August 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

The August Previews catalog arrives on Wednesday, August first.  As I’m hosting the benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on the fourth this may be later than usual, but I’ll do my best to get this to you as soon as possible.  These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in October of 2018.  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 to let me know by the twenty first of the month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders.  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. And if it’s past the twenty first there’s still a very good chance that I’ll be able to place your order and still get the books you want.


IMAGE:  Sam (Harley Quinn, Nightwing) Humphries writes with artwork by Jen Bartel to launch BLACKBIRD #1, an ongoing neo-noir fantasy where Nina Rodriguez is sure that there’s a magical world under Los Angeles and, of course everyone thinks she’s crazy.  DEAD RABBIT #1 is by Gerry (Deadpool, Analog) Duggan and John (Mythic, Hitman) McCrea, an action comedy drama where a prolific Boston hoodlum puts his mask back on and leaves retirement to the displeasure of the mafia and the police.  ERRAND BOYS #1 OF 5 is set in the future where those without employment can run errands for money, but the errands are dangerous and often illegal; from D.J. Kirkbride and Nikos Koutsis.  Eisner Award winner Ian (Simpsons) Boothby and Giséle (Archie) Lagacé begin the ongoing EXORSISTERS #1 with twins Kateand Cate Harrow, the go to team if you’ve mistakenly sold your soul to the devil of if your fiancé has been dragged to hell.  Ryan Cady writes, and Andrea Mutti illustrates INFINITE DARK #1, a murder mystery set among the last two thousand humans stranded on space station Orpheus after the end of the universe.  JOOK JOINT #1 OF 5, a horror series set in nineteen-fifties New Orleans by Tee (Bingo Love) Franklin and Alitha E. (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) Martinez.  Daniel Warren (Extremity) Johnson writes and illustrates MURDER FALCON #1 where the world is under attack by monsters, Jake has no future, no girl and no band but Murder Falcon can destroy all evil as long as Jake is giving him power by shredding on guitar.  The WYTCHES BAD EGG HALLOWEEN SPECIAL is a one shot collecting Scott Snyder’s and Jock’s story from the back of Image Plus with a new thirteen-page conclusiona standalone story as well as a prequel the ‘Wytches, Vol. 2’.  Cat Seaton writes, and Kit Seaton illustrates the fantasy adventure based on the classic Scottish fairy tale with NORROWAY, VOL. 1; THE BLACK BULL OF NORROWAY (and if you’d like to see what it looks like they were kind enough to send me an advance reader copy).  HIT-GIRL #9 begins a new arc with Mindy now in Rome as told by Rafael Aluquerque and Rafael Scavone.  Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. Del Rey’s Eisner nominated series begins a new arc with REDNECK #7 as does Meredith Finch and Ig Guara’s ROSE #13 and WAYWARD #30 will be the final issue of the series.  New collections include WALKING DEAD HC, VOL. 15 with issues one-sixty-nine through one-eighty,BLACK SCIENCE TP, VOL. 8: IT’S LATER THAN YOU THINK has thirty-five through thirty-eight and DEATH OR GLORY TP, VOL. 1 collects the first five issue arc.  The new FADE OUT TP collects the full twelve-issue series in one volume, GASOLINA TP, VOL. 2 has seven through twelve, GIDEON FALLS TP, VOL. 1: BLACK BARN collects one through six (recently acquired for television by Hivemind after a multi studio bidding war) and the GRAVEDIGGERS UNION TP, VOL. 1 collects the first five-issue arc.  HIT-GIRL TP, VOL. 2 collects Jeff Lemire and Eduardo Risso’s arc with Mindy in Canada, MAESTROS TP, VOL. 1 has the first seven-issue arc and MAGE TP, VOL. 5: HERO DENIED, BOOK THREE is the fifth of six that complete the decades long trilogy.  Jason Aaron and Ron Garney’s Southern crime tale gets the deluxe treatment with the MEN OF WRATH HC, the MIRENDA TP, VOL. 1 collects the first arc originally serialized in Island and ROYAL CITY TP, VOL. 3: WE ALL FLOAT ON collects issues eleven through fourteen. ROYALBOILER: BRANDON GRAHAM’S DRAWN OUT COLLECTION TP features cover work, illustrations, sketchbook pages, drawings from his animation and more from his twenty-year career and theWICKED + DIVINE, VOL. 7 TP: MOTHERING INVENTION collects thirty-four through thirty-nine.  GIDEON FALLS #7 begins a new arc so if you haven’t tried it yet, here’s your chance. HIT-GIRL #9 finds Mindyin Rome as told by Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone and REDLANDS #7 returns with a new arc as does ROSE #13, SAVAGE DRAGON #239 and WAYWARD #30 will be the final issue of the series.


