Sunday, July 05, 2009

Previews: September '09

Here are the highlights of books shipping to comic shops this September!
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Abstract Studios
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Strangers In Paradise Omnibus Limited Edition - This was a no-brainer. The entirety of Terry Moore's Strangers In Paradise, collected in three hardcovers within a slipcase. Should be nice!
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Archaia Studios Press
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The Grave Doug Freshly HC - Love that play on words... Josh Hechinger and mpMann's comedy/western skips the floppies and goes right to a hardcover release
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Okko (Volume 2): The Cycle of Earth HC - The second book in Hub's Okko series is collected this month - I loved the first one, so I've been looking forward to this.
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Boom! Studios
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Mr Stuffins TP - How cute! This is a comic about a Teddy Bear who happens to be a super spy!
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Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #699 - Along with Mickey Mouse and Friends #296, this will be among the first releases of Disney comics published through Boom! since Gemstone gave up their rights.
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Conundrum Press
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Hipless Boy GN - Sully tells the story of a boy who moves to a hipster neighborhood who is anything but hip...originally published in the McGill Daily.
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Dark Horse Comics
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The Amazon HC - Back in print after many years is Steven T. Seagle and Tim Sale's project that takes place in The Amazon Jungle.
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Beast of Burdens #1 (of 4) - A group of canines (and a kitty) must save their hometown from destruction as it is overcome by a supernatural threat.
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Crossing the Empty Quarter and Other Stories HC - This is a collection of European creator Carol Swain's short comics - over thirty in all - that have appeared since her debut in various anthologies since the 80's.
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Usagi Yojimbo: Yokai HC - Stan Sakai's first Usagi Yojimbo comic that will be presented in full color! A 64-page original hardcover celebrating 25 years of the rabbit.
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DC Comics
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Black Hawk: Blood and Iron TP - Howard Chaykin's mini-series from 1988 returns in a new collection featuring the pilot Black Hawk versus a band of former Nazis.
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Blood and Water TP - It's been years since this came out, but apparently DC/Vertigo want in on the Twilight/vampire craze and are pushing this story back into the limelight. Judd Winick and Tomm Cooker's odd vampire tale is collected in a softcover edition.
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High Moon (Volume 1) TP - Another Zuda on-line comic is collected, as werewolves invade the Wild West in the book by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis.
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Red Tornado #1 (of 6) - The JLA character spins off (get it?) into his own series this month with an emphasis on shedding some light on his origin.
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Superman: The Adventures of Flamebird and Nightwing TP - It was inevitable. Superman and Jimmy Olsen's silly adventures as caped crimefighters in the bottled city of Kandor are collected.
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Superman: Secret Origin #1 (of 6) - Geoff Johns and Gary Frank try their hand at retelling the classic origin of DC's poster boy.
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Sweet Tooth #1 - A new ongoing Vertigo series by Jess Lemire (Essex County) features a boy born with antlers. The debut issue os only $1.
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Del Rey Manga
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Moyasimon (Volume 1) - This new manga is about a student with the unique ability to communicate with bacteria and micro-organisms, which appear to him as cute creatures. Sounds amazing.
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Drawn & Quarterly
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Aya: The Secrets Come Out HC - The third collection of the critically-acclaimed Aya comics!
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Red Snow HC - This is a collection of Gekiga short stories by Japanese artist and legend Susumu Karsumata. Beautiful package.
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Dynamite Entertainment
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The Lone Ranger Comic Strips Collection HC - More than 500 strips by Cary Bates and Russ Heath are collected in this deluxe package, which features the dailies and full-color Sundays that were originally published in the 80's.
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Fantagraphics Books
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All and Sundry: Uncollected Work: 2004-2009 - A hardcover collection of Paul Hornschemeier's recent short works.
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The Comics Journal #300 - To celebrate this milestone in comics criticism, The Comics Journal is stuffing this issue with great offerings this month, including interviews between new generation creators and established legends, like Kevin Huizenga & Art Spiegelman, Dash Shaw & David Mazzucchelli, and Frank Quitely & Dave Gibbons! And much more!
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Squirrel Machine HC - The twisted graphic novel by Hans Rickheit follows two brothers who create musical instruments out of animal carcasses in the 19th century.
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Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives (Volume 1) HC - This Blake Bell edited book collects all works from the first two years of Ditko's career, pre-Code and eye-popping.
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The Three Paradoxes HC - More Paul Hornschemeier! This is a strange 80-page autobiography from the artist.
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West Coast Blues HC - Along with You Are There HC, Fantagraphics is publishing some works by Europe's top-notch creator Jacques Turner this month, the first co-created by Jean-Patrick Manchette, the second with Jean-Claude Forest (Barbarella).
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:01 First Second Books
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Ball Peen Hammer GN - In a plague-ridden future, one man seeks the safety of his basement and gets caught up in some gruesome goings-on.
