The May 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 July 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.
This month the theme is ‘Movie Month’ so expect a lot of comics-to-film listings and collected editions from the likes of Mark Millar, things related to the many corporate and independent graphic novels slated for both the big and little screens. Upcoming industry related films include MAD MAX: FURY ROAD (May 16), JURASSIC WORLD (June 12), DISNEY/PIXAR’S INSIDE OUT (June 19), TERMINATOR: GENISYS (July 1), ANT-MAN (July 17) and FANTASTIC FOUR (August 7).
DARK HORSE: Chris Warner revitalizes another of ‘Comic’s Greatest World’s’ characters with ☀BARB WIRE #1 illustrated by Patrick Quinn. NEGATIVE SPACE #1 of 4 is by Ryan K. Lindsay with Owen Gieni’s art where a suicide note leads to horror in the form of a century old conspiracy. ☀THE TOMORROWS #1 of 6 is written by prolific upcoming writer Curt Pires with art by Jason Copland for this issue and a different artist for every subsequent issue, a tale of rebellion against the oppressive Corporation. ☀2 SISTERS: A SUPER SPY GRAPHIC NOVEL HC is by Matt (Mind Mgmt) Kindt. ☀THE NEW DEAL HC is written and illustrated by Eisner Award winner Jonathan Case, a historical and comedic mystery. The ☀GUN THEORY HC is written by Daniel (Deadpool) Way with art by Jon Proctor, a dark murder mystery. The HEART IN A BOX TP is an original graphic novel by Kelly (Jem & the Holograms) Thompson with art by Meredith McClaren, a romantic drama for fans of Scott Pilgrim. The fourth trilogy begins with ☀AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER-SMOKE AND SHADOW: PART ONE TP written by Gene Luen Yang which directly follows the Avatar story in the Free Comic Book Day giveaway. The ☀HELLBOY 100 PROJECT is available in both soft and hard cover, the latest collection of artwork by top creators with all proceeds to benefit the Hero Initiative, all the best artists in the industry drawing Mignola’s character, never to be reprinted. Mignola also has a new one shot, ☀LOBSTER JOHNSON: A CHAIN FORGED IN LIFE co-written by John Arcudi with art by Troy Nixon and Kevin Nowlan. ☀PIXU: THE MARK OF EVIL TP collects four connected horror stories written and illustrated respectively by Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon, Becky Cloonan and Vasilis Lolos and DEATH HEAD #1 of 6 is a supernatural horror thriller by YouTube star Zach Keller with art by Nick (Turner of the Century) Keller. The HELLBOUND HC is another supernatural murder mystery, this one written by best selling crime novelist Victor Gischler with art by Davide Dileo. And in the manga world ☀OH MY GODDESS, VOL. 48 TP is the final volume of the long running series while the ☀ASTRO BOY OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 TP collects nearly 700 pages of Osamu (‘Japan’s Walt Disney’) Tezuka’s best known creation.
DC: The variant covers for the DC titles this month will be Teen Titans Go themed. ☀CYBORG #1 will be written by David Walker with art by Ivan Reis dealing with the machine that gives him his powers, which is mysteriously evolving. ☀JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS-BATMAN #1 illustrated by Matthew Dow Smith and ☀JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS-SUPERMAN #1 illustrated by Moritat are both one shots, are both written by J. M. DeMatteis and Bruce Timm and are prequels to the DC Universe movie: Justice League: Gods and Monsters. The ☀DEATHSTROKE ANNUAL #1 is written by Tony S. Daniel and Jim Bonny with Tyler Kirkham’s art continuing the ‘Godkiller’ story arc and guest starring Superman and Wonder Woman (who probably won’t approve). The ☀FLASH ANNUAL #4, written by Robert Venditti and Van Jensen with art by Bong Davo introduces Professor Zoom’s gathered team of deadly rogues who plague the life of Barry Allen. The ☀LOBO ANNUAL #1 is by Cullen Bunn and Robson Rocha, a stand alone story where Lobo faces the Sinestro Corps. Gene Luen Yang writes ☀SUPERMAN #42 with art by John Romita, Jr., the story is titled ‘Truth’ dealing with a betrayal by Lois and the story continues in ☀ACTION COMICS #42 by Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder, ☀SUPERMAN / WONDER WOMAN #19 by Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke with Harley and the Suicide Squad and ☀BATMAN / SUPERMAN #22 by Greg Pak and Ardian Syaf featuring the all new Batman. The BATGIRL ANNUAL #3 is written by Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher with art by Bengal, a stand alone tale with our hero battling Helena Bertinelli of Spyral. Stephanie