The April Previews catalog arrived on March thirtieth so as I read through it 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 2016. 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. (Don’t feel obligated to subscribe to a whole series; if you’d just like a copy of the first issue of a new series to try it out, let me know and I’ll be sure to put a copy aside for you.) A key to some of the codes and abbreviations used is at the bottom of the newsletter.
The catalog’s theme this month is ‘Manga Month/Anime All Access’ with new and back list titles and items, toys and collectibles. Also this is the month that features a boatload of calendars; I know it’s early to think about now, but if you’d like to have twelve to sixteen months of Harley Quinn, Deadpool, Walking Dead, Attack on Titan, Star Trek, Women of Marvel, Doctor Who, Ultimate Spider-Man, Wonder Woman or the art of Frazetta, Vallejo, Royo or just about any other film, comic or video game themed calendar on your wall in 2017 then now is the time to place your order. There’s a more comprehensive, but not complete, list of these towards the end of this newsletter.
DARK HORSE: This company is celebrating thirty years with the celebration culminating on June fourth: Dark Horse Day!. There will be a forty page sampler of their top titles like Predator, Sin City, The Umbrella Academy and Buffy the Vampire Slayer available. ♥PROMETHEUS: LIFE AND DEATH #1 of 4 is by Dan Abnett with Andrea Mutti’s artwork and this is the second chapter in the ‘Life and Death‘ saga which also involves the Aliens and Predator: Life and Death limited series. ♥HELLBOY IN HELL #10 is the finale, where Hellboy transforms into what he was always meant to be, written and illustrated by Mike Mignola. Also the ♥HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1953 TP is offered with Mignola and Chris Roberson writing with art by Ben Stenbeck, Michael Walsh and Paolo Rivera. The ♥CHILDREN OF LOVECRAFT TP is an anthology of original prose stories, edited by Hugo and Bram Stoker Award-winning editor Ellen Datlow under a Mignola cover. ♥WEIRD DETECTIVE #1 of 5 is written by Fred Van Lente with art by Guiu Vilanova, a crime horror series where the Detective is one of the monsters himself. ♥CRYPTOCRACY #1 launches a new ongoing series written by Van Jensen with Pete Woods’ artwork, a conspiracy theory adventure. The ♥ALENA TP is written by Kim W. Anderson, winner of the Swedish Comics Academy’s Adamson Statue, Sweden’s most prestigious comics award and is now a major motion picture, a coming of age story in a snobbish boarding school. The ♥DARK HORSE COMICS/DC SUPERMAN TP collects over four hundred pages including Superman vs. Aliens, volumes one and two, Superman/Tarzan: Sons of the Jungle as well as the Superman/Madman Hullabaloo. The ♥COMPLETE ELFQUEST, VOL. 3 TP collects ElfQuest: Dreamtime and ElfQuest: Hidden Years. The ♥RG VEDA: BOOK ONE TP collects three volumes of Clamp’s first work, the entire story with high quality paper and at a larger size.
