Thursday, June 28, 2012

Previews HYPE: July '12

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

Captain Marvel #1 - I looooved the last ongoing series featuring Ms. Marvel, so I'm excited to see Carol Danvers getting a new series as she steps into her new role.

Cursed Pirate Girl HC - My favorite graphic novel of last year gets the hardcover treatment with extra goodies, courtesy of Archaia.  This is a gorgeous book and stunning fantasy - comes with my highest recommendation!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures (Volume 1) - The Archie comics series begins to be collected by IDW in this series of books (following the recent 100-page spectacular) featuring the beloved stories based around the animated series.

Space Punisher #1 (of 4) - This has got to be fun, right?

National Comics: Eternity #1 - This stand-alone issue sees Jeff Lemire, who's doing awesome things at DC currently, take a stab at writing Kid Eternity.

American Elf (Volume 4): The Collected Sketchbook Diaries of James Kochalka (2008-2011) TP - I love these slice-of-life comics. The only webcomic I follow religiously.

Artist's Editions - IDW is releasing two artist editions this month: Bernie Wrightson's The Muck Monster and Neal Adams' Thrill Kill.

Cow Boy: A Boy & His Horse HC - For those who caught the preview in the Free Comic Book Day Arcahaia sampler, here's the full graphic novel featuring the little cowboy.

Debris #1 (of 4) - In a postapocalyptic world, a young woman will face the monsters that rise from the garbage covering the Earth, in a quest for fresh water.  Nice preview art.

Cardboard GN - More garbage! This one is an all-ages comics from Doug TenNapel (Ghostopolis), about cardboard creatures coming to life.

X-Treme X-Men #1 - I'm not familiar with the alternate versions of these characters (Emmeline Frost, Kid Nightcrawler and Captain Howlett), but I usually enjoy the X-work of Greg Pak.

The Creativity of Steve Ditko HC - A companion to the previously-released The Art of Ditko, from IDW's Yoe Books! imprint.  Lots of unpublished gems.

The Golden Twine (Volume 1): Cat's Cradle GN - This just looks like a pretty little fantasy book, about an orphan girl who tames a monster.

The Hypernaturals #1 - Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning write a new team of galaxy-class superheroes.

Sakuran (Volume 1) - A new manga series about a courtesan who dresses like a geisha, from the red-light distrct in Tokyo, from fashion critic and comic artist Moyoco Anno.

The Song of Roland HC - From the "Tintin of Quebec," the French version of this graphic novel won tons of awards.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1 (of 6) - I can't say I'm really excited to see this, but I was a fan of the cartoon growing up!

The Walking Dead #100 - It's been going for that long already, huh?

Powers: FBI #1 - Deena Pilgrim joins the FBI in a new chapter of Bendis' creator-owned work.

Scott Pilgrim Color (Volume 1): Precious Little Life HC - Kicking off a new presentation of the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels in hardcover editions and in color.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Pick of the Week 6/27

Sorry that this one is later than usual, but I will be getting back to posting more regularly now.  Here is the book you should be paying attention to, in comic shops today!

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen III #3: Century 2009 - Lots of good stuff comes out this week from the likes of Gilbert Hernandez, Kevin Huizenga and Eddie Campbell, among others, but I'm most excited about the latest League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.  Why spend your money on the questionable taste of Before Watchmen, when you can have the real thing, by Alan Moore himself?  Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill bring the League into current time, featuring a character very similar to one very popular boy wizard.

Other Noteworthy Releases
Archie Americana (Volume 4): Best of the 70's HC
Attack on Titan (Volume 1)
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1 (of 4)
David Mazzucchell's Daredevil: Born Again: Artist's Edition HC
Defenders by Matt Fraction (Volume 1) TP
Dinosaurs vs. Aliens HC
Fatale (Volume 1): Death Chases Me TP
Fatima the Blood Spinners #1 (of 4)
Get Jiro HC
Gloriana HC
Hit-Girl #1 (of 5)
House of Night GN
Hypernaturals #1
Infinite Crisis Omnibus HC
Journalism HC
Legion of Super Heroes (Volume 1): Hostile World TP
The Lovely Horrible Stuff HC
Mr. Twee Deedle, Raggedy Ann's Cousin by Johnny Gruelle HC
Nick Fury Classic (Volume 1): Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. TP
Olympos (Volume 1)
The Song of Roland GN
Spellbinders: Signs and Wonders TP
Usagi Yojimbo (Volume 26): Traitors of the Earth TP

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Pick of the Week 6/20

This is the book you should be paying attention to, in comic shops on Wednesday...

Angel & Faith (Volume 1): Live Through This TP - This was one of my favorite books of 2011, and, I think, the best thing to come out of Buffy the Vampire Slayer's continuation in comic book form so far.

Other Noteworthy Releases
Before Watchmen: Comedian #1 (of 6)
Challengers of the Unknown by Jack Kirby Omnibus HC
The Complete Flash Gordon Library (Volume 1): On the Planet Mongo HC
Dark Horse Presents #13
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. (Volume 1): War Monsters TP
Incredible Hulk by Jason Aaron (Volume 1) HC
Invincible Iron Man (Volume 9): Demon HC
Lost Dogs GN
Mars Attacks #1
Mars Attacks Classics (Volume 1) TP
Mort Meskin: Out of the Shadows TP
New York Mon Amour HC
Spider-Man: Trouble On the Horizon HC
Static Shock (Volume 1): Supercharged TP
Team Cul de Sac HC
Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse (Vol. 3): High Noon at Inferno Gulch HC
X-Men: X-Club TP

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Comics-and-More Podcast: Avengers vs. X-Men

On this week's Comics-and-More Podcast, Patrick Markfort and I discuss the first part of the Avengers vs. X-Men crossover, as well as various titles tied into the event.

