The July Previews catalog arrived on Wednesday, June twenty seventh (so please forgive me if this doesn’t show up in your mail box at midnight on the first; I’ll get it to you as soon as I’ve read through it). 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 2017. 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. (Don’t feel obligated to subscribe to a whole series; if you’d just like a copy of the first issue of a new series to try it out, let me know and I’ll be sure to put a copy aside for you.)
Educators, this is the month that I place orders for the comics that I’ll be giving away for Halloween, the annual Halloween Comic Fest. Full size comics are usually priced at twenty to forty cents each and half sized comics are sold in bundles of twenty copies are priced under five dollars each. They’re scheduled to arrive between the twenty seventh of September and the fourth of October. I’m happy to order these for you and sell them to you at my cost. And, consequently the theme of this months’ catalog is Halloween, so there are a lot of horror and monster type collections being reoffered. Yes, it seems early, but this is the time to order these things if we’re going to have them on hand in September. If you’d like more information or would like to see some images of covers and artwork you can go to www.PreviewsWorld.com and there are other articles at www.Scoop.PreviewsWorld.com, or you could sign up for the newsletter and maybe win prizes in the weekly giveaways at www.PreviewsWorld.com/subscribe.
DARK HORSE: Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson writes and Shawn Martinbrough illustrates ♥HELLBOY & BPRD 1955: OCCULT INTELLIGENCE #1 while the ♥ABE SAPIEN: DARK & TERRIBLE HC, VOL. 1 collects three of the collected editions with an added expanded sketch section. The ♥LEGACY: OFF COLOR NOVELLA FOR YOU TO COLOR HC is the latest from Chuck (Fight Club) Pahluniak with illustrations by Duncan (Hellboy) Fregredo and Steve (Buffy) Morris for you to read and color. Brian Wood and Garry Brown’s brilliant environmental adventure at sea is available in soft cover for the first time in the ♥MASSIVE: NINTH WAVE TP, VOL. 1 and other new collections include the ♥ALIENS: DEAD ORBIT TP and ♥PREDATOR VS JUDGE DREDD VS ALIENS: SPLICE & DICE TP. Mike (47 Ronin) Richardson and Paul (Concrete) Chadwick offer the ♥BEST WISHES HC, Chadwick’s first published work in three years, this is a tale of New York City, secrets of the heart, wishes, meme madness and the price of fame. And, after too long an absence I’m thrilled to see ♥USAGI YOJIMBO #161 offered. The MAGES OF MYSTRILIA TP ties into the new game based on a story from Ed (Forgotten Realms) Greenwood, written by Eisner nominated Brian Clevinger with art by Cary Pietsch. And other collections this month include the MANARA LIBRARY TP, VOL. 3: TRIP TO TULUM AND OTHER STORIES, CALL OF DUTY: ZOMBIES TP, ♥CONAN THE SLAYER TP, VOL. 2 and ♥BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL OMNIBUS TP, VOL. 4.
DC: You’re most likely anticipating Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Dark Nights and while issue two of six is offered this month there are five one shots that will tie in including ♥BATMAN: THE RED DEATH #1 by Joshua Williamson and Carmine DiGiandomenico, ♥BATMAN: THE MURDER MACHINE #1 by Frank Tieri and Ricardo Frederici, ♥BATMAN: THE DAWNBREAKER #1 by Sam Humphries and Ethan Van Sciver, ♥BATMAN: THE DROWNED #1 by Dan Abnett and Philip Tan and ♥BATMAN: THE MERCILESS #1 by Peter Tomasi and Francis Manapul each of these stories involving deadly and strangely