December 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

    The December Previews catalog is sitting on the desk here, available for your perusal when you stop by. Meanwhile I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you.

    These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in February of 2015. 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 and subscription orders.

    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 in a .pdf format with images, descriptions and prices.

    DARK HORSE: A few months back Eric Powell began the Goon: Occasion of Revenge
series which was solicited as having eight parts; apparently that was too much for Eric so while that series ended with the fourth issue, the GOON: ONCE UPON A HARD TIME #1 OF 4 will fill out the story and the first issue of this series is also the fiftieth Goon issue from Dark Horse. While the brilliant legendary artist Richard Corben has been occupied with adapting the works of Edgar Allan Poe to comics of late, his new RAT GOD #1 of 5 is an original tale with obvious inspiration from H. P. Lovecraft. A new vampire crime thriller from the Eisner Award nominated brothers, Arnold and Jacob Pander is a black and white tale of ‘lust, sacrifice and rock ‘n’ roll’, the GIRLFRIEND TP. Rafael (American Vampire) Albuquerque illustrates and Mike (Supergirl) Johnson writes EI8HT #1 of 5, a science fiction tale of a chrononaut trapped in the ‘Meld’. Kelly Sue DeConnick writes a one shot closing the crossover with the Aliens and the Predators in PROMETHEUS: FIRE & STONE-OMEGA with the art of Agustin Alessio. The first collection of the final chapter is collected in ELFQUEST: THE FINAL QUEST, VOL. 1 TP while Dean Motter returns to his retro-futuristic town and tale in MISTER X: RAZED #1 of 4. DARK HORSE PRESENTS #7 is the two hundredth issue of the series and revisits Hellboy’s time in Mexico with Mike Mignola and Fàbio Moon plus the first chapter of a new Groo tale and more. The Eisner Award winning digital series comes to print again with Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover’s BANDETTE, VOL. 2: STEALERS, KEEPERS HC while THE COMPLETE PISTOLWHIP HC collects every one of the breakout crime stories in color for the first time, by Matt Kindt and Jason Hall. A manga offering, OREIMO: KURONEKO, VOL. 1 TP is now a major anime series.

