Not sure how many people really use this blog/web site as I intended but just in case…. Yes the updates have been a bit sporadic lately.  That’s largely due that either a change on WordPress or Chrome has made updating a more frustrating and time consuming task.  I will endevour to keep them going on here but rest assured, Dunedin Comics is still busy – mainly through good old email updates and some facebook posts as well.  Just working on the February Previews 2014 highlights, so they may appear on here soon.

So many great, great things in this Previews, both comics and merchandise, leading up to the end of year shopping blitz.   There are some great work coming out from all the main publishers, both big and small.  If you haven’t already, check out the new Valiant titles.  Almost all the classic characters from the 90’s version of Valiant are back up and running.  Eternal Warrior has just launched, and Unity – massive breakout hit for the 90’s Valiant is about to get an on-going series!

Of course Harley Quinn (this month’s cover gal) gets another shot at on-going series at DC which, given her popularity, will stick around for a while with a great creative team assigned.  But as always there are a few other treasures buried in the pages among so many other very desirable ‘things’.

 

Orders close for the September Previews on Tuesday 24 September, so what’ya waiting for?  Get those orders on in to me and wait for the awesome to arrive.

 

Sledgehammer 44: Lightning War – Mike Mignola’s version of an Iron Man like character during World War II was very well received first time out.  So he’s back again in the 3 part mini-series that sees him tracking down a stolen Flying Wing (where’s Indy?!) and facing a foe we haven’t seen yet called Black Flame.

 

 

 

 

Ash and the Army of Darkness – No introduction necessary, it’s Ash!  Famed horror writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) take the reins of this new on-going series for which Niles has said will be loaded with so much action and horror weirdness that is only fitting for this fan favourite franchise.

 

 

 

 

Battlestar Galactica Starbuck #1 (of 4) – Finally, we’re going to get the origin story told of Starbuck, including his first meeting of Apollo and more on the relationship he has with Adama with a traitor’s tale thrown into the mix.  Sound’s intriguing.  See if you can look at the alien on this cover with the two mouths without your eyes tripping out.

 

 

 

 

Star Wars Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual (Haynes) – Following on from the popular pop-culture sub-line Hayne’s do (USS Enterprise, Millennium Falcon, Thunderbirds) we now get the Hayne’s manual treatment on the mother of all battle Stations, the Moon, i mean the Death Star (Mk 1).  I wonder if it had a Thrones Room we never saw?…

 

 

 

 

Tintin: The art of Herge HC – There have been a few very good books on Herge and his Tintin work over the years (I have a treasured copy of Tintin and the World of Herge).  However, this new book will add some freshness to the story we know of Herge and his Tintin work as the author has been given access to teh Herge Museum in Belgium which has original source material that previous works would not have enjoyed.  If you love Tintin, you’ll love this.

 

 

Guillermo Del Toro: Cabinet of Curiosities – For the fan of Del Toro, or those who just love a great looking book and anything slightly ‘weird’ this will be a must have.  There is, by the way, a US$750 limited edition of this book with all sorts of bells and whistles, but there is a much more reasonably priced regular edition which will still have a majority of what you want to see, the inner working of Del Toro’s warped mind 🙂

 

 

Here’s some interesting highlights from Dark Horse and IDW from their November solicitations.  There are some good on-going stories as well as a reasonable number of new mini-series to get you through the summer months.  All the Dark Horse listing here   All the IDW releases for November can be found here

Clown Fatale #1 (of 4) – (DARK HORSE) – This is pretty whacked  but in a good way.  So the girls of this circus get mistaken for being contracted killers and, as you would, they decide that gig sounds better than dancing around with midgets and dodging elephant crap and promptly enter a new world of violence and eh whatever else is being cooked up.  The positive is that they keep their clown make-up on.

 

Game of Thrones Figures – The first two characters in this releases of figures is Jon Snow and Daenerys.  These won’t be articulated but come packaged in a window display which I’m hoping they’ll do  nice job on.  The likenesses for these aren’t too bad at all for non  premium figures but will look fairly sharp next to your collection of novels.

 

NEVER ENDING #1 (of 3) – (DARK HORSE) This may just be the freshest super hero story to come round as of late.  So our hero, Charles Baxter, has been trapped in his super hero body for so long, he’s sick of it and wants out.  Of course, the only one who can do him in is his arch nemesis who is too busy putting the hurt on him.  His challenge is to get his attention so he can come up with a way of getting what they both want.

 
 THE MAXX #1  One of the original titles released from Image back in the early 90’s, Sam Keith’s The Maxx is back in a remastered version of this story.  Given how bizarre this was back in the, it will not have aged badly at all presenting as much an experience as a coherent story line.  Sometimes it’s just plain fun to enjoy each panel as it presents itself without worrying about how it fits with the previous or next panel.

