May 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

The May Previews catalog arrives on Wednesday, April twenty fourth. I’ll do my best to get this to you as soon as possible. These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in July of 2019. I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you. If there’s anything that you’d like, please try to let me know by the twenty first of the month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders. Don’t feel obligated to subscribe to a whole series; if you’d just like a copy of the first issue of a new series to try it out, let me know and I’ll be sure to put a copy aside for you. And if it’s past the twenty first there’s still a very good chance that I’ll be able to place your order and still get the books you want.

IMAGE: Jason (Southern Bastards, Thor) Aaron with Dennis (Cloak & Dagger) Hallum (formerly know as Dennis Hopeless) writes SEA OF STARS #1 illustrated by Stephen (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.) Green where a space trucker Dad takes his son to work with him never expecting their ‘big rig’ to be bitten in half by a Space Leviathan. The incredibly prolific Cullen (Regression) Bunn with Kyle (Spread) Strahm begin a new horror series with UNEARTH #1 illustrated by Baldemar Rivas, a subterranean nightmare with flesh warping diseases in Mexico. A new fantasy series launches with REAVER #1 by Justin (Luther Strode) Jordan and Rebekah (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) Isaacs as a band of misfits tries to end a two century old war. The latest science fiction adventure to eventually show up on Netflix is SPACE BANDITS #1 OF 5 by Mark (Kick Ass) Millar and Matteo (Black Science) Scalera, a tale of intergalactic thieves on a mission of revenge. And BLACK SCIENCE #43, due in July will be the final issue of the series. The BITTER ROOT: RED SUMMER SPECIAL #1 is a one shot with six short stories expanding on the past of the Sangerye family who we met in the first arc, written by David F. Walker and Chuck Brown, each tale is illustrated by a different artist and Legendary Pictures have acquired the film rights to the series. PAPER GIRLS #30 is a double sized series finale for the young adult time travel series. Brian Hill and Matt Hawkins return with a new story arc in POSTAL: DELIVERANCE #1 with the detailed artwork of Raffaele Ienco. The BAD WEEKEND HC is the second and third issues of the new Criminal series, a crime story set in the comic book industry, remastered and expanded with several new scenes by the brilliant team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Written by Robert Kirkman and Scott M. Gimple and illustrated by Chris Burnham, the DIE! DIE! DIE!, VOL. 1 TP collects the first eight issues of the violent and gory action adventure series. Jeff Rougbie and Moritat’s crime thriller set in the music industry is collected in the GUNNING FOR HITS TP with issues one through six plus bonus features and a Spotify playlist. Another adventure series bound for Netflix is collected in the PRODIGY, BOOK ONE TP by Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque. Currently holding the record for the most Eisner Awards in the ‘Best Continuing Series’ category I find it hard to believe there are still people who haven’t read it, but here’s a chance to binge read the whole story so far: the SAGA: COMPENDIUM ONE TP, issues one through fifty four, fourteen hundred pages priced under sixty dollars. The six issues of Mat Groom and Eduardo Ferigato’s science fiction fantasy series are collected in the SELF/MADE TP. The four issue crime drama by MD Marie with art by Carlos Miko and Dema Jr. is collected in the VINDICATION, VOL. 1 TP and other collections include DEADLY CLASS, VOL. 8: NEVER GO BACK TP, GASOLINA, VOL. 3: VIVA MEXICO TP, I HATE FAIRYLAND, BOOK TWO HC and OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN AND AZACETA, VOL. 7 TP. ANALOG #6 begins a new story arc as does CROWDED #7 and ICE CREAM MAN #13. New from McFarlane Toys comes two new figures Chief Hopper and Eleven as they appear in season three of STRANGER THINGS, plus a NARUTO and a ONE-PUNCH MAN action figure.

