The October Previews catalog is not sitting on the desk at the shop as usual, as the monopolistic distributor that I do business with apparently forgot to ship them. Hopefully they’ll show up sometime in the next week but I’m not holding my breath. I’ve downloaded the order form in a digital format so I don’t actually have any artwork to reference, but I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you as best as I can with the materials at hand.
These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in December of 2015. 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. (And think of the holidays; I know it’s early but come December you’ll be glad that you thought ahead.)
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.
DARK HORSE: Best selling novelist Greg (Lazarus) Rucka writes ☻DRAGON AGE: MAGEKILLER #1 of 5 with art by Carmen Nunez Carnero and Terry Pallot. Brian Wood and Garry Brown offer ☻MASSIVE: NINTH WAVE #1 beginning a series of one shot tales about the work done by the environmental activist group before the tales in the long running series. Paul Tobin writes and Alberto Alburquerque illustrates ☻MYSTERY GIRL #1 about Trine Hampstead who knows the answer to every question you can ask except how she knows and what happened to the past ten years of her life. ☻KING CONAN: WOLVES BEYOND THE BORDER #1 of 4 is by Timothy Truman with art by Tomás Giorello. Written by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi with art by Toni Feizula comes a new one shot, ☻LOBSTER JOHNSON: GLASS MANTIS. A new horror series with ghouls and ghosts in the American south, ALABASTER: THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE BIRD #1 is written by Caitlin R. Kiernan with art by Daniel Warren Johnson and Carlos Badilla. New collected editions include: ART OF MIRROR’S EDGE: CATALYST HC, the SHERLOCK HOLMES: CRIME ALLEYS HC by Sylvain Cordurie with art by Alessandro Nespolino, the ZONE: CONTINUUM TP written and illustrated by Bruce Zick, a story of dimensional warfare in NYC, and the just completed ☻BARB WIRE, TP VOL. 1: STEEL HARBOR BLUES is by Chris Warner with Pat Oliffe and Tom Nguyen’s art. The ☻FOUNDING FATHERS FUNNIES HC collects all of Peter Bagge’s irreverent historical strips plus new stories. CONAN TP, VOL. 18: DAMNED HORDE collects issues seven through eleven from Conan: The Avenger and BTVS SEASON 10 TP, VOL. 4: OLD DEMONS has issues sixteen through twenty. The ☻GOON LIBRARY, HC VOL. 2 collects everything from the soft cover volumes four through eight. Dark Horse has recently announced that they will be doubling their manga output in the coming year and this month they offer GIGANTO MAXIA TP by Kentaro (Berserk) Muira and FATE ZERO TP, VOL. 1, the prequel to Type-Moon’s Fate saga.
DC: While still maintaining high levels of danger and action throughout their universe DC has also injected a lot of just fun comics in the past couple of years and they obviously aren’t done yet. ☻BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 of 6 will be by James Tynion IV with the art of Freddie Williams II. ☻HARLEY’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK #1 begins a new ongoing series written, of course, by the husband and wife team of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with Amanda’s art and this will be a team up book with different guest stars for each tale beginning with Wonder Woman. And, although the ongoing series ends with issue thirty, ☻BATMAN ’66 MEETS THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. #1 of 6 should fill the gap; the series will be written by Jeff Parker with art by David Hahn and the inevitable cover by Michael Allred. Onto the drama, the ☻ROBIN WAR #1 of 2 heralds the return of Damian to Gotham where he’s not amused by all of the Robin’s and, with his mentor replaced by a cop in a robot suit, it’s Robins against cops, against Batman, against the Court of Owls and other Robins. The story will cross through ☻GRAYSON #15, ☻DETECTIVE COMICS #47, ☻WE ARE ROBIN #7 and ☻ROBIN: SON