February 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

The February Previews catalog arrives on Wednesday, February sixth. I’ll do my best to get this to you as soon as possible. These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in April of 2019. I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you. If there’s anything that you’d like, please try to let me know by the twenty first of the month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders. Don’t feel obligated to subscribe to a whole series; if you’d just like a copy of the first issue of a new series to try it out, let me know and I’ll be sure to put a copy aside for you. And if it’s past the twenty first there’s still a very good chance that I’ll be able to place your order and still get the books you want.

    IMAGE: Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen have finished their brilliant Descender series and now return with ASCENDER #1 set ten years later, the first arc titled ‘The Haunted Galaxy’ and, while the former was a science fiction adventure, magic has now replaced machinery making the sequel more of a fantasy tale. (If you had been subscribed to Descender then I will be adding Ascender to your monthly pull list.) The LITTLE GIRLS TP is an original graphic novel, a debut for the creative team of Nicholas Aflleje and Sarah DeLaine as two friends in Ethiopia deal with the normal kid problems as well as a brain eating monster straight from folklore, hunting people at the edge of town. The BEAST GN is the first fill length work by Marian (Elephantmen) Churchland, a supernatural tale involving a sculptor and a block of marble. FAIRLADY #1 is a fantasy tale about a woman choosing to be a ‘fairman’, a private investigator position traditionally held my men. Written by Brian Schirmer and illustrated by Claudia Balboni, each issue will feature a complete thirty page story. The FAMILY TRADE TP, VOL. 1 collects Justin Jordan and Nikki Ryan’s first five issues, illustrated by Morgan Beem, about a floating city of thieves and con-men and a woman having problems with the family business of killing. The GREEN VALLEY HC is a fantasy series with wizards and dragons by Max (Superman: American Alien) Landis and Giuseppe (Amazing Spider-Man) Camuncoli collecting the full nine issues. Karl (Harley Quinn) Kesel and Tom (Superboy) Grummett begin SECTION ZERO #1 OF 6 involving UFOs, monsters and lost civilizations described as ‘Jack Kirby meets X-Files‘. Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker’s brilliant BLACK MONDAY MURDERS returns with the third and final arc, each issue being double sized. The CURSE WORDS: SPRING HAS SPRUNG is a one shot special from Charles Soule and Ryan Browne and, after a long hiatus Emma Rios brings the final issue with MIRROR #10. The RAT QUEENS: SWAMP ROMP is another one shot special by Ryan Ferrier and Priscilla Petraites. The first six issues of Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel’s neo-noir fantasy are collected in BLACKBIRD TP, VOL. 1 while EAST OF WEST, VOL. 9 TP collects the penultimate arc from Hickman and Nick Dragotta. The EXORSISTERS, VOL. 1 TP has the first five issues of the twins supernatural detective procedural by Ian Boothby with art by Gisele Lagace, the FREEZE TP, VOL. 1 has the first four issues of Dan Wickline and Phillip Sevy’s apocalyptic drama, the GIDEON FALLS, VOL. 2: ORIGINAL SINS TP collects issues seven through eleven of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s frightening tale and the HACK SLASH OMNIBUS, VOL. 6 has another eighteen issues plus bonus content. KICK-ASS: NEW GIRL TP, VOL. 2 collects Steve Niles and Marcelo Frusin’s arc. The MAGE TP, VOL. 6: HERO DENIED-BOOK TWO is the grand finale of Matt Wagner’s re-imagined Camelot and the prolific Mark Millar with artist Olivier Coipel has MAGIC ORDER TP, VOL. 1, coming to Netflix like all of Millar’s projects. ROSE TP, VOL. 3 completes Meredith Finch and Ig Guara’s fantasy series with issues eleven through seventeen, SEX TP, VOL. 6: WORLD HUNGER continues the series with all new content, the SPAWN: DARK HORROR TP collects issues two seventy six through two eighty three, UNNATURAL TP, VOL. 2 written and illustrated by Mirka Andolpho has issues five through eight and the WARNING TP, VOL. 1 has the first five issues of the science fiction series from Edward Laroche. Here are eight Image titles beginning new story arcs providing a good place to jump aboard: GIDEON FALLS #12, INFINITE DARK #5, KICK-ASS #13, PORT OF EARTH #9, REDNECK #19, RUMBLE #11, SPAWN #296 and WARNING #6; try something new!