    DC: I believe this is the eighth issue of ten, THE MULTIVERSITY: MASTERMEN #1 which will, of course be written by Grant Morrison, this one taking place on Earth-10 with art by Jim Lee (I hope he can meet his deadline for a change) where we’ll see Uncle Sam, Phantom Lady, Black Condor, Doll Man, the Ray and more and THE MULTIVERSITY: DIRECTOR’S CUT #1 reprints the first issue showcasing Ivan Reis’ pencil artwork and comes bagged with a 26.5″ X 30.5″ version of the Map of the Multiverse poster for ten bucks. JUSTICE LEAGUE #39 concludes the ‘Amazo Virus’ story while JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #9 continues the ‘Infinitus Saga’ with the Legion of Super-Heroes plus a Thangarian and a Rannian war fleet. In DEATHSTROKE #5 by Tony S. Daniel Deathstroke vs. Batman with Harley in the middle. SECRET ORIGINS #10 covers Batgirl by Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher with art by Irene Koh plus Firestorm by Dan Jurgens and Sean Chen and Poison Ivy by Caitlin Kittredge and Stjepan Sejic. When the Amazon returns to Paradise Island in WONDER WOMAN #39 she finds that her sisters have chosen a new queen to lead them. A new arrival to the New 52 appears in SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #16: Magog! The identity of the ‘real’ Batgirl is revealed in BATGIRL #39 and a reckless Damian wreaks havoc with his new found powers in BATMAN AND ROBIN #39. The incredibly solid and prolific husband and wife team of Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti manage to get a great monthly issue out plus a monthly special most every month and this is no exception; the HARLEY QUINN VALENTINE’S SPECIAL #1 has the zany fan favorite winning a charity auction with the prize being a night with desirable bachelor Bruce Wayne. Now that ‘Godhead’ has ended the five ‘Lantern’ titles are all self contained for the first time in a while so if you’ve been waiting to get back into Sinestro or the New Guardians now’s the time. Deluxe collected editions this month include: EARTH 2, VOL. 5: THE KRYPTONIAN HC, BATMAN, VOL. 6: THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT HC, HARLEY QUINN, VOL. 2: POWER OUTAGE HC, WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 6: BONES HC, the BATMAN ’66, VOL. 3 HC, the BATMAN NOIR: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS DELUXE EDITION HC by Frank Miller, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US-YEAR TWO, VOL. 2 HC and the ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC, four hundred pages of his best adventures for forty bucks. New soft cover collections include: ALL STAR WESTERN, VOL. 6: END OF THE TRAIL TP, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, VOL. 2: SURVIVORS OF EVIL TP, JUSTICE LEAGUE, VOL. 5: FOREVER HEROES TP, SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 1: POWER COUPLE TP, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, VOL. 3 TP, BATMAN BEYOND: JUSTICE LORDS BEYOND TP and the SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 1 TP. Two new soft covers for all ages this month are the TINY TITANS: RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE TP and TEEN TITANS GO!, VOL. 1: PARTY, PARTY TP. In the mature readers imprint, VERTIGO offers a post-apocalyptic epic written and illustrated by Lee (Joker, Lex Luthor: Man of Steel) Bermejo titled