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Flippin’ through Previews – June 2011

Let’s check out this month’s Previews with the full knowledge that these are the last times we’ll see all these DC titles in their current incarnations!

Eliza Dushku fell off the map, didn't she?

Man, that cover is totally freaking me out. This is why photo-referencing is creepy. Agent Booth looks sexy, though!

Dark Horse:

I don’t have any interest in that Angel and Faith #1 (page 20), because I’m not a fan of anything Buffy, but Rebekah Isaacs is drawing it. Rebekah Isaacs, in case you’ve been living in a hole, is awesome. (31 August)

Evan Dorkin writes The Goon #35 (page 28). A different writer would be the only way I would buy The Goon, because Powell is a phenomenal artist but just not a good writer. There. I said it. (31 August)

Dark Horse Presents #3 (page 42) features some of Steranko’s Red Tide, the new edition of which has been teased for, I believe, 800 years. I mean, come on, Dark Horse!

Variant covers rule!

DC:

According to the solicit for the War of the Green Lanterns Aftermath #2 (page 62), they’re setting up the “next year’s worth of GL tales.” Is Tony Bedard writing the next year of Green Lantern? Or is he just writing this by editorial fiat? Only the Didiot knows for sure! (10 August)

Flashpoint #5 is solicited for 31 August (page 66). You already know that. DC has to be extremely confident that Kubert will finish it by then. I can only hope he’s actually done pencilling it by now, because that would totally suck if their GIANT PLANS were upset because they didn’t get Andy Kubert to start drawing five issues about a decade ago.

Whenever I think Kelly and the Chicks (they’re a new wave band, don’t you know) have been smoking the crack about the way women are portrayed in comics, Brett Booth or someone of his ilk hits us with this:

THAT'S how you do it!

Well done, DC. (Page 71; 3 August)

I’m trying to hate “Brittania’s” costume on the cover of Lois Lane and the Resistance #3 (page 79), but I just can’t:

What's not to love?

I admit, I love every ridiculous thing about this costume, from the topknot of hair that sticks out of her helmet to the giant metal breasts to the British flag loincloth. It’s frickin’ genius!!!!! (24 August)

I like J’onn J’onzz on the cover of The Outsider #3 (page 80) and the solicit text: “The Outsider’s greatest enemy is revealed!” Um, yeah, you totally revealed it on the cover. (17 August)

Yes, DC is revisiting JLA Detroit in this “Retroactive” thing (page 88). Rejoice! (10 August)

Darryl Banks draws DC Retroactive: Green Lantern – The ’90s #1 (page 92). Whatever happened to Banks? He’s obviously still drawing, but did he drop out of comics to go work in animation, like so many other people who wanted to, you know, make real money? (24 August)

Speaking of reboots, is Batman, Incorporated (page 94) just going back to #1 and continuing on its merry way? Reboots make my head hurt. (17 August)

Boy, what a clusterfuck Batman: The Dark Knight has turned out to be (page 95). DC isn’t even pretending that Finch is drawing it anymore, as they outright state that some dude who drew Soulfire is now the artist. Is the Didiot tossing and turning in his sleep for “stealing” Finch away from Marvel?

Scott Snyder, Jock, and Francesco Francavilla are no longer working on Detective Comics (page 96; “the extra-sized conclusion”). Is this a consequence of the reboot, or did they always plan to leave the book so soon? ‘Tec has been better than it’s been in some time (including the Batwoman issues – sorry, Kelly), and it would be a shame if these gentlemen got the rug pulled out from under them. (10 August)

If you buy Batman and Robin #26, featuring Nightrunner (page 97), then the terrorists win. Why do you hate America? (10 August)

Hot damn, that's a great cover

Superman #714 finishes the “Grounded” story on page 102. Does anyone else get the feeling that DC pulled this line-wide reboot just to retcon the JMS Superman and Wonder Woman crap? (3 August)

DC tries to sneak in the fact that Brian Bolland is drawing a story in The Spirit #17 (page 106). Damn, that’s tempting, especially because P. Craig Russell and Jose-Luis Garcia-Lopez are drawing the other two.

