The July Previews catalog has arrived and, as always it’s sitting on my desk available for your perusal when you stop by. Meanwhile I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might hold interest for you. The solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in September. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and let me know by the twenty first of the month if you can so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand.
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).
By the way, besides the monthly Previews catalog there is also an ‘Adult Supplement’ which showcases the ‘adults only’ comics, books and videos. If you are interested in seeing what’s available (and you’re over eighteen) please send me an email and I will send you this month’s adult catalog in a pdf format.
DARK HORSE: ☼THE STAR WARS #1 OF 8, also called the ‘Lucas Draft’ is an adaptation of George Lucas’ rough draft screenplay where Annikin Starkiller is the hero and Han Solo is a big green alien, the adaptation is by J. W. Rinzler with Mike Mayhew’s fine artwork reminiscent of the memorable movie posters associated with the property. ☼THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY HC is written by Vivek J. Tiwary with art by Andrew C. Robinson and a section paying homage to the 1960’s animated adventures which will be drawn by Kyle Baker. The Collector’s Edition features an extra twenty pages of bonus material and memorabilia and the limited edition features a slipcase design, the bonus material and it will be signed by the creative team. The AKANEIRO HC collects the recent limited series based on the video game. Other video game titles include MASS EFFECT: FOUNDATION #3 of 13, HALO: INITIATION #2 OF 3 and PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: LAWNMAGEDDON HC which collects all of the digital comics based on the game. THE COLOSSAL CONAN HC collects the entire fifty issue run by Kurt Busiek with art by Tim Truman, Mike Mignola, Cary Nord, Greg Ruth, Eric Powell and more. Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s collaboration comes back to print in the new ☼VIOLENT CASES HC with introductions by Alan Moore, Paul Gravett and Neil with an expanded art section and all new colors and material from McKean. KISS ME, SATAN #1 launches a new limited series by Victor Gischler with art by Juan Ferreyra (who totally creeped me out with his art on the ‘Colder’ series). Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden write and Ben Stenbeck illustrates BALTIMORE: THE INFERNAL TRAIN #1 OF 3 for those interested in a more mature vampire tale and B.P.R.D.: VAMPIRE TP collects Mike Mignola’s collaboration with Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. Steve Niles with artist Christopher Mitten launches CRIMINAL MACABRE: THE EYES OF FRANKENSTEIN #1 OF 4, further adventures of the drug addled occult detective. Fred Van Lente writes and R. B. Silva pencils ☼BRAIN BOY #1, a new ongoing series relaunching one of the favorite titles of my childhood, a Gold Key comic about a boy who is the world’s most powerful telepath and tends to solve problems using his brain rather than brawn. BUZZKILL #1 OF 4 is written by Donny Cates and the Toadies drummer, Mark Reznicek with the art of Geoff Shaw, the tale of a superhero who derives his powers in direct proportion to the amount of alcohol that he consumes. ☼MIND MGMT #15 is a good jumping on point, a self contained tale in a brilliant science fiction/mystery series that was recently optioned for the big screen by Ridley Scott. ☼RESIDENT ALIEN: THE SUICIDE BLONDE #1 OF 3 is by Peter Hogan with art by Steve Parkhouse continuing the tales serialized in ‘Dark Horse Presents’ of an undercover extraterrestrial passing as a local physician and getting entwined in another murder mystery. Adam Warren offers another black and white one-shot EMPOWERED SPECIAL: NINE BEERS WITH NINJETTE, The ☼BANDETTE: PRESTO VOLUME 1 HC collects the first five issues of the digital series that’s been nominated for four Eisner Awards this year, Bandette is a costumed teen burglar and her adventures with her group of street urchins is written by Paul Tobin with art by Colleen Coover, Steve Lieber and more. THE TERMINATOR: THE BURNING EARTH TP collects Alex Ross’ first professional work written by Ron Fortier. In licensed products Dark Horse offers pins, cups, patches and lunchboxes from the ‘Grimm’ television series as well as a White Walker bust, pint glasses and shot glass sets from the ‘Game of Thrones’ series.
