The April Previews catalog is sitting on my desk, available for your perusal when you stop by. Meanwhile I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might hold interest for you.
These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in June. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and let me know by the twenty first of the 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).
By the way, 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) please send me an email and I will email you this month’s adult catalog in a .pdf format with images, descriptions and prices.
This month’s theme is Movie Blockbusters so you’ll see a lot of listings for the comics that have inspired the film industry as well as comic adaptations of movies past and present. Some of this summers’ films related to comics include: Sony’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 in early May, GODZILLA, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST and MALEFICENT in May, EDGE OF TOMORROW, TRANSFORMERS 4: EDGE OF EXTINCTION in June, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, JUPITER ASCENDING and HERCULES: THE THRACIAN WARS in July, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, THE EXPENDABLES and SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR in August.
DARK HORSE: WITCHFINDER: THE MYSTERIES OF UNLAND #1 OF 5 is the next installment of Mike Mignola’s historic horror series and this one takes place in Haiti and is written by Kim Newman with art by Tyler Crook. Also in Mignola’s Universe this month is ABE SAPIEN #13 set in Arizona and a good jumping on point, B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH #120 featuring a teenage Hellboy and LOBSTER JOHNSON: GET THE LOBSTER #5 OF 5. Eric Powell returns with ☼THE GOON: ONE FOR THE ROAD, a one shot featuring a cover by legendary MAD artist, Jack Davis. ☼THE GUNS OF SHADOW VALLEY HC is a supernatural Western with super human gunmen co-written and illustrated by Dave (Breath of Bones) Wachter with beautiful Western art reminiscent of Doug Wildey’s work. Richard Corben adapts ☼EDGAR ALLAN POE’S MORELLA and THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE in a new one shot. GHOST #5 begins a new arc with new series artist Jan Duursema. Jai Nitz and Greg Smallwood offer DREAM THIEF: ESCAPE #1 OF 4. EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: BREAKING THE RECORD #1 OF 3 is an emo/Goth series suitable for all ages with a feature film in development. For the video game enthusiasts this month is THE ART OF ‘THE EVIL WITHIN’ HC, HALO: ESCALATION #7 beginning a new arc, MASS EFFECT: FOUNDATION #12, TOMB RAIDER #5 by Gail Simone and THE WITCHER #4 OF 5. ☼THE COMPLETE ELFQUEST-VOLUME 1: THE ORIGINAL QUEST TP collects the first quest, all 720 pages in black and white for twenty five bucks. EYE OF NEWT #1 OF 4 is written and illustrated by Michael Hague starring a young wizard on a quest that should appeal to fans of The Hobbit. A SECOND CHANCE AT SARAH HC is an OGN from Neil Druckmann, creative director of The Last of Us with art by Joysuke Wong telling of a deal with a devil to save a wife’s life. ☼THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG HC collects the whole three volume adaptation gorgeously illustrated by P. Craig Russell.
