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Flippin’ through Previews – September 2010

If I were a flunkie at DC, I’d propose publishing FIFTY Bat-titles a month … and nothing else! Come on, DC – you can’t lose! In the meantime, we’ll have to peruse this month’s Previews for other, non-Batman-and-thus-far-inferior titles!

You know, I like David Finch, but that cover is simply terrible!

Dark Horse:

I don’t often mention the Mignola-verse here, because I just assume everyone knows how awesome it is (and because I buy my Hellboy in giant-sized hardcovers, so I’m a bit behind), but on page 28 you can check out Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil, which is a one-shot featuring two different stories, both drawn by Richard Corben. That should be keen! (17 November)

It's not often that Mignola gets upstaged, but this cover is simply better!

There’s a volume of comics based on Michael Moorcock’s Elric thingy on page 43. I’ve never read anything by Moorcock. But you might like it! I’m a bit puzzled as to why a Neil Gaiman autobiographical story is doing in an Elric collection – can anyone explain? (26 January)

I suppose I should mention that Axe Cop volume 1 is offered on page 44. So there, I mentioned it. (22 December)

On page 54, you can get John Carter of Mars: Weird Worlds, written by Marv Wolfman and drawn by a bunch o’ folk. It’s old-fashioned science fiction by T.’s favorite writer! (12 January)


David Finch writes and draws Batman: The Dark Knight #1 (page 63). I’m sure other people have already pointed this out, but in what universe will David Finch be able to keep up a monthly or even semi-monthly schedule? (24 November)

Batwoman #0 (page 64): I’m not quite as geeked about this as the lovely and only occasionally grumpy Ms. Kelly Thompson, but I am looking forward to it. (24 November)

I wasn’t too jazzed by Scott Snyder taking over Detective (page 66), but the fact that Jock and Francesco Francavilla will be drawing the stories is interesting, and the story sounds, well, vague, but not horrible. I may have to give it a try! (24 November)


I like Jerry Bingham’s art quite a bit. It won’t get me to buy Batman Confidential #50 (page 73), but it might entice you!

In Superman #705 (page 76), our hero gets sent back in time, he’s Superboy again, and the world is on the brink of nuclear Armageddon. How does that, exactly, jive with the whole “not being Superman” thing? It sounds awfully superheroic to me. (10 November)

I do enjoy the goofiness of the solicit for Green Arrow #6 (page 83): “The answer may drive Ollie over the edge – again!” I like how it’s become old hat for Ollie to go insane. For Green Arrow #7, I hope it reads: “Ollie tries to DVR Covert Affairs, but bad weather takes down his satellite connection. The loss of the his weekly Piper Perabo fix may drive him over the edge – again!!!!” I’d buy it. (24 November)

“After one of the greatest terrorist attacks on American soil …” begins the solicit text for Justice Society of America #45 (page 86). You know, I really wish DC (and Marvel, of course) wouldn’t pull shit like this. If they want their books to exist in the same universe, maybe they shouldn’t keep making statements like this. Is this event bigger than what Prometheus did to Star City (according to Wikipedia, 90,000 people died)? Is this bigger than Coast City getting wiped out (7 million dead)? Every six months or so, there’s a horrible act of terrorism in the DCU. And yet DC keeps promising that this time, the carnage will be really bad!!!!! (24 November)

I like the solicit text for Teen Titans #89 (page 88): “There should always be a Robin on the team …” Um, why, exactly? I mean, who really gives a shit? I guess they might make an exception when Robin is Crazy Damian, but that’s just a dumb statement. Oh, wait, it’s the solicitations. Dumb statements are kind of their stock-in-trade. (24 November)

How can you resist?

It might not be awesome, but it sure is hilarious!

(Secret Six #27; page 94; 3 November)

As keen as these “DC Comics Presents” books have been, I’m puzzled by the one on page 96. It collects issues #1 and 6-8 of Chase, the excellent late 1990s series that showed how good J. H. Williams III was going to be. Why those four issues? Why not the entire series (it lasted 10 issues)? Williams’ profile is surely high enough, right? Anyway, if you haven’t gotten Chase yet, pick this up. Maybe if it sells well DC will do a trade or two of the entire thing. (3 November)

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The Extremist is back in print on page 120 for 8 bucks, which is quite a bargain. Plus, it’s frickin’ excellent. It appears that it’s the entire four-issue series, yet it’s listed as a #1 issue. DC is weird. (17 November)

You want freaky sex stuff? You got it!


If you’ve been waiting for the trade of Kill Shakespeare, the first six issues are collected on page 151. So far, it’s been a pretty good read, and considering the individual issues cost 4 dollars and the trade is 20 bucks, it might be worthwhile to check out.

Shockrockets gets a hardcover version on page 156. This is a Busiek/Immonen project that is pretty entertaining (as I recall; it’s been years since I read it), but it’s 25 dollars. Even for a hardcover, that seems steep. But it’s cool that it’s back in print!

