December 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

    The December Previews catalog is sitting on the desk at the shop as always, so as I read through it 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 2016. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and let me know by the twenty first of this month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders. Don’t feel obligated to subscribe to a whole series; if you’d just like a copy of the first issue of a new series to try it out, let me know and I’ll be sure to put a copy aside for you.

    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.

    The catalog’s theme this month is ‘Unsung Heroes’ which focuses on small press characters who may not get the exposure that the main stream heroes do, but who deserve wider recognition. So expect some promotion of characters like the Badger, Barb Wire, Captain Canuck and others. (Yes, the Badger returns!)

    DARK HORSE: While Corinna Bechko and Randy Green complete LARA CROFT AND THE FROZEN OMEN #5 OF 5, TOMB RAIDER #1 begins, picking up where the Rise of the Tomb Raider game left off, written by Mariko Tamaki with art by Phillip Sevy this is a good jumping on point. ELFQUEST: THE FINAL QUEST, VOL. 2 TP collects issues seven through twelve of Wendy and Richard Pini’s newest adventures of the Wolfriders. ALIENS 30TH ANNIVERSARY: THE ORIGINAL COMICS SERIES HC collects the original sequel to Aliens in an oversized format, written by Mark (The Mask, Daredevil) Verheiden with gorgeous detailed black and white art by Mark A. Nelson. The HELLBOY IN MEXICO TP collects Hellboy in Mexico, Hellboy: House of the Living Dead plus four stories originally featured in the Dark Horse Presents anthology. And HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1953-BEYOND THE FENCES #1 OF 3 is written by Mike Mignola with Chris (iZombie) Roberson’s artwork. HARROW COUNTY, VOL. 2: TWICE TOLD TP collects issues five through eight of the popular horror series by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook. The latest (final?) story of Eric Powell’s enigmatic hero is collected in THE GOON, VOL. 15: ONCE UPON A HARD TIME TP. Peter Hogan and Phil Winslade have created a new series about a family on the run from magical, other dimensional monsters and all of the chapters that have been featured in Dark Horse Presents are collected here along with an additional issue’s worth of story drawn by the new art team of Staz Johnson and Douglas A. Sirois offered as KING’S ROAD #1 OF 3. Fantasy fans will enjoy THE LAST DRAGON TP, written by Jane (Owl Moon, Sword of the Rightful King) Yolen, illustrated by Rebecca (Magic: The Gathering) Guay and featuring an introduction by Neil Gaiman, speaking of whom, THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF THE DEPARTURE OF MISS FINCH HC (second edition), beautifully illustrated by Michael Zulli has been redesigned by Neil for this new edition. The NEAL ADAMS’ BLOOD TP collects the stories from Dark Horse Presents and features the first animated 3-D cover in comics; (you can check out a preview of the Blood motion comic at www.NealAdams.com). Last month I mentioned that Dark Horse plans to double their manga output in 2016. The I AM A HERO OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 collects the first two volumes of the zombie apocalypse series that won the Shogakukan Manga Award, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: CAMPUS APOCALYPSE OMNIBUS TP collects all four volumes in one and LONE WOLF AND CUB OMNIBUS, VOL. 12 TP is the final volume of the Eisner and Harvey Award winner.

