The new Previews catalog has arrived and features the comics and product due to begin arriving in October and November.
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/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.
Remember that many of these items will ship in November so keep gift giving in mind, as a lot of Christmas themed products are here.
DARK HORSE: Mike Richardson, founder and head of the company has adapted Japan’s enduring ‘national legend’ ☼47 RONIN #1 OF 5 illustrated by Stan (‘Usagi Yojimbo’) Sakai with editorial consultant Kazuo (‘Lone Wolf & Cub’) Koike. This is the Pick of the Month this time.R.I.P.D.: CITY OF THE DAMNED #1 OF 4 is a prequel to the upcoming film starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges, a cowboy versus demons in the wild west tale with art by Tony Parker. COLDER #1 OF 4 is written by Paul Tobin with art by Juan Ferreyra, the team behind the ‘Falling Skies’ comic; this is a brutal and graphic horror story. Richard Corben adapts and illustrates EDGAR ALLAN POE’S THE CONQUEROR WORM in a black and white one shot comic. THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA HC is a collection of historical information, never seen concept art, the history of Hyrule, chronology of the games and the history of Link’s adventures from the creators.
DC: You’ll notice that there are a few events going on at DC that are affecting characters and continuity throughout their universe. The ‘Rotworld’ story in ‘Swamp Thing’ and ‘Animal Man’ is also influencing Deadman, Beast Boy, Poison Ivy and the cast of ‘Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. while the ‘Death of the Family’ is spreading through many of the Gotham and Bat-related titles as well as ‘Suicide Squad’, the ‘Hawkman: Wanted’ story is going to have an effect in ‘Green Arrow’ and ‘Deathstroke’ and the ‘Rise of the Third Army’ is being told through four issues of the four ‘Lantern’ titles. Also the ‘H’el on Earth’ story runs through SUPERGIRL, SUPERBOY and SUPERMAN #14 and guest stars the Teen Titans. That’s the cross over news; DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #14 is an adventure with Black Lighting and Blue Devil in L.A. Written by Marc Andreyko with art by Robson Rohca. BATMAN-ARKHAM CITY:END GAME #1 is a sixty four page one shot written by Derek Fridolfs with art by Jason Shawn Alexander based on events from the video game covering the final battle between Batman and the Joker. Derek also writes BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED #8; these video game titles are all ‘digital first’ stories coming to print for their ‘hard copy’ debuts. LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #2 is by B. Clay Moore with art by Ben Templesmith, more ‘digital first’ stories. The ☼ABSOLUTE TOP 10 HC gives the deluxe treatment to the great stories of the law enforcement department of the future written by Alan Moore with art by Gene Ha, the best work that Alan did at his ‘America’s Best Comics’ imprint in my opinion.
IDW: Tying in with their launch of a new ongoing ‘Judge Dredd’ title, IDW is also releasing JUDGE DREDD: THE COMPLETE BRIAN BOLLAND HC with all of John Wagner’s stories that were illustrated by the incomparable Bolland, who you know from the current covers of ‘Dial H’ and who drew ‘Batman: The Killing Joke’. A new, all ages fantasy series from J. M. DeMatteis, creator of ‘Abadazad’ arrives as THE ADVENTURES OF AUGUSTA WIND #1 OF 5 with art by Vassilis Gogtzilas. Bronies will be very excited about the new MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #1, shipping with six covers featuring one cover for each of the ‘Mane Six’ (or available as a boxed set with all six covers) written by Katie Cook with art by Andy Price. BORDERLANDS: ORIGINS #1 OF 4 reveals the untold origins and tells how the Vault Hunters got on the bus with Marcus in the first place. Star Wars horror novelist Joe Schreiber (‘Red Harvest’, ‘Death Troopers’) has his novel, a supernatural thriller, being adapted to comics as CHASING THE DEAD #1 OF 4 by Matthew Scott and Tim Westland with art by Dietrich Smith. Enrique Sanchez Abuli’s darkly humorous 1930’s crime tales illustrated by legendary artists Jordi Bernet and Alex Toth are offered from the beginning as ☼TORPEDO: VOLUME #1.
