The October Previews catalog arrives on Wednesday, September twenty-sixth. 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 December of 2018. 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: ♥DIE #1, not be confused with Kirkman’s Die, Die, Die, is by Keiron (Wicked+ Divine) Gillen and illustrated by Stephanie (Journey into Mystery) Hans, an ongoing dark fantasy where forty something adults deal with RPG type situations that scared them as kids; Keiron describes it as ‘Goth Jumanji‘. ♥PRODIGY #1 OF 6 is the latest from Mark (Kick-Ass) Millar with art by Raphael Albuquerque telling the story of Edison Crane, the world’s smartest man who is being called on by the government to solve their problems and, of course it will eventually be filmed for Netflix. ♥FREEZE #1 is by Dan WIckwire and Phil Sevy where all the world is frozen except for Ray, who can undo it but should he save everyone? ♥HARDCORE #1 is a science fiction adventure by Andy (Thief of Thieves, Losers) Diggle based on a Robert Kirkman concept and illustrated by Alessandro (Secret Warriors) Vitti; Agent Drake, graduate of the military Hardcore Program can take control of the body of anyone on Earth and is used as a human drone. ♥SELF MADE #1 is a science fiction/fantasy tale by the new creative team of Mat Groom and Eduardo Ferigato with Kyle Higgins’ debut as an editor, where an Arcadian warrior sees the opportunity to change her destiny but didn’t anticipate being able to confront her god, too. Two new one-shots are by the winners of the Top Cow Talent Hunt: ARES IX/DARKNESS is by Brendan Hogden and Balazs Valyogos and APHRODITE IX/ARES is by Leon Glaser and Joanna Marsh with Sara Knaepen and Marco Renna providing the artwork. ♥SPAWN KILLS EVERYONE TOO #1 OF 4 is from Todd McFarlane and Will Robson and we know the story already as we’ve seen it with Spawn, Deadpool, Boris the Bear and others in the past, a violent comedy in the vein of I Hate Image. Collections include APHRODITE V TP with the four-issue series by Bryan Hill, Adrian Smith’s CHRONICLES OF HATE, COLLECTED EDITION OF BOOK 1 & 2 TP based on the Kickstarter board game, CREATURE TECH TP from Doug (Earthworm Jim) Tennapel and ♥EVOLUTION, VOL. 2: ADAPT & DIE TP with the second arc of the horror series. The first arc of Rob (Chew) Guillory’s dark humor series is collected in ♥FARMHAND, VOL. 1 TP, FEAR AGENT: FINAL EDITION, VOL. 4 TP has all the one shots and spin-offs from Rick Remender’s series, ♥HACK/SLASH: RESURRECTION, VOL. 2: BLOOD SIMPLE TP is by Tini Howard collecting issues seven through twelve and featuring Vampirella, and ♥ICE CREAM MAN, VOL. 2: STRANGE NEAPOLITAN TP with issues five through eight of the strange horror series. THE NEW WORLD TP has the first five issues of the political dystopian series from Aleš Kot and Tradd Moore, ♥PAPER GIRLS, VOL. 5 TP has issues twenty-one through twenty-five, PARADISO, VOL. 2: DARK DWELLERS TP has issues five through eight and SEPTEMBER MOURNING: COMPLETE VOL. 1 TP has the four-issue series tying into the upcoming music release by the band of the same name. ♥SEVEN TO ETERNITY, VOL. 3: RISE TO FALL TP has issues ten through thirteen of Rick Remender’s fantasy series, the STELLAR TP has the first arc of Joseph (Shutter) Keatinge and Bret (New Mutants) Blevins’ science fiction, bounty hunter tale, ♥WAYWARD, VOL. 6: BOUND TO FATE TP collects issues twenty-six to thirty of the occult fantasy by Jim (Avengers) Zub and Steve (Legends of the Dark Knight) Cummings and ♥THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, BOOK 3 HC has issues twenty-three through thirty-three with lots of bonus content. New story arcs are good places to jump aboard series’ you’ve heard good things about and new stories begin in ♥BLACK SCIENCE #39, ♥DEADLY CLASS #36, ♥GASOLINA #13, ♥OUTCAST #37, ♥OUTPOST ZERO #5, ♥UNNATURAL #5 OF 12 and ♥THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #40.
