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Flippin’ through Previews – November 2011

Wolverine #300? How do they even know anymore? The answer lies inside Previews #278!

Meh

Dark Horse:

As much as I hate the use of the word “compleat,” The Compleat Terminal City on page 45 is something you might want to check out. Dean Motter loves him some retro futurism (as the solicit text calls it), and Michael Lark is, you know, a good artist. This book reads much better as a whole than in single issues, so this is the perfect format! (21 March)

It's all futuristic and shit!

Dark Horse Presents #8 (page 52) features the first part of Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson’s The Massive, plus a crapload of other cool stuff. Don’t miss out! (18 January)

I’m intrigued by Afrika, the English translation of Hermann’s “masterpiece,” but it’s $15.99 for 64 pages (page 56). That seems a bit steep. Any of our European readers want to chime in a tell me if this is worth the price? (14 March)

It's ACTUALLY a history of Toto, but don't tell anyone!

I suppose I should point out that there’s a new Axe Cop book on page 57. You’ll notice Dark Horse once again pointed out how old Malachai Nicolle is. I still think that’s so people will feel guilty about not liking the comic. (28 March)

DC:

Tony Akins draws Wonder Woman #5 (page 69). I don’t have anything against Tony Akins, but he’s no Cliff Chiang. The dreaded fill-in art for the new 52 has already begun even before this month, but I expect it to get worse and worse (or better, depending on your opinion). Will Azzarello’s scripts seem as good without Chiang drawing them???? (18 January)

That's a dem fine cover, though

The text for The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #5 (page 72) reads (in part): “Ronnie and Jason have never agreed on anything, and now it’s all-out war as the mysterious Zither pits them against each other!” Um, what? “The mysterious Zither”? “ZITHER“?????? Hey, DC – this is a zither. Watch The Third Man – the entire soundtrack is zither music. How is a villain calling herself the Zither make any sense or is in any way threatening? “Fight, you heroes, or I’ll play Gypsy* music until you go insane!!!!! Bwah-ha-ha-ha!!!!!!” I’m actually tempted to buy this comic just to see why on earth this villain is called the Zither. Well played, Simone and Van Sciver. Well played indeed. (25 January)

* Yes, I know “gypsy” is offensive. She’s a villain! That’s totally what she would say!!!!

So Stormwatch #5 (page 106) features this text: “[T]he mystery horn from SUPERMAN #1 reappears to deliver a final page that will change Stormwatch forever!” That’s part of the problem with these endless relaunches. It’s been five issues. Who cares if Stormwatch changes forever – no one’s had time to get used to this Stormwatch, for crying out loud! There’s very little sense of permanence in many comics today, so changes have no impact. This just sums up that feeling perfectly (and yes, you should all get off my lawn). (4 January)

I’m not going to buy The Flash by Geoff Johns Omnibus volume 2 (page 120) because it’s $75 and my curiosity about the comics that Johns fans say are really good and not head-choppy and disembowely at all isn’t quite that intense, but it’s still cool that DC is doing this. Of course, they won’t release a trade of, say, Peter Milligan’s brief six-issue run on Animal Man, but it’s all about baby steps! (28 March)

There’s a new printing of Rob Liefeld’s original Hawk and Dove mini-series from 1988 on page 121. All you Rob Liefeld completists (you know you’re out there!) will want to snatch this up. (22 February)

His art HASN'T CHANGED AT ALL!!!!!

On page 123, DC collects a bunch of stories in an I, Vampire trade (wasn’t it I … Vampire until the reboot?). It’s a bunch of old-school stories from House of Mystery, written by people like J. M. DeMatteis, Bruce Jones, and Mike Barr and drawn by people like Tom Sutton, Ernie Colon, and Jim Aparo. Good stuff! (8 February)

Mike Sterling pointed out that he mis-read the name of the previous Power Girl trade, which was called “Bomb Squad.” The latest trade is called “Old Friends” (page 123). Because I’m childish, I’m going to interpret the name of every Power Girl trade as a reference to her breasts. Three-for-four so far! (The first Palmiotti/Gray/Conner trade is called “A New Beginning,” which isn’t very interesting, but the second is called “Aliens & Apes,” which I’m counting!) (15 February)

On page 124, DC offers the trade of Xombi. This is quite a good little story that got killed by the reboot and probably would have been cancelled anyway based on the sales. But it’s still worth your time! (1 February)

Gone to Amerikay on page 129 sounds keen. It’s the story of Irish immigrants in New York over the course of almost a century, which means it’s historical, which means of course I’m interested! Derek McCulloch, who’s generally a good writer, and Colleen Doran, who’s generally a good artist, bring this to us. Yay, graphic novels! (28 March)

EPIC-Y!

