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Flippin’ through Previews – July 2012

Man, I’ve been doing this for six years. Has it helped any of you find new comics you’d otherwise miss? Well, I hope so. Do I get grief every time I do it? Of course! But I’m a masochist, so let’s check out the two hundred eighty-sixth edition of Previews and see what we can find! Yeeeeeee-ha!

Wait, what year is it?

Dark Horse:

On page 38, we find The Shaolin Cowboy Adventure Magazine … trade paperback. It has stuff by Andrew Vachss, Geof Darrow, and Gary Gianni, and it’s prose with illustrations, if you’re anticipating comics. But it’s a pretty cool idea. (24 October)

Well, that's pretty neat

I’ve always tried to get into Nexus and have usually failed – something about it just doesn’t click for me. On page 41, the Nexus Omnibus volume 1 is offered in trade for 25 bucks, collecting the first 14 issues. Maybe this time I’ll love it? (28 November)

Three issues of Kristian Donaldson, and already there’s a new artist on The Massive (page 43). I’m trying to recall if Wood told me this was the plan, but I can’t. I don’t mind it if it’s planned and it’s a different story arc (like what’s happening with Wood’s Conan), but I do get a bit annoyed by this. I don’t know if Garry Brown is any good, but I’m willing to check it out! (12 September)

Speaking of Conan, Vasilis Lolos draws issue #8 (page 45). Whenever I see Lolos’ name, I must write about how I pine for The Last Call volume 2. Will it ever arrive?

The fourth hardcover volume of B.P.R.D. shows up on page 58. Damn, I love these giant hardcovers. They’re awesome. (7 November)

If you missed the single issues, Ragemoor – a story about a living castle – is offered on page 61. I’m sure it looks nice, because it’s Richard Corben, but I don’t know if the story is any good. (7 November)

'Castle hungry!!!!'

Howard Chaykin’s Marked Man is offered in hardcover on page 68. This is the entire story from Dark Horse Presents #1-8, and this is how I’d like them to do these kinds of things – tell the entire story in DHP, and then offer it as a trade. Marked Man is not bad, although I suppose how much you like it will depend on how much you think Chaykin’s lost it over the past decade or so. (21 November)

DC:

Say what you want about Before Watchmen, but that’s a super cover (page 78, 5 September):

Groovy!!!

You’ll notice that with all the crap that people have (rightfully) been heaping on Guillem March’s cover for Catwoman #0, every single one of these is labeled as “not final cover.” I’ll be interested to see what actually shows up on the shelves!

As I believe Caleb pointed out, the debut of Talon #0 (page 82) means that fully one-quarter of the DCnU is made up of Batman-related books. I didn’t check his math, but goddamn, that’s a lot, isn’t it? According to my retailer, they’re all selling well. Why aren’t they ALL Batman books, then? Huh, DC? (26 September)

I’m a bit stunned that DC hired Christy Marx to write Sword of Sorcery, starring Amethyst (page 84). I mean, Marx is a chick, she’s not a comics person, and she actually has experience writing chick stuff (like Jem). Well done, DC.

It's like they're actually trying to sell this to people who don't normally read comics ... but that can't be right, can it?

Batman: The Dark Knight #0 (page 102): “Meet Joe Chill and explore the epic conspiracy to wipe out the Wayne family!” Really, DC? Didn’t the Bat-books just get done with some “epic conspiracy”? Wouldn’t it be a lot more fun if whoever was running this conspiracy bumped into some of those Owl dudes and said, “Hey, what are you conspiring to do?” and the Owl dudes said, “Oh, we’re just turning the city against Batman” and the first dude said, “Oh, shit, well, we’re just conspiring to wipe out the Wayne family” and the Owl dudes said, “Hey, as long as you stay out of our way, we’ll stay out of yours” and they all share Old Milwaukees before going on their way? That would be awesome. (26 September)

The Flash gets a hardcover on page 127. I’ll be waiting for the softcover, but this is one of the few series I’m really looking forward to.

