The June Previews catalog is sitting on the desk at the shop as always, available for your perusal when you stop by. Meanwhile I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you.
These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in August of 2015. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and let me know by the twenty first of this month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders.
Some of the codes and abbreviations that I use are: HC (hard cover), TP (trade paperback), SC (soft cover), GN (graphic novel), OGN (original graphic novel-not a reprint or collection), MMPB (mass market paperbacks), AF (action figure), T/C trading cards, T/S (tee shirt) and ☀
(to denote an excellent writer, creator or title deserving wider recognition in my humble opinion).
Besides the monthly Previews catalog there is also an ‘Adult Supplement’ which showcases the ‘adults only’ comics, books and videos. If you are interested in seeing what’s available (and you’re over eighteen) just send me an email and I will send you this month’s adult catalog in a .pdf format with images, descriptions and prices.
This month the theme is ‘Video Game Month’ so there will be a lot of listing of video game related comics, graphic novels, toys, apparel and merchandise. First, here are new offerings from the ‘Big Five’ publishers.
DARK HORSE: Returning to yet another hero from ‘Comic’s Greatest World’ (last month saw the return of Barb Wire) the mystic warrior returns in KING TIGER #1 OF 4 written by Randy Stradley and illustrated by Doug Wheatley. Scott (Flash, Past Aways) Kolins launches his first original creation with ADAM.3 #1 OF 5, a tale of a man defending his family from imminent doom in Eden. The brilliant Matt Kindt offers ☀NEW MGMT #1, a one shot epilogue to the award winning masterpiece Mind Mgmt currently in film production. Brothers Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon appropriately release the ☀TWO BROTHERS HC, a tale of two Brazilian’s and their estrangement after one spends five years in Lebanon. Kevin (Bravest Warriors) Panetta and Paulina (TMNT: Animated Adventures) Ganucheau release an all age magical girl story with ZODIAC STARFORCE #1 OF 4. Mike Mignola writes and illustrates ☀HELLBOY IN HELL #7 which is part one of the two part ‘The Hounds of Pluto’ story. Paul Cornell teams with Arizona’s own Tony (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) Parker for ☀THIS DAMNED BAND #1 OF 6 described as ‘Spinal Tap meets Ghostbusters‘ where the world’s top band in 1972 finds out that they actually were worshiping Satan. Collected editions this month include EI8HT Vol. 1 TP collecting the first five issues, SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE NECRONOMICON HC translating the French classic to English for the first time, ☀THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY TP, the multiple award winning biography available in soft cover, ☀P. CRAIG RUSSELL’S MURDER MYSTERIES AND OTHER STORIES GALLERY EDITION HC, reprinting the classic stories by Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, H. P. Lovecraft and more at full size from the original art pages, PROMETHEUS: THE COMPLETE FIRE AND STONE HC with the whole seventeen issues plus over eighty pages of new content for under fifty bucks, HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE MINICOMIC COLLECTION HC with over a thousand pages collected for the first time, ☀BIG GUY AND RUSTY THE BOY ROBOT HC by Frank Miller and Geof Darrow recolored in the deluxe format for the first time and the ☀USAGI YOJIMBO GALLERY EDITION VOL. 1: SAMURAI AND OTHER STORIES HC with two hundred and forty pages of Stan Sakai’s art at full size. Also BATTLEPUG, VOL. 4: THE DEVIL’S BISCUIT TP from Mike Norton and the ☀RAT GOD HC with Richard Corben’s latest work. And the ☀COMPLETE LOVE HURTS TP which is the American debut of Kim W. Andersson’s award winning love stories gone wrong.
