The January Previews catalog is sitting on the desk here, 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.
(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.)
These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in March of 2015. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and let me know by the twenty first of the month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders.
Some of the codes and abbreviations that I use are: HC (hard cover), TP (trade paperback), SC (soft cover), GN (graphic novel), OGN (original graphic novel-not a reprint or collection), MMPB (mass market paperbacks), AF (action figure), T/C trading cards, T/S (tee shirt) and ♥ (to denote an excellent writer, creator or title deserving wider recognition in my humble opinion).
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.
First I must tell you that May second will be FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2015. Of course I’ll be hosting a charity benefit, but more about that in a moment, as that will fall after the upcoming benefit for YOTO.ORG or Youth on Their Own, an organization that makes sure Tucson’s homeless teens get their High School Diplomas. That event will be all day on Saturday, the seventh of February with a group of artists providing free sketches, an auction for original artwork, raffles, prizes and more, so mark your calendars!
But NOW is the time to place your orders for any of the Free Comic Book Day selections. I sell them at my cost to educators who would like to use them in the classroom. There are over fifty selections this year priced from twenty to thirty nine cents each. Come look through the choices (or check them out at www.FreeComicBookDay.com) and place your orders soon. On to this month’s titles:
DARK HORSE: As if Mike Mignola doesn’t have enough stories being told he launches ♥FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND #1 of 5 with art by Ben Stenbeck. And another award winning creator expands his output with ♥PASTAWAYS #1 by Matt (Mind Mgmt) Kindt and Scott (Flash) Kolins, a tale of five time travelers trapped in the distant primitive past of 2015. ♥NEVERBOY #1 of 6 is written by Shaun (Killjoys) Simon with art by Tyler (Peter Panzerfaust) Jenkins about a former imaginary friend who takes drugs to exist in reality. SHAPER #1 of 5 is written by director/screenwriter Eric (The Thing) Heisserer with art by Felipe Massafera, the story of an orphaned shape shifter attempting to save his race. The all age series that has produced Itty Bitty Hellboy and Itty Bitty Mask now offers ITTY BITTY COMICS: GRIMMISS ISLAND #1 still by Art Baltazar and Franco but now with original rather than licensed characters.
DC: This month there are twenty two variant covers, all inspired by classic Warner Brothers movie posters and these will be available at cover price (although some of the more villainous retailers in Tucson are charging as much as ten bucks apiece for these; don’t get ripped off). Throughout the months of April and May DC’s New 52 titles will be on hiatus for a big event which shares the name with the first title, ♥CONVERGENCE #0, written by Dan Jurgens and Jeff King with art by Ethan Van Sciver. This story will establish that every story matters, every tale from Kingdom Come to Superman: Red Son, from Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew to the Wild West Justice League still exists and all these points will converge as the history of the DCU is spun from the perspective of a mad god and his arrogant child; this series will answer the question, ‘Where do worlds go when they die?’. The weekly series’ will end with ♥NEW 52: FUTURE’S END #48, ♥EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #26 and ♥BATMAN ETERNAL #52. Other final issues shipping in March include AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS #11, INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE #9, KLARION #6, SECRET ORIGINS #11, ♥STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEATURING G.I. ZOMBIE #8, TRINITY OF SIN #6, WORLD’S FINEST #32, ♥ARKHAM MANOR #6, BATWOMAN #40, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #40, GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #40, RED LANTERNS #40 and ♥SWAMP THING #40. Some of these end because they’ve served their purposes, like the Forever People series that culminates with the birth of the Infinity Man while some, like Star-Spangled War Stories were excellent but just never found their audience. The cancellation of three of the five Lantern titles breaks DC out of the Marvel pattern of having to read multiple titles to follow a story. Many of the other titles will conclude their arcs before the hiatus. ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE #40 acts as the prologue to the summer’s ‘Darkseid War’,
