December 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

The December Previews catalog arrived on Wednesday, November twenty seventh for comics and products that will begin shipping in February of 2020. 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 let me know 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. And, especially with DC, if you’d like a particular cover let me know and I’ll do my best to make it happen.

First I should let you know that this is the month that I order the comics that I’ll be giving away on Free Comic Book Day this year and some customers order these to give out in their school, church or activity groups. If you’d like any, please look through the catalog and tell me which ones and how many and I’ll be happy to order them and sell them to you at my cost (because more comics for everyone is always a good thing!). On to the comics.

IMAGE: Eric Larsen has been writing his series in real time for the past twenty eight years bringing him to SAVAGE DRAGON #250 as the cast has grown, aged and expanded and this big hundred page issue will set the stage for the next fifty issues. Eisner and Harvey Award winner Michael Avon (Powers, United States of Murder, Inc.) Oeming begins a new fantasy series with THE AFTER REALM QUARTERLY #1, forty eight page issues, four times yearly. Chuck (Bitter Root) Brown teams up with Italian artist Prenzy (#Like4Like) for a crime adventure series with ON THE STUMP #1, a violent tale of injustice where, beginning in 1868 presidential debates are conducted as arena style hand to hand combat. A new science fiction story begins with TARTARUS #1 from Johnnie (Alien 3) Christmas and Jack T. (The Unsound) Cole described as Breaking Bad set in Mos Eisley. Also Chuck Brown and David F. Walker return to their brilliant jazz age supernatural horror series with BITTER ROOT #6 illustrated by Sanford Greene. Paul Pope’s 100% TP, originally published by Vertigo is offered as well as Mike Norton’s BATTLEPUG, VOL. 1: WAR ON CHRISTMAS TP with the first five issues of the current series. Other new collections include the DEAD EYES, VOL. 1 TP with the first four issues, ANALOG, VOL. 2 TP and DIE, VOL. 2: SPLIT THE PARTY, both with issues six through ten, HIT-GIRL, VOL. 6 TP with our hero in Mumbai, India, RAT QUEENS, VOL. 7: THE ONCE & FUTURE KING TP with issues sixteen through twenty of volume two and WEATHERMAN, VOL. 2 TP with the six issue, ‘season two’ arc. A couple of months back we were offered Project X-Mas #1 of 3 from Mark Millar with the content and the artist kept secret and now we’re offered PROJECT X #3 of 3, we now know that it’s a sequel to a previous Millar story and that it will be adapted by Netflix soon; otherwise we’re still in the dark. smh

DARK HORSE: Chris Warner writes and Brian Thies illustrates PREDATOR: HUNTERS III #1 OF 4 which links back to the first Predator series at Dark Horse from 1987 (and the ‘B’ cover features glow in the dark ink). Matt (Mind Mgmt, Revolver) Kindt with artist Wilfredo (Jupiter’s Circle) Torres offers BANG! #1 OF 5, an altered reality mystery with lots of disparate people and events possibly all connected to a science fiction author whose books may hold the answers to save or destroy reality. Evan (Beasts of Burden) Dorkin with Veronica and Andy (Sabrina) Fish continue the occult fantasy series with BLACKWOOD: THE MOURNING AFTER #1 OF 4. Mike Mignola returns to the tale of The Crooked Man with HELLBOY & THE B.P.R.D: THE RETURN OF EFFIE KOLB #1 OF 2 illustrated by Zach Howard. Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart’s twelve issue series is collected in the FIGHT CLUB 3 HC. Peter (Shade the Changing Man, X-Statix) Milligan joins Jesus (Hellraiser) Hervas for a science fiction horror tale where a Russian computer virus jumped the species barrier, wiping out most of the adult population in TOMORROW #1 OF 5. Rafael (American Vampire) Albuquerque illustrates and Rafael Scavone writes HIDDEN SOCIETY #1 OF 4, a tale of magic existing outside of the world of science and the struggle to keep magic hidden when a group of nihilist warlocks try to wake the primeval nemesis who could end all; this is the team who adapted Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald. The ALIENS VS PREDATOR: 30TH ANNIVERSARY-THE ORIGINAL COMIC SERIES HC, the comic cross over that preceded the film by fourteen years has the story by Randy Stradley with art by Phill Norwood. The LADY KILLER, VOL. 1 LIBRARY EDITION HC collects both series’ in an over sized collection, the first written by long time collaborator Jamie S. Rich and the second, a solo endeavor by creator Joëlle Jones. Carlos Giffoni and Juan Doe’s recent space adventure with an astral projecting cat is collected in the STRAYED TP as is Phillip Sevy’s science fiction medical mystery in the TRIAGE TP. The ABRAHAM STONE TP collects Joe Kuberts’ long out of print western noir set in New York, California and Mexico and featuring Pancho Villa. The Berger Books imprint offers collections of the two latest series with Ann Nocenti and Flavia Biondi’s RUBY FALLS TP and the EVERYTHING, VOL. 1 TP by Christopher Cantwell and I. N. J. Culbard. And, for all ages comes DISNEY/PIXAR THE INCREDIBLES 2: SLOW BURN #1 OF 3, DISNEY FROZEN: TRUE TREASURE TP and DISNEY’S LADY AND THE TRAMP: THE STORY OF THE MOVIE IN COMICS HC. The classic style horror series is offered in a collected edition with COUNT CROWLEY: RELUCTANT MIDNIGHT MONSTER HUNTER TP and in manga this month comes VAMPIRE HUNTER D, VOL. 9: NOBLE FRONT TP, DANGANRONPA 2: GOODBYE DESPAIR, VOL. 2 TP, GANTZ OMNIBUS, VOL. 5 TP and MOB PSYCHO 100, VOL. 8 TP.

