The November Previews catalog is sitting on the desk here, available for your perusal when you stop by. Meanwhile I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you.
These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in January of 2015. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and let me know by the twenty first of the month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders.
Some of the codes and abbreviations that I use are: HC (hard cover), TP (trade paperback), SC (soft cover), GN (graphic novel), OGN (original graphic novel-not a reprint or collection), MMPB (mass market paperbacks), AF (action figure), T/C (trading cards, T/S (tee shirt) and ♥
(to denote an excellent writer, creator or title deserving wider recognition in my humble opinion).
Besides the monthly Previews catalog there is also an ‘Adult Supplement’ which showcases the ‘adults only’ comics, books and videos. If you are interested in seeing what’s available (and you’re over eighteen) just send me an email and I will send you this month’s adult catalog in a .pdf format with images, descriptions and prices.
DARK HORSE: Gail Simone has been doing an impressive job of writing the adventures of the She-Devil with a Sword for Dynamite Entertainment while Dark Horse has been picking the right writers and artists to keep the Cimmerian tales lively; so for this cross over ♥CONAN/RED SONJA #1, to be co-written by Gail Simone and Jim Zub and to have Dan Panosian provide the interiors should produce a fine ages spanning saga worthy of Robert E. Howard’s characters. Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich join forces to produce ♥LADY KILLER #1, a kind of sit-com starring a perfect nineteen sixties housewife who is also a contract killer. The ♥SHAOLIN COWBOY HC collects the recent limited series plus bonus material, this is the mostly silent series with our hero battling millions of zombies with a chainsaw, not to be confused with the volume offered last month from Burleyman Entertainment (which collects the previous series). Best selling crime novelist Duane Swierczynski begins a new arc with series artist Erick Nguyen on ♥X #21, an extremely solid book for fans of Punisher type stories. This story arc will conclude in next months issue of Captain Midnight. The ♥DEMO TP brings back to print the entire brilliant series by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan, almost five hundred pages for under twenty five dollars. The EMPOWERED: UNCHAINED TP, VOL. 1 collects all of Adam Warren’s one-shot specials in one volume. ♥GROO: FRIENDS AND FOES #1 is the first of twelve monthly issues by Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier. The first book of an all ages trilogy, ♥THE COURAGEOUS PRINCESS: BEYOND THE HUNDRED KINGDOMS HC by Rod Espinosa goes to its third printing with the second volume to follow next June and the final volume to be released next September. ♥TEX: THE LONESOME RIDER HC is a western tale written by Claudio Nizzi and illustrated by the late, legendary Joe Kubert and this is the first time that it’s been available in English. BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL, VOL. 31: FINAL CURTAIN is the final tale in this epic ninja saga. Merchandise this month includes a new Game of Thrones mug, bookmark set, patch and two figures, a 22 ounce stein featuring Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer plus a new deck of cards: DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION.
