The July Previews catalog is sitting on the desk at the shop as always, available for your perusal when you stop by. Meanwhile I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you.
These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in September of 2015. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and let me know by the twenty first of this month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders.
Some of the codes and abbreviations that I use are: HC (hard cover), TP (trade paperback), SC (soft cover), GN (graphic novel), OGN (original graphic novel-not a reprint or collection), MMPB (mass market paperbacks), AF (action figure), T/C trading cards, T/S (tee shirt) and☻(to denote an excellent writer, creator or title deserving wider recognition in my humble opinion).
Besides the monthly Previews catalog there is also an ‘Adult Supplement’ which showcases the ‘adults only’ comics, books and videos. If you are interested in seeing what’s available (and you’re over eighteen) just send me an email and I will send you this month’s adult catalog in a .pdf format with images, descriptions and prices.
The theme this month is ‘Halloween in July’ as Previews offers the titles that will ship in September so there will be more than the usual amount of horror titles. Also they offer the HCF titles (Halloween Comic Fest). Similar to the annual Free Comic Book Day event in May a bunch of publishers offer comics to be given out in lieu of candy to the trick or treaters. Some of these comics are offered for twenty five to thirty cents per copy while others are mini-comics, half the size of a regular comic, and these come in bundles of twenty five copies for three to four dollars per bundle. If any of you would like to have some of these to give out yourselves, let me know and I will happily sell them to you at my cost (rather than the suggested prices of $4.99 per bundle) just because I think it’s great to give and get comics! Rather than listing all of the titles offered you can see them all here: http://www.halloweencomicfest.com/Home/1/1/78/1138
DARK HORSE: Appropriately enough the first new series offered this month is ☻COLDER: TOSS THE BONES #1 OF 5, the third series of this extremely creepy horror series written by Eisner Award winner Paul Tobin with art by Juan Ferreyra. MIRROR’S EDGE: EXORDIUM #1 begins the prequel to the new game scripted by the game’s writer with art by Robert Sammelin. ☻THE PAYBACKS #1 is a superhero comedy by Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal with art by Geoff Shaw about a repo squad of former heroes who foreclose on secret lairs and genetic enhancements when the heroes get behind on their payments. ☻POWER CUBED #1 OF 4 is written and illustrated by Aaron (Planet Hulk, Wonder Woman) Lopresti about the trouble that comes with a device that grants wishes. In collected editions comes the ☻FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND TP by Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck, a stand alone story that is also the sequel to Hellboy: House of the Living Dead, ☻BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SEASON 9 LIBRARY EDITION, VOL. 3 HC, ☻THE GOON LIBRARY, VOL. 1 HC collecting the first three story arcs by Eric Powell, WORLD OF WARCRAFT: CHRONICLE, VOL. 1 HC, KABUKI LIBRARY EDITION, VOL. 2 HC, the ARCHIE VS PREDATOR HC and the ☻USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA, VOL. 5 available in both HC and TP.
