Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Current Comics Report for 7/13

This is a report about what I think about the comics of this week, based upon Diamond's Shipping This Week list, as reprinted below, with my (sometimes quite snarky, so be forewarned) comments.

Certain sections of the Current Report on the 7/13 Comic Book Week contain forward-looking statements that are based on my expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions. Words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate” and variations of these words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which include but are not limited to projections of books being good, writing performance, character flaws, artistic coolness and continued title stability.

Forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Prognasticators Reform Act of 1995, as amended. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual future results and trends may differ materially from what is forecast in forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation:
  • A book being better than I thought it would be;

  • A different creative team on a book;

  • A different type of story than I thought it was;

  • Differences in anticipated and actual performance by the writer and/or artist
All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this report or, in the case of any document incorporated by reference, the date of that document.All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to me are qualified by the cautionary statements in this section...

Shipping This Week: July 13, 2005

DARK HORSE

APR050036 BERSERK VOL 8 TP (MR) $13.95
MAY050042 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL #103 (MR) $2.99
MAY050041 MAN WITH THE SCREAMING BRAIN #3 (OF 4) $2.99
MAY050017 MICHAEL CHABON PRESENTS ADV O/T ESCAPIST #7 $8.95

Hint to any future comic writer who wants to work with lots of famous artists - win a Pulitzer Prize.

It seems to help your bargaining power.

APR050089 QUIMBY THE MOUSE WOODEN TOY (RES) $29.99
MAY050013 SERENITY CASSADAY CVR #1 (OF 3) $2.99
MAY050014 SERENITY HITCH CVR #1 (OF 3) $2.99
MAY050015 SERENITY J G JONES CVR #1 (OF 3) $2.99

It is funny, but I can't seem to get angry about these alternate covers because I am a fan of the property.

In addition, having Hitch, Cassaday and JG Jones do alternate covers is a fair bit different than having a "exta gory cover" or "wraparound nudity"!

APR050061 STAR WARS TALES #24 $5.99
APR050062 STAR WARS TALES PHOTO CVR #24 $5.99

IS this the last issue of this series?

That is too bad, there's been some good stuff in this series.

APR050059 SUPER MANGA BLAST #53 (MR) $5.99
MAR050052 TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN HOW TO BE HAPPY TP $12.95

DC COMICS

MAY050288 100 BULLETS #62 (MR) $2.75
MAY050214 ACTION COMICS #829 $2.50

I think this issue will have its legs cut out from it by the events of OMAC Project #3.

We already know what's going on!!!

MAY050190 ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN THE BOY WONDER #1 $2.99

How does DC get away with making the covers EQUAL allotments?!?!

APR050374 APPLESEED VOL 1 (MR) $12.99
MAY050195 BATMAN #642 $2.50

Drop all plotlines, more War Games stuff!!!

MAY050255 BATMAN STRIKES #11 $2.25
MAY050223 BREACH #7 $2.50
MAY050276 DESOLATION JONES #2 (MR) $2.99

I predict that people who think Ellis is repeating hero-types might not appreciate it, but I for one dig the vibe he gives out with this comic. Surprisingly mellow and sweet.

MAY050293 FABLES #39 (MR) $2.75
JAN050384 FLASH VS GORILLA GRODD STATUE $195.00

They first tried to make a statue of Turner's Supergirl, but the top of the statue kept breaking off...too much weight, and not enough support in the middle.

MAY050267 FROM EROICA WITH LOVE VOL 4 $9.99
MAY050228 GREEN ARROW #52 $2.50

I estimate that Black Lightning will be grim and gritty in this issue, like he's MEANT to be (sarcasm alert)!!

MAY050233 HAWKMAN #42 $2.50
MAY050235 JLA #116 $2.50

In this issue, we learn that Martian Manhunter's cape buckles also work as coasters.

In addition, we learn that the Red in Flash's costume is lukewarm to the touch, while the yellow is like jello.

And Green Arrow's hat? It is lined with tin foil to keep from being brain-wiped.

