April 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

    The April Previews catalog arrived on Wednesday, March twenty eighth (I’ll do my best to get this to you as soon as possible.) These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in June of 2018. I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you. If there’s anything that you’d like, please try to 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. 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. And if it’s past the twenty first there’s still a very good chance that I’ll be able to place your order and still get the books you want.

 

    The theme is Manga Month so expect lots of new and relisted books featuring translated works of new and old work from Japanese creators. If you’d like more information or would like to see some images of covers and artwork you can go to www.PreviewsWorld.com
and there are other articles at www.Scoop.PreviewsWorld.com, or you could sign up for the newsletter and maybe win prizes in the weekly giveaways at www.PreviewsWorld.com/subscribe. The Previews catalog has some structural changes this month. In addition to the ‘Big Five’ publishers there are now two additional: Boom! Studios and Dynamite Entertainment now have their own sections. The monthly theme now has its own devoted section after the regular listings (so that’s where you’ll find all the manga this month) and the sections for Toys, Games, Trading Cards, Apparel and Imports are now flipped to read from the back of the catalog. Also, all of the books and magazines have been integrated with the comic listings.

 

    DARK HORSE: Christos Gage and Joss Whedon write and Georges Jeanty illustrates BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER-SEASON 12: THE RECKONING #1 OF 4 which will be the culmination of all the Buffy seasons taking place one year later with the return of Fray. Brian Wood writes, and Mack Chater illustrates SWORD DAUGHTER #1, a Viking revenge story inspired by Samurai cinema and Lone Wolf & Cub. The LIKELY STORIES HC is a collection of subtly linked horror stories written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by longtime collaborator Mark (Fables) Buckingham. MODERN FANTASY #1 OF 4 is written by Rafer (Archer and Armstrong) Roberts with Kristen Gudsnuk’s art with a cast including a drug dealing reptilian wizard and a boisterous Dwarf maiden BFF. The MYSTICONS, VOL. 1 TP is tied to the Nickelodeon cartoon and is written by Kate Leth with art by Megan Levens. The CRYSTAL FIGHTERS TP is written by Jen and Tyler Bartel with Jen (Storm) Bartel illustrating the secret magical girl fight club adventure. The SULLIVAN’S SLUGGERS HC is a blend of horror, gore and comedy; a baseball game against a town of flesh eating monsters by Mark Andrew Smith and James Stokoe. HERCULES: ADVENTURES OF THE MAN-GOD ARCHIVE HC has the full thirteen issue run from the sixties by Joe Gill, Dennis O’Neil (writing as Sergius O’Shaughnessy) with Sam Glanzman’s artwork. Master Chief is back in action in HALO: COLLATERAL DAMAGE #1 OF 3 by Alex Irvine and Dave Crosland. Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly write TOMB RAIDER: INFERNO #1 OF 4 with returning artist Phillip Sevy. THE SUIT TP collects the nine-part story written and illustrated by Dennis Calero that was originally serialized in Dark Horse Presents, a story of cut throat businessmen battling a hostile takeover. BEDTIME GAMES #1 OF 4 is a new horror series by Nick Keller and Conor Nolan with three friends who decide to begin their senior year exploring their schools’ mysterious past. HELLBOY: THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES, VOL. 2 TP collects Hellboy’s adventures chronologically from 1961 to 1996 leading up to the Seeds of Destruction story. The MAMMON HC is a vampire story beginning in London in the nineteen twenties and ending at the gates of Hell with art and story by fantasy illustrator Michael Hague.

