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Flippin’ through Previews – March 2014

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Strap on the feedbag, people, ’cause we’ll be here all night!
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What I bought – 22 January 2014

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There comes a time in the life cycle of a nation when no decision that can be made is the right one and no action that can be taken is intelligent. (Joseph Heller, from Picture This)
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What I bought – 1 January 2014

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Peter Lake seemed to love her in exactly the way that she loved everything that she knew she would lose. He kissed her, and stroked her, and spoke to her. How surprised she was at what he said. He told her about the city as if it were a live creature, pale and pink, that had a groin and blood and lips. He told her about spring in Prince Street, about the narrow alleys full of flowers, protected by trees, quiet and dark. He told her about the colors in coats and clothes and on the stage and in all kinds of lights, and that their random movement made them come alive. “Prince Street,” he said, “is alive. The buildings are ruddy as flesh. I’ve seen them breathe. I swear it.” He surprised even himself.

He talked to her for hours. He talked himself dry. She leaned back on the pillows, pleased to be naked in front of him, relaxed, calm, smiling. He talked hills. He talked gardens. What he said was so gentle, strong, and full of counterpoint and rhyme, that he was not even sure that it was not singing. And long before he was all talked out and exhausted, she had fallen in love with him. (Mark Helprin, from Winter’s Tale)
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Flippin’ through Previews – December 2013

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Can you handle a Previews preview on a weekday instead of a weekend? You’re going to have to deal with it!!!!
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What I bought – 20 November 2013

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“This is what history consists of. It’s the sum total of all the things they aren’t telling us.” (Don DeLillo, from Libra)
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What I bought – 26 June 2013

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“Sotillo used to be very cordial to me at the Goulds’ and at the club. How that man’ll ever dare to look any of his friends here in the face I can’t imagine.”

“He’ll no doubt begin by shooting some of them to get over the first awkwardness,” said the doctor. “Nothing in this country serves better your military man who has changed sides than a few summary executions.” (Joseph Conrad, from Nostromo)
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Flippin’ through Previews – April 2013

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I’m back on schedule, so let’s dig into Previews #295 and see what’s what!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines Archive!

Yes, it’s a list of all the posts in which I’ve been looking at the first pages of comics. You could just click the category tag, but in this post, I’ve organized them! Whoo-hoo! I placed this on 1 January for the entire year, but now that the year is over, I thought I’d move it to the final day of the year!
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What I bought – 12 December 2012

Indeed, the Republican Right, while it worries plausibly about the loss of traditional values in an era of peace, is an example of the deformities it decries, since historically prosperous societies which perceive no outside threat have been the only ones that have the luxury to preoccupy themselves with discussions about such things as sexual values. The problem, though, is that we have no such luxury. The peace we think we have is only an interregnum before another cycle of conflict. The narcissistic isolationism of the congressional Republicans – who call for enforcing democracy abroad while denying the State Department the tools it requires for our own security interests and who refuse to pay our U.N. dues – comes at a time when the world vaguely resembles what it was before the outbreak of World War I. (Robert Kaplan, from The Coming Anarchy)

Serious! Misdirection! Singerian! Pretentious! Conspiratorial! Enraged! Terrifying! Worthwhile? Romance! Anthropomorphic! Awesome! Misnumbered! Ostrander!
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What I bought – 14 November 2012

“You can’t be a pure nation anymore, like the French and Germans used to be. At the stage of technology we have reached, nations work only if they float in the larger world. And what you have in this part of the world are fossilized nations, dead societies that have yet to revive. There are a group of young reformers in our parliament, educated in the West. But Georgians only want heroes. These reformers have never killed, they don’t drink two liters of wine every evening, they don’t fight, they have no mustaches or daggers, so they can’t be heroes!” (Robert Kaplan, from Eastward to Tartary)