OF BATMAN #7 with tie ins in ☻GOTHAM ACADEMY #13, ☻RED HOOD ARSENAL #7 and ☻TEEN TITANS #15. The second act of the Darkseid War begins in ☻JUSTICE LEAGUE #47 by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok as the heroes deal with their new found Godhood. Central Park comes alive, killing New Yorkers forcing Swamp Thing to call on his hated enemy for help in ☻CONSTANTINE, THE HELLBLAZER #7 by Ming Doyle and James Tynion IV with art by Riley Rossmo. The DC PRESENTS ROBIN WAR 100 PAGE SPECTACULAR collects previous battles from Teen Titans, Batman, Nightwing and Batman: Battle for the Cowl while the DC PRESENTS DARKSEID WAR 100 PAGE SPECTACULAR collects some of the villain’s earliest appearances from Mister Miracle #1, the New Gods and the Forever People, both comics priced under eight dollars. Deluxe collected editions this month include: ☻BATMAN: DARK KNIGHT RETURNS GALLERY EDITION HC with the full size original art from Miller’s seminal series, BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT HC, VOL. 2 with issues five through nine, BATMAN NOIR: THE BLACK MIRROR HC with Snyder’s story and Jock and Francesco Francavilla’s art in black and white and the ☻BATMAN SUPERMAN SILVER AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 with stories from Superman issue seventy six and World’s Finest Comics issues seventy one through ninety six. The ☻BATMAN AND IVY DELUXE EDITION HC collects the earliest adventures by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm from the Batman Adventures series. The JLA: GODS AND MONSTERS HC gathers all of the prequels to the DCU animated film of the same name. In soft cover editions comes BATMAN BY ED BRUBAKER TP, VOL. 1, BATMAN: SHAMAN TP in a new edition of the first five issues of Batman: Legends of the Dark Night and ☻BATGIRL TP, VOL. 1: SILENT NIGHT has the first eleven issues plus the first Annual; these are the adventures of the mute Cassandra Cain. The BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT TP, VOL. 1 has the first four issues, BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS TP, VOL. 6: ICARUS has issues thirty through thirty four plus the third Annual, the SUPERMAN: EMPEROR JOKER TP collects the story that ran through all of the Superman titles where the Joker is the Emperor of the Universe and ☻SUPERGIRL TP, VOL. 1: THE GIRL OF STEEL collects the first year from the New 52 just in time for the television series. The ☻GRAYSON TP, VOL. 1: AGENTS OF SPYRAL release coincides with the ☻GRAYSON TP, VOL. 2: WE ALL DIE AT DAWN. There is also the FLASH TP, VOL. 6: OUT OF TIME, the ☻NEW TEEN TITANS TP, VOL. 4, RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS TP, VOL. 7: LAST CALL and ☻SWAMP THING TP, VOL. 7: SEASON’S END. DC‘s creator owned imprint has a new editor and is shaking things up at VERTIGO with new series’ like ☻SHERIFF OF BABYLON #1 of 8 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads which takes place in Baghdad in 2003 about a Florida policeman turned military contractor, this series is based on true life experiences of the author who was a CIA operations officer. ☻NEW ROMANCER #1 of 12 by Peter Milligan and Brett Parson, a rom-com about a coder working for an internet dating site whose creation of fake profiles brings unexpected results. Holly Black writes and Lee Garbett illustrates ☻LUCIFER #1, a new ongoing featuring the character popularized in Sandman. The LAST GANG IN TOWN #1 of 7 is written by Simon Oliver with the art of Rufus Dayglo, a tale of creepy heroes in a punk rock seventies Britain. In collected editions this month comes ☻100 BULLETS TP: BOOK 4, FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS TP, VOL. 4: END TIMES, ☻AMERICAN VAMPIRE HC, VOL. 8, the ☻ABSOLUTE TRANSMETROPOLITAN HC, VOL. 2 and Grant Morrison’s ☻KILL YOUR BOYFRIEND/VINAMARAMA DELUXE EDITION HC. DC’s collectible imprint, DC DIRECT continues their designer series with these figures based on the art of Lee Bermejo: BATMAN AF, GREEN LANTERN AF, SUPERMAN AF and LEX LUTHOR AF.
