The November Previews catalog arrived on Wednesday, October 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 January 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: The brilliant creative duo of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips return to their crime series with a new ♥CRIMINAL #1 (and if you followed their Kill or Be Killed series, then I’ve already added the new series to your subscription list). Screenwriter Gary (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) Whitta and Darick (Transmetropolitan) Robertson launch a science fiction/fantasy series title ♥OLIVER #1, another reimagining of the Dicken’s classic with the orphan as a post-apocalyptic superhero in a war ravaged England. Music Producer Jeff (David Bowie) Rougvie writes, Hellblazer artist Moritat illustrates ♥GUNNING FOR HITS #1, a crime and mystery thriller set within the music industry. Joe (MCMLXXV) Casey and Benjamin (Night Business) Marra offer the ♥JESUSFREAK HC, a historical fiction tale set in 26 C.E. of a young carpenter trying to adjust to the violent world around him. ♥VINDICATION #1 OF 4 is a crime drama by new comers MD Marie with Carlos Miko and Dema Jr. dealing with racism in the justice system. New collections include ♥COYOTES, VOL. 2 TP, CYBERFORCE: AWAKENING, VOL. 2 TP, ♥ECLIPSE, VOL. 3 TP, ♥HEY KIDS! COMICS! TP with Howie Chaykin’s inside scoop of the comic book industry, ♥MOONSTRUCK, VOL. 2: SOME ENCHANTED EVENING OGN, a new story by Grace Ellis with Shae Beagle and Kat Fajardo, NEAR DEATH, VOL. 3 OGN TP by Jay Faerber with Simone Guglielmini, Gigi Baldassini and Ron Riley’s art, NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL TP, ♥PAPER GIRLS: DELUXE EDITION, BOOK TWO HC, ♥PROXIMA CENTAURI, VOL. 1 TP by Farel Dalrymple and the SHANGHAI RED TP. The ♥BARRIER: LIMITED EDITION SLIPCASE SET puts the five issue series into a slipcase for under thirty dollars or, if you already have the issues you can buy the empty slipcase for ten bucks. If you’re looking for a jumping on point for a series, here are ones beginning new arcs in January: ♥DEATH OR GLORY #6 by Remender and Bengal, ♥EVOLUTION #13, ♥ICE CREAM MAN #9 and ♥ISOLA #6. (In Image Hollywood News, Skybound and Universal Pictures are adapting Birthright, Rebel Wilson
has optioned rights for the Crowded series with the goal of starring in and producing the movie adaptation, Deadly Class will be coming to SyFy in 2019, Amazon Studios has put East of West into development as an hour long drama series with Robert Kirkman as executive producer, Hivemind has picked up Gideon Falls after a multi-studio bidding war, Sony has picked up Skyward with creator Joe Henderson adapting and producing and Spawn soon to be a major motion picture from Blumhouse.)
