April 2012 Newsletter

Dear Friends:

The April Previews catalog features listings for all of the comics and related products that will arrive in stores beginning in June. As usual I’ve read it cover to cover and, to spare you from doing the same I will again try to break the five hundred plus pages down to a hopefully more manageable ten or twelve pages.

Some of the codes and abbreviations that I use are HC (hard cover), TP (trade paperback), SC (soft cover), GN (graphic novel), AF (action figure) T/S (tee shirt) and ☼ (an excellent writer or creator or title deserving wider recognition in my humble opinion). Here are the top creators along with their current projects, creations and titles:

AARON: Jason is releasing the final issue of his brilliant tale of reservation life after the introduction of casinos in SCALPED #60 and the previous arc is collected in the SCALPED TP VOLUME 9, all illustrated by R. M. Guera. Jason will be writing WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #12 with Chris Bachalo’s art and INCREDIBLE HULK #9 and #10 with Steve Dillon’s pencils; Jason’s earlier stories are collected in the INCREDIBLE HULK BY JASON AARON HC VOLUME 1. Other new collections of his Marvel work include WOLVERINE: BACK IN JAPAN PREMIERE HC and the X-MEN: SCHISM TP.

ABNETT/LANNING: Dan and Andy write RESURRECTION MAN #10 at DC with Jesus Saiz’s art and the ‘Unknown Soldier’ story in GI COMBAT #10 and NEW MUTANTS #44 at Marvel with the art of Carmine Di Giandomenico. At Vertigo Dan writes the NEW DEADWARDIANS #4 OF 8 with I. N. J. Culbard and Andy inks Phil Jimenez’s pencils on FAIREST #4. The art by this team in the first issue was remarkable.

AGUIRRE-SACASA: Now that the entire story has been adapted to comics, Roberto’s fine work is offered as the STAND OMNIBUS HC SLIPCASE, a deluxe edition of the adaptation of Stephen King’s novel with Mike Perkins’ faithful artwork throughout. I’ve read the original novel at least five times (in both versions) and I really didn’t expect the comics to hold any interest for me, just because I’m so familiar with the story but I have to say they did a brilliant job; the pacing was so breakneck that I enjoyed it immensely.

ARAGONÉS: IDW is offering ARAGONÉS’ GROO THE WANDERER ARTIST EDITION HC. An ‘Artist Edition’ is made from photographing the original story pages at the original size which gives insight into the artists’ process. At Bongo Sergio writes the ‘Maggie’s Crib’ episode in BART SIMPSON COMICS #72.

ARCUDI: John has been scripting Mike Mignola’s stories in the ‘Hellboy’ universe for years. Recently Mike has added a couple of other co-writers; I think his universe just got to big but John will co-write B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH-DEVIL’S ENGINE #2 OF 3 and the previous arc is collected in the B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH TP VOLUME 3-RUSSIA. John also co-writes the tale being serialized in DARK HORSE PRESENTS #13.

☼AZZARELLO: Brian continues his work on WONDER WOMAN #10 with Tony Akins and Dan Green’s art, and his cool science fiction adventure continues in SPACEMAN #7 OF 9 with long time collaborator Eduardo Risso. Then Brian writes BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN #1 OF 6 illustrated by J.G. Jones. Each issue of ‘Before Watchmen’ will feature a back up feature written by original ‘Swamp Thing’ creator, Len Wein and illustrated by John Higgins.

BARKER: Clive has a story and some art in the anthology ILLUSTRATED MASQUES TP and he continues to co-write HELLRAISER #15 with the art by Stephen Thompson and Janusz Ordon this issue.

BEDARD: Antony pens part two of ‘The Fall of the Blue Lanterns’ in GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #10 with Tyler Kirkham’s art and BLUE BEETLE #10 with Ig Guara.

BEECHEN: Adam writes the main story in BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #5 with Norm Breyfogle. In the ‘Superman Beyond’ tale the Man of Steel faces off against a new generation of Luthor while in ‘Justice League Unlimited’ the origin of Warhawk concludes.

☼BENDIS: Brian writes AVENGERS #27 with Walt Simonson’s art(!), NEW AVENGERS #27 with Mike Deodato, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #4 with Mark Bagley and the NEW AVENGERS OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 HC collecting the first half of his stellar run on the team. Brian is also writing SPIDER-MEN #1 and #2 OF 5 with artist Sara Pichelli. Continuing his Guinness World Record breaking run he writes ULTIMATE COMICS: SPIDER-MAN #11 with David Marquez and the ULTIMATE COMICS: SPIDER-MAN BY BENDIS PREMIERE HC VOLUME 2 is the new collection of Miles Morales’ adventures as the new wall crawler with art by Chris Samnee and others.

BRANDON: Ivan’s new take on Sgt. Rock is collected in the MEN OF WAR TP VOLUME 1: UNEASY COMPANY except he’s just Joe Rock, one of a group of ex-military contractors battling terrorism; this book collects the entire eight issue series.

BRUBAKER: Ed’s horror/noir title at Image with Sean Phillips begins the second arc in FATALE #6 while the first story is collected in the FATALE TP VOLUME 1: DEATH CHASES ME and their noir crime series (with super heroes) is collected as the INCOGNITO CLASSIFIED EDITION HC, a series that’s been optioned for a film treatment. At Marvel Ed continues his super soldier tales in CAPTAIN AMERICA #13 with Tucson’s own Patrick Zircher and WINTER SOLDIER #6 and #7 with Michael Lark.

BUCCELLATO: Brian co-writes the Scarlet Speedster with series artist Francis Manapul in FLASH #10 where the Weather Wizard may not beat the Flash but things don’t look good for Barry Allen.

BUNN: Cullen broke onto the comic scene with a western at Oni Press that continues with SIXTH GUN #23 and now co-writes VENOM #19 with Rick Remender. Cullen co-wrote the ‘Captain America & Bucky’ series with Ed Brubaker and now he writes it solo although the title seems to change frequently; this month there are two issues: CAPTAIN AMERICA AND HAWKEYE #632 and CAPTAIN AMERICA AND IRON MAN #633, both with Alessandro Vitti’s artwork. WOLVERINE #308 features the art of Paul Pelletier and Cullen wrote some of the material collected in the FEAR ITSELF: FEARLESS PERMIERE HC.

BUSIEK: Kurt has no current projects but the AVENGERS ASSEMBLE TP VOLUME 4 collects some of his work from the late nineties including the ‘Maximum Security’ limited series.

BYRNE: John writes, pencils and inks his own creations at IDW with TRIO #2 and NEXT MEN: AFTERMATH #44. More of his older Marvel work is collected in the MARVEL MASTERWORKS: IRON FIST HC VOLUME 2 featuring his art and MARVEL MASTERWORKS: UNCANNY X-MEN TP VOLUME 5 with some stories that he wrote and some that he drew.

