The new Previews catalog arrived on the thirtieth of May and features the comics and product due to begin arriving in August. If you see things that you like please let me know by the third week of the month so I can make sure to have it available for you.
Some of the codes and abbreviations that I use are: HC (hard cover), TP (trade paperback), SC (soft cover), GN (graphic novel), AF (action figure) T/S (tee shirt) and ☼(an excellent writer, creator or title deserving wider recognition in my humble opinion). Here are the top creators along with their current projects, creations and titles.
AARON: I told you this before but someone missed their deadline so it was canceled and now it’s offered again; the final issue of Jason’s harsh Vertigo series about life on the reservation SCALPED #60, illustrated by R.M. Guera. All of Jason’s other work involves Marvel super heroes: in AVX #5 OF 6 he writes the battle between Angel and Hawkeye with Romita’s art, AVENGERS VS X-MEN #9 OF 12 has the art of Andy Kubert, WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #15 features Jorge Molina’s art and is an AVX tie-in and INCREDIBLE HULK #12 has art by Jorge Pacheco and concludes the ‘Stay Hungry arc. In collected editions Jason has WOLVERINE AND X-MEN BY JASON AARON PREMIERE HC 2 with art by Nick Bradshaw and Chris Bachalo and WOLVERINE TP: GOODBYE CHINATOWN is illustrated by Ron Garney and Renato Guedes.
ABNETT/LANNING: At DC Dan and Andy write RESURRECTION MAN #12 with Jesus Saiz’ art, at Vertigo Dan writes his Victorian zombie title with NEW DEADWARDIANS #6 OF 8 with the art of I. N. J. Culbard, and, also at Vertigo, Andy provides the inks to Phil Jimenez’ pencils in FAIREST #6 written by Bill Willingham. At Marvel Dan and Andy write NEW MUTANTS #47 and #48 with art by Felix Ruix beginning the ‘Fear the Future’ story while at Boom! Studios Dan and Andy write THE HYPERNATURALS #2 with Brad Walker’s art.
ADAMS: At Dark Horse Neal starts a new chapter of his series ‘Blood’ in DARK HORSE PRESENTS #15 which Neal writes, pencils, inks and colors. At Marvel Neal along with Christos N. Gage writes FIRST X-MEN #1 OF 5 and Neal provides the art telling the secret history of the team before they met Professor Xavier.
ALLRED: Chris Roberson will write and Mike will illustrate I, ZOMBIE #28, the final issue of the series. Dark Horse will publish IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #1 featuring Mike’s characters but written by Jamie S. Rich with the art of Mike Norton; Mike Allred and his wife Laura will provide the cover.
ANDREWS: Kaare will provide the covers for DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #1 through #4 OF 4, ULTIMATE COMICS: ULTIMATES BY HICKMAN TP 1 and ULTIMATE COMICS: X-MEN BY NICK SPENCER TP 1. And there will be a DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE BY ANDREWS POSTER as well.
ARAGONÉS: Sergio writes and draws the feature ‘Maggie’s Crib’ in BART SIMPSON COMICS #74 this month and every month. If you aren’t familiar with Sergio from his ‘Groo’ comics then you’re sure to know him from the little comics that he’s been drawing in the margins of Mad Magazine for the past fifty years.
ARCUDI: John teams up with writer Mike Mignola to co-write LOBSTER JOHNSON: PRAYER OF NEFERU ONE SHOT with art by Wilfredo Torres as well as B.P.R.D: HELL ON EARTH-RETURN OF THE MASTER #1 OF 5 with Tyler Crook’s art. And, on his own John writes CREEP #0 with the art of Jonathan Case. This will collect the three part mystery recently serialized in ‘Dark Horse Presents’.
ASMUS: James will be the author of GAMBIT #1 and #2 featuring the art of Clay Mann. I know of at least two customers who will be sending me an email adding this series to their list immediately.
AZZARELLO: Brian writes ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: RORSCHACH #1 OF 4 with the art of Lee Bermejo, WONDER WOMAN #12 with Cliff Chiang and ☼SPACEMAN #9 OF 9 with Eduardo Risso, which I have enjoyed immensely and will be sad to see end. I suspect that I’ll be compelled to by a collected edition as I’m surely going to read this story a few more times.
BARKER: Clive co-writes his characters with Mark L. Miller and HELLRAISER #17 begins a new arc with art by Janusz Ordon.
BEDARD: Antony writes GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #12 and the first arc is collected in GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS HC 01: RING BEARER both featuring the pencils of Tyler Kirkham being inked by Matt ‘Batt’ Banning. And Antony also writes BLUE BEETLE #17 with J.P. Mayer inking Ig Guara’s pencils.
BEECHEN: While Adam writes a lot of the stories used for the DC animated adventures on Cartoon Network he also writes the main story in each issue, including this one, of BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #7 with the art of Norm Breyfogle.
BENDIS: Brian writes AVENGERS #29 with the art of Walter Simonson, NEW AVENGERS #29 with the art of Mike Deodato, both of which are tie-ins to the AVX story. Brian also writes AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #6 with Mark Bagley’s art, guest starring the Guardians of the Galaxy and SPIDER-MEN #4 OF 5 with Sara Pichelli illustrating. He writes ULTIMATE COMICS: SPIDER-MAN #13 with David Marquez and, in collected editions ULTIMATE COMICS: SPIDER-MAN: DOSM OMNIBUS HC contains all the chapters leading up to and including the death of Spider-Man and FEAR ITSELF TP: AVENGERS with Chris Bachalo and others providing the art. Also ☼BRILLIANT #7 is offered with Mark Bagley’s art, a creator owned title from Marvel’s Icon imprint.
BRUBAKER: At Image Ed writes his crime noir/horror title ☼FATALE #8 with series artist Sean Phillips while at Marvel he writes AVENGERS VS X-MEN #10 OF 12 with Olivier Coipel’s art, WINTER SOLDIER #9 with Michael Lark and Ed co-writes CAPTAIN AMERICA #16 with Cullen Bunn featuring the art of Scot Eaton. Ed, along with Matt Fraction wrote the material collected in the FEAR ITSELF TP with the art of Scot Eaton and Stuart Immonen.
BUCCELLATO: Brian co-writes FLASH #12 and the FLASH ANNUAL #1 with series artist Francis Manapul and Francis gets an assist with the Annual by Marcus To. Brian also writes his supernatural monster tale in FOSTER #2 with Noel Tauzon’s artwork. If you made it to the Phoenix Comic Convention on Memorial Day weekend then you probably met Brian and Francis there.