Speaking of trades I’m looking forward to, All-Star Western volume 1 is there on page 128. I will be buying this!

Yeeee-haw!

Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland is resolicited on page 140. Holy crap, when was that first offered? [Looks it up] June 2011? Shit, I hope it’s ready now! (14 November)

I probably won’t get Spaceman in hardcover, but there it is on page 144. Now I only have to wait a year before it comes out in softcover! (7 November)

IDW:

Andy Diggle and Mark Buckingham are doing a new Doctor Who series on page 157. Doctor Who is one of those characters that I very much doubt I will ever care about, but that’s not a bad creative team. Who knows how long they will last on the book?

It's just not doing it for me

Womanthology: Space shows up on page 161. Much like the hardcover, this is an all-woman anthology, this time focusing on … space! I know, shocking. I don’t know if I’m going to get the single issues or the trade, but I’m sure it will be nifty!

Man, why are all these chix taking over comix?!?!?

For 60 bucks, you can pick up Woodwork, a hardcover “American edition of a museum catalogue that accompanied a gigantic career retrospective on display in De Palma, Spain in 2010″ of Wally Wood’s artwork. That has to be cool-looking, right?

Image:

Grant Morrison finally has the balls to write something that’s not published by DC or Marvel with Happy! on page 186. It sounds … Morrison-esque, I’ll give it that. (26 September)

If there's a horse in it, why the feathers?

I’ve heard good things about Alex de Campi’s Valentine, which is offered on page 198. Two soldiers lost in the Russian winter in 1812 are hunted by monsters, who have their own agenda. De Campi is a pretty good writer, and this sounds keen. (5 September)

Joe Casey and Nathan Fox’s Haunt is finally out in trade on page 201. Will it be out on 12 September? I won’t hold my breath!

Marvel:

So in anticipation of the next Avengers movie, which won’t come out for at least two years, and a possible Guardians of the Galaxy movie, which will come out next summer at the earliest, Bendis writes a Thanos story in Avengers Assemble #7 (page 11). Chad Nevett will be reading that eagerly, as he loves whenever anyone else except Jim Starlin writes Thanos!!!! (12 September)

Big Hero 6 gets collected on page 37. I assume it’s one of those digest-sized trades, because it’s only 9 dollars. I wonder why Marvel is collecting it now? (5 September)

Avengers Vs. X-Men gets a $75-hardcover on page 65. I won’t be buying this, but it’s something like 22 issues for that price, and from what I’ve seen, the art is gorgeous. I’d think about buying it if Marvel took out all the words and just sold it as an art book. (7 November)

Robert Eddleman pointed out a couple of weeks ago that Emanuela Lupacchino is drawing the next Castle graphic novel, and it shows up on page 68. Damn, that’s really tempting, because Lupacchino is really, really good. (17 October)

I knew someone at Marvel would find out how good Lupacchino is sooner or later, damn it!

Marvel does something interesting that I’m sure they’ve done before, but I still think is cool: On page 71, they have the third volume of Daredevil in hardcover, and it collects the crossover with Spider-Man and Punisher. On page 78, they have the second volume of Rucka’s Punisher series in trade, and it … collects the crossover with Spider-Man and Daredevil. Apparently the crossover was terrible, but at least if you were only reading one of the titles, you can get it in the trade of your choice. I guess it sucks if you plan to read both titles, but what are you gonna do? (19 and 12 September, respectively)

Even though Marvel is stupidly putting four (only 4?!?!?) issues in their X-trades, I really want to get Wolverine and the X-Men on page 81. You’re not making it easy, Marvel!!!! Four issues, really? (24 October)

It’s the third Journey Into Mystery trade in two months on page 83. Sheesh, Marvel, what’s the deal? I’m getting all three, but that seems a bit odd. (17 October)

I got the Young Avengers trades lo those many years ago and enjoyed them. Should I get The Children’s Crusade (page 84)? I heard both really good things and really bad things about it. What say the commenters? (10 October)

Has the wedding of Scott and Jean ever been collected? Beats me, but it is now, on page 99. If it were me, I’d call it something like “the marriage that Scott tossed aside to get it on with a hussy yet we’re still supposed to admire him” trade, but I guess that’s why I’m not in charge of marketing at Marvel. (19 September)

It’s time once again to journey past the normal stuff and head to the back of the book. You can do it!

