January 9, 2012 at 11:57 am By:

Hi, I’m Heather, long time reader and first time contributor to the Heroes Blog. You may recognize me from the Info Booth at HeroesCon or from my photography here on the blog and Flickr.  You may have also seen me around the store with my new husband, Seth Peagler, Heroes’ Warehouse Manager. I’ll be digging through all the goodness that is the Previews Catalog bringing you things that the staff and I think look interesting .

B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth: The Pickens County Horror #1: Dark Horse brings us a new chapter in the paranormal agency’s fight against evil with this two part mini-series.  Vampires have been notably absent in the world of Hellboy, and this title will reveal their history focusing on a Gothic Southern clan dealing with the fallout of hell on Earth.  With covers by Becky Cloonan and Mike Mignola this scary title is co-written by Mignola and Scott Allie.  Even better, Charlotte’s own Jason Latour is the interior artist!  (page 34-35)

Fairest #1: While one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, Adam Hughes’ wraparound cover is so full of beauty that it alone is enough to entice many readers.  Writer and creator Bill Willingham introduces a new series in the popular Fables universe focusing on the women of the fairy tale world.  With art by Phil Jimenez and Andy Lanning, the first arc focuses on Briar Rose with promised arcs centering on other characters like Rapunzel and Snow White to follow. (page 140 as well as the front cover)

Saga #1Saga launches with a double-sized first issue to bring us the story of Alana and Marko, a young couple with a new baby, trying to survive a war.  Written by Brian K. Vaughan and drawn by Fiona Staples, Saga looks to be an interesting take on family dynamics in the midst of an intergalactic crisis.  Alana and Marko are on opposite sides of the battle, when they fall in love and retreat from the conflict.  The story begins nine months later at the birth of their daughter.  Fans of Vaughan know this isn’t his first survival in a brave new world setting and if his work in Y:The Last Man can be used as an example, Saga should be outstanding. (page 182-185 as well as the back cover)

Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist Hardcover: The Heroes Discussion Group recently featured one of Clowes’ more well-known works, Ghost World.  Part of the discussion focused on the art style of Clowes, particularly the main characters, Enid and Rebecca. This hardcover goes beyond Clowes’ better known illustrations to include unpublished and rare work as well as essays from Chris Ware and Chip Kidd.  With 224 pages packed full of great art and writing, this is sure to be a great addition to any collector’s library.  (page 231)

Avengers Assemble #1: Getting Thor and Captain America dvds for Christmas has just made me more excited about the Avengers movie coming out this summer.  Marvel has anticipated this excitement not only by releasing a mini-series, A Prelude to Marvel’s the Avengers, but with a new ongoing series, Avengers Assemble.  This new series reunites one of my favorite Marvel creative teams, Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, and centers on the roster featured in the film.  Avengers Assemble #1 has multiple cover options with the main cover by Bagley, a variant cover by Art Adams, a blank variant and other retailer variants.  This new title provides a good opportunity for readers new to the Avengers universe or movie fans to jump right in the action. (Marvel Previews cover and pages 7 – 9)

Bonus Picks: Rocketeer Adventures 2, Batman: Death by Design Deluxe Edition Hardcover by Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor, Joe Golem and the Drowning City by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, Cinderella: Fables are Forever trade paperback, and Cow Boy by Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos.  An extra special bonus pick: January Previews includes the FCBD books for Free Comic Book Day on May 5, 2012.  There are a lot of great titles for FREE!

If these or any of the other titles appearing in January 2012 Previews look like the books for you, be sure to let Heroes know so they can add them to your pull list or place them on special order.  Pre-ordering helps everyone from creators, to your local comic shop, to you.  The best way to make sure you have a copy when books are released is requesting them early.  Please have your pre-orders for March 2012 in to Heroes by January 18 at the latest.  Let them know when you’re in the store or email Shelley.  Happy Reading!


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