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Some of the codes and abbreviations that I use are: HC (hard cover), TP (trade paperback), SC (soft cover), GN (graphic novel), MMPB (mass market paperback), AF (action figure), T/C (trading cards), T/S (tee shirt) and ☼(an excellent writer, creator or title deserving wider recognition in my humble opinion).
Below I’ll list all of the most popular writers and artists and their current projects but first I’ll go through the publishers and point out anything new or noteworthy that may not be included in the lists below.
DARK HORSE: You can probably guess what small town suffers a deadly curse in TO HELL YOU RIDE #1 OF 5 written by Lance Heriksen and Joseph Maddrey with art by Tom Mandrake. Caitlin R. Kiernan’s ALABASTER: WOLVES HC collects the five issue series illustrated by Steve Lieber. AVATAR-THE LAST AIRBENDER: THE PROMISE LIBRARY EDITION HC collects the three connected graphic novels that pick up the story where the television show left off and also includes the ‘Art of the Animated Series’. Three one shot comics collect stories originally serialized in ‘Dark Horse Presents: ROTTEN APPLE by Chuck Brown and Sanford Greene, ☼BLACK BEETLE: NIGHT SHIFT #0 by Francesco Francavilla and NUMBER 13 #1 by Robert Love and David Walker. Adam Warren offers the EMPOWERED SPECIAL #3: HELL BENT OF HEAVEN SENT. The ADVENTURES OF SUPERHERO GIRL HC is a humorous lighthearted twist on the superhero genre by Faith Erin Hicks. STAR WARS-PURGE: THE TYRANT’S FIST #1 OF 2 is by Alexander Freed with art by Marco Castiello and Andrea Chella following the events in ‘Revenge of the Sith’. The ALICE IN WONDERLAND HC is adapted and illustrated by Rod Espinosa. The ART OF BIOSHOCK INFINITE HC is just what it sounds like. The HOUSE OF FUN one shot is by Evan Dorkin collecting ‘Milk & Cheese’ strips and other stories that originally appeared in ‘Dark Horse Presents’. The NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: COMIC TRIBUTE is a one shot black and white book of parodies of the popular long running series featuring more than a dozen top Japanese anime and manga creators.
DC: Besides the big ‘Death of the Family’ cross over series running through Suicide Squad and the Batman titles there is also the ‘Throne of Atlantis’ running through the Justice League and Aquaman books, the ‘Hawkman: Wanted’ story that crosses over with the Savage Hawkman, the ‘Black Diamond Probability’ beginning in Catwoman and running through Team 7, Red Hood and the Outlaws and All-Star Western, the ‘H’el on Earth’ tale running through Superman, Superboy and Supergirl, the ‘Rotworld’ story featuring Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Frankenstein and affecting other characters throughout the DC universe and the ‘Rise of the Third Army’ epic being told in all of the Green Lantern titles. If you’d like to follow any of these series please be sure to let me know so I can make sure to have enough copies to fill all of your orders and requests. DC UNIVERSE #15 is by Marc Andreyko with art by Robson Rocha and Oclair Albert continuing the Blue Devil and Black Lightning team up. TEAM 7 #3 is written by Justin Jordan with art by Jesus Merino and ties into the ‘Black Diamond Probability’. Justin also writes DEATHSTROKE #15 with Scott Clark’s art. Howard Mackie writes THE RAVAGERS #7 with pencils by Ian Churchill and inks by Norm Rapmund. B. Clay Moore writes JSA-THE LIBERTY FILES: THE WHISTLING SKULL #1 with art by Tony Harris, a new series set in 1940’s Europe. Bruce Jones wrote and Sam Kieth illustrated the original graphic novel, BATMAN: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS TP, previously only available in hard cover. At DC’s mature readers imprint, VERTIGO, ☼DJANGO UNCHAINED #1 and #2 OF 5 is an adaptation of the full screen play of Quentin Tarantino’s with the art of R. M. Guera, the tale of a bounty hunting dentist and his partner, a recently freed slave set in the post Civil War south. A.D.D.: ADOLESCENT DEMO DIVISION TP is the story of kids raised from birth for reality TV and their search for their birth families, now in soft cover written by Douglas Rushkoff with art by Goran Sudzuka and Jose Marzan, Jr. The HOUSE OF SECRETS OMNIBUS HC collects the whole 25 issue run by Steven T. Seagle plus the short story from ‘Winter’s Edge’ and the two part ‘Façade’ series. DC DIRECT offers the JUSTICE LEAGUE: SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE due in January plus ☼a boxed set of the team featuring Aquaman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Flash and Cyborg that will be on sale in November, costs a hundred bucks with ten dollars of each purchase going to fight famine in the Horn of Africa through www.wecanbeheroes.org; toys you can feel good about buying.
IDW: Original artist/creator returns as James O’Barr writes and illustrates THE CROW: SKINNING THE WOLVES #1 OF 3. The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES COLOR CLASSICS MICRO SERIES: MICHELANGELO is the first of the original micro series now in color. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: SECRET HISTORY OF THE FOOT CLAN #1 OF 4 is co-written by Erik Burnham and series artist Mateus Santolouco. James Roberts writes the TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT: ORION PAX with art by Steve Kurth. Mike Bullock and Matt Triano write and Fernando Peniche illustrates JOE PALOOKA #1 OF 6, the story of an innocent mixed martial arts master accused of murder. Chris Ryall writes and Sam Kieth illustrates THE HOLLOWS #1 OF 4 a horror story set in a near future Japan.
IMAGE: The most exciting title this month, in my opinion is ☼MARA #1 OF 6 but I’ll discuss that in the Brian Wood entry below. HIP FLASK: OURBOROUS is a one shot by Richard Starkings with Ladrönn’s art. BLACKACRE #1 is from new writer Duffy Boudreau with art by Wendell Cavalcanti; Ed Brubaker says it’s ‘like some bizarre cross between Mad Max and Judge Dredd’. CHANGE #1 OF 4 is by Ales Kot with art by Morgan Jeske, the story of a screenwriter/car thief, a wealthy but out of touch rapper and a dying, returning cosmonaut who might be able to save Los Angeles from a destructive time-traveling mystery that periodically swallows the city whole. I LOVE TROUBLE #1 is by Kel Symons with Mark A. Robinson’s art and is the story of Felicia Castillo who is on the run from mobsters when in the midst of an airplane crash she manifests a strange super power. Justin Jordan begins THE LEGEND OF LUTHER STRODE #1 OF 6 with Tradd Moore’s art, the sequel to ‘The Strange Talent of Luther Strode’ series of 2011. KRISHNA: A JOURNEY WITHIN is an original graphic novel by Abhishek Singh telling the story of the gods’ pastimes that have influenced the ages. Jason Pearson’s ☼BODY BAGS: VOLUME #2 TP is offered.