Brown’s appearance in ☀CATWOMAN #42 may ruin all of Selina’s carefully laid plans. ☀BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT-GENESIS #1 OF 6 is by Peter J. Tomasi with the art of Alisson Borges relating the origin of Gotham City’s newest villain. The GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT ANNUAL #1 tells a centuries old mystery for the Midnight Shift and the Gentleman Ghost and in ☀GRAYSON #10 Dick encounters Lex Luthor for the first time since Forever Evil. In deluxe collected editions this month comes: ☀BATMAN, VOL. 7: ENDGAME HC with Batman issues thirty five to forty and ☀THE JOKER: ENDGAME HC with the back up stories from Batman issues thirty five through thirty nine, the Batman Annual #3 and the four Endgame one shots: Gotham Academy, Batgirl, Detective Comics and Arkham Manor. Also ☀SWAMP THING BY SCOTT SNYDER: DELUXE EDITION HC, ☀WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 7: WAR-TORN HC, TEEN TITANS, VOL. 1: BLINDED BY THE LIGHT HC and ☀BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS DELUXE EDITION HC collecting the original and the sequel coinciding with Frank Miller’s recent announcement that he will be adding a third story to the series this year. And the ☀BATMAN: R.I.P. UNWRAPPED HC written by Grant Morrison collects the entire story in black and white to showcase the artwork of Tony S. Daniel while the ☀GREEN LANTERN: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC is just what you’d expect. Soft cover collections this month include: GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS, VOL. 6: STORMING THE GATES TP with the finale of the series, GREEN LANTERN / NEW GODS: GODHEAD TP with the whole cross over tale, ☀GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT, VOL. 1: WE DO NOT SLEEP TP, Jim Corrigan’s adventures by Ray Fawkes and Ben Templesmith, INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE TP based on the hit video game, CONSTANTINE, VOL. 4: THE APOCALYPSE ROAD TP where the Hellblazer meets his Earth Two counterpart, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, VOL. 6: PARADISE LOST TP with the last arc of the supernatural adventures, ☀SECRET ORIGINS, VOL. 2 TP with origins of Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Flash, Grayson and more, ☀LOBO, VOL. 1: TARGETS TP collecting the first six issues including the confrontation with Superman, ☀G.I. ZOMBIE: A STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORY TP collecting the entire series by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti illustrated by Scott Hampton, SUPERMAN, VOL. 5: UNDER FIRE TP battling Parasite and SUPERMAN: KRYPTON RETURNS TP with Superboy, Supergirl and Superman uniting to prevent H’El from dooming the universe. From DC’s mature and creator owned imprint, VERTIGO comes ☀FREE COUNTRY: A TALE OF THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE HC; many years ago came The Children’s Crusade, a two part limited series by Neil Gaiman with Alisa Kwitney and Jamie Delano. Dead Boy Detectives novelist Toby Litt has written a new middle chapter under Neil’s direction, illustrated by Peter Gross completing the two hundred page story available in September for twenty five dollars. ☀MAD MAX: FURY ROAD-MAD MAX #1 OF 2 is by George Miller, Nico Lathouris and Mark Sexton, this is the prequel to the movie; both of these issues and the two previous one shots will be collected in the ☀MAD MAX: FURY ROAD TP and other collections this month include ☀ASTRO CITY, VOL. 2: CONFESSION HC, a new edition, the ☀EFFIGY, VOL. 1: IDLE WORSHIP TP by Tim Seeley and Marley Zarcone, ☀FAIREST, VOL. 5: THE CLAMOUR FOR GLAMOUR TP, the final collection in the series, ☀HELLBLAZER, VOL. 11: LAST MAN STANDING TP and the ☀SWEET TOOTH DELUXE EDITION: BOOK ONE HC with the first twelve issues of Jeff Lemire’s acclaimed series. DC DIRECT, the company that makes DC’s collectibles offers ☀BATMAN ANIMATED SERIES: THE JOKER AND HARLEY QUINN-MAD LOVE BOOK AND ACTION FIGURE 2-PACK, two figures and the collected edition TP for under forty five dollars, JUSTICE LEAGUE: GODS AND MONSTERS-BATMAN, SUPERMAN and WONDER WOMAN ACTION FIGURES, a new line of six inch figures, ☀DC COMICS ICONS: BATMAN, DEADMAN, GREEN ARROW, MISTER MIRACLE, FLASH, BLUE BEETLE, BLACK ADAM and LEX LUTHOR ACTION FIGURES for twenty five dollars each plus GREEN LANTERN: HAL JORDAN DELUXE ACTION FIGURE for thirty dollars that comes with power ring constructs including a full flight suit that he can wear and the DC COMICS JUSTICE LEAGUE TAROT CARDS with artwork by Sara Richard for thirty bucks.