DC: Dan Didio and Keith Giffen begin a new series with some of Jack Kirby’s best creations; ☼INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE #1 involves four students from New Genesis who come to Earth and find themselves in something more desperate than the study program they expected. As Lex Luthor acclimates himself to his new heroic status, the Doom Patrol have other ideas in JUSTICE LEAGUE #32. SECRET ORIGINS #3 tackles Green Lantern this month with the back up stories covering Batwoman and Red Robin. ☼GREEN ARROW #32 begins a new story as crime lord Richard Dragon expands his empire. The big news at DC this month is the (long overdue) new creative team beginning in ☼SUPERMAN #32; Geoff Johns writes and John Romita, Jr. pencils with inks by Klaus Janson, chapter one of ‘The Man of Tomorrow’, which doesn’t refer to Clark’s alter ego but a strange visitor named Ulysses. The ‘Superman: Doomed’ crossover continues in SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #9 by Charles Soule and Tony S. Daniel and ACTION COMICS #32 by Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder and the ‘Red Daughter of Krypton’ tale continues in SUPERGIRL #32. ☼BATMAN/SUPERMAN #12 begins a new arc by Greg Pak and Jae Lee. ☼BATMAN #32 is the penultimate chapter of the long ‘Zero Year’ story by Snyder and Capullo and the ‘Hunt for Robin’ concludes in BATMAN AND RAS AL GHUL #32. The sold out issue gets a new, expanded edition with ☼HARLEY QUINN #0: DIRECTOR’S CUT featuring commentary by the writers and artists, unpublished material, top entries from the talent search and more. As cool as Mike Allred’s covers have been on the retro series, wait until you see Alex Ross’ cover for ☼BATMAN ’66 MEETS GREEN HORNET #1 of 6, written by Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman with Ty Templeton’s art! Harlan Ellison’s work with artist Paul (Concrete) Chadwick is now in soft cover with the release of ☼HARLAN ELLISON’S 7 AGAINST CHAOS TP. The BATMAN: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC and THE JOKER: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC are both forty dollar ‘Best Of’ collections and BATMAN UNWRAPPED: THE COURT OF OWLS HC collects issues one through eleven in pencils only form. Also offered in hard cover this month are: THE FLASH, VOL. 4: REVERSE HC, SUPERMAN, VOL. 4: PSI-WAR HC, GREEN ARROW BY KEVIN SMITH DELUXE EDITION HC, the BRIGHTEST DAY OMNIBUS HC, BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED, VOL. 4 HC and ABSOLUTE BATMAN: HAUNTED KNIGHT HC. Soft cover collections include: BATMAN-THE DARK KNIGHT, VOL. 3: MAD TP, NIGHTWING, VOL. 4: SECOND CITY TP, BIRDS OF PREY, VOL. 4: THE CRUELEST CUT TP, BATWING, VOL. 4: WELCOME TO THE FAMILY TP, TALON, VOL. 2: FALL OF THE OWLS TP, TEEN TITANS, VOL. 4: LIGHT AND DARK TP, GREEN LANTERN CORPS, VOL. 4: REBUILD TP, GREEN LANTERN-NEW GUARDIANS, VOL. 3: LOVE AND DEATH TP, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, VOL. 1: WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS TP, ☼SUPERMAN-ACTION COMICS, VOL. 3: AT THE END OF DAYS TP, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA’S VIBE, VOL. 1: BREACH TP, SUPERGIRL, VOL. 4: OUT OF THE PAST TP, SUPERBOY, VOL. 4: BLOOD AND STEEL TP and the CINDER & ASHE TP which collects a four issue private eye series by Gerry Conway and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez from 1988. DC’s all age offerings this month include ☼TINY TITANS: RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE #1 OF 6 by the original creators as well as the ☼BATMAN: LI’L GOTHAM, VOL. 2 TP and their mature readers imprint, VERTIGO has ☼THE ANNOTATED SANDMAN, VOL. 3 HC, ANIMAL MAN, VOL. 6: FLESH AND BLOOD TP, ☼DJANGO UNCHAINED TP, ☼SWAMP THING BY BRIAN K. VAUGHAN, VOL. 2 TP, ☼THE INVISIBLES DELUXE EDITION, VOL. 2 HC and the ☼UNWRITTEN, VOL. 9: THE UNWRITTEN FABLES TP in collected editions. DC DIRECT, the statue and action figure imprint offers THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE STATUE as well as a limited edition patina version of the same, and busts of KATANA and HARLEY QUINN, statues of MR. FREEZE from the Arkham City game, a BLACK & WHITE ZOMBIE BATMAN STATUE based on Neal Adams’ art, a WONDER WOMAN VS. HYDRA mini patina statue and a SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL STATUE based on Shane Davis’ art. Action figures of BATGIRL, SUPERGIRL, NIGHTWING and RED ROBIN, and an ARKHAM CITY FOUR PACK featuring Harley, Nightwing, Batman and Robin are offered. Also mini action figures from the BATMAN: LI’L GOTHAM series featuring Batman, Robin, the Joker and Harley Quinn based on Dustin Nguyen’s art.