IMAGE: Joe Harris begins a new series, ☼GREAT PACIFIC #1 with art by Martin Morazzo, a tale of a rich young heir who decides to try and solve the environmental disaster twice the size of Texas know as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Ed Brisson writes COMEBACK #1 OF 5 with artist Michael Walsh about a company who will go into the past and rescue your loved ones before their demise. Eric Stephenson writes NOWHERE MEN #1 with art by Nate Bellegarde and Jordie Bellaire, a story of over reaching scientists how can’t figure out where it all went wrong. Todd DeZago begins his third adventure, this one in Australia with artist Craig Rousseau, PERHAPANAUTS: DANGER DOWN UNDER #1 OF 5. Jonathan Luna, one of the brothers responsible for ‘Ultra’, ‘Girls’ and ‘Sword’ wrote and illustrated his first solo project, STAR BRIGHT AND THE LOOKING GLASS HC, an oversize, all age original fairy tale book of prose with 33 full page watercolor illustrations.
MARVEL: I’ve covered most of this months’ new number one issues from Marvel; they plan on releasing one new first issue per week for fifty weeks. I didn’t mention that the first issues all have variant covers, six for Indestructible Hulk, five (so far) for All New X-Men, six for Iron Man, seven for Thor: God of Thunder, six for Captain America, four for X-Men Legacy and six for Fantastic Four. DEADPOOL #1 will be written by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn with art by Tony Moore with a great (regular) cover by Geoff Darrow (!) and four variants. JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #646 begins a new arc with a new creative team, Kathryn Immonen writes and Valerio Schiti provides pencils for the tale of Sif: The Berzerker. The MARVEL’S IRON MAN II ADAPTATION #1 OF 2 is written by Will Pilgrim with an artist yet to be determined. Many of the first issue covers (and some of the variant covers) are offered as posters as well. Ask when you stop by the shop and I’ll show you the pictures. By the way, as you read listings by artists you’ll see a lot of conflicting information. I apologize; Marvel often gives we retailers either incorrect or no information about their comics which, as you might imagine, makes it much harder for us to place our orders intelligently.
INDEPENDENTS: AMAZE INK offers a new JOHNNY THE HOMOCIDAL MANIAC TEE SHIRT, the first in almost seventeen years. ANDREWS McMEEL offers ☼THE COMPLETE CALVIN & HOBBES SLIPCASE EDITION SOFTCOVER for a hundred bucks; four volumes that will be read in any household for generations. ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT offers ☼A TALE OF SAND HC an original graphic novel adaptation of an unproduced feature length screenplay written by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl that has won three Eisner Awards. ARSENIC LULLABYoffers the ARSENIC LULLABY PULP EDITION, a fifty six page collection of Douglas Paszkiewicz’ work which has received Eisner and Harvey nominations; the comic is called ‘The King of Dark Humor’. BANTAM has A GAME OF THRONES: VOLUME #2 GN, a hard cover collecting issues seven through twelve of the projected twenty four issue series. BIG DOG INK has the ☼ELECTRIC YOUTH SPECIAL, a one shot written by Tucson’s own Eric (‘Thor: The Unkillable Thunder Christ’) Esquivel. The title character is a hot tempered fastest man on Earth so those of you who have been dissatisfied with the lackluster ‘Flash’ tales these past couple of years should check this out, and all of you who support our local artists should also check it out. BIRDCAGE BOTTOM BOOKS has a graphic novel titled DIGESTATE with more than fifty creators pontificating on the subject of food and eating.BOOM! STUDIOS has made SUPURBIA #1 on ongoing series after the success of the limited series, a kind of ‘Desperate Housewives’ series featuring the wives of superheroes. The all age imprint KaBOOM! has the first collected edition with the ADVENTURE TIME VOLUME #1 TP as well as the GARFIELD VOLUME #1 TP. I mention MASKS #1 from DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT below, under Chris Roberson, which has Alex Ross’ art and features the Shadow, the Green Hornet, Kato, the Spider and more in 1938. DRAWN & QUARTERLY offers ROOKIE YEARBOOK ONE TP a collection of the articles, interviews, photo editorial and illustrations from fifteen year old Tavi Gevinson who launched the ‘Rookie’ web site to discuss fashion, beauty and teen culture which broke one million page views in the first six days and that Lady Gaga called ‘the future of journalism’.FANTAGRAPHICS offers CHARLIE BROWN’S CHRISTMAS STOCKING, a ten dollar hard cover collecting two holiday stories originally done by Charles M. Schultz for national magazines, one in 1963 and the other in 1968. Fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may be interested in the UNDERWHERE HC, a graphic novel from 1995 now back in print from HEAVY METAL, a science fiction adventure between parallel worlds. HOUGHTON MIFFLIN offers the wonderful ☼MANGAMAN GN written by Barry Lyga with the art of Colleen Doran now in soft cover for ten bucks. SEVEN SEAS has AMAZING AGENT LUNA VOLUME #8 GN, a great all age series written by DeFillipis and Weir with art by Shiei along the lines of the old Kim Possible animated series; hopefully this will encourage them to bring some of the earlier volumes back into print. TITAN BOOKS offers MONSTER HIGH MAGAZINE #1 a kid friendly publication. VALIANT COMICS newest relaunch is SHADOWMAN #1 written by Justin Jordan and series artist Patrick Zircher. YEN PRESS has the JAMES PATTERSON’S ZOO: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL, an illustrated version of the best selling novel of animals around the planet revolting against the humans, adapted and illustrated by Andy McDonald. ZENESCOPE collects GRIMM FAIRY TALES PRESENTS: ALICE IN WONDERLAND TP, the limited series that preceded the now ongoing ‘Wonderland’ comics.
