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Flippin’ through Previews – June 2010

You know, I always thought Superman needed a Bill Belichick hoodie. Thanks to Previews #261, I no longer have to wonder what that looks like!

Brood, damn it, BROOD!!!!!

See?

Dark Horse:

On pages 26-27, Dark Horse is selling six old #1 issues for $1 each, which isn’t a bad gimmick. The six are: Aliens vs. Predator, Sin City: The Hard Goodbye, Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, Usagi Yojimbo, Conan, and The Goon. If you’ve ever wanted to check these titles out, give these a look!

There’s a trade of Citizen Rex by Mario and Gilbert Hernandez on page 36. I was a bit disappointed by Speak of the Devil, the last Hernandez book, so I didn’t get this in singles. Did anyone out there read it and can therefore give me an unvarnished opinion about it? (27 October)

On page 38, we get De: Tales by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, one of their early collaborations. I’ve seen this before but never bought it. Perhaps I should now! (6 October)

No, I don't know what the title means.  Stop badgering me!

I wasn’t too jazzed by Grandville, Bryan Talbot’s latest graphic novel, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to check out the sequel, Grandville Mon Amour, which shows up on page 43. I know a couple of things: It will be entertaining (Grandville was that; I had some other issues with the story) and it will look fantastic. It seems like this might be a story you can read without getting the first one, so give it a look! (20 October)

Page 45 has Hellboy: Masks and Monsters, which collects the two crossovers, one with Batman and Starman, the other with Ghost. Apparently they’ve been out of print for a while. I read the first one and enjoyed it, although it wasn’t great. This might be worth the $17.99, though, based on the second story’s goodness and how much you like Hellboy. (20 October)

I find it interesting that in the solicit for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight Volume 7: Twilight (phew!) on page 49, Dark Horse does its best to keep the identity of Twilight a secret … when the cover shows Seeley Booth about to kill our heroine. You think that might give it away there, Dark Horse? (6 October)

Yes, I know they gave it away before the big reveal in the comic, but it's still weird.

Speaking of which, Entertainment Weekly has their list of the 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years in their latest issue, and Buffy is on it (she’s #3, actually). It’s not like I ever forgot, but it’s nice to be reminded how hawt Sarah Michelle Gellar was a decade ago. Even with fancy make-up and hair and airbrushing.

There’s a deluxe edition of Jill Thompson’s Scary Godmother on page 51, with four separate books included. I’ve never read this, but I simply cannot imagine that they’re not freakin’ awesome. I mean, look at the cover! (20 October)

It's gold, Jerry, GOLD!

Yeah, that’s what I thought.

DC:

I won’t be buying Superman: Earth One (page 68), but I appreciate the effort that DC continues to make with regard to publishing different stuff. If only it would stick this time. If only Marvel would make the same effort. Sigh. (27 October)

I’m a bit puzzled by the solicitation text for Green Lantern Corps #51 (page 71). It speaks of “Hannu, the Green Lantern who does not want to use his power ring.” Um, doesn’t that defeat the purpose of actually, you know, being a Green Lantern? I mean, why did he get it in the first place? And why don’t the Guardians take it away from him and give it to someone who would actually use it to, I don’t know, police the galaxy? I’m sure there’s some logical (well, comic-book logic, which isn’t exactly logical at all) explanation for it! (18 August)

Green Arrow as Jesus (page 73). Yeah, that’ll work. Remember that time when Jesus slaughtered that Pharisee by ripping his head off with the power of his mind? That was back when the Bible was kewl, before they retconned it to make him all wimpy and shit. (25 August)

Why, yes, that arrow is sticking directly into his forehead!  It's morning in America, DC-style!

