March 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

The March Previews catalog is sitting on the desk at the shop as always, available for your perusal when you stop by. Meanwhile I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you.

These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in May of 2015. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and let me know by the twenty first of this month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders.

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 in a .pdf format with images, descriptions and prices.

(Several customers purchase a copy of the Previews catalog each month through their subscriptions to read at their leisure and while the catalog has had a cover price of $4.50 for quite a while now, as of January 2015 the price has been reduced to $3.99 per month, so let me know if you’d like a copy for yourself and I’ll add it to your subscription.)

With the two big publishers pushing for more diversity it’s appropriate that this months’ theme is Women In Comics, so expect a lot of female creators and characters’ offerings this month.

DARK HORSE: The buzz has been loud for FIGHT CLUB II #1 of 10; I’ve had customers adding it to their subscription lists months before it was actually offered. Written by creator Chuck Palahniuk with art by Cameron Stewart, this is the sequel to the novel that inspired the film. Matt Kindt’s brilliant series begins its final arc with MIND MGMT #33 and the penultimate arc is collected in the MIND MGMT, VOL. 5: THE ERASER HC. RESIDENT ALIEN: THE SAM HAIN MYSTERY #1 begins another science fiction mystery from Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, while the brutal tale told by Gail Simone and Jim Zub with the gorgeous artwork of Dan Panosian gets the deluxe treatment with the CONAN/RED SONJA HC. Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden return to their twentieth century horror series with BALTIMORE: THE CULT OF THE RED KING #1 of 5 which is a good jumping on point if you haven’t read the novel or comics before. And speaking of Mignola, ABE SAPIEN #23 features the art of Kevin Nowlan! A creepy new series written by Cullen (Sixth Gun) Bunn with art by Tyler (B.P.R.D.) Crook is titled HARROW COUNTY #1 and, if you’ve never tried the long running manga series, the OH MY GODDESS OMNIBUS: BOOK 1 TP collects the first three volumes with larger art, brighter paper and bonus color illustrations.

DC: CONVERGENCE #5 through #8 of the weekly series along with the second and final issues of the forty different two part stories are offered, each of which will have a sneak peek at what’s coming next from DC. The twenty five remaining New 52 titles will resume along with twenty four new series and limited series in the next catalog, and I’ll tell you all about them in the next newsletter. Titles outside of the regular DC Universe include INJUSTICE-GODS AMONG US: YEAR FOUR #1 and #2 and the BLACK CANARY AND ZATANNA: BLOODSPELL TP written by Paul Dini with art by Joe Quinones which was only available in hard cover previously. In deluxe collected edition there’s AQUAMAN, VOL. 6: MAELSTROM HC by Jeff Parker, GRAYSON, VOL. 1: AGENTS OF SPYRAL HC by Tim Seeley and Tom King, JUSTICE LEAGUE, VOL. 6: INJUSTICE LEAGUE HC by Geoff Johns and the GREEN LANTERN BY GEOFF JOHNS OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 HC. Also BATMAN: GOTHIC DELUXE EDITION HC collects the four issues story by Grant Morrison with Klaus Janson’s art while the LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT: NORM BREYFOGLE HC collects stories from Detective Comics and two Batman Annuals. New soft cover collections include: AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS, VOL. 2: ALIGNMENT EARTH TP by Dan Jurgens, BATMAN & ROBIN, VOL. 5: THE BIG BURN TP by Peter Tomasi, DEATHSTROKE, VOL. 1: GODS OF WAR TP by Tony S. Daniel, INFINITY MAN & THE FOREVER PEOPLE, VOL. 1: PLANET OF THE HUMANS TP by Keith Giffen and Dan Didio, GOTHAM ACADEMY, VOL. 1 TP by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher, RED HOOD & THE OUTLAWS, VOL. 6: LOST AND FOUND TP by Scott Lobdell, SUPERMAN-ACTION COMICS, VOL. 5: WHAT LIES BENEATH TP by Greg Pak, SWAMP THING, VOL. 6: THE SUREEN TP by Charles Soule and WORLD’S FINEST, VOL. 5: HOMEWARD BOUND TP by Paul Levitz. Some pre-New 52 collections offered are BATMAN: CATACLYSM TP by Chuck Dixon, GREEN ARROW, VOL. 3: THE TRIAL OF OLIVER QUEEN TP by Mike Grell, NIGHTWING, VOL. 2: ROUGH JUSTICE TP by Dixon, THE QUESTION: FALLING IN PLACE TP by Rick Veitch and Tommy Lee Edwards, the SECRET SIX, VOL. 2 TP by Gail Simone and, from outside the DCU is HE-MAN & THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, VOL. 5: THE BLOOD OF GRAYSKULL TP by Dan Abnett and Pop Mhan. From the all age line is SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #10 where the gang teams up with the Johnny Quest team. Under their VERTIGO imprint comes MAD MAX: FURY ROAD-NUX & IMMORTAN JOE #1,a prelude to the upcoming film written by the creators with art by Riccardo Burchielli and a companion volume, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD-INSPIRED ARTISTS DELUXE EDITION HC featuring sixty five of comics’ best artists interpretations of the post apocalyptic landscapes inspired by images from the film. Collections include DMZ: DELUXE EDITION-BOOK FOUR HC by Brian Wood, THE INVISIBLES: DELUXE EDITION-BOOK FOUR HC by Grant Morrison, HINTERKIND, VOL. 3: THE HOT ZONE TP by Ian Edginton and THE WAKE TP by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy. There’s also THE SANDMAN: TALES FROM THE AGES GALLERY EDITION HC featuring the artwork at its original size on heavy paper stock, the complete first issue, the whole Dream Hunters graphic novel and other complete stories and individual pages showcasing art by Sam Kieth, P. Craig Russell, Jeffrey Jones, Charles Vess, Mike Dringenberg and more; over two hundred and fifty pages priced at one hundred and seventy five dollars. Their imprint for collectibles, DC DIRECT offers an ARKHAM BATMAN ACTION FIGURE 5-PACK with four different Batman figures and one of Bruce Wayne and an assortment of accessories from the video game, THE FLASH STATUE based on the TV series, a DC COMICS SUPER-VILLAINS DEADSHOT BUST based on Jim Lee’s art, a DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: BATWOMAN STATUE, a SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL STATUE BY CULLY HAMNER, and a strangely stylized WONDER WOMAN BY ROBERT VALLEY STATUE and there’s also THE FLASH: REVERSE FLASH RING, gold plated and sculpted from the exact prop used on the television program, priced at thirty five dollars.