DARK HORSE: Jeff Lemire’s brilliant super hero deconstruction stories have their first cross over in BLACK HAMMER/JUSTICE LEAGUE: HAMMER OF JUSTICE #1 OF 5 written by Jeff with art by Michael Walsh. THE WORLD OF BLACK HAMMER ENCYCLOPEDIA is a forty page one shot and the BLACK HAMMER, VOL. 4: AGE OF DOOM, PART 2 TP is also available. Jody (Stranger Things ) Houser and artist Olivia Samson comes CRITICAL ROLE: VOX MACHINA ORIGINS-SERIES II #1 OF 6 expanding on the popular role playing game, THE ORVILLE #1: NEW BEGINNINGS, PART 1 (OF 2) picks up where season one left off, written by executive producer David A. Goodman with art by David Cabeza. A new, limited horror series by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, the creative team of Harrow County and The Sixth Gun comes MANOR BLACK #1 OF 4, where the patriarch of a family of sorcerers is not pleased with leaving his legacy to his corrupt children. I was under the impression that it was a limited series but with FIGHT CLUB 3 #7 the series is listed as being ongoing. NO ONE LEFT TO FIGHT #1 OF 5 is by Aubrey (G.I. Joe) Sitterson with art by Fico (Spider-Man) Ossio for fans of fight manga like Dragon Ball. THE QUIET KIND is a one shot with two stories of power, revenge and empathy written by Chuck (Bitter Root) Brown and illustrated by Jeremy (Mandrake the Magician) Treece and Kelly (Creepy Comics) Williams. The FLAMING CARROT COMICS OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 TP has over four hundred pages the Eisner Award winning surreal superhero series. DISSIDENT X TP is a remastered edition of the mid nineties series by Arnold and Jacob Pander that was titled ‘Triple X’ then, the Pander Brothers most politically charged work, a science fiction thriller now in full color. CBLDF PRESENTS SELLING COMICS: THE GUIDE TO RETAILING AND BEST PRACTICES IN THE GREATEST MODERN ARTFORM TP is pretty self explanatory; ‘CBLDF’ is where the change in that jar on my desk goes, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non profit that fights censorship. There’s a new AVATAR: THE AIRBENDER TP, the DISNEY STORIED PLACES HC with all of the stories set around the magical locations of Disney and Pixar, a new STARCRAFT: SURVIVORS #1 OF 4 series, the PLANTS VS ZOMBIES BOXED SET, VOL. 5 HC with the three latest graphic novels and a double sided poster included and the DRAGON AGE: LAST FLIGHT DELUXE EDITION HC with twenty four new illustrations. BEASTS OF BURDEN, VOL. 3: NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH HC has the past five limited series and HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1956 TP has the five issue series plus the ‘Hellboy vs. Lobster Johnson: The Ring of Death’ one shot. MS KOISUMI LOVES RAMEN NOODLES, VOL. 1 TP by Naru Narumi is the first Dark Horse manga series in the food genre and the anime is currently running on Crunchyroll.

DC: The next adventure in the ‘Murphyverse’ will be BATMAN: CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT #1 OF 8 written and illustrated by Sean Murphy when the Joker recruits Azrael to expose the corruption of the Wayne family legacy, an eight part series under the Black Label imprint. The twenty five cent one shot Year of the Villain which arrives on the first of May leads directly into Justice League #25 in June and spreads across the DCU in July as Luthor launches ‘The Offer’, gathering all the villains to take down the heroes once and for all. Readers will see ‘The Offer’ in twenty different titles in July, all of which will feature villain variants on cardstock covers, then in August ‘Dark Gifts’ reveals a deal with the devil, ‘Evil Unleashed’ brings unchecked power in September and ‘Doom Rising’ sets the stage for a rampage in November. From the DC Ink imprint comes BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER-THE GRAPHIC NOVEL based on the novel by Marie Lu, adapted by Stuart Moore and illustrated by Chris Wildgoose while Kirk Scroggs writes and illustrates THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID TP from the DC Zoom imprint, a kind of junior Swamp Thing story. BATMAN UNIVERSE #1 OF 6 by Brian Michael Bendis and Nick Derington, SUPERMAN: UP IN THE SKY #1 OF 6 by Tom King with Adam Kubert and Sandra Hope and WONDER WOMAN: COME BACK TO ME #1 OF 6 written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with Chad Hardin’s artwork offers these stories to comic shops for the first time, having originally appeared in the Walmart giants, each priced under five dollars. The pop up Young Animal imprint returns with DOOM PATROL: WEIGHT OF THE WORLDS #1 by Gerard Way and Jeremy Lambert with James Harvey’s art and COLLAPSER #1 OF 6 by Mikey Way and Shaun Simon with art by Ilias Kyriazis. Two new series’ that I’m excited by are JIMMY OLSEN #1 OF 12 by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber and LOIS LANE #1 OF 12 by Greg Rucka and Mike Perkins. AMERICAN CARNAGE #9 by Bryan Hill and Leandro Fernandez will be the final issue. The extra sized BATMAN #75 by Tom King and Tony S. Daniel begins the ‘City of Bane’ story and BATMAN SECRET FILES #2 will feature Bane as well as The Joker, Riddler, Hugo Strange and the Psycho-Pirate. Doug Mahnke and Jamie Mendoza take over the artwork with DETECTIVE COMICS #1008 which features the return of the Joker while the extra sized FLASH #75 is the final chapter of the ‘Year One’ story. THE GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #1 by Grant Morrison and Guiseppe Camuncoli has the traditional Jordan family reunion plus a back up featuring the ‘strangest Lantern of all’. HIGH LEVEL #6 is the final