The August Previews catalog arrived on Wednesday, August thirty first. These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in October of 2019. 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, especially with DC, if you’d like a particular cover let me know and I’ll make it happen. 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: The first issue of ✪MARKED #1 is a double sized debut written by David Hine and David Haberlin with the latter providing the pencils of a tale where people’s magic powers are bound to their tattoos used mostly for pleasure until the advent of Hybrid Magic turning the powers into something terrifying and soul destroying. RPG creator Marco B. (Memento Mori) Bucci writes and Jacopo (X-Men Blue) Camagni illustrates ✪NOMEN OMEN #1 OF 15, a fantasy horror tale of witchcraft and secrets for mature readers set in New York City. Mark (Kick-Ass) Millar returns with the second adventure of his time traveler buddy comedy, four issues weekly with ✪CHRONONAUTS: FUTURESHOCK #1 OF 4 featuring the artwork of Eric Canete. After five volumes of the Suicide Squad type revenge team Michael Fiffe begins a new story in an ongoing series with ✪COPRA #1. A series was solicited and then canceled due to copyright conflicts, previously titled Dead Rabbits; Gerry (Deadpool) Duggan and John (Hitman) McCrea are back and with the mature Boston crime story now titled ✪DEAD EYES #1. The ✪THOUGHT BUBBLE ANTHOLOGY 2019 is an annual collection of short stories from the annual British festival with all proceeds going to Bernardo’s, one of the UK’s largest children’s charities, this year featuring Becky Cloonan, Luke (Netflix’ Hilda) Pearson and more. New collections include Lemire and Nguyen’s ✪ASCENDER TP, VOL. 1, the sequel to Descender which has been opted for film, the kaiju ✪GOGOR TP written and illustrated by Ken Garing, and Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillip’s brilliant crime series has its entirety in the ✪KILL OR BE KILLED DELUXE EDITION HC. Also the ✪LITTLE BIRD: FIGHT FOR ELDERS HOPE HC has the beautiful five issue fantasy series and Brubaker and Phillips’ Eisner Award winning ✪MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES TP is offered in a less expensive format. ✪THE OFTEN WRONG TP is a collection of new and old stories, concepts, sketches and behind the scenes work from the brilliant Farel (Pop Gun War, The Wrenchies) Dalrymple and the ‘New Brooklyn Saga’ continues in the ✪RED HOOK TP, VOL. 2 from Dan Haspiel. ✪STREET ANGEL: DEADLIEST GIRL ALIVE TP is more of Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca’s adventures of Jesse ‘Street Angel’ Sanchez, the world’s first homeless ninja girl-on-a-skateboard hero, this collects the six hard covers plus two short stories. ✪CURSE WORDS TP, VOL. 5 concludes the magic fantasy adventures of Wizord by Charles Soule and Ryan Browne, ✪GIDEON FALLS TP, VOL. 3: STATIONS OF THE CROSS by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino, who Brian Michael Bendis calls one of the greatest comic teams of all time, collects issues twelve through sixteen, Millar’s latest is collected in the ✪HIT-GIRL TP, VOL. 5 and the ✪KICK-ASS: NEW GIRL TP, VOL. 3 and the ✪WALKING DEAD OMNIBUS HC, VOL. 8 has issues one sixty nine to the end of the series, also available in a signed edition. WITCHBLADE TP, VOL. 3 has issues thirteen through eighteen of the current series. If you’re looking to try out some series’ already in progress ✪ASCENDER #6 begins a new story arc as does ✪DEATH OR GLORY #6, ✪GIDEON FALLS #17, ✪HIT-GIRL, SEASON TWO #9, ✪MANIFEST DESTINY #37 and SPAWN #302 with art by Jason Shawn Alexander.
