Thursday, June 04, 2009

Previews: August '09

Here are the highlights from Previews Catalogue for books shipping to comic shops in August!!
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Abrams Comicarts
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The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics HC - Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly edit this collection of self-contained classic comic books for kids, with works by artists such as Carl Barks, Walt Kelly and Basil Wolverton.
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Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics
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Gargoyles: Bad Guys TP - The latest Gargoyles collection from series creator Greg Weisman focuses on the villains from the Gargoyles universe.
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Ubu Bubu (Volume 1): The Filth TP - A cute demon-possessed cat animated by Jamie Smart's fun, cartoony art.
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Archaia Studios Press
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Days Missing #1 (of 5) - Phil Hester (of Firebreather) brings us a tale, along with artist Frazer Irving, about several days from human history that have been covered up by a powerful being that has shaped our world.
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The Killer (Volume 2) HC - The excellent, critically-acclaimed comic by Matz and Luc Jacamon returns in the second volume of the series following the gritty life of an assassin.
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Primordia HC - The collected fantasy mini-series about two brothers raised by Woodfolk on very different paths.
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BuenaVentura Press
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BP Comics Revival Previews Exclusive 3-Pak - Alternative comic books may be on their last legs, but BuenaVentura Press is offering a new way to appeal to audiences, offering three comics together, excusively through comic book stores. They include Ted May's Injury #3, Eric Haven's The Aviatrix and Lisa Hanawalt's I Want You.
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Candlewick Press
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The Storm In the Barn GN - A kid-friendly story about a boy in Kansas in the 30's, where he deals with everyday problems, as well as some potentially supernatural ones.
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Cartoon Books
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Rose GN - A new printing of Jeff Smith and Charles Vess' Bone prequel, Rose, made to fit in with the new Scholastic color-editions of the Bone series.
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DC Comics
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Adventure Comics #1 - A new ongoing series featuring one of DC's longest running titles, this time written by Geoff Johns. Featuring Superboy, this book will also have a co-feature story with the Legion of Super-Heroes.
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Batgirl #1 - A new heroine is taking on the mantle of Batgirl, but who is this new masked vigilante?
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Batman: Widening Gyre #1 (of 6) - A new Batman mini-series written by fan-favorite Kevin Smith.
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Blackest Night: Batman #1 (of 3) - DC's new big crossover event, from out of Geoff John's Blackest Night, begins to creep into the other books of the DC universe, beginning with Batman, Superman and the Teen Titans (the latter two in their own three issue mini-series).
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Doom Patrol #1 - DC refuses to let this title die, resurrecting Doom Patrol once more in an ongoing series, this time under the care of Keith Giffen, and with a co-feature starring the Metal Men.
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Peter & Max: A Fables Novel HC - The first prose book spinning out of the Fables universe, written by series creator Bill Willingham.
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The Red Circle - This is a new brand of superhero comics by J. Michael Straczynski, featuring the reimagining of some of DC's Golden and Silver Age characters. One of each of four one-shots will ship throughout the month, starring The Hangman, The Web, Inferno and The Shield.
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Red Herring #1 (0f 6) - A new Wildstorm title by David Tischman and Philip Bond about government conspiracies and near death experiences, among other things.
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Fantagraphics Books
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Captain Easy, Soldier of Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips (Volume 1) HC - A full-color reprint of Roy Crane's action strip beings here.
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The Complete Peanuts 1973-1974 HC - The latest Peanuts collection, featuring Woodstock on the cover arrives this month along with the annual slipcase that collects both of this year's offerings.
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Like a Dog HC - A new graphic novel by Zak Sally - prepare for insight and laughs.
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Love & Rockets: New Stories #2 - The latest annual offering of Love & Rockets stories in a graphic novel length book, by the talented Hernandez Brothers.
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Usagi Yojimbo: The Special Edition - A deluxe slipcase edition of Usagi Yojimbo is being offered in celebration of the hare's 25th anniversary. That's over a thousand pages (the first seven volumes-worth of stories) and plenty of extras.
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:01 First Second Books
