Previews (April 2020) ?

Here are some recommendations from this month’s Previews catalog for product shipping maybe (?) in June (July or August?). Thanks Covid-19. #washyourhands

Previews

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  • For fans of Chew, Chu is back! I read very little of the award winning and fan favorite series. Will you take another bite?
  • I have a fondness for Joe Casey’s one-shot works, so All-America Comix is a buy for me.
  • Bliss sounds anything but, however, the premise intrigues me, as does the “two-arc maxi-series” label. Is it two arcs because there is a planned delay after the first arc? How does this entice us more than “8-issue maxi-series”?
  • Hey Black Magick is back!
  • Kirkman and Samnee’s Fire Power series is here. Don’t forget to order both issues 1 and 2.

Dark Horse

Boom

  • I have much of Irredeemable but didn’t finish it, so I’m seriously contemplating getting the Irredeemable Omnibus. It collects Irredeemable #1-37, Irredeemable Special #1, and Incorruptible #25-26.

Aftershock

  • Boy, that Robert Hack cover for Red Atlantis alone makes me want to preorder that series. I still have a hard time buying $5 first issues though.

DC Comics

Marvel

  • To appeal to the millennial crowd (I suppose), Marvel proudly presents Non-Stop Spider-Man!!!
  • For fans of kung-fu and Shang-Chi comes the eponymous title.
  • I’ve always been intrigued by America Chavez, and now there’s a new mini series to trade wait for.
  • I will be getting the new Thor volume to see if I like the Cates / Klein interpretation.
  • Not to mention continuing with my trade collecting of the excellent Immortal Hulk (v7)!

What did you order or were planning to order this month?

New Comics Wednesday (3/18/20)

Happy New Comics Wednesday!

Go here for a complete list of comics releasing this week.

What are you getting this week?

My comics

  • X-RAY ROBOT #1 – I love me some Allred
  • STARSHIP DOWN #1
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #43
  • ROBIN 80TH ANNIVERSARY Special – Robin (Dick Grayson) is my favorite comic book character, so I’m happy to celebrate his 80th.
  • TREES TP VOL 03 – Can’t wait to read the conclusion of this story.
  • UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #5
  • VALKYRIE JANE FOSTER #9
  • ARTEMIS & ASSASSIN #1
  • DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN #5
  • MONEY SHOT TP – It sounded interesting but not enough for me to buy the singles. But I heard enough positive things about it that I ordered the trade.

Other comics

  • IMMORTAL HULK TP VOL 06 – Didn’t order it but should have.
  • MARVELS 25TH ANNIVERSARY HC – But is it worth $50?
  • SPIDER-WOMAN #1
  • ARCHANGEL 8 #1 – I almost ordered this one. Maybe I’ll get the trade.

What are some other comics I missed that I should buy?

 

 

New Comics Wednesday (3/11/20)

Happy New Comics Wednesday!

Go here for a complete list of comics releasing this week.

What are you getting this week?

My comics

  • JOIN THE FUTURE #1 – I forgot to mention this last week.
  • KNIGHTS TEMPORAL TP – I also forgot to mention this one last week.
  • GREEN LANTERN SEASON 2 #2
  • HAWKMAN #22 – I’m loving the Pasarin art!
  • SUPERMAN #21
  • DECORUM #1

Other comics

  • ALL MY FRIENDS ARE GHOSTS ORIGINAL GN – A younger readers book that sounds like a fun read.
  • JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE CREATING THE DC UNIVERSE TP BOOK 01 – I’ve read a few of these issues and was not wowed by them, but it’s an interesting piece of history.
  • STEALTH #1 – I almost preordered this, thinking if I hear some good buzz about it I’d get the trade. Let me know how you like it, yeah?
  • HISTORY OF MARVEL UNIV TREASURY ED TP – I so very much want to read this, but I’ll wait for the trade paperback.
  • DAIRY RESTAURANT GN – I totally missed this before, but now I’m intrigued. This is an example of the power of comic book/graphic storytelling knowing no bounds!
  • NICNEVIN AND BLOODY QUEEN GN – This book was on my short list, but I ultimately passed on it.
  • SWEET HEART #1 – Another book I seriously thought about ordering.

What are some other comics I missed that I should buy?

Best comic I read recently

JUSTICE LEAGUE #40 by Robert Venditti, Doug Mahnke, Richard Friend, David Baron, Tom Napolitano, Andrea Shea, and Alex R Carr, with cover by Bryan Hitch and Jeremiah Skipper

Justice League returns to my pull list because Robert Venditti is writing it. I dropped this title shortly after the Rebirth relaunch because I just don’t really care for Scott Snyder stories. But Venditti is awesome, and he’s got Doug Mahnke visualizing the story, so there’s a great team here. I understand that this story takes place prior to the story Snyder and company were telling that ended (for now) in issue 39, but it does occur after recent events in the Superman and Batman titles (i.e., Superman having revealed his identity to the world and the death of Alfred), so that’s not confusing. I don’t particularly care for yet another Eradicator story, but I do like the interaction between the characters, especially the conflict between Batman and Flash. Even better, Madame Xanadu makes an appearance, though it’s a different take of the character than the one shown in Hawkman last year, but I don’t mind the apparent incongruity — continuity isn’t that important to me anymore. I heard Venditti on a podcast explain that DC wants him to tell shorter stories, so I’m looking forward to where he takes these characters.