DARK HORSE: The ✪OBSOLETES HC NOVEL is new prose by Simeon Mills of fraternal twin brothers trying to fit in while concealing the fact that they are robots in their robophobic Michigan small town community and the ✪ACROSS THE VOID HC NOVEL by S. K. Vaughan, a space thriller for fans of The Martian (and, yes, these are novels; no pictures). ✪MASK: I PLEDGE ALEGIANCE TO THE MASK #1 OF 4 will be written by Christopher (showrunner-AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire) Cantwell with Patric (Hellboy) Reynolds, a gruesome comedy where a series of killings coincides with a homicidal maniac’s political campaign to ‘Make America Green Again’. ✪COUNT CROWLEY: RELUCTANT MONSTER HUNTER #1 OF 4 tells of a reporter, furious when she’s demoted to hosting the local midnight Creature Feature but finds there’s more to it than she thought, from David Dastmalchain and Lukas Ketner. Fans lamenting the finale of the great Mage series will be happy about ✪GRENDEL: DEVIL’S ODYSSEY #1 OF 8 written and illustrated by the creator Matt Wagner. A space adventure continuing the story of Grendel Prime. ✪RUBY FALLS #1 OF 4 is a noir crime series from Ann (Seeds, Daredevil) Nocenti and Italian artist making her US debut, Flavia Biondi. ✪SHE COULD FLY TP, VOL. 2: THE LOST PILOT collects the second five issue series by Christopher Cantwell and Martin Morazzo. SPELL ON WHEELS 2 #1 OF 5 is by Kate Leth and Megan Levens continuing the adventures of the witches’ road trip described as Supernatural meets Buffy and Charmed. ✪HELLBOY & B.P.R.D.: LONG NIGHT AT GOLOSKI STATION is a one shot set in Russia by Mike Mignola and Matt Smith. The ✪KABUKI OMNIBUS TP collects the first two graphic novels of David Mack’s series in time for the Sony television series. ✪DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID #1 OF 3 tells the classic story from Ariel’s point of view as told by Cecil Castellucci and Zulema Scotto Lavina. And a couple of unusual items they’re offering this month is UMBRELLA ACADEMY WRAPPING PAPER and HELLBOY WRAPPING PAPER priced under ten dollars per three 24″ X 36″ sheets.
DC: The first title from Joe (Locke & Key) Hill’s imprint Hill House, will be ✪BASKETFUL OF HEADS #1 OF 6 featuring a woman with a mystic ax that severs heads with one cut, leaving them conscious and capable of supernatural speech, illustrated by Leomacs and the imprint will debut a new title every month from now through February. ✪BATMAN’S GRAVE #1 OF 12, a story about life, death and questions we’re afraid to ask will be by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch. They’re just pulling out all the stops with the high level of talent on their new books currently; the new ✪BIRDS OF PREY #1 will be by Brian Azzarello and Emanuelo Lupacchino with Harley, Huntress and Renee Montoya along for the ride. Two more one shots: ✪JOKER: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 written by John (Thing) Carpenter and Anthony (Borderlands video game) Burch with Philip Tan illustrating and ✪BLACK ADAM: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 by Paul Jenkins and Inaki Miranda where the infected Shazam decides to make Black Adams‘ world a playground for its new ruler, Billy Batson. ✪JOKER/HARLEY: CRIMINAL SANITY #1 OF 9 written by Kami Garcia and illustrated by Mico Suayan and Mike Mayhew will be a more true to life crime story with forensic analysis and profiling. ✪JOKER: KILLER SMILE #1 OF 3 from the Eisner team of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino tells of an over confident psychotherapist who foolishly believes that he can unravel this unknowable mind. ✪LAST GOD #1 from Philip Kennedy Johnson and Ricardo Federici tells of two groups of heroes three decades apart, both trying to bring peace and prosperity by killing the last God, a high fantasy series with plenty of horror added. The ✪METAL MEN #1 OF 12 will be written by Dan DiDio with art by Shane Davis as we see what Doc Magnus’ experiments with sentience will make of the Nth Metal. ✪RWBY #1 OF 7 will be written by Marguerite Bennett and illustrated by Mirka (Unnatural) Andolfo as Ruby Rose and friends battle the Grimm. The second year of the spin offs begins with another special: ✪SANDMAN UNIVERSE SPECIAL: HELLBLAZER #1 written by Si Spurrier with art by Mario Takara setting the stage for the new tales and beginning the strangest chapter yet in Constantine’s long life. The ✪SECRETS OF SINISTER HOUSE #1 is an anthology for Halloween with Paul Dini, Rafael