The latest “DC Comics Presents” thing is a reprint of Heaven’s Ladder, the JLA graphic novel by Waid and Hitch (page 111). This is not a bad book, but it pops especially because of the giant-sized format. I don’t know how it will work in the smaller size. (24 August)

All of Marshall Rogers’ Batman work is collected on page 112. It’s 50 bucks for 500 pages, and what I’ve read is pretty darned good, so if you’ve never read it, it might be something to pick up. (5 October)

There’s a Night Force hardcover on page 114, collecting the entire 14-issue run from the early 1980s. This is Wolfman and Colan, which is pretty neat. However, DC just released that “DC Comics Presents” thing with some of these issues, and now they’re bringing out the entire run? If I had bought the former, I’d be pissed. (19 October)

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen gets an omnibus edition on page 124, which is awfully nice of DC. Give them your 50 dollars and settle in! (26 October)

In case you haven’t gotten around to reading 100 Bullets, DC is releasing them in big ol’ hardcovers on page 126 – the first one is 50 bucks for the first 19 issues. 100 Bullets is overrated, but it has nice art. (5 October)

Bill Willingham has a second Fables graphic novel on page 127 called Werewolves of the Heartland. This tells the story of what Bigby was doing a few issues ago wandering around the Midwest. It’s odd yet keen that Willingham does this sort of thing outside of the usual run. (5 October)

The New York Five gets the trade treatment on page 129. If that’s your thing. (21 September)

Speaking of Azzarello and Risso, Vertigo Resurrected: Jonny Double is offered on page 131. As usual with these things, 8 bucks for this is a good value. (10 August)

Whoops! Sorry, Mark Chiarello!

IDW:

I never read Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but some people did, and now IDW is bringing it back on page 138. Eastman is still around, but Laird isn’t. Meanwhile, the first seven issues of the original series are collected in a trade. Fifty dollars for it might be a bargain!

I have no idea if Creed: Omnichronos is any good (page 159), but I just wanted to point out that it’s Trent Kaniuga’s comic. Trent Kaniuga was a hot artist in Wizard in 1996, but I never knew he did any comics work before heading off to video games. But there he is!

It has to be good, right?

Mnemovore gets a trade on page 162. This was a Vertigo series from 2005 with gorgeous Mike Huddleston art. The story isn’t bad, but it’s not superb, either. I’m surprised it’s never been collected in trade before. Hmmm.

Image:

Dear Sweet Lord, Rob Liefeld:

Gem of the Month, Previews? Really?

(page 166; 3 August)

And then, on page 169, you can throw down 6 dollars for The Infinite #1 Deluxe Edition, with “mountains of [motherfucking] behind-the-scenes sketches and illustrations by Rob Liefeld!!!!!” (There’s no “motherfucking” and no exclamation points, but there should be!) Man, how can you resist?!?!?!?!?

Over on page 186, Sweets is offered as a trade. Kody Chamberlain’s art is very nice, but I do have to re-read it to see how it all fits together, as it took a while to come out. The trade won’t have that problem! (24 August)

Marvel:

You know, I always wondered how Marvel could make Ghost Rider viable, and the answer is, of course, TITS! (page 7; 10 August)

It's the ONLY way you can tell she's a chick, man!

The knowledge that Greg Land uses porn actors as photo references makes me really wonder on whom he based Colossus (page 13; 17 August)

I mean, seriously

Ultimate Comics Ultimates (page 19). I can’t stop laughing about that name. (24 August)

I don’t have any interest in “Spider-Island,” but Emma Rios drawing the Cloak and Dagger tie-in mini-series (page 22) is good news indeed. (10 August)

Secret Avengers #16 (page 28) is how I like my Warren Ellis on corporate characters: short stories drawn by amazing artists, in this case Jamie McKelvie. Ellis is on the book for six issues. That’s about how long he should be on it! (24 August)

I'm already excited!

