June 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

The June Previews catalog arrives on Wednesday, May twenty ninth. 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 2019. 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, especially with DC if you’d like a particular cover let me know and I’ll make it happen. 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.

 

IMAGE: The big anniversary issue will be written by Todd McFarlane along with Scott Snyder, art will be by Todd, Greg Capullo, Jason Shawn Alexander, J. Scott Campbell and Jerome Opena, there will be ten variant covers plus two more that are ratio incentives and the issue will be priced under eight dollars; Todd is promoting SPAWN #300 as the ‘longest running independent title’; (apparently he hasn’t heard of Cerebus which Dave Sim wrote, illustrated and self published for three hundred issues). Dan (Lucifer) Watters and artist Dani (2000 A.D.) launch COFFIN BOUND #1; with Izzy Tyburn on the run from an unstoppable killer, she has nothing to lose: cars, guns and entropy. Derek (Duck Tales) Hunter and Jason (I Hate Fairyland) Young write and Derek illustrates PRETTY VIOLENT #1, a gore filled, ongoing comedy where Gamma Rae wants to be a super hero but all of her siblings are hero killers. The OPHIUCHUS TP collects the popular web comic by Ali Leriger De La Plante and Natasha Tara Petrovi, the story of a lone sentry at a long inactive gate who contracts a virus which is a malevolent virus that rots all worlds. The SIMON SAYS TP, VOL. 1 is the story of an artist forced to paint swastikas on train cars for the Nazi’s becoming an unlikely vigilante as he and a friend hunt his wife’s murderers, by Andre R. Frattino and Jesse Lee. Chip (Daredevil) Zdarsky writes and Kris (Runaways) Anka illustrates WHITE TREES #1 OF 2, over sized issues in the world of Blacksand, twenty years later as war is again on the horizon and the children are missing. New collected editions include ECLIPSE TP, VOL. 4 with issues thirteen through sixteen, EVOLUTION TP, VOL. 3 with thirteen through eighteen, SAVAGE DRAGON: CITY UNDER SIEGE TP with two hundred thirty five through two forty, SKYWARD TP, VOL. 3: FIX THE WORLD with the final chapter, SPAWN: ENEMY OF THE STATE TP with two eighty four through two ninety with Jason Shawn Alexander’s art, WALKING DEAD TP, VOL. 32 with one eighty seven through one ninety two and WICKED + DIVINE TP, VOL. 9 with the end of the story.

 

DARK HORSE: The brilliant, multiple Eisner Award winner Jeff Lemire writes BERSERKER UNBOUND #1 OF 4 with the very talented Mike Deodato, Jr., an urban warrior fantasy series set in a modern day metropolis. And, aside from BLACK HAMMER/JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 OF 5 there are two new collections of Lemire’s super hero deconstruction adventures with the BLACK HAMMER: STREETS OF SPIRAL TP, a WWII story co-written by Ray Fawkes and illustrated by Tyler Crook and BLACK HAMMER ’45: WORLD OF BLACK HAMMER TP, VOL. 1 featuring art by Matt and Sharlene Kindt. Mike Mignola and Scott Allie write HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: SATURN RETURNS #1 OF 3 with Christopher Mitten’s artwork. OUR ENCOUNTERS WITH THE EVIL PROFESSOR MEINHARDT & KNOX HC finds the team pursuing vampires, ghosts and monsters as told by Mike Mignola with art by Warwick J. Cadwell continuing the adventures from Mr. Higgins Comes Home and the BALTIMORE OMNIBUS HC, VOL. 1 collects all four previous hardcovers of the vampire tale of Lord Baltimore after the end of WWI from Mignola and Christopher Golden and illustrated by Ben Stenbeck. The CRITICAL ROLE TP, VOL. 1: VOX MACHINA ORIGINS is in soft cover now coinciding with the CRITICAL ROLE: VOX MACHINA ORIGINS-SERIES II #2 OF 6. G. Willow (Ms Marvel) Wilson and Christian (Black Bolt) Ward’s first arc is collected in the INVISIBLE KINGDOM TP, VOL. 1 and Christian writes and illustrates TOMMY GUN WIZARDS #1 OF 4, set in Chicago in the thirties this is Elliot Ness and the Untouchables only Al Capone is dealing in magic instead of alcohol. I’ve been having a hard time keeping the trade paperbacks in stock since the television program began so maybe the UMBRELLA ACADEMY LIBRARY EDITION HC, VOL. 1: APOCALYPSE SUITE will be the deluxe alternative until more copies of the soft cover return to print since the issues have become expensive; the deluxe edition is priced under forty dollars. STRAYED #1 OF 5 is a future tale where the military industrial complex reigns and an astral-projecting cat and his owner are the only hope, written by Carlos Giffoni with the art of Juan Doe. THE ART OF STAR WARS REBELS HC, SUPER MARIO: ART OF SUPER MARIO ODYSSEY HC and the ART OF SPLATOON HC, VOL. 2 are self explanatory. MINECRAFT: STORIES FROM THE OVERWORLD HC is an anthology with stories from all realms and PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: A LITTLE PROBLEM HC is the latest in the popular line. The ALIENS VS PREDATOR ESSENTIAL COMICS TP, VOL. 1 follows the previous Alien and Predator volumes while the ALIENS: DEFIANCE LIBRARY EDITION HC, VOL. 1 has the two series’ by Brian Wood collected into one volume. The RAIN HC, VOL. 1 is written and illustrated by Bryan (Luther Arkwright) Talbot telling of the northern England flood disaster of 2017 with crops being poisoned and animals slaughtered, a fictional story set against a real tragedy. The MIND MGMT OMNIBUS TP, VOL. 3: ERASER & THE IMMORTALS collects volumes five and six of Harvey Award winner Matt Kindt’s globe spanning tale of espionage, conspiracy and weaponized amnesia and the DEPT. H OMNIBUS, TP, VOL. 2: DECOMPRESSED & LIFEBOAT collects issues thirteen through twenty four plus bonus material of the underwater mystery, also by Matt Kindt.