    DARK HORSE: Television decided to divide the novel into three, nine episode seasons so the adaptation follows the same format: NEIL GAIMAN’S AMERICAN GODS: THE MOMENT OF THE STORM #1 OF 9 begins the final ‘season’, Neil and P. Craig Russel adapting, Russel and Scott Hampton illustrating and covers by Glen Fabry or David Mack. SHE COULD FLY: LOST PILOT #1 OF 5 continues the story a year later, after Luna gets out of the mental institution. DISNEY INCREDIBLES 2: SECRET IDENTITIES #1 OF 3 is by Christos Gage with Jean Claudio-Vinci’s art while DISNEY LION KING TP, VOL. 1: WILD SCHEMES AND CATASTROPHIES is an anthology by John Jackson Miller expanding on the live action feature film. Collected editions include JOE GOLEM-OCCULT DETECTIVE HC, VOL. 3: DROWNING CITY, the MIND MGMT OMNIBUS TP, VOL. 2: HOME MAKER AND MAGICIAN and Stan Sakai’s recent seven part story is offered as USAGI YOJIMBO TP, VOL. 33: HIDDEN. The COMPLETE ELFQUEST TP, VOL. 6 collects short stories and full series, the MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATRE 3000 TP has the recent six issues and PLANTS VS ZOMBIES HC: SNOW THANKS is all new content. H.P. LOVECRAFT’S AT MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS TP, VOL. 1 is Gou Tanabe’s adaptation of the Antarctic story, Tanabe’s adaptation of Lovecraft’s The Hound was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2018. And the BESERK DELUXE EDITION HC, VOL. 2 is offered; I’ve had a lot of requests for the first volume that is due to arrive on the twenty seventh of February.

