The January Previews catalog arrives on Wednesday, January second. 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 March 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.
FCBD: This is the month that I place my orders for all of the titles that I’ll be giving away on Free Comic Book Day which occurs on the fourth of May this year (so it’s also Star Wars Day). These comics cost me between fifteen and thirty five cents each and if any of you would like to purchase copies to give away yourself at work or in the class room, please feel free to look through the catalog, tell me what you’d like and how many copies of each and I’ll be happy to order them for you and give them to you at my cost!
young resistance fighter who battles against an oppressive American Empire and searches for her own identity in a world on fire’ is the description offered for ♥LITTLE BIRD #1 OF 5 written by director/screenwriter Darcy Van Poelgeest with the detailed illustrations of Ian Bertram. ♥ASSASSIN NATION #1 is written by Kyle (Rock Candy Mountain, Rick & Morty) Starks and illustrated by two time Eisner Award winner Erica (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) Henderson, a comedy with the top hitman and twenty body guards to protect him from assassins. Following a long hiatus Greg Rucka and Michael Lark return to their intricate world with ♥LAZARUS: RISEN #1 in a new, sixty-four page prestige format priced under eight dollars. And the launch will coincide with the release of the Green Ronin’s Modern Age RPG. New collected editions include ♥MATADOR TP, VOL. 1 with one through six, the ♥BLACK MAGICK HC, VOL. 1 with issues one through eleven of Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott’s magical crime drama, ♥CROWDED TP, VOL. 1 with the first six issues telling of a woman’s efforts to avoid being the victim of a crowd funded murder (and there’s a movie in the works), the ♥INFIDEL TP gets a new printing (and is also in development for film), and INFINITE DARK TP, VOL. 1 collecting one through four of a closed room murder on board a space vessel holding the only survivors from Earth. The third chapter of Tom Parkinson-Morgan’s popular web comic is collected in the KILL SIX BILLION DEMONS TP, VOL. 3, the fifth and sixth story arcs plus the cross over with Hack Slash are collected in the ♥NAILBITER, VOL. 3 HC: MURDER ED., ♥OBLIVION SONG, VOL. 2 TP has issues seven through twelve, REGRESSION TP, VOL. 3 has eleven through fifteen and ♥SLEEPLESS TP, VOL. 2 has issues seven through eleven, completing the series which has been selected for Amazon Book Review’s “Best Comics & Graphic Novels of 2018” as well as Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best: 2018” and it’s been nominated for YALSA’s “Great Graphic Novels for Teens”. ♥SWING, VOL. 2 TP is an adult tale written by Matt Hawkins and Jenni Cheung with art by Yishan Li spinning out of the Sunstone series, ♥WALKING DEAD TP, VOL. 31 has one-eighty-one through one-eighty-six, ♥WAYWARD HC. VOL. 3 concludes the supernatural series from Jim Zub and Seven Cummings and ♥WICKED + DIVINE TP, VOL. 8: OLD IS THE NEW NEW has all eight of the one shot specials as the monthly series begins it’s final arc. ♥BLACK SCIENCE #42 is the final issue of the series, Zack Kaplan and Giovanni Timpano begins a new arc with ♥ECLIPSE #13,♥FARMHAND #6 begins ‘season two’, going forward with ♥ISOLA #7, the series will now be bi-monthly and ♥OBLIVION SONG #13 begins a new arc in response to the second Transference event. ♥PAPER GIRLS #26 begins its’ final story. Jo Henderson and Lee Garbett begin a new tale in ♥SKYWARD #11 as does Caitlin Kittredge and Roberta Ingranata with ♥WITCHBLADE #13. And for those of you lamenting the ending of Descender, Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen will be releasing Ascender #1 in April, set ten years after the conclusion of Descender.
