As always the February Previews catalog is sitting on my desk available for your perusal when you stop by. Meanwhile I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might hold interest for you. These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in April. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and let me know by the twenty first of the month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders.
Some of the codes and abbreviations that I use are: HC (hard cover), TP(trade paperback), SC (soft cover), GN (graphic novel), OGN (original graphic novel-not a reprint or collection), MMPB (mass market paperbacks), AF (action figure), T/C (trading cards), T/S (tee shirt) and☼(to denote an excellent writer, creator or title deserving wider recognition in my humble opinion).
By the way, 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) please send me an email and I will send you this month’s adult catalog in a .pdf format with images, descriptions and prices.
DARK HORSE: When Frank Miller lent his talents to telling hard boiled crime stories the result was an Eisner Award for Best Limited Series and that story is now available in hard cover with the ☼SIN CITY:A DAME TO KILL FOR HC, the original story that inspired the movie. This story led to six more and now all seven of the stories are collected in ☼FRANK MILLER’S BIG DAMN SIN CITY HC and, in addition to all this dark and gritty goodness FRANK MILLER: THE ART OF SIN CITY TP with preliminary sketches, promotional images, published and unpublished pieces is now offered in a soft cover edition for the first time. The TWO PAST MIDNIGHT TP is written by crime writer Duane Swierczynski with art by Eduardo Francisco and tells the first meeting of three heroes: Ghost, X and Captain Midnight collecting the five issue digital series in print for the first time. The Eisner and Harvey Award winning anthology features a full color Usagi Yojimbo story by Stan Sakai along with lots of other stories and serials by the best in the industry in DARK HORSE PRESENTS #35. Matt Kindt’s best selling creation offers a totally silent issue in ☼MIND MGMT #21. The EVE: TRUE STORIES HC is written by Daniel Way with five artists telling the true story of the February 2009 battle when one man destroyed the Band of Brothers and ended the Great War in this online video game with over half a million users. The DRAGON AGE LIBRARY EDITION: VOL. 1 HC collects the trilogy of series’ setting the stage for the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition game. I know the comics industry has been shaken by the transfer of the Star Wars licensed books from Dark Horse to Marvel but it hasn’t happened yet. STAR WARS: REBEL HEIST #1 OF 4 is written by Matt Kindt with art by Marco Castiello, a story telling the truth behind the myth of Hans Solo. ANGEL & FAITH: SEASON TEN #1 is written by Victor Gischler with art by Will Conrad; the Whedonverse may be absent from television but continues strongly in comic form. Jai Nitz writes and Janusz Pawlak illustrates the ☼TOSHIRO TP, a steampunk horror series where steam powered tanks clash with katanas. Richard Corben returns with another of his brilliant adaptations with ☼EDGAR ALLAN POE’S THE PREMATURE BURIAL one shot; (when will they get around to collecting all of Corben’s Poe tales?). Brian Wood’s twenty five issue run has finished and the Cimmerian returns in a new ongoing series written by Fred Van Lente with the art of Brian Ching in CONAN THE AVENGER #1. Evan Dorkin, creator of Milk & Cheese as well as Beasts of Burden returns after twenty years to the final tale of the comic book, science-fiction, fantasy, horror and role-playing club in ☼THE ELTINGVILLE CLUB one shot. Two of Edgar Rice Burrough’s most beloved tales, Tarzan of the Apes and Jungle Tales of Tarzan as illustrated by one of the most influential illustrators ever are collected in the ☼TARZAN: BURNE HOGARTH’S LORD OF THE JUNGLE HC with the first story in black and white and the second in full color. The ☼NEW LONE WOLF & CUB is the return of original creator Kazuo Koike to his world famous characters as Daigoro survives his father’s death to fight on. The original thirty eight volume series is being collected in twenty dollar omnibus editions currently with three volumes so far in print.
