December 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

   The December Previews catalog arrived on Wednesday, November twenty ninth. (I’ll do my best to get this to you as soon as possible (although it may be a couple of days late due to the Secret Santa Benefit on Saturday, December second.) These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in February of 2018. I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you. If there’s anything that you’d like, please try to let me know by the twenty first of the month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders. (Don’t feel obligated to subscribe to a whole series; if you’d just like a copy of the first issue of a new series to try it out, let me know and I’ll be sure to put a copy aside for you.)

 

   The theme is ‘Black History Month’ this month so there will be comics and collections related to African American characters, creators and history. If you’d like more information or would like to see some images of covers and artwork you can go to www.PreviewsWorld.com and there are other articles at www.Scoop.PreviewsWorld.com, or you could sign up for the newsletter and maybe win prizes in the weekly giveaways at www.PreviewsWorld.com/subscribe.

 

   DARK HORSE: INCOGNEGRO: RENAISSANCE #1 OF 5 is by Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece, a black and white prequel to the critically acclaimed Vertigo graphic novel, now available in a new 10th Anniversary Edition, a thriller where our race bending protagonist explores themes of segregation, racial divide and self image. MATA HARI #1 OF 5 is by Emma (Judge Dredd) Beeby and Ariela (Insexts) Kristantina, dealing with the questions still asked a century after her death by firing squad. THE ORIGINALS: THE ESSENTIAL EDITION HC is the only graphic novel that Dave (Watchmen) Gibbons has written and drawn, an Eisner Award winner, a science fiction coming of age tale with never before seen annotated process and sketch pieces, All three of these are part of the new Berger Books imprint, overseen by legendary editor Karen Berger. Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart’s graphic novel sequel to the popular film and novel finally is offered in a soft cover edition with the release of the FIGHT CLUB 2 TP. Rupert Giles returns to High School, as a grown man living in a teen age body in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: GILES #1 OF 4 by Joss Whedon and Erika Alexander with art by Jon Lam. The LEGEND OF ZELDA ENCYCLOPEDIA HC is a 320 page compendium of everything from the first three decades of the game, priced under forty dollars and also available in a DELUXE EDITION HC designed to look like the original gold cartridge for twice the price. The prolific Mike Mignola offers HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D: 1955-BURNING SEASON, a one shot with our hero investigating a spate of spontaneous human combustion in Florida while the B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH, VOL. 2 HC collects volumes four through six plus an expanded sketchbook section and B.P.R.D.: THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, VOL. 1 TP collects the five issue series. After forty years Wendy and Richard Pini finally reach the end of the saga with ELFQUEST: THE FINAL QUEST #24. The REEFER MADNESS TP collects tales from the thirties to the fifties by such industry luminaries as Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster, Jerry Robinson, Jack Kirby, Frank Frazetta and more lamenting the impact of the perceived gateway drug, edited by Eisner and Harvey Award winner Craig Yoe.

 

