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It’s Previews #265, featuring the most shocking all-new Wolverine ongoing EVER! Would Marvel lie to you?
Page 22 brings us a “Gem of the Month” with Let Me In: Crossroads #1, the “official prelude” to the new movie. I don’t have a ton of interest in this – Andreyko’s not a bad writer by any means, but, I mean, it’s vampires – but you might. I just find the remake mentality fascinating – I haven’t seen Let the Right One In because I missed it in the theaters and apparently the DVD translation is terrible, but I just love that Americans feel the need to take something that’s perfectly fine and remake it. Let Me In might be the best horror movie ever, and it would still amuse me. Yes, weird things amuse me. (8 December)
Exactly what is top secret about this Buffy cover (page 25)? Her paisley jeggings? Her haunted vagina? The giant remora attached to her leg that’s making her pull that ugly, ugly face? The mind reels. (1 December)
There’s a new Conan mini-series on page 32, written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Mike Hawthorne. That should be pretty good. Conan + Pirates? Not bad at all. (15 December)
Dark Horse will start publishing new editions of Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder next year, and on page 49 we get an original graphic novel, Voice, which has to be a good place to start if you’ve never gotten into the series, right? I’ve written before that I’m not the biggest fan of Finder, but I really want to like it, so I’ll probably give this a try. (16 February)
Okay, so according to David Finch (page 65), Batman’s childhood friend is named Dawn Golden? Really? Haven’t we gotten past the stupid name phase of comics existence? (29 December)
I’ve noticed something with regard to the Bat-Annuals (page 68): They let us know that Bats is heading to “Paris, France.” This seems to happen quite often in television as well. The only other Paris I can think of is Paris, Texas. Do we really need the “France” part? (8 and 22 December)
There’s a new team of villains in JSA #46 (page 87) called … Collateral Damage. I don’t even know what that means. Do they attack relatives of heroes instead of the heroes themselves? Do they knock down buildings near the heroes? I know I’m often confused, but this confuses me. (29 December)
I might not buy Doom Patrol #17 (page 90; 1 December), but I dig that cover:
Cliff Chiang draws Zatanna #8 (page 96; 22 December). Plus, it has a cool cover:
Page 100 brings us Batman: Hush Unwrapped Deluxe Edition hardcover. It’s forty bucks for the entire 12 issues, featuring only the Jim Lee pencil art, completely uninked and uncolored. Loeb’s story is terrible, of course, but that might be something to see, if only to check out Lee’s raw pencils. (16 February)
In kind of a WTF moment, DC, which decided to stop reprinting Giffen/DeMatteis Justice League hardcovers, now offers a collection of JLI Annuals #2-3 and Justice League Europe #1-6. It’s only 20 bucks, which is a decent deal, but why now, DC? (19 January)
I don’t know if the two Planetary specials (with art by Phil Jimenez on one and Jerry Ordway on the other) are out of print, but DC has them on page 111 in one, 8-dollar volume. Pretty good stuff there. (8 December)
Speaking of Wildstorm, I notice that they’re soliciting a lot of their usual stuff for December and don’t seem to be dramatically ending anything. I wonder what next month’s Previews will look like …
There’s a new Vertigo crime book on page 118 called Noche Roja. I don’t know if Simon Oliver’s story is any good (apparently he jumps off from the murders around Ciudad Juarez and spins a yarn from that), but Jason Latour is doing the art, which means it will be good. (16 February)
Vertigo Resurrected: Hellblazer #1 (page 122) collects two issues I already have – #57-58, by some people called Ennis and Dillon – but two I don’t – #245-246, by Aaron and Murphy. I might have to plunk down the $7.99 for that Aaron/Murphy collaboration. (15 December)
So … many … phallic … symbols … (page 125)
Hey, Next Men is back (page 140). Good for John Byrne!
Bill Reed wasn’t terribly impressed with The Veil, but I was, and the creators are back with The Suicide Forest on page 151. It’s a story about the famous forest outside Tokyo where people go to kill themselves and three people whose lives are connected to each other and the forest itself. Sounds good and creepy!
I was waiting on the trade for Mystery Society, and it’s offered on page 153. Did anyone read this? Is it worth a look?
Reid Fleming: World’s Toughest Milkman (volume 1) gets a hardcover on page 158. I don’t know much about this series, although I’ve heard of it. But there it is!
Despite the fact that I savaged Beau Smith’s work on The Tenth a while back, he’s the kind of writer I like, because he’s completely balls-to-the-wall. So I saw that he has a new graphic novel on page 161, Wynonna Earp: The Yeti Wars, and I thought, “How can that not be awesome?” Remember, kids: Beau Smith’s comics put hair on your chest. You women might not enjoy that, but that’s just the way it is!
