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Flippin’ through Previews – August 2010

Can you stand the suspense?!?!?!?

I should point out that the back cover shows copy for Spider-Girl #1, which isn’t actually offered in this month’s Previews, as it won’t be around until November. Odd, that.

She's just a tad cross-eyed, which is a bit strange

She's just a tad cross-eyed, which is a bit strange

Dark Horse:

On page 38, we find Beasts of Burden/Hellboy … the crossover! Jill Thompson mentioned this to me at the con, and boy howdy, was I excited about it. And now it’s here! Come on – it’s Mignola and Dorkin writing, and Thompson painting the animals and Hellboy! I know I’m sold! (27 October)

I think I just peed with delight!

I think I just peed with delight!

The Guild gets a trade on page 46. I didn’t buy this in single issues, but I’ll have to consider the trade. Here I am, considering … (8 December)

Frank Frazetta’s White Indian gets a hardcover on page 54. As I am a young’un with no respect for history, I have never heard of this, but I just love the title! It’s … well, it’s something. (1 December)

Does Rob Schmidt know about this?

Does Rob Schmidt know about this?


I try very hard to be positive when I write about comics, because it’s kind of useless being so negative, but some things get my goat. J. T. Krul’s continued employment by DC (he’s the new writer on Teen Titans, page 64) and now Tyler Kirkham getting work on Green Lantern Corps (page 68) are two of those things. Really, DC? (27 October and 20 October)

Those people who think a certain God of All Comics never gets paired with artists who are truly able to translate his genius onto the page won’t be happy with Batman: The Return on page 79, with David Finch on art. What all these people fail to consider is that, if G-Mozz is as powerful at DC as he seems to be, wouldn’t he be able to choose his artists? So maybe he really likes the artists he’s paired with? Chew on that, haters!!!!!! (27 October)

Knight and Squire by Paul Cornell on page 80: Yeah, I’m there. (13 October)

Man, I will be depressed if this sucks

Man, I will be depressed if this sucks

I don’t know when the Bernie Wrightson Batman story was “lost,” but I think I’ll be picking up Batman: Hidden Treasures (page 81) to read it. Especially with Kevin Nowlan on inks. (6 October)

I know that J. Michael Straczynski wrote the script to Superman #704 (page 84) before issue #701 came out, I wonder if the critical excoriation it’s taken because Superman can’t fly a dude having a heart attack to the hospital is making him reconsider doing a child abuse story. Unless that kid has a black eye for some other reason. I predict … train wreck!!!!! (13 October)

I beg you, JMS ... don't do it!

I beg you, JMS ... don't do it!

JLA/The 99 (page 93): Weirdest crossover ever? (27 October)

The “DC Comics Presents” comics are kind of interesting. There’s the Warren Ellis school shooting story, of course (page 98), plus a bunch of other stuff that, in some cases inexplicably, have never been collected. Why hasn’t the Superman stuff (page 99) been collected? Or the Batman stuff (page 100)? In fact, the Vertigo thing is the only one where it makes “sense” that it wasn’t collected, because of the controversy. Did DC not collect the Brubaker Batman stuff because they were in a snit that he jumped to Marvel? DC is weird.

The Manhunter back-up stories from Batman: The Streets of Gotham get collected on page 103. Is this the first back-up feature from the new wave of $3.99-books to get collected? And was this any good? (24 November)

I don’t know how I missed Two-Step when it first came out, but DC is collecting it on page 117. Warren Ellis + Amanda Conner? Come on, that’s gold, Jerry! (17 November)

What the heck was I reading when this came out?

What the heck was I reading when this came out?

Why is DC soliciting Fables #100 a month early? (Page 122, 24 November)

Sean Murphy is drawing a Hellblazer mini-series (page 125). I think I shall buy that. But maybe in trade? (13 and 27 October)


Darwyn Cooke’s new Parker adaptation, The Outfit, shows up on page 140. You might want to get this. I mean, the art alone is probably worth the price!

Page 154 has Classic Jurassic Park, volume 1 by Walt Simonson (?), Gil Kane (??), and George Perez (???). That’s … something. Topps was really chucking the money around in the early 1990s, weren’t they?

Despite the pedigree, this can't be any good, can it?  CAN IT?!?!?!?

Despite the pedigree, this can't be any good, can it? CAN IT?!?!?!?

The Coffin is back in print on page 161. This is Phil Hester and Mike Huddleston’s creepy horror comic. It’s not quite as good as Deep Sleeper, but it’s still pretty keen. This has some extra stuff, if you already own it.

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There’s a new printing of Mage: The Hero Discovered on page 178. Forty bucks for 15 hard-to-find issues? Sounds good. Maybe I’ll finally start getting into Mage now. (6 October)

Old-school Matt Wagner goodness!