familiar villains from the Dark Multiverse. They’re priced below four dollars each; please let me know if you’d like to add them to your subscription orders. ♥NIGHTWING #28, ♥SUICIDE SQUAD #25 and ♥TEEN TITANS #12 will also tie in to the Metal story this month as a three-part story titled ‘Gotham Resistance’. The other big guy isn’t slacking, however as ♥ACTION COMICS #987 and #988 are the first two chapters of ‘The Oz Effect’ and one of the covers for each is lenticular like ‘The Button’ was, for under four dollars; the second cover is priced as usual under three dollars. This will resolve the story that began in DC Rebirth #1 and the first chapter will finally reveal who Mr. Oz really is. ♥BATGIRL & THE BIRDS OF PREY #14 has Helena taking her class on a field trip forcing the Birds of Prey to conduct a mission while hoping the kids won’t notice what’s going on. ♥BATMAN BEYOND #12 is a special one shot with guest creators Steve Orlando and Vita Ayala with art by Siya (Lola XOXO) Oum where Nissa, the fifteen-year-old Batgirl must fill in for the absent Batman and Bruce Wayne. ♥BATWOMAN #7 begins ‘Fear and Loathing’ by Marguerite Bennett and Fernando Blanco and ‘Dystopia’ in ♥DETECTIVE COMICS #964 puts Spoiler and Anarky under Batman’s radar while ♥DETECTIVE COMICS #965 begins ‘A Lonely Place of Living’ to answer the question, where is Tim Drake? ♥FLASH #30 is ‘Bloodwork’ part one introducing a villain by the same name who has ties to Barry Allen. ‘Vote Harley’ begins in ♥HARLEY QUINN #27 where she decides the only way to get rid of the corrupt Mayor is to run against him. ♥NEW SUPER-MAN #15 begins ‘Equilibrium’ and involves a reluctant team up with Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad while ♥RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS #14 is part one of ‘Bizarro Reborn’. In the story titled ‘Imperius Lex’ in ♥SUPERMAN #30 Jon battles the Children of the Firepits, Lois fights the Female Furies and the titular hero must help Lex out of an awkward situation on Apokalips. SUPERWOMAN #14 is the start of ‘Supermax’ guest starring Supergirl and Maxima. ‘Children of the Gods’ part one begins in ♥WONDER WOMAN #31 written by James Robinson and introducing Diana’s mysterious brother. ♥BOMBSHELLS UNITED #1 begins the new series written by Marguerite Bennett and illustrated by Marguerite Savage set in 1943 where Wonder Woman is called to Arizona to help two young girls (Cassie Sandsmark and Donna Troy) whose families are being forced into internment camps. The ♥HARLEY QUINN 25TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 is by Amanda Conner and a bunch of artists celebrating the anniversary of her first animated appearance. Outside of the DCU comes ♥DASTARDLY AND MUTTLEY #1 OF 6 by Garth Ennis and Moricet giving these wacky characters a new twist and then there’s ♥WONDER WOMAN/CONAN #1 OF 6 by Gail (Batgirl, Red Sonja, Cross Wind) Simone and Aaron Lopresti. New Rebirth collected editions include ♥BATGIRL TP, VOL. 2: SON OF PENGUIN, ♥BATMAN: NIGHT OF THE MONSTER MEN TP, ♥DEATHSTROKE TP, VOL. 3: TWILIGHT, ♥BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS TP, VOL. 3: LEAGUE, ♥HELLBLAZER TP, VOL. 2: THE SMOKELESS FIRE, ♥NEW SUPER MAN TP, VOL. 2: COMING TO AMERICA, ♥NIGHTWING REBIRTH DELUXE COLLECTED HC, BOOK ONE with the Rebirth one shot plus the first fifteen issues, ♥RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS TP, VOL. 2: WHO IS ARTEMIS, the ♥SUICIDE SQUAD REBIRTH DELUXE COLLECTED HC, BOOK ONE, ♥SUPERGIRL TP, VOL. 2: ESCAPE FROM THE PHANTOM ZONE, ♥SUPER SONS TP, VOL. 1: WHEN I GROW UP, the ♥WONDER WOMAN REBIRTH DELUXE COLLECTED HC, BOOK ONE, the BATMAN: HUSH 15TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION HC and the BATMAN UNWRAPPED: DEATH OF THE FAMILY HC featuring the pencil art. Other collections of pre-Rebirth titles include BATGIRL: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS HC, VOL. 1, ♥DC BOMBSHELLS TP, VOL. 5: DEATH OF ILLUSION, ♥DEMON BY KIRBY TP with the entire sixteen issue series, ♥FLASH BY MARK WAID TP, VOL. 3, INJUSTICE 2 HC, VOL. 1, ♥FLINTSTONES TP, VOL. 2, GREEN LANTERN: KYLE RAYNER TP, VOL. 1, HARLEY QUINN: A ROGUES GALLERY-THE DELUXE COVER ART COLLECTION HC, the HOUSE OF SECRETS: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS HC, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US-YEAR FIVE TP, VOL. 3, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE DELUXE HC, JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NAIL-ANOTHER NAIL DELUXE EDITION HC, JUSTICE LEAGUE: THEIR GREATEST TRUIMPHS TP, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE DETROIT ERA OMNIBUS, SUPERGIRL BY PETER DAVID TP: BOOK 3, the ABSOLUTE WILDCATS HC, ♥WILD STORM TP, VOL. 1, ♥ABSOLUTE WONDER WOMAN BY AZZARELLO & CHIANG HC, WONDER WOMAN & THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA TP, VOL. 2 and the ♥DC GREATEST HITS BOX SET with four books: Batman VS Superman: The Greatest Battles TP, Harley Quinn’s Greatest Hits TP, Wonder Woman: Her Greatest Battles TP and Justice League: Their Greatest Triumphs TP. Collected editions from their creator owned imprint, VERTIGO offers ♥LUCIFER TP, VOL. 3: BLOOD IN THE STREETS and ♥SEBASTIAN O/MYSTERY PLAY DELUXE ED HC collecting two works by Grant Morrison, the first with art by Steve Yeowell and the second with Jon J. Muth. And there are just two new statues from their collectible imprint, DC DIRECT this month: DC DESIGNER SERIES: SUPERMAN BY NEAL ADAMS STATUE and the DC BOMBSHELLS STARFIRE STATUE.
IDW: As Marvel didn’t consider this, Lucasfilms gave the license to Idea & Dream Works, the ongoing all age ♥STAR WARS ADVENTURES #1 each issue containing two stories starring your favorite characters from the film written by Cavan Scott with art by Derek Charm. They also offer DUCKTALES #1 and, in all age collections DUCK AVENGER: NEW ADVENTURES TP-BOOK 2, MY LITTLE PONY: MOVIE ADAPTATION TP and ANGRY BIRDS: FLIGHT SCHOOL HC. The SAMURAI JACK/QUANTUM JACK #1 OF 5 is an alternative version where Jack leads a ruthless biker gang written by Fabian Rangel, Jr. with art by Cadwell J. Warwick. As part of their companywide crossover, First Strike, they offer MICRONAUTS: FIRST STRIKE #1 teaming up with Rom, GI JOE: FIRST STRIKE #1 with characters from M.A.S.K. and OPTIMUS PRIME: FIRST STRIKE #1 with the human/Transformer team, the Revolutionaries. Finally, years in the making, the sequel to maybe the best science fiction comic adventure series ever is collected in the ♥STARSTRUCK: OLD PROLDIERS NEVER DIE HC written by Elaine Lee with gorgeous highly detailed artwork of Michael William Kaluta. It’s been a while but Ben Templesmith returns to his creepy horror series with ♥WORMWOOD GOES TO WASHINGTON #1 OF 3, Ben writes and illustrates. Music fans may be interested in ♥PEARL JAM: ART OF ‘DO THE EVOLUTION’ HC, a behind the scenes look at the making of the video, overseen by Todd (Spawn) McFarlane with art by Joe Pearson and others. The ♥DOC MACABRE TREASURY EDITION is an oversized collection of the horror series written by Steve (30 Days of Night) Niles with art by the late ‘King of Horror’, Bernie Wrightson in black and white for under ten dollars.
