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Flippin’ through Previews – August 2011

Previews #275: GO!

It seems like Image is going more nuts than usual with new books, doesn't it?

Dark Horse:

You know, as good as The Umbrella Academy is, I’m still leery of musicians trying to write comics, and the fact that Tom Morello writing Orchid (page 24), a story about a post-apocalyptic teenaged prostitute, doesn’t fill me with confidence. More power to him, I suppose. And the first issue is only a dollar, so there’s that. (12 October)

Liam Sharp’s Aliens: Fast Track to Heaven gets resolicited on page 37. I imagine Sharp had to do other things that actually paid him money, but this is, after all, only 40 pages long. And it was solicited, what, a year ago? Man. (21 December)

Fear Agent solicits its last issue on page 38. It’s scheduled for 2 November. What’s the over/under on how late it is? A year?

I’m always a bit disturbed when actual people “guest-star” in comic books. Case in point: The Goon #36 (page 48), which stars Roxi D’Lite. I don’t know, but it’s just … weird. (2 November)

I don't know precisely why it freaks me out!

Milk and Cheese gets a hardcover omnibus gigantosaurus version on page 56. It’s only 20 bucks for 240 pages. Dorkin is going to be rolling in the dough, man! (21 December)

DC:

Wow! In Justice League #2 (page 68), Geoff Johns has Batman fight Superman! That’s unprecedented! And drawn by Jim Lee! Even more unprecedented!!!!!! Man, I can’t wait to see that truly original idea! (The reason I don’t like it when those two fight: If Batman has Kryptonite, then Superman flies out of its range, blasts Batman’s hand off with his heat vision, and then flies back and, you know, smashes Batman’s brains in. If Batman doesn’t have Kryptonite, just delete that first part.) (19 October – you’ll notice that’s six weeks after issue #1, which I’m sure they planned. Is the next issue shipping in December?)

Man, that cover to Savage Hawkman #2 (page 76). That’s … well, it’s something, all right. (26 October)

Comics R Phun!

The solicitation for Batman: The Dark Knight #2 (page 87) cracks me up: “And you won’t believe the jaw-dropping final page! Just keep repeating, “It’s only a comic book. It’s only a comic book …” Really, DC? Don’t you know the only people who read your comics are jaded old assholes like me? Listen, if the final page shows anything EXCEPT Bruce Wayne skull-fucking his father’s corpse while shoving a hand grenade up the Joker’s ass, I don’t think I’ll be telling myself that. I would pay cash money to see that final page, though. (26 October – wink, wink)

I’m a bit confused about Neal Adams’ complaints about DC not promoting Batman: Odyssey (the “second volume” of which is offered on page 88). Does Adams not realize he’s working for DC? When have they ever been run like a real company? I mean, Batman: Odyssey got as much push as, it seems, any other Batman book, which is to say, more than a lot of DC books. It’s just weird that Adams, after over 40 years in the industry, doesn’t know how it works yet. Oh well. (19 October)

I’ll be trade-waiting The Shade (page 99), but I’m very excited that Robinson is returing to his greatest comics triumph, especially as he’s not bringing back Jack himself. This ought to be neat-o. (12 October)

I trust someone will explain in the book how King Shark became a hammerhead (page 108; 12 October):

Man, that cover is all kinds of ugly

I’m a bit puzzled how, not so long ago, DC decided that their “30 pages for $3.99″ thing was too expensive, but after the reboot, they don’t seem to have a problem with it. Justice League and Action are both “40″ pages for $3.99, which makes sense because those are going to sell no matter what, but Men of War (page 110) and All-Star Western (page 111) are structured the same way. Now, 30 pages of story for $3.99 isn’t “more expensive” than 20 or 22 pages for $2.99, but myopic (and arithmetic-challenged?) comic book fans can’t see it that way, so maybe taking two of your sure-to-be-poor-sellers and doing this isn’t the best idea. You could do this with Green Lantern and no one would bat an eye. Well done, DC! Thanks for playing, Men of War and All-Star Western! (As I wrote in my convention post, Jimmy Palmiotti convinced me that All-Star Western would be awesome, but that doesn’t mean this is a good idea. I certainly wish both these books the best!) (5 and 26 October)

DC Comics Presents: The Jack Kirby Omnibus Sampler #1 (page 118) for $7.99: This is a good idea. Well done, Danny D!

