May 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

    The May 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 July. 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).

    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 email you this month’s adult catalog in a .pdf format with images, descriptions and prices.

    The theme this month is Women in Comics so expect a lot of new items from the talented women authors and artists to be featured!

    DARK HORSE: Eric Powell writes and illustrates THE GOON: OCCASION OF REVENGE #1 OF 8, the Eisner Award Winner returns to his main character for more supernatural horror and cathartic revenge. Also his work with artist Kyle Hotz is collected in THE AUTHENTIC ACCOUNTS OF BILLY THE KID’S OLD TIMEY ODDITIES OMNIBUS TP. Mike Mignola’s creation with Christoper Golden which has gone from novels to comic returns with BALTIMORE: THE WITCH OF HARJU #1 OF 3 with art by Peter Bergting. NIGHTMARE CARNIVAL TP is a prose horror anthology with stories by Dennis Danvers, Terry Dowling, Nick Mamatas and Priya Sharma featuring an introduction by Katherine (Geek Love) Dunn. Gail Simone with artist Jim Calafiore had a very successful Kickstarter and now Dark Horse beings the LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS HC to the masses, a story of the world’s super heroes turning inexplicably into homicidal maniacs. The most heroic barbarian meets the stupidest in GROO VS. CONAN #1 OF 4 written by Mark Evanier with art by Sergio Aragonés and Thomas Yeates. The USAGI YOJIMBO COLOR SPECIAL: THE ARTIST features four stories, including painted segments by artist/creator Stan Sakai. One of artist Eduardo Risso’s early works with author Carlos Trillo gets a deluxe edition with the RED MOON HC, an all age fantasy with knights, fairies and caped crusaders. GHOST, VOL. 2: THE WHITE CITY BUTCHER collects the second arc by writer (and the co-creator with Brian Michael Bendis of the television program Castle) Kelly Sue DeConnick. THE COMPLETE SILENCERS TP collects Fred Van Lente and Steve Ellis’ cult crime series that was originally a four issue series from Moonstone Press and a one shot from Image about the mobs need for more powerful enforcers to deal with a city full of super powered do-gooders. Eisner Award Winner Carla Speed McNeil releases the FINDER: THIRD WORLD TP, the first story in the long running crime series to be in full color. DEEP GRAVITY #1 OF 4 is a space adventure created by Mike Richardson, written by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko with art by Fernando Baldó. The JAYBIRD HC is by Jaakko and Lauri Ahonen, a painted modern fable for grown ups described as ‘Disney meets Kafka’. The SALLY HEATHCOTE: SUFFRAGETTE HC is a tale of love and courage in Edwardian Britain by Mary M. (Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes) Talbot, PhD with layouts by Bryan Talbot and illustration by Kate Charlesworth. The LEGAL DRUG OMNIBUS TP collects the whole shebang in one volume setting the stage for Clamp’s sequel ‘Drug & Drop’ due next year.

    DC:
Grayson #1 begins a new ongoing series by Tim Seeley with the art of Mikel Janin telling Dick Grayson’s adventures as an agent of Spyral with the tag line, ‘You think you know Nightwing-but you don’t know Dick’. The ROBIN RISES: OMEGA #1 is a one shot by Peter J. Tomasi with Andy Kubert’s art chronicling Batman’s family feud with Ra’s al Ghul and further complicated by the forces of Apokolips; the story will be continued in ‘Batman & Robin’ #33. After Amanda Waller’s dismal failure during ‘Forever Evil’ the NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #1 operates on a more international scope without the autonomy of the past and the team enlists new members the Joker’s Daughter, Deathstroke and Black Manta to join with Harley Quinn and Deadshot for a mission in Putin’s Russia as written by Sean Ryan with Jeremy Roberts’ artwork. TEEN TITANS #1 is written by Will Pfeifer with art by Kenneth Rocafort, the team consisting of Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Raven, Bunker and Beast Boy. STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEATURING G.I. ZOMBIE #1 is written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Scott Hampton. The ‘hero’ Lex Luthor meets a new threat when the Chief and the Doom Patrol confront him in JUSTICE LEAGUE #32 by Geoff Johns with Ivan Reis’ art and the ‘Injustice League’ story concludes in JUSTICE LEAGUE #33 as Shazam unlocks a new power.

