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Monday, August 15, 2011
IDW Preview Review for October Part 1 of 2
Lee: It’s IDW so it’s a little heavy on horror this month. That was mostly their doing and not mine. Although there is still a bunch of other good stuff too.
Thomm: I’d rather blame the messenger and say it’s your fault. IDW doesn’t care if I blame them.
STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #1
Written by Chris Roberson, art by Jeffrey Moy, covers by Phil Jimenez, Keith Giffen.
The pairing you never thought could happen! IDW Publishing and DC Comics are proud to present the greatest tale of the 23rd century! Or is that the 31st century? As you'll see here, it's both. Eisner-nominated writer Chris Roberson and Star Trek and Legionnaires veteran artist Jeffrey Moy partner up to bring you the most bizarre partnership of any century! In this first issue, a group of Legionnaires end up lost in the 23rd century, but it's a universe that isn't familiar to either the Legion or the crew of the USS Enterprise! 32 pages, $3.99.
Lee: Combining two of the premiere futuristic space series into one book is just a great idea. I have no clue how they plan to pull this off but it’s piqued my interest.
Thomm: I like Roberson, so this has a chance, but this is a very strange idea. Ok, not as strange as Superman fighting Muhammad Ali, but right up there with, hmm, I’m not sure what it’s with. Actually, I could see this working. Q was something of a super villain after all.
30 DAYS OF NIGHT #1
Written by Steve Niles, art by Sam Kieth, covers by Kieth, Davide Furno.
Fright-master Steve Niles returns to the creation that launched his career for an all-new 30 Days of Night ongoing series, with warped genius Sam Kieth joining in the bloodletting! A letter from Barrow, Alaska, carries a cryptic warning to a young, curious woman, which leads her down the rabbit hole and face-to-face with her desire... and likely her demise. Elsewhere in Los Angeles, a vampire resurrection ignites, which could threaten the very way of life of all mankind. Features an all-new cast characters being introduced to the world of 30 Days of Night for the first time! 32 pages, $3.99.
Lee: 30DoN is one of those concepts that seems to work better as a series of mini-series, ala BPRD. Especially for an idea like this that doesn’t necessarily have a continuous cast of characters. There does seem to be some push back on the wimpy vampire thing these days. Between this, Boom!’s Dracula story, and American Vampire we starting to get mean & nasty vampires back again.
Thomm: Vampires without biting and killing is just pale immortality. Who wants that? I’ve yet to get on the 30 DoN bandwagon, but American Vampire is great.
H.P. LOVECRAFT: THE DUNWICH HORROR #1
Written by Joe R. Lansdale, art by Peter Bergting.
H.P. Lovecraft is known as one of the key founders of modern horror, cited as a major influence by many prominent authors, such as Stephen King. In collaboration with renowned Lovecraft historian and literary caretaker Robert Weinberg, IDW is bringing you the definitive Lovecraft comics updated for a 21st century audience. This unique series begins by adapting classic Lovecraft tale "The Dunwich Horror" by fright-master Joe R. Lansdale (30 Days of Night: Night, Again) and Peter Bergting (D&D: Dark Sun). The second story brings "The Hound" to life by Weinberg. 32 pages, $3.99
Lee: This certainly has lots and lots of potential. Lansdale is a good horror writer and adept at comics too. Bergting looks to be a strong fantasy artist. AND, it’s Lovecraft. It’s really hard not to like this combination. Not to mention that more stories are going to be adapted later.
Thomm: A very solid group, from origin to adaptation. Lansdale’s always been a bit hit or miss for me, though.
WALLY WOOD'S EC STORIES: ARTIST'S EDITION HC
Written and art by Wally Wood.
The third IDWArtist's Edition (Following Dave Steven's Rocketeer and Walter Simonson's Thor) focuses on one of the all time greatest comic book artists, and at the absolute peak of his creative powers: Wally Wood. EC Comics was quite likely the finest comics line ever produced, and Wally Wood was one of their mainstays who set an incredibly high artistic standard. This volume will contain a wonderful selection of stories in original art form by Wood, including: MY WORLD, CAME THE DAWN, MARS IS HEAVEN, HE WALKED AMONG US, and more. Additionally, there will be a fantastic cover gallery section by Wood. If you've never seen Wood original art, you've never seen Wally Wood! 144 pages, black and white, $125.
Lee: Yes, this is ridiculously expensive but these collections from IDW are really, really nice. It’s almost like owning the page of original art the reproduction is so good. This is Wally Wood doing some of his best work. If you can afford it, it’s worth the investment.
Thomm: I see another addition to Jim’s addiction.
DOCTOR WHO: DAVE GIBBONS COLLECTION HC
Written by Pat Mills, Steve Moore, Steve Parkhouse, John Wagner, art and cover by Dave Gibbons.
Dave Gibbons illustrated a classic run of Doctor Who comics, and this oversized, hardcover book collects them all for the first time! And in full color! Gibbons-drawn strips began appearing in the very first issue of Doctor Who Magazine (then titled Doctor Who Weekly), starring the Fourth Doctor as portrayed by Tom Baker, and Gibbons continued as the primary artist until issue #69, a Fifth Doctor tale. This volume also features an introduction by Gibbons! 372 pages, $50.
Lee: These have been reprinted a couple of times now in tpb format. They are pretty good stories but the main appeal is the Gibbons art. I am curious about the coloring because I think they were originally printed in b&w.
Thomm: I’m never big on other media being adapted to comics. Tom Baker was the Doctor Who when I first watched the show and remains the touchstone for the character for me. I don’t think print quite captures the voice enough for me to spend $50 on this, though.
Just a whee bit too long for one day so we'll finish it tomorrow, or the next maybe.