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Flippin’ through Previews – March 2013

It’s a bit late due to other things, but let’s check out Previews #294 – maybe there’s some interesting stuff in it!

Dark Horse gets in on the fun!

Dark Horse gets in on the fun!

Dark Horse:

I’m not positive that I’ll pick up Ghost: In the Smoke and Din, the trade of Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Noto’s mini-series, but I might. And if you’ve been waiting for it, it’s on page 44 for your ordering pleasure! (31 July)

I hope the fact that Dark Horse is publishing a one-shot of The Deep Sea (page 46) means that there’s going to be a mini-series. This was a pretty cool story in Dark Horse Presents, and it ended somewhat abruptly, so I was hoping there was more to it. Plus, Tony Akins’s art is much better than it is on Wonder Woman, so there’s that. (22 May)

Dean Motter brings back Mister X on page 47. I really ought to get caught up on Mister X, oughtn’t I? (1 May)

I didn’t read much about Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities and the Orm of Loch Ness, but it’s out in trade on page 66, and I might pick it up. I liked the first mini-series well enough, so I might have to give this a try. (10 July)

Weirdly enough, Eric Powell is much better when he's not working on The Goon

Weirdly enough, Eric Powell is much better when he’s not working on The Goon

Star Wars: Agent of the Empire volume 1 was a fun read, and on page 71, the second trade is offered. It’s inexplicable that Ostrander doesn’t still work for one of the Big Two, but I imagine he’s having a grand time writing Star Wars comics, so good for him! (31 July)

DC:

The Green Team (page 82) sounds perfectly fine within the confines of the DCnU, but The Movement (page 83) sounds ridiculous. There’s no way DC will allow Gail Simone to go where this book needs to go for it to be successful, so it sounds like it will end up being some kind of “Superman can’t fix the world’s problems because” kind of comics. I love the idea, but let’s get real, people. (22 and 1 May, respectively)

Oh, David Finch. I try to defend your artwork, and then we get something like this (page 84):

Come on, sir!

Come on, sir!

I mean, I hate to point this out, but there are plenty of places on the Internet where you can find naked women lying on their back, and some of them don’t even have breast implants! Finch couldn’t have used something like that as a model? (8 May)

DC’s idiotic policies continue with the cover of Batman, Inc. #11 (page 99):

What

What

Does Talia even have nipples? Why would DC Editorial approve this cover? Wouldn’t someone say, “You know, Talia’s lack of nipples makes her look even weirder than if she were naked”? I can’t even figure out what’s going on in the corporate offices these days. (22 May)

I’m a bit disappointed with Detective #20 (page 104), as Ogilvy has apparently become a superhuman. Man, he was turning into a pretty decent character, and then Layman has to go an do that. I hope it’s not as bad as it sounds. (1 May)

Man, Geoff Johns leaves Green Lantern (page 110) and DC clears the decks (pages 111-113). That’s odd. (1 May)

I’m really tempted to buy Ales Kot’s first issue of Suicide Squad (page 125). I may have to break down!!! (8 May)

This cover is a good start!

This cover is a good start!

One reason why I like DC is that they drop something like 7 Against Chaos (page 128) on us every once in a while. A 200-page science-fiction graphic novel by Harlan Ellison and Paul Chadwick starring completely new characters? I can’t even imagine Marvel doing that. But I’m down with this sucker! (10 July)

Plus, there's always the chance that Ellison will be a dick in interviews about this book, so there's that, too

Plus, there’s always the chance that Ellison will be a dick in interviews about this book, so there’s that, too

And then we get $30-hardcovers of the Before Watchmen stuff. I guess these aren’t bad deals – they appear to have 10 issues per book, which makes this not a bad deal, but still. Hey, have Our Dread Lord and Master and Wayward Child Chad Nevett given up on Before Watchmen? That would be too bad. (26 June and 10 July)

For a mere 25 bones, you can get Batgirl/Robin Year One in trade (page 141), with 13 issues of totally retconned comics! I may have to get this – I’ve heard they’re both good series. (19 June)

The Wake gets solicited on page 146. I’m a bit wary about this – I could trade-wait it, but I don’t trust Snyder to stick the landing, because I’ve never read a good ending by him. So do I get the first issue and see what’s what? Do I get the trade and hope? Do I ignore it? I don’t know if I can’t do that last one, because Sean Murphy is so freakin’ good. (1 May)