 

    DC: New beginnings abound this month; Robert Venditti provides the plot and script and Bryan Hitch illustrates HAWKMAN #1, Scott Snyder writes and Jim Cheung illustrates JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 and Gail Simone writes and Adriana Melo illustrates PLASTIC MAN #1 OF 6. And I would guess everyone knows that Brian Michael Bendis left Marvel after seventeen years and he’ll be writing the weekly THE MAN OF STEEL #1 OF 6 with a different stellar art team on each issue, Ivan Reis, Evan ‘Doc’ Shaner, Ryan Sook, Kevin Maguire, Adam Hughes and Jason Fabok respectively. As they did last month with the two ending Superman titles the TEEN TITANS SPECIAL #1 by Adam Glass and Robson Rocha and the TITANS SPECIAL #1 by Dan Abnett and Paul Pelletier are both one shots acting as a transition from the ending series to the new post Metal series. And the next entry for the ‘New Age of Heroes’ line is THE UNEXPECTED #1 by Steve Orlando with art by Ryan Sook and Cary Nord dealing with new character Firebrand. As they did last year at this time here comes another bunch of one shot mash ups between DC and Hanna-Barbera with the AQUAMAN/JABBERJAW SPECIAL #1 by Dan Abnett and Paul Pelletier, BLACK LIGHTNING/HONG KONG PHOOEY SPECIAL #1 by Brian Hill and Denys Cowan being inked by Bill Sienkiewicz, THE FLASH/SPEED BUGGY SPECIAL #1 by Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth and the SUPER SONS/DYNOMUTT SPECIAL #1 by Peter J. Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin. With a wedding in the near future, these five one shots spin out of the twenty five cent DC Nation #0: BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING-ROBIN VS. RA’S AL GHUL #1 with Brad Walker’s art, BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING-NIGHTWING VS. HUSH #1 with Travis Moore illustrating, BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING-BATGIRL VS. THE RIDDLER #1 with art by Minkyu Jung, BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING-RED HOOD VS. ANARKY #1 with Javier Fernandez and BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING-HARLEY QUINN VS. THE JOKER #1 with Sami Basri’s art, all five written by Tim Seeley under covers by Rafael Albuquerque. If you’re looking to expand your DC reading here are the titles beginning new arcs this month: BATMAN #48 by Tom King and Mikel Janin is part one of ‘The Best Man’, DETECTIVE COMICS #982 by Bryan Hill and Miguel Mendonça begins ‘On the Outside’, GREEN ARROW #41 by Mairghread Scott and Matthew Clark is ‘Less Than’ part one and GREEN LANTERNS #48 by Tim Seeley and Ronan Cliquet begins ‘Rebel Run’. NEW SUPERMAN AND THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF CHINA #24 by Gene Luen Yang with art by Brent Peeples and Matt Santorelli begins ‘Fear the Future’. BOMBSHELLS UNITED #19 will be the final issue of the series. SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #39 has the gang teaming up with the Golden Age Justice Society of America. Deluxe collected editions this month include the ABSOLUTE FLASHPOINT HC, the BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES DELUXE EDITION HC with the first six issue limited series, HARLEY QUINN: THE REBIRTH DELUXE EDITION: BOOK TWO HC with issues fourteen through twenty-seven plus the 25th Anniversary Special, RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS: THE NEW 52 OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC with issues zero through twenty-seven plus Batman issue seventeen, Teen Titans number sixteen and the first annual, WONDER WOMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 3 HC, WONDER WOMAN BY JOHN BYRNE: BOOK TWO HC and WONDER WOMAN: THE REBIRTH DELUXE EDITION-BOOK TWO HC with issues fifteen through twenty-five plus stories from the annual and the DC Holiday Special. Softcover editions of recent material includes AQUAMAN, VOL. 5: THE CROWN COMES DOWN TP with issues thirty-one through thirty-three plus the annual, BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY, VOL. 3: FULL CIRCLE TP with fourteen through twenty-two, BATMAN, VOL. 6: BRIDE OR BURGLAR? TP with thirty-eight through forty-four, BLUE BEETLE, VOL. 3: ROAD TO NOWHERE TP with thirteen through eighteen, THE JETSONS TP with the six issue limited series, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, VOL. 4: SURGICAL STRIKE TP with eighteen through twenty-one and the annual, the RAGMAN TP with the six issue limited series, SUICIDE SQUAD, VOL. 6: THE SECRET HISTORY OF TASK FORCE X TP with twenty-seven through thirty-two, TITANS: THE LAZARUS CONTRACT TP with the five issue cross over series, TRINITY, VOL. 3: DARK DESTINY TP with twelve through sixteen plus the annual and WILDSTORM: MICHAEL CRAY, VOL. 1 TP with the first six issues. Some older stories returning to print include the BATMAN: DEATH AND THE MAIDENS TP by Greg Rucka and Klaus Janson in a new edition, BATMAN AND ROBIN ADVENTURES, VOL. 3 TP with more of the all age series, BATMAN: THRILLKILLER TP by Howard Chaykin and Dan Brereton in a new edition, THE DC UNIVERSE BY MIKE MIGNOLA TP with stories by Neil Gaiman, George Perez, John Byrne and more, DOOM PATROL: THE SILVER AGE, VOL. 1 TP with their first fifteen adventures, THE FLASH BY GEOFF JOHNS: BOOK FIVE TP, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE SILVER AGE, VOL. 4 TP, ORION BY WALTER SIMONSON: BOOK ONE TP with over three hundred and fifty pages of Fourth World stories with art by Walter, Frank Miller, Art Adams and more, FRANK MILLER’S RONIN TP, a thirteenth century samurai reborn in the twenty-first century in a new edition, SUPERGIRL BY PETER DAVID: BOOK FOUR TP, SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS TP by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale in a new edition and SUPERMAN BLUE: VOL. 1 TP when our hero lost his powers and regained new and different electric ones. Their creator owned imprint, VERTIGO has THE AMERICAN VAMPIRE OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC with the whole story (so far), HELLBLAZER, VOL. 19: THE RED RIGHT HAND TP and THE INVISIBLES: BOOK THREE TP. Their collectible imprint, DC DIRECT offers the DOOMSDAY CLOCK RORSCHACH AND MIME ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK, the DC DESIGNER SERIES: ANT LUCIA BOMBSHELLS-NURSE HARLEY AND THE JOKER ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK as well as a bunch of limited edition high priced statues including the BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: THE BATMAN BY GERARD WAY STATUE and the BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: THE JOKER BY GERARD WAY STATUE for eighty dollars apiece.