issue of the Vertigo series and, in the JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK ANNUAL #1 Swamp Thing takes center stage. PEARL #11 begins a new arc as Tanaka returns to San Francisco by Bendis and Maleev from the Jinxworld imprint and the RED HOOD: OUTLAW ANNUAL #3 lets us know what happened to Bizarro and Artemis after issue twenty five. THE TERRIFICS #18: the Bizarro Terrifics become more deadly when Luthor gives them a time machine. WONDER WOMAN #75 finally has our hero returning to Themyscira in a forty eight page issue priced under six dollars. Deluxe collected editions include the ABSOLUTE DEATH HC from Neil Gaiman at Vertigo, ALL-STAR COMICS: ONLY LEGENDS LIVE FOREVER HC collects the seventies run of the Justice Society of America and the BATMAN: BLACK AND WHITE OMNIBUS HC has all the stories from the first four part series, the second six part series and the forty nine back up stories originally featured in the Batman: Gotham Knights series. The BATMAN: KING OF FEAR HC has the six part battle with the Scarecrow by Scott Peterson and Kelley Jones, JUSTICE: THE DELUXE EDITION HC has the visceral story by Jim Krueger, Alex Ross and Doug Braithwaite plus over one hundred pages of bonus material, the SWAMP THING BY NANCY A. COLLIINS OMNIBUS HC collects all her stories plus bonus material, TALES OF THE BATMAN: GERRY CONWAY, VOL. 3 HC is self explanatory and the new edition of the WATCHMEN: INTERNATIONAL EDITION HC features a lenticular cover minus any ‘smiley button’ as that image is trade marked in England. The WONDER WOMAN: YEAR ONE DELUXE EDITION HC has the first seven even numbered issues plus the annual from Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott. New soft cover collections include AQUAMAN, VOL. 1: UNSPOKEN WATER TP with Kelly Sue DeConnick’s first arc, BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY SAGA TP with the story from Batman plus the connecting chapters from Batgirl, Nightwing, Batman and Robin and more, the BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II TP is self explanatory, THE CURSE OF BRIMSTONE, VOL. 2: ASHES TP collects issues seven through twelve plus the annual, THE FLASH BY GEOFF JOHNS: BOOK SIX TP has the early ‘Rebirth’ issues and HARLEY & IVY MEET BETTY & VERONICA TP collects the six issue series co-published with Archie Comics. HITMAN’S GREATEST HITS TP has over three hundred pages of Garth Ennis’ best tales of the character, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE LAST SURVIVORS OF EARTH TP is a big story from the early seventies dealing with social situations of the time and Vertigo’s THE KITCHEN TP returns to print in anticipation of the New Line film about to debut. ORION BY WALTER SIMONSON: BOOK TWO TP has the final issues, twelve through twenty five, the POWERS, VOL. 6 TP has the eleven issues of volume three from the Jinxworld imprint and THE SANDMAN, VOL. 11: ENDLESS NIGHTS, 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION TP from the Vertigo imprint has short stories of each of the Endless by Neil Gaiman and seven tremendous artists. The SIDEWAYS, VOL. 2: RIGHTS AND REVELATIONS TP has the second and final arc, SUICIDE SQUAD, VOL. 8: CONSTRICTION TP collects the tale hunting down Deadshot’s kidnapped daughter, the WILD STORM, VOL. 4 TP has the final arc, WONDER WOMAN BY GREG RUCKA, VOL. 3 TP has the final eight issues plus the three part Blackest Night story and WONDER WOMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE, VOL. 3 TP has more World War II adventures. From their DC Collectibles imprint comes new DC BOMBSHELLS STATUES featuring DEATH, MARY SHAZAM! And a new sepia tone variant of BLACK CANARY plus a BATTLE STATUE: BATMAN VS DEATHSTROKE and the DARK NIGHTS: METAL-THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS & ROBIN MINIONS DELUXE STATUE. BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES offers four new action figures: BANE, KILLER CROCK, MR. FREEZE and POISON IVY and a DC COVER GIRLS: HUNTRESS BY JOËLLE JONES STATUE.

IDW: The brilliant Gabriel (Locke & Key) Rodriguez illustrates and co-writes with Ted (Diablo House) Adams H.G. Wells’ THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU #1 OF 2. Walter Simonson continues his epic tale of Norse intrigue in RAGNAROK: THE BREAKING OF HELHEIM #1 OF 6. Delilah (Marvel Action Spider-Man) S. Dawson writes STAR PIG #1 OF 4 about a sixteen year old girl sent to Space Camp in the 21st century, a coming of age story about loss and resiliency. RISE OF THE TMNT: SOUND OFF! #1 OF 3 is an all age adventure by Matthew K. Manning and Chad Thomas. TRANSFORMERS: THE WORLD IN YOUR EYES, VOL. 1 HC collects the first twelve issues of the new saga and SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: TANGLE & WHISPER #1 begins a limited series focusing on the odd couple type characters. ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE: A CARTOONIST’S JOURNEY TP collects the works of Rob Rogers, a political cartoonist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for twenty five years until he was fired for drawing cartoons critical of President Trump. CARE BEARS: UNLOCK THE MAGIC #1 OF 3 spins out of the new Boomerang cartoon. The GEARS POP! #1 is a one shot mashing Gears of War with their Funko Pop images. THE OCTOBER FACTION: OPEN SEASON TP collects the first twelve issues of the Steve (30 Days of Night) Niles and Damien Worm horror series, soon to be a show on Netflix. Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s final chapter is collected in THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, VOL. IV-THE TEMPEST HC.

