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Flippin’ through Previews – June 2013


It’s time for Travis Pelkie’s favorite column! Huzzah!

That key doesn't look like it would work, does it?

That key doesn’t look like it would work, does it?

Dark Horse:

DH is losing the Star Wars license, right? Didn’t I read that somewhere? Anyway, they’re cranking out a LOT of Star Wars-related material, perhaps to make sure they get everything in before they lose it? I tend to read very little of that universe, but on page 39, I happened to catch Star Wars: Ewoks – Shadows of Endor, which is an 80-page comic for 8 bucks. Why should anyone care about Ewoks? Well, I don’t, really, but Zach Giallongo is writing and drawing it, and you should all be aware of Giallongo, because he’s a very good young creator, and it’s cool to see him getting some slightly more high-profile work. I’m still torn about getting this, but I might have to check it out. (16 October)

Art Baltazar and Franco on Itty Bitty Hellboy (page 42). Damn, son. That’s awesome. (28 August)

I mean, come on!

I mean, come on!

Speaking of which, Hellboy: The Midnight Circus (page 46) is a nice hardcover that claims it’s in full color but which shows a page in black and white that’s stupendous. It’s by Mignola and Duncan Fregedo, and I really want to get it, but 15 bucks for 56 pages is tough. I’ll have to think about it. (23 October)

If you missed one of the best horror comics of recent years, Colder is offered in trade on page 48. Paul Tobin’s story is creepy in all the right ways, and Juan Ferreyra’s art is amazing. Check it out! (9 October)

The Answer! is in trade on page 54, and I might have to pick it up. Did anyone get this in singles? Can they give an opinion on it? (23 October)

He's as surprised as you are!

He’s as surprised as you are!

The second volume of Mind Mgmt is in hardcover on page 56. It’s 184 pages for 20 bucks, in case you’re wondering, and it is, after all, one of the best series out there right now, so if you’ve been missing the boat, you should probably rectify that. (9 October)

Over on page 65, we find Bad Houses by Sara Ryan and Carla Speed McNeil. I don’t know Ryan, but I like McNeil’s art, and although this is a “coming-of-age” story (blech), the premise of people at an estate sale in a crumbling town sounds pretty keen. (30 October)


So Batman, Incorporated Special #1 (page 91) is supposed to see if the concept has legs after G-Mozz leaves, right? That’s fine and all, and the talent assembled isn’t bad, but I do have to wonder when DiDio is writing a “Bat-Cow” story. Why can’t some people understand a throwaway joke and just leave it alone? That’s the whole point of throwaway jokes! DiDio isn’t alone in this “beating a dead cow” perception, but in this book, he’s the example of it. Sigh. (28 August)

You know, too much Dr. Evil wasn't funny, either

You know, too much Dr. Evil wasn’t funny, either

Why is the ending of the latest issue of Justice League of America so SHOCKING!!!! when DC is still soliciting Catwoman (page 99)? I’m just sayin’. (28 August)

Dang, DC is putting out a GIANT hardcover of the “Death of the Family” arc (page 118) – it’s 456 pages for 30 dollars, and has a bunch of issues from various titles in it. Will they publish trades of just the various series as well? That seems fair. (16 October)

On page 119, we get the first trade of Legends of the Dark Knight, the digital-first Batman stories that are almost universally good-to-excellent. The very first story in the trade is one of the best Batman stories of the past decade, but they’re all worth a read, and it’s a tidy 15 dollars for 5 issues (less than getting them in singles!). (4 September)

Trillium shows up on page 129. Man, I really want to wait for the trade, but I might have to break down and get the single issues. Two separate-but-linked stories set in different times, and it’s a love story that brings about the end of the universe? You can say a lot about Jeff Lemire, but you can’t say he doesn’t have ambition! Dang, I’m totally torn. (7 August)

I mean, I'm going to read it eventually, because I'm not a crazy person!

I mean, I’m going to read it eventually, because I’m not a crazy person!

It’s great that Jess Nevins gets to write a Fables Encyclopedia on page 130, but won’t that sucker be obsolete the minute the next issue of Fables is published? Shouldn’t DC wait until Willingham stops writing the damned thing? Just a suggestion. (23 October)

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So on page 148 we get IDW’s revival of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents by Phil Hester and Andrea Di Vito. This, of course, reminds me of the classic definition of insanity. I guess IDW’s threshold for sales is a lot lower than DC’s, but still.