Albuquerque and others starring Harley, Constantine, Detective Chimp, Zatanna and returning to the vampire world of Red Rain with a new Batman story, priced under ten dollars. ✪SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN #1 OF 3, set in 1946 will be written by Gene Luen (Terrifics) Yang with art by Gurihiru inspired by the 1940’s radio serial ‘Clan of the Fiery Cross’. The Dark Nights: Metal saga continues in two one shots: ✪TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: BATMAN-NIGHTFALL #1 is by Scott Snyder and Kyle Higgins with Jean-Paul Valley now known as Saint Batman and the ‘new hope of Gotham‘, the son of Bane and ✪TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #1 by Jeff Loveness and Brad Walker where Lois Lane becomes the Eradicator. The line of 100 page giants that have been available in mass market outlets are coming to comic stores, priced under five dollars each they are a combination of classic reprints and new stories, the first one being ✪SCOOBY-DOO 50th ANNIVERSARY GIANT #1 followed by the ✪FLASH GIANT, ✪BATMAN GIANT, ✪DC VILLAINS GIANT, ✪WONDER WOMAN GIANT, ✪SWAMP THING GIANT, ✪AQUAMAN GIANT, ✪GHOSTS GIANT, ✪TEEN TITANS GO! GIANT and the ✪DC SUPER HERO GIRLS GIANT each having twenty four to thirty two pages of new content. As you’ve noticed DC likes to change up their covers each month; in October many of the variants will be DCeased related and in November there will be acetate covers with no price increase. In deluxe collections this month comes the ✪ABSOLUTE FOURTH WORLD BY JACK KIRBY, VOL. 1 HC, everything, over eight hundred pages priced at one hundred and fifty dollars, BATMAN: THE 1989 MOVIE ADAPTATION, DELUXE EDITION HC from Denny O’Neil and Jerry Ordway, the ✪BOOKS OF MAGIC 30TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION HC by Neil Gaiman in a new edition, the ✪DCEASED HC, ✪DC’S YEAR OF THE VILLAIN OMNIBUS HC, ✪DC’S WANTED: THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS SUPERVILLAINS HC with the nine issue series plus another couple of dozen issues focusing on the first appearances and best stories, ✪THE FLASH: 80 YEARS OF THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE HC with all of the major stories and characters from nineteen forty to the present, ✪FLASH: YEAR ONE HC with the just completed five issue tale by Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter, ✪HELLBLAZER BY GARTH ENNIS OMNIBUS HC with over thirteen hundred pages, ✪MAN AND SUPERMAN DELUXE EDITION HC with the wonderful Clark Kent story by Marv Wolfman priced under twenty dollars, ✪ROBIN: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS with all of the stories from the seventies, ✪SUPERMAN, VOL. 2: THE UNITY SAGA-HOUSE OF EL HC with Bendis’ second arc on the Superman title, ✪SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS, VOL. 2: LEVIATHAN RISING HC with his second arc on Action Comics and ✪SUPERMAN: YEAR ONE HC by Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. in the over sized format priced under thirty dollars. Soft cover editions include the ✪ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS, VOL. 2: LITTLE MONSTERS TP with the second half of the series, ✪AQUAMAN: SWORD OF ATLANTIS, VOL. 1 TP with Kurt Busiek’s first arc, the ✪DC POSTER PORTFOLIO: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN TP with forty two pages of virgin covers printed on twelve by sixteen card stock, DC HOLIDAY NIGHTMARES TP with tales from previous winter specials, ✪THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN: THE WAKE TP with the twelve digital issues from 2018 that have never seen print, ✪JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY, VOL.2: DEATH OF THE DARK TP with Dan Abnett’s second arc, ✪JUSTICE LEAGUE, VOL. 4: THE SIXTH DIMENSION TP collecting issues nineteen through twenty eight, the ✪LUTHOR TP by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo, ✪NIGHTWING: BURNBACK TP with issues fifty seven through sixty two, ✪RED HOOD: OUTLAW, VOL. 2: PRINCE OF GOTHAM TP with thirty two through thirty six plus the third annual, ✪SUPERMAN: CITY OF TOMORROW, VOL. 1 TP with stories from the beginning of this century, taking Metropolis into the sixty fourth century, ✪SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS, VOL. 1: INVISIBLE MAFIA TP with Bendis’ first arc, ✪TEEN TITANS GO!: WEIRDER THINGS TP, ✪YOUNG JUSTICE: BOOK FOUR TP with issues twenty though thirty two by Peter David and ✪WONDER TWINS, VOL. 1: ACTIVATE TP.
