February 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

    The February Previews catalog is sitting on the desk at the shop as always, available for your perusal when you stop by. Meanwhile I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you.

    These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in April of 2015. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and let me know by the twenty first of this month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders.

    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 in a .pdf format with images, descriptions and prices.

    (Several customers purchase a copy of the Previews catalog each month through their subscriptions to read at their leisure and while the catalog has had a cover price of $4.50 for quite a while now, as of January 2015 the price has been reduced to $3.99 per month, so let me know if you’d like a copy for yourself and I’ll add it to your subscription.)

    As February is Black History Month the catalog features many titles and reprints thematically connected to the celebration of Black culture and history.

    DARK HORSE: REBELS #1 is written by Brian Wood with art by Andrea Mutti and is the story of America’s first militia, taking place in 1775 this is a historic tale of passion for country. Victor Gischler pens THE ORDER OF THE FORGE #1 of 3 illustrated by Tazio Bettin, another tale of the early days of America but with less history and more fantasy, Washington, Franklin and Revere battling an evil Governor and zombies. An anxiously anticipated title that several customers have already added to their subscriptions is ARCHIE VS PREDATOR #1 of 4, as Spring Break in Costa Rica takes an unexpected turn. Other licensed titles include: THE WITCHER: FOX CHILDREN #1 of 5 based on the RPG’s, HALO ESCALATION #17 which begins a new arc and the JUNGLE TALES OF TARZAN HC with twelve tales by a couple of dozen creators taking place before the hero came to lead his ape tribe.