DC: After the success and popularity of Ant Lucia’s variant covers which became popular statues, posters, tee shirts and buttons the new ☀DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS #1 puts the WWII versions of Batwoman, Wonder Woman and Supergirl in wartime action as written by Marguerite Bennett and illustrated by Marguerite Sauvage under a cover by Ant Lucia of course. And by the way all of the variant covers this month will be new Lucia Bombshell variants and featuring the men as well as the women this time. More prequels to the DCU movie Justice League: Gods & Monsters include JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS & MONSTERS #1, #2 and #3 with art by Thony Silas plus JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS & MONSTERS-WONDER WOMAN #1 with Rick Leonardi’s art all written by the games’ creators, J. M. DeMatteis and Bruce Timm. The Truth storyline continues through ☀ACTION COMICS #43, ☀BATMAN/SUPERMAN #23, ☀SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #20 and ☀SUPERMAN #43 as the weakened hero has lost his secret identity and doesn’t know who to trust. ☀BATMAN #43 begins a new tale and introduces a new villain, Mr. Bloom. And just in case you need more there’s ☀HARLEY QUINN #19 (with a great Brady Bunch parody cover), ☀HARLEY QUINN & POWER GIRL #3 OF 6 plus the ☀HARLEY QUINN ROAD TRIP SPECIAL with Ivy and Catwoman. The new eight page back ups that ran through the second issues of the forty Convergence titles were quite cool and, if you’re curious about any of the new titles you can read all of these stories for free here: http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2015/05/21/are-you-ready-for-the-new-dc-universe. You all know that the ‘street date’ for new comics is on Wednesday’s; here are some releases that will be available on Tuesday, the first of September: ☀BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE HC BOOK AND DVD/BLU-RAY SET with the Batman: Gotham Knight animated movie, ☀THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN HC BOOK AND DVD/BLU-RAY SET wit the Superman: Doomsday animated movie, ☀BATMAN: YEAR ONE HC BOOK AND DVD/BLU-RAY SET, ☀JUSTICE LEAGUE ORIGIN HC BOOK AND DVD/BLU-RAY SET with the Justice League War animated movie, ☀JLA: EARTH TWO HC BOOK AND DVD/BLU-RAY SET with the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths animated movie and ☀WONDER WOMAN: GODS AND MORTALS HC BOOK AND DVD/BLU-RAY SET or the ☀DC COMICS BOOK AND DVD/BLU-RAY SLIPCASE SET with all six of them. Individually they’re under twenty seven dollars each while the complete package is under a hundred and forty six dollars. Three new collections
are ☀MAD’S ORIGINAL IDIOTS: JACK DAVIS TP, the ☀MAD’S ORIGINAL IDIOTS: WALLY WOOD TP and the ☀MAD’S ORIGINAL IDIOTS: WILL ELDER TP all written by Harvey Kurtzman and featuring each artists’ complete works from the first twenty three issues of the famous humor magazine, each under fifteen bucks or you could get all three in one fifty dollar hard cover edition. Deluxe collections include ☀THE MULTIVERSITY DELUXE EDITION HC in an oversized format, the ☀BATMAN: YEAR 100 DELUXE EDITION HC by Paul Pope with new sketch material added, the ☀ABSOLUTE GREEN LANTERN /GREEN ARROW HC, the ☀BOY COMMANDOS VOL. 2 HC by Simon and Kirby, the ☀CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS DELUXE EDITION HC and ☀GRAPHIC INK: THE DC COMICS ART OF DARWYN COOKE HC. The ☀DEATHSTROKE BOOK AND MASK SET has DEATHSTROKE, VOL. 1: GODS OF WAR TP collecting the first six issues along with the Deathstroke mask for less than thirty dollars. In soft cover collections there’s ☀BATMAN, VOL. 6: GRAVEYARD SHIFT TP, ☀SUICIDE SQUAD, VOL. 1: TRIAL BY FIRE, THE FLASH, VOL. 5: HISTORY LESSONS TP, THE NEW 52: FUTURE’S END, VOL. 3 TP, ☀WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 6: BONES TP, and ☀THE NEW TEEN TITANS, VOL. 3 TP. From the VERTIGO imprint there’s GET JIRO: BLOOD AND SUSHI HC by chef Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose with art by Ale Garza, ☀COFFIN HILL, VOL. 3: HAUNTED HOUSES TP, the ☀FABLES DELUXE EDITION: BOOK ELEVEN HC, ☀100 BULLETS: BOOK THREE TP and ☀Y: THE LAST MAN: BOOK THREE TP. And from their collectibles imprint, DC DIRECT they offer the CENTRAL CITY POLICE BADGE based on the TV show prop for thirty dollars. There’s the ALEX ROSS JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION FIGURE 6 PACK with the whole team based on Ross’ art and there are seven new figures from the BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: POISON IVY, ROBIN, HARLEY QUINN, BATMAN, BATGIRL, THE RIDDLER, KILLER CROC WITH BABY DOLL and THE PENGUIN all with accessories priced under twenty five dollars each. From the video game BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT come four new figures with NIGHTWING, CATWOMAN, ROBIN and COMMISSIONER GORDON. There’s a DC COMICS SWAMP THING ACTION FIGURE based on his appearances in Justice League Dark. A new line of plush figures is launched with the DC COMICS SUPER PETS: DEX-STARR and STREAKY for less than fifteen bucks and new statues include the BATGIRL STATUE with her new look, DC COMICS ICONS: THE JOKER STATUE and DC COMICS COVER GIRLS: CATWOMAN STATUE.
