November 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

    The November Previews catalog is sitting on the desk at the shop as usual, 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 January 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.

    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.

    The catalog’s theme this month is ‘From The Archives’ which means there will be a lot of featured classic reprints, many of them collecting long running newspaper serialized comic strips, so if your interests run to the likes of Steve Canyon, Buzz Sawyer, Prince Valiant, Peanuts or the Krazy Kat be sure to look through the catalog when you stop by and see what lost treasures you can reclaim.

    DARK HORSE: Back in 1986 two guys working in a comic shop in the Pacific Northwest decided to attempt a publishing venture beginning with Boris the Bear #1 and Dark Horse Presents #1. Now entering their third decade they are one of the ‘Big Five’ publishers and they are NOT resting on their laurels. One of the creators who has made Dark Horse his home is Mike Mignola and he begins a new annual tradition with the HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL, a one shot with Mike, Tim Sale, Michael Avon Oeming and more contributing to this collection of short vignettes. The WORLD OF WARCRAFT CHRONICLE HC, VOL. 1 features untold stories about the birth of the cosmos, the rise of ancient empires and the forces that shaped Azeroth written by Matt Burns with more than twenty full page illustrations by Peter Lee. The new Dark Horse title I’m most stoked about this month is LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: SURVIVING MEGALOPOLIS #1 of 6 by writer Gail Simone with art by J. Calafiore. Originally a Kickstarter, there’s one volume already collected in hard cover (and on the shelf here) and this continues the story about a town filled with former super heroes who are now brutal killers. Wendy and Richard Pini’s ELFQUEST: THE FINAL QUEST #13 begins a new story arc while AVATAR-THE LAST AIRBENDER: SMOKE & SHADOW, PART THREE TP is the twelfth volume completing the fourth story by Gene Luen Yang, Gurihiru and others. LONE WOLF 2100 #1 of 4 is by Eric Heisserer with Miguel Sepulveda’s art. SPACE-MULLET!: ONE GAMBLE AT A TIME TP collects Daniel Warren Johnson’s popular web comic and other collected editions include the KING TIGER: SON OF THE DRAGON TP by Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley, the all ages SNOW ANGEL TP by David Chelsea and ZODIAC STARFORCE: BY THE POWER OF ASTRA TP.