    DC: It appears that there won’t be a new issue of Dark Knight III in February but, being the thirtieth anniversary of the original, DC celebrates with the one shot, THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: THE LAST CRUSADE #1 written by Frank Miller and Brian Azzarello with art by John Romita, Jr. and Bill Sienkiewicz, this is a sixty four page book and focuses on the Joker, Poison Ivy, Selina Kyle and the last Robin. SUPERMAN: THE COMING OF THE SUPERMEN #1 OF 6 is written and illustrated by industry legend Neal Adams as three heroes from the bottled city of Kandor lend a hand to the overwhelmed Man of Steel in his battle against Darkseid and the hordes of Apokolips. All of the ‘B’ covers this month will be by Neal Adams as well. Grant Morrison has written and Yanick Paquette has illustrated WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE, VOL. 1 HC (quite a few years ago), holding true to the vision of creator William Moulton Marston. The JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR SPECIAL #1 focuses on Grail, Darkseid’s daughter as told by Geoff Johns and Oscar Jimenez. NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #17 begins a new arc written by Tim (Grayson) Seeley with art by Juan (Gotham by Midnight) Ferreyra. The Man of Steel’s battle with Vandal Savage continues in the ‘Savage Dawn’ story in ACTION COMICS #49 by Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder and continuing in SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN #26 by Peter J. Tomasi with Doug Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza and in SUPERMAN #49 by Gene Luen Yang with Howard Porter as our hero is now powered by Kryptonite! And for adventures outside of current continuity there’s SUPERMAN: LOIS & CLARK #5 by Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks, SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN #4 OF 7 by Max Landis and Jae Lee and BATMAN SUPERMAN #29 by Tom Taylor and Robson Rocha. BATMAN #49, written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Yanick Paquette will decide the fate of Bruce Wayne and Batman once and for all as Bruce must descend into the Batcave and face what he once was. HARLEY QUINN #25 features her long awaited battle with the Joker while HARLEY’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK #2 guest stars Green Lantern (and Harley has a black and a red ring to match her costume). You want more? BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT-BATGIRL HARLEY QUINN #1 is a one shot with two stories by Tim Seeley, one with Matthew Clark’s artwork and the other with Sean Parsons’. In collected editions there are two new coloring editions, both a hundred pages for sixteen dollars: COLORING DC: BATMAN-HUSH, VOL. 1 TP and COLORING DC: BATMAN ADVENTURES-MAD LOVE TP. Deluxe editions include BATMAN: EUROPA HC, AQUAMAN, VOL. 7: EXILED HC, GREEN LANTERN, VOL. 7: RENEGADE HC, the ROBIN WAR HC, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US-YEAR FOUR, VOL. 1 HC, JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR-POWER OF THE GODS HC, BLACKEST NIGHT UNWRAPPED HC and the GOTHAM CENTRAL OMNIBUS HC with the whole forty issue run in one volume. Softcover collections include: BATMAN BEYOND, VOL. 1: BRAVE NEW WORLDS TP, CYBORG, VOL. 1: UNPLUGGED TP, BLACK CANARY, VOL. 1: KICKING AND SCREAMING TP, DOCTOR FATE, VOL. 1: THE BLOOD PRICE TP, EARTH 2: SOCIETY, VOL. 1: PLANETFALL TP, RED HOOD ARSENAL, VOL. 1: OPEN FOR BUSINESS TP, DC COMIC BOMBSHELLS, VOL. 1: ENLISTED TP, HARLEY QUINN & POWER GIRL TP, STARFIRE, VOL. 1: WELCOME HOME TP, WE ARE ROBIN, VOL. 1: THE VIGILANTE BUSINESS TP, JUSTICE LEAGUE, VOL. 6: INJUSTICE LEAGUE TP, AQUAMAN, VOL. 6: MAELSTROM TP, BATMAN, VOL. 7: ENDGAME TP, GOTHAM ACADEMY, VOL. 2: CALAMITY TP, JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001, VOL. 1: DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN TP, TEEN TITANS, VOL. 2: ROGUE TARGETS TP, BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL, VOL. 1 TP and the SUPERMAN UNCHAINED TP plus these older stories returning to print in the ROBIN, VOL. 2 TP, BATMAN: CONTAGION TP, SUPERMAN AND THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, VOL. 1 TP, SUPERMAN BATMAN, VOL. 3 TP, WONDER WOMAN: WAR OF THE GODS TP, SUPERMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE, VOL. 1 TP and the WORLD’S FUNNEST TP with Bat-Mite and Mr. Mxyzptlk. DC‘s mature and creator owned imprint, VERTIGO offers THE DARK AND BLOODY #1 by Shawn (Vic Boone) Aldridge with art by Scott (Copperhead) Godlewski with guns, moonshine and monsters in the backwoods of Kentucky as well as the collected 100 BULLETS: BOOK FIVE TP and the SWEET TOOTH DELUXE EDITION: BOOK TWO HC. Their collectibles imprint, DC DIRECT offers the seventeenth figure in the DC COMICS ICONS series with the STATIC SHOCK: DELUXE ACTION FIGURE and figures one through four of the DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES: DARWYN COOKE are BATMAN, SUPERGIRL, HARLEY QUINN and ADAM STRANGE. And statues include BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS 30TH ANNIVERSARY BUST, DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES: BATMAN BY ANDY KUBERT, BATMAN BLACK & WHITE BY CARMINE INFANTINO STATUE, WONDER WOMAN: THE ART OF WAR BY AMANDA CONNER STATUE, DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: KILLER FROST STATUE and, limited to only one hundred units is the DC COMICS BRASS BATMAN STATUE, twenty inches tall and weighing thirty six pounds, this ultra rare sculpture is priced at five thousand dollars.

