The October Previews catalog arrived on Wednesday, September twenty fifth for comics and products that will begin shipping in December of 2019. I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you. If there’s anything that you’d like, please try to let me know by the twenty first of the month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders. Don’t feel obligated to subscribe to a whole series; if you’d just like a copy of the first issue of a new series to try it out, let me know and I’ll be sure to put a copy aside for you. And, especially with DC, if you’d like a particular cover let me know and I’ll do my best to make it happen. 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: Set in Anchorage Alaska, a small percentage of the populace has telekinetic abilities and these ‘syms’ are not liked by the ‘norms’; ✪20XX #1 is from Jonathan (Alex + Ada) Luna and, making her writing debut, Lauren Keeley. Best selling author Greg (Stumptown) Ruck begins the next arc with ✪OLD GUARD: FORCE MULTIPLIED #1 OF 5 with art by Leandro Fernandez, the series soon to be a major motion picture staring Charlize Theron. John Upchurch creates, writes and illustrates ✪LUCY CLAIRE: REDEMPTION #1, a tale of a has-been hero willing to make any sacrifice to be reunited with her children. ✪PROJECT X-MAS #1 looks to be a one shot, it’s written by Mark Millar (so we’ll see it on Netflix sooner or later) and the artist is a secret (but I’m betting on Frank Quitely) and it’s a sequel to another Millar project but they’re not telling which so, on the eighteenth of December it will be your Christmas surprise! Brandon (Excellence) Thomas returns with ✪HARDCORE RELOADED #1 OF 5 with artist Francis Portela as the tech to inhabit others minds and bodies for nefarious causes is now out on the streets away from it’s government control. Creator Tim Seeley gets the gang together for the ✪HACK SLASH 15TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION one shot, a bunch of tales, one in which Seeley meets his Cassie character in person. Jay Faerber writes and Simone Guglielmini illustrates the original graphic novel ✪OVER MY DEAD BODY TP, a crime thriller featuring characters from the Near Death comic series. New collections include Jason Aaron and Dennis ‘Hopeless’ Hallum’s ✪SEA OF STARS TP, VOL. 1 with issues one through five, David (Bulletproof Coffin) Hine and Brian (Witchblade) Haberlin writes with Brian illustrates the ✪SONATA TP, VOL. 1 with one through six, Cullen Bunn writes and Baldemar Rivas illustrates the body horror series set in Mexico with the first five issues in ✪UNEARTH TP, VOL. 1 and issues thirty six through forty are collected in the fantasy adventure ✪BIRTHRIGHT TP, VOL. 8 by Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan. The ✪BLACK SCIENCE PREMIERE, VOL. 3: A BRIEF MOMENT OF CLARITY HC has issues thirty one through forty three, ✪ICE CREAM MAN, VOL. 4: TINY LIVES TP has thirteen through sixteen, ✪ISOLA, VOL. 2 TP has six through ten and both ✪BITTER ROOT, VOL. 1 TP and ✪KILL SIX BILLION DEMONS, VOL. 1 TP return to print. The ✪OUTER DARKNESS, VOL. 2: CASTROPHANY OF HATE TP collects seven through twelve, ✪POSTAL: BOOK ONE HC has one through twenty five plus the two one shots, ✪RAT QUEENS, VOL. 1 TP and ✪VOL. 2 TP return to print, ✪RUMBLE, VOL. 6: LAST KNIGHT TP has eleven through seventeen, and ✪THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, BOOK FOUR HC is the final volume with issues thirty four through forty five, all six one shots plus bonus material. If you’re looking to jump aboard titles already in progress ✪MIDDLEWEST #13 begins a new story arc as does ✪OUTCAST #43.
