Friday, June 24, 2011

Previews HYPE: August '11

A bit behind on this, but here are the books, coming to comic shops in August, that I think may get overlooked, or that I'm just plain excited about...

Habibi GN - Craig Thompson's long-awaited follow-up to Blankets, delving into the Islamic world.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 - A new ongoing Ninja Turtles series is definitely something to celebrate, especially as series co-creator Kevin Eastman is co-writing and doing layouts for the new title!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection (Volume 1) HC - Also available this month is the original stories featuring the heroes in half shells, in a deserving hardcover collection.

Gunnerkrigg Court (Volume 3) HC - An amazing fantasy series continues.  Seriously, if anyone hasn't checked out this magical comic, please do!

Angel and Faith #1 - Angel returns to Dark Horse as part of Joss Whedon's executed-produced Buffy-verse.  The fantastic Christos Gage is writing.

Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010 HC - Michael Kupperman (Tales Designed To Thrizzle), inspired by the recent prose autobiography, unleashes some Mark Twain love in a new (sure to be hilarious) graphic novel.  See Mark Twain hunt a yeti.

The Frank Book HC - Back in print after years, Jim Woodring's classic Frank stories are becoming available just in time for his 20th anniversary.

Love & Rockets: New Stories #4 - More Hernandez Brothers goodness, including a sort-of sequel to Jaime's acclaimed "Browntown," and Fritz in "King Vampire."

Mystic #1 (of 4) - Mystic was one of my favorite Crossgen titles, and while this is a radical overhaul of the title, Marvel is putting some good creative teams behind the launch of their Crossgen line, this one from G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and David Lopez (Catwoman).

Bad Island GN - A new all-ages graphic novel from the creator of Ghostopolis, Doug TenNapel.

Fantastic Four by John Byrne Omnibus (Volume 1) HC - I've heard very good things about John Byrne's run on Fantastic Four, and now it seems that Marvel is ready to give it the treatment it deserves.

Black Widow: The Itsy-Bitsy Spider HC - Finally this is collected again!  These are really great, over-looked stories featuring Black Widow at her kick-ass best.  These are not to be missed, boasting talent like Greg Rucka and J.G. Jones.

Mnemovore HC - Another overlooked gem is being collected this month in the form of the Lovecraftian horror title Mnemovore.

Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland HC - A new original graphic novel featuring Bigby Wolf, this one's written by Fables series creator Bill Willingham.

Ultimate Comics Ultimates #1 - Marvel's Ultimate Comics line begins a new era, with the flagship title written by buzz writer Jonathan Hickman.

Ultimate Comics Hawkeye #1 (of 4) - With Hawkeye becoming a bigger presence in next summer's Avengers movies, Marvel is obviously to generate some excitement surrounding the character, and some books to release alongside the movie.  This one also written by Jonathan Hickman.

Malinky Robot: Collected Stories & Other Bits TP - This collection is from Sonny Liew, who did amazing work in the underappreciated Wonderland graphic novel.  The art looks beautiful in this book.

The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury HC - I remember reading the first issue of this title before Archaia restructured, and really enjoyed it.  Now the collection comes out, and is sure to sport more of the action-packed, bright superhero goodness that first issue promised.

Archie: Best of Harry Lucey (Volume 1) HC - Lovingly restored, the greatest Archie stories from another classic artist comes to life.

The Best of Archie Comics TP - How many best of Archie collections can there be?  Plenty, it would seem, as Archie Comics Publications releases their own.

Bubbles & Gondola GN - A cute all-ages fantasy featuring a mouse, from NBM, who publishes some great European comics.

X-Statix Omnibus HC - I was a big fan of this series, and am happy to see that all of the mini-series odds and ends are included in this massive collection of the groundbreaking series.

The Infinite #1 - A new series written by Robert Kirkman, with art by Rob Liefeld!

Feeding Ground HC - Sounds like an interesting graphic novel, about immigration, a plague and the unforgiving desert.

Gate7 (Volume 1) - A new urban fantasy manga series from CLAMP launches.

Spell Checkers (Volume 2): Sons of a Preacher Man - More teenaged witch angst from Oni Press.

Cage of Eden (Volume 1) - This sounds pretty awesome.  A plain full of students crashlands on an island of prehistoric creatures.

Spider-Man: The Next Chapter (Volume 1) TP - John Byrne's reimagining of Spider-Man from the late 90's, finally collected.

The Mad Fold-In Collection: 1964-2010 HC - All of Al Jaffee's fold-ins (over 400) collected under one cover.

Optic Nerve #12 - What's this?  An alternative comic book?  More Adrian Tomine goodness.  Actually, there will be two big alternative comic book releases this month as Kevin Huizenga's Ganges #4 also comes out!

Spider-Island: Cloak & Dagger #1 (of 3) - The fan-favorite characters return in a new mini-series spun out of the Spider-Man event.

The Pin-up Art of Humorama - A collection of pin-ups from Humorama magazines that includes artists such as Dan DeCarlo, Jack Cole and Basil Wolverton.

The Show Must Go On TP - Sounds like a nice collection of material for Roger Langridge fans.  Also out this month, a new series, Roger Langridge's Snarked! #0, a new all-ages series.

Gumby's Arthur Adams Specials TP - A collection of award-winning Gumby Specials is collected for the first time in 25 years.

Velveteen & Mandala GN - A tale of post-apocalyptic Tokyo from Vertical.

Fraggle Rock Classics (Volume 1) TP - Archaia begins collecting the original comics that followed the loveable Fraggles.

Gon (Volume 1) - How many times can this title be recollected?

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