Dang, that's a cool cover

Dang, that’s a cool cover

Seventy-five dollars will get you the Animal Man Omnibus, which I really might have to get. I own all the issues, but having Morrison’s run in one place might be cool. Of course, it’s over 700 pages, and I worry about the binding. Yes, I do. Whatever shall I do? (31 July)

Speaking of which, Promethea: The Immateria Edition might be something to get, too, even though it’s $150 (page 149). Presented in landscape format so we can appreciate the J. H. Williams III double-page spreads, this is a ridiculous indulgence, but if I sell one of the kids’ kidneys, I can probably swing it. (25 September)

IDW:

John Byrne continues to carve out a nice career at IDW, as on page 161 we get Doomsday.1 #1, in which astronauts from the International Space Station have to return to Earth after the end of the world. What will they find???? Byrne just keeps trucking along with these series!

I decided to wait for the trade of The Hollows, and on page 179, it shows up. I’ve been sneaking peeks at the issues, and Sam Kieth’s art looks pretty good, so I’ll have to get this sucker.

That dude is really proud of his abs

That dude is really proud of his abs

The Crow: Skinning the Wolves also gets a trade on page 182. I’m not as sure with this one, but I’ll have to think about it.

Image:

J. Michael Straczynski and Ben Templesmith show up on page 190 with Ten Grand, which is about a hitman who works for angels … maybe? Beats me. I’m not the biggest fan of JMS’s work, but he’s not bad, and I always like to check out Templesmith’s work. This might be pretty keen. (1 May)

Serious dude is serious

Serious dude is serious

Joe Casey has yet another superhero comic coming out, The Bounce, on page 194. The text doesn’t give us much information, but I’ll still check it out! (22 May)

Bedlam gets a trade on page 202. I was going to get the first issue, but it sold out so quickly at my store that I decided to wait for the trade. And so here it is! (1 May)

Speaking of comics that sold out really quickly, Blackacre gets a trade on page 203. I’m not quite as into this one, but I might have to check it out, especially because it’s five issues for ten dollars. That’s not a bad price at all! (1 May)

Chris Giarrusso has a new volume of G-Man on page 207. These are really nice comics for kids, so if you have kids, pick this up! (1 May)

But ... but ... It's not Mini-Marvels!!!!

But … but … It’s not Mini-Marvels!!!!

Comeback is offered in trade on page 209. This is another series I wasn’t sure about and was waiting to read a bit about, so I waited for the trade. Michael Walsh’s art is fairly decent, and while I haven’t read a ton of stuff by Brisson, what I have is pretty good, so I’ll have to pick this up. Plus, they were both swell when I spoke to them in Seattle, which does influence me a bit. (8 May)

Marvel:

I missed the part where Bryan Hitch wasn’t drawing all of Age of Ultron, as Brandon Peterson and Carlos Pacheco show up for issues #7 and 8 (pages 1-2). I don’t have that big a deal with it (I’m not actually buying the book, after all), but didn’t Bendis have this planned for three years? And hasn’t it been delayed partly because they wanted Hitch to draw it? So how long does it actually take Hitch to draw a page if he can’t get ten issues done in three years? (1 and 15 May)

Well, this is what I want when I read comics: Superior Spider-Man #9 (page 12) promises to “get you angrier than you were after Spidey #700!” You know, if there’s one thing I want from my superhero comics, it’s to be angry after I finish them. Boy howdy, that sounds fun. (1 May)

Kelly Thompson gets quoted in the solicits of Young Avengers (page 20). Doesn’t Marvel know that she’s already way too full of herself? THIS WILL ONLY FEED THE BEAST!!!! (Actually, I think that’s pretty cool. Someone at Marvel reads Kelly’s work!) (22 May)

Not really relevant: That's a great cover

Not really relevant: That’s a great cover

Of course, Marvel’s a bit behind the times, as they use a pull quote for Deadpool (page 29) – “Moore’s artwork is great” – that really doesn’t apply to this arc, as Moore isn’t drawing it. Bwah-ha-ha! (8 and 22 May)

Man, that would have been awesome if the solicit text for Wolverine #3 (page 31) had read “Guest-starring Not Nick Fury!” I mean, come on, Marvel, embrace the stupidity of casting Samuel L. Jackson! (8 May)