Old-school Matt Wagner goodness!

Speaking of new printings, there’s a new one of Pax Romana on page 182. It’s a pretty good read. Red Mass for Mars is actually getting a trade, now that the extremely late final issue has shipped! It’s a Hickmanonanza! (13 October)


Man, I really want to get the new Uncanny X-Force (page 5). Remender and Opeña and Psylocke! Whoo-hoo! But it also looks so very grim-n-gritty, and who wants that? Oh, and “uncanny,” Marvel? Really? Are you really running out of adjectives that quickly?

You know, for the past few years I’ve been unable to sleep. Why, you ask? BECAUSE CARNAGE IS NOT PART OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE!!!!!!! Thank all that’s good and holy that Marvel rectified that situation (page 6). Yay, Carnage! It’s like the Nineties never ended!

I’ve been taking Kaare Andrews to task for his covers on Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis, but damn if issue #5 (page 7) doesn’t have what might be the best cover of the year:

That's just downright freaky-deaky, man!

That's just downright freaky-deaky, man!

Everyone’s favorite European, Pedro, takes me to task for not getting more Soleil books. All right, sir, on page 12 we get Prometheus by Christophe Bec. It sounds like a very intriguing story of the Apocalypse. Have you read it, and is it any good? Step up, man!

So I guess, given the solicit to Amazing Spider-Man #647 (page 23), that the three-times-a-month schedule for that book just didn’t work. I think they’re going to twice-monthly, right? That seems … odd.

As much as I like Ms. Amanda Conner, the variant cover for Secret Avengers #6 (page 26) is terrible:

Really, Ms. Conner?

Really, Ms. Conner?

I mean, it’s a funny idea, but the execution … blech.

I know others have probably made a similar joke, but man, what did Spidey have for dinner for that to come out?

Yes, I'm juvenile.  Deal with it!

Yes, I'm juvenile. Deal with it!

One reason why superhero comics kind of bum me out is because of their repetitive nature. Witness Fantastic Four #584 – Ben Grimm becomes human again. Really? Yawn. I mean, it might be a fabulous story, but it just doesn’t interest me at all. Because every writer, it seems, turns Ben human again. So who cares?

Here’s another great cover, courtesy of Rafael Grampa (page 75):

Thor's wearing sneakers, because he's awesome!

Thor's wearing sneakers, because he's awesome!

You know what the world needs? Another Deadpool series! Yay! And this time, it’s Deadpoolmax (page 76)! Of course, it’s David Lapham and Kyle Baker, so it just might be twisted enough to work, but stilll … more Deadpool?

It’s time to move on, so let’s bid farewell to the normal stuff and venture to the weird stuff. Weird, but awesome!

SLG shows up on page 218 with Pinocchio Vampire Slayer volume 2: The Great Puppet Theater. The first volume starring Pinocchio and his vampire-killing nose was surprisingly good, so I’m keen to see more.

The gimmick that keeps on giving!

The gimmick that keeps on giving!

On page 224, Archaia offers the hardcover trade of Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard. Granted, only two issues have come out so far, but I can still recommend it!

David Lapham and Gianluca Pagliarani are giving us a 3-D Crossed graphic novel, out from Avatar. I’m not going to buy this, but I am perversely curious to see it.

So Boom! Studios is bringing us the Publishing Event of the Year! over on page 247 with the release of Soldier Zero. This is the Stan Lee thing, in case you’re wondering, but I’m unsure what Stan has to do with it. Did he just throw out a half-formed idea and let Paul Cornell run with it? The solicit text doesn’t mention anything about what Stan did, just that the character is his. So what’s his involvement?

Oh, that wacky Stan!

Oh, that wacky Stan!

If you’ve been wanting more Lady Death in your life, Boundless Comics has a new ongoing series on page 251! Rejoice!!!!

Despite this cover …

How do those things stay on?

How do those things stay on?

I’m keen on the new Warlord of Mars series from Dynamite Entertainment (page 255). It’s by Arvid Nelson and Stephen Sadowski, so it should be pretty keen. Plus, it’s only a dollar. The other covers are a bit better, but that one … man.

Speaking of Warren Ellis and Amanda Conner (and I was, up above), Dynamite also has their work on Vampirella collected on page 262. I ask again: is this any good? I have no desire to read a Vampirella comic, but I’m willing to see what’s what!

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On page 284, Flesk Publications is offering Xenozoic: The Complete Collection for 40 bucks. Xenozoic is one of those comics I’ve heard a lot about but never read or even seen. Here, I suppose, is my chance.

Dinosaurs!  Mayhem!  Chicks!

