The August Previews catalog has just arrived today so as I read through it 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 2016. 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. (Don’t feel obligated to subscribe to a whole series; if you’d just like a copy of the first issue of a new series to try it out, let me know and I’ll be sure to put a copy aside for you.)
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DARK HORSE: Chris (I, Zombie) Roberson writes and Georges Jeanty pencils ♥SERENITY: NO POWER IN THE ‘VERSE #1 OF 6 as Malcolm and crew track down a missing friend which leads to a mystery. Dark Horse jumps onto the adult coloring book wagon with the ♥BAIT HC written by Chuck (Fight Club) Palahniuk and featuing eight ‘off color stories for you to color’ with art by Joëlle Jones, Lee Bermejo, Duncan Fegredo and others and there’s also STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES ADULT COLORING BOOK, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION ADULT COLORING BOOK and the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER ADULT COLORING BOOK. ♥SPELL ON WHEELS #1 OF 5 is written by Kate Leth with art by Megan Levens and is described as Supernatural meets Buffy and The Craft. With Eric Powell self publishing through his Albatross Press he still shares his all age tale with the release of ♥CHIMICHANGA: THE SORROW OF THE WORLD’S WORST FACE #1 OF 4; the first series was a blast, IMHO. The ♥MUHAMMAD ALI HC is a critically acclaimed biography written by Sybille Titeux and illustrated by Amazing Ameziane and available for the first time in English. The ♥GUN THEORY HC is written by Daniel Way with art by Jon Proctor, the story of a hired killer who has become so devoid of humanity that he’s become invisible. The ♥CONAN OMNIBUS, VOL. 1: BIRTH OF THE LEGEND TP is over four hundred and fifty pages of Kurt Busiek and Cary Nord’s run for under twenty five dollars. And also under twenty five dollars comes the ♥MASS EFFECT OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 TP and the ♥DRAGON AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 TP. And the ♥BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 TP has the first three volumes for under twenty dollars, a good way to start the series before the 2017 film. CALL OF DUTY: ZOMBIES #1 OF 6 is written by Justin Jordan with art by Jonathan Wayshak featuring crucial moments from the Zombies timeline.
DC: The new edgier DC imprint, Young Animal launched in last month’s catalog with Gerard Way’s Doom Patrol series. This month there are two more: ♥CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE #1 is written by Gerard Way and Jon Rivera with Michael Avon Oeming’s artwork where the retired widowed hero is maybe hallucinating, or maybe it’s the eye, and ♥SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL #1 written by Cecil (The Plain Janes) Castellucci with art by Marley (Effigy) Zarcone, where on the planet Meta a bored teenage girl swipes the infamous madness coat and tries to survive High School on Earth. Back in the regular DC Universe comes ♥BATMAN BEYOND #1 by Dan Jurgens and Bernard Chang and Terry McGinnis is back as Batman and
♥TEEN TITANS #1 by Benjamin Percy with Jonboy Meyers’ art with Damian as team leader and his father Ras Al Ghul as the teams first mission. ♥ACTION COMICS #965
begins a new arc, ‘Back in the Planet’, ♥AQUAMAN #8 begins the ‘Unstoppable’ arc and the ‘Night of the Monster Men’ cross over runs through ♥BATMAN #8 and ♥NIGHTWING #6 and concludes in ♥DETECTIVE COMICS #942, a six issue cross over done in five weeks for under twenty dollars. ♥BATMAN #9 begins the ‘I Am Suicide’ story by Tom King and Mikel Janin, ♥DETECTIVE COMICS #943 begins ‘The Victim Syndicate’, ♥NIGHTWING #7 begins the ‘Rise of Raptor’ and ♥GREEN ARROW #8 begins the ‘Island of Scars’. ♥GREEN LANTERNS #8 is part one of ‘The Phantom Ring’, HARLEY QUINN #5 begins ‘Eat to the Beat’ and ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE #6 starts the ‘State of Fear’ arc. ♥SUPERMAN #8 begins ‘Return to Dinosaur Island’ with father, super son and Krypto working together on a science project. With all of these titles shipping twice per month the stories finish up faster and consequently there are lots more chances to jump on board. And while all of these ongoing series’ are priced under three dollars, their larger titles and limited series will be priced based on page count. ♥DEADMAN: DARK MANSION OF FORBIDDEN LOVE #1 OF 3 is a forty eight page prestige format series by Sarah (Alex + Ada) Vaughn with Lan (Fables) Medina’s artwork, ♥HAWKMAN AND ADAM STRANGE: OUT OF TIME #1 OF 6 is written by Marc Andreyko with art by Aaron Lopresti with a war between Rann and Thanagar and ♥MIDNIGHTER AND APOLLO #1 