CAREY: Mike continues his critically acclaimed Vertigo series in UNWRITTEN #38. SPELLBINDERS: SIGNS AND WONDERS TP collects the six issue Marvel series with Mike Perkins’ art about a girl who finds herself unwittingly caught up in a magical war when she relocates to a new school in Salem, Massachusetts.

CASEY: Joe along with artist Nathan Fox reveals the secret of Lady Haunt in HAUNT #27, the series co-created by Robert Kirkman and Todd McFarlane.

CHAYKIN: Howard writes one of the tales in ROBERT E. HOWARD’S SAVAGE SWORD #5 and he provides a variant cover for the SHADOW #3 this month. But speaking of SAVAGE SWORD #5 Paul Tobin writes the return of ‘Dark Agnes’ with Francesco Francavilla’s art in their adaptation of ‘Sword Woman’.

☼COOKE: Darwyn writes and illustrates BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN #1 OF 6 and he writes BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE #1 OF 4 with artist Amanda Connor; both series will feature back up stories by Len Wein and John Higgins. There is a BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE STATUE based on Darwyn’s art and he’ll provide a cover for ROCKETEER ADVENTURES II: #2 OF 4.

CORNELL: Paul writes DEMON KNIGHTS #10 with art by Diogenes Neves and Oclair Albert while the first seven issues are collected in the DEMON KNIGHTS TP VOLUME 1: SEVEN AGAINST THE DARK. At Vertigo the tale of a Mexican American Senator from New Mexico who’s running for President after an encounter with extraterrestrials continues in SAUCER COUNTRY #4 featuring the art of Ryan Kelly.

COSTA: Mike writes COBRA ONGOING #14 with artist Antonio Fuso and, with Jon Armstrong he writes SMOKE AND MIRRORS #4 OF 5, a story of a stage magician in a world where magic is real, with art by Ryan Browne.

DANIEL: Tony writes and pencils DETECTIVE COMICS #10 with the Dark Knight battling Hypnotic. Also the back up feature on Two Face continues.

DAVID: Peter continues his collaboration with Robin Furth expanding Stephen King’s adventures in DARK TOWER: GUNSLINGER-MAN IN BLACK #1 OF 5 and the last arc is collected in the DARK TOWER: GUNSLINGER: WAY STATION PREMIERE HC. MARVEL ZOMBIES DESTROY! #3 and #4 OF 5 with art by Mirco Pierfederici takes place in Asgard where the zombie plague has come to Asgard. Peter also writes X-FACTOR #237 and #238 with artist Leonard Kirk.

DeFALCO: Tom writes LEGION LOST #10 with artist Pete Woods at DC while at Marvel, the ANT-MAN SEASON ONE PREMIERE HC tells the origin of Ant-Man, also known as Giant Man, Goliath and Yellowjacket, features the art of Horacio Domingues and includes ‘Avengers Academy’ issue number one.

DIDIO: Dan, along with Jeph Loeb wrote the material collected in the hundred page DC COMICS PRESENTS SUPERMAN: SUPERGIRL #1; these stories are illustrated by Ian Churchill and were originally released as ‘Superman/Batman’ #19, ‘Superman’ #176 and ‘Supergirl’ #1 plus stories from the ‘DC Infinite Holiday Special’ #1 and the ‘DCU Holiday Special’ #1.

DIXON: Chuck writes war stories in GI JOE: VOLUME 2- ONGOING #14, SNAKE EYES & STORM SHADOW #14 and, collected in GI JOE VOLUME 2: COBRA COMMAND TP VOLUME 1 which gathers together the cross over of ‘Cobra’ #9, ‘Snake Eyes’ #9 and ‘GI Joe’ #9 and #10. He also co-writes AIRBOY: DEADEYE #3 OF 5 with Gianluca Piredda illustrated by Ben Dunn. Chuck also continues with his adaptation in ROBERT JORDAN’S WHEEL OF TIME: EYE OF THE WORLD #26 featuring Marcio Fiorito’s art.

EDMONDSON: Nathan’s eight issue run is collected in the GRIFTER TP VOLUME 1: MOST WANTED with art by CAFU, the first five issues of his original Image series is collected in the ACTIVITY TP VOLUME 1 with art and cover by Mitch Gerads and his latest creation, with art by Nic Klein is DANCER #2, mixing espionage intrigue with the world of professional ballet.

ELLIS: Warren is another of the growing number of creators seduced by the film industry; he’s just announced that the ‘Gravel’ film is moving forward and the man working on it is a trusted friend. Anyway, he still has his hand in a couple of magazines; BLEEDING COOL MAGAZINE #0 will be by Rich Johnston featuring reviews and previews and Warren’s magazine has ‘rebooted’; CLINT 2.0 #2 generally features three or four complete comics by Warren, often the next chapter of his projects that eventually ship from Marvel’s Icon imprint and usually one or two other comics by other creators.

ENNIS: At Marvel Garth is writing FURY MAX #3 with Goran Parlov; I hope it’s half as entertaining as the previous ‘Max’ series about Nick, which has been out of print for a while now. At Avatar Press Garth continues his usual over-the-top bloody horror in STITCHED #6, a series that he made into a film before he made the comic, and DICKS COLOR EDITION #5 which is as offensive and politically incorrect as Garth can manage. Over at Dynamite Entertainment he’s writing SHADOW #3 with artist Aaron Campbell, BOYS #67 with Russell Braun and BOYS TP VOLUME #11: OVER THE HILSS WITH THE SWORDS OF A THOUSAND MEN. A while back Garth created a character, GARTH ENNIS’ JENNIFER BLOOD #16, which is now written by Al Ewing and Al’s previous arc is collected in the GARTH ENNIS’ JENNIFER BLOOD TP VOLUME #3. Al also writes the spin-off title NINJETTES #5.

FIALKOV: Joshua Hale continues writing the ‘New 52’ title, I, VAMPIRE #10 with artist Andrea Sorrentino while at IDW he wrote the material collected in the DOCTOR WHO ONGOING: SERIES TWO TP VOLUME 4: AS TIME GOES BY with artist Matthew Dow Smith.

FINCH: David provides the art and the cover for BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #10 and also provides the cover art for JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #10.

FRACTION: Matt will be writing MIGHTY THOR #15 and #16 both with art by Pepe Larraz and covers by Walt Simonson, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #518 and #519 with Salvador Larroca’s art featuring the assassination of Tony Stark and the debut of the new Iron Man, and the INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREMIERE HC VOLUME 9: DEMON collects his work. He writes the latest relaunch of DEFENDERS #7 with artist Terry Dodson and the first arc is collected in the DEFENDERS BY MATT FRACTION TP VOLUME 1. And, last but not least he finishes the latest arc of his creator owned work with artist Gabriel Ba in CASANOVA: AVARITIA #4 OF 4.

