August 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

    The August Previews catalog is 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 interest 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 so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders.

    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) please send me an email and I will email you this month’s adult catalog in a .pdf format with images, descriptions and prices.

    The theme this month is How to Draw so there will be lots of instructional books offered as well as books from different creators explaining their processes.

    If you’re a fan of conventions the SABOTEN Con will be in Phoenix taking place from August twenty ninth through September first and you can go here for more information or to register: http://www.sabotencon.com/

    DARK HORSE: Last month I told you how there were two licensed properties that were being connected by two series: Prometheus: Fire & Stone
and Aliens: Fire & Stone. Well, in addition to these two four part limited series there will also be ALIENS VS PREDATOR: FIRE & STONE #1 of 4 by Christopher Sebela with Ariel Olivetti’s art and PREDATOR: FIRE & STONE #1 of 4 by Joshua Williamson with the art of Chris Mooneyham. HALO: ESCALATION #11 begins a new arc. David Mack of Kabuki fame releases the
DREAM LOGIC HC collecting the entire series, exclusive material, as well as the ‘art of’ and the ‘making of’ his Tarot card set which has been exhibited in galleries around the world. CONAN THE AVENGERS #7 begins a new arc written by Fred Van Lente with Brian Ching’s artwork. The BLACK SKY SAMPLER is a one shot with four full issues for five bucks including Blackout #1, Brain Boy #0, Ghost #1 and The Occultist: At Death’s Door #1.
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #3 has a new Brendan McCarthy feature, Dream Gang and Ricardo Delgado returns to his Age of Reptiles series. Mike (47 Ronin) Richardson writes and Gabriel Guzmán begins
FATHER’S DAY #1 of 4, the tale of a retired mob enforcer who has left the life behind and found peace until his abandoned daughter brings his past crashing down. The ATHENA VOLTAIRE COMPENDIUM HC collects the Russ Manning Award and Eisner nominated digital comic series, re-scripted, remastered and with over fifty pages of new material by creator Steve Bryant telling the pulp adventures of the aviatrix fighting Nazis, monsters and zombies. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SEASON TEN #8 begins a new arc.
BALTIMORE: THE WOLF AND THE APOSTLE #1 of 2 is a new tale by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden with art by Peter Bergting. B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH #124 is a stand alone story. One of the scariest horror stories I’ve read in comics recently was Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra’s Colder and now it returns as an ongoing series with
COLDER: THE BAD SEED #1. The Harvey Awards are respectfully named after one of the greatest comic creators that most fans have never experienced; Dark Horse strives to change this by releasing the
ESSENTIAL KURTZMAN VOL. 1 HC: HARVEY KURTZMAN’S JUNGLE BOOK, this classic has been out of print for twenty five years.

