2018-04 Previews Order

Posted by tiki bot at 17 April 2018

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This is the first time I’ve done an official previews order for comic books, where I went through their entire catelog of bullshit they’re selling and pick out what I’m interested in and give it to the local comic shop (LCS), who adds it all to a spread sheet, then manually go through the Diamond website and orders all the shit.  It’s one of the most backwards ass systems that I’ve personally used.  There’s talk about a modernized system coming “soon” where you just log into the Previews site and select what you want, then 60 days later it shows up at your LCS, but who knows when and if that system will ever be delivered.

Since I’m all about generating content for my sites, I’m going to be posting my orders to www.myconfinedspace.com www.comiccovers.com and www.comic-images.com along with some comments on why I’m reading it or perhaps even making fun of the cover.

These comics are due to be delivered to Local Comic Shops in June.

Quick edit: this post is breaking the entire site, so uh, lemme put a more tag here to try to fix it:

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(W) Andy Diggle (A) Shawn Martinbrough (CA) Tonci Zonjic
For years, Jack Boniface believed that he knew the true story of the Shadowman loa – the true story of the curse inside him. He was wrong.
For the first time, Jack Boniface is about to discover the long-hidden history of the supernatural power that became his birthright… Unmoored in time and space, the loa is about to reveal its untold dimensions…and now, the last defender of the wall between our realm and the Deadside is falling backwards through the astral void, finding himself face to face with his forebears across the centuries – from the paranoia-addled alleyways of 1940s New York to the fire-scorched plantations of the Civil War…all the way back to the primeval height of the African savannah in 40,000 B.C.!
In the shock-inducing aftermath of “FEAR OF THE DARK,” master storyteller Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One) leads a rotating cast of superstar artists – including Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves), Doug Braithwaite (Justice), and Renato Guedes (Wolverine) – to reveal the full scope and power of the Shadowman mythos…and how three of its forgotten champions stoked its earliest embers…with a legend-fueled odyssey into eons past as “DEAD AND GONE” tells all!
In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
SRP: $3.99

I’m happy they’re finally starting a “jumping on point”, as the first issue of this series had no context and no indication of who the character is or what his powers are, how he got them, or what’s even going on his his world. Just this: plop, here’s a guy freaking out about a thing (here’s a guy (notes)(notes) here’s a guy but in black in white) here’s more notes (notes on the notes)….what I’m saying is that first issue of this series was a nearly unreadable cluster fuck.

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(W) Jeff Lemire (A) Doug Braithwaite (CA) Kenneth Rocafort
Two thousand years in the future – in the year 4001 A.D. – the man once known as Ray Garrison is no more…but the microscopic nanites inside him live on. Enter Bloodshot 4001 – a strange, gunslinging echo of Bloodshot’s mind, body, and soul that is now more machine than man. But when our century’s Bloodshot finds himself delivered to the dawn of the 41st century with one last mission to fulfill, two Valiant legends will finally come face to face…just as the secret revelation that binds them together across the ages will forever reshape Bloodshot’s place at the center of the Valiant Universe!
From superstar writer Jeff Lemire (The Terrifics, Black Hammer) and artistic powerhouse Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR, Journey into Mystery), Valiant’s Eisner Award-nominated superhero saga goes back to the far, far future for the ultimate meeting of man and machine at the crossroads of tomorrow and today!
In Shops: Jun 13, 2018
SRP: $3.99

I like the dog with the nanites, he’s adorable when he’s ripping heads off.

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(W) Matt Kindt (A) Tomas Giorello (CA) J. G. Jones
And so…the unstoppable X-O Manowar enters the fray!
From East to West, the nation has been cleaved down the middle as Livewire’s defensive attack on the U.S. power grid envelops America in darkness and sets the stage for the biggest clash of powers ever witnessed… On one side, Peter Stanchek’s ragtag team of Renegades – alongside their newly activated army of untrained and wildly unstable psiots – ready themselves for an unsparing firefight with H.A.R.D. Corps and the agents of Omen. On the other, Ninjak and Bloodshot prepare to enter Livewire’s domain inside blacked-out Los Angeles. But as the casualties pile up and the losses mount on both sides, none of them will be ready to confront the full fury of raw power personified as X-O Manowar makes his long-awaited return after a year of self-imposed exile among the stars…and delivers a single concussive strike that will send shockwaves across the whole of the Valiant Universe!
The most powerful Valiant event attempted continues in full force with another seismic chapter as New York Times best-selling author Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Tomás Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) unleash X-O Manowar on a world he thought he’d left behind…and fire off the next brutal volley in the coast-to-coast clash of comics icons that will leave no hero unscathed!
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $3.99

It’s a shame you have to buy a miniseries to find out what X-O gets up to on his first days back from solar sailing, that feels more like a Marvel move than a Valiant one.