            DARK HORSE:  It seems that DC’s Young Animal experiment has ended so Gerard Way again joins Gabriel Bá to return to UMBRELLA ACADEMY: HOTEL OBLIVION #1; the series has a Netflixseries to debut soon.  THE WHISPERING DARK #1 is a supernatural thriller involving an Army pilot shot down behind enemy lines by Christofer Emgård and Tomás Aira.  P. Craig Russell’s Eisner Award winning series is collected in one new volume with THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG TP including notes, productions art and high-res scans of the original artwork.  RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET-CLICK START: CHOOSE YOUR OWN INTERNET ADVENTURE HC features two stories set before and after the films’ events by Joe Caramagna, Amy Mebberson and Emilio Urbano, sixty-four pages priced under eleven dollars.  PREDATOR: THE ESSENTIAL COMICS, VOL. 1 TP collects the Predator: Concrete Jungle, Predator: Cold War and Predator: Dark River series’, over four-hundred pages priced under twenty-five dollars.  DRAGON AGE: DECEPTION #1 is by Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir and Fernando Heinz Furukawa offering new, canonical stories from the best-selling BioWare game franchise.  THE CONAN READER TP collects almost seven hundred pages of short stories, one shots and limited series from top creators.  DEATH ORB #1 is by Ryan (D4VE) Ferrier and Alejandro Aragon set in a war torn North America with Rider, an ax-wielding survivor searching for his abducted wife and child.  B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH, VOL. 4 HC collects volumes ten, eleven and fourteen plus bonus material, the BLACKWOOD, VOL. 1 TP has the four issues series plus sketchbook and pin ups from Evan Dorkin and Veronica Fish. 


DC:  This is DC Icons month so many titles’ ‘A’ covers will feature foil enhancements at no extra charge.  BATMAN: SECRET FILES #1 is a one shot with a framing sequence by Tom King and Mikel Janin with stories looking at mysteries past and present with lots of villains and a look at how the Scarecrow’s fear toxin affects the common man plus a tale by Tom Taylor and Brad Walker involving Batman and Detective Chimp; forty-eight pages priced under five dollars.  The CURSED COMICS CAVALCADE #1 is an eighty-page prestige format book with ten horror tales featuring favorite heroes from top creators.  There will be three comics featuring blank pages: the BATMAN: BLANK COMIC #1, SUPERMAN: BLANK COMIC #1 and WONDER WOMAN: BLANK COMIC #1, twenty-four pages of 80-pound paper stock like that used onDC’s blank variant covers to be used on ‘24 Hour Comics Day‘.  New Vertigo titles include THE BOOKS OF MAGIC #1 by Kat Howard and Tom Fowler featuring Timothy Hunter, and LUCIFER #1 by Dan Watters and Max Fiumara both spinning out of the Sandman Universe one shot.  WONDER WOMAN AND JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: THE WITCHING HOUR #1 is a forty-eight-page one shot by James Tynion IV and Jesus Merino beginning a five-part weekly event that will rewrite the future of DC’s magical heroes.  The story continues through WONDER WOMAN #56, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #4, WONDER WOMAN #57 and ends in the JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK AND WONDER WOMAN: THE WITCHING HOUR #1.  After Cheetah uses her new powers to kill the Greek sea god Poseidon, Arthur seeks answers in AQUAMAN #41 by Dan Abnett and Lan Medina, leading down the road to ‘Drowned Earth’ which continues through JUSTICE LEAGUE #9 and 10 by Scott Snyder and Francis Manapul with a tie-in in TITANS #28 by Abnett and Brent Peeples.  HEX WIVES #1 is a new Vertigo title by Ben Blacker and Mirka (Unnatural) Andolfo dealing with an age-old conspiracy involving a perpetually reincarnating witches coven and their all male adversaries, The Architects.  OLD LADY HARLEY #1 OF 5 is by Frank Tieri and Mauricet set in a future where Power Girl is President and Atlantis is the fifty-first state.  