Locusmortis’ PREVIEWS Hits & Misses™ – Rating Comic Shop Offerings for October / November 2012

Every month I pre-order comics, trades and other related items from Previews magazine. Even though there is information online for just about everything, I still find the Previews catalog to be the simplest way to scan through the different items and to get some inspiration on what I want to buy.

There’s lots of stuff being offered by Diamond this month: Plenty of great stuff and plenty of crap too… So I will try to sort the wheat from the chaff and hopefully point out some good items that you might order or buy from your LCS or Online Retailer. Our taste may differ– so if you buy something and I hate it… Don’t blame me. I did my best to warn you!

The STATUS in the description of each product indicates the likelihood of whether I’m going to order it ranging from Firm Order as the most likely to POS (Piece of Shit)– with everything else being somewhere in between. I’m sure you can figure it out!

Eerie Presents El Cid HC
96 pages
$15.99

Status – Firm Order

Additional Notes – This is a collection of El Cid (the legendary Spanish knight) stories from the pages of Eerie magazine. The art is by Gonzalo Mayo, one of the Barcelona artists hired by Warren. Beautiful, ornate and sumptuous are just a few brief descriptions of his beautiful work .
Classic Marvel Characters
Series 2 #5  Iron Man Statue
$49.95

Status – POS

Additional Notes – How do they make expensive statues so ugly? It must be a knack.Talon #1
32 pages
$2.99

Status – Trade-waiting

Additional Notes –  Scott Snyder and Guillem March should be a lock right? But with everything moving so slooooooooowly in the nu52 I’m losing patience… And interest. Buck up DC!


Deathstroke #13
32 pages
$2.99

Status – POS

Additional Notes – Deathstroke does the Riverdance!


Joe Kubert Presents #1
48 pages
$4.99

Status – Trade-waiting

Additional Notes – Each issue has a number of short stories, some written and drawn by the late Joe Kubert and some by writers and artists hand picked by him. I think this will probably work better as a collected edition.


Ame-Comi Girls #1
Featuring Wonder Woman
40 pages
$3.99

Status – Firm Order

Additional Notes – A comic inspired by a toy line, it should be wretched right? Well this is by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner— plus it has a gorgeous cover which isn’t stupidly proportioned like most cheesecake art.


DC Comics The New 52 Zero Omnibus HC
1328 pages
$150.00

Status – POS

Additional Notes – Someone must be buying these oversized pieces of crap because they keep bloody making them.


Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth Omnibus Vol 2 HC
416 pages
$49.99

Status – Firm Order

Additional Notes – Finally something from DC I can commit to buying! I loved the first Kamandi volume… Even the paper it’s printed on is just right.
Gil Kane’s Amazing Spider-Man
Artists Edition
32 pages
Please Enquire

Status – Tempted

Additional Notes –  This is going to be beautiful, its Gil Kane of course. However, when a product has a price of “Please Enquire” I know I’m not going to be able to afford it on my current budget.


The Zaucer of Zilk #1 (of 2)
32 pages
$3.99

Status – Already have it, Recommended

Additional Notes – This was published in 2000AD a few months ago and its an entertaining story with beautiful art. Also, be aware it may come out as a collected edition in a few months.
Bedlam #1 (of 4)
32 pages
$3.50

Status: Trade-waiting

Additional Notes – This comic has art by Riley Rossmo and the preview pages look absolutely gorgeous. Lets hope the story by Nick Spencer is better than the shit he’s spewing out for Marvel.


Multiple Warheads
Alphabet to Infinity #1 (of 4)
40 pages
$3.99

Status – Firm Order

Additional Notes – This is written and drawn by Brandon Graham. I’m going to buy the individual issues AND the trade just because he’s so fucking good.


Point of Impact #1 (of 4)
32 Pages
$2.99

Status – Trade-waiting

Additional Notes – A crime drama by one of my favourite writers Jay Faerber— with beautiful noir-ish art by Koray Kuranel. This could easily be a sleeper hit for Image.


CBLDF Liberty Annual 2012
48 pages
$4.99

Status – Firm Order

Additional Notes – With censorship by various government agencies always a threat– the comics world needs something like the CBLDF. Please consider supporting the CBLDF by buying this annual.