SUICIDERS #1 while collected editions include the ASTRO CITY: VICTORY TP by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson, the FILTH: DELUXE EDITION HC by Grant Morrison and Chris Weston and, from Brian K. Vaughan Y: THE LAST MAN, BOOK TWO TP and ABOSLUTE Y: THE LAST MAN, VOL. 1 HC. Also the SUPERMAN/BATMAN: MICHAEL TURNER GALLERY EDITION HC is 12″ X 17″, over two hundred pages for a hundred and twenty five bucks. Products from DC DIRECT include the SANDMAN CHESS SET, DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: HARLEY QUINN STATUE based on ‘Artgerm’ Lau’s art, the BATMAN BLACK & WHITE BY MIKE MIGNOLA STATUE, the DC COMICS: JUSTICE LEAGUE STARTER POKER SET designed by Kevin Nowlan, the DC COMICS ICONS SHAZAM! STATUE, the WONDER WOMAN: ART OF WAR BY DAVID FINCH STATUE plus more action figures: DC COMICS-THE NEW 52: POSON IVY, HARLEY QUINN, THE JOKER and GREEN LANTERN: JOHN STEWART ACTION FIGURES.

    IDW: Idea and Design Works launches a new licensed series with ORPHAN BLACK #1 which ships with eight covers (or get a boxed set of all the covers for thirty bucks), the series will be written by the co-creators of the program with art by Szymon Kudranski. A new ‘gallery edition’ offered with two different covers is the STERANKO: NICK FURY AND CAPTAIN AMERICA ARTIST’S EDITION HC, one with a Fury cover and one with Cap. JOE FRANKENSTEIN #1 of 4 is written by Graham Nolan and Chuck Dixon with Graham’s artwork, an action/horror/adventure series. D4VE #1 of 4 is written by Ryan Ferrier with art by Valentin Ramon, a tale of robotic mid-life crisis. THE ROCKETEER: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES TP is almost a hundred and fifty pages for twenty bucks, the first time all of Dave Stevens’ tales have been collected in one book. The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MUTANIMALS #1 of 4 features the heroes in a half shell battling Hob, Slash, Herman the Hermit, Crab, Mondo Gecko and Pigeon Pete. GARBAGE PAIL KIDS: LOVE STINKS is another one shot, again with a deluxe edition featuring an exclusive GPK sticker. The WINTERWORLD, VOL. 1: THE MECHANIC’S SONG is a prose novel written by Chuck Dixon that’s a prequel to the comic series and the LOCKE & KEY MASTER EDITION, VOL. 1 HC collects the first two arcs, ‘Welcome to Lovecraft’ and ‘Head Games’ in one beautiful oversized hard cover for fifty bucks. This past week arrived Shadow Show #1, a limited series with top creators basing their tales on the works of Ray Bradbury which possibly inspired ROBERT HEINLEIN’S CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY #1 of 3 adapting the classic tale to comics. MONSTER MOTORS: THE CURSE OF MINIVAN HELSING #1 of 2 is like Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth’s vehicles gone monster hunting in Kentucky. THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF BLACK COMIC BOOKS is over two hundred and fifty pages, over fifteen complete stories in full color, following the changing image of African-Americans from the forties to the present written by Professor William H. Foster III and Craig Yoe. Walt Simonson’s STAR SLAMMER HC collects the entire epic plus never before seen early versions predating his first professional comics work, three hundred pages for fifty bucks, and the first printing will have a bound in signature plate at no extra cost.