    DC: Many of you have noticed that DC has been making their variant covers more accessible these past three months and I’ve been trying to order in such a way that you can choose between the covers that you prefer. In August the covers are Selfie’s, in July they were commemorating Batman’s 75th Anniversary, in June they were the Bombshell variants, in May they were Batman ’66 variants and in October the variants will be Monster themed for Halloween. DC is already putting out two weekly series and the third begins in the forty eight page first issue of
EARTH TWO: WORLD’S END #1 written by New York Times best selling novelist Daniel H. (Robopocalypse, Robogenesis) Wilson along with Marguerite Bennett and Mike Johnson and the first four issues are illustrated by Eddy Barrows and Paulo Siquiera.
THE MULTIVERSITY: THE JUST #1 takes place on self-obsessed Earth-16 (a.k.a. as Earth-Me) written by Grant Morrison with art by Ben Oliver. New ongoing series’ that will debut in October includes ARKHAM MANOR #1 written by Gerry Duggan with art by Shawn Crystal and
GOTHAM ACADEMY #1 written by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher with art by Karl Kerschl. The former deals with a catastrophe at the Asylum forcing the inmates to move to Wayne Manor and the latter is a teen drama at Gotham’s prestigious prep school with oddball teachers, rich benefactors and strange students. Also DC’s deadliest assassin gets his own title with
DEATHSTROKE #1 written and illustrated by Tony S. Daniel. And KLARION #1 is the New 52 debut of the Witch Boy as popularized in Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers series. This one will be written by Ann Nocenti with art by Trevor McCarthy. Ann’s work on Green Arrow and Catwoman hasn’t really impressed me but I hope that she does a good job with this intriguing character and this talented artist. Cullen Bunn will write and Reilly Brown will illustrate the ultra violent ongoing new series LOBO #1. Although both Trinity of Sin: Pandora and Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger have ended both characters will join with the Question in the new
TRINITY OF SIN #1 series written by J. M. DeMatteis with the art of Yvel Guichet and Jason Gordon. I’ve enjoyed Jeff Lemire’s run on the archer’s series since issue seventeen but it’s time for a new creative team and it will be the writers of the popular television program, Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Solokowski with artist Daniel Sampere beginning with
GREEN ARROW #35.
NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #3 has a cat fight we’ve been expecting as Harley and the Joker’s Daughter brawl through the streets of Moscow.
JUSTICE LEAGUE #35 begins a new story, still written by Geoff Johns with the art team of Ivan Reis and Joe Prado for this arc, ‘The Amazo Virus’; does the merger of Wayne Enterprises and LexCorp have a connection?
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #5 focuses on new member Equinox of the Moose Cree First Nation while the
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED ANNUAL #1 begins ‘The Infinitus Saga’ as the Legion of Super-Heroes arrive telling of the destruction of the thirty first century, both written by Jeff Lemire. The House of Mystery and the House of Secrets take human form in the JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ANNUAL #2. Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang finish their historic run with WONDER WOMAN #35 and they also tell the Amazon’s tale in SECRET ORIGINS #6 which will also tell the beginnings of Deadman and Sinestro.
ACTION COMICS #35,
SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #12 and
SUPERGIRL #35 are all dealing with the aftermath of the ‘Doomed’ story finding out what’s left of Smallville, the Man of Steel and his relationship with Diana. After the long ‘Zero Year’ story I expected the creative team to take a little hiatus but, no, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo return with another epic tale titled ‘Endgame’ beginning in the forty page
BATMAN #35. In
GRAYSON #3 a new key player debuts, the world’s greatest spy, the Tiger, and Dick draws his gun; will he pull the trigger? DETECTIVE COMICS #35 begins a two part tale, ‘Terminal’ written by author Ben Percy and artist John Paul Leon involving an arrival of a plane full of dead passengers at Gotham Airport. A new creative team debuts on
BATGIRL #35 with writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher and art by Babs Tarr as Barbara relocates to the hip border district of Burnside. I was prepared to be upset when the time came for Gail Simone to say farewell to this title but having the brilliant Cameron Stewart on the book has changed my expected disappointment to anticipation. BATWOMAN #35 begins a new story with new artist George Jeanty who has been working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics for a long time. And CATWOMAN #35 also has a new creative team with novelist Genevieve Brown writing and Garry Brown providing interior art under a Jae Lee cover as Selina becomes the Crime Boss of Gotham. The
