Previews! (Feb. 2015) – Part 1

Here are some thoughts and recommendations about this month’s Previews catalog for product shipping mostly in April. Oh my stars and garters, there is a LOT to examine this month! Let’s cover DC and Marvel first. Part 2 will cover all the independent publishers.

DC

Let’s begin with things that are not Convergence related, and then circle back to that event.

  • Fans of Linda Carter and her Wonder Woman will rejoice with the release of the Wonder Woman ’77 Special.
  • If you were waiting for the trade paperback, you can finally read Forever Evil.
  • Vertigo continues its themed quarterlies with an issue drawing on SFX as its theme. I was not impressed with the CMYK themed quarterlies from last year, but you get to read a bunch of different stuff for $8 (or less, depending on where you purchase your comics).
  • My favorite limited series from 2014 gets collected in a trade. Do yourself a favor and order Bodies.
  • The final Ex Machina trade is solicited. There are only five volumes, so you really have no excuse to not get this great series.
  • Ditto for Unwritten–the latest trade collects issues 6-12 of the Apocalypse run.
  • Convergence continues with four issues for this month–and here I thought I was done with weekly comics for a while. :)
  • Fans (like me!) of Stephanie Brown as Batgirl will be happy to read Convergence: Batgirl. As a bonus, you also get Cass Cain.
  • The promised Speed Force series is fulfilled (not really) with this two-shot, but at least we get a Wally West as Flash story again.
  • I talked about my liking of the Clark Kent/Lois Lane marriage in Episode 79 of the podcast, and Convergence: Superman tells the tale of a pregnant Lois.
  • Bwah-ha-ha is back in Convergence: JLI. Or is it? The sobering world of Kingdom Come comes into conflict with our mirthful heroes.
  • Keep your hankies handy to wipe away the tears (I’m guessing) when you read Adventures of Superman starring Pre-Crisis Kara Zor-El. I’m betting she repeats her heroic sacrifice because she’s just that great of a hero.
  • I will read Batman and the Outsiders just to see Halo again.
  • More 80s goodness continues with the Detroit Justice League of America, where they’re up against some heroes from the Tangent Universe.
  • Marv Wolfman returns to the New Teen Titans, along with Nicola Scott on art.
  • Another of my favorites returns with Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes.
  • I can’t decide if I should get Swamp Thing, but it’s Len Wein writing it and Kelly Jones drawing it. Oh, hell, I just convinced myself.
  • Convergence: Booster Gold is a must read given the whole time travelesque quality of this event.
  • Original Earth-2 Robin and Huntress occupy Detective Comics and will be added to my collection.
  • Earth-2 gets more love with Infinity Inc.JSA, and World’s Finest Comics (featuring the Seven Soldiers of Victory).

Marvel

  • Charles Soule and Steve McNiven (whom Marvel refers to as the industry’s best-selling artist–why is he?) team up to give us Uncanny Inhumans.
  • I am sorely tempted to get Avengers: Ultron Forever only because Al Ewing is writing it and (more importantly) Alan Davis is drawing it.
  • Avengers and New Avengers comes to an end with issues 44 and 33, respectively. Jonathan Hickman has had a wonderful run on these books.
  • Marvel starts its own version of $1 issues to showcase key stories and titles with its True Believers line.
  • Fantastic Four ends with issue 645. I’m guessing that Marvel’s First Family will be back eventually.
  • Ant-Man #4 has a nice Miami Vice homage cover.
  • If you want to read Powers #1-37, you can with the new omnibus.
  • If you haven’t listened to any GraphicAudio comic book adaptations and were looking for a “gateway” offering, maybe you’d be interested in the Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars performance.
  • King Kirby gets some love with the King-Size Kirby Slipcase HC. It’s 816 pages of oversized Kirby greatness.
  • Jim Starlin continues his Thanos OGNs with The Infinity Relativity.
  • Thor gets some love with the second God of Thunder HC collecting #12-25. Also, you can get the first HC of the newest (female) version–I highly recommend both.

So, what DC and Marvel books are you ordering from Previews this month?

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