Page 37: Iron Man 2.0 #7.1. I knew it was coming, but that doesn’t mean it’s not funny. (3 August)

I really do love reading solicitation texts, because they’re so much fun. On page 5 (Alpha Flight #3), Dale Eaglesham is “legendary.” Hey, I like Eaglesham, but “legendary”? Esad Ribic, your Ultimate Comics Ultimates (heh) artist, is a “superstar.” Depends on how broad your definition of “superstar” is, I guess. Then, on page 43, Greg Rucka’s Punisher #1 is offered with art by “neo-superstar” Marco Checchetto. What the heck is a “neo-superstar”? He’s newly minted as a superstar, whereas Ribic has been one for years? I guess so, but exactly how is Checchetto a “superstar,” neo- or otherwise? (3 August)

I really want pants like this (page 75):

Has Brett Booth ever actually seen pants?

Unfortunately, I don’t have Brett Booth drawing me, so no luck, I suppose. (N.B.: I would kill myself painfully if Brett Booth was drawing me.) (17 August)

Marvel rolls out another weapon-sized Omnibus, this time the Fantastic Four by John Byrne variety (page 81), which packs over a 1000 pages into a $125-package. It’s not that they’re not good comics, because they are, but that’s still a hefty book to take on the bus with you. I’m still pissed that the Thor one seems to have replaced the Visionary trades, because Marvel let volume 5 go out of print and I still don’t fucking have it yet!!!!! Grrrr!!!!! (2 November)

I own all the issues, but I’m sorely tempted by the X-Statix Omnibus on page 82. I might have to skip it, though, mainly because I don’t want to accidentally drop it on my daughter’s head and kill her. (2 November)

Over on page 91, we get Black Widow: The Itsy-Bitsy Spider hardcover, which collects the two trades from the turn of the millennium. One is drawn by J. G. Jones and is gorgeous, while the other is drawn by Scott Hampton and is less so, although it’s probably the better story. These have been collected before, right? Either way, if you don’t have it, it might actually be worth it just for the Jones art. (2 November)

If you buy your Peter David Hulk stories in Visionary trade format, the eighth volume is offered on page 114. These are, of course, really good comics. It’s nice to see that Marvel seems committed to releasing them, at least for a while (until the inevitable 10,000-page Omnibus edition). (10 August)

I think it’s time we headed to the back of the book! Join me, won’t you?

Archaia finally gets around to soliciting the collected edition of The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury on page 227. The single issue of this that came out a few years ago was phenomenal, and I’m so glad it’s actually showing up … of course, it still might be ridiculously delayed. Oh, Archaia, you’re lucky your books are so good! They also have the third volume of Tom Siddell’s Gunnerkrigg Court (page 226), which you can read for free on-line, of course, but who wants to do that? Also offered is the Feeding Ground hardcover on page 227. I haven’t finished reading this yet, perhaps because any issues Archaia sends to me are going to Arizona, where they await my return, but it’s an intriguing comic so far!

It's been too long!

I’m kind of sad that a lot of Avatar’s output no longer interests me, because they’ve often had good work in the past. But Warren Ellis’s latest crazy take on superheroes, Supergod, is out in trade on page 236, and Ellis’s crazy takes on superheroes are always fairly interesting. I’ll have to ponder this.

Boom! has a trade of Codebreakers on page 247, if you’re interested. This is a pretty good espionage series, made better by Scott Godlewski’s very good art. On page 254, Boom! also has Roger Langridge’s new series, Snarked, which looks fun (and the zero issue is only a dollar). I’m not sure if it’s the “most anticipated series of 2011,” but solicitation texts tend to be a tad exaggerated, so I’ll let it slide!

I have no interest whatsoever in Candlewick Press’s Tantalize: Kieren’s Story on page 258, because it’s about teenaged werewolves, and none of them are Michael J. Fox, but I should point out that it’s drawn by Ming Doyle, who’s really good. So it will look nice!

Gordon McAlpin’s Multiplex shows up in a trade on page 258 from Chase Sequence. The collection has been available for a while, but it just made it into Previews. Huzzah! Our Dread Lord and Master reviewed this here.

