December 2016 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

    The December Previews catalog was supposed to arrive on Wednesday, November thirtieth. Unfortunately UPS has lost my shipment so I’m going to do the best I can with a downloaded database of the catalog. 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 March of 2017. 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.)


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    DARK HORSE: VISITOR: HOW AND WHY HE STAYED #1 OF 5 is a new entry into the Mignolaverse dealing with someone who witnessed the conjuring of Hellboy in 1944 as a Nazi weapon, written by Mignola and Chris Roberson with the art of Paul Grist and BALTIMORE: THE RED KINGDOM #1 is by Mignola and Christopher Golden with art by Peter Bergting. As a sequel to Hellboy: The Island comes the HELLBOY: INTO THE SILENT SEA HC, an original graphic novel by Gary Gianni. The EMPOWERED: SOLDIER OF LOVE #1 is written by Adam Warren and illustrated by Karla Diaz and the latest trilogy concludes in AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER TP, VOL. 15: NORTH SOUTH PART 3. The second all age adventure from Eric Powell is collected as CHIMICHANGA: SORROW OF THE WORLD’S WORST FACE HC featuring art by Stephanie Buscema and the recent video game tie in from Garth Ennis is collected in the WORLD OF TANKS TP. The ALIENS: ORIGINAL COMICS SERIES HC, VOL. 2 collects two series’ that preceded Aliens 3: Aliens: Nightmare Asylum and Aliens: Female War which were both four part series’ by Mark Verheiden and Denis Beauvais. And the recent ALIENS: LIFE AND DEATH TP is also collected along with the first arc of the latest incarnation of Robert E. Howard’s Cimmerian tales in CONAN THE SLAYER TP, VOL. 1.


    DC: As My Chemical Romance front man, Gerard Way was given four titles to create and curate with his Young Animal imprint, the same deal applies to Warren Ellis, only his titles will be more focused on DC’s Wildstorm titles than their Vertigo line and the first will be just titled WILDSTORM #1 written by Warren with art by Jon Davis-Hunt and featuring Grifter, Voodoo, the Engineer, Jenny Sparks and more. As part of Rebirth: Phase Two comes JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: REBIRTH #1 written by Steve Orlando with the art of Ivan Reis, this team will feature Batman, Black Canary, Killer Frost, the Ray, Vixen and Lobo. BATWOMAN: REBIRTH #1 will be written by Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV with art by Ben Oliver and Steve Epting. And the much anticipated SUPER SONS #1 will be by Peter J. Tomasi with Jorge Jimenez’ art. Rebirth titles beginning new arcs this month include part one of Mild Mannered in ACTION COMICS #973. Warhead part one in AQUAMAN #16, Valentine’s Day part one in BATGIRL & THE BIRDS OF PREY #7, I Am Bane part one in BATMAN #16, Darkest Night part one in GREEN LANTERNS #16, Quest for the Blue Lantern part one in HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #14, Red Meat, a one shot in HARLEY QUINN #14 focusing on Red Tool, Timeless part one in JUSTICE LEAGUE #15 and Cupid Calls, a one shot aftermath story in NIGHTWING #15. Made in Manhattan part one in TITANS #8 heralds the team’s move to NYC and Godwatch part one in WONDER WOMAN #16 looks into who has been watching the Amazon’s exploits, and why. New Rebirth collected editions include: BATGIRL TP VOL. 1: BEYOND BURNSIDE, CYBORG TP, VOL. 1: THE IMITATION OF LIFE, DEATHSTROKE TP, VOL. 1: THE PROFESSIONAL, HARLEY QUINN TP, VOL. 1: DIE LAUGHING, HELLBLAZER TP, VOL. 1: THE POISON TRUTH, SUICIDE SQUAD TP, VOL. 1: THE BLACK VAULT and TITANS TP, VOL. 1: THE RETURN OF WALLY WEST. New deluxe collections include JUSTICE LEAGUE: POWER & GLORY HC collecting issues one through four plus six through ten of the wide vision Bryan Hitch story, the BATMAN: EGO AND OTHER TAILS DELUXE ED HC collecting Darwyn Cooke’s greatest Batman stories including the complete Catwoman: Selena’s Big Score and more, BATMAN ’66 MEETS STEED & MRS PEEL HC, JSA: THE GOLDEN AGE DELUXE ED HC, SUPERMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS HC, VOL. 4 and the WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ OMNIBUS HC, VOL. 2. Other soft cover releases include: AQUAMAN TP, VOL. 8: OUT OF DARKNESS, BATMAN BY BRIAN K. VAUGHAN TP, BATMAN & SUPERMAN IN WORLD’S FINEST TP, VOL. 1: THE SILVER AGE, TEEN TITANS BY GEOFF JOHNS TP, VOL. 1, DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS TP, VOL. 3: UPRISING, DEATHSTROKE THE TERMINATOR TP, VOL. 3: NUCLEAR WINTER, VIGILANTE BY MARV WOLFMAN TP, VOL. 1, SUPERGIRL BY PETER DAVID TP, VOL. 2, SUPERMAN TP, VOL. 2: RETURN TO GLORY, WONDER WOMAN & THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA TP, VOL. 1 and ZATANNA BY PAUL DINI TP. Also, from their new Hanna-Barbera line comes the FLINTSTONES, VOL. 1 TP and the WACKY RACELAND TP. From their creator owned imprint, VERTIGO comes the ASTRO CITY: HONOR GUARD TP as well as the ASTRO CITY: REFLECTIONS HC plus DMZ TP, VOL. 3, DOOM PATROL TP, VOL. 3, LUCIFER TP, VOL. 2: FATHER LUCIFER, the JACK OF FABLES DELUXE HC, VOL. 1 and Neil Gaiman’s MR PUNCH: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION TP. Their collectibles imprint, DC DIRECT has three new statues: the GOTHAM CITY GARAGE: WONDER WOMAN STATUE, the BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE NIGHTWING STATUE BY JIM LEE and the WONDER WOMAN: ART OF WAR STATUE BY GARCIA LOPEZ.