OF 6 is by the same team that did such a stellar job on the recently completed Midnighter series. ♥THE VIGILANTE: SOUTHLAND #1 OF 6 takes place in LA, a tale of revenge and redemption by Gary (the Ivan Monk novels) Phillips with Elena (Suicide Risk) Casagrande’s art. The ♥WONDER WOMAN 75TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 is an eighty page collection featuring top talents like Brian Azzarello, Adam Hughes, Gail Simone, Rafael Albuquerque, Cliff Chiang and more. ♥HE-MAN/THUNDERCATS #1 OF 6 is the long awaited cross over between the Masters of the Universe and the Thundercats written by Rob David and Lloyd Goldfine with art by Freddie E. Williams II. Beginning with ♥SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #19 the series starts arriving monthly instead of bi-monthly and this issue has the gang teaming up with Zatanna. In Deluxe collected editions this month comes the ♥DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 DELUXE EDITION HC, the eighty page special plus character sketches and behind the scenes extras, ♥BATMAN, VOL. 10: EPILOGUE HC collecting the end of Scott Snyder’s run plus the fourth annual, Future’s End and Batman: Rebirth #1, ♥THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: THE LAST CRUSADE DELUXE EDITION HC, the eighty page prelude to the Dark Knight Returns, the ♥ABSOLUTE WONDER WOMAN BY AZZARELLO AND CHIANG, VOL. 1 HC with the whole eighteen issue run plus issue zero, THE FLASH: SILVER AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 HC, ♥THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN HC with the nine issue series from Renae De Liz, ♥SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 5: A SAVAGE END HC, ♥SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS, VOL. 9: LAST RITES HC and BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD-THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS HC. New soft cover editions include: ♥BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS, VOL. 8: BLOOD OF HEROES TP, BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT, VOL. 3 TP, ♥BLACK CANARY, VOL. 2: NEW KILLER STAR TP, THE FLASH, VOL. 8: ZOOM TP, ♥GOTHAM ACADEMY, VOL. 3: YEARBOOK TP, GREEN LANTERN CORPS: EDGE OF OBLIVION TP, ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR-POWER OF THE GODS TP, ♥CYBORG, VOL. 2: ENEMY OF THE STATE TP, ♥NEW SUICIDE SQUAD, VOL. 4: KILL ANYTHING TP, ♥THE MULTIVERSITY TP, SINESTRO, VOL. 4: THE FALL OF SINESTRO TP and ♥SUGAR & SPIKE: METAHUMAN INVESTIGATION TP collecting the adventures from the six issue Legends of Tomorrow series. Older series returning to print include the ADAM STRANGE: THE SILVER AGE, VOL. 1 TP, the ♥DC/DARK HORSE: JUSTICE LEAGUE, VOL. 1 TP which begins collecting all of the company cross overs including Superman Vs. Predator one through three, Superman Vs. Terminator: Death to the Future one through three, Batman/Hellboy/Starman one and two plus Ghost/Batgirl one through four, ♥ROBIN, VOL. 3: SOLO TP and a new edition of the ♥SPACE GHOST TP by Joe Kelly and Ariel Olivetti from 2005. And there’s also the GREEN ARROW: AN ADULT COLORING BOOK TP. From their creator owned imprint, VERTIGO comes ♥THE LOST BOYS #1 OF 6 written by Tim (Grayson) Seeley with art by Scott (Copperhead) Godlewski, a sequel to the eighties cult classic vampire film and collected editions include ♥THE COMPLETE SUICIDERS: THE BIG SHAKE TP by Lee Bermejo with Alessandro Vitti and Gerardo Zaffino, ♥NORTHLANDERS, BOOK 2: THE ICELANDIC SAGA TP from Brian Wood with art by Davide Gianfelice, Fiona Staples, Becky Cloonan and Paul Azaceta, ♥THE SANDMAN OVERTURE TP finally collecting the six issue prequel and ♥FREE COUNTRY: A TALE OF THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE TP collecting the two big issues plotted by Neil Gaiman plus the long awaited third unfinished chapter that concludes the story of young sorcerer Timothy Hunter and the Dead Boy Detectives. There’s also ♥THE UNWRITTEN: THE DELUXE EDITION: BOOK ONE HC with the first twelve issues. And from their collectible imprint, DC DIRECT comes new statues DC DESIGNER SERIES: SUPERMAN AND LOIS LANE BY GARY FRANK STATUE, the BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE BY JASON FABOK STATUE and the SUICIDE SQUAD MOVIE: THE JOKER AND HARLEY QUINN STATUE. New action figures scheduled to ship in February and March of next year include the ♥DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW FIRESTORM AND HAWKGIRL ACTION FIGURES, the ♥DC TV: THE FLASH ZOOM ACTION FIGURE and the ♥DC REBIRTH JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA ACTION FIGURE SEVEN PACK with the new versions of Aquaman, Batman, Cyborg, The Flash, Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman for one hundred dollars.
