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‘Previews’ List: September 2016

Previews is a magazine that – you guessed it – previews comic issues that will be coming out in a few months. September will bring some great titles, and I’m hoping to put them in my up-and-coming Pull Boxes.

Just as a note, some of these titles are books, not comics.

Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes

ECCC16-PRINT-TRZPOTA-d0d3e-665x1028Title: Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes
Written by: Tim Seeley and David Walker
Art by: Fernando Dagnino
Published by: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Price: $3.99

Summary: “Raised as brothers but separated by slave traders, Tarzan and heis ape brother Caesar renunite when the war between man and ape takes them from the jungles of the Africa to the center of the earth.”

This concept of this comic sounded really interesting to me. Some crossovers just don’t make any sense to me, but this one seems like a logical leap. No art other than the cover has been revealed for this comic, but I do like it. It’s a mix of surreal and cartoon, but it’s not too glaring or ugly. There isn’t much information about this comic to formulate a real opinion, so hopefully I’ll be able to talk about it more when it comes out.

Archie Archives: The Double Date and Other Stories

9781506700267Title: Archie Archives: The Double Date and Other Stories
Written by: Harry Sahle, Ed Goggin, and Bill Vigoda
Art by: Harry Sahle, Bill Vigoda, and Janice Valleau
Published by: Dark Horse Archives
Release Date: November 9, 2016
Price: $19.99

Summary: “Archie Andrews and his calamitous crew of bosom buddies are some of the best-known characters to ever emerge from the pages of comic books. This beautiful reproduced paperback includes 200-plus pages of hilarious high-school high jinks and wonderful cartooning by the great talents who originally brought Archie to life! Collects stories from Pep Comics #46-#50 and Archie comics #7-#10”

I have never really read much of classic Archie and I don’t own any comics that would get me aquatinted with it. I think that this comic the perfect thing to do that. This book seems like it would be a necessity for any big Archie fan, or it would just make a very interesting coffee table book. This is the kind of book that would be a fun talking point or something your guests could read if you’re out of the room for a moment. Either way, I can’t wait to see some classic Archie and be able to add it to my growing Archie collection.

Cyborg Rebirth #1

Cyborg_Rebirth_Vol_1_1_TextlessTitle: Cyborg Rebirth #1
Written by: John Semper Jr.
Art by: Paul Pelletier, Sandra Hope, and Tony Kordos
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: September 7, 2016
Price: $2.99

Summary: “Victor Stone was once a star athlete and brilliant student with a bright future. But after a tragic accident destroyed over half of his body, Victor was kept alive by merging flesh with advanced technology. Today he is the Justice League co-founder called Cyborg. But is the young hero a man…or a machine that merely believes it’s a man?”

Before I get into the comic, let’s first do a quick explanation of how the DC Rebirth series works.

DC has been putting out two number one issues: the first being the zero zero of the comic and the next one being the actual first. [Insert Character Here] Rebirth #1 is usually the backstory while [Insert Character Here] #1 is the actual first comic. It took me too long to figure this out, and I know I’m not the only one.

There’s only artwork shown is the cover, but it looks so beautiful. I can’t wait to see the artwork for this. DC has really been doing well art-wise (with the exception of Nightwing), and this cover looks absolutely amazing.

Pardon my language, but I’m so fucking excited for this comic. I’ve loved the Teen Titans since I was little, and I still remember the first time I watched it with friends and fell in love with the characters. The fact that Cyborg is getting his own free-standing comic makes me so happy. I already read a Starfire free-standing comic and, as you’ll see later in my list, there’s going to be a Raven one, so a Cyborg comic only makes sense. I hope that this comic shows that Cyborg can do well on his own and cement his own movie in the future.

I can’t wait for this comic to end up in my box!

Teen Titans Rebirth #1

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Title: Teen Titans Rebirth #1
Written by: Benjamin Percy
Art by: Jonboy Meyers
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Price: $2.99

Summary: “The Teen Titans are farther apart than ever before…until Damien Wayne recruits Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, and the new Kid Flash to join him in a fight against his own grandfather Ra’s al Ghul! But true leadership is more than just calling the shots-is Robin really up to the task? Or will the Teen Titans dismiss this diminutive dictator?

I have seen some art for this comic besides the cover, and I’m really excited!

It’s a different style than the other Rebirth comics in that it has a bit of a manga style, where it’s more obvious in some than others. I love how Starfire looks from the few concept arts I’ve seen and everyone overall looks good.

