The May Previews catalog arrived on Wednesday, May thirty first (so please forgive me if this doesn’t show up in your mail box at midnight on the first; I’ll get it to you as soon as I’ve read through it). I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you. These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in August of 2017. If there’s anything that you’d like, please try and let me know by the twenty first of this month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders. (Don’t feel obligated to subscribe to a whole series; if you’d just like a copy of the first issue of a new series to try it out, let me know and I’ll be sure to put a copy aside for you.)
This month’s theme is Manga Month so the complete Akira and Ghost in the Shell is offered again and lots of other backlist titles; let me know if there’s any you’ve been looking for! If you’d like more information or would like to see some images of covers and artwork you can go to www.PreviewsWorld.com and there are other articles at www.Scoop.PreviewsWorld.com, or you could sign up for the newsletter and maybe win prizes in the weekly giveaways at www.PreviewsWorld.com/subscribe.
DARK HORSE: Still maintaining the rights for most of the best video game titles, Cullen Bunn writes and Claire Roe illustrates ♥HALO: RISE OF ATRIOX #1 of 5, an anthology with each issue featuring different creative teams introducing Atriox the new villain from the game introduced this past February. Always expanding the Mignolaverse ♥HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1955-SECRET NATURE is a one shot written by Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson with art by Shawn Martinbrough while the ♥LOBSTER JOHNSON: MANGEKYO is also a one shot by John Arcudi and Mignola with art by Ben Stenbeck. ♥MR. HIGGINS COMES HOME HC is a new original graphic novel written by Mignola with British artist Warwick Johnson, a sendup of classic vampire tales. New collected editions include the ♥HELLBOY IN HELL LIBRARY EDITION HC, the ♥VISITOR: HOW AND WHY HE STAYED TP and ♥BALTIMORE HC, VOL. 8: THE RED KINGDOM. Other collections include ♥HARROW COUNTY TP, VOL. 6: HEDGE MAGIC, the ♥SHAOLIN COWBOY HC: WHO’LL STOP THE REIGN, ♥LADY KILLER TP, VOL. 2, CONAN THE SLAYER TP, VOL. 1: BLOOD IN HIS WAKE and, from Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon and Eisner Award winner B.K. Vaughan with artist Jason Shawn Alexander comes ♥MICHAEL CHABON’S ESCAPIST TP. ♥GRANVILLE: FORCE MAJEURE HC is an anthropomorphic tale written and illustrated by Bryan (One Bad Rat, The Adventures of Luther Arkwright) Talbot, GREGORY SUICIDE HC is another original graphic novel, this one by Eric Grissom and Will Perkins about a man repeatedly awakening due to an obsolete AI program after dying by his own hand. The ♥RASHOMON COMMISSIONER HEIGO KOBAYASHI CASE HC is a crime mystery involving a slain samurai, written and illustrated by Victor (Polar, Violent Love) Santos, based on the detective created by Ryanosuke Akutagawa, volume one was released in Spain while this volume collects the complete epic for the first time in English. The ♥TERMINATOR: ORIGINAL SERIES-TEMPEST & ONE SHOT HC is by John Arcudi and James Robinson with art by Matt Wagner collecting the four issue ‘Tempest’ plus the one shot that had the pop up in the middle. More video related books include the ART OF OVERWATCH HC also available in a limited edition, the OVERWATCH ANTHOLOGY HC, VOL. 1 collecting the twelve issues of Blizzard Entertainments digital comic series, the FALLOUT 4 TP POSTER COLLECTION and the ART OF FALLOUT 4 HC. Other collections include TOMB RAIDER ARCHIVES HC, VOL. 3, ♥PLANTS VS ZOMBIES HC BOX SET, VOL. 3 with ‘Petal to the Metal’, ‘Boom Boom Mushroom’ and ‘Battle Extravagonzo’ and, also, the latest original graphic novel is offered: ♥PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: LAWN OF DOOM HC.
