July 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

The July Previews catalog arrived on Wednesday, June twenty sixth. I’ll do my best to get this to you as soon as possible. These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in September of 2019. I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you. If there’s anything that you’d like, please try to let me know by the twenty first of the month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders. Don’t feel obligated to subscribe to a whole series; if you’d just like a copy of the first issue of a new series to try it out, let me know and I’ll be sure to put a copy aside for you. And, especially with DC, if you’d like a particular cover let me know and I’ll make it happen. And if it’s past the twenty first there’s still a very good chance that I’ll be able to place your order and still get the books you want.

Before I get started on the publishers I’d like to point out that this is the month that I order the comics that I’ll be giving away on Saturday, the twenty sixth of October (and, of course we’ll have a big event with raffles, a silent auction and artists on hand providing free sketches to raise money for those beautiful bald children of the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital) when we celebrate Halloween Comic Fest 2019. There are twenty full sized comics offered, priced between twenty five and thirty five cents each and there are eleven half sized comics that arrive in bundles of twenty five copies each and they’re priced at $3.25 each. These are the prices offered to retailers but I will happily sell them to you at my cost in the interest of getting kids to read and so kids can get something other than sweets when they’re trick or treating so if you’d like to give these away too, in your home, work or classroom please stop by, look at the titles offered and place your orders before the twenty first of July and I will have those for you by the second week of October. Okay, let’s get to it.

IMAGE: The first new item offered this month is a noir crime mystery by Matt (Sex Criminals, Hawkeye) Fraction and Elsa (Star Wars) Charretier, an eighty page hard cover priced under seventeen dollars, NOVEMBER, BOOK ONE (OF THREE) HC. SFSX #1 (Safe Sex) is a science fiction adventure by Tina Horn and Michael Dowling set in a draconian America where sexuality is policed. The popular fantasy comedy web comic by Mike Norton which has already had collected editions now becomes a comic series with BATTLEPUG #1. Kelly Sue (Bitch Planet) DeConnick and Emma (Mirror) Ríos begin PRETTY DEADLY: THE RAT #1 OF 5, historical fiction and mythology set in the golden era of Hollywood. Now being adapted for television, Warren Ellis and Jason Howard finally return to TREES: THREE FATES #1 OF 5, a science fiction mystery tale. DEADLY CLASS #40 begins a new arc as another year ends and the Sophomore exam approaches. The first five issues are collected in ASSASSIN NATION, VOL. 1 TP and the BATTLE CHASERS ANTHOLOGY TP collects every issue ever published of Joe Madureira’s popular fantasy series, almost three hundred and fifty pages priced under twenty five dollars with new sketches, artwork and a fold out poster. The first arc is collected in FAIRLADY, VOL. 1 TP and issues ten through nineteen of the tale of the Trojan War by Eric Shanower is in color for the first time in AGE OF BRONZE, VOL. 2: SACRIFICE TP. BLACK SCIENCE, VOL. 9: NO AUTHORITY BUT YOURSELF TP has issues thirty nine through forty three, CAMP MIDNIGHT, VOL. 2: CAMP MIDNIGHT VS. CAMP DAYBRIGHT GN is the next of the all age supernatural fantasy series , FARMHAND, VOL. 2: THORNE IN THE FLESH TP has issues six through ten of Rob Guillory’s dystopian horror/humor series, and HEAD LOPPER, VOL. 3: HEAD LOPPER & THE KNIGHTS OF VENORA TP collects issues nine through twelve. INFINITE DARK, VOL. 2 TP has the second arc of the science fiction/horror series, LAZARUS: THE THIRD COLLECTION HC has issues twenty two through twenty six plus the six issue X+66 series, MONSTRESS, Vol. 4 TP collects issues nineteen through twenty four of the Eisner Award winning series and OBLIVION SONG, VOL. 3 TP has issues thirteen through eighteen. PAPER GIRLS, VOL. 6 TP collects the final arc of the brilliant series (and if you have the other five, the covers form one big image), PORT OF EARTH, VOL. 3 TP has issues nine through twelve and UNNATURAL, VOL. 3: REBIRTH TP collects the final arc of Mirka Andolfo’s series. The WALKING DEAD, BOOK 19 HC has issues one eighty one through one ninety two and the WALKING DEAD: COMPENDIUM FOUR TP has issues one forty five through one ninety two. CURSE WORDS #25 will be the final issue of the series, EAST OF WEST #43 begins a new arc, HIT-GIRL: SEASON TWO #8 ends Daniel Way’s arc in Hong Kong and KICK-ASS #18 ends Steve Niles’ arc. MAN-EATERS #12 ends the series, OBLIVION SONG #19 begins a new arc, REDNECK #24 ends the arc, RUMBLE #16 begins a new arc, SNOTGIRL #15 ends an arc and WITCHBLADE #18 ends the series.