IMAGE: Mark Millar has taken some of his creator owned projects to Marvel in the past but the next installment is back at Image with ♥KINGSMAN: RED DIAMOND #1 OF 6, plotted by Millar, this one is written by Rob Williams with art by Simon Fraser, this is the sequel to Kingsman: The Golden Circle starring Channing Tatum and Colin Firth in theaters in September. ♥ANGELIC #1 is the new series from Si (X-Men Legacy) Spurrier and Caspar (Dark Souls, Assassin’s Creed) Wijngaard, a tale of teenage rebellion and animal antics amidst the ruins of civilization (and did I mention the Techno-Dolphins, Quantum Alleycats and Winged Monkeys?). Sean Mackiewicz and Niko Walter launch ♥GASOLINA #1 about fugitives, newlyweds, rebels and battling a Mexican cartel. Jim Zub and Djibril Morrisette-Phan begin their second arc with ♥GLITTERBOMB: FAME GAME #1. The second ♥MILLARWORLD ANNUAL 2017 is offered and, like last years, these are the winners of Mark’s worldwide yearly talent search, the winners getting to work with Mark’s characters. I guess the ♥RAT QUEENS SPECIAL: ORC DAVE one shot is self-explanatory. THE REALM #1 is by Seth M. (X-Men) Peck and Jeremy (Beauty) Haun, a tale of a world trying to recover fifteen years after it was overrun by creatures of fantasy and myth. RETCON #1, by Matt Nixon and Toby Cypress is described as ‘the reboot of a miniseries that never existed begins with an all new all different issue #1’. ♥SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #1 is by Sebastian (Shirtless Bear Fighter) Girner and artist Galaad, a fantasy series for an all age audience. The ♥SON OF SHAOLIN OGN is a hundred and twenty-page kung-fu epic in the back alleys and subway tunnels of Harlem, the film rights sold to Sony with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson attached to produce. Some new collected editions include ♥BLACK CLOUD, VOL. 1: NO EXIT TP by Jason Latour and Ivan Brandon with art by Greg Hinkle and Matt Wilson, ♥BUZZKILL TP by Donny Cates and Mark Reznicek with art by Geoff Shaw and Lauren Affe, the ♥FIVE FISTS OF SCIENCE TP, a steampunk tale by Matt Fraction and Steven Sanders, ♥THE GODDAMNED OVERSIZED ‘BEFORE THE FLOOD’ HC by Jason Aaron and r.m. Guera for under twenty dollars, ♥INVINCIBLE, VOL. 25: THE END OF ALL THINGS, PART 1 TP by Kirkman and Ottley, ♥LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME, VOL. 1 TP by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini (my favorite Remender work so far), ♥LUTHER STRODE: THE COMPLETE SERIES HC by Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore, ♥OUTCAST, VOL. 5 TP, ♥ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN, VOL. 1 TP, a tale of hoboes by Kyle Starks and Chris Schweizer, ♥ROYAL CITY, VOL. 1: NEXT OF KIN TP by Jeff Lemire, ♥SEX CRIMINALS, VOL. 4: FOURGY! TP by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, ♥SHUTTER, VOL. 5: SO FAR BEYOND TP by Joe Keatinge and Leila Del Duca, SONS OF THE DEVIL, VOL. 3 TP by Brian Buccellato and Toni Infante, SPAWN: HELL ON EARTH TP by Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen and Tom Leveen, THROWAWAYS, VOL. 2 TP by Caitlin Kittredge and Steven Sanders, THE TITHE, VOL. 3: SAMARITAN TP by Matt Hawkins and Atilio Rojo, the ♥WALKING DEAD, VOL. 28 TP by Kirkman and Adlard and the much anticipated ♥THE WALKING DEAD: HERE’S NEGAN HC, the seventy-two-page story that’s been serialized in the back of Image Plus for under twenty dollars. If you’ve been waiting to start some of Image’s titles, these are beginning new story arcs: ♥BIRTHRIGHT #26, ♥BLACK SCIENCE #31 and ♥MOTOR CRUSH #6 by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr. Image merchandise this month includes the WALKING DEAD: FACTION LOGO KEYCHAINS and FACTION LOGO 4″ PATCHES featuring the ‘Hilltop’, ‘Saviors’, ‘Kingdom’ and ‘Survivors’ factions, a NEGAN 10-INCH DELUXE FIGURE for thirty-five dollars and a DWIGHT 7-INCH ACTION FIGURE for twenty.
