Issue 234 of Previews came out today showcasing comic books, graphic novels, books, toys, and other items that will be available to comic book shops beginning the month of May 2008. Below is a list of the first eight products that caught my attention that I’m anticipating on getting my grubby paws on.
Indiana Jones Adventures: Volume 1 (Dark Horse) — In the deep winter of Northern Europe, Dr. Henry Jones Jr. is about to undergo one of the most harrowing archaeological digs of his career! Amidst a deadly blizzard, he must find an ancient monument and unlock its secrets before someone with much darker intentions gets there first! Yet there are trials awaiting any who would lay claim to the artifacts of mysterious warriors from long ago. Kid-friendly and brimming with the very best parts of Indiana Jones, this is a story for anyone looking for stunning visuals, thrill-a-minute storytelling, and one unmistakable archaeologist!
While promoted as “Great for all ages!” I’m all over this for the art, as well as the simple fact that I’ve been an Indiana Jones fan since I first saw Raiders of the Lost Ark 27 years ago. I dig this style of art — one of my favorite things about Dark Horse’s Star Wars Clone Wars Adventure series.
The War That Time Forgot #1 (DC Comics) — A lone USAF pilot, about to warn his superiors of the attack on Pearl Harbor, finds his craft suddenly crash-landing on a mysterious island populated with prehistoric creatures and soldiers of wars of the past, present and future – including Tomahawk, Firehair, and Hans Von Hammer, the Enemy Ace! What bizarre force has compelled these military masters of every era to inhabit the same strange territory? Can they survive without killing each other or being devoured by dinosaurs?
This sound like the very concept that comic books were invented for — besides the capes and spandex type of stories. With eight issues planned this should be a fun ride. Writer Bruce Jones won me over with his run on Hulk and I look forward to seeing what he cooks up here.
Batman: Gotham After Midnight #1 (DC Comics) — When the full moon rises and casts its eerie glow over the land, the creatures of the night come out to hunt and feast and prey on the innocent citizens of Gotham City, and only one man stands in their way: The Batman.
I dig Batman, but to be honest, I haven’t exactly kept up with all of the Batman books. Nowadays I’m more of a collected trade reader when it comes to the Dark Knight. Well, this book looks like it’ll bring me back to checking in with Batman on a monthly basis. I enjoy reading Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) when he plays in the sandboxes of others and artist Kelley Jones does up a bad-ass Batman.
Firebreather #1 (Image) — Back by popular demand, the adventures of Firebreather continue in this all-new monthly title. High school is tough enough for normal kids, but when your Dad is a city-stomping giant monster who expects you to follow in his footsteps it gets even tougher.
I loved the original Firebreather mini-series that was out a couple of years ago and I look forward to the first issue of the new ongoing series. Phil Hester is back as writer and the art is being provided by Andy Kuhn. If the ongoing series is anywhere close as fun as the mini-series there’ll be no disappointment. Tell your comic shop proprietor to go ahead and add this title to your pull-list.
Zombies!: Hunters #1 (IDW Publishing) — On a remote Caribbean island, four wealthy thrill-seekers come to stalk the most dangerous game on the planet: the living dead. But with an ex-CIA commander as the showrunner and a Haitian voodoo priest providing the prey, things on this outlaw safari are bound to go wrong. Very wrong!
Zombies are fun. Who doesn’t like zombies — as long as your reading about them and not running from them. But, the real reason I’m anticipating this book is the art of friend Don Figueroa of Transformers fame. Having worked with Don in the past I can’t wait to see what he’s scribbling up for this series.
Calibur #1 (Radical Comics) — The Arthurian legend as retold in the American Old West, with all of its great symbolism, magic and spirit of adventure. The Knights of the Round Table are all gunslingers bound by a code of honor to protect the weak and defend the innocent until they are undone from within by their own moral corruption. In this tale, Caliber itself is a tattooed six-gun, given to Arthur by the Indians and imbued with supernatural power. The secret of the gun is that it is never loaded with bullets, but when a man with Justice on his side is holding it, it can fire. When it does, it fires Thunder itself and never misses.
I have to admit — the main reason that I’m interested in this title is because I’m extremely jealous that I didn’t think of it first. Damn, this sounds right up my alley. I’m really looking forward to seeing how they put this yarn together now that they’ve spurred ideas of my own.
1001 Arabian Nights: The Adventures of Sinbad #1 (Zenoscope) — Some call him a womanizer others call him charismatic, some think him a brute others a charmer but all know one thing- he’s a serious bad-ass! Zenescope Entertainment introduces a new series that will reinvent the legend of the one they call Sinbad. When he’s unjustly accused of murder and banished from his home city of Baghdad, Sinbad learns there is one artifact that might be able to ultimately clear his name, but the quest to find the prized relic is certainly not an easy one. From beautiful women to terrifying creatures to armies of blood thirsty villains, this is one epic fantasy/adventure series that will hook you in and not let go.
Alright, writer Dan Wickline is a friend of mine as well — but regardless of his involvement my memories of the old Sinbad movies featuring the stop-motion artistry of the master Ray Harryhausen have instilled an interest with me of the adventures of Sinbad since I was six.
Okay, that’s it for upcoming May titles. This might be a regular feature here. We’ll see next month.