 

The Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland #1 (of 5) – This is based on a recent book, NOS4A2, a play on Nosferatu.  This mini-series is an original story and expands on the world set up in the book, a world that is very dark and bleak so should appeal to those of you who love your horror/thriller tales.

Image really can’t do much wrong over the last few years.  Sure, not every release is a massive seller, but for share creative force and promotion of material that would struggle to shine anywhere else, Image really have stepped up what Dark Horse started and arguably have beaten the ‘Horse at their own game – not that competition isn’t a bad thing and DH still is a formidable publishing talent.  So on with the slew of new title releases this month from Image.  Check out the full lot here at CBR

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK SCIENCE #1 – Want some kick ass sci-fi? (there are a few options this month) but this looks damn tasty) Black Science is/was the last frontier that as it fell allowed the fabric of reality to be challenged.  So what do you do when that happens?  No idea, but the characters appear to be unwittingly thrown into a chaotic voyage of aliens and foreign space where the past  is strange and future unknown.  And like all good yarns, they just want to go home.   Well worth your attention

 

 

UMBRAL #1 – If you’v got an appetite for more fantasy related stories, I’d take a look at this.  It’s created by the writer of Dark Space, a very well received console game franchise as well as Wasteland.  In short the creative team are known and respect as world builders for basing great tales in.   To kick things off, a royal family, a murder, and the rise of dark forces… while not maybe the most original premise, the execution will be what people are drawn to this book for.

 

 

MANIFEST DESTINY #1 – I quite like the mash-up here of the wild west and horror.  Our heroes set our to explore the new frontier of the new world only to find it is full of more than just beasts known to man.  The writer is the dude behind Being Human so I’d expect this will be well written and worth a look if the genres appeal to you.

 

 

 

There are a few other new series from Image this month, make sure you take a look at them all to see if they float your geek boat.

October at DC is about two things.. mainly.  Forever Evil continues is relentless path through the DC universe.   Batman Year Zero is still also having ripples that fill in some of the early history of this brave new 52 DCU.   There will be some big roll on story lines form these two events so this is the time to be on board if you like the sound of them.   But of course there’s more beyond the major events.  A big enough event is a new Harley Quinn on-going series, as well as a new Dead Boy Detective’s for those not getting enough Sandman at the moment.

 

 

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #1 – Hard not to start this intro off without saying ‘from the pages of Sandman!’ because that’s where they’re from.  These dead boys, who happen to do detective work, had a mini-series some years back but now return in their own on-going series.  The boys are about to have a new detective join their ranks and add to the adventures as they investigate their owns deaths plus so much more from London to Japan and … beyond…. (still waiting on a cover image to be released)

 

HARLEY QUINN #0 – Returning in a new on-going series is everyone, and I think that’s without exaggeration, favourite psychopathic side-kick, Ms Quinn who makes bad look so very good.   Early issues of Ms Quinn’s appearances could fund a small war (much to her delight and also possibly a slight case of exaggeration) but the point is, don’t miss out if you want to get the good dose of Harley’s medicine….

Samurai Jack #1 (of 5) – Now you may remember this was a break out animation masterpiece for Cartoon Network back in the late 90’s, early 2000’s.  It was one of those shows that captivated audiences both young and old due to its style and story-telling, it was just a hell of a ride.  Anyway, except for a one-shot special done by DC well over a decade ago, ‘Jack’ has never had a comic presence, until now.  The savvy folks at IDW have picked up the license for 5 part mini-series which may finally answer Jack’s desire to return through time to his home…

 

 

 

Memory Collectors #1 (of 3) – From the cryptic creator known only as ‘menton3’ who does both the art and writing on this dark sounding mini-series, here is the actual blurb “Three jaded fetish models are unexpectedly thrown into a violent world and made to confront a horrible and unperceived truth: Hidden among us are entities that feed on the very thing we hold most sacred, our memories. No longer content with their lives as hunted cattle, they become the hunters.”  I could have done it no better justice than that!  So if you’re looking for something a bit different, this should fit the proverbial bill nicely.

 

 

Zombie War #1 (of 2) – And we can’t not have a zombie story can we?  Why this one? Well it’s by Turtles creator, Kevin Eastman and it’s a classic long before this generation’s Zombie love affair began.  IN fact, it’s about 20 years old and was a black and white masterpiece of its day.  But now it’s back, and its in flesh chomping, blood splurting colour!  For those of you who love, zombies or Kevin Eastman, or Heavy Meatal, or all three, this is for you J

 

 

 

The full listings for IDW’s October releases are here over at CBR.

