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Flippin’ through Previews – April 2010

There is one book in Previews, issue #259, that you must order. YOU MUST!!!! But, pray tell, which one might it be? Can you guess????

What's bugging Ollie, I wonder?

Dark Horse:

I still haven’t seen a trailer for the new Predator movie, but DH is coming out with a four-issue weekly mini-series that sets it up (pages 26-27). I don’t know anything about the artists, but Marc Andreyko and David Lapham are writing it, so it might be pretty keen. (June)

I have no interest in Serenity: Float Out (page 30), but I love Steve the Pirate so much that even a comic with him in it makes me take notice. And you might like a Patton Oswalt comic! (3 June)

There’s some more old Conan stuff on page 35, as we get a collection of King Conan by Roy Thomas and John Buscema. You can borrow it from Greg Hatcher when he inevitably picks it up! (25 August)

Yes, it's a Marvel cover, but that's what Dark Horse showed in the solicitation!

Zero Killer gets collected in a trade on page 36. It’s not great, but it is rather good, so if you’re interested, check it out! (4 August)

So page 40 has a solicitation for Dave McKean’s Cages. It claims that it’s “finally back in print!” Well, it would have been back in print a year ago, when Dark Horse first solicited this. I wonder what the hold-up was? (25 August)

DC:

I do like that DC acknowledges that even in the middle of “Brightest Day,” they’re not changing too much, because that would be, you know, crazy: The Flash #3 solicit (page 74) reads thusly: “It may be BRIGHTEST DAY, but when a mysterious group of so-called heroes turns up, another Rogue ends up dead.” Frankly, I don’t care if DC and Marvel slaughter every single character in their stable in the most bowel-churningly ways possible, but I do like how they imply that even though they’re making this push to be lighter, let’s not be too nutty, right? (9 June)

You know, just because Judd Winick has an unnatural and even unholy love of Jason Todd doesn’t mean DC has to indulge him with more tales of the Red Hood (page 78), does it? DOES IT?!?!?!? (3 June)

Hey, we’re finally getting the Frazer Irving arc on Batman and Robin (page 80). Good to see it! (3 June)

I dig this cover, man!

Kelly Thompson brought this to my attention, and there really is something disturbing about this Adventure Comics cover (page 88):

This cover shouldn't creep me out, should it?

Is that Anoxeria Girl and Bulemia Lass on either side of Superboy? They’re just … ugh. (3 June)

I really like the cover for Zatanna #2 (page 96), but what is up with her rack? (23 June)

More Sgt. Rock in a Showcase volume on page 101. There’s really nothing more to say, actually. (21 July)

Over on page 102, we get the Superman vs. Muhammad Ali double-shot! You get the biggun version, just like the original, which is forty bucks. You could also get the twenty-dollar version that’s smaller but features unpublished artwork. Which should you buy? Oh, it’s exactly like Sophie’s Choice! (10 November)

You may not read the Johnny DC books, but you can’t deny that they have kick-ass covers:

Trippy! Puzzling! Humorous!

There’s a new Tom Strong comic? That’s … odd (page 107; 3 June).

Peter Milligan has, apparently, never lost his love of Shade, as he guest-stars in Hellblazer #268 on page 121. That ought to be fun. (16 June)

I haven’t loved Madame Xanadu, but issue #24 (page 122) begins an interesting arc, as each issue is drawn by a relatively unknown female artist. The only ones I know are Laurenn McCubbin and Marian Churchland, both of whom are quite good. This arc might be kind of neat. (30 June)

Meanwhile, Northlanders #29 (page 123) is a standalone issue about a Viking boat that goes horribly off-course. If you’ve been resisting this title, give it a look! (30 June)

Speaking of standalone issues, Unknown Soldier #21 is one, guest-arted by Rick Veitch. It’s all about a rifle moving around Africa! That’s gold! (30 June)

Hey, IDW has moved on up to a DEEE-luxe apartment in the “premier” section! Good for them!

I’m not a fan of James Patterson (granted, I’ve only read one of his books), but The Murder of King Tut on page 148 sounds kind of neat. We go back and forth between Tut’s time and Howard Carter’s time, with the Egyptian stuff drawn by the excellent Christopher Mitten and the archaeological stuff drawn by the not-bad Ron Randall.

Will you be cursed if you read this, though?

Meanwhile, on page 149, Robert Bloch’s Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper gets adapted by Joe Lansdale, John Lansdale (his son?), and drawn by Kevin Colden, who’s very good. I like Jack the Ripper but I’m not a crazed fan, but this might be pretty cool.

