The June Previews catalog has just arrived so as I read through it I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you. These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in August of 2016. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and let me know by the twenty first of this month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders. (Don’t feel obligated to subscribe to a whole series; if you’d just like a copy of the first issue of a new series to try it out, let me know and I’ll be sure to put a copy aside for you.)
This month the theme is Video Games so expect a lot of the comics and graphic novels that tend to bridge each new release. Also there’s a contest to win some of these graphic novels and toys at www.PreviewsWorld.com. (There is a list of the codes and abbreviations used on the newsletter at the bottom of the page.)
DARK HORSE: The prolific Brian (Massive, Aliens: Defiance, Starve, Black Road, Rebels) Wood launches a new ongoing series with ♥BRIGGS LAND #1 featuring art by Marc Chater, this is a tale of America’s largest anti-government secessionist camp (and is already in development as an AMC television program). The series should appeal to fans of Sons of Anarchy, and comics like Scarlet and Renato Jones. Joëlle Jones writes and illustrates the sequel to her multi Eisner Award nominated series with ♥LADY KILLER 2 #1 OF 5, a retro tale of a killer housewife. Dark Horse has been working with Moebius Productions in France to put all of the masters work back in print and now offers ♥MOEBIUS LIBRARY: THE WORLD OF EDENA HC. The ♥FIGHT CLUB 2: LIBRARY EDITION HC is a limited edition in a slipcase with fifty pages of bonus content and a new cover. Dave McKean, best known for his covers of Sandman and other collaborations with Neil Gaiman releases a new original graphic novel, ♥BLACK DOG: THE DREAMS OF PAUL NASH available in soft cover or hard cover this is based on the legendary surrealist painter and World War I, showing how war and extreme situations change us. (Mr. McKean’s first original graphic novel, Cages is one of my personal all time favorite comic works.) ♥THE SECRET LOVES OF GEEK GIRLS TP is a nonfiction anthology mixing prose, comics and illustrated stories featuring a stellar lineup of female creators including Margaret Atwood, Marjorie Liu, Mariko Tamaki, Marguerite Bennett and lots more. Described as Once Upon a Time in the West meets Princess Mononoke Greg Pak and Mirko Colak’s ♥KINGSWAY WEST #1 OF 4 brings us a magical western tale. BUFFY: THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS: GLUTTON FOR PUNISHMENT TP is an eighty page original graphic novel set during Season One written by Kei McDonald with art by Yishan Li. This is eighty pages for under eleven dollars. Mike Norton offers ♥BATTLEPUG, VOL. 5: THE PAWS OF WAR HC and Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover offer ♥BANDETTE, VOL. 3: THE HOUSE OF THE GREEN MASK HC, new adventures of the Eisner Award winning tale of the greatest thief in all the lands; she’s after revenge (and chocolate). Best known for his creations Preacher and the Boys and his work on the Punisher Garth Ennis likes to write well researched war stories so the popular MMOG lends itself well to his skills; ♥WORLD OF TANKS #1 OF 5 will be illustrated by Carlos (Judge Dredd) Ezquerra. ♥WITCHFINDER: CITY OF THE DEAD #1 OF 5 by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson with art by Ben Stenbeck is the latest adventure of Sir Edward Grey, occult adviser to the queen. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SEASON 10 #30 is the final issue of this season.
