Ryan L's Thoughts
Thursday, January 27, 2011
April is just around the corner, and it's time to look at what comic book companies are putting out in that month. Fear Itself is the big ticket item, which kicks off in April, but there's plenty of other stuff that looks good, a few groaners, and some items that you might have missed. Hit the jump to see our thoughts on April Solicitations.
Ryan L's Thoughts
The Best Thing In April
Call me a sell out, ai don't mind. I'm surprisingly pumped for this event to kick off. This is Fraction's opportunity to win me over with his Marvel work. I dug nearly all his early stuff but his tentpole Marvel work just hasn't hit a nerve for me. Maybe he'll bring something else to his event comic. I kind of doubt it, which is a shame, but I just have to know for myself. Not to mention it's drawn by Stuart Immonen. You know no matter what, it is going to look pretty.
Then there's the fact it's 56 pages for just $3.99. That's a smart choice for this debut issue, bravo Marvel, you'll suck plenty of people in with that sort of value.
The Worst Thing In April
Secret Avengers Point One Issue by Nick Spencer
I don't want anyone to think this is me bagging Nick Spencer. The man seems like a very cool creator, and he's certainly shredding up the scene, but if I'm going to buy a Secret Avengers issue in the middle of Brubaker's run then I want it written by Brubaker. This is like when an Annual is shipped with some random creative team. I don't really want something that's not part of the wholistic package the regular writer is offering. If it's a creative handover, I can handle that, and if it's a side mini I would probably even get on board with that, but when it's a major jumping on issue then it's not helpful to have it be written by someone else. It doesn't make me, a Secret Avengers reader, want to jump in and it sells something completely different to the new reader.
The Coolest Thing In April You Need To Check Out
Dark Horse's Supernatural Noir
A while back, Dark Horse released a book called Noir, and it was a stack of pulp tales from pretty great creators. It was also a whole mess of fun and this seems to be in a similar vein of production and yet a whole new genre. It's not as cheap, $19.99, but it is about twice as long, 336 pages, and it's lined up some very cool talent in the likes of Joe R Lansdale, Brian Evenson, Caitlin R Kiernan, and more.
An anthology like this is the sort of thing i like to see a publisher experiment with. There's the opportunity for tales to be played with and some you might love and some maybe hate but that's the experience of reading a collection of disparate tales. You never quite know what you're going to get. These tales are about darkness without and within and I think it'll definitely be something to watch for this April. It's 16 original tales and hopefully a whole stack of fun.
Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine: Another Fine Mess #1
This $4.99 behemoth collects the first 3 issues of this mini series by Jason Aaron and Andy Kubert. I didn't get in on the ground floor the first time so I'm definitely in on this one. Especially because I read the first issue for free months ago when ComiXology offered it for free. It was a great debut and I've heard usually good things about the title so I want to check it out.
It also helps that buying the first 3 issues at this price, and then picking up the other issues at the usual price, will culminate in an overall price probably below what a trade will set me back. And it's Jason Aaron, I'm probably going to get the trade at some stage, let's be realistic. I like that Marvel offers things like this sometimes. It's appreciated.
The Best Things in April
April is the month that Kieron Gillen decided to show all those other lazy bums of writers and take over, roughly, half the Marvel production. Alright, I might be exaggerating a bit here, but the man's output for this month is only rivaled by that of Nick Spencer. He is writing Generation Hope, Journey Into Mystery, and three issues of Uncanny X-Men. That's a whole lot of books, and I couldn't be happier, because I've enjoyed all of his work so far.
Joe Kubert Reprints
DC seems to be reprinting a whole lot of Joe Kubert's books in trade paperback, and they sound really interesting. Well, "Jew Gangsters" sounds like the punchline of a joke, but you know what I mean. They are not your typical superhero fare, most of them sound based on real events (even if they are not non-fiction) and I'll be looking forward to checking them out.
The Worst Things in April
I haven't actually read this story, but the rest of Planetary was great, so I doubt this would be any different. What I am calling shenanigans on is that this is priced at $22.99 even though there's only about 50 pages of story. The trade in total is 96 pages, but part of that is the script for the story by Warren Ellis. Again, I am sure that it would be great, but I am of the belief that such a thing should be extra content, not half the package. And yes, it is extra trim sized, so the John Cassaday art will look great. One thing you should keep in mind, is that in ComiXology this same issue (sans the script) costs only $1.99, a difference of 1050% in price.
Marvel Double Dipping
It's not the first time that this has happened, but Marvel is making reader double dip quite a lot this month. A considerable number of series are releasing two issues for April, either because of their Point One initiative or annuals. Uncanny X-Men (written by Kieron Gillen, see above) has two regular issues, plus a Point One issue! Straining reader's wallets is never a good idea, because fans may just drop another title to make space for the extra issues.
The Coolest Things in April You Need To Check Out
One of the most important anthologies of the 80's and 90's is back. For those of you playing at home, it was in Dark Horse Presents where series like Concrete and Sin City first made their appearance. It's good to see Dark Horse trying something different, and I hope people will check it out. It's 80 pages of new stories (without ads) from some quality creators like Richard Corben, Neal Adams, Frank Miller, and more. The only thing that I'm not fond of is the price: $6.99 seems a bit on the pricey side, but it might just be the first issue that is priced like that.
The series by Chris Roberson and Mike Alred has been pretty well received so far, but what really caught my attention for this issue is that it is NOT drawn by Alred. Instead, the guest penciller is none other that Gilbert Hernandez (of Love & Rockets fame)! That seems like a pretty big deal, and I haven't seen many people talking about it, so I thought I would mention in here in case there are any fans that didn't notice. You are welcome, by the way.
That's what we had to say for the April solicitations. What has caught your eye? What do you think are the best, worst and the can't-miss parts of them? Let us know in the comments section below.