The April Previews catalog arrives on Wednesday, March twenty seventh. 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 2019. 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.
IMAGE: ♥THUMBS #1 OF 5 is from Sean (Saints, The Few) Lewis and Hayden Sherman described as The Social Network meets Blade Runner, the premise being what if someone like, say, Mark Zuckerberg created his own army of tech obsessed teens to take on the government. To celebrate the fifteenth anniversary, Doug Wagner and Daniel Hillyard, the award winning team from the Plastic series return to ♥THE RIDE: BURNING DESIRE #1 OF 5, also featuring a backup feature from Adam Hughes, for fans of The Fast and the Furious and Atomic Blonde. ♥SONATA #1 begins a new series written by David (Bulletproof Coffin) Hine and Brian (Witchblade) Haberlin and illustrated by Haberlin and Geirrod (Spawn) Van Dyke, a steampunk style tale of two cultures clashing for control of their planet. SPAWN #298 begins a new arc leading to the three hundredth issue and ♥THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #45 is the series finale. Robert Kirkman’s ♥HARDCORE, VOL. 1 TP collects the first five issues, written by Andy Diggle with art by Alessandro Vitti and Adriano Lucas, Paul Pope’s ♥HEAVY LIQUID, originally published by DC’s Vertigo imprint comes back to print for the twentieth anniversary and the multiple Eisner, Harvey, British Fantasy and Hugo Award winner gets the deluxe treatment with the ♥MONSTRESS, BOOK ONE HC, with the first eighteen issues with over five hundred pages plus bonus content. The ♥MURDER FALCON TP collects the eight issue music and monsters adventure from Daniel Warren Johnson and the SPAWN COVER GALLERY, VOL. 1 HC has the first one hundred covers, priced under twenty dollars. Other collected editions include ♥HIT-GIRL, VOL. 4 TP by Kevin Smith and Pernille Ørum set in Hollywood, ♥ICE CREAM MAN, VOL. 3: HOPSCOTCH MÉLANGE TP with four more sad, strange horror tales, ♥MAN-EATERS, VOL. 2 TP from Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk and ♥MIRROR: THE NEST TP with issues six through ten by Emma Ríos and Hwei Lim. ♥OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA, BOOK 3 HC has issues twenty-five through thirty-six and the ♥REBORN TP by Mark Millar and Greg Capullo gets a new printing as Netflix begins the adaptation with Sandra Bullock. New story arcs begin in ♥THE BEAUTY #27, ♥BIRTHRIGHT #36, ♥HIT-GIRL: SEASON TWO #5 by Daniel Way and Goran Parlov, ♥MAN-EATERS #9, ♥OUTER DARKNESS #7, ♥OUTPOST ZERO #10, ♥RAT QUEENS #16, ♥SAVAGE DRAGON #247 setting up for issue two hundred and fifty and ♥THE WEATHERMAN, VOL. 2 #1. Amazon is developing an hour long genre drama series for the East of West series with Hickman, Dragotta and Kirkman writing and producing. Both ♥ECLIPSE #16 and ♥EVOLUTION #18 are the final issues of the respective series and, in merchandise they offer a MURDER FALCON TOUR T-SHIRT as well as a seven inch scale action figure of Jim Henson’s LABYRINTH: DANCE MAGIC JARETH appealing to both Henson and Bowie fans.