BUNN: Cullen, as mentioned above co-writes CAPTAIN AMERICA #16 with Ed Brubaker. Cullen will also write VENOM #23 with art by Thony Silas introducing the ‘Monsters of Evil’, CAPTAIN AMERICA AND IRON MAN #635 with Barry Kitson’s art, and CAPTAIN AMERICA AND NAMOR #635.1 with Will Conrad’s art and DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #1 through #4 OF 4, a weekly with art by Dalibor Talijiic. At Oni Press Cullen writes his creator owned book SIXTH GUN #24 with series artist Brian Hurtt.
BUSIEK: Kurt is a contributor to the COMIC BOOK LETTERING THE COMICRAFT WAY TP and he co-wrote the material collected in the KIRBY GENESIS TP 01 with Alex Ross featuring the art of Jack Herbert and Alex Ross.
BYRNE: John created, writes and pencils TRIO #4 and illustrates a story in POPEYE #4 OF 4 written by Roger Langridge. John’s art and stories are collected in the NAMOR VISIONARIES BY JOHN BYRNE TP VOL 02 and John is one of the artists featured in the ESSENTIAL WARLOCK TP 01.
CAREY: Mike’s critically acclaimed Vertigo series continues in UNWRITTEN #40 with series artist Peter Gross and his Marvel work is collected in the X-MEN LEGACY TP: FIVE MILES SOUTH OF THE UNIVERSE with the art of Steve Kurth and Khoi Pham.
CASEY: Joe’s zany Dark Horse limited series with Steve Parkhouse’s art is collected in the MILKMAN MURDERS HC while at Image he continues with HAUNT #29 featuring Kyle Strahm inking Nathan Fox’ pencils.
CHAYKIN: Howard is a contributing artist in the CREEPY ARCHIVES HC VOL 14 from Dark Horse, he wrote one of the stories in the all age MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES #5 with Christopher Jones’ art. At Image Howard writes and illustrates BLACK KISS II #1 OF 6, an adults only title; the first series featured hermaphroditic nuns and lots of over the top sex and violence as would be expected from Howard.
☼COOKE: Darwyn writes and illustrates BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN #3 OF 6; the first issue arrived last week and (of course) it was fantastic.
CORNELL: Paul writes DEMON KNIGHTS #12 with Oclair Albert inking Diogenes Neves’ pencils and the material collected in the SUPERMAN: THE BLACK RING TP 02 was written by Paul and Gail Simone with Pete Woods’ art. At Vertigo Paul writes SAUCER COUNTRY #6 with Jimmy Broxton’s art, a fun series about a Mexican-American Senator running for President after having an experience with extraterrestrials.
COSTA: Mike co-wrote the material collected in GI JOE VOL 2: COBRA COMMAND TP 03: AFTERMATH with Chuck Dixon with art by Will Rosada and others. Mike also writes COBRA ONGOING #16 with Antonio Fuso’s artwork.
DANIEL: Tony S. writes DETECTIVE COMICS #12 with art by Szymon Kudranski’s art and the DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #1 with Sandu Florea inking the pencils of Roman Molenaar.
DAVID: Peter along with Robin Furth continues adapting Stephen King’s work in the DARK TOWER-GUNSLINGER: MAN IN BLACK #3 OF 5; Marvel tells me that Peter is also illustrating the issue but I’m sure that’s a mistake (because Peter draws terribly). Peter writes X-FACTOR #241 and #242 with Leonard Kirk’s art and the previous arc is collected as X-FACTOR TP: THEY KEEP KILLING MADROX illustrated by Emanuela Luppachino. The ASTONISHING X-MEN: GIFTED PROSE NOVEL HC is the novelization of Joss Whedon’s work on the series.
DeCONNICK: Kelly Sue writes AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #10 with Terry Dodson’s art and AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #11 with art by Stefano Casselli and she continues on her new series with CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 and #3 illustrated by Dexter Soy.
DeFALCO: Tom writes SUPERBOY #12 with Rob Lean inking R.B. Silva’s pencils and LEGION LOST #12 with Mark Irwin inking Andres Buinaldo’s pencil art. The LEGION LOST TP 01: RUN FROM TOMORROW was written by Tom and Fabian Nicieza with art by Pete Woods and Matt Camp. At Marvel Tom writes SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #33.1 and #33.2 with Carlo Barberi’s artwork.
DIDIO: Along with Geoff Johns, Dan writes the JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL #1 illustrated by Jason Fabok.
DIGGLE: And writes the DOCTOR WHO ANNUAL 2012 which is a lead in to the new ongoing series beginning next month; art by Mark Buckingham.
DIXON: As mentioned above Chuck along with Mike Costa wrote the GI JOE VOL 2: COBRA COMMAND TP 3-AFTERMATH. Chuck writes GI JOE VOL 2 #16 with Will Rosada’s art and SNAKE EYES AND STORM SHADOW #16 with Robert Atkins’ art. Gianluca Piredda co-writes AIRBOY: DEADEYE #5 OF 5 with Chuck featuring the art of Benn Dunn. Chuck writes THE LONE RANGER: SNAKE OF IRON #2 illustrated by Esteve Polls and he adapts ROBERT JORDAN’S WHEEL OF TIME-EYE OF THE WORLD #28 with Francis Nuguit’s artwork.
EDMONDSON: Nathan writes his own ACTIVITY #8 with Mitch Gerads’ art and DANCER #4 with artist Nic Klein at Image and, along with Ron Marz, co-writes RIDE: SOUTHERN GOTHIC #1 OF 2 featuring the art of Rick Leonardi and others.
ELLIS: Warren wrote STORMWATCH HC 02 with art by Tom Raney and Bryan Hitch and the WARREN ELLIS: CAPTURED GHOST DVD is his most extensive interview, a follow up to Grant Morrison’s ‘Talking With Gods’ DCD.
ENNIS: At Marvel’s mature readers imprint Garth writes FURY MAX #5 with Goran Parlov’s art. At Avatar Press he finishes the first arc in STITCHED #7 with Mike Wolfer’s art and DICKS COLOR #7 features the colorized version of these deliberately offensive tales illustrated by John McCrea. At Dynamite Entertainment Garth writes THE SHADOW #5 with Aaron Campbell’s art, BOYS #69 with Russell Braun’s art and GARTH ENNIS’ JENNIFER BLOOD #18 is written by Al Ewing with Kewber Baal’s artwork.