    IDW: COSMIC SCOUNDRELS #1 OF 5 is a web comic coming to print from Andy (Star Wars: Clone Wars) Suriano and Matt (Gravity Falls) Chapman, a buddy tale of intergalactic ne’er do wells. DARKNESS VISIBLE #1 is by Mike (Unwritten, Lucifer) Carey and Arvind (Dirk Gently) Ethan David, a dark fantasy with demons and aliens. ANIMAL NOIR #1 is described as Chinatown meets Animal Farm with P.I. Manny, a giraffe on the hunt for pornographers producing animal prey films. STARSTRUCK: OLD PROLDIERS NEVER DIE #1 OF 6 is an expansion on what may be the best science fiction comic ever; written by Elaine Lee with the artwork of Michael Kaluta this is remastered from the original series with more than half of the art totally new! The WILLIAM GIBSON: ARCHANGEL HC collects the cyberpunk master’s first comic work. HIGHLANDER: AMERICAN DREAM #1 returns to the franchise three decades after it’s release as Connor MacLeod navigates through the American Civil War, 1950’s Manhattan and the Gathering in 1986. REVOLUTION: AW YEAH #1 features the Transformers, ROM, Optimus Prime. G.I. Joe and the Micronauts. Also M.A.S.K.: MOBILE ARMORED STRIKE COMMAND ANNUAL #1, JUDGE DREDD ANNUAL #1, MY LITTLE PONY ANNUAL 2017 #1 and TRANSFORMERS ANNUAL 2017 #1 are offered. The STAR TREK GOLD KEY 100 PAGE SPECTACULAR collects some nineteen sixties gems, often written without having ever seen the show. Based on the latest app incarnation ANGRY BIRDS: FLIGHT SCHOOL #1 begins. And, continuing the centennial celebration of the ‘King’s’ birth the JACK KIRBY: FOREVER PEOPLE ARTIST EDITION HC has issues one and four through eight of the Forever People series scanned from the ‘King’s’ original pencils. And, this being the thirty fifth anniversary of the first appearance of Dave Steven’s classic character there is also the DAVE STEVENS’ ROCKETEER: ARTISAN EDITION TP featuring the entire series scanned from the original art but in a conventional soft covered comic book size for under forty dollars.


