Locusmortis’ PREVIEWS Hits and Misses™ – Rating Comic Shop Offerings for January 2013 and February 2013


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!

STAR WARS #1Star Wars #1
32 pages

Status: Trade-Waiting

Additional Notes: The Disney purchase of Lucasfilm means Marvel will take over the Star Wars franchise. Which is a shame, because Dark Horse is doing a good job overall. Brian Wood writes this new ongoing series.
NEXUS OMNIBUS VOLUME 2Nexus Omnibus Volume 2
424 pages

Status: Firm Order

Additional Notes: One of the greatest independant comics of all time, this Omnibus contains 14 issues of the original series run.
Ame-Comi Girls #4Ame-Comi Girls #4
40 pages

Status: Firm Order

Additional Notes:  I skipped issues 2 and 3 of this title, but Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti back on Power Girl is a must have.

Superman For Tomorrow TPSuperman For Tomorrow TP
320 pages

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Jim Lee was brought onto Superman to work his “Hush” magic. Unfortunately, Azzarello’s story was terribly boring and Lee’s art was stale and uninspired.

Adventures of Superman- Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez HCAdventures of Superman
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez HC
360 pages

Status: Firm Order

Additional Notes: JLGL is one of the most underrated artists amongst the big 2 companies. Buy this instead of some of the garbage that’s coming out now– like the New 52 Superman and Superboy.

The All New Metallic Superman By Frank Miller StatueNew Metallic Superman Statue
By Frank Miller

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Ugh…

Vertigo Cover Girls- Death StatueVertigo Cover Girls: Death Statue

Status: Tempted

Additional Notes: Now this is a very good-looking statue. It looks authentic to the character and well posed. It is very tempting. Michael Golden's G.I. Joe Yearbook- Artist's Edition PortfolioMichael Golden’s G.I. Joe Yearbook: Artist’s Edition Portfolio
23 Prints
Please Enquire

Status: Hmmmm

Additional Notes: I mentioned this the last time IDW put out some portfolios: I’m just not convinced by this concept. Michael Golden is a great artist, but I feel portfolios need strong single images– not pages from a comic book. What are you going to do with 23 prints anyway, frame them all?
Dias de las Muertas #1Dias de las Muertas #1 (of 3)
40 pages (oversized)

Status: Trade-Waiting

Additional Notes: Riley Rossmo’s art makes this a must buy.

Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth #1Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth #1
32 pages

Status: Trade-Waiting

Additional Notes: The plot is one I’ve seen before in an old Judge Dredd story. Essentially, a relatively normal kid who’s part of a vicious family tries to make friends and things end badly. The cartoony art by M.K. Perker looks great.

Change #1Change #1 (of 4)
32 pages

Status: Trade-Waiting

Additional Notes: I loved Ales Kots recent Wild Children one-shot. This time he’s writing a mini-series with art by Morgan Jeske.

Long John Silver Volume 1- Lady Vivian HastingsLong John Silver Volume 1:
Lady Vivian Hastings
56 pages

Status: Recommended

Additional Notes: A modern retelling of the Long John Silver story. Excellent adventure with sumptuous art.The Art of Vampirella Archives- The Warren YearsThe Art of Vampirella Archives:
The Warren Years
200 pages

Status: Tempted

Additional Notes: Lets face it, when it comes to Vampirella– the Warren Years are the only ones that matter. Anything since then has been “meh” at best and garbage at worst– including the current Dynamite revamp.GG STUDIO LOCUSMORTIS PREVIEWS BANNERRoute Des Maisons Rouges Volume 1Route Des Maisons Rouges Volume 1 TP
144 pages

Status: POS

Additional Notes: I got suckered into buying 1 issue of this series a while ago… Based on their claim to being a quality European publisher. GG’s output is more like the European equivalent of Zenescope comics. Avoid.LOCUSMORTIS PREVIEWS KODANSHA BANNERGenshiken Omnibus Volume 3Genshiken Omnibus Volume 3
500 pages