DC: Long time fans may have noted that every September DC’s releases are connected thematically, (last year was all of the zero issues with the similar covers) and this year is no different. First off all of DC’s titles will feature covers showcasing a new technology: three dimensional motion covers that are flexible and don’t consist of a piece of plastic glued to the cover. Hopefully the announcement of an ‘all villain’ month won’t spoil ‘The Trinity War’ for you, (but the villains take over). Many of DC’s main titles will have weekly issues each issue focusing on one of the characters’ villains and many of DC’s titles won’t have an issue in September. For example there will be BATMAN #23.1-THE JOKER by Andy Kubert and Andy Clarke, BATMAN #23.2-THE RIDDLER written by Scott Snyder and Ray Fawkes with Jeremy Haun’s art, BATMAN #23.3-THE PENGUIN by Frank Tieri and Christian Duce and BATMAN #23.4-BANE by Peter J. Tomasi and Graham Nolan. It’s hard to describe how cool these covers are but Comic Book Resources have unveiled some of them and you can check them out here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=45827 . Other than all of these villain titles there’s also two new limited series, FOREVER EVIL #1 OF 7 written by Geoff Johns with David Finch’s art: the Justice League is dead and the Secret Society shall inherit the Earth and, ☼BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE #1 OF 6, an Eisner Award winning series in the past, this time features writers and artists such as Chip Kidd, Neal Adams, Sean Murphy, and Chris Samnee. Collected editions this month include SUPERMAN: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC and LOIS LANE: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC, both collecting the best and, in some cases, the most rare stories, like a 1940s Superman tale from ‘Look’ magazine. SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL-BELIEVE TP and SUPERMAN ADVENTURES: THE MAN OF STEEL TP are both collections suitable for all ages for those looking to connect their younger friends and family members to comicdom’s best role model. In hard cover the ‘Superman: H’el on Earth’ cross over and the Justice League of America get their first volumes, Batman, Incorporated gets its’ second and Batman and Robin, Aquaman and Detective get their third while in soft cover volumes, Earth Two gets it’s first, Green Lantern, Batman and Batgirl get their second while I, Vampire and Suicide Squad get their third trade paperbacks. Also collected is INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, VOLUME 1 HC, the JSA LIBERTY FILE: THE WHISTLING SKULL TP and SMALLVILLE-SEASON ELEVEN: VOLUME 3: HAUNTED TP. Under DC’s mature readers imprint, Vertigo, Bill Willingham has the ☼FAIREST IN ALL THE LAND HC, stories told by the Magic Mirror and illustrated by Chris Sprouse, Phil Noto, Adam Hughes and more and ☼FABLES: WEREWOLVES OF THE HEARTLAND TP finally gets the more affordable soft cover edition. Neil Gaiman’s ☼THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS TP gets a new edition collecting seven stories; one featuring each of the Endless with a different artist for each including Milo Manara, Frank Quitely, P. Craig Russell, Bill Sienkiewicz and more, released in conjunction with ☼THE SANDMAN OMNIBUS VOLUME 2 HC which completes the series: more than a thousand pages per volume at a hundred and fifty dollars each. LUCIFER BOOK TWO TP continues the reprinting of these tales and the ☼DJANGO UNCHAINED HC collects the series adapting Quentin Tarantino’s original screenplay for the recent film. The ☼VERTIGO VISIONS: FRANK QUITELY HC showcases Frank’s work with Gaiman, Morrison, Ellis and others from one shots, anthologies and limited series; I’m already saving my pennies for this one. DC DIRECT offers a Deluxe Swamp Thing action figure, a Deathstroke action figure and a Ame-Comi HARLEY QUINN & POISON IVY HOLIDAY 2-PACK PVC FIGURE set, nine and a half inches tall, the figures are dressed for Christmas.
IDW: Idea and Design Works launches POWERPUFF GIRLS #1 OF 5 with four covers, also available as a box set with all four covers, the MY LITTLE PONY PORTFOLIO has eight 11” X 17” prints suitable for framing while the MY LITTLE PONY, VOLUME 2 TP collects issues five through eight. I’m anxious for ☼BLACK DYNAMITE #1 OF 4 written by animated series writer Brian Ash with art by Jamal Igle and Sal Buscema. I guess MARS ATTACKS JUDGE DREDD #1 OF 4 needs no explanation, DANGER GIRL: THE CHASE #1 OF 4 is written by Andy Hartnell with art by Harvey Talibao. MAGIC THE GATHERING: THEROS #1 comes with an exclusive, alternate art MTG card. THE OTHER DEAD #1 OF 6 is billed as the first Zombie Animal epic; created by Kevin Eastman, Joshua Ortega and Digger T. Mesch and the art is by rising star Qing Ping Mui.
