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Sunday, May 21, 2006

May Previews Picks

Once again, I’m a little late with this Previews Picks post, but thought I’d at least get my top picks up before it’s too late.

Picks of the Month:

The Surrogates TP

Top Shelf Productions – pg. 363; $19.95; 208 pgs. FC
Writer: Robert Venditti; Artist: Brett Weldele
A TP collection isn’t normally my pick of the month, but this series was so great, it deserves it. This book collects the five-issue mini-series about the not-so-distant future where people live most of their lives through “surrogates” or better-than-reality androids, and two detectives investigate an outbreak of mysterious surrogate deaths. Very Philip K. Dick, and very good, this series gets my highest recommendation.

Featured Comics:

The All-New Atom #1

DC – pg. 72; $2.99; 32 pgs. FC
Writer: Gail Simone; Artists: John Byrne and Trevor Scott
I don’t know what it is about the Atom that I’ve always loved, but since I was a kid, he’s been one of my favorite superheroes. Needless to say, then, I’m very excited about this new series. With Simone writing, this should be a real treat. Yipee!

I Am Going to Be Small
Top Shelf Productions – pg. 363; $14; 384 pgs. B&W
By Jeffrey Brown
I’m a sucker for a Jeffrey Brown book, and while I love the books about his life and loves, it’s his humor books that really get me. This is a super-sized version of an earlier, much shorter version of a book of the same name. Can’t wait for this one.

Jack of Fables #1
Vertigo – pg. 113; $2.99; 32 pgs. FC
Writers: Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges; Artists: Tony Akins and Andrey Pepoy
Fables is one of my favorite series, so a spin-off book naturally grabbed my attention. It will be interesting to see how this book stands on its own -- definitely worth a try.

The Left Bank Gang GN
Fantagraphics – pg. 301; $12.95; 48 pgs. FC
By Jason
Jason’s unique anthropomorphic art style is very appealing, and this time he tells an alternate history story set in 1920s Paris. In this version of history, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Ezra Pound are still literary greats, but instead of prose novelists, their medium is graphic novels.

Bumperboy and the Loud, Loud Mountain
Adhouse Books – pg. 213; $8.95; 128 pgs. PC
By Debbie Huey
Bumperboy is about as sweet as characters come. In a similar vein as Owly – but with words – Bumperboy appeals to all ages. In this second book, Bumperboy and his dog Bumperpup “unravel the mystery of a rather talkative mountain, meet new friends, and discover a new enemy.” I thought the first book was incredibly cute, so I’m looking forward to this next book.

Quick Picks:

One of my favorite writers, Brian K. Vaughan, has a new series coming out from Dark Horse – and the first issue is just a buck. The Escapists will be a six-issue series with art by Philip Bond and Eduardo Barreto (pg. 22; $1; 32 pgs.).

Dark Horse has a 25-cent sampler comic coming out celebrating their 20th birthday – the cover by Mike Mignola is fabulous and worth the price of admission alone (pg. 28; 24 pgs.).

Doug Tennapel, creator of Tommysaurus Rex and Creature Tech, has a new graphic novel coming out from Image. Iron West combines robots with the Old West (among other things). The preview art looked great to boot (pg. 148; $14.99; 160 pgs.).

Active Images collects the series Kafka by Steven T. Seagle and Stefano Gaudiano for the first time (pg. 212; $14.99; 160 pgs.).

Shatter, a futuristic graphic novel from AiT/Planet Lar, is an “archival collection” of the first computerized comic. This had to have been an excruciating task at the time – I think I’ll have to check this one out (pg. 220; $14.95; 156 pgs.).

More Than Sparrows GN by Jamie Cosley could be promising. It’s described as “a unique love triangle wrought with tragedy and consequence minus the Hollywood ending” (Blind Wolf Comics; pg. 252; $4.95; 64 pgs.).

The John Doe Preview Book from Boom! Studios is interesting in a couple ways. First, it looks like a good story, but second, it’s an interesting concept to sell a preview of a comic – been done before but rarely. I’d be interested to know how successful or effective this marketing concept is (pg. 258; $1.99; 16 pgs.).

A new offering from Digital Manga Publishing caught my eye. Project X: Cup Noodle features the true history of the noodle sensation. It was the tagline that got me: Billions Eat It, Now You Can Read It! You can’t make this shit up (pg. 292; $12.95; 208 pgs.).

Antony Johnston and Chris Mitten team up on Wasteland #1 about a futuristic post-apocalyptic world (Oni Press; pg. 335; $2.99; 48 pgs.).

I’m excited to see a new Gumby comic starting up – and with Bob Burden and Rick Geary on creative, this should be a fun ride (Wildcard Production; pg. 376; $3.99; 32 pgs.)

Spider-Girl hits issue 100 – supposedly the final issue of the series, though the solicit does say it includes a “surprise announcement” (Marvel insert pg. 15; $3.99; 104 pgs.).

Thought it was worth noting Ed Brubaker will be taking the writing duties on Uncanny X-Men with #475 (Marvel insert pg. 75; $2.99; 32 pgs.).


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