FIALKOV: Joshua writes the forward to Dark Horse’s CREEPY ARCHIVES HC VOL 14, he writes I VAMPIRE #12 at DC with artist Andrea Sorrentino and he’s a contributing author on Marvel’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #692.
FINCH: David being inked by Richard Friend, pencils BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #12, written by Gregg Hurwitz. David co-wrote the material in BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT HC 01: KNIGHT TERRORS which he illustrated with, as usual, Richard Friend inking.
FRACTION: Matt writes the fight between Black Panther and Storm in AVX #5 OF 6 with Leinil Francis Yu’s art, he writes MIGHTY THOR #18, prelude to the ‘Everything Burns’ story and JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #642, ‘Everything Burns’ part one, both with Alan Davis’ art. He writes DEFENDERS #9 with Jamie McKelvie’s art, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #522 and #523 with Salvador Larocca’s art and the launch of a new series, HAWKEYE #1 with David Aja illustrating(!). Matt co-wrote the material collected in the FEAR ITSELF TP with Ed Brubaker.
GAGE: At Dark Horse Christos writes ANGEL & FAITH #13 with Rebekah Isaacs’ art and at Marvel he writes AVENGERS ACADEMY #34 and #35 with Tom Grummett’s art, X-MEN LEGACY #272 with Rafael Sandoval’s art and Christos co-writes FIRST X-MEN #1 OF 5 with legendary artist Neal Adams.
GAIMAN: Neil’s past Vertigo works live on in new versions and formats; this month the ANNOTATED SANDMAN HC VOL 2 collects issues 21 through 39, ☼DEATH: THE DELUXE EDITION HC with Chris Bachalo’s art and the ☼SANDMAN SLIPCASE SET which collects the new remastered and re-colored ten volumes in a newly designed slipcase featuring the art of Dave McKean, of course. As the ten soft covers are $19.99 each, the slip case comes free when you buy all the books at $199.99.
GIFFEN: Keith writes the SUPERMAN ANNUAL #1 with art by Cafu and some of his older work comes back into print with the LOBO: PORTRAIT OF A BASTICH TP, co written by Alan Grant with art by Christian Alamy and others.
GILLEN: Keiron writes UNCANNY X-MEN #17, an AVX tie- in with Daniel Acuña’s art, the JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY TP VOL 1: FEAR ITSELF features the art of Doug Braithwaite and the JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY TP VOL 2: FEAR ITSELF-FALLOUT was co-written by Rob Rodi and illustrated by Pasqual Ferry and others. Also Keiron wrote the UNCANNY X-MEN BY KEIRON GILLEN TP 01.
GISCHLER: Victor writes the new Dark Horse series, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SPIKE #1 OF 5 with Paul Lee and Andy Owens providing the artwork. All of the licenses for the Buffy franchise has returned to Dark Horse from IDW so expect more new series’ in the months to come.
GLASS: Adam finishes his first year with SUICIDE SQUAD #12 illustrated by Fernando Dagnino.
GRAY/PALMIOTTI: Justin and Jimmy write ALL STAR WESTERN #12 with Moritat’s art and begin a new limited series at DC with PHANTOM LADY #1 OF 4, Rick Perotta will provide the art, they write the ‘Triggergirl 6’ half of CREATOR OWNED COMICS #3 with Phil Noto’s art at Image and Jimmy Palmiotti and Buddy Scalera wrote the tales collected in the DEADPOOL CLASSIC TP 07.
HAMA: Larry writes GI JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #181 with S.L. Gallant’s artwork and he wrote the GI JOE/TRANSFORMERS TP 01 with Herb Trimpe which collects the four Marvel issues, recolored plus issues 139 through 142. Larry, along with Jeph Loeb also wrote the material collected in the CABLE CLASSIC TP 03 with artwork by David Brewer and others.
HICKMAN: Jonathan writes ☼MANHATTAN PROJECTS #6 with artist Nick Pitarra and the first five issues are collected as☼MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP 01: SCIENCE BAD and, also at Image Jonathan’s SECRET #5 is offered with art by Ryan Bodenheim and Michael Garland. At Marvel Jonathan writes FANTASTIC FOUR #69 with Ryan Stegman’s art, FF #21 with Nick Dragotta’s art and the return to Earth of Black Bolt and the Inhumans, and the ULTIMATE COMICS: ULTIMATES BY HICKMAN TP 01 features the art of Esad Ribic and Brandon Peterson.
HIGGINS: Kyle continues with NIGHTWING #12 illustrated by Eddy Barrows.
HILL: Joe has the LOCKE & KEY: GRINDHOUSE one shot with art by Gabriel Rodriguez, a good comic to order if you’re curious about this suspense/horror series that also has an RPG and an upcoming series on HBO. Joe offers CAPE: 1969 #1 OF 4, co-written by Jason Ciaramella with the art of Nelson Daniel; you may have seen the pilot television episode for the previous series (which apparently wasn’t as good as the comics). And Joe writes the introduction for the HARVEY HORRORS COLLECTED WORKS: CHAMBER OF CHILLS HC 02.
HINE: David’s second series with artist Shaky Kane is collected in BULLETPROOF COFFIN TP 02: DISINTERRED and David wrote and illustrated the STRANGE EMBRACE HC 01. The DARKNESS: REBIRTH TP 01 has the art of Jeremy Haun as does DARKNESS #106.
HUMPHRIES: Sam writes ULTIMATE COMICS: ULTIMATES #14 with Billy Tan’s artwork; at Boom! Studios Sam writes HIGHER EARTH #4, illustrated by Francesco Biagini and FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES with Jerry Gaylord’s art.
HURWITZ: Gregg writes BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #12 with Richard Friend inking David Finch’s pencils and the PENGUIN: PAIN AND PREJUDICE TP features the artwork of Szymon Kudranski and Jason Pearson.
JOHNS: Geoff writes JUSTICE LEAGUE #12 with Jim Lee’s art and he and Dan Didio co-write the JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL #1 with Jason Fabok’s art. Geoff writes AQUAMAN #12 with Joe Prado inking Ivan Reis’ pencils, GREEN LANTERN #12 with Mark Irwin inking Doug Mahnke and the GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #1 illustrated by Ethan Van Sciver and concluding the Black Hand story arc. In collected editions Geoff co-wrote BRIGHTEST DAY TP 03 with Peter Tomasi, FLASH TP 02: THE ROAD TO FLASHPOINT with Scott Kolins and GREEN LANTERN: WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS TP with Peter Tomasi and Tony Bedard.