DC: As part of the secrecy about the Rebirth launch, DC is revealing nothing other than the news that came out of WonderCon; on the thirteenth of April DC will release a Previews catalog of their own that will feature the full solicitations for June on sale comics. As a retailer I’ve received a pdf version of this catalog (which I’d be happy to share with you; send an email and I’ll send it as an attachment). On May 25th the ♥DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH SPECIAL will arrive with warnings to NOT jump to the last page; this will be the lynchpin to what it’s all about: “Rebirth is about focusing in on the core or the character and their respective universe; it brings back the legacy of the characters; the love and hope of the DCU” says Geoff Johns. The books will not all be launching at once; some will finish their current arcs and relaunch in July and August. ♥SUPERMAN: REBIRTH #1 is by Peter J. Tomasi with Doug Mahnke’s art and features Clark and Lois, married with a son. That leads to ♥SUPERMAN #1 by Tomasi with art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray, shipping twice per month. ♥ACTION COMICS #957 by Dan Jurgens with Patrick Zircher’s art with the Man of Steel in Metropolis and dealing with the city’s protector, Lex Luthor, also shipping twice monthly. (Did I mention that all these books are priced at $2.99?) ♥BATMAN: REBIRTH #1 is by Tom King and Scott Snyder with art by Mikel Janin with the Dark Knight facing the Calendar Man then ♥BATMAN #1 by Tom King with David Finch’s art begins the twice monthly adventures. The bi-monthly ♥DETECTIVE COMICS #934 begins the ‘Rise of the Batman’ by James Tynion IV with art by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira as Batman and Batwomanbegin training Spoiler, Red Robin and Cassandra Cain. ♥AQUAMAN: REBIRTH #1 is by Dan Abnett with Oscar Jimenez’ art presenting Arhtur Curry as the leader of a world power and the bi-monthly ♥AQUAMAN #1 will be by Abnett with Brad Walker’s art. ♥FLASH: REBIRTH #1 as well as the bi-monthly ♥FLASH #1 is by Josh Williamson with Carmine Di Giamdomenico’s art and introduces a new speedster. ♥GREEN LANTERNS: REBIRTH #1 is by Geoff Johns and Sam Humphries with Ethan Van Sciver’s art with rookie Lanterns‘ Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz having the Earth jurisdiction. The bi-monthly ♥GREEN LANTERNS #1 will be by Humphries with Robson Rocha’s art. Both ♥GREEN ARROW: REBIRTH #1 and the bi-monthly ♥GREEN ARROW #1 will by written by Benjamin Percy with art by Otto Schmidt featuring Black Canary and the return of Ollie’s goatee. ♥WONDER WOMAN: REBIRTH #1 is by Greg Rucka with art by Paulo Siquiera and Liam Sharp while the bi-monthly ♥WONDER WOMAN #1 will by by Rucka and Sharp. ♥TITANS: REBIRTH #1 is by Abnett with art by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund picking up after the events of Titans Hunt. The third title in DC‘s new Hanna-Barbera line is WACKY RACELAND #1 written by Ken Pontiac with art by Leonardo Manco, this issue will ship with five covers and features Penelope Pitstop, Peter Perfect, Dick Dastardly and more. ♥DC SUPER HERO GIRLS, VOL. 1: FINALS CRISIS TP is the first all ages graphic novel and features Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Bumblebee, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Katana and Poison Ivy written by Shea Fontana with Yancey Labat’s artwork. The ♥TEEN TITANS: EARTH ONE, VOL. 2 HC is by Jeff Lemire with Andy MacDonald’s art. The ♥GRAYSON ANNUAL #3 will be the final chapter of the series leading into the new, bi-monthly Nightwing series (which we’ll talk about more next month). Another bi-monthly series is ♥ADVENTURES OF SUPERGIRL #3 and #4 written by Sterling Gates and based on the hit TV series; issues one and two were rushed to press and issue one will arrive on May eleventh. The collectibles imprint, DC DIRECT offers BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES BATWING, big enough to hold your Batman and Robin figures in the cockpit, the BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES BATMAN, ROBIN AND MUTANT LEADER AF 3 PACK has the Carrie Kelley as Robin figure as seen in the ‘Legends of the Dark Knight’ episode, the second DC ICONS ACCESSORY PACK has two miniature Starros, Harley Quinn‘s beloved baseball bat, a Justice League trophy case that holds the helmet of Fate, a Green Lantern construct, lightning enhanced hands for the Flash, a pie with a bomb in it and Bat-Mite, and then there’s the DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES: AMANDA CONNER HARLEY QUINN ACTION FIGURES including SUPERHERO HARLEY QUINN (with Chibi-style head), TRADITIONAL