Saturday, August 6, 2016

August PREVIEWS Pre-Order Picks: DARK HORSE, DC, DYNAMITE

EDITOR’S NOTE:  This is the third consecutive month where we take a look at the monthly PREVIEWS catalog and highlight the books we feel should be added to your pre-order list.  In order to keep the list as short as possible (Just imagine how tough that can be!), we focus on new titles or first volume collections only.  

Your local comic shop depends on your pre-orders to help prevent shortages or overstocks.  Since business reality makes it impossible for a local comic shop to order some of everything, they need you to tell them what you want to see. Please give it a try. 

 Pick up a copy of the August PREVIEWS at your local comic shop, or visit the online catalog at http://www.previewsworld.com.  Then give your local comic store the list of what you want to pre-order for October 2016. We’ll do our best here to help you with those selections, from a BC Refugees point of view.  Not objective, but absolutely subjective.

DARK HORSE COMICS
 

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SERENITY: NO POWER IN THE ‘VERSE #1 of 6 = (W) Chris Roberson (A) Georges Jeanty, Karl Story (CA) Daniel Dos Santos.  Too bad we can’t see a return of the fabulous FIREFLY television series.  However, the previous SERENITY books from Dark Horse have been quite good, including the one-shots.  They have a great creative team assembled for this one.  Looking forward to reading the whole version.

FROM THE PREVIEWS CATALOG:  "The 'verse is a complicated and dangerous place, and Malcolm Reynolds and his outlaw crew aboard the Serenity are ever experiencing tough times. When tensions rise among the crew, a call for help becomes a welcome interruption: they must track down a missing friend and the answers to the mystery surrounding her disappearance."


DC COMICS
 
CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE #1: (W) Gerard Way, Jonathan Rivera (A/CA) Michael Avon Oeming. Wow!  This character really goes way back in the DC lexicon.  I can’t remember seeing a Cave Carson book or story since the 1960’s. It will be interesting to see the update done here. We’re hoping for something as great as the Doom Patrol revival was back in the Morrison days.

FROM THE PREVIEWS CATALOG: "Cave Carson has done it all: survived countless adventures below the Earth's surface, met the love of his life, and gotten a cybernetic eye...somehow. After he and his wife, Eileen, sent their only daughter Chloe off to college, Cave was ready to become just another mundane member of the surface world. That is, until Eileen got sick. Newly widowed, Cave tries to piece his life back together when a knock on the door of his secret underground lab pulls him back into a past that he and Eileen thought they had left buried deep within the Earth.
Adding to his troubles, Cave must determine if his recent hallucinations and visions are the work of his mind or his mysterious cybernetic eye. (Spoiler: It's the eye.)
Written by Gerard Way (DOOM PATROL, Umbrella Academy) and Jon Rivera (Heartbreak), and illustrated by Michael Avon Oeming (Powers), this is an absurdist action-adventure story unlike any other!"

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DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
 
JAMES BOND: HAMMERHEAD #1 of 6 = (W) Andy Diggle (A) Luca Casalanguida (CA) Francesco Francavilla.  Warren Ellis has  done a fine job of bringing the 007 magic to comics.  It will be interesting to see what Diggle does with this.

FROM THE PREVIEWS CATALOG:  "Bond is assigned to hunt down and eliminate Kraken, a radical anti-capitalist who has targeted Britain's newly-upgraded nuclear arsenal. But all is not as it seems. Hidden forces are plotting to rebuild the faded glory of the once-mighty British Empire, and retake by force what was consigned to history. 007 is a cog in their deadly machine - but is he an agent of change, or an agent of the status quo? Loyalties will be broken, allegiances challenged. But in an ever-changing world, there's one man you can rely on: Bond. James Bond."


BETTY BOOP #1: (W) Roger Langridge (A) Gisele Lagace (CA) Roger Langridge.  Langridge is so good at capturing the themes and tone of classic children’s entertainment, from the Muppets to Popeye.  I trust Betty Boop is in good hands, and can’t wait to see what he does with this character.


FROM THE PREVIEWS CATALOG:  "The most famous femaSTL020566le cartoon star of all is back - and Dynamite has her! All-new adventures of Betty Boop (with her pals Koko the Clown and Bimbo, natch!) by award-winning writer Roger Langridge and Gisèle Lagacé. Join Betty as she works at the Oop-A-Doop Club, dreams of hitting the big-time, looks after her old Grampy... oh yeah, and FIGHTS GHOSTS! (Betty was always ahead of her time!)"


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