DARK HORSE: The wonderful story teller, Hugo Award winner G. Willow Wilson has finished her work at Marvel making Ms Marvel the best new title at the ‘House of Ideas’ in decades, IMHO and is now writing Wonder Woman at DC and beginning ♥INVISIBLE KINGDOM #1 with Eisner Award winning artist Christian (Black Bolt, ODY-C) Ward, a science fiction epic where two women discover a vast conspiracy involving the leader of the dominant religion and the mega-corporation that runs society. The brilliant Jeff Lemire again expands his deconstructionist super hero universe with ♥BLACK HAMMER ’45: FROM THE WORLD OF BLACK HAMMER #1, a war story set in 1945 co-written by Ray Fawkes and illustrated by Matt and Charlene Kindt and Jeff’s ♥QUANTUM AGE: FROM THE WORLD OF BLACK HAMMER TP collects the six issues set a thousand years in the future with the art of Wilfredo Torres. The ♥STRANGER THINGS TP collects the four issues telling of Will Beyer’s time in the Upside-Down from season one as told by Jody Houser and Stefano Martino. ♥ASTRO HUSTLE #1 OF 4 is from Jai Nitz and Tom Reilly where cosmic criminal, Chen is accidentally put into Cryo-sleep for six decades waking to find his little brother President of the Galaxy, so Chen causes problems and steals stuff. ♥BAD LUCK CHUCK #1 OF 4 is the story of Charlene ‘Chuck’ Manchester cursed at birth, who hires out her bad luck to those who can profit from disaster, written by Lela Gwenn with art by Matthew Dow Smith and Kelly Fitzpatrick. GLAAD and Eisner Award winner Magdalene (Kim & Kim, Eternity Girl) Visaggio writes ♥CALAMITY KATE #1 as the eponymous detective moves to L.A. To become the super hero monster hunter she always wanted to be, illustrated by Corin (X-Files) Howell. While Disney expands their comic reach, now licensing Marvel and Star Wars titles to IDW and Archie they’ve now licensed Dark Horse to publish some of their titles as well: ♥DISNEY’S FROZEN: REUNION ROAD #1 where Anna and Elsa attempt to reunite Kai with his long lost brother, written by Joe Caramagna and illustrated by Eduard Petrovich and DISNEY: HAMLET STARRING DONALD DUCK TP and ♥LEGEND OF KORRA TP, VOL. 1: RUINS OF EMPIRE. Other collected editions include ♥PREDATOR: HUNTERS II TP, ♥HALO OMNIBUS TP, VOL. 2, ♥GOD OF WAR TP, ♥SWORD DAUGHTER HC, VOL. 2: FOLDED METAL, the ♥MOONSHADOW HC: DEFINITIVE EDITION and ♥USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA, VOL. 8 available in either hard or soft cover editions. In manga the ♥ELFEN LIED OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 TP by Lynn Okamoto is cited as an inspiration for Stranger Things by the Duffer Brothers and ♥EMANON, VOL. 1: MEMORIES OF EMANON TP is a love story set during the Vietnam War from the Eisner nominated artist of Wandering Island.
DC: Plotted by Scott Snyder and scripted by James Tynion IV the one shot ♥BATMAN WHO LAUGHS: THE GRIM KNIGHT #1 tells the origin of the second most dangerous vigilante, illustrated by Eduardo Risso. BATMAN & THE JUSTICE LEAGUE MANGA TP, VOL. 2 is again written and illustrated by Shirori Teshaiogi and the final issue of the first Black Label series is offered with ♥BATMAN: DAMNED #3 OF 3. And if that’s not enough Batman news ♥DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 is offered, a ninety-six page comic priced under ten dollars celebrating eighty years of the title that literally describes DC offered with the main cover, a blank cover and eight more, one in the style of each of the eight decades the comic has been published. Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke provide the main tale, there are others throughout the Dark Knight’s career and an epilogue story that features the first DC Comic appearance of the Arkham Knight. Lauryn Myracle writes and provides cover art while Isaac Goodheart provides interior art for ♥UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE TP where Selina is fourteen and homeless; this is the latest offering from the new age-thirteen-and-up imprint DC Ink and from their eight-to-twelve imprint, DC Zoom comes ♥DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SPACED OUT TP by Shea Fontana with art by Agnes Garbowska as Green Lantern: Jessica Cruz joins the line-up. Sam Humphries writes and Joe Quinones illustrates ♥DIAL H FOR HERO #1 OF 6 with Miguel being the person in possession of the mystical dial, the newest launch from the new Wonder Comics imprint. An inevitable cross over begins with ♥DEATHSTROKE #41: TERMINUS AGENDA continuing in ♥TEEN TITANS #28: TERMINUS AGENDA as Robin decides the team must take the deadly assassin out, once and for all. ♥SECOND COMING #1 OF 6 from their Vertigo imprint, is written by Mark (God is Disappointed in You, Flintstones) Russell with Richard Pace’s art as Jesus returns on a mission from God to discover how to be a true messiah by becoming the roommate of super hero Sun-Man, last survivor of Krispex. Clark and Lois go undercover on a search for clues about Leviathan in ♥ACTION COMICS #1009. New Age of Heroes title ♥CURSE OF BRIMSTONE #12 will be the final issue of the series. Spinning out of the events of Justice League: No Justice and Heroes in Crisis ♥GREEN ARROW #50 deals with the deadly box that was entrusted to Oliver by the League; will Black Canary be able to steal it for her black ops bosses? ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE #19 begins a new arc titled ‘The Sixth Dimension’ written by Scott Snyder and Jorge Jimenez and illustrated by Jorge; as the team now has the map to deal with the Dark Multiverse; they just have to get there, which means they’ll need the help of Mr. Mxyzptlk. A potential Anti-Christ is conceived in ♥LUCIFER #6 while, in ♥NAOMI #3 by Brian Bendis and David F. Walker with Jamal Campbell’s art, an enormous reveal will affect the DC Universe forever. The Joker’s Daughter returns in ♥NIGHTWING #58 while ♥PEARL #7 from Bendis’ Jinxworld imprint begins the next story arc in the now ongoing series. Scott Lobdell and Stephen Segovia begin ‘Prince of Gotham’ in ♥RED HOOD: OUTLAW #32 as Jason Todd returns to Gotham as a businessman. The space adventures of Jon Kent and his grand father Jor-El lead them across dimensions where they encounter Ultraman and the Crime Syndicate in ♥SUPERMAN #9. The ♥TERRIFICS #14 is the final issue on the series as the team reunites to rescue Mr and the multi-versal Mrs Terrific with the fate of the Multiverse hanging in the balance. Deluxe collections offered this month include: ♥ALL STAR SUPERMAN: DC MODERN CLASSICS HC in a new printing, BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE OMNIBUS HC, BATMAN & THE OUTSIDERS, VOL. 3 HC, ♥BATMAN ETERNAL OMNIBUS HC, ♥BATMAN NOIR: GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT HC with the classic tales in black and white, ♥BATMAN: DETECTIVE REBIRTH DELUXE COLLECTION HC-BOOK 4, ♥FLASH/GREEN LANTERN-BRAVE & THE BOLD DELUXE EDITION HC, INJUSTICE VS MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE HC, INJUSTICE 2 HC, VOL. 5, ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE/AQUAMAN: DROWNED EARTH HC, JUSTICE LEAGUE BY CHRISTOPHER PRIEST DELUXE EDITION HC, ♥SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS HC, VOL. 1: INVISIBLE MAFIA with Brian Bendis’ first arc and the ZERO HOUR, 25TH ANNIVERARY OMNIBUS HC. New collections in soft cover include: ♥ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS TP, VOL. 1: ACTION DETECTIVE with the first six issues, ♥BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY SAGA-DC ESSENTIAL EDITION TP, ♥BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS TP, VOL. 9: DEFACE THE FACE, ♥CATWOMAN TP, VOL. 1: COPYCATS with Joëlle Jones’ first arc, ♥DAMAGE TP, VOL. 2: SCORCHED EARTH, ♥ELSEWORLDS SUPERMAN TP, VOL. 2 with ‘Son of Superman’, ‘Superboy’s Legion’ issues one and two, ‘Supergirl: Wings’ and ‘Superman: True Brit’, ♥FINAL CRISIS: DC ESSENTIAL EDITION TP, ♥FORTUNE & GLORY: A TRUE HOLLYWOOD COMIC BOOK STORY TP bringing Bendis’ autobiographical work back to print, INJUSTICE 2 TP, VOL. 4, ♥KAMANDI CHALLENGE TP, ♥PLASTIC MAN TP, ♥POWERS TP, BOOK 4 in a new edition, ♥SCARLET TP, VOL. 1 collecting the new Jinxworld story, ♥SANDMAN TP, VOL. 7: BRIEF LIVES-30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION, ♥SUPERMAN: WORLD AGAINST SUPERMAN-DC ESSENTIAL EDITION TP, ♥SUPERGIRL TP, VOL. 1: THE KILLERS OF KRYPTON with the latest stories, ♥SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN BY JACK KIRBY TP, ♥TEEN TITANS TP, VOL. 1: FULL THROTTLE and ♥WONDER WOMAN TP, VOL. 8: DARK GODS. And from their DC Collectibles line they offer the BATMAN BLACK & WHITE MINI PVC FIGURE 7 PACK, SET 2 with six different artists renditions of Batman plus an exclusive Nightwing figure, the BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES BATCYCLE & AF SET, DC COVER GIRLS: BLACK CANARY BY JOÊLLE JONES STATUE, DARK KNIGHTS METAL-BATMAN: THE DROWNED STATUE, DC DESIGNER SERIES: NIGHTWING BY JIM LEE STATUE and a HARLEY QUINN: RED, WHITE & BLACK STATUE BY JOHN TIMMS.