DARK HORSE: The latest offering from Karen Bergers’ Berger Books imprint is by Christopher (She Could Fly) Cantwell and I.N.J. (The New Deadwardians) Culbard; EVERYTHING #1 tells of a mega department store in the small town of Holland, Michigan, generating excitement, mania, psychic disturbances… The second limited series from Gerard Way gets the deluxe treatment with THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY LIBRARY EDITION, VOL. 2: DALLAS HC and STRANGER THINGS, VOL. 2: SIX TP collects the second limited series. Matt Kindt and David Rubin start the third series with ETHER: THE DISAPPEARANCE OF VIOLET BELL #1 OF 5, a wonderful fantasy series. TRIAGE #1 OF 5 is a dystopic science fiction series written and illustrated by Phillip Sevy. John (Giant Days) Allison has a supernatural tale of friendship, the devil and moral gray areas with STEEPLE #1 OF 5 and THE PERRY BIBLE FELLOWSHIP HC: 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION collects every alternative comic strip from Nicholas Gurewitch that ran in alternative newspapers between 2004 and 2007 winning the Ignatz, Harvey and Eisner Awards. Brian Wood with artist Werther Dell’Edera begin ALIENS-COLONIAL MARINES: RISING THREAT #1, a new ongoing series tied into the upcoming video game and PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE, VOL. 3 HC is the next installment in the popular series. Paul Maybury and Sam Lofti’s Boston crime series is collected in the LAST STOP ON THE RED LINE TP, the USAGI YOJIMBO: 35 YEARS OF COVERS HC is just what is sounds like and the SWORD DAUGHTER, VOL. 3: ELSBETH OF THE ISLAND HC collects the third arc of the series. The WITCHFINDER OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 TP collects the first three volumes of the Sir Edward Grey tales by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi and others and THE COURAGEOUS PRINCESS, VOL. 1: BEYOND THE HUNDRED KINGDOMS TP is a beautiful fantasy adventure for all ages written and illustrated by Rod Espinosa.