    DC: With HEROES IN CRISIS #8 OF 9 we know who the killer is and it’s down to the why and DEATHSTROKE #42 and TEEN TITANS #29 are parts two and three of The Terminus Agenda. Their creator owned imprint, Vertigo delves into non-fiction with SIX DAYS: THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF D-DAY’S LOST CHAPTER HC. Timed to coincide with the seventy fifth anniversary of D-Day this is written by Robert (Green Lantern) Venditti and Kevin (No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden) Maurer with art by Andrea Mutti, an untold true story of the lost American soldiers and French villagers who changed the course of history. The DC Ink imprint offers TEEN TITANS: RAVEN TP by Kami (Beautiful Creatures) Garcia and artist Gabriel Picolo, a tragic coming-of-age story. DAMAGE #16 will be the final issue of the series. JUSTICE LEAGUE #21 is the conclusion of Scott Snyder and Jorge Jimenez’ ‘The Sixth Dimension’ (and the ‘A’ covers to issues nineteen through twenty one form a triptych) while JUSTICE LEAGUE #22 is by James Tynion IV and Francis Manapul where the final form of Perpetua is revealed. Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos’ brilliant series from the Jinxworld imprint begins it’s second arc with PEARL #8 and SCOOBY APOLCALYPSE #36 if the final issue of the series. Fourteen is the last issue by Jeff Lemire; TERRIFICS #15 has the new creative team of Gene Luen Yang and Stephen Segovia with ‘Doc’ Shaner providing the covers. Deluxe collections this month include the ABSOLUTE ART OF ADAM HUGHES HC, an over-sized book with over three hundred and fifty pages priced at seventy five dollars, ASTRO CITY: AFTERMATHS HC with the final run (for now) from issues forty seven through fifty two, HARLEY QUINN BY AMANDA CONNER AND JIMMY PALMIOTTI OMNIBUS VOL. 3 HC with the first thirty four issues plus the twenty fifth anniversary special and the HOUSE OF SECRETS: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 HC with issues one twelve through one fifty four plus the never-before-published ‘Night of the Rot’ story by Gerry Conway and Nestor Redondo starring the Patchwork Man. The LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT” MICHAEL GOLDEN HC collects almost two hundred and fifty pages of stories from the seventies featuring Golden’s art plus numerous covers, SHAZAM!: THE WORLD’S MIGHTIEST MORTAL, VOL. 1 HC has the first eighteen issues and WONDER WOMAN AND THE JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: THE WITCHING HOUR HC with the complete cross over. New soft cover collections include BATGIRL, VOL. 5: ART OF THE CRIME TP with twenty six through twenty nine plus the second annual, BATMAN: FACES IN THE SHADOWS (DC ESSENTIAL EDITION) TP with Rebirth issues zero through twelve plus the first annual and BATMAN: HUSH (DC ESSENTIAL EDITION) TP with Batman six hundred and eight through six nineteen plus a six page story from Wizard issue zero plus a two page origin story that’s only appeared online previously. CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN BY JEPH LOEB ANDTIM SALE TP has their eight issue series, the COVER TP, VOL. 1 and the PEARL, VOL. 1 TP both with the first six issue arc from the Jinxworld imprint. GREEN LANTERN: EARTH ONE, VOL. 1 HC by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko, GREEN LANTERNS, VOL. 9: EVIL’S MIGHT has the last arc of the series starring Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz, HITMAN: BOOK ONE TP begins collecting the Garth Ennis series, JUSTICE LEAGUE ODYSSEY, VOL. 1: THE GHOST SECTOR TP has one through five plus a behind-the-scenes section by artist Stjepan Sejic, JUSTICE LEAGUE, VOL. 2: GRAVEYARD OF GODS TP, the second arc including the ‘Drowned Earth’ story and the LUCIFER OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 TP, almost a thousand pages of Mike Carey’s stories from the Vertigo Imprint. The MAD ABOUT THE TRUMP ERA TP has all the comedy about the current administration from the ‘usual gang of idiots’ and THE OUTSIDERS BY JUDD WINICK: BOOK ONE TP is self explanatory. RAVEN: DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS, VOL. 2 TP completes the series, SCOOBY APOCALYPSE, VOL. 5 TP has twenty five through thirty, SILENCER, VOL. 2: HELL-IDAY ROAD TP has seven through twelve plus the first annual and SUICIDE SQUAD, VOL. 8: LEGERDEMAIN TP collects issues fifty nine through sixty six. SUPERMAN: THE REBIRTH DELUXE EDITION: BOOK FOUR TP collects thirty seven through forty five, the Superman Special plus a story from Action Comics one thousand. The SWAMP THING: PROTECTOR OF THE GREEN (DC ESSENTIAL EDITION) TP has Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire’s story from Swamp Thing one through ten plus the annual and Animal Man twelve and seventeen, Bendis’ all age TAKIO TP from the Jinxworld imprint comes back to print with art by Michael Avon Oeming and TEEN TITANS BY GEOFF JOHNS: BOOK THREE TP has Teen Titans twenty through twenty six and twenty nine through thirty one and Outsiders twenty four and twenty five. There are also some awesome statues from DC Collectibles including a BLACK LABEL BATMAN BY LEE BERMEJO STATUE with the chain mail armored suit and a BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE MINI FIGURE 7-PACK BOX SET THREE which features an Andy Kubert Dark Knight figure that is exclusive to this set and a DC ESSENTIALS: RED HOOD ACTION FIGURE.

