Friday, September 29, 2006

Previews: December 2006

The highlights of comics from Previews catalogue, for books shipping in December...

Ape Entertainment
Athena Voltaire: The Collected Web Comics TP - Oh. My. God. I've been waiting to hear an announcement about this. I love love love the current Athena Voltaire mini-series and have been holding my breath for the critically-acclaimed webcomics to be collected...and now I can exhale. The entire run is collected here with sketches and pin-ups. Awesome!!!!

Archaia Studios Press
Okko: Cycle of Water #1 (of 4) - Like I've said before, if Archaia publishes it, it's good and it's high quality. This is a new series about four demon hunters.

Mouse Guard #6 (of 6) - The sixth and final chapter of David Peterson's Mouse Guard, entitles "A Return To Honor." Hopefully, we'll see more of the cute little guys in the future. And there's sure to be a collection upcoming.

Dark Horse
The Bakers Meet Jingle Belle - Paul Dini writes and Kyle Baker draws this Christmas crossover event. Should be cool with that amount of talent.

Hellgate: London #2 (of 4) - I didn't catch this series last month, but this mini-series is about London being overrun with demons that pour out of a gate to another world. It's based on a future video game. It's possibly very bad. But I like the cover and premise.

Emily the Strange (Volume 1) - The moody, sarcastic series is collected with a brand new story. A beloved all ages book that has goths the world over salivating.

Tanpenshu (Volume 1) - The first in a series collecting the short stories of master artist Hiroki Endo (of Eden: It's an Endless World! fame).

DC Comics
DC books have been highlighted separately...

Fantagraphics Books
The Grave Robber's Daughter GN - Is this a great month or what? It would have been awesome for this book alone. A new Richard Sala book is always cause for celebration.

Krazy & Ignatz 1939-1940: Brick Stuffed With Moombins SC - The third color collection of George Herriman's masterpeice! This series is awesome - I encourage anyone to give it a try who hasn't already.

Gemstone Publishing
Walt Disney Treasures (Volume 1): 75 Years of Disney Comics - The first volume chronologically collecting the best Disney comics.

EC Archives: Tales From the Crypt (Volume 1) HC - The original EC series from 1950 begins to be collected here, boasting talent from the likes of Harvey Kurtzman, Bill Gaines, Wally Ward and more.

IDW Publishing
30 Days of Night: Spreading the Disease #1 (of 5) - With a movie in the works, IDW continues to crank out the books from the title that launched the publisher into the mainstream. This is a new mini-series from Dan Wickline and Alex Sanchez.

Image Comics
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Can't get enough of the dozens of new takes on Alice In Wonderland and Oz? Well, here's one more for you. This one might be one of the few good ones. With great art by Enrique Fernandez, this book won the Grand Prix de La Ville De Lyon Award of Illustration in France last year.

Mike Carey's One-Sided Bargains - I like Mike Carey. Spellbinders was a surprisingly really good occult story. This one-shot contains two horror stories. 64 pages for $5.99.

The Portent (Volume 1) TP - This was a good little fantasy story from newcomer Peter Bergting. I look forward to more, what with the "Volume 1" in the mix.

Savage Dragon Archives (Volume 1) TP - This is a good way to get caught up on the big green fin-head. Twenty-Four of the initial issues for $20.

Last Gasp
Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms GN - Great art on the cover of this manga from Fumiyo Kouno that explores Hiroshima, postwar.

Marvel Comics
Marvel books were also highlighted separately...

Glacial Period GN - The first of four graphic novels that features a different European artist, co-edited by the famous Louvre museum. Nicholas De Crecy's work is up first in a book set in the far future where a small group of archaeologists stumble upon the remains of the forgotten Louvre itself buried under a Glacial Age snow.

Me A Mound HC - Picturebox had a hell of a time getting into the catalogue, so they deserve a bit of love. This $65 hardcover is by a major African-American artist, Trenton Doyle Hancock.

Cold Heat #1 - A twelve issue, semi-monthly book by BJ and Frank Santoro that follows a teenager on a surrealistic adventure that brings her face-to-face with the likes of Howard Stern and Adolf Hitler.

Love Pistols (Volume 1) - A yaoi manga that features people who evolved from other animals than monkeys...expect male pregnancy and lots of boys' love.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Mr. Gordo Stuffed Pig Plush - Just when you thought they may have run out of ideas...

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