DC: More than twenty of the regular monthly titles will have connections to the Year of the Villain theme and there are also two more one shots: LEX LUTHOR: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 by Jason Latour and Bryan Hitch and THE RIDDLER: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 by Mark Russell and Scott Godlewski. And some of the ‘B’ covers in September will again be on card stock. Brian Bendis, whose creator owned titles were very slow to be released while he worked for Marvel has decided to not let fans wait for monthly issues so POWERS: THE BEST EVER HC has the next story, more than two hundred pages of the Eisner Award winning series celebrating it’s twentieth anniversary, the final story of Christian Walker. Spinning out of the events of Heroes in Crisis comes the HARLEY QUINN & POISON IVY #1 OF 6 series, a road trip tale by Jody Houser and Adriano Melo with a regular cover and two variants by Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau and the BATMAN #181 FACSIMILE EDITION features Poison Ivy’s debut. I’ve already had multiple orders for the new HARLEEN #1 OF 3 Black Label series written and illustrated by Stjepan Šejić, a retelling of her origin and doomed relationship with the Joker. The long awaited return in LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES: MILLENNIUM #1 OF 2 is by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Jim Lee, Dustin Nguyen, Andrea Sorrentino and more featuring character designs by Ryan Sook. DCEASED: A GOOD DAY TO DIE #1 is a one shot by Tom Taylor with art by Laura Braga, Darick Robertson and others telling of Mr. Terrific, Big Barda, John Constantine, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold’s efforts during the crisis. And, also spinning out of Heroes in Crisis comes FLASH FORWARD #1 OF 6 by Scott Lobdell with art by Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund, the story of Wally West seeking redemption. GOTHAM CITY MONSTERS #1 OF 6 from Steve Orlando and Amancay Nahuelpan featuring the Frankenstein monster, Killer Croc, Lady Clayface, Orca and vampire Andrew Bennett in the aftermath of Leviathan. INFERIOR FIVE #1 OF 12 will be written by Keith Giffen and Jeff Lemire with art by Giffen and a backup in each issue written and illustrated by Lemire, set in Dangerfield, Arizona. DC SUPER HERO GIRLS AT METROPOLIS HIGH TP is by Amy Wolfram and Yancey Labat as the heroes are tasked with joining an after school club as punishment for being late to class so often. ACTION COMICS #1015 by Bendis and Szymon Kudranski features the return of Naomi and guest stars Batman, who, in BATMAN #78 by Tom King and Clay Mann begins ‘City of Bane’
with Catwoman. Meet the Shazam Who Laughs in BATMAN/SUPERMAN #2 and Ram V writes and Mirka (Unnatural) Andolfo illustrates CATWOMAN #15. DIAL H #7 expands the six issue Wonder Comics series to twelve issues, JUSTICE LEAGUE #32, which is part three of the ‘Justice Doom War’ guest stars Kamandi and, in LOIS LANE #3 OF 12 Jon has big news that ties into Superman #15 while the two Questions: Renee Montoya and Vic Sage try to understand their confusing continuity. With riots in the streets of Blüdhaven
Ric is about to meet the Owls for the first time in his damaged memory, in NIGHTWING #64. SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #50 will be the final issue of the series with our titular hero solving a mystery with the help of Batman, Bat-Mite and Scooby-Mite. SUPERMAN #15 guest stars the heroes of the 32nd century, the Legion of Super Heroes and, in SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #3 OF 12 the mystery is who shot Jimmy’s decoy corpse. The TERRIFICS #20 by Gene Luen Yang and Stephen Segovia has a broken brute Bizarro who will make the world ‘a better place’ with the use of a time machine. Wonder ComicsWONDER TWINS #7 OF 12 also expands the original six issue story; apparently these have been selling better than DC initially expected. SUPERMAN: UP IN THE SKY #3 OF 6 with stories from the Walmart specials has the tale that caused some conflict when Superman is tormented by visions of the death of Lois and, through a detour through time, our hero finds himself in WWII alongside Sgt. Rock and the Easy Company. Deluxe collections offered this month include the ABSOLUTE DAYTRIPPER HC with the ten issue Vertigo series from Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon, AQUAMAN: THE SILVER AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC with a thousand pages of the earliest adventures, BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 8 HC with tales from the early fifties, CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS COMPANION: DELUXE EDITION, VOL. 3 HC, DOOMSDAY CLOCK: PART ONE HC with the first half and the DOOM PATROL BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS HC with his eighteen issue run plus several connected tales. The HOUSE OF MYSTERY: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 HC has issues two hundred and one through two hundred twenty six, JONAH HEX: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC has almost nine hundred pages of the earliest adventures, the NAOMI: SEASON ONE HC has the six issue series priced under twenty dollars and WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 1: THE JUST WAR HC has the first seven issue arc by G. Willow Wilson. In soft cover collections comes Vertigo’s AMERICAN CARNAGE TP with the full nine issue series, BATMAN & THE JUSTICE LEAGUE MANGA, VOL. 3 TP, BATWOMAN: HAUNTED TIDES TP with issues zero through eleven and A VERY DC HALLOWEEN TP with eighteen stories from the DC House of Horror one shot and the Cursed Comics Cavalcade one shot. Vertigo’s six issue GODDESS MODE TP is collected as well as HARLEY QUINN, VOL. 3: THE TRIALS OF HARLEY QUINN TP as she faces trials to become the ‘Galactic Angel of Retribution’, Vertigo’s HEX WIVES TP with the six issue series, the iZOMBIE: BOOK ONE TP with the full twelve issue series plus stories from the House of Mystery Halloween Annuals #1 and #2, and JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, VOL. 2: LORDS OF ORDER TP with issues eight through twelve plus the Annual. The POWERS: BOOK SEVEN TP gets a new Jinxworld edition collecting the twelve issue Bureau series, the SANDMAN: OVERTURES 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION TP is basically the ‘zero’ volume to the Vertigo series, SUPERMAN, VOL. 1: THE UNITY SAGA-PHANTOM EARTH TP has Bendis’ first six issue arc, THE SILENCER, VOL. 3: UP IN SMOKE TP with the final six issues, TEEN TITANS, VOL. 2: TURN IT UP TP with issues twenty through twenty seven plus the Annual, Elaine (Starstruck) Lee’s Vertigo series returns to print with VAMPS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP with all three limited series’, THE WILD STORM, VOL. 4 TP with Ellis’ final arc and YOUNG JUSTICE: THE ANIMATED SERIES-BOOK ONE: THE EARLY MISSIONS TP collecting the original fourteen issue series plus the Free Comic Book Day story. The DC COLLECTIBLES imprint has new statues: DC COVER GIRLS: BATGIRL BY FRANK CHO STATUE, DC DESIGNER SERIES: HARLEY QUINN AND POISON IVY BY EMANUELA LUPACCHINO STATUE, HARLEY QUINN: RED, WHITE & BLACK BY JOSHUA MIDDLETON STATUE, DC GALLERY HARLEY QUINN 1:1 STATUE (yes, 5’8″ tall priced at $5200.00), and the DC GALLERY: KNIGHTFALL BATMAN COWL. And there’s the BATMAN BLACK & WHITE MINI FIGURES: BLIND BAGS-WAVE THREE, 3.75″ tall PVC figures priced at five dollars each.

