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Time again for our monthly trip through Previews looking for fun, new adventure comics!
Muppet Sherlock Holmes – Because I’ve mentioned every other Sherlock Holmes comic in Previews for the last year. And because it’s the Muppets.
Swiss Family Robinson – I love the Disney movie. Maybe I’ll like this adaptation of the classic, island adventure novel too.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Jekyll/Hyde adaptations succeed or fail on the depiction of Hyde. I’m not totally convinced that Campfire’s the company to present a truly horrific Hyde, but it’s worth checking into.
King Conan: The Scarlet Citadel#1 – I’m disappointed that Dark Horse is skipping so far ahead in Conan’s career. I’d like to think that this is just a one-off mini-series, but their pronouncement that “a thrilling new era begins” makes me wonder. Still, I do like the King Conan era, so as long as they’re not completely abandoning the plan to chronicle his earlier careers, no harm I guess.
Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever #1 – Mike Mignola’s Weird Western hero starts a new adventure.
The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: Night Powers – This is going to save me a lot of online time combing through Dr. McNinja’s webcomic archives. I just discovered the Doc of Awesome this summer and have been too overwhelmed to dive in yet.
The Outlaw Prince – I imagine that an Edgar Rice Burroughs Viking story is as cool as it sounds.
Flash Gordon Comic Book Archives, Volume 3 – At this point, I’ll read pretty much anything with Flash Gordon’s name on it. I thought I was past that kind of habitual consuming, but not yet where Flash is concerned.
The Spirit: Angel Smerti – I gave up on DC’s first Spirit series shortly after Darwyn Cooke left it. I can’t even tell you why I’m willing to give this go ’round a try, but I’m curious about it. It probably has something to do with their wrapping it into their Pulp line. Nice job, DC Marketing.
Zatanna: Mistress of Magic – Been waiting a while to check out Paul Dini’s new Zatanna series. I became interested in the character during Identity Crisis and its aftermath. Dini’s take on her in his Detective Comics run makes me think I’ll really enjoy this.
Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam!: Mr. Mind Over Matter – The first BBatMoS collection was a bit shaky thanks to the jarring change in creative teams two-thirds through. But of the two artists after Mike Kunkel, Byron Vaughans was easily my favorite and he’s the only one listed for this collection. Should be much more even. And those Tiny Titans guys writing it certainly know a thing or two about all-ages stories.
iZombie, Volume 1: Dead to the World – I’ve been looking forward to being able to read Chris Roberson and Michael Allred’s series about a zombie detective.
DC Comics Superhero Collection Magazine
Azrael and Saturn Girl – Two of the coolest costumes in comics are getting made into little lead statues to go on my bookshelf. Seriously, there’s no costume more awesome than Joe Quesada’s Azrael design. Although the pre-teen me may disagree when it comes to Saturn Girl’s outfit from the ’70s.
The Arctic Marauder – A steampunk story with mad scientists, sea monsters, and futuristic machines at the North Pole. In a “faux woodcut style.” Fantagraphics continues to be the most consistently innovative publisher of adventure comics around.
Bone: Quest for the Spark, Book One – This illustrated prose novel isn’t comics, but as the sequel to the greatest comics series of the ’90s, it’s close enough.
Jericho Redux and Jericho #4 – For me, the saddest part about Devils Due’s financial troubles was that it left uncertain the fate of Jericho…again. Thank you, IDW, for coming to the rescue. I loved that show. It was so much cooler than what Skeet Ulrich is doing now.
Tyrannosaurus Rex – Mark Kidwell’s a very imaginative horror writer and Jay Fotos was the big brain behind those cool Frazetta comics from a while back. I bet they tell one hell of a dinosaur story.
Marvel Masterworks: Atlas Era Jungle Adventure, Volume 2 – This volume collects stories about (among others) Jann of the Jungle, my favorite jungle heroine, who almost joined the Agents of Atlas once upon a time.
Airboy Presents: Air Vixens #1 – Butt-kicking female pilots duking it out in a zeppelin loaded with secret weapons.
Savage Beauty #1 – As the former writer of The Phantom, Mike Bullock knows his way around a jungle story. Now he’s using those talents to tell one about jungle girls. I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s got planned, especially considering his tweak of using the genre to talk about the real-world conflicts of modern Africa. Full disclosure (and obviously a selling point): The issue also includes a back-up article about the jungle girl genre in general by Yours Truly.
Stumptown – Always up for a Greg Rucka story about a woman detective. Especially when it’s compared to The Rockford Files and Magnum PI.
Time Bomb – Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Paul Gulacy’s Nazi time-travel story is collected.
The Vesha Valentine Story – There may not be any Cold War spies or giant monsters, but Des Taylor’s drop-dead gorgeous art promises to make this story about a young woman’s attempt to succeed in ’50s Hollywood adventuresome enough.
The Hunger of Seven Squat Bears – Fifteen bucks is a lot to pay for 32 pages of art, even when it’s bound in hardcover, but Émile Bravo’s art is adorable and I love the idea of mashing Snow White, the Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Puss in Boots into one story.
Now it’s your turn. What did I miss?