DARK HORSE: Chuck Palahniuk returns to write the sequel with the ongoing ♥FIGHT CLUB 3 #1, again with Cameron Stewart illustrating and David Mack providing the covers, where Tyler Durden learns he’s going to be a father. ♥AVATAR: TSU-TEY’S PATH #1 is a limited series based on James Cameron’s film promising to reveal events only hinted at in the film, written by novelist Sherri Smith and illustrated by Jan Duursema. ♥ALIENS: RESISTANCE #1 begins another limited series picking up after the events of the Isolation video game, starring Ripley and written by Brian Wood with Robert Carey’s artwork and Brian Wood’s recent series is collected in the ♥TERMINATOR: SECTOR WAR TP. The ♥BLACK HAMMER: DIRECTOR’S CUT offers the first issue with high res scans of Dean Ormston’s pencil art along with Jeff Lemire’s original script, fifty-six pages priced under five dollars. TOM CLANCY’S DIVISION: EXTREMIS MALIS #1 is set in the world of The Division 2 video game, written by Christofer Engård with the art of Fernando Baido. ♥BEASTS OF BURDEN: WISE DOGS AND ELDRITCH MEN HC collects the recent four part series while ♥THE MASK OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 TP collects The Mask, The Mask Returns and The Mask Strikes Back. The ♥TROUT, VOL. 1: BITS & BOBS HC collects issues one and two, originally published by Oni Press plus the five chapters from Dark Horse Presents created, written and illustrated by Troy Nixey. The ♥HARROW COUNTY LIBRARY EDITION, VOL. 2 HC collects the third and fourth volumes of Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook’s horror tale with extras. ♥WYRD #1 OF 4 is written by Curt Pires and illustrated by Antonio Fuso, the titular hero being a detective that the government calls when things get strange. ♥POLAR, VOL. 0: THE BLACK KAISER HC by Victor Santos tells the origin in it’s first American printing. The ♥DIFFERENTLY MORPHOUS HC is the latest prose novel by Yahtzee Croshaw, following a magical serial killer. The critically acclaimed four issue series by Christopher Cantwell and Martin Morazzo is collected in the ♥SHE COULD FLY TP, published under the Berger Books imprint. More video game related tales include DRAGON AGE: ASUNDER-DELUXE EDITION HC, the ♥DRAGON AGE: DECEPTION HC with the recent three part series, HALO: LONE WOLF #1 OF 4 and STARCRAFT: SOLDIERS #1 OF 4 written by Jody (Stranger Things) Houser with art by Andrew R. (Overwatch Anthology) Robinson. With The Umbrella Academy poised to debut on Netflix, Dark Horse offers the UMBRELLA ACADEMY MAGNET SET, COASTER SET, an eleven ounce MUG, an ENAMEL PIN SET and a JOURNAL featuring the logos.
DC: Brian Michael Bendis launches his own line of DC titles under the imprint of Wonder Comics with the first title being ♥YOUNG JUSTICE #1, written by Brian and illustrated by Patrick Gleason with a forty-page first issue; the team will feature Superboy, Wonder Girl, Robin, Impulse, Amethyst and introduces Teen Lantern and Jinny Hex. The second new title will be ♥NAOMI #1 written by Brian with David F. Walker and illustrated by Jamal Campbell introducing a new character in a small Northwestern town and everything else will remain a mystery until we can read it for ourselves. The next offering from DC’s new mature imprint, Black Label will be ♥THE OTHER HISTORY OF THE DC UNIVERSE #1 OF 5 written by Academy Award winning screenwriter John (12 Years a Slave) Ridley with each sixty-four page issue realized as a prose story with different illustrators, the first by Alex Dos Diaz. The series will reframe iconic moments charting an unexplored sociopolitical thread of these heroes who come from disenfranchised groups, this issue will focus on Jefferson Pierce. DC’s one shot Valentine’s Day special this year is MYSTERIES OF LOVE IN SPACE #1 with eight tales featuring alien heroes like Superman, the New Gods, Green Lantern and Starro. The ♥SUPERMAN 100-PAGE SUPER-SPECTACULAR #1 is written by Marv Wolfman and illustrated by Claudio Castellini is an unpublished tale from ten years ago which Marv says is the best Superman story he’s ever written (and he’s written hundreds); ninety-six pages priced under ten dollars. In ♥DOOMSDAY CLOCK #9 OF 12 the DC Universe finally collides with its greatest threat, Dr. Manhattan. New annuals include ♥THE CURSE OF BRIMSTONE ANNUAL #1, the ♥FLASH ANNUAL #2 which ties into Heroes in Crisis,
