The May Previews catalog has just arrived so as I read through it 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 2016. 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. (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.)
This month the theme is Movie Month celebrating the summer blockbusters so expect to see more movie related comics and graphic novels as well as past comic-to-film and film-to-comic adaptations. (There is a list of some of the codes and abbreviations used on the newsletter at the bottom of the page.)
DARK HORSE: SO many great creators starting new titles this month! ♥BLACK HAMMER #1 is written by Jeff Lemire with Dean (Sandman) Ormston’s art looking better than ever before under Dave (Hellboy) Stewart’s colors, a mystery featuring a team of heroes banished from existence by a multiversal crisis. ♥BOUNTY #1 OF 10 is by Kurt (Rat Queens) Wiebe with Mindy Lee’s art, a tale of wanted criminals changing careers to become bounty hunters. Cullen Bunn will write ♥CONAN THE SLAYER #1 with art by Sergio Dávila under covers by Lee Bermejo and Mark Schultz. John (Chew) Layman writes ♥PREDATOR VS. JUDGE DREDD VS. ALIENS #1 OF 4 with art by Chris Mooneyham under covers by Glenn Fabry. Award winning best selling author Margaret Atwood releases her first original graphic novel, ♥ANGEL CATBIRD, VOL. 1 HC with art by Johnnie Christmas, a tale of a genetic engineer who accidentally merges his DNA with that of a cat and an owl. Another award winning best selling author, ♥NEIL GAIMAN’S TROLL BRIDGE HC is illustrated by Colleen (Sandman) Doran, a tale of a boy’s childhood fears following him into adulthood. The brilliant adventure continues with the thirteenth volume: ♥AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER-NORTH AND SOUTH, PART ONE TP written by the series creators along with Gene Luen (The Super-Man) Yang and illustrated by Gurihiru. A new series by Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier, ♥GROO: FRAY OF THE GODS #1 OF 12 pits our none too bright hero with the fate of the future of humanity. Do you like posters? ♥THE LEGEND OF KORRA-THE POSTER COLLECTION TP features twenty full color pages easily removed for display at 12″ X 16″ for twenty five dollars as does the ♥DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION-THE POSTER COLLECTION TP.
Rebirth continues with ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE: REBIRTH #1 written and illustrated by Bryan Hitch followed by ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 by Bryan Hitch and Tony S. Daniel now shipping twice monthly. ♥HAL JORDAN THE THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS: REBIRTH #1 is by Robert Venditti with art by Ethan Van Sciver followed by the twice monthly ♥HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1 by Venditti with art by Rafa Sandoval and Jordi Tarragona. ♥BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY: REBIRTH #1 is written by Julie and Shawna Benson with art by Claire Roe (and the story is titled Who Is Oracle; intrigued?) while the monthly ♥BATGIRL #1 is written by Hope Larson with art by Rafael Albuquerque. ♥NIGHTWING: REBIRTH #1 features art by Yanick Paquette while the twice monthly ♥NIGHTWING #1 features art by Javier Fernandez, both written by Tim (Grayson) Seeley. ♥THE HELLBLAZER: REBIRTH #1 is by Simon Oliver and Moritat. ♥RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS: REBIRTH #1 is by Scott Lobdell with Dexter Soy’s artwork. ♥NEW SUPER-MAN #1 is written by Gene Luen Yang with art by Victor Bogdanovic; this is the Superman of China you’ve heard so much about! ♥TITANS #1 will be by Dan Abnett with artwork by the dynamic team of Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund. ♥HARLEY QUINN #30 is the final issue of the series for now; I should be able to tell you about her new series in next months’ newsletter. The same holds true for ♥NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #22 by Sean Ryan and Ronan Cliquet; it’s the final issue with news to follow. In collaboration with IDW comes ♥BATMAN ’66 MEETS STEED AND MRS. PEEL #1 OF 6 written by Ian Edginton with art by Matthew Dow Smith under the usual cover by Michael Allred. (Some of you may not remember the Avengers television program featuring Steed and Peel so just for clarification it has nothing to do with the Marvel superhero team of the same name.) The ADVENTURES OF SUPERGIRL was rushed to press so quickly that the first issue never actually appeared in the Previews catalog but It will be shipping twice per month with the first issue scheduled to arrive on the eleventh of May; issues