HARLEY QUINN (with pet beaver), SPACESUIT HARLEY QUINN (with space pizza and pop gun) and HOLIDAY HARLEY QUINN (with hammer and bomb). From the DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES: DARWYN COOKE ACTION FIGURES: SERIES TWO comes five more: THE FLASH, GREEN LANTERN JOHN STEWART, WONDER WOMAN and CATWOMAN. The DARKSEID AND GRAIL ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK has a twelve inch dark lord of Apokolips and his daughterGrail with accessories. And the next two soft toys are DC SUPER PETS: JOKER FISH and OSITO PLUSH FIGURES. The BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS BOOK AND MASK SET, the trade paperback along with a Batman mask and the HARLEY QUINN BOOK AND MASK SET with the Hot in the City TP and a Harley mask are forty and thirty five dollars respectively. The♥ABSOLUTE BATMAN: YEAR ONE HC has two volumes in a slip case with one book with the current version of Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli’s legendary tale and the second book collecting the same story as it originally appeared in comic book form. BATMAN NOIR: THE KILLING JOKE HC reprints the classic tale in black and white along with another Brian Bolland tale originally in the Batman: Black & White series. Other deluxe collected editions include the ♥BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES HC, BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD-THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS HC, ♥BATMAN/SUPERMAN, VOL. 5: TRUTH HURTS HC, THE FLASH, VOL. 8: ZOOM HC, SUICIDE SQUAD: THE SILVER AGE HC and ♥SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN HC. The ♥BATMAN BY SCOTT SNYDER AND GREG CAPULLO BOX SET has the first three volumes in a slip case for under fifty dollars. Other soft cover editions include: BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS, VOL. 7-ANARKY TP, BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT, VOL. 2 TP, some older series’ coming back into print with ♥BATGIRL, VOL. 2: TO THE DEATH TP collecting issues thirteen through twenty five of the previous (Cassandra Cain) series, BATMAN: THE ROAD TO NO MAN’S LAND, VOL. 2 TP, ♥AQUAMAN: SUB-DIEGO, VOL. 2 TP, THE DARING NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERGIRL, VOL. 1 TP from the eighties, GREEN ARROW BY KEVIN SMITH TP, ♥NEW TEEN TITANS, VOL. 5 TP, SUICIDE SQUAD, VOL. 4: THE JANUS DIRECTIVE TP, THE DEMON, VOL. 2: THE LONGEST DAY TP by Garth Ennis, DC ELSEWORLDS: JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 1 TP and ♥WONDER WOMAN BY GREG RUCKA, VOL. 1 TP. More current collections include: GREEN ARROW, VOL. 8: THE NIGHTBIRDS TP, ♥DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS, VOL. 2: ALLIES TP, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US-YEAR FOUR, VOL. 1 TP, LOBO, VOL. 3: PAID IN BLOOD TP, ♥NEW SUICIDE SQUAD, VOL. 3: FREEDOM TP and ♥SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS, VOL. 7-UNDER THE SKIN TP. Their creator owned imprint, VERTIGO offers ♥ASTRO CITY: HONOR GUARD HC, ♥ABSOLUTE Y: THE LAST MAN, VOL. 2 HC, ♥AMERICAN VAMPIRE, VOL. 8 TP, ♥DMZ: BOOK TWO TP, ♥DOOM PATROL: BOOK TWO TP, ♥THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON, VOL. 1: BANG, BANG, BANG TP, ♥RED THORN, VOL. 1: GLASGOW KISS TP and the ♥SCALPED DELUXE EDITION: BOOK FIVE HC.
IDW: A new five issue weekly series that features characters from the upcoming film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is ♥TMNT: BEBOP & ROCK STEADY DESTROY EVERYTHING #1 of 5 written by Ben Bates and Dustin Weaver with Ben Bates’ artwork. And for the gamers there’s the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHADOWS OF THE PAST GAME, a miniatures combat, scenario driven campaign game. TRANSFORMERS: TILL ALL ARE ONE#1 is a one shot by Mairghread Scott with Sara Pitre-Durocher’s art featuring Starscreamand Windblade. ACTION MAN #1 is by John Barber with Paolo Villanelli about the world’s greatest special agent, until he dies saving the planet leaving his young protégé to fill his shoes. (There will be a preview of this series in the Rom #0 issue on Free Comic Book Day, May seventh.) ♥TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE #1 of 4 is written by Joe Hill with artist Gabriel Rodriguez, the creators of Locke & Key, dark re-imagining of tales that never made it to your TV set. A strong publisher of alternative comics, TOP SHELF is now distributed by Idea and Design Works and they have ♥EDDIE CAMPBELL’S OMNIBOX: THE COMPLETE ALEX AND BACCHUS, over seventeen hundred pages written and illustrated by the artist of Alan Moore’s From Hell, for under a hundred dollars, or buy the three volumes separately for forty each.