As mentioned before, I love Teen Titans. Based on the summary, this comic sounded a bit like the most recent direct to DVD movie Teen Titans vs Justice Legaue, but after reading it, I realized it was a new concept.

I liked Damien being a part of the team in that movie, but Starfire was the leader of it, so it’ll be interesting to see this concept! I’m excited to read this comic when it comes out.

Raven #1

RAVEN_Cv1Title: Raven #1
Written by: Marv Wolfman
Art by: Alisson Borges
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Price: $2.99

Summary: ” “The White Carnival” part 1! In a tale set between Teen Titans #24 and Teen Titans Rebirth #1, Raven takes a break from the team and moves to San Francisco to say with her estranged aunt and face her most perilous challenge yet: high school! As Raven discovers more about her human side, one of her classmates goes missing under mysterious circumstances, and she must face an evil like none she’s known before.”

Much like with Cyborg and Teen Titans, I’m excited to see what will come of this comic. So far only the cover has been unveiled. The art style is interesting, but I’m not sure what to make of it. I’m not sure if I like it or dislike it yet since it is so different, but I’ll have to see the actual comic to know for sure.

Raven wasn’t a favorite of mine, unlike Starfire who I immediately related to, but I really want to see this story and get into Raven’s mindset a little bit. I’m hoping that this comic will do her justice and won’t be cut short like a lot of the singular character comics that aren’t Batman, Superman, or Wonder Woman.

She Changed Comics

She-Changed-Comics Title: She Changed Comics
Written by: Various. There are over 60 women in different comic fields credited. The whole list can be found at this link!
Published by: Image Comics and CBLDF
Release Date: October 5, 2016
Price: $14.99

Summary: “She Changed Comics is the definite history of the women who changed free expression in comics, with profiles of more than 60 groundbreaking female professionals and interviews with the women who are changing today’s medium, including Raina Telgemeier, Noelle Stevenson, G. Willow Wilson, and more! She Changed Comics also examine the plights of women imprisoned and threatened for making comics and explores the work of women whose work is being banned here in the United States. A must read for all ages, students, and educators.”

If this doesn’t sound like something that belongs on this website, I don’t know what would! As soon as I saw this title in the magazine, I knew I would have to get it and put it on this list. This won’t be going in a Pullbox (since it’s a book), but it definitely will be getting a review all on its own.

Though I know it seems so much like a bad word, I am a feminist, and I do particularly like reading about women working in an industry that is “supposed” to be for men and as such is usually run by men. I can’t wait to see a woman’s perspective about the comic and manga industry.

If anything, this book sounds like it will be an informative and interesting read.

Josie and the Pussycats #1

ea278f49-03f0-42bd-8429-fa77bdea70f2 Title: Josie and the Pussycats #1
Written by: Marguerite Bennett
Art by: Cameron Deordio
Published by: Archie Comics
Release Date: September 28, 2016
Price: $3.99

Summary: “Grab the latest, surefire, top-of-the-charts new Riverdale series! Friends, countrymen, lend me your long tails and ears for hats- the Pussycats are back! In this series kick-off, Josie’s getting the band together to help achieve her dreams of musical stardom. But for the group to last, it needs a strong foundation of friendship and trust. Can the girls get going, or will Alexandra’s plotting put a stop to the whole thing? Don’t miss comics’ supreme songstresses’ return to the limelight in this exciting first issue!

Before I was reading the new Betty and Veronica (which will be in the August Pullbox!), I was really excited for Josie and the Pussycats. Pretty much everything else that has come out from the new wave of Archie comics has been pretty good, but to give a slight spoiler to my reaction, Betty and Veronica was just “eh” at best.

Because of that, I’m worried that Josie will be lackluster.

Josie and the Pussycats is probably my favorite comic series out of all the Archie comics. Three girls forming a band in a small town is a realistic story that can easily be manipulated, but I’m very worried that comic won’t live up to the other Archie comics that are currently out. But from the art to the story summary, it does sound like something good will be coming from this series.

