Shane Talks Previews: July 2009 - Independents
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?