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Previews Blogging: April Marvel Edition
19 April 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
Page 12: The Stand: Hardcases #1 (of 5)
I'm still enjoying Marvel's adaptation of the Stand. This new mini series means there's a new hardcover on the way. It's been a while since I last read the book. It may be time to revisit it.
I think it's odd that the series artist, Mike Perkins, is doing the variant cover and not the regular cover.
Page 15: Sky Doll: Space Ship #2 (of 2)
All the Soleil books have been packaged into hard covers, however, this mini series is less than 100 pages. I've enjoyed all the Soleil books that I've purchased, but I'm not so sure I would enjoy this one at the same price point as the others.
Page 16: X-Campus #1 (of 2)
I'm checking this out in because I like X-Men as a concept, I just don't like the execution of the books. Maybe European creators can bring something different to the concept to make in more enjoyable for me. I'm confused as to why Marvel would have Nauck do a cover for a European reprint, but this cover looks much better than the last work I saw from him.
Lots and lots of Deadpool stuff that I have no interest in. Skipping it all, but I thought I would mention it because Deadpool is apparently all over everywhere.
Page 31: Avengers Academy #1
I liked the Initiative title as a concept and read the first 12 or so issues, but became bored as Secret Invasion swept the book.  Since I'm giving all the new Avengers title a chance, I figured I'd check this one out too. The latest information about the return of Speedball as well as Tigra and Pym being teachers is pulling at my love of the New Warriors and West Coast Avengers.
Page 32: New Avengers #1
We have Avengers, Secret Avengers and now New Avengers, Marvel seems to be milking this for all that it's worth. Wolverine and Spidey seem to be on both New and adjectiveless Avenger teams, so I wonder how that will work out. The Thing seems to be the big man on the team and I imgine that Cage will be leading the team. The Thing is really the only team player of the group shown, so I wonder how long this roster will last.
Page 37: New Avengers: Luke Cage #3 (of 3)
The end of the mini series means another Eric Canete collection is coming my way soon. Canete has long been one of my favorite comic book artists, so I look forward to each one of his projects being collected.
Page 40: Captain America: The 1940s Newspaper Strip #1 (of 3)
For me, I'm sold with Karl Kesel. His Flash strip in Wednesday Comics, was by far one of the most innovative homages of the comic strip. However, Marvel has a way of destroying comic strips by formatting them all wrong. I'll be eying the collection of these strips.
Page 47: Hulk #23
At last the origin of the Red Hulk! And I don't care. 23 issues to get to the origin? Why even bother? Hulk really jumped the shark for me after World War Hulk. I've been keeping an eye of Son of Hulk and Skaar, but the main titles have really been unappealing. It's really a shame since Planet Hulk had me reading hulk for the first time since Bruce Jones began his run.
Page 51: Hawkeye & Mockingbird #1
The title says it all. Want me to buy a book? Then put my favorite West Coast Avengers couple together in the book. I'm sold, but I give this book 12 issues before cancellation. Neither Hawkeye or Mockingbird have ever carried a book for too long and while I hope this one lasts a while, I'm not too optimistic.
Page 91: The Stand: Soul Survivors Premiere HC
See a new hardcover collecting the most recently ended mini series.
Page 92: Siege Premiere HC
I'll probably wait for the TPB for this collection. I like catching up on Marvel's event via collections because usually by the time the TPB hits the stands, I just don't care any more. It saves me money especially since the events seems to just keep coming.
Page 96: Ultimate Comics Avengers: Next Generation Premiere HC
At least it's not the Ultimate Comics Ultimates as that would just be a stupid name. Mark Millar usually put together an entertaining read with his patented sequences designed to shock your senses. I read the first issue and the story and especially the art were enough to convince me to pick this up.
Page 98: Marvels: Eye of the Camera Premiere HC
Kurt Busiek is one of my favorite superhero writers. Marvels was one of my favorite Marvel stories. this "sequel" has been a long time in the making and it has been a long wait to finally get to this book. I expect Jay Anacleto's art to be breath taking, I just wish they would feature it in black and white.
Page 100: Daffodil Premiere HC
Soleil has produced some of the best stories published by Marvel. I don't expect this collection to be any different. It's great to be able to great European comics translated into English for the non bilingual masses (like me) to enjoy.
That's end my trip through Marvel's Previews. Join me back here for the front of the main Previews book.

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