The April Previews catalog arrived on Wednesday, March twenty ninth. 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 2017. 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.)
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And THIS is the month that all of the 2018 Calendars are offered. I know it seems early but they have an incredible selection by publisher (DC and Marvel vintage covers), by artist (Olivia, Luis Royo, Vallejo, Frazetta), by pop culture (Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Star Trek, Star Wars) and by format (desk or wall calendars, twelve or eighteen month) so check out the seven pages of them in the current Previews catalog on my desk next time you stop in!
DARK HORSE: Brian Wood begins the second line with ♥BRIGG’S LAND: LONE WOLVES #1 with art by Mark Chater, a tale of anti government secessionists in a more relevant post-election America and in conjunction with the new television program on AMC. Eisner nominee Alex (Archie vs Predator) DeCampi writes and Chris (Justice League of America) Cross illustrates ♥BLANKSHOT #1, at tale of Marcus King, a modern day Robin Hood or maybe a terrorist. Dan Abnett’s ♥ALIEN VS PREDATOR: LIFE AND DEATH TP is collected and the ♥CALLA CTHUHLU TP is an all age adventure by Evan Dorkin and Sara Dwyer starring a teen ancestor of Lovecraft’s Great One’s who would like to avoid joining the family business. If you’re a follower of the Mignolaverse, the ♥HELLBOY: AN ASSORTMENT OF HORRORS SC features sixteen prose tales with Christopher Golden, Jonathan Maeberry, Chelsea Cain, Richard Kadrey, Chris Roberson, Mike Mignola himself and more. The ♥DARK HORSE BOOK OF HORROR HC collects four previous anthologies: the Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft, Book of Monsters, Book of Hauntings and the Dark Horse Book of the Dead. The ♥DEAD INSIDE TP collects the recent limited series involving an investigator of murders inside the prison system, the story taking place in Maricopa County written by John Arcudi with Toni Feizula’s art. The ♥MATT WAGNER’S GRENDEL TALES OMNIBUS, VOL 1 OF 2 collects half of all the stories that were back ups and limited series’ outside the parameters of Matt’s main tale. The ♥STRANGE CASE OF THE DISAPPEARING MAN #1 is the story of a Scotland Yard inspector after dealing with Edgar Hyde and Jack the Ripper facing another weird case; written by Cole (Dracula TV series) Haddon and guest starring Dorian Gray, Dr. Jekyll, the Invisible Man and more. Other collected editions this month include BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, SEASON 11, VOL. 1 TP, ANGEL, SEASON 11, VOL. 1 TP, COMPLETE ELFQUEST TP, VOL. 4 and the CONAN OMNIBUS TP, VOL. 3.
DC: It looks like the next big think is coming with ♥DARK DAYS: THE FORGE #1 written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV with art by Jim Lee, Andy Kubert and John Romita Jr. with the Justice League suspicious of a secret that Batman holds that may threaten the multiverse; is this the introduction of the Watchmen into the DCU that we’ve all been waiting for? ♥AQUAMAN #25 is ‘Underworld’ part one by Dan Abnett and Stjepan Sejic, ♥BATGIRL & THE BIRDS OF PREY #11 begins ‘Source Code’ by Julie and Shawna Benson with art by Roge Antonia as they delve into the anomalies of the new Oracle, ♥BATMAN #25 is part one of ‘The War of Jokes and Riddles’ by Tom King and Mikel Janin as Bruce Wayne narrates an untold story of his greatest failure, ♥DETECTIVE COMICS #958 begins ‘Intelligence’ focusing on Azrael who is now living in Gotham by Tynion with Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez’ art, ♥FLASH #24 is a prelude to ‘Running Scared’ guest starring Hal Jordan by Joshua Williamson and Carmine DiGiandomenico, ♥GREEN ARROW #25 begins ‘Broken Arrow’ (and all of these twenty fifth issues are oversized anniversary issues), by Benjamin Percy and Otto Schmidt, ♥HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #22 is part one of ‘Fracture’ where the GLC and the Sinestro Corps have a confrontation that may challenge their working relationship while ♥HARLEY QUINN #21 begins ‘Red Rose’ as Red Tool attempts to get Harley to take him seriously by Amanda Conner and John Timms. ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE #22 is part one of ‘Only Human’ as the One Earth movement makes aliens illegal on our planet as written by Bryan Hitch with Fernando Pasarin and Oclair Albert providing the artwork, ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #8 begins ‘The Man From Monster Valley’ dealing with a mysterious savage from the Russian Tundra named Makson written by Steve Orlando with art by Felipe Watanabe and Scott Hanna, ♥SUICIDE SQUAD #20 starts ‘False Flag’ as the team looks for a new leader written by Rob Williams with Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira, ♥TEEN TITANS #9 is part one of ‘Blood of the Manta’ by Benjamin Percy with Khoi Pham and Wade Von Grawbadger. In ♥WONDER WOMAN #25 writer Greg Rucka weaves together every story since Rebirth: ‘Lies’, ‘Year One’, ‘The Truth’ and ‘Godwatch’ with art by Liam Sharp and Bilquis Evely. Meanwhile there are six new one shot specials continuing the mash up between the DCU and Hanna-Barbera with the ♥BATMAN/ELMER FUDD SPECIAL #1 by Tom King and Lee Weeks, the ♥JONAH HEX/YOSEMITE SAM SPECIAL #1 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Bill Matheny with art by Mark Texeira and Dave Alvarez, the ♥LEGION OF SUPER HEROES/BUGS BUNNY SPECIAL #1 by Sam Humphries and Juan Ortiz with Tom Grummett, the ♥LOBO/ROAD RUNNER SPECIAL #1 by Bill Morrison with Kelley Jones, the ♥MARTIAN MANHUNTER/MARVIN THE MARTIAN SPECIAL #1 by Steve Orlando and Aaron Lopresti and the ♥WONDER WOMAN/TASMANIAN DEVIL SPECIAL #1 by Antony Bedard and Barry Kitson. And, speaking of the Amazon, her sidekick gets center stage in the ♥WONDER WOMAN: STEVE TREVOR #1 one shot by Tim Seeley and Christian Duce. In SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #27 the Gang meets Plastic Man and Woozy Winks. In Gerard Way’s Young Animal imprint the new Gotham vigilante gets her first collection with ♥MOTHER PANIC TP, VOL. 1: WORK IN PROGRESS and also ♥SHADE THE CHANGING GIRL TP, VOL. 1: EARTH GIRL MADE EASY is offered. The ♥DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH OMNIBUS: EXPANDED EDITION HC now includes the later Rebirth first issues as well as the DC Rebirth Holiday Special and the one shots of Killer Frost, the Atom, the Ray and Vixen. Other Rebirth collections include: ♥DEATHSTROKE TP, VOL. 2: THE GOSPEL OF SLADE, ♥FLASH TP, VOL. 3: ROGUES RELOADED, ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE TP, VOL. 3: TIMELESS and the ♥FLASH REBIRTH DELUXE COLLECTED HC, VOL. 1 and the ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE REBIRTH DELUXE COLLECTED HC, VOL. 1 both collecting issues one through twelve plus the Rebirth one shots. Other collected editions include: ♥AQUAMAN: KINGDOM LOST TP continuing the Sub-Diego story, BATMAN: THE CAPED CRUSADER HC, VOL. 1 with stories immediately following Batman: Year One, the BATMAN TMNT TP, VOL. 1 now available in soft cover, BATMAN NOIR: DARK VICTORY HC with the Geoff Loeb and Tim Sale sequel to the Long Halloween represented in black and