If you’ve been wanting to read the DC issues of Peter David’s Fallen Angel, IDW has collected them in a big ol’ Omnibus edition with all 20 issues (page 158). This is quite good, and shows why you should hire David Lopez – he’s very good and he draws really fast!

Love and Capes gets another collection on page 159. I really ought to get the collections – this is a charming series.

Image:

Hack/Slash moves to Image on page 172. Good for Tim Seeley? I don’t read it, but maybe it will be easier to find now. (9 June)

Dynamo 5 is back! Yay! The preview art on page 175 looks really good, too. I’m happy! (23 June)

Based on the solicitation that includes the words “Pin-up girl and awesome robot world,” I probably wouldn’t enjoy Dust Wars (page 176). It sounds and looks oddly intriguing, though. Who doesn’t love alternate history? (3 June)

All wars should be fought by women dressed like that.

Ted McKeever has a new series on page 178 called Meta 4. It appears to be a typical Ted McKeever story, if that’s your thing. As in, really freaky. The preview art looks amazing. (9 June)

See, the 4 can be written 'phor,' and that makes the title mean something else, so ... just forget it!

Brigade returns (page 180)! Is it the Apocalypse? IS IT THE APOCALYPSE?!?!?!?! (30 June)

Sea-Bear and Grizzly Shark #1 (page 181) cannot possibly be as awesome as Shark-Man, but with Ryan Ottley and Jason Howard bringing it to you, good readers, it might be twisted fun. (23 June)

How many times has The Pro gone out of and then back into print? It’s back again on page 182, in case you’ve never gotten it. I haven’t read it in a long time, but I remember thinking it was a waste of time. Amanda Conner’s art looks great, but if you think Ennis treats superheroes poorly in The Boys, you should probably avoid this. (3 June)

There’s a new printing of the I Kill Giants trade on page 183. I don’t know how often I have to tell you to buy this, people! (3 June)

Pug is resolicited on page 185. I mention this because Derek McCulloch is a good writer and his OGNs seemed plagued by tardiness (this was originally offered a year ago, for instance), and this sounds pretty good. If Mr. McCulloch is reading this, I couldn’t get your e-mail address, sir. If you look at the “Contact Us” section, you’ll find my e-mail address, and if you check out the “Where to Send Review Copies,” you can find my home address. Whichever works for you! (30 June)

Well, that's a straight-forward cover!

You know who draws Shuddertown #4 (page 195)? It’s Adam GEEN, damn it! (30 June)

Marvel:

Look! It’s a Marvelman Primer on page 4! Joey Q is just laying the groundwork for the Jeph Loeb/Joe Madureira “reimagining” of the Alan Moore run! YOU KNOW IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN!!!!!!! (30 June)

A few other people have commented on the cover of Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #2 (page 5), but it’s worth going over again:

They should have a scene in the comic where she straps on a back brace to support those things!

Dear. Sweet. Lord. What the hell, Emma? Is she looking at the baby’s vomit, or is she wondering, “Where the hell did THOSE come from?” (9 June)

I certainly don’t hate the Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic cover to Heralds #1 (page 8), but I always find it very weird that DC and Marvel have artists doing covers to books that aren’t known quantities whose art is so very, very different from the interior stuff. Tonci Zonjic’s art is quite good, but very different from the cover art. I felt the same way about Tomm Coker’s cool covers to the recent Dr. Strange mini-series, which was very different from Emma Rios’ interior stuff. (Weekly in June)

David Lapham writes Deadpool Team-Up #892 (page 18). It won’t be enough to get me to buy it, but it’s kind of keen. (3 June)

There’s a Spider-Ham 25th Anniversary Special on page 27. Tom DeFalco writes a story, as does Tom Peyer. Tom Peyer is a funny man, if you’re wondering. (3 June)

I’m actually kind of interested in Avengers Academy #1 on page 31. I know it’s basically a new version of Avengers: The Initiative, but it still sounds neat. (3 June)

Hey, look!  New characters!  What are the odds none survive longer than two years?

On page 44, we get a weird book: Fantastic Four Annual #32. It’s weird because it’s drawn by Bryan Hitch. When did he do this? I know Marvel took him off the regular book so he could do Captain America: Reborn, so is this book much older than that? Weird. Well, I think it’s weird. You might not. (3 June)

So they’ve actually renamed the comic that stars Frank Castle Franken-Castle (page 46)? That might be the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen from Marvel. Seriously. (23 June)

I love this cover (page 58):

Bwah-ha-ha!

