March 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

The March Previews catalog arrives on Wednesday, February twenty seventh. 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 May 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 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: Brandon (Horizon) Thomas and Khary (We Are Robin, Tech Jacket) Randolph launch a magical fantasy adventure with EXCELLENCE #1 and as Spencer grows to take his father’s position, he sees a different path. Ken (Planetoid) Garing writes and illustrates an ongoing high fantasy series; to protect the culture of Altara a young student may have to wake the mystical sleeping entity in GOGOR #1. A new arc begins in DIE!, DIE!, DIE! #9 after a two-month hiatus, Robert (Walking Dead) Kirkman and showrunner Scott Gimple’s ultra-violent series illustrated by Chris Burnham. EAST OF WEST #43 begins the final arc of the end of days series by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta and Michael Fiffe’s superhero revenge tale is collected in COPRA TP, VOL. 1 through COPRA TP, VOL. 5. The SPAWN KILLS EVERYONE: COMPLETE COLLECTION TP has the one shot plus the four-issue sequel while the SPAWN VAULT EDITION HC, VOL. 2 has issues eight through fifteen scanned from the original art boards (which is interesting because Todd is forbidden to reprint issue nine as part of the lawsuit that he lost against the author of that issue, Neil Gaiman). The story of a family of monster hunters whose mission is to cure people of hatred is told by David Walker and Chuck Brown with art by Sanford Greene, the first five issues collected as BITTER ROOT TP, VOL. 1: FAMILY BUSINESS. Warren Ellis and Jason Howard, the team behind Trees, currently being adapted for television release the first seven issues of their latest project as CEMETERY BEACH TP, where a pathfinder and an escaped murderess attempt to survive on an off-world colony of lunatics. Keiron (Wicked + Divine) Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ DIE TP, VOL. 1: FANTASY HEARBREAKER is a portal tale where an RPG goes wrong. The MCMLXXV TP (that’s 1975) tells the story of Pamela Evans, a cabbie and a monster hunter by Joe Casey and Ian MacEwan. The MIDDLEWEST TP, VOL. 1 is from Skottie (I Hate Fairyland) Young and Jorge (Feathers) Corona, a dark fantasy for fans of Miyazaki. Sci-fi horror series by John (Chew) Layman and Afu Chan has demonic possession in space with the six issues collected in the OUTER DARKNESS TP, VOL. 1. The PARADOX GIRL TP, VOL. 1 is a superhero comedy as the hero who can go anywhere and anywhen has changed history so much that she’s not sure who she is anymore, by Cayti Borquin and Yishan Li. The OUTPOST ZERO TP, VOL. 2 has the second arc of the survival tale in the smallest town in the universe as foul weather creates life threatening circumstances and Ronald Wimberly’s PRINCE OF CATS TP is a deconstruction of Romeo and Juliet’s romantic meta narrative focusing on the minor players, returning to print with a new cover. RAT QUEENS TP, VOL. 6: INFERNAL PATH is the continuation of the hard drinking battle maidens for hire, monster killing epic and Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa Del Rey’s REDLANDS TP, VOL. 2 has the witches trying to rebuild their coven after being divided by the power that created them. The SAGA DELUXE EDITION HC, VOL. 3 collects issues thirty-seven through fifty four and SAVAGE DRAGON: AS SEEN ON TV TP features Malcolm and Maxine in their own reality show. CURSE WORDS #21 is part one of ‘Fairy Tale Ending’, the final arc of the magical series. The latest insane series from Kirkman gets its first action figures with the DIE!, DIE!, DIE! AF 2-PACK features Nate and Paul plus all of their assassin accessories plus a silver foil variant of the first issue, and the two pack has ‘color’ and ‘bloody’ editions priced at sixty dollars each.

