The March Previews catalog is sitting on my desk, available for your perusal when you stop by. Meanwhile I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might hold interest for you. These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in May. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and 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.
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).
By the way, 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) please send me an email and I will send you this month’s adult catalog as an attachment in a .pdf format with images, descriptions and prices.
DARK HORSE: At Diamond Distribution, the company where we all get our comics, this is ‘Manga Month’ so Dark Horse offers HATSUNE MIKU: UNOFFICIAL HATSUNE MIX TP featuring adventures of the girl with the long green ponytail that you see at conventions (and in commercials for Toyota and Domino’s); she’s the Vocaloid who is all over YouTube, now making her first foray into comics. DRAGON GIRL AND MONKEY KING: THE ART OF KATSUYA TERADA HC has a forward by Guillermo Del Toro and features art by this artist who was nominated for Best Painter in the 2013 Eisner Awards. Other Dark Horse manga offerings this month include the ☼LONE WOLF AND CUB OMNIBUS VOLUME 5 TP, GANTZ VOL. 32 TP and MPD-PSYCHO VOL. 11 TP. STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL-SON OF DATHOMIR #1 OF 4 is written by Jeremy Barlow with art by Juan Frigeri and Mauro Vargas based on the unaired episodes of the Clone Wars television series. (Every time a new Star Wars series starts here I figure it will be that much longer before the franchise goes to Marvel so I guess we have at least another four months.) ☼THE STAR WARS: LUCAS DRAFT #8 of 8 is offered along with the collected editions offered as a TP with issues one through eight, a HC with issues zero though eight and the deluxe oversized boxed set HC edition which contains the entire saga plus extras in three deluxe, foil stamped hard cover volumes. Collected for the first time is the ☼ROBOCOP VS. THE TERMINATOR HC written by Frank Miller with the art of Walter Simonson and it’s also being offered as a Gallery Edition HC reproducing the art at full size along with additional promotional artwork. Gilberto Hernandez’ five issue series from 2002 gets collected as ☼GRIP: THE STRANGE WORLD OF MEN HC. Of the video game titles there is HALO: ESCALATION #6, MASS EFFECT: FOUNDATION #11, ☼TOMB RAIDER #4 by Gail Simone, THE WITCHER #3 of 5 and DRAGON AGE: THE SILENT GROVE which is a one shot for one dollar reprinting the two issue story that was only available digitally in the past. ☼BRAIN BOY: THE MEN FROM G.E.S.T.A.L.T. #1 of 4 begins a new arc for this Gold Key character written by Fred Van Lente with art by Freddie Williams II and guest starring the President and the First Lady. ☼DARK HORSE PRESENTS #36 is the final issue of this two time Eisner and Harvey Award winning anthology, this issue featuring works by such comic luminaries as Mike Mignola, Stan Sakai and Jaime Hernandez. JACK KRAKEN is a one shot by Tim Seeley with Ross Campbell’s art, a heroic adventure. A popular and well done all age series continues with ☼AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER-THE RIFT PART TWO TP; this is the middle of the third trilogy by the original creators continuing where the animated series left off. Stan Sakai, winner of the National Cartoonists Society Award, brilliant story teller, artist and historian releases ☼USAGI YOJIMBO: RED SCORPION available in both soft cover and limited edition hard cover collecting issues one thirty two through one thirty eight and, as it’s the Samurai Rabbit’s thirtieth anniversary the Comic Art Professional Society has put together ☼THE SAKAI PROJECT: ARTISTS CELEBRATE THIRTY OF YEARS OF USAGI YOJIMBO HC featuring Art Adams, Mike Allred, Howie Chaykin, Richard Corben, Matt Groening, Adam Hughes, Mike Mignola, Paolo Rivera, Walt Simonson, Jeff Smith and many others with all proceeds to go to Stan and Sharon Sakai. On top of the new Buffy and Angel & Spike series’ the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SPIKE-INTO THE LIGHT HC is an original graphic novel by James Marsters with art by Derlis Santacruz set in season seven. In 1949 Eisner Studios produced thirteen horror stories that were written by Marilyn Mercer with art by Jerry Grandetti and now these hard to find stories have been collected as THE SECRET FILES OF DR. DREW: STALKER OF THE UNKNOWN HC, the Doctor being a kind of supernatural Sherlock Holmes. The Nicole brothers return to their bizarre series which began as a web comic in 2009, with AXE COP: AMERICAN CHOPPERS #1 of 3 and, no, there are no motorcycles involved, just a lot of axes.