IDW: Another new addition to Idea & Design Works’ all age line makes me wonder why this hasn’t already been done; ANGRY BIRDS COMICS #1 written by Jeff Parker with art by David Baldeon, and many of the company’s variant covers will feature the Angry Birds this month too. All of the DC comic stories are collected in the DEXTER’S LABORATORY CLASSICS, VOL. 1 TP and the ☼CARTOON NETWORK: SUPER SECRET CRISIS WAR #1 OF 6 is written by Louise Simonson with art by Derek Charm and features heroes and villains from the worlds of the Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Samurai Jack, Dexter’s Laboratory and Ed, Edd and Eddy. The six subscription variant covers will form one big image and there will be connected one shots next month with Johnny Bravo, Cow & Chicken and others. The eight one shots that formed the micro series are collected in a large size deluxe edition in the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES HEROES COLLECTION OVERSIZED HC. ☼TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: TURTLES IN TIME #1 OF 4 has the turtles adventuring through the past and will be illustrated by Ross Campbell. J. K. Woodward will provide the art for ☼STAR TREK: HARLAN ELLISON’S THE CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER-THE ORIGINAL TELEPLAY #1 OF 5 which won the Hugo Award as well as the Writer’s Guild of America Award. ☼WINTERWORLD #1 is written by Chuck Dixon with art by Butch Guice with all new stories based on the classic work by Dixon and Jorge Zaffino, with survival being the focus in a post apocalyptic scenario that’s perhaps more prophetic in this global warming world than when the original stories were published. The fourth arc in the award winning series begins with KILL SHAKESPEARE: THE MASK OF NIGHT #1 OF 4. The ☼STARSTRUCK TREASURY EDITION reprints seventy two pages of what I think of as the best science fiction series ever done in comics, done in a tabloid sized edition to fully appreciate the art of Michael William Kaluta. CHICACABRA TP is an original graphic novel from Tom (True Story, Swear to God) Beland about a normal Puerto Rican high school girl (normal other than the murderous creature that lives inside her). KNUCKLEHEADS: FIST CONTACT TP is also an OGN by Brian Winkeler and Robert Wilson IV about a guy who was given the cosmic powers of the Crystal Fist; unfortunately he was so hungover at the time that he has no idea how it works. The METAL GEAR SOLID: COMPLETE DELUXE EDITION HC collects the entire twenty five issues written by Matt Fraction, Kris Oprisko and Alex Garner featuring art by Ashley Wood and Rufus Dayglo. The ADVENTURE KARTEL HC collects artwork of Ashley Wood and THE WELL HC collects the fine art of Aron Wisenfeld.
