The February Previews catalog arrived on Wednesday, February first, coinciding with the Grand Reopening at the new location: 1421 S. Kolb Road. 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 2017. If there’s anything that you’d like, please try and let me know by the twenty first of this month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders. (Don’t feel obligated to subscribe to a whole series; if you’d just like a copy of the first issue of a new series to try it out, let me know and I’ll be sure to put a copy aside for you.)
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DARK HORSE: I’m a big fan of Geoff Darrow so I’m excited that he has a new one shot with ♥SHAOLIN COWBOY: WHO’LL STOP THE REIGN? You’re probably most familiar with James Stokoe’s work from his recent Godzilla work, he’s now writing and illustrating the ♥ALIENS: DEAD ORBIT #1 one shot. There’s also the ♥PREDATOR: ORIGINAL COMIC SERIES, 1989-1996 HC, the ♥ALIENS: DEFIANCE TP, VOL. 1 and a ♥PROMETHEUS: LIFE & DEATH one shot by Dan Abnett and Brian Thies. The ♥LEGEND OF KORRA TP, VOL. 1 is written by co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino with art by Irene (Batgirl) Koh. The latest digest with adventures from the first season is offered in the BUFFY-HIGH SCHOOL YEARS: PARASITE TP. ♥USAGI YOJIMBO TP, VOL. 31, EMPOWERED TP, VOL. 10 as well as a new printing of Frank Miller’s ♥LIFE & TIMES OF MARTHA WASHINGTON IN THE 21ST CENTURY TP are offered.
DC: ♥ACTION COMICS #977 is ‘Superman Reborn: Aftermath-Part One’ with tie ins in ♥SUPERGIRL #8 and ♥TRINITY #8 while ♥SUPERMAN #20 is part one of ‘Superman Black’. ♥SUPERWOMAN #9 begins ‘Superwomen: Part One’. ♥GREEN ARROW #21 begins ‘The Rise of Star City’, HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #18 is chapter one of ‘The PRISM OF TIME’ and ♥HARLEY QUINN #17 is ‘Deadly Sin’ part one as Harley Sinn gets released from jail, and this issue also features a back up story by one of the characters’ creators, Paul Dini. The new ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #5 begins ‘Heart of a Bastich’, ♥RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS #9 is part one of ‘Who Is Artemis?’ and Lex Luthor vs Amanda Waller in ‘Earthlings on Fire’ part one in ♥SUICIDE SQUAD #16. Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando co-write ♥BATMAN/THE SHADOW #1 OF 6 with art by Riley Rossmo as the culprit in one of the Dark Knight’s murder investigations appears to be Lamont Cranston. ♥DOOM PATROL #7 has guest artist Michael Allred as The Chief returns, and ♥DOOM PATROL TP, VOL. 1 collects Gerard Way’s first six issues. New collected editions of Rebirth titles continue with ♥BLUE BEETLE TP, VOL. 1,♥BATMAN-DETECTIVE TP, VOL. 2, ♥FLASH TP, VOL. 2, ♥HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS TP, VOL. 2, ♥SUPERGIRL TP, VOL. 1, ♥SUPERWOMAN TP, VOL. 1 and ♥WONDER WOMAN TP, VOL. 2. Other collected editions include ADAM STRANGE: THE SILVER AGE OMNIBUS HC, VOL. 1, the BATMAN-ARKHAM: MISTER FREEZE TP collecting their most brutal encounters, BATMAN: NEW GOTHAM TP from Greg Rucka and Detective Comics in the aftermath of ‘No Man’s Land’ and battling Ras Al Ghul, the ♥BATMAN BY AZZARELLO & RISSO DELUXE ED HC collecting all of their stories for under forty dollars, the ♥BATMAN BY SCOTT SNYDER & GREG CAPULLO BOX SET, VOL. 2 with the fourth, fifth and sixth volumes of their award winning run on the series and the BATMAN: ZERO HOUR TP with all of the related tie ins as all of the cowled crusaders fight against black holes swallowing the past, present and future. The BATMAN/WILDCAT TP has all of the