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(W) Christos Gage (A) Juan Jose Ryp (CA) Alan Quah
Colin King has recruited a highly skilled team of black ops specialists – including Livewire, Dr. Mirage, Punk Mambo, and the robotic alien colossus called GIN-GR – for the ultimate search-and-destroy mission! The Jonin, the mysterious mentor behind the program that trained MI6’s elite ninja assassins, has resurfaced in Mexico City at the head of a covert cabal of long-lived and near-immortal renegades with incredible powers…and a mission that could destabilize human civilization as we know it!
“THE COALITION” reaches a tumultuous tipping point as acclaimed writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA) launch headfirst into another breakneck chapter of the espionage-espionage-fueled battle between Valiant’s newest teams of heroes and villains!
In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
SRP: $3.99

I like everything about Ninja-K except for Ninja-K.

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(W) Eliot Rahal (A) Francis Portela (CA) Ariel Olivetti
“WHAT THE KLANG?” Hey, who the heck invited these guys to HARBINGER WARS 2?
With HARBINGER WARS 2 seizing America, Livewire has rendered the nation’s power grid useless in a last-ditch attempt to shield her psiot allies. The people of Washington D.C. need someone to save them – and so do Quantum and Woody! Now that the high-tech wristbands that keep their atoms stabilized have become nothing more than fashion accessories, the world’s worst superhero team is going where no one has gone before… Into the atomic realm!
Do not attempt to adjust your eyeballs because red-hot rising star Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks) and fan-favorite artist Francis Portela (FAITH) are taking things from zero to Dada as Quantum and Woody tie into, outside of, and in between Valiant’s seismic summer event!
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $3.99

I’m a huge fan of the powers and how unseriously this series is written.  Also, I’m a huge fan of the Goat.

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(W) Daniel Kibblesmith (A) Derek Charm (CA) David Lafuente
Class is in session as Valiant’s all-ages escapade escalates!
As Valiant Universe’s best and brightest young minds know all too well, Valiant High isn’t your average everyday high school… It’s the kind of place where dodgeball is a literal blood sport and trying to find a date to homecoming can be just as stressful as saving the world! But deep within the hero-filled halls of this otherwise prestigious institute, Principal Harada is hiding a mysterious secret…and Valiant High’s newest foreign exchange student, Colin “Ninjak” King, is ready to seek out the truth – once he’s done giving omega-level nerd Peter Stanchek a cool-kid makeover first, of course!
Get ready for second period as rising star Daniel Kibblesmith (QUANTUM AND WOODY!, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert) and Eisner Award-winning artist Derek Charm (Jughead) detail another hysterical day in the life of the world’s most talented teenagers, in an incredible all-ages adventure set outside of Valiant’s standard superhero continuity!
In Shops: Jun 06, 2018
SRP: $3.99

This series seems so stupid it might be good.

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(W) Matt Kindt (A) Trevor Hairsine (CA) Lewis LaRosa
As HARBINGER WARS 2 rages…witness the birth of “BARBARIANS”!
Long ago, on the bloodstained battlefields of centuries past, Aric of Dacia cut a swath through the armies of the ancient world as a brash but cunning warrior – and all without the X-O Manowar armor. Now, the untold story of Aric’s swashbuckling youth – and how it unknowingly forged his fate as the defender of 21st century Earth – can finally be told as the man who would be X-O Manowar leaves the Visigoth homeland behind to infiltrate the Roman Empire’s gleaming capital from within!
New York Times best-selling author Matt Kindt (HARBINGER WARS 2, DIVINITY) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY) reunite to repel the rising tide of Roman invasion with a compelling new tale of death, fortune, and glory torn from the age of empires!
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $3.99

They have to do a flashback because the main X-O story is going on in another series, which is bullshit.  That being said, the flashbacks in this series are some of the best stories.

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(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Eduardo Risso
Leaving behind her Colombian bloodbath, Mindy is locked, loaded, and ready to seriously mess up some Canadians. JEFF LEMIRE and EDUARDO RISSO take on MARK MILLAR’s psychotic 12-year-old Hit-Girl for the next stop in her blood-soaked world tour. No amount of ice or snow will prevent Mindy from slaughtering her latest enemies. Variant covers from awesome Canadian artist KARL KERSCHL and a KICK-ASS #5 connecting cover from ÖZGÜR YILDIRIM.
In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Holy fuck this character is a lot different than the movie version that I knew first.

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(W) Mike Johnson, Kirsten Beyer (A/CA) Angel Hernandez
Now it can be revealed! This miniseries, centered on the Mirror Universe of Star Trek: Discovery, delves deeper into the characters you only thought you knew…
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $3.99

This series has had some really weak covers, this is the first one that I actually liked out of the other 8 or 10 variants.  I’m not happy they’re going back to the Mirror universe, the concept is so completely played out at this point.