Unsurprisingly, Immonen's art is spectacular


Yesterday’s Tomorrows shows up on page 168 in softcover. This book features the art of Rian Hughes, with stories written by Grant “You may remember me from your acid dreams” Morrison, among others. The hardcover cost $47.50, so this at $24.99 is a big improvement. I didn’t think the original price was worth it, but for 25 bucks, you should definitely get it, because the stuff inside is pretty flingin’-flangin’ awesome. (3 November)

This is a cooler cover than the hardcover, too!

I know this is an easy joke, but when I saw that Image was collecting “every issue ever published” of Battle Chasers, I immediately thought, “Can’t I just find both of them fairly easily?” It turns out this collection has TEN WHOLE ISSUES in it!!!!! It’s $100, so there’s no way in hell I’m getting it, but I’m perversely curious to read this, mostly because Red Monika cracks me up. Maybe I’ll buy this for Kelly for Christmas. I’m sure it’s on her wish list! (10 November)

I’m sure plenty of people will tell me it sucks, but I’m intrigued by Sci-Spy by Moench and Gulacy on page 182. It sounds like loads of fun. Begin the piling on, haters! (10 November)

Come on - according to Previews, it's mind-blowing!


You’ll notice that Joey Q doesn’t do graphic novels anymore … unless Disney throws a chunk of money at him to do a Tron one (page 5). I’m not picking on him, you understand. I’d do it, too, if Disney paid me a lot o’ cash.

Deadpool #29 (page 16) features Doctor Bong. But that’s not the point. Here is the excellent cover:

Everyone must like this cover!

And yet, in Previews, it claims that this is NOT the final cover. Are you kidding? That thing is pure awesome! I only hope that Johnson is adding something to it, not completely changing it.

Whenever someone tries to defend Rob Liefeld (Rob Liefeld defenders do exist, don’t they?), I show them something like this:

So ... much ... yuckiness ...!

Let’s focus!

Words fail me

What. the. fuck. (Our own man-hating, comics-hating blogger Kelly T. found so much to hate about this cover that she didn’t even mention the horribly shaped and droopy breasts, which appear to be bags of sand shoved into the top. Liefeld, interestingly, almost always draws women’s breasts this way, which makes me wonder if he’s ever seen any in real life. And yes, I get a free “I Hate Comics and Sexy Women” badge if I mention Kelly thrice in one post, in case you’re wondering.)

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #150 (page 19). BWAH-HA-HA-HA!!!!!!!

I don’t get “Shadowland” at all. Daredevil #512 (page 40) is the final issue of the series, not long after they reverted to the original numbering. Presumably they’ll launch it with a new #1 next month, or maybe a month after that. Why? And the tagline is “Who Will Be The New Man Without Fear?!” Well, can’t that be anyone? I mean, lots of people in the Marvel Universe are fearless. That’s not what sets Matt Murdock apart. His blindness is what makes him interesting. So what the hell is Marvel doing? Wait, you know what – I don’t really give a damn.

I have to say, Bullseye: Perfect Game (page 45) intrigues me. Bullseye decides to become a major league pitcher? That’s wacky enough to work!

Fin Fang Foom on the Rainbow Bridge (page 67). Yay, comics!

Isn't he kind of small, though?

I’m not the biggest fan of Salva Espin, but I’m definitely giving Kieron Gillen’s new book, Generation Hope, a look (page 73). Is Gillen’s apprenticeship over and he can now sustain a comic that doesn’t seem terribly marketable but is a bit moreso than S.W.O.R.D.? Or will this too crash-and-burn like that one even as it paves the way for the next Gillen comic, which will vault him into the stratosphere? Only the pre-orders on issue #1 know for sure!!!!!!

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Now that’s a cover (page 85):

Loki is such a dork!

I like Sandman trying to sneak a peek surreptitiously.

Over on page 103, the John Ney Rieber/John Cassaday arc on Captain America gets collected in hardcover. This, as you’ll recall, is a terrible comic book. It looks nice, though.

Who knew the world was clamoring for a “Maximum Security” trade paperback? Yet there it is on page 118!

And so we reach the back of the book. Be not afraid!

SLG brings us Elmer by Gerry Alanguilan on page 216. It’s about a world in which chickens are as intelligent and conscious as humans and are demanding equal rights. So there’s that.

Matz and Luc Jacamon have another title, Cyclops, coming out from Archaia on page 222. It’s about a man fifty years in the future who goes to work for a private security firm where things are kind of off. Sounds neat. I’m sure our resident European comics expert, Pedro, can tell us more about it!

This is the French cover, but you shouldn't hold that against it!

Archaia also has Killing Pickman in a hardcover on page 222. This was a cool series about a cop, a serial killer, and demons that fell victim to the Archaia implosion a few years ago and hasn’t been seen since. So I’m happy that it might finally see the light of day.

Over on page 224, Archie Comics has Life With Archie: The Married Life #5. I wouldn’t be terribly interested in this except I recently read Chris Sims’ breakdown of issue #1 (the main review is here, while here he adds a bit to it) and it sounds so amazingly bleak I’m really curious to give it a try. Is Paul Kupperberg going to have Archie commit suicide at the end of the arc? That’s where it seems to be leading!

