Sunday, March 11, 2012

Previews HYPE: April 2012

Here are the books that caught my eye in Previews Catalogue, for books shipping to comic shops in April...

Courtney Crumrin #1 - A new full-color Courtney Crumrin series is certainly cause for celebration!  Creator Ted Naifeh returns to his beloved character, writing and illustrating this new series.

Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama HC - One of the most anticipated graphic novels of the year is Alison Bechdel's follow-up to her hugely-successful and acclaimed Fun Home, this book focusing on her mother, whereas Fun Home was about her father.

Avengers vs. X-Men #1 (of 12) - The big Marvel crossover that has a ton of hype around it brags shocking revelations and one-on-one battles we've been waiting for. Time to see if it lives up to expectations, like few recent crossovers from the House of Ideas have.

Challengers of the Unknown by Jack Kirby Omnibus HC - More Kirby collections!  This collects all of Kirby's work on the team title, good timing as the Challengers just made their New 52 debut in DC Comics Presents #6 last month.

Supreme #63 - Erik Larsen and Cory Hamscher adapt Alan Moore's final script of a never-before-seen Supreme comic, as a launching point for a regular series which Larsen will continue.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Archie 100-Page Spectacular - This reprints the three-issue mini adaptation of the first episodes of the TMNT cartoon, launching a series that became something all its own and something really special.  This was collected recently by Archie as "Heroes In a Half Shell," but the collections will continue past that initial arc in IDW's aggressive TMNT reprint project.

X-Men: The Hidden Years (Volume 1) TP - X-Men stories that are all John Byrne.

No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics HC - A definitive collection of queer comics.  Finally.

Hopeless, Maine (Volume 1) HC - Tom and Timue Brown's webcomic sees print in this hardcover edition from Archaia.  Let's hope this is another Gunnerkrigg-quality series.

Richard Stark's Parker: The Score HC - This is the latest of Darwyn Cooke's comic adaptations of the beloved crime novels by Richard Stark Parker.

Grendel Omnibus (Volume 1): Hunter Rose TP - The first of four volumes collecting the entirety of Matt Wagner's series.

Lost Dogs SC - Jeff Lemire, who is doing some amazing work at DC currently, originally won a Xerix Award for this story, which sees the light of day after being out of print for quite a while.

The Pterodactyl Hunters (In the Gilded City) One-Shot - Speaking of the Xerix Awards, this comic won the prestigious award in 2010.

The Shadow #1 - The Shadow is resurrected in a new series written by Garth Ennis.

The Adventures of Joedelle HC - A classic 1960's pop-art comic, Guy Peellaert abd Pierre Bartier's psychedelic spy adventure has been out of print for years.

Deadenders TP - A collection of Ed Brubaker's 16-issue run on the "pre-apocalyptic" series.

New York Mon Amour HC - This new Jacques Tardi hardcover collects four tales about New York.

The Secret Service #1 - A new Icons creator-owned series from Mark Millar (Kick Ass) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen).

The Adventures of Venus HC - This new collection from Gilbert Hernandez puts together all of his Venus stories from Measles.

Popeye #1 (of 4) - IDW is putting some top talent on this new Popeye comic - giving writing reigns to none other than Roger Langridge!

Wally Wood: The Complete Galaxy Illustrations HC - This collects all of Wally Wood's art from Galaxy Magazine, from covers to everything else.

Makeshift Miracle (Book 1): The Girl From Nowhere HC - Another book making the transition from webcomic to print is this manga, full of high quality illustration work.

Get Jiro! HC - Chef Anthony Bourdain co-writes this graphic novel about food and culture...huh.

Silver Streak Archives Featuring the Original Daredevil (Volume 1) HC - People may recognize the Daredevil of this comic from Erik Larsen's Savage Dragon, and here are the original stories featuring the original Daredevil, in a collection featuring work by talents such as Jack Cole and Bob Wood.

Teen Boat! GN - A teen that has the ability to turn into...a boat?  It's crazy enough that it might work.

Jerusalem: Chronicles From the Holy City HC - Guy Delisle, creator of acclaimed works like Pyongyang: A Journey Into North Korea, sets his sights on Jerusalem.

Reset #1 (of 4) - New Peter Bagge mini-series from Dark Horse.

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