DC: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Ray Fawkes and Tim Seeley write and Jason Fabok illustrates the weekly four part series ☼BATMAN ETERNAL #1 that will see Commissioner Gordon on the wrong side of the law, will introduce a Batman villain for the first time in the New 52, will feature a battle between Batman and Batgirl and the return of a fan favorite character, Stephanie Brown! This month will bring about an end of six DC series: JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA, SUICIDE SQUAD, SUPERMAN UNCHAINED. STORMWATCH, TEEN TITANS and NIGHTWING. I know, a lot of these will be sorely missed (but isn’t it cool that DC has kept it to fifty two titles these past two and a half years and that, to do so they have to occasionally drop books that are popular?) And there will be new series’ to replace these, like the weekly Batman that I just mentioned and the ☼JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #0 written by Jeff Lemire with Mike McKone’s artwork. The team will feature Animal Man, Martian Manhunter, Adam Strange, Stargirl, Supergirl, Hawkman and Green Arrow and will also debut a new Canadian hero and introduce Justice League Canada. This is a Forever Evil: Aftermath issue as is ☼JUSTICE LEAGUE #30 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis, the first chapter of the ‘Injustice League’ arc, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #14, the series finale by Matt Kindt and Eddy Barrows, ☼JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #30 by J. M. DeMatteis and Andres Guinaldo with a new team leader and a traitor in their midst, ☼NIGHTWING #30, the series finale by James Tynion IV and Meghan Hetrick, SUICIDE SQUAD #30, the series finale by Sean Ryan and Ig Guara where Amanda Waller has to pay the piper for her failure against the Crime Syndicate and FOVERVER EVIL AFTERMATH: BATMAN VS BANE, a one shot by Peter J. Tomasi and Scot Eaton. ☼SECRET ORIGINS #1 is a new series, forty eight pages and this first issue will tell the New 52 origins of Superman, Supergirl and the first Robin, Dick Grayson written by Tony Bedard, Kyle Higgins and Greg Pak with art by Paulo Siqueira, Will Conrad and others. AQUAMAN #30 introduces Hercules to the New 52 and the new series ☼AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS #1 is a prelude to the upcoming ‘Future’s End’ story, written by Dan Jurgens with the art of Lan Medina. FLASH #30 debuts the new creative team of writers Robert Venditti and Van Jensen with art by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund as the Scarlet Speedster tries to rebuild Central City. The new creative team is also responsible for the ☼FLASH ANNUAL #3 which starts a new arc and introduces Wally West! ☼SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #9, as I mentioned, concludes the series by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee. ☼SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #7 by Charles Soule and Paulo Siqueira is a prelude to the ‘Superman: Doomed’ cross over which, as you may have guessed, involves Doomsday’s escape from the Phantom Zone and it continues in ☼ACTION COMICS #30 by Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder as Lex Luthor, basking in glory as a hero, gets involved and ☼SUPERMAN #30 by Scott Lobdell and Ken Lashley, when the inhabitants of the Bottled City of Kandor join the battle. ☼BATMAN #30 by Snyder and Capullo begins the final arc of ‘Zero Year’, titled ‘Savage City’. DETECTIVE COMICS #30 heralds the new creative team of Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul. In ☼BATMAN AND WONDER WOMAN #30 the Dark Knight is in conflict with the Amazon as his quest for Damian’s remains takes him to Paradise Island as written by Peter J. Tomasi with art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray. Ann Nocenti and Patrick Oliffe begin a new arc titled ‘The Race of Outlaws’ in CATWOMAN #30. Gail Simone writes ☼BATGIRL #30 where Barbara tries to save her roommate from Ragdoll and the ☼BATGIRL ANNUAL #2 begins a new arc where our hero must confront the teammate who betrayed her trust: Poison Ivy. Cullen Bunn and Dale Eaglesham expand the Lantern’s presence with ☼SINESTRO #1, now a loner having lost his home, his family and his only friend. The ☼GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ANNUAL #2 by Justin Jordan and Stephen Segovia in titled the ‘Curse of the White Lantern’ and deals with the fact that Kyle is the only being in the universe to ever pass through the source wall, planting the seed for an