Previews and Portents, July 2012

As I’m sure we’ve mentioned before, Matt and I are both giant fans of Chris Sims’ Invincible Super-Blog.  One of my favorite recurring features was Chris vs Previews, where…well, I’ll let you follow the link, but it was a monthly highlight of the site.  Well that feature isn’t around anymore (much to Sims’ eternal pleasure I’m sure), but since I tend to look forward at comics anyway, I thought I’d pick up a Previews from my LCS and see if I could find some cool new books to check out.  And at the very least it would give me the opportunity to make some snarky Internet comments.

So let’s take a crack at the first of what will almost certainly be a series of one.


  • It looks like Diamond is trying to kick off Free Comic Book Day in July, which is A-OK with me.  Since Diamond is for retailers I’m not sure if these are intended to be freebies, but given the low price tag for bundles of 20, it seems likely.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tales from the Crypt, Axe Cop, Cow Boy, and Adventure Time all have issues out, although one publisher curiously absent is DC.


  • Ghost #0 – I never read the original series, but between Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Noto, this should be a really solid book.
  • Dark Horse Presents #16 – Golden Age crime reprints are obviously turning into a big business, as the Archive format and high price tag on back issues make buying collections a better and better idea.  But touting “Crime Does Not Pay” as a name independent of the content?  Well that’s not much of a draw, friends.
  • Axe Cop: President of the World #3 – I had no idea a new mini-series was coming out, but it’s a happy surprise.  Plus look at that cover!  Seriously, that is messed up.

  • Crime Does Not Pay Archives, vol 3 – Now THIS is what people want to see: reprints of the original Golden Age stories!  But fear not, we’ll see a LOT more by the end of Previews.  In fact, I’d venture you could spend $500 just in Golden Age crime archives.


It’s Zero Month again, after 18 years, if you’re still a DC reader.

  • Sword of Sorcery #0 – Was there anyone out there begging for more Amethyst books???  Aside from Dan Mishkin, who’s feeling pretty burned by DC on this one.
  • Justice League #0 – Scary Captain Marvel betrays an almost complete misunderstanding of what made Captain Marvel special.  So well done there, guys.
  • Batman: The Dark Knight #0 – Hey, so Joe Chill is back!  I have to admit, I think Batman works better when he didn’t know who killed his parents.  It allows for the whole “he’s out there somewhere so I still have a chance to catch him” motivation, which I dig.  Still, I was never going to pick this up anyway.
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws #0 – “Learn how Jason Todd came back to life after being killed by the Joker.”  I know how he came back: Superboy Prime punched something.  But in another, very real sense: no.  I will not learn this horrible thing.
  • National Comics: Rose and Thorn #1 – Well sure, why not.  I feel like DC’s hydra heads aren’t talking to each other like they should be.  Which of DC’s umpteen fractured realms does this live in?  Does it even matter anymore?
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #3 – If James Robinson writing wouldn’t sell you already, the description “HE-MAN and TEELA batter in the ocean against the murderous MER-MAN!” should.
  • Punk Rock Jesus #3 – This looks cool and Sean Murphy is awesome, so buy it.


  • Transformers: Regeneration One #83 – I’m so excited for this I can hardly stand it! 
    Does anyone know if any of the other IDW TF titles are any good these days?
  • Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #2 – Mark Waid alone would be enough to get me onboard with this, but Chris Samnee won me over on Daredevil, so I’m double-sold.  (Not in the literal sense, I’m only getting one.  Probably.)
  • The Crow #3 – New Crow titles tend to stink, but it’s been long enough since the awful Image run that I’ve forgotten the pain and am willing to give it another go.  As an aside, one of these days I’ll have to talk about meeting James O’Barr at Denver Comic Con, which was enlightening, to say the least.


  • Happy #1 – Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson teaming up?  Yes please, and why has it taken so long?  This book is going to be messed up, and it’s going to be amazing.
  • Thief of Thieves vol 1 – Seven issues for $15 is the way to go, not five issues.  I’m looking at you, Fatale vol 1!
  • It Girl and the Atomics #2 – Holy cats, this looks fun! Plus the Mike Norton art looks really solid, if substantially different than Allred’s.


Anything and everything you could want with Thanos is out this month, which I’m all for as long as it’s well-written.  I also never really looked to see, but a TON of Marvel books ship twice-monthly.  Way more than I expected.

  • Amazing Spider-Man #693 & 694 – The coming of Alpha, Spider-Man’s new sidekick.  Dan Slott loves Spidey too much to do anything insane, so I have faith he’ll pull it off well.
  • Space Punisher #3 – Space.  Punisher.  I loved Frankencastle so I shouldn’t judge this too harshly, but Frank Tieri’s attachment doesn’t fill me with hope the way Rick Remender’s did.

Ardden Publishing

  • Atlas Unified #5 – I’ve never heard of this title OR Ardden Publishing, but the description on this Tom Peyer book sounds great.  “When a godlike madman schemes to grant time sentience and enslave it, Atlas Original heroes Phoenix, Grim Ghost, Wulf, and their human allies must perform an unthinkable mission: to kill the Frankenstein time-stream.”  Even if Frankenstein time-stream doesn’t mean what I want it to, Peyer sounds like he’s back in full Hourman-mode, and there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.


  • Fashion Beast #1 – Man, will Avatar ever run out of old Alan Moore work to have people draw?  (No.  No they won’t.)


  • Dorian Gray #3 – Man, this would sound incredible if it weren’t put out by Bluewater, a publisher known for their Bluewater-levels of quality.
  • The Misadventures of Adam West #6 – BW just licensed the likenesses of a bunch of old-school celebrities, didn’t they?  Because this sounds like a mess.  And not a fun train wreck mess, just the regular shitty kind.


  • Snarked #12 – The conclusion!


  • The Shadow #6 – Written by Garth Ennis!  How did I not know this was a thing?!?!  Onto the pull list it goes!

Dynamic Forces

  • Hit Girl Statue – Err…Who is this for, exactly?  And can we round them all up so we know where they are?

Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

  • A Wrinkle in Time GN – Long a personal favorite, this adaptation of the Madeleine L’Engle novel by Hope Larson shows promise!


  • Bubbles & Gondola HC – The free ComiXology preview was very sweet in a “Goodbye, Chunky Rice” kind of way.  This may be a new classic (and the two Eisner nominations don’t hurt that perception).

New England

  • Tick #101 – The Tick meets Madman!  I’m hooked, but the $7 price tag has me more than a little leery after #100.

PS Artbooks

Speaking of those Golden Age crime/horror/sci-fi classics:

  • Adventures into the Unknown vol 2
  • Planet Comics vol 1
  • Out of the Night vol 1
  • Skeleton Hand vol 2

Okay, maybe that takes just just shy of $250, but still, that’s a lot of classic archives!  and call me crazy, but it feels like a good deal.


Okay, so maybe this is a little cheesy, but I love there being a Goon mask.  Good for Eric Powell, and good for comics!

Orders must be in to your LCS by July 18, 2012 and are scheduled to arrive in September.

One comment on “Previews and Portents, July 2012

  1. […] wasn’t until I was writing my Previews column that I discovered Garth Ennis is writing the Shadow now, which is probably a good sign that […]

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