 

    IDW: Picking up where the show left off comes ORPHAN BLACK: CRAZY SCIENCE #1 by Heli Kennedy and Fico Ossio and the KULL ETERNAL ANNUAL 208 is the series finale by Tom (TMNT) Waltz and Luca Pizzari. TRANSFORMERS: BUBLEBEE MOVIE PREQUEL #1 is by John Barber and Andrew Griffith (and, like the Orphan Black above, this is most likely a limited series but IDW doesn’t give we retailers much information on these things.) JOE HILL’S THE CAPE: FALLEN #1 is written by Jason Ciaramella with art by Zach Howard and Nelson Daniel and may be a one shot. LOWLIFES #1 is written by Brian Buccellato and illustrated by French artist Alexis Sentenac, a neo-noir thriller set in Los Angeles. The J. SCOTT CAMPBELL’S DANGER GIRL GALLERY EDITION is sixty-four pages of the artists covers and pin-ups and comes in an oversized hard cover format priced under twenty-five dollars or a prestige format edition priced under ten dollars. The BILL SIENKIEWICZ’S MUTANTS AND MOON KNIGHTS ARTIFACT EDITION HC has almost a hundred and fifty pages of covers, pin-ups and exceptional pages scanned from the original art. The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: BODYCOUNT HC is a new edition of the four-issue series by Kevin Eastman and Simon Bisley returning to print. IDW’s TOP SHELF imprint debuts the LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: THE TEMPEST #1 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill beginning the final tale. They also offer THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, VOL. 3: CENTURY TP. Comic historian Craig Yoe of YOE BOOKS edits THE UNKNOWN ANTI-WAR COMICS HC featuring Steve Ditko, Pete Morisi and more.