IDW:

Danger Girl returns on page 151, if you’re interested. Here’s what I don’t get about Danger Girl. I can’t believe most people like it for the story – they want to see Campbell draw sexy babes, right? No offense to Chris Madden, who’s a pretty good artist, but what’s the point of Danger Girl if Campbell isn’t drawing it?

Womanthology: Heroic shows up on page 153. This is the anthology in which our very own Kelly Thompson has a story, drawn by the very good Stephanie Hans. It’s $50, which is a bit steep, but it’s also 300 pages and has a lot of excellent talent, plus it’s for charity. You know you want it!

That's an excellent cover, I must say

Image:

Fatale #1 is offered on page 170. Why Marvel isn’t publishing this when it’s by Brubaker and Phillips is beyond me, but I don’t care. It’s a freakin’ noir/horror story, and I’m sure it will be awesome. (4 January)

Hells yeah!

Brandon Graham is writing Prophet (page 177), the old Stephen Platt comic. In keeping with Erik Larsen’s and/or Robert Kirkman’s odd ideas, this is issue #21, continuing the numbering from lo those many years ago. I hate the idea of renumbering DC and Marvel series with #1 every two years, but this is going a bit too far in the opposite direction. (18 January)

David Hine and Shaky Kane have a new Bulletproof Coffin mini-series on page 182. I didn’t love the first one, but it was pretty good. Who knows how this one will turn out? (25 January)

On page 184, Ted McKeever goes a bit wacko with Mondo #1, a “Golden Age Size” 40-page comic that looks and sounds freakin’ awesome. It’s a monster comic, but with McKeever’s weird sensibilities. Sold! (4 January)

I suppose this means there will be smashing!

Kelly is saving up her ducats, because on page 188, we find Cover Girls, a volume of Guillem March’s European cover art. YEEEEE-HAAAAA! (4 January)

Dang, Kelly's head just exploded!

I’ve heard good things about The Intrepids, so I might have to get the trade that’s offered on page 192. Any endorsements? (4 January)

Marvel:

The first page of Marvel Previews has a black background with a red star in the center of it and this tagline: “What if there wasn’t only one?” Is it a new Highlander comic? Okay, I suppose it has to do with the fact that Marvel apparently undid something this week more quickly than it takes most of us to change our underwear, but who knows? I just thought that tagline was funny.

Whilce Portacio does the art on Incredible Hulk #4 (page 5). Is that a step down or up from Marc Silvestri (who didn’t last long, did he?)? (11 January)

Secret Avengers gets a new writer with the “.1″ issue (they’re still doing those?), and it’s Rick Remender (page 15). That’s not what’s important. The important thing is that the new artist is “Patch” Zircher. Really? We have to call him “Patch” now? Because I won’t. I WON’T!!!!! (Sorry, Mr. Zircher. I WON’T DO IT!!!!!) (25 January)

Remember back in the 1990s, when Marvel (and DC) flooded the market with so many knock-offs of their heroes because, come on, the bubble will never burst on that sucker, right? Remember how they all learned their lesson and would never do that again? Good times, right? What’s that? There’s a new Scarlet Spider series on page 31? Oh. I’ll just shut up now. (11 January)

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

So ... much ... wrong ...!

Hulk #47 on page 41 has some skeevy solicitation text: “Red She-Hulk shows up to confront big daddy!” I don’t know, that just sounds … weird. (4 January)

On page 50, Victor von Doom #3 is solicited. For those of you who don’t know, this entire mini-series has been cancelled by Marvel before the first issue ships. I don’t know if the fact that Becky Cloonan hadn’t done any artwork for it yet (apparently she had some family issues) or if it’s because the series editor got laid off in the recent wave of mutilation, but it’s gone. [Edit: As you can see in the comments, the story about no art being finished has been taken down. It's still, apparently, unclear why the series got cancelled.] That kind of sucks, because it sounded pretty keen.

