Locusmortis’ PREVIEWS Hits and Misses™

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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 a POS (Piece of Shit)– with everything else being somewhere in between. I’m sure you can figure it out!
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The Best of Milligan and McCarthy HCThe Best of Milligan and McCarthy HC
264 pages
$24.99

Status: Firm Order

Additional Notes: Writer Pete Milligan is really crap at writing superhero books… So, thankfully, this collection is of his esoteric non-superhero stuff for Vertigo, 2000AD and other British magazines.

Exceptional artist Brendan McCarthy provides the visuals.
Sin Titulo HCSin Titulo HC
184 pages
$19.99

Status: Tempted

Additional Notes: This apparently started off as a webcomic. (I wouldn’t know as I haven’t read a webcomic in about 4 years.)

In any case, this looks like an interesting noir mystery graphic novel by writer/artist Cameron Stewart.
Eerie Archives Vol 14 HCEerie Archives Vol 14 HC
256 pages
$49.99

Status: Firm Order

Additional Notes: Art by Esteban Maroto, Jose Ortiz, Gonzalo Mayo, Berni Wrightson & Alex Toth. ‘Nuff said!
Gamma One-ShotGamma One-Shot
32 pages
$2.99

Status: Firm Order

Additional Notes: From the pages of Dark Horse Presents comes this story by Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas.

The art by Farinas is awesome.

Marvel Classic Marvel GirlMarvel Classic Character X-Men #3
Marvel Girl
$49.95

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Never before (and hopefully never again) has Jean Grey looked this fucking ugly.

I can only imagine that these statues are mostly being bought by blind people who have also lost all sense of tactile sensation.
LM PREVIEWS BALLOON DC COMICSJustice League #22Justice League #22
40 pages
$3.99

Status: POS

Additional Notes: The Trinity War starts!

Hands up anyone who actually thinks I’m going to buy this shit?
Superman Unchained Directors Cut #1Superman Unchained Directors Cut #1
64 pages
$5.99

Status: POS

Additional Notes: 64-page instruction booklet on how to flog a dead horse.
Batman 66 #1Batman ’66 #1
40 pages
$3.99

Status: Tempted

Additional Notes: Ok, when I initially I heard about this project– I wasn’t hopeful… But then I saw it is written by Jeff Parker, and that changed things drastically.

And out-of-continuity fun DC comic by Parker sounds ever so slightly awesome.
Batman Vol 3 Death of the Family HCBatman Vol 3 Death of the Family HC
176 pages
$24.99

Status: POS

Additional Notes: $25 for 5 issues worth of comics? Fuck off DC… Just fuck off!
Jack Kirby's OmacJack Kirby’s OMAC
176 pages
$19.99

Status: Recommended

Additional Notes: Creator Jack Kirby at his most bizarre and eccentric. Wild ideas fly off practically every page– making this collection highly recommended.
Legends of the Dark Knight Jim Aparo Vol 2 HCLegends of the Dark Knight Jim Aparo Vol 2 HC
520 pages
$49.99

Status: Firm Order

Additional Notes: Possibly the best Batman artist of all time, this hardcover features Aparo’s solid team-up tales from The Brave and the Bold comic.
Collider #1Collider #1
32 pages
$2.99

Status: Trade-waiting

Additional Notes: A new Vertigo title not written by one of Dan Didio’s favourites? This is a sci-fi/fantasy title that might be worth keeping an eye on.
Superman & Wonder Woman The Kiss StatueSuperman & Wonder Woman
“The Kiss” Statue

$249.95

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Artist Jim Lee’s wank fantasy made into a $250 statue. Burn it with fire!

DC Comics Cover Girls Supergirl StatueDC Comics Cover Girls Supergirl Statue
$99.95

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Once upon a time, DC Comics made good looking statues.

I’m starting to forget when exactly that was.LM PREVIEWS BALLOON IDWRocketeer The Spirit Pulp FrictionRocketeer/The Spirit – Pulp Friction
$3.99
32 pages

Status: Trade-waiting

Additional Notes: Normally I’d run screaming from an inter-company crossover like this… But given the talent involved (Mark Waid writing, Paul Smith on art), I’m definitely buying the trade.
Judge Dredd Classics #1Judge Dredd Classics #1
32 pages
$3.99

Status: POS

Additional Notes: The stories contained in this comic certainly are classics… And the creators involved are superlative… However the presentation of the stories is bloody awful.