stories crossing into the Wildstorm Universe: ‘Batman/Wildcat’ one through three, ‘Catwoman/Wildcat’ one through three and five issues of the Brave & the Bold. The ♥DC UNIVERSE BY MIKE MIGNOLA HC collects all of the Hellboy creators work in the DC Universe including his collaboration with Neil Gaiman as well as all of Mike’s covers, ♥DEADMAN: DARK MANSION OF FORBIDDEN LOVE TP collects the recent Victorian romance, ♥DOCTOR FATE TP, VOL. 3: FATEFUL THREADS has issues thirteen through eighteen of the current series by Paul Levitz and Sonny Liew, the LAST DAYS OF THE JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA TP has the one shot by the same name plus all eleven Secret Origin tie in stories, the FLINTSTONES AND JETSONS TP, VOL. 1 is a two-in-one collection, GREEN ARROW TP, VOL. 8 continues the Mike Grell series, ♥JLA: YEAR ONE DELUXE HC collects Mark Waid’s twelve issue series with extras, ♥HARLEY QUINN TP, VOL. 6: BLACK, WHITE & RED ALL OVER has issues twenty six through thirty of the previous series, the ♥RAVEN TP has the current six issue series, SUICIDE SQUAD TP, VOL. 6: THE PHOENIX GAMBIT has issues forty through forty nine of John Ostrander’s run, SUPERGIRL TP, VOL. 3: GHOSTS OF KRYPTON guest stars Batman, Superman and the Green Lantern Corps and ♥SUPERMAN: THE FINAL DAYS OF SUPERMAN TP collects the brilliant story that ran through Superman, Action, Batman/Superman and Superman/Wonder Woman. Two new all age collections are ♥SUPERMAN ADVENTURES TP, VOL. 3 and ♥TEEN TITANS GO: READY FOR ACTION TP. AtDC’s creator owned imprint, VERTIGO the continuation of the Fables series gets it’s first collection in ♥EVERAFTER: FROM THE PAGES OF FABLES TP, VOL. 1: PANDORA as well as BOOKS OF MAGIC TP, VOL. 1 with the short story from Vertigo Rave as well as issues one through thirteen and the annual, ♥HELLBLAZER TP, VOL. 16 and ♥FREE COUNTRY: A TALE OF THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE TP, a long unfinished project of Neil Gaiman’s finally complete and in soft cover for the first time. Their collectible imprint, DC DIRECT offers the DC COVER GIRLS: ZATANNA STATUE, the BATMAN ANIMATED GCPD ROGUES GALLERY AF 5 PACK, the BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY NORM BREYFOGLE plus two new DC COMICS SUPER PETS: Starfire‘s pet, the SILKY PLUSH FIGURE and the WHATZIT PLUSH FIGURE of the super turtle.
IDW: It’s been a while but Idea and Design Works renews their license with a new series: 24 LEGACY: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT #1 OF 5 while another current license spins off in MICRONAUTS: WRATH OF KARZA #1 OF 5. Thankfully the same team continues on the new series, ♥JUDGE DREDD: BLESSED EARTH #1 taking place ten years after the events of Mega-City Zero. DIRK GENTLY: HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY: SALMON OF DOUBT TP, VOL. 1 has the first five issues of the series based on Douglas Adam’s popular series while the WYNONNA EARP TP, VOL. 2 collects the first four issues of her Legends series. The ♥WALTER SIMONSON-THOR: RETURN OF BETA RAY BILL ARTIST ED HC collects issues three forty nine through three fifty four in their entirety scanned from the original art. A spin off from Brian Clevinger’s Atomic Robo, REAL SCIENCE ADVENTURES #1 OF 6 deals with a group of Women Airforce Service Pilots banding together after WWII as the Flying She-Devils. The ♥ROCKETEER HIGH FLYING ADVENTURES HC collects all twenty four issues of the continued adventures as written and illustrated by John Cassaday and others. ♥YO-KAI WATCH #1 brings the hit anime series to comics as written by Tucson’s own Eric Esquivel.