IDW: While the company wide cross over, Revolution continues, Idea & Design Works launches ♥DIRK GENTLY: THE SALMON OF DOUBT #1 based on the Douglas Adam’s novels just in time for the new TV show and coinciding with the release of DIRK GENTLY’S BIG HOLISTIC GRAPHIC NOVEL TP with the first two six part series, and ♥STAR TREK: BOLDLY GO #1 following the events of Star Trek Beyond with all new uniforms in celebration of the show’s fiftieth anniversary. The ♥TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: SCRIPTS BY JOE HILL HC is just as described and includes illustrations from Charles Paul Wilson III. ♥THE ELECTRIC SUBLIME #1 OF 4 is by W. Maxwell Prince with art by Martin (Great Pacific) Morazzo, a crime adventure involving a famous painting poisoning minds. Steve (30 Days of Night) Niles long running series with artist Damien Worm begins a new arc with THE ♥OCTOBER FACTION: DEADLY SEASON #1 OF 6 along with the collected ♥OCTOBER FACTION, VOL. 3 TP. Before his recent untimely passing Darwyn Cooke was illustrating the early works of Donald E. Westlake when he was writing under the pseudonym Richard Stark. His adaptations brought a new interest in these early noir stories where the main character is a criminal, bringing the original books back into print. The final volume is now offered in a soft cover edition as ♥PARKER: THE OUTFIT TP. Mark Waid and Peter Krause begin the third and final arc of their partners in crime fighting series with INSUFFERABLE: HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE #1 OF 5. A sixty four page one shot for the holiday is ♥DISNEY’S GIANT HALLOWEEN HEX #1 featuring Scrooge McDuck‘s foe Magica De Spell and they also launch DUCK AVENGER #1, the new adventures finally available in English. Archivist Craig Yoe assembles a five hundred page collection, ♥SUPER WEIRD HEROES OMNIBUS HC with stories featuring Rainbow Boy, Fire-Eater, Kitten, Kangaroo Man and more. And IDW in collaboration with DC and the Library of American Comics offers ♥BATMAN: THE SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER COMICS, VOL. 3: 1969-1972 HC. And from their TOP SHELF imprint comes ♥KORGI: THE PROBLEM WITH POTIONS TP, the fourth volume in the wordless all age adventures of a girl and her dog.
IMAGE: The team that brought the Eisner award winning Vertigo series 100 Bullets is together again for ♥MOONSHINE #1 set in the backwoods of Appalachia during prohibition and featuring a variant cover by Frank Miller. This one is going to be incredible! Then the much anticipated science fiction/fantasy collaboration between Mark (Kick-Ass) Millar and Greg (Batman, Spawn) Capullo, ♥REBORN #1, exploring where people go when they die and it’s not heaven or hell. Brian (Flash) Buccellato and Jennifer Young write and Matias Bergara illustrates ♥CANNIBAL #1, which takes place in Florida and is not a zombie tale; it’s people with a cannibal virus who reluctantly and with remorse are forced to eat other humans to survive. ♥GREEN VALLEY #1 OF 9 is by Max (Superman: America Alien) Landis with art by Giuseppe (Amazing Spider-Man) Camuncoli and though it features four feudal knights it’s not a fantasy, it’s about four friends, a mistake and a too late attempt at redemption. ♥ROMULUS #1 is by Bryan (Postal) Hill with artist Nelson (Magdalena) Blake II, a tale of a mother and daughter who work for, and who begin to rebel against basically the Illuminati who have ruled the planet throughout history. BLACK LIGHT DISTRICT: 6 ISSUES is a one shot musical anthology written by Jesse Blaze Snider, six stories set to the music of the geek culture inspired Black Light District EP featuring art by Chris Burnham, Jason Pearson, Erik Larsen, J.K. Woodward and more. Here are some titles beginning new story arcs if you’ve been waiting for a chance to try them out: ♥NO MERCY #10, ELEPHANTMEN #73, SNOWFALL #6, ♥ODY-C #11 and ♥SHUTTER #23. Collected editions include: ALEX + ADA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION DELUXE EDITION HC with all fifteen issues, the ANCESTOR TP, an OGN by Matt Sheean and Malachi Ward, THE DOUBLE LIFE OF MIRANDA TURNER, VOL. 1: IF YOU HAVE GHOSTS TP by Jamie S. Rich with art by George Kambadais, ♥HABITAT TP, a barbarian sci-fi adventure originally serialized in the Island anthology by Simon Roy, THE SAVIORS TP collecting the five issues by James (Airboy, Earth 2) Robinson with art by J. (Rocketeer, The Spirit) Bone, ♥SHE-WOLF, VOL. 1 TP with the first four issues of Rich Tommaso’s new series, ♥SWITCH, VOL. 1 TP collecting all seven issues of Stjepan Sejic’s