Two things about The Return of Bruce Wayne #5 (page 80): First, why is it that whenever something takes place in the pulpy 1930s, blimps always crowd the skies? They didn’t actually pollute the airways in our world, so why do they in every book set during that time? Is it just the cool visual? Second, I like how Batman is moving through what looks like the 1930s. If he doesn’t meet his 1930s self, I’ll be disappointed in the God of All Comics. I mean, that’s just time-travel logic! (11 August)

Why is Elseworlds back (page 87)? Believe me, I dig a good Elseworlds tale as much as anyone, but why specifically for this Superman story? It’s odd. (4 August)

I like the text for Booster Gold #35 (page 90): “Back in the past, Booster Gold is mistaken for himself.” I know what they mean, but that wording just cracks me up. “Hey, aren’t you Booster Gold?” “Uh, no, I mean, yeah, but, I mean …” (11 August)

I don’t want you to be too, too upset, but … well … Magog has been cancelled (page 94). I know, it’s shocking, but try to control your emotions! (4 August)

I never noticed this before (because I’m dim), but DC and Marvel need to do a crossover featuring Raven and Psylocke in a wacky comedy of mistaken identity! I would totally buy that. I mean, look at Raven:

They could be roommates!  And Raven's boyfriend always thinks Psylocke is Raven!  And they go to each other's job, with crazy results!  This shit writes itself!

They could be twins!

The fact that it’s only issue #4 of Zatanna and there’s already a different artist (Chad Hardin instead of Stéphane Roux) does not fill me with confidence. (11 August)

I’m probably going to have to break down and buy the Starman Omnibi sooner or later (volume 5 is offered on page 100). I own all the issues, but the collections have various ancillary stuff that I’m sure are terribly important to the main book. Right? Can anyone confirm? (6 October)

I never got those big-sized Alex Ross hardcovers featuring various superheroes, but DC has just collected them, and I’m tempted. The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes features the six OGNs he did with Paul Dini, and it’s 400 pages for 30 dollars (page 103). Should I get this? What say the readers? (15 September)

I’m not sure if Wildcats 3.0 has ever been collected before (I mean, it had to have been, right?), but there’s a new trade on page 110 collecting the first 12 issues. This is a really, really good series. If you don’t believe me, just ask Chad Nevett!

Tremendous stuff, here!

There’s yet another book based on a video game, Kane and Lynch (page 112), that bugs me. I’m sure it’s a cash grab by Ian Edginton and Christopher Mitten, which I have no problem with. I like those two creators a lot, but I have no interest in this. I just hope they bank enough to go back to doing good work. It’s the eternal conundrum! (4 August)

So, manga experts, can anyone tell me why DC is still soliciting stuff from CMX (pages 134-36)? Didn’t they shut it down? I look to Danielle Leigh for my manga insider news!

IDW:

IDW has decided to start labeling the number of issues in their mini-series, which leads to a humorous solicitation on page 160 for Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper #3: “In this concluding issue …” Right above it, IDW tells us this is issue #3 of 4. So which is it, really? The mind boggles!

Kill Shakespeare is 12 issues (page 166)? Really? I’m not sure if they can sustain it that long, but we’ll see. I could have sworn it was originally shorter, though. Of course, I’m often wrong.

Image:

Robert Kirkman continues to expand the Invincible-verse, as we get Guardians of the Globe, a 6-issue mini-series about the super-team (page 168). I’ll probably get the trade, but I just thought I’d point out that it’s pretty keen that Kirkman is doing this for some time and that he’s able to keep adding to it. (25 August)

I never like when something is described as “It’s ______ meets ______,” but Morning Glories #1 (page 172) by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma does sound and look neat. (In this case, it’s “Runaways meets Lost.” I think the reason I don’t like it is because Robert Altman savaged this kind of movie pitch so well in The Player that I can never accept that kind of lazy shorthand again when describing a piece of work. Damn, The Player is a good movie, don’tcha think?) Six new students in a prestigious prep school discover things are somewhat off about the place. Mayhem, I’m sure, ensues. (11 August)

David Hahn draws Murderland #1 (page 174), which may or may not get me to buy it, but it’s certainly a good start! (4 August)

On page 176, we get Nancy in Hell, a 4-issue mini-series. It sounds just like the title describes: A girl named Nancy ends up in Hell after her death, and she doesn’t like it. El Torres wrote The Veil, a very good horror comic from last year, and this is drawn by Juan Jose Ryp, so it will probably look great. Plus, it looks like the kind of comic that would make Kelly Thompson want to castrate all men, and that can’t be a bad thing, can it? (4 August)

It's not fun if you don't take the bait, Ms. Thompson!

