Saturday, July 09, 2011

Previews HYPE!: September '11

Here are the books, coming to comic shops in September, that I think may get overlooked, or that I'm just plain excited about...

DC Comics - September sees the relaunch of the entire DC Universe line, with some very impressive talent involved.  The highlights are Justice League #1 (Geoff Johns, Jim Lee and Scott Williams), Justice League International #1 (Dan Jurgens, Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan), Aquaman #1 (Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado), Wonder Woman #1 (Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang), DC Universe Presents #1 (spotlights different superheroes of the DC Universe, beginning with Deadman, from Paul Jenkins and Bernard Chang), Action Comics #1 (Grant Morrison, Rags Morales and Rick Bryant), Superman #1 (George Perez and Jesus Merino), Superboy #1 (Scott Lobdell, RB Silva and Rob Lean), Batman #1 (Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion), Batgirl #1 (Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes), Batwoman #1 (Finally, by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman), Birds of Prey #1 (Duane Swierczynski and Jesus Saiz), Red Hood and The Outlaws #1 (Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort), Green Lantern #1 (Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy), Green Lantern: New Guardians #1 (Tony Bedard, Tyler Kirkham and Batt), Red Lanterns #1 (Peter Milligan, Ed Benes and Rob Hunter), Justice League Dark #1 (Peter Milligan and Mikel Janin), Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1 (Jeff Lemire and Alberto Ponticelli), I, Vampire #1 (Joshua Hale Fialkov and Andrea Sorrentino), Resurrection Man #1 (Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Fernando Dagnino), Demon Knights (Paul Cornell, Diogenes Neves and Oclair Albert), Stormwatch #1 (Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda), Voodoo #1 (Ron Marz and Sami Basri), O.M.A.C. #1 (Dan Didio, Keith Giffen and Scott Koblish), Teen Titans #1 (Scott Lobdell, Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund), and Hawk and Dove #1 (Sterling Gates and Rob Liefeld).  And those are just ones I'm excited about.  This month is going to hurt the wallet.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9: Freefall #1 - And season nine of Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer begins at Dark Horse, with a story co-written by the series creator himself.

Pogo: The Complete Syndicated Comic Strips (Volume 1): "Through the Wild Blue Wonder" - Walt Kelly's comic strip is finally seeing the light of day as a collection!!  Also out this month from Fantagraphics, Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse (Volume 2): "Trapped On Treasure Island."

Sailor Moon (Volume 1) TP - Finally, Sailor Moon returns in new collections to capture the imagination of a new generation.  Also available this month, the prequel to Sailor Moon, Codename: Sailor V (Volume 1) TP.

The Deathray HC - Dan Clowes acclaimed story from Eightball is expanded and released in a deserving hardcover.

The Manara Library (Volume 1) HC - This is the first of nine hardcovers collecting the Italian legend Milo Manara's comics, kicking off with an introduction by Frank Miller, and including the epic Indian Summer.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 - Relaunching alongside the rest of the Ultimate Universe is Ultimate Spider-Man, since, you know, he died and all.  Ultimate Comics X-Men #1 also comes out this month.

Daybreak HC - Brian Ralph's excellent zombie comics are collected under one cover.

Teen Titans by Geoff Johns Omnibus (Volume 1) HC - A nice format for this run from fan-favorite writer Geoff Johns.

Action! Mystery! Thrills! Great Comic Book Covers 1936-1945 - This could be a hell of a lot of fun.  Edited by Greg Sadowski.

Three Thieves (Volume 2): The Sign of the Black Rock GN - Scott Chantler's follow-up to the excellent Tower of Treasure.

Annihilators: Earthfall #1 (of 4) - Another Annihilators mini-series, featuring the heavy-hitters of Marvel's cosmic heroes.  Plus, another Rocket Raccoon and Groot story.

Star Trek Ongoing #1 - This new comic book series from IDW sees episodes from the original series reimagined with the alternate timeline that JJ Abrams created with his Star Trek film.

Star Gazing Dog GN - An acclaimed manga from Takashi Murakami.

The Simon and Kirby Library: Crime HC - Featuring the best of Simon and Kirby's crime comics from the 1950's.

Dorothy & The Wizard in Oz #1 (of 8) - Eric Shanower and Skottie Young continue to adapt L. Frank Baum's Oz children's books to comics.

The Drops of God (Volume 1) - The wine manga that effected the world's wine economy now available to American audiences for the first time.

The Definitive Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim (Volume 1) HC - The latest addition to IDW's Library of American Comics line are these classic action comics from Alex Raymond.

The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists HC  - New Seth.

Holy Terror HC - New Frank Miller.

Castle: Richard Castle's Deadly Storm HC - An original graphic novel based on the hit television show actually adapts Richard Castle's, the mystery writer from that show's, first book featuring his character Derrick Storm.  A little convoluted already, even for Marvel...

Jim Henson's A Tale of Sand HC - This graphic novel is illustrated from a complete screenplay found in the archives of The Jim Henson Company, written by Jim Henson himself and partner Jerry Juhl.

No Longer Human (Volume 1) GN - A manga adapting one of the best selling novels in Japan, of all time.

Alpha Flight Classic (Volume 2) TP - Finally.  I really enjoyed the first collection of John Byrne's Alpha Flight stories, and it looks like, with the new Alpha Flight series taking off, a second volume is finally in order.

Bake Sale GN - A new graphic novel from Sara Varon (Robot Dreams).  Other notable all-ages releases this month include Korgi (Volume 3): A Hollow Beginning GN and Dragon Puncher (Book 2): Island HC.

Bonnie Lass #1 - The fan-favorite webcomic comes to print.

1-800-MICE HC - The critically-acclaimed alt-comic series from Matthew Thurber is collected in one nice hardcover package.

The Smurfs (Volume 8): The Smurf Apprentice GN - Papercutz' collections of Peyo's wonderful Smurfs comics continues!

George RR Martin's A Game of Thrones #1 - The latest pop culture phenom to get the comic treatment, courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment.

R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection HC - Collecting Crumb's art for record covers.

Prison Pit (Book 3) - More over-the-top, violent craziness.

Twilight: The Graphic Novel (Volume 2) GN - It was bound to happen.

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