MARVEL: Dennis Hopeless writes the new CABLE & X-FORCE #1 and #2 with Salvador Larroca’s art and a new team that features Domino, Forge, Colossus and one person that I can’t identify. Dennis also writes the new AVENGERS ARENA: MURDER WORLD #1 and #2 with Kev Walker’s art that features sixteen young superheroes including the Avengers Academy and the Runaways, trapped on an isolated island; it seems to be a mutant version of the ‘Lost’ television series. Kathryn Immonen writes and Valerio Schiti take over JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #647 with Asgardians gone wild. Seth Peck writes X-MEN #39 with Paul Azaceta’s art as Domino and Daredevil team up to take down Armitage.
INDEPENDENTS: Those are the ‘Big Five’ publishers above; here’s new titles of note from the small press. ANTARCTIC PRESS offers MAYAN ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE, a one shot by Fred Perry, David Hutchison and Ben Dunn billed as the ‘world’s final comic book’. APOSTLE ARTS has the multiple award nominated ☼BILLY TUCCI’S A CHILD IS BORN HC, the story of the birth of Jesus based on the gospel according to Matthew and Luke, beautifully painted and a fine Christmas gift. ARCHAIA PRESS has THE SIGH HC, the latest from Marjane (‘Persepolis’) Satrapi. APE ENTERTAINMENT offers DRAGONS: RIDERS OF BERK #1 featuring the cast of Dreamworks Animations’ ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ film. ASPEN STUDIOS has EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT III: IRIS #1 by David Wohl with Alex Lei’s art. DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT offers SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE LIVERPOOL DEMON #1 OF 5 written by Leah Moore and John Reppion with Matt Triano’s art. This is based on the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories rather than the BBC series set in more current times. THE SHADOW SPECIAL #1 is written by Scott Beatty with Ronan Cliquet’s art. The GREEN HORNET: YEAR ONE SPECIAL #1 is by Nate Cosby with Ariel Padilla’s art telling the tale of a thirteen year old girl who sells newspapers on the corner (and has the Green Hornet’s gun). DEVIL’S DUE has PLUME #1 OF 5 bringing the web comic to print, written and illustrated by Lynn Smith. DRAWN & QUARTERLY has THE FREDDIE STORIES HC, a collection of Lynda Barry’s ‘Ernie Pook’s Comeek’, an adult tale about the difficulties of being a teenager. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS offers LOVE AND ROCKETS: THE COVERS TP, two hundred pages celebrating thirty five years with an oversize soft cover. KICKSTART COMICS has the NIGHTWATCHMAN GN, about an aging and corrupt police detective who finds hope in a homeless mans vigilante activities, written by Adam Freeman and Marc Bernadin with art by Javi Fernandez. The long time underground comix publisher, LAST GASP offers the ☼CANNABIS FANTASY: COOL COLORING BOOK, a black and white book of psychedelia to color. MOONSTONE has the KOLCHAK & HONEY WEST ONE SHOT by Janet L. Hetherington with Ronn Sutton’s art. LAST CALL, VOLUME TWO is a black and white digest by Vasilis Lolos from ONI PRESS involving the Ghost Train that travels between dimensions and through the void of space and time. RED 5 COMICS offers ATOMIC ROBO AND THE FLYING SHE-DEVILS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC TP, the seventh collection of the fun series by Brian Clevinger with art by Scott Wegener. TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS offers THE UNEARTHING, a collaboration between ☼Alan Moore and photographer Mitch Jenkins. This is a biography of occultist, novelist, orientalist Steve (no relation) Moore available in trade paperback or limited edition hard cover format. TOR BOOKS has ROBERT JORDAN’S THE EYE OF THE WORLD: VOLUME #3 HC collecting issues 13 through 18 of the series adapted by Chuck Dixon with the art of Andie Tong; the first two hard covers are still available as well. SHADOWMAN #2 from VALIANT COMICS is written by Justin Jordan and series artist Patrick Zircher, HARBINGER #7 is by Joshua Dysart with Phil Briones’ art introducing new hero Flamingo and X-O MANOWAR #8 is by Robert Venditti with Lee Garbett’s art. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION VOLUME #13 will be released in Japan, Europe and America on the same day through VIZ MEDIA, a rare occurrence planned to promote the third installment of the movie franchise; ‘Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo’ debuts in Japan in November 2012. YEN PRESS has ALICE IN THE COUNTRY OF HEARTS: MY FANATIC RABBIT VOLUME #1 GN. ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT has the GRIMM FAIRY TALES HOLIDAY SPECIAL #3 for 2012 and offers the following collected editions: FLY-VOLUME #2: THE FALL, GRIMM PRESENTS WONDERLAND TP and IRRESISTABLE TP, all written by Raven Gregory.
AARON: Jason writes THOR, GOD OF THUNDER #3 with the painted art of Esad Ribic as our hero chases the God Butcher and WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #22 illustrated by Nick Bradshaw and Steven Sanders with the students doing battle with their brainwashed mutant teachers.
ABNETT/LANNING: Dan and Andy, affectionately know as DnA continue on their superhero series at Boom! Studios with HYPERNATURALS #6 with art by Andres Guinaldo and Tom Derenick.
ADAMS: Neal provides the artwork and he co-wrote the series with Christos N. Gage which reaches its conclusion in FIRST X-MEN #5 OF 5, a tale of the mutants before their first contact with Professor Charles Xavier.
AGUIRRE-SACASA: Roberto did the adaptation of Stephen King’s work collected in the STAND TP #5: NO MAN’S LAND illustrated by Mike Perkins.
ALLRED: Image Comics brings back into print Mike’s best known work with the new editions of MADMAN TP #1, MADMAN TP #2 and MADMAN TP #3 and Mike and his wife Laura provide the cover for IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #5 featuring Mike’s characters written by Jamie S. Rich with art by Mike Norton. At Marvel Mike provides the cover and interior art for FF #2 written by Matt Fraction and the new team consists of Ant-Man, She-Hulk, Medusa and Ms. Thing.
ARCUDI: John completes the crime series CREEP #4 OF 4 with art by Richard Case while continuing his collaborative writing with Mike Mignola on B.P.R.D. 1948 #3 OF 5 illustrated by Max Fuimara and B.P.R.D.-HELL ON EARTH: RETURN OF THE MASTER #5 OF 5 with Tyler Crook’s art.
ASMUS: James along with Robert Kirkman writes THIEF OF THIEVES #11 with Felix Serrano inking the pencils of Shawn Martinbrough at Image while he writes one of the two stories in A PLUS X #3 for Marvel, a Gambit and Hawkeye team up with art by Billy Tan. James writes GAMBIT #7 with Diogenes Neves’ art.
AZZARELLO: Brian writes ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: COMEDIAN #5 OF 6 with J. G. Jones’ meticulously detailed art and WONDER WOMAN #15 where the Amazon meets Orion of the ‘New Gods’ as depicted by artist Cliff Chiang. Their first arc is collected in the WONDER WOMAN TP #1: BLOOD with Cliff assisted by artist Tony Akins. Some of Brian’s past work is collected as the BATMAN/DEATHBLOW DELUXE EDITION HC with art by Lee Bermejo and Timothy Bradstreet.