    DC: I’m sure that you’ve all heard the term Convergence and, as with Secret Wars the dialogue is generally filled with questions and confusion. I will do my best to clarify. Convergence will be a two month event. The regular ‘New 52’ titles will be on hiatus. The main series will be eight weekly issues, CONVERGENCE #1 of 8. The entire DCU from the dawn of time through the New 52 must fight against a threat that bends the Multiverse to its will. The comics replacing the regular fifty two titles will consist of forty titles, each a two issue series with the characters from different eras. Characters from the Pre Flashpoint DCU will be featured in CONVERGENCE: THE ATOM #1 of 2 by Tom Peyer with Steve Yeowell’s art, CONVERGENCE: BATGIRL #1 of 2 by Alisa Kwitney with Rick Leonardi’s art, CONVERGENCE: BATMAN & ROBIN #1 of 2 by Ron Marz with Denys Cowan, CONVERGENCE: HARLEY QUINN #1 of 2 by Steve Pugh with Phil Winslade, CONVERGENCE: JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 of 2 by Frank Tieri with Vicente Cifuentes, CONVERGENCE: NIGHTWING /ORACLE #1 of 2 by Gail Simone with Jan Duursema, CONVERGENCE: THE QUESTION #1 of 2 by Greg Rucka with Cully Hamner, CONVERGENCE: SPEED FORCE #1 of 2 by Tony Bedard with Tom Grummett, CONVERGENCE: SUPERMAN #1 of 2 by Dan Jurgens with Lee Weeks’ art and CONVERGENCE: TITANS by Fabian Nicieza with Ron Wagner. Titles with characters from the Zero Hour era include: CONVERGENCE: AQUAMAN #1 of 2 by Tony Bedard with Cliff Richards, CONVERGENCE: BATMAN-SHADOW OF THE BAT #1 of 2 by Larry Hama with Philip Tan, CONVERGENCE: CATWOMAN #1 of 2 by Justin Gray with Ron Randall, CONVERGENCE: GREEN ARROW #1 of 2 by Christy Marx with Rags Morales, CONVERGENCE: GREEN LANTERN /PARALLAX #1 of 2 by Tony Bedard with Ron Wagner, CONVERGENCE: JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1 of 2 by Ron Marz with Mike Manley, CONVERGENCE: SUICIDE SQUAD #1 of 2 by Frank Tieri with Tom Mandrake, CONVERGENCE: SUPERBOY #1 of 2 by Fabian Nicieza with Karl Moline, CONVERGENCE: SUPERGIRL-MATRIX #1 of 2 by Keith Giffen with Timothy Green II and CONVERGENCE: SUPERMAN-THE MAN OF STEEL #1 by Louise Simonson with June Brigman. And the rest of these titles star heroes from the Crisis on Infinite Earths era: CONVERGENCE: ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #1 of 2 by Marv Wolfman with Roberto Viacava, CONVERGENCE: BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #1 of 2 by Marc Andreyko with Carlos D’Anda, CONVERGENCE: THE FLASH #1 of 2 by Dan Abnett with Federico Dallocchio, CONVERGENCE: GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1 of 2 by David Gallaher with Steve Ellis, CONVERGENCE: HAWKMAN #1 of 2 by Jeff Parker with art by Tim Truman and Enrique Alcatena, CONVERGENCE: JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #1 of 2 by Fabian Nicieza with ChrisCross, CONVERGENCE: NEW TEEN TITANS #1 of 2 by Marv Wolfman with Nicola Scott, CONVERGENCE: SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1 of 2 by Stuart Moore with Gus Storms, CONVERGENCE: SWAMP THING #1 of 2 by Len Wein with Kelley Jones, CONVERGENCE: WONDER WOMAN by Larry Hama with Joshua Middleton, CONVERGENCE: ACTION COMICS #1 of 2 by Justin Gray with Claude St-Aubin, CONVERGENCE: BLUE BEETLE #1 of 2 by Scott Lobdell with art by Uishan Li, CONVERGENCE: BOOSTER GOLD #1 of 2 by Dan Jurgens with Alvaro Martinez, CONVERGENCE: CRIME SYNDICATE #1 of 2 by Brian Buccellato with Phil Winslade, CONVERGENCE: DETECTIVE COMICS #1 of 2 by Len Wein with Denys Cowan, CONVERGENCE: INFINITY INC. #1 of 2 by Jerry Ordway with Ben Caldwell’s art, CONVERGENCE: JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #1 of 2 by Dan Abnett with Tom