DARK HORSE: The ♥HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018 is a one shot with three tales. ♥LaGUARDIA #1 is written by Hugo and Nebula Award winner Nnedi Okorafor and illustrated by Tana (Silk) Ford involving smuggling an illegal alien plant named LetMeLive through interstellar airport customs to settle in the South Bronx. Jeff Lemire writes, and Emi Lenox illustrates the one-shot ♥BLACK HAMMER: CTHU-LOUISE and Matt Kindt’s Eisner nominated series, currently optioned for film by Ridley (Alien, Blade Runner) Scott has the ♥MIND MGMT OMNIBUS: THE MANAGER AND THE FUTURIST, PART 1 TP collecting the first two volumes and Matt Kindt’s collaboration with artist David Rubin is offered in the ♥ETHER II, VOL. 2: THE COPPER GOLEMS TP. Margaret (The Handmaid’s Tale) Atwood and Ken Steacy’s latest series is collected in the ♥WAR BEARS HC and Frank Miller’s historical epic in the world of 300 is collected in the ♥XERXES: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF DARIUS AND THE RISE OF ALEXANDER HC. Four new original tales make up the ♥DISNEY-PIXAR’S THE INCREDIBLES 2: CRISIS IN MID-LIFE & OTHER STORIES TP. THE WITCHER: OF FLESH AND FLAME #1 is by Aleksandra Motyka and Marianna Strychowska and the STARCRAFT, VOL. 1 TP collects the Scavengers series written by Jody (Faith) Houser and illustrated by Gabriel (Star Wars) Guzmàn. The ♥BERSERK DELUXE EDITION, VOL. 1 HC collects the first three volumes, priced under fifty dollars.
DC: ♥THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1 OF 6 by Scott Snyder and Jock expands on the most popular character to come out of Dark Nights: Metal. ♥BATMAN & THE OUTSIDERS #1 is by Bryan Hill and Dexter Soy with the team led by Black Lightning and featuring Katana, the Signal and Orphan. The ♥FREEDOM FIGHTERS #1 OF 12 by Robert Venditti and Eddy Barrows is set on Earth X where the Nazis won WWII. ♥GODDESS MODE #1 is from Hugo nominee Zoë Quinn with Robbie (Spider-Gwen) Rodriguez from the Vertigo line (with ‘B’ covers by Stjepan Sejic) about the woman who provides tech support for the godlike A.I. that provides everyone’s’ needs in the near future. ♥MARTIAN MANHUNTER #1 OF 12 is by Steve Orlando and Riley Rossmo (with ‘B’ covers by Joshua Middleton) telling of J’onn J’onnz life on Mars as a corrupt police officer. The NEW TALENT SHOWCASE #1 is an eighty-page one shot by this years graduates from the DC Talent Development Workshops and SASQUATCH DETECTIVE #1 is a sixty-four page one-shot by Brandee Stilwell and Ron Randall with a new thirty page lead story and the back up stories from The Snagglepuss Chronicles. ♥AQUAMAN #43 welcomes new series writer Kelly Sue (Captain Marvel, Pretty Deadly) DeConnick with art by Robson Rocha and Joshua Middleton providing the ‘B’ covers as an amnesiac Arthur washes up on shore in the aftermath of ‘Drowned Earth’. Tom King’s ♥BATMAN #60 is illustrated by Mikel Janin as the Dark Knight takes on a new partner: Penguin, and issue sixty-one is illustrated by Mitch Gerads for the return of Professor Pyg, both with ‘B’ covers by Francesco Mattina. Tom Taylor and Otto Schmidt bring the ♥BATMAN ANNUAL #3, a story focusing on our heroes’ relationship with Alfred Pennyworth. ♥DETECTIVE COMICS #994 welcomes new creative team Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke and ♥HARLEY QUINN #55 by Sam Humphries and John Timms is a holiday special while issue fifty-six is by guest writer Mark (Flintstones) Russel and Mirka (Unnatural) Andolfo. ♥SUPERMAN #6 promises a shocking last page reveal as the Man of Steel is forced to team up with his enemy General Zod to defeat Rogol Zaar and the extra sized ♥TEEN TITANS #25 tells the origin of Lobo’s daughter, Crush. The ♥DC POSTER PORTFOLIO: STANLEY “ARTGERM” LAU TP features twenty of the artists most memorable covers on heavy 12″ X 16″ cardstock, priced under twenty-five dollars with promises of future portfolios featuring Jim Lee, Frank Cho and others. The Vertigo
