Previews: October '08 Comics

Here are the highlights from Previews Catalogue for books shipping to comic shops in October!

Checker Book Publishing Group

Sojourn Omnibus (Volume 1) - I was a huge Crossgen fan, so this is ridiculously appealing to me. 584 pages of fine genre comics.

Dark Horse

Harvey Comics Classics (Volume 5): The Harvey Girls - Continuing the wonderful project that has seen Casper the Friendly Ghost and Richy Rich, among others, reprinted to beautiful results, Dark Horse reprints comics featuring the popular girls of Harvey Comics, including Little Audrey, Little Dot and Little Lotta.

Hellboy: In the Chapel of Moloch - Mike Mignola finally returns to Hellboy after three years to write and draw this one-shot.

DC Comics

The Ferryman #1-2 (of 5) - Marc Andreyko (Manhunter) begins a new mini-series with Jonathan Wayshak on art. Not too sure about the details, but if Andreyko's on the job, it's at least in good hands.

JLA/Avengers TP - I'm surprised that this hasn't been collected before, but here it is. Two superteams unite.

Superman and Batman vs. Vampires and Werewolves #1-2 - is October. And you have to admit that that title outdoes Aliens vs. Predators.
Top Ten: Season Two #1 (of 4) - Well, I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later. Alan Moore may have put his finishing touches on his America's Best Comics line, but DC has never respected him enough to let his creations be. Ah, well. Gene Ha's on art, which is good news, and he was responsible for the eye-popping Top Ten: The Forty-Niners art.

Vixen: Return of the Lion #1 (of 5) - A new mini-series featuring the sultry hero, with a beautiful Josh Middleton cover for the first issue, written by G. Willow Wilson of Vertigo's Cairo and upcoming Air.

Drawn & Quarterly

Acme Novelty Library (Volume 19) HC - More Chris Ware awesomeness. More Rusty Brown.

Dynamite Entertainment

Battlefields: The Night Witches #1 - A new series written by Garth Ennis (art by Russ Braun) that follows women bomber pilots who flew over the Eastern front in the night in flimsy wooden planes.
IDW Publishing

Grant Morrison's Doctor Who #1 (of 2) - Who knew? Grant Morrison wrote some Doctor Who comics in the 80's, collected now by IDW in two issues.

Presidential Material Flipbook - Comic biographies of the presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain. Weird.

Image Comics

Impaler (Volume 1) TP - This was a really overlooked horror series that I'm glad is restarting in December. To get new readers up to speed, here's a collection of the issues released, plus three parts unseen before now.

Marvel Comics

Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The Laughing Corpse, Book One #1 (of 5) - Man, that's a mouthful. The adaptation of Laurell K. Hamilton's successful adult vampire novels continues with the second book in her series.

Astonishing X-Men: Ghost Boxes #1 (of 2) - Some mini-series spinning out of the core X-title, written by Warren Ellis, penciled by Alan Davis and Adi Granov.

Captain America: White #1 (of 6) - Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale continue their "color" mini-series with Captain America.

Hulk (Volume 1): Red Hulk Premiere HC - There's some weird shit going down with the Hulk.

Marvel Zombies 3 #1 (of 4) - The Marvel Zombies return and this time they're threatening the honest-to-god Marvel Universe! Unfortunately this series is without Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips...

Sky Doll Premiere HC - An exceptional series. The first book to come out of Marvel's Soleil partnership gets collected!

Thor: The Truth of History #1 - Alan Davis writes and draws this adventure featuring The God of Thunder in Ancient Egypt.

War Machine: Weapon of S.H.I.E.L.D. #34 - War Machine takes over Iron Man's title, probably in preparation for a certain movie in the works, much in the same fashion the Hercules took over Hulk's book.

X-Men: Original Sin #1 - A new crossover featuring Wolverine begins with this one-shot!

Young Avengers Presents TP - Six chapters featuring different characters of the Young Avengers, by different creators, all collected here. Some big names attached to this project.


Nocturnal Conspiracies: Nineteen Dreams GN - A new work by the European artist behind the fantastic autobiographical work Epileptic, David B.!

Pantheon Books

Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist As a Young %@&*! HC - Art Spiegelman returns! This autobiographical work explores the comics medium and how he was shaped by it.

Raw Junior LLC

Jack and the Box GN - And...Art Spiegelman again! This time, a children's comic!

Top Shelf Productions

Sulk (Volume 1): Bighead & Friends GN - Jeffrey Brown begins a new graphic novel series.

Vertical Inc

Black Jack (Volume 1) TP - While comic shops can get hardcover exclusive editions of Osama Tezuka's Black Jack through Previews a little earlier than these softcover editions, there's only a month delay to collect the series in this format and it's $8 cheaper... Although the hardcovers have the added benefit of 20-page unpublished stories by Tezuka. Weigh the pros and cons, I guess.

Virgin Comics

Telling Stories With Color - Eisner-winning colorist Laura Martin (Astonishing X-Men) provides insight into her craft in this book.

Yale University Press

An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories (Volume 2) HC - The second volume of Ivan Brunetti's comic anthology!


Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman In Japan - I had the privelidge of hearing Chip Kidd talk about this book at Comic-Con this year, and am really looking forward to the awesomeness that this promises. Available in hardcover and softcover.


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