DARK HORSE: The incredibly talented and prolific Jeff Lemire begins ✪SKULLDIGGER: FROM THE WORLD OF BLACK HAMMER #1 OF 6, this one illustrated by Tonci Zonjic and another prolific author, Cullen Bunn begins ✪TALES FROM HARROW COUNTY: DEATH’S CHOIR #1 OF 4 illustrated by Naomi Franquiz, taking place a decade since Emmy left Bernice as steward of the supernatural, but with WWII in progress, the town is more vulnerable than ever. Steve (30 Days of Night, October Faction) Niles with artist Gyula Németh returns to the supernatural detective Cal McDonald with ✪CRIMINAL MACABRE: THE BIG BLEED OUT #1 OF 4 with mysteries, vampires, love and betrayal. Jeremy Barlow writes and Doug Wheatly illustrates ✪ALIENS VS PREDATOR: THICKER THAN BLOOD #1 OF 4. Fantasy novelist Sydney (The Revelation Saga) Duncan makes his comic debut with ✪KILL WHITEY DONOVAN #1 OF 5 illustrated by Natalie Barahona, a tale of revenge and freedom set during the Civil War. Stephanie (Descendent, Devil Within) Phillips and Dean (Mars Attacks) Kotz offer ✪THE BUTCHER OF PARIS #1 OF 5, a historical and true crime thriller about a serial killer operating during WWII and hunted by both the Nazis and the allies. Mike Mignola teams again with Adam Hughes for the ✪HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: THE SEVEN WIVES CLUB one shot. The ✪BERSERKER UNBOUND HC collects the four issue series by Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato, Jr. with and an added sketchbook section, pin ups and more. The ✪STRANGER THINGS: ZOMBIE BOYS, VOL. 1 TP is an all ages story following the events of season one and written by Greg Pak with art by Valeria ‘Lux’ Favoccia. The ✪DREADFUL ED AND MARY SCARY HC is an all age adventure with a dark edge where the daughter of the Boogeyman has been switched at birth and the two misfits try to put things right, by Andrew Cosby and Troy Nixey. The multiple Eisner Award winning team of Mike (Punisher) Baron and Steve Rude’s work returns to print in the ✪NEXUS: THE NEWSPAPER STRIPS, VOL. 1-THE COMING OF GOURMANDO available in soft cover or hard cover including the remastered ‘Nexus: The Origin’ and the hand painted Sundra story ‘When She Was Young’, the TP is the standard 7″ X 10″ format priced under twenty dollars while the artists’ edition sized hardcover is priced under one hundred dollars. More new collected editions include ✪THE ORVILLE: SEASON 1.5: NEW BEGINNINGS TP, ✪THE COMPLETE ELFQUEST, VOL. 7 TP collecting the four volume ‘Final Quest’ story, ✪JOE GOLEM: OCCULT DETECTIVE, VOL. 4: THE CONJURORS HC, ✪B.P.R.D.: 1946-1948 TP with the secret history of vampires and the ✪MANOR BLACK TP. For the younger readers there’s ✪THE LEGEND OF KORRA: RUINS OF THE EMPIRE, PART THREE TP, ✪STEPHEN McCRANIE’S SPACE BOY, VOL. 6 TP, ✪DISNEY FROZEN ADVENTURES: SNOWY STORIES TP with over two hundred pages of short stories and the ever popular ✪PLANTS VS ZOMBIES, VOL. 15: BETTER HOMES AND GUARDENS HC. Their manga line has ✪WES ANDERSON’S ISLE OF DOGS HC written and illustrated by Minetarō Mochizuki and the ✪BERSERK DELUXE EDITION, VOL. 4 HC.