JOHNSON: Mike along with long time collaborator Michael Green writes SUPERGIRL #12 with Mahmud A. Asrar’s art and Mike finishes an arc in STAR TREK ONGOING #12 illustrated by Claudia Balboni.
JURGENS: Dan writes the final issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #12 with Matt Ryan inking Aaron Lopresti’s pencils. SUPERMAN #12 has Jesus Merino inking Dan’s pencils.
KEATINGE: Joe’s first arc relaunching the Liefeld character is collected in the GLORY TP 01: THE ONCE AND FUTURE DESTROYER with Ross Campbell’s art and Joe’s first arc on his creator owned book is collected as HELL YEAH TP 01: LAST DAY ON EARTHS with Andre Szymanowicz’ artwork.
KINDT: Matt’s writes, illustrates and water colors his new conspiracy driven series with MIND MGMT #4 at Dark Horse while he ends the second arc in FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. #12 illustrated by Alberto Ponticelli and Wayne Faucher.
KIRKMAN: Robert co-wrote the limited series that was a spin off of his ‘Invincible’ series with Benito Cereno; the art is by Ransom Getty and Kris Anka in the GUARDING THE GLOBE TP 01. INVINCIBLE #95 is illustrated by Ryan Ottley and Cory Walker, WALKING DEAD #101 has art by Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn and SUPER DINOSAUR #13 has art by Jason Howard. New merchandise includes the WALKING DEAD 2013 CALENDAR, the WALKING DEAD COMIC BOOK T/C series and a WALKING DEAD ZOMBIE BUST. Nick Spencer co-writes ☼THIEF OF THIEVES #7 with Felix Serrano inking Shawn Martinbrough’s pencils.
KRUL: JT writes CAPTAIN ATOM #12 with Freddie William’s art and GI COMBAT #4 where he concludes ‘The War That Time Forgot’ epic with Ariel Olivetti’s art at DC. Back to his roots he writes SOULFIRE VOL 4 #1 illustrated by Mike Debalfo and Neil Ruffino.
LAPHAM: David writes THE STRAIN #7 OF 12 illustrated by Mike Huddleston at Dark Horse and the AGE OF APOCALYPSE #6 with Renato Arlem’s art at Marvel. At Avatar Press he writes the most graphically violent of the zombie titles with CROSSED: BADLANDS #11 and #12 which features the hyper detailed art of Jacen Burrows, and ☼DAN THE UNHARMABLE #4, David’s darkly humorous tale of an invulnerable and amoral slacker with Rafael Ortiz’ art. He also writes FERALS #7 beginning his second arc of werewolf horror illustrated by Gabriel Andrade. David is also a contributing writer on RIDE: SOUTHERN GOTHIC #1 OF 2.
LAYMAN: John writes MARS ATTACKS #3 with John McCrea’s art and CHEW #28 with series artist Rob Guillory.
LEMIRE: Jeff writes JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #12 with series artist Mikel Janin (an artist to watch) and ANIMAL MAN #12 with Steve Pugh and Yanick Paquette illustrating this prelude to ‘Rotworld’ which continues in ‘Swamp Thing’ #12. If you’ve heard the buzz but thought you missed out, this issue recaps the first year of both the ‘Animal Man’ series and the ‘Swamp Thing’ series so jump on here and you won’t be lost. Jeff writes and illustrates his SWEET TOOTH #36 at Vertigo. Top Shelf Productions releases the ☼UNDERWATER WELDER GN HC, Jeff’s latest masterpiece, a story of a man coming to terms with fatherhood; Damon Lindelof calls it ‘the most spectacular episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’ that was never produced’. If you missed Jeff’s award winning ‘Essex County Trilogy’ then perhaps this will be the tale that shows you the strength of his personal and emotional storytelling that has made him one of the most critically acclaimed writers in the field. I prefer the first issue of a series rather than a graphic novel but, nevertheless this is my PICK OF THE MONTH for June.
LEVITZ: Paul writes WORLD’S FINEST #4 with George Peréz and friends’ artwork, and LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #12 with Francis Portela’s artwork.
LIEFELD: Rob co-writes the SAVAGE HAWKMAN #12 with Mark Poulton and the art is by Art Thibert and Joe Bennett. Rob writes and illustrates DEATHSTROKE #12 and he co-writes GRIFTER #12 with Frank Tieri, art by Scott Clark and David Beatty and Rob inks and provides the cover for YOUNGBLOOD #74 which is written by John McLaughlin and penciled by Jon Malin.
LISS: David writes THE SPIDER #4 with artist Colton Worley; the first issue was the best take on this golden age pulp character that I’ve read and the art is solid and appropriately atmospheric.
LIU: Marjorie writes ASTONISHING X-MEN #53 with artist Mike Perkins and she and Tim Fish wrote the stories collected in the ASTONISHING X-MEN: NORTHSTAR WEAVER HC which is illustrated by Dustin Weaver and Marko Djurdjevic.
LOBDELL: Scott writes RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #12 with Kenneth Rocafort’s art and he co-writes TEEN TITANS #12 with Fabian Nicieza, art by Brett Booth. He and Fabian also wrote the story in TEEN TITANS TO 01: IT’S OUR RIGHT TO FIGHT with Norm Rapmund and Brett Booth’s art. Scott created HOMECOMING #1 with writer David Wohl and Michael Turner; Emilio Laslo and Stefani Rennee provide the artwork.
LOEB: Jeph contributes to the COMIC BOOK LETTERING THE COMICRAFT WAY SC and he writes WOLVERINE #311 with art by Simone Bianchi. Jeph and Larry Hama wrote the stories in CABLE CLASSIC TP 03 illustrated by David Brewer and others.
MARZ: Ron and Joshua Williamson wrote the first six issues collected in VOODOO TP 01: WHAT LIES BENEATH, illustrated by Sami Basri and Hendry Prasetya at DC. At Image he writes ARTIFACTS #21 with the photo realistic art of Stjepan Sejic and at Dynamite he writes PROPHECY #3 with Walter Geovanni’s art and Ron is one of the writers of RIDE: SOUTHERN GOTHIC #1 OF 2 illustrated by Rick Leonardi and friends.
MIEVILLE: China writes DIAL H #4 with artist Mateus Santolouco. As I write this only the first issue has been released and, for his first foray into the world of comics the award winning science fiction writer did an impressive job.
