The December Previews catalog is sitting on my desk available for your perusal when you stop by. Meanwhile I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might hold interest for you. These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in February. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and 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.
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).
By the way, 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) please send me an email and I will send you this month’s adult catalog in a .pdf format with images, descriptions and prices.
So here are the new titles and notable offerings from the ‘Big Five’ publishers:
DARK HORSE: After video games, movies and decades of comic books as a Top Cow franchise it looks as if Dark Horse will do the character justice when ☼TOMB RAIDER #1 of the new ongoing series arrives with Gail Simone writing. She’s shown her skills writing Batgirl, Birds of Prey and Red Sonja and this official continuation of Lara Croft’s story seems perfectly suited to her writing strengths. Nicolás Daniel Selma provides the pencil art with Juan Gedeon inking. And while J. Michael Straczynski is writing TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE FINAL BATTLE #3 OF 12 Dan Jolley writes TERMINATOR: ENEMY OF MY ENEMY #1 OF 6, an untold story set in 1985 with art by Jamal Igle. ☼In THE ATOMIC LEGION HC a young boy must rally the rejected and reclusive heroes of a past age to rescue their kidnapped benefactor. Written by Mike Richardson (47 Ronin) with the psychedelic art of Bruce Zick, this looks to be a blast of retro heroes and monsters fighting the good fight. Tommy Lee Edwards and Noah Smith write and Dan McDaid illustrates VANDROID #1 OF 5, restoring the definitive motion picture of a generation, lost for thirty years in a tragic fire. (You can see this unearthed 1984 movie trailer and hear the remastered soundtrack at Vandroid.com.) In collected editions this month is ☼STAR WARS: VOLUME TWO-FROM THE RUINS OF ALDERAAN TP by Brian Wood and Carlos D’Anda, STAR WARS-DARK TIMES, VOL 7: A SPARK REMAINS TP by Randy Stradley and Douglas Wheatley, STAR WARS OMNIBUS: KINGS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC, VOL 3 TP, GHOST OMNIBUS, VOL 5 TP, BRAIN BOY, VOL 1: PSY VS PSY TP, BUZZKILL TP and ☼X-VOL 2: THE DOGS OF WAR TP, the latter being a good substitute for Punisher fans looking for mega violent revenge tales. Aaron Warner, producer of Shrek is the creator of PARIAH #1 OF 8, written by Philip Gelatt (Petrograd) with painted art by Brett Weldele (The Surrogates), a space thriller showing the dangers of genetic manipulation. Matt Kindt’s ☼MIND MGMT #19 begins a new arc, ☼FATIMA: THE BLOOD SPINNER HC collects Gilbert Hernandez’ (Love & Rockets) zombie tale of a popular drug with devastating side effects. THE WHITE SUITS #1 OF 4 is a violent noir crime series from Frank Barbiere and Toby Cypress, LOBSTER JOHNSON: GET THE LOBSTER #1 OF 5 is written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi with art by Tonci Zonjic and KING CONAN: THE CONQUEROR #1 OF 6 continues the story from the ‘Hour of the Dragon’ series by Timothy Truman with Tomás Giorello’s artwork. CONAN THE BARBARIAN #25 ends Brian Wood’s time with the Cimmerian; a new series from writer Fred Van Lente will be offered soon. The ALABASTER: GRIMMER TALES HC collects the thirteen ‘Boxcar Tales’ from Dark Horse Presents written by Caitlín Kiernan with Steve Lieber’s art for fans of dark fantasy. Neil Gaiman says, “Caitlín R. Kiernan is the poet and the bard of the wasted and the lost.”
