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Flippin’ through Previews – September 2012

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!

Well, its length is epic!

Before we even get into the publishers, we find this:

COME ON!

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!

Dark Horse:

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)

Dude, get a food processor

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)

Holy crappin' crap

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)

DC:

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:

Plus, you know, Cliff Chiang

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)

Still: pretty cool

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)

Damn, Gene Ha was good on this comic

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:

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?)

Rob Schneider was funny in the movie. YES I SAID IT!

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!

Image:

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)

More freaky coolness!

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)

Marvel:

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)

This feels like a comic from the 1970s

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)

Why fight it?

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.

Why is Zorro there?

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!

You know it will be insane!

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.

Of COURSE it's set in New Orleans!

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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I assume with Top Ten & America’s Best stuff Alan Moore is bound by contracts. I tried a google search but had no luck finding a comment on it….

Alan Moore only owns the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (along with Kevin O’Neill). The rest were owned by Wildstorm, who sold them to DC.

So many thoughts on Previews this time around:

– I LOVE Stan Sakai’s work, even the rare non-Usagi material he does, but for some reason, I just can’t get myself excited about 47 Ronin. I’d honestly prefer more Usagi than this series. Maybe it’s because I’m pretty familiar with the story, but I may pick this up in trade anyway and give it a try.

– I have to admit, despite my initial reservations over the whole idea, I have come to totally embrace Damian as Robin. And having him fight my favorite DC heroine, drawn by Kevin Maguire and George Perez? YES, PLEASE!

– Not sure about the status of Moore and ABC’s ownership either, but I want to say that he sold his stake, which is how DC has been able to put out more ABC stuff since his most recent falling out with the company. As for the Absolute Top Ten, I find it tempting as well. Gene Ha and Zander Cannon packed TONS of in-jokes and references in the backgrounds and it would be great to be able to see the artwork larger and in better detail to catch them all. And if you haven’t read SMAX, you’re in for a treat. It was my favorite project Moore did during his time with ABC. Very creepy and compelling side adventure with Smax and Toybox.

– I’ve been very anxious about Hellblazer as well. It’s sales aren’t exactly setting the world on fire (Then again, what is these days from Vertigo except for Fables?) and things have started to have something of a “winding down” feel to them, especially with John getting married to the incredibly awesome Epiphany. Ending it at #300 would be fitting, though I just can’t imagine John ever getting what one would consider a “happy ending.” That said, I agree, I could read Milligan’s Hellblazer for as long as he feels like writing it. And who knew 20 years ago that Hellblazer would be DC’s only regular series still around in its original numbering?

– I have pre-ordered the Judge Dredd Brian Bolland collection because Bolland is one of my top 4 or 5 favorite artists of all time and even though I’ve never been a fan of Dredd, and have read that some of these stories are incomplete (being only chapters of larger stories), I am willing to pony up the $$$ to gaze lovingly at a whole hardcover of his artwork. It can join my Art Of Brian Bolland and DC Art Of Brian Bolland books on my bookcase…

– Any recommendations on either Hawken or Scene Of The Crime? Both comics have intrigued me, but I’m hesitant to blind buy either project…

– Missing from the X-Force Liefeld hardcover solicit? Each copy comes with a Tom Brevoort-approved dart board cover of Liefeld’s face…

– I have only ever read a handful of the Michelinie/Layton/Romita Jr. issues of Iron Man but I remember them fondly enough that I am tempted to splurge on that Omnibus. Thanks to Marvel for even making it an option…

– Has anyone else noted how they keep leaving Zorro out of the descriptions for Masks? WTF?

– And that Zircher artwork DOES look beautiful for Shadowman. Sad I have no interest in the series…

Thanks, Brian. I figured it was something like that, but I couldn’t find it anywhere!

Ha! Too busy typing so I missed Brian answering the ABC question…

Andrew: Scene of the Crime is a nice little mystery comic. It’s Brubaker trying out noir, and I guess finding it to his liking! It’s not as good as some of his later noir stuff, but it’s very nice to look at, what with Lark drawing it. It’s only 4 issues, so the price on the hardcover might be a bit steep, but if it’s a bit bigger-sized and has some extra stuff, it might be worth it.

All I know about Hawken is that Truman draws it and it sounds a bit like Scout. SOLD!

I don’t know why Zorro isn’t mentioned in the Masks descriptions, especially when he’s right there on the cover!

