The November Previews catalog is sitting on my desk available for your perusal when you stop by. Meanwhile I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might hold interest for you. These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in January. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and let me know by the twenty first of the month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests.
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).
By the way, besides the monthly Previews catalog there is also an ‘Adult Supplement’ which showcases the ‘adults only’ comics, books and videos. If you are interested in seeing what’s available (and you’re over eighteen) please send me an email and I will send you this month’s adult catalog in a .pdf format with images, descriptions and prices.
So here are the new titles and notable offerings from the ‘Big Five’ publishers:
DARK HORSE: It’s been twenty years since Mike Mignola created Hellboy which has grown into a large and diverse universe including titles and characters such as Abe Sapien, B. P. R. D., Lobster Johnson, Witchfinder and, most recently Sledgehammer 44 plus the all age Itty Bitty Hellboy. HELLBOY: THE FIRST TWENTY YEARS HC features Mike’s best pieces from the past two decades including never before seen art with raw scans, rough pencils and fully finished works. This month Mike, along with John Arcudi writes B.P.R.D: HELL ON EARTH #115 and SLEDGEHAMMER 44: LIGHTNING WAR #3 of 3, with Scott Allie he writes ABE SAPIEN #9 and with Christopher Golden he writes BALTIMORE: CHAPEL OF BONES #1 OF 2. Horror writer and Bram Stoker Winner Jonathan Maberry writes BAD BLOOD #1 OF 5 with art by Tyler Crook, a vampire story with a twist as the hero is someone whose blood is poison to the bloodsuckers. ☼THE STAR WARS #0 is a companion comic to the eight issue Lucas Draft series featuring character designs and never before seen pages that were used in Dark Horse’s initial pitch to George Lucas. Now that Buffy :Season Nine has ended those of you needing a new Joss Whedon fix will be excited about ☼SERENITY: FIREFLY CLASS 03-K64-LEAVES ON THE WIND #1 OF 6 which picks up the story where the film left off. The EVE: SOURCE HC is a comprehensive source book and visual guide to the EVE Online and DUST 514 universe. ☼ELFQUEST: THE FINAL QUEST #1 is an ongoing series with new art and adventures and includes extras from past and present. The ‘Project Black Sky’ story from the Captain Midnight series gets a spin off with a wounded veteran as the new SKYMAN #1 OF 4 written by Johsua Hale Fialkov with Manuel Garcia’s art; (the previous bearer of the name killed an innocent man while drunk). The ‘Hellboy gets married’ story continues in the repeat Eisner and Harvey Award winning anthology, DARK HORSE PRESENTS #32 and the hilarious and hyper detailed battle fest ends with Geof Darrow’s ☼SHAOLIN COWBOY #4 OF 4. FURIOUS #1 OF 5 is written by Bryan J. L. Glass with art by Victor Santos, the creative team of Mice Templar, a tale of rage fueled justice as the world’s first super hero seeks to atone for her past sins, hopefully before the paparazzi spoil her plans by exposing her identity. ☼THE ADVENTURES OF NILSON GROUND THUMPER AND HERMY HC collects every story of Stan Sakai’s precursor to his well known Usagi Yojimbo. One of my favorite (and lately one of the more prolific) creators, Eisner Award winner David Lapham begins ☼JUICE SQUEEZERS #1 OF 4 which he writes and illustrates, a ‘bug-gore-filled young adult action adventure story’. There have been two, three part series continuing Nickelodeon’s series and now AVATAR-THE LAST AIRBENDER: THE RIFT PART 1 TP begins the third, from the original series creators. ☼PICTURES THAT TICK: VOLUME 2, available in TP and limited edition HC is written and illustrated by the brilliant Dave McKean. If you haven’t read his brilliant, under the radar graphic novel Cages then you’re missing out, but you all know McKean’s art from his brilliant covers for the Sandman series as well as collaborative works with Neil Gaiman on Coraline, Mirror Mask and more. Outside of comics Dark Horse offers the next three figures in their GAME OF THRONES series, ITTY BITTY HELLBOY PLUSHES of the titular character and of Abe Sapien plus the GRIMM’S JOURNAL, a place to keep your exotic potion recipes.