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Cat Burgler Black GN - This is exciting and completely unexpected - a new graphic novel by Peculia creator Richard Sala, following a former cat burglar who discovers some secrets at the new school she's attending.
***Pick of the Month!***
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Stuffed! GN - A dark comedy by the creator of Daria (where are those DVDs?) and a writer from The Colbert Report.
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Flesk Publications
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Al Williamson's Flash Gordon: A Lifelong Vision of the Heroic - Offered in both hardcover and softcover editions, this collects all major works by the artist that feature Flash Gordon.
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Graphix
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Amulet (Volume 2): The Stonekeeper's Curse - The continuation of Kazu Kibuishi's (Flight) all-ages fantasy tale.
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IDW Publishing
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Angel: Only Human #1 (of 4) - A new mini-series that follows the Illyria and Gunn on a road trip seeking redemption.
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Monster Diaries HC - From IDW's picturebook line, here's a fun story following the mundane lives of monsters, with great art by Poly Bernatene.
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Sparrow: Al Columbia HC - Reknowned artist Al Columbia brings his unique vision to Sparrow in a new hardcover.
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Image Comics
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G-Man: Cape Crisis #1 (of 5) - Chris Giarrusso's all-ages superhero kid is back in a new mini.
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King City #1 - I don't know why Tokyopop "presents" this title from Image, but this new comic by Brandon Graham looks strange, fun and manga-riffic.
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Marvel Comics
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Daredevil #500 - Daredevil reaches quite the milestone this month. This is an oversized issue with over one hundred pages (a new story and some reprinted stories).
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Iron Man & the Armor Wars #1 (of 4) - All of Tony Stark's armor is stolen...and then come back to battle him. Who comes out on top?
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Marvel Bromance TP - lol
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Marvel Masterworks: Deathlok (Volume 1) HC - Really?
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The Marvel Project #1 (of 8) - Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting reexamine the beginnings of the Marvel Universe, tying the heroes together in a defining, epic origin story.
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Punisher Noir #1 (of 4) & Luke Cage Noir #1 (of 4) - More noir tales. Luke Cage should be fun. Punisher...looks a little scary.
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Ultimate Comics: Avengers #1 and Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #1 - Following Ultimatum, Marvel's "Ultimate" universe relaunches with new number ones, and some pretty clumsy titles. Is this just a way to capitalize on the upcoming Avengers movie by renaming the Ultimates? Who knows? It just seems rather unnecessary. Wasn't the whole point of the Ultimate line to appeal to new comic readers? And now they have to figure out what the differences are between Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, and where to begin...seems silly to me...
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X-Men: Mutant Massacre HC - The Morlock massacre, its mysteries and repercussions - collected in this 300+ page hardcover.
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Pantheon Books
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A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge GN - Josh Neufeld paints a picture of the great city following the catastrophic events of Hurricane Katrina.
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Papercutz
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Geronimo Stilton GNs - The popular childrens series launches as full-fledged graphic novels.
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Sunday Press Books
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The Upside Down World of Gustave Verbeek HC - The complete run of these weird comics that can be read right-side up and then upside-down for different stories, last sampled in Dan Nadel's Art Out of Time anthology.
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Top Shelf Productions
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The Complete Essex County - Jeff Lemire's entire trilogy collected under one volume.
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Johnny Boo (Book 3): Happy Apples HC - James Kochalka's kid-friendly character continues to get into silly adventures.
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Tokyopop
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Domo (Volume 1) - This single-volume manga features the cartoon mascot of Japanese television.
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Udon Entertainment
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Swans In Space (Volume 1) - This full color manga looks amazing!
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Viz Media
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Dinosaur King (Volume 1) - This new manga features Max Taylor, who goes back to the time of dinosaurs and uncovers a nefarious plot by an evil doctor to kidnap and control dinosaurs with microchips to rule over the world. Manga has the best premises.
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Misc.
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Manga Impact SC - This book navigates through the world of manga, citing its biggest creators and characters in an informative journey.

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