DC: The next phase begins in ✪YEAR OF THE VILLAIN: HELL ARISEN #1 OF 4 by James Tynion IV and Steve Epting spinning out of the ‘Justice/Doom War’ and the ‘Infected’ story with a battle between Luthor and the Batman Who Laughs. The ✪HARLEY QUINN: VILLAIN OF THE YEAR #1 one shot is by Mark (Flintstones, Second Coming) Russell and Mike Norton where the readers will decide who will be crowned ‘Villain of the Year’. ✪OCEAN MASTER: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 one shot is by Dan Watters and Miguel Mendonça as a new power helps him find a place in the world after his losses in the ‘Drowned Earth’ story. The next offering from Joe Hill’s Hill House Comics imprint under the Black Label is ✪THE LOW, LOW WOODS #1 OF 6 written by horror writer Carmen Maria (Her Body and Other Parties) Machado with art by Dani, a Gothic body horror tale set in Pennsylvania. A new, forty eight page one shot returns Frank Miller to his most memorable work in ✪THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: THE GOLDEN CHILD #1, a square bound book from the Black Label imprint, this will be illustrated by Rafael Grampá focusing on Carrie Kelley, Jon Kent and Lara. With a forty page first issue the ✪SUICIDE SQUAD #1 starts again with Tom Taylor writing and Bruno Redondo providing the artwork as Task Force X battles international super-terrorists, the Revolutionaries and not everyone will survive on either side. ✪THE INFECTED: DEATHBRINGER #1 by Zoe Quinn and Ben Oliver sets the Batman Who Laughs target on Donna Troy and ✪THE INFECTED: THE COMMISSIONER #1 by Paul Jenkins and Jack Herbert will showcase the corruption of Gotham’s greatest advocate for justice. The eighty page square bound one shot ✪NEW YEAR’S EVIL #1 has ten holiday tales featuring those on Santa’s naughty list with ten different top creative teams. ✪TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: THE JUDAS CONTRACT #1 written by Kyle Higgins and Mat Groom with Tom Raney’s art, where Terra’s betrayal starts not with the team but with Deathstroke is the next one shot exploring renowned stories in alternate Earth’s. ✪BATMAN/SUPERGIRL: WORLD’S FINEST GIANT #1 and ✪SUPERMAN GIANT #1 are two additions to the line that are classic reprints plus new stories and ✪WONDER WOMAN: DEAD EARTH #1 OF 4 is a square bound Black Label series written and illustrated by Daniel (Murder Falcon, Extremity) Warren Johnson with Diana waking hundreds of years in the future where the few surviving humans battle against strange beasts in a wasteland. ✪BATMAN TALES: ONCE UPON A CRIME TP is by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen, the team behind ‘Batman: Lil Gotham’, a collection of short stories with a classic fairy tale twist aimed at the eight to twelve audience as is ZATANNA IN THE HOUSE OF SECRETS TP by Matthew Cody and Yoshi Yoshitani, a coming of age tale. ✪SHADOW OF A BATGIRL TP by Sarah (Heroine Complex) Kuhn with Nicole Goux’ art tells of Cassandra Cain and her struggle with identity intended for readers thirteen and up. ✪DEATHSTROKE #50 will be an extra sized final issue for the series, ✪DOOMSDAY CLOCK #12 OF 12 is a forty page issue with the final showdown between Dr. Manhattan and Superman and ✪RED HOOD: OUTLAW #41 has the return of Artemis and Bizarro although they’re now foes, not friends. After being photographed kissing Clark’s wife, Lois, ✪SUPERMAN #18 will feature a huge change in the life of the Man of Steel. Deluxe collections this month include ✪ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN: JOSÉ GARCÍA-LÓPZ, VOL. 2 HC, ✪AQUAMAN: DEATH OF A PRINCE DELUXE EDITION HC with an early story from Adventure Comics, ✪THE BAT AND THE CAT: 80 YEARS OF ROMANCE HC collecting stories from the forties to the present, ✪BATWOMAN BY J.H. WILLIAMS III OMNIBUS HC with nine issues of Detective Comics and all twenty five issues and the annual, ✪THE FLASH, VOL. 11: THE GREATEST TRICK OF ALL HC with issues sixty six through sixty nine and the second annual, ✪GREEN ARROW BY MIKE GRELL OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC with The Longbow Hunters and the first fifty issues and the ✪HARLEEN HC in the magazine sized format. The ✪INFINITE CRISIS OMNIBUS HC gets a new printing with over fourteen hundred pages, ✪JUSTICE LEAGUE: ORIGIN DELUXE EDITION HC with the first twelve issues from the New 52 launch, ✪LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT: STEVE ENGLEHART