October thirty-first is a fifth Wednesday soDC will release another round of four cross overs with their Warner Brothers and Hanna-Barbera characters: the DEATHSTROKE/YOGI BEAR SPECIAL is by Frank Tieri and Mark Texeira, GREEN LANTERN/HUCKEBERRY HOUND SPECIAL #1 is by Mark Russel and Rick Leonardi, the NIGHTWING/MAGILLA GORILLA SPECIAL #1 is by Heath Corson and Tom Grummett and the SUPERMAN/TOP CAT SPECIAL #1 is by Dan DiDio and Shane Davis, all four featuring a four-part Secret Squirrel back up by J.M. DeMatteis and Tom Mandrake.  VERTIGO: A CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS HC is a four-hundred-page retrospective priced under forty dollars featuring interviews with all of the top creators that brought such titles as Sandman, Saga of the Swamp Thing, Y: The Last Man, Preacher, Doom Patrol and many more. BATMAN BEYOND #25 is a special forty-eight-page issue by Dan Jurgens and Cully Hamner in a tale titled ‘The Final Joke’.  DEATHSTROKE #36 by Christopher Priest and Ed Benes begins ‘Deathstroke: Arkham’ and the other inmates aren’t rolling out the red carpet.  Jim Gordon and Harvey Dent are working together to stop Kobra in DETECTIVE COMICS #990 by James Robinson and Stephen Segovia building tension on how long Harvey can maintain control over Two-Face.  GREEN ARROW #45 by Julie and Shawna Benson with art by Javier Fernandez is a tie-in issue to ‘Heroes in Crisis’ guest-starring members of the Justice League and the Titans; are they there to console or is this an intervention?  As Hal Jordan battles the Cyborg Superman for the fate of Coast City GREEN LANTERNS #57 will be the final issue of the series, back soon with a new series penned by Grant Morrison.  In HAWKMAN #5 by Robert Venditti and Bryan Hitch our time and space tossed hero finds himself in the Microverse and reunites with his longtime partner Ray Palmer.  The big NIGHTWING #50 begins a four-part tale spinning out of Batman #55 as a distracting love triangle doesn’t help when dealing with Scarecrow’s new and deadly ‘fear germ’.  The SIDEWAYS ANNUAL #1 is written by Dan DiDio and Grant Morrison with art by Max Raynor and guest starring Superman and the Seven Soldiers.  The TERRIFICS ANNUAL #1 features three stories by three different creative teams: Gene Luen Yang and Joe Bennett, Mark Russell and Evan ‘Doc’ Shaner and James Asmus with Viktor Bogdanovic.  Before I get to the collections I’d like to mention this months’ ‘B’ covers by the current hot cover artists; feel free to request specific covers for your subscriptions.  Brilliant water colorist Joshua Middleton provides the variant covers for Books of Magic, Aquaman and Batgirl, Francisco Mattina does Batman, Deathstroke, and Suicide Squad and Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau does Catwoman and Supergirl.  Deluxe collected editions this month include AQUAMAN: UNDERWORLD DELUXE EDITION HC collecting issues twenty-five through thirty by Abnett and Stjepan Sejic, ABSOLUTE BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR HC by Scott Snyder with art by Jock and Francesco Francavilla, BATGIRL: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 HC with her seventies adventures, BATMAN: THE HUSH SAGA OMNIBUS HC has the full ‘Hush’ story plus all the villains’ subsequent appearances throughout the DC Universe, andBATMAN BY FRANCIS MANAPUL AND BRIAN BUCCELLATO DELUXE EDITION HC has their dozen issues of Detective Comics.  The BRAVE AND THE BOLD: BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN HC collects the gorgeous six-issue series by Liam Sharp dealing with magical Scottish myths, HARLEY QUINN BY KARL KESEL AND TERRY DODSON DELUXE EDITION, BOOK 2 HC has issues nine through nineteen and the LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT: NORM BREYFOGLE, VOL. 2 HC has twenty-five issues featuring Anarky, Joker, Scarecrow and the seeming death of the Penguin.  THE SANDMAN OMNIBUS, VOL. 3 HC collects Overture, The Dream Hunters, Endless Nights, Midnite Theater plus all of the Death tales, almost a thousand pages priced at one hundred and fifty dollars.  The new V FOR VENDETTA 30THANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION HC includes a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes and making-of content as does the slip-cased WATCHMEN (DC MODERN CLASSICS EDITION) HC both priced under fifty dollars plus the almost nine-hundred-page WONDER WOMAN BY PHIL JIMENEZ OMNIBUS HC for seventy-five dollars.  