The June Previews catalog arrived on Wednesday, May thirtieth (I’ll do my best to get this to you as soon as possible.) These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in August of 2018. I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you. If there’s anything that you’d like, please try to let me know by the twenty first of the month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders. Don’t feel obligated to subscribe to a whole series; if you’d just like a copy of the first issue of a new series to try it out, let me know and I’ll be sure to put a copy aside for you. And if it’s past the twenty first there’s still a very good chance that I’ll be able to place your order and still get the books you want.
As I’ve mentioned the past couple of months, the layout of the Previews catalog has changed, adding Dynamite and Boom! Studios to the five premier publishers. And, as it was last month, the first premiere publisher featured is Image.
IMAGE: Our friend John (Chew) Layman who lives in our sister city to the north and regularly attends our annual comic convention launches ♥LEVIATHAN #1 with art by Nick (Manhattan Projects) Pitarra, where some drinking buddies accidentally call up a demon from hell. The ♥PERDY HC, VOL. 1 is a western written and illustrated by Angoulême Award nominee Kickliy; when Perdy gets out of the Yuma prison after fifteen years she’s anxious to get back to her two favorite things: sex and bank robbing. Cullen (Harrow County) Bunn begins another supernatural horror and psychological terror series with artist Mark Torres with ♥COLD SPOTS #1 OF 5 as a man who turned his back on his family years ago now struggles to find his missing wife and daughter. ♥CROWDED #1 is by Christopher (Harley Quinn) Sebela with art by Ro (Captain Marvel) Stein and Ted Brandt, a tale in the near future when everything is job shares and apps including Reapr, a crowdfunding platform to fund assassinations. Charles (Daredevil) Soule and Joe Quinones release the ♥CURSE WORDS SUMMER SPECIAL one shot; if you’re a fan of zany magical adventures and haven’t tried this series, you may want to pick this one up; it’s a blast. Howard Chaykin writes, and Don Cameron illustrates ♥HEY KIDS: COMICS! #1, a tongue in cheek look at the comic book industry; the names have been changed to protect the innocent. Ruben Award nominee Mike Norton releases his ♥LIL DONNIE HC, VOL. 1: EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE following the timely and terrifying adventures of the worst President in history through his first year in office; Mike suggests you get a copy while we still have a First Amendment. Matt Hawkins and Raffaele Ienco release an original graphic novel reflecting on the ramifications of a post grad student finding a way to unlock information hidden deep within our DNA with the ♥STAIRWAY OGN. New collections include the ♥AGE OF BRONZE TP, VOL. 1 returning to print with the story of the Trojan War by Eric Shanower, Rich Tommaso’s recent series is collected in the ♥DRY COUNTY COMPLETE TP, the PRISM STALKER TP has the first arc and TWISTED ROMANCE collects the limited series. ♥ANALOG #5 finishes the first arc of the series just picked up for a film version, ♥BEAUTY #22 begins a new arc, BLACK CLOUD TP, VOL. 2: NO RETURN has issues six through ten and ♥COPPERHEAD #22 is the final issue of the series. Sean Lewis and Caitlin Yarsky begin a new arc with ♥COYOTES #5 and CYBER FORCE #5 also starts a new adventure. ♥DAYS OF HATE #7 OF 12 begins its second and final arc, ♥DEADLY CLASS TP, VOL. 7: LOVE LIKE BLOOD has issues thirty-two through thirty-five, ♥EAST OF WEST TP, VOL. 8 has issues thirty-five through thirty-eight while ♥EAST OF WEST #39 begins a new arc. In a world where sunlight is deadly, Zach Kaplan’s ♥ECLIPSE #9 begins a new arc, ♥ELSEWHERE TP, VOL. 2 has issues five through eight as Amelia Earhart and friends try to find a portal to Earth and ♥GRAVEDIGGERS UNION #9 is the final issue of the series. ♥HIT-GIRL #7 is by Jeff Lemire and Eduardo Risso; with that team I’d buy their shopping lists! ♥I HATE FAIRYLAND TP, VOL. 4 has issues sixteen through twenty of Skottie Young’s saccharine fantasy-satire and another crime masterpiece by the team of Brubaker and Phillips comes to an end with ♥KILL OR BE KILLED TP, VOL. 4 collecting issues sixteen through twenty. Meredith Finch’s fantasy series ♥ROSE TP, VOL. 2 collects seven through twelve and ♥ROYAL CITY #14 is the final issue of Jeff Lemire’s Eisner Award nominated tale of the Pike family. ♥RUMBLE #6 begins a new story arc as does ♥SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #11, an all age fantasy series. Issues twenty-one through twenty-five are collected in ♥SEX CRIMNALS TP, VOL. 5: FIVE-FINGERED DISCOUNT, SNOTGIRL #11 begins a new arc and ♥STRAY BULLETS: SUNSHINE & ROSES TP, VOL. 2 collects issues nine through sixteen of the Eisner Award winning crime and romance series, probably the most visceral crime comic series ever. (I should point out that two artists whose alternate covers seem to garner huge support at DC often do covers for other titles like the ‘B’ cover for ♥UNNATURAL #2 OF 12 by Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau or the Mattina covers for this past and current arc of SPAWN #289 leading to the big three-hundredth issue.) Caitlin Kittredge and Roberta Ingranata begin the second arc with WITCHBLADE #7 and Image has listed a WALKING DEAD #1 15TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT but has released no other information other than there’s going to be something special in October for the anniversary of the first issue.