HC with over four hundred pages featuring art by Marshall Rogers, Terry Austin and Walter Simonson, ✪THE LEGION OF SUPER HEROES: THE SILVER AGE OMNIBUS, VOL. 3 HC, ✪OMEGA MEN BY TOM KING DELUXE EDITION HC with the twelve issue series, ✪WONDER WOMAN: SPIRIT OF TRUTH HC re-presenting the oversize volume by Paul Dini and Alex Ross and ✪WORLD’S FINEST: GUARDIANS OF THE EARTH HC from issues one ninety eight to two hundred fourteen of the World’s Finest series. Softcover editions include ✪BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS, VOL. 1: LESSER GODS TP with one through seven of the new series, ✪BATMAN: ARKHAM-BLACK MASK TP and ✪BATMAN: ARKHAM-VICTOR ZSASZ TP both with over two hundred pages from throughout the DC Universe, ✪BATMAN BEYOND, VOL. 6: DIVIDE, CONQUER AND KILL TP with issues thirty one through thirty six, ✪BATMAN BY NEAL ADAMS: BOOK THREE TP including the two Power Records stories, ✪BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS-TRANSFERENCE TP with issues one through twelve, ✪BATMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE, VOL. 6 TP with adventures from the mid forties and ✪BOOKS OF MAGIC, VOL. 2: SECOND QUARTO TP with seven through thirteen of the current series. Four collections to support the new series and film are ✪BIRDS OF PREY: BLACK CANARY TP, ✪BIRDS OF PREY: HARLEY QUINN TP, ✪BIRDS OF PREY: THE HUNTRESS TP and ✪BIRDS OF PREY: MURDER & MYSTERY TP. ✪DAMAGE, VOL. 3: MONSTROUS TP concludes the series, ✪THE DREAMING, VOL. 2: EMPTY SHELLS TP has seven through twelve, ✪GREEN ARROW, VOL. 8: THE END OF THE ROAD TP has thirty nine through fifty, ✪HELLBLAZER, VOL. 22: REGENERATION TP with two fifty through two sixty plus the Chas-The Knowledge six part series, the ✪HIGH LEVEL TP with the recent limited series, ✪THE HUNTRESS: ORIGINS TP by Paul Levitz, ✪INJUSTICE VS MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE TP with the six issue crossover event and ✪INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, YEAR FIVE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP. ✪JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL, BOOK ONE: BORN AGAIN TP has over five hundred pages of Giffen and DeMatteis humorous series, ✪LUCIFER, VOL. 2: THE DIVINE TRAGEDY TP has seventeen through thirteen, ✪NIGHTWING BY PETER J. TOMASI TP has one forty through one fifty three, ✪SCOOBY APOCALYPSE, VOL. 6 TP has thirty one through the final thirty sixth issue and ✪SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP: IT’S SCOOBY TIME has issues forty four through the final fiftieth issue. DC Collectibles has BATMAN BLACK & WHITE: BATMAN BY TODD McFARLANE DELUXE STATUE, DC DESIGNER SERIES: HARLEY QUINN BY ENRICO MARINI STATUE, DC COVER GIRLS: SUPERGIRL BY FRANK CHO STATUE, DC BOMBSHELLS: THE HUNTRESS STATUE and the next piece for BATMAN ROGUES GALLERY MULTI-PART STATUE: THE JOKER. Based on the animated designs BATMAN: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE: BATMAN, HARLEY QUINN, RED HOOD AND AZRAEL ACTION FIGURES will be priced at thirty dollars each.
IDW: Although Joe Hill now has his own imprint and six titles at DC his Locke & Key series began here and his first new series since is ✪DYING IS EASY #1 OF 6 illustrated by Martin (Punks Not Dead) Simmonds, the story of Syd ‘Sh*t-Talk’ Homes, a disgraced ex-cop turned bitter stand-up comic. ✪WELLINGTON #1 OF 5 is by Aaron (Lore podcast) Mahnke and Delilah (Star Wars: Phasm, Star Pig) Dawson with art by Piotr Kowalski, a supernatural thriller revealing the Duke of Wellington as a secret and daring monster hunter. ✪I CAN SELL YOU A BODY #1 by Ryan (D4VE) Ferrier and George Kambadais stars a disgraced TV psychic who can put your soul into a living body for a price. ✪STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE FACSIMILE EDITION is a re-presentation of the original magazine sized adaptation by Marv Wolfman with Dave Cockrum and Klaus Janson priced under six dollars. ✪KILL LOCK #1 is written and illustrated by Livio (Transformers Galaxies) Ramondelli, a science fiction drama with four exiled criminal robots, bound by a kill lock so if one dies, they all die. ✪NARCOS #1 OF 4 by Ryan Ferrier and Vic Malhotra is based on the Netflix show and delvies deeper into the international drug trade of the nineties. ✪READ ONLY MEMORIES #1 is based on the hit cyberpunk game 2064: Read Only Memories and is written by Sina Grace and illustrated by Stefano Simeone.