five and six will arrive in July. ♥WONDER WOMAN: THE TRUE AMAZON HC is by Eisner Award winning writer artist Jill (Sandman) Thompson, a fully painted reimagining of the early years of the Amazon Princess Diana. Still expanding their new Hanna-Barbera line ♥THE FLINTSTONES #1 will be an extra sized debut issue written by Mark (Prez, God Is Disappointed In You) Russell with art by Steve (Hotwire) Pugh and half a dozen different covers to choose from. The Mystery Gang teams up with Hawkman and Hawkgirl in SCOOBY-DOO TEAM UP #17. Deluxe collected editions include: BATMAN ’66 MEETS THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. HC, ♥BATMAN, VOL. 9: BLOOM HC with issues forty six through fifty, HARLEY QUINN, VOL. 5: THE JOKER’S LAST LAUGH HC with issues twenty two through twenty five, ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE, VOL. 8: THE DARKSEID WAR-PART 2 HC, GREEN LANTERN, VOL. 8: REFLECTIONS HC collecting issues forty seven through fifty two, ♥ROBIN: SON OF BATMAN, VOL. 2: DAWN OF THE DEMONS HC with issues seven through thirteen, ♥SUPERMAN, VOL. 2: RETURN TO GLORY HC with forty five through fifty two plus the third Annual, ♥WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 9: RESURRECTION HC with issue forty eight through fifty two, ♥WONDER WOMAN: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC with over four hundred pages of the best stories and ♥WONDER WOMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC with over seven hundred and fifty pages of the earliest stories in chronological order. Celebration of the Amazon continues into the more affordable soft cover collections with ♥WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ, VOL. 1 TP coming back to print plus the slip cased ♥WONDER WOMAN 75 BOX SET which has four volumes, the first arcs by writers Brian Azzarello, Gail Simone, Greg Rucka and George Perez. Other soft cover collections this month include: ARROW: THE DARK ARCHER TP collecting one through twelve, BATGIRL, VOL. 3: MINDFIELDS TP with issues forty six through fifty two, BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE, VOL. 1 TP with over four hundred pages of the very earliest tales, ♥BATMAN/SUPERMAN, VOL. 4: SIEGE TP with sixteen through twenty plus the second Annual, ♥DEATHSTROKE, VOL. 3: SUICIDE RUN TP with eleven to sixteen, ♥EARTH 2: SOCIETY, VOL. 3: INDIVISIBLE TP with eight through twelve, THE FLASH, VOL. 7: SAVAGE WORLD TP with thirty six through forty plus Secret Origins #7, the ♥OMEGA MEN: THE END IS HERE TP with the full twelve issues, SUPERGIRL, VOL. 2: BREAKING THE CHAIN TP with issue eleven plus thirteen through twenty two, ROBIN, VOL. 3: SOLO TP with one through six plus the first two Annuals from the early nineties, TEEN TITANS, VOL. 3: THE SUM OF ITS PARTS TP with fourteen through nineteen. SUPERMAN: LOIS & CLARK TP with all eight issues of the recent series, ♥SUPERMAN/BATMAN, VOL. 4 TP with thirty seven through forty nine, SUPERMAN AND THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, VOL. 2 TP with issues sixty nine through seventy seven from the mid nineties and ♥SUICIDE SQUAD MOST WANTED: DEADSHOT TP from the recent limited series. And there’s also the ♥COLORING DC: HARLEY QUINN AND THE SUICIDE SQUAD, VOL. 1 TP. From the creator owned imprint, VERTIGO comes ♥AMERICAN VAMPIRE ANTHOLOGY #2, eighty pages with nine stories by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, Kieron Gillen, Steve Orlando, Marguerite Bennett, Elliot (The Daily Show) Kalan, Joëlle Jones and more, plus new collected editions including ♥FABLES: THE DELUXE EDITION BOOK 13 HC, the NEW ROMANCER TP, ♥LUCIFER, VOL. 1: COLD HEAVEN TP, ♥HELLBLAZER, VOL. 14: GOOD INTENTIONS TP with one forty six through one sixty one, the SLASH & BURN TP and ♥Y: THE LAST MAN, BOOK 5 TP with issues forty nine through sixty. From DC DIRECT, their collectibles imprint comes the DC COMICS BOMBSHELLS: BUMBLEBEE STATUE, DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: AQUAMAN BUST, HARLEY QUINN: RED, BLACK AND WHITE HOLIDAY STATUE and the ♥BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: ROBIN BY FRANK QUITELY STATUE. New action figures include the ♥DC DESIGNER SERIES: BATMAN BY GREG CAPULLO AF 2-PACK with the Jim Gordon Batman and his armored suit, DC DESIGNER SERIES: AQUAMAN BY GREG CAPULLO AF, the ♥BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE DELUXE AF which comes with a bunch of accessories including her motorcycle and, from the movies DC FILMS: BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE LEX LUTHOR AF, WONDER WOMAN AF, MAN OF STEEL: JOR-EL and NAM-EK ACTION FIGURES.