DARK HORSE: Another tie in to the upcoming film brings the DISNEY FROZEN: THE HERO WITHIN #1 limited series focusing on new character Hedda. The ♥HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: THE BEAST OF VARGU one shot is by Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo. ♥SNOW, GLASS, APPLES HC is the latest from Neil Gaiman, a fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairy tale illustrated by Colleen Doran. ♥THE BORGIAS TP collects the whole four part saga by Alejandro (Metabarons) Jodorowsky and Milo (Indian Summer) Manara in soft cover for the first time: schemes, murders, sex, blood and religion. The ARCHIE VS PREDATOR TP collects the four part mash up series. Three French volumes collected in one English volume for the first time, Raule and Gabor’s ♥ISABELLAE, VOL. 1 HC is set in fuedal Japan; the daughter of an Irish witch and a samurai master, she earns her living with her sword. Richard Corben’s ♥SPIRITS OF THE DEAD TP gets a new printing, sixteen Poe tales adapted in full color including the new ‘The Man of the Crowd’ adaptation. Troy Nixey writes and illustrates a new supernatural tale with ♥TROUT: THE HOLLOWEST KNOCK #1 OF 4. ♥DISNEY: SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS #1 OF 3 retells the classic story from the perspective of Snow White herself and ♥DISNEY: 365 DAYS WITH WINNIE THE POOH HC collects Sunday newspaper strips from nineteen sixty-six through nineteen eighty-six with art by Richard Moore. ♥DANGANRONPA ANOTHER EPISODE: ULTRA DESPAIR GIRLS, VOL. 1 TP connects the original animation manga to the latest manga written and illustrated by Jajime Touya (and other new manga offerings will be close to the end of the newsletter).
DC: Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev offer the ♥EVENT LEVIATHAN #1 one shot, a mystery thriller across the DCU that will continue in ♥ACTION COMICS #1012. Under the Black Label imprint comes ♥SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE #1 OF 3, a story promised since the mid-eighties, written by Frank Miller and illustrated by Jonh Romita, Jr., sixty-four pages per issue and priced under eight dollars each. The DC Ink imprint offers ♥HARLEY QUINN: BREAKING GLASS TP by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh where fifteen year old Harleen Quinzel is sent to live in Gotham City; a coming of age story, and the DC Zoom imprint offers ♥SUPERMAN OF SMALLVILLE TP by Art Baltazar and Franco with Clark at the age of thirteen. ♥DEATHSTROKE #44 begins the ‘Deathstroke: R.I.P.’ story by Priest and Fernando Pasarin and ♥DETECTIVE COMICS #1006 has the Dark Knight and the Spectre investigating the shooting of Jim Corrigan beginning a new tale by Peter J. Tomasi and Kyle Hotz. ♥THE FLASH #72 and #73 continue the ‘Year One’ story, shipping twice monthly by Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter, Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp have teamed up with Green Arrow in ♥GREEN LANTERN #8 as the heroes reunite to stop a cosmic drug cartel. The oversize ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE #25 wraps up the ‘Sixth Dimension’ story spinning out of the ‘Year of the Villain’ one shot and ♥NAOMI #6 is the final issue of this first season with her origins finally revealed. From the Jinxworld imprint, the modern yakuza crime epic begins a new arc in ♥PEARL #10. ♥THE SILENCER #18 will be the final issue of the ‘New Age of Heroes’ series. To banish Rogol Zaar permanently, the Superman Family must unite; ♥SUPERGIRL #31 leads into ♥SUPERMAN #12 with Superman, Supergirl, Superboy, Krypto and Jor-El. ♥THE WILD STORM #24 is the final issue of the series. This months’ deluxe collected