DC: As last month solicited the 750th issue of Wonder Woman, this month comes FLASH #750, an eighty page celebration beginning ‘The Flash Age’, a story building for the past 36 issues, this big special will have one variant cover for each of the decades the character has been published. A sad memorial for a great character who has met his demise at the hands of Bane is a one shot written by James Tynion IV and Peter J. Tomasi with art by Eddy Barrows, the forty eight page BATMAN: PENNYWORTH R.I.P. #1. Amy (Rocket Girl, Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur) Reeder reinvents Gemworld as she writes and illustrates AMETHYST #1. DCEASED: UNKILLABLES #1 OF 3 is by Tom Taylor with art by Karl Mostert and Trevor Scott telling the tale of what the universes’ greatest villains, led by Red Hood and Deathstroke, were up to when the Anti-Life Equation infected the planet. The DC CRIMES OF PASSION #1 eighty page one shot has Slam Bradley narrating this Valentine’s Day special featuring Batman, Catwoman, Harley Quinn and more. At the end of the three part Blackstars series Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp return with THE GREEN LANTERN: SEASON TWO #1 OF 12 as the space corps searches for the next generation of cosmic immortals; the Young Guardians? The husband and wife team of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti return to their most popular series with HARLEY QUINN & THE BIRDS OF PREY #1 OF 4, over sized forty eight page issues from the Black Label imprint, the characters’ first time under a mature readers label. LEVIATHAN: DAWN #1 is a forty eight page one shot from Brian Michael Bendis and long time collaborator Alex Maleev, a spy story from the Eisner Award winning team. The classic tale that introduced the concept of the Multiverse in 1961 is reprinted as THE FLASH #123 FACSIMILE EDITION as is 1960’s first adventure with Hal Jordan as a ring bearer in the GREEN LANTERN #1 FACSIMILE EDITION. The hundred page giants, containing a couple new stories and some rare reprints include the BATMAN GIANT #1, CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS GIANT #2, THE FLASH GIANT #3, SWAMP THING GIANT #3 and WONDER WOMAN GIANT #3 this month. The fifth from the Black Label pop up imprint, Hillhouse is PLUNGE #1 OF 6 by Joe Hill and Stuart Immonen, a tale of Derlith whose crew returns after forty years lost at sea, transformed by a mysterious infection. As his previous contract with the marvelous competition failed to publish much of Brian Michael Bendis’ creator owned projects, DC is now releasing POWERS: THE BEST EVER HC, an original graphic novel illustrated by Michael Avon Oeming from Bendis’ Jinxworld imprint, the dramatic conclusion of Christian Walker’s saga. The SUPERMAN: VILLAINS #1 one shot has stories by Bendis, Matt Fraction, Greg Rucka and Jody Houser showing the criminals’ reactions to the reveal of Clark Kent’s secret identity. AQUAMAN #57 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Robson Rocha will feature the birth of Aquababy. While creating new security measures in the wake of The Infected, Clark and Bruce find that General Zod is on Earth targeting Ras Al Ghul in BATMAN #88 by Joshua Williamson with new artist Nick Derington. JUSTICE LEAGUE #40 begins the next chapter as the Eradicator leads a genetically engineered, super-powered strike team to subjugate Earth, and did Batman’s arrogance bring this about? The forty page THE TERRIFICS #25 is a choose-your-ending tale and the teams’ survival depends on your choices. A new DC Graphic Novel for Kids by Kate Karyus (The Show Must Go On) Quinn and Demitria (The Fade) with artist Maca Gil introduces two new DC characters in the ANTI/HERO TP and a new DC Graphic Novel for Young Adults by Michael Moreci and Sas Milledge is THE LOST CARNIVAL: A DICK GRAYSON GRAPHIC NOVEL redefining the character for a new generation. While two series’ from the Wonder Comics imprint reach their end, DIAL H FOR HERO #12 of 12 and WONDER TWINS #12 of 12, YOUNG JUSTICE #13 begins a new arc as the team is searching for Conner Kent who is trapped on the world of Skartaris, the home of Warlord, and Bendis’ shares writing with David F. Walker and John Timms while Mike Grell provides the artwork. Deluxe collections this month include the ABSOLUTE GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT HC with the original story, the Master of the Future sequel, the Countdown Special: The Search for Ray Palmer and Convergence: Shazam! #1 and #2, BATMAN: CITY OF CRIME: DELUXE EDITION HC by David (Stray Bullets) Lapham and Ramon Bachs, BATMAN: CREATURE OF THE NIGHT HC by Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon, BATMAN: TALES OF THE DEMON HC with lots of Ras Al Ghul tales, the BATMAN UNIVERSE HC with Bendis and Derington’s six issue story and the EVENT LEVIATHAN HC with the six issue series plus the Superman: Leviathan Rising one shot. JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: A CELEBRATION OF 60 YEARS HC collects all of the pivotal moments in the teams’ history from Crisis on Earth Three to the current incarnation and TALES OF THE BATMAN: MARV WOLFMAN, VOL. 1 HC collects all of the authors memorable stories from the eighties. In soft cover collected editions comes BATMAN: ALFRED PENNYWORTH TP with the greatest stories of the characters seventy five year history from his 1943 debut through the recent Batman Annual #3, the DMZ COMPENDIUM, VOL. 1 TP with the first thirty six issues of Brian Wood’s dystopic tale with Manhattan as a demilitarized zone, under the Black Label imprint, HARLEY QUINN, VOL. 4: THE FINAL TRIAL TP with issues sixty four through sixty nine plus the Villain of the Year one shot and JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE CREATING THE DC UNIVERSE: BOOK ONE TP with the one shots of Green Lantern with Dave Gibbons’ art, the JLA with Jerry Ordway, Wonder Woman with Jim Lee, Batman with Joe Kubert, Superman with John Buscema and the Flash with artist Kevin Maguire. The JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE NAIL-THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP has both of Alan Davis’ three issue series’, the ROBIN: YEAR ONE TP returns to print, SUPERMAN, VOL. 2: THE UNITY SAGA: THE HOUSE OF EL TP has issues seven through fifteen and WONDER WOMAN: THE CHEETAH TP has over two hundred pages of stories spanning the hero’s seventy five year history while preparing for the villains’ big screen debut in the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 film. DC Collectibles offers the BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: ARMORED BATMAN BY FRANK MILLER STATUE, DC DESIGNER SERIES: NIGHTWING BY JIM LEE MINI STATUE, the DC DESIGNER SERIES: METAL BATMAN BY GREG CAPULLO MINI STATUE and new animated style action figures: BATMAN: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE: DEATHSTROKE, ROBIN, SUPER ARMOR BATMAN and THE JOKER ACTION FIGURES.

