Previews and Portents, October 2012

Hey, three months of four and I’m starting to feel pretty optimistic about this.  It’s going to be a bit shorter, I expect, without DC titles and still on the fence about Marvel NOW!.  Let’s dig in to this months Previews.

Boom! Studios

  • Deathmatch #1 – In the interview, Paul Jenkins proves that not even comics pros can resist the allure of fanfic, as he basically just pits admitted analogues of licensed characters against each other in fights.  This first issue is only a dollar, so that’s nice, but I’d much rather see Jenkins work on a new original concept and leave the “who would beat whom” arguments to the comic shops.


  • The Red Ten #1 – I wound up supporting writer Tyler James’ recent Kickstarter, and was surprised (though very happy for him) to see his series made it into Previews.  This is a great example of a creators’ hard work, dedication, and determination to self-publishing pay off.  I just hope it’s good!

Dark Horse Comics

  • Hellboy in Hell #1 – Mike Mignola returns to Hellboy, if that’s your bag.
  • House of Fun – Dark Horse reprints Evan Dorkin’s strips from the recently-relaunched Dark Horse Presents.  I’ve really wanted to read them but haven’t been able to overcome the $8 price tag, so thanks to them for giving me the ones I want for $3.50.

DC Comics

  • Catwoman #15 – I point this out for one reason: the cover.  After causing quite a stir with the anatomical impossibilities of her zero issue, DC corrects the problem by redrawing it and…making it essentially the same.  And this is the same damn pose!  Well learned, DC.  F+

Perfectly anatomically impossible.

STILL perfectly anatomically impossible.


  • Human Bomb #1 – If you like Golden Age characters Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray are probably going to do him justice.
  • JSA: The Liberty Files – The Whistling Skull #1 – It does hurt a bit that I won’t be getting this.  A sequel to Liberty Files and a reappropriation of the Whistling Skull character Tony Harris and B. Clay Moore have been trying to get off the ground for a while.  I think this will be pretty good!
  • Justice League #15 – “Throne of Atlantis” kicks off, and under normal circumstances I’d be thrilled to see Aquaman getting center stage so early on.  (What?  Sure it’s issue 15, but there have only been a handful of story arcs at this point.)
  • Sleeper Omnibus HC – Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ excellent story of a hero in deep cover with super-villains is excellent AND hard to find.  This reprints both volumes, their initial Point Blank mini-series, and a handful of other specials, all for $75.
  • Wonder Woman #15 – Brian Azzarello starts introducing the New Gods and he’s probably going to do a solid job, but he’s on the double shitlist for participating the Watchmen abomination.  Damn, I’m ornery and depressed now…

Fantagraphics Books

  • Pogo vol 2: Bona Fide Balderdash – I just finished the first volume reprinting Walt Kelly’s exceptional strip.  It’s books like this that make the case for the entire concept of these archival reprints.  If you haven’t picked up volume 1, save $10 by snagging the box set!
  • Tales Designed to Thrizzle, Volume Two – I think I’ve said all that needs to be said there.


  • The Crow: Skinning the Wolves #1 – After some truly awful movies, minis, and series trying to expand the Crow mythos, I’m inclined to think that the original series was just a magical lightning strike.  And yet this new mini has one good thing going for it: James O’Barr is writing and apparently providing at least some of the art.  So yes, I’ll give it a go.
  • Haunted Horror #2 – I have no clue why I missed the first issue last month, but these Golden Age horror reprints are going to be MUCH cheaper than the hardcover archive editions.
  • Rocketeer Artist’s Edition – Dave Stevens beautiful art will be something to behold here.

Image Comics

  • Legend of Luthor Strode #1 – I’m not really the target market for Luthor Strode, with it’s disaffected youth and insane amount of violence.  And yet Justin Jordan wrote such a strong and compelling story the violence and gore felt almost like an integral part of the story.  I’m happy to come back for more.
  • Saga #8 – Seeing this has just reminded me how long it’s been since I’ve seen an issue of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ amazing sci-fi series.  If an occasional break is what it takes to get Saga I will happily accept the wait.

Marvel Comics

  • Amazing Spider-Man #700 – “LAST ISSUE!” we’re supposed to believe, before the whole thing becomes “Superior” Spider-Man and Peter Parker goes off the rails.  But Dan Slott’s always done right by Spidey and I do love anniversary issues.  This one clocks in at 104 pages for $8.
  • Avengers #1 & 2 – I think I’ve gone on the record as being pretty much in the bag for Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four family of titles (despite being about a year behind), but the few issues of his Secret Avengers I’ve read didn’t do a lot for me so I suspect I’ll check it out but won’t add it to the pull list.
  • Avengers Arena #1 & 2 – I’m intrigued by the concept, but not more than the distaste I feel for the concept.  And therefore myself.  The Geoff Johnsing of the Marvel U begins here!
  • Cable and X-Force #1 & 2 – I’ve always thought X-Force works best with Cable than without him, it’s always been “his” team to me.  But for the love of all that’s good why in the world would we believe a man with a healing factor and one bionic eye would need an eye patch?!?!?


  • Essential X-Men Vol. 11 TPB – The Essential reprints are up to the Muir Island Saga!  This the point at which I truly feel like the old guy, since this is where I really started picking up X-Men regularly.  Ouch.
  • Thunderbolts #1 & 2 – The T-Bolts, which I’ve loved then been indifferent to (and then repeated the cycle) are now under new guidance with Daniel Way and Steve Dillon.  And while I don’t know much of Way, Dillon’s artwork will almost always make me check out a book.  And the team of Red Hulk, Venom, Elektra, Deadpool, and the Punisher remind me of the Defenders non-team concept more than anything else, but I admit I’m intrigued.
  • X-Men #39 – Domino and Daredevil.  Am I the only one who really wants to read that?  I am?  Okay, moving on…

PS Artbooks

  • Phantom Lady volume 1 – Golden Age reprints of the title character (and relation of Jack Knight!) by Roy Thomas, Carmine Infantino, and others.

Rebellion/2000 AD

  • Judge Dredd: The Garth Ennis Collection TP – Last month I noted the Brian Bolland collection, but a Garth Ennis collection?  Even better! 

Twomorrows Publishing

  • Modern Masters: Marie Severin and Eric Powell – I lovelovelove the Modern Masters series.  They are incredibly well-written and researched interviews with a wide range of comic creators along with some some pretty great and new art.  Eric Powell is one of our favorites here, and Marie Severin is bond to be full of great stories from the Silver Age of comics.

Books and Magazines

  • Girls and Corpses Magazine – I don’t know WHAT the hell this thing is, but that is a pretty damn small niche market.  Or at least, I hope it is.  Oy vey.


Diamond Select Toys

  • Star Trek Select Kirk Figure – This looks AWESOME!  That is all.

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

I’m still on the fence about Marvel NOW!  It feels like a better place to jump off than on, as Marvel reshuffles their deck chairs somewhat arbitrarily.  I’m open to comments and suggestions, though.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.


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