Beach Reading! Techland’s Summer Comics Preview

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Solstice: ACHIEVED. Now we’ve got three months of awesome comics before the autumnal equinox. Here are some things we’re looking forward to…

June 30:

Batwoman: Elegy

The deluxe hardcover collection of Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III’s remarkable serial. (Look for an interview with Williams here next week!)

Wonder Woman #600

Gail Simone says goodbye, J. Michael Straczynski says hi, and Geoff Johns and George Pérez drop by.

Sometime in July:

The Wild Kingdom

Kevin Huizenga’s spectacular, nearly (but not quite) free-associative Glenn Ganges story, which appeared in its initial form in Or Else.

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July 7:

Batman: Odyssey #1

Neal Adams returns to Batman in this long-awaited miniseries.

Blackest Night, Blackest Night: Green Lantern and Blackest Night: Green Lantern Corps

The core titles of Geoff Johns and company’s best-selling sci-fi superhero zombie crossover epic, all collected in hardcover. (Four more collections later in the month wrap up the tie-in miniseries and a few other significant issues.)

Casanova #1

The return of Matt Fraction, Gabriel Bá and Fabio Moon’s career-making series, now in color and with extra material.

Scarlet #1

A new creator-owned series by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev.

July 14:

Judge Death: Death Lives!

An American edition of some kick-ass early Judge Dredd stories, many of them drawn by Brian Bolland.

The Playwright

I don’t know much about this Eddie Campbell/Daren White collaboration about a lonely man’s sex life, but everything Campbell draws is worth looking at.


Matt Kindt’s original graphic novel about a man caught between two worlds looks pretty promising.

July 20:

Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour

Yes, the sixth and final volume of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s fantastic series will be in comics stores on a Tuesday. Monday at midnight, in some cases.

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July 21:

Amazing Spider-Man #638

Just in time for Comic-Con, Joe Quesada and Paolo Rivera’s long-anticipated “One Moment In Time” storyline begins, with a backup by Stan Lee and Marcos Martin.

B.P.R.D. Vol. 13: 1947

Anything Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba draw is worth a look.

DC Universe Legacies #3

Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez doesn’t draw a lot of comics these days, but he and Dave Gibbons are doing this issue and the next of this Len Wein-written miniseries. Which means they’ll be gorgeous.

Werewolves of Montpellier

It’s a new graphic novel by the Scandinavian artist Jason. It has werewolves in it. It is, as usual, hilarious.

July 28:

Ex Machina #50

The conclusion of Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris’s political superhero thriller.

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