MAY050260 MAD MAGAZINE #456 $3.99
MAY050278 MAJESTIC #7 $2.99
MAY050297 MNEMOVORE #4 (OF 6) (MR) $2.99
MAY050204 NIGHTWING #110 $2.50

I am no Devin Grayson fan, but even I have a problem with Villains United crouching in on her (admittedly silly) storyline.

MAY050299 PREACHER VOL 4 ANCIENT HISTORY TP NEW EDITION (MR) $14.99
MAY050301 PREACHER VOL 6 WAR IN THE SUN TP NEW EDITION (MR) $17.99
MAY050300 PREACHER VOL 7 SALVATION TP NEW EDITION (MR) $17.99
MAY050245 RANN THANAGAR WAR #3 (OF 6) $2.50

This and Return of Donna Troy have a nice "imcomprehensible storytelling" contest going on.

Donna Troy #2 was a big improvement, storytelling-wise.

Will Rann/Thanagar #3 match?!?

MAY050265 SCOOBY DOO #98 $2.25
MAY050251 SEVEN SOLDIERS GUARDIAN #3 (OF 4) $2.99

This book will be cool.

APR050325 SUPERMAN BATMAN VOL 3 ABSOLUTE POWER HC $19.99
APR050359 WONDER WOMAN #218 $2.50

A Countdown to Infinite Crisis tie-in!

Just in time!

MAY050306 Y THE LAST MAN VOL 5 RING OF TRUTH TP (MR) $14.99

IMAGE

MAY051543 ARMOR X #4 $2.95

Anyone else reading this?

MAY051527 BODY BAGS FATHERS DAY #1 (OF 2) (MR) $5.99
DEC041519 CHOLLY & FLYTRAP #4 (OF 4) $5.95

I think that this is one of the more "out of the box" comics of recent months...I just don't know if that's a GOOD thing.

MAY051595 CITY OF HEROES #3 $2.99

This book sounds right up Troy Hickman's alley, so it is good to know he's getting the next crack at it.

MAR051740 DALE KEOWN DARKNESS #18 LITHO SGN $29.99

Still looking for presents for upcoming summer weddings?

Look no further!

MAY051588 FRESHMEN LINSNER CVR #1 $2.99
MAY051587 FRESHMEN MIGLIARI CVR #1 $2.99
MAY051589 FRESHMEN PEREZ CVR #1 $2.99

Question...how big of a celebrity do you have to be to have a comic launch based on your name?

Would Jason Ritter be famous enough?

How about J. August Richards?

I wonder about these things so that you don't have to.

MAY051531 GUNCANDY #1 (OF 2) (MR) $5.99
MAY051562 HERO CAMP #3 (OF 4) $2.95

This is it, the ever important "rubber issue." #1 was not so good, #2 was super cool...what will happen to #3!??!

APR051679 INVINCIBLE #24 $2.99
FEB051643 KEU CHA PIRATE DARKNESS LITHO SGN $29.99

Hmmm...this is a tough one. Which to buy? Which one did the bride and groom register for?

APR051668 RIDE VOL 1 TP $9.99
MAY051572 SHADOWHAWK #3 $2.99
APR051661 SMALL GODS SPECIAL #1 $2.95
MAR051705 WALKING DEAD #20 (MR) $2.99

This issue is going to rock so much.

FEB051575 ZOMBIE KING #0 (MR) $2.95

How does Brian Pulido NOT have a Zombie book out?!!?

MARVEL

MAY051833 AVENGERS GRUMMETT POSTER $5.95
APR051975 ESSENTIAL AVENGERS VOL 1 TP NEW PRINTING $16.99
MAY051831 ESSENTIAL KILLRAVEN VOL 1 TP $16.99

What Killraven is exactly MISSING from this TP?

APR051974 ESSENTIAL THOR VOL 1 TP NEW PRINTING $16.99
MAY051785 GRAVITY #2 (OF 5) $2.99

I estimate that McKeever will give us another fun issue of superheroing.

MAY051767 HERCULES #4 (OF 5) $2.99

When you think about it, Frank Tieri is really the closest we've ever come to basically a messageboard poster writing comics.