    An important message for those of you following the weekly THE NEW 52-FUTURE’S END series; in September, when DC always does a theme throughout their titles (like this past years’ villain covers or the previous years’ zero issues), there will be another run of titles featuring lenticular covers like the villain ones of 2013. There will be one for most every DC title, forty one in all, they all tie in to ‘Future’s End’ and they are being offered three months’ early to ensure that there are enough to go around. You can order the 3-D covers, priced at $3.99 or the 2-D covers priced at $2.99 but, if you are going to want them please let me know so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill all orders. Or if you’d just like the ones that tie into titles you’re already reading (ACTION COMICS: FUTURE’S END #1, BATMAN: FUTURE’S END #1, etc.) let me know. The 3-D covers will be revealed by DC on May 27th and when they do I’ll post them on the shop’s Facebook, but the final orders are due on the twenty ninth. And they’re not throw away stories either; in the ‘Harley Quinn’ issue Harley and the Joker tie the knot. Other than the two weekly series currently in progress, these 3-D issues are all that will ship from DC in September.

    SECRET ORIGINS #4 will feature Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, Green Arrow by Jeff Lemire and Denys Cowan and Damian, Son of Batman by Peter Tomasi and Ian Bertram. WONDER WOMAN #33 is the beginning of the final arc for the creative team of Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang. The next three chapters of the ‘Superman: Doomed’ story are offered in the SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1 by Charles Soule and Ed Benes, ACTION COMICS #33 and the ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #3, both by Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder. The ‘Red Daughter of Krypton’ story line reaches its conclusion in SUPERGIRL #33 by Tony Bedard and Emanuela Lupacchino. BATMAN #33 is the conclusion of the brilliant ‘Zero Year’ story by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo as it all comes down to a a battle between Batman and the Riddler. BATMAN/SUPERMAN #13 begins a new arc by Greg Pak and Jae Lee and BATMAN AND ROBIN #33 continues the ‘Robin Rises’ tale that began in the one shot, above, also written by Peter Tomasi with Patrick Gleason’s art. Besides the monthly offering in HARLEY QUINN #8 there’s also a one shot that ought to be a blast, HARLEY QUINN INVADES COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO #1 by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti as the troublemaker attempts to get her own comic book published. BIRDS OF PREY #33 features a battle between Black Canary and Amanda Waller that I’m looking forward to, by Christy Marx and Robson Rocha. Another confrontation I’ve been looking forward to takes place in SINESTRO #4 by Cullen Bunn and Rags Morales as Sinestro and Hal Jordan cross paths. GREEN LANTERN #33 is part five of ‘Uprising’ by Robert Venditti and Billy Tan continuing in GREEN LANTERN CORPS #33 by Van Jensen and Bernard Chang. The battle that has been building between Guy Gardner and Atrocitus kicks into high gear in the ‘Atrocities’ story beginning in RED LANTERNS #33 and continuing in the RED LANTERNS ANNUAL #1 both penned by Charles Soule. Outside of the DC Universe comes INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE #1, a tie in to the new video game. You’ve probably seen the ‘V For Vendetta Book and Mask Set’ where you get the trade paperback plus a Guy Fawkes mask and there’s also the ‘Batman: Court of Owls Book and Mask Set’ with the Owl mask; well now there’s the BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY BOOK AND THE JOKER MASK SET for forty dollars; the ‘Batman, Vol. 3: Death of the Family’ TP and a hand-painted vinyl latex mask with sewn-on hair and a white elastic band. Hard cover collected editions this month include: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, VOL. 2: SURVIVORS OF EVIL HC, JUSTICE LEAGUE, VOL. 5: FOREVER HEROES HC, the FOREVER EVIL HC, SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 1: POWER COUPLE HC, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, YEAR TWO, VOL. 1 HC, THE FLASH OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC collecting the earliest adventures and the ABSOLUTE BATMAN, INCORPORATED HC collecting both complete runs of Grant Morrison’s defining work featuring great artists like Chris Burnham, Frazer Irving, Cameron Stewart and more. Soft cover editions include: JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, VOL. 4: THE REBIRTH OF EVIL TP, CONSTANTINE, VOL. 2: BLIGHT TP, THE FLASH, VOL. 3: GORILLA WARFARE TP, KATANA, VOL. 1: SOULTAKER TP, BATMAN, INCORPORATED, VOL. 2: GOTHAM’S MOST WANTED TP collecting the finale of the series and Damian’s death, SUPERMAN, VOL. 3: FURY AT WORLD’S END TP, GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS, VOL. 4: GODS AND MONSTERS TP, GREEN LANTERN; WRATH OF THE FIRST LANTERN TP, the BATMAN: EARTH ONE TP by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED, VOL. 3 TP, HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, VOL. 3 TP, DC UNIVERSE VS. THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE TP, SHOWCASE PRESENTS: CAPTAIN CARROT AND HIS AMAZING ZOO CREW TP, all the silliness in black and white, WORLD OF WARCRAFT: BLOODSWORN TP, previously only available in hard cover and, for the younger fans the DC COMICS PRESENTS: BATMAN ADVENTURES #1, a hundred pages of the best of the all age series for eight bucks. At DC’s mature reader/creator owned imprint, VERTIGO there is BODIES #1 OF 8, a crime series across time involving four bodies in London spanning from 1890 to 1940 to 2014 to 2050 by Si Spencer with Dean Ormston and Meghan Hetrick’s art. FABLES #142 features a back up story, ‘Sinbad: The Last Story Ever Told’ by Eric Shanower! Collected editions include: ASTRO CITY: VICTORY HC, FABLES, VOL. 20: CAMELOT TP, the TRILLIUM TP, LUCIFER, BOOK FOUR TP, PREACHER, BOOK FIVE TP and the MR. PUNCH 20TH ANNIVERSARY HC by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. And the products from DC DIRECT include the BATMAN 75TH ANNIVERSARY ACTION FIGURE 4-PACK: SET 1; it’s seventy five dollars and includes four versions of the caped crusader, a ‘first appearance’ version in Bob Kane’s style, the ‘New Frontier’ version in Darwyn Cooke’s style, a ‘Hush’ version based on Jim Lee’s designs and a ‘Arkham Origins’ edition based on the video game. Limited edition statues include the DC COMICS COVER GIRLS, MERA STATUE, DC COMICS ICONS: AQUAMAN STATUE, DC COMICS ICONS: THE FLASH STATUE and the WONDER WOMAN: ART OF WAR STATUE based on the art of Yanick Paquette. The DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK: CONSTANTINE and ZATANNA AF’s plus the DC COMICS DESIGNER ACTION FIGURES, SERIES 2: BY GREG CAPULLO includes RED HOOD, CATWOMAN and MR. FREEZE at the normal price of twenty five bucks and the big THRASHER SUIT BATMAN DELUXE FIGURE for forty dollars.