 

DC: Joshua (Flash) Williamson and David (Miles Morales) Marquez begin BATMAN SUPERMAN #1 which will have a Batman cover, a Superman cover plus a variant cover, a new monthly series spinning out of the events of the Batman Who Laughs series. The legendary Neal Adams will write and illustrate BATMAN VS RAS AL GHUL #1 OF 6 which will, of course feature Deadman. And the first in a series of key reprints is BATMAN #232 FACSIMILE EDITION with Ras Al Ghul‘s first appearance. Spinning out of the events in the just completed Wild Storm series Warren Ellis continues the story in WILDCATS #1 illustrated by Ramon Villalobos. As the Year of the Villain story courses through all of the DCU titles there will be one shots expanding on the stories of the bad guys, the first two being BLACK MASK: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 by Tom Taylor and Cully Hamner and SINESTRO: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 by Mark Russell and Brandon Peterson. The latest offerings from their DC Zoom imprint are BLACK CANARY: IGNITE TP written by Meg (Princess Diaries) Cabot and Cara McGee and SUPER SONS, VOL. 2: THE FOXGLOVE MISSION by Ridley Pearson and Ile Gonzalez. The HOUSE OF SECRETS #92 FACSIMILE EDITION reprints the first appearance of Swamp Thing by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. TITANS: BURNING RAGE #1 OF 7 from Dan Jurgens with art by Scott Eaton and Wayne Faucher collects the stories that were serialized in the Titans Giants starring Hawk & Dove originally available only at Walmart. The Year of the Villain tie ins to most of the regular DCU titles are the ‘Dark Gifts’ this month as Luthor’s offers of power are realized. Deluxe collections include Darwyn Cooke’s ABSOLUTE NEW FRONTIER 15TH ANNIVERSARY HC, the BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS HC, VOL. 1: MYTHOLOGY collects issues nine ninety four to nine ninety nine, the BATMAN WHO LAUGHS HC has the seven issue series plus the Grim Knight one shot and the BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE HC-NEW EDITION adds stories from Batman: Black & White and Countdown #31. BOOSTER GOLD: THE BIG FALL HC has the Dan Jurgens tales that introduced the character in the eighties, the CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS 35TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION HC collects the twelve issue series, the FINAL CRISIS OMNIBUS HC gets a new edition, HEROES IN CRISIS: THE PRICE AND OTHER TALES HC has the eight issues of ‘The Price’ story from Batman and Flash plus stories from Green Arrow and the Flash Annual #2, all the lead ins to the HEROES IN CRISIS HC that has the nine issue series, HARLEY QUINN AND THE GOTHAM CITY SIRENS OMNIBUS HC gets a new edition, the INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, YEAR TWO DELUXE EDITION HC has the twelve issues plus the annual, the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE WEDDING OF THE ATOM AND JEAN LORING HC with the story from the late seventies and the SUPERMAN/BATMAN: 80 YEARS SLIPCASE SET puts those two hardcovers in to a box with new artwork. The SUPERMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC gets a new printing, the WONDER WOMAN BY GAIL SIMONE OMNIBUS HC collects all of her stories from eleven years ago and the YOUNG JUSTICE, VOL. 1: GEMWORLD HC has the first six issues of Bendis’ series. In soft cover editions they offer BATMAN, VOL. 10: KNIGHTMARES TP, BATMAN: THE CAPED CRUSADER, VOL. 3 TP featuring stories from the nineties, BATMAN: HUSH TP in a new edition, BATWOMAN: ELEGY TP in a new edition, CATWOMAN, VOL. 2: FAR FROM GOTHAM TP with Joëlle Jones’ second arc, DEATHSTROKE: ARKHAM TP with his recent incarceration, THE FLASH, VOL. 19: FORCE QUEST TP, GREEN LANTERN BY GEOFF JOHNS: BOOK TWO TP, GREEN LANTERN: THE SILVER AGE, VOL. 4 TP, THE JOKER: HIS GREATEST JOKES TP released in time for the upcoming film, THE SANDMAN: THE DREAM HUNTERS 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION TP-PROSE EDITION and THE SANDMAN: THE DREAM HUNTERS 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION TP-GRAPHIC NOVEL EDITION, the former with art by Yoshitaka Amano and the latter with art by P. Craig Russell. The STARGIRL BY GEOFF JOHNS TP has all of the Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. Issues and TRANSMETROPOLITAN: BOOK TWO TP has the second years’ stories. From their DC COLLECTIBLES imprint they have the DCTV BATWOMAN STATUE, the DC DESIGNER SERIES: BATMAN BY RAFAEL GRAMPÁ STATUE and the first part of a VILLAINS MULTI-PART STATUE: CATWOMAN. New DC ESSENTIAL ACTION FIGURES include GREEN LANTERN: HAL JORDAN, SINESTRO, KNIGHTFALL BATMAN and KNIGHTFALL CATWOMAN and there’s a BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: BATMAN BY GENE COLAN STATUE.