HARLEY QUINN ANNUAL #1 stinks; take a trip to Harley’s Coney Island home complete with the smells by way of scratch and sniff panels; the book will be bagged to contain the stench. The cover features images of toilets, dirty socks, trash cans, dead fish and litter boxes, just so you know. For a while now it seems that, to read one title you have to read them all; now that ‘Uprising’ and ‘Lights Out’ have ended it’s time for
GREEN LANTERN/NEW GODS: GODHEAD #1, a one shot written and illustrated by the writers and artists of all five of the connected books and it will continue in GREEN LANTERN #35, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #35, GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #35, RED LANTERNS #35 and SINESTRO #6. The Highfather is not pleased that the Lanterns broke through the source wall and stole secrets and has declared war on all ring wielders as they have failed to safe-guard the universe. Due to a mishap with their Boom Tube
INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE #4 need another way back to New Genesis; fortunately Bat Cow helps. In the
SWAMP THING ANNUAL #3 our green hero battles the Demon Etrigan and in
SWAMP THING #35 a new arc, ‘The Machine Queen’ begins, both written by Charles Soule. Out of the DC comic universe and into DC’s TV universe we have THE FLASH: SEASON ZERO #1 and ARROW: SEASON 2.5 #1 and their video game universe has INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US-YEAR TWO ANNUAL #1 as well as INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US-YEAR THREE #1 both written by Tom Taylor. In the ongoing celebration of Batman’s seventy fifth anniversary BATMAN ESSENTIALS offers
BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR SPECIAL EDITION #1, sixty four pages for one dollar. Collected editions in hard cover this month include: FUTURE’S END-FIVE YEARS LATER OMNIBUS HC which has all forty one of the September 2014 one shots (that will have the lenticular covers), BATGIRL, VOL. 5: DEADLINE HC, SUPERMAN UNCHAINED: DELUXE EDITION HC, BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS HC, IDENTITY CRISIS: TENTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION HC, SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS DELUXE EDITION HC and the TALES OF THE BATMAN: LEN WEIN HC and soft cover editions include: ANIMAL MAN, VOL. 5: EVOLVE OR DIE! TP, AQUAMAN, VOL. 4: DEATH OF A KING TP, BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS, VOL. 4: THE WRATH TP, BATMAN AND ROBIN, VOL. 4: REQUIEM FOR DAMIAN TP, JUSTICE LEAGUE: TRINITY WAR TP, CATWOMAN, VOL. 5: RACE OF THIEVES TP, BATMAN/SUPERMAN, VOL. 1: CROSS WORLD TP, BATWOMAN, VOL. 5: WEBS TP, BATMAN BEYOND 2.0: REWIRED TP, SHOWCASE PRESENTS: UNKNOWN SOLDIER, VOL. 2 TP, from the television THE VAMPIRE DIARIES TP and for the kids BATMAN ADVENTURES, VOL. 1 TP. DC’s creator owned imprint, VERTIGO has collected AMERICAN VAMPIRE, VOL. 6 TP, DMZ DELUXE EDITION, BOOK THREE by Brian K. Wood PRIDE OF BAGHDAD DELUXE EDITION HC by Brian K. Vaughan and the HINTERKIND, VOL. 2 TP. Also the FAIREST IN ALL THE LAND TP which is not a collected edition; this is an original graphic novel featuring short stories by Bill Willingham with a host of cool artists. Many of the Vertigo monthly issues will feature ‘Defy Covers’ covers, which is basically no cover at all; the story begins on the cover! DC DIRECT, home of DC’s collectibles offers their fourth DCU Animated Movies figure line, these from the JUSTICE LEAGUE: THRONE OF ATLANTIS film featuring AQUAMAN, MERA, BLACK MANTA and OCEAN MASTER AF priced at twenty bucks each and the third series of the DESIGNER ACTION FIGURES by GREG CAPULLO featuring ZERO YEAR BATMAN, BATGIRL, TWO-FACE and COMMISSIONER GORDON. From the television program comes ARROW: OLIVER QUEEN & TOTEM and CANARY AF’s. Statues include the DEATHSTROKE BUST designed by Jim Lee, STARFIRE STATUE designed by ‘Artgerm’, SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL designed by Gary Frank, the JOKER & HARLEY QUINN STATUE based on the cover to the first issue, the BOMBSHELLS HAWKGIRL STATUE based on the forties pinup style, WONDER WOMAN: THE ART OF WAR designed by Cliff Chiang and the BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE STATUE designed by Francis Manapul. Last month I mentioned that DC has joined forces with Graphitti to produce some gallery editions, where they photograph the original art in its original size. Last month they offered a ten issue run of Batman with Kelley Jones’ art and this month they offer the FRANK MILLER’S RONIN-GALLERY EDITION HC, the whole six issue series, gate folds and all, 13″ X 20″ for under two hundred bucks.

