Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews for 06/20/12

So the second week of June was overfilled with amazing comics for your reading pleasure, as seems to be its wont.  However, this third week's edition of Post-Crisis Previews is coming with its own slew of comic book goodness!  You should definitely hit the jump to see all the great books coming out, including Baltimore: Dr. Leskovar's Remedy #1, Grim Leaper #2, Saga #4, and more!

Written by Mike Mignola & Christopher Golden
Art by Ben Stenbeck

An army of malformed vampires controls a small Croatian town, but Lord Henry Baltimore arrives to put an end to this madness, fighting his way to their creator—a twisted surgeon akin to Moreau and Mengele! 

Grant: Is it time for a new Baltimore comic already?!  Colour me beyond excited.  I've said it before and I'll say it again: I loves me some Lord Baltimore.  As wonderful as Hellboy, the BPRD, and Lobster Johnson are, I'm tempted to say that Lord Baltimore and his ongoing fight against all the vampires of shortly after World War 1-era Europe is kind of the best.  And that's saying a lot considering how much I dig Lobster Johnson.  Dr. Leskovar's Remedy is part one of two, and looks to be an awfully good time.  I sincerely recommend you give it a gander.

Written by J.H. Williams III & W. Haden Blackman
Art by Trevor McCarthy

• Ambushed by KILLER CROC!
• The penultimate chapter of “TO DROWN THE WORLD” reveals the true nature of the villain BATWOMAN has been searching for all this time! 

Grant: Oh, Batwoman.  Whenever I feel down about the New 52, I can always depend on you to make at least some of it seem worthwhile.  Seriously though, while the New 52 has its share of good and bad, Batwoman is easily among the top books in the good category.  While we probably could have had this title without necessitating the reboot, the important thing is that J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman (along with Trevor McCarthy now) are finally putting this book out on a regular basis, and it looks and reads like a dream.

Written by Kurtis J. Wiebe
Art by Aluisio Santos

Lou Collins: Serial Leaper. Lou desperately tries to find Ella, the woman with an identical curse, before his next horrific death. But, there's malevolence waiting in the darkness, something that wants to kill Lou before he even gets the chance. Something alive.

Grant: The first issue of this title had some strong moments and looked pretty promising, so I'm back for another spin at the wheel.  Now that Lou has met Ella (and seemingly immediately lost her), I'll be interested to see where this ends up going.  And something tells me the backup story alone on this issue should make this issue worth picking up.

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Marco Checchetto

• A perfect jumping on point for new readers. 
• The Omega-effect has reshuffled the deck. 
• Even punishment has a code and Frank Castle lays down the law for Rachel Cole. 

Grant: And here we have the latest issue in what is by far my favourite Marvel series right now.  Yeah, that's right, Daredevil, I said it (you'll actually notice Daredevil isn't on my list this week - that is not an oversight).  Punisher is the real deal, with one of the best writers in the biz in Greg Rucka and a cast of artists who really know how to draw.  We're in for a particular treat this month as series' regular, Marco Checchetto seems to be back, which is a definite plus.  While I've dug everyone who's come in relief of him, Checchetto's work is just as integral to my enjoyment of this series as Rucka's.

Written by Roger Langridge
Art by Roger Langridge

Brand New Arc! Perfect Jumping-On Point For New Readers! Join Harvey Award winner Roger Langridge (The Muppet Show, Thor: The Mighty Avenger) for the latest chapter of his critically acclaimed series Snarked! After a perilous high seas journey, our heroes have finally reached their destination: Snark Island. But what dangers will Scarlett, Rusty, the Walrus, and McDunk encounter on their search for the Red King? Find out here! 

Grant: New Snarked!, too?!  I feel like this entire week is just creeping up on me.  It honestly doesn't feel like it's been all that long since we finished the last storyarc (which was awesome, by the by).  I'm definitely a broken record on this one, but you should be buying this book!  Roger Langridge brings his signature wit, his signature art, and his signature anything else you could possibly want.  Snarked! is good comics for young and old, so you should get yourself a copy post-haste!

Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Fiona Staples

Welcome to SEXTILLION, a distant planet where even your darkest fantasies become reality. See why everyone's talking about this hit new ongoing adventure from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and FIONA STAPLES!

Grant: Haha.  I love that this solicitation switches gears completely and seems to be following The Will and Lying Cat's adventures to Sextillion.  I imagine that we won't completely abandon Marko, Alana, and Hazel, but I also hope we don't skim over all the comedic and story possibilities that lie in the Sextillion system.  Regardless, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples could do pretty much whatever they want with Saga at this point, because I'll keep buying it as long as they keep putting it out.  It's just too good not too.

Written by Mike Carey
Art by Peter Gross

The weird cultists who worship Tommy Taylor are the chief suspects in a series of bizarre disappearances – and a young, relentless detective thinks she’s found a way to crack the case. Plus, puppetmaster Madame Rausch is on her deathbed – but can she find the strength to pull the final strings? 

Grant: Oh me, oh my.  Mike Carey and Peter Gross' Unwritten is like crack cocaine to my English Lit Major sensibilities.  These guys know what stories are all about, and I mean that in the most general way possible.  They not only manage to tell an amazing story each and every issue, their literary references and allusions are always the best.  And it just so happens that the main thrust of this ongoing is that stories themselves are things of power.  The whole thing is almost too metatextual for its own good.  Almost.

Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Michael Lark

• Part Two of “Broken Arrow” - The aftermath of a tragic and savage murder.
• A villain who knows Bucky is really alive.
• Winter Soldier and Black Widow on a hunt that gets personal! 

Grant: Part one of this new storyline was pretty fine.  To no one's surprise, this reuniting of Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark worked pretty well.  As per their earlier collaborations, the two creators riffed perfectly off of each other's contributions, making for perhaps one of the best issues yet.  Seriously, I was already on board due to Brubaker's great writing, but as long as Michael Lark is doing the visuals, I don't now if there's any way I can not buy this book.  It's just too good.  I'd even go so far as to say that this cover isn't completely terrible, as all the previous ones have been.  Things are certainly looking up for Bucky and Natasha's ongoing!

Written by Brian Azzarello
Art by Tony Akins & Dan Green

• WONDER WOMAN has been shot through the heart! It’s up to LENNOX to pull his half-sister out of HELL!
• One of DIANA’S closest companions is not to be trusted! 

Grant: Brian Azzarello's Wonder Woman continues to be an absolute dream.  Not since Greg Rucka have I had this much fun with Diana Prince (is that still her last name?).  This hell-tangent has been hella good, and I cannot wait to see how it all plays out.  My only complaint is that it appears Cliff Chiang continues to have problems keeping up with the monthly schedule, as he once again is given a miss in favour of Tony Akins (who seems to be bringing along Dan Green for good measure).  As fantastic as Azzarello's writing has been (and it's been top notch), half the fun of this book is seeing Chiang's terrific renditions of Diana and company.  Hopefully he won't be away for too long...

And there we have it!  Another week overfull with great looking comics, which is all we can ever really ask for.  I'm absolutely thrilled to have all these titles dropping tomorrow; I can't wait to make my way through them.  What about you?  Are you feeling a similar level of excitement or are things a little calmer on your end?

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