And that’s the new things from publishers that aren’t included in the lists below which are alphabetized by creator, author and/or artist. If there’s a series that you feel is superior to others check the authors’ name and try something else by him or her. You may have favorite comic characters but it’s the writers and artists that make them rise above the average. And, of course if you have a favorite creator that isn’t included below please let me know; I write this to help you make your choices and selections. It’s your newsletter so let me know what you’d like to see!
AARON: Jason will write THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #1 and #2 with the art of Esad Ribic one of the newMARVEL NOW titles; Gods are vanishing from the Marvel Universe so Thor is on the trail of the God Butcher. Jason writes WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #20 and #21 with art by Nick Bradshaw and Steven Sanders. INCREDIBLE HULK BY JASON AARON TP #1 has Banner trying to reunite with the Hulk, INCREDIBLE HULK BY JASON AARON HC #2 collects the ‘Stay Angry’ story where Hulk fights to not change to Banner and in the WOLVERINE: BACK IN JAPAN TP Logan’s adopted daughter, Amiko has been kidnapped.
ABNETT/LANNING: Dan and Andy write HYPERNATURALS #5 with art by Andres Guinaldo and Tom Derenick telling the cosmic space adventures they do so well and Dan writes the bagged graphic novel ‘Downlode’ included with this months issue of JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #330 with art by Trevor Hairsine and Greg Staples.
ADAMS: Neal illustrates FIRST X-MEN #4 OF 5 and with Christos N. Gage co-writes the tale of the Wolverine and Sabretooth’s mutant team before Professor Xavier’s intervention.
ALLRED: Mike illustrated the stories penned by Chris Roberson in I, ZOMBIE TP #4: REPOSSESSION which collects the final arc of the now canceled series and he and his wife, Laura provide the cover to IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #4 which is written by Jamie S. Rich with the art of Mike Norton continuing adventures of characters created by Mike. Mike also has a new poster from Marvel: FF BY MIKE ALLRED POSTER NOW, an amusing concept which will also be one of the variant covers for the first issue.
ANDREWS: Mixed messages from Marvel; they tell me that Kaare writes one of the two stories in A PLUS X #2 and that the second story is written by Peter David but they also tell me that the comic will be written by Warren Ellis and Jeph Loeb and that one of the stories will have Dale Keown’s art and the other will have art by TBD (to be determined). One of the stories is Spider-Man and Beast versus zombies and the other is Kitty Pride, Lockheed and Iron Man versus the Brood. (I’ve contacted Marvel and apparently the Spider-Man /Beast tale will be written and illustrated by Kaare while the Iron Man/Kitty Pride story will be Peter David with Mike Del Mundo’s artwork; no Ellis or Loeb.)
ARCUDI: John writes CREEP #3 with the art of Jonathan Case and, in collaboration with Mike Mignola he writes B.P.R.D.: 1948 #2 OF 5 with the art of Max Fiumara and B.P.R.D.: HELL ON EARTH-RETURN OF THE MASTER #4 OF 5 with Tyler Crook’s art.
ASMUS: At Image James along with Robert Kirkman writes THIEF OF THIEVES #10 with Felix Serrano inking Shawn Marinbrough’s pencils while, at Marvel James writes GAMBIT #5 and #6 with the art of Clay Mann as the Cajun hero tries to steal Excalibur.
☼AZZARELLO: Brian writes ☼BEFORE WATCHMEN: RORSCHACH #3 OF 4 with painted art by Lee Bermajo and WONDER WOMAN #14 with Dan Green inking the pencils of Tony Akins plus the second arc of the Amazon’s new adventures is collected as WONDER WOMAN HC #2: GUTS with Cliff Chiang illustrating the battle in Hell.
