August 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

    The August Previews catalog arrived on Wednesday, July twenty sixth. These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in October of 2017. I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you. If there’s anything that you’d like, please try 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.)


    The theme this month is ‘From the Archives’ which encourages the publishers to promote classic reprints of older comics and syndicated comic strips. If you’d like more information or would like to see some images of covers and artwork you can go to
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    DARK HORSE: Yet another new series from the prolific Jeff (Black Hammer) Lemire and David (Ether) Rubin: SHERLOCK FRANKENSTEIN & THE LEGION OF EVIL #1 OF 4, a tale of the super villains of Spiral City’s asylum and the BLACK HAMMER, VOL. 2: THE EVENT TP collects the second arc of one of the most intriguing superhero comics on the stands. The DREAMWORKS: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON-DRAGONVINE TP collects stories tied to the upcoming film, co plotted by writer/director/producer Dean DeBlois. Another of multiple award winning Neil Gaiman’s stories is adapted by the brilliant P. Craig Russell with the ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD AGAIN HC blending the worlds of H.P. Lovecraft and Roger Zelazny. The B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH, VOL. 1 HC collects the first three Hell on Earth trade paperbacks with an expanded sketchbook section plus HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.:1955-OCCULT INTELLIGENCE #2 OF 3 and the ongoing B.P.R.D.: THE DEVIL YOU KNOW #3 plus LOBSTER JOHNSON, VOL. 3: THE PIRATE’S GHOST AND METAL MONSTERS OF MIDTOWN TP complete this months’ offerings from the Mignolaverse. The HALO: ADULT COLORING BOOK TP and THE WITCHER: ADULT COLORING BOOK TP are the latest additions, each with forty five pieces of black and white artwork to color..


    DC: If you’re reading any DC titles you’ve probably seen the check list in the back with the twenty five comics that tie in to the best selling Dark Days/Dark Nights cross over series. New additions this month include three one shots: BATMAN LOST #1, by Scott Snyder with art by Olivier Coipel and Bengal with Batman trapped in the Dark Mutliverse, BATMAN: THE DEVASTATOR by Frank Tieri and Tony S. Daniel and THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1 by James Tynion IV and Riley Rossmo introducing a couple of the Dark Multiverse villains, all three with foil stamped covers to denote the Metal connection. They also have the DARK DAYS: THE FORGE/THE CASTING DIRECTOR’S CUT #1, eighty pages in black and white for under eight dollars. GREEN ARROW #33 begins ‘The Trial of Two Cities’ by Benjamin Percy and Jamal Campbell and FLASH #33 begins ‘Justice Insurgence’ by Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter tying into Metal as Barry fights The Red Death at the Fortress of Solitude. ACTION COMICS #989, #990 and #991 are the final three chapters of the five part ‘The Oz Effect’ by Dan Jurgens and Viktor Bogdanovic, all available with regular or lenticular covers. BATGIRL & THE BIRDS OF PREY #15 begins ‘Manslaughter’ by Julie and Shawna Benson with art by Roge Antonio, BATMAN BEYOND #13 begins ‘Gotham Games’ with Bernard Chang writing and illustrating and BLUE BEETLE #14 has the new creative team of Christopher Sebela and Thony Silas. GREEN LANTERNS #32 is by Sam Humphries and Scott Godlewski with our heroes back on Earth and GREEN LANTERNS #33 is by Tim Seeley with Carlo Barberi and Matt Santorelli where our heroes are forced to get jobs. HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #30 begins ‘Mind Games’ by Robert Venditti and Patch Zircher, NIGHTWING #30 begins ‘Raptor’s Revenge’ by Tim Seeley and Miguel Menonça and SUICIDE SQUAD #27 begins ‘The Secret