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Flippin’ through Previews – July 2010

One thing really cracked me up about this month’s Previews … and then someone else pointed out how stupid it was before I could. Damn it!!!!!!

Check it out!  DC is all hip and street, man!

Dark Horse:

The Terminator: 1984 is offered on page 26, and while I don’t have any interest in it, a pull quote caught my eye. “Reads like a collection of storyboards for lost scenes from the Terminator line of movies,” read the quote, and it’s by someone at the Mothership. I don’t want to bash Our Dread Lord and Master’s Dread Lord and Master, but is that supposed to be a good quote? It doesn’t really seem like a good one – “This stuff ended up on the cutting room floor, and now we’re charging you for it!” – and I wonder if it was supposed to be. Beats me – it doesn’t attribute it to anyone, so it might be hard to find on the site. Maybe I’ll have a look. Maybe I won’t. It’s a mystery!!!!! (29 September)

In our local newspaper (the Arizona Republic, don’t you know), there was a brief story about the Evanoviches’ new graphic novel series, Troublemaker (page 29). It was fascinating because the elder Evanovich, Janet, actually mentioned that they planned this to be graphic novels because the setting (south Florida) lent itself so well to the format. That’s kind of cool. I still feel badly for Joëlle Jones, whose name barely makes it onto the cover. I suppose the money she’s making will soothe her. (3 November)

There’s yet more Kull stuff on page 32, as DH brings out The Savage Sword of Kull (vol. 1), with old-school art from Bernie Wrightson, Howard Chaykin, Barry Windsor-Smith, and the Severins. It’s in black and white, but I’m sure it still looks good. As always with these 1970s Marvel reprints of Howard stuff, I look to Greg Hatcher to tell us if this stuff is good or not! (3 November)

And, as always with European reprints, I look to Pedro to tell us about The Wednesday Conspiracy by Sergio Bleda, which shows up on page 38. It’s about a support group full of strange characters who turn out to be the only defenders of Earth against a demon invasion. Sounds neat-o, but who knows. Bleda’s art is pretty keen, though. (3 November)

Come on, you football-playin', euro-spendin' Commies!  Step up!

Bill Reed is on the hook, because page 44 has The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects, and if it’s not as good as he claims, I’m going to hunt him down like the dog he is! Okay, maybe not. But I am particularly geeked about this getting reprinted. (25 August)

I know (vaguely) where you live, Reed!

I wasn’t blown away by the first mini-series of Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities, but it wasn’t bad. Now Eric Powell and Kyle Hotz have a sequel called “The Ghastly Fiend of London,” and it’s offered on page 48. I am slightly tempted, but we shall see if I pick this up. (8 September)

DC:

You know, I know it’s all coincidental, but with what’s been going on with Ryan Choi and Jason Rusch and others, I just crack up whenever I read “White Power Battery” in a DC solicit. Yes, I’m childish. I never claimed otherwise!

Hot damn, I like that Cliff Chiang cover (page 71):

Cliff Chiang makes everything better!

I’m certainly happy that DC is releasing five “War” one-shots (pages 76-77), and the talent involved is fairly good, but I think I’ll wait to see how much the trade is. $4 for each issue? No thanks. (Every week in September)

There’s a lot wrong with New Teen Titans: Games, the new hardcover graphic novel on page 78. Don’t get me wrong – it could be amazing. But it sounds desperate. “Harking back to the era when NEW TEEN TITANS was the best-selling monthly comic series …” Well, it’s not anymore, is it, and it feels like a shameless nostalgia grab (which, of course, it is). “Set in the 1980s …” You know my feeling about pegging any comics to a specific time period if they’re not going to let them age. That’s just going to be weird. “Twenty years in the making …” What does that mean? Have Wolfman and Perez been working on it since 1990, or did someone propose this back then and they started working on it two years ago? If they actually began working on it in 1985 and did it sporadically over the years, that might be an interesting look at how the writing and art styles changed (although Perez hasn’t changed that much), but other than that, it seems like this is DC jumping up and down saying, “Hey, look! People used to care about Teen Titans! Remember?” (3 November)

That's a coolio cover, though!