I don’t want to alarm anyone, but there’s a TENTH ANNIVERSARY edition of the first Tarot trade on page 252. And, in keeping with my new policy of simply reprinting the solicit text about each issue of Jim Balent’s masterpiece, here’s the one for issue #65: “A desperate cry goes out to Tarot and her sister Raven Hex. Oil-covered carcasses of merfolk – men, women and children – lie dead, washed up on the gulf shore. Was it an accident of mass destruction or was it, as the merfolk see it, a weapon that was unleashed upon them? The fate of mankind lies in the hands of one Witch …” This has “Dr. Doom-Crying-After-9/11″ written all over it, let me tell you. No haunted vaginas, however, which may or may not be a good thing.

If there's anything Tarot has always been, it's socially conscious!

So now Dynamite Entertainment is covering up breasts in their variant covers (for the new Vampirella series on pages 254-55). But is it that big a deal?

Well, it's certainly unpleasant ...

I mean, she wears a tiny red … thing anyway, so covering her nipples with blood doesn’t seem too much worse. I mean, it’s still icky, but mind-scarring?

I have no idea what’s going on in this cover (is that a silvery gun he’s holding?), but I dig how the logo falls down the page:

And, honestly, his mouth is freaking me out!

ACME Novelty Library volume 20 shows up on page 274 from Drawn & Quarterly. I guess this is some sort of important comic book. Beats me.

Well, this is odd. Fantagraphics has a massive volume of early Usagi Yojimbo on page 278. I’m not sure if I want to spend $100 on it, but it looks pretty keen. I’m just puzzled as to why Dark Horse, which currently publishes Usagi Yojimbo, isn’t doing something like this. Strange.

On the same page, volume 2 of Castle Waiting by Linda Medley appears. I should probably get around to reading volume 1 before I pick this up.

For another hundred bucks, you can get The Incal Classic Collection Deluxe hardcover from Humanoids on page 286. I certainly wouldn’t mind reading this, but that’s pretty steep, ain’t it?

It is, after all, Moebius!

Kickstart Comics has some more interesting graphic novels on page 287. B. Clay Moore and Kevin Mellon bring us Deadline, about a man who has a bomb planted in his head and is being forced to assassinate a world leader or his family dies; Mirror Mirror is about someone reassembling the mirror from “Snow White” and using it for nefarious purposes and features art by Lee Moder, whom I usually like. I do hope Kickstart does well, because they seem to have nifty books in the pipeline.

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I’m extremely interested in Henry and Glenn Forever on page 288 from Microcosm Publishing. It seems to imply that Glenn Danzig and Henry Rollins are lovers. And they live next door to Hall and Oates. For six bucks, I think I can take the plunge and find out just what the hell is going on. (Actually, I looked at the web site, and it most definitely is those gentlemen. Apparently Henry Rollins does not think Glenn Danzig would be amused by it, which makes it all the more humorous.)

That's quality!

That sound you hear is Greg Hatcher’s head exploding with glee, as Moonstone brings us Secret Agent #1 on page 290 (why not Secret Agent X?), which sounds cool enough, but promises an appearance of the Green Lama. Above that, we get The Northern Guard #1 by Ty Templeton, which brings a bunch of Golden Age Canadian superheroes together in one book (and the solicit calls it North Guard, but the cover reads The Northern Guard). Come to think of it, you might have heard Layne’s head exploding with glee as well. But probably not Chad Nevett’s, because he’s such a cynical bastard.

Okay, so they changed the name, but that's still the image

You knew it was coming … Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Boxset on page 294 from Oni Press. It’s $72, so does that mean you save a dollar a volume? Or was each volume 12 dollars? Either way, if you were blown away by Michael Cera’s emoting and want to know what the fuss is all about, pick this up.

I don’t know if it’s out of print, but Hewligan’s Haircut shows up on page 300 from Rebellion/2000AD. This isn’t a great comic, but it sure is weird, and as we don’t get enough (or any) Jamie Hewlett art these days, it’s a chance to see why he’s so excellent.

Atomic Robo and the Deadly Art of Science #1. Page 301. I’ll keep bringing it up until you start buying it!!!!!

If that cover doesn't do it for you, then I guess you have no soul!

On that cheery and commanding note, it’s time to finish up our latest voyage through Previews. Thanks for playing along at home, everyone!


The Incal is a good book, but no $100-good. It’s a big ol’ book though, bigger than the size of Omnibuses (at least if they make it the same size of the European version) and pretty thick too, probably like 300 pages (if I’m remembering right, it had five chapters and each one was 64 pages long). I’m thinking they’ll eventually bring out a standard size version, or at least one not ridiculously overpriced.

November was gonna be a light month. Not anymore! How can I afford Axe Cop, Chew v. 3, Yesterday’s Tomorrows, and Hewligan’s Haircut? I cannot.

Atomic Robo and The Extremist are also must-buys.

I didn’t get the whole dc presents chase thing either. TRADE PAPERBACK RIGHT NOW, DC. The man just won two eisners. Reprint the damm thing already.