I haven’t gotten around to reading Princeless yet, but if Kelly Thompson is to be believed, everyone ought to be reading it! So there’s a new anthology book on page 232 called Princeless: Short Stories for Warrior Women from Action Lab Entertainment. It’s Kid Friendly! I’m a bit more interested in Jeremy Whitley’s other book right below it, The Order of Dagonet, which is about a bunch of misfit knights defending England from mythological creatures. You could always buy them both!

Paul Cornell can suck it, man!

Archaia continues to shift away from single issues, as they don’t offer the new volume of The Killer in that format, going straight to the collected edition on page 241. The second story wasn’t quite as good as the first, but I’m still picking this up, because it’s a good series.

Over on page 276, Dynamite continues to go retro with Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #1. I’m sure someone can explain to me why he’s no longer a DC character!

Leah Moore and John Reppion, who aren’t a bad writing team, also have a new book from Dynamite called Damsels on page 279. It’s about various fairy-tale heroines fighting to protect their kingdoms, and the idea of proto-feminist fairy-tale heroines has been done to death, but as usual, it’s all in the execution. Of course, just because it’s a proto-feminist comic book doesn’t mean they can’t get our man J. Scott Campbell to sell it!

Two of the three are surprisingly fully-clothed, I'll give him that!

Noah van Sciver has a new book from Fantagraphics called The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln (page 302). I don’t know if it’s any good; I just like to mention Noah van Sciver when I can, because I can’t quite wrap my brain around the fact that he’s Ethan van Sciver’s younger brother.

Hope Larson draws an adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time on page 304 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. I’m sure it will look very neat.

I’m not a huge fan of Raina Telgemeier (she’s very talented, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not interested in the subjects about which she writes), but if you are, she has a new book, Drama, on page 307 from Graphix. It’s about a middle-school girl and her attempts to navigate a theater production that is rife with, you guessed it, drama. If that’s your thing, there it is!

Legendary Comics has a project I actually want to buy, as The Tower Chronicles volume 1: Geisthawk shows up on page 312. This is the Matt Wagner/Simon Bisley book that’s been in the works at least since last summer, and I’m keen to check it out. The actual idea – a bounty hunter who hunts monsters – is only decent, but with those two guys working on it, I must check it out!!!!!

You know, Bisley is a really good cover artist in his own right, but I guess Lee's name has more cachet

So the one hundredth issue of The Tick featured Invincible, and on page 315, we get The Tick #101: Tick Meets Madman from New England Comics. These might be blatant cash grabs by Benito Cereno, but I’m sure it will be a good comic!

I really don’t know if I want to spend 50 bucks on Building Stories by Chris Ware (page 316, Pantheon), but I’m afraid that if I don’t, Brian might reach through the computer screen and throttle me. HE HAS THAT POWER!!!!!

In the Oni section, we find … Stumptown?!?!? Holy crap, it’s a new Stumptown on page 320! Huzzah! Happy day! (12 September)

Meanwhile, on page 321, The Sixth Gun #25 is solicited. It claims Brian Hurtt is the artist, but the cover lists Tyler Crook. I think it’s probably the latter, but that’s a bit annoying. (25 September)

Man, The Simon and Kirby Library: Science-Fiction HC from Titan Books on page 332 is calling my name. Damn you, Titan Books!