MARVEL: Chances are you’ve seen teasers for ✪INCOMING #1, a one shot, almost one hundred pages priced under ten dollars with more than sixteen writers and featuring most of the Marvel Universe, this murder mystery will continue the story from Marvel Comics #1000 tying characters from the defunct Timely and Atlas comic lines into the current Marvel Universe, no doubt featuring the Masked Raider. A series of one shots that began with Annihilation: Scourge Alpha continues with ✪ANNIHILATION-SCOURGE: NOVA #1 by Matthew Rosenberg and Ibraim Roberson, ✪ANNIHILATION-SCOURGE: SILVER SURFER #1 by Dan Abnett and Paul Davidson, ✪ANNIHILATION-SCOURGE: BETA RAY BILL #1 by Michael Moreci and Alberto Alburquerque, ✪ANNIHILATION-SCOURGE: FANTASTIC FOUR #1 by Christos Gage and Diego Olortegui and ending with ✪ANNIHILATION-SCOURGE OMEGA #1 by Rosenberg and Manuel Garcia. ✪CONAN: SERPENT WAR #1 OF 4 by Jim Zub has the Cimmerian along with Solomon Kane and Dark Agnes teaming up with Moon Knight. Another series of one shots: ✪SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 by Nick Spencer and Jose Carlos Silva, ✪GHOST RIDER 2099 #1 by Ed Brisson and Damian Couceiro, ✪DOOM 2099 #1 by Chip Zdarsky and Marco Castiello, ✪VENOM 2099 #1 by Jody Houser and Francesco Mobili and ✪2099 OMEGA #1 by Spencer and Gerardo Sandoval. ✪DOCTOR STRANGE #1 by Mark Waid and Kev Walker relaunches the character as ‘Surgeon Supreme’ now that the nerve damage in his hands has been healed. ✪REVENGE OF THE COSMIC GHOST RIDER #1 OF 5 by Dennis ‘Hopeless’ Hallum and Donny Cates with art by Scott Hepburn and Geoff Shaw continuing Frank Castle’s space adventures. ✪THOR: WORTHY #1 is a forty page one shot with three tales, the first being Thor and Beta Ray Bill by Walt Simonson with art by Mike Hawthorne and Sal Buscema, the second, a Thunderstrike tale by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz and the third a Lady Sif story by Kathryn Immonen. More adventures of the Alien Costume in ✪SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN: ALIEN REALITY #1 OF 5 by Peter David and Greg Land. ✪SPIDER-HAM #1 OF 5 by Zeb Wells and Will Robson will be more silly adventures with Porker and Parker and ✪VENOM #21 by Donny Cates and Mark Bagley begins ‘Venom Island’. ✪MARVEL’S AVENGERS: IRON MAN #1 is by Jim Zub and Paco Diaz, a one shot prequel to the upcoming video game. Charles Soule writes and Will Sliney illustrates ✪STAR WARS: THE RISE OF KYLO REN #1 OF 4 and the ✪STAR WARS SAGA #1 by Jess Harrold will bring readers up to date on all that has transpired in the films and comics since the very beginning to set the stage for the next chapter. The ✪STAR WARS: EMPIRE ASCENDANT #1 is a one shot with four stories by four creative teams. New hard cover collections include ✪TIMELY’S GREATEST: THE GOLDEN AGE SUB-MARINER BY BILL EVERETT-THE POST-WAR YEARS OMNIBUS HC, the ✪BLACK WIDOW OMNIBUS HC, ✪CAPTAIN AMERICA BY TA-NEHISI COATES, VOL. 1 HC, SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK BY JOHN BYRNE OMNIBUS HC, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: FULL CIRCLE HC and ✪RUNAWAYS: PRIDE & JOY MARVEL SELECT HC collecting Brian K. Vaughan’s initial six issues. ✪DAREDEVIL/ELEKTRA: LOVE AND WAR GALLERY EDITION HC collects what is, IMHO Frank Miller’s best work, a collaborative effort with artist Bill Sienkiewicz, ‘Love & War’ was a magazine sized graphic novel and this book collects that as well as the eight issue ‘Elektra Assassin’ in a 9 1/4″ X 13″ format. ✪STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION HC gathers the nine one shots tying into episodes IV-VI. Soft cover collections include ✪ABSOLUTE CARNAGE TP, ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: SCREAM TP, ✪ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: MILES MORALES TP, ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: LETHAL PROTECTORS TP, ABOLUTE CARNAGE VS DEADPOOL TP and ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: IMMORTAL HULK AND OTHER TALES TP. ✪BLACK CAT, VOL. 1: GRAND THEFT MARVEL TP has the first five issues, as does ✪VALKYRIE: JANE FOSTER, VOL. 1 TP, ✪AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY NICK SPENCER, VOL. 6 TP has issues twenty nine through thirty one plus the ‘Red Goblin: Red Death’ one shot, ✪MILES MORALES, VOL. 2: BRING ON THE BAD GUYS TP has issues seven through ten, CAPTAIN MARVEL, VOL. 2: FALLING STAR TP has six through eleven and LEGENDS OF MARVEL: SPIDER-MAN TP has three recent one shots: ‘Sensational Spider-Man: Self-Improvement, Amazing Spider-Man: Going Big’ and ‘Power Pack: Grow Up’. The LOKI TP has the first five issues of the latest series, ACTS OF EVIL TP has the eight annuals that seemed to have no other connection other than the ‘Acts of Evil’ banner, ✪INVISIBLE WOMAN TP collects the five part espionage series, the CONTAGION TP has the five issue series (issue one arriving next week) and ✪PUNISHER KILL KREW TP collects the five issue series currently in progress. ✪DOCTOR STRANGE BY MARK WAID, VOL. 4: THE CHOICE TP collects the story that leads to Stephen’s new persona, eighteen through twenty and the annual, and the CRAZY TP collects Obnoxio the Clown #1, the Crazy one shot from this year and a bunch of material from over forty issues of Crazy Magazine, that was a Marvel published competitor of Mad and Cracked. The ✪STAR WARS: THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY-THE MOVIE ADAPTATIONS TP collects the three film adaptations from Star Wars one through six, thirty nine through forty four and Return of the Jedi one through four, ✪STAR WARS: TARGET VADER TP has the six part series and ✪STAR WARS LEGENDS: FOREVER CRIMSON TP has the seventies story plus this years’ issue one hundred and eight that ties it up. AGENTS OF ATLAS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 2 TP has all the remaining stories up to the latest relaunch, ✪X-STATIX: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP has over five hundred pages beginning with the origin issues in X-Force, ✪CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON-THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP and the ✪X-MEN MILESTONES: ONSLAUGHT TP has all of the tie ins to this sixteen chapter cross over. CONAN: THE HOUR OF THE DRAGON TP collects close to three hundred pages of Roy Thomas’ stories with Gil Kane and John Buscema illustrating while SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN: CONAN THE GAMBLER TP has the second arc from the current series. ✪BLACK WIDOW: WELCOME TO THE GAME TP has her 2004 and her 2005 six part series’. The digest sized MARVEL-VERSE: BLACK PANTHER GN is aimed at audiences ten and up as is the ✪MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR: FULL MOON GN while the ✪OZ: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION-WONDERFUL WIZARD/MARVELOUS LAND GN is for all ages and has Eric Shanower and Skottie Young’s adaptations of the first two of L. Frank Baum’s novels.
DYNAMITE: Embracing her fiftieth anniversary ✪VAMPIRELLA #6 will have an Artgerm cover with an acetate overlay of blood spatter as well as ✪VAMPIRELLA #2 Replica Edition reprinting the 1969 issue. The new ✪DEJAH THORIS #1 will be by Dan (Aquaman) Abnett and artist Vasco (Xena) Georgiev and the new ✪JAMES BOND #1 will be written by Vita Ayala and Danny Lore with art by Eric Gapstur with Jim (Justice League, Young Avengers) Cheung providing connecting covers for the first three issues. ✪THE BOYS OMNIBUS, VOL. 6 (OF 8) is offered and Dynamite also has many signed editions available as well.
