The May Previews catalog has arrived and, as always it’s sitting on my desk available for your perusal when you stop in. Meanwhile I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might have interest for you. These are solicitations for comics and products shipping in July so expect a bunch of annuals, a tradition for summer vacation.
Some of the codes and abbreviations that I use are: HC (hard cover), TP (trade paperback), SC (soft cover), GN (graphic novel), MMPB (mass market paperback), AF (action figure), T/C (trading cards), T/S (tee shirt) and ☼(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’ for the ‘adults only’ comics, books and videos. If any adults are interested in seeing what’s available please send me an email and I will send you a pdf formatted copy of this month’s adult catalog.
DARK HORSE: With the relaunch of ‘Ghost’ and ‘X’ Dark Horse now offers CATALYST COMICS #1 OF 9, a superhero series from ‘Comics Greatest World’ written by Joe Casey with art by Dan McDaid and Ulises Farinas. CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT #1 is the first issue of a new ongoing series featuring the titular character with his origin in the Bermuda Triangle in the nineteen forties written by Joshua Williamson with the art of Fernando Dagnino. Both of these series are part of Dark Horse’s commitment to give a superhero universe another shot, with a little more careful planning and insight this time. A new non superhero series offered this month is BLOOD BROTHERS #1 OF 3 written by Mike Gagerman with art by Andrew Waller and Evan Shaner and pitched as ‘The Hangover’ with vampires. David Lapham continues Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s work with an ongoing series ☼THE STRAIN: THE FALL #1 with art by Mike Huddleston which is an upcoming TV series on FX. ☼THE BEST OF MILLIGAN & McCARTHY HC collects two decades of the bizarre collaborations between these great British creators bringing back to print ‘Freakwave’, Paradax’ and more. And Cameron Stewart’s Eisner Award winning web comic, a new-noir mystery is available in one volume as the ☼SIN TITULO HC. The prolific Mike Mignola offers LOBSTER JOHNSON: A SCENT OF LOTUS #1 OF 2 with ties to the ‘B.P.R.D.’ tale ‘A Plague of Frogs’. Mac Walters who writes the video game now writes the new ongoing series MASS EFFECT: FOUNDATION #1. Randy Stradley writes and Doug Wheatley illustrates STAR WARS-DARK TIMES: A SPARK REMAINS #1 OF 5. While ☼STAR WARS #7 begins a new arc, the first story is collected as STAR WARS VOUME ONE: IN THE SHADOW OF YAVIN TP; written by Brian Wood with the art of Carlos D’Anda; the story picks up right after the explosion of the Death Star. The comedic ☼GAMMA one shot is the story of a cowardly man who was once the world’s greatest monster trainer and his chance to redeem himself is co-written and illustrated by rising star Ulises Farinas. CONAN: THE PHENOMENON TP is a visual history through the many incarnations of the iconic barbarian by comics historian Paul M. Sammon. The NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: THE SHINJI IKARI DETECTIVE DIARY TP #1 expands on the popular anime while the TRIGUN OMNIBUS TP #1 recollects the popular Adult Swim series in a larger more affordable format.