DC: The Rebirth continues with one of the most anticipated new titles, ♥ALL-STAR BATMAN #1. The series will be written by Scott Snyder with an all star roster of artists and will focus on the Dark Knight’s rogue’s gallery; first up is Two-Face illustrated by John Romita, Jr. ♥BLUE BEETLE: REBIRTH #1 will be written by Keith Giffen with Scott Kolins’ art as teen Jaime Reyes is lost in the desert and Kord Industries is up to no good. ♥BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #1 is written by Julie and Shawna Benson with art by Claire Roe and the first story is titled ‘Who Is Oracle?’. ♥DEATHSTROKE: REBIRTH #1 and ♥DEATHSTROKE #1 are written by Christopher Priest with art by Calo Pagulayan and will ship twice monthly. Also shipping twice a month will be ♥HARLEY QUINN #1 and #2 still written by Anamda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Chad Hardin. ♥THE HELLBLAZER #1 is written by Simon Oliver with Moritat’s artwork with Constantine back in London and Swamp Thing calling in a favor. RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1 is by Scott Lobdell with Dexter Soy’s artwork with the team in Gotham City. ♥SUPERGIRL: REBIRTH #1 is written by Steve Orlando with art by Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy, a stellar team, not to be confused with the twice monthly Adventures of Supergirl series that is tied to the television continuity rather than the comic book universe. ♥SUICIDE SQUAD: REBIRTH #1 and ♥SUICIDE SQUAD #1 are written by Rob Williams and shipping twice monthly, the one shot features art by Philip Tan and Jonathan Glapion while issue one features art and cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams! The team now handles only missions that they’re not expected to survive. SUPERWOMAN #1 is written and illustrated by Phil Jimenez featuring the super powered Lois Lane. SIXPACK AND DOGWELDER: HARD-TRAVELING HEROZ #1 OF 6 is more of Garth Ennis’ and Russ Braun’s All Star Section Eight drunken comedic super hero adventures and, with the movie imminent, two more one shots: SUICIDE SQUAD MOST WANTED: EL DIABLO AND BOOMERANG #1 by Jai Nitz with Cliff Richards and Michael Moreci with Oscar Bazaldua respectively and ♥SUICIDE SQUAD: WAR CRIMES SPECIAL #1 by John Ostrander and Gus Vazquez expanding the characters and relationships of this strangely motivated group. ♥HARLEY’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK #5 has her teamed up with Superman as they revisit the classic Superman vs Mohammad Ali story, and it’s even under a Neal Adams cover! LEGENDS OF TOMORROW #6 will be the final issue of the four story anthology which features tales of Metamorpho, Firestorm, Sugar & Spike and the Metal Men. The ♥DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS ANNUAL #1 is by Marguerite Bennett with Elsa Charretier’s art telling the origin story of the first Bombshell: the Batgirl. Deluxe collected editions this months include: AQUAMAN: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC, THE ART OF DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS HC, ♥THE DC UNIVERSE BY NEIL GAIMAN DELUXE EDITION HC, ♥THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS COLLECTOR’S EDITION BOX SET collecting the first four issues in a slip case, THE FLASH BY FRANCIS MANAPUL AND BRIAN BUCCELLATO OMNIBUS HC, JSA: THE GOLDEN AGE DELUXE EDITION HC, TEEN TITANS: THE SILVER AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC, SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN HC and two volumes that culminate with the demise of the Man of Steel: ♥SUPERMAN: SAVAGE DAWN HC and ♥SUPERMAN: THE FINAL DAYS OF SUPERMAN HC. The ♥DARK KNIGHT RETURNS COLLECTOR’S EDITION BOX SET is the original four issue series collected as four oversize forty eight page hardcover books in a slipcase for under fifty dollars. And there’s one more and, if you’ve read DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1 you might have expected it: ♥WATCHMEN COLLECTOR’S EDITION BOX SET which consists of twelve, thirty two page hard cover books in a beautiful slipcase with Dave Gibbons’ art for a hundred and twenty five dollars. In softcover collections there’s BATMAN BEYOND, VOL. 2: CITY OF YESTERDAY TP, BATMAN: ARKHAM: POISON IVY TP which collects over three hundred pages of stories from her first appearance onward, ♥BATMAN, VOL. 8: SUPERHEAVY TP with issues forty one through forty five plus the story from DC Comics Divergence #1, BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT-GENESIS TP, ♥CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER, VOL. 2: THE ART OF THE DEAL TP, ♥THE FLASH BY MARK WAID: BOOK ONE TP from his nineteen ninety run, GREEN ARROW, VOL. 6: LAST ACTION HERO TP, GREEN LANTERN, VOL. 7: RENEGADE TP, ♥HARLEY QUINN’S GREATEST HITS TP with her first appearance and lots of her guest appearances from