DC: You’ve probably noticed that the ten issues of Grant Morrison’s current craziness isn’t actually sequentially numbered so, for those keeping score the ♥MULTIVERSITY GUIDEBOOK #1 is actually the sixth issue and this one is eighty pages long and has maps and descriptions of all of the alternate worlds as well as the history of the ‘Crisis’ events plus a dual adventure with Kamandi of Earth-51, the post-apocalyptic Atomic Knight Batman of Earth-17 and the chibi Batman of Earth-42, written by Grant with art by Nicola Scott. In ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE #38 the Amazo Virus infects the last Leaguer standing: Batman by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok and in ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #8 the team goes up against the Legion of Super Heroes in the penultimate chapter of the ‘Infinitus Saga’ from Jeff Lemire and Neil Edwards. It used to be that the third of fourth issue of any new series would guest star Superman or Batman at DC, Spider-Man or Wolverine at Marvel, to bring in new readers. ♥DEATHSTROKE #4 will guest star Harley Quinn as she tends to draw more new readers than the big guns these days. (And at Marvel it’s more likely to be Rocket Raccoon or Groot.) I’ve probably told you how pleased I was when Jeff Lemire took over the Archer’s monthly adventures; last month Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski took over, the guys who write the TV program and, with just one issue under their belt, seven out of ten of the customers subscribing to this title dropped it. Continued from the pages of Batman Superman #17, ♥LOBO #4 has the battle between the Man of Steel and this new main man. SECRET ORIGINS #9 covers Swamp Thing, Power Girl and Green Lantern John Stewart. The Amazons are responsible for protecting the Gates of Hell on Paradise Island while our hero was to bring peace a message of peace to mankind but under the new creative team of Meredith and David Finch it appears that the mission has changed as in WONDER WOMAN #38 she has fully embraced her persona as the God of War (not ‘Goddess’; I fear that feminism won’t play a part). SUPERMAN #38 ends the first arc by Geoff Johns and John Romita, Jr with a forty page issue, Batman and a new costume. The dynamic duo is back together in ♥BATMAN AND ROBIN #38 but how Damian’s new super powers(?) will affect their relationship is still to be seen. I’m curious as to what your reactions were to the new creative team; I loved Gail Simone’s work and feel that her final issue was the best ever but it seems to me that BATGIRL suddenly got a lot younger and more innocent than the woman who was Oracle, and though DC hyped Babs Tarr as being a hot new artist to watch they didn’t let her do the cover and they had writer Cameron Stewart provide the layouts. I had doubts about the veracity of the new series by Gerry Duggan and Shawn Crystal as well, but the events in Batman Eternal set the stage and I found the first issue more solid that I’d expected; in ♥ARKHAM MANOR #4 Mr. Freeze joins the menagerie. ♥GRAYSON #6 has an unevenly matched battle as our hero fights the Midnighter while the hunt for the ghost begins in ♥GOTHAM ACADEMY #4. GREEN LANTERN #38 provides Hal with some much needed time off after Godhead and Carol Ferris guest stars and, in SINESTRO #9 Mongul returns. Outside of the DC Universe are the licensed titles like ARROW: SEASON 2.5 #4 and THE FLASH: SEASON ZERO #4 plus the new ♥MORTAL KOMBAT X #1 leading up to next years new game. Collected editions in the deluxe format this month include: BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT UNWRAPPED BY DAVID FINCH: DELUXE EDITION HC with a dozen issues featuring the pencils of this popular, heavily detailed artist, ♥JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED, VOL. 1: JUSTICE LEAGUE CANADA HC with the first arc written by Jeff Lemire and penciled by Mike McKone, ♥SUPERMAN: DOOMED HC with more than five hundred pages for fifty bucks, ♥SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 2: WAR AND PEACE HC collecting