♥ABSOLUTE SWAMP THING BY ALAN MOORE, VOL. 1 HC OF 3 is priced under one hundred dollars. Other collections include ADAM STRANGE: THE SILVER AGE, VOL. 1 TP, BATMAN BY NEAL ADAMS: BOOK TWO TP, BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD: THE BRONZE AGE, VOL. 2 TP, ♥BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 7 HC, ♥BATMAN: SHAMAN TP in a new printing, ♥BATMAN: TROIKA TP collecting the cross over series that culminated in Batman: Vengeance of Bane II and ♥BATWOMAN, VOL. 3: FALL OF THE HOUSE OF KANE TP collects the final arc of the series. ♥DEATHSTROKE, THE TERMINATOR, VOL. 5: WORLD TOUR TP has issues twenty-six through thirty-four of the Marv Wolfman series, ♥DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL TP has the issues and tie-ins leading to the ♥DARK NIGHTS: METAL TP which collects the six-issue series plus the Batman: Lost and the Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt one-shots. The DETECTIVE COMICS: BEFORE BATMAN HC is two volumes in a slip case with the stories of Slam Bradley, Speed Saunders, Crimson Avenger, Fu Manchu and more. ♥DMZ: BOOK FIVE TP from Brian Wood at Vertigo has issues sixty through seventy-two, FLASH ROGUES: REVERSE-FLASH TP collects tales from the first appearance to the present, GREEN LANTERN: KYLE RAYNER, VOL. 3 TP has more nineties tales from Ron Marz, ♥GREEN LANTERNS, VOL. 8: GHOSTS OF THE PAST has issues forty-four through forty-nine and ♥HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS, VOL. 7: DARKSTARS RISING TP has forty-two through fifty. ♥HELLBLAZER, VOL. 20: SYSTEMS OF CONTROL TP has the Vertigo issues two-thirty through two-thirty-eight plus the Hellblazer: All His Engines OGN. JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: THE BRONZE AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 3 HC has one-forty-seven through one-eighty-one and the ♥LOBO BY KEITH GIFFEN AND ALAN GRANT, VOL. 2 TP has two limited series, two one-shot specials and more. While many customers have asked for a deluxe edition, DC offers the ♥MISTER MIRACLE TP collecting the whole Tom King and Mitch Gerads series for less than twenty-five dollars. ♥SHADE, THE CHANGING WOMAN TP collects the recent six issue series from the Young Animal imprint and ♥SUPERMAN: KRYPTONITE DELUXE EDITION HC has the series written by the late Darwin Cooke and illustrated by Tim Sale. The ♥WONDER WOMAN BY BRIAN AZZARELLO AND CLIFF CHIANG OMNIBUS HC has over nine-hundred pages from the New 52 era. The DC Collectibles line has a DARK NIGHTS: METAL BATMAN-THE DAWNBREAKER STATUE based on Greg Capullo’s art and four new action figures from BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES: GRAY GHOST, H.A.R.D.A.C, SCARECROW and TWO-FACE.
IDW: Last month I told you about Idea & Design Works new monthly, all-age Spider-Man comic; in December they begin ♥AVENGERS #1 written by Matthew K. Manning with art by Jon Sommariva. The ♥TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MACRO-SERIES #4: RAPHAEL is written and illustrated by Kevin Eastman, forty-eight pages priced under eight dollars. ♥ROCKETEER REBORN #1 by Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet with art by Javier Pulido brings Dave Stevens’ character into the present as Cliff’s jet pack is found. The TRANSFORMERS: HISTORIA is a forty-eight-page one-shot chronicling the past thirteen years of publishing history.