They ought to give him Jheri curls like Jules Winfield

They ought to give him Jheri curls like Jules Winfield

You know, I wouldn’t call Scarlet (page 69) “controversial” OR the “best-reviewed book on the stands today.” Would anyone? I really want to write solicitation text for Marvel or DC Previews. You can write whatever the hell you want! (8 May)

I don’t know if this was in The Mighty Thor Omnibus volume 1, but in volume 2 (page 75), the text notes that the original letters pages are included. As you know, Tim Callahan has championed putting the letters pages into collected editions, which I think is a superb idea. I hope doing it for this book starts a trend! (14 August)

Deadpool: Dead Presidents shows up in trade on page 81. I’m stunned that I love a Deadpool comic so much, but I do, so if you’ve been waiting for the trade, there it is! (29 May)

Jonathan Hickman’s final Fantastic Four trade gets solicited on page 95. I guess that means the inevitable Omnibuses are a-comin’, which means I have to start thinking about whether I want to get them or not. (26 June)

I never got around to buying Spider-Man 2099, but Marvel has handily fired up a new printing of the first trade on page 99, so I’ll have to pick that sucker up! (29 May)

I’ve never had any interest in Geoff Johns’s run on Avengers, but Marvel thinks a lot of people do, so they’re pumping out a “complete collection” on page 103. Man, remember when Johns wasn’t associated exclusively with DC? Good times! (29 May)

Ah, the back of the book. Where superhero fans fear to tread! Don’t fear it, people!

Action Lab is expanding a bit, trying to get into some more “mature” fare – not that they’re going to turn into Avatar all of a sudden, but that they want to branch out a bit away from their kid-friendly antecedents. On page 236, they have Ehmm Theory, a one-shot about zombies and talking cats, and on page 238, they have Ghost Town, about terrorists sending weapons of mass destruction into the future. Action Lab’s Grand Poobah, Dave Dwonch, gave me both of these issues in Seattle, and I’ll have reviews up in a day or two. They both look pretty cool, though.

Kitty!

Kitty!

Amigo Comics hasn’t released any books yet, but they’re soliciting some very intriguing ones. This month it’s The Westwood Witches, about a dude who writes “young witch romance bestsellers” and hates it. He gets writer’s block and moves back to his hometown, where he, naturally, comes across actual witches. Sounds neat.

Archaia has some nifty books in this month’s Previews. Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard is back, and that’s always nice. Plus, they have The Reason for Dragons, which is about a lonely suburban kid who meets a dude who’s convinced he’s a knight and that he has a dragon to slay. The preview art looks pretty neat, and who doesn’t like the sound of Don Quixote in the suburbs?

I don’t know how “classic” 2 Guns is, but it’s a nice story, and Boom! has solicited a nice fancy trade to celebrate the movie of it, which stars Denzel and Marky Mark. Does that movie have a release date? Anyway, it’s pretty good, and it’s 20 bucks, which isn’t bad.

Boom! also has Suicide Risk, a new ongoing by Mike Carey. It’s about a world where there are too many supervillains and not enough superheroes, and the cop who has to live with this situation. As you know, I’m not Carey’s biggest fan, but it’s still cool that he’s doing something like this.

If he were a female cop, he'd be wearing a thong

If he were a female cop, he’d be wearing a thong

I haven’t been reading Brandon Seifert’s Hellraiser series, but The Road Below gets a trade on page 282. Seifert seems like a good choice to write Hellraiser; has anyone checked this out?

Coffee Table Comics offers two volumes of reMind on page 292. I bought both of these in Seattle, and they look pretty cool. Jason Brubaker’s art is reminiscent of Skottie Young’s, which is not a bad thing at all.

For 10 bucks, you can pick up Silence & Co. from Crystal Productions on page 293. It’s the story of a hitman who wants out of the business, but of course it’s not going to be that easy! Ron Randall provides the art, so it should look pretty keen.

What happened to his body?!?!?

What happened to his body?!?!?

Also on page 293, Drawn & Quarterly has Marble Season by Gilbert Hernandez, which is about growing up in 1960s California. Those Hernandez Bros. – I bet they have a future in this industry!