Kevin Smith begins a new series from Dynamite, this time going with The Bionic Man (page 262). I could rant about the kind of creator Kevin Smith has turned into, but I’m not going to. I’m just going to figuratively sigh.

So Jennifer Blood has a seventh issue … without Garth Ennis (page 266). Huh? Is it an ongoing? If so, huh? Isn’t Garth Ennis the only reason anyone is buying this? Odd.

There’s a new Optic Nerve on page 281 from Drawn & Quarterly. If Adrian Tomine is your cup of tea, that is.

There’s a new Ganges on page 284 from Fantagraphics. If Kevin Huizenga is your cup of tea, that is.

Fantagraphics also has Mark Twain’s Autobiography 1910-2010 by Michael Kupperman (page 284). Tales Designed to Thrizzle is always a bit hit or miss for me, but Kupperman is very talented, so this long-form book of Twain’s adventures in the 20th century might be frickin’ awesome. Or at least intriguing enough to give a look!

Fingers crossed!

On page 290, Gumby Comics reprints all of Arthur Adams’s Gumby Specials from years and years ago. I’ll probably get this, even though it will make me sad that Adams hardly does any work anymore, and when he does, it’s on a Jeph Loeb book.

Kickstart Comics has Book Smart on page 293, which is a collaboration between Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Juan Santacruz. The last time I read a book by these three gentlemen, it was The Twilight Experiment, which was pretty good. Plus, this is espionage-y, so of course I’m going to give it a look!

I still haven’t gotten around to reading Blankets, but Craig Thompson has a new book out, Habibi, from Pantheon Books on page 304. It’s a love story set in the Islamic world. It looks neat.

That's a chunk of book right there

New Frank Quitely! Okay, not really. On page 308, 2000AD has a couple of collections with Quitely art: Missionary Man: Bad Moon Rising and Hondo-City Law. I question how much of them Quitely actually draws, though. Also available is Shakara the Avenger, with Henry Flint on art. Henry Flint is, you know, good.

Yes, there’s a new Atomic Robo mini-series on page 310 from Red 5 Comics. Rejoice!

There’s a new printing of The Middleman: The Doomsday Armageddon Apocalypse from Viper Comics on page 331. This isn’t quite as good as the “regular” series, but it fits in well with the television series (which you all own, right?) and features plenty of humor.

If we move into the book section, there’s an interesting book on page 343: Dracula Illustrated, which is illustrated by none other than Becky Cloonan, so it will look great. I’m not sure how many illustrations she does, but if you don’t own an edition of the original yet, here’s an opportunity!

So that’s another month of Previews. Have fun checking it out! I can’t imagine there will be anything to write about next month, so it’s important that you give Previews a thorough reading this time around!

38 Comments

“Does anyone else get the feeling that DC pulled this line-wide reboot just to retcon the JMS Superman and Wonder Woman crap?”

See, I think it’s the other way around. They let JMS do whatever he wanted because they knew if it bombed, they could just use the reboot as a way to retcon it.

And now I must flee, for DC’s crack team of re-educators are surely closing on my position, bent on wiping the very word “reboot” from my heathen’s brain.

We get it: You don’t like DC (or really you just don’t like the editorial and disagree with their decisions). Move on. The jokes are old and boring.

“Is Tony Bedard writing the next year of Green Lantern?”

Yes, he’s been writing Green Lantern Corps, and is writing the “new” series Green Lantern: The New Guardians.

Just so you know, that’s Mark Chiarello doing the cover for Johnny Double. Or, at least, his name’s on it.

Sorry but your opinion matters zero..especially after you say something as dumb as 100 Bullets is overrated.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

June 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Hey Greg, happy belated b’day!
Loved the post you did – really hit the nail on the head about why comics are awesome – but didn’t get a chance to say so when I read it!

I can only hope he’s actually done pencilling it by now, because that would totally suck if their GIANT PLANS were upset because they didn’t get Andy Kubert to start drawing five issues about a decade ago.

There was a preview of Flashpoint in Flash #1, with Kubert art.
At the time I remember thinking that I hoped they’d started him on the pages from then.
He used to be monthly on X-Men, didn’t he?

