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.
The Comics section opens with Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics as they bring the re-solicited Strongman: Oaxaca. The first series was an excellent tale of a washed up old luchador turned detective, and Oaxaca promises to be a great follow-up.
Before Archaia stopped publishing for several months in 2009, they debuted one issue of an excellent series called The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury by Brandon Thomas and Lee Ferguson. The series was never completed upon Archaia’s return, but finally gets a collected edition in August from the company. All six of the original planned issues are collected, as they tell the tale of the final days of the greatest hero in the galaxy.
With the film Rise of the Planet of the Apes due out in theatres in August, BOOM! Studios plans too big tie-ins for their new Planet of the Apes comic. The collection of the first four issues is available for the low price of $9.99 while the fifth issue of the series debuts with an affordable $1.00 issue.
Roger Langridge created an amazing run of Muppets issues for BOOM! over the last couple years. With BOOM! no longer carrying the license, Langridge has moved on to a new family-oriented series Snarked!. The book is apparently a comedic reinvention of the Wonderland stories done in the fun-loving cartoony style of Langridge.
Steve Austin, the former 6 Million Dollar Man, debuts his first ongoing comic series ever in Dynamite’s The Bionic Man. Following in the footsteps of last year’s adaptation of Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet script, the first year of the new book will adapt Smith’s script for a failed movie adaptation. The Green Hornet creative team of Phil Hester and Jonathan Lau reunite to bring the new series to stores in August.
Moonstone revives a classic superhero comic of the eighties with a new Justice Machine series. Mark Ellis (more famous as Deathlands author James Axler) returns to the characters as the alternate universe super-team travel in to the modern day and all new adventures.
After multiple years publishing comics, Radical Publishing now launches its first ongoing series, Damaged co-produced by Sam Worthington’s Full Clip Productions. The book features an all-star creative team of writer Dave Lapham (Stray Bullets) and artist Leonardo Manco (Hellblazer), and Radical’s usual high production values.
After a failed attempt a few years ago by Devil’s Due, Family Guy gets its second attempt at comics with a new series by Titan Comics. Family Guy isn’t an easy series to adapt, so it remains to be seen whether the creative team can accomplish it this time around.
By August, Halloween will be just around the corner, and DC’s licensees debut multiple new costumes. Most interesting of these are three costumes based on the Ame-Comi line of figurines from DC, including Supergirl, Catwoman, and Wonder Woman. Marvel answers with a line of Thor costumes featuring movie versions of Thor, Sif and Loki as well as Marvel Comics’ Thor Girl.
Build-a-figures have been a regular feature of DC and Marvel’s figure lines for years, but DC Heroes Wave 18 takes the cake with an Apache Chief series. The classic giant of Super Friends can be built with the purchase of every figure in the line. Along with the younger Captain Boomerang and Bronze Tiger, the line features several other figures inspired by Super Friends including the classic Toyman and international heroes Black Vulcan, Samurai, and El Dorado.
Be sure to check out our previous two installments. The first featured books from DC, IDW and Dark Horse, while the second covers titles from Image Comics and Marvel Comics.
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.