Why The Russos Are The Best Thing to Happen to the MCU Since Joss Whedon
Every month, I’m so excited to write up these posts and I think to myself, “This time I’ll write a lot about DC and Marvel and how cool their stuff is!” And then I start reading Previews … and, yeah. Maybe this month will be different, so let’s jump right into issue #288!
Before we even get into the publishers, we find this:
To be fair, they do spell her name right occasionally, as you can see below the headline. But, once again, the need for editors/proofreaders is evident. I’m available!
47 Ronin is offered on page 30. This is the famous legend, adapted by Mike Richardson and drawn by Stan Sakai. I know my Usagi Yojimbo collection is woeful, but I’ll be picking this up … probably in trade, though. (7 November)
On page 36, Mind MGMT #0 is a “specially-priced jumping-on point!” This is a pretty good series, and apparently these are digital stories “available for the first time in print.” That’s handy. Of course, “specially-priced” means $2.99, for what that’s worth. Still, it’s something you should check out! (21 November)
Jeff Parker is writing a new Willow mini-series on page 38. I have no interest in it, but that’s not bad. I still have no idea how a comic can be “executive produced,” but I guess I don’t know how television shows and movies can, either, so there’s that. (7 November)
I was perusing the solicits for Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #15 (sigh) on page 40 and saw this word: zompire. Words fail me. (14 November)
I did not read the “Falling Skies” comic that Dark Horse put out (Falling Skies is shockingly boring for a show about an alien invasion and the human resistance to it; I watched the first season and have begun the second one, but unless it gets a LOT better, I’m done with it), but the creative team behind it, Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra, show up with Colder on page 46. A guy’s body temperature is dropping, and when it hits zero, he’ll die. Meanwhile, he’s able to cure other people’s madness. The high concept sounds okay, but I’m excited because Juan Ferreyra, who ought to be a motherfucking comics superstar, is drawing it. Huzzah! (7 November)
I don’t mind that Dark Horse is going to start numbering B.P.R.D. as an ongoing rather than a series of mini-series, but I wonder why. I mean, hasn’t it worked well for them so far? I know it’s essentially an ongoing anyway, but it seems weird to change it just because you hit 100 issues. Oh well. I read them in giant-sized hardcover, so B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #101: The Return of the Master Part 4 (of 5) (phew!) on page 51 doesn’t mean too much to me. I’ll read it in 5 or 6 years! (28 November)
Brian Wood’s Conan gets a hardcover trade on page 54. I’m waiting for the softcover, but perhaps you can’t wait that long! (16 January)
So in the solicits for Justice League #14 (page 76), we see mention of “2013’s TRINITY WAR.” Okay, without looking anything up on the Internet, I’m going to guess that Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman all fight each other, because much like this summer’s Avengers versus X-Men, that’s never been done before!!!!! (Checks the Internet quickly) Okay, it doesn’t appear anyone knows much about this Trinity War yet. So who the hell knows? I should point out that this issue is solicited with Tony Daniel on art. In case you care. (21 November)
I like the cover of Wonder Woman #14 (page 78), because the villain has a skull for hair:
Is Azzarello going to have Wonder Woman draw little hearts with “SM + WW” in them while she’s taking a break from slaughtering every deity in the DCnU? Because that would be awesome. (21 November)
On page 85, the solicits for Worlds’ Finest #6 asks: “What happens when Huntress, the former Robin of Earth 2, meets Damian? The same thing that happens when anyone meets Damian: a massive fight!” You know, you’d think Batman would have a chat with Damian about his anger issues. Though I love how DC is totally embracing Damian’s douchieness. He should star in a comic called “World’s Assholest.” He could just wander the Earth telling people how much they suck and doling out beatdowns. “Hey, guy in a wheelchair! Why don’t you cross that street a little more quickly, huh, asshole?” POW! I’d totally buy that. (7 November)
Talon #2 (page 89): “Introducing an assassin even more dangerous than Talon!” Really, DC? Maybe you should establish how bad-ass this guy is before you go introducing people even more fucking dangerous than he is! (28 November)
What the fucking fuck, Patrick Gleason? (Page 94)
So that Green Lantern in issue #0, the one wearing the balaclava and holding a pistol (an excellent choice for, you know, a dude with a magic wishing ring) is an Arab? Man, DC. I just mention it because the Justice League beats him up in Green Lantern #14 on page 100. (7 November)
Green Lantern Corps #14 (page 101): “Guy Gardner’s life is ruined!” What a weird thing to write. It doesn’t sound very dramatic, does it? It’s like his credit rating got screwed up or he defaulted on his mortgage or something. Shouldn’t he be worried about all those aliens trying to kill him? (14 November)
Since you won’t have him to kick around much anymore, here’s a double dose of Rob Liefeld covers, both from page 113:
Awesome. (14 November)
On page 129, the fourth and final volume of Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus gets offered in softcover. I haven’t read these yet, because I’m waiting for the entire saga, so I’m keen for this! (5 December)