IDW: Retelling the origin, ♥TRANSFORMERS #1 begins a new, ongoing series written by fantasy author Brian Ruckley with art by Angel Hernandez and Ron Joseph and shipping twice monthly. ♥SYNERGY: A HASBRO CREATORS SHOWCASE is a one shot anthology celebrating the women who make an impact on the world of Hasbro for Women’s History Month. ♥GLOW #1 is written by Tini Howard with Hannah Templer’s art featuring the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling set in L.A. based on the Netflix series. ♥GEARS OF WAR: HIVEBUSTERS #1 is a new mission written by Kurtis Wiebe with art by Alan Quah. The ♥BATMAN/THE MAXX: ARKHAM DREAMS BOX SET collects the five issue series in a slip case with logo free ‘A’ cover art on the front and the ‘B’ cover on the back of each issue, priced under thirty dollars. The Heroes in a Half Shell are collected in ♥TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES COLOR CLASSICS, VOL. 2 TP with colorized issues eight through thirteen plus the first two issues of the Micro-Series and ♥TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, VOL. 21: BATTLE LINES TP with issues eighty six through eighty nine of the current series. There’s a ♥STAR TREK: WAYPOINT SPECIAL 2019 and the ♥STAR TREK VS TRANSFORMERS TP. The first of three ‘Treasury Editions’ in the tabloid sized format will celebrate each of the trilogies with the ♥STAR WARS ADVENTURES TREASURY EDITION-PREQUEL TRILOGY as the first, sixty four pages priced under ten dollars. ♥GOOSEBUMPS: HORRORS OF THE WITCH HOUSE #1 is suitable for all ages as is ♥TANGLED: THE SERIES-CORONA CAPERS #1 written by Katie Cook. The ♥30 DAYS OF NIGHT 100-PAGE GIANT is from creator Steve Niles with Kelly Sue (Bitch Planet) DeConnick, illustrated by Justin Randall, out of print for over a decade, the complete story in one issue priced under five dollars. ♥FEMME MAGNIFIQUE: 10 MAGNIFICENT WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD is offered for Women’s History Month, the ten stories culled from the Femme Magnifique: 50 Magnificent Women Who Changed the World TP (which is currently in stock).