IMAGE: Yet another expansion of MillarWorld as Mark Millar and Frank Quitely offer ♥JUPITER’S LEGACY, VOL. 2 #1 of 5. ♥MIDNIGHT OF THE SOUL #1 of 5 is written and illustrated by Howard Chaykin, the story of Joel Breakstone, a GI and liberator of Auschwitz in 1950 who’s been in an alcoholic haze for five years, when he’s needed again. ♥SHE WOLF #1 is by Rich (Dark Corridor) Tommaso about a teen girl who believes she’s been bitten by a werewolf leading to feverish nightmares that bleed into her reality. Image has a bunch of great titles that you may not be reading so here are some of them that are beginning new arcs this month; good jumping on points for ♥BIRTHRIGHT #16 from Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan, ♥CASANOVA: ACEDIA #5 by Matt Fraction and Michael Chabon with art by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, ♥DESCENDER #12 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen, ♥I HATE FAIRYLAND #6 by Skottie Young, ♥LAZARUS #22 by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark, ♥PAPER GIRLS #6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, ♥RUMBLE #11 by John Arcudie and James Harren, THIEF OF THIEVES #32 by Andy Diggle and Shawn Martinbrough and ♥SYMMETRY #5 by Matt Hawkins and Raffaele Ienco. Collected editions include ADVENTURES OF THE RIFLE BRIGADE TP by Garth Ennis and Carlos Ezquerra, originally published by Vertigo, ♥HUCK TP, VOL. 1 by Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque, ♥MONSTRESS, VOL. 1 TP by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda, ♥INJECTION, VOL. 2 TP by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey and ♥VELVET, VOL. 3 TP by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting.
MARVEL: Crossovers abound as ‘Avengers Standoff’ continues along with ‘Road to Civil War’, the ‘X-Men: Apocalypse Wars’ and ‘Civil War II’; the ‘Spider-Women’ eight part cross over will be over by June. CIVIL WAR II #1 OF 7 is by Brian Michael Bendis with David Marquez’ art, CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES #1 OF 6 will feature multiple stories and creators each issue, CIVIL WAR II: X-MEN #1 OF 4 is by Cullen Bunn with Andrea Broccardo’s art, CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 OF 4 is by Christos Gate with the art by Travel Foreman, CIVIL WAR II: GODS OF WAR #1 OF 4 is by Dan Abnett with Emilio Laiso’s art and focuses on Hercules’ part in the battle, DEADPOOL #14 is a tie in as is TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #7, UNCANNY INHUMANS #11, CAPTAIN MARVEL #6, ♥MS MARVEL #8, ♥CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #10, ULTIMATES #8, NEW AVENGERS #12 which also ties into ‘Avengers Stand Off’, NOVA #8, ALL NEW WOLVERINE #9 and ♥INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #10. The trickster returns for election time with ♥VOTE LOKI #1 by Christopher Hastings with Langdon Foss illustrating. The MIGHTY THOR #8 by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman begins a new arc, ‘Lords of Midgard, ♥VISION #8 by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta begins ‘Little Better Than a Beast’ and SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #6 is by Scott (Bang, Bang) Aukerman as the Merc With a Mouth brings the Web Slinger to the Hollywood set where his own movie is being filmed. The forty page♥SPIDER-GWEN ANNUAL #1 is by Jason Latour with stories featuring Captain America, the Mary Janes, Captain Stacey, She-Hulk and Spider-Ham while ♥SPIDER-GWEN #9 begins the ‘Weapon of Choice’ story. In SPIDER-MAN 2099 Miguel meets the Sinister Six 2099, ♥HOWARD THE DUCK #8 begins the ‘Home’ story line and ♥SILVER SURFER #6 is the forty page two hundredth issue. STAR LORD #8 is the final issue of the series and PATSY WALKER, A.K.A. HELLCAT #7 begins the ‘Best Frenemies’ story guest starring Jessica Jones. A one shot titled A YEAR OF MARVELS: THE INCREDIBLE #1 is a digital comic, called ‘The Infinite Comic’ by Dennis Culver and Leonardo Romero plus another writer and artist yet to be announced being brought to print for the first time. The ‘Apocalypse