This is the Dark Horse, DC and Image Edition.
Janet Evanovich crosses over to comic books and brings her Barnaby series over with her. I'm glad that Dark horse decided to cover the graphic novel with a cover similar to Evanovich's prose books. That's a nice piece of branding that they were able to keep. This book will most likely perform better in the book market than the Direct market, but this is a great opportunity to get more female readers.
Page 32: Age of Reptiles: the Journey #4 (of 4)
The mini series has ended. This means that the next TPB will be sitting on my shelf next to the other 2 soon. The only thing better will be if they reprinted all 3 into a nice hard cover. Delgado is an excellent writer and artist and draws amazing dinosaurs.
Page 37: Conan: the Spear and Other Stories
Another Conan collection means that Dark Horse is getting more of my money.
While far from the worst offender, I noticed that DC is releasing more and more variant covers. It was so distracting that I began to count them. I may have missed a few here and there. I'll share my number at the end of my DC Comics overview.
The Brightest Day takes up 9 pages. I'm glad they are all together, so I can just skip that section. If I'm interested in the series later I'll get them in collected version.
Page 75: Batman and Robin #12
This is the last issue of the Dick Grayson as Batman series by Grant Morrison and a bevy of artists. If I remember correctly, wasn't Frank Quitely supposed to return to finish off this series? I'll be looking forward the collected version.
Page 83: Legion of Super-Heroes #1
I've never been a HUGE fan of the Legion, but I do check out every reboot. What interests me about this one is the writer and the artist. Levitz is known for his great previous run on the Legion and his love of the characters. Cinar is one of the "new" artists rising through the ranks at DC with larger and larger profile jobs. I say "new" because Cinar is an artist that began on Digital Webbing and has grown tremendously from his first pages in Digital Webbing Presents 5+ years ago.
Page 92: Zatanna #1
I'm not sure how long a Zatanna ongoing series will last, however with Paul Dini, Stephane Roux and Karl Story, this is one series that is starting out STRONG.
Blackest Night is over and now it's time to collect it in 7 hardcovers over the course of 3 weeks! That's $180 in material in 3 weeks! That's just nuts, but it's tailor made for me. I've always been a big GL fan. Of all the DC heroes, he's the one that always draws me back in. I haven't read GL much over the last few years, but I'm ready to sit down and enjoy these 7 collections. Although, I may not be buying them all within that 3 week period.
Page 97: Bayou Vol 2 TP
Even though I was featured in a Zuda contest, I'm not a fan of there comic book reader and thus don't read any of the comics until they are released in print. Fortunately for me, one of the least expensive ways for Zuda to recoup the development is for them to release print books. After the first volume of Bayou, I fell in love with the concept. The coloring gets a bit murky in places, but overall it's a captivating story with strong visuals. It's part Fables, part Song of the South.
Page 113: I, Zombie #1
Vertigo $1 first issues is a great way to get me to sample a new comic series. I'm buying this one mainly because I love Allred's art. Hopefully, Gwen Dylan, zombie detective will have me checking it out later in collected format.
And that's it for DC. How many variant covers? My count is 24. 22 from DC's main universe, 0 for Wildstorm and 2 for Vertigo. While the 2 for Vertigo is interesting, I'm really surprised by the 0 for Wildstorm. As a traditionally art driven company, you would expect Wildstorm to have a higher average of variants per series than DC or Vertigo.
Minor aside... Who reads CMX books? I can honestly say I've never seen any of the series any where and yet DC still carries them. Even more interesting since I was the Minx line of books every where and that line is gone.
Apparent;y, it's Spawn month at Image. Does any one care? Not me, so I'm skipping those pages. What else you got, Image? The return of Shadowhawk? Yawn! The end of Astounding Wolf-Man?
Page 154: The Astounding Wolf-Man #25
I like Kirkman as much as the next guy, but the bold inking style and coloring on this book was what drew me in. 25 issues sounds like a good point to finish off the series and collect it into 2 hardcovers. Do you hear me, Kirkman? I'm waiting on the HCs!
Page 156: The Sword #24
I've never understood the draw of the Luna Brothers and probably never will, but their latest series is now ending. I'm sure they will back with another.
Page 158: Godland Celestial Edition, Book Two HC
I buy these collections for 2 reasons
1) Comicraft's design work. Like Elephantmen, this is a book that Comicraft designs from top to bottom. they look vastly different, but still within that Comicraft brand of design and I love it!
2) Scioli. No one can replace Kirby. No one can out Kirby Kirby, but Scioli is a good poor man's Kirby. The only ones that have come closer are Ladronn (on Cable) and early BWS.
Yes, Joe Casey writes this book and it's an enjoyable read, but that is tertiary.
Page 159: Sea of Red Slipcase Collection
Sea of Red is about a vampire pirate. What more do you need? I stopped buying the single issues of this comic when I heard rumors of a hard cover. This collection limited to 1000 copies will most likely be the only hardcover release of this series, so as much as I dislike extra packaging, I'm going to order this.
Orc Stain 35
Savage Dragon #160
These 2 books have the honor of being the only 2 comics that I am guaranteed to buy in single format. Why because Orc Stain is one of the most entertaining fantasy comics that I've read in a while and Savage Dragon is one of the most entertaining superhero comics. Neither is likely to be collected on a regualr basis, so I buy the singles.
And with that I've hit Top Cow which means that I'm done with the front of Previews. See you back here for the rest of Previews.