Lee Garbett on the final issue of The Return of Bruce Wayne (page 82)? Really? Was Ryan Benjamin busy? Come on, DC, pay someone good. Is this the one Cameron Stewart was supposed to draw before he moved over to Batman and Robin? Even if it was, DC still has two months before this issue is supposed to ship. You mean that they can’t get someone good to draw this? Or maybe Garbett has gotten a lot, LOT better in the past two years or so? Is that it? Sheesh. (1 September) (I discovered that Stewart was supposed to draw issue #4 and was replaced by Georges Jeanty, which seemed to send some people at the DC blog into a right tizzy. Wait, they don’t like Jeanty but are okay with Garbett? Some people said that no one should mention Jeanty in the same sentence as Stewart, which is fair, but those same people should also say you can’t mention Garbett in the same sentence as Jeanty! This appears to indicate that Garbett was the first choice. That makes me die a little inside.)

I’m puzzled about Guillem March on Azrael (page 84). Presumably he was on Gotham City Sirens because of his cheesecake abilities. So why move him to another lower-tier Bat-book without as much cheesecake? If he couldn’t keep up a monthly schedule, I could see them using him on mini-series or such, but speed doesn’t seem to be his problem. What’s the deal, DC? Is it just another one of your absolutely bone-headed moves? (15 September)

Freedom Fighters #1 (page 89): Exactly what blackmail material do Palmiotti and Gray have on Dan DiDio, anyway? (1 September)

The Great Darkness Saga gets a deluxe hardcover edition on page 100. This is okay, but it’s not all that. And for $40, it’s definitely not worth it. That’s just my two cents, of course – many would beg to differ with me! (17 November) (Am I allowed to use the term “all that”?)

The JLA Deluxe Edition Book 4 hardcover (page 104) is not a bad deal, if you ask me. It includes Morrison’s issues #34, 36-41, JLA: Classified #1-3 (even though that should go with Seven Soldiers, as it’s a prelude to that epic), AND JLA: Earth Two, which is more awesome than any of us deserve! All for $35, which is a pretty groovy price. (10 November)

Hey, was North 40 any good? There’s a trade coming out on page 113, and I’m thinking about getting it. But I heard very little about this series, good or bad, when it was coming out in single issues. Help, comics Internet! (13 October)

Madame Xanadu #27 (page 128): That’s a keen cover:

He wants you too, Malachai!

IDW:

IDW jumps into the weekly comic thing with 5 Days to Die, shipping every week in September (page 153). A tough cop was in a car accident that left him with a brain injury and he has five days to live, which he can spend tracking his wife’s killer (the car accident was no accident!!!!!) or comforting his daughter, who’s in critical condition. Oh dear, that’s a conundrum. This might actually be cool. We shall see.

Remember when David FInch was drawing Aphrodite IX and you just couldn't believe he'd be so damned ubiquitous, and now here he is?  Ah, memories!

Blondie volume 1 collects the earliest strips for the first time (page 158). I’m not sure if I want to pay 50 bucks for it, but seeing how much the strip has diverged from its origins might be kind of neat.

Ben Templesmith’s Singularity 7 gets a reprint on page 162. This isn’t bad, even though the writing is a bit uneven. But it’s Templesmith on art, which is always fun.

AHHHHHHH! A new J. Scott Campbell “Fairy Tale Fantasies” calendar on page 164! My eyes! MY EYES!!!!!!

Image:

This is the cover of Next Gen Warz #1 (page 174):

So ... many ... dirty ... jokes ... running ... through ... brain ...!!!!!

And this is what that lady on the left looks like from behind:

Why even put clothes on her at this point?

I know it claims to be a parody, but that’s a bit much, ain’t it? It’s not quite as bad as Phoenix: Legacy of Fire, but it’s in the same ballpark. (I did a Google search on Legacy of Fire, and what do you know – Ryan Kinnaird did both comics! What a shock!)

On page 178, we get a second volume of Liquid City, showcasing creators from Southeast Asia. The first volume was actually quite good, so this might be one to check out. (29 September)

Boy, last month there was a ton of interesting Image stuff. This month they still have cool stuff, but not much so new and wild I feel like I should mention it. Let’s move on!

