The new Previews catalog has arrived and features the comics and product due to begin arriving in August. If you see things that you like please let me know by the third week of the month so I can make sure to have it available for you.
Some of the codes and abbreviations that I use are: HC (hard cover), TP (trade paperback), SC (soft cover), GN (graphic novel), AF (action figure) T/S (tee shirt) and ☼(an excellent writer, creator or title deserving wider recognition in my humble opinion).
Here’s what’s new from the publishers this month::
DARK HORSE: GHOST #0 relaunches the character that you may recall from a mediocre film. The☼SHAOLIN COWBOY ADVENTURE MAGAZINE TP features best selling crime novelist Andrew Vachss, Geoff Darrow, Mike Black and Gary Gianni with what is basically a pulp novel featuring the Shaolin Cowboy and his trusty mule in ‘a kung fu gripping tale of high adventure and martial law.’ The NEXUS OMNIBUS: VOL #1 TP collects the first fourteen issues of Mike Baron and Steve Rude’s brilliant series; (I wish it was in a larger format than 6” X 9”). The RAGEMOOR HC collects the recent Gothic horror series written by Jan Strnad with art by Richard Corben.
DC: Lots of news at DC, as usual. Now that the ‘New 52’ has passed the one year mark all of their issues this month are ‘zero’ issues, restating the origins, some of which have changed a bit and all of which have seemed to become more dynamic and timely. Also there are four new titles that, for the sake of convenience we’ll call ‘New 52-Wave Three’. The four new titles this time around are TALON #0 which anyone reading ‘Batman’ (which is most everyone) can figure out, and PHANTOM STRANGER #0 who we all know, and the Free Comic Book Day offering from DC featured a preview, TEAM 7 #0 which you may remember from the Image series of many years ago, although the team features some DC characters like Dinah Lance, Amanda Waller and Steve Trevor and SWORD OF SORCERY #0. This final one features the return of Amethyst, the Princess of Gemworld and is written by Christy Marks who has written such animated properties as ‘G.I. Joe’, ‘Transformers’ and the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ and also worked on the comic series ‘Sisterhood of Steel’. I’ve noticed that three titles have been canceled to make room for ‘Wave Three’; the zero issues will be the final issues for CAPTAIN ATOM #0, RESURRECTION MAN #0 and VOODOO #0. THE RAVAGERS #0 is written by Howard Mackie with the art of Ian Churchill. The series of comics, all first issues NATIONAL COMICS: ROSE AND THORN #1 is written by Tom Taylor with Neil Googe’s art. DC COMICS: THE SEQUENTIAL ART OF AMANDA CONNER HC is just like it sounds, The BATMAN/JUDGE DREDD COLLECTION HC has all of the limited series and one shots featuring these two popular and diverse characters. DC’s mature readers’ imprint, VERTIGO, offers ☼STIEG LARSSON’S THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO VOLUME #1 HC adapted by best selling crime novelist Denise Mina with Andrea Mutti inking Leonardo Manco’s pencils which will feature the first half of the first novel of the brilliant trilogy.
IDW: Ideas and Design Works offers STAR TREK-THE NEXT GENERATION: HIVE #1 OF 4 written by Brannon Braga and Terry Matalas, both writers of the television program, with art by Joe Corroney. After the success of their adaptation of ‘The Last Unicorn’ A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE #1 OF 5 is another work of Peter S. Beagle’s adapted by Peter B. Gillis with art by Eduardo Francisco. WOMANTHOLOGY: SPACE #1 OF 5, this is the first of three new limited series’ spinning out of the ‘Womanthology’ Kickstarter project. Each issue has three six page stories written and illustrated by the industries best female creators.
IMAGE: It’s my Pick of the Month and I’ll mention it again later but Grant Morrison is writing an original, creator owned series! (I’m excited about this; can you tell?) HAPPY #1 OF 4 features art by Darick Robertson and, if Grant can write such brilliant tales with characters that have been around for three quarters of a century just imagine what he’ll do with a blank page! VALENTINE VOLUME #1: THE ICE DEATH TP collects the first ten chapters of the online supernatural thriller with an exclusive 42 page story.
MARVEL: Since just about everyone has seen the Avengers movie you can probably guess where Marvel is going next: outer space. They’ve brought the INFINITY GAUNTLET back into print and they’re offering THANOS: THE FINAL THREAT #1, a reprint of the ‘Avengers Annual #7’ from 1967 and the ‘Marvel Two-In-One Annual’ #2, both written and illustrated by Jim Starlin. Then THE THANOS QUEST is a hundred page one shot reprinting ‘Thanos Quest’ #1 and #2 from 1990, written by Starlin with the art of Ron Lim. AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #12 is written by Kevin Shinik with art by Aaron Kuder and features a team up with the wall crawler and Deadpool. BIG HERO 6: BRAVE NEW HEROES isn’t a trade paperback but a 120 page comic (for $8.99) collecting the ‘Big Hero’ five issue limited series written by Chris Claremont with art by David Nakayama. The all age MARVEL UNIVERS: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #6 has a story written by Brian Clevinger this month. More all age titles from Disney, via Marvel includes THE MUPPETS: THE FOUR SEASONS written and illustrated by Roger Langridge, DISNEY JUNIOR, a comic for three to five year olds, DISNEY PRINCESS MAGAZINE for ages three to six and the PHINEAS AND FERB MAGAZINE for kids six to twelve. ROAD TO OZ #1 OF 8 is the next of the award winning adaptations of L. Frank Baum’s original stories again adapted by Eric Shanower with the art of Skottie Young. And the previous series is offered in a collected edition: OZ: DOROTHY AND THE WIZARD IN OZ HC.
