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Flippin’ through Previews – September 2011

You know it’s a new DC when Aquaman graces the cover of the latest Previews. Has the world gone insane?!?!?!?

Needs more BLOOD!

Dark Horse:

On pages 28 and 29, we get two different Buffy-related comics (Angel and Faith #4 and Buffy Season 9 #3) with the big banner “Joss Whedon Returns!” Let’s look at the credits of the comics, shall we? Angel and Faith has Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs, Dan Jackson, and Steve Morris, while Buffy has Andrew Chambliss, Georges Jeanty, Dexter Vines, Michelle Madsen, and Steve Morris. What exactly is Whedon doing? And while they feature Whedon characters, it’s not like it’s been five years since they were in comics and these are both #1 issues. It’s the fourth and third issues of the respective series, for crying out loud. So why on earth is “Joss Whedon Returns!” prominently displayed across these two pages? (30 and 9 November, respectively)

There’s a second Witchfinder trade on page 33, which is nice. John Severin does the artwork. I suppose I should read the first Witchfinder trade, which is in my stack of stuff that I still have to read, before I get the second trade. (25 January)

The second issue of Orchid (page 36) features slave traders. Methinks Tom Morello’s been reading too much Claremont these days. (9 November)

Jacob Chabot has a second volume of The Mighty Skullboy Army coming out on page 52. I’ve heard good things about this comic, but it doesn’t seem like my cup of tea. But if it’s yours, here’s another collection! (25 January)

Everything a comic geek loves!

DC:

I know Jim Lee’s design sense isn’t the greatest, but a choker and a randomly-placed upper-arm bracelet on Wonder Woman (page62)? Is she starring in a 1980s hair metal video? (16 November)

'If I close my eyes forever ...'

The solicitation for The Flash #3 claims this is “not final cover” (page 66). I hope it is, because it’s pretty damned awesome:

I'm thinking they'll probably make only minor changes, if any

(23 November)

Mr. Terrific #3 (page 72): Three issues, THREE DIFFERENT ARTISTS! Yeah, this series might be the first to get cancelled. (9 November)

Who the fuck is this dude on the cover of Action Comics #3 (page 73)?

Seriously - FtH?

He’s totally freaking me out, man! (2 November)

The solicitation to Supergirl #3 (page 75) is weird: “The ship that brought Supergirl to Earth – her one remaining link to Krypton – has been stolen! Can The Girl of Steel navigate a strange new planet to find it?” You’re building an entire issue around Supergirl looking for a keepsake? I mean, does the space ship have any value beside sentimental? That’s kind of bizarre. (16 November)

So we’re really going to have two characters, one from each of the Big Two, called the White Rabbit (page 79)? And they’re going to look remarkably similar? I mean, that’s kind of weird. Wonderland characters must be in the public domain, but why the White Rabbit? DC should totally start publishing a book called “Thor,” because I bet he’s in the public domain, too. (23 November)

DC's version ...

... and here's Marvel's version

Here’s more solicitation text I don’t get, courtesy of Catwoman #3 (page 83): “Cats hate baths. Cats hate dogs. And cats hate being caught. Catwoman stole from the wrong man, and now he’s got her. He wants his stuff back, he wants answers and he wants blood. Cats had better have nine lives, because Selina Kyle is about to lose one!” What do those first two sentences have to do with the rest of the copy? DC does know that Selina is not actually a cat, right? (16 November)

Red Lanterns #3 (page 91) – I kind of hate to do this, but Hey, Kids! Comics!

Oh, come ON!

This book really has “Elektra Peter Milligan” written all over it. He’s even paired with a Mike Deodato knock-off as the artist. (2 November)

Can you imagine how freakin’ cool Deathstroke would look if Simon Bisley was doing the interiors and the covers, based on this (page 99):

Even the colors rock!

Answer: Pretty freakin’ cool.

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents returns on page 100. The first arc of the ongoing was very good, but the second arc dragged a lot. As I’m now trade-waiting mini-series, I’ll wait to see what people say about this. (30 November)

Boy, I’d really like to get the OGN Batman: Through the Looking Glass (page 111). Sam Kieth’s art is always a treat, but I’ve been scared away from Bruce Jones. Seriously – if I saw him on the street, I’d run away screaming. (11 January)

DC Comics Presents: Elseworlds 80-Page Giant #1 is the infamous controversial one, but these days I guess DC wants any publicity they can get, so they’re offering it on page 113. I’ll get it, because I think most of these “DC Comics Presents” books have been pretty cool.