IDW: As the series returns to film Chris Carter keeps the comics coming with ☀THE X-FILES: SEASON 11 #1 while the ☀MILLENNIUM TP collects the recent series and the X-FILES/30 DAYS OF NIGHT HC collects the crossover. James Sallis’ film work went to novel form and now ☀DRIVE #1 OF 4 brings his noir tale to comics with artist Antonio Fuso, the adventure takes place in Arizona and L.A. The new ☀TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: AMAZING ADVENTURES #1 begins an all age series inspired by the animated adventures and features back up stories by comics luminaries; the first issue has a back up by James Kochalka. Nicholas Meyers’ novel is adapted by David and Scott Tipton with art by Ron Joseph in ☀SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE SEVEN PER CENT SOLUTION #1 OF 5 as Sherlock teams up with Sigmund Freud and the true final confrontation between Holmes and Moriarty is revealed. BOY-1 #1 OF 4 is by H. S. Tak with art by Amancay Naheulpan, a near future tale of the perils of genetic engineering and corporate over reach. Quantum physics and chaos theory on a sub-microscopic level fuels ☀STRING DIVERS #1 OF 5 by Chris Ryall and Nelson Daniel. Two new ‘artists editions’ this month: ☀THE INCREDIBLE HULK-SAL BUSCEMA MARVEL ARTIST SELECT SERIES #1 features a hand curated selection of Sal’s favorite pages and comes autographed and ☀JOE KUBERT’S THE RETURN OF TARZAN ARTIST’S EDITION HC both priced at $112.50 each. Another one shot with the GARBAGE PAIL KIDS: GO HOLLYWOOD contains an exclusive official GPK sticker in the deluxe edition. IDW now also distributes comics from TOP SHELF who offers the ☀TRUE JUNCTION GN written by Ray Fawkes with art by Vince Locke, a future thriller about open sourced radicalized medicine, parasite addicts and using the body as a genetic playground.
