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.

Image

  • 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?

Previews! (April 2015) – Part 2

Here are some thoughts and recommendations about this month’s Previews catalog for product shipping mostly in April. Part 1 covered DC and Marvel. This part will cover highlights from the rest of the companies.

Dark Horse

  • Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston, and Dave Stewart looks like fun. What happens to superheroes who are removed from their continuity?
  • Drew Edward Johnson’s Midnight Society: The Black Lake looks intriguing. Or maybe I’m just on a secret agent kick right now.

IDW

  • Fans of the Ghostbusters franchise may be pleased that the two versions of the guys team up. Am I the only person who doesn’t understand why there are two versions of the Ghostbusters? What’s the deal/diff?
  • The X-Files ends its Season 10 with #25, but fear not I Want to Believers! It will be back for a Season 11.
  • Star Trek goes back to its roots in exploring old tv plots with the new Star Trek paradigm. This time, in #46, it’s the Tholians and their webs.
  • Go buy the Star Trek: New Visions trade, volume 2 by John Byrne.
  • I am tempted to get the Miracleman Artifact Edition.
  • And then there’s the Mike Zeck’s Classic Marvel Stories Artist’s Edition. I was never a big fan, but I knew many who were.
  • IDW is dipping its toes so to speak in the romance comic genre with the Long Distance mini.
  • I almost didn’t notice this, but I kind of want the Bacchus Omnibus by Eddie Campbell.

Image

  • I’m sure it will be an interesting experiment, but count me out of Airboy by James Robinson and Greg Hinkle.
  • Announced at a previous Image Expo, 8House arrives with the first book in a shared universe, Arclight.
  • The Covenant might be good, but I just don’t have faith in it.
  • Chew hits 50! Plus, you can order the first eight trades.
  • A new story arc begins in Sex Criminals #11.
  • There are several trades that you might want to get: volume 5 of Criminal: The Sinners, Danger Club, volume 2 (just buy it!), Invincible, volume 21 (I have a feeling my relationship with this title may be winding down), and The Wicked + Divine, volume 2.
  • *Sad crying face* My beloved Alex + Ada is ending with #15.
  • But I get new issues of Lazarus, Nameless, and Saga to help me cope.

Other

  • Rachel Rising continues with #34. You’re buying this, one of the best books on the stands, right?
  • History is being made with Archie #1 by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, along with 21 variant covers by many wonderful artists (if variant covers is your thing).
  • I am very interested in The Fiction (especially now that Unwritten is gone) by Curt Pires and David Rubin (from Boom Studios).
  • But I will be getting Strange Fruit also from Boom. This is by J. G. Jones and Mark Waid. What if “Superman” arrived in 1920s Mississippi? The preview art looks amazing. Note that this arrives in July.
  • The teenager in me really wants the George Perez Sirens (Boom) art portfolio.
  • Comicmix is giving us the Jon Sable: Freelance Omnibus, volume 1 for fans of the Mike Grell adventurer.
  • This is a bit odd: Home: Lighter than Air, from Double Take, partially takes place in the Night of the Living Dead universe, but the film folks have nothing to do with this comic. That raises a red flag, doesn’t it?
  • Hmm, J. M. DeMatteis’ and Paul Johnson’s former Vertigo book, Mercy, is getting a new printing from Dover Publications. Did any of you read that back in the day?
  • I have yet to see any of the movies featuring those funny, loveable (I guess) yellow Minions, but Titan Comics is putting out  a two-issue mini-series/tpb digest/hard cover–take your pick!
  • From Quirk Books comes The League of Regrettable Superheroes by Jon Morris. This book examines some of the scores of failed superhero characters from the Golden and Silver Ages and beyond.
  • Back Issue magazine #82 (Twomorrows Publishing) takes a loving look at pivotal Bronze Age events, like Crisis, Secret Wars, and more. It’s a must-read for me.

So, what indie books are you ordering from Previews this month?

Here’s an abridged version of this list via my YouTube channel:

New Comics Ordered: July 2013

I discuss the following new(er) titles that I ordered from July’s Previews catalog.

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