MARVEL: They’ve been teasing it for a while now, in April begins the ‘War of the Realms’ although the first three chapters will be released in February with Avengers #14 and #15 and Thor #13. Part three of the ‘War of the Vampires’ will be in ♥AVENGERS #16, continued in ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #7 and ♥THOR #11 and ♥WAR OF THE REALMS #1 and they’re also offering a WAR OF THE REALMS POSTER by Art Adams with the same art on a new MARVEL GRAPHIC COMIC BOX. Nick Spencer and Humberto Ramos kick off ‘Hunted’ in ♥AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17 (and I’m sure I don’t have to tell you who the ‘Hunter’ is) and issue sixteen is a tie-in with Black Cat. The ♥AGE OF CONAN: BÊLIT #1 OF 5 is by Tini Howard and Kate Niemczyk and features the first chapter of a prose novella as do the other two Conan titles. The weekly, ten part AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME continues with chapters four through seven and, in issue six Wanda Maximoff finds herself in the Hyborian Age. The ♥MARVEL TALES: THOR #1 one shot features reprints of the first appearance of Loki as well as the Thunder Gods’ first meeting with Hercules, the Avengers meet Valkyrie plus the first appearance of Beta Ray Bill. A title I’m suspecting will be deemed ‘classic’ is ♥SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #1 OF 6 from Chip Zdarsky and Mark Bagley, a ‘What If’ Peter Parker aged naturally since his conception as a fifteen year old in 1962, with the first issue seeing Flash Thompson drafted into the Vietnam War, challenging Peter’s concept of responsibility. Now that G. Willow Wilson has left Marvel to write Wonder Woman for the Distinguished Competition Saladin Ahmed and Minkyu Jung begin ♥MAGNIFICENT MS MARVEL #1. Robbie Thompson writes and Niko Henrichon illustrates ♥MEET THE SKRULLS #1 OF 5 as the shape shifters prepare for another invasion using the tag line from their last invasion: ‘Who do you trust?’. ♥DOMINO: HOTSHOTS #1 OF 5 is by Gail Simone and David Baldeon featuring Outlaw and Diamondback. COSMIC GHOST RIDER DESTROYS MARVEL HISTORY #1 OF 6 is written by Paul Scheer and Nick Giovannetti with Gerardo Sandoval’s art with Frank Castle stuck in the past, during the birth of the Fantastic Four. New tie ins to the big mutant cross over, already in progress include ♥AGE OF X-MAN: PRISONER X #1 OF 5 with Lucas Bishop incarcerated in the prison previously referred to as the Danger Room and ♥AGE OF X-MEN: APOCALYPSE & THE X-TRACTS #1 OF 5 where En Sabah Nur strives to teach the world to love again. MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR #1 OF 6 by Dennis Hopeless and Michele Bandini takes place in, and expands on the world of the successful new video game with more stories to follow. Betsy Ross reunites with her presumed dead husband, Bruce Banner in ♥IMMORTAL HULK #14, The SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME PRELUDE #1 OF 2 is self explanatory, Leading up to the fiftieth issue SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #47 continues the ‘Infinite House of Civil yet Secret Crisis War Invasion’ and, in #48 the villain restores the fourth wall. SHURI #6 begins the second arc with new creative team Vita Ayala and Paul Davidson and ♥DOCTOR STRANGE #12 by Mark Waid and Barry Kitson finds Stephen Strange facing a foe who controls Earth’s magic. ♥JESSICA JONES: PURPLE DAUGHTER MPGN TP (which is Marvelspeak for ‘Marvel Premiere Graphic Novel Trade Paperback) is by Kelly Thompson and Mattia De Iulis, following the Jessica Jones: Blind Spot MPGN TP by the same team. And the ♥CLOAK AND DAGGER: NEGATIVE EXPOSURE MPGN TP is their second by the same creative team of Dennis Hopeless with Francesco Manna and Ruairi Coleman providing the art. ♥STAR WARS: VADER-DARK VISIONS #1 will now be written by Dennis Hopeless with Paolo Villnelli’s art showing a lighter side to the Sith warrior. ♥STAR WARS-AGE OF REPUBLIC: PADMÉ AMIDALA #1 and ♥STAR WARS-AGE OF REPUBLIC: GENERAL GRIEVOUS #1 are the next one shots expanding on all three trilogies. ♥MARVEL RISING #1 OF 5 features Kamala Khan and Doreen Green who call on some friends (Captain Marvel, America and Spider-Gwen) to deal with a problem in New Jersey, by Nilah Magruder and Roberto DiSalvo. In deluxe collected editions this month comes the CABLE & X-FORCE OMNIBUS HC, CONAN THE BARBARIAN: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 