IDW: Idea & Design works is in the holiday spirit with a bunch of specials including the TRANSFORMERS HOLIDAY SPECIAL, the JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS HOLIDAY SPECIAL, the MY LITTLE PONY HOLIDAYSPECIAL, ☻MICKEY & DONALD CHRISTMAS PARADE and the ☻X-FILES X-MAS SPECIAL; think ‘stocking stuffer’. The previous series ended with issue thirty, but Mega City fans can rejoice as ☻JUDGE DREDD ONGOING #1 written by Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas and illustrated by Dan McDaid moves forward. Another character missing in action for some time now returns in ☻ROCKETEER AT WAR #1 of 4 by Marc Guggenheim and Dave Bullock as Cliff Secord, with or without his rocket pack has entered the fray in 1942 Europe. Just as the last issue is offered of ☻STAR TREK GREEN LANTERN #6 of 6, ☻STAR TREK: STARFLEET ACADEMY #1 of 5 is offered written by Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrott with the art of Derek Charm; see the cadets in training immediately prior to the 2009 film. And, while Walt Simonson’s wonderful series of Asgardian legend concludes with issue six ☻RAGNAROK #7 begins book two! In this months’ collected editions comes TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE-A NEW MISSION TP which is adaptations of the animated series, TRANSFORMERS GI JOE: TYRANTS RISE, HEROES ARE BORN TP collecting the series set in WWII, GI JOE: COMPLETE COLLECTION HC, VOL. 8, GI JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO TP, VOL. 13, MY LITTLE PONY: A CANTERLOT WEDDING TP adapting the animated tale, MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDS FOREVER TP, VOL. 5, STAR TREK: THE JOHN BYRNE COLLECTION TP, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: LEGEND OF DRIZZT TP, VOL. 3: SOJOURN adapting the third volume of R. A. Salvatore’s epic, GHOSTBUSTERS: GET REAL TP collecting the four issue series, ☻ROCKY & BULLWINKLE CLASSIC ADVENTURES TP, ☻TMNT: CASEY AND APRIL TP and TMNT ANIMATED TP, VOL. 7: THE INVASION. For one hundred and fifty dollars there’s the ☻NOS4A2 WRAITH DELUXE EDITION HC, a limited edition of Joe Hill’s classic horror signed by the author and artist, Charles Paul Wilson III, who will also add a sketch to every signature plate. (If you don’t know what to get that Stephen King fan in your life, this is some scary stuff and Joe Hill is the pen name of Stephen King’s son.)
IMAGE: While BK Vaughan tears up the industry with his brilliant Saga and We Stand on Guard series’ he’s been writing a web series which won the Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic and it’s finally coming available in ‘hard copy’ with the ☻PRIVATE EYE DELUXE EDITION HC priced under fifty bucks and illustrated by Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente; this one is getting a permanent place on my bookshelf. ☻SYMMETRY #1 is written by Matt (Postal, Tithe) Hawkins with the finely detailed art of Raffaele (Epic Kill) Ienco, a world of utopia minus creativity and inspiration, except for two individuals. ☻BLACK JACK KETCHUM #1 of 4, a supernatural Western with a talking gun and a case of mistaken identity by Brian Schirmer with art by Claudia Balboni and Kelly Fitzpatrick. ☻VIOLENT #1 is by Ed (Sheltered) Brisson with art by Adam (Dead Drop) Gorham, a tale of an ex-con trying to turn his life around