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Flippin’ through Previews – April 2011

It’s getting on to summertime, which means … more and more comics! That’s always odd to me – it’s not like movies, where the kids are out of school. If you buy comics, you buy them all year, right? Anyway, Previews has what you’re looking for!

Batman is always behind it somehow, isn't he?

Dark Horse:

I always get amused by new books of The Guild (page 36), mainly because the way Dark Horse chooses to describe Felicia Day (I’ve never read the comics, so I shan’t comment on their goodness or lack of goodness). This time around she’s “Internet Superstar Felicia Day.” How is that different from a run-of-the-mill superstar? Is it better or worse? Does that mean that “Felicia Day” might actually not be a cute redhead but might be a fat 45-year-old dude with Cheeto-stained fingertips who created the “Felicia Day” persona so people would interact with him on-line? Beats me. But she’s an Internet Superstar, that’s for sure. (22 June)

There’s a new Empowered comic on page 39, this time a short, “regular-sized” book that’s partly in color. I was not impressed with my one foray into the “Empowered” world, but I am dying for Kelly, Maddy, and Sue to review one of the books for their podcast. Not because I think they’ll love it or hate it, but because most of the people I’ve ever read saying how “empowering” it is are men, and I’d be interested in a woman’s (or in this case, three women) opinion(s). Can I demand that of our favorite Y chromosome-challenged podcasters? How about it, ladies? (8 June)

I do like the dude dressed as a French maid, I must say

The Goon returns on page 44. As you may recall, I don’t like The Goon, but I understand some people think it’s a pretty big deal. So there it is! (29 June)

In a completely surprising (in a good way) WTF moment, Dark Horse has volume 13 of Eden: It’s an Endless World! solicited on page 54. I reviewed the first twelve volumes back in July and bemoaned the fact that Dark Horse seemed to have given up on it. Now it’s back! Yay! This is a really gripping series, and I hope this means Dark Horse will finish reprinting it. On a different note, I really should get back to reviewing manga, shouldn’t I?

DC:

You know what I really hate about the solicitations for the various “Flashpoint” mini-series? How they’re all one sentence preceded by “FLASH FACT!” That’s just annoying.

So after many, many people have weighed in on the creative teams of the mini-series, DC finally gets around to soliciting them in Previews, so I can weigh in on them! I do find it interesting that as I am trying to get DC and Marvel mini-series in trade form, I’m a bit torn about these – they’re three issues, which doesn’t sound like optimal length to fit in a trade. So DC will probably either combine them or dump some unrelated issue or two into them and jack up the price. Damn you, DC! So I might have to make an exception if I actually want to read these. Let’s break them down, FLASH FACT style!

Batman – Knight of Vengeance by Azzarello/Risso (page 71): FLASH FACT! “Broken City” was unimpressive, but this will probably rock. (1 June)
Secret Seven by Milligan/Perez (page 72): FLASH FACT! Milligan writing Shade, drawn by Perez – sounds like a winner! (1 June)
Abin Sur: The Green Lantern by Schlagman/Massafera (page 73): FLASH FACT! Schlagman is an assistant editor and Massafera is Brazilian – it’s the state of DC comics, 2011! (1 June)
The World of Flashpoint by Ogle/others/Siqueira (page 74): FLASH FACT! Ogle is an assistant editor and Siqueira is Brazilian … wait a minute!!!! (1 June)
Emperor Aquaman by Bedard/Syaf/Cifuentes (page 75) FLASH FACT! They couldn’t make him work in the real DCU, so they turned him into a Nazi! (8 June)
Deathstroke and the Curse of the Ravager by Palmiotti/Bennett/Dell (page 76): FLASH FACT! Modern-day pirates don’t really look like that. (8 June)
Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown by Lemire/”Not Chris” Roberson (page 77): FLASH FACT! Yeah, I’ll probably get this one. (8 June)
Citizen Cold by Kolins (page 78) FLASH FACT! This doesn’t appear different from the regular DCU in any way! (8 June)
Wonder Woman and the Furies by Abnett/Lanning/Clark/Beaty (page 79) FLASH FACT! So this is basically the same as Emperor Aquaman, huh? (15 June)
Deadman and the Flying Graysons by Krul/Janin (page 80): FLASH FACT! This comic would be at least one billion times better if Cliff Chiang was doing interiors as well as covers.
Legion of Doom Starring Heatwave by Glass/Buchemi/Marzan Jr. (page 81): FLASH FACT! Literally no one in the world cares enough about Heatwave that he needed a “starring” credit. (15 June)
Lois Lane and the Resistance by Abnett/Lanning/Nunez (page 82): FLASH FACT! Far be it from me to agree with Kelly, but are Abnett and Lanning the only DC writers capable of writing women? (22 June)
The Outsider by Robinson/Fernandez (page 83): FLASH FACT! This could be kind of awesome. (22 June)
Kid Flash Lost Starring Bart Allen by Gates/Nome (page 84): FLASH FACT! The DC solicit (“Where is he? Or should we say when?“) is not actually a fact at all!!!!!
Project Superman by Snyder/Francis/Ha (page 85): FLASH FACT! Gene Ha could illustrate an IKEA instruction manual and it would look cool, so I’ll probably give this a look. (29 June)
Hal Jordan by Schlagman/Oliver (page 86): FLASH FACT! Even in an alternate universe, he’s a douchebag! (29 June)
Grodd of War by Ryan/Guera (page 87): FLASH FACT! David Brothers is totally right about this. (15 June)
Reverse Flash by Ryan/Gomez (page 87): FLASH FACT! Yeah, I can’t even be bothered to make something up about this. (22 June)
Green Arrow Industries by Pichetshote/Castiello (page 88): FLASH FACT! Um, DC, war profiteering isn’t all that uncommon or even illegal, so why is the fact that Oliver Queen is doing it so astonishing? (29 June)
The Canterbury Cricket by Carlin/Morales (page 88): FLASH FACT! Okay, so this isn’t even a fact. It’s a total fuck the heck moment here. I mean, if every Flashpoint off-shoot were totally new characters, I’d get it, but why this? Does Carlin have that much power? This is seriously fucked up, people. The Canterfuckingbury Cricket? Really?

