Pondering Previews for June 2014 (Shipping August and Later)

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

Blacksad: Amarillo cover Misfits of Avalon: The Queen of Air and Delinquency cover
Blacksad: Amarillo Misfits of Avalon: The Queen of Air and Delinquency
by Juan Diaz Canales & Juanjo Guarnido by Kel McDonald
Dark Horse, $17.99 Dark Horse, $14.99
JUN14 0012, due October 8 JUN14 0052, due October 8
The American way of life, captured by Europeans using a private eye who’s also a panther (because the whole world is populated by symbolic animals). It’s gorgeously illustrated, and seeing what others think of legendary America is fascinating. Here, Blacksad is driving a Cadillac Eldorado across Texas in the 1950s. This fantasy hybrid, currently available to read online, features a young woman angry at life confronted by a talking dog. She and her friends wind up reluctant heroes, off to save the isle of Avalon. Think Sailor Moon with an Irish overlay. Nicely drawn, and moves well. First of a planned three books.
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman Wonder Woman: The Complete Newspaper Comics cover
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #1 Wonder Woman: The Complete Newspaper Comics
by Gail Simone and others by William Moulton Marston & Harry G. Peters
DC Comics, $3.99 IDW Publishing, $49.99
JUN14 0247, due August 20 JUN14 0444, due August
DC launches another “digital first” (print collection of stories first released digitally) anthology, while returning a classic title name to the stands. I like these types of series more than most DC titles because they’re usually stand-alone stories by great creators aimed outside the traditional continuity-focused audience. This issue will collect three installments. Speaking of Wonder Woman nostalgia, I had no idea that there was a daily comic strip for the hero back in 1943 (or 1944, depending on which part of the promo you read — the dates don’t match). I can’t wait to read it! Particularly since it only ran a short time, so this is the complete run.
The Fade Out #1 cover Displaced Persons cover
The Fade Out #1 Displaced Persons
by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips by Derek McCulloch & Anthony Peruzzo
Image Comics, $3.50 Image Comics, $17.99
JUN14 0463, due August 20 JUN14 0499, due August 6
This sounds like the kind of noir I’d like, set in old Hollywood about moviemakers. To tie into the theme, there’s an oversized “movie magazine” variant with more “behind the scenes art and articles” (an extra eight pages). I’ve reviewed this book more fully already, but it’s a time-travel-twisted San Francisco family noir with a lot to figure out.
An Age of License cover Sisters cover
An Age of License Sisters
by Lucy Knisley by Raina Telegemeier
Fantagraphics, $19.99 Graphix, $10.99
JUN14 1213, due August JUN14 1280, due August
See my review for details. Amazing, outstanding book. I recommended this one as well; check out that post for details on the versions available for Raina’s Smile sequel, including hardcover and box set.

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