   DC: We spoke of this a couple of newsletter ago, a couple of titles that spin out of the in progress Batman: Metal and Dark Nights series; DC has reconsidered and moved these books back on their schedules so as not to give anything away prematurely, so SIDEWAYS #1 by Dan DiDio and Justin Jordan with Kenneth Rocafort’s art and THE TERRIFICS #1 by Jeff Lemire with Ivan Reis, both with the vertical fold out covers are offered again, now scheduled to ship in February rather than in December.. Gerard Way’s Young Animal imprint has a five part cross over with the main DCU, the story titled ‘Milk Wars’ which will run through five forty eight page one shots beginning with the JLA/DOOM PATROL SPECIAL #1 by Steve Orlando and Gerard Way with art by Aco and running through the MOTHER PANIC/BATMAN SPECIAL #1 by Jody Houser and Ty Templeton, SHADE THE CHANGING GIRL/WONDER WOMAN SPECIAL #1 by Cecil Castellucci and Mirka Andolfo, CAVE CARSON HAS A CYBERNETIC EYE/SWAMP THING SPECIAL #1 by Jon Rivera and Langdon Foss and ending in the DOOM PATROL/JLA SPECIAL #1 by Orlando and Way with Dale Eaglesham’s art, all five sporting covers by Frank Quitely. BATMAN: SINS OF THE FATHER #1 OF 6 is based on the Telltale Games series and written by Christos Gage with art by Raffaele Ienco. THE BRAVE & THE BOLD: BATMAN & WONDER WOMAN #1 OF 6 is written and illustrated by Liam Sharp where the murder of a Celtic god requires the Amazon to seek help from the Detective. GREEN LANTERN: EARTH ONE, VOL. 1 HC is by the husband wife team of Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko giving Hal Jordan an all new origin. YOUNG MONSTERS IN LOVE is an eighty page prestige format one shot, a Valentine’s Day anthology with a dozen top notch creators. ACTION COMICS #1000: 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN HC is close to four hundred pages, priced under thirty dollars featuring a previously unpublished Golden Age Superman epic, this is a companion the actual thousandth issue due in March. MERA: QUEEN OF ATLANTIS #1 OF 6 is by Dan Abnett and Lan Medina, a long overdue solo adventure. Series’ beginning new arcs and providing good jumping on points this month include BATGIRL & THE BIRDS OF PREY #19 beginning the ‘Full Circle’ story, BATMAN #41 with ‘Everyone Loves Ivy’ part one, DETECTIVE COMICS #975 is ‘The Trial of Batwoman’, DEATHSTROKE #28 begins ‘Chinatown’, GREEN ARROW #37 is ‘The Rise of Red Arrow, GREEN LANTERNS #40 is ‘Human Trafficking’ part one, HARLEY QUINN #37 begins ‘Angry Bird’ featuring the Penguin by the new creative team of Frank Tieri and Mirka Andolfo, HELLBLAZER #19 by Tim Seeley and Davide Fabri begins ‘The Good Old Days’, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #24 is ‘New Life and Death’ part one, NEW SUPER-MAN & THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF CHINA #20 begins ‘Seas of Change’ along with a title change, RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS #19 is ‘Date Night’, SUPER SONS #13 begins ‘Mother’s Day’, SUICIDE SQUAD #35 is ‘Hacked’ part one and SUPERMAN #40 is the beginning of ‘Suicide Planet’. The TITANS #20 is ‘Titans Apart’ part one as the team disbands and WONDER WOMAN #41 is ‘Amazons Attacked’ part one. There’s also the MISTER MIRACLE #1 DIRECTOR’S CUT which features a new eight page origin story. Deluxe collected editions this month include: ALL-STAR BATMAN, VOL. 2: ENDS OF THE EARTH TP and ALL-STAR BATMAN, VOL. 3: THE FIRST ALLY HC collecting the two final arcs of the series, DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL HC collects ‘Dark Days: The Forge’, ‘Dark Days: The Casting’ plus two issues