IDW: ✪STAR WARS ADVENTURES: RETURN TO VADER’S CASTLE #1 (OF 5) is by Cavan Scott with art by Francesco Francavilla and Megan Levens and will ship weekly. ✪ADDAMS FAMILY: THE BODIES ISSUE is by Zoe Quinn and Philip Murphy and is a one shot tie-in to the new animated film and ✪TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #99 will be forty eight pages square bound, the penultimate chapter of the ‘Cities at War’ story. ✪ROM: DIRE WRAITHS #1 OF 3 is by Chris Ryall and Luca Pizzari and ✪COBRA KAI: THE KARATE KID SAGA CONTINUES #1 OF 4 by Denton J. Tipton and Kagan McLeod will tell the film story fro Johnny Lawrence’s viewpoint. ✪STAR TREK: VOYAGER-MIRRORS AND SMOKE is a one shot by Paul Allor and J.K. Woodward Now that horror writer Joe Hill has his own imprint at DC it looks like IDW is releasing everything else they have by him; the ✪JOE HILL: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL COLLECTION with five books including ‘Wraith’, the prequel to his NOS4A2, and ✪LOCK AND KEY: NAILED IT one shot which includes a behind the scenes look at the Locke and Key television series. Collections also include the ✪GEARS OF WAR OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 TP and ✪DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: DAYS OF ENDLESS ADVENTURE TP collecting three complete limited series. The TOP SHELF arm of IDW releases the ✪LUPUS TP, almost four hundred pages in black and white by award winning Swiss graphic novelist Frederik Peeters, a comic epic romance compared to Love & Rockets.
MARVEL: After the success of the latest reboot Jonathan Hickman continues with ✪X-MEN #1 illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu with Cyclops leading Wolverine, Havok, Marvel Girl and more. ✪EXCALIBUR #1 will be by Tini Howard and Marcus To with Captain Britain, Rogue, Gambit, Rictor, Jubilee and Apocalypse fighting for the kingdom of Avalon. The ✪MARAUDERS #1 will be by Gerry Duggan and Matteo Lolli with a team led by Captain
Kitty Pryde, funded by Emma Frost and featuring Storm, Pyro, Bishop and Iceman. Facsmilie editions of ✪AMAZING FANTASY #1 and ✪INCREDIBLE HULK #1 are offered, priced under five dollars each and suitable for all ages. ✪ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: THE IMMORTAL HULK #1 is a one shot tie-in by Al Ewing and Filipe Andrade. ✪THE AMAZING MARY JANE #1 (OF 5) will be written by Leah Williams and illustrated by Carlos (Red Sonja) Gomez and ✪AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: FULL CIRCLE #1 is a ninety six page one shot priced under ten dollars with seven chapters and seven creative teams guest starring Nick Fury, Wolverine and Peter Porker: The Spectacular Spider-Ham. ✪SPIDER-VERSE #1 OF 6 is by Jed Mackay with art by Juan Frigeri, Arthur Adams, Stuart Immonen and more, a multiverse adventure starring Miles Morales. The ✪MARVEL ZOMBIES: RESPAWN #1 is a forty page one shot where Galactus arrives as a vessel that turns the Marvel heroes into the undead, written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson and illustrated by Leonard Kirk. ✪RED GOBLIN: RED DEATH #1 is another one shot, three stories by Pat Gleason, Rob Fee and Sean Ryan, all illustrated by Pete Woods. ✪GHOST RIDER #1 from Ed Brisson and Aaron Kuder features both Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch. The ✪MARVEL TALES: GHOST RIDER #1 is an eighty page one shot reprinting three classic tales. ✪FANTASTIC FOUR: GRAND DESIGN #1 OF 2 is written and illustrated by Tom Scioli in the style and format of Ed Piskor’s ‘X-Men: Grand Design’ with the Watcher telling the history of the ‘First Family’. ✪DOCTOR DOOM #1 is a new monthly ongoing series by Christopher (She Could Fly) Cantwell and Salvador Larroca. ✪BIZARRE ADVENTURES #1 is a forty page one shot with four stories with Shang-Chi, Ulysses Bloodstone, Dracula and more. FUTURE FIGHT FIRSTS: WHITE FOX #1 is a one shot with art by Kevin Libranda and others, FUTURE FIGHT FIRSTS: LUNA SNOW #1 with art by Gang Hyuk Lim and others, FUTURE FIGHT FIRSTS: CRESCENT AND IO #1 with art by Jon Lam and others, all three written by Alyssa Wong and introducing Marvel Korean heroes to their United States