IMAGE: The team that brought us Spider-Gwen, Southern Bastards and Drifter strikes again with the series premiere of ♥BLACK CLOUD #1, a story of a woman born in a world of dreams, now on the run in our world as her broken dreams become hot commodities among the wealthy and powerful. ROSE #1 begins a fantasy series by Meredith (Wonder Woman) Finch and Ig (Blue Beetle) Guara. ♥PLASTIC #1 OF 5 is by Doug Wagner with Daniel Hillyard and Laura Martin providing art for the tale of a retired serial killer whose romantic attachment to Virginia quiets his urges until Virginia is kidnapped-BTW she’s a sex doll. Donnie (God Country) Cates launches ♥REDNECK #1 with artist Lisandro Estherren, a tale of a once peacefully coexisting family of vampires in Texas who, after generations become..not so peaceful. Kyle (SexCastle) Starks launches ♥ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN #1, an action comedy within the world of hobos in post WWII America. Erik (Savage Dragon) Larsen with art by Nikos Koutsis brings the ♥MIGHTY MAN one shot about a seven year old girl who inherits the mantle of the World’s Mightiest Man. The SPLITTING IMAGE 80-PAGE GIANT is a celebration of Image’s twenty fifth anniversary, reprinting the parody book by Don (Megaton Man) Simpson with Jim Valentino, Larry Marder and Bob Burden adding more, possibly true tales of the crazies that founded the company. Titles beginning new arcs this month include: ♥BLACK MONDAY MURDERS #5, the ♥FIX #9, ♥SAVAGE DRAGON #223, ♥SEVEN TO ETERNITY #5 and ♥SONS OF THE DEVIL #11 plus the ♥LAZARUS SOURCEBOOK #2: HOCK is offered. Collected editions include ♥AD: AFTER DEATH HC, ♥MOONSHINE TP, VOL. 1, ♥REBORN HC, ♥SAGA: DELUXE ED HC, VOL. 2, SNOWFALL TP, ♥SURGEON X TP, VOL. 1, the ♥WE STAND ON GUARD TP previously only available in hard cover, BLUE MONDAY, TP, VOL. 4, ♥HUNT TP, ♥SAVAGE DRAGON ARCHIVES TP, VOL. 8 and SOUTHERN CROSS TP, VOL. 2. Plus there is the♥STREET ANGEL AFTER SCHOOL KUNG FU SPECIAL HC by Brian Maruca and Jim Rugg. I always keep the first collection of Street Angel stories in stock as ‘America’s first homeless super heroes’ is one of my favorites. This is one that’s going into my meager collection!
MARVEL: I don’t know if it can properly be called another ‘reboot’; that word has some scary connotations, but Marvel is launching a bunch of big new titles again beginning with SECRET EMPIRE #0 OF 9 which seems to be dealing with Captain America and his HYDRA connection but currently it’s all classified: no artist or writer information either. On top of his two current monthly titles comes a third with♥BLACK PANTHER CREW #1 as T’Challa, Storm, Luke Cage, Misty Knight and Manifold fight crime in Harlem written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yona (Black Panther: World of Wakanda) Harvey with art by Butch Guice. ♥X-MEN BLUE #1 will be by Cullen Bunn with art by Jorge Molina and Matteo Buffagni and features the original team of Marvel Girl, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman and Angel with team leader Jean Greyand her mentor Magneto. ♥X-MEN GOLD #1 features a new team formed from the ashes of Inhumans VS X-Men; written by Marc Guggenheim with Ardian Syaf’s art this team will be led by Kitty Pryde and features Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, Old Man Logan and Prestige. Greg Pak will write and Greg Land will illustrate ♥WEAPON X #1; with the program’s advanced research they’re now making killers and tasking them to take out some old targets like Old man Logan, Sabretooth and Lady Deathstrike. In the aftermath of the Clone Conspiracy, BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #1 returns; writer and artist to be announced. Al Ewing writes and Jonboy Meyers illustrates ROYALS #1 as the Resurrxion of the Inhumans begins with Marvel Boy leading the Royal Family across all of creation searching for lost secrets. NICK FURY #1 will be an espionage tale with S.H.I.E.L.D.; artist and writer to be determined. Elsa Bloodstone will lead the monstrous do-gooders in MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 by Cullen Bunn and David Baldeon. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #19 will be the final issue by Bendis. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: DREAM ON is an eighty page one shot with Death’s Head taking the team down and possibly using them to take on Thanos. This issue will also feature a reprint of the first issue of the team’s 1990 series with the first appearance of Taserface. DEADPOOL VS PUNISHER #1 OF 5 has the two fighting over a disagreement about a criminal know as The Bank, writer and artist to be determined. STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE ADAPTATION #1 OF 6 is yet another with writer and artist to be determined. Collected editions include: ♥BLACK PANTHER HC, COL. 1: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET, the ♥ALL NEW WOLVERINE TP, VOL. 3,: ENEMY OF THE STATE II, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT STEAL THE GALAXY: PROSE NOVEL MMPB, UNCANNY INHUMANS TP: IVX, VOL. 4, ♥CHAMPIONS TP, VOL. 1: CHANGE THE WORLD, ♥UNWORTHY THOR TP, ♥MOON KNIGHT TP, VOL. 2: REINCARNATIONS, ♥JESSICA JONES TP, VOL. 1: UNCAGED, GREAT LAKES AVENGERS TP, VOL. 1: SAME OLD SAME OLD, DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME TP, VOL. 1: OUT OF TIME, ♥SPIDER-MAN: SPIDER-GWEN SITTING IN A TREE TP, DEADPOOL: WORLD’S GREATEST TP, VOL. 7: DEADPOOL DOES SHAKESPEARE, ♥HAWKEYE TP, VOL. 1: KATE BISHOP and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN TP, VOL. 5: WORLDWIDE.