    DC: This month DC’s variant covers are Adult Coloring Book variants, black and white covers printed on paper suitable for coloring! I’ll even have some special colored pencils sets for sale to go with these! Picking up where the six part The Lost Army left off, GREEN LANTERN CORPS: EDGE OF OBLIVION #1 of 6 is by Tom Taylor with Ethan Van Sciver’s art as the heroes try to return home in a universe that has reached entropy. THE LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN #1 of 9 is written and illustrated by Renae (The Last Unicorn) De Liz telling of the Amazon’s earliest years on Themyscira, a retelling of her origins in time for her big screen debut. POISON IVY: CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH #1 of 6 is written by Amy Chu with art by Clay Mann; can Dr. Pamela Isley hold down her new job in the plant sciences department at Gotham Botanical Gardens? SUICIDE SQUAD MOST WANTED: DEADSHOT/KATANA #1 of 6 will be forty eight pages per issue with two separate series, one of Deadshot by Brian Buccellato with Viktor Bogdanovic’s art and one of Katana by Mike W. Barr with Diogenes Neves’ art. SWAMP THING #1 of 6 is by the characters’ co-creator Len Wein with art by Kelley Jones as the elemental deals with the forces of dark magic. GREEN ARROW #48 has Ollie avoiding friends and family and struggling to find a cure for the Lukos virus which he contracted in the recent Annual while the reborn hero has decided to make a new home for himself in MARTIAN MANHUNTER #8. STARFIRE #8 has a romantic guest star when Dick Grayson visits Key West. ACTION COMICS #48 by Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder begins ‘The Savage Dawn’ arc spinning out of the Annual, Clark is desperate to regain his powers to help his fellow Justice League members defeat Vandal Savage; this story will continue in the pages of SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN #25 and SUPERMAN #48. GOTHAM ACADEMY #14 starts a new four issue arc titled ‘Gotham Academy Yearbook’ with seven writers and five artists teaming up to share some lost adventures from the past year while GRAYSON #16 has our hero ready to take down Spyral from within. ROBIN WAR #2 of 2 is the conclusion with the fate of Gotham Academy and the Robins hanging on Grayson‘s decision and, in the aftermath a new team of vigilante’s surfaceas we meet The Jokers in WE ARE ROBIN #8. With no apparent connection to the DC Universe, QUARANTINE ZONE HC is an OGN written by Daniel H. Wilson with art by Fernando Pasarin, a science fiction adventure with a virus that modifies the neural pathways for empathy. INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US-YEAR FIVE #1 begins the final year of the series leading into the hit video game. SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP # 14 has an adventure at sea with the gang teaming up with Aquaman. In collected editions this month comes CONSTANTINE, THE HELLBLAZER, VOL. 1: GOING DOWN TP, MARTIAN MANHUNTER, VOL. 1: THE EPIPHANY TP, MIDNIGHTER, VOL. 1: OUT TP, PREZ, VOL. 1: CORNDOG IN CHIEF TP and ROBIN: SON OF BATMAN, VOL. 1: YEAR OF BLOOD HC, all of these being the first collections of the latest new DC series’. Also offered is BATGIRL, VOL. 2: FAMILY BUSINESS TP, the BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT-GENESIS HC, BATMAN, VOL. 8: SUPERHEAVY HC, DEATHSTROKE, VOL. 2: GODKILLER TP, the all age BAT-MITE and BIZARRO TP’s, plus CATWOMAN, VOL. 7: INHERITANCE TP, BIRDS OF PREY, VOL. 2 TP with the early nineties stories by Chuck Dixon, BATMAN: ARKHAM-SCARECROW TP gathering the best tales from various titles, NEW SUICIDE SQUAD, VOL. 2: MONSTERS TP, JUSTICE LEAGUE, VOL. 7: DARKSEID WAR, PART 1 HC, the DOOMED TP, the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE SILVER AGE, VOL. 1 TP with the earliest stories of the ‘World’s Greatest Heroes’ the GREEN LANTERN BY GEOFF JOHNS OMNIBUS, VOL. 3 HC, SINESTRO, VOL. 3: RISING TP, AZRAEL, VOL. 1: FALLEN ANGEL TP collecting the first ten stories by Dennis O’Neil and Joe Quesada, SECRET SIX, VOL. 1: WHAT IS THE SECRET OF THE SIX? TP with the first arc of the current title and SUPERMAN, VOL. 1: BEFORE TRUTH HC where Superman’s identity is exposed. New collected editions at DC’s creator owned imprint, VERTIGO are the EGYPT TP by Peter Milligan, a long out of print tale, Y: THE LAST MAN, BOOK FOUR TP and DOOM PATROL: BOOK ONE TP collecting the first two arcs of Grant Morrison’s run on the title. Their collectible imprint, DC DIRECT has a bunch of statues of their television stars with the SUPERGIRL (TV) STATUE, the FLASH (TV): REVERSE FLASH STATUE and the FLASH (TV) CAPTAIN COLD PROP REPLICA FREEZE GUN. From the DC ICONS line comes THE JOKER AF from the Death in the Family storyline, the FIRESTORM AF from his Justice League days and the GREEN LANTERN: JOHN STUART AF from his Mosaic series.

    IDW: With the surprise success of the revitalized eighties animated series Idea & Design Works offers the JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS COVERS TREASURY EDITION with all the regular and variant covers collected, minus the logos and at full size for under ten dollars and JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS #11 begins the Dark Jem epic storyline. Their Artists Editions continue with THE AVENGERS: GEORGE PÉREZ MARVEL ARISTS SELECT SERIES HC with pages from Kurt Busiek’s run and THE BEST OF DC WAR ARTIST’S EDITION HC with art by Russ Heath, Jack Kirby Joe Kubert, John Severin and Alex Toth. LUNA THE VAMPIRE #1 is a new all age series by Yasmin Sheikh. AMAZING FOREST #1 is a collection of short stories by Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas with a variant cover by Paul (Concrete) Chadwick. VICTORIE CITY #1 of 4 is by Keith Carmack with art by Vincent Nappi, a hard boiled detective thriller from IDW and 44Flood. GUTTER MAGIC #1 of 4 is by Rich Douek and Brett Barkley, an urban fantasy adventure from IDW and Comics Experience. A new series to coincide with the new film, GHOSTBUSTERS INTERNATIONAL #1 is by the same creators who brought us the past two series. After a few limited series ANGRY BIRDS COMICS #1 gets their first ongoing series. The DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS OMNIBUS collects three different complete adventures and for those of you who are getting into the popular adult coloring books, WORLDS OF COLOR: WELCOME TO OZ ADULT COLORING BOOK is sixty four pages of Eric Shanower’s gorgeous art in black and white for under ten dollars.