DARK HORSE: The latest offering from editor extraordinaire Karen Bergers’ Berger Books imprint is by Ann (Daredevil, Catwoman) Nocenti and David (Hawkeye) Aja; ♥SEEDS #1, an eco-fiction tech-thriller where flora and fauna have begun to mutate and a tale of love beyond race and gender. The ♥INCOGNEGRO: RENNAISANCE HC collects the recent series, a tale of a black journalist passing as white to infiltrate lynching’s to bring the murderous bigots to justice in the nineteen twenties, written by Mat Johnson with the art of Warren Pleece. DISNEY FROZEN: BREAKING BOUNDARIES #1 is written by Joe Caramagna with art by the Kawaii Creative Studio and ♥PREDATOR: HUNTERS II #1 returns to the crew who hunts the aliens wherever they appear, from the islands of the South Pacific to the mountains of Afghanistan. ♥TERMINATOR: SECTOR WAR #1 OF 4 is written by Brian Wood with art by Jeff Stokely set in NYC, 1984. The ♥BLACK HAMMER LIBRARY EDITION HC, VOL. 1 collects the first two volumes plus the annual of the Eisner Award winning super hero deconstruction series and the most recent spin off series is collected in the ♥DOCTOR STAR & THE KINGDOM OF LOST TOMORROWS TP. ♥MOEBIUS LIBRARY: INSIDE MOEBIUS HC, VOL. 3 is the final volume of Jean Giraud’s semi biographical surreal tale where he encounters characters from his works. After a lengthy absence ♥AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER-IMBALANCE, PART ONE TP continues as does the popular series ♥PLANT VS ZOMBIES: WAR AND PEAS HC. The ♥ALIENS: ESSENTIAL COMICS TP, VOL. 1 collects the initial trilogy: Outbreak, Nightmare Asylum and Earth War priced under twenty-five dollars. The ♥COLOSSAL CONAN THE CIMMERIAN HC has the whole twenty-six issue series which will most likely have a small print run and a short window to order as the license for the character has recently been reacquired by Marvel. The ♥HARROW COUNTY: LIBRARY EDITION HC, VOL. 1 collects the first two volumes plus new stories by guest creators and ♥HARROW COUNTY TP, VOL. 8 collects the final arc of the series. With the recent release of the previous series’, which has received eight Eisner Awards, a new adventure begins with new artist Benjamin and series co-creator Evan Dorkin in ♥BEAST OF BURDEN #1 OF 4: WISE DOGS & ELDRITCH MEN. The CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS HC is written by husband and wife team of Leah Moore and John Reppion, a fantasy series with art by Sally Jane Thompson. The ♥MOB PSYCHO 100 TP, VOL. 1 is from the creator of One Punch Man, a tale of an exorcist who works cheaply, currently an anime series as well as a live action series. And if you’re a fan of jigsaw puzzles Dark Horse offers a GAME OF THRONES 1000 PIECE DELUXE PUZZLE: THE IRON THRONE and the WITCHER 3: WILD HUNT 1000 PIECE DELUXE PUZZLE: CIRI AND WOLVES each priced under twenty dollars.