    IDW: Walter Simonson, best known for one of the greatest runs ever on Marvel’s ‘Thor’ character and his stellar work on ‘Manhunter’, ‘Star Slammers’, ‘Elric’ and ‘Orion’ returns to what he does best with a new bi-monthly series, RAGNARŐK #1 taking place three hundred years after the Twilight of the Gods and the destruction of the Nine Worlds in Norse mythology. THE SQUIDDER #1 OF 4 begins a new series written and illustrated by Ben Templesmith, a horror series with obvious ties to H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. TRANSFORMERS VS. G. I. JOE #1 needs no explanation, (although there’s no indication as to whether this is a limited or ongoing series). The first of five one shot tie in’s to the six part Cartoon Network limited series is SUPER SECRET CRISIS WAR!: JOHNNY BRAVO. Karl Kesel writes THE X-FILES: YEAR ZERO #1 OF 5, the first case which led to the FBI establishment of the investigative team. BORDERLANDS: THE FALL OF FYRESTONE #1 is a continuation of the game’s story by the original game writer, Mikey Neumann. WRAITH: WELCOME TO CHRISTMASLAND HC collects Joe Hill’s series with art by Charles P. Wilson III, a stand alone adventure in the world of Joe’s best selling suspense novel NOS4A2. The MONSTER MOTORS one shot features a vampire car, ‘Cadillacula’ battling the ‘Frankenride’ in the town of Transylvania, Kentucky, written by Brian Lynch with art by Nick Roche. THE LAST FALL #1 OF 5 is by Tom Waltz with Casey Maloney’s art, an interplanetary military drama. DOBERMAN #1 is the action/comedy tale of Frank Doberano, a hard loving, beer guzzling detective brought back on the job, written by the writers of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

    IMAGE: Rick Remender, with his hit ‘Black Science’ title launches yet another hit, LOW #1 with painter Greg Tocchini who did such stellar work on the ‘Last Days of American Crime’ from the now defunct Radical Press; this is an aquatic science fiction adventure in the future where the last remaining humans have lived under the sea and are now ready to explore the surface of planet Earth. Warren Ellis brings his considerable talents to reviving Image Comic’s flagship super hero in SUPREME: BLUE ROSE #1 with artist Tula Lotay. DARK ENGINE #1 is by Ryan Burton with art by John Bivens and follows Sym, a product of alchemy sent to the prehistoric past to murder her creator’s enemies. DEATH VIGIL #1 of 8 is written and illustrated by Stjepan Sejic, known for the photo realistic style that he’s brought to ‘Witchblade’ and more recently his own ‘Ravine’ series, but this fantasy series displays a different, more pen and ink style of art. SPREAD #1 is by Justin (The Legend of Luther Strode) Jordan with art by Kyle Stahm, a post apocalyptic disaster tale with a glimmer of hope in the form of a baby girl. The APHRODITE IX/CYBER FORCE #1 cross over issue is by Matt Hawkins with Stjepan Sejic’s art as Top Cow again tries to give these long struggling characters some viability. HACK/SLASH: SON OF SAMHAIN #1 returns the popular and solid horror series to print, written by Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley with the art of Emilio Laiso. Joe Keatinge writes TECH JACKET #1 with art by Khary Randolph, this is Robert Kirkman’s take on ‘Iron Man’ although the character hasn’t been seen outside of the ‘Invincible Universe’ in quite some time. Howie Chaykin’s adult title returns for a one shot BLACK KISS 2: XXXMAS IN JULY SPECIAL and a couple of other one shots include CAP’N DINOSAUR by Kek-W and Shaky Kane and the CHEW: WARRIOR CHICKEN POYO #1 by John Layman and Rob Guillory. The HOWTOONS: TOOLS OF MASS CONSTRUCTION TP is by Nick Dragotta, Saul Griffith, Josst Bonsen and Ingrid Dragotta, an expanded edition with over fifty D.I.Y. projects inventing and making toys with everyday household objects. Collected editions include the ALEX + ADA, VOL. 1 TP by Jonathan Luna, the BAD DOG, VOL. 1: IN THE LAND OF MILK AND MONEY TP by Joe Kelly and Diego Greco, DEADLY CLASS, VOL. 1: REAGAN YOUTH TP for ten bucks by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, the MURDER ME DEAD TP collecting the nine issue crime series by David Lapham, FIVE WEAPONS, VOL. 2: TYLER’S REVENGE TP by Jimmie Robinson, ROCKET GIRL, VOL. 1: TIMES SQUARED TP for ten bucks by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder, SEX, VOL. 2: SUPERCOOL TP, SHELTERED, VOL. 2 TP, TECH JACKET, VOL. 2 TP by Kirkman and friends, THINK TANK, VOL. 1 HC by Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal and THE WALKING DEAD, VOL. 21: ALL OUT WAR-PART TWO TP.