DC: The variant covers this month will feature Green Lantern to celebrate the characters’ seventy fifth anniversary. The eight week Convergence series is over, DC has launched their new titles and is now just moving forward with their house in order; no first issues this month other than some annuals. There are two big stories already in progress: the Darkseid War in JUSTICE LEAGUE #44 by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok and the incredible Truth storyline running through ☻ACTION COMICS #44 by Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder, ☻BATMAN/SUPERMAN #24 by Greg Pak and Ardian Syaf, ☻SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #21 by Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke and the epic concludes in ☻SUPERMAN #44 by Gene Luen Yang and John Romita, Jr. The new ☻JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #4 by Bryan Hitch deals with the Church of Rao and the seeming inevitable death of Superman, ☻JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #13 is by Jeff Parker with guest artist Paul Pelletier for this one issue that will feature the return of a legendary DC hero. ☻BLACK CANARY #4 by Brendan Fletcher with guest artist Pia (Y: The Last Man) Guerra continues Dinah’s vengeance filled concerts; if you go see her band be sure to wear protective gear. The ☻GREEN ARROW ANNUAL #1 is by Benjamin Percy with art by Szymon Kudranski as Halloween in Seattle brings unexpected dangers and the ☻NEW SUICIDE SQUAD ANNUAL #1 is by Sean Ryan and Philippe Brionnes as the Monsters storyline concludes. When the vigilantes in ☻RED HOOD/ARSENAL #4 take their business to Gotham the new Dark Knight isn’t thrilled. ☻SECRET SIX #6 by Gail Simone and Dale Eaglesham reveals a lot more secrets than you knew were hidden while ☻TEEN TITANS #12 by Will Pfeiffer and artist Ricken tries to deal with Superboy now that the truth of his crimes is revealed. ☻BATMAN #44 features guest artist Jock as the origin of Mr. Bloom connects to a crime in Bruce Wayne’s past and BATMAN ANNUAL #4 by James Tynion IV and Roge Antonio deals with the mystery of how and why Batman can be gone but Bruce Wayne is still alive. In ☻GRAYSON ANNUAL #2 by Tom King and Tim Seeley with art by Alvaro Martinez, Dick comes home to find Batman gone, so he seeks out his mentor Superman and finds everything has changed. Robert Venditti and Pascal Alixe reveal the missing pieces in ☻GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #4; what happened to make the Green Lantern Corps hunt Hal, where did he get his new ship and his new look? Deluxe collections this month include the CONVERGENCE HC, CATWOMAN: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC, ☻BATMAN AND ROBIN, VOL. 7: ROBIN RISES HC, EARTH 2, VOL. 6: COLLISION HC, ☻SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 3: CASUALTIES OF WAR HC, BLACKEST NIGHT UNWRAPPED DELUXE EDITION HC with Ivan Reis’ intricate pencil art and ☻BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS HC with almost eight hundred pages for seventy five dollars with the origin of the Dark Knight and the debuts of Robin, Commissioner Gordon, Professor Hugo Strange, The Joker, Catwoman and more. The forty, two part stories from Convergence are collected into eight books defined by their time lines: CONVERGENCE: ZERO HOUR-BOOK ONE and BOOK TWO TP, CONVERGENCE: CRISIS-BOOK ONE and BOOK TWO TP, CONVERGENCE: FLASHPOINT-BOOK ONE and BOOK TWO TP and CONVERGENCE: INFINITE EARTHS-BOOK ONE and BOOK TWO TP. Jeff Lemire writes and Terry and Rachel Dodson illustrate ☻TEEN TITANS: EARTH ONE TP in soft cover for the first time. New collected editions in current continuity include HE-MAN: THE ETERNITY WAR, VOL. 1 TP, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US-YEAR TWO, VOL. 2 TP, SMALLVILLE: SEASON 11-LANTERN TP, MORTAL KOMBAT X, VOL. 2 TP, ☻SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 2 TP and the SUPERMAN UNCHAINED TP while classic tales coming back into print include BATMAN: THE ROAD TO NO MAN’S LAND, VOL. 1 TP, BATMAN: WAR GAMES, VOL. 1 TP, BATMAN: ARKHAM-TWO FACE TP, ☻BIRDS OF PREY, VOL. 1 TP, JUSTICE LEAGUE: A LEAGUE OF ONE TP and ☻SECRET SIX, VOL. 3 TP. At their mature readers imprint, VERTIGO the final issue is offered along with the collected edition of ☻THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE DELUXE EDITION HC as the final issue dovetails into the beginning of the original series. Also ☻THE ANNOTATED SANDMAN, VOL. 4 HC completes the reprint of the series with additional historical insights. Also collected this month is ☻ASTRO CITY: LOVERS QUARREL HC with issues eighteen through twenty one plus twenty three and twenty four, ☻SUICIDERS, VOL. 1 HC with the first six issues of Lee Bermejo’s new series, ☻ASTRO CITY: PRIVATE LIVES TP collecting issues eleven through sixteen and ☻WOLF MOON TP with the whole six issue series. From their collectibles imprint, DC DIRECT comes the DC COMICS DESIGNER SERIES: TERRY DODSON action figures featuring TEEN TITANS: EARTH ONE: CYBORG, STARFIRE, RAVEN and BEAST BOY and, from the animated movie BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM: BATMAN AND THE PHANTASM AF 2-PACK. There’s also the STARLING CITY POLICE BADGE prop on a leather mount and 30″ chain for thirty bucks and new limited edition statues: DC ICONS: HARLEY QUINN STATUE, DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: BLACK CANARY STATUE and the DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: WONDER WOMAN BUST.