Those are the ‘Big Five’ publishers; here’s what’s new from the independent publishers and the small press:
ABRAMS COMICARTS offers THE CARTER FAMILY: DON’T FORGET THIS SONG HC telling the story of the first superstar group of country music written and illustrated by David Lasky and Frank Young and it comes with a bonus CD of original Carter Family music. ANTARCTIC PRESS has the GOLD DIGGER HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2012 and the STEAMPUNK HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2012, APE ENTERTAINMENThas the DREAMWORKS ADVENTURE MAGAZINE #1 with Kung Fu Panda, Shrek and the Penguins of Madagascar plus puzzles and games. Can you tell that they theme this month is Kid Friendly comics? ARCHIEhas SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: THE COMPLETE COMIC ENCYCLOPEDIA TP as well as NEW CRUSADERS: RISE OF THE HEROES #2; part of their relaunch of ‘Red Circle Comics’ their past and future super hero comic line. AVATAR PRESS offers ☼FASHION BEAST #1 written by Alan Moore with art by Facundo Percio, this was originally a screenplay written in the mid eighties in conjunction with Malcolm (Sex Pistols) McLauren. It’s ten issues long, Antony Johnston adapts the story from the screenplay to comics and the story is kind of Beauty and the Beast in a dystopian future as seen and defined through a fashion house. BIG DOG INK has a new one shot: CRICKET: AGENT OF U.N.I.C.O.R.N. By Keith Thomas with art by Corey Zayatz and URSA MINOR #3, written by Tom Hutchison with art by Tuscon’s own Ian Snyder; support the locals!BLUEWATER PRODUCTIONS has MYSTERY JETS: RADLANDS #1 which is a tie in to the band of the same name, the comic written by the band reflecting the songs of their album and with art by Kenneth Marion. They also offer a biography: ORBIT: THE ORIGIN OF JERRY SIEGEL & JOE SHUSTER and VICTORIA’S SECRET SERVICE: RUSSIAN ROULETTE #1 is by C.W. Cooke with art by Scott J. Larson.BONGO COMICS offers THE SIMPSONS’ TREEHOUSE OF HORROS #18, their annual holiday special featuring creators like Jim Valentino, Phil Noto and more. BOOM! STUDIOS offers PLANET OF THE APES: CATACLYSM #1, the beginning of a new ongoing series written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman.CRYPTOZOIC ENTERTAINMENT has THE LOOKOUTS: RIDDLE VOLUME ONE #1 by the folks who do the ‘Penny Arcade’ web comic. DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT offers PETER CANNON: THUNDERBOLT #1 written by Steve Darnall and Alex Ross with the art of Jonathan Lau and DAMSELS #1 written by Leah Moore and John Reppion (Alan’s daughter and her significant other) with art by Aneke. This series might appeal to fans of the ‘Grimm Fairy Tales’ line as the ‘Damsels’ are Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, the Little Mermaid and Snow White. JENNIFER BLOOD: FIRST BLOOD #1 OF 6 is written by Mike Carroll with the art of Igor Vitorino and tells the origin of Garth Ennis’ character. THE SHADOW ANNUAL #1 is written by Tom Sniegoski with art by Dennis Calero. THE TOLKEIN YEARS OF THE BROTHERS HILDEBRANDT TP is just as it sounds and is also available as a signed edition. EVA INK has two new art books: MARK TEXIERA: POWERHOUSE SC and SIREN: THE BEWITCHING ART OF DAN BRERETON HC. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS has GODDAMN THIS WAR! HC by Jacques Tardi, the companion piece to his double Eisner winning ‘It Was the War of Trenches’, a well researched World War I historical work with and extensive text and photograph section. Also THE HYP: THE MELANCHOLIC YOUNG LINCOLN HC by Noah Van Sciver, an original biographic take on the future President’s character building youth. NEW ENGLAND COMICS offers TICK #101: TICK MEETS MADMAN by Benito Cereno with art by Les McClaine where Mike Allred’s characters, Frank Einstein and Dr. Flem are transported into the Tick’s world. PANTHEON BOOKS has☼CHRIS WARE: BUILDING STORIES HC a new 224 page hard covered box set for fifty bucks. This creator is a genius of design and he sees the sequential art of comics with a fresh eye, breaking down walls of convention and adding new dimensions to the possibilities of the medium; highly recommended. ONI PRESSlaunches the second arc with ☼STUMPTOWN: THE BABY IN THE VELVET CASE #1 by best selling crime novelist and Eisner Award winner Greg Rucka with art by Matthew Southworth. TH3RD WORLD STUDIOShas THE STUFF OF LEGEND: THE TOY COLLECTOR #1 OF 5 by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith with the art of Charles Paul Wilson. And, finally, ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT offers ROBYN HOOD #1 is written by Joe Brusha as is GODSTORM #0 and GRIMM UNIVERSE: NEPTUNE/ANGEL ONE SHOT; apparently these series’ don’t have an artist associated with them yet.
If I didn’t mention it above then chances are it’s mentioned below where I list the most popular writers and artists and what projects to expect from them in September.
AARON: Jason’s final volume of his creator owned Vertigo series, SCALPED TP VOL 10: TRAIL’S END is illustrated by R. M. Guerra. At Marvel he writes one of the battles in AVX #6 OF 6 with John Romita Jr’s art, he writes WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #16 and #17 with Jorge Molina’s art, INCREDIBLE HULK #13 and #14 with Jorge Pacheco’s art and his work is collected in WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN BY JASON AARON PREMIERE HC #3 with Chris Bachalo and Nick Bradshaw’s art (which collects stories that tie in to the AVX cross over) and WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN BY JASON AARON TP #1 with Chris Bachalo and others’ art. At Marvel’s mature readers’ imprint, MAX, the PUNISHERMAX TP: HOMELESS collects issues 17-20 of the 2010 series with Steve Dillon’s art.
ABNETT/LANNING: At DC Dan and Andy write RESURRECTION MAN #0 with Jesus Saiz’ art, the final issue of the series, at Vertigo Dan writes the NEW DEADWARDIANS #7 OF 8 with I. N. J. Culbard’s art and at IDW Dan writes material collected in the TRANSFORMERS IDW HC COLLECTION VOL 7 with Nick Roche and others’ art. At Marvel Dan and Andy write NEW MUTANTS #49, the final chapter of the ‘Fear the Future’ story with Jorge Pacheco’s art and their earlier work is collected as NEW MUTANTS TP VOL 5: A DATE WITH THE DEVIL TP with David Lopez’ art. At Boom! Studios they finish their first arc with the HYPERNATURALS #3 with Brad Walker’s art.
ADAMS: Neal illustrates FIRST X-MEN #2 OF 5 which he co-writes with Christos Gage, stories predating their eventual meeting with Professor X.
ALLRED: Mike’s MADMAN TP VOL 1 returns to print while Mike’s characters are featured in IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #2 written by Jamie S. Rich with the art of Mike Norton.
ARAGONÉS: Sergio continues to write and illustrate the ‘Maggie’s Crib’ feature in BART SIMPSON COMICS #75.
