The August Previews catalog is sitting on the desk at the shop as always, 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 of 2015. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and let me know by the twenty first of this month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders.
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.
The theme this month is Kid Friendly comics so, aside from new all age series, the publishers will be offering their back catalog of collected editions too.
DARK HORSE: Mike Mignola writes and Ben Stenbeck illustrates ☻HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1953-THE PHANTOM HAND & THE KELPIE #1 which picks up from the previous series making this a kind of ‘Hellboy: Year Two’. The ☻GOON IN THEATRE BIZARRE is a special Halloween one shot by Eric Powell and John Dunivant. DEAD VENGEANCE #1 OF 4 is a supernatural mystery taking place in a 1940 carnival setting and written and illustrated by Bill (Simpsons) Morrison. THE STEAM MAN #1 OF 5 is written by Mark Alan Miller and Joe R. Lansdale with art by Piotr Kowalski, a steampunk horror story with robots, Martians and killer albino apes in the Old West. THE ROOK #1 OF 4 is a return to a time traveling adventure classic from the pages of Eerie magazine, written by Steven (Judge Dredd) Grant with art by Paul (Jonah Hex) Gulacy. While PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES #5 continues the ongoing series PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE #1 OF 3 is also written by Paul Tobin with the art of Jacob Chabot. Corinna (Invisible Planet) Bechko writes and Randy Green pencils LARA CROFT AND THE FROZEN OMEN #1 OF 5. As a prequel to the popular and hotly anticipated new online video game Brian Wood writes and Eduardo Francisco illustrates EVE: VALKYRIE #1 OF 4
DC: As these are the books shipping in October, the ‘B’ covers will be Monster Variants this month. Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV are responsible for the plot and six other writers will script the anxiously awaited sequel; ☻BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL #1 OF 26, another weekly series, but this one will run six months instead of a year. ☻SUPERMAN: LOIS & CLARK #1 begins a new series in the aftermath of Convergence as the power couple and their nine year old son try to survive in a world not their own as written by Dan Jurgens and illustrated by Lee Weeks. The villain of Convergence, free to explore his past using a remaining sliver of Brainiac’s power journeys across time and space in ☻TELOS #1 by Jeff King with art by Carlo Pagulayan and Jason Paz. Dan Abnett with artist Paulo Siqueira bring ☻TITANS HUNT #1 OF 12 as a young precog named Lilith has visions of a team that the world never knew. The Darkseid War continues in ☻JUSTICE LEAGUE #45 by Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul as the team has gained the power of Gods and half a dozen one shots will tie in and focus on the new powers of each character: JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MEN-BATMAN by Peter J.Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin, JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MEN-THE FLASH #1 by Rob Williams and Jesus Merino, JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MEN-GREEN LANTERN #1 by Tom King and Evan ‘Doc’ Shaner, JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MEN-SUPERMAN #1 and JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MEN-LEX LUTHOR #1 both by Francis Manapul and Bong Dazo and JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MEN-SHAZAM #1 by Steve Orlando and Scott Kolins. DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #3 puts the focus on the WWII era Zatanna but also features Batwoman, the Joker’s Daughter, Wonder Woman and Mera. ☻NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #13 by Sean Ryan and Phillipe Briones begins a new story and a new mission to Rio de Janeiro led by field commander Amanda Waller. In ☻OMEGA MEN #5 the outlaw team attacks the holy planet of Changralyn and takes hostage its ruler, Space Pope Pontifix, as told by Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda. Gail Simone and Dale Eaglesham begin a new arc in ☻SECRET SIX #7 with a major turning point in the life of Black Alice. ☻The WONDER WOMAN ’77 SPECIAL #2 is another eighty page book, this one