Well, shit

On page 335, Transfuzion Publishing offers Inferno: A Sleep and a Forgetting by Mike Carey and Michael Gaydos. It’s about the only guy to escape from Hell and live, but he doesn’t remember that. I’ve never been a huge fan of Carey, but I don’t hate his work, either, so I might have to check this out, especially because Gaydos is, you know, good.

Neal Adams’ Monsters is offered on page 336 from Vanguard Productions. This is an old serial that’s been digitally re-colored (not necessarily a good sign!), but I wonder about it. Is it Batshit Insane Adams? That actually might be worth it for the sheer weirdness factor. Has anyone read this already?

You know, thank God Zenescope saw the void in the comics universe from the lack of a sexy, female Robin Hood and remedied that with Robyn Hood #1 on page 354. I know you wondered about that hole in your life, and now it can be filled!

At least her clothes are practical!

Nothing is going to top the sheer genius of making Robin Hood a sexy, scantily-clad heroine, so let’s end there. As always, have fun finding the goodies in the giant slab of comics! Or, if you want the more … esoteric, you can hop on over to Mike Sterling’s blog for his monthly run-down of the darker corners of Previews! Have a good weekend!

30 Comments

Big Hero 6 was just announced as an animated movie. Your column may have been written before that announcement, though. EW posted this article yesterday:
http://insidemovies.ew.com/2012/06/29/disney-animation-confirms-plans-for-marvels-big-hero-6-breaking/

As for Children’s Crusade, I think it was as enjoyable as the first Young Avengers series. I was surprised that it did not directly dovetail into Avengers vs X-Men, but I’m guessing that’s because Marvel did not want people to be discouraged from reading Avengers vs X-Men just because they did not follow Children’s Crusade. The fact that it doesn’t directly point to AvX gives it an actual final chapter instead of feeling unfinished. I think that some people were turned off by the drastic plot movement, but in the face of the original series it didn’t feel outlandish or over-the-top.

An eye that’s both glowing and scarred? Numerous pouches and straps? A barely-there corset that seemingly supports by magic? If Robyn Hood is anything to go by, I’m accidentally reading a Flippin’ Through Previews from 1994 by mistake.

Tom Fitzpatrick

June 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I suppose that MARVEL still hasn’t solicited the second volume of John Byrne Fantastic Four Omnibus. grrr grrr

Women are out to take over comics with Ms. Thompson leading the pack. Best get out of the way! ;-)

Craig: Ah, I see. I never see news like that, so thanks! And that’s interesting to know about Children’s Crusade. Thanks again!

Chad: I know, huh?

Tom: Sorry, no. I’ll try to remember when it does show up (if it does) to promote the hell out of it, just for you!

I thought the whole point of Batman’s origin was that his parents were the victims of a random, senseless street crime. The more they add all this conspiracy nonsense, the more they diminish his character. I don’t care how talented the people doing it are, it still sucks.

Tsk, Greg, I must (with good humor) take you to task for calling me “not a comics person”.

Let’s see, I’ve had a die-hard love affair with comics from the time I could read, bought X-Men #1 off the spinner rack, and I guarantee I have Batman, Superman, and Lois Lane comics that are older than you are. ;)

I’ve written for Conan, Red Sonja, Elfquest and other books, and I had my own creator-owned series, The Sisterhood of Steel.

I assure you, I am very much a comics person. ;)

I hope you enjoy my take on Amethyst!

Sorry, Christy! I just know you’re more famous for your television writing, which has probably gained you a larger audience than most comic book writers, as the industry is so much bigger!

I’m curious about Amethyst – I’m trying to stick to trades from DC and Marvel these days (with a few exceptions!), but I’m going to read the first issue!

Holy crap, my name’s up there! Thanx for the shout-out and linkage, Greg.

Pass on Children’s Crusade. The ending is really weak, but if you like whiny teenagers and Bendis level snark, have at it. Cheung does a good job through most of it, but somewhere along the way, I got really tired of seeing the same male face and the same female face over and over.