throughout the DCU, ♥HARLEY QUINN, VOL. 4: A CALL TO ARMS TP, JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001, VOL. 2: THINGS FALL APART TP, ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE, VOL. 7: DARKSEID WAR PART ONE TP, ♥POISON IVY: CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH TP collecting the recent limited series, ♥ROBIN, SON OF BATMAN, VOL. 1: YEAR OF BLOOD TP and the ADVENTURES OF SUPERGIRL TP collecting stories tied to the CBS television series. SUPERGIRL: FRIENDS AND FUGITIVES TP, SUPERGIRL: WHO IS SUPERWOMAN TP and SUPERGIRL: BIZARROGIRL TP all get new editions as well as a COLORING DC: SUPERGIRL TP, ♥SUPERMAN, VOL. 1: BEFORE TRUTH TP, the recent tale of Clark’s loss of his secret identity, SUICIDE SQUAD MOST WANTED: KATANA TP, the ♥TITANS HUNT TP, ♥WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 8: A TWIST OF FATE TP and a new edition of SUPERMAN/BATMAN: THE SAGA OF THE SUPER SONS. DC‘s creator owned imprint, VERTIGO has two new collected editions: ♥THE DARK & BLOODY TP and the ♥SURVIVORS” CLUB TP. Their collectibles imprint, DC DIRECT has new action figures including BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES: CHRISTMAS WITH THE JOKER AF, BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES BATMAN AND ROBIN WITH BAT-SIGNAL ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK, ♥BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT: BATGIRL AND ORACLE ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK complete with wheel chair and two more: DC DESIGNER SERIES: GREEN LANTERN and SUPERMAN BY GREG CAPULLO ACTION FIGURES. New statues include: ♥DC DESIGNER SERIES: WONDER WOMAN BY ADAM HUGHES STATUE, HARLEY QUINN: RED, WHITE AND BLACK ARKHAM ASYLUM STATUE, DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: MERA BUST and DC COVER GIRLS: HARLEY QUINN STATUE-SECOND EDITION.
Idea & Design Works will be launching one new title per week for the month of August beginning with an all age fantasy series, THE ADVENTURES OF AUGUST WIND, VOL. 2: THE LAST STORY #1 OF 5 written by J. M. (Stardust Kid) DeMatteis with art by Vassillis Gogtzilas. ♥ATOMIC ROBO AND THE TEMPLE OF OD #1 OF 5 is by series’ creators Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener. JACKBOOT & IRONHEEL #1 OF 4 is a supernatural World War II tale written and illustrated by Max (Sinister Dexter) Millgate. ♥JIM THOMPSON’S THE KILLER INSIDE ME #1 OF 5 is an adaptation of the first person serial killer noir novel, featuring a foreword by Stephen King, written by Devin Faraci and illustrated by Vic Malhotra. And, from their TOP SHELF imprint comes James Kochalka’s ♥SUPERF*CKERS FOREVER #1 OF 5. Written by Congressman John Lewis with Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell comes ♥MARCH: BOOK 3, the conclusion of the best selling, award winning biography, also offered as a slip cased set with all three volumes. The ♥TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES UNIVERSE #1 begins a new ongoing series written by Paul Allor, Kevin Eastman and Tom Waltz with art by Damian Couceiro and Eastman plus the first issue will have a back up story by Eastman illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz! TRANSFORMERS #56 and TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #56 lead into next months’ Revolution cross over series which also crosses into other IDW series’ including the Micronauts, Action Man and ROM. The ♥X-FILES: ORIGINS #1 OF 4 is written by Jody Houser and Matthew Dow Smith with art by Chris Fenoglio and Corin Howell, stories of the young Scully and Mulder especially crafted for young adult readers. X-FILES: SECRET AGENDAS is the third collection of original short fiction based on the show, this one edited by NYT best selling crime author Jonathan Maberry. GODZILLA: RAGE ACROSS TIME #1 OF 5 will feature the famous kaiju throughout history beginning with feudal Japan, as told by Jeremy Robinson and Matt Frank. DUCK AVENGER #0 begins the superhero Disney epic translated to English for the fist time. L. Frank Baum is well known as the creator of the Land of Oz and writer/artist Eric Shanower has done a brilliant job of adapting his tales to comics. ♥THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS HC collects two of Baum’s largely forgotten tales with Eric’s spot illustrations throughout. The timeless prose tales of Kenneth Grahame are also collected in ♥THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS HC, this one featuring spot illustrations in both color and pen and ink by David (Mouse Guard) Peterson! The ♥DITKO UNLEASHED HC presents his career from the fifties to the present with examples of his work at Charlton, Warren, Marvel and DC as printed pages as well as scans from his original art, this is a museum catalog to accompany an exhibition scheduled for this fall in Spain.
