Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Post-Crisis Comic Book Previews for 08/22/12

August just continues to deliver quality comics, as this week's Post-Crisis Previews will attest!  We've got all kinds of wonderful books coming out tomorrow, including the much-anticipated return of Matches Malone in Batman, Incorporated #3, the latest issue of Planetoid, and the finale of Scalped!  Join me on the other side as I take a look at these, and other, upcoming books for the week!

Written by Ryan North
Art by Shelli Paroline & Branden Lamb

JOIN JAKE THE DOG AND FINN THE HUMAN AS THE HOTTEST ALL-AGES COMIC BOOK ON THE STANDS CONTINUES! The totally mathematical adventure continues in this latest time-bending issue of ADVENTURE TIME! Order early — issue #1 went to a 3rd printing and issue #2 went to a 2nd printing before they reached stores!

Grant: Adventure Time is one of the best new books of 2012.  Every issue has been an absolute joy to read, with Ryan North providing rock solid scripts and Shelli Paroline and Branden Lamb offering some innovative comic book art.  The last issue introduced an awesome looking time travel story arc, and I'm eager to see our talented creative team play with that idea.  As long as Boom! keeps publishing such a good book, I'll be there every month to give them my money.

Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Chris Burnham

• The DC COMIC – THE NEW 52 debut of...MATCHES MALONE??
• BATMAN is hot on the trail of whoever is trying to kill DAMIAN – and he’s not going to like what he finds!

Grant: Delayed due to the tragic events in Aurora, Colorado last month, Batman, Incorporated #3 will finally be seeing the light of day.  I must admit to being intrigued as to what scene would have pushed DC to hold the book back a month, but I'm more excited simply to get the next chapter of Grant Morrison's Batman epic.  With Morrison soon bowing out of superhero comics, this round of Batman Inc. is clearly going to be the conclusion to all the work he's done, and I for one cannot wait to see what happens.

Written by Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
Art by Francis Manapul

• Setting up THE ROGUES as a team as the next major storyline for the series begins!
• GLIDER takes center stage!

Grant: The writing on this book has been rather shaky the past few issues.  Character motivations have been vague and quite a lot of plot elements have lacked clear reasons for their occurrences.  It hasn't helped that the book has been without its primary artist.  I don't have anything against Marcus To or Ray McCarthy, but their style is completely unlike that of Francis Manapul, and his absence has really hurt this book - perhaps as much as the poor writing.  The Flash is great and all, but I've never been the biggest fan.  Manapul's brilliant art is what gets me buying this book, so I hope his return can right the ship, because if things don't shape up, not even Manapul's pretty pictures can keep me buying this title.   

Written by Mike Mignola & John Arcudi
Art by Wilfredo Torres

The Heliopic Brotherhood of Ra hold a Victorian themed party complete with the unrolling of a mummy, with decidedly unexpected results, including a gun-blazing vigilante promising justice!

Grant: I love Lobster Johnson and I love one-shots.  Ergo, logic dictates that a Lobster Johnson one-shot should be right up my alley.  Happily, this is only the first is a number of done in one Lobster Johnson stories that Mike Mignola and company have planned for the coming months.  While I enjoy a good five-issue miniseries as much as the next guy, I'm excited by the change of pace these single issues promise.  Besides, more pulpy superhero adventures that just so happen to take place in the same universe as Hellboy sounds like a good thing to me.

Written by Ken Garing
Art by Ken Garing

Having made a stand against the cyborg militia, Silas must now lead the tribes in building a settlement.

Grant: As Ken Garing explained on his site, Planetoid #3 was delayed two weeks due to his busy schedule and the amount of work that goes into each issue, but I can guarantee you that it has been worth the wait.  I've already had the pleasure of reading the issue, and it does not disappoint.  Garing has gotten better with each chapter of his science fiction epic, and Planetoid #3 is no exception.  I say this a lot, but I sincerely believe you should be reading this comic.  Even if you haven't been following the series, if you see this on the stands tomorrow, pick it up.  You can thank me later.

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Mico Suayan

• Cole surrenders…to becoming a Punisher.