First Second offers Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Faith Erin Hicks on page 317. I know the cool kids have already read this on-line, but I don’t care, because I like the book thingy!

Also from First Second, Matt Kindt has Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes, about a great detective who is suddenly confronted by odd crimes that he can’t solve. Kindt is a comics-creating machine, and they’re all very good, so I’m looking forward to this!

Matt Kindt is the shizznit

Matt Kindt is the shizznit

I haven’t read a lot of Dara Naraghi’s work, but what I have read is pretty good, so I’m intrigued by Persia Blues from NBM. It’s about an Iranian woman who lives in both the real world and a fantasy world, but is either of them the real woman? You’ll have to read it to find out! I’m always a little wary of “volume 1″s, but I’m still interested in this.

The whole idea of toys coming to life and being evil feels like a cliché, but Wars in Toyland from Oni (page 334) might be something to check out, because Joe Harris is writing it, and Harris is pretty good, and Adam Pollina is drawing it, and Pollina has always been an interesting artist even at the height of the 1990s X-TREEEEM era. I’m very tempted!

Capote in Kansas gets a new edition from Oni on page 336. This is a wonderful comic, and Chris Samnee’s artwork is tremendous.

SelfMadeHero offers A Chinese Life on page 341. It’s about the rise of Mao done by Li Kunwu, who was the state artist for the Communists for 30 years. It sounds pretty darned interesting.

On page 348 we find Numbercruncher by Simon Spurrier and P. J. Holden, from Titan Comics. A dying mathematician figures out to be reincarnated endlessly as someone close to the woman he loves and the “Karmic Accountant” who tries to stop him. Groooovy! Holden’s interior art looks really good, too.

You don't want to meet that dude in a dark alley

You don’t want to meet that dude in a dark alley

Ken Krekeler has put together a “volume 1″ of Westward on page 348, collecting the first three issues. This is a really good series, and I encourage everyone to check this out if you haven’t already.

I’m really tempted to get the From Hell Companion from Top Shelf on page 348. I loves me some behind-the-scenes stuff, man! And From Hell is excellent, so this probably will be, too.

Well, that’s a good place to finish, with Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. It’s always fun to check out Previews, and I hope this isn’t too late for you to pre-order stuff from your comic book shoppe! My guy tends to procrastinate, so I can still get an order in, but I don’t know how it is for others! Enjoy paging through the catalog this month!

37 Comments

Hitch hasn’t worked for Marvel in ages. He drew his issues over a year ago, and they’ve been sitting on a shelf. I think he was only ever drawing 1-5.

Joe Casey’s The Bounce is, by his own admission, a creator-owned version of the basic Spider-Man template. He commented on how he wants to capture the creative energy of the old Lee/Ditko stories, something that hasn’t happened since Spider-Man became a franchise icon. You can read more here;

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=43992

I personally applaud the effort (certainly my own comics came out of that desire, to do Marvel-style comics without Marvel-style executive BS), and will definitely try this book. However, I also hope that Jasper Jenkins isn’t just another straight middle-class white guy.

I read The Hollows and liked it a lot. Beautiful art and a great concept! I just hope that Kieth is planning sequels, because there’s room for a lot of stories in that world.

If you’d asked me a year ago about Scott Snyder, I would’ve said you were being unfair to his writing abilities, but after the lackluster endings of Death of the Family and Rotworld, I definitely agree with you now.

I’m surprised that you’re buying Comeback, since it’s a time travel story and any reader of this blog knows how you feel about those! :-)

Paul: I remember reading something about the end of his tenure with Marvel, but not about him only doing issues #1-5. That seems kind of strange, but that’s that, I guess.

Neil: That’s cool. I trust Casey, so I’ll definitely check it out.

Pedro: I didn’t love Snyder’s end of Detective, and the Severed went completely off the rails. Reading about the end of Death of the Family (but, to be fair, not the actual comic) has made me wonder if he can write a good ending! It’s too bad – I think Snyder is pretty good, but that’s pretty important!