I have nothing against the comic, but the proof, as they say, is in the pudding

I have nothing against the comic, but the proof, as they say, is in the pudding


Burn the Orphanage: Born to Lose (page 182) is a mouthful of a title, but it sounds pretty neat: an orphan left for dead is out for revenge because someone burned down his home. I don’t think I’ve read anything by Daniel Freeman, but Sina Grace co-writes and draws this, so it will probably be pretty good. (7 August)

Hey, Saga is back on page 190. What do you know about that? (14 August)

Speaking of things that are back, Secret #3 gets resolicited on page 191. Let’s hope it actually shows up! (7 August)

I’m not entirely sure that East of West will come out in trade on 28 August like the solicitation on page 193 says it will, but if you happened to miss it, the first two issues are really, really good. It would be nice if it kept up the quality. (The solicit claims that it’s a single issue – at least the information says it’s 32 pages for $3.50, but it also says it collects issues #1-5. Someone missed something somewhere.)

The Legend of Luther Strode is offered in trade on page 195. I enjoyed the first series, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy this one! (14 August)

Dang, that looks painful

Dang, that looks painful


On page 2, the solicit text for Infinity #1 reads: “The oversized kickoff to the year’s most anticipate [sic] blockbuster summer event, chaning [sic] the way you view the Marvel Universe!” Okay, let’s ignore the TWO typographical errors in that headline. I want to know who writes these solicit texts, and if they sit there and think “When was the last time we used ‘It will change the way you view the Marvel Universe?’ in a solicit text? Oh, it’s been a year? That’s long enough – let’s drag that sucker out again!” I know I would if I wrote these things. In fact, since a certain Marvel editor thinks that the solicit texts are not funny enough, I’d like to volunteer to write them, because I would PILE on the clichés! Call me, certain Marvel editor!!!! (14 August; this ships two weeks BEFORE Thanos Rising #5, which claims sets the stage for Infinity. Well done, Marvel!)

But I don't want to chane!

But I don’t want to chane!

Speaking of over-the-top-ness, the solicit for Avengers #17 (page 10) contains this glorious line: “The Finale of the Prelude to INFINITY: Part Four.” Man, nothing ever ends at the Big Two, does it? (7 August)

Marvel offers Rocket Raccoon: Tales from Half-World on page 34. This is the second time they’ve reprinted the Mantlo/Mignola Rocket Raccoon mini-series this year alone, and I think the third time in the past few years. I wonder if the character is going to show up in a new Marvel movie anytime soon? The mind reels! (28 August)

On page 54, we get Uncanny X-Men #10, in which Dazzler joins S.H.I.E.L.D. I can’t even express how stupid an idea this is, but there you go. (14 August)

So ... much ... rage ...!!!!!

So … much … rage …!!!!!

If you listened to Kelly and Sue’s podcast, you heard why David Lopez is taking over art on X-Men #4 (page 56) and why Olivier Coipel was only on the book for the first 3 issues. It actually makes me like the issue even less, because it’s such a disgustingly cynical move by Marvel. Lopez is a perfectly good artist, and to push him aside so that they could make a splash with an artist who’s not even the regular artist is insulting to all involved. But what do I know? If CBR’s poll is to be believed, not much. (21 August)

On page 80, Marvel offers Avengers: Endless Wartime by Warren Ellis and Mike McKone, the first in their new line of graphic novels. I’m wildly excited about Marvel doing original graphic novels again, and I might pick this up, but I remember the preview pages, where Captain America took three pages to get a cup of coffee and I’m not even kidding about that. I am a bit worried that the quote from Entertainment Weekly on the page simply notes that Ellis put Wolverine next to Iron Man and that’s why it’s better than a movie, because is that’s what it’s come to?, but I still have to think about getting this. (2 October)

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Um, Mike?  You forgot to finish the cover, dude

Um, Mike? You forgot to finish the cover, dude

Marvel has a curious solicit on page 101. It’s for S.H.I.E.L.D. by Steranko: The Complete Collection, and they claim it’s all of Steranko’s work in one volume. That’s weird, because I thought I already owned a version with all of it in one volume. Off to the garage to check! [Edit: All right, I’ve checked, and yes, Marvel has previously published this stuff, but in the volumes I have, they’ve left off just a tiny bit that was published elsewhere. So this IS the first time it’s all between two covers, which is kind of annoying, but whatever.] Either way, if you haven’t read this yet, it’s 35 bucks well spent, as these are phenomenal comics. Steranko was one of those artists so far ahead of his time it took decades for everyone to catch up, and some still haven’t! (11 September)

So Marvel is doing these “Epic Collections,” as they show up on pages 106-107. Are these replacing Marvel Essentials? They seem to collect really long runs of particular titles, but the Spider-Man one, for instance, is collecting a bunch of comics from early in Erik Larsen’s run on Amazing Spider-Man, but also some Spectacular Spider-Man issues. What’s going on here? Sigh. Marvel Essentials were so simple, and Marvel had to go and complicate things. (Of course, they have a new Essential Avengers on page 108, which makes my head hurt even more.)