IMAGE: There’s already been a lot of buzz for Jonathan (East of West, Secret Wars) Hickman’s new title with artist Tomm Coker, ♥THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS #1, a crypto-noir series involving clandestine banking cartels and occultism, not about upper and lower classes but about ‘money as an actual force of nature’. If you like crime comics then this is a no-brainer; Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Fade Out, Criminal, Fatale) launch ♥KILL OR BE KILLED #1, a thriller and a deconstruction of vigilantism, this is a tale about a young man who has to kill one person per month to survive. DEMONIC #1 OF 6 is by Christpher Sebela with art by Niko Walter and Dan Brown, a story of a NYPD Detective who will sell his soul to protect his family. Matt (The Tithe, Think Tank, Postal) Hawkins is probably the most prolific creator at Top Cow these days, to the point that he’s brought in Bryan Hill to take over the scripting on Postal of late. Now Matt and Bryan along with artist Atilio Rojo launch ♥EDEN’S FALL #1 which features characters from all three titles. LAKE OF FIRE #1 begins a story in 1220 AD as the Crusade’s are interrupted by bloodthirsty predators from a crashed spacecraft, written and illustrated by Nathan Fairbairn and Matt Smith. SPAWN #266 and SAVAGE DRAGON #217 is a two part cross over by Todd McFarlane and Erik Larsen and ♥SAGA #27 begins a new arc, ‘The War for Phang’ part one. The ♥WALKING DEAD #157 also begins a new arc: ‘The Whisperer War’ part one (with a ‘B’ cover by Arthur Adams). THE ART OF MILLARWORLD TP is two hundred pages of covers from Kick-Ass, Wanted, Superior, MPH, Nemesis, etc. The ♥PRINCE OF CATS HC is an original graphic novel by Ronald Wimberly, a gritty urban tale of gangs, drugs and street survival. Collected editions include: ♥CIRCUIT BREAKER TP with the five issue run, ♥THE FIX, VOL. 1 TP with the first four issue arc, ♥FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS TP collecting one through six and ♥SAINTS: THE BOOK OF BLAISE TP collecting the whole nine issue series by Sean (NPR’s This American Life) and Benjamin (Twin Peaks Tarot Cards) Mackey, over three hundred pages for under twenty dollars. Steven T. Seagle writes and Moritat illustrates the SOLSTICE HC, a tale of a millionaire with a death wish and his son searching for the Fountain of Youth, this work is collected in color for the first time. BLOODSTAIN, VOL. 2 TP is an original graphic novel by Linda Sejic, a workplace thriller. Other new collections include: ♥CRIMINAL, VOL. 7: WRONG TIME, WRONG PLACE TP collecting the two one shot specials, ♥EMPTY ZONE, VOL. 2: THE INDUSTRIAL SMILE TP, ♥THINK TANK, VOL. 4: CREATIVE DESTRUCTION TP and ♥THE WALKING DEAD, VOL. 26 TP with issues one fifty one through one fifty six.