BEDARD: Antony writes GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #15 with Aaron Kuder’s art as the ‘Rise of the Third Army’ continues and, along with Christy Marx he writes the new fantasy adventures of Amethyst in SWORD OF SORCERY #3 with art by Aaron Lopresti and Jesus Saiz. Tony also writes BLUE BEETLE #15 where Jaime is in outer space and about to start an intergalactic incident with J.P. Mayer inking the pencils of Ig Guara and the second arc is collected in the BLUE BEETLE TP #2: BLUE DIAMOND. Tony is also one of the authors of the WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS: AFTERMATH TP with art by Miguel Angel Sepulveda and Tyler Kirkham.
BEECHEN: Adam continues the tales set in the future with BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #11 with Norm Breyfogle’s art plus the origin of Justice League member Micron is told with the art of Fiona Staples of ‘Saga’ fame. Adam also wrote the text on the DC COMICS BATMAN: THE LEGEND T/C series with 61 cards in the base set all with original art commissioned just for this series.
BENDIS: Brian writes ☼ALL NEW X-MEN #3 and #4, the new flagship mutant title (and the first X-Men series that I’ve been excited about in quite some time). It’s the original five members with Stuart Immonen’s art and, most importantly Bendis is writing! He did such a fine job with the Avengers titles this past decade that I’m sure he’ll revitalize the X-Men franchise with at least as much success. Of course Brian continues on ULTIMATE COMICS: SPIDER-MAN #18 with Gabriel Hernandez Walta’s art; he’s written every issue so far: 160 issues and 3 Annuals in the first two series’ plus 18 more in this one and no sign of stopping yet. Brian and David Mack are writing ☼DAREDEVIL: END OF DAYS #3 OF 8 with art by Klaus Janson and Bill Sienkeiwicz and the AVENGERS ASSEMBLE BY BENDIS HC collects the series which featured the cast of the movie in Marvel continuity with art by Mark Bagley. At Marvel’s creator owned Icon imprint Brian writes POWERS: BUREAU #3 with series artist Michael Avon Oeming and the POWER PREMIERE HC #7: FOREVER which tells the origin.
BRUBAKER: One of Ed’s first forays into crime stories was the Wildstorm series now collected in the ☼SLEEPER OMNIBUS HC; this has the five part ‘Point Blank’, the twenty four issues of ‘Sleeper’ plus two one shots that began Ed’s collaboration with artist Sean Phillips. Ed’s Image series FATALE #11 is with Sean Phillips and this is the first of four flashback issues that are a good place for new readers to jump on board and the second arc is offered as FATALE TP #2: DEVIL’S BUSINESS. Ed’s Marvel work is collected as CAPTAIN AMERICA BY ED BRUBAKER PREMIERE HC #4 with Cullen Bunn assisting on dialogue and art by Scot Eaton and Steve Epting.
BUNN: Cullen writes AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #15 with Devil Dinosaur and AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #15.1 to coincide with the end of the ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ series focusing on the long conflict between the web slinger and Doctor Octopus, both illustrated by Gabriele Dell’Otto(!). Cullen also writes VENOM #28 with art by Declan Shalvey or Thony Silas; (apparently Marvel isn’t sure which). Cullen provided dialogue for some of the work collected in the CAPTAIN AMERICA BY ED BRUBAKER PREMIERE HC #4, he wrote some of the material in FEAR ITSELF TP: FEARLESS with artists Mark Bagley and Paul Pelletier and with Christopher Yost wrote CARNAGE: MINIMUM CARNAGE TP with Lan Medina’s art. At Oni Press Cullen writes his SIXTH GUN #27 with artist Brian Hurtt; this is the series that brought him to the attention of Marvel in the first place.
BYRNE: John and Jerry Ordway wrote and John illustrated the stories from 1987 collected in the SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL TP #7 for DC and IDW collects some of his more recent work in the POPEYE TP #1; John is one of a few artists contributing to this collection of stories written by Roger Langridge.
CAREY: Mike continues on his popular Vertigo series with artist Peter Gross in UNWRITTEN #44 as Tom visits Hades battling harpies, sinister ferrymen and multi-headed dogs.
CASEY: Joe’s latest original series is collected as BUTCHER, BAKER, RIGHTEOUS MAKER HC with the art of Mike Huddleston, basically the tale of what happens when the all-American superhero develops a fondness for sex. This deluxe edition also features extensive new back matter.
CHAYKIN: Howard provides the art for the ‘Haunted Tank’ tale written by Justin Gray in this final issue of G.I. COMBAT #7; Howie also provides the cover art. At Image Howie creates, writes and illustrates BLACK KISS II #5 OF 6, an ‘adults only’ series.
☼COOKE: Darwyn writes and illustrates ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: MINUTEMEN #5 OF 6. He also has a regular feature in CREATOR OWNED HEROES #7.
CORNELL: Paul writes DEMON KNIGHTS #15 with Bernard Chang’s art and he’s one of the contributing writers for the BATMAN AND ROBIN: WHITE KNIGHT, DARK KNIGHT TP with art by Guillem March and at Vertigo he continues his SAUCER COUNTRY #10 with art by Ryan Kelly.
COSTA: Mike writes COBRA ONGOING #20 with art by Antonio Fuso as the team fights the Oktober Guard.
DAVID: Peter is writing CASTLE: A CALM BEFORE THE STORM #1 OF 5 with artist Robert Atkins. The ‘Castle’ television program was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Brian writes it with Kelly Sue DeConnick. There have been two original graphic novels based on the show so far. Peter writes X-FACTOR #248 and #249 with artist Paul Davidson and he and Robin Furth wrote DARK TOWER-GUNSLINGER TP: LITTLE SISTERS OF ELURIA with art by Luke Ross and DARK TOWER-GUNSLINGER PREMIERE HC: MAN IN BLACK, the final volume in the ‘Gunslinger’ saga with art by Alex Maleev.
DeCONNICK: Kelly Sue along with series artist Phil Noto writes GHOST #3 for Dark Horse, Kelly writes AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #10 with art by Stefano Caselli plus CAPTAIN MARVEL #8 with art by Dexter Soy and CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BLACK WIDOW #640 also with Dexter Soy; this is the final issue of this series.
DeFALCO: Tom writes SUPERBOY #15 continuing the ‘H’el on Earth’ crossover with Rob Lean inking the pencils of R. B. Silva and LEGION LOST #15 with Pete Woods art and guest starring the Ravagers and Superboy. Tom and Scott Lobdell wrote the stories in CULLING: THE RISE OF THE RAVAGERS TP with the Teen Titans, the Legion Lost cast and Superboy with art by Rob Silva and others.
DIDIO: Dan writes PHANTOM STRANGER #3 with art by Brent Anderson and Philip Tan; the series began with a surprise. The Stranger has an origin for the first time and it appears that he is Judas from the Bible!