IDW: Last month they brought back the long absent Micronauts; this month it’s ♥ROM #1 written by Christos Gage and Chris Ryall with David Messina’s art and eight different covers. TRANSFORMERS: TITANS RETURN is a one shot by Mairghread Scott, James Roberts and John Barber with art by Livio Ramondelli. ♥POWERPUFF GIRLS #1 is a new ongoing series written by the show writers, Haley Mancini and Jake Goldman with Derek Charm’s artwork. The Argentine born team of artist José Muñoz and writer Carlos Sampayo created some of the world’s best crime comics inspiring artists Mike Mignola, Eduardo Risso, Keith Giffen and more and, finally their hard boiled private detective gets translated to English with all eleven adventures collected in ♥ALACK SINNER: THE AGE OF INNOCENCE TP, almost four hundred pages for less than thirty dollars and highly recommended. (I’m ordering a copy for my collection.) The ♥NEW MUTANTS: BILL SIENKIEWICZ MARVEL ARTIST SELECT SERIES has over three hundred and fifty pages scanned from the original art and the ♥JACK KIRBY: KAMANDI-THE LAST BOY ON EARTH, VOL. 2 ARTIST’S EDITION has issues eleven through sixteen of The King’s art scanned from his original pages. Under the TOP SHELF imprint comes Jeff Lemire’s Eisner Award winning graphic novel in a deluxe format for the first time with ♥THE UNDERWATER WELDER HC.
IMAGE: Bryan Lee (Scott Pilgrim) O’Malley and new talent Leslie Hung co-create ♥SNOTGIRL #1, breaking down the wall between fashion blogs and reality. ♥THROWAWAYS #1 is by novelist Caitlin Kittredge with art by Steven Sanders, a science fiction conspiracy tale with CIA mind control. Brandon (The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury) Thomas writes, Juan (Ghost Racers) Geddon and Frank (East of West) Martin bring ♥HORIZON #1, a survival and retaliation story against alien occupation. ♥THE HUNT #1 is a supernatural horror tale with a mythological twist written and illustrated by Colin Lorimer about a teen with difficulty separating dreams from reality. An artist I’ve admired since his Epic Kill series, Raffaele (Symmetry) Ienco’s ♥MECHANISM #1 is about the problems that could arise with A.I. and military robotics. The ♥MILLARWORLD ANNUAL 2016 is a regular three dollar comic with six writers and six artists as the result of an international creator search featuring Kick-Ass, the Chrononauts and other Millar creations. The SPAWN KILLS EVERYONE one shot is by Todd McFarlane and J.J. Kirby and, in the vein of Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe the title says it all. If you’re looking to jump on board any of the ongoing Image series’ here are the issues that will start new story arcs this month: ♥BLACK SCIENCE #22, CHEW #56, ♥THE FUSE #19, ♥OUTCAST #19, POSTAL #13, RINGSIDE #6 and SPREAD #14. Also the ♥IMAGE GIANT-SIZED ARTIST’S PROOF EDITION: OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #1 reprints the first issue, scanned from the original art at the full size of 11′ X 17′ for under twenty dollars. Collected editions include the ♥ASTRONAUTS IN TROUBLE TP with all eleven issues, the ♥CBLDF PRESENTS: LIBERTY TP collecting the stories donated annually to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund from 2008 to 2012 and featuring Jim Lee, Neil Gaiman, Criminal, The Walking Dead and more with all proceeds to benefit CBLDF’s anti censorship works, ♥CRY HAVOC, VOL. 1: MYTHING IN ACTION TP with issues one through six for under ten dollars, MIRROR: THE MOUNTAIN TP with the first five issues, the ODY-C ADULT COLORING AND ACTIVITY BOOK TP by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward, ♥BITCH PLANET, VOL. 2: PRESIDENT BITCH TP, HAWAIIAN DICK, VOL. 3: SCREAMING BLACK THUNDER TP, ♥LOW, VOL. 3: SHORE OF THE DYING LIGHT TP, ♥NOWHERE MEN, VOL. 2: STRANGER THAN SCIENCE TP, ♥PROPHET, VOL. 5: EARTH WAR TP, ♥REVIVAL, VOL. 7: FORWARD TP, ROCHE LIMIT, VOL. 3: MONADIC TP, ♥SAVAGE DRAGON: LEGACY TP with issues two hundred and six through two hundred and eleven, SHUTTER, VOL. 4 TP, ♥STARVE, VOL. 2 TP and the ♥SUNSTONE, VOL. 5 TP.
