The August Previews catalog arrived this past Wednesday and, as always it’s sitting on my desk available for your perusal when you stop by. Meanwhile I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might hold interest for you. These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in October. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and let me know by the twenty first of the month if you can so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand.
Some of the codes and abbreviations that I use are: HC (hard cover), TP (trade paperback), SC (soft cover), GN (graphic novel), OGN (original graphic novel-not a reprint or collection), MMPB (mass market paperbacks), AF (action figure), T/C (trading cards),T/S (tee shirt) and ☼ (to denote an excellent writer, creator or title deserving wider recognition in my humble opinion).
By the way, besides the monthly Previews catalog there is also an ‘Adult Supplement’ which showcases the ‘adults only’ comics, books and videos. If you are interested in seeing what’s available (and you’re over eighteen) please send me an email and I will send you this month’s adult catalog in a pdf format.
The Previews catalog has a different theme each month and, for August it’s the ‘How to Draw’ month so there are a lot of instructional comics and books available. Also this is the month that orders are due for Halloween. Many of the publishers offer special comics to give out to the trick or treaters as an alternative to candy. Some of them are full size comics offered for twenty five to thirty cents each and some are smaller, the size of a regular comic folded in half and they’re offered in bundles of twenty to twenty five copies for three dollars each. I happily sell these to my customers at my cost, there are several teachers that buy these to give out to their students. The offerings this year include Sonic the Hedgehog, Batman: Lil Gotham, Batman: The Long Halloween, Thor, Spider-Man, Archie, Adventure Time, My Little Pony, Ben 10, Sesame Street, Itty Bitty Hellboy and more. Check them out in the catalog when you stop by and place your orders if you’d like to give some out at your house!
DARK HORSE: I’m very excited for ☼SHAOLIN COWBOY #1 from Geoff Darrow, all new stories, more action than you can shake a nunchaku at and the most detailed art you’ve ever seen; it will knock your socks off. If you haven’t seen the previous series then you may know Darrow’s art from his collaboration with Frank Miller on ‘Hard Boiled’ or you’ve seen his work on the ‘Matrix’ comics. If by some chance you haven’t seen his art, you’re in for a treat. Oh, and the story is brilliant, too. THE OCCULTIST #1 OF 5 is by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton, the creator of Hack/Slash and the artist of ‘Battlepug’ and the creative team from ‘Revival’. Francesco Francavilla releases the BLACK BEETLE: NECROLOGUE #1 OF 5, the second noir series of this pulp style hero who is being favorably compared to the ‘Rocketeer’. BLOODHOUND: CROWBAR MEDICINE #1 OF 5 is by Dan Jolley with Leonard Kirk providing the art, this is a series created by Jolley that was published by DC a few years back and now returns with all new stories. Victor Santos, artist of ‘Mice Templar’ has been doing a violent and wordless noir web comic which is now collected as the POLAR: CAME FROM THE COLD HC. Fred Van Lente writes and Ariel Olivetti illustrates CONAN AND THE PEOPLE OF THE BLACK CIRCLE #1 OF 4. Timothy Truman and Tomás Giorello illustrates KING CONAN: THE HOUR OF THE DRAGON #6 OF 6 which completes the first half of the adaptation of Howard’s only Conan novel, so expect the concluding series to begin next month. And here’s a blast from the past, the ELFQUEST SPECIAL: THE FINAL QUEST is a sixty four page one shot by original creators Richard and Wendy Pini that will serve as a prologue the the upcoming final series. Justin Aclin writes and Nicolás Daniel Selma illustrates ☼S.H.O.O.T. FIRST #1 OF 4, a battle between angels and atheists the Secular Humanist Occult Obliteration Task Force who defends people against angels and demons. Richard Corben continues his fascination with Edgar Allan Poe as he adapts ☼THE RAVEN AND THE RED DEATH in a new, full color one shot. GRINDHOUSE: DOORS OPEN AT MIDNIGHT #1 OF 8 will consist of four, two part stories created to resemble exploitative B-movies, the first story being ‘Bee Vixens From Mars, written by Alex de Campi with art by Chris Peterson. The artist will change for each arc. The ☼EC ARCHIVES: TALES FROM THE CRYPT VOLUME 4 HC collects issues 35 through 40 with remastered color featuring the legendary art of Joe Orlando, Jack Davis, Jack Kamen, Graham Ingels, Reed Crandall, Bill Elder and more. ☼THE BEST OF COMIX BOOK: WHEN MARVEL WENT UNDERGROUND HC has the cream of the crop of the 1974 collaboration between Stan Lee and Denis Kitchen featuring the first national appearance of ‘Maus’ by Art Spiegelman as well as work by Trina Robbins, Kim Dietch, S. Clay Wilson, Skip Williamson and more. The ☼GRENDEL OMNIBUS VOLUME 4 TP is the final volume in the series and includes the ‘Grendel: Past Prime’ novel written by Greg Rucka.