DC: With the villains in control and our heroes gone ☼FOREVER EVIL #5 has Lex Luthor leading the Injustice League against the Crime Syndicate as chronicled by Geoff Johns and David Finch with the series tying into the other Justice League and Trinity of Sin books as well as CONSTANTINE #10 and SUICIDE SQUAD #27. Jeff Lemire promises to reveal the tragic secret that turned Oliver Queen into the hero that he is in ☼GREEN ARROW #27 and in ☼WONDER WOMAN #27 Diana returns to Paradise Island for the first time since the Amazons were wiped out. The EARTH TWO ANNUAL #2 tells the origin of Earth Two’s new Batman, although the other heroes may never trust him, once they hear it. And Earth Two’s Supergirl and Robin team up against their world’s Wonder Woman. The secret of the planet’s most powerful romance is now public in ☼SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #4 as Zod seeks to release Faora from the Phantom Zone. Superman battles the Beast Lord and we learn more of the Ghost Soldier and our Earth’s underground world in ACTION COMICS #27 by Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder while the Parasite steals Lois Lane’s powers(?) in SUPERMAN #27 by Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort. In BATMAN/SUPERMAN #7 the heroes battle each other while trapped by Mongul and the Toyman; Greg Pak and Brett Booth present this adventure in the sideways ‘wide-vision’ format. Jae Lee and Ed Benes illustrate the BATMAN/SUPERMAN ANNUAL #1 as Supergirl and Red Hood meet for the first time. Zero Yearreaches the end of the penultimate arc as Jim Gordon and Batman try to turn the lights back on in Gotham in ☼BATMAN #27 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. A friend asked me why ☼DETECTIVE COMICS #27 was a big hundred page anniversary edition (featuring writers John Layman, Scott Snyder, Paul Dini, Brad Meltzer, Gregg Hurwitz and Peter J. Tomasi with art by Neal Adams, Frank Miller and more) and I had to remind him that in the first volume of the Detective Comics crime anthology issue twenty seven carried the first ever Batman story. The story by Layman and Jason Fabok kicks off the Gothtopia storyline which will continue in BATGIRL #27, BATWING #27, BIRDS OF PREY #27 and CATWOMAN #27. The BATMAN AND ROBIN ANNUAL #2 is by Peter J. Tomasi with Doug Mahnke’s artwork and it’s a ‘Year One’ adventure with Dick Grayson as Robin. With J. H. Williams III working on the bi-monthly ☼SANDMAN OVERTURE he’s taken a hiatus from his regular series so BATWOMAN #27 is by Marc Andreyko and Jeremy Haun where Kate meet’s Maggie’s daughter and our hero faces the new Black Spider. THE GREEN TEAM: TEEN TRILLIONAIRES #8 is the final issue of the series. INJUSTICE: YEAR TWO #1 is just what it sounds like, another year long prequel to the hit video game picking up where the previous series left off. SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED: A CRISIS OF IMAGINATION #1 is an all age adventure jumping from the hit video game. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES #1 is written by Colleen Doran with art by Tony Shasteen, an anthology series based on the CW television series. Some of the collected editions this month include the ☼JUSTICE LEAGUE: TRINITY WAR HC, the ☼CONSTANTINE VOL. 1: THE SPARK AND THE FLAME TP, ☼DIAL H VOL. 2: EXCHANGE TP, THE FLASH VOL. 2: ROGUES REVOLUTION TP, SUPERGIRL VOL. 3: SANCTUARY TP, the MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE VOL. 2: ORIGINS OF ETERNIA TP and the MARTIAN MANHUNTER: SONS OF MARS TP collecting issues zero through nine of the now canceled series. At DC’s mature imprint, VERTIGO, ☼THE UNWRITTEN, VOL. 2: APOCALYPSE #1 is the perfect jumping on point for this creative and popular series. The ☼SPACEMAN TP collects the brilliant nine issue series by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso. ☼WE3 TP: NEW EDITION collects the three issue series from Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely and includes the new pages that were specially created for the deluxe hard cover edition. DC’s collectible line, DC DIRECT, offers four new action figures based on the artwork of Greg Capullo; offered are BATMAN, TALON, NIGHTWING and the RIDDLER. In the super-villain line DEATHSTORM and BIZARRO of the Crime Syndicate are offered and also the BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY TWO-FACE ACTION FIGURE based on the video game design; all of these figures will be $24.95 each. There is also a BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM ARMORED BATMAN STATUE for $124.95 and WONDER WOMAN: THE ART OF WAR BY GEORGE PÉREZ statue for $79.95. There is also a OLIVER QUEEN & DEATHSTROKE ACTION FIGURE TWO PACK based on the program on the CW and priced at $49.95.