Avengers continues while Uncanny Avengers gets a #2 because Uncanny isn’t a relaunch of it and isn’t all that related to the main Avengers title. Avengers is getting its own relaunch in….December I think….where it’ll be a bi-weekly title (in other words, it’ll double-ship 12 months a year instead of what, 8 or 9?) written by Jonathan Hickman. So far Jerome Opena is the only artist attached to the title, though obviously there’ll have to be others. That’s why they’re cranking out the finale of Avengers in November, to clear the way for that.

New Avengers is also going to get relaunched in January, also by Hickman and drawn by Steve Epting. Don’t ask me why they’re double shipping the finale of NA in November, given that.

Alex: Shoot, yeah, I forgot that they were relaunching Avengers in a bit. My bad.

The Bolland stories that cannot be published are the ones that have Burger Wars, Ronald Mcdonald vs. Burger King. The other story has Colonel Sanders, the Jolly Green Giant, and Speedy the Alky Seltzer man. They cannot reprint these or they will be sued.

Thanks, Lane!

Are you kidding me about FAUST # 14? Holy God, I can’t even remember the last time # 13 came out. Thought Avatar was publishing that series. You didn’t say if it’s the final issue, and if Tim Virgil’s the artist.

Hawken is quite unlike SCOUT, but it’s a western supernatural, and we all know Tim Truman does westerns well.

Mr. Burgas: you’re off the hook regarding John Byrne Omnibus V. 2. If you look up Marvel omnibus under Wikipedia, some of the vol. 2’s comes out usually 2 years after the vol. 1’s. So, maybe next spring/summer PREVIEWS will solicit it then.

Tom: Faust still has one issue to go, and yes, Vigil is still the artist. I can’t imagine they’d ever finish it without him doing the art. If you go to the Rebel Studios message boards, they have a few pages posted. They’re as insane as ever!

Well, Scout is sort of a Western, and I thought Hawken was more post-apocalyptic than supernatural. Still, as you point out, it’s Truman doing a Western. STILL SOLD!

I’m glad you found some kind of answer about the omnibus. I will still alert you if it shows up!

Here is a link to the Dredd stories with scans of some pages.

http://reocities.com/Tokyo/temple/1810/dreddban.htm

Bolland did the Soul Food stories and Mike McMahon the Burger Wars.

By the way, while I know Moore doesn’t own the other ABC stuff, I will admit that I am unsure of whether Moore made a point to own the LOEG characters or if they just can’t be owned because they are public domain characters. All I know for sure is that DC owns all the other ABC stuff (Promethea, Top Ten, Tom Strong, etc.) and they don’t own LOEG.

“this unbelievably stupid thing of bringing the original X-Men forward in time…”

Forward from when? Five years ago? Or the 1960s? Are we supposed to believe that the X-Men have been around so long that there is some kind of generation gap? Is Scott Summers supposed to be 70 years old now?

It’s the problem I had with the otherwise great Avengers Forever series.

“OMG! You’re me from another era!”

“Another era? Dude, it was like two years ago. I’ve got underwear older than that.”

I think what I heard about LOEG is that Moore and O’Neill own that because the movie rights came into play with that before the ABC line came into being. I think.

And for Masks, why is Zorro there? Why the fuck not, bitches?!?!?!

More comments later.

@Alex said:

Avengers is getting its own relaunch in….December I think….where it’ll be a bi-weekly title (in other words, it’ll double-ship 12 months a year instead of what, 8 or 9?) written by Jonathan Hickman. So far Jerome Opena is the only artist attached to the title, though obviously there’ll have to be others.

Yep, Hickman’s Avengers starts in December, with New following in January. Opena will be followed on Avengers by Adam Kubert, Dustin Weaver, and Mike Deodato, Jr.

And for Masks, why is Zorro there? Why the fuck not, bitches?!?!?!

YEAH! JUST GO WITH IT! WHAT, DO YOU JUST HATE COMICS AND FUN OR WHAT?

–huh? Oh, sorry, I thought we were still talking about The Dark Knight Rises…

…Yeah, I probably will be all over Masks. Although I’ll probably end up eventually getting the trade and then passing on the singles to the kids or something. That seems to be the way things are going. Though I’m getting better about just waiting, I don’t think I’ll be able to for this; it’s too many of my favorite things together and I know Chris will do it proud.