    DARK HORSE: STRANGER THINGS: SIX #1 tells of a teenage girl with precognitive abilities, the story set before the first season, again written by Jody (Star Wars) House with art by Edgar Salazar. The new ALIENS: RESCUE #1 is by Brian Wood and picks up following the events of the Aliens: Resistance series, illustrated by Keran McKeown and JL Straw.while the adaptation of the screenplay is collected in the WILLIAM GIBSON’S ALIEN 3 HC priced under twenty dollars. The UMBRELLA ACADEMY, VOL. 3: HOTEL OBLIVION TP collects the seven-issue series currently in progress. The HARROW COUNTY LIBRARY EDITION HC, VOL. 3 collects the fifth and sixth arcs with bonus material and new tales by guest creators. Paul Maybury and Sam Lofti bring a Boston murder mystery with supernatural overtones in LAST STOP ON THE RED LINE #1 and Brian Wood and Garry Brown’s tale of post environmental collapse at sea is collected in the MASSIVE OMNIBUS TP, VOL. 1 with issues zero through fifteen. WITCHER TP, VOL. 4: OF FLESH AND FLAME and TOM CLANCY’S DIVISION HC: EXTREMIS MALIS both collect the latest series. The MINECRAFT TP, VOL. 1 is the first ever comic based on the popular game; when his family moves to a new town, Tyler still has all of his gaming friends, so they decide to go on the Ultimate Quest against the ender dragon. More new collections include the TOMB RAIDER OMNIBUS TP, VOL. 1, over four hundred pages with one through eighteen of the first series plus bonus material, the BEANWORLD OMNIBUS TP, VOL. 2 has three complete standalone graphic novels from Larry Marder and the USAGI YOJIMBO LTD ED HC, VOL. 33: HIDDEN has Stan Sakai’s latest seven issue story and his final work at Dark Horse as his future works will be published by IDW. The husband and wife team of Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson return to their award-winning series with BEASTS OF BURDEN: PRESENCE OF OTHERS #1 OF 2 as the supernatural animal detectives’ haunted town hosts a team of paranormal investigators. HELLBOY VS LOBSTER JOHNSON: RING OF DEATH is a one shot as Hellboy’s infamous Mexico adventures are revealed and JOE GOLEM: OCCULT DETECTIVE CONJURORS #1 will hopefully resolve whether or not Joe is dead or alive and the CRIMSON LOTUS TP collects the recent series telling the origin of the deadly villain. And, lastly from the Mignolaverse is the HELLBOY: 25 YEARS OF COVERS HC in a big eight by twelve format. The STAR BLAZERS TP, VOL. 1: SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO TP 2199 is a new adventure from top manga creators who were inspired by the original (Zipang) anime: Yutaka (Cowboy Bebop: The Movie) Izubuchi, Nobuteru (Kids on the Slope) Yuki and Hideaki (Evangelion) Anno. New Disney titles now at Dark Horse include DISNEY FRANKENSTEIN, STARRING DONALD DUCK TP, DISNEY DRACULA, STARRING MICKEY MOUSE TP and DISNEY DUMBO: FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES TP with five new stories set before, during and after the upcoming live-action film directed by Tim Burton, all three priced under eleven dollars. Nnedi (Hugo and Nebula Award winner) Okorafor and Tana Ford’s recent series dealing with alien immigration is collected in the LaGUARDIA TP.