From what I can tell, Comeback isn’t too insane with the time travel stuff, so I can handle it, but we’ll see, won’t we? :)

A couple notes about the Marvel portion of this…

re; Age of Ultron. The change in artist is delibrate and has a story-specific reasoning, according to the powers that be. As the plot has to do with alternate timelines, alternate universes and time travel, one would assume that the change in artwork would take place with those changes.

re; Thor Omnibus vol 2. All silver age omnis have included the original letters pages. So this is a precedent set back in 2007.

re; Superior Spider-Man. You know, if you’re getting angry at the events that occur in comics, you’re probably pretty emotionally invested in the story being told. Seems like the kind of thing Marvel would like to encorage!

The one good thing about a late Flippin’ is the next one is that much closer!

Tried to google Doomsday.1 to see if it was an ongoing or a mini or what, and came across this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_%2B_1 I guess Byrne had more to tell.

The dude;

I thought the ending of Rotworld, and his Swamp Thing run, was the best part of those 18 issues. Emotional without being manipulative and built on the groundwork laid in the earlier issues, it was a nice capstone on a so-so run. Plus, he was able to reset the status quo without the walls of exposition he needed in the first couple issues, which I thought was well done and really shows Snyder’s growth over the course of the past couple years.

I think a lot of people forget that Snyder’s only been writing comics for a couple years now, so there’s still going to be growing pains, and not every story is going to be THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD. Personally, I enjoy his work and find it interesting enough to follow through the occasional subpar storyline or wonky ending to see what happens next. Comics, like any creative endevor, is not an exact science!

Definitely come back for Agent of the Empire volume 2; it’s better than the first and gets closer to the “Bond in space” idea.

One interesting twist on The Bounce is that he’s a stoner slacker.

That in itself is enough for me to see where this goes.

Humanoids is soliciting another book done by American creators for the European market, finally seeing the light of day in English:

https://www.facebook.com/ClockwerxBD

I’m so not concerned about Johns leaving GL. I just want to know what Mahnke’s doing next. Did you notice anything in the solicits? I thought I heard he might follow Johns to the Flash, but haven’t found anything definitive.

The Catwoman and Talia drawings area big part of the reason why DC has gone from 60% to under 15% of my pull list. They fail as bad as the word “phonetic”. Even if they are meant to be titillating, it’s so poorly done it’s not interesting. That Harlan Ellison book looks interesting, though.

When I saw “Doomsday.1″ in the solicits, I really thought DC was going to try to steal some Marvel marketing. It would be the dumbest thing ever, but somehow fitting.

Deadpool works well when the “merc” is balanced well with the “with a mouth”, which I think Posehn, et al have captured well. Not too adult, not too silly. Hopefully they can keep it up.

Bedlam is a good series to read in single issues. The trade will just kill all the hype. Issue #3, 4 and 5 have nice endings that leave you wondering what is next. I’m a trade guy, but I can’t stop buying Bedlam in single issues.

C.W.: Well, I don’t really like to be angry after reading comics. But that’s just me! :)

As for Snyder – I do keep in mind that he hasn’t been writing comics for that long. That’s why I don’t anoint him the greatest writer ever, which is what a lot of people seem to be doing. I’m perfectly willing to read his stuff, but I do hope he gets better at the craft of comics, because I think right now, his ideas are carrying him through. It’s great to have good ideas, but the craft need to be there, too.

Dan: Too true! And that’s really interesting about Doomsday. Byrne never lets anything go!

joshschr: This month’s Previews only has the final Johns issue, not the new one. The solicits for June just went up, and Mahnke’s name is nowhere to be found, except for some covers. I don’t know what he’s doing next. Maybe something I’ll want to read!

carlos: I couldn’t find the singles, so I’ll just have to deal with the trade. Good to know it’s remained good, though – the hype about issue #1 was overwhelming, which can be good but can also put too many expectations on the rest of the series.

I read Spider-Man 2099 as a starry-eyed senior in high school and adored it at the time. No idea how Peter David’s script aged, but I’m onboard with believing Rick Leonardi is one of the Top 5 Best Superhero Artists of All Time, so I’m sure that part is still phenomenal.

(In fact, two days ago, i just ordered the hardbound collection of the Mantlo Cloak & Dagger mini for the pure nostalgia of basking in crisply printed Leonardi art.)

I’ll look at my Simonson Thor omnibus when I get home to see if it includes letter pages. I don’t remember it having them but simultaneously my memory of those letter pages seems a little too crisp. It’s possible that I remember the letters pages from when I pulled down the floppies to compare Scheele’s original colouring with Oliffe’s revamp. (FYI and off-topic: Christine Scheele was a genius when colouring Simonson on that book.)

