Friday, February 11, 2005

Previews-o-Rama part 2: The Middle

It's time to go through the latest Previews to discover the good, the bad, and the strange:

I remember many years ago reading from Dave Sim that there were two groups of Cerebus readers: the Aardvark Comments Rocks people and the Aardvark Comments Sucks people. If you're one of the former, you're likely to find Aardvark-Vanaheim's 580 page Dave Sim Collected Letters 2004 to be of interest. If you're like me, you'll stay far, far away...

About Comics has 24 Hour Comics All-Stars, which is not a comic featureing Jack Bauer, but rather a collection of stories from 24 Hour Comics Day with stories by people like Paul Smith, Sean McKeever, Scott McCloud, and Dave Sim.

ADV Films has Ray 2, a medical manga from Akihito Yoshifumi.

AiT/PlanetLAR brings us The Tourist, a graphic novel from Brian Wood & Toby Cypress that has oil rigs and AWOL special forces soldiers.

Aeon has Matt Howarth's Bugtown #5; Airship has Phil & Kaja Foglio's Girl Genius #14. Both are worthy of your comic dollars.

Arcana has a collection of 100 Girls.

New publisher Alias Enterprises debuts several titles at just 75 cents this month: Deal with the Devil; Killer Stunts, Inc.; Elsinore; and Lethal Enforcer. Worth a try for that price, I'd think. They're also the new home of The 10th Muse and Pakkins' Land, and have a couple of original graphic novellas as well: David's Mighty Men and Soulcatcher. I wish them well and all, but maybe it would have been smarter to not roll out so much new product in their firth month...

Fred Perry takes over for a three issue stint with Ninja High School #127 (with Ben Dunn returning for issue #130).

Bloody Mary Comics has Tales of Bloody Mary #1, which looks like a Lady Death Rip-Off. This of course begs the question of why would anyone want to rip off Lady Death?

Dynamite Entertainment debuts a new Red Sonja series with a 25 cent Zero issue. Mike Carey & Michael Avon Oeming are involved, so it might actually be halfway decent.

Del Rey debuts two new manga titles: Genshiken, with high school otaku in love; and Nodame Cantabile, with teenage muscicians in love. Both look like they could be worthwhile.

Drawn & Quarterly has a hardcover collection from Joe Sacco: War's End: Profiles from Boasnia 1995-96.

I expect at some point there will be an article in a medical journal about an emergency room doctor who has to remove the Dynamic Forces Wanted: Wesley Stature from someone's anal cavity...

Nietzsche! Plato! Bodhidharma! They're the Action Philosophers, and Evil Twin Comics has them, in a Xeric Grant winning comics from Fred Van Lente & Ryan Dunlavey.

Fantagraphics debuts Bete Noir, their new anthology series. They also have Seeing Things, a new Jim Woodring collection; and the third Complete Peanuts volume.

iBooks has a new Blacksaad volume, which is sure to have stunning art from Juanjo Guarnido. Really, this is one of the best looking comics being published.

iBooks also has a collection of Neil Gaiman's Lady Justice, which should bring back fond memories of those halcyon Tekno-Comix days.

Another old First Comics property finds its way to IDW, as Mike Grell has a new Jon Sable series and there's a first volume of a Jon Sable, Freelance collection. Plus there's a second Grimjack collection too.

Kandora debuts their second title, Jade Fire, by the same creative team (Brian Augustyn & H. S. Park) as Barbarossa. I'm sure that Augustyn can write a couple of books a month, but I worry about the schedule if the same artist is to be drowing two extra-length titles monthly...

Oni collects both Sam Kieth's Ojo and Chynna Clugston's (she's dropped the -Major?) Blue Monday: Painted Moon.

Origin has a second issue of Damon Hurd & Rick Smith's Temporary; I was kind of split on the first issue, but I liked it enough to give it another try.

Top Shelf has a new bughouse volume, Scalawag from Steve Lafler.

Vertical is releasing an inexpensive ($8) paperback of the first volume of Osamu Tezuka's Buddha, so now there's really no excuse to not buy it.

TokyoPop debuts another 'American Manga' title, Mike Schwark & Ron Kaulfersh's Van Von Hunter.

Viz debuts the potentially interesting 20th Century Boys, which has a thirty-something slacker who gets caught up in strange cults and conspiracies.

Well, that wraps up another trip through Previews. I hope that you find something that appeals to you.


David Fiore said...

I'm definitely an "aardvark comment rocks" kinda person (or, at least, an "aardvark comment is fascinating" one); but, of course, I'm not exactly able to be objective about lettercols--I'm overjoyed to see any gesture of this sort--by any comics publisher... now if only Mavel would begin including correspondence in their essentials volumes!


Anonymous said...

Isn't this, what, the tenth time that Ben Dunn has quit Ninja High School forever, only to be back within less than a year when the sales on whatever else he's doing tank?

Anonymous said...

By my reckoning, it's only the second time that Ben Dunn has left and returned to Ninja High School. (In fact, both times his return was presaged by doing an NHS-related limited series; Ninja High School version 2 and Quagmire USA.)

It's hard to say which needs the other more, Ben Dunn or NHS. I've enjoyed Dunn's non-NHS work, but I think that he's at his best when he's on NHS and his heart is in it. NHS certainly suffers greatly in its non-Dunn incarnations (I like Fred Perry, but when he does NHS it is good but more like a Fred Perry comics than an NHS comic).