Every month Diamond releases the 400+ page Previews catalog, a guide to everything available in the world of comics and geekdom two months from now. Such a massive volume can be a terror to make it through. This guide is designed to highlight some of the great things coming to the world of comics in September of 2011. This installment covers upcoming titles from Dark Horse, DC Comics, and IDW Publishing.
Dark Horse has only one huge book of the month and that is the first issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9. The new series is subtitled “Freefall” and the previous creative team of Joss Whedon and Georges Jeanty are joined by new co-writer Andrew Chambliss (TV’s The Vampire Diaries). The book looks to pick up immediately where season 8 ended a few months ago.
Steve Niles occult detective Cal McDonald returns for a new adventure in Criminal Macabre: No Peace For Dead Men. Cal is locked in a battle of wills with a female vampire named Salem, one which he possesses a mysterious connection. Previous Criminal Macabre stories have been very solid, and this new one features artist by up-and-comer Christopher Mitten.
Hellboy returns with a sequel to his Mexican adventure. House of the Living Dead is a new hardcover story by Mike Mignola and Richard Corben, this time bringing Hellboy in to the wrestling ring (complete with lucha mask) to take on an evil Frankenstein’s monster!
Moving on to DC Comics, September is of course a huge month for the company. Every title in the superhero line is being rebooted with a new first issue, with a total of 52 number ones in all. The gamut ranges all the way from classic titles like Action Comics and Justice League to long defunct titles like Fury of Firestorm and Hawk & Dove to former Wildstorm books like Grifter and Stormwatch to all-new titles like Batwing and Mister Terrific. View the full list of 52 number ones here.
DC’s Ame-Comi line continues with two new, and very strange, choices advance-solicited for release next February. White Canary is a character that debuted in the early issues of the recent Birds of Prey title, while Black Flash is literally a living dead girl.
IDW finally gives Star Trek fans what they’ve been wanting for two years now: a new ongoing series focusing on the revised universe of the 2009 film. The film’s co-writer Roberto Orci serves as executive producer of the new title with Mike Johnson on writing and Stephen Molnar on art.
Star Trek isn’t the only new ongoing from IDW in September. Ghostbusters also finally gets an ongoing book from its publisher, this one by Ghostbusters: Infestation writer Erik Burnham and artist Dan Schoening.
IDW’s hardcover collections of classic comic strips (“The Library of American Comics”) debuts the first volume of The Definitive Flash Gordon and Jungle Jim. The book collects the weekly strips from creator Alex Raymond starting from 1934. The Jungle Jim “topper” stories have been rarely collected up until this date, as this will be the first time to feature the entire original pages in all their glory.
Our next installment will cover upcoming titles from Marvel and Image Comics, while our third covers the massive second half of the Previews catalog.
As always, all the titles listed here are available for order at comic shops worldwide, including Cedar Rapids/Marion’s Alter Ego and Iowa City’s Daydreams.