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Flippin’ through Previews – July 2014

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Is this the most important month in Marvel’s history? Only Previews #310 can tell us!!!!

The term 'crossover' is kind of pushing it

The term ‘crossover’ is kind of pushing it

Man, I missed it last month, but June’s entry was the EIGHTH anniversary of me writing this column. So many snarky comments about comics I haven’t read, so little time! Dang, what have I done with my life? I may cry. Or … I may forge on! There’s comics to preview, and I don’t want to disappoint Travis Pelkie!

Dark Horse:

On page 39, Dark Horse drops Prometheus: Fire and Stone by Paul Motherfucking Tobin and Juan Motherfucking Ferreyra on us, and I get really excited. Tobin and Ferreyra were responsible for Colder, the superb horror comic from 2012, and this looks phenomenal. So yeah, I’ll be picking this up. (10 September)

Yeah, Paul Pope draws the alternate cover, too

Yeah, Paul Pope draws the alternate cover, too

If you’ve been waiting for the trade of Serenity: Leaves on the Wind (and if you’re a fan of Firefly, I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t have bought the issues, but it’s possible, I guess), you can get it on page 43. I don’t know if it’s any good – I’m not a rabid fan of the series, so I don’t care that much about the “sequel,” but Georges Jeanty is a good artist, so I imagine it looks nice. I assume the lack of Steve the Pirate will make it a far weaker book, though. ALL HAIL STEVE THE PIRATE!!!!! (5 November)

I have no interest in Lara Croft, but the first arc of Gail Simone’s reboot of Tomb Raider gets a trade on page 48, in which Lara … does something, I guess. Presumably tight tank tops are involved. Check it out! (12 November)

That seems practical

That seems practical

I ranted last month about the new printing of Action Philosophers!, because it features a new story and the people who already own it would miss out. I jokingly ranted to Fred van Lente at the Phoenix convention earlier this month, and he told me the story would debut in Dark Horse Presents, so if you didn’t want to drop money on the hardcover, you could pick up that issue. So there it is in issue #2 on page 54, and all is right with the world. Of course, if you don’t already own Action Philosophers!, you should get it, because it’s awesome. If you do, you can just get this issue, which you should anyway, because DHP is pretty danged cool. (17 September)

I’m not incredibly interested in The White Suits trade on page 58, but I’m mildly interested, mainly because of Toby Cypress’s art. Did anyone read this? Is it worth it for more than just the artwork? (19 November)

Dark Horse has gotten the rights to Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly’s The New York Four, the DC/Minx book from back in 2008, and on page 59, you can get a new printing of it. Despite the fact that I like both Wood and Kelly, I don’t think I’ll get this, but it’s very cool that Dark Horse decided to publish it. (5 November)

On page 61, we get the first issue of Grendel vs. The Shadow, which really can’t help to be awesome, can it? I mean, it’s Matt Wagner writing and drawing his best character fighting a character he’s written for a while, so I’m sure it will be nice and bloody and look fantastic. Actually, it could be My Dinner With Grendel and I’d read the damned thing if Wagner drew it. (3 September)

Hell.  Yeah.

Hell. Yeah.

Hey, it’s yet another Grandville graphic novel on page 65! Yay! Bryan Talbot’s steampunk detective series (with, you know, anthropomorphic animals) is occasionally a bit too predictable, but the books always look stunning, so I’m glad there’s another one in the offing. (5 November)

Bob Powell’s Complete Cave Girl shows up on page 65 for $50, which is a bit rich but probably worth it. I only recently discovered Bob Powell’s art, but it’s pretty keen, so I will probably have to pick this sucker up. (5 November)

On page 68, we find Hellboy: Weird Tales, which I imagine kicks ass. A bunch of creators doing their takes on Hellboy? Yes, please! (26 November)

If you’ve missed Criminal Macabre, Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten are back with it on page 71. I can take it or leave it, but it’s not a bad comic. (17 September)

I’m not going to get the hardcover of Veil on page 73 (I think I’ll wait for the softcover), but it’s there if you want it! I’ve waited for softcover trades on some things in the past and they’ve never shown up, but I’m confident this one will! Don’t let me down, Dark Horse! (12 November)

DC:

Two months ago, DC advance solicited the main bulk of their books for September, because they were those “3-D Motion” covers and DC needed to get the jump on making them. I noted at the time that they listed the books with plots but no creative teams, which struck me as odd. Now they’ve figured out the creative teams, but they don’t re-list them in this month’s Previews, when September’s books ought to show up. So DC’s offerings are a bit light this month. C’est la vie!

On page 90, Superman Unchained #9 shows up as the final issue, as for some unfathomable reason Jim Lee was unable to keep up the pace on a monthly book. I know, it’s stunning. (10 September)

DC is still committed to these “Earth One” graphic novels, as on page 92, we get Teen Titans Earth One (volume 1?), which is by Jeff Lemire, the Dodsons, and Cam Smith. The fact that Terry Dodson couldn’t even finish this makes me nervous, but more importantly, why is this even a thing? Didn’t DC just reboot their universe a few years ago and provide new origins for many of their characters? So why do they need to be “reinvented” in this? I swear, DC is a really weird company. (19 November)

I love when DC releases stuff like Teen Titans: A Celebration of 50 Years (page 107), because they choose such unusual stories to include (not that they list them here, but this is just me going on experience). I wonder how they choose? Do they simply group all the, let’s say, Nick Cardy stories and then reach in a pull one out? Beats me. I won’t be getting this, because it’s $75, but it’s always neat when DC digs into their vast archives. (5 November)

I guess DC hasn’t released a softcover trade of Batman ’66 yet? I only ask because there’s one on page 108, and if you’ve skipped this book, you should do yourself a favor and pick it up. As usual with DC trades, it’s priced to move at 15 dollars for 5 issues (that were 4 bucks a pop). I know you can read these digitally, but for those of us who don’t dig that scene, the printed versions are phenomenal. (15 October)

Peter Milligan has a new Vertigo book on page 112 called The Names, which sounds okay. A Wall Street dude commits suicide when a mysterious stranger tells him to, and his wife starts looking for answers. Milligan is almost always interesting, and if Leandro Fernandez is drawing this and not simply dropping Photoshopped celebrities into it, the art could be very keen. It’s 8 issues, so I might just slot it into a trade-wait, but if you don’t want to do that, check it out! (3 September)

Celia Calle needs more work

Celia Calle needs more work

The Wake gets collected in hardcover on page 121. I’m probably going to get it, but it might be the last straw with me and Scott Snyder. We shall see! (5 November)

DC finally gets around to collecting the post-Ennis issues of Hellblazer with volume 9 on page 121. These are issues by Eddie Campbell and Paul Jenkins, mostly drawn by Sean Phillips. I own … some of them, I think, and they’re not bad, it I recall correctly. But it’s nice that DC is actually collecting them at last! (15 October)

IDW:

Man, nothing in IDW’s section is really setting my world on fire this month. I mean, there’s a new G.I. Joe book on page 138, but I don’t read G.I. Joe and IDW already publishes so many, so is this going to be that different? Most of the other stuff I would recommend have already started, so I’ve already mentioned it. Will Eisner and John Buscema get Artist’s Editions on pages 146-147, but I’ve kind of given up mentioning those because they’re so expensive. The Mark Evanier/Roger Langridge Rocky & Bullwinkle series gets a trade on page 154, it that’s your thing. The Maxx: Maxximized gets a second trade on page 158, but if you skipped the first one, will you get the second one? The third issue of Weird Love is on page 164, and you should give at least one issue a look, because they’re … well, weird. And self-contained. I mean, there’s stuff I’m going to buy and I’m keen on those, but as for spotlighting stuff … I guess that’s it. Let’s move on!

Image:

On page 174, Roche Limit shows up as the “first part of a bold sci-fi/noir trilogy.” On a colony next to a strange “energy anomaly” deep in space, a woman searches for her sister and ends up on an “odyssey that reveals a grim future for mankind.” I don’t know the creative team – Michael Moreci and Vic Malhotra – but it sounds pretty neat. I might have to check this out. (24 September)

Science fiction is the place to be these days, I suppose, because Jay Faerber returns with Copperhead, a Western that happens to be set on another planet. Faerber is always worth checking out, and Scott Godlewski, who really needs more work, is drawing this, so that’s nice to see. I’m looking forward to this. (10 September)

It's only 3 bucks because Faerber is rolling in that sweet, sweet 'Ringer' money

It’s only 3 bucks because Faerber is rolling in that sweet, sweet ‘Ringer’ money

God Hates Astronauts becomes an ongoing on page 182, if that’s your thing. I hated the original collection, so I’ll be avoiding this, but a lot of people like this, and you might be one of them! (3 September)

A Voice in the Dark begins a new arc on page 188, which is nice. I’m looking forward to the first trade, because I haven’t heard a bad thing about this series yet, and it’s nice to see it’s getting another story. (17 September)

Image is reprinting White Death, an old AiT/Planet Lar book, on page 189. This is by Robbie Morrison and Charlie Adlard, and it’s about the battle in the Italian Alps during World War I. It’s pretty good, and $14.99 isn’t a bad price. (3 September)

Spoooooky!

Spoooooky!

America’s Got Powers is collected in a trade on page 191, if you’re keen to read it. I didn’t check it out in singles, but I read that it wasn’t that great. I’m not sure if I’m going to get this, although I do like Hitch’s art. (3 September)

Also on page 191, you can get a complete collection of Blue Estate, Viktor Kalvachev’s wacky noir tale, which features a ton of great artists. It’s only 30 bucks for 12 issues, and it’s well worth it. (10 September)

I want a plane shaped like a gun!

I want a plane shaped like a gun!