 

    IMAGE: Mark Millar’s first Netflix comic illustrated by Olivier Coipel is THE MAGIC ORDER #1 OF 6 telling of the five magic families of magicians who have protected our world for generations. THE WEATHER MAN #1 is by Jody (Shirtless Bear Fighter) Leheup and Nathan (DMZ, Haunt) Fox, a tale of the top weatherman on terraformed Mars accused of the worst terrorist attack in human history, which he doesn’t recall. THE LAST SIEGE #1 is by Landry Q. Walker and Justin Greenwood, described as spaghetti western storytelling meets Game of Thrones in this medieval war story. A favorite creator of mine, Farel Dalrymple writes and illustrates PROXIMA CENTAURI #1 OF 6, a ‘psychedelic science fantasy action comic book drama’ starring teenage wizard adventurer Sherwood Breadcoat. SHANGHAI RED #1 is by Christopher (Heartthrob) Sebela illustrated by Joshua Hixson and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, a tale of revenge and family that stretches from Shanghai to Portland, Oregon in the eighteen eighties. Joseph (Shutter) Keatinge and Bret (New Mutants) Blevins debut STELLAR #1 starring a broken bounty hunter who was taken as a child and transformed into the weapon that would end an intergalactic war. Michel Fiffe offers BLOODSTRIKE #0 which is part one of the ‘Brutalists’ tale, part two in BLOODSTRIKE #23 relaunching one of Image’s most violent and extreme series. New story arcs begin in EVOLUTION #7, HIT-GIRL #5, PAPER GIRLS #21 and WAYWARD #26 if you’ve been looking for a ‘jumping on’ point. New collections include the HIT-GIRL, VOL. 1 TP, the new series with our hero in Colombia, BLACK ROAD: THE HOLY NORTH HC with all ten issues of the series by Brian Wood and Garry Brown, DISSONANCE, VOL. 1 TP with one through four, GOD COMPLEX, VOL. 1: DOGMA TP with one through six, THE HARD PLACE TP with one through five, ICE CREAM MAN, VOL. 1: RAINBOW SPRINKLES TP with one through four, SLOTS, VOL. 1 TP with the full six issue story by Dan Panosian, MULTIPLE WARHEADS, VOL. 2: GHOST TOWN by Brandon Graham, ROCKSTARS, VOL. 2: CHILDREN OF THE BEAST TP and RUMBLE, VOL. 4: SOUL WITHOUT PITY TP. THE RED HOOK, VOL. 1: NEW BROOKLYN TP collects the super thief adventure by Dean Haspiel that won the Ringo Award for Best Webcomic in 2017 and the GEAR OGN TP returns to print, Doug Tennapel’s battle between dogs, insects and four incompetent cats who hijack a giant killer robot.

 