    IDW: Beginning another company crossover, STREET FIGHTER X G.I. JOE #1 of 6 will be forty page issues priced at five dollars each, written by Aubrey (Hulk, Superman) Sitterson with art by Emilio (Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain) Laiso. AL WILLIAMSON’S STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK-ARTIST’S EDITION HC collects the original art of every page plus selected pages from Return of the Jedi and other Star Wars pages by the legendary artist, a hundred and sixty pages for under a hundred and fifty dollars. The popular Douglas Adams’ character gets his second series in DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY: A SPOON TOO SHORT #1 OF 5 and Beau Smith returns to his supernatural western with WYNONNA EARP #1 illustrated by Lora Innes. Jonathan (V-Wars) Maberry edits X-FILES: THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE, the second collection of new prose stories. The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS: VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL 2016 needs no explanation. Beyond the four monthly Disney titles this month SILLY SYMPHONIES, VOL. 1: THE COMPLETE DISNEY CLASSICS collects the newspaper strips after more than eighty years including the first appearance of Donald Duck; this is the first of four volumes. Congressman John Lewis’ graphic memoir is a #1 New York Times Bestseller, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and the first graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award as well as required reading in classrooms across America and it’s now offered in a deluxe format as the MARCH (BOOK ONE) OVERSIZED HARDCOVER LIMITED EDITION for thirty dollars. The bizarre bi-monthly black and white pre code stories being published in the Weird Love and Haunted Horror series’ expands into a third title with HAUNTED LOVE #1. And IDW jumps onto the band wagon with VISUAL FUNK STREET ART ADULT COLORING BOOK, sixty four pages of Jim Mahfood’s art in black and white for ten dollars.

    IMAGE: Emma (Pretty Deadly) Rios begins a new ongoing series titled MIRROR #1 with art by Hwei Lim involving a terrorist talking dog, an idealist mage and a heroic lab rat. The creative team behind Great Pacific return with a new ongoing series, SNOWFALL #1 written by Joe (X-Files) Harris with art by Martín Morazzo and dealing with climate change thirty years in the future where the White Wizard is the only man fighting a weather war against the system. The IMAGE GIANT-SIZED ARTIST’S PROOF EDITION: TOKYO GHOST #1 & #2 is just as described for twenty dollars, BITCH PLANET #7 begins a new arc as does SHUTTER #18, STARVE #6 and WALKING DEAD #151. Collected editions this month include the BLOODY MARY TP written by Garth (Preacher) Ennis with art by Carlos (Judge Dredd) Ezquerra, a tale of future warfare and a killer nun originally published by DC. Also NAILBITER: THE DELUXE MURDER EDITION, VOL. 1 HC collecting the first ten issues, ECHOES, VOL. 1 TP by Joshua Fialkov and Rahsan Ekedal, THE FADE OUT, VOL. 3 TP with the final arc, OCTOPUS PIE, VOL. 2 TP by Meredith Gran, PHONOGRAM, VOL. 3; THE IMMATERIAL GIRL TP, RUMBLE, VOL. 2: A WOE THAT IS MADNESS TP, J. Michael Straczynski’s SIDEKICK, VOL. 2 TP, THEY’RE NOT LIKE US, VOL. 2 TP, THIEF OF THIEVES, VOL. 5 TP, THE TITHE, VOL. 2: ISLAMAPHOBIA TP and THE WALKING DEAD, VOL. 25: NO TURNING BACK TP.