IDW: With the diverse line of licensed titles published by Idea & Design Works I’m always surprised how they succeed in tying them into crossovers but they’ve done it again. THE X-FILES: CONSPIRACY #1 OF 2 begins a tale where the Lone Gunmen access Internet files from the future about a plague which leads them to investigate urban legends involving ghost hunters, mutant turtles, shape changing robots and a vengeful spirit; you can see where this is leading. The X-FILES CONSPIRACY: GHOSTBUSTERS one shot is also offered this month. You’re probably aware that Mega-City One is the stomping grounds (literally) of Judge Dredd but as part of a judicial exchange program ☼JUDGE DREDD: MEGA-CITY TWO #1 OF 5 will bring the enforcer to a five thousand square mile city centered in what is now Los Angeles; written by acclaimed journalist Douglas Wolk, the art is by Ulises Farinas. ☼LOCKE & KEY, VOL. 6: ALPHA & OMEGA collects the final arc of Joe Hill’s frightening award winning series. In a totally different direction IDW offers MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDS FOREVER #1, a new ongoing series where each issue will feature one of the favorite major characters paired with one of the minor characters. Joe Halpin, who writes Hawaii Five-O for television makes his comic debut with PURGATORY #1 OF 5, an inner city, supernatural police story illustrated by Juanfrancisco Guerror. Outside of all of their licensed properties IDW has brought back to print many long forgotten comic strips and European graphic novels like this month’s ☼TORPEDO, VOL. 5 with the legendary art of Jordi Bernet and ☼RIO: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP containing the complete series of Doug Wildey’s Western masterpiece, all his published stories and two new graphic novellas. (Ask me to show you some of his work next time you’re by, or Google him.)
IMAGE: Rick Remender, with artist Wesley Craig have a new ongoing series, ☼DEADLY CLASS which follows some damaged and dangerous teenagers in the mid eighties underground, students at King’s Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts. Bob Fingerman’s autobiographical ☼MINIMUM WAGE #1 returns after a fifteen year hiatus. It’s not Rob and Sylvia anymore; Rob is twenty five and single again. ☼EGOS #1 is a far future science fiction/superhero epic by Stuart Moore with art by Gus Storms with high recommendations from Garth Ennis and Mike Carey. Writer/artist/creator Jimmie Robinson offers ☼FIVE WEAPONS #6 beginning a second arc on this fun title about life in an assassination school; as his previous work ‘Bomb Queen’ was for mature readers, this title is appropriate for teens so it should bring his talents to a larger audience. Some new collected editions includes ☼BEDLAM, VOL. 2 TP by Nick Spencer and Ryan Browne, the ☼I LOVE TROUBLE TP by Kel Symons with art by Mark A. Robinson and Nathan Stockman, ☼SATELLITE SAM, VOL. 1 TP by Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin, ☼THINK TANK, VOL. 3 TP by Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal and the ☼HEAVEN’S WAR TP comes back into print, a story of three fantasy writers in 1938, J. R. R. Tolkein, C. S. Lewis and Charles Williams uniting against Aleister Crowley’s attempts to manipulate Heaven’s battles for his own control; the book is written by Micah Harris with the art of Michael Gaydos. Image, in conjunction with McFarlane Toys offers THE WALKING DEAD TV ACTION FIGURE SERIES 5 featuring Glenn, Tyreese, Maggie, Merle Walker and a Charred Walker.