    DC: In another crossover with IDW comes BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES III #1 OF 6 written by James Tynion IV with art by Freddie E. Williams II and variant covers by Kevin Eastman. The much anticipated BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1 OF 3 will be Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s last word on the Dark Knight, from the Black Label imprint and in the same format as Batman: Damned where Bruce wakes up in Arkham Asylum. DC’S YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 is a one shot priced at just twenty-five cents, a thirty two page comic, three writers: Brian Michael Bendis, Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV, three artists: Jim Cheung, Alex Maleev and Francis Manapul and villains: Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom, Leviathan and the Batman Who Laughs. DCEASED #1 OF 6 is by Tom Taylor with art by Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano and James Harren as a techno-virus has infected six hundred million people, turning them violent. They canceled it before but now it’s time for BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #1 by Brian Hill and Dexter Soy, the team consisting of Batman, Black Lightning, Katana, the Signal and Orphan. The DC Zoom imprint, aimed at the eight to twelve age group offers DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE TP by Michael (TombQuest) Northrop and Gustavo (Bizarro) Duarte, with the heroes answering fan mail from kids. DEATHSTROKE #43 is the finale of the ‘Terminus Agenda’ with TEEN TITANS #30 being the epilogue. The DOG DAYS OF SUMMER #1 is a one shot, eighty-page anthology with top creators telling tales of the pets of the DCU. The SUPERMAN: LEVIATHAN RISING SPECIAL #1 is also an eighty-page one shot with top creators expanding the threat of the villain and also serving as a launching point for the new Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane titles starting in June by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber for the former and Greg Rucka and Mike Perkins for the latter. AMERICAN CARNAGE #7 begins the second arc of the Vertigo series dealing with today’s problems of white nationalism, drug addiction and lack of accountability. Tom King and Mikel Janin begin a new arc in BATMAN #70: ‘The Fall and the Fallen’ involving the other dimensional survival of Thomas Wayne, the Flashpoint Batman. From the Sandman Universe at Vertigo BOOKS OF MAGIC #8 begins a new storyline as Titania, queen of the fairies summons Tim Hunter. Beginning in FLASH #70 by Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter is ‘The Flash: Year One’ going back to the original lightning bolt that endowed him with super speed. Sam Humphries continues to write but, with HARLEY QUINN #61 the new series artist is Otto Schmidt as Harley and Selina have a game night in Gotham and, as you might suspect, things don’t go well. Deluxe collections offered this month include the BATMAN: DAMNED HC from the Black Label imprint with the complete story, a sketch gallery and bonus features priced under thirty dollars, DC COMICS: THE ART OF JIM LEE, VOL. 1 HC with over four hundred pages from his Wildstorm work to the present, DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 DELUXE EDITION HC with that full issue plus a new story by Robert Venditti and Steven Segovia priced under twenty dollars, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC with over eleven hundred pages and the ABSOLUTE SWAMP THING BY ALAN MOORE, VOL. 1 HC finally in the oversize format it deserves. Softcover collections this month include BATMAN/THE FLASH: THE BUTTON TP, Grant Morrison’s BATMAN: THE BLACK GLOVE SAGA (DC ESSENTIAL EDITION) TP, the BATMAN: YEAR ONE TP in a new Black Label edition, DC POSTER PORTFOLIO: FRANK CHO TP with twenty of Frank’s pieces on heavy card stock, 12″ X 16″, THE DREAMING, VOL. 1: PATHWAYS AND EMANATIONS TP with the first six issues of the new Vertigo series, HAWKMAN, VOL. 1 AWAKENING TP, the IMAGINARY FIENDS TP with Tim Seeley and Stephen Molnar’s Vertigo horror series, JLA: TOWER OF BABEL (DC ESSENTIAL EDITION) TP, LUTHOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION TP with Azzarello and Bermejo’s story, now a Black Label edition, LUCIFER, VOL. 1: THE INFERNAL COMEDY TP with the first arc of the new Vertigo series, THE MAN OF STEEL BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS TP with the six issue limited series, NIGHTWING: KNIGHT TERRORS TP, a good jumping on point where Dick gets his life changing injury, OLD LADY HARLEY TP, the POWERS: BOOK FIVE TP in a new Jinxworld edition, RED HOOD: OUTLAW, VOL. 1: UNDERLIFE TP with our sketchy hero now operating solo, SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS-THE OZ EFFECT TP, THE TERRIFICS, VOL. 2: TOM STRONG AND THE TERRIFICS TP, TITANS, VOL. 6: INTO THE BLEED TP and THE UNITED STATES VS MURDER, INC., VOL. 1 TP with the latest Bendis story from the Jinxworld imprint. Their DC Collectibles imprint offers the new DC LUCHA EXPLOSIVA action figures, DC heroes reimagined as luchadores priced at thirty-five dollars each the first six are: BATMAN, DEATHSTROKE, SUPERMAN, METALLO, WONDER WOMAN and the CHEETAH. And finally, there’s the DC PRIME: BATMAN ACTION FIGURE a new, top-of-the-line figure, 1:8 scale, over 23 points of articulation multiple hands and heads plus accessories priced at one hundred and twenty five dollars.