IMAGE: The much promoted and anticipated new horror series from Robert Kirkman and artist Azaceta is finally offered with ☼OUTCAST #1, forty four pages of demonic possession with no ads for under three bucks. THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #1 begins a new series by Kieron Gillen with art by Jamie McKelvie, the team behind the Phonogram and Young Avengers series’, a story of gods as the ultimate pop stars, bearing the tag line ‘Just because you’re immortal doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever’. RED CITY #1 is an interplanetary crime story on Mars by Daniel Corey with art by Mark Dos Santos. The ☼SUPERANNUATED MAN #1 OF 6 is the latest from Ted McKeever, whose most recent work was Miniature Jesus; this is also a black and white series in the Golden Age format. ☼WILDFIRE #1 is by Matt Hawkins with Linda Sejic’s art, a disaster story about genetically modified food. Although Top Cow recently announced the final issue of the long running series, THE DARKNESS: CLOSE YOUR EYES is the second one shot solicited, a story taking place over a century ago written by Ales Kot with art by Maro Oleksicki. Another one shot, ☼THAT’S BECAUSE YOU’RE A ROBOT is written by David Quantick, the writer of HBO’s Veep, with the zany artwork of Shaky Kane, a buddy cop tale where one of the cops is a robot, but neither knows which. The third volume of the Eisner nominated anthology of stories by the most promising creators of Southeast Asia is offered as LIQUID CITY, VOL. 3 TP and the recent popular limited series is collected in the DEAD BODY ROAD TP. Also collected is PETER PANZERFAUST, VOL. 4: THE HUNT TP, a series to soon be a BBC television program, PROTECTORS, INC., VOL. 1 TP has the first six issues of M. Michael Straczynski’s story of super cops for rent, A VOICE IN THE DARK, VOL. 1 TP has the first seven issues, the WHISPERS TP collects the series by Joshua Luna and WITCHBLADE, VOL. 1: BORN AGAIN TP collects issues one seventy through one seventy four of the latest incarnation of the character. ☼SEX CRIMINALS #6 launches the second arc of Time magazine’s ‘Comic of the Year’ so jump aboard now; the first arc should be available in a collected edition by the time this one hits the racks. Another great series begins its’ second arc with ☼VELVET #6 which is ‘The Secret Lives of Dead Men’ part one by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. The WALKING DEAD: COMIC SERIES 3 ACTION FIGURES features Rick, Dwight, Andrea and a Punk Rock Zombie and there will also be an exclusive two pack of Andrea and Rick in the black and white versions.
MARVEL: The ORIGINAL SIN #3 and #4 OF 8 is the big crossover currently in progress, a murder mystery with the victim being Oatu, the Watcher that we’ve met many times over Marvel’s fifty two year history, written by Jason Aaron with Mike Deodato’s art and it crosses into FANTASTIC FOUR #6, ALL-NEW INVADERS #6, NOVA #18 plus ORIGINAL SIN #3.1, #3.2, #3.3 and #3.4 with alternating creative teams of Mark Waid with Mark Bagley and Kieron Gillen with Luke Ross. The tie-ins include AVENGERS #31, MIGHTY AVENGERS #11 and DEADPOOL #30. Although the Indestructible Hulk series just finished its twenty issue run and was relaunched as Hulk, Marvel launches another new series, SAVAGE HULK #1 with Alan Davis writing and illustrating a tale exploring the connection between the Green Goliath and Professor X guest starring the Leader and the Abomination. FIGMENT #1 OF 5 is the second Disney title following Seekers of the Weird and is written by Jim Zub with the art of Filipe Andrade, a steampunk fantasy with a cute dragon. The NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 focuses on Doctor Strange, written by Frank J. Barbiere with the art of Marco Rudy. The SPIDER-MAN SPECTACULAR #1 collects four all age stories by Joe Caramagna set in Spider-Man’s past. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.2 is a ‘Year One’ story, an untold tale. As WINTER SOLDIER: BITTER MARCH #5 OF 5 reaches it’s conclusion with the birth of the Iron Nail CAPTAIN AMERICA #21 has the patriotic hero battling the same. How Frank Castle ever became a member of a super hero team baffles me but, apparently the honeymoon is over as ‘The Punisher VS. The Thunderbolts’ story begins in THUNDERBOLTS #27 written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker with art by Carlo Barberi, this issue also guest stars the Avengers. In ☼SHE-HULK #3 the hero becomes the defendant as written by attorney Charles Soule with art by Ron Wemberly. In ☼DAREDEVIL #4 long time nemesis the Owl returns and is redefined. The UNCANNY X-MEN SPECIAL #1 is a crossover with the mutant team, Iron Man and Nova written by Sean Ryan with art by Ron Ackins. It’s not clear if this is self contained of if there will be two more specials to complete the tale. The AMAZING X-MEN ANNUAL #1 is written by Monty (Death Sentence) Nero with art by Salvador Larroca as the team goes to Africa for a death in Storm’s family and AMAZING X-MEN #8 has new writers Chris Yost and Craig Kyle, the art is by Ed McGuinness and Wolverine takes a trip to Canada. Father and son take an intergalactic road trip in ☼CYCLOPS #2 by Greg Rucka and Russell Dauterman. WOLVERINE #8 begins the ‘Three Months to Die’ arc guest starring Iron Fist and Shang Chi against an army of ninja. In celebration of their 75th Anniversary (and don’t ask me how they came up with that number; I bought the first Marvel comic off the rack at my local drug store in 1962) comes the ☼MARVEL FAMOUS FIRSTS: 75TH ANNIVERSARY MASTERWORKS SLIPCASE SET. It’s five hundred dollars, has eleven hard cover volumes where the spines make one big picture and the slipcase is designed to look like the Avengers Mansion. The books are the first volumes of Captain America, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Amazing Spider-Man, the Avengers, Incredible Hulk, Invincible Iron Man, Mighty Thor, the X-Men and, for the first time the NOT BRAND ECHH VOL. 1 HC; the latter also available by itself for seventy dollars. The ☼DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER OMNIBUS SLIPCASE HC collects the entire thirty issues plus a companion volume of bonus material for a hundred and fifty dollars. The OZ OMNIBUS HC collects the six adaptations plus a sketchbook and a primer for a hundred and twenty five dollars. The DEADPOOL MINIBUS HC collects five latest four part limited series’ for sixty bucks. ☼THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION OGN HC is written and illustrated by Jim Starlin with the Mad Titan on a new quest. Other collected editions include the WOLVERINE: ORIGIN II HC, ☼ALL NEW X-MEN, VOL. 1 HC, DISNEY KINGDOMS: SEEKERS OF THE WEIRD HC, GEORGE ROMERO’S EMPIRE OF THE DEAD: ACT ONE TP, AVENGERS, VOL. 5: ADAPT OR DIE PREMIERE HC, BLACK WIDOW, VOL. 1: THE FINELY WOVEN THREAD TP, DEADPOOL, VOL. 5: WEDDING OF DEADPOOL TP, WOLVERINE, VOL. 1: MORTAL TP, ☼UNCANNY X-MEN, VOL. 2: BROKEN TP and the ☼X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM TP. With the highly anticipated film opening on August first the STARLORD TP collects the seventies stories, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY BY JIM VALENTINO, VOL. 2 TP has issues eight through twenty from 1990, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY BY ABNETT AND LANNING: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP contains the first twelve issues of the 2008 series and Dan Abnett pens the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT-STEAL THE GALAXY! PROSE NOVEL HC.
INDEPENDENTS: That’s the ‘big five’ publishers above, and here are the new and interesting titles from the small press to begin shipping in June starting with Phil Foglio’s GIRL GENIUS, VOL. 13: AGATHA HETERODYNE AND THE SLEEPING CITY offered in both soft and hard cover formats from AIRSHIP ENTERTAINMENT. ☼ROD ESPINOSA’S STEAMPUNK FABLES TP collects the Cinderella, Snow White and Red Riding Hood tales from ANTARCTIC PRESS. The DIARY OF A GIRL NEXT DOOR: BETTY HC from ARCHIE COMICS is written by Tania Del Rio and is their first venture into the popular journal series. ASPEN STUDIO offers the FATHOM ANNUAL #1 by David Wohl and Nei Ruffino and AVATAR PRESS starts DICKS: END OF TIME #1 of a new monthly series from series creators Garth Ennis and John McCrea, one of the deliberately most politically incorrect comics ever. There are two collections of the previous Dicks adventures currently available. ASYLUM PRESS has a new one shot from Steve Mannion, ☼FEARLESS DAWN: HARD TIMES. BALLANTINE BOOKS offers a new full color graphic novel from the creator of Scott Pilgrim