IDW: The TRANSFORMERS GALAXIES #1 explores the characters and ideas of the franchise beginning with a focus on the Constructicons written by Tyler (Vox Media founder) Bleszinski while TRANSFORMERS LEGACY: THE ART OF TRANSFORMERS PACKAGING TP shows the airbrushed paintings from the first decade of Hasbro, Takara and more including never before seen artwork from toys that never were. The G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #268 series continues plus G.I. JOE #1 by Paul Allor and Chris Everhuis will feature favorites alongside brand new recruits. A one shot, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: BALDUR’S GATE 100 PAGER collects original adventures of Minsc, Delina, Krydle, Shandie and Boo, the Miniature Giant Space Hamster priced under six dollars. Carlos Guzman-Verdugo & Alejandro Verduto, the creative team behind Time Cheetah with artist Jorge Montongo bring NAPOLEON DYNAMITE #1, his senior year in high school starts the ‘impeach Pedro’ story. Novelist Jonathan (V-Wars) Maberry with artist Alex Sanchez brings PANDEMICA #1, a tale of government ‘purity bombs’ for ethnic cleansing and, with Netflix showing an original series they’re offering an OCTOBER FACTION #1 SPECIAL EDITION comic with Steven (30 Days of Night) Niles and Damien Worm’s first issue plus behind the scenes content.