Greg B.,
Thanks for the input. Googling Scene Of The Crime brought up that there was a side story in Vertigo Winter’s Edge #2, which I have and totally forgot about the SOTC story in there. Reading it, it’s okay, but not something I’d plunk down $25 on. I have some credit at my comic store, I may look through their back issue bins and see if I can find the series for cheap.

Going by yours and other’s responses, it sounds like Hawken might be somewhere between Truman’s Jonah Hex and Scout. Which I’m fine with either way, as they were both great comics. That places Hawken a little higher on the priority list…

Isn’t the Green Hornet supposed to be the Lone Ranger’s great grandson?

A Lone Ranger/Zorro crossover album would be awesome.

And where’s Vicki Carr’s album? Cover your face, Steve!

“Do you want to spend 100 dollars on an Iron Man Omnibus by David Michelinie, Bob Layton, and John Romita Jr.? ”

No, but I’ll buy it for $55-$60 from an online vendor. I’ve never read that block of comics and I’m looking forward to it. Now to get Byrne FF Vol. 2 and Roger Stern Spider-Man Omnibus editions. Please, Marvel?

Also definitely in for the Absolute Top 10, the Bolland Judge Dredd collection, and Wolverton’s Spacehawk. Good stuff!

Nope, but close: the Green Hornet is the Lone Ranger’s great nephew.

Hasn’t Dynamite done a Lone Ranger/Zorro crossover like the Mutt suggested? I thought I’d heard about that.

Masks sounds cool, and I’m totally down with Roberson not only for the anti-DC view (which, I probably ought to READ what he actually said…), but because on an older Hatcher column’ s comments, he said he’d love to do comics based on the late great Kage Baker’s Company novels and stories. Hell yeah!

And really, if you’re already putting together the Shadow, Green Hornet and Kato, and the Spider, why NOT put in Zorro? Or the Lone Ranger? Hells yeah!

Who’s writing Shadowman?

And has anyone been reading the Valiant relaunches? What’s the consensus?

Why does Marvel insist on ruining John Romita Jr pencils with Klaus Janson inks?

I kinda like JRJR/Janson, T, but YMMV.

@Andrew Collins: I totally forgot that Vertigo Winter’s Edge SOTC story too. Huh. There was also a story of SOTC in one of the DC 9/11 books that was done. So the HC probably includes that, too. (Side note, I passed up on buying that DC 9/11 book from a local library that had it on the discard table. Sigh, I’m dumb.)

@Third Man: I’m behind on reading the Valiant books I have, and I missed out on Archer and Armstrong completely, but what little I read of Bloodshot looked cool, the first issue of Harbinger was pretty good, and the first 2 issues of X-O Manowar were pretty good too. Plus, Rian Hughes design! Dunno who’s writing Shadowman, I’m sure I’ve heard but can’t remember. But overall it appears that nuValiant is pretty decent (although they are bringing back Ninjak pretty soon, so it appears that they’re getting right into the tightly tied together continuity that to me was both the appeal and the downfall of Valiant [and Ultraforce, among others], by making everything interrelated, in more of a forced manner than the model, Marvel, ever did).

Oh, and before Tom asks, no, they haven’t said anything about Quantum and Woody yet. Hold your horses.

Man, not only is that opening bit Jessica “Able”, but it says “This month’s featured creators is”. OY! I do believe, though, that many times “headlines” get written by different people than the article, and the article appears to get things right. Damn that spell check, though! I like her stuff, btw, and actually have the Radio Illustrated Guide. Neat.

However, sir, I question your knock on the death of proofreading as a pot kettle black situation, as I found 2 examples in the DC section of your post that need to be addressed. In the Liefeld covers (which are the SAME COVER!), you say “he’s a double dose…” instead of here’s. And I may give you this next one as having been printed that way, but you were told about this one in another post a while back: the book is Worlds’ Finest, not World’s Finest.

But World’s Assholest would be awesome.

Batman hates those novelty chattering teeth. Or else Alfred mouthed off one too many times.

What could possibly be done to ruin Guy Gardner’s life? Did his favorite hair-cuttin’ bowl get broked?

Really, Marvel brought back the original X-Men? God, that’s stupid. Didn’t they just do that in the (adjectiveless) X-Men title recently, too? Or was that just the storyline with the Neo and the forgetting of that stuff from the early days that I’m thinking of?

Wow, X-Force Omnibus with Liefeld art? I’ll take the sharp stick to the eye instead, please. Thanks. (I assume that includes the New Mutants stuff too, which doesn’t suck as much because Wiacek inked it.)