Whew, that’s all of them. Holy crap, that’s a lot of ancillary product. Who’s getting what, people? You know you can’t resist the dramatic stylings of Adam Schlagman!!!!

I see from Birds of Prey #13 (page 99) that they haven’t gotten rid of Huntress’s ridiculous costume yet. Doesn’t that give the bad guy a good window to Helena’s “tickle zone”? I mean, that’s how someone should take her out of a fight, just to prove how idiotic it is. (8 June)

This costume really does crack me up every. single. time.

Superman #712 (page 101): Supes battles prejudice against Muslims. Bwah-ha-ha-ha! I like the final line of the solicits: “… are there some problems too big even for the Man of Steel to solve?” You think, DC? Man, Chris Roberson doesn’t deserve this, does he? (8 June)

So I guess Wonder Woman is getting her old costume back (page 103). I’m glad all the people who didn’t like the new costume kept their heads and realized she’d be back in the metal underwear soon enough. That happened, right? But at least she got some new boobs as she was wandering around her new reality! (29 June)

See, getting new boobs is now empowering!

Man, I did not see Power Girl (page 107) getting to more issues without Amanda Conner than it did with her. There’s no accounting for some people’s taste in crappy comics, I guess! (15 June)

Frazer Irving is still on art as of Xombi #4 (page 110). What’s the over/under on issues he’ll actually do? Five? Six? (29 June)

On page 114, DC collects “The Trial of the Flash” in a Showcase volume. I’ve heard this story sucks, but it’s still impressive that Bates was able to drag it out for almost 30 issues. (20 July)

There’s the Steve Ditko Omnibus volume 1 Starring Shade the Changing Man (phew!) on page 117. It’s 60 bucks, but it’s 464 pages in glorious color, so I really might have to pick this sucker up. (3 August)

DITKOOOOOO!!!!!!

The first Astro City mini-series gets a new hardcover and trade on page 122. As good as Astro City has been after these six issues, this is really strong, and it’s a good place to start if you’ve never gotten into AC. I know Busiek has promised a new ongoing, so it’s time to hop into the world he’s created! (24 August)

Gail Simone’s Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave gets a trade on page 123. This wasn’t as good as the original series, but it’s still not bad. It’s a bit weak in the middle, but it starts and ends strong. (20 July)

The Vertigo Crime series has a new “Perdition” novel, Return to Perdition by Max Allan Collins and Terry Beatty (page 124). It’s set in the early 1970s, as we’ve moved on in time. I’m fairly sure that Greg Hatcher will be all over this, so get yours before he buys every copy! (24 August)

American Vampire is such a success, apparently, that there’s now a spin-off mini-series, Survival of the Fittest, on page 126. Sean Murphy is drawing it, so I will be tempted. Or more likely I’ll wait for the trade. Still, it’s going to look great. (8 June)

Revolver shows up in trade on page 131. As it’s Matt Kindt, you know it’s good, even though it’s not as good as some of his other work. Still, it’s Matt Kindt! (6 July)

Vertigo Resurrected collects Petrefax from the old Sandman Presents series on page 131. That was a weird series of mini-series, wasn’t it? Anyway, I’m sure the fact that Mike Carey wrote this is a reason it’s getting collected now. This wasn’t a great story, but it wasn’t bad. Nice Leialoha art, though. (22 June)

IDW:

If you’ve been waiting for the trade of Next Men, IDW has it on page 147. It’s about what you’d expect from a John Byrne creator-owned book. If that’s your thing.