BOOM!: Jeremy (The Beauty) Haun and Danny (Regression) Luckert begin a new psychological horror series with ✪THE RED MOTHER #1 about a woman suffering the loss of her man and her eye whose new prosthetic sees strange things, and the Red Mother sees back. The inevitable cross over, three adjectives and a verb: ✪MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 OF 5 is by Ryan (Power Rangers) Parrott and Simone (Venom Annual) di Meo. A new one shot holiday special, ✪KLAUS AND THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOE CHRISTMAS #1 is from Grant Morrison and Dan Mora of course, fifty six pages, over twenty five different adventures with the art in horizontal ‘landscape’ format. The ✪BLACK BADGE, VOL. 3 HC has the last chapter of the covert branch of Boy Scouts for espionage by the Eisner Award winning team of Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins and ✪THE AMORY WARS: GOOD APOLLO, I’M BURNING STAR IV, ULTIMATE EDITION HC collects the next twelve issue installment of Claudio (Coheed & Cambria) Sanchez’ adventure illustrated by Rags (Identity Crisis) Morales. Their Archaia imprint releases ✪BIG BLACK: STAND AT ATTICA OGN TP, the story of Frank ‘Big Black’ Smith’s experience at the center of the bloody civil rights uprising inside Attica State Prison where Frank struggled to protect hostages, prisoners and negotiators alike, co-written by ‘Big Black’ and writer and long time friend Jared Reinmuth and illustrated by Améziane, who previously illustrated the Muhammad Ali biography from Dark Horse.
INDEPENDENTS: This company only launched four months ago and their first book doesn’t arrive until next Wednesday but I’m already very impressed and intrigued by their offerings. ABLAZE offered Charlie (Walking Dead) Adlard’s Vampire State Building first then Mirka (Unnatural) Adolfo’s Un/Sacred, her first comic work and this month they have ✪GUNG-HO #1, a post apocalyptic world from Benjamin Von Exkartsberg and Thomas Von Kummant, the art looks excellent and it’s described as a ‘spiritual successor’ to the Walking Dead. They also have ✪WILD THING OR: MY LIFE AS A WOLF-A FABLE HC, a fantasy series with art and story by Clayton Junior, a tale of a Labrador looking for more adventure than his farm life can offer so he joins a wolf pack, recommended for fans of Mouse Guard and Beasts of Burden. ✪FIVE YEARS, VOL. 1: FIRE IN THE SKY TP collects the first arc of Terry Moore’s brilliant series from his ABSTRACT STUDIOS incorporating the characters from all of his previous works: Strangers in Paradise, Rachel Rising, Motor Girl and Echo. SUPERMOM: EXPECTING TROUBLE #1 from Gordon (No More Heroes) McLean and Caio Olveira at ACTION LAB tells of Voltra, chasing her arch nemesis who is also the father of the child she’s carrying. At AFTERSHOCK Cullen Bunn and Juan Doe’s first fifteen issues are collected in the ✪DARK ARK HC, VOL. 1: ARC ONE and issues one through five in the ✪MARY SHELLEY: MONSTER HUNTER, VOL. 1 TP: ABOMINATION. AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY, the comic imprint of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine offers LADY ZORRO #1 written by Pat Shand and illustrated by Mike Wolfer. The ✪COARAPTOR #1 one shot from Hiroshi Kanatani at ANTARCTIC PRESS is a story of the old west, Gomda a Kaiowa warrior warns that Josihk’s over hunting of bison has awakened a force of nature: the kaiju Coaraptor. ARCHIE has their annual ✪ARCHIE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL #1 and their Archie Horror imprint returns with ✪VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #1 OF 5 written by Frank Tieri and Michael Moreci with Audrey Mok’s artwork. COMIXMIX releases the ✪2020 VISIONS TP collecting a creator owned series originally published by Vertigo written by Jamie (Hellblazer) Delano and featuring the art of Steve Pugh, Frank Quitely and others, following a family struggling to survive in the morally and socially decadent US in the far flung future of the year 2020. DEVIL’S DUE has a new political comic, ✪ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ AND THE FRESHMAN FORCE: THE SQUAD #1. Tian Veasna writes and illustrates the ✪YEAR OF THE RABBIT GN from DRAWN & QUARTERLY, the story of a family’s struggle to survive the reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the fear, the work camps and, finally leading to escape as refugees. The ✪GEORGE HERRIMAN LIBRARY: KRAZY & IGNATZ 1916-1918 HC from FANTAGRAPHICS collects the surreal tales of the Coconino County inhabitants in the strip that originally elevated the comics medium to a celebrated art form. The ✪MAN AND SUPERMAN AND OTHER STORIES HC by Harvey Kurtzman has all