Boo The World’s Cutest Dog

Boo2016-01-Cov-A-Cook-233x350Title: Boo The World’s Cutest Dog
Written by: Kristen Deacon, Audrey Elizabeth, Fernando Ruiz, and Joelle Sellner
Art by: Tony Fleecs, Fernando Ruiz, and Rob Robbins
Published by: Dynamite Entertainment Comics
Release Date: September 7, 2016
Price: $3.99

Summary: “The World’s Cutest Dog comes to comics! He’s Boo, the Pomeranian pup that’s become an internet sensation, and he’s ready for four-color adventures in his first-ever comic book! In this debut issue, Boo and his canine companions Buddy and Blueberry Pie create kitchen chaos when they can’t control their tummy rumblings; our favorite doggie becomes a “Boo-vie star” when he lucks into a Hollywood audition; and finally, Boo celebrates the birthday of adorable eight-year-old Audrey…but the party gets out of hand! Comic readers of all ages will love the whimsical, fun-filled escapades of Boo, the World’s Cutest Dog!”

Sometimes I feel like I’m not a “real” fan of comics. I love Archie comics and my favorite superheroes aren’t the ones that are usually the most popular, but this is one of the comics that makes me debate whether I am a real fan or not.

This is clearly just a kid’s comic, but it does look very adorable. I have a few of the stuffed dogs of this brand because they are so cute, and I love Pomeranians and think they are just so damn adorable.

I like light comics as well as “serious” ones, so I’m hoping that this comic will just be a fun one to read in between DC and Marvel, and it might even be a good read for younger readers that want to get into comics.

Mama Tits Saves the World

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Title: Mama Tits Saves the World
Written by: Charles zan Christensen
Art by: Terry Blas and Various
Published by: Northwest Press
Release Date: September 2016
Price: $5.00

Summary: “Can one Pacific Northwest drag queen prevail in the fight against hate? Writer Charles “Zan” Christensen and artist Terry Blas-along with guest artists Sonya Saturday, Diego Gomez, and Justin Hall-take Seattle’s most famous activist queen to a new level in the new comic book Mama Tits Saves the World!”

Being pansexual, I try to have an active part in the LGBT+ community. I actively look for media made by fellow LBGT+ members, so seeing this in Previews was awesome, as there’s very few LGBT+ comics out there (and they’re hard to find).

This will only be a one shot comic, meaning only one issue will be released, so I’m hoping it will be very awesome. The art from the cover looks really good and it’s based on a real person so I can’t wait to see what happens.

Stay tuned for more comic reviews and previews!

 

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Courtney’s Pull Box: Preview!

I was chatting it up with one of the associates at my local comic book shop, who informed me of a huge magalog (as they call it) called Previews. This big catalog features information about all of the comics and books that will be released within the next few months. I will be adding some of the comics featured in Previews into my pullbox, and here’s a quick preview of said comics before I review them!

Weird Detective:

weird detective 1SynopsisThe streets of New York have been plagued by a pattern of crimes too weird and bizarre for the average detective. Lurking in the evidence are shadows of loathsome horrors from beyond space and time, seeking to usher in the unimaginable evil of the Old Ones. And the only man capable of fighting against the unspeakable terrors isn’t a man at all. Detective Sebastian Greene is one of them—it takes a monster to catch a monster.

Written by: Fred Van Lente
Art by: Guiu Vilanova
Published by: Dark Horse
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Price: $3.99

There is not a lot of art for this one, not online nor in the actual catalog, but from what I’ve seen so far, this art in comic looks really good. The premise of this comic also sounds great – I personally love crime and detective stories! This is going to be a miniseries spanning only five books. I’ve never read the writer’s other works, but I am optimistic and can’t wait to see what this series has to offer. This will also be my first introduction to Dark Horse Comics, which is turning 30-years-old in June. With three decades under their belt, I’m sure that they have at least one or two good stories.

DC Universe Rebirth Special #1

Synopsis“It all begins here. Do not skip to the last page. Do not let a friend or message board ruin this comic for you. The future (and the past) of the DC Universe starts here. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!”

Written by: Geoff Johns
Art by: Various artists, Gary Frank, Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver, and Phil Jimenez
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: May 25, 2016
Price: $2.99

I’m excited but also anxious for the rebirth of the DC universe. I was very disappointed with most of the stories featured in the New 52, especially Starfire’s story, which explained how she met Dick Grayson. A lot of the story arcs weren’t up to par for fans like myself, so I’m holding out hope that Rebirth will give us something much better than its predecessors.

The art for this cover looks amazing, as does the art for all the DC comics featured in Previews. Wonder Woman isn’t very cartoony – she looks like a real woman. Though when it comes to the Titans, they do look more cartoony, which is something that I wanted to see. the artists know when to make things look realistic and when not to.