    IMAGE: Greg (Black Magick, Wonder Woman) Rucka and Leandro (The Discipline, Punisher Max) Fernandez begin OLD GUARD #1 about old soldiers in the 21st century hiding their immortality. The BLACK HISTORY IN IT’S OWN WORDS HC features art by Ronald Wimberly with words from Angela Davis, James Baldwin, Ice Cube, Dave Chappelle, Spike Lee and more. SUN BAKERY #1 is an anthology with three stories written and illustrated by Corey Lewis which sold out if its’ original self published run. Gabriel (Invisible Republic) Hardman writes and illustrates an all new horror one shot entitled BELFRY. Ken Garing offers the long awaited sequel to Planetoid with PLANETOID: PRAXIS #1 OF 6. BEAUTY #12 begins a new arc as does PAPER GIRLS #11 and THROWAWAYS #5 while the long running REVIVAL #47 reaches it’s final issue. Collected editions include the ARCLIGHT TP, ECLIPSE TP, VOL. 1, the HUNT TP, the LAKE OF FIRE TP, the PIX, VOL. 1 TP by Gregg Schigiel, described as ‘If Spider-Man was a Disney princess’, SEVEN TO ETERNITY TP, VOL. 1, SNOTGIRL TP, VOL. 1, SUNSTONE HC: BOOK ONE, VELVET DELUXE EDITION HC, FUSE TP, VOL. 4: ORBITAL REVOLUTIONS, HINGES BOOK 3 TP: MECHANICAL MEN, LAZARUS TP, VOL. 6, the NAMELESS TP, OUTCAST TP, VOL. 4 and SEX TP, VOL. 5: REFLEXOLOGY.


    MARVEL: Although they seem to have stopped putting Now in front of their titles Marvel is still launching new titles on a monthly basis. This month comes KINGPIN #1 which will be written by Matthew Rosenberg with Ben Torres’ art, ELEKTRA #1 with writer and artist TBA (to be announced) and BULLSEYE #1 OF 5 also by TBA. The MONSTERS UNLEASHED #2 and #3 OF 5 has some tie ins again this month with DOCTOR STRANGE #1.MU by Chip Zdarsky and Julian Lopez, CHAMPIONS #1.MU by Jeremy Whitley with art by Ted Brandt and Ro Stein, UNCANNY INHUMANS #1.MU by Paul Allor and Brian Level and ALL-NEW X-MEN #1.MU also by Jeremy Whitley with art by Carlo Barberi. IVX #4 and #5 OF 6 are offered with tie ins in EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #19, UNCANNY INHUMANS #19, DEADPOOL AND THE MERCS FOR MONEY #8, ALL NEW X-MEN #18 and UNCANNY X-MEN #18. There are five Avengers books this month: AVENGERS #4.1, AVENGERS #4, UNCANNY AVENGERS #20, GREAT LAKES AVENGERS #5, OCCUPY AVENGERS #4 and U.S. AVENGERS #3. Gwenpool joins Hawkeye, Red Wolf and Nighthawk in CHAMPIONS #5 which Mark Waid has done an excellent job with so far. CLONE CONSPIRACY #5 OF 5 concludes the limited series along with some last minute tie ins: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #24, PROWLER #5 and SILK #17. DAREDEVIL #17 is a jumping on point as the new arc, Purple begins by Charles Soule and Goran Sudzuka. NOVA #3 features the return of Richard Rider back from the dead. As Angela is stuck on planet Earth GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #17 is titled ‘Grounded’ while, in ROCKET RACCOON #3 our potty mouthed hero battles Kraven the Hunter and the story is titled ‘Grounded’ and in STAR-LORD #3 our hero is also confined to Earth in a story titled ‘Grounded’. There are ten different comics, all featuring reprints of Wolverine stories, all priced at one dollar and all beginning with TRUE BELIEVERS. And now that both the Han Solo and the Force Awakens limited series’ have finished we get DARTH MAUL #1 OF 5 written by Cullen Bunn with art by Luke Ross. The DEADPOOL: BAD BLOOD OGN HC is written and illustrated by Rob Liefeld with help from Chris Sims and Chad Bower; guest starring Cable and Domino the book is priced under twenty five dollars. Deluxe collections include: POWERS: BUREAU SAGA HC, SPIDER-MAN’S TANGLED WEB OMNIBUS HC, SPIDER-MAN BY MICHELINIE AND LARSEN OMNIBUS HC, MAX RIDE: FINAL FLIGHT HC, STAR WARS HC, VOL. 2 and the DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU OMNIBUS HC, VOL. 2 while in soft cover comes: DEADPOOL: TOO SOON TP, DEATH OF X TP, UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL: ONLY SQUIRREL IN THE WORLD TP, VOL. 5, UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL: HEAD OF MODOK TP, VOL. 2, UNCANNY AVENGERS-UNITY: CIVIL WAR II TP, VOL. 3, POWER MAN AND IRON FIST: CIVIL WAR II TP, VOL. 2, CLOAK & DAGGER: LOST AND FOUND TP, IRON FIST: BOOK OF CHANGES TP, DEADPOOL CLASSIC: HEAD CANNON TP, VOL. 17, WOLVERINE VS PUNISHER TP and WOLVERINE VS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP.