ARCUDI: John collaborates on these tales with long time partner Mike Mignola: B.P.R.D.: PLAGUE OF FROGS HC VOL 5 with art by Guy Davis, B.P.R.D: HELL ON EARTH-RETURN OF THE MASTER with art by Tyler Crook, LOBSTER JOHNSON: CAPUT MORTUUM #1 again with Guy Davis and LOBSTER JOHNSON TP VOL 2: THE BURNING HAND again with Tyler Crook. John Arcudi continues his solo writing with CREEP #1 with art by Jonathan Case.
ASMUS: James replaces Nick Spencer as the co-writer with Robert Kirkman on THIEF OF THIEVES #8 with Felix Serrano inking the pencils of Shawn Martinbrough while at Marvel he continues on the new series with GAMBIT #3 illustrated by Clay Mann.
☼AZZARELLO: Brian writes ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN #3 OF 6 with the art of J. G. Jones; the art on issue one had some of the most complete and detailed backgrounds of any comic I’ve read in ages. Brian also continues with WONDER WOMAN #0 with series artist Cliff Chiang and his recent collaboration with long time collaborator Eduardo Risso is collected in the ☼SPACEMAN DELUXE EDITION HC, a brilliant science fiction epic that I’ll have to own myself.
BARKER: Clive brings his most popular suspense and horror tales to the graphic medium with co-writer Mark L. Miller in HELLRAISER #18 with art by Janusz Ordon.
BEDARD: Antony co-writes one of the four new ‘Wave Three’ series with Christy Marks in SWORD OF SORCERY #0 with the art of Aaron Lopresti under a cover by Josh Middleton. The main story features the return of Amethyst while the backup will feature Beowulf and Grendel (but not Matt Wagner’s vision of the character). Christy Marks previous work has been mostly on animated features like ‘GI Joe’, the ‘Transformers’ and the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’. DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #0 will feature five tales, one of which will be written by Antony with art by Cafu. The five tales in this giant issue will play out across the DC Universe in the upcoming months. Antony will write GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #0 with art by Aaron Kuder and he will co-write BLUE BEETLE #0 with Kieth Giffen, the art will be J. P. Mayer inking Ig Guara’s pencils and Antony’s work is collected in the GREEN LANTERN CORPS: THE WEAPONER TP reprinting issues 53 through 57 with ‘Batt’ Banning inking Tyler Kirkham’s pencils.
BEECHEN: Beyond his regular job writing Warner Brothers animated works Adam also writes the comic version in BATMAN: BEYOND UNLIMITED #8 with art by Norm Breyfogle. The comic also regularly features backup tales covering ‘Superman Beyond’ and ‘Justice League Beyond’ and other new features.
BENDIS: Brian NEW AVENGERS #30, an AVX tie-in with art by Deodato, AVENGERS #30, an AVX tie-in with art by Walt Simonson and AVENGES ASSEMBLE #7 with art by Mark Bagley. Brian also writes SPIDER-MEN #5 OF 5 completing the cross over between the Marvel and the Ultimate Universe beautifully illustrated by Sara Pichelli. Brian’s ULTIMATE COMICS: SPIDER-MAN #14 is a cross over with this month’s ‘Ultimate Comics: Ultimates’ while ☼ULTIMATE COMICS: SPIDER-MAN #15 begins a new arc, both issues with art by David Marquez. Brian’s creator owned Marvel work includes the POWERS: DEFINITIVE COLLECTION HC VOL 5 and ☼TAKIO #3, both illustrated by Michael Avon Oeming, the former for mature readers and the latter is a highly recommended all ages title. And finally for Brian’s prolific work this month is the CASTLE: RICHARD CASTLE’S STORM SEASON-PREMIERE HC VOL 2, the second graphic novel based on Brian’s television program; the story is co-written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and illustrated by Emanuela Lupacchino.
BRUBAKER: Ed’s successful creator owned horror series continues with FATALE #9 with art by Sean Phillips at Image and, for now, his Marvel work continues with AVENGERS VS X-MEN #11 and #12 with art by Olivier Coipel, CAPTAIN AMERICA #17 co-written with Cullen Bunn with art by Scot Eaton and WINTER SOLDIER #10 and #11 with art by Michael Lark. Ed’s work is collected in CAPTAIN AMERICA BY ED BRUBAKER PREMIERE HC with art by Patrick Zircher, DAREDEVIL BY BRUBAKER AND LARK ULTIMATE COLLECTION TP #3 with issues 106-119 plus issue 500 and WINTER SOLDIER TP 01: LONGEST WINTER with art by Jackson Guice. Ed has announced that he’s leaving the pages of Captain America to focus more on his independent work; the news article is posted on Charlie’s Comic Books’ Facebook page.
BUCCELLATO: Brian co-writes FLASH #0 with the artist of the series, Francis Manapul telling the origin story and the first eight issues are collected as the FLASH HC VOL #1: MOVING FORWARD. Brian also writes FOSTER #3 with art by Noel Tauzon at Dog Year Entertainment; Brian also provides the cover.
BUNN: Cullen writes VENOM #24 and #25 with art by Thorny Silas and he co-writes CAPTAIN AMERICA #17 with Ed Brubaker; the art is by Scot Eaton. He writes CAPTAIN AMERICA & BLACK WIDOW #636 and #637 with art by Barry Kitson. In collected editions Cullen co-wrote WOLVERINE: ROT PREMIER HC with Ivan Brandon and art by Paul Pelletier and others, he wrote CAPTAIN AMERICA & HAWKEYE TP with art by Alessandro Vitti, he co-wrote FEAR ITSELF: SECRET AVENGERS TP with Nick Spencer and art by Scot Eaton and Peter Nguyen and he co-wrote VENOM TP: SAVAGE SIX with Rick Remender and art by Lan Medina and others. At Oni Press Cullen’s supernatural western continues with SIXTH GUN #25 and SIXTH GUN TP VOLUME #4 with art by Brian Hurtt.
BUSIEK: One of Kurt’s best works has been out of print for a while; ☼ASTRO CITY: FAMILY ALBUM gets a new printing in both hard cover and soft, with art by Brent Anderson and covers by Alex Ross. Kurt co-wrote SPIDER-MAN/LIZARD PREMIERE HC: NO TURNING BACK with Dan Slott and the art is by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Ron Frenz and the work in AVENGERS ASSEMBLE TP #5 is by Kurt and three others and features Ivan Reis and fourteen other artists.
BYRNE: John is the writer and artist on STAR TREK ROMULAN’S TREASURY EDITION #3, he draws one story in POPEYE #5 written by Roger Langridge and the NEXT MEN HC #3 is created, written and illustrated by John.