 

 

SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1 (OF 6) How could it be anything else? Sandman by Neil Gaiman is still a literary heavyweight that crushes almost all before it.  So why now?  And is Gaiman simply delivering this offering from the shed of milking or does it have purpose?  It’d be reasonable to suggest Gaiman doesn’t do anything for sheer monetary pursuit having established his well being back in the 90s.  For those of you who follow comics news you’ll know this deals with setting up just how Morpheus got himself in the predicament that opens Sandman #1.   However, this tale goes further than that, back into the history of the Endless – details that Gaiman  has stated he has carried for 25 years.  This will be a nice book end to the Sandman mythology, and  yes you will be able to have the choice of covers by either Dave McKean or interior artist J.H. Williams III (currently doing Batwoman).  Return to the world of the Sandman, which is Endless.

 

 

Justice League 3000 #1 Brought to you by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, this sees the heroes of the 52 universe today, in the future of 3000.  The how’s and why’s will be covered in this series.  If you like you’re ‘what if’s’ and anything Giffen  has done in the past (including the legendary ‘one punch’ Batman scene!)  This should be an enjoyable romp as while Giffen may not offer the edge of some of the new generation of writers, his ability for subtle humor, and plain zaniness can be unmissable when he’s at his best.

 

 

 

Damian: Son of Batman #1 (of 4) – Many people were surprised by the fate of Damian in Grant Morrison’s Batman Inc run.  So to understand it more, or at least to satisfy Damian’s fan base for more information, co-creator Andy Kubert is writing and drawing this new four part mini-series which will look at what set Damian on the road to wearing the red tunic and yellow cape.

 

 

 

Hinterkind #1 (New Vertigo series) – I like the sound of this, an interesting angle.  The Hinterkind are very real creatures, only thought to be myth and magic legend.  These creatures work for mother nature, who after a blight that has all but driver mankind from the face of the earth, serve to eradicate the remaining outposts of man.  Enter vertigo’s newest charge, Prosper Monday (a strong sounding character name don’t you think?) who sets out on a search for her Grandfather who has not returned.  Through her eyes we will discover no doubt what an unforgiving and foreign place the world has become.

 

 

And Forever Evil, the first 52 Universe wide event continues with ‘good’ on the back foot.  Check the three keystone JLA books, where the JLA is dead – so the question is what will fill that void? Of the special tie-in mini series, I’d suggest taking a look at Forever Evil: Arkham War – this time there is no Batman to stop the tide of the breakout.

Superman and Wonderwoman co-star in a new ongoing title.  This is a brave move (depending on how you view the whole new 52) whereby there is currently no Clark and Lois.  The forever simmering tension of Clark and Diana has finally been given a chance to shine and be explored in full in this brave new world.  And I suspect the cryptic wording in the solicitation for this title means a force of ‘super killing’ stature will be helping kick of this new ongoing title.

Check out the full DC listings here at CBR for the entire October offerings.  If nothing else, look forward to revisiting the Morpheus’ and the Endless clan…… pleasant dreams…..

So the July Previews is here, signalling we’re half way through the year.  What that also means is we’re into the US Summer season, and as always the gloves come off and the big releases will be coming thick and fast.  As always, we’ve been having a look at what gems lie within the pages of this month’s Previews, some obvious and some no so.  Don’t forget to check our facebook page to as that is a quick and effective way for us to update you of highlights as we come across them.

Full listings for the main publishers’ September releases can be found at CBR – DC Entertainment, Marvel, Image, IDW, Dark Horse

So without further ado, let’s on with it!

 

Dark Horse – The Star Wars (8 part mini-series – see Previews front cover for image!)  This is based on the original draft Lucas did which changed significantly in detail in terms of what ended up on the silver screen.  But the basic framework of the saga we now know so well is there.  This could be a lot of fun to see a tale that feels familiar but will have enough difference to be entertaining.  The draft has long been available for reading, but seeing it brought to live in the magic of four colour will be hard to pass up.

 

Archie – Afterlife with Archie – Archie meets Walking Dead?  Well, they met Kiss a couple of  years back, so perhaps they were comfortable with the living dead (joke! Kiss are great – and well alive J).  If you want to see what happens when Sabrina really screws up and Riverdale is plunged into a zombie apocalypse, then this is where you want to be.  Also, if you want to see good ol’ Archie and the crew really done over, then this will suit nicely too….

 

 

 

Dark Horse – Robocop Last Stand – As far as I can tell, this is nothing to do with the reboot, this is Frank Miller’s story of ol’ tin head’s final story.  Miller is writing this so I think it should be a solid yarn in respect to this franchise.

 

 

 

Dynamite – Kings Watch – Now here’s a ensemble team I didn’t expect but I’m not surprised as ‘team’ and/or ‘mash up’ stories have been popular now for some years and these characters are certainly not unfamiliar with each other so it makes sense.  The Phantom, Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician, all big names of their era and still have a large fan base to this day.   The tale as you’d expect is one of earth engulfing scale.  Monsters, real monsters are walking the earth on every continent and only this band of brothers can provide any hope.  I seriously suggest this could be one of the releases of the year.  Classic characters, classic Saturday matinée story but with a classy modern level of writing talent.