DC: In the wake of the ‘Trinity War’ the villains have taken over as the ‘Forever Evil’ limited series reveals. This month begins FOREVER EVIL: A.R.G.U.S. #1 OF 6 written by Matt Kindt with the art of Manuel Garcia, FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR #1 OF 6 by Peter J. Tomasi with art by Scot Eaton and Jaime Mendoza and FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION #1 OF 6 by Brian Buccellato with art by Patrick Zircher. As the heroes seem to be dead or at least out of the picture, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #8, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #24 and JUSTICE LEAGUE #24 tie in to ‘Forever Evil’ as does SUICIDE SQUAD #24 and TEEN TITANS #24. The new ☼JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #1 features the heroes of today in the year 3000 written by Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis with art by Kevin Maguire, the team that brought us the ‘Justice League’ series when it was as much comedy as adventure; this should be a hoot. Another new series being launched is ☼SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #1 written by Charles Soule with pencils by Tony S. Daniel and inks by Batt, delving into the romantic relationship between these two powerhouses and the dangers such a relationship portend. Andy Kubert writes and illustrates ☼DAMIAN: SON OF BATMAN #1 OF 4 telling the characters past as well as a possible future. ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #2 begins the ‘Krypton Returns’ story which will span eons, from the planets’ savage past to minutes before Kal-El’s historic escape to Earth; written by Scott Lobdell with art by Kenneth Rocafort, Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund. During the September ‘Villains Month’ we missed an issue but Scott Snyder will make good with the double sized ‘Zero Year: Part Four’ in ☼BATMAN #24, a sixty four page issue. BATMAN AND TWO-FACE #24 is part one of the five part ‘The Big Burn’ story which will explore the connection between Harvey Dent and the origin of Carrie Kelley(?). Jason Todd leads the League of Assassins in RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #24; what will the Lazarus Pit in the City of the Assassins unleash? Robert Venditti begins a massive story in GREEN LANTERN #24 as Relic arrives on OA in ‘Lights Out’ part one with art by Billy Tan, part two in GREEN LANTERN CORPS #24, part three in GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #24, part four in RED LANTERNS #24 and the conclusion in GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #2 revealing the new status quo for the Lanterns. ☼BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE #2 OF 6 has Rafael Granpa, Jeff Lemire, J. G. Jones, Alex Nino, a Steranko cover and more, this month. AME-COMI GIRLS #8, LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #13 and ARROW #12 are all final issues of their series. DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 VILLAINS OMNIBUS HC is almost twelve hundred pages and the 3-D Motion cover (the variant cover for ‘Forever Evil’ #1) will only be available on the first printing of this hundred and fifty dollar book. The ☼BATMAN: NIGHT OF THE OWLS TP picks up after the ‘Batman: Court of the Owls’ TP with the rest of the stories featuring Red Robin, Batwing, Robin, Batgirl, Catwoman, Nightwing and the Birds of Prey. The first six issues of Mike Grell’s series from the eighties comes back to print as GREEN ARROW VOLUME ONE: HUNTER’S MOON TP with art by Ed Hannigan and inks by Dick Giordano and Frank