The weirdest thing about using “best-reviewed book on the stands today” in Scarlet’s solicits is that Marvel probably have the best-reviewed book on the stands today, except that it’s Hawkeye (or possibly Daredevil). Those two books are getting basically nothing but pure praise; it’s kind of weird that you’d use that claim on a book that wasn’t.

I wouldn’t want to meet that guy from Numbercruncher because he’s got two right feet. Seriously, look at the shoe on what should be his left foot. Was that intentional? Because it sure looks weird . . .

Seth: Leonardi is pretty darned good. I always wondered why he wasn’t a bigger star.

Micheal: Excellent point. I think Marvel has used that designation for both of those books, but maybe they have a big wheel in the office, and this month “Scarlet” came up the big winner!

Craig: I noticed that after I posted it, because the original was a bit small. That’s pretty funny, and I don’t think it’s intentional at all.

Andrew Collins

March 11, 2013 at 4:52 pm

@Greg
The “nipple-less” thing with Talia is weird but not as weird as in Japan (surprise!) where some publishers don’t consider a female character to be nude unless you see her nipples, so to skirt the issue, some artists draw these topless, nipple-less female characters, like in Ken Akamatsu’s Love Hina and Negima titles. The results are more than a little disturbing…

And an update on those two Action Lab titles you mention, Ghost Town and Ehmm Theory. They are both listed in Previews as one-shots, but an update last week on Diamond’s website said that’s a mistake. Here’s the text cut and pasted over from Diamond:

• Action Lab Entertainment’s Ehmm Theory (MR) (MAR130763, $3.99) and Ghost Town (MR) (MAR130765, $3.99) were erroneously solicited as one-shots when, in fact, each is the first issue of a limited series. Ehmm Theory will run for four issues, while Ghost Town will run for five issues.

Andrew: Man, that’s weird. You’re right, it’s SOOOO surprising that it’s a Japanese thing.

I should have realized the “one-shot” nature of those books was wrong. They’re sitting right in front of me, after all, and are clearly marked as the first issues of mini-series. D’oh!

@Greg – I really don’t know. His work is so fluid and dynamic, it seems a perfect fit for superheroes. (He was at least popular enough to be featured on several Marvel posters at the time. In the late ’80s, I had a Dark Phoenix one and a Wolverine one drawn by him.)

I think part of it may have been timing. Maybe. My chronology and memory are a bit tangled, but definitely by the time he started Spider-Man 2099 in 1992, he was working through an era when all the cool kids were drawing in these Arthur Adams imitation styles. Liefeld, McFarlane, Lee, Silvestri. Soooooo many hatches and muscles—whereas by the comparison, Leonardi’s work was incredibly minimalistic. I mean, a year and a half after Leonardi drew that fight between Storm and Cyclops for leadership of the X-Men, Silvestri had taken over X-Men as regular artist and two years later, McFarlane would have done that Hulk vs Wolverine cover that set the world on fire.

I think he’d maybe fare better in the comics world today. Chris Samnee seems to be enjoying some popularity and his work is much more fluid than the Bryan Hitches and Alex Maleev’s of the world.

Re: nipples. Yeah, I’m getting ready to review the whole bizarre-ness of Negima in the next couple weeks and it’s hilarious how Akamatsu will use a conveniently placed strand of hair to block out an entire nipple/areola combo. Of course, those books are clearly not going for anything approximating realism in their art, whereas that Talia drawing pretty much explicitly is.

@ C.W. Atkins: It’s not that I didn’t like it, I just thought that it was too “by the numbers”. I’m partially to blame, I suppose. It was silly of me to think that the resolution would be something other than the almost complete resetting of the status quo. (The Parliament of Decay’s intervention did seem like a too convenient deus ex machina, though).

I did not know that Snyder was only writing comics for a couple of years. That’s very impressive. His Batman and Swamp Thing work has had some mishaps for me, but American Vampire has been consistently great.

Haven’t finished the post but I had to skip down to say that I can’t remember the last time I was as excited about a book as I am about 7 Against Chaos. Holy Moly.