Epic Kill Vol 1 TP
144 pages
$12.99

Status – Firm Order

Additional Notes – Written and beautifully drawn by Raffaele Ienco, this is the story of a teenage female assassin out for revenge. I’d bet Jon Runyan would love this comic.
Space 1999 Aftershock and Awe HC
160 pages
$24.95

Status – Firm Order

Additional Notes – A graphic novel based on the underrated cult TV show of the 70s. Count me inEvil Ernie #1
32 pages
$3.99

Status – POS

Additional Notes – Possibly the worst title of the worst part of the 90s and… It’s back. Great. Thanks Dynamite!

Vampirella vs Fluffy the Vampire Killer
40 pages
$4.99

Status – POS

Additional Notes – Whats going on with Dynamite this month? Are they trying to get rid of all their garbage in one month.How to Self-Publish Comics HC
124 pages
$17.99

Status – POS

Additional Notes – So the company that left a bunch of creators high and dry when it went bankrupt a few years ago is now trying to sell a book on how to self-publish… What a nerve!Watchmen Rorschach Toaster
$43.75

Status – POS

Additional Notes – Whoever though of this stupid idea should be fired…

From a cannon…

Into the heart of the sun.Charley’s War Vol 9: Death from Above
128 pages
$19.95

Status – Cheaper on Amazon

Additional Notes – The latest volume of Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun’s World War 1 epic. I remember this story vividly, it depicts the Zeppelin raids on London’s East End.The American Comic Book Chronicles 1960-1964 HC
224 pages
$39.95

Status – Firm Order

Additional Notes – This is the first in a series of Twomorrows hardcovers covering the history of American comics. Twomorrows produce probably the best comics related books and magazines. This should be no different.Illustration Magazine #39
96 pages
$15.00

Status – Firm Order

Additional Notes – This mag covers the artists for the pulp and story magazines of the 1920s to 1960s. This particular issue features the art of Henry Clive, Norman Lindsay and Albert Dorne.

A Game of Thrones Maps
The Lands of Ice and Fire
16 pages
$40.00

Status – Firm Order

Additional Notes – As well as fantasy tarot cards, I like to collect fantasy maps. I think it helps to visualise different lands or different worlds when sometimes our is too mundane.Adult Movie Superstars Volume 2
The Eurozone Photos
136 pages
$24.95

Status – Firm Order (on Amazon, its cheaper)

Additional Notes – The 70s was the heyday of softcore trashy euro-flicks and this book focuses on some of the most gorgeous “stars” from that era– like Brigitte Lahaie, Christina Lindberg, Laura Gemser and Brigitte Maier. The cover has naked female breasts and I’m sure there’s plenty of other naked bits inside too!Star Trek Classic Quotes
The Next Generation HC
96 pages
$12.95

Status – POS

Additional Notes – A complete waste of time and paper. Who the fuck reads these things?Star Wars The Blueprints
Deluxe Slipcased Edition

336 pages
$500.00

Status – POS

Additional Notes – Now this is something I could actually like, but not at 500 fucking dollars. You can bet that if something is this overpriced, there’s a good chance there’s a Star Wars logo on it.

Pathfinder Goblin Plush
$17.95

Status – Tempted (though not much really)

Additional Notes – I usually rag on plush toys because I think that they’re mostly utter shit. However this is one that isn’t– it has a good evil sinister look to it.

Captain America Shield Bottle Opener
$18.00

Status – POS

Additional Notes – God this looks fucking awful. I’d rather burn 18 dollars than buy this crap.

South Park Talking Mr Hanky
Deluxe Figure
$21.99

Status – POS

Additional Notes – The least funny character in South Park (next to Towelie). This is a physical representation of an animated joke that wasn’t funny 15 years ago. Don’t waste your money.

Iron Man Classic Silver Mini Bust
$89.00

Status – Tempted

Additional Notes – I won’t be ordering this because I’m boycotting Marvel— but it is a pretty sweet looking statue. The companion Thor model is pretty ugly though. It looks like he’s chewing a wasp!Doctor Who Talking Plushes
$29.99

Status – POS

Additional Notes – Cutesy plush Daleks? Ok, I’m back to hating plush toys again! Gyarrr!