MARVEL: It’s been a little more than a year since Marvel announced that they were going to launch (or relaunch) fifty new titles under the heading of MARVEL NOW!. This month they’re announcing ‘All-New Titles! All-New Starting Points’ as part of the ‘ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW!’ The ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1 will preview some of the new titles. Matt Fraction will write and Joe Madureira will illustrate ☼INHUMAN #1; after the events in the Inhumanity cross over series the Inhuman City of Attilan has fallen and the Terrigen Bomb exploded turning thousands of people on Earth into Inhumans. (Yes, I know, the cross over hasn’t even started yet and Marvel has already revealed the results and has moved on to the aftermath.) The ☼ALL-NEW INVADERS #1 is written by James Robinson with art by Steve Pugh and features Captain America, Namor, the Original Human Torch and the Winter Soldier united to battle the Kree to save Earth. (Although I find these characters a bit old school, with such a great creative team, this ought to be good.) As part of the incentive to jump into the ‘all new’ Marvel many of the issues come with not only the digital download of the individual issue but whole trade paperbacks worth of material; the ALL-NEW X-MEN #22 comes with the ALL-NEW X-MEN, VOL. 1: YESTERDAY’S X-MEN., GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #11 has the first TP, too. ☼AVENGERS WORLD #1 is written by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer with Stefano Caselli’s art, (because we really need another Avengers title). BLACK WIDOW #1 is by Nathan Edmondson with art by Phil Noto. ☼THUNDERBOLTS #20 is by Charles Soule with art by Carlo Barberi and introduces new member Ghost Rider, the Johnny Blaze version. ☼SAVAGE WOLVERINE #14 begins an arc written and illustrated by Richard J. Isanove and tells of Logan’s time as a bootlegger in the thirties. The ALL-NEW X-FACTOR #1 is (still) written by Peter David who just finished an almost ten year run on the series only this time the team is a corporate sponsored one, illustrated by Carmine Di Giandomenico. ☼INHUMANITY: MEDUSA #1 is a one shot by Matt Fraction with Nick Bradshaw’s art, tying into the Inhumanity cross over as does the MIGHTY AVENGERS #5, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #23, INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #18, IRON MAN #20, and the INHUMANITY: SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN one shot by Christos Gage and Richard Elson. Marvel offers MIRACLEMAN #1 and #2 and I just don’t know what to say about this one. Nowhere in the solicitation is Alan Moore or Neil Gaiman’s name mentioned. Marvel says it’s by ‘the original writer and Mick Anglo’. They say that art is by Garry Leach, Alan Davis, Paul Neary, Steve Dillon and Mick Anglo, three of those artists did work on Alan Moore’s run on the series. They say that issue one has material originally presented in ‘Warrior’ #1 and ‘Miracleman’ #1 which is where the Alan Moore work appeared. (If it was Alan’s work I would think they’d mention that, don’t you? So I don’t have a clue what this will be, so let’s just move on.) ☼GEORGE ROMERO: EMPIRE OF THE DEAD-ACT ONE #1 OF 5 launches an all new undead epic from the zombie godfather. Art will be by Alex Maleev and the story takes place in a quarantined New York City years after the plague has begun. The Disney/Marvel connection spawns a new all age limited series entitled DISNEY KINGDOMS: SEEKERS OF THE WEIRD #1 OF 5. Imagineer Rolly Crump envisioned and designed the ‘Museum of the Weird’ in 1965 but it was never built. Now Brandon Seifert writes and Karl Moline illustrates a series with two kidnapped teens racing through the strange museum in an effort to save their family and the world from an evil secret society. Marvel’s UK heroes return in three one shots: REVOLUTIONARY WAR: ALPHA, REVOLUTIONARY WAR: DARK ANGEL and REVOLUTIONARY WAR: KNIGHTS OF PENDRAGON featuring Pete Wisdom, Union Jack, Captain Britain, Motormouth, Death’s Head II, Killpower and more. SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #26 is the prelude