The “DC Comics Presents” sub-line is a good idea, but DC is getting a bit greedy with Superman – Secret Identity (page 119). For 8 dollars, you get the first two issues of the mini-series, and presumably another 8-dollar book will follow. The good idea about the line is that, usually, these are comics that have never been collected and don’t fit into a traditional trade. Secret Identity has already been collected in a trade (I know, because I own it) and DC could just reprint that. What’s the point of collecting a single story in two separate issues? I thought this was to get a single story between two covers. Sigh. (Of course, Secret Identity is pretty awesome, so this is totally worth it, but still.) (19 October)

Batman: No Man’s Land volume 1 TP New Edition (page 120) is perplexing. First of all, I hope they photoshopped in pictures of the band singing “Cool it Now” in the background on every page, because that would be awesome. But DC claims that this includes the entire saga, even with issues that have never been collected before, which is groovy (and it’s 30 bucks for 544 pages, which isn’t bad). But if that’s true, why is this a “new edition”? That implies there was an edition before this. Did that version have fewer issues? I guess that’s possible, but if it is, why didn’t DC just collect the entire thing previously? Man, I think too much. (16 November)

DC is also collecting every single goddamned number one issue they release in September … in December, which is pretty impressive (page 121). $150 gets you 1216 pages of the DCU with that new car smell! I assume these will also be collected with the subsequent issues of the series, because if they’re not … that would be a douchey move by DC. But that’s still pretty cool, ain’t it? (7 December)

Spaceman launches on page 131. Vertigo is doing that “one-dollar #1″ thing, which seems like such a great move I can’t believe why DC proper and Marvel don’t do it. Oh well. (26 October)

Page 132: The Annotated Sandman volume 1, 50 dollars for 560 pages (in black-and-white, sure, but still). GodDAMNIT! I own Sandman in single issues, and I’m halfway through getting the Absolute editions, and I will DEFINITELY be buying this, because I’m a goddamned sucker for annotations. Well played, DC. You bastards.

The Eaters gets reprinted on page 135. I’m not sure why I missed this back in 1995, but I’ll get it this time! (5 October)

I guess anthologies are the new thing, because Vertigo has The Unexpected on page 137, featuring some coolio talent and this sweet Rafael Grampa cover:

Hot diggity!

I dig anthologies, so I’ll be getting this! (12 October)

IDW:

Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes crossover on page 145? I won’t be getting it, but that’s a fairly inspired pairing.

I don’t know if John Byrne has more Next Men in his noggin, but for now, we get Cold War #1 on page 149, which sounds like an old-fashioned spy yarn. Am I allowed to like John Byrne comics even though he’s, you know, kind of an asshat?

IDW’s latest “Artist’s Edition” is Wally Wood’s EC Stories on page 155. Man, I would love to get this. $125 seems a bit steep, but we’ll see.

Everyone knows artists in the 1950s sucked, so can you imagine what this would look like if Wood was actually any good?

Image:

Jonathan Hickman is writing and drawing a new one-shot, Feel Better Now, on page 176. Apparently it’s part of a set of three (or four, if you read the Internet and not Previews) of short (40-page) tales. However, Image seems kind of snotty in the solicit. It reads “[Feel Better Now] will not be collected for over a year, and is intended to have a shelf life of several months.” I suppose the reason it won’t be collected is because who the hell knows how long it will take Hickman to finish three of them, but doesn’t that seem kind of snotty? Why do comic book companies hate trades so much? Either way, I’m totally jazzed about this. (26 October)

Whoo-hoo!

I’m on the fence about Xenoholics (page 180), but I have to admit the idea of a support group for people who think they’ve been abducted by aliens is pretty awesome. (19 October)

Hey, on page 186 … is that … I think it is … yes, yes, it’s a solicitation for The Infinite Horizon #5! Huzzah! Phil Noto told me it was almost done, but I didn’t believe it until I saw it in Previews! Now, where’s Gemini #5, Faerber? (26 October … we’ll see)

Doc Bizarre, M.D. finally gets solicited on page 187. Joe Casey told me about this two years ago, I think (was it three?), so I’m very happy to see that it’s coming out. It might sound similar to Witch Doctor … but it’s not. Trust me. TRUST CASEY!!!!! Oh, and Andy Suriano is a pretty good artist, so there’s that. (19 October)

It's been too long!