the second arc plus the Annual and Futures End issues, ♥BATMAN ADVENTURES: MAD LOVE-DELUXE EDITION HC by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, ♥BATMAN ’66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET HC by Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman with Ty Templeton’s art, the ♥ORION BY WALTER SIMONSON OMNIBUS EDITION HC and SHAZAM!: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC. In soft cover editions is offered BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT, VOL. 4: CLAY TP, BATWING, VOL. 5: INTO THE DARK TP, CONSTANTINE, VOL. 3: THE VOICE IN THE FIRE TP, GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS, VOL. 5: GODKILLERS TP, the ♥DAMIAN: SON OF BATMAN TP, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK, VOL. 5: PARADISE LOST TP, SUPERMAN, VOL. 4: PSI WAR TP, TEEN TITANS, VOL. 5: THE TRIAL OF KID FLASH TP and the ♥SECRET ORIGINS, VOL. 1 TP. DC’s mature reader and creator owned imprint, VERTIGO launches a new, ongoing series written by Tim (Grayson, Revival) Seeley titled ♥EFFIGY #1, a supernatural crime series with a celebrity worshiping cult and bodies around the world. As FAIREST #33 is the final issue in this spin-off from Fables, FABLES: THE WOLF AMONG US #1 is offered, the adventures of Bigby Wolf as an adaptation and expansion of the hit video game and a prequel to the long running series by Bill Willingham. Collected editions offered include ♥ASTRO CITY: PRIVATE LIVES HC with issues eleven through sixteen, ♥HELLBLAZER, VOL. 10: IN THE LINE OF FIRE TP with issues ninety seven through one hundred and seven and the ♥OCEAN/ORBITER DELUXE EDITION HC putting both of Warren Ellis’ science fiction series in one place, the former illustrated by Colleen Doran and the latter by Chris Sprouse. New products from DC DIRECT this month include SUPERMAN & BATMAN BOOKENDS based on Jim Lee’s art, new action figures from the Batman Animated series featuring the CREEPER, ROBIN, HARLEY QUINN and KILLER CROC WITH BABY DOLL, from the Arrow
show comes the DEADSHOT and THE DARK ARCHER AF’s, there’s a DC BOMBSHELLS: MERA STATUE, a DC COMICS SUPER HEROES: NIGHTWING BUST, a BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE based on the art of Ivan Reis, a SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL STATUE designed by Sean ‘Cheeks’ Galloway, another ♥NEW 52: NIGHTWING AF and a BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY CLAYFACE DELUXE AF at thirteen inches tall.
IDW: One of Idea and Design Works’ first titles returns as an ongoing series with ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS #1 written by Chris Ryall and Steve Niles with art by Anthony Diecidue, Val Mayerick and Ashley Wood but judging from preorders I’d have to say that their ♥MILLENIUM #1 OF 5 is going to be a bigger hit, spinning out of the X-Files: Season Ten series and written by Joe Harris with Colin Lorimer’s art. Picking up where the movie left off GALAXY QUEST #1 OF 4 is written by Erik Burnham with the art of Nacho Arranz. G.I. JOE: SNAKE EYES: AGENT OF COBRA #1 OF 5 is written by Mike Costa with Paolo Villanelli’s art and the TRANSFORMERS: PUNISHMENT one shot has Optimus Prime returning to Cybertron. The POWERPUFF GIRLS: SUPER SMASH-UP #1 OF 6 is a cross over with Dexter’s Laboratory. TMNT COLOR CLASSICS, VOL. 3 #1 reprints more of the classic Mirage issues in color, this series beginning with ‘Shades of Gray’ that was originally in issue forty eight. ♥JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS: THE DARK JUDGES #1 OF 5 begins with the introduction of Judge Death by co-creators John Wagner and Brian Bolland. ♥JUDAS: THE LAST DAYS OGN HC is written by W. Maxwell Prince with art by John Amor, a reimagining of Biblical characters including Judas, Saint Matthew, Paul of Tarsus and Jesus. CREEPLE PEEPLE #1 OF 3 is a tale of weird science gone wild as three science majors substitute their DNA for ink in the schools 3-D bio printer. CREATURE COPS: SPECIAL VARMINT UNIT #1 OF 3 is about a geam who hunts down freakish animals created through gene-splicing.
