The best part about this month’s Previews is that the back cover is about “Final Crisis”, which DC claims is the biggest event of 2008. What could possibly be huge enough to take primary billing away from an epic of this magnitude?
Why, nothing less than yet some more goddamn McFarlane shit that nobody will buy!
But what will I buy, Best Beloved? And what will I merely make fun of, showing what a hip funnybook purchaser I am? Read on to find out!
Usagi Yojimbo Volume 22: Tomoe’s Story (p. 37) — Meanwhile, amid the Final Skrull Crisis Wars, Stan Sakai just quietly goes on making the best damn comics around.
The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite (p. 45) — Pretty much everyone was colored surprised by the fact that a book written by the dude from My Chemical Romance would be any good. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, so now I’ll grab it myself.
WETA Doctor Who Statues (p. 56) — I love Doctor Who. I spent money on a Dalek-shaped doctor Who-themed Uno set, for goodness sake. And yet, a $300 statue of the Doctor arguing with Davros? No. Hell, I wouldn’t buy a $30 statue of the Doctor arguing with Davros. Lower it to $3 and I would — no, actually, I still wouldn’t buy it.
Reminder: Final Crisis (p. 70) is the biggest event of 2008, and that’s not even qualified as “Comics Event”. There’s also a presidential election in 2008, but unlike Final Crisis, there’s actually a chance that a white man won’t emerge victorious there.
The Spirit #17 (p. 96) — Good clean fun.
Ooh, two Showcase musts! Batman vol 3 and Flash vol 2. I actually could maybe skip the Flash one, since the first volume gave me more than enough utterly brain-dead villains, but I can’t pass up “Flash of Two Worlds”.
Jack Staff #17 (p. 163) — You print it, I’ll buy it.
Runners: The Big Snow Job #1 (p. 214) — I liked the original Runners series (which you can find in handy trade form on page 336), done by local boy Sean Wang. Although I’d prefer a trade, I’ll go ahead and get this as it comes out.
RASL #2 (p. 241) — I don’t know. Maybe I was expecting too much, but I found the first issue to be pretty mediocre. This is one I can wait and see on. If people like it, I’ll get a trade. But I’m not seeing a whole lot of WOO HOO! out there.
Is anything at all in this catalog trying harder (and failing) than this Ninjatown stuff? It starts here on pages 264 and 265 with a $40 stuffed toy called “Geeky Ninja”. The box is labeled “Mint in Box” and the description says he “has a fond appreciation of all things limited run — especially comics, toys, and pop culture at large”. It wants so bad to be the next thing that geeks slap all over their livejournal icons, t-shirts, and messenger bags, but it radiates such sad desperation I just don’t see that happening. But this is geeks we’re talking about; who knows.
Pocket Full of Rain (p. 286) — A collection of short stories from Jason? Why, don’t mind if I do!
Also on this page is a corner ad telling me to go check out “Geeky Ninja”.
Doctor Who #5 (p. 301) — It looks like the artist from the first issue isn’t staying around, and since the art is what I didn’t like, I’ll stay around.
Speaking of Doctor Who, I’d love to have the The World Shapers (p. 321) volume of the collected magazine strips, as it’s Grant Morrison’s Doctor Who comic. But $27 is just an absurd price.
Ho ho! In the corner here on page 333 is Geeky Ninja again! “Geeky Ninja will defeat you in battle and then insult your choice of comics!” Ha ha…ha…heh…sigh. And because for a geek, nothing’s funnier than repeating the same joke ad nauseam, he’s back on page 334. And 351. And 355…
Brickjournal #2 (p. 386) — I’m eagerly awaiting the print copy of issue one that I pre-ordered directly from TwoMorrows. What’s cool is, they also sent me a PDF version of it. It’s pretty cool stuff.
Faith and Choice in the Works of Joss Whedon (p. 409) — Oh, for fuck’s sake.
Disney Traditions: Disney Princess Figurines (p. 524) — Help me out, folks. Is there some subtext here that I’m missing?
Well, that’s more than enough of that.