I thought I was ready to pre-order my comics and then I took another look at the January 2017 Previews catalog. Some months there is nothing much and I desperately search for interesting and new. Other months find me making choices about where to spend my money. Dragons love adding comics to their hoard, but they are also reluctant to part with too many shiny coins. As fun as it is to browse the world of comics, decisions must be made.
Coming soon — March 2017 — to a comic shop near you…
Drawn in by Art
Grass Kings #1 (Boom Studios) is the beginning of a rural mystery story which takes place in a small village of squatters who are living off the grid. The misfits and weirdos are ruled by three brothers and this balance is upset when a young woman flees to their community for safety. Grass Kings looks like another beautiful book of watercolour scenes. The eye-catching full-page ad on page 1 of the Previews Catalog immediately draws you in to a world full of secrets. For Canadians, the hockey stick and HBC blanket lurking in the cover art add to the feel of a near-ghost town on the prairies. Ok, I’ll buy it.
For those who prefer bold strokes and strong colours, Batwoman #1 (DC Comics) is returning as a regular title. It is time to learn more about Kate Kane’s past and her future. Hopefully the story lives up to the cover art with a bold and strong character. I’m looking forward to Batwoman’s return.
Notable Number Ones
Among the new comic titles are a few that jump out for one reason or another. These might be to your liking, but we’re going to pass for now.
American Gods #1 (Dark Horse Comics) by Neil Gaiman. The cover of the Previews catalog might be all it takes for others to jump on board, but I still haven’t read the book. I’d rather start with the novel than the comic and I’ll probably skip the television show for the same reason. Or more likely because that channel isn’t in my lineup.
Man-Thing #1 (Marvel Comics) starts a 5-issue story by R.L. Stine, Goosebumps author. If the title makes you think of Swamp Thing (DC Comics), don’t be surprised by the swampiness of this tale.
With Inhumans vs X-Men wrapping up in IVX #6, the inevitable first issues follow and the teams will be entering prime time. Or maybe the prime of their lives, eating prime rib and pondering prime numbers. Inhumans Prime #1 and X-Men Prime #1 will hit the shelves at the end of March.
Collected Stories to Curl Up With
What would happen if the animals of the world woke up one day and started talking intelligently? This is the premise of Animosity (Aftershock Comics). Volume 1 will contain the first four issues, as well as the one-shot comic Animosity: The Rise. The story follows the dog Sandor and his girl, Jesse, in a cross-country journey. Dragon is concerned about the cats talking too much, but we shall see.
In a backwards way of reading, Batman Vol. 2: I Am Suicide (DC Comics) will be added to our comic hoard. This volume collects the second Rebirth story in issues #9-15. It includes Batman recruiting a team from Amanda Waller (oh wait! might have helped to read this before Justice League vs. Suicide Squad) as well as some development in the Batman-Catwoman relationship. A little romance in Gotham? If you pick up issue #14 now, please don’t spoil it for me.
Deadpool fans, be warned. Marvel wants more of your money. It comes as no surprise to regular readers that his marriage — way back in Deadpool (2012) #27 — may not last forever. The shocker here is that Marvel has decided to run the story through three separate titles. In addition to Deadpool #28, you will have to pick up Spider-Man/Deadpool #15 and Deadpool & The Mercs for Money #9 to get the whole story. ‘Til Death Do Us Part… will have six parts, so plan to buy all three again next month. The first three books will have connecting cover art and hopefully the second set will too. Which sort of makes up for having to spend more money, but doesn’t really.
If you’ve been reading the Spider-Man Clone Conspiracy story, it isn’t quite over yet. The Clone Conspiracy: Omega #1 (Marvel Comics) is a one-shot comic to wrap up a few details. Meanwhile, in other parts of the Marvel universe, variant covers will be “Venomized” by a variety of artists, and not just spider-titles. It all has to do with Venom Madness which features a shocking return! Not something for Dragon’s hoard, but maybe something you will want to check out.