Back. Meh. Nothing else is really interesting to me. I’m super happy Johns is leavin GL. I actually cancelled my subscription about a week before the announcement so I will be back on board in a few months.
More Mouse Guard is nice.
I’m glad the Akins story may continue outside DHP but I think I’m done with DHP itself. The interesting stuff always leaves, and Finder (as well as any miscellaneois Concrete) will be eventually be collected.

The later era Marvel Omnibi do not have letters pages. I have Simonson Thor and Byrne FF. No letters.

Speaking of Byrne, I AM excited about his new iDW book. I wasn’t crazy about the Rock Paper Scissors one, but The High Ways is super fun.

@Seth

Only the Silver Age omnis (ie; 60s era) have the letters pages. Bronze age and newer, like Simonson’s Thor, usually have other extras, but I haven’t seen one that contains letters pages like those collections of older material.

@The Dude

One cardnal rule of working for the big two is that when you’re done playing with their toys, you put them back in the box the way you found them, unfortunately. I personally didn’t mind the parlament of decay’s appearance, if for no other reason than we hadn’t seen them yet after being introduced to the other two parlaments in ST and AM, and they played fairly consistantly with the rules set for the parlaments earlier in the run. Of course, ‘can magically do pretty much anything’ is a pretty loose description of a parlament’s powers, so I can’t fault anyone for taking issue with the story hinging on their actions.

I’m fairly certain Snyder’s first comics work was a Human Torch one shot back in 2009, so yeah not too long in the business, and a pretty rapid rise in the industry. I personally came to his work via American Vampire as well, that book and his Detective Comics run earned him my attention and good will, for now at least. I wouldn’t say that I’ve loved every comic of his I’ve read, but on average his work does feel a bit more polished than the average big two comic.

“John Byrne continues to carve out a nice career at IDW, as on page 161 we get Doomsday.1 #1, in which astronauts from the International Space Station have to return to Earth after the end of the world. What will they find???? Byrne just keeps trucking along with these series!”

He could use more readers, though. His IDW stuff has been among the best he has ever done, but very few people are reading it. Give the man a chance, guys!

Greg, thank you for the kind words about my writing, and for picking up on PERSIA BLUES. I can certainly understand your apprehension at seeing “vol. 1″ on the book, but I hope you’ll still give it a try. It’s planned as a trilogy, and the story is definitely epic in scale, yet at the same time has a very personal slice-of-life feel.

For those of you curious about it, there’s a free 13-page preview on the book’s official website here:

http://www.persiablues.com

Best,
Dara

Pedro: Some of the Byrne stuff has been good, but some has just been okay. I like that he’s able to do whatever he wants, though, because that’s always nice. I do think it reads better in trade, though, so I’m skipping his single issues.

Dara: No problem, sir. Thanks for the link – I dig the different styles for her two different “lives.” I’ll have to check it out!

Haven’t read the whole thing yet, but everyone get Westward volume 1. It is AMAZING stuff (and issue 4 may have been even better — hey, that’s right, did you get 4 yet, Greg?). I love it so much I might get the trade as well (since there’s an extra story), even though I have the singles.

BUY WESTWARD!!!

Travis: Yeah, I got issue #4. The problem is … I don’t have issue #3 yet! For some reason, my retailer didn’t get it (it happens), and I didn’t realize it came out. I found it on-line, so I’m waiting for it to arrive so I can read it and issue #4. But yeah – I might have to get the trade, too!

I vaguely remember seeing that when I got 3 you hadn’t reviewed it. Forgot to mention it. But yeah, it’s a great book.

It is very interesting that Johns’ GL and Morrison’s Batman were probably the two biggest (only?) reasons DC didn’t do a complete from scratch reboot instead of the half-assed partial reboot they ended up doing, and both of those runs are coming to a close at the same time. Couldn’t DC have waited the two years, told Morrison and Johns to end their runs literally however they wanted (seriously, kill anyone, do whatever you want, carte blanche), told their other good creators to cook up some seriously crazy shit for the next two years, and then actually ended everything and totally started over? Wouldn’t that have been a much better idea?

I do hope when Before Watchmen ends in the next few weeks that Brian will do some sort of official recap/review. I dropped Rorschach and Comedian along the way, I thought Nite Owl and Molach sucked, Dollar BIll was pretty fun, Dr. Manhattan was reasonably interesting (though not as profound as it wanted to be), one more issue of Ozymandias, and I haven’t gotten to the two Darwyn Cooke minis yet.

