The April Previews catalog has arrived and, as always it’s sitting on my desk available for your perusal when you stop in. Meanwhile I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might have interest for you.
Some of the codes and abbreviations that I use are: HC (hard cover), TP (trade paperback), SC (soft cover), GN (graphic novel), MMPB (mass market paperback), AF (action figure), T/C (trading cards), T/S (tee shirt) and ☼(an excellent writer, creator or title deserving wider recognition in my humble opinion).
By the way, besides the monthly Previews catalog there is also an ‘Adult Supplement’ for the ‘adults only’ comics, books and videos. If any adults are interested in seeing what’s available please send me an email and I will send you a pdf formatted copy of this month’s adult catalog.
DARK HORSE: Gerard Way, the creator of ‘Umbrella Academy’ and frontman of the recently defunct band ‘My Chemical Romance’ finally launches his collaboration with Becky Cloonan, ☼THE TRUE LIVES OF THE FABULOUS KILLJOYS #1 OF 6 that I know many of you have been anxiously awaiting. Sam Humphries wrote a six part series featuring art by Dalton Rose as well as Eisner winner Bryan Lee O’Malley, Cliff Chiang, Paul Azaceta and Emma Rios, they self published it, it received much acclaim and now Dark Horse collects the story as the SACRIFICE HC, a tale of a troubled youth thrust into the heart of Aztec civilization (which highlights the fact that their civilization wasn’t very civilized). Mike Norton releases BATTLEPUG VOLUME TWO; THIS SAVAGE BONE HC, basically Conan riding a giant pug dog. BREATH OF BONES: A TALE OF THE GOLEM #1 OF 3 is written by Steve Niles with black and white art by Matt Santoro as the legendary Jewish clay monster battles Nazi’s. Mike Mignola writes and Christopher Golden illustrates ☼BALTIMORE: THE INQUISITOR a one shot for fans of Gothic horror. CREEPY PRESENTS STEVE DITKO HC collects the sixteen stories that Steve illustrated for ‘Creepy’ and ‘Eerie’ magazines, all but one of the tales written by Archie Goodwin with all 128 pages in black and white.
DC: ☼SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1 begins a new series written by Scott Snyder who just finished knocking our socks off with the ‘Death of the Family’ tale throughout the Batman titles and illustrated by Jim Lee who needs no introduction. The story involves thirteen satellites falling from the sky with the imprisoned Lex Luthor the most likely culprit; the mystery is who stopped the last satellite from falling if it wasn’t Superman. The first issue is thirty two pages for $4.99 and it includes a two sided poster that is part of the story but can be removed for display. Yet another much anticipated new ongoing series is ☼BATMAN/SUPERMAN #1 written by Greg Pak with the art of Jae Lee. Even with the phenomenal success of the ‘New 52′ the folks at DC aren’t resting on their laurels; other new series’ this month include ☼LARFLEEZE #1 by Keith Giffen with art by Scott Kolins spinning out of the back up stories from the ‘Threshold’ series, TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #1 written by Ray Fawkes with art by Daniel Sampere and Jonathan Glapion, a prequel to the upcoming ‘Trinity War’ and TRINITY OF SIN: THE PHANTOM STRANGER #9 as well as JUSTICE LEAGUE #21 are also building towards the ‘Trinity War’. In FLASH #21 Barry meets Kid Flash for the first time, Captain Steel debuts in EARTH TWO #13, the Parasite’s new origin is revealed in ACTION COMICS #21 and in SUPERBOY #21 Krypto comes to the rescue and he doesn’t resemble the playful pup that we fondly remember. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo begin the ‘Year Zero’ story in ☼BATMAN #21 defining the ‘New 52’ origin, TALON #9 continues the story that begins in BIRDS OF PREY #21. Francisco Francavilla is the guest artist for BATWOMAN #21. Now that the cross overs are complete the Lantern titles get new creative teams: GREEN LANTERN #21 is by Robert Venditti with Billy Tan’s art, both GREEN LANTERN CORPS #21 and RED LANTERNS #21 are written by Joshua Hale Fialkov, the former with Bernard Chang’s art and the latter with Alessandro Vitti while GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #21 is by Justin Jordan with art by Brad Walker and Drew Hennessy. In ALL-STAR WESTERN #21 Jonah Hex visits the twenty first century and Dr. Destiny tells the team members in JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #21 how they each will die; this issue guest stars Swamp Thing and the Flash. STORMWATCH #21 gets cosmic as Jim Starlin writes and Lobo wreaks havoc. Ales Kot writes and Patrick Zircher illustrates SUICIDE SQUAD #21 as the team takes over Belle Reve; will Amanda Waller push the button that will trigger the bombs in the team members necks? In collected editions DC offers the GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS VOLUME ONE: THE RING BEARER TP, GREEN LANTERN CORPS VOLUME ONE: FEARSOME TP and BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT: NIGHT TERRORS TP. The ☼ABSOLUTE LUTHOR/JOKER HC collects both stories written by Brian Azzarello with art by Lee Bermejo. The second volumes in soft cover are offered for JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, THE FLASH, SUPERGIRL and NIGHTWING. Mike W. Barr’s much acclaimed series from the eighties comes back into print with the release of the ☼CAMELOT 3000 TP featuring the meticulous line work of Brian Bolland. Published by DC but outside of the regular DC Universe, I’m excited about the new monthly ongoing series beginning in ☼ASTRO CITY #1 by the creators Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson with the usual Alex Ross covers. Also a new original graphic novel, WORLD OF WARCRAFT: BLOODSWORN HC is written by Doug Wagner with art by Jheremy Raapack and, while on the subject of games the five issue series is collected as DIABLO: SWORD OF JUSTICE TP by Aaron Williams with art by Joseph LaCroix. At DC’s mature reader imprint, Vertigo, we’re offered ☼100 BULLETS: BROTHER LONO #1 OF 8 by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso of course. ☼AMERICAN VAMPIRE: THE LONG ROAD TO HELL #1 is a one shot special by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque setting the stage for the relaunch of the series later this year. The FAIREST VOLUME TWO: THE HIDDEN KINGDOM TP collects the second arc, the ☼BLACK ORCHID TP brings the brilliant series by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean back in an affordable format and the SANDMAN OMNIBUS VOLUME ONE HC collects the first half of the series, 1,040 pages priced at $150.00. DC DIRECT offers two pack action figure sets for $39.95; FLASH VS VIBE and WONDER WOMAN VS KATANA and the MARTIAN MANHUNTER gets a figure for $24.95.
IDW: The ☼X-FILES: SEASON TEN #1 picks up where the television program left off and the series is written by Joe Harris with art by Michael Walsh shipping in conjunction with THE X-FILES CLASSICS VOLUME ONE collecting the nine issue series from Topps Comics written by Stefan Petrucha with art by Charles (‘Walking Dead’) Adlard. GODZILLA: RULERS OF EARTH #1 will introduce hordes of Toho monsters, many who have never been seen in comics before. ☼JOE HILL’S THUMBPRINT #1 OF 3 is co-written by Jason Ciarmella with the art of Vic Malhotra. WILD BLUE YONDER #1 OF 5 is a post apocalyptic tale where air pirates make the skies dangerous but not as dangerous as the radioactive Earth below, written by Mike Raicht and Austin Harrison with art by Zach Howard. TRANSFORMERS: MONSTROSITY #1 OF 4 is the sequel to ‘Autocracy’ and is written by Chris (‘Warcraft’) Metzen and Flint (original ‘Transformers’ cartoon) Dille with art by Livio Ramondeli. Kevin Eastman’s ‘behind the scenes’ look at the creation of his popular characters returns to print with the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ARTOBIOGRAPHY HC. The MY LITTLE PONY ‘COLOR ME’ TREASURY EDITION SPOTLIGHT is an oversized reprint of the entire first issue of the series along with all forty eight covers used for the first four issues of the series. The MARS ATTACKS: CLASSICS OBLITERATED is a mash up with the Martians invading literary classics like ‘Moby Dick’, ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ and ‘Robinson Crusoe’. The EDISON REX TP collects the seven digital issues of the series written by Chris Roberson with art by Dennis Culver that tells of the world’s smartest man and his battle with Valiant, the world’s greatest protector. Three new art books, THE WORLDS OF SAM KIETH: VOLUME ONE HC,☼MICHAEL WM. KALUTA: THE BIG BOOK HC and FELDSTEIN: THE MAD LIFE AND FANTASTIC ART OF AL FELDSTEIN HC are self explanatory. THE CROW: CURARE #1 OF 3 is the second series returning James O’Barr to his creation, this series with art by Antoine Dodé.