♥JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #10 ends ‘The Infinitus Saga’, the first arc under the Finch’s run goes through WONDER WOMAN #40 and finishes in the ♥WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1, and Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run ends with ♥BATMAN #40, a big forty page issue with four one shots to tie up all the loose ends: ARKHAM MANOR: ENDGAME #1, DETECTIVE COMES: ENDGAME #1, BATGIRL: ENDGAME #1 and GOTHAM ACADEMY: ENDGAME #1. CATWOMAN #40 ends the ‘Family Business’ arc, the BATWOMAN ANNUAL #2 is the final chapter of the ‘Unknowns Saga’ and the ‘Machine Queen’ saga reaches its heart wrenching finale. Other titles on the outskirts of the DCU include ♥THE MULTIVERSITY: ULTRA COMICS #1 with Doug Mahnke’s art on Earth-33 and the epic conclusion in ♥THE MULTIVERSITY #2 with Ivan Reis’ art featuring the final fate of Nix Uotan, the Super-God. ♥BATMAN: EARTH ONE, VOL. 2 HC is by Geoff Johns with art by Gary Frank, BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT #1 is a prequel comic to the video game of the same name, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US-YEAR THREE #12 is a final issue while INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE #9 begins a new arc, both in continuity with the corresponding video games and SMALLVILLE: SEASON 11-CONTINUITY #4 concludes the eleventh season. Deluxe collections this month are ♥BATGIRL, VOL. 1: BURNSIDE HC, BATMAN/SUPERMAN, VOL. 3: SECOND CHANCE HC, BATMAN-DETECTIVE COMICS, VOL. 6: ICARUS HC, GREEN LANTERN, VOL. 6: THE LIFE EQUATION HC, ♥DIAL H: DELUXE EDITION HC and the JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC while soft cover editions are ♥BATMAN, VOL. 5: ZERO YEAR-DARK CITY TP, ♥DC COMICS: ZERO YEAR TP, ♥HARLEY QUINN: HOT IN THE CITY TP, GREEN ARROW, VOL. 6: BROKEN TP, JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000, VOL. 2: THE CAMELOT WAR TP, ♥GOTHAM CITY SIRENS: BOOK TWO TP, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US-YEAR TWO, VOL. 1 TP, ♥WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 5: FLESH TP, DEADSHOT: BULLETPROOF TP, ♥BATMAN ’66, VOL. 2 TP, EARTH 2, VOL. 4: THE DARK AGE TP, DEATHSTROKE: THE TERMINATOR, VOL. 1: ASSASSINS TP, ♥THE NEW TEEN TITANS, VOL. 2 TP, SUPERMAN VS. DARKSEID TP and the MORTAL KOMBAT X, VOL. 1 TP. Under DC’s mature readers imprint, VERTIGO offers ♥STRANGE SPORTS STORIES #1 of 4, an anthology with lots of different creators including Brian Azzarello, Paul Pope, Gilbert Hernandez, Nick Dragotta, CM Punk and more. New collections include ♥FABLES: DELUXE EDITION: BOOK TEN HC, ♥FABLES, VOL. 21: HAPPILY EVER AFTER TP, ♥FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS, VOL. 3: STANDING ON SHOULDERS TP, ♥100 BULLETS: BOOK TWO TP and back in print, Alan Moore’s ♥TOP 10 TP. DC’s collectibles imprint, DC DIRECT offers four more action figures in the BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES; Batman, Batgirl, the Riddler and the Penguin, new statues: SUPERMAN-THE MAN OF STEEL BY JOHN ROMITA, JR. and DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: WONDER WOMAN STATUE designed by Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau plus a ♥DC COMICS MOTHER BOX PROP REPLICA with lights and sound.
IDW: Idea and Design Works offers ♥JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #1 based on the eighties property; the series will be written by Kelly Thompson with art by Ross Campbell and the first issue will feature five rainbow foil enhanced covers by Campbell and Amy Mebberson. MIAMI VICE: REMIX #1 of 5 is written by Joe Casey with the hip hop art stylings of Jim Mahfood. The TRANSFORMERS: WINDBLADE #1 begins the ‘Combiner Wars’ which will cross from this series into the main title. The ongoing STAR TREK #43 begins a new arc, ‘Five Year Mission’ which serves as the prequel to the next film. THE FLY: OUTBREAK #1 of 5 is by Brandon Seifert with art by menton3, a sequel to David Cronenberg’s film. The X-FILES: TRUST NO ONE is a prose anthology with stories by more than a dozen top writers including Jonathan Maberry, Kevin J. Anderson and Max Allan Collins. ♥WINTERWORLD #0 is a one shot prequel to Chuck Dixon’s post apocalyptic series featuring artwork by Tommy Lee Edwards. ♥WORMWOOD: GENTLEMAN CORPSE-THE FIRST FEW PINTS HC collects the first three volumes of Ben Templesmith’s darkly humorous series.