Chase gets a trade on page 114. I own all the issues, but I’ll probably get this because it looks like it has a buttload of extra Cameron Chase appearances that I don’t have. All for 30 thin dollars (which is not bad at all, considering the “essential” series had 11 issues if we count Batman #550, and this has those 11 issues plus the aforementioned buttload of extra appearances). (21 December)

Geoff Johns’ take on Hawkman is offered in Omnibus form on page 117. It’s got 25 issues of the regular series plus some other stuff. At $75, it’s a bit steep for me, especially because I’m not in love with Geoff Johns’ work, but there it is! (25 January)

There’s a The Unwritten #31.5 on page 133. This method of numbering comics really has to stop. (23 November)

IDW:

Rocketeer Adventures gets a hardcover on page 143. This was a really nice series with good creative teams, although I wouldn’t blame you if you waited for the softcover. A couple of things seem strange to me. I was reading Todd Klein’s blog, and he wrote about one of the issues (it may have been the first one, but I’m not going to go look for it) that some of the stories didn’t seem to be in the spirit of Dave Stevens enough. I thought the whole point of this was to let artists who weren’t Stevens have their own take on the characters! And the stories were pulpy, 1940s adventures, so just because Scott Hampton (to use an artist from issue #4) doesn’t have Stevens’ smooth lines, isn’t it interesting to see his version of the Rocketeer? Then, on the page where the solicit appears, Broken Frontier is quoted thusly: “The book is going to literally fly off the shelves.” Did the reviewer really write that? And if so, did the reviewer mean it ironically, as I hope he (or she) did? Do people really not know what “literally” means? Sheesh. Anyway, buy the hardcover. Or the softcover. Whatever.

John Layman and Alberto Ponticelli’s Godzilla: Gangsters and Goliaths gets a trade on page 146. I’ve been waiting for this, because the art on this book has looked really good and it’s been hard not to get the single issues.

Tim Truman and his son bring us a new supernatural Western on page 157 called Hawken. I’m sure this will be amazing, and I’m sure the trade will show up before too long!

You'll buy it and you'll like it!

Shaman’s Tears is offered on page 163 – 30 dollars for 12 issues of Mike Grell goodness sounds like a good buy to me!

Image:

Hey, there’s a new time travel comic called Guns and Dinos on page 166! Both Kelly Thompson and I will be all over this! It’s written and, more importantly, drawn by Frank Cho, so you might dig that! (16 November)

No scantily clad jungle women? What's up with that, Mr. Cho?

Paul Grist has a new comic on page 172 called Mudman, about a teenager who is turning into mud. How’d that Jack Staff monthly work out for Grist? I like Grist, but I would not buy his single issues, because he’s just too slow. (16 November)

So Our Love is Real is offered on page 178. If you haven’t heard about this comic, perhaps you should just Google it. I don’t know if I can do it justice. Suffice it to say … beastiality isn’t the strangest thing in this comic. (2 November)

Oh, it's something all right!

Girls: The Complete Collection is offered on page 182. I like Ultra quite a bit, but I bailed on this series fairly quickly, because it seemed … well, terrible. Did it ever get any better? (16 November)

The Nightly News gets an oversized, deluxe hardcover edition on page 185 to celebrate its … fifth anniversary. Man, anniversaries don’t mean what they used to, do they? What are they going to do for the ten-year anniversary? Still, this comic is awesome, as this guy told you not too long ago. (16 November)

Marvel:

Arrrgggghhhh! Decimal points in comics’ numbers! Fear Itself #7.1, 7.2, and 7.3! Where will the madness end?!?!?!?

I love this Arthur Adams cover (page 5), but how do Valkyrie’s breasts fit in those things?

She could put someone's eye out with those!

On page 15, we get the solicitation for Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #4, and it reads: “Miles Morales IS the new Spider-Man!” That reminds me of The Simpsons episode where Mark Hamill was doing “Guys and Dolls” at a dinner theater, and the marquee read “Mark Hamill IS Nathan Detroit! Pepper steak IS the entree!” My wife and I quote this to each other all the time, because we’re perfect for each other.

Pages 19-23 give us a bunch of “Avengers Origins” stories. WHY, DEAR LORD, WHY?!?!?!? I’ve railed about revisiting origins over and over for years, and from what I’ve read on some blogs recently, others are starting to get annoyed too. Yes, I’m sure they’ll look good (Stephanie Hans is painting the Ant-Man and Wasp one, for instance). But why do they even exist? Jesus, comics continue to eat themselves.

