April 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

    The April Previews catalog is sitting on the desk at the shop as always, available for your perusal when you stop by (although Marvel missed their deadline and won’t have their catalog available until the seventh of April). Meanwhile I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you.

    These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in June of 2015. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and let me know by the twenty first of this month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders.

    Some of the codes and abbreviations that I use are: HC (hard cover), TP (trade paperback), SC (soft cover), GN (graphic novel), OGN (original graphic novel-not a reprint or collection), MMPB (mass market paperbacks), AF (action figure), T/C trading cards, T/S (tee shirt) and
(to denote an excellent writer, creator or title deserving wider recognition in my humble opinion).

    Besides the monthly Previews catalog there is also an ‘Adult Supplement’ which showcases the ‘adults only’ comics, books and videos. If you are interested in seeing what’s available (and you’re over eighteen) just send me an email and I will send you this month’s adult catalog in a .pdf format with images, descriptions and prices.

    This month is ‘Manga Month/Anime All Access’ so expect extended listings of Shojo, Yaoi, Historical, Alternative and all other genres of Manga in the catalog.

    DARK HORSE: We seem to have an unprecedented amount of tremendous creators working in the industry these days, most gravitating to those publishers who allow their creators to retain ownership of their properties. One of these top writers seems to be producing more great new stories than humanly possible; Jeff (Descender, All New Hawkeye, Underwater Welder, Essex County Trilogy, Trillium, etc.) Lemire launches another new ongoing title with BLACK HAMMER #1 illustrated by Dean Ormston, a tale of aged, obsolete one time heroes. Drew (Wonder Woman ’77) Johnson debuts his first creator owned series with the MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: THE BLACK LAKE #1 OF 4, a meticulously illustrated story of a rescue operation bringing about a reunion of a defunct and strained team of adventurers. CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT #24 is the final issue of the series, concluding a cross over with X and also featuring The Mark and the Archon. Adam Warren releases EMPOWERED, VOL. 9 TP. A new limited series for an all age audience and fans of dinosaurs, Richard Delgado offers AGE OF REPTILES: ANCIENT EGYPTIANS #1 OF 4 while PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: BULLY FOR YOU #1 OF 3 expands the hit video game franchise. Marc (Batwoman) Andreyko writes MULAN: REVELATIONS #1 OF 4 with art by Micah Kaneshiro, a futuristic cyberpunk martial arts adventure. The fascinating tale of a psychological support group battling invaders that others believe is just neurosis didn’t sell well enough to continue in monthly issues so what would have been issues seven through eleven are offered as the SUNDOWNERS: VOL. 2 TP by Tim Seeley and Jim Terry. The HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1952 TP collects the five issues detailing Hellboy’s first mission in sixteenth century Portugal illustrated by Alex Maleev. The KUROSAGI CORPSE DELIVER SERVICE- OMNIBUS EDITION: BOOK ONE TP collects the first three volumes for twenty bucks and, being Manga Month, all the publishers previously offered Manga volumes are reoffered.