MARVEL: Besides CIVIL WAR II #3 and #4 OF 7 this month there’s also CIVIL WAR II: KINGPIN #1 OF 4 by Matthew Rosenberg with Ricardo Lopez Ortiz’ artwork adding to the CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES #2 and #3 OF 6, CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 OF 4, CIVIL WAR II: X-MEN #2 OF 4 and CIVIL WAR II: GODS OF WAR #2 OF 4. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #11 is designated ‘On the Road to Civil War’ while ♥CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #11, ♥CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #4, ♥SPIDER-MAN #6, ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #10, SQUADRON SUPREME #9, POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #6, SPIDER-WOMAN #9, ♥TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #8 and #9, PATSY WALKER, A.K.A. HELLCAT! #8, DEADPOOL #15 and #16, CAPTAIN MARVEL #7, ♥MS MARVEL #9, UNCANNY INHUMANS #12, ULTIMATES #9, NOVA #9, NEW AVENGERS #13 and #14 and AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #7 are all Civil War II tie-ins. ♥INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #5 by Bendis and Maleev finds Tony faced with the true identity of his parents. DEADPOOL & THE MERCS FOR MONEY #1 begins a new ongoing series by Cullen Bunn and Iban Coello.
Of the more than seventy five new series’ that Marvel has launched in the past several months I’d like to point out the titles that I feel are really turning out well: ♥SCARLET WITCH #8 by James Robinson and Tula Lotay, ♥THE VISION #9 by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta, the ♥MIGHTY THOR #9 by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman, ♥DOCTOR STRANGE #10 by Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo, ♥BLACK PANTHER by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze, ♥MOON KNIGHT by Jeff Lemire and Greg Smallwood, ♥OLD MAN LOGAN by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino, ♥SILVER SURFER #6 by Dan Slott and Michael Allred (which is a forty page two hundredth Anniversary issue) and ♥BLACK WIDOW #5 by Chris Samnee and Mark Waid are all solid stories with talented creators working on them (and coincidentally they’re also all titles that aren’t involved in the current cross overs). And I have high hopes for ♥THE PUNISHER #3 by Becky Cloonan and Steve Dillon as well. Deluxe collected editions this month include: THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL, VOL. 1 HC, the ♥MS MARVEL OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC, the ♥DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC, the MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.: SEASON THREE DECLASSIFIED HC SLIPCASE, MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DOCTOR STRANGE, VOL. 7 HC, STAR WARS: EPISODE II-ATTACK OF THE CLONES HC, STAR WARS: JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS-SHATTERED EMPIRE HC, ♥STAR WARS: HEROES FOR A NEW HOPE HC which collects the three limited series’ Princess Leia, Lando and Chewbacca, and INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, VOL. 2: THE WAR MACHINES PREMIERE HC. In soft cover edition they offer: STAR WARS, VOL. 3: REBEL JAIL TP, STAR WARS: DARTH VADER, VOL. 2-THE SHU-TORUN WAR TP, ♥SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL, VOL. 1: ISN’T IT BROMANTIC TP with the first six issues, ♥SILVER SURFER, VOL. 4: CITIZEN OF EARTH TP also with the first six issues, DEADPOOL & THE MERCS FOR MONEY, VOL. 0 collecting the limited series, ♥GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: GUARDIANS OF INFINITY TP with issues one through eight, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: TALES OF THE COSMOS TP collecting the back up stories from Guardians of Infinity issues one through eight, SPIDER-MAN 2099, VOL. 4: GODS AND WOMEN TP, SPIDEY, VOL. 1: FIRST DAY TP, WEIRDWORLD, VOL. 1: WHERE LOST THINGS GO TP, UNCANNY X-MEN, VOL. 6: STORYVILLE TP, UNCANNY INHUMANS, VOL. 2: THE QUIET ROOM TP and NEW AVENGERS: A.I.M., VOL. 2; STANDOFF TP. Some of their older stories coming back into print include: ♥MACHINE MAN BY KIRBY & DITKO: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP, over four hundred pages for under forty dollars, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY CLASSIC: IN THE YEAR 3000, VOL. 1 TP, MOCKINGBIRD: BOBBI MORSE, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D.TP with stories from the early seventies through the early eighties, ♥BLACK PANTHER BY CHRISTOPHER PRIEST: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 4 TP, X-23: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP, STAR BRAND: NEW UNIVERSE, VOL. 2 TP and AVENGERS K BOOK 2: THE ADVENT OF ULTRON TP with the Korean versions of the team.