Yeah, it ain't happening

Nick Bradshaw is weirdly channeling Arthur Adams for Wolverine and the X-Men #4 (page 55). That’s not how his art always looks, is it? I could have sworn I’ve seen it before and it looked different. (11 January)

It's a fine cover, but oddly ... familiar

Mark Waid’s relaunch of Daredevil is in hardcover trade on page 89. I’ll be waiting for the softcover, but you might want to get this! (25 January)

Marvel gets around to collecting Strikeforce: Morituri on page 101. Man, Whilce Portacio has been around for a long time. I’ve been picking up issues here and there over the past few years, but I might just give up and get the trade. Yes, Marvel and DC suck for collecting stuff after I’ve been looking for it in back issues. Damn them to hell!!!!! (25 January)

I have to believe that Marvel is going to finish The Twelve, because why else would they have a trade collecting the first six issues on page 109? Unless they just want to milk the existing issues without, you know, wrapping anything up. Wake me up when the series actually finishes. (18 January)

The back of the book has been a bit weak recently, but let’s still venture there and find some treasure!

As I am not a tween/teen girl, I don’t really have much interest in Archie’s Jinx on page 226, but it’s written by J. Torres and drawn by Rick Burchett, so it will probably be a solid book.

I’m always wary of Aspen Comics, but Dead Man’s Run on page 230 might be pretty good. It’s about a guy trying to rescue his sister from Hell, which is an actual prison. Greg Pak writes it and Tony Parker draws it, and the zero issue didn’t look too bad.

On page 243, Boom! Studios has Steed and Mrs. Peel #1 by Grant Morrison and Ian Gibson. It’s a series with the characters from The Avengers television show, but of course Marvel didn’t let them call it that. Here’s what’s interesting: The solicit text doesn’t indicate at all that this comic is, what, 20 years old? I suppose it’s been out of print for some time, so it’s nice that Boom! is reprinting it, especially because it’s quite good. But it’s strange that the text kind of implies it’s new. It’s still worth a look if you’ve never read it!

Quality comics!

Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose seems to have been in a rut recently (at least if the solicit texts are any indication, although in the latest issue, a naked Tarot was attacked by crabs, so there’s that), but with issue #72 (page 250), Jim “If the breasts can’t make the lady float away, they’re not big enough!” Balent is back on track! Apparently the TSA has started using robots to screen passengers, but the robots decide humans’ bodily fluids put them over the liquid limit and start killing people to fit them into quart-size ziplock baggies. Luckily, the 3 Little Kittens (don’t ask if you don’t want to know) are there to help! Will the robots somehow rip the clothes off of the heroines? I think you know the answer to that!

Dynamite is relaunching The Lone Ranger on page 263. Ande Parks is a pretty good writer, and Esteve Polls is okay (he’s no Sergio Cariello, but whatevs), so this might be pretty good. I wonder if it will reference the earlier series at all.

On page 269, Dynamite also is offering Dreadstar Omnibus volume 1, which has the first 12 issues of the old ongoing. That’s pretty handy – this comic has never been collected, right? Or if it has, the collection has been out of print forever, so it’s nice that Dynamite is bringing this sucker back. Maybe they’ll actually collect the entire thing? Maybe Starlin, now that he brought Vanth and the gang back, will have more stories to tell? So many questions!!!!

Still awesome!

I don’t know if Tom Gould’s Goliath (on page 277 from Drawn & Quarterly) is any good, but it sounds pretty cool – it’s Goliath’s story told from his point of view. I may have to pick it up!

Page 278 brings us The Silence of Our Friends from First Second. It’s the story of a white family and a black family in 1967 Texas, dealing with the kinds of things you might expect in 1967 Texas. I don’t know the writers, but Nate Powell draws it, so I know it will look good!

You can get more creepy pre-Spider-Man work from Steve Ditko on page 280, as Fantagraphics has Mysterious Traveler: The Steve Ditko Archives volume 3. Will the writers get credit on these stories? No man can say!!!!

I hate when this happens: Humanoids is publishing a trade of Whispers in the Walls on page 286. I like the series and was peeved that the final two issues weren’t published, so of course this has the four issues I do own plus the conclusion. I’ll end up getting it, but it still bugs me.

And, with that, we come to a screeching halt – seriously, I did look past “H” but nothing really grabbed my fancy (the new artist on Wasteland looks pretty good, though, and I do hope it’s back on track). Of course, I always try to find the skeeviest stuff after we get past the books, and if we enter the “toys/statues/models” section, we find this innocent statue of Pocahontas on page 366:

Oh. Dear. Lord.

Nothing wrong with that, right? Except for the “magnetic removable top.” Yes, it’s true. Because you can’t appreciate early American history without BOOBIES!!!!!

Have fun flippin’ through your own copy of Previews. I know you will!