Marvel:

Marc Silvestri drawing The Incredible Hulk (page 9)? Much like some of the other Image guys’ output, I have to ask: What’s the over/under on issues before a guest artist? Two?

Kaare Andrews’ cover for Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #3 (page 19) freaks me right the hell out.

Is he giving birth in mid-air?

The solicit text for Amazing Spider-Man #671 is the reason why Kelly Thompson loves comics so goddamned much: “Now the moment you’ve been dying to see, Tiger! Mary Jane Watson finally spiders-up! Plus a giant battle pitting brother against brother. But let’s face it, you just care about that cover!”

Oh, Humberto Ramos - what are we to do with you?

Oh, Kelly, why fight the weirdly-shaped bodies and rampant sexism? You know you want to embrace it!!!!!

Hey, did you know Captain America fought in World War II? If you didn’t, Marvel constantly reminds us, as we see on pages 31, 32, and 33. WE GET IT, MARVEL!!!!!!!!

I haven’t read anything by Dennis Hopeless, but he’s doing a Legion of Monsters mini-series on page 46 with art by Juan Doe. So that sounds pretty frickin’ cool.

I mean, it has to be better than Elsa's last mini-series, right?

So, on page 64, Deadpool #45 introduces “Evil Deadpool.” Um, isn’t Deadpool kind of evil already? Oh, wait – I’m sure he’s just misunderstood.

Marvel has a nice trade on page 101: The first issues of a bunch of their heroes from the 1960s. It’s 30 dollars for 488 pages (I’m sure it’s in black and white, but it doesn’t say), which isn’t bad. I’m sure many of you already have these issues in one form or another, but it’s still a nifty idea.

You know what time it is! Time to get ill, sure, but also time to head to the back of the book!!!!!

Ape Entertainment has a trade of Prodigal: The Egg of First Light on page 232. This is very entertaining, fun, and exciting action-adventure comic with nice art. Check it out!

Archaia ambitiously has a bunch of stuff this month. Black Fire (page 235) is a graphic novel about two soldiers separated from Napoleon’s army in Russia, where they discover some dark and nasty stuff. On the same page we get Black Charity, a thriller set in Britain that the solicit text manages to compare to Black Kiss, 100 Bullets, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Man, those are comparisons! There’s also a trade of Critical Millennium: The Dark Frontier, which is a pretty good sci-fi comic (the fourth issue of which is completed but hasn’t shipped yet). Finally, on page 238, they resolicit Killing Pickman, which I really hope comes out this time!

'Not final cover'? Why the hell not?

On page 244, Avatar offers the trade of Captain Swing and the Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island. You might want to ship that final issue, gents.

I got depressed on page 249. There we find Chopper #1 from Asylum Press. I’m sad not because I don’t want to read this (although it doesn’t look like my cup of tea – the Sleepy Hollow story “re-imagined” with a high school cheerleader in the (I guess) Ichabod Crane role), but because Juan Ferreyra is drawing it. Maybe Ferreyra really wanted to do this and got paid well for it (as I hope), but when shitty artists get work from DC and Marvel every day and Ferreyra is working for Asylum Press, I get sad. Oh well. I hope it does well!

Matt Phelan, creator of the very good The Storm in the Barn, has a new graphic novel from Candlewick on page 264. It’s called Around the World and in it Phelan tells three stories of late 19th-century adventurers who tried to circumnavigate the globe in various ways. Sounds very neat. But, of course, I dig historical stuff like this.

I can almost guarantee that this will be good

I guess all the beating-into-the-ground of their properties is working for Dynamite, because on page 269, we get … a spin-off of Kirby: Genesis. Sheesh. Wev.