Derenick, CONVERGENCE: PLASTIC MAN AND THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS #1 of 2 by Simon Oliver with John McCrea, CONVERGENCE: SHAZAM! #1 of 2 by Jeff Parker with Evan ‘Doc’ Shaner and CONVERGENCE: WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #1 by Paul Levitz with Jim Fern and Joe Rubinstein. While the era of each of these are important aspects of the stories being told, most all of them have a secondary connection to a popular series or event of that era; for example, the Question is Renee Montoya and she teams up with Two Face to fight an alternate world Harvey Dent, Catwoman fights the Kingdom Come Batman, the Man of Steel is John Henry Irons battling the Gen-13 kids and Wonder Woman fights the vampires of Red Rain to try and save Etta Candy. Whew! Does it make sense now? Feel free to ask questions and look through the Previews catalog when you stop by for more specifics. I’m a bit in the dark as you are about these unknown quantities of stories and I’ve given favorable ratings () to these based on the creators assigned to the characters. Outside of the DCU is an eighty page one shot in the spirit of the Batman ’66 series, WONDER WOMAN ’77 SPECIAL #1 written by Marc Andreyko, beautifully illustrated by Drew Johnson and features the adventures of Lynda Carter as the Amazon Princess. Deluxe collected editions this month include BATMAN & ROBIN, VOL. 6: THE HUNT FOR ROBIN HC, THE FLASH, VOL. 6: OUT OF TIME HC, SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS, VOL. 6: SUPERDOOM HC and the JSA OMNIBUS, VOL. 3 HC, while in softcover editions comes BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS, VOL. 5: GOTHTOPIA TP, BATGIRL, VOL. 5: DEADLINE TP with Gail Simone’s brilliant and emotional final arc, BATMAN /SUPERMAN, VOL. 2: GAME OVER TP, EARTH 2: WORLD’S END, VOL. 1 TP and the GREEN LANTERN, VOL. 5: TEST OF WILLS TP. Other collections include: BATMAN: ARKHAM-THE RIDDLER TP, the FOREVER EVIL TP, BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT, VOL. 1 TP, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, VOL. 4 TP, JLA, VOL. 7 TP and the SMALLVILLE-SEASON 11, VOL. 6: ALIEN TP. From DC’s mature and creator owned imprint, VERTIGO comes STIEG LARSSON’S THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST HC adapted by Denise Mina with art by Andrea Mutti and Antonio Fuso; this completes the adaptation of the trilogy with the first volume available in soft cover (and the second volume will be available in soft cover on the sixth of May). VERTIGO QUARTERLY: SFX #1 will mirror 2014’s Vertigo Quarterly: CMYK series; as last years’ stories were based on the traditional four colors that make up comic books this anthology’s tales will be based on four different sound effects, this first issue dealing with ‘Pop’. (The others are ‘Slam’, ‘Krak’ and ‘Bang’.) New collections are the BODIES TP, EX MACHINA: BOOK FIVE TP and THE UNWRITTEN, VOL. 11: APOCALYPSE TP. DC DIRECT that makes the companies’ collectibles offers the BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: ROXY ROCKET DELUXE ACTION FIGURE which comes with her rocket which lights up and the DC COMICS DESIGNER ACTION FIGURES BY JAE LEE, SERIES 1 featuring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Catwoman. There’s a GREEN LANTERN: HAL JORDAN STATUE, a BOMBSHELLS: LOIS LANE STATUE, a BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE BY BRYAN HITCH STATUE and a BATGIRL: BLACK & WHITE BY CAMERON STEWART AND BABS TARR STATUE each limited to 5200 copies. Also, for thirty bucks a GOTHAM CITY POLICE BADGE as seen on the TV series, Gotham, molded from the show prop, chrome plated and attached to its own leather belt strap.