Corey Lewis brings us Seedless on page 178, which is about … sentient grapes. Would I lie? Lewis is an insane artist, but I’m not a huge fan of his writing. I’ll have to ponder whether to get this or not. (4 August)

And on page 180 (sorry, but Image just has a bunch of cool-looking stuff all in a row), we get Sullivan’s Sluggers by Mark Andrew Smith and James Stokoe. A minor-league baseball team finds themselves playing a game in a town full of fleash-eating monsters. I’m lukewarm on Smith – his ideas are often better than his execution – but I’ve never hated anything I’ve read by him, and the art on this looks absolutely insanely awesome (which is why I really ought to get Orc Stain, I suppose). Another to ponder! (11 August)

Come on - that's pretty keen!

I’ve heard some good things about Existence 2.0 and its sequel, and now they’re in one handy trade on page 184. Of course, the fact that Blair Butler (apparently the only notable person in the world reading comics, as she’s always quoted on everything) calls it “The Wanted of 2009!” doesn’t fill me with confidence.

Marvel:

You know, I’m not going to buy Deadpool #1000 (page 12), but let’s check out the talent: David Lapham, Peter Bagge, Howard Chaykin, Fred van Lente, Jerome Opeña, Philip Bond, and many others. That’s not bad.

I’m not surprised when people writing solicitation texts are lazy, but here’s an example: In the text for Deadpool: Wade Wilson’s War #4 (page 15), we find this: “They say the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist … Wait. That wasn’t ‘they.’ It was Kevin Spacey, in The Usual Suspects.” I know we’re all nerdy here, but neither Kevin Spacey nor Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote the movie, came up with that. It was Baudelaire in 1864. You know how I know that? I Googled it, and it took approximately ten seconds to type the first part of the quote into the search engine and find what came up. Just sayin’.

On two successive pages in Marvel Previews (27-28), we find these two covers:

Taking off ... ... a helmet!!!!!

Man, it’s like cover artists aren’t even trying anymore.

This drawing of Iron Man’s face on the cover of Avengers Prime #2 (page 31) freaks me the hell out:

Who does he think he is, Death's Head?

As you know, I’m always torn when indy creators I like get noticed by the Big Boys. On the one hand, whoo-hoo! On the other hand, it’s hard to resist the brain-draining powers of Joey Q and Danny D, so I always fear all their awesomeness will be sucked right out of them. The latest case in point: Avengers and the Infinity Gauntlet by Brian Clevinger and Brian Churilla (page 34). At first glance, this looks like a slam dunk. But then I remember that when a big corporation owns the toys, it’s hard to be as awesome with them as you can be with your own toys. But I’m rooting for this!

I’m not all that interested in the whole “Shadowland” thing that Marvel is doing with its “street-level” heroes, but page 42 brings us a Bullseye one-shot by John Layman and Sean Chen, while page 44 has a Power Man mini-series by Fred van Lente and Mahmud Asrar. Those might be hard to resist.

I’m getting annoyed with editors again, as the text for S.H.I.E.L.D. #3 (page 60) refers to “Issac” Newton. I know that this is a common typo, but doesn’t anyone spell check these things?

Al Rio is drawing New Mutants Forever #1 (page 79). I don’t know why, but that makes me chuckle.

For $25, you can buy a “Premiere Hardcover” of New Mutants #86-94 and Annual #5 (page 97). It’s been rebranded as “X-Force,” by the way. I have nothing against Louise Simonson, and she’s written some good comics in the past, but these comics are terrible. I mean, Liefeld’s presence doesn’t help, naturally, but they’re badly written as well. Avoid this at all costs!

The trade of Strange Tales is out, on page 107. As usual with anthologies, it’s a mixed bag, but it’s certainly not terrible.

And so, let us venture into the dark depths of … the back of the book!

Over there on page 218, Abrams Comicarts has The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger, who wrote The Time Traveler’s Wife. It’s a story about a woman who discovers a library that contains every book she’s ever read and her attempts to find it again. On the one hand, I’m not a woman, so I have no idea if The Time Traveler’s Wife is any good. Plus, prose authors who start writing comics can give us dicey stuff. On the other hand, this sounds like an intriguing book. Plus, it’s $20 for 40 pages. Man, that’s rough. But there it is!