‘Nuff said. (9 June)

Juan Jose Ryp draws an issue of Moon Knight (page 65). I still don’t know if I’m going to keep buying the series, but damn, I want to see that issue. (3 June)

Much like Avengers Academy, I’m kind of interested in Sean McKeever’s Young Allies (page 67). I guess the “Heroic Age” is working for Marvel, even if it hasn’t actually started yet. It’s probably because I dig Gravity. However, the stereotypical gigantic, shirtless, do-rag-wearing illegal immigrant gives me pause. Wouldn’t it be neat if he actually wasn’t the illegal, and it turned out that Angelica Jones had entered the country illegally from … Toronto! Oh, the horror! Why won’t someone stop the Canadians from coming here?!?!?!? (3 June)

Lots of “Second Coming” stuff in here. I just point this out because of this hilarious review of Second Coming #1

Criminal: The Sinners gets a trade on page 82. If you like awesome comics, you might want to pick this up. (16 June)

Ghost Rider by Jason Aaron Omnibus is offered on page 85 (yes, that’s what it’s called). I bailed halfway through the second arc, but then everyone said it got awesome again. So, it’s $50 for 538 pages, and I’m going to assume it’s totally worth it. What say the readers? (1 September)

Wasn’t Our Dread Lord and Master writing about how cool the “Under Siege” story in Avengers was recently? Well, on page 101 it gets a nice hardcover trade. It’s 30 bucks, and apparently Brian’s selection caused some controversy among those who said it sucked, but there it is. (1 September)

Marvel stuck an “X-Men” in front of the S.W.O.R.D. trade paperback on page 117. Maybe they should have considered that when it was coming out, because then maybe more people would have bought it. Oh well. You really should get the trade, because this is good. Why wouldn’t you trust me? Have I ever steered you wrong? Okay, don’t answer that. (23 June)

Hey, let’s check out the back of the book, now sans IDW!

I have no idea if The Royal Historian of Oz from SLG is any good (page 218), but it’s only a dollar! How can you beat that? (Well, it could be free, but let’s not go crazy, okay?)

I guess the reviews for Time Lincoln weren’t great, but Antarctic Press is bringing us a sequel: Time Lincoln: Fists of Führer (page 221), in which Lincoln fights Hitler on top of Mount Rushmore. Oh, Abraham Lincoln, you rascal! On page 220, there’s The Last Zombie #1, which actually sounds halfway decent: a man must travel cross-country in an America that is mostly over the zombie plague but is still in bad shape. I don’t love zombie comics, but this sounds not bad at all.

Wait a second ... how did no one notice Hitler entering the country?  That's a bit far-fetched, dontcha think?

Avatar has a fourth trade of Freakangels on page 235. See, I don’t steal my comics on-line, I wait until they’re collected and pay good money for them, so I’m looking forward to this.

On page 241, Bluewater Productions has Rock N’ Roll Comics #1: Joan Jett & the Runaways. I have absolutely no interest in this book, but with the new movie out, I learned that Lita Ford was in the Runaways. I didn’t know that. Sing it with me: “Come on, pretty baby – kiss me DEADDDDDDDDLYYYYYY!!!!!”

Boom! Studios is bringing out the series that you, apparently, demanded: Darkwing Duck (page 252). And hey, it’s written by noted bon vivant Ian Brill! Man, now that he’s gone big-time, he’ll probably never buy me the dinner he owes me.*

* Note: Ian doesn’t owe me dinner. He was perfectly willing to pay, but I wouldn’t let him.

Power Out from Canal Press on page 257 sounds interesting. A fourteen-year-old boy is separated from his family after a power outage, and he needs to learn how to survive. Given that it’s about adolescence, it could be terribly annoying, but it sounds good, at least!

If you can slog through the Green Hornet stuff from Dynamite, you find tucked away in the lower right corner of page 267 a solicitation for Bullet to the Head, which is written by Matz (who wrote The Killer) and drawn by Colin Wilson, who’s excellent. I’m sure our European readers can tell us if this is worth it, but with that creative team, I’m on board already!

Dynamite is DC-esque in getting their trade paperbacks out, as they finally offer the second trade of Zorro on page 274 (now that the third arc is finished, mind you). This is the weakest story so far, mainly because Francesco Francavilla didn’t draw it, but it’s still pretty good.

Comic Book Comics #5 is offered on page 286 from Evil Twin Comics. You don’t need to have read the first four issues, as each issue tells different stories about the history of comics, and this one is all about lawsuits! Who doesn’t love lawsuits? This series is not quite as good as Action Philosophers!, but it’s still a fantastic read.

So fun ... but so tardy!

Humanoids is back with a few offerings on page 292, including the end of Metabarons. I’ve never actually read Metabarons, but there it is!