Yes, the Batgirl and Robin minis are quite enjoyable. Packaging them together is a (rare) good idea from DC.

I would love to own Grant Morrison’s Animal Man in hardcover, but I hate these omnibi that DC and Marvel are pumping out. They’re just way too unwieldy, and I agree about binding concerns. I prefer to own the best stuff in hardcover, but I also want to be able to take it on a plane without my shoulders dislocating from carrying it in a shoulder bag. The Starman omnibi were good sized (and I did, in fact, take one on a plane recently), but that’s about the high end for how much stuff I think belongs in one edition of anything. I thought the point of bookshelf stuff was to make it easier to read (as opposed to digging through longboxes and opening all the taped cases), not infinitely more difficult. Morrison’s Animal Man run is the perfect size for two nice deluxe hardcovers, just like what they did with his Seven Soldiers. I wonder what the sales data was on something like those two Seven Soldiers hardcovers, and whether research suggests it would have sold better as an omnibus. I also wonder if DC even does research.

That Young Avengers cover is truly wonderful.

Can someone explain to me who not Nick Fury is? Obviously I get the whole business strategy of making him black because of Ultimate NF and the movies, but what is the continuity explanation for who this character is?

Can someone explain to me who not Nick Fury is? Obviously I get the whole business strategy of making him black because of Ultimate NF and the movies, but what is the continuity explanation for who this character is?

Nick Fury’s son. He was an Army ranger unaware of his origins when a bad guy cracked SHIELD’s security and found him. The idea was to use his genetic makeup (since he has the Infinity Formula in his DNA) to help heal this bad guy. After he was captured, to see if he did, in fact, have the Infinity Formula in his DNA, the bad guy had to test his DNA. As a joke, they removed the same eye that his father lost (they planned on then killing him when they got what they wanted). He survived and now he has gone to work for SHIELD using his birth name, Nick Fury.

After that Nu Fury explanation I just want to say OW.

Anyway….

Thank goodness I have been guided through Previews now. Later in the day when I finish looking at my shop, I’ll know what all to look for, cuz I totally missed a bunch of stuff. Phew!

I totally see Talia nipple. And she waxes, too.

They probably should have included that Gauntlet one shot in the Batgirl/Robin Year One mini, cuz that sucker sells for mad cash, I hear.

Oh man, I want that Promethea book. So…tempting…!!!

I’m glad you’re getting the Ellison book despite your heathenish dislike of Concrete. Jerk. ;)

The Hollows was pretty neat in the first 2 issues, I haven’t read 3 yet. That little…thing…on the cover is pretty neat.

I thought Skinning the Wolves was excellent at the end, possibly the best Crow mini since the original. However, that’s not stiff competition.

Bedlam — totally grab that trade. It’s a great book, and I’m jealous now because I paid for each issue, and here you get 6 issues, the first issue was extra sized, and it’s just 10 bucks! What a deal!

Blackacre…hmmm, maybe. I got the first 3 issues and I’ll probably get 4 and 5 if they’re cheap, but I wasn’t overly impressed. I did like the analogy in the first issue about Zombies vs Pirates (it makes sense when you read it). There’s a bit of a “Heart of Darkness” element to it, but I dunno. I’m not real fond of dystopian futures, I suppose.

Comeback has been pretty good, but the time travel will make your haid hurt. I think the last issue is out this week or next, so I’ll be re-reading the whole thing, and maybe I’ll understand it all then. It’s worth it, though.

Superior Spidey shoulda said it’ll “angry up” your blood. I’m already angry about what seems to have happened at the end of 5.

I’m sure the Spider-Man 2099 is a good collection, but why put it out now? Any particular reason? I know Erik Larsen always liked Rick Leonardi’s art.

Hmm, plenty in the back of the book I want, now I just have to figure out how much I wanna spend. Plus, I gotta figure in all the things that are still coming that I ordered from the first couple months of the year. Hmmm.

Travis: The Gauntlet one-shot is pretty excellent. That’s weird that they didn’t include it, because where else would it be collected?

Only if Superior Spider-Man wears an onion on his belt, as was the style of the times.

Thanks for the recommendations. Sorry you had to look through Previews by yourself … LIKE AN ANIMAL!!!!

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