History of Task Force X’ by Rob Williams and Eduard Petrovich and SUPERGIRL #14 finds Kara visiting China for training by I Ching from Steve Orlando and Jose Luis. Recovering from the events of Metal, TEEN TITANS #13 gets a visit from Green Arrow who wants his sister Emiko to join the team, written by Benjamin Percy with art by Mirka Andolfo. WONDER WOMAN #33 begins ‘Times Past’ by James Robinson and Emanuela Lupacchino. BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #1 OF 7 will be written and illustrated by Sean Murphy, set in a world where the Joker, now known as Jack, is cured of his insanity and trying to save Gotham from their greatest villain, Batman. BATMAN: THE DARK PRINCE CHARMING: BOOK ONE HC is the first of two written and illustrated by acclaimed European comics master Enrico (Eagles of Rome, Le Scorpion) Marini making his America debut involving a girl kidnapped by the Joker and the surprising personal connection of the girl to the Batman. The DC HOUSE OF HORRORS #1 is an eighty page one shot anthology, priced under ten dollars with the story plotted by Keith Giffen and written by contemporary horror fiction authors Edward Lee, Brian Keene, Nick Cutter, Mary Sangiovanni, Wrath James White, Ronald Malfi, Weston Ochse and Bryan Smith and illustrated by Rags Morales, Bilquis Evely, Howard Porter, Scott Kolins, Dale Eaglesham and more. DEADMAN #1 OF 6 is written and illustrated by Neal Adams with the first issue available with a regular cover under four dollars or a glow in the dark cover for a dollar more. GOTHAM CITY GARAGE #1 begins a new series inspired by the DC Collectibles line of statues, forty page issues set outside of the DCU and shipping twice monthly, written by Jackson Lanzing with Brian Ching’s artwork. Crossing over with Archie Comics comes HARLEY & IVY MEET BETTY & VERONICA #1 OF 6 written by Paul Dini and Mark Andreyko with art by Laura (DC Bombshells) Braga. The second of the projected four series’ as part of Warren Ellis’ Wild Storm imprint is WILDSTORM: MICHAEL CRAY #1 OF 12 plotted by Ellis, written by Bryan Hill with art by N. Steven Harris and Dexter Vines as the professional assassin with an alien life form in his head continues to kill the wrong people for the right reason, beginning with billionaire Oliver Queen. RAGMAN #1 OF 6 is by Ray Fawkes with Inaki Miranda’s art; the story of a returned Iraqi War vet reborn as the newly re-imagined hero. THE RUFF & REDDY SHOW #1 OF 6 is written by Howard Chaykin as the washed up team attempts to make a comeback. Wow, that’s a lot of new books and stories from DC this month! New Rebirth deluxe collections this month include: BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS-THE REBIRTH DELUXE EDITION: BOOK ONE HC with issues nine-thirty-four through nine-forty-nine, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE REBIRTH DELUXE EDITION BOOK ONE HC with the five Rebirth one shots plus the first six issues and TITANS: THE LAZARUS CONTRACT HC and in soft cover comes SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS, VOL. 4: THE NEW WORLD TP, BATWOMAN, VOL. 1: THE MANY ARMS OF DEATH TP, THE FLASH, VOL. 4: RUNNING SCARED TP, GREEN ARROW, VOL. 4: BLOOD AND OIL TP, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, VOL. 2: CURSE OF THE KINGBUTCHER TP, JUSTICE LEAGUE, VOL. 4: ENDLESS TP, SUPERMAN, VOL. 4: BLACK DAWN TP, SUPERWOMAN, VOL. 2: REDISCOVERY TP and WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 4: GODWATCH TP with the last of Greg Rucka’s run. Other collections, either older or outside of the DCU include A VERY DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH CHRISTMAS TP collecting last years DC Rebirth Holiday Special, Batman Annual #1 and Harley Quinn #10 and scheduled to arrive on the first of November, AQUAMAN: THE ATLANTIS CHRONICLES: DELUXE EDITION HC collecting Peter David’s history series beautifully illustrated by Esteban Maroto, BATMAN: YEAR