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Flippin’ through Previews – October 2010

It’s Previews #265, featuring the most shocking all-new Wolverine ongoing EVER! Would Marvel lie to you?

So cute ... so deadly!

Dark Horse:

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)

I mean, really - what could it be?

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)

I know it will look keen!


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:

It's olde-tymey!

Cliff Chiang draws Zatanna #8 (page 96; 22 December). Plus, it has a cool cover:

Someone out there has a fetish about this, don't they?

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)

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So … many … phallic … symbols … (page 125)

Oh, Brian Bolland, you wacky dude, you!


Hey, Next Men is back (page 140). Good for John Byrne!

Well, I think it's good news!

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?

Man, I like that cover!

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!

Get it? She's named Wynonna, and she's a descendant of Wyatt, so that's all symmetrical ... ah, forget it!


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)

Seriously - he has his face pressed against the glass doors and he's scaring the dog!

Benito Cereno writes Santa Claus Versus the Martians #1 (of 4) on page 177. That has to be awesome, right? (1 December)

Santa obviously reads Beau Smith comics!

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.

Morrison likes it, fools!

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:

Come on, he's standing on her boob!

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)

Wearing an electric suit is just dangerous, Spidey!

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) …

Fly, Moonstone, fly!

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)

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It's just ... weird

Ron Frenz should never, ever, EVER draw something like this again (page 58):

It's like if your mom dressed like that!

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 …

The threat of drowning makes one think of ... romance!

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):

You'd do it, too!

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):

So ... much ... awesome!

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!!!!

It's all mysterious!

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.

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This is a tiny bit disturbing, considering Betty and Veronica are in, you know, high school:

Don't even look at it!

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!

Must ... resist!!!!

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.)

That's not someone you want to see coming toward you

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.

He gets top billing, because he's why you buy the book!

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!

I'm digging that cover

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!


Is “Gotham City 14 Miles” in the October Previews? Because if it is, I’m pretty sure you’re contractually obligated to mention my involvement and then something sarcastic about me. That’s how this game is played!

I hope Santa Claus vs. Martians is as good as this: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058548/

While I didn’t love the execution on The Veil, I still love the concept; Suicide Forest will probably be the same. I will probably buy it, assuming I’ve got the bones that month.

But as usual, there are too many comics coming out any given month to fit my budget (which is about a 20th of yours, Burgas), so I must force the comics to fight each other to the death for my love. That Sixth Gun trade is a must, thanks for pointing it out.

Dawn Golden is a fantastic name. Classic, I tell you.

It’s a stupid costume, but maybe Terry Dodson or Frank Cho or Adam Hughes could pull it off. NOT RON FRENZ!!!!!

That’s not fair! The costume isn’t realistic, but it’s pretty cool. And I think Ron Frenz did a GREAT job on it. I mean, it’s less stupid than Frank Quitely’s Emma Frost costume with the flesh-revealing X cut out from his New X-Men run, AND it’s a better drawing to boot.

“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)”

It seems weird they’re reprinting these specials like this given that these two specials (along with the third one) are collected (and still available, as far as I can tell) in trade.

“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)”

Nerd Hulk’s been around since the first Ultimate Comics Avengers series. He’s basically Banner’s mind in Hulk’s body, but with little of the rage that tied the two together.

“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!”

They did that with the last batch as well, with “What If the Runaways Became the Young Avengers?” (or maybe from the year before…)

“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)”

Yeah, this does sound really nice and I’d love to check this out…but it just seems like the kind of thing that could suffer from its magnitude. I guess it’s a case of damned if they do, damned if they don’t.

There’s also a Paris, TN. I’m pretty sure it’s the home of the Awful Tower.

That Ron Frenz drawing looks like Valkyrie Gillian Anderson.

There’s also Paris Hilton, but surely Batman would never want to go there.

So how can Spider-Man see through those glowing lenses?

Who is that supposed to be in the Ron Frenz picture? I’m pretty familiar with Marvel characters, but I don’t recognise her. Is she the new Thunderstrike? The old one’s still dead, right?

What happened to Angel’s wings? They look weird.

I know Moonstone has some sort of mental control over her costume and can change back and forth instantly from her street clothes, but I’ve never seen her change her skin tone before.

Yeah, Bachalo’s art in Generation X actually was good at times. I don’t know why he gave that up and started doing the ink-splattered scribbles he does now.

Liefeld did attempt two out of a total of four feet in that cover, so that’s some form of progress.

Regarding the translation of the ‘Let the Right One In’ DVD…it was terrible, but it’s much better now.