MARVEL: Having caused a bit of an outcry about nepotism on social media, J.J. Abrams is co-writing SPIDER-MAN #1 OF 5 with his twenty year old son and debuting a new villain, Cadaverous; the comics will be priced under five dollars each with eight variants so far, and illustrated by Sara Pichelli. STRIKEFORCE #1 by Tini Howard and Germán Peralta features a team consisting of Blade, Angela, Spider-Woman, Wiccan, Monica Rambeau, Daimon Hellstrom and the Winter Soldier. MARVEL COMICS #1001 has more than thirteen writers and over nine artists, forty pages priced under five dollars, there’s no indication if this will continue or not. ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #3 OF 4 continues with tie-ins in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #30, the one shot ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: AVENGERS #1 by Leah Williams and Salvador Larroca, the one shot ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: SYMBIOTE OF VENGEANCE #1 by Ed Brisson and Juan Frigeri, the one shot ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #1 from Peter David and Francesco Mobili and VENOM #18. Another one shot, CRAZY #1 is a humor anthology with a lot of creators and featuring the return of Obnoxio the Clown. THE WEB OF BLACK WIDOW #1 OF 5 is a ‘year one’ series by Jody Houser and Stephen Mooney, and, the final tale in the long run Jason Aaron and Esad Ribić begin KING THOR #1 OF 4. BLACK PANTHER AND THE AGENTS OF WAKANDA #1 is a new, ongoing series from Jim Zub and Lan Medina with the team basically doing the work that S.H.I.E.L.D. once did. AVENGERS: LOKI UNLEASHED #1 is a one shot from classic Marvel writer Roger Stern with Ron Lim’s art. The hard to find early issues of the current hot run are being reoffered as IMMORTAL HULK DIRECTOR’S CUT #3 and #4 of 6, fifty six pages each, priced under five dollars each. Dan Slott and Jim Zub write, Valerio Schiti illustrates TONY STARK: IRON MAN #16, the beginning of ‘The Ultron Agenda’ and MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #10 is the two hundred and fiftieth issue and will feature a back up delving into the history of Starling. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: GOING BIG #1 is a one shot with multiple stories and creators including Erik Larsen and Mark Bagley. MARVEL TALES: BLACK PANTHER #1 is an eighty eight page one shot reprinting the origin of T’Challa, the introduction of Erik Killmonger as well as Shuri priced under eight dollars. Facsimile editions, reprints with the original ads this month include Frank Miller’s DAREDEVIL #181, MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #12 with the Son of Satan and SPIDER-WOMAN #1. DAREDEVIL #11 begins ‘Through Hell’ by Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto and DOCTOR STRANGE #20 will be the final issue of the series, but don’t expect it to ship on time; the series has been plagued with deadline problems. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: THE PRODIGAL SUN #1 is the third of three chapters, the previous ones being the Fantastic Four: Prodigal Sun and the Silver Surfer: Prodigal Sun. The crossover running through the annuals this year is titled ‘Acts of Evil’ and chapters six, seven and eight will be GHOST-SPIDER ANNUAL #1 by Vita Ayala and Pere Perez, MOON KNIGHT ANNUAL #1 by Cullen Bunn and Ibrahim Moustafa and WOLVERINE ANNUAL #1 by Jody Houser and Geraldo Borges. ALPHA FLIGHT: TRUE NORTH #1 is a one shot with three stories by Jim Zub, Jed Mackay and Ed Brisson, NEW MUTANTS: WAR CHILDREN #1 is a one shot by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, a story set in the past from the best team to ever work on these characters and guest starring Kitty Pryde. LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: LUX TP has the five issues tying into the Riot Games. We’ve had a series of one shots tied into the first trilogy and the second as ‘Age of Republic’ and ‘Age of Resistance’ and now, for the third trilogy we have STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE-REY #1, STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE-KYLO REN #1, STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE-SUPREME LEADER SNOKE #1 and STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE-ROSE TICO #1 all written by Tom Taylor. A new series leading to the upcoming third-person game is STAR WARS JEDI: FALLEN ORDER-DARK TEMPLE #1 OF 5 by Matthew Rosenberg and Paolo Villanelli. Deluxe collections this month include new printings of the ANNIHILATION OMNIBUS HC, DAREDEVIL BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 and VOL. 2 plus MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAREDEVIL, VOL. 14 HC with stories from the sixties and seventies, CONAN THE BARBARIAN: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS, VOL. 3 HC, INCREDIBLE HULK BY PETER DAVID OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC, NEW AVENGERS: BREAKOUT-MARVEL SELECT HC with the first six issues from 2004 by Bendis and David Finch and the BLACK BOLT HC with all twelve issues of Saladin Ahmed’s Eisner Award winning series. Some of the new soft cover collections include WAR OF THE REALMS: THE PUNISHER TP, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY NICK SPENCER, VOL. 5 TP with issues twenty four through twenty eight, MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: CITY AT WAR TP from the Gamer-Verse, COSMIC GHOST RIDER DESTROYS MARVEL HISTORY TP, the MAJOR X TP with Liefeld’s six issue series, RUNAWAYS BY RAINBOW ROWELL, VOL. 4: BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE TP with nineteen through twenty four, MS. MARVEL BY SALADIN AHMED, VOL. 1 TP with the first six issues of the latest series, and Chip Zdarsky and Mark Bagley’s brilliant SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY TP (which will no doubt be nominated for an Eisner Award and deserves to be in hard cover, IMHO). CAPTAIN AMERICA, VOL. 2: CAPTAIN OF NOTHING collects Ta-Nehisi Coates second arc with Adam Kubert’s artwork, MARVEL MONGRAPH: THE ART OF SARA PICHELLI TP showcases the artists’ work on Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and Fantastic Four plus numerous covers, MARVEL VISIONARIES: STEVE DITKO TP collects over three hundred pages of the artists’ work, SECRET WARPS TP collects five connected annuals, HIT-MONKEY BY DANIEL WAY: BULLETS & BANANAS TP has the one shot, the three part limited series plus three issues of Deadpool featuring the monkey hitman, HULK; INCREDIBLE ORIGINS TP retells the original origin as well as the changes that make him the monster now known as the Immortal Hulk. STAR WARS: TIE FIGHTER TP collects the five issue series, as does STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE TP. X-MEN MILESTONES: X-CUTIONER’S SONG TP brings the cross over back to print, MAN-WOLF: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP has over four hundred pages of stories featuring J. Jonah Jameson’s astronaut son. For younger readers they offer SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE: THE UNEXPECTED THING GN, IRONHEART: RIRI WILLIAMS GN, ADVENTURES OF SPIDER-MAN: SPECTACULAR FOES GN, MARVEL-VERSE: THANOS GN, MARVEL-VERSE: IRON MAN GN and MARVEL RISING: HEROES OF THE ROUND TABLE GN in the smaller six by nine format.

DYNAMITE: These folks just love to mash up their licensed characters so the new, ongoing VAMPIRELLA/RED SONJA #1 will be written by multiple Eisner Award winning colorist Jordie Bellaire with art by Drew Moss with fourteen variants. CHASTITY #1 featuring the Chaos character will be written by Leah Williams with artist Daniel Maine also with fourteen variants. JAMES BOND: LIVE AND LET DIE OGN HC is the second of the Ian Fleming novels adapted by Van Jensen with art by Kewber Baal. RED SONJA: THE COMPLETE GAIL SIMONE OMNIBUS HC is over five hundred pages priced under fifty dollars and ARMY OF DARKNESS/BUBBA HO-TEP TP collects the recent series.