white, the DARING ADVENTURES OF SUPERGIRL TP, VOL. 2 with stories from the ‘eighties, ELSEWORLDS: JUSTICE LEAGUE TP, VOL. 2 collecting the three part JLA: Act of God, and three one shots: Superman: Metropolis, Batman: Nosferatu and Wonder Woman: Blue Amazon, the ♥GOTHAM ACADEMY: SECOND SEMESTER TP, VOL. 1, the ♥HE-MAN THUNDERCATS TP, ♥HARLEY QUINN BY CONNER & PALMIOTTI OMNIBUS HC, VOL. 1 with issues zero through sixteen, the Harley and Power Girl limited series plus five one shot specials, the INJUSTICE: GROUND ZERO HC, VOL. 1, the JUSTICE LEAGUE BY GIFFEN & DeMATTEIS OMNIBUS HC, VOL. 1 with ‘eighties stories from Justice League one through six, Justice League International seven through twenty five, Justice League of America twenty six through forty six, Justice League Europe one through twenty one, annuals and more, the JUSTICE LEAGUE BY GEOFF JOHNS BOX SET, VOL. 1 with the first three collections from the New 52 plus extras and tie ins, ♥MIDNIGHTER: THE COMPLETE WILDSTORM SERIES TP, ♥MIDNIGHTER AND APOLLO TP, and new editions of ♥ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY HC, VOL. 1 and ♥PLANETARY TP, VOL. 1. Other older tales returning to print include ♥NIGHTWING TP, VOL. 6: TO SERVE AND PROTECT, ♥ROBIN TP, VOL. 4: TURNING POINT, SUPERGIRL: THE SILVER AGE TP, VOL. 1, BATMAN, SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY TP, the ♥SUPERMAN: SAVAGE DAWN TP and the ♥WONDER WOMAN BY GREG RUCKA TP. Under their creator owned imprint, VERTIGO, ♥ASTRO CITY #45 begins a two part story ‘What Broke the Broken Man’ and collections include ♥CLEAN ROOM TP, VOL. 3: WAITING FOR THE STARS, the ♥FROSTBITE TP and ♥SCALPED TP, VOL. 1. Their collectible imprint, DC DIRECT
offers three statues based on the film: JUSTICE LEAGUE MOVIE: WONDER WOMAN STATUE, FLASH STATUE and AQUAMAN STATUE plus the ♥BATMAN ANIMATED BATCAVE PLAYSET WITH ALFRED and more from the Bombshells series with DC DESIGNER SERIES: BOMBSHELLS-BATGIRL AF, MERA AF, HAWKGIRL AF and KATANA AF and the ♥DC REBIRTH JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION FIGURE 7 PACK for a hundred dollars.
IDW: JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS: INFINITE #1 OF 3 is the first cross over with Jem and the Misfits, the MY LITTLE PONY MOVIE PREQUEL leads into this summers’ movie, while HANAZUKI: FULL OF TREASURES #1 spins out of the YouTube animated hit. Another new all age series is TMNT: AMAZING ADVENTURES/ROBOTANIMALS #1 OF 3 and the BATMAN/TMNT ADVENTURES TP is offered with two covers. ♥CLUE #1 is written by Paul Allor with Nelson Daniel’s art is a new take on the classic game and features three different endings and KULL ETERNAL #1 is by Tom Waltz and Luca Pizzari returning to Robert E. Howard’s barbarian king. ♥WYNONNA EARP: SEASON ZERO #1 OF 5 is by the series’ creator, Beau Smith with Angel Hernandez’ art and tells untold tales of her days before she wore a badge. A new series by Obie Scott Wade and Ken Wegner with art by Steve Beach is launched with ♥SHED #1 which tells of a man who sheds his elaborately tattooed skin to become a new breed who can withstand the high levels of radiation, causing him to gain new abilities but lose his freedom. ♥X-FILES ORIGINS II: DOG DAYS OF SUMMER #1 OF 4 picks up where the first series left off. Collected editions include JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS TP, VOL. 5, MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDS FOREVER TP, VOL. 3, ♥STAR TREK: BOLDLY GO TP, VOL. 1, TRANSFORMERS: TILL ALL ARE ONE TP, VOL. 2, G.I. JOE (2016) TP VOL. 1, MOBILE ARMORED STRIKE KOMMAND TP, VOL. 1 and ♥OCTOBER FACTION: DEADLY SEASON TP.