MARVEL: The cross over continues with CIVIL WAR II #5 OF 7, CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES #4 and #5 OF 6, CIVIL WAR II: X-MEN #3 OF 4, CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3 OF 4, CIVIL WAR II: GODS OF WAR #3 OF 4, CIVIL WAR II: KINGPIN #2 OF 4, and tie ins including: NEW AVENGERS #15, ALL NEW, ALL DIFFERENT AVENGERS #13, THE ULTIMATES #10, UNCANNY AVENGERS #13, CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #12, CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #5, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #12, CAPTAIN MARVEL #8, SQUADRON SUPREME #10, A-FORCE #8, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #8, the TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #10, the ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #11, SCARLET WITCH #9, UNCANNY INHUMANS #13, MS MARVEL #10, SPIDER-WOMAN #10, SPIDER-MAN 2019 #13 and #14, SPIDER-MAN #7, MOCKINGBIRD #6, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #11, ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT #8 featuring Gwenpool, VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT #11, ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #11, DEADPOOL #17 and POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #7. CIVIL WAR II: ULYSSES #1 OF 3 is by Al Ewing and Jefte Palo and is a Civil War II prequel. A new all age series based on the collectible Disney plushes interacting with the Marvel Universe characters: MARVEL TSUM TSUM #1 OF 4 is written by Jacob Chabot with David Baldeon’s artwork. And you may notice that many of the Marvel titles this month have Tsum Tsum variant covers. The ♥ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 is basically a collection of the fan fiction of Kamala Khan as written by G. Willow Wilson, Mark Waid and others. There’s a bunch of titles that are lead ins to an upcoming cross over titled ‘Dead No More’ including AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16 and #17, which introduces the new Electro; (there are so many to choose from, who do you think will be returning from the dead?). Charles Soule writes and Kev Walker illustrates the ♥UNCANNY INHUMANS ANNUAL #1 following the Terrigen Mist to India. ♥BLACK PANTHER #5 begins its’ second arc with guest artist Chris Sprouse. Soule with artist Ron Garney begins a new arc, ‘The Dark Art’ with ♥DAREDEVIL #10 while Soule and Roger McKenzie write the ♥DAREDEVIL ANNUAL #1 with art by Vanesa R. Del Rey which heralds the return of Echo. ♥DOCTOR STRANGE #11 is a ‘Last Days of Magic’ aftermath issue telling how he gained and lost the title of Sorcerer Supreme with new art team Kevin Nowlan and Leonardo Romero. The ALL-NEW WOLVERINE ANNUAL #1 is written by Tom Taylor with art by Marcio Takara and threatens to introduce All-New Wolvergwen and Spiderine as well as Gabby, the world’s most dangerous little sister and Jonathan, the Wolverine. ALL-NEW X-MEN #12 begins a new arc by Dennis Hopeless and Mark Bagley and ♥EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #13 by Jeff Lemire and Victor Ibañez begins the ‘Kingdoms Fall’ arc. UNCANNY X-MEN #11 by Cullen Bunn and Greg Land also begins a new arc now that Apocalypse Wars has ended. X-MEN ’92 #6 has the team working security at Lilapalooza and will feature the Toadies, Lila Cheney and The Flaming Lips. And, as you’ve probably heard ♥DARTH VADER #25 will be the final issue of the series and consequently it will be a big book priced under five dollars with eleven variants (so far). Ryan North writes and Erica Henderson pencils ♥THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL BEATS UP THE MARVEL UNIVERSE OGN HC. Deluxe collections this month include UNCANNY X-MEN, VOL. 2 HC, STAR WARS: KANAN OMNIBUS HC with the full twelve issues, the HAUNTED MANSION HC collecting the five issue all age series, ♥GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC, the DEADPOOL