upcoming epic. Inquiring minds want to know how he managed that. As Jonah Hex returns to the Old West he finds there’s a new Jonah Hex in town and ☼ALL STAR WESTERN #30 also introduces Madam 44 to the New 52 in a back up story illustrated by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. I mentioned that STORMWATCH #30 is the final issue in the series; what I didn’t mention is that this issue is s ‘Future’s End’ prelude that sets up the organization’s role in the future of the DC Universe. The final issue, TEEN TITANS #30 heralds the return of Bunker and Beast Boy while the TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #3 is the culminating battle between the team and Harvest, with art by Kenneth Rocafort. SMALLVILLE: SEASON ELEVEN-LANTERN #1 OF 4 finds Clark wearing the dormant ring once worn by Krypton’s Green Lantern. BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE #9 begins the four part ‘Justice Lords Beyond’ story that will cross between the ‘Batman Beyond’ and the ‘Justice League Beyond’ features. New hard cover collected editions this month include ☼BATMAN AND ROBIN VOL. 4: REQUIEM FOR DAMIAN HC, BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 4: THE WRATH HC, ☼GREEN LANTERN: LIGHTS OUT HC, BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM-LIVING HELL DELUXE EDITION HC, ☼INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, VOL. 2 HC and the ☼GRAPHIC INK: THE DC COMICS ART OF FRANK QUITELY HC collecting all of Frank’s short stories from the ‘Big Book’ series’ that the Paradox Press imprint published as well as his covers for ‘All Star Superman’ and ‘Batman and Robin’ plus work from ‘Flex Mentallo’, ‘JLA: Earth 2’ and more. In the soft cover format, new collections include ☼BATGIRL, VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP, ☼BATMAN, VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP, ALL-STAR WESTERN, VOL. 4: GOLD STANDARD TP, AQUAMAN, VOL. 3: THRONE OF ATLANTIS TP, CATWOMAN, VOL. 4: GOTHAM UNDERGROUND TP, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, VOL. 2 TP, ☼THE MOVEMENT, VOL. 1: CLASS WARFARE TP, RED LANTERNS, VOL. 4: BLOOD BROTHERS TP and the ☼SHAZAM! TP collecting all the back up stories from ‘Justice League’ written by Geoff Johns with Gary Frank’s artwork and cover. Also ☼THE AUTHORITY, VOL. 1 TP by Warren Ellis and Mark Millar with art by Bryan Hitch, Frank Quitely and others returns to print as does ☼BATMAN/DEATHBLOW: AFTER THE FIRE TP by Brian Azzarello with art by Lee Bermejo, Tim Bradstreet and others. The WORLD OF WARCRAFT: DARK RIDERS TP is an original graphic novel by Mike Costa and Neil Googe previously available only in hard cover. Also returning to print are the SHOWCASE PRESENTS: SUPER FRIENDS, VOL. 1 TP, THE SPECTRE, VOL. 1: CRIMES AND JUDGEMENTS TP by John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake and the ☼WATCHMEN TP also gets a new edition. Under DC’s mature reader imprint, VERTIGO a new series titled VERTIGO QUARTERLY: CMYK refers to the four colors used in comic coloring, the first issue being ☼VERTIGO QUARTERLY: CYAN #1 featuring stories and art by such luminaries as Jock, Fabio Moon, James Tynion IV, Joe Keatinge, Tony Akins and more. (The other colors are magenta, yellow and black, if you were wondering.) New collected editions include COFFIN HILL, VOL. 1: FOREST OF THE NIGHT TP, ☼FAIREST, VOL. 3: RETURN OF THE MAHARAJA TP, ☼DMZ: DELUXE EDITION, BOOK 2 HC, ☼EX MACHINA, BOOK TWO TP and ☼SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING, BOOK 6 TP, the latter three being new and larger editions than the previous editions. DC’s imprint for statues and action figures, DC DIRECT offers the BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY-CLAYFACE DELUXE ACTION FIGURE, more than 13” tall for a hundred bucks, the INJUSTICE: BATMAN & THE JOKER ACTION FIGURE 2 PACK for thirty bucks, the POWERGIRL & HUNTRESS ACTION FIGURE 2 PACK for forty five and the Outlaws set with the RED HOOD, ARSENAL and STARFIRE ACTION FIGURES at twenty five each. There are also the DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: STARGIRL STATUE and the BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM-HARLEY QUINN STATUE at a hundred and twenty five each, the BATMAN: UTILITY BELT PROP REPLICA for three hundred and the BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY JAE LEE for eighty bucks. And the final DC item; it seems that DC is handling the distribution for Legendary Comics who offers the GODZILLA HC for twenty bucks to coincide with the film in theaters May sixteenth.