2000AD is a magazine— and to shrink the pages down to fit on an American-sized comic, they need to have absolutely massive gutters at the top and bottom of the page making it all look like crap.
LM PREVIEWS BALLOON IMAGE COMICSSatellite Sam #1Satellite Sam #1
32 pages
$3.50

Status: Trade-waiting

Additional Notes: “Noir mystery shot through with sex and violence.”

Those are pretty much all of Howard Chaykin’s favorite things… And when Howie works on a project he enjoys, the results are usually excellent.LM PREVIEWS ARCANA STUDIOS BANNERHeadsmash GNHeadsmash GN
140 pages
$19.95

Status: POS

Additional Notes: “The Biggest Graphic Novel Release of 2013.” Well, that’s what their ad in Previews says anyway. Call me a cynic, but somehow I doubt it.LM PREVIEWS ARCHIE COMICS RT BANNERArchie Meets Glee GNArchie Meets Glee GN
112 pages
$12.99

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Archie meets the only thing gayer than him and Jughead.LM PREVIEWS ASPEN COMICS LFT BANNERAll New Fathom #1All New Fathom #1
32 pages
$1.00

Status: POS

Additional Notes: I liked Michael Turner’s art and his untimely death was a tragedy… However, just how long can they milk properties that were only popular because of his art– and not because the characters were inherently interesting?LM PREVIEWS CINEBOOK RT BANNERValerian Vol 3 The Land Without StarsValerian Vol 3 The Land Without Stars
48 pages
$11.95

Status: Recommended

Additional Notes: This is the volume where artist Jean-Claude Mezieres found his feet on Valerian– and started creating some gorgeous art.LM PREVIEWS DYNAMITE LEFT BANNERRed Sonja #1Red Sonja #1
22 pages
$3.99

Status: Hmmmm

Additional Notes: Can new Red Sonja writer Gail Simone break out of her New 52 writing slump?

Is there anyone left in comics who gives a shit?The Owl #1The Owl #1
32 pages
$3.99

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Has Dynamite Entertainment got scandal photos of Alex Ross or something? Why else would he do more and more shitty covers for characters no-one gives a fuck about?

The Owl is written by JT Krul— that by itself should tell you whether or not to buy this.LM PREVIEWS DIGITAL MANGA RT BANNERTriton of the Sea Vol 1Triton of the Sea Vol 1
$19.95

Status: Tempted

Additional Notes: By Osama Tezuka. Because this is from a publisher better known for Yaoi manga, this might slip under the radar.

But if you like all-ages comics,  then give this a shot.LM PREVIEWS FANTAGRAPHICS LFT BANNERDaniel Clowes ReaderThe Daniel Clowes Reader
$35.00

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Instead of buying a book that tells you how you should read a comic, just spend the $35 on more comics instead. These types of books are usually written by hipster douchebags (™ & © Jose Melendez) anyway.LM PREVIEWS HEAVY METAL RT BANNERFakk 2 Movie Special - Simon Bisley Artbook HCFakk 2 Movie Special –
Simon Bisley Artbook HC

$19.95

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Subtitled “How to flog a dead horse by Kevin Eastman.”LM PREVIEWS IMPROPER BOOKS LFT BANNERPorcelain A Gothic Fairy Tale GNPorcelain – A Gothic Fairy Tale GN
96 pages
$19.99

Status: Firm Order

Additional Notes: If it hadn’t been for the nicely designed cover, I would probably have glossed over this book hidden down in the arse end of Previews. But I checked out a 12 page preview and found it to be charmingly written and beautifully drawn. This could be a hidden gem.LM PREVIEWS MARVEL COMICS RT BANNERKick-Ass 2 Prelude Hit GirlKick-Ass 2 Prelude – Hit Girl
136 pages
$19.99

Status: POS

Additional Notes: So you might ask, “How can you slag off a book you haven’t read?”. My reply is that its pretty fucking easy when the book is written by Mark Ginger Bastard Millar. To say that this book is shit is pointing out the bleeding obvious… Reading it would just serve to emphasise its shittiness.FF Hickman Omnibus Vol 1Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman
Omnibus Vol 1 HC
736 pages
$75.00

Status: POS

Additional Notes:  Deadly dull and oh so booooring, writer Jonathan Hickman stretches 3 issues of plot over 750 pages. Reading this is only just slightly more tedious than spending a couple of weeks in a coma.Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 1 HCGuardians of the Galaxy Vol 1 HC
136 pages
$24.99

Status: POS

Additional Notes: “Steve McNiven […] shows why he’s one of the best creators in superhero comics with his meticulously detailed, incredibly dynamic pencils” – A.V. Club