DC: The big story for the New 52 is ☼FUTURE’S END, a weekly series taking place five years from now, when the universe is reeling from a war with another Earth leaving the planet unprepared for a cataclysmic threat. A time traveling Batman Beyond will try to guide the best heroes left to avert the impending apocalypse, the series will be written by Keith Giffen, Dan Jurgens, Brian Azzarello and Jeff Lemire and will be illustrated by a rotating group of artists including Jesus Merino, Dan Jurgens, Aaron Lopresti and Patrick Zircher. The one shot ☼SUPERMAN: DOOMED #1 is by Scott Lobdell with Greg Pak and Charles Soule, art by Ken Lashley and begins the battle which will continue through other ‘super’ books with the next chapter in ☼SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #8 followed by ☼ACTION COMICS #31 and ☼SUPERMAN #31. Jeff Lemire writes and Mike McKone illustrates ☼JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #1 as Animal Man, Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter and Stargirl are joined by Adam Strange to battle the Unimaginable in Canada. The new Power Ring debuts in JUSTICE LEAGUE #31 and we know nothing about her. The King of Atlantis battles Swamp Thing in AQUAMAN #31, SECRET ORIGINS #2 covers Batman, Aquaman and Starfire, and, spinning out of the Annual, FLASH #31 features the Future Flash, the Future Mirror Master and Wally West. The ‘Red Daughter of Krypton’ story continues in SUPERGIRL #31 and then into RED LANTERNS #31. When I mentioned the BATMAN ETERNAL weekly series last month I thought it would just be four issues; more fool me. The folks at DC are running not one but TWO weekly series simultaneously! Apparently ☼BATMAN: ETERNAL will be a full year long weekly series! In his relentless hunt for the remains of Damian and Talia the ‘Hunt for Robin’ continues in ☼BATMAN AND FRANKENSTEIN #31 where the team of Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason have been tearing it up. It seems to be some kind of Galactic Spring when the Durlans, Khund and the Outer Clans unite to overthrow the authority of the space police as the ‘Uprising’ story begins in ☼GREEN LANTERN #31 with an all out assault on Mogo, continuing into GREEN LANTERN CORPS #31. Sadly Gail Simone’s fine work didn’t attract enough readers and THE MOVEMENT #12 will be the final issue of the series. Offered in hard cover collected editions this month are ☼DAMIAN: SON OF BATMAN DELUXE EDITION HC that has the four issue series by Andy Kubert along with ‘Batman #666’, first appearance of Damian by Grant Morrison and Andy, ☼BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE, VOL. 4 HC with the stories from the latest series and TALES OF BATMAN: J. H. WILLIAMS III HC collecting all the stories featuring the art of the ‘Sandman Overture’ series artist. New soft cover collections include ☼BATMAN AND ROBIN, VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY TP, BATMAN-DETECTIVE COMICS, VOL. 3: EMPEROR PENGUIN TP, LARFLEEZE, VOL. 1: REVOLT OF THE ORANGE LANTERNS TP, GREEN LANTERN CORPS, VOL. 3: WILLPOWER TP, RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS, VOL. 4: LEAGUE OF ASSASSINS TP, ☼SWAMP THING, VOL. 4: SEEDER TP, WORLD’S FINEST, VOL. 3: CONTROL ISSUES TP, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, VOL. 1 TP and, finally ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN/SILK SPECTRE TP, ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN/RORSCHACH TP, ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL/DR. MANHATTAN TP and ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: OZYMANDIA/CRIMSON CORSAIR TP. The ‘Watchmen’ may very well be the best super hero comic ever done but these prequels are the industry’s best writers and artists and they did a brilliant job of expanding Alan Moore’s vision with depth, acumen and respect and I highly recommend them all. Under DC’s mature readers imprint Grant Morrison’s entire run is collected into a 1200 page door stop titled the ☼DOOM PATROL OMNIBUS HC, FABLES #141 begins the ‘Happily Ever After’ arc, the DEAD BOY DETECTIVES, VOL. 1: SCHOOLBOY TERRORS TP collects the first six issues of the new series plus two other short stories from past anthologies, all for under ten bucks and the PREACHER: BOOK FOUR TP collects issues 34 through 40 plus three of the one shot specials. The DC DIRECT line offers a JUSTICE LEAGUE CHESS SET, an ORION WITH ASTRO HARNESS AF, new 1:9 scale from the upcoming game: INFINITE CRISIS: PAJAMA PARTY HARLEY QUINN and ATOMIC GREEN LANTERN COLLECTOR FIGURES at forty bucks each, EARTH TWO: HAWKGIRL, SUPERMAN and BATMAN AF’s, the BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS COPPERHEAD, THE JOKER AS RED HOOD and DEATHSTROKE UNMASKED AF 3-PACK, and ARKHAM ASYLUM: JOKER, HARLEY, BATMAN, SCARECROW AF 4-PACK and a DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS POKER SET for a hundred dollars.