Short answer, Amazon will have the correct translation available. But if you’re in a brick and mortar store, check fo the ‘theatrical subtitles’, and you’re good to go.

Great, great movie, one of my faves over the past couple of years. I don’t really see the need for a US remake, and given that most any review I’ve read suggests that it doesn’t really add anything that the original doesn’t do, I’m skipping it. (The novel is quite strong as well, and a different experience all togehter…)

Tim: Dang, yeah, it’s in there. I missed it on the read-through, and your name is REALLY SMALL, so I may have missed it anyway. It’s on page 332, people! Check it out! And what is this “sarcasm,” sir? I kid because I love!

T.: It’s definitely better than Emma Frost’s costume, but only because that’s one of the five worst superhero costumes ever. I just don’t think Frenz can pull of the cheesecake. I could be wrong, though.

Mary: According to the solicitation, that’s a Valkyrie sent to teach the new Thunderstrike how to use his weapons. Hence the Van Halen reference.

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)

See Greg, you haven’t realized yet the subtle brilliance of it yet. Finch named her Dawn Golden because Batman is the Dark (K)night! You see the duality and symbolism there? Based on this, I expect a rich, layered read from Finch.

Chad: I’m not surprised that there are a number of Parises. I just doubt if any comics are ever set in them! I mean, will people see the Eiffel Tower and think, “He must be in Paris, Yukon!”?

Cass: David Finch is BRILLIANT!!!!!!

When I write Batman, he’s visiting every Paris. EXCEPT the one in France. That’ll show you!

Moonstones costume: It’s see through but she is covered up. Not an open Boob window like Power Girl, a closed boob window.

I like unusual names for characters, even names that are puns. Names that have no significance to character or theme are boring, boring I say!

This is why I love The Crying of Lot 49.

“Her paisley jeggings?” CONSPIRACY!

Is Santa Claus vs. The Martians ripping this off?

I would gladly buy a poster of that Strange Tales cover, Marvel.

“I mean, it’s less stupid than Frank Quitely’s Emma Frost costume with the flesh-revealing X cut out from his New X-Men run, AND it’s a better drawing to boot.”

Neither of those things are true.

Bill — Yeah, but ALL of the characters in Pynchon books have significant/punny names. I like them, too, if it’s appropriate to the world of the characters. Throwing them in when most of the characters have ‘regular’ names doesn’t work. They stand out in a bad way.

There are occasional people with punnish names in real life. And even people with names that seem magically suited to them (those are known as aptonyms).

There is something bulging in the nether regions of the dangling Zatanna. Does her puppet have a penis? Or spelled backwards “Seod reh teppup evah a sinep?”

Entertaining and informative post, Greg, as always, but I’m afraid that if you’re going to pick on the “Three Thieves” solicit, then I will have to take you to task on a few things. Editing powers activate!

“But I’d really like to support the creator, Sarah Oleksyk. For no particular reason, just because I do.”

You “do would” like to support the creator? The awkward phrasing is especially noticeable because “do” is the last word of the sentence.

“…Andreyko’s not a bad writer by any means, but, I mean, it’s vampires – but you might.”

I lost track of what the second “but” refers to. Using “however” instead might avoid the confusion. I guess that’s all I’ve got. I’ll stop being a douche-pouch now, and let everyone point out all the mistakes I probably made in this post.

Sam: Shoot, yeah, that “do” should be a “would.” My bad. As for the many “but”s – I can see how that would be confusing, but I’m not sure if it’s ungrammatical. I could be wrong. Everything between the dashes is a subordinate clause, so if you take it out, it reads “I don’t have a ton of interest in this, but you might.” Is that okay? I often go a little crazy with “but” and “so,” I know, so (there it is!) I understand why you got lost in that sentence. Fret not – I have no problem with my grammar being corrected!

benday-dot: Man, I didn’t notice that. That’s very odd.

Right up top, since it’s the last thing to be mentioned, Zatanna has a “bulge” like Emma Frost did on that New X-Men cover. It’s the way the material of the costume hangs. Neither of them are “packing heat”. Jeez, man. And either the Quitely Frost cover or the Zatanna cover is better than that Frenz cover. Like you say, it’s like someone’s mom wearing it. A mom that thinks she’s a MILF, but is a hair past it.

Good Lord, I’m awful.

And that other Emma Frost cover — the best thing is, she TOTALLY knows that they’re checking out her ass, too.

And since people are asking, yes, from what I’ve read, that Santa vs the Martians is a “continuation” of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Why, I don’t know.