GAGE: Christos writes ANGEL & FAITH #11 at Dark Horse with artist Rebekah Isaacs but the bulk of his work remains on Marvel’s team books. AVENGERS ACADEMY #31 and #32 with Tom Grummet’s art are ‘CLASSIFIED’; Marvel will tell me nothing about the stories. X-MEN LEGACY #268 and #269 features the art of Rafael Sandoval, both of which are tie-ins to the ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ crossovers series. Christos’ latest arc is collected as the X-MEN LEGACY: BACK TO SCHOOL PREMIERE HC.

GAIMAN: The first issue of CREATOR OWNED HEROES features an interview with Neil as well as the two stories, convention photos, ‘Triggergirl 6’ cosplay and articles celebrating creator-owned independence.

GIFFEN: Keith co-writes SUPERMAN #10 with artist Dan Jurgens at DC while at IDW the MARS ATTACKS CLASSICS TP VOLUME 1 collects the five issue series published by Topps in 1994 with some of the stories showcasing the early artwork of Charlie Adlard, who has gained recent acclaim for his work on the ‘Walking Dead’ comic series. IDW also offers the first issue of MARS ATTACKS #1, an all new series written by John (‘Chew’) Layman with John McCrea’s art.

GILLEN: Keiron writes one of the two stories in AVX #3 OF 6 with artist Salvador Larroca, the other story will be written and illustrated by Steve McNiven. Each issue of this series features two fights spinning out of the main twelve part series; this issue is Black Widow vs Magic and Colossus vs the Thing. Keiron also writes UNCANNY X-MEN #13 and #14 both illustrated by Greg Land and both tie-ins to AVX. And he writes some of the material in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #639 and #640 with art by Richard Elson.

GLASS: Adam writes SUICIDE SQUAD #10 with Fernando Dagnino while the first seven issues are collected as SUICIDE SQUAD TP VOLUME 1: KICKED IN THE TEETH. Since the John Ostrander series this team hasn’t really gotten established but the current title has been very well received and the interest and the sales figures seem to be increasing steadily.

GOLDEN: MICHAEL GOLDEN’S ALCHEMY SC: SIGNED EDITION is a collection of rare and never seen artwork and sketches and is available as a SKETCH edition as well. Michael writes and illustrates one of the tales in ROCKETEER ADVENTURES II #2 OF 4 and also provides a variant cover for BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN #1 OF 6.

GRAY/PALMIOTTI: Justin and Jimmy co-write ALL STAR WESTERN #10 at DC beginning a battle between the Court of Owls and the Crime Bible and begin a new series co-written and created with Steve Niles suitably titled CREATOR OWNED HEROES #1 at Image; Jimmy and Justin write ‘Triggergirl 6’ with Phil Noto’s art. Jimmy also wrote some of the material collected in the CONAN: DAUGHTERS OF MIDORA & OTHER STORIES TP from Dark Horse.

HAMA: Larry writes GI JOE: A REAL AMERICA HERO #179 with art by S. L. Gallant and IDW also has the GI JOE: REAL AMERICA HERO TREASURY EDITION which reprints issue one plus two more tales picked for their patriotism as it’s due on the fourth of July. The Treasury Editions are the large format you may recall from many years ago; about the size of a newspaper folded in half. Also the latest collection of Larry’s work is GI JOE: ROOTS OF RETALIATION TP.

☼HICKMAN: If you read these things then you probably know that Jonathan, along with Nick Spencer are the two writers I’ve been most pleased with of late, especially for their innovative work at Image. Jonathan writes MANHATTAN PROJECTS #4 with artist Nick Pitarra and SECRET #3 with Ryan Bodenheim; check them both out if you haven’t yet. At Marvel, Jonathan has revitalized the first family and, in my opinion has been doing a better job than anyone who has written these characters. This month he has FANTASTIC FOUR #607 with Ron Garney and FF #19 with Nick Dragotta and, collected as FF BY JONATHAN HICKMAN VOLUME 3 PREMIERE HC. He also co-writes ULTIMATE COMICS: ULTIMATES #12 with Sam Humphries, illustrated by Luke Ross and he writes AVENGERS VS X-MEN #6 OF 12 with art by Olivier Coipel.

HIGGINS: Kyle writes NIGHTWING #10 with art by Eddy Barrows which is part one of ‘The Republic of Tomorrow, Today’; the ‘Republic of Tomorrow’ led by Paragon, introduces a new nemesis.

HILL: Just one offering from Joe this month: LOCKE & KEY HC VOLUME 5: CLOCKWORKS with art by Gabriel Rodriguez.

HINE: David completes the second series with artist Shaky Kane with BULLETPROOF COFFIN: DISINTERRED #6 OF 6 coinciding with the first series being released as the BULLETPROOF COFFIN TP. David also writes DARKNESS #104 with the art of Jeremy Haun.

HUMPHRIES: At Marvel Sam co-writes ULTIMATE COMICS: ULTIMATES #12 with Jonathan Hickman and JOHN CARTER: GODS OF MARS #4 OF 5 with artist Ramon K. Perez. At Boom! Studios Sam writes FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #3 with art by Jerry Gaylord: (the battle takes place at the San Diego Comic Convention of course) and HIGHER EARTH #2 with art by Phil Noto and Trevor Hairsine a science fiction tale with infinite Earths, most of which are dystopic and have tough immigration laws.

HURWITZ: Best selling novelist Gregory Hurwitz is the new writer on BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #10 with the dark and detailed artwork of David Finch and a battle ‘against the most deadly version of the Scarecrow he’s ever seen’.

HUSTON: The last arc of the now defunct series by crime novelist Charlie Huston is collected as WOLVERINE: BEST THERE IS-BROKEN QUARANTINE TP with the hyper detailed line art of Juan Jose Ryp.

JOHNS: Geoff continues on all three of his ‘New 52’ titles: JUSTICE LEAGUE #10 with Jim Lee’s art, AQUAMAN #10 with Ivan Reis and GREEN LANTERN #10 with Doug Mahnke. Also the FLASH OMNIBUS BY GEOFF JOHNS HC VOLUME 3 is offered, (though a few of the contained stories were written by Greg Rucka).

JOHNSON: Mike, along with Michael Green used to write the ‘Supergirl’ television series; now they write SUPERGIRL #10 with Mahmud A. Asrar’s artwork. Mike is also writing STAR TREK ONGOING #10 with art by Stephen Molnar.

JURGENS: Dan writes JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #10 with Aaron Lopresti’s art which picks up right after the events in ‘Firestorm’ #9 and he co-writes SUPERMAN #10 with Kieth Giffen; Keith also pencils the issue.