IDW: New York Times best selling author Jonathan Maberry edited the prose anthology V-Wars and now he writes the comic, V-WARS #1 with art by Alan Robinson as a terrorist vampire cell assassinates the Speaker of the House. The ☼STERANKO-NICK FURY: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. ARTISTS EDITION HC collects the first twelve issues, covers included, scanned, full size, from the original art pages for a hundred and forty five dollars. The TRANSFORMERS: WINDBLADE #1 OF 4 ties into the two ongoing series for the ‘Dawn of the Autobots’ cross over series, the new character was the winner of the ‘Fan-Built Bot’ poll to create a new character for the franchise. The TRANSFORMERS LEGACY: A CELEBRATION OF TRANSFORMERS PACKAGE ART HC collects the airbrushed paintings from the first decade of the toys along with essays and interviews from the original illustrators, original design sketches, artwork from toys that never were and more. The ROCKETEER: JET-PACK ADVENTURES is a pulp fiction collection with ten original prose adventures featuring Cliff, Betty Peevy, villains and historical characters such as Howard Hughes, Hedy Lamarr, Johnny Weissmuller, Zane Grey and more. ☼PARKER: THE HUNTER, BY RICHARD STARK WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY DARWYN COOKE HC is the original Parker prose novel in it’s first ever hard cover edition; there will be a signed and numbered version available at a later date. Ed Brisson and Michael Gaydos spin out of the final season with all new adventures of Jack Bauer in 24 #1. I tend to tell of new series and stories in the monthly newsletter but I have to mention ☼FRANKENSTEIN: ALIVE, ALIVE #3 (as issue two came out in November of 2012), this is written by Steve Niles with art by the legendary Bernie Wrightson. The first two sold out issues are also offered in the ☼FRANKENSTEIN: ALIVE ALIVE REANIMNATED EDITION for six bucks. The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ANNUAL 2014 is co-written by Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz with art and cover by Eastman, a big forty eight page epic. The POWERPUFF GIRLS, VOL. 1 TP and the SAMURAI JACK CLASSICS, VOL. 2 TP is offered as well as DEXTER’S LABORATORY #1 OF 4. DANGER GIRL: MAY DAY #1 OF 4 is, of course by Andy Harnell, art this time by John Royle and Jose Marzan and will feature the return of Natalia Kassle, the rogue Danger Girl from the very first series. The X-FILES ANNUAL 2014 has a story by the writer/producer, Frank Spotnitz and a second story scripted by Dave (Cerebus) Sim. The SKYBREAKER TP is an original graphic novel, a genuine Western with the half Sioux, half Christian titular hero in a tale of dark revenge. STAR MAGE #1 OF 6 is a science fiction/magic mash up by JC (Ancient Rising) De La Torre with art by Ray Dillon. The IN THE DARK HC is a horror anthology featuring stories by Scott Snyder, Duane Swierczynski, Cullen Bunn, Tom Taylor, Tim Seeley and more with art by Nate Powell, Andy Belanger and others. 7TH SWORD #1 is a science fiction/samurai mash up by John Raffo with art by Nelson Blake II with a samurai mercenary urged to battle an army of robots and their savage masters.
IMAGE: Jason Aaron and Jason Latour, the team who brought us the brilliant Scalped series launches ☼SOUTHERN BASTARDS #1 described as ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ meets the Coen Brothers…on meth’. ☼INVINCIBLE #111 is a jumping on point; if you’re a fan of the Walking Dead here’s an opportunity to try Robert Kirkman’s superhero title. Compared to the usual superhero fare, this series is always over the top. ☼THE FIELD #1 is by Ed Brisson with art by Simon Roy about a man who wakes in a field wearing nothing but his underwear with no knowledge of how he got there but a found cell phone texts mysterious warnings of danger. ☼SHUTTER #1 is by Joe Keatinge with Leila Del Duca’s art and described as ‘Indiana Jones for the 21st Century’ and a mash up of ‘Fables and Y: The Last Man‘ (which tells me nothing) but it appears that the main character can take pictures in people’s dreams. The ever prolific J. Michael Straczynski offers DREAM POLICE #1 with art by Sid Kotian and Mark Farmer telling the story of two dream police detectives; there was a one shot from Joe several years ago by the same name. Mark Kidwell and Jeff Zornow continue their Vietnam horror series with ☼’68: RULE OF WAR #1 OF 4 and Nathan Edmondson with artist Alison Sampson offer ☼GENESIS, a 56 page cerebral one shot cautionary tale about unlimited power. SELF-OBSESSED is an autobiographical one shot by Sina (Lil Depressed Boy, Not My Bag) Grace in black and white. SHOTGUN WEDDING #1 OF 4 is a weekly series by William Harms and Edward Pun, a tale of vengeance when one assassin leaves another waiting at the altar. Collected editions this month include ☼LAZARUS, VOL. 2: LIFT UP, ☼MANHATTAN PROJECTS, VOL. 4: THE FOUR DISCIPLINES TP, ☼PRETTY DEADLY, VOL. 1 TP and ☼VELVET, VOL. 1: BEFORE THE LIVING END TP, the two latter books at the introductory price of ten bucks each.