IMAGE: It seems that the books that I most look forward to increasingly come from Image and it’s true again this month; ♥CHRONONAUTS #1 is by Mark (Kick-Ass) Millar with art by Sean (Punk Rock Jesus) Murphy, a bromance time travel adventure. With Millar’s dynamic story telling and Murphy’s stellar artwork Chrononauts is my Pick of the Month for January. Jeff (Trillium) Lemire and Dustin (Batman: Lil Gotham) Nguyen offers ♥DESCENDER #1, a cosmic tale of a young robot’s struggles in a universe where androids are outlawed and bounty hunters are everywhere. The team of Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko bring INVISIBLE REPUBLIC #1 described as Breaking Bad meets Blade Runner. Becky Cloonan writes and provides covers and Andy Belanger illustrates the interiors of ♥SOUTHERN CROSS #1, a weird science fiction mystery aboard an interstellar tanker. A mystery crime drama written by Eric (Goon) Powell and Tim Wiesch with art by Powell is ♥BIG MAN PLANS #1. A superhero spy adventure set in the seventies is titled ♥RED ONE #1 written by Xavier Dorison with art by Terry and Rachel Dodson and involves America’s greatest hero who is also a Russian spy. Based on the Nerdist podcast comes THE THIRLLING ADVENTURE HOUR PRESENTS BEYOND BELIEF #1 by comedians Ben Acker and Ben Blacker with art by Phil Hester. There’s a fully painted one shot offered, the FIVE GHOSTS SPECIAL #1 and Robert Kirkman’s ♥INVINCIBLE #118 begins our heroes new adventures in parenthood and as an incentive to try this series this issue will cost just twenty five cents! Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra’s series returns with ♥MANHATTAN PROJECTS: THE SUN BEYOND THE STARS #1 while the ♥NAILBITER/HACK/SLASH HACK/SLASH/NAILBITER one shot is by both creators, Joshua Williamson and Tim Seeley with art by Mike Henderson and Emilio Laiso. SPAWN #251 is the follow up to the ‘Resurrection’ one shot returning Al Simmons to the cowl and although the issue claims a new creative team of Brian Wood and Jonboy, Brian says differently; he says his script and plot has been altered without his input and consequently he is NOT going to write the book. We’ll have to wait and see how Todd McFarlane’s latest blunder turns out; he did the same thing to Brian Bendis on the Sam & Twitch series with the same results a while back. There’s a ♥’68: JUNGLE JIM: GUTS ‘N’ GLORY one shot and, after a long hiatus, the final issue, DANGER CLUB #8 is offered. A couple of other long absent series return with MICE TEMPLAR, VOL. 5: NIGHT’S END #1 of 5 and ♥SKULLKICKERS #31. And there will be two issues in March; ♥WALKING DEAD #138 ends one arc while ♥WALKING DEAD #139 begins the next. Collected editions this month include ALEX + ADA, VOL. 2 TP, ♥BIRTHRIGHT, VOL. 1: HOMECOMING TP for ten bucks, ♥COPPERHEAD, VOL. 1 TP for ten bucks, ♥CRIMINAL, VOL. 3: THE DEAD AND THE DYING TP by Brubaker and Phillips, THE HUMANS, VOL. 1: HUMANS FOR LIFE TP, ♥LAZARUS, VOL. 3: CONCLAVE TP, ♥THE LI’L DEPRESSED BOY, VOL. 5 TP, ♥NAILBITER, VOL. 2: BLOODY HANDS TP, ♥NIXON’S PALS HC by Joe Casey and Chris Burnham, ODDLY NORMAL, VOL. 1 TP, an all ages series for ten bucks, PUNKS THE COMIC, VOL. 1: NUTPUNCHER TP, ♥REVENGE TP by Jonathan Ross and Ian Churchill, SEX, VOL. 3: BROKEN TOYS TP, SHELTERED, VOL. 3 TP, ♥VELVET, VOL. 2: THE SECRET LIVES OF DEAD MEN TP and the ♥WAYWARD, VOL. 1: STRING THEORY TP for ten bucks.
