Previews Issue 306: March 2014 for May 2014
Whether you call it the Comic Shop’s Catalogue or the Best Bathroom Reading in the World, the monthly edition of Previews is just as much a part of my regular geek reading as the comics it solicits. Outright Geekery takes a look into the near future (no TARDIS required) as we touch on some of the highlights of this month’s Previews.
Marvel Comics in May is all about events. Original Sin, Inhuman, and the return of a certain Spider-Man pretty much sums up the entire 31-day period over at The House of Ideas. BUT. There are a few “lesser” titles worth mentioning outside of these event cash-sinks and “tell-me-again” tales.
To begin, Cyclops #1 hits store shelves in May, and the story of a young Cyke meeting his estranged Space Pirate Daddy is an intriguing premise. Writer Greg Rucka takes Bendis’ fanboy surprise hit All-New X-Men and has some fun with nostalgia himself. Who said this All-New X-Men thing was going to be a flash-in-the-pan Bendis-only playground? Well, that dude was wrong, and Cyclops #1 is set to bring an entire new aspect to that time-traveling tale of the Original X-Men Team. Great writer, good artist, fun premise. This one’s going to be fun!
Kaare Andrews continues to delve into the life of Danny Rand as both writer and artist on Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #2, and it looks like the creator has a firm grasp on what makes Danny tick. Insight on Iron Fist’s origin is promised, we’re supposed to get plenty of K’un Lun (always nice), but I know, without a doubt, that no matter what this book promises, with Kaare Andrews on art, the book is going to be a beautiful thing to behold. It’s always tough for a single creator to keep a pace on ANY book, but doing so on one that requires such a huge amount of art detail as Iron Fist demands is going to be near impossible for a long run for this creator on this book. So, get it while it’s hot! ‘Cause it won’t last long.
Sticking with the martial arts theme, this fanboy is super excited to see the return of a longtime fan-favorite title, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu starring everyone’s favorite Marvel martial artist, Shang-Chi. This is simply a book Marvel NEEDS to have in their bullpen, just because it’s completely different than anything they currently have going on. Don’t think legendary kung fu action can be cool in contemporary comics anymore? I implore you to read Avengers World #3 and see just how awesome those old kung fu movies can be when translated to comic panels. I have huge hopes for this title being awesome, and, with it only being a 4 issue mini-series, the investment is small enough to make it a safe bet on any given Wednesday in May.
May is a HUGE month for DC Comics and there’s so much going on! New Number 1’s, a new Power Ring, and not 1, not 2, not even 3 but 4, yes, count them 1.2.3.FOUR events in one form or another starting up. Whew! Let us begin.
This is it! The big one! The one everyone’s been talking about! Batman Beyond’s Terry McGinnis makes his New 52 debut in The New 52 – Future’s End! Yeah, the “The New 52” is actually part of the title. They’re making a big deal out of this, and why shouldn’t they? Time-travel is ALWAYS awesome! Right? I mean, it works a lot of the time…man, I hope this is good. This is a weekly, too, Geeks, so that should mean some really quick action, and it sure is a refreshing, if not dramatic, swing to the slow crawl that Forever Evil has felt like. I’m really excited to see where this is going to lead, but, like all books (and especially events) if this isn’t knock-my-socks-off awesome from the very first ish, I’m not going to throw my precious comic book dollar at it for what may be. Although, with Terry in the mix, this is going to be fun.
Hey look! It’s Doomsday. Oh, hey look! It’s another Superman event. I’m not what the count is, officially, at right now, but I think it’s somewhere around 8 Superman event so far since the launch of the New 52. It depends on how you are counting, but it’s still A LOT of event centered around a single character. It may have something to do with sliding sales of Action Comics and Superman-proper, but this may actually be something worth getting. There’s been some creator shakeups on both Action and Superman that have lead to some good changes on each of these books, and Charles Soule has been kicking ass on Superman/Wonder Woman, so there’s a ton of potential here. This event IS going to be four issues just in the month of May, and with the above mentioned weekly event it may be a tough sale for newcomers. But the faithful are going to eat it up. Speaking of events…
Batman: Eternal! I didn’t talk about this title much last month during my Previews review because I honestly don’t know much about this title, and that is on purpose. As someone who writes for a blog focusing on comics I’m supposed to be in the know on these things, but that tends to spoil things to a point. I don’t want to be spoiled at all for this! This book may begin in April but I’m expecting good things, and I wanted to make sure I gave it a mention. Can I swing ANOTHER weekly book in the month of May? No, probably not, but we are currently seeking any and all donations. Barring that, I may not be getting ANY Marvel books until things calm down a bit over here at DC.