McLaughlin. THE JOKER: CLOWN PRINCE OF CRIME TP collects stories from the nine issue solo series of the seventies, THE JUDAS COIN TP is the Walter Simonson graphic novel tying one of Judas’ silver coins to the DC Universe throughout history with the Golden Gladiator (A.D. 73), the Viking Prince (A.D. 1000), Captain Fear (1720), Bat Lash (1881), Batman and Two-Face in the present and in the future, Manhunter 2070. BEWARE THE BATMAN #1 is the beginning of a new, all age series in addition to the current BATMAN: LIL GOTHAM series. At DC’s mature imprint, VERTIGO, the much anticipated return of Neil Gaiman to his ground breaking series is offered with ☼THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1 OF 6 with art by J. H. Williams III, the series will be bi-monthly, one of the Endless will die on page five and the tale will tell how Morpheus was captured in ‘Sandman’ #1. A new ongoing horror series by novelist Caitlin Kittredge, ☼COFFIN HILL #1 follows Eve Coffin, an ex Boston cop who returns to her New England to find that a wild night ten years in her past has unleashed a darkness in her home town that may be her fault. ☼HINTERLAND #1 is another new ongoing series, this one written by Ian Edginton with art by Francesco Trifogli; decades after ‘the blight’ a menagerie of myth and magic return, displeased with humankind for forcing their exile. THE WITCHING HOUR is an eighty page one shot with nine new supernatural tales. And new editions of Brian K. Vaughan’s brilliant series begin with ☼EX MACHINA: BOOK ONE TP featuring the art of Tony Harris.
IDW: The ‘My Little Pony’ series has been so successful for Idea & Design Works that last month they launched the ‘Powerpuff Girls’ and this month they offer SAMURAI JACK #1 OF 5 written by Jim Zub with art by Andy Suriano who was a character designer for the original animated series. They also offer the SAMURAI JACK CLASSICS: VOLUME ONE TP collecting the stories from DC’s ‘Cartoon Network Action Pack’ series. The MY LITTLE PONY 2013 ANNUAL is a prequel to the hit movie and also reprints the rare story that Katie Cook and Andy Price did for the San Diego Comic Con. John Byrne creates another super team which he writes and draws in TRIPLE HELIX #1 OF 4. The son of Stephen King, Joe Hill, has made a name for himself without relying on his famous Dad and his most ambitious project which began four years ago reaches it’s finale with ☼LOCKE & KEY: ALPHA #2 OF 2, the whole series illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. This final issue comes with seven variant covers featuring top talents such as Simon Bisley, Bill Sienkiewicz, Bernie Wrightson, Dave Sim, Glenn Fabry, and Michael Kaluta. There is a boxed set of all seven covers in a fifty dollar box set. The J. SCOTT CAMPBELL FAIRYTALE FANTASIES 2014 CALENDAR is self explanatory and has sold out every year that it’s been offered. STAR TREK: KHAN #1 OF 5 is by Mike Johnson, overseen by film writer/producer Roberto Orci with art by Claudia Balboni telling the origin of the series’ greatest villain. The MEMORY COLLECTORS #1 OF 3 is created, written and illustrated by menton3, a story of three jaded fetish models who stumble upon entities who feed on memories. Kevin Eastman and Tom Skulan write and Kevin illustrates ZOMBIE WAR #1 OF 2, a zombie uprising apparently confined to military cemeteries. VITRIOL, THE HUNTER TP collects the gothic science fiction tale co-written by Billy Martin, guitarist for Good Charlotte and Brent Allen with Billy’s artwork. (Next month IDW will offer the annual ‘Richard Stark’s Parker’ novel adapted by Darwyn Cooke!)