CAREY: Mike continues on UNWRITTEN #41 with art by Peter Gross and the UNWRITTEN TP #6: TOMMY TAYLOR-WAR OF WORDS collects issues 31- through 35 plus all of the ‘half’ issues. At Transfuzion Publishing Mike has INFERNO: A SLEEP AND A FORGETTING TP, a tale about the only person to escape from Hell and live, if he could only remember it; with art by Michael Gaydos.
CASEY: Joe wrote the material collected in the HAUNT TP #4 featuring the art of Nathan Fox and John Lucas.
CHAYKIN: Howard’s MARKED MAN HC collects the adult crime story serialized in the first eight issues of the new ‘Dark Horse Presents’, he writes the introduction to the CRIME DOES NOT PAY ARCHIVES HC #3 and he writes and illustrates the adult BLACK KISS II #2 OF 6. He also writes one of the two stories in the all age MARVEL UNIVERSE: AVENGERS-EARTH’S HEROES #6 with art by Christopher Jones.
CLOWES: The DANIEL CLOWES READER SC is a retrospective with interviews, commentary and ten stories.
☼COOKE: Darwyn writes BEFORE WATCHMEN: SILK SPECTRE #3 OF 4 with art by Amanda Conner..
CORNELL: Paul writes DEMON KNIGHTS #0 with art by Bernard Chang and, at Vertigo continues his own SAUCER COUNTRY #7 with art by Jimmy Broxton.
COSTA: Mike writes COBRA ONGOING #17 with art by Werther Delledera and the series that he wrote with Jon Armstrong is collected as the SMOKE & MIRRORS TP with art by Ryan Browne.
DANIEL: Tony provides the art for DETECTIVE COMICS #0 which is written by crime novel author Gregg Hurwitz and Tony co-wrote SAVAGE HAWKMAN TP #1: DARKNESS RISING with James Bonny illustrated by Phillip Tan. Tony wrote and illustrated BATMAN: EYE OF THE BEHOLDER TP collecting issues 704 through 707 and 710 through 712 of Batman from before the ‘New 52’.
DAVID: Peter teamed with Robin Furth to write DARK TOWER-GUNSLINGER: MAN IN BLACK #4 OF 5 with art by Alex Maleev and DARK TOWER-GUNSLINGER: THE JOURNEY BEGINS TP with art by Sean Phillips. Peter also continues on X-FACTOR #243 and #244 with art by Leonard Kirk.
DeCONNICK: Kelly Sue writes GHOST #0, relaunching the Dark Horse character who once had a movie; the art is by Phil Noto. At Marvel she writes the new CAPTAIN MARVEL #4 with artist Dexter Soy and Brian Michael Bendis co-writes CAPTAIN MARVEL #4 illustrated by Emanuela Lupacchino.
DeFALCO: Tom writes SUPERBOY #0 with Rob Lean inking R.B. Silva and LEGION LOST #0 with art by Pete Woods.
DIDIO: Dan writes PHANTOM STRANGER #0 with Scott Hanna inking Brent Anderson’s pencils. This is one of the four ‘New 52-Wave Three’ titles.
DIGGLE: Andy writes DOCTOR WHO VOLUME 3 #1 which will be illustrated by Mark Buckingham, the regular artist of ‘Fables’.
DIXON: Chuck writes GI JOE VOLUME 2 #17 with art by Alex Cal, SNAKE EYES & STORM SHADOW #17 with art by Atilio Rojo, ROBERT JORDAN’S WHEEL OF TIME-EYE OF THE WORLD #29 with art by Francis Nuguit, and THE LONE RANGER: SNAKE OF IRON #3 with art by Esteve Polls. Many years ago at a now defunct independent comic company, Eclipse Comics, Chuck adapted J. R. R. Tolkein’s ☼THE HOBBIT TP with beautiful art by Dave Wenzel and, after many years it’s back in print! It’s a bit wordy but a very well done adaptation, highly recommended.
EDMONDSON: Nathan writes his own series’, ACTIVITY #9 with art by Mitch Gerads and DANCER #5 with art by Nic Klein at Image. Nic also provides the art for the Marvel Max title UNTOLD TALES OF PUNISHER MAX #4 OF 5.
ENNIS: Garth writes FURY MAX #6 with art by Goran Parlov while at Avatar Press: STITCHED #8, based on his film of the same co-written by Mike Wolfer with art by Fernando Heinz Furukawa, DICKS (COLOR EDITION) TP VOLUME #1 and DICKS COLOR #8 both with art by John McCrea. At Dynamite he writes THE SHADOW #6 with art by Aaron Campbell and BOYS #70 with art by Russell Braun. GARTH ENNIS’ JENNIFER BLOOD #19 is written by Al Ewing with art by Kewber Baal.
FIALKOV: Joshua Hale writes I, VAMPIRE #0 and the first six issues are collected in the I, VAMPIRE TP #1: TAINTED LOVE, all with art by Andrea Sorrentino.
FINCH: David illustrates BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #0 with new writer Gregg Hurwitz, and it’s been a great improvement since he began writing the series. There’s a BATMAN ZOMBIE T/S featuring David’s art from the cover of ‘Batman: The Dark Knight’ #10 where Batman’s lips are sewn together like the Scarecrows’.
FRACTION: Matt writes the Scarlet Witch vs Hope battle in AVX #6 OF 6 with the art of Leinil Francis Yu, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #524 and #525 with art by Salvador Larroca, MIGHTY THOR #19 and #20 with art by Alan Davis, and JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #643 and #644 also by Alan Davis. The two issues of ‘Thor’ and the two of ‘Journey’ are four of the five parts of a cross over entitled ‘Everything Burns’. Matt also writes DEFENDERS #10 with the art of Jamie McKelvie featuring the return of Ant-Man and HAWKEYE #2 with the art of David Aja. In collected editions Matt wrote MIGHTY THOR BY MATT FRACTION PREMIERE HC #3 with the art of Barry Kitson and Pepe Larraz, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREMIERE HC #10: LONG WAY DOWN with Salvador Larroca and FEAR ITSELF: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP also with Salvador’s art.
GAGE: At Dark Horse Christos writes ANGEL & FAITH #14 with art by Rebekah Isaacs and the ANGEL & FAITH VOLUME #2 TP: DADDY ISSUES collects issues six through ten with Isaacs’ art and the one shot with Chris Samnee’s art. At Marvel Christos writes AVENGERS ACADEMY #36 and #37 with Tom Grummett’s art and he co-writes FIRST X-MEN #2 OF 5 with series’ artist Neal Adams. He also writes X-MEN LEGACY #273 and #274 with art by Rafael Sandoval. And Christos’ work is collected in the FEAR ITSELF: AVENGERS ACADEMY TP with art by Sean Chen and others.