    IDW: Idea & Design Works has absorbed a couple of smaller companies over the years, one of which is Top Shelf who published the award-winning March trilogy, the biography of activist turned Senator. Now they’re publishing THEY CALLED US ENEMY TP, a biography of George Takei who, at the age of four found himself among 100,000 Japanese Americans in an American concentration camp. Written by George Takei, Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott and illustrated by Harmony Becker, Entertainment Weekly calls it ‘one of the most anticipated books of 2019’. IDW‘s line of Marvel titles expands with the MARVEL ACTION CLASSICS: SPIDER-MAN TWO-IN-ONE, a forty-eight page one shot with two tales: one by Marc Sumerak and David Nakayama with Spidey and Thor and a second by Peter David and Mike Norton with Spidey, Flash Thompson and Doctor Strange. The MY LITTLE PONY: SPIRIT OF THE FOREST #1 OF 3 features the Cutie Mark Crusaders. The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 35TH ANNIVERARY BOX SET has the original four issue series plus the ‘Raphael Micro-Series’ at their original format size in a slip case featuring new art from Kevin Eastman priced under fifty dollars. A new murder mystery by Dash (My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea) Shaw with CLUE: CANDLESTICK #1, each issue comes with new Clue game cards based on the comic. ROAD OF BONES #1 combines horror, history and Russian folklore from Rich (Gutter Magic) Douek and Alex (Sink) Cormack. The BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA TP is adapted by Roy Thomas and illustrated by Mike Mignola, originally released as a four-issue adaptation of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1992 film. GODZILLA: KINGDOM OF MONSTERS TP has the whole twelve issue series, over three hundred pages priced under thirty dollars. WYNONNA EARP: BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK is a new seventy-two-page adventure from creator Beau Smith and Tim ‘Doc’ Rozon with art by Chris Evenhuis. Shannon (Too Much Coffee Man, Sh*t My President Says) Wheeler offers the WHY DID WE TRUST HIM? HC.

    MARVEL: As I mentioned last month, in the midst of the ‘Avengers: No Road Home’ story the team finds themselves in the Hyborean Age which is the catalyst for SAVAGE AVENGERS #1 by Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato, Jr., the team consisting of Wolverine, Venom, Elektra, Punisher and Conan. WAR OF THE REALMS #3 and #4 OF 6 are offered and new tie ins include WAR OF THE REALMS STRIKEFORCE: THE DARK ELF REALM #1 with Punisher leading, WAR OF THE REALMS STRIKEFORCE: THE WAR AVENGERS #1 with Captain Marvel leading, WAR OF THE REALMS STRIKEFORCE: THE LAND OF GIANTS #1 with Captain America and WAR OF THE REALMS: SPIDER-MAN & THE LEAGUE OF REALMS #1 (OF 3). WAR OF THE REALMS: NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 OF 4 by Greg Pak and Gang-Hyuk Lim returns Chinese heroes Aero and Sword Master and new Philipino hero Wave as Asgardians attack Asia. The big cross over (fifty six comics so far) will also cross into FANTASTIC FOUR #10, VENOM #14, ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #9, THOR #13, UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #44, MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #43, CHAMPIONS #5, TONY STARK: IRON MAN #12, AVENGERS #19 and GIANT-MAN #1 OF 3 by Leah Williams and Marco Castiello. As part of the yearlong ’80th Anniversary’ (I bought the first Marvel comic in 1962, 57 years ago) MARVEL TALES: IRON MAN #1 and MARVEL TALES: AVENGERS #1 are eighty page collections of key issues and first appearances. The one shot STAR WARS #108 is a sequel to the ‘old school’ Marvel series, a new adventure with the classic crew; their original series ended with issue one hundred and seven. In FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #6 by Tom Taylor and Yildiray Cinar the world is doomed, Spider-Man is powerless, only Spider-Bite can save the day! The DEFENDERS: MARVEL FEATURE #1 and ALPHA FLIGHT #1 are both FACSIMILE EDITIONS, reprints of the originals, complete with the original ads (but on better paper) priced under five dollars each. Ed Piskor has returned for his