MIGNOLA: Mike and John Arcudi write LOBSTER JOHNSON: PRAYER OF NEFERU, a one shot with Wilfredo Torres’ art and B.P.R.D.-HELL ON EARTH: RETURN OF THE MASTERS #1 OF 5 with Tyler Crook’s art,
MILLAR: Mark writes SECRET SERVICE #5 OF 7 with Dave Gibbon’s art (and I understand that this is now a six issue series) and the ☼NEMESIS TP with Steve McNiven’s art is offered. Mark also has a story in JUDGE DREDD: RESTRICTED FILES TP 04.
MILLIGAN: Pete writes RED LANTERNS #12 with art by Miguel Angel Sepulveda and STORMWATCH #12 with Sean Parsons inking the pencils of Ignacio Calero; the Martian Manhunter leaves the team this issue. At Vertigo Pete writes HELLBLAZER #294 with Stefano Landini inking Giuseppe Camuncoli’s pencils.
☼MORRISON: Grant writes ☼ACTION COMICS #12 with artist Rick Bryant and ☼BATMAN INCORPORATED #4 with series artist Chris Burnham. The latest issue of ‘Action’ was the best so far in my opinion, a stand alone, alternate universe story, and the first issue of the just restarted ‘Batman Incorporated’ was also brilliant. With the amount of comic books that I read you might imagine that I’ve become a bit jaded about super hero comics but reading Grant’s work is always a strong reminder of how these stories can still be exciting, surprising and revelatory.
MURPHY: Sean created, writes and illustrates ☼PUNK ROCK JESUS #2 OF 6, this new series was my PICK OF THE MONTH for May.
NELSON: Arvid begins a new tale of his ‘Rex Mundi’ series with usual artist Juan Ferreyra in DARK HORSE PRESENTS #15 and the rest of his work is at Dynamite Entertainment: QUEEN SONJA TP 04: SON OF SET with Edgar Salazar’s art, WARLORD OF MARS #23 with Stefano Martino’s art and LORD OF THE JUNGLE #9 with Roberto Castro’s artwork.
NICIEZA: Other than TEEN TITANS #12 and the LEGION LOST TP 01: RUN FROM TOMORROW which I’ve already mentioned, Fabian also writes DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #12, a Kid Flash tale with art by ChrisCross.
NILES: Steve writes his 30 DAYS OF NIGHT #9 with art by Christopher Mitten and the second arc is collected in the 30 DAYS OF NIGHT ONGOING TP 02 with Mitten and Davide Furnó’s art. Steve writes the ‘American Muscle’ story in CREATOR OWNED COMICS #3, illustrated by Kevin Mellon at Image. He writes WULF #6 with Nat Jones finishing the arc relaunching the Atlas Comics character. And finally there’s the STEVE NILE’S: REMAINS Blue Ray Disc based on his graphic novel.
NOCENTI: Ann continues on GREEN ARROW #12 with Harvey Talibao’s art featuring the archer fighting martial artists in China and she and Michael McMillian writes TRUE BLOOD ONGOING #4 with art by Michael Gaydos.
OEMING: Michael creates, writes and illustrates his new MICHAEL AVON OEMING’S THE VICTORIES #1 OF 5 and he also provides the cover for DARK HORSE PRESENTS #15 as well as a new installment of his THE WILD ROVER.
OSTRANDER: John’s arc is collected in the STAR WARS: AGENT OF THE EMPIRE TP 01: IRON ECLIPSE with Stéphane Roux’ artwork.
PAK: Greg writes X-TREME X-MEN #2 and #3 with Stephan Segovia’s art and the DOCTOR STRANGE PREMIERE HC: SEASON ONE with Emma Rios’ artwork.
PARKER: Jeff writes DARK AVENGERS #179 with art by Declan Shalvey and Kev Walker’s art, HULK #56 and #57 with Dale Eaglesham’s art concluding the ‘Mayan Rules’ arc, and THUNDERBOLTS TP: LIKE LIGHTNING which is also by Declan Shalvey and Kev Walker. Jeff is also one of the writers of the PLANET OF THE APES ANNUAL #1 with Gabriel Hardman and others providing the art.
PERÉZ: George illustrates WORLD’S FINEST #4, written by Paul Levitz.
POWELL: Eric writes GOON #41 and shares the art chores with Mark Buckingham.
REMENDER: Rick’s work is collected in the FEAR AGENT HC 01 with Tony Moore’s art at Dark Horse. The rest of his work these days is at Marvel: SECRET AVENGERS #30 with Matteo Scalera’s art, VENOM #22 with Declan Shalvey’s art, UNCANNY X-FORCE #29 with Julian Totino Tedesco’s art and UNCANNY X-FORCE #30 with David William’s art. His most recent arc is collected in the UNCANNY X-FORCE TP 04: DARK ANGEL SAGA BOOK 2 with Jerome Opena and others supplying the artwork.
ROBERSON: Chris writes I, ZOMBIE #28 with Mike Allred’s art and this will be the final issue of the series as I predicted last month. Chris’ creator owned work is collected in the MEMORIAL HC 01 with Rich Ellis’ art.
ROBINSON: James writes EARTH TWO #4 with Nicola and Trevor Scott illustrating and SHADE #11 OF 12 with Frasier Irving’s art. His brilliant run with Tony Harris and JH Williams’ art is collected in the STARMAN OMNIBUS TP 02 and he writes HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #2 OF 6 with art by Phillip Tan and Ruy Jose.
RUCKA: Greg writes PUNISHER #14 with Mico Suayan’s art. Two weeks ago Greg released his latest novel, ‘Alpha’ and I’m about twenty pages from the edge and am having a hard time putting it down to write this. Another brilliant tale with terrorists attacking an American theme park (which is a little nerve wracking as my wife and daughter are at Disneyland this week).
SAMNEE: One of my newest favorite artists Chris illustrates ☼ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM #1 OF 4 written by Mark Waid. Chris also illustrates DAREDEVIL #16, also written by Waid.
SEELEY: Tim writes BLOODSTRIKE #31 with Francesco Gaston’s art, REVIVAL #2 with Mike Norton’s art and WITCHBLADE #160 with Fred Benes inking Diego Bernard’s pencils.
SIMONE: Gail writes BATGIRL #12 with the art of Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes; Batgirl battles Batwoman as Knightfall strikes. Ethan Van Sciver co-wrote THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN VOL 01: THE GOD PARTICLE TP illustrated by Yildiray Cinar and Norm Rapmund and Paul Cornell co-wrote SUPERMAN: THE BLACK RING TP 02 with Pete Woods’ art.