    MARVEL: Continuing the cross over in progress, ORIGINAL SIN #5 and #6 OF 8 along with the #5.1, #5.2, #5.3, #5.4 and #5.5 which is a Thor vs Loki battle, plus ORIGINAL SINS #3 and #4 OF 5, the series also crosses into FANTASTIC FOUR #7, DAREDEVIL #6, AVENGERS #32 and #33, ALL NEW INVADERS #7, DEADPOOL #31 and #32, NOVA #19, UNCANNY X-MEN #23 and #24 and MIGHTY AVENGERS #12 this month. Bound to be very popular is ROCKET RACCOON #1, an ongoing series written and illustrated by Skottie Young. THE LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #1 is another spin off from the pages of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ with Sam Humphries telling the adventures of Peter Quill illustrated by Paco Medina. SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 is by Peter David with the art of William Sliney with the continued adventures of Miguel O’Hara, currently stuck in 2014. MARVEL: THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1-GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY by Andy Lanning and Gustavo Duarte, the 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1-SPIDER-MAN by Sean Ryan and In-Hyuk Lee, the 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1-X-MEN by Jen Van Meter also with In-Hyuk Lee, the 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1-AVENGERS by James Stokoe and the 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1-FANTASTIC FOUR by James Stokoe and Joanna Estep are all one shots taking place in the year 2061. The DAREDEVIL #0.1 is a forty eight page one shot by Mark Waid and Peter Krause bridging the gap between the previous New York based series and the current California adventures. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: GALAXY’S MOST WANTED #1 is a one shot featuring fan favorites Groot and Rocket Raccoon by Will Corona Pilgrim with art by Andrea DiVito plus this issue reprints ‘Thor’ #314 where the God of Thunder battles Drax. INHUMAN #4 is resolicitied. This series was supposed to arrive during the ‘Inhumanity’ cross over but, as usual Joe Madureira couldn’t meet his deadlines so they canceled the whole series and reoffered it and Joe still couldn’t get it done so now Joe has been replaced on issue four by artist Ryan Stegman. Last month I mentioned the ‘Uncanny X-Men Special’, this month I find that it was part one of a series which continues in the IRON MAN SPECIAL #1 by Sean Ryan with art by Rahmat Handoko and I suspect it will conclude in a ‘Nova Special’ that will be offered next month. STORM #1 will be written by Greg Pak with the art of Victor Ibanez and it looks like these will be solo super hero adventures around the world. DEADPOOL VS. X-FORCE #1 OF 4 will be written by Duane Swierczynski with Pepe Larraz’ art in a story taking place in the nineties (before ‘New Mutants’ #98) and DEADPOOL: DRACULA’S GAUNTLET #1 OF 7 will be a weekly series by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn with Reilly Brown’s artwork. The first issue will contain content from ‘Deadpool: The Gauntlet #1’; this story was originally presented as a ‘Marvel Infinite Comic’ digital series. SAVAGE WOLVERINE #21 begins a new arc written by John Arcudi, illustrated by Joe Quinones and taking place during World War I. Hard cover collected editions this month include the KICK-ASS 3 PREMIERE HC, the epic conclusion to the series, the ALIAS OMNIBUS HC, the whole 720 page series by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Michael Gaydos, the first and one of the best series ever published under the Marvel Max imprint, DEXTER: DOWN UNDER PREMIERE HC collecting the second five part series written by Jeff Lindsay, REVENGE: THE SECRET ORIGIN OF EMILY THORNE PREMIERE HC based on the ABC program and plotted by the shows’ writer featuring art by Vincenzo Balzano and THOR: GOD OF THUNDER, VOL. 4: THE LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD PREMIERE HC while some of the soft cover collections include ALL-NEW INVADERS, VOL. 1: GODS AND SOLDIERS TP, HAWKEYE, VOL. 3: L.A. WOMAN TP, X-FORCE, VOL. 1: DIRTY/TRICKS TP, DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE TP, THE PUNISHER, VOL. 1 TP, WINTER SOLDIER: THE BITTER MARCH TP, LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD, VOL. 1: TRUST ME TP, NEW WARRIORS, VOL. 1: THE KIDS ARE ALL FIGHT TP and some favorites return to print with the SPIDER-MAN: THE COMPLETE ALIEN COSTUME SAGA, BOOK 1 TP and RUNAWAYS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP collecting the first eighteen issues written by Brian K. (Saga) Vaughan with art by Adrian (Ms Marvel) Alphona.