DC: I hear a roar of approval for ♥ADVENTURES OF THE SUPER SONS #1 OF 12 by Peter Tomasi with Carlo Barberi and Art Thibert illustrating featuring lost and secret adventures of Jon and Damian. And another much anticipated title that several customers have already added to their subscription orders is ♥SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1, a five-dollar one shot that will spin into four limited series’ featuring Tim Hunter, Lucifer, Matthew the Raven, Lucien and Daniel: The Lord of Dreams by Si Spurrier and others with art by Bilquis Evely and others with several variant covers. Now that Brian Michael Bendis has left Marvel and been handed the two Superman titles he has lots of other irons in the fire including ♥PEARL #1 OF 6 with artist and regular collaborator Michael Gaydos, the main character being a tattoo artist and accidental murderer for the San Francisco Yakuza, the first original creation since Jessica Jones for which he won the Peabody Award. And my personal favorite Bendis title returns with ♥SCARLET #1 OF 5 with regular series artist Alex Maleev. ♥BATMAN & THE JUSTICE LEAGUE: MANGA TP, VOL. 1 is by Shiori (Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas) Teshirogi currently being serialized in the monthly anthology Red. Former Batman editor Scott Peterson writes, and legendary artist Kelley Jones illustrates ♥BATMAN: KINDS OF FEAR #1 OF 6 promising a horrifying new version of Scarecrow and a riot at Arkham Asylum. The ♥DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SEARCH FOR ATLANTIS TP is the next digest sized volume in the popular series and the DON’T LET THE PENGUIN DRIVE THE BATMOBILE HC an unauthorized parody from the usual gang of idiots at Mad Magazine. And here comes the next bunch of DC/Hanna Barbara one shot mash ups with the ♥CATWOMAN/TWEETY & SYLVESTER SPECIAL #1 by Gail Simone illustrated by Inaki Miranda, the ♥HARLEY QUINN/GOSSAMER SPECIAL #1 by Jimmy Palmiotti and Pier Brito, the ♥JOKER/DAFFY DUCK SPECIAL #1 by Scott Lobdell and Brett Booth and the ♥LEX LUTHOR/PORKY PIG SPECIAL #1 by Mark Russell and Brad Walker. A cross over begins in ♥SUICIDE SQUAD #45 written by Rob Williams and Dan Abnett with art by José Luis titled ‘Sink Atlantis’ and continuing in ♥AQUAMAN #39 also by Rob and Dan with art by Vicente Cifuentes as Atlantis again rises to the surface becoming a world power; Waller has been tasked to sink them. ♥BATGIRL #26 begins ‘Art of the Crime’ by Mairghread Scott and Paul Pelletier and the ♥BATGIRL ANNUAL #2 is also by Mairghread with artist Elena Casagrande, a one-shot tale involving Barbara’s imprisoned brother, James Gordon, Jr.
♥BATWOMAN #18 will be the final issue of the series by Marguerite Bennett and Fernando Blanco and, by the way Joëlle Jones’ ♥CATWOMAN #2 is a series where the ‘B’ covers are by Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau. The big five-dollar issue of ♥CYBORG #25 is a showdown with high tech nemesis N-Jin who can upload his consciousness into any robot on Earth, by creator Marv Wolman with Tom Derenick’s art. The ♥DAMAGE ANNUAL #1 reveals his earliest origins by Robert Venditti and Diogenes Neves. ♥FLASH #52 begins ‘Grips of Strength’ as Barry enters the House of Heroes to meet with the speedsters of 52 worlds by Joshua Williamson and Christian Duce. New Seattle vigilante, the Citizen is targeting the corrupt one percenter corporate bosses and Ollie is on that list in GREEN ARROW #43, written by Julie and Shawna Benson with Javi Fernandez’ artwork. ♥HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #50 has the team trying to regain its’ reputation as John Stewart orders ‘no more lethal force’ in the extra sized issue by Venditti and Rafa Sandoval. ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE #5 has Lex Luthor back in the present and recruiting a new Legion of Doom as he embraces his villainy as told by James Tynion IV and Doug Mahnke. Grayson’s battle with the Dark Web continues into the ♥NIGHTWING ANNUAL #1 by Ben Percy and Otto Schmidt and the five-dollar ♥RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #25 is the long awaited fight with his mentor for the right to fight in Gotham and in the ♥RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ANNUAL #2 Red Hood and Arsenal are reunited while Jason Todd tries to recover from the beatdown he received at the hands of Batman. The third arc begins in the hit series the ♥TERRIFICS #7 by Jeff Lemire and Dale Eaglesham titled ‘Tom Strong and the Terrifics’. Collected editions this month include ♥ACTION COMICS #1000: THE DELUXE EDITION HC with all of the content from the issue plus the Paul Levitz and Neal Adams tale from the Action Comics; 80 Years of Superman HC plus all of the variant covers, design sketches, scripts, the original art from the lost Curt Swan story plus a complete reprint of Action Comics #1 and #2 priced under twenty dollars. A new line begins with ♥BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS-DC MODERN CLASSICS HC, a fifty-dollar slip cased book featuring the original four issue series. The new ♥BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL TP, VOL. 1 and ♥VOL. 2 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS collects the entire series