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Previews Blogging: Aug Edition
7 September 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 in main Previews as apparently I didn't do it last month and I can't find the Marvel Previews book. Sucks for them, they should go back to being inside the main Previews book.
Dark Horse
It's a rare month where there is nothing that I'm interested in from Dark Horse. This month is one of those rare months. However, I will mention Beasts of Burden/ Hellboy as a book to watch. I hope that this is collected with the other stories with either of these properties. I'm passing because, I'm not a fan of single issues.
DC Comics
Wow, nothing from DC as well. Maybe this is the reason why I forgot this month of Previews.
IDW Publishing
Page 140: Richard Stark's Parker: The Outfit
Darwyn Cooke is adapting another Parker novel into graphic novel format. If you like the Hunter, then you should pick this up as well. If you didn't like the Hunter, then you didn't read it.
Page 160: Genius, Isolated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth
At $60, I'm not so sure that I will be buying this,but Alex Toth's art is pure genius, so I make purchase it at a later date at a reduced price.
Image Comics
Page 166: The Walking Dead Book 6 HC
I only 3 HCs into the Walking Dead, and I hope to catch up with the other 2 volumes before this one hits the shelves. I probably won't, but that's the goal. A friend recently commented that Walking Dead moved to slowly for him to enjoy. If the "monthly" series moves too slow, then I recommend reading it in collected form, so you can get larger chunks of the story at once. I read these in the hardcovers and usually read all 12 issues at once. Yes, that means you have to wait another year to get your next dose of Walking Dead, but there are lots of other books to read in its absence.
Page 167: The Walking Dead: The Covers Vol 1 HC
I'm a process junkie. I like being able to see as much of the creation process as I can, so having a collection of the covers with sketches and commentary really appeals to me. The fact that it's a hardcover making is it even better.
Page 180: The Haunt Vol 2 TP
I've read the first story arc and I'm unsure about continuing reading this series. Most of my desire to read the series came from the curiosity of Kirkman and McFarlane working together with Ottley and Capullo. The series reads like a Spawn redux, but far more interesting than Spawn ever was. I'm torn because I followed Spawn for 100 issues, but I'm not so sure I want to see a retread of the concept even if written by Kirkman.
Page 184: Spawn Origins Book 2 HC
Remember above when I said I followed Spawn for 100 issues? That's the part of me that wants to continue to buy this series of Spawn hardcovers. I mean, it's a hardcover and it's collecting early Spawn! These are the stories that I read as I was just getting back into collecting comics after a 2 year break. It was Spawn #10 that got me back into comics, so I'm torn here.
Page 191: Savage Dragon #165
Savage Dragon is a series that I never question buying. Larsen always delivers something entertaining.
Page 193: Sweets #4 (of 5)
If I bought singles Sweets would be on the top of my list. However, I'm waiting on the inevitable collection because with all the press, Sweets is guaranteed to be collected. Kody Chamberlain is a creator to watch.
Everything else ...
Now we enter the section of PReviews devoted to all the comics not from the top 5 publishers.
Page 225: Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard HC (Archaia)
Archaia collects almost everything it publishes, so it's good to see that this mini series of Mouse Guard stories by other creators is seeing print. I love the concept of having an anthology of stories that center arund being in a tavern telling stories. Did I mention there is a new story in the collection? Even more reason to buy it!
Page 238: Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence GN (Beacon Press)
I'll buy anything from Jamar, but give me a story about the inner city with Jamar urban cartoony style and I'm sold. I saw the original art to this book last weekend at Baltimore Comic and I can't wait to read this. I think we will see comparison's to MF Grimm's Sentences novel almost immediately.
Page 262: Vampirella Archive Volume 2 Hardcover (Dynamite)
As long as Dynamite and Dark Horse are reprinting this Warren magazines in magazine hardcover format I will be buying them.
Page 270: Bear Nuts: Volume 1: The Book of Prozac (DMF Comics)
Take the Care Bears make them dysfunctional and place them in a zoo, and you'll have the Bear Nuts. I follow the web comic online and I'm a bit curious why the book is so late in being distributed to comic book stores as Volume 2 is on it's way already.
Page 284: Xenozoic: The Complete Collection TP (Flesk)
If this was in hardcover format, I would be buying it. I think Xenozoic Tales is one of the best creator owned pulp-influenced, sci-fi stories in comic book format. However, i already own the 2 TPBS that Dark Horse made several years ago that collected the entire series.
Page 290: Flourescent Black GN (Heavy Metal)
Set in the future divided between utopia and dystopia, I'm looking forward to this "bio-punk" graphic novel. There is so little cyberpunk in comic book format, so I'm always interested in well done cyberpunk.
and with that, I'm done... until later this week when I get to this month's Previews.

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