Podcast Episode 99: July 2016 Solicitations w/ George Hanna

 

I talk with George Hanna of the George and Tony Entertainment Show about the July 2016 advanced solicitations. Along the way, we discuss Free Comic Book Day 2016, DC Rebirth, the upcoming LBR Episode 100, and so much more.

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Previews! (October 2015)

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

Dark Horse

  • I am sorely tempted, but even Greg Rucka isn’t enough of a draw to get me to buy the Dragon Age: Magekiller miniseries.
  • Brian Wood’s The Massive returns with a prequel miniseries titled Ninth Wave.
  • Brian Wood’s other DH series, Rebels, has a done-in-one story featuring the character Stone Hoof if you were waiting to jump on the series (I guess?).
  • Hmm, Matt Kindt’s Past Aways couldn’t make it past issue 9. I wonder why?
  • I spoke of the new miniseries on the podcast, Mystery Girl, and I still like the sound of it, though, with a protagonist who knows everything, where’s the narrative tension?
  • Angel & Faith begins the final arc of the season with issue #21.
  • The Spirit gets a new collection featuring stories from Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, and more (you know, hacks…).

DC Comics

  • Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles team up. ‘Nuff said, right?
  • I won’t be getting the aforementioned team-up book, but I’ll be trying the Harley’s Little Black Book bimonthly series. It has art by Amada Conners, so that’s a good thing.
  • The mini-event Robin War begins in December with the first of two bookends, and continues on through all of the Bat books and Teen Titans. I’m all in!
  • Swamp Thing shows up in Constantine #7.
  • Remember, Omega Men #7 is NOT the final issue, despite what Previews said.
  • Damn, if I’d known that Validus was going to show up in Telos, I might have bought the series from issue 1.
  • So, Vandal Savage has a connection to Krypton, and he’ll now be a Superman villain (Superman Annual #3)?
  • From the I never saw that coming (/sarcasm) department, Gotham By Midnight bows out with #12.
  • However, I’ll be sad to see Sensation Comics ending with #17 (though, the last few issues have been a little too preachy for my taste).
  • Just in time for the debut of the new Supergirl series on CBS, DC is giving us the Girl of Steel trade–3 months later!
  • Do yourself a favor and buy the two Grayson trades that are solicited. You are welcome.
  • The Sheriff of Babylon Vertigo miniseries by Tom King and Mitch Gerads sounds really good.
  • Lucifer is back! I really dug the old series, so I’m curious what Holly Black and Lee Garbett (!) can do with this favorite Vertigo character.

IDW

  • There’s a new Judge Dredd series for those into that character.
  • Also, a new Rocketeer miniseries, with some nice looking Dave Bullock art.
  • On the Star Trek front, there’s a new miniseries exploring Starfleet Academy with the familiar characters and some new ones.
  • Also, there’s the Star Trek: The John Byrne Collection trading a bunch of his miniseries.
  • I’m tempted to get The X-Files X-Mas Special if for nothing else than to maybe find out how the Lone Gunmen survived their fate from Season 9.
  • Hey, give The Eighth Seal a try. I read the comic via Thrillbent and enjoyed it.
  • Dusty Higgins and Van Jensen created what seems so obvious in hindsight: Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer.
  • Long touted as good comics, Essex County gets a limited edition slipcase offering.
  • I’m very tempted to buy A Hero’s Death OGN by Ricardo Sanchez and Mark Texeira.

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  • The at-first-digital-only series The Private Eye finally comes to paper.
  • Missing your supernatural Western fix from The Sixth Gun? Well, pardner, look no further than Black Jack Kethum.
  • Odd, there’s usually more I spotlight from Image…

Marvel

  • Bunch of new number ones that I’m not interested in.
  • Except Daredevil, of course. He’s sporting a new black and red costume, and Matt’s back in New York apparently as a D.A.?
  • I am thinking of trying out the new all-ages Spidey book.
  • Also, Squadron Supreme. Take a bunch of alternate versions of the Squadron characters and put them together to see what happens. The premise of the team reads like The Authority, though.
  • If you haven’t read it, go get the Thor vol. 1 trade. It’s good fun.

