Let’s get to it! Travis is in black, I’m in blue, and there are comics to be examined … but not, it seems, what’s on the cover of this month’s Previews #361, a comic which is not actually solicited in this month’s catalog! Oh, those rascally rapscallions at Marvel!
On page 40 we find Die #1, a new series by Kieron Gillen. It’s drawn by Stephanie Hans, so it will look gorgeous, and the title is an oh-so-clever double meaning, as it means both what you do when your life is over and also a many-sided shape that people use in games to determine their moves. It’s about role players who happened to call up something horrible and how they deal with it as adults. Yes, the solicits even lean into the “Jumanji” connection, but so what if it’s a bit derivative? Gillen is amazing, Hans is amazing, and I’ve been looking forward to this since June, when Gillen told me about it. Whoo-hoo!
Earlier in the catalog the Previews people suggest IT as another touchstone, which seems apropos as well. It does sound cool, so I’ll get the trade, and not even mention how jelly I am of you already knowing about it!
The first volume of Farmhand in on page 56. This has been a somewhat surprisingly good series – I knew it would look good, because Rob Guillory is a good artist, but Guillory’s writing is quite solid, too. He learned some lessons from collaborating with John Layman for years, so the series is a bit twisted and funny, but it also starts out a bit more humanistic than Chew did (Chew became so later in its run). It’s a neat comic.
I’ve been waiting for this trade, so I’m in, especially since it’s 10 bucks. Insert comment here about how I still haven’t gotten the first Chew Smorgasbord HC at my shop, so Image needs to get that back in print, dammit!
I don’t know if The New World on page 58 is any good, because Ales Kot is very hit-and-miss, but it’s Romeo and Juliet in a Mad Max world, which isn’t a bad thing, and I’m getting it because Tradd Moore is drawing it, and Moore is terrific.
Yeah, I’ll probably get this one. Eventually.
I’m not sure about getting the trade of Stellar (page 60), because I don’t love Joe Keatinge’s work and he was kind of a dick the only time I’ve ever talked to him, but the premise – what does a warrior do after winning the war? – isn’t bad, and Bret Blevins on art is always a treat. I’ll have to think about it.
Keatinge’s Glory was fantastic but a lot of the rest of his work I’ve read is merely ok (with his Morbius being awful). But the man who brought us Sleepwalker is on art, so I may go for that.
I like the descriptor tags for Man-Eaters 4 on page 78. “Self-help, Survival Guide, Feline Studies”.
Mind Mgmt gets a fancy omnibus on page 107, with 400 pages for 25 bucks. It’s an excellent series, so if you haven’t read it yet, here’s a good place to start!
I’m not sure how fancy it is, as it is a softcover, but I actually did read this series from the library, and it is excellent. Someday I will get around to owning it!
It’s still fancy!
I would skip the hardcover of Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander on page 111, because it’s 30 dollars for five issues, and given that it’s Miller doing his expressionistic best, it won’t take you long to read. It’s actually a very weird story, and probably worth reading, but not for that much coin.
Not too long ago I got the HC of 300 at a library sale for 2 bucks, so I’ll wait until serendipity drops this in my lap!
Dark Horse does a lot of the EC archives, and usually I don’t get them simply because they cost a lot, but I may have to get The EC Archives: Piracy on page 120, even though it’s 50 bucks. Pirates are hella fun, and this features stories drawn by Wallace Wood, Jack Davis, Al Williamson, Graham Ingels, Reed Crandall, and Bernard Krigstein, among others. That’s not a bad line-up. Plus, there’s a foreword by … Marilyn Manson? Fuck the heck?
Aaaaahhhhh! (duh duh duh duh duh, duh duh duh duh duh!) Yeah, that’s weird, because you’d think if he’s doing one for any of them, it’d be a horror one. I’m glad DH is getting a lot of these shorter and later EC series collected. And I’m kicking myself for not getting the second Panic one when it was offered!
They’re doing a Batman and the Outsiders series (page 2) and there’s no Looker? Yeah, I’ll pass. Booooooo, DC!!!!
Goddess Mode on page 4 is about a future where humans are provided for by an A.I., and the protagonist is the woman who does tech support for it. Of course she discovers there’s something fishy going on, but frankly, I would read the hell out of a series just about her terrible job doing tech support for a godlike A.I. We don’t need fishy things going on for it to be a good story!!!!
On page 23, in Flash 60, there’s a corrupt police state in Corto Maltese, which is that famous Euro comic, iirc. Although wasn’t there a reference to it being a country in DKR?