MARVEL: This is the big relaunch/reboot (although there have been several and Marvel staunchly denies that it’s a ‘reboot’ or a ‘rebirth’) and it will begin the way the Distinguished Competition began their’s in March of last year with a one shot. While the DC Rebirth one shot was eighty pages priced under three bucks theirs will be ♥MARVEL LEGACY #1 and, although it’s sixty-four pages priced under six dollars it’s written by Jason Aaron who won the Eisner Award last year as the top writer and the art is by Esad (Secret Wars) Ribic. They haven’t released much story information: ‘It begins at the dawn of the human race…leading up to the dramatic return you’ve been waiting for-and one you’ve been dreading!’ It has nine variant covers (so far) as well as a big (62″ X 48″) vinyl poster by Joe Quesada for under thirty five dollars and leads into the Generations one shots, each one uniting the classic character with their more recent replacements: ♥GENERATIONS: THE AMERICAS #1 features Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers by Nick Spencer and Paul Renaud, GENERATIONS: THE BRAVEST #1 features the Carol Danvers: Captain Marvel and Mar-Vell of the Kree by Margaret Stohl and Brent Schoonover, ♥GENERATIONS: THE IRON #1 features Tony Stark back among the living and Riri Williams: Ironheart by Brian Michael Bendis and Marco Rudy. ♥GENERATIONS: THE MARVELS #1 features Captain Marvel: Carol Danvers and Ms. Marvel: Kamala Khan by G. Willow Wilson and Paolo Villanelli. ♥GENERATIONS: THE SPIDERS #1 features Miles Morales and Peter Parker by Brian Michael Bendis and Ramon Perez. Last week Marvel slowly released their new line up which, coincidentally came to fifty-two titles and, though many of them are first issues or continuations of current numbering, we’ve been told that they plan to return to ‘legacy numbering’, adding all the past volumes together to come up with a new number as they did with the launch of Venom #150 a couple of months ago. The first title will be ♥RUNAWAYS #1, a great team created by BK (Saga) Vaughan, this will be written by popular young adult fiction author Rainbow Rowell with artist Kris Anka. Although the main Hydra story is over, there are still five tie ins like ♥SECRET EMPIRE: OMEGA #1 by Nick Spencer and Andrea Sorrentino, SECRET WARRIORS #6, U.S. AVENGERS #10, ♥CHAMPIONS #12, DEADPOOL #36 and ♥AVENGERS #11. ♥VENOMVERSE #1 OF 5 picks up after the Edge of Venomverse limited series written by Cullen Bunn with Iban Coello’s art and will ship weekly plus the forty page one shot VENOMVERSE: WAR STORIES #1 has a bunch of writers, artists and stories including ‘venomized’ Punisher and Rocket Raccoon stories and VENOM #154 will be told entirely from the viewpoint of the Symbiote. MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #23 will be the final issue of the series. ♥DAREDEVIL #26 begins ‘Land of the Blind’ as Charles Soule and Ron Garney take hornhead to rural China. John Barber writes and Kevin Nowlan illustrates the extra sized ♥DOCTOR STRANGE #25. ♥JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI-CAPTAIN PHASMA #1 and #2 OF 4 begins in the final moments of The Force Awakens and the destruction of Starkiller Base by Kelly Thompson and Marco Checchetto and STAR WARS ANNUAL #3 is offered by Jason Latour and Michael Walsh. Collected editions this month include DEADPOOL: WORLD’S GREATEST, VOL. 3 HC, SPIDER-GWEN, VOL. 2 HC, DEADPOOL & CO. OMNIBUS HC, the MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE GUIDEBOOK: IT’S ALL CONNECTED HC, ♥HULK: PLANET HULK PROSE NOVEL HC by Greg Pak, THOR VS. HULK TP, ♥THOR BY WALTER SIMONSON, VOL. 1 TP returns to print, THOR: GODS & DEVIANTS TP by Rob Rodi, ♥INCREDIBLE HULK BY JASON AARON: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP, ♥INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK BY MARK WAID: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP, THOR: RAGNAROKS TP, AMERICA, VOL. 1: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF AMERICA CHAVEZ TP, ♥JEAN GREY, VOL. 1: NIGHTMARE FUEL TP, ♥ROYALS, VOL. 1: BEYOND