DIXON: Chuck writes G.I. JOE VOLUME TWO #29 with Will Rosado’s art, SNAKE EYES & STORM SHADOW #29 with art by Alex Cal and SNAKE EYES & STORM SHADOW TP #1 with art by Robert Atkins. He also writes a story in ARCHIE #640 and one in SPONGEBOB COMICS #15 and continues his adaptation of ROBERT JORDAN’S WHEEL OF TIME: EYE OF THE WORLD #32 with Francis Nuguit’s art and ROBERT JORDAN’S EYE OF THE WORLD HC #3 with Andie Tong’s art. He also co-writes with Gotham Chopra the finale, CHOSEN #3 OF 3, a series created by film maker Marcus (‘Friday the 13th‘, ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’) Nispel and illustrated by Edison George.
EDMONDSON: Nathan finishes the first year of his series with ACTIVITY #12 with guest artist Marc Laming filling in for Mitch Gerads. Nathan is also writing a sequel with WHERE IS JAKE ELLIS #2 OF 5 with artist Tonci Zonjic. At Marvel he writes ULTIMATE COMICS: IRON MAN #3 OF 4 with art by Matteo Buffagni.
ELLIS: The entire twelve issues of the series, the ☼GLOBAL FREQUENCY TP featuring individual adventures of the people who secretly work for the worldwide rescue organization comes back into print with Garry Leach and others providing the art. This is one of Ellis’ best; you may have seen the lackluster pilot television episode a number of years back. The WOLVERINE: NOT DEAD YET TP gets a new printing, collecting Warren’s work from 1988 with art by Leinil Francis Yu. Warner Brothers offers the ☼WARREN ELLIS: GUN MACHINE HC, a new crime novel with supernatural overtones involving a deal with the devil and a serial killer. If you’ve read his first novel, ‘Crooked Little Vein’ then you’re probably as anxious for this new one as I am.
ENNIS: Garth continues with FURY MAX #7 with art by Goran Parlov and a story of Nick Fury and Frank Castle in Vietnam. BOYS TP #12: BLOODY DOORS OFF is the final volume of the series glorifying those who take out the super heroes, with art by Russell Braun and Darick Robertson and Garth’s latest war stories features art by long time ‘Judge Dredd’ artist Carlos Ezquerra is in BATTLEFIELDS: GREEN FIELDS BEYOND-PART ONE #2 OF 6. GARTH ENNIS’ JENNIFER BLOOD #22 is written by Al Ewing with Kewber Baal’s art, JENNIFER BLOOD: FIRST BLOOD #4 is written by Michael Carroll with art by Igor Vitorino and NINJETTES TP #1 is also written by Al Ewing illustrated by Eman Casallos. The JUDGE DREDD GARTH ENNIS COLLECTED TP is the best of his earliest work with art by Steve Dillon and others.
FIALKOV: Joshua writes I, VAMPIRE #15 with Andrea Sorrentino tying the tale into Cain, the first vampire.
FINCH: David illustrates BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #15 with Batman’s final battle with the Scarecrow as written by Gregg Hurwitz. BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT-GOLDEN DAWN TP collects stories written by David plus two by Grant Morrison. This collects the first five issues of ‘Batman: The Dark Knight’ that David wrote and drew plus the Morrison tales from ‘Superman/Batman’ #75 and ‘Batman: The Return’ #1 with art by Jason Fabok. There is also a BATMAN & SCARECROW T/S offered featuring David’s artwork.
FRACTION: Matt writes FANTASTIC FOUR #2 with Mark Bagley’s art and FF #2 with Mike Allred’s art. He continues on ☼HAWKEYE #5 and #6 with issue five finishing the arc with Javier Pulido’s art and issue six beginning a new arc with David Aja’s art with Clint battling DVR-Mageddon. The stories in the MIGHTY THOR/JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY PREMIERE HC: EVERYTHING BURNS was written by Matt along with Kieron Gillen while the DEFENDERS BY MATT FRACTION TP #2 collects their adventures in Wakanda with Terry Dodson’s art.
GAGE: Christos writes ANGEL & FAITH #17 with art by Rebekah Isaacs for Dark Horse and he co-writes FIRST X-MEN #5 OF 5 with the series artist, Neal Adams for Marvel. Christos along with Will Pilgrim writes MARVEL’S IRON MAN 2 ADAPTATION #2 OF 2 with art by Ramon Rosanos. He wrote the material collected in the AVENGERS ACADEMY: FINAL EXAMS PREMIERE HC with art by Tom Grummett and Andrea Vito.
GAIMAN: Neil has written a new picture book for the youngest audience yet; illustrated by Adam Rex ☼NEIL GAIMAN: CHU’S DAY HC is the story of a little panda with a big sneeze.
GIFFEN: Keith writes HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #5 OF 6 with Ruy Jose inking Philip Tan’s pencils expanding the popular animated adventure series.
GILLEN: Kieron writes IRON MAN #3 & #4 which, of course unveils new stealth armor designed by artist Greg Land and Kieron wrote the ‘Journey into Mystery’ stories that connect Matt Fraction’s ‘Thor’ tales in the MIGHTY THOR/JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY PREMIERE HC: EVERYTHING BURNS.
GISCHLER: Best selling mystery writer, Victor writes BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SPIKE #5 OF 5 with Andy Owens inking Paul Lee’s layouts for Dark Horse and SHADOW #9 with art by Aaron Campbell, the second issue of a four part story for Dynamite Entertainment.
GLASS: Adam writes SUICIDE SQUAD #15, a ‘Death of the Family’ tie in with Fernando Dagnino illustrating Harley’s renewed unpleasant reunion with the Joker.
GRAY/PALMIOTTI: Justin and Jimmy co-write ALL STAR WESTERN #15 with Dr. Arkham and Jonah Hex teaming up to battle Dr. Jekyll and Mister Hyde illustrated by Moritat; in the back up story Tomahawk teams up with Tecumseh with art by Phil Winslade. HUMAN BOMB #1 OF 4 with art by Jerry Ordway tells of veteran Michael Taylor’s attempt to stop a plan to destroy America with human bombs. AME-COMI GIRLS #3 FEATURING DUELA DENT with art by Ted Naifeh tells the origin and also introduces the Ame-Comi Brainiac. Justin Gray writes the ‘Haunted Tank’ story in the final issue of G.I. COMBAT #7 with Howie Chaykin’s art; the back up story of the ‘Unknown Soldier’ has art by Staz Johnson.
GUGGENHEIM: Marc joins Andrew Kreisberg for ARROW #1 and #2 with Mike Grell’s art; these are the writers of the new television program of the same name. Marc joins Scott Tipton writing the STAR TREK 100 PAGE SPECTACULAR: WINTER 2012 with artists David Messina and J. K. Woodward.
HAMA: Larry writes G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #185 with art by S. L. Gallant. Larry has been writing these characters since the early eighties. He entered the comics industry as an artist and inker, he is also an actor and had some bit parts on the ‘M.A.S.H.’ television show as well as on ‘Saturday Night Live’. After serving in Vietnam he used his knowledge of martial arts, archery, swordsmanship, firearms and ordnance to write ‘The ‘Nam’ comic and has been an editor, first at DC and later at Marvel.
