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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

December Previews Highlights: Erin’s Picks

Whoohoo, it’s Previews time again! Here are some highlights as I see’em. Kerry will follow up on Wednesday with her picks.

Pick of the Month:

It’s a tie folks! That’s right I’ve got two, equally great, picks o’ the month for December.
Or Else #2 by Kevin Huizenga (page 260; Drawn & Quarterly $3.95)
and
Lackluster World #2 by Eric Adams (page 286; Gen: Eric Publishing $3.95)
Both of these titles I’ve previewed on The Comic Queen blog very positively here and here. As soon as I finished Or Else #1 and Lackluster World #1 I was ready for more. And here they both are ready for me to order. Huizenga’s Or Else #1 showcased his quiet style through a deceptively simple and beautiful art. Adams’s Lackluster World contains a more complexly written script. The two are very different books, but both are beautiful, each in their own style, and both are highly recommended.

Featured Comics:

Strange Day
Page 213; $3.95
By Damon Hurd and Tatiana Gill
Miles and Anna meet for the first time as they both skip classes to buy the newest Cure album. The description of this one-shot says it’s a story of “alienation, kindred spirits, two Cure-heads’ serendipitous friendship and the lessons they learn from each other.” I thought Damon Hurd’s “White Elephant” graphic novel was amazing, so I’m very excited about this new offering from him. My advice is to order this one shot and in the meantime find a copy of “White Elephant” to read.

Runaways #1
Marvel – page 66 (in the Marvel supplement); $2.99
Written by Brian K. Vaughan, with pencils by Adrian Alphona
Relaunch! Need I say more?
This and “Strange Day” were both very close runners up to my Pick(s) of the Month. Also most definitely worth noting is that the third Runaways TPB: “The Good Die Young” is now available, collecting issues 13 through 18 for $7.99. That wraps up the first series just in time for the new one to begin.

Damn Nation #1 (of 3)
Dark Horse – page 34; $2.99
Written by Andrew Cosby and art by J. Alexander
I’m not a big reader of the horror genre, but this title caught my eye. The United States shuts down its borders to keep a Vampire plague from escaping and infecting the rest of the world. Government plots ensue. I think I’ll give this one a shot.

Batman: The Man Who Laughs
DC – page 60; $6.95
Written by Ed Brubaker with art by Doug Mahnke
This prestige-format one shot tells of Batman’s first battle against The Joker. I’m curious to see what Brubaker does with this story – should be good.

The Expatriate #1
Image – page 142; $2.95
Written by B. Clay Moore and art by Jason Latour
This looks to be part mystery, part intrigue, and part action. Premise is that Jack Dexter is on the run from the CIA -- but he doesn’t know why.

Comics Prose: Short Stories by Comics Writers Vol. 1
About Comics – page 198; $9.95
This compilation contains prose short stories from the likes of Dennis O’Neil, Max Allen Collins, Peter David, and Kurt Busiek. That’s quite a lineup of great writers.

Project: Superior SC
Adhouse Books – page 200; $19.95
An anthology of alternative favorites such as Tim Biskup, Jeffrey Brown, Farel Dalrymple, Dean Haspiel, Scott Morse, and more, take on the subject “superheroes.” With this group of creators, there should be some very fun results.

La Perdida #5
Fantagraphics – page 276; $5.95; 64 pgs.
This issue concludes the series about Carla, an expatriate living in Mexico. Also being offered, for those who want to catch up with the series, is a four-pack containing the first four issues for $17.95.

Quick Picks:
Other books worth mentioning are the following:
“It’s a Bird” is now available in softcover from DC for $17.95 (page 113). The Rosen Publishing Group on page 310 have a slew of biographies on individuals in comics publishing for $23.95 each: this month’s offerings feature Neil Gaiman, Art Spiegelman, Colleen Doran, Bryan Talbot, Joe Sacco, and Will Eisner. Blake Project Ltd. (page 236, $19.95) showcases “Climate” by David Trumble, a 17-year-old English man (boy? lad?). They describe it as “part film noir, part ghost story, part gangster film” – looks intriguing. On page 286, “Teenagers from Mars” a GN from Rick Spears and Rob G. also looks very intriguing. The premise is that a comic book artist fights back against being censored, although I really doubt that sums up much of what looks like a very promising graphic novel. And the second Scott Pilgrim GN “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” is being offered by Oni Press on page 306. Damn, I’ve still got to read the first one!

Trade Treatment:
Here are a group of titles worth noting getting the “trade treatment.”

Conan Volume 1: The Frost Giant’s Daughter and Other Stories
Dark Horse – page 23; $15.95
Collects issues 1-6 and the first 14 pages of issue 7 of the current ongoing series.

Batman: War Games Act One TP
DC – page 59; $14.95
Collects all eight comics comprising Act One of the War Games saga.

The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime Book One TP
Vertigo – page 111; $9.95
Collects issues 1 through 5.

Skizz TP
DC 2000 A.D. – page 92; $14.95
One of Alan Moore’s earliest works.

Scurvy Dogs Volume 1: Rags to Riches TP
Ait/Planet Lar – page 213; $12.95
Collects the first five issues of the series.

Jane’s World Volume 3 TP
Girl Twirl Comics – page 286; $15.95
Issues 13, 14, and 15 are collected in this trade.

Black Panther by Jack Kirby Volume 1 TPB
Marvel – page 68 of the Marvel supplement; $19.99
Collects issues 1-7 of the Jack Kirby comic and is set to coincide with the new Black Panther series.

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