of ‘Final Crisis’, ‘The Return of Bruce Wayne’, a couple of issues of Batman and one of Nightwing, the BATMAN AND HARLEY QUINN HC with a twelve issue story that serves as a sequel to the Batman and Harley Quinn animated film, BATMAN NOIR: THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN HC with the second book of the trilogy in black and white, showcasing Frank Miller’s pencils, THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES: THE SILVER AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 HC and the WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ OMNIBUS, VOL. 3 HC. In soft cover collections there’s BATGIRL, VOL. 3: SUMMER OF LIES TP with issues twelve through seventeen, THE FLASH, VOL. 5: NEGATIVE TP with twenty eight through thirty two, GREEN LANTERNS, VOL. 5: OUT OF TIME with twenty seven through thirty two, THE HELLBLAZER, VOL. 3: THE INSPIRATION GAME TP with issues thirteen through eighteen, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, VOL. 3: PANIC IN THE MICROVERSE TP with twelve through seventeen, SUPER SONS, VOL. 2: PLANET OF THE CAPES TP with six through ten and, outside of Rebirth is AQUAMAN: THE LEGEND OF AQUAMAN TP with the Aquaman Special and issues one through five from Keith Giffen’s series from 1989, BATGIRL: STEPHANIE BROWN, VOL. 2 TP with thirteen issues of Batgirl plus a couple of specials, BATMAN ’66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN ’77 TP with the six issue limited series, BATMAN AND SUPERMAN IN WORLD’S FINEST COMICS-THE SILVER AGE, VOL. 2 TP with over three hundred pages of World’s Finest from the fifties including Bat-Mite and Mr. Mxyzptlk, BATMAN BY NEAL ADAMS, BOOK ONE TP with stories from World’s Finest and The Brave and the BoldBATMAN: GOTHIC TP representing the Grant Morrison and Klaus Janson arc from Legends of the Dark KnightBATMAN: NEW GOTHAM, VOL. 2 TP with Greg Rucka tales from Detective Comics and Superman, BATMAN: TALES OF THE MAN-BAT TP with both of the Man-Bat limited series, DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS, VOL. 6: WAR STORIES TP with the final issues of the series, DC COMICS: THE ART OF DARWYN COOKE TP with all of his stories and a bunch of his covers from 1985 and up, THE HAWK AND THE DOVE: THE SILVER AGE TP with the origin and all of the earliest appearances, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: POWER AND GLORY TP with Bryan Hitch’s New 52 tales, JUSTICE LEAGUE TASK FORCE, VOL. 1: PURIFICATION PLAGUE TP with the twelve issue series, PLANETARY: BOOK TWO TP, new larger edition of Warren Ellis’ incredible stories and WONDER WOMAN: FORGOTTEN LEGENDS TP with stories by Trina Robbins, Kurt Busiek and more. Their creator owned imprint, VERTIGO begins DEATHBED #1 OF 6 by Joshua (Flash) Williamson and Riley (The Batman Who Laughed) Rossmo promising ‘an insane world of psychedelic violence and explosive supernatural adventure’. New collections include Brian K. Vaughan’s EX MACHINA: THE COMPLETE SERIES OMNIBUS HC, almost fifteen hundred pages for a hundred and fifty dollars, the SCALPED: BOOK TWO TP and THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON: THE DELUXE EDITION HC, over three hundred pages priced under forty dollars. Their collectible imprint, DC DIRECT offers the GOTHAM CITY GARAGE: SUPERGIRL STATUE, the DC GALLERY TWO-FACE COIN PROP, a replica of the double headed silver dollar for thirty dollars, BATMAN BLACK & WHITE BATMAN BY BECKY CLOONAN STATUE, the DCTV: BLACK LIGHTNING STATUE, DC BOMBSHELLS: WONDER WOMAN DELUXE STATUE plus four new action figures: DC ESSENTIALS: BATMAN, DEATHSTROKE, THE FLASH and REVERSE-FLASH.

