Thursday, July 03, 2008

Image Preview Review for September

Jim: Image has to be the most eclectic publisher of graphic stories at this point. You never know who will have a project there and there is always something that has a great premise or creators or both. Let’s see what this month has to offer.
Lee: In my opinion, Image is passing DH as the best publisher outside of the big two. They have so much to offer it’s really nice to look through their previews every month.

BACK TO BROOKLYN #1 Written by Garth Ennis and Jimmy Palmiotti, art and cover by Mihailio Vukelic and Palmiotti, variant cover by Phil Noto. Bob Saetta made the biggest mistake of his life by pissing off his brother, one of the biggest and most brutal crime bosses in New York City. This is the story of two brothers at war, wrapped in a special package of extreme language and hardcore violence. A five-issue adrenaline ride that rips the roof off Brooklyn is criminal underworld! 32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 24.
Jim: Garth never takes a break and has projects with almost everyone anymore except the big two. Garth does seem to have some anger issues as the violence level in his stories seems to be even higher then normal for him. Not really sure if I need to see another book like this from Garth.
Lee: That’s what I like about Ennis. There is never any doubt about what you are getting. Extreme violence. Extreme language. Extreme everything. If you like it, then it’s great otherwise you can’t say you weren’t warned.

DEAD AHEAD #1 Written by Clark Castillo and Mel Smith, art and cover by Alex Nino and Moose Baumann. "Water, Water, Everywhere!" On a restless ocean, a group of weary survivors contemplate their grim fortune: What had started out as a fun little fishing trip soon turns into a nightmare of damnation, trapped on a floating prison. The continents have been hit by a plague that has turned humanity into living corpses - leaving our castaways at sea to fend for themselves! With provisions low, hope comes in the form of a luxury liner sailing into view on the horizon. All they needed to survive would be on board, but who among them has what it takes to find out what happened to its crew and passengers? 24 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 17.
Jim: I think Zombie stories are now holding a firm #2 in most popular genres in comic books. Amazingly I have found many of them highly entertaining. I’ll be checking this one out.
Lee: I love the fact that Alex Nino is back making comics again. He has such a great style. Add some ever popular zombies and I’m sold too.

FOUR EYES #1 Written by Joe Kelly, art and cover by Max Fiumara. Brooklyn 1930. America struggles in the grip of the Great Depression, and ten-year-old Enrico is willing to make any sacrifice to take care of his mother. Even if it means taking a job in the one place he’s forbidden to go – the ring of fire where dragons are trained and fought for cash and glory. 24 pages, black and white, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 24. Max can be found here
Jim: Oh look a comic with Lee’s nickname as the title. Joe Kelly is more miss then hit for me, but this premise sound too cool to pass up.
Lee: HA HA HO HO a joke from Jim. Hold on, I’m not sure I can comment my sides hurt from laughing too much. There seems to be lots of depression era and demons/dragons stories these days. Didn’t Oni do one not that long ago? I’ll wait and see what Jim has to say about this. HA HA, sorry but I just remember Jim’s humor and it made me laugh again.

13 CHAMBERS Written by Christopher "mink" Morrison, art by Denis Medri, cover by Paolo Parente. After Abraham Lincoln's death, one of President Jackson's first orders was to disband the 13 Marshals: a secret group of lawmen operating with complete federal authority. Set in a fantasy 1860s, 13 Chambers is the story of the 13th Marshal and his Presidential mission to retrieve all 13 Territory Peace Keeper pistols and return them to Washington D.C. for retirement. All is well until he reaches a small town in four corners where an insane mining baron named York has killed the 12th Marshal and stolen his pistol. The 13th Marshal must get the pistol back at all costs and bring York to justice or die trying. 48 pages, $6.99, in stores on Sept. 24.Can’t read a single thing on his blog but he’s got previews, visit Medri here
Jim: I would credit Helen Killer with getting me to look at these type of premises with a more open mind. I also like that it appears to be a one and done. $7 for 48 pages is a little step, but we will say yes to this one.
Lee: Now this sounds far more interesting than four eyes… ha ha ho ho, there’s that joke again. Keep’em coming Jim!... ANYWAY, I’m not sure what the “Peace Keeper Pistol” is but I’m guessing it’s not an ordinary gun. Plenty of mystery and cool premise. This does sound good. AND, just for the record, Jim complained about Nick Fury’s gun in Secret Invasion but doesn’t complain about the gun on this cover! Double standard or just gun envy? You decide.

RED ROCKET SEVEN TP Written, art and cover by Michael Allred. This is the story of Red Rocket Seven: The entire history of rock n roll as seen through the eyes of the seventh clone of a man from a distant world. RR7 rubs shoulders with every legend from the birth of rock in the '50s, through the British invasion of the '60s, through the advent of Heavy Metal and Glam rock in the '70s, the New Wave of the '80s, the Grunge Rock and Indie/Alt. scene in the '90s, and into the new millennium! This special edition is busting out with special features, plus rare and new art. 208 pages, $49.99, in stores on Sept. 24.
Jim: Mike Allred is pretty much a love him or hate him as a writer. I’m up and down on his art, but his skill is undeniable. No matter what, Mike is a unique voice in comics and I’m sure his fans will love this book.
Lee: WHAT? $50 for a tpb! This has to be a typo because that’s ridiculous. And, Red Rocket Seven was released as a $10 trade back in late 90’s / early ‘00’s. Go find that for a lot less if you are really interested.