plus never collected tie-ins as well as ♥BATMAN: PRELUDE TO KNIGHTFALL TP and ♥BATMAN: KNIGHTQUEST TP, VOL. 1: THE CRUSADE all priced under twenty dollars each. The twelve-issue series by Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan is collected in the ♥BANE: CONQUEST TP and ♥BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE TP, VOL. 5 continues with more stories from the nineteen forties. ♥BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS TP, VOL. 7-BATMAN ETERNAL has nine-seventy-five through nine-eighty-one, ♥ALL STAR BATMAN TP, VOL. 3-THE FIRST ALLY has ten through fourteen of Scott Snyder’s tale, ♥BATMAN: GATES OF GOTHAM DELUXE EDITION HC with the five-issue story plus material from Batman Annual #28 and Detective Comics Annual #12, ♥BATMAN: THE COURT OF OWLS SAGA-ESSENTIAL EDITION TP has the whole series plus bonus material, the ♥BATMAN: PRELUDE TO THE WEDDING TP has the five one shots leading up to the big day while ♥BATMAN/CATWOMAN: THE WEDDING ALBUM DELUXE EDITION HC contains Batman #24, 44 and #50 plus all the covers from issue fifty, wedding dress designs by Joëlle Jones, the script for issue forty-four, behind the scenes sketches and more, priced under eighteen dollars. The ♥BEFORE WATCHMEN OMNIBUS HC collects all the issues, limited series and one shots for one-hundred-twenty-five dollars, ♥DAMAGE TP, VOL. 1: OUT OF CONTROL has the first arc, ♥DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE TP collects the series in soft cover for the first time, ♥FLASH TP, VOL. 7: THE PERFECT STORM has thirty-nine through forty-five, ♥HAL JORDAN & THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS TP, VOL. 6: ZOD’S WILL has thirty-seven through forty-one and the ♥HOUSE OF MYSTERY: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS HC, VOL. 1 collects issues one-seventy-four through two-hundred with the talents of Gil Kane, Marv Wolfman, Wally Wood, Bernie Wrightson, Neal Adams and more. ♥IMPULSE BY MARK WAID & HUMBERTO RAMOS OMNIBUS HC has issues one through twenty-seven plus Flash one-hundred-eight through one-hundred-eleven and more for under one hundred dollars, ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA TP, VOL. 5: DEADLY FABLE has twenty-two through twenty-nine, ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE TP, VOL. 6: THE UNTOUCHABLE has thirty-nine to forty-three and ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE TP has the four issue weekly series plus the prequel from DC Nation #0 spinning out of the events of Dark Nights; Metal. ♥NIGHTWING TP, VOL. 6: THE UNTOUCHABLE has thirty-five through forty-three and the ♥UNITED STATES OF MURDER, INC. TP, VOL. 1: TRUTH collects one through six of the creator owned series from Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. The ♥ABSOLUTE SCARLET HC has the ten issues by Bendis and Maleev for seventy-five dollars (and this may be the first edition that I add to my personal book shelf in many years). ♥SCOOBY APOCALYPSE TP, VOL. 4 collects issues nineteen through twenty-four, ♥SUPER SONS TP, VOL. 3: PARENT TRAP has thirteen through sixteen plus the first annual, ♥SILENCER TP, VOL. 1: CODE OF SILENCE has one through six, TITANS TP, VOL. 1: TOGETHER FOREVER collects stories from two-thousand and eight and ♥TITANS TP, VOL. 4: TITANS APART has nineteen through twenty-two plus the second annual. ♥WONDER WOMAN TP, VOL. 6: CHILDREN OF THE GODS collects issues thirty-one through thirty-seven, the story of Diana’s brother, Jason and the ♥WATCHMEN: DC MODERN CLASSICS HC is another of the fifty dollar slip cased new editions. Their collectibles imprint, DC DIRECT offers the DC ESSENTIALS: SHAZAM & BLACK ADAM AF 2 PACK for forty-five dollars.
IDW: TMNT: BEBOP & ROCKSTEADY HIT THE ROAD #1 OF 5 is a new weekly series by Dustin Weaver and Ben Bates and the ♥RICK & MORTY VS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS #1 OF 4 is by Patrick Rothfuss and Jim Zub with art by Troy Little. The ROM: COLD FIRE, HOT WAR TP collects the entire fourteen issues while the GI JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO OMNIBUS TP, VOL. 1 collects the first twelve issues of the Marvel series. The first arc of IDW’s new acquisition is collected in the ♥SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, VOL. 1 TP: FALLOUT while the STAR WARS: NEW HOPE GN, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS GN and STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE GN are all age adaptations of the films. The ♥SWORD OF AGES HC collects the first arc of Gabriel (Locke & Key) Rodriguez’ brilliant fantasy series. ♥HOUSE AMOK #1 is by Christopher Sebela and Shawn McManus about a fraternal twin and his family experiencing a folie a deux, a shared madness involving torture, arson and murder. The ♥BLOOM COUNTY: BEST READ THRONE TP collects the third year of daily Bloom County strips by Berkeley Breathed and Xavier Fauthoux writes and illustrates the ♥JAMES BROWN: BLACK AND PROUD HC, the biography of the man and his band who would revolutionize the world of pop music. ♥FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE ALIVE HC: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION gathers the final work of the late great Bernie Wrightson.