♥JUSTICE LEAGUE ANNUAL #1 with the team trying to patch the hole in the Source Wall and the ♥TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #1 with Damian hunting down Jason Todd vowing vengeance or death. Brian Michael Bendis’ new Jinxworld series was solicited as a six-issue limited series but it’s done so well that after ♥PEARL #6 it will skip a month and continue in March as an ongoing series with issue seven. ♥SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #45 has the gang working with Mister Miracle and Big Barda while issue forty-six is a team up with Jefferson Pierce: Black Lightning. ♥SUICIDE SQUAD #50 will be the forty-eight page finale of the series. ♥SUPERMAN #7 heralds the return of Lois and Clark’s son, Jon after his year in space and he’s changed more than just his appearance. Deluxe collected editions include ♥THE AUTHORITY OMNIBUS HC, almost a thousand pages priced under a hundred dollars, written by Warren Ellis, Mark Millar, Grant Morrison and others, the ♥BATGIRL: YEAR ONE DELUXE EDITION HC by Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty with Marcos Martin’s art, AQUAMAN BY GEOFF JOHNS OMNIBUS HC with the entire run, ♥BATMAN BY GRANT MORRISON OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 HC, ♥BATMAN: DEATH OF THE FAMILY SAGA (DC ESSENTIAL EDITION) HC, the BLACKEST NIGHT OMNIBUS 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION HC with over sixteen hundred pages priced at one hundred and fifty dollars, the DC UNIVERSE BY LEN WEIN HC, the ♥DC UNIVERSE: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS BY JACK KIRBY HC with almost fifteen hundred pages of everything that wasn’t in the Fourth World Omnibus, ♥SUPERMAN, VOL. 1: THE UNITY SAGA HC with Bendis’ first six issues, SUPERMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 6 HC, ♥WONDER WOMAN: SPIRIT OF TRUTH HC with the fully painted one shot by Alex Ross and Paul Dini and ♥WONDER WOMAN: THE REBIRTH DELUXE EDITION: BOOK THREE HC. In soft cover editions they offer ♥AQUAMAN/SUICIDE SQUAD: SINK ATLANTIS TP, BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT, VOL. 4 TP, BATMAN: THE CAPED CRUSADER, VOL. 2 TP which includes ‘A Lonely Place of Dying’, ♥BLACK LIGHTNING: BRICK CITY BLUES TP with Tony Isabella’s thirteen issue run, BOMBSHELLS UNITED, VOL. 3: TAPS TP, ♥BLACKEST NIGHT SAGA (DC ESSENTIAL EDITION) TP with the main nine issue series, ♥A VERY DC VALENTINE’S DAY TP with the Young Romance Special from the New 52, Young Monsters in Love and the Harley Quinn Valentine’s Day Special, the ♥ELSEWORLDS: JUSTICE LEAGUE, VOL. 3 TP, GREEN LANTERN BY GEOFF JOHNS: BOOK ONE TP, ♥NEW SUPERMAN AND THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF CHINA TP, ♥SHAZAM!: THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL TP by Jeff (Bone) Smith and ♥SHAZAM! TP by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank both in new editions, SUICIDE SQUAD: HELL TO PAY TP with the twelve issue ‘digital first’ series, SUPERMAN/BATMAN, VOL. 7 TP, ♥TITANS, VOL. 5: THE SPARK TP, and ♥THE UNEXPECTED: CALL OF THE UNKNOWN TP with the recent eight issues. From their creator owned mature Vertigo imprint they offer ♥NEIL GAIMAN AND CHARLES VESS’ STARDUST TP, ♥THE SANDMAN, VOL. 5: A GAME OF YOU 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION TP and ♥TRANSMETROPOLITAN: BOOK ONE TP in new editions. From Wildstorm comes Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ ♥SLEEPER: BOOK TWO TP and from Brian Michael Bendis’ Jinxworld imprint there’s the ♥FIRE TP, ♥POWER: BOOK THREE TP and ♥TORSO TP in new editions. During Bendis’ seventeen years at Marvel these were all supposed to be kept in print but many of them have been absent from the shelves for years; both the Powers and the Torso books are Eisner Award winners. Their DC Collectibles line offers four new action figures in the DC ESSENTIALS line: WONDER WOMAN, the CHEETAH, SUPERGIRL and CYBORG ACTION FIGURES priced at twenty-six dollars each and, in their DC DESIGNER SERIES they offer BOMBSHELL HARLEY QUINN and THE JOKER ACTION FIGURES based on Ant Lucia’s art.