IDW: While Idea and Design Works celebrates their fifteenth anniversary the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL is offered, a forty eight page anthology of all new stories and they also have the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ANNUAL 2012 DELUXE LIMITED EDITION HC with expanded content, 128 pages for a hundred and twenty five dollars. A new ongoing bi-monthly series is launched, ☼THE BEAUTIFUL WAR #1 by Ashley Wood and T. P. Louise, the team behind the Lore series, now in development as a major motion picture. The remastered editions of Sam Kieth’s work gets it’s first collected edition with ☼THE MAXX: MAXXIMIZED, VOL. 1 HC and there’s also a limited (to 175 copies) edition, oversized slip cased hard cover signed by the artist. And, speaking of Sam, he’s illustrating the MARS ATTACKS: FIRST BORN #1 of 4 series written by Chris Ryall which focuses on the first Martian child born on Earth. The TRIBES: THE DOG YEARS SPECIAL EDITION HC is written by Michael Geszel and Peter Spinetta and features the art of Inaki (Coffin Hill) Miranda, described as ‘Mad Max by way of Disney‘. Did you see that ‘photo novel’ titled ‘Strange New Worlds’ by John Byrne a couple of months ago? It did quite well, bringing about ☼STAR TREK: NEW VISION #1-THE MIRROR, CRACKED and is written by John Byrne who uses the film from the original episodes to tell what happened after these classic episodes. Each issue will be 48 pages and will ship bi-monthly. The AMELIA COLE AND THE HIDDEN WAR TP follows the success of Amelia Cole and the Unknown World release from Monkeybrain Comics by the same creative team. The newest addition to IDW’s extensive all age line is LITTLEST PET SHOP #1 of 5. The X-FILES ART GALLERY #1 is a regular sized comic collecting, ad free, all of the cover and variant cover art from the series so far. ROGUE TROOPER CLASSICS #1 of 12 is self explanatory and the first issue features art by Dave Gibbons. WEIRD LOVE #1 is an anthology of pre code comics featuring stories like ‘Love of a Lunatic’, ‘I Fell for a Commie’, ‘You Also Snore, Darling’ and ‘Having a Nice Ass’, all for four bucks. FLESH & STEEL: THE ART OF RUSS HEATH HC and T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS: THE BEST OF WALLY WOOD HC also need no explanation. ☼THE RED STAR, VOL. 1 HC is a big 7″ X 11″ collecting the first nine issues of Christian Gosset’s landmark series.