Wars’ continue through UNCANNY X-MEN #8, UNCANNY X-MEN #9, ALL NEW X-MEN #10 and ♥EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #11 this month and will continue next month in ‘Omega World’. ♥DEADPOOL V GAMBIT #1 OF 5 is written by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker with Danilo Beyruth’s art while DEADPOOL #13 is another big ten dollar issue guest starring Daredevil, Power Man & Iron Fist. Marvel launches a new imprint: TIMELY COMICS, (which was the name of one of their previous incarnations). This time they’re going to publish a bunch of ‘3 for $3’ comics, reprinting the first three issues of recently rebooted titles for three dollars. ♥TIMELY COMICS: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 is just one of sixteen of these they’ll be releasing in June, the others being the ALL-NEW ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS, the ALL-NEW INHUMANS, CARNAGE, ♥DAREDEVIL, DRAX, ♥DOCTOR STRANGE, MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR, NEW AVENGERS, SCARLET WITCH, SQUADRON SUPREME, ♥TOTALLY AWESOME HULK, ULTIMATES, UNCANNY INHUMANS, VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT and WEB-WARRIORS; if you’d like to try any of these at one dollar per issue instead of four dollars each, here’s your chance. ♥STAR WARS: HAN SOLO #1 OF 5 will be written by Marjorie (Monstress) Liu with art by Mark Brooks and STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ADAPTATION #1 OF 5 is adapted by Chuck Wendig with art by Luke Ross. From the creator owned imprint, ICON comes the ♥SCARLET: BOOK 1 TP, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Alex Maleev this is the first five issues of my personal favorite Marvel comic ever. Collected editions this month include: AVENGERS: STANDOFF HC, ♥HAWKEYE, VOL. 3 HC, SPIDER-MAN: CLONE SAGA OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC, INHUMANS/X-MEN: WAR OF KINGS OMNIBUS HC, THE UNCANNY X-MEN OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 HC in a new printing and MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER: SEASON TWO DECLASSIFIED HC SLIPCASE. Also the SPIDER-WOMEN TP with the current eight part story, CAPTAIN MARVEL, VOL. 1: RISE OF ALPHA FLIGHT TP, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: AMAZING GRACE TP, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE, VOL. 2 TP, UNCANNY X-MEN: SUPERIOR, VOL. 1: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST TP, ♥WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN, VOL. 1: BERZERKER TP, A-FORCE, VOL. 1: HYPERTIME TP, SCARLET WITCH, VOL. 1: WITCHES’ ROAD TP, ♥THE VISION, VOL. 1: LITTLE WORSE THAN A MAN TP, VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT, VOL. 1: AGENT OF THE COSMOS TP, ♥THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK, VOL. 1: CHO TIME TP, THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL & THE GREAT LAKES AVENGERS TP with stories going back to her creation by the legendary Steve Ditko, THE ULTIMATES: OMNIVERSAL, VOL. 1: START WITH THE IMPOSSIBLE TP, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., VOL. 1: THE COULSON PROTOCOLS TP, ♥ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT, VOL. 1: TRICKS OF THE TRADE TP and the INFINITY ENTITY TP which spins out of the three original graphic novels that Jim Starlin has put out in the past three years: Thanos: Infinity Revelation, Infinity Relativity and The Infinity Finale. And there’s also STARBRAND & NIGHTMASK: ETERNITY’S CHILDREN (ATTEND UNIVERSITY) TP, ILLUMINATI: LIFE OF CRIME TP, ANGELA: QUEEN OF HEL-JOURNEY TO THE FUNDERWORLD TP and the STAR WARS: OBI-WAN AND ANAKIN TP. The ♥DAREDEVIL EPIC COLLECTION: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR TP collects the first twenty one issues from 1964 and ♥DAREDEVIL: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR PROSE NOVEL is written by Paul Crilley adapting the graphic novel by Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr. HOWARD THE DUCK: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 3 TP collects issues two through seven of the Howard the Duck magazine.