    IDW: Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly write STAR TREK: YEAR FIVE #1 with art by Stephen Thompson, an ongoing series about the end of the five year mission. The GHOSTBUSTERS: 35TH ANNIVERARY comics will be four issues, weekly, each dealing with a different team: the original Ghostbusters, the ‘Real Ghostbusters’, the ‘Call Ghostbusters’ and the ‘Extreme Ghostbusters‘. SAMURAI JACK: LOST WORLDS #1 by Paul Allor and Adam Bryce Thomas will feature a complete adventure in each issue. MARVEL ACTION: SPIDER-MAN TP, VOL. 1: NEW BEGINNING has the first arc of the new series featuring Peter Parker, Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy. BIG HERO 6: THE SERIES #1 will feature all new adventures as the team continues to protect San Fransokyo. Ryan Ferrier writes and Vic Malhotra illustrates NARCOS #1 OF 4 based on the Netflix series. V-WARS: GOD OF DEATH is a one shot focusing on Patient Zero from five time Bram Stoker Award winner Jonathan Maeberry in time for the new Netflix show. GHOST TREE #1 begins a story of family as Brandt returns to his Japanese ancestral home and finds a haunted tree with the souls of deceased family members, by Bobby (TMNT) Curnow and Simon (They’re Not Like Us) Gane. DICK TRACY FOREVER #1 is written and illustrated by Michael Avon Oeming with our hero pursuing a case through time and space. EVE STRANGER #1 is an amnesiac for hire with nano bombs in her blood and a memory wipe after each mission by David Barnett and Philip Bond; is she working for the good guys or the bad guys? David and Maria (Stray Bullets) Lapham’s visceral crime noir story is collected in LODGER TP, VOL. 1. LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: TEMPEST #6 is the final issue of the series, tying up two decades of loose threads, by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill.

    MARVEL: The House of Ideas has three ‘events’ in progress, one involving the Avengers and Asgard, one involving the mutants and one with Star Wars. The first continues in WAR OF REALMS: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #1 OF 5, WAR OF REALMS: UNCANNY X-MEN #1 OF 3, WAR OF REALMS: WAR SCROLLS #1 OF 3 and WAR OF REALMS: PUNISHER #1 OF 3 and crossing into issues of Thor, the Avengers, the Asgardians of the Galaxy, Venom and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. The AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME ten part weekly series is separate from the War of the Realms story and issues eight through ten will arrive in April. Ralph Macchio and Andrea DiVito’s AVENGERS: EDGE OF INFINITY one shot is also separate from the other two stories involving a battle with M.O.D.O.K.
MARVEL TALES: THANOS #1 is another one shot of reprints while THANOS #1 OF 6 by Tini Howard and Ariel Olivetti deals with the early relationship between Thanos and his daughter Gamora who recently killed him. A character that was rejected years ago now gets his debut with MAJOR X #1 OF 6 written and illustrated by creator Rob Liefeld and SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #1 by Peter David and Greg Land tells of the black costume before Peter learned of its properties, a one shot with Mysterio. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18 through #20 is the ‘Hunted’ storyline with Kraven. MARVEL TEAM-UP #1 is by Eve Ewing and Joey Vazquez, the first issue featuring Ms Marvel and Spider-Man. LEAGUE OF LEGENDS-ASHE TP: WARMOTHER TP brings the four issue digital series from Riot Games writer Odin Austin Shafer into print for the first time, a story of Northern warriors illustrated by Nina Vakueva. WEB OF VENOM: CULT OF CARNAGE #1 is another one shot, written by Frank Tieri with Danilo S. Beyruth’s art. The Age of X-Man continues through six limited series (NextGen, Amazing Nightcrawler, Apocalypse & The X-Tracts, X-Tremists, Marvelous X-Men and Prisoner X) and continues through UNCANNY X-MEN #15 and #16. STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE #1 OF 5 from Ethan Sacks and Will Sliney is the series I’m sure you’ve seen promoted as it’s a comic tie in to the Disney theme park. The STAR WARS: TIE FIGHTER #1 OF 5 by Jody Houser and Rogê Antônio being released in conjunction with STAR WARS: ALPHABET SQUADRON HC, a novel written from the Rebel’s perspective. STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION SPECIAL #1 featuring the favorite characters from the original trilogy is followed by STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION-GRAND MOFF TARKIN #1 and STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION-PRINCESS LEIA #1. Deluxe collected editions include MARVEL MASTERS OF SUSPENSE: STAN LEE & STEVE DITKO OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC with almost seven hundred pages of horror, science fiction, suspense and western comics from the silver age, KIRBY RETURNS! KING-SIZE HC with early Captain America, Black Panther, Machine Man and Devil Dinosaur and MARVEL COMICS #1: 80TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION HC with the android Human Torch, Ka-Zar, the costumed detective Angel, westerns with the Masked Raider and more titles originally published by Timely Comics years before the company was called Marvel. The MARVELS MONSTER-SIZED HC reprints the Busiek and Ross series in the larger format, THE MARVEL ART OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN HC with the best covers, pages and pin-ups and the MS MARVEL, VOL. 5 HC with G. Willow Wilson’s final arc and the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC with over one thousand pages of the earliest adventures. In soft cover they offer STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC-VILLAINS TP with the five one shots, STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC-HEROES TP with five more, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY ADAPTATION TP with the recent seven part limited series, BLACK PANTHER: KILLMONGER-BY ANY MEANS TP with the five part series, MAN WITHOUT FEAR: DEATH OF DAREDEVIL TP with the weekly five part series taking place while Murdock is healing from his ‘death’, SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST-SPIDER, VOL. 1-SPIDER-GEDDON TP, THE ART OF WAR OF THE REALMS TP with covers, interior pages and behind-the-scenes artwork, PUNISHER, VOL. 2: WAR IN BAGALIA TP, TONY STARK, IRON MAN, VOL. 2: STARK REALITIES TP and DOCTOR STRANGE BY MARK WAID, VOL. 2: REMITTANCE TP, all three collecting issues six through eleven. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY NICK SPENCER, VOL. 3 TP and IMMORTAL HULK, VOL. 3: HULK IN HELL TP collects issues eleven through fifteen. FANTASTIC FOUR, VOL. 2: MR. AND MRS. GRIMM TP with issues one, five and eight plus the wedding special, GAMBIT: KING OF THIEVES-THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP with one through seventeen, THOR BY JASON AARON: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP collecting Thor: God of Thunder one through eighteen and FANTASTIC FOUR: BEHOLD…GALACTUS! TP with the first three adventures featuring the World Eater and his herald, the Silver Surfer.

