The January Previews catalog arrived on Wednesday, December twenty seventh. (I’ll do my best to get this to you as soon as possible (although it may be a couple of days late due to the hectic of the holidays.) These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in March of 2018. 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.)
The theme is ‘Women in Comics’ this month so there will be comics and collections related to women characters, creators and history (or HERstory). If you’d like more information or would like to see some images of covers and artwork you can go to www.PreviewsWorld.com
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The first Saturday in May is Free Comic Book Day and the comics that I’ll be giving away on that date are offered in this months’ Previews catalog. As I’ve always done I make these comics available to my customers at my cost. I’m billed from fifteen to thirty cents per comic so if you can use some of these in your classroom or at home please let me know which titles and how many copies that you’d like before the twenty first of January. You can see the titles offered in the catalog or you can check them out at www.FreeComicBookDay.com which will have news and updates as we get closer to the big day.
DARK HORSE: The second arc of the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s brilliant novel which has won the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy and the Nebula Awards and which is also a television program on Starz, begins with ♥AMERICAN GODS: MY AINSEL #1 again with art by P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton. Jeff Lemire’s wonderful super hero deconstruction series, Black Hammer has just finished a closer look at some of the characters with the Sherlock Frankenstein limited series and is doing so again with the launch of ♥DOCTOR STAR & THE KINGDOM OF LOST TOMORROWS #1 OF 4 illustrated by Max Fiumara. The ♥HELLBOY OMNIBUS, VOL. 1: SEED OF DESTRUCTION TP will put all of the adventures in chronological order for the first time, this one containing all of the stories from nineteen ninety four to ninety seven. Mignola’s newly remastered Lovecraftian horror series is collected as the ♥JENNY FINN HC, all four issues plus sketchbook material priced under eighteen dollars. Other collections include ♥JOE GOLEM: OCCULT DETECTIVE, VOL. 2: THE OUTER DARK HC and ♥SHERLOCK FRANKENSTEIN & THE LEGION OF EVIL TP. Matt and Sharlene Kindt’s aquatic tale of family ties concludes with DEPT. H #24. Evan Dorkin’s entire irreverent output from nineteen eighty nine to twenty ten is collected in the ♥MILK AND CHEESE: DAIRY PRODUCTS GONE BAD TP and his magical anthropomorphic series with the painted art of Jill Thompson is finally available in soft cover with ♥BEASTS OF BURDEN: ANIMAL RITES TP. If you’ve never experienced the joy of Stan Sakai’s storytelling ♥USAGI YOJIMBO: THE HIDDEN #1 OF 7 is a good place to begin.
DC: The New Age of DC Heroes is a launch of stories and characters spinning out of the Dark Nights: Metal series and we’ve already discussed Damage, Sideways, The Silencer and The Terrifics; in March we’ll see ♥THE CURSE OF BRIMSTONE #1 by Justin Jordan and Philip Tan and ♥THE IMMORTAL MEN #1 by James Tynion IV and Jim Lee, both featuring the vertical foldout covers. In February comes the five issue ‘Milk Wars’ story where Gerard Way’s Young Animal characters interact with the main DC Universe; in March four Young Animal titles return with CAVE CARSON HAS AN INTERSTELLAR EYE #1 by Jon Rivera and Michael Avon Oeming, ♥MOTHER PANIC: GOTHAM A.D. #1 by Jody Houser and Ibrahim Moustafa, ♥SHADE THE CHANGING WOMAN #1 by Cecil Castellucci and Marley Zarcone and, although there’s no mention of the Doom Patrol there is ♥ETERNITY GIRL #1 OF 6 by Magdalene (Kim & Kim) Visaggio and Eisner Award winner Sonny (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye) Liew, a character that will be introduced in the ‘Milk Wars’. If there are any characters or titles you’ve been planning to try in the DCU here are the jumping on points for March, series’ beginning new story arcs: ♥BATWOMAN #13 by Marguerite Bennett and Fernando Blanco begins ‘The Fall of the House of