GAIMAN: Fifteen years ago Neil wrote a story that has almost a million copies in print. To celebrate the anniversary the ☼STARDUST: 15TH ANNIVERSARY GIFT EDITION HC reprints the novel with chapter illustrations by Charles Vess. The special edition comes in a one-piece fine cloth case with a gold-stamped cover for thirty dollars.
GATES: Sterling’s work at Dynamite Entertainment, based on Jack Kirby’s characters filtered through the mind and pencil of Alex Ross is collected in the KIRBY GENESIS: CAPTAIN VICTORY TP VOLUME #1 with art by Wagner Reis and others.
GIFFEN: Keith, along with Antony Bedard writes BLUE BEETLE #0 with J. P. Mayer inking the pencils of Ig Guara.
GILLEN: Kieron writes UNCANNY X-MEN #18 and #19, both AVX tie-ins with art by Daniel Acuña and the UNCANNY X-MEN BY KIERON GILLEN PREMIERE HC #3 collects issues eleven through fourteen with art by Greg Land, Billy Tan and Dustin Weaver. Kieron also wrote the material collected in the JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY TP VOL. #3: TERRORISM MYTH with art by Mitch Breitweiser and Richard Elson and FEAR ITSELF: UNCANNY X-MEN TP with art by Greg Land.
GISCHLER: Victor is writing BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SPIKE #2 OF 5 with Andy Owens inking the pencils of Paul Lee and he wrote most of the material in X-MEN: WAR MACHINES TP with Will Conrad’s art; there is a Stan Lee reprint included in this volume.
GLASS: Adam continues to get positive reviews on his one monthly title, SUICIDE SQUAD #0 with art by Fernando Dagnino.
GRAY/PALMIOTTI: Justin and Jimmy write the main feature in ALL STAR WESTERN #0 with the art of Moritat and the origin of Jonah Hex, the first arc is collected in the ALL STAR WESTERN TP #1: GUNS AND GOTHAM and they write PHANTOM LADY #2 OF 4 with art by Rich Perrotta at DC. At Image they continue their ‘Triggergirl 6’ story in CREATOR OWNED HEROES #4 with Phil Noto’s art and Justin writes G.I. COMBAT #0 with Ariel Olivetti’s art.
GUGGENHEIM: Marc is one of the many talented writers contributing to ☼ROCKETEER ADVENTURES HC #2. Others include Peter David, Stan Sakai, David Lapham, Paul Dini, Walt Simonson and Kyle Baker with art by Bill Sienkiewicz, Michael Golden and more.
HAMA: Larry, along with Michael Higgins wrote the material collected in the G.I. JOE/TRANSFORMERS TP #1 with art by Herb Trimpe and others; this is the first cross over between the two franchises, originally published by Marvel and now recolored and remastered. Larry writes G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #181 with the art of S. L. Gallant and Larry and Jeph Loeb wrote the stories in the CABLE CLASSIC TP #3 with the art of David Brewer and others.
HEINBERG: Allan’s great collaboration with meticulously detailed artist Jim Cheung is collected in the☼AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE TP. It took an incredibly long time to complete but the finished project is a strong, character driven story with gorgeous, clean artwork.
HESTER: Phil is writing GUARDING THE GLOBE #1 with John Rauch inking Todd Nauck’s pencils; this series spins out of Robert Kirkman’s ‘Invincible’ series. Along with Aaron Gillespie, Phil is writing KEVIN SMITH’S BIONIC MAN #14 with the art of Edgar Tadeo.
HICKMAN: The first arc of Jonathan’s latest Image series is collected in the SECRET TP #1 with the art of Ryan Bodenheim and ☼MANHATTAN PROJECTS #7 continues with Jordie Bellair inking Nick Pitarra’s pencils; still one of the strongest books on the market and, if you have any interest in science you should be reading this. At Marvel Jonathan writes FANTASTIC FOUR #610 with art by Ryan Stegman and this story concludes in FF #22 with art by Nick Dragotta.
HIGGINS: Kyle writes NIGHTWING #0 and the first seven issues are collected in NIGHTWING TP #1: TRAPS AND TRAPEZES, all with the art of Eddy Barrows.
HILL: Joe plots and Jason Ciaramella provides the dialogue to CAPE 1969 #3 OF 4 with art by Nelson Daniel. This is a prequel to the original ‘Cape’ series (which had a pilot film on television once). I hear the TV show was pretty bad but the original series was good and this prequel is better than the first series.
HINE: David writes DARKNESS #107 with art by Jeremy Haun at Image and CROSSED: BADLANDS #14 with art by Georges Duarte at Avatar.
HUMPHRIES: Sam writes ULTIMATE COMICS: ULTIMATES #15 and #16 with the art of Billy Tan; the story is ‘Classified’. Sam’s recent work is collected in the JOHN CARTER TP: GODS OF MARS with art by Ramon K. Perez. Sam begins the second arc with HIGHER EARTHS #5 with the art of Joe Eisma who you may know from ‘Morning Glories’ and FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #6 with the art of Jerry Gaylord.
HURWITZ: Gregg writes DETECTIVE COMICS #0 with art by Tony S. Daniel and BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #0 with the art of David Finch. Gregg is a best selling novelist with a dozen thrillers in print and he’s really stepped up the quality on both of these titles that had been written by the artists previously.
JOHNS: Geoff writes the zero issues of all three of his titles: JUSTICE LEAGUE #0 with art by Gary Frank (not Jim Lee), AQUAMAN #0 with art by Ivan Reis being inked by Joe Prado and GREEN LANTERN #0 with Doug Mahnke’s pencils being inked by Christian Alamy. And Geoff along with Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka and Mark Waid wrote the material collected in the 52 OMNIBUS HC which collects all fifty two issues of the weekly series that was the follow up to ‘Infinite Crisis’.
JOHNSON: Mike along with Michael Green writes SUPERGIRL #0 and the first seven issues are collected in the SUPERGIRL TP #1: LAST DAUGHTER OF KRYPTON all featuring the artwork of Mahmud A. Asrar. Mike also writes STAR TREK ONGOING #13 with art by Stephen Molnar.
KEATINGE: Joe begins his second arc with HELL YEAH #6 with art by Andre Szymanowicz.