IMAGE: A new series by one of my favorite authors, Greg Rucka and with art by Michael Lark; I’m excited for ☼LAZARUS #1, a near future tale where possession is 100% of the law in a society where a handful of Families rule; doesn’t sound too far fetched does it? LAZARUS #1 is my Pick of the Month for April. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips ☼FATALE VOLUME THREE: WEST OF HELL TP arrives on the same day as FATALE #15 which begins the next arc. The HOAX HUNTERS: CASE FILES #1 is an annual where the team looks at some of the lost cases from the archives. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ wonderful hit series gets it’s second collected edition with the☼SAGA VOLUME TWO TP. And issues one hundred and three through one hundred and eight are collected in the ☼WALKING DEAD VOLUME EIGHTEEN: WHAT COMES AFTER TP; for those of you watching the television program who think the Governor is frightening, just wait until you meet Negan!
MARVEL: AGE OF ULTRON #10 OF 10 will feature ‘an ending so confidential even the artists don’t know what lies on the final pages’, the issue will come bagged and the final pages will be illustrated by Joe Quesada. The one shot, AGE OF ULTRON #10 A.I. will change Hank Pym’s role in the Marvel Universe and, hey, the cross over ends so, of course another begins. Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer join forces to write AVENGERS #13 with art by Deodato and AVENGERS #14 with art by Stefano Caselli; this issue will be ‘Prelude to Infinity’ part one as the High Evolutionary comes for the mutants. It appears that the ‘Infinity’ story will continue next month in NOVA #6 as Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness finish the origin in NOVA #5 offered this month. In ☼ALL NEW X-MEN #12 and #13 the team is face to face with the Uncanny Avengers and the Uncanny Avengers also guest star in CABLE AND X-FORCE #9 and #10 this month. In SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #11 and #12 Jonah has brought the web slinger to oversee the execution of the Spider-Slayer but they all get trapped in the Raft with all the villains that the Doc Ock/Spidey has been brutalizing these past dozen issues. Sara Picehlli will illustrate the second arc beginning in Brian Bendis’ ☼GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #4 and Joe Madureira begins the new arc in SAVAGE WOLVERINE #6, now written by Zeb Wells guest starring Spider-Man and Elektra. I’ll have to assume that Doctor Strange will play a big role in the story being told in UNCANNY X-MEN #7 as Dormammu has tossed the team in to Limbo as written by Bendis with art by Frazier Irving. INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #9 begins a new arc with creative team Mark Waid and Matteo Scalera and guest starring Daredevil and VENOM #36 also begins a new arc and introduces Lord Ogre, Philadelphia’s crime boss. ULTIMATE COMICS: ULTIMATES #25 and #26 are the first two chapters of the ‘Ultimates Disassembled’ story. STAR-LORD: THE HOLLOW CROWN is a reprinting of ‘Marvel Preview’ #4 and #11 along with the ‘Star-Lord Special Edition’ meant to bring readers up to date with Peter Quill in preparation for the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movie due in late 2014. While ☼DAREDEVIL #27 reaches a major turning point in Mark Waid’s two year run on the series Lee Weeks writes and illustrates ☼DAREDEVIL: DARK NIGHTS #1 OF 8 as our hero tries to save a young patient in the midst of a blizzard that has brought New York City to a stop. The ‘Hellfire Saga’ begins in WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #31 and #32 and the club is actively recruiting. THOR: THE DARK WORLD #1 and #2 OF 2 is the expected prequel to the upcoming film and is written by Craig Kyle and Christoper Yost with art by Scot Eaton, FURY MAX #13 is the final issue of the series. The SHE-HULK DIARIES by Marta Acosta and ROGUE TOUCH by Christine Woodward are two full length novels arriving in stores this June.
