Welcome back to The PREVIEWS Party, the blog that looks at the coolest, new comic books and graphic novels available to pre-order from this month’s Previews magazine.
This May, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Volume Two, a collection of short stories set within David Petersen’s Mouse Guard world, will hit bookselves. This series will see some of the top sequential artists in the world offer their unique take on Petersen’s fantasy epic of miniature proportions. Petersen joined us a for an interview to discuss the new book. Here’s what he had to say.
Everything old is new again. Doctor Who Classics, from IDW Publishing, takes old comics, published in Doctor Who Magazine during the time of the original series, and repackages them for a new generation of Doctor Who fans. Originally printed in black and white, they’ve been colorized and given a slick, new appearance. This first issue contains two adventures of the Seventh Doctor (played by Sylvester McCoy on the show), a somewhat mysterious, though capable and determined, incarnation, identifiable by the question mark motif in his attire.
Season 5 of The Clone Wars wraps up with the most emotionally charged episode to date. This was the big game changer, folks, so if you haven't already seen the episode, I'm warning you now - it's all spoilers starting . . . now!
Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitara's The Manhattan Projects – an alternate history tale in which the project that created the atomic bomb was merely a front for far more interesting goings-on – continues to be a madly rewarding ride. The tenth issue, "Finite Oppenheimers," calls back to the similarly named opening issue of the series as it takes a break from the happenings in the Projects to delve into the consequences of Joseph Oppenheimer's infinite personalities.
Every once in a while, an idea comes around that is perfect. This is one of those times. Sledgehammer 44 asks the important questions like: what if the Allies had invented Iron Man during WWII instead of Captain America? Mike Mignola (the man who brought us Hellboy, Lobster Johnson, and The Amazing Screw-On Head) and John Arcudi (writer of The Mask, B.P.R.D., and Barb Wire) do an incredible job of answering the question. Spoiler: It’s awesome. It is worth noting that this is not a comedy. While both of these creators have a history of blending large doses of humor into their work, Sledgehammer is a more sober look at the effect that sci-fi soldiers would have on a war.
Mortifera is the story of two demon hunters, Catherine and Ethan Gregor, and their demonic ally, Durin, as they hunt down the army of Kanisus during the period classically known as the Dark Ages. If, for some reason, you haven't already checked out the free first three issues of this comic, than you can find them here. If, for some reason, you need a little more convincing to read free comics, then you can check out my reviews for Issue #1 and Issues #2 and #3. It's also well worth checking out MoreFrames' animated Mortifera trailer.
It seems as though there is a significant amount of time between issues of this series, so here’s the third installment of a great series. I haven’t had any previous experience with this creative team, but I’ve been very well surprised by the way this has been going—I just wish it would get published more quickly.
The FBC crew discuss the negotiations between Rick and The Governor that take place in Episode 13 of Season 3 of AMC’s The Walking Dead TV series. Enjoy an audio commentary on the episode by FBC staffers Bryant Dillon and Kristine Chester and FBC Contributor Tony Caballero.
Back in the day, back when Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were a couple, there was at least somewhat serious talk of them starring in a remake of Casablanca. How serious that talk ever was I have no idea, but it was talk that made its way into the mainstream media. It was a terrible idea for an infinite number of reasons, the least of which was that it would star Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. Casablanca is a stone cold classic. It’s one of the three or four greatest films of all time. The screenplay is considered one of the best ever written, if not the very best of all time. It contains reams of great quotes. “Here’s looking at you, kid.” “We’ll always have Paris.” “Round up the usual suspects.” “The problems of two people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.” “Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes By.” “How extravagant you are, throwing women away like that. Some day they may be scarce.” (Listen to that movie some time without looking at it. It sounds incredible.) The cast is impeccable, with Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains doing career-defining work.
Getting back to the heart of the Star Wars films, Brian Wood's Star Wars series has shed the bulk of the Expanded Universe and focused on a series of stories of everyone's favorite heroes of the Rebellion and Dark Lord of the Sith. Issue #3 really heats things up as Leia's unit gets closer to implementation, and Han and Chewie manage to get in over their heads at what should be a simple meeting.