DC: Geoff Johns and David Finch offer FOREVER EVIL #6 OF 7 featuring the final fate of Nightwing and the story crosses over into JUSTICE LEAGUE #28 as Cyborg and the Metal Men try to settle the score with the Crime Syndicate and JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #12 as Manhunter tries to help Stargirl save her family from Firestorm’s fallout in San Francisco. The side story, ‘Forever Evil: Blight’ continues in TRINITY OF SIN: THE PHANTOM STRANGER #16, CONSTANTINE #11, TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #8 and JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #28. BATMAN/SUPERMAN #8 is part one of ‘First Contact’ as the heroes meet Power Girl and Huntress, continued in WORLD’S FINEST #20. The ☼SUPERMAN: LOIS LANE #1 is a one shot written by Marguerite Bennett with art by Emanuella Lupacchino focusing on family as sister Lucy is involved with a deadly drug scene and Sam Lane gains more power in the government. Marguerite also writes the ☼BATMAN: JOKER’S DAUGHTER #1 one shot with art by Meghan Hetrick, giving a little more information about the mysterious Duella Dent. SUPERGIRL #28 begins the ‘Red Daughter of Krypton’ story which continues in GREEN LANTERN #28/RED LANTERNS #28; a double sized flip book (48 pages; still $2.99) where Hal will have to ask help from Guy and the Red Lantern’s newest member, Supergirl. DETECTIVE COMICS #28 is ‘Gothtopia’ part two of three with tie ins this month in BATWING #28, BIRDS OF PREY #28 and CATWOMAN #28. The catch phrase is ‘Welcome to Gothtopia! Die Happy!” In ☼ALL-STAR WESTERN #28 Jonah Hex is in the future where there is a museum dedicated to his bounty hunting past and where cosmetic surgery can make his face pretty, if he wants. Batgirl guest stars in ☼THE MOVEMENT #9 in pursuit of a superhuman who wants to join the group; as both this title and the Batgirl title are written by Gail Simone, it’s bound to be a solid story. TEEN TITANS #28 will reveal Kid Flash’s true history as he battles his former teammates in an effort to rule his future.
(While Marvel often does thematic variant covers promoting their movies or their corporate advertisers, like LEGO, DC usually just offers a variant cover by a popular artist but this month many of the variant covers are Steampunk variants; Dan Panosian provides a Steampunk variant for JUSTICE LEAGUE #28, EARTH TWO #20 and SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #5, Matteo Scalera for JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #12 and BATMAN AND TWO-FACE #28, Tommy Lee Edwards for JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #28, NIGHTWING #28 and BATMAN/SUPERMAN #8, Richard Horie for AQUAMAN #28, Howard Chaykin for the FLASH #28, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #28 and BATMAN #28, J. G. Jones for WONDER WOMAN #28 and BATGIRL #28, Dave Johnson for ACTION COMICS #28 and BATWOMAN #28, Jeff Wamester for SUPERMAN #28, Klaus Janson for DETECTIVE COMICS #28 and GREEN LANTERN : NEW GUARDIANS #28 and Jason Pearson for TEEN TITANS #28. Does DC have plans for a new Steampunk series?)
Hard cover collected editions this month include: BATMAN/SUPERMAN, VOL 1: CROSS WORLD HC, JUSTICE LEAGUE, VOL 4: THE GRID HC, EARTH TWO, VOL 3: WAR HC, GREEN LANTERN, VOL 4: DARK DAYS HC and BATMAN ’66, VOL 1 HC. And soft cover collections include: ☼ANIMAL MAN, VOL 4: SPLINTER SPECIES TP, BATWOMAN, VOL 3: WORLD’S FINEST TP, and BATWOMAN, VOL 4: THIS BLOOD IS THICK TP, GREEN LANTERN: RISE OF THE THIRD ARMY TP with the whole story, more than four hundred pages for less than twenty five dollars, TRINITY OF SIN-THE PHANTOM STRANGER, VOL 2: BREACH OF FAITH TP, TRINITY OF SIN-PANDORA, VOL 1: THE CURSE TP, ☼GREEN ARROW, VOL 4: THE KILL MACHINE TP collecting Jeff Lemire’s first arc, ☼WONDER WOMAN, VOL 3: IRON TP and ☼SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, VOL 2 TP.
At DC’s mature readers imprint, VERTIGO, Rob Williams writes THE ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR #1 OF 6 with art by Simon Coleby where, in 1940, the purer the bloodline the greater the special abilities of the royal family and Prince Henry breaks the truce that has kept the secret. The ☼DEATH TP gets a new printing with both limited series plus four other stories and lots of extras, more than three hundred pages for twenty bucks and the ☼DAYTRIPPER: DELUXE EDITION HC collects the ten issue series by brothers Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon asking the question, what are the most important days of your life.