third and final installment with X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN-X-TINCTION #1 OF 2, retelling the history of the mutants, this one going through the ‘Mutant Massacre’ and the ‘Fall of the Mutants’. The STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION-BOBA FETT #1, STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION-HAN SOLO #1, STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION-JABBA THE HUT and STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION-LANDO CALRISSIAN #1 are the next four one shots, all written by Greg Pak, touching on elements of all three trilogies. Deluxe collections include INFINITY WARS BY GERRY DUGGAN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION HC, X-MEN BY ROY THOMAS & NEAL ADAMS HC, MARVEL HORROR OMNIBUS HC, TIMELY’S GREATEST: THE GOLDEN AGE SUB-MARINER BY BILL EVERETT-THE PRE WAR YEARS OMNIBUS HC, MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE INCREDIBLE HULK, VOL. 13 HC, MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE MIGHTY THOR, VOL. 18 HC and SPIDER-MAN BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS HC. They’re beginning a new imprint with their collected editions; the ‘Marvel Select’ books are considered entry points for new readers, many of them are already available and are being rebranded but THANOS RISING MARVEL SELECT HC collects Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi’s five part series; the other twenty titles they list are all soft cover editions. In soft cover they have the MARVELS POSTER BOOK and the MARVELS POSTCARD BOOK, the former being 11″ X 16″ and twenty-four pages and the latter has eighty four pages at 4 1/2″ X 6″, both featuring Alex Ross’ artwork from his ‘Marvels’ series of twenty five years ago. SPIDER-MAN VS MYSTERIO TP has battles throughout the years, SPIDER-MAN: THE GAUNTLET-THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP, SPIDER-MAN NOIR: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP, CAPTAIN AMERICA: EVOLUTIONS OF A LIVING LEGEND TP features adventures predating Marvel Comics to the present, MARVEL VISIONARIES: JOHN ROMITA SR. TP has the best of Jazzy John’s work, MARVEL MONOGRAPH: THE ART OF HUMBERTO RAMOS-SPIDER-MAN TP, THOR, VOL. 2: ROAD TO THE WAR OF THE REALMS TP, with the latest issues seven through eleven, AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME TP with the ten issue series that left the team in the Hyborean Age, DEAD MAN LOGAN, VOL. 1 TP with the first half, AVENGERS BY JASON AARON, VOL. 3: WAR OF THE VAMPIRES TP with issues thirteen through seventeen, MARVEL COMICS: TIMELESS TALES TP with the six one shots revising titles of the past like Crypt of Shadows and Journey Into Unknown Worlds, WINTER SOLDIER: SECOND CHANCES TP with the current five issue series, HULKVERINES TP with the current three part series plus Weapon H‘s first appearance from Totally Awesome Hulk #22, X-FORCE, VOL. 1: SINS OF THE PAST TP with the current five part series, UNCANNY X-MEN: CYCLOPS AND WOLVERINE TP with issues eleven through sixteen of the current series, DAREDEVIL: FEARLESS ORIGINS TP by Antony Johnston and Mark Waid, STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA, VOL. 5 TP, CLOAK AND DAGGER: AGONY AND ECSTASY TP with over four hundred pages of adventures, SPEEDBALL: THE MASKED MARVEL TP with every Steve Ditko tale of his character, MARVEL KNIGHTS PUNISHER BY GARTH ENNIS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 3 TP, NEW MUTANTS BY ABNETT & LANNING: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 2 TP and NEW X-MEN: THE QUEST FOR MAGIK-THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP. The Epic collections reprint historic arcs and this month they offer the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION: THE GOBLIN LIVES TP which is volume four, the DAREDEVIL EPIC COLLECTION: PURGATORY & PARADISE TP which is the twentieth volume and the FANTASTIC FOUR EPIC COLLECTION: THE MORE THINGS CHANGE…TP which is volume eighteen. And they’re publishing some new collections for younger readers, ten and up: MS MARVEL: METAMORPHOSIS GN, SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 GN and the ADVENTURES OF SPIDER-MAN, VOL. 1 GN.