Kane’, ♥DETECTIVE COMICS #976 by James Tynion IV and Javier Fernandez begins ‘Batman Eternal’, ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE #40 by Christopher Priest and Pete Woods is part one of ‘Justice Lost’, ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #27 by Steve Orlando and Hugo Petrus is ‘Dawn of Time’ part one and ♥SUICIDE SQUAD #38 by Rob Williams and Jose Luis begins ‘Tear Down the Wall’. ♥SUPERMAN #42 by Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason introduces the son of Bizarro in ‘Boyzarro Re-Death’ part one and ♥TRINITY #20 by James Robinson and Patrick Zircher begins ‘Man Down’, the man in question being Steve Trevor. Outside of the DC Universe comes ♥BUG!: THE ADVENTURES OF FORAGER TP collecting the six Young Animal issues by Lee and Michael Allred and, in SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #36 the sleuths team up with Angel and the Ape, the Inferior Five and Stanley and His Monster, suitable for all ages. As the best selling Metal series is scheduled to finish up in mid February, in March we’ll start seeing the collected editions with the ♥DARK NIGHTS: METAL HC, all six issues and ♥DARK NIGHTS: METAL-THE NIGHTMARE BATMEN HC with the eight one shots, both of these collections will feature foil stamped covers. ♥DARK NIGHTS: METAL-THE RESISTANCE TP collects the cross over tie in issues plus Batman: Lost and Hawkman Found. Rebirth collections include ♥BATMAN, VOL. 5: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT TP with issues thirty three to thirty seven plus the Annual, ♥BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS, VOL. 5: A LONELY PLACE OF LIVING TP by James Tynion IV with Eddy Barrows and Alvaro Martinez collecting issues nine sixty three to nine sixty eight, ♥DEATHSTROKE, VOL. 4: DEFIANCE TP with issues twenty one through twenty five plus the story from the DC UNIVERSE HOLIDAY SPECIAL, ♥THE FLASH: THE REBIRTH DELUXE EDITION-BOOK TWO HC with issues fourteen through twenty seven, ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE REBIRTH DELUXE EDITION-BOOK TWO HC with twelve through twenty five, ♥NIGHTWING, VOL. 5: RAPTOR’S REVENGE TP with thirty through thirty four, ♥RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS, VOL. 3: BIZARRO REBORN TP with twelve through eighteen plus the Annual, ♥SUICIDE SQUAD, VOL. 5: KILL YOUR DARLINGS TP with twenty one through twenty five, ♥SUPERGIRL, VOL. 3: GIRL OF NO TOMORROW TP with twelve through fourteen plus the Annual and ♥SUPERMAN, VOL. 5: HOPES AND FEARS TP with issues twenty seven through thirty two. Older stories in deluxe editions include the ♥ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY, VOL. 2 HC in a new edition and the ♥ABSOLUTE BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE HC which has the original edition, the second edition with the new coloring as well as a story by Brian Bolland from Batman: Black and White, over a hundred and fifty pages priced under fifty dollars. There’s also ♥THE FLASH: THE SILVER AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 3 HC, ♥GLOBAL FREQUENCY: THE DELUXE EDITION HC, INJUSTICE 2, VOL. 2 HC, ♥INFINITE CRISIS OMNIBUS HC in a new edition and ♥THE KAMANDI CHALLENGE HC with the recent twelve part series. Soft cover editions of older material includes BATMAN: ARKHAM-HUGO STRANGE TP with the villain’s greatest stories, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT DETECTIVE, VOL. 1 TP with stories following on the heels of Batman: Year One, ♥THE DC UNIVERSE BY BRIAN K. VAUGHAN TP with various stories by the co-creator of Saga, ♥THE FLASH BY MARK WAID: BOOK FOUR TP, ♥THE FLASH: THE SILVER AGE, VOL. 3 TP, FUTURE QUEST PRESENTS, VOL. 1 TP, GREEN LANTERN: THE SILVER AGE, VOL. 3 TP, HAWKMAN BY GEOFF JOHNS, BOOK TWO TP, INJUSTICE 2, VOL. 1 TP, ♥JSA: THE GOLDEN AGE TP in a new edition and ♥WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ, VOL. 3 TP. Their creator owned imprint, VERTIGO offers ♥SLEEPER: BOOK ONE TP, a hard boiled crime series featuring Grifter, written by Ed (Kill or Be Killed) Brubaker with art by Colin Wilson and Sean Phillips and THE AMERICAN WAY: THOSE ABOVE AND THOSE BELOW TP by John Ridley with art by Georges Jeanty and others.