IDW: Idea and Design Works celebrates their twentieth anniversary throughout the year. Their new monthly line featuring all age titles of Marvel licensed characters continues with ♥MARVEL ACTION: BLACK PANTHER #1 written by multiple Eisner and Harvey Award winner Kyle Baker and they also have ♥MARVEL ACTION: SPIDER-MAN #3 and ♥MARVEL ACTION: AVENGERS #2. As part of their anniversary celebration they’re doing all new weekly one shots with the characters’ adventures twenty years in the future: MY LITTLE PONY: IDW 20/20, ♥STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION: IDW 20/20, ♥TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: IDW 20/20 and JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS: IDW 20/20 kick off the first month. The ♥KIM POSSIBLE ADVENTURES TP collects all of her adventures in an eighty-page digest priced under ten dollars in time for the Disney Channel new original movie. The ♥TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SHREDDER IN HELL #1 begins a limited series written and illustrated by Mateus Santolouco. The ♥STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK GRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATION DIGEST, like the one shot ♥STAR WARS ADVENTURES: FLIGHT OF THE FALCON feature young reader friendly stories and designs. The ♥RICK AND MORTY VS DUNGEONS & DRAGONS BOX SET collects the four-issue series with unique character sheet covers only available in this set. ♥STAR TREK: THE Q CONFLICT #1 OF 6 features the crews of the original series, the Next Generation, Voyager and Deep Space 9 with all the Captains together for the first time. The third two-hundred page quarterly hard cover anthology ♥FULL BLEED, VOL. 3: HEAVY ROTATION HC features an unpublished interview with Grant Morrison by Rolling Stone’s Gavin Edward, new comics from Roger Langridge, Noah Van Sciver, new fiction from Joe Lansdale and lots more. Their Top Shelf imprint offers the ninth all age hard cover by James Kochalka, ♥JOHNNY BOO IS KING HC.
MARVEL: After two decades at Dark Horse, Marvel has reacquired the license to the Robert E. Howard creation with ♥CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1 which will be written by Jason Aaron with the art of Mahmud Asrar and will feature the titular character in different eras. The sixth relaunch of ♥GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 features just about every cosmic character in the known Universe; the series will be written by Donny Cates with art by Geoff Shaw. The ninth relaunch of ♥CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 is by Kelly Thompson and Carmen Carnero with Carol Danvers returning from her space adventures to once again reside in New York City. The seventh relaunch of BLACK WIDOW #1 is written by Jen and Sylvia Soska with Flaviano’s art with Natasha Romanoff back from the dead and on the trail of her killers. The second launch of ♥FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1 will be by Tom (X-Men Red) Taylor with art by Juanan (X-23) Cabal and the series plans to focus on Peter Parker’s immediate neighborhood. The fourth relaunch of the WWII heroes, and the first series in sixteen years, ♥INVADERS #1 will by by Chip Zdarsky with Carlos Magno and Butch Guice featuring Captain America, the Human Torch, the Winter Soldier and Namor who is now an enemy rather than an ally. The third launch of ♥CHAMPIONS #1 is by Jim Zub and Steven Cummings with Ms Marvel and a larger, globe spanning team. The ♥MARVEL TALES: FANTASTIC FOUR #1 is a ninety-six page book reprinting highlights from past issues, this one with the birth of Franklin Richards and the first appearance of Sub-Mariner in Fantastic Four #4 from 1961. The MAN WITHOUT FEAR #1 OF 5 is by Jed MacKay and Danilo Beyrouth with each issue focusing on life without Daredevil; the first issue follows Foggy Nelson, the second, the Defenders, the third, his many loves, the fourth the Kingpin and the final issue, the Guardian Devil. Following the ten weekly ‘Disassembled’ issues of Uncanny X-Men, AGE OF X-MAN: ALPHA #1 by Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler with Ramon Rosanas’ art, a one shot that, I’m guessing will lead into another mutant cross over event. Marvel is celebrating their eightieth anniversary (Marvel began 58 years ago in 1961; they’re apparently referring to their two previous companies, Timely and Atlas) and so they’re bringing back some of those early titles like the CRYPT OF SHADOWS #1, a horror comic by Al Ewing with Garry Brown and others providing artwork, ♥JOURNEY INTO UNKNOWN WORLDS #1, a science fiction book with stories by Cullen Bunn and Clay McLeod Chapman and ♥WAR IS HELL #1, a war story by Howard Chaykin and Phillip Kennedy Johnson, all three one shots. A new ongoing anthology returns with ♥MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #1 which will feature three tales: a Wolverine story set in the forties by Charles Soule and Paulo Siqueira, Captain America in WWII by Ann Nocenti and Tomm Coker and an untold tale of Namor and the atom bomb by Greg Pak, issues priced under five dollars. Following the last chapter of ‘Disassembled’ in UNCANNY X-MEN #10 comes the ♥UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #1 by Ed Brisson and Carlos Gomez with the focus on Cyclops. ♥AVENGERS #12 by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness heralds the return of the Secret Avengers and ♥AVENGERS #13 by Aaron and Andrea Sorrentino features the Iron Fist of one million B.C. ♥TONY STARK: IRON MAN #8 by Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti begins ‘Digital Demon in a Bottle’ asking the question, will virtual alcohol create a problem for a recovering alcoholic? A new story arc ‘Fugitive’ begins in ♥CAPTAIN AMERICA #7 with new series artist Adam Kubert. ♥WEB OF VENOM: UNLEASHED #1 with Ryan Stegman and Kyle Hotz takes a journey through Eddie Brock’s old San Francisco haunts from the symbiotes perspective. ♥MARVEL TALES: VENOM #1 is another eighty page one shot reprinting Venom’s return from Amazing Spider-Man #316 and Carnage’s first appearance from Amazing Spider-Man #376. Mark Waid writes and a bunch of artists illustrate ♥DOCTOR STRANGE #10 which, by ‘Legacy numbering’ is the four-hundredth issue. ♥WOLVERINE: THE LONG NIGHT ADAPTATION #1 OF 5 is Benjamin Percy and Marcio Takara’s visual interpretation of the scripted podcast Wolverine: The Dark Night. The first issue written by Chris Claremont and illustrated by Jim Lee returns with ♥UNCANNY X-MEN 3D #1, a reprint priced under eight dollars poly-bagged with 3D glasses. I told you about the Star Wars: Age of Republic, Age of Rebellion and Age of Resistance last month, four months of one shots featuring adventures and characters from all three Star Wars trilogies, this month’s offerings being STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC SPECIAL #1 with four stories continuing in STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC-OBI-WAN KENOBI #1 and STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC-JANGO FETT #1. The STAR WARS: SHADOW OF VADER #1 OF 5 is by Chuck Wendig and Juanan Ramirez set in the earliest days of his Sith-born legacy. This months’ all age one shot is ♥MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES: SPIDER-MAN-ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE #1 with Peter Parker, Anya Corazon, Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen. Deluxe collected editions include ♥AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC, the DESPICABLE DEADPOOL HC, ♥THOR BY JASON AARON & RUSSELL DAUTERMAN, VOL. 3 HC and the ♥KIRBY IS FANTASTIC! KING-SIZE HC, the first in a series, this one focusing on Jack’s Fantastic Four work. In soft cover comes the CAPTAIN MARVEL: MONICA RAMBEAU TP which will be available only at local comic shops, CAPTAIN MARVEL: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HERO, VOL. 5 TP, ♥MARVEL KNIGHTS PUNISHER BY GOLDEN, SNIEGOSKI & WRIGHTSON: PURGATORY TP, ♥DECADES: MARVEL IN THE ’50’S: CAPTAIN AMERICA STRIKES TP, ♥BLACK PANTHER, BOOK SIX-INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA, VOL. 1 TP and ♥CAPTAIN AMERICA, VOL. 1: WINTER IN AMERICA TP with Ta-Nehishi Coates’ first six