The February Previews catalog arrived on the twenty ninth of January for comics and products that will begin shipping in April of 2020. I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you. If there’s anything that you’d like, please let me know so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders. Don’t feel obligated to subscribe to a whole series; if you’d just like a copy of the first issue of a new series to try it out, let me know and I’ll be sure to put a copy aside for you. And, especially with DC, if you’d like a particular cover let me know and I’ll do my best to make it happen.
The theme this time is Black History Month so expect a lot of re-listings and new product featuring African American creators as well as historical and biographical non-fiction titles.
IMAGE: Matt (The Fix, Sex Criminals, Hawkeye) Fraction
with Terry and Rachel (X-Men/Fantastic Four) Dodson begins ✪♥ADVENTUREMAN #1 with the first issue being sixty four pages for less than four dollars telling the legend of the greatest pulp hero of them all, an adventure spanning generations. Robert (Walking Dead) Kirkman and Chris (Daredevil) Samnee offer the ✪♥FIRE POWER, VOL. 1 PRELUDE OGN, a hundred and sixty pages priced under ten dollars with the next chapter being a Free Comic Book Day release that you can pick up on the first Saturday in May, a story of students going to a Shaolin Temple to attempt to learn the lost art of throwing fireballs, needed to save the world. Meet the aristocrats of the ludicrous in ✪THE LUDOCRATS #1 OF 5 from Kieron (Die, Wicked + Divine) Gillen and Jim Rossignol with art by Jeff (The Spire) Stokely described as a mash up between the fantasy of Dune and a mature version of Asterix & Obelix. A crime and horror series long absent is back with Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson’s ✪NAILBITER RETURNS #1 and two other titles returning after an absence are ✪EXORSISTERS #6 by Ian Boothby with Giséle Lagacé and Pete Pantazis illustrating, and ✪LOW #23 by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini. Declan (Injection) Shalvey writes and Gavin Fullerton illustrates the ✪BOG BODIES OGN, a crime mystery set in Dublin with an Irish gangster on the run. The ✪♥PAUL IS DEAD OGN is by Paolo Baron and Ernesto Carbonetti set in 1966 London exploring the legend of McCartney’s ‘death’. The ✪UNPRESIDENTED HC is a collection of cartoons lampooning the bizarre course of American politics and culture from Kieron Dwyer. New collections include the ✪FAMILY TREE, VOL. 1: SAPLING TP from Jeff Lemire and Phil Hester, ✪OLIVER, VOL. 1 TP by Gary Whitta and Darick Robertson, a dystopic retelling of the Dicken’s classic, ✪AMERICAN JESUS, VOL. 1: CHOSEN TP and ✪AMERICAN JESUS, VOL. 2: THE NEW MESSIAH TP, both by Mark Millar and Peter Gross and priced under ten dollars each. The ✪COPRA: ROUND SIX TP collects the first five issues of the first analog series, ✪♥GIDEON FALLS, VOL. 4: THE PENTOCULUS TP has issues seventeen through twenty one, ✪ODDLY NORMAL, BOOK 4 TP has more of the all age fantasy by Otis Frampton and ✪THE RIDE: BURNING DESIRE TP has the latest five issue story. ✪COPRA #6 begins a new arc as does ✪EXCELLENCE #7, ✪NOMEN OMEN #6 OF 15 and ✪PRETTY VIOLENT #7.
