The next issue of Previews goes online later
today. I’ve sifted through the solicitations text for
Marvel and DC and picked out those that interest me.
I’ll check the digital version and see if there are
interesting items from other producers, as well.

DC Comics

  • ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER #6 – The
    Frank Miller
    series continues.
  • NIGHTWING #121 – Dick Grayson and Jason Todd
    together.
  • BATMAN CHRONICLES VOL. 2 TP – This was tempting.
    It’s a low-cost
    full colour reprint of Batman comics in chronological
    order.
    Tempting, but given that it’s been more than a year
    since the first
    collection, I’m not sure how worthwhile they are to
    collect, given
    that they take more than a year to release less than a
    year’s worth of
    comics.
  • SUPERMAN RETURNS: KRYPTON TO EARTH – The “Superman
    Returns” issues
    are meant to fill in the gaps between Superman
    II
    and
    Superman Returns. Yes, Singer, Dougherty and
    Harris have
    decided to make a sequel to the films involving
    Richard Donner and
    ignore the others. Rumour has it that, contrary to
    the solicitations
    text, John Byrne has chosen to leave this project, as
    the project that
    was given to him to draw wasn’t the project he thought
    they were
    making. (He was told it was part one of a four issue
    adaptation of
    the original movie.)
  • SUPERMAN RETURNS: MA KENT – The second of
    four
  • SUPERMAN RETURNS: LEX LUTHOR – The third of
    four
  • SUPERMAN RETURNS: LOIS LANE – The fourth of
    four
  • SUPERMAN #653 and ACTION COMICS #840 – Parts 7 and
    8 of the Geoff
    Johns and Kurt Busiek collaboration.
  • SUPERMAN/BATMAN #27 – A resolicitation of the
    first Mark Verheiden
    issue.
  • SUPERMAN/BATMAN VOL. 4: VENGEANCE HC – Collects
    issues 20-25.
    Note that the final Loeb / McGuinness issue, #26,
    which is a tribute
    to Loeb’s son with a phenomenal list of creators, will
    not be included
    here. Pick that one up when it comes out, which
    should be April 19.
  • SUPERMAN: INFINITE CRISIS TP – Putting together
    some of the
    “behind the scenes” stuff for Infinite Crisis.
  • SUPERMAN/DOOMSDAY OMNIBUS – Why collect these now?
    Is Doomsday
    coming back, perchance?
  • SUPERGIRL #8 – A resolicit. If you’ve ordered it,
    you’ll have to
    order it again.
  • 52: WEEKS 5-8 – The year long weekly series
    continues. I respect
    the project’s ambition, but that’s a lot to budget
    for. (It’s like
    adding four and a half new titles to my pull
    list.)
  • DCU: BRAVE NEW WORLD – A $1.00 80 page preview of
    many new series
    launching after Infinite Crisis.
  • THE FLASH: FASTEST MAN ALIVE #1 – The
    post-Infinite Crisis
    relaunch of the character, created by the creators of
    the TV series.
    I’ll wait for reviews, and maybe pick up the
    TPBs.
  • GREEN LANTERN #13 – Continuing the “Revenge of the
    Green Lanterns”
    story that includes the cyborg Superman and the
    Manhunters.
  • GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1 – Now officially an
    ongoing, this issue
    takes place a year after the miniseries.
  • JUSTICE #6 – Pictures by Alex Ross are guaranteed
    to be pretty.
  • ION #3 – The twelve issue miniseries
    continues.
  • ABSOLUTE KINGDOM COME HC – Sounds fancy.
  • SHOWCASE PRESENTS THE ELONGATED MAN VOL. 1 TP –
    These early
    appearances are all from The Flash and
    Detective
    Comics
    .
  • WONDER WOMAN: MISSION’S END TP – Collecting the
    end of her
    previous series.
  • WONDER WOMAN #1 – The new ongoing, with words by
    Allan Heinberg
    and pictures by the Dodsons. It’s a promising
    creative team; I’m more
    likely to get this than The Flash.
  • MEGATOKYO VOL. 4 – More from the webcomic.

