Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews for 06/13/12

Good golly, Miss Molly, is it time for Post-Crisis Previews already?  Well that suits me just fine, because the second week of June looks to be a good one.  The sheer number of amazing books coming out is bordering on the banks of ludicrous, including the likes of a new American Vampire miniseries, the launch of Brian Wood's The Massive, and much, much more.  I'd invite you to hit the jump to get a closer look at some of these dandy books that are coming our way!

Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Dustin Nguyen

Hot on the heels of last year’s award-winning AMERICAN VAMPIRE miniseries, SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, we return to postwar Europe and the vampire-hunting agency known as The Vassals of the Morning Star! Agent Felicia Book has had a dark life, filled with tragedy, but she has finally found peace, raising her adoptive son, Gus. But when the Vassals return for help tracking the most powerful vampire of all time, she soon learns nothing can prepare her for the threat inside The Coffin...
A great companion to the ongoing series and a perfect jumping-on point, LORD OF NIGHTMARES features amazing art by Dustin Nguyen!

Grant: Oh, yes!  Now here's the comic I didn't even know I was waiting for!  American Vampire is usually a lock when it comes to quality, and if the one other miniseries - Survival of the Fittest with Sean Murphy - is any indication, that holds doubly true for these tie-in books.  The fact that this book will be featuring my all-time favourite artist, Dustin Nguyen, after his seemingly too long hiatus from comics, is icing on the cake!

Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo & Jonathan Glapion
Backup story written by Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV
Backup story art by Rafael Albuquerque

• BATMAN takes the fight to THE COURT OF OWLS!
• Discover the evil mastermind behind THE COURT.
• Plus: The “Fall of the House of Wayne” backup by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV and RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE.

Grant: For all the Snyder love I'm willing to hand out for American Vampire, I can't be quite so forthcoming when it comes to Snyder's current Batman work.  While I loved his work on Detective Comics, I haven't been able to feel nearly as strongly for his recent work on Batman since the reboot.  While there's definitely been some brilliant story work and the art is top notch, I'm not the biggest fan of what Snyder is doing to Bruce Wayne and his origins.  However, despite my complaints, I keep buying the book, so he must be doing something right, right?

Written by Brian Wood
Art by James Harren

Brian Wood and James Harren turn up the intensity in “The Argos Deception” Part 2!
Conan’s pirate days may already be over! Captured for his past crimes in Messantia, the Cimmerian faces public execution before a mob baying for his blood. But will he really lose his head—or is it all part of Bêlit’s plan?
• Brian Wood’s (DMZ, Northlanders) red-hot run on Conan continues!
• Art by rising star James Harren (Nation X, B.P.R.D.)!

Grant: I still miss Becky Cloonan on this book, but I will freely admit that James Harren is a pretty fine second choice.  His work last issue was quite stunning and worked as an excellent compliment for the terrific work that Brian Wood continues to do on this series.  Before Wood came to the character, I'd never really read Conan, but I'm definitely glad I'm doing so now.  This stuff is great.

Written by Paul Cornell
Art by Diogenes Neves & Oclair Albert

• Part two of “ASSAULT ON AVALON!”
• While searching for MERLIN, our heroes find KING ARTHUR…both of him!

Grant: While cancelled books are never a great thing, I was glad to see the list of the four that will be biting it in September, because Demon Knights wasn't on the list.  This book is easily one of my favourite things to come out of the New 52, because it really couldn't have existed without the relaunch of DC's entire line, but I can't shake the feeling that I'm in the minority with that perspective.  The fact is that I just don't hear that much support for Demon Knights, so I'm always a little concerned that it isn't doing all that great.  While these worries may be valid, at least DC has given this title the chance to live a little longer, because Paul Cornell, Diogenes Neves, and Oclair Albert are providing for some of the most entertaining comics you can find.

Written by Brian Wood
Art by Kristian Donaldson

In a post-war, post-crash, post-disaster, post-everything world, the environmental-action trawler Kapital scours the earth’s oceans for its mysteriously missing sister ship, The Massive. Captain Callum Israel, a man who has dedicated his life to the ocean, now must ask himself—as our planet dies—what it means to be an environmentalist after the world’s ended. Callum and his crew will come up against pirates, rebels, murderers, and thieves as they struggle to remain noble toward their cause. Can you save a planet that's already doomed? 

Grant: Finally, a week where I'm buying two books from the same writer from someone other than Scott Snyder or Jeff Lemire.  I'm a little tardy to the Brian Wood party, only having really discovered his work within the past year, but I'm already a big fan.  As you've seen, I've faithfully followed his work on Conan and I've been waiting patiently for his new ongoing, The Massive, to drop.  Well, the wait is over, because The Massive is imminent.  Can' wait.