Joe Mad on a “monthly” Spider-Man series (page 27)? Yeah, that’ll happen.

I usually don’t mind Ed McGuinness, especially when he’s drawing balls-out wacky shit, but this cover (page 35) is terrible:

Blech

What the hell is up with Natasha?

Page 37: Fantastic Four #600. BWAH-HA-HA-HA!!!!!!!

Hey, good job, “you.” Alpha Flight (page 43) is now an ongoing because “you” demanded it. Make your voices heard!!!

Herc #10 (page 50) is apparently the last issue. I guess I wasn’t the only one who was underwhelmed by the series.

I’ll be trade-waiting Six Guns (page 52), but it’s the kind of comic that I’d like to see: a modern Western set in the Marvel Universe (it stars a bunch of old updated Marvel Western characters) but without superheroes running around (I hope). And it’s written by Andy Diggle and drawn by Davide Gianfelice. So yeah, that sounds cool.

That can't end well for anyone

Becky Cloonan draws Victor von Doom #1 (page 55). Yeah, that’ll look keen.

Here’s what I don’t get about the new issue of Astonishing X-Men (page 65). No, I don’t care about Scott kissing Ororo. Who gives a shit, right? What I’d like to know about is the mohawk. Why does Storm have the mohawk back? If you’re going to bring it back for this issue and story arc and it’s set in the present (as this appears to be), will she have it in every other X-book? I know these are “out of continuity,” but shouldn’t they at least try to keep a character’s look consistent?

I don’t really get some companies’ marketing strategies. On page 81, Marvel offers Kapow! Guinness World Record Special #1, which is a Superior story written and drawn by a bunch of creators in 12 hours, making it the fastest-produced comic book EVAH! That’s fine. And all proceeds are going to a hospital in Scotland that, I assume, Mark Millar digs. Again, great. Yet Marvel is producing only 10,000 of these. So the hospital will only get $30,000 at the most. I know Marvel can do second printings and all that, but if they want to raise money for a charity, why can’t they produce more copies and promote this a bit? I don’t get marketing at all.

Speaking of Superior, on page 80 the final issue ships, and here’s the solicitation text in full:

DOUBLE-SIZED FINALE to the best new comic in years as the first volume of Superior draws to a close and the creators promise is the best fight-scene they have ever achieved on the printed page. It’s Superior versus Abraxas in the middle of New York and thousands of innocent people dying every time someone throws a punch. Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) has already snapped up the rights for this book meaning Millar has yet another movie franchise he can boast about. Buy this now while it’s still cheap. Plus: An exclusive 6-page lettered preview of the new Supercrooks series by Mark Millar and Leinil Yu, launching in January

If I thought Marvel had a sense of humor, I might think this is funny. But I don’t, so there’s really nothing about this text that doesn’t make me sick.

Elektra: Assassin gets a new hardcover on page 89. This is a great comic, and I’m sure this will make Sonia happy.

Kieron Gillen’s run on Thor gets a giant trade on page 111. I suppose I’ll have to get this, because everyone keeps telling me how good it was.

I hate that cover, though

What’s over there? It’s the back of the book! Let’s see what’s in it, okay?

Chad Michael Murray writes a graphic novel called Everlast from Archaia on page 227. Yes, this Chad Michael Murray.

Archaia has some other interesting stuff this month, including Marjane Satrapi’s latest, The Sigh (page 230). It sounds much more fabulistic than Persepolis, which means I might actually dig it (no one has ever used my ready-made pull quote for Persepolis 2, which is “the asparagus of comic books” – that makes me sad).

I’m very impressed that in this cover for Executive Assistant Iris: The Hit List Agenda #5 (page 237 from Aspen, the outfit of that young lady in the front happens to rip perfectly so that we see all of her tattoo. That’s pretty amazing.

What are the odds?

Bone gets a 20th anniversary edition – the entire 1300-page sage in one book (which has been done before) in color (which hasn’t been done before). I already own this, because it’s awesome, but getting it in color and in hardcover is very tempting. Yes, it’s $150, but it’s still tempting! (Page 268)

Our Dread Lord and Master will be happy, because Fantagraphics has the seventh issue of Tales Designed to Thrizzle on page 297. It stars Quincy, M.E.! Of course it does.