BY POSEHN & DUGGAN OMNIBUS HC while their soft cover collected editions include ♥SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES, VOL. 1 TP, ♥BLACK PANTHER: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET, BOOK 1 TP, the SECRET WARS TP and the humorous take on the same with the SECRET WARS TOO TP, the X-MEN: WORST X-MEN EVER TP by Max Bemis of the band Say Anything, ♥POWER MAN AND IRON FIST, VOL. 1: THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN TP, ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT, VOL. 0: BITE AND BARK TP with the eleven issues of Rocket Raccoon and
the six issues of Groot, the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN & SILK: THE SPIDER(FLY) EFFECT TP, ♥KARNAK, VOL. 1: THE FLAW IN ALL THINGS TP, the ASTONISHING ANT-MAN, VOL. 2: SMALL-TIME CRIMINAL TP, UNCANNY AVENGERS: UNITY, VOL. 2: THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH TP, ♥DAREDEVIL: BACK IN BLACK, VOL. 2: SUPERSONIC TP, DEADPOOL: WORLD’S GREATEST, VOL. 3: DEADPOOL VS. SABRETOOTH TP, JESSICA JONES: AVENGER TP with a bunch of her appearances throughout the Marvel Universe, MARVEL’S DOCTOR STRANGE PRELUDE TP with some stories from throughout the characters’ history plus the two part prelude to the film, ♥DOCTOR STRANGE: STRANGE ORIGIN TP, DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SECRET DEFENDERS TP, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY CLASSIC: IN THE YEAR 3000, VOL. 2 TP, DRAX: GUARDIAN OF THE GALAXY TP, GAMORA: GUARDIAN OF THE GALAXY TP, ♥PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL BY CARL POTTS & JIM LEE TP, ♥X-MEN ORIGINS: GAMBIT TP and, for the kids, the MARVEL SUPER HERO SPECTACULAR TP, ♥MAX RIDE: FIRST FLIGHT TP and a new adult coloring book: ♥COLOR YOUR OWN WOMEN OF POWER TP.
INDEPENDENTS: When I write these newsletters I imagine how I would make use of them and I would most likely read about what my favorite publishers’ are offering and skip the ones whose output I’m not especially fond of, so for this section I would tend to check out Aftershock Press,
Archaia, an imprint of Boom, Black Mask Comics, Drawn & Quarterly, Fantagraphics, Oni Press, etc. whose editorial policies and selections often intrigue me.
A favorite creator has just finished a long running series and as I loved his previous works (Strangers in Paradise, Echo) I’m excited about the ♥RACHEL RISING OMNIBUS HC, over eight hundred pages of story and art, crime suspense involving a murdered woman tracking her own killer, self published by Terry Moore at ABSTRACT STUDIOS. A new series by Marguerite (A-Force, DC Bombshells) Bennett and Rafael De Latore from AFTERSHOCK is ♥ANIMOSITY #1, a coming of age road trip tale about when the animals gain awareness and take revenge. And they also offer ♥INSEXTS, VOL. 1, also by Bennett with art by Ariela Kristantina collecting issues one through seven of this Victorian horror series. AMERICAN GOTHIC PRESS offers ♥BROKEN MOON: LEGENDS OF THE DEEP #1 OF 4 continuing the post apocalyptic thriller with creator Philip Kim and artist Nat Jones. AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY launches the THREE STOOGES: RED WHITE & STOOGE #1 featuring three covers; Mo, Larry and Curly run for President and the fans decide which one wins. And they also launch DARK TALES FROM THE VOKESVERSE #1 an anthology featuring six authors with all of the art by Neil Vokes, forty eight pages in black and white. The main imprint, BOOM! STUDIOS offers ♥SONS OF ANARCHY: REDWOOD ORIGINAL #1, all new ongoing series under complete supervision of the shows’ creator. They also launch THE BACKSTAGERS #1 OF 8 by James (Batman Eternal) Tinion IV with Rian Sygh’s artwork, a stage crew involved in a portal type adventure, and there’s also the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS 2016 ANNUAL #1. THE OFFICIAL MAKING OF BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA HC has