Image Solicitations for June (and other stuff…)

Before we get to my comments, a few quick bits:

Warren Ellis is going mad and doing a 12-hour revisit to the glory days of his forum here [EDIT: dead link].

Greg is holding a contest to win a copy of Scurvy Dogs and all you have to do is amuse him by talking like a pirate.

Logan is holding a contest where you don’t even have to think, just send him and email, and you might get your hands on James Kolchalka’s Sketchbook Diaries. He also posts some memories of comics inspired by this post by Tom Spurgeon, both of which are excellent, and makes me think about doing the same.

For those who like quizzes, even if they are simple to the expert, the Guardian newspaper has one on comic books & films [EDIT: dead link], to coincide with Constantine making its way over here.

And, as CBR has the list of Image comics solicited for June right here, it’s time for me to take a look and commence commenting.

Battle Pope is getting reprinted (in colour) – doesn’t say if this is a one-off or anything – which seems a bit strange, but what do I know? I have the TPB of the original series and, although I like mocking of Catholic ideas, it’s a great name, and the Tony Moore art is very nice, it didn’t rock my world, so I won’t be needing this.

I’m one of those people who don’t get Kirby. This might make you wonder why I like comics, but I guess I’m missing the Kirby-appreciation gene or something. Even artists whose style look like his make my eyes gloss over, so I won’t be getting Godland, the new series by Joe Casey. That said, cosmic stuff doesn’t always work for me anyway, so it’s probably for the best. Hope it works for them, though.

I have to admire Image for their diversity – Flak Riot, Blacklight, Godland, Strange Girl – all new series and all different, even if they aren’t my thing. I hope they find audiences.

Invincible gets the hardcover treatment, collecting #1–13 with lots of extras, which looks very impressive. (My order for the first TPB is coming, Logan, so I can’t comment on the quality of the series yet.)

The Ride collection has some artists I really dig (Pearson, Stelfreeze, Hamner, Haynes) but the names in the ‘written by’ section (Marz, Dixon) send shivers down my spine and prevent me from picking this up. Anyone have an alternative view to make me change my mind?

Legitimate ad copy for NYC Mech: Beta Love – ‘Pick up the critically acclaimed series people are calling “BLADE RUNNER meets 100 BULLETS”!’ Which people? I’d like to meet them.

I feel embarrassed now; I’ve gone through the various comics and there is little in list that grabs my attention or does something for me to comment upon. I feel like I’m a sketch about a Mr Floppy incident: ‘This has never happened to me before, I don’t know what to say. It’s not you, it’s me, I’ve been under a lot of stress. Maybe we could try again later?’

A man should know his limitations. These are obviously mine. I shall stop. If you have been, thanks for reading.

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