issues illustrated by Leinil Francis Yu. The INFINITY WARS TP has the main series while INFINITY WARPS: TWO-IN-ONE TP has the six two-part series featuring the mash-ups. The ♥EXTERMINATION TP collects the series whose purpose was to send the duplicate X-Men back to their proper time lines. The SPIDER-GEDDON TP has the six part series plus the two part Vault of Spiders, ♥OLD MAN HAWKEYE, VOL. 2: THE WHOLE WORLD BLIND TP has the second half of the twelve part series and the COSMIC GHOST RIDER: BABY THANOS MUST DIE TP has the five part limited series. ♥THE PUNISHER, VOL. 1 TP has the first five issues of the new series by Matthew Rosenberg and Szymon Kudranski, ♥WEST COAST AVENGERS, VOL. 1: BEST COAST TP has one through six and ♥AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY NICK SPENCER, VOL. 2: FRIENDS AND FOES TP has issues six through ten of the current series. PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, VOL. 5 TP has Sean Ryan’s first arc, ♥DAREDEVIL: BACK IN BLACK, VOL. 8: DEATH OF DAREDEVIL TP has issues six hundred and six through six twelve (six hundred and ten is no the stands this week) and ♥IMMORTAL HULK, VOL. 2: THE GREEN DOOR TP has issues six through twelve of the current run. ♥PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL BY MATT FRACTION: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP has the first twelve issues and GHOST RIDER: THE WAR FOR HEAVEN-BOOK ONE TP has Jason Aaron’s run with both Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch.
DYNAMITE: ♥PETER CANNON: THUNDERBOLT #1 is by Kieron (Wicked + the Divine) Gillen and Caspar (Doctor Aphra) Wjingaard featuring the genius character originally published by Charlton Comics and later by DC who comes from a more enlightened society and often doesn’t see a reason to save our retrospectively miserable one. BARBARELLA/DEJAH THORIS #1 is by Leah Williams and Germán Garcia and ♥TUROK #1 is by Ron (Green Lantern) Marz with Roberto (Red Sonja) Castro set in the badlands of the Old West. THE SHAPE OF ELVIRA #1 is by David Avallone and Fran Strukan.
BOOM! STUDIOS: The new ongoing ♥BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #1 will be written by Jordie Bellaire and illustrated by Dan Mora, returning to her days at Sunnydale High. The AVANT-GUARDS #1 OF 12 is by Carly (Heavy Vinyl) Usdin and Noah (Goldie Vance) Hayes about art college students and basketball from their Boom! Box imprint. The BEN 10: THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE OGN TP is based on the Cartoon Network series from the all age KaBoom imprint as is ADVENTURE TIME: MARCY & SIMON #1 OF 6.
INDEPENDENTS: ♥SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO: THE EPIC TALE OF HARLEM’S LEGENDARY THEATER HC adapts Ted Fox’s show of the same name, highlighting the theater’s legendary significance in music history, African American history and the culture of New York City, illustrated by Jame Otis Smith and published by ABRAMS COMICARTS. New collected editions from AFTERSHOCK include Zach (Eclipse, Port of Earth) Kaplan;s ♥LOST CITY EXPLORERS, VOL. 1: ODYSSEY TP with art by Alvaro Sarraseca and RELAY, VOL. 1: REALITY DENIED TP by Zac Thompson and Donny Cates, illustrated by Andy Clark. ARCHIE COMICS begins a new series in their Archie Horror line with ♥BLOSSOMS 666 #1 OF 5 written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Laura Braga where twins Cheryl and Jason Blossom both want the title of the Anti-Christ. AVATAR PRESS begins a new supernatural horror series written by Pat Shand and illustrated by Daniel Gete with ♥STITCHED: TERROR #1, each forty eight page issue is priced under six dollars. ♥BATMAN: THE WAR YEARS HC from CHARTWELL BOOKS collects early comics detailing Batman’s involvement in WWII as does ♥WONDER WOMAN: THE WAR YEARS HC. THE COMICS JOURNAL #303 from FANTAGRAPHICS returns in it’s new bi-annual format with culture, criticism and analysis of the art and industry and, returning to print is ♥KAFKA BY R. CRUMB TP, a brief but inclusive biography and summary of the writers works. The ♥DARK TOWER: BEGINNINGS OMNIBUS HC from GALLERY 13 collects