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Refresh, Refresh GN - Three teenagers grow up in a dead-end town while their fathers are in Iraq - great-looking art.
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Tiny Tyrant: The Lucky Winner GN - A new all-ages book by Lewis Trondheim and Fabrice Parme.
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Hermes Press
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The Phantom: The Complete Dailies (Volume 1) HC - Collecting the first three years of The Phantom's run in the funny pages.
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IDW Publishing
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Rip Kirby (Volume 1) - Collecting the complete comic strip following the detective of the same name is Alex Raymond's beloved Rip Kirby from the late 1940's.
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Star Trek: Romulans: Schism #1 - More John Byrne Star Trek comics!
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Image Comics
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Beast GN - This is a beautiful original graphic novel by the artist of Conan: Trophy, Marian Churchland, and tells the story of a young sculptor.
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Fallout Toyworks #1 (of 5) - Inspired by Fallout Boy lyrics, this mini-series follows a young robot creator who banks everything on the new robot Tiffany.
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Tiffany's Epiphany HC - Popular name this month...this all ages story is about a skunk named Tiffany who is bullying the other forest creatures and the lessons she learns.
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Underground #1 (of 4) - Jeff Parker (Agents of Atlas) teams up with Steve Lieber (Whiteout) to tell the story of a park ranger and the danger she gets into trying to protect the caves she loves. Just in time for the Whiteout film.
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Marvel Comics
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Criminal: The Sinners #1 - The next chapter in Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' Icon series debuts in the same month as a deluxe edition hardcover of the first series comes out.
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Dark Reign: The List - The next chapter of Norman Osborne's Dark Reign is a list he comes up with of the next stage of his terror overseeing the Marvel Universe...and who must die.
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Dark X-Men: The Confession - It was going to happen sooner or later...Emma Frost reveals her secret dealings with Norman's cabal.
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Essential Sub-Mariner (Volume 1) TP - Finally!!! This was one hero noticably missing from Marvel's Essential line and now the Prince of Atlantis' adventures are going to be collected in nice fat black-and-white books.
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Marvel Super Hero Squad #1 (of 4) - Apparently, this is going to be a new Marvel superhero cartoon in the future that is appearing in comic form first.
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Nomad: Girl Without a World #1 (of 4) - Former Bucky (or something) Rikki Barnes kicks some butt...yadda yadda yadda. Sean McKeever's good at these kinds of stories featuring scrappy characters.
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Pet Avengers Classic TP - Ha ha! A collection of the original stories featuring the animals of the recent Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers mini-series.
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Spider-Man: The Clone Saga #1 (of 6) - Somebody must have mentioned that they wanted to see this at one of those awkward Q&A panels that Marvel hosts...
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Spider-Woman #1 - It seems like years since the initial announcement of this series, but finally Spider-Woman gets her own book with Brian Michael Bendis writing and Alex Maleev illustrating.
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Strange Tales #1 (of 3) - The debut issue of Marvel's much-anticipated anthology features indie creators on their token characters. Should be fun.
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The Torch #1 (of 8) - The original Torch returns in an all-new story by Alex Ross, Mike Carey and Patrick Berkenkotter.
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Ultimate Comics: Armor Wars #1 (of 4) - Warren Ellis writes this mini-series featuring Tony Stark's out-of-control armor.
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X-Men vs. Fantastic Four HC - The X-Men and Fantastic Four fight over the fate of Kitty Pryde in the classic crossover story featuring Dr. Doom.
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Oni Press
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Lola: A Ghost Story HC - Lola sees ghosts and must now deal with them after her grandmother passes away in this new original story by J. Torres and Elbert Orr.
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Top Shelf Productions
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Alec: The Years Have Pants (A Life-Size Omnibus) - Eddie Campbell's autobiographical comics are all collected together for the first time!
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Viz Media
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What a Wonderful World! (Volume1) & (Volume 2) - I was a big fan of Inio Asano's Solanin graphic novel, but I heard that what she did later in her career was exponentially better. This is one such work!
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W.W. Norton
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The Book of Genesis: Illustrated by Robert Crumb HC - Comics legend R. Crumb takes on the first book of the Bible in his most recent ambitious work that's bound to be an interesting experience.
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Yen Press
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Yotuba&! (Volume 6) - The delayed and much-anticipated sixth volume of the comedic Yotsuba&! will finally see release this September!
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Misc.
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The Art of Osamu Tezuka, God of Manga HC - The first authorized biography of master cartoonist and creator of such works as Astro Boy and Black Jack features a career overview and plenty of art to ogle over.
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Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater HC - Before comics, Japan had Paper Theater, which paved the way for manga. See some of these rare stories collected!
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Star Wars: Trash Compactor Bookends - Why did no one think of this before?!
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Wag! - Patrick McDonnell's (Mutts) tribute to his tail-wagging dog is this 40-page full-color book.

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