King Ghidorah S.H.Monster Arts
Action Figure
$124.99

Status – Tempted

Additional Notes – Ghidorah is easily the best of the Godzilla monsters, with the 3 heads and lightning blasts. This is one sweet looking model. Bloody expensive though!Retro Game Master The Game Center
CX Collection
$59.95

Status – Cheaper on Amazon

Additional Notes – I’m pretty sure Jose has mentioned this show in the past. This looks like a nice set from this subtitled Japanese show about old arcade games.

That’s it for this month — lots of diverse stuff… Too many fucking plush toys though! Let us know if there’s anything coming up that you think is worth looking at.

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16 Responses to Locusmortis’ PREVIEWS Hits & Misses™ – Rating Comic Shop Offerings for October / November 2012

  1. J. says:

    I am almost certain that those episodes on Retro Game Master dvd are the same overdubbed (with Arino’s dialog being subbed. Think of the American versions of Iron Chef Japan) and heavily edited versions that were shown on Kotaku over a year ago. I wouldn’t waste my money on it. You can find a lot of the actual unedited episodes, which are also subtitled, on youtube. There are also torrents of the unedited/subbed episodes out there. I normally wouldn’t say to watch this for free but the in it’s current form the dvd is not a complete package. It reminds me of only being able to buy the heavily edited and dubbed anime that Streamline Pictures legally put out in the late 80’s and early 90’s. There is no excuse for releasing edited Japanese shows anymore. Either release them whole and untouched or not at all.

  2. Tiger Topher says:

    I’d better start setting aside some money for that Gil Kane book. There’s no way that I’m going to have the willpower necessary to keep myself from buying it.

  3. Jon (of aCBL) says:

    Yesssss! You know me too well 😀 😀 😀

  4. ed2962 says:

    Cool article, Locus! I read the Ami-Con Wonder Woman online. Storywise, is not great just a re-telling of the origin. However, the art is very charming. I got hip to Brandon Graham thru Prophet. I’m looking forward to Warhead as well. When I fist heard about the Watchmen toaster, I was like, ” This is just an elaborate gag. They’re not REALLY going to put this out,”…Oh, how naive I am sometimes.

  5. Insideman says:

    I should note my apologies to Locusmortis. He turned this column in on time and I was at least 3 days late in posting it. I would like to say it will never happen again… But you know, if I was perfect, I’d never have room for improvement. 🙂

    In any case, I’m just happy I was able to at least get it out to the Nation on the same day the first of the releases LM notes hit shops. Will do my best to be swifter next time, LM!

    • Locusmortis says:

      I was on time?…only just on time I’d say! No need to apologise IM.

      Your post reminds me that I gotta start working on the next one soon!

  6. tomstewdevine says:

    Great Post, I always look forward to this because I hate going through the previews. I will be getting:
    CBLDF Liberty Annual 2012
    Point of Impact
    Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity #1
    Bedlam

    And Epic Kill was just made into an ongoing, so that’s pretty cool. And I will totally check out the The Zaucer of Zilk #1 trade when it comes out. I got a good laugh out of the riverdance line.

    • Locusmortis says:

      I go through Previews for those who can’t….or rather who won’t! 😉

      I got the first issue of Epic Kill and it was great, the only bad thing about it was the flimsy paper it was printed on, thats why I’m trade-waiting it. Image just keeps pumping out book after great book every month, they are by far the most reliable publisher at the moment. Plus anything with Brandon Graham or Riley Rossmo on is of interest. Have you been reading Prophet? I’ve been thinking of trade-waiting that too

      And I was going to stop making fun of Liefeld but he’s the gift that keeps on giving!

  7. IronMuskrat says:

    Being a unrepentant roll-player, I love any and all kinds of fantasy/sci-fi maps. I think my family was more than a little concerned at the fact I had a map of the Spinward Marches and the World of Greyhawk on my bedroom wall instead of the iconic Farrah Fawcett poster every other boy my age had at the time.

    So I am very interested in the A Game of Thrones Maps the Lands of Ice and Fire book. I have a few concerns though.. $40 for sixteen pages was one of them, but I did notice it was cheaper on Amazon. I also didn’t see any sizes given for the map posters but I think it will still be worth the money, if the size is right.

    Thanks for the heads up on that one Locusmortis!

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