to Goblin Nation where the Green Goblin vs. the Original Hobgoblin. I guess that the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: THE MOVIE ADAPTATION #1 OF 2 needs no explanation. ☼THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #18 begins a new arc featuring a young Thor in the age of Vikings and battling a dragon. FANTASTIC FOUR #16 will be written by Matt Fraction and Karl Kesel with art by Raff Ienco and is the final issue of the series; consequently FF #16 written by Fraction and Lee Allred with Michael Allred’s art is the final issue as well. The previous series by Jonathan Hickman was the best ever and this one ran a close second, in my humble opinion but I guess the sales figures just weren’t strong enough. I’m sure they’ll restart it with new creators very soon. It appears that the strong Daredevil series by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee only has a couple issues left before it too is canceled to be restarted. Jean Grey and X-23 are forced to team up in ALL-NEW X-MEN #21; after X-23 was just kissing Cyclops a couple of issues ago, I don’t expect this to bode well for either mutant. UNCANNY X-FORCE #16 and #17 ties into CABLE AND X-FORCE #18 and #19 for a four part story titled Vendetta as Stryfe returns for vengeance against Cable. X-MEN LEGACY II #23 is another final issue. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL #1 OF 4 is written by Cullen Bunn with art by Ramon Rosanas and, as you might guess involves a zombie apocalypse and the series will be in black, white and red. The latest Marvel cross over is collected in the seventy five dollar INFINITY HC collecting over twenty five issues while the INFINITY: HEIST/THE HUNT TP collects these two, four part limited series and the INFINITY COMPANION HC collects another thirty two tie in issues (including THE HUNT and HEIST) for ninety nine dollars. The IRON MAN VOL. 1: BELIEVE TP and the CAPTAIN AMERICA, VOL. 1: CASTAWAY IN DIMENSION Z TP collects the first five issues of the latest series’, the AVENGERS, VOL. 1: AVENGERS WORLD TP collects one through six, NOVA, VOL. 1: ORIGIN TP collects one through five plus material from ‘Point One’ #1 and the SUPERIOR CARNAGE TP and the CAPTAIN AMERICA: LIVING LEGEND TP collects these two recent limited series’. WARLOCK BY JIM STARLIN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP is just what it says; all of Starlin’s seventies space adventures in one thirty five dollar book. Did you know that Brian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue DeConnick are the creators of the Castle television series? The CASTLE: RICHARD CASTLE’S STORM SEASON TP is the second original graphic novel by the creators featuring art by Emanuela Lupacchino.
That’s the ‘Big Five’ publishers so here’s what the small press and INDEPENDENT publishers are offering to arrive in shops in the new year. ACTION LAB offers JACK HAMMER #1 OF 4, a hard boiled crime tale set in Boston, written by Brandon Barrows with art by Ionic, BO PLUSHY GANSTA #1 about a teddy bear gangsta and the recent limited series is collected in the NIGHT OF THE ’80’s UNDEAD TP. Billy Tucci and veteran journalist Robert Young Pelton release the ☼ROLL HARD GN, a war story set in ‘IED Alley’, Baghdad in 2004, contemporary, well researched with beautifully detailed art, this is a release from new publisher,☼ADVENTURIST CORP. ANTARCTIC PRESS offers ☼STEAMPUNK: RED RIDING HOOD by Rod Espinosa, a fine artist and excellent story teller. ARCHIE COMICS offers ☼AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #4, the penultimate chapter of this ongoing series and I mention it because the first issue was extremely well done; written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa with art by Francesco Francavilla, this is the first ‘mature’ Archie comic and I was pleasantly surprised that they knocked it out of the park. AVATAR PRESS offers ☼GRAVEL: COMBAT MAGICIAN #0 a new monthly series written by Mike Wolfer with Gabriel Rearte’s art. This is a character created by Warren Ellis and Mike Wolfer with Warren writing the first eight or so volumes, and this new series is a perfect starting