On page 195, we find the first trade of Southern Bastards, which I haven’t been reading, and Undertow, which I have. I might throw down 10 bucks for Southern Bastards, even though I’m not sure if I’ll like it, because it’s only, you know, ten bucks. Undertow, meanwhile, has been somewhat disappointing, although the art is quite keen. But if you’re in the mood to read about ancient Atlanteans fighting mammoths, you might want to check it out! (24 and 17 September, respectively)

Chew #44 gets solicited on page 197. Layman is really, really excited about this issue, so I’m really looking forward to it. (24 September)

So is the official title Outcast by Kirkman and Azaceta? That’s what’s written on page 210. That’s odd. I mean, good for them, but still odd. It’s as annoying as Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and at least the creative team and not a corporate sponsor is appended, but it remains odd. (24 September)

Marvel:

So yesterday my daughter, my wife, and I watched Lemonade Mouth on Disney Channel, because my daughter was a bit young when it first aired 3 years ago but since then she’s become a fan of Bridgit Mendler (Good Luck Charlie is the only live-action Disney sitcom that didn’t make my wife and I want to kill everyone on the screen, so we let her watch it), so when it was on recently, we DVRed it. While we were watching it, my wife and I kept laughing because it’s like it was made in 1985 – it’s such a mid-1980s high school movie (without nudity) that we could predict exactly everything that happened. I was really hoping the jerk in the movie was played by William Zabka’s son, but no such luck, although I didn’t know his name and therefore kept calling him “Cobra Kai.” Anyway, I thought I had time traveled back to 1985, but when I cracked open Marvel’s Previews today, I thought I had jumped ahead to 1995, because I saw this:

So glorious!

So glorious!

Holy crap, that’s the most “Nineties Comics” statement ever. You know how Wallace Shawn offered the best advice ever when he told Cary Elwes that the most famous classic blunder is “Never get involved in a land war in Asia”? Well, just like politicians never learn from history, neither, apparently, do comic book companies. But good for fucking them, I say.

By the way, on page 6, Charles Soule has the unenviable task of convincing us that Wolverine is dead. Wait, Marvel says – this time we really, really, REALLY mean it! REALLY! Fuck you, Marvel. Charles Soule deserves better, but I guess he didn’t mind cashing the checks.

I love Marvel. They’re pimping “Axis,” whatever the fuck that is, but on pages 14-15, we get the solicits for New Avengers and Avengers, which promises that “in 8 months … time runs out!” So they’re already promoting the next big event (or maybe the next one after the next one?) and they haven’t even gotten to the next one yet? People actually wonder why I don’t buy as many superhero comics as I used to. They really do. (24 and 17 September, respectively)

The solicit for Superior Foes of Spider-Man #15 reads “STILL NOT CANCELLED!” So I guess no one at Marvel does know what “penultimate” means, as they used it to describe issue #14. I had my suspicions … (3 September)

On page 82, Marvel offers Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie Omnibus, which collects the entire 15-issue run. This is a superb comic, and considering it’s one big plot, it probably reads even better in one book. It’s 50 bucks, which isn’t bad for 15 issues (a bit over the cover price, but not by much). So if you didn’t get it already, check it out. I should also take a moment to let you know that The Wicked + The Divine, Gillen and McKelvie’s new comic, is phenomenal. Seek it out! (3 December)

So the “Epic Collections” that Marvel is putting out these days instead of Essentials annoy me just a bit, because they’re in color rather than the black-and-white Essentials, but I’m still tempted by three that show up on pages 87-89. The first is the Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection, which has the first 17 issues of the title (plus Amazing Fantasy #15 and the first annual) for 35 bucks. The third is the Thor Epic Collection, which has Journey into Mystery #83-109. The middle on is the Moon Knight Epic Collection, and although I already own most of this in at two different formats (some I own in the original issues, and I also got the Essential version), I might drop 40 bucks on this just because I love Moon Knight so much. Has anyone gotten any of them yet? Is the coloring good in the Epic Collections, because that’s the only reason I might get the Spider-Man and Moon Knight ones (I already have the Essentials for Spider-Man, too). Let me know! (24 September, 1 October, and 8 October, respectively)

I should point out that HIS CAPE USED TO BE ATTACHED TO HIS FOREARMS.  Now THAT'S a design!

I should point out that HIS CAPE USED TO BE ATTACHED TO HIS FOREARMS. Now THAT’S a design!

Speaking of Moon Knight, the Warren Ellis/Declan Shalvey/Jordie Bellaire run gets collected on page 93. These are really good comics, and this collection is cheaper (18 bucks) than buying all six issues! (1 October)

Pages 98-99 have three trades that might be interesting. First is Deadly Hands of Kung Fu: Out of the Past, which collects the recent mini-series and a few Conway/Claremont/Giordano/Rogers issues from the 1970s. Next is All-New Doop by Peter Milligan and David LaFuente, which I’ve been trade-waiting. Finally we get the first trade of the All-New Ghost Rider, which I’ll probably get because I love Tradd Moore’s art so very, very much. (15, 8 , and 1 October, respectively)

Speaking of trades, page 101 has the first volume of All-New Ultimates, which is another one I might check out. I still haven’t read anything by Michael Fiffe, because whenever I try to get an issue of Copra, it’s sold out. Can’t Image pick it up and give it a proper print run or something? (15 October)

Hey, let’s check out the back of the book, shall we?

Let’s start with a resolicitation, as on page 234, Amigo Comics offers Rogues!: The Burning Heart again. This is the original story by El Torres and Juan Jose Ryp, and I hope it comes out this time, because I want to read it!

Archie has found a gold mine with horror-themed versions of their characters, so on page 241 we get Sabrina #1, which is by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who writes Afterlife with Archie. Will this be as successful as the first one? Only time will tell!

Charming!

Charming!

Julie Maroh, who did Blue is the Warmest Color, has a new (well, new to Previews) graphic novel called Skandalon, which follows a rock star who pays the price for fame. It’s on page 247 from Arsenal Pulp Press, if you’re interested. I haven’t read anything by Maroh, but I might pick this up.

Yay! Another Fearless Dawn comic (page 247, Asylum Press)! I’ll get you to read one eventually, you know, so you might as well just suck it up and order this!

Don't resist!

Don’t resist!

If you waited for the trade of Red Rover Charlie, Garth Ennis’s canine-centric tale about the end of the world, Avatar has it on page 253. I’m not terribly interested in it, but there it is!

Boom! Studios:

Page 271 gives us Sirens, which George Pérez is writing and drawing. It’s a science fiction story, and it sounds pretty cool, but I might have to wait for the trade, as it’s bi-monthly and who knows if it will even stay on that schedule. Still, it’s very tempting to get it in singles. We shall see!

See, now that's a Pérez cover

See, now that’s a Pérez cover

On page 272, The Woods gets its first trade. I wasn’t terribly impressed by the first issue, but maybe it gets better? This is 10 bucks for 4 issues, so maybe I’ll give it a look.

Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard show up on page 273 with Wild’s End, in which anthropomorphic animals have to deal with an alien invasion in 1930s England. Maybe they’re getting invaded by humans? Anyway, it’s a six-issue mini-series, which means I’ll probably wait for the trade.

Joseph Michael Linsner is doing Dawn/Vampirella for Dynamite on page 297. I don’t see the appeal of Linsner, honestly, but if you’re going to do a crossover between his own creation and another character, you could do worse than Vampirella! (3 September)

Dawn's nipples should be registered as deadly weapons!

Dawn’s nipples should be registered as deadly weapons!

I normally wouldn’t mention books that have been available for a while, but the fact that Drawn & Quarterly is soliciting the first two volumes of Berlin makes me sad, because I don’t know if Jason Lutes will ever finish this. I got on the Berlin bandwagon late, so I don’t get the single issues, but does anyone know if he’s anywhere close to getting it done? I know he only has one volume to go! Anyway, Berlin is awesome. You should read it. But then you’ll be in the same situation I’m in – waiting desperately for the last volume!

Fantagraphics has their usual array – Joe Sacco has Bumf volume 1 (page 326), which is apparently a return to his satirical roots, while Dash Shaw has Doctors on the same page, a comic about death and bereavement. You know they’ll be critically acclaimed!

On page 330, First Second has The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple, which sounds like a weird mish-mash of Logan’s Run and Peter Pan with some horror thrown in. I like Dalrymple’s work, so I’m going to check this out.

Mohawks = chaos!

Mohawks = chaos!

Humanoids has a new translation of Barbarella (by Kelly Sue DeConnick) on page 337, but it’s 80 dollars, which is awfully steep. They do have some other neat stuff, including Pandemonium, which tells the “true” story of a woman and her daughter entering a prestigious tuberculosis hospital in 1951 and finding lots of “sordid” stuff, apparently. That sounds interesting.

Over on page 341, the God of All Comics and Frazer Irving show up with Annihilator from Legendary Comics. It’s a story about a screenwriter who has to team up with his own fictional creation, which is a theme Morrison has mined before, true, but as you know, all bloggers here at Comics Should be Good! are CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED to buy anything G-Mozz writes, so I’ll be getting this! I don’t want to face the Wrath of the Cronin!!!!

I tempted the Wrath of the Cronin once - I still walk with a limp

I tempted the Wrath of the Cronin once – I still walk with a limp

Hubert and Kerascoet did nice work on Miss Don’t Touch Me, so when NBM offers Beauty (page 344), which is about a woman who frees a fairy from a spell and is given amazing beauty in return (which turn out to be a bit of a curse), I just might have to get it! You can also get the former work in an omnibus edition, which is nice.

Oni:

On page 347, we get Stumptown #1, which is nice to see. Justin Greenwood takes over the art chores, which isn’t quite as good as Matthew Southworth doing the art, but is still pretty good, as Greenwood continues to improve. What this means for The Fuse, which Greenwood is also drawing, remains a mystery! (3 September)

Princess Ugg already has a trade solicited (page 348), even though I think only one issue has shipped (if that). It’s advance-solicited, so it doesn’t come out until November, but as I’m waiting for the trade, I like to see it! (26 November)

Michael Cho has a graphic novel out on page 354 from Pantheon Books called Shoplifter. Cho’s a really good artist, so I’m hoping his writing skills are up to the task, and I’m looking forward to this. I do like the solicitation text, which makes it sound like the generation of people who are in their twenties right now are the first ones to have to figure out what to do with their lives. I mean, no one before this has ever pondered that question, right?