31 Comments

I actually think this Hawk and Dove art looks better than the new version.

I agree with Alx.
But I heard that that’s because the inker had to clean up Rob’s pencils, so it’s more like a better artist is drawing in Rob’s style.

Anyway:
“I’m intrigued by Afrika, the English translation of Hermann’s “masterpiece,” but it’s $15.99 for 64 pages (page 56). That seems a bit steep. Any of our European readers want to chime in a tell me if this is worth the price?”
I’m not European, but from my growing experience in Eurocomics, most tend to tell just as much story in 60 or so pages as American comics tell in the 120 or so in a six-issue arc. So the price is about equivalent and you won’t have to turn the page as many times or as frequently.

@Greg – The story about Becky Cloonan and the art of Doom has redacted by the story’s source.

Nick Bradshaw’s art has always been very heavy Art Adams-influenced; the Wolverine and the X-Men #4 cover is par for the course.

I’m surprised that Pocahantas statue caught your eye over the Raven Hex from Tarot statue. Reached your Tarot quota for one column? :)

That is kind of weird about BOOM! not mentioning the Avengers mini is a reprint, but then again, it is a great comic, so I’m just happy to see it available again. And you mentioned being annoyed at DC and Marvel collecting series right after you tracked them down in back issue form, well, the same thing happened to me here. After searching for a couple years, I finally found the third and final issue of the Steed and Peel book’s original run about 2 months ago. Oh well…

And those Dreadstar issues were collected in hardcover by Dynamite about 4-5 years ago, but I believe it is out-of-print, so like with Steed & Peel, it’s nice to see these issues available again as they are quite entertaining.

That Hawk and Dove art isn’t that bad. Get a modern colorist on it, and the result will be better than the Black Cat/Spider-Man art that is further down the page.

I don’t know what you guys are making a fuss over: I’ve compared images of Liefeld’s work, and I think that while his anatomy has improved on the characters, it’s the faces that need more work.

“I’m not European, but from my growing experience in Eurocomics, most tend to tell just as much story in 60 or so pages as American comics tell in the 120 or so in a six-issue arc. So the price is about equivalent and you won’t have to turn the page as many times or as frequently.”

Indeed that is the case, the european comic album as we know nowadays was born from World War II paper rationing, that made Tintin creator Hergé reduce the amount of pages his books had (previously they had some 120 B&W pages on the average and read much like early post-war manga). He did it by remounting in such a way that two pages from each early B&W book (which had a 3×2 panel layout) fit on a single new page (with a 4×3 panel layout) and added color so that readers wouldn’t feel cheated by having less pages.

Ever since then, the average european comic album has much more content per page than the usual US comics pages (and FAR more than the average manga!). Add to it that they are usually oversized hardcovers and have paper and printing quality vastly superior of most US stuff and you’ll understand why that price is quite fair.

As for the book itself, I’ve read loads of Hermann stuff and enjoyed it immensely, but not that particular book. He is a good writer and great artist with a particular knack for one-shots (he alternates them with his work on continuing series, being probably the belgian artist with most one-shots produced throughout his career), so I think it’s worth checking out.

Don’t miss Afrika. This is one of the best graphic novels by Herman in years.

Greg, you wrote “… a final page that will change Stormwatch forever!” … Who cares if Stormwatch changes forever – no one’s had time to get used to this Stormwatch, for crying out loud!”

That’s EXACTLY what I thought when I read it! You’re making me all paranoid like you have mind-reading powers.

— And that shadow under the loincloth on the Pocohontas statue! What’s causing the loincloth to be so far away from her body to cast a shadow like that? Is this a transvestite Pocohontas? What strange genitals lurk beneath the loincloth? “ONLY THE SHADOW KNOWS!”

Tom Fitzpatrick

November 6, 2011 at 6:39 am

I just know I’m gonna incur the unforgivable wrath of Ms. Thompson, and get some elbowing from Travis Pelkie, but that COVER GIRLS looks interesting to pick up. ;-)

I judge that Pocahontas to be 1.5 Mary Jane Laundry Statue units worth of “ew.” That’s roughly equivalent to 1 Heroes For Hire Tentacle Cover unit or .8 Catwoman Number One units.

I gotta admit, “the TSA has started using robots to screen passengers, but the robots decide humans’ bodily fluids put them over the liquid limit and start killing people to fit them into quart-size ziplock baggies” is comedic genius.

Sue: I think you’re missing a word. Do you mean the source has “been” redacted? If so, thanks. I saw the news on Comics Alliance and didn’t check it out. I guess all we really know is that the series has been cancelled. For whatever reason, that still stinks.