IDW: ♥BUBBA HO-TEP AND THE COSMIC BLOOD-SUCKERS #1 is a prequel to the cult classic film by creator Joe R. Lansdale with Joshua Jabcuga and illustrated by Tadd Calusha; they haven’t said if this is a one shot, a limited series or an ongoing series. GHOSTBUSTERS: CROSSING OVER #1 OF 8 involves all of the Ghostbusters old and new. The G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #1 ANNIVERSARY EDITION reprints the original story from Larry Hama and Herb Trimpe to coincide with the release of G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #250 which will feature an all new Snake Eyes. ♥ROM: TALES OF THE SOLSTAR ORDER #1: SPECIAL EDITION has co-creator Sal Buscema’s return in a single issue for the first time along with bonus art and an interview with the artist. The ♥TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES COLOR CLASSICS, VOL. 1 TP has the original first seven issues plus the Raphael and Michelangelo one shots, over three hundred pages in color priced under thirty dollars. The ♥TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES/USAGI YOJIMBO: EXPANDED EDITION HC features a new cover plus the Mirage era story ‘The Treaty’ for under eighteen dollars. ♥THE CROW: MEMENTO MORI #1 is by Roberto Recchioni and Micol Beltramini with art by Werther Dell’Edera and Angelo Mennilo following David, the new Crow seeking vengeance against the terrorists that murdered him and his girlfriend in Rome (and, again, I’m not sure if this is a one shot, a limited series or ongoing). Steve (30 Days of Night) Niles teams with Damien Worm for their third excursion into ♥THE OCTOBER FACTION: SUPERNATURAL DREAMS #1 (again with no information about story length). ♥DEMI-GOD #1 is by Ron Marz and Andy Smith described as a mash up between Deadpool and Thor (and, again, no info).
IMAGE: Anything new from Jeff Lemire excites me and teaming him with Andrea Sorrentino reunites the team from their runs on Green Arrow and Old Man Logan; the new ongoing series is a rural horror mystery dealing with obsession, mental health and faith titled ♥GIDEON FALLS #1. In the new series from Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici three hundred thousand citizens of Philadelphia disappeared into Oblivion a decade ago, the government has stopped trying to recover them but Nathan keeps looking; ♥OBLIVION SONG #1 will be a forty page comic also available in a collector’s edition limited to one thousand copies that comes with a variant cover, an eleven inch statue of the main character, an exclusive print and a collector’s pin for two hundred dollars. Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill relaunch Marc Silvestri’s CYBER FORCE #1 with artist Ailio Rojo centering around Morgan Stryker mortally wounded in a terrorist attack and ‘saved’ by his employers. Taking a hiatus before the next arc of his wonderful Spy Seal series Rich Tommaso releases a crime series set in the Miami of the eighties titled ♥DRY COUNTY #1. Pornsak (Swamp Thing) Pichetshote writes and Aaron Campbell and José Villarrubia illustrate ♥INFIDEL #1 OF 5 following an American Muslim woman and her multiracial neighbors who live in a building haunted by entities that feed off