INHUMAN TP, ♥BLACK PANTHER AND THE CREW: WE ARE THE STREETS TP, SPIDER-GWEN, VOL. 4: PREDATORS TP, ♥SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES, VOL. 3 TP, STAR WARS: THE SCREAMING CITADEL TP, ♥OCCUPY AVENGERS, VOL. 2: IN PLAIN SIGHT TP, SPIDER-MAN 2099, VOL. 7: SHOCK! TP, ♥WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN, VOL. 5: PAST LIVES TP, SECRET WARRIORS, VOL. 1: SECRET EMPIRE TP, SECRET EMPIRE: UNITED WE STAND TP, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: NEW GUARD, VOL. 4-GROUNDED TP, AVENGERS: STANDOFF TP, SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL, VOL. 3: ITSY BITSY TP, ♥DAREDEVIL: BACK IN BLACK, VOL. 5-SUPREME TP, THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL, VOL. 6: WHO RUN THE WORLD? SQUIRRELS TP, ♥RUNAWAYS, VOL. 6: PARENTAL GUIDANCE TP back in print, SPIDER-MAN: THE DAILY BUGLE TP with stories surrounding the newspaper and journalists, DEADPOOL CLASSIC, VOL. 19: MAKE WAR, NOT LOVE TP, ♥TOMB OF DRACULA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP, ♥WEREWOLF BY NIGHT: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP and ♥THE PROX TRANSMISSIONS TP by Dustin Bates, front man of the multimedia rock band Starset and Peter David with art by Mirko Colak and others, this is part of their science and fiction and technological approach to their music, as integral as the works of Carl Sagan, Nikola Tesla and Ray Kurzweil.
INDEPENDENTS: Although Dave Sim is unable to draw anymore he keeps making comics even if it’s just pasting a word balloon and a cut out of Cerebus onto a work of art by Gustave Doré so ♥AARDVARK COMICS #1 (OF 1) from AARDVARK-VANAHEIM will have the regular parodies, often at the expense of comic publishers and policies. AC COMIC offers ♥THE CHARLTON ARROW #1, featuring the return of E-Man by creators Nick Cuti and Joe Staton and more with characters old and new. Cullen (X-Men Blue) Bunn launches ♥DARK ARK #1 with artist Juan Doe at AFTERSHOCK, a tale of the other ark, the one tasked to save the unnatural creatures of the world. The ♥WORLD OF ANIMOSITY #1 is a one shot by Marguerite Bennett and Rafael De Latorre with character designs, new artwork, a variant cover gallery and summaries to bring new readers up to speed. And ♥FU JITSU #1 is by Jai Nitz and Wes St. Claire, a tale of the world’s smartest boy for the past hundred years, an un-aging genius self-exiled to Antarctica after a painful break up. For steampunk fans AIRSHIP ENTERTAINMENT releases Phil and Kaja Foglio’s ♥GIRL GENIUS: THE SECOND JOURNEY OF AGATHA HETERODYNE, VOL. 2: THE INCORRUPTIBLE LIBRARY available in both hard and soft cover editions. AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY offers HATCHET #1 by James Kuhoric and Andrew Mangum, New Orleans horror set in 1983. BLACK MASK offers ♥GRAVETRANCERS #1 written by M.L. (Pirouette) Miller with art by James Michael Whynot dealing with an addictive hallucinogenic drug made from human remains, the fresher, the better. Also, the ♥BLACK, VOL. 1 TP collects the first six issues. BONGO offers their annual SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #23. BOOM! STUDIOS continue their John Carpenter license with ♥BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA: OLD MAN JACK #1 written by Anthony Burch with art by Jorge Corona telling the tale of Jack Burton’s final ride in the Pork-Chop Express. LAZARETTO #1 OF 5 is by Clay McLeod (Spider-Verse) Chapman with artist Jey Levang, a story of a quarantined dormitory and the Lord of the Flies type society that evolves. The ♥PLANET OF THE APES/GREEN LANTERN TP collects the limited series and the ♥DEATH BE DAMNED TP is by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker of The Thrilling Adventure Hour with art by Hannah (Harrow County) Christenson. Their ARCHAIA imprint solicits the ♥BOLIVAR HC written and illustrated by Sean Rubin, a mix of comics and prose for all ages, a love letter to New York City about the dinosaur next door; this gets high praise from David (Mouse Guard) Petersen and is published in the same format. Their BOOM! BOX