More wacky humor from the twisted mind of Michael Kupperman!

Humanoids has the first English-language printing of The Eyes of the Cat by Jodorowsky and Moebius (page 303). As much as I’d like to get this, it’s 70 dollars. Seventy dollars? Really?

Man, that’s all that’s leaping out at me this month. That’s kind of surprising. There’s plenty in the back of the book that I’ll be getting, but I don’t think I need to tell you about the seventeenth issue of The Sixth Gun, because you already ought to know how good the book is. But that’s okay – October is another month, and then we’ll see what’s what. As always, make sure to check out Previews, because you never know what goodness lurks within!

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This is actually DC’s third White Rabbit. The first was a gun-runner chick who had a history with Steel, and the second was a dude who fought the Shadowpact.

“and thousands of innocent people dying every time someone throws a punch.” The only way to make this funny is to read it in a boxing announcer’s voice. Apart from that I agree with you, everything in that solicitation is nauseating.

Oni’s SIXTH GUN is getting critical acclaim, and Marvel puts out a new miniseries called SIX GUNS. Yeah, I’m sure Marvel has been planning this one for years, and it’s all just a coincidence.

THE EYES OF THE CAT was previously translated into English in one of Steve Bissette’s TABOO anthology volumes, so this isn’t “the first English-language printing.”

What’s controversial about DC Comics Presents: Elseworlds??

Gay Superman? Dominatrix Black Canary? Lex Luthor as a Democrat?

I want to disagree about Avengers Origins…but I find it hard to. :)

So is Deathstroke a biker luchador now? And what’s the Elseworlds controversy? I can’t keep track.

Well, DC *has* several versions of Thor. A quick check on DC’s wikia page reveals at least four versions, plus a few who are blatant parodies of Marvel’s version. And it doesn’t even mention the version shown in John Byrne’s “Jack Kirby’s Fourth World” series, shown here: http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Jack_Kirby%27s_Fourth_World_Vol_1_2.

Really, Marvel and DC need an intercompany crossover where their duplicative myths collide. At this point, I’m pretty sure DC and Marvel have both had prominent versions of Thor, Hercules, and Ares…and for fun, Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente introduced their own version of Wonder Woman in Incredible Hercules.

How do Thor’s breasts fit in those things?

How does Bucky’s bicep fit into that leather?

The Elseworlds controversy was waaaay back when pulping runs of comics was ‘cool’, and Wizard was still around. If Wizard hadn’t existed (and talked about how hard it was to get copies of these books that were not supposed to be sold, for every issue in a three- or four-month span), I think the controversy would’ve been a lot lower.

It was created and pulped before the DiDio era. If anyone’s feeling like they have no idea what the controversy is, it’s definitely not a recent development. (SKFK’s link says 1999).

Robert: Shoot, I forgot about the Bogdanove White Rabbit. I didn’t know about the other one, though. Sheesh. There are a lot of characters and names in the public domain, but I guess “White Rabbit” screams scantily-clad woman without making Zombie Hugh Hefner angry, so companies run with it!

SKFK: That’s interesting about The Eyes of the Cat. I can only quote Previews, which claims this is the first English translation!

Adam: That’s a good idea, actually.

Jeremy: Good point!

Hugh Hefner isn’t dead.

Michael: Yes, I know. But he looks like a zombie, doesn’t he?

Hugh Hefner is undead.

Every time I look at that Aquaman Previews cover saying “What is the secret of the trench?” my mind reads it as saying “What is the secret of the STENCH?” (You know, the one coming from nuDC.)

Takes me back to the ad-phrase for the old Superman movie: “You will believe a man can fly!”
Contemporary take: “You will believe an entire comics company can stick its head up its butt!”

I guess you can tell I think this reboot is a verrrry bad idea. But I’m still going to buy one or two titles anyway.

I can’t believe someone actually wrote that Superior solicit. They must have either been cackling maniacally or are just clueless.

FunkyGreenJerusalem

September 4, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I know Jim Lee’s design sense isn’t the greatest, but a choker and a randomly-placed upper-arm bracelet on Wonder Woman (page62)? Is she starring in a 1980s hair metal video?

Wonder Woman as Conan?
I could dig it.

(Then again, I still don’t really understand how people felt the last costume redesign was a step backwards, so I’m out of touch with WW’s fanbase).

You’re building an entire issue around Supergirl looking for a keepsake? I mean, does the space ship have any value beside sentimental? That’s kind of bizarre.