MARVEL: Two months ago Star Wars #1 was offered, last month it was Darth Vader #1 and this month it’s ♥PRINCESS LEIA #1 written by Mark Waid with Terry Dodson’s art. Now that Original Sin is over other than one more five part limited series (Operation S.I.N.) and Axis is just about over we enter the second month of the next cross over, Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex which has the next five chapters shipping in March: ♥ALL NEW X-MEN #39 is part five, GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #3 is part six, ♥GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #25 is part seven, NOVA #28 is part eight and LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #10 is part nine. There are still two more issues expected from the previous hit series but then it ends and is relaunched as the ♥ALL NEW HAWKEYE #1 and, as much as I’ll miss the fun series that’s ending, they’ve put some great creators on the new one; Jeff Lemire will write and Ramon Pérez will illustrate. The series will feature both the male and female characters who share the name. A new all age title via Disney is the BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD #1 of 5 by Dennis Hopeless with art by Tigh Walker based on the theme park attraction. Chip (Sex Criminals) Zdarsky and artist Joe Quinones, due to popular demand (ignited by a random post-credit appearance in a popular recent film) launches ♥HOWARD THE DUCK #1 (for the fourth time). AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.1 is by Gerry Conway and Carlo Barberi and begins the battle with Spiral. DENNIS HOPELESS and JAVIER RODRIGUEZ offer SPIDER-WOMAN #5 where Jessica gets kind of a partner in Ben Urich plus a new costume. The AMAZING SPIDER-MAN SPECIAL #1 is part one of a three part tale written by Jeff Loveness with the art of Luca Pizzari and will continue in next months Inhuman Special and conclude in May’s All-New Captain America Special. In ROCKET RACCOON #9 the nasty little rodent finds out what happens when you give Groot too much water: Grootzilla! The next chapter of a series that seems to have no end is offered in ♥DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE-HOUSE OF CARDS #1 of 5. With two issues of the Avengers and two issues of the New Avengers plus one Avengers World there’s now just two months until ‘Time Runs Out’ which will apparently lead to Secret Wars. Sue Richards begins her last case as a longtime secret agent in ♥S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 by Mark Waid and Chris Sprouse; you didn’t know she worked for SHIELD? (That’s why they call them secret agents.) The latest relaunch by Warren Ellis was superior to the previous seven tries and the second arc by Brian Wood was a seamless change of creative teams; with ♥MOON KNIGHT #13 we have yet another new team, writer Cullen Bunn and artist Ron Ackins and I think that Cullen may be able to keep it solid. In ♥PUNISHER #16, which Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads have been handling very capably, Frank follows the corruption to its’ source: Washington, D.C. ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #12 will be the final issue of his fifth series. Greg Pak has been doing a fine job of telling Ororo’s adventures as a solo crime fighter and in ♥STORM #9 she’ll have to bail out guest star Gambit. Award winning writer G. Willow (Ms Marvel, Air, Cairo) Wilson is into her third issue as new scribe for the all female team with ♥X-MEN #25 illustrated by Roland Boschi and Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck’s year long arc ends the series with NIGHTCRAWLER #12. In collected editions this month comes STAR WARS: EPISODE IV-A NEW HOPE HC, a remastered reprint of Marvel’s first six issues from 1977 adapted by Roy Thomas and illustrated by Howard Chaykin and STAR WARS LEGENDS-EPIC COLLECTION: THE EMPIRE, VOL. 1 TP focused on the years following Episode III: Revenge of the Sith with eighteen issues originally published by Dark Horse Comics. It seems that Disney and Marvel are choosing which Dark Horse stories will remain canon and which will be discarded. The MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD BOX SET SLIPCASE has twelve hard cover volumes and a poster by Alex Ross, eleven of the volumes collecting all the comics, cross overs and aftermath issues and the twelfth full of special features, all for five hundred bucks. Also ANNIHILATION: CONQUEST OMNIBUS HC for $125.00, the SUPERIOR IRON MAN, VOL. 1: INFAMOUS PREMIERE HC, the MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS ACTIVITY BOOK FACSIMILE COLLECTION, an all age collection of coloring books, sticker albums and stamp books, games, puzzles, posters, etc. for twenty five bucks, a SKULL THE SLAYER TP, AVENGERS: ULTRON UNBOUND TP, VISION: YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW TP back in print, ♥AVENGERS: EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD: PROSE NOVEL HC by Dan Abnett, WOLVERINES, VOL. 1: DANCING WITH THE DEVIL, ♥MOON KNIGHT, VOL. 2: DEAD WILL RISE TP, CAPTAIN AMERICA, VOL. 4: THE IRON NAIL TP, FANTASTIC FOUR, VOL. 3: BACK IN BLUE TP, ♥CAPTAIN MARVEL, VOL. 2: STAY FLY TP, NOVA, VOL. 5: AXIS TP, ELEKTRA, VOL. 2: REVERENCE TP, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST: PROSE NOVEL MMPB by Alexander Irvine plus Peter David’s the ♥INCREDIBLE HULK: FUTURE IMPERFECT TP comes back in print.