Status: Firm Order

Additional Notes: The first omnibus of this series was just so-so… With most of the characters being quite unlikable. But the second volume saw a serious increase in storytelling quality, with lots of character development.LOCUSMORTIS PREVIEWS TITAN BOOKS BANNERJohnny Red Volume 3- Angels over StalingradJohnny Red Volume 3:
Angels Over Stalingrad
104 pages

Status: Firm Order

Additional Notes: Now THIS is comics at its best. Hard hitting writing and amazing artwork come together to tell the story of Johnny Red and his Falcon Squadron during the most brutal battle the world has ever seen.TOMORROWS BANNER LOCUSMORTIS PREVIEWS HITS & MISSESThe American Comic Book Chronicles- The 1980sThe American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1980s
288 pages

Status: Firm Order

Additional Notes: Twomorrows covers the pivotal decade of the 80s– which saw the superhero comic reach its zenith in Uncanny X-Men, Teen Titans and Daredevil… And the rise of Mature Readers comics.VERTICAL BANNER LOCUSMORTIS PREVIEWSKnights of Sidonia Volume 1Knights of Sidonia Volume 1
192 pages

Status: Firm Order

Additional Notes: Tsutomu Nihei of Biomega fame takes on outer space science fiction in this series. I’ve read the first chapter and there are echoes of Macross mixed with Evangelion.
Cinema Retro #25Cinema Retro #25
64 pages

Status: Firm Order

Additional Notes: This issue covers Hammer Horror Poster Art and Oliver Reed. A must have magazine for fans of 60s and 70s film.
Grimm Fairy Tales- Callie Action FigureGrimm Fairy Tales: Callie Action Figure

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Not content with inflicting awful comics on the populace, now Zenescope is inflicting awful action figures on us as well.

DC Comics- Wonder Woman 6-inch MezitzDC Comics: Wonder Woman 6-inch Mezitz

Status: POS

Additional Notes: What the fuck is the point of this monstrosity?

Deathshead Mickey 10-inch Vinyl FigureDeathshead Mickey 10-inch Vinyl Figure

Status: Hmmm

Additional Notes: I wouldn’t buy this, but it did make me laugh. I’m amazed they haven’t received a cease and desist order from Disney, though.

Tonner Marvel- X-23 16 inch dollTonner Marvel: X-23 16 inch Doll
No price given (this usually means something is freakin’ expensive!)

Status: POS

Additional Notes: I see Tonner Dolls in Previews every month and immediately ignore them, but this one looks nothing– and I mean NOTHING– like X-23. Not even close!

Star Wars Kenner- Power Droid Jumbo Action FigureStar Wars Kenner Power Droid
Jumbo Action Figure

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Question: Since when does an action figure cost $90?  Answer: When it’s got a Star Wars logo on it. Duh!

Star Wars- AT-AT BookendsStar Wars AT-AT Bookends

Status: Tempted… If I inherited an Estate

Additional Notes: What’s this… Star Wars merch that I don’t mercilessly lampoon? Well, I think these look pretty damn cool… And I need some bookends. I just don’t need $225 bookends!Tiger and Bunny- Wild Tiger 12-inch Perfect ModelTiger and Bunny: Wild Tiger
12-inch Perfect Model

Status: If I won the lottery…

Additional Notes: Another month, another gorgeous Tiger and Bunny model.

Armor Girls Project- Strike Witches 2 – Erica Hartmann Action FigureArmor Girls Project: Strike Witches 2 – Erica Hartmann Action Figure

Status: Tempted

Additional Notes: I like the Strike Witches. What can I say, this is a sweet looking model!
DC Heroes Bust Bank Wonder WomanDC Heroes Wonder Woman Bust Bank

Status: POS

Additional Notes: They seem to have used Peggy Bundy as the model for this awful bank.