IDW: Idea & Design Works launches a new series every week in July. First up is ☀ONYX #1 OF 4 by Chris Ryall and Gabriel Rodriguez; she may be the last survivor of her planet, her space suit is grafted on and she’s pursuing the deadly spoor that infected her planet and people. Next is the ☀STAR TREK / GREEN LANTERN: THE SPECTRUM WAR #1 of 6 chronicling the first meeting between the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise and the Green Lantern Corps written by Mike Johnson with art by Angel Hernandez. In the third week of July comes ☀GODZILLA IN HELL #1 OF 5 by James Sokoe, in the fourth it’s TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE ANIMATED #1 and week five brings ☀THE SHRINKING MAN #1 OF 4 by Ted Adams with art by Mark Torres adapting Richard Matheson’s classic suspense novel. The TRANSFORMERS: COMBINER HUNTERS SPECIAL is a one shot by Mairghread Scott featuring three fan favorite female Transformers. The ☀T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL is a sixty four page collection of the best stories, pin ups and rarities featuring legendary creators like Wally Wood, Steve Ditko, George Perez, Dave Cockrum, Dave Sim and more. And the fourth Disney series begins with WALT DISNEY’S COMICS & STORIES #1 (issue #721 in ‘legacy numbering’). THE X-FILES ANNUAL 2015 is the finale for Season Ten but rest assured; next month begins Season Eleven, and the X-FILES ARCHIVES, VOL. 1: WHIRLWIND & RUINS collects two stand alone prose novels in one fifteen dollar book. IDW has been ‘distributing’ books for several smaller publishers of late with imprints for Yoe Books, The Library of American Comics, Thrillbent, Comics Experience, Top Shelf and Lion Forge Comics, the latter imprint that seems determined to resurrect a bunch of (happily) forgotten television programs; they’re just finishing with MIAMI VICE: REMIX #5 OF 5, last month they offered a SAVED BY THE BELL TP and this month they have the PUNKY BREWSTER, VOL. 1 TP. I don’t imagine a lot of demand for these but, hey, what do I know? Maybe this is what you’ve been waiting for!?