Dinosaurs! Mayhem! Chicks!

The Martian Confederacy: From Mars With Love is offered on page 290 from Girl Twirl Comics. The first volume was pretty good, and it’s always fun to read Jason McNamara’s writing and see Paige Braddock’s drawing, so you might want to check both volumes out!

I have no clue if Fluorescent Black from Heavy Metal is any good, but I saw the name Nathan Fox attached to the art portion and now I’m intrigued. The preview pages at Heavy Metal’s web site look pretty keen. Anyone know anything about the story?

Fact: Nathan Fox is awesome

Fact: Nathan Fox is awesome

I don’t know if I’m on board with the Kickstart Comics books on page 294, but the idea behind the company is pretty cool. The Mothership has a nice article/interview about it. Of the three offerings, Rift Raiders by Mark Sable and Julian Totino Tedesco sounds the best.

Scott Chantler of, among other things, Northwest Passage fame returns with Two Generals from McClelland & Stewart on page 297. Of books by Chantler, I’ve only read Northwest Passage, but dang, was that good, so I’m on board with this, which tells the story of two young men at D-Day.

I wasn’t aware there was going to be a second volume of Miss Don’t Touch Me, but there it is on page 299 from NBM. The first volume was quite good, so I’ll have to check this one out! Who doesn’t love comics about high-class Parisian call girls in the 1930s?

Charles Burns has a new book out, the first volume of a longer series called X’ed Out from Pantheon Books on page 305. It sounds … well, really freaky. Of course – it’s Charles Burns! When you get Burns influenced by Burroughs, things are going to get strange. And it’s in full color!

My mind is blown just by looking at that cover!

My mind is blown just by looking at that cover!

Hmmm … that’s weird. I was zipping through the back of the book, finding all sorts of cool stuff, and then I hit “P” and all the really interesting stuff … just stopped. There’s a lot after that, but nothing that leapt out at me. However, in the book section, I did see that Jake Bell, the notorious mixmaster, has the third volume of The Amazing Adventures of Nate Banks coming out on page 342 from Scholastic, Inc. The first two volumes were charming, kid-friendly superhero books, and I can’t imagine this one will be any different … unless Jake got bored and decided to have Nate Banks rape his way across Kanigher Falls. That would be odd.

On page 344, Greg Rucka has another Queen & Country novel, The Last Run from Bantam. It bugs me that he mixes the novels with the comics, but I guess doing the novels is a better money-making deal than doing the comics. Burgas sad!

Also on page 344, Sequart has Minutes to Midnight: Twelve Essays on Watchmen, which features pieces by smarter-than-I-am bloggers Chad Nevett and Tim Callahan. Read their essays and feel your IQ expand (the exact opposite of what happens when you read something I write, like this very post!)!

Callahan and Nevett?  Edited by FOtB RAB?  Can the world stand the awesomeness?!?!?

Callahan and Nevett? Edited by FOtB RAB? Can the world stand the awesomeness?!?!?

Phew! Okay, now I’m done. Always remember to scour Previews for the good stuff. B-E A-GG-R-E-SS-I-V-E!!!!


Never read Xenozoic and you write a column on comics?!? Sorry about my shock, but you have got to rectify that. Mark’s original inks are wonder to behold. At SCAD we were able to the them and the man in action. Inspiring.

Xenozoic Tales is a fun old-school (both in art and script) adventure comic, definitely worth a read. Too bad Mark Schultz hit some kind of a writer’s block regarding it, as there hasn’t been a new XT comic in 15 years or something, so it remains unfinished. It’s not like the last issue ended with a cliffhanger or anything, but it felt like there were still more stories to tell within that world.

I suppose there’s an outside chance the kid got a black eye from bullies, and the story will be about bullying and standing up for yourself. But I wouldn’t lay odds on it.

Ben: Well, there are a LOT of comics in the world!!!! Thanks to you and Tuomas for chiming in – I’ll definitely get it.

Michael: Boy, that would be nice, wouldn’t it? The solicitation text doesn’t make it sound like bullying, though – more like child abuse or even self-abuse. Sigh.

Travis Pelkie

July 31, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Am I wrong to hope the kid has a black eye because Superman punched him in the face?

Sorry, it’s just a joke.

More comments later.

I was just re-reading Two-Step the other day. it’s a fun little romp. The story is pretty standard Ellis and it would have been merely ho-hum if it weren’t for the artwork. Conner really brings a giddy fun to the story.

Greg, absolutely a lot…I am just surprised. Shultz is perhaps the only cartoonist alive working a style on par with Raymond, Hogarth, Toth,ect…

I am not totally sure but I think the collapse of kitchen sink and the short cartoon spin off ended it. It takes Mark 1-2 weeks to do a page, so he probably didn’t see the finial viability. He was writing a bunch last I heard…this was when he was writing Action Comics…have not talked to him since.