Other publishers

  • Aftershock Comics is a new player on the block, with Mike Marts as editor-in-chief. It’s launching four new titles: Replica, InSeXts (with a cool cover by Ariela Kristantina and Bryan Valenza), Super Zero, and Dreaming Eagles. I think I might try the second one.
  • If you missed out on the Archie relaunch but don’t want to wait for the trade, then try the Collector’s Edition collecting the first three issues. The best part of the new series? The original Archie reprints in the back.
  • Boom Studios’ Venus is a big want for me. Colonization of another planet in an interplanetary arms race? Sounds like fun.
  • Want to help out a comic creator? Buy The Whisper Campaign to benefit Norm Breyfogle’s recovery.
  • Every time I flip through Dynamite’s section, I stop to ponder The Precinct, a steampunk cop story.
  • I just read Joelle Jones’ Lady Killer and had a lot of fun. Because of her, I’m thinking of getting 12 Reasons Why I Love Her from Oni.
  • Valiant has a new Doctor Mirage series–I keep eyeing this book because of the awesome cover by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic.
  • Oh, bummer. Ivar, Time Walker is ending with #12.

What are you ordering this month?

Previews! (August 2015)

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

Dark Horse

  • I almost ordered the Dead Vengeance mini-series, which is about a dead PI who somehow comes back to life to take down the mob gang that killed him.
  • The Steam Man, a mini-series about a steam-powered robot battling monsters in the Old West looked interesting.
  • I did order the first trade of Harrow County.
  • Nexus: Into the Past and Other Stories collects work from Dark Horse Presents.

DC Comics

  • There’s a new weekly Batman book, Batman and Robin Eternal, but it appears to be focusing on Dick Grayson about a case he and Bats worked on five years earlier. I’m really looking forward to this, even if I don’t understand the significance of the word Eternal for these series (other than we will eternally buy Batman books?).
  • One of the Convergence minis that I looked forward to reading the most was the featuring Superman and Lois Lane still married and expecting their child. For some reason, DC decided that they should continue this story in Superman: Lois and Clark. It’s an ongoing, so it’ll be interesting to see where this book will go and how it will tie in to the main DCU.
  • Telos continues that character’s story from Convergence, but I passed on it despite Jeff King’s and Dan DiDio’s assertions that the events out of Convergence mattered and had some weight. We’ll see. I see this similar to the Trinity of Sin: Pandora book, which is to say it ties to an event and should be important in some way but will likely mean next to nothing to the overall universe.
  • Yet another Convergence tie-in, but something that I am excited about: Titans Hunt. This is a 12-issue limited series, so that itself is interesting, but more so is that there seems to be some sort of secret history involving the teen heroes of the DCU, including Robin, Donna Troy, and Arsenal, among others. When the New 52 debuted, Red Robin, in Teen Titans, made a comment about a previous Titans team, but then the official line from DC was that there was no previous Teen Titans group, and that line was scrubbed in the trade release. Are we now back to a first Titans team involving the classic heroes?
  • There’s a bunch of one-shot tie-ins to the Darkseid War events in Justice League under the Gods and Men banner. I’m a sucker, I guess, because I ordered them all. I don’t have high hopes for them, but it doesn’t hurt that two of them are written by Peter Tomasi and Tom King.
  • Speaking of Peter Tomasi, I am reuniting with Detective Comics because he’s now writing that title and will feature the new Batman teaming with the Justice League.
  • There are some new Vertigo series that I’ll be trying out: The Twilight Children, Clean Room, Survivor’s Club, and Art Ops, but the last two only because of a DCBS 75% off bundle. It’s really the first two that I wanted to read, though Survivor’s Club has an interesting premise, and one that I thought of doing a story about many years ago.

IDW

  • Back to the Future fans get a mini-series involving the characters from the movie series. Having three writers involved on the surface makes me cringe in advance a little bit, though.
  • I find it interesting that Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is being adapted in comic book form. Someone let me know how it is, please?
  • Star Trek reaches 50 issues! I started getting this because when the title started, it was telling original series episodes but with the new cast/alternate universe. It’s become more than that, and I have been enjoying it consistently all these years. The new story goes to territory that was well-trodden in the Deep Space 9 series: the Mirror Universe! It should be fun.
  • Mark Waid’s and Barry Kitson’s Empire sequel, Uprising, gets its first trade collection. I passed on it for now because I want a trade that collects more than 4 issues at $17.99.
  • Finally! Walt Simonson’s Ragnarok series gets its first trade. I hope it’s good.