IMAGE: Terrific writer Gail Simone makes her Image debut along with artist Cat Staggs with the launch of ♥CROSSWIND #1 described as Freaky Friday meets Goodfellas as a Chicago hitman and a downtrodden Seattle housewife find themselves in each others’ shoes. Howard (American Flagg) Chaykin begins ♥DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #1 set in an America shattered by greed, racism, violence and fear. Celebrating the twenty fifth anniversary, ♥SAVAGE DRAGON #225 concludes ‘The Merging of Multiple Earths’ story restoring our hero to his former glory in a big issue priced under ten dollars and all by Erik Larsen while SPAWN #275 is just a normal sized issue but heralds the return of Sam & Twitch by Todd McFarlane and Szymon Kudranski. KILL THE MINOTAUR #1 is a historic tale of Crete and Athens as King Minos sacrifices their citizens to the labyrinth. In SEPTEMBER MOURNING #1 the lead character hears the voice of Skullfly who tasks her with reaping the souls of the ‘worthless’ by a mysterious tattoo. SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER #1 OF 5 tells of an angry man betrayed by the bears that raised him who chooses to protect humans from wild eyed super strong bears attacking the cities. ♥WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD #1 OF 4 is by Steve (30 Days of Night) Niles with Alison Sampson’s art, about an American family on vacation and stranded in a town with a sinister secret. The ♥BITCH PLANET TRIPLE FEATURE is a one shot with three tales of ‘rage, revolution and ridicule’. The ♥BULLETPROOF COFFIN: THOUSAND YARD STARE is also a one shot, a sequel to the series by David Hine and Shaky Kane. The ♥BULLETPROOF COFFIN TP, VOL. 1 is offered as well as the ASTOUNDING WOLF-MEN: COMPLETE COLLECTION HC, the LOOSE ENDS TP and the ♥TOKYO GHOST DLX ED HC. ♥DESCENDER TP, VOL. 4, ♥DRIFTER TP, VOL. 4, ♥EAST OF WEST TP, VOL. 7, MAGDALENA TP, VOL. 4, ♥MONSTRESS TP, VOL. 2, OCTOPUS PIE TP, VOL. 5, ♥POP GUN WAR TP, VOL. 2, POSTAL TP, VOL. 5, SHE-WOLF TP, VOL. 2, THINK TANK TP, VOL. 4 and ♥WICKED + DIVINE TP, VOL. 5 are all scheduled to arrive in June for all of you ‘trade waiters’; (and I can’t wait for the second Pop Gun War).
MARVEL: SECRET EMPIRE #4 and #5 (OF 9) by Nick Spencer and Leinil Francis Yu ship in June and connecting series’ include SECRET EMPIRE: BRAVE NEW WORLD #1 OF 5 by Paul Allor and Brian Level, SECRET EMPIRE UNITED #1 by Jim Zub and Ario Anindito and SECRET EMPIRE: UNDERGROUND #1 by Jeremy Whitley and Eric Koda. Tie ins this month include: USAVENGERS #7 by Al Ewing and Paco Medina, ♥UNCANNY AVENGERS #24 by Jim Zub and Aaron Kim Jacinto, SECRET WARRIORS #3 by Matthew Rosenberg and Javi Garron, MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #6 by Margaret Stohl and Ramon Rosanas, ♥OCCUPY AVENGERS #8 by David Walker and Gabriel Hernandez Walta, DOCTOR STRANGE #22 by Dennis Hopeless and Niko Henrichon, ♥CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #23 by Nick Spencer and Joe Bennett, ♥CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #18 by Nick Spencer and Javier Pina, ♥AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #29 by Dan Slott and Stuart Immonen, the ALL NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ANNUAL #1 by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims with Danilo Beyruth illustrating and DEADPOOL #32 by Gerry Duggan and Matteo Lolli (so you could read all of the Secret Empire titles this month for about seventy five bucks). EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #1 OF 5 by Matthew Rosenberg and Rolan Boschi will try to repeat the success of Spider-Verse while ♥PETER PARKER: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1 by Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert returns Marvel’s flagship character to New York City and the web slinging friendly neighborhood persona that we originally fell in love with. The ♥DEFENDERS #1 will team up the four Netflix heroes: Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist as chronicled by Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez. Bobbie Drake gets a solo title with ICEMAN #1 by Sina Grace with Alessandro Vitti