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!
Creepy Archives Vol 17 HC
Status: Firm Order
Additional Notes: You know the drill– these Archive Editions are fucking awesome. Some contain some of the best drawn stories you will ever see.
Resident Alien The Suicide Blonde #0
Additional Notes: Two veteran 2000AD creators? This looks interesting. The solicit says it’s a mini-series… I believe for a total run of 4 issues.
Manara Erotica Vol 3 HC
Status: Firm Order
Additional Notes: This volume contains Butterscotch– one of Manara’s sexiest stories.
Marvel Classic Character
X-Men #4 Beast
Additional Notes: Every time I think these figures can’t get any worse, they prove me wrong yet again.
They’re like parodies of the original designs.
Trinity of Sin Pandora #3
Additional Notes: Artist Ryan Sook drew this cover?
Did he draw it with his foot or something?
Worlds Finest #15
Additional Notes: I’m purely interested in this for Emanuela Lupacchino’s art, nothing else.
Additional Notes: Writer Scott Lobdell starts another Superman crossover… And all around the world, no fucks were given.
DC One Million Omnibus HC
Additional Notes: One million of what? One million trees killed to print this heap of shite?
Green Arrow Vol 3 Harrow TP
Additional Notes: I urge you to buy this book… And tell me how much it sucks.
You don’t think I’m going to waste MY money finding out do you?
The Wake Directors Cut #1
Additional Notes: I love The Wake, but I’m not going to pay an extra $2 for a bunch of back matter which SHOULD be in the back of the Trade for FREE.
DC Comics Bombshells
Harley Quinn Statue
Additional Notes: Someone is obviously snorting too much coke at DC’s head office… Why else would they approved this ugly heap of shite?Thunder Agents #1
Additional Notes: This looks like it could be really nice, but I’m going to wait for the Trade.
I’ve been burned by too much mediocre IDW stuff before.
The Sidekick #1
Status: Potential POS
Additional Notes: JMS is writing– which is the reason for the book’s status.
I’m taking bets on how many issues he lasts before he bails… Anybody want in?
Frank Cho Women Book 2 TP
Additional Notes: Say what you like about Frank Cho, but he draws great women and pretty, natural looking ones at that (when he’s not working for Marvel.)
Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth Vol 1 TP
Status: Firm Order
Additional Notes: I really liked Issue #1 when I reviewed it… So I hope this collected edition is just as good.
Classic Space 1999:
To Everything That Was
Status: Firm Order
Additional Notes: If you’ve read my Random Fandom columns, you know I’m a big fan of Space 1999.
This reprint collection features some amazing artists like Gray Morrow, Vincente Alcazar, John Byrne and British legend Mike Noble.
The Art of Archie – The Covers HC
Additional Notes: It’s a good idea, but 30 bucks for 160 pages is too much imo.
Herobear and the Kid #1
Additional Notes: I loved the one-shot when I reviewed it a couple of months ago… So it’s nice to see Boom! give Mike Kunkel an ongoing series.
Crusade Vol 1 Simoun Dja
Additional Notes: Yes, I know I’m a bit of a Cinebook fanboy, but I wouldn’t mention this if it wasn’t absolutely high quality stuff.
Lord of Mars #1
Additional Notes: Hey Alex Ross! Hang up your airbrush and try something different for a change, eh?
Lady Rawhide #1
Additional Notes: Way back when, I bought the Lady Rawhide series from Topps Comics and Image. Those comics were written by legend Don McGregor and drawn by the excellent Mike Mayhew and Esteban Maroto.
Unfortunately, Dynamite didn’t hire any of these veterans… Just the usual nobodies that litter their books.
Miss Fury High End Lithograph
Additional Notes: Made from 100% old rope.
If you have to add the words “High End” to an art print, I think you’re trying too hard.
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant
Additional Notes: Sometimes it pays to look at the tiny ads in Previews! This all-ages adventure looks really good.
Check out some nice preview chapters online.
Mark Schultz’s Xenozoic Complete TP
Additional Notes: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! I need to win the fucking lottery or something– there’s just too many good books I want coming out at the moment.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #1
Additional Notes: Hermes Press is better known for its reprint volumes, so a monthly series for them is an unknown quantity.
It does have Howard Chaykin writing and drawing though– which caught my attention.
Sorry, no Marvel stuff this month. I must have thrown my Marvel Previews in the bin already. Ohwellwhatapitynevermind.
P. Craig Russell’s Opera Adaptations HC
Additional Notes: What was I saying earlier about needing a lottery win?
I’ve seen some of Russell’s art for these graphic novels. and it is superb. I’d imagine that most people would be immediately turned off by the word Opera in the title… But these are comics– you don’t have to listen to the music to enjoy them thank grud!
Judge Dredd Trifecta GN
Status: Recommended… Sort of
Additional Notes: The follow-up to Day of Chaos by non-John Wagner Dredd writers. The story is very good but the price also seems pretty steep.
First Kingdom Vol 1
The Birth of Tundran
Additional Notes: A post-apocalyptic fantasy story that was originally one of the first independant comics.
I’ve seen some of the preview art for this, and it looks amazing.
The Art of Brom HC
Additional Notes: One of the most distinctive fantasy artists of the last 30 years or so, his art for AD&D’s Dark Sun expansion set him apart from his contemporaries.
Exposé Vol 11 SC
Additional Notes: The latest volume of this yearly bible of amazing sci-fi and fantasy art.
The price quoted here seems quite high though– you should be able to find the hardcover cheaper at online retailers.