    DYNAMITE: With their propensity for mashing up their diverse licensed characters comes RED SONJA AND VAMPIRELLA MEET BETTY & VERONICA #1 by Amy Chu and Maria Sonopo. The ALTERED CARBON: DOWNLOAD BLUES HC OGN is based on the writing of Richard K. Morgan (now a Netflix series) adapted by Rik Hoskin and illustrated by Ferran Sellares. With over six hundred novels plus spin offs, a television series and a movie in production the SWEET VALLEY HIGH-ACADEMIC ALL STAR? OGN TP comes from creator Francine Pascal, written by Katy Rex with art by Devaki Neogi. Collected editions include the JAMES BOND: ORIGIN, VOL. 1 HC, PROJECT SUPERPOWERS: EVOLUTION HC, RED SONJA: WORLD’S AWAY TP, VOL. 4: BLADE OF SKATH and the VAMPIRELLA/DEJAH THORIS TP. And hard cover editions from Dynamite usually have an autographed edition available as well.

    BOOM!: The first four issues of the new series are collected as the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, VOL. 1 TP written by Jordie Bellaire and illustrated by Dan Mora, this is set at Sunnydale High School. From their Archaia imprint, THE MAGICIANS: ALICE’S STORY OGN HC is based on the wonderful trilogy by Lev Grossman, adapted by Lilah (Lumberjanes) Sturges with art by Pius Bak, there is also a television program based on the novels. The JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND TP is an Eisner Award winning graphic novel based on an unproduced screenplay illustrated by Ramón Pérez. The BAGS (OR A STORY THEREOF) OGN TP is by Patrick (Over the Garden Wall) McHale adapted and illustrated by Gavin (Space Chickens in Space) Fullerton from their KaBoom all ages imprint which also offers an eighty page one shot BEN 10: FOR SCIENCE and a five hundred and sixty page STEVEN UNIVERSE: ALL IN ONE EDITION HC as well as the OVER THE GARDEN WALL: HOLLOW TOWN TP with the recent five issue series.. Other Boom! collections include Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins GRASS KINGS, VOL. 1 TP and the SONS OF ANARCHY, LEGACY EDITION: BOOK THREE TP. Their Boom! Box imprint offers the one shot LUMBERJANES: SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN #1.

    INDEPENDENTS: In the final couple issues of the Strangers in Paradise XXV series we were pleasantly surprised when all of Terry Moore’s stories were shown to exist in the same universe: Strangers in Paradise, Echo, Rachel Rising and Motor Girl had all of their stories come together and now together they have a mission with a deadline and ABSTRACT STUDIOS will tell that story beginning in FIVE YEARS #1. VORAVIOUS: APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION #1 from ACTION LAB tells of a chef with a fixation on fresh prehistoric meat who finds his time travels are messing up worlds, written and illustrated by Jason Muhr. AFTERSHOCK launches KILLER GROOVE #1 from Ollie (The Kitchen) Masters and Eoin (Her Infernal Descent) Marron, a crime and music story set in seventies Los Angeles as well as DESCENDENT #1 from Stephanie Phillips and Evgeniy Bornyakov involving a missing child tied to ancient secrets and conspiracies that have endangered children for centuries. The latest from AHOY COMICS is HASHTAG DANGER #1 from Tom Peyer and Fred Harper with three science adventurers being jerks to one another while exploring strange creatures, lost civilizations and supernatural threats. Eric Powell’s ALBATROSS FUNNYBOOKS has THE GOON: BUNCH OF OLD CRAP, VOL. 1 TP, almost five hundred pages priced under thirty dollars, this is the first omnibus of the Eisner Award winning series. The CARSON OF VENUS/WARLORD OF MARS #1 is written by David Avallone with art by Cyrus Mesarcia, published by AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY with a cover by Michael Kaluta and they also offer a remastered reprint of the Four Color Comics #228
MARK OF ZORRO #1 from 1949, the characters’ first comic book appearance. We’ve seen it building and I suppose all of Riverdale will know now; ARCHIE COMICS #705 is part one of the five part ‘Archie and Sabrina’ from ARCHIE COMICS of course, and ASPEN COMICS offers a new FATHOM #1, this is volume eight, from Vince Hernandez and Mauricio Campetella. CINEMA PURGATORIO #18 from AVATAR PRESS is the final issue of the anthology featuring works by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill, Garth Ennis, Keiron Gillen, Max Brooks and more. BENETIZ collects LADY MECHANIKA, VOL. 5: LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI TP and soccer and science fiction collide in the ROK OF THE REDS TP from Alan Grant and John Wagner, the creators of Judge Dredd at new publisher BHP illustrated by Dan Cornwell. The spin off from BLACK MASK‘s Calexit is collected as the EMMIE-X VOL. 1 TP; when her