Does ‘cyclops’ have an ‘e’ in French, or is it actually meant to be ‘Cyclopes’–plural?

So Liefeld puts a gigantic vibrator in the background AND has Deadpool holding a huge pair of testicles? Is it any wonder he doesn’t know what breasts look like?

So what’s this Generation Hope thing about?

The Gaiman auto-biography is all about how Moorcock influenced and shaped his life in adolescence. It’s a good story, with amazing P. Craig Russell art. It might be an odd thing to include here, but it’s going to make this book ten times better.

James: Interesting.

Mary: I’m not sure about the Cyclopes thing. It appears that it might be a plural, but as I don’t know that much about the book, I can’t say for sure. As for Liefeld – yeah, there’s a lot wrong with that cover. And Generation Hope is about Hope, the new mutant, as she searches for other new mutants. Nothing too crazy, but I’m reading it because of Gillen.

Bill: I love making you spend money!!!!

Regarding the Neil Gaiman story in the Elric collection, the original story is about how the Gaiman-surrogate’s obsessed with the Elric stories and how he begins to understand the underlying themes of these fantasy stories are relevant even to what’s going on in the real world around him. Comics-wise, P. Craig Russell seemed to have adapted it as a warm-up to finally adapting STORMBRINGER.

I’d be genuinely curious what your opinion is of Moorcock, if you ever try him out Greg. If you try his prose first, his material has novels ranging from slice-of-life working-class London fiction to the experimental weirdness of the Jerry Cornelius books to high fantasy that most comics readers seem to know him for. Even if you just stick with his comics adapations, we’re talking a guy who’s either collaborated or been adapted by the likes of P. Craig Russell, Walt Simonson, Howard Chaykin, Mike Mignola and more. So even if you don’t dig the stories, you’ll have some purdy pictures to look at.

Oh, and thanks for the heads up on Templeton’s Canadian superhero thing. I only wish they could use the Canadian detective hero the Penguin, who looked cool but obviously can’t use that monicker nowadays.

*** “There should always be a Robin on the team …” Um, why, exactly? I mean, who really gives a shit?***

Thank you, Greg, for telling it like it is!
This was the most entertaining column I’ve read all week.
Your judgemental, opinionated remarks are Deadly Accurate and I bow to your wisdom in all things!
… shalom, shalom…

Hey, I love Gulacy and buy everything he does — but I have to say I was a little disappointed by SCI-spy. Gulacy would benefit from illustrating deeper stories than what Moench gave him here.

Is there enough affection left for Joe Madureria that they can charge so much for a Battle Chasers collection? I know the Darksiders video game he directed was well received, but he never finished his creator-owned series, the last comic he drew was the much delayed and universally reviled Ultimates 3, and his name is a punch line for jokes about comic artists who play video games instead of do their jobs.

Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin

August 28, 2010 at 4:51 pm

The Incal is one of the greatest comic books ever made. It’s Jodorowsky & Giraud (Moebius), for Christ’s sake! A match made in heaven.

Finally, a collection of Roy Thomas’ Elric adaptations.

Oh, and, what did you say? Castle Waiting Vol.2 and new Atomic Robo? Neato!

In defense of Rob Liefeld, after almost 25 years in the comic industry, and improving his art very little during that time, he’s still able to get work from major publishers. He’s doing something we aren’t. Much as those with an extreme hate for Liefeld would like to tell you otherwise, he’s not homeless burning copies of Youngblood #1 to stay alive.

Oh cool, Chew and The Extremist! Does anybody know if Yesterday’s Tomorrows is worth a look?

With respect to the terrorist attacks in the DCU and Marvel. It seems to me that even without those huge destructive events, life would be so bad in this places. The fact that supervillains are always battling superheroes in the streets makes the situation incredibly dangerous. It would be very bad for society. My hometown is going through a very tough time where there are shootings all the time because of drug wars (cartels fighting each other and the police joining in on the fights). The situation is terrible for civilians. Living through that has made me realize just how far off Marvel is from making it a realistic picture of the world if it had superheroes. That doesn’t mean I don’t love Marvel. I love comics and I love the stories in the Marvel universe.

Mario: Yesterday’s Tomorrows is really good. I reviewed it back in 2007, if you feel like searching through the archives for it (I imagine typing the name into our search function will bring it up). I still think the price was too high, but for that price, it’s definitely something to check out (especially as you can probably get it cheaper on Amazon or some such place). It has some very neat stories, and Hughes is a wildly underrated artist.

DeAndre: Believe me, that very fact drives me nuts whenever I think about it! :)

Enrique: That’s why I don’t really like when they try too hard to make things “realistic.” It’s kind of condescending.

Tom Fitzpatrick

August 28, 2010 at 9:09 pm

You’re right about the Dave Finch cover on Previews.
That was plain awful.
I sure hope that won’t be the FINAL cover of a Bat-book.
It would make buying the book very unappealing.

I read it somewhere that Dark Horse is only doing two Elric reprints: Elric of Meliboine and The Sailor on the Seas of Fate. I wonder why just only two? Especially when there’s six novels that were adapted over the years.