for his daughter and his drug addicted wife. Collected editions include: the CHEW: OMNIVORE EDITION HC, VOL. 5 with the ninth and tenth story arcs, GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS TP, VOL. 3, the ☻WALKING DEAD OMNIBUS HC, VOL. 6 with twenty four issues for one hundred dollars or, for fifty dollars more, the limited signed and numbered edition, ☻EMPTY ZONE TP, VOL. 1: CONVERSATIONS WITH THE DEAD, ☻MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP, VOL. 6, REVIVAL TP, VOL. 6: THY LOYAL SONS & DAUGHTERS, the Arthurian LADY PENDRAGON TP, VOL. 1 and Stejpan Sejic’s ☻SUNSTONE OGN, VOL. 4. There’s also ☻’68 TP VOL. 5: HOMEFRONT, ☻BIG MAN PLANS TP by Eric Powell, ☻STARVE TP, VOL. 1, WHERE IS JAKE ELLIS TP, ☻SEX CRIMINALS TP, VOL. 3: THREE THE HARD WAY, SHUTTER TP, VOL. 3: QUO VADIS and six different convention exclusive editions hard covers for forty bucks each with limited quantities available (so if you want one let me know ASAP); ☻DEADLY CLASS HC, VOL. 1, ☻EAST OF WEST HC, VOL. 1, ☻LOW HC, VOL. 1, ☻SEX CRIMINALS HC, VOL. 1, ☻THEY’RE NOT LIKE US HC, VOL. 1 and ☻WAYWARD HC, VOL. 1. And one last item, the ☻IMAGE GIANT SIZED ARTIST PROOF EDITION: WYTCHES #1 for twenty five dollars.
MARVEL: With five issues under their belt ☻A-FORCE #1 relaunches the series with G. Willow (Ms Marvel) Wilson writing and Jorge (Feathers) Molina providing the art. The ☻TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #1 features Amadeus Cho as the Green Goliath as told by Greg Pak and Frank Cho. GUARDIANS OF INFINITY #1 will be written by Dan Abnett and Jason Latour with art by Carlo Barberi and Jim Cheung. ☻DAREDEVIL #1 will be written by Charles Soule with art by Ron Garney with the hornhead back in black and back in NYC. ☻ALL NEW INHUMANS #1 will be written by Charles Soule and James Asmus with Stefano Caselli’s art as the Terrigen Clouds ‘inhumanize’, creating more and more ‘NuHumans’, possibly the next step in evolution beyond Homo Superior? The ☻UNCANNY X-MEN #1 will be written by Cullen Bunn with the art of Greg Land with the team now consisting of Magneto, Mystique, Sabretooth and Fantomex; (is this a team of heroes or villains?). ☻RED WOLF #1 will be written by Nathan Edmondson with art by Dalibor Talajic as the Cheyenne tries to fill Sheriff Steve Rogers boots in 1872. SPIDEY #1 is a new ongoing series featuring Peter Parker in his high school days as told by Robbie Thompson and Nick Bradshaw. ☻SQUADRON SUPREME #1 will tell of Hyperion, Nighthawk, Dr. Spectrum, Blur and Power Princess, all last members of their races, all thinly disguised variations of the Justice League and to be written by James Robinson with art by Leonard Kirk. STARBRAND AND NIGHTMASK #1 is by Greg Weisman with Domo Stanton’s art with tales of these two college roommates trying to juggle parties, homework and cosmic heroics. ☻WEIRDWORLD #1 is Marvel’s world of sword and sorcery, a fantasy series by Sam Humphries and Mike Del Mundo. SCARLET WITCH #1 is by James Robinson and Vanesa Del Rey as Wanda solves magical crimes worldwide while trying to put her broken magic back together. ☻PATSY WALKER, AKA HELLCAT #1 is by Kate Leth with Brittney Williams’ art with Patsy looking for work in NYC while dealing with fans of her romantic comic book adventures (from the Patsy & Heidi stories where she debuted). The GWENPOOL SPECIAL is a holiday one shot with She Hulk, both Hawkeye’s, Deadpool and Ms Marvel. DEADPOOL & CABLE: SPLIT SECOND #1 of 3 is by Fabien Nicieza with Reilly Brown’s art, each issue forty pages for five bucks. There’s also the ☻DEADPOOL #3.1: TRES PUNTO UNO one shot in Spanish featuring the Deadpool of Mexico by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn with Scott Koblish’s artwork. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.2 is by Jose Molina with Simone Bianchi involving zombies in Harlem with a Santerian connection. The MARVEL’S CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR PRELUDE #1 of 4 is by Will Corona Pilgrim with art by Szymon Kudranski. A forty page one shot tying into Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, ☻STAR WARS SPECIAL: C-3PO #1 is by James Robinson and Tony Harris, the stellar team that brought the Eisner Award winning Starman series to DC. The DARTH VADER ANNUAL #1 and the STAR WARS ANNUAL #1 are both by Kieron Gillen, the former with Leinil Yu’s art and the latter illustrated by Angel Unzueta while ☻DARTH VADER #14 is part four and ☻STAR WARS #14 is part five of the Vader Down cross over. The GUIDEBOOK TO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE-MARVEL’S THOR is a reference book. Deluxe collected editions this month include a new printing of the ☻CIVIL WAR HC, the MARVEL UNIVERSE BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS HC, the ☻MS MARVEL, VOL. 2 HC, new printings of X-MEN: AGE OF APOCALYPSE HC and ☻DAREDEVIL BY FRANK MILLER OMNIBUS COMPANION HC and the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, VOL. 1 and VOL. 2 HC collecting the recently ended third volume of the series. In soft cover editions comes all of those Secret Wars limited series: the GHOST RACERS TP, MASTER OF KUNG FU: BATTLEWORLD TP, FUTURE IMPERFECT: WARZONES! TP, PLANET HULK: WARZONES! TP, HOUSE OF M: WARZONES! TP, ☻WHERE MONSTERS DWELL: THE PHANTOM EAGLE FLIES THE SAVAGE SKIES TP and DEADPOOL’S SECRET SECRET WARS TP. The S.H.I.E.L.D.: SECRET HISTORY TP collects the five recent one shots along with other select issues dating from 1951 to the present, AVENGERS: TIME RUNS OUT, VOL. 3 TP has the stories leading up to Secret Wars, GUARDIANS TEAM-UP, VOL. 2: UNLIKELY STORY TP collects the second arc while the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/INHUMANS/ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA: INHUMAN ERROR TP has the three part series by Jeff (The Jimmy Kimmel Show) Loveness. ☻SUPERIOR IRON MAN, VOL. 1 INFAMOUS TP collects one through five, ☻ALL-NEW X-MEN, VOL. 7: THE UTOPIANS TP has Brian Bendis’ final arc, X-MEN: INFERNO, VOL. 1 TP collects the stories and tie ins from the mid to late eighties, ☻THOR, VOL. 1: THE GODDESS OF THUNDER has the five issues of the female thunder god as penned by Jason Aaron, STAR WARS, VOL. 2: SHOWDOWN ON THE SMUGGLER’S MOON TP and STAR WARS: DARTH VADER, VOL. 2: SHADOWS AND SECRETS TP, both feature issues seven through twelve, the STAR WARS: LANDO TP with the five issue series, X-MEN: AGE OF APOCALYPSE, VOL. 3: OMEGA TP with the limited series tie ins to the mid nineties cross over and ☻PUNISHER MAX: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP with Garth Ennis’ Born limited series plus the first twelve issues.