IMAGE: As usual Image has more new series with top notch creators than anyone else; the best seem to establish themselves here, like Nick Spencer and Jonathan Hickman, and then get picked up by DC or Marvel to reach larger audiences. Kelly Sue DeConnick, who co-created (with Brian Michael Bendis) and writes the ‘Castle’ television series as well as several comics at Marvel is working with Emma Ríos on ☼PRETTY DEADLY #1 described as a marriage between ‘the magical realism of ‘Sandman’ with the Western brutality of ‘Preacher’. Ed Brubaker begins a new series with long time collaborator Steve Epting, an espionage series beginning with ☼VELVET #1; she’s a secretary for the Director of the Agency, but she’s also, unbeknownst to most, the most dangerous woman alive. ☼WALKING DEAD #115 celebrates the tenth anniversary of the series with twelve covers, ten of which connect into one large panorama of the series’ history. The ☼WALKING DEAD: TYREESE SPECIAL, like the previous ‘Michonne Special’ and the ‘Governor Special’ reprints the first appearance of the character (from issue seven) as well as a new origin story that was first printed in the Free Comic Book Day special. These ‘special’ issues each contain one story that will never be printed in the collected editions. As part of this anniversary celebration there is also THE ART OF CHARLIE ADLARD HC and four tee shirt designs tied to the ‘All Our War’ story: there’s a ‘Survivors’ tee shirt (Rick’s faction) as well as ‘Hilltop’ (Jesus’ group), ‘Saviors’ (Negan) and ‘Kingdom'(Ezekiel) ones. Brandon Montclare writes and the incredible Amy Reeder illustrates ☼ROCKET GIRL #1 about a teenage cop from a high tech future sent back to 1986 who discovers that her ‘future’ is an alternate reality that doesn’t really exist in 2013. Kieron Gillen writes THREE #1 with art by Ryan Kelly with historical consultant Professor Stephen of the University of Nottingham, telling the heroic story of three slaves and the desperate attempt to free three hundred of the world’s greatest Spartan warriors. Through the Top Cow imprint comes BUSHIDO #1 OF 5, shipping weekly over five consecutive weeks, this is the tale of Kichiro in feudal Japan; he lacks Japanese blood so can never become a samurai but has chosen to serve the shogun by eliminating any and all foreign supernatural threats. The series is written by Rob Levin with art by Studio Hive. Those of you who follow my shop on Facebook see a lot of posts from CBLDF, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non profit that battles censorship. Every year they put out the ☼CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL featuring socially conscious creators who donate their stories to benefit this charity. This years’ edition features a bizarre and all new ‘Hack/Slash’ story from Tim Seeley, a ‘Hoax Hunters’ tale, a story about the band Pussy Riot, work by Richard Corben, Joe Eisma, David Marquez and many others. And while on the subject of charities, Barnardo’s, one of the largest childrens charities in the UK receives all profits from the ☼THOUGHT BUBBLE ANTHOLOGY 2013, a collection of comics (including a team up between Judge Dredd and Elephantmen) from the Thought Bubble Festival, an annual event in Leeds each November. This years’ release features Fabio Moon, Gabriel Bá, Jeffrey Brown, Brandon Graham, Adi Granov, Rafael Albuquerque and more in the usual tabloid format (like the Sunday funnies). The ☼LAZARUS: VOLUME ONE TP collects the first four issues for ten bucks, the ☼MARA TP collects the whole six issue series by Brian Wood and Ming Doyle and☼MIND THE GAP: VOLUME THREE-OUT OF BODIES TP collects eleven through fifteen.
MARVEL: The ‘House of Ideas’ is launching the ‘Marvel: Share Your Universe Initiative’, asking the fans to share their love of Marvel comics with their youngest friends. They’re adding two titles to their ‘All Age’ line: MARVEL UNIVERSE: AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #1 and HULK: AGENTS OF S.M.A.S.H. #1 OF 4. You’ve probably noticed the recent variant covers showing the Marvel characters as Legos; apparently they’ve entered some kind of marketing agreement with the company and the first issue of the new ‘Avengers Assemble’ title mentioned above will have a ‘bonus’ Lego comic featuring the team. The ‘Hulk’ title as well as the MARVEL UNIVERSE: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #19 are both adaptations of episodes of the animated adventures using screen captures with captions and word ballons rather than original art and story. The big cross over, already in progress has INFINITY #4 and #5 OF 6 and the tie ins include NEW AVENGERS #11, SECRET AVENGERS #10, MIGHTY AVENGERS #2, NOVA #9, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #8, FEARLESS DEFENDERS #10, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #20, THUNDERBOLTS #16 and #17 as well as the two limited series, INFINITY: HEIST #2 and #3 OF 4 and INFINITY: THE HUNT #2 and #3 OF 4. ☼A+X #13 begins a six part story involving Captain America and Cyclops while the second story features Howard Chaykin writing and drawing a sexy story featuring Emma Frost and the Black Widow. Marvel offers CATACLYSM #0.1 which is classified; all I know is that it will be 32 pages for $3.99. (I’m suspect this will be the continuation of ‘Age of Ultron’ which became ‘Hunger’.) SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #20 by Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli begins a new arc with Otto teaming up, in more ways than one, with Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat; disturbing, yes?. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #5 begins the ‘Superior Six’ story that you knew was coming, written by Christopher Yost with Marco Checchetto’s artwork. ☼MARVEL KNIGHTS: SPIDER-MAN #1 OF 5 will be written by Matt Kindt with art by Marco Rudy where Spidey will fight ninety nine of Marvel’s deadliest villains; no clue as to whether this is Peter Parker or Doc Ock in the information that I have but the ‘Marvel Knights’ imprint is supposed to be used for more mature stories and Matt Kindt is one of the crop of new writers who are shaking up the industry these past few years, so I have high hopes for this one. I don’t know if MARVEL: NOW WHAT #1 is a one shot or ongoing but it’s a humor magazine poking fun at the Marvel characters in short vignettes. (Anyone remember ‘Spoof’ or ‘Not Brand Ecch’?) The ALL NEW X-MEN SPECIAL #1 with the art of Kris Anka is part one of a three part crossover titled ‘In the Arms of the Octopus’ and continues through the INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK SPECIAL #1 with Jake Wyatt’s art and the SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP SPECIAL #1 with art by Michael Dialynas, the whole tale written by Michael Costa and, yes, Superior Spider-Man is battling Doctor Octopus, who is dead (not that ‘dead’ means much in the Marvel Universe). CAPTAIN AMERICA: LIVING LEGEND #1 OF 4 is written by Andy Diggle and Adi Granov provides covers and also the interior art for issue one; issue two features the art of Agustin Alessio and the story involves an orbital research station crashing in Siberia and it’s Captain America so, of course, there are ties to World War Two. IRON MAN #17 concludes the ‘Secret Origin of Tony Stark’ and ‘Nothing Will Ever Be the Same’ according to Marvel.
(Please forgive my digression but when hyperbole is repeated incessantly it loses it punch: in New Avengers #9 Fury reveals ‘the most shocking secret in the Marvel Universe’, Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #156 is ‘easily the most important story in Ultimate Spider-Man history’, in Punisher Max #11 ‘Punisher will never again be the same’, in Captain America #615 ‘After this issue nothing will ever be the same again’, in Namor #9, ‘the epic that will change Namor’s life forever’, in Uncanny X-Force #10 ‘Nothing will ever be the same’, in New Avengers #13 ‘One Avengers life will be changed forever’, in Captain America #619 Bucky’s decision will ‘change his life forever’, in Astonishing X-Men #39 ‘One of the X-Men is changed forever’, in Amazing Spider-Man #666 ‘This will change everything for Pete, for Spidey, for you’, in Generation Hope #9 ‘the X-Men comic that will have people talking for years’; so looking over this list can you recall any of these ‘changes’? Are you still talking about Generation Hope #9? Is ‘nothing really the same’ in any of these series, titles or characters? Please correct me if I’m mistaken; I didn’t notice any major changes in any of these books.) Sorry, back to the newsletter, already in progress.
THOR: THE CROWN OF FOOLS is a one shot written by Bryan Glass with art by Andrea Di Vito and also includes a reprint of the first appearance of Makelith the Accursed who Thor is battling in his regular series at the moment. In FANTASTIC FOUR #13 the team is trapped in a universe controlled by Dr. Doom and ‘Reed and Sue make a fateful decision that will change the lives of the whole Richards family’. The mutant cross over continues in ALL-NEW X-MEN #17, X-MEN #6, UNCANNY X-MEN #13, WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #37 and concludes in X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM #2 OF 2. ☼WOLVERINE #10 is part three of the ‘Killable’ arc; Logan has lost his mutant healing power, he’s scared to shave his face, it hurts to pop his claws, he gets drunk when he drinks and he thinks he has allergies. ASTONISHING X-MEN #68 will be the final issue of the series. FANTOMEX MAX #1 OF 4 is written by Andrew Hope with the art of Shawn Crystal as the international super thief gets the mature readers treatment.