    DC: These are the June solicitations following the two month Convergence event. The New 52 logo will no longer grace the covers; there are twenty five of those ongoing titles left with lots of new series and limited series being launched to fill the gap. The new JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 is fifty six ‘wide screen’ pages written and illustrated by Bryan Hitch with seven variant covers showcasing each of the members: Aquaman, Batman, Cyborg, Flash, Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman. And June’s thematic variants feature the Joker this month, so that’s the ninth cover, while the tenth is a one in one hundred seven panel, fold out variant. BAT-MITE #1 OF 6 is by Dan Jurgens with Corin Howell’s artwork, suitable for all ages. BATMAN BEYOND #1 launches the ongoing series by Dan Jurgens and Bernard Chang but the Justice League is missing and there’s no Bruce for much needed mentoring. BIZARRO #1 OF 6 by Heath Corson and Gustavo Duarte is worstest comic ever and will not guest star Jimmy Olsen or Chupacabras. BLACK CANARY #1 will be written by Brenden (Batgirl) Fletcher with art by Annie (Hawkeye) Wu. In CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER #1 the anti hero will investigate his own history as chronicled by Ming Doyle with art by Riley Rossmo. DOOMED #1 is by Scott Lobdell with Javier Fernandez’ art, about a Metropolis University student who gains the power to transform into the Doomsday monster. DR. FATE #1 is written by Paul Levitz with art by Sonny Liew, where the Egyptian Lord of Dead, Anubis is preparing the Great Flood and his opposition is a student with a helmet and no instruction manual. The survivors, Green Lantern, Power Girl and a new Batman, try to build a better world in EARTH 2: SOCIETY #1 by Daniel Wilson with Jorge Jimenez’ art. GREEN LANTERN: THE LOST ARMY #1 is by Cullen Bunn and Jesus Saiz where John Stewart, Two-Six, Kilowog, Arisa and a guest star you’ll never predict find themselves lost in space with no Power Battery or anything else recognizable in scanning distance. Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray tell the tale that occurred between panels three and four on page twenty of Harley Quinn #12 in HARLEY QUINN AND POWER GIRL #1 OF 6 illustrated by Stephane Roux. Keith Giffen and Howard Porter move one year forward with JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001 #1 while in MARTIAN MANHUNTER #1 by Rob Williams and Eddy Barrows shape shifting Martian terrorists invade Earth. Spinning out of Grayson comes MIDNIGHTER #1 by Steve Orlando with art by Aco, as the man who can predict your every move tries to track down a theft of biotech weapons that also included the secret files on Lucas Trent who Midnighter once was. THE OMEGA MEN #1 is written by Tom King with Alec Morgan’s art and the team will win no galactic popularity contests after killing White Lantern, Kyle Rayner. PREZ #1 of 12 introduces the first Teen President of the United States. Beth Ross, the nineteen year old Twitter sensation as chronicled by Mark Russell with art by Ben Caldwell. Scott Lobdell writes and Denis Medri illustrates RED HOOD/ARSENAL #1, the further adventures of these non-powered but well armed vigilantes; it seems inevitable that they’ll get gunned down sooner or later. ROBIN: SON OF BATMAN #1 is written and illustrated by Patrick Gleason as Damian and the behemoth, Goliath travel the globe. SECTION 8 #1 OF 6 signals the return of Hitman as well as the rest of the bizarre team, Sixpack, Bueno Excellente, Baytor and the seemingly reborn Dogwelder and the team will be complete if Batman responds; by the original creative team of Garth Ennis and John McCrea. Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn) with art by Emanuela Lupacchino kick off STARFIRE #1 as the alien warrior Princess tries to make her way on Earth. Lee (Joker, Suiciders) Bermejo writes and Rob Haynes pencils WE ARE…ROBIN #1 as hundreds of Gotham City teens adopt the ‘R’ and make it their own. Continuing titles include AQUAMAN #41 by Cullen Bunn and Trevor McCarthy, DEATHSTROKE #7 by Tony S. Daniel, JUSTICE LEAGUE #41 by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok, FLASH #41 by Venditti and VanJensen with art by Brett Booth, GREEN ARROW #41 by Ben Percy with Patrick Zircher’s art, NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #9 by Sean Ryan and Phillipe Briones, LOBO #7 by Bunn and Cliff Richards, SECRET SIX #3 by Gail Simone and Ken Lashley, TEEN TITANS #9 by Will Pfeifer and Kenneth Rocafort, WONDER WOMAN #41 by Meredith and David Finch who also do the WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1, ACTION COMICS #41 by Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder, BATMAN/SUPERMAN #21 by Pak and Ardian Syaf, SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #18 by Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke, SUPERMAN #41 now written by Gene Luen Yang with Romita, Jr.s artwork, BATMAN #41 by Snyder and Capullo debuting the new Batman, BATGIRL #41 by Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher with Babs Tarr’s art, CATWOMAN #41 by Genevieve Valentine with David Messina’s art, DETECTIVE COMICS #41 by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato with Manapul’s art, GOTHAM ACADEMY #7 by Becky Cloonan and Fletcher with art by Mingjue Helen Chen with special guest student Damian Wayne, GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT #6 by Ray Fawkes with Juan Ferrerya’s art, GRAYSON #9 by Tom King and Tim Seeley with Mikel Janin’s art where Helena takes over Spyral and our hero gets a new partner, HARLEY QUINN #17 by the husband/wife team of Conner and Palmiotti with Chad Hardin’s art, GREEN LANTERN #41 by Venditti with Billy Tan as Hal becomes the universe’s most wanted outlaw and SINESTRO #12 by Bunn with Brad Walker. Deluxe collected editions include: GRAPHIC INK: THE DC COMICS ART OF IVAN REIS HC, ABSOLUTE BATMAN: THE COURT OF OWLS HC collecting one through eleven in an oversized edition for a hundred dollars, GREEN ARROW: ARCHER’S QUEST DELUXE EDITION HC collecting Brad Meltzer’s arc with Phil Hester’s art, SUPERMAN, VOL. 6: THE MEN OF TOMORROW HC with Geoff Johns’ and John Romita, Jr’s arc, WILL EISNER’S THE SPIRIT: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC with the best stories from the forties plus stories by Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and others and WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC, the first two years for seventy five bucks. Offered in soft cover editions comes AQUAMAN, VOL. 5: SEA OF STORMS TP, AQUAMAN: SUB-DIEGO TP, the great tale by Will Pfeifer and Patrick Gleason, ARKHAM MANOR TP with the whole six issue run, BATMAN ETERNAL, VOL. 2 TP (of 3), the BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN TP collecting a bunch of one shots and appearances, the BATMAN: SECOND CHANCES TP collecting the issues that put Jason Todd in the Robin role, BATWOMAN, VOL. 6: THE UNKNOWNS TP, GREEN LANTERN CORPS, VOL. 6: RECKONING TP, the NEW FUTURE’S END, VOL. 2 TP, RED LANTERNS, VOL. 6: FORGED IN BLOOD TP, KLARION, VOL. 1: THE NEW WITCH IN TOWN TP, CATWOMAN, VOL. 6: KEEPER OF THE CASTLE TP, SINESTRO, VOL. 2: SACRIFICE TP, SUPERGIRL, VOL. 6: CRUCIBLE TP, NEW SUICIDE SQUAD, VOL. 1: PURE INSANITY TP, and TRINITY OF SIN, VOL. 1: THE WAGES OF SIN TP. Under their VERTIGO imprint is the one shot, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD-FURIOSA #1 by George Miller with Tristan Jones’ art, plus collected editions VERTIGO CMYK TP collecting the recent four issue color themed anthology and FABLES, VOL. 22 TP which is not only the final book in the series, it’s also the final issue, #150 with a hundred and fifty pages of new material including a fold out cover that opens into a four panel mural. Also STIEG LARSSON’S THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST HC, the SCALPED DELUXE EDITION: BOOK TWO HC and SWAMP THING: THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL TP by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar with art by Phil Hester and Kim DeMulder. Their collectible imprint, DC DIRECT offers three action figures from the Arrow TV show; JOHN DIGGLE, FELICITY SMOAK and ARSENAL plus CAPTAIN COLD from the Flash program and, for one hundred bucks comes BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES BATMOBILE with working exterior and interior lights (batteries not included) which seats two 6″ action figures and also from the Batman Animated Series comes BANE, SCARECROW, NIGHTWING and MAD HATTER, all with accessories. And new statues include BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE BY CARLOS D’ANDA STATUE, BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE SCARECROW BY CARLOS D’ANDA, DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: CATWOMAN STATUE, WONDER WOMAN: THE ART OF WAR BY JILL THOMPSON STATUE, DC COMICS ICONS FIRESTORM STATUE, DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: RED LANTERN BLEEZ STATUE, GOTHAM CITY GARAGE: HARLEY QUINN STATUE and the DC COMICS: CONSTANTINE STATUE. And also from the Constantine TV show comes DR. FATE’S HELMET for five hundred bucks or, limited to 200 pieces, the 24K Gold Plated Edition for eight hundred.