 

IDW: Disney continues to farm out licensed Marvel properties and Idea & Design Works now offers MARVEL ACTION: CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 OF 3, an all age adventure by Sam Maggs and Sweeney Boo. MY LITTLE PONY: THE FEATS OF FRIENDSHIP #1 begins a new limited series by Ian (Sonic) Flynn with art by Tony Fleecs. James (Transformers) Roberts begins a young adult science fiction epic with STARCADIA QUEST #1 OF 3 based on the tabletop game. DUCKTALES: SILENCE AND SCIENCE #1 OF 3 begins a new limited series. The TRANSFORMERS ’84 #0 by Simon Furman and Guido Guidi is a prequel to the original first issue as part of the 35th anniversary celebration. MAGIC: THE GATHERING: CHANDRA-TRIALS OF ALARA #1 OF 4 is by James (Gambit) Asmus and Eric (Extraordinary X-Men) Koda. John (Sink) Lees and Ryan (Archer & Armstrong) Lee bring a psychological horror thriller with MOUNTAINHEAD #1 OF 5. STAR TREK: DISCOVERY-AFTERMATH #1 OF 3 ties into season two of the CBS series and the JOHN BYRNE FANTASTIC FOUR ARTIST SELECT HC collects over three hundred and fifty pages of Byrne’s best in this slip cased book limited to nine hundred and ninety nine copies.

 