and Leonard Kirk. And Marvel seems to be taking a hint from DC in, not only returning many of their titles to an earlier version but also shipping many titles twice monthly including this and the previous title. ♥MIGHTY THOR #20 is billed as the ‘the saga of the all new Ultimate Thor’ but Jason Aaron is still listed as the writer with Russell Dauterman and Valerio Schiti providing the artwork so hopefully this stellar run will continue with Odinson now again worthy of the hammer (which is also now Jane Foster?). One of their best new series IMHO, ♥CHAMPIONS #9 by Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos focuses on the synthezoid Viv Vision this month. VENOM #151 begins ‘The Land Before Crime’ with Eddie Brock and the symbiote reunited as told by Mike Costa, Geraldo Sandoval and others. ♥DAREDEVIL #21 begins ‘Supreme’ by Charles Soule and Goran Sudzuka with two issues per month as Matt hatches a plan to eradicate crime in NYC using the legal system, with guest stars Luke Cage and Echo. Marvel had Tom King for a twelve part series before he signed an exclusive contract at DC to write Batman so they’re representing that series as ♥VISION: DIRECTOR’S CUT #1 OF 6, each issue priced under seven dollars each with two issues per volume and behind the scenes content; if you missed it the first time, six issues at six ninety nine is less than twelve issues at three ninety nine (but the two trade paperbacks are cheaper still). ♥PUNISHER #13 begins a new arc with Becky Cloonan and new series artist Kris Anka as Castle returns to NYC. (R.I.P. Steve Dillon.) ♥WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION #1 heralds the return of the Weapon X program with their new mission, to eradicate all mutants by Greg Pak and Mahmud A. Asrar and WEAPON X #4 will be a prelude to this first issue, also by Greg Pak with Greg Land illustrating. OLD MAN LOGAN #25 begins a new arc with the return of Maestro and a new creative team consisting of Ed Brisson and Mike Deodato. The STAR WARS: DROIDS UNPLUGGED #1 features three tales all written and illustrated by Chris Eliopoulos. Also shipping twice per month is the new DARTH VADER #1 by Charles Soule with Guiseppe Camuncoli. There’s also the STAR WARS: POE DAMERON ANNUAL #1 by Robert P. Thompson and Nicole Virella. A collected edition from the rarely used creator owned imprint, ICON is the ♥EMPRESS TP by Mark Millar and Stuart Immonen. Marvel collected editions in June include the ♥HULK: WORLD WAR HULK OMNIBUS HC, the THOR: HEROES RETURN OMNIBUS HC, VOL. 1, the SHANG-CHI: MASTER OF KUNG FU OMNIBUS HC, VOL. 4, a MUPPET BABIES OMNIBUS HC, the INHUMANS VS X-MEN HC, the MIGHTY THOR PREMIERE HC, VOL. 3: ASGARD SHIAR WAR and the MONSTER ABC’S HC with twenty six monsters all created by Jack ‘King’ Kirby and illustrated by Kirby, Allred, Art Adams, Chris Bachalo, Walt Simonson and more. The BLACK EYED PEAS PRESENTS MASTERS SUN ZOMBIES CHRONICLES HC is written by Will.i.am and illustrated by Damian Scott. Soft cover collected editions include: ♥TOTALLY AWESOME HULK TP, VOL. 3: BIG APPLE SHOWDOWN, USAVENGERS TP, VOL. 1: AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE MECHANICS, HULK TP, VOL. 1: DECONSTRUCTED, ♥THANOS TP, VOL. 1: THANOS RETURNS, GAMORA TP, VOL. 1: MEMENTO MORI, FOOLKILLER TP, VOL. 1 PSYCHO THERAPY, PROWLER TP, VOL. 1: CLONE CONSPIRACY, GHOST RIDER TP, VOL. 1: FOUR ON THE FLOOR, ♥DOCTOR STRANGE TP, VOL. 2: LAST DAYS OF MAGIC, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY-NEW GUARD TP, VOL. 2: WANTED, MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR TP, VOL. 3: SMARTEST THERE IS, PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT TP, VOL. 3: CARELESS WHISKERS, ♥THUNDERBOLTS TP, VOL. 2: NO GOING BACK, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN TP, VOL. 6: WORLDWIDE, DAREDEVIL-BACK IN BLACK TP, VOL. 4: IDENTITY, ♥MS MARVEL TP, VOL. 7: DAMAGE PER SECOND, ♥PUNISHER TP, VOL. 2: END OF THE LINE and MONSTERS UNLEASHED TP: BATTLEGROUND. Four new posters offered are ♥OLD MAN LOGAN by DEODATO, JR., ♥AMAZING SPIDER-MAN by ALEX ROSS, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS by STEGMAN and the ♥ASTONISHING X-MEN by CHEUNG.