INDEPENDENTS: The ♥AGE OF SELFISHNESS: AYN RAND, MORALITY AND THE FINANCIAL CRISIS HC comes from ABRAMS COMICARTS, written by Darryl Cunningham with the art of Michael Goodwin tracing the Randian philosophy from the forties and ultimately delivering a devastating critique of austerity-driven economics. ACME INK offers ROCK & ROLL BIOGRAPHIES: SLAYER, a thirty two page, black and white comic with more to follow. ACTION LAB offers NUTMEG #1 by James F. Wright with art by Jackie Crofts, the series described as ‘Betty & Veronica‘ meets ‘Breaking Bad‘. Also Shawn Gabborin writes and Michela Da Sacco illustrates PUPPET MASTER #1. ANTARCTIC PRESS has the STEAMBUSTERS #1 one shot by Joe Wight and ARCHIE continues their relaunch of what was once ‘Red Circle Comics’ and is now ‘Black Circle Comics’ with ♥THE FOX #1 written by Mark Waid with art by Dean Haspiel. ASPEN STUDIOS begins the second limited series with ♥LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #1, post-apocalyptic adventures with art by Siya Oum. If deadlines are met this time we may see the end of the arc in ♥LADY MECHANIKA #5 from BENITEZ PRODUCTIONS by Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald. BLACK MASK COMICS has two collected editions with ♥BALLISTIC, VOL. 1 TP and ♥GODKILLER: WALK AMONG US, VOL. 1 TP and they launch three new series: ♥MAYDAY #1 of 4 with a failed, drug addicted screenwriter, a transgender bartender and a Satanic cult in LA, SPACE RIDERS #1 of 4, a tale of evil space piracy and ♥WE CAN NEVER GO HOME #1 of 5, powered teen criminals on the run. BOOM! STUDIOS celebrates their tenth anniversary in 2015. Bryce Carlson writes and Vanesa R. Del Rey illustrates HIT: 1957 #1 of 4, a crime series set in a corrupt L.A. and Jimmy Palmiotti and Matt Brady write ♥THE CON JOB #1 of 4 with art by Dominike ‘Domo’ Stanton, a story of comic book convention has-beens and their scam to rip off a big convention. Brian Lynch and Ryan North write, Jerry Gaylord and Ian McGinty illustrate BILL & TED’S MOST TRIUMPHANT RETURN #1 of 6 picking up the story right at the end of the cult classic film. One of my past favorite publishers, ARCHAIA PRESS is now an imprint of Boom and they release ♥MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD, VOL. 3, #1 of 4 by David Peterson with Skottie Young, Mark Buckingham and more. And Josh Tierney writes while Afu Chan provides the art for ♥HALOGEN #1 of 4, a science fiction tale where some inhabitants of Cityship Q are tasked with retrieving the gigantic body of a dead God floating in space. The imprint for their more alternative titles, BOOM! BOX offers GIANT DAYS #1 of 6 by John Allison with art by Lissa Trelman, a coming of age story for three women who are dorm mates at a University, their first times away from home. The all age imprint, KaBOOM! offers the REGULAR SHOW: 2015 MARCH MADNESS SPECIAL. If you follow the shop on Facebook then you know who the COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND is and now they launch a quarterly publication, the ♥CBLDF DEFENDER #1 and the first sixteen page magazine features an in-depth interview with Neil Gaiman on his battles with censorship plus news and articles about censorship battles raging in schools and libraries across the U.S. New publisher, CREATURE ENTERTAINMENT solicits RAVENOUS #1 of 4 telling of the decimation of Earth by werewolves and the 300 year old Native American shaman who may be the last hope. Some of you may remember Alex Ross’ Project Superpowers line of comics from a few years back; now DYNAMITE shows the supernatural aspects with ♥BLACKCROSS #1 of 6 written by Warren Ellis with art by Colton Worley. Also Troy Brownfield writes and Kewber Baal illustrates BLOOD QUEEN VS. DRACULA #1 of 4 which I think is self explanatory. And they have four one shots featuring their licensed characters in alternate universes: ALTERED STATES: RED SONJA, ALTERED STATES: VAMPIRELLA, ALTERED STATES: DOC SAVAGE and ALTERED STATES: THE SHADOW, all similar to Marvel’s ‘What If’ line. Then Shannon Eric Denton writes and Rey Villegas draws LADY RAWHIDE/LADY ZORRO #1 of 4. PUSSYCATS #0 of 4 is from new publisher E-COMIX and is about adult movie actresses acting as spies during the cold war and features three ‘film stars’: Karen Summer, Priya Anjali Rai and Tanya Tate. HEAVY METAL launches their first monthly comic with ♥HOAX HUNTERS #1 