point for new readers, but not for the squeamish (which can be said for most of the titles from this publisher). A new arc begins in CRITTER #20 from BIG DOG INK and it’s offered for just one dollar and ☼URSA MINOR #3 of the ongoing series is offered featuring the art of Tucson’s own Ian Snyder! BOOM! STUDIOS offers☼REVELATIONS #1 OF 6 by Paul Jenkins with the art of Humberto Ramos, a mystery thriller involving conspiracy and corruption in the Vatican. (Nowhere in the solicitation does it mention that this six part series was originally published by Dark Horse in 2005.) CURSE #1 OF 4 is a werewolf story written by Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel with art by Riley Rossmo and Colin Lorimer. ☼HACKTIVIST #1 OF 4 is a cyber-thriller written by Alyssa Milano, Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly with art by Marcus To about the founders of a popular social network who are secretly the largest hacking group on the planet. The stellar publishing company, ARCHAIA PRESS, who brought us the Mouse Guard series is actually the publisher of this title; it looks like they have been absorbed by Boom! They’ve also brought the three ☼OKKO HC books back to print. The all age imprint, KaBOOM!offers a BRAVEST WARRIORS 2014 ANNUAL #1, the ADVENTURE TIME 2014 WINTER SPECIAL #1 and they begin another limited series with the ☼ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #1 OF 6 which is written by Paul Tobin with art by Colleen Coover. COM.X is a company that came on the scene several years back with some incredible talent including Josh Middleton and Neil Googe (who were unfortunately snatched up by Marvel before they finished their projects) but now they’re back with the ☼DUPPY ’78 GN written by Casey Seijas with art by Amancay Nahuelpan, a story of crime lords, Jamaican and Rastafarian mysticism presented as a 1978 gangland drama. I’m not familiar with either creator, (I don’t think I can even pronounce them), but have enough faith in the publisher to expect top quality art and storytelling. COMICMIX offers ☼THE ORIGINAL JOHNSON OMNIBUS TP, the complete uncensored story of America’s first black heavyweight champion researched, written and illustrated by Trevor Von Eeden. J. Michael Straczynski has jumped back into comics with both feet of late with three series at Image and promises of more and now he’s also signed on for a twelve issue run beginning with ☼THE TWILIGHT ZONE #1 at DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT illustrated by Guiu Vilanova under a cover by Francesco Francavilla. Joe wrote the 1988 television program, found it deeply satisfying and says that his stint on this series will consist of three interlocking stories. Bill Willingham, creator of the Elementals‘ Fables, and lots more writes ☼LEGENDERRY: A STEAMPUNK ADVENTURE #1 OF 7 with art by Sergio Fernandez under a cover by Lady Mechanika’s Joe Beneitez. Yes, it’s steampunk but features many of Dynamite’s licensed characters including Vampirella, Green Hornet, the Phantom, Flash Gordon, Captain Victory and more. BADASS #1 OF 4 is by Herik Hanna with the art of Bruno Bessadi, a mature and violent story of a criminal named Dead End described as ‘If Kick-Ass and Deadpool had a baby it would Bad Ass’. Dynamite is also taking a five week foray into the popular all age ‘Aw, Yeah’ type cute comics with a bunch of one shots featuring their licensed characters as kids with: LI’L BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, LI’L VAMPI (Vampirella), LI’L BIONIC KIDS, LI’L ERNIE (Evil Ernie) and LI’L SONJA with solid creators like Art Baltazar, Franco, Eric Trautmann, Jim Zub, Brandon Jerwa and Roger Langridge. INKLIT, a new publisher offers CEMETERY GIRL, BOOK ONE: THE PRETENDERS HC written by best selling novelists Charlaine (True Blood) Harris and Christopher (Baltimore series) Golden and illustrated by Don Kramer; this is the first of a projected supernatural trilogy, a horror story about a girl living in a crypt in a cemetery to avoid the horrors of her past. LAST GASP releases ☼R. CRUMB: THE WEIRDO YEARS-1981-1993 HC collecting all of his work from the twenty eight issues of