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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.