editions include the ♥ANIMAL MAN BY JEFF LEMIRE OMNIBUS HC, the ♥ABSOLUTE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE HC, the ♥BATMAN BY SCOTT SNYDER AND GREG CAPULLO OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC and the ♥BATMAN AND ROBIN BY PETER J. TOMASI AND PATRICK GLEASON OMNIBUS HC gets a new printing (so be patient and don’t pay those high prices for this book on eBay, friends). The ♥BATMAN DELUXE EDITION: BOOK FOUR HC has issues forty-five through fifty-seven, ♥DC COMICS: BOMBSHELLS DELUXE EDITION: BOOK TWO HC collects issues seven through twelve. The ♥CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS BOX SET consists of fourteen hard cover books stretching back to the first time the Justice Society of America of Earth-2 met the Justice League of America; priced at five hundred dollars, with six of these volumes never available in hard cover before. ♥DOOM PATROL: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS HC collects all of their adventures throughout the DC Universe, after their return in nineteen seventy seven. ♥THE GREEN LANTERN, VOL. 1: INTERGALACTIC LAWMAN HC has the first six issues of the new series by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp and the INJUSTICE 2, VOL. 6 HC is the final volume in the series. The eight hundred page NEW TEEN TITANS OMNIBUS, VOL. 4 HC collects from the second series from the ‘eighties and the ♥SWAMP THING: ROOTS OF TERROR DELUXE EDITION HC gathers his latest adventures by Tom King, Len Wein, Brian Azzarello, Tim Seeley and Mark Russell. The WONDER WOMAN BY JOHN BYRNE, VOL. 3 HC has issues one twenty-five through one thirty-six and the ♥Y: THE LAST MAN OMNIBUS HC has the entire sixty issue series of the Vertigo series by Brian K. Vaughan. And, due to popular demand and available through the direct market of comic book shops exclusively is the ♥BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT HC and the ♥MISTER MIRACLE HC! New softcover collections include BATMAN BEYOND, VOL. 5: THE FINAL JOKE TP, ♥THE BOOKS OF MAGIC, VOL. 1: MOVEABLE TYPE TP from the Vertigo imprint, ♥GREEN ARROW, VOL. 7: CITIZEN’S ARREST TP and the ♥FLASHPOINT BOX SET, six volumes in a collector’s slipcase, priced under one hundred dollars. ♥HOUSE OF WHISPERS, VOL. 1: THE POWER DIVIDED TP collects the first arc and ♥HELLBLAZER, VOL. 21: THE LAUGHING MAGICIAN TP has issues two thirty-nine through two forty-nine by Andy Diggle and Jason Aaron, both from Vertigo. ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE, VOL. 3: HAWKWORLD TP has thirteen through eighteen plus the annual, the ♥JOKER TP is Azzarello and Bermejo’s tale in soft cover for the first time, JSA BY GEOFF JOHNS, BOOK THREE TP, ♥THE SANDMAN, VOL. 10: THE WAKE-30TH ANNIVERSARY TP, ♥SUICIDE SQUAD-KATANA: THE REVENGE OF KOBRA TP from the ‘Black Files’ series, all twelve issues of Judd Winick’s ♥THE TRIALS OF SHAZAM!: THE COMPLETE SERIES TP and ♥WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 9: THE ENEMY OF BOTH SIDES TP with the end of Steve Orlando and Tim Seeley’s run. ♥WONDER WOMAN: BLOOD AND GUTS TP has the first twelve issues of the New 52 era by Azzarello and Cliff Chiang. From DC Collectibles comes the ♥DC DESIGNER SERIES: BATMAN BY FRANK MILLER STATUE, ♥DC ENGINE OF CHAOS: BATMAN STATUE designed by Riley Rossmo, the ♥BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: BATMAN BY JOE MADUREIRA STATUE and the ♥DARK NIGHTS: METAL-BATMAN: THE RED DEATH STATUE designed by Greg Capullo. The ♥BATMAN BLACK & WHITE MINI FIGURE 7-PACK BOX SET FOUR has Robin by Carmine Infantino, Penguin by Brian Bolland, and five different Batman figures, the one based on Norm Breyfogle’s art exclusive to this set.