IDW: The STAR WARS: ARTIFACT EDITION HC features the original art scans, mostly of the first ten issues featuring the artwork of Howard Chaykin, Carmine Infantino and others. The TMNT: THE KEVIN EASTMAN COVERS HC (2011-2015) is just what the title says but I should also mention the forty eight page ☻TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #50, the epic conclusion to over four years worth of stories, with a final battle with Shredder. Previously published by RED 5 COMICS Brian Clevenger and Scott Wegener’s creation has been picked up by Idea & Design Works with ☻ATOMIC ROBO AND THE RING OF FIRE #1 OF 5 and they collect the first three volumes into one book with the ☻ATOMIC ROBO: THE EVERYTHING EXPLODES COLLECTION TP. After quite a hiatus Andy Hartnell returns to his creation with Stephen Molnar illustrating and, of course a J. Scott Campbell cover on ☻DANGER GIRL: RENEGADE #1 OF 4. Ryan Ferrier and Valentin Ramon’s tale of a robot conquered earth (or 34RTH) is collected in the ☻D4VE, VOL. 1 TP and the story continues, one year later in ☻D4VE2 #1 OF 4. The ORPHAN BLACK, VOL. 1 TP collects issues one through five, the JEM AND THE HOLGRAMS OUTRAGEOUS ANNUAL #1 has the sisters relaxing with movie night and, as a prequel to this year’s new video game comes the SKYLANDERS: RIFT INTO OVERDRIVE OGN HC. ANGRY BIRDS: SUPER ANGRY BIRDS #1 OF 4 adds super powers to the antagonistic avians. ☻WALT KELLY’S FAIRYTALES HC is over three hundred pages of the master Disney animator’s pre Pogo work, highly recommended for fans and historians. TOP SHELF, now distributed by IDW offers ☻THE STORY OF MY TITS TP by Jennifer Hayden, a biting cancer narrative memoir. Celebrating their centennial, the ☻KING OF THE COMICS: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF KING FEATURES SYNDICATE HC features Krazy Kat, Popeye, Flash Gordon, Beetle Bailey, Blondie, Prince Valiant, Hagar the Horrible, Mutt & Jeff, Steve Canyon and far too many more to name. ☻TET #1 OF 4 by Paul Alor and Paul Tucker tells a crime and romance story set at the height of the Vietnam War.