Possibly? I don’t have my copy handy, so I ain’t looking it up. But yes, Corto Maltese is Hugo Pratt’s famous series. That’s an odd deep cut for a generic DC comic.
Page 27 has Hawkman 7, which still lists Bryan Hitch as the artist, which I believe has been the case for each issue. Which is surprising!
Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing gets the Absolute treatment on page 50, and while $100 is a lot for comics I already own, I do love me some Absolute Editions. Dang it.
What is both interesting and irritating is that it says it is newly colored. Argh …
They’re offering a trade of the early Adam Strange stuff on page 51, which I swear they offered before in some form but cancelled it. Hope they get this one out, because I just read the JLA crossover issue (Mystery in Space 75, in this collection) and dug it.
It’s $150, but Detective Comics: Before Batman looks sweet, as DC gives us the first 26 issues of the series in two fancy hardcovers. Another huge expense I will have to ponder.
Yeah, this one is tough, because it’s interesting from an historical perspective, but some of the Golden Age stuff is tough to read and enjoy. I did read that there will be some sort of “revelation” about an early creator of this stuff who has not gotten their due before now, but I don’t know what exactly will be revealed, so I am intrigued from that aspect. It comes out in March so I can probably save up until then! Or not, actually….
Augh! While there’s a trade of Scooby Doo Team Up on page 65, there’s no listing for a new issue! No!!!
On page 145, we get Rocketeer Reborn, which is a modern take on the character. Cliff Secord’s jet pack has been found, and apparently a bunch of people want it! Elsa Charretier is writing this with her writing partner, Pierrick Colinet, and while it’s disappointing that she’s not drawing it, Javier Pulido is, and Pulido is absolutely terrific, so this is probably going to be worth a look.
Yeah, I’ll probably check out the trade.
San Glanzman’s Voyage to the Deep, which contains four tales of the “shape-shifting atomic submarine Proteus” (you know, I prefer my atomic submarines to pick a shape and stick with it!), is offered on page 159 from the It’s Alive imprint. This sounds like a shitload of fun, although it is $25 for 144 pages. But you people should love Glanzman if you don’t already, so you should check it out!
I have to check, but I thought I got the print version of this with the Kickstarter, and as of now, it hasn’t come out. I could be wrong, though. I do have the PDF of it, though, so maybe I will get around to writing about it soon. I talked about the Kickstarter when it was live.
One of our faves, Juan Ferreyra, is doing the art for the Killmonger mini on page 12. So it will look great!
I saw that and was bummed. I mean, yeah, I’ll read a Killmonger mini-series just because Ferreyra draws it, but man, I wish a writer I liked would team up with him for a long-running Image book, because the way Marvel and DC use artists these days is terrible.
Ooh. On page 108, Marvel starts the Decades collections, with the 1940s and The Human Torch vs. The Sub-Mariner. I may have read bits of this stuff, and some Golden Age stuff is…ok, I said that bit in the DC section. But this is reasonably priced and should be cool, and the upcoming trades look cool too.
On page 135, Marvel has What If? Classic: The Complete Collection volume 1, which collects the first 12 issues of the series and might be worth a look. Honestly, until we get to the issue where Wolverine eats a baby, they’re just wasting my time!!!!
…OK, I don’t know what that one is, but this explains all those True Believer books from last month or the month before. I have several of these, I believe, and they’re decent.
Charlie’s Angels is offered in trade on page 189, and I like Layman and Eisma, so I’ll be getting this. I know it’s fluff, but it’s probably entertaining fluff!
Yeah, I was waiting on this one, too.
Leah Moore and John Reppion write solid Holmes stories, so I’ll get the trade of The Vanishing Man on page 191, even though the solicits spell it “Shelock Holmes.” I mean, if they’re going to gender-switch the detective, the name is right there, but I don’t think Moore and Reppion were quite that bold in this story!
Yeah, I got nuthin’. Take it away!
Just that Feathers is in softcover on page 217, by Jorge Corona, whose art looks good from what I’ve seen.
Let’s get to the back of the book!
Aardvark-Vanaheim has Canadian Vark on page 232, the new Cerebus in Hell? book, with that up to the minute parody of the cover of American Flagg 1. However, this issue is all new stuff, so yay?!
Action Lab has the trade of Double Jumpers volume 2 on page 234, and the first trade, with a group of programmers transported to their own video game’s world, was pretty good, so I think I’ll be getting this.