    MARVEL: Continuing the Fresh Start reboot this month, the WAKANDA FOREVER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 is a one shot launching a three-part story that sees the Dora Milaje team up with the Marvel Universe written by Nnedi Okorafor and illustrated by Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque. The new THOR #1 will still be written by Jason Aaron, now with art by Mike Del Mundo featuring Thor Odinson who has regained his mantle and hammer. The backup stories will be by Aaron with artist Christian Ward telling stories of King Thor in the far future. TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1 will be by Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti. IMMORTAL HULK #1 by Al Ewing and Joe Bennett will feature the latest incarnation where the monster has control and Bruce Banner is trapped with no influence over his alter ego. The latest DEADPOOL #1 is by Skottie Young and Nic Klein as Wade returns to be a mercenary to make ends meet. ANT-MAN & THE WASP #1 OF 5 will be by Mark Waid and Javier Garron, a story of a big journey getting smaller all the time. MULTIPLE MAN #1 OF 5 is by Matthew Rosenberg and Andy MacDonald, Jamie Madrox is back from the dead and no one likes him. DEADPOOL: ASSASSIN #1 OF 6 is by Cullen Bunn and Mark Bagley, forty-page issues of bloody mayhem plus ninjas. The MARVEL RISING: ALPHA #1 is a forty-page one shot where Squirrel Girl meets Ms. Marvel for the first time, the first of four issues tied to a special in store Father’s Day event by Devin Grayson and Marco Failla. The brilliant Jeff Lemire will be writing THE SENTRY #1 with Kim Jacinto’s art and DOCTOR STRANGE #1 will be by Mark Waid and Jesús Saiz with our hero now the Sorcerer Supreme of the Galaxy; these are the two relaunches that have me most excited. Meanwhile the Hunt for Wolverine continues in four limited series and Infinity Countdown continues weekly, expanding with a new INFINITY COUNTDOWN: BLACK WIDOW one shot by Gerry Duggan and Nik Virella. Chip Zdarsky and Mike Allred provide the PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801 is the final issue from writer Dan Slott, illustrated by Marcos Martin featuring a heartfelt emotional story. The MARVEL 2-IN-ONE ANNUAL #1 by Chip Zdarsky and Declan Shalvey has the Thing and the Infamous Iron Man unraveling the secrets of Secret Wars with the Council of Reeds. ANT-MAN & THE WASP: LIVING LEGENDS #1 is by Ralph Macchio and Andrea DiVito with Scott Lang trying to fill the shoes of Hank Pym and the return of the Living Eraser. DAZZLER: X SONG #1 is a one shot by Magdalene Visaggio and Laura Braga and our hero is no longer into disco; she has a punk band in Brooklyn. X-MEN GOLD #30 is the big wedding issue (Kitty and Peter if you haven’t been reading it) with guest stars galore, written by Marc Guggenheim and illustrated by David Marquez. CABLE #158 guest stars Cannonball, Domino, Feral, Boom-Boom and Shatterstar; the original X-Force team. Stepping outside of the Marvel Universe comes THE WEEKND PRESENTS: STARBOY #1 based on the hit song from the album of the same name and written by Abel ‘The Weeknd’ Tesfaye, La Mar Taylor and Christos Gage; the art will be by Eric Nguyen and Guru-Efx. Deluxe collected editions include HELLSTORM BY WARREN ELLIS OMNIBUS HC, the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE: THE MARVEL COMICS OMNIBUS HC with the prelude comics to the past decade worth of films, the THOR: HEROES RETURN OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 HC, the AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER HC collecting the fifteen issue weekly series currently in progress, MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE INVICIBLE IRON MAN, VOL. 11 HC, SPIDER-GWEN, VOL. 3 HC, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY BY GERRY DUGGAN OMNIBUS HC and, returning to print AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY DAVID MICHELINIE AND TODD McFARLANE OMNIBUS HC, TOMB OF DRACULA OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC, STAR WARS: JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI-CAPTAIN PHASMA HC and STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE ADAPTATION HC. In softcover comes STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA, VOL. 3: REMASTERED TP, the GENERATIONS TP with the ten one shots, SECRET EMPIRE TP with the ten issue series plus extras, the DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION COMPLETE COLLECTION TP, LEGION: TRAUMA TP and ROGUE & GAMBIT: RING OF FIRE TP with the two recent five part limited series’, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: FAMILY BUSINESS TP introducing Peter Parker’s sister, written by Mark Waid and James Robinson with painted art by Garbriele Dell’Otto, MARVEL 2-IN-ONE, VOL. 1: FATE OF THE FOUR TP with the first six issues, DESPICABLE DEADPOOL, VOL. 3: THE MARVEL UNIVERSE KILLS DEADPOOL TP, SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL, VOL. 6: WLMD TP, THANOS WINS BY DONNY CATES TP, MS MARVEL, VOL. 9 TP, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN: THE SEARCH FOR TONY STARK TP, WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN, VOL. 7: SCALET SAMURAI TP, ALL NEW WOLVERINE, VOL. 6: OLD WOMAN LAURA TP, MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR, VOL. 5: FANTASTIC THREE TP, SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES, VOL. 4 TP and FALCON: TAKE FLIGHT TP.

 

    DYNAMITE: Yes, before we get to the independent titles let it be known that both Dynamite Entertainment and Boom! Studios are now ‘premier publishers’ and get listed in the Previews catalog separately going forward. So, John (Chew) Layman will write CHARLIE’S ANGELS #1 with art by Joe Eisma. Kelly (Hawkeye) Thompson writes NANCY DREW #1 with Jenn St-Onge illustrating with our seventeen-year-old hero detective returning to her hometown for a mystery. VAMPIRELLA: ROSES FOR THE DEAD #1 OF 4 is written by Kristina Deak-Linsner and illustrated by Joseph Michael Linsner. Bill Willingham’s mash up of Edgar Rice Burrough’s characters: Tarzan, Jane, John Carter, Dejah Thoris and many more, illustrated by Cezar Razek is collected in THE GREATEST ADVENTURE HC. HACK/SLASH VS. VAMPIRELLA: THE HEART IS A LONELY KILLER TP collects the five-issue series by Shawn Aldridge and Rapha Lobosco. VAMPIRELLA: THE DYNAMITE YEARS OMNIBUS, VOL. 3 TP collects issues one through thirteen plus the annual written by Bram Stoker Award winner Nancy A. Collins with art by Patrick Berkenkotter, Crizam Zamora and Aneke.