MARVEL: Dan Slott, Skottie Young and others launch ♥FANTASTIC FOUR #1, a six-dollar first issue beginning the ‘Fourever’ story with seventeen variant covers. ♥EXTERMINATION #1 OF 5 features the original X-Men team who, after years of time travel and alternate universes, ask whether their fate be changed, as told by Ed (Old Man Logan) Brisson and Pepe (Uncanny Avengers) Larraz. INFINITY WARS #1 OF 6 is a six-dollar comic by Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato as the Infinity Stones have come to Earth and the power struggle is on and Requiem is revealed. Kelly Thompson writes, and Stefano Caselli illustrates ♥WEST COAST AVENGERS #1, a team consisting of both Hawkeyes, a guy named Fuse, America Chavez, Gwenpool and Kid Omega. Matthew Rosenberg and Ricardo Burchielli relaunch ♥PUNISHER #1 and though he no longer has the War Machine armor, he has developed a taste for big game. ♥WAKANDA FOREVER: AVENGERS #1 is the third and final issue of a three-part story, the first featuring Spider-Man and the second the Avengers as they team up with the Dora Milaje, written by Nnedi Okorafor with art by Oleg Okunev. Mike Costa and Mark Bagley begin ♥VENOM: FIRST HOST #1 OF 5, a story predating the symbiotes first meeting with Spider-Man. EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #1 OF 4 is written by Jed MacKay and illustrated by Gerardo Sandoval and features the return of Spider-Punk and ♥WEB OF VENOM: VE NAM #1 introduces an ancestor of the Klyntar symbiotes working for Nick Fury during the Viet Nam War as told by Donnie Cates and Juanan Ramirez. The ♥CABLE DEADPOOL ANNUAL #1 is by David F. Walker and Paco Diaz with time hopping villains and guest stars. HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: DEAD ENDS #1 by Charles Soule and Ramon Rosanas leads into September’s new Wolverine #1 and ♥PETER PARKER: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #308 begins a two-part story by Chip Zdarsky with guest artist Chris Bachalo with the wall crawler battling the Sandman. The SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 is, I believe the first comic featuring Miles Morales that isn’t penned by the characters creator, Brian Michael Benids. This is by Brian Hill and Nelson Blake II telling a story from Miles’ earliest days after acquiring his powers. The DAREDEVIL ANNUAL #1 is written by Erica Schultz and illustrated by Marcio Takara is another tale from the early days when Misty Knight was just a NYC cop. ♥MARVEL RISING: MS MARVEL/SQUIRREL GIRL #1 is the penultimate chapter of the first encounter between these two as told by Devin Grayson and Ramon Bachs. The X-MEN GOLD ANNUAL #2 is another tale from Marvel’s early days with Kitty first kiss at summer camp, written by Seanan (Wayward Children series) McGurie and Marco Faila. Matthew Rosenberg and Travel Foreman reunite Jean Grey and the original X-Men in the ♥ASTONISHING X-MEN ANNUAL #1 including the return of Professor X. ♥WEAPON X #22 begins a new arc with Sabretooth putting together a new and murderous team they’re calling Weapon X-Force by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente and EXILES #6 introduces the Black Panther of the Wild West by Saladin Ahmed and Rod Reis. STAR WARS: BECKETT #1 is a one shot focusing on Han Solo’s mentor told by Gerry Duggan and Will Sliney. The ♥STAR WARS: POE DAMERON ANNUAL #2 is by Greg Rucka and Andrea Broccardo with Leia sending Poe and crew on a ‘fund raising’ mission for the Resistance. Collected editions include the ♥MARVEL UNIVERSE BY FRANK MILLER OMNIBUS HC which has the original Wolverine limited series and a bunch of one shots like Marvel Fanfare #18, Marvel Spotlight #8 and Hulk Annual #11 but none of his Daredevil or Elektra work, the ♥AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HC: RED GOBLIN, the JEPH LOEB.TIM SALE: YELLOW, BLUE, GRAY & WHITE OMNIBUS HC with the origin series’ for Daredevil, Spider-Man, Hulk and Captain America respectively, MARVEL KNIGHTS BLACK PANTHER BY PRIEST & TEXIERA TP: CLIENT, MARVEL KNIGHTS DAREDEVIL BY SMITH & QUESADA TP: GUARDIAN DEVILS, ♥MARVEL KNIGHTS FANTASTIC FOUR BY MORRISON & LEE TP: 1234, ♥FANTASTIC FOUR BY WAID & WIERINGO OMNIBUS HC, INFINITY COUNTDOWN COMPANION TP, INFINITY COUNTDOWN: DARKHAWK TP and INFINITY COUNTDOWN TP, the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION TP: VENOM, VENOM TP, VOL. 4: NATIVITY, VENOM BY DANIEL WAY TP: COMPLETE COLLECTION in a new printing, VENOM TP: TOOTH AND CLAW also back in print, VENOM ADVENTURE DIGEST for all ages, COLOR YOUR OWN VENOM, ♥VENOM BY CULLEN: COMPLETE COLLECTION TP and ♥VENOM TP: PLANET OF THE SYMBIOTES; (you’d think there’s a movie coming out soon). Then there’s ♥STAR WARS TP: THRAWN, ♥STAR WARS-DARTH VADER: DARK LORD SITH TP, VOL. 3: BURNING SEAS, ♥CAPTAIN AMERICA BY MARK WAID TP: PROMISED LAND, ♥X-MEN RED TP, VOL. 1: HATE MACHINE, ♥WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN TP, VOL. 8: TO KILL FOR, CABLE TP, VOL. 3: PAST FEARS and SPIDER-GWEN TP, VOL. 6: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GWEN STACY. The ♥MIGHTY THOR TP, VOL. 4: WAR THOR has Jason Aaron’s and Russell Dauterman’s story including the ‘Unworthy Thor’ series, CLANDESTINE TP: FAMILY TIES with Alan Davis’ tales from two thousand eight, AVENGERS ARENA TP: COMPLETE COLLECTION which was basically the Marvel heroes doing Battle Royale, DEADPOOL BY POSEHN & DUGGAN TP VOL. 4: COMPLETE COLLECTION and IRON MAN 2020 TP in a new printing.