MARVEL: SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #31 is the final issue of the ‘Goblin Nation’ story as well as the final issue of the series as it leads into ☼AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1, the return of Peter Parker by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos and the return of the more powerful Electro. There’s also a 75th anniversary variant (which is interesting because the character’s first appearance was in August of 1962 so they’re about 23 years early). ORIGINAL SIN #0 is the prologue to one of this summer’s big cross over series, it’s written by Mark Waid with the meticulous art of Jim Cheung and has something to do with Nova’s recent encounter with the Watcher. ☼IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON #1 will be written and illustrated by Kaare Andrews, ELEKTRA #1 is by Haden Blackman with the art of Michael Del Mundo. ☼HULK #1 is written by Mark Waid with the art of Mark Bagley and follows the events of the finale of Indestructible Hulk last month; how will Hulk wreak vengeance with Bruce Banner at death’s door? Chris Claremont writes and Todd Nauck illustrates a title solicited as X-MEN LEGACY #1 but a couple of days ago Marvel decided they would call this NIGHTCRAWLER #1. A couple of months ago I told you about ☼INHUMAN #1 by Charles Soule with Joe Madureira’s art, it has since been canceled and now it’s back on the schedule to begin in April; the solicitation says ‘get in on the ground floor of the next big Marvel franchise!’ although I think Joe Mad’s art will probably be the big draw. ☼ALL-NEW DOOP #1 OF 5 is written by Peter Milligan with art by David LaFuente and Laura Allred and should be a lot of fun. Last month a 75th anniversary variant was offered for the relaunch of Daredevil (twenty five years early), this month they’re offering ☼DAREDEVIL #1.50 more correctly celebrating the characters’ fiftieth anniversary, a forty page one shot promising lots of clues to his planned adventures for the coming year. DEADPOOL #27 is a hundred page issue for ten bucks featuring the marriage of the merc as told by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn with Mike Hawthorne’s art with lots of extras; Marvel is billing this as the ‘most important issue 27 in the history of comics’ (so maybe it will be worth $1.5 million someday like Detective Comics #27)! The ☼WHAT IF: AGE OF ULTRON #1 OF 5 begins a weekly series written by Joe Keatinge. Each issue will be a separate story asking what would happen if Wolverine had gone back in time and, instead of killing Hank Pym had killed a different Avenger. Issue one is the Avengers without the Wasp, illustrated by Raffaele Ienco, issue two is missing Iron Man with art by Ramon Villalobos, three is minus Thor with Mico Suayan’s art, issue four is without Captain America with Piort Kowalski’s art and the final issue has art by Ming Doyle and asks what if Pym never created Ultron at all. Now that the Cataclysm has ended the universe is relaunched with ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #200 by Bendis, of course, with five artists; this is a one shot. The ALL NEW ULTIMATES #1 is by Michel Fiffe with art by Amilcar Pinna and the team is now Spider-Man, Black Widow, Kitty Pryde, Bombshell and Cloak and Dagger. ULTIMATE FF #1 is by Joshua Hale Fialkov with art by Mario Guevara and this team is Sue Storm, Tony Stark, Machine Man and Sam Wilson. In MIGHTY AVENGERS #9 Ronin finally removes his mask and in AVENGERS #28 Hulk finally confronts Iron Man. The Avengers of the Supernatural (Justice League Dark?) make their first appearance in the UNCANNY AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 by Rick Remender and Paul Renaud. STAR-LORD: TEARS IN HEAVEN collects some more early adventures from Marvel Spotlight and Marvel Premiere by Doug Moench with Bill Sienkiewicz’ and Tom Sutton’s art telling more back story related to the Guardians of the Galaxy. MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: PRELUDE #1 OF 2 is written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning with Wellinton Alves’ art. DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE #1 OF 4 is by Cullen Bunn with Salvador Espin’s artwork. Loosely based on events in the American intelligence community during the Reagan administration, the ☼FIRE HC tells the story of a young man’s journey through the world of international intelligence; written and illustrated by Brian Michael Bendis, this was his first work. ☼X-MEN: NO MORE HUMANS OGN HC I mentioned last month (but Marvel forgot to put it in their catalog last month) so I’ll