IMAGE: As usual I’m stunned by the quantity of new, original, quality titles coming out each month from Image. Yet another Mark Millar series, this time with artist Duncan Fegredo is ☼MPH #1 of 5 about a street drug that grants super speed, but not necessarily the skill to use the power safely. ☼TREES #1 is by Warren Ellis with art by Jason Howard, an alien invasion that no one notices until a decade after they landed. ☼C.O.W.L. #1 is by Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel with art by Rod Reis and the acronym stands for Chicago Organized Worker’s League; the first Super-Hero Labor Union. MADAME FRANKENSTEIN #1 is by Jamie S. Rich with art by newcomer Megan Levens, a horror drama set in 1932. ☼NAILBITER #1 is written by Joshua Williamson with art by Mike Henderson; a town that has given birth to sixteen of the most vile serial killers in the world requires the NSA investigator to work with one of the killers, ‘Nailbiter’ to try to solve this mystery. RISE OF THE MAGI #1 is by Marc Sylvestri with art by Sumeyye Kesgin where the source of all the magic for two worlds has been compromised. BURN THE ORPHANAGE: REIGN OF TERROR #1 of 5 continues Daniel Freedman and Sina Grace’s series of last year. REVIVAL/CHEW #1 is a one shot mash up between these two series’ put together by the creative teams of both: John Layman and Tim Seeley writing with Rob Guillory and Mike Norton illustrating. ☼TALES FROM THE CON: YEAR ONE collects all the adventures from the web comic that has appeared on the Emerald City Comicon website for the past couple years along with some new adventures. ☼FATALE #24 is the final issue of the brilliant horror noir series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips which is about to come out in deluxe hard cover editions. Meanwhile Brubaker and Phillips have signed an unprecedented contract that gives them the green light to publish whatever they want for the next five years at Image, so there will be lots more from this team to look forward to! ☼WALKING DEAD #127 is a double sized issue (at no additional cost) as ‘All Out War’ is over and ‘A New Beginning’ starts. Collected editions this month include THE ADVENTURES OF APOCALYPSE AL, VOL. 1 TP by J. Michael Straczynski with Sid Kotian’s art, a kind of Indiana Jones type tale with a female lead, ☼BLACK SCIENCE, VOL. 1: HOW TO FALL FOREVER TP collects the first six issues of this intense science fiction story, stretching the laws of physics by Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera for just ten bucks, ☼DRUMHELLAR, VOL. 1: BADLANDS AND BAD TRIPS TP is by Riley Rossmo and Alex Link, a psychedelic story of magic, ☼MANIFEST DESTINY, VOL. 1 TP, also with the ten dollar price tag has the first six issues of this tale of Lewis and Clark battling monsters in the uncharted American frontier, UMBRAL, VOL. 1 TP: OUT OF THE SHADOWS TP by Antony Johnston and Christopher Mitten is a dark fantasy with Johnston’s usual strong world building skills, rich in history and mythology. You might want to check out Antony Johnston’s new series, ☼THE FUSE #4 too; the first issue was great and I’m hoping to get some copies back in stock soon. ☼RAT QUEENS #6 begins a new story arc and if it’s half as fun as the first arc it’s going to be great.
MARVEL: Last month I mentioned ‘Original Sin’ #0 which was offered with no information; since then they’ve told us that the price has increased for that issue from $3.99 to $4.99 and this month is offered ☼ORIGINAL SIN #1 of 8; it’s by Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato and the tag line is ‘Who Shot the Watcher?’ so Nick Fury will conduct a murder investigation to determine what he saw that prompted his murder and the story will continue through AVENGERS #29, and #30, MIGHTY AVENGERS #10 and DEADPOOL #29. Last month was offered issue one, this month it’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.1 as Dan Slott and Ramon Perèz tell the first sixty days of the wall crawler’s return and then AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 will be by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos and feature Electro and the Superior Spider-Man. INHUMAN #2 by Charles Soule and Joe Madureira continues telling of those transformed by the Terrigen Mist. ☼CYCLOPS #1 will be written by Greg Rucka with art by Russell Dauterman as Scott reunites with his space pirate father. The DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #1 of 4 is by Mike Benson with the art of Tan Eng Huat, a murder mystery. Legendary cosmic storyteller Jim Starlin writes and ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ artist illustrates the THANOS ANNUAL #1 and this tale will serve as a prequel to the upcoming ‘Thanos: The Infinity Revelation’, an original graphic novel to ship this summer. GIANT SIZE SPIDER-MAN #1 contains four web spinner tales set in Peter’s past, written by Joe Caramagna. And, praise Kirby, Marvel decided to continue the brilliant series with the same brilliant writer who has written every issue to date as ☼MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1 begins by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Dave Marquez. SAVAGE WOLVERINE #18 is by Jen Van Meter with Rich Ellis’ art and takes place in 1960’s southwest followed by SAVAGE WOLVERINE #19, a very bad day in Logan’s life written by Gale Simone and, although the artist hasn’t