IMAGE: I imagine other authors must cringe every time Brian K. Vaughan launches another title; (myself, I cheer). ☀WE STAND ON GUARD #1 is forty pages for three bucks, illustrated by Steve Skroce and it’s a military thriller a century in the future as Canadian civilians defend their homeland from invasion by the USA (and their giant robots). Sounds like the Pick of the Month to me! Brandon (King City) Graham with Emma Rios and Ludroe brings an ongoing and over sized magazine, ☀ISLAND #1 which will feature three, twenty to thirty page new works from around the world, over a hundred pages for less than eight dollars. The husband and wife team that bring us Invisible Republic, Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman releases ☀THE CROOKED MAN HC, a tale of revenge during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Ales Kot launches a new ongoing supernatural crime noir series with artist Matt Taylor titled WOLF #1 about a detective saddled with an orphaned teen aged girl who may be the catalyst to the impending California style apocalypse. Rob Liefeld writes and illustrates an ongoing series, BLOODSTRIKE #1 for mature readers. A new line inspired by IDW’s ‘artist’s editions’ is the IMAGE GIANT-SIZED ARTIST’S PROOF EDITION and the first title to get this 32 page 11″ X 17″ black and white format is BLACK SCIENCE #1 showcasing Matteo Scalera’s black and white inks and gauche washes. The J. SCOTT CAMPBELL: TIME CAPSULE HC is over two hundred pages transcribing an interview between the artist and Richard Starkings in 2004 discussing Campbell’s first ten years in the industry with lots of black and white art plus a sixteen page color section for fifty bucks (or seventy five bucks for the limited, signed and numbered edition). Mark Kidwell writes, Jeff Zornow and Jay Fotos illustrate ☀’68: LAST RITES #1 OF 4, a story that brings all the current ’68 stories full circle. New story arcs begin in POSTAL #5, ☀SAVAGE DRAGON #207 and SHUTTER #13 this month and new collections include ☀CRIMINAL, VOL 6: THE LAST OF THE INNOCENT TP by Brubaker and Phillips, the CHEW SMORGASBORD, VOL. 2 HC by John Layman, the ☀SUPREME: BLUE ROSE TP by Warren Ellis and Tula Lotay, ☀BITCH PLANET, VOL. 1: EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE TP for ten bucks, ☀CHRONONAUTS, VOL. 1 TP for ten bucks, the ☀RED ONE: WELCOME TO AMERICA HC in an oversized format, SHUTTER, VOL. 2: WAY OF THE WORLD TP, ☀THEY’RE NOT LIKE US, VOL. 1 BLACK HOLES FOR THE YOUNG TP for ten bucks, ☀THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME, VOL. 1 HC by Remender with painted art by Greg Tocchini originally published by Radical Press, ☀THE DREAM MERCHANT TP by Nathan Edmondson, ☀EAST OF WEST,-THE APOCALYPSE: YEAR ONE HC oversized with the first fifteen issues and ZERO, VOL. 4: WHO BY FIRE TP by Ales Kot.
MARVEL: I’m embarrassed that, for the past couple of months I’ve been hard pressed to tell you what Marvel is doing with their comic universe. I apologize for being so uninformative. I’m hoping that the sixty four page one shot, SECRET WARS: OFFICIAL GUIDE TO THE MARVEL MULTIVERSE #1, done in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe format, will shed some light. However this months’ catalog has more information about the writers and artists working on these titles, which tells me more about what quality to expect from the different series. Also an asterisk in the latest catalog leads to a footnote that says that ‘Secret Wars series last for the duration of Secret Wars’ and as ☀SECRET WARS #5 OF 8 by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic is offered this month, then the following series’ that I had been led to believe were going to be ongoing will actually end in three months: ☀THORS #2 by Jason Aaron and Chris Sprouse, ☀AGE OF ULTRON VS. MARVEL ZOMBIES #2 by James Robinson and Steve Pugh, RUNAWAYS #2 by Noelle (Lumberjanes) Stevenson and Sanford Greene, MARVEL ZOMBIES #2 by Simon Spurrier and Kev Walker, STAR-LORD & KITTY PRYDE #2 by Sam Humphries and Alti Firmanshyah, GHOST RACERS #2 by Felipe Smith and Juan Gedeon, ☀INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #3 by Charles Soule and John Timms, SIEGE #1 and #2 by Keiron Gillen and Filipe Andrade, ☀CIVIL WAR #1 and #2 by Charles Soule and Leinil Francis Yu, AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1 and #2 by Fabian Nicieza and Gerardo Sandoval, HAIL HYDRA #1 and #2 by Rick Remender and Roland Boschi, 1602 WITCH HUNTER ANGELA #2 written by Marguerite Bennett and Keiron Gillen and illustrated by Stephanie Hans and Irene Koh, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #3 by Dan Slott and Adam Kubert, A-FORCE #3 written by Marguerite Bennett and G. Willow Wilson with art by Jorge Molina, ☀GIANT-SIZE LITTLE MARVEL: AVX #2 by Skottie Young, SQUADRON SINISTER #2 by Marc Guggenheim and Carlos Pacheco, ☀WEIRDWORLD #3 by Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo, 1872 #2 by Gerry Duggan and Nik Virella, ☀ARMOR WARS #3 by James Robninson and Marcio Takara, X-MEN ’92 #2 by Chris Sims and Chad Bowers with art by Scott Koblish, ☀FUTURE IMPERFECT #3 by Peter David and Greg Land, ☀YEARS OF FUTURE PAST #3 by Marguerite Bennett and Mike Norton, MRS DEADPOOL AND THE HOWLING COMMANDOS #2 by Gerry Duggan and Salvador Espin, X-TINCTION AGENDA #2 by Marc Guggenheim and Carmine DiGiamdomenico, ☀OLD MAN LOGAN #3 by Brian Michael Bendis and Andrea Sorrentino, E IS FOR EXTINCTION #2 by Chris Burnham and Ramon Villalobos, CAPTAIN MARVEL & THE CAROL CORPS #2 written by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Kelly Thompson with arty by David Lopez, KORVAC SAGA #2 by Dan Abnett and Otto Schmidt, ☀GUARDIANS OF KNOWHERE #2 by Bendis and Mike Deodato, INFINITY GAUNTLET #3 by Gerry Duggan and Dustin Weaver, INFERNO #3 by Dennis Hopeless and Javier Garron, PLANET HULK #3 by Sam Humphries and Marc Laming and SPIDER-VERSE #3 by Mike Costa and Andre Araújo so there’s thirty three limited series all ending in three months. Other limited series in progress that end before Secret Wars does include MASTER OF KUNG FU #3 OF 4 by Haden Blackman and Dalibor Talajic, ULTIMATE END #3 OF 5 by Bendis and Bagley, SECRET WARS JOURNAL #3 OF 5 by Scott Aukerman with Richard Isanove and Frank Tieri with R.B. Silva, SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD #3 OF 4 by Ivan Brandon with Aaron Conley and Ryan Ferrier with Logan Faerber, RED SKULL #1 OF 3 by Joshua Williams and Luca Pizzari, SPIDER-ISLAND #1 and #2 OF 5 by Christos Gage with Paco Diaz and Tom DeFalco with Ron Frenz, CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND THE MIGHTY DEFENDERS #1 OF 2 by Al Ewing and Alan Davis, M.O.D.O.K. ASSASSIN #3 OF 5 by Chris Yost and Amilcar Pinna, ☀SECRET WARS 2099 #3 OF 5 by Peter David and William Sliney, ☀WHERE MONSTERS DWELL #3 OF 5 by Garth Ennis and Russell Braun and DEADPOOL’S SECRET SECRET WARS #3 OF 4 by Cullen Bunn and Matteo Lolli so that makes forty four series that will end around October. Marvel keeps saying that they’re NOT rebooting their universe so I guess we’ll have to wait to find out just what they are doing; hopefully they’ll be more forthcoming and transparent these next few months. So on to the newer titles that will continue, starting with ☀STAR WARS: LANDO #1 and #2 of 5 written by Charles Soule with the art of Alex Maleev. ☀STAR WARS #7 is a one shot tale of Ben Kenobi by Jason Aaron with guest artist Simone Bianchi while ☀STAR WARS #8 brings new series artist Stuart Immonen on board. Scott Lang and Hank Pym team up in the ANT-MAN ANNUAL #1 by Nick Spencer with Ramon Rosanas’ artwork. And from their collectibles line, MARVEL SELECT they offer a DOCTOR STRANGE AF for twenty five dollars, scheduled to arrive in stores in late September.