 

   IDW: I’ve found the first three offerings from the Black Crown imprint to be like new lost series’ from the Vertigo line, circa 1970; their latest offering being PUNKS NOT DEAD #1 written by David Barnett with art by Martin Simmonds asking ‘What if a ghost named Sid was your father figure?’ G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO VS THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN #1 is probably a six issue limited series, (but they aren’t telling as they think I’ll order more if I think it’s ongoing), written by Ryan Ferrier with art by S. L. Gallant. There’s the OPTIMUS PRIME ANNUAL 2018 and the GHOSTBUSTERS ANNUAL 2018 and the second series begins with GOOSEBUMPS: DOWNLOAD AND DIE #1. Mike Carey and Peter Gross, creators of The Unwritten launch THE HIGHEST HOUSE #1, a tale of a slave boy named Moth who is befriended by an entity called Obsidian who promises happiness but most likely has a hidden agenda. SPIDER KING #1 is a Vikings vs aliens tale by Josh Vann and Simone D’Armini. PRISON SHIP is a hard cover black and white graphic novel written by Bruce Jones with the art of Esteban Maroto that was originally published in eighties while RICK VEITCH’S THE ONE #1 OF 6 has been called the ‘last word on super heroes’ that brings the US and Russia to the brink of annihilation.

 

   IMAGE: Originally released through Marvel’s creator owned imprint, Icon, Mark Millar’s breakout series moves to Image with KICK-ASS #1, still by Millar and John Romita, Jr. but that’s not Dave Lizewski in the green and yellow spandex. The previous series’ will be released in four volumes of new trade paperbacks, plus HIT-GIRL #1 from Millar and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz takes the pint sized Punisher to Columbia. VS #1 is by Ivan (Drifter) Brandon and Esad (Secret Wars) Ribić, a tale of privately funded wars as a spectator sport. THE BEEF #1 OF 5 is described as ‘a biochemical romance’ written by Richard (Elephantmen) Starkings and Tyler Shainline with Shaky Kane’s art. DEATH OF LOVE #1 OF 5 is by Justin Jordan and Donal Delay, a ‘love stinks’ tale in time for Valentine’s Day as is the four issue weekly TWISTED ROMANCE #1 OF 4 by Alex de Campi, each issue has a different artist and also features backup stories and centers around the Hearbreak Incorporated agency dedicated to breaking up romances. MULTIPLE WARHEADS: GHOST THRONE is a new one shot from Brandon Graham tying up the story that started in the Island anthology. THE WICKED + THE DIVINE: 1923 is also a one shot, by Kieron Gillen and Aud Koch. Titles beginning new arcs for good jumping on points this month include CURSE WORDS #11, DESCENDER #27, I HATE FAIRYLAND #16, MOONSHINE #7 and SAGA #49. BINGO LOVE OGN is by Tee (Love is Love) Franklin and Jenn (Jem & the Misfits) St-Onge, a story of love, family and resilience spanning six decades. The FIREBUG TP is by Johnnie (Angel Catbird) Christmas collecting the full story from the Island anthology plus all new material about the volcano goddess KeeganLAZARUS SOURCEBOOK #3 VASSALOVKA supplies all of the data of the Family who birthed the Dragon. POSTAL: LAURA is another one shot by Bryan Hill focusing on the heartless enforcer whose son has chosen to break the rules. New collected editions include the REDLANDS, VOL. 1 TP and the SACRED CREATURES, VOL. 1 TP, BLACK SCIENCE, VOL. 7: EXTINCTION IS THE RULE TP, GENIUS, VOL. 2: CARTEL TP, GHOST STATION ZERO TP, GLITTERBOMB, VOL. 2: THE FAME GAME TP, HORIZON, VOL. 3 TP and RINGSIDE, VOL. 3: SHOOT TP. New merchandise includes the Walking Dead EZEKIEL & SHIVA: ALL OUT WAR ACTION FIGURE available in ‘color’ and ‘bloody’ editions, the SAGA: HAZEL & IZABEL AF TWO PACK and the WALKING DEAD 2018 SERIES 1 FIGURE ASSORTMENT featuring SAVIOR PRISONER DARYL and EZEKIEL from the television program.

 