    IDW: These folks just love to mash up their various properties and this month they offer TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES/GHOSTBUSTERS #1 OF 4 co-written by the writers of both series with art by Dan Shoening. Also offered is the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES LEGENDS: SOUL’S WINTER BY MICHAEL ZULLI collecting this psychological trilogy in an oversized hardcover and in color for the first time. The hit video game and toy sensation gets it’s own comic with SKYLANDERS #1 OF 5 and they also offer SKYLANDERS: THE KAOS TRAP HC collecting the first three issues plus a zero issue that was previously only available at SDCC. Another new licensed property brings EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #1 of 5 to comics, written by New York Times best selling author Kate Leth with art by Drew Rausch. The one shot tie in to the cross over this month is CARTOON NETWORK-SUPER SECRET CRISIS WAR: COW & CHICKEN #1, the ANGRY BIRDS COMICS, VOL. 1: WELCOME TO THE FLOCK HC collects the first four issues for ten bucks and the MY LITTLE PONY OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 collects the first twelve issues for twenty five. The final collection of Joe Hill’s chilling horror series, LOCKE & KEY, VOL. 6: ALPHA & OMEGA TP is also available in a slipcase set with all six volumes for a hundred bucks. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: LEGENDS OF BALDUR’S GATE #1 is written by Jim Zub with Max Dunbar’s art, tying into the video game. THE OCTOBER FACTION #1 tells the adventures of a retired monster hunter and his bizarre family, written by Steve Niles with art by Damien Worm. The gallery edition this month is JOE KUBERT-ENEMY ACE: ARTIST’S EDITION with five stories from Star Spangled War Stories plus extras. HERO COMICS 2014 is a one shot benefit comic with all proceeds to go to the Hero Initiative and it has a new Maxx story by Sam Kieth (the first new one in almost twenty years), a new Jon Sable tale from Mike Grell and more. The KILLOGY HALLOWEEN SPECIAL is also a one shot, by Alan Robert and starring Doyle, formerly of the Misfits. John Byrne continues his sequels to classic episodes by manipulating the original film file, this month offering STAR TREK-NEW VISION: CRY VENGEANCE with a sequel to ‘The Doomsday Machine’ episode as well as ‘Robot’, an original tale. The BLACK DYNAMITE TP collects the current four issue series as well as the previous ‘Slave Island’ one shot. The NELVANA OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS HC collects all of these Canadian comics from the early forties, tales of a female hero that predated Wonder Woman. The CREEPLE PEEPLE one shot is a tale based on the metal casting molds from Mattel’s toy line. THE LAST UNICORN TP collects the comic adaptation of the classic novel by Peter S. Beagle.