TWO-30TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION HC by Mike W. Barr with art by Alan Davis, Paul Neary, Todd McFarlane and Alfredo Alcala, BATMAN/THE SHADOW: THE MURDER GENIUSES HC, CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN BY JACK KIRBY TP with all the Kings’ tales from Showcase, the FLASH BY GEOFF JOHNS: BOOK FOUR TP, GOTHAM ACADEMY: SECOND SEMESTER, VOL. 2: THE BALLAD OF OLIVE SILVERLOCK TP, GREEN LANTERN: THE SILVER AGE, VOL. 2 TP, THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 1: ORIGINS TP collecting the nine issue series in soft cover for the first time, THE NEW TEEN TITANS OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 HC returns to print, THE ODYSSEY OF THE AMAZONS TP collecting the recent six part tale with the early history of the Amazons, ROBIN: YEAR ONE DELUXE EDITION HC by Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty with art by Javier Pulido and Robert Campanella, SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN TP with the whole series by Max Landis, SUPERMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 5 HC, TWO-FACE: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC, WONDER WOMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE, VOL. 1 TP and, nominated for an Eisner


    IDW: GOOSEBUMPS: MONSTERS AT MIDNIGHT #1 is by Jeremy Lambert with Chris Fenoglio’s artwork, a new all age series published in conjunction with Scholastic Books. They also offer STAR WARS ADVENTURES, VOL.1 with issues zero through three of the new all age series priced under ten dollars. THE POWERPUFF GIRLS: THE TIME TIE HC collects the latest three part tale and MY LITTLE PONY: LEGENDS OF MAGIC, VOL. 1 TP has the first six issues of the latest series. The MY LITTLE PONY: TREASURY EDITION-PONIES OF DARKWATER collects issues forty three through forty five in a big format. GHOSTBUSTERS: ANSWER THE CALL #1 is by Kelly Thompson and Corin Howell featuring the ladies from the 2016 film. X-FILES: JFK DISCLOSURE #1 OF 2 is timed to coincide with the release of thousands of documents from the JFK investigation. Meanwhile their company wide crossover between their licensed series’ continues launching M.A.S.K.: FIRST STRIKE #1, ROM: FIRST STRIKE #1 and TRANSFORMERS: FIRST STRIKE #1. STAR TREK: DISCOVERY #1 is co written by Discovery writer and Trek novelist Kirsten Beyer with longtime Trek comic book writer Mike Johnson with artist Tony (Star Trek: Boldly Go) Shasteen tying into the new television program. GENE COLAN’S TOMB OF DRACULA: ARTIST’S EDITION HC has five full stories written by Marv Wolfman plus a gallery section featuring Colan’s art photographed from the original art. THE GREAT TREASURY OF CHRISTMAS COMIC BOOK STORIES has classic golden age tales by the likes of Walt Kelly, John Stanley and more, the ROAD RAGE TP collects ‘Throttle’, the first father son collaboration between Stephen King and Joe Hill, a tribute to Richard Matheson’s ‘Duel’, the stories adapted by Chris Ryall with artists Raffa Garres and Nelson Daniel. KEVIN EASTMAN’S RONINBEBOP TP is six stories with zombies, superheroes, aliens, murderers and mutant animals from Eastman, Simon Bisley, Eric Talbot and Tom Skulan, small press tales from the nineties. ATOMIC ROBO AND THE SPECTRE OF TOMORROW #1, a contemporary story by Brian Clevinger and artist Scott Wegener. Idea & Design Works launches a new imprint titled BLACK CROWN which represents a public house on a street full of storefronts that correlate to each singular series. Their first series will be KID LOBOTOMY #1 by Peter Milligan with Tess Fowler described as Kafka meets King Lear by way of Young Frankenstein and their second title is BLACK CROWN QUARTERLY #1 which will have a regular ten page story featuring Stacey, the barmaid at the Black Crown Pub, regular features like Canonball Comics plus tales from their regular series’, Kid Lobotomy, Assassinistas, Punks Not Dead and more, forty eight pages for under seven dollars.


