It’s the Second Day of this month’s Previews Roundup, but before we get on with the small press and the merchandise, why not check in with Jimmy (Santa) Olsen to see how his holidays are going?
Yeah, maybe it’s best if we just move on.
p.195 – Sky Ape Relists: Since you’re reading this here, I’m going to go ahead and assume that you’re a fan of things that are totally awesome, and if that’s the case, then you really need to get some Sky Ape into your life. You’ll probably be able to figure it out for yourself just from hearing that it’s a book about a crime-fighting gorilla accountant with a jetpack and a fearless band of associates–a premise that puts him in the running alongside Matt Fraction’s Rex Mantooth for the title of AIT’s greatest gorilla crimefighter–but these things are pure, two-fisted genius.
How genius, you ask? Oh, I don’t know…
…about that much.
P.204 – The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury #295: I think the record’ll probably show that for all my big talk, I really am a total sucker for an interesting gimmick, and starting a comic at #295 so that you only have to wait six months for the big 300th issue spectacular definitely qualifies on that front. However…
…even if I was a little more discerning in my comics purchases, that’s still a cover that features both a villain berating his inept henchmen and someone getting kicked in the face, and that’s the sort of thing I can get behind. Truth be told, it looks like it oughtta be a lot of fun.
P.238 – Rasl #1: So hey: Jeff Smith’s got a new comic coming out.
When you get right down to it, that’s probably all I have to say about this one. Still, brevity’s never really been my strong point, so I might as well mention that the solicitation’s promise of Jeff Smith doing a story about an interdimensional art theif fills me with the hope that this’ll read like Bone meets Casanova, and now that I’m actually writing that down, that sounds awesome.
Of course, given that I can’t read the title without thinking of the word “wrestle,” there probably won’t be quite as many steel chairs and/or ladder matches as I’d like. Still pretty exciting, though.
P.247 – Zorro #1: Well, it looks like Dynamite’s picked up yet another licensed property, and seeing as this one doesn’t have the words “Dark” or “Xena” in the title, I’m pretty sure I can skip it. Besides, it’s not like I need another comic to pick up every month, ri–
Matt Wagner‘s writing it?
Son of a bitch.
So, uh, yeah. I’m gonna need that.
P.265 – All Nippon Air Lines: Here at the ISB, we always like to have a little fun at the expense of DMP’s yaoi titles–although not, strictly speaking, the kind that’s intended–but you know what? I’m done. Can’t do it anymore. Because this…
…is a series that’s abbreviated right there in the solicitation copy as “ANAL,” and where the hell am I supposed to go with it after that? Congratulations, DMP: I’m finished with you.
P.269 – Vanilla v.2:
Okay, okay. Maybe not finished, but it’s not nearly as much fun now.
P.290 – Little Orphan Annie v.1:
P.385 – Night Life MMPB: I think it’s safe to say that I wouldn’t normally classify an urban fantasy novel about a hard-boiled lady cop werewolf as being my thing, but I’m willing to make an exception for this, the debut novel of Friend Of The ISB / child prodigy Caitlin Kittredge, as she’s what I’d generally refer to as “Good People.”
If such a thing is your bag, then give it a shot. After all, if it’s good enough to be sold at a comic book store, then… Well, uh, forget I said that. Hey, look! It’s also available for preorder on Amazon, which is a perfectly legitimate bookseller and not the sort of place that made a mint peddling Rob Liefeld books back in the day!
P.469: So just in case you were wondering why Mike Sterling calls his monthly look at Previews “The End of Civilization,” I think this page can just about sum it all up:
P.476 – Revoltech Danboard Action Figure: Speaking of Sterling, he already mentioned this thing a few weeks back, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it:
That’s right, kids: It’s Cardbo the Robot, springing to life from the pages of Yotsuba&! v.5! The sequence with Cardbo is probably my favorite bit of the series thus far and that alone would make this a must-buy, but since I got the Yotsuba figure from the same line, I can pretty much confirm that yes, they’re awesome.
Now if only they could come up with a better name than “Revoltech.” Yeesh.
And that pretty much covers it! As always, if anything caught your eye–like the magical fact that we’re getting both a new Yotsuba&! and a new Cromartie in February–feel free to point it out.
Now then, let’s get back to the Christmas!