Onward to the back of the book! Whoo-hoo, the back of the book!

SLG offers The Royal Historian of Oz trade on page 230. Wasn’t Bill Reed writing about how he liked this book? If it’s good enough to make Bill Reed actually post here, you know it’s good!

I stole this from artist Andy Hirsch's tumblr, so I hope he doesn't mind!

I stole this from artist Andy Hirsch’s tumblr, so I hope he doesn’t mind!

On page 271, Boom! Studios has 3 Guns, a sequel to, well, 2 Guns. Coincidentally (wink, wink), there’s a new movie adapted from the original story coming out this summer. 2 Guns is a pretty good action/adventure – Steven Grant could write those in his sleep – and while original artist Mateus Santoluoco isn’t back, 3 Guns is probably worth a read.

If you’re trying to fill in your Golden Age comics collection, Canton Street Press has The Complete Golden Age Airboy and Valkyrie on page 282. I have no idea if this is any good, but I still dig that all these olde-tyme comics are getting reprinted. As Greg Hatcher points out often, it really is the golden age of reprints!

Hey, there’s a new issue of Optic Nerve from Drawn & Quarterly on page 303. That’s always cool to see.

First Second is weirdly reading my mind, because on page 307 they offer Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, which sounds unbelievably awesome. It’s about “an Indiana Jones of the 19th century” who gets involved in a scheme to rob from the corrupt sultan of the Ottoman Empire and adventure ensues. Holy crap, I will read that all freakin’ day! (And yes, I know I can read it for free. I will pay for it, thank you very much! But if you do check it out on-line, it looks as awesome as it sounds in my head!)



On page 308, Fantagraphics offers a new “special editon” of Ho Che Anderson’s King. I should really read this, shouldn’t I?

Genesis West is doing their own version of IDW’s “Artist’s Edition” with Conan Red Nails: Original Art Archives on page 311, featuring Barry Windsor-Smith’s black and white pencils. Previews has some pages after the solicit, and they look excellent, but, of course, this is way out of my price range.

Hermes Press is giving us a four-issue Buck Rogers in the 25th Century series written and drawn by Howard Chaykin (page 316). Presumably your interest in this will be determined by how much you like Chaykin!

I suppose it could be really neat?

I suppose it could be really neat?

Also from Hermes is Walt Kelly’s Pogo: The Complete Dell Comics volume 1, which is also on page 316. This is 50 dollars, but it’s 272 pages, so if you’re a fan of Pogo, you might want to track this down.

The Alliance of the Curious from Humanoids on page 317 sounds interesting. Three antique dealers find a strange box in an old house that contains the skull and hair of a Neanderthal man … a contemporary one. Dum-dum-DUMMMMM! I’m sure someone out there can tell me if this is any good!

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If you still haven’t jumped on board The Sixth Gun, Oni is offering a giant hardcover collecting the first 11 issues on page 326. Ominously, there’s no price listed, but I think 30 bucks would be a good one, don’t you? This is a very good series even though NBC passed on the pilot (given NBC’s recent track record, that might have been a good thing), so check it out! (2 October)

I haven’t read anything by Titan Comics yet, but their stuff in Previews looks pretty neat. On page 340 they offer The First Kingdom volume 1 by Jack Katz, which was originally published in the 1970s and ’80s and sounds pretty darned cool. Death Sentence is a series about people who get superpowers from a sexually transmitted disease, but it kills them in six months. What will they do??? We also get a resolicitation of Razorjack, John Higgins’s weird comic, and a collection of Thrud the Barbarian by Carl Critchlow. Lots of neat stuff. Let’s hope it doesn’t get too delayed!

Mark Millar likes it!

Mark Millar likes it!

On page 346, Top Shelf offers March, which is written by a Georgia Congressman who has been on the forefront of the Civil Rights movement. It’s the first of three books about his life, and it’s drawn by the awesome Nate Powell, so it might be something to check out if you’re interested in American history.