KINDT: Matt writes and illustrates MIND MGMT #2 at Dark Horse, described as ‘Akira’ meets ‘Heart of Darkness’ by way of ‘100 Bullets’. At DC Matt is the new writer on FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. #10 with artist Alberto Ponticelli. Matt is also one of the authors whose work is collected in the MEN OF WAR VOLUME 1: UNEASY COMPANY TP.

KIRKMAN: Robert’s all age comic gets it’s second collection: SUPER DINOSAUR TP VOLUME 2 with Jason Howard’s art and there are also SUPER DINOSAUR SHIRTS in children’s and adult sizes. The new collected edition of perhaps the most addictive comic of all time is offered: WALKING DEAD TP VOLUME 16: A LARGER WORLD with the black and white artwork of Charlie Adlard with the same team on WALKING DEAD #99. Ryan Ottley illustrates INVINCIBLE #93 and ☼THIEF OF THIEVES #5 is co-written by Nick Spencer and features the art of Shawn Martinbrough. The WALKING DEAD MINIMATES SERIES 1 ASSORTMENT is also offered.

KRUL: J.T. writes CAPTAIN ATOM #10 with Freddie Williams’ art and he writes the back up story in GI COMBAT #2 with Dan Panosian’s art. His first arc is collected in the GREEN ARROW TP VOLUME 1: INTO THE WOODS with Diogenes Neves’ art. At Aspen Studios, where J.T. began, he writes SOULFIRE: HOPE #1 with Jose Varese’s illustrations.

LAPHAM: David writes THE STRAIN #5 OF 12 with Mike Huddleston’s art at Dark Horse, AGE OF APOCALYPSE #4 with Robert De La Torre at Marvel and DAN THE UNHARMABLE #2 with Rafael Ortiz at Avatar Press. I suspect that ‘Dan’ will be a surprise hit with it’s combination of over-the-top violence and dark humor.

LEE: Jim will provide interiors and the cover for JUSTICE LEAGUE #10 and variant covers for BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINITEMEN #1 OF 6, :SILK SPECTRE #1 OF 4, :COMEDIAN #1 OF 6 and :NITE OWL #1 OF 4. There is also a GREEN LANTERN: RAW BY JIM LEE T/S based on his pencil art.

LEMIRE: Jeff writes JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #10 with the smooth art of Mikel Janin as the team moves into their new headquarters, the House of Mystery, and ANIMAL MAN #10 with Steve Pugh’s art and guest starring Justice League Dark plus Jeff’s own Vertigo title SWEET TOOTH #34 with Nate Powell drawing.

LEVITZ: Paul writes the new WORLD’S FINEST #2 with George Perez, and LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #10 with Francis Portela under a Steve Lightle cover.

LIEFELD: I’m not sure why DC is giving Rob more work; several of my customers tell me they’ll read these titles as long as Rob isn’t involved. Anyway, Rob will co-write and provide the cover for SAVAGE HAWKMAN #10; Mark Poulton will share writing chores and the art will be by Art Thibert and Joe Bennet. Rob writes, pencils and does the cover for DEATHSTROKE #10 as ‘The Search for Lobo’ begins, Rob and Frank Tieri write GRIFTER #10 with Scott Clark providing cover and interiors. At Image Rob inks BLOODSTRIKE #29 and he also inks YOUNGBLOOD #72 as well as providing cover art.

LISS: A brilliant historical novelist, David’s golden age type series is collected in the MYSTERY MEN TP with Patrick Zircher’s art from Marvel. At Dynamite David is lending his storytelling skills to the classic pulp character in THE SPIDER #2 with Coulton Worley’s art.

LIU; Marjorie writes ASTONISHING X-MEN #51 with Mike Perkins’ art and the story is ‘CLASSIFIED’. Her work with artists Sana Takeda and Phil Noto is collected in the X-23 TP VOLUME 2: CHAOS THEORY.

LOBDELL: Scott writes SUPERBOY #10 with artist Iban Coello (which connects to his ‘Teen Titans’ #10), RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #10 with Kenneth Rocafort and TEEN TITANS #10 with Brett Booth, all at DC. At Aspen Studios he writes FATHOM VOLUME 4, #7 with art by Alex Konat.

LOEB: The material collected in the DC COMICS PRESENTS SUPERMAN: SUPERGIRL #1 was written by Jeph along with Dan Didio and showcases the artwork of Ian Churchill.

LOPRESTI: Aaron pencils JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #10 this month.

MANAPUL: Francis provides interior and cover art for FLASH #10 which he co-writes with Brian Buccellato.

MARZ: Ron writes ARTIFACTS #19 with the photo-realistic art of Stjepan Sejic and the latest arc is collected in the ARTIFACTS TP VOLUME 4. Sejic is one of the artists illustrating Ron’s work in the WITCHBLADE COMPENDIUM EDITION TP VOLUME 3 also available as a limited edition hard cover. Ron also writes SHINKU #8 with the art of Lee Moder and he starts a new series with PROPHECY #1 illustrated by Walter Geovanni at Dynamite Entertainment. This is a seven issue limited series which features Vampirella, Red Sonja, Kulan Gath, Dracula, Eva, Herbert West the Re-Animator, Alan Quatermain, Athena, Dorian Gray, Purgatory, Pantha and more all taking sides to save the world from the 2012 Mayan prophecy.

McDANIEL: Scott along with Erik Larsen illustrated the material collected in the SPIDER-MAN: REVENGE OF THE SINISTER SIX PREMIERE HC.

McKEEVER: Ted’s latest series is collected as the MONDO TP which Ted created, wrote and illustrated.

MIEVILLE: Best selling science fiction novelist writes DIAL H #2 with artist Mateus Santolouco.

MIGNOLA: Mike provides the plot and John Arcudi the words for B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH-DEVIL’S ENGINE #2 OF 3 with Tyler Crook’s art, as well as the B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH TP VOLUME 3: RUSSIA with Tyler and Duncan Fegredo. Cameron Stewart co-writes and provides art and cover for B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH-EXORCISM #1 OF 2 and Michael Golden co-writes BALTIMORE: DR LESKOVARS REMEDY #1 OF 2 with Ben Stendbeck’s artwork.