IDW: Writer and artist Nate Powell has been getting some much deserved acclaim for his work on the biographical story of Congressman John Lewis’ in the award winning March: Book One and Book Twoso Idea & Design Works has collaborated with Top Shelf to release the YOU DON’T SAY TP collecting seventeen of Nate’s stories from the past decade. The LITTLE NEMO: RETURN TO SLUMBERLAND is collected in a twenty dollar hard cover or in digest size for ten dollars, brilliant work by Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez and fun for the whole family. DIRK GENTLY’S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY #1 is by Chris Ryall with art by Tony Akins and, if you’ve ever read any of Douglas Adams’ works, then you’ll know what to expect. The second of the new Disney titles is DONALD DUCK #1 and Mark Waid launches a new title, INSUFFERABLE #1 with art by Peter Krause, a tale of two heroes teaming up for a last case after the sidekick has become an arrogant chump. PHANTASMAGORIA #1 of 4 is written by El Torres with art by Angel Hernandez, a supernatural mass murder story in Victorian London. Chuck Dixon sets another story in his post climate crisis world with WINTERWORLD: FROZEN FLEET #1 of 3 illustrated by Esteve Polls and the DRAGONLANCE CLASSICs, VOL. 1 TP collects the first eight issues of the series originally published by DC. They also offer CHEW: CASES OF THE FDA, a new card game based on the Image comic series.