BARKER: Clive along with Mark L. Miller writes HELLRAISER #20, the climax and final issue of the series illustrated by Janusz Ordon and Mario Loezer. Brandon Seifert writes HELLRAISER: THE ROAD BELOW #2 OF 4 with artwork by Ibraim Roberson based on Clive’s characters.
BEDARD: Antony writes GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #14 continuing the ‘Rise of the Third Army’ with artist Aaron Kuder and Antony along with Christy Marks writes SWORD OF SORCERY #2 with art by Aaron Lopresti as Amethyst learns to control her powers while, in the backup story Beowulf versus Grendel with art by Jesus Saiz. Antony also writes BLUE BEETLE #14 with J. P. Mayer inking Ig Guara’s pencils.
BEECHEN: Adam writes the Dark Knight story in BATMAN BEYOND UNLIMITED #10 with Norm Breyfogle’s artwork; backups include ‘Superman Beyond’ and more.
BENDIS: Another confusing listing from Marvel says that AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #9 is by Bendis and Bagley but it also say (and I think that this is correct) that the issue is actually by Kelly Sue DeConnick with Stefano Caselli’s art and the story is a race between Tony Stark and Bruce Banner to see who can find a missing scientist first. AVENGERS #33 and #34 are written by Brian with art by Mike Mayhew and these issues end the arc, the series and Bendis’ long run on the title. NEW AVENGERS #33 and #34 also end the series with both issues featuring Carlos Pacheco’s art and introducing a new sorcerer supreme. Brian, of course, writes ☼ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #17, the penultimate chapter of the ‘United We Stand’ cross over with art by Gabriel Walta. Brian is also writing☼DAREDEVIL: END OF DAYS #2 OF 8 with David Mack as Ben Urich investigates the murder of the horned hero as depicted by Klaus Janson and Bill Sienkiewicz. Brian and artist Michael Avon Oeming’s all age title, ☼TAKIO #4 continues and one of Brian’s ‘Avengers’ arcs is adapted to novel form by fantasy author Alisa Kwitney as NEW AVENGERS: BREAKOUT PROSE NOVEL HC with chapter illustrations by David Finch. In collected editions the AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS PREMIERE HC #4 features the art of Walter Simonson and NEW AVENGERS BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS TP #3 has the tale leading to the ‘AVX’ cross over which features the art of Neal Adams and Mike Deodato, Jr. if I remember correctly (and don’t ask me why Marvel has listed the writer and artist as TBD when Bendis’ name is right in the title).
BRUBAKER: The ☼SCENE OF THE CRIME DELUXE HC, Ed’s first work with Michael Lark and with inks by Sean Phillips is a crime noir story predating ‘Gotham Central’ and ‘Criminal’. At Marvel Ed continues on WINTER SOLDIER #13 with the art of Butch Guice, the CAPTAIN AMERICA BY ED BRUBAKER TP #2 features the art of Alan Davis (although Marvel says the artist is TBD), and the WINTER SOLDIER TP #2: BROKEN ARROW is illustrated by Michael Lark.
BUNN: Cullen writes VENOM #27 which is part five of the six part ‘Minimum Carnage: Alpha’ story with art by Declan Shalvey which leads into MINIMUM CARNAGE: OMEGA #1, the finale, co-written by Christopher Yost with art by Lan Medina and Avalon Studios. VENOM #27.1 deals with the aftermath (and, although Marvel tells me Declan Shalvey is the artist I believe it’s actually Thony Silas). Cullen continues on CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BLACK WIDOW #639 fighting Lizard-Ock with Francesco Francavilla’s artwork.
CAREY: Mike continues his hit Vertigo title with UNWRITTEN #43 with Peter Gross’ art and guest starring Baron Muchausen, a Jane Austen Heroine, a homicidal bear and three bad rabbits; tell me you’re not intrigued.
CASEY: Joe is one of the contributors to Dark Horse’s ROBERT E. HOWARD’S SAVAGE SWORD TP #1 collecting the original stories from the first four, eighty page issues.
CHAYKIN: Howard is illustrating the ‘Haunted Tank’ tale written by Justin Gray in G.I. COMBAT #6 for DC and he writes and illustrates the adults only BLACK KISS II #4 OF 6 at Image Comics.
CLOWES: Daniel will be involved with the art design of BARNABY HC #1 OF 5 collecting all of Crockett Johnson’s newspaper strips from the 1940’s although he’s probably best remembered for his childrens’ books that began with ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon’.