HESTER: Phil writes GUARDING THE GLOBE #4, a spin off of the ‘Invincible’ series with art by Todd Nauck and John Rauch and he co-writes KEVIN SMITH’S BIONIC MAN #17 with Aaron Gillespie beginning a new arc with artist Edgar Tadeo.
HICKMAN: Jonathan writes AVENGERS #2 with Jerome Opena’s art and the series now ships twice per month (they say). The ☼FANTASTIC FOUR BY JONATHAN HICKMAN TP #5 completes his stellar run on the series and the ULTIMATE COMICS: ULTIMATES BY HICKMAN TP #2 is actually by Jonathan with Sam Humphries and collects issues seven through twelve.
HIGGINS: Kyle writes NIGHTWING #15, a ‘Death of the Family’ tie in with art by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira as the Joker attacks Haly’s circus. The ‘zero’ issue really showcased what a firm handle Kyle has on the Grayson character, in my humble opinion.
HILL: Joe is writing the last arc of his LOCKE & KEY: OMEGA #2 OF 7 with artist Gabriel Rodriguez; the series has already been licensed for a film adaptation. The HARVEY HORRORS-COLLECTED WORKS: CHAMBER OF CHILLS SLIPCASE EDITION #1 is the first of three volumes collecting these long out of print comics and Joe writes the introduction and also autographs a print to be included.
HINE: David writes DARKNESS #110 with Jeremy Haun’s artwork and his own STORM DOGS #2 OF 6, a crime series with art by Doug Braithwaite both for Image Comics. David writes NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: AFTERMATH #3 set in Las Vegas with the art of German Erramouspe for Avatar Press.
HUMPHRIES: Sam writes ULTIMATE COMICS: ULTIMATES #18.1 and #19 dealing with the aftermath of ‘United We Stand’, both with art by Luke Ross and Sam also wrote some of the material in the ULTIMATE COMICS: ULTIMATES BY HICKMAN TP #2 for Marvel. Sam along with Shane Houghton writes FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #9 with art by Jerry Gaylord beginning a new arc. Sam wrote the material collected in FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES TP #1 also with Jerry Gaylord’s art and he writes HIGHER EARTH #8 with Francesco Biagini’s art.
HURWITZ: Gregg writes BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #15, the final fight between Batman and the Scarecrow illustrated by David Finch. This series has gotten much better since Gregg took over the writing from David.
JENKINS: Paul begins a new series with DEATHMATCH #1 where a super villain has locked up all the world’s superheroes and is forcing them to fight to the death; featuring art by Carlos Magno under a Whilce Portacio cover; this is being billed as the ‘battle royale that could never occur at DC or Marvel’.
JOHNS: Geoff writes JUSTICE LEAGUE #15 which is part one of ‘Throne of Atlantis’ a cross over with ‘Aquaman’ and featuring the new art team of Ivan Reis and Joe Prado and part two is Geoff’s AQUAMAN #15 with art by Aridan Syaf as Atlantis invades the surface world. The ‘Rise of the Third Army’ continues in GREEN LANTERN #15 with Christian Alamy inking the pencils of Doug Mahnke. Also the first arc is collected in the JUSTICE LEAGUE TP #1: ORIGIN with Jim Lee’s art and GREEN LANTERN TP #1: SINESTRO also with Doug Mahnke’s art. SUPERMAN: THE LAST SON OF KRYPTON TP was written by Geoff and Richard Donner with Adam Kubert and others illustrating this battle with the Superman Revenge Squad and the Phantom Zone criminals. The JUSTICE LEAGUE SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE is based on Jim Lee’s designs for the Justice League comic.
JOHNSON: Mike Johnson and Michael Green write SUPERGIRL #15 where Superboy and Superman come face to face as the ‘H’el on Earth’ crossover continues with art by Mahmud A. Asrar. Mike on his own writes STAR TREK ONGOING #16 concluding the two part ‘Mirror, Mirror’ story with Stephen Molnar’s art and, with Mairghread Scott writes TRANSFORMERS PRIME: RAGE OF THE DINOBOTS #2 OF 4 illustrated by Agustin Padilla.
JURGENS: Dan writes and pencils FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN #15 as Firestorm battles Captain Atom; duck and cover. Dan is also one of the writers of JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL TP #2: BREAKDOWN with art by Aaron Lopresti.
KEATINGE: Joe writes GLORY #31 beginning the ‘War Torn’ arc with art by Ross Campbell and Roman Muradov.
KINDT: Matt has a ‘Mind Mgt’ story in DARK HORSE PRESENTS #19 and he writes FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. #15 which is the final chapter of the three part ‘Rotworld: Secrets of the Dead’ with art by Alberto Ponitcelli and Wayne Faucher.
KIRKMAN: Robert’s WALKING DEAD OMNIBUS HC #4 which is also available in a signed and numbered edition is an oversized slip cased format collecting issues 73 through 96 plus covers and the first three volumes are also back in print. INVINCIBLE #99 continues the ‘Death of Everyone’ story with art by Ryan Ottley, the all age SUPER DINOSAUR #17 has a solo dinosaur adventure with Jason Howard’s art, WALKING DEAD #105 has art by Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn and Robert along with James Asmus writes THIEF OF THIEVES #11 with Felix Serrano inking Shawn Martinbrough’s pencils. The WALKING DEAD MAGAZINE #2 follows the television show and the comic with interviews, behind the scene previews and more. And I should probably mention the WALKING DEAD ZOMBIE SILICONE GELATIN MOLD in case anyone is interested in having a 9” by 5” quivering jello zombie head for their next party.
KRUL: J.T. Writes SOULFIRE VOLUME 4 #4 with pencils by Michael DeBalfo and inks by Neil Ruffino.
LANSDALE: Joe writes the forward to HARVEY HORRORS: COLLECTED WORKS-WITCHES TALE HC #3, a book of pre-code comics from the fifties.
LAPHAM: David writes the STRAIN #9 OF 12 at Dark Horse with Mike Huddleston’s art and AGE OF APOCALYPSE #10 at Marvel with Roberto DeLaTorre’s art as Jean Gray and Weapon Omega face the title bout. David writes ☼CALIGULA: HEART OF ROME #1 OF 6 at Avatar Press with painted art by German Nobile, this is the same team and the story picks up after the events of the previous graphically violent ‘Caligula’ series. The FERALS TP #1 coincides with the hard cover and the signed limited edition collecting the first arc of David’s vicious werewolf story with art by Gabriel Andrade and FERALS #11 is the latest issue of the ongoing series. Also at Avatar David writes his darkly humorous ☼DAN THE UNHARMABLE #8 with artist Rafael Ortiz.
LAYMAN: John writes DETECTIVE COMICS #15, a ‘Death of the Family’ tie in with Poison Ivy and Clayface illustrated by Jason Fabok and Andy Clarke for DC, MARS ATTACKS #6 with John McCrea’s art for IDW and CHEW TP #6: SPACE CAKES with Rob Guillory’s art for Image.