Your badge is in the mail.


In regards to the David Finch cover; if they hadn’t used the fancy coloring and kept his line-art visible, it would’ve been fine.

“if you were blown away by Michael Cera’s emoting”

I’m pretty sure this has never happened to anyone.

Isn’t Rob Liefeld married? You would think he’d have seen a breast by now.

You knew it was coming … Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Boxset on page 294 from Oni Press. It’s $72, so does that mean you save a dollar a volume? Or was each volume 12 dollars? Either way, if you were blown away by Michael Cera’s emoting and want to know what the fuss is all about, pick this up.

Is this sarcasm? Also, liking or hating Michael Cera Scott Pilgrim should have no effect on whether or not one likes comic book Scott Pilgrim, since the two have absolutely nothing in common except brown hair.

So here comes my hypercaffeinated comments (actually, I’m kinda tired after work, but whatever).

Yeah, that is a creepy Bat cover. It reminds me of something else, maybe some of those fancy trading cards from the mid 90s?

I believe that the Gaiman Elric issue was the zero issue of (apparently) Stormbringer from (again) the mid 90s when Topps published it. I’ve read some Moorcock, and it’s strange good stuff. “Behold the Man” is a good one. There was a “Best of” type book co-edited by Jeff VanderMeer a few years back that I read a lot of, and it’s pretty neat stuff. I need to read more Elric just to enjoy Elrod in Cerebus more (although Sim said he hadn’t read much Elric when he created Elrod, but Wendy Pini thought he hit the mark.)

Hm, I think with the Bat books, I’ll be following GMozz to Inc. and getting the Knight and Squire book, but beyond that… Although if that (I assume) Detective storyline is called Black Mirror, I’ll get it just to see if Arcade Fire shows up in the book… And I believe that the Chase trade, issues 6-8 had Batman, right? But shouldn’t they collect the Batman 550 issue that introduced Chase, then? (and was it 10 issues PLUS the one million issue, or what?) I guess between the Batman appearances and the “hey, JH Williams can write, too” to placate Batwoman fans, this book appears. And why is there a zero issue for Batwoman? Didn’t the run in Detective serve that purpose?

Ooh, just 8 bucks for the Extremist? That’s virtually cover price! I will be getting that, thank you. Maybe if that’s #1, there’s more coming.

I know I’ve heard the name Rian Hughes, but where do I know his (his?) stuff from?

Wait, Sci-Spy is from Image? It was a Vertigo book, and I figured it was getting collected cuz of the same reason as Extremist is getting collected. Huh. I have the first 3 issues, I think, and it was decent but not great.

That one Deadpool cover IS awesome, and the Liefeld one is bad. Although I’ve seen breasts like that. Of course, I watch a lot of “granny porn”, so… Shit, did I just type that?

I think the coloring and the slashing inking makes it worse. I could be wrong. It’s not like I like Liefeld’s stuff that much.

Marvel must want my money with that Strange Tales 2 cover. Now those are breasts! Is Xaime doing an interior story? And did a third Love and Rockets New Stories come out this summer? I still need 2, but I do loves me some L&R.

The Rieber/Cassaday Cap was terrible? Hm, I thought it was maybe overwrought post-9/11 need to be relevant, but I thought there was some good to it. It’s been a while though.

That comment about Life With Archie — I flipped through it at the grocery store, and it LOOKED nice (it’s Breyfogle art after all), but I did get the dark and serious vibe from it. What’s weird then is how it’s being marketed as a sort of teeny (or tweeny, I guess) bopper mag, with the feature on who should star in an Archie movie. And the next ish cover blurb shows Lady Gaga on the cover, so they may sucker me into buying for that. (I’m not proud.)

Tarot and Vampirella — now THOSE are boobs. Hm, is it odder that I’ve seen more boobs covered in blood like the Vampi one than the Deadpool cover, or do I just go to too many goth chick porn sites? Ah, Liz Vicious.

The massive Usagi Yojimbo book — iirc, Fantagraphics published the earliest Usagi books. I’m guessing that they have the rights to reprint that material still. That would probably be why DH isn’t doing that book. I wonder, has there been a Space Usagi collection? And is there more than the 9 issues I have?

Henry and Glenn Forever — I saw this a while back on Robot 6. If it’s available through Diamond, maybe I will get it. There’s a bit of a Raymond Pettibon vibe to the art. (Check out the Black Flag Family Man album cover for Pettibon art — or the Sonic Youth Goo cover) (ooh, now I’ve got those cool instrumentals from Family Man in my head. punk jazz, man. RAWK.)

Maybe I’ve been missing Ty’s posts about the Northern Guard, or maybe he’s been pimping Holmes Inc over on his blog. I wish someone some time could collect Stig’s Inferno. THAT’S a great comic.