Travis Pelkie

June 30, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Haunt’s been decent under Casey and Fox. I actually ended up reading the issues in one big gulp, and it’s pretty good. What’s nice is that Casey is seemingly ignoring a lot of what came before (I also got a couple of the last issues before they took over). It’s worth a look.

I hope that the best thing to come out of BW is that people realize how fuggin’ good Amanda Conner is, and/or she made enough scratch to do a creator owned thing. Her stuff ALMOST tempts me to that book.

I think why Peter Cannon Thunderbolt can be done elsewhere is that when Charlton shut down, they gave the creators first grab at the rights before selling the rest, and Pete Morisi took them up on it. If I understood things correctly, he was essentially licensing the character to DC, which is why they never really featured him much. My guess is that the LAW was the last appearance of the character in the DCU, but I’m sure I’m probably missing something. I’ll be interested to see what Dynamite does with it.

Wait, is that Amethyst book called Sword OF Sorcery, or Sword AND Sorcery? OF is stupid.

Marvel totally lost a sale with me. I was genuinely happy when I heard that Scarlet Witch would be returning, and ready to jump on-board.

But…. Not like this! ….Not this way!

Andrew Collins

June 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm

@Travis

Sword OF Sorcery is another one of DC’s re-purposing of an older title. Like Men Of War and G.I. Combat. The original Sword Of Sorcery was a short-lived book from the early 70′s that featured their Fafhrd & The Gray Mouser adaptions…

It’s “Sword of Sorcery,” in a fanboy nod to this. God forbid DC launch a new book without some sort of in-reference to a book that is thirty or forty years old, even if it’s more or less a new idea. See ALL-STAR WESTERN, WORLD’S FINEST, DIAL H, etc.

Wups… jinx, Andrew, I guess I owe you a Coke.

And, of course, Robyn Hood’s scar has to be a nice, thin, clean line across the eye, which now glows with power. Heaven forbid a woman have a face that looks less than sultry.

All-Star Western is definitely one of the New 52′s best series, easily in the top five. It’s essentially just continuing Gray & Palmiotti’s great work with Jonah Hex, but this time in old Gotham. Mind you, because of the Gotham thing, it maybe should be called All-Star Eastern…

Omega effect was anything but terrible. it was actually a dope crossover between the three books that was very consistent due to using the same artists throughout and Waid/Rucka co-writing the AVS issue that it started in. I’d recommend checking it out.

Oh my god what did that gunman do to Mordecai?! NOOOOOO!!!!!!

“Whenever I see Lolos’ name, I must write about how I pine for The Last Call volume 2. Will it ever arrive?”

Probably right after the final two issues of The Pirates Of Coney Island come out.

I thought that The Omega Effect was okay as a part of the ongoing storyline in Daredevil, but it failed as a crossover because it doesn’t stand alone as a satisfying story of its own. It ended pretty much where it began without providing any resolution to the central conflict, and the Omega Drive plot was actually resolved in Daredevil a couple of issues after the crossover. The only major impact it had was on The Punisher series, and even that seems to have been reversed in the most recent issue.

Because I don’t run a counterfeit cash operation in my basement like Burgas (or a counterfeit jeans ring in my carhole) I can’t fit three Journey Into Mystery trades in two months into my modest comics budget. I have no idea what Marvel was thinking with that schedule, and I feel like they’ll probably solicit two more next month. But since everything Marvel puts out gets remaindered for pennies on the dollar three months later I’m sure I’ll eventually pick them up.

Travis Pelkie

July 1, 2012 at 12:36 am

Bill said “carhole” heh heh huh heh

@buttler: Oddly enough, in the Man-Bat mini from…’05, maybe, by Bruce Jones (I think) and Mike Huddleston, Gotham City is supposedly in the Central time zone. So weird!