Who did that Strange Tales cover? I want to say Ivan Brunetti, but there’s no one suicidally depressed on it :) I think it might be Ron Rege, am I right?

And let me enlighten you a bit about Trickster: Native American Tales. I actually have it out from a local library, just haven’t read it yet (so yes, it’s out, probably in book stores). I know about it because my pal Jim8Ball (Jim Coon) drew a story in it. It’s edited by small presser Matt Dembicki (I think the website spells his name wrong…) and I believe that it’s small press cartoonists (like Jim, Matt, and some others whose names escape me) drawing stories told by Native American storytellers. Looks neat. And you should get it because Jim’s a pal.

I’ll have more to talk about later. I know you’re waiting.

Man, there’s so much wrong with that Frenz cover. The lopsided boobs, the way she’s balancing her sword’s weight on the back of her neck and then sorta pushing down on it, the doubtlessly uncomfortable if not anatomically impossible way she’s standing (her hips are cocked up to the right but the left side of her torso is higher than the left). Hating on Quietly is fine if you have cataracts or no taste or whatever, but c’mon.

I’m back, yay.

So, is the most shocking Wolverine thing that he gets, say, Electro’s powers? That would rock, actually. 12 year old me wants an action figure of Wolverine with electro-shock claws that light up and shit. Actually, 31 year old me wants that too.

I’ve said it before (on a Flippin’ post, too, I think) that I didn’t like Let the Right One In, and I don’t think the translation was the issue. For a vampire movie, it didn’t really add anything interesting to the lore (or what was added wasn’t explained), other than the cool bit with the cats. Otherwise, it was a dull vampire movie. But wait, Travis, it wasn’t “just” a vampire movie — shut up. Yes, I argue with the voices in my head, who doesn’t? The message seemed to be that violence solves everything. The ending actually reminded me of


the famous Kid Miracleman scene, where the kids are bullying him and he unleashes Kid Miracleman. Wonder if it was a deliberate tribute? But overall, the movie didn’t do it for me. Dunno why it was so praised.

See, the secret on that cover is that Buffy is a centaur too! Or it’s Dr Horrible! Or Nathan Fillion’s character from Firefly/Serenity! Whedon’s bringing back every other damn character. Maybe it’s the comics introduction of the Dollhouse. (Don’t spoil Dollhouse season 2 for me, I haven’t seen it yet.)

Finder from Dark Horse? Cool.

Batman’s friend Dawn Golden got her name from the Bond Girl directory, like Jezebel Jet. Oh, wait, I’m guessing that she’ll turn out to be evil, then. Dammit, Bruce just can’t have friends!

See, that Doom Patrol cover looks cool, until you realize that it’s bloody cuz Rita just shrunk down during “that time”. It’s the same thing that happened to Lady Deadpool on that cover.

Batman Hush unwrapped. If it’s not lettered, you don’t have to read it, at least…. Can you say “co-publisher vanity project”? I knew you could. I think that Vertigo Resurrected also happened just to get that Jim Lee story from Flinch 1 back in print. :)

If that Planetary Special is 2/3 of another book, why should I bother, DC? Does anyone know what sort of paper those DC Comics Presents books are on? I know they’re 96 page “mini” graphic novels, but are they on newsprint, glossy, what?

See, I have the 2 Jason Aaron issues, and not the Ennis issues of Hellblazer. So you buy the new book and send me your Ennis issues :) Actually, I might have one of those other issues…. Anyone know why they never collected 2 of the Ennis issues? Even in that Rare Cuts trade from around the time the movie came out?

Mystery Society looked neat when I flipped through. It ties in with at least his earlier Secret Skull series (that’s the lady on the right above), and possibly with other Niles stuff. Secret Skull was pretty good, and we know Ashley Wood rocks.

Reid Fleming HC!!!! AWESOME!!!! This is why I love when you do this column. You mention things that I go “oh yeah, I need that!” Hm, Eclipse published some of that stuff, but then, I think Boswell self published for awhile in the late 90s, early 00s. I wonder if Heartbreak Comics is in there?

That new Spidey costume is called the Electric Bugaloo. It’ll actually debut in Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine, where they’ll both get electric powers. Yeah, that’s it.

From what I remember of Ellis’s run on Thunderbolts, Moonstone’s costume is kind of like that usually. Maybe not quite so “peek a boob”, but me likee boobies. Another reason I like this column. I’m not proud.

Ooh, the idea of Phonogram at Icon/Marvel. And I only read one issue.