☼COOKE: Darwyn’s award winning and brilliant adaptations of the early noir novels of Donald E. Westlake under the pseudonym of Richard Parker have been incredible and highly recommended. He’s done three so far and plans to continue releasing one per year. They’ve been coming out in hard cover but ☼PARKER: THE HUNTER SC is the first one and will now be available in the more affordable format from IDW. CREATOR OWNED HEROES #6 in addition to the two ongoing tales and the interviews and articles will now feature graphic strips and material by Darwyn every month.
CORNELL: Paul writes DEMON KNIGHTS #14 with the art of Bernard Chang at DC and his own SAUCER COUNTRY #9 at Vertigo with Ryan Kelly’s art as the timely tale has Arcadia about to cinch the Democratic nomination as the Presidential candidate (if no one finds out about her close encounter).
COSTA: Mike along with Christos N. Gage wrote the material collected in the over sized G.I. JOE: COBRA-LAST LAUGH HC which has art by Antonio Fuso and others and Mike and Antonio continue with COBRA ONGOING #19.
DANIEL: Tony S. provides the art and cover to JUSTICE LEAGUE #14 with Geoff Johns writing the second chapter leading to the upcoming ‘Trinity War’.
DAVID: Peter writes the Iron Man and Kitty Pride against the Brood tale in A PLUS X #2 with the art by Mike Del Mundo and he continues his long run with X-FACTOR #246 and #247 with art by Leonard Kirk while four previous stories are collected in the X-FACTOR TP #17: ROAD TO REDEMPTION with Paul Davidson and others illustrating.
DeCONNICK: Kelly Sue continues the long awaited return in GHOST #2 from Dark Horse with art by Phil Noto. Kelly Sue co-writes the ‘Castle’ television program with Brian Michael Bendis so it’s no surprise that she’s writing AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #9 now that Brian has finished his run on the title. Mark Bagley also left the title with Brian and is replaced by Stefano Caselli. In Kelly Sue’s CAPTAIN MARVEL #7 the Captain fights former Captain Marvel Monica Rambeau illustrated by Emma Rios while the first six issues are collected as CAPTAIN MARVEL TP #1: IN PURSUIT OF FLIGHT with art by Dexter Soy.
DeFALCO: Tom writes SUPERBOY #14 spinning out of ‘Superman’ #13 and guest starring Supergirl and the Teen Titans parts of the ‘H’el On Earth’ arc with Rob Lean providing inks to R. B. Silva’s pencil art plus LEGION LOST #14 which guest stars Superboy and the Ravagers and has the art of Pete Woods. Tom, along with Chuck Dixon wrote AIRBOY & THE AIRFIGHTERS TP: DANGEROUS LIASONS with art by Lito Fernandez and Oscar Celestini.
DIDIO: Dan writes PHANTOM STRANGER #2, one of the ‘New 52; Wave Three’ titles with Scott Hanna inking Brent Anderson and featuring Dr. 13 and the sons of Trigon.
DIXON: BATMAN: NO MAN’S LAND TP #4 OF 4 completes the new collections of this seminal Bane tale co-written with Dennis O’Neil at DC. G.I. JOE: DEEP TERROR TP features the art of Will Rosado and Alex Cal and G.I. JOE: VOLUME II #19 also has Rosado’s art while SNAKE EYES & STORM SHADOW #19 has Alex Cal’s art at Dynamite Entertainment. Chuck also contributes a story to SPONGEBOB COMICS #14 and continues adapting ROBERT JORDAN’S WHEEL OF TIME: EYE OF THE WORLD #31 with art by Francis Nuguit and co-writes CHOSEN #2 OF 3 with Gotham Chopra with art by Edison George, a supernatural horror story created by Marcus (‘Friday the 13th‘, ‘Chainsaw Massacre’) Nispel. And, as I mentioned previously he and Tom DeFalco wrote the material in the first ever Airboy collection: AIRBOY & THE AIRFIGHTERS TP: DANGEROUS LIASONS.
EDMONDSON: Nathan writes WHERE IS JAKE ELLIS #1 OF 5 with Tonci Zonjic, the continuation of the hit ‘Who is Jake Ellis’ crime series and he also writes his ACTIVITY #11 series with Mitch Gerads art. At Marvel he writes ULTIMATE COMICS: IRON MAN #2 OF 4 with Matteo Buffagni’s art and introducing the Ultimate Mandarin.
