LOOKING AHEAD :: JANUARY 2013

November 15, 2012 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead is our monthly column where we talk about some key things you’ll find in the most recent issue of Previews.¬† You can order any of these books and more by simply looking through Previews and letting us know¬†which ones you’d like.¬† Just make sure you get your orders to us by November 18.

To kick off 2013, DC’s popular Death of the Family storyline¬†will be continuing¬†in such titles as Batman, Batman and Robin, Detective Comics, Batgirl, Nightwing and Red Hood and the Outlaws.¬† Check out these titles to see how the Scott Snyder-directed new version of the Joker will continue to wreck havoc on the Batman family. (pages 93-103)

Dark Horse will ring in the New Year by bringing us brand new series to enjoy.¬† First up is a new Star Wars ongoing series by Brian Wood.¬† The key here is that this one focuses on untold stories set in the days of the classic trilogy with Han, Chewie, Luke, Leia and Vader.¬†¬†Dark Horse will also be debuting a four issue mini series,¬†The Black Beetle: No Way Out, from¬†Francesco Francavilla.¬† Francavilla’s one of comics most in-demand¬†cover artists, but somehow he found time to write and draw this mini series which will undoubtedly be packed with plenty of pulp-noir goodness. (pg. 34, 48)

Image celebrates the tenth anniversary of Invincible with issue #100.¬† In addition to answering lots of questions and potentially leading the character in a new direction, this issue also features a ton of variant covers from the likes of Cory Walker, Marc Silvestri, Bryan Hitch, Art Adams and more.¬† Some of writer Robert Kirkman’s diehard Walking Dead fans are slowly realizing he writes other comics too, so don’t be surprised if this one goes quickly.

Image is also bringing a brand new printing of Paul Pope’s One Trick Rip-Off.¬† Not only is this 288 page volume newly colored (for the first time), but over 150 of the pages comprise a Deep Cuts section, featuring a plethora of unpublished and rarely seen work from Pope.¬† Some of the stories here were original published in Japan, and have never been seen by an American audience.¬† (pages 184-185)

For the Comic Strip enthusiasts among you, there are¬†plenty of reasons to look forward to January.¬† Over 15 classic Calvin and Hobbes books have been newly reprinted, and some of these haven’t been available for quite a while.¬† Whether it’s a collection of Sunday¬†Strips¬†or one of the many best of collections (The Indispensable, The Authoritative, etc.), or one of the early collections, there are many options in this month’s Previews. (pages 232-234)

If you prefer comic strips that are a bit darker in their humor, Fantagraphics debuts a brand new collection of Tony Millionaire’s Maakies in January.¬† Millionaire’s highly regarded for the way he combines classic strip cartooning (and fine line work) with subversive humor.¬† Green Eggs and Maakies continues the long-running exploits of Drinky Crow and Uncle Gabby as they find new and self-destructive ways to get themselves into trouble.¬† (pg. 296)

January also finds Marvel continuing their big Marvel Now campaign with a slew of new series.¬† Among the new titles are a Sam Humphries/Ron Garney helmed Uncanny X-force #1, a Black Panther-focused New Avengers title from Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting, Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman’s Peter Parker-less new Superior Spider-man #1, Frank Cho’s Savage Wolverine #1, and Young Avengers #1 which reuintes Phonogram‘s Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.¬† (Marvel Previews pages 2-23)

 

Take a look through Previews for yourself and remember to let us know by November 18 if you’d like us to order or reserve a copy of a January book for you.

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STAFF PICKS :: AMERICAN VAMPIRE #31 :: SEPTEMBER 26, 2012

September 25, 2012 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

MATT’S PICK :: AMERICAN VAMPIRE #31: Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque produce¬†the most consistently enjoyable comic on the shelves. ¬†“The Blacklist” story line is the perfect reward for sticking with this title from the beginning. ¬†The twist presented at the end of issue #30 would not have worked as well if it was revealed within the first twenty issues. ¬†Because readers have gotten more familiar with Pearl and Skinner, the great “oh no!” moments really stick. ¬†Throughout this series, Snyder and¬†Albuquerque¬†have never wasted a page or a single panel. ¬†Everything is presented with clear direction and intent. ¬†Perfection.

 

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STAFF PICKS :: BATMAN #12 :: AUGUST 08, 2012

August 06, 2012 By: Heroes Online Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

JASON’S PICK :: BATMAN #12: Scott Snyder started writing Detective Comics when it was Dick Grayson under Batman’s cowl (which he discussed in depth at this year’s HeroesCon!), but he didn’t miss a beat with Bruce Wayne’s return and the jump to writing Batman with the launch of DC’s “New 52.” This issue wraps up Snyder’s game-changing “Court of Owls” storyline/crossover and sets the stage for the coming year of stories. With the Joker’s return in the “Death of the Family” storyline coming soon, it’ll be exciting to see what kind of hints and teases Snyder throws at us in this issue.

 

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