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  • Mr. I will buy anything he writes Brian K. Vaughan teams up with Cliff Chiang with Paper Girls. I don’t even care what it is about.
  • You are ordering the CBLDF Liberty Annual, right? If not, shame on you. Don’t forget the companion Comics Are for Everybody t-shirt.
  • Secret Identities was a series that I wished I had ordered in singles, but now there’s the first trade, and I can find out if my instinct that this was a good read is correct or not.
  • I almost jumped on to the monthly Invincible with this Reboot storyline. Almost.
  • I did order Greg Rucka’s and Nicola Scott’s Black Magick because it’s that creative team. The preview pages look amazing.
  • I ordered the first Injection trade, but not the Jupiter’s Circle one because I got that series monthly.

Marvel

  • Secret Wars is ending, and the All-New, All-Different Marvel is debuting. I opted to try Avengers #0 and Jason Aaron’s and Chris Bacchalo’s Doctor Strange.
  • Other new series launching with #1 (though I didn’t order any of them) include Amazing Spider-Man, Blade, Astonishing Ant-Man, Howling Commandos of SHIELD (hmm, maybe I should have on this one–it looks somewhat interesting), and Karnak by Warren Ellis (???).
  • There’s a new series called Contest of Champions, but you can also order the original series from 1982 in trade format.
  • And there’s a bunch of Secret Wars trades for those who were waiting.

Other publishers

  • The wonderful Terry Moore gives us more SiP Kids goodness with #4, the Halloween themed issue.
  • Don’t forget to order Action Labs’ Venture #3. Issue 1 and 2 were fun.
  • Has it really been 30 years since Calvin and Hobbes started? Wow. Well, a bunch of the seminal comic strip collections are available to help celebrate that milestone.
  • Dark Circle adds to its collection of old Archie superhero properties with The Hangman, which was one of my favorites.
  • Rowans Ruin from Boom is a series that I’ll be waiting for a trade.
  • As I was reviewing Previews for this post, I realized that I forgot to order the Giant Days trade, so I stopped typing and revised my order!
  • New to me publisher 451 Media Group has an interesting series, Sunflower, that I will also be trade waiting for.
  • Word of advice: don’t order the Scarlet Couture trade. It was rubbish.
  • Oh man, I forgot to order Will Eisner’s Comics and Sequential Art!
  • Did you know that you can get The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook?! It comes with cookie cutters, logo stencils, and character cutouts! I’m going to keep an eye out for this at CostCo.
  • I will be ordering (from Amazon though) the Star Trek: Ships of the Line Posters Book. I love the Star Trek universe ships!
  • Finally, it was a big order this month, in part because of the second t-shirt that I ordered (remember the CBLDF t-shirt I mentioned above?): the new Superman “Truth” version, which is similar to the Fleischer cartoon S symbol.

What are you ordering this month?

Podcast Episode 86: First Impressions – Indy Comics

I talk about several newer comics from independent publishers, including

  • Onyx (IDW)
  • Archie (Archie Comics)
  • 18 Days (Graphic India)
  • Strange Fruit (Boom)
  • We Stand on Guard (Image)
  • The Infinite Loop (IDW)

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Previews! (July 2015)

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

Dark Horse

  • I first saw Paybacks previewed at ECCC 2015, and it looked fun enough to try, so now I can. I do wonder if the parody has legs for an ongoing.
  • Also seen at ECCC 2015 was Aaron Lopresti’s Power³ (or Power Cubed). I like Lopresti’s art well enough, but he’s doing everything on this mini-series. The only issue I have based solely on the description is how much tension can there be when the main character has a device that conjure anything he wants? Maybe he’s limited by his own imagination, like I would be?