Hm, I guess that’s all. I can read these posts (and not What I Bought) and not get spoiled on stuff. I’m way behind on comics reading. I get new stuff then get all OCD about it, dig out the old stuff that the new stuff is related to, then go nuts with it all. That’s what’s burned me out on comics some, having stacks and boxes of stuff to have to read. Ay yi yi. I’m about 4-5 months behind, having gotten stacks of stuff at Ithacon in April, FCBD a week later, and a sale at a LCS. Plus I’m behind on all the books I have in my pull box (Scalped, Batman and Robin, Glamourpuss — and probably something else I’m forgetting), plus I got into some of the Avengers books when they rebooted. Dammit! And then you’ll do a CYSO post, and I have to go to the library and get stuff out again. AGH! Why do I do this to myself? And this post is about MORE stuff to get! Agh!

I’m not a fan of Leifield, but there are actually a decent amount of botched boob jobs out there that look like the boobs on that Deadpool cover. So it’s not that he hasn’t ever seen boobs, he just hasn’t ever seen boobs that weren’t a bad boob job on a stripper.

I don’t see what the big deal is concerning the Batman cover art. Looks fine to me.

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T.: Yes, I was joking (I haven’t even seen the movie yet). Someone out there probably loved Cera and said, “I wonder what the books are about,” right? Couldn’t that have happened?

Travis: The Chase issues are the Batman ones. Which makes the absence of Batman #550 strange. And while I didn’t feel like digging through my collection, I think it was 10 issues INCLUDING the million one. Either way, DC could do a trade of Bats #550 and the entire run and call it a day.

I doubt if there’s more Extremist coming. DC probably couldn’t stand the thought of not having a number on something they published, so they put a #1 on it.

Hughes … Man, it’s been some time since I’ve seen any new stuff from him. The stuff in the book is from about 1987-1991. He used to do a Vertigo book every once in a while. I would get thee to Google!

The solicits for Strange Tales don’t say if Jaime is doing an interior story. The credits simply list a bunch of creators, and while his name is on it, it could be because of the cover. And I don’t know about the Love and Rockets. It’s a gaping hole in my comics collection.

Well, my opinion on the Rieber/Cassaday Cap story may not be yours! I thought it started okay but went downhill very quickly.

Sorry I keep showing you more stuff to buy. Such is my mission!

What’s your problem with the David Finch Dark Knight cover? I don’t really see it.

The coloring is terrible, the chest is too broad, his fists are gigantic and his arms look as thick as his legs, his neck is as wide as his head, the veins in his arm are … well, just weird, and although this isn’t Finch’s fault (unless he designed it), the costume is awful. This looks like the first time he’s ever picked up a paint brush. If he had drawn this in the “traditional” manner it might look a bit better, but if we take all the strange anatomical things going on and add the lousy paint job, we get this.

But that’s just my opinion! :)

Actually, I’m a little cheesed by that Northern Guard book – I’ve had some ideas about those characters percolating in my brain for a while. Oh well, snooze and lose.

If you imagine that the Deadpool cover depicts everyone’s favorite Merc With a Mouth being silently stalked by a giant sentient vibrator, it’s actually pretty cool.

The next Love & Rockets New Stories is slated to come out in late September, I believe. Someone should put together a fund to help Burgas rectify his lack of L&R. Not me, because I am a cheap and poor Canadian, but someone. Only $85!

@Travis Pelkie: Dark Horse published a Space Usagi book some years back, it’s probably still in print.

I like the solicit text for Teen Titans #89 (page 88): “There should always be a Robin on the team …” Um, why, exactly? I mean, who really gives a shit? I guess they might make an exception when Robin is Crazy Damian, but that’s just a dumb statement. Oh, wait, it’s the solicitations. Dumb statements are kind of their stock-in-trade. (24 November)

DC realizes that Damian Wayne is only partially white, right? I thought the whole point of revamping the Teen Titans (again) was to put the team in line with DC’s anti-minority ethos. Why else would they pass on Blue Beetle and the new Aqualad?

The Extremist is back in print on page 120 for 8 bucks, which is quite a bargain. Plus, it’s frickin’ excellent. It appears that it’s the entire four-issue series, yet it’s listed as a #1 issue. DC is weird. (17 November)

For some reason, HeavyInk doesn’t have this available for pre-order yet. I know the rest of the November books are up because I already subscribed to Batman, Inc, Batwoman, and Atomic Robo. Must be some kind of glitch or oversight. Vertigo Resurrected #1’s available, and it’s not like that site to boycott anything.

Ah, Layne, why’d you have to show me that L&R link!?! Now I’m wishing I had the 85 bucks for it all. If anyone out there HAS 85 bucks to spend on comics, I’d say that’s where to spend it. You get what must be most if not all of the 50 issues of L&R volume 1, and that’s amazing comics.

Ah, salamurai, DH did the Space Usagi. I think I was saying more that Space Usagi was between a couple publishers (Fantagraphics did at least the first 3 issue mini, then Mirage did one or 2 3 issue minis), so I wasn’t sure if it’d get collected.

I don’t know how HeavyInk works, Ian, but maybe they list the Extremist under comics, or under GNs, and it’s just in a different place. Or they could just not have it yet. Who knows?

