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Previews Blogging: January Marvel Edition
18 January 2010
Every month, I go through Diamond's Previews to figure out what I want. From now until, I will blog about what I see that catches my attention. Keep in mind that most of my comic buying consist of #1s, collected editions (hardcovers or TPBs), or OGN (original graphic novels). I buy #1s to see if it's something that I will get later in a collected edition.

I start with Marvel because I buy a fair amount of Marvel and they are outside the main book in their own little booklet. When Marvel joins the rest of Previews, then they will cease to be first.

I did manage to read a copy of Seige #1 and the Origins of Seige. I'm not particularly interested in Siege, so I'm skipping a whole lot of pages here. I wish Marvel didn't tie most of its line to a single event, but I'll be happy to see what comes out on the other side.

Page 20 : Stephen King's "N" #1 (of 4)
I'll skip the singles for this an look for it in trade. I'm a moderate Stephen King fan. I don't have to read all his books, but I do find most of them entertaining. The same goes for the comic book adaptations. Not a big fan of Dark Tower, but I eagerly await each hardcover of the The Stand.

Page 22 : The Stand: Soul Survivor's #5 (of 5)
The end of this mini series means that my patience will be paid off in another month or 2 when Marvel solicits the next Stand hardcover.

Page 29 : Ultimate Comics New Ultimates #1
I've been looking forward to Cho's run on the Ultimates for a while. I'm not a big fan of Loeb's run on the Ultimates, so I'll be using this issue to try out the series. Any one taking bets about how regular this book will be with Frank Cho doing the art?

Page 57 : Pet Avengers #1 (of 4)
Who is buying variant covers on this title? Really is this even necessary?

Page 62 : Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way!
The target audience for this book is obviously creators wanting to break in at Marvel. I'm not sure why it's 2 issues instead of one, but it is what it is. I think this book could be could for any creator (writer, editor, artists) as it gives a inside look at the #1 publisher in the industry as they recruit and mold new artistic talent.

Page 70 : X-Men: Hope #1
I like Steve Dillon's work on Punisher and Preacher, but have a hard time picturing him working on any true super-hero comic. This just seems to be should an odd pairing when there are so many superhero artist not drawing superhero comics.

Page 85 : Millar and McNiven's Nemesis #1
The concept is what if the smartest toughest costumed bad ass (Batman) was evil (Joker). It sounds and looks as if Moon Knight finally crossed over or the Task Master stopped being a joke. I'll be interested in seeing if this mini series has a point beyond shock value and if McNiven can keep the series on schedule.

There's an IronMan movie coming out soon, so there are lots and lots of Iron Man collections. I'm skipping them all because I haven't really been interested in Iron Man.

Page 98: Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 11 HC
This should be the last volume for the original run of Ultimate Spider-Man. Ultimate Spider-Man (when not involved in the rest of the crap of the Ultimate Universe) is consistently one of the best Spider-Man tales being produced. I found the collections to be the best way to read the stories because the stories are written for the collection format. Often issues go by without very much happening.

This collection is the first collection since Bagley left the title. I look forward to seeing Immonen's take on the character.

Page 100 : Captain America : Reborn Premiere HC
Ed Brubaker has taken us on quite a ride with Captain America. He's brought back Bucky in a cliched but interesting storyline. He's "killed" Captain America and now they bring Steve Rogers back.

Page 102 : Ultimate Comics Spider-Man : The World According to Peter Parker Premiere HC
It's odd that Marvel would release this initial HC of the new Ultimate Spider-Man in the same month as the last HC of old series. While I hate the cover image as Spidey's face is too round, I enjoyed the first issue enough to grab this first collection.

Page 110 :
Spin Angels Premiere HC

Riftwar Premiere HC
Two more Soliel hardcovers means Marvel is getting even more of my money. All the Soleil titles have been solid, entertaining and most offer stories that are not being told in the US market.

Page 118 : Spectacular Spider-Girl : Who Killed Gwen Reilly? TPB
The title was cancelled but Spider-Girl stories still continue to be made and the collections still come out. Spider-Girl is like Busiek's Untold Tales of Spider-Man in spirit without the need to walk the tightrope of Spidey continuity.

And that's it this month for Marvel. Keep a look out later for the other major publishers.

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