IMAGE: The team of Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey with Jordie Bellaire’s colors produced the first arc of the current Moon Knight series to critical acclaim and now the same team launches a new ongoing series with INJECTION #1, a tale of five crazy people who poisoned the 21st Century and now battle to save a world to weird to support human life. Phil (Green Arrow) Hester writes and John (Boys) McCrea illustrates MYTHIC #1, a world where magic, not science, makes thing work and, when the magic ‘breaks’, these are the people who fix it without letting anyone knows it was broken; the first issue is offered at the introductory price of one dollar and ninety nine cents. Ed Brisson and Brian Level introduce THE MANTLE #1 where a slacker gets the powers that force him into battle against the villain who has killed every previous ‘Mantle’ for fifty years. Ales Kot writes and Will Tempest illustrates MATERIAL #1 which appears to be an existential and philosophical story about the current state of humankind and the perception of the same; read the three page preview in the catalog next time you stop by. It’s very intriguing to me, but difficult to describe. Brian Buccellato writes and Toni Infante illustrates SONS OF THE DEVIL #1, an exploration of cults, family and human nature told across three decades. VALHALLA MAD #1 is by Joe Casey with Paul Maybury’s art about three warrior gods vacationing on Earth; drunken festivities ensue.MINIMUM WAGE: SO MANY BAD DECISIONS #1 of 6 continues the autobiographical adventures of Rob, now ‘celebrating’ his first post-divorce birthday. PETER PANZERFAUST #25 is the final, double sized issue of the series and RAT QUEENS #11 debut’s the new regular series artist, Stjepan Sejic. ROCHE LIMIT: CLANDESTINY #1 begins the second arc of the science fiction series by Michael Moreci with Kyle Charles and Vic Malhotra providing the art. ROCKET GIRL #6 is offered, which I only mention because issue five came out in May of last year; great story, beautiful art by Amy Reeder but with more than a year between issues I suspect there are few readers who remember what it was about at this point.TREES #9 begins the second arc of Warren Ellis’ unique take on extraterrestrial invasion and Scott Snyder and Jock’s captivating horror tale is collected in WYTCHES, VOL. 1 TP for less than ten dollars. Other collected editions include DEATH VIGIL, VOL. 1 TP by Stjepan Sejic, EAST OF WEST, VOL. 4: WHO WANTS WAR? TP by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta, the FIVE GHOSTS DELUXED EDITION, VOL. 1 HC with the first twelve issues, the GRAVEYARD SHIFT TP vampire crime tale by Jay Faerber and Fran Bueno, INTERSECT, VOL. 1 TP by Ray Fawkes, the ODY-C, VOL. 1 TP by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward and STRAY BULLETS, VOL. 2: SOMEWHERE OUT WEST TP by David Lapham.