tell you about it again. This is the first original X-Men graphic novel since X-Men: God Loves Man Kills back in 1982, written by Mike Carey with the art of Salvador Larroca. In collected editions this month are the INFINITY GAUNTLET OMNIBUS HC for a hundred and twenty five bucks, the IRON MAN: FATAL FRONTIER HC by Kieron Gillen and Al Ewing with art by Lan Medina and Neil Edwards, this is the thirteen issue ‘Infinite Comic’ that was previously released digitally. ☼MIRACLEMAN, BOOK 1: A DREAM OF FLYING PREMIERE HC collects the first four issues of Marvel’s reprinting of the Alan Moore masterpiece. ☼GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY/ALL-NEW X-MEN: THE TRIAL OF JEAN GREY PREMIERE HC collects the six issue cross over; as I write this chapter two is on the rack. The DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID, VOL. 3 HC is self explanatory, the THANOS RISING HC collects that five issue series written by Jason Aaron with Simone Bianchi’s art, ☼CATACLYSM: THE ULTIMATES’ LAST STAND HC collects Hunger one through four, Cataclysm 0.1, Cataclysm: The Ultimates’ Last Stand one through five, Cataclysm: Ultimate Spider-Man one through three, Cataclysm: Ultimate X-Men one through three, Cataclysm: The Ultimates one through three and the Ultimate Prologue #1 for fifty bucks. Also the AGE OF ULTRON TP collects the ten issue series, and there’s ☼INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK, VOL. 2: GODS AND MONSTER TP, IRON MAN, VOL 2: THE SECRET ORIGIN OF TONY STARK-BOOK ONE TP, ☼X-MEN, VOL. 2: MUERTAS TP, the ☼ALL-NEW X-MEN, VOL. 3: OUT OF THEIR DEPTH TP, NOVA, VOL. 3: NOVA CORPSE TP, ☼TWELVE: THE COMPLETE SERIES TP by J. Michael Stracznski and Chris Weston, DEADPOOL, VOL. 4: DEADPOOL VS. S.H.I.E.L.D. TP, ☼LONGSHOT SAVES THE MARVEL UNIVERSE TP, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: PETER PARKER-THE ONE AND ONLY TP which collects the #700.1 through the 700.5 issues. Marvel also offers four new posters this month, one of which is a 60” X 25” vinyl poster with most of the Marvel Universe depicted above and below a banner ‘Celebrating 75 Years’ with Mike Deodato’s art for thirty five bucks.
INDEPENDENTS: Above are the ‘big five’ premiere publishers; here are the new offerings from the small press beginning with MERCENARY PIG #1 from AAZURN PUBLISHING, a forty eight page origin issue of this articulate humanoid pig battling an evil food conglomerate, created, written and drawn by Tom Arvis. ABRAMS BOOKS has a new printing, with both volumes now in one book, of ☼KYLE BAKER’S NAT TURNER TP, an almost wordless biography of this great figure in the Civil Rights movement shipping just in time for Black History Month. Also, Phillippe Squarzoni’s ☼CLIMATE CHANGED: A PERSONAL JOURNEY THROUGH THE SCIENCE GN is a documentary, diary and graphic novel, an up to date look at our planet and global warming. Terry Moore’s self published series from his ABSTRACT COMICS begins a new arc, a good jumping on point with ☼RACHEL RISING #25, a critically acclaimed series from a talented creator that has been optioned for film. Designer/illustrator of My Little Pony for Hasbro, Gayle Middleton has created VAMPLETS: UNDEAD PET SOCIETY #1 beginning the legend of the Ghost Pony. Ghosts and a vampyre baby named Lily Rose Shadowlyn notwithstanding this is billed as a ‘terrifyingly sweet bedtime story for all ages’ from ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT there is also a VAMPLETS GHOST PONY PLUSH available. And, on the other hand the same publisher offers ITTY BITTY BUNNIES IN RAINBOW PIXIE CANDY LAND, which is NOT an all age book as these two bunnies are foul mouthed, drug using, offensive, insulting and off color, described as ‘Adventure Time meets underground comix’. I apparently jumped the gun last month when I lamented the loss of two publishers; AMIGO COMICS has re-offered ROGUES! VOL. 2 #1: COLD SHIP, a mature barbarian type pirate tale and ARCHAIA PRESS is now an imprint of BOOM! Studios. ANTARCTIC PRESS offers 64-BIT ZOMBIE #1 which is self explanatory. ARCHIE COMICS offers ☼AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, VOL. 1: ESCAPE FROM RIVERDALE collecting the first six issues of the company’s first mature title and they knocked it out of the park; Robert Aquirre-Sacas writing and Francesco Francavilla’s art made these a fun and surprising read. ASPEN offers ☼LOLA XOXO #1 OF 5, a post apocalyptic tale (on dry land!) by writer artist Siya Oum; this doesn’t look like the usual fare from Aspen; the art is sketchy but solid, it’s not an aquatic adventure and when I look at the artwork the first word that