I’m digging Fury Max: My War Gone By, but is it only 6 issues? How’s that gonna wrap up next ish?

Under Cinebook you talk about XIII and a TV show? Huh? I’m dumb, what am I missin’?

Oh God, comic book fragrances?

…What the hell, maybe a certain segment of fanboys will actually use them. Better to smell like Nick Fury than like ASS.

daniel the demon cleaner

September 3, 2012 at 1:57 am

XIII is a Belgian comic book series by artist William Vance and writer Jean Van Hamme, it’s published in English by Cinebook. In 2008 it was turned into a TV miniseries starring Val Kilmer and Stephen Dorff. Oh yeah, and there was also a pretty cool fps shooter by Ubisoft.

@ Daniel the demon cleaner: Don’t forget the tv series with Stuart Townsend & Stephen Mchattie. I think there’s a second season in the works.

@ T.P.: Dang! You know me so well! I’ve got you well trained! ;-)
Maybe Ennis will do a another mini with FURY MAX, like he’s doing with BATTLEFIELDS at Dynamie.

FF by Fraction looks crazy enough to work. He seems best writing off the wall stuff.

Locke & Key is the best comic I read in a long time. I can’t see why ypu don’t like it.

Third Man: Zircher and Justin Jordan (of The Strange Talent of Luther Strode) are writing Shadowman. I haven’t been reading the Valiant relaunches because I’m waiting for the trades, but I do want to get a few of them. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.

Travis: None of your sass, pal! I fixed both errors. The first is obviously a typo, and I don’t have an editor, so I’m not surprised I do it every once in a while, and the second … well, I still can’t wrap my brain around the fact that it’s “WORLDS’ FINEST” rather than one world. I mean, yes, I suck, but for 50 years it was “WORLD’S FINEST,” so cut me some slack, man! And I don’t know what you mean about the covers. Do you mean they look similar? They’re not the same one, even though all Liefeld covers look pretty similar.

XIII, as pointed out, is a comic book series. And yes, Tom, I’m referring to the series with Stuart Townsend. I haven’t seen the mini-series with Kilmer.

jp: I’ll probably get the first issue just to check it out, but I’m probably going to wait for the trade if I decide to read it.

Øyvind: It’s not that I didn’t like the first mini-series, it’s just that it didn’t motivate me to buy any more. It was a nice little read, but I wasn’t intrigued enough with the overall mystery to keep going. Nice art, though. I keep hearing good things about it, so maybe one day I’ll try the second trade and see if I get hooked.

I hope the Fraction/Allred FF series is as crazy as Casanova or X-Statix. Marvel really needs to do let some creators do something crazy again like the NuMarvel days.

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@Third Man, Justin Jordan of Image Comics Strange Talent Of Luther Strode fame is co-writing along with Zircher. I’ve read all the books in the relaunch and so far they have been outstanding, with the exception of Archer and Armstrong. I just couldn’t get into the first issue.

FWIW, based on the first issue, I don’t care for the new Archer & Armstrong series.

Romita/Janson is the business, T. The business. And with White on colors? Sheeit.

I won’t buy any 3.99 Marvel series in singles. But! I will try out both FFs and Journey into Mystery in singles, and see if I make it to the 12th issue! Taking bets now.

Get the Judge Dredd book. Remember me in your will.

About the covers, what I meant was that they’re both 2 guys wrasslin’. Not that they were exactly the same, but pretty similar.

And no excuse for typos if you call out others on it!!!

All right, maybe some, but I just find it amusing to call you out on your 2 minor ones when you pointed out a big major one.

I’ve only read Locke and Key’s FCBD issue (from last year, was it?), and it didn’t entice me much either. It’s good, certainly, but having read a few Joe Hill books, and knowing the concept of the book, I expected something better. I guess we’re cultural heathens together, Greg!

Ya think Brian put “A Year of Cool Comic Moments” on the main CBR page today?

Greg, do not watch the XIII TV series, it’s crap! Read the comic instead.

Oh, and just the Col. Saunders/Jolly Green Giant Judge Dredd parody was drawn by Bolland, the other “banned” story is by Mike McMahon.

The Wonder Woman cover isn’t just a woman with a skull for hair, it is? It looks like a woman coming from the smoke of the torch that Wonder Woman is carrying. (Torch -> smoke -> skull -> death ghost wraith thing) Will Wonder Woman beat her by throwing the torch away?

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