I always try to get Hero Initiative books, because it’s a good cause, and the one on page 156 is rather odd (in a good way). Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg reunite for a story … but the solicit doesn’t say what kind of story it is (I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s not a Sandman tale). John Layman and Rob Guillory have a Chew short story, and Richard Starkings and Doug “I Refuse to Call Him Dougie” Braithwaite have an Elephantmen story. That’s a damned good line-up for $3.99, say I!

Can Adam Hughes even draw men anymore?

The Suicide Forest is collected in a trade on page 165. That’s serendipitous, as the final issue shipped this past week, and I can say that it’s definitely worth a look. It’s pretty keen.

Image:

Robert Kirkman is apparently taking over the world, as he has a new imprint under the Image banner, and the first title is Witch Doctor on page 170. It’s about a doctor of the macabre, and although I’ve never heard of the writer or artist, the preview pages don’t look bad. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing that Warren Ellis calls it “mental” or not. (29 June)

Well, that's gotta be a tough case!

David Hahn has a new mini-series called All Nighter on page 172 which looks kind of neat. It stars a 20-year-old art student, which means I should hate it (stupid hipsters!), but I’ll still probably get it! (22 June)

Ron Marz, who will apparently never finish Samurai: Heaven and Earth, decides to write a modern samurai story, so we get Shinku on page 182. Lee Moder’s preview art looks pretty cool, so I’ll probably give this a look. (1 June)

Everyone loves samurai!

I’m really not sure if Trailblazer (page 186) will be a train wreck or not, but the Palmiotti/Gray joint is … well, it’s something. There’s a new witness protection program – participants are sent back in time to the Old West. Yes, it’s so crazy it just might work! If I buy this, will the creators forgive me for not buying Jonah Hex? (15 June)

Dave Johnson can really do no wrong

On page 190, there’s a trade collecting the first thirteen issues of Sam and Twitch. This is, I assume, when it was good (Bendis wrote these issues). I still can’t wrap my head around Angel Medina drawing a hardboiled detective comic, though – whenever I see examples of this series, Medina’s art looks so wrong for it. It’s $30 for 13 issues in an “oversized” format, though, so it might be worth a look! (29 June)

Shaky Kane draws Elephantmen #33 (page 197). That should be … something. (22 June)

Marvel:

I really don’t like when solicitations promise that someone dies, and it cracks me up when we get a solicit like the one for Fear Itself #3 (page 1): “[A] major Marvel hero falls at [Loki's] hands.” Well, if it’s a major hero, okay. It’s not enough to kill off cannon fodder anymore – they need to promise that it’s a major hero! But what constitutes “major,” I wonder? (1 June)

Yeah, this is a great cover (page 2; 8 June):

It's not great enough to get me to buy it, but still ...

The cover to Herc #4 (page 6) would have been much cooler if the tentacles had him wrapped up and dripping milk-white goo all over him. What’s good for the fucking goose, Marvel, right? (1 June)

You can have a sense of humor about Hammer, but not about tentacle rape!

I didn’t know Valkyrie’s real name was Brunhilde (page 9), but it gives me a chance to dazzle you with knowledge, because I wonder how the name “Brunhilde” became associated with Nordic characters. The “original” Brunhild, as you should all know, was a Visigothic princess from Spain who was married off to Sigibert I, the Merovingian king of Austrasia (in France) in the 560s. Her husband died in 575 and Brunhild basically ruled the kingdom until her death, first through her son (who died in 596) and then through her two grandsons. She was executed in horrible fashion (tortured and then dragged by a wild horse until its hooves crushed her) in 613 by Chlothar II, an act which united the Merovingian kingdoms and began a brief Golden Age. Brunhild was a frequent correspondent with Pope Gregory I but she ran afoul of Columbanus in Gaul, and that put her at odds with the great noble families of the region, which helped lead to her downfall. Brunhild was a powerful woman who did a lot of horrible things, but also managed to rule a kingdom for close to 40 years. That she somehow transformed from a Visigothic Spanish princess and Burgundian queen into a valkyrie always cracks me up a little bit. Isn’t history cool? (22 June)

I like how the Ultimate line is having an event actually called “The Death of Spider-Man” and yet the issue in which it occurs (I guess it’s issue #160 on page 21) is polybagged so we can’t find out what happens unless we read it. Um, maybe Spider-Man dies? I don’t know where I would get that idea! (22 June)

I find it interesting that on page 34, the solicitation for Amazing Spider-Man #663 claims that the issue is called “The Ghost of Jean DeWolff” yet the text does not mention Jean DeWolff at all. I guess we’re supposed to believe the Wraith is the ghost of Jean DeWolff, but that’s unclear. Who the hell knows with Marvel? (1 June)

Andi Watson is writing a mini-series about a teenaged girl at a tennis academy (page 40). No, you didn’t read that incorrectly. Yes, it’s being published by Marvel. No, I don’t know what the hell is going on, either. (8 June)

It's also in the Marvel Heroes section, which is also inexplicable!