INDEPENDENTS: New all age series ♥MIRACULOUS #1 from ACTION LAB will ship the first three issues weekly, the adventures of Ladybug and Cat Noir, a young crime fighting team in Paris who already have an animated series on Nickelodeon. Impressive new publisher AFTERSHOCK launches two new series by top creators this month: ♥CAPTAIN KID #1 is written by Mark Waid and Tom Peyer with Wilfredo Torres’ artwork, a tale of an aging man who can transform into a teen super hero and ♥LIFESPANNERS #1 written by Tim Seeley with art by Gus Storms where, in the near future a teen girl with powers destroys the Old City of Jerusalem. Then it is said that anyone can buy super powers by shortening their lifespans. Their first two collected editions arrive in July too: ♥SUPERZERO, VOL. 1 by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with Rafael DeLatorre’s art and ♥REPLICA, VOL. 1 by Paul Jenkins and Andy Clarke. Eric Powell’s newly relaunched company ALBATROSS FUNNYBOOKS offers the ♥ERIC POWELL COLORING BOOK along with ♥HILLBILLY #2 with guest star the Buzzard. TERRA FLATS #1 is created, written and illustrated by Jason Fischer and published by ALTERNATIVE COMICS, the story of Vee, her best friend Pony, a sweet and powerful demon, romance and magic in the big city. AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY debuts EQUILIBRIUM #1 written by Pat Shand with art by Jason Craig, this is a sequel to the film. They also launch WEREWOLVES VS DINOSAURS #1 written by Chris Dobson with fully painted art by Chris (Star Wars) Scalf. ROCHELLE #1 is by John E. Crowther with art by Dell Barras, the story of a female crime fighting human cockroach from ANTARCTIC PRESS. The third title to be modernized after Archie and Jughead is ♥BETTY & VERONICA #1 which will be written and illustrated by fan favorite Adam Hughes as the rivals have opposing opinions about Pop’s Chocklit Shoppe being bought up by a major coffee chain. Also ♥THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, VOL. 1 TP is offered collecting the first arc of the horror series written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with Robert Hack’s artwork. ASYLUM PRESS releases a rare one shot from one of my favorite creators, Steve Manion, with ♥FEARLESS DAWN: CHIBI FINALE. REVELATIONS #1 OF 5 features both Fathom and Soulfire written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and J.T. Krul with art by Jordan Gunderson from ASPEN STUDIOS. ♥KIM & KIM #1 is written by Magdalene Visaggion with art by Eva Cabrera and published by BLACK MASK STUDIOS; it’s the tale of two besties trying to make a name for themselves in the world of interdimensional cowboy law enforcement and puts queer and trans women front and center. BOOM! STUDIOS has KONG OF SKULL ISLAND #1 OF 6 written by James Asmus with Carlos Magno’s art, a prequel to the King Kong film. ♥SOMBRA #1 OF 4 is written by Justin Jordan and illustrated by Raúl Treviño, a story of drug cartels and a missing DEA agent in Mexico. Their all age imprint, KaBOOM begins the ongoing ♥ADVENTURE TIME COMICS #1, an anthology featuring top creators let loose in the Land of Ooo including Tony (Sock Monkey) Millionaire, Katie (My Little Pony) Cook and Art (Patrick the Wolf Boy) Baltazar. Two forty eight page one shots for all ages: PEANUTS: FRIENDS FOREVER 2016 SPECIAL #1 and GARFIELD 2016 SUMMER SPECIAL #1 need no descriptions. Jeff Smith’s company, CARTOON BOOKS announces ♥BONE: CODA, a hundred and twenty page book arriving twenty five years after the original first issue appeared, a new adventure featuring Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, Bartleby the Rat Creature and Smiley; are you as excited by this