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Are people really upset about that Wonder Woman cover? Really? If you don’t know already, see it on the latest Previews, #281, below!
If you’ve been buying Dark Horse Presents, you can probably skip Resident Alien #0 (page 38), but if you haven’t, Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse’s story of an alien pretending to be a doctor in a small town who suddenly gets called in to investigate a death is a fun tale. Actually, I’m not sure if all of this was already printed in DHP. I suppose I’ll have to go check. Either way, it’s a pretty good story. (18 April)
I’m not all that interested in Alabaster: Wolves #1 (page 48), because I’ve never read Caitlín R. Kiernan’s books and it doesn’t look like my cup o’ tea, but Steve Lieber is doing the art, which is nice. Good for Lieber, getting paid and all! (11 April)
As you ought to know, I’m not a big fan of The Goon, but the cover of issue #39 (page 56) cracks me right the hell up. (25 April)
Peter Bagge has a new book out on page 59 called Reset, about a guy who signs up to participate in a virtual reality experiment. If that’s your thing. (18 April)
Groo vs. Conan on page 60. Yes, it had to happen!!!!! I will, of course, wait for the trade, but man, does this sound perversely awesome. (18 April)
MarkAndrew is squealing like a school girl at a Justin Bieber concert right about now, because Larry Marder has a new volume of Beanworld out on page 61. It’s reprint stuff, but it’s newly colored by Marder and features some brand-new stuff in anticipation of new Beanworld stories that are coming out. Beanworld is … something, I’ll tell you that much. Here’s MarkAndrew himself writing about it. Caution: Contains Mark’s typically stream-of-consciousness style! (27 June)
Matt Kindt does it again, adding stories to a previously published graphic novel, and the result is 3 Story: Secret Files of the Giant Man on page 62. Considering that the original 3 Story was phenomenal, I’m on board with this, but I wonder why Kindt does this. From talking to him, I get the sense that he works really fast, so maybe he just can’t stop writing and drawing!!!! (18 April)
I own pretty much every Grendel story there is, but you can bet I’m picking up the Grendel Omnibus on page 65. It features the original Hunter Rose stuff and the two short story collections Wagner did with all those cool artists, and the entire thing is in black and white and red, and I’m sure it will be awesome. I’m very curious if Dark Horse will color the entire saga in black and white and red, because I don’t think that would work. We shall see, though. You really ought to own Grendel in some form or another. I haven’t read all of Mage, but based on what I have, Grendel blows it out of the water. Now I’m curious to see if the Batman crossovers will be collected in a second volume. Probably not, because it seems like this volume is all about Hunter Rose and the first one isn’t here, but that would be neat. (6 June)
So, Detective Comics #8 (page 90) and Batman’s girlfriend, Charlotte Rivers. In this new, Keepin’-Kontinuity-Tight DCnU, has any other Batman book made a reference to the fact that Bruce has a chippie on the side? I thought Danny D. and Geoffrey Johns (“Who could be scared of a Geoffrey?” “Geoffrey’s just this nice bloke from down the road!”) were making sure everything synced up, so can anyone tell me if Bruce is getting some in any other Batman book? (4 April)
I know that every single sentence in Previews is hyperbole, but did whoever writes the copy for Swamp Thing #8 (page 103) chuckle when he or she thought up, “Behold the terrifying true potential of the Swamp Thing – a form so fearsome we couldn’t put it on the cover!” I mean, really? I hope that it’s not obscured on the actual cover, so in early April, consumers’ screams ring out throughout the land as we see the scariest thing ever!!!!! (4 April)
Is that Amadeus Cho on the cover of Stormwatch #8 (page 110)?
Oh, those Asians – so good at the mathematics! (4 April)
DC offers more hardcover trades from the DCnU – Detective on page 122, Batwoman on page 123 – plus softcover trades for those books that don’t deserve hardcovers – Animal Man and Catwoman (page124), Green Arrow and JLI (page 125), and Stormwatch (page 126). The softcovers, it looks like, will be out about the time the 9th issues hit the stands, while the hardcovers will be out a month later. That’s not too bad, I guess.