IDW: The brilliant Stan Sakai, once published by Fantagraphics and a Dark Horse creator for decades has moved ti Idea & Design Works with a new ♥USAGI YOJIMBO #1, the exploits of rabbit rðnin Mitamoto Usagi in Edo period Japan, this first story will be three issues in full color. TRANSFORMERS/GHOSTBUSTERS #1 is by Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening. Two new collected edition: ♥MARVEL ACTION CLASSICS: CAPTAIN AMERICA has four all age adventures priced under five dollars and ♥MARVEL ACTION AVENGERS: THE RUBY EGRESS TP has issues four through six. The JIM CORNETTE PRESENTS: BEHIND THE CURTAIN-REAL PRO WRESTLING STORIES TP is an eighty page anthology for old school wrestling fans featuring Ric Flair, Andy Kaufman, Sputnik Monroe, the Sheik, Junkyard Dog and more. ♥CROW/HACK SLASH #1 is by Tim (Nightwing) Seeley promising an all new Crow and CANTO #1 OF 6 is an all age fantasy inspired by diverse stories Wizard of Oz and Dante’s Inferno by David M. Booker and Drew Zucker. ♥TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: URBAN LEGENDS, VOL. 1 TP has the first thirteen of the twenty six issue series and the ♥STAR WARS ADVENTURES TREASURY EDITION-ORIGINAL TRILOGY TP is an all age adaptation in a big eight and a half by thirteen inches format. Sina Grace writes and Egle Bartolini illustrates the ♥HAUNTED MANSION OGN. The ♥CLIVE BARKER’S GREAT AND SECRET SHOW, DELUXE EDITION TP collects the entire series brilliantly illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. ♥A LETTER TO JO TP is a true story from their Top Shelf imprint based on letters home from the writers’ grandson, Joseph Sieracki and illustrated by Kelly Williams, a tender love story and battlefield memoir from WWII. Book ten from James Kochalka is the all age ♥JOHNNY BOO AND THE MIDNIGHT MONSTERS HC. From the Black Crown imprint comes ♥MARILYN MANOR by Magdalene (Eternity Girl, Kim & Kim) Visaggio and Marley (Shade, the Changing Girl) Zarcone, set in nineteen eighty one with rock and roll séances, MTV, the spirit of Abe Lincoln, a rager in the White House and more.
MARVEL: The War of the Realms cross over ends in June with the last two issues of the main series and the final twenty two tie-ins for a grand total of sixty-eight total issues. Jed Mackay writes and Travel Foreman illustrates ♥BLACK CAT #1 under a cover by J. Scott Campbell, an all new ongoing series spinning out of the current Amazing Spider-Man series. Donny Cates writes and Tradd Moore illustrates ♥SILVER SURFER: BLACK #1 OF 5 spinning out of the latest Guardians of the Galaxy #1 where the Surfer and other defenders of the galaxy were blown through a black hole. ♥INCREDIBLE HULK: LAST CALL #1 is a forty page one shot by Peter David and Dale Keown, a complete story from the writer who chronicled the Green Goliath’s adventures for twelve years. ♥MARVEL TALES: SPIDER-MAN #1 is an eighty page one shot reprinting Amazing Spider-Man #66, Marvel Spotlight #32 and Spectacular Spider-Man 90. ♥SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 by Jason Latour and David LaFuente guest stars Spider-Gwen and Spider-Ham. SPIDER-MAN: REPTILIAN RAGE #1 is another one shot, this one by Ralph Macchio and Christopher Allen of course featuring Dr. Curt Connors, the Lizard. ♥HOWARD THE DUCK #1 FACSIMILE EDITION is just that, a reprint in its original form, ads and all. ♥BLACK PANTHER #13 by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel Acuña begins a new arc. WOLVERINE: EXIT WOUNDS #1 is a one shot with three stories, one each from Chris Claremont, Larry Hama and Sam Keith. The Age of X-Man cross over approaches the end with six comics this month and two more to go in July for a total of twenty five. The Age of Rebellion one shots continue with ♥STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION-DARTH VADER #1 and ♥STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION-LUKE SKYWALKER #1 both written by Greg Pak, the former with Marc Laming’s art and the latter with Chris Sprouse. Deluxe collected editions include NAMOR THE SUB-MARINER BY JOHN BYRNE & JAE LEE OMNIBUS HC, ♥MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DOCTOR STRANGE, VOL. 9 HC, MARVEL MASTERWORKS: GHOST RIDER, VOL. 1 HC, MARVEL 80TH ANNIVERSARY POSTCARD