    IMAGE: Writers Justin (Luther Strode, Dead Body Road) Jordan and Nikki Ryan with artist Morgan Beem launch THE FAMILY TRADE #1 where steampunk, alchemy and adventure meet on an island city where a hidden family of thieves and assassins finds their youngest member wants something different from life, so she starts a civil war. MAESTROS #1 is written and illustrated by Steve (We Stand On Guard) Skroce, a tale of an Orlando born millennial who inherits the Wizard King’s throne; Brian K. Vaughan say “a masterpiece; get ready for your new favorite comic”. ATOMAHAWK #0 is a big forty page debut by Donny (God Country) Cates with art by Ian Bederman and Taylor Esposito, this collects the story serialized in Heavy Metal that Grant Morrison called “A screaming black hole feedback squall of death metal Kirby-kozmik energy spinning straight towards your prefontal cortex.” GOD COMPLEX #1 is by Paul (Inhumans) Jenkins and Hendry (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) Prasetya, a murder mystery in a digital future powered by mythological gods. From their TOP COW imprint comes the GOLGOTHA OGN by Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill with art by Yuki Saeki, a tale of an interplanetary mission to develop Earth’s first off world colony that finds another team got there first due to technological advances made while they traveled in hibernate sleep. HACK/SLASH: RESURRECTION #1 returns with new writer Tini Howard and art by Celor and K. Michael Russell, a welcome reboot of one of the best original horror series’ in recent memory. The I HATE FAIRYLAND: I HATE IMAGE SPECIAL EDITION is an expanded edition of the Free Comic Book Day one shot edition, forty eight pages priced under six dollars. The PAPER GIRLS, BOOK ONE HC collects the first ten issues along with extras and a new cover, the PLASTIC TP collects the recent twisted five issue series and REDNECK, VOL. 1: DEEP IN THE HEART TP collects the first six issues. Dan Panosian is so much in demand for his covers we rarely get to enjoy his story telling but the SKYBOUND imprint offers SLOTS #1 written and illustrated by Dan, a story of a former boxer in Las Vegas looking for redemption but more likely to just go down swinging. Ray Fawkes UNDERWINTER, VOL. 1: SYMPHONY TP collects the six issue series followed by UNDERWINTER: A FIELD OF FEATHERS #1, like it’s predecessor, fully painted. Another TOP COW book by Matt Hawkins, this time with Ryan Cady and art from Studio Hive WARFRAME #1 is based on the free-to-play cooperative shooter game of the same name. The BLACK MONDAY MURDERS, VOL. 2 TP by Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker collects issues five through eight, BLACK SCIENCE PREMIER, VOL. 2: TRANSCENDENTALISM HC collects issues sixteen through thirty. BLOOD STAIN, VOL. 3 is written and illustrated by Linda Sejic, CANNIBAL, VOL. 2 TP collects issues five through eight, COPPERHEAD #15 begins a new story arc, DEADLY CLASS, VOL. 6 TP collects twenty seven through thirty one, EXTREMITY #7 begins the second story arc, I HATE FAIRYLAND, VOL. 3: GOOD GIRL TP has issues eleven through fifteen, MAGE, BOOK ONE: THE HERO DISCOVERED, VOL. 3 TP returns to print, PAPER GIRLS #16 begins a new story arc, RAT QUEENS, VOL. 4: HIGH FANTASIES TP collects the first five issues of volume two, ROYAL CITY #6 begins a new story arc, SEVEN TO ETERNITY, VOL. 2 TP has issues five through eight, SPREAD #22 begins a new arc, STREET ANGEL: SUPERHERO FOR A DAY HC is yet another new over sized story from Jim Rugg & Brian Maruca, the WALKING DEAD, BOOK 14 HC collects issues one-fifty-seven through one-sixty-eight and the WALKING DEAD OMNIBUS, VOL. 7 HC has one-forty five through on-sixty-eight.