LEMIRE: Jeff begins a new arc with JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #15 with Ray Fawkes co-writing and regular series artist Mikel Janin and Jeff writes ANIMAL MAN #15 which is part three of ‘Rotworld: The Red Kingdom’ illustrated by Steve Pugh. The ANIMAL MAN TP #2: ANIMAL VS MAN features art by Travel Foreman and involves John Constantine and the Justice League Dark team. At Vertigo Jeff writes and illustrates the double size SWEET TOOTH #40 which is the final issue of this series of post apocalyptic genetic mutation.
LEVITZ: Paul writes WORLD’S FINEST #7 with George Perez’ art and LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #15 with Francis Portela’s artwork.
LIEFELD: Rob along with Fabien Nicieza writes SAVAGE HAWKMAN #15 continuing the ‘Hawkman: Wanted’ cross over with Art Thibert and Joe Bennett providing the artwork.
LISS: David writes THE SPIDER #7 with art by Colton Worley as the Spider’s hunt for the killer of the Police Commissioner is compromised by our hero’s attraction to the widowed wife.
LIU: Marjorie writes ASTONISHING X-MEN #57 with art by Mike Perkins as Warbird takes Manhattan.
LOBDELL: Scott writes SUPERMAN #15 with art by Kenneth Rocafort continuing the ‘H’el on Earth’ cross over as Superman, Superboy and Supergirl are together but not in agreement about how to proceed; Kal-El must befriend Lex to settle the dispute. Scott also writes RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #15 which is part of the ‘Death of the Family’ cross over with Timothy Green’s art as Red Robin and Red Hood team up against the Joker: the Titans vs the Outlaws. Scott writes TEEN TITANS #15 too, another ‘Death of the Family’ chapter with Brett Booth’s art and guest starring Batgirl. The CULLING: RISE OF THE RAVAGERS TP was written by Scott with Tom DeFalco and art by R. B. Silva and others, all at DC. Scott’s older Marvel work is collected as the GENERATION X CLASSIC TP #2 featuring issues seven through twelve, the annual and the San Diego Comic Con preview story.
MARZ: Ron writes ARTIFACTS #25, the title that unites the Top Cow Universe characters, with art by Stjepan Sejic while at Dynamite he writes PROPHECY #7 with Walter Geovanni’s art.
MIEVILLE: The award winning science fiction author proceeds with his first comic series on DIAL H #7 beginning a new arc set in Europe with art by Alberto Ponticelli.
MIGNOLA: Mike writes and illustrates ☼HELLBOY IN HELL #1, his first solo work on his character since ‘Conqueror Worm’ as our hero has saved the world (in the ‘Storm’ and ‘Fury’ stories) but lost Great Britain as well as his life. Mike along with John Arcudi writes B.P.R.D. 1948 #3 OF 5 with art by Max Fiumara and B.P.R.D.-HELL ON EARTH: RETURN OF THE MASTER #5 OF 5 with art by Tyler Crook.
MILLIGAN: Pete writes RED LANTERNS #15 with artist Miguel Angel Sepulveda and a chapter in the ‘Rise of the Third Army’ cross over plus STORMWATCH #15 with art by Will Conrad with the team battling one of their own: Midnighter. For Vertigo comics Pete writes HELLBLAZER #298 with Stefano Landini inking the pencils of Giuseppe Camuncoli as John Constantine tries to convince his wife that he has five days left to live.
MOORE: Terry writes and illustrates his ☼RACHEL RISING #13, a horror story that has been nominated for multiple Eisner and Harvey awards.
☼MORRISON: Grant continues his brilliant run with ☼ACTION COMICS #15 as the Man of Steel is on trial for his life and the jury is the Anti-Superman Army and a mystery posed in issue one is resolved; art by Rags Morales. Grant also writes BATMAN INCORPORATED #6 with Chris Burnham’s art as Leviathan takes over Gotham and Bat-Robots battle Man-Bat armies. The ☼BATMAN INCORPORATED TP collects the first eight issues (from before the ‘New 52’) plus the ‘Leviathan Strikes’ one shot with art by Yanick Paquette and others. The BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT-GOLDEN DAWN TP collects David Finch’s ‘Dark Knight’ issues one through five plus Grant’s one shot, ‘Batman: The Return’. The ABSOLUTE BATMAN & ROBIN HC: BATMAN REBORN collects the whole sixteen issue run with Frank Quitely’s art plus the ‘Batman: The Return’ one shot in an oversized slipcased edition for a hundred bucks. The JLA TP #3 collects issues 22 through 26, 28 through 31 plus the 1,000,000 issue with the art of Howard Porter as the team battles their first enemy, Starro all from DC. Meanwhile Grant finishes his creator owned project from Image with ☼HAPPY #4 OF 4, a totally insane story with a tenuous connection to reality illustrated by Darick Robertson and highly recommended.
☼MURPHY: And speaking of highly recommended, insane creator owned projects reaching their finale here’s another that was also a Pick of the Month when offered, ☼PUNK ROCK JESUS #6 OF 6. I hope you didn’t miss out on this fast paced story of the return of Jesus as a clone from the Shroud of Turin to reality television; it’s one of the top comics of the year in my humble opinion and I suspect it will win some prestigious awards. Sean created the series, wrote it and illustrated it beautifully in black and white.
NELSON: The series that put Arvid on the map is being collected as the REX MUNDI OMNIBUS TP #2, combining the fourth, fifth and sixth TPs with Juan Ferreyra’s art and Arvid continues his modern tales of Tarzan in LORD OF THE JUNGLE #13 with art by Roberto Castro.
NICIEZA: Fabian co-writes SAVAGE HAWKMAN #15 with Rob Liefeld, a chapter in the ‘Hawkman: Wanted’ cross over while Fabian writes BATWING #15, the African operative for ‘Batman Incorporated’ with Ryan Winn inking the pencils of Marcus To.
NILES: Steve writes a new adventure of his supernatural private investigator which crosses over with his vampire horror series in CRIMINAL MACABRE: FINAL NIGHT-30 DAYS CROSS OVER #1 OF 4 illustrated by Christopher Mitten for Dark Horse. At DC he writes LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #3 with the art of Trevor Hairsine. At Vertigo he writes LOT 13 #3 OF 5 with Glenn Fabry’s artwork. At IDW he writes TRANSFUSION #2 OF 3 with the art of Menton3 as human survivors battle machines and monsters. At Image he contributes to CREATOR OWNED HEROES #7, his story with the art of Scott Morse. At Atlas his WULF TP collects the six issue barbarian tale illustrated by Nat Jones.
NOCENTI: Ann writes GREEN ARROW #15 with Rob Hunter inking the pencils of Freddie E. Williams and CATWOMAN #15, as Selina attempts to steal the Black Diamond of Eclipso as depicted by Rafael Sandoval which begins the ‘Black Diamond Probability’ cross over . In the GREEN ARROW TP #2: TRIPLE THREAT Ollie gets caught in the deception of the genetically modified triplets know as Skylark, with the art of Harvey Tolibao. At IDW Ann co wrote the material collected in the TRUE BLOOD ONGOING HC #1 with Michael McMillian with art by Michael Gaydos.