INDEPENDENTS: Two new titles from ACTION LABS are KID SHERLOCK #1, an all age title with John Watson investigating the bad smell afflicting the classroom at Baker Elementary and ADVENTURES IN CRIME #1 where a Golden Age comic creator gets involved with the femme fatale mistress of his mob boss publisher. AFTERSHOCK begins ♥JIMMY’S BASTARDS #1 written by Garth (Preacher, The Boys) Ennis and Russell Braun, a kind of James Bond character who gets tripped up by his multiple romantic conquests and ♥BABYTEETH #1 by Donnie (Redneck, God Country) Cates with Garry Brown’s art, a tale of a scared and nerdy pregnant sixteen year old about to give birth to the antichrist. MOTHER RUSSIA #1 OF 3 is from ALTERNA as a Soviet sniper tries to protect a baby against two million zombies during WWII. They also launch ♥SCRIMSHAW #1 where a group of cut throat pirates are the good guys against a planet ravaged by war and ruthless corporations and TRESPASSER #1 OF 4 where a father tries to protect his daughter in a dystopic future further complicated by a strange visitor crashing in the forest; all three of these series’ are printed on newsprint and priced at a dollar fifty each. And they also have ♥THE CHAIR #1 OF 4 about an innocent man on death row as the Warden and guards kill fellow inmates indiscriminately; this one will be a motion picture starring Roddy Piper and is printed on newsprint for one dollar per copy. AMERICAN GOTHIC PRESS offers KILLBOX: CHICAGO #1 OF 4, a kind of reality game show of rage and violence. They also do a series of one shot licensed titles this month with the ROCKY & BULLWINKLE SHOW #1 featuring Boris & Natasha, Mr. Peabody & Sherman and the whole gang and they also have the THREE STOOGES: TV TIME one shot. It looks as if Marvel is licensing some of their classic material to ARCHIE COMICS as they’re offering ♥MARVEL COMICS DIGEST #1: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, a collection of stories with creators Stan Lee, Len Wein, Steve Ditko and Ross Andru listed for under seven dollars. Daniel Brereton’s Eisner nominated pulp heroes return to print in the NOCTURNALS: SINISTER PATH GN, VOL. 1 from BIG WOW. BEAUTIFUL CANVAS #1 from BLACK MASK is the story of a hit woman tasked to kill a child who instead escapes with the child, written by Ryan Lindsay with art by Sami Kivela. From BOOM! STUDIOS comes ♥UNSOUND #1 written by Cullen Bunn and Jack Cole, about a woman’s first day of work at the Psychiatric Hospital that turns into a nightmare. They also offer BILL & TED SAVE THE UNIVERSE #1 as the Wyld Stallyns go on an intergalactic tour and their roller derby series, ♥SLAM #7 also releases ♥SLAM TP, VOL. 1 which is written by best selling novelist, screenwriter and retired Los Angeles Derby Doll Pamela Ribon and illustrated by Veronica (Silk) Fish. Their BOOM BOX imprint offers LUMBERJANES 2017 SPECIAL: FAIRE & SQUARE #1 and their all age imprint, KaBOOM offers the ♥OVER THE GARDEN WALL TP, VOL. 2. CALIBER PRESS solicits the ♥GULF WAR JOURNAL TP, VOL. 1 from Harvey Award nominee, Don Lomax, a true to life journalistic approach to the conflict; this isn’t a G.I. Joe comic. CINEBOOK has ♥VALERIAN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION HC, VOL. 1, VOL. 2 and VOL. 3 including pages and chapters that have never been translated to English before and extra content includes interviews with Luc Bresson concerning the upcoming movie. DYNAMITE offers a sixteen page ASH VS ARMY OF DARKNESS #0 at the introductory price of ninety nine cents by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims with Mauro Vargas’ art and ♥GAME OF THRONES: CLASH OF KINGS #1 continues the adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire adapted by Landry Quinn Walker with Mel Rubi’s artwork. And they have SWORDQUEST #1 based on the mid ‘eighties Atari games. Sholly Fisch writes and Igor Lima illustrates ♥MIGHTY MOUSE #1, an unusual adventure as it takes place in the real world where there’s only one kid who believes that this flying mouse is real; Alex Ross provides the cover. KISS VAMPIRELLA #1 OF 5 by Christopher Sebela and Annapaoloa Martello brings about a meeting between the rock legends and the monster hunters band Witchkraft in Los Angeles. GWAR: ORGASMAGEDDON #1 OF 4 is co-written by the band as they’re banished to the past giving them the opportunity to shape reality. MAGNUS #1 is by Kyle Higgins and Jorge Fornes and also includes a back up Turok tale. JIM BUTCHER’S DRESDEN FILES: DOG MEN #1 presents a new original tale and BLOOD BROTHERS #1 is about two brothers, detectives in a city populated with creatures from mythology and fantasy. ♥ALL TIME COMICS: BLIND JUSTICE #1 from FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS is a shared super hero universe and Blind Justice is Rich Buckler’s character, a patient in a trauma center by day and ‘the man who walks through bullets’ by night. HARPER COLLINS publishes ♥INDEH: STORY OF THE APACHE WARS TP, offered in soft cover for the first time; set in 1872, researched