Perusing Previews December 2017

Back on my old blog I used to take a look at Previews magazine and pick out things that caught my eye. So, because I’ve been busy as all feck this last week in work and haven’t had time to put any great thought into posting something, here’s some Previews perusings:

The Terrifics by Jeff Lemire will be on my pull list next year, partly because it’s Lemire and I like most of his stuff, but also because it’ll be featuring Tom Strong. Not only are the Watchmen joining the DCU, but now Tom Strong is, too!

Mera: Queen of Atlantis is also going on my list; I like Dan Abnett’s work on Aquaman so this mini-series is a definite.

Farewell to Blue Beetle as #18 will be the final issue; a shame as Chris Sebela never got to find his feet, really.

Okay, did anyone else see the trade paperback of Justice League Task Force turning up? What next – the Absolute Extreme Justice?

Talking of Chris Sebela, I’ll be giving him another go in Cold War, a new series from Aftershock who, with Animosity, Jimmy’s BastardsBabyteeth and others have yet to disappoint me.

And here’s the problem with the lead-in time to do comics – the whole Donal Trump/Covfefe thing happened back in May and we’re only now getting a comic on it?!

Dejah Thoris gets another stab at a title, this time as a prequel to A Princess of Mars. As I like a bit of Edgar Rice Burroughs, I’ll be giving this a go.

And we’re heading back to the Legenderry world again with a Red Sonja mini-series. I enjoyed the original Legenderry story and the follow up mini series (with the exception of the absolutely god-awful The Precinct) so am willing to give this a go.

I know this is a “Living Dead Doll” but am I right to be creeped out by it?

Click on the above image – I know that translucent pole is meant to aid in the suggestion that young Potter is flying on his broom stick but surely they could have placed it in a better, more comfortable place? I’m surprised he can concentrate on the game with that thing up his arse.

And in the “If You’re A Grown Man Buying This, You Need To Have A Word With Yourself” category comes this delightful statue with the following description:

“The girl trembling in deep red is stained with the joy of pleasure of the bodily sensations from the rope that digs into her.”

Seriously, Japan – have a word.

And finally, to cleanse you from the previous image: hey look! There’s an evil BB-8 droid! Screw the Porgs, I want a BB-9E cookie jar!


So Much For The Redesign

Back last year, Dynamite Entertainment had Nicola Scott redesign three of their biggest female characters: Red Sonja, Vampirella and Dejah Thoris. Here’s Nicola Scott from the original press release:

Her big red hair and chainmail are iconic, and I felt strongly they needed to carry the look but be modernized. Keeping her hair big but out of her face seemed practical, and the idea of the chainmail tank rather than bikini was a suitable update.

The redesign Scott came up with works a treat – here it is on the left with the cover of the first issue by Jay Ancelato on the right:

Red Sonja 2015

I didn’t pick up the series though I did get the Dejah Thoris series – and regretted that due to Frank Barbiere’s dreadful dialogue and plotting.

Yesterday, though, I was flicking through my feed reader and came across this article about a new writer, Amy Chu, launching a new Red Sonja series in December. The thing that struck me most was the image they used from new series artist Carlos Gomez:

Red Sonja 2016

So we’re back to the chain mail bikini that offers no protection but shows off Sonja’s tits and arse again? What happened to Nicola Scott’s “idea of the chainmail tank rather than bikini“?

I’ve no objection to the female form but if you’re a warrior – male or female – and you’re heading in to battle against someone clutching a big sword and/or an axe, would you not want to have as much protection as possible?