IMAGE: When I start this paragraph with: written by Matt Fraction and Michael Chabon with the art of brothers Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá I don’t think you really need any more information (but I’ll tell you anyway); the title is ♥CASANOVA: ACEDIA #1. And the same goes for a new title by Johathan Hickman with art by Ryan Bodenheim, ♥THE DYING AND THE DEAD #1, a forty eight page debut described as ‘Indiana Jones for Old People, high adventure meets end-of-life estate planning’. Al Simmons, the original returns in SPAWN #250 by Todd McFarlane with art by Szymon Kudranski and half a dozen variant covers. IXth GENERATION #1 is Matt Hawkins’ and Stjepan Sejic’s returning Aphrodite IX and Cyberforce to the supernatural Artifacts side of the Top Cow Universe. REYN #1 is by Kel Symons with Nathan Stockman’s art, a story of a freelance swordsman and monster hunter. The ♥CRIMINAL: SPECIAL EDITION is a forty eight page one shot by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, also available in a magazine format for an extra dollar, this is the creators first story in this award winning series in years and ties into Image now having the publishing rights for this series originally published under Marvel’s Icon imprint, so along with the special edition comes ♥CRIMINAL, VOL. 1: COWARD. Buy the one shot and you’ll be back for the collected editions to follow. And speaking of great crime comics, if you didn’t check it out last time, here’s another opportunity: ♥STRAY BULLETS: SUNSHINE AND ROSES #1 begins a new arc of this tense, psychologically disturbing series created, written and illustrated by David Lapham. The ♥BIG HARD SEX CRIMINALS HC collects the first ten issues in an oversized hardcover format guaranteed to embarrass you to order. Also collected this month is ♥’68: RULE OF WAR TP, ♥HACK/SLASH: SON OF SAMHAIN, VOL. 1 TP, the ♥SAVAGE DRAGON ARCHIVES, VOL. 4 TP and ♥TECH JACKET, VOL. 3 TP.
MARVEL: I’m a bit perturbed at Marvel’s incessant hyperbole and putting the headline ‘Welcome Home’ above their solicitation for ♥STAR WARS #1 is why. Dark Horse did a stellar job with the license for a long time and it was enthusiastically appreciated by creator George Lucas, so the headline is unnecessarily insulting. However Marvel has put maybe their best writer, Jason Aaron on the book with art by John Cassaday for the first arc (and more variant covers than you can shake a light saber at) so it’s possible that they’ll do a good job this time. Their original stories on the series, aside from the actual film adaptations just weren’t very impressive. I hear that they’ll be offering an ongoing Princess Leia series next month. Also there are a lot of ‘Welcome Home’ variants this month that will feature Star Wars imagery. UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 relaunches the series with a new team of heroes spinning out of the Axis series, written by Rick Remender with the artwork of Daniel Acuňa. ♥ANT MAN #1 will be written by Nick Spencer with art by Ramon Rosanas with each of the variant covers featuring Scott Lang at a different size, and they haven’t told us how many variant covers they’ll make. The ♥UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1 will be written by Ryan North with art by Erica Henderson as our hero and the babysitter for Luke Cage and Jessica’s baby begins college. WOLVERINES #1 is by Charles Soule and Nick Bradshaw is an ongoing weekly series (?) about the battle to obtain Logan’s valuable, admantium coated remains. The AVENGERS: NO MORE BULLYING one shot will have a bunch of tales, forty pages for under two dollars and suitable for all ages. The ‘Time Runs Out’ story that’s been running through the Avengers books for awhile now bears the secondary title of Secret Wars so I guess they’re twisting the story a bit so it can tie into their ever changing upcoming movies. Issues tying into the Spider-Verse this month include: SPIDER-VERSE #2 OF 3 with video game Spidey, punk rock Spidey and fairy tale Spidey, SPIDER-MAN 2099 #8, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13, SPIDER-VERSE TEAM-UP #3 OF 3, SCARLET SPIDERS #3 OF 3 and SPIDER-WOMAN #3. OPERATION S.I.N. #1 OF 5 is by Kathryn Immonen and Rich Ellis, an untold tale beginning in the nineteen fifties, tying into Original Sin and featuring Agent Peggy Carter and Howard Stark. You’ve probably already heard, but ♥SHE-HULK #12 will be the final issue of the series. ♥SILVER SURFER #9 has the chromium hero battling Galactus and ALL NEW ULTIMATES #12 is also a final issue (but I won’t miss this one too much). ♥X-MEN #23 begins a new arc with scribe G. Willow Wilson at the helm (although an artist has yet to be determined). ALL NEW X-FACTOR #20 is another series finale and in collected editions this month there is the ♥ROCKET RACCOON, VOL. 1: A CHASING TALE PREMIERE HC, the ♥HAWKEYE BY MATT FRACTION & DAVID AJA OMNIBUS HC, the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WHO AM I? HC collecting the twelve issue ‘Infinite Comics’ series, ♥AVENGERS BY JONATHAN HICKMAN, VOL. 1 HC and the ♥NEW AVENGERS BY JONATHAN HICKMAN, VOL. 1 HC. Also ♥GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY/ALL NEW X-MEN: THE TRIAL OF JEAN GREY TP, SPIDER-MAN 2099, VOL. 1: OUT OF TIME TP, STORM, VOL. 1: MAKE IT RAIN TP, the INHUMANITY TP, ♥DAREDEVIL, VOL. 2: WEST-CASE SCENARIO TP, the DEXTER TP collecting the first five issue limited series and the AVENGERS: THE VIBRANIUM COLLECTION SLIPCASE HC, almost eight hundred pages, a kind of ‘best of’ retrospective for two hundred bucks. Also offered is the MARVEL SELECT: CARNAGE ACTION FIGURE and the UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL POSTER by Art Adams.