and written by Ethan Hawke and gorgeously illustrated by Greg Ruth, this is “a story of cultural differences, the horrors of war, the search for peace and what is ultimately retribution.” HUMANOIDS has ♥METABARONS GN, VOL. 2 OF 4: AGHNAR AND ODA in the new editions priced under fifteen dollars each. KEENSPOT launches SOFTBALL #1 based on the YouTube hit. ONI PRESS begins ♥HEARTTHROB: SEASON 2 #1 by Christopher Sebela and Robert Wilson IV, a tale of a women who receives a heart transplant from a criminal who inspires her to a life of crime and is now fleeing to Canada after robbing a Fleetwood Mac concert. They also have RICK & MORTY TP, VOL. 5 and ♥THE SIXTH GUN DELUXE HC, VOL. 4. SUPER GENIUS offers ♥TALES FROM THE CRYPT: HORRORCIDE #1 OF 3 from Larry Hama and Mike Mayhew. ♥HARD CASE CRIME: FOREVER AND A DEATH MMPB is a prose novel from the late master of the genre, Donald E. Westlake; a never released treatment for a James Bond film, this is being published for the first time by British publisher TITAN COMICS. While TOKYO POP has been releasing translated editions of the manga adaptations of popular Disney animated series’ UDON has now begun releasing translated adaptations of classics available in both soft and hard cover formats beginning with the COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO MANGA CLASSICS and the JUNGLE BOOK MANGA CLASSICS. ♥SECRET WEAPONS #1 is the latest offering from VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT written by Academy Award nominee Eric (Arrival) Heisserer and Harvey Award nominee Raúl Allén featuring Livewire and a new team of heroes. The ♥RAI CHRONICLE #1 is the third of four one shots retelling and celebrating the twenty fifth anniversary of the characters as Rai finds an ancient tome that lays out the connections and history of all of the Valiant characters. ZENESCOPE has the GRIMM FAIRY TALES: ROBYN HOOD-TAROT one shot by Joe Brusha and Sean Chen which brings us to the end of the comic listings this month.
Beyond comic books and graphic novels the monthly Previews catalog also has sections featuring Books, Magazines, Trading Cards, Apparel, Toys, Novelties, Import Toys & Models, Collectibles, Games and more so please feel free to flip through the catalog which is always on my desk and if you see anything you’d like to have I would be more than happy to order it for you!
Each month I struggle to pick what I think will be the best new comic of the month and it seems more difficult each time as the industry is at the top of its’ game. The second ♥BRIGG’S LAND series from Brian Wood at Dark Horse, Gail Simone’s ♥CROSSWIND and Howard Chaykin’s ♥DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA at Image and
Donnie (God Country) Cates’ ♥BABYTEETH from Aftershock are all serious contenders this month but as I’ve read and re-read the first volume dozens of times I’m most excited for Farel Dalrymple’s ♥POP GUN WAR TP, VOL. 2, which is April’s Pick of the Month.
Saturday, the twenty fifth of March saw the first of the monthly Kid’s Crafts event at the shop where my lovely wife, Stephanie comes by the shop for a couple of hours and teaches kids, ages three and up how to make a different craft. Materials and supplies are provided and this month it was super heroes made of Popsicle sticks, construction paper and googly eyes and the kids helped with the instruction. Next month it will be something special to take home for Mother’s Day so please mark your calendar and come by the last Saturday of the month, April twenty ninth with your little ones and join us!
And, still a month away, May sixth is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY and besides the four free comics everyone will be able to choose from the selection provided there will also be Free Sketches from a bunch of talented and generous artists plus a Silent Auction for original art and collectibles, a One Dollar Raffle to win graphic novels and action figures with all proceeds to benefit the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona so I hope to see you all there so we can show our support. With the demise of Meals on Wheels and other programs to assist the less fortunate, our Food Bank will be working extra hard for the foreseeable future and I’m hoping we can raise a bunch of money for their good work.
And I would like to thank you ALL for your support of the shop, now in it’s new and permanent location at 1421 S. Kolb Road and your support of the quarterly community fund raisers as well as the generous artists who always step up for the cause. I’m eternally grateful for and humbled by your friendship and support. Thank you all. 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.
If you’d prefer not receive this in the future please respond with UNSUBSCRIBE; I’m really not trying to spam you! I only send this to subscription customers or those who request it. (I won’t be insulted at all if you’d like to discontinue. When I proofread it each month I know first hand how tedious it can be.)