BOOM! STUDIOS: As a prequel to the Netflix series, the Archaia imprint offers JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE #1 OF 12, adapted by Nicole (Lumberjanes) Andelfinger and illustrated by Natias (Sparrowhawk) Basla. James (Detective Comics) Tynion IV writes and Werther (Briggs Land) Dell’Edera illustrates SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #1 OF 5, a horror series with missing children and a monster killer. FIREFLY: THE STING OGN HC is the first original graphic Firefly book, written by Delilah S. (Star Wars: Phasma) Dawson with a group of artists, each one showing the heist from a different crew members point of view. ANGEL #5 will be a prelude to the new upcoming title Hellmouth. GIRL ON FILM OGN TP is a biography of young adult novelist and Eisner nominated comic writer Cecil Castellucci following a passionate artist from a young age through to adulthood, from the Archaia imprint. The MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: SHATTERED GRID DELUXE EDITION HC collects the big cross over across time and space that ended with the death of a Ranger.

INDEPENDENTS: New publisher, ABLAZE, LLC launches VAMPIRE STATE BUILDING #1, a horror series by Ange and Patrick Renault and illustrated by Charlie (Walking Dead) Adlard and his art really pops in color. If you’re reading Terry Moore’s wonderful FIVE YEARS #4 from his ABSTRACT STUDIOS you’ll be happy to know that all of the series’ that led to this are now back in print: the RACHEL RISING OMNIBUS, TERRY MOORE’S ECHO: THE COMPLETE EDITION TP and STRANGERS IN PARADISE OMNIBUS available in slip cased two volume soft cover format or three volume signed hard cover edition. Eliot (Hot Lunch Special) Rahal joins artist Clara Meath for MIDNIGHT VISTA #1 from AFTERSHOCK telling, not so much of a father and son alien abduction in New Mexico but more of when the boy returns, fully grown, years later. They also begin YOU ARE OBSOLETE #1 from Matthew (Sony’s ‘Against the Dark’ ‘Slimed’) Klickstein and artist Evgeniy (Descendant) Bornyakov, a horror series about children on an island who are killing the adults by their fortieth birthdays. Eric Powell’s ALBATROSS FUNNYBOOKS releases THE GOON, VOL. 1: A RAGGED RETURN TO LONELY STREET TP with the first arc of the new series plus bonus sketch material and the annual SPOOKHOUSE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL 2019 for an all age audience. AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY offers VICTOR CROWLEY’S HATCHET: HALLOWEEN TALES #1 as well as the CASPER’S HAUNTED HALLOWEEN #1 with Wendy, Spooky and the Ghostly Trio. ATRIA BOOKS offers an unexpected prose reference book: THE SCIENCE OF RICK & MORTY: THE UNOFFICIAL GUIDE TO EARTH’S STUPIDEST SHOW SC. SCRATCHER #1 from ANTARCTIC is a horror story by John Ward and Juan Romero where a Vegas tattoo artist finds her clients are being possessed by the tattoos she gave them. After the success of the Archie 1941 series ARCHIE COMICS is following up with ARCHIE: 1955 #1 of 5, again by writers Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn with art by Tom Grummett, this is Riverdale’s reaction to the birth of rock and roll. And, capitalizing on the popularity of the television program they offer the CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA: OCCULT EDITION HC, the almost three hundred page Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tale plus the SABRINA SUPER SPECIAL which is a magazine with comics, photos articles, etc. plus the ARCHIE & SABRINA’S HALLOWEEN COLORING BOOK TP, both one hundred and twenty eight pages and priced under ten dollars. CANDLEWICK PRESS offers a novel, illustrated prose written by David Almond, with JOE QUINN’S POLTERGEIST ILLUSTRATED HC, where Joe can’t convince the skeptics that his house is haunted, featuring the dynamic mixed-media art of Dave (Sandman Covers) McKean. PILLOWY: THE ART OF DAVE COOPER HC from CERNUNNOS encompasses all of his illustrations, paintings, comics, toys and animations with an introduction by Guillermo del Toro. The COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND offers THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE, the centerpiece of a national campaign for Constitution Day, encouraging readers to become more informed and engaged citizens. The shop will have copies on hand to give away. If you’d like to give them away too I’d be happy to order them for you at my cost, which is ten dollars per forty copies. Jason (Berlin) Lutes with artist Nick Bertozzi releases the biographical HOUDINI: THE HANDCUFF KING GN from DISNEY-HYPERION available in hard or soft cover editions. Charles (Black Hole) Burns has been publishing a secret sketchbook ‘zine for friends and now FANTAGRAPHICS releases all twenty five issues as the FREE S**T HC, over two hundred pages priced under twenty dollars. RUSH: THE MAKING OF ‘A FAREWILL TO KINGS’ HC GN from FANTOONS