ELLIS: Warren is one contributor to THOUGHT BUBBLE ANTHOLOGY 2012 #2, a collection of new short stories for the UK’s ‘Thought Bubble Festival’ held in Leeds; all proceeds from sales of the comic go to the charity Barnardo’s. Warren’s now completed digital series gets the deluxe treatment in the ☼FREAKANGELS COMPLETE COLLECTED SLIPCASE EDITION featuring all six volumes as illustrated by Paul Duffield and priced at ninety nine ninety nine. Also the TRANSMETROPOLITAN: ALL AROUND THE WORLD ART BOOK HC is a tribute to that classic dystopian series featuring Cliff Chiang, Darick Robertson, Fiona Staples, Camilla d’Erico, Milo Manara, Dean Motter and many other of today’s top talents; this one if fifty bucks.
ENNIS: Garth’s recent mature readers series for Marvel is collected in the FURY MAX TP #1: MY WAR GONE BY with art by Goran Parlov and the series he and Mike Wolfer have been writing for Avatar Press is collected as the STITCHED TP #1, also available in hard cover and in a signed limited edition hard cover version. Mike also provides the art for this supernatural war story in Afghanistan. DICKS COLOR EDITION #10 continues the deliberately offensive series with art by John McCrea. At Dynamite Entertainment Garth writes BOYS #72 which is the final issue of the series with the art of Darick Robertson that Garth promised would ‘out-Preacher ‘Preacher’. SHADOW TP #1: FIRE OF CREATION collects the first arc of the 1938 pulp hero’s adventures with Aaron Campbell’s art and a complete cover gallery. Garth begins a new war story with BATTLEFIELDS: GREEN FIELDS BEYOND, PART ONE #1 OF 6, the third ‘Battlefields’ tale, this one features the art of Carlos Ezquerra and takes place in 1951 Korea. Two of Garth’s creations continue without him: GARTH ENNIS’ JENNIFER BLOOD #21 begins the trial written by Al Ewing with Kewber Baal’s art and JENNIFER BLOOD: FIRST BLOOD #3 written by Michael Carroll with art by Igor Vitorino.
FIALKOV: Joshua Hale writes I, VAMPIRE #14 determining the fate of Earth’s vampire population with Andrea Sorrentino’s art.
FINCH: David continues his detailed artwork on BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #14 which is written by best selling crime novelist Gregg Hurwitz as our hero briefly escapes from the Scarecrow’s torture and, at Marvel David supplies the spot illustrations for the NEW AVENGERS: BREAKOUT PROSE NOVEL HC written by romance/fantasy novelist Alisa Kwitney and based upon Brian Michael Bendis’ ‘Avengers’ comics.
FRACTION: Matt writes the final issue with DEFENDERS #12 with Jamie McKelvie’s art. (The previous series, in 2005 was a five part limited series and the one before that, in 2001 also lasted twelve issues and continued as ‘The Order’ which was canceled after six issues. The last successful launch of this team was the one that ended in 1986.) Matt writes HAWKEYE #4 with artist Javier Pulido as S.H.I.E.L.D. recruits Clint(?). The INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREMIERE HC #11: FUTURE is illustrated by Salvador Larroca as is INVINCIBLE IRON MAN TP #9: DEMON.
GAGE: At Dark Horse Christos writes ANGEL & FAITH #16 with art by Rebekah Isaacs while at IDW he and Mike Costa’s stories are collected in the G.I. JOE-COBRA: LAST LAUGH HC with Antonio Fuso’s art. At Marvel Christos writes the final issue of AVENGERS ACADEMY #39 with Tom Grummett providing the art. Along with Dan Slott, Christos writes AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #697 and #698 with the art of Giuseppe Camuncoli and on his own Christos writes the ASTONISHING X-MEN ANNUAL #1 with art by David Baldeon. Along with series artist Neal Adams, Christos also writes FIRST X-MEN #4 OF 5 and some of Christos’ previous work with David Baldeon is collected in the X-MEN LEGACY: BACK TO SCHOOL TP.
GAIMAN: Out of print for a while the ☼BOOKS OF MAGIC: DELUXE EDITION HC collects the four issue limited series that launched a number of series. This is the tale of the boy who could one day be the most powerful magician so in each of the issues a different master escorts Timothy Hunter through the magical realms, each chapter illustrated by a different top artist. The four ‘tour guides’ are John Constantine, the Phantom Stranger, Mister E and Doctor Occult and the four artists are John Bolton, Charles Vess, Paul Johnson and Scott Hampton.