SLG has their usual assortment of keen stuff on page 220. A Friendly Game is described as No Country for Old Men crossed with Lord of the Flies (hey, didn’t I just rail against that sort of thing?), but it sounds pretty neat. Two boys play a game that defines their friendship, but a dispute between them elevates it to something darker. Then we get The Sisters’ Luck, in which one twin can steal people’s good luck while the other gives bad luck to everyone she meets. Only by being together can they cancel each other out, but the first one, naturally, doesn’t want to have anything to do with her sister. Finally, they offer the two trade paperbacks of Rex Libris, which are, well, awesome.

Their names are Umbra and Antumbra, which, well, yuck.  But that shouldn't drive you away!

On page 228, Arcana gives us Ripped, about a time traveler who wakes up in Dallas on the day of JFK’s assassination. It sounds intriguing … but we shall see, won’t we?

Syndrome is a new graphic novel from Archaia on page 229, and it sounds nifty. A doctor isolates the root of all evil in the human brain and begins a weird experiment in the Nevada desert with the help of some odd and possibly unsavory characters. It’s “certified cool,” people!

So on page 239, Alan Moore’s Neonomicon shows up from Avatar. I don’t really have much interest in Moore’s pseudo-Lovecraftian stuff, but Jacen Burrows draws this and he’s good, so you might like it!

As I mentioned this week when issue #1 came out, 7 Psychopaths from Boom! is offered on page 248 for the can’t-beat-it price of $9.99. I’ve only read the first issue, but it was pretty good, so give it a look! Meanwhile, over on page 252, Boom! offers a Dracula: The Company of Monsters, co-written by Kurt Busiek and drawn by Scott Godlewski, who suddenly has more work than he can handle (he has a kid to feed, so good for him!). As always, I’m wary of vampire stories, but that’s not a bad pedigree.

I’m interested in Trouble Point #1 from Broken Tree Publications on page 257, because it sounds neat: An investigation into the murders in and around Ciudad Juarez turns deadly! But then I saw that Eddy Barrows is drawing it. I’m really not a huge fan of Barrows. Darn it. I’ll have to think about it.

No, I don't know what that guy is doing.

If you’ve been waiting for a big-ass trade collecting both mini-series of The Gamekeeper (and really, who hasn’t?), Dynamite has picked up the rights and has brought it to us. This isn’t bad – the first series, by Andy Diggle and Mukesh Singh, was a bit better than the sequel by Jeff Parker and Ron Randall, but they’re both pretty cool espionage stories with lots of violence.

Speaking of Jacques Tardi (and I assume someone in the world is speaking of Tardi at all times), Fantagraphics has The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec on page 290, the first of 5 volumes featuring crazy and scary mysteries. Sounds wacky. Sign me up! (And, apparently, it’s been made into a movie by Luc Besson. Yeah, it might be released in Arizona for a day or two. I’m not holding my breath. Also, maybe our pal Pedro can stop by and tell us if the book is any good. It’s only 35 years old, so I presume he’s had a chance to read it.) Also on page 290, there’s another old volume of pre-Spider-Man Ditko stuff, and if it’s as good as the first one, you need to buy this. DO IT!!!!!

I still haven’t read the one book I own from Gestalt Publishing (although they did “friend” me on Facebook!), so I don’t know if what they publish is any good or not, but they do have at least one other book that sound keen: The Example on page 293. It’s written by Tom Taylor and drawn by Colin Wilson, and it’s a tale that seems tangentially about terrorism, but a bit more existential. How can you go wrong?

Fact: Colin Wilson is really good.

If you can’t find it in your local comics shoppe, you might consider picking up What If … The Fantastic Four from The Hero Initiative. It’s the book Mike Wieringo was working on when he died, and Jeff Parker writes the story and a bunch of very good artists draw it (along with Wieringo’s contribution, of course). It’s 5 bucks, but it’s for a good cause, and while I didn’t love the story (obviously, Parker is limited by what he can do), it looks superb.

Noel Tuazon, who’s a good artist, draws The Broadcast, which is from NBM on page 301. It riffs off of Orson Welles’ broadcast of The War of the Worlds and sounds intriguingly creepy. And I know it will look good!