    IDW: There’s been much talk about Marvel comics since they were acquired by Disney but other than acquiring the Star Wars franchise there hasn’t been much change but when Disney decided that they wanted to have a comic book presence they signed a contract with one of Marvel’s competitors, IDW. There will be four monthly titles bearing Walt’s logo the first being UNCLE SCROOGE #1 (or issue #405 if they continue with legacy numbering) to be followed in subsequent months with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories. IDW‘s extremely successful all age franchise gets a new, weekly event with MY LITTLE PONY: FIENDSHIP IS MAGIC (and, no, that’s not a typo); this will be five issues each focusing on a different villain beginning with Sombra. Also for all ages, the LITTLEST PET SHOP: SPRING CLEANING one shot. More than a dozen years back Mark Waid wrote a kind of science fiction-y Game of Thrones series with artist Barry Kitson and now they pick up where they left off (with the super villain, Golgoth having conquered the world) with EMPIRE: UPRISING #1. After being successfully crowd funded THE INFINITE LOOP #1 of 6 comes to hard copy with a time travel adventure by Pierrick Colinet with artist Elsa Charretier. The third one shot, GARBAGE PAIL KIDS: FABLES, FANTASY AND FARTS again comes with a deluxe edition with an exclusive sticker. I’ve described the ‘Artist’s Editions’ before, giant hard covers featuring photographic reproductions of the artists’ original art pages and this months it’s JACK KIRBY: KAMANDI, THE LAST BOY ON EARTH ARTIST’S EDITION HC collecting six issues including covers for $112.50. And they announce the new ‘Artisan’s Edition’ with the first being WALLY WOOD’S EC STORIES: ARTISAN EDITION and this is 8″ X 12″ scans from the original art by in soft cover for fifty bucks; they vow they’ll do no more than two editions of these per year. DRONES #1 of 5 is by Chris Lewis with art by Bruno Oliveira, a story of predator drone operators at the first terrorism-themed hotel on the Vegas strip.

    IMAGE: Mark Millar offers another expansion to his MillarWorld universe with JUPITER’S CIRCLE #1 with artist Wilfredo Torres, telling of the super team and their personal dramas preceding the events in the just completed Jupiter’s Legacy. Todd McFarlane & Brian Holguin write and Clayton Crain illustrates SAVIOR #1, telling of the world’s first super hero or is he Jesus or the anti-Christ? Chip (Sex Criminals, Howard the Duck) Zdarsky and Kaga (Infinite Kung Fu) McLeod launch KAPTARA #1; that’s the name of the planet that the cast crash lands on. NO MERCY #1 is written by Alex DeCampi with art by Carla Speed McNeil, a Central American adventure with a group of privileged US teens confronting tragedy after a Peace Corps type mission goes wrong. Kurtis (Rat Queens) J. Wiebe writes and Johnnie Christmas illustrates PISCES #1, a ‘Nam vet re-purposed to NASA for a secret First Contact mission is more psychological horror than space opera. RUNLOVEKILL #1 is by Jonathan Tsuei and Eric Canete with a female assassin on the run from a military force in a barricaded city. THE TITHE #1 is written by Matt Hawkins with the art of Rahsan Edkedal, involving the two FBI agents trying to take down Samaritan, a hacker group who is robbing wealthy churches and giving the money to more worthy causes, a kind of Anonymous meets Robin Hood from Top Cow. THE LEGACY OF LUTHER STRODE #1 is again by Justin Jordan with Tradd Moore’s art and this will be the last chapter of the trilogy. The zombie series has another one shot this month with ’68: BAD SIGN. PUNKS: THE COMIC-CBLDF SPECIAL will give 20% of the profits to the anti censorship group for this one shot promising that ‘Every rule of the Comic Code will be broken in these 32 pages’. New collected editions this month include: CRIMINAL, VOL. 4: BAD NIGHT TP by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, GONERS, VOL. 1: WE ALL FALL DOWN TP for ten bucks, JUPITER’S LEGACY, VOL. 1 TP by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, the MPH TP by Millar and Duncan Fegredo, the SUNSTONE, VOL. 2 OGN by Stjepan Sejic, SOUTHERN BASTARD, VOL. 2: GRIDIRON TP with issues five through nine and the WALKING DEAD, VOL. 23 TP collecting issues one thirty three through one thirty eight.