   MARVEL: In the aftermath of the Phoenix Resurrection series Jean Grey is back (in a world that she doesn’t recognize) so she gathers a team with Nightcrawler, Namor and Laura X-23 Kinney who unite as X-MEN RED #1 in a forty page first issue written by Tom Taylor and illustrated by Mahmud Asrar. DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION #1 OF 5 will be written by Donny (Thanos) Cates and Nick (Secret Wars) Spencer with art by Rod Reis also launching with a forty page first issue where Stephen restores Las Vegas from it’s destruction that happened during Secret Empire and he inadvertently opens the door to allow Mephisto to take the city for himself. CAPTAIN AMERICA #698 by the stellar team of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee begins ‘Out of Time’ leading up to the big seven hundredth issue. The legacy numbering graces PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #300 by Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert, a six dollar issue that’s part four of the ‘Most Wanted’ story. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #42 is by Dan Slott and Cory Smith; perhaps Betty Brant’s late husband, Ned Leeds isn’t dead after all. VENOM #161 begins ‘Tangled Webs’ by Mike Costa and Tigh Walker, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #16 begins ‘Fast Times at Midtown High’ by Jody Houser and Nathan Stockman, BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #14 begins ‘Bad to the Bone’ by Peter David and Will Sliney and the BLACK PANTHER ANNUAL #1 is by Don McGregor, Christopher Priest and Reggie Hudlin with art by Daniel Acuňa, Ken Lashley and others. BLACK PANTHER: THE SOUND AND THE FURY #1 is a one shot by Ralph Macchio and Andrea Di Vito with T’Challa battling Klaw. LOCKJAW #1 OF 4 is by Daniel Kibblesmith and Carlos Villa where the teleporting ‘dog’ is in search of his lost litter mates. INFINITY COUNTDOWN: ADAM WARLOCK #1 is another forty page one shot, this one by Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder as our hero is reborn from the realm of the dead and is in search of the Soul Stone with Kang the Conqueror as his guide. INFINITY COUNTDOWN PRIME #1 is also a one shot but it’s ‘classified’ so Marvel is offering no information about the writers, artists or story. X-MEN GOLD #21 begins ‘Brotherhood’ as ‘the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants is back and more deadly than ever’, by Mark Guggenheim and Diego Bernard. The ‘Poison X’ story running through X-MEN BLUE #20 and #21 continues in VENOM #162 and then back to X-MEN BLUE #22, all written by Cullen Bunn with Jacopo Camagni illustrating the X-titles and Will Robson on the Symbiote book. Following the trends of the Marvel Cinematic Universe beginning in January there will be ‘post credit scenes’ at the end of key Marvel titles asking the question ‘Where is Wolverine?’. STAR WARS: THRAWN #1 OF 6 will be written by Jody Houser with Luke Ross’ art, this is the adaptation of Timothy Zahn’s novel. The X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN TP collects the two issue series of the same name in an over sized treasury format priced under thirty dollars, written and illustrated by Ed (Hop Hop Family Tree) Piskor, a tour of the mutant teams’ history stitching hundreds of stories into one seamless overview. THANOS: THE INFINITY SIBLINGS OGN HC is the first of a trilogy by the characters’ creator, Jim Starlin and long time collaborator Alan Davis. Deluxe collected editions include MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC, DEADPOOL: WORLD’S GREATEST, VOL. 4 HC, MS MARVEL, VOL. 4 HC, VENOMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC and the RUNAWAYS BY BRIAN K. VAUGHAN & ADRIAN ALPHONA OMNIBUS HC. Soft cover collections include SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES, VOL. 4 TP, SPIDER-MEN II TP, IRON FIST: SABRETOOTH-ROUND TWO TP, X-MEN BLUE, VOL. 3: CROSS TIME CAPERS TP, ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 3: INFINITY QUEST TP, GENERATIONS X, VOL. 2: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST TP, X-MEN BLUE, VOL. 0: REUNION TP, STAR WARS, VOL. 7: THE ASHES OF JEDHA TP, DEADPOOL BY POSEHN & DUGGAN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 2 TP and CLOAK AND DAGGER: RUNAWAYS AND REVERSALS TP.

 