MILLAR: DC COMICS PRESENTS: SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #1 is an all age hundred page collection with art by Aluir Amancio and Terry Austin from the animation based comics of the late nineties. At Marvel’s Icon imprint Mark writes his ☼SECRET SERVICE #3 OF 7 with Dave Gibbons’ art and ☼SUPERCROOKS #4 OF 4 with Leinil Yu. HIT-GIRL #1 OF 5 will, of course be illustrated by John Romita, Jr. as Mindy tries to convince her mother and step-father that she’s turned over a new leaf while continuing to dispense justice while training Kick-Ass to be her side kick. And Mark’s British magazine, ☼CLINT 2.0 #2 will feature the first issue of ‘Hit Girl’, an issue of ‘Supercrooks’ an issue of ‘Secret Service’ and the first issue of ‘Death Sentence’, a mash up of super powers and STD’s. Also interviews with Mark as well as Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch, Jonathan Ross, Frank Quitely and more.

MILLIGAN: At DC Pete writes RED LANTERNS #10 with new artist Miguel Angel Sepulveda which picks up after last months’ ‘Stormwatch’ issue nine and he writes STORMWATCH #10 with new artist Ignacio Calero and at Vertigo he writes the flagship title HELLBLAZER #292 with art and cover by Simon Bisley. I’ve heard rumors of a relaunch of ‘Hellblazer’ with a new first issue soon.

MOORE: Terry continues with his unusual take on the undead genre in RACHEL RISING #9 and his instructional series continues with TERRY MOORE’S HOW TO DRAW #4: FUNNY. Terry writes, draws and self-publishes his work and all of his work is still in print: ‘Strangers in Paradise’ in six volumes and ‘Echo’ all in one edition now.

☼MORRISON: Grant writes ACTION COMICS #10 with Gene Ha’s art beginning a three part tale (and Clark is dead) and BATMAN INCORPORATED #2 with series artist Chris Burnham. Grant’s epic work on action gets its’ first collection in the SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS HC VOLUME 1: SUPERMAN-MEN OF STEEL with Rags Morales’ art collecting issues one through eight. The ABSOLUTE BATMAN AND ROBIN HC: BATMAN REBORN collects the sixteen issues plus ‘Batman: The Return’ with Frank Quitely and a host of other fine illustrators. Also the JLA TP VOLUME 2 with Howard Porter’s and Gary Frank’s art comes back into print. Grant’s bizarre conspiracy series gets the deluxe treatment as the INVISIBLE OMNIBUS HC illustrated by Steve Yeowell; weighing in at 1,536 pages this gathers all three series plus the stories from ‘Absolute Vertigo’ #1 and ‘Vertigo: Winter’s Edge’ #1 for a hundred and fifty bucks. And, finally his recent non-fiction work is released again with newly added material: SUPERGODS, VIGILANTES, MUTANTS, SUN GODS TEACH BEING HUMAN TP.

NELSON: Arvid is writing the adventures of Tarzan in LORD OF THE JUNGLE #7 with Roberto Castro’s art and WARLORD OF MARS 21 with Stefano Martino.

NILES: Steve has a story in ROBERT E. HOWARD’S SAVAGE SWORD #5 at Dark Horse, at IDW he writes 30 DAYS OF NIGHT ONGOING #8 with Christopher Mitten’s art and at Image he collaborates with Gray and Palmiotti writing CREATOR OWNED HEROES #1 a search for paradise in post-apocalyptic America; Steve writes ‘American Muscle’ part one with Kevin Mellon’s art. Steve also has a story in the anthology, BELA LUGOSI’S TALES FROM THE GRAVE #3 with Kerry Gammill’s art.

NOCENTI: Ann has taken the reins on GREEN ARROW #10 with art by Oliver Nome at DC and this will be a stand alone issue if you’d like to try out the new scribe. Ann and Michael McMillan write TRUE BLOOD ONGOING #2 with Michael Gaydos’ art.

OSTRANDER: John writes STAR WARS: DAWN OF THE JEDI #5: FORCE STORM with Dan Parsons illustrating.

PAK: Greg obviously co-wrote ALPHA FLIGHT: THE COMPLETE SERIES BY PAK AND VAN LENTE TP drawn by Ben Oliver and Dale Eaglesham and, for Aspen Studios he writes DEAD MAN’S RUN #5 with Eisner nominated Phoenix artist Tony Parker.

PANOSIAN: Dan illustrates the back up story in GI COMBAT #2 and provides the cover art for ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST #12 OF 12.

PARKER: Jeff writes Dark Avengers #175 and #176 with artist Declan Shalvey; yes, Marvel is playing games with the issue numbers again. Jeff will also write HULK #53 and #54 with Carlo Pagulayan’s art.

PEREZ: Besides the already mentioned work on WORLD’S FINEST #2 George also has a RED SONJA LITHOGRAPH offered this month.

POWELL: Eric is the featured artist in MODERN MASTER SC #28: ERIC POWELL with interviews and a career synopsis.

REED: Brian wrote HALO: FALL OF REACH-INVASION PREMIERE HC with art by Felix Ruiz and he co-wrote the material in the RED SONJA OMNIBUS TP VOLUME 3 with someone just named Moe; the art is by Walter Geovanni.

REMENDER: Rick writes SECRET AVENGERS #28 with Renato Guedes, he co-writes VENOM #19 with Cullen Bunn, the art is by Lan Medina and Rick writes UNCANNY X-FORCE #26 with Mike McKone’s artwork.

ROBERSON: Chris writes I, ZOMBIE #26, Mike Allred provides art and cover, his STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES HC is also available in a limited edition version with Jeffrey Moy’s art and the ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST TP VOLUME 2 has art by Franceso Biagini.

ROBINSON: James writes the ‘New 52-Second Wave’ title EARTH TWO #2 with art by Nicola and Trevor Scott where Mister Terrific shows up, DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #10 is the second of a three part Vandal Savage tale with Bernard Chang’s art and SHADE #9 OF 12 is illustrated by Frazer Irving.

RUCKA: The FLASH OMNIBUS BY GEOFF JOHNS HC VOLUME 3 isn’t all written by Geoff and has art by Howard Porter and Albert Dose. PUNISHER #12 is drawn by Marco Checchetto.

SAMNEE: One of my favorite of the newer artists Chris provides the cover for WOLVERINE #308 and he illustrated some of the stories collected in the ULTIMATE COMICS: SPIDER-MAN BY BENDIS PREMIERE HC VOLUME 2.

SEELEY: Tim writes BLOODSTRIKE #29 with art by Franchesco Gaston and Liefeld, WITCHBLADE #158 with art by Diego Bernard and Fred Benes and ARMY OF DARKNESS ONGOING #5 with Marat Mychaels’ art.

SIMONE: Gail writes BATGIRL #10 with art by Vicente Cifuentes and Alitha Martinez. This issue is part one of the three part ‘Knightfall’ story and promises a surprise revelation about Barbara that we should have thought of ourselves as well as introducing a villain destined to become Barbara’s greatest and most dangerous foe.