Top 10 gets an Absolute Edition on page 135. I’m really tempted by this, because I imagine Gene Ha’s intricate artwork will look superb in the Absolute format. Plus, I’ve never gotten around to buying Smax, so it’s probably time to remedy that. Here’s the question I have: I presume Alan Moore owns these characters. So why, if he hates DC with every fiber of his cranky being, is he allowing this? Will he give all the money to the Orphaned Children Of Bad Magicians Charity? I’m honestly asking, because I really don’t know if Moore still owns these characters (and I couldn’t find it on a cursory search of yonder Internets). If he does and he’s letting DC reprint these, does that make his objections to Before Watchmen more or less obnoxious? Anyone? (24 April)
The Books of Magic is good because the art is good rather than because Neil Gaiman’s story is anything great, but a “deluxe edition hardcover” is probably a nice thing to own if you don’t already have it. Whatever happened to Paul Johnson? (23 January)
Hellblazer #297 is offered on page 138. I mention this only because I’ve been reading speculation that DC will cancel it after #300 and relaunch it in the “real” DCnU. But I haven’t seen anything about Milligan leaving the title with issue #300. Does anyone know? That would suck, although it wouldn’t be too surprising. He can keep writing it for the next five or ten years, as far as I’m concerned. (21 November)
The final Northlanders trade shows up on page 139. Dang, this was a good series. (26 December)
IDW is publishing a new Judge Dredd ongoing on page 148. It’s written by Duane Swierczynski, which might be a draw for you. I’ve never been a fan of the character, but it’s nice that he’s getting an ongoing here in the States.
The fact that I’ve never been a fan of Judge Dredd makes the Judge Dredd: The Complete Brian Bolland on page 149 something that vexes me. Man, I would love a 250-page collection of Bolland art. I’m torn! (I am curious about the one story the solicits claim they can never publish. Anyone know anything about that?)
J. M. DeMatteis has a new book out on page 150 called The Adventures of Augusta Wind. It’s an all-ages fantasy book, which is right up DeMatteis’ alley. I’m not sure if I’m going to get this or wait for the trade. Hmmmm …
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez are wrapping up Locke & Key on page 151 (well, it’s the first issue of the final series). I read the first trade but didn’t love it. Perhaps I should give it another chance.
Tim Truman’s Hawken gets a trade on page 173. I skipped the single issues for this, so I’m happy it’s here!
Parker: The Hunter is out in softcover on page 174. This hasn’t been offered in softcover before? Huh. It’s pretty good. Plus, it looks beautiful, of course.
The final giant Berkeley Breathed collection, Opus: The Complete Sunday Strips, shows up on page 175. I will be buying this!
Where Is Jake Ellis? (page 193) is the sequel to Who Is Jake Ellis?, and it’s neat that Nathan Edmondson and Tonci Zonjic are doing it this way – the first series ended up being delayed anyway, so why not take some time off and simply do another mini-series rather than try to do an ongoing? I hope this is good! (14 November)
Speaking of which, Witch Doctor: Malpractice shows up on page 194. The first Witch Doctor mini-series from last year was excellent, so I’m glad there’s another one coming out! (28 November)
Image got the rights to Scene of the Crime, Ed Brubaker’s first foray into noir-ish fiction (it came out from Vertigo in, what, 1999?), and now there’s a “deluxe” hardcover on page 199. It’s a pretty nifty comic, and it’s not badly priced at $25. (14 November)
Mark Waid is writing Indestructible Hulk, in which he becomes an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (page 2) So was Waid reading his back issues of Peter David’s Hulk, where he became an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. right before David left the book, and thought, “Hey, nobody ever went anywhere with that story – maybe it’s about time!” It’s only taken 15 years! (21 November)
I was reading something about All-New X-Men (page 10), but I can’t remember the source: Bendis was saying that part of the reason he’s doing this unbelievably stupid thing of bringing the original X-Men forward in time to confront the way the X-Men have turned out is because fans want Jean Grey back. If Bendis actually said that, it’s amazingly stupid. People don’t want “Marvel Girl” back, they want Jean Grey back from the dead (if they want anything to do with Jean Grey, that is). Nobody liked Marvel Girl, which is why Claremont changed her so much. Sheesh. This comic will look great because Immonen is drawing it, but it has to be a train wreck, right? (28 November)
Somehow Iron Man went from Salvador Larocca to Greg Land (page 12). Poor Iron Man. (7 November)
I know that Marvel doesn’t care about keeping their characters consistent over the line, but I’m really keen to see how Captain America can be in Uncanny Avengers yet be somewhere called “Dimension Z” in his own book (page 22). I don’t care if Remender sends him to a “bizarre, inhospitable world far from home,” but how does he manage to show up in the other book too? (21 November)
I’m really puzzled about this “non-reboot” that Marvel is doing. Uncanny Avengers is on issue #2 in this edition of Previews, yet Bendis still hasn’t ended his Avengers run (pages 36-39). It’s very odd.