And at DC DIRECT there are action figures of KID FLASH, SUPERBOY and WONDER GIRL of the Teen Titans, a BOMBSHELLS: BLACK CANARY STATUE and a BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: HARLEY QUINN STATUE based on Bruce Timm’s designs. New action figures based on the upcoming animated move Justice League War features Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash and Shazam, there is a 1:6 scale CYBORG STATUE, an extra large ARMORED SUIT LEX LUTHOR DELUXE ACTION FIGURE, a GREEN ARROW BUST and BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS-KILLER CROC, SERIES 2: DELUXE ACTION FIGURE.
IDW: ☼JACK KIRBY’S NEW GODS: ARTIST’S EDITION HC collects issues one, two and five through eight using color scans of the original art pages, the X-FILES CONSPIRACY: TMNT and X-FILES CONSPIRACY: TRANSFORMERS are one shots tying into the cross over. GHOSTBUSTERS #13 begins an eight part story titled ‘Mass Hysteria’ featuring fan favorite characters from the three decades of the franchise. ROGUE TROOPER #1 introduces the popular genetically engineered infantryman of Nu-Earth, a planet under an atmosphere poisoned by by chemical weapons and ravaged by a galaxy-wide war. ☼CITY: THE MIND IN THE MACHINE #1 tells of the world’s greatest surveillance system, the Golden Shield. Unfortunately it will only work with a human mind which necessitates a merging of man and machine. The AIRBOY ARCHIVES VOL 1 TP collects the first sixteen issues of the series that was published by Eclipse Comics and written by Chuck Dixon with art by Timothy Truman, Larry Elmore and others.
IMAGE: ☼THE FUSE #1 begins a new crime series written by Antony Johnston (Umbral, Wasteland, Daredevil) with art by Justin Greenwood (Wasteland, Resurrection), a murder mystery in a five mile long, jury-rigged steel city stuffed with half a million people on an orbiting energy platform 22,000 miles up. UNDERTOW #1 is by newcomers Steve Orlando and Artyom Trakhanov, a pulp monster adventure where Atlantis is the supreme world superpower. ☼THE REVENGER #1 is written by Jonathan Ross (Turf) with art by Ian Churchill, a tale of a washed up Hollywood action hero who becomes a nasty kind of Punisher type after he gets his face ripped off. ☼APOCALYPSE AL #1 OF 4 is yet another new title from J. Michael Straczynski with art by Sid Kotian and Bill Farmer, this one about a private detective tasked with preventing the end of the world, she battles monsters, demons, trolls, mad prophets, zombie detectives, techno-wizards, machine gun toting imps and dead boyfriends. THE MERCENARY SEA #1 is by Kel Symons with art by Matthew Reynolds, an action adventure series set in the South Seas in 1938 aboard a refitted German U-Boat with a crew of expats, mercenaries and treasure hunters. ☼ONE-HIT WONDER #1 OF 5 is by Fabrice Sapolsky (Spider-Man Noir) with art by Ariel Olivetti, a crime/comedy series that looks like a lot of fun; Richie Reese was a child star and is now a Hollywood hitman. New collected editions include: ☼EAST OF WEST, VOL 2: WE ARE ALL ONE TP, ☼INVINCIBLE, VOL 19 TP: THE WAR AT HOME, PETER PANZERFAUST, VOL 3: CRY OF THE WOLF TP, PROPHET, VOL 3: EMPIRE TP, ☼REALITY CHECK TP, REVIVAL, VOL 3: A FARAWAY PLACE TP, ☼SIDEKICK TP and ZERO, VOL 1: AN EMERGENCY TP. Image continues to be the true ‘house of ideas’ and some of their other recommended series this month includes these issues: ☼BLACK SCIENCE #4, ☼THE BOUNCE #10, ☼CLONE #15, ☼DEAD BODY ROAD #3, ☼DEADLY CLASS #2, ☼DRUMHELLAR #4, ☼FATALE #22, ☼FIVE WEAPONS #7, ☼GREAT PACIFIC #13, ☼LAZARUS #8, ☼THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #20, ☼MIND THE GAP #18, ☼MORNING GLORIES #38, ☼ROCKET GIRL #5, ☼SATELLITE SAM #6, ☼SEX CRIMINALS #5 and ☼VELVET #5. There are a couple of super hero type books on that list but there’s also hard science fiction, crime, mystery, espionage, comedy, horror, magic and generally good quality stories not requiring any historical knowledge of back story, supporting casts or cross overs.