SLOTT: Dan writes AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #687 and #688 with Stefano Casselli, Dan and Christopher Yost co-wrote SPIDER-MAN: TROUBLE ON THE HORIZON PREMIERE HC with Humberto Ramos and others on art and, with Ty Templeton Dan wrote the MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN COMIC READER TP #1 OF 2 featuring Nuno Plati’s art, a young reader’s recap of the animated television series.

☼SNYDER: Scott continues developing maybe the best nemesis since the Joker in BATMAN #10 with Greg Capullo’s art; the decision to take the caped crusader away from the super hero genre and into Gothic horror with the Court of the Owls has been brilliant. Scott has also been breaking new ground with his work on SWAMP THING #10 with Francesco Francavilla’s (!) art; after Alan Moore’s stellar work I didn’t expect this level of enthusiasm for this title again. This issue begins a new arc and features the return of Anton Arcane. At Vertigo he writes AMERICAN VAMPIRE #28 with Rafael Albuquerque and AMERICAN VAMPIRE: LORD OF NIGHTMARES #1 OF 5 with Dustin Nguyen expands on this series which tie in to America’s history in a fascinating way, allowing for a variety of stories and settings, this one set in post war Europe.

SPENCER: ☼MORNING GLORIES #21 and MORNING GLORIES TP VOLUME 3: P.E. feature the art of Joe Eisma; this has been my favorite comic for quite a while now although I’m still as much in the dark about what’s going on as anyone. ☼THIEF OF THIEVES #5, co-created and co-written by Robert Kirkman with art by Shawn Martinbrough is another title with a lot of promise and intrigue. Nick also writes ULTIMATE COMICS: X-MEN #13 with the art of Carlo Barbieri.

SPURRIER: Simon’s recent limited series is collected in the X-MEN: X-CLUB TP with Paul Davidson’s art; Simon also writes EXTERMINATION #1, a new series with an introductory price of one dollar for the first issue about Earth’s super heroes and villains teaming up to try and take back a defeated planet after an alien invasion.

STRACZYNSKI: Joe Michael writes BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL #1 OF 4 with artist Andy Kubert and, like all the ‘Before Watchmen’ titles there will be a back up story by Len Wein. The WONDER WOMAN: ODYSSEY VOLUME 1 TP has Joe’s stories plus the one by Phil Hester with art by Don Kramer and Eduardo Pansica. And from Marvel (a couple years late) comes the TWELVE PREMIER VOLUME 2 with Chris Weston’s art; Marvel neglected to state whether this is a hard cover or TP but at twenty five bucks I’m going to assume that it’s a HC.

SWIERCZYNSKI: Duane writes BIRDS OF PREY #10 with Travel Foreman’s art at DC where Black Canary learns something amazing about her powers and GODZILLA ONGOING #2 at IDW with Simon Gane’s art. Duane and Chris Ryall wrote material collected in the INFESTATION 2 TP VOLUME 1 with art by Alan Robinson.

THOMAS: Roy adapted to comics the material collected in the CONAN HC 12: THRONE OF AQUILONIA with art by Mike Hawthorne. ALTER EGO #110 is an all Shazam! Issue which features interviews and roundtable discussion with Roy and many others.

TOMASI: Peter writes BATMAN AND ROBIN #10 and the tale revolves around a meeting of the Robins with art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray, he writes GREEN LANTERN CORPS #10 with art by Fernando Pasarin inked by Scott Hanna where John Stewart is on trial for the murder of a fellow Lantern and the GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS TP VOLUME 1 has Pasarin penciling but with Cam Smith inking.

VanLENTE: Fred is writing AVENGERS: BLACK WIDOW STRIKES #3 OF 3 with Wellington Alves and friends’ art and he obviously co-wrote ALPHA FLIGHT: COMPLETE SERIES BY PAK AND LENTE TP with Greg Pak; the art is by Ben Oliver and Dale Eaglesham.

VanSCIVER: Ethan co-writes FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN #10 with Joe Harris and the art is by Yildiray Cinar and Norm Rapmund.

VAUGHAN: Brian is only writing one comic, but it’s an exceptionally good one! I hyped the first issue sight unseen and ordered what I thought were too many copies but it sold out here and apparently everywhere else on the day it arrived and was offered as a second printing on the same day. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. ☼SAGA #4 with the art of Fiona Staples; a universe spanning space adventure with a controversial cross species romance and a high level of intrigue which, based on his previous works (‘Y: The Last Man’, ‘Ex Machina’) is to be expected.

WAGNER: Matt writes and provides cover art for the conclusion of ZORRO RIDES AGAIN #12 OF 12 with interior art by John K. Snyder who was working with Matt many years ago on his epic ‘Grendel’ series. He also writes one of the short tales in ROCKETEER ADVENTURES II: #4 OF 6.

WAID: Mark writes DAREDEVIL #14 with Khoi Pham’s artwork and the DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID PREMIERE HC VOLUME 2 features the art of Paolo Rivera.

WAY: Daniel just has one this month: DEADPOOL #56 with art by Alé Garza.

WELLS: Zeb has two collections of his ‘Spider-Man’ related titles this month: CARNAGE, USA HC with the computer generated artwork of Clayton Crain and AVENGING SPIDER-MAN: FRIENDS BEAT UP YOUR FRIENDS PREMIERE HC with long absent fan favorite art by Joe Madureira and others.

WHEDON: Joss along with Andrew Chambliss writes BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SEASON NINE: VOLUME ONE TP: FREEFALL illustrated by Georges Jeanty. For Joss fans there’s the POWER AND CONTROL IN THE TELEVISION WORLDS OF JOSS WHEDON SC and his CABIN IN THE WOODS is offered on Blue Ray Disc. There are also seven ‘stand-ups’; the two dimensional cardboard characters that you see in theater lobbies: AVENGERS MOVIE LIFE SIZE STAND UP: CAPTAIN AMERICA, NICK FURY, IRON MAN, THOR, HULK, HAWKEYE and BLACK WIDOW and they sell for about thirty five dollars each.

WILLINGHAM: Bill writes FABLES #118 with series artist Mark Buckingham and the latest arc is collected as FABLES TP VOLUME 17: INHERIT THE WIND and the great new spin-off with incredible art by Phil Jimenez being inked by Andy Lanning continues in FAIREST #4 focusing on the female ‘fables’ under an Adam Hughes cover.

WILLIAMS: J. H. co-writes BATWOMAN #10 with Haden Blackman and the art is by Amy Reeder-Hadley inked by Rob Hunter; in this penultimate chapter of ‘To Drown the World’ our hero is ambushed by Killer Croc.

WINICK: Judd writes BATWING #10 with art by Marcus To and inker Ryan Winn; the first arc is collected as BATWING TP VOLUME 1: THE LOST KINGDOM with Ben Oliver illustrating. Judd also writes CATWOMAN #10 with Guillem March’s art introducing ‘Dollhouse’, a psychotic who kidnaps children.