MARVEL: You probably know by now that the House of Ideas is planning something similar to what DC did a few years back with the New 52 but while DC did it in one fell swoop Marvel seems to be doing their reboot on the fly. They’re offering a bunch of new series this month, many tying into stories from many years past and the reboot will be an effort to tie their comics more firmly to their cinematic universe.SECRET WARS is an eight part series as the Marvel Universe collides with the Ultimate Universe in the final incursion and this main series will be written by Jonathan Hickman with painted art by Esad Ribic. Many of the regular titles approaching their final issues will be published under the Secret Wars: Last Days banner, telling how these characters faced the end of the world. Last Days titles include CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #8, LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #14, and MAGNETO #18. After the incursion the Marvel Universe will be gone and in its place will be a single patchwork planet. TheSecret Wars will be fought across the fragments of hundreds of devastated universes and these tales will be published under the Battleworld banner including INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #1 by Charles Soule with John Timms’ art, ULTIMATE END #1 of 5 by Brian Michael Bendis with Mark Bagley, MASTER OF KUNG FU #1 of 4 by Haden Blackman with Dalibor Talajic’s art and SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD #1 of 4 and SECRET WARS: JOURNAL #1 of 5, both series featuring two tales per issue. Then, under the Secret Wars: Warzones banner comes DEADPOOL’S SECRET SECRET WARS #1 of 4 which retconsDeadpool to make him a participant in the late eighties Secret Wars, INFERNO #1 by Dennis Hopeless with Javier Garron which revisits the Inferno series of five years ago so that Colossus can rescue his sister, INFINITY GAUNTLET #1 by Gerry Duggan and Dustin Weaver resetting some of the cosmic aspects of the Marvel Universe, OLD MAN LOGAN #1 by Bendis and Andrea Sorrentino expanding the post apocalyptic tale originally written by Mark Millar and set in our world and SECRET WARS 2099 #1 of 5 by Peter David and Will Sliney introducing Avengers 2099 and re-establishing the future of the Marvel Universe. Still under the Warzones banner comes WHERE MONSTERS DWELL #1 of 5 by Garth Ennis with Russ Braun featuring the Phantom Eagle in the Savage Land, A-FORCE #1 written by G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett with art by Jorge Molina featuring an all female Avengers team, PLANET HULK #1 by Sam Humphries with Marc Laming with more Hulks than you can shake a stick at battling a weary Steve Rogers, SPIDER-VERSE #1 by Mike Costa with Andre Aruajo with a bunch of alternate Spidey’s fighting across Battleworld and M.O.D.O.K.: ASSASSIN #1 of 5 by Chris Yost with Amilcar Pinna, hopefully done with a large helping of humor. Titles that aren’t wearing a Secret Wars banner include the INHUMAN ANNUAL #1 by Charles Soule with Ryan Stegman’s art, AVENGERS VS #1, an anthology series with four stories of the heroes trying to recover Asgardian artifacts hidden on Earth before Loki finds them first, UNCANNY AVENGERS: ULTRON FOREVER, a one shot finale with the showdown between Asgardia’s Avengers and Ultron’s forces and, in THOR #8 the battle with the Destroyer reaches its conclusion and Thor’s identity is finally revealed, for those who haven’t figured it out yet. IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON #12 will be the final issue of Kaare Andrews epic and, in SUPERIOR IRON MAN #9 a betrayal brings about the Superior Iron Woman. There’s also a hundred and twelve page one shot, NIGHT NURSE #1 collecting the four issue series from 1972 plus Daredevil #80 featuring Black Widow, Elektra, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. Brian Michael Bendis pens his final issue of his long running X-Mensaga in UNCANNY X-MEN #600 (which is really issue thirty five of volume three). From Marvel’s ICON imprint for creator owned properties comes the UNITED STATES OF MURDER, INC. ANNUAL #1 with the secret origin of Jagger Rose. Deluxe collected editions this month include: ULTIMATE MARVEL OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC with the first arcs of the four original titles, MARVEL FIRSTS: THE 1990’s OMNIBUS HC with first issues of the nineties titles like Ghost Rider, Deathlok, New Warriors, Foolkiller, Death’s Dead II, etc. MS MARVEL, VOL. 1 HC with issues one through eleven, MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER: SEASON ONE DECLASSIFIED SLIPCASE HC, a fifty dollar, two hundred page, all ages book printed in the landscape format and written by Sarah Rodriguez, ALL NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA, VOL. 1: HYDRA ASCENDANT PREMIERE HC with the first six issues of the new series, AVENGERS: TIME RUNS OUT, VOL. 4 PREMIERE HC with Avengers issues forty three and forty four and New Avengers issues thirty one through thirty three, the ANT-MAN: NATURAL ENEMY PROSE NOVEL HC written by Jason Starr and the ALL NEW X-MEN, VOL. 7 THE UTOPIANS PREMIERE HC by Bendis and Mahmud Asrar. Soft cover collections include CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS, VOL. 1: OPEN FOR BUSINESS TP with the first seven issues, ALL NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA: FEAR HIM TP with the four issue limited series, AVENGERS: MILLENNIUM TP with the four part series of the same name plus Avengers issues fifty six and seventy one from the original series, ANT-MAN, VOL. 1: SECOND-CHANCE MAN TP with the first five issues, MARVEL’S ANT-MAN PRELUDE TP collecting the two part series plus five other comics showcasing both Hank Pym and Scott Lang, ANT-MAN: SCOTT LANG TP with all the issues featuring this character minus Kirkman’s twelve issue series, the MARVEL UNIVERSE ANT-MAN DIGEST with a bunch of all ages adventures, GUARDIANS 3000, VOL.1: TIME AFTER TIME TP with the first five issues, DEADPOOL, VOL. 8: ALL GOOD THINGS…TP collecting the final five issues, FANTASTIC FOUR, VOL. 4: THE END IS FOUREVER TP collecting the final four issues, the THANOS VS HULK TP with the four issue series plus Warlock issue twelve, SILVER SURFER, VOL. 2: WORLDS APART TP with issues six through ten by Dan Slott and Mike Allred, IRON MAN, VOL. 5: RINGS OF THE MANDARIN TP with the last arc before Tony became ‘Superior‘, AMAZING X-MEN, VOL. 3: ONCE AND FUTURE JUGGERNAUT TP with issues thirteen through nineteen and the annual, NIGHTCRAWLER, VOL. 2 TP collecting issues seven through twelve, MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, VOL. 2: REVELATIONS TP with the final six issues, DEATHLOK, VOL. 1: CONTROL, ALT. DELETE. TP with one through five plus Original Sins #1SPIDER-WOMAN, VOL. 1: SPIDER-VERSE TP with one through four plus Marvel Spotlight #32, WOLVERINES, VOL. 2: CLAW, BLADE AND FANG TP with six through ten and these blasts from the past: VENOM BY RICK REMENDER: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP with the first twelve issues plus Venom/Deadpool: What If, NICK FURY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. CLASSIC, VOL. 3 TP with issues twenty four through thirty five and X-MEN: THE HUNT FOR PROFESSOR X TP with the story from the early nineties. Plus there are eight new posters this month, mostly covers from all the first issues offered, standouts being the SECRET WARS BY ALEX ROSS, A-FORCE BY CHEUNG and WHERE MONSTERS DWELL BY CHO posters. Whew; that’s a lot of info, friends; hope it wasn’t too tedious.