On page 129, Batman: Prey is offered in trade. This collects Legends of the Dark Knight issues by Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy and features Hugo Strange, and they’re not bad. They’re not great, but they’re not bad. (30 May)
There’s a Challengers of the Unknown Ominibus by Jack Kirby hardcover on page 130. I don’t know if this any good, but it’s intriguing. (20 June)
Anthony Bourdain has a graphic novel coming out called Get Jiro! (page 136)? Really? Sheesh. (27 June)
Of course, DC is still slow in trades when it doesn’t involve their flashy new books. American Vampire #26 gets solicited on page 142, right next to the second trade, which collects through issue #11. Come on, DC! (25 April and 2 May)
I know that Ed Brubaker’s Deadenders isn’t the most fondly-remembered series, but DC is putting out the entire run in a nice volume for 30 bucks, which isn’t bad. Remember when DC hadn’t pissed off Ed Brubaker? Good times! (16 May)
Darwyn Cooke’s latest Parker adapatation, The Score, is offered on page 152. These are good comics. You should own them.
Roger Langridge is writing a new Popeye comic on page 159. I have never been a fan of Popeye, and Langridge is just okay, so I think I’ll skip this, but you might like it!
I guess it’s in the nature of modern writers to cast everything in a “fight for freedom” model even though it might not be historically accurate, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to skip Nevsky: Hero of the People on page 176 by Ben McCool and Mario Guevara. It seems like it’s more an interpretation of Sergei Eisenstein’s movie rather than any actual history, and I’m very curious about it. Who doesn’t love late medieval warriors slaughtering each other?
Man, I’d say Jonathan Hickman was on a roll, but I’ll have to wait until some of his books come out (Feel Better Now was due in October and is nowhere to be seen). On page 180 he has America’s Got Powers, a mini-series about a TV show where super-powered teens compete against each other. Bryan Hitch provides the artwork, and the two pages of previews look better than a lot of what Hitch has done recently. (Issue #1 is due on 11 April, while issue #2 is due two weeks later) Then, on page 184, he has Secret with Ryan Bodenheim, which is an espionage thriller. Let us hope all his series come out in a timely fashion! [Well, crap. Two commenters pointed out that Jonathan ROSS, not Hickman, is writing America’s Got Powers, which messes up my whole argument. Well, except for the fact that Hickman does have three projects from Image in the pipeline, one of which was supposed to be out already but hasn’t shown up. Anyway, Ross wrote Turf, which was pretty good, and he’s done a lot of television work, so this seems right up his alley. My apologies!]
Is Alan Moore actually writing the new Supreme in 2012 (page 188), or is this some old treatment that the Image guys cobbled together into a script? I still have to get one of the two Supreme trades that Moore wrote years ago, but this is just … weird. It could be good weird, of course, but still. I’m just glad that Alan Moore is writing brand new characters that are in no way rip-offs of Superman and his supporting cast, because he would never, ever make a dollar off of someone else’s creations … (4 April)
Landry Q. Walker and Eric Jones, the creators behind some of the best Batman stories of the past few years (it’s true!), bring us Danger Club on page 194. It’s about superhero sidekicks needing to stop a cosmic menace because when the superheroes tried, they all disappeared. This could be awesome, mainly because the creative team is very good. (4 April)
If you were waiting for 3-4 years for The Infinite Horizon to finish so you could get the trade, your wait is over! It’s offered on page 199, and I know it will come out because the book is actually finished! It’s a pretty good story, too, if that matters. (11 April)
I skipped The Strange Talent of Luther Strode in single issues, but the trade is out on page 202. I don’t know if it’s any good, but Tradd Moore’s art is superb. (4 April)
Is that a solicitation for the final issue of The Twelve on page 49? Why, I think it is! Holy crap!
Once again, the Hyperbole Express takes off: Wolverine & the X-Men #8 (page 55) promises: “Sabretooth vs. Beast in the most vicious fight set to paper!” I desperately want a job writing solicitation copy for Previews. I’d be THE BEST EVER at it!!!! See? I can do hyperbole too!
I’m sorely tempted by the Punisher by Rick Remender Omnibus on page 70. It’s 100 dollars, though, but I’m still sorely tempted.
I’m also sorely tempted by the Secret Warriors Omnibus on page 71, also clocking in at 100 bucks. I even own these issues and I’m tempted!!!!
My love for Dazzler means that I will probably buy the Beauty & the Beast hardcover on page 83. Yes, I’m weak. I don’t care – such is my love for Alison Blaire!!!!