as I am? Brian Pulido launches yet another first issue with LADY DEATH: DAMNATION GAME #1 with art by Dheeraj Verma, it’s forty eight pages for less than eight dollars from his new company COFFIN COMICS and, of course there are multiple covers including ‘adults only’ covers for forty dollars. DYNAMITE brings another television license to comics with BRICKLEBERRY #1 OF 4 written by the creators of the Comedy Central series with art by Timothy Hopkins. The LONE RANGER/GREEN HORNET #1 OF 6 series links the two characters across eighty years of history as told by Michael Uslan and artist Giovanni Timpano. RED TEAM: DOUBLE TAP, CENTER MASS #1 OF 9 is written by Garth (Preacher) Ennis with art by Craig Cermak, a NYPD police drama picking up one year after the previous series. The SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN: FALL OF MAN #1 OF 5 is written by Van (Flash) Jensen with art by Ron Salas set in 1979 amid Colombian drug cartels and American hostages in Iran. FANTAGRAPHICS offers ♥HIP HOP FAMILY TREE: BOOK, VOL. 4 as well as a two volume hard cover set of Peter Bagge’s ♥NEAT STUFF HC BOXED SET. GRAPHIC INDIA launches ♥GRANT MORRISON’S AVATAREX: DESTROYER OF DARKNESS #1, a story of a super hero in contemporary India, the first issue priced under two dollars. HEAVY METAL expands into monthly comics again with ♥COURT OF THE DEAD #1, forty eight pages priced under five dollars, written by Corinna Bechko with Ivan Koritorev’s art, the contentious and divided group comprising Death’s Court makes all the decisions without input from Heaven or Hell. And they also launch the ♥PAYBACKS #1 by Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal with art by Geoff Shaw, this is the second series, the first having been published at Dark Horse. JET CITY launches three new limited series’: ♥CHRONOS FILES: TIME TRIAL #1 OF 4 is plotted by best selling author Rysa Walker, scripted by Heather (My Little Pony) Nuhfer and illustrated by Agustin (Smallville) Padilla, the tale of a nineteen year old girl following in her parents footsteps keeping time lines safe in her first adventure to 1931. ♥CIRQUE AMERICAN: GIRL OVER PARIS #1 OF 4 is from bestselling author Gwendon (Lois Lane: Fallout) Bond, written by Kate (Patsy Walker) Leth with art by Ming (Constantine: The Hellblazer) Doyle, an adventure with a circus wire walker. ♥MAYHEM AND MAGIC: RELIQUARY SERIES #1 OF 4 is a magical hard boiled noir from novelist Sarah (Reliquary) Fine, written by Alex (No Mercy) De Campi with art by Dennis (X-Men Noir) Calero. Manga publishers KODANSHA offer FAIRY TAIL ZERO GN, VOL. 1, the origin of the Fairy Tail Guild and Leiji (Space Battleship Yamato [Star Blazers]) Matsumoto’s ♥QUEEN EMERALDAS HC GN, VOL. 1 OF 2 in English for the first time. LEGENDARY collects ♥PACIFIC RIM: TALES FROM THE DRIFT TP from the recent four issue limited series. MIKE WOLFER publishes WIDOW: PROGENY #1, more erotic black and white horror and NOBROW PRESS offers the EINSTEIN HC, a biography by Corinne Maier with Anne Simon’s artwork being released on the hundredth anniversary of the Theory of Relativity. ONI PRESS expands one of their licensed titles with a new limited series: RICK AND MORTY: LIL’ POOPY SUPERSTAR #1 OF 5 by Sarah Graley and Marc Ellerby. Adam (Suicide Squad) Glass and Mike (Deadpool) Benson write and Harwinder Singh illustrates BRIK #1 OF 6, an urban fantasy set in Yonkers with a golem, the first issue will be priced under two dollars. For all ages, from PAPERCUTZ comes ♥THE CHILDREN OF CAPTAIN GRANT GN, an anthropormorphic adaptation of the classic Jules Verne novel with art by Alexis Nesme this is available in either hard of soft cover editions. REBELLION brings the ♥MONSTER TP back to print, a horror story written by Alan Moore and John Wagner illustrated in black and white by Jesus Redondo. ♥ONCE OUR LAND #1 OF 2 is the debut of writer artist Peter Ricq, a postapocalyptic science fiction piece set in eighteen thirties Germany. SQUARE FISH offers the ♥LEVEL UP GN written by Gene (The Super-Man) Luen Yang with art by Thien Pham, a teen dramedy about medical school versus video games. As July ninth is the official Doctor Who Day 2016