comes to mind isn’t ‘cheesecake’. AVATAR offers ☼CALIBAN #1, a new series by Garth Ennis with art by Facundo Percio, a science fiction horror story involving a routine space journey that goes wrong. BIG DOG INK offers SHAHRAZAD, VOL. 1 TP collecting the first five issues. BOHEMIAN has a heart warming and morally strong tale of a three legged super hero dog named ‘Piggy’ who protects the pets of New York City in ☼A PIGGY’S TALE #1 OF 4. BONGO gives a one shot tale to the admittedly one-dimensional underdeveloped character in DUFFMAN ADVENTURES #1. BOOM! STUDIOS launches a new crime series, DEAD LETTERS #1 by Christopher Sebela with art by Chris Visions which begins with the amnesia trope. They also launch ☼TRANSLUCID #1 OF 6 written by Claudio (Coheed & Cambria) Sanchez and Chondra Echert with art by Daniel Bayliss exploring the thin line between heroes and villains. New York Times best selling author Chad Kultgen has written the DARKLIGHT OGN HC with art by Piotr Kowalski, a space adventure in the last days of the universe. A.C.H. Smith and Jim Henson release the ☼JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH: THE NOVEL HC back in print, first time in hard cover, a prose novel with spot illustrations by Brian Froud. The ☼LUMBERJANES #1 OF 8 is by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis with Brooke Allen providing the artwork, a story of girls at summer camp defeating yetis and three eyed wolves described as ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls‘. HEROBEAR & THE KID: SAVING TIME #1 OF 5 launches the next all age series from Mike Kunkel and the all age imprint KaBOOM! which also has the REGULAR SHOW, VOL. 1 TP, the ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL and the ADVENTURE TIME: SUGARY SHORTS, VOL. 1 TP. As the product in this months’ catalog will arrive during Black History Month I want to mention CAMPFIRE who publishes comic biographies useful for educators like MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: LET FREEDOM RING GN and NELSON MANDELA: THE UNCONQUERABLE SOUL GN and CAPSTONE who has GRAPHIC LIBRARY editions of JACKIE ROBINSON, MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., and ROSA PARKS AND THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT. COMIXTRIBE offers ☼EPIC #1 by Tyler James and Fico Ossio about a Miami teen superhero whose weakness is pretty girls, literally; his powers fade as his attraction to the opposite sex grows. AT DYNAMITE they launched Magnus: Robot Fighter last month, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter the month before so now it’s time for ☼SOLAR: MAN OF THE ATOM #1 written by Frank Barbiere with art by Joe Bennett. The new FLASH GORDON #1 is by Jeff Parker with art by Evan Shaner. (NEW) BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: SIX #1 OF 5 is by J. T. Krul with the art of Igor Vitorino exploring the origins of Number Six. There is also a (CLASSIC) BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ANNUAL 2014 by Robert Place Napton with Kewber Baal’s art and a manga style one shot, RED SONJA AND CUB by Jim Zub with art by Jonathan Lau. Ron Marz writes THE SHADOW OVER INNSMOUTH, a one shot with art by Matthew Dow Smith. DEATH RAY GRAPHICS releases the ☼WEAPON BROWN TP, a post apocalyptic parody; Chuck Brown is a cyborg thug trying to forget a past of demon pumpkins and a red-haired girl he’ll never see again. This four hundred plus page omnibus collects over ten years of Jason Yungbluth’s series. DIABLO PRODUCTIONS has SANITARIUM #1 OF 4, a horror comic whose stories are based on the individual patients’ back stories. Matt Faulkner writes and illustrates GAIJIN: AMERICAN PRISONER OF WAR GN from DISNEY PRESS, a historically significant tale of a Japanese American boy’s internment during World War II. FANTAGRAPHICS offers ☼THE LOVE BUNGLERS, an original graphic novel by Jaime Hernandez exploring family themes starring Maggie from Jaime’s Love & Rockets stories. KODANSHA offers xxxHOLIC: REI, VOL 1, the latest chapter from manga legends, CLAMP. ☼NEW PARADIGM has the WATSON AND HOLMES TP by Karl Bollers with Rick Leonardi and Larry Stroman’s art, a contemporary story set in Harlem with Dr. Watson, an Afghanistan war vet and Holmes, a local P.I.. ONI PRESS offers ☼ARCHER COE & THE THOUSAND NATURAL SHOCKS TP written by Jamie S. Rich and illustrated by Dan Christensen. Dan was here at the shop doing sketches and signing autographs last August during the benefit for Emerge and is a wonderful story teller in his own right with a number of original graphic novels under his belt. Unfortunately they haven’t been