As you know, I’m just not that big into vampire stories, but some still catch my eye, one of which is coming from Moonstone on page 298. I noticed it because it’s called Vampire, PA, and of course I will always have a soft spot for Pennsylvania, as I grew up there. Then I noticed it was written by J. C. Vaughn and drawn by the Fraim brothers, who have done good work together in the past. I’m still on the fence about it (it sounds like a somewhat standard vampire book), but those creators make me curious …

Oni Press has its usual stuff, including a nice hardcover edition of Past Lies (page 303), which is a pretty good mystery by Christian Weir, Nunzio DeFilippis, and Christopher Mitten. I wish Weir and DeFilippis would do more mysteries with the main character, an unlicensed private investigator.

On pages 304-305, Radical offers After Dark, a new science fiction series conceived by Antoine Fuqua and Wesley Snipes (which isn’t really a draw) and written by Peter Milligan (which is). Plus, it’s only a dollar. That’s always cool!

Down on page 310, Rebellion offers the book you should all buy when it appears. I’m so not kidding. Yes, D. R. & Quinch is BACK IN PRINT!!!! What, you might ask, is D. R. & Quinch? Funny you should ask! It’s only Alan Moore and Alan Davis’ comedic masterpiece from the early 1980s. If you ever thought Moore was just some grumpy old man, read this. It’s HILARIOUS. It’s on the short list of funniest comics I’ve ever read, and it’s gorgeous, of course, even though it’s early in Davis’ career. It’s been out of print for a long, LONG time (my Fleetway copy is from 1991, and I think it went out of print not long after that), and I’m tempted to get this just because it’s brand-spanking new. Seriously: If you order one thing from Previews this month, make it this. You won’t be sorry!

Almost too awesome for words!

Reaching page 318, we find The Playwright by Eddie Campbell and Daren White from Top Shelf. It sounds like a nice, twisted tale about, as the text puts it, “the sex life of a celibate middle-aged man.” Campbell is an underrated writer, so I’m intrigued to read this.
[EDIT: Leigh Walton of Top Shelf, all around good guy, sent me an e-mail explaining that the attributions were reversed on this - Campbell is doing the art, while White is writing. I've read one short story by White (I think), so I'm not sure if the writing on this will be great, but it's always keen to see Campbell's art!]

I don’t mean to pick on Zenescope for doing what they do, but the fact that they’re celebrating the fiftieth issue of Grimm Fairy Tales (page 332) when their excellent series, The Straw Men, didn’t make it past three issues makes me sad. Oh well.

And with that, we end our long, strange journey through Previews. I hope you discovered some things worth checking out. And I’m totally serious: Buy D. R. & Quinch. It will make your day!

47 Comments

Ha ha ha! The joke is that Abraham Lincoln is doing something that you wouldn’t ordinarily think of him doing.

Could people please cut it out with that historical/monster novelty shit? It wasn’t even that funny the first time.

I second the D.R. Quinch recommendation (for that imaginary person that gives a shit about what I recommend) and sugest that you read Alan Moore’s Future Shocks that collects other stuff that he wrote for 2000 A.D.

I must admit that what you said about The Pro left me surprised. Greg Burgas, the man that led me to at least a dozen of great comics that I never heard about before didn’t like The Pro? That’s very Un-Burgas like :-)

Also, don’t give it another thought and buy the Ghost Rider Omnibus

DR and Quinch has been in print in theUK for years, I guess they’re just getting aroundto shipping them to america?

Dude: I enjoyed The Pro the first time I read it, and like it less each time I’ve read it since (which, I think, is twice). The art is good, but it seems like one of those mean-spirited books a creator puts out every once in a while that has no point except to pick on something or someone. Ennis can write very good superheroes, but he doesn’t like them – we get it. Why doesn’t he just ignore them?

I wondered about D. R. & Quinch being in print in the UK, as the solicitation specifically mentions that it’s only for the New World. Odd.

Yeah, I agree. I was just kidding. The Pro is one of those darkly hilarious books that Ennis can do in his sleep, like Adventures in the Rifle Brigade and the Kev books. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but Ennis is my favourite writer so this stuff is right up my alley

Felix the Cat’s Greatest Comic Book Tails (Hardcover) is a must get. For me, anyway.

I got a copy of DR and Quinch through Previews in the early 2000s, so yes, it’s been available in the U.S. as well. I remember not liking it at all, but I was incredibly busy at the time, so I don’t really trust my opinion of any thing I read or watched at the time because I rushed through so much stuff just to get it read.

You bailed on Ghost Rider? Do yourself a favor and buy the omnibus, and then buy one for me because you totally just broke my heart right now.