by Marc Andreyko with art by Cat Staggs, Richard Ortiz, Drew Johnson and Jason Badower, three stories starring Lynda Carter. ☻ACTION COMICS #45 by Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder begins a new tale as our hero with his identity exposed wonders if he should continue as Superman. Jim (Batman) Gordon has his first mission with the Justice League as a new story begins in ☻DETECTIVE COMICS #45 by Peter J. Tomasi and Marcio Takara. How will Damian react when he faces the mother who betrayed him in ☻ROBIN: SON OF BATMAN #5 by Patrick Gleason? Deluxe collected editions this month include BATMAN ’66: VOL. 4 HC, GRAPHIC INK: THE DC COMICS ART OF IVAN REIS DELUXE EDITION HC, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US-YEAR THREE, VOL. 1 HC, ☻BATMAN/SUPERMAN, VOL. 4: SIEGE HC, ☻GREEN ARROW BY JEFF LEMIRE: DELUXE EDITION HC, ☻HARLEY QUINN, VOL. 3: KISS KISS BANG STAB HC, ☻JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED, VOL. 2: THE INFINITUS SAGA HC, BATMAN ILLUSTRATED BY NEAL ADAMS OMNIBUS HC and ☻SUPERMAN-ACTION COMICS, VOL. 7: UNDER THE SKIN HC. Soft cover collected editions include: ☻BATMAN ’66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET TP by Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman with art by Ty Templeton, ☻BATMAN ETERNAL, VOL. 3 TP, the final chapter, ☻BATMAN AND ROBIN, VOL. 6: THE HUNT FOR ROBIN TP, ☻BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, VOL. 5 TP with stand alone adventures free of continuity, EARTH 2, VOL. 5: THE KRYPTONIAN TP, THE FLASH BY GEOFF JOHNS: BOOK ONE TP, the ☻LUTHOR TP with the five issue series by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo, GREEN ARROW, VOL. 7: KINGDOM TP, ☻SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 2: WAR AND PEACE TP and the SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, VOL. 3 TP by J. Michael Straczunski with art by Ardian Syaf. And coming back to print is THE PHANTOM STRANGER TP by Paul Kupperberg with art by Mike Mignola, P. Craig Russell, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Andy Kubert and others, ROBIN, VOL. 1: REBORN with the tales of Tim Drake and SUPERMAN ADVENTURES, VOL. 1 TP for all ages. Under their VERTIGO imprint comes ☻THE TWILIGHT CHILDREN #1 OF 4 by Gilbert (Love & Rockets) Hernandez and Darwyn (DC: The New Frontier) Cooke, a surreal science fiction story in a remote Latin American village. Horror novelist Lauren Beukes and video game journalist Dale Halvorsen write ☻SURVIVORS CLUB #1 with art by Ryan Kelly, a story of six child victims of supernatural tragedy who meet over the internet possibly bringing about another spate of occult events. ☻CLEAN ROOM #1 begins Gail Simone’s first Vertigo series illustrated by Jon Davis-Hunt investigating a self-help guru, powerful in the industry between psychology and religion but with mysterious secrets. ☻ART OPS #1 is written by Shaun (co-writer of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys) Simon with art by Michael Allred, the ‘Art Operatives’ track down escaped figures from famous works of art before they wreak havoc on an unsuspecting public. In collected editions this month comes ☻DMZ DELUXE EDITION: BOOK FIVE HC by Brian Wood, ☻KID ETERNITY: DELUXE EDITION HC by Grant Morrison and Duncan Fegredo and ☻SCALPED DELUXE EDITION: BOOK THREE HC by Jason Aaron. Also ☻AMERICAN VAMPIRE, VOL. 7 TP, THE KITCHEN TP and ☻SWAMP THING: DARKER GENESIS TP by Mark Millar. DC DIRECT has lots of new figures from their animated series’ including NIGHTWING, BANE, THE SCARECROW and JERVIS TECH: THE MAD HATTER. There is also the ☻BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: THE JOKER AND HARLEY QUINN MAD LOVE BOOK AND ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK with the figures displaying their outfits from this first appearance. There also ☻THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS 30TH ANNIVERSARY SUPERMAN AND BATMAN ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK based on Frank Miller’s artwork and the DC COMIC ICONS offer SUPERMAN, AQUAMAN, HARLEY QUINN and a deluxe ATOMICA figure, all with lots of accessories, these are DC ICONS Figures numbers ten through thirteen. And finally there’s the BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT: AZRAEL, PROFESSOR PYG and MAN-BAT ACTION FIGURES, figures nine through eleven of the video game line.