xenophobia. A psychedelic ongoing science fiction adventure series, ♥PRISM STALKER #1 is by Sloane Leong suggested for fans of Octavia Butler, Sailor Moon and the biopunk horror of David Cronenberg. Series’ that are beginning new arcs and consequently offering a jumping on point this month include: ♥DEADLY CLASS #32, ♥ELSEWHERE #5 and ♥THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #34 while new collected editions include: ♥COYOTES, VOL. 1 TP, THE FAMILY TRADE, VOL. 1 TP, GASOLINA, VOL. 1 TP, ♥PORT OF EARTH, VOL. 1 TP, ♥THE REALM, VOL. 1 TP, RETCON, VOL. 1: REVERSE ENGINEERED TP, ♥BIRTHRIGHT, VOL. 6 TP, ♥COPPERHEAD, VOL. 4 TP, CYBER FORCE REBIRTH: ARTIFACTS, VOL. 3 TP, ELEPHANTMEN 2260, BOOK 6 TP, ♥INVINCIBLE, VOL. 25: THE END OF ALL THINGS, PART 2 TP, ♥KINGSMAN, VOL. 2: THE RED DIAMOND TP, SPREAD, VOL. 5 TP and the ♥WALKING DEAD, VOL. 29 TP. There’s also the BLACK SCIENCE PREMIERE, VOL.1 REMASTERED EDITION HC with the first sixteen issues and added bonus content and NAILBITER: THE DELUXE MURDER EDITION, VOL. 2 HC with issues eleven through twenty plus bonus features. And ♥EXTREMITY #12 is an extra sized final issue of the series.
MARVEL: INFINITY COUNTDOWN #1 OF 5 by Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder is a forty page issue priced under five dollars with Infinity Stones appearing around the cosmos and heroes and villains fighting to possess them like an intergalactic Pokèmon game. One of Marvel’s best series’ these past several years has been written by Eisner Award winning author Jason Aaron; ♥THE MIGHTY THOR #705 with art by Russell Dauterman brings an end to this epic in the form of ‘The Death of the Mighty Thor’ part six. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #797 begins ‘Go Down Swinging’ with the return of the Green Goblin, more deadly than ever and introducing the Red Goblin by Dan Slott and Stuart Immonen. IRON MAN: HONG KONG HEROES #1 is a one shot by Howard and Justice Wong taking place at Stark Expo Hong Kong, featuring Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, Black Panther and a new armored hero. ♥INCREDIBLE HULK #714 by Greg Pak and Carlo Barberi is part one of ‘World War Hulk II’. Charles Soule and Christos Gage write, Ron Garney and an artist ‘to be announced’ illustrate ♥DAREDEVIL #600, the conclusion of the ‘Mayor Fisk’ story line. ♥WEAPON H #1 is by Greg Pak and Cory Smith featuring the latest mash up of the Weapon X program with the strength of Hulk and the claws and rage of Wolverine. ♥NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS #1 OF 6 is by Matthew Rosenberg and Adam Gorham and has the team battling paranormal threats. The DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION story that begins in February will be a cross over, this month with DOCTOR STRANGE #387, SCARLET SPIDER #15, IRON FIST #78, and the JOHNNY BLAZE: GHOST RIDER one shot; in total a fifteen part series across three months. VENOM #163 by Cullen Bunn and Will Robson is the finale for the ‘Poison X’ cross over with the X-Men. ♥JESSICA JONES #18 is the final issue by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos who created her; next month the series will have a new creative team, but