After the incredible first arc, the Ghost Riders Around the World arc just wasn’t doing anything for me. Then I kept reading that it got back to the awesome, so I figured I’d wait until the entire thing was collected. I assumed I’d have to buy a bunch o’ trades, but then Marvel was nice enough to collect the entire thing!

Why did Ghost Rider Heaven’s On Fire need to be it’s own series instead of just ending the Ghost Rider series in Ghost Rider? The ability to market a #1? Anyway…totally enjoyed GR by Aaron. He’s currently my favorite writer.

funkygreenjerusalem

April 3, 2010 at 5:58 pm

I have no interest in Serenity: Float Out (page 30), but I love Steve the Pirate so much that even a comic with him in it makes me take notice.

Is that Firefly Serenity?

Whose Steve The Pirate then?

Over on page 102, we get the Superman vs. Muhammad Ali double-shot! You get the biggun version, just like the original, which is forty bucks. You could also get the twenty-dollar version that’s smaller but features unpublished artwork. Which should you buy? Oh, it’s exactly like Sophie’s Choice! (10 November)

Slow down – if I buy the large version, for more cash, I don’t get extra features that are in the smaller version?
That’s horrible.
Is it worth the large edition?

You may not read the Johnny DC books, but you can’t deny that they have kick-ass covers:

My screen saver is made up of wallpapers I downloaded from the dc site – you don’t have to join to get them like with Marvel, and much easier to skim through them all for good one’s – and I really do get a kick out of it when the one’s aimed at younger kids come up.
They are all so much fun.

Hack/Slash moves to Image on page 172. Good for Tim Seeley?

Very good for Tim Seeley – he and his collaborators will actually get paid, rather than having their money used to keep Devil’s Due afloat, after they over extended themselves in the book store market.
(They weren’t quite ready for returnable stock).

Reaching page 318, we find The Playwright by Eddie Campbell and Daren White from Top Shelf. It sounds like a nice, twisted tale about, as the text puts it, “the sex life of a celibate middle-aged man.”

They are making a comic about Dave Sims?
Crazy.

After the incredible first arc, the Ghost Riders Around the World arc just wasn’t doing anything for me. Then I kept reading that it got back to the awesome, so I figured I’d wait until the entire thing was collected. I assumed I’d have to buy a bunch o’ trades, but then Marvel was nice enough to collect the entire thing!

I’m tempted by the omnibus, and I didn’t even get through the first trade!
Sometimes getting a HC or Omnibus of something you didn’t enjoy, but really think you would due to creators or what have you, makes you sit down and plow through it, and realise you love it.
Or you just spent $50 on something you hate.
But it worked for me with Criminal and Immortal Iron First.

YES!! D.R. & QUINCH!!
Why am I so excited? I don’t know, I’ve never actually read this but i’ve heard such great thing and I’ve been looking for it for a few years now. SOOOOO happy it’s going to be in trade. Looking forward to it a whole lot.

Travis Pelkie

April 3, 2010 at 6:33 pm

I like FGJ’s comment on the new Eddie Campbell book (the Dave Sim joke), and I’m a big Cerebus/Sim fan.

Greg, this one post has gotten me more excited about comics than anything in a while. Seriously. I’m reminded of why I love comics, and there’s a bunch of stuff to look forward to. The Jason Aaron GR, DR and Quinch, Spider Ham, Superman vs Muhammad Ali, Cages, Hellblazer with Shade, the Playwright, Fallen Angel, and to me, the coolest is the new Ted McKeever series. I hope someone collects Plastic Forks, since that apparently didn’t fall under the Ted McKeever library Image put out. I’m guessing Marvel owns it, so get on that, Marvel!

“See, I don’t steal my comics on-line, I wait until they’re collected and pay good money for them, so I’m looking forward to this.”

Ummmmm. Isn’t Ellis giving this away for free every week on his site? I’m all for paying for my comics 9and not stealing them), but I am nit so keen on buying comics that are being given away for free (legally, I might add) by their creators.

‘Look! It’s a Marvelman Primer on page 4! Joey Q is just laying the groundwork for the Jeph Loeb/Joe Madureira “reimagining” of the Alan Moore run! YOU KNOW IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN!!!!!!! (30 June)’

Uhm … what? Jeph Loeb and Joe Madureira reimaging Alan Moore???

During the fabled Amazon Glitch, Aaron’s Ghost Rider trades were the first things to go into my cart. I’m kind of glad the order got sacked because, now, I can get the omnibus instead and have the stories in one giant package.

Strangely, Amazon doesn’t have the omnibus listed. Guess I’ll have to order it elsewhere.

We get it. You hate sexy women in comics.