HC, the HEROES REBORN OMNIBUS HC, the ♥THANOS BY DONNY CATES HC which includes the ‘Cosmic Ghost Rider’ limited series, and ♥MARVEL COMICS: THE WORLD OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW HC collecting all the stories that involve real world events like WWII, drug abuse, HIV, school shootings, etc. There’s also the ♥SILVER SURFER: PARABLE 30TH ANNIVERARY EDITION HC with the two part tale written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Moebius, ♥KIRBY IS…MIGHTY! KING-SIZE HC with Jack’s greatest tales of Thor and X-MEN: EVE OF DESTRUCTION HC with the battles involving Magneto. In soft cover collections they offer ♥STAR WARS, VOL. 10: THE ESCAPE TP, STAR WARS-HAN SOLO: IMPERIAL CADET TP, ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 1 TP, ♥SHURI, VOL. 1: THE SEARCH FOR BLACK PANTHER TP, SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL, VOL. 8: ROAD TRIP TP, ♥VENOM BY DONNY CATES, VOL. 2 TP, RUNAWAYS BY RAINBOW ROWELL & KRIS ANKA, VOL. 3: THAT WAS YESTERDAY TP, THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP: UNLIMITED TP with the recent five issue series, WEAPON H, VOL. 2 TP, the SHATTERSTAR TP, ♥MARVEL KNIGHTS FANTASTIC FOUR: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP, the MARVEL KNIGHTS 20TH TP with the recent six issues, BLACK ORDER: THE WARMASTERS OF THANOS TP with the current five part series, WHAT IF?-WITH GREAT POWER TP with the six one shots from a couple of months back and the ♥SGT. FURY EPIC COLLECTION: THE HOWLING COMMANDOS TP with the earliest stories. ♥SPIDER-MAN 2099 VS VENOM 2099 TP, ♥SPIDER-MAN: NEW WAYS TO LIVE TP which includes the Anti-Venom origin story, SPIDER-MAN: LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS TP with tales from the late nineties and MARVEL UNIVERSE: THE END TP with the six issue series telling of the final days of the universe in a new printing. AVENGERS WORLD: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP, IRON MAN: HEROES RETURN-THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP, X-MEN BY PETER MILLIGAN, VOL. 1: DANGEROUS LIASONS TP, ♥AVENGING SPIDER-MAN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP which includes the first appearance of Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel, THOR BY KIERON GILLEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP in a new printing, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE: LIVING LEGENDS GN, SECRET AVENGERS BY RICK REMENDER: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP and MIGHTY AVENGERS BY DAN SLOTT: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP.
DYNAMITE: Christopher (I Am Groot) Hastings and David (Bombshells United) Hahn begin ♥THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN #1 set in the seventies with the fancy suit drastically depreciating in value. OBEY ME #0 is based on the game of the same name and written by Argentinian Mario Mentasti with art by Ben Herrera.
BOOM!: The first four issues are collected in the ♥FIREFLY, VOL. 1 HC while ♥FIREFLY: BAD COMPANY #1 is a forty page one shot telling the origin of Saffron with more one shots to follow. Greg (World War Hulk, Firefly) Pak writes ♥RONIN ISLAND #1 OF 5 with artist Giannis Milonogiannis is a post apocalyptic tale set in nineteenth century Asia. ♥THE GRAND ABYSS HOTEL OGN HC is a ‘politically satirical look at democracy today’ by Maros Prior and David (Rumble) Rubin from their Archaia imprint. Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins’ ♥BLACK BADGE, VOL. 1 HC has the first six issues of the story of an elite, secret group of covert action boy scouts. The ♥PLANET OF THE APES: BEFORE THE FALL OMNIBUS TP collects ‘Betrayal of’ and ‘Exile on the Planet of the Apes’ as well as ‘Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm’, almost five hundred pages priced under forty dollars. The ♥MIDAS GN TP from their Boom Box imprint is by Ryan (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) North with art by Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb, a science fiction space comedy. ♥STEVEN UNIVERSE: FUSION FRENZY #1 is a forty page one shot with five tales from their KaBoom all age imprint, which also has the ♥ADVENTURE TIME: JAKE TP with ‘Jake-centric’ adventures and ♥THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL: ADVENTURES IN ELMORE TP with over a hundred and twenty-five pages of stories.