    IDW: Another one shot GARBAGE PAIL KIDS: GROSS ENCOUNTER OF THE TURD KIND by Roger Langridge and Hilary Barta features an exclusive official GPK sticker in the deluxe edition and after their successful cross over with the TMNT the GHOSTBUSTERS: GET REAL #1 OF 4 has the same creative team. The X-FILES: SEASON TEN #25 is a double size finale for the season, and speaking of TMNT the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: CASEY & APRIL #1 OF 4 is written by Mariko Tamaki with art by Irene Koh. The MY LITTLE PONY: PAGEANTS & PONIES one shot has adaptations of two of the television episodes, “Family Appreciation Day” and “Hearth’s Warming Eve“. The third of the four Disney titles is launched with MICKEY MOUSE #1, and LONG DISTANCE #1 OF 4 is by Thomas F. (Love and Capes) Zahler, a romantic comedy with each issue being forty eight pages for five bucks. In conjunction with the Library of American Comics and Marvel Comics IDW offers THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: THE ULTIMATE NEWSPAPER COMICS COLLECTION, VOL. 1: 1977-1979, a fifty dollar hard cover with stories written by Stan Lee and illustrated by John Romita. In collaboration with Roar Comics IDW offers the all ages SAVED BY THE BELL, VOL. 1 TP. Since the last newsletter IDW took on the financially struggling TOP SHELF publisher as a new imprint offering the BACCHUS OMNIBUS EDITION, VOL. 1 with six hundred pages, the first half of Eddie Campbell’s epic, and James Kochalka does a cross over between his two most popular all age titles in the JOHNNY BOO MEETS DRAGON PUNCHER HC.