IDW: Just in case you haven’t been keeping up, in issue ninety five Donatello was forced to use some of the ‘ooze’ and a blood transfusion to save their friend but the treatment caused her to mutate into a turtle so now the Turtles have a sister who gets her own limited series in TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: JENNIKA #1 OF 3 written and illustrated by Brahm Revel and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #103, co-written by Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman and artist Sophie Campbell introduces new mutants Zanna, Mushroom and Zink. Some of the best adventures since the original one have been coming from writer Tim Seeley and he continues, this time with artist Ilias Kyrizais in THE CROW: LETHE #1 OF 3. The NAPOLEON DYNAMITE: VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL has Napoleon convincing Pedro to up his ‘cool factor’ if he wants to ask out the girl he likes. The STAR TREK: YEAR FIVE-VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL is by Paul Cornell and Christopher Jones. The TRANSFORMERS VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIAL has two tales of ‘robo-mance’. The MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS #1 series begins their second season with new writer Katie (My Little Pony) Cook and artist Butch Mapa. USAGI YOJIMBO: BUNRAKU AND OTHER STORIES TP collects the first seven issues of the new full color series. The JUDGE DREDD 100 PAGE GIANT has the first Judge Dredd work from Mark (Second Coming) Russell and Paul
(Wolverine: Origin) Jenkins
and lots more. THE MUELLER REPORT: GRAPHIC NOVEL HC is by Shannon (Too Much Coffee Man) Wheeler and journalist Steve Duin including their take on the Ukrainian Call and the Whistle blower Complaint. Maybe the new Hillhouse imprint has just introduced you to master horror writer Joe Hill (who just happens to be the son of Stephen King) and maybe you’re curious about his biggest comic series which is coming soon to Netflix: the LOCKE & KEY series has six volumes available in soft or hard cover with art throughout by Eisner Award winning artist Gabriel Rodriguez.