titled ☼BRYAN LEE O’MALLEY’S SECONDS GN. BIG DOG INK has LEGENDS OF OZ: TIK TOK #1 OF 3 and, launching a new series, JOAN OF ARC: PROLOGUE, a sixteen page ‘zero’ issue leading to a new ongoing title. BOOM! STUDIOS has THE EMPTY MAN #1 OF 6 by Cullen Bunn with Vanesa R. Del Rey’s art dealing with an apparently unstoppable disease and the murder cult that it spawns. ☼BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #1 is written by John Carpenter and Eric Powell with art by Brian Churilla and these are new stories with all of the mash up charm of eighties action flicks, fantasy movies and seventies kung-fu films. THOMAS ALSOP #1 is written by Chris Miskeiwicz with art by Palle Schmidt, a story of Manhattan’s resident Warlock who finds television more evil than demons. JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE NOVELIZATION HC is the first time this book has been released in hard cover, adapted for prose by author/playwright A.C.H. Smith, overseen by Henson. Boom!’s all age imprint, KaBOOM! offers THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL #1, a new series from the folks who created the web comics Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors. Other new all age offerings include PEANUTS: THE BEAGLE HAS LANDED, CHARLIE BROWN OGN TP and the BRAVEST WARRIORS 2014 IMPOSSIBEAR SPECIAL #1. BONGO COMICS has the SPONGEBOB COMICS ANNUAL GIANT SWIMTACULAR #2. DYNAMITE again offers VAMPIRELLA #1, this time written by Bram Stoker Award Winning horror author Nancy A. Collins. THE BLOOD QUEEN #1 is a dark fantasy by the writer of Grimm Fairy Tales with Fritz Casas illustrating. DOODLE JUMP #1 OF 6 is a new all age title based on the popular game from Meredith Gran, who wrote Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens. ☼JIM BUTCHER’S THE DRESDEN FILES: WAR CRY #1 OF 6 is a new original series set in official continuity. ☼The DOC SAVAGE ARCHIVES, VOL. 1: THE CURTIS MAGAZINE ERA HC collects the seventies tales written by Doug Moench with artists John Buscema, Tony DeZuniga and Ernie Chan. Keeping the classics alive FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS offers PIRATES IN THE HEARTLAND: THE MYTHOLOGY OF S. CLAY WILSON, VOL. 1 HC, the first of three projected books that will collect all of his underground work from Zap Comics
and elsewhere combined with biographical material. ☼BOMB RUN AND OTHER STORIES HC collects all 34 war stories produced by Harvey Kurtzman and John Severin, some with art by Will Elder as well. :01 FIRST SECOND has a new historical graphic novel, ☼SHACKLETON: ANTARCTIC ODYSSEY GN by Nick Bertozzi telling of Ernest’s expedition one hundred years ago. Gemstone offers the OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE, VOL. 44 in hard cover and soft cover with two covers to choose from, one of Batman by J. G. Jones and the other of Vampirella by J. Scott Campbell. HARPER PERENNIAL has ☼THE FORGOTTEN MAN: A NEW HISTORY OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION GN, an illustrated edition of Amity Schael’s bestseller with art by Paul Rivoche. KODANSHA COMICS releases ATTACK ON TITAN: COLLOSAL EDITION, VOL. 1 GN collecting the first five volumes of the popular manga series in one seven by ten, nine hundred and sixty page book, simultaneous with the release of ATTACK ON TITAN: NO REGRETS, VOL. 1 GN, a prequel. LITTLE, BROWN & COMPANY offers MONSTER HIGH: HOPES & SCREAMS GN, the first ever comic collection featuring these popular Mattel characters, written by Heather Nufer with art by Josh Howard. ONI PRESS offers a new, young adult fantasy series written and illustrated by Ted (Courtney Crumrin) Naifeh titled PRINCESS UGG #1, about a barbarian Princess attending the Princess Academy where, as you might have expected, she doesn’t fit in. I WAS THE CAT HC is a historical fantasy with a journalist who agrees to write