#1: Creator? Name one character that McNiven has created that anyone gives a flying fuck about.
#2. Dynamic? McNiven’s pencils are as dynamic as a constipated bowel.LM Previews ONI Press LFT BannerThe Strangers #1The Strangers #1
32 pages
$3.99

Status: Trade-waiting

Additional Notes: DC exile Chris Roberson comes back with a retro-styled action adventure romp. I like the look of this.LM PREVIEWS REBELLION RT BANNERJudge Dredd Day of Chaos – EndgameJudge Dredd Day of Chaos – Endgame
192 pages
$27.99

Status: Firm Order

Additional Notes: Second volume of the best Judge Dredd saga in years, Wagner and Flint pull out all the stops in this book.Slaine The KingSlaine The King
256 pages
$27.99

Status: Recommended

Additional Notes: Some of Pat Mill’s best stories of Slaine the Celtic Warrior. Includes Glenn Fabry interior art– from before he spent his time hacking out a Vertigo cover every month.LM PREVIEWS SSH! PRODUCTIONS LFT BANNERChoose Their Fate #1Choose Their Fate #1
36 pages
$9.95

Status: POS

Additional Notes: This looks like a fumetti starring some homely looking porn actresses.

I’m almost tempted to get it to see just how bad it could be… But not at that price!LM PREVIEWS TOP SHELF RT BANNERThe Workburger International Comics AnthologyWorkburger International
Comics Anthology

224 pages
$20.00

Status: Tempted

Additional Notes: Highbrow anthology comics can be either a triumph or a disaster. It really is a bit of a lottery sometimes. I do like the cover a hell of a lot though!
LM PREVIEWS BALLOON UDONSonicomi Artbook Super Sonico Picture AlbumSonicomi Artbook
Super Sonico Picture Album

160 pages
$39.99

Status: Firm Order

Additional Notes: An artbook devoted to virtual idol Sonico? Sold!LM PREVIEWS VIZ MEDIA RT BANNERLM PREVIEWS COMIC OF THE MONTH BANNERBakuman Vol 20Bakuman Vol 20
176 pages
$9.99

Status: Firm Order

Additional Notes: The final album of the best manga series in years.LM PREVIEWS YEN PRESS LFT BANNERK-ON! CollegeK-ON! College
176 pages
$11.99

Status: Tempted

Additional Notes: The further adventures of k-on. I did like the original anime a lot but I don’t like Yen Press’s print quality (or their inflated prices).

As much as I’m tempted, I’ll probably pass.LM PREVIEWS ZENESCOPE RT BANNERGrimm Fairy Tales Presents Oz #1Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Oz #1
32 pages
$2.99

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Why don’t they just put out a series called “Bait and Switch”?LM PREVIEWS BOOKS & MAGAZINES BANNER FINAL

The Art of Bob Peak HCThe Art of Bob Peak HC
392 pages
$79.00

Status: Tempted

Additional Notes: I love this style of art so much– just effortlessly cool and stylish. The price is a bit steep though…Stan Lee's How to Draw Superheroes SCStan Lee’s How to Draw Superheroes SC
224 pages
$24.99

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Stan’s original title for this was, “How to get talented artists to do most of the work but take most of  the credit and money for yourself.”LM PREVIEWS BALLOON GRAPHITTI DESIGNSDownton Abbey Season 1 & 2 Trading CardsDownton Abbey Season
1 & 2 Trading Cards

$3.50 per pack

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Why? Just why in the fuck are there Downton Abbey Trading Cards? Is it because the show is the only thing more boring than Baseball on TV?LM PREVIEWS TOYS STATUES MODELS BANNER FINALThe Six Million Dollar Man Rudy Wells Figure with Tin ToteThe Six Million Dollar Man –
Rudy Wells 8″ Figure with Tin Tote
$39.99 each

Status: POS

Additional Notes: “Yeah… When I was a kid I never wanted to be Steve Austin… I always wanted to be the doctor that operated on him.” This is something I have literally never said.

But hey, at least you get a tin tote with this thing… Whatever the fuck a tin tote happens to be.TYO X USPS Mini Drop BoxTYO X USPS Mini Drop Box
$22.00

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Give this as a gift to any mailman you know.