 

 

Hermes Press – Howard Chaykin. Honestly that’s it.  We all (I’m fairly sure) know who Commander Buck Rogers is, where he came from and his plight.  So why would you be interested in this beyond it being Buck?  Because Howard Chaykin is writing and doing the art.  If you’re not a Chaykin fan, then nothing to see here, move along.

 

 

IDW – Mars Attacks Judge Dredd – A couple of reasons to point out this crazy 4 part mini-series.  Firstly it’s Judged Dredd.  The story deals with the Mega-City Mafia and a boss that makes a power play thanks to an ‘unknown’ benefactor (who very likely is green and Martian like!)  Secondly, John McCrea is doing the art, his zany style will suit this well and he knows the Judge well so should be a treat.

 

 

 

DC – Forever Evil – Yep, this is the biggie, it hits all 52 related titles.  Geoff Johns  is the mad puppeteer behind this.  The Justice League is dead, and Villains rule the world.  Every title will have a Villain at the centre of September’s issues to support the Forever Evil series (it’s a  7 part series).  Some titles such as Batman, will have more than one issues that month given the size of Batman’s rouge gallery.  There’s so much to discuss, the easiest way is to follow the link to the full DC solicitation and check it all out!

 

 

Also worth checking out from DARK HORSE is Boozin’ and Brusin’ – the world’s first(?) superhero to derive his powers from alcohol, but he wants to go sober!  Also Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankenstein – a four part mini-series where Frankenstein’s monster is going blind and seeks out the world’s foremost authority on the supernatural to help him regain its sight.  This is written by 30 days of Night creator, Steve Niles.

Orders close for the July Previews on Tuesday 23 July

The three other big players have some great stuff coming through.  I’ve highlight one new release from each of them for August but its worth taking a look through all their listings.  From Image, it’s great to see August sees the start of the second arc of Saga.  If you haven’t gotten on the Saga train yet, get me to get you the first trade paperback then hooks on to the monthly issue for the ride.  Ok, you can see the following releases for: Dark Horse here, Image here and IDW  here

 

HALO: INITIATION #1 (of 3) – Bucking the trend of those who thought Marvel (Disney) would be taking a licence (Star Wars) from Dark Horse, the ol’ nag has gone and taken Halo from Marvel!  Dark Horse is no stranger to licensed comics, in fact it’s what’s helped prop Dark Horse up while they’ve build up their other arms of their comic business.  And there licensed material has only gotten better over the years so i’d expect this to be as good, if not better, than the current Halo comic efforts to date.

 

THE SIDEKICK #1 (IMAGE) – Mmm, this could be really something.  First point to note, it’s written by J Michael Straczynski!  This looks to be his take on the darker side of ‘hero’ life, what are the true costs?   Though the cover looks  bit corny, along with the names (The Cowl and Flyboy!) but when the opening issue is going to deal with the assassination of The Cowl and how this derails Flyboy from public hero to public scorn and decent into darkness this could be a fresh angle on those in tights and capes

 

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #1 – IDW brings back another classic icon of super-hero history and gives the THUNDER Agents a new lease of life.  If you like the fresh approach IDW has been bring to some of their classic licenses, this will be worth a look.

Marvel, short in sweet for August, but don’t think nothing’s going on.  Infinity is the buzz for Marvel from August onwards.  Thanos is back and that means only bad news for the Marvel universe.  Aside from this Avenger$ themed event, I’d take a look at some quieter Marvel successes.  Deadpool continues to be a critical winner telling some very bizarre but entertaining stories, not quite of the normal Marvel mould.  Also, Mark Waid has been having a very popular run over the last couple of years on Daredevil, and his run on Indestructible Hulk appears to be worth catching hold of too.  Check out all the Marvel releases for August here at CBR.

 

INFINITY #1 (of 6) – This is it, the start of Marvel’s 2013 event, staring none other than… of course, Thanos!  Since he’ll be no doubt a major player in Avengers 2 (having made his cameo in the first movie) it makes sense they’ll be pushing his back to the forefront of the current Marvel story lines.  This storyline actually kicked off in the recent Marvel Free Comic Book Day effort, and doesn’t actually seem to bad at all.

 

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #6 – The second issue with Neil Gaiman co-writing it as his creation from waaaaaay back in Spawn #9 fights Gamora (nope, i’ve no idea who that is) which has me interested.  Well played Marvel.  There’s still time to re-order issue #5 too for July if you want to catch Gaiman’s first co-credited Guardian’s début.