    MARVEL: I’m stoked about SPIDER-MAN #1 featuring Miles Morales as New York’s main web slinger as well as a card carrying member of the Avengers; the fact that Brian Michael Bendis has had almost total control of the character since his origin keeps Miles true to his personality more than most any Marvel comic character that I can think of. AVENGERS STANDOFF: WELCOME TO PLEASANT HILL #1 is a one shot by Nick Spencer and Mark Bagley which is a prelude to the next big Avengers event. CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #6, also by Nick Spencer is also a lead in to Standoff. I’ve really enjoyed the reboots of the All New Hawkeye and Doctor Strange and I think I’m going to add POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #1 to that list soon as it will be written by David (Shaft, Cyborg) Walker with Sanford Greene’s art. DEADPOOL & THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1 OF 5, written by Cullen Bunn with artist Salvador Espin features Stingray, Massacre, Solo, Foolkiller, Terror and Slapstick no longer infringing on the Heroes for Hire registered name. X-MEN: WORST X-MAN EVER #1 OF 5 is written by Max (Say Anything) Bemis with art by Michael Wash and features Bailey Hoskins, just coming into his mutant powers and in no way a hero (but still the first appearance of a new mutant character). The GUIDEBOOK TO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE-MARVEL’S THE MIGHTY AVENGERS is the latest one shot reference book as the decades of comic continuity is replaced by their film continuity. STAR WARS #16 by Jason Aaron and Leinil Yu begins a new story entitled ‘Rebel Jail’. Collected editions this month include STAN LEE: MARVEL TREASURY EDITION SLIPCASE HC with over eight hundred pages of stories written by Stan (along with Larry Lieber, Barry Windsor-Smith and Tom DeFalco) for two hundred dollars as well as THANOS: THE INFINITY FINALE OGN HC written by Jim Starlin and penciled by Ron Lim, this is the third and final volume of Starlin’s Infinity Trilogy (the first being Thanos: The Infinity Revelation and the second: Thanos: The Infinity Relativity). Also SHANG-CHI: MASTER OF KUNG FU OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC, almost seven hundred pages for a hundred and twenty five dollars, STAR WARS: DROIDS & EWOKS OMNIBUS HC, an all age collection over five hundred pages for one hundred dollars, SQUADRON SUPREME CLASSIC OMNIBUS HC, over twelve hundred pages for one hundred and twenty five dollars and SECRET WARS: LAST DAYS OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE HC collecting all the ‘Last Days’ story arcs, over eight hundred pages for seventy five dollars. More soft cover editions of the Secret Wars limited series include X-MEN ’92, VOL. 0: WARZONES! TP, SIEGE: BATTLEWORLD TP and the THORS TP. The GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & X-MEN: THE BLACK VORTEX TP is over three hundred pages for forty dollars, THOR, VOL. 2: WHO HOLDS THE HAMMER? TP is the second arc featuring Jane Foster as the wielder of Mjolnir, DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE-LADY OF SHADOWS TP with the next installment of Stephen King’s opus, ALL NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA, VOL. 1: HYDRA ASCENDANT with the first arc of the Sam Wilson series, SUPERIOR IRON MAN, VOL. 2: STARK CONTRAST TP with the final issues of the story and the SPIDER-VERSE TP with two issues of Superior Spider-Man, the three issues of Scarlet Spiders, the first four issues of the previous Spider-Woman series, four issues of the previous Spider-Man 2099 series, the two issue Spider-Verse, the three issue Spider-Verse Team-Up and nine issues of Amazing Spider-Man from the third series, over six hundred pages for fifty dollars. And, to tie in to the upcoming film, these collections are all getting new printings: CIVIL WAR: FANTASTIC FOUR TP, CIVIL WAR: CAPTAIN AMERICA/IRON MAN TP, CIVIL WAR: WOLVERINE TP, CIVIL WAR: BLACK PANTHER TP, CIVIL WAR: FRONT LINE TP, CIVIL WAR: X-MEN TP and CIVIL WAR: NEW AVENGERS TP. Some old series’ coming back into print include CAPTAIN AMERICA: MARVEL KNIGHTS, VOL. 1 TP collecting the sixteen issues of the series written by John Ney Rieber and Chuck Austen with the art of John Cassaday, Trevor Hairsine and Jae Lee, over four hundred pages for thirty five dollars, and CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE FALCON BY CHRISTOPHER PRIEST: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP, all fourteen issues for thirty five dollars, HOWARD THE DUCK: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 2 TP, the THOR CORPS TP, LUKE CAGE: SECOND CHANCES, VOL. 2 TP and DEADPOOL CLASSIC, VOL. 15: ALL THE REST TP, over three hundred pages for thirty five dollars.