    MARVEL: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #789 by Dan Slott and Stuart Immonen begins the ‘Fall of Parker’ story while FALCON #1 is by Rodney (The Boondocks) Barnes and Joshua Cassara spinning out of the pages of Marvel Legacy #1, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #593 is by Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli determining who will wear the armor in Tony Stark’s absence; apparently he’s ‘vanished’ rather than ‘died’ as has been the case in the recent stories, SPRITS OF VENGEANCE #1 OF 5 is by Victor Gischler and David Baldeon featuring Johnny Blaze, Hellstorm, Satana and Blade, and INCREDIBLE HULK #709 is by Greg Pak and Greg Land in a story titled ‘Return to Planet Hulk’ with Amadeus Cho following a distress signal to Sakaar. BLACK PANTHER #166 begins ‘Klaw Stands Supreme’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leonard Kirk, CAPTAIN MARVEL #125, ‘Dark Origin’ part one is by Margaret Stohl with Michele Bandini with Carol Danvers in uncharted space, IRON FIST #73 begins ‘Sabretooth: Round Two’ by Ed Brisson and Mike Perkins, LUKE CAGE #166 begins ‘Caged’ by David F. Walker and Nelson Blake and CABLE #150 begins ‘The Newer Mutants’ by Ed Brisson and Jon Malin. THE DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #287 returns the character to his mercenary assassin persona as ‘Deadpool Kills Cable’ begins by Gerry Duggan and Scott Koblish and AVENGERS #672 by Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz is the inevitable battle with the CHAMPIONS #13 by Waid and Humberto Ramos as these are ‘Worlds Collide’ parts one and two. The MIGHTY THOR #700 is sixty-four pages priced under six dollars by Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman, Walter Simonson, Olivier Coipel, Chris Burnham, James Harren and more titled ‘Death of the Mighty Thor’ as the Mangog arrives. X-MEN GOLD #13 by Marc Guggenheim and Mike Mayhew is part one and X-MEN BLUE #13 by Cullen Bunn and Jorge Molina is part two of ‘Mojo Worldwide’ as the two teams are forced to put their differences aside to face a common threat. UNCANNY AVENGERS #28 is by Jim Zub and Sean Izaakse titled ‘Stars and Garters’ and U.S.AVENGERS #11 is ‘Cannonball Run’ part one by Al Ewing and Paco Diaz. SPIDER-GWEN #25 is ‘Gwenom’ part one by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez, the ROYALS #9 is part one of ‘Fire From Heaven’ by Al Ewing and Javier Rodriguez, VENOM #155 is (again) titled ‘Lethal Protector’ part one by Mike Costa and Mark Bagley, JESSICA JONES #13 is ‘Return of the Purple Man’ part one by Bendis and Michael Gaydos and the DEFENDERS #6 is ‘Kingpins of New York’ by Bendis and David Marquez. MONSTERS UNLEASHED #7 is ‘And Lo There Came…A Poison’ part one by Cullen Bunn and Andrea Broccardo, GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #21 is ‘Doom Sees You’ by Chris Hastings and Irene Strychalski, ALL NEW WOLVERINE #25 begins ‘Orphans of X’ by Tom Taylor and Juann Cabal, ICEMAN #6 is ‘Champions Reassembled’ by Sina Grace and Robert Gill while JEAN GREY #8 is ‘Psych War’ by Dennis Hopeless and Victor Ibanez. AMERICA #8 is ‘Exterminatrix’ by Gabby Rivera and Joe Quinones. DEADPOOL VS OLD MAN LOGAN #1 OF 5 is by Declan Shalvey and Mike Henderson, PUNISHER: THE PLATOON #1 OF 6 is by Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov telling of Frank Castle’s first command and his first kill and THOR: WHERE WALK THE FROST GIANTS #1 is a one shot by Ralph Macchio and Todd Nauck featuring the original God of Thunder in a new tale plus a reprint of the Thor versus Hulk battle from Journey Into Mystery #112. MARVEL’S BLACK PANTHER PRELUDE #1 OF 2 is by Will Corona Pilgrim and Annapaola Martello and is self explanatory. ALL NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #12 by Gerry Duggan and Rod Reis will introduce a new team member and THANOS #10 by Jeff Lemire and German Peralta will be the final issue of the series. The first of the ‘Marvel Comics Digest’ Line featured the Amazing Spider-Man, the second, the Avengers and the third will be Thor; these are priced under seven dollars, have several stories in each and are published in a ‘one printing only’ regimen, by Archie Comics. Collected hard cover editions include: SECRET EMPIRE HC with the zero through ten issues plus the Omega issue and the Free Comic Book Day issue for fifty dollars, the GENERATIONS HC has the ten one shots for fifty dollars, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE, VOL. 