Travis Pelkie

July 31, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Before I start, I like that Faith No More ref in your last line. Everyone I’ve ever known that is awesome thinks that the FNM album Angel Dust is awesome, so you win.

But I do love these posts. Like I said, oh, 4 months ago or so when I found out about Meta 4 from you from one of these posts, that post got me hooked back on comics like you wouldn’t believe. And a lot of the stuff you like I like, so if you mention something I don’t know about, I figure I’ll probably like it too. Keep up the good, positive work Burgas!

From the top: That’s a good point about G Mozz and his artists. I think there are some things about some of the artists that he works with that aren’t great, but like you say, if HE thought they were that bad, he’s got enough influence to get them taken off his book. Also, except for Quitely, and maybe Weston on the Filth or Stewart on Seaguy, I think GM benefits from having an artist who ISN’T blow your mind amazing. (Or maybe it’s that the other blow your mind amazing artists don’t do well with him, I dunno). Let me punch a sacred cow here — I wasn’t as impressed with the Club of Heroes 3 parter in Batman with JH Williams, because I thought the ornate design work detracted from the story itself. And I looked through it again a few times, and either GM didn’t make it clear in the script or JHW3 didn’t make it clear in the art, but when the bad guy reveal is dependent on which hand someone uses (righty or lefty), and I look through and don’t see where it’s one or the other, someone dropped the ball. But that’s just me. Not to say that Daniel or (especially) Ryan Benjamin did any better, but as Cronin pointed out about Daniel, he’s always trying to do better (what’s with you POSITIVE people here at CSBG?). I do wish that Andy Kubert could have done RIP, as that would have ROCKED, but to each his own. Wow, that was a lot of typing.

On the DCCP/Brubaker Batman stuff — I do bet that DC didn’t collect it in part due to Bru being at Marvel (I’m guessing the Gotham Central book, or was it a run of Detective that he was on?). Remember, when DC collected Aztek recently, GM’s name was HUGE, and Millar’s an afterthought, even though Millar has the Hollywood cred now with Wanted and Kick Ass (although KA hadn’t come out yet, iirc). Maybe DC will collect some of those Batman runs that you’ve written about in the CYSO series.

Two Step was cool, although I only have the first issue. However, the first issue is almost a complete story on it’s own. And Conner on Vampirella art — ooh, might have to get that.

Topps throwing money around in the early 90s — well, they had to in order to compete at that time. 92-93 was the Image era, remember, and the post XMen #1/speculator/holy shit, we sold 6 million copies of a comic book? era. Topps not only did the Jurassic Park stuff, but the Coppola Dracula with Mignola art, all the trading card they put in every book (well, duh, given their other business, and the trading card speculators of the era too), getting the Xena and XFiles comics, Ray Bradbury, and the Kirbyverse stuff. Jeez, Topps was a pretty good company. Plus they had some good editors from Marvel, Salicrup, Wittenstat (I spelled her name wrong, I know) and Zimmerman, iirc. I am SUCH a dork.

Mage — I assume this is the 80s book that Comico put out. Comico was a pretty good company, too. Wagner started there, Bill Willingham, editors Diana Schutz and Bob Schreck, and they also printed some early Allred and Seagle work. I have the Magebook that collected the first 4 issues, and apparently it LITERALLY collected the issues, as I read it’s a re-bound version of the first 4 issues (which explains why the ads and such are still in it). I’m guessing if they’d left them alone, they could have gotten way more money selling them as individual back issues.

I laughed at your Carnage bit. I do hope to someday find the Carnage Mind Bomb one shot, as it was an early, if not the first, US work by Warren Ellis. And it’s, you know, Carnage. I remember reading Wizard when Ellis first came to prominence, and them discussing with him things he’d do to characters that would just totally destroy them. The stuff he said about Superman is not unlike the stuff the superhero guy bemoans in the “Vertigo” issue of Planetary.

I dunno, I kinda like that Secret Avengers cover, cuz I like boobies. But they did a similar bit in Thunderbolts with AntMan and the other Black Widow, didn’t they?

That Strange Tales cover, is that for the collection, or is there a new mini?

I dunno about other Deadpool comics, but Deadpoolmax with Lapham and Baker? Holy shit, I’m there.

Stan Lee half formed ideas? Like, say, Ravage 2099? Actually, the first thing I thought about when I saw that Stan Lee/Boom stuff was “Gee, Mark Waid has a soft spot for the Acclaim stuff he did, he’s going to do XO Manowar again.” Actually, who has the rights to the non-Gold Key Valiant/Acclaim stuff, like XO, Harbinger, Shadowman, and so on? There was some good stuff there.

