Pondering Previews for February 2014 (Shipping April and Later)

Based on this month’s Diamond Previews catalog, here are some notable items I recommend ordering from your local comic shop or Amazon.

Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine cover The Eltingville Club #1 cover
Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine The Eltingville Club #1
by Dan Jolley and Leonard Kirk by Evan Dorkin
Dark Horse Books, $19.99 Dark Horse Comics, $3.99
FEB14 0025, due June 18 FEB14 0088, due April 23
The second Bloodhound collection collects the five-issue miniseries along with a Dark Horse Presents story. Tough guy Clev goes up against a grief-stricken scientist who’s giving regular people superpowers they can’t cope with. I adore this witty, well-observed take on superheroes. Evan Dorkin returns to his savage parody of fanboys one last time, as the club breaks up. Dorkin clearly knows the subject, after decades making and selling comics, and it takes such knowledge to create such funny and pointed comics.
Operation Margarine cover The Complete Cul de Sac cover
Operation Margarine The Complete Cul de Sac
by Katie Skelly by Richard Thompson
AdHouse Books, $12.95 Andrews McMeel, $75
FEB14 0884, due April FEB14 0897, due May 7
A deceptively cute story of girl runaways — check out the preview. I unfortunately discovered Cul de Sac late, near Thompson’s retirement, so a complete collection of its run from 2007-2012 will be full of undiscovered treasures for me. It’s an amusing, well-observed comic strip about finding wonder in everyday life.
Lumberjanes #1 cover Clockwork Game cover
Lumberjanes #1 Clockwork Game
by Noelle Stevenson (Nimona), Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen by Jane Irwin
Boom! Studios, $3.99 Fiery Studios, $19.95
FEB14 1071, due April 9 FEB14 1297, due April 9
I don’t get the whole lumberjack fascination among certain segments, but I love the idea (as one of the alternate cover creators put it) of “cute girls at spooky camp” fighting supernatural monsters. Stevenson has posted a preorder form to help their fans (many from outside the traditional comic market) find the work. I’ve already got my copy, through the Kickstarter, but if you’d rather buy the webcomic collection through a store, now you can. This fascinating tale of a chess-playing automaton (and how entertainment takes precedent over invention and how people want to be fooled) also comes with a large section of endnotes on sources.
Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice cover Vinland Saga Volume 3 cover
Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice Vinland Saga Volume 3
by Mike Maihack by Makoto Yukimura
Graphix, $12.99 Kodansha Comics, $19.99
FEB14 1308, due April 23 FEB14 1333, due April
The webcomic character returns with new stories in print. This first book (of at least two) will be an origin story, showing how Cleopatra got to the far future and joined the academy. This Viking manga series is beautifully drawn, full of suspense and excitement, and presented in a deluxe hardcover fashion. You should try it.
Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks cover Bohemians: A Graphic History cover
Archer Coe and the
Thousand Natural Shocks
Bohemians: A Graphic History
by Jamie S. Rich and Dan Christensen edited by Paul Buhle and David Berger
Oni Press, $19.99 Verso Books, $16.95
FEB14 1356, due June 11 FEB14 1490, due April 16
I’ve recommended this title already, but I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss it. It sounds like a great idea, to use comic chapters by various artists to explain counterculture history, but the pieces are overwritten to the extent of being boring. Typical of academics new to the comic format, the end result winds up being more like lightly illustrated essays. The ebook has more chapters than the print version.
What Did You Eat Yesterday? Volume 1 cover Fear, My Dear: A Billy Dogma Experience cover
What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Volume 1 Fear, My Dear: A Billy Dogma Experience
by Fumi Yoshinaga by Dean Haspiel
Vertical, $12.95 Z2 Comics, $19.99
FEB14 1495, due April 2 FEB14 1542, due April 9
I’ve been anticipating this manga, by my favorite manga artist Fumi Yoshinaga, for a while, and I’m thrilled that Vertical is bringing it out. It ties into two of her best subjects, food and boys’ love (although no sex in this book), as two gay men talk about what they make for dinner. Please check this out, because I’d like it to be successful enough to be sure we get all the volumes. I’ve been following Haspiel’s Billy Dogma and his relationship with Jane for almost 20 years now, so of course I want to see this latest collection. I need to find out more about this new publisher, too.

3 Responses to “Pondering Previews for February 2014 (Shipping April and Later)”

  1. Suzene Says:

    Pre-ordered “What Did You Eat Yesterday?” from Amazon. Your reviews turned me on to Yoshinaga’s work a couple years ago, and I haven’t been disappointed yet. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Johanna Says:

    Woo hoo! I hope you like it.

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