Wouldn’t it be that she’s worried someone will steal the alien technology – FOR EVIL?

Personally, I’d find the search for sentimental reasons more interesting, as I’ve not seen that a zillion times, but my money’s on the evilness of governments or corporations!
Their greed knows no bounds!

Arrrgggghhhh! Decimal points in comics’ numbers! Fear Itself #7.1, 7.2, and 7.3! Where will the madness end?!?!?!?

Pretty soon, I’d say.
I reckon this is pointing to people wising up to epilogue issues/tie-ins being pointless, so Marvel is giving them a point!

Herc #10 (page 50) is apparently the last issue. I guess I wasn’t the only one who was underwhelmed by the series.

Why couldn’t they have just let the character continue as was?
I’ve got up to the trade after he dies, and just can’t get through it – especially knowing a crossover comes next.
What was wrong with strong bu dumb hero, with smart kid side-kick, having hilarious adventures, as a status quo?

Well, on the plus side, the same writers got to keep doing Herc. They just took it in a direction that was a lot less interesting, so I guess it’s time to give it a rest for a while. Alas. We’ll always have some damn good comics, though. In its prime, Incredible Hercules was easily the best use of Herc since the Layton minis.

I find myself wondering if DC’s “White Rabbit” could be an update of the old Inferior Five’s “Dumb Bunny.”

J.

70 dollars?!? Highway robbery!

Anyway, it’s (barely) justifiable if the book is on the same 30×40 (that’s centimeters for you, americans) than the upcoming new french edition:
http://www.humano.com/album/3327

Still quite expensive, however.

I finally came up with a retort about that MJ Spider Island cover, and now I realize that was like a month ago. Oy. Anyway, my take is that like in the movie The Horrors of Spider Island (an MST3K classic), MJ is the supermodel that’s just going to loll around in the sun, barely clothed. Yeah, that took me a month.

I’m wondering if this White Rabbit is tied into the one character from Gail’s Welcome to Tranquility. Was that character a white rabbit type? I thought she dressed like that. (She apparently was PINK Bunny, so…)

I like the Steel version. And she was “ethnic” too, I believe, which maybe DCnU wants to highlight?

Gee, looking at that picture, why doesn’t Marvel use their version more? :)

As to the Whedon stuff, he’s the “executive producer” on the Buffy/Angel stuff (although given that he’s working on the Avengers movie, how much time can he be spending on it?). I assume that the whole “returns!” stuff is due to this Previews just coming out this week, and the first Angel/Faith issue just came out this week, with the Buffy one not out yet. So given that some people might not yet remember that these were coming out now, it’s a reminder for them. Marketing, ah say MARKETING, boy!

Maybe someone’s trying to see if there’s Kryptonite in Supergirl’s ship?

Lemme rant a second about the Mr Terrific thing. I get that DC didn’t want to get too many people in on the reboot too soon, so that leaks didn’t occur, so the artists didn’t have enough lead time, but when one of the key things that people seem to want out of their monthly comics is a stable creative team, MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A STABLE CREATIVE TEAM, especially for the first issues of this new whiz bang reboot. And let’s face it, there wasn’t some big outcry for a Mr Terrific ongoing. (side note, I wonder how his time with the JSA is going to be addressed.) When the 3 keys to a successful ongoing are the regular schedule, the creative team, and the characters, you need at least 2 out of those 3 things to succeed. Since the creative team is erratic, and the character isn’t a high profile one, it seems unlikely that Mr Terrific will last.

OK, more ranting. That Elseworlds controversy was so stupid in the first place. It’s like Levitz either wasn’t paying attention to the stuff that he was ostensibly approving, or he was deliberately trying to create buzz by pulping books and stuff. The Elseworlds book, the LOEG “Marvel” douche ad, then later on dropping The Boys…why attempt this kind of stuff if you don’t have the balls to actually publish it?

I might go for that Chase trade. I have the Batman issue and the first 5-6 issues, but what else is in it? I assume the 1 million issue’s in there too. (side note, I need the Chronos 1 million issue!)

Re: Our Love is Real. I believe that it’s “bestiality”. At least that’s what I was charged with… (NOTE: JOKING!)

As to that Simpsons quote and your wife and all: AWWWW

I like that quote about Persepolis 2, “the asparagus of comic books”. I’m assuming that you mean by that that it’s “good” for you but actually ingesting it is unpleasant?

