Sunday, February 13, 2011

Previews HYPE: April '11

Wading through the phone book that is Previews Catalogue to dig out the good are some items of note that I thought were worth pointing out or that I'm just plain excited about, shipping to comic shops in April...

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse (Volume 1): Race To Death Valley HC - One of the most exciting announcements of the year, the first of a massive reprint project debuts this month in the form of Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse comic strip.

Herc #1 & #2 - Hells yeah! I was bummed out when Incredible Hercules concluded, so it's nice to see a new ongoing rolling out this month from Greg Pak, Fred van Lente and Georges Jeanty.

Sensational She-Hulk by John Byrne (Volume 1) TP - Finally.

Onward Towards Out Noble Deaths GN - More manga from Drawn & Quarterly, this one by important Gekiga creator Shigeru Mizuki.

Congress of the Animals HC - Hot on the heels of Weathercraft comes another full-length graphic novel from Jim Woodring, featuring his beloved Frank character.

Fear Itself #1 (of 7) - Like the summer blockbuster season for cinema, it's about that time for crossover season at the big comic publishers.  Marvel's big event appropriately features a lot of Thor action, although beyond that, I don't know much about it, except that Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen make a good team to get behind this thing.

Isle of 100,000 Graves HC - A pirate story by Fabien Vehlmann, illustrated by Jason.

Tenken GN - This book won the Japan Media Festival Arts Award and sees a postapocalyptic world where a princess is about to be sacrificed to a monster.

Dark Horse Presents #1 - The anthology returns with ab 80-page first issue featuring talent from creators like Howard Chaykin, Neal Adams and Paul Chadwick, as well as a look at Xerxes, the 300 prequel from none other than Frank Miller himself.

Miss Fury HC - The Sunday strip featuring female superhero Miss Fury is collected in IDW's Library of American Comics line, featuring the first female superhero created and drawn by a female artist, Tarpe Mills.

Lucille GN - Another award-winning book, this graphic novel about adolescence and anorexia, by Ludovic Debeurme, won the Rene Goscinny Prize.

The Raven HC - Edgar Allen Poe's masterpiece reinterpreted by Stigmata's Lorenzo Maaotti and Lou Reed.

Super Dinosaur #1 - A new Robert Kirkman ongoing series featuring...well, the title says it all, and it's pretty awesome.

The Lychee Light Club (Volume 1) - Vertical has chosen some great manga to reprint, so it's always nice to see something new launch from them, this one being a horror comedy.

Francis Sharp In the Grip of the Uncanny GN - A supernatural story that takes place in rural New Jersey in the 1930's - could be fun.

Mega Man #1 - This could be fun - from Archie comes an ongoing Mega Man comic.

Thunderbolts Classic (Volume 1) TP - It took them awhile to get this going.  Beginning to collect the surprisingly long-running series featuring Marvel villains.

Deadman (Volume 1) TP - Going back to the beginnings of the character, this collection familiarizes readers with DC character Deadman, with plenty of Neal Adams art.

Angel #44 - The final issue of Angel from IDW, making way for his transition over to Dark Horse, and wrapping up storylines from over the past few years of this epic run.

Sleepyheads GN - This graphic novel by Randall C's graphic novel is from Europe, and won several awards when it was originally released.

Echo #30 - Also wrapping up this month is Terry Moore's superhero saga Echo, which never got the attention that it deserved during its run.


David Charles Bitterbaum said...

Interesting picks. On my blog I listed what I thought were the best items and worst items for the newest issue of previews. Sorry for the sorta-plug, but I genuinely think you might like it too.

David said...

Great list. 4 of my 5 orders for the month are on there, the last being Gilbert Hernandez's Citizen Rex.