DC Comics

  • Every time I read “Donna Troy” in a Wonder Woman solicitation, I want to resubscribe, but word on my street is this new direction ain’t so wonderful (but I’m guessing I may get the trade).
  • Artist Jock is back with Scott Snyder in Batman #44 to tell the origin of new villain, Mr. Bloom.
  • Batman Annual #4 reveals that Bruce Wayne is alive. Given how Endgame ended, I’m very curious what that experience has done to Bruce and his future as Batman.
  • This month features Green Lantern variant covers, and Detective Comics #44 showcases Batman of course and Golden Age Alan Scott Green Lantern. I really want to get this issue just for that variant.
  • Grayson #12 has Dick returning to Gotham, and the second annual teams Dick up with Superman.
  • That Lee Berjemo We Are…Robin #4 cover is pretty cool.
  • Convergence arrives again, but this time in collected form: the main series gets a HC edition, while the two-issue mini-series are collected in various trades divided by “event” (Crisis, Zero Hour, etc.).
  • Teen Titans: Earth One arrives in trade as well (you can skip it…).
  • Catwoman gets a 75-year HC collection, and Batman gets a Golden Age Omnibus edition.
  • If you loved Scott Snyder’s and Jim Lee’s Superman Unchained and wanted a trade, here you go.
  • Over in Vertigo, Sandman: Overture finally completes AND you can order the deluxe edition as well.

IDW

  • Star Wars gets the Artifact treatment spotlighting the first ten issues of Marvel’s seminal run.
  • Atomic Robo is now calling IDW home, and to celebrate, you can order a new mini-series (Atomic Robo and The Ring of Fire) and The Everything Explodes Collection trade ($40). I am very tempted to get that trade.
  • The Infinite Loop ends with #6, so if you were trade waiting, wait a bit longer and then go buy it!
  • I was intrigued by the Amelia Cole and the Impossible Fate trade, then realized it was not the first one. I may start reading this series from Monkeybrain Comics.

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  • Plutona sounds good: kids find the dead body of the world’s greatest superhero, and Emi Lenox is doing the art.
  • I’m also interested in Faster Than Light because of one line from the copy: “With all the idealism of the original Star Trek and the grit and immediacy of Gravity, the story of humanity’s first thrilling and terrifying adventures to the stars takes flight!”. I don’t give a hoot about the Augmented Reality connection–put the cool stuff in the comic, not an app.
  • I’m totally getting the new version of the Science Is the New Rock ‘n’ Roll t-shirt.

Marvel

  • The almost forgotten Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale collaboration Captain America: White is finally back with the first two issue (of 5). Issue one is extra-sized with a reprint of #0.
  • The Mark Waid/Chris Samnee run on Daredevil comes to a close with #18. sigh
  • The Neil Gaiman run on Miracleman begins to be reprinted.
  • To capitalize on the immense popularity of Agents of SHIELD (I guess?), a bunch of the characters get one shots. It’s striking how much Agent May on the cover of her one-shot does not look like the actress at all. Maybe that’s intentional?
  • Hey, fans of Damage Control, not you can get that complete collection trade! I’ve never read the series, but always wanted to.

Other publishers

  • Boom is issuing a new Wild’s End mini-series (The Enemy Within) by Dan Abnett and INJ Culbard. Plus, you can get the trade of the first mini.
  • The Third Witch tugs at my literary heart: it’s about the witches from Shakespeare’s MacBeth.
  • Finally from Boom, the 128-page Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz. That realistic drawing of Charlie Brown on the cover kind of freaks me out.
  • Chartwell Books is collecting the War Years for Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman, each in their own book.
  • Dynamite is throwing Vampirella against Aliens for six issues. I’m so surprised to see an Alien anything these days.
  • Sadness. Uncanny, Season Two is ending with issue 6. Hopefully I’ll–I mean we’ll–get a season 3!
  • Are you a fan of E-Man? Me neither, but in case someone is, now that someone can order the 10-issue Charleton Comics run in one $28 trade.
  • Want a lesson on how not to write solicitation copy? Read the blurb for Moon Streak #1 (hint: don’t include a hashtag as part of your sentence. Or at all.).
  • Colleen Doran is drawing Stan Lee’s Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible, and Marvelous memoir. I don’t know, this might too much Stan the Man for me.
  • I think I’m going to have to get the Dick Grayson, Boy Wonder book celebrating 75 years of the Dickster.

What are you ordering this month?