Fanboy Planet Preview Spotlight 07/27/05
Each week we look through
the upcoming releases to offer our two cents as to what's
hot and what's not. You can agree with us or not, but spend
your money wisely.
brought to you by Brian's Books of Santa
Derek is still on a "working" vacation in Southern
California following Comic-Con. I'll be filling in for him
on Preview Spotlight for the next few weeks. As per my contract,
whenever I fill in for another writer, I have carte blanche
to make fun of them until they return.
Writer: Mike Carey
Art: Glenn Fabry
on Neil Gaiman's 1997 novel (which was later made into a
popular BBC miniseries -- or vice versa), Vertigo has begun
the monumental task of adapting Neverwhere to comic
book format. The contemporary fantasy tale follows average,
everyday Richard Mayhew on his journey through the looking
glass (actually a manhole) in order to help a mysterious
girl he finds dying in the street one day. Soon Richard
is being hunted by diabolical killers, talking to guys named
Lord Rat Speaker and in general his life gets really weird.
Mike Carey is
no stranger to adapting the work of Neil Gaiman, having
been nominated for an Eisner Award for his adaptation of
Lucifer as well as his work on The Sandman Presents.
His pacing and dialogue of Neverwhere feel like his
own rather than a strict regurgitation of Gaiman's novel.
What can you
say about Glenn Fabry that hasn't already been said? He's
a seasoned pro with a true talent for adding great art to
a great story. Some of the characters and places may not
look the way long time Gaiman fans picture them, but Fabry's
fingerprints on the story make the retelling unique.
We usually try
to make our pick of the week the starting point of a story
rather than some point in the middle but Neverwhere
is early enough in its tale that new readers can still climb
aboard. Issue #1 should still be relatively easy to find
and the journey promises to be a long, enjoyable one.
Now where is
our American Gods adaptation?
#1: Marvel promises the "new, definitive origin of the
Abomination" as written by Hulk authority by Peter David.
The Abomination isn't the star of the first issue, but as
with almost all Peter David Hulk stories, it's good stuff.
#1: I'm not a big Joe Kelly JLA fan and unfortunately
that trend continues here. This JLA team up with Top Cow's
Cyberforce starts with cyborg zombies invading Budapest.
The JLA and Cyberforce both arrive to answer the distress
call (apparently the Top Cow and DC universes are one in
the same.) Everyone has a zombie bashing good time until
both teams discover that the leader of the cyber zombies
is a former Cyberforce team member.
has always been tough to follow with what seems like huge
chunks of dialogue missing and characters often breaking
character for the sake of one-liners. The action is good
but meaningless without an engaging story to back it up.
art is always enjoyable, but there are better and cheaper
places to find his take on the JLA. Save your $6 and buy
two other books rather than this one.
#1 (of 6): Our local comic dealer Steve enjoyed this
one but I was left ambivalent. Andy Diggle is certainly
hot right now coming off his run on Adam Strange
and the art team of Leinil Yu & Gerry Alanguilan did some
great work on Superman: Birthright.
despite all that talent, the first issue didn't tell enough
of the story to hook me for 5 more issues. In short, if
you like stories with samurais and guns, well, here's another
one. I'm going to wait for the trade.
Spider-Woman #1: As much as I hate the mere mentions
of spiders, I love Spider-Woman (actually I just think she's
hot). Don't be fooled by the term title Giant Sized as this
doesn't refer to any part of her anatomy. Instead this is
a collection important Spider-Woman comics designed to bring
new comic book fans who might be reading New Avengers up
to speed on this incarnation of Spider Woman.
collection includes her first appearance and origin in Marvel
Spotlight #32 (1977), the first issue of her solo series
(1978), the first appearance of one of Spider-Woman's foes
Siryn and a new 8 page story by Brain Michael Bendis.
Iron Man #1 (3rd Print): This is in its third printing?
Holy crap! I need to put my first edition on ebay, pronto!
Detective #6: Last issue of this series. I guess now
he goes back to being called the Light Detective.
Moore Hypothetical Lizard #3 I know nothing about this.
I just think the name is funny enough to point out. *points*
Basket vol. #11: I know nothing about this one either,
other than I know a good looking 22 year old female Asian
virgin who is dying to read this. I think that is self explanatory.
Else Shipping Wednesday July 27, 2005
Amazing Spider-Man 522
Black Panther 6
Fantastic Four 529
Machine Teen 3
New X-Men: Academy X 16
New X-Men: Hellions 3
OHOTMU: Avengers 2005
Pulse: House of M
Doom Patrol 14
JLA: Classified 10
Legion of Super Heroes 8
OMAC Project 4
Wonder Woman 219
Year One: Batman Ra's Al Ghul 2
Astro City Dark Age 2
City of Tomorrow 4
Casefiles Sam & Twitch 18
Courtney Crumrin Tales 1
Ed the Happy Clown 2
Hellboy: the Island 2
Poison Elves Ventures 2
Queen & Country Declassified 3.2
Shonen Jump 33
Star Wars Republic 77
Tick: Days of Drama 1
MANGA TRADES TRADES
Girl Got Game vol. 10
Oh My Goddess vol. 21
Planetes vol. 1 DVD
Scrapped Princess vol. 1
Avengers West Coast Vision Quest
& Ted's Most Excellent Adventures V. 2
Capote in Kansas
Combat Tales: GI's in Iraq
Dead West vol. 1
Exiles vol. 10
Excalibur: House of M Prelude
Nightwing Year One
Promethea vol. 5 HC
Sgt. Rock Archives vol. 3
Ultimate Spider-Man vol. 13
Usagi Yojimbo vol. 19
Back Issue 11
Buffy TVS 20
Dreamwatch USA 10
Jack Kirby Collector 43
Lee's Toy Review 154
TV Zone 191
Write Now 10
Cartoon Network Block Party 11
Spider-Man Human Torch Digest
Tales from Riverdale Digest 4
Teen Titans Go! 21
Uncle Scrooge 344
W. Disney's Comics 659
Batman Begins Wall-Size
Batman Begins Mini-Wall
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