I’m sure they’ll be delighted you are reminding them of the daily grind of their existence.Judge Death StatueJudge Dredd – Judge Death 1/4 Scale Statue
$360.00

Status: If I won the lottery…

Additional Notes: Now this looks properly, certifiably cool.LM PREVIEWS IMPORT TOYS BANNER FINALLM PREVIEWS CERTIFIED SHIT BANNER FINALDC Comics Man of Steel – Superman ARTfx StatueDC Comics Man of Steel –
Superman ArtFX Statue

$119.99 each

Status: POS

Additional Notes:  Superman has that “For fucks sake my underwear is constricting my nuts” pose… Yeah, don’t pretend like you don’t know what I mean.
LM PREVIEWS BATSHIT INSANE OF THE MONTH BANNERDoctor Who Remote Control Flying TardisDoctor Who Remote Control
Flying Tardis

$49.99

Status: POS… But Cool

Additional Notes: This is stupid enough to actually be kind of cool… But I can also see some people having to go to the Emergency Ward with one of these embedded in their skulls.Queen's Blade Rebellion Branwen PVC FigureQueen’s Blade Rebellion Branwen
PVC Figure

$215.99

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Note to the designer: “Can we possibly increase the size of tits and ass on this model?” LM PREVIEWS CERTIFIED SHIT BANNER FINALStar Wars Collector's WatchesStar Wars Collector’s Watches
$300.00 each

Status: POS

Additional Notes: I only thought these looked mildly like shit until I saw their fucking price. But you’ll be glad to know that they are water resistant to a depth of 50 metres– so even if you drown, your fucking stupid ugly watch will survive!LM PREVIEWS COLLECTIBLES & NOVELTIES BANNER FINALDoctor Who Sonic Screwdriver ToothbrushDoctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Toothbrush
$19.99

Status: POS

Additional Notes: It wouldn’t surprise me if some enterprising Whovian  converted one of these into a sex toy… Just sayin’.Doctor Who Stars and Stripes Tardis MugDoctor Who Stars and Stripes Tardis Mug
$10.99

Status: POS

Additional Notes: Ok, so they changed the stars to tardises (Or is that Tardii? What the hell is the plural of Tardis anyway?) and for that they jack up the price by 10 Bucks? For fuck’s sake…LM PREVIEWS GAMES CATEGORY BANNER NEWPathfinder Reign of Winter Map FolioPathfinder Campaign Setting
The Reign of Winter Poster Map Folio
$19.99

Status: Firm Order

Additional Notes: Paizo publishing puts out some of the best fantasy roleplaying merchandise– and these map folios are no exception.LM PREVIEWS DIGITAL MEDIA BANNER FINAL

Mad Max Trilogy Blu Ray SetMad Max Trilogy Blu Ray Set
$49.99

Status: Tempted

Additional Notes: Ok, so Mel Gibson may be a jew-hating alcoholic… But I STILL love the Mad Max films. Yeah, even the third one.LM PREVIEWS PREVIEWS UK BANNER FINALGraphic Thrills American XXX Movie PostersGraphic Thrills American
XXX Movie Posters 1970-85

144 pages
£19.99

Status: Tempted

Additional Notes: The adage “Never judge a book by its cover” was never so apt when used in relation to vintage porn. Beautiful covers usually disguised the disgusting hairy mess contained within… But I still do have a soft spot for tacky retro kitsch.

It’s a bit of a quiet month for Image Comics– but given the news from the Image Expo recently… They’ll be back with a whole heap of great content pretty soon. There’s plenty of good stuff from Dark Horse and the independant scene… And hey, even DC manages one or two decent products from the shitfest that is their current line of comics.

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8 Responses to Locusmortis’ PREVIEWS Hits and Misses™

  1. Red Tash says:

    I feel traumatized by some of those. Well done!

  2. phil says:

    Highly entertaining Locus. However as far as MY tastes go… Mad Max would’ve made my POS list 🙂

  3. Always a great post LM, And I might have to check out that Porcelain – A Gothic Fairy Tale GN, and of course everyone better pick up the new Chris Roberson Book.

    Jeff Parker’s Batman ’66 was really fun by the way.

  4. Insideman says:

    Things this column caused me to buy or preorder:

    Porcelain – A Gothic Fairy Tale GN
    Triton of the Sea Vol 1
    Sonicomi Artbook Super Sonico Picture Album
    Mad Max Trilogy Blu Ray Set
    Graphic Thrills American XXX Movie Posters 1970-85

    Thing I almost bought:
    Queen’s Blade Rebellion Branwen PVC Figure was really cute– but then I realized I could take a similarly beautiful woman out for dinner and drinks for the same price… So I decided to pass.

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