mission. Some of the other books on that series are excellent!)

Of course it will be reduced AND broken on smaller installments for the US edition. SIGH!

Best,
Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

FunkyGreenJerusalem

March 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Which they are supposed to. Well, except for that detail…

Yeah, but there’s indistinguishable to the characters, and then indistinguishable to the reader.

One can work for the plot, the other just annoys.

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