IMAGE: Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, the team behind the popular The Wicked + Divine, just optioned as a television program, return to their first breakout series of a decade ago with the ‘Music is Magic’ themed ☀PHONOGRAM: THE IMMATERIAL GIRL #1 OF 6, the two previous series are available in collected editions. A new ongoing crime adventure series by award winning creator Rich Tommaso is titled ☀DARK CORRIDOR #1 set in the crime ridden, mobster controlled city of Red Circle (no relation to the defunct Archie imprint of the same name). Jeremy Haun illustrates and co-created ☀BEAUTY #1 with Jason A. Hurley, a new ongoing series, winner of Top Cow‘s Pilot Season contest, a tale dealing with a sexually transmitted disease that brings physical perfection at a price. Other TOP COW offerings include an expansion of the Aphrodite IX story with two one shots: APOLLO IX #1 by Ashley Robinson with art by Fernando Argosino and ARTEMIS IX #1 by Dan Wickline with Johnny Desjardins’ artwork. Anthony Johnston and Justin Greenwood begins a new arc in ☀THE
FUSE #13 and the ☀IMAGE GIANT-SIZED ARTIST’S PROOF EDITION: THE WALKING DEAD #1 is the black and white inks of Tony Moore at the full size of 11″ X 17″ for twenty bucks. The fifth anniversary special in ☀MORNING GLORIES #50 will be a double size finale to Season Two while Matt Fraction and Christian Ward’s ☀ODY-C #6 begins a new arc as does John Arcudi and James Harren’s ☀RUMBLE #6 and Eric Stephenson and Simon Gane’s ☀THEY’RE NOT LIKE US #7. New collected editions include the ☀INVISIBLE REPUBLIC TP, VOL. 1 by Gabriel Hardman and his wife Corinna Bechko for ten bucks, Michael Avon Oeming’s OEMNIBUS TP collecting seven one shots and short stories from the past fifteen years at Image, ☀RUNLOVEKILL, VOL. 1 TP by Jon Tsuei and Eric Canete for ten bucks, Stjepan Sejic’s SUNSTONE, VOL. 3 OGN, the ☀SURFACE TP by Ales Kot with Langdon Foss, the ☀TITHE, VOL. 1 TP from Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal and ☀WITCHBLADE: REDEMPTION, VOL. 1-4 TP SET, four volumes by Ron Marz and Stjepan Sejic bargain priced at twenty bucks.
MARVEL: Those of you who actually read these meanderings of mine know that for the past few months I’ve had a difficult time telling you what to expect from the House of Ideas as they’re playing their cards very close to the chest; once again I’ll do my best with the information available. SECRET WARS #6 OF 8 is offered, but, as this was solicited as an eight issue weekly series, and there hasn’t been an issue released in the past three weeks and that they’re only offering one issue for release in August and as they’ve told us that all of the Secret Wars tie in series will end when the main eight part ends I’m sorry to say that I’m more in the dark now then I was last month. So here’s what I know about; a bunch of one shots include ☀ANT-MAN: LAST DAYS #1 by Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas, SECRET WARS: SECRET LOVE #1 with a stable full of creators telling short stories of how several integral romances are faring amidst the collision of worlds, HOWARD THE HUMAN #1 by Skottie Young and Jim Mahfood telling of a private investigator, the only human in a city of anthropomorphic characters and HANK JOHNSON, AGENT OF HYDRA #1 by David Mandel and Michael Walsh, a day in the life of a faceless henchman. Other issues dealing with the Last Days of our heroes includes SILK #7 by Robbie Thompson and Tana Ford, ☀MS MARVEL #18 by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, ☀SILVER SURFER #15 by Dan Slott and Michael Allred, SPIDER-WOMAN #10 by Dennis Hopeless and Natacha Bustos, ☀MAGNETO #21 by Cullen Bunn and Paul Davidson and LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #17 by Al Ewing and Lee Garbett. (These may or may not be the final issues of these series; Marvel isn’t telling.) A new series entering the Battleworld and Warzones aspects of the cross over is HOUSE OF M #1 and #2 by Dennis Hopeless and Marco Failla. I’m still being informed that most of these Secret Wars titles will end when the main crossover does, but I still have no clue as to when