DC isn’t even pretending that Finch is drawing it anymore, as they outright state that some dude who drew Soulfire is now the artist. Is the Didiot tossing and turning in his sleep for “stealing” Finch away from Marvel?

And yet the first two issues still topped the charts.
I think DC hasn’t learned that they do this to their artists – it’s the same as Lee on ASBAR. His art appears everywhere EXCEPT on the book they’ve solicited with his art on.
Methinks having Finch on a whole heap of covers, and getting him to do a special the month before his series launched wasn’t the best idea.

Scott Snyder, Jock, and Francesco Francavilla are no longer working on Detective Comics

I can’t believe DC would let that happen to such a good book, that was gaining readers.

Does anyone else get the feeling that DC pulled this line-wide reboot just to retcon the JMS Superman and Wonder Woman crap?

According to JMS, from an article linked to on Bleeding Cool, JMS left the books because he knew the reboot was coming, so none of it mattered.
Odd to hear a writer talk that way about stories – that’s more a fanboy thing.
Then again, he declared OGN’s the way of the future after he left those books to solely do OGN’s, which Hibbs somewhat disproved by showing the numbers of series/collections vs OGN’s, so methinks he shifts goalposts to suit himself.
Still MOSTLY writes good books though.

The latest “DC Comics Presents” thing is a reprint of Heaven’s Ladder, the JLA graphic novel by Waid and Hitch (page 111). This is not a bad book, but it pops especially because of the giant-sized format. I don’t know how it will work in the smaller size. (24 August)

I brought the oversized version last week at the bookshop.
For two bucks more than the re-release, I got it in giant sized.

Trent Kaniuga was a hot artist in Wizard in 1996, but I never knew he did any comics work before heading off to video games.

I enjoyed his book Creed at the time, but have no idea if it stands up now.
The art was pretty though.

Travis Pelkie

June 5, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Yeah, that Jonny Double cover looks like it’s just Chiarello, not him coloring a Dave Johnson cover. Both are nice guys, I met ‘em at the Boston Comic Con last month. And Chiarello said more Batman Black and White is on the way, and JG Jones said he’s doing a story for it.

Who did that B&R cover? It is SOOO sweet! I’d say Seth Fisher if I didn’t know he’s no longer with us, but is it Cameron Stewart?

more comments later.

Greg:

6 issues is not a short story, it’s a novella length story. Short story = one shot or at most 2 part story. And honestly, THAT is all Warren Ellis should be allowed on anything that’s not his own property.

Due to 2 public holidays in a week, this week’s comics shipment was delayed here in Oz and I was looking forward to reading Previews, so thank you for this sneak peek.

“Didiot.” I haven’t read that before, so I can only assume you came up with it and therefore, may just have created fandom’s new catchphrase.

Blankets is awesome and you should definitely read it. It was the first book that really showed me how great non-spandex comics could be.

Miranda Mercury finally being collected is awesome news.

Travis Pelkie

June 5, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I do believe that Ellis is on for the 6 issues, but each issue is a one shot story, each one illustrated by different artists. So, yeah, Greg was unclear, but Ellis is doing (hopefully) done in ones. Which Secret Avengers seems would be the perfect title for.

Travis Pelkie

June 5, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Oh, everyone on the internets says “Didiot”. Greg’s not nearly that clever :)

Blankets is awesome, and I just got an email from Top Shelf this week saying that they’re coming out with a new version (I think it’s just the HC, not the SC too) with different/better paper, blah blah. Well worth reading. He’s been working on Habibibibibibibi for quite a while (my apologies, I wasn’t sure how to spell it, and I didn’t want to scroll back up to see).

FunkyGreenJerusalem

June 5, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Who did that B&R cover? It is SOOO sweet! I’d say Seth Fisher if I didn’t know he’s no longer with us, but is it Cameron Stewart?

It looks very Chris Burnham to me – he’s like the love child of Quietly, Fisher, Darrow and with that cover, Bolland.

Evan Dorkin seems like he’d be a good fit for the Goon, but I don’t think it’ll be getting any classier.

