Shane Talks Previews: July 2009 - Independents

Time for my final (and delayed) post, talking about every company besides DC and Marvel, where I'll tell you all about the comics you aren't paying attention to (but should be anyway!)

POE #1 (BOOM! Studios)

Why Should I Care?: Because anything with Edgar Allan Poe is infinitely more interesting.  Dean Kotz, the artist, is also an incredibly talented local whose art is absolutely perfect for a book like this--you can take a look at some of his samples here.

The Muppet Show: Treasure of Peg Leg Wilson #1 (BOOM! Studios)

Why Should I Care?: Because the first Muppet miniseries BOOM! published was basically hailed as amazing, and this is just the next chapter by the same writer/artist.  BOOM! is doing great with licensed properties right now, and by all indications, this is the best of the bunch.

Creepy Comics #1 (Dark Horse)

Why Should I Care?: Creepy was a rather famous horror anthology published way back when by Warren Publishing, before ultimately dying due to bankruptcy.  After a few failed attempts, the book makes its grand return.  It's a quarterly book, meaning that it isn't a big expense, but for horror fans it's a must.

Noir (Dark Horse)

Why Should I Care?: Remember how I said that Creepy was essential for horror fans?  This is the exact same thing, except for noir fans, and even moreso.  Look at some of the creators attached--Brian Azzarello, Ed Brubaker, David Lapham, M.K. Perker, and more.  A-List talent.  This is going to be great.

Savage Dragon #150 (Image Comics)

Why Should I Care?: Okay, so call me a little kid of the 90's (although to be fair, I had next to no interest in Savage Dragon, apart from watching a few episodes of the cartoon because...I was a kid, it was a cartoon, it was on), but this book?  Good.  Like, really.  Erik Larsen was probably the steadiest creator of the original Image crowd, and he's continued this book all on his own for those many, many years.  He's been trying a lot of new things lately, and the current arc brings the Dragon back to basics, returning him to his cop roots, just as his most famous villain returns.  It's better than standard superhero fare, but will give you the same excitement.

Fallen Angel: Reborn #1 (IDW)

Why Should I Care?: Because Peter David considers Fallen Angel his best work, and here it makes its return.  The plots are complex (but in a good way!), the character work is top-notch, and there's insightful religious commentary without it being overbearing.  The art is incredible, too, painted digitally by the talented J.K. Woodward.  Also, for those interested, it's got Buffyverse stuff.  If you're interested.

Stuff of Legend #1 (Th3rd World Studios)

Why Should I Care?: Because...just look at it.  Adorable and creepy!  What more can you want?


  1. I hadn't noticed the NOIR anthology, so thanks for that. Savage Dragon is kind of an acquired taste, so people unfamiliar with it might want to get a trade or two and check it out. (It's not clear from the solicit whether #150 is a good jumping on point.)

    I do find that other comic creators often cite Dragon as one of their favorite books. (Kurt Busiek is the only one I can think of at the moment, but there are others.)

  2. The recent issue 145 is Savage Dragon's big starting point, and it's also the issue being released for FCBD--however, I'd expect that issue 150 would be fairly accessible, as well. Hopefully. In theory. Maybe?

  3. I agree that Stuff of Legends looks interesting and I'm adding that to my order list. By the way, the publisher of T3rd World comics and artist of Stuff of Legends are speaking at FCBD at Captain Blue Hen this Saturday. I'm planning to go.
    I'm on the same page with you for a lot of these books - - I like Poe but will wait and see if it comes out in a trade. Same with Fallen Angel: Rebirth - - I'll wait for a trade. I've got the original Fallen Angel IDW issues and starting ordering them in trades from the Shi story arc on. I'm also ordering Creepy #1 and the Noir anthology.
    So, of the 7 books you're ordering I'm considering 5 of them (picking up 3 now and watching the other 2). I think we like the same thing in independents . . . . mike


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