    IMAGE: CRY HAVOC #1 is written by Simon (X-Men Legacy) Spurrier with art by Ryan Kelly and employing three different colorists to properly define the story’s threads, this is kind of a tale of a lesbian werewolf who goes to war. The tale of a boy and his dragon in Depression era New York City gets it’s second arc in FOUR EYES: HEARTS OF FIRE #1 of 4 by Joe Kelly and Max Fiumara. PENCIL HEAD #1 of 5 is a semi-autobiographical take on the craziness of the comic book industry written and illustrated in black and white by Ted McKeever. PROPHET: EARTH WAR #1 of 6 begins the epic conclusion to Brandon Graham’s series with art by Giannis Milonogiannis. Several series’ are beginning new arcs including BITCH PLANET #6, INJECTION #6, LOW #11, NOWHERE MEN #7, REVIVAL #26, WOLF #5 and SAVAGE DRAGON #211. The WALKING DEAD #150 will be forty pages with no price increase. Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham’s latest psychedelic offering is collected in the NAMELESS HC for under twenty dollars, and other collected editions include the INVINCIBLE, VOL. 22 TP: REBOOT, LAZARUS, VOL. 4: POISON TP, THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, VOL. 2 HC, MANIFEST DESTINY, VOL. 3 TP, ODY-C, VOL. 2: SONS OF THE WOLF TP, RASPUTIN, VOL. 2 TP, REYN, VOL. 2 TP, SEX, VOL. 4: DAISY CHAINS TP, TALES OF HONOR, VOL. 2 TP, TREES, VOL. 2: TWO FORESTS TP and THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, VOL. 3 TP.

    MARVEL: The ‘not-a-reboot’ continues with OLD MAN LOGAN #1 written by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino which appears to be a prequel to Mark Millar’s original tale, CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, the team behind the Agent Carter TV show, with Kris Anka’s artwork as Carol Danvers leads Alpha Flight and ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT #1 written by Skottie Young of course, with art by Filipe Andrade. SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL #1 is by Joe Kelly with Ed McGuinness’ art, a new ongoing series ‘because you demanded it'(?). In SILVER SURFER #1 still by Dan Slott and Michael Allred, Norrin Radd and Dawn Greenwood take a break from cosmic adventures to spend some time on Earth. AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 is by Marc Guggenheim and German Peralta and Tony Stark guest stars in the first arc titled ‘The Coulson Protocols’. With Frank Cho providing the art wouldn’t you expect TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #2 to introduce a ‘totally awesome’ female antagonist? Meet Lady Hellbender. Recently replacing the familiar Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, we now have the latest GUIDEBOOK TO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE-MARVEL’S CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. The True Believers is one dollar reprints of key issues and this month they offer ten of them, all featuring the Merc with a Mouth: TRUE BELIEVERS: DEADPOOL #1 reprints New Mutants #98, TRUE BELIEVERS: DEADPOOL ORIGINS #1 reprints Wolverine Origins #25, THE MEATY DEADPOOL#1 is from Deadpool #11 from the 2008 series, THE WEDDING OF DEADPOOL #1 from Deadpool #27 (2012), DETECTIVE DEADPOOL #1 from Cable & Deadpool #13, UNCANNY DEADPOOL #1 from Cable & Deadpool #38, THE GROOVY DEADPOOL #1 from Deadpool #13 (2012), DEADPOOL THE MUSICAL #1 from Deadpool #49.1 (2008), DEADPOOL VARIANTS #1 showcases all of the variant covers through the many series and EVIL DEADPOOL #1 is from Deadpool #45 (2008). STAR WARS: OBI-WAN & ANAKIN #1 of 5 is written by Charles Soule with art by Marco Checchetto, DARTH VADER #15 concludes the Vader Down cross over while DARTH VADER #16 begins a new arc. And the STAR WARS: CHEWBACCA TP collects the five part series (that is in progress as I write this). Collected editions offered this month include CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE HC, the GROOT PREMIERE HC collecting his six issue series, DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID & CHRIS SAMNEE, VOL. 5 HC, the ALL-NEW X-MEN, VOL. 4 HC by Bendis, MIRACLEMAN BY GAIMAN & BUCKINGHAM, BOOK 1: THE GOLDEN AGE PREMIERE HC and, back in print is the UNCANNY X-MEN OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC, over eight hundred pages including letter columns for under one hundred dollars. The GIANT-SIZE LITTLE MARVEL: AVX HC collects over a hundred pages of Skottie Young’s X-Babies and A-Babies. More collections from the Secret Wars limited series’ includes 1602 WITCH HUNGER ANGELA TP, ARMOR WARS: WARZONES! TP, CIVIL WAR: WARZONES! TP, RED SKULL TP, SECRET WARS JOURNAL/BATTLEWORLD TP, INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING TP, X-TINCTION AGENDA: WARZONES! TP and E IS FOR EXTINCTION: WARZONES! TP. The WHAT IF? INFINITY TP collects the five recent one shots written by Joshua Williamson. S.H.I.E.L.D., VOL. 2: THE MAN CALLED D.E.A.T.H. TP has issues seven through twelve, SPIDER-WOMAN, VOL. 2: NEW DUDS TP has five through ten, AVENGERS: TIME RUNS OUT, VOL. 4 TP has the last issues of the previous volumes of both the Avengers and the New Avengers and the DEADPOOL FIRSTS TP has his first appearance plus the first issues of ten different limited and ongoing series. And if that’s not enough (!) there’s also the COLOR YOUR OWN DEADPOOL TP, a hundred and twenty coloring pages for less than ten dollars.