MARVEL: This month Marvel is again promoting ‘All-New Titles! All-New Starting Points’ and any title that’s beginning a new story arc is referred to as first issues, although they’re not actually renumbering the series’ already in progress. They do, however, have a bunch of new first issues this month including ☼WOLVERINE #1, still by Paul Cornell with artist Ryan Stegman this time as Logan recovers from the damage he sustained during the ‘Killable’ story. ☼FANTASTIC FOUR #1 will be written by James Robinson with art by Leonard Kirk as Fin Fang Foom returns. ☼MS MARVEL #1 features Kamala Khan, a teen Muslim girl from Jersey City who may also be Inhuman, written by G. Willow Wilson with art by Adrian Alphona. Although I’ve been mildly offended by Marvel’s press releases, congratulating themselves for their diversity by having a Muslim character (while DC does and has had plenty of Arab and Muslim characters without the self-serving fanfare), their choice of writers makes this appealing as G. Willow Wilson’s past works (Cairo, Air) show a great personal knowledge of the culture and lifestyles involved and Alphona’s work on the Runaways makes him a good art choice for a teen title. I’d been hearing rumors that Garth Ennis was going to be writing a new Frank Castle series; apparently not. PUNISHER #1 will be written by Nathan Edmondson with art by Mitchell Thomas Gerads and the murderous vigilante moves his base of operations from New York to Los Angeles. ☼SHE-HULK #1 will be written by Charles Soule who has done some fine work on Swamp Thing at DC, art will be by Javier Pulido and Jennifer Walters will be juggling her super-heroic activities along with a new legal practice. Bucky Barnes has a ‘new’ Cold War adventure (set in 1966), WINTER SOLDIER: THE BITTER MARCH #1 OF 5 will be written by Rick Remender with art by Roland Boschi. CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 (actually #16) is also by Rick Remender with art by Pascal Alixe and stars Jet Black, daughter of Arnim Zola while #17 begins the ‘Dr. Mindbubble’ story with Nic Klein’s art. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #27 begins the ‘Goblin Nation’ five part story by Dan Slott with Giuseppe Camuncoli’s art. THE NEW WARRIORS #1 is by Christopher Yost with art by Marcus To and the team consists of Speedball and Justice with Nova, Sun Girl and Hummingbird battling the High Evolutionary. NOVA #1 (actually issue #13) is by Gerry Duggan (so expect some humor) with art by Paco Medina as Marvel’s newest hero (who just had his hundredth appearance?) meets up with Beta Ray Bill. The Prince of Lies, the God of Mischief gets his own title in LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #1 by Al Ewing and Lee Garbett and his first mission for the All-Mother involves a heist on Avengers Tower. ☼THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #1 (really #19) is still by Jason Aaron with the great painted art of Esad Ribic, the team who launched the series with the ‘God Butcher’ story as our hero battles multinational corporations in ‘The Last Days of Midgard’ with Galactus on the horizon. ☼X-MEN #1 (really #10) is still by Brian Wood, this arc with art by Kris Anka whose art usually only graces covers; Lady Deathstrike has a new Sisterhood featuring Typhoid Mary and the Enchantress. After the cross over between Uncanny X-Force andCable and X-Force ends both of those series reach their final issues to make way for X-FORCE #1 written by Si Spurrier with art by Rock-He Kim and the team will be, basically the mutant version of the CIA, a superhuman black ops who will spy, torture and kill on behalf of homo superior. Last month I plead ignorance but I’ve since determined that, yes, Marvel is reprinting Alan Moore’s run on ☼MIRACLEMAN #3; Alan doesn’t want his name associated with it so it’s being solicited as being by ‘The Original Writer’.
(I still don’t quite understand how Marvel is getting around the legal problems with the series as it was titled ‘Marvelman’ in England, a title that belongs to DC after they sued Fawcett Publications due to the similarity between Supermanand Captain Marvel. DC then acquired the rights to Captain Marvel which they agreed to call Shazam! so as not to upset Marvel Comics. The Marvelman series that is being reprinted was never licensed or legal, so I’ll be curious as to how this willplay out.)