Marvel:

I was having some fun picking on Marvel’s weird “Astonishing” line, and I didn’t get Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine (page 4) because I knew it might take even longer than every other month and why not wait for the trade, but the solicit for issue #3, in which Spider-Man and Wolverine are in the future and must deal with DOOM: THE LIVING PLANET makes me want to reconsider. It sounds so ridiculous it might just work. I’ll still wait for the trade, though.

As funny as the cover of Deadpool #27 is (page 15), I always wonder why comic book characters (obviously, it’s the writers, but bear with me) talk about beating up nerds a lot, when the only people who read comics are nerds. Do nerds have some kind of self-flagellation reflex or something? Explain this to me, nerds!

Still, what a awesome cover!

So. Amazing Spider-Man #642. Page 22. “With Peter Parker’s ONE MOMENT IN TIME behind him and Mary Jane back in his life …” GAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

I Am An Avenger #1 (page 27): “What is it that makes one an Avenger?” Based on the cover and the history of the team, I’d say it’s a willingness to dress in spandex. And maybe yell “Avengers Assemble” without feeling embarrassed. Other than that, not much!

Secret Avengers #5‘s (page 29) penciler is “TBA.” I always get worried when I see that in the solicits.

So Marvel renamed the comic Franken-Castle for, what, three or four issues? And now they’re returning Frank Castle to his human self? Is the book itself cancelled? So much weirdness!!!! Still, Franken-Castle #21 (page 51) is drawn by Daniel Brereton, which means this comic will look fantastic. I’m very tempted.

Monsters + Daniel Brereton = AWESOME!

I’m worried about Hulk #25 (page 55). It features the new creative team of Jeff Parker and Gabriel Hardman, which makes me think one of two things: Hardman will no longer be the artist on Atlas, or Atlas itself is not long for this world. I’ll take the first option, obviously, but neither fills me with glee.

Thor #615 has Matt Fraction and Pasqual Ferry (page 67). Haven’t we been waiting for this team for what seems like years? It’s odd that it’s only happening now.

Simone Bianchi draws a seven-issue mini-series, Thor: For Asgard (pages 68-69). Any bets on when this finishes? 2013? 2015?

Gaze at Thor's majestic ELECTRIC PENIS!!!!!!

Dashing Mike Sterling already made the joke that Marvel promoting Wolverine #1 as “The Only Wolverine Series This Month!” is a bit, well, idiotic, but it’s worth mentioning again. Really, Marvel? That’s how you’re promoting it? Mr. Sterling did the math (and, surprisingly, missed Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine #3, although he did count the “Director’s Cut” of issue #1) and finds, well, a lot of Wolverine. I know, SHOCKING!!!!!

Hey, there’s more Incognito on page 85! That’s good to know. I do like how Marvel touts it as “One of the biggest Hollywood options of the year!” I don’t know much about the movie biz, but I do know that getting optioned means, well, diddly-poo. My dad wrote a story about the strange mole he found between his toes, and that got optioned!!!!!* But I’m glad the comic is back, because it’s good stuff.

* Note: This may not be true.

Speaking of comics that might not finish until 2013, Mark Millar brings us Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall (page 88). In case you didn’t get your fill of 11-year-olds slaughtering people and saying “cunt.”

There’s an Acts of Vengeance Omnibus on page 92, which is probably not worth the $100 (!!!!) Marvel is asking for it. Remember when this was an interesting concept, pitting villains against different heroes than they’re usually associated with? Marvel doesn’t even mention that in the solicit, which is kind of weird.

I like how the hardcover version of Heralds (page 98) has Tonci Zonjic as sole penciler. Especially, as more than a few people have pointed out, James Herron has a wildly different style than Zonjic does.

Captain America: War and Remembrance gets a hardcover on page 107. This is certainly a good solid comic, but I’m not sure if it’s worth $30. You know they’ll do a softcover fairly soon (if you can’t find it already, as it’s still around), so it’s probably better to wait for that.

I feared that Spider-Man: Fever would be collected with some other three-issue series that I didn’t want, but Marvel doesn’t do that (page 117). Instead, they stick Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2 in there and charge $15 for it. That’s actually not a bad deal and makes me wish I had waited for the trade. Oh well.

Is that …? Why, yes it is the back of the book! Let’s forge on, shall we?