People who thought that broadcast was real are, well, dumb.  Sorry, but that's the way it is!

Oni has the second monster volume of Wasteland, collecting issues #14-25 in a groovy hardcover. And here I am buying the single issues like a sucker!

The people from Rebellion/2000AD always have some odd stuff that appeared in the magazine and is now getting collected. Case in point: Harry 20: On the Highrock on page 315, which is about a falsely accused convict in an orbital prison. It’s drawn by Alan Davis. How old is this, 2000AD aficianados? Is it any good?

Top Shelf brings us Fingerprints, Will Dinski’s first full-length graphic novel. It’s about plastic surgery and what is beautiful and it sounds pretty keen. Dinski is an interesting creator, so I might have to check this out.

As we move further into the back of the book, Back Issue #43 checks in on comics’ jungle and barbarian characters. Lots of stuff about all your favorites! I don’t read every issue of Back Issue, because sometime they just don’t cover stuff I’m that interested in, but when they cover a topic, they really cover a topic!

I think I should be scared of this:

The solicit text sends it over the top into sheer, unadulterated awesomeness!

Yes, it’s My Little Cthulhu Do-It-Yourself kit! I know what I’m getting my 8-year-old nephew for Christmas!*

* Seriously. Look how cute that is!

Of course, if I get him that, I have to get my 5-year-old niece the “Dexter in Jumpsuit Action Figure” on page 384:

Fun for the whole family!

She’ll love that!

And with that, let’s wrap this sucker up. Lots of good stuff this month – more, it seems, than in a few months. Have fun paging through the comics goodness!

35 Comments

I don’t want you to be too, too upset, but … well … Magog has been cancelled (page 94). I know, it’s shocking, but try to control your emotions!

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

That’s the one with the annoying Liefeld parody guy from Kingdom Come, right? Man, I wish DC would stop taking characters that were created to make fun of over-the-top trends and try to actually make them badass in their own right. Lobo was bad enough.

Brian Clevinger and Brian Churilla have a decent shot of making Avengers and the Infinity Gauntlet fun. It doesn’t take in the main Marvel Universe, so they had a chance to remix the Infinity Gauntlet story to amuse themselves.

Citizen Rex was a good comic. Nothing mind-blowing, but it had great art and a really kooky story. I haven’t read much from the Hernandez Bros. but I definitely want to check out more.

And I also think that you should get Orc Stain. The art alone justifies the purchase.

Captain Doctor Master

May 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Don’t blame the comics editors for not using spellcheck. The problem is that they rely too much on spellcheck, and so they haven’t learned how to spell and therefore can’t recognize errors. Or else there would not be so many words slipping through that are spelled wrong.

What does it take to become a comics editor, a cousin in the business? Because apparently spelling, grammar, and the craft of storytelling are not required.

I’m not a woman either, but Time Traveler’s Wife is really great.

You know how Kick-Ass was much better as a movie than as a comic, mostly by dialling the heck down the cynicism from classic Mark Millar bullshit to a much more palatable level of black humour ? Well, I thought exactly the same thing of Adèle Blanc-Sec.

Tardi can draw the heck out of anything, but he was obviously still finding his feet while creating Adèle Blanc-Sec. That’s some seriously bleak stuff, and not in a good way. The first volume in particular is a complete mess, going for cheap shock tactics at every turn and having to resort to a clunky infodump at the end in order to explain the (needlessly convoluted) plot. Adèle herself is a failure of a protagonist : one volume has a running joke that she gets knocked out every three pages, while she spends a whole other one in a coma (while guest stars from an hitherto unrelated comic take other the plot). Worst of all, she barely ever does anything at all (most of the action is executed by her male accomplices).

Contrast the movie, which depicts Adèle as a steamroller who kicks nearly every single other character’s ass. It’s not perfect (urgh, that opening narration…), but it succeeds at transcribing all the cool ideas and visuals from the original to the screen, while framing it all in a much more coherent and satisfying plot.

(Disclaimer : I’ve only read the first five volumes – of nine – of the comics, so maybe it improved after that. But the movie adapts – loosely – the 1st and 4th volumes, so the comparison still stands.)