Marvel Comics

  • ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #96 – The second and final
    part of the Mobius
    vs. Blade story.
  • ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #31 – Doom is back.
  • ULTIMATES 2 #12 – Millar and Hitch go out with a
    bang, as Hitch
    draws every hero in the Ultimate Universe as they fit
    to win back the
    US. It’s a double sized finale. (When Ultimates
    3
    launches,
    it’ll have Jeph Loeb on scripts and Joe Madureira on
    pencils.)
  • ULTIMATE X-MEN #71 – Kirkman wraps up his take on
    the Phoenix story.
  • ULTIMATE WOLVERINE VS. HULK DIRECTOR’S CUT – A
    fancy version of
    the two issues already out. They’re good issues; you
    should consider
    this if you don’t already have them.
  • FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #9 – A Hobgoblin
    from the future
    is back.
  • SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #27 – It’s the end of the
    “Feral” storyline.
  • ANNIHILATION – The “Part 3 of 4” issues of the
    various
    Annihilation miniseries (Nova, Ronin, Silver Surfer,
    and Super-Skrull)
    are all out this month.
  • ALL-NEW OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL
    UNIVERSE A TO Z #6 – It’s a 12 issue series running
    throughout the year.
  • BLACK PANTHER #17 – Getting ready for the
    Storm/T’Challa wedding.
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA #19 – This was Wizard’s pick as
    the best book of
    2005. This is the start of a new story arc, so it may
    be a good place
    to jump on.
  • ETERNALS #1 (OF 6) – A revamp of the Kirby series
    with writing by
    Neil Gaiman and pencils by John Romita Jr. I’ll
    probably check out
    the TPB version. I’m hesitant to pick this up from
    the start after
    the way the last
    revamp
    turned out. Mind you, Neil Gaiman and John
    Romita Jr. have
    done a lot more to earn my trust than Chuck Austen and
    Kev
    Walker.
  • ETERNALS SKETCHBOOK – A “behind the scenes”
    companion to the main
    series.
  • DAREDEVIL #86 – I’m itching to read the issues I
    have so far, but
    I’m waiting until I get the TPB of “The Murdock
    Papers” next week.
  • GIANT-SIZE HULK #1 – This includes Planet Hulk
    material, and a
    reprint of Incredible Hulk: The End, which
    was probably the
    best entry in Marvel’s The End line so far.
    If you missed it
    then, get it now.
  • MOON KNIGHT #3 – Marvel released preview pages to
    issue 1 which
    I’ve had some trouble posting. I’ll keep trying to
    get them up, but
    I’m really impressed by them. Finch’s art looks
    great, and it’s
    giving a pretty serious tone to the character while
    still including
    some humour.
  • NEW AVENGERS #20 – Note that issue 21 is also out
    this month, but
    it’s listed with all of the other Civil War
    material. Issue
    20 is all about facing Genosha.
  • RUNAWAYS #17 – Is there even any point to telling
    you that I’m
    behind in the reviews of this series, too? I don’t
    think I’m caught
    up on anything.
  • SHE-HULK #9 – This has some rather amusing
    solicitations text.
    Here it is: “Read SHE-HULK #8 yet? Bet you didn’t see
    THAT coming,
    didja? Wild, huh? Spiraling out of the end of last
    issue’s CIVIL WAR
    crossover, She-Hulk’s life will NEVER be the same
    again! Sure, OTHER
    books SAY that all the time. But when have WE ever
    said it over in the
    SHE-HULK book? Really. Trust us, WE’RE good for it.


    So… After She-Hulk and SPOILER went and SPOILERED,
    it’s time to
    deal with the fall out! And that leads to a SPOILER
    with SPOILER!!!
    Miss this one, and you’ll be kicking yourself in the
    CENSORED for
    months! ”
  • SQUADRON SUPREME #4 – I can’t wait to see this
    come back next week.
  • YOUNG AVENGERS #12 – Once this run is finished,
    the book will go
    on hiatus. There will be a Civil War: Runaways /
    Young
    Avengers
    crossover series, and then a Young
    Avengers 2

    relaunch next year.
  • CIVIL WAR #2 (OF 7) – This is Marvel’s big summer
    event.
  • CIVIL WAR: FRONT LINE #1 & 2 (OF 10) – This sounds
    like what I wanted
    The Pulse to be. I’ll be on board for 32 ad
    free pages twice
    a month.
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #533 – The Civil War
    tie-in.
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #538 – Civil War tie-in.
  • NEW AVENGERS #21 – The Civil War tie-in, titled
    “New Avengers:
    Disassembled!” We’ll see how the team puts itself
    together after
    Civil War.
  • THUNDERBOLTS #103 – Gotta love cover art that
    shows Iron Man
    shaking hands with Baron Zemo.
  • X-FACTOR #8 – Quicksilver is back.
  • WOLVERINE #43 – The last of this month’s Civil War
    tie-ins.
  • MARVEL WESTERNS: THE TWO-GUN KID – Written by Dan
    Slott, so it’s
    worth consideration.
  • EXILES #82 and 83 – Issue 82 wraps up the World
    Tour, and issue 83
    wraps up Tony Bedard’s run before Claremont takes
    over.
  • ASTONISHING X-MEN #15 – The Hellfire Club goes
    public.
  • UNCANNY X-MEN #474 – Claremont’s run is coming to
    a close. Again.
  • UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #1 – More wedding
    preparations.
  • X-MEN: THE END – MEN AND X-MEN #6 (of 6) – This
    long series (which
    is also behind on reviews) comes to a close.
  • ETERNALS BY JACK KIRBY HC – All 19 issues plus the
    annual from the
    original series.
  • CHAMPIONS CLASSIC VOL. 1 TPB – Collects issues
    1-11.
  • ANTASTIC FOUR BY J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI VOL. 1 TPB
    – Another
    overdue review. I’ve got to finish reviewing the Mark
    Waid run, first.
  • SUPREME POWER: NIGHTHAWK TPB – This series needs a
    review, but
    it’ll be a positive one. Much better than the Doc
    Spectrum series,
    this one is as good as the parent title.
  • ESSENTIAL SAVAGE SHE-HULK VOL. 1 TPB – This was
    the John Buscema
    series.
  • ESSENTIAL FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 5 TPB – This runs
    just past the end
    of the Lee/Kirby run on the title. I’ll be passing on
    it, since I
    have the “44 Years of the Fantastic Four”
    DVD-ROM.

Dark Horse

  • PENNY ARCADE VOL. 2 LEGENDS MAGIC SWORD TPB – The first volume was highly entertaining, particularly with the commentary portions.

Image Comics

  • LIBERTY MEADOWS VOL. 1 AND 2 – This enjoyable comic strip is being reprinted.