DARK HORSE: Chelsea (Man-Eaters) Cain, bestselling crime novelist, teams with artists Lia Miternique and Elise McCall for ✪SPY ISLAND #1 OF 4, where super spy Nora Freud is stationed on a tropical island on the tip of the Bermuda Triangle. Mike Mignola and Scott Allie write ✪THE LAST KNIGHT OF ST. HAGAN #1 OF 4, a horror suspense series set in 1939 Poland in the Mignola-Verse illustrated by Andrea Mutti. Adapted from the original 1976 screenplay by Dan (Return of the Living Dead) O’Bannon, written by Cristiano Selxas with art by Guilherme Balbi ✪ALIEN: THE ORIGINAL SCREEPLAY #1 OF 5 will arrive in time for Alien Day on the twenty sixth of April. Yet another spin off from the fantastic world of Black Hammer comes with ✪♥COLONEL WEIRD: COSMOGOG #1 OF 4 by Jeff Lemire and Tyler Crook. Tyler (4 Kids Walk Into a Ban) Boss writes and illustrates ✪DEAD DOG’S BITE #1 OF 4 as a girl searches for her missing friend, described as ‘the story of a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a candy wrapper’. The ✪HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: THE BEAST OF VARGU AND OTHERS TP collects the latest short stories including the Eisner Award winning Krampusnacht. The ✪UMBRELLA ACADEMY, VOL. 2: DALLAS DELUXE EDITION HC is 8″ X 12″ with a slipcase, a 36 page sketchbook, a portfolio and a new print by Gabriel Bá priced under eighty dollars. ✪EVERYTHING II #1 OF 5 by Christopher Cantwell and I.N.J. Culbard continues the unsettling small town tale of the mega store. Victor (Polar) Santos writes and illustrates the ✪AGAINST HOPE TP as Hope turns bounty hunter to exact revenge on the family of neo-Nazis who murdered her boyfriend and is now running for public office. ✪CRITICAL ROLE: VOX MACHINA ORIGINS, VOL. 2 TP collects the recent series based on the popular podcast. The ✪UNFINISHED BUSINESS HC is an OGN mystery from Eisner Award winner Paul (Legion of Super-Heroes) Levitz and Simon (Kingsman: The Red Diamond) Fraser as a priest, minister and a rabbi are tasked by heaven to determine whether they get life, afterlife or oblivion. ✪FINDER: CHASE THE LADY TP is the latest fantasy adventure in Carla Speed McNeil’s long running series and the ✪KABUKI OMNIBUS, VOL. 3 TP collects David Mack’s ‘The Alchemy’ and includes his work with Neil Gaiman and Tori Amos as well as new pages and text. ✪CUPHEAD, VOL. 1: CAPERS & CURIOS TP is an original graphic novel featuring characters who have only been in award winning vintage animation previously, by Zack Keller and Shawn Dickinson. Paul Tobin and Kieron Dwyer offer the next adventure in ✪PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: THE GARDEN PATH HC and in manga ✪BERSERK DELUXE EDITION, VOL. 5 HC is offered collecting volumes thirteen through fifteen.
DC: More characters are reaching milestones this month bringing about the ✪JOKER 80TH ANNIVERSARY 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #1, a one shot with the main cover by Greg Capullo and eight more covers, one for each decade by the top industry artists like Arthur Adams, Francesco Mattina, Jim Lee, Bill Sienkiewicz, Lee Bermejo and more and the same goes for the ✪CATWOMAN 80TH ANNIVERSARY 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #1 with covers by Adam Hughes, Artgerm, J. Scott Campbell, Jim Lee and more, both are priced under ten dollars. Green Arrow leads a new team in ✪EVENT LEVIATHAN: CHECKMATE #1 OF 6 by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. ✪THE LAST GOD SOURCEBOOK #1 is a one shot from the Black Label imprint laying out all of the world building from the big fantasy series from Phillip Kennedy Johnson. ✪BATMAN #92 concludes Gotham’s biggest heist as ‘Their Dark Designs’ ends leading to the ‘Joker War’ in ✪BATMAN #93 by Tynion and Guillem March. The ✪PRIMER TP by Jennifer Muro and Thomas Krajewski with art by Gretel Lusky is the latest of the DC Graphic Novels for Kids introducing a brand new superhero and ✪YOU BROUGHT ME THE OCEAN TP from Alex (Rainbow Boys) Sanchez and Julie (Blue is the Warmest Color) Maroh is a new DC Graphic Novels for Young Adults offering, a budding romance between Jake Hyde of New Mexico who doesn’t swim and Kenny Liu, the swim team captain, but what’s with Jake’s strange blue markings that glow in contact with water? Another for Young Adults is ✪WONDER WOMAN: TEMPEST TOSSED TP by Laurie (Speak) Halse Anderson and Leila (Shutter) Del Duca as the Amazon celebrates her sixteenth birthday when she’s accepted into the warrior tribe, a story about growing into your strength, fighting justice and finding home. The ✪FLASH ANNUAL #3 from Joshua Williamson and Brandon Peterson is a one shot tale guest starring Harley Quinn as well as the Suicide Squad while in ✪HARLEY QUINN #72 the tables are turned as she can’t seem to convince Booster Gold that he is not her crime fighting partner. Adam Glass and Robbie Thompson write the ✪TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #2 with Javier Fernandez’ artwork as Batman stops