IMAGE: Something a bit different for Matt Fraction, ☼SEX CRIMINALS #1 is a comedy with art by Chip Zdarsky; when Suzie has sex, time stops, literally. ☼RAT QUEENS #1 is by Kurtis J. Wiebe with art by Rob Upchurch and they describe the series as “Buffy’ meets ‘Tank Girl’ in a ‘Lord of the Rings’ world on crack”, an apt description for this dark comedic fantasy series featuring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Hobbit Thief. ☼REALITY CHECK #1 is by Glen Brunswick with the art of Viktor Bogdanovic, a tale of a struggling comic artist whose creations come to life…and they have needs. Ales Kot writes and Michael Walsh and Jordie Bellaire illustrate ZERO #1, a story of an over the top military spy twenty five years in the future fighting bio-modified terrorists. (It’s getting to the point that Image offers a bunch of first issues every month and I find myself recommending them all; this month I’d rate ‘Rat Queens’ top of the list followed by ‘Sex Criminals’, with ‘Reality Check’ the third most anticipated.) LOVE STORIES (TO DIE FOR) is a one shot flip book with two complete stories, the first involving savage Vikings battling rabid vampires and the second surrounds a trapped woman who can escape with either her heroic husband or her lover; both tales written by Dirk Manning with art by Owen Gieni and Rich Bonk. ☼MULTIPLE WARHEADS: DOWN FALL is also a one shot with three stories by Brandon Graham. The great Howard Chaykin offers ☼CENTURY WEST OGN, a sixty four page tale of the old west at the turn of the century and how the American dream became a modern myth. The ☼MORNING GLORIES, VOLUME 2 DELUXE EDITION HC collects issues thirteen through twenty five which concludes the ‘Season One’ arc. And ☼WALKING DEAD, VOLUME 1: SPANISH LANGUAGE EDITION TP is just what it sounds like. The ☼WALKING DEAD: BOOK NINE HC collects issues ninety seven through one hundred and eight. Also the WALKING DEAD: SERIES FOUR action figure set from the television series is offered and it consists of Carl Grimes, Andrea and the Governor along with a couple of zombies and there’s also a Dixon Brothers two pack with Merle and Daryl offreed separately.
MARVEL: The INFINITY series continues, spinning out of ‘Age of Ultron’ and expanding into INFINITY: THE HUNT #1 OF 4, INFINITY: HEIST #1 OF 4, with tie in stories in NEW AVENGERS #10, AVENGERS #19 and #20, MIGHTY AVENGERS #1, THUNDERBOLTS #15, NOVA #8, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #19, CAPTAIN MARVEL #16 and SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #’s three and four. The HUNGER series continues, spinning out of ‘Age of Ultron’ and ‘Thanos Rising’ and now X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM begins, hyped as ‘the biggest X-Men cross over yet’ it begins in X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM #1 and, this month continues through ALL NEW X-MEN #16, X-MEN #5, UNCANNY X-MEN #12 and WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #36, Brian Michael Bendis and Frank Cho collaborate on the first chapter and the tale will involve time travel and multiple versions of many of the mutants, all with covers by Art Adams. Now that Frank Cho and Joe Madureira have finished their runs ☼SAVAGE WOLVERINE #9 begins an arc written and drawn by Jock with Wolverine battling on an alien planet. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #17 features the return of Spidey 2099, and issue #18 of course features a battle between Superior Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099, SUPERIOR CARNAGE #3 has the villain joining with the Frightful Four. MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE #9 will be the final issue of this series. CAPTAIN AMERICA #11 begins a new arc with a new artist, Carlos Pacheco, with Rick Remender writing. THOR: THE GOD OF THUNDER #13 also begins a new arc with Jason Aaron still writing and new artist Ron Garney. ☼PUNISHER: TRIAL OF THE PUNISHER #1 OF 2 is written by Marc Guggenheim with art by Leinil Yu as Castle surrenders to the police for the murder of a district attorney. X-FACTOR #262 by Peter David and Neil Edwards is the final issue of the long running series. GAMBIT #17 is also the final issue of the series. Marvel Select offers a SILVER SURFER ACTION FIGURE and an INFINITY GAUNTLET BOTTLE OPENER and, among all of this months’ collected editions is the YOUNG MARVEL: LITTLE X-MEN, LITTLE AVENGERS, BIG TROUBLE TP collecting the pint sized adventures as well as all of Skottie Young’s popular variant covers.
