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Monday, January 03, 2005

January Previews Highlights: Erin's Picks

Alright, after a delay, I was finally able to get my mitts on a copy of Previews. There weren’t a lot that screamed “buy me” but many that looked very promising. So after some weeding out, here’s what I’ve got for you.

Pick of the Month:

Process Recess: The Art of James Jean HC
Adhouse Books -- page 209; $25
By James Jean
This 224-page, full-color book collects the art of James Jean, an amazing award-winning artist. His work has graced the cover of many comics, but it’s his consistently incredible covers for Fables that make this art collection a must have for me. For a full-color hardcover, this is a very reasonable price to boot.

Featured Comics:

Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey in That Darn Yarn HC
Dark Horse -- page 33; $7.95; 40 pgs.
By Tony Millionaire
Sock Monkey is back in this two-in-one hardcover. The right-hand pages tell one story, while the left-hand pages tell another, “the stories merge as the book unfolds and the adventure develops.”

Batman Cover to Cover HC
– page 64; $39.99; 240 pgs.
Looks like DC is really gearing up for the new Batman movie. This oversized, coffee-table book collects 250 Batman covers along with commentary from famous Batman comics, TV, and movie personalities. This would look so nice in my collection. *sigh*

Batman Chronicles Vol. 1 TP
DC – page 66; $14.99; 192 pgs.
Writers: Bill Finger and Gardner Fox; Artists: Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson, and Sheldon Moldoff
Now this is more in my price range. This volume reprints the Batman stories from Detective Comics #27-37 and Batman #1. More volumes are on the way collecting the old Batman stories in chronological order. This is a very affordable way to read some of the most classic, and the best, Batman comics published.

Lex Luthor: Man of Steel #1 (of 5)
DC – page 72; $2.99; 32 pgs.
Writer: Brian Azzarello; Artist: Lee Bermejo
I haven’t collected Superman comics for many years now, and it seems like the only Superman projects I’m really drawn to are the limited series. Different takes on the same old, same old; and this limited series seems to fit the mold. For the short version, Azzarello says, “In this story, Superman is the villain.” I can’t say I’m familiar with Bermejo, but the sample pages look wonderful. I’m tempted to buy the individual issues, but I think I’ll hold off until the trade.

Anywhere But Here
Fantagraphics – page 294; $12.95; 96 pgs.
By Tori Miki
Fantagraphics puts together a special collection of the Japanese comic strip Anywhere But Here in this American debut. This wordless strip is very popular in Japan, and as the solicit says “can leave you scratching your head in bemusement almost as often as it makes you laugh.”

Top Shelf – page 352; $8.00; 96 pgs.
By Jeffrey Brown
I really enjoy Jeffrey Brown’s work and can’t wait to pick up this newest offering described as a “humorous short story collection featuring fiction, gags, and autobiography.” In other words, some of Brown’s best subjects!

Quick Picks:

Dark Horse is offering several Star Wars projects this month, but two that stood out are the Star Wars: Visionaries TPB and Star Wars: General Grievous #1. The “Visionaries” trade ($17.95; page 23) is a collection of stories written and drawn by concept artists and designers from Lucasfilm. The solicit says “Given free reign to explore any and every aspect of the Star Wars universe, each artist offers a new twist or a deeper view into that galaxy far, far away.” General Grievous ($2.99; page 24) is the first issue of a four-issue miniseries by Chuck Dixon, Rick Leonardi, and Mark Pennington, and the sample pages look very promising.

Mr. Mxyzptlk is back in the Adventures of Superman #638 ($2.50; page 70).

Looks like DC is also trying to woo me back with a $1, 80-pg. “Spectacular” titled DC Countdown #1 (page 79). Even with the low price tag I’m wary after reading just three issues of Identity Crisis before being completely turned off.

AiT/Planet Lar has a new GN listed – Filler ($12.95; page 223) -- by Rick Spears and Rob G. that looks intriguing as the publisher’s listings usually do. John Dough lives on the fringe of society as “filler” until he meets up with a hooker, and “before he knows it John is off, brass knuckled fist gleaming, into a tangled, twisted web of ass-kicking limb-chopping triple-crossing murder.”

Drawn & Quarterly is offering a trio of “Paul” books: Paul in the Country, Paul has a Summer Job, and Paul Moves Out. These all look great -- check them out on page 276.

Oddly enough, there are two books based on the character of Frankenstein this month. IDW Publishing is offering a retelling of the Mary Shelley tale by Steve Niles and Scott Morse ($15.99; page 309) and Typocrat Press is publishing an English version of Frankenstein: Now and Forever by Alex Baladi ($19.95; page 353), an award-winning book originally published in 2001 in France.

Hello, Again GN looks like another quality offering from Top Shelf ($10; page 353) and Max Estes. “Hello, Again is the tale of a drunken fisherman, an unfaithful fiancé, and a guilt ridden apartment manager, whose lives intersect with unsuspecting and dangerous consequences.”

Looks like Aaron McGruder is coming out with a new Boondocks collection containing more than 500 strips ($15.95; page 386).

And last but not least is a book buried in the imported books section titled Bad Job, by Nicolas Mahler. “A simple but yet very funny book, Bad Job is a modern take on the wonderful job that is to be a salesman.” An odd solicit, but from the cover art could be good ($10.95; page 392, with minimal French text).


  • At 10:29 PM, January 15, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Thanks for the advanced interest in my book (Hello, Again - Top Shelf)! Hope it serves you well when it hits the stands.

    Max Estes
    Milwaukee, WI

  • At 11:24 PM, January 19, 2005, Blogger Erin M. Schadt said…

    Hey Max, thanks for stopping by! I'm looking forward to checking out your latest work.


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