in to confront Damian about his recent fascist activities; will the father allow his son to stay with the team? The ✪TERRIFICS #27 guest stars team reinforcements with Blue Beetle, The Atom, Man-Bat and more. ✪WONDER WOMAN #755 begins a new arc, ‘The Four Horsewomen’ written by Steve Orlando with art by Jesus Merino and Vicente Cifuentes and ✪YOUNG JUSTICE #15 by Bendis and David F. Walker, illustrated by John Timms is a cross over with Action Comics and guest stars Superman. From the Black Label imprint, ✪BOOKS OF MAGIC #19 begins a two part tale by David (Punks Not Dead) Barnett with Tom Fowler and Craig Taillefer’s art as Tim tries to impress a pretty girl and, of course things go awry while in ✪THE DREAMING #20, Si Spurrier’s tale ends and the fate of Dream is revealed. The Prince of Darkness wages war against Odin’s hunters in the final chapter of ‘The Wild Hunt’ in ✪LUCIFER #19 by Dan Watters and Sebastian Fiumara. Two reprints: ✪DC SUPER STARS #17 FACSIMILE EDITION with the 1977 debut of Huntress, the untold origin of Green Arrow and an early Legion of Super-Heroes tale and ✪♥DETECTIVE COMICS #475 FACSIMILE EDITION with Steve Englehart and Marshall Rogers’ classic ‘Joker Fish’ story are offered. New deluxe collections include ✪THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN BY GEORGE PÉREZ HC with the stories from 2011 and more, ✪CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS: ARROWVERSE DELUXE EDITION HC collects stories with Felicity Smoak and behind the scenes extras and the ✪♥DOOMSDAY CLOCK, PART 2 HC has issues seven through twelve and ships with a new, free slipcase to hold both volumes one and two. The ✪DC GOES TO WAR HC has over three hundred and fifty pages of WWI and WWII stories with Sgt. Rock, Enemy Ace, Blackhawk and more from creators such as Joe Simon, Jack Kirby, Garth Ennis, Will Eisner, Joe Kubert, Alex Toth, Russ Heath and more, priced under forty dollars and ✪JOKER: THE DELUXE EDITION HC has the Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo story with previously unpublished developmental artwork. The ✪HARLEY QUINN & POISON IVY HC has the recent six part series, ✪SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS, VOL. 3: LEVIATHAN HUNT HC has issues ten twelve through ten sixteen while ✪SUPERMAN, VOL. 3: THE TRUTH REVEALED HC has issues sixteen through nineteen plus the yet-to-be-released Superman: Heroes and Superman: Villains one shots. There’s a ✪WONDER WOMAN #750: THE DELUXE EDITION HC with all the variant covers priced under eighteen dollars and the ✪WONDER WOMAN THROUGH THE YEARS HC gathers stories from her eight decades of publication. ✪YOUNG JUSTICE, VOL. 2: LOST IN THE MULTIVERSE HC has issues seven through twelve of Bendis’ fun romp. Soft cover collections include ✪BATMAN: THE CAPED CRUSADER, VOL. 4 TP with more Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle stories and the ✪DC POSTER PORTFOLIO: JAMES JEAN TP collects twenty of the stellar artists best on heavy 12″ X 16″ card stock. The ✪FLASH BY MARK WAID: BOOK SEVEN TP has yet more from the late nineties, ✪JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, VOL. 3: THE WITCHING WAR TP has issues fourteen through nineteen, the ✪MARTIAN MANHUNTER: IDENTITY TP has the twelve issue series by Steve Orlando and Riley Rossmo, the ✪NEW TEEN TITANS, VOL. 11 TP has the Marv Wolfman adventures from the late eighties, ✪NIGHTWING: THE GRAY SON LEGACY TP has issues sixty three through sixty nine plus the second annual and, from the Black Label imprint, ✪SIX DAYS: THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF D-DAY’S LOST CHAPTER TP by Kevin (No Easy Day: First-hand Account of the Mission That Killed Bin Laden) and Robert Venditti, a true story of an obscure WWII six day battle in the village of Graignes, France illustrated by Andrea Mutti. The ✪♥SANDMAN BOX SET: EXPANDED EDITION has the original ten volumes plus the prequel Sandman: Overture, Dream Hunters with both the illustrated prose story and the comic adaptation by P. Craig Russell as well as the Sandman: Endless Nights TP priced at two hundred and fifty dollars. ✪STARGIRL BY GEOFF JOHNS TP has the stories that inspired the CW series, ✪SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS, VOL. 2: LEVIATHAN RISING TP has issues 1007 through 1011 and ✪THE TERRIFICS, VOL. 3; THE GOD GAME TP has issues fifteen through eighteen and the first annual. ✪WONDER WOMAN: THE MANY LIVES OF MAXWELL LORD TP and ✪WONDER WOMAN AND THE JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: THE WITCHING HOUR TP are collections tying into the new movie while ✪WONDER WOMAN: THE LAST TRUE HERO: BOOK ONE TP has the stories from William Messner-Loebs, ✪WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 1: THE JUST WAR TP has G. Willow Wilson’s first arc, ✪WONDER WOMAN: COME BACK TO ME TP collects the six issue Wal-Mart series and ✪WONDER WOMAN: STEVE TREVOR TP focuses on the couples relationship from the beginning to the present.