record shop is seized by Homeland Security to house detained immigrants Emmie turns to pirate radio, playing tunes outlawed by the government. WAILING BLADE #1 OF 4 is by Rich (TMNT) Doek and Joe Mulvey at COMIXTRIBE, a skull-splitting fantasy adventure. DEVIL’S DUE has never gotten so much publicity as they have for the impending release of the ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ & THE FRESHMAN FORCE: WHO DIS? one shot, an anthology with Tim Seeley providing the cover and Tim and dozens of others contributing (and it’s not really printed on recycled unpaid medical bills); a portion of the proceeds will benefit veteran and immigrant charities. DRAWN & QUARTERLY offers the GRASS GN, a powerful anti-war story, the firsthand account of a Korean girl forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese Imperial Army during WWII written and illustrated by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim. Almost five hundred pages in black and white. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS releases the ANGOLA JANGA: KINGDOM OF RUNAWAY SLAVES HC by Marcelo D’Salete, telling of an independent Brazilian kingdom of runaway slaves founded in the late sixteenth century. The LAURA DEAN KEEPS BREAKING UP WITH ME GN is available in either soft or hard cover editions from :OI FIRST SECOND written by Mariko Tamaki with Rosemary Valero O’Connell’s artwork. Sarah (Kim Reaper) Graley’s latest creation is GLITCH, VOL. 1 in either soft or hard cover, a middle grade graphic novel from GRAPHIX, the graphic novel imprint of Scholastic Books. KEENSPOT has DEAD SONJA #1, a fifty-six-page parody of Red Sonja and Conan priced at six dollars and sixty-six cents each. Thirty-five years after the launch of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles KEVIN EASTMAN PRODUCTIONS launches a new autobiographical comic with David Avallone entitled DRAWING BLOOD #1; years after the partnership is over and the corporate money spent, a look back on the history of the ‘Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls’. THE BOOK OF WEIRDO: A RETROSPECTIVE OF R. CRUMB’S LEGENDARY HUMOR COMICS ANTHOLOGY from LAST GASP delve deep into the history of the ‘low brow’ magazine published as a counterpoint to Art Spiegleman’s Raw anthology, including interviews with the three editors, Peter (Hate, Eightball) Bagge, R. (Zap) Crumb and Aline (Bunch) Kaminsky-Crumb. The EMILINE: KNIGHT IN TRAINING HC from ONI PRESS is an all ages tale and, while Emiline is good at most of her knightly studies, she has trouble reading. Lettered in a font that’s designed for those with dyslexia with soothing watercolor art, the creator is Kimberli Johnson. And RICK & MORTY #50 is a big anniversary issue priced under seven dollars. AFTERBURN: CROSSFIRE #1 OF 4 from RED 5 returns before the film debut, written by Scott Chitwood with Rod Thornton’s art, the apocalyptic aftermath of a solar flare. CATEGORY ZERO #1 from SCOUT COMICS tells of an airborne virus that affects one percent of the population, creating strange and sometimes dangerous abilities; the government separates and isolates those affected and, of course the government has their own agenda. Julian Voloj writes and Soren Glosimodt Mosdal illustrates the biography ART MASTERS SERIES: BASQUIAT GN, Basquiat defining the New York art scene of the late seventies and early eighties, covering his friendship with Andy Warhol and the substance abuse which would take his life. SOURCE POINT PRESS begins SHAM #1 by Tim Fuller, a collection of comic stories that have fallen into the public domain, for which Tim has written new parody dialogue. JOHN CARPENTER’S TALES OF SCIENCE FICTION: SURVIVING NUCLEAR ATTACK #1 from STORM KING is by Joe Harris and Cat Staggs and deals with a military family in the fifties who were trained to be legacy survivors in the case of an atomic exchange. The TITAN comic based on the Square Enix game becomes an ongoing series with LIFE IS STRANGE #5, the all age THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS #1 OF 2 is based on the animated comedy series and the TANK GIRL FULL COLOR CLASSICS ’90-’91 is the original strips in color for the first time. VALIANT has Dan (Aquaman) Abnett and Adam (Secret Weapons) Pollina beginning FALLEN WORLD #1 OF 5 set in the year 4002 with dinosaurs, animal-human hybrid mutants and a cyborg samurai named Rai. SHE SAID DESTROY #1 from Liana Kangas tells of the return of the Morrigan to challenge Brigid, Goddess of the sun after millennia in power (and the ‘B’ cover is trying its’ best to be a cover of Saga).

