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It’s time once again for our monthly trip through Previews looking for cool, new comics. Michael, Graeme, and Chris Arrant have each picked the five new comics we’re most anticipating in order to create a Top 15 of the best new comics coming out two months from now.
As usual, please feel free to play along in the comments. Tell us what we missed that you’re looking forward to or – if you’re a comics creator – mention your own stuff.
The Golden Age of DC Comics: 1935-1956 HC (Taschen, $59.95): If you were as jealous of everyone who could afford the mammoth 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Myth-Making from a couple of years ago as I was, here’s some great news; Taschen is reissuing the material in a series of different (cheaper) volumes, reworked and expanded with new art and commentary by Paul Levitz. The next in the series, covering the Silver Age, is the one I’ll really covet, but you know that this will be awesome.
Julio’s Day HC (Fantagraphics Books, $19.99): Continuing my education in all things Love and Rockets, this never-collected Gilbert Hernandez strip from the second series of L&R is one of those things that goes on my “Want” list almost as soon as I discovered it existed.
Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity #1 (of 4) (Image Comics, $3.99): I’ve been waiting for more Multiple Warheads since Oni Press put out the first issue a few years back. Now that I know it’s 48 pages for just $3.99 and in color, it seems worth the wait. Brandon Graham is an amazing talent.
Sailor Twain HC (First Second, $24.99): I dropped off Mark Siegel’s amazing webcomic online fairly early, promising myself that I’d get the inevitable collected edition when it was all done and read it in one sitting. I’m glad it’s finally here.
The Zaucer of Zilk #1 (of 2) (IDW Publishing, $3.99): Without doubt, my favorite superhero comic in years – I read it in its 2000AD incarnation – I am overjoyed to see this get a US release like this. Hopefully, everyone will read it and realize just how great Brendan McCarthy and Al Ewing are, leading to all manner of zequels (sorry, I couldn’t resist).
Wolverine: Max #1 (Marvel/MAX, $3.99): It’s always been surprising to me that Marvel never put its most popular blood-soaked hero Wolverine into the Max line, so I’m glad to finally see this come together. Writer Jason Starr’s previous comics work hasn’t really thrilled me, but the prospect of artist Connor Willumson doing a Wolverine book – a MAX Wolverine book – is eye-opening.
21st Century Boys, Vol. 1 (VIZ, $12.99): I’m resigned to the fact that Naoki Urasawa’s Century Boys manga hasn’t hit American fans the way I thought it would, as a sort of modern-day Akira. But the twenty-two volumes (and counting series) is still a thrilling and exasperating story that I’m loving. I feel bad for the Japanese who had to read this in smaller installments – doing this 200 some pages at a time is like gorging on food after starving for weeks.
Country Ass-Whuppin’: A Tornado Relief Anthology One-Shot (12 Gauge, $5.99): Part of me is glad this was canceled and resolicited, for now I have a chance to order it. Jason Aaron, Cully Hamner, Nathan Edmondson and others team up to contribute stories to this anthology with proceeds going to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
The Hive (Pantheon, $21.95): Charles Burns, take me away. Every time new comics by Burns comes out I set aside a special time to sit down and read it, like some sort of religious ritual. After reading X’ed Out last year, this sequel has built up some high expectations inside me.
Broxo (First Second, $16.99): I’d been wondering where Zack Giallango has been in recent months, and seeing this jump out to me in Previews is like finding a $100 bill in your couch cushions. Not only is it new Giallango work, but it’s barbarians and swords and zombies and hand-drawn sound effects. Go, Broxo, Go!
Delphine (Fantagraphics, $24.99): I had a love/hate thing going with Fantagraphics’ Ignatz line. They were gorgeous books, but figuring out where to keep them was a problem. They were way too big for any comics box, but the stapled spines meant that they weren’t exactly right for the bookshelf either. They felt like they needed to be collected into thicker volumes, so I’m so thrilled that the publisher is finally doing that and as hardcovers to boot. Especially with this story: Richard Sala’s twisted version of the Snow White tale. It was my favorite of the bunch.
Red She-Hulk #58 (Marvel, $2.99): Stupid numbering aside (Marvel and DC’s numbering systems mean exactly nothing anymore), I’m fifty-eight kinds of excited for Jeff Parker and company’s new series starring and named after a female superhero. That doubles Marvel’s count for those. I admit that too many Hulks has kept me away from my favorite part of the Marvel Universe for a while, but I’ll get behind this one even if she’s not my favorite She-Hulk. I hear good things about the character and I trust Parker.
Marvel Masterworks Ka-Zar, Volume 1 (Marvel, $69.99): This isn’t actually coming out until January 2013, but it’s in this month’s Previews and I’m stoked for it. It’s one of my favorite jungle heroes by a Who’s Who of ’70s talent: Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, Gary Friedrich, Mike Friedrich, Arnold Drake, Steve Parkhouse, Len Wein, Jack Kirby, Barry Windsor-Smith, John Buscema, Gil Kane, Neal Adams, Herb Trimpe, George Tuska, and Rich Buckler.
Sailor Twain (First Second, $24.99): I could just co-sign Graeme’s remarks on this, but I’ll add that it’s a beautiful book and that it’s about a Hudson riverboat captain and a mermaid. I’m defenseless against all of those things.
Tarzan: The Once and Future Tarzan (Dark Horse, $3.50): Alan Gordon and Thomas Yeates’ Tarzan story from Dark Horse Presents gets collected into this one-shot. I’m hoping that it eventually cuts a path for a new Tarzan ongoing at Dark Horse. Seems like the time is ripe for that.