Archaia has a new Mouse Guard series on page 230. Mouse Guard: The Black Axe tells of the first warrior to wield the weapon. It will kick much ass, I assume.

By now you should just get this, shouldn't you?

There’s a new Aspen statue on page 240-241 that was designed by Michael Turner. How long did it take to make this sucker? Turner died two years ago, after all.

On page 244, we get a new printing of Crécy from Avatar. This is quite good and features beautiful art. I’ve seen it around, but maybe it’s hard to find?

If you were waiting for the trade of Die Hard: Year One by Boom!, it’s there on page 252. I have no idea if it’s any good or not, but there it is!

There’s also a softcover of The Unknown, Mark Waid and Minck Oosterveer’s nifty detective story, on page 257. Why Boom! hasn’t put the two series together for an 8-issue big’un is beyond me, as they’re basically one long story.

I’m just going to start listing the solicitation texts, completely unedited, of Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose (page 260). For issue #64, we get this: “Jealous that Tarot is spending too much time with her girlfriend, Licorice Dust fights Tarot for the affections of Boo Cat. It’s Witch versus Vampire in this supernatural, fangs against magick, cat-fight!” I love that Jim Balent makes comics.

Dynamite shows up on page 263 with Vampirella Archives volume 1, which might be your thing. It collects the first 7 issues of the original magazine. And keep your fingers crossed for not-creepy-at-all photographs of Heidi Saha!

That's a nice cover - I hope it becomes iconic and shit!

Speaking of Vampirella, Dynamite also has a trade of the Grant Morrison/Mark Millar run on the character (page 264). I remember this but didn’t have a lot of interest in it. But there’s a trade now!

Berlin #17 is offered on page 284 from Drawn & Quarterly. I mention this not because I’m going to buy it, but because it means that the journey to the end of the series and the third trade paperback, which I will buy, begins here! I only have to wait another five years for the story to conclude!!!!! (I suppose I really ought to buy the single issues, as this is a great, great comic, but I honestly don’t know if I want to wait so long between issues. Does that make me evil?)

Humanoids has what might be an interesting book: Madwoman of the Sacred Heart, on page 297. A professor impregnates a student who believes the baby is John the Baptist reincarnated. Well, that sounds bizarre. I haven’t read Incal, but it’s by the same people.

Is this THE Moebius?  I assume it is, but I didn't know he was still working!

Down on page 298, we find Chicagoland Detective Agency: The Drained Brains Caper from Lerner Publishing Group. Trina Robbins writes a tale of a girl at a fancy summer school that has plenty of secrets, which she’s determined to uncover! This book is certified “Kid-Friendly!” If that’s your thing, that is.

Footnotes in Gaza comes out in softcover on page 300 from Metropolitan Books. This is a really good graphic novel, and it’s only 20 bucks.

On page 306, Oni has All Saints Day by Christina Weir and Nunzio DeFilippis (yes, there should be an apostrophe after the ‘s,’ but let’s move on). It’s the second mystery from these creators starring Amy Devlin, and the first, Past Lies, was quite good. This seems like it’s in a similar vein. I’m debating about getting it because it’s a hardcover for $20 and I’m sure a softcover will be out in the future, but I’m torn. I’m sure it will be good, but enough to justify the price tag?

Stuart Moore, who occasionally writes decent stuff, and Jon Proctor, who’s not a bad artist, show up with Shadrach Stone: The Big Man on page 308 from Penny Farthing Press. A man whose lies have cost him everything finds a group of people who need him to lie. Sounds intriguing!

I don’t know if The Ballad of Halo Jones is out of print, but Rebellion/2000AD has a new printing on page 324. This is a phenomenal work (it’s Alan Moore, so no surprise there) with gorgeous Ian Gibson art. Can you afford to live without it?

So, so good!

Well, I suppose that’s it for another journey through Previews. I can’t spotlight everything, people! Dig through it yourself! Demand your copy for free from your retailer! Ordering all sorts of cool stuff will offset his loss of giving it to you! Appeal to basic economics!!!!!

39 Comments

Garbett’s work on Batman 682 and 683 for the wrap up of RIP and the lead-in to Batman shooting Darkseid in Final Crisis was amazing.