audience. The weekly ✪CONTAGION #1 OF 5 by Ed Brisson with a bunch of artists involves a substance that takes over heroes and citizens, drains them of their life force and steals their knowledge and skills. The fifty six page ✪IMMORTAL HULK #25 by Al Ewing and Germán García takes place billions of years after the heat death of our universe. A new story begins in ✪SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #11 by Roy Thomas and Alan Davis. ✪JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER-ALLEGIANCE #1 OF 4 is a weekly series written by Ethan Sacks with art by Luke Ross, a prequel story. Hard cover collected editions include MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN SCRIPT BOOK HC with the complete script to the video game, ✪STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC HC with the nine one shots, ✪SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES OMNIBUS HC, over six hundred pages, ✪X-MEN VS. APOCALYPSE: THE TWELVE OMNIBUS HC with over twelve hundred pages, ✪THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL-MARVEL SELECT HC with the five part series and the ✪MARVEL MASTERS OF SUSPENSE: STAN LEE & STEVE DITKO OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 HC with almost seven hundred pages of five page science fiction, action and adventure stories. In soft cover they offer the MARVEL PORTFOLIO: JOE QUESADA that has twelve reproductions priced at fifty dollars, the ✪SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN TP collecting the five issues by Peter David and Greg Land, ✪SAVAGE AVENGERS, VOL. 1: CITY OF SICKELS TP with one though five, ✪IMMORTAL HULK, VOL. 5: BREAKER OF WORLDS TP with issues twenty one through twenty five, ✪DEADPOOL BY SKOTTIE YOUNG, VOL. 3: WEASEL GOES TO HELL TP with issues thirteen through fifteen and the annual, ✪TONY STARK: IRON MAN, VOL. 3-WAR OF THE REALMS TP, ✪THOR, VOL. 3: WAR’S END TP with issues twelve through sixteen, ✪PUNISHER, VOL. 3: STREET BY STREET, BLOCK BY BLOCK TP with twelve through fifteen and Zemo’s new Thunderbolts, WAR OF THE REALMS: UNCANNY X-MEN TP, ✪FANTASTIC FOUR: THE PRODIGAL SUN TP with the three part story featuring Silver Surfer and the Guardians of the Galaxy, FEARLESS TP with the four issue series focusing on the ‘fiercest ladies of the Marvel Universe‘ and ✪AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RED GOBLIN TP with issues seven ninety four through eight hundred and one. ✪STAR WARS, VOL. 12: REBELS AND ROGUES TP collects issues sixty eight through seventy two by Greg Pak and Phil Noto, ✪STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE-HEROES TP has five one shots and ✪STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE-VILLAINS TP has the other four, X-MEN MILESTONES: FATAL ATTRACTIONS TP collects the cross over, over five hundred pages priced under forty five dollars, ✪X-MEN: STARJAMMERS BY DAVE COCKRUM TP returns to print, ✪WHAT IF? CLASSIC: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 2 TP has another ten issues and ✪VISION: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP by Tom King with art by Gabriel Hernandez, an Eisner Award winning tale that I highly recommend. In the smaller, younger reader format comes ✪ADVENTURES OF THE X-MEN: RITES OF PASSAGE TP and ✪SPIDER-GWEN: GWEN STACY TP.
DYNAMITE: The ✪VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #1 is written by Tom (Stupid, Stupid Rat Creatures) Sniegoski with art by Michael Sta. Maria under a Joshua Middleton cover (plus nineteen other covers). ✪BLACK TERROR #1 is by Max (Moon Knight) Bemis with art by Matt Gaudio. The ART OF VAMPIRELLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY POSTER BOOK TP has twenty 12″ X 16″ card stock removable posters by the likes of Alex Ross, Artgerm, Adam Hughes, Joshua Middleton, J. Scott Campbell and more priced under twenty five dollars. The BETTIE PAGE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL has two tales and the ✪SAVAGE TALES: A RED SONJA HALLOWEEN SPECIAL is by Mark Russell and Jacob Edgar. The QUEEN SONJA OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 TP collects issues one through priced under forty dollars.