Seems like a slow month. Ah comics, you vex me!

“Why couldn’t they have just let the character continue as was?
I’ve got up to the trade after he dies, and just can’t get through it – especially knowing a crossover comes next.
What was wrong with strong bu dumb hero, with smart kid side-kick, having hilarious adventures, as a status quo?”

Nowadays it seems to impossible to just HAVE a status quo in US superhero comics. But let me explain that.

There will always be a status quo to RETURN TO. Spider-Man will always be a youngish, single, money-troubled Peter Parker, for example (don’t turn this into an OMD discussion, please!). But not all the time. He will have all kind of status quo changes that eventualy will be reset after a certain amount of time, so that he probably won’t ever BE on that specific status quo on any given issue, but will always come back to it (only to have it changed on the next issue).

Why that? Doesn’t every sucessful “infinite” (not counting works that are supposed to have an ending, like Dragon Ball or Cerebus) property in the world works by having a status quo and KEEPING it (just look at The Simpsons) instead of changing things arbitrarly all the time and then coming back in an andles and, frankly, useless cycle? Yeah, but US comics sales are so low that the only way to gain sales, even if it’s temporarily, is by shaking things up all the time.

Those shake ups, on the other hand, are driving away many older fans and keeping most potential new one at bay, so it’s a self-destrutive process anyway. Let’s see how long Marvel and DC can keep things going on like that before sales get so low to be untenable.

funkygreenjerusalem

September 5, 2011 at 3:48 am

Travis:

And let’s face it, there wasn’t some big outcry for a Mr Terrific ongoing.

I wasn’t crying out for it, but I reckon I’d have checked out a Mr. Terrific series if they’d tried one – he’s an interesting character.

side note, I need the Chronos 1 million issue!

I’ve got that – probably the best issue of the series, if not the 90’s!

Nah, off the top of my head I can’t remember, but Chronos is a series I wish they’d try again – there was potential there.

It’s like Levitz either wasn’t paying attention to the stuff that he was ostensibly approving, or he was deliberately trying to create buzz by pulping books and stuff. The Elseworlds book, the LOEG “Marvel” douche ad, then later on dropping The Boys…why attempt this kind of stuff if you don’t have the balls to actually publish it?

I dunno, Levitz is an old school guy.
LoEG and The Boys were from a different editorial to his usual domain, and were creator owned – so not as big a priority to protect, not as big a money maker, so he may have paid less attention, and with the Elseworlds book… it’s an odd one to freak about, but it just means he didn’t see one panel from a minor book until it had been printed.
We also know he censored The Authority – and that didn’t come out till later, so it wasn’t for attention.

Pedro:

Those shake ups, on the other hand, are driving away many older fans and keeping most potential new one at bay, so it’s a self-destrutive process anyway. Let’s see how long Marvel and DC can keep things going on like that before sales get so low to be untenable.

But dude, WOLVERINE is going to LEAD the X-Men!
That’s fucking hardcore!

funky: true on the Mr Terrific, where I wasn’t crying out for it, but I am interested. But yeah, 3 different art teams in 3 issues? Not a way to build an audience.

I did love Chronos, and had every other issue, so to know that the 1 million issue is the best of the series…argh! Must…find…in…back…issue…bin!

I get what you’re saying about Levitz, certainly, and I think he is a good guy. It just seemed like that for a certain time period, where the Elseworlds, LOEG, Boys, as you said, Authority…I guess not seeing the Elseworlds thing isn’t too bad, although it seemed that pulping the things just drew more attention to what was, as you said, a minor book. My thinking with the Wildstorm/ABC stuff is why buy the damn thing if you don’t want to publish the stuff they do as is (unless your whole goal was to “acquire” Alan Moore again and f— him over. Again.), and again, the pulping of that LOEG thing for the “Marvel” douche ad is something that wouldn’t have been much noticed WITHOUT the controversy over the pulping. Your point about the creator owned stuff being less a priority is well taken, though.

And DUDE, Wolverine leading the XMEN is SOOOO FUCKING HARDCORE!!!! (Actually, seriously, a while back Brian posted the blacked out cover of the Wolverine X book, and someone suggested that one character might be Doop — that wasn’t the case, was it?)

funkygreenjerusalem

September 5, 2011 at 4:14 am

I did love Chronos, and had every other issue, so to know that the 1 million issue is the best of the series…argh! Must…find…in…back…issue…bin!

