Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Previews: July '09

Here are the highlights of books shipping to comic shops in July!
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Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics
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Gargoyles (Volume 2): Clan Building - I wish this were better, but for die hard Gargoyles fans, this series shouldn't be missed. Includes three unpublished issues.
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Archaia Studios Press
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The Engineer HC - I read the first issue of this series and it was a pretty neat superhero/sci-fi comic. The entire three issue series is collected here for just $10.
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Mouse Guard (Volume 2): Winter 1152 HC - The much-anticipated sequel to David Petersen's Eisner Award-winning series gets collected. As much as I loved the first book, I thought the second book was even better - this is one spectacular all-ages title.
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Boom! Studios
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The Muppet Show: The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson #1 (0f 4) - Another Muppet Show mini-series from Roger Langridge. The first mini is getting quite a bit of buzz and is a lot of fun.
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Buenaventura Press
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The Complete Jack Survives HC - Jerry Moriarty's book was solicited a while back, but looks like it's finally going to be seeing the light of day in July.
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Dark Horse
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BPRD: 1947 #1 (of 5) - A new BPRD mini-series that follows up on the mini BPRD: 1946.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight (Volume 5): Predators and Prey - The latest collection in Joss Whedon's Season Eight of Buffy comes out in July, featuring the one-shot issues by various creators.
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Citizen Rex #1 (of 6) - This is exciting and wholly unexpected - a new mini-series by Love & Rockets creators Mario and Gilbert Hernandez. And sci-fi at that.
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Noir - This anthology is crime noir tales by creators known for their abilities in the field, such as Brian Azzarello, Ed Brubaker, David Lapham, M.K. Perker, Sean Phillips, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. Also coming out this month, a new horror anthology in Creepy #1.
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Pictures That Tick - This is a collection of Dave McKean's (Cages) short comic stories.
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Umbrella Academy (Volume 2): Dallas HC - The second chapter in Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba's fan-favorite series gets collected.
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Witchfinder: In the Service of Angels #1 (of 5) - Another Hellboy spin-off in the form of occult investigator Edward Grey, written by Mignola, drawn by Ben Stenbeck.
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DC Comics
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Blackest Night #1 (of 8) - Geoff Johns' much-loved Green Lantern comics culminate in a new highly-anticipated mini-series, the first issue of which comes out this month.
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DC Comics Classics Library: Batman - A Death In the Family HC - Continuing DC's reprints of classic superhero runs, this famous story from Batman gets collected.
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Fables Deluxe Edition (Volume 1) HC - With a TV show debuting in Fall, DC is releasing Fables in nice thick hardcover editions. Also available this month - Fables (Volume 12): The Dark Ages TP.
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Greek Street #1 - Peter Milligan's new Wildstorm series begins with an issue available for just $1.
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Justice League: Cry For Justice #1 (of 6) - A new JLA mini from James Robinson and Mauro Cascioli
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North 40 #1 (of 6) - Wildstorm is debuting a new mini-series in May. Good vs. Evil. Monsters. Could be fun.
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Wednesday Comics #1-4 - DC's big new weekly series comes out every Wednesday with new comics, and features an array of single issue comics from top creators like Paul Pope, Walter Simonson, Dave Gibbons, Kyle Baker, Neil Gaiman and others on DC characters like Kamandi, Hawkman, Superman and Wonder Woman.
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Drawn & Quarterly
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The John Stanley Library: Nancy (Volume 1) HC - One of the final big series that needed to be collected during this classic comic strip reprint renaissance - the iconic Nancy!
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Fantagraphics Books
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The Best American Comics Criticism of the 21st Century - Quite a bold title, but I suppose if any company's going to do it, it's Fantagraphics. Edited by Ben Schwartz.
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Popeye (Volume 4): Plunder Island - EC Segar's classic strip reprints are chugging along.
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Tales Designed To Thrizzle (Volume 1) HC - Michael Kupperman's hilarious comics get collected for the first time in a much-deserving hardcover.
