December 2018 Previews

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Sean (last appearing in Episode 119) and I go over the December 2018 Previews catalog for items shipping starting in February. Sean was gracious enough to join me on his birthday. Please visit him on Twitter (https://twitter.com/ryzingstar50) and wish him well!

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Previews! (September 2015)

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

Dark Horse

  • If you missed the Midnight Society miniseries, you can get the trade collection. I was pretty surprised by a turn of events in the second issue, and I was already interested in the story I thought I was getting.
  • Westerns seem to be making a comeback or sorts (if only to try to mimic the success of Sixth Gun), and Kingsway West is one of those. The preview art in the catalog shows what look like mutated jackalopes and a small dragon. This ain’t your Daddy’s Old West, son.

DC Comics

  • Erm. Dark Knight III is here y’all. Yippee? I talked about this a bit in episode 87 of the podcast, but I’m not too excited about this, though I’m very certain it will be a huge money maker for DC.
  • What I am excited to read is Superman: American Alien. Writer Max Landis made an empassioned plea for his story on Twitter, and that tipped me in favor of preordering this limited series.
  • Despite Jim Lee’s involvement in issue 1, I won’t be getting Batman: Europa either.
  • Wow, Scooby-Doo Team-Up #13 features some ghostly DC characters: Deadman, Spectre, and Phantom Stranger. Ruh roh!
  • If you’re a fan of Neal Adams’ Batman art, then DC has an omnibus for ya with over 1000 pages!
  • I want to get that Demon: Hell’s Hitman trade featuring stories by Garth Ennis.
  • Lex Luthor gets the 75 years omnibus treatment. I still hate the DC won’t tell us what issues are in these 75-year celebratory tomes.
  • Ok, I highly, highly recommend the Superman: Secret Identity deluxe edition HC. It’s  a great Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen story. Get it, read it, love it.
  • Because DC knows that I’m a sucker for all things classic Titans, I’ll be gladly paying for the DC Comics Presents: Titans Hunt 100-Page Super Spectacular. At least I’ll have better quality versions of the early Teen Titans stories.
  • Of the new Vertigo books (which all sound interesting), I’ll be spending my money on Red Thorn because, you know, Scotland.
  • Capitalizing on the success of the iZombie tv show, DC is giving us the titular comic in omnibus form.

IDW

  • Do not pass Go, do not collect, er, wait, DO get this wonderful collection of Infinite Loop. It’s probably going to get my vote for best limited series of 2015.
  • If I wasn’t already at my budget limit for this month’s comics, I would be buying Alex Robinson’s Box Office Poison and his new trade Our Expanding Universe.

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  • Jason Aaron has become a comic book creator like Mark Waid, Grant Morrison, and Brian K. Vaughan where I will seriously look at, if not preordering, anything that he is involved with. Case in point, The Goddamned. It also does not hurt that the artist from Scalped, R.M. Guera, is back with Aaron on this series.
  • When Monstress was announced at the Image Expo, I really liked the cover image. The preview art also looks good, though darker (in composition, not tone) than I expected (despite the title).
  • Mark Millar’s Jupiter’s Circle gets a volume 2, delving into the past of the characters introduced or mentioned in Jupiter’s Legacy. I enjoyed both Legacy and Circle volume 1 a great deal, so getting this was an easy choice.
  • And Millar is trying really hard to clinch those movie deals by giving us another new series that sounds pretty interesting: Huck. It’s about a superpowered guy who tries to do good deeds anonymously. You can imagine that things don’t go his way. The Rafael Albuquerque art looks amazing.

Marvel

  • This will mostly be a list of those All-New, All-Different series that I’m adding to my pull list. Case in point: Avengers. It’s mostly for Mark Waid, but I like many of the characters on the team, including Thor, Vision, and Spider-Man.
  • I really like alternate universe stories, and Web Warriors gives me a bunch of Spider characters, including Spider-Girl and Spider-Ham! C’mon!
  • I like Tom King, but this take of the Vision as a family man with his synthezoid family (based on the cover image) has got me wondering (if I’ll like it or not). Is this a comedy or parody? I guess I’ll have to read and see (see what I did there?!).
  • The Ultimates and Illuminati seem to be flip sides of the same coing, but either way, I’m interested.
  • More of Jason Aaron writing Thor? Yes, please. Take all of my monies.
  • Interesting. Marvel is releasing a prose adaptation of Civil War, but it also has illustrations. Hmm, if they added more illustrations, they could rerelease a trade collection of the comic book. (I don’t get this–who wants to read a prose version of Civil War?)
  • I will be getting the second complete collection of Christopher Priest’s Black Panther series.

Other publishers

  • Will Eisner is celebrated by Paul Levitz in Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel book.
  • Terry Moore is releasing a trade collection of SIP Kids. If you haven’t read these stories and you’re a fan of Strangers in Paradise, you are missing out.
  • Action Lab is trying its hand at an event series with Actionverse. I’m mostly getting it for the Molly Danger inclusion.
  • I don’t know why, but the Mother Russia trade from Alterna Comics keeps catching my eye.
  • I love Grant Morrison, but I don’t know about his take on Santa Claus in the new Boom miniseries Klaus. Maybe I’ll ask for it for Christmas.
  • James Bond returns in the new series by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters (and right before the new film that I’m dying to see!).
  • Finally, don’t forget to order the newest Alter Ego and Comic Book Creator magazines. The former features an interview with Jim Shooter, and the latter spotlights Gil Kane.

What are you ordering this month?

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?

Previews! (June 2015)

Here are some recommendations from this month’s Previews catalog for product shipping mostly in August. I ran out of time this week to do my usual write up, but I did record a video that you can watch below.