    IMAGE: First up this month is AIRBOY #1 written by James (Starman, Fantastic Four) Robinson with art by Greg Hinkle and I’m still laughing from reading the two page preview; apparently Robinson felt that writing another Golden Age reboot was a not a positive career move, so the creators appear discussing the unlikeliness of such a job until Airboy shows up and schools them on their lack of ethics. The talented and prolific Brian Wood brings a new ‘foodie’ comic with STARVE #1, illustrated by Danijel Zezelj it’s a Chef aghast at cooking reality programming and looking for a return to the spoiled dignity of his profession. 8HOUSE: ARCLIGHT is written by Brandon (King City, Multiple Warheads) Graham with the art of Marian Churchland, a shared fantasy universe with genderqueer knights, blood magic, music, dancing and a goose. EMPTY ZONE #1 is written and illustrated by Jason Shawn (Conversations With the Dead) Alexander, a sci-fi/horror saga with ‘dystopian cityscapes, reanimated corpses and ganglands full of animal human hybrids’. THE COVENANT #1 is written by Rob (Deadpool) Liefeld and illustrated by Matt Horak, a Biblical tale of a young priests’ efforts to steal back the Ark of the Covenant. Based on the science fiction novels of David Weber comes a new original story set in the Honorverse; TALES OF HONOR: BRED TO KILL #1 is written by Matt Hawkins with art by Linda Sejic. The new ASTRONAUTS IN TROUBLE #1 is written by Larry Young with art by Charlie (Walking Dead) Adlard involving NASA, the media and terrorism in 1959. The other big foodie comic hits a milestone with CHEW #50 with the big showdown we’ve been expecting, NONPLAYER #2 by Nate Simpson returns after a far too long hiatus and I know you’ll want see the police standoff at a fish market in L.A. against a homicidal robot armed only with seafood. The RASPUTIN, VOL. 1 TP collects the first five issues of the biographical series, SEX CRIMINALS #11 comes with the first of five XXX covers that will arrive in shops in a solid polybag (so you can’t see it until you get it home). SKULLKICKERS #100 will be the final issue of the series and the creators encourage readers to fill in what happened in the missing sixty six issues by tweeting to #SK100; Author Jim Zub says, ‘Hey, if other publishers can just slap any old number on a cover and call it an anniversary, then we want in on that action for our final issue.’ SOUTHERN BASTARDS #9 begins a new arc and collected editions this month include THE AUTUMNLANDS, VOL. 1: TOOTH & CLAW TP for ten bucks, C.O.W.L., VOL. 2: THE GREATER GOOD TP, CRIMINAL, VOL. 5: THE SINNERS TP, DRIFTER, VOL. 1: OUT OF THE NIGHT TP for ten bucks, THE FUSE, VOL. 2: GRIDLOCK TP, INVINCIBLE, VOL. 21 TP, POSTAL, VOL. 1 TP for ten bucks, REYN, VOL. 1: WARDEN OF FATE TP for ten bucks, RUMBLE, VOL. 1: WHAT COLOR OF DARKNESS? TP for ten bucks and THE WICKED + DIVINE, VOL. 2: FANDEMONIOM TP.