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(W) Mark Russell (A/CA) Max Dunbar
Trapped in the Patrick Swayze Block with no outside contact, Dredd and Judge Beeny have been forced into an uneasy alliance to stop a threat to Mega-City One that must be contained at all costs…
In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
SRP: $3.99

I’m not entirely sure if this is an ongoing series or yet another mini series.  I’m ok with either, just as long as it’s not another anthology series like Megazine or 2000AD is, I need more than 4-6 pages of story.

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(W) Larry Hama (A/CA) Brian Shearer
“Special Missions,” Part 3 (of 5). G.I. Joe. Cobra. Two opposing forces. Two powerful war machines, each made more lethal by the undeniable strength of their individual parts. But who and what are those parts? Living legend Larry Hama shares some of their amazing stories in “Special Missions”-one-shot stories featuring a variety of characters and different artists to draw them! This issue, longtime G.I. Joe alum Brian Shearer joins forces with Larry to present G.I. Joe’s intrepid first sergeant without equal: DUKE!
In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
SRP: $3.99

My first issue of the series since Marvel was printing the franchise, I’m hesitant because this series did not age well every time I checked back in on it.  The movies were bleh, the other comics were bleh.  I’m hoping IDW has it figured out by now though.

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(W) Alex Irvine (A) Dave Crosland (CA) Zak Hartong
The Master Chief and Blue Team are deployed by the UNSC to Alpha Corvi II, a precarious human colony world, seeking to halt the Covenant’s efforts to uncover something hidden below the planet’s surface. The Spartan strike team quickly finds out that they will have to rely on each other and a small cadre of human rebels in order to survive and complete their mission.
In Shops: Jun 06, 2018
SRP: $3.99

I posted this image earlier before I decided to do this post, I do love me some Master Chief.

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(W) Chip Carter
Star Trek fans and collectors will love this one-of-a-kind, mini-size collectible tricorder with light and sound. The tricorder is a multifunction handheld device used for sensor scanning and data analysis. The kit includes a Star Trek: The Next Generation-era light-up tricorder with sound and a 48-page book on the history of tricorders and full-color photos.
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SRP: $12.95

48 Page book that I’ll review and give details on www.startrekbookclub.com

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(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Dustin Nguyen
“THE END OF THE UNIVERSE,” Part Three-Tim-21 meets his makers…literally. The Descenders are here, and only Tim can save the universe from their apocalyptic judgement. But from out of the far reaches of the universe, the Gnishian king may be the wildcard that no one saw coming. The penultimate issue of DESCENDER is filled with shocks, twists, and goodbyes…and hints at things still to come.
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $3.99

I got into this series way too late and now I’m playing catch up, it’s amazing and I wish I had started it years ago.

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(W) Mark Millar (A/CA) John RomitaJr
Patience is sucked deeper into the criminal underworld. Faced with a new horde of enemies, she must fight to keep her superhero activity and her identity safe. But what happens when the bad guys work out who’s wearing the mask? The violence cuts way too close to home in the latest installment of MARK MILLAR and JOHN ROMITA JR.’s incredible KICK-ASS series, with a connecting HIT-GIRL #5 cover from ÖZGÜR YILDIRIM.
In Shops: Jun 13, 2018
SRP: $3.99

I like this version of Kick-Ass more than I liked the original version, though honestly I didn’t read those books when they first came out.

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(W) Zack Kaplan (A/CA) Andrea Mutti
Earth Security Agents Rice and McIntyre face fireworks in an alien gun fight at the ESA HQ, but amidst startling revelations about the Port of Earth, the two frustrated and driven lawmen must ask themselves: in order to bring the deadly alien attacker to justice, will they go all the way to the Port itself?
In Shops: Jun 13, 2018
SRP: $3.99

This is a great concept that’s rolling out way too slowly for my tastes, I’d like it all at once please.

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(W) Ivan Brandon (A/CA) Esad Ribic
Satta Flynn is off the grid but not out of the game. As the forces that seek to end his life threaten to take all of humanity down with him, the ruined gladiator will have to reconcile with what in his life at war is still worth saving.
In Shops: Jun 13, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Another series that I want more of immediately after I finish the issue.

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(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Guiu Vilanova (CA) Clayton Crain
• After being used by Evil Steve Rogers during “Secret Empire,” Frank Castle is out for revenge.
• First on Frank’s big targets list: Baron Zemo.
• But Frank’s not the only one who hasn’t shaken off the specter of Hydra Nation, and Zemo may have a few surprises of his own…
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jun 13, 2018
SRP: $3.99

I’m happy that they’re sending Frank up against some heavy weights, but I can’t help but think they’re going to end up with the same old stalemate storyline where all sorts of henchmen get shot up but the “named” bad guy gets away.