Domo- Fleece Cozy with SleevesDomo Fleece Cozy with Sleeves

Status: It’s a onesey, what do you f’n think?

Additional Notes: I once said that Domo pyjamas were the ugliest piece of geek clothing I’d ever seen.

I stand corrected.

Thor San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Resin Bust BankThor 2012 San Diego Comic-Con
Resin Bust Bank
No price given

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Thor is ANGRY, givest Thor thy coins of the realm!GAMES BANNER LOCUSMORTIS PREVIEWSPathfinder Campaign Setting- Shattered Star Poster map FolioPathfinder Campaign Setting: Shattered Star Poster Map Folio

Status: Firm Order

Additional Notes: Paizo/Pathfinder consistently make great role-playing maps. Or if you just like fantasy maps, I recommend them.Age of the HobbitsAge of the Hobbits DVD

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Hack film producers The Asylum try to cash in on The Hobbit. Don’t be suckered, this is garbage.

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Complete Series DVDBuck Rogers in the 25th Century Complete Series DVD Box Set

Status: POS

Additional Notes: The first season of the Buck Rogers TV Show was a magnificent, spangly disco cheese-fest. Unfortunately, the producers decided to change everything in Season 2– making the show boring and dull.

Star Trek- The Next Generation Season 2 BlurayStar Trek: The Next Generation
Season 2 Blu Ray

Status: Tempted

Additional Notes: This is when TNG started to get good. Check around for better prices though, $110 is too much for a single season box set.

No single publisher stands out this month but there are 1 or 2 decent things from most– plus some garbage from pretty much everyone. Knights of Sidonia looks to be a good new manga and Genshiken has improved quite a bit. There’s a couple of decent European comics too… Along with one real stinker from GG Studio. Let us know if there’s anything coming up that you think is worth looking at.

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18 Responses to Locusmortis’ PREVIEWS Hits and Misses™ – Rating Comic Shop Offerings for January 2013 and February 2013

  1. Insideman says:

    Huge Apologies to Locusmortis.

    I received this on 12.23… But Christmas and a massive cold pushed it to this date.

    The good news? In true comic book distributor fashion, 98% of these trinkets haven’t seen the dank insides of comic book shops yet… So there’s still PLENTY of time to order if you are enticed by some of LM’s finds. (Like I am every month.)

    Now on to WD Prescott’s review of the first half of The Walking Dead Season 3! 😉

  2. ed2962 says:

    Speaking of Vampirella, I’ve been dragging my feet, but I kinda want to get the Grant Morrisson stuff. I know it’s not regarded as classic or anything but I’d like to read it. I also remember seeing ads for a manga/anime influenced relaunch some years ago. I think it might have been published by Harris, but I’m not sure. Have you seen any of those, Locus?

    • Locusmortis says:

      There was a series called Vampi which was sort of an amerimanga take on Vampirella. I got a few of them and it was an ok book but very of its time, it was part of that trend of bad-girl books in the late 90’s early 2000’s.

      Of the Harris books, I enjoyed Tom Sniegoski’s the most, I never did think much of the millar and morrison versions. The original Gonzalez or Maroto drawn archives are the only things I’m interested in these days though.

  3. Tiger Topher says:

    I have both of the bust banks featured above, and I can tell you that they look much better on a shelf than they do in those preview pictures. They’re not the pieces of shit that they appear to be.

    • J. says:

      I don’t know about the Thor one but I will agree with you on the Wonder Woman bank. The actual product looks way better. The pic makes it look sorta ghastly. That company needs to do a better job of having catalog pics that represent their product better.

      Back when I was managing a store and ordering product, a catalog pic is usually all I had to go by. I would go through hundreds of pages a month (we dealt with at least 50 different distributors at the time) and if the product didn’t stand out or if it looked cheap I usually passed on it. It’s no surprise customers like Locusmortis, who order primarily through Previews, think the same exact thing when seeing a terrible representation of the product.

