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!

Previews! (February 2020)

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

Previews

Image

  • Adventureman from Fraction and the Dodsons looks like fun. Though, while I understand why it’s titled what it is, it seems more that it should be called “Adventurewoman”.
  • Kirkman, Samnee, and Wilson’s Fire Power seems to be highly derivative of Iron Fist, but it’s Samnee and Wilson! Interesting too that they’re releasing a trade as a prequel to the series. I wonder how that will impact the sales of the ongoing, if at all.
  • I try not to hold it against Shalvey for working on Bog Bodies (with art by Fullerton and Nalty) instead of Injection, but I’m intrigued by the story.

Dark Horse

  • The preview art and tagline (“Twin Peaks meets Lady Bird“) for Dead Dog’s Bite by Boss and Bertram have got me intrigued.
  • Who is this post-DC Paul Levitz and why didn’t we get these interesting stories from him before? Check out Unfinished Business by him and Fraser and Caldwell.

IDW

  • Tom Tomorrow’s Life in the Stupidverse is sure to entertain. Sometimes humor is the only way to deal with stupidity.

Dynamite

  • Ennis and Braun bring us a new The Boys series (and sequel).

Boom

  • Oh boy! Faithless II is coming by Azzarello and Llovet. I was intrigued by some of the things in the first series, but irritated by others, so I’m on the fence about getting this.

Abstract Studios

  • Not only should you preorder issue 9, but go to the webstore and order all the other issues you didn’t preorder. Tell Terry I sent ya!

Aftershock

  • Dead Day has an interesting premise: What if the dead could come back for one night every year? What would they — and we — do? Parrott, Bornyakov, Velez, and Pritchett attempt to answer that.

DC Comics

  • You can’t pay me to get the Joker 80th anniversary special, but I’ll likely be getting the Catwoman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular.
  • What an interesting premise! Primer by Muro, Krajewski, and Lusky is going on the short list.
  • Damn. The Dreaming is coming to an end with issue 20.
  • I really want to read Six Days by Venditti, Maurer, and Mutti.
  • Finally, check out pages 89-92 for a bunch of Wonder Woman collections.

Marvel

  • Oh man! Al Ewing and Dan Slott are cowriting Empyre (art by Valerio Schiti). I will have to get the trade.
  • I don’t go for those facsimile editions, but I might have to get the Marvel Fanfare #10 issue largely for the George Perez Black Widow cover.
  • Alan Davis is drawing the Hickman written Giant-Size X-Men: Nightcrawler one shot!
  • After you read the Young Avengers Complete Collection by Gillen and McKelvie, try out their Image Comics series The Wicked + the Divine.

What are you ordering this month?

Previews! (January 2020)

Here are some recommendations (I preordered all of them) from this month’s Previews catalog for product shipping mostly in March.

Previews

Image

  • Decorum from Jonathan Hickman and Mike Huddleston not only looks great, it sounds intriguing as well.
  • I’ve heard various people talking positively about Coffin Bound by Dan Watters and Dani, so I decided to get the trade.
  • I liked the plot of Trees by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard, but it was the humanity of the story that surprised and delighted me. I’m looking forward to the conclusion.

Dark Horse

  • I love Mike Allred’s style, and his and Laura Allred’s new mini series, X-Ray Robot, looks like it may be a lot of fun.
  • Justin Giampaoli and Andrea Mutti piqued my curiosity with their Starship Down mini. Did life on Earth come from beyond the stars?

Boom

  • How can I resist a comic book with a man holding a fish balloon? Well, I can’t, so I’m getting King of Nowhere by W. Maxwell Prince and Tyler Jenkins.

Aftershock

  • It was the interior art preview pages that grabbed my attention for Artemis and the Assassin by Stephanie Phillips, Meghan Hetrick, Francesca Fantini, Lauren Affe, and Troy Peteri. But then you throw in time traveling assassins and you got me hooked.
  • Apparently I’m on a kick about stories set in a future, because I also preordered Join the Future by Zack Kaplan, Piotr Kowalski, Brad Simpson, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.
  • Ok, I’m starting to think I have a thing for time travel (or Aftershock does), because Knights Temporal also features a time traveler. This is by Cullen Bunn, Fran Galan, and Dave Sharpe.

Oni

  • I tend to shy away from fantasy stories, but Kurtis Weibe and Justin Osterling’s Dryad hooked me. It sounds like a Saga rip-off, but just different enough for me to give it a try.

Vault

  • Moneyshot had my attention when it was first solicited, but I decided to wait for the trade. This unusual concept is from Tim Seeley, Sarah Beattie, Rebekah Isaacs, Kurt Michael Russell, and Crank!

DC Comics

  • Given how much a fan I am of Robin, I cannot pass up this 80th anniversary celebration of the first sidekick and savior of the Batman comics.
  • I opted for the Doc Shaner cover of Strange Adventures by Tom King, Mitch Gerads, and Doc. What about you?
  • Who doesn’t love to smash the Klan? Superman is no exception in Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru.
  • I’ve been on a Bronze Age kick lately and this DC First Issue Special hardcover I hope will help scratch that itch.
  • I’ve heard from several people that the Wonder Comics book Young Justice by Brian Michael Bendis, Emanuela Lupacchino, Viktor Bogdanovic, John Timms, Evan Shaner, and Kris Anka is pretty good, so I thought I better check it out.

Marvel

  • Despite my annoyance that I cannot read this trade until Marvel releases the House of X/Power of X trades, I still ordered X-Men by Jonathan Hickman, R. B. Silva, and Matteo Buffagni.
  • Similarly, I ordered the Daredevil volume 3 trade by Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto despite forgetting to order volume 2 (but I will).

What are you ordering this month?

Breaking Late Comic Book News – NYCC 2019

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Travis (https://www.youtube.com/user/oddfellowsthoughts and https://twitter.com/the_gaunt_man) joins me to discuss comic book news from New York Comic Con!

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October 2019 Previews

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We peruse the October 2019 Previews catalog for items shipping starting in December.

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Timestamps:

  • (7:20) Image
  • (28:59) Dark Horse
  • (41:31) IDW
  • (59:19) Dynamite
  • (1:07:20) Boom
  • (1:14:29) Rest of the catalog
  • (2:02:50) Marvel
  • (2:20:18) DC Comics

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