I always appreciate your “flipping through Previews”, Greg.
Sometimes you spot something nice that I missed!

Actually, Titans: Games is nearly 25 years in the making. It was supposed to come out in the mid-80’s. It’s more Lost Album than Reunion Tour.

The Kull stuff is wildly uneven, and towards the end of the run started to look like tryouts and fill-in stuff by the rookies. But early on it was often better than the concurrent Conan books. “Volume One” seems like a sure bet to me. Two is a maybe and Three is probably don’t-bother.

You didn’t mention Moonstone but after the “Proto-Comics” columns I did a few months back with Captain Future, the Phantom Detective, the Black Bat, et al, I’m kind of jazzed for Return of the Originals. Particularly “Battle for L.A.,” which looks like a sort of pulp JLA. I’m hoping it has more of a sense of fun than DC’s First Wave did. Something like that should have a little swash in its buckle.

I’m excited about the second volume of the STEVE DITKO ARCHIVES from Fantagraphics. I’m amused, though, by the expensive Vampirella collections. All that material was released recently by Harris in affordable paperbacks. I guess those will be out of print now since Dynamite got the license.

Josh: Well, I disagree, but to each his own!

Watcher: No problem! It’s fun!

Patrick: That’s cool to know. I wish DC had been more clear about that, because that, as I pointed out, might be something worth checking out.

Greg: Yeah, I saw the Originals stuff. I was grumpy that the color hardcover was SO MUCH MORE than the black and white softcover, though! I mean, I know coloring costs a bit more, but it’s 24 more dollars for the color version. Sheesh! But yeah, it does look kind of neat.

Nerds are self-loathing, Greg. Surely you’ve noticed this by now.

DC promoting the 1980s roots of Teen Titans: Games falls into the “It’s not a bug, it’s a feature!” style of marketing. Donna Troy is wearing her first Troia costume, which is…well, not her most popular outfit. Danny Chase in on the team—even less popular. Joey Wilson has set an unfortunate Titans trend by wearing a mullet. All because that’s the status of the team back in the late 1980s when Pérez began drawing. Wolfman has said that he’s “not writing it [i.e., dialogue and captions] in that very purple style that was prevalent back in the eighties,” but otherwise the story is a throwback to over twenty years ago. And I hope to enjoy it immensely.

TT: Games is really coming out?! I thought that had long gone the way of Duke Nukem Forever; recall the first time I saw it being announced was the late eighties. At one time it was supposed to be released with just pencils by Perez, without inks (like some scenes from Azarath in that Trigon arc).

Wow… really a long time for a project to actually become reality. Wonder if it will hold a record for “most delayed but actually done”.

Lord Paradise

June 26, 2010 at 6:35 pm

For me, Halo Jones only got Alan Moore-level good in the last chapter. Definitely worth reading, though.

Can’t help you much with The Wednesday Conspiracy, that was actually the first time I’ve heard of it!

A quick google search revealed what seems to be the artist’s blog:
http://sergiobledacomics.blogspot.com/

It’s in english, don’t worry.

I’ve read the first two books of Madwoman of the Sacred Heart (in France it’s a three album series) and found it quite good. However stupid Humanoides has it available only on a digest B&W edition in France and I refuse to buy it on that format to read the ending! It’s friggin’ Moebius, dammit! As in “Moebius, the best comic artist in the whole world” (arguably)! Why can’t he be published on an oversized color HC like EVERY SINGLE OTHER french series? Humanoides’s choices puzzle me.

And Moebius is definitely still working. He drew a XIII album a few years ago and is about to publish a new Arzach story. Still as good (and weird) as ever!

Oh, and The Great Darkness Saga HC is indeed worth it! It doesn’t include JUST the famous story, but the WHOLE Levitz/Giffen Legion run until that point (and a bit later!), 14 issues (including an annual and the double-sized ending of the title story) in all. Hopefully on good paper (although that’s not a given with DC’s harcovers). Decent value for money on these 3.99 an issue days!

Best,
Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Lord Paradise

June 26, 2010 at 6:36 pm

For me, Halo Jones only got Alan Moore-level good in the last chapter. Definitely worth reading, though. I wish he’d continued it.