translated and are all in French. This is his first American work, the story of a performing hypnotist, called ‘The Mind’s Arrow’ on stage who moonlights as a consultant to the rich and famous. I can’t wait! OSSM COMICS has THANIEL #1 OF 4 written by Omar Spahi with black and white art by Terri Huddleston telling the story of a person born with a mysterious power that doesn’t seem to help his inner city life be anything but tragic. RED 5 COMICS offers BAD DREAMS #1 OF 5 by Gary Winnick where dreamworld misfits must find the missing Mother Night so people can sleep again. HAUNTED #1 OF 4 is by Scott Chitwood with Danny Luckert’s art about the planet being filled with ghosts when the barrier between our world and the spiritual realm is torn down. SELFMADEHERO publishes ☼THE BOXER: THE TRUE STORY OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR HARRY HAFT GN, the story of Harry, who, from the age of sixteen fought other inmates in Auschwitz for the amusement of the SS officers, escaping the Nazi’s in 1945 to come to America and become a professional and undefeated boxer until he faced heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano in 1949. British publisher TITAN has ☼DEATH SENTENCE, VOL. 1 collecting the first six issues of this darkly humorous tale of a sexually transmitted disease that gives superpowers along with six months left to live by Monty Nero and Michael Dowling. Also ☼ORDINARY #1 OF 3 by Rob Williams with art by D’Israeli asks the question What if everyone woke up with super powers-and it was the worst thing in the world? Hopefully the solution lies with Michael Fisher, a New York plumber and the only human unaffected. TOP SHELF offers a reprinting of a sixty year old, sixteen page one shot comic, ☼MARTIN LUTHER KING AND THE MONTGOMERY STORY telling the story of the 1955 Bus Boycott and originally published by the Fellowship of Reconciliation. Personally endorsed by Dr. King this comic has been used to inspire activists in Latin America, South Africa, Vietnam, Egypt and beyond, and all proceeds will go to the Fellowship of Reconciliation who continues to promote non-violence around the world. VALIANT begins SHADOWMAN: END TIMES #1 OF 3 by Peter Milligan with art by Valentine De Landro (and it looks like it won’t end well) and HARBINGER #22 is by Joshua Dysart with Clayton Henry’s art and begins a new three part story, ‘Death of a Renegade’. VERSO offers the ☼BOHEMIANS GN following the nineteenth century counterculture movement from Walt Whitman to Gertrude Stein to Thelonius Monk featuring art by Spain Rodriguez and others. Z2 COMICS offers the ☼ESCAPO HC written and illustrated by Paul Pope, the story of a circus escape artist who can get out of every situation-including death. This was published in 1999 and has long been out of print and this edition includes the rare two page alternate ending only available in the French edition previously as well as a new ten page story, added pin ups and sketchbook content. And, finally, ZENESCOPE offers INFERNO: AGE OF DARKNESS, a one shot tying into the current crossover series. Also GFT: HELSING #1 OF 4 and GFT: GODSTORM-HERCULES PAYNE #1 OF 5 are offered. (All the company’s books that take place within their universe begin with ‘GFT’ for ‘Grimm Fairy Tales Presents’.) And that’s the end of the comic book section.
And, as usual, it’s going to be tough to pick: Jaime Hernandez’ new book, ☼THE LOVE BUNGLERS, Jamie Rich and Dan Christensen’s ☼ARCHER COE & THE THOUSAND NATURAL SHOCKS TP, Paul Pope’s ☼ESCAPO HC, ☼SOUTHERN BASTARDS #1, ☼THE BOXER: THE TRUE STORY OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR HARRY HAFT GN are all major contenders but I think the Pick of the Month for February has to be ☼MARTIN LUTHER KING AND THE MONTGOMERY STORY for it’s incredible historic significance and the wonderful things this comic has brought about throughout the world. This comic has had the power to take the works and words of Dr. King and Rosa Parks and spread them world wide bringing strength, pride and resistance to places that sorely need support of the kind of great leaders that America has been fortunate enough to have.
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I want to get this posted and sent out by email soon; it’s late on the night of the thirty first of January as I write this and tomorrow, the first of February I’ll be having one of my quarterly benefits (for the American Red Cross) and I have a bunch of preparations to make so, please forgive me if I seem abrupt here. Thank you all for your orders, friendship and support. I’m honored by your trust. See you soon!