    INDEPENDENTS: An impressive company that debuted this past March, AFTERSHOCK offers a chance to jump on board one of their many strong series’ with ROUGH RIDERS II #1 written by Adam Glass with art by Pat Oliffe the series features such historical luminaries as Thomas Edison, Teddy Roosevelt, Annie Oakley, Harry Houdini, Jack Johnson and more. AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY is the comic subsidiary of Famous Monsters of Filmland and they offer DARK TALES FROM THE VOKESVERSE #1, an anthology of horror tales featuring all of Neil Vokes characters from three decades in the industry. And they also offer BEDTIME STORIES FOR IMPRESSIONABLE CHILDREN #1 written by former Marvel editor Jim Shooter. Samantha Beck writes and illustrates a retelling of the Greek myth in CADMUS #1 from ANTARCTIC PRESS. The RIVERDALE #1 ongoing series from ARCHIE COMICS is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with art by Alitha Martinez timed to coincide with the new television series. ASPEN STUDIOS dusts off one of their flagship characters to relaunch the ALL NEW FATHOM #1 now written by Blake Northcott with art by Marco Renna. Skater punks and mad scientists drive BLACK MASK‘s latest series: QUANTUM TEENS ARE GO #1 by Magdalene Visaggio and Eryk Donovan. The latest cross over between DC Comics and BOOM! STUDIOS is PLANET OF THE APES/GREEN LANTERN #1 written by Robbie Thompson with Barnaby Bagenda’s artwork under a cover by Ethan Van Sciver. They also offer DEATH BE DAMNED #1 written by stand up comics Ben Acker and Ben Blacker with art by Hannah Christenson, a supernatural tale in the Old West. Their subsidiary imprint, ARCHAIA, offers JIM HENSON’S POWER OF THE DARK CRYSTAL #1 OF 12 written by Simon Spurrier with art by Nichole and Kelly Matthews. The all age imprint, KaBOOM launches STEVEN UNIVERSE ONGOING #1 and the recent limited series is collected as the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: PINK TP, VOL. 1. The CLARENCE OGN, VOL. 2: GETTING GILBEN is priced under fifteen dollars and LUMBERJANES TP, VOL. 6 and REGULAR SHOW TP, VOL. 8 are also offered. RANDOM HOUSE offers BEATLES: ALL OUR YESTERDAYS GN, a history of the Fab Four written by Jason Quinn with art by Lalit Kumar Sharma and timed to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. GODS & THUNDER: OLD NORSE MYTHS GN features the original Viking tales written by Louise Simonson and others with art by Eduardo Garcia and more, suitable for young readers. DYNAMITE begins JOHN CARTER: THE END #1 written by Brian Wood and Alex Cox with Hayden Sherman’s art and taking place centuries in the future where Carter and Dejah Thoris are aged, secluded and mourning a lost son. Paul Cornell writes and Jimmy Broxton illustrates a different take on the character in VAMPIRELLA #0; check it out for just twenty five cents! DEVIL’S DUE has MAELFIC #1 OF 8 written and illustrated by Dan Schaffer, the tale of a disgraced doctor who thinks a new job at an asylum for paranormal neurotics might bring her redemption. HEAVY METAL with Grant Morrison as Editor In Chief for a year offers HEAVY METAL #285 with two stories by Grant plus work by Bilal, Carla Speed McNeil, Alex DiCampi and more. HERMES PRESS, specializing in newspaper strip reprints offers WALT KELLY: PETER WHEAT COMPLETE SERIES