Next-Gen Wars looks like a soft porn comic using self-deprecating ” parody ” to excuse its excesses. Unless it’s radically better than the previews suggest, I can see it being discussed in the same vein as Sultry Teenage Super-Foxes.

Has Ryan Kinnaird ever seen an actual butt? Yeeeessscchh, that looks so bizarre.

Jodorowsky, the writer of Madwoman of the Sacred Heart, for many years was a filmmaker. He made a cult classic called “El Topo” (John Lennon championed it), which was a strange Western movie. It is very bizarre, but very good. He did a lot of interesting movies. His career started with comic strips, he had a strange comic strip that was published in one of the main Mexican newspapers a long time ago. He eventually started doing theater, then movies. It seems like he went back to comics (but he probably still does movies or theater too). An interesting guy.

I’m wondering about these “Other Curious Objects” in the Screw-On Head trade. They’re mostly new, I think, so they should be interesting. Or maybe not as good and a waste of money! Well, if you don’t like it, I’ll buy you a beer.

I hope I may be excused for missing that one Wolverine appearance as I was writing that at about 2 in the morning and I’m pretty sure I may have been hallucinating from exhaustion.

I really liked North 40. There was some confusion for me (but I was never able to track down one of the issues…which is likely the problem) but Staples art was really solid and I liked the characters and premise. Also, as I mentioned in an article long ago on SHNH, the lead female character was really well written and not a voice I frequently hear in comics. In fact, she reminded me so much of my best friend Keegan I briefly considered that it was entirely possible the writer was an ex of hers or something crazy. Anyway, definitely worth a look Greg.

Travis Pelkie

June 27, 2010 at 3:03 am

The Terminator quote could read like “it’s as if they put the movie itself down on paper!” But yeah, I see where you might not think it’s a good quote.

I like “White Power Battery” too. Don’t all the Nazis the JSA, and the Golden Age Green Lantern especially, have that?

As others mentioned, the NTT Games book has been in the works for years. I thought, from what I knew, it was maybe supposed to wrap up the Wolfman/Perez run. From what JL Bell says, it sounds like Wolfman’s writing captions/dialogue now. But as JL also points out, there were some lame things to that Titans run too.

Garbett was ok. He also did that Highwaymen mini from a few years back. I remember at the time liking his stuff for have a bit of a Quitely vibe (mixed with someone else that I forget). It might not be so bad!

If Pedro’s right about the Great Darkness Saga having more than GDS in it, then it probably is worth it. However, I got my copies of GDS for probably a quarter each, so I don’t really NEED this book…

I have about half that JLA stuff, but the half I don’t have is awesome, so…

Blondie V.1 might be interesting to see how Blondie started as a flapper, before she went domestic. And Dagwood was from a rich family, and when they married, his family disowned him. I guess that’s why Cookie and Alexander have no grandparents… (BTW, I think both kids were named from reader suggestions back in the day. Can you tell that many years ago I read a book about Blondie as part of a summer reading program?)

Is it too obscure a reference if I want HR Giger on Franken-Castle?

Hot damn, I’m on that Spider-Man Fever book. Missed the issues, but hey, I’ll take the trade. Too bad they don’t also put that Untold Tales Special in there that features Dr. Strange.

Madwoman of the Sacred Heart was published, at least in part, in Dark Horse Presents (I recognize the cover image from the issue I have, 74, and it appears that it was in issues 70-76). It’s weird, but interesting (sexy bits!)

And I’ll hope that my LCS orders Halo Jones. I wanted DR and Quinch, didn’t order it, but saw that he ordered a copy for the shelf. Now I’ll wait for a sale to get it…

Obviously, I too love this feature.

“If Pedro’s right about the Great Darkness Saga having more than GDS in it, then it probably is worth it. ”

That’s what the DC solicitations are saying…

“Madwoman of the Sacred Heart was published, at least in part, in Dark Horse Presents (I recognize the cover image from the issue I have, 74, and it appears that it was in issues 70-76). It’s weird, but interesting (sexy bits!)”

Don’t know about DHP, but the first couple of books was published in english on a Dark Horse digest-sized B&W TPB.

Best,
Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Moebius IS the greatest artist in the world! Now if I could just find all those really old Lt. Blueberry’s my life would be complete.

