April 2017 Previews

It’s that time again.  Time to make decisions that will have an impact on the future.  Yes, time to pre-order some comics.

Pre-ordering comics — often referred to as a ‘pull list’ — is smart on so many levels.  No worries about the comic shop running out something because comics have been set aside for us.  It also means more gold for the hoard.  Paying in advance gives us a small discount off the cover price.  Our local comic shop uses the U.S. price in Canadian dollars.  With the current exchange rate, this is pure gold.  More comics!  More gold!  More for Dragon!  What’s not to love about this deal?  The once-a-month buy might feel like it is hurting the wallet, but it is offset by picking up comics all other weeks without paying.  If you aren’t buying your comics in advance, talk to your comic shop.  Maybe they have a deal for you.

Whether you place an order now or wait for the comics to hit the shelves, here’s what is coming soon — June 2017 — to a comic shop near you…

Looney Times

Duck season.  Wabbit season.  Duck season.  Bat season!

Yes, it is happening.  Elmer Fudd will be hunting not just a bat, but the Bat himself in one of six special DC/Looney Tunes crossover comics.  In addition to the Batman/Elmer Fudd Special #1 (DC Comics), there will also be Yosemite Sam hiring Jonah Hex to help protect his riches, Wile E. Coyote seeking Lobo’s assistance, Martian Manhunter trying to stop Marvin the Martian, Wonder Woman taking on the Tazmanian Devil, and a Legion of Super-Heroes/Bugs Bunny Special #1.  Each comic will include a bonus Looney Tunes backup story featuring DC characters.  If that isn’t looney enough for you, you’ll also want to pick up the DC/Looney Tunes 100-Page Super Spectacular #1.

Notable Number Ones

DC Comics is kicking off their summer event with the one-shot comic Dark Days: The Forge #1.  Batman is suspected of hiding a dark secret that could threaten the existence of the multiverse.

If you haven’t got enough Spider-titles in your collection yet, look for Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 (Marvel Comics).  This brings the Spidey options up to… either too many titles or something that might appeal to everyone: Amazing Spider-Man, Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider, Spider-Gwen, Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Spider-Man, Spider-Man/Deadpool, and Spider-Man 2099.  If that isn’t enough Spider-verse, there’s always Venom or the new series Edge of Venomverse #1 (of 5).  Frankly, we’re good with the basic ASM and enjoy his bromance with Deadpool.  Incidently, Spider-man/Deadpool #18 is described as the culmination of Joe Kelly and Ed McGuiness’s run.  This could be the end of a beautiful thing.

Collected Tales to Curl Up With

Monstress Vol. 2 (Image Comics) is on our must-have list.  If you haven’t seen Monstress, take a look at the first volume now or pick up some single issues.  The artwork on the cover is gorgeous and is amazing on every page.  The story touches on what it means to be human and dealing with monsters — literally and figuratively — in others and within.

Ongoing Adventures

The romp known as the Kamandi Challenge is nearing the halfway mark, now at #6 (of 12).  Each issue has a different creative team and so far each one has captured the feeling of a classic comic book with crazy twists to the plot.  We’re happy to be along for the ride.

The Odyssey of the Amazons is wrapping up in #6 (of 6) and we won’t miss it when it’s gone.

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There’s always more to talk about in the world of comics, but until next month’s Previews… keep reading.

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