INDEPENDENTS: Above are the five ‘premiere’ publishers and below are the notable offerings from the small press, alphabetically by publisher beginning with ABSTRACT STUDIOS, Terry Moore’s self publishing outfit with ☼RACHEL RISING #20, the horror series coming soon to a television near you and the first two arcs are available in soft cover editions. AMIGO COMICS offers ARCANE SECRETS #2 OF 3, an all age Lovecraftian series; basically Cthulhu for kids. ANTARCTIC PRESS has the GOLD DIGGER HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2013 plus the STEAMPUNK HALLOWEEN 2013 and the GOLD DIGGER SWIMSUIT ANNUAL. ARCHIE COMICS breaks new ground with their first series that’s not an ‘all ages’ title; ☼AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #1 is written by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa with the art of Francesco Francavilla as Sabrina the Teenage Witch casts a spell that goes awry bringing about a zombie Arch-pocalypse throughout Riverdale. ASPEN STUDIOS has the all new EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS #1 OF 5 with the first issue offered for one dollar. AVATAR PRESS launches ☼GOD IS DEAD #1 OF 6 written by the Eisner and Harvey Award Nominated author of ‘East of West’ and ‘Nightly News’, Jonathan Hickman with art by Di Amorim this is my Pick of the Month for July. The people of Earth have their religious beliefs shattered as Horus walks the streets of Egypt, Zeus has taken over the Sistine Chapel and Odin is coordinating the dissection of the planet among the returned deities; the Gods are back and they claim Earth for their own. Also David Lapham’s ☼DAN THE UNHARMABLE TP #2 collects the second half of the zany twelve part series (that I hope will be continued) and the CROSSED SPECIAL 2013 is offered in addition to the two bi-weekly issues with issue thirty seven beginning a new arc. Our friends at BIG DOG INKlaunch ☼URSA MINOR #1, now an ongoing series still written by creator Tom Hutchison with art by Tucson’s own Ian Snyder, a solid horror series. When it arrives I’m planning on hosting a release party for the first issue so be sure to order a copy so Ian can autograph it for you! BONGO COMICS offers their annual Halloween special with ☼THE SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #19 where Bart accidentally unleashes the Cthulhu on Springfield, as illustrated by Daniel Brereton. Kurt Busiek’s BOOM! STUDIOS offers ☼HIT #1 OF 4, a dark crime drama taking place in the mid fifties in LA written by Bryce Carlson with art by Vanesa R. Del Rey and they’ve also acquired the license for the popular television series ☼SONS OF ANARCHY #1 OF 6, written by Christopher Golden with the art of Damian Couceiro. Novelist Daryl Gregory writes the PLANET OF THE APES GIANT, a one shot with art by Diego Barreto and at the publishers’ all age imprint KaBOOM! they continue with HEROBEAR AND THE KID #2 OF 5, BRAVEST WARRIORS #12, PEANUTS #12, GARFIELD #17, REGULAR SHOW #6, ADVENTURE TIME #20, ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS #3 OF 6 and ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA & CAKE TP collecting the recent limited series. CARTOON BOOKS offers a book I’ve been waiting to add to my small personal collection, the ☼RASL COMPLETE HC, Jeff Smith’s brilliant noir tale of an inter-dimensional art thief who uses the lost journals of Nikola Tesla which catch him between dark government forces and the mysterious powers of the universe; as an extra attraction the story takes place here in Tucson! DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT offers KING’S WATCH #1 OF 5, written by Jeff Parker with art by Marc Laming, the story teams up the big three King’s Features characters in one tale: The Phantom, Flash Gordon and Mandrake the Magician. CODENAME: ACTION #1 OF 5 is written by Chris Roberson and illustrated by Jonathan Lau and features Captain Action in an adventure at the height of the Cold War. THE MOCKING DEAD #1 OF 4 is written by Fred Van Lente with art by Max Dunbar, a comic parody of the zombie apocalypse. Remastered and out of print for a couple of decades ☼THE SHADOW-1941: HITLER’S ASTROLOGER HC is written by Denny O’Neil with artist Michael W. Kaluta. DRAWN & QUARTERLY offers ☼CO-MIX: RETROSPECTIVE OF COMICS, GRAPHICS AND SCRAPS BY ART SPIEGELMAN HC featuring a comprehensive career overview of the six decades of the Pulitzer Prize winner (‘Maus’) including essays by film critic J. Hoberman and MoMA curator and Dean of the Yale University School of Art, Robert Storr. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS offers Ed Piskor’s ☼HIP HOP FAMILY TREE TP collecting the popular web comic serialized on ‘Boing Boing’ and following the boom from the beginning of the musical genre in late nineteen seventies South Bronx. Also ☼SKETCHING GUANTANAMO: COURT SKETCHES OF THE MILITARY TRIBUNALS, 2006-2013 HC features nearly 150 sketches (no photographs allowed) as well as a chronicle of artist Janet Hamlin’s experiences there. 01: FIRST SECOND solicits a graphic novel in two volumes, ☼BOXERS GN and SAINTS GN, two parallel stories set in China in 1898 offering opposite viewpoints of the Boxer Rebellion, written and illustrated by Gene Luen Yang, the Eisner Award winning author of ‘American Born Chinese’. GRAPHIX is an imprint of Scholastic Books that publishes ‘Bone’ and other comic collections and this month they’re offering ☼THE LOST BOY in both soft and hard cover editions, a coming of age mystery written and illustrated by Greg Ruth. Publisher HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT presents ☼THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2013 HC, over three hundred pages compiled by editor Jeff Smith and featuring works of Alison Bechdel, Craig Thompson, Terry Moore, Paul Pope, James Kochalka and more. KODANSHA has SAILOR MOON: SHORT STORIES VOLUME 1 OF 2 with tales never before translated or published in the U.S. British publisher TITAN COMICShas the ☼MARADA, THE SHE-WOLF HC which collects the three stories originally released in ‘Epic Illustrated’ in 1982 plus the ‘Wizard’s Masque’ tale which has never been collected before as warrior Marada crosses the Roman Empire as written by Chris Claremont with art by John Bolton. They also have WALLACE & GROMIT: THE COMPLETE NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIPS COLLECTION HC. Fans of fantasy art may enjoy UDON ENTERTAINMENT‘s WORLD OF WARCRAFT TRIBUTE HC which has more than two hundred pages of artwork paying homage to the most popular MMORPG of all time. The folks at VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT launch ETERNAL WARRIOR #1 written by Greg Pak with art by Trevor Hairsine under a stunning cover by Clayton Crain while BLOODSHOT #14 begins a new arc with a new creative team, writers Christos Gage and Joshua Dysart and artist Emanuela Lupacchino. Premiere manga publisher, VIZ MEDIA offers HELLO KITTY: HERE WE GO, a full color sixty four page book that should appeal to all of the youngest readers. They’re also offering the entire ten volumes of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA in a box set for seventy dollars. As their first company wide cross over (‘Unleashed’) reaches it’s conclusion ZENESCOPE begins a new series, HIT LIST #1 OF 5 that is an action thriller outside the parameters of the usual Grimm Fairy Tales universe. For the holiday, though, they do have the GRIMM FAIRY TALES 2013 HALLOWEEN SPECIAL EDITION. And that completes the rundown of the comic books offered this month. The books and magazine section has ☼FORTUNATELY, THE MILK HC, a new children’s book written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young and ☼THE WALKING DEAD BOOK THREE: THE FALL OF THE GOVERNOR HC is the final book of the trilogy. Flip through the catalog when you stop by and check out the new statues, tee shirts, posters, games, trading cards, posters, models and more.
Thank you all for trusting me to make sure that you get all the stories and art that you need to keep your collections up to date and your imaginations stimulated. Thank you for your orders and support! Make sure to check the web site for upcoming events; (there’s one happening on the second of August) and I’ll see you soon!