    IMAGE: A lot of candidates this month but I have to say that my Pick of the Month for August is WYTCHES #1 written by Scott Snyder with art by Jock, the first issue is thirty pages of horror with no ads for under three bucks. Of course Image isn’t content to just give us one new awesome book per month; they also offer RASPUTIN #1 from Alex Grecian and Riley Rossmo, chronicling the untold tale of this historic figure who was poisoned, drowned, beaten, stabbed, shot in the head, tied up and thrown in a frozen river all in one night, apparently to no avail. BIRTHRIGHT #1 is written by Josh Williamson with beautifully detailed art by Andrei Bressan, telling of a family’s tragic experience of losing a child and the larger tragedy of his return. PUNKS: THE COMIC #1 is a return to the cult hit comedy by Joshua Hale Fialkov with the art of Kody Chamberlain; it’s funny and there is bleeding and sadness: Morrissey would likely approve. GONERS #1 is by Jacob Semahn with Jorge Corona’s art, a small town paranormal story with children in the middle. CUTTER #1 through #4 is a weekly horror series about the kid everyone picked in the schoolyard returning from the dead for vengeance, written by Robert Napton and Seamus Kevin Fahey with art by Christian Dibari. After a long hiatus S. Steven Struble and Sina Grace return to THE LI’L DEPRESSED BOY: SUPPOSED TO BE THERE TOO #1. James Harvey writes and illustrates the one shot, MASTERPLASTY, a cult online classic about a medical technique which drastically modifies the physical appearance in ways both beautiful and hideous. The EAST OF WEST: THE WORLD is a one shot, part atlas, part encyclopedia, part time line and part apocrypha containing pivotal plot and character info that will not be in the regular series. (If you subscribe to the regular series I’ll be sure to put a copy in your file.) The CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2014 is a benefit for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and features lots of luminary creators as usual and the THOUGHT BUBBLE ANTHOLOGY 2014 benefits Barnardo’s, one of the largest children’s charities in the UK and also features lots of great creators, this one in a tabloid format each year. The BLACKHAND COMICS HC gathers three tales by Wes (Deadly Class) Craig. Collected editions include CASANOVA, VOL. 1: LUXURIA-THE COMPLETE EDITION by Matt Fraction and Gabriel Bá, C.O.W.L., VOL. 1: PRINCIPLES OF POWER TP for ten bucks, MORNING GLORIES: DELUXE EDITION, VOL. 3 HC, NAILBITER, VOL. 1: THERE WILL BE BLOOD TP for ten bucks, PETER PANZERFAUST, VOL. 2: DELUXE HC, STRAY BULLETS, VOL. 1: INNOCENCE OF NIHILISM TP collecting the first seven issue tale from the original series, TALES OF HONOR: ON BASILISK STATION, VOL. 1 TP, THIEF OF THIEVES, VOL. 4 TP and the WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR AP EDITION HC, ‘AP’ standing for Artist’s Proof, featuring the whole twelve issue story as seen through Charlie Adlard’s raw pencils. It seems that each publisher has a different name for this format; IDW started it and calls them Artists Editions, DC is calling them Gallery Editions’ and apparently Image is calling the Artists Proofs.