DC: The much anticipated Trinity War begins with JUSTICE LEAGUE #22 by Geoff Johns with Ivan Reis’ art leading to the second chapter in JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #6 by Johns and Jeff Lemire with Dough Mahnke’s art and chapter three in JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #22 by Lemire and Ray Fawkes with series artist Mikel Janin. This Justice League War is further complicated by the Secret Society of Super-Villains lurking in the background. Other comics that tie in to the story this month include TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #2 by Ray Fawkes with Daniel Sampere’s art, CONSTANTINE #5 also by Fawkes with Renato Guedes’ art and TRINITY OF SIN: PHANTOM STRANGER #10 by J. M. DeMatteis with the art of Fernando Blanco. In ☼WONDER WOMAN #22 the Amazon visits New Genesis and meets the Highfather by Brian Azzarello with Cliff Chiang’s artwork. The Scarlet Speedster comes face to face with the Reverse Flash for the first time in THE FLASH #22 while the FLASH ANNUAL #2 tells of Barry’s first meeting with Green Lantern. Scott Lobdell writes ACTION COMICS #22, SUPERMAN #22 and SUPERMAN ANNUAL #2 with artists Tyler Kirkham, Kenneth Rocafort and Pascale Alixe respectively. BATMAN/SUPERMAN #2 finds the world’s finest team fighting their doppelgangers on Earth Two written by Greg Pak with the art of Jae Lee. The BATMAN ANNUAL #2 is written by Scott Snyder with Aaron Lopresti’s art and is a tie in the the ‘Zero Year’ story currently running in the regular ‘Batman’ title. The BATMAN YEAR ZERO: DIRECTOR’S CUT #1 reprints Batman #21 showing Greg Capullo’s pencil art and the SUPERMAN UNCHAINED: DIRECTOR’S CUT #1 does the same for Jim Lee’s art. Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham’s series concludes with ☼BATMAN INCORPORATED #13 as ‘Batman saves the world and loses everything’. The DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #2 is written by John Layman with art by Scot Eaton as a shape changer has infiltrated the GCPD. The origin of Clayface is revealed by Gregg Hurwitz writing ☼BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #22 with art by Alex Maleev. The African operative unwittingly brings retaliation to Wayne Enterprises when he returns to Gotham in BATWING #22 by Gray and Palmiotti with art by Eduardo Pansica. ANIMAL MAN ANNUAL #2 is by Jeff Lemire with Travel Foreman’s art, a tale of family bonds as Buddy is still reeling from the death of his son. Jim Starlin writes, Yvel Guichet pencils, Lobo joins the team and chaos ensues in STORMWATCH #22. Constantine and the Keeper of the Green investigate a tree in Scotland that bears whiskey-like fruit in ☼SWAMP THING #22. Jeff Parker writes and Jonathan Case illustrates ☼BATMAN ’66 #1 with new stories in the style and continuity of the campy television series. The SMALLVILLE SEASON ELEVEN SPECIAL #2 reintroduces Lana Lang to the series. Collected editions this month include ☼SHAZAM! HC VOLUME #1 gathering all of the back up stories from ‘Justice League’ by Geoff Johns with Gary Frank’s art, ☼BATMAN: THE COURT OF OWLS BOOK AND MASK SET which contains the book reprinting the first seven issues of Batman along with the owl mask that was such a big hit on the convention circuit last year and GREEN LANTERN: RISE OF THE THIRD ARMY HC collecting issues thirteen through sixteen of the four ‘Green Lantern’ titles plus the first Green Lantern Corps Annual. In soft cover there’s THE FLASH VOLUME #1: MOVE FORWARD TP, SWORD OF SORCERY VOLUME #1: AMETHYST TP and BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED VOLUME #1 TP. At DC’s mature readers imprint, Vertigo offers ☼COLLIDER #1 written by Simon Oliver with art by Robbi Rodriguez and deals with The Federal Bureau of Physics, a government agency created to deal with problems that arise from the gravity failures and the time and entropy reversals, this hard science fiction series may appeal to fans of ‘The Manhattan Projects’. ☼TOM STRONG AND THE PLANET OF PERIL #1 OF 6 is a return to Alan Moore’s iconic super hero written by Peter Hogan with art by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story. ☼THE UNWRITTEN: TOMMY TAYLOR AND THE SHIP THAT SANK TWICE HC is by the series’ regular team of Mike Carey and Peter Gross and is an original graphic novel, a prequel and a parallel story to the regular series and a great entry point for new readers. ☼THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN OMNIBUS TP collects the first two series’ by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill into one 416 page book and the RIGHT STATE TP is the soft cover version of the original graphic novel by Mat Johnson with black and white art by Andrea Mutti, a political thriller where a conservative media pundit is tasked with protecting the second African American President from an assassination attempt by an extremist militia group. DC Direct offers a CAPTAIN COLD ACTION FIGURE, a TRINITY WAR BOX SET with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman (who features a new head sculpt) as well as the HUSH: THE JOKER, HARLEY QUINN & STEALTH BATMAN ACTION FIGURE 3-PACK. Also this month is the JUSTICE LEAGUE CHESS SET and THE JOKER STATUE and the BATMAN STATUE both based on the art of Greg Capullo.
