Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Dig List... OF THE FUTURE!!! (or, doing the Previews thing)

Every month, I go through all the Diamond/Previews solicitations over at Discount Comic Book Service a few weeks before I submit my order and make a preliminary attempt at figuring out what I want to get for the month (In case you haven't figured it out already, I'm kind of a nerd.). It doesn't necessarily reflect everything I will buy - most months I don't even buy half the stuff I end up selecting on the first pass - but it's everything I find interesting enough to maybe check out somewhere down the road. So here's what I liked the sound of this month, in the hope that they'll all one day be Dig List contenders.

The Escapists hardcover - Glad to see this mini by Brian K. Vaughn and friends - the only Kavalier & Clay tie-in that has at all interested me - finally get collected. Loved the first issue, but wanted to wait for the eventual trade. And wait I did. Unfortunately, I'll have to wait some more. Even with the DCBS discount, hardcovers are a little out of my price range right now, so this'll either have to be a gift down the line, a library pick-up, or else wait longer still for the paperback.

All New Atom 15 - Sounds to have shaken free from the bonds of Countdown crossover. Oh, good.

Supergirl & the LSH 34 - Behind on my comics reading because of the move, so I still haven't read the first Bedard issue yet, but I'm willing to give him a few months to see if I like the book as well as I did under Waid.

Spirit 10 - Honestly, this is probably the one comic I'd keep buying monthly even if I stopped buying comics monthly, so this is a no-brainer.

All New Booster Gold 2 - The guest appearance of still-a-GL-then-Sinestro sounds interesting, but I'm waiting to see if I like the first issue to see if I buy this series in either single or collected form, if at all.

Blue Beetle 19 - Picked up #16 based on Bloggyverse word-of-type, loved it, and want to try more, but I don't know if I'm ready to commit yet. Need to test the waters a bit more, and it may end up being a trades-only read, anyway.

LSH in the 31st Century - The Johnny DC books are fun, and the whole "Teen Lantern" thing sounds like a fun hook for the issue. Probably worth a look.

Marvel Comics Presents 1 - Love the idea of a regular anthology, but it seems like they're focusing on characters that already have books of their own, which kinda defeats the purpose. Plus, the original turned quickly into a dumping ground for crap inventory stories, so I'm a little worried. Probably end up checking this one out on the rack.

Pictures of You - This is the prequel to Damon Hurd & Tatiana Gill's A Strange Day, which I liked a lot, but I'm a bit hesitant to revisit the characters. I don't know that I need to know what made them into the sort of people who'd skip school to buy a new Cure record; it was enough for me that they were. I've certainly known my share of similar folks. But Joanna got to read an early promo, and she liked it, and I agree with a lot of her reviews, so there's that. I wouldn't be surprised if this sneaks its way into my order, but I don't know yet, and I guarantee you that I'll be debating this in my head until the second I press the "Confirm Order" button.

Clockwork Girl - Here's the solicit:
A nameless robot girl has recently been given the gift of life from her creator. While exploring the wonders of an ordinary world, she meets an amazing mutant boy and they share a friendship that must overcome their warring families.
Interesting premise, great creative team (Sean O'Reilly, Kevin Hanna, Grant Bond), and dirt cheap... 54 cents through DCBS! I'm not made of stone here.

E-Man: Dolly - More E-Man from Staton and Cuti is always a good thing, so we should all buy this so that A.) we'll get more; and B.) maybe it'll convince Digital Webbing (or someone) to collect the older material from Charlton, First, and Alpha, which isn't especially pricey in back issue form, but not the sort of thing I see a lot in the wild. Also, Charlton comics look and feel gross to me.

Laika - Stories of early space flight interest me (note to self: still need to read First in Space), I know little about the Russian program in general and spacedog Laika specifically, and it's got that First Second pedigree (pun unintentional), so it'll be interesting even if I don't necessarily like it. I don't think I'm willing to commit sight unseen, though. Definitely will check it out on the shelf, though.

Essex County Vol. 1: Tales from the Farm - Offered again from Top Shelf because Vol. 2 is now available for pre-order. I've read and heard good things about this, so I may give it a shot. But everyone raved about Blankets and American Born Chinese, too, and while I found them interesting, they weren't anything I'd like to own. Anyone know if there are previews available online anywhere to check out?

Clumsy - Offered again by Top Shelf. I like diary comics a lot, Jeffrey Brown's in particular, and have yet to read this one, so it's very likely that I will be getting this. I enjoy introspective navelgazing about life, love, and other topics. That's why I blog.

Comic Foundry magazine - Glad to see the campaign to get it into Previews worked. But I didn't read the website very often, so I don't know if I'm interested in the magazine. But I may check it out. I dunno.
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