been determined yet, I’m looking forward to both Jen and Gail’s takes on this character. In the DEADPOOL ANNUAL #2 this nutcase decides to help out Spidey by donning his threads, as told by Christopher Hastings with art by Jacopo Camagni. ☼PAINKILLER JANE: THE 22 BRIDES #1 of 4 is by Jimmy Palmiotti with Juan Santacruz but I’m more looking forward to the backup story featuring art by one of my favorites, Steve Mannion. And yet another big new book from Brian Michael Bendis as he and his ‘Powers’ artist, Michael Avon Oeming launch a new, creator owned crime book under Marvel’s ICON imprint: ☼THE UNITED STATES OF MURDER INC. #1! (I just hope it comes out more frequently than Brian’s other ICON titles: ‘Scarlett’, ‘Takio’ and ‘Brilliant’.) In collected editions this month are the YELLOW, BLUE GRAY HC collecting Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s three origin stories ‘Daredevil: Yellow’, ‘Spider-Man: Blue’ and ‘Hulk Gray’, plus one of Marvel’s best books ever finally comes back into print (if you can afford the two hundred dollar price tag) with ☼MARVELS: THE PLATINUM EDITION SLIPCASE HC by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross, FURY MAX: MY WAR GONE BY HC collects the thirteen issues from Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov, AMAZING X-MEN, VOL. 1: THE QUEST FOR NIGHTCRAWLER TP collecting the first six issues by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness, ☼THOR: GOD OF THUNDER, VOL. 2: GODBOMB TP collecting issues six through eleven, ALL-NEW X-FACTOR, VOL. 1: NOT BRAND X TP by Peter David and Carmine Di Giandomenico, AVENGERS WORLD, VOL. 1: A.I.M.PIRE TP by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer with art by Stefano Caselli, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL TP by Cullen Bunn and Ramon Rosanas and the MARVEL’S GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY PRELUDE TP which will contain the two issue ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude’, the digital ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Infinite Comic’ #1 plus IRON MAN #55 with the first appearances of Thanos, Starfox and Drax the Destroyer, STRANGE TALES #181 with Adam Warlock, INCREDIBLE HULK #271 with Rocket Raccoon’s second appearance and TALES TO ASTONISH #13 with the 1959 debut of Groot. The AVENGERS: THE LEGACY OF THANOS TP collects ‘Avengers’ #255 through #261 along with Annual #14 and the ‘Fantastic Four Annual’ #19 and Grant Morrison and J. G. Jones ☼MARVEL BOY TP returns to print.
INDEPENDENTS: That’s the ‘big five’ publishers above and here are the new and notable titles from the small press beginning with ACTION LAB offering DRY SPELL #1 written and illustrated by Ken Krekeler, a story of a now powerless hero living unhappily in the business sector of a world brimming with super powers. ALTERNA COMICS has FUBAR: BETTER RED THAN DEAD, a one shot of the WWII zombie series. At ARCHIE COMICS a new six issue arc begins in ☼AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #7 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Francesco Francavilla. ASPEN begins JIRNI, VOL. 2 #1 of 5, the second arc of the magical warrior princess by J. T. Krul with art by Paolo Pantalena. AVATAR offers the ☼GOD IS DEAD, VOL. 1 TP by Jonathan Hickman and Mike Costa with art by Di Amorim. BALLANTINE BOOKS offers their second graphic novel adaptation with JONATHAN KELLERMAN’S ALEX DELAWARE, VOL. 2: THE WEB GN HC with art by Ande Parks, the first one was SILENT PARTNER GN HC with art by Michael Gaydos. Eric Esquivel’s sophomore super hero team adventure, IN CROWD: HIGH TIDE TP collects the limited series from BIG DOG INK with art by C. B. Zane. BONGO COMICS offers the SIMPSONS SUMMER SHINDIG #8 as well as the first serialized tale beginning in SPONGEBOB COMICS #32, a five part story titled ‘Superhero Showdown’ with art by Jerry Ordway. BOOM! STUDIOS solicits ☼CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED #1 written by Clive and Marc Andreyko with art by Piotr Kowalski this month as well as ☼THE WOODS #1 by James Tynion IV with artist Michael Dialynas, a teen conspiracy adventure in the vein of ‘Morning Glories’. At Boom!’s new imprint ARCHAIA ☼THE LAST BROADCAST #1 of 7 by André Sirangelo and artist Gabriel Iumazark is an urban exploration story involving a secret bunker once belonging to the long absent 1930’s stage magician Blackhall the Incredible. Also the INTERESTING DRUG HC involves a time travel drug that allows the user to visit any point in their lives. At Boom!’s all age imprint, KaBOOM! the ☼BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 is written by Natasha (Adventure Time cartoon) Allegri and is the most funded web series project in Kickstarter history. The REGULAR SHOW 2014 ANNUAL #1 and the HEROBEAR AND THE KID: THE INHERITANCE TP are also offered. DISNEY PRESS offers the SPACE MOUNTAIN GN in soft and hard cover editions, an outer space adventure written by Bryan Q. Miller with the art of Kelley Jones based on the ride in the Disney theme parks and the FRANKENWEENIE GN, a comic adaptation of Tim Burton’s film with black and white art by Helen Chen. DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT launches CHAOS #1 of 6 written by Tim Seeley with art by Mirka Andolfo celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Brian Pulido’s now defunct company and featuring the company’s