the memoirs of a mysterious stranger named Burma who turns out to be a cat detailing his nine lives. RED ANVIL launches THE MIGHTY TITAN #1, a story of a hero similar to Superman, except for the fact that he’s been diagnosed with cancer. Writer, Joe Martino, a cancer survivor himself tells the tale with artists Luca Cicchitti and Jeff Austin under a Jerry Ordway cover. British publisher TITAN COMICS launches two new series: DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR #1 is written by Nick Abadzis with Elena Casagrande’s art and DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR #1 is written by All Ewing and Rob Williams with art by Simon Fraser, both series scheduled to ship fifteen issues per year. Also ☼SALLY OF THE WASTELAND #1 OF 4, written by Victor Gischler with art by Tazio Bettin, a post apocalyptic grind house adventure, Sally deals with genetic freaks and blood hungry barbarians in an attempt to keep her sweetheart safe. A company that I’m not familiar with, 215 ink offers ENORMOUS #1 by Tim Daniel and Mehdi Cheggour dealing with an ecological cataclysm in the midst of a planetary crisis for food and fuel, spawning massive beasts. This spins out of the original graphic novel and serves as a companion to the live action web series. VALIANT begins a crossover event spinning out of ARMOR HUNTERS #1 OF 4 by Robert Venditti with art by Doug Braithwaite, this will cross over into the Unity series and the X-O MANOWAR series from June through September. ZENESCOPE has OZ: AGE OF DARKNESS, and WONDERLAND: AGE OF DARKNESS, both one shots tying into the crossover in progress with the latter title written by Eric M. Esquivel who also writes WONDERLAND #24 this month. And when I reach the publisher whose company begins with a ‘Z’, then I’m close to the end of this months newsletter. But I can’t forget the
Pick of the Month and I considered WILDFIRE and BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA I think the best series beginning in June will be OUTCAST #1.
Although I should mention a couple of items from the non-comic sections of the catalog; the BOOKS section has the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: AN ORIGIN STORY HC, a young readers book, ☼WALKING DEAD, BOOK 3: THE FALL OF THE GOVERNOR, PART 1 SC, DOCTOR WHO: THE SHAKESPEARE NOTEBOOKS HC, Willie the Shake’s notes indicating that the Doctor helped the Bard with Hamlet, recently discovered by the BBC, JAY & SILENT BOB’S BLUEPRINTS FOR DESTROYING EVERYTHING HC, ☼NEIL GAIMAN’S THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE SC, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S STAR WARS HC and WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S THE JEDI DOTH RETURN HC and a series of kids biographies written by Brad Meltzer with art by Chris Eliopolous: I AM ROSA PARKS HC, I AM ABRAHAM LINCOLN HC and I AM AMELIA EARHART HC. And this is the month that the 2015 calendars are offered, although I always get requests for them in November, this is when they have to be ordered. There are calendars from everything you can imagine: BIG BANG THEORY, BORIS VALLEJO, BETTIE PAGE, DOCTOR WHO, WALKING DEAD, WOMEN OF MARVEL, DC BOMBSHELLS, VADER’S LITTLE PRINCESS, SIMPSONS, FUTURAMA, X-MEN, SPIDER-MAN, BATMAN, WORLD OF WARCRAFT, ZELDA, ALIEN, LUIS ROYO, BUFFY, CAPTAIN AMERICA, NICKOLODEON, DRAGONS, GAME OF THRONES, GODZILLA, ARROW, ARCHER, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, STAR TREK, STAR WARS, TRANSFORMERS, OLIVIA and on and on. There’s lots more stuff in the magazine section, the trading card section, apparel, toys and models, statues, import toys, collectibles and novelties, and more. Check out the catalog yourself when you stop by.
As always, thank you for your friendship, your orders and support! And mark your calendars: the third of May is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY and, of course I’ll be hosting a fund raiser with artists providing free sketches, original art available in the silent auction, graphic novels and action figure prizes from the raffle and all proceeds to benefit the Salvation Army this time around. A splendid time for all. Talk to you soon.