So ... purty ...

So … purty …

Well, that’s strange. I got to “P” and didn’t find much more that leaped out at me. I’m getting some books from the publishers back there, but nothing to trumpet from the rooftops. I’m sure commenters will let me know if I missed anything really neat, but that’s why commenters are awesome! So thanks for checking in for another month of Previews, and remember to ask your retailer if he’ll give it to you for free, because that means you might spend a lot more money at his shop! Who doesn’t like that idea?

64 Comments

Do you actually know what George Pérez art looks like? If you did, you’d know that cover wasn’t drawn by him, so why the “Man, Pérez can draw a comic, can’t he?” comment.?

Get The Wake for Sean Murphy’s art, if nothing else. The story lost me a little bit, but as a book (especially a nice hardcover) it’s beautiful.

Nemo: Dang, you’re right. Sheesh, that was stupid. I glanced at it quickly, and the bright colors blinded me to the fact that it’s Cameron Stewart. Dang. I’ll go hunt down one of Perez’s covers. Thanks!

joe: Yeah, I’ll probably get it for the artwork, but I’m hoping the story is decent!

One question: is the Fearless Dawn interior artist the same as the cover artist? If so, sold. If not, pass. I really get tired of gorgeous covers wrapped around mediocre at best art.

Ugh, too many comics I want. I won’t buy all of them. What will make the cut!?!? Probably Southern Bastards, Moon Knight, and Batman ’66. But I also need Axe Cop, Doop, Ghost Rider, maybe White Suits (I’d also like to know how it is), and I’ll have my eye out for collections of Sabrina and Annihilator when the time comes. I’m very much in a trade-paperback phase right now, likely because I am completely out of room for single issues.

I also just read your month-old review of Death of the Family, and I know you hated it, but… Zero Year is really, really, really, really good.

I too will invite you to enjoy THE WAKE. While I enjoy his work more than you (but not THAT much more) THE WAKE has been extremely compelling story-wise. At least the first half is; I’m waiting until the series is concluded to read it all. Really creepy…I don’t know, I just really like it!

Also SOUTHERN BASTARDS, only two issues deep, is phenomenal.

Johnny B: Oh, yes, Steve Mannion does the covers and the interiors. The interiors are in black and white, unfortunately, but if you like the style of the covers, you’ll like the interior artwork.

Bill: Don’t tell me that about Zero Year!!!! At this point, I might have to start getting it out of the library if I feel like reading it, because I just don’t want to be let down again!

dave: Whoo! Two recommendations for The Wake! And thanks for the note about Southern Bastards. I like Latour and I usually like Aaron, so I was probably going to get it, but it’s nice to know you’re enjoying it.

Travis Pelkie

June 29, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Damn right you don’t want to disappoint me. I build my life around these columns!

Um…that didn’t…no…not really.

Ugh.

More comments later ;)

Duff McWhalen

June 29, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Joe Michael Linsner… just as I was praising him for a relatively tasteful depiction of Vampirella, I looked over to that Dawn character. I feel like the man himself just strolled up and whispered “boobs” in my ear, and I couldn’t be laughing any harder.

Oh and with Earth One I think the idea was to 1. have a series separate from continuity and 2. dig into the tween graphic novel market. Though as far as I know, teens are more likely to just read the books in-store, and they’re not nearly as big on it now as they were 10 years ago. So there’s that can of worms and a bunch of other problems, but basically the idea of two different reboots isn’t totally senseless.

Seems like a good time in trades and mini-series otherwise.

I”ll preface that this is totally dependent on if you are a fan of the franchise or not, but as far as IDW books go, Ghostbusters is a pretty solid follow-up to the movies. Erik Burnham has the characters down solid, has done an good job of referencing most of the canon (including the video games), and has nicely expanded characters and the universe without moving too far from the core storyline.

I know that books off of franchises can be hit or miss, but I can at least appreciate that they’ve tried to do more than ghost of the month here.

You missed More Than Meets the Eye in the IDW section. Fans of humor and scifi should really be giving it a try.

A new Fearless Dawn book by Steve Mannion is always a good thing. I already have the “Eye of the Beholder” edition Steve published through his last Kickstarter fundraiser, and it has his usual insanely sexy off-the-wall humor and fantastic artwork. So, yeah, highly recommended.

White Death is a very good graphic novel. Robbie Morrison and Charlie Adlard really presented an absolutely unflinchingly brutal look at the horrors of the First World War. If you haven’t read this before, it is well worth picking up.

I really wish Marvel could reach an agreement with the estate of Sax Rohmer, offer them a decent amount of money, so that we could get some trade paperbacks of the classis Master of Kung Fu stories by Doug Moench, Paul Gulacy, Mike Zeck, Gene Day and friends. That original run was light years better than the new Shang Chi miniseries. Hell, Marvel should reprint the MAX miniseries by Moench & Gulacy from a decade ago, which isn’t tied up with any copyright problems. Just do a bit of re-lettering to take out all the four letter cuss words and it’s perfectly suitable to an all ages audience.

Yeah, I’ll be giving Sirens by George Perez a try. Sounds like he’s a lot happier at Boom than he was at DC the last few years. The art looks gorgeous. Difficult to believe Perez has been having problems with his eyes lately. I hope he gets better soon. He’s really an amazing talent.

Teen Titans: A Celebration of 50 Years is just going to demonstrate to readers how great the series used to be, and how far it has fallen in recent years. At the very least, Nick Cardy or George Perez probably wouldn’t have drawn Cassie Sandsmark with breasts the size of beach balls.

Superman Unchained couldn’t even make it to ten issues? Whatever, I wasn’t buying it anyway :)

TotalSnorefest

June 29, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Not a whole lot that interests me for July, but that’s kind of a blessing since I spend too much on this hobby anyway. :P Curious to know if you end up liking The Wake — I got the first 5 issues which were collected, and while the art is pretty good it unfortunately didn’t really grab me…
The Tobin+Ferreyra combo is one I’m a big fan of too, but I won’t join them for Aliens/Predator/Prometheus, not my thing. Glad to see A Voice In The Dark returning, and in colour this time too! That series alone features better and more diverse representation of several minorities than pretty much the entire DC publishing line right now. (Kidding, kidding, hold your horses people!! But AVITD is pretty good, give the upcoming arc a try people!)
For the rest I’ll probably get All-New Ultimates since I like Miles Morales & co. and wanna see what this Michael Fiffe’s all about, and isn’t the new Ms. Marvel trade due for July? Reviews for that have been stellar so I’m curious about it… Although that does mean two MORE superhero books on my pull, when really I’ve been looking to reel them back a bit in favour of more indies and mini-series… #First world problems

It has Perez’s signature, it has five attractive woman warriors who still manage to look distinct from each other, it has all the fiddly rubble detail (as seen in comics like Ultron Unlimited), and it has a bunch of energy effects reminiscent of Kirby. If it looks like a Perez cover, quacks like a Perez cover…

Oh Grant, you touch my soul so! OBLIGATED I AM TO BUY YOUR BOOKS!

Duff: I’d like to think that DC thinks about that, but then I remember it’s DC, and my faith goes right out the window!

Dr Traveler: The problem with IDW’s Transformers books is that there’s so many of them, they turn into white noise a bit. It’s the same problem I have with their G.I. Joe books. I’ll have to see if my comics shop has any of those series, though, and take a look.

Ben: Good to know about Fearless Dawn. I’m looking forward to it!

I’ve heard so many good things about Master of Kung Fu, and I know the instant I start digging around for back issues, Marvel will come to an agreement and reprint them. But I agree with you!

Neil: Oh, yeah, that’s Perez. I accidentally put the Cameron Stewart variant up originally, which is what Nemo was talking about. It was basically a brain fart!

rdsthebarbarian: I KNOW!!!! :)

Regarding the Transformers, Tom Scioli rather humorously suggested on Twitter that his upcoming Transformers Vs. G.I. Joe is the only ‘canon’ for both series. Which is a fun way to look at the intimidating scale of stories available for both franchises.

However, that aside, I do champion the two ongoing IDW Transformers series. If you like large-scale political dramas like Game of Thrones, it’s kinda like that. I’m reading the Dark Cybertron crossover now and the sheer depth of the story is kinda unrivaled compared to other comics. It’s just….huge. Epic. Really unique among the Wednesday offerings.

I love G-Mo and Irving (even his weird new stuff) but I have a bad feeling about Annihilator.

I have very good feelings about Multiversity and the Nameless, though. We’ll see, I guess!

Also in this issue of Previews–

DOMINO LADY: MONEY SHOT is solicited in the July PREVIEWS catalog.
The Diamond Item Code is JUL141322
Get a PDF of the catalog, issue #310, page 20 at http://www.previewsworld.com/support/previews_docs/orderforms/archive/2014/JUL14_COF.pdf

DOMINO LADY: MONEY SHOT (novel)
Authors: Bobby Nash, Howard Hopkins
Cover Artist: Douglas Klauba
ISBN: 978-1-936814-83-(51195)1
ISBN: 978-1-936814-84-8(51195)
6” x 9”
216pgs
Retail Price: $11.95

About DOMINO LADY: MONEY SHOT:
Politics make strange bedfellows. A deadly ménage-a-trois of power, politics and money, threatens to bring 1930’s Hollywood to its knees. An assassin is hired to kill an idealistic young DA running for governor, who happens to be Domino Lady’s lover. A morally bankrupt movie star-turned ambitious politician, with mob ties and a temper, takes both of them on. Can Domino Lady keep her candidate safe or will she learn the hard way that politics can be murder…and moreover, can pulp’s #1 sultry temptress survive the money shot?

Plus a bonus GOLDEN AMAZON -warrior woman- novella by Howard Hopkins!