What are you ordering this month?

Previews! (May 2015)

Here are some thoughts and recommendations about this month’s Previews catalog for product shipping mostly in July.

Dark Horse

  • Remember Barb Wire? I barely do too. Anyway, she’s back! The Adam Hughes covers will likely be worthwhile.
  • The Tomorrows miniseries by Curt Pires and Jason Copeland sounds like Transmet if Spider Jerusalem was a team of angsty youngsters (I’m totally reading into this).
  • The New Deal HC by Jonathan Case looks and sounds like a good read.
  • Finally! The Lady Killer tpb is offered! Now I can preorder this and not feel like I’m missing out on what all the cool kids are saying is a fun period romp.

DC

  • The final member of the New 52 version of the Justice League (and former New Teen Titan in another, better DCU ;) gets his own solo series. Cyborg is by David Walker, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado. Because it’s Cyborg and that it’s being drawn by Ivan Reis, I’ll give it a shot.
  • Interesting that DC is coming out with two one-shots starring versions of Batman and Superman from the upcoming Justice League: Gods and Monsters animated movie, but Wonder Woman’s absence is conspicuous (but at least DC Collectibles is releasing an action figure).
  • What looks to be the pre-Crisis Supergirl is in Justice League 3001 #2. Now I kind of want to read this series.
  • The Batgirl Annual guest stars Helena Bertinelli and a certain former Robin. While I’m not buying the series, I’ll be getting this.
  • Speaking of Dick Grayson, his self-titled series features his interaction with the man who killed him in Forever Evil, Lex Luthor (who looks more like a Silver Age Brainiac without the electrodes).
  • Never one to not milk a fan favorite creator, DC/Vertigo is releasing the two-issue The Children’s Crusade bookends by writer Neil Gaiman, along with a new “middle” chapter by Toby Litt and Peter Gross.

IDW

  • IDW continues its string of franchise crossovers with Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War six-issue miniseries. I have to admit, seeing two of my favorite space series crossover does appeal to me, but I’ll probably wait for the trade on this one.
  • I talked about this new miniseries in my Emerald City Comicon podcast episode, but now you can preorder Onyx, an all-new character/concept from the company.
  • Here’s a high-concept series for you: Godzilla in Hell. That about says it all, doesn’t it?
  • If you’re a fan of adaptations, you can indulge yourself with The Shrinking Man, an adaptation of Richard Matheson’s story.
  • John Byrne entices me with a Star Trek: New Visions story featuring Gary Seven!
  • If you were waiting for the trade to read October Faction, you can now order it. But be warned, the story is s l o w going.

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  • There are a few creators whose new work I will simply buy. Brian K. Vaughan is one of those creators. I will be buying his new series, We Stand on Guard (with art by Steve Skroce). What will our former friends the Canadians do when we invade their country?! I’m dying to find out.
  • I really want to support a comics magazine, but Island is asking a bit much with an $8 price tag. I need to think about this one.
  • There’s another Criminal trade (The Last of the Innocent) for you to preorder.
  • Also: Bitch Planet vol 1 tpb, Supreme: Blue Rose tpb.
  • The Dodson drawn series Red One gets a hard cover, but of the first two issues (and some bonus material)?! It’s only $15, but two issues? Wth, Image?

Marvel

  • The OHOTMU fan in me wants to get the Secret Wars: Official Guide to the Marvel Multiverse, but is this a one shot or the start of multiple issues? This is 64 pages, so I’m guessing the former.
  • Simone Bianchi replaces John Cassaday on Star Wars with issue 7, and Stuart Immonen is doing the art on issue #8.
  • I really want to get the Avengers: Ultron Forever tpb because Al Ewing wrote it and Alan Davis drew it. It also includes some reprints featuring Ultron so that Marvel can justify the $17 price tag.
  • Speaking of buying things because of an artist, I may get the Angela: Asgard’s Assassin tpb because of Phil Jimenez’s pencils.
  • I’ve heard some good things about the Operation S.I.N. series, featuring Peggy Carter, so I may get the trade.
  • Watch out! Marvel is finally reprinting the Christopher Priest Black Panther series that I’ve heard is so good (I have #1-12 of the singles). This is the vol. 1 of the Complete Collection containing issues 1-17.
  • Sweet Christmas! Power Man and Iron Fist get an Epic Collection (22 issues) that shows the beginning of their partnership.

Other publishers

  • Ok, Archie has officially jumped the shark (probably literally) with Archie vs. Sharknado.
  • Archaia/Boom’s new OGN Long Walk to Valhalla (by Adam Smith and Matthew Fox) evokes the fan favorite I Kill Giants OGN, but still sounds interesting enough on its own.
  • Are you a fan of Mouse Guard? Then you just might want the The Art of Mouse Guard 2005-2015 HC.
  • Dynamite is giving us a new The Spirit series by Matt Wagner and Dan Schkade to commemorate the Will Eisner character’s 75th anniversary.
  • Grant Morrison is back on a new series 18 Days with artist Jeevan Kang from Graphic India. I’m not sure what it’s about, but I have to try it out.
  • Graphic India also has a new Stan Lee creation, Chakra the Invincible. Have you heard of Graphic India before? Me neither.
  • Twomorrows is printing the next volume in its American Comic Book Chronicles series covering 1965-1969. I have the 1980s book and it is wonderful.
  • Oh, I will be preordering this new printing of Will Eisner’s A Contract With God tpb. WW Norton has a bunch more Will Eisner books and related materials.

What are you ordering this month?