IDW: Stephen King and Owen King write a timely, ambitious and frightening novel and Rio (The Forgotten Girl) Youers and Alison (Hit Girl) Sampson illustrates the adaptation with ✪♥SLEEPING BEAUTIES #1 OF 8. Michael Moreci writes ✪STAR WARS ADVENTURES: CLONE WARS #1 OF 5 with art by Derek Charm and Arianna Florean and the series will ship weekly. The ✪STAR TREK: PICARD-COUNTDOWN TP has the prequel to the new CBS All Access series and ✪STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE-TOO LONG A SACRIFICE #1 OF 4 is a murder mystery by Scott and David Tipton with Greg Scott’s artwork. ✪TRANSFORMERS: SECRETS AND LIES #1 OF 4 spins out of the Transformers ’84 #0 one shot, set in the original comic universe, written by Simon Furman and illustrated by Guido Guidi. The ✪TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: URBAN LEGENDS #24 is the first new issue in the series, as they’ve been reprinting the Image issues which was canceled three issues before the finale. A New York Times best seller and Best Book of 2019 according to Publisher’s Weekly, the School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews and Amazon is now available in hard cover in the ✪♥THEY CALLED US ENEMY: EXPANDED EDITION HC, actor/author/activist George Takei’s first-hand account of the years behind barbed wire in one of America’s ten ‘relocation centers’, now with sixteen pages of bonus material. And there’s also a new soft cover edition in Spanish: ✪NOS LLAMARON ENEMIGO TP. The ✪♥TIANANMEN 1989: OUR SHATTERED HOPES HC describes how the hope of a generation was shattered when authorities opened fire on protesters and bystanders over thirty years ago, written by Lun Zhang, a young sociology teacher at the time, in charge of management and safety services for the protests and French journalist and Asia specialist Adrien Gombeaud with art by Ameziane. The ✪♥FROM HELL: MASTER EDITION HC collects five time Eisner Award winning story of Jack the Ripper by Alan Moore, now in full color. The ✪PANDEMICA TP collects Jonathan (V Wars) Maberry and Alex Sanchez’s tale of an American war where a shadow government is preparing to launch ‘purity bombs’ for ethnic cleansing. ✪LIFE IN THE STUPIDVERSE TP collects Tom Tomorrow’s comic strips covering the first years of the Trump presidency from the Great Inaugural Crowd Size debate to the Mueller Report, from Muslim bans to concentration camps. For wrestling fans, ✪GLOW VS THE BABYFACE collects the recent series as does ✪COBRA KAI: THE KARATE KID SAGA CONTINUES-JOHNNY’S STORY TP for martial arts fans. ✪GHOSTBUSTERS: YEAR ONE TP has the four part series, currently in progress.
MARVEL: ✪EMPYRE #1 OF 6, written by Al Ewing and Dan Slott with Valerio Schiti’s art begins the cross over with the Kree and Skrull united against the Avengers and the Fantastic Four and, of course there are lots of one shots and limited series tie-ins including ✪EMPYRE #0: AVENGERS by Al Ewing and Pepe Larraz, ✪EMPYRE #0: FANTASTIC FOUR by Dan Slott and R.B. Silva, ✪EMPYRE: SPIDER-MAN #1 OF 3 by Taran Killam and Diego Olortegui, ✪EMPYRE: AVENGERS #1 OF 3 by Jim Zub and Carlos Magno, ✪LORDS OF EMPYRE: EMPEROR HULKLING #1 by Chip Zdarsky and Anthony Oliveira with Manuel Garcia’s art and the ✪EMPYRE HANDBOOK #1. Tie-ins to on-gong series include ✪X-MEN #10 and ✪FANTASTIC FOUR #21 this month. Phillip Kennedy Johnson writes and Leonard Kirk illustrates ✪MARVEL ZOMBIES: RESURRECTION #1 OF 4 as the corpse of Galactus reaches Earth carrying a cannibalistic virus and the ✪MARVEL TALES: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL ZOMBIES is a hundred page reprint of the first three stories from Mark Millar and Robert Kirkman with art by Greg Land and Sean Phillips. The ✪CHAMPIONS #1 by Eve L. Ewing and Simone De Meo brings the team back together, tied to the ‘Outlawed’ story where a law has been passed prohibiting vigilante heroes; the effects also being seen in ✪MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #17, ✪MAGNIFICENT MS MARVEL #14, ✪POWER PACK #1 OF 5 by Ryan North and Nico Leon and ✪NEW WARRIORS #1 OF 5 by Daniel Kibblesmith and Luciano Vecchio. A new ✪BLACK WIDOW #1 comes from Kelly (Captain Marvel) Thompson and Elena (Catwoman) Casagrande under the inevitable Adam Hughes cover with half a dozen variants and one shot tie-ins: ✪BLACK WIDOW: WIDOW’S STING #1 from Ralph Macchio and Simone Buonfantino, ✪MARVEL FANFARE #10 FACSIMILE EDITION reprinting the 1982 issue and ✪WIDOWMAKERS: RED GUARDIAN AND YELENA BELOVA by Devin Grayson and Michele Bandini. There will also be ten True Believers one shot reprints of classic Black Widow issues. Jed (Black Cat) Mackay writes and Alessandro (Secret Warriors ) Vitti begin ✪TASKMASTER #1 OF 5 with spies hunting down the villain for the murder of Maria Hill. Ed Brisson and Declan Shalvey are the team bringing the ✪PUNISHER VS BARRACUDA #1 OF 5 series, Barracuda’s debut outside of the Max universe. Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas and Benjamin Jackendoff write ✪WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #1 OF 4 with art by Scot Eaton, a new character prowling the Southwest. ✪CHILDREN OF THE ATOM #1 is a new series by Vita Ayala and Bernard Chang introducing a new team of teen super heroes. Leah Williams will write and David Baldeón illustrate the new ✪X-FACTOR #1, the team consisting of Northstar, Polaris, Prodigy, Eye-boy, Daken and Prestige in charge of investigating the deaths, murders and missing persons associated with the mutants resurrection protocols. ✪X-MEN: GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS-EXTENDED CUT #1 OF 2 re-presents Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson’s classic story with all new pages. Jonathan Hickman and Alan David collaborate on the ✪GIANT SIZE X-MEN: NIGHTCRAWLER #1 one shot. Alex Ross is overseeing ✪MARVELS X #4 OF 6, the prequel to the Earth-X trilogy as well as ✪MARVEL #2 OF 6, an anthology series spinning out of Marvels, the latter featuring a Spider-Man and Doctor Doom story by Eric (Goon) Powell, among others. And one shots spinning out of the latter include ✪♥CAPTAIN AMERICA: MARVELS SNAPSHOT written by Mark Russell and Kurt Busiek with Steve Rude’s art and ✪X-MEN: MARVELS SNAPSHOT #1 by Jay Edidin and Kurt Busiek with Tom Reilly’s art. The latest expansion of the ‘2020’ line is ✪2020: IRONHEART #1 OF 2 by Cita Ayala and Danny Lore with David Messina’s art. The ✪AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: SINS RISING PRELUDE #1 is a one shot by Nick Spencer and Kim Jacinto revealing Sin-Eater’s secret history leading into the next arc in the regular series. The ✪WEB OF VENOM: WRAITH #1 is a one shot by Donny Cates and Guiu Villanova spinning out of Guardians of the Galaxy, then the over-sized ✪VENOM #25 is the finale of the ‘Venom Island’ tale. Jeff (Black Hammer) Lemire writes the ✪♥IMMORTAL HULK: THE THRESHING PLACE #1, a one shot with Mike Del Mundo’s art as Banner tries to save a young girl. The ✪HOW TO READ COMICS THE MARVEL WAY #1 OF 4 is a series where Mysterio has trapped Spider-Man in a comic explaining the balloons, panels, pencils, gutters and more, from Christopher Hastings and Scott Koblish. ✪STAR WARS: THE ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVERS #1 is a hundred page one shot featuring all of the variant covers that John Tyler Christopher has produced so far. Deluxe collections this month include ✪VENOM: REX-MARVEL SELECT HC with the first six issues of the current series, ✪BLACK PANTHER, VOL. 3: THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA, PART ONE HC with the first twelve issues of the current series, ✪SHE-HULK BY DAN SLOTT OMNIBUS HC with over eight hundred pages and ✪ABSOLUTE CARNAGE OMNIBUS with over seven hundred pages while in soft cover they have the ✪TAROT: AVENGERS/DEFENDERS TP with the four issue series, SPIDER-VERSE: SPIDER-ZERO TP with the latest six issue series, ✪MILES MORALES, VOL. 3 TP with issues eleven through fifteen and ✪SCREAM: CURSE OF CARNAGE, VOL. 1 TP with the first five issues. ✪VENOM BY DONNY CATES, VOL. 4: VENOM ISLAND TP has issues twenty one through twenty five and ✪MORBIUS, VOL. 1 TP has the first five issues. The first collections of the new mutant books begin with ✪FALLEN ANGELS BY BRYAN HILL, VOL. 1 TP, ✪X-FORCE BY BENJAMIN PERCY, VOL. 1 TP both with the first six issues and ✪NEW MUTANTS BY JONATHAN HICKMAN, VOL. 1 TP with issues one, two, five and seven. ✪AVENGERS BY JASON AARON, VOL. 6: STARBRAND REBORN TP has issues twenty six through thirty and the ✪AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2099 COMPANION TP has the nine one shots from the past couple months. ✪STAR WARS: THE RISE OF KYLO REN TP has the popular four issue series, ✪STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER-DARK TEMPLE TP has the five issue series and ✪STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: THE REBELLION, VOL. 4 TP has almost five hundred pages of stories originally published by Dark Horse. ✪X-MEN MILESTONES: NECROSHA TP and ✪X-MEN MILESTONES: MESSIAH WAR TP bring two more classics back to print. ✪YOUNG AVENGERS BY GILLEN & McKELVIE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP has the whole fifteen issue series. ✪MARVEL MONOGRAPH: THE ART OF MARK BROOKS TP showcases the artists work on covers as well as interiors and, for middle school readers and up comes ✪MS MARVEL MEETS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE GN TP.