Another Green Lantern event begins in May (that’s event number 4) and the new Power Ring shows up in Justice League #31, but that could be said for almost any month in the past few years, and Power Ring is cool, but he’s the least cool of the entire Crime Syndicate. In more important news, Jeff Lemire is finally bringing us Justice League United (not Canada) and I couldn’t be happier about this book finally coming out. The team lineup looks awesome; the creative team is spot-on for this sort of book; and everything about it just screams “awesome”. To my knowledge, there’s an issue #0 of this title dropping a month before this ish hits shelves, but still, keep an eye out for this. Do I really want another Justice League book? No. But, if I have to get one, I’m happy that it’s THIS book.
There’s almost too much to choose from over at Image Comics this month. They just have so many great things coming out, it’s hard to just highlight a few for this article. But, hell, I’m here, I’m typing, I might as well try.
Millarworld continue to pump out product, and the latest installment to the growing library of the creator giant Mark Millar is MPH, the story of a street drug that grants super speed to some youths. Millar’s stuff isn’t usually something I go for, but what I have read about this title makes it seem like it’s going to be a great comic.
Warren Ellis brings another sci-fi epic to the pages of a comic book, nay, a graphic novel, with Trees #1 dropping on May 28th. This looks weird. And that’s why I’m going to be picking it up. I’m a bit worried though, because these sorts of books tend to read better when they are collected. So, this will probably just be sitting in my hold-box for months and months. Don’t look for a review anytime soon.
Next from Image Comics is Marc Silvestri’s fantasy comic Rise of the Magi. I really dig Silvestri when he is writing within his element, and a magical fantasy comic book is the perfect premise for him to write behind. Look for the Free Comic Book Day primer issue of this title dropping this month.
Fan-favorite titles Chew and Revival team-up for a cool, if not awkward, one-shot hitting comic shops on May 28th.
C.O.W.L. issue 1 also looks great, as does Nailbiter #1, and the G-Man illustrator convention comic Tales from the Con. There’s just way too many great books coming from Image Comics this month to get to in this article. Do yourself a favor: Hit up your Indie shelf at you local comic shop, and spend a little time there.
The 1960’s comic hero is back! Brain Boy: The Men from G.E.S.T.A.L.T., from Dark Horse Comics brings Agent Price back into action. With veteran Fred Van Lente writing the thing it’s not going to be bad.
Finally from the independent publishers, is something completely different, Andre Sirangelo and Gabriel Iumazark on The Last Broadcast from Archaia Comics. It follows a ragtag group of urban explorers as they spelunk the sewers and abandoned dwellings of San Francisco. Then, a twist of mystery as they find an abandoned magician’s bunker. The art looks brilliant, and the story is interesting enough to make this a great pick-up.
I know I’m repeating myself, but these replicas are just too awesome to ignore. Eaglemoss’ Star Trek Official Starships Collection continues with a Krenim Temporal Weapon Ship from Star Trek: Voyager, and although that was a very important craft from the series, the Enterprise-E debuts in glorious fashion. I. Love. This. Ship. At 20 bucks, there’s no reason NOT to have this in your own fleet of awesome.
From Lionel; yes, the model train people; comes a surprising addition to this month’s Previews review. A Harry Potter replica Hogwart’s Express model train set. Are you kidding me?! This is an amazing piece for any Harry Potter fan to add to her collection, and my wife just may be one of those fans. Are you kidding me?! 400 bucks! Yeah, the wife may have to wait a while for this one.
Finally in merch from May’s Previews, there another beautiful piece from ARTFX+ statues in Kotobukiya’s line, The Avengers Movie Haweye statue. This statue will look great next to the Captain America and Hulk statues that previously hit stores, and it’s only a, relative, cheap 55 bucks. At that price, if you like Hawkeye or want something really nice to show off your adoration for the Marvel mega movie blockbuster, and the films sure to follow, this should definitely be on your shortlist.
I couldn’t let the May solicits go without mentioning that one of my favorite holidays of the year is on May 3rd. Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May, and this year that’s May 3rd. Be sure to make time to get out to your local participating comic book shop on May 3rd, meet and greet with fellow comic fans, wear your favorite costume, and get your hands on some free swag. A selection of comic books will be available for every visitor to participating comic shops, and most shops run great sales and bargains. It’s just a great day at the comic shop, and you need to check it out!
That’s it for Previews this month. Pick one up at your local comics shop, or check them out here, and share your favs in the comments!