DC: ♥DARK NIGHTS: METAL #1 OF 6 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo follows ‘Dark Nights: The Forge’ and Dark Nights: The Casting’ taking the whole Justice League into the ‘Dark Multiverse’. There is so much interest in this series that it will be made available as a midnight release. (If you’re not already, follow the shop on Facebook so you know about things likeMidnight Release Parties, the quarterly Benefits, the monthly Kid’s Event and more; it’s right here: https://www.facebook.com/TucsonComicGuru/). Here are the DC titles that are starting new story arcs in August, if you’ve been waiting for a ‘jumping on’ point: ♥ACTION COMICS #985 begins ‘Eve of Destruction’, ♥BATGIRL #14 begins ‘Summer of Lies’, ♥BATWOMAN #6 is part one of ‘Open Fire’, ♥DETECTIVE COMICS #962 is ‘Longer Chains’ part one, ♥FLASH #28 begins ‘Negative’, the ♥GREEN ARROW ANNUAL #1 features Count Vertigo and heralds the return ofShado and Diggle, ♥HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #26 begins ‘Fall of the Gods’, the oversize ♥HARLEY QUINN #25 is a birthday party for senior citizen Cy Borgman,♥HELLBLAZER #13 is ‘The Spirit Hunter’ part one with new artist Jesus Merino, ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE #26 begins ‘Legacy’ while ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #12 begins ‘Crisis in the Multiverse’, ♥NIGHTWING #27 is ‘Spyral’ part one as Huntress comes back into Grayson’s life, ‘Emerald Eradication’ begins in ♥SUPERGIRL #12 and continues into the ♥SUPERGIRL ANNUAL #1, ♥SUPERMAN #28 begins ‘Fear Itself’ and ♥TRINITY #12 begins ‘Dark Destiny’. ♥NIGHTWING: THE NEW ORDER #1 of 6 is by Kyle Higgins and Trevor McCarthy, the team behindBatman: Gates of Gotham, set in a future where guns and superpower have been outlawed…by Dick Grayson, now a leader of a government task force who hunts metahumans. ♥MISTER MIRACLE #1 of 12 is by the Sheriff of Babylon team of Tom King and Mitch Gerads where Scott Free contemplates the one escape he’s never attempted, that of death. The new ♥FUTURE QUEST SHOWCASE #1 by Jeff Parker and Ariel Olivetti will focus on Space Ghost and ♥DC SUPER HERO GIRLS TP, VOL. 4: PAST TIMES AT SUPER HERO HIGH tells of the students on a field trip into the past. As expected ♥GOTHAM ACADEMY: SECOND SEMESTER #12 is the final issue of the series; let’s hope for a third semester. SUPERMAN & THE MISERABLE, ROTTEN, NO FUN, REALLY BAD DAY HC is a 100% unauthorized parody from the ‘usual gang of idiots’ at Mad magazine. In preparation for the hundredth birthday of Jack ‘King’ Kirby DCoffers six one shots featuring the ‘Kings’ characters created with honor and love by a bunch of big Kirby fans, so, beyond the new Mister Miracle twelve part and the Bug: Adventures of the Forager six part we have the ♥NEW GODS SPECIAL #1 by Shane Davis and Walt Simonson, the ♥NEWSBOY LEGION & BOY COMMANDOS SPECIAL #1 by Howard Chaykin, the♥SANDMAN SPECIAL #1 by Dan Jurgens and Steve Orlando with art by Jon Bogdanove and Rick Leonardi, the ♥MANHUNTER SPECIAL #1 by Keith Giffen with art by Nick Bradshaw and Klaus Janson, the ♥DARKSEID SPECIAL #1 by Mark Evanier and Sam Humphries with art by Scott Kolins and Steve Rude and the ♥BLACK RACER & SHILO NORMAN SPECIAL #1 by Reginald Hudlin with art by Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz. And as nothing could be too big to celebrate the ‘Kings’ centennial there’s also ♥JACK KIRBY’S MISTER MIRACLE TP collecting Kirby’s complete run for the first time priced under thirty dollars and the ♥JACK KIRBY FOURTH WORLD OMNIBUS HC collecting Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #133-139 and #141-148, New Gods #1-11, Forever People # 1-11, DC Graphic