Previews (September 2011)!

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

Dark Horse

  • That preview image for House of Night (five-issue limited series) sure looks cool, and the premise is slightly interesting. And it’s only a buck for the first issue!
  • Also sounding interesting is The Occultist, where, according to the ad copy, “Dr. Strange meets Creepy”.
  • The Serenity: Those Left Behind is being reissued with extras from the limited deluxe edition. Because I love Firefly/Serenity so much, I want this and am pissed that DH is trying to get me to spend $18 for mostly reprint material.


I find I’ve been more or less skipping the DC solicitations because I don’t want to be spoiled about what’s coming. Plus, I know I’m with the titles I’ve ordered for at least three months anyway. I do kind of regret not getting all 52 now, a little.

  • Non-52 related is volume 2 of the Neal Adams’ Batman: Odyssey. Pass. He got me to buy 6 issues of this dreck, so I will draw the line here!
  • I will, however, get this: T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1 of 6. Oddfellow, among others, sung the praises of the previous volume, so I want to see what’s the big deal.
  • Bruce Jones and Sam Keith have done a Batman hardcover (Through the Looking Glass). I think DC puts out waaaayyyyy too many Batman books, but with those two creators, I am tempted, but I’ll at least wait for the trade.
  • DC Comics Presents strikes again:
    • Superman: Secret Identity #2 will finish out the reprinting of the oft-praised limited series.
    • The Life Story of the Flash is something I’ve always wanted to read.
    • Finally, what appears to be a comedic look at the DCU is presented in the Elseworlds 80-Page Giant (which is actually 96 pages?).
  • The Spirit World collection featuring work by Jack Kirby after he left Marvel. I’m not much a Kirby fan, actually, but since these collected stories deal with the occult and supernatural, I am mildly interested.
  • If you missed the Weird Worlds limited series (as I did), you can now get the trade.
  • The new Green Lantern series based on the new animated series will be out at the end of November. I’ll watch the cartoon, but not read this.
  • The all Robin cover to The All-New Batman: Brave and the Bold #13 calls to me. I bought the all Robin issue of Tiny Titans, so I must get this.
  • Fables v16: Super Team. Wait, what?
  • Hmm, Vertigo is releasing two Unwitten comics a month, with .5 issues? Of course I’m getting it, but can we please stop with the point issues?


  • IDW is publishing a Star Trek 100 page reprint collection. At $7.99, I might be enticed to get this.
  • Anyone who loves Chuck Jones (and I am a huge Warner Bros. cartoon fan, so I appreciate Mr. Jones’ contribution to those characters) might want to check out Check Jones: The Dream That Never Was collection, featuring unknown until now artwork.
  • The Eric Powell cover art to his adaptation of Huckleberry Finn (IDW) sure looks nice.
  • How can a trade with fewer pages than the Huck Finn hardcover I just mentioned be $10 more?! That’s what IDW did with Felix the Cat, The Great Comic Book Tails.


  • Okay, the subject matter doesn’t much interest me, but man my interest is piqued because Frank Cho is creating Guns and Dinos.
  • There are some concepts that just grab onto you, no matter how silly, and Mudman is that for me. I may have to get this.
  • For 599 cents you can own the Giant-Size Elephantmen, which collects three comics in this series. And the cover looks just like the old Marvel giant-size comics.
  • Pilot Season continues, but this time one title interests me: Seraph.
  • Hmm, I was going to get the 50 Girls 50 trade because I thought that Frank Cho did the art, but he only does the covers. I need to think about this one.
  • If you never read the Luna Bros. Girls, here’s another chance. (I suggest you do–it’s pretty good.)


  • Point One. Hmm, the “biggest change to the Marvel universe in over 35 years”? Wow, DC’s relaunch really knocked Marvel for a loop, huh?
  • Since the Vision is one of my all-time fave Marvel characters, I may end up getting his Avengers Origins issue.
  • Avenging Spider-Man is Marvel Team-Up for the new millennium, but I don’t get the “Avenging” part. Is it a tie-in to the Avengers? What is Spidey avenging? Or is Marvel just running out of adjectives for the ol’ web-head? Regardless, I may try this one.
  • Fantastic Four #600! Huh? So what does this title’s return do to FF?
  • I’m a sucker for history books, so the History of the Marvel Universe is particularly enticing.
  • Eww, gross! Storm and Cyclops locking lips?! I did not need to see that, thank you very much Astonishing X-Men #44. I thought Storm had better taste than that.
  • OMG! Powers #7 is being released!
  • ZOMG! Scarlet #6 is being released. Do I care anymore? I guess I’ll find out.

2 thoughts on “Previews (September 2011)!

  1. John Aspler December 15, 2011 / 1:19 pm

    Serenity/Firefly: I’m trying to figure out what the difference between the 1st edition HC and 2nd edition HC might be. I have the paperback and was thinking of ordering the comic in hardcover. Lo and behold, I have two editions (both available) from which to choose. Are these extras from this mysterious “limited deluxe edition” in the 1st HC? IS the 1st HC the limited deluxe edition? Any assistance would be amazing as the internet is currently clogged up with online sites selling the new 2nd edition HC.



    • Eric P. I. December 15, 2011 / 11:31 pm

      Hi John. Thanks for the response! I found a description of what’s in the 1st edition here: It appears to me that the 2nd edition is merely a reprint of that 1st edition, which I assume just had a low print run, but that’s just a guess. The lack of specific information about this 2nd edition doesn’t convince me to buy it.


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