MARVEL: They’ve been teasing the titles for a while now; ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1 OF 4 will be by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman priced under eight dollars and shipping twice monthly and SPIDER-MAN: THE MANY HOSTS OF CARNAGE TP gathers all of the other Marvel characters who have hosted Venom’s sadistic offspring. As you all know that Marvel tends to go big there are tie ins and limited series galore including VENOM #17, ABSOLUTE CARNAGE VS DEADPOOL #1 OF 3, ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: LETHAL PROTECTORS #1 OF 3, ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: MILES MORALES #1 OF 3, ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: SCREAM #1 OF 3 and ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: SEPARATION ANXIETY #1 and the series will continue through September and October. The heavily promoted MARVEL COMICS #1000 is a ninety six page one shot with tons of writers and artists, each doing one page of a story tying into a mystery that was in Marvel Comics #1 published by Timely Comics; the one shot has over twenty variant covers. FANTASTIC FOUR: 4 YANCY STREET #1 is a forty page one shot by Gerry Duggan and Greg Smallwood focusing on The Thing, SILVER SURFER: THE PRODIGAL SUN #1 is the second chapter, the first being Fantastic Four: The Prodigal Sun. GHOST SPIDER #1 begins a new series for Gwen written by Seanan McGuire and illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa. GWENPOOL STRIKES BACK #1 OF 5 is by Leah Williams and David Baldeon. MARVEL MONSTERS #1 is an anthology one shot with stories by Cullen Bunn and a host of artists. AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 OF 5 is written by Greg Pak and Jeff Parker with art by Gang Hyuk Lim and Carlo Pagulayan featuring Amadeus Cho, Silk, Shang-Chi, Jimmy Woo and more. MAJOR X #0 is a seventy two page one shot reprinting Wolverine #154 and #155 with new framing sequences by Rob Liefeld to make it seems as if the character was around in the eighties. Sales on the new series featuring the First Family have been good; can it support a second title? FUTURE FOUNDATION #1 by Jeremy Whitley and Will Robson will feature Alex and Julie Power trying to reassemble Molecule Man with the think tank that the Richards’ left behind. For those too young to recall, the POWER PACK: GROW UP one shot features the kid team along with a new story by co-creator Louise Simonson with art by Gurihuri. THOR #16 by Jason Aaron and Mike DelMundo is ‘classified’, but, as aftermath to the War of the Realms we can guess that the God of Thunder will return for Aaron’s final arc. The IMMORTAL HULK: DIRECTOR’S CUT #1 OF 6 is self explanatory, CAPTAIN AMERICA #13 by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jason Masters begins ‘The Legend of Steve’. As the City at War series sold well Dennis ‘Hopeless’ Hallum will continue with artist Emilio Laiso in MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: VELOCITY #1 OF 5 also set in the ‘Gamer-Verse’. The AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM 3D #1 reprints the key issue, polybagged, in 3-D priced under eight dollars and in SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #6 OF 6 Peter is seventy two years old and the year is 2019. The SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN: SELF-IMPROVEMENT #1 is a forty eight page one shot, a black costume Spidey tale by Peter David and Rick Leonardi plus a reprinted black costume tale by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz. A villain swapping cross over between eight annuals across three months continues with the next two ‘Acts of Evil’ chapters in the SHE-HULK ANNUAL #1 by Alexandra Petri and Andy MacDonald and the DEADPOOL ANNUAL #1 by Dana Schwartz and Reilly Brown. FANTASTIC FOUR #13 by Dan Slott and Sean Izaakse will probably not answer the question plaguing Marvel fans since 1962; who is stronger, Thing or Hulk? But they’ll fight