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Time again for our monthly trip through Previews looking for interesting new adventure comics. I know it’s only been a week since the last one, but that’s ’cause I’d gotten behind.
Black Coat: Or Give Me Death – It took a while, but the second collection of my favorite Revolutionary War-era monster-hunter’s adventures is finally arriving.
Robin Hood – I’m a little nervous about Antarctic’s take on Robin Hood, but I’m encouraged by their publishing Richard Moore. I’ll give this a “shot” (ba-dum CHING!).
Cold Space #1 – Celebrity comics aren’t exactly known for their high quality, but Samuel L Jackson is a smart, talented man. I’m taking the bet that he’s a pretty good writer too. Plus: space men.
Beasts of Burden – You don’t know how hard it’s been trade-waiting a series about ghost-busting pets. Well, maybe you do. If so… wait’s over!
Star Wars Omnibus: A Long Time Ago, Volume 1 – I thought that there was pretty much no way anyone was going to get me to buy another Star Wars comic. Never underestimate the power of pure nostalgia. I love those cheesy old Marvel issues and a collection of them for the bookshelf is irresistible. Looking forward to seeing that giant, green rabbit again.
Brave and the Bold #33 – I’m a sucker for these girls’ night out stories, especially when Cliff Chiang’s drawing it and the women are Zatanna, Wonder Woman, and… is that the Barbara Gordon Batgirl? I’m confused. I thought this book was set in current continuity, but that’s some red-looking hair on that Batgirl. Anyway, the only way this could get better would be to put Black Canary in it too. They should make an ongoing series from this concept. Get Kelly Sue DeConnick to write it with Chiang on art. Just… don’t call it Sheroes.
Stuff of Legend – Toy stories are cool. Especially when the toys have to save their owner from the Boogey Man. The art in this has an epic quality that’s missing from other, cutesy, toys-come-to-life comics.
The Last Unicorn #1 – A lot of people have fond memories of the Rankin-Bass movie version, but I’m not one of them. I’m hoping this series is able to show me why everyone loves the story so much. Not that it would kill me to just read Peter S Beagle’s book, but Renae De Liz’s artwork is gorgeous and I’m thinking that if anything’s going to sell me on the wonders of this story, it’ll be that.
Kill Shakespeare #1 – Romeo, Hamlet, Othello, Falstaff, and Puck search for a reclusive wizard named William Shakespeare who may have the ability to assist them in their battle against evil forces led by Richard III, Lady Macbeth and Iago. As I said on my other blog, “This will probably be the greatest story ever written.”
Turf #1 – I’d like to hug whoever came up with the idea to have aliens invade at the exact same time that the Vampires vs 1920s Gangsters War is heating up. I guess that would be writer Jonathan Ross.
Black Widow #1 – After I’m done hugging Jonathan Ross, I’m going over to Marvel’s offices to find the person responsible for a Black Widow ongoing. I don’t know Marjorie Liu’s work, but I hope she knows her spy stuff.
Her-Oes #1 – Hate the title, but love the idea of reading about the high school hijinks of Marvel heroines. Is it bad though that I’m going to be rooting for teen Namora to stuff teen Wasp in a locker? I can’t imagine this series lasting very long, but as long as it has teen She-Hulk and teen Valkyrie in it, I’ll be there.
Super Heroes #1 – Paul Tobin already writes comics just for me, but he’s really proving it by putting the Invisible Woman on the Avengers with Black Widow. I’m sure he’ll even find something interesting to do with the Vision.
SHIELD #1 – Dang, Marvel’s on fire this month. Leonardo da Vinci, Agent of SHIELD is genius. I want a series starring just him.
Black Widow and the Marvel Girls – This Paul Tobin/Black Widow mini-series sure got collected fast. Thanks, Iron Man 2!
That’s it for me. What are you looking forward to in April?