    IMAGE: Grant Morrison teams up with artist Chris (Batman Incorporated) Burnham again on a bizarre science fiction/horror series that he’s been teasing for years and there is a three page preview in the new catalog that has me wanting more. NAMELESS #1 is my Pick of the Month; if you miss this one, it’s on you! Al Simmons returns in SPAWN: RESURRECTION #1 written by Brian Wood with art by Jonboy; the previous issue was Spawn #250
and the next issue will be Spawn #251 continuing from this one shot. Jimmie (Five Weapons, Bomb Queen) Robinson begins THE EMPTY #1 a post apocalyptic tale with the unusual element of hope; Jimmie is a great story teller and I’m looking forward to this one. SECRET IDENTITIES #1 is written by Brian Joines and Jay Faerber with art by Ilias Kyriazis and Charlie Kirchoff, a story of a super hero team compromised by a new member who is a mole who will reveal all of their secrets. Ales Kot writes and Langdon Foss illustrates THE SURFACE #1 described as ‘What would happen if Moebius and District 9 had a baby?’ Ben Acker and Ben Blacker bring THE THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR PRESENTS: SPARK NEVADA-MARSHAL ON MARS #1 of 4 spinning out of the hit Nerdist podcast with art by J. Bone. Brian Hill and Matt Hawkins write and Isaac Goodhart illustrates POSTAL #1, a crime story, a murder mystery in the placid town of Eden, Wyoming. HINGES, BOOK ONE: CLOCKWORK CITY TP is an original graphic novel created, written and illustrated by Meredith McClaren, a girl and her familiar in a strange and unfamiliar city. In collected editions, Image offers the BANG! TANGO TP from Joe Kelly and Adrian Sibar, originally a limited series from Vertigo, the CRIMINAL, VOL. 2: LAWLESS TP originally from Marvel’s Icon imprint, DEADLY CLASS, VOL. 2: KIDS OF THE BLACK HOLE TP, THE FADE OUT, VOL. 1 TP, GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS, VOL. 2: A STAR IS BORN TP, LOW, VOL. 1: THE DELIRIUM OF HOPE TP, ROCHE LIMIT, VOL. 1 TP, SPREAD, VOL. 1: NO HOPE TP, Mark Millar’s STARLIGHT TP, Warren Ellis’ TREES, VOL. 1 TP and THE WALKING DEAD: BOOK 11 HC.