    MARVEL: In the issue of All New Invaders that arrived on the twenty eighth of January we found out that the original Human Torch, Toro is not a mutant as long believed, but an Inhuman. I suspect we’ll find a lot of those we’ve called mutants will be found to actually be Inhuman in the months’ to come. And the launch of UNCANNY INHUMANS #1 by Charles Soule and Steve McNiven will show a different side of Black Bolt. I had hoped to explain Secret Wars but with all of the teasing, they haven’t offered titles or information yet. AVENGERS #44 and NEW AVENGERS #33, both by Jonathan Hickman will be the final issues of those series’ as ‘Time Runs Out’. In last month’s newsletter I mentioned the Amazing Spider-Man Special which is part one of a three part story; part two will be the INHUMAN SPECIAL #1 by the same team, Jeff Loveness and Ryan Lee and the story will conclude the following month in the All-New Captain America Special. Now that Marvel has announced the three ongoing titles (Star Wars, Darth Vader and Princess Leia) they offer their first limited series with KANAN-THE LAST PADAWAN #1 starring Kanan Jarrus, a renegade from the Star Wars: Rebels series taking place between the Clone Wars and the Rebels series’ and written by Greg Weisman with the art of Pepe Larraz. The AVENGERS: OPERATION HYDRA #1 is a one shot by Will Corona Pilgrim with Andrea DiVito’s art, and will also feature a reprint of Avengers #16 when Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch joined the team. The cover of this one shot will be offered as a black and white poster suitable for coloring. The popular young adult novels of James Patterson, Maximum Ride comes to comics (again) with JAMES PATTERSON: MAX RIDE-FIRST FLIGHT #1 adapted by Marguerite Bennett with art by Alex Sanchez. The AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER #1 of 3 is by Al Ewing with art by Alan Davis where, five hundred years in the future Ultron has won and Doctor Doom brings seven Avengers to the future to try and defeat him. Besides the previously mentioned Avengers titles, MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #12 will be the final issue of the series. FANTASTIC FOUR #645 and DEADPOOL #45 are also final issues, the latter being the death of the character and Marvel will switch to ‘legacy numbering’ on that one making it Deadpool #250. In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17 by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos the Ghost has invaded Parker Industries while in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17.1 by Gerry Conway with Carlo Barberi’s art Spidey and the Wraith team up against Hammerhead. SPIDER-MAN 2099 #11 has Alchemax and Parker Industries caught up in a bidding war for a valuable contract, in SILK #3 our hero goes up against the Black Cat and in SPIDER-GWEN #3 Police Lieutenant Frank Castle has been tasked to shut her down. The Guardians of the Galaxy and the X-Men conclude the two month Black Vortex cross over with part ten in CYCLOPS #12, part eleven in CAPTAIN MARVEL #14, part twelve in LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #11 and the conclusion in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & X-MEN: THE BLACK VORTEX-OMEGA #1. The GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: BEST STORY EVER #1 is a one shot by Tim Seeley with art by Jacopo Camagni and Iban Coello relating the story that Peter Quill, again incarcerated, uses to distract his guard. Dan Slott and Mike Allred offer a special forty page issue done in the ‘wide screen’ format with SILVER SURFER #11 and Kamala Khan is crushing on the new kid in town in MS MARVEL #14. Dark Horse has a line titled 1 for $1.00, IDW has their Penny Press editions, Image has the Image Firsts line and DC has the Essential one dollar reprint books; now Marvel launches the True Believers line with TRUE BELIEVERS: INFINITY GAUNTLET #1 for one dollar plus ten more: MARVEL ZOMBIES #1, AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1, CIVIL WAR #1, PLANET HULK #1, HOUSE OF M #1, WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN #1, IRON MAN: ARMOR WARS #1, MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1, AGE OF ULTRON #1 and POWERS #1 all for one dollar each. There has been a lot of interest in the ‘Run the Jewels’ cover that’s a one in fifty incentive variant for HOWARD THE DUCK #2, where the Duck is imprisoned by the Collector along with Rocket Raccoon. There is also a ‘Run the Jewels’ variant for DEADPOOL #45 but their rarity combined with the obvious demand will make these pricey, I think. GEORGE ROMERO’S EMPIRE OF THE DEAD: ACT THREE #1 of 5 brings the epic to a battle between zombies and vampires. DAREDEVIL #15.1 is a forty page tale by Mark Guggenheim, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee described as ‘The life and times of Daredevil, fifty years in the making’. (As his first appearance was in Daredevil #1 in 1964 I’d say it was fifty one years in the making.) Brian Bendis will answer the question Who are the Utopians in the pages of ALL-NEW X-MEN #40 and #41 with art by Mahmud Asrar, Eric seems to be starting his own School for Gifted Mutants on Genosha in MAGNETO #17, Juggernaut returns in AMAZING X-MEN #19 and G. Willow (Ms Marvel, Cairo, Air) Wilson concludes her first arc with X-MEN #26. In collected editions offered this month are the POWERS OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC collecting the first series of thirty seven issues for a hundred and twenty five dollars, the KING-SIZE KIRBY SLIPCASE HC collecting over eight hundred pages dating from the early fifties through the late seventies for two hundred bucks and the THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN HC written and illustrated by Jim Starlin (who else?) and featuring Gamora, Drax, Pip the Troll plus new friends Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon and Groot. The FIGMENT HC collects the five issue all age steampunk series, the SPIDER-VERSE HC with over six hundred pages for seventy five dollars, the AVENGERS: TIME RUNS OUT, VOL. 3 PREMIERE HC by Hickman, AVENGERS EPIC COLLECTION: BEHOLD…THE VISION TP, the fourth volume in the Avengers Epic series, AVENGERS: VISION AND THE SCARLET WITCH TP collecting the four issue limited series from 1982 plus Giant-Size Avengers #4, AVENGERS WEST COAST: VISION QUEST TP collecting John Byrne’s story from 1985, UNCANNY AVENGERS, VOL. 4: AVENGE THE EARTH TP by Remender and Acuña, STAR WARS LEGENDS: EPIC COLLECTION-THE NEW REPUBLIC, VOL. 1 TP collecting almost five hundred pages of various Dark Horse titles for thirty five bucks, the THOR: GOD OF THUNDER, VOL. 2 HC collecting issues twelve through twenty five of Jason Aaron’s stories for thirty five bucks, THOR, VOL. 1: THE GODDESS OF THUNDER PREMIERE HC with Aaron’s first arc of the female version, the SECRET WARS PRELUDE TP with stories from the early sixties to recent comics that will lead up to the promised mega event later this year, AXIS: REVOLUTIONS TP collecting the four issue series, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE TP collecting the five issue series that launched Spider-Gwen, Sp//dr and others, the ORIGINAL SIN TP and the ORIGINAL SINS TP, the FANTASTIC FOUR EPIC COLLECTION: STRANGE DAYS TP, the twenty fifth volume in the Fantastic Four Epic series with early stories featuring Onslaught, ALL-NEW X-MEN, VOL. 5: ONE DOWN TP, UNCANNY X-MEN, VOL. 4: VS. S.H.I.E.L.D. TP, SAVAGE HULK, VOL. 2: DOWN TO THE CROSSROADS TP, X-FORCE, VOL. 3: ENDS/MEANS TP, BUCKY BARNES: THE WINTER SOLDIER, VOL. 1: THE MAN ON THE WALL TP, ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER, VOL. 2: LEGEND TP, X-MEN/AVENGERS: ONSLAUGHT OMNIBUS HC with over twelve hundred pages of tales from the early sixties through the late nineties for a hundred and twenty five bucks, and the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT-STEAL THE GALAXY! PROSE NOVEL-MASS MARKET PAPERBACK, Dan Abnett’s novel in paperback for less than eight bucks. By this time next month I hope to have all the details of the upcoming Secret Wars event.