Oh, and I got a post from Ty Templeton’s website, and this post is linked from there!

Actually, the only Space Usagi story released by Fantagraphics was a short story included in the third Usagi Yojimbo Color Special released in 1992.

Mirage published a short story in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #47 entitled “Hare Today, Hare Tomorrow” which featured the character from Usagi Yojimbo meeting his futuristic counterpart.

Then Mirage did the first two Space Usagi Mini-series, one in b/w, the second in color, then Dark Horse did the third mini-series which was released just before the first issue of the regular Usagi yojimbo series from them in 1996.

The only other appearance of Space Usagi was on the cover of the Ninja High School Yearbook #6 from 1994 which Stan Sakai contributed.

Jim Balent’s art, despite any misgivings people may have about its T&A tendencies, really seems to have grown by leaps and bounds since his Catwoman days. That’s a very well-done cover there.

The coloring is terrible, the chest is too broad, his fists are gigantic and his arms look as thick as his legs, his neck is as wide as his head, the veins in his arm are … well, just weird, and although this isn’t Finch’s fault (unless he designed it), the costume is awful.

No, Finch did design it. It was mentioned in various interviews and at San Diego Comic Con. So yeah, you can blame him for the costume as well as the horrible anatomy.

If you usually like Finch’s work, then I don’t understand why you have such a problem with the exaggerated anatomy. Most superheroes are drawn in an over the top stylized way anyway. I don’t see anything egregious with the cover.

I don’t know – maybe it’s the painting. I thought his cover for Batman #700, while not superb, was a good drawing. And while his Moon Knight was thick, he didn’t seem as block-like as Bats there.


August 29, 2010 at 4:55 pm

T.: Yes, I was joking (I haven’t even seen the movie yet). Someone out there probably loved Cera and said, “I wonder what the books are about,” right? Couldn’t that have happened?

It’s an alright film, from a great source, so I’m sure it happened for some people.

Thanks to Steve for that Space Usagi info. I completely forgot about who published what. But I will be looking at the stuff sometime soon, as some Usagi issues were part of my comics amassing recently.

You get what must be most if not all of the 50 issues of L&R volume 1, and that’s amazing comics.

Yep, I’m pretty sure it’s the complete first volume; three books of Mechanix/Locas, three of Palomar/Luba, and one collecting Mario’s stories, Beto’s Errata Stigmata, and Jaime’s Rocky & Fumble bits, amongst others. The two big Locascollections are beautiful books, but it leaves out some great, non-Maggie & Hopey stories like Flies On The Ceiling.

Jim Balent’s art, despite any misgivings people may have about its T&A tendencies, really seems to have grown by leaps and bounds since his Catwoman days. That’s a very well-done cover there.

Recently I downloaded an issue of Tarot on a lark – a lark, I tell you! – and, yeah, no. Terrible storytelling and flow, and a serious over-reliance on colour to provide depth and shape.

That Batman cover looks like a cross between Simon Bisley and Dan Bereton.

*** S.C.I. Spy was fairly enjoyable, actually. It’s got that quirky late 60s, early 70s pulp fiction SF sensibility to it. But as was mentioned above, it does seem odd that Image is releasing a former DC-Vertigo series.

*** $25 for a hardcover Shockrockets isn’t too expensive. Hardcovers typically range $30 to $50, so I’d say it’s pretty darn affordable. But then again, I’m not buying something I already own in singles.

*** You want to talk about an overpriced book, Greg? Look at Image’s 2010 SDCC Yearbook Hardcover. (page 181) 48 pages at $29.99?!?! What. The. *(&*)! ???

*** I think Rob Guillory saw ELMER at some point, what with CHEW #12’s Chicken head cover… just an odd coinkydink there.


You forgot to mention:

Sinfest: Viva La Resistance (Dark Horse, page 45). (How you can mention friggin AXE COP *and* Usagi Yojimbo and skip the book between them, Greg… *tsk tsk tsk*)

And no love for Howard Chaykin? I mean, c’mon, man, you’re the one telling DC they need to put fifty Batbooks a month out, and yet you don’t mention BATMAN/CATWOMAN: FOLLOW THE MONEY One -shot (Page 68)?

And no interest in the new T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents book? (page 95) I suppose I can understand why not… Who’s Nick Spencer? Who’s CAFU? Not exactly major players. And I guess it’s not the “original cast”, but an all new lineup with the same codenames / power sets. *shrugs* Still, it might be worth at least a glance when it hits the shelves.


August 29, 2010 at 10:15 pm

But as was mentioned above, it does seem odd that Image is releasing a former DC-Vertigo series.

It’s not without precedent – Jaime Delano gave his creator owned Vertigo books 2020 Visions and Outlaw Nation to other publishers for collections, and BOOM! have done a few JM DeMatteis series collections.

I’m surprised one of the smaller publishers like Dynamite or IDW haven’t fully plundered Vertigo’s creator owned back catalog.
There’s quite a few gems in there that have been neglected and could do well in a shiny new version, although with the re-publishing of Milligan and McKeevers The Extremist, DC may have caught on to this.