Man, if I had money I’d get the HC of Babyteeth Year One on page 238 from AfterShock, since I’ve passed on the trades but it sounded cool. A teen mom is giving birth to the Antichrist. Donny Cates is pretty good from the stuff I’ve been reading of his lately.
It’s pretty good. Some of it is wildly predictable, but some of it’s not. And Garry Brown’s art is pretty good.
I’m also looking at Her Infernal Descent, in trade on page 247, with a mom trying to get her family out of hell with the help of William Blake and Agatha Christie, because why not?
Yeah, I forgot to mention that. I’ll be picking that up.
Mega Ghost on page 250 from Albatross Funnybooks sounds fun, about a kid who can summon a supernatural robot to fight the occult. I’ll probably wait for a trade!
Our pals at Amigo are mashing up their characters in Crossover 1 on page 257, pitting Nancy in Hell against the Apocalypse Girl. I haven’t read either of their books yet, but I will still probably get this because the Amigo stuff is usually pretty good.
I read the first Nancy in Hell story, and it was all right. This is a weird idea, but it’s either going to be really good or really bad. We shall see!
Antarctic Press is teaming with ROK Comics, which apparently does animation on mobile devices, which means they’re beyond my technical capabilities. But one comic they’re doing on page 260, Heroes at Large, about a group of government sponsored heroes in the ’40s getting thawed out now with their old attitudes still intact sounds fun. I’ll hope for a trade!
I could probably handle it on my desktop, but yeah, I don’t have a very good mobile device either. Mine has an actual keyboard instead of a virtual one, because I’m old-school!
Pfft, I use the old timey letters on each of the numbers of the phone dial. Plus, my battery seems to have crapped out on mine, so I have to take a look to see if I can find a new one somewhere!
I’d love to order a shitload of these Avatar books offered for cheap, but a few months ago they had a “big sale” and then sent my shop the books I wanted at cover price, not the sale price. WTF, Avatar? So I may still order these but I will approach with caution.
You didn’t pay full price for them, did you? Because that happened with me, too, but if you look at your store’s invoice, despite the full price being listed, they only paid what they would for a 6-dollar book (as the ones from a few months ago were on sale for $5.99). So they shouldn’t have charged you full price. If they did, I doubt it was on purpose – they just looked at the listed price on the comic – but they got the sale price, so you should have too. Just to let you know.
Oh, I brought it up with my guy. I have several in my pull box still that I have to pick up, but the one (Mercury Heat v1, I think) I got he did charge me the low price. I’ll have to remember to let him know to check his invoice, but he’s pretty good about knowing what’s going on.
A Wave Blue World has a few books on page 279, but I’m looking at All We Ever Wanted, their latest anthology. This one collects inspiring science-fiction stories, and while I usually contribute to Tyler’s Kickstarters for his anthologies, I missed this one (I can’t remember why, but I think it was a good reason!), so I’ll pick it up now. Their books are usually quite good!
On page 288, Classic Comics Press has two books by Warren Tufts – the Complete Lance and Casey Ruggles volume 1. The first is $100, the second is $59.95, but they’re both over 300 pages and I can’t honestly decide if I want to splurge for both of them or just one. Dang it. Anyway, Tufts is really good, so if you haven’t seen his art yet, you could get one of these books!
ComicMix does something unexpected and brings out GrimJack Omnibus volume 4 on page 290. The reason this is unexpected is because these are kind of the red-headed stepchild of GrimJack – it’s no longer John Gaunt, but Jim Twilley, as the title character. I own all these issues but I’ve never read them, and I’m trying to decide if I should get this or not just to keep up with the trades. I’m sure they’re good, though, because the Gaunt stories are great, and it’s still John Ostrander (plus excellent art by Flint Henry).
Hmm, I didn’t know that. I have a decent chunk of the original run, but I’m not sure what all I do or don’t have. I probably will end up passing, though, just because I have too many other things I want, and not enough money for them all.
I forgot to mention Memorabilia by Sergio Ponchione on the same page. It’s a quasi-biography of Kirby, Wood, Ditko, Eisner, and Corben, and the page of art they show is superb. It’s only 56 pages for 17 bucks, so it might be a bit dear, but it looks really keen.
Yeah, I noticed that when I flipped through again, but it didn’t get me to the point of putting it in here myself!