How is DHP being collected? Can I get just the Concrete stuff?

Brian Bolland and P. Craig Russell in the same issue? I might be buying my first new comic in a year and a half.

What’s in the LXG omnibus? Everything pre-Century?

I’ll get around to reading Tomine’s & Huizenga’s work; I don’t think I can wait for Kupperman’s Twain book, though!

I went into Blankets expecting a lot, and I was really disappointed, but I loved Goodbye Chunky Rice. Thompson’s new book will probably be something I’ll check out of the library (they’re bound to get it, considering how well-circulated Blankets is).

I know the “Didiot” stuff is tongue-in-cheek, but it still comes off kind of poorly, especially in an internet filled with that stuff. Just my impression!

The League Omnibus has volumes 1 & 2, but not the Black Dossier.

Tom Fitzpatrick

June 5, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Does anyone know what issues of John Byrne’s Fantastic Four is being reprinted in the Omnibus?

I might go for that one.

elbichoemboscado

June 6, 2011 at 12:09 am

- However, DC just released that “DC Comics Presents” thing with some of these issues, and now they’re bringing out the entire run [of “Night Force”]? If I had bought the former, I’d be pissed. (19 October) –

Yeah, I’m pissed, really pissed…

‘Didiot’? How very 2007.

Travis Pelkie

June 6, 2011 at 1:25 am

Dude, there’s a big spoiler on that Previews cover. Wow. Gage is a nice dude, and I’ll probably pick this up in trade, once I finish my Buffy s8 collection. And Dushku’s too busy with Rick Fox.

Steranko’s Red Tide? Hope it’s a monthly thing.

Andy Kubert was doing Flashpoint designs a year ago (they’re in the back of issue 2), so I HOPE he’s done with 5 by now. I asked his dad at the Boston Con if he ever got on the boys about deadlines (I ALREADY pissed him off, so I figured what the hell), and he said he never had to get on them about them. hee hee

Kelly and the Chicks was a great New Wave band, and they toured with the Waitresses, which went fine until they flipped after hearing “I Know What Boys Like” one too many times.

Daryll Banks, I think is in animation, Ron Marz had a column a few weeks back on CBR about the Retro book and what Banks has been doing.

Supposedly the plan was for Snyder et al to finish Black Mirror in ‘Tec in August anyway, and it just happened to coincide with the reboot. But something else he tweeted made it sound different — maybe funky saw the comments on the one post on bleeding cool about it.

Good thing the Eiffel Tower in the regular DCU is still around, or else it couldn’t poke Dick in the eye. Um…

And that probably is Burnham. Sweet lord, DC, get him exclusive NOW!!! On Batman INC!!! Or something else, just SNAP HIM UP!!!

The Spirit — I think those stories are B&W. Again, over at bleeding cool, Rich posted that there was an 80 page B&W special that got cancelled, then they scheduled these stories to appear in the regular title. Or something.

Night Force looked cool, how much is the HC?

“Nice” of DC to put out a League Omni my ass. Just another way to screw Moore, and STILL not release Black Dossier with the 7” record!!! ARRGHH!! (Convenient too that it’s coming out around when Century 2 is coming out, huh?)

First 7 issues of the original TMNT? Wonder what they’re doing about issue 8. That’s the one with Cerebus in it. I heard that Laird was redoing the book to take Cerebus out, but that was before the sale of TMNT to MTV. Bet they’ll just skip that issue.

Didn’t Kaniuga (red alert, red alert, KANUIGA)(or else it’s the sound at the start of the Breeders’ “Cannonball”) do a GR mini with Devin Grayson back in the day?

Mnemovore — I’ve got the first 2 issues, I should either back issue hunt down the rest or grab this trade. Vertigo’s good at missing out on collecting some of their stuff, huh? This, Outlaw Nation, Cruel and Unusual, a few others I’m forgetting.

GR chick is…not as cool as I would hope for. There was a What If Barbara Ketch was GR, but I haven’t read it yet.

That Colossus pose looks like it would be from porn. Oh my!