is a record album sized book telling of the making of the rock album with input from band members and the album producer. GALLERY 13 offers FROGCATCHER HC GN written and illustrated by Jeff Lemire, a surreal descent into one man’s psychosis, and like most of Jeff’s solo work, expect another Eisner nomination. GEMSTONE offers the OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE 2019-2020 as they have for the past forty nine years, available in soft cover or hard cover or the over sized edition with various cover choices and they also have the OVERSTREET GUIDE TO COLLECTING TABLETOP GAMES and similar publications. The multi-million best selling author of Smile and Sisters releases her latest from Scholastic Books’ GRAPHIX imprint with Raina Telgemerier’s GUTS GN available in hard and soft cover formats and they also offer Stanislaw Lem’s THE SEVENTH VOYAGE HC, the world renowned science fiction author tells a comical story about an astronaut caught in a time loop in space, and this story has been adapted into a graphic novel by Eisner and Caldecott Honor winning artist Jon J. Muth. Grant Morrison and Gerhard’s THE SMILE OF THE ABSENT CAT, published by HEAVY METAL is available in hard or soft cover editions, reflecting on what happened to ‘Catland’, the world created by Louis Wain, an Edwardian artist know as the first to do ‘cat cartoons’ who died penniless and insane. INSIGHT COMICS offers THE INVISIBLE EMPIRE: MADGE OVERHOLTZER AND THE UNMASKING OF THE KU KLUX KLAN GN written by Micky Neilison and illustrated by Marc Borstel and Todd Warger, beginning in 1925 when a third of Indiana’s white population were members. They also release SONGS OF GIANTS: THE POETRY OF PULP HC, a collection of the best poetry of Robert E. Howard, Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. P. Lovecraft lavishly illustrated by artist Mark Wheatley. Long time underground publisher LAST GASP releases BABYLON BURNING: A GRAPHIC HISTORY OF THE MAKING OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST TP by Toufic (Arab in America) El Rassi. LEGENDARY COMICS has the TRICK ‘R TREAT OMNIBUS HC GN in time for Halloween with a bunch of creators including Eisner Award winner Fiona Staples, priced under twenty dollars. I suppose it was inevitable with the success of the first series that ONI PRESS would return with RICK AND MORTY VS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS II: PAINSCAPE #1 with a bunch of variant covers and they also offer RICK AND MORTY PRESENTS: THE FLESH CURTAINS one shot. The brilliant Chris Ware returns via PANTHEON BOOKS
RUSTY BROWN HC, more than sixteen years in progress, and, if you’re familiar with his past works, then ’nuff said. SCHOLASTIC BOOKS offers STAR WARS: JEDI ACADEMY, BOOK 8: ATTACK OF THE FURBALL HC GN, a mix of comics and chapter book. SELFMADEHERO has H. P. Lovecraft’s AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS GN, his best known tale back in print with artwork by I. N. J. Culbard. An illustrated prose book for young readers from SIMON & SCHUSTER is a spin on the Arthurian mythos written by Frank Miller and Thomas Wheeler featuring eight full color and thirty black and white pieces of original art by Miller in the CURSED HC in conjunction with the ten part Netflix original series. SKYBOUND BOOKS releases THE WALKING DEAD: TYPHOON HC, a prose novel by Wesley Chu looking at China as the virus sweeps through Asia. SOURCE POINT PRESS begins GUTTER MAGIC #1 by Rich Doek and Brett Barkley, magic and mayhem in Manhattan. HAIL TO THE CHIN: FURTHER CONFESSIONS OF A B-MOVIE ACTOR TP from ST. MARTIN’S PRESS is the prose sardonic memoir from Bruce Campbell, the follow up to ‘If Chins Could Kill’. Cynthia (Minky Woodcock, Evelyn Evelyn) Von Buhler releases THE ILLUMINATI BALL HC from TITAN COMICS; myth, mystery and the hunger for freedom, the creator highly recommended by Neil Gaiman. Craig (Blankets) Thompson releases the first of a bi-monthly comic series, exploring class divide, agriculture, holistic healing and the bond between two brothers with GINSENG ROOTS #1 from UNCIVILIZED BOOKS. The new BLOODSHOT #1 from Tim (Nightwing, Hack Slash) Seeley and Brett (Teen Titans, Batman Beyond) Booth at VALIANT is billed as ‘ongoing’ so it will most likely run for twelve issues. VAULT COMICS has a habit of doing their ‘B’ covers as homages to past issues and this month they offer THE PLOT #1, a horror tale by Tim Daniel and Michael Moreci with art by Joshua Hixon and the ‘B’ cover is a tribute to Bernie Wrightson bearing a similar cover and logo to the old House of Mystery series while RELICS OF YOUTH #1 by Chad Rebmann and Matt Nicholas with Skylar Patridge illustrating has a ‘B’ cover that looks like the first issue of Deadly Class, a story of six teenagers who are sharing the same dream. ZENESCOPE begins MYSTERE #1 OF 5 and THE BRIDGEWATER TRIANGLE #1 OF 3 as well as a one shot HORROR PINUP SPECIAL 2019.