Though this is probably really silly, I don’t like that little “Don’t let the message boards ruin it for you!” bit in the synoposis. Look… people want to know others’ opinions on the comic before they dive into it, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Everyone complained online about DC’s last remodeling, but they had every right to express their opinion. Be confident in your work, DC.

Batman Rebirth #1

Synopsis“Longtime Batman and Eisner Award-winning writer Scott Synder co-writes with rising-star writer Tom King! EVIL 365: Gotham City faces the threat of the Calender Man!”

Written by: Scott Snyder and Tom King
Art by: Mikel Janin
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: June 1, 2016
Price: $2.99

I am a big fan of Batman, but I will admit that I don’t know a lot about each of his incarnations. I’m pretty excited to read this comic because Batman does kind of look like Batman V Superman‘s Batman (played by Ben Affleck) in this art style. There’s not much information about the actual comic and the writer in the preview, but I do hope that long time Batman fans (and people like myself) will be happy when the new Batman comic arrives at our comic book shops.

Wonder Woman Rebirth #1

Wonder-Woman-rebirthSynopsis: “After suffering an unimaginable loss, Wonder Woman must rebuild her mission as Earth’s ultimate protector and champion. DON’T MISS: New York times best selling writer Greg Rucka returns to Wonder woman with a tale that will forever alter the DC icon.”

Written by: Greg Ruka
Art by: Paulo Siqueira and Liam Sharp
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: June 8, 2016
Price: $2.99

It’s hard to really tell it from this cover, but Wonder Woman looks so good in this comic. I love her costume design and her curls. She looks so amazing and I’m so excited to read this comic. Much like with every other DC character, I hope the writers do her justice, and I am hoping that she isn’t in a relationship with Superman in this one. I don’t know about you guys, but I personally like Wonder Woman single and focused. Either way, I’m really excited about what they are going to do with Wonder Woman, especially when they claim that they are going to alter her forever.

Batman #1

batman-1_0Synopsis” “I AM GOTHAM” Chapter One. No has ever stopped the Caped Crusader. Not The Joker. Not Two-Face. Not even the entire Justice League. But how does Batman confront a new hero who wants to save the city from the Dark Knight? CAN’T MISS: Superstar artist David Finch returns to the Dark Night alongside writer Tom King for this five-part storyline.”

Written by: Tom King
Art by: David Finch and Matt Banning
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Price: $2.99

Much like with the other Batman comic preview, I like the look of this comic. I hope that Batman’s story is well written in Rebirth, as I would hate to see DC release yet another disappointment. Much like with every other comic on this list, DC has not released much information about the actual story. I can only hope that Batman fans like this version.

 

Titans Rebirth #1

b060_-_titans_rebirth_tnsreb_cv1Synopsis“Friends. Teammates. Titans. Donna Troy, Garth, Lilith, and Nightwing were all that and more until a mysterious force erased their memories, forcing them to forget what they could accomplish together. Reunited with their memories returned, the Titans must destroy the interdimensional demon that broke them apart and threatens reality itself.”

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Price: $2.99

This is a version of the Titans that often isn’t seen anymore. With the popularization of Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans (which features the second generation of Teen Titans), the Titans have been more known by general audiences. The designs featured in this preview look really good, which is so surprise: all the characters so far have looked really nice and this one really is no exception. I’m excited for this team up, but I’m hoping that this comic will leave Titan fans with better taste in their mouth after having to deal with the current incarnation of the Teen Titans.

Wonder Woman #1

19.-Wonder-Woman-1Synopsis” “The Lies” Chapter One: Why has the lasso of truth stopped working for the Amazon Princess? Start down the rabbit hole as dark secrets from Wonder Woman’s past unravel her present!”

Written by: Greg Rucka
Art by: Liam Sharp
Published by: DC Comics
Release Date: June 22, 2016
Price: $2.99

There isn’t much of a description, but this preview left me wondering why Wonder Woman’s lasso isn’t working and what else is going on with the Amazonian princess. It’s intriguing, but also scary, because this story may change the basic premise of Wonder Woman and ruin her character. Much like with the other characters in Rebirth, I know I’m not alone in wanting to see a good portrayal of Wonder Woman.

 

She Wolf #1

SheWolf-01_cvrSynopsis: She Wolf is a surreal exploration in horror as the story follows a teenage girl who believes she’s been bitten by a savage werewolf. Soon after she begins to experience feverish nightmares that seamlessly bleed into her reality.