MARVEL: After the new reprinted editions to celebrate the twenty fifty anniversary Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross offer the one shot MARVELS EPILOGUE #1, a new sixteen page story in a forty page comic with bonus features. The new contract with writer Jonathan Hickman launches HOUSE OF X #1 OF 6 with artist Pepe Larraz and POWERS OF X #1 OF 6 with artist R.B. Silva beginning a new era for the mutants, the return of Professor X and his plan for mutant-kind. The HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #1 OF 6 will lay out the whole timeline from the Big Bang to the present as told by Mark Waid and Javier Rodriguez. Daniel Kibblesmith writes and Oscar Bazaldua illustrates LOKI #1 in a new ongoing series. We thought it was over but there’s one last chapter, the sixty eighth tie in: WAR OF THE REALMS: OMEGA #1 returning Thor to the fold and, spinning out of the cross over comes VALKYRIE #1 by Jason Aaron and Al Ewing with art by Cafu and featuring Jane Foster in her new role. The PUNISHER: KILL KREW #1 OF 5 by Gerry Duggan and Juan Ferreyra with Frank Castle on a revenge mission throughout the ten realms. FEARLESS #1 OF 3 has three stories of the fiercest females of the Marvel Universe: Captain Marvel, Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider and Millie the Model. INVISIBLE WOMAN #1 OF 5 by Mark Waid and Mattia De Iulis will feature Susan Storm-RIchards’ in her first limited series. DEATH’S HEAD #1 OF 4 by Tini Howard and Kei Zama brings the UK character to the US to confront the Young Avengers. AERO #1 begins a new ongoing series written by Zhou Liefen and Greg Pak and illustrated by Keng and Pop Mhan, a character spinning out of War of the Realms: Agents of Atlas. SWORD MASTER #1 begins another ongoing series; you saw Lin Lie battling Fire Goblins in War of the Realms, a Chinese hero created by Shuizhu and Gunji who are creators for this series and, in the back up by Greg Pak and Ario Anindito, Sword Master teams up with Shang-Chi who, of course, don’t get along. You may have noticed the facsimile editions Marvel has been putting out of late, reprints of classic issues complete with the original ads and this month they’re doing four more: GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1, NEW MUTANTS #98, X-MEN #1 and X-MEN #137. The original creators, Pete Milligan writes and Michael Allred illustrates the one shot GIANT-SIZED X-STATIX #1. A three part series by Peter David and Francesco Manna begins in FANTASTIC FOUR: THE PRODIGAL SUN #1 introducing Prodigal, an alien crash landed in the savage land, the story will continue in a Silver Surfer issue and conclude in a Guardians of the Galaxy issue and guest star Ka-Zar and Shanna. Ethan Sacks writes and Diogenes Neves illustrates the secret history behind their origins in the one shot WOLVERINE & CAPTAIN AMERICA: WEAPON PLUS #1 then there’s a five issue cross over through five annuals tying into the previous company wide cross over: SECRET WARPS: SOLDIER SUPREME ANNUAL #1 by Al Ewing and Mark Waid with art by Carlos Gomez and Alex Lins, SECRET WARPS: WEAPONS HEX ANNUAL #1 by Ewing and Tim Seeley with art by Carlos Villa and Bob Quinn, SECRET WARPS: GHOST PANTHER ANNUAL #1 by Ewing and Daniel Kibblesmith with art by Carlos Gomez and Ig Guara, SECRET WARPS: ARACHKNIGHT ANNUAL #1 by Ewing and Jim Zub with art by Carlos Villa and Carlo Barberi and concluding in SECRET WARPS: IRON HAMMER ANNUAL #1 by Ewing and Tini Howard with Carlos Gomez and Ario Anandito’s art, each issue will also feature a backup story. Yet another tale set in the early forties, the one shot CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE INVADERS: THE BAHAMAS TRIANGLE #1 by Roy Thomas and Jerry Ordway. THOR #15 begins Jason Aaron’s final arc as Odinson’s sacrifice during the War of the Realms changes the character forever. The WOLVERINE VS BLADE SPECIAL #1 is another one shot, this one by Marc Guggenheim and Dave Wilkins. MARVEL TALES: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 is an eighty page reprint one shot with Tales of Suspense #59 and #77 plus Captain America #255 and #307. MARVEL TALES: HULK #1 is also an eighty page reprint one shot with Incredible Hulk #324, #377 and Savage She Hulk #1. The MARVEL SUMMER SPECIAL #1 is a forty page one shot with a bunch of short stories. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25 begins Nick Spencer’s second year on the series with art by Ryan Ottley in a seventy two page issue priced under eight dollars. Seanan McGuire writes SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST SPIDER #10 with an artist to be determined, guest starring both Spider-Men, Gwen embraces an all new codename. WEB OF VENOM: FUNERAL PYRE #1 is, you guessed it, a forty page one shot, this one by Cullen Bunn with art by Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque and Josh Cassara as Carnage continues to hunt and kill symbiotes. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #7 begins the ‘Faithless’ story; the death of Rocket Raccoon begins here. When her Kree heritage is finally exposed to the public, Carol goes from most beloved to public enemy number one overnight in CAPTAIN MARVEL #8 and FANTASTIC FOUR #12 features the inevitable Thing vs. Hulk battle. MARVEL TEAM-UP begins it’s second arc with Ms Marvel and Captain Marvel as told by Clint (Adventure Zone) McElroy and Ig Guara. Another cross over between forty page annuals, title ‘Acts of Evil’ begins with the PUNISHER ANNUAL #1 by Karla Pacheco and Adam Gorham with Frank Castle in space with J. Jonah Jameson battling the Brood Queen, continued in the VENOM ANNUAL #1 by Ryan Cady and Simone DeMeo where Venom fights Hellbender and the third chapter is the MS MARVEL ANNUAL #1 by Magdalene Visaggio and Jon Lam with Kamala against the Super-Skrull. The final three (of thirty three) chapters of the ‘Age of X-Man’ cross over are offered with AGE OF X-MAN: PRISONER X #5 OF 5, AGE OF X-MAN: APOCALYPSE & THE X-TRACTS #5 OF 5 and AGE OF X-MAN: OMEGA #1. Tucson’s Patrick Zircher takes over the artwork with SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #7 for the three part ‘Conan the Gambler’ arc. The series of one shots focusing on characters throughout the film history continues with STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE-FINN #1 by Tom Taylor and Ramon Rosanas, STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE-CAPTAIN PHASMA #1 by Taylor and Leonard Kirk and STAR WARS: AGE OF RESISTANCE SPECIAL #1 by G. Willow Wilson, Taylor and Chris Eliopoulos illustrated by Elsa Charratier and others. STAR WARS: TARGET VADER #1 OF 6 by Robbie Thompson and Marc Laming has Darth hunting a criminal syndicate unaware of the bounty hunters on his trail. In deluxe collected editions comes more of the Marvel Select titles, considered classic entry point tales for new readers: FANTASTIC FOUR: BEHOLD…GALACTUS! MARVEL SELECT HC and IRON MAN: EXTREMIS MARVEL SELECT HC both under twenty five dollars. The fifteen issues from nineteen eighty three are collected in the OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE OMNIBUS HC, over five hundred pages for seventy five dollars (although I suspect much of the material is hopelessly out of date). The SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 HC has over nine hundred pages, TIMELY’S GREATEST: THE GOLDEN AGE SIMON & KIRBY OMNIBUS HC features Captain America, the Vision and the Fiery Mask and
the VENOM BY DONNY CATES, VOL. 1 HC has the first twelve issues. Softcover collections include the new MARVEL ILLUSTRATOR’S SKETCHBOOK TP, over one hundred and fifty pages, over thirty per cent instructional, advice from the pros, character designs, layouts, pencils, inks, colors and covers priced under twenty dollars and the MARVEL 80TH ANNIVERSARY POSTER BOOK TP with forty pages at 11″ X 16″ priced under twenty five dollars. The X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN-X-TINCTION TP is in the treasury edition format, the third and final retelling of the history of the mutants by Ed (Hip Hop Family Tree) Piskor. MARVEL VISIONARIES: ROY THOMAS TP collects Rascally Roy’s greatest stories, the MARVEL MONOGRAPH: THE ART OF ADI GRANOV TP presents the best pages and covers from the popular Iron Man artist and the first five issues of Gerry Duggan and Ron Garney’s new work is collected in the SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN: THE CULT OF KOGA THUN TP which also has a fully black and white edition available only in comic specialty stores. The battle between Asgard and the Avengers is reaching it’s conclusion so here are the first round of collected editions: the WAR OF THE REALMS TP, THOR OF THE REALMS TP, WAR OF THE REALMS: GIANT-MAN TP and WAR OF THE REALMS: STRIKEFORCE TP. Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw get cosmic with the first six issues collected in the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 1: THE FINAL GAUNTLET TP, ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2: WAR OF THE REALMS TP has six through ten, OLD MAN QUILL, VOL. 1: NOBODY’S FAULT BUT MINE TP has one through six as does SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN, VOL. 1 FULL OTTO TP by Christos Gage and Mike Hawthorne. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: HUNTED TP is Nick Spencer’s fourth volume, DEADPOOL BY SKOTTIE YOUNG, VOL. 2 TP has issues seven through twelve and INVADERS, VOL. 1: WAR GHOST TP has one through six by Chip Zdarsky and Carlos Magno. DAREDEVIL BY CHIP ZDARSKY, VOL. 1: TO KNOW FEAR has the first arc after the ‘death’ of Matt Murdock, X-23, VOL. 2: X-ASSASSIN TP is by Mariko Tamaki and Diego Olortegui and MR. AND MRS. X, VOL. 2: GAMBIT AND ROGUE FOREVER TP has issues seven through twelve. Collections from the ‘perfect world’ begin with AGE OF X-MAN: THE MARVELOUS X-MEN TP and AGE OF X-MAN: NEXTGEN TP. The MEET THE SKRULLS TP by Robbie Thompson and Niko Henrichon follows a typical American family who just happen to be Skrulls in disguise, and the HULK: WORLD WAR HULK TP returns to print. STAR WARS: VADER-DARK VISIONS TP collects the five issue series by Dennis ‘Hopeless’ Hallum with five different artists, STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION-VILLAINS TP with the Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Jabba the Hutt and Grand Moff Tarkin one shots and STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELION-HEROES TP with Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia one shots. STAR WARS, VOL. 11: THE SCOURGING OF SHU-TORUN TP collects issues sixty two through sixty seven and some older stories returning to print include X-MEN MILESTONES: MUTANT MASSACRE TP, FANTASTIC FOUR: FANTASTIC ORIGINS TP , PUNISHER: RETURN TO BIG NOTHING TP and my personal favorite Frank Miller series, the ELEKTRA ASSASSIN TP with art by Bill Sienkiewicz. The INCREDIBLE HERCULES: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP and SPIDER-GIRL: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 2 TP is offered as well as HAWKEYE: PRIVATE EYE GN TP, a digest size collection of Kelly Thompson’s twelve issue run for ages ten and up.

DYNAMITE: Fifty years after her first appearance VAMPIRELLA #1 begins volume nine, written by Christopher Priest with art by Ergün Gündüz under a Frank Cho wraparound cover (and twelve other variant covers). And they also offer a reprint of the very first VAMPIRELLA #1 1969 REPLICA EDITION featuring art by Frazetta, Reed Crandall, Neal Adams and more, priced under seven dollars. CHARLIE’S ANGELS VS THE BIONIC WOMAN #1 is written by Cameron DeOrdio with art by Soo Lee (and eight covers). Mark Russell writes RED SONJA #6 (with twelve covers) plus a one shot: RED SONJA: LORD OF FOOLS with art by Bob Q and Katie O’Meara and just one cover. New collections include THE BOYS OMNIBUS, VOL. 3 TP, VAMPIRELLA: ROSES FOR THE DEAD HC, VAMPIRELLA VS REANIMATOR TP and XENA, VOL. 2: MINDGAMES TP.

BOOM!: Sina (Iceman) Grace and Siobhan (Jem and the Holograms) Keenan begin GHOSTED IN L.A. #1 OF 12 with Daphne broke and apartment hunting so, if the rent is free and they have a pool she’s sure the ghosts won’t bother her. From the all age imprint KaBoom comes JUST BEYOND: THE SCARE SCHOOL OGN TP, the first of a four volume series by R. L. (Goosebumps) Stine with art by Kelley and Nichole Matthews. From their literary imprint, Archaia comes THE MAN WHO CAME DOWN THE ATTIC STAIRS OGN HC written and illustrated by Celine Loup, a supernatural horror story dealing with postpartum depression. The RONIN ISLAND, VOL. 1 TP collects the first four issues of Greg Pak and Giannis Milonogiannis’ series set in post disaster nineteenth century Japan.