GIFFEN: Keith writes HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #4 OF 6 with Philip Tan’s art, a series that has had a lot more popularity then I would have expected.
GILLEN: Kieron will write IRON MAN #1 and #2 with Greg Land’s photo realistic art and Tony Stark in a hurry to build new armor to try and stop the lethal techno virus ‘Extremis’ from falling into the wrong hands. Kieron also writes JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #646 with Stephanie Hans’ art (or else a new story featuring Sif begins written by Kathryn Immonen with the art of Valerio Schiti’s art; Marvel tells me both but I suspect the latter is the correct information). The JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY TP #4: MANCHESTER GODS collects the story including the ‘Mighty Thor Annual’ by J. M. Dematteis featuring Silver Surfer and Galactus with the art of Richard Elson.
GISCHLER: Victor writes BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SPIKE #4 OF 5 with Andy Owens inking the pencils of Paul Lee for Dark Horse and SHADOW #8 with Aaron Campbell’s art beginning a new story for Dynamite Entertainment.
GLASS: Adam writes SUICIDE SQUAD #14 with Fernando Dagnino’s art, the story is a tie-in to the ‘Death of the Family’ story.
GRAY/PALMIOTTI: Justin and Jimmie continue their years long run chronicling the adventures of Jonah Hex in ALL STAR WESTERN #14 with Moritat’s art and they’re writing AME COMIC GIRLS #2 FEATURING BATGIRL collecting the previously digital only comics based on the action figure line and featuring the art of Sanford Greene. Justin and Jimmie have a new original graphic novel at Image titled RETROVIRUS HC, a science based thriller that should appeal to fans of Michael Crichton’s work with art by Norberto Fernandez. Justin Gray writes the Jeb Stuart and the Haunted Tank tale in G.I. COMBAT #6 with Howard Chaykin’s art.
HAMA: Larry writes G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #184 with S. L. Gallant’s art.
HESTER: At Image Phil writes the ‘Invincible’ spin-of series GUARDING THE GLOBE #3 with art by Todd Nauck and John Rauch and at Dynamite he and Aaron Gillespie adapt KEVIN SMITH’S BIONIC MAN #16 with art by Edgar Tadeo.
HICKMAN: Jonathan writes the brilliant ☼MANHATTAN PROJECTS #9 for Image Comics with artist Nick Pitarra and this issue begins a new arc for the unfortunate few who would like to remedy their mistake and jump aboard. At Marvel the FANTASTIC FOUR BY JONATHAN HICKMAN PREMIERE HC #6 concludes the best run on the series since Kirby’s half a century ago and FF BY JONATHAN HICKMAN TP #3 collects some of the equally ground breaking tales in the sister publication with art by Juan Bobillo and Nick Dragotta.
HIGGINS: Kyle writes NIGHTWING #14 with our hero battling Lady Shiva as a lead in to the upcoming ‘Death of the Family’ event, this one has Mark Irwin inking the pencils of Andres Guinaldo.
HILL: Joe begins the final arc of the popular horror series with LOCKE & KEY: OMEGA #1 OF 7 featuring the art of Gabriel Rodriguez, this series is already an RPG and Dimension Films has the movie and television rights.
HINE: David begins a new limited series at Image, STORM DOGS #1 OF 6 with art by Doug Braithwaite, a science fiction crime thriller and at Top Cow he continues on DARKNESS #109 with Jeremy Haun’s artwork. At Avatar Press David writes NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: AFTERMATH #2 with the art of German Erramouspe and CROSSED: BADLANDS #17 and #18 the ultra violent zombie plague tale with art by Eduardo Vienna.
HUMPHRIES: Sam writes ULTIMATE COMICS: ULTIMATES #18 concluding his run on the title and ending the ‘United We Stand’ cross over with art by Luke Ross; Brian Wood picks up the next arc. At Boom! Studios Sam writes FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #8 with Jerry Gaylord’s art; now that the zombies ruined the Comic-Con and took over San Diego it’s time for the Fanboys to get proactive. Also at Boom!, HIGHER EARTH #7 begins a new arc with Francesco Biagini’s art and the same team is on the collected edition, HIGHER EARTH TP #1.
HURWITZ: Best selling crime novelist Gregg Hurwitz has rescued the wobbly start of this series into a solid addition to the Dark Knight’s exploits and the hyper detailed and gritty art style of David Finch certainly doesn’t hurt; in BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #14 our hero has been trapped and tortured by the Scarecrow and now it’s time for payback.