IDW: Mark Waid writes and Paul Smith illustrates ☼ROCKETEER/THE SPIRIT: PULP FRICTION #1 OF 4. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #1 spins out of the new Nickelodeon cartoon and is written by Kenny Byerley who writes the TV show with art by Dario Brizuela. DINOSAURS ATTACKS #1 OF 5 is based on the Topps’ trading cards of twenty five years ago. JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS #1 brings the best British comic tales, with all new coloring to the States on a monthly basis. The WIZARDS & ROBOTS one shot is written by will.i.am and Brian David Johnson with time traveling robots hunting wizards in the distant past. The MY LITTLE PONY: DIGEST SIZE VOLUME #1 is in a 6” X 9” format for little hands.
IMAGE: ☼SATELLITE SAM #1 is written by Matt Fraction and illustrated in black and white by Howard Chaykin and is a noir mystery taking place during the golden age of television. GHOSTED #1 is a horror/crime mash-up by Joshua Williamson with art by Goran Sudzuka and Miroslav Mrva described as ‘equal parts ‘Ocean’s 11’ and ‘The Shining’ as a criminal is tasked with stealing a ghost from a haunted house. SHELTERED #1 is written by Ed Brisson with art by Johnnie Christmas and tells of survivalists who thought they were prepared for any end of the world scenario only to find they were mistaken. Like the previous two titles Image has neglected to supply any information as to whether these titles are one shots, limited series or ongoing series. Joseph Michael Linsner offers DAWN: THE SWORDMASTER’S DAUGHTER & OTHER STORIES, a one shot and the first new Dawn comic in three years. The ☼MANHATTAN PROJECTS VOLUME #3 TP: BUILDING collects issues eleven through fifteen of the brilliant alternate history adventure by Jonathan Hickman with the art of Nick Pitarra. The REVIVAL VOLUME #2: LIVE LIKE YOU MEAN IT TP collects issues six through eleven of Tim Seeley’s series with Mike Norton and Mark Englert’s art. Other new collections include SAVAGE DRAGON: ON TRIAL TP, the 39 MINUTES VOLUME #2 HC, AGE OF BRONZE VOLUME #3B: BETRAYAL PART TWO in both HC and TP, THE ACTIVITY VOLUME #3 TP, BLACK KISS II TP, INVINCIBLE-VOLUME #18: THE DEATH OF EVERYONE TP, NOWHERE MEN VOLUME #1: FATES WORSE THAN DEATH TP and SKULLKICKERS VOLUME #4: EIGHTY EYES ON AN EVIL ISLAND TP. Also offered this month is the Walking Dead ‘EZEKIEL HAS A TIGER’ T/S and the WALKING DEAD LUNCH BOX.
MARVEL: As ‘AU’ has ended (Age of Ultron) it’s led right into ‘AI’ (Age of Infinity or does it stand for Artificial Intelligence?) beginning in AVENGERS A.I. #1 by Sam Humphries with art by Andre Lima Aráujo. There is also an AGE OF ULTRON #10 U.C. which I have no clue what it stands for and Marvel isn’t telling; even the writer and artist of this book is classified. Last month, after ‘Age of Ultron’ #10 of 10 they also offered ‘Age of Ultron’ #10 A.I. so I guess this is the third different comic that is the tenth issue of ‘Age of Ultron’. Also AVENGERS #15, AVENGERS #16 and NEW AVENGERS #8 are all ‘Prelude to Infinity’ stories. (Confused yet? I am and I’m supposed to be able to promote and sell these comics with the sparse information given.)