INDEPENDENTS: Terry Moore’s self published series from his ABSTRACT STUDIOS releases ♥RACHEL RISING, VOL. 7: DUST TO DUST TP completing the brilliant award winning series. AFTERSHOCK COMICS debuts ♥THE REVISIONIST #1 by Frank (Five Ghosts) Barbiere and Garry (Black Road, The Massive) Brown, a tale of a time traveling assassin tasked with repairing our fractured timeline. Eric (The Goon) Powell, five time Eisner Award winner returns to self publishing with ALBATROSS FUNNYBOOKS and the launch of ♥HILLBILLY #1, an Appalachian fantasy and he also publishes ♥SSB II, the sequel to his notorious Satan’s *&%@$ Baby which will ship polybagged ‘to protect your brains from filth’. It will be printed once only and never reprinted. AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY debuts EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT #1 written by Mike Wolfer with art by Giancarlo Caracuzzo and they also have a black and white one shot: DEATH’S DARK ANGEL written by Jack Herman with art by Neil Vokes and Rich Rankin, a return of a title and character that was originally launched thirty years ago. ANTARCTIC PRESS has yet another steampunk one shot: STEAM WARS: GEARJAMMER written and illustrated by Brian Denham. ARCHIE offers ♥JUGHEAD, VOL. 1 TP by Chip (Howard the Duck) Zdarsky and Erica (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) Henderson collecting the first six issues. AUTOMATIC PICTURES, the publisher behind the Hatter M series offers ♥CON MAN’S SPECTRUM #1 spinning out of the web series by Firefly stars Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion with art by Sarah Stone. BIG PLANET has the black and white hundred page hard cover♥ELF CAT IN LOVE GN by James Kochalka. BLACK MASK COMICS offers ♥JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #1 by Katy Rex and Fabian Lelay described as a mash up betweenThe Breakfast Club and Sailor Moon. Just announced last weekend at WonderCon BOOM! STUDIOS launches LUCAS STAND #1 OF 6 from Kurt (Sons of Anarchy) Sutter and Caitlin Kittredge with art by Jesús Hervás, about a veteran recruited by Lucifer to send demons who are upsetting the balance between good and evil back to Hell. In the LUMBERJANES-GOTHAM ACADEMY #1 OF 6 cross over the casts of both series’ find themselves investigating the same mystery; this will be written by Chynna Clugston-Flores with art by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell.♥STRANGE ATTRACTORS #1 OF 5 is by Charles (Daredevil) Soule with Greg Scott’s art, about how chaos math kept NYC from collapsing under itself. Their ARCHAIA imprint solicits ♥THE CLOUD OGN HC written by K. I. Zachopoulos and illustrated by Vincenzo Balzano, a grand adventure for fans of Amulet and The Never Ending Story. Their all age imprint, KaBOOM! has another Cartoon Network one shot: CLARENCE: QUEST #1. BONGO offers their FUTURAMA and their LIFE IN HELL 2017 12 MONTH CALENDARS. BOUNDLESS, an imprint of AVATARoffers LOOKERS #0, an eighty page debut from Mike Costa and Renato Camilo, a kind of Charlie’s Angels as if run by Hugh Hefner. CHAPTERHOUSE releases NORTHGUARD #1, Canada’s newest super hero leaping from the pages of Captain Canuck, written by Anthony Falcone with art by Ron Salas. COFFIN COMICS has LA MUERTA DESCENT #1 by Brian (Lady Death) Pulido and Mike MacLean with art by Joel Gomez, a revenge tale with one woman against an entire crime cartel. ♥THE SHADOW: THE DEATH OF MARGO LANE #1 OF 6 from DYNAMITE is written and illustrated by Matt Wagner. ♥CONTROL #1 OF 6 is by Andy Diggle and Angela Cruickshank with art by Andrea (Rebels) Mutti, a politically charged police procedural. BRANDON SANDERSON’S WHITE SAND, VOL. 1 HC is a saga of magic and adventure in the best selling novelists’ Cosmere universe. ♥JAMES BOND, VOL. 1: VARGR HC collects the first six issues of Warren Ellis and Jason Masters’ spy adventure while ♥JAMES BOND #7 begins the next