WOLFMAN: Marv writes NIGHT FORCE #4 OF 7 with Tom Mandrake’s art; yes, it was originally a six part series.

WOOD: Brian begins a new series at Dark Horse: ☼MASSIVE #1 with Kristian Donaldson’s art, a post-apocalyptic search for an environmental action ship lost at sea, posing the question of the validity of environmentalism after the planet has already been destroyed. Brian also continues with CONAN THE BARBARIAN #5 with James Harren providing the artwork. And he begins the new arc in X-MEN #30 and #31 with art by David Lopez; a new race of mutants is discovered.

YOST: Christopher writes SCARLET SPIDER #6 with the art of Neil Edwards and the all age MARVEL UNIVERSE: AVENGERS-EARTH’S HEROES #3 with Adam DeKraker’s art. He co-wrote the material collected in the SPIDER-MAN: TROUBLE ON THE HORIZON PREMIERE HC with Dan Slott and the art is by Humberto Ramos. He also co-wrote the post ‘Fear Itself’ series collected as the BATTLE SCARS TP with Scot Eaton’s art.

There’s the list of over one hundred creators for this month; if I’m skipping any of your personal favorites please let me know and I’ll be happy to add them! Now I will go through the publishers and tell you what new projects they’re launching and note anything that wasn’t covered in the above list.

DARK HORSE: FATIMA: THE BLOOD SPINNERS #1 is a new ongoing series created, written and illustrated by ‘Beto Hernandez of ‘Love & Rockets’ fame and features a popular drug, ‘Spin’ which supplies a great high but unfortunately the side effects turn the users into flesh eating zombies. DARK HORSE PRESENTS #10 has a story by Kelly Sue DeConnick with Phil Noto’s artwork resurrecting the Dark Horse character, ‘Ghost’ and also has John (‘Chew’) Layman writing an ‘Aliens’ tale. A limited series spinning out of the ‘Buffy-verse’, BTVS: DRUSILLA #1 OF 5 is written by actress Juliet Landau with art by Cliff Richards. An original graphic novel written by Bo Hampton and Robert Tinnell with Bo’s beautiful painted art, RIVEN TP, is the tale of a girl who awakes from a five year coma as a beautiful teenager with unusual desires that become more intense with the waxing of the moon. (While I like the creators of both of these series I sure am getting weary of zombies, vampires and werewolves.) STAR WARS: KNIGHT ERRANT-ESCAPE #1 OF 5 will be written by John Jackson Miller with the art of Marco Castiello and Vincenzo Acunzo and these collections are offered: STAR WARS OMNIBUS: CLONE WARS VOLUME 1: REPUBLIC WAR TP, combining four TPs plus extras and STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS-SITH HUNTERS TP, one of the digest sized young readers books. The PROTOTYPE 2 HC features stories previously only available online that bridge the events between the video games. The EMPOWERED: DELUXE EDITION HC: VOLUME 2 will be limited to one printing, collecting volumes four, five and six of the soft cover books.

DC: I know that I mentioned all of the BEFORE WATCHMEN series offered this month as DC has done a great job of picking the creators who are qualified to write prequels to maybe the best comic ever written. Each issue will have a CRIMSON CORSAIR back up story written by Len Wein with art by John Higgins, a very talented artist who provided the colors for the original ‘Watchmen’ comic. Joshua Williamson starts the new arc in VOODOO #10 with Sam Basri’s art and Howard Mackie writes RAVAGERS #2 with Ian Churchill illustrating. DC NATION #1 is an all age one shot, a tie in to the animated adventures on Cartoon Network and will feature Green Lantern, Plastic Man and features posters and exclusive pictures. GEARS OF WAR #24 by Karen Traviss with Pop Mhan’s art is the final issue of the series. DC’s mature reader imprint, VERTIGO offers a new original hard cover, RIGHT STATE HC by Mat (‘Incognegro’) Johnson, a race against time to stop an extremist group’s attempt to assassinate America’s second African-American President; art by Andrea Mutti and Nessim Higson. DC DIRECT offers the JUST US LEAGUE SERIES 1 AF ASSORTMENT; these are silly versions of the Justice League all depicted as Alfred E. Neuman. The figures offered are AQUAMAN, GREEN ARROW and SUPERMAN.

IDW: When I was telling you about what Keith Giffen is doing this month I mentioned the MARS ATTACKS CLASSICS TP VOLUME 1 and the new MARS ATTACKS #1; I neglected to mention the MARS ATTACKS BOXED SET which contains the whole Topps 55 issue comic series for two hundred bucks. It also includes a 56th cover that is only available as part of this set. The DAVE STEVENS STORIES & COVERS HC puts all of his non Rocketeer work under one cover. KISS #1 is written by Chris Ryall with art by Jamal Igle and, hey, it’s KISS #1 so it needs no further explanation. Also offered is the KISS GREATEST HITS TP VOLUME 1 gathering both of the stories from the ‘Marvel Super Specials’ magazines. The DANGER GIRL: REVOLVER TP collects the recent limited series by creator Andy Hartnell with Chris Madden’s art. While the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #11 is due there’s also the TMNT COLOR CLASSICS #2 as well as a TMNT MICRO-SERIES #5: SPLINTER one shot expanding the original four issue reboot. The CONVENTION SKETCHBOOK HC is a book of blank pages of paper of the same quality as a hard cover graphic novel for twenty bucks.

IMAGE: SPAWN #220 celebrates the return of Todd McFarlane to writing and cover art chores, Simon Kudranski remains the interior artist, of course there are variant covers galore as well as a limited black and white 20th Anniversary edition. PLANETOID #1 is the adventures of an ex-soldier turned space pirate and it’s created, written and illustrated by Ken Garing. There was a three issue series, then a two issue ‘origin’ series and now the story continues in CARBON GREY VOLUME 2 #1 OF 3, definitely for mature readers, the artwork is simply incredible; if you missed the earlier issues mention it next time you visit so I can show you the first series’ TP; it will knock your socks off. Frank Cho has finally collected his color strips in the LIBERTY MEADOWS SUNDAY COLLECTION: BOOK 1 HC; this and the second volume due in November will put his five years of work in one (okay, two) place(s) and will include new and never before seen material. Justin Jordan, creator of ‘The Strange Talent of Luther Strode’ is the guest writer for the current arc in HACK/SLASH #17.