DYNAMITE: Set twelve years after the original series, recently popularized by the television series, Garth Ennis returns with ✪♥THE BOYS: DEAR BECKY #1 expanding the story of Becky Butcher with art by Russ Braun. Anthony (Luke Cage) Del Col and Joe (Riverdale) Eisma begin ✪NANCY DREW & THE HARDY BOYS: THE DEATH OF NANCY DREW #1, the teen detectives re-imagined as hard-boiled noir.
BOOM! STUDIOS: The ✪MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #50 is a big issue with the return of a fan favorite character and, for an extra dollar, a wraparound foil variant cover and ✪GO GO POWER RANGERS #32 will also have a foil wrap variant cover. The bestselling erotic thriller from Brian (Batman: Damned) Azzarello and Maria (Heartbeat) Llovet returns with ✪♥FAITHLESS II #1 OF 6, each issue also having a variant erotic cover that will arrive bagged due to sexually explicit material. The ✪BUFFY: EVERY GENERATION #1 is a one shot with the secret origins of some of the most important Slayers in history plus the first appearance of a new character with a familiar face. The ✪BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, VOL. 3 TP has issues nine through twelve while the ✪ANGEL, VOL. 2 TP has five through eight. Jeremy Haun and Danny Luckert’s ✪THE RED MOTHER, VOL. 1 TP has the first four issues. Their literary imprint, Archaia releases ✪JIM HENSON’S DOWN AT FRAGGLE ROCK TP and their all age imprint, kaboom has the ✪STEVEN UNIVERSE, VOL. 7 TP with issues twenty five through twenty eight and ✪OVER THE GARDEN WALL: SOULFUL SYMPHONIES TP with the four issue series.
INDEPENDENTS: Robert E. Howard’s characters have long been a staple of the comic book world but they’ve been toned down for their audience; ABLAZE begins ✪RED NAILS #1 adapted by Regis Hautiere with art by Olivier Vatine and Didier Cassegrain, uncensored, unrestrained, violent and sexual as in the original stories. They also offer ✪FRIDAY FOSTER COLLECTED HC GN collecting four years of syndicated strips generally cited as the first mainstream comic strip starring a black character in the title role. ABRAMS COMICARTS releases ✪KENT STATE: FOUR DEAD IN OHIO HC GN, telling the tale of the Ohio National Guard opening fire on a peaceful Vietnam War protest killing four and wounding nine, written and illustrated by Derf (My Friend Dahmer) Backderf. ✪ROCK & ROLL BIOGRAPHIES: SUBLIME from ACME INK tells how the three from Long Beach come together, the tragedies right through the meeting of Jason Becker and David Lee Roth, a thirty two page comic priced at three fifty. Joe (Great Pacific, X-Files) Harris writes and Sebastián Piriz illustrates ✪DISASTER INC #1 from AFTERSHOCK about an underground tourism agency that provides tour guides taking people to places like Fukushima after the earthquake. Ryan (Power Rangers) Parrott writes ✪DEAD DAY #1 with art by Evgeniy (Descendant) Bornyakov, about the consequences of letting the dead come back to life for one day. ✪ASH & THORN #1 from AHOY COMICS by Mariah McCourt and Soo Lee is set where the apocalypse is nigh and the champion is a little old lady and her elderly trainer. In celebration of their 35th anniversary ANTARCTIC PRESS releases ✪GOLD DIGGER #1 AP 35th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL now in full color priced under ten dollars. ✪SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH: SOMETHING WICKED #1 OF 4 begins a new arc at ARCHIE COMICS written by Kelly Thompson with art by Veronica and Andy Fish and from their new Blue Ribbon imprint comes ✪BETTY & VERONICA: THE BOND OF FRIENDSHIP OGN TP by Jamie L Rotante and Brittney Williams. ASPEN offers ✪FATHOM #1 OF 6, the ninth volume, written by Vince Hernandez and illustrated by Mauricio Campetella. An impressive new company with the awkward name of AWA is helmed by Alex Alonso, once an editor at Marvel and he’s apparently kept his contact list current as he has top industry talents. Last month they solicited The Resistance #1 by J. Michael Straczynski and Mike Deodato, Jr. and Red Border #1 from Jason Star and Will Conrad plus two more and this month they offer ✪YEAR ZERO #1 by Benjamin (Wolverine) Percy and Ramon (Star Wars: Age of Resistance) Rosanas, a global look at the Zombie Apocalypse with five survivors from five different areas of the planet wrestling with the moral and theological questions. They also have a five dollar