MARVEL: ♥X-MEN: THE EXTERMINATED #1 is a one-shot dealing with the aftermath and casualty of the series along with a reprint of a Cable story by Chris Claremont; the main story by Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler with art by Neil Edwards and others. ♥FANTASTIC FOUR #5, which, by ‘Legacy numbering’ is issue six-hundred-fifty, Ben and Alicia say ‘I do’; it’s a six dollar comic leading to the five dollar ♥FANTASTIC FOUR WEDDING SPECIAL #1, the former by Dan Slott and the latter by Gail Simone and Dan Slott. Spinning out of Extermination comes the relaunch of ♥X-FORCE #1 written by Ed Brisson, illustrated by Dylan Burnett and featuring Domino, Cannonball, Shatterstar, Boom Boom and Warpath. ♥KILLMONGER #1 OF 5 is by Bryan Hill and Juan Ferreyra, the tale of the man bent to revenge against Black Panther. SEASON’S BEATINGS #1 is the Deadpool holiday special by Jason Latour with a bunch of artist. ♥WINTER SOLDIER #1 OF 5 is by Kyle (Nightwing) Higgins and Rod (Secret Empire) Reis with Bucky attempting to turn villains against a life of crime. Four one-shot specials will lead to the reformation of a new team: IMMORTAL HULK: DEFENDERS #1 is by Al Ewing and Simone DeMeo, ♥NAMOR: DEFENDERS #1 by Chip Zdarsky and Carlos Magno, DOCTOR STRANGE: DEFENDERS #1 by Gerry Duggan and Greg Smallwood and ♥SILVER SURFER: DEFENDERS #1 by Jason Latour writing and illustrating leads to DEFENDERS: THE BEST DEFENSE #1 by Al Ewing and Joe Bennett, all one-shots, priced under five dollars. ♥SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1 by Christos Gage and Mike Hawthorne begins a new series with Otto Octavius web-spinning again, and is a tie-in to Spider-Geddon and Eisner Award winner Saladin (Black Bolt) Ahmed will write the new ♥MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #1 with Spanish artist Javier (Batman Eternal) Garrón. TYPHOID FEVER: IRON FIST #1 is a one shot by Clay McLeod Chapman and Paolo Villanelli. INFINITY WARS: FALLEN GUARDIAN #1 is by Gerry Duggan and Andy MacDonald, looking back at the fallen Guardian team member who made the ‘ultimate sacrifice’ and then there’s the one-shot INFINITY WARS: ∞ #1 by Duggan and Mark Bagley with no story information. ‘X-Men Disassembled’ continues through the weekly issues of ♥UNCANNY X-MEN #4 through #7 written by Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson and Matthew Rosenberg with art by Pere Pérez, R. B. Silva and Yildiray Cinar. The ♥CHAMPIONS ANNUAL #1 is by Jim Zub and Marcus To focusing on the new addition to the team, Snowguard. The MERRY X-MEN HOLIDAY SPECIAL is a forty page one-shot with twenty five short tales by just about every Marvel writer. The MARVEL’S AVENGERS: UNTITLED PRELUDE #1 OF 3 is by Will Corona Pilgrim and Paco Diaz. ♥WEST COAST AVENGERS #5 begins the second arc, ‘City of Evils’ by Kelly Thompson and Daniele DiNicuolo. New artist Kev Walker joins Ta-Nehisi Coates for the second arc, ‘The Gathering of My Name’ in ♥BLACK PANTHER #7. Now that Ben and Johnny are back with Sue and Reed, MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #38 begins a new arc, ‘Bad Dream’. ♥DOCTOR STRANGE #9 finds Stephen back on Earth with Mark Waid and Jesús Saiz setting up for next months’ big four-hundredth issue. ♥X-32 #7 begins a new arc by Mariko Tamaki and Diego Olortegui and ♥DEADPOOL #7 by Skottie Young and Nic Klein has the mad mercenary hunting down Santa Claus. Beginning a four month long tale featuring favorite characters from all three trilogies, ‘Star Wars: Age of Republic’ will be written by Jody Houser with artists Cory Smith and Luke Ross beginning with ♥STAR WARS-AGE OF REPUBLIC: DARTH MAUL #1 and ♥STAR WARS-AGE OF REPUBLIC: QUI-GON JINN #1. Deluxe collections this month include the INFINITY WAR OMNIBUS HC, over thirteen-hundred pages for one hundred and twenty-five dollars, THE THANOS WARS: INFINITY ORIGIN OMNIBUS HC with eight-hundred pages for one hundred dollars, INFINITY BY STARLIN & HICKMAN OMNIBUS HC with almost eight-hundred and fifty pages for one hundred and twenty-five dollars, and, for five hundred dollars the AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST BOX SET SLIPCASE with eleven books totaling over twenty-six-hundred pages. The DEADPOOL MINIBUS 3 HC collects five limited series, HOW TO PAINT CHARACTERS THE MARVEL STUDIOS WAY HC is a fifty dollar all ages ‘how-to’ book and the DOCTOR STRANGE BY DONNY CATES HC has his and Nick Spencer’s thirteen issues. Soft cover collected editions include ♥DECADES: MARVEL IN THE ’40S-THE HUMAN TORCH VS. THE SUB-MARINER TP, ♥STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA, VOL. 4: THE CATASTROPHE CON TP with issues twenty through twenty-five, ♥STAR WARS: DARTH VADER-DARK LORD OF THE SITH, VOL. 4: THE BLACK FORTRESS TP with nineteen through twenty-five, SPIDER-GEDDON: EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON TP with the four-part limited series plus Superior Octopus #1, ♥TONY STARK: IRON MAN, VOL. 1-SELF-MADE MAN TP with the first five issues of Dan Slott and Valerio Schitit’s new series, ♥DEADPOOL BY SKOTTIE YOUNG, VOL. 1: MERCIN’ HARD FOR THE MONEY TP with one through six, ♥THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL TP with the recent five-part by Margaret Stohl with art by Carlos Pacheco and Marguerite Sauvage, MULTIPLE MAN TP with the five issues by Matthew Rosenberg and Andy MacDonald, ♥DEATH OF THE INHUMANS TP by Cates and Ariel Olivetti, ♥WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN, VOL. 10-END OF THE WORLD TP with the final arc and ♥X-23, VOL. 1: FAMILY ALBUM with the first six issues. The ASTONISHING X-MEN BY MATTHEW ROSENBERG TP has thirteen through seventeen plus the annual, MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR, VOL. 6 TP collects thirty-two through thirty-six, ♥MS. MARVEL, VOL. 10 TP has thirty-one through thirty-seven, ♥CHAMPIONS, VOL. 5: WEIRD WAR ONE TP has twenty-two through twenty-seven plus the annual and ♥DAREDEVIL: BACK IN BLACK, VOL. 7 TP has issues six-hundred and one through six-hundred-five. AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER TP collects Avengers issues six-seventy-five through six-ninety, ♥SENTRY: MAN OF TWO WORLDS TP has the five-issue series by Jeff Lemire and ♥WHAT IF? CLASSIC: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP has the first twelve issues.
DYNAMITE: Cullen (X-Men Blue) Bunn writes ♥VAMPIRELLA VS REANIMATOR #1 with art by Blacky Shepherd and Tim Seeley writes ♥HACK/SLASH VS. CHAOS #1 with Rapha Lobosco’s art featuring Cassie Hack, Vlad, Chastity, the Chosen and Purgatori. For the holidays there’s a ♥BARBARELLA HOLIDAY SPECIAL by Jean-Marc Lofficier with art by José Louis Ruiz Pérez, a ♥RED SONJA HOLIDAY SPECIAL by Amy Chu and Erik Burnham with Ricardo Jaime’s art.
BOOM! STUDIOS: Last month they offered Firefly #1 and the Firefly Legacy Edition: Book One TP collecting the first three volumes from Dark Horse’s ‘Serenity’ series; this month it’s the ♥FIREFLY LEGACY EDITION: BOOK TWO TP with Dark Horse’s six part Serenity: Leaves on the Wind and their six-part Serenity: No Power in the ‘Verse priced under thirty dollars. ♥KLAUS AND THE CRYING SNOWMAN is a new one shot by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora, forty-eight pages priced under eight dollars and WIZARD BEACH #1 OF 5 by Shaun Simon and Conor Nolan telling a story of a young man hoping to be trained in magic by his Uncle who turns out to be a slacker beach bum. PLANET OF THE APES: THE SIMIAN AGE is a forty-page one-shot with three stories by three different writer/art teams and ♥AMORY WARS: GOOD APOLLO, I’M BURNING STAR IV, VOL. 3 collects the final chapter of the latest adventure from Claudio (Coheed & Cambria) Sanchez. From their ARCHAIA imprint comes the ♥WAVES OGN HC written by, and based on the personal experiences of Ingrid Chabbert and illustrated by Carole Maurel, a story of a couple, after years of trying, finally achieving pregnancy only to have their joyous day turn to one of heartbreak, a story of a woman’s exploration of her pain in order to rediscover hope. They also offer the brilliant all-age ♥FEATHERS TP by Jorge (Nightwing, Middlewest) Corona.
