Every month Diamond releases the 400+ page Previews catalog, a guide to everything available in the world of comics and geekdom two months from now. Such a massive volume can be a terror to make it through. This guide is designed to highlight some of the great things coming to the world of comics in July of 2011. This installment covers everything not from the premiere publishers, over 200 pages of comics and merchandise.
This edition opens with the Comics section, and that in turn opens with Terry Moore as he debuts his next comic Rachel Rising. Following the success of Strangers in Paradise and Echo, Moore introduces his third book in the same universe. This one apparently focuses around a young woman that didn’t stay dead after a vicious murder.
Action Lab Entertainment debuts a new title with Fracture 1. The book is a superhero versus super-villain tale; only the normal human star, the hero, and the villain turn out to be the same guy. The only problem is the hero and the villain don’t know it, and they want each other dead.
Executive Assistant Iris starts out her second series in July and it appears she’s taking some other Executive Assistants with her. Three more Executive Assistant series all debut this month as well, starring new characters Orchid, Lotus, and Violet. All summer the four series will continue to expand a storyline called “The Hit List Agenda”, Aspen Studios’ first crossover event.
Big Dog Ink debuts a new superhero creation with Critter (preview here), the rather unique story of a small town hero trying to make a life in California.
Bluewater finally debuts the long awaited Mis-Adventures of Adam West, a comic based around the life and times (with a bit of exaggeration) of the former Batman’s life. West himself participated in the plot development of the series, so it could be some crazy fun.
Legendary comedy comic creator Sergio Aragones graduates from his recent work on Bart Simpson Comics to his own Bongo Comics series, Sergio Aragones Funnies. Aragones is an immensely funny writer and this book could be a sure fire hit in his hands.
Three classic “bad girls” from the nineties return in the Avatar/Boundless series War Goddess. Widow, Hellina, and Pandora all made appearances in the earliest issues published by Avatar and Widow creator Mike Wolfer is now reviving them with artist Pow Rodrix.
Castle & Key Publications debut their first title in July with La Mano Del Destino (preview here), the story of a luchador betrayed and forced to take a Faustian bargain to get revenge on those who betrayed him.
Dynamite Entertainment debuts their third series in the Warlord of Mars line and travels even farther back in time than the previous Dejah Thoris spinoff. Fall of Barsoom is set 100,000 years before the first series and details the death of the oceans and atmosphere on Barsoom.
Matt Wagner debuts his final 12 issues of his Zorro run with Zorro Rides Again. Wagner debuted a new and original direction for the character a few years back. With a year to finish his tale, this could be one of the greatest Zorro epics ever.
After over a year’s delay League of Extraordinary Gentlemen III: Century will finally debut from Top Shelf Productions in June. This may very well prove to be Alan Moore’s final comic work and if so he plans to go out with a bang in a tale of the 1969 incarnation of the group.
Also in June, Top Shelf also debuts Kagan McLeod’s complete Infinite Kung Fu, over 400 pages of crazy martial arts action, collected from his original self-published work.
I.C.E. debuts in July from 12-Gauge Comics, two months after the free comic book day introduction of the group (which will be available this Saturday at participating comic shops).
On to the Books section, superstar comic writer Grant Morrison debuts his book Supergods, a collection of essays focused on how comic book superheroes define the modern world through their mythology.
Timothy Zahn, the author that legendarily debuted the first Star Wars sequel novel, returns in 2011 to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Heir to the Empire with Choices of One, a prequel that ties Mara Jade’s life between Episode IV and V in with the heroes of the original trilogy.
The Captain Action line of toys finally returns to presenting superhero costumed figures, though this time with Marvel figures. Captain America and Spider-Man are the first two figures in the set and apparently also include costume pieces to put together a Hawkeye version of Captain Action as well.
In the Games section, Cubicle 7 pulls out a very old RPG to revive in Villains & Vigilantes version 2.1. The original version of V&V debuted in 1979. Originally a Dungeons & Dragons clone, it was the very first superhero role-playing game. Apparently this version will feature slightly updated rules from the 1982 edition, so it should serve as a solid old-school game.
Both Marvel and DC close out the 450 page volume with Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, a new direct to DVD animated move that ties in to the new film. Meanwhile, Marvel brings its motion comic masterpiece Spider-Woman: Agent of SWORD to DVD finally.
With that, another Previews edition comes to a close.
Until next month, remember all the titles listed here are available for order at comic shops worldwide, including Cedar Rapids/Marion’s Alter Ego and Iowa City’s Daydreams. Go order some today.