    MARVEL: Last month the new ongoing Star Wars series was offered; this month it’s the new ongoing DARTH VADER #1 written by Keiron Gillen with Salvador Larroca’s art and ten variant covers. A new all ages series based on the Disney XD series due next year is MARVEL UNIVERSE: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 of 4 and, like their other kids’ titles it’s made up of screen grabs from the animated series with added word balloons and captions. The new GUARDIANS TEAM UP #1 will be written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Art Adams and the team up is with the Avengers. Now that Original Sin is over (other than the five part Operation Sin series in progress) and the Axis cross over is approaching it’s end, a new crossover begins in February: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & X-MEN: THE BLACK VORTEX: ALPHA #1 leads into GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #24, LEGENDARY STAR LORD #9 and ALL NEW X-MEN #38, the story revolving around an ancient artifact with immeasurable power in the hands of Mr. Knife. Expanding the Spider-Verse this month is the much anticipated SPIDER-GWEN #1 by Jason Latour with Robbie Rodriguez’ art and SILK #1 by Robbie Thompson with art by Stacey Lee (where Cindy Moon gets to stop dressing in webs and gets an actual costume). Meanwhile AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14 is part fourteen and the conclusion to Spider-Verse although AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15 is an epilogue as is SPIDER-WOMAN #4. The Death of Wolverine continues in WOLVERINES #5, #6, #7 and #8 with an ever changing roster of writers and artists. One of the longest running stories currently in the Marvel Universe is the Time Runs Out tale which apparently has another three months to go; now bearing the secondary title of Secret Wars the story runs through NEW AVENGERS #30, AVENGERS #41 and AVENGERS WORLD #17 this month. Sam Wilson, compromised by the reversed Axis continues in ALL NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #4 as well as CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #5 plus ALL NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA: FEAR HIM #1 of 4, a weekly series written by Dennis Hopeless with the art of Szymon Kudranski. The MARVEL’S ANT MAN PRELUDE #1 of 2 is by Will Corona Pilgrim with art by Miguel Sepulveda, the story leading up to the upcoming film. A case of domestic violence probably more intense than most occurs when Queen Medusa vs. King Black Bolt in INHUMANS #12 by Charles Soule and Ryan Stegman. The THOR ANNUAL #1 features three stories and three Thors; wrestler CM Punk and Rob (Chew) Guillory tell of Young Thor and a drinking competition, Noelle (Lumberjanes) Stevenson and Marguerite Sauvage tell of the new female Thor and Jason Aaron tells of the Girls of Thunder’s quest for a birthday present for King Thor. DAREDEVIL #13 begins Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s final arc while SILVER SURFER #10 is the climax to the Galactus tale by Dan Slott and Mike Allred. Kamala Khan spends Valentine’s Day trying to capture the trickster Loki in MS MARVEL #12. ELEKTRA #11 is the final issue of the series as the assassin fights her final round with Bullseye. Cullen Bunn continues his story in a new limited series with the RETURN OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL #1 of 4, illustrated by Nik Virella. At Marvel’s creator owned imprint, ICON Jason Aaron and Ron Garvey conclude their bloody suspense series in MEN OF WRATH #5 of 5 and the finale of Mark Millar’s trilogy is collected in the KICK-ASS 3 TP with John Romita Jr.’s art. Deluxe collected editions include AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS HC, the nine issue series for fifty bucks, STAR WARS: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 HC, issues forty five through seventy eight for a hundred and twenty five bucks, AVENGERS: TIME RUNS OUT, VOL. 2 PREMIERE HC, the UNCANNY AVENGERS OMNIBUS HC, the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 1 HC, the GIANT-SIZE X-MEN 40TH ANNIVERSARY HC, the UNCANNY X-MEN, VOL. 5: THE OMEGA MUTANT PREMIERE HC, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 4: ORIGINAL SIN PREMIERE HC, MIRACLEMAN BOOK 3: OLYMPUS PREMIERE HC, CAPTAIN AMERICA: RETURN OF THE WINTER SOLDIER OMNIBUS HC and AVENGERS: RAGE OF ULTRON OGN HC written by Rick Remender with art by Jerome Opeña, the tale of an evolved Ultron who, after being shot into space has taken Thanos‘ birthplace as his own; this is the tale of a future Avengers battling Planet Ultron and Hank Pym‘s fatherly concern for his planet sized ‘son’. Also ONCE UPON A TIME: OUT OF THE PAST PREMIERE HC, an all new sequel to the previous original graphic novel, Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen. In soft cover there is the AVENGERS: QUICKSILVER TP, HAWKEYE: AVENGING ARCHER TP, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON PRELUDE TP, SECRET AVENGERS, VOL. 2: THE LABYRINTH TP, NEW AVENGERS, VOL. 3: OTHER WORLDS TP, AVENGERS, VOL. 5: ADAPT OR DIE TP, MS MARVEL, VOL. 2: GENERATION WHY TP, DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE-THE PRISONER TP, THOR EPIC COLLECTION, VOL. 4: TO WAKE THE MANGOG TP, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION, VOL. 22: ROUND ROBIN TP, DEADPOOL’S ART OF WAR TP, HAWKEYE VS. DEADPOOL TP, ALL-NEW ULTIMATES, VOL. 2: NO GODS, NO MASTERS TP, LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD, VOL. 2: I CANNOT TELL A LIE TP, HULK, VOL. 2: OMEGA HULK-BOOK 1 TP, DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY TP, DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE WEAPON X PROGRAM TP, GEORGE ROMERO’S EMPIRE OF THE DEAD: ACT TWO TP, SUPER-VILLAINS UNITE: THE COMPLETE SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP TP, IRON FIST: THE RETURN OF K’UN LUN TP, INHUMAN, VOL. 2: AXIS TP, SHE-HULK, VOL. 2: DISORDERLY CONDUCT TP, ALL-NEW X-FACTOR, VOL. 3: AXIS TP, DEADPOOL, VOL. 7: AXIS TP, WOLVERINE: ORIGIN II TP and RUNAWAYS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 3 TP.