The defenders of Lee Garbett made me go into my garage and check out his work. And in Arizona in late June, you don’t want to be going into a garage even at 8 o’clock in the morning, so good job making me so curious! I forgot he drew The Highwayman, Travis, and yeah, that’s not bad. But then I looked at Batman #682 and 683 and, as I recalled, it wasn’t good at all. He seemed to “Danielize” his art, perhaps to make it look consistent? If he draws the one issue more in the style of The Highwayman, it will probably work better. Let’s hope!

You’re excused, Mike! Your commitment to blogging over, you know, sleep is an inspiration to us all!

Garbett was ok. He also did that Highwaymen mini from a few years back. I remember at the time liking his stuff for have a bit of a Quitely vibe (mixed with someone else that I forget). It might not be so bad!

He also drew a fair bit of the Midnighter series at Wildstorm. His style seemed to be equally influenced by Quitely and Hitch there.

Garbett inked himself on Highwaymen, Rick Burchett inked him on Midnighter, and Trevor Scott inked him on Batman and subsequent work. What a difference an inker makes.

Is it too obscure a reference if I want HR Giger on Franken-Castle?

Never. Has Giger ever done sequential work, though?

Huh, that’s funny. I just bought a Complete Halo Jones trades at my comic shop and here we go with a new printing. Just got a huge book of Judge Dredd as well. I’m really digging these 2000AD reprints. Thanks Rebellion! :P

Best item in the new Previews is LOVE & ROCKET NEW STORIES #3.

Its the only comic I look forward to each year and its worth it every time

Travis Pelkie

June 27, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Honestly, Ian A, I thought Giger was “no longer with us”. I just wanted to work that DK ref in there.

But yeah, I’m getting freaky ass images of what Giger might do given ANY comics character to do. Whew!

And cool for DubipR to point out the new L&R is coming out. Of course, I still need last year’s edition. Burgas, why didn’t you notice this? Why don’t you psychically know what will interest ME and plan your posts more accordingly? ;)

And, uh, sorry about making you go in the garage. Interesting that Garbett probably just needs a better inker. (although I thought Trevor Scott was good? Just a matter of chemistry then, I suppose)

Louis Bright-Raven

June 27, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Hurm. Missed the Previews at my shop last week. :-( Hope they have some more copies.

As for what you mentioned…

Wednesday Conspiracy – that’s a possibility..

Amazing Screw-OnHead – Maybe, depending on how much of what it collects I don’t already have.

New Teen Titans: Games – This is a definite, but then I’m from that old school. GAMES was originally started back around in the mid to late 1980s, IIRC. (It was originally plotted around the same time as WHO IS WONDER GIRL? which was also intended to be an original GN and instead became regular issues.) Then it went into limbo, then wasn’t going to be done, then George got all the original 60-80 pages he’d drawn for it back from the collector who owned it for reference / scans, and I guess about… 2-4 years ago they decided to finish it, but he’s had his other obligations (BRAVE & THE BOLD, LEGION OF THREE WORLDS) postponing the completion and release.

Nice to see Brereton again, too bad it’s on a book I couldn’t care less about. Wish there were more support for his NOCTURNALS…

I probably won’t see MOUSE GUARD again. I almost never see the books, and when I do, I never have the money for them. *sigh*

And one of these days I’ll get HALO JONES. It’s bound to be in a back issue bin somewhere.

You could live without The Ballad of Halo Jones.

But it wouldn’t be worth doing so.

I’ll admit that said Ballad is no longer the Ultimate Awesome, for me, that it once was–such is growing old–but it’s still awesome. I can only imagine some alternative universe, somewhere, where Alan actually penned the complete story of Halo, extending to the projected nine volumes, or more.

If only… sure hope that they get that Large Hadronn Collider working again, soon.

Wait, the Vampirella book was already released by Harris? Is Harris still around? I’d like to see more collections like this and then have them stay in the Previews Star System. I may not want it now, but a couple months to a year, absolutely.

I thought North 40 was pretty good, based on the first couple of issues. I stopped picking it up and decided to get the trade instead, because I did find it slightly confusing in the monthly format. But it was confusing in the “this will be much better when read in one sitting because I am forgetting who characters and what just happened from month to month,” way, not the “I can’t figure out what is going on because the writing/art is unclear,” way.

re: Madwoman of the Sacred Heart — Dark Horse also published a digest sized paperback of it, not sure if it’s the first part or the first and second parts.