picking up where the series left off at Image. The new Disney imprint, JOE BOOKS offers two more books: DISNEY’S ALICE IN WONDERLAND: THE CINESTORY and DISNEY’S FROZEN: THE CINESTORY, both soft cover, both at 376 pages priced at fifteen bucks, these feature captured stills from the animation with added captions and word balloons. MAGNETIC PRESS releases ♥POET ANDERSON: THE DREAM WALKER #1 of 3 written by Tom Delonge, front man of Blink-182, this is the story of two brothers whose secret technique for lucid dreaming opens a world of possibility as well as danger. NORTHWEST PRESS offers a forty eight page comic, ♥RISE: COMICS AGAINST BULLYING #1 with stories by Howard Chaykin, Mark Guggenheim and more with all proceeds to benefit GLAAD, Prism Comics and Stand for the Silent. ONI PRESS has a spin off with THE SIXTH GUN: DUST TO DUST #1 telling of the late bounty hunter Billjohn O’Henry written by Cullen Bunn with Tyler Crook’s art. Also ♥WASTELAND #60 is a double sized epilogue to the award winning series. The prolific Cullen (Magneto, Helmhein, Moon Knight) Bunn offers the first issue of his new creator owned series, ♥HELLBREAK #1 with artwork by Brian (Big Trouble in Little China) Churilla for just one dollar, a tale of travels through the infinite unique Hells. Joshua Hale Fialkov has ♥THE BUNKER #10 followed by ♥THE BUNKER, VOL. 2 TP. REBELLION has AQUILA #1 of 5 by Gordon Rennie and Leigh Gallagher, one of Spartacus’ gladiator slaves crucified by the Roman’s trades his soul in exchange for a vengeful resurrection. UNIT 5 #1 is from RED ANVIL, the tale of five 9/11 survivors joined to fight global terror. Hope Larson provides the art for the adaptation of the Newberry Award winning classic ♥A WRINKLE IN TIME TP from SQUARE FISH. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the return of the Doctor to television TITAN COMICS is launching ♥DOCTOR WHO: THE NINTH DOCTOR #1 of 5 in addition to their ongoing series’ featuring the tenth, eleventh and twelfth Doctors. And writer Brian (Star Wars, X-Men, DMZ) Wood writes ♥MONO: PACIFIC #1 of 2 with art by Sergio Sandoval, a deadly mission at sea. ♥THE CAT WITH A REALLY BIG HEAD HC collects Roman Dirge’s story plus ‘Monsters in My Tummy’ in a new deluxe edition. I think that it’s generally accepted that Alan Moore is the William Shakespeare of the comic world but many think that he’s no longer producing new works. Besides his monthly ‘Crossed + 100’ comic he’s still expanding the world that he and Kevin O’Neill created with the ‘League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’. After the first two limited series’ he followed up with the three part ‘Century’ series followed by ‘Nemo: Heart of Ice’ and ‘Nemo: Roses of Berlin’ and the latest volume is the ♥NEMO: RIVER OF GHOSTS HC. The patiently measured world building at VALIANT continues as they launch the monthly, ongoing, forty page per month series with ♥NINJAK #1
by Matt Kindt and Clay Mann, with a back up origin feature by Matt and Butch Guice and X-O MANOWAR #34 begins the robot war in this new arc, ‘Dead Hand’.
That’s the end of the comic book listings this month but I wanted to mention the ACE MAGAZINE #1, the name an acronym of ‘All Comics Evaluated’ as each issue will have news and articles about contemporary comics as well as a monthly price guide; it’s been quite a while since there was a monthly price guide magazine. There are more sections in the catalog with books, magazines, apparel, toys, statues, models, games, cards, etc. and I would be happy to order any of these items that you might be interested in, so look through the catalog next time you stop by the shop.
And lastly I would like to proffer a sincere thank you to all of you who have bestowed on me the honor of sharing your interests, your collecting and in many cases getting to know your whole families. And, as an added bonus you’ve managed to keep me and my family clothed, fed and sheltered and to keep the lights on in the shop. I’m extremely grateful and humbled. Today, the first of January, 2015 begins the fifteenth year of ‘Charlie’s Comic Books’ and the thirty first year of selling comic books in Tucson, and I owe every bit of it to you fine people who have chosen to spend your entertainment dollar on reading material, and chosen my shop to do so. Thank you. I wish you all a healthy and happy New Year. See you soon.