 

    BOOM! STUDIOS: PLANET OF THE APES: VISIONARIES HC OGN by Dana (The Simpsons) Gould with Chad Lewis’ art is based on the original screenplay and script by Rod Serling where Ape City is a bustling metropolis of cars, skyscrapers and a vibrant ape culture asking how a human would fit into such a world. The ‘Shattered Grid’ event continues through MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #28 and SABAN’S GO GO POWER RANGERS #10 and, in celebration of twenty-five years comes the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1, a forty-page collection of original standalone stories from top creators. And there’s the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: LOST CHRONICLES, VOL. 1 TP which collects the annuals from the past two years. Also collected is the JUDAS TP and the EUGENIC TP. From their BOOM! BOX young adult
imprint comes BY NIGHT #1 OF 12 written by Eisner Award winner John (Giant Days) Allison and illustrated by Christine (Adventure Time) Larsen, a story about coming home and accidently smashing a hole to another dimension. The FENCE, VOL. 1 TP collects the first arc by C. S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad, a tale of competitive fencing, GIANT DAYS, VOL. 8 TP collects issues twenty-nine through thirty-two and there’s also a LUMBERJANES COLORING BOOK. Their all age imprint, KaBOOM! has GARFIELD: HOMECOMING #1 OF 4 written by Scott Nickel with a different artist each issue, this one by Sara (Steven Universe) Talmadge. The REGULAR SHOW: 25 YEARS LATER #1 OF 6 series is self-explanatory. And their ARCHAIA imprint offers SANPAKU OGN TP written and illustrated by Kate (Last Night’s Reading) Gavino, the story deals with teen insecurities, in this case centering around the theory that seeing the white around the iris of one’s eyes is a bad omen. JIM HENSON’S THE POWER OF THE DARK CRYSTAL, VOL. 3 HC collects issues nine through twelve while JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: FAIRIES HC collects the four-issue series.

 