That X’ed Out egg reminds me of an egg from the first issue of Elementals I ever saw, back when I was a lad in junior high just starting to read comics. Not the best comic for a kid that age to encounter. So I blame Willingham for my degeneracy. :)

Scott Chantler also did a book called Spook City (probably self published). There may have been only one issue (comics.org doesn’t even list it), but it was pretty good. I haven’t read it in so long, though, I forget what it was about. But it’s no surprise that he’s gone on to bigger and better things.

Xenozoic Tales — Of course, this was the comic that was adapted to cartoons as Cadillacs and Dinosaurs (actually, I think Epic/Marvel may have reprinted some issues under that title). Topps (them again?) also did some issues, I believe. Maybe there’s been a rights issue that’s kept Schultz from doing much with it, between that and the Kitchen Sink stuff. (Wikipedia says, and now I remember, his slow pace of drawing plays into it.) He’s also written some Superman in the meantime, and writes (with Gary Gianni on art) the Prince Valiant comic strip. To which you say, Prince Valiant is still around?

But apparently, if I understood correctly, Schultz taught some sort of graphic novel class at my old local high school (yes, I’m a townie) here in Vestal, NY. To which I said “holy crap, the Xenozoic Tales guy is teaching high school art? What lucky bastards those kids are!” Apparently he lives in northern PA, which is close enough to where I live, so man, that would have been cool, at least to go and see what the kids learned (I think they had an exhibition, but I learned about it after the fact. grr)

Ok, that’s enough.

FOTB is a title I’ll wear with pride, but the biggest honor I’ve enjoyed thanks to editing this book is getting to read the chapters by Chad Nevett and Tim Callahan — as well as the essays by each of the other contributors — before anyone else in the world. That was a real treat, and I’ve just been waiting for the day everyone else would get to see what I was seeing. At last, it’s almost here…

Few things:

– Lapham and Baker on a Deadpool MAX title? HELLZ YES.

– More Charles Burns is always a good thing.

– JMS has already confirmed that the story in Superman is about child abuse. I expect something less subtle than the issue of Spawn that McFarlane did about the same topic.

Thanks for this column its great.

Actually that princess of mars is wearing more than she usually does, check out the book cover http://tinyurl.com/27bcan9
I guess its pretty hot on Mars.

“I’m unsure what Stan has to do with it. Did he just throw out a half-formed idea and let Paul Cornell run with it? ”
Think you just answered your own question.

Andrew Collins

July 31, 2010 at 9:12 pm

“Why is DC soliciting Fables #100 a month early?”

I wondered that too. I figured it was so the kids could start saving their money a month early and not get the next month’s Previews and be hit with a big case of sticker shock.

I’m also amused that Marvel asks retailers to order a Carnage poster whose picture is just a bit of text saying “Image Coming Soon.” You stay classy, Marvel Comics.

And second on Xenozoic Tales. I have the Dark Horse trades from a few years ago and the book is amazing just for the art alone, but Schultz manages to weave a compelling tale, too. Sadly, the story still sits unresolved, but Schultz has promised more will eventually come, maybe sooner rather than later…

From reading the interview of Mark Waid on CBR, it seems Stan is pretty involved with the comics he’s doing with BOOM. At least the comic with Mark Waid. The interview with Paul Cornell, didn’t really explain anything that Stan is doing there, but Waid mentioned how Stan and him talked about it first. Waid tried to impress him with a clever script and then Stan told him it was overwritten, suggested some changes, etc.

With respect to Spidey. It was announced at Comic Con that it will be twice a month and that Dan Slott will be the sole writer. No more Zeb Wells, Joe Kelly, Fred Van Lente (although he is doing Web of Spider-man) or Mark Waid. I am not that excited over the change. Slott is probably my least favorite of the bunch (Mark Waid might be my least favorite spidey writer, even though I like him very much in other series). My favorite of the bunch was Van Lente, so I am happy that they are letting him write Web of Spider-man, of which his first arc was pretty cool, bringing in a new villain into the mix (The Extremist).

Wow I am SO in for a Beasts of Burden/Hellboy team up – especially with Jill Thompson on art – that image alone is just…wow.

The Guild has some problems, but overall I liked it, it’s worth a look.

Co-signed on the awesomeness of the Xenogenesis #5 cover and the non-awesomeness of the Secret Avengers #6 cover. It’s true that I hold Conner’s work to a really high standard but this is a huge (and rare) miss for her.