Can you just show tits in Previews now? The areolas in the Dawn/Vampirella cover are not especially pronounced, but I mean, those look like nude breasts to me. I don’t mind, but it is kind of striking after they’ve tiptoed around showing breasts for so long. It reminds me of hearing someone (I think it was Peggy) saying “fuck” on Mad Men, although in a more gross / regressive way in this case.

Also, not sure why you would be annoyed by Marvel replacing Essentials with color reprints when afterall the artists drew those comics intending for their work to appear in color – indeed, it looks better that way with 90% of them. Putting Kirby Fantastic Four or Ditko Spider-Man in black and white is a fucking joke; it’s like an art gallery filled with Xeroxes of Andy Warhol paintings. Marvel Pop Art Productions – now in glorious black and white. Nothing says Spider-Man like the color gray. Good riddance to the Essentials.

dave: Well, I’m going to get the Scioli series, so maybe that will inspire me to dive into the rest!

Matt: Even if it’s not good Morrison (which does exist, occasionally), Irving’s art is so nifty, so I’m sure it will look cool.

Bobby: Hey, thanks for the news. I’m always looking for different stuff, so that’s cool to know. I know Greg Hatcher will probably like that, too.

Cass: Yeah, they’re really skirting the edges there, aren’t they?

I’m only annoyed with the replacing of the Essentials because I didn’t want to buy the Marvel Masterworks, especially when I knew the re-coloring wasn’t great. So the Essentials were good ways to get the stories without dropping a ton of cash on them. The Epic Collections are a bit pricier, but not by much, so I would have waited for them had I known Marvel was going to come up with them. I think it’s a great idea, but I wanted to rant simply because I already own some of the Essentials and wouldn’t have bought them, but I didn’t think they’d ever offer them in a better color format than Marvel Masterworks.

I see. Yes, the coloring on the early Masterworks sucks and, as I believe you pointed out elsewhere, they used a very glossy, very unsympathetic choice of paper stock. The Masterworks actually get better as you go deeper into the runs (e.g. FF Volume 6 is a world of difference from Volume 1). Marvel seemed to be figuring out the quirks as they continued to print them. As much as I think Epic Collections (that fucking name, though) are a step in the right direction, I do feel your pain about having a run broken up into a bunch of different formats. You just find yourself in that weird limbo state of “Well, do I rebuy the stuff in the new format, or wait till they get to the issues I don’t have yet? And what if they discontinue this new format? Will I have wasted my money?” Yeah, that aspect is rough.

King's Gambit

June 29, 2014 at 7:46 pm

On the “Outcast by blahblah” thing, as I understand it, it’s due to Valiant having registered the “Outcast” trade-mark and then choosing to enforce that registration against Kirkman and Azaceta. Instead of renaming the series, as was the case with FBP over at Vertigo back when it was called Collider, they went with….this. Kind of cheeky, honestly, since Outcast is still in the name, but they’ve basically trade-marked “the Outcast by these two guys that is totally not the Valiant Outcast!”

Oh, and as far as that Hickman Avengers event thing – as I understand it, it’s not actually an “event” in the sense of Axis or Original Sin. I think it’s just a crossover between Hickman’s two books for that one month where they fast-forward to where the Marvel Universe will be in April 2015 or whatever it is. It’ll be right back to normal the next month. No tie-ins or event minis. Not until next summer, anyway.

Cheers on the head’s up on Annihilator. I usually roll with online solicitations and given that it’s from Legendary, I never would’ve known it’d been solicited. And yeah, while bad Morrison certainly exists, it’s rarely for lack of ambition. I find that when Morrison fails, he absolutely crashes and burns in spectacular fashion and that alone is worth witnessing (eg: the latter portion of his run on Action Comics, Final Crisis, the occasional unfortunate Batman Inc. issue). Win or lose, he’s always all in, creatively. One of his very few misses that I can recall that felt a little flaccid was Happy.

Unfortunately, the Doop series has been disappointing so far, is just continuing the pretty dumb time travel plot that’s been running through the x books, and seems very bland to me.

I’ve been disappointed with the Doop book so far, too. I loved X-Force/Statix, so was really looking forward to this. It’s not terrible, just kinda mediocre. And Doop might be one of those characters that only really works in a supporting role.

pixie_solanas

June 29, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Greg,

I have no idea what “Fearless Dawn” is, but thanks to that cover, i’m an instant fan. So thanks!

Are the Epic Collections going to reprint things in order like the Essentials? It just seemed like they were grabbing random chunks from various series so far. The appeal of the Essential format for me was that I could read all these comics from the beginning without holes.

Out of curiosity, why aren’t you reading Southern Bastards? I know you loved Scalped, and this is Aaron’s first creator-owned ongoing since that. It hasn’t been amazing yet, but it’s at least been intriguing, and the first few issues of Scalped weren’t mind-blowing either. And Aaron is a writer that I tend to have a lot of faith in, especially the more control he has over the direction of something.

King’s Gambit: That is awesome. What a nice “fuck you” to Valiant.

Thanks for the info about Avengers and New Avengers. I honestly didn’t know, because Hickman plans so far in advance, I really thought he might be writing that far ahead. The actual explanation makes more sense and eases my mind.

I think the only thing that Morrison has done that has really disappointed me has been Happy. I have read the first two trades of Action Comics and haven’t loved them, but you can see what he’s trying to do with it. I’m just hoping Annihilator isn’t anything like Happy, and it sounds like it’s not. I’m glad I could tip you off about it!

sgt pepper and Jazzbo: Dang, that stinks. I’ll have to ponder whether to get it or not!

pixie_solanas: No problem! I’ve reviewed some of the Fearless Dawn books, and they’re ridiculously fun, almost non-sensical, and they feature lots of scantily-clad women. So there’s that!

Daniel: It’s part of my very long-term plan to move to trades. The premise didn’t wow me even though I like both creators, so I figured I’d read some reviews and get a better sense for the series. And, as you noted, Scalped didn’t start on fire, so if I got the first few issues and didn’t love it, who knows what I’d do? At least with the first trade, I’ll have a better sense of the story. I used to stick with single issues for non-Big Two stuff, but even those publishers are collecting everything, so it’s just easier.

TotalSnorefest (sorry, your comment got caught in the wash): Yeah, Ms. Marvel has been pretty good so far. I don’t love it as much as some people do, but it’s a nifty little comic.

P. Boz: That’s what I thought, too, but this month, it seems like Marvel is committed to doing them from the beginning, as all three of the ones I wrote about say they’re “volume 1″ in the series. They don’t state it outright, but it’s definitely implied that they’re going to continue them much like the Marvel Masterworks or Essentials.

A bit random, but since eI know you love history… did you know that yesterday was the 100 year anniversary of the assassination of Franz Ferdinand and the start of World War I?

I celebrated by firing a shot through a Franz Ferdinand CD. HAHA!

Gail Simone did not reboot Tombe Raider *Pushes up glasses* it’s an adaptation of the fantastic video game reboot. If you can withstand barrage of violent images, I recommend checking it out.

Travis Pelkie

June 30, 2014 at 1:57 am

Hey, happy Flippin’ anniversary! YAY!

I don’t know how you could say that Scalped didn’t start out strong, when that first issue blew my fuckin’ head off when I bought it, on a whim, and found it to be quite amazing. Between that, Fell, GMozz Batman and a few other things, it’s what kept me hyped for comics there in the mid ’00s (after Bob Burden wasn’t able to keep up with new Flaming Carrot, Cerebus was over, and Los Bros seemed to take fo-eh-vah to put out new issues of L&R).

Ms Marvel is pretty damn good. The later issues haven’t been as amazing as issue 1 was, but it’s still a damn good comic.

The only Outkast I trust features Big Boi and Andre3000, dammit!

Travis Pelkie

June 30, 2014 at 2:25 am

The Halloween comics look cool, so I’m looking forward to that. God, that’s months from now, but I know it’ll be here before I know it, because I am getting OLD!

Dark Horse:

Man, Ferreyra is great, but I’ll tradewait the Prometheus thing. Maybe they’ll print that AND the Aliens mini together in one book, cuz I like most of Chris Roberson’s stuff too.

I was tempted on Vandroid, but I haven’t heard anything about it. (pg 45) Same with Bad Blood on pg 53.

I didn’t add DHP, and I’m totally gonna regret it, aren’t I? DAMMIT!

I was gonna ask you about White Suits, as it says there were stories in DHP, and I know you were getting that. TELL US!

I wish it was clearer, but I’m pretty sure that New York Four trade also includes the sequel, New York Five. Based on the page count of nearly 300, it’s pretty much got to include that. Interesting that Wood and Kelly got the rights from DC so quickly. Maybe because Minx shut down, even though NY5 was a Vertigo book (iirc)?

Tradewaiting Grendel/Shadow. But damn, that’s cool.

Man, this is already the 4th Grandville? Damn. Cave Girl looks cool too, but too rich for my blood.

I read at least one of the Hellboy Weird Tales volumes from the library, but I can’t remember any of them. Great lineup of creators, though, iirc.

I’m gonna say I’m waiting for the Veil trade and not HC, but I’m so lying.

Nothing about the Borgias by Manara on 75? Or the second Grindhouse trade (pg 73)?

Satoshi Kon’s Opus was tempting as well. Sort of a nice companion piece to the new GMozz, it seems. (pg 77)

pg 81 that Marv figure — hahaha! With the little bandage stickers to put on too. HA!

You know there’s more to come!

Travis Pelkie

June 30, 2014 at 2:49 am

Oops, posted twice!

DC:

Multiversity sounds good with this issue, but the cover looks like fuckin’ zombie shit. Damn you GMozz!

HAHA, Constantine’s coat sunshade! (pg 86) Oh Chad, why do you do this to yourself, reading Futures End?