I’ll probably get the collected edition of Hark! a Vagrant on page 287 from Drawn & Quarterly, because Kate Beaton is pretty funny, but I have to confess … I’m not that big a fan of her art. I mean, it’s okay and all, but nothing to write home about. I really hope Kelly doesn’t reach through the computer and punch me in the brain because I typed that, but I won’t take it back, I won’t! Still, Beaton is very funny, so I’m sure this will rock.

Support the Canadians!

There’s a new trade of Wasteland on page 312 from Oni Press. It’s the sixth volume, collecting the most recent issues (one of which hasn’t come out yet). I do hope Johnston can get this sucker back on schedule, because it’s so damned good.

Madam Samurai gets a second volume on page 316 from Scar Comics. This is a decent mash-up of samurai and Victorian tropes, so I’m glad to see a second volume. The solicitation text is funny, though – it reads “The long-awaited instalment [sic] … is here at last!” I mean, the first volume came out last year. This is actually fairly quick for a second volume. I mean, I’m still waiting for Last Call volume 2. Sigh. Remember Last Call?

Also on page 316, Mike Dawson has a new graphic novel from Secret Acres called Troop 142. It sounds awfully autobiographical, but Dawson is pretty good, so this might be worth checking out, especially because it sounds like a savage satire of the Boy Scouts. You don’t get enough of that!

I was never in the Boy Scouts, but I did attend an Eagle Scout ceremony when a friend reached it!

It’s a Wally Wood-o-rama in Previews this month, as you can get Wally Wood: Strange Worlds of Science Fiction on page 328 from Vanguard Productions. Lots of rare stuff in here, apparently.

If you can think of a better place to end than Wally Wood, I’d like to hear it! So let’s bring this latest round of zipping through everyone’s favorite monopolistic comics catalogue to a close. Don’t forget to dig through Previews for all the goodies contained therein!

42 Comments

On the USM pose . . . maybe Miles isn’t gay, but he’s obsessed with people looking at his taint.

Everything is so sexist these days,Greg. What a terrible world we live in…

Troop 142 looks so awesome! The cover is made to look like the Boy Scout Handbook of the late 80s.

Killing Pickman is finished. All of the artwork has been turned in. Proofs going to the printer this week. Barring a mishap at the printer or an act of Cthulhu himself, Killing Pickman will ship this time. This should be the final time this book is resolicited.

Love,
Jason e Becker
Co-Creator of Killing Pickman

“Everything is so sexist these days,Greg. What a terrible world we live in…”

No, there’s been rampant sexism for a long time. It’s just that there are more public figures speaking out against it now.

What’s that? You were trying to make some kind of sarcastic point? That didn’t work out very well.

Nitzan Rotschild

August 7, 2011 at 10:20 am

There were old editions of the No Man’s Land TPB’s which for some reason omitted some of the issues. I think they’ve been out of print for a while now.

And that Hawkman cover… I’m considering picking it up just to find out what the hell it means.

Except Mary Jane Watson is a super model. Wearing sexy outfits is…kinda what super models do, guys. If this was Carlie Cooper or something, I think you’d have a point.

I looked at that Hawkman cover and thought, “Man, the 853rd century Batman looks like he’s having a really bad day.”

Jason: Thanks for the update! I’ve been looking forward to the book for a few years, so I’m glad it’s coming out soon.

Jeremy: I’m far more annoyed by Ramos’s terrible anatomy, but to your point – if she’s exhibiting spider-powers and goes outside to do something with those powers (I don’t know if she does, obviously), shouldn’t she put on more clothing?

I’m sure she’s not gonna go out looking like that; I just thought it was a cool cover, like one of MJ’s various shoots but Spidey-themed, representing the newfound powers she has.

The thing that bugs me about is the eyes. EYES DON’T WORK THAT WAY, RAMOS!

I forgot to mention the eyes, because you’re so right about them!

Gianluca Glazer

August 7, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I’m definitely getting the IDW Wally Wood Artist Edition of his EC stuff. Great choice on IDW’s part for following up on The Rocketeer and Thor with this.

@Apodaca: I guess it didn’t, but I couldn’t care less about your opinion.

I just think it’s a bad cover because I don’t like Ramos’ art. Beyond that, I don’t see any problem.

Consider yourself punched in the brain Greg.