I don’t know what the heck Mystery Men (page 48) is, but I’m sure Patrick Zircher’s art will rock. I’m very tempted! (8 and 22 June)

S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on page 51 with … a new number 1 issue. Yeah, because that won’t be confusing. Not volume 2, number 1, not even something silly like “2.1″ … just S.H.I.E.L.D. #1. Way to go, Marvel! (1 June)

Page 52: Dark Phoenix? Really? (8 June)

Oh, look – X-Men #12 and 13 (page 59) introduces a group of bad guys who fought the original X-Men … but no one remembers them. As you may know, one of the things I absolutely hate about comics these days is going back an inserting crap into characters’ histories, so this sounds like a really, really bad idea. Blech. (1 and 15 June)

The hardcover trade of Scarlet shows up on page 72. It’s 25 bucks, which is a bit steep for five issues, even with the extra junk. As you know, I tried to like this comic but think it’s a hot mess, and I won’t be continuing with it. But other people really like it! (6 July)

There’s a new Criminal on page 74. Do yourself a favor and buy it! (1 June)

On page 107, there are new trades of Daredevil: Yellow and Hulk: Gray. I would think Marvel wouldn’t want to remind fans of the “color” series that the Captain America one has, you know, disappeared, but I guess not! (29 and 15 June)

Man, they’re finally getting a tenth volume of Essential Spider-Man together (page 115). Of course, this will leave me 8 issues short of the first issues I actually own. Dang it! Still, I’m looking forward to reading these suckers. (29 June)

Heed … the siren call of … the back of the book …

Markosia doesn’t often publish things that I’m all that interested in, but on page 218, they have Cancertown, which sounds kind of neat. A man with a brain tumor keeps getting sucked into an alternate universe he calls Cancertown, and now others are too, and he has to enter it fully and confront what’s there. Sure, it’s twisted, but it might be pretty keen. This is “back in print,” so does anyone know anything about it?

That's kind of creepy!

On page 225, Arcana offers Spy School, which I believe was solicited quite some time ago (it doesn’t say in Previews, and although I have my old order forms – don’t judge me! – I can’t be bothered to look through them right now). Anyway, it’s about two smart kids who are recruited into, well, spy school. Frank Tra isn’t a bad writer, and I’m keen to read this. If it comes out, that is!

At least the cover is keen!

The Secret History gets a spin-off mini-series on page 225 from Archaia. I don’t know why this isn’t just part of the main series, but I don’t really care. It’s not drawn by Igor Kordey, but I’m sure it will be neat-o.

Aspen knows that if you have one good thing, three more of the same thing is three times as good! So they bring us Executive Assistant: Iris #0 (page 232) along with three more executive assistants: Orchid, Lotus, and Violet! Boy, there’s nothing better than that! Read the series that Kelly Thompson calls “superb!”*

Washing her hair must take FOREVER!

* Note: Kelly may not have actually called this series superb. I like to think she did, though. And yes, I mentioned Kelly three times in this post, so I will get a “I Hate Men and the Comics They Make” badge in the mail. I rock!

While I’m curious to see whether Chad is right about Irredeemable being something interesting, I really don’t want to pony up $75 for the Definitive Irredeemable hardcover that Boom! has on page 248. That’s a crapload of money for 12 issues!

On page 249, Boom! offers Soldier Zero #9 and Starborn #7 … which cross over with each other. I’m not sure how I feel about that.

Boundless Comics, the latest home of Lady Death, has a new series on page 252 called War Goddess. I mention this not because I think it will be any good, but because it features Hellina (and we all know how frickin’ awesome Hellina is, right?) and is drawn by some dude named Pow Rodrix. He’s Brazilian, so maybe that name is not quite as awesome in Portuguese as it is in English, because in English, it’s pretty awesome.

Fantagraphics continues to reprint early Jaime Hernandez work with Esperanza on page 282. As usual with Love and Rockets stuff, I have no idea where to start. That vexes me, because I’d like to read the series at some point.

