Welcome back to another instalment of What’s New Comic Book where I flip through the Previews catalogue and spotlight some of the upcoming comic books that shouldn’t be overlooked. Each month there’s so many titles being released that it’s difficult to keep track of them all. That’s where I come in! I’ve also provided the special ordering number (Item Code) for each of the comic books listed. Take that number and give it to your Local Retailer and let them know you’re interested in getting the comic. This is the easiest way of making sure there’ll be a copy waiting for you.
Nate Cosby (W), Evan Shaner (A/CA)
FC, 32 pages, $2.99
Item Code: JAN130100
This was originally released as individual segments in the pages of Dark Horse Present and collected here with a new cover and bonus material. I loved these stories, thought they were very funny and reminded me a lot of the Bwa-Ha-Ha Justice League comics. Not many comics I read leave a genuine smile on my face, let alone have me laughing, this one did everyone should check it out.
STAR WARS: LEGACY - PRISONER OF THE FLOATING WORLD #1
Corinna Bechko (W), Gabriel Hardman (W/A), Rachelle Rosenberg (C), and Dave Wilkins (CA)
FC, 32 pages, $2.99
Item Code: JAN130110
It was during Gabriel Hardman’s run on Agents of Atlas that I first came across his work. Really dig his style and the way he conveys a story. With Plant of the Apes under his writing belt he and his partner Corinna Bechko are now turning their attention to STAR WARS. The story may not take place during the original trilogy (see Brian Woods title for that!) as it’s set much more in the future but it does feature Han and Leia’s great-great granddaughter.
G.I. JOE: SPECIAL MISSIONS #1
Chuck Dixon (W), Paul Gulacy (A/CA), Sean Chen, Brandon Peterson, Jamal Igle, Jim Rugg (CA)
FC, 32 pages, $3.99
Item Code: JAN130356 - Gulacy & Chen regular covers shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio
Item Code: JAN130357 - Brandon Peterson - Subscription Variant
Jamal Igle - Wraparound Cover
Jim Rugg - “Untold Tales of G.I. JOE” Cover
I’m going to be honest I’ve been on a Paul Gulacy kick lately. Going as far as recently picking up an old Epic comic called SIX FROM SIRIUS he worked on. So seeing him illustrate a new G.I. JOE comic has caught my interest in addition to the great covers that are being offered. I personally dig Igle’s wraparound but I haven’t seen what Rugg, who is awesome, has done with a special theme cover.
MYSTERY SOCIETY SPECIAL 2013
Steve Niles (W), Andrew Ritchie (A/CA), Miran Kim (Variant CA)
FC, 32 pages, $3.99
Item Code: JAN130436
MYSTERY SOCIETY was one of my favorite comics from 2010 and I’m happy to see it’s returning even if it’s only for a one shot. Bit of cool history behind this title is that it was originally illustrated by SAGA’s very own Fiona Staples. If you dig SAGA I highly recommend tracking down the first series in singles or TPB. What’s also great is the variant cover being offered by Miran Kim. You might remember her work from the X-Files covers she produced which is really a perfect fit for this title.
DREW HAYES' POISON ELVES #1
Robb Horan (W), Osvaldo Pestana Montpeller (A/CA), Darick Robertson, Terry Moore (CA)
BW, 32 pages, $2.99
Item Code: JAN130830 - Darick Robertson - Main Cover
Osvaldo Pestana Montpeller - Retailer Incentive Cover
Terry Moore - 1:20 Chase Cover
I have very mixed feeling over this comic book. On the one hand I was (still am really) a huge fan of the original series, and of Drew Hayes, POISON ELVES was one of the first indie comics I picked up and I don’t want to see anything affect the titles long run. On the other hand I’m really interested in seeing what Drew had planned for the story and see where he'd take the characters next. It’s good to see Robb Horan is on board writing from Drew’s notes. He was the publisher of Sirius, the company that released POISON ELVES for most of its run. Also impressive is the artists providing covers. I’ll definitely give this a try, the first couple of issues at least.
ALL CRIME #1
Erik Warfield, Paul Grimshaw (W), Edward LaRoche, Marc Sandroni (A) Bruce Timm (CA)
FC, 36 pages, $3.95
Item Code: JAN130866
I’m always looking for new comics to check out and a great way for catch my attention when flipping through the pages of Previews is to included blurbs from creators I respect. In this case both Ed Brubaker and Steve Niles provided comments and that’s enough for me to stop and look into it a bit more. ALL CRIME is reminiscent of the old classic crime comics of the 50s wrapped up in a amazing Bruce Timm cover.