INDEPENDENTS: A new limited series from ACTION LAB is the all age PRINCELESS RAVEN: THE PIRATE PRINCESS #1 and, from their mature readers imprint DANGER ZONE they offer GRAVE DIGGER #1 from the popular noir web series. AMERICAN GOTHIC PRESS is a new comic company spinning out of the long running Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine company and last month they offered a mecha and monsters limited series called GUNSUITS and this month they offer ☀BORNHOME #1 OF 4, a science fiction series revolving around the discovery of TerraCore, a substance able to terraform planets. Both series are written by Paul Tobin, this new one featuring the artwork of Jeff Johnson. I’m sure that you’ve noticed that ARCHIE COMICS has been breaking a lot of new ground the past few years and this month they offer a new one shot: ARCHIE VS. SHARKNADO scheduled to arrive at the same time as the release of Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!. Also SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #275 is a double sized issue and is part of the World’s Collide cross over with the Mega Man series in progress. ASPEN STUDIOS tries again with ETERNAL SOULFIRE #1 OF 6 written by J. T. Krul with Alex Konat’s art and they also offer a remastered CRITTERS #1 OF 4, the all age super hero series originally published by BIG DOG INK. Keiron Gillen begins a new ongoing series at AVATAR PRESS with artist Omar Francia, a cyberpunk science fiction story titled ☀MERCURY HEAT #1. BOOM! STUDIOS debuts ☀THE SPIRE #1 OF 8 written by Simon Spurrier and illustrated by Jeff Stokely, a murder mystery set in a strange and distant future. At Boom!’s
ARCHAIA imprint ☀HACTIVIST, VOL. 2 #1 OF 6 created by actress and activist Alyssa Milano, written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing and illustrated by Marcus To is a timely tale of hackers and government control. Also ☀THE ART OF MOUSE GUARD: 2005-2015 HC celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Eisner and Harvey Award winning series with art by David Petersen as well as Mike Mignola, Stan Sakai, Geof Darrow and others featuring never before seen sketches, over a hundred pages in full color and commentary from colleagues, collaborators and Petersen himself. And from Boom!’s all age imprint, KaBOOM! comes ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA & CAKE: CARD WARS #1 OF 6 as well as the STEVEN UNIVERSE, VOL. 1 TP and from their alternative imprint, BOOM! BOX comes POWER UP #1 OF 6 by Kate (Bravest Warriors) Leth a kind of mash up between Sailor Moon and Scott Pilgrim. BONGO COMICS offers ☀SPONGEBOB COMICS #46 (Under the United Plankton Picture imprint); usually short stories, this one is a twenty four page story by Bob (Adventure Time) Flynn. DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT in celebration of seventy five years of Will Eisner’s best known character offers ☀WILL EISNER’S THE SPIRIT #1 which will be written by Eisner Award winner Matt Wagner with art by Dan Schkade as an ongoing series with the first twelve issues firmly grounded in the nineteen forties with all the classic characters and featuring covers by Eisner Award winners Eric Powell, Alex Ross, John Cassaday and Matt Wagner. And, after the success of the limited series BOB’S BURGERS #1 begins the new ongoing series. Always crossing over diverse licenses I guess we should have expected VAMPIRELLA / ARMY OF DARKNESS #1 OF 4. RED SONJA #1973 is a forty eight page one shot anthology with stories by Gail Simone, Roy Thomas, Cullen Bunn and more. Gail’s big company cross over continues with SWORDS OF SORROW: RED SONJA & JUNGLE GIRL #1 OF 3 written by Marguerite Bennett with art by Mirka Andolfo and they also offer two calendars featuring J. Scott Campbell’s art: the DEJAH THORIS 2016 WALL CALENDAR and the VAMPIRELLA 2016 WALL CALENDAR plus there’s a GAIL SIMONE’S RED SONJA 2016 WALL CALENDAR with art by Jenny Frison, Jay Anacleto, Fiona Staples, Nei Ruffino and more. DEVIL’S DUE offers ☀SCORCH, VOL. 1 TP, more than a hundred pages in black and white collecting the hit web series by Ashley (Squarriors) Witter, the story of an immortal demon living life as a tenth grader in suburban America. DRAWN & QUARTERLY solicits ☀BERLIN #19, the final issue of Jason Lutes’ trilogy, taking place in the late twenties, this is a journalist and an art student in Germany in the turbulent times leading up to the Second World War. The ☀CARTOONS FOR VICTORY HC from FANTAGRAPHICS is two hundred pages of WWII era single panel cartoons garnered from private and obscure sources, many have been unseen since their original publication with the work of such legends as Milton Caniff, Chester Gould, Al Capp, Charles Addams, Will Eisner, Harvey Hurtzman, Hank Ketcham and more. New publisher, GRAPHIC