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newly colored (for the first time), but over 150 of the pages comprise a Deep Cuts section, featuring a plethora of unpublished and rarely seen work from Pope.¬† Some of the stories here were original published in Japan, and have never been seen by an American audience.¬† (pages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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