Yeah, if you do an image search on Dejah Thoris you get a lot of unclad ladies. My objection is more that, I dunno, it’s got that sleazy porn-star look to it, and that her left leg looks like it’s detachable or something. But then again, my ideal Mars artist was always Gino d’Achille. I’m torn about this — I want to support more Burroughs adventure comics and vote with my wallet, but I really am trying to make the transition to trades only. But if it’s only a dollar…. decisions, decisions.

I don’t mind so much about there not being more Queen and Country comics because I’m delighted there’s more Queen and Country, period. After the last one I honestly thought Rucka was done. So that’s great news for me.

Tom Fitzpatrick

July 31, 2010 at 9:29 pm

I just finished watching a Doctor Who two-parter from the third series written by a “Paul Cornell”. Am I right that this is the same guy who’s writing Action Comics?

I’d be just happy if Matt Wagner gets around to finishing the third part of MAGE trilogy. Gods wept, the length between the second and third part is getting near to be as long as the length between the first and second part. I’m gonna be an old fart by the time this series is done!!!

That X’ed Out with the red-spotted egg, reminds me of a Tintin cover with a similiar egg. The Shooting Star, I think.

Travis Pelkie

July 31, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Am I clever if I call this cover “Whorelord of Mars”?

Tom, I do believe that is the same Paul Cornell on Doctor Who. This means Bill Reed is gonna post here to confirm it, though :)

And being an old fart will probably be the theme of the last part of Mage.

“Less subtle than Spawn” is frightening as a concept.

Wait, Spidey has a villain that was in a Milligan/McKeever Vertigo book, The Extremist? Whoa, I need to start reading Spidey. ;)

Travis: Angel Dust is way cool. And thanks for the compliments. I worry that you’re drinking too much Red Bull, though!

Ninjazilla: You’re very welcome.

Tom: Yeah, that’s the same Paul Cornell. And it would be nice if Wagner ever got around to finishing Mage, wouldn’t it? I haven’t even read very much of it (an issue or two here and there) and I’m anxious for it!

Oh, I forgot about your question, Travis: Yes, that’s a new Strange Tales mini-series coming out. Huzzah!

Hmm, Should I buy Pinocchio v2? Should I pass? Whilst I enjoyed the ideas in the first one, I wasn’t big on the execution, but depending on how the budget lands this month I may give it another shot.

Tom, I do believe that is the same Paul Cornell on Doctor Who. This means Bill Reed is gonna post here to confirm it, though :)

Actually, the Paul Cornell that writes comics is the Doctor Who Cornell’s non-union Mexican equivalent, Paulo Cornell.

Actually, his full name is Sao Paulo Cornell.

No, not too much Red Bull. I just loves me some comics. And BOOBIES!

Actually, I’ve had coupons for free smoothies and frappes at one o’ them fast food joints, and I’ve been getting them a lot. Maybe I have too much “caffeine” in my system (and I bring it back to a FNM ref!)

Love the Rafael Grampa cover for Strange Tales. The characters are simultaneously grotesques of superheroes, and awesome examples of them.


August 1, 2010 at 1:04 am

The solicitation text doesn’t make it sound like bullying, though – more like child abuse or even self-abuse. Sigh.

So is Superman going to encourage of discourage the kid from self abuse – and how is it any of his business either way?

We’re not thinking of the same meanings for Self-abuse are we?

- JMS has already confirmed that the story in Superman is about child abuse. I expect something less subtle than the issue of Spawn that McFarlane did about the same topic.

Man, doesn’t he realise how dated the views come across?
How at least twice in the first issue he had Superman actually make the wrong choice?
Or worst of all, that it’s just plain boring to read?

DC could have at least released the Earth One, or some other mini series type thing, so that we can read some Superman whilst waiting for this guy dressed like him to finish his walk.

@funkygj, Amen!!

Actually, it might be funny for Superman to try to discourage a kid from self-abuse, and then have the kid turn Superman in as a pervert. “He kept telling me not to touch my happy part. He’s a freak!”

Agh forgot to order Beasts of Burden/Hellboy while I was down at the Comic Shop yesterday! Will have to rectifly that tomorrow.

I did however make sure I will be getting the Alex Ross cover for Warlord of Mars instead of THAT one….

That X’ed Out with the red-spotted egg, reminds me of a Tintin cover with a similiar egg. The Shooting Star, I think.

I had the same thought when I saw the X’ed Out cover, though the thing in the cover of The Shooting Star is a mushroom, not an egg. Still, it looks so similar it probably isn’t a coincidence.

Whoops, that was me making the last post.

That Hellboy/Beasts of Burden thing brightened my day

Any news of the other Boom! Stan Lee projects?

“So I guess, given the solicit to Amazing Spider-Man #647 (page 23), that the three-times-a-month schedule for that book just didn’t work.”