Offered in soft cover editions is BATMAN: SINS OF THE FATHER TP by Christos Gage and Raffaele Ienco bridging the gap between seasons one and two of Batman: The Telltale SeriesBATMAN AND ROBIN: BAD BLOOD (DC ESSENTIAL EDITION) TP with Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s first eight issues, ETERNITY GIRL TP with the six issue DC/Young Animal series by Magdalene Visaggio and Sonny Liew, FUTURE QUEST PRESENTS, VOL. 2 TP with issues seven through twelve andGOTHAM CITY GARAGE, VOL. 2 TP with the second and final arc.  GREEN ARROW, VOL. 6: TRIAL OF TWO CITIES TP with issues thirty-three through thirty-eight by Benjamin Percy, THE IMMORTAL MEN TP with the entire six-issue run and the final volume of Grant Morrison’s THE INVISIBLES: BOOK FOUR TP all due in late November.  Also, HARLEY’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK TP with the popular six issue series, the cross over with Boom Studios collected in the JUSTICE LEAGUE/POWER RANGERS TP and the first seven issues of the new JUSTICE LEAGUE, VOL. 1: THE TOTALITY TP introducing the Legion of Doom plus MOTHER PANIC: GOTHAM A.D. TP collecting another of the final tales from the DC/Young Animal line.  The much-awaited MISTER MIRACLE TP collects Tom King’s and Mitch Gerads brilliant series, Vertigo’s MOTHERLANDS TP, NIGHTWING, VOL. 8: LETHAL FORCE TP from Chuck Dixon’s run with Batman charged with murder, SUPERMAN, VOL. 7: BIZARROVERSE TP with issues forty-two through forty-five plus the Superman Special by Tomasi and Gleason and, for the kids, TEEN TITANS GO!, VOL. 5: FALLING STARS TP.  The TEEN TITANS: THE SILVER AGE, VOL. 2 TP includes ‘A Christmas Happening’ the re-imagining of Dicken’s ‘A Christmas Carol’, A VERY DC REBIRTH HOLIDAY SEQUEL TP collecting last year’s DC Holiday Special along with Batgirl #18, Trinity #16 and the Green Arrow Annual #1 and YOUNG JUSTICE: BOOK THREE TP collects the final issues of the series plus the nine ‘Sins of Youth’ one shots.  Four new DC Essential Action figures are offered: NIGHTWING, BATGIRL, HARLEY QUINN and THE JOKER all due in March of next year.


IDW:  A five issue weekly series suitable for all ages is STAR WARS ADVENTURES: TALES FROM VADER’S CASTLE #1 OF 5 written by Cavan Scott with layouts by Derek Charm and a different inker for each issue and they also offer the all age STAR WARS: SOLO GRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATION priced under ten dollars.  The over-sized one shots continue with TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MACRO SERIES: MICHELANGELO by Ian Flynn and Michael Dialynas and Paul Jenkins writes and Marco Castiello illustrates JUDGE DREDD: TOXIC #1.  BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE HEAVY COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP gathers the twelve-issue series under one cover while the first thirteen DC issues are collected in the GEARS OF WAR OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 TP.  The DISNEY AFTERNOON GIANT #1 is forty-eight pages of classic Duck Tales, Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck stories and MY LITTLE PONY: NIGHTMARE KNIGHTS #1 is a limited series where the former villains turn hero.  The TEAM SONIC RACING ONE-SHOT is forty pages leading to the upcoming game due this winter.  Idea & Design Works’ English Edition imprint, EuroComics releases THE GREAT TREASURY OF CHRISTMAS COMIC BOOK STORIES featuring Walt Kelly, Richard Scarry, John Stanley and more.  George Romero’s last cinematic work is adapted by five-time Bram Stoker Award winner Jonathan Maberry, illustrated by Drew Moss in the forty-page one-shot, ROAD OF THE DEAD: HIGHWAY TO HELL.  IDW’S Black Crown imprint adds LODGER #1 from the Eisner Award Winning Stray Bullets team of David and Maria Lapham, a twisted serial killer love story.  Their Top Shelf line releases SUPERS: BOOK ONE TP, winner of the first ever ‘Youth Award’ from ACBD, the French Association of Comic Critics, written by Frédéric Maupomé and illustrated by Dawid. 