“Consider yourself punched in the brain Greg.”

He has brains?!? Will wonders never cease?!? ;-)

Re: the MJ cover. . . I’ll admit to knowing precious little about women’s fashion, but is there actually a place a woman can go to buy thigh-high sweat socks?

YEah, I like the MJ cover. Don’t think it’s as bad as a lot of others around.

Looking forward to some of the Image output as well.

I remember Last Call

Jake Earlewine

August 7, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Yeah, my reaction to “Batman fights Superman” in the JLA is about as “ho-hum” as yours. My flatulence is more original than that.

And the “Savage” Hawkman? I’ll pass. Let me know if the real Hawkman ever returns.

I am definitely excited about James Robinson’s Shade mini-series.

And IDW’s super-expensive Wally Wood Artist’s Edition that I truly can’t afford? Do I have to sell my children into slavery so I can buy this? Or what if I trade in 3000 Marvel and DC comics from the last twenty years? Do you think IDW will accept that? Or I could sell a kidney or a lung or something…

Beaton is a DELIGHT

Oooh, Mary Jane has Spider-Powers! Big Fucking Deal, Kelly and Greg!

JLA #1 is releasing early according to DC. It will normally be a week 3 book. They didn’t put the memo in the solicit.

I’m SO underwhelmed – no wonder the industry is in the crapper. How about something interesting? Or better yet how about soliciting new ideas with something that actually makes it interesting?

As Terry Moore says in his book on how to draw women (paraphrased), respect for the subject is the key difference between beautiful art and trashy porn. That Spider-Man cover falls closer to the latter category.

I’m revoking your comics blogger union card for that Beaton diss. Her art is amazing.

And the “Savage” Hawkman? I’ll pass. Let me know if the real Hawkman ever returns.

Which Hawkman do you think of as the “real” one? There have been so damn many versions. Just because of when I started reading comics, for me the “real” Hawkman would be pre-Crisis Katar Hol, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I want him back. I just want a Hawkman whose story makes sense, and that hasn’t been true since… well, since the Crisis, really.

I’d be excited about the Shade series if Robinson magically became as good of a writer as he was when he wrote the character before, but his stuff since then has been so terrible that I’ll be waiting for the trade to hit the public library before I’m willing to spend any money on it.

Is the “3.99 for 30 pages” selling 30 pages of a feature story, or is it the normal 22-page story, plus a back-up story? Because it is very annoying paying extra for a back-up when you really are just interested in the main storyline (that was a big drag for me when I was following Cornell’s Lex Luthor/Action Comics).

I like the Ramos cover and Ramos’s art in general. He’s not going for realistic anatomy, so I don’t think it’s fair to fault him for his figure work being exaggerated. Ramos is also pretty consistent with his exaggerations, and knows how to rein it in for a serious scene. Aside from the fact that he “enhances” Mary Jane’s boobs and waist – although Ramos draws all skinny characters with unnaturally slim waists – this cover dodges a lot of the usual sexist complaints, no prominently displayed cleavage, no come-hither face or fuck-me pose, no chains or thinly-veiled bondage. As someone said, it really just looks like he put a Spider-Island spin on the standard Mary Jane modeling shoot concept.

One last thing I want to say in Ramos’s defense is that dude is a hell of a storyteller. I read some unlettered preview pages of his for Spider-Man, and not only did I have no trouble following along, but it wasn’t until I picked up the actual comic a week later that I realized those pages were supposed to have words.

Oh and Greg, you need to pick up Troop 142. I suspect you may be right about it being autobio, but only because it’s such a damned convincing story. You can read much of it here:

http://troop142.mikedawsoncomics.com/index.html/

although Dawson says he’s changing things around and adding things for the published edition.

Humberto Ramos needs to learn how to draw or get out of the business.
I’ll grant that this Mary Jane cover is one of his better pieces, but one cover does not an artist make.

Yay, I always love this post each month!

Neal Adams shouldn’t be surprised that the people that run DC are nitwits, since he’s worked with the company off and on for years and years. They aren’t promoting Batman Odyssey because the first 3 issues were FUCKIN’ NUTS! Actually, I want to read more of it myself.