Yeah, I guess the three-times-a-month schedule “didn’t work” for over 100 issues. It also “didn’t work” for 3 years. If any other book had a run of over 100 issues in the Top 25 for 3 years with, wouldn’t that have been called a success?


August 1, 2010 at 6:02 am

If any other book had a run of over 100 issues in the Top 25 for 3 years with, wouldn’t that have been called a success?


If it hadn’t steadily lost sales for past couple of years!

Mark Schultz, in a recent interview, says he’s working on a prose Xenozoic novel, which will be heavily illustrated with spot illos throughout the book. Not a continuation of the series, but another Hannah and Jack story. Like a lot of these bygone unfinished series, it’s just not economically feasible to work on these days, unless backed by a big publisher.

Re: Amazing Spider-man no longer thrice monthly

maybe the editor is tired, they are only human

FGJ: I meant self-abuse as in, he’s hurting himself somehow, not the way you meant it. The text says something about the hurt that comes from within, so that’s what I wondered. It’s all moot, of course, as JMS has confirmed it’s about someone else abusing the kid.

dacl: I’ve just heard that there are 3 Stan Lee projects. But I don’t know anything about the other two.

Greg: Well, it’s Spider-Man, so if it’s not in the top 25, I’d be surprised. But according to very, VERY anecdotal evidence that I have, the sales on ASM have been falling steadily since Brand New Day began. And if it was working so well, Marvel wouldn’t have changed the format, would they? If there’s one thing DC and Marvel have proven, it’s that they will milk a cash cow until it dies of exhaustion, so for them to change, it must mean it’s not working as well as they hoped.

Ellis’ & Conner’s Vampirella was okay, but not great. Conner’s art was decent, but not on par with what she would go on to produce. The story was nothing special, either. For the curious only.

I don’t know if I’m on board with the Kickstart Comics books on page 294, but the idea behind the company is pretty cool. The Mothership has a nice article/interview about it. Of the three offerings, Rift Raiders by Mark Sable and Julian Totino Tedesco sounds the best.

It also looks great. Tedesco’s art has a fantastic Mike Huddleston/Kristian Donaldson vibe.

Geez Greg, you always go for the obscure ones, don’t you?

(Although, to be fair, I should say that MARVEL is going for the obscure ones. I mean, Soleil’s biggest name, superstar writer Arleston, has had just one book translated – Ythaq – and his best-selling Troy books are still sitting there unstranslated while Marvel is going for Soleil series even I don’t know! It’s like a foreign publisher eschewing Marvel books like Avengers or Spider-Man and going for Power Pack, Agents of Atlas or War Machine!)

Anyway, I never read that series and know Bec mostly as an artist. He IS a very good artist, but I never read anything he wrote. One of the books he drew – Sanctum – was published in english by DC/Humanoids.

(He has also said a few years ago, after being charged for swiping submarine images from photos for the Sanctum book mentioned above, that he was going to stop drawing and concentrate solely on writing. I’m glad to see he didn’t follow through!)

Here is a preview for the first Prometheus book, so you can see his artwork:

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

Oh, and you should get Xenozoic Tales, Greg!

funkygreenjerusalem said,
“(Brand New Day would have been considered a success) If it hadn’t steadily lost sales for past couple of years!”

Over at his formspring account, Tom Brevoort has said that ASM has lost no more or less sales than Uncanny X-Men, Hulk, or any other major book at Marvel. Can you point to any titles outside of the Top 5 that haven’t lost the same amount of sales over the same time period?

If DC had put out a book like 52 for 3 years and it regularly took 3 of the Top 25 spots for that entire time, wouldn’t we be calling that a success?

Greg Burgas said,
“Well, it’s Spider-Man, so if it’s not in the top 25, I’d be surprised. But according to very, VERY anecdotal evidence that I have, the sales on ASM have been falling steadily since Brand New Day began.”

Greg Burgas,
It’s not that it was in the Top 25, it’s that it was in the Top 25 three times a month. What lines of books, outside of the Avengers, have pulled that off for 3 years? And anecdotal evidence is just that. Anecdotal evidence will tell you that Grey Aliens are in Area 51. ASM has not been falling steadily since Brand New Day began, it has gone up and down like any other book when it hit events like New Ways to Die and American Son. Any loss in sales that it did have are no more or less than other titles like Uncanny X-Men.

Thank you for pointing out that she’s cross-eyed. :) It must be bad midiclorians or something.

Superman: “Son, bullies are cowards at heart. You just need to stand up to them.”

Kid: “Thanks, Superman. I will.”

(Gets ass kicked all over playground.)

