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Eight To Anticipate In September

July 2, 2008

July’s just getting underway, so it’s time to take at look at some comic books and graphic novels that I’m looking forward to checking out when they’re released in September according to Vol. XVIII, #7 of the Previews catalog…

Superman #680 (DC Comics) — “Atlas,” part 4! The grand finale of the Atlas epic finds Superman’s foe seemingly victorious! With Superman down for the count, who can stand in the way of the city’s supposed new ruler? Enter Krypto, (Super)man’s best friend, who will do anything to protect his master. Don’t miss Krypto at his most heroic, a worthy addition to the Superman Family – and a very good boy. Plus: A new, magical character settles in Metropolis, just when Superman needs him most.

I have to admit, I’m more than a little behind on my Superman reading, but this cover image of Krypto has me sold. I might not know what’s going on as I jump aboard on part 4 of the current arc. There’s just something that I dig about that dog when they work him into the current/regular Superman run.

Greatest Hits #1 (Vertigo) — Meet the Mates! They’re the greatest super team of all time, straight out of England and into our hearts: Crusader, The Solicitor, Vizier and Zipper. But who are the heroes behind the mania? How did they meet? And what’s next for The Mates? GREATEST HITS looks at The Mates, from their humble 1960s beginnings, through the drug-fueled 1970s, and into the techno ’80s, the grungy ’90s, and to the present day. This is The Mates from the height of their glory to the depths of excess, as filmed by a struggling Hollywood director – one with his own dark ties to the team.

Honestly, I might have normally skipped on this comic, but seeing that it’s written by David Tischman I have to check it out. The concept sounds interesting enough, and I’m interested to see how David handles it. (Did you read that, David? That means you’ve got a book or two of mine that you have to buy in a couple of months.)

Four Eyes #1 (Image Comics) — Brooklyn 1930. America struggles in the grip of the Great Depression, and ten-year-old Enrico is willing to make any sacrifice to take care of his mother. Even if it means taking a job in the one place he’s forbidden to go…the ring of fire where dragons are trained and fought for cash and glory.

This is probably the September book that I’m most interested in checking out. I generally dig Joe Kelly’s writing — and the concept of dragon-fights being run in the Depression Era is one of those “damnit, why didn’t I think of that first” concepts. And, seeing how I’m working on a couple of dragon ideas myself…

13 Chambers (Image Comics) — After Abraham Lincoln’s death, one of President Jackson’s first orders was to disband the 13 Marshals: a secret group of lawmen operating with complete federal authority. Set in a fantasy 1860s, 13 CHAMBERS is the story of the 13th Marshal and his Presidential mission to retrieve all 13 Territory Peace Keeper pistols and return them to Washington D.C. for retirement. All is well until he reaches a small town in four corners where an insane mining baron named YORK has killed the 12th Marshal and stolen his pistol. The 13th Marshal must get the pistol back at all costs and bring York to justice…or die trying.

This title just sounds damn cool. And, it’s got the advantage of being a One-Shot — so not a lot to invest in.

Skarr: Son Of Hulk Presents: Savage World Of Sakaar (Marvel) — As Skaar and Omaka make their way towards Prophet Rock, frightened refugees tell terrifying tales of unbounded power that could rock the very foundations of Planet Sakaar. Get ready for revelations galore in this one-shot about characters new and old, shocking developments regarding Skaar himself, and maybe even the biggest, angriest, and greenest guest star the planet’s ever seen.

I’m interested is seeing where Marvel is going to go with the whole Planet Hulk/World of Sakaar thing. It seems to be an interesting sandbox to play in with just the right amount of varying elements. I seriously think the World of Sakaar could be a great realm to explore.

Pulp Tales One-Shot (Boom! Studios) — Help BOOM! Studios support comic book artist Josh Medors, recently diagnosed with cancer, by ordering the benefit comic book PULP TALES. This two-fisted one-shot features all-new, action-packed stories by horror master Steve Niles, P.U.N.K.S’ Josh Fialkov and Kody Chamberlain, ’76’s B. Clay Moore & Seth Peck, Capote in Kansas’ Chris Samnee, In My Lifetime’s Tony Fleecs, and more! Featuring a cover by Ben Templesmith! All proceeds will go to Josh Medors and his family.

It’s not hard to figure out why I’m anticipating the release of this title in September. Serving as the editor of this book and assembling a team of great talent to help out Josh Medors was rewarding as well as an honor. There are some great tales of pulp in this issue — trust me.

Crogan’s Vengeance (Oni Press, Inc.) — The first in a series of adventure graphic novels spanning continents and centuries! The first volume introduces “Catfoot” Crogan, an honest sailor who finds himself thrust into a life of piracy! Crogan never wanted to be a pirate and he never dreamed he’d wind-up at odds with the most dangerous buccaneer ever to sail the Spanish Main! Sword fights! Sharks! Naval battles! This graphic novel has everything you need to buckle your swash!

There looks to be a lot of story packed into this book. And, I’m interested in the concept of each volume of this series taking a look at a different member of the Crogan family tree. For an added bonus, the art looks like a lot of fun.

That wraps up my eight to anticipate in September. With San Diego Comic-Con International just around the corner I’m sure there’ll be all sorts of announcements to grow my anticipation through the fall and into the winter.