KINDT: Matt writes and draws the bizarre conspiracy title MIND MGMT #5 at Dark Horse while at DC he writes FRANKESTEIN: AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. #0 with Wayne Faucher inking the pencils of Alberto Ponitcelli. Matt also provided the artwork for one of the stories collected in SWEET TOOTH TP #5: UNNATURAL HABITAT written by series creator Jeff Lemire.
KIRKMAN: Robert is the creator, but is just supplying the plots for GUARDING THE GLOBE #1 that will actually be scripted by Phil Hester. THIEF OF THIEVES, created by Robert and Nick Spencer is now written by Robert and James Asmus with art by Shawn Martinbrough and the THIEF OF THIEVES TP #1 is Kirkman and Mick Spencer sharing the writing chores. WALKING DEAD HC VOL #6 collects issues 85 through 96 with art by Charlie Adlard. INVINCIBLE #96 has Cory Walker inking the pencils of Ryan Ottley, SUPER DINOSAUR #14 has art by Jason Howard and WALKING DEAD #102 has art by Charlie Adlard as usual. The WALKING DEAD NOVEL HC #2: ROAD TO WOODBURY is co-written by Jay Bonansinga. There’s also a second trading card series and a second minimates assortment offered this month tying into the successful zombie franchise.
KRUL: J.T. Writes CAPTAIN ATOM #0 with art by Freddie E. Williams for DC, the final issue of this series, and SOULFIRE, VOLUME FOUR #2 with Neil Ruffino inking Mike DeBalfo at Aspen.
LANSDALE: Horror writer Joe Lansdale teams with John Lansdale to adapt YOURS TRULY, JACK THE RIPPER TP #1 with art by Kevin Colden.
LAPHAM: David has a story in DARK HORSE PRESENTS #16 and also provides the cover, the ☼STRAIN TP #1 collects the first six issues and THE STRAIN #8 OF 12 is also offered if you’re interested in a reallyscary story, all with art by Mike Huddleston. At Marvel David writes AGE OF APOCALPYSE #7 with art by Renato Arlem and the AGE OF APOCALYPSE TP #1: X-TERMINATED was co-written with Rick Remender. CROSSED: BADLANDS #13 is David’s final issue on that series, with David Hine starting with issue fourteen, FERALS #8 features art by Garbriel Andrade and ☼DAN THE UNHARMABLE #5 has art by Rafael Ortiz. ‘Dan’ is one of those comics that makes you feel guilty for laughing at this comedy of errors.
LAYMAN: John writes MARS ATTACKS #4 with art by John McCrea, CHEW #29 with art by Rob Guillory and he is one of six writers contributing to SKULLKICKERS #18 with art by Guillory and seven others.
LEMIRE: Jeff writes JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #0 with series artist Mikel Janin, ANIMAL MAN #0 with art by Steve Pugh and SWEET TOOTH #37, Jeff’s own creation which he also illustrates. The SWEET TOOTH TP VOLUME #5: UNNATURAL HABITAT is all Jeff except one story illustrated by Matt Kindt.
LEVITZ: Paul writes WORLD’S FINEST #0 with Kevin Maguire’s art, LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #0 with Scott Kolins’ art while past work is collected as HUNTRESS: CROSSBOW AT THE CROSSROADS with art by John Dell inking Marcus To and LEGION: SECRET ORIGIN with Marc Derring inking the pencils of Chris Batista.
LIEFELD: Rob and Mark Poulton write SAVAGE HAWKMAN #0 with Art Thibert inking Joe Bennett, Rob writes and illustrates DEATHSTROKE #0, he and Frank Tieri write GRIFTER #0 with David Beaty inking Scott Clark and Rob and Jon McLaughlin write YOUNGBLOOD #75 with Rob inking the pencils of Jon Malin. Rob and Tim Seeley wrote the material collected in the BLOODSTRIKE TP #1: REBORN UNDER A BAD SIGN with pencils by Franchesco Gaston.
LISS: Historical novelist David Liss’ first comic work is collected in the BLACK PANTHER-MAN WITHOUT FEAR: FEAR ITSELF TP with art by Jefte Paolo and Franchesco Francavilla and at Dynamite Entertainment he gives a whole new life to the old pulp character in THE SPIDER #5 with art by Colton Worley.
LIU: Marjorie writes ASTONISHING X-MEN #54 with art by Mike Perkins.
LOBDELL: Scott writes SUPERMAN #0 with the art of Kenneth Rocafort, beginning his run on the series and he continues with RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #0 with art by Dwayne Turner and TEEN TITANS #0 with Matt ‘Batt’ Banning inking the pencils of Tyler Kirkham.
LOEB: Jeph writes a short tale for AVX #6 OF 6, he concludes the return of Sabretooth with art by Simone Bianchi in WOLVERINE #313 and there’s an interview and a retrospective of ‘Batman: The Long Halloween’ in BACK ISSUE #60.
MARZ: Ron continues on ARTIFACTS #22 with the art of Stjepan Sejic, the series tying the ‘Darkness’ and ‘Witchblade’ titles together. He writes PROPHECY #4 with art by Walter Geovanni, a crossover series featuring diverse properties like Vampirella, Dracula, Red Sonja and others battling the Mayan 2012 prophecy and Ron also is one of the contributing authors of RIDE: SOUTHERN GOTHIC #2 OF 2.
MIEVILLE: China writes DIAL H #0 with art by Riccardo Burchielli.
MIGNOLA: John Arcudi co-wrote the material collected in the B.P.R.D.-PLAGUE OF FROGS HC VOL #4 with art by Guy Davis and John and Mike also collaborate on B.P.R.D.-HELL ON EARTH: RETURN OF THE MASTER #2 OF 5 with Tyler Crook’s art, LOBSTER JOHNSON: CAPUT MORTUUM #1 and LOBSTER JOHNSON TP #2: BURNING HAND both with the art of Tonci Zonjic.
MILLAR: Mark has HIT-GIRL #3 OF 5 with art by John Romita which is a much better tale than ‘Kick-Ass 2’ so far, NEMESIS 2 #1 with Steve McNiven and the ☼SUPERIOR TP with Leinil Francis Yu. There’s also a HIT-GIRL SCHOOL STATUE offered. CLINT 2.0 #4 is Mark’s monthly British magazine featuring new chapters of all of his titles plus interviews and a couple of comics each month by Mark’s friends. More related merchandise includes a KICK-ASS HIT-GIRL T/S and the KICK-ASS-GET INTO COSTUME: GROW A PAIR MUG.
