Well, this week I'll post on Monday so at least it doesn't feel like several weeks go by without updating my website. What I had in mind for last week will do for this edition I think, which is something different than I have done before. It involves comics previews, and I have to warn you, we are approaching super-nerd territory with this (as if doing 75 weeks of a comics podcast wasn't nerdy enough). It fits with my style of buying comics right now though, because I do my ordering 3 months in advance by looking at each month's comic preview form, which tells consumers what is coming out 3 months from now. Previews are a blessing and a curse, because they can really get you excited about a book, but they can also spoil the devil out of a book you may have already been reading and enjoying when you read the summary of the issue. Of course comic shops are the ones that mostly use previews to order books, and normal consumers can just go in, grab what they want, and be none the wiser. However, the benefit for people like me is that I can order more books that I want for a bigger discount, so if I can manage to have the foresight to employ this system it pays off.
So in keeping with this theme, I want to look ahead and pick my top 3 things I'm excited about from this month's previews. The books listed are from the Feb. edition of previews of course, and the books mentioned will be shipping in April.
I will not spoil you with any summaries of issues. Promise.
Writer(s): JH Williams III & Haden Blackman
Artists: JH Williams III & Amy Reeder
This one's a no-brainer. Out of most of the New 52, Batwoman was a story that I didn't want messed with by adding a new origin or continuity for, and luckily DC didn't think so either, because by all accounts Batwoman wasn't tinkered with too much in the relaunch. Obviously there is the gaping hole of Greg Rucka not being on the book, but considering Williams is still mostly on art duties, and knowing that he was just as invested as Rucka was in Kate Kane's overall story arc makes me very optimistic about this book. I made the switch with reading all of the DC 52 books digitally, but decided to wait for the hardcovers on this particular series. The art alone deserves that, and even if the story does fall a bit below the standard set by Rucka, at least there's the pretty pictures to look at.
Writer(s): Scott Snyder & Scott Tuft
Artist: Attila Futaki
Another no-brainer that I decided to wait for the hardcover on. I love everything Snyder's doing, from American Vampire to Swamp Thing and Batman, and seeing him dip his toes further into the horror genre with this miniseries makes me giddy. Add to the fact that I've heard nothing but good things about this book so far makes it a must buy.
Writer(s): Jonathan Hickman and Brian Bendis
Artist(s): Alex Maleev, Stefano Caselli, Alessandro Vitti, Ed McGuinness, Gianluca Gugliotta, Mirko Colak
My third book that includes at least two writers, and this one will also be the biggest, as it collects all 28 issues of Secret Warriors, plus some one shots and the issues of New and Mighty Avengers that Bendis and Maleev did that covered the early formation of the team. I really loved this espionage series for the entire run, and am glad Marvel stuck with it for the complete story (I don't think it was a huge seller). It ended up being more about Nick Fury and his machinations (plus some great villains) than the actual Secret Warriors team, but as a fan of Fury ever since reading my dad's old issues of Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, I for one could not be happier. It really is a very stand-alone tale that can be read as such, and although it does reflect some of what is happening in the Marvel universe, it has a beginning, middle, and end, and feels like a great Nick Fury story you can read anytime.
Planet of the Apes Vol. 2 - This book from BOOM! is all kinds of awesome, and if you have even a passing interest in the Apes franchise check it out, it's a fantastic mix of political intrigue, heated conflict, and adventure. You deserve to check it out.
Saga #2 - Brian K. Vaughn does comics again. Yay!
Wolverine and the X-Men Vol. 1 HC - The premise of this book sounds like a spiritual successor to Morrison's New X-Men. Plus Jason Aaron writes it. Sold.