Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Independent Preview Review for June Part 2

Onto the second half on the independent review. A more modest size posting which means either we could have done it as one or should have broken it earlier.

BREATHE #3 - [of 4]

Full Color. Creators: John Sheridan & Kit Wallis Description: Mi Ling finds out about Zhen's secret hut... a hut full of chemicals and potions. The two head off to track down the gang, drug them, and try to find out the truth of what really happened to Mi Ling's family. The result: one death and a skeleton in the cupboard that changes her friendship with Zhen forever. COVER A: MI LING. 28 pages. http://www.kitwallis.com/
Jim: Breathe #1 is coming out on April 11 and I started checking out a preview of the artwork and was drawn to try it out. It’s as story of a young girl in Japan whose family is killed and she is looking for the killers. Kip Wallis art has a nice fluid fell to it. Look interesting.
Lee: Markosia seems to have something here. I have checked out some of their other titles and its always interesting. Good call on art!


By James Massey & Robbi Rodriguez You think your job is bad? Well, Doug and Manny have you beat! These guys are janitors! But they're not your typical custodial crew - no, sir! They work for TerroMax, Inc., the world's biggest and best evil science think tank! When they're not dealing with toxic spill monsters and menial time machine repairs, they have to contend with their boss, a multitude of mad scientists, jetpack-equipped cavemen, alien repomen, and the cute girl who works at reception! 96 pages. (6x9)
Lee: Maintenance is the latest humor title from Oni. Oni usually does pretty well with the funny stuff and the idea of janitors at the mad scientist secret hideout is ripe with ideas. Rodriguez has a nice enough style so it should be worth checking out.
Jim: I have enjoyed many of Oni’s books and they certainly are a publisher who makes sure that all genres are covered, but this one will be a pass for me. Still I really enjoy many other Oni books such as Wasteland and Local. Oni Press id definitely a publisher’s whose solicitations I look forward to every month.

By Guy Davis In the world of the Marquis, faith is not only the religion, but the strict law of life and death. It is into this world that the souls of Hell have escaped to sin, murder, and be free within the possession of the living. During this time, one man has been blessed with the ability to see into the very souls of the damned and fight the demons within. But as the Marquis begins his holy crusade to send back the escapees of Hell, the lines of good and evil begin to blur into a struggle between faith and sanity.
Lee: This concept sounds really interesting. But, Guy Davis’s art is always hit/miss for me. I can’t seem to decide if I really, really, like it or I really, really hate it. The series has been around for awhile and I think it got good reviews. I tend to say no but it just sounds so darn interesting.
Jim: This is an order again item and while the concept sounds good, this is a book I would need to read the first 10 pages or so before I decided. Guy Davis’ art style is not flashy, but it is well done, I enjoyed is Sandman Mystery Theatre work.


The greatest, most infamous horror comic is back! After over 50 years, the flagship title of the legendary EC Comics line has returned with all-new Tales From The Crypt as narrated by the original Crypt-Keeper, The Old Witch, and The Vault Keeper. Each issue will feature two 20-page jolting tales of terror in the EC tradition! "Artistic License," by horror author Marc Bilgrey and drawn by Mr. Exes, "For Serious Collectors Only," by Bluesman author Rob Vollmar and Batman artist Steve Mannion,. Introductory pages, featuring the Ghoulunatics, are by Jim Salicrup and Beavis and Butthead artist Rick Parker. Cover by award-winning artist Kyle Baker.
Lee: This looks great. Top notch names and artists. Can’t wait!
Jim: I’ll have to sign up for this book also. It should be interesting.

For 30 years 2000 AD has been one of the most influential science fiction comics in the world. Home to such respected characters as Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, and Rogue Trooper, the Galaxy's Greatest's influence on the world of comic books as a whole is incalculable. Explore the history of this legendary comic in a comprehensive and fully illustrated book. 260 pages.
Lee: WOW! If you have any interest in British Comics this is the book to have. Another book for the comic historian in us all.
Jim: Lee is on a heavy history quick, but as he has almost turned 40 he maybe having an early mid-life crisis.