anyway. The X-FACTOR #86 FACSIMILE EDITION reprints the Peter David, Joe Quesada issue where the team is undergoing psychological ‘X-amination’ by Doc Samson, MARVEL TALES: X-MEN #1 is an eighty page book reprinting X-Men #58, Fallen Angels #2 and Uncanny X-Men #272 priced under eight dollars. The Cimmerian’s first journey away from home is recounted in CONAN THE BARBARIAN: EXODUS #1, a one shot written and illustrated by Esad Ribić while AGE OF CONAN: VALERIA #1 OF 5 is by Meredith Finch and Aneke. STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE-GENERAL HUX and STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE-POE DAMERON #1 are the next two one shots showing the character development between the three film trilogies, both written by Tom Taylor with Leonard Kirk for the former and Ramon Rosanas’ art for the latter. Deluxe collections include TIMELY’S GREATEST: THE GOLDEN AGE HUMAN TORCH BY CARL BURGOS OMNIBUS HC, IRON MAN: THE MASK IN THE IRON MAN OMNIBUS HC with the late nineties stories of the sentient armor and X-MEN: SHATTERSHOT HC with over six hundred pages focusing on the characters’ adventures throughout time. DITKO IS…AMAZING! KING SIZE HC collects over three hundred pages of Ditko’s earliest adventures of the web spinner, THOR: GOD OF THUNDER-THE GOD BUTCHER, MARVEL SELECT HC has the first five issues of Jason Aaron’s award winning tale and THANOS: THE INFINITY ENDING OGN HC is Jim Starlin’s final chapter of the saga illustrated by Alan Davis. Soft cover collections include MARVEL VISIONARIES: JACK KIRBY TP with more than three hundred and fifty pages from the Golden Age Vision to the Two Gun Kid westerns, MARVEL VISIONARIES: JOHN BUSCEMA TP from Hulk to Silver Surfer, MARVEL MONOGRAPH: THE ART OF ESAD RIBIC TP is over a hundred pages of artwork from Secret Wars to Thor,
AGE OF CONAN: BÊLIT, QUEEN OF THE BLACK COAST TP collects the recent limited series and CAPTAIN MARVEL, VOL. 1: RE-ENTRY TP has the first five issues of her latest series. More collections from the latest big cross over includes WAR OF THE REALMS: NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS TP, WAR OF THE REALMS: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY TP, WAR OF THE REALMS: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/DAREDEVIL TP and WAR OF THE REALMS: VENOM TP. FANTASTIC FOUR, VOL. 3: THE HERALD OF DOOM TP has issues six through thirteen, DOCTOR STRANGE BY MARK WAID, VOL. 3: HERALD TP has twelve through seventeen and SHURI, VOL. 2 TP has six through ten. IMMORTAL HULK, VOL. 4: ABOMINATION TP collects sixteen through twenty, UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL, VOL. 11: CALL YOUR SQUIRRELFRIEND TP has forty two through forty six and THE UNSTOPPABLE WASP: UNLIMITED, VOL. 2: G.I.R.L. VS A.I.M. TP has issues six through ten, VENOM UNLEASHED, VOL. 1 TP has the four one shots: Web of Venom: Ve’Nam, Carnage Born, Venom Unleashed and Funeral Pyre, SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST-SPIDER, VOL. 2: IMPOSSIBLE YEAR TP has five through ten and WOLVERINE: INFINITY WATCH TP has the five part limited series. DOMINO: HOT SHOTS TP has the latest team book from Gail Simone and David Baldeon and UNCANNY X-MEN: WOLVERINE AND CYCLOPS, VOL. 2 TP has issues seventeen through twenty two of the latest series. The alternate history with the mutants in charge is collected in AGE OF X-MAN: APOCALYPSE & THE X-TRACTS TP, AGE OF X-MAN: X-TREMISTS TP, AGE OF X-MAN: PRISONER X TP and AGE OF X-MAN: THE AMAZING NIGHTCRAWLER TP. X-FORCE, VOL. 2: THE COUNTERFEIT KING TP collects issues six through ten, X-MEN MILESTONES: X-TINCTION AGENDA TP and X-MEN MILESTONES: INFERNO TP collect the issues and cross overs and FANTASTIC FOUR BY JONATHAN HICKMAN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 2 TP has the next fourteen issues. The MILES MORALES: WITH GREAT POWER GN-TP and UNCANNY ORIGINS: MUTANTS & MONSTERS GN-TP gather stories suitable for readers age ten and up in the smaller format.

