PREVIEWS FOR JANUARY 2014

Recommendations from the November Previews for comics and collections mostly shipping in January.

A slimmer Previews spotlight this month. Hit the individual pictures for more information!

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Other random thoughts:

PAGE 104: DC using issue 27 of the rebooted Detective Comics title to celebrate 75 years of Batman never occurred to me as a possibility. How crazy is that? Especially considering how much I love doing the Timeline Tuesday posts (another to hit later today). That issue 27 is hitting on the character’s 75th anniversary had to be a happy accident – and all the more reason to pick this up.

PAGE 127: I haven’t been keeping up with the Smallville Season 11 digicomic but the solicited Special #4 featuring the Titans is a no-brainer.

PAGE 134: DC is releasing a trade of issues 0 thru 9 of the Martian Manhunter series by John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake (and company). Volume 1 is titled Son of Mars and I have to imagine they are looking to see how well this one does in order to warrant releasing later volumes. I see this series often in cheap convention back issue bins, but a collection is worth purchasing if you’re a fan of the character or if you read (and enjoyed) the Ostrander/Mandrake Spectre series that ended a few months before this title began back in 1998.

PAGE 184: Image is putting out a new title called Deadly Class. The solicit reads ‘welcome to the most brutal high school on Earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained’. So basically, Morning Glories meets Five Weapons. Both about schools and their unusual students. Both from Image. Not sure I need to read a third.

PAGE 200: Heaven’s War trade by Micah Harris and Michael Gaydos. Featuring a team-up of JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis and Charles Williams, members of the very real Inklings literary group, as they go up against occultist Aleister Crowley. That. Sounds. Amazing.

MARVEL: If Geoff Johns is heir apparent to Marv Wolfman, then James Robinson is most certainly, and for a long while now, heir apparent to Roy Thomas. And now he’s writing All-New Invaders to prove it.; speaking of: All-New Invaders, All-New X-Factor, All-New X-Men, Amazing X-Men, Avengers, Avengers World, Avengers A.I., the upcoming Avengers Underworld, Avengers Assemble – Marvel certainly wants to dominate the beginning of the alphabet, no?; Double shipping on Black Widow and All-New X-Factor make it a must-not-buy for me.

Until next month!