Okay, I’m not kidding around this time. This month’s Previews is chock-full of goody goodness! It is so big, and my budget so small! And since a lot of what I’m looking at is trades of previously released material, I need advice on whether that material is worth getting.
Also, as usual, point me to good things I’m overlooking.
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So, here’s what I’m looking at:
Concrete: Strange Armor TPB (Dark Horse) — I’m sort of getting these Concrete trades. That is, I got the first one and added the rest to my Amazon wish list. I’ll probably do the same with this one. I like Concrete.
Usagi Yojimbo TPB vol 20 (Dark Horse) — I’ve always depended on the kindness of TJs to supply me with Usagi, but dammit, I should be getting it for real. Usagi rules.
BPRD – The Black Flame TPB (Dark Horse) — Definitely a getter.
Showcase Presents: Elongated Man vol 1 (DC) — Don’t know much about this guy except his wife was in the news last year. These are almost always a solid value, though. Yea or nay?
Astro City: Samaritan Special (DC) — I didn’t really like the first arc of The Dark Age, but this seems more of what I want.
Manifest Eternity (DC) — Definitely a wait for the trade if a get at all, but does anyone know if it should even be on my radar in the first place?
Top Ten: Beyond the Farthest Precinct TPB (DC) — I loved the original Top Ten series. I’m guessing this isn’t exactly as good, but is it nearly so? Or will it merely make me want to re-read instead the original?
Sloth (DC) — Gilbert Hernandez! But…hardcover? I think not. Anyone know if this will eventually come out in softcover?
Fear Agent TPB (Image) — Ten bucks for a TPB isn’t bad, even if it’s only four issues. But is the series any good? Has anyone checked it out?
Jack Staff #12 (Image) — Ah, the cruel tease that is soliciting Jack Staff continues. Hasn’t this issue already failed to come out, or is this a new issue that will fail to come out?
Skyscrapers of the Midwest #2 (AdHouse) — I got the first issue and was kinda unmoved by it. Is it something you’d say I should stick with?
Robotika #4 (Archaia) — I like the artwork. I’ll finish the series out.
Flight vol 3 (Ballantine) — I loved the first two volumes. It’s pricey, but in my opinion worth it.
Little White Mouse Omnibus Edition (Cafe Digital) — I enjoyed the miniseries’ I got of this a long time ago, but man, between this and Flight there’s half my budget gone.
Digital Manga Publishing — I’m gonna put out a magazine for fans of their manga and it’ll be called “WISPY”.
Action Philosophers: The People’s Choice (Evil Twin) — As if I wouldn’t get this.
Dragon Head vol 3 (House of Milky) — I liked the first volume and I’m grabbing the second today.
Hikaru No Go vol 7 (Viz) — Again, an automatic getter.
Fortean Times #211 & 212 (Magazine) Hooray! TWO issues solicited for TWICE the budget-straining! No, I’m still not subscribed yet.
You can see why I’m having so much trouble! Any help whittling that down will make you eligible for an amazing prize.
But let’s Be Here Now (or at least at the comic shop soon) and look at what’s coming in today! There’s the aforementioned Dragon’s Head vol 2, in which we explore further the mystery of the wrecked train; there’s East Coast Rising, Becky Cloonan’s comic about, like, pirates or something; Banana Sunday TPB, in which monkeys are funny; and there’s
which is by Kevin Huizenga and therefore makes the world a better place.
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