tribute to Witchblade, WOLF, VOL. 2 TP and the Limited Edition ♥PLUTONA HC. And finally there’s the ♥THOUGHT BUBBLE ANTHOLOGY COLLECTION-10 YEARS OF COMICS TP commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Thought Bubble Festival of Leeds, Northern England; this is a hundred and thirty six pages for under ten dollars with all profits, as those of the festival, benefiting Barnado’s one of the largest children’s charities in the UK. These short stories feature tons of top notch creators including Warren Ellis, Rick Remender, Fiona Staples, Charlie Adlard, Farel Dalrymple, Ming Doyle, Fabio Moon and more. And don’t forget the monthly ♥IMAGE PLUS magazine, under two dollars with previews of new series’, interviews and four pages of original Walking Dead comics featuring Negan’s pre apocalypse origin, for under two dollars!
MARVEL: The House of Ideas begins another reboot of their line with lots of new teams and new solo titles beginning with the ♥NOW
CHAMPIONS #1 written by Mark Waid with Humberto Ramos’ art and featuring Ms Marvel, Nova, Spider-Man, Cyclops, Totally Awesome Hulk and Viv Vision and that’s Kamala Khan, Sam, Miles Morales, a young Scott and Amadeus Cho. And there’s also CHAMPIONS: NO TIME FOR LOSERS #1 reprinting five issues of the original series by Tony Isabella and Bill Mantlo with art by Don Heck, George Tuska and John Byrne and featuring Angel, Hercules, Black Widow, Ghost Rider and Iceman. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #19 leads into the Dead No More story which continues in THE CLONE CONSPIRACY #1 OF 5 by Dan Slott and Jim Cheung, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20 and NOW PROWLER #1, a new ongoing series by Sean Ryan and Jamal Campbell (although the phrase ‘ongoing series’ from Marvel has proven to be misleading, it will last at least five issues). The ♥NOW INFAMOUS IRON MAN #1 will be written by Brian Michael Bendis with Alex Maleev’s artwork and the new occupant of the armor is not Tony Stark, it’s Victor Von Doom. The NOW GREAT LAKES AVENGERS #1 is by Zac Gorman and Will Robson and features the original team of Mr. Immortal, Flatman, Big Bertha, Dinah Soar and the Doorman who teams up with the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. It looks like every member of Deadpool’s Mercs for Money will get their own title beginning with NOW SOLO #1 written by Gerry Duggan and Geoffrey Thorne with Paco Diaz’ art, James Bourne is the ‘One Man War on Terror’; new series’ for Foolkiller and Slapstick coming soon. ♥NOW DOCTOR STRANGE & THE SORCERERS SUPREME #1 is by Robbie Thomson and Javier Rodriguez featuring Merlin, the Ancient One, Wiccan and more. NOW MOSAIC #1 is by Geoffrey Thorne with Khary Randolph’s art and features Morris Sackett, a once pro basketball player and now an Inhuman with the power to take over other peoples bodies, minds and memories. ♥NOW JESSICA JONES #1 is, of course by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos (although it’s no longer under the Icon creator owned imprint). ♥NOW CAGE #1 OF 4 is written and illustrated by Genndy (Samurai Jack) Tartakovsky, need I say more? And, as this is another reboot (again titled Marvel Now!) there are a bunch of titles that will have a confusing ‘#1′ on the cover as new arcs are starting, although the series’ are not being renumbered, and these include: ♥NOW BLACK PANTHER #7, NOW UNCANNY INHUMANS #15, NOW PATSY WALKER, A.K.A. HELLCAT! #11, ♥NOW MS MARVEL #12, ♥NOW DOCTOR STRANGE #12, ♥NOW CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #14, NOW GWENPOOL #7, NOW DEADPOOL #21, NOW UNCANNY AVENGERS #15, ♥NOW BLACK WIDOW #7 and DEADPOOL & THE MERCS FOR MONEY #4. The final issue, ♥CIVIL WAR II #7 OF 7 coincides with the end of CIVIL WAR II: KINGPIN #4 OF 4 and CIVIL WAR II: ULYSSES #3 OF 3 plus these issues will be tie ins to the cross over: ♥GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #13, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #10, CAPTAIN MARVEL #10, ♥TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #12, ULTIMATES #12, ♥POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #9, ♥SQUADRON SUPREME #12, ♥CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #6, ♥SPIDER-MAN #9, SPIDER-MAN 2099 #16, NEW AVENGERS #17, ♥INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #14, A-FORCE #10, MOCKINGBIRD #8, ♥ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #15 and the one shot epilogue ♥CIVIL WAR II: THE OATH #1 by Nick Spencer and Rod Reis. Jason Aaron who won the Eisner award for best writer at the SDCC last month