    DYNAMITE: Vita (Wonder Woman) Ayala writes the new XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS #1 with art by Olympia Sweetman. David Avallone writes BETTIE PAGE: UNBOUND #1 in a cross dimension adventure illustrated by Julius Ohta and Amy Chu writes KISS END #1 with art by Edu Menna as the rock stars explore the afterlife. OBEY ME #1 by Mario Mentasti tells of two people working for a supernatural collection agency sent to retrieve a soul from a debtor.

    BOOM!: Brian (Batman: Damned) Azzarello writes FAITHLESS #1 OF 5 with art by Maria (Loud) Llovet about a woman who believes in magic, but she’s bored as Hell…and Hell notices. Their Archaia imprint begins JIM HENSON: STORYTELLER-SIRENS #1 OF 4 with each issue a complete fable from different creators. ROCKO’S MODERN AFTERLIFE #1 is a limited series where the good people of O-Town become zombies.

    INDEPENDENTS: Terry Moore’s latest from his ABSTRACT STUDIOS is collected as STRANGERS IN PARADISE XXV OMNIBUS available in either soft or hard cover editions. The REPLACER GRAPHIC NOVELLA from AFTERSHOCK is by Zac Thompson, told from the perspective of a nine year old boy who believes that his father has been possessed by a demon, when he actually has suffered a debilitating stroke; illustrated by Arjuna Susini, the sixty four page book is based on Thompson’s own childhood dealing with a disabled parent. MARY SHELLEY: MONSTER HUNTER #1 written by Adam Glass and Olivia Briggs and illustrated by Hayden Sherman, tells of Shelley’s diary that reveals that she didn’t create the story, she lived it. Ted (Moth & Whisper) Anderson writes and Nuno (Marvel Girl) Plati illustrates ORPHAN AGE #1 set twenty years after all of the adults died. BRONZE AGE BOOGIE #1 from AHOY COMICS combines the most popular genres of the seventies: apes, monsters, Kung-Fu, sword and sorcery and cosmic adventures from Stuart Moore and Alberto Ponticelli. And their new PLANET OF THE NERDS #1 tells of three ‘eighties high school jocks frozen and awaking in 2019 where nerds reign supreme. ALBATROSS FUNNYBOOKS offers a cardstock cover variant for GOON #2 with art by Alex Ross; the regular cover is priced under four dollars while the Alex Ross one is under six dollars. AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY has LAUREL & HARDY #1 and they’ve acquired the original artist, Jorge Pacheco who worked on the title three decades ago and they’re also releasing CASPER’S SPOOKVILLE #1 written by Mike Wolfer with art and cover by the tremendous Eric Shanower. ANTARCTIC PRESS has two political parody comics this month: BARACK PANTHER: BARACK IN BLACK and the TRUMP: SPACE FORCE one shot. A new limited series from ARCHIE COMICS‘ horror line begins with JUGHEAD: HUNGER VS VAMPIRONICA #1. BIG WOW has two art books: DAN BRERETON: NIGHT OWLS ARTBOOK HC and SANJULIAN: MASTER OF FANTASY ART TP. James Sturm writes and Rich Tommaso illustrates SATCHEL PAIGE: STRIKING OUT JIM CROW GN available in hard or soft cover editions from DISNEY-HYPERION telling of the Baseball Hall of Famer whose five decades of play challenged and changed the state of Civil Rights in America. And DRAWN & QUARTERLY offers Ebony Flowers’ HOT COMB GN telling of the lives of Black women through conversations at a hair salon. FANTAGRAPHICS offers NOW #6: NEW COMICS ANTHOLOGY, a ten dollar Eisner nominated collection of short illustrated fiction, all self contained (and if you want to see the type of content I have the first few issues in stock). GALLERY 13 has DARK TOWER: GUNSLINGER HC, VOL. 3-BATTLE OF TULL as well as AMAZING FANTASTIC INCREDIBLE MARVELOUS MEMOIR TP, the biography of Stan Lee (according to Stan) illustrated by Colleen Doran available in soft cover for the first time. A comic oriented imprint of Scholastic Books, GRAPHIX offers the SHARE YOUR SMILE: RAINA’S GUIDE TO TELLING YOUR OWN STORY HC, as the best selling author of Smile, Drama, Sisters and more teaches how to keep a journal. After the success of their first limited comic series HEAVY METAL has decided to do it again