On page 164, we get Marineman #1 by Ian Churchill. I don’t think I’ll be getting this, but you should at least check out Churchill’s art on it if you can, because it’s quite strong and unlike almost everything he’s done in the past. He’s a chameleon, man! (1 December)
There’s a new Firebreather mini-series on page 168. If you don’t buy this, Phil Hester will come to your house and mock you until you do. (It’s totally true. He’s standing on my patio right now making weird faces at me. Make him stop!!!!) (22 December)
Benito Cereno writes Santa Claus Versus the Martians #1 (of 4) on page 177. That has to be awesome, right? (1 December)
Image has a bunch of trades, including The Light (page 180), which wasn’t bad; On the Line (page 180), which features the art of Rian Hughes (so it’s probably cool-looking, if nothing else); and the fifth volume of Proof (page 181), which I really ought to buy.
Over on page 202, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Rahsan Ekedel’s Echoes #1 is offered. I may have just written about this, and you really should check it out, because it’s quite good.
Kelly Thompson mocked this Rob Liefeld cover (page 10), but only because she secretly loves it:
I mean, what’s not to love? (8 December)
Sometimes I wish I skipped reading the solicitations. Page 13, Ultimate Comics Avengers #3: “Nerd Hulk”? Has this happened yet, and dare I even ask? (8 December)
And … exhibit 2: Page 15, Ultimate Comics Thor #3: “Rockstars Jonathan Hickman and Carlos Pacheco …” Um, I’m pretty sure they’re not “rockstars.” Yes, I know it’s in the context of how awesome they are, but still. It bugs me. Mock away (although you’ll have to wait in line until Hester leaves). (1 December)
Really? A brand-new Spider-Man costume (page 18)? Because the original just isn’t iconic enough for you? (1 December)
So. Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #513 (page 31). I’m glad they mention that he has no kingdom – although I’m kind of wondering how that happened – because I just started reading the Marvel Masterworks of Don McGregor’s Jungle Action and he writes in the introduction how silly it was for T’Challa to be running around New York when he was, after all, a monarch of an African kingdom. And then we get this. Again, I’m sure there’s an explanation, I just thought the symmetry was interesting. I don’t want to get this, but Francavilla on art … mmmmm. (8 December)
Heroes for Hire #1 (page 34): Yeah, this time I’m sure it will last. (1 December)
Here’s what’s odd about Moonstone’s costume on the cover of Thunderbolts #151 (page 54) …
Doesn’t the bronze coloring make it look like the “skin” we see is actually part of her costume? Is it supposed to be? It’s definitely darker than her face. Did she get an all-over tan while wearing some kind of mask? And if it is fabric, why is the definition of her ribs and boobs so distinct? No, I don’t know enough about Moonstone’s costume to know the answers to these questions. (15 December)
Ron Frenz should never, ever, EVER draw something like this again (page 58):
It’s a stupid costume, but maybe Terry Dodson or Frank Cho or Adam Hughes could pull it off. NOT RON FRENZ!!!!! (1 December)
Did you see how evil Marvel is? They have a bunch of “What If?” one-shots coming out (pages 66-68) and then they have a back-up story that runs through all four of them. Oh, Marvel, you dastardly dastards!
In their solicitations for S.H.I.E.L.D. #5 (page 69), they write: “The story that has taken the comic book world by storm!” Later in the same solicitation text, they write, “Don’t miss the sleeper hit of 2010!” Can a book that has taken the comic book world by storm really be called a sleeper hit? I’m just wondering here. (1 December)
I’m going to assume that this cover for Namor: The First Mutant #5 (page 76) is Pearl Harbor (the story apparently takes place in the past), in which case I have to say …
Namor is even more of an asshat than I thought. “Oh, all your friends on board that battleship were just killed? That means it’s time for mackin’!” Go get ‘er, Namor! (22 December)
Kieron Gillen joins Matt Fraction on Uncanny X-Men #531 (page 79). Yet they keep putting Greg Land on the art. Sigh. Anyway, the real reason I’m keen about this is because maybe this means that soon, Phonogram will move over to Icon and we’ll get more of it. Carpe diem, KG! (22 December)
Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the Thing are totally checking out Emma Frost’s ass (page 83):
I mean, I don’t blame them, but shouldn’t they wait until they’re not about to fight something? (1 December)
I love this cover (page 87):
That is all. Except M.O.D.O.K. appears to be cheating. (1 December)
I’m not sure if I want to get the Thor by Walter Simonson Omnibus on page 91. The $125 price tag doesn’t bother me, because it’s almost 1200 pages. I’m just worried that it’s too big and the production might be slipshod. It’s happened before! Still, the complete run between two covers is tempting, although I wish we could see Steve Oliff’s new coloring before we take the plunge. Has anyone seen the new pages yet? (2 March)
Marvel is reprinting the “wide-screen” X-Men Annual by the God of All Comics and Leinil Yu as part of the X-Force: Sex and Violence trade. I don’t mind that, but it’s weird that they wouldn’t make a bigger deal about it. (8 December)
Is the Ka-Zar trade on page 114 the first time Waid’s run has been collected? If so, what’s been the hold-up? (29 December)
For 25 dollars, you can pick up Generation X Classic volume 1 on page 118. I’m a bit more partial to Scott Lobdell than most people, but this is also worth it for Bachalo’s art. It was that period when he was experimenting just enough to make his art more awesome but not so much that it was impenetrable, as it was later with Steampunk. Really beautiful stuff here. (15 December)
(I’m aware I didn’t write about the most shocking Wolverine on-going ever, but honestly – it’s a Wolverine comic. What more needs to be said?)