Ummmmm. Isn’t Ellis giving this away for free every week on his site? I’m all for paying for my comics 9and not stealing them), but I am nit so keen on buying comics that are being given away for free (legally, I might add) by their creators.

That’s the joke.
But the other joke is – it’s still one of the most torrented books!
Givin it away doesn’t stop those pesky pirates.

D.R. & Quinch is great. I’ve only read them in the random old 2000AD progs I’ve been able to pick up (I so wish they were more widely available here in the States) but they are always good stories.

I haven’t read any of Aaron’s GR, but I’ve heard a lot about it that makes me think I would really like it. So like FGJ I’ll probably just jump in head first and buy the $50 omnibus despite having never read an issue.

Titan reprinted DR and Quinch again in 2001, but it’s good to see them get a new (and cheaper) printing.

DCBService.com has the GR Omnibus up for order at $24.99, which is a friggin steal.

Topor, that phrase right there is literally the only thing you have ever contributed to a discussion on this blog or Robot 6. You love tits! You’re enraged that you perceive that other people don’t love tits as much as you do! I understand. It must be a hard road.

That said, can I make you a deal? How about from now on, every time somebody brings up a sexist instance in comics, we can all just IMAGINE you posted something about how much the blogger hates boobs and save you the trouble? It’ll save typing energy on your end, and brain cells on ours!

Going back to D.R. and Quinch, the text in the PREVIEWS says that Jamie Delano is involved. I do have the Titan reprint of 2001, and i cannot find Delano’s name anywhere in the credits. Anybody knows what this is about ?

Cteve!-

If memory serves I think that quite a while after Moore and Davis’ initial run in 2000AD the D.R. and Quinch strip was revived as a one page “agony column” gag strip by Delano and Davis. I guess this edition includes those strips as well as the Moore stuff. Ah, D.R. And Quinch so very funny.

Matter-Pooper Lad

April 4, 2010 at 4:58 am

“Is that Anoxeria Girl and Bulemia Lass on either side of Superboy? They’re just … ugh.”

And apparently, in the future, they don’t have any hair brushes.

Where do they find these (for lack of a better term) “artists”?

Matter-Pooper Lad

April 4, 2010 at 5:05 am

“… the Superman vs. Muhammad Ali double-shot! You get the biggun version, just like the original, which is forty bucks. You could also get the twenty-dollar version that’s smaller but features unpublished artwork. Which should you buy?”

The answer is “neither”. You can buy the original back issue for a lot less money. When I saw this in Previews, I dug out the original back issue, and it looks just fine.

Same with the upcoming King Conan book. You can probably find all the originals for less than the cost of the reprint brook.

Instead of constantly reprinting easy-to-find stuff, the comics companies should instead be reprinting comics that are impossible to find. Like, for example, Russ Heath’s run on Sea Devils, with those stunning wash tone covers. I’d cough up the big bucks for that!

Matter-Pooper Lad

April 4, 2010 at 5:18 am

“Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #2… Dear. Sweet. Lord. What the hell, Emma? Is she looking at the baby’s vomit, or is she wondering, “Where the hell did THOSE come from?”

Yeah, what’s with the grapefruit on her chest? Here’s another artist who needs to take some life-drawing classes. Perhaps the artist is a pre-pubescent male who has never actually seen a real woman’s breasts. Realistically drawn breasts look sexier than, umm, grapefruit.

Or perhaps the book is being marketed to pre-pubescent males? (An age group which rarely enters my local comic shop.)

Tom Fitzpatrick

April 4, 2010 at 5:53 am

Emma Frost holding a baby (shudder) is not going to win her the mother-of-the-year award.

Jeph Loeb and Joe Mad. doing a re-imagining of Alan Moore’s Miracleman run. sacrilegious, scandalous.
I might give that a try, but I STILL want the reprints of Moore and Gaiman’s run on Miracleman.

FGJ: Alan Tudyk was Steve the Pirate in Dodgeball (the movie). I always refer to him as Steve the Pirate whenever I see him, and this comic features “Wash” prominently, apparently.

garbonzo: Fret not – I was joking! I ought to read Freakangels on-line, but I just like the experience of books too much.

Jeph Loeb and Joe Madureira on Miracleman is just from my fevered imagination, don’t worry! Although I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened!

agent_torpor: Nice to hear from you! I guess the fact that I like the cover of Dust Wars, with a sexy woman, doesn’t register with you. I hate idiotically drawn “sexy” women in comics. There’s a difference. Thanks for stopping by!

Same with the upcoming King Conan book. You can probably find all the originals for less than the cost of the reprint brook.