with a follow up: IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST, VOL. 2: NIGHT CITY #1 with three different covers and the first series is now available as a collected edition in the IRON MAIDEN: LEGACY OF THE BEAST TP and they also offer the MEGADETH OMNIBUS HC priced under fifty dollars or the MEGADETH OMNIBUS HC WITH VINYL priced under one hundred dollars that comes with the vinyl Warheads of Foreheads record in a slip case. HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT publishers offer the CAMP GN available in hard or soft cover formats, this is the latest from writer/illustrator Kayla Miller, more adventures of Olive and Willow for fans of Raina Telegemeier. Gene Luen Yang contributes to TAMAMO THE FOX MAIDEN AND OTHER ASIAN STORIES GN from IRON CIRCUS COMICS with Carla Speed McNeil, Nick Dragotta and others telling tales from all parts of Asia. Yet another political parody from KEENSPOT is THE DONALD WHO LAUGHS #1 with multiple variant covers. LEGENDARY COMICS offers GODZILLA AFTERSHOCK HC GN, the official prequel graphic novel to the Godzilla: King of the Monsters film, adapted by Arvid Nelson with art by Drew Johnson, priced under twenty five dollars and available with either a Christoper Shy cover or a Art Adams cover. LITTLE BROWN BOOK FOR YOUNG READERS offers MIDDLE SCHOOL MISADVENTURES GN in either hard of soft cover editions, written and illustrated by Jason Platt, the story is described as Ferris Bueller meets Calvin & Hobbes. The FIVE MINUTE MARVEL STORIES HC from MARVEL PRESS has twelve stories with everyone’s favorite super heroes and villains, priced under thirteen dollars, suitable for all ages. McFARLAND & COMPANY offer FORENSIC COMICOLOGIST: INSIGHTS FROM A LIFE IN COMIC SC written by Jamie Newbold, a comic collector turned retailer, twenty years on the San Diego Police Force and years of attending SDCC, this is a tutorial about collecting and discusses common pitfalls and scams in buying, selling and grading. Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurrt’s supernatural horror series has the first arc collected in the SHADOW ROADS TP, VOL. 1 from ONI PRESS as well as KIM REAPER TP, VOL. 2: VAMPIRE ISLAND. The WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: GET THEE BACK TO THE FUTURE HC is the Back to the Future film using the same dialog but faithfully in rhyme, meter and stage direction as if it were a Shakespearean play from Ian Doescher and Nicolas Delort at QUIRK BOOKS. The popular STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY YR SC, VOL. 1 and VOL. 2 brings these first two volumes to soft cover for the first time, from SCHOLASTIC BOOKS. ELECTRIC BLACK #1 is the name of a cursed antique shop that appears in different times and spaces, a new series from Joseph Schmalke and Jeff Woodall at SCOUT COMICS. FLOPPY COP #1 from SOURCE POINT written by Dan Doughterty and illustrated by Seth Damose about a cop without a spine (“who needs a spine when you got guts’) trying to solve the puzzle of a criminal named Crossword to save Christmas in White Trickle Falls. The voodoo priestess from London returns at VALIANT with PUNK MAMBO #1 OF 5 written by the prolific Cullen Bunn with Adam Gorham providing the artwork as the mystical mercenary for hire investigates abductions in New Orleans. VAULT COMICS begins the QUEEN OF BAD DREAMS #1 by Danny Lore and Jordi Perez about a woman whose job is to manage dreams and nightmares that make their way into reality. Two new limited series begin at ZENESCOPE; HELLCHILD: BLOOD MONEY #1 OF 4 and OZ: HEART OF MAGIC #1 OF 5, which brings us to the MANGA section where UDON offers STREET FIGHTER: WRESTLEPALOOZA #1 which is just what you’d suspect and VIZ MEDIA offers the SMASHED: JUNJI ITO STORY COLLECTION HC, a horror collection. O MAIDENS: IN YOUR SAVAGE SEASON GN, VOL. 1 from KODANSHA is the debut of anime creator Mari (Maquia) Okada with a high school coming-of-age story. ONE PEACE BOOKS offers BLUES FOR LADY DAY GN: STORY OF BILLIE HOLIDAY written and illustrated by Paolo Parisi.