 

DYNAMITE: Gail Simone writes and Walter Geovani illustrates THE DEATH-DEFYING DEVIL #1 OF 5, a golden age character revitalized by Alex Ross in his Superpowers series and Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s series get three new collections with photo covers from the television program with THE BOYS OMNIBUS, VOL. 1, VOL. 2 and VOL. 3 PHOTO COVER EDITION TP’s priced under thirty dollars each. New collections include BARBARELLA/DEJAH THORIS TP, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (CLASSIC): COUNTERSTRIKE TP, PIERCE BROWN’S RED RISING: SONS OF ARES TP and, for the first time, the ERF HC, a forty eight page all age comedy by Garth Ennis and Rob Steen. HACK/SLASH VS CHAOS TP has Tim Seeley’s recent limited series, BETTIE PAGE: THE PRINCESS AND THE PINUP TP collects Bettie’s team-up with the Queen of England.

 

BOOM! STUDIOS: The ANGEL LEGACY EDITION: BOOK ONE TP begins collecting every issue in chronological order beginning with stories originally published by Dark Horse set during the first two seasons. ONCE & FUTURE #1 OF 6 is by Kieron (Wicked + Divine) Gillen and Dan (Klaus) Mora where a group of Nationalists bring back a villain from Arthurian myth to gain power. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: CHOSEN ONES #1 is a forty page one shot introducing The Slayers first seen on variant covers from the first four issues of her new series. BURY THE LEDE OGN TP is a crime thriller from Gaby (Bad With Money) Dunn and Claire (Batgirl & the Birds of Prey) Roe. OVER THE GARDEN WALL: SOULFUL SYMPHONIES #1 OF 5 is by Birdie Willis and Rowan MacColl while the OVER THE GARDEN WALL: CIRCUS FRIENDS OGN TP is by Jonathan (Before Tomorrowland) Case and John (Boneman) Golden from their all age KaBoom imprint. SABAN’S POWER RANGERS: THE PSYCHO PATH OGN TP from Paul (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) Allor and Giuseppe (Suicide Squad) Cafaro features the return of the Psycho Rangers. THE ART (AND MANY OTHER MISTAKES) OF ERIC POWELL HC is over two hundred pages of the self deprecating incredibly talented creators work, subtitled ‘The Life, Work and Troubling Shenanigans of a Somewhat Known Cartoonist’.

 

INDEPENDENTS: The very talented creator, writer, artist Rod Espinosa releases ADVENTURE FINDERS: THE EDGE OF EMPIRE #1, an all age fantasy from ACTION LAB, and they begin a new series from their Danger Zone imprint with AMALGAMA: SPACE ZOMBIE #1 with eight variant covers including three obligatory ‘risque’ ones. AFTERSHOCK offers BAD RECEPTION #1, a horror story and critique on society’s obsession with technology written and illustrated by Juan Doe. ZORRO: A CENTURY OF SWASHBUCKLING #1 from AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY is a collection of the best covers featuring Don Diego from artists such as Alex Toth, Frank Miller, Adam Hughes, George Perez and more. ANTARCTIC BOOKS has WILL-MIGHT: FIRST TERM, PART TWO, a one shot political parody with Wall-Might and Might-Fence battling Burning Sanders. A decade ago ARCHIE ran a series of magazines with two stories in each, a kind of ‘What If’ with Archie married to Betty in one story and Veronica in the other and now they’re returning to those stories with ARCHIE: THE MARRIED LIFE 10TH ANNIVERSARY #1 OF 6 by Michael Uslan and Dan Parent. AVATAR PRESS starts WARRIOR NUN: DORA #1, a forty eight page comic priced under six dollars written by Pat Shand with art by Daniel Gete tying into the Netflix series which debuts soon. They also have a limited amount of first printings of the original series’ from a couple decades past. The latest all age Jeffrey Brown book from CHRONICLE is STAR WARS: REY AND PALS HC GN. DISNEY-HYPERION solicit PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS, VOL. 5: THE LAST OLYMPIAN GN available in hard or soft cover formats, this is the final volume of the series. The MARIA M HC: COMPLETE EDITION from FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS is the complete crime thriller and biography of the mother of Luba, one of Gilbert Hernandez’ most beloved characters from Love & Rockets. Rainbow Rowell writes and Faith Erin Hicks illustrates the PUMPKINHEADS GN from 01:FIRST SECOND available in either hard or soft cover. GALLERY 13 brings CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF: AN ILLUSTRATED NOVEL TP back into print, a collaboration between author Stephen King and the late, legendary artist Bernie Wrightson. The first woman to win the Nobel Prize and the only person to win the prize in two different fields, MARIE CURIE: A LIFE OF DISCOVERY GN from GRAPHIC UNIVERSE is her biography written and illustrated by Alice Milani and suggested for mature readers. The RANX HC available in a standard edition as well as a slip cased one collects the works of Stefano Tamburini and Tanino Liberatore published by HEAVY METAL. The third comic series from HUMANOIDS is OMNI #1, a tale of a super powered doctor