that will be. I have heard that a couple of these titles will continue afterwords like 1872, the western featuring Tony Stark, Steve Rogers and Bruce Banner and the Conan-like Weirdworld. Deluxe collected editions this month include ☀MAX RIDE: FIRST FLIGHT HC collecting the first of Marvel’s adaptations of James Patterson’s young readers series, ☀ALL-NEW X-MEN. VOL. 3 HC with issues twenty two through thirty plus issues eleven through thirteen of Guardians of the Galaxy, SUPERIOR IRON MAN, VOL. 2: STARK CONTRAST PREMIERE HC with issues six through nine plus Iron Man issue one eighty-two, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 5 PREMIERE HC with issues twenty four through twenty seven plus the annual and DEADPOOL BY POSEHN & DUGGAN, VOL. 4 HC with issues thirty five through forty four plus issue two hundred and fifty, Soft cover collections include STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: RISE OF THE SITH, VOL. 1 TP with a few of the Dark Horse limited series along with a batch of one shots and short stories as Marvel and Disney determine which stories will remain canon, STAR WARS: PRINCESS LEIA TP by Mark Waid and Terry Dodson with the five issue limited series, the ☀A-FORCE PRESENTS, VOL. 1 TP collecting the first issues of the new female titles: Black Widow #1, Captain Marvel #1, Ms Marvel #1, She-Hulk #1, Thor #1 and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1, UNCANNY AVENGERS, VOL. 1: COUNTER-EVOLUTIONARY TP with the first five issues by Rick Remender and Daniel Acuña, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, VOL. 6: GRAVEYARD SHIFT TP with issues sixteen through eighteen and the annual, AVENGERS: TIME RUNS OUT, VOL. 1 TP with Avengers issues thirty five through thirty seven and New Avengers issues twenty four and twenty five, ☀ROCKET RACCOON, VOL. 1: A CHASING TALE TP with issues one through six by Skottie Young and Jake Parker, WOLVERINES, VOL. 4: DESTINY TP with the final four issues of the weekly series, the DEATH OF WOLVERINE TP with the four issue series chronicling his eleventh demise, IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON, VOL. 2: REDEMPTION TP with issues seven through twelve by Kaare Andrews and, thankfully back in print ☀A.K.A. JESSICA JONES: ALIAS, VOL. 1 TP and ☀A.K.A. JESSICA JONES: ALIAS, VOL. 2 TP, this is the first two volumes of Brian Bendis and Michael Gaydos’ brilliant series that was the first title from Marvel’s mature reader imprint, MAX and one of the best series Marvel has published in years, in my humble opinion. And, outside of the Marvel Universe DEXTER: DOWN UNDER TP, the second series spinning off from the hit television series and, continuing Stephen King’s epic adaptation, ☀DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE-HOUSE OF CARDS TP. And that’s the ‘Big Five’ publishers; here’s what the small press is up to.
INDEPENDENTS: Relative new comers ACME INK offers a one shot ROCK & ROLL BIOGRAPHIES: PRIMUS, thirty two pages in black and white, while ACTION LAB launches ARCHON #1 described as Lord of the Rings meets Casino. Phil Foglio offers ☀GIRL GENIUS: THE SECOND JOURNEY OF AGATHA HERODYNE, VOL. 1: THE BEAST OF THE RAILS from AIRSHIP ENTERTAINMENT, available in both soft and hard cover edition. Although this begins a new tale it’s the fourteenth volume in the long running steampunk series. THE YANKEE #1 is a one shot by Jason Levian and Ian MacEwan from ALTERNATIVE COMICS and described as ‘psychedelic economic fiction set in the Nation States of America’. Two one shots from ANTARCTIC this month: STEAMPUNK SHERLOCK CASE FILES: THE FIVE NAPOLEONS in black and white and STEAM WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS in color. ARCHIE COMICS offers ☀ARCHIE #2 by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples and I only mention it because all of the variant covers (by Staples, Howard Chaykin, Erica Henderson, Paul Renaud, Paolo Rivera and Chrissie Zullo) are so cool; (the first issue arrives next week on the third of June). ASPEN begins the second arc with JIRNI #1 OF 5 by J. T. Krul and V. Ken Marion. AVATAR PRESS has been