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Previews Blogging: May Edition - Everything
21 May 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.

This covers everything else in Previews.
Page 223: Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #3 (Archaia)
I love Mouse Guard, but what's most interesting about this one is that Jason Shawn Alexander is contributing a story (which you only find out if you look at the ad on Page 224). Jason and I have been friends ever since Mike Norton introduced us at the Mid Ohio Con in 1999. His career in comics and fine art has flourished since that point and it's always good to see him do something outside his norm.
Also on the same page is Okko: The Cycle of Air #4 (of 4). I'll be looking at this HC when it comes out. Soleil and Archaia package some of the best stories in HC format.
Page 267: The Incredibles Volume 1: Family Matters HC (BOOM!)
This isn't a new listing as I'm sure I talked about Boom! HCs before. However, I would be more likely to buy a BOOM! HC of Incredibles if they collected more than one story arc AND if they were priced near $30. One story in HC for $25 seems a bit much when the TP is only $10.
Page 271: RASL Pocket Edition Volume 1 TP (Cartoon)
At 6.5" x 9" the pocket edition is larger than manga size, but smaller than comic book size. I have no need for this, but I am waiting for the HC collection of the second 2 TPB.
Page 275: Grant Morrison's 18 Days Original Graphic Novel (Dynamite)
I really hate creators that place their name in the title of their books. Sure Grant Morrison has earned the right to do so, but it still comes across as pretentious. Grant Morrison's stories are hit or miss with me, but the art (and the fact that this is a HC) have convinced me to pick it up.
Page 312: I Am Legion HC (Humanoids)
I can't wait to finally have some English Humanoid HCs on my shelf. I hope this is one of the many to come.
Page 317: The Smurfs: The Smurfnapper (NBM/ Papercutz)
If comic book stores around the US don't stock this book heavily, then they have no interest in growing their customer base. This is a no brainer. My generation (and older) will buy this out of nostalgia and pass it to their kids who will read them because they are cool looking comic. Get these comics into the hands of 5-8 year olds and you're on your way to hooking another generation on comic books.
Page 322-323: Scott Pilgrim Vol 6 (Oni)
Having not read any on the Scott Pilgrim series, I have no idea why everyone praises the series so much, but maybe with this last book coming out, I'll go back and read the first one.... maybe.... I said the same time about Naruto and I'm only 7 GNs into the 40+ GN series. Scott Pilgrim is only 6 series, so that much less a commitment.

Page 346: Flight Volume 7 (Villard)
Flight is an anthology that took the industry by storm. It moved from Image to Villard and this the 7th volume is reportedly the last volume. I've only read bits and pieces of the various anthologies mainly focusing on the stories by the creators I recognized, so I'll be skipping this one as well, but I think the end of the series is worth noting.
Page 346-347: Vanguard Frazetta Classics Series Volume 1: The Complete Johnny Comet HC (Vanguard)
Frank Frazetta recently passed away, so I expect to see a lot more of these projects reprinting his comic book (and comic strip) work. I'm buying this based solely on the art that I've seen featured on a couple of the Johnny Comet strips that I've come across online.
Once again we've come to the end of the Previews and I'm done until next month. See you then.

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