Novel #4: The Hunger Dogs and New Gods #6 from 1984 for one hundred and fifty dollars. Other collected editions include ♥ALL STAR BATMAN TP, VOL. 1: MY OWN WORST ENEMY, ♥ALL STAR BATMAN HC, VOL. 2: ENDS OF THE EARTH, ♥BATMAN/FLASH: THE BUTTON DELUXE ED HC also available in an International Edition, ♥GREEN LANTERNS TP, VOL. 3: POLARITY, ♥HARLEY QUINN TP, VOL. 3: RED MEAT, the ♥HARLEY QUINN REBIRTH DELUXE COLLECTION HC, BOOK 1 with the first thirteen issues, ♥NIGHTWING TP, VOL. 3: NIGHTWING MUST DIE, ♥SUICIDE SQUAD TP, VOL. 3: BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE, the ♥SUPERMAN REBORN HC with the six part crossover between Action and Superman, ♥SUPERMAN REBIRTH DELUXE COLLECTION HC, BOOK 1 with the first thirteen issues, ♥TITANS, VOL. 2 TP: MADE IN MANHATTAN, ♥BATMAN-DARK KNIGHT: MASTER RACE HC with all nine issues (and the mini comics at full size) for under thirty dollars, and, for under twenty five dollars is the companion volume, BATMAN-DARK KNIGHT: MASTER RACE COVERS DELUXE ED HC with all the covers and variants by today’s top artists. Some older material returning to print and collections of stories outside of the DCUinclude: BATMAN ’66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN ’77 HC, BATMAN ’66 MEETS STEED AND MRS. PEEL TP, ♥BATMAN & ROBIN BY TOMASI & GLEASON OMNIBUS HC, BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS HC, VOL. 4, BATMAN NOIR: THE COURT OF OWLS HC represented in black and white, BATMAN: HIS GREATEST ADVENTURES TP, an all age collection to coincide with ‘Batman Day’ (September 23rd), CATWOMAN BY JIM BALENT TP, BOOK 1, ♥DEATHSTROKE, THE TERMINATOR TP, VOL. 3: NUCLEAR WINTER, ♥FLASH: THE SILVER AGE TP, VOL. 2, GREEN ARROW: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS HC, VOL. 1, ♥HARLEY QUINN: A CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS HC, INJUSTICE: GROUND ZERO HC, VOL. 2, ♥LEGION BY DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING TP, VOL. 1, NIGHT FORCE BY MARV WOLFMAN: THE COMPLETE SERIES HC, ♥DC MEETS HANNA BARBERA TP collecting the four one shots from March, FUTURE QUEST TP, VOL. 2 and ♥SCOOBY APOCALYPSE TP, VOL. 2. Their creator owned imprint, VERTIGO offers ♥HELLBLAZER TP, VOL. 17: OUT OF SEASON and ♥SWEET TOOTH: BOOK 1 with the first twelve issues. Their collectible imprint, DC DIRECT has no new action figures or statues offered this month.
IDW: Idea & Design Works this month begins their ‘Hasbro Event’ with FIRST STRIKE #1 and #2 featuring characters from G.I. Joe, Transformers and M.A.S.K. as Earth enters the intergalactic community, written by Mairghread Scott and David Rodriguez with the art of Max Dunbar. ROM #14 will be the final issue of the series until a new ROM emerges from the events inFirst Strike. And the same holds true for M.A.S.K. #10, G.I. JOE #9 and G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #243. A five part weekly event begins with ♥TMNT: DIMENSION X #1 continuing the tale from the Free Comic Book Day issue and tying into ‘The Trial of Kang’, the three part story beginning in ♥TMNT ONGOING #73. The most recent series is collected as ANGRY BIRDS: GAME PLAY HC as the quarterly ANGRY BIRDS: FURIOUS FOWL begins. Eric Esquivel’s latest title is collected in the YO-KAI WATCH TP. New books to color include PRINCESS BRIDE-AS YOU WISH: MEMORABLE QUOTES TO COLOR TP, PRINCESS BRIDE: A STORYBOOK TO COLOR TP and the BEAUTY OF HORROR: GORGEOUS COLORING BOOK TP, VOL. 1 and VOL. 2. New artist edition this month is of the late ♥BERNIE WRIGHTSON ARTIFACT ED HC with two covers to choose from and STAR TREK: NEW VISIONS: ALL THE AGES FROZEN is the latest bimonthly one shot photo fumetti by John Byrne taking place in an Ice Age.