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Hermes Press
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Walt Kelly: The Life and Art of the Creator of Pogo HC - A full color art book exploring the beloved creator.
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IDW Publishing
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Fallen Angel: Reborn #1 - A relaunch of Peter David and J.K. Woodward's series featuring Illyria from Angel, which is kind of weird/kind of cool.
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The Hunter - An original crime fiction graphic novel by Darwyn Cooke.
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Image Comics
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Bomb Queen Omnibust (Volume 1) HC - The first three Bomb Queen mini-series are collected together in one mega hardcover.
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Liberty Meadows Sunday Strips (Volume 1) HC - Frank Cho's pretty Sunday strips get collected.
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Mice Templar: Destiny #1 - A new chapter in the Mice Templar saga begins.
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Savage Dragon #150 - The green finhead hits quite the milestone this month as he faces one of his biggest foes from the past.
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Marvel Comics
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Agents of Atlas: Dark Reign HC - The first colletion of Jeff Parker's new ongoing series.
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Amazing Spider-Man #600 - The Web-Head reaches a milestone issue this month, as does Hulk with Incredible Hulk #600.
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Dark X-Men: The Beginning #1 & 2 (of 3) - A new team of X-Men springs out from Osborn's new world order, consisting of Emma Frost, Namor, Mimic, Cloak & Dagger, Daken, Weapon X and Dark Beast.
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Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth #1 - New mini featuring the funny assassin, riding high on the success of the Wolverine movie.
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Immortal Weapons #1 (of 5) - A new mini-series springing from Brubaker, Fraction and Aja's Immortal Iron Fist.
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Marvel Divas #1 (of 4) - Firestar, Hellcat, Black Cat and Photon have fabulous adventures ala Sex & the City.
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Marvel Masterworks: The Inhumans (Volume 1) HC - Some Jack Kirby goodness in this latest Masterworks featuring his creations.
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Mephisto vs. HC - Mephisto in some of his greatest battles with the X-Men, Avengers, and the Fantastic Four.
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New Warriors Classic (Volume 1) TP - Collecting the 90's comics featuring the New Warriors in all its glory...also available this month, the softcover of Annihilation Classic.
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Reborn #1 (of 5) - Creators Ed Brubaker and Bryan Hitch bring us a new top-secret mini-series. The resurrection of Cap perhaps?
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Spider-Man Newspaper Strips HC - Stan Lee and John Romita's complete run of newspaper strips.
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Uncanny X-Men: First Class #1 (of 8) - A new adventure featuring the old-school Uncanny X-Men team of Storm, Cyclops, Banshee, Phoenix, Colossus, Wolverine and Nightcrawler.
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War of Kings: Warriors #1 (0f 2) - A new mini from the crossover featuring the Imperial Guard's Gladiator.
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X-Men: Wolverine/Gambit HC - The bromance of Logan and Remy.
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Mirage Studios
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Collected Book (Volume 1) SC - Finally, with TMNT's 25th anniversary, the original comics by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird get collected!
***Pick of the Month!***
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Raw Junior LLC
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Jeff Smith's Little Mouse Gets Reasy HC - A new picture book by Bone's creator!
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Th3rd World Studios
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The Stuff of Legend #1 - The premise to this series is kind of Toy Stories-ish, but it's illustrated absolutely beautifully. A great new all-ages title.
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Titan Publishing
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The Epic Chronicles of Hagar the Horrible: 1973-1974 HC - Why not? Dik Browne's comic strip gets collected.
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Twomorrows Publishing
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Marvel Comics In the 1960s SC - Pierre Comtois discusses how Marvel turned into one of the most innovative publishers in the industry.
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Viz Media
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Ooku: The Inner Chambers (Volume 1) - A new book in Viz's Signature Line, this is a new book by Fumi Yoshinaga of Antique Bakery (but looks very different from anything he's done before).

1 comment:

Mike said...

Nancy is "one of the final big
series that needed to be collected"? Well, ok -- I'm
looking forward to it too.

But the one I can't believe no
one has attempted is the early
run (say 1946-1953) of Bob
Montana's Archie newspaper strip!