INDEPENDENTS: BIGFOOT: SWORD OF THE EARTHMAN #1 of 6 is from ACTION LAB, a tale of a barbarian planet with dinosaurs, wizards and warlords and the only hero is a Sasquatch. Their mature imprint, DANGER ZONE offers KINGDOM BUM #1 of 4, a kind of Game of Thrones with the homeless battling the tyrant Phillip the Ax. New publisher AFTERSHOCK COMICS launches with four titles, all by top industry creators. ☻REPLICA #1 is by Paul (Incredible Hulk) Jenkins and Andy (Judge Dredd) Clarke, a story of cloning gone wrong, ☻INSEXTS #1 is Marguerite (A-Force) Bennett and Ariela (Wolverines) Kristantina, a Victorian tale of mutation and powers, ☻SUPERZERO #1 is by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, the Harley Quinn team with art by Rafael de Latorre, a teen angst filled story of a comic obsessed girl who is determined to become a super hero by recreating the origins of her favorite character and ☻DREAMING EAGLES #1 is by Garth (Preacher) Ennis and Simon (The Authority) Coleby, inspired by true events: this is the story of the first African American fighter pilots to join the US Army Air Force in WWII. AMERICAN GOTHIC PRESS, a subsidiary of the Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine offers MONSTER WORLD #1 of 4 by Philip Kim and Steve (30 Days of Night) Niles with art by Piotr Kowalski, a supernatural mystery with monsters in the film studio. ALTERNA COMICS offers THE CHAIR GN, a tale of an innocent man on death row, coming soon as a motion picture in 2016. ARCHIE COMICS offers the ☻ARCHIE COLLECTOR’S EDITION with the first three issues of the new series by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples collected for under ten bucks. ARH COMICS has QUEEN OF VAMPIRES #1 of 7 about a cruel queen’s reign over humans and vampires that goes off track when she becomes involved in a forbidden romance. BLACK MASK offers ☻GODKILLER TP, VOL. 3 and AVATAR PRESS has ☻WAR STORIES TP, VOL. 3 by Garth Ennis. BONGO COMICS has the GRAMPA SIMPSONS CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE #1 where all of the word balloons are left blank for you to fill in. Lots of new series from BOOM! STUDIOS and their many imprints including ☻SNOW BLIND #1 by Ollie (The Kitchen) Masters and Tyler (Peter Panzerfaust) Jenkins, a noir crime story set in Alaska where a boy who posts his Dad’s picture on Facebook finds out that his family is in the Witness Protection Program. VENUS #1 tells of a depleted future Earth where resources come from space mining, and an expedition that crash lands requires long lost, frontier style survival skills. Also offered is the ☻WOODS TP, VOL. 3 and the ☻DEAD LETTER TP, VOL. 2 From their ARCHAIA imprint comes ☻JIM HENSON’S STORYTELLER: DRAGONS #1 as well as the ☻FEATHERS HC by Roger Langridge and Jorge Corona. From the all age KaBOOM! imprint comes the STEVEN UNIVERSE OGN, VOL. 1: TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL as well as CLARENCE: REST STOPS, a one shot with multiple stories by different creators. There is also the GARFIELD’S CHEESY HOLIDAY one shot, TEEN DOG TP, REGULAR SHOW TP, VOL. 5 and the ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE GONE ADRIFT TP. Canadian publisher CHAPTERHOUSE offers ☻SPIRIT LEAVES #1 written and illustrated by Scottish-born Rossi Gifford; this is a surreal fantasy resembling a lost fable and her quarterly debut has been praised by industry professionals such as Dave Gibbons and Ramon Perez. COMICMIX offers the ☻WHISPER CAMPAIGN available in soft cover for fifty dollars or limited edition hard cover for one hundred, this book reprints comics legend Norm Breyfogle’s first professional work, the never before reprinted issues three through eleven of Whisper originally published by First Comics in 1986. Mr. Breyfogle suffered a stroke this past December and the proceeds of this book will go to help him recover his life and hopefully draw again. Includes original bonus material from John Ostrander and Timothy Truman. New publisher CREATURE offers BURNT COMIX #1 of 4, a darkly comic tale of a suicidal dog and the obstacles confronting his decision, written and illustrated by Javro Lantigua. Steampunk fans will enjoy ☻PRECINCT #1 of 5 from DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT written by Frank J. Barbiere with art by Crizam Zamora and a cover by Joe (Lady Mechanika) Benitez, this will be life inside a police department that deals with mystery, magic and mechanical threats. Ande Parks writes and Esteve Polls illustrates an L.A. crime noir set in 