    INDEPENDENTS: The zombie apocalypse in 1943 is again chronicled in FUBAR: MOTHER RUSSIA #1 of 3 from ALTERNA COMICS, JOHNNY VIABLE AND HIS TERSE FRIENDS is a one shot written and illustrated by Steve Aylett and published by ALTERNATIVE COMICS and, though I’m unfamiliar with the creator, Alan Moore says of him ‘The most original and consciousness-altering living writer in the English language, not to mention the funniest.” so that’s good enough for me! The long running ANTARCTIC PRESS series offers two of their out of print omnibus sized collections back in limited and signed editions with the GOLD DIGGER GOLD BRICK III: REMINTED and GOLD DIGGER GOLD BRICK IV: REMINTED for fifty and sixty dollars, respectively. ARCHIE COMICS again expands their Dark Circle Comics line with THE SHIELD #1 and ‘America’s First Patriotic Hero’ is now a female as written by Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig with art by David Williams joining Mark Waid writing THE FOX #2 and Duane Swierczynski writing BLACK HOOD #3. Scott Lobdell writes a new limited series from ASPEN STUDIOS titled THE FOUR POINTS #1 of 6 with art by Jordan Gunderson, it’s a tale of three Inhumans (can they say that?) joining to unlock secrets of mankind. And, if you hadn’t heard BIG DOG INK has merged with Aspen and their first offering under the new management is SHAHRAZAD #1 of 5, remastered from the previous zero and number one issues published last year. BENITEZ PRODUCTIONS, an imprint of AVATAR PRESS offers LADY MECHANIKA: THE TABLET OF DESTINIES #1 of 6, the second story arc of the popular but long delayed Steampunk series. BLACK MASK COMICS, one of my favorite new publishers offers PIROUETTE, VOL. 1 TP for ten bucks, a beautifully illustrated series of duplicitous clowns and a girl who wants to escape the circus and find her parents. BOUNDLESS, another imprint at AVATAR for Brian Pulido’s projects launches a new companion series to LADY DEATH: APOCALYPSE #3 with EMBER #0, a beautiful, privileged and wealthy woman who acquires elemental fire powers during a plane crash. (As you’ve noticed there are a lot of companies that are being absorbed by others so that many publishers now have multiple imprints.) BOOM! STUDIOS launches UFOLOGY #1 of 6 by James Tynion IV and Noah J. Yuenkel with art by Matt Fox about a small town girl marked by the touch of an alien. The SLEEPY HOLLOW: ORIGINS #1 is a one shot exploring the back story of the television programs’ characters. The CLOCKWORK ANGELS TP collects the six part series written by Neil (Rush) Peart and Kevin J. Anderson with art by Nick Robles. Boom’s ARCHAIA imprint offers the second edition of the MOUSE GUARD ROLE PLAYING GAME in both hard cover and a boxed set while Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos’ all age series gets a soft cover edition with COW BOY, VOL. 1 TP and the acclaimed Israeli cartoonist Asaf Hanuka has a new release as well with THE REALIST OGN HC, an autobiographic collection of his weekly strips in English for the first time. Their BOOM! BOX imprint offers LUMBERJANES, VOL. 1 TP while their all age imprint, KaBOOM! offers ADVENTURE TIME, VOL. 5 OGN: GRAYBLES SCHMAYBLES TP as well as the STEVEN UNIVERSE: GREG UNIVERSE SPECIAL #1 and the BEE & PUPPYCAT, VOL. 1 TP. The COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND offers CBLDF PRESENTS: RAISING A READER! one shot, a sixteen page booklet for parents and educators with activity suggestions and recommendations to get kids reading and engaged that comes in bundles of twenty five copies for five bucks. At DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT Cullen (Moon Knight, Sinestro) Bunn writes MASKS II #1 of 8 with art by Eman Casallos, a team up of masked vigilantes including the Shadow, the Green Hornet and Kato, Black Terror and more. JUNGLE GIRL: SEASON THREE #1 of 5 is written by Frank Cho and Doug Murray with art by Jack Jadson. REANIMATOR #1 of 4 is by Keith Davidsen with art by Randy Valiente with the return of Doctor Herbert West. UNCANNY: SEASON II #1 of 6 is written by Andy (Losers, Green Arrow) Diggle with art by Aaron Campbell. LOOKING FOR GROUP #1 brings the popular long running web comic to print. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS offers THE COMPLETE PEANUTS 1995-1996 HC which is volume twenty three in the series and CHEECH WIZARD’S BIG BOOK OF ME collects all of Vaughn Bodé’s Cheech Wizard comics in a single volume. HILL & WANG offer THE CARTOON INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY TP written by philosopher Michael F. Patton with art by Kevin Cannon and the wisecracking Greek Heraclitus as the narrator and guide. LEGENDARY has collected Judd Winick and Geoff Shaw’s recent tale about a small town tourist trap harboring a rather large surprise in A TOWN CALLED DRAGON TP. NBM has GHETTO BROTHER: WARRIOR TO PEACEMAKER GN by Julian Voloj and Claudia Ahlering; this is the true story of Benjy Melendez, a son of Puerto-Rican immigrants who founded the Ghetto Brothers multiracial gang in the late sixties to foster peace, unite the other gangs and put on weekly street concerts. ONI PRESS launches RICK & MORTY #1 bringing the Adult Swim series to comics and they also release KAIJUMAX #1 written and illustrated by Zander (Top Ten) Cannon, the title referring to the place where all the villains, monsters, anti-heroes, etc. are incarcerated. A short lived comic company a number of years ago released a series about a woman who is the living embodiment of justice, empowering oppressed women and giving them the ability to fight their tormentors; this series was created by Neil Gaiman with art by Bill Sienkiewicz and NBM releases the entire tale in both hard and soft cover formats as NEIL GAIMAN’S LADY JUSTICE. Publisher SHAMBHALA brings COLD MOUNTAIN: THE LEGEND OF HAN SHAN AND SHIH TI, THE ORIGINAL DHARMA BUMS GN, a historic biography of two renegade poets during the Tang dynasty (618-906 CE), champions of social justice who left their poetry on tree trunks and rocks. British publisher, TITAN COMICS offers ZENITH: PHASE THREE HC collecting Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell’s early superhero work and SCARLETT COUTURE #1 begins about a CIA operative in Las Vegas and racing against time from New York to the Coast of Mexico, written and illustrated by Des Taylor. BLOODSHOT REBORN #1 will be a forty page issue launching the ongoing series written by Jeff Lemire with art by Mico Suayan from VALIANT. OZ: REIGN OF THE WITCH QUEEN #1 of 6 begins part three of the Oz Trilogy at ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT now in their tenth year.