continues his stellar run on ♥MIGHTY THOR #12 with an issue devoted to the history of Mjolnir, the ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #13 is the final issue of the series as is ♥VISION #12 by Tom (Batman, The Sheriff of Babylon) King, Jeff Lemire’s ♥MOON KNIGHT #7 features Werewolf By Night, Gerry Conway and Felix Ruiz bring THE PUNISHER ANNUAL #1, DOCTOR STRANGE: MYSTIC APPRENTICE #1 is a one shot retelling the origin combined with reprints of the characters first appearance. ♥DEATH OF X #1 and #2 OF 4 is by Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule with art by Aaron Kuder dealing with the Terrigen Clouds and the previously unrevealed starting point of the conflict between the mutants and the Inhumans. DEADPOOL: BACK IN BLACK #1 and #2 OF 5 is by Cullen Bunn and Salvador Epsin taking place in the mid eighties when Spider-Man rejected the alien symbiote, which then attached itself to Wade Wilson. And, as Marvel believes there’s no such thing as too much, DEADPOOL: TOO SOON? #1 OF 4 is by Joshua Corin and Todd Nauck investigating the murder of Forbush Man and guest starring Squirrel Girl, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Ant-Man, Howard the Duck and the Punisher. ♥ALL NEW WOLVERINE #13 by Tom Taylor and Nik Virella begins the ‘Enemy of the State II’ arc as Laura is now a murderer like her predecessor. A new all age series is DISNEY KINGDOM’S ENCHANTED TIKI ROOM #1 OF 5. The next chapter in Stephen King’s long running series begins in ♥DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE-THE SAILOR #1 OF 5. Deluxe collected editions this month include the DAREDEVIL OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC, over a thousand pages of Matt Mudock’s earliest adventures, ♥GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: NEW GUARD, VOL. 2-WANTED PREMIERE HC, WAR OF KINGS AFTERMATH: REALM OF KINGS OMNIBUS HC, ♥MIGHTY THOR, VOL. 2: LORDS OF MIDGARD PREMIERE HC, ALPHA FLIGHT BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS HC, SPIDER-GWEN, VOL. 1 HC, ♥WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN HC, the original story in a new edition, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ADAPTATION HC, STAR WARS: EPISODE III-REVENGE OF THE SITH HC and ♥STAR WARS: DARTH VADER, VOL. 2 HC with the final issues of the series. In soft cover collections there’s the STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS, VOL. 1 TP with the first twenty three issues and STAR WARS: POE DAMERON, VOL. 1-BLACK SQUADRON TP with the first six issues. And the collections of the latest cross over series include: CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES TP, CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN TP, CIVIL WAR II: KINGPIN TP, CIVIL WAR II: X-MEN TP, ♥CIVIL WAR II: GODS OF WAR TP, ♥THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK, VOL. 2: CIVIL WAR II TP, NEW AVENGERS: A.I.M., VOL. 3-CIVIL WAR II TP and ♥SQUADRON SUPREME, VOL. 2: CIVIL WAR II TP. Also VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT, VOL. 2-ENEMIES AND ALLIES TP has issues seven through thirteen, THE UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL, VOL. 1: BELIEVE IT TP with issues zero through four, X-MEN ’91, VOL. 1: THE WORLD IS A VAMPIRE TP with one through five, DEADPOOL V GAMBIT: THE ‘V’ IS FOR ‘VS’ TP, CARNAGE, VOL. 2: WORLD TOUR TP, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE, VOL. 3 TP, DRAX, VOL. 2: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE TP, THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL, VOL. 4: I KISSED A SQUIRREL AND I LIKED IT TP, ♥UNCANNY X-MEN: SUPERIOR, VOL. 2-APOCALYPSE WARS TP, ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT, VOL. 2 TP, HYPERION: DADDY ISSUES TP, CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS, VOL. 2: FINAL FIGHT TP, DEADPOOL: WORLD’S GREATEST, VOL. 4-TEMPORARY INSANITATION TP, ♥HOWARD THE DUCK, VOL. 2: GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD DUCK TP, ♥BLACK WIDOW, VOL. 1: S.H.I.E.L.D.’S MOST WANTED TP by Waid and Samnee, X-MEN: WOLVERINE/GAMBIT TP returning to print and CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE TP both by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, X-MEN: BISHOP’S CROSSING TP, ♥MAN-THING BY STEVE GERBER: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 2 TP and ♥DOCTOR STRANGE: WHAT IS IT THAT DISTURBS YOU, STEPHEN? TP collecting the Eisner award winning tale of the same name illustrated by P. Craig Russell plus reprints of tales throughout the sorcerer’s history.