But I have to say that Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman’s run on this series is definitely one of the high water marks in the history of comics. This is, at the very least, in the top ten of all superhero comics ever written in my humble opinion. Jeff Lindsay, creator of the television program, returns for another limited series with DEXTER: DEXTER DOWN UNDER #1 OF 5 with art by Dalibor Talajic. The last two one shots in the five part series reintroducing the Marvel British heroes are REVOLUTIONARY WAR: DEATH’S HEAD II #1 and REVOLUTIONARY WAR: SUPERSOLDIERS #1. The SUPERIOR CARNAGE ANNUAL #1 is by Cullen Bunn and Kim Jacinto and seems to be a story whose sole purpose is to get the symbiote out of quarantine and back into action. The STAR-LORD: ANNIHILATION CONQUEST collects the whole four issue limited series, a hundred pages for eight bucks, written by Keith Giffen with art by Timothy Green II. ☼DAREDEVIL #36 is the final issue of this stellar run by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee. Other than the Hawkeye series, I think this two year run has been Marvel’s best title; don’t ask me why they’re ending it, but I’m sure there will be a new first issue within the next couple of months with a new creative team. WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #42 is the final issue of the series as the school year ends and the graduates move on. X-MEN LEGACY II #24 is the final issue of that series, too, as our hero gets his hair cut. From the creator owned imprint, MARVEL ICON, Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley’s☼BRILLIANT, VOL 1 PREMIERE HC is offered as well as Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons’ ☼SECRET SERVICE TP. The ☼AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: FAMILY BUSINESS OGN HC is an all new story written by Mark Waid and James Robinson with painted art by Gabriele Dell’Otto featuring Kingpin and Peter Parker’s sister(?). ☼WOLVERINE: JAPAN’S MOST WANTED HC collects the thirteen issues of the ‘Infinite Comic’ (which means it appeared digitally before it made it’s way to print, I believe); written by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour with art by Yves Bigerel and Paco Diaz; Sabretooth has caused Wolverine to be on the run from the authorities. With the new Silver Samurai, Sunfire and the Hand, this turns into a ninja slug fest with Japan’s fate in the balance. The two new action figures from Marvel Select this month are the CAPTAIN AMERICA: MOVIE AF and the CAPTAIN AMERICA MOVIE: FALCON AF.
And that’s the ‘big five’ publishers, so now I’ll tell you about the new titles being launched from the INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS. ☼SANCTUARY, VOL 1: FRESH MEAT TP collects AMAZE INK‘s digital first series written and drawn by Stephen Coughlin, a murder mystery in black and white set at a research station/preserve where the animals are the suspects (and may be smarter than the researchers). AMIGO COMICS offers☼NANCY: A DRAGON IN HELL, a one shot featuring the cast of Nancy in Hell as well as Savage Dragon (who appears to be in drag). Two new steampunk books from ANTARCTIC PRESS: Rod Espinosa’s Steampunk-Edge of Empire #1 OF 2 and TIME LINCOLN CONTINENTAL, a one shot where Abe avoided his own assassination and now hast to stop Void Stalin before he takes out Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968. Jonathan Hickman’s ☼GOD IS DEAD #6 finishes the solicited limited series at AVATAR PRESS but co-writer Mike Costa will continue the now ongoing series with more tales of humanity at the brink with new series artist Juan Frigeri; the book will ship twice a month beginning in February. Also, ☼GRAVEL: COMBAT MAGICIAN #1 continues Warren Ellis’ series, picking up where we left off, with William Gravel locked in a military prison, written by Mike Wolfer with Gabriel Rearte’s artwork. BIG DOG INK offers the LEGEND OF OZ: WICKED WEST TP, VOL 4 featuring the complete origin of the flying monkeys. Over at BOOM! STUDIOS, your friend and mine, Eric Esquivel writes ☼LOKI: RAGNARÖK AND ROLL #1 OF 4 with art by Jerry Gaylord. Loki gets banished to Earth and discovers the electric guitar. If it’s half as good as Eric’s Thor: The Unkillable Thunder Christ then it’s going to be great fun. Four one shot comics that tie into the upcoming move release are ROBOCOP: BETA #1 by Ed Brisson with Emilio Laiso’s art, ROBOCOP: MEMENTO MORI #1 by Frank J. Barbiere with João Vieira, ROBOCOP: TO LIVE AND DIE IN DETROIT #1 by Joe Harris with Piotr Kowalski