3 HC with twenty through twenty eight plus the annual and the INVINCIBLE IRON MAN BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS HC with issues one through fourteen. In soft cover they offer the I AM GROOT TP with the first five issues, SILVER SURFER, VOL. 5: THE MAN WHO LIVED TWICE TP with seven through fourteen, ALL NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 1: COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN TP with issues one, two, four, six, eight and ten, DEADPOOL: WORLD’S GREATEST, VOL. 10-SECRET EMPIRE TP with thirty one through thirty six, DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE AGAIN TP with the five part limited series, INFAMOUS IRON MAN, VOL. 2: THE ABSOLUTION OF DOOM TP with seven through twelve, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, VOL. 3: CIVIL WAR II TP with nine through eleven, CIVIL WAR II TP with zero through eight by Bendis, BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER, VOL. 1: BACK IN THE HOOD TP with one through five, BLACK PANTHER, BOOK 4: AVENGERS OF THE NEW WORLD, PART 1 TP with thirteen through eighteen, VENOM, VOL. 2: LAND BEFORE CRIME TP with issues one-fifty through one-fifty-three, EDGE OF VENOMVERSE TP with one through five and the one shot, Venomverse: War Stories, ULTIMATES 2, VOL. 2: ETERNITY WAR TP with issues seven through nine plus one hundred, DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME, VOL. 2: TIME AFTER TIME with seven through twelve, AVENGERS: UNLEASHED, VOL. 2-SECRET EMPIRE TP with issues seven through eleven, WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION TP with the Alpha one shot, Weapon X five and six plus Totally Awesome Hulk twenty through twenty-two, X-MEN GOLD, VOL. 2: EVIL EMPIRE TP and X-MEN BLUE, VOL. 2 TP both with issues seven through twelve, GENERATION X, VOL. 1: NATURAL SELECTION TP with one through five, NICK FURY, VOL. 1: DEEP COVER CAPERS TP with one through six, DOCTOR STRANGE, VOL. 3: BLOOD IN THE AETHER TP with eleven through sixteen, LUKE CAGE, VOL. 1 TP with one through five and ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE, VOL. 1 MANGA with zero through three. The STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL-SON OF DATHOMIR TP comes back to print, STAR WARS, VOL. 6: OUT AMONG THE STARS TP has thirty three through thirty seven plus the third annual, STAR WARS: DARTH VADER-DARK LORD OF THE SITH, VOL. 1: IMPERIAL MACHINE TP has the first six issues of the new series, STAR WARS: POE DAMERON, VOL. 3-LEGENDS LOST TP has issue seven plus fourteen through nineteen, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ADAPTATION TP, STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE ADAPTATION TP and STAR WARS: JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI-CAPTAIN PHASMA TP each collect their respective limited series. And they offer a new MARVEL GRAPHIC COMIC BOX with the art of VENOMVERSE.


    INDEPENDENTS: More parodies and silliness from Dave Sim at AARDVARK-VANAHEIM with another one shot: STRANGE CEREBUS #1, ACTION LAB offers MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG AND CAT NOIR, VOL. 5: LUCKY CHARM TP as well as PUPPET MASTER: CURTAIN CALL #1. The best selling title at AFTERSHOCK keeps expanding to new series; this is their third ongoing: ANIMOSITY: EVOLUTION #1 by Marguerite Bennett and Eric Gapstur and the ANIMOSITY, VOL. 2 TP is also offered with issues five through eight. Eric Powell’s ALBATROSS FUNNY BOOKS has SPOOK HOUSE, VOL. 1 collecting the first five issues of the EC style horror comic for all ages as well as the ‘NAMWOLF: HEART OF DARKNESS TP which is definitely not for all ages. AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY offers CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST CLASSICS, VOL. 1 TP reprinting some of the best stories from the seventy year history, AMULET BOOKS has DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, VOL. 12: THE GETAWAY HC and LUMBERJANES, BOOK 1: UNICORN POWER! ILLUSTRATED NOVEL HC by Mariko Tamaki and Brook A. Allen. GAO #1 is a new all age series from ANTARCTIC PRESS featuring a lovable ‘kaiju of cuteness’. Other than the previously mentioned MARVEL COMIC DIGEST #3: THOR, ARCHIE COMICS also offers JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #1 beginning a new horror series written by Frank Tieri with art by Pat and Tim Kennedy plus THE ARCHIES #1 by Alex Segura and Matthew Rosenberg with art by Joe