ELEPHANTMEN #18 Written by Richard Starkings, art by Marian Churchland, cover by J. Scott Campbell and Boo Cook, flip cover by Marian Churchland. "Bad Girl." Hiromi Kiyoko -- Miki -- is intent on finding out Hip Flask's deepest darkest secrets... but Miki and her mother, Keiko, have some secrets of their own. 32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 17.
Jim: The return of I’m embarrassed to be a fanboy cover. True story I had this cover up on my computer and a female co-worker asks why I was looking at soft porn at work. She was only half joking. I told it was a comic cover and she said “Oh animated porn..” A step lower.
Lee: It’s a sad day when you can’t even look at animated po… I mean comic books at work anymore. Sad day indeed!

DARK IVORY #4 Written by Joseph Michael Linsner and Eva Hopkins, art and cover by Linsner. “THE LAST BEAT OF MY HEART”The first DARK IVORY miniseries climaxes in an explosion of fire & blood. Old family secrets are exposed, and the true nature of the Vampiric aristocracy is revealed. Dark Ivory learns what is means to have blue blood. To quote her friend Samson, “Some people should die…” Some will.SEPTEMBER 10 - 32 PAGES - FC - $2.99
Lee: BUT, I have to disagree with Jim on the EtbF cover. It’s just not fair to the other cheese artists when Linsner puts out a book. And, he has outdone himself this month.
Jim: I’m missing why Lee thinks this cover is so much worse then any Lisner cover.

DEAR DRACULA HC Written by Joshua Williamson, art and cover by Vicente "Vinny" Navarette.A young boy named Sam loves scary movies, especially the ones with Dracula! This year, instead of writing to Santa for Christmas, Sam writes to Dracula, asking the vampire king if he can become a real vampire for Halloween! Sam is in for a surprise as the most famous vampire himself comes to visit!
48 pages, $7.99, in stores on Sept. 10. Previews here
Lee: Speaking of fun reads this just sounds good. It’s got a nice whimsical touch that I really enjoy.
Jim: It sounds cute, but nothing that I want to read.

PROOF #12 Written by Alex Grecian, art and cover by Riley Rossmo. "Thunderbirds Are Go," part three. The last Chinese Ink Monkey fights for its life against a rogue fairy. The Lodge will be changed forever. 32 pages, $2.99, in stores on Sept. 24.
Jim: This book has continued to survive and I have really enjoyed it a lot. If you have not tried it out, please do. I also choose this issue because I loved the cover.
Lee: OW OW OW it hurts. I have “snide comment” block. I really, really want to say something stupid but I can’t think of anything REALLY REALLY stupid. I mean I can do generic stupid but that’s not what I’m looking for. Jim lobs me a softball Monkey cover and I got nothin’. I’m so embarrassed. Not as much as I am by that Linsner cover but I am.

M-THEORY #1 Written by Dwight L. MacPherson and Bruce Brown, art by Mike Barentine, cover by Thomas Boatwright. "The Fear." In this thrilling premier episode, a government scientist receives a startling transmission of extraterrestrial origin! A promising college student makes a terrifying discovery! And a group of deep space explorers encounter a shocking nemesis at the outer limits of our galaxy! 32 pages, $3.50, in stores on Sept. 17.
If you want to see how this team works together visit their web comic Jim Reaper here
Jim: This book was such an easy yes, because I trust Dwight MacPherson, then the premise sounds like fun.
Lee: Dwight hasn’t failed us yet so all his material goes on the buy list. And, it looks to be a winner in the art department too. Visit the link to see more…

MADAME MIRAGE VOL. 1 TRADE PAPERBACK Written by Paul Dini, art and cover by Kenneth Rocafort.From the magical mind of Paul Dini (Countdown, Detective Comics) comes a new, original femme fatale story that combines elements of film noir, tech, and superhero comics. Superbly drawn by rising star Kenneth Rocafort (Hunter-Killer), this volume collects Season 1 of this amazing story, a cover gallery, and insightful behind-the-scenes material, plus an all-new cover by Rocafort!
176 pages, $14.99.
Lee: I remember making fun of this when it came out but then it actually got some pretty good reviews. Did anyone every get all the issues? I’m thinking of making the investment and jumping on the bandwagon.
Jim: I think this will read much better as a trade. Overall the delays between issues really hurt this book, but as a trade I’m betting it will be a better story.

The spotlight shines on Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri in this very special art collection. Silvestri's career blossomed during runs on Uncanny X-Men and Wolverine and in the early 1990s, he revolutionized the comics industry when he co-founded Image Comics and created such hit properties as Cyberforce, Witchblade, and The Darkness. This oversized art book, offered now in softcover, showcases some of Silvestri's favorite, most popular, and most iconic images from his illustrious career.
96 pages, $19.99
Lee: Hummmm, a Marc Silverstri art book. I really need to go back and look at his X-men work. I know love his period on the book, but I remember not liking his art all that much. Then again, his art has changed a lot (based on this cover alone!) so it might be worth looking at. This is definitely a case of “Wish my store would get one so I could flip through it”
Jim: An art book by Silverstri is an easy pass for me. It takes a very special artist for me to just want an art book from them and Silverstri is not in that class for my taste.

Jim: Image really has a broad range of books and the above was only a few of their selections. Image really puts out a lot of different stuff. I think for the most part they just help to package and promote books, but still it is place to get noticed and often launch a career.
Lee: Image really is a great place with some great offerings. As always it’s fun to look at their upcoming material.

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