and ROBOCOP: HOMINEM EX MACHINA #1 by Michael Moreci with Jason Copland. SONS OF ANARCHY #6, the final issue of the solicited limited series, will continue as an ongoing series with a new story beginning next month. I mentioned last month that one of my favorite publishers, ARCHAIA, had been swallowed up by BOOM! and that the three volumes of OKKO were back in print: THE CYCLE OF WATER, THE CYCLE OF EARTH and THE CYCLE OF AIR. This month they offer the all new ☼OKKO, VOL 4: THE CYCLE OF FIRE HC. The folks at DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT have apparently purchased the licenses for some of the titles once published by Gold Key; TUROK: DINOSAUR HUNTER #1 will be written by Greg Pak with art by Mirko Colak and over the next three months they’ll offer MAGNUS: ROBOT FIGHTER #1, SOLAR: MAN OF THE ATOM #1 and DOCTOR SPEKTOR #1. If you have any interest in barbarians or in the writing of Gail Simone, you can read her ☼RED SONJA #1 for just one dollar and ☼RED SONJA, VOL 1: QUEEN OF PLAGUES TP collects her first arc. Also RED SONJA: BESERKER is a forty page one shot by Nancy A. Collins with art by Fritz Casas. ☼THE SHADOW: MASTER SERIES, VOL 1 TP collects the first six issues of the series published by DC Comics in the late eighties, written by Andy Helfer with the art of Bill Sienkiewicz, not the standard pulp fare you’d expect but a wild and surreal modern tale. At ONI PRESS ☼WASTELAND #52 is a special, done in one issue with guest artist Sam Kieth, a good opportunity to try out this award winning post apocalyptic series. ☼THE BUNKER #1 is written by Joshua Fialkov with art by Joe Infurnari, a science fiction tale where five friends in the process of burying a time capsule instead find a bunker, from the future, with their names on it. This is a full color comic that first appeared digitally. British publisher TITAN offers GARTH ENNIS PRESENTS BATTLE CLASSICS HC selecting Garth’s favorite war stories from the ‘seventies British boys’ comic Battle. Also SNOWPIERCER, VOL 2: THE EXPLORERS HC, the graphic novel that inspired the film is available.☼THE BOJEFFRIES SAGA GN collects every darkly humorous story that Alan Moore and Steve Parkhouse ever did plus a new twenty four page story featuring this bizarre family that makes the Addams Family look like the Partridge Family, published by TOP SHELF. ASSASSIN’S CREED: BRAHMAN GN is the third graphic novel written by Karl Kerschl and artist Cameron Stewart and published by UBIWORKSHOP, the first two, ASSASSIN’S CREED: THE FALL and ASSASSIN’S CREED: THE CHAIN are both still available as well as the ASSASSIN’S CREED: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA HC (3RD EDITION). VALIANT tells some origin stories in ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #0 by Fred Van Lente with art by Pere Pérez and BLOODSHOT AND H.A.R.D. CORPS #0 by Christos Gage and Joshua Dysart with the artwork of ChrisCross. ☼DEADMAN WONDERLAND, VOL 1 is a new manga series fromVIZ MEDIA, a post apocalyptic tale of survival in a surreal prison built in the ruins of Tokyo recommended for older teens and GANGSTA, VOL 1 tells of the ‘Handymen’ who take care of the jobs too dirty for the made men and petty thieves, suggested for mature readers. The ‘Age of Darkness’ continues to cross through ZENESCOPE‘s titles; in the ROBYN HOOD: AGE OF DARKNESS one shot Robyn battles Cindy. And two new limited series begin; WONDERLAND: CLASH OF QUEENS #1 OF 5 and ASCENSION #1 OF 5.
That completes the comic section. Now that I know that MIRACLEMAN is the Alan Moore series I wish I’d make it the Pick of the Month in November’s newsletter. And I might have picked Alan’s BOJEFFRIES SAGA GN this month if it weren’t mostly reprints. For December my Pick of the Month is ☼LOKI: RAGNARÖK AND ROLL #1 OF 4. Based on Eric’s Thor comic, I suspect this, too is going to be filled with dialog that I’ll be quoting for some time to come.
There’s lots more than comics in the monthly Previews catalog so flip through the store copy when you stop by the shop. In the January newsletter next month I’ll tell you more about the February first all day charity event that will benefit the American Red Cross.
I hope that you all have a warm and memorable holiday with lots of friends, family and love. I thank you all for the trust you’ve placed in me to keep your stories coming and your collections complete; I’m honored and will continue to do my best to deserve your trust. I wish for you all, all that you wish for yourselves. Thank you for your orders and support! Talk to you soon.