imprint for their alternative titles offers ♥SLAM!: THE NEXT JAM #1 OF 4 continuing the roller derby series and they also have the BAD MASK OGN written and illustrated by Jon Chad, that is a multimedia project that encourages readers to discover a mysterious organization through newspapers, trading cards, magazines, comics, digital files and more. Their all age imprint, KaBOOM has the REGULAR SHOW: PARKS AND WRECK OGN, the third original graphic novel for the series, and ADVENTURE TIME COMICS, VOL. 3 TP collecting issues nine through twelve. I’ve already heard from several customers who have asked me to add the new DYNAMITE series, ♥JOHN WICK #1 to their subscriptions; this will be written by Greg (Planet Hulk) Pak with art by Giovannie Valletta. ♥SHEENA #1 will be written by Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo with art by Moritat. KILLER INSTINCT #1 is by Ian Edginton and Cam Adams based on the popular fighting game. The ♥JAMES BOND: CASINO ROYALE HC is adapted by Van Jenson and illustrated by Dennis Calero. ♥THE LIBRARIANS #1 is based on the TNT television series, written by Will (Aquaman: Sub Diego) Pfeiffer with art by Rodney Buchemi. FRUIT NINJA #1 is by Nate Cosby and Scott Brown based on the hit mobile game. The ♥JIM BUTCHER’S THE DRESDEN FILES OMNIBUS, VOL 2 TP collects three complete series: ‘Ghoul Goblin’, War Cry’ and ‘Down Town’. The PATHFINDER, VOL. 1: DARK WATERS RISING TP collects the six-issue series plus more than thirty pages of Pathfinder RPG Bonus encounter material. DEVIL’S DUE offers ♥MALEFIC #1 OF 8 by Dan (Dogwitch) Schaffer and David Miller, a dark gothic horror set in an insane asylum. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS launches a new ongoing anthology series with ♥NOW #1, over one hundred and twenty pages for under ten dollars, this will be short stories by a mix of established and up-and-coming talent and they also offer the ♥PEPPY IN THE WILD WEST HC by Hergé, the creator of Tintin, serialized in black and white in 1934, this is the first full color English publication. GRAPHIX, the subsidiary of Scholastic Books offers ♥THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB, VOL. 5: DAWN AND THE IMPOSSIBLE THREE in either soft or hard cover, as well as the ♥GRAVEYARD SHAKES GN favorably compared to the works of Raina Telgemeier and Neil Gaiman. KNOCKABOUT COMICS has ♥FIFTY FREAKIN’ YEARS OF THE FABULOUS FURRY FREAK BROTHERS TP with three new stories, an extensive interview and a gallery of parody strips by Robert Crumb and others. Paul Tobin and Arjuna Susini start ♥MADE MEN #1 at ONI PRESS about a Detroit Special Ops officer, Jutte Shelley who used to be a Frankenstein. Charles Soule and Joëlle Jones’ ♥LETTER 44: VOL. 5: BLUESHIFT TP is collected. SCOUT COMICS begins ♥GRAVELAND #1 by Massimo Rosi with art by Gabriel Ibarra Nunez, a story of the ‘big one’ hitting the San Andreas Fault and the something of myth and legend that awakens and emerges. NICK CAVE: MERCY ON ME GN is written and illustrated by Reinhard Kleist, telling the story of Nick Cave’s life from his childhood in Australia to the present using a cast of characters derived from his songs from SELFMADEHERO. John Carpenter has the TALES FOR A HALLOWEEN NIGHT, VOL. 3 TP with thirteen more twisted tales illustrated by Kelley Jones and others from STORM KING PRODUCTIONS. Continuing after the original cult film comes HAMMER COMICS: CAPTAIN KRONOS #1 OF 4 written by Dan Abnett with Tom Mandrake from TITAN COMICS. Michael Moreci writes ♥DISHONORED: THE PEERESS AND THE PRICE #1 OF 2 with art by Andrea Olimpieri and Mattia Iacono and a new ♥TORCHWOOD: THE CULLING #1 of 6 by John and Carole Barrowman with art by Neil Edwards. TOKYO POP continues their translations of the manga with ♥DISNEY FAIRIES: TINKER BELL’S SECRET GN, all age tales with valuable lessons for children. ♥GROOVY: WHEN FLOWER POWER BLOOMED IN POP CULTURE HC features interviews with the likes of Peter Max, Brian Wilson, Peter Fonda, Melanie, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, cast members of Laugh-In, The