    INDEPENDENTS: On to the smaller publishers; ACTION LAB offers MIDNIGHT TIGER #1 by Dewayne Feenstra and Ray-Anthony Height, a teen super hero adventure and, for the third time ZOMBIE TRAMP #1 with the same writer and new artist TMChu. ADHOUSE BOOKS offers the STREET ANGEL HC, long out of print, the complete adventures of the Princess of Poverty by Brian Maruca and Jim Rugg now in the deluxe format that it deserves, I can’t wait to add this to my library. AMAZE INK offers THE COLLECTED WORKS OF FILLER BUNNY TP, all of Jhonen (Johnny, the Homocidal Maniac) Vasquez’ stories in one book for under ten dollars with an introduction by Steve Niles. You’ve probably read news articles foretelling the ‘Death of Archie’ so allow me to offer a little grief counseling; yes, Archie Andrews meets his end in LIFE WITH ARCHIE #36 but this series has always been a vehicle for alternate stories outside of the regular Riverdale continuity. Archie’s regular adventures will continue as always in his regular timeless series’. LIFE WITH ARCHIE #37 will chronicle the cast one year after Archie’s demise and both issues will have multiple variant covers by industry giants like Alex Ross, Adam Hughes, Fiona Staples and more. ASPEN has another new series, DAMSELS IN EXCESS #1 OF 5 by Vince Hernandez with art by Mirka Andolfo, a fantasy series set in a world without men. AVATAR PRESS offers Max Brooks’ EXTINCTION PARADE, VOL. 1 TP as well as the beginning of the next series, now optioned for television by Legendary Pictures, EXTINCTION PARADE: WAR #1 and, also in collected edition George R. R. Martin’s SKIN TRADE, VOL. 1 TP. For those of you following the adventures of the female were bear illustrated by Tucson’s own Ian Snyder at BIG DOG INK there’s the URSA MINOR, VOL. 2 TP as well as the URSA MINOR ANNUAL #1 which features three new stories by various artists. BOOM! begins ROBOCOP #1 written by Joshua Williamson with art by Carlos Magno, an ongoing series set in the late eighties as well as BLACK MARKET #1 OF 4 by Frank J. Barniere with Victor Santos’ art, a story involving super hero DNA as a cure for all disease. STEED AND MRS. PEEL #1 OF 6 by Ian Edginton and Marco Cosentino is another series based on the classic Avengers BBC program. Boom!’s ARCHAIA imprint offers the HACTIVIST HC collecting the recent limited series and also the JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND: THE ILLUSTRATED SCREENPLAY HC, a companion volume to JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND HC which is still available and there’s a also a slip cased version with both books within. At Boom!’s all age imprint, KaBOOM! There’s ADVENTURE TIME: BANANA GUARD ACADEMY #1 OF 6 and ADVENTURE TIME #30 is a special zine issue where all the citizens of Ooo create their own zines to share. A company we haven’t heard from in a while, BURLEYMAN releases DOC FRANKENSTEIN, VOL. 1: THE MESSIAH OF SCIENCE RESURRECTED TP written by Andy and Lana (The Matrix) Wachowski with art by Steve Skroce, this collects issues one through four of the brilliant series. CALIBER offers KNIGHTS OF THE SKULL, a trilogy of the Waffen SS in WW II by noted historian and artist Wayne VanSant. I’m very excited about TUKI: SAVE THE HUMANS #1 from CARTOON BOOKS, a new work from Jeff (Bone) Smith that should be exciting for readers of all ages, the new series is set in the stone age, a humorous adventure and the story of Tuki, the first human to leave Africa. COMIXTRIBE offers AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE #1 OF 5 by John Lees with art by Iain Laurie, a story of a Detective on the brink of insanity because he sees monsters. CRYPTOZOIC begins adapting the popular science fiction novel with HUGH HOWEY’S WOOL: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL #1 adapted by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray with art by Jimmy Broxton. Joshua Hale Fialkov who has had a lot of critical acclaim for his recent series ‘The Bunker’ writes THE DEVILERS #1 OF 7 at DYNAMITE and I think this may their first book priced at only $2.99, the art will be by Matt Triano, a tale of a team of exorcists battling Satan’s army. And, now that