MARVEL: Fourteen years ago Logan died (for the fourteenth time) and he returned to the living a while back and now, finally he gets his own series again as WOLVERINE #1 from Benjamin Percy with Adam Kubert and Viktor Bogdanovic illustrating as Logan has his family together and safe on Krakoa, issue one priced under eight dollars. There’s also a WOLVERINE: CLAREMONT & MILLER #1 FACSIMILE EDITION, a WOLVERINE: CLAREMONT & BUSCEMA #1 FACSIMILE EDITION and an eighty page MARVEL TALES: WOLVERINE #1 one shot reprint of Uncanny X-Men #162, X-Men #4 and #25. On the island of Krakoa it’s been said that every mutant on Earth lives there but one; now it’s time for Franklin Richards to come home so Chip Zdarsky writes and Terry Dodson illustrates X-MEN/FANTASTIC FOUR #1 of 4. Jonathan Hickman writes and Russell Dauterman illustrates GIANT SIZE X-MEN: JEAN GREY AND EMMA FROST #1 is the first of five one shots showcasing Marvel’s top artists. Derek (Black Order) Landy writes and Federico (Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales) illustrates FALCON & WINTER SOLDIER #1 OF 5 as Bucky and Sam Wilson team up to uncover the new leader of Hydra. Zeb (Nova) Wells and Dylan (Cosmic Ghost Rider) Burnett offers ANT-MAN #1 of 5 as Scott Lang tries again to gain his daughter’s trust. Vita (Prisoner X) Ayala writes and Claire (Fearless) Roe provides the artwork for NEBULA #1 of 5 as she tries to take control of her life and get out from under the shadows of Thanos and Gamora. 2020 MACHINE MAN #1 OF 2 is by Christos Gage and Andy MacDonald plus a back up story by Tom DeFalco. 2020 FORCE WORKS #1 of 3 is by Matthew Rosenberg and Juanan Ramirez with War Machine, U.S. Agent, Mockingbird and Quake battling a robot revolution. MARVEL’S VOICES #1 is a one shot adaptation of Marvel’s podcast series of the same name. GWEN STACY #1 OF 5 from Christos Gage and Todd Nauck tells her ‘origin’, her life before she met Peter Parker with a cast featuring Captain Stacy, Harry and Norman Osborn, Crimemaster, Wilson Fisk, Jean DeWolff, Yuri Watanabe and, of course Spider-Man. MARVEL’S AVENGERS: HULK #1 is a one shot by Jim Zub and Ariel Olivetti under the Gamerverse imprint and leading to the upcoming video game. The forty page FANTASTIC FOUR: GRIMM NOIR #1 one shot is a mystery on Yancy Street involving Dr. Strange’s nemesis, D’Spayre from Gerry Duggan and Ron Garney. SPIRITS OF GHOST RIDER: MOTHER OF DEMONS #1 is a forty page one shot by Ed Brisson and Roland Boschi focusing on Lilith. The sixty four page SAVAGE AVENGERS #0 is a one shot reprinting Uncanny X-Men issues 190 and 191 with a connecting sequence by artist Greg Smallwood and local fan favorite artist Patch Zircher illustrates SAVAGE AVENGERS #10. Saladin Ahmed and Luke Ross bring CONAN: BATTLE FOR THE SERPENT CROWN #1 of 5 set in Las Vegas featuring a wide array of Marvel heroes and villains, perhaps a continuation of the Serpent War currently inprogress. And another Robert E. Howard creation gets it’s first comic series with DARK AGNES #1 of 5 written by Becky Cloonan and illustrated by Luca Pizzari, while CONAN THE BARBARIAN #13 begins a new arc by Jim Zub and Rogê Antônio. Greg Pak will write and Raffaele Ienco will illustrate the new STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1 building on Luke’s refusal to rule the galaxy at Vader’s side, spinning out of The Empire Strikes Back. Deluxe collected editions this month include the