Grant: Well, the solicitation is a little lackluster, but I have a feeling that the issue will be quite a bit more satisfying.  Greg Rucka's run on The Punisher has easily been my favourite thing out of Marvel this past year, and as we move towards the end of his time with the character, I imagine that things will only be getting better.  The character arc for Rachel Cole-Alves (interestingly only referred to by her maiden name in the solicit) has been a little up and down, but it seems like she's finally going to give in to killing bad guys without reservations.  I'm sad that we'll be without Marco Checchetto this issue, but Mico Suayan did a fine job last month, so that takes the sting off a little bit.

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Chris Samnee

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Rocketeer with an all-new full-length series!

Dave Stevens created the Rocketeer in 1982 and it has proven to be a uniquely enduring Character. Now Cliff Secord and the Rocketeer take to the skies once again as Mark Waid and Chris Samnee spin a yarn in the best tradition of Dave Stevens, bringing us a tale of great adventure, suspense and humor!

A ship docks in Los Angeles harbor from a far-off and exotic locale—with a big, mysterious… and living… cargo! Danger and mayhem abound as our hero leaps into the fray! Plus, we introduce a lovely new character who will be vying against Betty for Cliff’s affections!

Grant: So Mark Waid is a pretty good writer, Chris Samnee is a pretty good artist, and The Rocketeer is a pretty good character.  In theory, this should make for a pretty potent combination.  I've enjoyed my dabbling in IDW's Rocketeer anthology books, so I'm interested to see what they'll manage with an ongoing series.  We'll see if the theory holds up in practice.

Written by Jason Aaron
Art by R.M. Guera


Grant: The solicitation says it all.  It's hard to believe that this series is finally coming to an end.  It's been delayed a little bit, but I trust that Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera have made good use of their extra time to make this the best conclusion that it can possibly be.  Scalped has long been one of Vertigo's best, and as Taylor mentioned, the line will be poorer without it.  That being said, I cannot wait to see how the heck Aaron and Guera are going to tie everything up.  This is going to be good.

Written by Mike Carey
Art by Peter Gross

An evening with Tom Taylor turns into a date with armageddon as the extremist Church of Tommy hijacks the proceedings. Didge and Danny ride to the rescue, Tom confronts his own legend, and a very dangerous story comes out to play. The exciting conclusion to the latest chapter of the Hugo and Eisner Award nominated series!

Grant: Fortunately for people who like comics everywhere, even though Scalped is finishing up, there are still a few quality titles in Vertigo's stable of books.  The Unwritten is prime among them.  I actually have a bit of a hard time believing that this series has been running for forty issues (more with the points fives we had earlier this year).  It feels like this series started just last month.  Mike Carey and Peter Gross  have been quietly writing a brilliant epic about stories and the power they hold, and I'm happy to know that a book like this has not only been around for the past few years but that it's been so good throughout its run.

An absolutely stellar week coming up, and I cannot wait.  What will you be picking up at your local shop tomorrow?

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Anonymous said...

Matchsticks Malone? Did you even read the solit? Or a Batman comic before? Heard of an editor?


Anonymous said...

I know this is the internet and all, but why not just say there was an error in the article without the attitude?

I still remember getting the first issue of Unwritten without having too high expectations for the title. This after Carey's Crossing Midnight for which I loved the premise, but not so much the execution. Here we are years later with the comic still around (never a guarantee with a Vertigo title) and it being one of my favourites every month still.


Mark said...

I, for one, salute the first Anonymous for the brave condemnation regarding the unforgivable misspelling of Matches Malone's name — typographical errors must never, ever be allowed on the Internet.

The fact that said condemnation misspells "solicit" simply makes Anonymous seem that much braver. Either that, or it demonstrates that even Web trolls need editors.

Anonymous said...

No, I say solit. No misspelling. I also say avoision.

Suck it.

Josh said...

Great stuff about Batman and Captain America. This is a nice review.

Anonymous said...

Trolls never have problems spelling the classy words, I guess.

Ryan K Lindsay said...

Anon4 is my favourite anon of all time. Thank you. Seriously. I laughed. Hard.

I also checked this post 400 times to ensure I didn't make any mistakes.

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