MARVEL:  A return to one of the big cross overs of a few years back, SPIDER-GEDDON #1 OF 5 is the revenge of the Spider-Verse with lots of tie-ins and spin-offs, this main series by Christos Gage with Dan Slott and illustrated by Jorge Molina connects to SPIDER-FORCE #1 OF 3 by Christopher Priest and Paulo Siquiera, VAULT OF SPIDERS #1 OF 2 by Cullen Bunn and Jed Mackay, SPIDER-GIRLS #1 OF 3 by Jody Houser and Andres Genolet and the relaunch of SPIDER-GWEN A.K.A. GHOST SPIDER #1 by Seanan McGuire and Rosi Kämpe.  PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #311 is a tie-in as is THE SUPERIOR OCTOPUS #1 by Gage and Mike Hawthorne, a forty-eight-page one-shot.  The AVENGERS HALLOWEEN SPECIAL #1 is a forty-page one-shot featuring the X-Men, Doctor Doom and more.  The inevitable SHURI #1 is by Nnedi Okorafor and Leonardo Romero.  The other big cross over that’s been in progress since February continues with INFINITY WARS: SLEEPWALKER #1 OF 4 by Chris Sims and Chad Bowers with Todd Nauck’s art, INFINITY WARS: ARACHKNIGHT #1 OF 2 by Max Bemis and Alé Garza with art by Humberto Ramos featuring Peter Parker as the avatar of the Spider-Totem and INFINITY WARS: WEAPON HEX #1 OF 2 by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker with Gerardo Sandoval’s art.  SHATTERSTAR #1 OF 5 is by Tim Seeley and Carlos Villa and BLACK PANTHER VS DEADPOOL #1 OF 5 is by Daniel Kibblesmith and Ricardo López Ortiz.  The new X-MEN BLACK: APOCALYPSE  consists of five one-shots starring the mutants who seem to go from heroes to villains on a regular basis: X-MEN BLACK: MAGNETO #1 by Chris Claremont and Dalibor Talajic, X-MEN BLACK: MOJO #1 by Scott Aukerman and Nick Bradshaw, X-MEN BLACK: MYSTIQUE #1 by Seanan McGuire and Marco Failla, X-MEN BLACK: JUGGERNAUT #1 by Robbie Thompson and Shawn Crystal and X-MEN BLACK: EMMA FROST by Leah Williams and Chris Bachalo.  It’s been three years and I thought they might have forgot about the story possibilities of putting their characters in new and unexplored situations: WHAT IF?  MAGIK #1 is by Leah Williams and Filipe Andrade, WHAT IF?  X-MEN #1 is by Bryan Edward Hill with Neil Edwards and Giannis Milonogiannis’ art, WHAT IF?  THOR #1 by Ethan Sacks and Michele Bandini, WHAT IF?  GHOST RIDER #1 by Sebastian Girner and Caspar Wijngaard, WHAT IF?  SPIDER-MAN #1 by Gerry Conway and Diego Olortegui and WHAT IF?  PUNISHER #1 by Carl Potts and Juanan Ramirez.  MARVEL ZOMBIE #1 is written by W. Maxwell (Ice Cream Man) Prince with art by Stefano Raeffele with Spider-Man, Daredevil and the Falcon the only heroes left defending a small colony of survivors.  CHAMPIONS #25 by Jim Zub and Sean Izaakse is an over-sized issue beginning a new arc, Christian Ward resumes artwork on Jason Aaron’s THOR #6 with Doctor Doom, Old King Thor and the Phoenix Wolverine at the end of time and, following the return of ArnoTony’s smarter brother, TONY STARK, IRON MAN #6 begins a new arc by Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti.  TYPHOID FEVER: SPIDER-MAN #1 is a one-shot by Max Bemis and Stephano Landidi, the VENOM ANNUAL #1 is a collection of short stories while VENOM #7 begins ‘The Abyss’ by Donny Cates and Iban Coello.  SPIDEY: SCHOOL’S OUT MPGN TP is by John Barber and Todd Nauck (and that’s Marvel Premier Graphic Novel), first time in print with Peter just finishing his first year of high school, the LUKE CAGE: EVERYMAN MPGN TP is by Anthony Del Col and Jahnoy Lindsay as the city’s 1% are dying of mysterious illnesses and the JESSICA JONES: BLIND SPOT MPGN TP is by Kelly Thompson and Mattia De Iulis, all one-hundred and thirty-six pages, the first priced under fifteen dollars and the others under twenty.  EXILES #9 begins a new arc as Javier Rodriguez returns on art duties and, in ASTONISHING X-MEN #16 Havok switches sides again and is now leading the Reavers.  The over-size OLD MAN LOGAN #50 is the final issue of the series.  SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY ADAPTATION #1 OF 5 is by Robbie Thompson and Will Sliney featuring backstory and scenes not seen in theaters and MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES: CAPTAIN MARVEL-HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR #1 is an all age one-shot.  Deluxe collected editions include CAPTAIN MARVEL: MS MARVEL-A HERO IS BORN OMNIBUS HC with over seven-hundred pages including the first twenty-three issues of Ms. Marvel plus Carol Danvers’ first meeting with the Avengers and many of her other adventures from the sixties to the present, the VENOMNIBUS, VOL. 2 HC with almost twelve-hundred pages, HULK: THE DOGS OF WAR HC with over eight-hundred-pages of Banner battling his inner monster and INFINITY GAUNTLET: DELUXE EDITION HC. THANOS: THE INFINITY CONFLICT OGN HC is the fifth and final tale by the characters’ creator, Jim Starlin with Alan Davis’ art, the first volume now four years old.  Soft cover collections include MARVELS-THE REMASTERED EDITION TP by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross and winner of both the Eisnerand Harvey Awards, STAR WARS: POE DAMERON, VOL. 5: THE SPARK AND THE FIRE TP with twenty-six through thirty-one and the second annual, ANT-MAN & THE WASP TP with the recent five-issue series, VENOM BY DONNY CATES, VOL. 1: REX TP with the first six issues, IMMORTAL HULK, VOL. 1: OR IS HE BOTH? TP with the first five issues, CHAMPIONS, VOL. 4: NORTHERN LIGHTS TP with nineteen through twenty-one plus the two-part ‘Infinity Countdown’ issues, THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL, VOL. 9: SQUIRRELS FALL LIKE DOMINOES TP collecting thirty-two through thirty-six,DOMINO, VOL. 1 TP with the first six issues by Gail Simone, THE PUNISHER: WAR MACHINE, VOL. 2 TP with issues two-hundred-twenty-four through two-twenty-eight, WEAPON X, VOL. 1 TP with the first six, X-MEN BLUE, VOL. 5 TP with twenty-nine through thirty-six and WEAPON X, VOL. 4: RUSSIAN REVOLUTION TP with seventeen through twenty-one.  AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS, VOL. 4 TP with issues nineteen through twenty-three, PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, VOL. 4 TP with three-hundred-four through three-ten and four digests for kids leading to the upcoming film: SPIDER-MAN-INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE: FEARSOME FOES GN, MILES MORALES GN, SPIDER-GWEN GN and SPIDER-MEN GN all priced under ten dollars.  The twentieth anniversary celebration of the Marvel Knights imprint continues with the MARVEL KNIGHTS CAPTAIN AMERICA BY RIEBER & CASSADAY: THE NEW DEAL TP collecting the first six issues. 


            DYNAMITE:  Kyle (Rick & Morty) Starks and Chris (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) Schweizer begin MARS ATTACKS #1, Bryan (Postal) Hill and Rodney (Death of Hawkman) Buchemi launch KISS: BLOOD AND STARDUST #1 with the band battling demonic undead and Mark (Flintstones) Russell and Bob (Green Hornet Meets the Spirit) Z take on THE LONE RANGER #1 in a tale involving Manifest Destiny.  Jeremy (Unstoppable Wasp) Whitley and Brittney (Hellcat) Williams launch the all age RAINBOW BRITE #1 and Billy (Shi) Tucci writes and Emma Kubert illustrates MISS FURY #1, one of the first costumed female heroes, predating Wonder Woman.  BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (CLASSIC) #0 is by John Jackson (Star Wars) Miller and Daniel HDR timed for the fortieth anniversary and for Halloween Dynamite has five one-shots scheduled: ARMY OF DARKNESS HALLOWEEN SPECIAL, BETTIE PAGE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL, ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK HALLOWEEN SPECIAL, RED SONJA HALLOWEEN SPECIAL and the VAMPIRELLA HALLOWEEN SPECIAL.  The BARBARELLA, VOL. 1: RED HOT GOSPEL TP collects Mike Carey’s first arc of the long running European star-crossed hero.  WILL EISNER’S THE SPIRIT: CORPSE-MAKERS HC collects Eisner Award Winner Francesco Francavilla’s story available in a regular edition, a signed edition and a signed remarked edition.


