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 August of 2011. This installment covers upcoming titles from Dark Horse, DC Comics, and IDW Publishing.
Dark Horse opens their wares with the debut of Buffy season 9 in the form of Angel and Faith #1. Writer Christos Gage (Avengers Academy)and artist Rebekah Isaacs (DV8) team up under Buffy creator Joss Whedon to produce the new series, which will tie in to a new Buffy comic coming soon.
Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) has been writing supernatural mysteries starring Cal McDonald for years, usually under the Criminal Macabre label. Available in August is the Criminal Macabre Omnibus collecting four different stories of Cal with art by the likes of Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night) and Kelley Jones (Grim Ghost).
With DC debuting a whole new line of number ones in September, DC in August is a weird mix of comics, many oriented towards finishing current storylines.
Flashpoint and its tie-in mini-series all come to an end in August with the main Flashpoint series shipping both issue 4 and 5, still by regular creative team Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert.
DC Retroactive continues to bring some great looking books out as well with titles reuniting creators from the 80s and 90s both available this month. Highlights include:
· The return of the JLDetroit era in Justice League of America – The ‘80s by their creator Gerry Conway and artist Ron Randall.
· The classic team of writers Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis and artist Kevin Maguire reunite the classic Justice League International team in Justice League of America – The ‘90s.
· Mike W. Barr revives the Reaper in Batman – The ‘80s alongside his classic partner Jerry Bingham (Batman: Son of the Demon) while the legendary team of Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle reunite for a story of their creation the Ventroliquist in Batman – The ‘90s.
· The Kyle Rayner era of Green Lantern returns in Green Lantern – The ‘90s by the original Rayner creative team of Ron Marz and Darryl Banks.
Batman and Robin 26 features a new story by David Hine starring the French Muslim Bat, Nightrunner. David Hine and Greg Tocchini are the creative team, but the highlight is an absolutely insane cover by Chris Burnham (see the slideshow).
Bill Willingham continues to expand his own Fables universe with Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland, the second original Fables graphic novel. While the previous graphic novel 1001 Nights of Snowfall was an anthology based on The Arabian Nights, this will be a full length story set in current continuity. Following the events of recent issues, the Fables are without a home and Bigby Wolf is on a quest to find a new Fabletown, even as he encounters a group of werewolves in the Midwest. (While this book is solicited with the August issues, unfortunately it’s actually an advanced solicit and not out until October.)
IDW Publishing’s section of the catalog opens with their big debut of the month, the all new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title. Though full color, the book follows in the foot-steps of the original Mirage series with more adult storytelling. Original co-creator Kevin Eastman returns to the book as co-plotter and layout artist while IDW editor Tom Waltz and Dan Duncan fill out the team.
True Blood returns with a new series by the original comic creative team of writesr Mariah Huehner and David Tischman and artist David Messina. Mariah Huehner continues her expansion in to comics with an adaptation of Anne Rice’s Servant of the Bones in to comic form, this time alongside the art team of Renae DeLiz and Ray Dillon.
R.A. Salvatore comes to comic (alongside co-writer Gene Salvatore) to bring his legendary creation Drizzt Do’Urden in his first original comic, Dungeons & Dragons: Drizzt. The five issue series illustrated by Agustin Padilla will surely be very popular with all of Drizzt’s many fans.
Creed was an independent comic sensation in the 90s. Created by writer artist, Trent Kaniuga it told the tale of a child that could travel to a dream-world where he possessed amazing powers. IDW releases the Creed Omnichronos in August which promises to collect the entire storyline in one 540 page collection.
Our next installment will cover upcoming titles from Marvel and Image Comics, while our third covers the massive second half of the Previews catalog.
As always, 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.