BOOK HC and the SPIDER-MAN POSTCARD BOOK HC, both with eighty-four pages and priced under twenty dollars and MARVEL 80 FOR 80 HC with eighty iconic images going back to the earlier, now defunct incarnations of Timely and Atlas Comics. MARVEL UNIVERSE BY ROB LIEFELD OMNIBUS HC with over eight hundred pages of his ‘nineties work, ♥IMMORTAL HULK, VOL. 1 HC with the first ten issues of the popular horror comic, ♥ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN: POWER & RESPONSIBILITY, MARVEL SELECT HC with the first seven issues of Bendis and Bagley’s work, JIM LEE XXL HC with eleven of his X-Men issues and the SPIDER-MAN BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS HC with over twelve hundred pages. In soft cover editions they offer ♥MILES MORALES-SPIDER-MAN GN, a collection of Bendis stories aimed at middle grade readers, the big ♥DAREDEVIL BY FRANK MILLER BOX SET SLIPCASE with eight trade paperbacks and a poster, almost nineteen hundred pages priced at two hundred and fifty dollars, SPIDER-MAN VS MYSTERIO TP, SPIDER-MAN: THE GAUNTLET-THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP, MARVEL MONOGRAPH: J. SCOTT CAMPBELL-THE COMPLETE COVERS, VOL. 1 TP, MARVEL VISIONARIES: STAN LEE TP with stories from his earliest days through his most iconic co-creations, ♥WEST COAST AVENGERS, VOL. 2: CITY OF EVILS TP with five through ten of the latest incarnation, ♥MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR, VOL. 7 TP, ♥MILES MORALES, VOL. 1: STRAIGHT OUT OF BROOKLYN TP with the first six issues of the latest series by Saladin Ahmed and Javier Garrón, ♥CONAN: THE JEWELS OF GWAHLUR AND OTHER STORIES TP with a three part story by P. Craig Russel and three one shots originally published by Dark Horse, ♥CONAN THE BARBARIAN, VOL. 1: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF CONAN, BOOK ONE TP with the first arc of the current series and SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL, VOL. 9: EVENTPOOL TP. ♥IRONHEART, VOL. 1: THOSE WITH COURAGE TP has one through six, ♥CHAMPIONS BY JIM ZUB, VOL. 1: BEAT THE DEVIL TP has one through four and ♥FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN, VOL. 1: SECRETS AND RUMORS TP collects one through five. ♥WOLVERINE: THE LONG NIGHT TP collects the adaptation of the popular podcast, ♥BLACK WIDOW: NO RESTRAINTS PLAY TP has the first five issues of the latest series, ♥STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: THE NEWSPAPER STRIPS, VOL. 2 TP is by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson, ♥THE NEW MUTANTS EPIC COLLECTION: THE DEMON BEAR SAGA TP has the brilliant story by Chris Claremont with Sal Buscema and Bill Sienkiewicz, X-MEN MILESTONES: FALL OF THE MUTANTS TP and ♥X-MEN MILESTONES: DARK PHOENIX SAGA TP collect their famous title epics, ♥HAVOK & WOLVERINE: MELTDOWN TP returns to print, written by Walter and Louise Simonson and painted by Jon J. Muth and Kent Williams and the ♥STARJAMMERS TP gathers all the stories of everyone’s favorite space pirates. NOT BRAND ECHH: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP collects all of their comedy series, kind of like Marvel Comics as seen through the eyes of Mad Magazine, ♥PETER PORKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-HAM: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP, over four hundred pages suitable for all ages and ♥MARVELS: EYE OF THE CAMERA TP in a new printing, the sequel to Marvels written by Kurt Busiek and Roger Stern with Jay Anacleto’s photo realistic artwork. ♥TOMB OF DRACULA: DAY OF BLOOD, NIGHT OF REDEMPTION TP has the first four issues by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan and ♥ADVENTURES OF THE X-MEN, VOL. 1 GN has seven issues of animated style adventures suitable for all ages.
DYNAMITE: ♥RED SONJA: BIRTH OF THE SHE-DEVIL #1 is by Luke Leiberman and Sergio Davila telling of her earliest days as a thief and adventurer, WARLORD OF MARS ATTACKS #1 is another bizarre mash up, this one by Jeff Parker and Dean Kotz and the WHITE SAND, VOL. 3 HC is the third original graphic novel based on Brandon Sanderson’s best selling fantasy books illustrated by Fritz Casas. ♥NANCY DREW & THE HARDY BOYS: THE CASE OF THE MISSING ADULTS HC is an all age original graphic novel.
