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.

So instead of a few emails for the various publishers, I thought this month since I’m running behind time a bit I’d just combine them all into one email.  I’ll still send out a June Previews email, but that probably won’t be till next week.  So, here are some highlights for what’s coming up to order from the June Previews.

There is some really nice work to look forward to.  Be sure to look at the full listings, especially Image and IDW who are putting out some interesting stuff, more than I can realistically highlight in one email.  Click this link to be taken to CBR’s page where you can see the links for all the publishers latest listings.  I have this link permanently placed on the front page of the Dunedin Comics website too, so just go there if you’re ever looking for this handy shortcut.

Enjoy browsing, and drop me a line with any questions and orders.

MICHAEL AVON OEMING’S THE VICTORIES #1 (of 5) – DARK HORSE

Looks interesting.  A ‘ensemble’ hero team (which seems to be quite popular at the moment, go figure!) but with a darker edge perhaps.  It suggests that if you like Brian Michael Bendis’ Powers, then you’ll like this.  It also boasts that its raunchiness is up there with The Boys, a bold claim indeed!  So, for a five-parter, if you want a team with a difference, take a look.

THE ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM #1 (of 4) – IDW

Big one this!  Written by Mr Comics himself, Mark Waid, this’ll be a nice change of pace from the great anthology approach we’ve had with the last two Rocketeer series.  This 4 parter is one story, dealing with an exotic cargo from a far flung place which is alive!  Should be great fun in true Rocketeer tradition.  Do yourself a favour, go get the movie if you haven’t watched it in a while and you’ll soon be in the mood for this if you’re not already.

 

 

 

MICHAEL AVON OEMING’S THE VICTORIES #1 (of 5) – DARK HORSE

Looks interesting.  A ‘ensemble’ hero team (which seems to be quite popular at the moment, go figure!) but with a darker edge perhaps.  It suggests that if you like Brian Michael Bendis’ Powers, then you’ll like this.  It also boasts that its raunchiness is up there with The Boys, a bold claim indeed!  So, for a five-parter, if you want a team with a difference, take a look.

DEADWORLD: WAR OF THE DEAD #1 (of 5) – IDW

Deadworld is a classic zombie series from the late 80’s, some refer to as the forefather of all zombie comics.  This on its own should be a great yarn, basically a group of scientists are holed up from the hordes that have overrun the earth.   They create a living dead creature with flesh even a Zombie won’t eat – the Leper!  One issue released per week over the month so no waiting for ages to see how it all goes down.

 

 

 

BEFORE WATCHMEN: RORSCHACH #1 AND DR. MANHATTAN #1 – DC

Of all the mini-series making up the ‘Before Watchmen’ event, these two are probably going to be the ‘must haves’ given they focus on two of the main characters from Watchmen.  I put a link up recently on the Dunedin Comics Facebook page to a sneak-peek review CBR had of the first issues.  Overall, it was positive so we wait now to see if this event sinks like sh*t or swims like a swan….

 

 

 

SUPERMAN EARTH ONE. VOL. 2 – DC

Regardless of the change of the New 52, this alternative world for (so far) Batman and Superman continues.  Superman Earth One Vol. 1 came out last year and won largely glowing praise for its fresh take on Superman’s origin.  This chapter, released in a HC graphic novel format is again written by J. Michael Straczynski and will deal with a young Superman coming to grips with his powers, a love interest and the big target that you become when you can fly in your pyjamas.

 

 

 

BLACK KISS II #1 (of 6) – IMAGE

Howard Chaykin brings back his legitimate 80’s classic.  This will tell the story behind the story of Black Kiss.  I would expect it to be as sensational and risqué/explicit as the original – and hopefully as memorable!

 

 

 

WOLVERINE ANNUAL #1 AND DAREDEVIL ANNUAL #1 – MARVEL

I’m highlighting these for all of you who are Alan Davis fans who is both writing and drawing these.  Also, both annuals are part’s two and three of a story started in the Fantastic Four Annual #33 which was in last month’s previews and is still available for order.