INDIA debuts with ☀GRANT MORRISON’S 18 DAYS #1, a monthly series with art by Jeevan Kang (and the first issue for only one dollar, I suspect many of you will ask to try this one out); if I recall this was published as a kind of art book/story board from another publisher about five years ago. It’s three generations of super warriors with a lot of Indian mythic trappings and the ‘good guys’ being not so good. (If you haven’t seen the YouTube trailer, it’s here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1YgXaUW2Ek) But probably their bigger launch is STAN LEE’S CHAKRA THE INVINCIBLE #1 just because of the thirty million views on ToonTV and it being on all of the Angry Birds apps. And they offer two more: MISTRY P.I. #1 OF 5 which stands for Paranormal Investigator, by Ashwin Pande and Arjuna Susini and THE SADHU: BIRTH OF THE WARRIOR #1 OF 6 written by Chuck Dixon and others with art by Dohae. HEAVY METAL starts their second ongoing series with ☀MECHANISM #1, an alien invasion, a prototype military robot evolving in the company of a group of human survivors, written and illustrated by Raffaele (Epic) Ienco, I’m a big fan of the artist who uses a meticulously detailed stippling style. JET CITY COMICS offers ☀GEORGE R.R. MARTIN’S HEDGE KNIGHT TP and ☀HEDGE KNIGHT II: THE SWORN SWORD TP, collections of series from several years back, these are adaptations of prequels to A Game of Thrones illustrated by Mike S. Miller. LEGENDARY COMICS collects Grant Morrison and Frazier Irving’s ☀ANNIHILATOR, VOL. 1 HC where a washed up screen writer teams up with his own fictional character to, y’know, save the universe. Here’s one from ONI PRESS that many of you have been waiting for by creator Jhonen Vasquez: ☀INVADER ZIM #1 scripted by show writer Eric Trueheart and with art by show character designer Aaron Alexovich. And just because it’s been a while since the last issue, ☀STUMPTOWN III #7 by Rucka and Greenwood,which is ‘The Case of a Cup of Joe’ part two, probably in reference to the dilemma of what to do with $30K worth of coffee beans. REBELLION has the JUDGE DREDD 2016 WALL CALENDAR with comic art from all the classic Judge Dredd artists as well as ☀ZENITH: PHASE FOUR HC, the final volume of one of Grant’s earliest acclaimed works. There is also the ZENITH HC PHASE ONE APEX ED which is a full size artists’ edition, this one signed by the writer and the artist, Steve Yeowell for almost a hundred and fifty dollars. SEVEN SEAS has ☀HAVEN’T YOU HEARD…? I’M SAKAMOTO, VOL. 1 GN by Nami Sano about a confident first year high school student, this manga won the Book of the Year award in Japan. British publisher TITAN COMICS offers BLACKLIST #1 based on the NBC crime drama written by script coordinator Nicole Dawn Phillips with art by Beni Lobel and they also have ☀DOCTOR WHO: 12TH DOCTOR, VOL. 2: FRACTURES HC and Arthur Suydham’s ☀THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES OF CHOLLY & FLYTRAP HC plus MAN PLUS #1 OF 4 by André Lima Araújo, a kind of Ghost in the Shell meets the Terminator and, for all ages comes HOME #1 OF 4 based on the new film from the studio that brought you Shrek and Madagascar. The folks at VALIANT are doing a four issue event with ☀THE BOOK OF DEATH #1 OF 4 by Robert Venditti with art by Robert Gill and Doug Braithwaite chronicling the final fates of their heroes plus there will be four one shot issues focusing on the deaths of four characters: ☀BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF BLOODSHOT #1 by Jeff Lemire and Braithwaite, ☀BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF NINJAK #1 by Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine, ☀BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF HARBINGER #1 by Joshua Dysart and Kano and ☀BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF X-O MANOWAR #1 by Venditti and Clayton Henry. Also X-O MANOWAR #38 will be a forty eight page special featuring the wedding Old school manga fans should know that VIZ is offering the NARUTO: BOX SET #2 with twenty one volumes and the BLEACH: BOX SET #2 with twenty seven volumes. And that brings us to the end of this months catalog (other than the books, magazines, apparel, toys, statues, cards, novelties, imports and all the other stuff you can check out next time you stop by). Meanwhile, tomorrow is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY (and I’ve been up all night writing this so I’d better get to work).
On a final note I’d like to thank you all profusely for your years of support and friendship, for keeping the lights on here and for your generous support of the quarterly charity events held in the shop. You always step up and support the local groups who take care of less fortunate neighbors and I couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you.