Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews for 12/07/11

Merry December, everyone!  My early present to you is an action packed edition of the Post-Crisis Previews!  After a few weeks of dearths, we're right back to a wealth of comics coming my way this time around, and I could not be more excited.  There's plenty of good titles for the whole family, including Chew #22, Heart #2, X-23 #18, and much, much more!  So don't just sit there, hit the jump and see what all the fuss is about!

Written by Dan Slott
Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli

GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI joins the regular Spidey artist rotation in this high flying free falling ride through Dan Slott’s post Spider-Island world. The VULTURE IS BACK and making kids do his high flying dirty work for him. With Spidey back on the cops’ bad side will he be able to stop this flying Fagan from twisting young runaways before another boy falls from the sky?

Grant: Last issue wasn't quite as hyper-exciting as Dan Slott's Spider-Island had been, but it was still a pretty alright read by Amazing Spider-Man standards.  I've never been that big of a fan of the original Vulture, but if anyone can convince me that Adrian Toomes is worth my time of day, it's probably Mr. Slott and his revolving cast of talented artists (I really don't understand how he gets to have so many good artists on his book, but I won't complain about the results).

Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Travel Foreman

After coming face to face with the mysterious Totems, Buddy learns the truth about Maxine’s destiny – but it may be too late, as The Red is infiltrated by agents of The Other, and Buddy struggles to control his new, unfiltered powers with deadly results! Meanwhile, Ellen and Cliff must face the last Hunters alone!

Grant: Whoa, Nelly!  Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman's Animal Man has been one of the trippiest books on stands - and that's a real good thing.  I'm really enjoying trying to figure out just what the heck is going on, but I'm happy to follow along what is probably the best book featuring Buddy Baker that I've ever encountered (yeah, I've read the first few issues of Grant Morrison's run, but they didn't grab me).  I didn't know what to think of Foreman's art at first, but it's really grown on me.  At this point, I can't imagine anyone else drawing it, so that's definitely some major points in his favour.

Written by Judd Winick
Art by ChrisCross

As Massacre’s bloody reign of murder continues and more heroes fall, Batwing closes in on this mad villain. But with his memories stirring, Batwing’s dark past begins to emerge... At last, the truth of his past will come to light.

Grant: Speaking of not imaging anyone else on a title, I'm a little disappointed to see that Ben Oliver is conspicuously absent from this month's edition of Batwing.  I've gotten nothing against ChrisCross, but part of my enjoyment of this title comes from Oliver's bold and unique style.  However, I'm more than willing to see how Judd Winick works with ChrisCross.  I just hope it isn't a long term switch.

CHEW #22
Written by John Layman
Art by Rob Guillory

Two captives. Two kidnappers.

Grant: I didn't realize how off-schedule Chew is right now, but I had to go all the way back to the September solicitations to find Chew #22. It's a bit of a disheartening discovery, but more Chew is always good, even if it is a little later than expected. If you're finding this a bitter pill to swallow, I can perhaps take away some of the pain by mentioning that the second Omnivore Edition hardcover, collecting Chew #11 - #20 drops this week as well, so that's not too shabby, right?

Written by Blair Butler
Art by Kevin Mellon

The evolution of cage fighter Oren "Rooster" Redmond continues – but will a fist to the face stop his momentum before it starts? If you like dudes punching each other in the grill, this one's for you!

Grant: Holy crap.  I did not get a chance to talk about the first issue of this four part mini-series, but it was phenomenal.  I know I tend to throw that word around a lot, but the first issue has been sitting on my desk all month, and I've often found myself flipping through it.  I don't even really like Mixed Martial Arts, but Blair Butler manages to convey the intensity and dedication practitioners can have in a way that I don't know that I thought was possible.  Long story short, if you're tired of superheroes month in and month out, Heart is the series that you should be reading.

Written by Dan Didio & Keith Giffen
Art by Keith Giffen & Scott Koblish

Kevin Kho finally makes it back home – but while trying to pull the pieces of his life back together, he inadvertently disconnects from Brother Eye! Unfortunately, Kevin’s freedom comes with a price, because now he’s alone and forced to defend himself against Checkmate and their lethal Bio-gators!

Grant: Oh, O.M.A.C., you shouldn't be nearly as good as you are.  Seriously, part of me keeps feeling like I shouldn't be liking this book, but it's just too much fun.  It's off the wall ridiculous in the absolute best way possible.  But how can you say no when the lead character is facing off against Bio-gators?!  Just look at that cover!  That's amazingly ridiculous! Ridicuazing!  Amaculous!  ...  You know what I mean!

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Matthew Clark & Matthew Southworth

• A fallen Frank Castle...alive but dead inside.
• Secrets of the Exchange revealed...and it's connected to some of the Marvel Universe's darkest secrets!

Grant: Uh, that solicitation is really quite awful.  Like, who thought this was going to get people interested in the comic?  Frankly, I'm a little turned off.  Obviously not enough to not pick up this issue, Greg Rucka's Punisher has been far too good to consider such a crazy action, but I'm still a little disappointed.  Also disappointed that Marco Checchetto is missing in action.  What's the deal with these fill-in artists?

Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Matt Kindt

“The Taxidermist” concludes as Thacker leads his crew on an all-out assault on Simpson’s camp in an attempt to slaughter the mysterious antlered child! But will the child live on, or will the plague spread? Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt conclude their mini-epic in bloody fashion with implications that will affect Gus, Jepperd and more.