IDW: The big news from Idea & Design Works this month is ☻BACK TO THE FUTURE #1 OF 4 (as I’ve already had several customers add it to their subscription lists), written by original screen writer Bob Gale with John (Transformers) Barber and Erik (TMNT, Ghostbusters) Burnham and illustrated by Brent (Batman ’66) Schoonover, although, personally I’m more interested in ☻HUNTER S. THOMPSON’S FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS HC adapted and illustrated by Troy Little from IDW’s recently acquired imprint, TOP SHELF, who also offers the ☻LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: NEMO TRILOGY SLIPCASE EDITION with the three hard cover volumes by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill, Heart of Ice, The Roses of Berlin and River of Ghosts all for forty dollars. IDW’s long association with those turtles puts them in a position to release some long lost treasures and one such is Kevin Eastman and Simon Bisley’s ☻FISTFUL OF BLOOD #1 OF 4 which is now remastered and recolored with bonus material. STAR TREK #50 is a double size issue beginning a three part story as the crew of the new movie franchise meets its evil Mirror counterpart. The X-FILES CLASSICS: GROUND ZERO TP collects the adaptation of Kevin J. Anderson’s novel for the first time, featuring the artwork of Gordon Purcell. JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, VOL. 1: SHOWTIME TP collects the first arc of the new series. SKYLANDERS: SUPERCHARGERS #1 is a prequel to the video game. The MY LITTLE PONY: ART GALLERY II features rare and never before seen art featuring your favorite Pony artists. Walt Simonson’s brilliant and gorgeous tale of the Norse Gods is collected in the ☻RAGNARÖK, VOL. 1: LAST GOD STANDING HC.
IMAGE: Skottie Young has made a big name for himself drawing Chibi versions of Marvel and Wizard of Oz characters and now he makes his Image debut with ☻I HATE FAIRYLAND #1 (which tends to suggest that he’s maybe not real happy drawing all of those Chibi Marvel characters?). It’s about Gert, a six year old stuck in Fairyland for thirty years who will hack and slash her way through anything to get back home. ☻PAPER GIRLS #1 is a new ongoing series from B. K. (Saga) Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, a young adult adventure described as Stand By Me meets War of the Worlds starring four twelve year old newspaper delivery girls and the first issue is forty eight pages for two ninety nine! Shane (Superman: Earth One) Davis begins an ongoing science fiction thriller described as ‘Tron meets Inception with a cheat code’ and asks the question, What happens when a video game decides to come to our reality to play? in ☻AXCEND #1. Antony (The Fuse, Daredevil) Johnson writes and Shari Chankhamma illustrates ☻CODENAME BABOUSHKA: THE CONCLAVE OF DEATH #1, a modern pulp spy thriller with a kick ass female hero in the style of Modesty Blaise. There are SO many good books this month! And usually nothing would excite me more than a new series from B. K. Vaughan, but, being fortunate enough to have met the artist and seen his work, the book I’m most anticipating is ☻SAINTS #1, which is the Pick of the Month