   INDEPENDENTS: Dave Sim of AARDVARK-VANAHEIM continues the parodies using his well known character, this time as THE AMAZING CEREBUS! #1, the cover a homage to Amazing Spider-Man #300. Terry Moore of ABSTRACT STUDIOS offers the RACHEL RISING OMNIBUS SC, nine hundred pages for fifty five dollars. Chris (Blue Beetle, Evolution) Sebela and Hayden (The Few) Sherman begins COLD WAR #1 at AFTERSHOCK, a tale of people woken from cryogenic sleep only to find themselves handed a weapon and sent to war. AlsoROUGH RIDERS: RIDE OR DIE #1 begins the third series of the alternative history adventure by Adam (Suicide Squad) Glass and Patrick (Untold Tales of Spider-Man) Oliffe and, in collections comes JIMMY’S BASTARDS, VOL. 1 TP and ELEANOR & THE EGRET, VOL. 1 TP. The all age titles from AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY seem to never have a second issue but this month they have PINK PANTHER VS THE INSPECTOR #1 as well as CASPER AND HOT STUFF #1 where one of the stories is illustrated by Eric Shanower. The one shot political parody comic from ANTARCTIC this month is THE TREMENDOUS TRUMP-A MAN-CHILD COVFEFE. ARCHIE offers AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, VOL. 2 TP continuing the horror series where the zombie apocalypse has come to Riverdale and THE ARCHIES #5 will guest star Tegan and Sara. ASPEN STUDIOS launches PORTALBOUND #0 OF 5 with Earth teens trying to stop an emperor from a parallel world and they also have CHARISMAGIC, VOL. 3, #1 OF 6 and SHRUGGED, VOL. 3 #1 OF 6. Two new titles from BLACK MASKTHE WILDS #1 written by Vita (Wonder Woman Annual) Ayala, a tale of survival in bleak times and COME INTO ME #1, a horror series about body image, social media and memory described as the ‘insane lovechild of The Fly and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). BONGO COMICS, home of the Simpsons offers a KRUSTY THE CLOWN one shot and Jim Balent at BROADSWORD COMICS releases TAROT: WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE, VOL. 11 TP for adults only. BOOM! STUDIOS begins LUCAS STAND: DEMONS #1 OF 4 picking up where the previous series left off and the CYANIDE & HAPPINESS: A GUIDE TO PARENTING BY THREE GUYS WITH NO KIDS TP, a stick figure tutorial for a dysfunctional family. Their ARCHAIA imprint is chock full of Henson with JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: FAIRIES #3 OF 4, JIM HENSON’S THE POWER OF THE DARK CRYSTAL #11 OF 12 and, the one you’ve been waiting for JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH #1 OF 12 telling the untold history of the Goblin King. They also offer A GIRL IN THE HIMALAYAS SC, a fantasy tale where a human girl needs to prove her worth to the immortal and mystical creatures. Their alternative imprint, BOOM BOX collects the HEAVY VINYL TP (which was originally titled ‘Hi Fi Fight Club’. Their all age imprint, KaBOOM has the REGULAR SHOW 2018 SPECIAL #1 and collects ADVENTURE TIME, VOL. 14 TP. DYNAMITE continues their love for Edgar Rice Burroughs with a new DEJAH THORIS #1 written by Amy (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja) Chu and the main cover is by J. Scott Campbell. Cullen (Harrow County) Bunn will write PUMKINHEAD #1 OF 5 with art by Blacky Shepherd while Meredith (Wonder Woman, Rose) Finch will write XENA #1 OF 5 with art by Vicente Cifuentes. KISS/ARMY OF DARKNESS #1 OF 5 is written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims (X-Men ’92, Deadpool) with art by Kyle Stahm and LEGENDERRY RED SONJA #1 OF 5 is Marc (Harley Quinn) Andreyko with art by Igor Lima. The JAMES BOND: M one shot is by Declan (Civil War, All Star Batman) Shalvey with art by PJ Holden and Dearblha Kelly focusing on the mysterious leader. Adrian Tomine’s latest best seller is now available in soft cover from DRAWN & QUARTERLY: the KILLING AND DYING TP is priced under twenty dollars. 