I’m assuming, looking at Cam Smith’s credits, that he’s an additional inker, and not that Terry Dodson “couldn’t finish” Teen Titans Earth One. This sounds…ok, I suppose, but I haven’t read any of the other Earth One stuff.

pg 95 gives us the final print issue of Adventures of Superman, which has had some good stuff (the latest print issue, 14, has a Joker story that’s actually really really good — with Jock art, and he does an amazing homage to different artists in one part. The backup with Clark babysitting Sugar and Spike wasn’t quite as awesome as that description is, but overall it’s a good issue.). The DUDE is in the last issue!

Batman ’66 had a HC of the first 5 issues already. But yeah, totally get this, folks.

I’m tradewaiting The Names. I think this might be, at least thematically in a way, a companion piece to the Extremist. Which DC reprinted (in that 100 pg spectacular format, for a second time)…I wanna say several months back, but it must have come out towards the end of ’13, actually.

Oh, man, I totally want the Sandman and Dreaming cover books, but too rich for my blood! (pg 115)

Nothing about the Graphitti Gallery edition of Kelley Jones on Batman (pg 134-135)? I would have thought you’d at least mention it. If they’re as good as the IDW Kirby book, it’ll be worth it for Jones fans. So atmospheric!

IDW:

Speaking of their Artist Editions, oh man on that Eisner Spirit one! The Buscema Silver Surfer one is bound to be cool, too, but Eisner’s my guy! Why didn’t I pass on the Kirby one and get this!?!

Yeah, IDW was light. Rocky and Bullwinkle was a maybe, since it was Evanier and Langridge. Weird Love is on my pull list. I’m thinking of the Mars Attacks Art Gallery (pg 168), but I gotta see if I can find out who’s in it. The Worst of Eerie Publications (pg 169) was tempting, as I believe it was Mike Howlett that I talked to at Boston Comic Con a few years back and he was intriguing, but too rich for me this month! And I was tempted on the Maxximized HCs, but not quite enough….

OK, too tired to type more! Back later some time!

@pixie_solanas: Here is a link to the Fearless Dawn blog by writer/artist Steve Mannion…

http://fearlessdawn.blogspot.com/

I’m getting “Brambles” from Humanoids. “Barbarella” would be nice, but they’ll probably come out with a cheaper version down the road.
I’ll be getting the fourth “Planet Comics” from PS Artbooks, and maybe a Ducks book and the Attack on Titan novel.

Daniel: Yeah, I knew about the anniversary. It inaugurated the weirdest century – so much good stuff, but so much awfulness right alongside it.

Mudassir: Well, it’s a new series, at least! :)

Travis: I thought Scalped was decent in the set-up, but I don’t think it really hit its stride until the second or even the third arc. Yes, the shock ending of issue #1 was neat, but it still took a little bit to get going.

The White Suit story in DHP was okay, I guess, but it didn’t make a huge impression. If I remember correctly, Cypress didn’t draw it, which is why I wondered about the mini-series. It was one of those things that was pretty good in the small dose of DHP, but I was wondering if it worked as a bigger story. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

I already wrote about the Borgias book when it was first solicited many months ago. So there! And I figure Dark Horse is going to release a big hardcover of the entire run of Grindhouse, so I’ll mention it then!

I wasn’t sure about Cam Smith’s role in the book – Terry usually doesn’t work without Rachel, so I just assumed Smith was drawing some of it. Yes, I know what happens when I assume. If he’s inking, that’s nice. It still won’t get me to read the book.

I skipped the Graphitti Designs book because, as cool as it is, it’s $125, and I’m just sad writing about books that are so ridiculously expensive but look so very, very keen. But yeah – I’d love to get that.

Chris: Thanks for mentioning Bramble. I saw it, thought it looked neat, and then forgot to mention it. I’ll probably get it, too.

Fearless Dawn is the best thing going in comics. Amazingly entertaining series with some of the best artwork in comics history.

Rover Red Charlie is the best story in comics of the decade. Check it out if you have a strong stomach and can deal with the Crossed level content.

Linser is an amazing artist, but Vampirella hasn’t been well written in a decade or more. I’ll give the crossover a chance, but I don’t expect much.

Weird Love is one of the best reprint series I have ever seen. Anyone who likes Silver Age oddities should check it out.

Greg, if you liked Scalped then check out Southern Bastards. It’s basically a less well written Scalped with hillbillies instead of west indians.

The FCBD preview issue of G.I. Joe vs. Transformers was AMAZINGLY FUN AND HIGH ENERGY and I say this as someone who went into it with maximum skepticism.

Afterlife With Archie is such a stupid idea, but it was just so well done. So I expect the same from the new Sabrina horror book.

And don’t Groo vs. Conan and the Supreme reboot both start next month?

Anyone else remember Crimson Plague? Perez’s short lived series about a woman who kills everyone around her when she’s on her period? Imagine the magic he’ll work on Sirens with a cast of ALL female characters! His art will always look nice but his writing can be painful sometimes.

If you do decide to try More Than Meets the Eye, start at the first trade or pick up the $1 reprint of issue 1. The 22 issue “First Season” is a thing of magic. It’s not really a transformer comic. It’s a scifi humor laden quest book. We need more books like that.

Waiting for these long-haul books like Lutes’ Berlin is excruciating. I believe Lutes only has six more chapters to do.

I made the mistake of picking up Berlin: City of Stones when it came out—only a mistake because the incurred wait is massively frustrating. I’m in the same place with Shanower’s Age of Bronze (whose drawn out nature is more a hindrance to enjoyment than a builder of anticipation) and with Hines’ Duncan the Wonder Dog, which is still my favourite graphic novel of all time (fortunately, with Duncan, the anticipation so far just builds as I wait for vol 2…of 9!!). For a while it was the same thing with Bone. Once vol 8 wrapped, Smith dragged the release of the final five or so chapters out over a couple years, whereas it had been basically monthly up until that point. It was excruciating.

I want so badly to read Berlin: Book 3, though I have no confidence I’ll ever have the opportunity.

tom fitzpatrick

June 30, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Happy Anniversary, Mr. Burgas, it’s a sad thing that T.P. does live for these blogs. How could he not?

That Aliens thing, what exactly is it crossing over to?

I’m looking forward to Matt Wagner’s return to GRENDEL. His last crossover with his character was exceptional. I do hope a return to MAGE will be next.

I’m glad that DC’s finally getting around to those uncollected Hellblazer issues. Namely the Jenkins/Phillips run. It’s waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay long over-due. Kind of weird that all those singles and two-parters and one four-parter were also mostly overlooked.

I look forward to Annihilator, not JUST because the GOD-OF-ALL-COMICS is writing it, but also anything by Irving is basically a “godsend!” (Pun intended).

tom: It’s technically a Prometheus/Aliens crossover. That’s why I noted that Dark Horse is pushing it a little.

Isn’t a Prometheus/Aliens crossover a little like saying a Jor-El/Superman crossover?

I’m a huge Firefly fan who is trade waiting. The issue is space. Long boxes are harder to keep organized and nice looking than book shelves, so unless I can fit it into a category that already exists or it’s an X-Book (which I can usually categorize alongside an older X-Book anyway) it gets trade waited.

Dalarsco: Ah, you do exist! :)

So the “Epic Collections” that Marvel is putting out these days instead of Essentials annoy me just a bit, because they’re in color rather than the black-and-white Essentials

Why would that annoy you? I really, really hate uncolored comics and refuse to buy the Essentials or Showcase comics for that reason no matter how badly I want to try the collected material.

Mr. Burgas, you can buy Beauty, it is a fairy tale and not as deep as Miss Don’t-touch-me (as it was pre-published in Spirou, a kid’s comics magazine) but it is a very good story.

I don’t know if Jolies Ténèbres will ever be translated, but if it ever is, you have to read it. Kerascoet uses watercolor beautifully, it is xritten by Fabien Velhmann and Marie Pommepuy and tells the story of a child’s various thoughts having taken form without knowing how it came to be and trying to survive in the woods.

P.C.: Thanks for the recommendation. I regret not knowing more language, especially, these days, French, as there are so many cool comics that haven’t been translated yet. I can only hope they come into English some day!

Pedro: Thanks! I saw that in Previews a while back, but for some reason forgot to order it. Now I’ll have to take care of that!

Travis Pelkie

July 6, 2014 at 2:44 am

Hey, I’m back!

Image:

Roche Limit sounds neat, but I’ll trade wait. Moreci is one of the writers of Hoax Hunters, and that’s a decent book.

Copperhead looks quite neat. Oops on that cover price, though, as it’s listed as 3.50, not the 2.99 on the cover image. Guess that Ringer money didn’t go far enough. OH RINGER!!!! AND NOW SMG HAS ANOTHER CANCELLED SERIES IN THE CRAZY ONES!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!

But good news, I get to catch up and finally get the offered again Near Death v1 and 2 and Point of Impact, provided I don’t have to cut them from my list.

I reread God Hates Astronauts, and yeah, it was awful.

I didn’t get to the shop to get A Voice in the Dark v1 yet, but I’m going to next week. Hope it’s as good as everyone says. I’ll add the new mini if so.

America’s Got Powers was…ok. It was a decent premise, although too much of the ol’ ultraviolence for me at the start, but the story petered out by the end.

I’ve got Blue Estate on my maybe list. If you really liked it I probably will too, but it’s a cost decision at this point.

pg 192 gives us East of West v3, which I’m probably going for, as I enjoyed it so far. EGOs I heard was decent, and I’m usually a sucker for the 10 buck first volume trades.

pg 193 gives us the Field, which is interesting from the first 2 issues, but I’m not sure yet if it’s worth it. Brisson’s really good on Sheltered though, so you should look into that if you haven’t yet. Great Pacific was an interesting volume 1, really felt like a classic Vertigo title, but I’ll have to get volume 2 as well, since I passed it up before. And if someone hasn’t checked out Manhattan Projects yet, the HC 1 is a good deal for the first 10 issues.

pg 194 — you weren’t thrilled with the first issue of Mercenary Sea, were you? I liked the same writer’s I Love Trouble until it couldn’t stick the landing at the end and crapped out (plus had a completely different artist on the last issue.) Morning Glories I’ll have to catch up with at some point, as I’m now 2 trades worth behind. Revival v4 I’ll probably go for as it’s a pretty fun book involving resurrected dead people and Norton’s art is really nice. The Chew crossover was a bunch of fun too.