IMAGE: Finally the final volume of the trilogy begins; Matt Wagner’s ♥MAGE: HERO DENIED #1 of 15! A new horror series takes place in Florida with witches, by Eisner Award winner Jordie (Pretty Deadly) Bellaire and Vanessa (Scarlet Witch) del Rey, titled ♥REDLANDS #1. The ♥ANNUAL TP is a new approach to the anthology, bearing a cover like a DC Annual, this is a hundred and twenty-eight pages for under ten dollars, written by Joe Casey and Nathan Fox with ‘The Winter-National’, the collaboration from Playboy plus more with artists Jim Rugg, Wilfredo Torres and others, scheduled to come out once a year. ♥ELSEWHERE #1 is by Jay (Copperhead) Faerber with art by Sumeyye Kesgin, this is a ‘portal’ type fantasy adventure with Amelia trying to get home from a strange world with flying beasts and alien civilizations. ♥GENIUS: CARTEL #1 of 5 is by Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman with artist Rosi Kampe continuing the series, only seventeen year old Destiny Ajaye was captured and she is sequestered in a government school for prodigies. Another sequel is ♥GHOST STATION ZERO #1 of 4 by Anthony Johnston and Shari Chankhamma, picking up where Codename Babushka left off. ♥THE HARD PLACE #1 of 5 is by Doug Wagner with art by Nic Rummel and Charlie Kirchoff, a tale of a getaway driver trying to go straight after five years in prison. ♥SPY SEAL #1 is written and illustrated by Rich Tommaso, an anthropomorphic espionage tale reminiscent of The Adventures of Tintin or Usagi Yojimbo. Collections this month include: ♥EXTREMITY, VOL. 1: ARTIST TP with the first six issues, ♥THE FEW TP with the whole story, the ♥GREEN VALLEY HC collecting Max Landis’ complete nine issue tale, ♥HADRIAN’S WALL TP collecting one through eight, MAGDALENA: REFORMATION TP with one through four, ♥THE OLD GUARD, BOOK ONE: OPENING FIRE TP with one through five, the ♥SAVAGE TOWN OGN, an Irish crime story by Declan Shalvey, Philip Barrett and Jordie Bellaire, the SUN BAKERY: FRESH COLLECTION TP with one through four, TIM SEELEY’S ACTION FIGURE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP collecting Jack Kraken, Colt Noble, The Megalords and more, ♥THE BEAUTY, VOL. 3 TP with twelve through sixteen,♥COPPERHEAD, VOL. 3 TP with eleven through fourteen, ECLIPSE, VOL. 2 TP with five through eight, ♥LOW, VOL. 4 TP: OUTER ASPECTS OF INNER ATTITUDES TP with sixteen through nineteen, ♥MANIFEST DESTINY, VOL. 5: MNEMOPHOBIA & CHRONOPHOBIA TP, ♥PAPER GIRLS, VOL. 3 TP with eleven through fifteen and THINK TANK, VOL. 5: ANIMAL TP. The monthly preview magazine, ♥IMAGE PLUS continues for less than two dollars and is now expanded to eighty pages per issue, and it will be free with your purchase of the monthly PREVIEWS catalog. ♥ROCKET GIRL #8 is the first of three monthly issues after a long hiatus, ♥HORIZON #13 begins a new story arc as does ♥KILL OR BE KILLED #11, RINGSIDE #11, ROCKSTARS #6 and ♥SAVAGE DRAGON #227. Expanding their merchandise there is the ♥GIANT GENERATOR ALL STAR ART POSTER with art by Bengal featuring all of Rick Remender’s characters fromFear Agent, Black Science, Deadly Class, Low and Tokyo Ghost for under fifteen dollars, plus a line of cloisonné pins from Invincible and Manifest Destiny and a ♥WALKING DEAD 2018 CALENDAR.