SLOTT: Dan writes AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #691 with Giuseppe Camuncoli’s art and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #692 with art by Humberto Ramos. Issue #691 concludes the ‘No Turning Back’ arc and sets up the story for issue #700. These issues are celebrating fifty years of Spider-Man so expect variant covers galore, lots of back up stories; issue 692 will be 64 pages with original stories by Dean Haspiel, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Nuno Plati for $5.99.
SNYDER: Scott continues taking the caped crusader away from being a super hero comic to a full out Gothic horror tale with☼BATMAN #12 featuring the art of Greg Capullo, his ☼SWAMP THING #12 is continued from ‘Animal Man’ and is illustrated by Marco Rudy. Scott writes AMERICAN VAMPIRE #30 with Rafael Albuquerque’s art, the AMERICAN VAMPIRE TP 03 has the art of Danijel Zezelj and AMERICAN VAMPIRE: LORD OF NIGHTMARES #3 OF 5 features the art of Dustin Nguyen.
SPENCER: Nick’s spectacular suspense tale continues in ☼MORNING GLORIES #22 with series artist Joe Eisma and I’ve heard that he’s been asking reviewers to please not review the latest issue because he doesn’t want the major surprises spoiled. Nick’s collaborative title with Robert Kirkman, soon to be an AMC television program, ☼THIEF OF THIEVES #7 is illustrated by Shawn Martinbrough, inked by Felix Serrano. The ULTIMATE COMICS: X-MEN BY NICK SPENCER TP 01 collects the first six issues with art by Paco Medina and Carlo Barberi.
SPURRIER: Simon writes the CROSSED: WISH YOU WERE HERE web comic now being offered as a HC, a TP and a signed and numbered HC and features the art of Joe Eisma of ‘Morning Glories’ fame. Simon also writes EXTERMINATION #3 with Jeffrey Edwards’ artwork.
STRACZYNSKI: It seems that Joe has been absent from comics since the success of his ‘Superman: Earth One’ book but he’s back on track now. The ☼SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE HC 2 is offered, again with the art of Shane Davis and he writes ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL #2 OF 4 with Andy Kubert’s art and ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: DR. MANHATTAN #1 OF 4 with Adam Hughes’ art! The last work that he did for Marvel is also collected in the TWELVE TP 02 which he co-wrote with the artist, Chris Weston.
SWIERCZYNSKI: Duane writes crime novels and non-fiction but he’s writing more comics these days including BIRDS OF PREY #12 with Jeffrey Huey inking Travel Foreman’s pencils; the Birds have been poisoned and will die in six months without the antidote which Ivy will provide if the Birds help her take down those who are poisoning the Earth. The first seven issues are collected in the BIRDS OF PREY VOL 01: TROUBLE IN MIND with art by Jesus Saiz and Javier Pina. At IDW he writes GODZILLA ONGOING #4 with art by Simon Gane and at the newly relaunched Valiant Comics he writes BLOODSHOT ONGOING #2 with Manuel Garcia and Arturo Lozzi’s artwork.
TIERI: Frank co-writes GRIFTER #12 with Rob Liefeld and the art is by Scott Clark and David Beatty. At Marvel he writes SPACE PUNISHER #2 OF 4 with Mark Texiera’s art where Castle battles the Hulk in outer space.
TOMASI: Peter completes the Terminus arc with BATMAN AND ROBIN #12 with art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray and he writes GREEN LANTERN CORPS #12 with Scott Hann inking Fernando Pasarin’s pencils.
VAN LENTE: Fred’s three issue limited series is collected as the MARVELS’ AVENGERS TP: BLACK WIDOW STRIKES, the story takes place between the ‘Iron Man 2’ film and the ‘Avengers’ film and is penciled by Wellington Alves, Renato Arlem, Neil Edwards, Steve Kurth, Ron Lim and Agustin Padilla. At Valiant Fred writes ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 with Clayton Henry providing the art.
VAN SCIVER: Ethan will illustrate the GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #1 written by Geoff Johns and he and Gail Simone wrote the material collected in the FURY OF FIRESTORM< THE NUCLEAR MEN TP 01: GOD PARTICLE with art by Yildiray Cinar and Norm Rapmund.
VAUGHAN: Brian writes ☼SAGA #6 with the art of Fiona Staples; this title was my Pick of the Month back in January and after the third issue it’s still in my top five most anticipated comics list, a well paced science fiction adventure with aliens galore, cross species romance and espionage beautifully illustrated.
WAID: Mark writes ☼ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM #1 OF 4 with art by Chris Samnee(!) at IDW, he has an interview in CREATOR OWNED COMICS #3 at Image and at Marvel he writes DAREDEVIL #16, also with Samnee, where the law team of Murdock and Nelson is no more, and DAREDEVIL #17 with Paolo Rivera’s art. He also writes STEED AND MRS PEEL ONGOING #0 with the art of Steve Bryant based on the old British spy TV series, ‘The Avengers’ and IRREDEEMABLE TP 10 is the final volume of his series, illustrated by Diego Barreto.
WAY: Daniel writes DEADPOOL #59 with Salva Espin’s art and his previous arc is collected in the DEADPOOL TP 10: EVIL DEADPOOL with Salva Espin and John McCrea’s artwork.
WELLS: Zeb writes AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #11 with artist Stefano Caselli.
WHEDON: Joss co-wrote the material collected in the ANGEL: AFTER THE FALL SLIPCASED ED with Bryan Lynch, the art is by Franco Urra and David Messina. Peter David writes ASTONISHING X-MEN: GIFTED PROSE NOVEL adapting Joss’ run on the comic series and the FIREFLY: A CELEBRATION-ANNIVERSARY EDITION collects volumes one and two of the ‘Firefly Illustrated Companions’.
WILLINGHAM: Bill writes FAIREST #6 with the art of Phil Jimenez and Andy Lanning completing the first arc, and FABLES #120 with Mark Buckingham’s artwork.
WILLIAMS: J.H. illustrates(!) and co-writes BATWOMAN #12 and J.H. and Tony Harris illustrate the STARMAN OMNIBUS TP 02 written by James Robinson.
WINICK: Judd writes BATWING #12 with Ryan Winn inking Marcus To’s pencils, and CATWOMAN #12 with Julio Ferreira inking the pencils of Adriana Melo and ending the arc as Catwoman confronts Dollhouse.
WOLFMAN: Marv writes NIGHT FORCE #6 OF 7, a return to a series that he wrote in the eighties and again in the nineties, this time illustrated by Tom Mandrake.