1953 titled ☻SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT #1 of 4 while Chris Roberson writes and Cezar Razek illustrates a pulp series, ☻DOC SAVAGE: SPIDER’S WEB #1 as the team responds to a South American earthquake. Collected editions include LADY DEMON: HELL TO PAY TP, LADY ZORRO: BLOOD & LACE TP, LEGENDERRY VAMPIRELLA TP, RED SONJA: BLACK TOWER TP and TERMINAL HERO TP. Also the ☻SHAFT’S REVENGE NOVEL which will arrive in February is written by David (Cyborg) Walker who wrote the brilliant four issue Shaft series earlier this year. At DEATH RAY GRAPHICS Jason (Weapon Brown) brings his scandalous and unethical humor to ☻PEEK THE FIRST #1, a one shot. DEVIL’S DUE introduces WITCHFINDER GENERAL #1 by Chris Grine and Chris ‘Doc’ Wyatt, a story of a recent college grad excited to obtain a job at the Pentagon until he’s assigned to the Witchfinder General. The ☻LAST OF THE DRAGONS GN from DOVER PUBLICATIONS collects the story once serialized in Epic Illustrated with legendary creators Carl Potts, Dennis O’Neil, Terry Austin and Marie Severin. Mixing Chinese and Japanese legend and mythology. DRAWN & QUARTERLY offers the ☻PIPPI LONGSTOCKING: STRONGEST IN THE WORLD GN celebrating the seventieth anniversary with a complete collection of creator Astird Lindgren and Ingrid Vang Nyman’s comics. The brilliant award winning work of Los Bros. Hernandez continues from FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS and we usually only see a new volume once per year, but it’s always worth the wait for ☻LOVE & ROCKETS: NEW STORIES TP, VOL. 8. ☻HUMBUG #1 of 5 from 451 MEDIA is a mash up between Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Ghostbusters where, after the nocturnal visits, at the turn of the century Ebenezer decides to open the first paranormal detective agency. GRAPHIC INDIA offers ☻GRANT MORRISON’S 18 DAYS TP, VOL. 1. HEAVY METAL‘s INTERCEPTOR #1 by Donny Cates and Dylan Burnett is about two freedom fighters battling on a planet of blood sucking vampires: the planet Earth. The first five issues are collected by ONI PRESS in the ☻INVADER ZIM TP VOL. 01 and they also offer the KAIJUMAX TP, VOL. 1 and ☻AUTEUR TP, VOL. 2: SISTER BAMBI. OVERGROUND COMICS is a company that has been self publishing and distributing for long enough to build a solid customer base and now their comics will be available at all comic outlets. They offer ☻ABSENT CAPTAIN #1, about how to investigate the murder of their super hero team leader without compromising his secret identity and ☻GRADUATE #1 about a women with powers who just wants to be normal; both titles written by Jon Hughes with art by Joshua Flower on the former and Celia Calle on the latter. PAK MAN appears to be a personal imprint belonging to Greg (Planet Hulk) Pak judging from the company name and their first offering, the ☻CODE MONKEY SAVES THE WORLD GN with art by Takeshi Miyazawa, the story based on the songs of internet musician Jonathan Coulton about a coding monkey who creates a super villain to fight, well, just about anyone in an effort to impress the women for whom they hopelessly long. RED 5 has SPOOK #1 of 4, about the CIA trying to acquire ghosts for use in espionage, but their enemies succeed first, as a spectral mercenary attacks a NATO assembly. SPACE GOAT offers the EVIL DEAD 2: BEYOND DEAD BY DAWN TP, VOL. 1, TITAN COMICS of England offers DOCTOR WHO: 12TH DOCTOR: YEAR TWO #1 as well as two new magazines: STAR WARS: JEDI MASTER #1 and STAR WARS: REBELS #1, the first aimed at younger readers with puzzles, games and articles and the second tied to the animated series. And TITAN BOOKS offers the JAMES BOND OMNIBUS TP, VOL. 1 through VOL. 6 containing comic book adaptations of the eleven Ian Fleming novels and the seven by Jim Lawrence. UDON ENTERTAINMENT has been largely putting out art books tied to video games the past several years but now they get back into the business of monthly comics with ☻STREET FIGHTER UNLIMITED #1 which will lead to the release of Street Fighter V in 2016. VALIANT launches ☻DR. MIRAGE: SECOND LIVES #1 of 4 written by Jen (Hopeless Savages) Van Meter with the art of Roberto (Daredevil) de la Torre while ☻NINJAK #10 begins a new arc and both IVAR TIMEWALKER #12 and UNITY #25 are the final issues of those series. The X-O MANOWAR: COMMANDER TRILL #0 is another ‘jumping on point’ for new readers. And, from publisher Z2 comes ALLEN: SON OF HELLCOCK #1 about a reluctant and cowardly hero, Allen, thrust into a fantasy quest that, frankly he would rather sit out.