MARVEL: Over the past several years Marvel characters have multiplied into alternate versions, genders and ethnicities and with the new Generations titles it seems they’re trying to fit them all into their ‘old’ universe with a series of one shots like the Rebirth Zero issues from the Distinguished Competition (but don’t tell Marvel that I said that). ♥GENERATIONS: THE THUNDER #1 is by Jason Aaron and Mahmud Asrar and features the Unworthy Thor and the Mighty Thor, ♥GENERATIONS: THE PHOENIX #1 is by Cullen Bunn and R.B. Silva and featuresPhoenix and Jean Grey, ♥GENERATIONS: THE STRONGEST #1 is by Greg Pak and Matteo Buffagni featuring Banner Hulk and the Totally Awesome Hulk, ♥GENERATIONS: THE BEST #1 is by Tom Taylor and Ramon Rosanas with Wolverine and the All New Wolverine while ♥GENERATIONS: THE ARCHERS #1 is by Kelly Thompson and Stefano Raffaele with Hawkeye andHawkeye. SECRET EMPIRE #8, #9 and #10 of 10 all ship in August and tie ins include ♥CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 where Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers will have the confrontation we’ve been waiting for, SECRET EMPIRE: BRAVE NEW WORLD #5 of 5, THE MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #8, ♥X-MEN BLUE #9, ♥DOCTOR STRANGE #24, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31, U. S. AVENGERS #9, SECRET WARRIORS #5, AVENGERS #10, ♥CHAMPIONS #11 and DEADPOOL #35. INHUMANS: ONCE AND FUTURE KINGS #1 of 5 tells the untold origin of the Inhumanswritten by Christopher Priest and Ryan North with art by Phil Noto and Gustavo Duarte. There’s a one shot priced under eight dollars titled ♥LOCKJAW: DOG DAYS #1 and there’s ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE, VOL. 2 #1 of 4 continuing the translated manga series. Continuing their return to ‘legacy numbering’ comes ULTIMATES 2 #100, a double sized issue by Al Ewing and Travel Foreman. ♥TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #22 is ‘Weapons of Mutant Destruction’ part six and WEAPON X #7 is part one of ‘Origin of a Monster’ considering whose DNA was used for the experiments. ♥STAR WARS: JEDI OF THE REPUBLIC-MACE WINDU #1 of 5 is written by Matt Owens with art by Denys Cowan set at the dawn of the Clone Wars and the ♥STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE-CASSAN & K-2SO SPECIAL is written by Duane Swierczynski with Fernando Blanco’s artwork telling of the pair’s first meeting. A new MARVEL GRAPHIC COMIC BOX: MARVEL LEGACY BY JOE QUESADA is offered featuring a mixture of Avengers, mutants and heroes. Collected editions this month include the ♥CAPTAIN AMERICA BY MARK WAID & RON GARNEY OMNIBUS HC, the ♥X-MEN CLASSIC OMNIBUS HC, ♥DOCTOR STRANGE, VOL. 4: MR. MISERY PREMIERE HC, the ♥DOCTOR STRANGE, VOL. 1 HC, ♥THOR BY JASON AARON & RUSSELL DAUTERMAN, VOL. 2 HC, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 4 HC and a COLOR YOUR OWN STAR WARS: DARTH VADER TP. There’s also the ♥CAPTAIN AMERICA: SECRET EMPIRE TP, ♥POWER MAN AND IRON FIST, VOL. 3: STREET MAGIC TP, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: NEW GUARD, VOL. 3-CIVIL WAR II TP, IRON FIST, VOL. 1: THE GAUNTLET TP, ♥KINGPIN, VOL. 1: BORN AGAINST TP, ELEKTRA, VOL. 1: ALWAYS BET ON RED TP, ♥MOON KNIGHT, VOL. 3: BIRTH AND DEATH TP collecting the last of Jeff Lemire’s run on the series and DEADPOOL: WORLD’S GREATEST, VOL. 9-DEADPOOL IN SPACE TP.