Over the Wall on page 350 from Uncivilized Books sounds pretty cool. A kid enters a city that is walled off from the rest of humanity so no one enters to search for her lost brother, and she finds a weird, haunted world. It sounds spooky and neat.

Look out!!!!

Look out!!!!

As we move past the comics section, we find the Tripwire 21st Anniversary Special on page 378. It’s a tiny bit pricey at $25, but Tripwire is one of the best comics magazines out there, so this looks like a pretty keen compendium of two decades’ worth of comics stuff.

Well, that’s all for this month. I hope you find everything you could ever want in the pages of Previews! You know you want to check it out!


Hey Greg, about David Lopez as the artist for Brian Wood’s X-Men, what exactly is the problem? Is Coipel not staying on board?

Nic: According to Wood, Marvel wanted a “BIG ARTIST” to launch the book so that people would buy it, but Coipel was never going to be the regular artist – I don’t know what he’s doing now, though. I think that’s kind of dirty pool – the book should stand on its regular creative team. Lopez isn’t as big a name as Coipel, but he’s a perfectly good artist, and I think that Marvel should have been more up-front about who the regular artist is. We’ll see if it backfires on them when Coipel leaves – I hope not, but who knows?

But I don’t want to chane!

LOL, nice.

But what do I know? If CBR’s poll is to be believed, not much.

These things will always skew in the book’s favor, unless it was really horrible and/or widely panned. Brian Wood is incapable of writing a horrible comic, but from the few dozen of his books I’ve read, I’m not convinced he could write a great one either.

Unfortunately, the SIXTH GUN hardcover is $50 according to Amazon. I was going to get it to replace my TPBs, but now I won’t.

Hey, look! Chaykin’s Buck Rogers looks exactly like every other Chaykin hero! WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

I remember an interview covering Marvel’s “Epic Collections” that said they’d still be putting out the Essentials in chronological order, while the new format jumps around and collects various chunks of issues, with the end goal of whole series being collected.

And I don’t remember Dark Horse ever officially losing the Star Wars license to Marvel via Disney, just everyone assuming it would happen eventually whenever their current contract runs out.

You really have to tune out all the noise coming from the Marvel offices when trying to figure out the creative teams for their books. As a rule, it’s a mistake to assume that anyone will be the regular artist on any given title. Creative reshuffling, events, accelerated shipping, and generally increased reader expectation have made the regular artist an exceptional phenomenon at Marvel.

buttler be nice! I love me some Howard Chaykin and will be picking this up ASAP! The man himself told me about it at a Con last April.

But I will agree that EVERY Howard Chaykin hero looks the same : ) It’s his version of wish fulfilment.

Rich: Dang, that’s a lot. Come on, Oni! I’m glad I own the single issues!

buttler: I know, it’s shocking! :)

Robert: Interesting about those “Epic Collections.” Weird, but okay.

I could have sworn I saw news about Marvel getting the Star Wars license. Maybe it was just everyone assuming so, I but I thought I saw something.

Cass: Oh yeah, I know. I get annoyed when Marvel announces a new series and makes a big deal about the artist, because of course that artist won’t be on the book too long, yet people still fall for it!

I seem to have forgotten to make my point, which was that because you’ll seldom get a regular artist anyway, when Marvel announces a guy like Oliver Coipel, Tony Moore, John Cassaday, or whoever as regular artist, laugh at their obvious bullshit, but still appreciate the fact that there will be three, maybe four, more Oliver Coipel / Tony Moore / John Cassaday / whoever comics out in the world.

And I don’t remember Dark Horse ever officially losing the Star Wars license to Marvel via Disney, just everyone assuming it would happen eventually whenever their current contract runs out.

Yes, they have not officially lost it. It doesn’t run out until 2015. Don’t get me wrong, everyone (including Dark Horse) know that they’re almost certainly going to lose it (it just doesn’t make sense to own a comic book company and license your products to another comic book company), but yes, it is not official yet.

Cass: The very first thing I thought when I heard Tony Moore was on Deadpool, “Those 3-4 issues Moore draws before he inevitably leaves are gonna look GREAT!”. John Cassaday on Uncanny Avengers was terrible; he had like 5 months lead-in time and it was STILL perpetually late, and he got out of dodge after four issues. And honestly, I didn’t even think it looked that great.

