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This is the start of what I hope will be a monthly feature here at Quarter Boxes. We’re going to be spotlighting 5 upcoming comicbook series beginning with what to look for shipping in November. You can play along at home by grabbing a copy of the current Previews. Remember the only way to guaranty you’ll be able to pick up a title you’re interested in, especially those with smaller print runs, is to preorder. The Previews catalogue is a great help to both Retailers and Readers alike.
Here’s a quick rundown on how comicbooks are solicited just incase you’re unfamiliar with the process. Every month Diamond Comic Distributors will release their Previews catalogues, this covers what will be released in two months time. There are two catalogues that come out, the first is smaller sized and is used only for Marvel Comics, this can also be purchased separately or included for free when buying the second larger thicker book that covers every other publisher. The higher profile companies are in the front of the larger catalogue with better listings but you can’t overlook the back half as there’s just as many good books mixed in that shouldn’t be missed.
Okay, everybody ready? Then lets begin.
Dark Horse Comics has consistently had striking covers for their titles and this trend continues with HOUSE OF NIGHT. I’m not familiar with the novels that this is based on, can’t even tell you if this is an adaptation of the novels or new material set in this “universe”. What I can tell you is that the price point for the first issue is at a great introductory price of $1.00. I’m guessing that following issues will be set at the regular price of $3.50. Secondly artist Joëlle Jones has a realistic friendly style that I feel is a perfect fit to tell this story.
I dig Tim Truman comicbooks. Even more I dig Tim Truman’s western comicbooks. So you can understand my excitement when I saw IDW is publishing his new title HAWKEN. What’s cool about this six issue series is that he’s working with his son who's co-writing.
Frank Cho is back writing and illustrating creator owned comics! His new comic GUNS AND DINOS from Image Comics looks to be an interesting read. At first glance it reminded me of the new TV show Terra Nova with the time travel and dinosaurs but that’s where similarities stop. My only (minor) concern would be it keeping a regular shipping schedule. I personally prefer seeing creators working on comics they own which leads me right into ……
MUDMAN #1 by Paul Grist also from Image Comics. If you’re not familiar with Paul Grist’s comicbooks do yourself a favor and hunt some down. Image Comics has been good at keeping the collected editions in print. You’ll find superheroes, crime, suspense, humor, and a storytelling style that is all his own. Panel compositions and page layouts are his strength and make his comicbooks such a fun read. Don’t miss out on this great jumping on point.
Alex Ross has been on fire lately with D.E. (Dynamite Entertainment) and the cover to KIRBY: GENESIS -- SILVER STAR #1 he proves it. The second spin off from the main title from Ross and Busiek this continues the reintroduction of Jack Kirby’s creations. I first discovered them with the very short run from Topps Comics many years ago. The only decision I haven’t made regarding this title is what cover to get. With Ross, Jae Lee, and Mark Buckingham it’s a tuff choice to make.
So there you have it, 5 comicbooks starting in November that’s caught my attention. For more information on any of the titles listed here see our links section at the top right side of this page. We’ll have info on where to go to find out about the publishers, titles, as well as the creators.