Whenever I need to know if books from Humanoids are any good, I ask our European readers to chime in. I’m looking at The Bombyce Network on page 290, which is set in early 20th-century France and sounds like an interesting thriller. What’s the word on this sucker, people?

Oh, those wacky Europeans!

Rick Geary has another “Treasury of 20th Century Murder” volumes on page 295 from NBM, this time focusing on Sacco and Vanzetti. I’m always wary about getting Geary’s work, because his very nice art style often doesn’t overcome his very dry writing style, but Sacco and Vanzetti are fairly interesting, so I might have to check this out.

Ray Fawkes’ One Soul from Oni on page 297 sounds … well, certainly interesting. He tells the story of 18 different people, and it appears each panel moves from character to character, capturing a moment in their lives. This could be brilliant or really, really awful, but I love ambitious projects, and this certainly is that!

If you love the Bronze Age, check out Back Issue #49 (page 334), which features all sorts of stuff from the 1970s. Greg Hatcher would want you to buy it!*

It's all groovy, man!

* And yes, if I mention Other Greg three times in a post, I get a “Get Off My Lawn and Give Me Your Cheesy 1970s Sci-Fi/Fantasy Television Show DVDs While You’re At It” badge, so I was one short this time around. Stay tuned to see if I can pick that sucker up!

And so we reach the end of another Previews. Well, not really, as there’s all that toy crap even further back, but if you really want a “Ghostbusters Lucy Bishouju Statue,” I really don’t want to know about it. So have fun digging through the catalogue for all the comics goodness contained within!

39 Comments

Internet Super-Star means you aren’t actually famous. Famous in a smaller pond, yes, but no Tom Hanks.

So Felicia’s about as famous a star comic book creator.

Amen on the Huntress costume. I grew up idolizing Jim Lee and then I grew up to facepalm that ridiculous design. Can we please have Helena wake up one morning and have a “WTF was I thinking?” moment and take her previous and apropos costume out from the cedar chest?

And as for Adam Hughes: That man can draw ANYTHING! He just makes his bread with hot chicks. Blame it on the easy titillation of boys and man-boys.

Tom Fitzpatrick

April 2, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Felicia’s a redhead, everybody loves a redhead. Especially if she’s a comic-book geek! ;-)

Well, the Next Men by John Byrne is my thing. I have all the issues (both the Dark Horse & IDW), so I won’t need the trade.

For some reason, the cover of Deadpool reminds me of the title sequence of the LAST BOY SCOUT, where the singer is belting out the theme song, and cheerleaders doin’ their thang! That’s just the way it is.

Here’s to hoping that Frazier Irving stays on Xombi as long as humanly possible!

What’s the name of that Secret History spin-off? No Kordey? Horrors, oh the horror!

Well, Brunhilde is the name of a valkyrie character in the Volsung Saga and the Nibelungenlied… you just can´t get more nordic than that. Later on, Wagner used her proeminently in The Ring of the Nibelungen, what probably helped a lot to popularise the character and the name.

There is a theory that the volsungan character was, indeed, inspired by tales of the autrasian queen but… I think it´s a stretch. It makes more sense just to assume that Brunhilde was a usual germanic name, popular among several tribes with ties to nordic culture, like the visigoths (wich, we must remember, as a germanic tribe).

DC will probably buddy up the Flashpoint miniseries in trade, as they have the Blackest Night minis.

“Um, DC, war profiteering isn’t all that uncommon or even illegal, so why is the fact that Oliver Queen is doing it so astonishing?”

Because he’s supposed to be a good guy. Infidelity isn’t uncommon or illegal, but it still reflects poorly on the people who engage in it.

That Deadpool cover is a perfect example of why I hate the character and his books. A 21year-old reference that would be right at home in a Jay Leno monologue. Will the next cover have a Monica Lewinski joke? How about some actual cleverness? Some wit?

I’ve been following Witch Doctor’s progress since the writer was just some guy on a Warren Ellis forum batting an idea around, so I will definitely be picking the series up. Image is getting a lot of my money this month– Rodd Racer looks great, and I may just pick up Trailblazer based on the strength of the premise alone.

I just read the issue of X-Force where Deadpool makes the Yahoo Serious joke.

THAT’S NOT FUNNY.

Travis Pelkie

April 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm

Yeah, and Oliver’s supposed to be a far lefty in the DCU, so it’s SO FUCKING OUT THERE that he’s a war profiteer. The timeline is ALL WRONG!!! Or something, I don’t fuckin’ know.

Mystery Men is that movie based off of Bob Burden’s characters, and they hang around with the Flaming Carrot in the comics. Which means despite Bob trying to get Marvel to cease and desist, the fuckers are stull going ahead with that title. So buy more Flaming Carrot and Mystery Men comics, from Bob Burden!!!