What all’s in the XStatix Omni? All the XForce issues, too? The Wolverine/Doop 2 parter? The Dead Girl mini? I gots to know! (speaking of Doop, anyone read Nation X and see the Doop story? The Doop speak was all nonsense, except for when he faces Gambit and it reads “Oh Noooose, les cards!” or something like that.)

Tantalize by Ming Doyle, alright! She was a cool lady. I got a pic of her in Thor gear, check it out: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2011/05/10/guest-post-boston-comic-con-best-comic-con-ever-or-bestest-comic-con-ever/

Ooh, Art Adams Gumby. How many did he draw? I know the one is written by Bob “Flaming Carrot” Burden, so it MUST be good.

Ok, I think I’m done. Disappointed with the lack of boobies, but hey, the Suicide Girls mini must be done by this Previews. Please god, let them do more!

Hermes Press is collecting Johnny Hazard : The Newspaper Dailies in a 9″ x 11.75″ x 1.5″.

Tom Fitzpatrick

June 6, 2011 at 3:17 am

@ Travis Pelkie: That Red Tide by Steranko is a one-shot graphic novel (if I remember right). Not a serial.

Travis Pelkie

June 6, 2011 at 3:27 am

Darn, we won’t get the Red Tide monthly.

Pelkie
Most
Sad

I hope the pages flow well.

Are there other menstruation references I can make to try to salvage my original lame ass joke? Please?

Oh, no! My jokes are old and boring! There goes my career as a professional comedian, plus I’ll have to refund all the money people spent to read this post!

I always love how people assume I hate DC. I’m just as hard on Marvel, and I praise both companies in about equal amounts, yet for some reason, I hate DC. How about this: When DC and Marvel stop doing things worthy of ridicule, then I’ll stop ridiculing them. How’s that?

Jose: 100 Bullets starts very well, has some excellent arcs, but the mega-plot is somewhat dull and it feels like it goes on waaaaay too long, as if Azzarello desperately wanted to do 100 issues but didn’t have the story for it. Plus, he totally screws up the ending. “Overrated” doesn’t mean “bad.” It’s a good comic, but it’s certainly not the best thing Vertigo ever did, or the best crime comic ever, or even the best crime comic during the time it was being published.

Somehow I missed Chiarello’s name (fixed it now!). The solicitation says the cover is by Johnson, so maybe it’s getting a new one for the collection but it’s not finished yet?

FGJ: Thanks, sir!

Louis: Travis is right, and I didn’t word it correctly: Each Ellis issue is a standalone story, apparently.

The B&R cover is indeed Chris Burnham.

Dan: Dark Horse hasn’t had anything yet about how DHP is being collected.

Tom: The John Byrne thing collects (deep breath) Marvel Team-Up #61-62, Marvel Two-in-One #50, Spectacular Spider-Man #42, Avengers #233, Thing #2, Alpha Flight #4, and Fantastic Four #215-218, 220-221, 232-262, and Annual #17.

Travis: The Night Force HC is 40 bucks for 14 issues. The X-Statix omnibus collects (another deep breath) X-Force #116-129, Brotherhood #9, X-Statix #1-26, Wolverine/Doop #1-2, Dead Girl #1-5, and some other “material” from X-Men Unlimited #41, Marvel: My Mutant Heart, and Nation X #4. And I don’t know how many Gumby things Art Adams did. Sorry!

Tom Fitzpatrick

June 6, 2011 at 5:35 am

@ Mr. Burgas: Damn, I was hoping that they would also collect FF # 263-290(?), but I guess that’ s the second volume — if they do that.

@ Travis Pelkie: Check out the movies ANTICHRIST and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (2010), that in itself, I’m sure would CURE you of your lame ass jokes regarding women menstration (not to mention breasts). Warning: It might cure you of women altogether.

The 100 Bullets comment made me sad, but I pretty much agree with you. The series has moments of brilliance, but it shouldn’t have lasted 100 issues.

I was surprised with your interest in Supergod, because I remember you criticizing the series a bit when it was coming out. It’s good, but I think Chad Nevett was too generous on his reviews for CBR.