Almost certainly. But it’s nicer to have the book. I find I’m much more likely to read my comics when they’re bound and on a shelf than when they’re buried in longboxes. Over the last five years or so I’ve been slowly switching out a lot of the older material here from floppies to trades, and then passing on the floppies to my students or something.

Especially if one is patient, you can usually beat the added cost factor by picking the books up on Amazon a few months after their release. I am currently enjoying the hell out of Reginald Hudlin’s Black Panther, having acquired most of the run last week for prices ranging between one and three dollars per trade paperback.

Instead of constantly reprinting easy-to-find stuff, the comics companies should instead be reprinting comics that are impossible to find.

I’d prefer they do both, which is what actually happens. Collected editions are easier to store and more convenient to read. I’d buy and read that KING CONAN collection, but I would never bother to track down those back issues.

For what it’s worth, I pre-ordered the SUPERMAN VS. MUHAMMAD ALI in the big hardcover format for $24 from DCBS (the smaller edition with sketch materials added is $9.99 there). The cheapest copy of the original DC TREASURY EDITION #56 (the original issue) on ebay is $55.

Ha, agent_topor is a regular poster on the x-boards. You should ignore him as much as I do on those boards (under a different internet pseudonym, of course) and take everything he posts with a spoonful of salt. He’s usually only 2% serious and 98% attention-seeking :)

On to the task at hand– I wish I was more jazzed aboutt he inciliary books of Marvel’s ‘Heroic Age’ stuff, but all I really want to read are Avengers, Thunderbolts, and Cap’s books. Young Allies looks neat but I’ve been burned by teen books before (I was a diehard Young Avengers fan and am still waiting for that volume 3). Delays, cancellations, and editorial mandates (Nunzio DeFillipis and Christina Weir’s run on New Mutants being a prime example) always seem to plague those kinds of series.

DCBS is forcing me to choose between Superman vs Muhammad Ali or the SWORD trade. Decisions…

Time Lincoln #1 was, I thought, a slam dunk for either extremely bad or extremely good (in its badness). Turned out, it was mediocre, which was the most disappointing place on the good/bad scale of comics that it could’ve fallen. The solicit text mentioned the battle against Hitler on Mt. Rushmore, which I thought would be a perfect direction for the book. Instead, we got a book that was mostly a monologue by “Void Stalin” (as opposed to Sentry Stalin, who has been appearing regularly in Russian Avengers). The battle was relegated to one panel accompanying Stalin’s narration.

Time Lincoln: Fists of Fuhrer looks to finally deliver on the promised Hitler/Lincoln battle. Of course, my boss and I were talking about how great Time Lincoln #2 could be as he tries to stop the Booth assassination, but someone else gets shot instead. The issue ends with Lincoln, in the rain, screaming upward: “BOOOOOOTH!!!!!”

Also, Time Lincoln would be much better as “T.M.I. Lincoln”, which my boss and I briefly imagined in its place. Just imagine a comic where Abe Lincoln appears and says something inappropriate!

Hey again Greg,

You may have answered this already and I missed it, but is there a release date listed for The Last Zombie #1? It sounds awesome! I love what I have read of The Walking Dead and am a BIG zombie fan.

I know you said you aren’t a big zombie comic book lover, but is there any that you DO like (aside from Walking Dead) that you could recommend?

Thanks.

~Branden

You know, just because Judd Winick has an unnatural and even unholy love of Jason Todd doesn’t mean DC has to indulge him with more tales of the Red Hood (page 78), does it? DOES IT?!?!?!?

Is it just me or is it just the old-school fanboys who simply can’t get over the fact that Jason is back? They continue to rage and throw out inaccurate statements (that he was universally hated) and act as though their opinion is the one that represents the entirety of the fandom.

And I’m so, so, so glad their opinions don’t. Proof? So far only 76 people have voted on this poll. Of those, 59 are either happy or okay that Jason is back.

http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showthread.php?t=315409&page=3

Branden: Antarctic Press doesn’t give release dates, so I’m not sure when it’s coming out. As for zombie comics … the only one I can think of off the top of my head that I really enjoyed (beside Walking Dead, which I do like) is Stefano Raffaele’s Fragile, which is a zombie love story. It came out five years ago and is a Humanoids book (back when they were partnered with DC), so it might be hard to find, but it’s a good read.

Lisa: I honestly don’t care if Jason is back or not. I think it’s dumb to bring dead characters back to life, but that’s neither here nor there. I just find it humorous that Winick seems to love him so much, and I have no idea if sales on Jason-related stuff reflects that. I guess it does, because why would DC keep allowing him to write it? I’d expect people would get a little tired of my obsession with Dazzler if I were a comic book writer. But generally, I don’t care a whit if Jason is back.