☼GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #5 is by Brian Michael Bendis and Neil Gaiman with art by Sara Pichelli so expect the team to battle Angela. There is also a one shot: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: TOMORROW’S AVENGERS by Bendis with art by Mike Oeming, Ming Doyle and Michael Del Mundo, basically an introduction to these characters for those who aren’t familiar with Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Gamora and Groot. BLACK BOLT: SOMETHING INHUMAN THIS WAY COMES is similar; reprints of classic Black Bolt tales for some background as the character is taking a larger role in Marvel’s stories of late. The all age adaptation of the sixth of the Oz books by L. Frank Baum continues with ☼THE EMERALD CITY OF OZ #1 OF 5 adapted by Eric Shanower with art by Skottie Young. A new weekly limited series is titled WHAT IF: AVX #1-4 OF 4 written by Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Jorge Molina.
These books begin shipping in July which Marvel has also declared ‘Superior Spider-Man Month’ with two issues of the regular series plus THE SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #1, a new ongoing series written by Nick Spencer with art by Steve Lieber, SUPERIOR CARNAGE #1 OF 5 by Kevin Shnick with art by Stephen Segovia and SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #1, another new ongoing series written by Christopher Yost with art by David Lopez. Oh, and Superior Spider-Man is also in MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE #7 again this month.
Matt Fraction with artist David Aja continues with HAWKEYE #13, (a surprisingly good series considering I’ve never cared for the character) and this month there is also the HAWKEYE ANNUAL #1 by Fraction with art by Javier Pulido and focusing on Kate Bishop. Marvel offers DEXTER #1 OF 5 as they did last August and again in December; maybe it will actually come out this time. It’s written by the creator of the television program, Jeff Lindsay with art by Dalibor Talajic. DARK TOWER-THE GUNSLINGER: SO FELL LORD PERTH is a one shot and is the final issue of the series which began in 2007. Cullen Bunn writes and Salva Espin illustrates DEADPOOL KILLS DEADPOOL #1 OF 4; now that he’s wiped out the Avengers, the Punisher, the Marvel Universe, and a host of fictitious and literary characters I don’t know who he’ll kill in his next series. I know that people are anxious for Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel’s new series; issue one was offered in February but has yet to ship, X-MEN #3 is offered this month. This is the series focusing on just the female members of the mutant teams (and issue one is supposed to ship the last Wednesday of May). WOLVERINE: IN THE FLESH is a one shot written by reality star and chef Chris Cosentino with art by Dalibor Talajic, a Wolverine adventure for foodies, perhaps inspired by the ‘Get Jiro!’ graphic novel published by DC’s Vertigo imprint in June of last year by chef Anthony Bourdain. At Marvel’s creator owned imprint, Icon, Bendis’ ☼POWERS: BUREAU #6 as well as his ☼SCARLET #9 is offered. (Scarlet is close to my favorite comic being published currently; I just wish Marvel would ship more than two per year). The five part ‘Hit-Girl series is collected as ☼KICK-ASS 2 PRELUDE: HIT GIRL TP by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. and ☼KICK-ASS 3 #3 OF 8 is also offered, leading to the finale of the series. Some of Marvel’s other collected editions this month include the HALO: OVERSIZED COLLECTION HC gathering the first three series, the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME #1: COSMIC AVENGERS PREMIERE HC, the SAVAGE WOLVERINE VOLUME #1: KILL ISLAND PREMIERE HC and, in soft cover SPIDER-MAN: DYING WISH collecting the final three issues of ‘Amazing Spider-Man’, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN VOLUME #2: A TROUBLED MIND TP, X-MEN: X-TERMINATION TP, THOR BY WALTER SIMONSON VOLUME #1 TP and WOLVERINE VOLUME #1: HUNTING SEASON TP. Outside of the Marvel Universe the ‘House of Ideas’ offers the ONCE UPON A TIME PREMIERE HC, an original story written by Dan Thomsen and Corinna Bechko with art by Mike Henderson, Vasilis Lolos, Stephanie Hans and Mike Del Mundo.
INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS: Jeremy Dale writes and illustrates the all age adventure SKYWARD #1 OF 6 from ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT, Chuck Dixon and others write the five medieval zombie stories in FUBAR: BY THE SWORD #1 OF 2 from ALTERNA COMICS, WILD WORK #1 OF 5 is by Eric Red with art by Ben Dunn, a story about Van Helsing and Dracula in the American West of the 1880’s from ANTARCTIC PRESS who also offers ☼BONEYARD: THE BEGGENING, a one shot from Richard Moore (and, no, that’s not a spelling error). ☼JIM HENSON’S STORYTELLER TP reprints the hard cover all age tales of myth and wonder from ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT featuring dozens of great creators like Katie Cook, Colleen Coover, Roger Langridge, Ron Marz, Marjorie Liu, David Petersen, Janet K. Lee and more. As part of ASPEN STUDIOS ’10 for 10′ promotion (ten first issues for one dollar each) celebrating their tenth anniversary they offer FATHOM #1 OF 8 by David Wohl with pencils by Alex Konat. George R. R. Martin’s World Fantasy Award winning story is adapted to comics by AVATAR PRESS with SKIN TRADE #1; Mike Wolfer appropriately illustrates this werewolf horror tale. Christos Gage begins his second tale with ABSOLUTION: RUBICON #1; his work on this series goes far beyond the hard boiled crime stories that he writes for television. A fun and talented creator deserving wider recognition, Steve Mannion releases ☼FEARLESS DAWN IN OUTER SPACE from ASYLUM PRESS. Tucson’s own Eric M. Esquivel writes ☼THE IN CROWD #2 with art by C. B. Zane from BIG DOG INK and if you’d like to support this talented writer he will be signing copies of issue one at the release party here at Charlie’s Comic Books on Wednesday, the nineteenth of June. He’ll only be here for an hour so feel free to pre-order a copy and I’ll ask Eric to sign it for you if your schedule prevents you from attending. Eric also writes ☼LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST #10 this month with art by Alisson Borges. DAY MEN #1 is written by Matt Gagnon and Michael Alan Nelson with art by Brian Stelfreeze from BOOM! STUDIOS and tells the story of the ’50 Families’, a vampire Illuminati and the human who does their bidding when the sun comes up; this is the first time that Stelfreeze has done a monthly title since 2005 when he was the regular artist on ‘Batman: Shadow of the Bat’. Their all age imprint, KaBOOM! offers the ADVENTURE TIME SUMMER SPECIAL #1 as well as a new limited series, ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS #1 OF 6, a mystery where Princess Bubblegum with help from Peppermint Butler and Cinnamon Bun search for the kidnapped Finn and Jake. Also offered this month is the BRAVEST WARRIORS VOLUME #1 TP. Yet another ☼RED SONJA #1 from DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT but this is one that several customers have already added to their pull lists as the new writer of the series is Gail Simone! The art is by Walter Geovani with variant covers by some of the top women artists in the business: Amanda Conner, Fiona Staples, Jenny Frison and Colleen Doran. I was a bit sad that the ‘Hack/Slash’ series has ended as I thought that it was a solid character driven horror series but apparently Tim Seeley isn’t totally done: ARMY OF DARKNESS VS HACK/SLASH #1 picks up right after the events of the final issue of the ongoing series! THE SHADOW/GREEN HORNET: DARK NIGHTS #1 OF 5 is written by Michael Uslan with the art of Keith Burns and yet another forgotten Golden Age hero is reintroduced at Dynamite: THE OWL #1 OF 4 is written by J.T. Krul with art by Heubert Khan Michael. DIGITAL MANGA offers Osamu Tezuka’s TRITON OF THE SEA VOLUME #1, a classic series from the creator of ‘Astro Boy’ never before released in America. :01 FIRST SECOND offers ☼THE DEATH OF HAGGARD WEST, a one shot by Paul Pope with exclusive material reprising scenes from the beginning of his ‘Battling Boy’ and the ☼GENIUS GN is by Steven T. Seagle with art by Teddy Kristiansen and tells the