Wiped – Doctor Who’s Missing Episodes
Updated 2nd Edition
Additional Notes: Back in the 60s and 70s, the BBC routinely did what would be unthinkable now– and wiped many Doctor Who episodes from their master reels, reusing the tapes for other programmes. Wiped! tells the story of the subsequent search for these “lost episodes”. This tome is from Telos, a publisher that I’ve gotten several top quality books from and can happily recommend.
Star Trek – The Art of Juan Ortiz HC
Status: Firm Order
Additional Notes: Some of these paintings have already been issued as a series of prints (which I’ve highlighted in previous editions of Previews Hits & Misses.)
Now all the original series’ episodes get a painting, and all are collected in this large format hardcover.
Star Wars Jedi Academy HC
Additional Notes: Cute book for kids… Or fiendish bid to indoctrinate a new generation?
Star Wars Complete Vehicles HC
Additional Notes: I know I slam Star Wars products quite regularly (and justifiably so for their often excessive prices) but the criticism comes from a place of love.
Sometimes companies actually release quality products– and this is one of them. Given that most Star Wars characters are emotionally threadbare and could be replaced with cardboard cutouts… Sometimes the vehicles are the really interesting and creative part of the franchise.
Revenge Season 1 & 2 Trading Cards
$3.50 per pack
Additional Notes: I never used to look through the trading card section of Previews because it just had the usual predictably boring football (of the American variety) and baseball cards… But now it seems like every fucking shitty, contemptible TV Series is getting them too.
My Little Pony
Additional Notes: OK… This shirt goes up to XXL.
Now, if you’re an XXL guy and you’re wearing a Team Pony T-Shirt… Well, do I really need to add any insults to this?
Pee Wee Herman
“I know you are but what am I?”
Additional Notes: What are you, Pee Wee? Uh… Aren’t you a notorious sex-pest?
Star Trek VI USS Excelsior Electronic Ship
Additional Notes: Features the voice of George Takei… OK, this thing has to be hackable right? (So you could put some of George’s hilarious YouTube quotes on it!)
Domo Pizza Cutter
Additional Notes: Ya know, if I want to cut a fucking pizza… I’ll use a fucking knife.
Batman Retro 8-inch Action Figures
Additional Notes: Does putting “retro” into the name of this product give them licence to make it look like shit?
“Silver Age Edition”
1/6 Scale Figure
Additional Notes: Paging Insideman…
McFarlane Toys MLB
Buster Posey Action Figure
Additional Notes: It’s a baseball action figure, thus the status. Oh, and it has McFarlane’s name on it too…
Ms. Marvel 70s Version Statue
Additional Notes: This is actually not too bad.
It’s way better than any Ms. Marvel design in about 10 years.
Men in Black Standard Issue Agent Sidearm Replica
Additional Notes: Right, you’re in a country where you can buy real guns and you buy this useless hunk of chrome and plastic instead?
DC Comics Deathstroke
New 52 Artfx Statue
Additional Notes: UGH…
Moekanji Japanese Kanji Learning Cards
Additional Notes: Learning Kanji is fucking hard! Anything that helps is good.
Star Trek Captain Kirk Tinned Candies
Additional Notes: With Kirk’s reputation, can we really be sure these are just candies???
TinTin Watches –
Limited Numbered Editions
Additional Notes: I was thinking this was a quite nice looking watch… Until I saw the TinTin shape on the face.
You’d look like a right twat if you were out with yer mates and got caught wearing this…
Iron Man 3 Iron Patriot Vacuform Mask
Additional Notes: Presumably what Jon Runyan will be wearing this Halloween.
Game of Thrones House Sigil Throw Pillows
~ $85.00 for the set
Additional Notes: You know what? These are… Not shit. But they shouldn’t have also put the “House Slogans” on the back of each pillow… That miscalculation turns these from a “not fucking embarrassing” to a “potentially fucking embarrassing” rating.
Zombie Warning Mug
Additional Notes: This is the type of present you get for someone you hate… But you are obligated to buy something for… So naturally you end up getting something cheap and shitty…
Magic The Gathering TCG Theros Expansion
Additional Notes: Save yourself some money and develop a cocaine habit instead. It’ll work out less expensive in the long run.
Marvel Knights Wolverine Origin DVD
Additional Notes: Every copy of this should be burned along with every copy of the comic book mini-series and every collected version.
Detailing Wolverine’s origin is one of the stupidest ideas in comics history.
Mobile Police Patlabor
The TV Series Collection 1
$59.98 – 69.98
Additional Notes: A really well written and animated series.
A true classic.
The Kentucky Fried Movie
Special Edition Blu ray
Additional Notes: A movie I’ve heard a lot about but never actually seen… It might be time to give it a shot.
Things to Come (Criterion Collection)
Additional Notes: This is one of those films that should be seen but never is.
I can’t recall it ever being shown on TV. Yes, it is dated and somewhat preachy– but its anti-war message is timeless.
Orphan Black Season One DVD Blu ray
Additional Notes: Just buy it already. Or download it, I don’t fucking care.
Just watch it, eh?
Doctor Who Ice Bucket
Status: Eh, its not shit
Additional Notes: If someone gave me this as a present, I wouldn’t throw it in the bin.
That noted, I also wouldn’t use my own money to buy it!
Loads of shit this month– both good and bad. There’s craploads of Doctor Who stuff too. They really are making a killing out of this 50th anniversary, so let’s just hope they remember to make a good TV Show somewhere in-between. Lots of Toys and DVDs this month too… Must be the lead up to Halloween causing this glut.