INDEPENDENTS: The most successful title I’ve carried from ACTION LAB has been the Miraculous series based on the all age animated series and now they offer the ♥MIRACULOUS: ORIGINS TP, over a hundred pages for under ten dollars. AFTERSHOCK continues to raise the bar with their creator owned series’ featuring top industry talents and this month they offer ♥SHIPWRECK #1 written by Warren Ellis with art by Phil Hester and, as expected from this team it looks bleak and bizarre. Also Garth Ennis and Simon Coleby’s series of WWII’s first African-American fighter pilots gets collected in the ♥DREAMING EAGLES, VOL. 1 HC while Joe Pruett and Szymon Kudranski’s ♥BLACK-EYED KIDS, VOL 1 TP collects the first five issues of the creepy horror series. While Eric Powell’s ALBATROSS FUNNYBOOKS main title, Hillbilly may not be suitable for little ones his new ♥SPOOK HOUSE #1 begins a series of scary camp fire stories for kids! AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY has STARGATE ATLANTIS: GATEWAYS #1 picking up where the TV series left off. AMULET BOOKS has ♥DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, VOL. 11: DOUBLE DOWN HC. ARCANA STUDIO offers HOWARD LOVECRAFT & THE FROZEN KINGDOM HC by Bruce Brown and Sean Patrick O’Reilly with art by Renzo Podesta. ARCHIE has the ♥ARCHIE MEETS THE RAMONES one shot, a forty eight page comic for under five dollars where a time anomaly brings the Archies to Rockaway Beach for a Battle of the Bands with the Ramones written by the writers of Archie Meets Kiss and the award winning We Can Never Go Home series with art by Gisele (Occupy Riverdale) Lagase. The WRAITHBORN, VOL. 1 TP from BENITEZ PRODUCTIONS collects the six issue Wraithborn Redux series. BIG CITY is a new publisher committed to offering two books per month beginning with TESLA AND HYDE: SCARY FAILS #1 written by Jeff Kaufman with art by Federico Zurnell where Edward Hyde and Nikola Tesla are immortals hunting evil people who are part of a large conspiracy. And, also by Jeff Kaufman with art by Rob Doria comes GABRIEL TEMPEST: BROKEN SOULS GN, a hundred page book for under ten dollars, this is about a criminal prosecutor who is the last living descendent of Vlad, the Impaler and has to kill two people a month to survive. BLACK MASK STUDIOS offers ♥THE SKEPTICS #1 by Tini Howard and Devaki Neogi, a political adventure in the sixties where a pair of clever teens fool the world into believing they have super powers. BOOM! STUDIOS begins ♥BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA/ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #1 OF 6 written by Greg (Hulk) Pak with art by Daniel (Kennel Block Blues) Bayliss and ♥WARLORDS OF APPALACHIA #1 OF 4 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson with Jonas Scharf’s artwork and described as ‘Southern Bastards meets Dune in mid 21st century America’. From their ARCHAIA imprint, the ♥JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH ARTIST TRIBUTE HC is a collection of illustrations and testimonials to commemorate the films’ thirtieth anniversary featuring Michael Allred, Mark Buckingham, Katie Cook, Roger Lagridge, Tula Lotay, David Mack, Dave McKean, Eric Powell and lots more. And their all age imprint, KaBOOM! has the ♥HEROBEAR AND THE KID 2016 FALL SPECIAL #1 and the ♥STEVEN UNIVERSE AND THE CRYSTAL GEMS TP. Canadian publisher CHAPTERHOUSE launches ♥DIE KITTY! DIE! #1 by Fernando Ruiz and Dan Parent, a story of a comic book witch whose publisher wants to kill her for bigger sales; Kitty Ravencraft has other ideas. Brian Pulido’s COFFIN COMICS offers yet another first issue featuring his lingerie clad undead hero with LADY DEATH: EXTINCTION EXPRESS #1 with the usual multiple covers including the ‘naughty’ cover for forty dollars. DYNAMITE has eight first issues being offered this month beginning with ♥KISS #1 written by Amy (Poison Ivy) Chu with Kewber Baal’s art this series largely focuses mythology and legend inspired by the bands 1981 ‘Music from The Elder’ release. And while Warren Ellis’ series continues ♥JAMES BOND: HAMMERHEAD #1 OF 6 will be written by Andy (Thief of