Hannu, the Green Lantern who does not want to use his power ring.

He does the police work and criminal catching, but with his own powers rather than those powers given to him by his ring.

If you want mentally replace Hannu with a fairly paranoid interpretation of Batman for what that sentence should mean.

De: Tales is quite good. Pretty much if you’re enjoying ‘Daytripper’ at all, you’ll most likely enjoy this as well. The books has an excellent blend of responsibilities with good samples of art from both twins and experimentation going on. It’s a bit of an anthology in and of itself, so there are some high and low points in the book…but again, it’s an easy recommend if you’ve gotten into their other work.

The Starman omnibu are perfect. If you can afford them, you definitely need to get them.

Iron Man is going to have teeth now? Is that better or worse than a nose?
What’s Shadowland? This is the first I’ve heard of it. When you say it involves all of Marvel’s street-level types, does that include Spider-Man?

You’re right, there really weren’t a lot of blimps around in the 1930s. Maybe Batman is in the 1930s version of the future?

Mary: Shadowland appears to have Spider-Man in it, but the main Spidey titles won’t be involved. It’s a Daredevil event with a lot of DD-related characters in it – Bullseye, Power Man and Iron Fist, Elektra, the Daughters of the Dragon, and Moon Knight (who’s not really related to DD, but close enough). But Spidey is somehow involved!

Travis Pelkie

May 29, 2010 at 6:12 pm

There’s that cool Batman Black and White story drawn by Gary Gianni that has a blimp in it, so yes, awesome visuals trump the reality of how many blimps there were back then.

Was the Hellboy crossover in one of the Starman omnibi? I need to know if I should get that Hellboy book mentioned here, or just the Starman omnibi.

I haven’t been keeping up with Deadpool stuff, but damn, that’s a neat lineup for #1000.

And how the hell did Magog even get a series in the first place? The character is stupid, and the secret identity was dumb (one reason I dropped JSA, the other is that the Kingdom Come story went on waaaaaay too long). If you don’t know, he’s FDR’s great grandson or somesuch. That’s why he’s the JSA’s greatest legacy, or some crap. Ugh. And then he got his own series? wow

Mike Loughlin

May 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Don’t bother with the Alex Ross/ Paul Dini books. They look good (if you like Ross, and I do in these books), but they’re repetitive, and sometimes outright boring. Hero is confronted by real world problem, hero can’t solve problem by being super-hero, hero tries a different approach on a personal rather than global level, hero realizes he or she can’t solve the world’s problems but they can change the situation for one person/ village/ group at a time. I’m pretty sure Dini only did the (heavy-handed) scripting, which has none of the wit and joy of his Batman Animated scripts. I didn’t hate the books, they’re good to stare at and drool, but I can’t recommend paying for them.

On page 38, we get De: Tales by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, one of their early collaborations. I’ve seen this before but never bought it. Perhaps I should now! (6 October)

Like Manglr said, De:Tales is worth a look, but fair warning: the stories included are mostly slice-of-life tales that focus mainly on mood and character interaction. If you’re looking for anything plot heavy, you might be let down.

I won’t be buying Superman: Earth One (page 68), but I appreciate the effort that DC continues to make with regard to publishing different stuff. If only it would stick this time. If only Marvel would make the same effort. Sigh. (27 October)

“Publishing different stuff”? How is another rehash of Superman’s origin “different”? Is it just the format?

I’m not sure if Wildcats 3.0 has ever been collected before (I mean, it had to have been, right?), but there’s a new trade on page 110 collecting the first 12 issues. This is a really, really good series. If you don’t believe me, just ask Chad Nevett!

The first arc — maybe even the first year — was collected, but the second year never was. This two volume set will collect the later issues for the first time.

Well, the recap page in Amazing Spider-Man has been referring to events in Daredevil lately (at least, I assume the events referred to have been occuring there). So I kind of figured there would be some sort of crossover coming up.
If it only involves a couple of titles I don’t normally read, I might be willing to buy it. But not if it involves several limited series and one-shots.

Blimps just look cool, and make for a quick visual shorthand for “this is a different” time/world/universe, etc.