Written by: Rich Tommaso
Art by: Rich Tommaso
Published by: Image Comics
Release Date: June 22, 2016
Price: $3.99

There are a few pages of this comic featured in the Previews book, and from the looks of it, it seems to be really interesting. The main character is supposed to be a real human being, and it’s comforting to see that she actually looks like a person (she actually reminded me a mixture of some of my friends). The art featured in this comic is much different from Marvel and DC in that everything is more sharp and dynamic. Fingers crossed that the full comic is as good as the preview!

 

Sherlock: A Study in Pink #1

Sherlock_Manga_ASIP_01_Cover_ASynopsis: Holmes and Watson tackle brain-teasing crimes in modern-day London in this stunning manga, presented in its original right-to-left reading order, and in the full chapters as originally serialised! Meet Holmes and Watson for the first time…all over again!”

Written by: Steven Moffat
Art by: Jay
Published by: Titan Comics
Release Date: June 8, 2016
Price: $4.99

I love Sherlock Holmes, and as of writing this, I have seen and read almost twenty different versions of the detective. I wasn’t really shocked to see a manga version, and from what I’ve seen so far, the art is very odd – but in a good way. The artist was able to draw two very unique looking men very well in manga form. I joked when I saw the preview for this that Sherlock’s nose is very similar to Pearl’s from Steven Universe. The last manga I read is now older than I am, so I’m really excited to check this one out!

 

Stay tuned for my review of these comics, and leave your own impressions in the comments section!

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Want to get into Comics? Here are Some Tips!

Comics are an interesting medium that anyone can get into – there’s a little something for everyone!

But getting into comics may be confusing and a bit intimidating for some people, especially women. You may be afraid of being mocked for getting into comics or rejected because of your gender (I know I was), or you might not know where to even begin, especially with series that seem to have gone on forever.

I didn’t really get into comics until about two years ago myself, so I understand the struggle that many women face when trying to jump into the comic book world. So if you want to start getting into comics, then I have some tips for you that may help!

Check out Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day occurs annually on the first Saturday in May.  Attending this national event is a great way for you to figure out which series are popular and doing well while simultaneously introducing you to your local comic book stores. These stores usually have a large and varied selection, making it very easy to collect comics and items that you might be interested in. Attending Free Comic Book Day also allows you to see what kind of fandom crowds shop at each local store and what items shopkeepers typically keep in stock. For instance, I prefer a comic book shop that is half an hour away from my location because they tend to keep Archie comics in stock and have a bigger selection of them compared to closer stores that specialize mainly in card games such as Magic the Gathering.

Click here to locate a store that will be participating in the celebration, and click here to see a list of items that store’s will be receiving!

See if your favorite TV show/movie from the past or present has a comic

If you feel more comfortable reading material that includes characters you already know and like, then consider picking up a comic book that corresponds to your favorite TV show or movie.

802549Some of my favorite shows currently on TV have their own comics, including Bob’s Burgers and Doctor Who. The latter has had some amazing stories with different doctors as the leads, and one of the new issues that just came out features the Fourth Doctor!

Many of the shows and movies that we love are based on comics. To be honest, I was first introduced to two of my favorite comic book superheroes after liking their characters in television or movies. I would have never found out about Starfire had I never been introduced to the Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans (2003-2006), and I would have never known about Thor if it wasn’t for the The Avengers (2012), let alone got into his comics.

One of my favorite TV shows as a kid was Sabrina the Teenage Witch (both the animated version from the early 2000s and the Melissa Joan Hart sitcom), was based on a comic as well, a fact I found out while researching Archie comics when I was 10-years-old.

Point is, you never know what series or show has comics! Take a look through Google or your local comic book store – you might be surprised by what you find!

Ask for recommendations

When it comes to recommendations for a great comic, you can always ask someone who likes comics (like me!), or you can check out the staff picks at whichever store you choose to go to. At a good store, the week’s picks are varied, so you will have a few different ideas of what people think are good comics.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help on which comics to read next!

Most shops have pretty friendly staff (or they are supposed to) and they should be able to help you if you need help with finding something that may not be a staff pick. They won’t judge your choice of comics and are usually very happy that more people are getting into the medium.

If all else fails, go explore a store!

Comic stores have displays full of comics and graphic novels for you to check out, so it’s always a good idea to go walking around to see what they have to offer.  If a comic book cover catches your eye, look into that comic more!

You may never know what wonders you’ll find in a comic book unless you open it and dive into it.

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