I know someone who reads (or, at least, used to read) the blog is madly in love with Darkhawk (Our Dread Lord and Master would remember who it is), so I imagine life is good for him, as Darkhawk Classic volume 1 is offered on page 105. Calling Darkhawk comics “classics” might be pushing it a bit (in the same way that I own Dazzler “Essential” volumes which are probably not that essential), but that’s nice of Marvel to publish this. Hey, Danny Fingeroth wrote this AND Dazzler. Maybe it’s time for a Danny Fingeroth appreciation post at CSBG!
The back of the book awaits!
Markosia has a trade of The Boy Who Made Silence (page 230), which is unfinished (for now) but is absolutely brilliant, and I encourage everyone to check it out. I own all the issues and I’m going to get this. The fact that this is coming out gives me hope that Josh Hagler will actually finish the book, because I would love that.
Kelly T. has been drooling over Princeless, and now the first trade is out from Action Lab Entertainment on page 230. I’m very keen to check this out.
Antarctic Press has its usual assortment of comics (including Airboy by Chuck Dixon, which keeps changing publishers) but this T-shirt made me chuckle:
It’s clever, but it also reminds me of my mini-vacation last week, when we drove around Palm Beach for a while. There is an actual “Occupy Palm Beach” movement – there are about 10-15 tents outside of City Hall. They looked so cute, protesting in the sun like that!
On page 253, Blank Slate Books has some interesting selections, including Departures, which looks at three characters struggling in the global recession. I’m sure it’s all just pinko propaganda, but I’ll still give it a look!
There’s a second Planet of the Apes trade from Boom! Studios on page 262. The first one was really good, far better than I expected, so I’ll be picking this one up, you betcha.
My past affection for Garth Ennis means I will give his new take on The Shadow from Dynamite, because I have a feeling this will be more like his excellent war stories rather than some of his other, more … gory stuff. I could be wrong, but I do so want to like an Ennis comic again, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!
Dynamite got the rights to Howard Chaykin’s Shadow mini-series from DC in the mid-1980s, and they’re reprinting the trade (page 275). I own this, and it’s … okay. The story has huge gaps in it that make no sense, but this is back when Chaykin was a good artist, so that makes up for the story problems.
For 30 bucks, Dynamite offers The Art of Ramona Fradon hardcover on page 283. That’s not a bad price for something like this.
Hey, check it out: There’s a new issue of Castle Waiting on page 302 from Fantagraphics. Will this be included in a new trade of volume 2? If so, I suppose I’m glad I didn’t buy volume 2 yet, because volume 1 is pretty darned good comics.
I read a preview of The Art of War last year, and it was quite good. Now the entire graphic novel is offered on page 305 from Harper Perennial. I don’t know if the creators will let me see the book before it’s published, but if they do, I’ll be sure to write about it. If they don’t, I just pre-order it like a sucker and review it that way!
An old Gray Morrow comic, Orion, is getting reprinted by Hermes Press (page 308). It’s 40 bucks, which is a bit dear, but I’ll probably get it anyway, because I like Morrow’s art and this sounds pretty keen.
Well, shit. Alison Bechdel has a new book out on page 308 from Houghton Mifflin. Yeah, I’m going to have to pick that sucker up.
I’m not that fond of “deadly virus” stories, but The Girl Who Owned a City (page 311) from Lerner Publishing Group has one huge thing going for it: Joëlle Jones on art. Dang, I love Jones’s art. I’m going to have to think about this. (I haven’t read the original novel, so it will be new to me!)
Ted Naifeh brings back Courtney Crumrin in a full-color ongoing from Oni Press on page 316. I haven’t read the original stuff (I probably should), but this is tempting nevertheless.
Whoo-hoo! Chris Schweizer has Crogan’s Loyalty, the third book in his familial saga, out on page 318 (also from Oni). The first two books in the series were excellent, so why wouldn’t this one be?
I’m not sure if I’m going to get Freedom, a new Revolutionary War comic from Potato Comics on page 322, even though it sounds interesting. It does annoy me that Jay Spence, who wrote the “Staff Picks” for this book, began his text with “History is … boring.” You know who finds history boring? Stupid people. Yeah, I said it.
Top Shelf is bringing Lost Dogs, Jeff Lemire’s first professional work, back into print (page326), and you know I’ll be all over that. On page 328 they offer The Pterodactyl Hunters (In the Gilded City), a story about dinosaur hunters in 1904 New York (why not?), and I may have to get that, too.
Well, I guess that’s as good a place to end as any, so I will. Have a blast zipping through your very own copy of Previews, because you never know what goodies you’ll find inside!
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