TP, VOL. 1 with sixteen of the thirty five sixteen page comics that the Pogo creator did to promote the Peter Wheat bakery products; this is the first collection of these extremely rare stories published from 1948-1951. JOE’S BOOKS a Disney subsidiary, offers DISNEY/PIXAR: TOY STORY #1. ARDDEN offers SMOKETOWN #1, a new crime series by Phillip Kennedy (Warlords of Appalachia) Johnson with new artist Scott Van Domelen. HADDON HALL: WHEN DAVID INVENTED BOWIE HC is the tale of Bowie’s early days living with with his girlfriend and various hangers on in Haddon Hall, where he wrote most of his Ziggy Stardust tunes; published by ABRAMS BOOKS this is written and illustrated by Nejib. British publisher TITAN COMICS offers TANK GIRL: WORLD WAR TANK GIRL #1 OF 4 by Alan Martin and Brett Parsons. Also the Hugo and Nebula Award winning series by Joe Halderman with art by Malvano begins again for new readers with FOREVER WAR #1 OF 6. And WARHAMMER 40000 DEATHWATCH: THE LOST SONS #1 OF 4 is a new series for gaming adventure fans. UDON combines two popular Capcom games with STREET FIGHTER VS DARKSTALKERS #0. And as VALIANT is in the midst of Divinity III they launch a one shot tie in with DIVINITY III: SHADOWMAN #1 by Scott Bryan Wilson and Robert Gill. And that brings us to the end of this months’ comic solicitations. There are also sections of books, magazines, apparel, statues, toys, imports, games and more, so feel free to look through the catalog when you stop by and, if there’s anything you’d like please let me know and I’ll be happy to order it for you!


    I try to pick a favorite comic each month based on the theme and the creators involved and while I think that DC‘s SUPER SONS #1 and IDW‘s STARSTRUCK: OLD PROLDIERS NEVER DIE #1 OF 6 both fit the bill, this month my Pick of the Month is Greg Rucka’s OLD GUARD #1 from Image.


    After more than three decades of selling comics in Tucson, fifteen years since I opened my own shop, there are big changes ahead. On Saturday, the first of February there will be a Grand Reopening event as I’m in the process of buying a permanent location. The new shop will be bigger and better. It will be on Kolb Road near 22nd Street and for the first week there will be thousands of comics on sale for just twenty five cents each. And on Saturday, the eighth of February will be the first of the quarterly benefits in the new location. This one will benefit the good works of our friends at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. There will be a one dollar raffle, there will a silent auction for original art and collectibles and there will be a bunch of talented and generous artists on hand to provide free sketches all day, from ten AM until five PM! When we get closer I will send you all the new address with pictures of the new shop as well as directions. It is YOUR friendship and support over the past decade and a half that’s brought the shop to this point. I’ve been very fortunate and honored to share your interests, meet your families and keep your collections current and your support and loyalty has made this move and expansion possible. THANK YOU ALL! I hope that we can continue together for many years to come.




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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