James Robinson also will be bringing Jack back, sorta. I’m not sure if it’s been written yet, but Tony Harris said at the Boston Comic Con that he’ll be drawing a GN of Starman set during the series, where Jack goes to Japan and faces the Yakuza and stuff. Not sure when it might come out.

Is the Spaceman #1 the same story from the Strange Adventures book a while ago?

Annotated Sandman gets me interested even more for being in B&W. I failed to pick up the HERO Comics 2011 book this week, but the Gaiman/Dringenberg/Kieth story looked cool when I flipped through.

Eaters was pretty good. Now I’ve gotta dig it out and reread it.

I may pick up that ST/LOSH xover. oh the geekery.

I’d say Beaton’s art is more of an acquired taste rather than calling it good or bad. I say good, due to fearing a through the computer punch by Kelly.

My favorite bit from this post, though, is the Feel Better Now one. You call the solicit snotty, then follow that up with “who the hell knows how long it will take Hickman to finish three of them”. It sounds to me more like Image wants to inform retailers that they’ll be able to display the book for awhile and should push it to Hickman FF trade waiters — “hey, here’s a new book by the FF writer, buy this while you wait for the next FF trade”. Y’know, marketing.

Maybe pretentious was more the word you wanted…

Wow! What a depressing article. I usually like these preview stories, but all you did was bitch and moan about what every company is bringing out. I can read about people whinging in the comments section, maybe next month, try getting laid before you write the article, so your not in a bad mood. haha…

Tom Fitzpatrick

August 8, 2011 at 5:06 am

I have a question: Is Chad Nevett still doing RANDOM THOUGHTS column? Ever since the new CBR web-page surfaced, I haven’t seen anything by Chad lately.

dhole: The solicits don’t say anything about back-up stories, so I’m not sure. Both All-Star Western and Men at War have two artists listed, which is a clue, but it doesn’t say. We’ll just have to wait and see!

Regarding the ASM cover … it’s not just the pose and the clothing, which are, as several of you have pointed out, fine. I don’t like that Marvel baldly states that no one cares what MJ does with her spider-powers, because all anyone cares about is that she’s in sexy pajamas on the cover. I’ve never liked Ramos’s anatomy, and this is a good example of why, because he’s not drawing MJ in motion so we can see all the annoying quirks of said anatomy. And of the other “Spider-Island” covers (mostly featuring men), they’re actually doing something with their powers. MJ is just posing. The entire package is more than a little annoying.

Travis: The Spaceman story might just be the first part of the issue, because it was so short, but it doesn’t say in Previews. I imagine you can ask Azzarello on Twitter, but that’s not enough to make me sign up for Twitter.

I never said Beaton’s art was bad, just that I don’t like it all that much. Semantics rule!!!!!

Tom: Chad wrote here recently that he’s doing some random thoughts on his blogathon, and maybe he’ll come back after that!

Faust: Sorry about that – I didn’t think I was in a particularly bad mood when I wrote this, nor did I think I bitched about the companies more than I usually do. I mean, when they make it so easy, it’s kind of hard not to. I thought I offered plenty of praise, too, but I guess not enough for your tastes. Oh well.

Umberto Ramos has never drawn realistically that I know of. And yet I love his style. Maybe he’s going for the ‘Daphne eyes’ look there (see: the very first Scooby Doo cartoon).

And if you are a supermodel, you CAN get away with fighting crime in your underwear! “This is, uh, my costume.” XD

Savage Hawkman just reminds me of all the sad attempts to make Hawkman work. Why not just wait until he does? What was wrong with the last version?

“Am I allowed to like John Byrne comics even though he’s, you know, kind of an asshat?”

The only thing that should matter is if you like the work/the quality of the work. The personality of the person who makes it is irrelevant. Remember back before the internet when we didn’t know about such things?

Also: Kate Beaton is hilarious. No one would accuse her of being a great “artiste,” but her style is perfect for what she does.

Musicians writing comics – like Grant Morrison and Alan Moore? Remember, musicians are people too!

Blair: I very much doubt if anyone thinks of Morrison and Moore as musicians. I don’t have anything against musicians writings comics, as I really like The Umbrella Academy, but if many prose writers don’t know how to construct a comic, I worry about musicians knowing how, too. Morello is welcome to do whatever he wants, of course!