for August. Written by Sean Lewis, award winning playwright, actor, journalist and regular on NPR’s This American Life and illustrated by brilliant artist Ben Mackey, this is a new ongoing crime/horror series described as ‘Dexter style action collides with a Preacher-esque sensibility’, ‘the occult rises in a first issue crammed full of heavy metal, sex and deadly one-liners’. (If you haven’t met this incredibly talented artist, please stop by the shop on Saturday, the first of August and do so. He’ll be here helping to raise money for the St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital and will have an original art piece that you could own through the silent auction.) The ☻CBLDF PRESENTS LIBERTY ANNUAL 2015 is an annual one shot anthology benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and full of satire and parody all in support of Free Speech and featuring many of the industries greatest talents and legends including Jeffrey Brown, Art Spiegelman, Peter Bagge, Joshua Fialkov and many more. Stjepan Sejic brings ☻SWITCH #1, his popular web comic to print. ☻BLACK MAGICK #1 begins a new series by best selling author and Eisner Award winner Greg (Lazarus, Gotham Central, Stumptown) Rucka with art by Nicola (Birds of Prey, Secret Six) Scott, a crime series with a deeper, character driven personal story and each issue will also feature an all new work of original fiction by Rucka. CAMP MIDNIGHT OGN is written by Steven (Ben 10, Big Hero 6) T. Seagle with art by New Yorker Magazine cartoonist Jason Adam Katzenstein about a stubborn girl sent to the wrong camp (this one is for monsters) determined to NOT fit in. Collected editions offered this month include ☻INJECTION, VOL. 1 TP and the ☻JUPITER’S CIRCLE, VOL. 1 TP, both for under ten bucks, THE MANTLE, VOL. 1 TP, SECRET IDENTITIES, VOL. 1 TP, SOUTHERN CROSS, VOL. 1, TP, the ☻WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM, VOL. 3, ☻COPPERHEAD, VOL. 2 TP, the ☻SATELLITE SAM DELUXE HC, the ☻WAYWARD, BOOK 1: DELUXE HC, ☻KAPTARA, VOL. 1: FEAR NOT, TINY ALIEN TP (for $9.98; the cheapest yet), ☻LOW, VOL. 2 TP: BEFORE THE DAWN BURNS US and ☻CASANOVA: ACEDIA, VOL. 1 TP. There are half a dozen titles from Image this month that might have been the Pick of the Month if the competition wasn’t so heavy; this company has set the bar so high!
MARVEL: While Secret Wars was supposed to be a weekly series, missed deadlines have caused delays across the line of all the Marvel titles. SECRET WARS #8 OF 8 is now scheduled to arrive on the first Wednesday in October (instead of the last Wednesday in June). This has put a monkey wrench into the timing of the (not a) reboot, so they’re beginning the first round of relaunches in October. There is also still SECRET WARS: AGENTS OF ATLAS #1, a one shot by Tom Taylor and Steve Pugh with Agent Coulson, Baron Zemo, Marvel Boy, Gorilla-Man and more. And many of the limited series will be reaching their final issues such as MARVEL ZOMBIES #4, SIEGE #4, THORS #4, WHERE MONSTERS DWELL #5, 1872 #4, CIVIL WAR #5, INFINITY GAUNTLET #5, WEIRDWORLD #5, AGE OF APOCALYPSE #5, HOUSE OF M #4, HAIL HYDRA #4, SPIDER-ISLAND #5, SQUADRON SINISTER #4 and 1602: WITCH HUNTER ANGELA #4. Here are some of the new titles to expect beginning with the ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT MARVEL POINT 1 #1, a one shot with six stories leading into the new and different, including Daredevil, Carnage, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Contest of Champions and two that are ‘classified’ and, in the same vein comes AVENGERS #0 with stories leading into the relaunches of the all-new, all-different Avengers, Squadron Supreme, A-Force, New Avengers, Ultimates and Uncanny Avengers.