Yes, The Player is a GREAT movie.

I’m getting the feeling that Avengers #4 and Secret Avengers #4 having similar covers was intentional.

Harry was a futuristic Escape from Alcatraz. Very good stuff; I read it in the Eagle reprints back in the 80’s. Maybe Alan Davis’ earliest work? I might have to order this book.

The only “Nancy in Hell” i want to read would be written by the ghost of Ernie Bushmiller.

Ian: Well, I love Daytripper, so I don’t mind a lack of plots!

And yes, I was talking about the format. I won’t be buying it because it is, as you say, a rehash, but it’s keen that DC is trying the graphic novel format for their superheroes.

Heath: Thanks!

Tom Fitzpatrick

May 29, 2010 at 8:43 pm

@Travis Pelkie: According to the DC graphic novels on-line, the Hellboy/Starman/Batman is also collected in Starman omnibus vol. 4. (I had too, wondered if DC would be able to collect this mini because of Dark Horse ownership of Hellboy).

I also agree with Jeff that the Starman omnibuses are perfect, and would pick them up if I could afford them.
Fortunately for me, my local library has the first four volumes in its collection, and hopefully they will get the remaining two.

I thought since the multiverse was back there would be no elseworlds, coulda swore I read that somewhere

funkygreenjerusalem

May 29, 2010 at 11:02 pm

The fact that it’s only issue #4 of Zatanna and there’s already a different artist (Chad Hardin instead of Stéphane Roux) does not fill me with confidence. (11 August)

Well, hopefully Dini does his single issue stories with this series, as it’s not as annoying then.

But I’m a bit shocked that Stepane Roux can’t manage four in a row, yet Guillem March can.(To pick another Dini collaborator).

I’m not sure if Wildcats 3.0 has ever been collected before (I mean, it had to have been, right?), but there’s a new trade on page 110 collecting the first 12 issues. This is a really, really good series. If you don’t believe me, just ask Chad Nevett!

And I just brought all of the Casey run in trades, to replace the singles I haven’t seen in yonks! WHOOOO!
(If you buy them off Sean Phillips on Amazon UK, he does sketches in the front for you).

Now I’ll hopefully, finally, be able to collect all of V3, and find out where the storyline with the guy using his mental powers on his bosses wife was going.

Damn, The Player is a good movie, don’tcha think?

Yup. I just hope Morning Glories has a role for Julia Roberts and Bruce Willis.

Why is it named Morning Glories?
Is that slang for something different in the states?

So on page 239, Alan Moore’s Neonomicon shows up from Avatar. I don’t really have much interest in Moore’s pseudo-Lovecraftian stuff, but Jacen Burrows draws this and he’s good, so you might like it!

I’ll be checking it out – I quite enjoyed the Antony Johnston/JAcen Burrows adaptation of Moore’s The Courtyard.

Travis Pelkie

May 29, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Cool, Tom, thanks for the Starman info. I suppose I could have looked that up myself, but I guess I was hoping more for someone who actually owns the Starman book to confirm it was in there. But that means I’ll (eventually) get the Starman books and not the Hellboy book mentioned above.

Also, regarding the Niffenegger book, it might not be exactly comics so much as an illustrated book. I just looked her up on wikipedia, and apparently the Night Bookmobile is being serialized in the Guardian. Wikipedia terms NB as well as the Three Incestuous Sisters as “graphic novels”, but Niffenegger calls them (more accurately, if I recall from reading Sisters) “visual novels”. Wikipedia says the Three Incestuous Sisters was comparable to Edward Gorey. It’s been so long since I’ve read it, I forget what it looked like, and it seems pricey, so maybe it’s either on the Guardian website or will be at your local library.

Andrew Collins

May 30, 2010 at 2:18 am

Greg,
Something I missed the first couple glances through Previews was that the Citizen Rex collection from Dark Horse is actually a hardcover. Kind of like their recent Conan collections, they’ve been sticking in these stealth HC listings with little fanfare or mention…

Ah, Nancy In Hell. No interest in the comic, but my fiancee’s name is Nancy so the fact that that comic exists is enough to make me chuckle and drive her crazy…

And regarding Magog’s cancellation, wasn’t its most recent storyline solicited just last issue as a 5-parter? I even remember thinking “Wow, Magog is going to last to issue #15?!” That would have surprised me more than its cancellation…

The Player is great! It’s like Singing in the Rain meets The Tell-Tale Heart!