TITAN releases ♥DOCTOR WHO: SUPREMACY OF THE CYBERMEN #1 OF 5 celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Cybermen, featuring the ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth Doctors. The spin off title gets a new ongoing series as well, beginning with ♥TORCHWOOD #1 written by John (Captain Jack Harkness) Barrowman and Carol Barrowman. Garth Ennis’ latest war story is collected in the ♥JOHNNY RED TP. Manga publisher TOKYO POP has returned and, with their new Disney licenses, bigger than ever. The ♥KILALA PRINCESS GN, VOL. 1 OF 5 features all the most popular princesses and only two of these five volumes have been translated to English previously. 215 INK collects ♥ENORMOUS, VOL. 2: IN A SHALLOW GRAVE TP, a planetary crisis tale written by Tim Daniel with beautiful painted art by Mehdi Cheggour and taking place in Phoenix, Arizona. UDON expands STREET FIGHTER UNLIMITED #8 with ♥STREET FIGHTER LEGENDS: CAMMY #1 OF 4 written by Jim Zub with art by Omar Dogan. With the success of the limited series VALIANT launches an ongoing series with ♥FAITH #1 written by Jody (Orphan Black) House with art by Pere (Archer & Armstrong) Pérez and Marguerite Sauvage and the limited series is collected in the ♥FAITH, VOL. 1: HOLLYWOOD & VINE TP. Faith will appear in ♥A&A #5 this month, too. YEN PRESS offers LISELOTTE & WITCH’S FOREST, VOL. 1 GN by Natsuki (Fruits Basket) Takaya. Some of ZENESCOPE‘s longest running series’ are coming to an end; both GRIMM FAIRY TALES #124 and WONDERLAND #49 are the penultimate issues. Meanwhile Joe Brusha writes and Eric J illustrates EVIL HEROES #1 OF 6. And that finishes with the comic book section in this months’ Previews catalog. Normally I’d tell you a bit about the books, apparel, toys, cards, statues and collectibles but it’s the first of May and on this upcoming Saturday will be the fifteenth annual FREE COMIC BOOK DAY and I have lots of preparation yet to do so I’ll just encourage you to look through the catalog yourself when you stop by.
It’s always tough to try and pick the best offering each month. Contenders include ♥BLACK HAMMER #1 from Dark Horse, the ♥SUPER-MAN and ♥WONDER WOMAN: TRYE AMAZON HC from DC, the ♥ALACK SINNER TP from IDW, ♥CAPTAIN KID #1 from Aftershock, ♥SNOTGIRL #1, ♥MECHANISM #1 and the ♥MILLARWORLD ANNUAL #1 from Image but this month the Pick of the Month goes to ♥BONE: CODA from Jeff Smith at Cartoon Books.
I hope to see ALL of you here on SATURDAY, MAY SEVENTH from TEN to FIVE! There will be artists providing free sketches, there will be a raffle to win graphic novels and action figures, a silent auction to win original art and crafts and ALL PROCEEDS will benefit the wonderful local charity group PRIMAVERA.
If you’d like to see all the original artwork (and place bids) or if you’d like to see what selections are available for Free Comic Book Day (I have about twice what other shops are offering with 98 titles to choose from) you can see all that on the Event Page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1548783855421434/
Thank you all for your orders, support and friendship. I’m honored and humbled. Talk to you soon.
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.