And when can we expect the triumphant return of What I Bought? How can I know which comics to read without your take on them?! :-)

Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin

June 6, 2011 at 5:57 am

@Greg Burgas

“Dark Horse Presents #3 (page 42) features some of Steranko’s Red Tide, the new edition of which has been teased for, I believe, 800 years. I mean, come on, Dark Horse!”

It’s not Dark Horse’s fault that they haven’t published “Red Tide” yet. Steranko decided to redraw the whole thing. He’s a great artist, but he isn’t fast.

The Bionic Man is the same deal as Kevin Smith’s GREEN HORNET — they are recycling an unproduced screenplay. I suspect that is largely the extent of his involvement. I think it’s Phil Hester that’s doing the heavy lifting on the writing.

This particular screenplay was available on the internet, originally titled THE SIX BILLION DOLLAR MAN. It was going to be a big-screen update, back when that was the big new thing. I read it and was not terribly impressed.

I am still sort of interested in the comics. That was my era, I can’t help myself. However, knowing the source has tempered that interest considerably.

Akaky: Thanks for the info. I thought the sucker was done a while ago.

Dude: I don’t know if I criticized Supergod as a book, because I didn’t read it. I probably criticized the fact that Ellis was doing another take on superheroes as gods, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t do it well. I haven’t made up my mind about getting it, but I’m thinking about it!

I should be back in the Basin on the 20th of June, meaning I’ll start getting my backlog of comics that week. I can’t wait to take out a home equity loan to pay for them all, but I’ll be back to weekly reviews then!

I always though 100 Bullets was overrated as well. It was ok, just nothing special.

Best book in the June Previews is New Love & Rockets Stories vol 3 #4!

I first picked up 100 Bullets thinking it was another volume of Stray Bullets, and at first I was confused why it wasn’t nearly as good . (I hadn’t yet learned Lapham’s or Azzarello’s names, and was clearly shaky on the name of the series as well.) Some of the stories were OK, but yeah, I couldn’t have cared less about the larger storyline.

Hey Greg,

Wanted to mention that this month’s Previews has a cool title from Image Comics called, The Vault. It’s definitely worth checking out. There is more info at http://www.facebook.com/thevaultcomic.

Tom Fitzpatrick

June 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm

“The 100 Bullets comment made me sad, but I pretty much agree with you. The series has moments of brilliance, but it shouldn’t have lasted 100 issues.”

@ The Dude: Then the book wouldn’t have been called “100 Bullets” :-)

(Sometimes, I kill myself!!!) ;-)

FunkyGreenJerusalem

June 6, 2011 at 5:45 pm

@ The Dude: Then the book wouldn’t have been called “100 Bullets

I vaguely remember back when the book was a few years in, Azzarello said he’d make it 100 issues as everyone seemed to think it was going to run that long.
Then, a few years after that, there was a con where Brian Wood was asked how long either DMZ or Northlanders would run, and Azzarello stopped him and said ‘Don’t put a number on it – they’ll hold you to it’.

‘Supergod’ is worth reading for the ideas alone. The execution’s a bit lacking, and it drags at times. But its still a solid look at superheroes as messiahs.

Dude, stop calling Didio ‘The Didiot.’ Its really stupid and juvenile. He has made some really bad decisions, and I am not a fan of his in any way, but c’mon. There are better, funnier ways to be snarky.

Travis Pelkie

June 7, 2011 at 6:27 am

(Sometimes, I kill myself!!!)

Oh, we could only hope, Tom :)

hee hee hee j/k

Sorry to see that everyone here is wrong about 100 Bullets. I’ll defend the story (both vignettes and overarching) all-day long, but how do you argue with folks who call 99 issues of sweet, sweet Risso art “okay” or “over-rated”?

Atomic Robo, on the other hand, is, to me, just okay and over-rated by most of the blognoscenti.

Glad I can still agree with Greg on the greatness of X-Statix, the deficiencies of Eric Powell as a writer, and the icky feeling you get when you look at almost anything drawn by Rob Liefeld, Greg Land or Brett Booth.

Thanks for the Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show nod! :)

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