I was teasing – I can’t remember it specifically, but I think it was slightly more nuts, cause it was Dc OneMillion.

unless your whole goal was to “acquire” Alan Moore again and f— him over. Again.

I think it was to get Jim Lee, and his colourists, who were well ahead of the curve.
Wildstorm was pretty much at the forefront of quality comics at that point in time, so it would have been quite a catch, even without Moore.

And DUDE, Wolverine leading the XMEN is SOOOO FUCKING HARDCORE!!!!

SNIKTY SNIKTY SNIKT!

I’m so glad that I’m not the only person who looked at White Rabbit, and wondered what Dumb Bunny was doing there.

People literally do not know what literally means.

Of course, so many of them use it according to what they think it means they have bent dictionaries to their will…

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/literally
http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/literally

If any of you haven’t read The Mighty Skullboy Army, I recommend you check it out. I’s cute stuff about a would-be conqueror and his troops (including a mischievous monkey, a beleaguered robot and a bear).

On Our Love Is Real . . . I’ll say what I said over on Comics Alliance: “It’s Captain Jack: The Comic!”

To any Canadians reading this: is Alpha Flight the superhero team you’d want representing your country? I’m not being mean . . . I’m really curious.

[…] Flippin' through Previews – September 2011 That reminds me of The Simpsons episode where Mark Hamill was doing “Guys and Dolls” at a dinner theater, and the marquee read “Mark Hamill IS Nathan Detroit! Pepper steak IS the entree!” My wife and I quote this to each other all the time, … Read more on Comic Book Resources […]

Wasn’t one of Steel’s main enemies the White Rabbit? Back in the 90’s when Superman died. She appeared several times – is this the same character?

Johns Hawkman run was great. Some of his best work to date. But, yeah, $75? Steep!

Our love is Real? What sick fuck is going to buy a book with some guy humping his dog. Isn’t this shit illegal?

That Art Adams cover is terrible! What is going on with that huge cone bra? It looks completely ridiculous. But the straight desperate nerds love it cause they get some jack off material…..

And the McGuinness cover has a fully dressed slender woman with small breasts, no ass shot and a guy with huge biceps front and centre – therefore it sucks! …. oh, god!

That one cover with the “soviet” theme appears to be aping a particular art style from old USSR propaganda pieces, which is why the faces seem so odd.

As for “fastest comic book”, that’s a bit misleading. After all, there’s still all the lead and ship time. AND, there have have been several anime conventions over the last 15 years that have had guests START WORK on Friday afternoon on submissions for a Doujinshi for the con (some of which were done in COMPETITION with each other, as sort of a manga-ka “Iron Chef”-like competition, in 1-2 hours!), that is printed overnight and sold AT THE CON Starting Saturday morning – a MUCH quicker turn-around time than the charity piece (less than 12 hours to get art and layout done), with or without the print times (on sale 18-20 hours after the first pencil/pen hits paper). The only thing “special” in this case is that it’s a publicity stunt to raise money for someone, monitored (supposedly) by the GBoWR, and will 1 story, as opposed to a collection of 1-6 page items.

I’ve never read Tales Designed To Thrizzle before, but Quincy M.E.?? I’m so in…

daniel the demon cleaner

September 6, 2011 at 11:43 pm

Our love is Real? What sick fuck is going to buy a book with some guy humping his dog. Isn’t this shit illegal?

(Raising my hand) One sick fuck right here.

I’m sad to see Herc ending. Sure, it wasn’t as good as Incredible Hercules, but it was still fun. I figure that Marvel wanted Pak & Van Lente to make Herc a bit more mainsteam to see if the critically acclaimed book would catch on and become a better selling book as well, which unfortunately didn’t seem to work. I was of the opinion that slightly sub-par Pak & Van Lente Hercules is better than no Pak & Van Lente Hercules, but apparently you guys didn’t agree. Too bad.

Now Greg, I know you have a lot of language pet peeves (misuse of “literally,” for example), so I wanted to point one of mine out to you: “Is” is a verb and therefore should be capitalized in titles like “Our Love Is Real.” Just sayin’! (Similarly, “It” is a pronoun and should also be capitalized in titles. Capitalization doesn’t have to do with word length–it has to do with what part of speech a word is.)

Also, I highly recommend Mighty Skullboy Army–fun stuff.

Drew: Yeah, you’re right. I capitalize “is” intermittently, but I really should do it all the time. Thanks!

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