Thanks to Andrew and Greg on the Sword of Sorcery. I still think it sounds dumb.

Why…why can Paul Cornell suck it on that Order of Dagonet cover? I don’t get joke.

Wow, they’re trying to sell a Matt Wagner/Simon Bisley collaboration with that bland Jim Lee cover? Can’t the truth in advertising people get after them so people know the art will be much much better inside?

I believe that Transfuzion Inferno book is actually early Carey/Gaydos stuff, as it appears that it would reprint the old Caliber series from ’95. Maybe our pal Louis Bright-Raven knows for sure.

I have to say, if Flippin’ isn’t my absolute favorite feature here at the blog, it’s one of the very top ones. And y’all know I love most everything about here with a disturbing passion. I’ve certainly seen plenty of stuff that I wouldn’t have known of otherwise, and being familiar with your tastes and knowing how your taste seems to match mine fairly well, I know that if you’re intrigued by something, I probably will be too.

Although you’re probably the reason I spend more on comics than I should ;)

Travis: The Order of Dagonet sounds suspiciously like Captain Britain and MI:13, what with weird monsters invading England and a rag-tag group of superheroes trying to stop it. This seems like it’s played a bit more humorously, but still.

I wondered about that Carey/Gaydos thing. You’d think that if those two were collaborating on something new, it would be a little more high profile. I do like a lot of the Caliber stuff from Gaydos that I’ve read, and maybe I’ll like early Carey!

I’m always ready to help you spend more money, sir!

I imagine you were joking, but I find this column useful and entertaining. I am intending to pick up Waid/Samnee’s Rocketeer after you highlighted it last month for example.

I have not tried any New 52 DC yet (I got scared by too many options so chose none), but am considering Flash based on how good it looks.

That is a pretty good team indeed on Doctor Who. I am not a natural tie-in fan, but will look out for reviews on it. Also, how can you not care about Doctor Who? Great TV show (though I am british and so biased).

You miscounted on the Damsels cover. There are four girls and three were mostly clothed – you must have been distracted by something when counting…

I did read this column yesterday but couldn’t comment then as I have been rolling around laughing about that Robyn Hood comic and unable to type. I hope Kelly has something to say about it.

Rolacka: Yes, I was joking. Thanks for the nice words, though. I always try to help!

I don’t know why I’ve never gotten into Doctor Who. It’s just one of those things that’s never clicked for me.

I did miss the tiny fairy on the cover of Damsels! My bad.

That Robyn Hood cover is something, isn’t it?

RE: Inferno. Yes, that collects the Caliber series.

Here’s the complete description that was sent to Diamond—

The Inferno. It is a city fueled by sin, driven by corruption and where lives are lived in desperate despair. John Travis finds himself in the endless city of the damned and plunged into a power struggle for in reality, he is Jacamo Terence, the only person to escape Hell and live. He just doesn’t remember it. From Mike Carey (Lucifer, Hellblazer) and Michael Gaydos (Alias, Daredevil), this is the collection of the 5 issue Caliber series.

Also interesting is that Caliber did a Robyn Hood series (Robyn of Sherwood) way back when which featured a female version of Robin Hood.

Ours was minus the scars and the enhanced boobage.

Thanks, Gary, for the information on Inferno. And that’s pretty funny about Robyn of Sherwood. How dare you publish something like that without enhancing the lead?!?

Travis Pelkie

July 1, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Caliber’s female Robyn Hood was minus the scars and enhanced boobage.

It’s no longer published.

Coincidence?

;)

I always dug the Caliber stuff, Mr Reed, thanks for stopping in.

Robyn was a seed of an idea that I turned over to Paul Storrie and he created the series and after Caliber closed, Paul received full ownership which he shared with Rob Davis who, I believe, redrew the first couple of issues. Paul said it was coming out soon but not sure by who or when. Just like Hollywood…there’ll be two female Robin Hoods, both named Robyn out.

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