    INDEPENDENTS: The ever popular Katie (My Little Pony) Cook has an 8″ X 8″, sixty four page original graphic novel titled GRONK: A MONSTER’S STORY, VOL. 1 GN, an all age, full color collection of the first year of the web comic published by ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT who also releases the PLANET GIGANTIC: NEW WORLD HOME TP collecting Eric Grissom and David Alvorson’s four issue series. AMAZE INK, also known as SLAVE LABOR releases FILLER BUNNY #4, a new sixteen page story by Johnen Vasquez for three bucks that was in the Collected Works of Filler Bunny TP
that come out a few weeks ago. Celebrating their third decade ANTARCTIC PRESS continues their long running GOLD DIGGER #220 plus the usual one shots, this month offering FURRY TAILS #1, anthropomorphics by Fred Perry and David Hutchison in color, SHERLOCK HOLMES: STEAM DETECTIVE in black and white by Robby Bevard and David Hutchison and TALES FROM THE CREEP, black and white horror by Ben Dunn, Joe Wight, Brian Denham and David Hutchison. Breaking away from their teen romance line once again ARCHIE COMICS begins a new ongoing noir series with BLACK HOOD #1 written by best selling crime writer Duane Swierczynski with art by Michael Gaydos and others, this is the beginning of a relaunch of their super hero line original published under the Red Circle imprint and now under the new DARK CIRCLE COMICS imprint. FATHOM: KIANI #1 of 4 is the fourth volume of the characters’ adventures from ASPEN STUDIOS. Joe St. Pierre creates, writes and illustrates NEW ZODIAX #1 of 4 from his new company ASTRONAUT INK,, a cosmic super hero tale. Novelist Frank Beddor releases the next volume in his re-imagined Wonderland series, fresh from its successful Kickstarter with HATTER M: THE LOOKING GLASS WARS, VOL. 5: LOVE OF WONDER available in hard or soft cover editions. AVATAR PRESS collects the first seven issues of Garth Ennis and Facundo Percio’s science fiction/horror series in the CALIBAN TP but the big news here is a new imprint, BENITEZ PRODUCTIONS where perhaps the best steampunk comic yet, finally continues with LADY MECHANIKA #4, plus the long out of print issues are collected in two, four dollar books, one collecting issue zero and one, and the other collecting issues two and three, so it’s not too late to jump on! CLUSTER #1 is from BOOM! and is written by Ed Brisson, with art by Damian Couceiro, a space/crime story with Earth’s criminals trading their incarceration to become soldiers and workers on space outposts. CURB STOMP #1 of 4 is by Ryan Ferrier with art by Devaki Neogi: punk rock, turf war, three gangs and five girls with Machete Betty leading the pack. (If you haven’t seen American History X you may want to look up ‘Curb Stomp’ in the Urban Dictionary.) From their ARCHAIA imprint comes PLUNDER #1 of 4 written by Swifty Lang with art by Skuds McKinley, a tale of horror on the high seas set off by a confrontation between an illegal Chinese vessel and a gang of Somali pirates. The GUNNERKRIGG COURT, VOL. 1: ORIENTATION TP collects Thomas Siddell’s popular web comic (which is Neil Gaiman’s ‘favourite’). Their ‘alternative’ imprint, BOOM! BOX has HELP US! GREAT WARRIOR #1 of 8, new stories by Madeleine Flores, based on her web comic of the same name. Brian (Chaos Comics) Pulido’s BOUNDLESS imprint, another subsidiary of AVATAR PRESS starts again with yet another relaunch, LADY DEATH: APOCALYPSE #1, written by Mike Wolfer with art by Marc Borstei and about a dozen variant covers. Ten years ago Jeff Smith’s Bone series became the first graphic novels offered through the wonderful Scholastic Book Club and to commemorate the anniversary CARTOON BOOKS offers BONE, VOL. 1: OUT FROM BONEVILLE TRIBUTE EDITION HC in color, the original first book with forty eight pages of bonus tales inspired by Bone featuring creators such as Raina Telgemeier, Craig Thompson, Kazu Kibushi, Doug TenNapel and more. Bill (Fables) Willingham did a steampunk mash up series last year with DYNAMITE which will spawn three new series in the new year: LEGENDERRY: VAMPIRELLA #1 of 5 written by David Avallone with David Cabrera’s art, LEGENDERRY: RED SONJA #1 of 5 by Marc Andreyko with Aneke’s art and LEGENDERRY: GREEN HORNET #1 of 5 by Daryl Gregory with Brent Peeples art, the first issues featuring connecting covers by Joe (Lady Mechanika) Benitez and all the tales full of airships, goggles and electric velocipedes. And with all of their ongoing series, limited series and specials, the next issue will be RED SONJA #100, a forty eight page, square bound edition with Gail Simone, Roy Thomas, Michael Avon Oeming, Ed Benes and many more contributors. JIM BUTCHER’S DRESDEN FILES: DOWN TOWN #1 of 6 is another original story set in the official continuity. PATHFINDER: ORIGINS #1 of 6 will contain a pull-out poster map and official Pathfinder RPG bonus encounter. Collected editions include the CHAOS!, VOL. 1 TP collecting the six issue series, the DOC SAVAGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 TP collecting issues one through eight plus the annual THE SHADOW: YEAR ONE OMNIBUS HC collecting the ten issue series, signed and remarked by Matt Wagner and limited to twenty five copies for three hundred bucks. Another hundred pages from Los Bros Hernandez coming in LOVE AND ROCKETS: NEW STORIES #7 from FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS is always something I look forward to and they also have Hal Foster’s PRINCE VALIANT, VOL. 10 HC this month. :01 FIRST SECOND offers THE SCULPTOR HC, almost five hundred pages for thirty dollars written and illustrated by creator Scott McCloud; Neil Gaiman says this ‘is the best graphic novel I’ve read in years. It’s about art and love and why we keep on trying. It will break your heart.’ There was a limited signed edition that I mentioned a while back and those are sold out (except for those who pre-ordered them). GEMSTONE offers the OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE, VOL. 44, once the comic shop Bible, but becoming less essential with all of the more up-to-date online guides. New publisher HATTER ENTERTAINMENT offers PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND GN created, written and illustrated by Gregg (Spongebob Squarepants) Schigiel, a new teen superhero described as ‘If Spider-Man were a Disney princess you’d have Pix’. Another new publisher, JOE’S BOOKS, INC., not to be confused with the now defunct Image imprint, Joe’s Comics that was a vehicle for J. Michael Straczynski’s creator owned titles, this is an imprint publishing Disney projects, basically film grabs from their animated series, this month soliciting DISNEY’S 101 DALMATIONS: THE CINESTORY TP and DISNEY’S PHINEAS AND FERB COMICS BLOWOUT TP. Manga company, KODANSHA offers MARIAN, THE VIRGIN WITCH, VOL. 1 TP just in time for the anime debut. LEGENDARY COMICS starts HARVESTER #1 by Brandon Seifert with the art of Eric Battle, a horror tale in a seven by ten format for four bucks. Also Matt Wagner and Simon Bisley’s THE TOWER CHRONICLES: DREADSTALKER, VOL. 1 TP is collected. The GIRL IN DIOR HC is a newly translated work, a biographic docudrama written and illustrated by Annie Goetzinger, set in the forties and the ‘girl’ meets and is picked by Dior himself to be his model, published in the states by French publisher NBM. The final volume in the hard cover color edition is finally offered with SCOTT PILGRIM, VOL. 6: FINEST HOUR HC from ONI PRESS and Jamie S. Rich pens a romantic comedy illustrated by Megan Lewis titled ARES & APHRODITE GN. British publisher, REBELLION offers the DREDD: URBAN WARFARE HC gathering three tales spinning out of the Dredd cinematic world and THE GRIEVOUS JOURNEY OF ICHABOD AZRAEL #1 of 6 is written by Rob (The Royals: Masters of War) Williams, a story of the Old West’s most ruthless outlaw literally fighting through hell to reclaim his lost life and lost love. New publisher SOARING PENGUIN offers MEANWHILE #1 written and illustrated by Gary Spencer Millidge and continuing his beautiful, long running series Strangehaven, it’s a fifty two page full color 7″ X 10″ comic for under eight dollars. While publishing their three separate Doctor Who series TITAN is also offering the WHITE TRASH HC this month, written by Gordon Rennie with the art of Martin Emond this has been out of print in America for so long I don’t remember who put it out in the states many years ago, but it’s a crazy and violent road trip with a slacker surfer dude and the King (Elvis) described as ‘equal parts Apocalypse Now, Deliverance, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Natural Born Killers‘. You might have heard me speak about how impressed I am with the patience and caution that VALIANT COMICS has shown in launching their universe, which they’ve done so well that most every customer that I have who reads one of their titles, reads all the others as well. They’ve been expanding their universe these past few months and now launch VALIANT NEXT with new titles and characters. This month they have a new ongoing monthly series titled IMPERIUM #1 written by Joshua Dysart with the art of Doug Braithwaite plus DIVINITY #1 of 4 by Matt Kindt with Trevor Hairsine’s artwork which will advance their stories further into space. They continue to hire the most creative talent without succumbing to the usual temptations of expanding so quickly that they frighten off potential fans. Manga publisher, VIZ MEDIA releases JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PART 1-PHANTOM BLOOD in a hardcover format, over two hundred and fifty pages for less than twenty bucks, a long anticipated series available for the first time in English and they’re also bringing back into print the eight volumes of PART 3-STARDUST CRUSADERS! ZENESCOPE has LITTLE MERMAID #1 of 5 re-imagining the classic in their usual way (with added horror and cheesecake) and this one’s written by Meredith (Wonder Woman) Finch with art by Matt Triano and that concludes this months’ comic listings!

    There’s another hundred plus pages in the catalog with the books, magazines, tee shirts, hats, prints, statues, action figures, novelties, cards and more, so if you’re looking for something beyond good stories check it out when you stop by.

    Thank you all! I’m approaching the end of my thirtieth year selling comic books in Tucson and you folks have been keeping the lights on for me all of these years and, of course I couldn’t do it without you, and you’ve all become more than customers to me. I’ve greatly enjoyed watching your families grow and developing lasting friendships with our mutual interests. I hope that your holidays are fun, warm and involve lots of friends and family and generate lots of fine memories.

    Peace,

    Charlie


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