Yeah, I’m underwhelmed with Undertow. It started out interesting and then got off course. Plus, I can feel that it’s one of those minis that won’t really conclude.

Torn on Jupiter’s Legacy 5 on 205. It’s a 5 buck book, and while I’ve enjoyed the book to a certain extent so far, I’m not in love with it. I know you haven’t been reading since you’re anti-Millar, but it’s a decent book (helped out by Quitely, of course). A really cool “meta” type scene in #1, but the book got odd with issue 4. Looking it up, looks like the first collection will be 1-5, so I guess I “have” to get #5….

Marvel:

Wow, I would not have guessed that a movie called “Lemonade Mouth” was a Disney flick. Wokka wokka!

Fuck yeah holo foil!

Loki drops off my list. I enjoyed it so far, but it appears that it’ll be trapped in crossover hell, with the Angela mini and then this “march to Axis”. I also thought I saw that it was going to 3.99 with #6, but not according to this solicit. Regardless, no more Loki in singles, at least.

pg 31 Good god that Valeria is ugly on that cover! What weird porn did Land trace THAT from?

I’m keeping up with She Hulk and Ms Marvel, cuz they’re good, 3 bucks, and female led comics should get the support they can. Plus, the rest of Marvel bores me.

Jeez, I hope the Miracleman stuff eventually gets collected in more affordable or more value priced collections. But the “original writer” omni will probably be 100 or more. ugh

Torn on the Young Avengers omni. It’s a bit too rich for me this time, but boy it’s gotta be good. Still kicking myself for not sticking with it after the first ish. To make up for it, I started W&D, and that’s quite good, so yay!

What bugs me about the Epic Collections is not knowing what they’ll be collecting in future volumes (although I’d guess that the ASM 2 might finish up the Ditko run? That’s a little large, though — another 22 issues when this one is only 18+). I too have the first ASM Essential volume, and that’s got a few more issues than this book, so the cross over is irritating. YARGH! The Thor book and Moon Knight ones were both tempting, though.

Also was tempted on the Moon Knight, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, Doop, and Ghost Rider trades, but figure I can always get ‘em online at some point. And the Marvels Companion book looked interesting (with all them painted books Marvel did post-Marvels), as well as the complete original Deathlok stuff (pgs 102-103).

Am I the only one who thinks about Dalgoda on seeing the Copperhead cover?

Travis Pelkie

July 6, 2014 at 4:26 am

Back of the book!

pg 230 sees Number One that other Greg just wrote about. Looks neat.

pg 233 sees the “new” Dry Spell issue, but also the start of a new Ehmm Theory (mini? series?). I enjoyed the first one, so I’ll probably go with this. I’m not thrilled with Action Lab’s variant cover stuff, especially since the variant is a buck more. However, if that’s how they’re able to print stuff like Dry Spell and Ehmm Theory, well…

Yeah, I’m going with Rogues! (glad they had to resolicit stuff, because I was able to reorder their stuff after foolishly jumping off the bandwagon.) But did you see Beast Commandos right above that? Holy oh my lordy! I must have it just from it’s sheer oddness!

And 236’s Roman Ritual sounded interesting too, because El Torres is good and I enjoyed Westwood Witches, even if the ending was a little meh.

I’ve gotta read Afterlife with Archie to see if I want to continue with it. It’s gone up (as most if not all of Archie books have) to 3.99, which is irksome. But boy that variant cover is tempting! And Sabrina sounds interesting. Die cut cover, muthafuckas!

I…I keep buying Fearless Dawn but I keep shifting it into the shelf of shame pile to read “sometime”. WHY!?

I had Rover Red Charlie on my list, but it’s not making the final. I wonder if this came about from Morrison trying to ape the Ennis style with Happy, and Ennis “responding” with this — ok, I’ll do WE3 my way, wanker!

You’ve been getting Uber, right? How was 6-11 (v2 on 254)? I liked the first arc, but not quite enough to continue with it. But tradewaiting, I might go for it. But not this time. It missed the list.

pg 262 Cringe sounded interesting, but I’m not sure that I’d go for it. Some good creators, though.

pg 264 had a couple of interesting books — Pirouette 1, about a clown girl escaping FROM the circus, and Future Proof, which involves the Kennedy assassination and time travel, so it sounds interesting. (And hey, back on 230 is the illustrated Warren Commission Report!)

Again a sucker for the 10 buck first volume trades, so the Woods is definitely high on my list.

Wild’s End sounds and looks awesome, but yeah, I’m going to tradewait.

pg 274 Tag deluxe edition. I loves me some Giff, but as the Dread Lord showed, Giff is a better plotter than scripter.

pg 279 had the Jim Henson StoryTeller Witches issue done by SM Vidaurri, who did Iron: Or, The War After, which I recall you enjoyed, I think.

Yay! Finally another issue of the Standard is offered on 292! If you haven’t been getting this, go for a trade/collection whenever it wraps up and is offered. Really good stuff.

I see 4 things that stick out at me that explain Linsner’s appeal in that image. HA!

Nothing about two of the greatest musicians ever, now in comics?! Alice Cooper on 298, and DMC on 318? How can you pass that up?!?!? Actually, the DMC one has a pretty cool creative team, even if the story sounds a little goofy. The Alice Cooper book sounds just as goofy. I liked Last Temptation (pg 300), but I thought the original was either B&W or sepia, and the new coloring doesn’t improve the Zulli art in my mind.

Beto with Bumperhead! Punk rock teen years! I’m passing this up like I did Marble Season because I suck! (pg 323). I’m also passing up Hicksville and the John Porcellino books, but I did like what I read of King Cat Comix back in the day. And man, I think I actually picked up the first issue or 2 of Berlin in singles yearsssssss ago. Damn, I’m special!

Oh Fantagraphics, I so wish I could buy all your great stuff! Oh those Disney books look good, and Nancy, and Peanuts, and Dash Shaw and Joe Sacco. I love the subtitle of Sacco’s Bumf, “I buggered the Kaiser”. HA!

I still haven’t read Battling Boy, so I’m not sure if I’ll go for the Rise of Aurora West (pg 329). I know you weren’t too impressed, and I’m wary that it’s someone not-Pope doing the book.

The Wrenchies sounded good, and the Stratford Zoo Macbeth sounds like silly fun.

I know you’re a history nerd, so I point you to Colonial Comics: New England 1620-1750 on 332. Appears from looking online that Noel Tuazon will be contributing.

Man, Barbarella would be cool, but damn, that’s a lot. Holy shit, it’s only 72 pages?! Over a buck a page? Good god a’mighty!

The Wrath of Cronin! Oh noes!

I was tempted by Miss Don’t Touch Me and didn’t even realize that Beauty was by the same creators. D’oh!

pg 345 has Dash #1, which sounds like a noir mystery with a bit of a twist — a gay detective.

pg 358 has All Star Future Shocks, with a bunch of neato Brit creators on those short tales in 2000AD. Gaiman, GMozz, Milligan, O’Neill, Bolland, Frazer Irving…sounds good to me, and 20 bucks for almost 200 pages is cool. Granted, this isn’t their A-List stuff, but still…(ah, looks like it’s been out awhile)

pg 359 had Pariah Missouri, which of course rhymes, if you’re from there. Cover looks neat, pre Civil War riverboat supernatural stuff. Also on that page, another INJ Culbard HPL adaptation.

pg 360 Man Who Laughs looks neat, and Ricky Rouse has a Gun sounded…odd.

HAHA, I just noticed 363’s ad for a Spidey figure, and he’s got a cell phone, and skateboard (wha!?), and a fireman helmet and hose. It’s like the weirdest porn shoot ever!

I enjoyed the first issue of Ordinary, so people might want to check out the HC on 375.

More Incredible Change Bots by Jeffrey Brown is good, on 376.

Man, nuValiant started out neat, but I lost track of their stuff and they seem to be expanding really fast. Dr Mirage sounds neat, but this special version of the first issue with not to be collected material in it…GRR! pg 384

I always feel dirty just flipping past the Zenescope stuff.

The only other stuff was the Van Lente/Pak/Coover how to make comics book on 414, the Gaiman Hansel and Gretel on 417, and the Stripped DVD documentary on 556. Bill Watterson on film!

Oh, and the toy ad on 509 that spells Superman’s evil double as Bizzaro. WTF!

Travis Pelkie

July 6, 2014 at 4:28 am

Dammit, no John, that was the other comment I wanted to make about Copperhead! Nice! We are ’80s indie nerds!

Travis: Phew! As usual, I’ll stick to your questions, mostly.

Yeah, I didn’t like the first issue of The Mercenary Sea. Cliched and fairly ugly. Shame.

I missed Beast Commandos. That’s certainly something! I might have to check it out.

Uber has been pretty good, hampered slightly by the Avatar style of art. White is the best of the bunch, but Avatar’s reliance on slick coloring doesn’t help a comic set in World War II. Gillen’s story is pretty interesting, though, and the book is getting better since he got the initial world-building out of the way.

I wasn’t impressed enough with either solicit for the Cooper book or the DMC one to mention them. The DMC one really sounds like the worst kind of vanity project, which is too bad, as the artists working on it are quite good.

Thanks for pointing out Colonial Comics. I missed it, and it does sound cool.

June’s entry was the EIGHTH anniversary of me writing this column

Happy anniversary, Astoria! Time to start thinking about what you’ll cook for the TENTH!

Colder, the superb horror comic from 2012

By the by, for a superb horror comic you have UZUMAKI/SPIRAL (relisted in two editions p. 398 from Viz): “Two hundred pages of complete bloody lunacy… From a simple, almost funny idea, Uzumaki achieves moments that are seriously disturbing. Tell me the last time any book disturbed you. When you give up, buy Uzumaki.” — Warren Ellis (who may be a blurb whore but is spot-on there).

