Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Previews HYPE: September '10

Diligently wading through the phone book that is Previews Catalogue so you don't have to...here are ten choice books shipping to comic shops in September that I think may get overlooked or that I'm just plain excited about...

1. Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #1 (of 6) - Finally the third mini-series by Mouse Guard creator David Petersen!  This latest story is a prequel to Mouse Guard: Fall 1152, featuring the popular character.
2. The Little Prince GN - The wonderful Joann Sfar adapts the classic fanciful tale by Antoine de Saint-Exupery The Little Prince to comic form, with what I'm sure will be some amazing art.
3. The Best American Comics 2010 HC - The latest comic anthology in the Best American series is edited by none other than Neil Gaiman, and features a good variety of material as always, representing the best that comics have had to offer over the past year, including work by Dash Shaw and Michael Kupperman.
4. IDW Reprints - IDW just keeps churning out the great reprint projects.  New this month: Blondie (Volume 1) HC, Popeye: The Best Comic Book Stories of Bud Sagendorf and Archie: The Best of Stan Goldberg HC.

5. Shazam! The Golden Age of the World's Mightiest Mortal HC - Chip Kidd is a big fan of Captain Marvel, and shows his love for the character in a new book, much like his previous books dedicated to Batman: The Animated Series and Peanuts, teaming up with photographer Geoff Spear for plenty of merchandise and context goodness.

6. Roy Crane's Buz Sawyer (Volume 1): The War In the Pacific HC - The classic adventure strip by Roy Crane is collected by Fantagraphics beginning this month, featuring all of the daily strips published during World War II and some Sundays as well.

7. X-Men: Curse of the Mutants - Smoke and Blood #1 - This sounds like it could be a really cool one-shot amid all of this mutant vampire stuff from Marvel.  The X-Men scientists bring a vampire into their lab to study it and the lab goes into lockdown when it escapes.  Great horror premise.

8. Celadore (Volume 1) TP - This Zuda title from Caanan Grall has plenty of supernatural stuff going on in it, from ghosts to Frankenstein-ish guys to tooth fairies, featuring a battle with an evil vampire that has given vampires all over the ability to walk in sunlight.

9. Kick-Ass 2: Balls To the Wall #1 (of 6) - Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. return to their Icon series, hopefully with some new fans from the feature film.  More violence and mayhem is certain.

10. Kizuna: Deluxe Edition (Volume 1) - I don't know much about this manga series, but I really enjoy some of the yaoi manga out there, so I'm looking forward to this 400-page whopper that Digital Manga claims is one of their most-requested titles.

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