INDEPENDENTS: Dave Sim, creator of Cerebus has damaged his hand so he doesn’t draw anymore but that doesn’t stop him; ♥BATVARK #1 is his latest parody type comic from his company AARDVARK-VANAHEIM. ♥TOYETICA #1 is by M. Alice Legrow, a tale of a tiny race fighting for their place alongside humans as models for children’s toys, from ACTION LAB. The folks at AH COMICS release ♥MOONSHOT, VOL. 2: INDIGENOUS COMICS COLLECTION from top creators across North America, expanding on the first award winning volume. Eric Powell’s company, ALBATROSS FUNNYBOOKS releases ♥GALAKTIKON #1of 6, the tale of an intergalactic hero facing the space struggle of getting over his divorce by Brendon (Dethlok and Metalocalypse) Small and Mr. Powell with art by one of my favorites, Steve Mannion. AMERICAN GOTHIC offers EQUILIBRIUM DECONSTRUCTION #1, a prequel to the fifteen-year-old cult film. Rod Espinosa writes and illustrates ♥ADVENTURE FINDERS #1 of 4, a new fantasy adventure from ANTARCTIC PRESS. The second ♥MARVEL COMICS DIGEST #2 from ARCHIE COMICS features the Avengers and, like the first one (with Spider-Man) will only be printed once. BOOM! STUDIOS has Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa for ♥MECH CADET YU #1 of 4, a story of a boy and his giant robot and Frank Cho’s ♥SKYBOURNE HC. Plus their wrestling comic gets the WWE SUMMERSLAM 2017 SPECIAL #1. There’s also the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS ADULT COLORING BOOK SC and the ♥MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, VOL. 4 TP. Their BOOM! BOX imprint offers ♥HI-FI FIGHT CLUB #1 of 4 from director Carly (RuPaul’s Drag Race) Usdin and Nina Vakueva, a mystery set in a late nineties record shop while their all age imprint, KaBOOM launches the ♥ADVENTURE TIME/REGULAR SHOW #1 of 6 inevitable cross over as well as the forty page ♥AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL 2017 GRAB BAG #1. Their ARCHAIA imprint offers ♥THE POWER OF THE DARK CRYSTAL, VOL. 1 HC collecting the first four of the current twelve issue series plus the ♥JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH ADULT COLORING BOOK. CANDLEWICK PRESS solicits ♥POE: STORIES AND POEMS available in soft or hard cover, adapted and illustrated by Gareth Hinds, collecting ‘The Cask of Amontillado’, ‘The Masque of the Red Death’, ‘The Pit and the Pendulum’, ‘The Tell-Tale Heart’ plus three poems: ‘The Raven’, ‘The Bells’ and ‘Annabel Lee’. DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT offers ♥SHEENA #0 for just twenty-five cents, written by Marguerite Bennett and Christina Trujillo with art by Moritat and another inevitable cross over: ♥GRUMPY CAT/GARFIELD #1 of 3 by Mark Evanier and Steve Uy. Si (X-Force, Judge Dredd) Spurrier writes and Daniel HDR illustrates♥THE SHADOW #1 bringing the pulp icon into the modern age. ♥The JAMES BOND: MONEYPENNY is a forty page one shot written by Jody Houser with artist Jacob Edgar. TUROK #1 is by Chuck Wendig and Alvaro Sarraseca and each issue will have a Doctor Spektor back up story by Aubrey Sitterson and Dylan Burnett. The ATARI CLASSICS: SWORDQUEST TP collects the classic mini comics created by Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, George Perez and Dick Giordano that came with the game cartridges. Bill Willingham returns with his first original title since he began Fables in 2002 which went on to win fourteen Eisner Awards; he’s back with ♥LARK’S KILLER #1 from DEVIL’S DUE; illustrated by Mark Dos Santos this is the tale of a runaway living on the streets of LA when she finds herself in a fantasy world where everyone wants her dead. Biographer Paul (The Beats) Buhle and artist Noah Van Sciver offer the ♥JOHNNY APPLESEED HC from FANTAGRAPHICS, spreading seeds from Pennsylvania to Indiana along with notions of nonviolence, vegetarianism and peace with the indigenous peoples and settlers. KEENSPOToffers TRUMP’S TITANS #1 set in an ‘alt-right’ universe where Donald is the most powerful being. LION FORGE debuts a political thriller written by French author and comic historian Thierry (Gypsy, McCay) Smolderen with art by comic and storyboard artist Dominique