Superman: “Oh, I forgot to mention. It helps if you’re invulnerable. See ya.”

Mutt, I swear to God that every bullied kid has had that advice, tried in desperation to follow it, and promptly gotten his ass kicked. If Superman actually gave that advice to the kid and it played out that way, a mother would be TOTALLY JUSTIFIED in giving him the Brody Slap there on the street. I would buy that a thousand times more easily than the justification for the slap that actually saw print in #700… in fact, I’m now wishing that WAS the story in #700.

Travis, Greg: Patton is god, as they say. Instead of posting comics I have been posting YouTube live links to my dream FNM concert set list (a song a day). Yeah…I got problems.

Travis and my Shultz stories seem to mesh.

I should have mentioned I am looking forward to x’ed out.

Ben, I’m hoping the stuff I’m hearing about Patton doing some sort of project with Alan Moore is true, because that would be all kinds of awesome.

And The Mutt’s idea about the Superman story is great.

Love the FNM and Mike Patton talk (special thanks / g – d it! to Ben for the youtube linkage). Been meaning to dig out Mit Gas, too. Now I just have to try to not accidentally start chanting “I swallow” in front of my students tomorrow…

Really excited to read that Hellblazer/BoB joint, new C Burns and (eventually) Bat-verse stories written by dudes from the UK. Please let me know if that Heavy Metal story with Fox art is any good; I’ve only ever seen his work on DR: Zodiac, but that was phenomenal.

I’m the Bizarro-CW on those Marvel covers: I see the complaints about the Secret Avengers variant, but I dig the Buscema look of Natasha’s face. Too bad the bottom of the page is so boobtastic and that her costume around said boobs is so…shiny. The Kaare Andrews X-cover is cute, I guess (and I’ve not read the book since Cassaday & Whedon left, so that may effect my appreciation), but Storm’s chest and Emma’s…everything is too ridiculous for me to give it high marks.

That should be Hellboy/BoB, of course, but now I really want to read a John Constantine – Beasts of Burden crossover.


So after meeting in the flesh at Comic-con, this is the respect I get! :P

Let me just quote you here, “I’ve just heard that there are 3 Stan Lee projects. But I don’t know anything about the other two.”

Dude. Dude. DUDE! I sent you a big freaking press release about the Stan Lee books we are doing. Did you not get that??? This was front page news on CBR the Wednesday of the show with 3 interviews dedicated to each of the series??? I guess you don’t read that CBR site, eh?

So…here’s the CBR press conference coverage THAT YOU MISSED:


Here’s the CBR interview with Paul Cornell THAT YOU MISSED:


Here’s the CBR interview with Mark Waid THAT YOU MISSED:


Here’s the CBR interview with Chris Roberson THAT YOU MISSED:

And, Greg, if you have a question about stuff, is it too hard to email me? C’mon man! What did I ever do to you?

To answer your question – the characters are all characters that Stan and BOOM! have created. Paul Cornell and Javier Pina are doing SOLDIER ZERO in October. Mark Waid and Chad Hardin are doing THE TRAVELER in Novemeber. Chris Roberson and Khary Randolph are doing STARBORN in December.

Also, it’s not just the “Publishing Event of the Year,” it’s the “INTERNATIONAL Publishing Event of the Year.” Get it straight, Burgas. Check out this coverage in China: http://www.0571bjw.com/2010/0722/332754.html

I owe you a noogie!



Ah crap. Here’s the Roberson interview which I forgot the link above:



Chip: Thanks! You know, I should read the main site more often, shouldn’t I? There’s just a lot of stuff on it, man! I will use the excuse that after I got back from the convention, I immediately went off on a short family vacation, so I was out of the loop. The kids come first!!!!!

Unearthing is the Moore project featuring Patton… If not available will be soon. It just had a feature in the NY Times. My obsession with comics and my own cartooning predates my obsession with Patton, but in 1989 I had but one idol and it has not changed…Patton. Angel dust and MIT Gas are both amazing albums. But my favorite FNM album is King For A Day right up there with California, Mondo Cane and Disco Volante as my favorite Patton Albums. The really strange stuff has broden my artistic intellect in ways no artist in any form has.

I’ve heard of “White Indian” and seen that cover before. I didn’t know Frank Frazetta did it.

The whole concept of white Indians is troubling, of course. The white guy is a better Indian than the Indians–how bogus is that?

I’d suggest using a different cover for the volume, but I imagine they’re all tainted. There’s no help there.

Naturally, I recognize the historic importance of Frazetta’s work. I wouldn’t argue for banning the comics no matter who did them. But I would suggest an introductory essay to explain the “white Indian” phenomenon and what’s wrong with it. I wouldn’t just present the comics to readers uncritically.

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