Why would they reprint that XMen Annual in XForce Sex and Violence? Is it just because of Domino in that book, and the line about her and Wolverine having hot monkey sex before or after the mission they were on? Or is it so we can go “HOW the fuck was Magneto Xorn, again?”

Ka-Zar by Waid. Hm, cool. If it includes the Thanos storyline, maybe that’s why (with the Thanos Imperative book out). Or maybe Marvel wants Waid to keep doing some work for them. Or maybe since Andy Kubert (it was him and not Adam on this, right?) was DC exclusive until recently (right?), they didn’t want to put it out before then. Or maybe they’re bringing back Ka-Zar and want to reintroduce him with the best stuff done with him “recently” (that book was from, like, 98, wasn’t it?)

I take issue with the word “classic” and “Generation X” appearing together. Actually, it was probably a decent series.

As to that Betty and Veronica cover, I quote R Crumb “it’s just lines on paper, folks”. Imagine Crumb drawing Betty and Veronica. Ugh? Drool? I dunno. They’d both have meaty thighs, though.

That Sala book sounds like either a Twilight Zone episode (The Martians…have landed? are coming? I forget the title) or the Sandman story 24 Hours. But it’s Sala, so it will be good. (And I wonder how much that TZ episode influenced Neil with that Sandman story now. Hm…)

Bad Girls do need love too, and I wish I knew more of them to give it to.

If you like steampunk stuff you should check out Kage Baker’s Not Less Than Gods. It ties into her Company novels, but not so much that you have to know them to enjoy the book. Kage Baker’s stuff is great SF, and the Company series should be done as comics and movies and TV shows, dammit.

Swimsuit and high heels?

Betty is posing for Playboy?

Well, in a way, since she’s not real, Betty’s breasts ARE fake, so yeah, Playboy fits. It’s more like a Maxim shoot though.

I don’t see what the big deal is. Betty and Veronica have been doing sexy pin-ups in bikinis for decades. They’re teenagers, and teenage girls (not all of them, but a lot of them) love doing sexy poses. And teenage boys love watching them.
I don’t get this trend of prudishness regarding teenagers that seems to be infecting our society in the last decade or two. People were never this uptight about it when I was young.

Tom Fitzpatrick

October 3, 2010 at 6:28 am

I’m soooooo stoked that John Byrne’s finally bringing back the NEXT MEN. I’ve waited years for this. Bless IDW for publishing this series!!!

Now, if Matt Wagner gets going on MAGE III, and Gaiman/Buckingham gets going on MARVELMAN (or Miracleman). I’d be an extremely happy fan. ;-)

I must admit that I’m curious about The Suicide Forest. Does such a place exist in North America?
A chilling cover there.

I hope Dawn Golden teams up with Silver St. Cloud to take on Jezabell Jet. Maybe Vesper Fairchild can be involved as well.

FYI, the original Let the Right One In DVD translation is not as bad as people say. It’s not by any means perfect and there are a few places where the subs used in the theatrical releases are clearly more accurate, but it’s not terrible enough to ruin the movie for you. Most of the pleasure of the movie comes from the images and tone and atmosphere. Honestly, you could probably enjoy it without any subtitles! I recommend checking it out.

Travis: Man, it’s hard to keep up with you …

Ivan Brunetti did indeed draw the Strange Tales cover. In one, sir!

The solicitation text mentions that they’re reprinting the X-Men Annual because it’s when Wolverine and Domino “first got together.” Also, the mini-series was only 3 issues, and God forbid they release a nice, 3-issue, 11-dollar trade. That’s crazy talk!

Ka-Zar was Andy Kubert, yes.

Mary: I’ve definitely gotten more skeevish about it since my two daughters were born, true. But my biggest problem is that they’re not drawn like teenaged girls, they’re drawn like grown-ups, and I doubt very much if many teenaged boys read Archie, so this has to be appealing to grown-up men. So it’s grown-up men leering at bikini-clad women who are drawn like women but are ostensibly teenagers. It’s just a bit creepy. (When I say they’re not drawn like teenagers, I mean they’re much more developed than you usually see in teenagers. When I taught high school, the girls unfortunately felt the need to show off quite a bit, and teenaged girls are usually far gawkier than Betty and Veronica. Many of them have much longer and skinnier legs than the drawing here, and they aren’t quite as “hippy.” That hasn’t changed much since I was in high school, either.)

Basque: Thanks for the tip. I actually saw the American remake last night (the wife digs vampire movies, and we thought it might be less crowded than The Social Network), so it might be interesting to see the Swedish version and compare and contrast!