BOOM! STUDIOS: The SABAN’S GO GO POWER RANGERS: FOREVER RANGERS #1 is a forty page one shot and the conclusion of the series. From their Archaia imprint comes the ♥NEW WORLD OGN TP written and illustrated by David (A Girl in the Himalayas) Jesus Vignolli, a blend of fantasy and history with an indigenous warrior, an African musician and a Portuguese sailor uniting on a heroic quest. ♥CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT OMNIBUS TP collects the full twelve issues of Clive’s first comic work, illustrated by Haemi Jang. ♥KLAUS: HOW SANTA CLAUS BEGAN, VOL. 1 TP collects the first seven issue series by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora telling the tale of one man and his wolf against a totalitarian state and, from their all ages KaBoom imprint comes the ♥CHARLES SCHULZ’S LINUS HC with stories from all eras of Peanuts starring the title character and his ever present blanket..
INDEPENDENTS: The ♥SHOCK, VOL. 2 HC from AFTERSHOCK features all new, original work from R. L. Stine, Garth Ennis, Marguerite Bennet, Jill Thompson, Jim Starlin and more, an annual anthology (and volume one is still in stock). ♥TRUST FALL #1 stars Ash Parsons, a thief who can steal using her teleportation abilities, but can’t teleport herself, written by Christopher (Crowded) Sebela and Chris (Spider-Gwen) Visions. AHOY COMICS offers ♥STEEL CAGE #1 featuring three ‘pilot’ stories, letting the reader vote to decide which one will continue, with Mark Waid and Lanna Souvanny, Tom Peyer and Alan Robinson and Stuart Moore and Peter Gross as the three creative teams. AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY offers PRINCESS OF VENUS #1 by Pat Shand and Alfret Le and ♥ZORRO MASTERS: ALEX TOTH #1. JUGHEAD’S TIME POLICE #1 OF 5 from ARCHIE COMICS is by Sina Grace and Derek Charm, ASPEN STUDIOS begins SOULFIRE, VOL. 8 #1 and, although they’d offered it previously, it looks like AVATAR PRESS has it together this time to launch STITCHED: TERROR #1 as they’re offering the first three issues simultaneously. ♥LADY MECHANIKA: SANGRE #1 OF 5 begins a new steampunk adventure from BENITEZ PRODUCTIONS and Carlos Giffoni and Alexis Ziritt return with the one shot SPACE RIDERS: VORTEX OF DARKNESS from BLACK MASK. ♥MILITIA #1 is by Chuck Dixon and Jethro Morales from BLACKBOX COMICS, a special forces war story. The prose biography ♥THE REAL BETTIE PAGE: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE QUEEN OF PINUPS TP is written by Richard Foster, the first journalist to interview Bettie after she walked away from her career at the peak of her success. DEVIL’S DUE begins the all age BOOGILY HEADS #1 by Gus Fink and Laura Pendl and they offer MERCY SPARX #13, picking up after the fourth volume, now that the series has a film development deal. DRAWN & QUARTERLY solicits ♥LITTLE LULU, VOL. 1: WORKING GIRL HC collecting John Stanley’s defining comic of the post-war period. FANTACO offers ♥DEEP RED, VOL. 4 #1, not to be confused with the Aftershock series of the same name, this a horror film publication, ninety eight pages available in hard or soft cover with art by Stephen R. Bissette. ♥BTTM FDRS HC from FANTAGRAPHICS (pronounced ‘Bottom Feeders’) is three hundred pages by Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore, a vision of horror confronting the forces displacing cultures in urban neighborhoods today. GEMSTONE offers the ♥OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE, VOL. 49 available in either hard of soft cover with variant covers by Wm. Michael Kaluta, Tony Daniel, Diego Galindo or Billy Tucci and it’s also available as the ♥BIG! BIG! OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE, VOL. 49 in a limited print run. The comic book imprint of Scholastic Books, GRAPHIX offers POKÉMON, VOL 1: BATTLE WITH THE ULTRA BEAST GN. HARPER COLLINS has an illustrated prose