they’re publishing the ‘Chaos’ limited series Marc Andreyko writes CHASTITY #1 with artist Dave Acosta. Nathan Edmondson adapts TOM CLANCY’S SPLINTER CELL: ECHOES #1 OF 4 with artist Marc Laming, Steve Niles writes ARMY OF DARKNESS: ASH GETS HITCHED #1 OF 4 with artist Nacho Tenorio and Alex de Campi writes LADY ZORRO #1 OF 4 with Rey Villegas’ art. There will also be some origin stories this month with MAGNUS, ROBOT FIGHTER #0, RED SONJA #0, THE SHADOW #0 and WARLORD OF MARS #0. FANTAGRAPHICS offers the JIM HC by Jim Woodring collecting three decades of comics, prose, stories and paintings for the first time and Ed Piskor’s HIP HOP FAMILY TREE, BOOK 2 TP is offered. HARPER COLLINS solicits NEIL GAIMAN’S THE GRAVEYARD BOOK: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL, VOL 1 HC OF 2 with artwork by the brilliant P. Craig Russell (who also provided the art for the Coraline graphic novel). HERMES PRESS has BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY, VOL. 1: GRIEVOUS ANGELS available in either soft or hard cover format collecting the recent limited series written and illustrated by Howard Chaykin. Yet another new creator owned series from Joshua Hale Fialkov at ONI PRESS, THE LIFE AFTER #1 has art by Gabo and is a coming-of-age journey through the afterlife. MONOMYTH #1 OF 3 from OSSM COMICS is an alternate history of the Bible posing the question, what if Michael fell and Lucifer prevented Adam and Eve from eating the apple? RED ANVIL debuts OWLGIRLS #1 by Robert J. Sodaro with art by Rachele Aragno and Dave Ryan that tells of three mystic sisters, private eyes in the Big Apple circa 1945. SIDESHOW offers the SPARKS GN, a superhero noir tale set in the forties and now a major motion picture, the series is written by Christopher Folino with art by JM Ringuet. British publisher TITAN offers a bunch of classics, many out of print in the U. S. for many years, including BLACK DRAGON HC by Chris Claremont and John Bolton, THE COMPLETE CHOLLY & FLYTRAP HC by Arthur Suydam, THE COMPLETE JOHNNY NEMO HC by Peter Milligan and Brett Ewins, MICHAEL MOORCOCK’S ELRIC, VOL. 1: THE RUBY THRONE HC by Julien Blondel and Didier Poli and the VOID HC by Herik Hanna with art by Sean Phillips. Also launching THE EVIL WITHIN #1 OF 4 by Ian Edginton with Alex Sanchez’ art, based on the survival horror game of the same name. I posted on Facebook last week when TOP SHELF announced THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN III: CENTURY-THE COMPLETE EDITION HC collecting the three issue series of Alan Moore’s and Kevin O’Neill’s continued saga. (I’m surprised how many people tell me they didn’t realize this series was still in progress with the ‘Nemo: Heart of Ice HC’ last year and the ‘Nemo: The Roses of Berlin HC’ more recently.) TOR BOOKS offers two novel adaptations: LARRY NIVEN’S RINGWORLD: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL, VOL. 1 GN adapted by Robert Mandell with black and white art by Sean Lam and ROBERT JORDAN’S THE EYE OF THE WORLD, VOL. 5 HC adapted by Chuck Dixon with art by Marcio Fiorito. 12-GAUGE COMICS debuts SHERWOOD, TX #1 OF 5, a tale with bikers, drugs, human trafficking and revenge, a kind of modern Robin Hood western. VALIANT launches two more limited series tying into their ‘Armor Wars’ cross over with ARMOR HUNTERS: BLOODSHOT #1 OF 3 and ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER #1 OF 3 and HARBINGER #25 is a double size issue. In the manga line MY LOVE STORY, VOL. 1 is a shojo romantic comedy from the view point of a sweet but blundering guy and, also from VIZ MEDIA is TERRA FORMARS, VOL. 1 a science fiction series involving the terra forming of Mars. From YEN PRESS comes THE INFERNAL DEVICES: CLOCKWORK PRINCESS GN, a steampunk adventure. THE RED BARON: THE HISTORY OF RICHTHOFEN’S FLYING CIRCUS GN is by historian/artist Wayne Vansant from ZENITH PRESS. And ZENESCOPE reaches GRIMM FAIRY TALES #100 featuring a cover by Neal Adams and there’s also the GRIMM FAIRY TALES 2014 ANNUAL, GRIMM FAIRY TALES 2014 GIANT SIZE, GRIMM FARIY TALES PRESENTS SWIMSUIT SPECIAL 2014, the REALM WAR: AGE OF DARKNESS #1 OF 12 and GRIMM FAIRY TALES VS. WONDERLAND #1 OF 4.