monthly magazine titled ✪UPSHOT NOW #1 that gives you the whole months’ offerings, complete stories in black and white, this one with all four first issues plus previews of Frank Cho’s upcoming Fight Girls and more. Meredith Finch adapts ✪GEORGE McDONALD’S THE LIGHT PRINCESS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP illustrated by Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon from CAVE PICTURES. Another new publisher with a different concept is CLOVER PRESS who publishes forty eight page comics in a hard cover format, this month offering ✪THE GRIEVLING #1 OF 2 by Steve Niles and Damien Worm, the creative team of October Faction which is coming soon to Netflix. They also offer ✪DIABLO HOUSE: SPRING SCARES, a forty eight page one shot and these are priced under eight dollars. A bigger project is ✪THE ROYAL BOOK OF OZ HC, the fifteenth book in the Oz series and the first written by Ruth Plumly Thompson; it was released in 1921 and credited to L. Frank Baum (who died in 1919) and this is a prose book with full color illustrations by Eisner Award nominated artist Sara Richard, 258 pages priced at thirty dollars. DEVIL’S DUE: Boldly claiming to be ‘Saga by way of Ancient Aliens‘ and launching a new genre ‘Archeopunk’, Josh Blaylocks’s ✪ARKWORLD #1 is a forty eight page first issue priced under eight dollars and illustrated by Travis Hymel set in 11,000 BCE with a couple swept up in a deep state conspiracy that will affect the survival of society’s knowledge in years to come. Adrian (Optic Nerve) Tomine’s latest foray into autobiography, ✪THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE CAROONIST HC from DRAWN & QUARTERLY talks of his childhood hobby becoming his life long career, his conflicted relationship with comics delineated in hilarious detail. ✪♥PSYCHODRAMA ILLUSTRATED #1 by Gilbert Hernandez is a new Love & Rockets spin off with Fritz and her extended family in stories about her film career, from FANTAGRAPHICS. ✪THE DARK TOWER-DRAWING OF THE THREE, VOL. 2: HOUSE OF CARDS HC GN gets a new printing at GALLERY 13. To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary, GEMSTONE releases ✪THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE: 1ST EDITION, FACSIMILE EDITION available in softcover, hard cover or signed and numbered (limited to 400 copies) editions. For twenty dollars GRAPHIC IMAGING offers the ✪BLOODSHOT DIGITAL COMIC COLLECTION, twenty five years, all 159 issues plus eleven bonus issues featuring the origins of the top Valiant characters, the files can be copies to any device. HUMANOIDS has ✪OMNI, VOL. 1: THE DOCTOR IS IN TP with the first four issues of the series, a super hero adventure with ties to school shootings and Doctors Without Borders by Devin Grayson and Alitha E. Martinez. ✪UPBRINGING #1 from KEENSPOT is the story of two alien/hybrid brothers, the product of the abduction of their mother, who were raised in a spaceship orbiting Earth, looking for a way to escape. The ‘totally fictional true story’ of a comics creator is collected in ✪DRAWING BLOOD, VOL. 1: SPILLED INK TP including the ‘origin’ issue of the Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls from KEVIN EASTMAN STUDIOS. The ✪DRAGMAN HC GN from METROPOLITAN is written and illustrated by Steven Appleby where an ordinary man gains superpowers; August Crimp can fly, but only while wearing women’s clothing. Terrified of being outed, but compelled to revert to his hero persona when people are in trouble, can August embrace Dragman and step out of the shadows? Three new first issues from ONI PRESS this month; more horror from Cullen Bunn, this time with artist Andy MacDonald, ✪ROGUE PLANET #1 is set on a salvage vessel searching for wealth and instead finding something nightmarish, cruel and hungry. ✪RICK AND MORTY GO TO HELL #1 OF 5 is by Ryan Ferrier and Constanza Oroza and ✪RICK AND MORTY PRESENTS: COUNCIL OF RICKS #1 is from Jake Goldman and Phil Murphy. The ✪INVADER ZIM: BEST OF WORLD DOMINATION TP has four of the best issues collected for under ten dollars. Two new offerings from SCHOLASTIC ✪ARCHIE: AN ORIGINAL HORROR NOVEL, BOOK 1: A WEREWOLF IN RIVERDALE TP is a three hundred page prose book while ✪STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY, BOOK 9: AT LAST, JEDI HC GN is s mix of comics and journal entries. You may have seen Enzo Garza’s character in Heavy