I wish Moebius would finishThe Man From The Ciguri (sequel to the Airtight Garage). This group of Moebius stories was supposed to dovetail into the storyline from his other works such as The Gardens of Adena — or so it was promised in the 80’s. Still hasn’t happened yet as far as I now.

“re: Madwoman of the Sacred Heart — Dark Horse also published a digest sized paperback of it, not sure if it’s the first part or the first and second parts.”

First and second.

Louis Bright-Raven

June 30, 2010 at 3:28 am

Wraith:

I heard much the same about Moore’s SKIZZ and DR. & QUINCH, and I got them, and while they were certainly enjoyable, it wasn’t like I would’ve been hurt had I never read them. I suspect HALO JONES would be of similar note. Like I said, I’ll get it someday – this is like the fifth or six solicit for that TPB that I’ve noticed – so it’s bound to be around in somebody’s bargain bins for TPBs at a show.

Louis Bright-Raven

June 30, 2010 at 3:43 am

BTW, did get my copy of PREVIEWS yesterday. Maybe I’ll run through my thoughts on stuff in the book later.

But one thing I noticed that irked the hell out of me was the price gouging $14.99 tag for SERENITY: THE SHEPHERD’S TALE (Dark Horse) 56 pages for $15 Hardcover. Are you kidding me? At least give us enough pages to actually warrant a hardcover (and I say that’s a minimum of 200 pages of story). Seriously, this should have been a 2 issue microseries at $2.99 an issue or a normal prestige format one shiot at $4.99. Why the need to gouge the Firefly fans, Dark Horse? Does Joss Whedon really think we’re that desperate to learn of Shepherd Book’s past to pay that kind of coin for what on face value of the length of story probbaly doesn’t amount to a whole hell of a lot?

Are people just complaining about the price of things, or are they saying that they will not be able to buy things based on the retail price. i’m asking because if it is the later, there are ways to not pay retail.

Just wonderin’

PFTBA

oh, about the butt in the comic, believe it or not, that looks quite a bit like my wife’s! The outfit in the comic looks uncomfortable, but the general shape is quite similar.

Yes, this is all just to brag about how hot my wife is. That’s about all i got….

DFTBA

Louis Bright-Raven

July 1, 2010 at 1:21 am

Danjack:

“Are people just complaining about the price of things, or are they saying that they will not be able to buy things based on the retail price? I’m asking because if it is the latter, there are ways to not pay retail.”

Neither. The bottom line is if DC can do a 56 page prestige format book for $4.99 (Elseworlds: First Family of Krypton), then Dark Horse can do a 56 page prestige format version of their Serenity book, instead of raping the customer another $10 for a hardcover version that the customers most certainly did NOT ask for. The majority of fans would be just as content (if not moreso) with a softcover version for less money.

It’s merely greed in the guise of “Oh see, we made it in a better format!”

Comics are supposed to be inexpensive entertainment marketed to everyone of every financial class or station. Not pricey collectible bullshit that eliminates potential audiences by pricing them out.

@ Louis:

So, you’re not complaining about the price of these comics? Seems like that is exactly what you are doing.

i can understand the ‘this is to much to charge for book X’ statement whether or not a person buys the book or not. i was just wondering what the comment was regarding, as i hate to hear of someone who feels that they shouldn’t have paid that much for a comic, or says that they would buy book X, but it is too expensive/not a good value.

i also complain about pricing and/or formatting and/or what looks like greed from companies. If that is all that the comment is for, that’s cool with me. If the comment is about how i ‘would’ buy this, but it’s too expensive, there are ways around that.

Again, i’m just curious & hoping to be helpful, not making any judgemnet/snarky comment. Thanks!
DFTBA

Louis Bright-Raven

July 1, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Nah, DJ, I wouldn’t buy it, even at a $4.99 Prestige Format price, even though I enjoyed FIREFLY as a TV show and SERENITY as a movie. It’s simply the point that it shouldn’t be that much money for any 56 page story, regardless of whether it’s a hardcover or not.

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