don’t miss this fully painted farewell issue! MARVEL’S ANT-MAN AND THE WASP PRELUDE #1 OF 2 is by Will Corona Pilgrim and Chris Allen setting the stage for the summers’ film feature. ♥X-MEN GOLD #23 by Marc Guggenheim and Thony Silas begins ‘Cruel & Unusual’ as Kitty and her team are in jail. ♥WEAPON X #15 by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente with art by Roland Boschi is part one of ‘Old Man Logan VS Sabretooth’ while X-MEN BLUE #23 by Cullen Bunn and Jorge Molina is ‘Cry Havok’ part one as Polaris is again possessed by Malice. ♥OLD MAN LOGAN #36 begins ‘Moving Targets’ by Ed Brisson and Dalibor Talajic featuring Kingpin AKA Mayor Fisk as well as Bullseye. CABLE #155 by Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler, creators of The Dregs with art by German (Thanos) Peralto is part one of ‘Past Fears’ and the RUNAWAYS #7 is by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka, chapter one of ‘Best Friends Forever’. Hard cover collected editions include: ♥AVENGERS BY JONATHAN HICKMAN OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 HC, ♥SECRET INVASION BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS OMNIBUS HC, DOCTOR STRANGE, SORCERER SUPREME OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 HC and STAR WARS, VOL. 3 HC. In soft cover they offer THOR VS HULK: CHAMPIONS OF THE UNIVERSE OGN TP by Jeremy Whitley with art by Simone Buonfantino and Alti Firmansyah, STAR WARS: DARTH VADER-DARK LORD OF THE SITH, VOL. 2: LEGACY’S END TP, PHOENIX RESURRECTION: THE RETURN OF JEAN GREY TP collecting the five issue series, ♥MIGHTY THOR, VOL. 3: THE ASGARD/SHI’AR WAR TP, ♥RUNAWAYS BY RAINBOW ROWELL, VOL. 1: FIND YOUR WAY HOME TP, CABLE, VOL. 2: THE NEWER MUTANTS TP, ♥X-MEN GOLD, VOL. 4: THE NEGATIVE ZONE WAR TP, ♥ICEMAN, VOL. 2: ABSOLUTE ZERO TP, JEAN GREY, VOL. 2: FINAL FIGHT TP, SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE TP, ♥FALCON, VOL. 1: TAKE FLIGHT TP, SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL, VOL. 5: ARMS RACE TP, THE UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL, VOL. 5: LOST IN THE PLOT TP, AMERICA, VOL. 2: FAST AND FUERTONA TP, ♥DEADPOOL VS OLD MAN LOGAN TP, SPIDER-GWEN, VOL. 5: GWENOM TP, ♥PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, VOL. 2: MOST WANTED TP, ♥JESSICA JONES: THE RETURN OF THE PURPLE MAN TP, ♥LUKE CAGE, VOL. 2: CAGED! TP, ♥PUNISHER: THE PLATOON TP, the MARVEL LEGACY COMPANION TP with all of the one shots like Darkhawk, Not Brand Ecch and Silver Sable, AVENGERS: MIGHTY ORIGINS TP, X-MEN GOLD, VOL. 0: HOMECOMING TP, LEGION: SON OF X, VOL. 3-REVENANTS TP, CAPTAIN MARVEL: CAROL DANVERS-THE MS MARVEL YEARS, VOL. 1 TP, ♥SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP, AGENTS OF ATLAS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP, THING: PROJECT PEGASUS TP, WOLVERINE BY DANIEL WAY: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 4 TP, AVENGERS ACADEMY: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 2 TP, ♥ANNIHILATION: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 and VOL. 2 TP and, out of print for far too long, the ♥NEW MUTANTS: DEMON BEAR TP by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz.