☻INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 will be written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by David Marquez. As these two creators have worked together for quite some time, and as Bendis’ skill lies in character development, I suspect this will be the beginning of one of the better runs for this seminal character. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 by Dan Slott and Giuseppe Camuncoli will expand on Peter’s role as CEO as Parker Industries goes global with offices in Shanghai, London and San Francisco and the big first issue will also have stories featuring Silk, Spider-Man 2099, Spider-Woman and more. ANGELA: QUEEN OF HEL #1 will be written by Marguerite Bennett with Kim Jacinto and Stephanie Hans illustrating and BLADE #1 will be by Tim Seeley with Logan Faerber’s art (oh, and the character is now female). THE ☻ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #1 will be by Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosannas and will be Scott Lang’s story, not Hank Pym’s. CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1, though based on an RPG is kind of a continuation of Battleworld from Secret Wars as Maestro continues to put lives on the line for a return ticket to Earth. ☻DOCTOR STRANGE #1 is a character that Jason Aaron has wanted to write for some time now and he insisted on artist Chris Bachalo and consequently I think this one is going to be the relaunch of this character that we’ve been waiting years for. ☻EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1 will be written by the brilliant, award winning Jeff Lemire with art by Humberto Ramos with Storm leading the team of Magik, Daken, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Iceman and others, (although which incarnations of these characters is anybodies guess at this point). ☻GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 minus Peter Quill and with the Raccoon in charge will be written by Brian Michael Bendis with Valerio Schiti providing the artwork. The HOWLING COMMANDOS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 is Dum Dum Dugan (or his L.M.D.) leading the monsters and aliens that the spies keep hidden under their headquarters; (think Suicide Squad), written by Frank Barbiere with Brent Schoonover’s art. One of the last creations by Jack ‘King’ Kirby before he left Marvel were the Inhumans and edgy author Warren Ellis writes and Gerardo Zaffino illustrates ☻KARNAK #1, the powerful martial artist who can see the flaw in all things; I’m looking forward to this one. The NEW AVENGERS #1 will be written by Al Ewing with Gerardo Sandoval’s art and they’re now Avengers Idea Mechanics led by Sunspot and not liked by S.H.I.E.L.D. or America in general. ☻CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #1 is by Nick Spencer with Daniel Acuña, a solid creative team that will hopefully make people like Sam as much as they did Steve. ☻SPIDER-GWEN #1 will be by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez (and it says here ‘Because you demanded it’; who asked that this book restart after only five issues?). SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 is again by Peter David and Will Sliney with Miguel working at Parker Industries. The ☻UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1 is still by Ryan North and Erica Henderson with their second first issue this year. The UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 is by Gerry Duggan and Ryan Stegman with a new team led by Steve Rogers featuring humans, mutants and Inhumans (and Deadpool?). The ☻UNCANNY INHUMANS #1 is written by Charles Soule with Steve McNiven and Brandon Peterson providing the art, the team consisting of Medusa, Black Bolt, Triton, Reader plus the Human Torch and Beast. A return to the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe affectionately know as OHOTMU brings the first of a series of one shots with GUIDEBOOK TO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE-MARVEL’S IRON MAN. There are also five one shots, all written by Joshua Williamson under the heading ‘What If-Infinity’. These include: WHAT IF? INFINITY-THANOS #1
with Mike Henderson’s art asking ‘What if Thanos joined the Avengers?, WHAT IF? INFINITY-INHUMANS #1
with Riley Rossmo’s art asking ‘What if the Inhumans took over Earth?, WHAT IF? INFINITY-AVENGERS #1