INDEPENDENTS: The ♥MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR: SANTA CLAWS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL TP from ACTION LAB is eighty pages, priced under seven dollars. The ♥BABYTEETH HC, VOL. 1 has the first year of the horror series by Donny (Thanos, Venom, God Country) Cates, the tale of the teen mother giving birth to the Antichrist, featuring art by Garry Brown from AFTERSHOCK, and Frank (Harley Quinn, Wolverine) Tieri’s ♥PESTILENCE, VOL. 2: A STORY OF SATAN TP collects the second arc of the tale exposing the Black Plague and Crusades as actually being the first zombie apocalypse. Eric Powell’s company, ALBATROSS FUNNYBOOKS offers ♥MEGA GHOST #1 from Gabe Soria and Gideon Kendall, an all-age tale described as ‘the greatest 1970’s Saturday morning cartoon show that never happened’. ANTARCTIC has their monthly parody, BARACK PANTHER VS THE TREMENDOUS TRUMP available in two editions; one where Barack wins and one where Donald wins. ♥BETTY & VERONICA #1 OF 5 from ARCHIE COMICS follows the two BFF’s into their senior year and their ♥MARVEL COMICS DIGEST #10 is an all Miles Morales volume plus the inevitable ARCHIE’S CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. AVATAR PRESS has suspended their regular titles for a sale; all listed soft cover graphic novels and collections are priced under three dollars including lots of Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis and Alan Moore titles while their hard covers are priced under thirteen dollars. Check it out in the catalog when you come by and let me know if you’d like any of them. BLACK MASK begins ♥EMMIE-X: ALL SYSTEMS GO #1 OF 4 by Matteo Pizzolo and Carlos Granda, an expansion of the one-shot that was sold as a limited edition at Comic Con to raise money for immigrant families separated at the border; set in the same world as their Calexit, this is about a young woman fighting DHS internment camps through pirate radio. The ♥MEMORABILIA HC from FANTAGRAPHICS is a mix of history, fiction and fantasy through five biographical tales of the greatest comic artists: Ditko, Kirby, Eisner, Corben and Wally Wood, written and illustrated by Sergio Ponchione. Now that the license for the Stephen King comics has left Marvel and moved to GALLERY 13 they’re offering new editions; this month the ♥STEPHEN KING’S THE DARK TOWER: BEGINNINGS BOX SET wit the first five hard cover books in a slip case for less than one-hundred and twenty-five dollars. For many years artist Rick Geary has been illustrating famous crimes in hard cover graphic novels and now NBM is making some of them available in soft cover, this month they offer ♥THE AXE-MAN OF NEW ORLEANS TP and ♥THE BLACK DAHLIA TP priced under ten dollars each. ♥THE LONG CON, VOL. 1 TP from ONI PRESS collects the first five issues that Jeff (Aquaman) Parker calls ‘comics own Galaxy Quest’, a story of the folks trapped at a comic convention, unaware that everything within a fifty mile radius was obliterated five years ago. ♥THE LONG ROAD TO LIQUOR CITY GN is a Great Depression era road trip by a couple of jaunty hobos in search of the fabled Liquor City written by filmmaker Macon (I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore) Blair and Joe (Science Comics) Flood.
The all-age ♥TRISH TRASH: ROLLERGIRL OF MARS OMNIBUS available in either hard cover or soft from PAPERCUTZ is a coming of age story set two-hundred years in the future in harsh survival conditions of the newly inhabited planet. The ♥BEAUTIFUL CREATURES TP is a tale of four college girls who find their monsters within, mythic creatures of a long dead age, written by Kurtis J. (Rat Queens) Wiebe with art by Ash Jackson from RED 5 COMICS. The ♥ILLEGAL GN, available in hard of soft cover editions from SOURCEBOOKS is by New York Times best selling author Eoin Colfer with art by Giovanni Rigano, a powerful moving story that explores the plight of undocumented immigrants, with dangerous travels in Ghana, the Sahara Desert, the streets of Tripoli and more. STARBURNS offers the ♥FANTASMAGORIA HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2018 with more horror tales from Mexico and the American Southwest. TITAN COMICS of Great Britain has a modern day countdown thriller, terrorist attack in Philadelphia by Duane Swierczynski with art by Simone Guglielmini and Lovern Kindzierski with ♥BREAKNECK #1 OF 4, the first issue being fifty-six pages priced under six dollars. ♥TANK GIRL: ACTION ALLEY #1 OF 4 by Alan Martin and Brett Parson begins an ongoing series for the characters’ thirtieth anniversary and the TANK GIRL: DIRTY OLD TANK GIRL TP collects two adventures, one being a team-up with Judge