That’s the ‘big five’ publishers; here are some highlights from the smaller and the independent publishers: ABSTRACT STUDIOS has the ☼STRANGERS IN PARADISE OMNIBUS TP, two volumes collecting all 107 issues, 2128 pages for a hundred dollars, and now that APE ENTERTAINMENT has resumed publishing the continued adventures late Drew Hayes’ popular characters they’re also bringing back into print POISON ELVES DIGEST VOLUME ONE: THE MULEHIDE YEARS SC collecting the twenty issues of ‘I, Lusiphur’, the self published prequel to the critically acclaimed series that followed. ARCANA offers ‘THE STEAM ENGINES OF OZ #1 by Sean O’Reilly and Erik W. Hendrix with the art of Yannis Roumboulias. ARCHAIA PRESS offers ☼MOUSE GUARD VOLUME THREE: THE BLACK AXE HC and at ARCHIE COMICS SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #250 further establishes the series as the longest running video game based comic. A relatively new company on the scene ART OF FICTION offers ☼FIVE COLOR COMICS #1, a forty eight page comic with pirates, zombies, jungle girls and a giant ape, a cover by Bruce Timm and featuring art by Paul Pope, Steve Rude, Bill Siendiewicz, Eduardo Risso, David Lapham and more. ASPEN has their fifth of ten new monthly series with BUBBLE GUN #1 OF 5 offered for one dollar and they also begins FATHOM: THE ELITE SAGA #1 and #2 OF 5. Max Brooks of ‘World War Z’ fame launches ☼THE EXTINCTION PARADE #1 OF 11 at AVATAR PRESS with art by Raulo Caceres which will arrive in time for the June release of the ‘World War Z’ film debut, BANTAM BOOKS has A GAME OF THRONES: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL VOLUME TWO HC. BIG DOG INK offers ☼THE IN CROWD #1 OF 4 written by Tucson’s own Eric M. Esquivel with art by C. B. Zone, a tale of media conscious super heroes, maybe more concerned with their images than their missions. Eric also writes ☼LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST #9 with the art of Alisson Borges. And if that’s not enough Arizona goodness the ☼URSA MINOR TP collects the limited series written by Tom Hutchison with art by Tucson’s Ian Snyder; keep an eye out for the ongoing series to be announced soon. BLACK MASK COMICS has ☼BALLISTIC #1 written by Adam Egypt Mortimer with art by Darick Robertson, a sci-fi buddy adventure of a wanna-be bank robber and his best friend, a drug-addicted, foul-mouthed, living gun. THE LIBERATOR #1 is a tale of animal abuse and two vigilantes that Scott Snyder calls ‘a really cool, progressive story about young outcast crusaders’. BONGO has a one shot written by Ian Boothby and Gail Simone, ☼THE MALEVOLENT MR. BURNS and also has ☼SERGIO ARAGONÉS FUNNIES #8 which was originally scheduled to ship in February of 2012; I thought it was canceled but I’m happy to be wrong. Oh, and don’t miss SPONGEBOB COMICS ANNUAL SIZE SUPER-GIANT SWIMTACULAR. BOOM! STUDIOS has Simon Spurrier’s SIX-GUN GORILLA #1 OF 6 with art by Jeff Stokely, a tale of civil war on an Earth colony in the 22nd century, as well as the ☼FREELANCERS TP written by Eric M. Esquivel and Ian Brill with art by Joshua Covey and Felipe Smith. They’re also offering a blank cover version of the FREELANCERS #1 issue; maybe we can get Eric to draw a picture? Boom’s young reader imprint, KaBOOM! offers the HEROBEAR AND THE KID SPECIAL #1 from creator, writer, artist Mike Kunkel as well as the ADVENTURE TIME TP VOLUME THREE and a blank cover version of ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA & CAKE #1. CARTOON BOOKS has ☼BONE: ONE VOLUME COLOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY SLIPCASED EDITION HC, the whole 1344 page epic in color for a hundred and fifty dollars. Andy Diggle, writer of ‘The Losers’ who just walked away from an opportunity to write ‘Action Comics’ launches☼UNCANNY #1 at DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT featuring art by Aaron Campbell about a man who can steal other peoples skills…for a limited time. And they also have FRANK CHO’S JUNGLE GIRL 2014 CALENDAR. I know that it’s early to start thinking about a 2014 calendar but for some reason there are dozens offered in this months’ catalog. DEVIL’S DUE