INDEPENDENTS: Peter J. (Detective Comics, Superman) Tomasi writes and Sara Duvall illustrates ♥THE BRIDGE: HOW THE ROEBLINGS CONNECTED BROOKLYN TO NEW YORK TP from ABRAMS COMICARTS and they also offer ♥NOBODY’S FOOL: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCHLITZIE THE PINHEAD GN written and illustrated by Bill Griffith, a biography of the sideshow attraction who inspired Griffith’s Zippy the Pinhead underground comics. And Brian Fies ♥A FIRE STORY HC, a true first person account of the Northern California wildfires in October of 2018. ♥COLD BLOOD SAMURAI by Massimo Rosi and Ludovica Ceregatti is an anthropomorphic tale of feudal Japan from ACTION LAB. Tim (Hack Slash) Seeley and Corin (Bat-Mite) Powell launch ♥DARK RED #1 from AFTERSHOCK, the story of Chip who works at a gas station, a bored and lonely vampire in the heart of America. And Garth Ennis gets back to war stories with artist Keith Burns as they publish ♥OUT OF THE BLUE OGN, VOL. 1 OF 2, a WWII aerial combat adventure. Eric Powell returns to his Eisner Award winning title with ♥THE GOON #1 from ALBATROSS FUNNY BOOKS, dark comedy/pulp adventures. AMIGO COMICS releases the ♥NANCY IN HELL TP, the original series (which has been continued at Image). ANTARCTIC COMICS begins ♥JUNGLE COMICS #1 OF 4 by Chuck Dixon and Kelsey Shannon with new pulp adventures. ARCHIE stars a new ♥SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH #1 OF 5 written by Kelly Thompson with art by Veronica Fish as well as RIVERDALE, SEASON 3 #1 from Scholastic author Micol Ostow with art by Thomas Pitilli and Joe Eisma. The ♥GEORGE R. R. MARTIN: STARPORT GN is adapted and illustrated by Raya Golden, published by BANTAM/SPECTRA described as ‘Law & Order meets Men in Black‘. ♥JUST LIKE RUBE GOLDBERG HC is a biography of the award winning cartoonist and inventor. BLACK MASK begins ♥LAB RAIDER #1 from Matt Miner and Creees Lee, a tale of animal rights vigilantes who find the animals they’re trying to free have been weaponized. Homer’s ♥THE ILIAD is adapted by Gareth Hinds from CANDLEWICK PRESS, ♥IS THIS HOW YOU SEE ME? HC is a black and white adventure featuring Maggie and Hopey written and illustrated by Jaime Hernandez from FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS putting the past four years of interconnected vignettes into a long form masterpiece for the first time. ♥HEAVY METAL #297 is the ‘Word on the Streets’ issue focusing on top graffiti and street artists plus there’s a ♥HEAVY METAL SUPER SECRET ONE SHOT promising huge names and huge talents but otherwise it’s classified. HUMANOIDS offers the ♥ANGEL CLAWS HC by frequent collaborators Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius, exploring a young woman’s quest for sexual awakening. New publisher IMPACT THEORY, LLC offers ♥NEON FUTURE #1, a near future story of class division and technology by producer, DJ Steve Aoki and Eisner Award winner Jim Krueger with art by Neil Edwards and Jheremy Raapack. Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian, genre-bending novel ♥THE HANDMAID’S TALE HC is illustrated by Renee Nault and published by NAN A TALESE while ♥THE ROLLING STONES IN COMICS HC from NBM collects twenty-one stories accompanied by biographical texts following the history of the iconic band. NEW ENGLAND COMICS offers the ♥TICK COLORING BOOK, sixty-four pages priced under eleven dollars. ♥MORNING IN AMERICA #1 from ONI PRESS is written by Magdalene (Eternity Girl) Visaggio with art by Claudia (Kim & Kim) Aguirre, an end of the world mystery set in the early eighties. They also offer ♥RICK AND MORTY PRESENTS, VOL. 1 collecting the one shots ‘The Vindicators’, ‘Pickle Rick’ and others plus they solicit the next one shot: ♥RICK AND MORTY PRESENTS: JERRY #1. DREAM DADDY: A DAD DATING SIMULATOR TP has five standalone stories each focused on different Maple Bay Dads told by game co-creators Leighton Gray and Vernon Shaw. PORTABLE PRESS offers four historical