Onto the MANGA section; VIZ MEDIA offers CATS OF THE LOUVRE HC, the latest from Eisner Award winner Taiyo (Tekkonkinkreet) Matsumoto, created in conjunction with the Louvre, it’s a story of cats and humans who enter the paintings. THE WAY OF THE HOUSEHUSBAND, VOL. 1 GN is a comedy by Kousuke Oono that follows the legendary yakuza ‘The Immortal Dragon’ as he tries to leave his old ways behind and pursue mundane household tasks. NO GUNS LIFE, VOL. 1 GN from Tasuku Karasuma is a hard boiled cyberpunk thriller soon to be adapted as an anime. A manga about what happens when a healthy body gets in trouble from KODANSHA has had five volumes and an anime; CELLS AT WORK: CODE BLACK, VOL. 1 GN continues the tales of body horror. The official adaptation of the popular mobile game, FATE/GRAND ORDER MORTALIS: STELLA VOL. 1 GN is offered as well as IF I COULD REACH YOU, VOL. 1 GN, a new yuri manga by tMnR. From SEVEN SEAS comes a sequel to the supernatural series, DANCE IN THE VAMPIRE BUND: A.S.O., VOL. 1 GN and GHOSTLY THINGS, VOL. 1 GN is another new supernatural manga involving a haunted house and a missing brother, by Ushio Shirotori. VERTICAL COMICS begins BAKEMONOGATARI, VOL. 1 GN, the first manga based on the popular novels and anime is written by best selling author Nisoiosin and illustrated by mangaka Oh!Great.

Each month I try to choose the best offering in the catalog. Mainstream contenders are SFSX #1 and BATTLEPUG #1 from Image, EVERYTHING #1 from Dark Horse, LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES: MILLENNIUM #1 OF 2 and the INFERIOR FIVE #1 OF 12 from DC, SPIDER-MAN #1 OF 5, KING THOR #1 OF 4 and the NEW MUTANTS: WAR CHILDREN #1 one shot from Marvel and ARCHIE: 1955 #1 OF 5 from Archie Comics. Outside of the mainstream there’s SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #1 OF 5 from Boom! Studios, VAMPIRE STATE BUILDING #1 from Ablaze, LLC, Jeff Lemire’s FROGCATHER HC from Gallery 13, Chris Ware’s RUSTY BROWN HC from Pantheon Books, Craig Thompson’s GINSENG ROOTS #1 from Uncivilized Books and the CATS OF TEH LOVRE HC manga from Viz Media. I’m anxious to read all of these but I think the one that will resonate with the most customers and fans in September, the Pick of the Month will be Stjepan Šejić’s HARLEEN #1 OF 3 from DC’s Black Label imprint.

Thank you all for your many years of friendship, orders and support! The next event will be the Bubba Patrol Signing/Sketch/Fundraiser on Saturday, the thirteenth of July from Noon until Two PM so be sure to mark your calendars and show your support for Mr. John Anthony Chihak Soltero, and then, on the third of August we’ll be having a benefit for Youth On Their Own all day, details to follow. And if you’d like to keep up on shop events and comic news, you could follow the shop’s posts on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/TucsonComicGuru/

See you in the funny books!

Peace,

Charlie

    Some of the codes and abbreviations that I use are: HC (hard cover), TP (trade paperback), SC (soft cover), GN (graphic novel), OGN(original graphic novel-not a reprint or collection), MMPB (mass market paperbacks), AF (action figure), T/C trading cards, T/S (tee shirt) and (to denote an excellent writer, creator or title deserving wider recognition in my humble opinion).

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