The solicit to Captain Marvel #7 (page 55) cracks me up: Monica Rambeau returns, “but what’s her problem with the Earth’s Mightiest Hero?” Okay, ignoring the obvious problem with the way Carol is described, perhaps Monica is a bit peeved that Carol stole her superhero handle? Carol should have called herself “Captain America” to see how well that would have gone over. (21 November)
Do you want to spend 100 dollars on an X-Force Omnibus with glorious Rob Liefeld art? Marvel is betting you do, and they offer it on page 85! (6 February)
Do you want to spend 100 dollars on an Iron Man Omnibus by David Michelinie, Bob Layton, and John Romita Jr.? Marvel is betting you do, and they offer it on page 86! (13 February)
Fury MAX: My War Gone By gets a trade on page 110. I’ve heard many good things about this series, so I’m keen to read it! (5 December)
All righty, let’s move on to the back of the book!
I didn’t read Supurbia when it came out, but if you were interested in it, Boom! has the trade and the first issue of the ongoing out on the same day, 7 November (pages 264-265). I know, it’s like they have a marketing department or something!
The first trade of Higher Earth is offered on page 267. This isn’t a great comic, but it’s a very entertaining one, so you can give it a look!
I just reviewed a bunch of Cinebook comics, and they have a bunch of them in Previews this month (pages 275-276), including The Chimpanzee Complex (not bad) and Orbital (pretty good). They also have the first four volumes of XIII. I haven’t begun watching the television show yet, but it’s on my DVR!
Chris Roberson and Alex Ross bring us Masks, “the crossover we’ve been waiting for!” on page 279 from Dynamite. I’m sure Greg Hatcher will be all over this series, as it stars the Shadow, the Green Hornet, the Spider, and more, but I’ll probably wait for the trade. I do like Ross’ artwork, and it’s pretty cool he’s doing interiors.
Speaking of the Shadow, the initial story arc by Garth Ennis and Aaron Campbell gets collected on page 284. It hasn’t finished yet, but it’s been pretty good so far. And speaking of Ennis, he has a new war story on page 285: Battlefields: The Green Fields Beyond. Ennis writes good war stories, so this will probably be good!
Fantagraphics continues to do a nice job reprinting olde-tyme comix, and on page 303 they have Spacehawk by Basil Wolverton from the early 1940s. Very cool!
Derek Kirk Kim has a new book out from First Second called Tune: Vanishing Point. It’s about a young adult who moves back in with his parents and gets a job at the zoo. Unfortunately, it turns out he’s the exhibit and the zookeepers are aliens. I hate when that happens!
Hermes Press brings us Alex Toth’s Zorro: The Complete Dell Comics Adventures on page 307. This has to look superb, doesn’t it?
It’s tucked way down on the corner of page 313, but yes, Faust #14 from Rebel Studios is in this month’s Previews. I’m going straight to Hell for liking this comic and my retailer has no respect for me because I like it, BUT I DON’T CARE!!!!!
Bad Medicine volume 1 is offered on page 318 from Oni. Four issues in, this isn’t a bad comic, so here’s your chance to give it a try!
On page 321, Red 5 offers Atomic Robo: Real Science Adventures volume 1. This series isn’t as good as the regular Robo series, but it’s not bad. And it’s only 14 dollars for 6 issues.
Valiant is bringing out another new series, Shadowman, on page 334. I don’t know if it will be any good, but the preview pages by Patrick Zircher look really nice.
Mike Sterling pointed out the Black Widow perfume on page 439, and he even gave us the entire solicit text with no comment:
Russian Spy. Trained Assassin. World Class Ballerina. Girl from Legal Department. A clear shot of citrus and fresh berries create a statement which slowly gives way to a sensual caramel and honey note; but kept too sweet by a pairing of dry Australian Sandalwood. Then, like a spider spindling silently from above, Black Widow dries down to a deeply desirous gourmand delight of bitter chocolate, clear patchouli and praline. This is a fragrance for those who can navigate the high-tension tightrope of love and duty – and who knows what it takes to be called Black Widow.
What Mr. Sterling failed to mention, though, is that right above this fine fragrance, you can also get Nick Fury: Infinity Formula cologne for men and Loki: Mischief cologne for men. Holy cow, what a glorious page of fragrances!
There’s really no way to top that, so I’ll wrap things up. Find comics in Previews, but also find perfume for the woman in your life. Who doesn’t love bitter chocolate, clear patchouli, and praline?
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