MAY051829 MARVEL KNIGHTS 4 VOL 3 DIVINE TIME TP $14.99

While the art is not great, I believe this is one of the finest superhero comic writing we have right now.

MAY051780 MARVEL NEMESIS IMPERFECTS #3 (OF 6) $2.99

I sure hope Greg Pak did not sign an exclusive with Marvel to write stuff like this book.

MAY051741 MUTOPIA X #1 (OF 5) $2.99

Will Hine use this as his last chance at Marvel or as a fond farewell as he moves on to Spawn?

MAR051905 NEW AVENGERS #7 $2.25

Two issues within a month of each other?! I cannot fathom this!

JAN058021 NEW AVENGERS NEAL ADAMS VARIANT #7 $2.25

When do you think the variants will stop?

Place your bets, place your bets!

MAY051791 NEW THUNDERBOLTS #10 $2.99

I predict we will get more clues that I am right, only serving to irritate me more when it turns out that Nicieza is screwing me by making it someone else!

MAY051790 NEW WARRIORS #2 (OF 6) $2.99

The art on New Warriors - what say you? Yay or nay?

MAY051801 NYX #6 (MR) $2.99
MAY051810 PUNISHER #23 (MR) $2.99
MAY051758 SPIDER-MAN BREAKOUT #4 (OF 5) $2.99
MAY051759 TOXIN #4 (OF 6) $2.99

I predict that this will continue to be amazingly good for a comic about the spawn of the spawn of Venom.

MAY051750 ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #21 $2.50
APR058305 ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR VARIANT ED #21 (PP #676) $2.50

This universe crossover is intriguing, because it makes sense...Marvel and DC have traded places!!!

Marvel has House of M comics available for reorder.

DC "sells out" of every Infinite Crisis tie-in.

Marvel lets retailers pick which cover they want.

DC forces them to take half of their order with a less sellable cover.

Marvel is #2.

DC is #1.

Creeepy.

MAY051798 ULTIMATE MARVEL FLIP MAGAZINE #2 $3.99
MAY051799 ULTIMATE TALES FLIP MAGAZINE #2 $3.99

Does anyone's comic store sell these?

MAY051754 ULTIMATE X-MEN #61 $2.50
APR058296 ULTIMATE X-MEN COIPEL VARIANT #61 (PP #675) $2.50
MAY051826 ULTIMATE X-MEN VOL 11 MOST DANGEROUS GAME TP $9.99

I like the price point.

MAY051803 WEAPON X DAYS OF FUTURE NOW #1 (OF 5) $2.99
MAY051822 X-MEN GOLGOTHA TP $12.99
MAY051809 X-MEN THE END HEROES AND MARTYRS #5 (OF 6) $2.99

WIZARD

MAY052336 TOYFARE MARVEL HOUSE OF M CVR #97 $4.99

COMICS

APR052509 AC SUPERHERO MARATHON PACK $24.50
MAY052380 ACTOR TEEN TITANS #20 SGN $19.99
MAY052381 ACTOR WHAT IF GENERAL ROSS HAD BECOME THE HULK SGN $19.99

No mocking for Actor!

Actor is cool.

MAY052828 ANGEL THE CURSE #2 (OF 5) $3.99

I did not like #1, so I estimate that I will not like #2.

APR052631 ASSASSIN #1 $4.95
MAY052894 BANANA SUNDAYS #1 (OF 4) $2.99

This sounds just quirky enough to give it a try!

APR052641 BETTY & VERONICA DIGEST #158 $2.39
APR052931 BRONTES INFERNAL ANGRIA #1 (OF 3) $4.00
APR052743 BRUNNERS CARNAL DELIGHTS #1 (A) $9.95
MAY052624 BRUNNERS CARNAL DELIGHTS ALICE CVR #1 (A) $9.95

Wow...Frank Brunner sure likes his erotica.

A whole BOOKFUL of it!