a foreword by John Carpenter and is the only official behind the scenes look into the 1986 cult classic. Their ARCHAIA imprint offers the ♥JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 as well as the ♥JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: CREATION MYTHS, VOL. 3 TP and the ♥MOUSE GUARD COLORING BOOK TP. And their all age imprint, KaBOOM! offers the ADVENTURE TIME: PRESIDENT BUBBLEGUM OGN TP as well as THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL 2016 GRAB BAG SPECIAL #1. BLISS ON TAP offers ♥HARDCORE AKAN #1 filling in the mysteries and character development absent from the Hardcore Henry film. Jeff Smith’s self publishing company CARTOON BOOKS celebrating the twenty fifth anniversary of Bone #1 releases the ♥BONE 25TH ANNIVERSARY SIGNED PRINT, 11″ X 17″ and limited to five hundred copies the print features Thorn and the three Bone cousins in a spoof of the classic Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ album cover. Out of print for almost thirty years COMICMIX offers HOTSPUR: COMPLETE AND ASTONISHING! TP, the three issue series by John Ostrander, Timothy Truman and others. COSMIC TIMES releases FLESH OF WHITE #1 OF 4, a story of a happy family in modern Tanzania, husband, wife and a young son with albinism who comes to the attention of a remorseless Witch Doctor who wants the child’s skin for nefarious magicks. DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT launches EVIL ERNIE: GODEATER #1 OF 5 written by Justin (Luther Strode) Jordan with art by Colton Worley as well as BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (Classic) #1 by Cullen (Deadpool, Sinestro) Bunn with art by Alex (Katana) Sanchez. And election special one shot, ARMY OF DARKNESS: ASH FOR PRESIDENT (who may offer a better choice). The work of another legendary comic creators is published by DOVER PUBLICATIONS: ♥SAM GLANZMAN’S ATTU: THE COLLECTED VOLUMES TP has the complete tale of the rebellious caveman including a never before published story, an introduction by original publisher, Timothy Truman and a foreword by Jeff Lemire. DRAWN & QUARTERLY releases the ♥BUMPERHEAD HC written and illustrated by Gilbert Hernandez and a companion book to his Marble Season graphic novel. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS offers ♥ART & BEAUTY #3, the third and final volume of Robert Crumb’s art focused on his obsession with certain body types of the female form. NVRLND #1 OF 4 is a dark re-imagining of Peter Pan set in present day Hollywood from 451 MEDIA. The comic imprint of Scholastic Books, GRAPHIX offers ♥RAINA TELGEMEIER: GHOSTS GN, the latest from the multiple Eisner Award winning author of Smile, Drama and Sisters. HARPER COLLINS have taken the two volumes and combined them into one with ♥NEIL GAIMAN’S THE GRAVEYARD BOOK COMPLETE HC. With Grant Morrison as editor HEAVY METAL has made a larger foray into comics then ever before and this month offer ♥AFTERMATH: BIG CLEAN #1 an ongoing series by Kevin and Matt Molen, a creative team described as ‘part Sam Kieth, part Simon Bisley’, about a post-apocalyptic future dominated by the cartoon empire, Walden. And they also offer ATOLL #1 OF 5 by Tim Daniel and Ricardo Drumond where the world’s best athletes are forced to compete against the world’s deadliest predators, REINCARNATE #1 by Michael Moreci with Keith Burns’ artwork, a crime story where the private detective has a bullet in his head that allows him to access memories from his past lives and SKIP TO THE END #1 OF 4 by Jeremy Holt and Alex Diotto about a bass player trying to reclaim his former glory in the absence of the late lead singer. A subsidiary of Disney