Avengers vs. X-Men #1-5
John Romita Jr, Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman & Matt Fraction

Wolverine & the X-Men #2-11
Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo & Nick Bradshaw

Secret Avengers #21.1-27
Rick Remender, Gabriel Hardman, Renato Guedes & Patrick Zircher

Uncanny X-Men #9-13
Kieron Gillen, Carlos Pacheco, Greg Land & Billy Tan

For further reading:
AvX: VS #1-3

Avengers Academy #29-31
Christos Gage & Tom Grummett

New Avengers #24-26
Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Deodato & Will Conrad

Avengers #25-27
Brian Michael Bendis & Walter Simonson

Check out this new solo video from Patrick Markfort:
New Comics 6/6 (Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #11, Popeye #2 & Trio #2)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Pick of the Week 6/13

Here is the book you should be paying attention to, in comic shops tomorrow...

Spider-Men #1 (of 5) -  Peter Parker from the Marvel Universe and Miles Morales from the Ultimate Universe meet in this mini from Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli.  Also available this week, Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man by Bendis (Volume 2) HC and Ultimate Spider-Man Omnibus (Volume 1) HC

Other Noteworthy Releases
American Vampire: Lord of Vampires #1 (of 5)
Batwoman (Volume 1): Hydrology HC
Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1 (of 4)
Cloak and DAgger: Crime and Punishment HC
Daredevil by Mark Waid (Volume 2) HC
Deathlok: The Living Nightmare of Michael Collins HC
Kiss #1
Kitchen Princess Omnibus (Volume 1)
Mister Terrific (Volume 1): Mind Games TP
Prince Valiant (Volume 5): 1945-1946 HC
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series (Volume 1) TP

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Pick of the Week 6/6

Here is the book you should be paying attention to, in comic shops today!

The Walking Dead (Volume 16): A Larger World TP - The latest volume of the super-popular The Walking Dead hits stands today, as well as the paperback edition of The Walking Dead prose novel, Rise of the Governor, and The Walking Dead and Philosophy SC.

Other Noteworthy Releases
Avengers West Coast: Along Came a Spider-Woman TP
Batman: Detective Comics (Volume 1): Face of Death HC
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1 (of 6)
The Complete Little Orphan Annie (Volume 8) HC
Creator Owned Heroes #1
Creepy Archives (Volume 13) HC
Ed the Happy Clown HC
Green Lantern Corps: Revolt of the Alpha Lanterns TP
Infestation 2 (Volume 1) TP
Koma GN
Paris GN
Red Lanterns (Volume 1): Blood and Rage TP
Uncanny X-Men by Kieron Gillen (Volume 2) HC

Monday, June 04, 2012

The Ravagers #1

Howard Mackie & Ian Churchill

The Ravagers is a new title from DC Comics, part of the New 52, spinning out from Teen Titans.  In fact, this title's story directly follows up events from Teen Titans #9, where a ragtag group of superhumans have escaped N.O.W.H.E.R.E. and their prison lab with the aid of a N.O.W.H.E.R.E. doctor, none other than Fairchild, who was previously part of the Wildstorm universe.  If that sounds complicated, especially for a first issue, it kind of is, given that all of these events happened before this issue and it's pretty much the entire plot, told to us through Fairchild's thoughts and dialogue.  The remainder of the issue is of the team trying to get their bearings in some Arctic landscape as they try to escape their pursuers.  And really, that's all you need to know.  There's a good mixture of characters here, some abandoning others to try to save themselves over the team as a whole, and others bickering over their next moves.  It makes for a nice dynamic.  I'm actually not familiar with many of these characters at all.  In fact, I've never read a comic with any of these characters before.  I know Beast Boy and Terra from the Teen Titans, Go! cartoon series from years ago, but that's really the extent of my knowledge.  But Mackie and Churchill do a good job of showing off the characters' powers and they all have pretty distinct looks, which helps.  A few characters are actually killed off nearly right away, to illustrate the danger that's pursuing the team of survivors - I assume minor characters, and I have no idea if they played big roles in Teen Titans or not, but their deaths definitely signify the seriousness of the situation.  I like the whole survivalist on-the-run scenario of this book.  It reminds me quite a bit of the Crossgen title Negation, one of my favorites from the defunct publisher, about a group of aliens escaping a prison planet together, complete with shocking deaths and shifting allegiances.  I hope The Ravagers, with the established characters here, can keep up the sort of energy and interest that a title like Negation was able to, but obviously, there are characters here that DC will not let the creative team kill off.  But hopefully they will have interest roles in the story, and I'm hoping for plenty of surprises in future issues.  If the energy of this first issue continues, we'll be in for quite a ride.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Comics-and-More Podcast: Batman

On the latest Comics-and-More Podcast, Patrick Markfort and I discuss Scott Snyder's Batman, from DC's New 52.

Batman (Volume 1): The Court of Owls HC
Scott Snyder & Greg Capullo

For further reading:
American Vampire (Volume 1) TP 
Scott Snyder, Stephen King & Rafael Albuquerque

Batman: Gates of Gotham TP
Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins & Trevor McCarthy

Batman: The Black Mirror HC
Scott Snyder, Jock & Francesco Francavilla

Check out these new solo videos from Patrick Markfort:
Alan Moore's Supreme

Supreme & Popeye

New Comics 5/23 (Godzilla, Youngblood, Grifter, Savage Hawkman, etc)

Wandering Son (Volume 2)

New Comics 5/30 (Angel & Faith, FF, Batman Annual, Next Men, etc)