Coming Up in August 2008

Hey! Marvel comics I’m excited about seeing. The King-Size Spider-Man Summer Special has a story drawn by Colleen Coover, whose art I adore. I hope it’s the one about Mary Jane, She-Hulk, Hellcat, and other female heroes teaming up!

Terry Moore is writing the new Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane miniseries, which I care about not at all, but it’s drawn by Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), who’s a must-buy.

On the DC side, I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high for the Ambush Bug miniseries, because I want to enjoy it without too many preconceptions. The new preview, taking on Dan Didio, suggests pulling no punches, which I like. (Although it’s not from the comic itself, but from an upcoming DC Nation promo page.) And hey, there’s also a special reprinting hard-to-find older stories.

I have to admit that I’ve cheated and already read Family Dynamic #1 because I interviewed the guys for the August issue of PiQ magazine. I’ve been fans of J. Torres and Tim Levins since the Copybook Tales days. I liked this take on the family superhero team because it considers different generations and more relatives than just the usual spouse and siblings, although they’re included too.

I’m planning on trying Air, a new series by G. Willow Wilson and M.K. Perker, because I loved their Cairo graphic novel, and the preview is intriguing. I may wait until the first collection, though. I’m just not looking for any new monthly series right now.

I must not have looked at the catalog at all last month, because I’m seeing a lot of #2 issues of things I don’t remember ever seeing #1 of. I thought bothering to preorder was supposed to make me more aware of what was coming up, not less.

Image has a new Hawaiian Dick paperback, collecting the first six issues of the series. I like the characters, I love the look of the art, and the extras found in the books are always cool.

Plus, Viz seems to have decided to release one volume from every ongoing series of theirs I get this month! Too many to talk about now.


5 Responses to “Coming Up in August 2008”

  1. Barry Says:

    I’m starting to get back into the comic reading thing and I’ve just finished up Whedon’s run on Astonishing X-Men (disappointing) and read Scott Pilgrim 3 (awesome). Aside from Scott Pilgrim, Vol 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together, Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow and Houdini: The Handcuff King graphic novels as well as the recent issues of Berlin, I’m mostly catching up on books I purchased a few years ago.

    Once I finish reading those older books, I was hoping to pick up something new. However, reading around the various comics blogs and websites, I’m finding very little of interest. Is it me, or did it seem like there was a real spurt of creative energy, especially in the world of Indie comics, around 2000-2005? Maybe it was all the media hype of “look, comics are ART!!” But I don’t think so. Favorite creators like Scott Morse, Chynna Clugston, Craig Thompson and Andi Watson seem to be MIA.

    Unless, of course, I’m just so far out of the loop I have no idea what I’m talking about. :-)

  2. Johanna Says:

    Scott Morse is doing children’s books these days (Magic Pickle, I think they’re called). Andi Watson is doing Glister, a new mini-GN series. The other two, you’re right, I haven’t seen anything in the last few years … but that may be a side effect of the graphic novel approach. They take much longer to do than periodical comics.

  3. Barry Says:

    I should have mentioned that I did a google and Amazon search for both creators prior to my posting and found Scott Morse’s Magic Pickle illustrated prose books and a sketchbook. I’m not interested in illustrated prose but I did pick up the sketchbook, just to get some kind of Morse fix. But based on his blog and his not very up-to-date website, he’s focusing more on these projects and his Pixar work than any regular comics work. I also found out about Glister on Watson’s site, but he hasn’t updated his blog since December of last year. Which brings me to another rant: badly designed and not up to date websites. While I like Morse and Watson’s sites, they’re hardly up to date. And while browsing through Drawn and Quarterly and Oni Press’ sites, I found them confusing and poorly designed and also not up to date in some areas.

    In general, it just seems like the excitement has gone out of comics publishing. Again, maybe it’s just me, but if someone new or returning to comics wants to find interesting stuff to read, it seems like it takes an awful lot of work to find something worth their time. This is the only site I’ve found any useful recommendations and I’m thankful for that. But in general, I’m finding that my return to comics has been less than satisfying.

  4. Barry Says:

    After looking at some other comics publishers sites like Image, I take back what I wrote about Oni. Their site is pretty comprehensive and probably one of the best organized and designed of all of the major comics publishers. Though it seems their message board isn’t quite as busy as it used to be…

  5. Johanna Says:

    That’s a side effect of primarily publishing graphic novels, I think — less to drive activity on a more frequent basis. But yeah, Oni’s one of the better websites. Clearly organized, possible to find what you’re looking for quickly and easily. Those should be basics, but it’s surprising how many publishers just fall down completely in those areas.

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