    MANGA: THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS-ZERO’S JOURNEY TP, VOL. 2 is offered from TOKYOPOP as is the DISNEY KILALA PRINCESS #1. JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: PART 4-DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE, VOL. 1 HC from VIZ MEDIA has become familiar to American audiences through the anime adaptations but this is the first time the manga has been translated to English. They also offer SNOW WHITE WITH THE RED HAIR, VOL. 1 TP, a slice of life fantasy shojo. KODANSHA begins I’M STANDING ON A MILLION LIVES, VOL. 1 GN, a fantasy portal adventure where a loner boy and two scary female classmates find themselves a wizard and a warrior and the boy is unhappy to be a farmer. The also have WITCH HAT ATELIER, VOL. 1 GN, a magical manga by Kamome Shirahama, popular variant cover artist for Marvel and DC. SEVEN SEAS offers I MARRIED MY BEST FRIEND TO SHUT MY PARENTS UP, VOL. 1 GN, a new yuri manga about falling in love after marriage by Kodama (NTR-Netsuzou Trap) Naoko as well as MY LITTLE PONY: THE MANGA-A DAY IN THE LIFE OF EQUESTRIA, VOL. 1 GN.

    And that brings us to the end of the comic listings for this month. Each month I try to pick what I imagine will be the best offerings from each catalog and there are several strong contenders this month including: STRANGER THINGS: SIX #1 and the MINECRAFT TP from Dark Horse, the twenty five cent YEAR OF THE VILLAIN one shot and the DCEASED #1 OF 6 from DC, BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA TP from T\Roy Thomas and Mike Mignola at IDW and, of course THEY CALLED US ENEMY from George Takei at IDW’s Top Shelf imprint, THE MAGICIANS: ALICE’S STORY OGN HC based on Lev Gleason’s novels from Boom and JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND TP from Boom’s Archaia imprint, FIVE YEARS #1 from Terry Moore at Abstract Studios, the GRASS GN from Drawn & Quarterly and the ANGOLA JANA: KINGDOM OF RUNAWAY SLAVES HC from Fantagraphics but I think we all know that the Pick of the Month
for May is BATMAN: THE LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1 OF 6 from DC’s Black Label, Snyder and Jock’s final word on the Dark Knight.

    The next benefit will occur on Saturday, the fourth of May which is, of course Star Wars Day and is also Free Comic Book Day so mark your calendars! We’ll have at least half a dozen incredibly talented artist on hand providing sketches, we’ll have a one dollar and a five-dollar raffle to win graphic novels and action figures and we’ll have a Silent Auction to win original artwork, rare and autographed comics and collectibles with all proceeds to benefit the good people at Casa de los Niños! Of the quarterly events this is the biggest one so I’m sure that I’ll see you all there. Which makes a good point to thank you all for your support and generosity. I’m humbled and honored to be friends with so many of the good people that shop here and stunned on a quarterly basis at your generosity. The artists devoting their time and talent and the customers not only bidding and participating in the events but often donating prized collectibles to the Silent Auction make each of these events a positive and life-affirming statement about the strength and bonds of our community and I can’t thank you all enough.

    See you in the funny papers!



    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.)

Comments are closed.