arc and introduces Spectre. KEVIN SMITH’S YOGA HOSERS: A SUNDANCE SUPER SPECIAL is a one shot, twenty pages for ten bucks that was previously only available at Sundance; limited quantity. Calendars include the DEJAH THORIS, RED SONJA and VAMPIRELLA 2017 CALENDARS, the latter being classic Warren era artists including Frank Frazetta. DOVER PUBLICATIONS collects Teri S. Wood’s entire space drama for the first time in the ♥WANDERING STAR HC, almost four hundred and fifty pages for under forty dollars. This being ‘Manga Month’ DRAWN & QUARTERLY resolicits all of their classic and historical editions like Shigeru Mizuki’s♥KITARO GN’s as well as his multiple volumes of ♥SHOWA: A HISTORY OF JAPAN TP’s. From FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS comes the ♥WRINKLES HC by Paco Roca, a tale of two elderly residents in assisted living who, in denial of the aging process, stage a breakout; echoes of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and an award winning animated film adaptation in 2011, this graphic novel ‘addresses the fears of growing old with humor, humanity and sensitivity’. Also a new collection of over two hundred Maakies strips from Tony Millionaire compiles the new♥DRINKY CROW DRINKS AGAIN HC. A two hundred and forty page black and white HC offered by GRAND CENTRAL is written by Ethan Hawke with art and cover by Greg Ruth; this is♥INDEH: A STORY OF THE APACHE WARS GN following young brave Goyakhla in the late eighteen hundreds who will become Native American hero Geronimo. GRAPHIC INDIA collects♥GRANT MORRISON’S 18 DAYS, VOL. 2 TP. HEAVY METAL offers ♥HEAVY METAL #281 with four different covers; this is the second issue under new editor Grant Morrison; his first issue is offered as the ♥HEAVY METAL #280 DELUXE HARDCOVER EDITION for under fifteen dollars. JOE’S BOOKS, INC., a subsidiary of Disney begins DISNEY/PIXAR’S FINDING DORY #1 while offering DISNEY’S DARKWING DUCK #3 and DISNEY PRINCESS #5. KODANSHA releases ♥COMPLEX AGE, VOL. 1 GN by Yui Sakuma, a realistic manga about a young geeky Japanese woman and her struggle to keep her devotion to fandom and cosplay separate from her regular office job. LEGENDARY COMICS has the AXIOM GN written by Mark (Kingdom Come) Waid with art by Ed Benes, this is the tale of two super heroes who bring peace and prosperity to the planet, until one of the heroes seems to have a darker side. CHAVO GUERRERO’S WARRIORS CREED #1 OF 4 is the pro wrestler’s first comic book adventure, published by LION FORGE and available in both English and Spanish editions. ONI PRESS releases ♥MERRY MEN #1 OF 5 by Robert Rodi and Jackie Lewis, timed to arrive during Pride Month, this is the story of Robin Hood in the 13th century living in Sherwood Forest to avoid the watchful eye ofPrince John who has outlawed homosexuality. Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s critically acclaimed supernatural western comes to it’s grand finale with a triple sized last issue in ♥THE SIXTH GUN #50. The ♥TUMOR HC by Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Noel Tuazon tells of a dying P. I. risking his final days to outwit a drug kingpin. The ♥FRESH ROMANCE GN is an anthology of comics from Kate Leth, Marguerite Bennett, Marguerite Sauvage and others with stories ranging from unhappy historical marriages to covert teenage romances. SCOUT COMICS offers SOLARMAN #1 OF 5, a character originally created by Stan Lee and published as a one shot by Marvel twenty five years ago; this is written by Joseph Illidge and Brendan Deneed with art by N. Steven Harris, the story of Ben Tucker, a teen hacker who is powered by an accidental exposure to alien technology. SPACE GOAT releases ♥MONSTER ELEMENTARY as a first issue as well as a complete graphic novel, a story of young versions of the Universal Monsters trying to fit in with normal kids; this won the Independent Publisher Book Award for the Best