    INDEPENDENTS: The one hundred-page DEAD AHEAD HC from ACME INK collects the survival story of zombies at sea by Mel Smith and Clark K. Castillo with art by the legendary Alex Nino originally published by Image; the new edition has ten new pages of story artwork by Craig Hamilton. The LOST CITY EXPLORERS #1 from AFTERSHOCK COMICS is written by Zack (Eclipse, Port of Earth) Kaplan and illustrated by Alvaro (Magnus, Turok) Sarraseca where a teenage daughter and her friends search for her missing antiquities professor father and stumble on Atlantis buried underneath New York City. Collected editions include the BABYTEETH, VOL. 2 TP, the INSEXTS: YEAR ONE HC, the ALTERS, VOL. 2 TP and the FU JITSU, VOL. 1 TP. ALTERNA COMICS is the company that publishes on old school newsprint so their forty-eight-page bi-monthly anthology, IT CAME OUT ON A WEDNESDAY #1 is priced under two dollars. AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY begins an Edgar Rice Burroughs shared universe starting with CARSON OF VENUS #1 and they also publish the occasional Harvey title like CASPER’S GHOSTLAND #100 offered this month with artwork by Eric Shanower. Having two limited series and a one shot published at Image NANCY IN HELL #1 is now at AMIGO COMICS written by El Torres with Abel Cicero’s art. ANTARCTIC PRESS offers BARACK PANTHER #1 featuring a parody Black Panther cover with our Presidential hero ‘up against Trump’s wall’, written and illustrated by Brian Denham. BROKEN GLORY: THE FINAL YEARS OF ROBERT F. KENNEDY HC from ARCADE PUBLISHING is written by Ed Sanders, illustrated by Rick Veitch, a hybrid mashup of graphic biography, epic poem and conspiracy theory reconstruction. The Riverdale kids don their tights as the ARCHIE SUPERTEENS VERSUS CRUSADERS #1 from ARCHIE COMICS and they also have MARVEL COMICS DIGEST #7 featuring the Avengers, Ant-Man and the Wasp with over two hundred pages of story priced under seven dollars. ASPEN STUDIOS relaunches FATHOM #1 written by Ron (Green Lantern) Marz and Siya (Lola XOXO) Oum for the beginning of volume seven and, ten years after his passing the MICHAEL TURNER LEGACY forty-eight-page one shot featuring rare photos, artwork and special memories and pin-ups from his friends and colleagues with all proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society. And they leave the sea for the air with AWAKEN SKIES #0 introducing a new winged character. BENITEZ collects the latest steampunk adventure with the LADY MECHANIKA, VOL. 5: CLOCKWORK ASSASSIN TP. BEYONDCOMICS.TV releases GEKIDO #1 ‘as seen on AMC’s Comic Book Men‘ with guest star cameos of Coco from Ice Loves Coco, Cary-Hiroyuki (Mortal Kombat) Tagawa, Gary ‘Bababooey’ (Howard Stern Show) Dell’Abate and Adrianne (America’s Next Top Model winner) Curry, a tale of an ageless warrior assassin. OH S#!T IT’S KIM & KIM #1 from BLACK MASK is the new ongoing series from the original GLAAD and Eisner nominated series creators and they also offer the CALEXIT, VOL. 1 TP, a story of California seceding from the union in protest of a fascist autocratic President which turns out more dystopian than utopian. DEVIL’S DUE begins FINAL STREET #1 by Scott Schmidt and Brian Atkins, a gender reversal tribute to video games like Street Fighter and Double Dragon. POOCHYTOWN HC from FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS is the latest adventures of Jim Woodring’s beloved anthropomorph, Frank. Carol (A Soldier’s Heart) Tyler FAB 4 MANIA TP recreates the exhilaration of Beatlemania at its height in 1965 with humor and insight. GRAPHIX is the graphic novel imprint of Scholastic Books
this month offering MR. WOLF’S CLASS, VOL. 1 from Eisner Award winner Aron Nels Steinke that captures the everyday and unexpected ups and downs of a fourth-grade classroom. The MOON FACE DELUXE HC from HUMANOIDS is by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Francois Boucq, an uplifting and surreal satirical tale of strange magic and revolutionary freedom. LUISA: NOW AND THEN GN is written and illustrated by Carole Maurel, a universal queer romance for the modern age, adapted by Mariko Tamaki. Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart with art by Adrian Crossa and Alba Cardona Gil release the CLOCKWORKS LIVES HC from INSIGHT COMICS, based on the world introduced in Clockwork Angels. KEENSPOT begins BARRY STEAKFRIES #1 based on the retro video game Jetpack Joyride. Gene Ha’s wonderful series from Dark Horse gets a second arc at LIONFORGE with MAE, VOL. 2 #1, a beautiful young teen fantasy about the bonds of family. Cullen (Deadpool) Bunn begins SHADOW ROADS #1 OF 10 with Brian Hurtt at ONI PRESS, the story set in the same world as their Sixth Gun series. RICK AND MORTY PRESENTS: KROMBOPULOS MICHAEL #1 is the first of a quarterly series of one shots focusing on favorite characters illustrated by series artist CJ Cannon. Plus, the return of Zander Cannon’s KAIJUMAX: SEASON 4 #1 OF 6. British publisher, REBELLION releases the COMPLETE FUTURE SHOCKS, VOL. 1 TP, short stories that appeared in 2000 A.D. by industry legends from Alan Moore to Al Ewing, Brian Bolland, Dave Gibbons, Steve Dillon and many more. SCOUT COMICS launches ZINNOBER #1, a new fantasy series with dragons and a cult that worships them. SEVEN SEAS releases CUTIE HONEY: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION HC collecting both volumes of Go Nagai’s 1973 classic and iconic magical girls series. THOMAS DUNNE BOOKS releases THE WALKING DEAD, VOL. 8: RETURN TO WOODBURY SC, the latest prose novel in the series taken from the point of view of the Governor. TITAN begins the next series with TANK GIRL: ALL STARS #1 OF 4 and there’ll be lots more this year as October twentieth will be the thirtieth anniversary (and celebrated as Tank Girl Day). MICKEY SPILLANE’S MIKE HAMMER #1 OF 4 is adapted by Max Allan Collins and illustrated by Marcelo Salaza, the story developed from a never seen nineteen fifties screenplay, part of Titan’s yearlong celebration of the author’s centennial. KONUNGAR: WAR OF CROWNS #1 OF 3 is described as ‘the ultimate fusion of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings‘, with two sons in a battle for the throne and the centaurs, exploiting the conflict, declare war on humanity in three gorgeously rendered fifty-six-page issues. The eighty page DARE GN reprints the comic strip that brought Dan Dare out of retirement from Grant Morrison and Rian Hughes. BROTHER NASH #1 OF 3 by Bridgit Connell is described as ‘American Gods meets Teen Wolf and Hellboy on the midnight road to Sacramento’ in seventy-two-page issues. Jeff Lemire writes, and Doug Braitwaite illustrates VALIANT’S BLOODSHOT: SALVATION #10, the beginning of a new arc as our hero is stranded in 4001 A.D. W.W. NORTON releases NEIL GAIMAN: NORSE MYTHOLOGY SC; the wonderful oral narrative of legends now available in softcover. And that brings us to the end of the comic listings, but I want to point out that this months’ Previews catalog has a section filled with 2019 calendars. Customers always ask about them around November and I’m always sad to say that they’re offered in April, ship in August and are usually sold out by November so if you want some comic art on your wall each month next year be sure to check out the selections when you stop by the shop!

