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Monday, September 27, 2004

October Previews Highlights: Kerry’s Picks

I love Christmas for many of reasons. I love giving and getting presents, baking, decorating, snow, admiring other people’s decorations, bringing treats to work, sending cards, and going to parties. Besides all the normal holiday activities though, I especially love that it means more comic books, more DVDs, and more video game releases. The market gets flooded with all sorts of products that might make good gifts. This month, the release date schedule gets into full swing and the Previews catalog is no different. There are little gift icons next to all the new trades and reprinted books and there are a ton of great looking books to to talk about.

Here are my highlights from the October issues of Previews for items mostly released in the month of December.

Pick of the Month:
Love Fights v. 2 TPB
Oni Press Inc.; $14.95; 168 pgs.
This trade collects the last six issues of Andi Watson’s brilliant series. It is to be digest size, which I think really suits this superhero romantic comedy. I picked up the first trade and have been holding out for the second part. It is truly a gem of a series.

Featured Items:

For the first time in history, I’ve decided to make mine Dark Horse this month. Everything in their section of Previews looked enticing, but the next four picks definitely stood out.

Samurai: Heaven and Earth #1 (of 5)
Dark Horse; page 23; $2.99
Ron Marz and Luke Ross bring us the story of a samurai and the lengths he goes to for his true love. He crosses the globe in search of her, traveling from Japan to China, across Asia, and finally to Europe. There was a short preview of this title in the catalog and the art looks fabulous.

B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs TPB
Dark Horse; page 28; $17.95; 144 pgs.
This is the loong-awaited Abe Sapien orgin story and collection of the five-part mini-series. Abe is my favorite character from the Hellboy movie, so learning more about him will be great. The trade format should really suit the story as well.

Goon #10
Dark Horse; $2.99; 32 pgs.
I said I love Christmas for lots of reasons and one of those reasons is Christmas tie-ins. I love the Christmas Carol and I’ve been wanting to read the Goon, so the a marriage of the Dickens’s classic and the world of the Goon sounds like an excellent place to start.

The Irregulars TPB
Dark Horse; $12.95; 128 pgs.
Sherlock Holmes has to solve a murder where the only suspect is John Watson. The Irregulars are a group of street punks who help Holmes try to rescue Watson from being punished for the crime.

Lunch Hour Comix #1
Alternative Comics; page 218; $4.95; 64 pgs.
We’ve all heard of 24-hour comics, but this book is just one-hour comics. The book collects strips Robert Ullman drew on his lunch hour. I missed the boat on Ullman before, but I’m going to be the first in line for this book.

Trigger #1
Vertigo; page 112; $2.95; 32 pgs.
The futuristic tale of America after the second Patriotic Act is enacted and most corporations have consolidated into one giant megacorp. piqued my interest. The triggers themselves are individuals who serve as people hunters, tracking down and killing citizens who are percieved as a threat to Ethicorp, the company with the controlling interest in America. I always look forward to stories that explore our current political landscape. This book also has a three-page preview in the catalog that makes it look very promising.

Quixote
Image; page 148; $9.95; 304 pages
Hybrid nvel and graphic novel (ie less pictures, more words), this book is a modern day retelling of Don Quixote. A reporters disovers a quixotic homeless man who believe gutter punks are monsters and government agents are demons. The reporter has to pick a truth, either that of the world around her that everyone sees, or that of the apparently deranged man.

What if Dr. Doom had Become the Thing
Marvel; page 37 of Marvel previews book; $2.99; 32 pgs.
Because Marvel doesn’t have enough going on and isn’t bringing enough titles back, a slew of new What If titles are coming out. A few of these new titles are hit or miss, but I’m looking forward to this story of the Thing and Dr. Doom. The cover looked truly fantastic and sent a little shiver down my spine.

That wraps up my picks for the month. I guess I’ll be spending a lot of time and money at my comic book shop this month. Finally, tune in tomorrow for Erin’s picks.


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