his low brow magazine, Weirdo. NEW PARADIGM STUDIOS impressed me with their first series Watson and Holmes and now launch☼WORLD WAR MOB #1 OF 4 described as ‘Inglorious Basterds meets’Goodfellas as five US soldiers are tasked by New York’s five crime families to kill Mussolini. NORTHWEST PRESS offers the QU33R GN, thirty three contributors featuring a cross generational line up of LGBTQ cartoonists including Jennifer Camper, Howard Cruse and more. Cullen Bunn’s story of Vikings and the supernatural illustrated by Joëlle Jones gets its first collected edition with the ☼HELHEIM, VOL. 1: THE WITCH WAR from ONI PRESS who also offers ☼WASTELAND, VOL. 9 TP by Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood. NBM‘s all age imprint, PERFECT SQUARE offers new small graphic novels and this month they include HELLO KITTY: DELICIOUS!, UGLYDOLL: EAT DAT!, BEN 10 OMNIVERSE: JOYRIDES and POKÉMON THE MOVIE: GENESECT AND THE LEGEND AWAKENED. British publisher TITAN offers ☼DREDD: UNDERBELLY, a one shot sequel to the recent movie written by Arthur Wyatt with art by Henry Flint. Also ☼SNOWPIERCER, VOL 1-THE ESCAPE HC by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette is a post apocalyptic tale of the last human survivors circumnavigating the globe aboard a train 1001 carriages long. A story of class and life struggles, this is now a major motion picture starring Chris Evans.SOFAWOLF PRESS has Ursula Vernon’s ☼DIGGER: THE COMPLETE OMNIBUS EDITION TP, 850 black and white pages for forty dollars, the story of a wombat engineer who unwittingly gets involved in a tragedy with gods and demons, this book was the winner of the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story. If you follow any of the comic web sites then you’ve probably read a lot of rave reviews for the relaunch of VALIANT COMICS and if you haven’t jumped aboard yet, here’s an opportunity to do so. New arcs that will move the stories and the universe forward; ETERNAL WARRIOR #5 by Greg Pak and Diego Bernard, BLOODSHOT AND H.A.R.D. CORPS #18 by Christos Gage and Joshua Dysart with the art of Bart Sears, HARBINGER #20 by Joshua Dysart and Clayton Henry, QUANTUM & WOODY #5 by James Asmus and Ming Doyle and SHADOWMAN #13 by Peter Milligan and Roberto De La Torre all begin new story arcs. ☼GRIMM FAIRY TALES PRESENTS THE DARK QUEEN is a 48 page one shot written by Eric M. Esquivel (who most of you know; he lives in L. A. now but was here to sign copies of the first issue of his The In Crowd series a couple months ago before he moved) and illustrated by Lalit Kumar Sharma and this book heralds the end of the Grimm Universe as the introduction to the Age of Darknesswhich connects to the current Code Red and Quest limited series’ in progress. There is also TALES FROM OZ: TIN MAN #1 of 5 by Dan Wickline and Noah Salonga, and WONDERLAND: ASYLUM #1 OF 5 by Raven Gregory and Pat Shand with the art of Tony Brescini. And that’s the independent publishers from Action Lab to Zenescope!
Again this month I’m hard pressed to choose a Pick of the Month as there are so many contenders; while ☼HACKTIVIST from Boom!, ☼DUPPY ’78 GN from COM.X and ☼LEGENDERRY from Dynamite are major contenders I think the title with the best chance to knock me out of my seat this month is going to be Rick Remender’s ☼DEADLY CLASS from Image.
As the Previews catalog is about five hundred pages per issue I’ve mentioned the titles that I think would most interest you but have by no means covered it all, and I didn’t even touch on the sections devoted to books, magazines, apparel, toys, games, imports, novelties, trading cards, models, statues, etc. so please feel free to look through the catalog yourselves when you visit the shop. It has a lot more than this newsletter, including lots of pictures.
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I want to thank you all for your friendship and support these past twelve years. I’m very grateful and I hope that our friendships and business relationships will continue for many years to come. I hope that you and yours are happy and healthy and have much to be thankful for as we enter another holiday season. See you soon!