Humor Graphic Novel. British publisher, TITAN COMICS launches ♥SHERLOCK: A STUDY IN PINK #1 OF 6, a Holmes and Watson manga, over fifty pages for under five dollars adapting episodes of the popular TV show. Also ♥NORMAN #1 OF 5 continues the award winning horror comedy that should appeal to fans of Lenore and Shaun of the Dead, described as ‘Dexter, the early years’, written and illustrated by Stan Silas. They also publish a bunch of novels and novelizations of popular licensed properties like Sherlock, Beauty and the Beast, NCIS, Supernatural, Aliens and more. After five years TOKYO POP reopens their North American business offices and, due to a strong relationship with Disney, they’re releasing the ♥ALICE IN WONDERLAND MANGA HC: SPECIAL COLLECTOR EDITION, over three hundred and fifty pages, in full color in a limited edition print run timed to coincide with the release of the sequel movie. VALIANT has a one shot tie in to their current cross over series this month with ♥4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1; other series’ beginning new arcs this month include ♥BLOODSHOT REBORN #14 which begins the ‘Bloodshot Island’ story and ♥X-O MANOWAR #41 beginning the final arc, counting down to issue fifty with ‘Long Live the King’. Z2 publishers offer ♥INDOCTRINATION #1 by Michael Moreci with Matt Battaglia’s artwork ‘exploring America’s underbelly of death cults, sleeper cells, serial killers and apocalyptic nightmares’. And they also debut ♥SWEETNESS #1 by Miss Lasko-Gross with husband Kevin Golden’s art, a tale of intergalactic drug smugglers catering to alien addicts. ZENESCOPE solicits ROBYN HOOD: I LOVE NY #1 OF 12 by Joe Brusha with the usual mix of children’s story, B-movie horror and cheesecake. And that completes the comic book listings for this month, although I do want to mention, from the catalog’s BOOKS section, the ♥LAST NIGHT A SUPERHERO SAVED MY LIFE HC, a prose anthology featuring such luminaries as Neil Gaiman, Jodi Picoult, Christopher Golden, Brad Meltzer and more. Also ♥THE WALKING DEAD: BOOK 6-INVASION is the latest novel in the series, following the apocalypse through the eyes of the Governor written by creator Robert Kirkman with Jay Bonansinga. And, as I mentioned earlier, there’s a whole section of 12 and 16 month CALENDARS including just about every pop icon you can imagine: Adventure Time, Ultimate Spider-Man, Powerpuff Girls, Avengers, Simpsons, DC Superhero Girls, Justice League, Judge Dredd, History of Marvel Comics, Vintage DC Comics, Boris Vallejo, Women of Marvel, Vintage Marvel Comics, Frazetta, Wonder Woman, Dragons, Assassin’s Creed, World of Warcraft, Legend of Zelda, Flash, Captain America, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Batman V Superman, Supergirl, Suicide Squad, Arrow, Dragonball Z, Star Wars, Walking Dead and on and on.
My Pick of the Month for comics shipping in June (and I really hope they don’t push it back on the schedule again) is the ♥SCARLET, BOOK 1 TP by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev and published by Marvel’s creator owned imprint, Icon.
On Saturday, May Seventh there will be an all day event at the shop combining the fifteenth annual FREE COMIC BOOK DAY event with a fundraiser for PRIMAVERA. There will be free sketches from a bunch of generous and talented artists, a raffle to win graphic novels and action figures, a silent auction to win original art and a splendid time guaranteed for all; I hope to see you all there. And I want to thank you all for your support of my little comic shop and your support of the quarterly benefits. I’m touched by your friendship, honored by your trust in me to keep your comic reading current and interested and moved by being introduced to your friends and families. Thank you all for your support. See you soon!
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 with images, descriptions and prices.