On page 302 is a new book of Dame Darcy stuff, Hi Jax and Hi Jinx: Life’s a Pitch, and then you Live Forever, from Feral House. I will probably get this to go with my Meat Cake HC from a few years back.
Oni has the first trade of The Long Con on page 326, which sounds fun, about a comic convention that becomes a community after an apocalypse. It’s co-written by Dylan Meconis, remember.
Of course I remember! I’m trying to decide if I should get this or the inevitable giant-sized collection coming out later, but then I worry that it will never get to that because it’s not financially viable for the company. Dang it!
I’m wishing I could snag the Guerillas Omnibus Edition on page 333, by Brahm Revel, about a bunch of chain smoking chimps fighting in Vietnam, which is inherently a cool premise! I need to win the lottery!
Not for the first time, and probably not for the last, I will point out that that’s not how you spell “guerrillas.” That thing has gone through so many printings with at least two different publishers, and no one has ever bothered to check!
Dang, I did not know that!
Oni has an interesting definition of “as seen on TV”, because of the 4 books they highlight on pages 334-335, only one is from a TV show. The others are written by people who have written for TV shows. Ok?
That’s strange. Maybe the others have been optioned for television but haven’t made it there yet?
Yeah, I like Abel quite a bit, but that subject matter does not interest me at all.
I may need to get Ken Reid’s Creepy Creations HC 1 from Rebellion on page 340 to go with the Faceache HC I got (available again on page 341). He’s got a cool Basil Wolverton style. If I read the Faceache book before the order deadline maybe I’ll get this!
On page 342 Scout Comics has a couple of cool collections. Jazz Legend is about a weird psychedelic drug and what it does to a jazz musician and writer, while Heavenly Blues is about a heist in the afterlife. They both sounded good.
Yeah, I might get both of them. Or just one. We shall see!
Source Point Press has one that might be interesting on page 344. The Cabinet is a story about a group of “social outcasts” who come together on a mission in the Northwest Passage in 1901 and decide to assassinate the president. You know, like you do on missions to the Northwest Passage.
Well duh. That is a graphically cool cover from a design standpoint.
Indeed it is!
Page 346 has Fantasmagoria Holiday Special 2018 from Starburns Industries Press. The first issue was decent (and I may do a full review of it still), so I probably will get this too.
Fabien Nury’s Angola is on page 351 from Titan. This is about the prison, not the country, and apparently it’s a “gritty 1950s gangster thriller.” Well, that sounds fun.
There’s another Philippe Druillet book on page 354: The Night, which he apparently did in response to his wife’s death. If you haven’t checked out Druillet yet, you really should, as he’s a genius artist. Yes, this is 25 dollars for 72 pages, but those 72 pages will be packed with gorgeous stuff and you’ll be able to linger on each page for a long time just marveling at the artwork!
Hmm, interestingly, that sounds similar to what I’ve heard about the inspiration for A Clockwork Orange and the description of the book makes it sound like a similar kind of story. Weird.
Valiant has the third trade of Britannia on page 370. I will finally be reading the first two trades soon, and will therefore decide if I get this one. Don’t spoil nuthin’ for me! (Update, Robert Stack style: I have now read these and they are very good, so I will be getting this!)
Robert Stack style? You’re so old! Also, I haven’t read the third, but it’s a different artist, just so you know. It looks pretty good, though. I’m looking forward to reading it when it’s all done, because you’re right – they are good!
Hey, Unsolved Mysteries is on Hulu, I think, and the gf and I have watched a couple episodes. We even watched a later season with Dennis Farina as host, but it was not as good.
Vanguard Productions has Wally Wood: Dare-Devil Aces on page 371. It’s a collection of Wood’s war comics, including two Cannon stories drawn by Ditko and inked by Wood (I’ve shown some of those before; they’re really beautiful). Yes, it’s 40 dollars, but it’s Wally Wood, for crying out loud!
You can’t judge a book by its title, apparently, because the Seven Seas book on page 416 is called I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, but it seems to be about a love story where one character is dying of pancreatic disease. No actual pancreas eating, unless it takes a gory turn later.
That’s not even judging a book by its cover, that judging a book by its title!
Travis wanted to point out something weird in the deep back of the book, but I guess he chickened out, so that’s all for this month! Have a nice time checking out the catalog!
Oh, I had to put that in? Here it is:
On page M94 is cell phone girl mobile phone stand, which is so disturbing I’m guessing Greg won’t include the picture (and I’ll be surprised if I even get to read this in the column!). Japan is weird, man.
Now you can have a nice day!