with Mike Norton’s art asking ‘What if the Avengers lost the war, WHAT IF? INFINITY-GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 with Jason Copland’s art asking ‘What if the Guardians of the Galaxy found out the Illuminati were hiding Thanos?’ and WHAT IF? INFINITY-DARK REIGN #1 with Goran Sudzuka’s art asking ‘What if Norman Osborn had the Infinity Gauntlet?’. The MARVEL SUPER HERO SPECTACULAR #1 is an all age one shot by Karl Kesel with David Baldeon’s art featuring Spider-Man, the Avengers, the Guardians and more. And from the Star Wars franchise comes a new limited series with CHEWBACCA #1 OF 5 by Gerry Duggan with art by Phil Noto. In collected editions comes the SECRET WARS HC for fifty bucks along with collections of all the limited series’ that tied in: INFINITY GAUNTLET: WARZONES! TP, A-FORCE, VOL. 9: WARZONES! TP, AGE OF ULTRON VS. MARVEL ZOMBIES TP, GUARDIANS OF KNOWHERE TP, HAIL HYDRA TP, CAPTAIN MARVEL & THE CAROL CORPS TP, SECRET WARS 2099 TP, MARVEL ZOMBIES: BATTLEWORLD TP, AGE OF APOCALYPSE: WARZONES! TP, SPIDER-ISLAND: WARZONES! TP, KORVAC SAGA: WARZONES! TP, SQUADRON SINISTER TP plus these collected final arcs in ☻SILVER SURFER, VOL. 3: LAST DAYS TP, CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS, VOL. 2: LAST DAYS TP, and ☻MS MARVEL, VOL. 4: LAST DAYS TP. Also collected this month is the AVENGERS BY JONATHAN HICKMAN, VOL. 3 HC, ☻DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID, VOL. 4 HC, UNCANNY X-MEN, VOL. 1 HC, THE SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC, THE UNCANNY X-MEN OMNIBUS, VOL. 3 HC, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY VIBRANIUM COLLECTION HC and, in soft cover NOVA, VOL. 6: HOMECOMING TP, UNCANNY X-MEN, VOL. 5: THE OMEGA MUTANT TP, ALL-NEW X-MEN, VOL. 6: THE ULTIMATE ADVENTURE TP, ☻HAWKEYE, VOL. 5: ALL-NEW HAWKEYE TP, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 4: ORIGINAL SIN TP, GUARDIANS TEAM-UP, VOL. 1: GUARDIANS ASSEMBLE TP, A-FORCE PRESENTS, VOL. 2 TP which collects the second issues of Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Ms Marvel, She-Hulk, Thor and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. SILK, VOL. 0: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CINDY MOON TP, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY BY JIM VALENTINO, VOL. 3 TP, ☻THANOS: COSMIC POWERS TP and ☻STAR WARS: KANAN, VOL. 1-THE LAST PADAWAN TP. There are also eight new posters offered this month, all covers from new first issues. And, in case you didn’t see my Facebook post recently, there are a bunch of Marvel variant covers this month that are parodies of classic hip hop album covers.
INDEPENDENTS: Above are the ‘Big Five’ publishers; here’s what’s new from the smaller publishers in October releases. ABRAMS releases the GHETTO KLOWN GN, an autobiography by actor John Leguizamo. ACTION LAB‘s mature imprint, DANGER ZONE begins TRANCERS #1 written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Marcelo Salaza, this is based on the cult film of the same name. AMISTAD offers an adaptation of a best selling, award winning coming of age story, WALTER DEAN MYER’S MONSTER available in hard and soft cover black and white formats. You’ve probably seen the hundred dollar boxed set of The Complete Calvin & Hobbes; it’s something most everyone wishes they owned, but the demand is still strong for Watterson’s brilliant work so, in celebration of their thirtieth anniversary all eighteen of the soft cover collections are coming back into print: ☻SOMETHING UNDER THE BED IS DROOLING, ☻YUKON HO and all the rest that you’ve probably had at some time in your life will be available again! ANTARCTIC PRESS launches a new steampunk limited series by Brian Denham titled AIRSHIP ENTERPRISE #1. ARCHIE resurrects another of their Red Circle characters under their new Dark Circle imprint with ☻THE HANGMAN #1 by Frank Tieri with art by Felix Ruix while Duane Swierczynski and Micharel Gaydos’ recent relaunch gets collected in ☻THE BLACK HOOD, VOL. 1: THE BULLET’S KISS TP. ASPEN COMICS begins the remastered reprint of LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST #1, previously published by Big Dog Ink. BLACK MASK COMICS, maybe the only publisher to feature contemporary political viewpoints in their stories, offers ☻CLANDESTINO #1, a limited series about