IMAGE: As usual there are so many cool and original new series here, this month beginning with ☻TOKYO GHOST #1 written by Rick (Black Science, Deadly Class, Low) Remender with art by Sean (Chrononauts, Punk Rock Jesus) Murphy set in the Isles of Los Angeles 2089 with criminals addicted to technology and desperate for their next virtual buzz and the last tech-less country on Earth: the Garden Nation of Tokyo. Jeff (Descender) Lemire and artist Emi Lenox tell a touching coming of age tale in ☻PLUTONA #1 where five kids discover the body of the world’s greatest super hero in the woods one day after school. FASTER THAN LIGHT #1 is by Brian Haberlin and Geirrod Vandyke, a sense of wonder tale of space travel (with an interactive format that will make it look as if holograms are coming out of the book, with the Apple or Android app). FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS #1 is a medieval fantasy series by Claire Gibson and Marian Churchland and HEAD LOPPER #1 is the first of a quarterly adventure comic with barbarians and decapitation while ☻THINK TANK #1 returns Matt Hawkins and artist Rahsan Ekedal to the series where brains, not brawn saves the day; the series has three collected editions available of the previous stories. The ☻VIRGIL OGN is written by Steve Orlando with the art of JD Faith, a tale of an outed cop fighting his way across Jamaica for vengeance. New story arcs begins in Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips ☻THE FADE OUT #9, Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko’s ☻INVISIBLE REPUBLIC #6, Tim Seeley and Mike Norton’s ☻REVIVAL #33 and Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal’s ☻THE TITHE #5. New collections include ☻NAILBITER, VOL. 3: BLOOD IN THE WATER with issues eleven through fifteen, ☻BIRTHRIGHT, VOL. 2 TP with issues six through ten, ☻DESCENDER, VOL. 1: TIN STARS TP with Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s six issues, ☻SAGA, VOL. 5 TP with issues twenty five through thirty, ☻THE FADE OUT, VOL. 2 TP with issues five through eight, MANIFEST DESTINY, VOL. 3 TP, NO MERCY, VOL. 1 TP, ☻DEADLY CLASS, VOL. 3: SNAKE PIT TP, THIEF OF THIEVES, VOL. 5 TP, MATERIAL, VOL. 1 TP, ☻THE EMPTY, VOL. 1 TP, ☻OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA, VOL. 2 TP, the ☻WALKING DEAD: BOOK 12 HC, ☻RAT QUEENS: DELUXE HC, VOL. 1 with the first ten issues plus the Braga one shot special and the ☻SOUTHERN BASTARDS: BOOK ONE PREMIERE HC which collects the first eight issues of this series (which will be coming soon to a TV near you).
MARVEL: Recently beset by scheduling and deadline problems, the All-New, All Different Marvel titles will be offered next month, as Secret Wars seems to have gone into overtime. However after a seven year hiatus Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale offer ☻CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE #1 of 5 with issue one also reprinting the issue zero that originally shipped in July of 2008. The title is one of the chromatic origin series that includes Spider-Man: Blue, Hulk: Gray and Daredevil: Yellow; (it’s not a reference to skin color). ☻JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS-SHATTERED EMPIRE #1 and #2 OF 2 is written by Greg Rucka with art by Marco Checchetto, taking place after the end of Return of the Jedi. Although Marvel has ‘killed’ Deadpool so as not to promote an upcoming film, they can’t seem to stop featuring him: DEADPOOL VS. THANOS #1 and #2 OF 4 is by Tim Seeley with art by Elmo Bondoc. Stephen King continues to represent with ☻DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE-THE LADY OF SHADOWS #1 OF 5 by Robin Furth and Peter David with the artwork of Jonathon Marks, this arc introduces a new character to the epic. The Disney steampunk series returns with a new arc in FIGMENT 2 #1, an all age series based on the Journey Into Imagination attraction at Walt Disney World. Now that they’ve finished reprinting ‘the original writer’s’ (Alan Moore) tales we get to the ☻MIRACLEMAN BY GAIMAN & BUCKINGHAM #1, originally published by Eclipse Comics in 1985. Nick Fury