01: FIRST SECOND offers IS THIS GUY FOR REAL?: THE UNBELIEVABLE ANDY KAUFMAN GN written and illustrated by Box Brown. GRAPHIX, the all age graphic novel imprint of Scholastic Books offers Jamie Smart’s BUNNY VS MONKEY, VOL. 3 GN. The DOWNWARD TO EARTH HC adapts Robert Silverberg’s wonderful science fiction novel with art by Phillipe Thirault from HUMANOIDSDREAMLESS #1 collects a web comic by Bobby Crosby and Sarah Ellerton that tells of a man and woman born at the same time in separate countries who live each others lives when asleep where they fall into an unrequited love, as their two nations are at war; set in WWII, the series will be published by KEENSPOT. The BATTLE ANGEL ALITA: MARS CHRONICLE, VOL. 1 SC from KODANSHA tells of the warrior’s life on Mars, a prequel to the popular series by Yukio Kishiro. New publisher MAD CAVE begins with BATTLECATS #1 OF 5 by Mark London and Andy King, a science fiction-fantasy mash up. NBM offers the P. CRAIG RUSSEL’S OPERA ADAPTATIONS HC SET featuring ‘The Magic Flute’, Wagner’s ‘Parsifal’, ‘The Clowns’ from ‘I Pagliacci’, ‘Pelleas and Mellisande’, Strauss’ ‘Salome’ and more; three beautiful volumes, the whole package priced under sixty dollars. Kyle (Rick & Morty) Starks writes and Gabo (The Life After) illustrates the DEAD OF WINTER: GOOD GOOD DOG TP from ONI PRESS, a board game based comic that Kieron Gillen calls a ‘funny zombie apocalypse comic with an A+ dog’. The DEAD WEIGHT: MURDER AT CAMP BLOOM OGN is by Terry (The Amazing World of Gumball) Blas with Molly Muldoon and art by Matthew Seely’s art is a story of kids at a weight loss camp and a murder mystery. The MY BOYFRIEND IS A BEAR OGN is by Pamela Ribon, a Disney animator and the screenwriter of Moana, a romance between a girl and, yes, a bear. And fans of Greg (Wonder Woman, Black Magick) Rucka will be pleased to see STUMPTOWN, VOL. 2: THE CASE OF THE BABY IN THE VELVET CASE TP, illustrated by Matthew Southworth. British publisher REBELLION releases THE BEATLES STORY HC originally serialized in a UK youth magazine, written by Angus Allan beautifully illustrated by Arthur Ranson this is fifty six pages in black and white priced under eighteen dollars covering the first meeting between Lennon and McCartney through Abbey Road and the band’s break up. SCOUT COMICS begins SHIVER BUREAU #1 by Walt Ostlie, a kind of Sherlock Holmes meets GhostbustersSEVEN SEAS manga publishers offer the six hundred and eighty page DEVILMAN: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION, VOL. 1 GN by Go Nagai, the original horror manga that inspired the genre, priced under thirty dollars. From SILVER SPROCKET comes YOUR BLACK FRIEND AND OTHER STRANGERS HC written and illustrated by Ben Passmore, winner of the Ignatz Award and nominated for an Eisner; you may have heard about this on NPR, comics about race, the prison system, bad street art, gentrification told with humor. British publisher TITAN COMICS begins an ongoing series based on the video game with BLOODBORNE #1 written by Ales Kotwith Piotr Kowalski’s artwork and, in addition to their ongoing series they offer the ROBOTECH ARCHIVES, VOL. 1 TP, the first of three, this one collecting the Macross Saga. A new Gothic horror series, ALISIK: FALL #1 OF 2 is by Huburtus Rufledt with art by Helge Vogt, each issues is sixty four pages. ARMSTRONG & THE VAULT OF SPIRITS is a one shot from VALIANT while BLOODSHOT: SALVATION #6 begins a new arc guest starring Ninjak, Shadowman and Dr. Mirage and written by Jeff (Black Hammer) Lemire with Renato (Wolverine) Guedes’ art. Two new children’s books from manga publisher VIZ MEDIA are POKÉMON: SEEK & FIND: KANTO HC and POKÉMON: SEEK & FIND: PIKACHU HC, thirty two pages in each full color activity book, these are the first two of five projected volumes. The final publisher in the catalog, ZENESCOPE offers PEEK-A-BOO #1 OF 5 and THE MUSKETEERS #1 of 5 and the HELLCHILD/INFERNO one shot, all three written by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco.

 

   The Pick of the Month for the December catalog is, as usual, a tough choice. Contenders from Dark HorseINCOGNEGRO: RENAISSANCE #1 OF 5, from DC, the TERRIFICS #1, from IDW: PUNKS NOT DEAD #1, from ImageVS #1, THE BEEF #1 OF 5 and HIT-GIRL #1, from Boom’s Archaia imprint: JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH #1 OF 12 and from NBMP. CRAIG RUSSEL’S OPERA ADAPTATION HC SET were all on the short list but I think that the best this month will Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.’s relaunch of KICK-ASS #1 at Image with a new character in the lycra.

 

   My apologies; this is a whole week late. The benefit on the second of December seriously threw me off schedule. I’ll try to do better in the future. Thank you all for your orders and support! We managed to raise $1,040.00 for our Community fundraiser. We’ll be hosting another benefit on Saturday, the third of February to raise some funds for the good work of the folks at Casa de los Niños.

See you in the funny papers,

   Peace,

   Charlie

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