hard covers: ♥SHOW ME HISTORY: ABRAHAM LINCOLN-DEFENDER OF THE UNION HC, ♥ALEXANDER HAMILTON: THE FIGHTING FOUNDING FATHER HC, ♥AMELIA EARHART: PIONEER OF THE SKY! HC and ♥MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR: VOICE FOR EQUALITY HC. QUIRK BOOKS has ♥GIRAFFES ON HORSEBACK SALAD HC based on a fictional screenplay by Salvador Dali and the Marx Brothers featuring absurdity, biography, surrealism, slapstick, wit and comedy written by Josh Frank and Tim Heidecker with art by Manuela Pertega. REBELLION releases the ♥2000 AD VILLAINS TAKEOVER SPECIAL, a one shot priced under one dollar timed to coincide with Free Comic Book Day. SCHOLASTIC has ♥STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY-BOOK 7: REVENGE OF THE SIS HC. ♥STAR BASTARD #1 from SCOUT COMICS is an over the top, foul mouthed science fiction adventure of a mercenary crew by Andrew Clemson and Jethro Morales. British publisher, TITAN BOOKS has a new tale by Roman Dirge, ♥LENORE, THE CUTE LITTLE DEAD GIRL SPECIAL #12, the first story in four years. They also have the ♥LIFE IS STRANGE, VOL. 1 TP picking up after one of the hit games’ shocking endings. UNIVERSITY PRESS OF MISSISSIPPI offers ♥THE ARTISTRY OF NEIL GAIMAN: FINDING LIGHT IN SHADOW SC, a three hundred page prose book collecting thirteen essays and two interviews with Neil and frequent collaborator, artist P. Craig Russell. The world’s most powerful man is about to become its most dangerous in VALIANT’S ♥THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARDA #1 OF 6 by Joshua Dysart with art by Cafu and Mico Suayan. The ♥QUEEN OF BAD DREAMS #1 by Danielle Lorick and Rapha Lobosco follows a woman whose job it to track down ‘figments’ that escape from peoples’ dreams and determine their fates, from VAULT COMICS. GRETEL #1 OF 5 is more fantasy, horror and cheesecake from ZENESCOPE, which brings us to the MANGA section. TOKYOPOP continues their all age Disney books with DISNEY DESCENDANTS: EVIE’S WICKED RUNWAY, BOOK 1 and ♥DISNEY: TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS-ZERO’S JOURNED GN, BOOK 2. UDON publishes ♥STREET FIGHTER: MENAT #1 a one shot focusing on the Egyptian fortune teller. VIZ MEDIA offers ♥BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS, VOL. 5 and ♥FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: THE COMPLETE FOUR-PANEL COMICS GN with all the strips from the graphic novel series and bonus strips from the DVDs plus rare strips from Japan and they have all ten volumes of ♥MY HERO ACADEMIA available. ♥GLEIPNIR, VOL. 1 GN from KODANSHA is a mature science fiction action series by Sun Takeda decribed as ‘Pokémon with a dose of S&M’.
Each month I try to choose the best offering in this months’ catalog. The contenders this time are plentiful. ♥LITTLE BIRD #1, ♥LAZARUS RISEN #1 and the ♥BLACK MAGICK HC from Image, ♥BATMAN WHO LAUGHS: GRIM KNIGHT one shot, ♥DETECTIVE COMICS #1000, the ♥SUPERMAN’S PAL, JIMMY OLSEN BY JACK KIRBY TP from DC and ♥SECOND COMING #1 OF 6 from DC’s Vertigo imprint, the ♥SILVER SURFER: PARABLE HC and the ♥KIRBY IS MIGHTY…KING SIZE HC from Marvel, ♥RONIN ISLAND #1 OF 5 from Boom, the new ♥THE GOON #1 from Albatross Funny Books, ♥IS THIS HOW YOU SEE ME? HC from Fantagraphics, ♥GIRAFFES ON HORSEBACK SALAD HC from Quirk Books and ♥MORNING IN AMERICA #1 from Oni Press were all considered but my Pick of the Month
goes to ♥SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #1 OF 6 from Chip Zdarsky at Marvel!
Wishing you all the best in the New Year and sending buckets of gratitude for your support and friendship. The next benefit will be held on Saturday, the second of February with all proceeds to go to EMERGE: Center Against Domestic Violence and there will be artists providing free sketches, there will be a one dollar and a five dollar Raffle and a Silent Auction with fun for all. 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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