Archive for the “Previews” Category

A brief editorial note to open:

There are two pages of ads for party decorations in Previews this month. Now, I know making fun of Previews for selling stuff that has nothing whatsoever to do with comics is an easy, even lazy, joke. But they sell this stuff only because they think they can make money on it.
Diamond thinks you will happily buy party banners because they have the Avengers on them. And they’re probably right.

That “Death Clock” for the comics industry just moved up to 11:58.

Marc Andreyko has a run on DC Universe Presents starting with #13, that brings back Black Lightning and Blue Devil as a duo.

There was much wangsting online over this, but frankly, that’s what the internet does with all comic news. Personally, I kind of want to see what the man who finally outed Obsidian does with a blank slate.

Rule 63 is apparently the new zombies…

Sina Grace has an original graphic novel coming from Image that promises to give me nightmares of my retail days…

Archie is offering another Kevin Keller trade:

Seriously, I know I’ve said this before but it bears repeating; it is 2012 and Archie of all companies is one of the more progressive comics publishers.

I’m honestly surprised it took twenty years for this to come out in trade paper-back.

I bought it when it was coming out. My memory of it is that it was heavily photo-referenced.
Still no word on when the Shock Treatment comic is coming out…

This might not seem that remarkable, except that it’s part of a trio of shirts that includes “Team Betty” and “Team Veronica” shirts…

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I hope there’s a good in-story reason why the cover of Dark Horse Presents #16 appears to show a murdered transsexual, because that’s a particularly loaded image for a community that’s already at heightened risk for violent assault.

And, once again, the “retro” variant for the Kevin Keller comic invites interesting discussions about the semiotics of gay representation in comics.
But since I’m not a grad student, you’ll, again, have to look elsewhere for that.

On a related note, the solicitation text for Life with Archie #23 is teasing the death of Future Timeline Kevin’s husband, and, yeah…

Given that shipping “nude” has been standard for “military style” action figures for a while, I’m now wondering what, if anything, prompted the addition of the disclaimer and photos…

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DC is releasing a collection of Alan Davis Batman comics, which is generally good stuff, even if it does contain that story where Batman threatened a gay man with prison rape.

Two Archie items. First, a gender-swap issue, sure to be filed under the “fetish for somebody” category…

Next, there’s Life With Archie #22, which enters some potentially cringe-inducing areas:

Archie has, generally, handled their gay characters well while still staying within kid-friendly areas, but suggestions of (potentially) anti-gay violence are new to comics, and even film and television still don’t handle the subject well, so…we’ll see.

And this would be the month that Diamond straight-up solicited zentai fetish outfits…