I’m just happy Hawkeye and Daredevil have had so many quality artists on rotation. Wacker knows Aja isn’t the fastest guy in the world, and he schedules issues accordingly with some great artists like Paludo and Francavilla. And while I’m sad to see Martin/Rivera leave, Chris Samnee has picked up the ball and ran with quite admirably.

I’m also happy to see Esad Ribic is still doing Mighty Thor for both halves of this epic Jason Aaron has been telling. That book is gonna make a great oversized HC one day, if Marvel decides to go that route.

Tom Fitzpatrick

June 1, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Why does Thanos look like he’s constipated?

Why does that Avenger cover look like a GAME of THRONES poster for the Stark’s family motto: “WINTER IS COMING”?

Why does Marvel not hire good proofreaders to save them some embarrassment?

How many times have we ever heard the phrase “this will chane everything in whatever comic universe that you know?” and more importantly, how long do these chane-s LAST? (Christ have mercy! You got me doing it too!)

Why does Marvel torment me by not acknowledging the imminent arrival of the FF vol. 2 omnibus? They are JUST doing it on purpose, aren’t they?

Wait, so what happened to DC’s Thunder Agents? I recently picked up the first trade and enjoyed it. Did they make anymore past that? Will the new one be a complete reboot?

They got to a second volume, but then they let the license lapse. The IDW thing is a brand new series.

Well darn, guess I’m going to have to go hunting for the single issues for that second volume.

According to the press release I just found via Google, Marvel’s new “Epic Collections” are in color. Marvel Essentials have always been Black & White to keep the price down.

sorry, not a press release, an article. Here at CBR.

Tom: Most angry people in comics look like they’re constipated. That’s just how they roll!

I was a bit surprised that the FF omnibus wasn’t solicited. Maybe next month?

salamurai: Thanks. I was looking in the Previews to see if the Epic things were in color, but they didn’t say. Good to know!

Travis Pelkie

June 2, 2013 at 3:28 am

Huzzah indeed! It IS my favorite column here!

As to Star Wars and Dark Horse vs Marvel, it sorta kinda makes a certain amount of sense to farm out the comics. The reasoning keeps escaping me, however.

But I suppose it depends on how well the Marvel Pixar comics are doing compared to how they did when they were at Boom. If that didn’t go well, perhaps they’ll stick with DH.

I also have seen rumblings of a Dark Horse/IDW possible merger. I think it’s just a rumor, but it’s an interesting one.

Itty Bitty Hellboy! Aw Yeah!

I got the Answer in singles but I still haven’t read it. Me bad. I’ll read it in the next few days and let you know, ok?!

Was Batman Incorporated 11 a preview for this Special? ZING!!!

That Death of the Family HC sounds like a pretty good deal if you like that sort of thing. The issues of the Batman title were decent, but they really needed the supplemental material by the last part (in my view. I only got those issues, and it felt like something was missing. Maybe it would have been better with the other issues.)

If people didn’t get that LDK in singles or digitally, they oughta go for the trade. The first 5 issues were pretty good, iirc.

Yeah, the new THUNDER Agents probably won’t last EITHER, but we will get the original stuff reprinted. Ooh!

I’ve seen a few solicit errors like that East of West one. Too much reliance on the old cut and paste, I think.

Marvel chaning the way you view the MU — it’s adorable you’re giving them credit for not saying that for a year. Haven’t they been saying that about Age of Ultron?

That misspelling chane makes me think of the Image book Little Red Hot: Chane of Fools. I believe it was a deliberate misspelling as Chane was the main character’s last name, iirc.

“But what do I know? If CBR’s poll is to be believed, not much.” You need a poll to tell you that? ;)

I read through Previews up through all the premiere publishers when I went to the comic store Wednesday, but my brain started melting before I got to the back. I’ll have to keep an eye out for some of the things you point out when I look through the rest this week.

I liked the first issue of Royal Historian of Oz, and I do remember Bill writing about it! If the rest of the series was that good, it’s worth getting.

Titan — While it’s nice from a historical perspective to get the First Kingdom collected, I think its worth is more from it being one of the first comics intended to tell a long form, self contained story than the story itself. It predates Cerebus and Elfquest, even!

The Razorjack book I hear is recolored. I have to dig out the 2 Com.x issues and see if it’s worth getting.

My wallet will probably be happy if this isn’t a HUGE month. And I’ll be happy if some of the stuff that hasn’t come out yet (I’m looking at you, IDW Spumco collection!) finally appears. And some of the stuff that has appeared disappointed me greatly.