In this new book, Jazzy John Romita - the artist who made The Amazing Spider-Man Marvel's #1-selling comic book in the 1960s - talks about his life, his art, and his contemporaries! The hardcover edition includes a dust jacket, custom endleaves, plus a 16-page color section not found in the softcover edition. 208 pages. (8x11)
Lee: At 8x11 this is a big book. And 208 pages is long. Basically this is one really long interview with Romita. I am sure there will be tons of insight into the Marvel world from the 60’s thru the 80’s. A must have for any comic historian.
Jim: I guess, but Jazzy Johnny Romita was always a very clunky artist at best to me and really a poor man’s Jack Kirby. I know that sounds sacrilegious to many (as his girls were a lot better looking then Ditko), but Romita and some others from that era were never my favorite artists.
Lee: WAHOO! We agree on something. I was always afraid to say Romita wasn’t my favorite. I always felt his Spidey run was “ok”

A first-ever look at Michael Golden's life and career with a cornucopia of rare and unseen art from his files, as well as a career-spanning interview, and a deluxe color gallery of some of his finest work. 120 pages.
Lee: I got a couple of the early modern master books. They are really good if you want to learn a lot about a certain artist. I stopped getting them for awhile but this I will have to get. MG has been a force in comics for so long and his work is so good. From some of his early work in Batman Family to his latest covers, I am really looking forward to this.
Jim: Now this is an artist who I can sing the praises of, Michael Golden did some terrific work on Batman and Doctor Strange as well as many other books. If you are into these type of books, then Golden is a subject worthy of this type of treatment.


By Fred Kida From the Golden Age comes Valkyrie, Airboy's Nazi Femme Fatale from the '40s. These stories would cost collectors a fortune on the back-issue market, if you could even find them! Now, all of her appearances are collected here in one volume, in their full un-PC glory! .
Lee: A great way to see some golden age material. Their other reprints like Phantom Lady was good.
Jim: This type of material always gets my attention and if the reproduction is good enough I will possibly buy it.


By Zeb Wells & Michael Gaydos
Born 1981. First kiss 1996. Graduated with honors 2002. Moved to Los Angeles 2006. Within three years, she will have killed sixty-eight men. Jessica Peterson is learning first-hand that the cycle of revenge cannot be broken. Without understanding why, she finds herself turning into a creature - a vicious Snakewoman. Her mission - to avenge a centuries old wrong that was conceived half a world away, deep in the jungles of India. Terrified by her true nature and hunted by a mysterious organization known only as "The 68," Jessica must confront the monster that lurks inside her before it is too late.
Lee: And this is what I have been waiting for. The first of the Virgin Comics trades. I am really looking forward to this because it is rumored to be quite good. And Zeb Wells continues to impress with all the things he is writing.
Jim: It is quite good and you have been missing a really good series. What is odd to me that instead of just continuing the series they have stopped it and restarted it as a new mini-series. I guess they are approaching their books as a series of mini-series, but Snakewoman’s story would lend itself to an ongoing in my opinion.

The Thanos Special Edition is a 20-page magazine that features a detailed history and background on Thanos, and includes exclusive images and interviews of his creators! It also includes a hand-painted lead figurine of Thanos that is sculpted by master craftsmen and based on original pieces of Marvel artwork. Measuring 4 tall, the figurine is individually numbered, comes stamped with the Marvel official logo, and comes packaged in its own box. It comes with an exclusive slipcase and a double-sided poster. 20 pages.
Lee: I ordered a couple of these already and I think they look great. Perfect for all the little Marvel geeks out there. These are nice little things that can be displayed but aren’t overly gaudy like some of the other things out there.
Jim: In order to keep myself from going overboard on collectible figures I relegate myself to only DC figures.

This issue feature 1950s tales of terror, the Corpse Bride, reefer romance, and Harvey and Atlas writing styles with references from Stan Lee. Plus, a new horror strip from Pete Von Sholly, Fiction House uncovered, an interview with Eric (The Goon) Powell, and comic, film, book, and small press reviews! 72 pages.
Lee: I mention this because “From The Tomb” is a great fanzine about old horror comics. If you have any interest in the golden age horror books this is the place for you. An easy read and very entertaining!
Jim: Sounds like an interesting book.

That wraps up the June Preview reviews and it is insane but Dark Horse has already published their July solicitations. Sometimes I forget what the hell is actually coming out as I get focused on next week or three months from now.

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