INFINITY GAUNTLET: MARVEL SELECT HC, the ADVENTURE INTO FEAR OMNIBUS HC with over eight hundred pages of monster adventures from the seventies, the DITKO IS…STRANGE! KING-SIZE HC with over three hundred pages of the all age appropriate tales from Strange Tales from the early fifties, the MARVEL PORTFOLIO: STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU HC with 12 reproductions of his best covers priced at fifty dollars and STAR WARS: DARTH VADER-DARK LORD OF THE SITH, VOL. 2 HC with the final issues of the second series. In soft cover editions comes DAWN OF X, VOL. 2 TP and DAWN OF X, VOL. 3 TP, each of these collecting the new X-titles chronologically, with volume two having the six #2 issues and volume three the six #3 issues; (I see this as Marvel insisting that we have to read all of the new X-titles to be able to follow the story). BLACK PANTHER & THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA, VOL. 1 TP has the first five issues, ANNIHILATION: SCOURGE TP has the six one shots: Alpha, Nova, Silver Surfer, Beta Ray Bill, Fantastic Four and Omega, currently in progress, CAPTAIN AMERICA BY TA-NEHISIS COATES, VOL. 3: LEGEND OF STEVE TP has issues thirteen through nineteen, the KING THOR TP with the final four issues of Jason Aaron’s memorable run, STRIKEFORCE, VOL. 1 TP has the first five issues and IMMORTAL HULK, VOL. 6 TP has issues twenty six through thirty. STAR WARS, VOL. 13 TP has the final arc plus the one shot Empire Ascendant, The UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL, VOL. 12 TP has the final three issue arc, INVADERS, VOL. 2: DEAD IN THE WATER TP has issues seven through twelve of Chip Zdarsky’s strong series, FANTASTIC FOUR, VOL. 4: POINT OF ORIGIN TP has issues twelve through eighteen and CONAN THE BARBARIAN, VOL. 2: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF CONAN, BOOK TWO TP has issues seven through twelve. LEGENDS OF MARVEL: AVENGERS TP has four one shots: Incredible Hulk: Last Call, Avengers: Loki Unleashed, Thor: The Worthy and Captain America & the Invaders: Bahamas Triangle while the LEGENDS OF MARVEL: X-MEN TP has Wolverine: Exit Wounds, Alpha Flight: True North and New Mutants: War Children. WOLVERINE: THE DAUGHTER OF WOLVERINE TP collects the story from Marvel Comics Presents, Vol. 3 issues one through nine, the FUTURE FOUNDATION TP has the five issue series, BLACK WIDOW BY WAID & SAMNEE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP has the full twelve issue series, the BLACK WIDOW: MARVEL TEAM-UP TP has over two hundred pages of team ups from the seventies to the present and TASKMASTER: THE RIGHT PRICE TP has the two, four-part limited series’ plus two other adventures. BLADE BY MARC GUGGENHEIM: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP is over three hundred pages, FANTASTIC FOUR: HEROES RETURN-THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 2 TP has issues sixteen through thirty two and the annuals from 1999-2000, and two more classic tales, X-MEN MILESTONES: OPERATION ZERO TOLERANCE TP and X-MEN MILESTONES: MESSIAH COMPLEX TP return to print. X-MEN/AVENGERS: ONSLAUGHT, VOL. 1 TP with the beginning of the mid-nineties cross over, MARVEL MONOGRAPH: THE ART OF CHRIS BACHALO TP has his 1994 Generation X works plus his work on Doctor Strange, X-Men, Spider-Man, Captain America and more and, for ages ten and up, ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT: TALL TAILS GN TP.