publishing Garth Ennis’ ☀WAR STORIES #11 for most of a year now, accurate and researched tales enhanced by Ennis’ character development but Garth had a previous series by the same name under DC’s Vertigo imprint and now theses are coming back into print as ☀WAR STORIES, VOL. 1 TP and ☀WAR STORIES, VOL. 2 TP each volume featuring four stories and illustrated by industry giants like Chris Weston, David Lloyd, Dave Gibbons and more. For those coming late to the game BENITEZ PRODUCTIONS offers ☀LADY MECHANIKA #0, the introduction to the steampunk series reprinted for just one dollar. BONGO COMICS offers a new one shot featuring the Simpsons BMX riding bully in JIMBO JONES #1 while BOOM! STUDIOS has JOHN FLOOD #1 OF 6 by Justin (Luther Strode) Jordan and Jorge (Polarity) Coeljo, a P.I. tale featuring a man who doesn’t sleep as the result of a government experiment and consequently sees patterns that others don’t. SLEEPY HOLLOW: PROVIDENCE #1 OF 4 is by Eric Carrasco with art by Victor Santos and is based on the television program rather than the Irving stories. At their ARCHAIA imprint they offer ☀AMERICATOWN #1 OF 8 by screenwriters Bradford Winters and Larry Cohen with art by Daniel Irizarri, a social commentary as well as a family drama with American’s living as legal and illegal immigrants in cities like Buenos Aires where they have their own enclaves. And at their all age imprint, KaBOOM! comes ☀OVER THE GARDEN WALL #1 OF 4 set between the third and fourth episodes of the Cartoon Network original mini series. For the young Bone fans in your household comes ☀BARTLEBY, THE BABY RAT CREATURE PLUSH from CARTOON BOOKS, a cuddly toy that probably won’t want to turn you into quiche. On the heels of the collected hard cover COMIX TRIBE offers OXYMORON: THE LOVELIEST NIGHTMARE #1 OF 4, the story of an obsessed psychopath in a story that answers the question ‘What if the Joker came to Gotham without Batman?’. DYNAMITE has ☀THE SHADOW, VOL. 2 #1 of a new ongoing series written by Cullen Bunn with art by Giovanni Timpano and the first issue has an introductory price of one dollar. ☀RED SONJA /CONAN #1 OF 4 will be written by Victor Gischler with art by Robert Castro as the warriors reunite after their recent adventures published by Dark Horse; another one shot tying into Gail Simone’s event is SWORDS OF SORROW: PANTHA & JANE PORTER SPECIAL by Emma Beeby with Rod Rodolfo. DOVER PUBLICATIONS collects ☀THE BOZZ CHRONICLES TP, a tale of a suicidal alien and a prostitute who form a detective agency that takes cases rejected by Scotland Yard, this was originally published by Marvel‘s creator owned imprint, Epic Comics and is written by David Michelinie with art by Bret Blevins. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS offers the ☀HIP HOP FAMILY TREE: BOOK 3 TP which covers the years 1983 and 1984 and they offer an ongoing monthly series with ☀HIP HOP FAMILY TREE #1! GRAPHIX is the graphic novel imprint of the wonderful Scholastic Book Club and offers ☀SPACE DUMPLINS, VOL. 1 by Craig Thompson, his first work for young readers with themes of ‘family, friendship and loyalty in a grand space adventure with quirky aliens, awesome spaceships and sharp commentary about our environmentally challenged world’. New publisher GUARDIAN KNIGHT offers an ongoing fantasy adventure series titled ☀GEARS & BONES #1 with a kind of Conan/rabbit/pirate lead character and impressive artwork and the first issue offered at under two dollars. They also solicit SANITARIUM #1 OF 6, a forty page full color horror series. JET CITY COMICS who has mostly put out graphic novels in the past begins two limited series: ☀KING #1 OF 5 is written by Joshua (Bunker, I, Vampire) Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Bernard (Green Lantern Corps) Chang, described as ‘a post apocalyptic Conan the Barbarian as directed by Sam Raimi circa Army of Darkness‘ and ☀MUIRWOOD #1 OF 5 by Matt (Jack of Fables) Sturges with art by Alex (Dark Crystal: Creation Myths) Sheikman. As Dark Horse offers the final volume of the manga series Gantz