I’d skip S.C.I Spy personally.
I got the first ish when it came out, and found it to be quite flat and boring.

Matthew Johnson

August 30, 2010 at 7:52 am

I suspect the change in the “Northguard/Northern Guard/Johnny Canuck” book was due to avoid confusion and possible lawsuits from the makers of the 1980s comic “Northguard,” by Mark Shainblum and Gabriel Morrissette. But a comic by Ty Templeton by any other name would still be awesome!

Also, re: that Liefeld cover, I must quote Andy in “The 40 Year Old Virgin” trying to describe a woman’s breasts: “They were like big… bags of sand.” Explains a lot about Liefeld, doesn’t it?

Henry and Glenn forever is awesome. I direct ordered the original version from Microcosm, and it is a very funny little mini-comic. Not only do Henry and Glenn live next door to Hall and Oates, they are creeped out by the fact that Hall and Oates worship Satan! What’s not to love about that?

And having just re-read Nextwave this weekend, all I can say about the Fin Fang Foom cover is, “where the *#@! are the purple underpants?!?”

Y’know, it’s kinda cool that Dr. Bong is appearing in Deadpool, but it’s already happened (Chris Priest’s run on the book, a decade ago) – and it was done better than any story Daniel Way’s ever written.

Wait, actually, it was Kelly’s run! Not Priest’s. Which is why it was even more awesome. Yeah.

Louis: I’m actually not a big fan of Chaykin. I love his art, but his writing always leaves me cold. And I can’t mention everything!!!! T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents does look interesting. I’m still making up my mind whether I like Spencer’s writing or not, so I might have to have a look.

Neal: Good to know about Glenn and Henry Forever. I’m definitely picking that up!

Geez, I go out a couple days and everyone starts clamoring for me.

Well, let’s give a few pointers then.

Cyclopes is indeed a plural (of cyclope, bien sûr!). Storywise, that’s the name of the soldiers from the aforementioned private military contractor, because each of them has a camera on the helmet that broadcasts what they are seeing – they aren’t just mercenaries, they are the stars of the world’s biggest reality show! And the protagonist inadvertently becomes the biggest star of them all…

Here, have a preview in french:

I have read precious little of it (Archaia is still carefully choosing the books I don’t read), but the unanymous opinion is that “it’s not as good as The Killer”, which isn’t exactly a damning criticism. I understand that, like The Killer, it has already been optioned in Hollywood.

In other subject, Incal IS worth a hundred dollars! It’s even worth a hundred euros, dammit! Although the same edition is supposed to cost only half of it (some 63 dollars for those who don’t know the exchange rates) in France:

Don’t worry, it should cost about the same at Amazon.

And last but not least, don’t worry Tom Fitzpatrick, the book is called “MICHAEL MOORCOCK’S ELRIC OF MELNIBONÉ VOLUME 1″. I think it means there will be a second!

Hunter (Pedro Bouça)

I shall stand as a Liefeld defender. Not his art or storytelling mind you, I’m not a fan of it, nor have I ever been, but despite all he’s been through in the industry, good and bad, he’s still a huge cheerleader for comics.

Look at the CBR tweet box..he talks about this cool thing or that…what do we hear from the other Image guys…From Silvestri or McFarlane? nothing. From Larsen? How much Todd is being screwed with and how evil Neil Gaiman is. From Liefeld? How much he liked the latest Batman/Superman and Avengers #4.

So, yeah, I’ll defend the guy.


There’s very little done without precedent in this business, when you think about it. I just wouldn’t have expected Moench and Gulacy to land at Image, particularly. I would have been more apt to expect IDW or Dark Horse to reprint it, if DC wasn’t going to collect it.

What was “flat and boring” about SCI Spy, to you?


No, you can’t go citing everything in the catalog, true enough.

I just thought it lame to mention Finch’s book that everyone’s already yammering about anyway (gods knows why) when Chaykin -whether he’s your fave or not- is a far more experienced and likely better writer (and he’s certainly a better artist, IMO). *shrugs* No big.

And like I say, the Thunder Agents, I’m not sold on myself. But I’ll probably glance through it.


August 30, 2010 at 8:25 pm

What was “flat and boring” about SCI Spy, to you?

That’s a tricky one to remember, as I haven’t read that first issue since it came out, and it was close to a decade ago…

I’ve no nostalgic fondness for, or exposure to Monech and Gulacy’s 70’s (?) work at Marvel, and I believe this is very much in that style, so it read as very dated to me.
And at the time I would have been reading Morrison’s New X-Men, Millgian’s X-Statics, Wildstom’s Eye Of The Storm books… it just didn’t have the pop that those books did.

Hey Greg! Thanks for the mention of Henry & Glenn Forever. Shoot me your mailing address and I’ll send you a copy! Thanks again!
Jessie Duke
Microcosm Publishing

Jessie: Well, I did pre-order one through Previews, so I’m sure I’ll get it eventually! If you like, you can click on the “Review Copies” tag up at the top of the page and you’ll find my address. I’ll be sure to get a review up to give you some publicity!

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