first switched from being a soldier to a spy in Strange Tales #135 in August of 1965 and, to celebrate the 50th Anniversary Marvel releases a bunch of one shots (that have ties more to the television show than to the comic book’s history): QUAKE: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th ANNIVERSARY #1, MOCKINGBIRD: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th ANNIVERSARY #1, FURY: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th ANNIVERSARY #1, THE CALVARY: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th ANNIVERSARY #1 and AGENT CARTER: S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th ANNIVERSARY #1 and S.H.I.E.L.D. #10 features Howard the Duck. Collected editions this month include ☻STAR WARS: DARTH VADER, VOL. 1 TP, ☻HOWARD THE DUCK, VOL. 0: WHAT THE DUCK TP, ☻BLACK WIDOW, VOL. 3: LAST DAYS TP, LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD, VOL. 3: LAST DAYS TP, ☻THE PUNISHER, VOL. 3: LAST DAYS TP, MAGNETO, VOL. 4: LAST DAYS TP, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, VOL. 5: SPIRAL TP, DEATHLOK, VOL. 2: MAN VERSUS MACHINE TP, ☻MOON KNIGHT, VOL. 3: IN THE NIGHT TP as well as ☻S.H.I.E.L.D. BY LEE & KIRBY: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP. Other classics returning to print include X-MEN: AGE OF APOCALYPSE, VOL. 2: REIGN TP, DAMAGE CONTROL: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP, INFINITY WAR: AFTERMATH TP and MAN-THING BY STEVE GERBER: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP. The AGE OF ULTRON COLORING BOOK features the art of Bryan Hitch, Brandon Peterson, Carlos Pacheco and others for 72 pages of all ages coloring fun. The new ☻INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 is on the cover of Previews this month and the first issue is offered in my order form to ship on October seventh but there’s no other information in Marvel’s catalog this month, but the new series will be written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by David Marquez so I suspect it will be a solid, character building story.
INDEPENDENTS: Terry Moore’s long running horror series from his ABSTRACT STUDIOS offers ☻RACHEL RISING, VOL. 6: SECRETS KEPT TP; it’s been a couple of years since I’ve heard any news about the film adaptation but I’m hoping it’s still a thing. ALTERNATIVE COMICS offers Dean Haspiel’s semi autobiographical work, ☻BEEF WITH TOMATO GN, the follow up to his Opposable Thumbs GN. AMERICAN GOTHIC PRESS, the imprint of Famous Monsters of Filmland offers BROKEN MOON #1 OF 4 by Steve Niles and Nat Jones, a story of vampires and werewolves on a post apocalyptic Earth. ARCHIE COMICS continues to break new ground and this month offers ☻JUGHEAD #1 written by Chip (Sex Criminals, Howard the Duck) Zdarsky with art by Erica (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) Henderson with half a dozen different covers. AVATAR PRESS collects the first six issues of Alan Moore’s new series with artist Gabriel Andrade in the ☻CROSSED + 100, VOL. 1 TP, also available in hard cover and his newer, Lovecraftian series continues with ☻PROVIDENCE #4, both of these series were Picks of the Month when their respective first issues were offered and neither has disappointed. Entering the third decade of annual Halloween inspired tales, BONGO COMICS offers THE SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #21 while SPONGEBOB COMICS #48 is an all Gary issue. Over at BOOM! STUDIOS Dan (Guardians of the Galaxy) Abnett writes and I.N.J. Culbard illustrates ☻WILD’S END: THE ENEMY WITHIN #1 OF 6, an anthropomorphic kind of War of the Worlds mash up while the first series is collected in the ☻WILD’S END, VOL. 1: FIRST LIGHT TP. Tyson (web-comic Boxer Hockey) Hesse writes and illustrates DIESEL #1 OF 4, a steampunk tale of a girl trying to live up to her father’s expectations. In celebration of sixty five years, the ☻PEANUTS: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLES M. SCHULZ HC is a big love letter from all of the artists inspired by Charlie Brown with loads of contributors including Mike Allred, Matt Groening, Roger