    Of course I can’t cover every title in the catalog and there’s also toys, clothes, games, statues and all kinds of other comic related merchandise that I’m happy to order for you, so feel free to look through the catalog when you come by.

    And I try to pick what I think will be the best offering in each catalog, based mostly on who the creators are. The contenders this month are the FAIRLADY #1 from Image, the third and final arc of NEIL GAIMAN’S AMERICAN GODS: THE MOMENT OF THE STORY #1 OF 9 from Dark Horse, SIX DAYS: THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY OF D-DAYS’S LOST CHAPTER HC from DC and the two Jinxworld collections: COVER TP, VOL. 1 and PEARL TP, VOL. 1 ICYMI, FAITHLESS #1 from Boom!, and ORPHAN AGE #1 from Aftershock, all look very promising but this month’s Pick of the Month
has to be ASCENDER #1 from Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen; I can’t wait!

    I apologize that this is a couple of days late. Due to the weather the Previews catalogs were lost last week; I’m still waiting for them, so I had to hunt down the info to write this and, also, if you weren’t here, we had a benefit for EMERGE! Center Against Domestic Abuse yesterday and managed to raise $1,150.00 for their good work. Thank you all who participated! I’m always grateful for your support and friendship, it’s what makes it possible for me to work seven days per week these past eighteen years.



    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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