Roche Limit shows up as the “first part of a bold sci-fi/noir trilogy.”

Vaguely interested but only insofar as planning to check on reviews if a trade is solicited: an unknown writer with delusions of trilogy usually means unsatisfying parts and unfinished series. Plus it says “2001: A Space Odyssey with Blade Runner” which is a tall order, when the pitch sounds more like OUTLAND with STORM DOGS.

Science fiction is the place to be these days, I suppose, because Jay Faerber returns with Copperhead

The cover that looks like DALGODA drawn by Moebius? Same deal as with ROCHE LIMIT: Faerber let me down with NOBLE CAUSES and I’ve not looked back, so I’ll just keep an eye for afar.

Image is reprinting White Death, an old AiT/Planet Lar book, on page 189. This is by Robbie Morrison and Charlie Adlard, and it’s about the battle in the Italian Alps during World War I. It’s pretty good, and $14.99 isn’t a bad price.

Seconded: not only was WHITE DEATH a good piece of war fiction about tactical avalanches, but considering how the previous softcover has been $13 since 2001, this 2014 reissue as a $15 hardcover is one honorable offering in a cesspit of WWI profiteers.

Archie has found a gold mine with horror-themed versions of their characters

They’re anticipating ARCHIE #666 igniting the Apocalypse: all will be revealed!

If you waited for the trade of Red Rover Charlie, Garth Ennis’s canine-centric tale about the end of the world, Avatar has it on page 253. I’m not terribly interested in it, but there it is!

Well, although ROVER RED CHARLIE seems like a road-movie about three dogs fleeing a zombie apocalypse, I’m expecting something along the lines of WE3 and PRIDE OF BAGHDAD with dashes of ANIMAL FARM and CITY (a classic Simak novel unmentioned by most reviewers, for some reason).

The reviews I read point at such a satisfying package, from http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2013/reviews-the-world-has-gone-to-the-dogs-rover-red-charlie/ to http://comicbookroundup.com/comic-books/reviews/avatar-press/rover-red-charlie/6 plus the only one mentioning Simak, on the official comics blog of Le Monde (of all places!), clamoring for its translation and pinning it “Somewhere between Montesquieu and Clifford Simak”: http://translate.google.com/translate?ie=UTF8&sl=fr&tl=en&u=http://bandedessinee.blog.lemonde.fr/2014/04/25/trois-chiens-dans-un-monde-de-zombies/ — I mean, how many zombie comics about the end of le world can claim a pull-quote from the Monde?

Sirens, which George Pérez is writing and drawing. It’s a science fiction story

Looks like another superhero team story that happens to be set on another planet, which does not science fiction make… (For that, try Vonnegut’s SIRENS OF TITAN.)

Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard show up on page 273 with Wild’s End

So the same month, Previews have: (1) a godless mercenary company of the 930s that’s the victim of an alien invasion (Dark Ages at… Dark Horse, spooky!); (2) a rural English community of the 1930s that’s the victim of an alien invasion (Wild’s End at… Boom, spookier!) Oh wait, they’re both from Abnett and Culbard! So that’s alright, then.

Dawn’s nipples should be registered as deadly weapons!

And then she could be renamed Fearsome Dawn so as to avoid confusion with Fearless Dawn!

I got on the Berlin bandwagon late, so I don’t get the single issues, but does anyone know if he’s anywhere close to getting it done?

Well, BERLIN is a 600-page, 24-chapter, 3-book graphic novel: chapters 1-8 were published from 1996 to 2001 and collected in Book 1, then chapters 9-16 from 2002 to 2009 collected in Book 2; by this point most readers were just waiting for the last trade and pamphlets sold so badly that only chapters 17 (2010) and 18 (2011) shipped.

I have a hazy recollection that Lutes got a moderate financial boost from BERLIN’s translations in Europe and is still working on it sans singles to release BERLIN BOOK 3 CITY OF LIGHT directly, with an aspirational target date of 2016 for the 20th anniversary, but a more realistic date of 2017 if his one-chapter-a-year rythm doesn’t improve.

(Of course, another question is: will they actually release Book 3, or just a giant 600-page COMPLETE BERLIN? Will they do the right thing like Lapham, or pull a Van Lente on us? Try and survive the 2015-2016 “bail-in” banking crisis and you MAY find out, effendi!)

Dash Shaw has Doctors on the same page, a comic about death and bereavement.

Well, don’t let Fanta’s silly 2-line solicit get in your way! — I was sold on DOCTORS from the real pitch, which sounds like something out of Philip K. Dick’s UBIK infused with the boldness and empathy of the great sci-fi novels from the British Christopher Priest:

“Doctors enter your afterlife to bring you back from the dead. This new graphic novel from acclaimed cartoonist Dash Shaw (Bottomless Belly Button) is his most taut book to date. Dr. Cho is the creator of the Charon, a device that allows his staff to take the form of a memory in a dead patients’ consciousnesses, and bring them back to life, with one catch: the experience is traumatic and the process kills them again soon thereafter. But for some bereaved, the opportunity is priceless. So when Bell is killed in a random accident, her daughter hires Dr. Cho’s team to bring her back. But what if Bell didn’t want to come back? The dying unconsciously create the afterlife they want, or feel they deserve, in their minds before everything fades to black. Isn’t that better than the reality, and no less meaningful than life itself? Can unconsciousness coexist with consciousness? Doctors is part science-fiction thriller, part family drama, part morality play for the 21st century, and quite possibly Shaw’s best book to date.” (from http://www.fantagraphics.com/doctors also providing a 2MB PDF preview at http://www.fantagraphics.com/images/stories/previews/docsds-preview.pdf with 10 sample pages — you may still pass it up, but at least you’ll know why!)

First Second has The Wrenchies by Farel Dalrymple

Looks like his own product on the same market segment as Battling Boy! Good if that provides money towards completing POP GUN WAR like he’s been promising for ten-plus years (and again last February), though I wonder whether I still care?

Humanoids has a new translation of Barbarella (by Kelly Sue DeConnick) on page 337, but it’s 80 dollars, which is awfully steep.

And against the author’s intent: the Humanoïdes boys drew at 2x or 3x their target size so as to get flawless lines and complex designs once reduced — not to get their flaws printed at board size in overpriced $1-per-page editions. (At half that price, you’d be much better off with Moebius’s 8×11″ INCAL HC if you don’t own that already.)

Annihilator from Legendary Comics. It’s a story about a screenwriter who has to team up with his own fictional creation

I don’t think more was needed after FLEX MENTALLO and THE FILTH; could not having new Alan Moore to strip-mine now make him run in circles? (Sorry, I meant “The Original Writer” — as opposed to all the others at the Big Two, who are un-original!)

OTOH, the same company lists a new Judd Winick in the shape of A TOWN CALLED DRAGON #1 (p. 344) — I’m old enough to remember his excellent FRUMPY THE CLOWN, PEDRO AND ME, and BARRY WEEN, way back when the Earth was still cooling and Winick didn’t rhyme with formulaic — and this keenly-priced, 56-page, $4 debut issue could hopefully be more than all-setup and a last-page hook, so I’m wishfully thinking it could be more than a bad movie proposal and getting a #1 sampler along keeping an eye on reviews.

Michael Cho has a graphic novel out on page 354 from Pantheon Books called Shoplifter. Cho’s a really good artist, so I’m hoping his writing skills are up to the task

Well, there’s a sample page at http://www.quillandquire.com/authors/2014/05/07/graphicas-next-wave-michael-cho/ — kinda like Dan Clowes meets Andi Watson by way of Chester Brown, with a side of negative space? But another annoying thing in the solicit is the same old insular navel-gazing of how it’s about yet another struggling writer: the story of an aimless twenty-something shoplifter could have been played with other jobs and milieus.

And since I’m not throwing $20 at a 96-page hardcover of what looks like a decompressed short story from an unknown writer, I’ll be able to look at the reviews from the HC hipsters to know about his writing skills if and when a softcover comes out! (For similar reasons, I’m watching but not getting Charles Burns’s horror trilogy DOUG from the same publisher: $22 per 56-page volume? Let’s wait for a collected hardcover or softcover…)

Well, that’s strange. I got to “P” and didn’t find much more that leaped out at me.

We all get to pee from time to time, Greg… But you forgot THE MULTIVERSITY: THE SOCIETY OF SUPER-HEROES: CONQUERORS OF THE COUNTER-WORLD #1! (You know you’re a comics silverback when your series title features two colons, bringing it to the same rarefied atmosphere as DOCTOR WHO: TALES OF TRENZALORE: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR’S LAST STAND and EROS VOLUME 55: YOUNG WITCHES PART 4: THE ETERNAL DREAM! And be there next season for THE MULTIVERSITY: THE SOCIETY OF SUPER-HEROES: CONQUERORS OF THE COUNTER-WORLD: BEFORE THE COUNTER-WORLD!)

I’m sure commenters will let me know if I missed anything really neat

Well, “neat” is relative, but I’m sure getting s’more on this budget-bashing month:

— John Porcellino’s new memoir THE HOSPITAL SUITE (p. 323 from Drawn & Quarterly) — should be a Zen-optimistic counterpoint to Pekar’s OUR CANCER YEAR, in the way his DIARY OF A MOSQUITO ABATEMENT MAN could complement Derf’s memoir TRASHED.

But then it’s an unknown book, so for someone who’d prefer a known quantity from Porcellino they’re also relisting most of his KING-CAT back catalog, and the one to try could be the collection MAP OF MY HEART: there’s a 2010 review-cum-interview at http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=27127 (also touching upon then-upcoming HOSPITAL SUITE) and featuring 4 sample pages: its eponymous 2-page slice-of-life, and a 2-page haiku-like vignette. It’s a simpler world: honest, meditative, observant, heartfelt.