INDEPENDENTS: Terry Moore offers SIP KIDS #3 from his ABSTRACT STUDIOS, tales of the Strangers in Paradise cast as children, an all ages titles that owes a nod and a wink to both Peanuts andCalvin & HobbesACTION LAB offers THE ADVENTURES OF AERO-GIRL #1 as well as KIDS OF THE ROUND TABLE #1, both series suitable for all ages, and THE CATERER is a bizarre one shot fromALTERNATIVE COMICS, written by Jeff Lint and Steve Aylett with Jeff’s art, Alan Moore described it as “the holy barnacle of failure’ and the long awaited IT WILL ALL HURT #1 by creator, writer, artist Farel (The Wrenchies) Dalrymple, forty eight pages for eight dollars. And they also offer TITAN #1 written and illustrated by Francois Vigneault, a science fiction adventure. ANTARCTIC PRESS offers ROD ESPINOSA’S STEAMPUNK FABLES TP, VOL. 2 and ARCHIE COMICS offers ARCHIE #666, the final issue of the long running series and a retrospective to issues past, setting the stage for the relaunch ofArchie #1 coming soon. ASPEN COMICS makes their first foray into all age comics with PSYCHO BONKERS #1 of 5 by Vince Hernandez with art by Adam (Scribblenauts) Archer, the story of an aspiring female race car driver. Undisputedly the greatest comic writer of our times Alan (Watchmen, From Hell, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V For Vendetta) Moore has returned to comics with his monthly seriesCROSSED + 100 #6 and now he’s beginning another series with PROVIDENCE #1 of 12 with art by Jacen Burrows. This will be both a prequel and a sequel to Alan’s The Courtyard and his Neonomicon which were both projects expanding on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Being published by AVATAR PRESS there will be lots of variant covers and there’s a limited boxed set containing all the covers to this as well as to all the versions and variants of Courtyard and Neonomicon for a hundred and fifty dollars. BANTAM BOOKS solicits GAME OF THRONES, VOL. 4 HC which completes the twenty four issue series. Steve Niles pens a new series at BLACK MASK COMICS with artist Christopher Mitten, a ghost story in space titled THE DISCIPLES #1 and they also offer YOUNG TERRORISTS #1 by Matt Pizzolo with art by Amancay Nahuelpan, a subversive thriller along the lines of DMZ or The Invisibles. CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED, VOL. 1 TP collects the first four issues of the series from BOOM! STUDIOS and they launch OH, KILLSTRIKE #1 of 4 written by Say Anything frontman Max Bemis with art by Logan Faerber, a tale of a comic loving new Dad who looks for comfort in his comics and unwittingly releases an anti hero into the universe. ARCADIA #1 is a science fiction series where the last four billion Earthlings are digitized to a world safe from the pandemic that devastated 99% of humankind, written by new talents Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfeiffer. ARCHAIA, my favorite imprint at Boom! offers LANTERN CITY #1 by Paul Jenkins and Matthew Daley with art by Carlos Magno, a steampunk adventure in a society largely divided between the haves and the have-nots. KaBOOM!, their all age imprint has a one shot, BRAVEST WARRIORS: TALES FROM THE HOLO JOHN #1 which answers questions of the ages like ‘What happens when you flush a pet fish down the Holo John?’ (Hint: It imagines it was a shark instead.) The classic Canadian hero from 1975 get a reboot from CHAPTER HOUSE with CAPTAIN CANUCK #1 written and illustrated by Kalman Andrasofszky. Gail Simone’s strong work on Red Sonja this past year has opened a whole new aspect of these types of savage tales that were always aimed at the male audience and she’s not done yet;DYNAMITE begins SWORDS OF SORROW #1 of 5 by Gail and Sergio Dávila featuring Vampirella, Red Sonja, Dejah Thoris, Kato, Jungle Girl and many others and, while some of these characters are going to have to team up with others that clash, there will be disputes that spill into tie ins like SWORDS OF SORROW: VAMPIRELLA & JENNIFER BLOOD #1 of 4 written by Nancy A. Collins with David Acosta’s art, WORDS OF SORROW: CHAOS SPECIAL by Mairghread Scott with Mirka Andolfo’s art, SWORDS OF SORROW: MASQUERADE & KATO SPECIAL written by G. Willow Wilson and Erica Schultz with Noah Salonga’s art and there’s also a SWORDS OF SORROW: J. SCOTT CAMPBELL FINE ART LITHOGRAPH for seventy dollars or, signed for a hundred and fifty. DRAWN & QUARTERLY offers