    MARVEL: As I mentioned, Marvel missed their deadline for their catalog but I’m going to do my best to tell you what they have offered this month anyway. The little red suns that serve as a recommendation I base largely on my familiarity with the creators associated with the title; when I have no information about who is writing and illustrating the titles, then I have no way to guess what the book will be like, so please excuse my lack of recommendations here, as I’m going on minimal information. SILVER SURFER #16 is a Last Days tie in as everything is gone, stars, planets, suns and only Surfer, Dawn and Toomie remain, by Dan Slott and Mike Allred. Other titles feeling the effect of the end of everything include MS MARVEL #16, BLACK WIDOW #19, PUNISHER #19, MAGNETO #19, CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #9 and LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #15. THORS #1 will feature every Thor of every domain as cosmic cops like an Asgardian Spider-Verse; creators TBA (to be announced). AGE OF ULTRON VS. MARVEL ZOMBIES #1 about a place separate from Battleworld where the banished are eaten by zombies or destroyed by Ultrons; creative team TBA. Finally the wonderful team created by B. K. (Saga) Vaughan gets a new monthly series with RUNAWAYS #1 written by Noelle (Lumberjanes) Stevenson with art by Sanford (Uncanny Avengers) Greene. The new ongoing MARVEL ZOMBIES #1 features Elsa Bloodstone on a one woman mission to save children from the zombie hordes rampaging through Battleworld; creative team TBA. GHOST RACERS #1 has all the Ghost Riders racing on Battleworld with the winner getting a reprieve from the Arena, creative team TBA. STAR-LORD & KITTY PRYDE #1 follows the fledgling romance through Battleworld; creative team TBA. 1602 WITCH HUNTER: ANGELA #1 features Asgard’s Assassin and Sera in King James’ England; creative team TBA. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #1 is billed as ‘The Last Spider-Man Story’; Mary Jane, Peter and Mayday struggle to make ends meet, creative team TBA. GIANT SIZE LITTLE MARVEL: AVX #1 is a Skottie Young festival as the Marvel Chibi Heroes throw down; I’m not sure if this is a one shot, a series of one shots or an ongoing series. WEIRDWORLD #1 introduces a wandering barbarian named Arkon, a sword and sorcery series; creative team TBA. SQUADRON SINISTER #1 features the world’s greatest villains in a crime series taking place on Battleworld; creative team TBA. 1872 #1 is a western and Steve Rogers is the Sheriff of the town of Timely, and Tony Stark is apparently the town drunk; creative team TBA. ARMOR WARS #1 stars brothers Tony and Arno Stark who have created a utopia called Technopolis, except for the disease that forces everyone to wear armor; creative team TBA. X-MEN ’92 #1 is a return to the popular nineties team with an allusion to ‘Free Range Sentinels’; creative team TBA. We find that the Maestro is the dictator of dystopia on Battleworld in the pages of FUTURE IMPERFECT #1, Ruby Summers plays a part and the rebels may have allied themselves with Odin; creative team TBA. YEARS OF FUTURE PAST #1 showcases Kate Pryde as the New York mutants fight to survive the rule of the Sentinels; creative team TBA. MRS. DEADPOOL & THE HOWLING COMMANDOS #1 has Shiklah as the head of a team including Werewolf By Night, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Living Mummy, Man-Thing and Marcus the Centaur: creative team TBA. EXTINCTION AGENDA #1 takes place a decade after the fall of Cameron Hodge’s fascist regime but Havoc and Wolfsbane attempt to rebuild Genosha may have been in vane as a plague spreads; creative team TBA. E IS FOR EXTINCTION #1 has Magneto running the Xavier Academy and instead of being feared and hated the mutants are envied and admired; creative team TBA. KORVAC SAGA #1 pits Lord Michael Korvac and his loyal Guardians against rival lords, threats from beyond the Wall, and madness; creative team TBA. Orbiting Battleworld is a space station made from the head of a dead Celestial, a colony of convicts and criminals which requires heroes, thus the GUARDIANS OF KNOWHERE #1, creative team TBA. CAPTAIN MARVEL & THE CAROL CORPS #1 takes place on Hala Field and the title tells the rest, creative team TBA. Funny man Jeff (Jimmy Kimmel Live!) Loveness writes and Brian Kesinger, a new comer from Disney animation illustrates GROOT #1 as the talking tree becomes separated from his buddy, Rocket and has solo adventures. ANT-MAN: LARGER THAN LIFE #1 is a one shot adventure with Hank Pym and the book is filled out with reprints of Pym’s first appearance as well as his first appearance in costume. Deluxe collected editions this month include the POWERS PREMIERE HC, VOL. 1: ALL NEW POWERS by Bendis and Oeming, STAR WARS: MARVEL COVERS HC, VOL. 1 which is just what it sounds like, STAR WARS: EPISODE V HC: EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, also self-explanatory, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY AND X-MEN HC: BLACK VORTEX, THOR PREMIERE HC, VOL. 2: WHO HOLDS THE HAMMER, MARVEL LEGACY OF JACK KIRBY SLIPCASE HC, ROCKET RACCOON PREMIERE HC, VOL. 2: STORYTAILER, UNCANNY X-MEN PREMIERE HC, VOL. 6: REVOLUTION, ALL NEW X-MEN HC, VOL. 2, AVENGERS BY JONATHAN HICKMAN HC, VOL. 2, SHIELD: COMPLETE COLLECTION OMNIBUS HC offered with three different covers, HAWKEYE HC, VOL. 2, DEADPOOL BY POSEHN AN DUGGAN HC, VOL. 3 and WEREWOLF BY NIGHT OMNIBUS HC plus, relating to their film and cinematic universes, MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD: SEASONS TWO DECLASSIFIED SLIPCASE HC and MARVEL’S ANT-MAN: ART OF THE MOVIE SLIPCASE HC both feature behind the scenes photography, production stills, commentary from directors and cast, etc. In soft cover editions this month Marvel offers the STAR WARS LEGENDS: EPIC COLLECTION TP, VOL. 1: OLD REPUBLIC collecting Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic issues zero through eighteen plus Star Wars: Rebellion issue zero, all previously published by Dark Horse, SHIELD TP, VOL. 1: PERFECT BULLETS, ANT-MAN/GIANT-MAN EPIC COLLECTION TP: MAN IN THE ANT HILL, HOWARD THE DUCK TP, VOL. 1 COMPLETE COLLECTION, MARVEL UNIVERSE: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY DIGEST TP, VOL. 1 for all ages, THOR: GOD OF THUNDER TP, VOL. 4: LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD, SPIDER-MAN & THE X-MEN TP, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN TP, VOL. 3: SPIDER-VERSE, HULK TP, VOL. 3: OMEGA HULK-BOOK TWO, DAREDEVIL TP, VOL. 3: DAREDEVIL YOU KNOW, STORM TP, VOL. 2: BRING THUNDER, CYCLOPS TP, VOL. 2: PIRATES LIFE FOR ME, X-MEN TP, VOL. 5: BURNING EARTH, AVENGERS TP, VOL. 6: INFINITE AVENGERS, NEW AVENGERS TP, VOL. 4: PERFECT WORLD, SPIDER-MAN 2099 TP, VOL 2: SPIDER-VERSE, WOLVERINES TP, VOL. 3: LIVING AND THE DEAD, FANTASTIC FOUR BY AGUIRRE-SACASA AND McNIVEN TP, RUNAWAYS: COMPLETE COLLECTION TP, VOL. 4 and IRON FIST EPIC COLLECTION TP: FURY OF IRON FIST.