DYNAMITE: Ryan (MMPR/TMNT) Parrott and Jacob (Red Sonja) Edgar brings DEATH TO THE ARMY OF DARKNESS #1 set six months after the film and the VAMPIRELLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY ART BOOK HC has two hundred and forty pages of cover art featuring Artgerm, J. Scott Campbell, Alex Ross, Joe Jusko and lots more. The JAMES BOND: REFLECTIONS OGN HC is all new, six chapters by six writers: Benjamin Percy, Greg Pak, Andy Diggle, Gail Simone, Mark Russell and Vita Ayala, tracking Moneypenny’s kidnappers. There’s also the JAMES BOND: THE COMPLETE WARREN ELLIS OMNIBUS HC in time for the new film debuting in April.

BOOM! STUDIOS: Simon (Hellblazer) Spurrier writes and Chris Wildgoose illustrates a new science fiction thriller with ALIENATED #1 of 6 where three teen outcasts find an unearthly entity that grows to be a predator needing prey. New collections include the hit ONCE & FUTURE, VOL. 1 TP and the hit SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN, VOL. 1 TP. The BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: LEGACY EDITION, BOOK ONE TP begins the chronological collections of the series’ previously published by Dark Horse, over three hundred pages priced under thirty dollars. FIREFLY, VOL. 3: THE UNIFICATION WAR, PART THREE HC has issues nine through twelve. Their more literary imprint, Archaia releases WE SERVED THE PEOPLE OGN HC where Emei Burell writes and illustrates a graphic memoir of his mother’s experiences in nineteen seventies China under Chairman Mao’s regime. They also offer the Jim Henson’s LABYRINTH CORONATION, VOL. 1 TP with the first third of the twelve issue series. Their Boom! Box imprint for middle school audiences has EAT, AND LOVE YOURSELF OGN TP, a story of coming to terms with eating disorders written and illustrated by Sweeney Boo and GHOSTED IN L.A., VOL. 1 TP from Sina Grace and Siobhan Keenan. Their all ages imprint, kaboom offers the WONDER PONY OGN TP about a sixth grader acquiring the strength and powers of a pony and the STEVEN UNIVERSE: CRYSTAL CLEAN OGN TP.