Dredd. VALIANT begins a new and ongoing series with ♥LIVEWIRE #1, written by Vita (Supergirl) Ayala with art by Raúl Allén and Patricia Martin starring the technopathic psion who plunged the U.S. into a nationwide blackout while in ♥BLOODSHOT: RISING SPIRIT #2 the origin is revealed as he takes his first mission, a hostage extraction in Juaréz, Mexico. VANGUARD releases ♥WALLY WOOD: DARE-DEVIL ACES HC, almost two hundred pages of Wood’s best war comics, and some Steve Ditko, too for forty dollars or, in a metallic slipcase with a sixteen page bonus folio for seventy dollars. WILLIAM MORROW has ♥ART MATTERS: BECAUSE YOUR IMAGINATION CAN CHANGE THE WORLD TP, a black and white prose book with illustrations by Chris Riddell with four of Neil’s Gaiman’s essays of how reading and creating can transform the world and our lives. ZENESCOPE offers their GRIMM FAIRY TALES 2018 HOLIDAY SPECIAL. In the MANGA section VIZ MEDIA offers ABARA: COMPLETE DELUXE EDITION HC, an early science fiction and horror tale by Tsutomu (Knights of Sidonia) Nihei. KODANSHA celebrating the thirty-fifth anniversary, is bringing the two hundred dollar ♥AKIRA 35TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET back for one more printing, this two time Eisner Award winning series features the six hard cover volumes plus the hard cover Akira Club art book in a collector’s edition box and the ♥SAILOR MOON: ETERNAL EDITION, VOL. 3 HC OF 10 with the new translation and lettering, new color pages and covers priced under twenty-eight dollars. And that brings us to the end of the comic listings this month; the other sections of the catalog contain the games, trading cards, apparel, statues, models, collectibles and novelties. Feel free to flip through the catalog when you stop by and if there’s anything that interests you, let me know and I’m happy to order it for you.
Each month I try to pick what I think will be the best offering of the month and, for the books arriving in December, contenders are: Mark Millar and Rafael Albuquerque’s ♥PRODIGY #1 OF 6 from Image, Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford’s ♥LaGUARDIA #1 from Dark Horse, Orlando and Rossmo’s ♥MARTIAN MANHUNTER #1 OF 12 from DC and Zoë Quinn and Robbie Rodriguez’ ♥GODDESS MODE #1 from Vertigo, Kyle Higgins and Rod Reis’ ♥WINTER SOLDIER #1 OF 5 and ♥EMMIE-X: ALL SYSTEMS GO #1 OF 4 from Black Mask, ♥TANK GIRL #1 ONGOING from Titan. But this month there’s a tie between the big two so I’ll make an exception. My two Picks of the Month
for December are Snyder and Jock’s ♥THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1 OF 6 from DC and Saladin Ahmed and Javier Garrón’s ♥MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #1 from Marvel. I had doubts about Miles’ comics without Bendis, but I think Ahmed is going to fill those big shoes quite well.
Lots happening at the shop: on Saturday, the 27th of October will be the annual HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST to benefit the Community Food Bank (and all the details can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2109154766014363/), on Thursday, the first of November the release party for Eric Esquivel’s BORDER TOWN #1 (details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2089340684422899/) and on the 17th of November is the annual LOCAL COMIC SHOP DAY (details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/244807669521772/) so mark your calendars and follow along on Facebook. More items will be added to the Silent Auction as we get closer to the Halloween Event and there will be a surprise announcement about Local Comic Shop Day before the event as well.
A warm and heartfelt THANK YOU to you all, for your friendship, your orders and support and your help when things go wrong. All of you who offered to help with my computer and transportation problems this month (and a big thanks to new friend, Mike who got my tracking system up and running again), your generous support of the quarterly charity events and the overwhelming support of the talented artists who sketch for seven hours, four times a year to make the benefits rewarding for the beneficiaries…I’m SO fortunate and grateful for you all. I hope that you and yours are happy and healthy and I’ll 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).
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.
If you’d prefer not to receive this in the future, please respond with UNSUBSCRIBE; I’m not trying to spam you! I only send this to subscription customers or those who request it. (I won’t be insulted at all if you’d like to discontinue. When I proofread it each month I know first-hand how tedious it can be. Thank you.)