Written by Ken Garing
Art by Ken Garing

Silas, an ex-soldier turned space pirate, finds himself stranded on a mysterious planet in alien territory. As he explores the long-abandoned industrial ruins of the planet's surface he will have to fend off rogue mechanical creatures, roving cyborg militias, and a hostile alien military with a bounty on his head. Silas will have to rely on resourcefulness and bare-bones survival tactics in order to stay alive and ultimately unlock the secrets of a planet where survival is a luxury and escape an impossibility.

Grant: So this book was miles from being on my radar, until quite recently, but now that it's been drawn to my attention, I'm having a hard time thinking of anything else.  If you find yourself with an extra three bucks while in your comic book shop, I urge you to consider giving this book a chance.  The concept alone is pretty intriguing, but the previous give the impression that this could be something special.

Written by Jim Zub
Art by Edwin Huang & Misty Coats

Our real cover is a CRAZY SPOILER of glorious secrets inside so we CAN'T show it to you here! Until release, enjoy this NOT FINAL COVER image of a CUTE KITTEN. This issue: heinous violence, trouble making and all the skullkicking you can handle. (If you love the kitten cover, let us know... maybe we can work something out).

Grant: So I've been pretty clear on my love for Skullkickers.  It's kind of wonderful in most every single way.  For the first thirteen issues, it was a book you could depend on for some wacky, fantasy-themed adventure, with lots of violence thrown in for good measure, but with the last issue, it appears that things have changed.  The wacky, fantasy violence is still there, but the title suddenly got a lot more depth thrown in with those revelations.  It looks like that is continuing with #15, and I, for one, could not be more excited.

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Sara Pichelli

This June - history will be made for the Marvel Universe.

Grant: Okay, that solicitation is kind of lackluster when you consider how jam packed with hyperbole comic book solicitations are, but I can't help but be a wee bit interested in this series.  I like Peter Parker.  I liked what little I saw of Miles Morales, although I was a little off-put by the cost-to-page ratio.  That latter issue remains a bit of a problem, but since dropping Amazing Spider-Man, I've been craving some web slingery, and I think this might be the perfect solution.  After all, aren't two web heads better than one?

That terrible pun aside, I'm real excited for this week.  There are an awful lot of cool looking books coming out, and I want to read them all right now.  Unfortunately, I'll have to wait one more day.  Hopefully I'll be able to survive the anticipation.  Are you as pumped for the coming week as I am?  Got some humdinger books coming your way?  I certainly hope so.

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sdelmonte said...

I share your love for Demon Knights. It took a while to get going, but it's probably the zaniest, strangest thing DC has going. And it's also one of the smarter and more heartfelt comics around as well.

Anonymous said...

RE: Spider Men, Marvel said they would never cross over the Ultimate line with the main universe, as that would mean they have run out of ideas? So I guess they ran out of ideas, or is Bendis just itchy to have two Spidermen in one book, since you know, he writes every character with the trademark Spidey snark anyway.

Grant McLaughlin said...

@sdelmonte - Agreed with pretty much everything you said.

@anon - I'm with you to a degree, but I think it's too easy right now to point to examples that show Marvel / DC have run out of ideas. Crossing over the Ultimate line? Sure. But what about having the Avengers fight the X-Men for some reason? Resurrecting the Watchmen just because? Or relaunching DCs entire comic book line? It's like shooting fish in a barrel at this point. But, just because an idea is trite, cliché, or ill-advised doesn't necessarily it can't be well executed. It certainly makes proper execution a heck of a lot harder, but it's tough to tell if you don't give it a look.

Ryan said...

@anon - Quoting something Joe Q said 10+ years ago (to which he has recently clarified and to some degree retracted)as a sign that Marvel has run out of ideas is, for me, a bit murky, to say the least. Sure lots of ideas get rehashed, but we keep buying. However, there are a lot of new things happening and great rediscoveries occurring everywhere... i.e. Miles Morales, The Defenders, Demon Knights, G.I. Joe, Valiant. Just my two cents.

Naymlap said...

On paper Spider-Men makes sense. Miles Morales was inspired by Peter Parker's death, and here he can meet his idol. Plus it's the 50 year anniversary of Spider-Man, so Marvel is going to do everything Spider-Man they can imagine. If this is a special occasion that won't be repeated until we have 50 years of Ultimate Spider-Man or 100 years of Marvel Comics I'm cool with it. However if they repeatedly go to this well, then yeah, I think Quesada's quote will ring true.

Anonymous said...

Not saying they ran out of ideas, just bringing up how they said they would never do the ultimate/616 crossover BECAUSE it would mean they ran out of ideas. I dont think thats the case, but I think that a crossover like this seems a bit on the lazy side.
I just hope they don't play Peter as all shocked and upset that he is dead in another reality. Since comic characters travel to strange alternate realities all the time, so being dead in this reality shouldn't be such an emotional thing for him, and also, he'd be smart enough to know there are an infinite number of alternate realities, and in 99.99999999% of them, Spiderman, and even the whole planet wouldnt exist.

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