BOOM! STUDIOS: Jeff (Judas) Loveness and Lisandro (Redneck) Estherren offer ✪STRANGE SKIES OVER EAST BERLIN #1 OF 4, a Cold War espionage adventure. ✪HELLMOUTH #1 OF 5 is by Jordie Bellaire and Jeremy Lambert with art by Eleonora Carlini as Buffy and Angel have an event. ✪FIREFLY: THE UNIFICATION WAR, VOL. 2 HC collects issues five through eight by Greg Pak and Dan McDaid. The ✪WWE SMACKDOWN LIVE #1 is a one shot from Kevin Panetta and Kendall Goode starring Becky Lynch. Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet’s ✪FAITHLESS TP collects the erotic limited series and the ✪RONIN ISLAND, VOL. 1 TP has the first four issues of the historic fantasy from Greg Pak and Giannis Milonogiannis. Their all age imprint, KaBoom offers ✪SNOOPY: A BEAGLE OF MARS TP, an original graphic novel and team up with N.A.S.A. The ✪RUGRATS: THE NEWSPAPER STRIPS TP has almost four hundred pages priced under twenty five dollars. Their literary imprint, ARCHAIA PRESS has been doing lots of stories with Jim Henson’s characters and now have over twenty collected editions, five volumes set before The Dark Crystal and eleven after plus five novelizations. They have also been publishing four issue themed series, the latest being ✪JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: SIRENS HC. John Allison’s long running and Eisner Award nominated series comes to an end with a forty eight page final one shot: ✪GIANT DAYS: AS TIMES GOES BY #1. Their BOOM! BOX imprint has HEX VET: THE FLYING SURGERY OGN TP written and illustrated by Sam Davies involving veterinarians who are witches during the monthly ‘winged creature clinic’.
INDEPENDENTS: ✪THE CIMMERIAN: QUEEN OF THE BLACK COAST #1 from ABLAZE is the first uncensored Conan adventure; unrestrained, violent and sexual this is adapted by Jean-David Morvan with art by Pierre Alary and includes the original Robert E. Howard short story. ABRAMS offers ✪COMMUTE: AN ILLUSTRATED MEMOIR OF FEMALE SHAME HC where author/illustrator Erin Williams tells of her daily commute to and from work with flashbacks that highlight the indefinable moments when lines are crossed and a woman must ask herself if the only way to avoid being objectified is to cease to draw attention to her physical being. Marguerite (Animosity, Batwoman) Bennett with Leila (Alters) Leiz offers the ✪HORDE OGN HC from AFTERSHOCK, a horror story of a woman trying to come to terms with her widowed mother’s hoarding problem and, perhaps her ‘collections’ have their own ideas about the daughter. And Cullen Bunn and Juan Doe begin a new arc with ✪DARK ARK: AFTER THE FLOOD #1. Patrick (Patience, Conviction, Revenge) Kindlon and Stefano (Clankillers) Simeone begin ✪SHOPLIFTERS WILL BE LIQUIDATED #1, a story of retailer loss prevention specialists, kind of Judge Dredd working for Amazon. Garth Ennis’ and Russ Braun’s ✪JIMMY’S BASTARDS HC collects the whole nine issue series priced under forty dollars. AHOY COMICS offers ✪EDGAR ALLEN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR, SEASON TWO #1 as well as the first series collected as ✪EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR TP with creators Tom Peyer, Peter Snejbjerg, Dean R. Motter, Hunt Emerson and more. ALBATROSS FUNNY BOOKS has ✪THE GOON: BUNCH OF OLD CRAP, VOL. 2 TP, almost five hundred pages of Eric Powell goodness that was originally volumes four through six in earlier collections. From AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY the Xilam Animation YouTube sensation comes to comics with OGGY AND THE COCKROACHES #1,. AMULET BOOKS offers ✪DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, VOL. 4: WRECKING BALL HC. Adrian Nelson writes and illustrates B.A.D.A.S.S. #1 (Bureau of Alien Detection and Supernatural Sightings) from ANTARCTIC PRESS and the ✪ARCHIE: VARSITY EDITION, VOL. 2 TP collects issues thirteen through twenty two of Mark Waid’s run from ARCHIE COMICS of course. CERNUNNOS has an art book, ✪MY NEIGHBOR HAYAO: ART INSPIRED BY THE FILMS OF MYAZAKI HC with art from over two hundred and fifty