Milk and Cheese is id in comic book form. I generally enjoy it, but I don’t know how much I could take at once!

“Now, 30 pages of story for $3.99 isn’t “more expensive” than 20 or 22 pages for $2.99, but myopic (and arithmetic-challenged?) comic book fans can’t see it that way”–In absolute costs it is more expensive. Sometimes I have four dollars to spend on comic books, sometimes I only have three. The price per page may be similar, but I do have to find another dollar to get a $3.99 book.

The annotated Sandman sounds interesting. Who is doing the annotating? I’m also curious to see the art in black & white.

That Wally Wood book is really pricey. You could wait until Fantagraphics comes out with their new EC Library books, which are collected by artist, not title. I think Wood is slated to be one of the early releases.

I’m a little confused how Feel Better Now is a one-shot that’s part of a set of three. I assume it’s something like a stand-alone story that will be related in some fashion to two forthcoming books, right?

Is Doc Bizarre an OGN, a one-shot, a series, or what?

Dan: Leslie Klinger is annotating Sandman. He annotated the Sherlock Holmes canon, and he did a damned fine job, or so I thought. Others might disagree!

It sounds like Hickman will be doing three separate one-shots that will be collected. I assume it will be collected as a “Hickman-o-rama” or something like that.

Doc Bizarre is an OGN.

I love Beaton, and she can draw better than I can by a country mile, but really, her art is not what drives her work. She’s got a great sense of humour and is able to draw upon history expertly to create funny situations.

Waiting for books to drop in the mail and come up the hill.
I don’t do advance order since it would take longer, I wait for these until 2nd printing or when its a week after.
Bought stuff at Walmart, thought it would make everything better but Dad is angry and I don’t know what to do now, just read weekly comic stack and now I’m waiting for books to drop in the mail and wait until they come up the Hill.
And I’ll buy those Issues of “Spider-Island” story, but I’ve been buying stuff by Garth Ennis and wating for Batman Incorporated and thinking about getting “Welcome Back, Frank” because I like Steve Dillion’s art like Ramos’s cover up there.
YES I LIKE THAT COVER, BIG WUP WHAT TO FIGHT ABOUT IT!?!?!?!
Just kidding.

Greg:

I wondered about the “No Man’s Land” thing myself, so I looked it up on Wikipedia, and I believe it said there that there were about 80 issues in the crossover, but only about 40 of them got collected in the original trades (some of which are out of print and some you can still get new from Amazon–checked that too). I hope this time around they’re collecting everything and not just MORE of it . . .

I’m trade-waiting Shade as well. Actually, though I almost never buy hardcovers, I’m kind of hoping that it will come out in a hardcover similar to all of those Starman Omnibus volumes I have.

I’m trying to decide if Juan Doe art is enough to get me to pick up that Legion of Monsters series. Assuming you’re going to get it, I guess I can read you reviews and then pick up the trade if it sounds like something I’d like.

A few items you didn’t mention:

Any thoughts on Metamaus? I’m a big Maus fan, so I’m hoping it will be good. I’m also hoping that the companion DVD is included with the hardcover, though Previews doesn’t make that clear.

Have you read Alan Moore’s Future Shocks, and if so, should I check it out? It seems like you’ve read and recommended most of the other Alan Moore and Alan Davis stuff that Rebellion/2000AD has put out, so I was surprised that you didn’t mention this one.

I’m intrigued by some of the characters in Red Anvil, Inc.’s War of the Independents (the Tick, the Bones, Madman, etc.), but I have no idea who Dave Ryan is.

Also, I’m pretty sure you’re a fan of both Jason Aaron and Kieron Gillen, so what are your thoughts on the big X-Men relaunch? You’ve probably posted about it elsewhere (sorry, I haven’t been keeping up very well online of late), but I’m more of a mainstream superhero guy (and long-term X-Men fan) than you, so I’m excited about it.

Finally, I’m not sure why, but I find the cover to Last Gasp’s Bizarro Heroes trade hilarious. I guess I should check out Bizarro and see if the collection might be worth picking up.

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