Eisma. ASPEN COMICS offers DECIMATION #1 as Orlana the Death Princess battles all of the Aspen heroes. AVATAR has no new titles this month; instead they’re offering a large stock of the their twenty dollar trade paperbacks at the sale price of five ninety nine each for one time only. BENITEZ PRODUCTIONS has the LADY MECHANIKA, VOL. 1 OVERSIZED HC collecting the zero issue plus the five issues of the first story in a seven by eleven format. BLACK MASK has 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK TP which Brian K. Vaughan said was “exploding with ambition and love of the medium”. BLISS ON TAP offers WEED MAGIC #1, a tale of a couple of stoners who, in time of need try some questionable weed that gives potent yet fleeting super powers; this comic will be priced at four dollars and twenty cents (get it?). BOOM! STUDIOS has EUGENIC #1 OF 3 by the GLAAD nominated team of James Tynion IV and Eryk Donovan, a story of a plague and a cure that causes the survivors’ new births to be unnatural and the BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA ILLUSTRATED NOVEL: BIG TROUBLE IN MERRIE OLDE ENGLAND HC, the second prose novel by Matthew J. Elliot, illustrated by Jonas Scharf. KONG: GODS OF SKULL ISLAND #1 is by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Chad Lewis. MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE OFFICIAL GRAPHIC NOVEL PRELUDE TP is by Eric Carrasco and Kendall Goode. The MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: YEAR ONE DELUXE EDITION HC contains the first year, zero through twelve, over five hundred pages for seventy five dollars. Their all age imprint, KaBOOM in conjunction with Nickelodeon offers RUGRATS #1 by Box Brown and Lisa DuBois and they also have the ADVENTURE TIME 2017 SPOOKTACULAR #1 in time for Halloween. Their creator owned imprint, ARCHAIA has THE STARDUST KID HC by J. M. DeMatteis and Mike Ploog, a fantasy epic long out of print and now with a new introduction, new script pages and never before seen artwork and THE COMPLETE OKKO TP which has the first four books and, for the first time in English, volume five. Their alternative imprint, BOOM! BOX offers the TYSON HESSE’S DIESEL: GEAR SHIFT SPECIAL #1 by, of course, Tyson Hesse and issues one through four are collected in both the MISFIT CITY, VOL. 1 TP and the BRAVE CHEF BRIANNA TP. COSMIC TIMES offers SUGAR BOOGARZ #1, an all age series in a world of living gingerbread people and diabolical broccoli monsters. As the six part Batman/Shadow series reaches completion at DC
DYNAMITE launches
THE SHADOW/BATMAN #1 also by Steve Orlando, this time with artist Giovanni Timpano and a second intercompany crossover is the HACK SLASH VS VAMPIRELLA #1 OF 5 by Shawn Aldridge and Rapha Lobosco. AGENT 47: BIRTH OF THE HITMAN #1 by Chris Sebela and Jonathan Lau tells the origin of the lead character of the Hitman video game franchise. The artwork in WALTER SIMONSONS’ BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ART EDITION HC is photographed from the original pages and reprinted at full size. The ATARI CLASSICS: ATARI FORCE TP collects the first five issues of the Centipede mini comics that came with the games and have never been reprinted. The VAMPIRELLA TAROT CARDS feature artwork from the 1969 era Vampirella magazine covers with such legendary artists as Frank Frazetta, José Gonzalez, Esteban Maroto, Paul Gulacy and more, priced under twenty dollars. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS solicits the FANTAGRAPHICS STUDIO EDITION: JAIME HERNANDEZ HC with over two hundred pages of the raw original art from the first fifty issues of the Love and Rockets comic. Too poor to afford a real soccer ball Edson Arantes do Nascimento played with a ball of newspaper tied with string, he signed his first professional soccer contract at the age of fifteen; the biography PELÉ: THE KING OF SOCCER TP from :01 FIRST SECOND is written by Eddy Simon with art by Vincent Brascaglia. HEAVY METAL steps away from graphic novels and magazines to start publishing comics, the first three being IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAT #1 OF 5, an official series based on the band’s hit mobile role playing game, written by Llexi Leon and Ed Edginton with art by Kevin J. West and the ongoing series, TAARNA #1; a regular character in the magazine the comic, written by Alex De Campi with art by Stèphane Roux and 1985: BLACK HOLE REPO #1 in an alternate 1985 where the space race continued and focused