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Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Late Night Look at Previews
Archenemies: Am I the only one getting a little burnt out on "wacky" takes on super-heroes? Hero Squared is worthwhile, and ps238 is brilliant, but so many of these other titles just elicit a heavy-sigh when I hear about them. (And this may be a good comic after all. Just venting.)
Aeon Flux TPB: Oh, if any of Dark Horse’s recent licensced titles could have survived skipping the trade, it’s this one.
Dreadful Ed: I never read Damn Nation, and citing Cosby’s involvement with the television shows Haunted and Eureka means nothing to me. But hey, Troy Nixey art. It should be good.
Scary Book Vol. 2: I flipped through volume one last week. It looks horribly old-fashioned. Kazuo Umezo is an excellent creator, but I just don’t see this series catching on with anyone but die-hard, long-time manga fans with an interest in older materials.
I won’t kick Spacy Pinchy while it’s down.
The solicitation text for Frank Cho Women reads, in part: see why he’s considered one of the top masters of the female form. I find the use of the singular there amusingly ironic.
Loaded Bible: Jesus vs. Vampires: I just love it when something is deliberately advertised as "controversial." I always read it as "we can’t think of any way to get your attention other than by promising to offend people."
The Tourist by Brian Wood gets resolicited, with a new publisher. And I know that others are very curious to know why. I don’t care. I just hope it’s good, since I’ve been looking forward to it for awhile.
Coyote Vol. 3 reminds me that I still need to pick up volume two.
Adhouse Everyone else is going to tell you how great Superior Showcase promises to be, so you don’t need me to tell you.
Archie I am so sick of hearing about the Veronicas.
Avatar While we’re all gushing about Wolfskin, don’t forget that Garth Ennis’ and Jacen Burrows’ Chronicles of Wormwood gets a preview issue.
Boom Studios I’m looking forward to Cthulhu Tales. I’m a bit burnt out on zombies, but there’s always room for Cthulhu, especially when the stories are told with the same skewed sense of humor that Zombie Tales contributors exhibit.
Devil’s Due "Hey, Dorian, are you going to say something negative about the Family Guy comics?" Are you freakin’ kidding me? I get enough hate mail as it is without getting that show’s fans riled for no reason.
Evil Twin Comics The shop always seems to sell out of Action Philosophers before I can get there to check it out. But in Hate the French they tackle Derrida. I mean, not literally, I’m sure. So, even though I’m more into Barthes and Foucault, I may have to track down a copy of this issue, simply to maintain my pomo cred.
Go Comi For those of you without access to a Borders, Her Majesty’s Dog gets a Diamond solicitation. I enjoyed it. A light comedy with supernatural overtones and an appealing art style. It’s not groundbreaking work by any means, but good casual entertainment.
IDW Eric Shanower’s Oz comics get collected in Adventures of Oz. This is probably a must-buy for fans of either Oz or Shanower.
Netcomics A couple of these titles look like they might have promise, but releasing thirteen volumes in one go is simply too much for retailers to bear. The only way I can see this working is if they make a big push into bookstores, and I’m not sure they’ve got the funding to fight off Viz and Del Rey.
Tokyopop Boys of Summer: I like the way that Otsuka’s work in Japan is described as "adult." Yes, with quote marks around the word. Just say porn guys. It’s fairly obvious what market you’re aiming at with this title.
If you speak Spanish, there’s a whole bunch of Spanish language editions of gay comics. Curbside Boys, Max and Sven, Jane’s World, Wendel, Dykes to Watch out For, and something called Estoy in Ello, which I don’t think has been translated into English yet and appears to be by the same artist as Vacation in Ibiza. I like the Spanish title for Bechdel’s magnum opus: Unas Bollos de Cuidado, which apparently translates as Care Buns. Care Buns?
Turning to the merchandise section, if you have $1400 to spend on a Popeye print, you officially have too much money.