INDEPENDENTS: SCIENCE IS MAGIC #1 OF 4 is by Ben Dunn, published by ANTARCTIC PRESS and is a battle of the sexes as well as a battle between the veracity of science and magic and SHERLOCK HOLMES: STEAM DETECTIVE is a black and white one shot with art by David Hutchison. AARDEN ENTERTAINMENT offers CLASS ACTION #1, on ongoing series in black and white written by Neal Adams with the art of Mikael Bergvist, about a couple engaged to be married except she doesn’t know of his super villain past. BIG PLANET COMICS has ♥FUNGUS: THE UNBEARABLE ROT OF BEING GN, the latest work of James Kochalka, a surreal outside look at the elements. BLACK WATCH COMICS offers ♥CREDENCE, VOL. 1 GN written by Michael Easton with art by Steven Perkins; it’s a two hundred and forty five page, black and white hard boiled anti-hero graphic novel that Neil Gaiman calls ‘Chilling and haunting, disturbing yet poetic’ and Robert (Sin City) Rodriguez says, ‘Easton writes about evil like it was his own invention’. BOOM! begins BURNING FIELDS #1 OF 8 written by Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel with the art of Colin Lorimer, a horror story of a mythic evil in Iraq. And from their ARCHAIA imprint comes ♥FEATHERS #1 OF 6 by Jorge Corona, an all age tale of a reclusive boy born covered in feathers and his first ever friend. And they also offer ♥JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: CREATION MYTHS, VOL. 1 TP. Their ‘alternative’ imprint, BOOM! BOX begins MUNCHKIN #1, a comic adaptation of the popular card game, and there will be an exclusive game card in the first printing of every issue, so ‘Kill the Monsters, Steal the Treasure and Stab Your Buddy’! Their all age imprint, KaBOOM! offers ADVENTURE TIME: MARVELINE GONE ADRIFT #1 OF 6. The folks at DYNAMITE have acquired the rights to a bunch of licensed characters from King Features Syndicate and are launching five different limited series: there’s FLASH GORDON #1 OF 4 by Ben Acker and Ben Blacker with art by Lee Ferguson, ♥MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN #1 OF 4 by Roger Langridge with Jeremy Treece’s art, PRINCE VALIANT #1 OF 4 by Nate Cosby wit the art of Ron Salas, ♥THE PHANTOM #1 OF 4 by Brian Clevinger with Brent Schoonover’s art and ♥JUNGLE JIM #1 OF 4 by Paul Tobin with Sandy Jarrell’s art. And if you get all of them, the Darwyn Cooke covers all connect. TWILIGHT ZONE: SHADOW AND SUBSTANCE #1 begins a new series by Mark Rahner with art by Edu Menna and RED SONJA: VULTURE’S CIRCLE #1 is written by Nancy A. Collins and Luke Lieberman with Fritz Casas’ art. Combining all of the comics, annuals and limited series since they acquired the license in 2010, they’re publishing VAMPIRELLA #100, a forty eight page special with many contributors. CHAOS: SMILEY THE PSYCHOTIC BUTTON is a forty page one shot and, collected LEGENDERRY: A STEAMPUNK ADVENTURE TP by Bill (Fables) Willingham with Sergio Fernandez Davila providing the artwork. ♥THE SHADOW MASTER SERIES, VOL. 3 TP collects the brilliant series by Andrew Helfer, Kyle Baker and Joe Orlando that DC published in the late eighties. FANTAGRAPHIC BOOKS releases ♥MICHAEL JORDAN: BULL ON PARADE by Wilfred (21: The Story of Roberto