Landridge, Jeff Lemire, Terry Moore, Paul Pope, Stan Sakai and lots more. Their all age imprint, KaBOOM! offers THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL 2015 GRAB BAG #1 with short stories, activity pages and more. From their ARCHAIA imprint comes ☻THE THIRD WITCH #1 OF 6, a re-imagining of Macbeth written by Mairghread Scott with art by Kyla Vanderklugt. At Canada’s CHAPTER HOUSE comes CAPTAIN CANUCK #5 as well as ☻THE PITIFUL HUMAN LIZARD #1, the story of a poor office flunky who moonlights as Toronto’s newest super hero, a fifty two page debut for under four bucks written and illustrated by Jason Loo. CHARTWELL BOOKS offers three collections of DC comics of the thirties and forties that were influenced by WWII in ☻BATMAN: THE WAR YEARS HC, ☻SUPERMAN: THE WAR YEARS HC and ☻WONDER WOMAN: THE WAR YEARS HC. COMIXTRIBE launches ☻EXIT GENERATION #1 OF 4 by Sam Read and Caio Oliveira, a science fiction tale of life on Earth in the near future when ninety per cent of the world’s population has abandoned the depleted planet and those who remain are bored…until the carnivorous aliens arrive. DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT begins ☻ALIENS/VAMPIRELLA #1 OF 6 written by Corinna (Invisible Republic, Star Wars: Legacy) Bechko with artist Javier Garcia-Miranda and set on Mars in the early days of colonization. ALICE COOPER VS CHAOS #1 OF 5 is by Tim Seeley and Jim Terry and features Evil Ernie, Chastity and Purgatori. Cullen Bunn writes and Blacky Shepherd illustrates VOLTRON: FROM THE ASHES #1 OF 6 and the seven issue sequel to the film is collected in the ☻DJANGO/ZORRO HC by Quentin Tarantino and Matt Wagner with the art of Esteve Polls. The recently relaunched DEVIL’S DUE company recently acquired the rights to one of the best independent publishers of the nineties, FIRST COMICS and will be launching new comics as well as releasing long out of print series in the months’ to come. This month they debut ☻PUBLIC RELATIONS #1 OF 5 by Matthew Sturges and Dave Justus with art by David Hahn, a tale of inner city romance until Dan’s office crush wants to go to Dan’s estranged father’s fiftieth birthday bash, the father being the King of magical Sardonia. They also offer SOLITARY, VOL. 1 TP, a superhero prison drama about an immortal man on death row. DOVER PUBLICATIONS brings a long out of print classic back in a deluxe format with ☻THE PUMA BLUES: THE COMPLETE SAGA HC written by Stephen (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) with art by Michael (Sandman) Zulli, this book reveals the never before seen ending, has a new story by Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman calls it an “intelligent and urgent mythology for the end of the millennium”. Although Stan Sakai puts out his monthly comic at Dark Horse who has been collecting his large body of work, Stan previously published his series at FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS who is now releasing ☻USAGI YOJIMBO: THE SPECIAL EDITION, a slip cased set, over one thousand pages in soft cover plus all the covers, sketches, two stories starring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more for seventy five dollars. GUARDIAN KNIGHT releases a new ongoing super hero series, MOON STREAK #1 by Austin Rogers and Wes Hartman with art by Harvey Talibao, about a morbid young girl who will fight the villains who have a choke hold on her city. HARPER COLLINS offers ☻NEIL GAIMAN’S THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, VOL. 1 GN and VOL. 2 GN priced at ten dollars each, these are the adaptations of his novel, previously available in hard cover and featuring the beautiful artwork of P. Craig Russell. KNOPF BOOKS adapts the first of Pulip Pullman’s brilliant trilogy with ☻THE GOLDEN COMPASS: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL, VOL. 1 illustrated by Clement Oubrerie, available in both hard and soft cover editions. Marc (Arrow TV Show) Guggenheim writes and Freddie (Robin) Williams II illustrates ☻THE INFINITE ADVENTURES OF JONAS QUANTUM #1 for LEGENDARY COMICS, a super genius who can do