INDEPENDENTS: The one shot parody comic from Dave Sim at AARDVARK-VANAHEIM this month is WORLD’S FINITE CEREBUS #1 and, along with ♥STRANGERS IN PARADISE XXV #2 the great Terry Moore also offers the ♥MOTOR GIRL OMNIBUS, a sweet and brilliant tale about war and PTSD from his ABSTRACT STUDIOS. Sean (Saints) Lewis and Steve (Grumpy Cat) Uy begin ♥BETROTHED #1 at AFTERSHOCK, a tale of two orphans attending the same high school who find their other dimensional counterparts are at war and must either marry or fight to the death. They also offer their first original graphic novel anthology, the ♥SHOCK ANTHOLOGY HC with Neil Gaiman, Cullen Bunn, Marguerite Bennett, Charles Vess, Brian Azzarello, Francisco Francavilla and lots more, one hundred and sixty pages priced under thirty five dollars. ANTARCTIC PRESS has their monthly Presidential parody with MY HERO-MAGADEMIA: WALL MIGHT. The line of mature horror comics expands at ARCHIE COMICS with ♥VAMPIRONICA #1 by Greg and Megan Smallwood as Veronica Lodge is a vampire. JIRNI #1 OF 5 is by J.T. Krul and Michael Santamaria, the third launch of ASPEN STUDIOS D’Jinn fantasy series. Alan Moore’s AVATAR series chronicling the future resettling of America after the apocalypse continues with writers Christos Gage and Pat Shand illustrated by Emiliano Urdinola and Raulo Carceres with the forty eight page monthly ♥CROSSED + 100: MIMIC #1. ♥BREATHLESS #1 by Pat Shand and Renzo Rodriguez from BLACK MASK is a health care horror story with Big Pharma as the villain while ♥BILLIONAIRE KILLERS #1 from Matteo Pizzolo and Soo Lee is a tale of children of the .0001% who reject their family legacies and fight back against the brutality and patriarchy. MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #25 from BOOM! STUDIOS will be extra sized and sealed in a black bag with six main covers and a mystery chase variant packed at random as Draklon returns. They also begin ♥LUCY DREAMING #1 OF 5 by Max (Moon Knight) Bemis and Michael Dialynas, a coming of age story about literally living your dreams, plus the ♥MECH CADET YU, VOL. 1 TP by Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa. Their alternative imprint, BOOM! BOX launches DODGE CITY #1 OF 4 by Josh (Adventure Time) Trujillo and Cara (Over the Garden Wall) McGee, a teen tale of sports competition and the ♥NUCLEAR WINTER, VOL. 1 OGN TP written and illustrated by Caroline Breault, a tale of survival nine years after an accident at the power plant continues to plague Montreal. Their all age imprint, KaBOOM has the RUGRATS, VOL. 1 TP, the ADVENTURE TIME/REGULAR SHOW TP and the one shot ADVENTURE TIME: BMO BONANZA #1. And their literary imprint, ARCHAIA offers ♥JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: A DISCOVER ADVENTURE HC, an interactive twenty four page book with hidden treasures and bonus challenges priced under fifteen dollars, written and illustrated by Ann Marcellino. CALIBER reissues the ♥VIETNAM JOURNAL, VOL. 1: INDIAN COUNTRY TP by Don Lomax, a true account from the soldiers’ viewpoint. Amy (Poison Ivy, Red Sonja) Chu will write and German Erramouspe will illustrate the new ♥GREEN HORNET #1 from DYNAMITE, the daughter of Kato now filling the role, in conjunction with the release of the GREEN HORNET ’66 MEETS THE SPIRIT TP. They also begin PATHFINDER: SPIRAL OF BONES #1 OF 5 with a Starfinder bonus story as well as a pull out poster map in each issue plus the PATHFINDER, VOL. 6: RUNESCARS HC. Jason Lutes has been writing and illustrating an incredible piece of historical fiction for the past two decades leading up to ♥BERLIN #22, the final issue of the saga from DRAWN & QUARTERLY. Originally serialized in the US military newspaper Overseas Weekly Wally Woods’ ♥CANNON HC series presented America’s answer to James Bond with Cold War spy adventures rife with sex and violence created to support our troops now available in a new printing from FANTAGRAPHICS and the also offer ♥LOVE & ROCKETS MAGAZINE, VOL. 5 #5 continuing what Neil Gaiman calls ‘One of the finest bodies of fiction of the last thirty five years’. ♥BRAZEN, available in either hard of soft cover editions from :01 FIRST SECOND tells stories of thirty daring women throughout history written and illustrated by Pénélope Bagieu to inspire the next generation of rebel ladies. 