    INDEPENDENTS: Okay, those are the ‘Big Five’ publishers (and as soon as DC and Marvel get their universes in order, hopefully those sections won’t be so long and tedious) so here’s the dirt on the smaller publishers. ACME INK continues their black and white ROCK & ROLL BIOGRAPHIES: FAITH NO MORE/MR. BUNGLE, a flip book, ACTION LAB offers VENTURE #1 by Jay Faerber and Jamal Igle about a reporter blackmailing a high school history teacher when he finds the teacher has super powers, AMDALE MEDIA launches COMIC FANDOM QUARTERLY #1 with interviews, examination of comic book movies and issue one has an interview with Bill Sienkiewicz and AMERICAN GOTHIC PRESS is the new comic imprint from the folks that have published the Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine since 1958 and their first tittle is FAMOUS MONSTERS PRESENTS: GUNSUITS #1 OF 4 written by Paul Tobin with art by P. J. Holden, space war horror story. ANTARCTIC PRESS offers another one shot with Rob Espinosa adapting Hans Christian Andersen in STEAMPUNK FABLES: THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL while the big news at ARCHIE COMICS is ARCHIE #1 by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples bringing a more realistic story and art style to all of Riverdale and launching with twenty two different variant covers by some of the most popular artists in the business. Meanwhile the relaunch of their super hero line, once published under the Red Circle banner and now under the BLACK CIRCLE imprint offers THE SHIELD #1, America’s first patriotic hero reimagined as female, written by Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig with art by David Williams and Gary Martin, joining the Black Hood and The Fox series’ already in progress. After a very successful Kickstarter Frank Beddor releases the HATTER M: SEEKING WONDER GN from his company, AUTOMATIC PICTURES, a collection of new adventures illustrated by Sami Makkonen and Tyson Schroder; the earlier graphic novels and the regular novels that preceded them have all been excellent, IMHO. ASPEN STUDIOS debuts FATHOM BLUE #1 OF 5 by Vince Hernandez with art by Claudio Avella and, although there are no new series this month from AVATAR they do have the next issues of Alan Moore’s current monthly titles with PROVIDENCE #2 and CROSSED +100 #7 as well as Garth Ennis’ WAR STORIES #9 that I feel obligated to mention (because they’re so good). The latest from BLACK MASK is TRANSFERENCE #1 by Michael Moreci with Ron Salas’ art about a counter terrorism group who ‘transfer’ their consciousness’ through time to perform their missions. THE FICTION #1 OF 4 is the first new offering from BOOM! STUDIOS this month, written by Curt Pires with art by David Rubin, it’s about childhood friends who find some strange books with doorways that let them pass to other worlds and next up is the gorgeously illustrated STRANGE FRUIT #1 OF 4 by Mark Waid and J. G. Jones set during the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, I suspect this will be one of the gems of the 2015. MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS-OFFICIAL GRAPHIC NOVEL PRELUDE TP has five stories introducing and expanding on the characters that feature prominently in the upcoming film. BROKEN WORLD #1 OF 4 is an apocalyptic survival tale by Frank J. Barbiere illustrated by Christopher Peterson. A recently acquired imprint and one of my favorite publishers, ARCHAIA offers the CURSED PIRATE GIRL ANNUAL #1, over fifty pages of intricate black and white art reminiscent of the work of Virgil Finlay by creator Jeremy Bastian as the protagonist continues her search for her father and they launch FREAKS’ SQUEELE #1 OF 6 created, written and illustrated by Florent Maudoux and featuring elements of European comics, manga and American super hero comics, in English for the first time. The all age imprint, KaBOOM! has CLARENCE #1 OF 4 based on the Cartoon Network series plus the UNCLE GRANDPA: PIZZA STEVE SPECIAL #1 one shot. CANTON STREET PRESS offers the ORIGINAL GHOST RIDER, VOL. 1 HC with the first five issues plus short stores from the Tim Holt comics with art by Dick Ayers and covers by Ayers and Frank Frazetta. (These westerns have nothing in common with the biker with his head on fire other than the name). DYNAMITE offers JUSTICE, INC.: THE AVENGER #1 written by Mark Waid with art by Ronilson Freire as well as THE SHADOW #100, forty eight pages of stories by Matt Wagner, Francesco Francavilla, Howard Chaykin, Chris Roberson, Victor Gischler and more and spinning out from Gail Simone’s series comes SWORDS OF SORROW: DEJAH THORIS & IRENE ADLER #1 OF 3 written by Leah Moore with Francesco Mann’s art, plus the one shot SWORDS OF SORROW: BLACK SPARROW & LADY ZORRO SPECIAL by Erica Schultz with Christian Zamora’s artwork. And for all of you J. Scott Campbell fans out there, there is the WOMEN OF DYNAMITE: VAMPIRELLA STATUE, 12″ tall and limited to 1,969 copies, it’s priced at a hundred and ninety dollars. New publisher DOUBLE TAKE launches three new titles all priced at two and a half bucks each: HOME: LIGHTER THAN AIR #1 and RISE: SISTER’S KEEPER #1 are both zombie anthologies and both have one story written by Bill Jemas and the third title is Z-MEN: NERVOUS IN THE SERVICE #1, a zombie tale set in LBJ’s Presidential term, written by Jeff McComsey with art by Kurt Tiede. FANTAGRAPHICS solicits BLUBBER #1, an all new one shot from Gilbert Hernandez with six mostly wordless surreal adventures. JET CITY COMICS has an all age science fiction adventure written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with art by Steven (Wayward) Cummings and featuring a pin up by Darwyn Cooke for under ten bucks titled the FORAGER GN. THE SIXTH GUN: VALLEY OF DEATH #1 is by Brian Hurtt with art by A. C. Zamudio and is the last limited series before the final arc of the main series, all from ONI PRESS. Although it’s listed in the Book section I want to squeeze this in here; published by QUIRK COMICS comes THE LEAGUE OF REGRETTABLE SUPERHEROES HC, subtitled ‘Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History’ written by your friend and mine, ‘Calamity Jon’ Morris! One of the coolest collections ever; any comic fan earns major bragging rights by having this book on their coffee table. Masamune Shirow best know for his Ghost in the Shell series pens a new manga for SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT: PANDORA OF THE CRIMSON SHELL: GHOST URN, VOL. 1 GN with art by Koshi (Excel Saga) Rikdo, a cyberpunk series about cybernetic girls. SPACE GOAT offers EVIL DEAD 2: BEYOND DEAD BY DAWN #1 OF 3 written by Frank Hannah with art by Barnaby Bagenda and Oscar Bazaldua, the series picks up right where the film left off. TITAN COMICS launches DEATH SENTENCE: LONDON #1 written by Monty Nero, painted by Martin Simmonds, a sequel to the previous sell out hit series about a sexually transmitted virus that grants super powers but only six months to live. Also 21ST CENTURY TANK GIRL #1 OF 3 returns to the original creators, Alan Martin and Jamie Hewlett after twenty years, although lots of other artists will contribute. And they also offer MINIONS #1 OF 4, an all age series featuring the stars of the upcoming spinoff from the Despicable Me films. 215 INK publishes ENORMOUS, VOL. 2 #1 OF 6 by Tim Daniel and Mehdi Cheggour, the continuation of the post apocalyptic tale set in Phoenix and the Sonoran Desert. Celebrating their 25th Anniversary, VALIANT offers the X-O MANOWAR one shot written by Robert Venditti with art by Cafu as a jumping on point, UNITY #19 by Matt Kindt and José Luis begins a new arc while X-O MANOWAR #37 concludes the battle between the forces of Dead Hand and the X-O Army. VIZ MEDIA launches TOKYO GHOUL, VOL. 1 by Sui Ishida, a dark journey through the world of Ghouls while FRAGMENTS OF HORRORS is a hardcover collection of macabre tales from Junji Ito. WW NORTON publishes the ON THE ROPES GN written by James Vance with the art of Dan Burr, this is the long awaited sequel to their Kings in Disguise series, a brilliant, painstakingly researched tale of America during the Great Depression; the story picks up in 1937. And so we reach the end of this months’ comic catalog!