Clemente) Santiago, a biography. ♥FATHERLAND: A FAMILY HISTORY GN is published by LIVERIGHT and is a hundred and sixty page, black and white non fiction history of the Balkans in the twentieth century. ONI PRESS solicits the PART-TIME PRINCESSES GN, a black and white teen comedy by Monica Gallagher and RED 5 collects ♥ATOMIC ROBO AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLE TP, the ninth volume in Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener’s steampunk adventure series. Beyond the three Doctor Who series’ TITAN COMICS
has been releasing a bunch of solid titles and they launch three new ones this month: NORMAN, VOL. 1 OF 4 about an eight year old with a hockey mask who likes dissecting humans for fun, MASKED, VOL. 1 OF 4 described as ‘Superman meets Blade Runner’ and ♥WORLD WAR X, VOL. 1 OF 3 with underground monsters wiping out humanity, with art by Peter (Abe Sapien) Snejbjerg and, in collected editions they have ♥BURNE HOGARTH’S TARZAN, VOL. 1: IN THE CITY OF GOLD HC and the ♥MICHAEL MOORCOCK LIBRARY, VOL. 1: ELRIC OF MELNIBONÉ HC, adapted by Roy Thomas with the art of P. Craig Russell and Michael T. Gilbert. In June of 2013 my Pick of the Month was the story of Senator John Lewis’ life and struggle for civil rights. The book became a #1 New York Times best seller, a #1 Washington Post bestseller, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and was the first graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. That book is now in its fourth printing and the second book in the series is offered: ♥MARCH: BOOK TWO from TOP SHELF advances the biography to the point where Lewis is elected chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee which leads to America’s greatest demonstration: the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. New from VALIANT, IVAR, TIMEWALKER #1 by Fred Van Lente with Clayton Henry’s art spinning out of Archer & Armstrong and QUANTUM & WOODY MUST DIE #1 OF 4 is by James Asmus with Steve Lieber’s art. VIZ MEDIA offers JACO, THE GALACTIC PATROLMAN, VOL. 1. I don’t mention manga much but this is for all of you that still mourn the end of DragonBall and DragonBall Z
as this is a comedy by Akira Toriyama, in English for the first time, with lots of Easter Eggs for DragonBall fans, but easily accessible and enjoyable for new readers too.
There are quite a few contenders this month, like ♥CASANOVA: ACEDIA #1, the ♥MATT FRACTION & DAVID AJA HAWKEYE OMNIBUS, the Michael Jordan biography and the second ♥MARCH book but my Pick of the Month for November is ♥FEATHERS #1 OF 6.
You should have seen this in your mailbox at midnight on Halloween but, as I was hosting a charity event in the shop on November first I missed my self imposed deadline and I apologize for the newsletter being a couple of days late this month. (On the other hand I have to thank all of you that participated. We raised $825.00 for the Pima Council on Aging and I’m very grateful for your support and compassion.)
I wish all the best to you and yours and thank you for your support and friendship. You will all be in my thoughts and in my heart when I meditate on the things that I’m thankful for this month. See you soon!