INDEPENDENTS: I haven’t seen any new offerings from AC Comics
in quite some time but SUPERBABES: STARRING THE FEMFORCE #1 still has Mark G. Heike providing art in this issue priced under six dollars, this is old school ‘good girl’ or ‘headlight’ comics. The ADVENTURE FINDERS, VOL. 2 #1 is more all age fantasy from writer artist Rod Espinosa from ACTION LAB rather than his usual publisher, Antarctic Press. They also offer MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR, SEASON TWO-TEARS OF JOY TP. Yet another horror series from the prolific Cullen Bunn with artist Fran Galan is KNIGHTS TEMPORAL #1 from AFTERSHOCK, about a man trying to offset the horrors committed during the Crusades finds himself in the modern world. OUT OF THE BLUE OGN VOL. 2 OF 2 HC, a tale of World War Two aerial combat by Garth Ennis and Keith Burns. AHOY COMICS has picked up Mark Russell and Richard Pace’s SECOND COMING #1 OF 6 series that was canceled at DC due to editorial changes that the creators didn’t feel comfortable making. ALBATROSS FUNNYBOOKS collects the first five issues in the GRUMBLE, VOL. 1: YOU’RE THE DOG NOW, MAN! TP. AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY offers LAUREL & HARDY #1 1967 GOLD KEY EDITION, a reprint of the duo’s first comic. Alex DeCampi writes and Robert Hack illustrates round two with ARCHIE VERSUS PREDATOR II #1 OF 5 from ARCHIE COMICS and THE ARCHIE ART OF FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA HC is over a hundred pages and priced under twenty five dollars. Artist, writer creator Siya Oum returns to LOLA XOXO, VOL. 3 #1 from ASPEN STUDIOS. The Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Freshman Force one shot from DEVIL’S DUE got a lot of publicity when it was offered last month; this month they have another forty eight page one shot: TALK BERNIE TO ME!: THE BERNIE SANDERS SPECIAL & AOC SURPRISE ONE SHOT priced under six dollars. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS offers the TONTA HC by Jaime Hernandez, a stand alone graphic novel focusing on Tonta and confronting her family history. With the McElroy’s receiving praise for their comic work at Marvel :01 FIRST SECOND offers THE ADVENTURE ZONE, VOL. 2: MURDER ON THE ROCKPORT LIMITED available in hard of soft cover formats and they also offer the biography HAWKING HC GN by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick who did the Feynman biography. GALLERY 13 offers THE DARK TOWER: THE GUNSLINGER, VOL. 6-LAST SHOTS HC collecting two series that were never reprinted when Marvel had been publishing the series. GOLDEN BOOKS has the AVENGERS: BATTLE ON THE MOON, HE-MAN: I AM HE-MAN!, SHE-RA: I AM SHE RA!, STAR TREK: TOO MANY TRIBBLES! and many others for beginning readers. HARPER VOYAGER releases BECOMING SUPERMAN: MY JOURNEY FROM POVERTY TO HOLLYWOOD HC, the prose biography of J. Michael Straczynski. HERMES PRESS has DITKO SHRUGGED: THE UNCOMPROMISING LIFE OF THE ARTIST BEHIND SPIDER-MAN HC, a biographical reference book written by David Currie. HUMANOIDS launches their second comic book series with STRANGELANDS #1 by Mags (Eternity Girl, Kim & Kim) Visaggio and Darcie (Moonshot) Little Badger with art by Vanessa (Redlands, Scarlet Witch) Del Rey, a story of a couple who don’t get along, but their superpowers cause mass destruction when they’re separated. KEENSPOT continues their parody comics with THE DONALD WHO LAUGHS #2 with five different covers and the X-LIEFELDS #1 with five covers spoofing rejected and forgotten creations of the creator of Deadpool with characters like BludStayn, Yardwaste and X-Tra. LEGENDARY COMICS has POKÉMON: DETECTIVE PIKACHU GN written by Brian Buccellato with Nelson Daniel’s artwork in full color. CATALYST PRIME: SEVEN DAYS #1 from LION FORGE is written by Gail Simone with art by José Luís set in their super hero universe. For all of you P. Craig Russell fans, French publisher NBM still has all five volumes of THE FAIRY TALES OF OSCAR WILDE available in either hard of soft cover formats. From the Limerence imprint of ONI PRESS comes WAIT, WHAT?: A COMIC BOOK GUIDE TO RELATIONSHIPS, BODIES AND GROWING UP TP, presenting information in relatable, gender-inclusive text and clever illustrations by Heather Corinna, founder of and artist Isabella Rotman, cartoonist and sex educator. KRISS: THE GIFT OF WRATH TP is by Ted Naifeh and Warren Wucinich, a young adult fantasy graphic novel for fans of The Graveyard Book. THE DARK AGE #1 from RED 5 occurs in the near future when all metal on Earth turns to rust and dust and the world reverts to a feudal system ruled by knights of wood, glass and concrete by Don (The Mall) Handfield and Leonardo Rodrigues. SOURCE POINT PRESS offers A COMIC FOR FLINT: HOPE ONE SHOT, five stories by five writers and five artists from Flint, Michigan with all proceeds to benefit The Compass, a community service organization helping adults with developmental disabilities. They also offer BOSTON METAPHYSICAL SOCIETY #1 by Madeleine Holly-Rosing and Emily Hu, an alternate Steampunk history set in nineteen eighty five where ghosts and demons are a normal part of life, DEAD END KIDS #1 by Frank Gogal and Nenad Cvitcanin, a coming of age murder mystery set in the nineties and THE LOVE SHE OFFERED #1 by Glenn Moane and Tirso