Anyone want a copy of Mere by C.F.? Any artcomix fans out there? Anyone?

Fuck Epic Collections, when are Marvel going to finish collecting the Peter David Hulk run?

I was tempted to get The Sixth Gun TPB as it was originally was going to be $25 for 11 issues, but apparently it’s $50, which seems more like it. Unfortunately.

Michael: Yeah, that would be nice, wouldn’t it?

Kris: $50 is slightly more than the single issues (which are 4 dollars each), and it’s a nice hardcover, so it’s not TOO crazy, but it would be nice if Oni lowered the price slightly – my guess of $30 might be too low even for them, but I think $40 wouldn’t terrible. $50 just FEELS too high, even though, logically, it’s only slightly more than you would have paid for the first 11 issues in single issue form.

FF4 Omnibus Vol2 will be out in December.

Greg: “I can’t even express how stupid an idea this is, but there you go. ”

Why so? “Dazzler joins SHIELD” seems exactly like something that would have run in the original Dazzler title, eher they completely changed direction every four issues. Straight to the source material, man.

Greg: “but I remember the preview pages, where Captain America took three pages to get a cup of coffee and I’m not even kidding about that. ”

I don’t know, those preview pages seemed more like “introduce and establish cast” to me, it’s not that they were silent or anything. Of course, I have no idea how fast paced the whole thing’s gonna be, but for an original 110 page GN aimed at a “general” audience that may not be a bad thing. At any case, I’ve seen way way worse examples of page wasting (including stuff by mr Ellis).

entzauberung: I have many, many reasons why Dazzler as an agent of SHIELD is a bad idea, but I really don’t want to get into it too much here. Mainly it’s twofold: Alison has always been written as a fairly reluctant superhero, so why would she WANT to be an agent of SHIELD?, and she was never the best-trained X-Man, so why would SHIELD want her so badly? Isn’t SHIELD supposed to be some kind of super-spy organization? If there’s anything that Dazzler isn’t, it’s a super-spy.

Bendis COULD make it work, I suppose, but this just feels like something that was cooked up in bar after he and Nick Lowe had too many Cosmopolitans. It would be nice if it worked, though!

Yeah, with the expanded format (basically it’s a six-issue mini-series), Ellis can do some establishing shots, but I really hope he doesn’t go too far. I just wonder why Marvel would release those particular pages, because dang they were boring!

As a Marvel Zombie, I would like to change our tagline from “Marvel NOW!” to “Marvel Comics, we didn’t invent bait and switch, but we use the theory to its upmost!”…. David Lopez should have been on the book from day one….

Who’s had more chances: The Red Circle Heroes, The First Wave Heroes, or T.H.U.N.D.E.R agents?

Dazzler as a SHIELD agent would have the possibility of working IF they handled her in a XXX form (not porn but the Vin Diesel movie). A rock star agent who can go places straight laced agents cannot. However like with her pregnancy, her goodwill mission, being a freedom fighter, etc. I sense this direction was a spur of the moment thing… I relying on Bendis to flesh this one out….

Captain Haddock

June 3, 2013 at 9:09 am

Just you wait Greg, soon she’ll become leader of the x-men, get her own short-lived spinoff, become leader of the x-men, headline a 8 part crossover fighting some obscure early 2000s villain, before disappearing in the next revival of the marvel line.

I don’t necessarily mind Dazzler becoming a SHIELD agent, but when did she become Asian?

Travis Pelkie

June 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm

So I read the Answer, and while the Mike Norton art is nice, the story is a bit lacking. It’s more the set up for an actual story than an actual story. A female librarian who is really good at solving puzzles gets caught up in this weird group of geniuses, a motivational speaker, and yes, even the superhero the Answer. The story is really more about the librarian (which is fine), but doesn’t really resolve much in the 4 issues. And it’s an open ended “to be continued” ending, so it’s a bit annoying that it’s not really a complete story. So, mildly recommended.

It’s funny, I was interested in Death Sentence until I saw the endorsement by Mark Millar. Now I’m in doubt.

cool arrow: Dazzler looks Asian because she’s drawn by Chris Bachalo!

Travis: Thanks for the brief review. I’ll have to ponder!

T.: Ha! Me too!

Good job highlighting Death Sentence, along with those other fine works. There’s a review of the comic here http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/171986-its-good-news-im-afraid-death-sentence-1/ ” (…like only the best parts of Watchmen”) and a 60 second trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmFa-flzE0I

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