Grant: This has been a very interesting storyline that has kept me on the edge of my seat.  I'm still not quite sure what to make of it, but with this third issue being the concluding portion, I suppose I'll have a much better idea in the very near future.  Speaking of guest artists, as much as I've appreciated Matt Kindt's fine work (and it's been the perfect addition for this arc), I will be really happy to have Jeff Lemire back in the drawing saddle for Sweet Tooth.  It just doesn't feel right without him.

Written by Rick Remender
Art by Lan Medina

Rick Remender welcomes Lan Medina (PUNISHER) with AMERICAN BADNESS!
SPIDER-ISLAND has changed everything and now the death of a loved one reminds Flash Thompson that his secret identity is in the hands of the villainous Crime-Master – and the only way to take his life back is to go rogue. But CAPTAIN AMERICA is out to shut him down. It’s a good old fashioned road trip with Flash Thompson and an alien symbiote!

Grant: That's a lot more caps than I'm entirely comfortable with (and no, I'm not referring to Captain America).  I know that you should take solicitations with a grain of salt, but it almost feels like it's overcompensating for something.  Would it really be so hard to just talk about what's going down and trust the talent of the creators to sell the content within?  I guess so.

X-23 #18
Written by Marjorie Liu
Art by Sana Takeda

ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING continues! What could possibly go wrong for X-23, on an already disastrous night? More dragons? Hellion and his bad mood? How about being kidnapped to another galaxy by...THE COLLECTOR?

Grant: Oh, man.  I picked up part one of this Adventures in Babysitting storyline on a whim last month, and it was a ton of fun.  I hadn't encountered X-23 in any capacity beforehand, but Laura is a pretty interesting.  The fact that she ended up babysitting the Richards' children and that they were subsequently kidnapped by a giant dragon monster also helped things along.  I am quite interested to see where this ends up going.

That's me for this week.  I'm every so excited to see how all these books turn out, but how are you all feeling?  Is the beginning of the winter holidays bringing you comic book cheer?  Or is your pull list naught but coal?  Are my belaboured holiday metaphors going too far?  Don't hesitate to let me know (or else I'll keep doing them all month long)!

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brandon said...

Chew, Boys, X-Club, Luther Strode, Outcast and I am giving Swamp Thing one more shot.

I had been buying Animal Man (mostly because of Lemaire's work in Sweet Tooth) but I really just don't get it. It's an okay book but clearly folks are seeing something that I am not.

With this issue of Chew only 7 will have shipped in 2011.

Jon said...


Most of these are my favourites every month. And Action Comics.

Simon DelMonte's Escape Hatch said...

Four books this week, but two are on probation...

Action Comics - The preview pages at DC's blog featuring John Henry Irons sold me yet again. A good comic might finally be on the cusp of being a great one.

Batwing - FYI, an interview Judd did with CBR seems to indicate that Ben Oliver will be back. Really starting to love this series, which is more about Africa than about just another Bat-mask.

Swamp Thing and Animal Man - connected books with equally strong writers and artists, but why are these on the cusp of being off my list? Easy. I just don't love horror and gore. At the same time, I don't want to miss what seem like two very special comics.

black pelican said...

Rucka said that they are doing guest artists for #6 and #7 and Checchetto will be back for #8. Do you read the Punishermax run at all?

CombatSpoon86 said...

Got Animal Man, Punisher, Swamp Thing, and Venom this wk. All great quality reads.

Ivan said...

"(yeah, I've read the first few issues of Grant Morrison's run, but they didn't grab me)"

There's your problem right there. The first few issues are not representative of what that series eventually became. You like trippy Animal Man comics? Start at about the midpoint of Morrison's run.

Ivan said...

Also, what's up with [name Toomes] at ASM's commentary?

Grant McLaughlin said...

@Ivan - I'll have to give that run another gander sometime. See also, thanks for pointing out my minor editing oversight. Forgot Adrian Toomes' name and then forgot to look it up.

Glad to hear that those artists should be back.

Sad to hear how few Chew's managing to get out, especially since I could have sworn they claimed to be "back on schedule". That being said, I'm enjoying this series far too much to be too put out about it. More Chew is always a good thing.

Anonymous said...

X-Club or Defenders? Any thoughts?

Grant McLaughlin said...

@Anon - I've never really followed an X-Men comic book, and not only do I feel like probably isn't the best time to jump on board, I just don't have the spare money to do so.

As for Defenders, it hasn't really grabbed me. I've never been a huge Matt Fraction fan, so that doesn't pique my interest. Also, I don't need another $3.99 comic book that might only be twenty pages. That's kind of the reason why I dropped Action Comics.

CombatSpoon86 said...

Would be doing Chew monthly, but I love getting the trade format. Just finished vol. 4. wow one of my favorite Image ongoings.

CombatSpoon86 said...

Dropped Action as well just bc I enjoyed All star in trade format, why break success.

CombatSpoon86 said...

Same as Sweet Tooth, trade format for me as well. Have all the volumes and one of my favorite Vertigo ongoings.

Jeff said...

I remember Layman saying that they had planned from the start to take scheduled breaks in Chew to help Guillory keep up with the art. The original idea was to release the trades in the off month.

I believe part of it this time was also that Guillory went on vacation.

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