Thieves) Diggle with Luca Casalanguida’s art. ♥The ARMY OF DARKNESS/XENA: FOREVER…AND A DAY #1 OF 6 is written by Scott (Red Hood/Arsenal) Lobdell with Elliot (Harley Quinn & Power Girl) Fernandez. ♥BETTY BOOP #1 OF 4 is an all age series written by Roger Langridge with art by Gisele Lagace with her pals Koko the Clown and Bimbo, fighting ghosts. PATHFINDER: WORLDSCAPE #1 OF 6 is written by Erik Mona with Jonathan Lau’s artwork and comes with RPG rules appendix and an exclusive pull out poster map. ♥HOMIES #1 OF 4 is a trip back to the nineties and back to the barrio written by David (Homies) Gonzalez and Elliot (Grumpy Cat) Serran with art by Andrew (Pathfinder) Huerta. after a successful Kickstarter INTERTWINED #1 OF 6 is the first Kung Fu Noir series coming to comics, a ‘what if Peter Parker had been a Chinese immigrant?’ adventure. WOLFCOP #1, yes, the alcoholic lycanthropic lawman of the cult film comes to comics and Wolfcop 2 hits theaters this winter. Collected editions include ♥THE SHADOW: THE DEATH OF MARGO LANE HC written and illustrated by Matt Wagner, and ♥WILL EISNER’S THE SPIRIT, VOL. 1: THE SPIRIT RETURNS HC written by Wagner with Dan Schkade’s art, this has the first twelve issues, ♥DEAN KOONTZ’S FRANKENSTEIN: STORM SURGE HC by Koontz, Chuck Dixon and Rik Hoskin with art by Andres Ponce and the ♥JIM BUTCHER’S DRESDEN FILES: WILD CARD HARDCOVER by Butcher and Mark Powers with Carlos Gomez’ art. DEVIL’S DUE launches GALAXY’S FOR HIRE #1 OF 4 by Shawn DePasquale with Sherard Jackson’s art, this is described as ‘Voltron meets Firefly’, LORD OF GORE #1 OF 8 is the tale of a B-movie franchise where the actor becomes the horror, written by D. B. Stanley with art by Daniel Leister. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS secured the license to reprint all of Charles M. Schulz’ works before the creator passed away and while they’ve competed the fifty year run of newspaper strips ♥THE COMPLETE PEANUTS: COMICS & STORIES, VOL. 26 HC is the final volume collecting all of his non-strip related Peanuts material: story books, comic book stories, ads, etc. GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING offers ♥INDEH: THE STORY OF THE APACHE WARS GN HC in an edition signed by author Ethan Hawke and artist Greg Ruth for twenty five dollars! Seven decades ago a best selling novel raised troubling questions about conformity, tradition and the specter of ritualized violence; now, in time for the author’s centennial HILL & WANG offers ♥SHIRLEY JACKSON’S THE LOTTERY GN, a graphic novel illustrated by visual artist Miles Hyman, Jackson’s grandson. JET CITY COMICS begins DOMINION: LAST SACRIFICE #1 OF 4 taking place within Joe Hart’s best selling Dominion series’ universe this is a new story scripted by Stuart Moore with art by Michael Montenat. Disney imprint JOE’S BOOKS launches DISNEY CARS #1 and offers the DISNEY-PIXAR: FINDING DORY GN for under ten dollars retelling the film story and adding the four issue original comic series that followed. KODANSHA COMICS solicits an ATTACK ON TITAN ADULT COLORING BOOK as well as NEO PARASYTE F GN, VOL. 1, a horror shojo anthology with fifteen stories from fifteen creators, the first new Parasyte manga in twenty years. LION FORGE offers CARE BEARS: RAINBOW RIVER RESCUE GN and their subsidiary ROAR COMICS offers THE CASTOFFS #1 written by Brian (Stuff of Legends) Smtih and MK (Americus) Reed with art by Molly (Strong Female Protagonist) Ostertag, an all age fantasy adventure. MAGNETIC PRESS offers the ♥RENDEZ-VOUS IN PHOENIX HC an autobiographical tale by Tony Sandoval who smuggles himself across the border from Mexico to the US to see his American girl friend. Rick Geary has made a career adapting famous crime stories to graphic novels and NBM releases A ♥TREASURY OF 20TH CENTURY MURDER, VOL. 3: THE BLACK DAHLIA GN in soft cover, telling of the murder of Elizabeth Short, one of the most captivating unsolved mysteries of all time. Janet Harvey writes and Megan Levens illustrates ♥ANGEL CITY #1 from ONI PRESS, a hard boiled 1930’s noir in Hollywood with an actress turned detective and strong reviews from Kate Leth