MAY052741 CANVAS ONE SHOT (MR) (O/A) $9.95
APR052745 CARNAL COMICS BLONDE BABES MULTI PACK (A) $9.95
APR053235 CHEEKY ANGEL VOL 7 GN $9.95
APR052971 COMPLETE JON SABLE FREELANCE VOL 2 HC $39.99
MAY052830 DAMPYR #4 NOCTURNE IN RED $7.99

Nice art, but a bit pricey.

MAR052820 DELETE #2 (RES) $2.99
APR053259 DESCENDANTS OF DARKNESS VOL 6 GN $9.99
APR052554 DEVILS KEEPER #1 (NOTE PRICE) $0.75
MAR052849 DF BATMAN SCARECROW YEAR ONE #1 SGN $29.99
APR052849 DF HOUSE OF M #1 SGN $19.99
MAR052838 DF MONSTER WAR FOIL CVR #2 $10.00

Did they make this book up?

Oh wait..is this the Tomb Raider one?

MAR052862 DF NEW AVENGERS #2 DOUBLE SGN $49.99
MAR052871 DF PHOENIX ENDSONG #1 & #2 SGN SET $49.99
MAR052869 DF ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #19 SGN $19.99
MAR052876 DF ULTIMATE IRON MAN DLX SGN ED #1 $49.99
MAR052853 DF VILLAINS UNITE #1 SGN $19.99

Now they're even giving them special copies with different titles!

When will it stop!?!?

FEB052770 DF WANTED KILLER REVEALED LTD ED FOIL CVR #6 SGN (MR) $29.99
APR052857 DF WOLVERINE #26 ROMITA SGN $19.99
JAN052657 DORK TOWER #31 $2.99
JAN052658 DR BLINK SUPERHERO SHRINK #2 $3.49
MAY052459 EIKEN VOL 1 GN (MR) $9.99
MAY052854 FAIRY DREAMS & WET MEMORIES (A) (O/A) $14.95

Best comic title ever.

MAR053007 FATHOM #12 MICHAEL TURNER SIGNED HOLOCHROME ED $19.99
MAR052474 FEMFORCE #132 $6.95
MAR053284 FLAME OF RECCA VOL 12 TP $9.99
APR053261 FROM FAR AWAY VOL 5 GN $9.99
APR058266 GI JOE #0 2ND PTG (PP #674) $2.95

I estimate that this comic needed a less cartoony artist.

APR053270 HERE IS GREENWOOD VOL 5 GN $9.99
MAY052746 HOLY MOLY (MR) (O/A) $4.95
MAY052855 HORNY BIKER SLUTS VOL 1 TP NEW PTG (A) $19.95
FEB052936 HURRAH SAILOR VOL 1 GN (OF 2) $9.95
APR052645 JUGHEADS DOUBLE DIGEST #114 $3.59
MAR052936 LACKLUSTER WORLD #3 (MR) $3.95

This comic from Eric Adams sounds interesting, I just wish I could find a copy of #1 first...

APR052548 LEGEND OF ISIS #2 $2.99
MAR052920 LIVING WITH ZOMBIES #3 (MR) $2.50

Seriously, Pulido has not yet had a zombie book?!?

What is KEEPING him?!!?

MAY052748 LIZARD ZEN (MR) (O/A) $9.95
MAY052891 MAX HAMM FAIRY TALE DETECTIVE VOL 1 TP $14.95

Eisner nominee!

This comic is quite cool looking!

MAY053063 MIDDLEMAN #1 (OF 4) $2.95
APR052616 NEW REALMS OF SORCERY MIKE HOFFMAN SKETCHBOOK W SGN PRINT $16.95
MAY052446 NIGHTMARES & FAIRY TALES VOL 2 BEAUTIFUL BEASTS TP $14.95
APR052573 NIGHTMARES AND FAIRY TALES #13 (MR) $2.95

This series is intriguing, and I like that the trade comes out when the latest storyline starts.

Smart planning!

