BEST BETS: "Jessica Jones," "Big Trouble/Escape from New York" & More October 2016 Highlights
It’s all about Cyber Force this time around, kids! Yes, Cyber Force. Is there anything else worthwhile in Previews #287? Who knows? Let’s find out together!
On page 36, The Adventures of Dr. McNinja volume 2: Timefist shows up. The first volume was okay, but not brilliant, so I think I’ll skip this, but you might like it! (5 December)
If you haven’t been reading Dark Horse Presents (and why not?), you can pick up the collected short story, The Untold Tales of Dog Mendonça and Pizzaboy, on page 41. This is a charming little tale, and it’s only 3 bucks. (24 October)
Eric Powell and Kyle Hotz team up again for Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities and the Orm of Loch Ness on page 45. I read the first mini-series with Billy and his circus friends but skipped the second. It’s not a bad little series of mini-series – maybe I ought to get the trade of the second story. (17 October)
On page 64, Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi volume 1 – Force Storm (phew!) shows up in trade paperback. This is an Ostrander/Duursema joint, so it should be pretty good. While I was in New York a few weeks back I bought my nephew the first trade of the Ostrander/Duursema Star Wars: Legacy series. He’s a big fan of Star Wars stuff, and he devoured the first two trades very quickly. Gee, kids like comics. Who knew? (12 December)
Grandville Bête Noire is offered on page 66. I haven’t loved the first two Grandville books, but I’m getting this one, because they’ve been pretty decent and I like Bryan Talbot. Does that make me a sucker? Whatever – it’s my money. (12 December)
Dark Horse is offering the Grendel Omnibus volume 2 on page 67. This collects at least the Christine Spar series and the next 8 (I think) issues of the ongoing series, plus some other stuff. Considering volume 1 still hasn’t been released, it seems ambitious for Dark Horse to solicit this, but I’m getting it nevertheless, because it’s awesome. (5 December)
DC’s marketing group really screwed the pooch this month, as pairing the cover of Rorschach #2 (page 76; 3 October) …
with this product …
just seems natural. They should have been facing each other in the catalog. Come on, DC, this stuff is obvious!
(Speaking of which, if I didn’t already have a toaster, I would totally buy that sucker. I mean, look at that toast!)
I don’t want to buy single issues from DC, but John Layman is writing Detective (page 97), which is awesome, and he’s also said he’s going to try to stick to single-issue stories. We’ll see. I’m going to give the first issue a look, anyway, even though I’m not a huge fan of Jason Fabok’s artwork. (3 October)
Catwoman #13 (page 102): “The true origin of Selina Kyle revealed!” What? What does that even mean? (17 October)
I know that Sword of Sorcery (page 107, and yes, that’s the correct title) has a back-up story, so the fact that it’s 4 dollars doesn’t mean you’re getting shafted, but why don’t these companies learn that if they’re going to launch a title that doesn’t have a built-in reason to buy it (and this counts), at least keep the price the same if not offering it at a reduced price. I’m rooting for this comic (and I might even buy the zero issue!), but I fear the price tag will keep people away. (17 October)
Other people have brought this up, but using the term “lover” to describe Wonder Girl’s enemy in Teen Titans #13 (page 118) seems a bit weird. He’s a “former lover,” too, which makes it even weirder. I don’t know, maybe it’s the father in me, but thinking about a teenager with a “former lover” is skeevy. DC doesn’t give a shit, of course, but it still seems a bit odd. (24 October)
Joe Kubert Presents #1 (page 121) sounds keen – Kubert and others doing short stories for six issues, with each issue clocking in at 48 pages and no interior ads. That ain’t a bad deal! (31 October)
Two digital comics come to print on pages 122 and 123: Legends of the Dark Knight and Ame-Comi Girls Featuring Wonder Woman. These have some really nice talent in their pages (Batman artwork by Lemire, Jones, and Scott, Wonder Woman by Gray, Palmiotti, and Conner) and the Batman one has a variant cover by Stephen Platt. STEPHEN MOTHERFUCKING PLATT, fanboys!!!!! Plus, despite their inexplicable endorsement of Captain Marvel #1, we can usually trust Kelly and Sue’s taste in comics, and they dug the first part of the Wonder Woman comic. These might be cool to check out. (3 and 10 October).