    INDEPENDENTS: A new series for ages eight and up comes from ACTION LAB titled I, MAGE #1 described as ‘a d20 RPG adventure with an all new twist’ and for older teens and adults from their mature readers imprint, DANGER ZONE comes GINGERDEAD MAN #1 based on the film series and VORACIOUS #1 described as ‘Jurassic World meets Top Chef‘. As I may have mentioned last month, new publisher AFTERSHOCK is one to watch as they have top creators working on creator owned projects and this month they offer SECOND SIGHT #1 by David Hine with the art of Alberto Ponticelli, the tale of Ray Pilgrim who can see through the eyes of psychotic killers until he becomes accused of their crimes. Now he must use his ability again to protect his daughter who is investigating powerful men of British society in a ring of child abusers. AMERICAN GOTHIC PRESS offers their first collection with Steve Niles and Nat Jones’ BROKEN MOON, VOL. 1: WELCOME TO THE NEW AGE. ARCHIE COMICS‘ new line gets their first collections with ARCHIE, VOL. 1 TP with the first six issues and, from their rebooted super hero universe comes THE FOX, VOL. 1: FREAK MAGNET TP by J. M. DeMatteis and Mark Waid with Dean Haspiel’s art. J. T. Krul, one of the main writers for ASPEN STUDIOS has expanded his comic writing to include novels and is offering THE LOST SPARK: MASKS AND MONSTERS, the sequel to ‘The Lost Spark’ which came out early 2013, a tale of a high school student and her awareness of the magic in childhood toys which will hopefully protect her from the darkness coming with Halloween. BENITEZ PRODUCTIONS, publisher of Lady Mechanika begins a new urban fantasy with WRAITHBORN #1 OF 6; written by Marcia Chen this is a tale of a boy born to inherit a mythical power and the timid girl who received it instead (and, yes, this is a revamped version of the series with the same name once published by Wildstorm). BART SIMPSON COMICS #100 is a double sized final issue to the series from BONGO COMICS, which also offers SIMPSONS COMICS #226, FUTURAMA COMICS #78 and SPONGEBOB COMICS #53 this month. BOOM! STUDIOS main imprint debuts BILL & TED GO TO HELL #1 OF 4 as well as the KENNEL BLOCK BLUES #1 of 4, a tale of a good dog on Death Row in the Jackson Kennel written by Ryan (Curb Stomp) Ferrier with the art of Daniel (Translucid) Bayliss, while their alternative imprint, BOOM! BOX releases JONESY #1 OF 4 by Sam (Citizen Jack) Humphries with the art of Caitlin Rose Boyle, the story of a cool dorky girl who kind of has the powers of Cupid only they don’t work on herself. Their all age imprint, KaBOOM! begins STEVEN UNIVERSE AND THE CRYSTAL GEMS #1 OF 4 and in collected editions offers the ADVENTURE TIME, VOL. 8 TP, STEVEN UNIVERSE, VOL. 2 TP and the CLARENCE, VOL. 1: CHICKEN PHANTOM OGN TP. And my favorite of their imprints, ARCHAIA PRESS offers the LANTERN CITY, VOL. 1 HC with the first four issues of this fascinating steam punk tale of oppression and rebellion. Canadian publisher CHAPTERHOUSE offers the ALL NEW CLASSIC CAPTAIN CANUCK #0 written by Ed Brisson with art by George Freeman and others, this is the origin story of Canada’s greatest hero and they also offer CHAPTERHOUSE ARCHIVES: CAPTAIN CANUCK #1, the start of a series reprinting the classic adventures for two ninety nine per issue. DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT begins an all new solo series with DEJAH THORIS #1 written by Frank J. (Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.) Barbiere with art by Francesco Manna and with an all new costume designed by Nicola Scott. SHAFT: IMITATION OF LIFE #1 OF 4 is by David F. (Shaft, Cyborg) Walker with art by Dietrich (Army of Darkness) Smith; his first tale with this character was wonderful and won Mr. Walker a Gem Award. GRUMPY CAT AND POKEY #1 OF 6 continues the adventures of the cranky Internet sensation while the first three issue series is collected in the GRUMPY CAT HC. The TWILIGHT ZONE #1959 is a forty page one shot paying tribute to the year that the series began, written by Tom Peyer, Mark Rahner and John Layman with art by Randy Valiente and Colton Worley. Other collected editions this month include RED SONJA/CONAN: BLOOD OF A GOD HC, the SHERLOCK HOLMES, VOL. 3: MORIARTY LIVES TP written by Edgar Award winning novelist David Liss and the LADY RAWHIDE/LADY ZORRO: OUTLAW BLOOD TP. DEVIL’S