    Both JUPITER’S CIRCLE #1 and KAPTARA #1 were contenders this month and the PIROUETTE TP is brilliant, but it’s a collected edition so my Pick of the Month for February has to be the independent one shot JOHNNY VIABLE AND HIS TERSE FRIENDS, the decision based solely on Alan Moore’s recommendation.

    And that completes the comic listings for books arriving in April. Please feel free to look through the Previews catalog when you stop by, check out the books, clothing, toys, statues, games, and other comic related merchandise available and let me know what you’d like and I’ll gladly put it on order for you and send you an email when it arrives.

    This newsletter should appear in your email on February first so let me remind you that on Saturday, the seventh of February (next weekend) I’ll be hosting one of the quarterly benefits, all day, from ten until five. We’ll be trying to raise money for YOTO.ORG, Youth on Their Own, a local charity whose purpose is to make sure that the many homeless teens of Tucson manage to acquire their High School Diplomas. There will be a bunch of talented artists donating their time and talent here who will draw you a sketch for free, there will be a silent auction for original art and there will be a raffle, two chances for one dollar, to win graphic novels, action figures and more, there will be sandwiches supplied by the good folks at Subway and a splendid time is guaranteed for all.

    As always, I can’t thank you all enough for your friendship, for your orders, for keeping the lights on here and for supporting not only my shop but also the four charity events each year helping out the people in our town and community. I’m very fortunate to have such customers and friends with such big hearts and generosity of spirit. All I can say is thank you all; you inspire me. See you soon!

    Peace,

    Charlie

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