    MARVEL: Last month I mentioned a new, but classified cross over series hot on the heels of Original Sin but since then Marvel has canceled all of those orders and they’re starting that series again with a bit more information, a new logo that’s hard to decipher and lots more issues. The main series is AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1 of 9 written by Rick Remender with Adam Kubert’s art and sub-titled ‘Act One: The Red Supremacy’ involving the Red Skull and his S-Men and his Genoshian Reeducation Camps. AXIS: CARNAGE #1 of 3 is written by Rick Spears with the art of German Peralta, AXIS: HOBGOBLIN #1 of 3 is written by Kevin Shinick with Javier Rodriguez’ art and AXIS: REVOLUTIONS #1 of 4 is by Dennis Hopeless with Ken Lashley’s art. Tie ins this month include UNCANNY AVENGERS #25, DEADPOOL #36, MAGNETO #11, LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #7 and ALL-NEW X-FACTOR #15. CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 is an extra sized issue revealing who the all new Captain is, written by Rick Remender with art by Carlos Pacheco and this issue also concludes the Dimension Z story and tells the final fate of Jet Black. DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #1 of 7 will be solo adventures featuring people important in Logan’s life: X-23, Sabretooth, Daken, Lady Deathstrike and Mystique. NIGHTCRAWLER #7 will also tie in to the ‘Death of Wolverine’ story line as will the one shot DEATH OF WOLVERINE: DEADPOOL & CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 by Gerry Duggan and Scott Kolins and STORM #4. A new ongoing series is BUCKY BARNES: THE WINTER SOLDIER #1 by Ales Kot with Marco Rudy’s artwork picking up on the heels of Original Sin. Another new series begins with DEATHLOK #1 written by Nathan Edmondson with art by Mike Perkins, a good creative team should make this one strong. THANOS: A GOD UP THERE LISTENING #1 of 4 is a weekly series picking up after the Infinity cross over, written by Rob Williams with art by Neil Edwards, Paco Diaz and Iban Coello. GUARDIANS 3000 #1 is written by Dan Abnett with art by Gerardo Sandoval, featuring the original team, Vance Astro, Yondu, Martinex, Starhawk and Charlie-27 battling the Badoon to save the future universe. (I don’t expect that they’ll run into the Justice League 3000.) Last month was offered the extra sized Thor: God of Thunder #25 and this month is offered THOR #1, still written by Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman and this is the the introduction of the new Goddess of Thunder. There’s a tag line you might have seen, ‘in seven months…time runs out’ and I’m guessing that it has something to do with all of the time anomalies and paradoxes currently driving a lot of the story lines; anyway, NEW AVENGERS #25 is sporting that tag line, as does AVENGERS #36 and #37. And just when you thought it was all over; the ORIGINAL SIN ANNUAL #1 suggests that, maybe not. No information on content or creators for the solicitation; just the tag line ‘Everybody has one…’. It appears that all of the web slingers titles have some tenuous connection to ‘Edge of Spider-Verse’ including AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 and #8, EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #4 and #5 of 5 and SPIDER-MAN 2099 #4 and #5. And SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #16 shows the series is still not canceled. The MARVEL 75th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION #1 is a fifty six page one shot with all new content by some great creators like Bruce Timm, James Robinson, Len Wein, Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Samnee and more. (It was Timely Comics that began seventy five years ago; Marvel began in 1961, but this still looks like a fun book.) HAWKEYE VS DEADPOOL #1 of 4 is written by Gerry Duggan with art by Matteo Lolli, a Halloween story. NOVA #22 is also a Halloween tale as Nova joins the Jean Grey School for trick-or-treating; it’s okay, Beast is chaperoning. ALL NEW GHOST RIDER #8 features a battle between the ‘new guy’ and Johnny Blaze. CYCLOPS #6 begins a new arc still with Greg Rucka as the writer with new series artist Javier Garron. DEADPOOL’S ART OF WAR #1 of 4 is written by Peter David with art by Scott Koblish as our nutjob hero rips off Sun Tzu’s original instructions on military strategy and tactics. Under the creator owned ICON imprint Jason (Southern Bastards) Aaron and Ron Garney launch MEN OF WRATH #1 of 5, the tale of a Southern family whose heritage is violence. Collected editions in hard cover this month include: STAR WARS: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS HC collecting their adaptation of A New Hope followed by the rest of the forty four issue series plus the one Annual; the series culminated with their adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back. The ORIGINAL SIN HC collects issues zero through eight plus the Original Sins series issues one through five. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 3: GUARDIANS DISASSEMBLED PREMIERE HC collects issues fourteen through seventeen plus the annual, NEW AVENGERS, VOL. 4: PERFECT WORLD PREMIERE HC has issues eighteen through twenty three, AVENGERS, VOL. 6: INFINITE AVENGERS PREMIERE HC has issues twenty nine through thirty four and SAVAGE WOLVERINE, VOL. 4: THE BEST THERE IS PREMIERE HC is issues eighteen through twenty three. Soft cover editions include SILVER SURFER EPIC COLLECTION: WHEN CALLS GALACTUS TP gathering the first fifteen appearance of the Cosmic Herald, IRON MAN EPIC COLLECTION: THE GOLDEN AVENGER TP has the first thirty three adventures and AVENGERS EPIC COLLECTION: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES TP has the first twenty issues. The MARVEL 100TH ANNIVERSARY TP collects the five one shots telling adventures of the heroes in 2061, the ORIGINAL SIN: HULK VS IRON MAN TP collects Original Sin three point one through three point four and ORIGINAL SIN: THOR AND LOKI-THE TENTH REALM TP collects Original Sin
five point one through five point five where Thor meets his ‘sister’, Angela(?). FANTASTIC FOUR, VOL.2: ORIGINAL SIN TP has issues six through ten, IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON, VOL.1-RAGE TP collects one through six, ELEKTRA, VOL.1: BLOODLINES TP has one through five, MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, VOL.1-REVIVAL TP has issue two hundred of the previous series and the first five of the new one, SILVER SURFER, VOL.1: NEW DAWN TP has one through five, DEADPOOL VS X-FORCE TP has the four issue limited series, SECRET AVENGERS, VOL. 1: LET’S HAVE A PROBLEM TP has one through five plus one and two of the digital only Original Sin: Secret Avengers Infinite Comic and IRON PATRIOT: UNBREAKABLE TP collects one through five. Also Brian K. Vaughan’s smart creation comes back to print with RUNAWAYS, THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL.2 TP and there’s also DEADPOOL CLASSIC, VOL. 10 TP, WOLVERINE: THREE MONTHS TO DIE-BOOK 2 TP, NIGHTCRAWLER, VOL.1: HOMECOMING TP, THOR: GOD OF THUNDER, VOL.3-THE ACCURSED TP, SAVAGE WOLVERINE, VOL. 2: HANDS ON A DEAD BODY TP and AVENGERS UNDERCOVER, VOL.2: GOING NATIVE TP. Also Larry Hama has adapted Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s graphic novel to be released as CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN AMERICA PROSE NOVEL MMPB.