451 MEDIA GROUP releases ♥SIX: THE COMPLETE GRAPHIC NOVEL written by George (producer/writer of The Wire and HBO’s The Deuce) Pelecanos who Stephen King calls ‘perhaps the greatest living American crime writer’; a story of war and redemption involving ex soldiers and Mexican cartels with art by Mark Chater. Out of print for more than a decade KODANSHA offers the ♥BATTLE ANGEL ALITA: DELUXE EDITION, VOL. 3 HC, each one with four hundred pages and new cover art. The ♥PUERTO RICO STRONG TP from LION FORGE is a hundred and sixty pages of historical fiction from the top Puerto Rican creators with all profits to benefit recovery programs. Ed Brisson and Alessandro Micelli begin ♥THE BALLAD OF SANG #1, an ongoing series from ONI PRESS where the main character was kidnapped off the streets of the Philippines as an infant and trained as an assassin. Their RICK AND MORTY PRESENTS: THE VINDICATORS #1 is the first of quarterly, forty page one shot adventures and SPECTACLE, BOOK ONE begins a tale of magic, deception and the bond between sisters from Megan Rose Gedris, fan favorite webcomic creator of Yu+Me Dream. SCOUT COMICS launches ♥WELCOME TO PARADISE #1 by AC Medina and Morgan Kendrick Sawyer set in a bunker the size of California three centuries after the apocalypse. SEVEN SEAS offers ♥CAPTAIN HARLOCK: THE CLASSIC COLLECTION, VOL. 1 HC, four hundred pages of the original series priced under twenty five dollars. TITAN begins ♥FACTORY #1 OF 3 by Alejandro Jororowsky and frequent Moebius collaborator Yacine ‘Elgo’ Elgohorri, a forty page dystopian adventure under a Simon Bisley cover as well as SEA OF THIEVES #1 OF 4 by Jeremy Whitley and Rhoald Marcellius, a pirate adventure based on the upcoming video game. TOON GRAPHICS has ♥THE DRAGON SLAYER: FOLKTALES FROM LATIN AMERICA available in either soft or hard cover this is written and illustrated by Jaime (Love & Rockets) Hernandez! VALIANT relaunches their supernatural icon with ♥SHADOWMAN #1 written by Andy (Green Arrow) Diggle with art by Stephen (Action Comics) Segovia and BLOODSHOT SALVATION #7 is written and illustrated by Jeff (Black Hammer, Terrifics) Lemire, an issue titled ‘Blackout’ and told entirely in pitch black darkness. The SECRET WEAPONS #0 is a one shot by Eric Heisserer and Raúl Allén and, as we reach ZENESCOPE at the end of the listings they begin GRIMM TALES OF TERROR #1 for the fourth volume.
Quite a few contenders this month including: ♥AMERICAN GODS: MY AINSEL from Dark Horse, ♥OBLIVION SONG and ♥INFIDEL from Image, the ♥MIGHTY THOR #705 and ♥JESSICA JONES #18 from Marvel, the ♥MOTOR GIRL OMNIBUS from Abstract Studios, the ♥SHOCK ANTHOLOGY from Aftershock, the ♥BRAZEN GN from First Second and the ♥DRAGONSLAYER: FOLKTALES FROM LATIN AMERICA GN from Jaime Hernandez at Toon Graphics but my choice for the Pick of the Month
is Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s ♥GIDEON FALLS from Image.
As I begin my seventeenth year in business I wish to extend a sincere hug and handshake of gratitude to all of you for the years of support and friendship, for the generosity that you all bring to the quarterly fundraisers and a heartfelt thank you for keeping the lights on and keeping my family fed; I am well and truly humbled by your awesomeness. Thank you!
And I guess I should mention the upcoming benefit; on Saturday, the third of February we’ll get together again to see how much money we can raise to benefit the good works of the folks at Casa de los Niños. There will be at least half a dozen artists who will provide free sketches, there will be a Silent Auction to win original artwork and collectibles and there will be a One Dollar and a Five Dollar raffle to win graphic novels, action figures and more with all proceeds to go to Casa de los Niños. See you all there!
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).
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