the first five graphic novels into one volume, over eight hundred pages priced at one hundred and fifty dollars. We all read GOLDEN BOOKS when we were young and read them to our children when we became parents but they seem to offer a lot more diversity these days; some of this months offerings include POKEMON: A FRIEND LIKE PIKACHU LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK, ♥CAPTAIN MARVEL LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK and ♥STAR TREK: I AM MR. SPOCK LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK, each priced under five dollars. French publisher NBM offers ♥PHILIP K. DICK: A COMICS BIOGRAPHY HC by Laurent Queyssi and Mauro Marchesi. The all ages ♥CRETACEOUS HC by Tadd Galusha from ONI PRESS is a beautifully illustrated silent tale of a Tyrannosaurus Rex on a journey to find his family and comes with a field guide of the region as it was. PAPERCUTZ offers ♥BARBIE #1 by Sarah Kuhn and Eisner Award winning artist Alitha Martinez. The ♥RIPTIDE TP from RED 5 COMICS collects the story of tidal apocalypse caused by a passing asteroid by Scott Chitwood and Danny Luckert (for which the third and fourth issues are yet to ship). The ♥JUMBO MUMBO TP from TINTO PRESS collects interviews, sketchbook pages, classic comic strips from the likes of R. Crumb, Denis Kitchen, Walt Kelly and others covering history and commentary with work you won’t see anywhere else, written by Heritage Auctions employee David Tosh. VALIANT has X-O MANOWAR, VOL. 6: AGENT TP with issues nineteen through twenty two by Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine. ZENESCOPE offers their GRIMM FAIRY TALES 2019 ANNUAL as well as the GRIMM UNIVERSE PRESENTS 2019 with eight new stories setting the stage for the new year. In new MANGA, ♥RANDOMVEUS: ODC #1 OF 5 is a full color comic by Jeffrey ‘Chamba’ Cruz about an interdimensional delivery service from UDON. ♥KAKURIYO: BED & BREAKFAST FOR SPIRITS, VOL. 1 is a supernatural romance from Waco Ioka at VIZ MEDIA who also has half a dozen art books related to Hayao Miyazaki’s work at Studio Ghibli: ♥THE ART OF SPIRITED AWAY, ♥PONYO, ♥KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, ♥PRINCESS MONONOKE and more. VERTICAL COMICS offers ♥APOSIMZ, VOL. 2 GN from Tsutomu (Blame!, Knights of Sidonia) Nihei with more science fiction space adventure. And that’s the end of this months’ comic listings although there are other sections in the catalog for statues, tee shirts, games, trading cards, novelties and imports that I’m happy to order for you if you’re interested; just check out the Previews catalog, there’s always a current copy on the desk when you stop by.
Each month I try to choose the best offering in the catalog and this month the contenders are: ♥GUNNING FOR HITS #1 and ♥VINDICATION #1 OF 4 from Image, ♥FIGHT CLUB 3 #1 from Dark Horse, Bendis’ new ♥YOUNG JUSTICE #1 from DC’s new Wonder Comics imprint, ♥THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DC UNIVERSE #1 OF 5 from DC’s Black Label imprint and ♥PHILIP K. DICK: A COMICS BIOGRAPHY HC from NBM but my choice for Pick of the Month
is the return of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ ♥CRIMINAL #1 from Image.
Yesterday we had a fine turn out for the signing of Border Town with Eric Esquivel, last Saturday we had the annual Halloween Comic Fest where we managed to raise $1350.00 for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. Local Comic Shop Day is on the seventeenth of November, there will be a Fifty Per Cent Off Back Issue Sale on Saturday, the twenty fourth of November and on the first Saturday in February we’ll be hosting another benefit for Emerge: Center Against Domestic Violence with raffles, free sketches and a Silent Auction. Thank you all for your support of the shop and the benefits. I believe that local businesses should be a part of the community that they serve and you all have made that a reality and I’m eternally grateful for your support, your orders and your friendship. 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).
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