INDEPENDENTS: Above are the listings for the ‘big five’ publishers; below are listings for the new and notable releases from the smaller publishers beginning with AIRSHIP ENTERTAINMENT who finally releases Phil Foglio’s ☼GIRL GENIUS VOLUME TWELVE: AGATHA HETERODYNE AND THE SIEGE OF MECHANICSBURG which I know a few of you have been anxiously awaiting. AMIGO COMICS offers ROGUES: VOLUME TWO #1, a continuation of these unusual, character driven, drunken barbarian stories and they launch a new series with GARGANTUAN #1, also written by El Torres, a story of a Marshall in pursuit of a criminal rock star who is unwittingly led into contact with Giants who still walk the Earth. ANTARCTIC PRESS offers☼STEAMPUNK CINDERELLA, a one shot by Rod Espinosa, GHOST COP #1 OF 3, a supernatural murder mystery by V. J. Boyd and Justin Boyd with art by Christian DiBari. ARCANA STUDIO offers THE STEAM ENGINES OF OZ, VOLUME TWO: THE GEARED LEVIATHAN #1 and they also have a hundred page collection, the STEAMPUNK ORIGINALS GN. Many years ago ARCHIE COMICS had a line of super hero comics under the imprint of ‘Red Circle Comics’ and now the line returns with the launch of☼THE FOX #1 written by Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel with Dean providing the pencils and variant covers by Darwyn Cooke as well as by Fiona Staples. ASPEN launches TRISH OUT OF WATER #1 OF 5, a story by Vince Hernandez with Giuseppe Cafaro’s pencils and the first issue is priced at one dollar. Above, in the fourth paragraph I talked about the Halloween comics that are available as an alternative to handing out candy; one of those comics is ☼DISENCHANTED: DEBUT, a sixteen page comic written by Simon Spurrier with art by German Erramouspe that is definitely not for children. The series will be issued twice a year in a collected format, the way Warren Ellis’ ‘Freakangels’ was and it’s a horror story of the ‘little people’; goblins, leprechauns, pixies and fey. They live in Vermintown now, a city of a million inch tall malcontents infested with sleaze, drugs, gangland violence and interracial hatred from the folks at AVATAR PRESS. Another of their series is offered as the UBER VOLUME ONE: ENHANCED HARDCOVER which collects the first five issues, which has already been released in soft cover but this volume, offered for this one time printing only, features an extra hundred and sixty pages of behind the scenes interviews, pencil art, cover gallery, reference work and more, limited to five thousand copies and priced at thirty five dollars. BOOM! STUDIOS releases the HELLRAISER 2013 ANNUAL #1 with Clive Barker, Ben Meares and Brandon Seifert delving deeper into the mysteries of Leviathan. IMAGINE AGENTS #1 OF 4 follows the team that is responsible for keeping your imaginary friends in line. At the Boom! all age imprint, KaBOOM! expect the HEROEBEAR AND THE KID ANNUAL 2013 #1 by Mike Kunkel and the ADVENTURE TIME: SUGARY SHORTS VOLUME ONE HC which collects all the short back up stories from the first fourteen issues. The ADVENTURE TIME 2013 SPOOKTACULAR #1 is a one shot full of short stories themed for Halloween. DYNAMITE begins the SHADOW NOW #1 OF 6 written by novelist David Liss with art by Colton Worley this brings the popular pulp character into the 21st century. ☼CRYPTOZOIC MAN #1 OF 4 as seen on the ‘Comic Book Men’ television show will be written and illustrated by Bryan Johnson and Walter Flanagan. Also this month is the SPIDER ANNUAL 2013 by Shannon Eric Denton with art by Igor Vitorino and the VAMPIRELLA HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2013, also by Denton with art by Patrick Berkenkotter and the ARMY OF DARKNESS/REANIMATOR one shot by Mark Rahner with Randy Valiente’s art. And then there’s the all age ☼GARTH ENNIS’ ERF HC, yes, I used the term ‘all age’ in the same sentence with ‘Garth Ennis’; it’s a tale of three…things crawling from the primordial swamp, an evolutionary tale of love and loyalty illustrated by Rob Steen. DRAWN & QUARTERLY has ☼WOMAN REBEL: THE MARGARET SANGER STORY HC written and illustrated by Peter Bagge, not the creator I’d expect to do a historical biography, but I’m excited to read it. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS has an all new graphic novel from Jim Woodring, the ☼FRAN HC and the ☼SOCK MONKEY TREASURY HC collecting all twelve of Tony Millionaires Sock Monkey comics! :01 FIRST SECOND solicits the much anticipated ☼BATLLING BOY GN by Paul Pope, available in both soft and hard cover edition, this is the new generation super hero adventure that Jeff Smith calls ‘the adventure of the year’. HERMES PRESS offers a collection that I doubt many of you will recall; ☼NEIL THE HORSE: THE COMPLETE COMICS STORIES HC was written by Katherine Collins and Trina Robbins, with Katherine providing the art. This is the first fifteen issues of the series that was published in the eighties, an innovative all age series which often would break into song (complete with sheet music) that has often been compared to the best work of Walt Disney. International manga publisher, KODANSHA offers SAILOR MOON BOX SETS #1 and #2, each illustrated box contains six volumes of the popular shojo series along with some bonus collectible stickers. NEW PARADIGM STUDIOS, a relatively new publisher who is publishing the urban Sherlockian crime series ‘Watson and Holmes’ launches THE ROCKTHROWER #1, a story of a down and out baseball scout who was once a Major League pitcher as he heads to Israel to find a Palestinian teen observed throwing rocks with unprecedented speed and accuracy. ☼LETTER 44 #1 is written by Charles Soule with art by Alberto Alburquerque and published by ONI PRESS, a story of newly elected President Stephen Blades who learns of an alien construction project that NASA discovered in the asteroid belt seven years ago; the first issue of this new ongoing series will cost one dollar. Fans of war comics should enjoy GARTH ENNIS PRESENTS BATTLE CLASSICS HC from TITAN BOOKS; Garth has selected his favorite tales from the seventies British comic ‘Battle’; the complete ‘HMS Nightshade’ and the never before reprinted ‘The General Dies at Dawn’ are included. TOP SHELF offers STUFF ABOUT SEX…FOR GUYS WHO ARE NOT LIKE, TOTAL IDIOTS, a one shot by David Mellon that’s an instruction manual and a pep talk about ‘how to be the kind of lover that girls love instead of the selfish douche they complain to their friends about’. At VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #14 begins the four part ‘Sect: Civil War’ arc, SHADOWMAN #11 is a Halloween special and QUANTUM & WOODY #4 introduces the goat. VIZ, one of the top manga publishers, has begun a new line calledPERFECT SQUARE that will publish manga sized volumes of popular licensed products. Last month they offered the first ‘Hello Kitty’ book and this month they have the BEN 10 OMNIVERSE, VOLUME ONE: GHOST SHIP and they plan to do ‘Uglydoll’, ‘Pokémon’, ‘Voltron Force’ and more in the future. The Pick of the Month was a particularly hard decision this month with the SANDMAN: OVERTURE, the BATTLING BOY GN, PRETTY DEADLY, ROCKET GIRL and VELVET in the running but I think that Geoff Darrow will be the best offering this month with the new SHAOLIN COWBOY #1 from Dark Horse. Those other five titles are all serious contenders, though. And that brings me to the end of the comic listings this month.
In the book section there is the MY LITTLE PONY: MINI PONY COLLECTOR’S GUIDE and lots of HOW TO DRAW COMICS books of all varieties. Dark Horse has shot glasses and playing cards from the GRIMM television show and they offer pint glasses, mugs, pins and magnets from the GAME OF THRONES program. DC has a new BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE STATUE featuring the Batman of Earth Two from the artwork of Nicola Scott as well as a BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY-CATWOMAN STATUE and a NEW 52 BATMAN BUST based on Jim Lee’s art. There are lots of other books, magazines, action figures, statues, posters, games and novelties so look through the catalog when you stop by and if you see something that you’d like I’ll be happy to order it for you!
As always, thank you all so much for your support and friendship. Aside from your orders paying my bills I’m honored to participate in your entertainment choices and to help you keep your collections current and complete. All the best to you and yours! Talk to you soon.