JOE’S BOOKS launches DISNEY’S PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN #1. ♥JEFF STEINBERG: CHAMPION OF EARTH #1 is published by ONI PRESS ‘from the writer of Bunker and the artist of…wait, My Little Pony? OK, whatever.’ A double sized debut from Joshua Hale Fialkov and Tony Fleecs with an alien invasion and it’s up to Jeff to save us all. RED 5 COMICS offers KULIPARI: HERITAGE #1 OF 4 co-written by the creator of the Netflix original series and illustrated by Sonia Liao. British publisher TITAN COMICS begins ♥DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRD DOCTOR #1 OF 5 written by Paul Cornell and ♥ASSASSIN’S CREED #12 begins a new story arc. DISHONORED #1 is a new series written by Gordon Rennie with art by Andrea Olimpieri, based on the software video game. ♥MYCROFT HOLMES: THE APOCALYPSE HANDBOOK #1 is written by basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar with Raymond Obstfeld and art by Joshua Cassara providing a new look at Sherlock Holmes’ older brother. Revitalized manga publisher TOKYO POP expands on their new licenses with Disney offering STITCH! MANGA, VOL. 1 and KILALA PRINCESS, VOL. 1. Fred Van Lente writes and Francis Portela illustrates the new ongoing series from VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT GENERATION ZERO #1 spinning out of the recent Harbinger Wars cross over. THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #6 begins a new arc as does ♥NINJAK #18 and a new hero debuts in 4001 AD: WAR MOTHER by Van Lente with Tomás Giorello. As part of Video Game Month
VIZ MEDIA has all ten volumes of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA manga back in print and they also offer a new art book: ♥YOSHITAKA AMANO ILLUSTRATIONS HC featuring his artwork from Final Fantasy, Vampire Hunter D, Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets) and more. EASY EATS: A BEE AND PUPPYCAT COOKBOOK is an illustrated collection of recipes from staff and fans, inspired by the hit web series. ZENESCOPE offers GRIMM FAIRY TALES #125, sixty four pages under ten dollars and WONDERLAND #50, forty eight pages under six dollars and both are the final issues of the long running titles. However new series begins with GRIMM FAIRY TALES: APOCALYPSE #1 OF 5 and VAN HELSING VS. FRANKENSTEIN #1 OF 5. And that brings us to the end of the comic book listings. I have five contenders this month but most everyone will pick up ♥ALL-STAR BATMAN #1 just because Scott Snyder is writing it and anyone who is a fan of noir crime stories will pick up Brubaker and Phillips’ ♥KILL OR BE KILLED #1. Several customers have already signed on for Hickman and Coker’s ♥THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS #1 and although I’ve already ordered myself a copy of Dave McKean’s ♥BLACK DOG: THE DREAMS OF PAUL NASH I’d rather recommend a series than a graphic novel so, by the process of elimination my choice for Pick of the Month this time is Brian Wood’s new Dark Horse series ♥BRIGG’S LAND #1.
June fourth is Dark Horse Day and I will also be hosting a release party for the COUNTDOWN UNTIL NOW TP, an anthology of eleven stories inspired by the friendships formed at the Las Vegas MORRISON CON in 2012. Two of the contributors and attendees will be here from TEN until THREE to autograph your copies: HENRY BARAJAS and JACOB BRECKENRIDGE! Get this cool book and support our local artists!
Thank you all for your orders, support and friendship; I am grateful and humbled.
Some of the codes and abbreviations that I use are: HC (hard cover), TP (trade paperback), SC (soft cover), GN (graphic novel), OGN (original graphic novel-not a reprint or collection), MMPB (mass market paperbacks), AF (action figure), T/C trading cards, T/S (tee shirt) and♥(to denote an excellent writer, creator or title deserving wider recognition in my humble opinion).
Besides the monthly Previews catalog there is also an ‘Adult Supplement’ which showcases the ‘adults only’ comics, books and videos. If you are interested in seeing what’s available (and you’re over eighteen) just send me an email and I will send you this month’s adult catalog with images, descriptions and prices.