artists. CLARKSON POTTER offers a reference book, ✪MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD: A VISUAL HISTORY HC chronicling the complete timeline from the humble beginnings to the recent film featuring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers. COMICMIX brings First Comics series back to print with the ✪GRIMJACK OMNIBUS, VOL. 5 TP by John Ostrander with art by Flint Henry and Steve Pugh; these have never been collected before and the story is in film production. Celebrating true rebel girls DEY STREET BOOKS offers the ✪LAST OF THE AMERICAN GIRLS HC, an illustrated book of the Grammy Award winning song, co-authored by Green Day and artist Frank Caruso. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS offers ✪REINCARNATION STORIES HC from author artist Kim Deitch, reincarnation stories with appearances by Frank Sinatra, monkey gods and more. ✪ROBERT WILLIAMS: THE FATHER OF EXPONENTIAL IMAGINATION HC is a career spanning collection with over three hundred oil paintings as well as rare photos, artifacts and ephemera. :01 FIRST SECOND releases ✪OPEN BORDERS: THE SCIENCE AND ETHICS OF IMMIGRATION by Bryan Caplan and Zach Weinersmith available in soft or hard cover editions. GALLERY 13 has two box sets: ✪STEPHEN KING’S THE DARK TOWER: BEGINNINGS BOXED SET with the first five books and ✪STEPHEN KING’S THE DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER BOXED SET with the next four. HERMES PRESS returns ✪FRANK THORNE’S RIBIT HC to print, medieval sorcery and modern science in this mature themed tale which was published by Comico in 1989 and has never been collected. THE HERO INITIATIVE, a non profit that assists artists in financial need offers ✪THE CAPTAIN AMERICA 100 PROJECT SC, an art book with top artists’ renditions of the Sentinel of Liberty, priced under thirteen dollars, Marvel has licensed just one printing of this book (so get it now); all proceeds to benefit the charitable organization. HUMANOIDS‘ first monthly comic series gets it’s first collected edition with the ✪IGNITED, VOL. 1 TP; written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Kwanza Osajyefo, telling the lives of six teens returning to school after a mass shooting, some of whom have acquired powers. They also offer ✪THE TWILIGHT MAN: ROD SERLING AND THE BIRTH OF TELEVISION TP; written and illustrated by Koren Shadmi the biography follows the writer challenging the notions of censorship, racism and war and bringing him to the edge of sanity. IMPACT THEORY offers ✪NEON FUTURE, VOL. 1 TP from DJ Steve Aoki and Jim Krueger with art by Neil Edwards and Jheremy Raapack the story is thirty years in the future as people are divided by those who shun technology and those who wish to incorporate it within their bodies. IT’S ALIVE has Chuck Dixon returning to the comic that helped launch his career picking up right where he left off, thirty years ago with AIRBOY #51; illustrated by Brent McKee and with six covers, the story set in Africa at the height of Apartheid, the forty eight page issue is priced under ten dollars. The ✪LIVES OF THE GREAT OCCULTISTS GN from KNOCKABOUT COMICS is by Kevin Jackson with Hunt Emerson’s art covering mystics, charlatans and scientists including Faust, William Blake, WB Years, Mother Shipton, Isaac Newton, David Bowie, Aleister Crowley and more. LITTLE, BROWN & COMPANY celebrating the ninetieth anniversary, offer ✪THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: COMPLETE COLLECTION BOXED TP SET with all twenty three stories in eight volumes in a slipcase priced at two hundred dollars. NEW YORK REVIEW COMICS collects ✪RETURN TO ROMANCE: THE STRANGE LOVE STORIES OF OGDEN WHITNEY TP, best remembered for his co-creation Herbie Popnecker his romance comics rejected the usual formulas and instead were power struggles and tales of intimate psychological warfare. ✪R(ENDER) #1 OF 10 from ONI PRESS is written by Leah Williams with art by Lenka Šimečková, a cyberpunk crime story starring a skeptical detective and a photographer who can capture the last images from the retina of the deceased. Zander Cannon’s tale of a prison for monsters continues with ✪KAIJUMAX, SEASON 5 #1. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the original comics and anime ✪ROBOTECH REMIX #1 begins a re-imagining of the classic with the new ongoing series from TITAN COMICS written by Brenden (Islola) Fletcher with Elmer (Speed Racer) Damaso providing the art. VALIANT COMICS begins ✪ROKU #1 OF 4 by Cullen Bunn and Ramón Bachs, an assassin with a lethal sword and a high body count and THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA TP collects the six issue series. Tim Seeley writes and Rebekah Isaacs illustrates ✪MONEY SHOT #1 from VAULT COMICS, a story about scientists having sex with aliens and posting their encounters on the ‘net for money. ✪THESE SAVAGE SHORES #1 is by Ram V and Sumit Kumar which Kieron Gillen calls ‘A strikingly confident vampire story completely devoid of post-modern whimsy, yet with a deep red vein of novelty’. ✪THE ANNOTATED AMERICAN GODS HC from WILLIAM MORROW identifies gods and supernatural beings, elucidates key phrases and provides insight into Gaiman’s creative process; the prose book includes carefully chosen illustrations. ZENESCOPE has the GRIMM FAIRY TALES: JASCO GAMES one shot, the GRIMM TALES OF TERROR: 2019 HALLOWEEN SPECIAL, MONSTER PLANET #1 OF 5 and UNBOUND #1 OF 5. The MANGA section offers ✪DISNEY MULAN: A KILALA PRINCESS STORY #1 in full color and suitable for all ages from TOKYOPOP. ✪SANDRA ON THE ROCKS, VOL. 1 GN from UDON collects over two hundred and fifty installments of the popular webcomic. ✪THE DRIFTING CLASSROOM: PERFECT EDITION, VOL. 1 HC from VIZ MEDIA gives the deluxe treatment to Kazuo Umezz’ horror manga, this one described as Lost meets Lord of the Flies.
The rest of the catalog is listings for apparel, trading cards, games, toys, collectibles, statues, imports and novelties which I’m happy to order; feel free to flip through the latest catalog which is always on the desk when you stop by.
As the catalog arrived on the last day of the month and I was hosting a charity event on the third I’m sending this out more than a week late. I apologize and will try to get it into your mail box closer to the first of the month going forward. Each month I try to choose what will be the best of this months’ offerings and there are a few contenders this month including ✪MARKED #1, a story with magical tattoos, the weekly ✪CHRONONAUTS: FUTURE SHOCK #1 OF 4 from Mark Millar and ✪DEAD EYES #1 that was originally Dead Rabbits being relaunched with a title that won’t bring law suits, all from Image, the ✪MASK: I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE MASK #1 OF 4 with satirical political themes, ✪GRENDEL: DEVIL’S ODYSSEY #1 OF 8 from Matt Wagner and ✪RUBY FALLS #1 of 4 by Ann Nocenti all from Dark Horse, Joe Hill’s ✪BASKETFUL OF HEADS #1 OF 6, ✪BIRDS OF PREY #1 by Azzarello and and Lupacchino, ✪JOKER/HARLEY: CRIMINAL SANITY #1 OF 9, ✪RWBY #1 OF 7 by Bennett and Andolpho and ✪SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN #1 OF 3 written by Gene Luen Yang all from DC, the ✪LUPUS TP from IDW and Matt Fraction’s ✪X-MEN #1 from Marvel but, with all these great books I think the one that will really shine and is my Pick of the Month in October is Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s ✪THE JOKER: KILLER SMILE #1 OF 3.
Thank you all for reading and thank you all for your orders and support through the past three and half decades. I’m very grateful for your friendship and for your generous support of the quarterly charity events. The next one will be the Halloween Comic Fest on the Saturday before Halloween where each attendee will be able to choose four free comics and we’ll have a Silent Auction and Raffles with all proceeds to benefit the children at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital so I hope to see you all there!
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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