OEMING: MICHAEL AVON OEMING’S THE VICTORIES #5 OF 5 completes Michael’s violent series at Dark Horse while at Marvel’s creator owned imprint, Icon, Michael illustrates POWERS: BUREAU #3 written by Brian Michael Bendis as well as the collection POWERS PREMIERE HC: FOREVER #7.
ORDWAY: Jerry pencils and inks HUMAN BOMB #1 OF 4 written by Justin Gray and Jimmie Palmiotti and Jerry and John Byrne wrote and illustrated the 1987 stories collected in the SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL TP #7 and the DEATH OF SUPERMAN TP: NEW EDITION also features Jerry’s work.
OSTRANDER: Jon writes STAR WARS-AGENT OF THE EMPIRE: HARD TARGETS #3 OF 5 with Christian Dalla Vecchia inking the pencils of Davide Fabbri as well as STAR WARS-DAWN OF THE JEDI: PRISONER OF BOGAN #2 OF 5 with Dan Parsons inking the pencil art of Jan Duursema.
PAK: Greg writes X-TREME X-MEN #7.1 and #8 focusing on Dazzler with art by Stephen Segovia.
PARKER: Jeff writes BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: WILLOW WONDERLAND #2 OF 5 with Jason Gorder inking Brian Ching’s pencils for Dark Horse. He writes RED SHE-HULK #60 with art by Carlo Pagulayan and Wellington Alves as she tries to elude the Avengers.
PEREZ: George’s legendary work on the Teen Titans is recognized as the definitive images of the characters so the Japanese company, Medicom is producing some limited edition ‘Bearbricks’ of a couple of the characters based on George’s artwork: DC COMICS: ROBIN BEARBRICK and DC COMICS CYBORG BEARBRICK will be limited to 1500 pieces outside of Asia.
POWELL: Eric along with Tracy Marsh writes BILLY THE KID’S ODDITIES & THE ORM LOCH NESS #3 OF 4 with art by Kyle Hotz and Eric writes and illustrates ☼GOON #45 and the ☼GOON TP #12: THEM THAT RAISED US LAMENT collects issues 32 through 41 of the Eisner Award winning series of carny folk, zombie rockabillies and even superheroes.
REMENDER: Rick is writing the new UNCANNYAVENGERS #3 with art by John Cassaday as the more powerful Red Skull wreaks havoc, he writes the new CAPTAIN AMERICA #2 with John Romita’s art with our hero stranded in Dimension Z. Rick continues on SECRET AVENGERS #35 with art by Matteo Scalera battling the plague of Contagious Robot Evolution and he writes the final issue of UNCANNY X-FORCE #35 as the ‘Final Extinction’ arc concludes illustrated by Phil Noto. The SECRET AVENGERS BY RICK REMENDER TP #1 collects Rick’s first arc as Cap hands the reigns over to Hawkeye with art by Patrick Zircher and Gabriel Hardman.
ROBERSON: Chris writes MASKS #2 OF 8 with art by Dennis Calero; this is a multi vigilante mash up featuring the Green Hornet, the Shadow and the Spider.
ROBINSON: James writes the alternate world adventures in EARTH TWO #7 with the focus on Hawkgirl this month plus Mr. Terrific makes his first appearance since leaving ‘our’ world; the art team is Nicola and Trevor Scott.
RUCKA: Espionage and crime fiction author, Greg writes PUNISHER WAR ZONE #3 OF 5 with Marc Checchetto’s art as Frank Castle vs Thor for Marvel and the Eisner Award winner writes ☼STUMPTOWN II #4 with art by Matthew Southworth as Dex and Min battle skinheads while investigating the disappearance of a valuable electric guitar.
☼SAMNEE: Chris’ artwork graces the pages of Mark Waid’s DAREDEVIL #21, one of Marvel’s best titles these past several months.
SEELEY: Tim is the co-creator and co-writer of EX SANGUINE #3 OF 5 with Josh Emmons and Tim provides the art as well; he also wrote the stories collected in the HACK/SLASH TP #11: MARRY F*CK KILL with art by Daniel Leister and Emilio Laiso and Tim’s latest series gets its first collection with ☼REVIVAL TP #1: YOU’RE AMONG FRIENDS with art by Mike Norton and Mark Englert, a story about the one day per year that the dead come back to life; set in rural Wisconsin the flood of government, media and religious zealots tends to create havoc and the murder investigation is just icing on the cake.
SIMONE: Gail writes her favorite comic character with the art of Ed Benes in BATGIRL #15, a ‘Death of the Family’ tie in as we approach the climax of Barbara’s first confrontation with the Joker since he shot her through the spine in ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’. Gail’s second arc is collected in the BATGIRL HC #2: KNIGHTFALL DESCENDS with art by Ardian Syaf.
SLOTT: Dan writes AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #699 and #699.1. Issue #699 tells of Doc Octopus’ last hours and he recruits as many of Spidey’s enemies as he can to get vengeance against Parker before his demise. In #699.1 Morbius the Living Vampire takes center stage and this will lead into Morbius new series. The former issue has art by Humberto Ramos and the latter is co-written by Joe Keatinge with art by Al Barrionuevo. The 104 page AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 is a retrospective of Spider-Man’s years of conflicts with Doc Ock; Dan and Humberto’s work is supplemented by reprints, unseen art and connecting stories by J.M. DeMatteis, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jen Van Meter and Stephanie Buscema. Issue #700 will be the final issue of the series.
SMITH: KEVIN SMITH’S BIONIC MAN #17 begins a new arc (but it hasn’t been written by Kevin for quite some time). This arc is by Phil Hester and Aaron Gillespie with Edgar Tadeo’s art.
SNYDER: Scott writes TALON #3 with Guillem March’s art and BATMAN #15, a ‘Death of the Family’ tie in with Greg Capullo’s art and SWAMP THING #15, a ‘Rotworld: The Green Kingdom’ tie in, guest starring the inmates of Arkham Asylum with art by Marco Rudy. The ☼BATMAN HC: THE NIGHT OF THE OWLS collects Batman #8 and #9, Batman Annual #1, Detective Comics #9, Batman: The Dark Knight #9, Batwing #9, Batman and Robin #9, Red Hood and the Outlaws #9, Birds of Prey #9, Batgirl #9, Nightwing #8 and #9 and All-Star Western #9; Scott wrote three of these but he conceived and plotted the whole saga. At Vertigo Scott continues with AMERICAN VAMPIRE #34 with art by Francesco Francavilla (along with Chris Samnee, two of my current favorite artists).