book: ♥NEIL GAIMAN: THE SLEEPER & THE SPINDLE SC with art by Chris Riddell. From HERMES PRESS comes Kaz Windness’ ♥MOTHER GOTH RHYMES HC from ‘Rock-a-Bye Zombie’ to ‘Roses Are Dead’. HUMANOIDS is mostly associated with the works of Jodorowsky and Manara but now begins their first ever ongoing series with ♥IGNITED #1 written by Mark Waid and Swanza Osajyefo and illustrated by Phil Briones beginning at the first day back at Phoenix Academy High after last years horrific attack where some of the survivors were ‘ignited’, gaining supernatural abilities. ♥MASTERS OF COMICS HC from INSIGHT is a reference book for comic creators that invites readers into the studio spaces of top artists like Walt Simonson, Mike Kaluta and Milo Manara offering exclusive interviews and dynamic photography showing artistic process. Longtime British underground comix publisher, KNOCKABOUT, offers the ♥FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS COMPENDIUM TP, a sixty-four page sampler for new readers priced under fourteen dollars. Adam Smith writes and V.V. Glass illustrates ♥AT THE END OF YOUR TETHER #1: ANOTHER PLACE ANOTHER TIME from LION FORGE described as a ‘neo-noir, biker, coming of age thriller’. French publisher NBM tackles a sensitive subject with ♥RELIGION: A DISCOVERY IN COMICS HC by Margreet De Heer, presenting the five major religions and modern spirituality in a personal yet serious manner. ♥LITTLE WITCHES: MAGIC IN CONCORD is a retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women with 100% more magic, available in hard or soft cover, written and illustrated by Leigh Dragoon and published by ONI PRESS. The ♥SUPER FUN SEXY TIMES, VOL. 1 TP by Meredith (Hinges) McClaren tells five short stories featuring superheroes, super-villains and the people who love them, told with sex-positivity and humor from Oni’s Limerence imprint. ♥RICK & MORTY PRESENTS: MR. MEESEEKS #1 is the next one shot and ♥RICK & MORTY: BOOK FOUR-DELUXE EDITION HC is also offered. British publisher REBELLION offers ♥CHOPPER: WANDERING SPIRIT TP with adventures of legendary Mega-city skysurfer Marlon ‘Chopper’ Shakespeare written by Al Ewing with psychedelic art by Brendan McCarthy and others. Sheldon Allen writes and Armin Ozdic illustrates ♥CRUCIFIED #1 from SCOUT COMICS, where a contract killer is hired to execute a person know as the Messiah. As part of Pride Month
SILVER SPROCKET re-offers the ♥F*CK OFF SQUAD GN, three queer teens attempting to navigate their way into young adulthood by Dave Baker and Nicole Goux (yes, that Dave Baker). ♥SAMURAI GRANDPA #1 from SOURCE POINT is by Eastin DeVerna and Shawn Daley, a sweet tale dealing with death and family with anthropomorphic spirits and creatures. TITAN COMICS offers ♥RYUKO, VOL. 1 OF 2, gangster chivalry, black and white manga from Yoshimizu and ♥MS. TREE, VOL. 1 TP with five classic private eye tales created by Max (Mike Hammer, Road to Perdition) Allan Collins and Terry (Johnny Dynamite, Mike Danger) Beatty, out of print since the ‘eighties. ♥SANTA: MY LIFE AND TIMES-AN ILLUSTRATED AUTOBIOGRAPHY HC as told to Jared Green and illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz has over a hundred and twenty five pages and is priced under twenty five dollars. TOON BOOKS offers ♥COMICS: EASY AS ABC! TP written by Françoise Mouly, for young readers, kindergarten-age and up, to learn to effortlessly and playfully start thinking like writers and artists. A new science fiction series from VALIANT, written by Fred Van Lente and illustrated by Renato Guedes, ♥PSI-LORDS #1 OF 12 reveals the mystery of these cosmic beings. VAULT COMICS begins ♥TEST #1 by Christopher Sebela and Jen Hickman, about Aleph Null, an orphan undergoing medical tests for cash who is on the run, in search of a mythical town where they’re test-marketing the future with tech that can’t exist for decades.