            BOOM!:  Although the animated series concludes this fall with season ten, new stories will continue in ADVENTURE TIME: SEASON 11 #1 by Sonny Liew and Marina Julia, SPARROWHAWK #1 OF 5 by Delilah S. Dawson and Matias Basia is described as ‘Teen Victorian Fairy Fight Club’, THE BACKSTAGERS HALLOWEEN INTERMISSION #1 is a forty-page one-shot.  THE SONS OF EL TOPO, VOL. 1: CAIN OGN HC is Alejandro Jodorowsky’s sequel to his cult classic film, illustrated by Jóse (Incredible Hulk) Ladrönn.  PLANET OF THE APES: THE TIME OF MAN #1 is a forty-page collection of stories in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary and, in December will come the PLANET OF THE APES OMNIBUS TP with over five-hundred pages written by novelist Daryl (Pandemonium) Gregory.  MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: SOUL OF THE DRAGON OGN TP is by Kyle (Nightwing) Higgins and Giuseppe (Suicide Squad) Cafaro.


            INDEPENDENTS:  Steve (Batman/Shadow) Orlando and Matthew Dow (Suicide Squad) Smith begin DEAD KINGS #1 at AFTERSHOCK, set in a techno-magic world thirty-years gone, a quest for a brother taken by the secret police.  Peter (TV’s Legion, Cloak & Dagger) Calloway and Alex (Independence Day) Shibao launch THE LAST SPACE RACE #1, an investigation into humanity’s grandest purpose.  Adam and Aidan (Rough Riders) Glass with Diego (The Night Projectionist) Yapur offer THE LOLLIPOP KIDS #1 about the nightmares brought to America with immigrants that haunt Central Park after dark. EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR #1 from AHOY COMICS features an alcohol damaged Poe in ‘The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar’ adapted by Tom (Batman ’66) Peyer and sugary cereal meets vampirism in ‘Dark Chocolate’ adapted by Mark (Flintstones) Russell.  CAPTAIN GINGER #1 by Stuart Moore and June Brigman is set when humans have died out and cats inherited a starship, also featuring a new text story, ‘The Electric Sky Bear That Inspired Ben Franklin’ written by Grant Morrison.  The GALAKTIKON, VOL. 1 TP from ALBATROSS FUNNYBOOKS collects the series by Brendon (Dethklok, Metalocalypse) Small and Steve Mannion.  The MARVEL COMICS DIGEST #9 from ARCHIE COMICS will be printed just once and this one features stories of the X-Men and Wolverine.  BENITEZ releases theLADY MECHANIKA OVERSIZED VOL. 3 HC collecting both ‘The Lost Boys of West Abbey’ and ‘The Clockwork Assassin’ priced under twenty-nine dollars.  BLIZZARD offers WORLD OF WARCRAFT, VOL. 3 and VOL. 4 HC with the issues originally published by DC and written by Louise and Walter Simonson, priced under fifteen dollars each.  Madelene (Eternity Girl) Visaggio with Becca (Ladycastle) Farrow beginSEX DEATH REVOLUTION #1 from BLACK MASK, an urban fantasy with a Manhattan sorceress trying to rebuild after the collapse of her coven.  Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz offer DIE KITTY DIE: CATHOUSE OF HORROR HALLOWEEN SPECIAL from Canadian publisher, CHAPTERHOUSE.  FANTE BUKOWSKI THREE: A PERFECT FAILURE TP by Noah Van Sciver is offered from FANTAGRAPHICS. The TO BUILD A FIRE GN from GALLERY 13 is the adaptation of Jack London’s renowned short story by Christophe Chabouté.  HARPER COLLINS offers the TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD HC, Harper Lee’s brilliant tale of the Deep South of the thirties, illustrated by Fred Fordham.  INSIGHT continues the adventures of John McClane three decades after the release of Die Hard in A MILLION WAYS TO DIE HC GN by Frank Tieri and Mark Texeira.  IRON CIRCUS releases THE GIRL WHO MARRIED A SKULL AND OTHER AFRICA STORIES GN, over two-hundred black and white pages priced at fifteen dollars.  