- Posted by Johanna on January 1, 2007 at 10:05 pm
- Category: Shopping Guide
I’m looking through the latest Previews catalog picking out what looks good next year. And snarking, as is my wont.
The big news is the Buffy the Vampire Slayer relaunch (JAN07 0051, $2.99), but I think I’ll wait and see what it looks like. It’s gone from “Joss Whedon writing Season 8 in comics!” to “Whedon writing the first few issues”, but at least he’s writing some of it. (Compare to Marvel’s Dark Tower, which ended up as “Stephen King vaguely looked in its direction”.)
From Dark Horse, I’m more interested in the second Perhapanauts collection (JAN07 0078, $15.95), even if I do have to wait until May for it. That’ll also give them time to finish the four-issue miniseries it reprints, since only two of the issues are out so far.
Based on DC’s description of Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #50 (JAN07 0279, $3.99), I’m guessing that the series has already been given up on. They’ve got a well-known fantasy novelist (Tad Williams) taking over the writing along with a new art team (Shawn McManus & Walden Wong) in an over-sized anniversary issue. All these hooks, and the book gets only a standard half-page description. There are no preview pages and no extra promotion of any kind, which is unusual.
It’s about time! I’m glad to see Wonder Woman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (JAN07 0323, $19.99), although I’d like to know more about its contents. Perhaps DC learned from the outcry over the changed contents of the Green Lantern book not to promise anything ahead of time.
Regular readers know that I’m not a huge fan of superhero comics, in part because so many of them feel like I’ve seen them before. I’m very surprised, then, that Jay Faerber managed to come up with a new concept that’s not only fresh but interesting with his new series from Image, Dynamo 5 (JAN07 1918, $3.50).
Here’s the premise: a Superman-like hero has passed away. His wife finds out that he fooled around, and more than that, there are five illegitimate children out there, each with one of his powers (including strength, flight, and shape-shifting). She attempts to assemble them into a team, even though their mere presence reminds her of her husband’s infidelity.
I liked the characters, and the unique premise is intriguing. Plus, the artist, Mahmud Asrar, is quite a discovery. His work is classically styled with plenty of attitude and action. The book seems modern, especially given the character motivations, but it’s still exploring the nature of heroism, doing the right thing in the face of personal struggle. The widow has the potential to quickly become a favorite, given her steely resolve and smarts, and I also appreciated the team’s diversity. Be sure to check it out.
I really like Casanova, even though I haven’t managed to read any of the issues but #1 at this point. If you haven’t experienced its mind-blowing blend of graphic design and exciting spy concept yet, get the Luxuria collection (JAN07 1924, $12.99), which contains all seven issues.
Avatar, a company I usually ignore because of its lowclass porn offerings and corrupt creator practices, has done something so stupid that I must mention it. They’re offering a Lady Death Masterworks. (Masterwork? Master something else, maybe.) Aside from potentially infringing a Marvel trademark, it also misses the point: there are six different editions, each of which is only 16 pages long, and the most exclusive of which is priced at $100 an issue. It’s being pushed based on having “the lowest total print-run ever”, a combined total of 7,850 copies. Best of all, “there are no mass-produced editions, only limited and ultra-limited editions that are sure to sell-out!” Yes, Avatar has finally fulfilled the joke of only publishing the variants.
Nick Bertozzi’s The Salon (JAN07 3652, $19.95) is finally collected from Griffin Books. (It was previously announced from Alternative Comics, due in December 2004.) It’s a historical mystery using real-life personalities such as Picasso and Gertrude Stein. Bertozzi is also illustrating another historical work, Houdini: The Handcuff King (JAN07 3666, $16.99), written by Jason Lutes from Hyperion Books.
NBM this month offers Flower and Fade (JAN07 3766, $13.95). Based on some sample pages, it’s a simple, picture-driven story of a man meeting and falling in love with his neighbor. Quiet, but affecting. I’m curious to see what happens.
And that looks like it this month, with the exception of picking up the latest volumes of several good manga series. What are you excited by?