characters Evil Ernie, Purgatory, Chastity and the Chosen. Also ☼THE SHADOW: MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW #1 of 6 will be written and illustrated by Howard Chaykin and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather see chronicle this characters’ adventures. And the last of the four relaunched Gold Key titles is offered with ☼DOCTOR SPEKTOR: MASTER OF THE OCCULT #1 written by Mark Waid with Neil Edwards’ art; if you’ve been lamenting the lack of a good Dr. Strange title, this may fit the bill. The ☼HEART OF THE BEAST HC: 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION is a gothic love and modern horror tale written by Dean (Mr. X) Motter and Judith Dupré and lavishly painted by Sean (Fatale, Criminal) Phillips. New limited series’ this month include DEJAH OF MARS #1 of 4 and PATHFINDER: CITY OF SECRETS #1 of 6 and the Man of Bronze has the DOC SAVAGE ANNUAL 2014. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS keeps the lost classics alive with a two volume slip cased HC, WITZEND, a magazine created and self published by Wallace Wood and featuring Bill Pearson, Steve Ditko, Frank Frazetta, Wally Wood and many other legends working unconstrained by corporations and franchises. Also STRANGE SUSPENSE: THE STEVE DITKO ARCHIVES, VOL. 1 is offered in a paperback edition for the first time. :01 FIRST SECOND has ANDRE THE GIANT: THE LIFE & LEGEND GN written and illustrated by Box Brown telling the story of Andre Roussimoff, the pro-wrestling legend as well as the lovable giant in The Princess Bride. JET CITY COMICS offers THE HEDGE KNIGHT II: THE SWORN SWORD TP, a prequel to George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones set one hundred years earlier, illustrated by Mike S. Miller. French publisher NBM offers the translated ☼PHANTOMS OF THE LOUVRE HC written and illustrated by the legendary Enki Bilal, a story focusing in the fates of 22 people strongly affected by the works of art in the famous museum. Three other graphic novels co-published with and inspired by the Louvre are also offered: GLACIAL PERIOD HC, THE LOVER COLLECTION: AN ENCHANTMENT HC and ON THE ODD HOURS GN. NBM’s younger reader imprint, PAPERCUTZ offers LEGO LEGENDS OF CHIMA, VOL. 1: HIGH RISK! GN along with the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, VOL. 1: RITA REPULSA’S ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT GN. ONI PRESS released the first issue (and it sold out in my shop and awaiting reorders) but they’re offering the entire four issue series in a collected edition with ☼THE BUNKER, VOL. 1 written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and illustrated by Joe Inufurnari about which Scott Snyder says, “I wish I thought of the idea’ and Ed Brubaker says, ‘A great high concept, expertly done’. Also the ☼LETTER 44, VOL. 1 by Charles Soule with art by Alberto Alburquerque collecting the first six issues is offered. British publisher REBELLION offers ☼BRASS SUN #1 of 6 written by Ian Edginton with the art of I. N. J. Culbard, a science fiction clock punk adventure involving a clockwork solar system which is running down causing the sun to die and planets to freeze. RED 5 COMICS has ATOMIC ROBO AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLE #1 of 5. SEVEN STORIES PRESS solicits ☼THE GRAPHIC CANON OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE TP written by Russ Kick giveing young people’s literature new life by top comic artists with the stories in their original complexity before they were censored or sanitized. This is a follow up to Russ Kick’s three volume THE GRAPHIC CANON which did the same thing with classic literature from ancient times to the late twentieth century. Another British publisher, TITAN COMICS offers ALIEN LEGION: UNCIVL WAR #1 of 4 by Chuck Dixon with art by Carl Potts and Larry Strohman, new adventures of the classic Marvel series. Jeff Lemire’s early works are all back in print from TOP SHELF; the LOST DOGS GN which won the Xeric Award, the ☼COMPLETE ESSEX COUNTY TRILOGY TP which won the American Library Associations Alex Award, the Doug Wright Award, the Joe Shuster Award and it was just chosen as one of Canada Reads’ Top 5 Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade plus his recent ☼THE UNDERWATER WELDER GN. Now in their third year VALIANT COMICS plans to release a new series each month this year beginning with ☼RAI #1 written by Matt Kindt with the fully painted photo realistic art of Clayton Crain. ☼X-O MANOWAR #25 is a double size anniversary issue by Robert Venditti, Peter Milligan and Justin Jordan with art by Diego Bernard, J. G. Jones, Bryan Hitch and more with a retelling of the origin as well as a prelude to ‘Armor Hunters’ which will be the number one issue that they’ll offer next month. ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #20 begins a new story arc as does BLOODSHOT AND H.A.R.D. CORPS #22. VIZ MEDIA has ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, adapting the novel Edge of Tomorrow, now a major motion picture starring Tom Cruise. ZENESCOPE begins WARLORD OF OZ #1 of 6 and also offers the GRIMM FAIRY TALES ANNUAL 2014 and the one shot: THE DARK ONE, a tie in to the ‘Age of Darkness’ cross over series currently in progress. Also Eric Esquivel writes WONDERLAND #23 this month. And that’s the end of the comic book section of the monthly Previews catalog.