INDEPENDENTS: With the recent ending to the Walking Dead series, the artist, Charlie Adlard teamed up with writers Ange and Patrick Renault for his new series, the first arc now offered from ABLAZE as the VAMPIRE STATE BUILDING HC. ABRAMS COMICARTS has SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO: THE EPIC TALE OF HARLEM’S LEGENDARY THEATER GN TP, illuminating the theater’s significance in music history, African-American history and urban culture by Ted Fox and James Otis Smith. John (Chew) Layman writes and Karl Mostert illustrates THE MAN WHO F#&%ED UP TIME #1 from AFTERSHOCK, a time travel action comedy. Mark (Supergirl) Sable and artist Maan House launch a modern age monster story where mythological supernatural creatures are used as weapons of mass destruction in GODKILLERS #1. Lonnie (X-Men) Nadler and Zac (The Dregs) Thompson write and Sam (Tommy Gun Wizards) Kivela illustrates a neo-western in UNDONE BLOOD: THE SHADOW OF A WANTED MAN #1. I should point out that all of these first issues are priced just under five dollars for these thirty two page comics; hopefully this is not a sign that the company is not doing well. AHOY COMICS offers the SECOND COMING, VOL. 1 TP with Mark Russell’s complete series plus CAPTAIN GINGER, SEASON 2 #1 with more adventures of cats in space by Stuart (Batman: Nightwalker) Moore and June (Power Pack) Brigman. ALBATROSS FUNNYBOOKS collects the second arc of the comedy fantasy in GRUMBLE, VOL. 2: RAISING HELL IN THE GARDEN STATE TP. In yet another musical mash-up in the town of Riverdale, Alex Segura and Matthew Rosenberg write and Dan Parent illustrates ARCHIE MEETS THE B-52s #1 and JUGHEAD THE HUNGER VERSUS VAMPIRONICA TP collects the recent series, both from ARCHIE COMICS. A new publisher debuts with three titles; CLOVER PRESS offers THE SPIRIT: AN 80TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, an eighty page one shot with ten stories, PIRATES: BOOK ONE with art by Frazetta, Reed Crandall, Graham Ingels, Wally Wood and more and Kevin Eastman’s TOTALLY TWISTED TALES, VOL. 1 which is offered with a choice of two covers by Simon Bisley, each of these have stiff covers and are priced under thirteen dollars each. MARVEL: WE ARE SUPER HEROES HC from DK PUBLISHING is a children’s picture book introducing inspirational and diverse characters such as Miles Morales and America Chavez. More than four hundred and fifty pages of Noah Van Sciver’s works are collected in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF FANTE BUKOWSKY HC from FANTAGRAPHICS. ASTRONAUTS: WOMEN ON THE FINAL FRONTIER GN from :01 FIRST SECOND BOOKS is by Jim Ottavani and Maris Wicks, a non fiction graphic novel aimed at middle school readers telling of Valentina Tereshkova, Mary Cleve and the first women in space, available in hard or soft cover editions. GRAPHIX, the graphic novel imprint of Scholastic Books offers THE BOY WHO BECAME A DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY GN and SHE-RA, BOOK ONE: THE LEGEND OF THE FIRE PRINCESS GN, both available in soft of hard cover editions. KEENSPOT has a new political parody comic, THE YANG GANG #1 with Democratic candidate Andrew Yang in a superhero setting and featuring Whoopi Goldberg and also the DONALD WHO LAUGHS #2 featuring Trumpunisher. NOISEMAKERS: 25 WOMEN WHO RAISED THEIR VOICES AND CHANGED THE WORLD from KNOPF is aimed at girls aged five to twelve, with twenty five artists and stories available in hard of soft cover. THE MAN WITHOUT TALENT GN TP from NEW YORK REVIEW COMICS is the first full length work by the legendary Yoshiharu Tsuge available in English, an autobiographical graphic novel considered to be one of the great works of comics literature. The popular Netflix character comes to comics for the first time in AGGRETSUKO #1 from ONI PRESS and a new series for mature readers by Brian Joines and Jake Elphick, BACKTRACK #1, is a story of crime and auto racing. Lavie Tidhar, winner of the World Fantasy Award writes ADLER #1 of 5, illustrated by Paul (TMNT) McCaffrey from TITAN COMICS, Irene Adler, the only woman who could match Sherlock’s wit, is on a mission to take down Moriarty; the tale guest stars other Victorian heroes like Jane Eyre, Lady Havisham, Marie Curie and more. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA HC is adapted by Cavan Scott and illustrated by José Maria Beroy. The WITH GREAT POEWR COMES GREAT PEDAGOGY SC from the UNIVERSITY PRESS OF MISSISSIPPI brings together scholars, creators and educators from various fields, from K-12 as well as university settings, the reference book builds on approaches to teaching comics and teaching with comics. VALIANT begins DOCTOR TOMORROW #1 of 5 by Alejandro Arbona and Jim Towe, an egotistic teen hot head and star athlete who will hopefully be humbled by the other heroes. BLOODSHOT #0 will arrive the same week as the film launches, an all new adventure by Tim Seeley and Marc Laming to serve as an introduction to the characters and the Valiant universe. VAULT launches FINGER GUNS #1 by Justin Richards and Val Halvorson, where two troubled teens find they can manipulate emotions by firing finger guns. ZENESCOPE begins VAN HELSING VS THE LEAGUE OF MONSTERS #1 of 6 and a one shot, CONSPIRACY: AREA 51. In the MANGA section there’s Disney’s KILALA PRINCESS: MULAN BANDIT MELEE GN from TOKYOPOP, an all age adventure in full color. THE FOX & THE LITTLE TANUKI, VOL 1 GN, an all age tale by Mi Tagawa starring a magical Fox spirit on a path to redemption. VIZ MEDIA offers the classic manga in English for the first time with TRANSFORMERS: THE MANGA, VOL 1 HC as well as the DOWNFALL GN by the Eisner nominated Inio (Goodnight Punpun) Asano. KODANSHA offers the BEYOND CLOUDS, VOL. 1 GN, a resonant adventure about adventure and friendship as a boy with a talent for machines and the mysterious girls whose wings he’s fixed try to find her home, written and illustrated by Nicke. An all new sequel from SEVEN SEAS by Nozomu Tamaki continues the supernatural tale with DANCE IN THE VAMPIRE BUND II: SCARLET ORDER, VOL. 1 GN and, from Hiroya (Gantz) Oku comes GIGANT, VOL. 1 GN, a supernatural science fiction story with an adult film star who grows to the size of a giant. HI SCORE GIRL, VOL. 1 GN from Rensuke Oshikiri at SQUARE ENIX is a love letter to arcade gaming, the original manga that inspired the Netflix series. The top manga launch in early 2018 comes to the U.S.: A MAN AND HIS CAT, VOL. 1 GN by Umi Sakurai about the relationship between an older man and his rescue cat. And that brings us to the end of this months’ comic listings. Also available is apparel, statues, imports, novelties, trading cards, games, models and collectibles and I’m happy to order any of these items for you. The catalog is always on my desk at the shop, so check it out when you stop by.