Something bad is a-coming! Is this a Spider-Man homage? Reed is going in for a surreptitious booty grab! Probably not smart to swim so close to the propeller like that Split screen!!! Run, Lola, runnnnnn!!!! Um, what? Stanley Kubrick saw this cover and said, 'Pffft.  It's been done.' Thor is heading off to the gun show! Brood, damn you! Really? It's glammatronic! MONSTERS!!!! Yay!  Over a year late! Old-school stuff! Pulpy! The final chapter!
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Flippin’ through Previews – October 2012

I will never be so jaded about comics that I don’t enjoy a good stroll through Previews! It’s time for catalog #289!
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What I bought – 19 September 2012

“What of the success of the Expulsion?” Carranque asked. The driver was momentarily silenced.

“Success for the Catholics?” I ventured.

“Certainly not, Señora.” Now it was Carranque who laughed. “The Expulsion of the Jews was an unmitigated disaster for the Catholics. For a brief time, Their Catholic Majesties feasted on the properties and treasures left behind by the running Jews. But after a very short while they awoke to the truth that their best and their brightest had fled. Gone were their merchants, their statesmen, their doctors, their artisans and their artists, their poets, their musicians, their singers, and their leatherworkers. Without its Jews, Spain dried up into the shriveled olive it is today.”

“So the success?”

“Was the success of the Jews — the Jews who fled to Morocco, to Italy, to Greece, to Turkey, to the Netherlands. They spread their art and learning across the Mediterranean, through the Strait of Gibraltar and northward into Europe. They made a virtue of exile, found their greatest reward in exile, found their humanity, their lost identity, in exile.” (Jonathan Levi, from A Guide For The Perplexed)

Dive booooommmmmmmmbbbbbbb! He's on his way! It doesn't have much to do with the issue, but that's a cool-ass cover Yes, she took all that time to put a Bat-tread on her boots, because she has nothing better to do I like this cover a lot, but I have NO IDEA how Lapham is tying it into the story inside the book Adieu! It's just unfair how good this looks! Bisley draws Epiphany like a typical fashion model! Even Francavilla's boring covers are good! Man, this cover motif sucks Snakes? She's not going to last long in space with that outfit on! Another cool cover by Yardin! It's all over!
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Flippin’ through Previews – September 2012

Every month, I’m so excited to write up these posts and I think to myself, “This time I’ll write a lot about DC and Marvel and how cool their stuff is!” And then I start reading Previews … and, yeah. Maybe this month will be different, so let’s jump right into issue #288!
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What I bought – 8 August 2012

“People who claim that they’re evil are usually no worse than the rest of us.” He sighed. “It’s people who claim that they’re good, or anyway better than the rest of us, that you have to be wary of.” (Gregory Maguire, from Wicked)

Everyone likes an adult beverage now and then! This cover references absolutely nothing in the comic! Well, it's about time The 'eyes' have it! STOKOE!!!!! Take that, pirate! I got nothin'Still nothin' So sad! Two-fisted adventure! Dang Damned dirty Russkies!
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What I bought – 11 and 18 July 2012

“How do you feel, Yossarian?”

“Fine. No, I’m very frightened.”

“That’s good,” said Major Danby. “It proves you’re still alive.” (Joseph Heller, from Catch-22)

Where's the octopus in this book, damn it? She'd look a lot more bad-ass if it weren't for that STUPID COSTUME!!!! Symbolism! I'd be too busy freaked out to fight! Look at that hair!!!! Man, this is insane ONE HUNDRED FOUR PAGES, BITCHES!!!!! Dang, that's an ugly cover Why does he have a four on his chest? Holy crap, that's an awesome cover Oh, John, you rascal! Dude, keep your hands on the handlebars! Touch it!!!! That's some bad breath right there Let's debate this cover below! Where's the credit? Trippy! TWO supine female characters?  Does Kelly know about this? Is she the princess or the warrior? No wonder cats hate water It's a kids' book! Does that sword whistle when he uses it? What are they looking at? Gotta catch up! Am I going to hell for supporting this? Clint, no! Dang, that's a big sword
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