Johns & Frank Aim for 'Surprising and New' in Latest "Batman: Earth One" Volume
Time again for our monthly trip through Previews looking for interesting new adventure comics.
Albatross Exploding Funny Book
Chimichanga #1 – First of all, the title makes me hungry. Second of all, it’s by Eric Powell. Third of all, it has a little bearded girl on the cover and she’s holding the enormous, clawed hand of some kind of monster. I don’t know why Dark Horse isn’t publishing this; I’m just glad it exists.
Adam Wreck and the Kalosian Space Pirates – Yeah, they pretty much had me with “space pirates.” But I’ll also take “shipwrecked on a strange planet filled with stranger alien creatures.”
The Swiss Family Robinson – Speaking of shipwrecks, I’m not sure how well this story will translate into comic form, but the pages from this preview are promising. The island looks inviting and I’m already jealous of the treehouse from just the little I can see on the front cover. And as everyone knows, the primary goal of any Swiss Family Robinson adaptation should be to make you jealous of the treehouse.
A Christmas Carol – The art’s a little less even on this one, but I quite like the way Naresh Kumar draws the three spirits. Looks better than the Robert Zemeckis adaptation anyway. Ultimately though, my curiosity about it is related to an unnatural fascination with Dickens’ original story and the choices people make when adapting it.
Martians, dinosaurs, talking gorillas, and more space pirates after the break.
Hellboy: The Bride of Hell – Dark Horse is making it really hard to wait for the trade with their one-shot program. I’m guessing that these will all eventually be collected with other material from the same characters, but Hellboy vs. King Solomon’s going to be hard to be patient for.
Conan the Cimmerian: The Weight of the Crown – As will Darick Robertson’s doing Conan.
Empowered – I have yet to experience Empowered, but everyone whose opinion I trust tells me it’s fantastic. Given the traditional graphic novel-sized format of the series, this monthly-sized format seems like it’s the least likely of these three one-shots to be collected, but I’m trusting Dark Horse to do the right thing.
Martians Go Home#1 – Unless I missed something, this is the first project to come out of Dark Horse’s new, much-anticipated Sequential Pulp imprint. An adaptation of a classic ’50s paranoia scifi novel seems like a great place to start.
Jet Scott, Volume 1 – And speaking of ’50s scifi, here’s a reprint of some obscure Jerry Robinson material starring Jet Scott, Officer of Scientifact as he travels the world uncovering the truth behind scientific oddities. John Adcock’s got some scans of Jet Scott strips if you’re curious.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold – One of the things I’ve missed most about monthly comics is reading Batman: The Brave and the Bold to my son. Time to play some catch-up.
Cartoon Network Action Pack #44 – This isn’t normally a series that I pay a lot of attention to, but the cover has the Secret Saturdays facing off against a T-Rex and a styracosaurus, so it’s got my attention. Once I see John Rozum’s name in the credits and Samurai Jack in the list of stories, I’ve already got my money out.
Good Neighbors, Book 2: Kith – I just got a review copy of this the other day and based on the strength of the first volume, it’s going straight to the top of the pile. Then again, anything drawn by Ted Naifeh goes straight to the top of the pile.
Missile Mouse, Book 1: The Star Crusher – One of my favorite bits from Flight Explorer gets his own series. And he’s fighting giant space slugs and shark-people.
God Complex #1 – Michael Avon Oeming’s always good for some quality fantasy and this series about the god Apollo hiding amongst modern-day mortals from his family sounds like a lot of fun. The first preview page in the catalog is pretty heavy on the captions, but there’s some big action on the next couple after that. This might be an unfair comparison (it’s probably just the main character’s beard and black shirt), but I’m picking up a Mage vibe from it that makes me especially eager to check it out.
Spider-Man and the Secret Wars #1 – There are only a handful of people who could write this without my dismissing it as a sad attempt to cash in on ’80s nostalgia. Paul Tobin is one of those people, so regardless of Marvel’s motivation for revisiting the events, it’ll at least be a lot of fun. Plus: it’s only $2.99. The similar Clone Saga revisit is a buck more for the same number of pages.
Black Widow and the Marvel Girls #1 – Another $2.99 mini-series by Paul Tobin with a band name for a title. And it stars Black Widow in a series of apparently stand-alone stories as she teams up with other women. Thank you, Iron Man 2, for all the attention Natasha Romanova’s about to be getting.
Agents of Atlas: Dark Reign – Jeff Parker’s awesome series about the greatest super-team in the universe is one of the two comics I still buy every month, but if you’ve been waiting for the trade on it: here’s where it starts.
Crogan’s March – I haven’t read Crogan’s Vengeance yet, but I hear good things and can’t imagine why I wouldn’t thoroughly love it. Or its sequel about the French Foreign Legion and a flesh-eating cave-monster. Oni also mentions The Three Musketeers and Doc Savage as comparable adventures, so it has that going for it. Which is nice.
Atomic Robo, Volume 3: Atomic Robo and the Shadow from Beyond Time – The other of the two monthly comics I still buy gets a new collection. Santa’s being very nice this year.
Connie, Volume 1: Captives of the Space Pirates – Crap. They’ve figured out my weakness for space pirates. And obscure newspaper strips. And female adventurers. And Frank Godwin. Also, the sample pages in Connie‘s Wikipedia entry look awesome.
So, what did I miss? What are you looking forward to in December?