DYNAMITE: Alex Ross’ universe of public domain superheroes returns; following the twenty-five cents ‘zero’ issue last month comes ♥PROJECT SUPERPOWERS #1 written by Rob Williams with art by Sergio Davila under a Mattina cover. Todd Mathy and Nicholas Chapui begin the self-explanatory ROBOTS VS PRINCESSES #1 and the ♥FURTHER ADVENTURES OF RED SONJA TP, VOL. 1 is a collection of remastered issues from Marvel comics’ Savage Sword of Conan. The ♥AGENT 47 TP, VOL. 1: BIRTH OF A HITMAN is by Christopher Sebela and Jonathan Lau and other collections include ♥CEMETERY GIRL OMNIBUS TP, VOL. 1 with the first two volumes of the adaptation of the Charlene Harris’ novels, ♥BETTIE PAGE TP, VOL. 2: MODEL AGENT collects the second arc and the ♥SWORDS OF SWASHBUCKLERS TP collects the first arc of this new chapter of an older classic comic series by Bill Mantlo and Butch Guice.
BOOM!: The first original graphic novel: ♥LUMBERJANES OGN, VOL. 1: INFERNAL COMPASS HC is written by Lilah (Fables) Sturges with art by Polterink. ♥BLACK BADGE #1 from the team that brought us Grass Kings, Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins about a secret elite branch of the Boy Scouts that performs covert ops for the government. ♥MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: SHATTERED GRID #1 is the big conclusion to the first MMPR event and everything changes. ♥STEVEN UNIVERSE: HARMONY #1 has Steven and the Gems hopefully saving the universe and acclaimed journalist and author Chad (Champion of the World) Dundas and artist Rodrigo (WWE) Lorenzo bring the WWE: UNDERTAKER OGN telling the story of the Dead Man, the Phenom who dominated sports entertainment for over a quarter century. The ♥ABBOTT TP collects the five-issue series by Hugo Award nominated novelist Saladin (Black Bolt) Ahmed with artist Sami (Beautiful Canvas) Kivela where a tough journalist investigates 1972 Detroit crime involving dark occult forces that has a personal connection to her family and that the police have ignored. Other collections include ♥KONG ON THE PLANET OF THE APES TP, ♥MECH CADET YU TP, VOL. 2 and the ♥JIM HENSON: DARK CRYSTAL TP BOX SET: CREATION MYTHS, a trilogy of books serving as a prequel to the hit film and priced under thirty dollars. The ♥FRAGGLE ROCK: JOURNEY TO THE EVERSPRING GN is by Kate Leth and Jake Myler, there’s a ♥LUMBERJANES 2018 SPECIAL #1 and an ♥AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL GRAB BAG 2018.