I guess Dan doesn’t dig that Deadpool cover because he’s not old enough to have owned and worn Hammer pants. Ooh yeah!

I hate myself now…

Having read a few things about that Andi Watson tennis thing, apparently it had started as a Millie the Model revamp, was created during the Jemas era (around when Trouble and Marville and shit came out), got shelved but now Marvel’s moved offices and found some old shit lying (or laying) around and is putting out anything they have. Although I like Andi’s writing, so it might be ok.

I hope Witch Doctor goes “Ooh, eee, ooh aahh ahh, ting tang walla walla bing bang”. I’ll SO buy it if it does.

Love and Rockets, where to start… Fantagraphics put out monster HCs (that I can’t remember the names of — Locas and Palomar, maybe) of all of the Xaime and all of the Beto stuff from L&R volume 1 a few years back. Since you’re not one to let price stand too much in your way, that might be a way to go. Otherwise, if you can find the Mechanics 3 issue mini from the mid 80s (for Xaime) or a trade with Beto’s Duck Soup in it, those are the L&R things I started with. You could start with the volume 2 stuff, but there’s a lot of back story there, too….

Greg:

I’ve put your request in the official 3 Chicks Suggestion Box.

Also, your “I Hate Men And The Comics They Make” badge in the mail. Expect arrival in 6 to 8 weeks.

Love,
Kelly

I usually hate current Deadpool too, but the mini is written by Chris Hastings from Dr. McNinja. That’s guaranteed awesome.

I love the Bendis run on Sam and Twitch. Medina is kind of an odd fit on art, but he only did the first 8 issues. Plus the page layout was clearly directed by Bendis so it reads like a typical Bendis crime comic (the repeating panels, interrogation scenes, etc). Alberto Ponticelli did a few issues that were nice. I believe it might have been his first US work. The last story arc had art by Alex Maleev (and guest-starred Jinx!) and it’s probably my favorite work of his.

Regarding Love and Rockets, here are a couple of guides to reading it:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=76&Itemid=135
http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2009/08/comics-101-los-bros-hernandez/

I jumped in cold with Death of Speedy and was hooked from there.

Andrew Collins

April 2, 2011 at 9:00 pm

From what I understand, the Marvel “girl’s tennis manga” title was something actually comissioned by Bill Jemas during his tenure at Marvel, and then shelved after his departure. I believe it’s been done and sitting in a drawer for these last 5-6 years. Why someone is dusting it off now is a mystery to me unless someone at Marvel thinks the trade for it will look good sitting alongside those shojo manga titles at Borders and Barnes & Noble…

Travis Pelkie

April 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm

To echo Diggity a bit, I think if L&R is your thing, you can jump in cold just about anywhere and be hooked. If it’s not your thing, it just won’t click. If you do dig it, all the back story will be part of the hook that reels you in.

Take a chance, Burgas! Jump in anywhere!

“So Felicia’s about as famous [as] a star comic book creator.”

If we judge Felicia’s fame via twitter followers (and I get that that’s a big IF) then she’s way more famous than a comics creator.

Felicia Day = 1.8+ million followers

Warren Ellis = 406k+ followers

BMB = 36k+ followers

Kate Beaton = 27k+ followers

Mark Waid = 12k+ followers

Gail Simone = 12k+ followers

etc.

I only know this because it kind of blew my mind when I realized it and it was discussed in an early 3 Chicks episode as I used it as an example of my mind being blown on realizing/remembering how small the comics market really is…

Anyway, something to consider.

Never read The Bombyce Network, but that’s probably because I’ve yet to enjoy a Corbeyran-written book.

Make of that what you will.

Tom: The Secret History mini-series is called Games of Chance.

Dan just doesn’t like that cover because someone stole his CD of Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em when he was six years old. He still bears the scars!!!!!

Travis: I guess it’s a generic enough term that Marvel can do it. It’s not like Burden has been lighting it up with product over the past decade or so.

Kelly: Man, I didn’t know you guys have a suggestion box. I would have demanded things sooner than this! :)

Hmmm … I guess I will just have to dive right in to Love and Rockets somewhere!

Not getting the new Dark Horse Presents Anthology, Burgas?

As for the DC Flashpoint stuff – I’m totally ignoring it. Likely I won’t even glance at the covers when they arrive in the store. (No, not even the Perez book.) But if you want the truth, the only one that even sounds remotely unique or original *is* the Canterbury Cricket (though I suspect it’s merely some play off Ambush Bug or something).

“Far be it from me to agree with Kelly, but are Abnett and Lanning the only DC writers capable of writing women?”