    INDEPENDENTS: In last month’s newsletter I was excited about new publisher AFTERSHOCK as they seem to be getting top creators for all their projects. This month they launch the ongoing AMERICAN MONSTER #1 written by Brian (100 Bullets) Azzarello with art by Juan Doe, about a returning vet unsure whether his tour of duty has made him a hero or a monster. CODE PRU #1 is a black humor horror series by Garth Ennis with black and white art by Raulo Caceres from AVATAR PRESS about a woman who wanted to help people when she joined the FDNY but is instead assigned to the unit that deals with the vampires, zombies, ghouls and monsters of modern day New York. THE LAST CONTRACT #1 of 4 is a tale of a retired hit man forced back into the game where he becomes the hunted instead of the hunter, written by Ed Brisson with Lisandro Estherren’s art from BOOM! STUDIOS. They also launch the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #0 written by Kyle Higgins and Mairghread Scott with the art of Hendry Prasetya and Daniel Bayliss. In collected editions they offer CURB STOMP TP, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, VOL. 2 TP and the SONS OF ANARCHY, VOL. 4 TP. Their ARCHAIA imprint offers MEZOLITH, VOL. 1 OGN HC by Ben Haggarty and Adam Brockbank, a coming of age story ten thousand years in the past, an award winning adventure being published in the U.S. for the first time. And now that the Card Wars series is over, their all age imprint, KaBOOM! launches ADVENTURE TIME: ICE KING #1 of 6. All age collections this month include BEE AND PUPPYCAT, VOL. 2 TP, THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL, VOL. 2 TP and the LUMBERJANES, VOL. 3 TP. Rick Remender, who cut his ties with Marvel this past year and has had much success at Image with his series’ Low, Black Science, Deadly Class and Tokyo Ghost now launches DEVOLUTION #1 from DYNAMITE with art by Jonathan (The Authority) Wayshak, a tale of the last band of ‘Still Sapien’ dealing with a devolved Earth. RED SONJA, VOL. 3 #1 is the new series written by Marguerite Bennett with artist Aneke wearing a new costume re-designed by Nicola Scott. The SWORDS OF SORROW: THE COMPLETE SAGA HC collects Gail Simone’s six issue series plus all fifteen tie in issues, over five hundred pages for less than fifty dollars. Other collections include JUNGLE GIRL: SEASON THREE TP and LEGENDERRY: GREEN HORNET TP. DRAWN & QUARTERLY offers BERLIN #19, the next chapter in Jason Lute’s long running historical fiction series; a brilliant series with a very slow shipping schedule, I try to always keep the first two trade paperbacks in stock. GRAPHIC INDIA offers the DEVI/WITCHBLADE one shot, a collaborative effort, written by Samit Basu and Ron Marz with art by Eric Basaldua and Mukesh Singh. You’ve probably heard that Wes (Nightmare on Elm Street) Craven passed away at the end of August this year so I wondered if LIQUID COMICS would still be publishing his collaboration with Steve (30 Days of Night) Niles, but since issue one arrived last Wednesday and WES CRAVEN’S COMING OF RAGE #4 of 5 is offered this month, I guess the series will be completed. A small publisher with great editorial sense, ONI PRESS has some of the top creators doing their best creator owned work and, if you’re unfamiliar with their titles the ONI PRESS STARTER PACK 2016 is two hundred pages, seven complete first issues for under six dollars with creators like Greg Rucka, Cullen Bunn, Charles Soule, Joshua Hale Fialkov and more, with titles like Letter 44 #1, The Bunker #1, Stumptown #1 and
Exodus: The Life After #1 you’re going to get hooked on some of these great stories. They’ve also collected a couple of the more popular web comics and Kickstarter successes with K. C. Green’s GRAVEYARD QUEST TP and the not very lucky LUCKY PENNY TP by Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota. A company that recently made the jump from mail order to national distribution, OVERGROUND COMICS launches HEROCORP KNIGHTS #1 about a company that creates heroes for profit, written and illustrated by Jon Hughes and PLUS ULTRA #21, written by Jon Hughes with Matthew Weldon’s art; this story looks at the way female heroes are portrayed in comics. SPACE GOAT offers EVIL DEAD 2: CRADLE OF THE DAMNED #1 written by Frank Hannah with Chris Summers’ art has Ash and Annie back from Hell, until the Dark Ones show up and send our heroes to the Mirror Dimension. British publisher, TITAN offers MAN PLUS #1 written and illustrated by André Lima (Spider-Verse) Araújo, a dystopic future with cyborg strike teams and where the line between man and machine grow hazier every day. Collected editions include DOCTOR WHO: 9TH, VOL. 1: WEAPONS OF PAST DESTRUCTION HC, DOCTOR WHO: 10TH, VOL. 4: ENDLESS SONG HC, DOCTOR WHO: 12TH VOL. 3: HYPERION HC,DEATH SENTENCE, VOL. 2: LONDON TP and BLACKLIST, VOL. 1 TP. The popular hero from the pages of Harbinger gets her first solo adventure in FAITH #1 of 4 by Jody Houser with art by Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage from VALIANT COMICS and if you’re considering checking out their universe BLOODSHOT REBORN #10 by Jeff Lemire and Lewis Larosa begins a new four part arc as does X-O MANOWAR #43, teaming up with Ninjak. New collections include the BOOK OF DEATH TP, BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF THE VALIANT UNIVERSE with the four one shots and X-O MANOWAR, VOL. 10: EXODUS TP. And ZENESCOPE again expands their Grimm Universe, a kind of mash up between traditional children’s tales and B horror movies with a liberal dose of cheesecake added; this month they launch ESCAPE FROM MONSTER ISLAND #1 of 5, GRIMM FAIRY TALES: STEAMPUNK #1 of 2, RED AGENT #1 of 5 and the one shot OZ: NO PLACE LIKE HOME. And that reaches the end of the comic section of this months Previews catalog.