Bertail titled GHOST MONEY #1 and INCIDENTAL #1, a team of covert super heroes written by Joe Casey with art by Larry Stroman, Rob Stull and Snakebite Cortez. MICROCOSM has ♥HENRY AND GLENN: FOREVER AND EVER HC collecting twenty-nine stories featuring Henry (Rollins) and Glenn(Danzig) and, often their neighbors John and Daryll and includes never published stories. After a far too long hiatus NEW ENGLAND COMICS offers ♥THE TICK #1 written by Cullen Bunn and Jimmy Z Johnston with art by Douglas Paskiewicz in anticipation of the new Amazon animated series coming this summer. Katie O’Neill writes and illustrates THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY HC, an all age manga flavored fairy tale from ONI PRESS. They also have DEAD OF WINTER #1 of 4 written by Kyle Starks with art by Gabo based on the popular tabletop game and they offer two of their best trade paperbacks as part of their ‘Square One’ promotion where you can get the first volume for ten dollars: ♥STUMPTOWN, VOL. 1, the crime series by Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth and ♥THE BUNKER, VOL.1, the science fiction thriller by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari. British publisher TITAN COMICS is getting ready for Doctor Who Day (September second this year) beginning a new era of comics beginning with a cross over event: ♥DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION #1, an eight-part story spread over three months beginning with an ‘ALPHA’ issue available with an embossed Tardis foil cover. They also offer QUAKE CHAMPIONS #1 of 4 based on the video game, HERCULES: WRATH OF THE HEAVENS #1 of 5, a science fictional retelling described as Ancient Greece meets Gears of War and ♥SHERLOCK: THE GREAT GAME #1 based more on the television program than the works of A.C. Doyle. Collections include ♥THE FOREVER WAR TP and the ♥ANNO DRACULA TP. ♥ALEXANDER HAMILTON: THE GRAPHIC HISTORY OF AN AMERICA FOUNDING FATHER GN is a biography by Jonathan (The United States Constitution) Hennessey, illustrated by Justin Greenwood available in soft and hard cover editions. VALIANT begins ♥WAR MOTHER #1 of 4 by Fred Van Lente and Stephen Segovia as well as ♥DIVINITY #0 by Matt Kindt and Renato Guedes, a jumping on point leading divinity through the whole of the Valiant universe. ZENESCOPE begins GRIMM FAIRY TALES: DANCE OF THE DEAD #1 of 5 and offers NEVERLAND: RETURN OF HOOK, a one shot.
And that brings us to the end of this months’ comic book listings. There are also sections in the monthly catalog with Books (Wonder Woman: Warbringer HC), Magazines (Car Toons, Famous Monsters of Filmland), Trading Cards (Walking Dead-Season Seven), Apparel (lots of Wonder Woman tee shirts and more), Toys & Models, Statues, Imports, Collectibles & Novelties, Games and more. Feel free to look through the catalog when you stop by and if you see something you’d like I’ll be happy to order it for you!
Each month I try to pick what I think will be the best comic of the month. For me it will be ♥MAGE: THE HERO DENIED #1 (but I used issue zero for the pick last month) and Rick Tomasso’s ♥SPY SEAL #1 and Bill Willingham’s LARK’S KILLER #1 are definitely contenders but for the month of August my Pick of the Month is ♥DARK NIGHTS: METAL #1 of 6 by Snyder and Capullo (which I bet will be the best-selling comic book of August as well).
Thank you all for your generosity and spirit! The May benefit event raised $2025.00 for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona! The next event will be to benefit Emerge and will be on the first Saturday in August. And on Saturday, the twenty fourth of June we’ll have the fourth Kid’s Craft Event from Ten AM until Noon so bring your kids (ages 3+) and we’ll provide the materials and instruction and your kids can take home something that they’ve made; a different project each month. (This month’s will most likely be something patriotic for Independence Day.)
I am, as always, grateful for your support and friendship. Thank you all for being such wonderful and generous souls. I’m truly humbled. See you soon!
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.