Each month I try to choose the best comic of the month and there are quite a few contenders this month including: Image’s SAVAGE DRAGON #250 from Erik Larsen and ON THE STUMP #1 from Chuck Brown, Dark Horse’s BANG #1 of 5 by Matt Kindt and Wilfredo Torres, DC’s BATMAN: PENNYWORTH, R.I.P. #1 one shot from Tynion and Tomasi, and AMETHYST #1 from Amy Reeder, Marvel’s X-MEN/FANTASTIC FOUR #1 of 4 from Zdarsky and Terry Dodson, the GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: EMMA FROST & JEAN GREY #1 one shot from Hickman and Dauterman and STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1 from Greg Pak and Raffaelle Ienco, Boom! Studios ALIENATED #1 OF 6 from Simon Spurrier and Chris Wildgoose and from New York Review Comics the Yosiharu Tsuge autobiographical THE MAN WITHOUT TALENT GN TP but when they take the creators who best know the characters involved and then let them tell the story in an over sized Black Label format and, for the first time a story for mature readers, my Pick of the Month
has to go to Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti’s HARLEY QUINN & THE BIRDS OF PREY #1 of 4.

    Thanksgiving has passed, the winter holidays are upon us and, in the consumerist frenzy it may seem difficult to get in the proper spirit; I suggest avoiding the large corporations that are led by billionaires paying their employees substandard wages and instead support the local artists and craft makers to give unique gifts and let your money help our community grow. I am so grateful for the customers and friends that I see regularly at the shop, who support me and my family as well as the quarterly benefits, and I dearly and sincerely wish that you will all have a wonderful holiday season with plenty of family and friends, warmth and joy, and many things to be thankful for (and please don’t take umbrage at my non-denominational holiday wishes; there are 42000 active religions on the planet and, from November first until January fifteenth there are approximately twenty nine holidays observed by seven of the major religions). All the best to you and yours.

    Peace,

    Charlie

    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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