Andrew: Yeah, I can’t do too much Tarot news or my brain starts to hurt! Thanks for the Dreadstar news. I thought there was a hardcover not long ago, but I couldn’t remember, so I erred on the side of caution. Yes, I could do research, but where’s the fun in that?

Joe H and Pedro: I suspected that European comics were more “packed,” so to speak, but I wasn’t sure. Thanks.

Nigel: Transvestite Pocahontas sounds great, especially if she had a magnetic removable bottom!

Dan: Yeah, I love that solicit text. Based on every issue of Tarot ever, it probably won’t be hilarious for the right reasons (Tarot is often hilarious for the wrong reasons), but the text makes it sound fantastic.

@Greg: Thanks for the Womanthology plug. Also, judging from the previews I saw I’m pretty sure my story with Stephanie is FIRST. WOO! Of course this has almost nothing to do with me, and a ton to do with the absolutely stunning art Stephanie did, but still, kinda cool.

@Greg/Tom Fitzpatrick: And this is where I blow YOUR minds. I don’t really mind that “Cover Girls” book. I mean I would never personally buy it because I don’t think March is a very good artist and it’s not really “my thing”. But there’s nothing really wrong with beautiful girls being drawn beautifully. As always for me with these things it’s about context. And the context of this book is basically beautiful girl pin ups. And I mind that a lot less than you would think. What I mind is when characters I love are drawn as glorified pin ups within the context of a story repeatedly and with little variation or consideration. Now…I haven’t seen inside…maybe some of it would make my blood boil, but just on the surface, I don’t see much wrong with it I guess.

Kelly: Ah, very cool. I look forward to reading the whole thing!

I know you don’t mind cheesecake as much as people accuse you of, but I do know you don’t like March. So while I was funnin’ you about the cheesecakery of it all, I was also pointing it out as an example of a whole book of March drawings! It would be like me saving up my cash for a whole book of Humberto Ramos pin-ups. No thank you!

It’s so totally wrong of me to pop in right here and say MY head exploded, too, right?

more thoughts later…

Yes, Bradshaw has been the Phil Jiminez to Art Adams’s George Perez for some time now.

Not that it’s a bad thing.

Back for comments.

Compleat — mmm, there’s a kind of microwave dinner thingie called that (complEATs. clever, ain’t it?). Mmm.

How good is that Chiarello cover, though? Wow. Can’t wait for more Wednesday Comics and Batman Black and White.

So Afrika involves the rain down there…?

As to Axe Cop, the kid’s age is, like it or not, a “selling point”. And god help me, I KNOW you don’t like it, so don’t get into it!

I hope the Zither will eventually team up with Zamfir.

Wow, Karl Kesel really saved early Liefeld!

Fatale — maybe Marvel didn’t want to risk being sued by Broadway comics over the title, so they let Bru and Philips go to Image?

And those cover icons on Image books — good god, has it REALLY been 20 years??!!??

Yay for new McKeever!

I don’t know if that Cover Girls really is European art. I mean, where’s the armpit hair on that lady?

Intrepids #1 was decent, but not as awesome as the cover hype promised.

You might not want to call him that, but Patch Zircher will heal you with laughter.

Humberto Ramos should totally illustrate a PSA comic about the dangers of anorexia.

That Doom mini — it’d be nice if it eventually came out, but man, was the cancellation NOT handled well. While I can understand, say, the DCnU regular series needing fill in artists fairly early on, why are any comics companies soliciting MINISERIES without having the series in hand (or at least half the series) before they solicit? The only reason to “rush” the book out would be due to the 50th anniversary of FF, but I don’t recall them tying the Doom series into that celebration. And to try to throw Cloonan under the bus was pretty crappy.

I’ll have to reread Strikeforce Morituri #1 and see how interested I am in getting more.

The Twelve is done on Weston’s part, as he apparently posted a picture of himself crossing off The Twelve off a list of incomplete comics projects (including Big Numbers, 1963 Annual, Miracleman, and even some books that Alan Moore wasn’t involved in).

Is that Steed and Mrs Peel from Boom individual issues reprinted, or a reprint of the entire mini? And who originally put that one out?

Am I bad to want that Tarot? I am, aren’t I?

Why didn’t you ask Chad about the Dreadstar Omni? Actually, I’m wondering about the stuff that came out before the regular series — is that in here, or elsewhere?