MARVEL: Neil Edwards will illustrate AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: THE MOVIE #1 and #2 written by Tom Cohen and scheduled to arrive near the fourth of July when the file premieres, it’s also offered as the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: THE MOVIE TP. AMAZING FANTASY #15: SPIDER-MAN reprints the original story from 1962 as well as the first issue from 1963. J.M. DeMatteis writes the MIGHTY THOR ANNUAL #1 with Richard Elson’s art, with our hero caught between Galactus and Silver Surfer. INFERNAL MAN-THING #1 OF 3 is creator Steve Gerber’s ‘final Man-Thing story’ is illustrated by Kevin Nowlan(!). The UNTOLD TALES OF THE PUNISHER MAX #1 OF 5 will be written by award winning crime novelist Jason Star with art by Roland Boschi and, although it says ‘one of five’ it also says ’48 page one-shot’ so I guess we’ll have to wait and see. The MARVEL ZOMNIBUS HC is a 1200 page collection of most every comic ever featuring the successful undead franchise.

OTHERS: That’s the ‘Big Five’ publishers; now I’ll try to spotlight the new and interesting things from the smaller companies (if I haven’t already mentioned them in the creator’s lists). ANTARCTIC PRESS offers VICTORIAN SECRET: GIRLS OF STEAMPUNK, a one-shot pin-up type book and they have the HATEFUL DEAD T/S, a zombified version of the popular skull and lighting bolt logo. APE ENTERTAINMENT has STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE VOLUME 2: #1 as well as a second series of the PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR. ARCHAIA PRESS begins publishing prose novels with CONSPIRACY OF THE PLANET OF THE APES HC. The UNITED FREE WORLDS HC puts the whole indie series (240 pages) in one book for only $7.95. AARDEN ENTERTAINMENT begins ATLAS UNIFIED #0 and #1 featuring Phoenix, the Wulf, the Grim Ghost and the rest of the Atlas Universe which began about thirty five years ago. ASPEN STUDIOS offers the SOULFIRE PRIMER #1 for one dollar to get new readers up to speed for the new SOULFIRE: HOPE #1. AVATAR PRESS launches BLEEDING COOL MAGAZINE #0 as mentioned in the Warren Ellis listing. BIG DOG INK begins their first ongoing monthly series with CRITTER #1 written by Tom Hutchison with art by Fico Ossio. BLUEWATER launches SOLDIER OF FORTUNE MAGAZINE PRESENTS #1: STEALTH, a war comic focusing on mercenaries and the credo, ‘no rules are the rules’. BONGO COMICS collects all the adventures of Bart Simpson’s favorite comic hero in RADIOACTIVE MAN: RADIOACTIVE REPOSITORY VOLUME 1 HC by Matt Groening. BOOM! STUDIOS young readers imprint, KaBOOM! begins a new arc in ADVENTURE TIME #5 which features a back up story by Paul Pope(!). Jeff (‘Bone’) Smith’s CARTOON BOOKS offers ☼RASL #15 which is the final issue of his great tale of inter-dimensional art theft based in Tucson, Arizona. Aside from the ‘Prophecy’ 7 part crossover series (see MARZ), DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT launches a new series (that we’ve seen before), PANTHA #1 written by Brandon Jerwa with art by Pow Rodix; they also offer the WARLORD OF MARS 2013 CALENDAR BY JOE JUSKO as well as the JUNGLE GIRL 2013 CALENDAR BY FRANK CHO. I know it seems early to be offering calendars; these will arrive in October so if you’d like scantily clad barbarians on your wall next year now is the time to place your orders. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS is delving into the EC comics archives and offering CAME THE DAWN AND OTHER STORIES, a collection of Wally Wood’s best and CORPSE OF THE IMJINI AND OTHER STORIES, a collection of Harvey Kurtzman’s best, both in hard cover. I’m quite excited that they’ve decided to bring back into print ☼JACK JACKSON’S AMERICAN HISTORY: LOST TEJANOS AND LOST CAUSE, the first being the tale of the Texas-Mexican war (1835-1875) and the second chronicles the violent reaction to Reconstruction by Texans. The late creator is credited with creating the first ‘underground’ comic (God Nose) and co-founding Rip-Off Press in 1969 but his many comics documenting the history of the southwest is his great legacy. ONI PRESS has wisely tapped the writing team of Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir for BAD MEDICINE #1 and #2 OF 2, a medical crime thriller in NYC with Christopher Mitten’s art. Over at RED 5 COMICS their best series has now gone monthly with ATOMIC ROBO: REAL SCIENCE ADVENTURES #1 but apparently that’s not enough; they’re also launching ATOMIC ROBO AND THE FLYING SHE-DEVILS OF THE PACIFIC #1 OF 5 by creator Brian Clevinger. British publisher TITAN BOOKS brings ALIEN: THE ILLUSTRATED STORY back to print; this is the movie adaptation written by Archie Goodwin with the art of Walter Simonson; it’s available in SC and in an ‘artist’s edition’ HC which is in black and white, scanned from the artist’s original pages at the full size of 14” by 17”. They also offer EVERYBODY LOVES TANK GIRL #1 OF 3 by creator Alan Martin and artist Jim Mahfood. TOP SHELF offers THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN III: CENTURY #3: 2009 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill which concludes the time traveling series. The recently relaunched VALIANT COMICS adds HARBINGER #1 written by Joshua Dysart with art by Khari Evans to their ‘first’ title, X-O MANOWAR #2 which is by Robert Vendetti with Cary Nord’s pencils. ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT offers the GRIMM FAIRY TALES 2012 ANNUAL which leads into the ANGEL ONE-SHOT introducing a new character who will interact in the regular monthly titles. And they launch a new title outside of their regular fable inspired line with IRRESISTIBLE #1, about a man who gets the supernatural ability to be irresistible to every woman he meets; it this a gift or a curse?

That’s it for the comics this month. I mentioned that this is the month to order your 2013 calendars and, other than the two I’ve already mentioned (above, under ‘Dynamite Entertainment) there are also these: LIFE IN HELL 2013 CALENDAR, BORIS VALLEJO & JULIE BELL: FANTASY 2013 WALL CALENDAR, OLIVIA WITH BETTIE PAGE 16 MONTH WALL CALENDAR, DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL EDITION 2013 WALL CALENDAR, VINTAGE MARVEL 12 MONTH 2013 WALL CALENDAR, GREEN LANTERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES 2013 WALL CALENDAR, THE WALKING DEAD 16 MONTH WALL CALENDAR, LENORE 2013 WALL CALENDAR, WOMEN OF MARVEL 16 MONTH 2013 WALL CALENDAR and dozens more including WONDER WOMAN, CONAN, SPIDER-MAN, STAR WARS, HELLO KITTY, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, STAR TREK, WORLD OF WARCRAFT, SIMPSONS, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, TOKIDOKI and more. You can also see all the tee shirts, caps, trading cards, books, magazines, toys, posters, statues, action figures, games, DVDs and other stuff that I didn’t mention!

Peace,

Charlie

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