    INDEPENDENTS: TERRY (Strangers in Paradise, Rachel Rising) MOORE’S ECHO: COMPLETE EDITION HC has been available in a slipcased soft cover edition for a while but now gets the much deserved deluxe treatment from Terry’s ABSTRACT STUDIOS. Eric Grissom writes and David Halvorson illustrates PLANET GIGANTIC #1 from ACTION LAB a tale of genetically engineered teenagers crash landing on a strange planet. ALAXIS PRESS brings THE LEANING GIRL GN, a black and white science fiction story written by Benoit Peeters with art by the brilliant architecturally influenced Francois Shuiten, first time in English. AMULET BOOKS has DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, VOL. 9: THE LONG HAUL HC as well as EXPLORER, VOL. 3: THE HIDDEN DOORS for readers of all ages. ANDREWS McMEEL has the latest comic strip reprints with DILBERT: GO ADD VALUE SOMEPLACE ELSE HC, the MUTTS TREASURY: LIVING THE DREAM TP, GET FUZZY: YOU CAN’T FIGHT CRAZY TP and the PEARLS BEFORE SWINE: BREAKING STEPHAN TP. ANTARCTIC PRESS offers SHERLOCK HOLMES: STEAM DETECTIVE #1 as well as Rod Espinosa’s STEAMPUNK GOLDILOCKS. ARCHIE COMICS launches another spin off to the longest running video game franchise in comics with their SONIC BOOM #1 shipping with a regular cover and four additional covers that fit together to form one image. One of my favorite creators deserving wider recognition, Steve Mannion, gets a new printing of his THE BOMB TP collecting the origin and first four adventures of his signature character, Fearless Dawn from ASYLUM PRESS. Peter Steigerwald writes and illustrates his new series THE ZOOHUNTERS #1 of 6 from ASPEN, a father teaching his son to follow in his footsteps, capturing animals for zoos on alien worlds. At AVATAR PRESS Garth Ennis returns to what he likes to write best, historic battle tales; he had a series of the same name at DC’s Vertigo imprint a number of years back and now WAR STORIES #1 returns with a story titled ‘Castles in the Sky’ about early bomber pilots. Up and coming writer Marguerite Bennett, protégé of Scott Snyder writes SLEEPY HOLLOW #1 of 4 from BOOM! STUDIOS illustrated by Jorge Coelho, it has no direct connection to the television series just starting it’s second season, but is an alternative telling of the original Washington Irving story. MEMETIC #1 of 3 is written by James Tynion IV with the art of Eryk Donovan, a horror story detailing the end of the world brought about by a weaponized meme. Paul Jenkins writes and Ramon Bachs illustrates FICTION SQUAD #1 of 6, set in Fablewood (think Fables, Once Upon a Time, Fairy Quest) where every nursery rhyme is a crime scene. The FALL OF CTHULHU OMNIBUS is over six hundred pages of Lovecraft inspired tales written by Michael Alan Nelson priced at forty bucks. Boom’s ARCHAIA imprint offers FRAGGLE ROCK: JOURNEY TO EVERSPRING #1 of 4 written by Kate Leth with artist Jake Myler and JIM HENSON’S: THE MUSICAL MONSTERS OF TURKEY HOLLOW OGN HC is written by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl with script and art by Eisner Award winning creator of The Muppet Show Comic, Roger Langridge. Boom’s all age imprint KaBoom! offers UNCLE GRANDPA #1 adding another series to their Cartoon Network line featuring short strips and games in the Mad Magazine style. There’s also the AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL 2014 SPECIAL #1 and the REGULAR SHOW, VOL. 2 TP this month. DYNAMITE continues it’s foray into the Chaos universe with the CHAOS: BAD KITTY one shot, CHAOS: THE CHOSEN one shot and a new ongoing series, EVIL ERNIE #1 written by brothers Tim and Steve Seeley with the art of Raphael Lanhellos and expands their license with VAMPIRELLA: FEARY TALES #1 of 5, each issue self contained featuring writers Nancy A. Collins, Devin Grayson, Gail Simone, Steve Niles and Joe R. Lansdale to celebrate the characters forty fifth anniversary. THE DAMNATION OF CHARLIE WORMWOOD #1 of 5 is by Christina Blanch and Chris Carr with art by Chee, a black and white horror story asking ‘How far will a man go to save his son?’ PATRICIA BRIGGS’ MERCY THOMPSON #1 of 6 is an all new story in official continuity to the series of novels about the shape shifting coyote. SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. HARRY HOUDINI #1 of 5 is by Anthony Del Sol and Conor McCreery, creators of the Kill Shakespeare series. THE SEARCH OF LOST DRAGONS: OVERSIZED HC is a big, all ages, fully painted story of dragon encounters throughout the world, a best seller in France and available for the first time in English. CRYPTOZOIC MAN, VOL. 1: DECAPITATION STRIKE TP collects the four issue series spin off from the Comic Book Men television series; not for kids. MAGNUS: ROBOT FIGHTER, VOL. 1: FLESH AND STEEL TP collects zero and issues one through four. The ARMY OF DARKNESS: CONVENTION INVASION is a one shot to debut at the NY Comicon, THE TWILIGHT ZONE: LOST TALES and VAMPIRELLA: PRELUDE TO SHADOWS are both one shots and TOM CLANCY’S SPLINTER CELL: ECHOES TP collects the four issue series. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS offers THE COMPLETE 8-BALL 1-18, two big hard cover volumes in a slip case, more than four hundred and fifty pages including classics such as ‘Ghost World’ and ‘Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron’. Also the COMPLETE PEANUTS 1993-1994 HC is the twenty second volume (of twenty five) collecting every single one of the 18,000 strips created by Schulz. :01 FIRST SECOND solicits IN REAL LIFE GN, a story about a girl obsessed with a massively multiplayer RPG who befriends a poor Chinese kid who is illegally collecting valuable objects to sell to more affluent players, learning a lesson about what is really right and wrong, written by Cory Doctorow with art by Jen Wang. A relatively new publisher, FUTURE DUDE debuts PARALLEL MAN #1 of 7, a rogue super soldier defending alternate Earths alongside his Earth born geek slacker doppelgänger. HERMES PRESS who specializes in publishing hard cover comic strip reprints offers their second ‘comic’ series; following their success with Buck Rogers they offer THE PHANTOM #1 of 6 written by Peter David with art by Sal Velluto. HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT book publishers releases THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2014 HC, over three hundred and fifty pages for twenty five bucks, I don’t normally mention this book each year but this year the guest editor is Scott McCloud! JET CITY COMICS has GEORGE R.R. MARTIN’S MEATHOUSE MAN, a one shot adapting the Hugo Award nominated short story with art and script by Raya Golden. NOBROW PRESS releases the MARX GN, a biography (Karl, not Groucho) written by Corinne Maier with art by Anne Simon. OVERLOOK also offers a non-fiction entry: METALLICA: NOTHING ELSE MATTERS GN following the twenty year history of the thrash metal band through the highs and lows, written by Jim McCarthy with the art of Brian Williamson. ONI PRESS offers an original graphic novel by Ande Parks and the directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the CUIDAD HC, a dark, third world thriller. HELLBREAK #1 launches a new series by writer Cullen Bunn with the art of Brian Churilla, a story of a team that can break people out of hell, and the first issue is only a dollar. BRIDES OF HELHEIM #1 is the sequel to Helheim taking place many years later, the continued adventures of everyone’s favorite undead viking death machine, still by Cullen Bunn and Joëlle Jones. PERFECT SQUARE, a subsidiary of NBM publishers puts out those little square Hello Kitty books each month and will now do the same with Pendleton Ward’s BRAVEST WARRIORS: THE GREAT CORE CAPER. The Dredd: Underbelly movie sequel one shot is very popular, now going into its third printing at TITAN so they’ve decided to take the story even further with DREDD: UPRISE #1 of 2 and they also offer the ZENITH: PHASE ONE HC, a black and white collection, out of print for twenty years, of Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell’s early work. The VALIANT universe offers Q2: THE RETURN OF QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 of 5, the original characters by the original creative team, Christopher Priest and M. D. Bright shipping at the same time as the COMPLETE QUANTUM AND WOODY CLASSIC OMNIBUS HC, over six hundred pages for a hundred bucks. New origin stories and ‘jumping on’ points are offered with X-O MANOWAR #0 by Robert Venditti and Clay Mann and UNITY #0 by Matt Kindt and Cary Nord. New manga from VIZ MEDIA includes the shonen WORLD TRIGGER, VOL. 1 about a dimensional alien invasion and the shojo HONEY BLOOD, VOL. 1 involving vampires. They also offer PRINCESS MONONOKE: THE FIRST STORY HC, an oversized story book of the original concept featuring original watercolor art by Hayao Miyazaki, which is quite different from the animated film that would be released seventeen years later. ZENITH PRESS offers BATTLE OF THE BULGE: A GRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE ALLIED VICTORY IN ARDENNES, 1944-1945 GN written and illustrated by Wayne Vansant. And, finally, ZENESCOPE has the ZOMBIES VS CHEERLEADERS HALLOWEEN SPECIAL, a one shot and they begin CHARMED: SEASON TEN #1 and offer DARK SHAMAN #1 of 4.

    And that completes the comic section for this month. The BOOKS section has the BORIS VALLEJO AND JULIE BELL: DREAMLAND HC, an all new collection of fantasy art. THE SECRET HISTORY OF WONDER WOMAN HC by Jill Lepore, a Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer who has uncovered the never-before-seen private papers of creator William Moulton Marston revealing the Amazon to be the missing link in the history of the struggle for womens rights. GEORGE R. R. MARTIN: THE ICE DRAGON-AN ILLUSTRATED NOVEL HC is priced at fifteen bucks and is illustrated by Luis Royo! Also the fourth WALKING DEAD novel is offered in soft cover while the fifth is available in hard cover. There are lots more books, especially in the How to Draw category this month and there are tee shirts, action figures and all kinds of novelties and collectibles tied into just about every pop culture trend you can imagine, from Batman ’66 to Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones to Star Wars, Attack on Titan to Army of Darkness so look through the catalog when you stop by to pick up your comics.

    Thank you all for your friendship and support. I will continue to do my best to fill your orders, answer your questions and I will continue to be grateful for the chance to share your reading interests. I’m honored by the trust you’ve placed in me to participate in your hobby and keep your collections complete. Thank you! See you soon.

    Peace,

    Charlie

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