As we head into … the back of the book!!!!! we find on page 218 Sherlock Holmes: The Painful Predicament of Alice Faulkner from Alterna Comics. This is based on a 100-year-old play in which a girl possesses documents that could cause a royal scandal, and Holmes and Watson must rescue her from unscrupulous ruffians. I can’t help but be intrigued!!!!
Antarctic Press offers Socorro #1 by the erudite Steven Grant on page 222. It’s the story of an ex-CIA agent who decides to turn vigilante. Right in Grant’s wheelhouse! I have to look through my old order sheets, but I’m fairly certain this has been solicited before. Maybe it will come out this time!
If you’ve been waiting for the latest Dwight MacPherson pirate story, check out page 224! There you will find Dead Men Tell No Tales: Decimation from Arcana. MacPherson writes some good pirate stories, I’ll tell you that much.
This is a tiny bit disturbing, considering Betty and Veronica are in, you know, high school:
I really don’t want to be interested in Lady Mechanika from Aspen Comics, because it’s by Joe Benitez and no good can come of that. But steampunk is so very cool that I’m actually tempted to get it. Forgive me, please!
Have you ever thought, “I wish there was more Bertrand Russell in my comics?” If so, check out Logicomix on page 240 from Bloomsbury, which is about Russell’s search for absolute truth. Now that’s a page-turner!
Our Dread Lord and Master just highlighted Richard Sala here recently, and now he has a new book from Fantagraphics on page 280 called The Hidden. Eight people are stranded at a snowbound diner. They’re slowly going crazy. A dangerous inmate has escaped from a nearby hospital. Oh dear! (According to Sala’s blog, this will come out in 2011. The cover in Previews is different from the one below, too.)
Rob Schmidt needs to come by here and give us the inside scoop on Trickster: Native American Tales, a Graphic Anthology on page 282 from Fulcrum Publishing. It sounds keen – Trickster stories adapted by Indian artists – but Mr. Schmidt, I’m sure, knows more about it. Help us, Rob, you’re our only hope!
On page 288, Humanoids brings us Pandora’s Eyes, a story about a girl whose eyes are, well, evil. What that means is unclear. Soon after she’s cured, she’s kidnapped and her past becomes an important part of her present. It certainly sounds interesting, and the fact that it’s drawn by Milo Manara makes it even more intriguing.
Scott Chantler has a kid-friendly book on page 289 called Three Thieves: Tower of Treasure (volume 1). It’s from Kids Can Press and is about an orphaned teenaged acrobat searching for her twin brother. I should also point out that the solicitation text reads “Dessa Reed FLIED through the air …” Watch as I gnash my teeth in annoyance!!!!
Oni Press offers Ivy on page 295, which sounds like a typically emo teenager coming-of-age story. But I’d really like to support the creator, Sarah Oleksyk. For no particular reason, just because I do. I’ll have to see if I can find more out about this book.
Oni also has the first trade of The Sixth Gun on page 297. This is an excellent comic book, and I encourage you to get the trade if you’ve missed the single issues.
Rebekah Isaacs of recent DV8 fame draws Magus from 12-Gauge Comics, a story about everyone in the world suddenly being able to perform magic and the small group of people who try to figure out what the heck’s going on. It might not be good, but it’ll look good!
Well, that’s it for the comics section, but as usual, I always peruse the deeper back of the book just to see if anything jumps out at me. On page 334 we find Bad Girls Need Love Too, which features a ton o’ pulp covers. That’s perfectly fine. What cracked me up is the subtitle, which is “Pleasure Yourself with Pulp Fiction.” So, basically, the publishers are proudly announcing that you can jerk off to these covers. Have fun!
And so another trip through Previews comes to an end. I do hope you find something to your liking when you crack it open. Demand more from your comics!
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