Previews (August 2011)!

Here’s a look at what interested me while looking at this month’s Previews catalog for stuff shipping in October and beyond.

DC

  • I like the cover (?) image to DC Universe Presents #2.
  • I was just reading in the DC Comics Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle about the debut of My Greatest Adventure (1955), and here we have another volume in the form of a six-issue limited series. It will continue the story of Garbage Man and Tanga from the recent Weird Worlds limited series, plus a new story featuring Robotman. I may get this.
  • Huntress gets a new limited series written by Paul Levitz with art by Marcus To and John Dell. Not interested unless Gail Simone is writing it.
  • Shade also gets a 12-issue limited series (I first heard about it at the Emerald City Comicon), and is written by James Robinson with art by Cully Hamner. Shade was the best thing about the old Starman series, so, on the surface, this should be a no-brainer, but Robinson’s ahem star has fallen quite a bit since Starman ended, so I may wait until the trade.
  • Paul Levitz is also writing the Legion: Secret Origin six-issue LS. I heard Paul talk about this during the San Diego Comic-Con and it’s not another retelling of the familiar origin, but having something to do with the larger pre-Legion universe. I don’t know what that means exactly, but I won’t be wasting my money on this.
  • I see DC is reprinting Superboy’s Legion in the $7.99 format they’ve been using for lower-priced reprints (and which I’ve been loving). I mention it because I bought the original issues off of eBay many years ago (in fact, when I won the auction, I literally raised my arms and yelled out, “YES!!!”), and I loved the story. It’s written by Mark Farmer, but more importantly, Alan Davis does the art. It’s a nice Elseworld’s story that I recommend you pick up if you like old-school Legion coupled with Davis art.
  • Also being reprinted is part one of Kurt Busiek’s and Stuart Immonen’s Superman: Secret Identity. I’ve long wanted to get the trade of this, but now I can get the $8 version. Also, DC Comics Presents: JLA–The Age of Wonder.
  • For the hardcore DC fan (?), you can pre-order the hardcover collection of all 52 new number one issues, all for only $150.
  • Ooo! The first T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents trade is coming out in November. I’d really like to read that.
  • The Steve Ditko Omnibus vol. 2 is notable for the Hawk & Dove stories. I wish I could get the old H&D issues in a Showcase format.
  • Vertigo is releasing The Annotated Sandman vol. 1 hardcover near the end of the year. I actually would love to get this, sucker that I am for annotated stuff.
  • Also, Vertigo is trying its hand at another anthology title, The Unexpected. I love anthology books, but the ones from Vertigo in the past just didn’t interest me for that long. It’s almost as if the storytellers were trying too hard. Maybe they’ll have better luck this time.
  • I ordered the Dove figurine last month, and now DC entices me with a Batgirl that is stinking cute! Of course, it’s Barbara Gordon as Batgirl, but the magazine that comes with it features a picture of Stephanie Brown as Batgirl. Why can’t I have both Batgirls?

Marvel

  • The Mighty Thor #7 tells the backstory between Odin and the Serpent (we couldn’t get this in Fear Itself?). Then I hear that a new person is taking over as the Thunder God in this title. Guess it’s time I dropped it.
  • Speaking of Fear Itself, Marvel will follow this event series up with The Fearless, a twice-monthly, 12-issue limited series. Do not want.
  • Look, you can get an Incredible Hulk first issue! It’s written by Jason Aaron with art by Marc Silvestri. If you like the Hulk, that is.
  • I don’t know why half of the Internet blew up regarding the identity of the new Ultimate Spider-Man (some people are just plain stupid), but I love the new black & red costume.
  • Howard Chaykin does the Avengers?! Oh, wait, he’s doing the five-issue limited series Avengers 1959. I love Chaykin’s work, and I’m a sucker for period pieces, so maybe….
  • So, I recently discovered what a joy New Avengers was to read, and I just discovered that starting with #18, the title will be taken over by the Dark New Avengers. Sigh.
  • Oh, thank god! Barry Kitson returns to FF. Please let it be long-term, oh, please, oh, please, oh, please!
  • There’s change in the air for the X-Men. First, Uncanny X-Men will cease publication (albeit for only a month, I believe) and Wolverine and the X-Men will debut. Who cares?
  • Finally! The S.H.I.E.L.D. trade (Architects of Forever)is coming out. I recommend you read this one.

Misc

  • Orchid (Dark Horse): A $1 ongoing comic? How can DH pull this off as an ongoing??? I’m not interested in the title, but for a buck, maybe you will be?
  • Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse) #141: The ad copy proclaims this issue as the 200th. This is an indy title that is often lauded but I’ve never read a single panel.
  • Ok, this is my pick of the month: IDW and DC is releasing a six-issue Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes limited series! Phil Jimenez is doing the covers, and it’s written by Chris Roberson with art by Jeffrey and Phillip Moy. I normally don’t go for these media tie-in combos (I skipped the Star Trek/X-Men thing some years ago), but it’s classic Trek! and “Great Darkness Saga” Legionnaires! I can’t wait to see how Spock and Brainiac 5 interact! Squee!
  • 30 Days of Night (IDW) is now a new ongoing. Yawn.
  • The second Kill Shakespeare trade (IDW) is being released. I should really read the first trade before I order the second….
  • Jonathan Hickman returns to his indy roots with Image Comics’ release of Feel Better Now. I should probably read The Nightly News and evaluate Hickman helming both writing and art before I pick this up.
  • Image is also releasing the CBLDF Liberty Annual 2011. I really want to buy this to help support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The list of creators is pretty impressive, too.
  • Pilot Season is upon us again. This time, Image is releasing The TestCity of Refuge, The Beauty, and Flashdigger. None look all that interesting.
  • You can get the first seven issues of RASL (Cartoon Books) in the pocket book edition. I will have to add this to my wishlist at InStockTrades.com.
  • Fans of Dark Shadows (Dynamite Ent.) can now get the comic come this Halloween. I never got into the show myself, but I understand that Johnny Depp is doing a movie version that I will likely see.
  • What do you know? The first issue of Justice Machine (Moonstone) I ordered a couple of months ago? Well, issue two is solicited this month. I actually wasn’t sure that was going to happen.
  • I like the premise of 215 Ink’s The Alternate.

Merchandise

  • I really should by the revised edition of Will Eisner’s Comics and Sequential Art and Graphic Storytelling (WW Norton).
  • Thunder! Magazine ($7.99 for 32 pages) premieres and is devoted to superheroes as shown in film, television, and animation.
  • There are some great looking books coming out soon:
    • The Buffyverse Catalog
    • Shatner Rules: Your Key to Understanding the Shatnerverse
    • The Great American Cereal Book
  • I like the Iron Fist logo t-shirt (yellow logo on green) from Mad Engine.
  • If you’re super excited about the new Justice League, you can get a Graphitti Designs shirt with Jim Lee’s line-up on it. Also, Metal Men shirts!
  • And look, Bone t-shirts. I may have to get one for my wife. Bone was the first comic she read from start to finish after nearly 25 years together.
  • I WANT WANT WANT the Serenity: The Big Damn Replica. Sigh. If I ever come into money, it will be mine.
  • More affordable is the Doctor Who sonic screwdriver kit, with over 80 possible combinations!
  • The talking TARDIS plush toy is must want as well.
  • Those Captains Kirk and Picard mini-busts look just like the actors!
  • The NASA Apollo 11 die-cast models really appeal to the boy in me who wanted to be an astronaut.
  • The Robin can cooler is just funny because it reads “Wingman”!
  • Ever wanted to be a super cook? How about a cooking wonder? Now you can, sort of, by getting the DC Heroes aprons.
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