But I can’t forget March’s Pick of the Month! And, as always, it’s tough to choose. I think Millar’s ☼MPH is going to be awesome and ☼THE UNITED STATES OF MURDER, INC. #1 and the ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN TP’s are way cool as are the ☼BLACK SCIENCE and ☼DRUMHELLAR TP’s but for, I think, the second time ever I’m choosing a Marvel title: ☼MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1. It’s almost totally an original Bendis book now that the main character is Brian’s creation, the two or three revolving artists on the series are all great story tellers while Bendis is just as solid as can be. While some writers are world builders (and Bendis is no slacker in that department), Bendis’ strength’s lie most firmly in character development and he’s made some two dimensional Marvel stalwarts into very likable three dimensional fan favorites, like Luke Cage, Jessica, Squirrel Girl and many more.
BOOKS: Occasionally I mention some of the other, non comic items in the monthly catalog.
In the book section this month is ☼SUPERGODS-GRANT MORRISON SIGNED BOOKPLATE EDITION HC, THE QUOTABLE DOCTOR WHO: WISE WORDS ACROSS SPACE AND TIME HC, ☼THE WALKING DEAD-BOOK 4: THE FALL OF THE GOVERNOR, PART 2 HC, ☼NEIL GAIMAN: THE TRUTH IS A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS HC illustrated by Eddie Campbell and ☼THE ART OF NEIL GAIMAN: A VISUAL BIOGRAPHY HC.
MAGAZINES: Some of the monthly and bi-monthly magazines offered include the DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE, FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND, STAR TREK MAGAZINE, the WALKING DEAD MAGAZINE and, from Japan HOBBY JAPAN, MEGAMI and NEWTYPE.
APPAREL: New DOCTOR WHO, PUNISHER, ADVENTURE TIME, MY LITTLE PONY, WALKING DEAD, BATMAN, HARLEY QUINN, JOKER, BATGIRL, DEADPOOL, SHIELD, NIGHTCRAWLER, ATTACK ON TITAN and MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE tee shirts and more.
TOYS: New BLUNTMAN & CHRONIC RETRO CLOTH ACTION FIGURES, SIN CITY LOGO FLASK GIFT SET, SIN CITY LOGO POKER SET, SIN CITY MONOPOLY, POWER RANGERS FIGURES, NINJA TURTLES MOVIE FIGURES, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION ACTION FIGURES and way too much more to list here. (Maybe you’d like a life size TARDIS in your home?)
If any of this stuff sounds intriguing check out the catalog when you stop by; unlike my newsletter, the catalog has pictures! Meanwhile thank you for trusting me to be the procurer of your reading material and keeping your collections up to date. I hear stories of other shops that don’t guarantee that their customers get the items they reserve (which seems insane, counter productive and rude to me). I know that I’d be quite upset if I missed an issue of a story I was following, so I take this trust that you’ve placed in me very seriously and I’m grateful for my two hundred plus subscriptions customers (and the non subscribers, too). Over the years I’ve come to know most of you and your families and it’s an honor. Thank you.
As you know I’m at the shop seven days a week so if you have any questions or requests feel free to stop by or send an email anytime. See you in the funny papers!