No. Paul Dini’s doing just fine on Zatanna, and I presume people around here still adore Gail Simone’s stuff on BOP.

I’m getting JBNM in singles but I’ve sort of been “meh” about it and have been blowing off reading it.

I’m going to try 50 Girls 50 from Image, possibly. At least I put a checkmark by it in the catalog. By the time I actually turn in my order, I may well cut it. Surprised you didn’t mention the $1 Samurai’s Blood miniseries (page 178), but did mention Shinku.

BACK OF THE BOOK

Not a comic but that “Afro Deetoo” T-shirt from Antarctic Press on page 223 is just screaming “gag gift” at me… (So are the lightsaber chopsticks on page 405, for that matter.)

DALE’S COMIC FANZINE PRICE GUIDE 2011 is also vaguely intriguing to me, but hasn’t been decided upon yet.

MARK SCHULTZ: VARIOUS DRAWINGS Vol 5 (Fliesh Publications), page 286 is a definite for me.

Apodaca: “That Deadpool cover is a perfect example of why I hate the character and his books. A 21year-old reference that would be right at home in a Jay Leno monologue. Will the next cover have a Monica Lewinski joke? How about some actual cleverness? Some wit?”

Nah, the next cover would more likely be a tribue to Celebrity Deathmatch and American Idol, Shaved Head Britney Spears vs. Sinead O’ Connor, with Deadpool, Alison Blaire, and Simon Cowell as the Judges and Mills Lane as the referee, with special guest ring enforcer Stone Cold Steve Austin.

“It’s getting on to summertime, which means … more and more comics! That’s always odd to me – it’s not like movies, where the kids are out of school. If you buy comics, you buy them all year, right?”

The owner of the comic shop I used to live near would tell me that during the summer he would get a lot of people walking past his shop who had no idea it was there and that more than a few would come in and try stuff out for the first time. If the comic publishers have heard this from a lot of retailers it might go part of the way to explaining why we see extra comics in the summer.

Kelly, why the heck would you ever go with twitter followers as a sign of anything? A lot of people don’t use twitter, and a lot of those twitterers (twits?) aren’t going to bother paying close attention to anything more than the minimum number of characters allowed in a shot. It’s a really weird, conveniently selective stat to pull out of nowhere.

As lovely as the Locas hardcovers are, they are missing some pretty wonderful stories. I’d suggest reading the paperbacks first – maybe a local library has them?

@stealthwise: Well, beyond the fact that I SAID in my comment that using twitter followers was a kind of arbitrary selective way to gauge anything, the reason I used it, is because twitter is a stat I can instantly pull up by doing a simple search…you have another way…let’s use it?

That said, whether you like twitter or not, the fact is, it’s here and it’s big, and A LOT of comics creators are on it and use it very effectively to promote their work. And the difference between 400K+ (the biggest comics creator following I could quickly find) and 1.8 million is pretty damn significant, whether you think twitter is legit or not.

Neil Gaiman 1.5 million followers

Felicia Day 1.8 million followers

I stand by my assesment.

@Patrick: Gaiman’s a good one. Are there others? I genuinely was trying to find other big comic creator names with twitter accounts…especially when I was surprised at the disparity between Ellis and Day.

But do we not find it a bit shocking that someone like Day who has been around for – no disrespect intended to either party – maybe 10 years max in the public eye, has 300k more followers than Gaiman, who has been around for more than 20 and has been fairly prolific in his writing?

But I’m not trying to be contrary or an asshole…as some seem to be taking this…I just thought it was interesting that Day, basically a sometimes actress, sometimes writer and producer who has been around a fairly small amount of time has 1.8 million followers on twitter. It took me by surprise, and reminded me how small the comics industry really is in its way.

What that says to me is that the internet really, really likes Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Really anyone who has ever been associated with a Joss Whedon project has a zillion Twitter followers.

And I certainly don’t mean any disrespect to The Guild when I say that. Whether or not people love Amber Benson’s novels, they didn’t originally get turned onto her through them either.

Ah, but we’re measuring their Internet fame. Compare them also to Wil Wheaton – former child star, geek blogger, writer, and a d-list actor (right now) (sorry Wil) at 1.7 million. Gaiman, Wil, and Day are all big fish in their small ponds. Day is nothing in Hollywood, but is a big name in web series. Wil is at the highest level as a geek blogger. Gaiman is a best selling writer. All small ponds where they happen to be big fish.

Also of note that their web presence starts about the same time and everyone else in comics started later. You are correct that Day still started later than the other two, but the point under discussion their current level of fame, not over their lifetime. Day’s career in the future may take her higher and probably will. But she’s not famous right now – except in the Internet sense of the word.