WOOD: Brian writes ☼MASSIVE #3 with the art of Kristian Donaldson, this was my Pick of the Month two months ago and, although issue one hasn’t arrived yet I still think it’s going to be excellent. Brian also continues on CONAN THE BARBARIAN #7, also at Dark Horse and featuring the evocative art of Becky Cloonan. At Marvel Brian writes ULTIMATE COMICS: X-MEN #15 with art by Paco Medina, X-MEN #33 with artist David Lopez and X-MEN #34 with art by Roland Boschi.
YOST: At Marvel Chris writes SCARLET SPIDER #8 with Khoi Pham providing the art and Chris writes one of the storie in the all age title MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES #5 with Todd Nauck’s art. The other story is by Howard Chaykin and Christopher Jones.
Over one hundred creators listed again this month; now I’ll go through the ‘big five’ publishers and tell you about any new titles that I missed above (if I haven’t already bored you into a comatose state).
DARK HORSE: The BEASTS OF BURDEN: NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH one shot collects the three one shots that appeared in Dark Horse Presents, written by Evan Dorkin and illustrated by Jill Thompson. This four legged occult investigation team won the Eisner Award in 2005. A wonderful science fiction comic created, written and illustrated by Carla Speed McNeil is offered in a new oversized hardcover edition: FINDER: TALISMAN HC. DRAGON AGE: THOSE WHO SPEAK #1 OF 3 is written by David Gaider, lead writer of the games. John Jackson Miller writes STAR WARS: LOST TRIBE OF THE SITH #1 OF 5 following his prose novels of the same name, Michael Atyieh inks Pierluigi Baldassini’s pencils. Rod Espinosa (‘The Courageous Princess’) writes and illustrates A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED THE LIFE OF ELIZA SCROOGE HC, a fresh take on the Dicken’s classic with a female Scrooge and a nice Christmas gift if you’re thinking that far ahead. THE SKY: THE ART OF FINAL FANTASY BOXED SET written and illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano is a big (12” high, 11” wide and 3 1/2” deep) box with three hard cover books of art with the art from Final Fantasy I-X, a book of photos and images with interviews and a time line of Amano’s career, an animation flip book with two different ‘movies’ an acetate print, two postcards plus a card signed by the artist for $139.99. Dark Horse is publishing Amano’s first illustrated fantasy novel; this will be the world premiere of the DEVA ZAN HC, his personal expression of the legends of Asia. If that’s not enough video game related goodies THE ART OF PORTAL 2 HC is offered too.
DC: Len Wein, creator of Swamp Thing who is writing back up stories of the Crimson Corsair in all seven of the series’ is also writing one himself, BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIAS #2 OF 6 with artist Jae Lee. Joe Harris is the new writer on THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN #12. NATIONAL COMICS: LOOKER #1 is written by Ian Edgington with art by Mike S. Miller, this is the second in the ongoing series of one shots focusing on gone but (hopefully) not forgotten classic DC characters. (Have you forgotten? Emily Briggs was a supermodel, then she was turned into a vampire and now she uses her supernatural powers to protect the innocent in the corrupt world of high fashion.) The Vertigo imprint offers the PRINCE OF CATS TP is a hip hop retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in a Blade Runner-esque version of Brooklyn with Samurai action and written in iambic pentameter. Also the V FOR VENDETTA BOOK & MASK SET is the trade paperback of the Alan Moore and David Lloyd and comes with the famed ‘V’ mask in PVC, fashionable for all of your Occupy gatherings.
IDW: James Stokoe, the creator of ‘Orc Stain’ writes and illustrates GODZILLA: THE HALF-CENTURY WAR #1 OF 5, Gary Reed, author and one time head of Caliber Comics writes DEADWORLD: WAR OF THE DEAD #1 OF 5, a weekly series illustrated by Sami Makonen. ‘Deadworld’ was the first big zombie title to be successful many years before ‘Walking Dead’ and focuses more on the zombies then the survivors., there’s a DOCTOR WHO ANNUAL 2012, a TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE ANNUAL 2012, a STAR TREK 100 PAGE SPECTACULAR: SUMMER 2012 and the GI JOE FIELD MANUAL featuring animation models from the first sixty five episodes of the ‘eighties animated show. LOVE AND CAPES: WHAT TO EXPECT #1 OF 6 is written and illustrated by creator Thom Zahler and continues the super hero home life adventures of Mark and Abby who are expecting a (super) baby. CLASSIC POPEYE #1 begins reprinting the one hundred issues of the original tales from 1948 by Bob Sagendorf. The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES COLOR CLASSICS MICRO-SERIES: RAPHAEL begins reprinting the original one shots with all new color while the new micro-series goes beyond the scope of the original again with TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MICRO-SERIES #7: APRIL. The J. SCOTT CAMPBELL’S FAIRYTALE FANTASIES 2013 CALENDAR is the fourth year for these calendars and the previous ones sold out quickly; many of the pieces featured have graced the covers of the ‘Grimm Fairy Tales’ series from Zenescope Press. The complete thirteen issue run is collected as the STARSTRUCK TP, a wonderful science fiction series written by Elaine Lee with gorgeous art by Michael William Kaluta. Kaluta got his start in the industry painting backdrops for the stage productions of this series before it became a comic book.
IMAGE: THINK TANK #1 is written by Matt Hawkins with art by Rahsan Ekedal and Brain Reber and tells the tale of a genius who would like to stop designing weapons of mass destruction for the military. HARVEST #1 OF 5 is written by A.J. Lieberman with art by Colin Lorimer described as a three-way between ‘Dexter’, ‘ER’ and ‘100 Bullets’.