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(W) Kieron Gillen (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) David Marquez
The Rebellion of Mon Cala takes flight! With the Empire on its back foot, the Rebel Alliance is poised to rise up in defiance. Could their ultimate victory be at hand?
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 06, 2018
SRP: $3.99

This has been a pretty good series so far with stories between the movies showing how alliances were made, a treaties were signed with ratifcation of multiple committees of peace and …zzzzzzz

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(W) Charles Soule (A/CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
As the remnants of the Mon Cala resistance crumble into the seas, Vader and his Inquisitors finally confront the Jedi survivor at its core. The seas will weep…
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 13, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Darth Vader woooo. this will be my first issue of this series, I’m on the hunt for back issues.

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(W) Kieron Gillen, Si Spurrier (A) Emilio Laiso (CA) Ashley Witter
Doctor Aphra may be in Imperial prison, but she’s certainly not alone. Rumors have it that these bars are haunted, but this rogue archaeologist knows there’s something much more valuable going on. Meanwhile, Aphra’s got information–information that the Rebellion wants. But how far are they willing to go–and who are they willing to recruit – in order to get it?
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Another first issue, I’m told that it’s among the better of Disney’s Lucasfilm’s Marvel’s books.

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Lando Calrissian isn’t one to stick his neck out…unless there’s credits to be had for it. So, when he finds himself fighting for oppressed workers in a droid junkyard, they’d better hope their freedom is worth something to him…
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Golly, is Lando a droid slaver now?

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The tyrannical First Order is hot on the Resistance’s tail – Supreme Leader Snoke has discovered a way to track Leia Organa and her crew through hyperspace. Fuel and time is running out. Finn and Rose are sent on a secret mission from Poe Dameron to the casino planet of Canto Bight, where they are to find the Master Code Breaker who will help them defeat the First Order’s tracker! PLUS: Never-before-seen scenes in the adaptation of the blockbuster film!
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 06, 2018
SRP: $3.99

OK, so this issue here…I’m not even sure off hand what series it is, they didn’t put the tradedress or title on it, so I have to look it up real quick….


…guess I”ll need to grab the other three issues of this as they come to the store.  It’s weird as fuck that they waited so damn long to do the adaptation, but judging with how the movie was still being written as it was being shot, I guess it shouldn’t be too surprising.

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(W) Charles Soule (A) Angel Unzueta (CA) Phil Noto
As Starkiller Base targets the Resistance for elimination, it’s up to Poe Dameron and Black Squadron to mount a frontal assault and take the weapon offline…as long as their friends on the ground can get the shields down!
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Poe Dameron, he’s a pretty cool guy and isn’t afraid of anyone.

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(W) Jody Houser (A) Luke Ross (CA) Paul Renaud
Thrawn’s obsession and pursuit of the mysterious crime lord “Nightswan” has led him to Batonn. But what his aide Eli Vanto hopes will be the final stand between the Empire and its enemies soon turns out to be nothing more than a trap…and Ensign Vanto is the bait!
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 13, 2018
SRP: $3.99

I have absolutely loved every issue of this series, what is it about the Thrawn persona that seems to play so well in the Star Trek Universe?


Ok, so the rest of these below are the “True Believers” series which I thought was pretty dumb when I first heard of it, but I seem to have fallen for them hook, line, and sinker.  They’re all reprints of older books and sell for a single dollar, which is basically below cost selling of comic books.  Last month they did eight Venom books, they were all the first issues in some classic Venom stories, some not so classic from just a couple years ago.  I’m pretty sure this is the same sales tactic they’re using with their digital sales where they give you the first issue free in the hopes you’ll like what you see and buy the rest of the books.

I’m not saying it’s working, but I did go out and find a few TPBs for free on amazon based on their recommendations, specifically Thanos Rising, which is free if you have Prime, Prime Reading, or are Jeff Bezos.



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Reprinting Avengers (1963) #223
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $1.00

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Reprinting material from Tales to
Astonish (1959) #35, #49
All Ages
In Shops: Jun 06, 2018
SRP: $1.00

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Reprinting Avengers (1963) #60
All Ages
In Shops: Jun 13, 2018
SRP: $1.00

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Reprinting Tales to Astonish (1959) #57
All Ages
In Shops: Jun 13, 2018
SRP: $1.00

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Reprinting Marvel Feature (1971) #4
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
SRP: $1.00

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Reprinting Iron Man (1968) #219
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $1.00

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Reprinting Marvel Premiere #47
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
SRP: $1.00

2018-04 Previews Order originally appeared on MyConfinedSpace on April 17, 2018.

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