According to everyone’s favorite Canadian, Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating the DC Universe is not good enough to warrant a $75-hardcover, which shows up on page 128. But there it is, if you want to go against the grain! I do agree with Chad that John Cassaday not getting listed in the solicitations is very weird. (5 December)
I’m not the first person to think this, but when I heard that DC is offering The Origin of Skeletor on page 136, I thought “The dude has a skull for a head! What else is he going to do, sell insurance?” It is a mighty fine creative team, though – Joshua Hale Fialkov and Frazer Irving. Let’s hope Irving hasn’t been eating or buying clothing or paying rent for the past few years and is socking away all the money DC is paying him so he has time to finish Gutsville. Yes, I had a hard time typing that while laughing so hard, but there you go. (31 October)
Ghosts (page 139) is another one of these Vertigo anthologies that sounds so good in the solicits but will no doubt disappoint when it arrives. Still, Joe Kubert, Gilbert Hernandez, Paul Pope, Al Ewing, Neil Kleid, Phil Jimenez, Jeff Lemire, John McCrea, and Amy Reeder are just some of the people working on it, so I have hope! (Although it seems that Kubert and Pope aren’t drawing stories, just writing them, which … kind of sucks.) (31 October)
The latest “Artist’s Edition” (page 169) is Gil Kane’s unadulterated pencil work from Amazing Spider-Man #96-102 and 121. Man, I wish I were independently wealthy so I could get these suckers.
People are raving about The Zaucer of Zilk by Al Ewing and Brendan McCarthy, so it’s nice that IDW decides to publish it in a handy two-issue set on page 173 (well, the first issue is there; issue #2 will be out next month). I mean, Tim Callahan loves this. Dare you challenge Tim Callahan’s taste?!?!?
I’m glad that Silvestri is giving Cyber Force away (page 184), because raising the funds through Kickstarter left a bad taste in my mouth, but this has mitigated that somewhat. I’m not saying this is going to be a good comic, but I will definitely have to check out issue #1. Maybe I’ll be surprised! (3 October)
Well, there’s a MacGyver comic on page 188. That’s really all I can say about that. (24 October)
I know I’m a horrible person because I’m going to wait for the trade on Brandon Graham’s Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity (page 190), but I can’t help it. King City was so much better in trade, because I know I would have been lost if I had to wait between issues. I don’t know – maybe I’ll change my mind, but we’ll see.
Non-Humans (page 192): Whilce Portacio drawing a story about a world in which toys have come to life. Only from Image, man. (3 October)
Halloween Eve (page 198) could suck (a young lady working late at a Halloween costume store has to fight when the stuff starts coming to life), but Amy Reeder’s preview art looks superb. (10 October – why not on Halloween?)
As usual, Image has plenty of trades for those of you who like to wait: the original issues of Cyber Force (HELLS YEAH!) on page 202 (31 October), Mind the Gap on page 204 (3 October), and Saga on page 205 (10 October). Saga is zipping along, so I imagine that trade will be out on time, but Mind the Gap is already behind, so don’t hold your breath. They’re both worth a look, though.
So Glory is taking a bit of a break, as issue #29 is offered on page 212 … even though issue #28 already came out, meaning the book is taking about three months off. I hope it doesn’t hurt any momentum it’s built up, because it is pretty awesome. (17 October)
I love that Marvel has a bunch of “final issues” in this month’s Previews. Apparently we’re too stupid to realize that very few of these titles will even miss a month, much less actually go away. Man, I’m too young to be this cynical.
Even though Skottie Young isn’t drawing it (Guruhiru is while Young writes), A-Babies V. X-Babies (page eight) cannot help but be awesome. I mean, look at Young’s cover! Yes, it would be more awesome if he drew it, but still. (17 October)
Minimum Carnage: Alpha (page 21): Bwah-ha-ha, Marvel. Bwah. Ha. Ha. (Carnage shrinks, apparently, hence the name.) (3 October)
Some thoughts about Red She-Hulk #58 (page 39): First, as much as I like Parker’s proclamation about female characters headlining their own comics, it’s not like Red She-Hulk is a trailblazer or anything – female characters have headlined books for decades. I’m not sure if he’s saying that in today’s climate, female characters have a harder time headlining a comic, but I don’t know how true that is, either. I mean, it’s great that Parker wants to switch the focus of the book to Betty (don’t get me started on the fact that there are so many Hulks running around the Marvel Universe and that Red Hulk was a dumb enough character but Red She-Hulk takes that dumbness a bit further), but I don’t know if it’s that big a watershed. Good luck to him, though. Second, the cover might or might not have words added to it. The fact that I doubt that it will is part of the reason comics aren’t as much fun anymore. Marvel is drawing attention to Byrne’s She-Hulk cover, in which she speaks to the audience. Red She-Hulk is just posing. I really hope they add text having some fun with the old cover or something (“Buy this book or we’ll make Bendis write it!” or something like that), but I don’t think they will. But that’s just my two cents. (3 October)
If Space Punisher (which has a colon in between those two words on the actual cover, which is kind of sad) isn’t a comedy, it ought to be. The solicitation for the final issue is: “The Punisher kills everything … IN SPACE!” and features this cover:
That’s comedy gold! (10 October)
Why Marvel makes my head hurt: A year after renumbering the only title to survive unscathed through several other renumberings (Uncanny X-Men), Marvel is … renumbering it again (final issue, page 59). Do you remember why they renumbered it? Because they wanted the two “core” X-books – this and Wolverine and the X-Men – to have the same numbering. So are they renumbering the second title? It does not appear so. I need an aspirin. (10 October)
Why is this person’s head so big??????