— The historical anthology COLONIAL COMICS: NEW ENGLAND 1620-1750 (p. 332 from Fulcrum) — 20 graphic short-stories “about free thinkers, Pequots, Jewish settlers, female business owners and dedicated school teachers” plus “Pilgrims and Puritans, Pequots and Pirates, Midwives and Printing Presses, Whales and Livestock, Slavery and Frontiers, and many other aspects of colonial life” in partnership with the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Concord Museum. (I’m just unclear whether it’s all nonfiction or also includes historically-accurate fiction.)

I found a blog entry announcing “A. David Lewis and JT Waldman doing a story about Jewish life in the colonies / Erika Swyler and Noel Tuazon doing a story about Elizabeth Glover, owner of New England’s first printing press / Connecticut State Historian Walt Woodward and Matt Dembicki doing a story about Connecticut governor (and alchemist) John Winthrop JR. / Alexa Dickman and EJ Barnes doing a story about Merry Mount / And, I kind of strongly hinted at this earlier, so why not talk up Philip Hoare and Charles Fetherolf doing a story about whaling” at their http://colonialcomics.tumblr.com/

— Renée French’s new book BABY BJORNSTRAND (p. 341 from Koyama Press) — not quite as unsettling as her masterpiece MARBLES IN MY UNDERPANTS (one of the most original things that ever came out from Dark Horse and Oni), it’s a 2012-2013 symbolist webcomic of surreal adventures and weird-cute humor. (It seems all-ages, though many parents would disagree.)

The reason I’m unsure whether I’ll get this offline version is her habit of printing one panel per page, turning what would be a good 32-page $5 short story into a 128-page $20 art object — but it’s still all online to ponder for free, starting at http://studygroupcomics.com/main/baby-bjornstrand-part-1-by-renee-french/

— The suspense story ONLY SKIN by Sean Ford (p. 359 from Secret Acres) — it’s a second chance: a new printing and better cover for a 2012 mystery à la STRANGEHAVEN that completely flew me by. I blame a silly one-line solicit that’s nothing like what you actually find out through reviews and sample pages, to wit:

“Only Skin is about a young woman and her pre-teen brother who return to this small town in order to search for her missing father, who ran a gas station. The book feels like a cross between a David Lynch film and a Gilbert Hernandez story. Like in the former, there’s an interest in small town living, the occasional surreality of daily life, the darkness beneath the surface of reality, the nature of evil and the feeling of being in the hands of forces beyond one’s control. Like the latter, there’s an interest in human relationships, the ways in which people can hurt each other, betrayals, eccentric character portrayals, wide-open spaces, and the enigmatic and evasive but always looming sense of menace that pervades every page. Ford’s aim is to keep the reader off-balance as to what’s really going on in this story.” — from the TCJ guy at http://highlowcomics.blogspot.com/2012/09/children-are-future-only-skin.html

“The two parts of the art for Only Skin that particularly stuck out for me, though, were the ghost and the landscape of the town and its surroundings. The ghost at a glance feels laughable, akin to the ghost outfits that the Peanuts characters wore in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! or the enemies in Pac-Man. It’s a disarming look, one that is slightly humorous and danger-deflating. As Only Skin progresses, though, the ghost becomes increasingly menacing while never changing its appearance. It’s an impressive feat on Ford’s part; something that looks so cute ends up being disturbing. The look of the small town is also in many ways just as important to Only Skin as its characters; Ford brings across that overall sense of isolation that is so critical to the story being told here.” — from the iComics guy at http://www.readaboutcomics.com/2012/06/18/only-skin/

And I found plenty more praise and sample pages (to be clicked for full-size) from reviews of the original 2007-2011 issues (not carried by Diamond) at http://www.opticalsloth.com/?tag=only-skin (which is good because the publisher doesn’t believe in providing an actual synopsis and sample pages on his own product page at http://secretacres.com/?wpsc-product=only-skin-by-sean-ford — I mean, it’s 2014 and even the old stoners at Fantagraphics has figured out that one by now — which is why I’m not gambling on another Secret Acres solicit, GET OVER IT! by Corinne Mucha, which might be either good or awful based on execution, but for which they should have provided ten sample pages…)

— INJ Culbard’s THE DREAM-QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH (p. 359 from SelfMadeHero) — for someone who has already appreciated his previous retellings of HPL classics, trying this one is a no-brainer. And even people who dislike Lovecraft’s style should enjoy Ian Culbard’s adaptations: most of the former’s prose is replaced by the latter’s subdued art and otherworldly coloring, in the way a Shakespeare play can be reinterpreted anew on stage.

For someone who’d prefer a known quantity from Culbard’s HPL, they’re also relisting two good but different adaptations: (1) his CASE OF CHARLES DEXTER WARD is made both funny-wry and funny-creepy (not unlike what Rick Geary can do with TREASURY OF VICTORIAN MURDER, or Alan Moore with some episodes of LOEG or BOJEFFRIES) by certain scripting choices; there’s a spirited review at http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2012/the-case-of-charles-dexter-ward/ with 3 aptly-chosen sample pages; (2) his SHADOW OUT OF TIME is made both engrossing and eldritch by certain design choices (at times reminiscent of Tardi’s EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADÈLE BLANC-SEC or Moebius’s INCAL); there’s a review at http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2013/reviews-shadow-out-of-time/ with 3 less-apt samples.

— Last but not least, the English completion of Taniguchi’s SUMMIT OF THE GODS, VOL. 5 of 5 (p. 329 from Fanfare/Ponent Mon) — this was an awe-inspiring 2000-2003 five-volume epic from Jirô Taniguchi (A DISTANT NEIGHBORHOOD, THE ICE WANDERER, THE WALKING MAN) adapting a 1997 novel. Having read a lot of both already, I think this is one of the best Taniguchi on his adventure side, and one of the best mountaineering fictions. And now that its glacier-like translation is ending (2009-2014, Rest in Patience), they’re also relisting vols. 1-4 for doubting Thomases!

There’s a macguffin about the missing Mallory camera, but in truth it’s the life story of a solo climber and the closest most of us will ever get from making it to Mt. Everest. There’s a good review of volume 4 (with sample pages and links to reviews of all previous volumes) at http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2013/review-at-the-summit-once-more/

Travis Pelkie

July 7, 2014 at 12:19 am

Ah, I totally missed that Baby Bjornstrand was by Renee French.

Man, Simon makes me look like a piker!

Simon: Thanks for the heads-up about Uzumaki. I’ll have to check it out!

I thought Roche Limit sounded like it had some Outland in it as well, so we’re thinking alike! :)

I wouldn’t begrudge it if Berlin was released as a complete whole once (if?) Lutes gets done with it. I’d certainly pony up for it. I’m not shocked that it doesn’t do well for him, but it’s still depressing, because the book is so good.

I saw the Winick book as well, and like you, I hope it’s somewhat like his early work. That would make it worth it, I think.

I didn’t mention Summit of the Gods because I’ve mentioned it before, but you’re right that it’s tremendous. I’ve been looking forward to this volume so I can sit down and re-read the entire thing, with the ending now appended!

Thanks, as always, for the recommendations. I always get more ideas from the comments, which just means more money out of my pocket! :)

Disappointed to hear that Essentials are apparently being cancelled. My very first comic was Essential Spider-Man Vol.1 bought for me by my Mum, and even though I haven’t picked up an Essential since Spider-Man Vol.11 (my girlfriend buying X-Men Vol.5 because I got her addicted to X-Men doesn’t count), I still look forwards to the Spider-Man ones when they come out, and I’ve been meaning to keep getting continuing some of my other collections (Iron Man, Cap, Fantastic Four, Avengers) as I get more shelf space. As far as I’m concerned, they’re an excellent way to not only get classic stories at an amazingly cheap price, they’re also a great introduction to the Marvel Universe and for casual fans to learn about the basics for the different characters. Hell, like I said, Spider-Man Vol.1 was my first comic, and if I hadn’t picked up so many more Essentials based upon the strength of both the stories and the quality of the Essentials then I think that I would have found it much harder to break into comics when I first started reading. I sometimes recommend them to casual fans as a way to learn about the characters before getting into the more deeper stuff.

What’s more, the Spider-Man ones, which as I mentioned I’ve been picking up consistently, are eleven volumes in. Eleven volumes! Thanks to these volumes, I can confidently say that I’ve got over two-hundred issues of Spider-Man, and I’ve had access to classic stories. I can sort of see Marvel’s perspective in discontinuing the line, and I suppose that it’d be…weird?…if they kept printing Essentials indefinitely and we ended up with Superior Spider-Man and whatnot in black and white Essential volume twenty years down the line, but I still maintain that they’re an excellent source of good stories for a cheap price. For what it’s worth, I doubt I’ll pick up the Epic Collections; they’re just not the same and I’d rather hunt down the Essentials that I don’t have.

@Greg: I understand your not harping on each new volume of established series as a rule of thumb, but don’t you think it can be helpful that final volumes get a mention? (Especially while it’s still time to preorder them and/or their relisted predecessors.) For stuff flying under the radar, or that’s been so slow to come out, or that people may have skipped because they were unsure it would ever be finished: to signal their completion could give both readers and series a second chance — I think it’s important, because for such books every bit helps.

Anyway, SUMMIT OF THE GODS 5 shouldn’t disappoint if you already liked 1-4. (And for its re-read, ambient music makes an excellent soundtrack: albums such as Stars of the Lid’s post-classical REFINEMENT OF THE DECLINE or most of Aphex Twin’s abstract SELECTED AMBIENT WORKS VOL. II, tracks such as Autechre’s majestic “VLetrmx21″ or Steve Roach’s gentle “Structures from Silence”, and so on.)

P.S.: I hadn’t reloaded the tab, missing the other July 6 comments before posting mine:

@John King: DALGODA, ditto.

@Travis Pelkie: Hadn’t seen you already thoughtfully pointed out COLONIAL COMICS.

Simon: You’re right. I should try to point out when the final volume of something is coming out. I do hope people get caught up on the book, because it’s really good. Maybe people will still read the comments thread! :)

Good music choices, too. Thanks!

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