    And that’s the end of the comic listings. I try to get this newsletter posted on the first of each month so I apologize for the lateness this time. The Free Comic Book Day event took up a bit more time then expected. For the Pick of the Month I have to go with TUKI: SAVE THE HUMANS #1 from Jeff Smith (although I was tempted by the STREET ANGEL HC as well as Warren Ellis’ SUPREME: BLUE ROSE #1).

    I’m anxious to get this posted but I have to mention a couple of items in the other sections of the catalog. Under BOOKS there is Greg Rucka’s new novel BRAVO: A JAD BELL NOVEL HC, the follow up to his ‘Alpha’ novel and the second of his espionage works featuring this character and the ROGUES ANTHOLOGY HC features new stories by George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Gillian Flynn and others, JOSS WHEDON: THE BIOGRAPHY HC and more new books from Jeffrey Brown: GOODNIGHT DARTH VADER HC, STAR WARS JEDI ACADEMY BOOK 1 HC and BOOK 2: RETURN OF THE PADAWAN HC. In the APPAREL section there are new tee shirts like the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY one featuring Rocket Raccoon and Groot, the FIREFLY: BLUE SUN TANK TOP, three new HARLEY QUINN T/S designs, two new BOMBSHELL tees: CATWOMAN and MERA to add to the previous BATGIRL, BLACK CANARY and STARGIRL ones, a new LAST OF US shirt and a new RAINBOW DASH one and many others. There are also lots of new action figures, novelties, statues, toys, imports, models, etc. so check out the catalog when you stop by.

    Thank you all for your orders, friendship and support! Please let me know what titles that you’d like to add to your subscriptions so I’ll be sure to have enough copies on hand (especially with those new 3-D covers from DC). I’m here seven days a week so feel free to email me or stop by with any questions you might have. Talk to you soon.

    Peace,

    Charlie


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