Previews! (March 2020)

Here are some recommendations from this month’s Previews catalog for product shipping mostly in May.

Previews

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  • As Pulp is by Brubaker and Phillips, this is a no-brainer purchase.
  • And speaking of Phillips, his son, Jacob, is working with Chris Condon to bring us That Texas Blood. I have to admit, I want to know what Sheriff Coates saw in that car.
  • I’ve never been into pirates (and that part of Watchmen bored me), but damn does A Man Among Ye look like fun!

Dark Horse

  • It’s hard to pass up P. Craig Russell adapting Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology book.
  • I blame Brubaker and Phillips (and the others) for my interest in Noir: A Collection of Crime Comics.
  • Blacksad is one of those series I’ve always heard about but haven’t read; now I can.
  • I am very intrigued by The Atomic Legion. “An epic adventure into the science fiction of the past”?! Sold!

IDW

  • Oh! I cannot wait to read Star Trek: Year Five: The Wine-Dark Deep!!! I loved the first volume of the series, and I bet the second is even better!
  • Seriously thinking of getting Bermuda. It looks like it could scratch my dinosaur comics itch.

Abstract Studios

  • Don’t miss the series finale to Five Years! You can still go to the webstore and buy all the other issues you didn’t preorder.

Aftershock

  • Aftershock continues to intrigue me to buy its books. Lonely Receivers is no exception.
  • Same goes for Sympathy for No Devils.
  • But what the hell is with those $5 price tags?! Other 32-page comic books from Aftershock are $3.99!

DC Comics

Marvel

  • Ok, let’s see what’s going on at Marvel. Empyre, Empyre, Empyre…. Oh, here we go! The Union gives us the costumed heroes from the United Kingdom. I may have to break my buy-only-Big-2-trades policy and get this.
  • Same with Busiek’s and Cinar’s The Marvels. It kind of reads to me like Astro City in the Marvel U.
  • Does anyone else hate Spider-Woman’s new costume?

What are you ordering this month?

New Comics Wednesday (3/4/20)

Happy New Comics Wednesday!

Go here for a complete list of comics releasing this week.

What are you getting this week?

My comics

  • KING OF NOWHERE #1 – I usually avoid stories whose descriptions include “has no memory of how he got there”, but the cover image of the guy holding a balloon fish and the other part of the description (“Lovable drunken lowlife Denis awakens on the outskirts of a mysterious village called Nowhere, home to a friendly populace of deformed, mutated, just-left-of-normal citizens…”) had me intrigued enough to buy it.
  • WYRD TP – Finally!
  • DREAMING #19
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #42
  • STRANGE ADVENTURES #1 – Looking forward to this.
  • MARKED #5
  • BLACK WIDOW WAID/SAMNEE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP – I got the first few issues of this, dropped it, and regretted that decision.
  • DRYAD #1 – This was the sort-of-like Saga book that I decided to try.

Other comics

  • FLASH #750 – Should I have bought this? I love milestone issues, but the Flash, especially Barry Allen, just doesn’t interest me.
  • ROBIN YEAR ONE TP NEW EDITION – The original release was a fun read.
  • EMBARRASSMENT OF WITCHES GN VOL 01 – I can’t decide based on the solicitation if this is something I want to read, but I am intrigued.
  • MARVEL #1 – I’ll get this when it’s collected.
  • POWER PACK CLASSIC OMNIBUS HC – I almost ordered this.
  • STRANGE ACADEMY #1 – Another book I’ll read in trade eventually.

What are some other comics I missed that I should add to my Buy list?

Best comic I read recently

STAR TREK: YEAR 5 V1

Episode One writing and art by Jackson Lansing, Collin Kelly, Stephen Thompson, and Charlie Kirchoff

Episode Two writing and art by Brandon Easton, Martin Coccolo, and Fran Gamboa

Episode Three writing and art by Jody Houser, Silvia Califano, and Thomas Deer

Letterer: Neil Uyetake and Cover Artist: J.J. Lendl

Star Trek Year 5 v1

What a fantastic adaptation and continuation of the live-action sci-fi series that I have loved since I was five! The artists actor likenesses are great but not appearing photoshopped, and the various styles mesh well between the episodes, giving us a visual continuity. Also, they all draw the Enterprise very well, something not all artists who have worked on Star Trek comic books can do and is something I demand, dammit!

I like how these collected six issues involve elements from the original series (Tholians, a return to the “A Piece of the Action” planet, and an unknown alien presence), as well as introducing or expanding on new elements. Uhura is shown as more integral to the bridge crew and a leader. The banter between Sulu and Chekov about Spock was a fun twist on the humorous aspects of the franchise. And we get to see more of the crew — in fact, this Enterprise is full of personnel, as it should be.

I may do a spotlight podcast episode on this trade in the future, but if you are a Star Trek fan, you should read this comic book!