APR052547 PAKKINS LAND VOL 2 #3 $2.99
APR052549 PENNY & AGGIE #2 (OF 4) $2.99
MAY052754 PIN-UP ART OF BILL WENZEL (MR) $18.95
APR053278 PLOT SECRET STORY OF PROTOCOLS OF THE ELDERS OF ZION $19.95
DEC042703 POPO CAN VOL 1 GN $9.95
APR052647 SABRINA VOL 2 #68 $2.25

I estimate that this will be good.

APR053253 SAIKANO VOL 5 GN (MR) $9.95
MAY052460 SAMURAI MAN VOL 1 GN (MR) $9.99
APR053254 SEXY VOICE AND ROBO VOL 1 GN $19.99
APR052592 SHRIEK SHOW MARK OF SHADOW #2 (MR) $2.99
MAY052447 SILENT DANCE GN $14.95

Matteo Casali had a decent Catwoman fill-in arc.

I predict that this story will be interesting.

MAY052765 SILKY WHIP #7-12 SET (A) (O/A) $20.00
MAY052766 SILKY WHIP EXTREME #1-7 SET (A) (O/A) $24.00
MAY052764 SILKY WHIP VOL 1 TP (A) (O/A) $16.95
APR052961 SMOKE #2 (OF 3) $7.49

What did you folks think of Harvey Jerkwater's first review here, about #1?

APR052649 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #151 $2.25
MAR053008 SOULFIRE #1 JAY CO VARIANT (O/A) $12.99
MAR052724 SOULSEARCHERS #72 $2.50
MAY052893 STRANGE DETECTIVE TALES DEAD LOVE #1 (OF 3) (MR) $3.95

With this AND the fairy tale detective out, you have every detective angle covered!!

MAR052939 UNIVERSE OF LIBERATORE HC $19.95
APR052893 USAGI YOJIMBO VOL 4 SC $16.95
APR053277 W JULIET VOL 5 GN $9.99
MAY053044 WAHOO MORRIS VOL 2 #1 (MR) $2.75
MAR053010 WITCHBLADE WWLA LTD DIGITIALLY PAINTED ED $24.99
MAR053009 WITCHBLADE WWLA LTD SKETCH ED $19.99
MAR053011 WITCHBLADE WWLA LTD SKETCH S/N ED $29.99

Digitally painted is almost as much as a sketch SIGNED!

My world is upside down!!!!

FEB052975 WYATT EARP DODGE CITY #2 $2.95

I really liked My Darling Clementine.

Wyatt Earp is a great freakin' cowboy.

Well, that's it for me!

Feel free to share your thoughts, or just check back to see how wrong I was about everything!!

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6 Comments:

Blogger David Lee said...

I suspect that Evil Ernie counts as Pulido's zombie series. He was ahead of the pack.

7/13/2005 03:29:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Silly David...you and your "logic" and "facts."

7/13/2005 06:50:00 PM  
Blogger Lex said...

Wow. Marvel and DC really have traded places haven't they? *shudder* Man, that's creepy.

Another creepy thing: I, as previous die-hard Marvel hater have been finding more fun books at Marvel than at DC lately. Wonder why?

7/13/2005 08:46:00 PM  
Blogger Brad Curran said...

"MAY051798 ULTIMATE MARVEL FLIP MAGAZINE #2 $3.99
MAY051799 ULTIMATE TALES FLIP MAGAZINE #2 $3.99

Does anyone's comic store sell these?"

A good little shop in what resembles the big city around here had a few copies of the Brubaker Captain America/New Avengers one mixed in with the new comics. I didn't see any at the large store in the area, though, and they usually have everything Marvel and DC publish, give or take a sell out here or there.

7/13/2005 10:52:00 PM  
Blogger Troy Hickman said...

Thanks for the kind words, Brian. The City of Heroes gig has been fun to write. Hopefully that will come through in the comics. Again, thanks!

Troy

7/17/2005 11:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Eric Adams said...

MAR052936 LACKLUSTER WORLD #3 (MR) $3.95
This comic from Eric Adams sounds interesting, I just wish I could find a copy of #1 first...


It may be hard to find in your local shop, but you can always find a copy here...
http://store.lacklusterworld.com/

-Eric Adams

7/24/2005 12:06:00 AM  

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