INDEPENDENTS: Published in the Mixtec codex accordion format ABRAMS releases the ♥UNDOCUMENTED GN, the story of immigrant workers who have come to America without papers. And they launch the ♥GIANT DAYS HC NOVEL, a young adult tale by Non Pratt. Sam Sharpe and Peach S. Goodrich return to their Eisner nominated ♥VIEWOTRON from ADHOUSE BOOKS, seven new stories of the search for meaning in life. Garth Ennis and Russell Braun’s zany tale has a new collection with the ♥JIMMY’S BASTARDS TP, VOL. 2 from AFTERSHOCK plus three new titles this month: ♥BEYONDERS #1 is from Paul (Sentry) Jenkins and Wesley (Teen Titans) St. Claire about a boy obsessed with crop circles and cryptography who finds the conspiracies are true, ♥VOLITION #1 is by Ryan (Star Trek) Parrott and Omar (Mass Effect) Francia, a tale of artificial intelligence gone wrong and the ♥HOT LUNCH SPECIAL #1 by Eliot (Quantum & Woody) Rashal and Jorge (Amazing X-Men) Fornes, a midwestern noir about family and the fight for food and survival. The brilliant Eric (The Goon) Powell expands on another favorite character with ♥HILLBILLY: RED EYED WITHERY FROM BEYOND #1 OF 4 with art by Simone DiMeo from his company ALBATROSS EXPLODING FUNNY BOOKS. The new ZORRO: LEGENDARY ADVENTURES #1 from AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY features classic tales in English for the first time, this issue by Jean-Marie Nadoud and Robert Rigot. The STEAM-AGE WASTELAND one shot is a pin-up book with various artists from ANTARCTIC PRESS and their PLUSH #1 is about a maker of plushies whose personal plush, a gift from her mother, comes to life…maybe? ARCHIE COMICS’ releases their monthly ♥MARVEL COMICS DIGEST #8: SPIDER-MAN & VENOM this month and ASPEN STUDIOS has an introductory issue, ARTIFACT ONE #0 written by J. T. Krull and Vince Hernandez with artist newcomer Romina Morenelli, an action adventure series debuting for a dollar and fifty-cents. And Greg Pak writes, and Tony Parker illustrates the ♥DEAD MAN’S RUN TP, VOL. 1 set in the Andrew Jackson Maximum Security Federal Corrections Facility which is not only a prison but, literally Hell. BONGO COMICS offers the ♥BARTMAN’S SPECTACULARY SUPER SECRET SAGA one shot, a new seventy-two-page story. Jeffrey (Star Wars: Jedi Academy series) Brown offers the all age ♥LUCY & ANDY NEANDERTHAL, VOL. 3: BAD TO THE BONES HC from CROWN BOOKS. I’m pleased to see that Bill (Fables) Willingham’s latest fantasy series at DEVIL’S DUE is now ♥LARK’S KILLER #9 (OF 7), continuing past it’s expected expiration date. Over the past twenty years Jason Lutes has been producing a masterwork at DRAWN & QUARTERLY which has recently reached its end with the twenty-second issue which will be collected in ♥BERLIN: VOL. 3: CITY OF LIGHT TP and also available as ♥BERLIN: THE COMPLETE EDITION HC, a look at the fall of the Weimar Republic through the eyes of its citizens, a society slowly awakening to the stranglehold of fascism. FANTAGRAPHICS releases the ♥DEMENTIA 21 GN, story and art by Shintar Kago, known for combining the traditional manga style with a hyper realistic technique to create his own genre known as ‘fashionable paranoia’. Anders (Big Question) Nilsen releases the first issue of his forty-eight-page full color series with ♥TONGUES #1. GALLERY 13 offers Jeff Lemire’s ♥ROUGHNECK TP now available in soft cover. For those of you sharing your comic love with your children GOLDEN BOOKS has the ♥BLACK PANTHER LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK priced under five dollars and they have lots of others featuring Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy and just about anything else you can reference. The graphic novel imprint of Scholastic Books, GRAPHIX offers
♥THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB, VOL. 6: KRISTY’S BIG DAY. HERMES PRESS has the ♥NUKE ‘EM: CLASSIC COLD WAR COMICS CELEBRATING THE END OF THE WORLD HC collecting the comics of the fifties that dealt with the threat of nuclear attack. The prose book from INSIGHT EDITIONS, ♥DC COMICS: ANATOMY OF A METAHUMAN HC features anatomical cutaways and in-depth commentary written from the viewpoint of Batman as a detailed dossier on the heroes’ physiology and abilities. JOE BOOKS, a subsidiary of Disney offers the ♥DISNEY PRINCESS COMICS COLLECTION, VOL. 4 TP as well as the DISNEY ALADDIN one shot. NEW YORK REVIEW COMICS releases the ♥SLUM WOLF GN written and illustrated by Tadao Tusge, one of the original masters of alternative manga, this collects stories from the late sixties and the seventies depicting the lives of punks, vagrants, gangsters and other lost souls in an unsettling portrait of postwar Japan. ONI PRESS releases the all age ♥AQUICORN COVE HC from Eisner Award nominated creator Katie (The Tea Dragon Society) O’Neill, a charming, beautifully illustrated and LGBTQ focused book. All twelve issues of Zander Cannon’s ‘Godzilla meets Oz‘ monster prison drama is collected in the oversize ♥KAIJUMAX: DELUXE EDITION HC, BOOK 1 and issues twenty-six through thirty are collected in ♥INVADER ZIM, VOL. 6 TP. Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover, creators of the Eisner Award winning Bandette series bring the all age ♥BANANA SUNDAY TP, a story combining high school, monkeys and romance. The three graphic novels from PAPERCUTZ are collected in the ♥BARBIE GRAPHIC NOVELS BOX SET priced under twenty-four dollars and if you like the idea of boxed collections there’s also the LOUD HOUSE BOXED SET and two different NICKELODEON BOX SETs, with three volumes each. The ♥CATWOMAN: SOULSTEALER HC is a young adult prose novel by Sarah J. Maas with a coming of age Selina Kyle adventure with Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Batwing from RANDOM HOUSE and they have a bunch more featuring Batman, Wonder Woman and others. ♥THE VIGILANT #1 is an assemblage of seventies British heroes and anti-heroes written by Simon (Death’s Head, Robotech) Furman and Simon (Authority) Colemen from REBELLION. ♥DRAGON GOES HOUSE-HUNTING, VOL. 1 GN from SEVEN SEAS is a fantasy comedy manga by Kawo Tanuki and Choco Aya. Receiving an Ignatz Award, and Eisner nomination and praise from NPR SILVER SPROCKET reissues ♥YOUR BLACK FRIEND AND OTHER STRANGERS HC by Ben Passmore, comics about race, the prison system, online dating, gentrification and more. Big British publisher TITAN bring ♥THE RAID #1 OF 4, cinematic martial arts action written by Ollie (The Kitchen) Masters with art by Budi Setiawan, this is timed to coincide with the upcoming Hollywood remake, ♥THE GIRL WHO DANCED WITH DEATH: MILLENIUM #1 OF 3 is the third sequel to the trilogy by Stieg Larsson, not seen before in print or film, adapted by Sylvain Runberg with Belen Ortega’s artwork. ♥THE BOOK OF BALLADS AND SAGAS HC is a new edition of works by Neil Gaiman and others all featuring the artwork of Charles Vess. UDON releases the ♥STREET FIGHTER: SUMMER SPORTS SPECIAL one shot pin-up book and they also have manga versions of classic literature like ♥MANGA CLASSICS: ROMEO AND JULIET and ♥MANGA CLASSICS: THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER, both available in either hard cover or soft cover editions. ♥NINJA-K #10 by Christos Gage and Larry Strohman begins a new story arc at VALIANT and new collections include ♥BLOODSHOT SALVATION, VOL. 2: THE BOOK OF THE DEAD TP with issues six through nine and the ♥X-O MANOWAR COMPENDIUM, VOL. 1 TP with the twenty-nine issues from the first series plus the Unity four part and the Armor Hunters four part series’ priced under sixty dollars. VAULT COMICS begins ♥FRIENDO #1 by Alex (Archadia) Paknadel and Martin (Punks Not Dead) Simmonds, an unhinged and ultraviolent tale of Leo and his personalized marketing VR which is malfunctioning. VIZ begins BLACK TORCH, VOL. 1, a supernatural shonen manga by Tsuyoshi Takaki and SHORTCAKE CAKE, VOL. 1, a shojo series by Suu Morishita. And that brings us to the end of the comic listings for this month.
As always, I try to choose what I think the best offering is in this months’ catalog and, as usual there are quite a few contenders. Both John Layman’s ♥LEVIATHAN #1 and Cullen Bunn’s ♥COLD SPOT #1 of 5 from Image, Ann Nocenti and David Aja’s ♥SEEDS #1 from Dark Horse, the ♥SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1 one shot and ♥SCARLET #1 of 5 from DC, Matt Kindt and Paul Jenkins’ ♥BLACK BADGE #1 from Boom! Studios, the ♥DEAD MAN’S RUN TP from Greg Pak and Tony Parker at Aspen, ♥BERLIN: COMPLETE EDITION HC from Jason Lutes at Drawn & Quarterly and Alex Paknadel and Martin Simmonds’ ♥FRIENDO #1 from Vault Comics were all possibilities but my choice for Pick of the Month must be the new creator owned crime noir series from Brian Michael Bendis and Gaydos at DC: ♥PEARL #1 of 6.
During the month of May we held one of the quarterly charity events, raising two thousand dollars for Youth on Their Own and I want to thank you all again for your support and generosity towards our community. We’ll be doing it again on the first Saturday in August to see how much we can raise for the good work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. And I thank you all for your friendship and support, for keeping the lights on and food on the table for my family and I, for recommending my shop to your friends, for the good reviews of my shop that you post on social media; I’m constantly gratefully humbled.
All the best to you and yours; 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.
If you’d prefer not to receive this in the future, please respond with UNSUBSCRIBE; I’m not trying to spam you! I only send this to subscription customers or those who request it. (I won’t be insulted at all if you’d like to discontinue. When I proofread it each month I know first-hand how tedious it can be. Thank you.)