OPTIC NERVE #14; it’s been a while (July 2013) since the previous issue of Adrian Tomine’s stellar autobiographical work. MARIA M., BOOK 2 HC concludes the brutal crime noir series from Gilbert Hernandez andFANTAGRAPHICS, which is a stand alone work, but fans of Love & Rockets will appreciate this on another level as this is also kind of a biopic of Luba’s mother. GRAPHIX, the graphic novel arm of Scholastic Books offers DRAMA in either hard or soft cover, the latest work from Raina (Smile) Telgemeier. And aimed at the same audience HARPER TEEN puts out the NIMONA GN by Noelle Stevenson, the fantasy series about the impulsive young shape shifter based on Noelle’s successful web comic. LEGENDARY COMICS whose titles are all being looked at as storyboards for upcoming film adaptations release theANNIHILATOR, VOL. 1 HC written by Grant Morrison with the art of Frazer Irving. MOONSTONE releases THE AVENGER: THE SUN KING NOVEL written by Matthew Baugh; this is the first new Avengernovel in more than forty years. The over the top comedy gore-fest returns in THE AUTEUR: SISTER BAMBI #1 written by Rick Spears with art by James Callahan and published by ONI PRESS for mature readers while JUNIOR BRAVES OF THE APOCALYPSE, BOOK ONE: A BRAVE IS BRACE TP begins a series of young adult tales and, in this first adventure the Junior Braves have to battle swarms of bloodthirsty mutants. PERFECT SQAURE, the all age imprint of publisher NBM offers THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST originally serialized in Nintendo Power and long out of print, this two hundred page graphic novel sells for twenty dollars. New publisher SPACE GOAT has positive reviews from industry professionals like Greg Pak, John Layman and Jay Faerber and BIG GAME HUNTERS: THE TALE OF THE LIZARD BARON #1 of 3, steampunk Victorian monster hunters written by Shon C. Bury with art by Jok and MAGE, INC: THE INTERN #1 of 3, also by Shon C. Bury with art by Ian Waryannto. New from TITAN COMICS is SURFACE TENSION #1 of 5 written and illustrated by Jay Gunn and described as ‘the Walking Dead meets Princess Mononoke‘. It’s been twenty five years since Jim Shooter, Dave Lapham, Bob Layton and others decided to launch a new, character driven comics company and, although VALIANT has had it’s ups and downs the latest revival has been hugely successful largely due to the top creators who have been hired for each series. Their latest launch is DEAD DROP #1 of 4 by Ales Kot and Adam Gorham, the team responsible for the Zero series from Image and the story involves a biological weapon and thirty minutes to prevent the end of the world and for those making their first venture, the VALIANT UNIVERSE HANDBOOK: 2015 EDITION #1 might be helpful. Manga publisher YEN PRESS offers BIG HERO 6, VOL. 1 GN and ZENESCOPE celebrating their tenth anniversary commits to ten monthly titles for this year, one of which is a one dollar reprint of their best selling title yet, RETURN TO WONDERLAND #1. And that brings me to the end of the comics catalog for this month.

I encourage you to thumb through the Previews catalog when you stop by the shop so you can see the art associated with everything I mentioned above and also so you can see all the things that I didn’t mention; the books, magazines, hats, tee shirts, posters, statues, action figures, games, buttons, novelties and collectibles.

And I also want to remind you that the first Saturday in May is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2015. We retailers have broken all previous records and have already ordered 5.6 million comics for the day, and of course I will try to utilize the greater foot traffic to raise money for charity. I haven’t picked the beneficiary yet (but I expect to do so in the next couple of days) but there will be artists providing free sketches, a silent auction for original art and other items and the regular raffle to win graphic novels and action figures. Due to the FCBD connection this is usually the biggest of the four charity events I host per year and I hope to see you all there.

Thank you all for your trust in me to let me share your hobby and make sure that you don’t miss any issues of your favorite writers, artists and characters. Thank you for keeping my lights on and for your friendship; I’m very grateful. See you soon!

Peace,

Charlie

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