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Thursday, June 16, 2005

June Previews: Erin's Picks

I liked quite a bit of what I saw this month, though nothing really screamed “BUY ME NOW!!!” Good thing, since these comics won’t start coming out for a couple months.

Featured Comics:

New Recruits
Dark Horse – pg. 31; $12.95; 128 pgs. FC
Various Creators
This interesting experiment showcases five stories from previously unknown creators Dark Horse culled from an open call for submissions. It would have been nice for Dark Horse to cut the price a bit considering the unknown creator factor, but who am I kidding; I’m a curious person, and this looks worth a peek.

DC’s Greatest Imaginary Stories TP
DC – pg. 72; $19.99
By Various
Now this looks like a lot of fun. DC collects the cream of the imaginary story crop featuring Superman, Supergirl, Batman, and the Flash from 1946 through 1967.

Justice #1 (of 12)
DC – pg. 76; $2.99; 40 pgs.
Writers: Jim Krueger and Alex Ross; Artists: Alex Ross and Doug Braithwaite
I know Alex Ross doesn’t trip everyone’s trigger, but he sure trips mine. Wow, that sounded a little dirty. Anyway, Ross’s signature painting presents a “classic-yet-fresh new look at the Justice League of America.”

Rex Libris #1
SLG – pg. 223; $2.95; 24 pgs.
By James Turner
A librarian searches the galaxy for overdue books, and faces alien warlords who refuse to pay their late fees. Maybe it’s just the fact that at one time I worked in a library that makes this book look like sweet, sweet revenge … ah, ahem, I mean very interesting, yes, that’s it, very interesting.

Lola GN
Oni Press – pg. 309; $5.95; 72 pgs.
By J. Torres and R’John Bernales
This is the latest offering by J. Torres. Among other things, he authored “Scandalous” which I enjoyed very much, and this new graphic novel looks just as good. It follows a younger man, Jesse, as he confronts his ability to see “dead people, monsters, and demons that nobody else sees except his ailing grandmother.”

Quick Picks:
Mike Mignola’s newest book (along with John Arcudi, Guy Davis, and Dave Stewart) “B.P.R.D. The Black Flame” #1 (of 6) looks like the typical creepy yet cool readers have come to expect from him (Dark Horse; pg. 20; $2.99; 32 pgs.).

The new four-part miniseries “Aeon Flux” from Dark Horse, Mike Kennedy, and Timothy Green looks interesting (pg. 24; $2.99; 32 pgs.). Set in the distant future, it involves a seeming utopia fueled by government-sanctioned mood-altering propaganda, which is challenged by freedom fighters led by “their top secret agent, the sexy, deadly Aeon Flux.” Personally, I try to stay away from the combination of sexy AND deadly.

Seen the new Batman flick and need another fix? Then check out DC’s new “maxiseries” (reminds me of feminine products), the 12-part “Batman: Journey Into Knight” #1. If you can forgive the play on words in the title, you’ll be treated by words from Andrew Helfer and art by Tan Eng Huat (pg. 57; $2.50; 32 pgs.).

Speaking of fixes, for a Warren Ellis fix, see the new ongoing “Jack Cross” with art by Gary Erskine (pg. 75; $2.50; 32 pgs.).

“The Winter Men” #1 (of 8) could be a good tale about former USSR super-soldiers. Plus Wildstorm promises it’s “thrilling.” Can’t go wrong with thrilling, now, can we? (pg. 109; $2.99; 32 pgs.).

The sample art from “Ferro City” #1 looks nice (Image; pg. 134; $2.95; 32 pgs.), but really the cover says it all: “Science-Fiction Robot Pulp Noir.” Excellent.

Marvel’s “Wha … Huh?” is being resolicited. With art and cover by Jim Mahfood, I’m game (pg. 42; $3.99; 48 pgs.). For more Mahfood, check out “Stupid Comics” #3 solicted by Image this month (pg. 160; $2.95; 32 pgs.).

“Salamander Dream” GN by Hope Larson tells the coming-of-age story of a young girl’s journey within a magical forest. The art looks very promising in Larson’s debut “full-length solo creation” (Adhouse Books; pg. 204; $15; 104 pgs.).

Larry Young keeps the AiT/Planet Lar machine pumping with the publisher’s latest GN: “Full Moon Fever” about lunar waste disposal technicians and werewolves. O.k., that’s a little too simple of a description, but I’m ready for anything set on the Moon (pg. 210; $12.95; 88 pgs.).

“The Black Heart Irregulars” #1 is billed as “a noirish and paranoid war/spy comic set in modern Baghdad (Blue King Studios; pg. 248; 34 pgs.).

And on a more light-hearted note, the Simpsons have their very own “Simpsons Super Spectacular” by Chuck Dixon, Batton Lash, and Ty Templeton (Bongo; pg. 248; $4.99; 48 pgs.).

Both “Hero @ Large” #1 and “Rocketo” #1 from Speakeasy Comics look good both in plots and artwork (pg. 324; $2.99 each; 32 pgs. each).

“Tricked” by Alex Robinson seems like a graphic novel worth a look – and at 320 pages, that’s a hefty look. It follows six people “whose lives are unconnected until an act of violence brings them spiraling in on each other” (Top Shelf; $19.95).

For the “retro decadence” of Josh Agle, about 200 works are collected in the hardcover “Shag: The Art of Josh Agle” (pg. 376; $35; 186 pgs.).

Trade Treatment

Runaways Volume 1 HC
This looks like a beautiful format presentation of the first series of “Runaways” and not a bad price either.
Marvel – page 76; $34.99; 448 pgs.

Lady Snowblood Vol. 1 TPB
By Kazuo Koike and Kazuo Kamimura
Given the success of these creators, this new offering ought to generate a good buzz of support.
Dark Horse – page 34; $14.95; 288 pgs.

Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures Vol. 4 TPB
Dark Horse – page 37; $6.95; 96 pgs.

Adam Strange: Planet Heist TP
DC – page 70; $19.99; 192 pgs.

Johnny Dynamite TP
Might have to pick this one up given it’s from AiT/Planet Lar and is written by Max Alan Collins whose hometown is very close to mine in Iowa. I know, what a stellar way to pick comics!
AiT/Planet Lar – page 210; $12.95; 144 pgs.

Hank Ketcham’s Complete Dennis the Menace
Fantagraphics – page 284; $24.95; 624 pgs.

Jane’s World Volume 1 TP – New Printing
Girl Twirl Comics – page 289; $12.95; 152 pgs.

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