story of a quantum physicist who discovers Einstein’s last, most terrifying secret. GEMSTONE offers the OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE #43, the comic shop bible for decades; it’s available in soft cover or hard cover with two different cover choices (Marvel or DC). New publisher IMPROPER BOOKS debuts with ☼PORCELAIN: A GOTHIC FAIRY TALE GN that looks intriguing, with a steampunk feel, about a man who, through alchemical means, animates porcelain and his relationship to a street urchin who becomes a surrogate daughter. ☼WATSON AND HOLMES #1 is from NEW PARADIGM STUDIOS, written by Karl Bollers with the art of Rick Leonardi it’s set in present day Harlem, Dr. Watson is an Afghan War vet working in an ER and Holmes, a local P.I.; for $2.99 it looks worth a try. ONI PRESS offers Chris Roberson’s new series, an all age adventure series with the team battling aliens and the supernatural, ☼THE STRANGERS #1 (and #2) is illustrated by Scott Kowalchuk, issue one was also Oni’s Free Comic Book Day selection this year. Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth’s ☼STUMPTOWN: THE CASE OF THE BABY IN THE VELVET CASE HC is the second collection from this Eisner Award winning, and New York Time Best Selling novelist doing what he does best, seedy crime stories. TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS offers the ☼GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU HC, with every book of the Bible condensed to its core message in no more than a few pages each, written by Mark Russell with art by Shannon ‘Too Much Coffee Man’ Wheeler this is an irreverent but accurate retelling of the bible (and the book features rounded corners, gilded edges and a cloth bookmark) for twenty bucks. As the ‘Harbinger Wars’ come to an end at VALIANT COMICS they launch a new ongoing series with QUANTUM AND WOODY #1, written by James Asmus with art by Tom Fowler, a super hero dramedy complete with a talking goat, the previous incarnation of this title was the companies’ comic relief. Hopefully these two Marvel veterans can pull it off. X-O MANOWAR #15 begins a new arc with the hero battling the Eternal Warrior, written by Robert Venditti with art by Lee Garbett. You may have noticed that ZENESCOPE has been expanding their ‘Grimm Fairy Tales’ universe of late, adding vampires and werewolves. With OZ #1 OF 6 they mix Dorothy and friends into their universe; well, their versions of these characters, cheesecake and B-movie scenarios. So now they have the Grimm’s tales, the Alice and Wonderland characters, the Oz universe, Robin Hood, Kipling’s ‘Jungle Books’ and this month they add ZOMBIES: THE CURSED #1 OF 3 as part of the ‘Unleashed’ cross over. (If they don’t show some restraint they’re going to have an overabundance of characters like Marvel does.)
And that’s the end of the comic book listings for the month. The monthly Previews catalog also has sections on Books (THE ADVENTURE TIME ENCYCLOPAEDIA HC, FRANK FRAZETTA: ART AND REMEMBRANCES), Magazines (DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #462, STAR WARS INSIDER #143), Trading Cards (TRUE BLOOD ARCHIVES, DOWNTON ABBEY: SEASON ONE AND TWO), Apparel DOCTOR WHO, WALKING DEAD and many super hero hats, tee shirts, hoodies), Toys and Models (WALKING DEAD TP: DARYL DIXON MINI-BUST, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO PLUSH TOYS), Import Toys and Statues (ONE PIECE CHESS PIECE COLLECTION VOLUME 4, STAR WARS COLLECTOR’S WATCHES), Collectibles and Novelties (GODZILLA, STUDIO GHIBLI, TINTIN, DISNEY, DOMO products), Games (PATHFINDER, MAGIC THE GATHERING) and DVD’S and Digital Media (TOM & JERRY, LUPIN THE THIRD, BRUCE LEE, JACKIE CHAN, DOCTOR WHO) so please feel free to look through the catalog when you visit the shop; the latest edition is always on the desk.
As always, thank you, my friends, for allowing me to help you maintain your collections and keep you up to date on the latest adventures; it’s an honor. I hope that you and yours are all happy and healthy. Thank you for your friendship and support; see you soon.