    Another tough choice this month with three top contenders: LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: SURVIVING MEGALOPOLIS #1 from Gail Simone at Dark Horse, AMERICAN MONSTER #1 from Brian Azzarello at Aftershock and, November’s Pick of the Month, DEVOLUTION #1 from Rick Remender at Dynamite.

    The catalog also has sections of books, magazines, trading cards, apparel, toys and models, statues, pages of Star Wars and Batman vs Superman items, pages of Funko Pops including the new Disney and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dorbz vinyl figures, collectibles and novelties plus lots of imports, (as Diamond Distribution is the largest importer of toys in the U.S.). Feel free to look through the catalog when you stop by and if there’s something you’d like just let me know and I’ll be happy to order it for you!

    The catalog arrived on Wednesday, the twenty eighth and today is the thirtieth; I hustled through the newsletter over the past couple of days because tomorrow is HALLOWEEN when, as you probably know I’ll be hosting a benefit for the COMMUNITY FOOD BANK OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA with a bunch of talented and generous artists who will draw free sketches for you. From ten until five, stop by, get four free Halloween comics each while supplies last, enter the raffle to win graphic novels, posters and action figures, make a bid on some wonderful pieces of original artwork donated by the artists, many with a Halloween theme, wear costumes if you like, bring your camera and have a good time while helping out one of Tucson’s wonderful charitable organizations. I hope to see you all tomorrow, so much that I’m going to send out the newsletter a couple of days early as an extra reminder.

    The charity event three months ago raised $2150.00 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and I’m hoping we can top that during tomorrow’s fundraiser. That record amount is a ringing tribute to the good fortune that has brought you wonderful and generous people into my shop. I consider myself blessed to be able to give something back to this great town and there’s absolutely no way in the world I could do so without the tremendous artists who share their time and talent and without YOU who take time out of your busy schedules to support the shop and the causes. ‘Thank you’ is woefully inadequate for all you do, but what else can I say, but THANK YOU!!

    See you soon,

    Peace,

    Charlie


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