@Pedro Bouca — is the “remounting” of Tintin pages similar to what is done with Asterix? From what I’ve seen, it appears that there are 2 “pages” on each page of Asterix, and I was wondering if it’s the same sort of thing, or just a stylistic thing on the part of the Asterix creators.

And I’ll leave you with this: if that figure had a removable magnetic bottom, you could call it Poke-a-hot-ass.

Man, I hate myself sometimes…

Thet ‘Dreadstar Omnibus Vol. 1′ issues 1-12 includes the same material already reprinted in the ‘Dreadstar: The Definitive Collection’ (ISBN 0974963801) hardcover and also in two thinner ‘Definitive Edition’ paperbacks. From the solicitation text it sounds like it includes new scans of the art and maybe some additional covers and sketches.

Question: anybody know how to pronounce “Syzygy Darklock”? Is it “Si-Ziggy”?

Andrew and T.: Hmmm. I must have mistook Bradshaw for someone else. Thanks!

Travis: Well played with Patch Zircher, sir.

I thought I read somewhere that Weston was done with the art on The Twelve, so maybe it will come out. Maybe?

The pre-series Dreadstar got a hardcover edition from Dynamite a few years ago. It’s out there somewhere!

Rich: “Syzygy” is pronounced like it’s spelled! “Si-zi-gee.” It’s a real word – it’s the configuration of three celestial bodies in a straight line or something like that.

Matthew Johnson

November 7, 2011 at 7:43 am

Good to see Derek McCulloch still writing. Strawberry Jam forever! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strawberry_Jam_Comics

The pre-series Dreadstar stuff is in ‘Dreadstar: The Beginning.’ It’s a hardcover (ISBN 1606901192) and pretty easy to find for under $20.

Is that Steed and Mrs Peel from Boom individual issues reprinted, or a reprint of the entire mini? And who originally put that one out?

From the description, it sounds like they are reprinting it one issue at a time. And Eclipse was the original publisher, circa 1990-1991.

thanks to everyone for the info that I asked about. You’re all good people.

And thanks especially to Matthew Johnson for helping me make the connection about Derek McCulloch. I’ve seen his letters in old Cerebus letters columns, but wouldn’t have made the connection without the mention of Strawberry Jam. (Yes, I am that weird for knowing that much esoterica.) I see from the wikipedia that he did “Pretty Good Year” with Colleen in the Tori Amos Comic Book Tattoo anthology that I have, but haven’t read yet. Cool.

And thanks to Greg for liking the Patch bit.

Greg, I know you tend to like DeFilippis & Weir’s stuff, so what are your thoughts on The Avalon Chronicles from Oni? Have you read any of their other manga-ish stuff? Worth checking out?

Also, has anyone read Andy Diggle’s Rat Catcher, and was it any good?

Oh, and Ampney Crucis! Sounds interesting, but the price is a bit steep. Should I check it out, all you fans of British/Euro comics?

Sorry, I’m asking a lot of questions today but not contributing anything myself . . .

Drew: I haven’t placed my order yet, but I’m a bit conflicted about the Avalon Chronicles. It’s so obviously not geared toward me, but you’re right – I do like DeFilippis and Weir a lot, so it’s tough. I haven’t heard much about it, though, and I haven’t read their “manga-ish stuff,” as you put it, so it’s making my decision even harder.

As for Rat Catcher, I did read it and reviewed it. Hope that helps!

Sorry, I don’t know anything about Ampney Crucis. Can’t help you there!

Thanks, Greg! I’m leaning towards picking up Avalon Chronicles, but I wondered if you knew more than I did.

I’m also leaning towards getting Rat Catcher after reading your review. I’ve really only read Diggle’s superhero stuff, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The only Vertigo Crime book I’ve read so far is Gage’s, which I thought was excellent. How do they compare, assuming you’ve read Area 10? (I’m pretty sure you did, and I think I actually read your review of it way back when.)

Thanks again. I really need to read more of your graphic novel reviews so I don’t have to ask you these kinds of questions. ;)

Drew: Man, that’s a good question. Samnee’s art is better than Ibanez’s, but not by much. I think I like Diggle’s story a bit better, but they’re both among the best of the Vertigo crime books (that I’ve read) so far. Rat Catcher is a bit more “normal,” for lack of a better word, than Area 10, but as far as quality – that’s tough.

Fret not! My only problem is trying to recall every comic I’ve read so I can help questioners out!

Ask anything you like about Avalon Chronicles, gentlemen, and I’ll be happy to answer.

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