MANGA: ♥HANA NO BREATH: THE SCENT OF FLOWERS, VOL. 1 TP from TOKYOPOP asks ‘What if her prince charming was actually a princess?’. ♥STREET FIGHTER: NECRO & EFFIE #1 from UDON is a one shot by Ken Sui-Chong and Hanzo Steinbach. ♥KOMI CAN’T COMMUNICATE GN, VOL. 1 from VIZ is by Tomohito Oda, a story about overcoming anxiety with a diverse cast in terms of mental health and gender expression. And, for those feeling nostalgic for older manga, Viz has the ♥DRAGON BALL COMPLETE BOX SET, sixteen volumes and a poster, and ♥DRAGON BALL Z COMPLETE BOX SET, twenty-six volumes available. KODANSHA begins another deluxe reprint series with the ♥CARDCAPTOR SAKURA COLLECTOR’S EDITION, VOL. 1 HC, a large format with a foil stamped cover and an exclusive collectible art card, this is the first of nine volumes. They also have ♥BATTLE ANGEL ALITA, COMPLETE SERIES BOX SET as well as all five ♥BATTLE ANGEL ALITA DELUXE EDITION HC’s available.
CALENDARS: Towards the end of the year I get a lot of requests for calendars, unfortunately I usually don’t have any because, for some strange reason they offer them now, in April and they arrive from July through September, before anyone’s thinking of them but there are ones featuring the art of OLIVIA, BORIS VALLEJO & JULIE BELL and ones with DEADPOOL, INVADER ZIM, LEGEND OF ZELDA, DOCTOR WHO, RICK & MORTY, WOMEN OF MARVEL, DC SUPERHERO GIRLS, BATMAN, SUPERMAN, WONDER WOMAN, DRAGONS and lots more, so, if you’re thinking ahead, look through the catalog when you stop by and I will be happy to order any that you’d like.
And that brings us to the end of the catalog (although there’s also sections of toys, games, clothing and action figures that you’re welcome to order, too) and, at this point each month I try to choose what will be the best offering this month. Among the contenders for April are: ♥THUMBS #1 OF 5 from Image, the ♥SNOW, GLASS, APPLES HC and ♥THE BORGIAS TP from Dark Horse, the long awaited ♥SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE #1 OF 3 from DC’s Black Label, ♥USAGI YOJIMBO #1 from IDW, ♥MARILYN MANOR #1 from IDW’s Black Crown imprint, the ♥INCREDIBLE HULK: LAST CALL one shot and the ♥IMMORTAL HULK, VOL. 1 HC from Marvel, the ♥NEW WORLD OGN TP from Boom’s Archaia imprint, ♥TRUST FALL #1 from Aftershock, the ♥BTTM FDRS HC from Fantagraphics, Mark Waid’s ♥IGNITED #1 from Humanoids, ♥CRUCIFIED #1 from Scout Comics and ♥TEST #1 from Vault Comics and, though I’m looking forward to all of these, my April Pick of the Month
is ♥SONATA #1 from David (Bulletproof Coffin) Hine and Brian (Witchblade) Haberlin and illustrated by Haberlin and Geirrod (Spawn) Van Dyke, a steampunk style tale of two cultures clashing for control of their planet.
I hope that you’ve all had a chance to meet my friend and co-worker, Shield by now. He has organized all the shops’ back issues since he began here last June and he’ll be running the shop for two days in April so I can attend my daughters’ wedding (yes, after eighteen years I’m taking a couple days off).
And I would like to express my sincere gratitude for all of your orders, friendships and support over the years. Thirty six years I’ve been doing this now, and you’ve kept my lights on and kept a roof over the heads of my family and you’ve been kind and generous supporting the quarterly in-store benefits four time a year and I couldn’t ask for more and I can’t thank you all enough. We’ll be hosting another benefit for Casa de los Niños on Saturday, the fourth of May which is Star Wars Day and Free Comic Book Day and there will be eight artists here providing free sketches, their will be one dollar and five dollar raffles, there will be a Silent Auction to win original art and rare and signed collectibles and, of course there will be Free Comics so I hope to see you all, as I usually do, to support this wonderful and necessary non-profit organization.
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.
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