And to give you some idea how unreliable these numbers are in the bigger scheme of things – Tom Hanks? 1.7 million on Twitter. :)

Tom Fitzpatrick

April 3, 2011 at 11:26 am

I don’t use Twitter.
I don’t use Facebook.
I do use CBR.

And I’m all the better for it. ;-)

Gaiman is much better known for his non-comics work, though. He’s had profiles in the NYTimes, he’s worked in television and he’s written a number of well-received prose novels. I mean, my mother knows who Gaiman is and I guarantee she couldn’t name another comics writer/artist. And Day is probably better known for appearing in Whedon’s shows (Dollhouse, Dr Horrible; 2.5 million people watched Dr Horrible in the first 5 days it was available–comics don’t get that exposure) than for her comics or The Guild at this point.

She’s not Tom Hanks famous but she’s definitely more famous than even well-known comics creators.

I hated Dr Horrible and didn’t like the Guild webisodes enough to try more than a few, but I checked out the comics for the Jim Rugg art and enjoyed them quite a bit. Even the two most recent non-Rugg one shots are pretty good. I guess I’m kind of hooked. So if I did the Twitter, I might follow her.

Greg, these two descriptions were spot-on hilarious:

“Deadman and the Flying Graysons by Krul/Janin (page 80): FLASH FACT! This comic would be at least one billion times better if Cliff Chiang was doing interiors as well as covers.
Legion of Doom Starring Heatwave by Glass/Buchemi/Marzan Jr. (page 81): FLASH FACT! Literally no one in the world cares enough about Heatwave that he needed a “starring” credit. (15 June)”

Meanwhile, I’m excited about precisely two of these Flashpoint tie-ins (although I do like Kolins on the Rogues, so I’ll get “Citizen Cold” too): One is the Milligan & Perez mini (which kinda blows my mind that it’s happening) … and the other is the Canterbury Cricket one-off. Louis Bright-Raven is right: How can you not find it interesting? (Also, Rags Morales is a very talented artist and we don’t see enough of him these days.)

“Tom Hanks? 1.7 million on Twitter”

That’s cause my mom doesn’t know how to use ‘the twitter’ ;)

@Daniel: Agreed. My whole point was that comics is so small when put in perspective, which since it’s such a big part of my world, I frequently forget. I think someone like Gaiman probably does transcend “just comics” as plenty of people know him as a novelist…which makes him much more famous than “just a comics creator”…same could be said for Day. But even being a small time actress for a cult series (I’d say the same for Wheaton) is such a bigger pond to draw from than comics. Plus they’re hitting on multiple platforms…in Gaiman’s case a variety of writing mediums from short fiction and comics to novels and screenplays. In Day’s case, from comic book writer and “fictional star” to actress and writer/producer. It just covers a lot more ground.

Travis Pelkie

April 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Oddly, Kelly’s comments aren’t appearing in my emails with the other comments from this post. Weird.

Yeah, since Greg’s original point was that Felicia Day is described as an internet superstar, Kelly picked the perfect stats (twitter followers) to show that she is, in fact, an internet superstar. But I assume that DH promotes her as such because the Guild comic is based on an internet tv series…thingie. Webcast. Whatever the kids call it.

Regarding Gaiman’s semi-celebrity, I just loved those wire photos from the Golden Globes of “Amanda Palmer and friend.”

Yeah, “Internet Superstar” is because she is famous for doing a show on the internet. A show that is specifically being adapted into the Guild comic books. That’s all it means.

Like if we talked about someone who was famous for being in the NBA, we’d say “NBA Superstar,” and if we talked about a really famous comic book artist (like a Jim Lee), we’d say “Superstar Comic Book Artist.”

@Travis: That is because I am magic. Or I have invisibility powers…or something

Re: “Internet Superstar”

Yeah. OR it could be Brian Cronin’s TOTALLY OBVIOUS ANSWER. There’s a reason he’s our fearless leader folks. I suppose I was heading there…just in a round about maybe we’ll get there one-day kinda way.

Maybe the spam filter doesn’t like you again, Kelly.

I bet if anyone bothered reading more than the first paragraph of this post, there’d be other comments… hee hee hee. I kid, Greg.

Rich Johnson theorizes that the Canterbury Cricket is the Flashpoint Martian Manhunter.
It’s… surprisingly plausible.

Can we all acknowledge the obvious answer to why Felicia Day is more popular than Neil Gaiman on Twitter?

She’s an attractive female geek. I guarantee you that at least 10% of her followers think that she’ll notice some response they write and fall in love with them. And that is my extremely conservative estimate.

Gaiman (or any other male comic celebrity) could never hope to compete with this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/feliciaday/2661998785/

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