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Sunday, January 30, 2005

February Previews Highlights: Erin’s Picks

I always get so excited when the new Previews catalog comes out. There’s always that mystery of what’s new and who’s new to comics. Nothing made me squeal with delight this month, but there are quite a few solid releases I found worth noting.

Pick of the Month:

The Tourist GN
AiT/Planet Lar – pg. 218; $12.95; 104 pgs.
Brian Wood has a new graphic novel out – this time with Toby Cypress as the artist. A soldier goes AWOL and slips into life in an unsuspecting small village on the North Sea. He falls for a local woman but since this is Brian Wood we’re talking about, the story doesn’t stop there. The town discovers the new guy for who he really is and to boot the people he ran from have found him. I’m looking forward to this book.

Featured Comics:

Batman: Jekyll and Hyde #1
DC – pg. 63; $2.99; 32 pgs.
This is the beginning of a six-issue miniseries with Two-Face as the subject. It will be written by Paul Jenkins, but the interesting part is that issues 1-3 will be illustrated by Jae Lee and issues 4-6 by Sean Phillips. This should be an interesting project; I’m hopeful that we’ll see an interesting take on Two Face and not a rehashing of past tales.

Solo #4
DC – pg. 87; $4.99; 48 pgs.
Howard Chaykin is the sole artist and writer this issue. Solo has been a real treat so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing what Chaykin does with his turn. Chaykin has another offering by DC this month, as well – a futuristic tale called City of Tomorrow #1 (of 6) (pg. 106; $2.99)

Bilal Library: Memories TP
Humanoids/DC – pg. 100; $17.99; 144 pgs.
After reading The Chaos Effect (check my last entry for a review), I had a taste for more from Enki Bilal and Pierre Christin. Looks like I get half of my wish, since this book collects two works by Bilal – Memories of Outer Space and Memories of Other Times. They look like a fantasy and scifi mix, so right up my escapist alley.

Nil: A Land Beyond Belief GN
SLG – pg. 236; $12.95; 232 pgs.
This GN by James Turner looks like a nice surreal book, as the solicit says, “of fiction and intrigue that delves into the bleak and bitter philosophical brew of Nihilist chic.”

Easy Way #1
IDW Publishing – pg. 310; $3.99; 32 pgs.
This new ongoing by Christopher E. Long and Andy Kuhn looks like an intriguing action comic involving a man at rehab. There are a few small sample pages included with the solicit and the art reminds me of Human Target, while the coloring is black and white, with red duotone art.

Mosquito GN
Top Shelf – pg. 360; $14.95; 152 pgs.
By Dan James, this is a wordless book done all in red ink. “Intriguing and clever, it follows the adventure of a man who receives a curious letter containing Poloroids of vampire victims and a map to the small town where the vampire lives.”

Quick Picks:

Dark Horse will release a new issue of Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith each week in April (pgs. 22-23; $2.99 each).

Eric Powell, of The Goon fame, has a new four-issue series coming out from Dark Horse -- Billy the Kid’s Old-Timey Oddities. The premise is that Billy the Kid faked his death and has started a new life of crime. Soon after, a traveling freakshow discovers his identity and takes him hostage (pg. 44, $2.99).

The Dark Horse Book of the Dead, an anthology of horror stories, will feature work by Mike Mignola, Jill Thompson, Kelley Jones, Eric Powell, and Gary Gianni, among others (pg. 46; $14.95, 104 pgs.).

Vertigo launches another new miniseries – Mnemovore, a six-issue book written by Hans Rodionoff and Ray Fawkes with art by Mike Huddleston. The solicit says this “is a paranoiac supernatural thriller about memories, monsters, and the real terror behind forgotten thoughts” (pg. 122; $2.99).

I’ve been wanting to try Invincible for awhile now, so Invincible #0 offered by Image caught my eye. It’s just 16 pages long, but it’s an origin issue for just 50 cents. Hard to pass that up (pg. 137). As an aside, Image has reformatted their section, and I have to say it looked much better before. It just looks very generic now.

Joe Sacco and Drawn & Quarterly have a new book offered titled War’s End: Profiles from Bosnia 1995-96. The book collects two stories from his earlier work (pg. 289; $14.95; 80 pgs.).

Fanfare/Ponent Mon is publishing for the first time in English the Times of Botchan Vol. 1 GN by Natsuo Sekigawa and Jiro Taniguchi. This book concerns the Meiji era (1868-1912) of Japan and is the first of 10 volumes (pg. 298; $21.99; 152 pgs.).

Fantagraphics is introducing Bete Noire #1, planned to be a quarterly anthology of new and seasoned alternative creators (pg. 298; $9.95; 88 pgs.).

I really enjoyed Temporary #1, so I’m glad to see issue two solicited this month (pg. 327; $3.95; 56 pgs.).

Trade Treatment:
There are several trades coming out in April worth mentioning.

Freaks of the Heartland
Dark Horse – page 43; $17.95; 144 pgs.
Been waiting for this one, since I just got a brief glimpse of the individual comics and they looked incredible.

Vertigo: First Taste TP
DC – page 123; $4.99; 160 pgs.
This is a sampler of six Vertigo titles: Y: The Last Man #1, 100 Bullets #1, The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #1, Saga of the Swamp Thing #21, Transmetropolitan #1, and Death: The High Cost of Living #1. This is a wonderful idea and a superb price; my only criticism is this trade comprises mostly titles that have been ongoing for quite some time. They need to use the same idea to collect first issues of newer Vertigo titles.

Blue Monday Vol. 4: Painted Moon TP
Oni Press – page 326; $11.95; 128 pgs.

DC: The New Frontier Vol. 2 TP
DC – page 78; $19.99; 208 pgs.

Marvel has a slew of new trades including Powers Vol. 8, Supreme Power Vol. 1 HC, Marvel Visionaries: Steve Ditko HC, Daredevil Vol. 11, Wolverine: Enemy of the State Vol. 1, Black Widow: Homecoming, She-Hulk Vol. 2, Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus: Year One, and Spider-Man: India.


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