just about anything except play well with others. Michael (screenwriter of X-Men 2, Superman Returns) Doughterty writes and Fiona (Saga, Archie) Staples and others illustrate ☻TRICK ‘R TREAT: DAYS OF THE DEAD GN. ONI PRESS releases RICK AND MORTY #6 and RICK AND MORTY, VOL. 1 TP. PAPERCUTZ, NBM’s all age imprint offers ☻DENNIS THE MENACE, VOL. 1: THE CLASSIC COMIC BOOKS HC for twenty bucks as well as a spin off from their monthly Nickelodeon Magazine, ☻SANJAY AND CRAIG, VOL. 1: FIGHT WITH THE FUTURE WITH FLAVOR GN written by your friend and mine, Eric Esquivel. Publisher SECRET ACRES offers the ☻PALEFIRE GN written by M. K. Reed with artist Farel Dalrymple, a tale of Dwayne, the unlikable firebug and Holly the girl who sees the good in Dwayne and tries to give him a second chance. SPACE GOAT launches MIXTAPE #1 OF 5 written by Brad Abraham with black and white art by Jok and Gervasio, about five friends bound by music that they think they’ll love forever. New jumping on point for the Time Lord adventures as TITAN COMICS begins DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR-YEAR TWO #1 and DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR-YEAR TWO #1 (but DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR #13 bucks the trend). Each arc is five issues long so DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR, VOL. 3 HC and DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR, VOL. 3 HC are both offered at twenty dollars each. Also the ☻21ST CENTURY TANK GIRL HC collects the recent series marking the return of Jamie Hewlett to his creation and the book will have pin ups and bonus extras. TOUCHSTONE solicits AMAZING FANTASTIC INCREDIBLE: A MARVELOUS MEMOIR HC GN, Stan Lee’s autobiographical memoir written by Stan and Peter David and illustrated by Colleen Doran, the book is thirty bucks, the deluxe slip case edition is one hundred and the signed slipcase edition, limited to five hundred copies is two hundred and fifty bucks. Judging by the title, I suspect this will contain all the hyperbole that’s normally associated with anything from Stan the Man. VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT offers the one shot ☻BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF HARBINGER by Joshua Dysart and Kano and ☻BLOODSHOT REBORN #6 begins a new arc as does IVAR, TIMEWALKER #9. And if you’ve thought about checking out this well built universe there is ☻BLOODSHOT REBORN, VOL. 1: COLORADO TP and ☻NINJAK, VOL. 1: WEAPONEER TP, each collecting the first five issues and each offered at the introductory price of nine ninety nine each. ZENESCOPE celebrates their tenth anniversary with a series of one shots, the first being GRIMM FAIRY TALES PRESENTS CINDERELLA: 10th ANNIVERSARY ONE SHOT with the usual mash up of fairy tales, B-movie horror plots and cheesecake, and so we reach the end of the comic listings. Of course there are lots of other things in the catalog; if you’re interested in books, magazines, toys, cards, tee shirts and apparel, models, statues, imports, novelties, etc. check out the Previews catalog. I’m happy to order whatever you’d like.
Contenders this much for the dubious honor include ☻COLDER: TOSS THE BONES #1 OF 5, the ☻SANDMAN OVERTURE: DELUXE EDITION HC,☻PLUTONA #1, ☻MIRACLEMAN BY GAIMAN & BUCKINGHAM #1, ☻THE PUMA BLUES: THE COMPLETE SAGA HC and☻THE INFINITE ADVENTURES OF JONAS QUANTUM #1, and as much as I’m sure to get myself a copy of THE PUMA BLUES HC for myself I think the one I’m most looking forward to reading this month is Rick Remender and Sean Murphy’s ☻TOKYO GHOST #1 so that will be July’s Pick of the Month.
On Saturday, the first of August I’ll be hosting a benefit for ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL. There will be bunch of talented and generous artists providing free sketches as well as original art that you can own through the silent auction, there will be a raffle where a one dollar chance can win you action figures, graphic novels and more and there will be fun for all. I hope to see all of you there!
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