Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews December 2014: Light Offerings

The rest of the pictures in this one are way better. I promise.
If you don’t know, Previews is the catalogue that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering other things to pay for. It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo smell.

So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages within are products that might be currently available or could be released anytime in the next year; but typically about two months away. Or sometimes never. I’ve ordered lots of things that have just never come in. Without getting into the specific politics of Diamond, let me just say that they aren’t quite a monopoly and also aren’t quite the worst distributor anybody has ever dealt with in the history of the universe.

But I’m not here to discuss that. I’m here to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful items offered in this month’s edition.

Suiciders – Vertigo (Front Cover)

This is a new series about dudes who go on dangerous, high-stakes missions while drinking delicious Angry Orchard cider.

Okay, not really. It’s a new series written by Lee Bermejo, the guy that did Batman: Noël. I absolutely love his art, but the writing in that book wasn’t super. Still, people live and learn and get better at a craft. I might be willing to give this one a try, especially since it’s a Vertigo book.

S.H. MonsterArts Mecha-King Ghidorah - Bandai (5)

Oh, dear lord that is BEAUTIFUL. I can’t justify the price of these figures, but this thing is just gorgeous. I want nice-looking, well-articulated figures of Ghidorah and Mecha-Ghidorah so bad and NECA doesn’t look to be making any headway into the realm of non-Godzilla monsters in their G line. It’s bumming me out. 
The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe – Dark Horse (46)

This is an absolute must-have for me. It features concept art, prototypes, and all kinds of art from the history of the Masters toy line, as well as interviews with creators. I am so excited about this one!

The Multiversity Titles – DC (74/75)

I’ve read Pax Americana several times now and I can’t get over how incredible it is. I won’t say what it’s about because it’s very thrilling to realize what’s going on as you read it. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend that you do; even if you aren’t reading any other Multiversity stuff.

Then there’s this Director’s Cut thing. It has Ivan Reis’s pencils and a bunch of other special features, but the main draw is the big poster version of Rian Hughes’s map of the Multiverse. Or at least, it would be if it were coming rolled up and not folded into squares, which is what I assume given that it’s polybagged with the issue. I can’t imagine why they would do it like that.

As far as the concept of double-dipping, if I had Grant Morrison working for me, I would print as many versions of whatever he did as I could, too.

Justice League United #9 – DC (77)

I’m not reading JLU, but this is a very cool cover.

Lobo #5 – DC (89)

Somebody who is not reading this Lobo series probably has no business commenting on it, but I can’t help it. I like Cullen Bunn. Everything of his that I’ve read has been very good. But this is not the cover of any Lobo comic book that I want to read.
Batman ‘66 #20 – DC (118)

It was inevitable that this title would get to the point where people that I have never heard of are working on it. That’s just what happens with books that aren’t the big, high-profile titles. It’s usually bad news, but I’ll give this one a chance as long as it continues to be goofy fun.

New 52 Harley Quinn Action Figure – DC Collectibles (146)

I am thrilled that they are making this Harley. It’s probably my favorite look of hers. I do hope that the roller skates are removable, though. It’s not a big deal – just a preference. I’ll be ordering her either way.

The Joker and John Stewart figures on the page are boring and that Ivy is just awful. I can’t stand her New 52 look. I think she might be the worst redesign of the whole bunch. 
Joe Frankenstein #1 (of 4) – IDW (154)

It’s funny that IDW is promoting this by saying that Dixon and Nolan are the creators of Bane. I suppose that’s worth mentioning, but I’m not sure anybody is going to buy a Frankenstein book based on that pedigree. I just like Dixon and Nolan an awful lot, so I’m going to try it. It helps that it’s a 4 part miniseries.

Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 & 2 – Marvel (M2 & 3)

Last month Marvel revealed a new Star Wars book by Jason Aaron and John Cassaday. Now we’re getting a Vader book by my current favorite writer, Kieron Gillen, and Salvador Larroca. I am very excited for this because of the creators. A Vader solo book is not exactly something that I was dying for, but Gillen and Larroca are great selling points.

Marvel Universe Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (of 4) – Marvel (M9)

I won’t pick up this comic (thought I might get it for Lil’ Troublemaker); I’m just ecstatic that Marvel is doing a Guardians cartoon. Well, maybe not ecstatic. I am not a fan of anything that they have on TV right now, so I probably shouldn’t get too worked up for Guardians.

Hawkeye vs. Deadpool TPB - Marvel (M97)

I don’t know if somebody at Marvel is reading these columns or not (haha), but the numbering has been much better in this month’s Marvel book. 
I want to read this. I also want to read Fraction’s Hawkeye and just haven’t gotten around to it.

Godzilla 2000 Pizza Cutter – Diamond Select Toys (260)

Nothing will ever top the simple grace and design perfection of the USS Enterprise pizza cutter, but this Godzilla model is pretty kickass. I can’t quite figure the design out, though. I guess you just grab his head and cut?

Lou Scheimer: Creating the Filmation Generation – Tomorrows Publishing (379)

I watched the documentary on Scheimer and it was great. I’m excited to see this print version, which includes storyboards, cartoon pitches, model sheets, and all kinds of other neat stuff that you need to have on pages in front of you rather than just flashing by on a screen.

That's it. This is probably the shortest edition of this column since I started it, but it makes sense because people don't want to be thinking about spending money in December.
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