De:Tales is pretty good. Brazilian slice-of-life stories, as I recall (keep in mind, the lives are of incredibly hip artist twins that are beating off women with a stick). It makes for pretty good reading, and is also a nice look into another culture. The art is, of course, fabulous.

I’ve never read the stories in the hardcover, but Dini & Ross? I guess buy them if you want the Platonic ideal of a superhero comic. If you’re buying any other standard Marvel/DC book that week, I’d skip it.

Seedless sounds interesting. Are they sentient grapes in a grape-world (i.e., fruit adventures and such), or just the story of grapes contemplating their lives from vine to dinner table?

Wow, Deadpool #1000 has an incredible line-up! I hope it sells a trillion copies so all those creators are set for life and can go back to making comics I want to read.

Maybe those Avengers covers are supposed to echo each other. That could be coordinated.

That looks like Beta Ray Iron Man on the Avengers Prime cover.

Is Rex Libris over and done with? I need to catch up.

Is Alan Moore scripting Necronomicon? That’s probably my criterion for getting it. While I’m thinking of it, have any of the Avatar series only plotted (or based off of work) by Moore been any good? I’ve always been gunshy about picking them up.

Harry Twenty would’ve originally appeared around 82/83. I have a soft spot for it as it started in the second issue of 2000AD I ever bought, but it’s not a classic. Gerry Finley Day was one of the more traditional writers working for the comic then so it’s very much of its time but you get a pretty solid adventure story which takes all the usual cliches of prison movies and gives them a sci-fi spin.

Presumably Alan Davis is the perceived draw: it’s certainly his first 2000AD work and it’s good stuff.

Mysterious Stranger

May 30, 2010 at 1:59 pm

How do you know that Sir Newton doesn’t spell his name that way in the Marvel Universe?

I’ll be the designated pedant and say that it’s ‘Sir Isaac’ (or ‘Issac’ if you prefer), not ‘Sir Newton’.

Dan: Seedless is, according to the solicits, about a young girl who is attacked by a Grape Tyrant and his minions, and her only hope is the intervention of heroic grape warriors, which are seedless. No, I’m not making it up! As I wrote, Lewis’s art is quite good, but I’ve never been too jazzed with his writing. So I’m on the fence with this.

Rex Libris is over and done with. So you can get both trades and read the whole story!

It appears that Moore is scripting Neonomicon. No one else is credited, and it doesn’t say it’s from a plot by Moore and scripted by someone else. That’s what I wondered too, but it looks like it’s all Moore. I’ve never read the Avatar stuff that used his ideas with others’ scripts, so I can’t speak to their quality.

“Al Rio is drawing New Mutants Forever #1 (page 79). I don’t know why, but that makes me chuckle.”
And they have Bob MacLeod’s inking him and wiping out the whole point of having Al Rio draw something.

I liiked Citiizen Rex a lot, but ‘Beto is one of my three or four favorite comic creators ever. And I really liked Speak of the Devil.

Hannu comes from a world in which using weapons is dishonorable. So he HATES to use the ring for fighting (I think he uses it for limited flight?). He’s basically just a brawler, though.

“Also, maybe our pal Pedro can stop by and tell us if the book is any good. It’s only 35 years old, so I presume he’s had a chance to read it.”

I’ve been out of the loop for a couple weeks (lotsa work!) and I’m just now reading the past entries, but since it was a shout out to me, I feel compelled to reply even after such a long time.

To be fair, the first Adèle book is VERY confuse. The second one is an improvement, but you need to read the first three to understand what exactly is going on – and the Fanta collection only has two of them.

(interestingly enough I first read them on the inverse order – from the third to the first. It is much more comprehensible that way…)

And, hey, I AM 35 years old! The thing is that in France you can buy that book on any decent sized bookstore/comic store – and they have had it for sale continuously for over 30 years now! That’s the difference of the french market from the others: The good stuff is KEPT available!

Best,
Hutner (Pedro Bouça)

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