SPENCER: Nick writes the double sized ☼MORNING GLORIES #25 and the ‘season one’ finale with three interconnected covers by Rodin Esquejo, with interior art by Joe Eisma and Nick writes ☼BEDLAM #3, his newest creation with artist Riley Rossmo, both at Image and both highly recommended. The ULTIMATE COMICS: X-MEN BY NICK SPENCER TP #2 features art by Carlo Barberi and Paco Medina, collecting issues seven through twelve as Quicksilver tries to be king of the mutants.
SPURRIER: Simon writes X-MEN LEGACY #3 with art by Tan Eng Huat in a story involving Legion and newly manifested Japanese mutant twins at Marvel. Si writes CROSSED: BADLANDS #19 and #20 of the bi-weekly Avatar series with art by Raulo Caceres; if the ‘Walking Dead’ were ‘G’ rated this would be ‘NC-17’; not for the squeamish or easily offended. Si also writes EXTERMINATION #7 for Boom! Studios with art by V. Kenneth Marion.
STRACZYNSKI: Joe writes ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: MOLOCH #2 OF 2 with art by art by Eduardo Risso and also concludes ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL #4 OF 4 which is running late due to the passing of industry legend Joe Kubert. Joe’s son Andy along with Bill Sienkiewicz have stepped in to try and maintain the style and atmosphere of Daddy Kubert’s final work.
SWIERCZYNSKI: Duane begins the return of ‘X’ in DARK HORSE PRESENTS #19 with Eric Nguyen’s art. ‘X’ was one of the many characters in Dark Horse’s ‘Comics Greatest World’ super hero universe that also featured ‘Ghost’ and ‘Barb Wire’. At DC Duane writes BIRDS OF PREY #15 as one member leaves and a new one joins with art by Romano Molenaar and Vicente Cifuentes and at IDW he writes GODZILLA ONGOING #8 with Simon Gane’s art. He also writes JUDGE DREDD #2 which introduces Psi Judge Anderson with art by Nelson Daniel and Brendan McCarthy. At Valiant Comics Duane writes BLOODSHOT #6 with Manuel Garcia’s art; Duane is a popular guy right now; I don’t know when he’ll find time to write his next crime novel.
THOMAS: The ROY THOMAS PRESENTS PHANTOM LADY: COLLECTED WORKS HC #1 has all of the Quality Comics tales from ‘Police Comics’ as well as her own series with art by Matt Baker and Carmine Infantino while the ROY THOMAS PRESENTS THE HEAP HC #2 OF 3 has more of the original swamp monsters’ tales with Infantino and other golden age artists.
TIERI: Frank writes GRIFTER #15 where our hero teams up with Voodoo against the Suicide Squad with art by David Beatty and Marat Mychaels.
TOMASI: Peter writes BATMAN AND ROBIN #15, a ‘Death of the Family’ tie in as Damian goes up against the Crown Prince of Crime, surprising the Joker with his aggressiveness unlike any or the previous Boy Wonders; the art is Mick Gray inking the pencils of Patrick Gleason. Peter writes GREEN LANTERN CORPS #15, part of the ‘Rise of the Third Army’ story with Scott Hanna inking the pencils of Fernando Pasarin as Guy Gardner loses it once again.
TRUMAN: Timothy wrote KING CONAN: PHOENIX ON THE SWORD TP illustrated by Tomás Giorello and Tim provides the cover art for the final issue of Jeff Lemire’s SWEET TOOTH #40.
VAN LENTE: Fred writes ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #5 beginning a new arc with the Eternal Warrior illustrated by Enamuela Lupacchino.
☼VAUGHAN: Brian writes the brilliant science fiction adventure series and in ☼SAGA #8 Alana meets perhaps her greatest challenge yet; it’s time to meet the in-laws, as illustrated by Fiona Staples.
WAID: Mark writes INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #2 with the art of Leinil Francis Yu and guest starring Iron Man and continues his solid run on DAREDEVIL #21 with Chris Samnee’s great sequential art. The CAPTAIN AMERICA: LAND OF THE FREE TP collects Mark’s final run on the series as the breaking of Cap’s shield may spell the end of all the vibranium on Earth.
WAY: Apparently Daniel’s long run writing solo adventures of the ‘merc with a mouth’ has come to an end; Daniel will write the new THUNDERBOLTS #1 and #2 with Steve Dillon’s art, the team now consisting of Red Hulk, Venom, Elektra, Deadpool and the Punisher.
WILLINGHAM: Bill continues his popular fantasy series in FABLES #124 with Shawn McManus’ painted art featuring a full length adventure of everyone’s favorite flying monkey. Collected editions include FABLES TP #18: CUBS IN TOYLAND and the FABLES DELUXE EDITION HC #6 both with Mark Buckingham and friends’ artwork. The spin off series focusing on the female ‘fables’ continues with FAIREST #10 written by Lauren Beukes with art by Inaki Miranda and, of course a beautiful cover by Adam Hughes.
WILLIAMS: J. H. along with Haden Blackman writes BATWOMAN #15 as the team up with Wonder Woman continues and J.H. also provides the defining artwork for the series and the first arc becomes available in softcover with the BATWOMAN TP #1: HYDROLOGY with the same creative team supplemented with some artwork by Amy Reeder.
WOLFMAN: Marv’s work with Gene Colan gets a deluxe edition with the CURSE OF DRACULA HC under a cover by Dave Stewart and featuring previously unseen sketches by the late, legendary artist.
☼WOOD: Brian is expanding the parameters of the post apocalyptic world after the environmental disaster in ☼THE MASSIVE #7 as the remnants of government find a new sovereign nation of people living on oil platforms at sea, illustrated by Garry Brown. Also for Dark Horse Brian writes CONAN THE BARBARIAN #11 with art by Declan Shalvey as a deadly illness sweeps through the salvaged derelict ship, the Tigress. Brian’s new series with artist Ming Doyle is ☼MARA #1 OF 6 and is my Pick of the Month for October. A top athlete in a sports and war obsessed culture, when Mara exhibits super powers; themes of feminism, corporate power, celebrity worship and political manipulation and corruption expands the super hero genre to a more complete and socially inclusive tale. (If you’ve missed any of my other monthly picks like ‘Saga’, ‘Punk Rock Jesus’ and ‘Happy’, hopefully you won’t miss this one.) At Marvel Brian writes ULTIMATE COMICS: X-MEN #20 continuing the ‘Reservation X’ story with Paco Medina’s art.
YOST: Christoper writes SCARLET SPIDER #12 and #12.1, the former finishing the first year with artist Reilly Brown’s art and the latter beginning the second year with artist Paulo Siqueira. Chris along with Cullen Bunn writes the recent limited series collected in the CARNAGE: MINIMUM CARNAGE TP featuring Venom and the Scarlet Spider and illustrated by Lan Medina and others.
Thank you all for your orders, friendship and support, my friends. I’m still working towards expanding the shop back to full size although it may not happen until the new year. I expect to have my new web site up and running before you get another of these long boring newsletters in your mail box. A very special thanks to the two hundred of you who have stuck with me during this past year, keeping a roof over the heads of my family and food in our bellies. Talk to you soon.