KODANSHA begins another manga by the same creator, Hiroya Oku with INUYASHIKI, VOL. 1 GN and they also begin NINJA SLAYER KILLS, VOL. 1 GN by Kotaro Sekine. French publisher NBM offers the ☀FIRES OVER HYPERION GN written and illustrated by Patrick Atangan, this is an autobiographical tale described as ‘imagine Sex and the City written by a gay Charlie Brown‘. Phoebe Gloeckner’s ☀DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL GN is revised and reprinted by NORTH ATLANTIC BOOKS in anticipation of the August release of a new independent film based on the book, a coming of age story of a fifteen year old in nineteen seventies San Francisco. Marc (Arrow) Guggenheim and Justin (Stumptown, The Fuse) Greenwood bring ☀STRINGERS #1 about a couple of guys who film news footage in LA until they film a firefight between the LAPD and the MS-13, from ONI PRESS. Ted Rall, Pulitzer Prize winner for his editorial cartoons releases the ☀SNOWDEN GN from SEVEN STORIES PRESS, the first biography of Edward Snowden. SQUARE FISH offers some new biographical non fiction by Jim Ottaviani with art by Maris Wicks, ☀PRIMATES: THE FEARLESS SCIENCE OF JANE GOODALL, DIAN FOSSEY AND BIRUTE FALDIKAS HC. TASCHEN AMERICA collects all five hundred and fifty episodes in full color in an oversized format with ☀WINDSOR McCAY: THE COMPLETE LITTLE NEMO 1905-1927 HC for two hundred dollars. With current monthly adventures of the tenth, eleventh and twelfth doctors and a limited series featuring the ninth doctor TITAN COMICS adds a five part weekly limited series with the ☀DOCTOR WHO EVENT: FOUR DOCTORS #1 through #5 written by Paul Cornell with the artwork of Neil Edwards. Also the ☀BREATHTAKER GN written by Mark Wheatley and illustrated by Marc Hempel this was once a Vertigo series about a women who maintains her youth by prematurely aging her lovers to death and the new edition includes an introduction by Neil Gaiman (and if you can’t wait until August I believe I still have the original issues in stock). TOON GRAPHICS releases LITTLE NEMO’S BIG NEW DREAMS HC featuring over thirty broadsheet sized adventures from the industries best including Art Spiegelman, Gerhard, Charles Vess and more. UDON ENTERTAINMENT offers KILL LA KILL, VOL. 1, the manga adaptation of the hit anime while VALIANT continues telling of the last days of their characters with the ☀BOOK OF DEATH #2 OF 4 and this month the one shot ☀BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF NINJAK by Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine. Meanwhile ☀NINJAK #6 begins a new arc as does ☀RAI #9 and ☀X-O MANOWAR #39. VIZ MEDIA offers ULTRAMAN, VOL. 1 GN, a new story based on the classic Japanese superhero TV show from the sixties and, from WARNER BROS. comes ☀JAMES PATTERSON’S ZOO: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL TP co-written by Michael Ledgwidge and adapted and illustrated by Andy MacDonald where the planets wildlife strikes back. And that brings us to the end of this months catalog, although there are things other than comics there: books, magazines, trading cards, apparel, toys and models, statues, the ubiquitous Funko Pop figures, import toys, statues and models, collectibles, games, novelties and lots more. Flip through the catalog next time you stop by and if anything appeals to you I’ll be happy to order it for you!
Contenders for this month include the ☀TRUE JUNCTION GN from TOP SHELF,
☀AMERICATOWN #1 OF 8 from ARCHAIA, ☀KING #1 OF 5 from JET CITY COMICS and ☀STRINGERS #1 OF 5 from ONI PRESS. The reprinting of Garth Ennis’ ☀WAR STORIES TP’s from AVATAR also thrills me and, though I don’t often consider reprints for this category and rarely choose MARVEL titles for the honor, this month is an exception in both cases as my Pick of the Month for June is ☀A.K.A. JESSICA JONES: ALIAS TP VOL. 1 and ☀A.K.A. JESSICA JONES: ALIAS TP VOL. 2. These are some of Bendis’ best work, and that’s saying something with his massive body of work which has earned him a place in Guinness’ Book of World Records. These are mature stories, not for children, but some of the best character development I’ve ever seen in the Marvel Universe.
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