Monkees, Brady Bunch and covering happenings from Woodstock to Altamont and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band from TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING. The ♥SUPER STREET FIGHTER OMNIBUS TP collects the first two volumes for under twenty-five dollars from UDON ENTERTAINMENT. A new ongoing series from VALIANT by Jeff Lemire with art by Lewis Larosa and Mico Suyan, ♥BLOODSHOT: SALVATION #1 and ♥X-O MANOWAR #7 begins a new arc, ‘Emperor’ by Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain and ♥NINJAK #0 by Kindt and Francis Portela is a forty-page jumping on point. VAULT COMICS begins three new limited series: DEUCE OF HEARTS #1 OF 5 by Richard Mo with art by Tony Gregori and Claudia Aguirre is a tale of a Faustian bargain and a dating app, MAXWELL’S DEMONS #1 OF 5 is by Deniz Camp with Vittorio Astone’s art about a ten-year-old genius exploring via a multiversal closet door, and REACTOR #1 OF 4 by Donny Cates with Dylan Burnett and Dee Cunniffe providing the artwork, a post-apocalyptic battle for the Earth, overrun with vampires. ZENESCOPE has their GRIMM FAIRY TALES: 2017 HALLOWEEN EDITION and that brings us to the end of this months’ comic offerings. Please feel free to look through the other sections featuring books, magazines, apparel, toys, cards, games, statues, collectibles and novelties: I’m happy to order anything you’d like!
I try to pick the best title of the month, and it’s always difficult; beginning this month I’m going to try and choose one comic and one collection. A lot of contenders this month. In comics there’s the five ♥ ‘Dark Nights’
one shots and ♥ ‘The Oz Effect’ story from DC, there’s the new ♥STAR WARS ADVENTURES #1 from IDW, there’s the new ♥KINGSMAN: RED DIAMOND #1 from Image, Marvel of course has their ♥MARVEL LEGACY #1 as well as the ♥JOURNEY TO STAR WARS-LAST JEDI: CAPTAIN PHASMA #1 OF 4 and ♥RUNAWAYS #1 plus ♥JOHN WICK #1 from Dynamite but for July’s Pick of the Month I’m going to choose ♥DARK ARK #1 from Cullen Bunn at Aftershock Comics. Collected contenders include the ♥BEST WISHES HC from Mike Richardson and Paul Chadwick at Dark Horse, the ♥STARSTRUCK: OLD PROLDIERS NEVER DIE HC from IDW, the ♥GODDAMNED OVERSIZE ‘BEFORE THE FLOOD’ HC from Image and the all age ♥BOLIVAR HC from Archaia but I think that the best and most popular collection for July will be the ♥WALKING DEAD: HERE’S NEGAN HC.
It’s been a crazy month; the new air conditioning units will be installed in mid-July in time for the August fifth EMERGE BENEFIT which will feature NINE talented artists providing free sketches (so far), a One Dollar Raffle to win graphic novels and action figures, a Five Dollar Raffle for bigger ticket items, a Silent Auction for original artwork, rare collectibles and autographed items. Kevin Smith stopped by last week and autographed some Jay & Silent Bob figures and you could win those and more, all proceeds to benefit EMERGE: CENTER AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE so I hope to see you all there. Although the lack of air conditioning caused a cancelation this month, we’ll be resuming the monthly KID’S CRAFT EVENT on Saturday, the twenty-ninth of July; from Ten AM until Twelve Noon, stop by with your children, ages three and up, and we’ll provide the materials and instruction and you take home your craft, a different one each month!
And, finally I’d like to thank you all for your support. There have been the expected bumps in the road with moving into the new and permanent location but the shop is coming together with lots of plans for changes and improvements in the future. By the end of the year I hope to have a comfortable reading area for planned book clubs as well as an expanded kids’ area, and it’s your friendship, word of mouth promotion, subscriptions and support that makes it all happen and keeps the lights on here. I’m grateful, humbled and indebted; thank you all!
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 with images, descriptions and prices.
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