relaunches MERCY SPARX #1 by creator Josh Blaylock with Matt Merhoff’s art, a devil girl hiding among us and hunting rogue angels when not partying. :01 FIRST SECOND has the ☼PRIMATES HC by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks, a non fiction graphic novel subtitled ‘The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Biruté Galdikas. And while on the subject of non fiction HILL & WANG has TRINITY: A GRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB TP showcasing the strong personalities of the physicists under Oppenheimer’s supervision written by Michael Gallagher with art by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm. RED 5 COMICS has not only ATOMIC ROBO: REAL SCIENCE ADVENTURES #10 but also ATOMIC ROBO AND THE SAVAGE SWORD OF DR. DINOSAUR #1 OF 5.STORM KING has JOHN CARPENTER’S ASYLUM #1 adapted by Bruce Jones with art by Leonardo Manco so if you’re a fan of ‘Halloween’, or ‘The Thing’ you may want to check out Carpenter’s first comic. TITAN COMICS is best known for their ‘Judge Dredd’ stories; this month they offer TOMORROWLAND #1 OF 4 written by Paul Jenkins with Stellar Labs providing the art, taking place at the big electronic dance music festival of the same name where two young DJ’s try to save the vital spark of creativity. At TOP SHELF Jeffrey Brown returns with A MATTER OF LIFE HC, a return to his autobiographic roots as he attempts to answer the big questions through experiences of his minister father, his preschooler son and himself. As the cross overs continue at VALIANT HARBINGER WARS #3 OF 4 introduces the H.A.R.D. Corps and ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #10 begins a new arc. VIZ MEDIA has the DRAGON BALL 3 IN 1 EDITION VOLUME ONE reprinting the manga series from the beginning in a remastered, uncensored more affordable format. ZENESCOPE has the GRIMM FAIRY TALES ANNUAL 2013 which is the third chapter in their ‘Unleashed’ cross over series. Also part of the ‘Unleashed’ story is DEMONS: THE UNSEEN #1 OF 3 and GRIMM FAIRY TALES #86 begins a new arc, ‘The Phoenix’ part one. SCREWED #1 begins a modern retelling of the Frankenstein legend created by artist Tyler Kirkham, the main character wakes in a hospital room covered in scars as if she was taken apart and reassembled.
And that completes the comic section. In the ‘Books and Magazine’ section THE WALKING DEAD BOOK TWO: ROAD TO WOODBURY offers the soft cover, mass market version of the novel and STEPHEN KING: JOYLAND MMPB is also offered. And, as I mentioned earlier, there’s a whole section of 2014 calendars offered this month including calendars featuring the art of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell, Luis Royo, Olivia and Victoria Frances and ones featuring art from the Avengers, Women of Marvel, George R. R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice & Fire’, Injustice, World of Warcraft, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Star Trek, Walking Dead, Simpsons, Ultimate Spider-Man, Superman, Wolverine, Star Wars and more. There are also new tee shirts, statues, action figures, and all kinds of novelties in the catalog, like the WALKING DEAD MONOPOLY or RISK limited edition games, HELLO KITTY gummi treats, DOCTOR WHO and MY LITTLE PONY related products, etc. so feel free to flip through the catalog when you stop by and tell me what you’d like and I will be happy to place your order!
Soon you’ll receive an email telling of the next charity event which will be held on the first Saturday in May, which is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. There will be a raffle, a silent auction and a coloring contest for the kids, all to benefit the Tucson Community Food Bank, there will be artists providing sketches and, of course, everyone who attends will be able to pick out four free comics from a large variety of choices.
Thank you all for your support and friendship. I hope you’re all enjoying the great new comics coming out these days and I hope that you’ll appreciate the back issues that I stock as I will be continuously expanding the selection. I hope that you and yours are happy and healthy. See you soon!