LEGENDARY COMICS offers LOST IN SPACE: COUNTDOWN TO DANGER, VOL. 1 by Richard Dinnick and Brian Buccellato with art by Zid expanding on Netflix rebirth of the classic television show.  PANTHEON BOOKS hasANNE FRANK’S DIARY: THE GRAPHIC ADAPTATION HC adapted by Ari Folman, illustrated by David Polonsky and authorized by the Anne Frank Foundation.  QUIRK BOOKS offer THE LEAGUE OF REGRETTABLE SIDEKICKS HC following ‘The League of Regrettable Superheroes’ and ‘The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains’, all three written by our friend Jon Morris!  (I’ll ask Jon to autograph some copies as he’s done for the first two volumes.)  STARBURNS INDUSTRIES PRESS begins COMICS COMICS QUARTERLY #1 combining comedians with comic books, the first issue featuring Patton Oswald, Troy Nixey, Jackie Kashian, Sara Benincasa, Robert Hack and more.  TITAN, after much buildup starts the new ongoing DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR #1 written by Jody Houser and illustrated by Rachael Stott.  V.E. (Shades of Magic novels) Schwab offers the prequel to her Gaslamp fantasy series with SHADES OF MAGIC #1 OF 4: THE STEEL PRINCE, Alan Martin and Brett Parson’s TANK GIRL: ALL STARS HC is collected.  ROBOTECH #13 begins a new story arc, FIREFLY: BIG DAMN HERO HC is the first original story, canonical with Joss Whedon as consulting editor, written by four-time Bram Stoker Award winner, Nancy Holder.  The FAITH: DELUXE EDITION, BOOK ONE HC collects every issue and appearance of the character so far, priced under fifty dollars.  Z2 offers a prose book titled APOCRYPHA: THE LEGEND OF BABYMETAL written by Prophet of the Fox God, an original story based on the music sensation.  ZENESCOPE has THE BLACK KNIGHT #1 OF 5. 


            MANGA:  The DISNEY-PIXAR TOY STORY: SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S MANGA is a flip book containing the adaptations of Toy Story 1 and Toy Story 2 from TOKYO POP.  MEGA MAN: OFFICIAL COMPLETE WORKS HC is from UDON and the FRANKENSTEIN: JUNJI ITO STORY COLLECTION HC is from VIZ MEDIA.  BATTLE ANGEL ALITA: HOLY NIGHT & OTHER STORIES HC has the four short stories by Yukito Kishiro that have yet to be featured in an American edition, from KODANSHA.  And that’s the end of the comic sections of this months’ Previews catalog.  The other sections have toys, cards, apparel, models, action figures, games and novelties; if you’re interested feel free to flip through the catalog next time you’re by.  I’m happy to order whatever you’d like.


            Each month I try to pick the best new offering of the month.  Contenders this month include BLACKBIRD #1 from ImageUMBRELLA ACADEMY: HOTEL OBLIVION #1 from Dark Horse, the CURSED COMIC CAVALCADE #1 and the five part weekly WITCHING HOUR cross over from DC, I can’t wait for LODGER #1 from the Laphams at IDW’s Black Crown imprint, SHURI #1 from Marvel andFRANKENSTEIN: JUNJI ITO STORY COLLECTION HC from Viz Media but I think the best and probably most anticipated comic this month, and my Pick of the Month is the WYTCHES: BAD EGG HALLOWEEN SPECIAL by Scott Snyder and Jock.


            I try to get this to you on the first of the month but, as the catalog arrived on the first and, as I’m hosting a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital beginning at Ten AM tomorrow I’m running a little later than usual.  I hope to see you all tomorrow for free sketches (and the Silent Auction and Raffles).  I am SO grateful to you all for your friendship, support and generosity.  I am constantly humbled by your collective awesomeness; thank you!





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