Others beat me to it, but yes, the current DVD out there for Let The Right One In has the better subtitles. You should give it a watch. I’m not a fan of vampires in general either, but the story is so well told and the two main actors are so good. It’s easily a top 10 favorite movie for me. That said, I have no interest in the prequel comics either. I may get around to seeing the US remake eventually though…

The JLI trade- it looks like DC is committed to reprinting the series again, except in trade this time instead of hardcover. Which sucks, but I’ll take something over nothing. Amazon also has a listing for volume 6, though no word on what issues are collected in it.

When I first saw Moonstone on that Thunderbolts cover, I first thought it was Dagger…

And to me, the goofiest moment in the Marvel listings isn’t the “rockstar” reference (though that made me roll my eyes too) but was the listing for THOR THE MIGHTY AVENGER #7, where the solicitation starts with “Roger Langridge and Chris Samnee continue their epic reimagining…” and then you look up and see that there’s a guest artist for this issue… D’oh!

I think I’ll continue to pleasure myself with palm friction, tyvm.

Fun-tangentially-related fact: Ivan Brunetti and Rob Liefeld were both born on this day, 43 years ago.

Travis Pelkie (My Beard Eats Monsters)

October 3, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Wow, Brunetti and Liefeld have the exact same birthday? The comic gods have a f-d up sense of humor.

And seriously, they’re reprinting that XMen Annual because it’s when Domino and Wolverine first “got together”? A f-ing throwaway line by Morrison gets turned into a miniseries, but they ret-conned his run like *SNAP* that when he left? Jeez. And they “got together” for no-strings sex. It wasn’t a damn relationship. What’s next, an Iron Man/Emma Frost mini from that line in Civil War about their “arrangement” when they were unattached to others? (Yes, I just read Civil War. No, I wasn’t impressed. Maybe because I knew all the story beats, but man it was lame. And JMS totally stole that woman slapping Superman in 700 from the lady spitting on Tony in Civil War. :) )

When you wrote about murders in Ciudad Juárez, I thought “Noche Roja” would be about the insane crime happening in Juarez in the last two years, but it seems to be about the rapes that happened ten years ago. The preview talks about maquiladora women being raped and found mutilated days later which is what happened in the late 90s early 2000s. The preview is only two pages and it already seems like it has lies, in fact the first two paragraphs look like lies to me (except for the 300 murders over the last two years bit).

I remember being ashamed of those murders happening in my hometown, but the city felt safe outside of being a girl in the poor side of town at 3am. Nowadays, with the drug cartel wars, the city feels unsafe at any time of the day. A very sad situation, I would be much more interested in a story about the current times than about the rapes of a decade ago.

And JMS totally stole that woman slapping Superman in 700 from the lady spitting on Tony in Civil War. :) )

Could be, but my feeling is that everyone, consciously or not, is stealing it from JAWS. It’s a Brody slap. You know, when the grieving mother sobs “You didn’t close the beaches!?” and lets Roy Scheider have it across the chops.

“sleeper hit” that “took the comics world by storm”: CHEW.

Travis Pelkie (My Beard Eats Monsters)

October 4, 2010 at 12:10 am

I was being a bit facetious with the thing about where JMS got that slap from. I knew someone around here had pointed out where it was from, but I couldn’t remember where, Other Greg. (You’re Other Greg here, and Burgas is Other Greg at your posts :) )

Actually, thinking about it, doesn’t a “sleeper hit” by definition “take the comics world by storm”? In a way, at least? As Matt S pointed out, Chew came out of nowhere (“sleeper”) and sold a ton (took the comics world by storm). Just a thought.

That leifeld cover is pretty poor. I mean he is standing on top of her but her legs look like the knees are up and the legs under them. If not, then what the hell happened to her legs? He didn’t even bother making the guns resemble guns. He doesn’t look like his weight is displacing the shape of any part of her body.

Very amatuerish

He’s been working in the industry what, 20, 30 years, and Rob Liefeld STILL can’t draw.

I may be missing a joke here, in which case I’m going to come across as Mr. Obvious, but I’m a bit confused about why everyone thinks that’s Spidey’s new costume. It looks to me like it’s one of the covers Marvel’s doing in conjunction with the new “Tron” movie Disney’s putting out later this year.

Mike: According to Marvel, it’s a new Spidey costume and has nothing to do with Tron! According to the solicits, Hobgoblin gets “amped-up,” so Spidey needs the Electric Bugaloo costume to deal with him. Of course, it won’t last past this story arc, but it’s definitely a costume that he will be wearing. Maybe it zaps things, like a bug zapper? Maybe the joke is on all of us!

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