MARVEL: As part of the fiftieth anniversary celebration of ‘Amazing Spider-Man’, Marvel releases a bunch of ‘point one’ issues including PETER PARKER, SPIDER-MAN #156.1 by Roger Stern with art by Rob DeLatorre, SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #33.1 and #33.2 written by Tom DeFalco with art by Carlo Barberi and WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #129.1 and #129.2 by Stuart Morre with art by Damion Scott. All of the ‘Ultimate’ titles are part of the ‘Divided We Fall’ storyline, which ends in ULTIMATE COMICS: X-MEN #15. INFERNAL MAN-THING #3 OF 3 concludes the last Man-Thing story written by Steve Gerber with art by Kevin Nowlan (!). I’ll mention again the new ongoing series HAWKEYE #1 by Fraction and David Aja (!) and the new ongoing GAMBIT #1 by James Asmus and Clay Mann. The DAREDEVIL ANNUAL #1 features Doctor Strange and the ClanDestine, the story began in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #33 and will conclude in WOLVERINE ANNUAL #1, all three titles written and illustrated by Alan Davis. I’ve enjoyed Frank Miller’s work for many years and my personal favorite work of his is a collaboration with artist Bill Sienkeiwicz. The editor says that every time a page of art arrived both creators suggested and implemented changes and by the end it became the most complex story either Bill or Frank ever did. It’s been out of print for a while but the ☼ELEKTRA ASSASSIN TP, collecting the eight issue series is being offered again and will be back in print the first week of July. If you own ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Returns’, ‘Sin City’ or ‘Batman: Year One’ then you should have this book on your shelf, too.
That’s the ‘big five’ publishers; here are the new and noteworthy titles from the small press listed alphabetically by publisher: ABRAMS COMICARTS offers ECONOMIX: HOW AND WHY OUR ECONOMY WORKS (AND DOESN”T WORK) GN, an illustrated accessible guide covering the stimulus plan, free markets, Occupy Wall Street and more. ALTERNA COMICS offers the FUBAR: SUMMER SPECIAL ONE SHOT with four stories of the NYT best selling WWII zombie series. ANTARCTIV PRESS begins a limited series with THE ADVENTURES OF COMIC CON GIRL #1. ARCHAIA PRESS brings their ☼RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN: SPECIAL EDITION HC back into print with new material; the book won the 2011 Eisner Award for best original graphic novel and you might have read an excerpt in the Free Comic Book Day hard cover edition. (If not, let me know. I have a couple copies left.)ARCHIE COMICS relaunches Red Circle Comics, their once and future super hero line and they’re starting with the NEW CRUSADERS: RISE OF THE HEROES #1 written by Ian Flynn with the art of Ben Bates. ASPEN STUDIOS offers IDOLIZED #1 by David Schwartz with Micah Gunnell’s art, a story about a reality show, ‘SuperHero Idol’ with a photo cover featuring Victoria’s Secret supermodel Rachel Clark, HOMECOMING #1 by David Wohl with Emilio Laiso’s art about an average American teenager who meets an amnesiac girl missing ten years of her life and SOULFIRE VOLUME 4 #1 by JT Krul with Mike DeBalfo’s art. BONGO COMICS has LI’L HOMER #1 which needs no explanation. BOOM! STUDIOS offers the PLANET OF THE APES ANNUAL #1 this month as well as the KILL AUDIO TP written by Coheed & Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez. Also RICH JOHNSTON’S THE AVENGEFULS TP collects the comedy series which is a parody of the recent Marvel blockbuster film. Their kids’ comic line,KaBOOM! Has PEANUTS VOL 2 #1 OF 4 by Charles Schultz and others. A company new to me, CAPSTONE PUBLISHING haseighteen different all age books, each one 56 pages for five bucks apiece featuring DC comics’ super pets. Other new companies:COMIXTRIBE offers SCAM #1 OF 5 described as ‘the X-Men meets Oceans 11’, CRUCIDEL has CROSSTAR #1, a crime thriller.DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT has PATHFINDER #1 written by Jim Zub with art by Andrew Huerta and, of course, based on the fantasy world of fiction and RPG’s and featuring character profiles and a removable playable tactical map and poster. THUN’DA #1, a lord of the jungle in modern times includes the original first issue by the legendary Frank Frazzetta as well as the first new tale by Robert Place Napton with Cliff Richards’ art. DARK SHADOWS/VAMPIRELLA #1 by Marc Andreyko with Patrick Berkenkotter’s art starts a new series which needs no explanation. RED SONJA: ATLANTIS RISES #1 is by Luke Lieberman with Max Dunbar’s art; will Thulsa Doom force the Hyborean nation into slavery? KIRBY GENESIS VOL 1 TP finally collects issues #0 through #8 of the fine tribute to the King’s forgotten characters, written by Kurt Busiek with Alex Ross and illustrated by Jack Herbert with Alex Ross painting over Jack’s pencils, a well received and epic series. Fans of noir fiction might enjoy THE CAVALIER MR. THOMPSON by RichTommaso loosely based on the works of crime writer Jim Thompson and, also fromFANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS is BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA HC by Steven Weissman, a dada-esque parallel America where Obama, Biden, Hillary and Newt wander through the America they’ve made and now must live in, like it or not. WEIRD FORROS & DARING ADVENTURES: THE JOE KUBERT ARCHIVES VOL 01 HC collects 33 of Joe’s best stories from his post-war freelance years.GRAPHIX, a subsidiary of Scholastic Books offers AMULET BOOK 5: PRINCE OF THE ELVES by Kazu Kibuishi and all four volumes of THE BABY SITTERS CLUB GN are back in print. KODANSHA COMICS has GENSHIKEN: SECOND SEASON VOLUME 1 GN.ONI PRESS offers Ross Campbell’s WET MOON VOLUME 6, an evocative romance drama with intriguing well developed characters.OMNIBUS PRESS offers THE BEATLES GRAPHIC GN, an illustrated biography from the earliest days through the break up.SEVEN SEAS has AMAZING AGENT JENNIFER OMNIBUS VOL 1 GN, stories that prequel the ‘Amazing Agent Luna’ series. British publisher, TITAN BOOKS has THE BLACK DRAGON HC; now digitally remastered with new material, this was once an original graphic novel from Marvel comics. Written by Chris (Uncanny X-Men) Claremont and beautifully illustrated by John Bolton the sword and sorcery tale takes place in the year 1193. LENORE: SWIRLIES HC is the fourth volume of everyone’s favorite cute dead girl by Roman Dirge. TANK GIRL: CARIOCA HC is a brand new tale by creator Alan Martin with artist Mike McMahon of ‘Judge Dredd’ fame. I already mentioned Jeff Lemire’s UNDERWATER WELDER GN which I suspect will win some awards; TOP SHELF also offers the ☼COMPLETE ESSEX COUNTY TP collecting Jeff’s award winning and critically acclaimed trilogy.TOR BOOKS has the black and white THE CLOCKWORK SKY: VOLUME 1 GN, a steampunk tale of rebellion in 1895 London where the people riot to protest the flood of steam powered automatons who are taking all of the jobs. VALIANT COMICS launches ARCHER & ARSMSTRONG #1 by Fred Van Lente with Clayton Henry’s art, their fourth series in as many months.