on a team of interstellar repo men who get caught in a conflict between the US and the USSR, written by Seth Sherwood and Michael Moreci with John Bivens’ art. JOE BOOKS, a Disney subsidiary offers the DISNEY BIG HERO 6: HEROES OF SAN FRANSOKYO one shot, DISNEY SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS 80TH ANNIVERSARY ONE SHOT and DISNEY PRINCESS COMIC STRIPS COLLECTION, VOL. 3 TP. KEENSPOT has FRUIT NINJA UNIVERSE #0 with the character origins plus stickers and trading cards. For less than two hundred dollars KODANSHA has the AKIRA 35TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET with six hardcover volumes, the Akira Club HC art book and an exclusive patch, a beautiful and tempting edition. The ATTACK ON TITAN: NO REGRETS COLOR HC is over four hundred pages with the complete story of Captain Levi priced under thirty dollars. ONI PRESS offers the WHITEOUT COMPENDIUM collecting Whiteout and Whiteout: Melt, Greg (Lazarus, Wonder Woman) Rucka and Steve (The Fix, Superior Foes of Spider-Man) Lieber’s Eisner Award winning espionage murder mystery that led to the Queen & Country series of novels and graphic novels. They also offer the RICK AND MORTY BOOK ONE HC with issues one through ten plus the mini comics, the covers and an exclusive sound clip of Rick and Morty and the INVADER ZIM BOOK ONE HC with one through ten plus the exclusive zero issue not available in stores. British publisher TITAN begins FIGHTING AMERICAN #1 continuing the series launched in 1954 by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby written by Gordon Rennie with artist Duke Mighten. And Britain’s greatest hero returns in DAN DARE #1 OF 4 by Peter Milligan and Alberto Fouche. THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF TANK GIRL: TANK GIRL STRIKES AGAIN #1 OF 4 is by Alan Martin and Brett Parson picking up where we left off in World War Tank Girl. THE BOOK OF BALLADS: THE ORIGINAL ART EDITION, SIGNED LIMITED EDITION HC autographed by artist Charles Vess in a limited run edition is priced at one hundred dollars. VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT has ETERNITY #1 OF 4 by Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine taking the Valiant Universe into the unknown, beyond time, space and reality. SHADOWMAN/RAE SREMMURD #1 has the superhero meeting the hip-hop superstars behind the hit Black Beatles, written by Eliot Rahal with Renato Guedes’ art. VIZ MEDIA offers TOKYO GHOUL: re, VOL. 1 TP, the sequel to the horror action manga Tokyo Ghoul. The LET’S FIND POKÉMON! Special Complete Edition HC collects three ‘Let’s Find’ volumes in one book, a kind of Where’s Waldo puzzle book in full color. And ZENESCOPE offers the OZ: THE WIZARD one shot which completes this months’ comic section.


    Each month I pick what I think will be the best from this months’ offering and it’s usually quite difficult. Lemire and Ruben’s SHERLOCK FRANKENSTEIN & THE LEGION OF EVIL and ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD AGAIN HC from Gaiman and Russell, MAESTRO from Steve Skroce are all contenders but Sean Murphy’s BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #1 OF 7 has to be the Pick of the Month
as everyone just can’t wait for it.


    This coming Saturday, the Fifth of August is the quarterly benefit event and I hope that you can all make it to show your support for a tremendous and sadly necessary organization, EMERGE: Center Against Domestic Violence. There’s the One Dollar and the Five Dollar Raffle to win graphic novels, action figures and more, there’s the Silent Auction, already in progress to win original art, rare and autographed collectibles, hand made crafts and more. You can participate and place bids on the Event Page here:[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22page%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22page_upcoming_events_card%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A[]%7D]%22%2C%22has_source%22%3Atrue%7D


    I can’t thank you enough for your support and friendship that’s kept the lights on here for all of these years, and your generosity for the quarterly benefits (we raised $2025.00 for the Food Bank in May) warms my heart. The wonderful friendships I’ve been fortunate to develop with you and your families and the sense of community that the shop affords is exactly what it’s all about for me. 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.


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