    • Locusmortis says:

      I’m glad to hear it, that company should really hire someone better for marketing their goods!

  4. The Amazing Mike says:

    Really like the Pathfinder mention here. My friends just started a group for it and I was looking for some stuff to bring everyone. Oh C’mon guys those little coin banks would probably make some kids day 😉

    • Locusmortis says:

      I don’t get to roleplay nearly as often as I’d like, but Pathfinder is a great game and I’ve been impressed with what Paizo produce for years.

      I dunno have you checked out the Pathfinder comic from Dynamite? Its actually pretty good and has additional sourcebook material in the back that actually matters (unlike the crap that marvel sometimes put in their books as “back matter”)

  5. The Amazing Mike says:

    P.S Can we consider making a “Obi Wan Kenobi Peter Parker” and ‘Thing we Hate’?

  6. hackslash2020 says:

    I dont understand why people like Nexus so much…I got the first 10 issues after Ian raving about it..but I wasnt that impressed with it…It was good, but boring(which could also mean too smart 4 me)..Nothing really stood out for me…even the main character looks like X-Men Cyclops..

    For some odd reason this article makes me want to revisit my local european comic shop…Try me some Long John Silver & a Johny Red.. Also I really cant wait to see the first season of Buck Rogers..

    An interesting “european” release will be Terry Dodson’s Muse (or Songes in French)..the dutch version will include book 1: Coraline, book 2: Celia and a sketch book in slipcase for 49 euros…The english version will be published by humanoids the end of february. I do not think this release will be as complete as the dutch version…according to some websites it only includes the first book: Coraline and will have a 35 dollars cover price..I am speculating here but for some reason I believe that the few comic books that do contain nudity are somewhat more expensive.

    • Locusmortis says:

      Each to his/her own I guess Hack, I think Nexus was a great pulp sci-fi book blending modern and retro elements in both story and art.

      The Terry Dodson book was one that I was somewhat interested in but not enough to order it. If you get it let us know what it was like.

      And as for the first season of Buck Rogers, you’ll either love it or hate it, I doubt you’ll be meh about it 😀

      • I do hope I will enjoy Buck Rogers..I really have fond memories of this series, eventhough I was too young to understand, I was like 3 or 4 but watched it every week at my grandma.

        What I was trying to say regarding Nexus :Maybe because I havent read that many 80s/90s comics besides Marvel..The “appreciation and connection” isnt there for me…Yet….

        Anyway, enjoyed your colum as always..You make the coolest lists and I like how you incorporate your love and knowledge for the english/european side and the more classic material.

        • Locusmortis says:

          Thanks Hack, sometimes being a cultural magpie pays off 🙂

          I rewatched the Buck Rogers Dvd set last year and it was a lot of fun, sometimes in a “so bad its good way” but if you approach it as cheesy fun then I think you might like it. Gil Gerard doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously, Erin Grey looks gorgeous pretty much throughout the show and theres some great guest stars who ham it up big time like Jack Palance, Frank “the Riddler” Gorshin, Buster Crabbe and two of my favourite character actors John Quade and Robert Tessier appear in the same episode The Plot to Kill a City

          In the second season the producers got rid of half the characters and also got rid of the light-hearted storytelling and it just killed the show. The also got the worst tv actor ever, Wilfred Hyde-White as a bumbling professor-type character on the show, awful.

    • Insideman says:

      Nexus is sometimes sedate… And reasoned. Lovers of Uncanny X-Force won’t get it. 😉

      When I talk about an older series like Nexus, Hack– I’m not just talking about the the first story arc. I’m thinking about the whole thing. Not having read issues #1-10 recently, I can’t remember if that gives you the “proper” Nexus experience or not.

      You might have to delve deeper. Almost all regularly produced entertainment-related properties (TV Shows/Comics) get better in the middle of their lifespans…

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