a hero in an impoverished war torn nation in the wake of a military coup, written and illustrated by Amancay Nahuelpan. BOOM! STUDIOS offers ☻ROWAN’S RUIN #1 OF 4 by Mike Carey with art by Mike Perkins, a British horror tale with a haunted house mystery. And the series that brought Phoenix artist Tony Parker his first Eisner nomination is collected in its most affordable format yet with the ☻DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? OMNIBUS TP; this is not an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s opus (on which Blade Runner was loosely based); this is every word of the novel, beautifully illustrated. James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan gave us a wonderfully bizarre series about a meme going ‘viral’ in new apocalyptic fashion which is now collected in the ☻MEMETIC TP and the team brings another forty eight page limited series, ☻COGNETIC #1 OF 3, about a psychic who controls a third of the world’s population in a kind of hive mind. Their alternative imprint, BOOM! BOX collects the first four issues of the end-days tale set in Phoenix in ☻GIANT DAYS, VOL. 1 TP and their girl power series gets its first special with LUMBERJANES: BEYOND BAY LEAF #1 by Faith Erin Hicks and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. Their all age imprint, KaBOOM! offers a holiday special with the ADVENTURE TIME 2015 SPOOKTACULAR #1 and their recent acquisition of one of my favorite publishers, ARCHAIA PRESS has the ☻ISCARIOT HC written and illustrated by S. M. Vidaurri, a tale of magic and a young girl living with cancer, done in evocative water colors comparable to the works of Hayao Miyazaki. New publisher COSMIC TIMES enters with ☻DEEP SPACE TRAGEDY #1 OF 4, the name of the comic also being the name of an intergalactic robot rock band who inadvertently find themselves in the midst of a planetary rebellion written and illustrated by Mike Waggoner with Moisely Fernandez. DEVIL’S DUE/FIRST COMICS has a new title, RRH #1 about a high school student who finds she is descended from Red Riding Hood, and they relaunch ZEN: HARD BOUNTY #1 written by the co-creator of Zen: Intergalactic Ninja, Steve Stem with art by Marat Mychaels. Also their recent hit anthropomorphic survival series gets a collected edition in the ☻SQUARRIORS TP, promising more adventures to come. Viral internet sensation GRUMPY CAT #1 OF 3 is a new all age series from Ben McCool, Royal McGraw, Elliott Serrano and Ben Fisher with art by Steve Uy and Ken Haeser and published by DYNAMITE. And for mature readers comes ☻A TRAIN CALLED LOVE #1 OF 10, a romance comic from Garth Ennis with art by Mark Dos Santos (so don’t expect it to be very romantic). David (Cyborg) F. Walker’s hit six part series with artist Bilquis Evely gets collected in the ☻SHAFT: A COMPLICATED MAN TP. A new original story set in official continuity, DEAN KOONTZ’ FRANKENSTEIN: STORM SURGE #1 OF 6 is written by Koontz and Chuck Dixon with art by Andres Ponce. DRAWN & QUARTERLY solicits a new short story collection from Adrian Tomine with the ☻KILLING AND DYING HC. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS collects every appearance of Vaughn Bodè’s most popular creation with the ☻CHEECH WIZARD’S BOOK OF ME HC. :01 FIRST SECOND finally offers the much anticipated ☻BATTLING BOY: FALL OF THE HOUSE OF WEST GN by Paul Pope and J. T. Petty with art by David Rubin as a bold new hero finds her feet, revealing the origin of Aurora West. Another new publisher, called either 451 MEDIA GROUP or possibly TOUCHCODE solicits four new series: SELF STORAGE #1 OF 6 by Clay Chapman and Matt Timson is about a guy who auctions off junk left behind in storage facilities, until he finds a zombie named Jessica in unit #83. BAD MOON RISING #1 OF 6 is by Scott Rosenberg and Brandon M. Easton with art by Ty Dazo, a small town mash up with bikers and werewolves. EXMORTIS #1 OF 6 is by Andi Ewington and Williams Brothers with art by Raymund Bermudez involving the Third Reich, Wolfman, Frankenstein, Dracula and more versus the Red Menace. SUNFLOWER #1 OF 6 is by Mark Mallouk and Andi Ewington with art by Lee Carter, a tale of a mother’s search for her murdered daughter and revenge. GRAPHIC INDIA debuts EMPIRE OF BLOOD #1 OF 4 by Arjun Gaind with Enrique Alacatena’s art, about the immortal Blood Queen who rules over an oppressed