- Posted by Johanna on March 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm
- Category: Shopping Guide
Really outdated thoughts on Previews, starting with the issue from February, because I am three months behind. But I couldn’t resist making fun of some things. Starting with …
Is this the most useless line in a comic description? “The story that changes Diana’s status quo forever continues!” (Wonder Woman #31) It’s just so emblematic of superhero comics these days — everything changes all the time, with outrageous, unbelievable claims for how important it all is, and it never seems to end. (You would think, if I searched Google for that title name, looking for that link, that DC would come up first. No. It comes up fifth. First is a link to Things From Another World, a shop run by competitor Dark Horse. Something to work on, there.)
I might be interested in The Literals, a new Vertigo miniseries written by Matthew Sturges (whose House of Mystery I enjoy), if I had any clue what it was about. Judging from the description, it’s only intended for those who already read Jack of Fables, where the characters were introduced. Even worse, all three issues are part of a nine-part crossover with that title and Fables. Apparently, the 90s, which were full of this kind of “buy more!” stunt, have returned. (Even better, when I got a press release for the gimmick last week, the headline managed to mispell Falbes [sic].)
The weird thing about reading Previews this late is seeing things that you know have been cancelled and will never appear. Like Wizard’s Anime Insider #68. Or Sista Samurai #3 from Ape Entertainment. So why am I reading the catalog now? Because I like to make a list of books I want to keep watch for, and since these titles are due to start coming out in April, I’m not quite unforgivably late yet.
Man, there’s an awful lot of wannabe superhero and zombie crap in the catalog these days, isn’t there? I don’t know how retailers go through this and make purchasing decisions every month. No wonder they stick to known quantities and old favorites.
From the solicitation for Boom! Studios’ Mr. Stuffins #1 (New Edition):
… the original edition of Mr. Stuffins #1 has sold out at convention after convention as fans asked, “When will issue #2 come out?” … the bear is back in a completely re-drawn and re-colored first issue …
You didn’t answer the question. Why would you bring the question up if you weren’t going to answer it? More, why would you want to remind people that this issue originally came out in April 2007? It’s only a three-issue miniseries. At this point, if you’re going to promise it’s going to be on time, why not go straight to graphic novel?
I cannot read Radical comics. Their art is so slick and painted that the words visually have no connection with them. Plus, the coloring is dark on heavy paper, making them murky. Not to mention my suspicion that they exist only to be movie storyboards, which is why the pictures take such precedence over the text and they’re all so “high concept”. Does anyone read them? Why?
Woof! One down, one to go. Now onto March’s catalog.
Hey, there’s a Marvel book for me: Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers! (Marvel’s links come up second for this title. Newsarama comes first. Hmmm.) Who doesn’t love superhero animals?
DC has its own booklet this month due to some kind of printing mixup. What an interesting trial balloon. I admit, it was easier focusing on their products (even though I don’t want any of them) in a separate publication.
DC launches a Power Girl series with the “vivacious art of Amanda Conner”. I don’t think that was the word they really wanted. I think they mean “va-va-va-voom” but were afraid it would make them sound old.
My gracious! Image is selling a Compendium of 48 issues of Walking Dead under one cover. That’s 1088 pages. How do you bind that? Is it printed on Bible-weight paper?
In the chutzpah department, IDW is putting out a two-book slipcased hardcover set to commemorate their first decade of existence. For only $75, you too can be part of their birthday celebration. That’s like getting an invite and being asked to pony up for an expensive gift without even getting any cake. Seriously, I’m kind of surprised it’s been that long. If you go to the party, don’t forget to thank them for introducing the $3.99 standard issue price!
This month, the highlights are two Oni Press graphic novels: one, Love Buzz, is actually willing to advertise as being for “romantic comedy buffs” (it’s the story of a comic artist’s relationship); the other, You Have Killed Me, is the long-awaited reteaming of Jamie Rich and Joelle Jones, who previously worked together on 12 Reasons Why I Love Her.