 

 

 

 

GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #1 – DC

Apparently everything, and they emphasise everything, changes here (that being within the pages of this annual, not over there by the cat/dog/tv).  Given it’s written by Geoff Johns, and his very positive history with Green Lantern, I’m likely to believe him.

 

 


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #692 – MARVEL

This is the 50th anniversary issue of the amazing Spider-Man, that’s pretty impressive.  This will likely be a very nice, retrospective issue though Dan Slott who has been writing this title for a while has been doing some great stuff so it shouldn’t be a fluff piece.

 

 

 

 

HAWKEYE #1 – MARVEL

Well, no surprises here.  Hawkeye, with his profile being ramped up mightily with The Avengers movie, get a new series.  What’s notable about this is Matt Fraction will be writing it so we can expect good things.

 

 

 


DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #1 (of 4) – MARVEL

Deadpool is primarily played for laughs, and some of those laughs have been very, very good.  He’s a fan favourite but never really has any involvement in the big picture stuff Marvel does.  So, this title caught my eye.  It will be a ‘what if’ type story but it appears it will be quite dark, even stating “what if everything you thought was funny about Deadpool, was just disturbing?”  A great hook.  Garth Ennis did a great job many years back with Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe which has gone on to be a classic.  Now, he’s not writing this, and I don’t know much about the author (Cullen Bunn) but this could be one of those gems that quiets comes and goes before anyone knows what happened.

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Ok long overdue but still in time for you to mill over your orders is the May 2012 Previews update!  Huzzah you cry.  Good.  Part of the tardiness is due to ‘study’ pressures and some to the annoying issues recently I’ve encountered with either Chrome, WordPress, or some combination of the two.  The formatting has become more difficult which equals more time to create these posts.

Still, let’s press on.  There’s a few things to catch up on, namely Dark Horse and Image release highlights (see the full Dark Horse listings here, and Image listings here, courtesy of CBR).  Plus a few other interesting releases worthy of highlighting.  Places everyone!!!

 

CONCRETE: THREE UNEASY PIECES – Paul Chadwick’s hit returns in this one-shot that collect’s the stories that appeared in Dark Horse’s recently launch anthology, Dark Horse Presents.  If you ever enjoyed Concrete back in the  90’s, check this out.

 

 

STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL—DEATH SENTENCE #1 (of 4) SPOILER ALERT!!! – You can’t keep a good Sith down, even if chopped in half.   If you watch the Clone Wars cartoon then you’ll know all about this change in his health and that he is teaming up with his brother, Savage Opress.  Interesting times indeed….

 

 

THE WALKING DEAD #100 – How can you pass this monumental issue up? (unless you really don’t like Zombies). It appears this series is far from over, so this is probably as good a jumping on point as any.  There are plenty of collections of the first 99 issues as well as a good priced conpendium trade of teh first 48 issues, great buying – check my in-stock page.  Roll on season 3!


WILD CHILDREN (one-shot) – For those of you who enjoy something different and maybe dark.  It appears to deal with youth as well as magic, passion, and disinformation.  A hell of a cocktail if ever there was one.  Check out the listing for more details.

 

 

 

ENORMOUS #1 (one-shot) – There’s a definite environmental theme running through Image’s releases for July (also check out the four part mini-series Debris in the listings).  This one looks gorgeous.  It’s, ironically, an enormous 64 page (note US$9.99 cover)  beast and deals with nature turning the tide as humans battle over food and fuel.  The enormous are literally giant beasts spawned by nature and adds another layer to struggle for humankind to battle for survival.


The Crow #1THE CROW (IDW) – The classic, brooding ‘hero’ returns, this time set in Tokyo.  Written by the co-screenwriter of the movie, John Shirley should deliver what fans are after.  IDW promises that Crow creator, James O’Barr, is working on something for later in the year in respect to The Crow.  O’Barr does provide the cover for this issue.  Check out all IDW July releases here.

 

 

Orders for the May Previews officially close Sunday 22 May.