from writer Devin Grayson, this is a superhero adventure as well as a medical drama. KEENSPOT continues their political parodies with THE SUPERIOR AOC #1 spinning out of the ‘Donald Who Laughs’, with six variant covers including a lenticular one priced under twenty dollars. Manuel Garcia Iglesias and Marwan Kahil offer ALBERT EINSTEIN: THE POETRY OF REAL HC, the biography of the legendary genius and lifetime humanitarian from French publisher NBM. Daniel Barnes and D.J. Kirkland offer THE BLACK MAGE OGN TP from ONI PRESS described as ‘Harry Potter meets Final Fantasy‘ where a historically white wizarding school accepts it’s first ever Black student. CONAN THE BARBARIAN: THE ORIGINAL UNABRIDGED ADVENTURES TP from PRION is more than five hundred pages of Robert E. Howard’s prose stories beginning with his first published Conan story, the short stories from Weird Tales, a total of seventeen works including the novel The Hour of the Dragon. HEADLESS #1 from Alexander Banchita and Robert Ahmad at SCOUT COMICS features the return of the Headless Horseman set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1987. Written by Ben Davis and Frank Miller, SIX FOOT PRESS releases BILL SIENKIEWICZ: REVOLUTION HC, an art book and portfolio of the artists work. Everyone’s favorite cute little dead girl returns from creator Roman (Invader Zim) Dirge; LENORE #1 is back, in full color from TITAN COMICS. In cooperation with DC, TOMORROWS PUBLISHING solicits JACK KIRBY’S DINGBAT LOVE HC with three never seen Kirby projects of the seventies, two unused Dingbats tales and Soul Love, from an unseen romance book. DOCTOR MIRAGE #1 OF 5 is by Magdalene Visaggio and Nick Robles from VALIANT as paranormal expert Dr. Shan Fong Mirage tries to solve the case of her own death. THE MALL #1 by Michael Moreci and Zak Hartong at VAULT COMICS features box store tribes and name brand gangs vying for space in a post-apocalyptic America. ZENESCOPE begins VAN HELSING VS DRACULA’S DAUGHTER #1 OF 5 and a horror thriller, THE WATCHER #1 OF 3 which brings us to the manga section. TOKYO POP has a bunch of all age titles based on Disney properties, lots of DISNEY DESCENDANTS volumes plus DISNEY: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST SPECIAL 2 IN 1 COLLECTORS EDITION GN, DISNEY FAIRIES: TINKERBELL AND THE GREAT FAIRY RESCUE GN, DISNEY: THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG GN and more. No new Street Fighter from UDON this month but they offer STRAVAGANZA, VOL. 1 GN by Akihito Tomi, a fantasy series starring the Queen in the Iron Mask although few know she is secretly the young and inexperienced monarch. VIZ MEDIA has MY HERO ACADEMIA: SMASH, VOL. 1, a comedy spoof plus MY HERO ACADEMIA, VOL. 20 GN, ONE-PUNCH MAN, VOL. 17 GN, JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PART 4-DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE, VOL. 2 HC, URUSEI YATSURA, VOL. 3 GN and more. KODANSHA has ATTACK ON TITAN, VOL. 28 GN, SEVEN SEAS begins ARIFURETA: FROM COMMONPLACE TO WORLD’S STRONGEST ZERO, VOL. 1 GN, a new spin off from the main series, soon to be an anime and BECOME YOU, VOL. 1 GN by Ichigo Takano of orange and Dreamin’ Sun fame, in collaboration with band Kobukuro, the story of the struggle of high school musicians with dreams of stardom. And that brings us to the end of the comic listings this month. The catalog also has sections of Apparel, Toys & Models, Statues, Import Toys, Collectibles & Novelties, Games and Trading Cards all of which I’m happy to order for you if you’re interested; please feel free to check out the Previews catalog that’s always sitting on the desk when you stop by.

 

Each month I try to choose one comic that I think will be the best offering in this months’ catalog and contenders include COFFIN BOUND #1 from Image, BERSERKER UNBOUND #1 OF 4 by Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato, Jr, TOMMY GUN WIZARDS #1 OF 4 by Christian Ward, both from Dark Horse, BATMAN/SUPERMAN #1 and WILDCATS #1 from DC, CONAN THE BARBARIAN: EXODUS #1 one shot from Esad Ribić from Marvel, the MARIA M HC: COMPLETE EDITION by ‘Beto Hernandez from Fantagraphics Books and CYCLE OF THE WEREWOLF: ILLUSTRATED NOVEL by Stephen King and Bernie Wrightson but my Pick of the Month
has to be WHITE TREES #1 OF 2 by Chip Zdarsky and Kris Anka from Image.

 

And finally I would like to attempt to express my gratitude for all of my wonderful customers who have become friends, introduced me to their families and shown such support and generosity during the quarterly charity benefits; I can’t do it, I can’t thank you enough. And last month we raised $1550.00 for the good works of Casa de los Niños. In August we’ll see what we can raise for Youth on Their Own, details to follow.

Peace,

Charlie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    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.)

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