    As usual there are a lot of contenders including Jon Morris’ THE LEAGUE OF REGRETTABLE SUPERHEROES HC, ARCHIE #1, AIRBOY #1 and STARVE #1 from Image, Jeff Lemire’s BLACK HAMMER #1 from Dark Horse, WE ARE…ROBIN #1 from DC, but April’s Pick of the Month goes to Mark Waid and J. G. Jones’ STRANGE FRUIT #1 from BOOM! Studios.

    There’s lots of other stuff in the catalog: magazines, books, toys, games, tee shirts, imports, novelties, and, strangely enough for this time of year there is a whole section of CALENDARS for 2016 (so when you ask about them in December I’ll let you know that you had to place your orders in April). Here’s some of the ones offered: DARTH VADER & FRIENDS by Jeffrey Brown, DOCTOR WHO, DC BOMBSHELLS, VINTAGE MARVEL COMICS, FRANK FRAZETTA, LEGEND OF ZELDA, OLIVIA, WALKING DEAD, HE-MAN, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, AVENGERS, DC: THE NEW 52, JUSTICE LEAGUE, VINTAGE DC COMICS, SIMPSONS, TINTIN, DRAGONS, LUIS ROYO, WOMEN OF MARVEL, BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT, DRAGON AGE, ASSASSIN’S CREED, MORTAL KOMBAT X, CALL OF DUTY, WORLD OF WARCRAFT, ANT-MAN, ARROW, GAME OF THRONES, ORPHAN BLACK, STAR WARS, STAR TREK and lots more.

    The next of the quarterly benefits will coincide with Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, the second of May, there will be a bunch of artists (including a couple you haven’t met, one who is making his Image debut in September), original art in the silent auction, toys and graphic novels in the raffle, free sketches all day, the nice folks at Subway will bring over some sandwiches for all, and all proceeds will benefit Tucson’s Angel Charities group. I hope to see you ALL there.

    Thank you all for keeping the lights on here these past sixteen years. I recently broke my previous record for subscription customers, now having the honor of making sure over TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY subscribers get the titles that they want throughout the year, and I’m grateful for your support and, as you know I take the responsibility seriously. Thank you so much for your trust, orders, support and friendship. See you soon!

    Peace,

    Charlie

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