Saturday, June 28, 2008

Previews: September '08 Comics

Here we go again! Highlights of the latest Previews Catalogue for comics shipping to comic shops in September...
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Avatar Press
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Black Summer TP - Warren Ellis's brutal series is collected in both softcover and hardcover formats.
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No Hero #1 - With Black Summer wrapping up, Ellis and Black Summer artist Ryp release the first issue of a new series collaboration.
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Bongo Comics
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Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #14 - The latest horror anthology issue features some remarkable talent: Gilbert Hernandez (Love & Rockets), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Glenn Fabry (Preacher).
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Dark Horse
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Speak of the Devil - Gilbert Hernandez's excellent six issue mini-series is collected in a hardcover.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight (Volume 3): Wolves At the Gate TP - Drew Goddard's (Cloverfield) Buffy arc, controversial and also quite good.
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DC Comics
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Joker HC - A dark original graphic novel written by Brian Azzarello, no doubt meant to satiate people's appetite in wake of The Dark Knight film.
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Jack Kirby's The Demon Omnibus HC - And the Jack Kirby goodness just keeps coming! This is advance-solicited, actually available in November.
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Watchmen HC - Also available in November, in anticipation of the film, DC will make a hardcover edition of Watchmen available along with their Absolute Edition and trade paperback collection. Also coming out by Titan Books is Watching the Watchmen, Dave Gibbons's account of the creation of this masterpiece, with plenty of goodies, designed by Chip Kidd and Mike Essl.
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Astral Project (Volume 1) - A new CMX title by the author of Old Boy, about astral projection.
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Drawn & Quarterly
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Aya of Top City HC - A follow-up to last year's critically acclaimed Aya graphic novel.
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The Burma Chronicles HC - The latest book from Guy Delisle, creator of Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea.
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Fantagraphics Books
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Beasts! (Book Two) - A new Beasts! anthology from editor Jacob Covey, with a lineup of over ninety artists that didn't appear in the first book!
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Krazy & Ignatz 1944-1944: He Nods in Quiescent Siesta - Collecting the final strips of George Herriman's classic comic strip, this book is also loaded with extras.
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Graphix
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The Good Neighbors (Book 1): Kin HC - A new fantasy series from Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin) and the writer of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black!
***Pick of the Month!***
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Houghton Mufflin Company
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The Best American Comics 2008 SC - Lynda Barry edits a new installment of the excellent anthology featuring some of the best comics out there. While she didn't get her wish to include Paul Pope (thanks to DC being lame), we should be favored with a great selection of other stuff.
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IDW Publishing
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Locke & Key - Collecting the recent horror mini-series by best-selling novelist Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.
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Angel: After the Fall: First Night - Collecting the recent three unspectacular issues (#6-#8) that followed different characters from the Angel TV series on the night following the series finale.
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Ed's Terrestrials, The Town of Zack, and Vigfus the Viking - The first offerings in IDW's new line of children's books!!
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Image Comics
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Dragon Prince #1 - Ron Marz begins a new series with Lee Moder in a book that looks a little Crossgen-ish. But I, for one, think that's a good thing.
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Savage Dragon #140 - With Erik Larsen stepping down from his position as Publisher of Image Comics, we'll hopefully see more of the green finhead. In the latest solicited issue, Dragon's "Image Tour" comes to a conclusion in a sort of Avengers-style issue as Dragon teams up with Witchblade, Invincible, Shadowhawk and Spawn!
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Marvel Comics
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Ultimate X-Men/Fantastic Four Annual 1 and Ultimate Fantastic Four/X-Men Annual 1 - These two books seem to give different perspective of the same battle, from either the FF or the X-Men. Kind of neat.
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Big Hero 6 #1 (of 5) - Chris Claremont and David Nakayama assemble a team of superheroes based out of Japan. Knowing Claremont's track record, it won't be very good, but...you never know, right? This is actually an established team attached to Sunfire, but with some new members. Oh, and one of the kids on the cover is wearing a Devil Dinosaur t-shirt.
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Daredevil #111 - Lady Bullseye makes her debut...and I doubt she could have been wearing a more revealing outfit.
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Deadpool #1 & #2 - Another ongoing Deadpool series, this time by Daniel Way and Paco Medina. The initial issues tie in to Secret Invasion.
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Sub-Mariner: The Depths #1 (of 4) - Four issue Marvel Knights mini-series written by Peter Milligan, painted by Esad Ribic, featuring the oft-neglected Prince of Atlantis.
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X-Men: Magneto - Testament #1 (of 5) - With the Magneto Prequel movie in the works, Marvel is coming up with a story of their own to flush out the villain's past. Written by Greg Pak, it may actually be cool.
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Annihilation Classic HC - A new hardcover collection featuring stories of characters from the sweeping Annihilation crossover events, including Adam Warlock, Nova, Rocket Raccoon and Quasar, boasting talent from the likes of Jack Kirby, Mike Mignoal, John Buscema and Gil Kane.
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X-Men: Magik - Storm & Illyana Premiere HC - I read this Magik mini-series a year or so back, and while it was alright, it certainly had no need of a hardcover presentation. But if you've ever wondered over the origin of the magical character, here it is, as told by Chris Claremeont, John Buscema and friends. Also available this month is an X-Men: Return of Magik 40-page booklet collecting previously-published material from X-Men Unlimited, New X-Men and X-Men: Divided We Stand.
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Marvel Boy Premiere HC - A nice new presentation of the much-revered Grant Morrison/J.G. Jones story.
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Omega: The Unknown Premiere HC - A collection of the fan-favorite 10-issue series.
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Counter X (Volume 2) TP - The first Counter X collection featured Warren Ellis's retooled X-Force team. This second volume is of Warren Ellis's vision for Generation X.
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Eternals by Jack Kirby (Book 2) TP - Collecting the final issues of Jack Kirby's series, including the annual.
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Oni Press
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Local HC - A hardcover collection of Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly's praised slice-of-life mini-series.
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Picturebox
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Travel HC - A new wordless graphic novel from the innovative creator of New Engineering!
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Sofawolf Press
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Digger (Volume 1) GN - The adorable award-winning webcomic by Ursula Vernon is collected in a softcover!
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Vertical Inc.
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Tezuka's Black Jack (Volume 1) HC - More Tezuka! Keep it coming!!
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Viz Media
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Solanin - A new addition to Viz's excellent signature line, this 432-page manga is by award-winning creator Inio Asano.
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Misc.
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Grant Morrison: The Early Years SC - Ravenous fans of the writer will be pleased to see this book by Timothy Callahan, as he examines Morrison's Animal Man, Doom Patrol, Zenith, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Gothic. Featuring an exclusive interview with the creator.

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