and Greg Rucka. Antony Johnston writes and Steven Perkins illustrates ♥THE COLDEST WINTER HC, a prequel to ‘The Coldest City’ which is a feature film coming in 2017, set in cold war Berlin. From PANTHEON BOOKS comes ♥CHARLES BURNS’ LAST LOOK HC, the collected epic trilogy that began with ‘X’ED OUT’ and continued in ‘The Hive’ and concluded in ‘SUGAR SKULL’ now in a single volume for under thirty dollars. PAPERCUTZ, an all age imprint of NBM offers TALES FROM THE CRYPT #1 with three modern horror stories, one by Gerry Conway and Robert Hack with Alexander Hamilton risen from the grave in reaction to the popular Hamilton musical. British publishers TITAN COMICS is working in conjunction with book publishers HARD CASE CRIME who publishes the hard boiled works of top authors like Stephen (Joyland) King, Michael Chrichton, Mickey Spillane, Donald E. Westlake and they’re bringing these authors and tales to comics beginning with ♥TRIGGERMAN #1 OF 5 by Walter Hill and Matz with art by Jef, an operatic prohibition era tale and ♥PEEPLAND #1 OF 5 by Christa Faust and Gary Phillips with art by Andrea Camerini, a semi-autogiographical neo-noir with a punk edge. A new ongoing series returns the space marines to comics with WARHAMMER 40,000: WILL OF IRON #1 by George Mann with art by Tazio Bettin. ♥THE CHIMERA BRIGADE #1 OF 4 is an alternate reality pulp type adventure where chemical weapons have brought about super humans in 1938 having elements of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Planetary and B.P.R.D. And the first four issue story is collected in PENNY DREADFUL, VOL. 1 TP. VALIANT offers a new stand alone event written by Jeff (Moon Knight, Old Man Logan) Lemire with art by Doug Braithwaite titled ♥BLOODSHOT, U.S.A #1 OF 4 as Project Rising Spirit has developed an airborne nanite dispersion prototype and a machine-made pathogen that can hard wire every human with the same technology that created Bloodshot. VIZ MEDIA‘s
♥SUPER MARIO ADVENTURES GN collects comics that originally ran in Nintendo Power magazine in 1992-1993. SPIRIT HUNTERS #1 OF 12 is a new series by Ralph Tedesco and Joe Brusha from ZENESCOPE and that’s the last publisher in this months’ catalog. There are other sections with books, magazines, apparel, imported toys, games, etc. so if you’re interested look through the catalog; I’m happy to order anything that you’d like.
And every month I pick a title that I feel will be the best book of the month and for the titles scheduled to ship in October my Pick of the Month is ♥MOONSHINE #1 from Azzarello and Risso at IMAGE although REBORN #1, CANNIBAL #1 and GREEN VALLEY #1 OF 9 were strong contenders.
I hope to see you all at the fundraiser for CASA DE LOS NINOS on Saturday, the SIXTH OF AUGUST, all day, from Ten AM until Five PM. There will be a bunch of talented artists providing free sketches, there will be a one dollar raffle to win action figures and graphic novels, there will be a silent auction where you can bid on original art and signed and rare collectibles, there will be sandwiches provided by Subway and a splendid time guaranteed for all.
Also, on Monday the fifteenth of August, from Noon until Three PM stop by and meet comedian, actor, filmmaker and graphic novelist TODD LIVINGSTON. Todd wrote or co-wrote Image graphic novels: THE BLACK FOREST, THE WICKED WEST, THE BLACK FOREST II and AMERICA, JR. and, at Devil’s Due he wrote SHEENA: DARK RISING, CHOPPER ZOMBIE and THE ODD SQUAD. And late in August comes his latest comic: STARRING SONYA DEVERAUX. Check out his Wiki entry to see the folks he did comedy with (like Adam Sandler) and the films he’s produced and the ones he’s acted in, and then stop by and meet him and get an autograph!
And finally I’d like to thank you all so much for your support. I greatly appreciate it; you’ve kept the lights on and kept my family fed for many years and, even more, you’ve introduced me to your families and trusted me with keeping your collections complete and your reading engaging and I am sincerely grateful and honored. Thank you all; see you soon.
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.