While I like to be able to recommend a first issue of a new series as the best recommendation each month, this month I just have to give the Pick of the Month
distinction to the collected edition of Brian K. Vaughan’s web comic, the ☻PRIVATE EYE DELUXE EDITION HC. You can read it online here: http://panelsyndicate.com/, where you can pay what you’d like, but personally I’m going to enjoy having it in the ‘hard copy’ format. And I suspect that there will be a more affordable soft cover edition offered at some point in the future.
As I mentioned at the beginning, I haven’t received copies of this months’ Previews catalog, so I wrote the newsletter this month by searching the internet for publishers and title information. I’ve reached the end of this months’ comic book solicitations. Other products featured in the catalog each month include sections of books, magazines, trading cards, apparel, toys and collectibles, import toys and models, novelties, statues, action figures and games. All the Star Wars stuff, the Funko pop figures, lots of merchandise that I’m happy to order for you, so feel free to look through the catalog and see what’s there. You could do a bunch of holiday shopping that way and just pick up your selections in December.
Lots of things going on in the shop and in the comics community over the next few weeks so here’s a short event calendar:
On WEDNESDAY, the SEVENTH of OCTOBER
Image Comics will release SAINTS #1, written by award winning playwright and actor Sean Lewis and beautifully illustrated (I want to say ‘illuminated’) by artist BEN MACKEY. Ben will be at Charlie’s Comic Books for the SAINTS RELEASE PARTY. He will autograph your copies and, because Ben is such a good guy he insisted on raising some money for charity so he produced a beautiful work of original art featuring St. Jude. It’s hanging up in the shop now but someone will take it home on October seventh by placing the winning bid in the silent auction with all proceeds to benefit, of course, the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!
On SATURDAY, the THIRTY FIRST OF OCTOBER, which is Halloween, there will be an all day event; there will be free Halloween themed comics, there will be a group of comic artists who will draw free sketches for you, there will be original art with a Halloween theme that you could own through the silent auction and there will be a raffle to win action figures and graphic novels and all the proceeds will benefit the TUCSON COMMUNITY FOOD BANK. I’ll gladly accept donations of food but, as the Food Bank can buy about three times as much food as you or I with the same amount of money I encourage cash contributions if possible.
OCTOBER TWENTY FIRST has been declared BACK TO THE FUTURE DAY and we’ll see what that will bring. You can follow developments here: http://www.backtothefuture.com/news-events
NOVEMBER SIXTH through NOVEMBER EIGHTH is the TUCSON COMIC CON and you can register and read all about it here: http://www.tucsoncomic-con.com/
The TWENTY EIGHT of NOVEMBER is LOCAL COMIC SHOP DAY sponsored by ComicsPro which is kind of a retailers group. You can see what’s planned on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/LocalComicShopDay
And I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to all of you for your orders, purchases and support of my little one man comic shop; your support keeps the lights on and keeps my family fed and I’m very grateful to you all, not just for the money that you spend here, but also for the friendship and the trust. I’m honored to help you keep your collection up to date, to discuss the stories and creators and to be able to share your interests. Thank you all. See you soon!