I’m certain that a lot of the upcoming Jason stuff is because he’s about to star in the newest DC animated DVD release.

I just find it humorous that Winick seems to love him so much, and I have no idea if sales on Jason-related stuff reflects that. I guess it does, because why would DC keep allowing him to write it? I’d expect people would get a little tired of my obsession with Dazzler if I were a comic book writer.

But why find it humourous? Winick is basically Jason’s daddy, in a way. He re-created the character in a sense, so why should he not be allowed to have creator love, and on top of that, the final say on the character’s past? It’s the same kind of love Brubaker clearly has for Bucky (as he has basically re-created the character in the same sense); Paul Dini has for Harley Quinn; Greg Rucka has for Batwoman and Gail Simone has for Outlaw.

Personally, I appreciate creator love, especially if it means good stories about those characters. The fact that Gail Simone’s Xbox name is Crazy Inez is pretty awesome.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

April 5, 2010 at 4:43 pm

But why find it humourous?

Because it’s funny?

Funny in that Tom Hanks talking to a beach ball kind of way?

It’s just a shame Morrison had to go and do an arc acknowledging Jason exists.

Wait, which Shade guest-stars in Hellblazer? I’d guess Shade the Changing Man, just because he’s wandered over into Vertigo before and Milligan wrote him, but man, it would be so much better if it was the Shade of Starman and Golden Age Flash fame.

Ooo, new Ted McKeever! And Brigade!

buttler: Yeah, it’s Vertigo Shade. Sorry – I forgot about Starman Shade. That would have been kind of cool, too.

Hi Greg, I’m Colin Wilson’s original comic art dealer and I can thoroughly recommend picking up “Bullet to the Head” (aka “Du Plomb dans la Tete” aka “Headshots”)! It’s a gritty, thrilling crime noir story featuring a pair of contract killer buddies who take out a contract killing, a pair of cop buddies who investigate the contract killing and a growing body count as the two pairs try to figure out what’s going on!

The book was optioned by Warner Bros. as a movie property late last year and Smallville producers Millar and Gough are associated with the project. I’d love to see this come to the big screen! By way of a quick plug, I have original pages by Colin Wilson from the book available for sale at my comicartshop – http://www.comicartshop.com/ComicArtShopsByCat.asp?GCat=111 Best,

Royd

When I saw that it was Moore and Davis on D.R. & Quinch, I was sold right away (I loved their Captain Britain run!), though I do wonder how “rude and crude” (what other reviews have called it) it is.

Rebellion’s prices are all over the map: DR & Quinch is $17.99, 128 full-color pages, while Ian Edginton’s Leviathan GN (on p. 310) is $22.00 for 120 B&W pages. I’m usually a fan of Edginton’s work, and I know you’ve been getting his Aladdin book from Radical, Greg. How’s that book, and have you heard anything about Leviathan?

Also, all I’ve read by Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis is their New Mutants/New X-Men run, but I’ve decided to check out Frenemy of the State, and now I’m wondering if I should check out Past Lies hardcover you mentioned. Should I?

Finally, does anyone else think it’s absurd that Marvel’s Spider-Ham trade (p. 103 of Marvel Previews) is $19.99 for 144 pages, considering it’s in Marvel’s smaller “graphic novel size” while Marvel has like six other REGULAR size trades with the same number of pages (or more!) at the same price or cheaper? Stupid Marvel.

Well, it looks like the Past Lies softcover is five bucks cheaper AND has larger dimensions, so that’s probably the better way to go. And apparently I won’t have to worry about Leviathan, because it appears that the $22 softcover has been canceled (whether by Diamond of by Rebellion I’m not sure), and the $21 hardcover (what’s up with the original hardcover being cheaper than the softcover?) is on backorder from Diamond. Maybe I’ll track the hardcover down somewhere, but I’m still curious about how good it is . . .

Drew: Sorry I missed your last two comments, but I hope you find this now that I’ve seen it! Leviathan isn’t bad, but I’m not sure if it’s worth over $20. It’s an interesting book and D’Israeli’s art is fantastic, but it’s not that long and it’s incomplete. I don’t know if Edginton did finish it or if he plans to, but it’s a bit annoying. If you can find it cheaper, it’s not bad to check out, but don’t go over $20 for it.

The Past Lies softcover is probably the way to go, too. It’s a nifty little murder mystery, which Weir and DeFilippis seem to be good at, and Christopher Mitten’s art fits the tone and the setting (Los Angeles, if I remember correctly) pretty well. So if it’s that much cheaper, pick that one up.

Sorry for missing your comments! I try to keep up with them, but occasionally I miss them, especially when they show up at night and I don’t turn the computer back on until the next day!

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