DUE, now combined with FIRST COMICS brings back a fan favorite created by Mike (Punisher) Baron, perhaps the craziest superhero ever, with BADGER #1 OF 5 with art by Jim Fern and Paul Mounts with a one in ten Paul Pope variant cover. GRAPHIX, the graphic novel imprint of Scholastic Books offers AMULET, VOL. 7: FIRELIGHT of Kazu Kibuishi’s New York Times best selling series. IMPROPER BOOKS offers MULP: SCEPTER OF THE SUN #1 OF 5, an anthropomorphic tale set in the world of mice as they attempt to unravel an archeological Egyptian mystery, and they also offer PORCELAIN: BONE CHINA GN, the follow up to Porcelain: A Gothic Fairy Tale. JOE BOOKS, INC., apparently a subsidiary of Disney launches DISNEY PRINCESS COMIC #1 written and illustrated by Amy Mebberson! ONI PRESS releases a new edition of Sophie (Jem & the Holograms) Campbell’s critically acclaimed original graphic novel WET MOON, BOOK ONE: FEEBLE WANDERINGS TP with a new cover and special extras, a very real cast where strange things happen. STRINGERS, VOL. 1 TP by Marc Guggenheim and Justin Greenwood focuses on digital age parachute journalism in Los Angeles. TINKER #1 OF 4 is written by Jon Hughes, like all the titles from OVERGROUND COMICS about an Asian-American teen obsessed with super heroes but too young to register. SUPER GENIUS offers NEIL GAIMAN’S MR. HERO, VOL. 1 OF 2 in both hard and soft cover editions. This and the two previously offered volumes, Neil Gaiman’s Lady Justice, Vol. 1 and Neil Gaiman’s Teknophage, Vol. 1 were originally published by a now defunct company who hired Neil to set up the parameters of each title, which were then scripted by others. Mr. Hero is written by James Vance with art by Ted Slampyak. SPACE GOAT continues their fascination with the Army of Darkness franchise offering EVIL DEAD 2: REVENGE OF HITLER #1 written by Ian Edginton with art by Oscar Bazaldua as well as EVIL DEAD 2: TALES OF THE EX-MORTIS, VOL. 1 TP. British publisher, TITAN COMICS offers DOCTOR WHO: THE FOURTH DOCTOR #1 OF 5 in addition to their current series featuring the eighth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth Doctors. DEUS EX #1 OF 5 is the prelude to the upcoming new installment of the popular video game and PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR: THE ELITE-EST OF THE ELITE #1 OF 4 needs no explanation. New jumping on points with new arcs begin in two VALIANT titles this month: BLOODSHOT REBORN #11 by Jeff Lemire and Lewis LaRosa and IMPERIUM #13 by Joshua Dysart and Khari Evans. Collections include BLOODSHOT REBORN, VOL. 2: THE HUNT TP, IVAR, TIMEWALKER, VOL. 3: ENDING HISTORY TP and SHADOWMAN DELUXE EDITION, BOOK 2 HC. For manga fans VIZ MEDIA has SCHOOL JUDGMENT: GAKKYU HOTEI, VOL. 1 illustrated by Death Note creator Takeshi Obata, this is a quirky courtroom drama with the best lawyers being elementary school students. Also JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PART 2-BATTLE TENDENCY, VOL. 2 is offered. YEN PRESS offers THE BOY & THE BEAST, VOL. 1 GN, the manga adaptation of author and director Mamoru Hosoda’s biggest box office hit of the same name.

    My Pick of the Month this time is MIRROR #1 from Image Comics.

    And that brings us to the end of this month’s comic listings. Be sure to flip though the catalog when you stop by and see all of the toys, clothing, trading cards, books, magazines, and other merchandise that’s available. If you see something you like, just let me know and I’d be happy to order it for you.

    With Thanksgiving just past and rolling into the Christmas season I know we’re all hectic and strapped for time, but I hope we can all find a moment to express our appreciation for the good things in our lives; that should be a priority of the season, so allow me this opportunity to express how grateful I am to know all of the wonderful people and their families that I’ve met through our mutual love of comic books. You have kept the lights on and kept my family sheltered and the bills paid while allowing me the honor of sharing your reading interests and, as far as I’m concerned we’ve made one big family and I just want to thank you all for making this possible. I wish you all a warm and memorable holiday as I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

    Peace,

    Charlie

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