Llaneta, a tale of a father’s mistaken revenge for his daughter’s murder. Britains’ TITAN COMICS has generated a bit of excitement with their offer of an ongoing BLADE RUNNER 2019 #1 series by screenwriter Michael (American Gods, Logan) Green and comic scribe Michael (Batman/Superman, Star Trek) Johnson with art by Andres (Justice League Dark, Captain America) Guinaldo with a new case set in Los Angeles. WATCH_DOGS #1 OF 2 is set in the world of the Ubisoft hactivist game series set in the slums of Brazil. The ASSASSIN’S CREED: THE FALL & THE CHAIN TP by Cameron Stewart and Karl Kerschl is a science fiction thriller revealing the truth behind Tesla and the Tunguska Event. The CHESHIRE CROSSING GN by Andy (The Martian) Weir and Sarah Anderson from TEN SPEED PRESS tells what happened next after ‘happily ever after’ for Alice, Wendy and Dorothy. TASCHEN AMERICA offers GEORGE HERRIMAN’S KRAZY KAT: THE COMPLETE COLOR SUNDAYS, 1935-1944 HC, over six hundred pages priced at two hundred dollars. KILLERS #1 OF 4 from VALIANT introduces five deadly assassins to their universe as told by B. Clay Moore and Fernando Dagnino and the INCURSION TP is also offered collecting the four issue series. VAULT COMICS begins RESONANT #1 by David Andry and Alejandro Aragon as a single father of three braves the post apocalyptic landscape to try and secure medicine for his chronically ill son, with a ‘B’ cover parody of Y The Last Man and they also launch CULT CLASSIC #1 by Eliot Rahal and Felipe Cunha, a childhood pact leads to murder in the late nineties under an EC parody cover. WARRANT has THE CREEPS #20, a throwback to the horror comics of Warren days under a Richard Corben cover. WILLIAM MORROW offers THE CARTOON GUIDE TO BIOLOGY TP by Larry Gonick and Dave Wessner. My daughter told me to watch for this one: GENESIS ONE: A POPPY GRAPHIC NOVEL HC from Z2 COMICS featuring the internet phenomenon with a brand new album only available here, priced under twenty five dollars. Which brings us to the MANGA section (although some companies who dabble in manga list the offerings in their regular listings, like Dark Horse). TOKYOPOP offers DEEP SCAR, VOL. 1 by Rossella Sergi, a new romance series in the international women of manga line. UDON has STREET FIGHTER: AKUMA VS HELL #1, a one shot by Ken Siu-Chong and Joe Vriends. VIZ begins BEASTARS #1 by Paru Itagaki where animals deal with issues of prejudice and discrimination; the series has won many awards in the indie manga scene in Japan. DAYTIME SHOOTING STAR, VOL. 1 GN by Mika Yamamori is a school life romance tale, one of the most highly anticipated shojo manga of the past few years. KODANSHA begins MAGUS OF THE LIBRARY, VOL. 1 GN by Mitsu Izumi, the story of a poor boy swept away by a kind library mage and the (literal) magic of reading. And that brings us to the end of this month’s catalog (other than the toys, games, cards, statues, apparel, etc. which I’m happy to order for you if you’re interested).

    And each month I choose what I think will be the best offering of the month. Contenders this month include: the space trucker SEA OF STARS #1 and Cullen Bunn’s UNEARTH #1 from Image, the BLACK HAMMER/JUSTICE LEAGUE: HAMMER OF JUSTICE #1 OF 4 and MANOR BLACK #1 OF 4 from Dark Horse, both the JIMMY OLSEN #1 OF 12 and the LOIS LANE #1 OF 12 series from DC, Gabriel Rodriguez’ ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU #1 OF 2 and Walt Simonson’s RAGNAROK: BREAKING OF HELMHEIM #1 OF 6 from IDW, Mark Waid’s HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #1 OF 6 and Jason Aaron’s VALKYRIE #1 from Marvel, the VAMPIRELLA #1 1969 REPLICA EDITION from Dynamite, Sina Grace’s GHOSTED IN L.A. #1 OF 12 from Boom! Studios, Cullen Bunn’s KNIGHT TEMPORAL #1 from Aftershock, Mark Russell’s SECOND COMING #1 OF 6 at Ahoy Comics, Jaime Hernandez’ TONTA HC from Fantagraphics, STRANGELANDS #1 from Humanoids, BLADE RUNNER 2019 #1 from Titan and the CHESHIRE CROSSING GN from Ten Speed Press but, after the awesomeness that was Sean Murphy’s ‘Batman: White Knight’ I’ll have to choose the sequel BATMAN: CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT #1 OF 8 as this months’ Pick of the Month.

    As this arrives in your mail box we’re just a few days away from FREE COMIC BOOK DAY which coincides this year with STAR WARS DAY, Saturday, the fourth of May. There will be eight very talented and generous artists here providing free sketches all day, from Ten AM until Five PM and Free Comic Book Day is a day long event, with each attendee able to choose four free comics from the large selection and, unlike many of the local shops, we won’t be running out of them in the middle of the day. We’ll also have a Silent Auction for original art and rare and signed collectibles as well as a One Dollar Raffle and a Five Dollar Raffle to win graphic novels, action figures and more with all money raised to benefit the good work of Tucson’s Casa de los Niños so I hope that you’ll all mark your calendars and make time to show your support for this great non-profit organization.

    Thank you all for your many years of support and friendship; I’m humbled, honored and grateful. See 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.

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