INDEPENDENTS: John (Chew) Layman writes and Sam (Maxx) Kieth illustrates ♥ELEANOR & THE EGRET #1 from AFTERSHOCK, a crime tale with art thieves, birds, love and larceny. Jeff (Groot) Loveness and Juan (American Monster) Doe bring ♥WORLD READER #1 where Sarah travels between dead planets to find the secret that’s killing the universe in hopes that she can save planet Earth.♥NAMWOLF #1 is by Fabian Rangel and Logan Faerber from Eric Powell’s ALBATROSS EXPLODING FUNNY BOOK company, about a skinny kid drafted to fight in Vietnam where he discovers that he’s a werewolf. Charles (Revenger) Forsman brings SLASHER #1 from ALTERNATIVE COMICS, a thriller about a woman discovering her sexuality and penchant for blood who is introduced to a wheelchair bound nerd with similar interests. They also offer the VIOLENCE VALLEY one shot, an animated absurdity involving a dumb guy who goes out doors and finds himself inside a living dog. AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY begins a new season with STARGATE ATLANTIS: HEARTS & MINDS #1 with new artist Greg (Flash) LaRocque plus STARGATE ATLANTIS: GATEWAYS #1 with Scottie Watson’s art. An unusual offering from ANTARCTIC PRESS, SILVER SOLDIERS #1 by Grammy Award winning artist Art Greenhaw is a tale of six superheroes chosen by God to defend faith and battle Hell. Along with a ♥BIG MOOSE #1 one shot and a LITTLE SABRINA #1 one shot, ARCHIE COMICS launches their ongoing ♥RIVERDALE #1 series this month written by Roberto (Afterlife With Archie) Aquirre-Sacasa along with the show writers and illustrated by Alitha (Black Panther) Martinez. NO WORLD #1 is by Scott Lobdell and Jordan Gunderson merging all of the ASPEN STUDIO characters into one title including Executive Assistant Iris, supernatural vigilante Dellec, Miya from Soulfire and more. Patrick Kindlon writes and Maria Llovet illustrates ♥THERE’S NOTHING THERE #1 from BLACK MASK, where celebrity socialiteReno Selleti attends a kind of Eyes Wide Shut part only to find herself in an actual occult ritual. Simon Spurrier writes GODSHAPER #1 at BOOM! STUDIOS with art by Vinz el Tabans and Jonas Goonface where there’s a God for ever person and a person for every God. Fans of Claudio Sanchez and Coheed and Cambria will be pleased about ♥AMORY WARS III: GOOD APOLLO #1 of 12 which will feature art by Rags (Identity Crisis) Morales. And their all age imprint, KaBOOM has the REGULAR SHOW 2017 SPECIAL #1 as well as the REGULAR SHOW OGN, VOL. 4: WRASSLESPLOSION and ♥MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS TP, VOL. 3. A large undertaking by DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT written by Ray Fawkes and others with art by Johnny Desjardins and friends, ♥SOVEREIGNS #0 teams up legendary characters Solar, Magnus, Dr. Spektor and Turok vowing to create all new, all different versions of each. Z NATION #1 OF 6 will be a prequel to the Syfy zombie series written by Fred (Marvel Zombies) Van Lente with show writer Craig Egler and illustrated by Edu Menna. Bill (Fables) Willingham writes ♥GREATEST ADVENTURE #1 with art by Cezar Razek featuring Tarzan leading all of Edgar Rice Burrough’s characters on a journey on the good ship Venture with the fate of worlds in the balance. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS returns two classics to print with Dan Clowes ♥LIKE A VELVET GLOVE CAST IN IRON TP and ♥LOVE & ROCKETS LIBRARY-GILBERT GN, VOL. 3: BEYOND PALOMAR. POCKET BOOKS releases the ♥ROUGHNECK GN written and illustrated by Eisner Award winning creator Jeff (Essex County, Underwater Welder, Descender) Lemire, a story of sibling love and survival. HUMANOIDS begins yet another printing of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Juan Gimenez’ classic ♥METABARONS GN, VOL. 1 OF 4. LEGENDARY COMICS expands the King Kong mythology with KONG: SKULL ISLAND OFFICIAL COMIC SERIES #1 written by Arvid Nelson with Zid’s artwork. Sarah Graley writes and illustrates ♥KIM REAPER #1 from ONI PRESS; Kim is working her way through college and her part time job is, she’s a grim reaper and the recent series by Ulises (Judge Dredd) Farinas and Erick Freitas with art by Ulises and Ryan Hill is collected in the ♥MOTRO TP. British publisher, TITAN BOOKS offers the PENNY DREADFUL TP collecting the recent series while launching PENNY DREADFUL #1, beginning the second. DOCTOR WHO: GHOST STORIES #1 OF 5 spins out of the 2016 Doctor Who Christmas Special written by George Mann with art by Ivan Rodriguez. Based on the video game comes WARHAMMER 40000: DAWN OF WAR III #1 of 4 and DARK SOULS: TALES OF EMBER #1 OF 2. UDON brings STREET FIGHTER VS DARKSTALKERS #1 OF 8 while VALIANT‘s recent successful series extends the adventure as Peter Milligan writes and Juan José Ryp meticulously illustrates ♥BRITANNIA: WE WHO #1 OF 4. The IMMORTAL BROTHERS: GREEN KNIGHT #1 one shot features Archer & Armstrong, Eternal Warrior, Ivar Timewalker and more as the history of the Green Knight is revealed by Fred Van Lente and Cary Nord. ZENESCOPE who publishes tales mixing public domain characters from fables with B movie horror plots and a dash of cheesecake begins VESSEL #1 OF 3 and they also have a GRIMM TALES OF TERROR 2017: APRIL FOOL’S EDITION, and so we reach the end of the catalog’s comic listings. As you probably know there are also listings for books, magazines, apparel, statues, games, cards, imports and more in the catalog so feel free to check it out when you stop by; I’m happy to order anything you’d like!
I try to choose one comic from the new offerings that I think will be the best of the month and it’s often not an easy choice. Contenders this month include ♥SHAOLIN COWBOY: WHO’LL STOP THE REIGN? From Dark Horse, ♥PLASTIC #1 OF 5 and ♥ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN #1 from Image as well as the ♥STREET ANGEL AFTER SCHOOL KUNG FU SPECIAL HC, ♥X-MEN BLUE #1 by Cullen Bunn at Marvel and ♥ELEANOR AND THE EGRET #1 from Aftershock and, as much as I like to have singel issues in this category my Pick of the Month for February is the ♥ROUGHNECK GN from Jeff Lemire at Pocket Books. (Want to bet it wins an Eisner?)
The catalog arrived today which is the first day of February which is also new comic day and is also the day of the GRAND REOPENING at the new location (so, yeah, it was kind of rushed getting this written in time). We’re kicking off the celebration with a ten day sale on thousands of comics priced at only TWENTY FIVE CENTS EACH! The sale will run from the first through the tenth of February and then, on SATURDAY, the ELEVENTH OF FEBRUARY will be the first of this years’ quarterly fund raising events. Artists will be on hand to provide free sketches and autographs, there will be original art and rare and signed collectibles that you could win by way of the Silent Auction, there will be a One Dollar Raffle to win graphic novels and action figures, there will be fun and cosplayers and the event will run from Ten AM until Five PM with all proceeds to benefit the good work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!
I suspect (and hope) that the new, bigger and better located shop will bring new customers but without the support and friendship of all of you who get this newsletter in your email every month I wouldn’t be at this point. I’m grateful and humbled by your generosity and good hearts supporting these benefits and volunteering to help get the new shop renovated and just want to thank you all.
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.