If you didn’t feel like picking up Alan Davis’ annuals this year telling stories of his creations, the ClanDestine, Marvel packages them all in a handy trade on page 87, throwing in a Thor story to justify the price tag. The first part of this story is pretty good, and I imagine the next two will be too! (24 October)
Onward to the back of the book!
Archaia reprints the old Space: 1999 series with some new material, so if you’re yearning to check out a relic from the 1970s and you can’t get up to Seattle to see Greg Hatcher (oh, I’m kidding, Greg!), you might want to pick this up!
Bleeding Cool magazine shows up on page 259 with the “Top 100 Most Powerful People in Comics,” among other features. If I’m not on that list, it’s totally invalid!!!!!
Spongebob Comics #13 (page 262) features artwork by Steve Bissette and Tony Millionaire. I’m just sayin’.
I’m very glad Ian Brill is writing more comics, as his latest, Freelancers, shows up on page 265 from Boom! I’ve only met Ian once, before he became a big star, and he was a very nice dude. However, I don’t think this book is for me. Female bounty hunters who grew in a “Kung Fu Orphanage”? I’m sure it will be played for laughs, but I don’t know if that’s going to make it work. (It is, however, one thin dollar, so that’s tempting.)
I happened to see An Inspector Calls down on page 278 from Classical Comics. Apparently it’s about a strange policeman showing up at a “respectable household” and exposing all their secrets and lies. It seems that this is an adaptation of a book, but I’m not sure. Still, sounds neat.
Dynamite is relaunching Evil Ernie on page 280. Why would they do that? Don’t you want to read more Evil Ernie comics? Sure you do!
I’ve never been a huge fan of “sword and sorcery” fiction, as I’ve pointed out before, but it also depends on the creator. First Second offers Broxo on page 311, which is by Zack Giallongo, who has sent me some of his stuff in the past (and which I’ve reviewed here on the blog!). Giallongo is a pretty good creator, so I might have to check this out. Even if it does star barbarians and zombies.
Dreamless from Keenspot (page 318) doesn’t give us too much information: it’s pre-World War II, and an American girl and a Japanese boy have been in each other’s dreams since birth. The few pages we can see look pretty nice, though, and it sounds intriguing. If weird romance is your thing, that is.
Russel Roehling is the new artist on Wasteland (page 325 from Oni). I checked out his web site and … I’m cautiously optimistic? I hope he sticks around for a while! (24 October)
I wasn’t too impressed with X’ed Out, but Charles Burns has the next book in the series, The Hive, on page 332 from Pantheon. In case you did like X’ed Out!
I can’t see myself spending $48 dollars on PS Artbooks’ new hardcover of The Heap (page 333) by Roy Thomas and Carmine Infantino (among others), but it’s nice that these stories are back in print!
I wish that Raw Studios would try to get the final six issues of Bad Planet out, but for now, they have a handy trade on page 334. These comics aren’t exactly … good, I guess, but they do look very nice and they’re completely insane, which helps cover up some of the flaws. This seems like a pretty keen package, too, so you might want to give this a look.
Westward #2 is offered on page 342 from Tool Publications. I recently reviewed issue #1, so although that issue hasn’t actually come out yet, I feel confident that issue #2 will be as good!
Speaking of the two-volume wrap-up to 20th Century Boys, 21st Century Boys shows up on page 360 from Viz Media. How about that?
Well, that’s it for this month in Previews. I’m sure you’ll enjoy wading through it yourself, because if you don’t, you’ll be stuck buying Savage Hawkman. No one wants that!!!!!
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