Metal; now SCOUT COMICS releases the ✪GUTT GHOST: TROUBLE WITH THE SAWBUCK SKELETON SOCIETY one shot, everyone’s favorite intestinal ghost under a cover by Mike Mignola. New from TITAN COMICS this month comes ✪LIFE IS STRANGE: PARTNERS IN TIME #1 beginning a new series based on the hit game. The ✪LITTLE VICTORIES: AUTISM THROUGH A FATHERS EYES TP is a black and white biographical graphic novel, a visual exploration of the highs and lows experienced by a father learning how to adapt to his son’s autism, written and illustrated by Yvon Roy. The ✪BLADE RUNNER 2019: OFF WORLD TP collects the second arc of the popular series. MINIONS, VOL. 5 #1 continues the all age series with all new stories. VANGUARD releases ✪FANTASTIC PAINTINGS OF FRAZETTA HC, a big coffee table book, 120 pages priced under forty dollars or the deluxe slip cased edition with a sixteen page bonus section. VALIANT begins ✪THE FINAL WITNESS #1 OF 5, a crime-noir mystery with a super powered serial killer from Ray (Gotham By Midnight) Fawkes and Jeremy (Red Mother) Haun. WILLIAM MORROW offers the ✪ANNOTATED AMERICAN GODS HC, the novel by Neil Gaiman with commentary by award winning annotator and editor Leslie S. Klinger identifying gods, supernatural beings, elucidating key phrases, giving readers insight into the story and the author’s creative process. Z2 COMICS releases ✪THE GRATEFUL DEAD ORIGINS GN exploring the early days of the band and their rise to fame written by Chris Miskiewicz and illustrated by Noah Van Sciver. In this months’ MANGA section VIZ MEDIA offers ✪THE ART OF JUNJI ITO: TWISTED VISIONS HC, over 130 images in black and white and in color plus an interview and commentary from the artist. The ✪POKÉMON ADVENTURES COLLECTORS EDITION TP collects volumes one, two and three. KODANSHA begins ✪PERFECT WORLD, VOL. 1 GN by Rie Aruga, where Tsugumi reunites with his high school crush at an office party and, while he’s realized his dream of becoming an architect, he’s also suffered a spinal injury confining him to a wheelchair, depicting with delicacy the difficulties some with disabilities have with romance. SEVEN SEAS offers ✪MAKEUP IS (NOT) JUST MAGIC: A MANGA GUIDE TO COSMETICS AND SKIN CARE GN, a how-to makeup tutorial in manga form. There’s lots more in the monthly catalog; more comics and books as well as apparel, cards, statues, toys, imports, etc. that I’m happy to order if you’re interested so feel free to flip through the book next time you’re by the shop!
Each month I try to choose the best offering, and you can see this months’ contenders by noting this symbol ✪♥, but the
Pick of the Month for February has to be ✪♥ADVENTUREMAN #1; with all the gloom and doom, end of the world scenarios and death and destruction that pervades most of the comics these days it’s always refreshing to read anything from Matt Fraction, as the author know how to infuse humor into his books and characters without resorting to bad puns and Keystone Kops type antics and, with the husband/wife team of Terry and Rachel Dodson I’m sure this one will be a blast!
It’s the third of February today, so I apologize for not getting this to you on the first, which is always my goal but rarely the reality. On the first we held a benefit for the Community Food Bank, and Thank You All who participated; we managed to raise $1,125.00 and had a great time doing it but, consequently I’m late with the newsletter. On the twenty second Lance Von Plum will be here to meet you and to introduce you to his comic line which he writes, illustrates and publishes, the eleven issues so far of Planet Bisbee are fun science fiction adventures with lots of silliness, in full color and priced at two to three dollars each. I hope you’ll all come by to show your support. And on the first Saturday in May it will be Free Comic Book Day again and we’ll have half a dozen artists providing free sketches, raffles and a silent auction to raise money for Tucson’s EMERGE Center Against Domestic Violence, so be sure to mark your calendars. And, as always I thank you all for your years of friendship and support for the shop and the benefits; I’m humbled and grateful and look forward to seeing 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), ✪(to denote a new story or product) and ✪♥ (to denote a product that’s highly recommended.
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