 

    As usual, choosing the best title is difficult. Contenders include the LIKELY STORIES HC from Neil Gaiman at Dark Horse, Gail Simone’s new JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 and, of course Brian Michael Bendis’ MAN OF STEEL #1 OF 6 and the five one shots leading to the wedding from DC, THE MAGIC ORDER #1 OF 6 from Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel and PROXIMA CENTAURI #1 of 6 from Farel Dalrymple at Image, THOR #1 from Jason Aaron, SENTRY #1 from Jeff Lemire and DOCTOR STRANGE #1 from Mark Waid at Marvel, the LOST CITY EXPLORERS #1 from Zach Kaplan at Aftershock, MAE, VOL. 2 #1 from Gene Ha at Lion Forge and MICKEY SPILLANE’S MIKE HAMMER #1 adapted by Max Allan Collins at Titan but my Pick of the Month goes to SWORD DAUGHTER #1 from Brian Wood at Dark Horse, a Viking revenge story inspired by Samurai films.

 

    It’s just a bit more than a month until FREE COMIC BOOK DAY which falls on the first Saturday in May each year. This year it coincides with Cinco de Mayo. From Ten AM until Five PM on Saturday, the fifth of May we’ll be raising money for Youth on Their Own. Everyone who stops by can choose four free comics from the selection provided (and there will be a lot to choose from), there will be a One Dollar Raffle and a Five Dollar Raffle to win graphic novels, action figures and more, there will be a Silent Auction to win original art and rare collectibles, there will be more than half a dozen talented artists providing Free Sketches and a splendid time will be had by all! I’m extremely fortunate to have made such good friends and to have such good and generous customers through the shop and I know that you’ll all be here to help support the good work that Youth on Their Own does, getting homeless kids food, shelter and support to help them graduate high school. It’s very sad that such an organization is necessary, but they do an incredible job.

 

    Thank you all for your years of friendship and support; I’ll see you all on Free Comic Book Day, and I’ll see you much sooner, too!

    Peace,

    Charlie

 

 

 

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 to receive this in the future, please respond with UNSUBSCRIBE; I’m 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. Thank you.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 to receive this in the future please respond with UNSUBSCRIBE; I’m 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. Thank you.)

 

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