MILLIGAN: Pete writes RED LANTERNS #0 with art by Tomás Giorello, STORMWATCH #0 with Sean Parsons inking Ignacio Calero’s pencils and JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK TP #1: IN THE DARK with art by Mikel Janin, collecting the first six issues. HELLBLAZER: THE DEVILS’ TRENCH COAT TP collects issues 283 through 291 with art by Simon Bisley and HELLBLAZER #295 has Stefano Landini inking Giuseppe Camuncoli’s pencils.
MOORE: Terry writes and illustrates RACHEL RISING #11 and offers the next of his instructional comics, TERRY MOORE’S HOW TO DRAW #5: COMICS.
MORRISON: Grant co-writes ☼BATMAN INCORPORATED #0 with the series artist Chris Burnham, he writes ☼ACTION COMICS #0 with art by Ben Oliver and I believe this will be Grant’s last work on the Man of Steel for a while but, other than Grant’s ‘All Star Superman’ issues, these have been the bestSuperman stories ever. The good news is that Grant is writing ☼HAPPY #1 OF 4 at Image with artist Darick Robertson! He does so well with these established franchise characters that I can’t wait to read his new original title, and I hope there are many more to come. The monthly catalog shows a couple pages of the new series but, even without a preview, just on the strength of Grant’s past works this is my Pick of the Month.Don’t miss out!
MURPHY: This was my pick of the month in May, Sean created, writes and illustrates ☼PUNK ROCK JESUS #3 OF 6.
NELSON: Arvid writes WARLORD OF MARS #24 with art by Leandro Oliviera and LORD OF THE JUNGLE #10 while LORD OF THE JUNGLE TP #1 collects the first arc, both with art by Roberto Castro.
NILES: Steve writes 30 DAYS OF NIGHT ONGOING #10 with art by Christopher Mitten and he writes the second feature, ‘American Muscle’ in CREATOR OWNED HEROES #4 with art by Kevin Mellon.
NOCENTI: Ann continues with GREEN ARROW #0 with Rob Hunter inking the pencils of Freddie E. Williams and Ann and Michael McMilliam write TRUE BLOOD ONGOING #5 with art by Frederica Manfredi.
OEMING: Michael is writing, illustrating and providing the cover for MICHAEL AVON OEMING’S THE VICTORIES #2 OF 5 at Dark Horse while his creator owned work at Marvel’s Icon imprint includes POWERS DEFINITIVE COLLECTION HC #5 and the all age ☼TAKIO #3, both written by Brian Michael Bendis.
PAK: Greg is writing X-TREME X-MEN #4 with the art of Stephen Segovia; this new title is reminiscent of the ‘Exiles’ series, as it involves battles in similar but alternate realities.
PARKER: Jeff writes DARK AVENGERS #180 and #181 with Kev Walker inking the pencils of Declan Shalvey. This series picked up the story and numbering from the ‘Thunderbolts’ series with a different team of villains masquerading as heroes then were under Norman Osborne’s control in the previous series.
PEREZ: George wrote the material, provided the cover and some of the interior art collected in the SUPERMAN HC #1: WHAT PRICE TOMORROW.
POWELL: Eric writes GOON #42 which he and Mark Buckingham illustrate. There is also THE GOON FULL HEAD MASK offered this month.
REMENDER: Rick writes SECRET AVENGERS #31 with art by Matteo Scalera, UNCANNY X-FORCE #31 with art by David Williams and Rick and David Lapham wrote the material collected in the AGE OF APOCALPYSE TP #1: X-TERMINATED. Rick and Cullen Bunn wrote VENOM TP: SAVAGE SIX with art by Lan Medina and others and Rick wrote the story in VENOM: CIRCLE OF FOUR TP.
ROBERSON: Chris wrote the stories in ELRIC: THE BALANCE LOST TP #3 with Francesco Biagini’s artwork.
ROBINSON: James is writing EARTH TWO #0, the ‘New 52-Wave Two’ hit series, he concludes SHADE #12 OF 12 with art by Gene Ha, and he wrote the story in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: RISE OF ECLIPSO TP with art by Brett Booth and he’s writing HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #3 OF 6 with Ruy Jose inking Phillip Tan’s pencils.
RUCKA: Greg writes PUNISHER #15 and #16 with art by Mico Suayan. His work is collected in the DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID PREMIERE HC #3, which Greg co-wrote with Mark, illustrated by Marco Checchetto and others and the PUNISHER BY GREG RUCKA TP #2 which was also a collaboration between Greg and Mark Waid. At Oni Press Greg begins ☼STUMPTOWN: VOLUME TWO #1 with Rico Renzi inking Matthew Southworth’s pencils.
SAMNEE: Chris illustrated one of the stories in the ANGEL & FAITH TP #2: DADDY ISSUES written by Christos N. Gage, and Mark Waid writes ☼ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM #2 OF 4 with Chris’ artwork.
SEELEY: Tim, along with Val Semeiks provided the art for DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS-LEGENDS OF DRIZZT OMNIBUS VOLUME 2, written by Andrew Dabb and R. A. Salvatore. Tim wrote BLOODSTRIKE TP #1: REBORN UNDER A BAD SIGN featuring art by Franchesco Gaston and Rob Liefeld and he also writes BLOODSTRIKE #32 with art by Gaston. Tim’s creator owned series, REVIVAL #3 has art by Mike Norton and Tim writes WITCHBLADE #161 with Fred Benes inking Diego Bernard’s pencils.
SIMONE: Gail continues with BATGIRL #0, illustrated by Ed Benes while some her pre-New 52 tales are collected as BIRDS OF PREY TP #2: THE DEATH OF ORACLE with art by Stanley Lau.
SLOTT: Dan continues chronicling adventures of the web slinger in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #693 and #694 with Humberto Ramos’ art. Dan and Kurt Busiek wrote the stories in SPIDER-MAN/LIZARD PREMIERE HC: NO TURNING BACK with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Ron Frenz, Dan wrote SPIDER-MAN: SPIDER ISLAND TP and Dan along with Mark Waid wrote SPIDER-MAN: FLYING BLIND TP with Camuncoli and others providing the art.
SMITH: Kevin isn’t really writing any comics at this time (although I wish he’d get to work on the next chapter of his Batman tale), but KEVIN SMITH’S BIONIC MAN #14 is written by Phil Hester and Aaron Gillespie with the art of Edgar Tadeo.
