This covers everything that caught my eye in this month's Previews for items shipping in August.
Page 6: Fear Itself: Youth in revolt #4 (of 7)
I was first introduced to Mike Norton's work from his work on the Image issues of The Badger. Shortly after that, I met him at a convention and we've been friends ever since. We don't see each other as often any more, but I love the growth that his career has taken over the decade that I have known of him. I believe I met him right around the time he started working with Sean McKeever on the Waiting Place as I remember him introducing me to McKeever and Jason Alexander at the Mid Ohio Con the same year I met him. It's always a treat to see McKeever and Norton working together on a project. Even better when it's project at Marvel or DC.
Page 29: Avengers: The Children's Crusade #7 (of 9)
Jimmy Cheung's art is what brought me to this title, but it's Heinberg's story about the twins and Scarlet Witch that keeps me coming back. I was a big fan of the West coast Avengers during the run by John Byrne where the true nature of Scarlet Witch's twins was revealed.
Page 30: Captain America and Bucky #621
I'm a fan of Brubaker's run on Cap. It's has me reading Cap for the first time since Waid and Kubert. I like Chris Samnee's art. I'm sold on this new direction and look forward to the collected edition because it won't have this ugly McGuinness cover.
Page 57: Mystic #1 (of 4)
I was a fan of CrossGen and especially Marz and Chueng on Scion. When Disney purchased Marvel, I looked forward to the return of CrossGen. However, the execution overall has been underwhelming. The covers held promise, but the interiors have been weak. Marvel is not giving these projects the treatment needed to relaunch the concepts even when they brought the original creators back to the books (Ruse). I'll pass until I see a Scion book with Marz and Cheung.
Page 74: The Stand: The Night Has Come 31 (of 6)
Marvel continues the series of mini-series for the adaptation of the Stand. I'm not sure why they chose this route over a continuing series, but I'm still buying the collected editions as they are released. I can't wait until it's done to read the whole thing once again.
Page 89: OZ: Ozma of Oz HC
As long as Young and Shanower are making these OZ adaptations, I'm buying them.
Page 24: Hellboy Volume 11: The Bridge of Hell and Others TP
I used to own ever last Hellboy TPB, but ever since Dark Horse started releasing the Hellboy Library hardcovers I've been patiently waiting for them to catch up to the newer series that I haven't read yet. I'm still patiently waiting.
Page 25: Hellboy: the Fury #3
Page 33: Star Wars: Jedi-The Dark Side #4
Mahmud Asrar worked with me on Warmageddon covers. H's work at DC and Marvel and has now made his way to Star Wars at Dark Horse.
Page 39: Conan: Road of Kings #7
My buddy Mike Hawthorne on conan is a dream come true. This art of this series has been a nice break from the veer towards Frazetta realism that existed for most of the new Conan books.
Page 51: Creepy Archives Volume 11 HC, Space Family Robinson Volume 2
I'm still a big fan of the Warren reprint series at Dark Horse. The reproduction quality is second to none. With Space Family Robinson, I think more pepole would be inclined to by it, if it was marketed it as Lost in Space.
Page 106: The Spirit #17
I hope DC releases a collection of the all the black and white Spirit material.
Page 112: Legends of the Dark Knight - Marshall Rogers HC
For me, this is a definitive most have Batman tale. I own it in TPB and gladly add it to my HC collection.
Page 124: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Omnibus HC
Page 126: 100 Bullets Book One HC
I held out on this series waiting for the HCs. I'm a happy man now.
Page 127: Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland HC
Page 138-139 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ongoing #1, TMNT : The Ultimate Collection Vol 1 HC
I'm happy to see the TMNT back in comic format. I'm een happier to see the originals return in HC format.
Page 159: Creed: Omnichronos
I was a big Creed fan in the mid 1990s. I still own all the early issues. The only thing that would make me happier is if this was a hardcover.
Savage Dragon #175
I think I'm done with Dragon until I can get the series in a nice HC collection. I realize that Erik loves the sing issue format, but having that many single issues isn't the way I want to read my comics.
Sweets: A New Orleans Crime Story TP
Hey, Kody, can I get this in a hardcover? That's what I've been really waiting for.
Page 273: The Living Corpse: Exhumed #1, The Living Corpse Omnibus TPB (Dynamite)
Ken and Buz are good friends of mine and I've been sold on this series since they started it many years ago.
And with that. I bring this month's Previews to a close.