of the masters’ work originally published by EC in Tales From the Crypt, Vault of Horror, etc. It will be a big forty page final issue when ONI PRESS publishes ✪INVADER ZIM #50 priced under seven dollars. Written by Scott Cawthon and Kira Breed-Wrisley and illustrated by fan-favorite game artist Claudia Schröder SCHOLASTIC offers an all age sequel with ✪FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY’S VOL. 1: THE SILVER EYES available in either hard or soft cover editions. ✪JOHN CARPENTER PRESENTS STORM KIDS: MONICA BLEUE: A WEREWOLF STORY #1 OF 5 written by Steve (30 Days of Night) Niles with art by Damien Worm, the series is a monthly anthology with each issue featuring a self contained story. The manga style adaptation of the BBC hit continues with ✪SHERLOCK: A SCANDAL IN BELGRAVIA: PART ONE #1 OF 5 by Seven Moffat and art by Jay, this is the fourth series from TITAN COMICS and their ✪BLADE RUNNER 2019 #5 begins the second arc. Industry icon Paul Levitz makes his VALIANT debut with ✪VISITOR #1 OF 5, illustrated by MJ Kim. WILLIAM MORROW releases Neil Gaiman’s ✪THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE: ILLUSTRATED EDITION HC with art by Elise Hurst. Onto the MANGA section, ✪PARHAM ITAN: TALES FROM BEYOND, VOL. 2 GN by Kaili Sorano is a horror manga for ages sixteen and up inspired by H. P. Lovecrafts Call of Cthulhu from TOKYOPOP. Horror master Junji Ito’s adaptation of an immortal work of Japanese literature by Osamu Dazai is finally available in English; published by VIZ MEDIA the ✪NO LONGER HUMAN HC, while not a horror story, may be the most horrific of Ito’s works yet. The supernatural demon slaying epic from Shonen Jump debuts with ✪JUJUTSU KAISEN, VOL. 1 GN by Gege Akutami. ✪DRIFTING DRAGONS, VOL. 1 GN from KODANSHA tells of life among the colorful band of misfits aboard the airship hunting dragons in this Hayao Miyazaki inspired manga by Taku Kuwabara which will have an original anime coming to Netflix in 2020. The ✪SAINT YOUNG MEN, VOL. 1 GN by Kikaru Nakamura tells of Buddha, the Enlightened One and Jesus, the Son of God sharing an apartment in Tokyo in the 21st century.
And that brings us to the end of this months’ comic listings. There are also sections of toys, games, cards, clothing, statues, etc. which I’m happy to order for you if you’re interested. Feel free to look through the new catalog which is always on my desk at the shop and let me know what you’d like!
Each month I try to choose the best new offering in each catalog. The contenders this month are ✪TALES FROM HARROW COUNTY: DEATH’S CHOIR #1 OF 4 and ✪THE BUTCHER OF PARIS #1 OF 5 from Dark Horse, ✪WONDER WOMAN: DEAD EARTH #1 OF 4 from DC, ✪DYING IS EASY #1 of 6 by Joe Hill at IDW, Mark Waid’s new ✪DOCTOR STRANGE #1 from Marvel, ✪KLAUS AND THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOE CHRISTMAS #1 one shot and the ✪BIG BLACK: STAND AT ATTICA OGN from Boom! Studios but this months’ Pick of the Month goes to Frank Miller and Rafale Grampá’s ✪DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: THE GOLDEN CHILD one shot.
Next Saturday, the fifth of October local author Matthew Reel will be here in person from Two to Four PM to sign copies of his brilliant new novel BAD THINGS and his wife, who provided the painting that graces the front cover will be here as well so be sure to mark your calendars, stop by and pick up a copy, have it autographed and treat yourself to an awesome tale.
Then, on Saturday, the twenty sixth of October we’ll be hosting a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in conjunction with this years’ annual HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST! Each attendee will be able to choose four free comics from the selections offered, there will be a one dollar and a five dollar Raffle to win graphic novels and action figures, there will be a Silent Auction to win original artwork and rare and signed collectibles. There will be at least half a dozen tremendous artists on hand providing free sketches. The event will be all day, from Ten AM until Five PM and bidding on auction items is already open at the event page if you’d like to follow along: https://www.facebook.com/events/368181824104552/
My sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you for the years of friendship and support. I’m so grateful for all of your subscription orders that keep the lights on, and for the generous participation at each of the quarterly charity events as well as meeting your families and being a part of your lives; thank you!
See you in the funny papers,
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.
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