SNYDER: Scott is co-writing ☼TALON #0 with James Tynion IV and the art and cover are by Guillem March. This is one of the four ‘New 52-Wave Three’ titles. Scott also writes ☼BATMAN #0 with Greg Capullo’s art and SWAMP THING #0 with Kano’s art. At Vertigo he writes AMERICAN VAMPIRE #31 with art by Rafael Albuquerque and AMERICAN VAMPIRE: LORD OF NIGHTMARES #4 OF 5 with Dustin Nguyen’s art.
SPENCER: Nick writes ☼MORNING GLORIES #22 with Joe Eisma’s art, still my favorite current comic series and the first seven issues of the series that he created and co-wrote with Robert Kirkman is collected as the THIEF OF THIEVES TP #1 with Felix Serrano inking Shawn Martinbrough’s pencils. Over at Marvel the ULTIMATE COMICS: X-MEN BY NICK SPENCER TP #1 features art by Paco Medina and Carlo Barberi.
SPURRIER: Simon writes EXTERMINATION #4 with art by Jeffrey Edwards.
STRACZYNSKI: Joe writes ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL #3 OF 4 with Andy Kubert’s art and☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS#3 OF 6 with Jae Lee’s art. As I write this, in the first week of July, I’ve just read Joe’s ‘Batman-Earth One’ HC and, like the ‘Superman-Earth One’ of last year, it was a brilliant story slightly different from the origin we all know but with great character development, and the kind of emotionally driven story that Joe does so well.
SWIERCZYNSKI: Duane writes BIRDS OF PREY #0 with art by Romano Molenaar for DC, GODZILLA ONGOING #5 with art by Simon Gane for IDW and BLOODSHOT #3 with Arturo Lozzi inking Manuel Garcia’s pencils for Valiant.
THOMAS: Roy has some of his older work with artist John Buscema added to the INFERNAL MAN-THING TP which collects Steve Gerber’s final ‘Man-Thing’ story with gorgeous art by Kevin Nowlan. Also the first six issues of ‘Out of the Night’ with art by Edward Moritz and others was a horror series from a long defunct company, the American Comics Group now offered as the ACG COLLECTED WORKS: OUT OF THE NIGHT, available in both HC and TP formats.
TIERI: Frank along with Rob Liefeld writes GRIFTER #0 with David Beaty inking Scott Clark’s pencils and Frank writes SPACE PUNISHER #3 OF 4 with art by Mark Texeira. (Does the concept of the Punisher in outer space seem ridiculous to anyone else? I’m having a difficult time imagining how a well known serial killer with a skull on his chest manages to get into outer space in the first place.)
TOMASI: Peter writes BATMAN AND ROBIN #0 with Mick Gray inking Patrick Gleason’s pencils and GREEN LANTERN CORPS #0 with Scott Hanna inking Fernando Pasarin’s pencils.
TOMINE: Adrian’s NEW YORK DRAWINGS OF ADRIAN TOMINI HC collects the past decade’s artwork and cover art from the ‘New Yorker’ magazine. It also will include a new comic focusing on his experience as a New York illustrator plus additional unseen art inspired by the city where Adrian has lived for the past seven years, having transplanted himself from the west coast. In conjunction with this release, all of Adrian’s earlier work has come back into print as well.
VAN LENTE: Fred is the author of the new ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #2 from the new Valiant Comics; the art is by industry veteran Clayton Henry.
WAGNER: Matt is writing the TOWER CHRONICLES GN #1 OF 4: GEISTHAWK with the art of Simon Bisley, the first of a bi-monthly graphic novel trilogy which features a cover by Jim Lee. This is published by Legendary which indicates that there’s is probably a film tie-in.
WAID: Mark is writing the ☼ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM #2 OF 4 with the wonderful retro art of Chris Samnee at IDW while, at Marvel he writes DAREDEVIL #18 with art by Paolo Rivera. Collected works include DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID PREMIERE HC #3 co-written with Greg Rucka and with art by Marco Checchetto and PUNISHER BY GREG RUCKA TP #2 also, obviously co-written and SPIDER-MAN: FLYING BLIND TP co-written with Dan Slott with art by Guiseppe Camuncoli and others. Mark, along with Caleb Monroe will also be writing STEED AND MRS. PEEL (ONGOING) #1 with art by Steve Bryant based on the bizarre cult classic British television espionage program ‘The Avengers’. (You can see why they changed the title.)
WAY: Daniel writes DEADPOOL #60 and #61 with art by Salva Espin.
WELLS: Zeb writes AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #12 with art by Stefano Caselli and the first two stories are collected as AVENGING SPIDER-MAN TP: MY FRIENDS CAN BEAT UP YOUR FRIENDS with art by Joe Madureira, Greg Land and Leinil Francis Yu.
WILLINGHAM: Bill’s original graphic novel is finally finished and offered (for the second time); ☼FABLES: WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND HC with art by Mark Dos Santos, FABLES #121 has art by Mark Buckingham of course and the FABLES DELUXE HC #6 collects issues 46 through 51. There is also a FABLES LOGO T/S and a FABLES: RED ROSE BASEBALL T/S offered. The spin off title featuring the women of Fabletown continues with ☼FAIREST #7 with art by Shawn McManus and there’s also a FAIREST BY ADAM HUGHES T/S offered.
WINICK: Judd writes BATWING #0 with Ryan Winn inking the pencils of Marcus To and CATWOMAN #0 with the art of Rafael Sandoval.
WOLFMAN: Marv concludes NIGHT FORCE #7 OF 7 with Tom Mandrake’s art. There is also an extensive article/interview/discussion of Marv’s first decade in comics in ALTER EGO #113.
WOOD: Brian writes ☼MASSIVE #4 with Kristian Donaldson’s art and CONAN THE BARBARIAN #8 with Vasilis Lolos’ art at Dark Horse. He writes ULTIMATE COMICS: X-MEN #16 with art by Paco Medina and X-MEN #35 and #36 with art by Roland Boschi at Marvel. (I still have a couple copies of ‘Massive’ #1 in stock; it’s an excellent story.)
YOST: Chris writes SCARLET SPIDER #9 with art by Khoi Pham and he writes one of the two stories in the all age MARVEL UNIVERS: AVENGERS-EARTH’S HEROES #6 with the art of Todd Nauck.
That’s it for the July newsletter, folks. Sorry it’s a bit later than usual. Place your orders if there’s anything here that strikes your interest (and there should be). Thank you all for your support of the comics medium and of my small business, thank you for your orders and friendship. Feel free to contact me with any questions or requests. I wish you and yours all the best and except that I’ll see you soon!