British citizenry. HERMES PRESS collects Howard Chaykin’s ☻BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY, VOL. 1: GRIEVOUS ANGELS in both soft and hard cover editions. International manga publisher KODANSHA offers ☻APPLESEED ALPHA, VOL. 1 GN, the four hundred page prequel to Masamune Shirow’s popular series and, from Clamp comes TSUBAS: WORLD CHRONICLE, VOL. 1 GN. LIQUID COMICS solicits ☻WES CRAVEN’S COMING OF RAGE #1 OF 5 written by Wes and Steve Niles with art by Francesco Biagini, this is the horror icon’s first comic inspired by the beginning of a joke, ‘A vampire, a werewolf and a zombie walk into a bar…’. Cullen Bunn is one of the most talented and prolific writers in comics today, penning plenty of titles at the big two as well as award winning original series at ONI PRESS and elsewhere, he now launches ☻BLOOD FEUD #1 with the art of Drew Moss, a southern horror story with spiders and vampires; also☻THE SIXTH GUN: DUST TO DEATH TP collects his latest Western horror tale with art by Brian Hurtt and Joshua Fialkov’s ☻THE BUNKER, VOL. 3 TP is also offered with the art of Joe Infurnari. SCOUT COMICS offers CLASS ACTION #1 written by comics legend Neal Adams with art by Mikael Bergkvist, about a loving couple engaged to be married, but she doesn’t know that he’s a super villain. SELF MADE HERO debuts the ☻HYSTERIA: GRAPHIC FREUD GN written by Richard Appignanesi with art by Oscar Zarate this is the story of Dora, a suicidal eighteen year old, based on Freud’s analysis. British publisher TITAN COMICS launches an all new, ongoing ☻ASSASSIN’S CREED #1 written by Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery with art by Neil Edwards as well as ☻HEROES #1 OF 5 written by Seamus Fahey and Zach Croley with art by Rubine Cubiles, this is the first of a projected series of five part stories with each one focusing on a different character from the show with this one telling the origin of one of the new characters, El Vengador. Also DOCTOR WHO: THE EIGHTH DOCTOR #1 OF 5 is written by George Mann with Emma Vieceli’s art. BLOODTHIRSTY: ONE NATION UNDER WATER #1 is by screenwriter Mark Landry with Ashley Witter’s art, a crime and terror tale set in post Katrina New Orleans and, for all ages KUNG FU PANDA #1 OF 4 by Simon (Transformers) Furman and Lee Robinson. VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT reaches the conclusion of their 2015 event with BOOK OF DEATH #4 OF 4 and also offer the one shot ☻BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF X-O MANOWAR #1 by Robert Venditti with Clayton Henry’s art. One of the unique aspects of this event is the BOOK OF DEATH: LEGENDS OF THE GEOMANCER four part series; every issue was a retailer incentive that was, I’m sorry to say, too expensive for my shop to acquire for my customers. They say it won’t be available digitally or in trade paperback. I guess they wanted as few people as possible to read this one. IMPERIUM #9 and UNITY #23 are both jumping on points with new arcs beginning while ☻UNITY, VOL. 1: TO KILL A KING TP and ☻RAI, VOL. 1: WELCOME TO NEW JAPAN TP both get new printings. VERTICAL COMICS offers NINJA SLAYER: MACHINE OF VENGEANCE, VOL. 1 GN, the latest project from the team behind Neon Genesis Evangelion and Kill la Kill, a futuristic tale of ninja on ninja warfare in rough Tokyo suburbs. And that finishes the comic book section in this months’ catalog. The BOOK section has things like THE WALKING DEAD: THE POP-UP BOOK HC, MY LITTLE PONY: THE ART OF EQUESTRIA HC, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS ENCYCLOPEDIA HC, a novel by Margaret Stohl: BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED HC and there’s also the APPAREL section and toys, cards, statues, etc. so feel free to flip through the Previews catalog next time you stop by and if there’s anything that intrigues you, I’d be happy to order it for you.
As always, thank you for your orders, support, friendship and trust. I’m honored.
If you don’t make it by the shop on Saturday, the first of August for the St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital benefit event then I hope you make it by on Halloween Day for the Community Food Bank benefit. Both will feature lots of artists providing free sketches, a silent auction for original art, a raffle to win graphic novels and action figures and fun for all!