JOHNS: Geoff writes JUSTICE LEAGUE #14 with Tony S. Daniel’s art, the second chapter of the tale leading to the ‘Trinity Wars’ and AQUAMAN #14 with art by Ardian Syaf featuring the debut of Ocean Master. GREEN LANTERN #14 continues the ‘Rise of the Third Army’ which will go through four issues of the four ‘Green Lantern’ related books, this one with the art of Doug Mahnke, the same team in the collected GREEN LANTERN HC #2: REVENGE OF THE BLACK HAND. The JUSTICE LEAGUE HC #2: THE VILLAINS JOURNEY collects issues seven through twelve with art by Jim Lee. The TEEN TITANS OMNIBUS BY GEOF JOHNS HC is a giant $150.00 book collecting all of the adventures that challenge the team through the ‘Infinite Crisis’ with Mike McKone and other artists.
JOHNSON: Mike Johnson and Michael Green who wrote the lackluster television program have done much better with the character in comics this past year and they continue with SUPERGIRL #14 which spins out of the events in ‘Superboy’ #14 and continues in ‘Superman’ #14 as the ‘H’el On Earth’ story; the art is by Mahmud A. Asrar. At IDW Mike and Marighread Scott write TRANSFORMERS PRIME: RAGE OF THE DINOBOTS #1 OF 4 connecting the ‘Fall of Cybertron’ video game to the ‘Dinobots’ television show illustrated by Agustin Padilla and, on his own Mike writes STAR TREK ONGOING #15 and the previous arc is collected in the STAR TREK ONGOING TP #3 all with art by Stephen Molnar.
JURGENS: Dan writes and pencils FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN #14 with Ray McCarthy inking and guest starring Captain Atom.
KEATINGE: Joe is writing GLORY #30 which features two tales; one is part two of the ‘Bloodshadow’ arc with art by Ross Campbell and the in the second Glory teams up with Ernest Hemingway with art by New Yorker cartoonist Roman Muradov.
KINDT: If you haven’t tried Matt’s latest work from Dark Horse ☼MIND MGMT #0 features three stories introducing the main characters as a prequel. Matt also has a story in ROBERT E. HOWARD’S SAVAGE SWORD #6 which will be drawn by Keu Cha and he continues on FRANKENSTEIN: AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. #14 which ties in to the events in ‘Animal Man’ and ‘Swamp Thing’ as Wayne Faucher inks the pencils of Alberto Ponticelli for the second of the three part ‘Rotworld: Secrets of the Dead’ story.
KIRKMAN: Robert’s Skybound imprint releases CLONE #1 written by David Schulner with art by Juan Jose Ryp and Felix Serrano and WITCH DOCTOR: MALPRACTICE #1 OF 6 written by Brandon Seifert with art by Lukas Ketner. Robert’s hugely successful series has another collection with ☼WALKING DEAD TP #17: SOMETHING TO FEAR with issues 97 through 102. INVINCIBLE #98 begins the ‘Death of Everyone’ arc leading to the one hundredth issue with art by Ryan Ottley, SUPER DINOSAUR #16 has art by Jason Howard and is suitable for all ages, Robert and James Asmus co-write THIEF OF THIEVES #10 with Felix Serano inking the pencils of Shawn Marinbrough and Walking Dead #104 has art by Charlie Adlard. There are also ‘Walking Dead’ and ‘Super Dinosaur’ tee shirts offered this month.
KRUL: J. T. wrote the stories collected in MICHAEL TURNER’S SOULFIRE TP: DRAGON FALL VOLUME 2 with art by Marcus To.
LAPHAM: David is one of the contributors to the second collection, CREEPY COMICS: AT DEATH’S DOOR TP from Dark Horse, he provides the art for DIAL H #6 at DC written by China Mieville as a politically incorrect Hero is dialed, and he writes AGE OF APOCALYPSE #9 at Marvel with art by Renato Arlem. At Avatar Press David writes FERALS #10, his vicious werewolf tale with art by Gabriel Andrade and DAN THE UNHARMABLE #7, a dark superhero comedy at the start of a new arc with art by Rafael Ortiz.
LAYMAN: John is writing DETECTIVE COMICS #14 with art by Jason Fabok and with the Penguin saving Batman’s life at DC, MARS ATTACKS #5 with art by John McCrea at IDW and, with this new work coming his way he seems to have left his ‘Chew’ title for a later date.
LEMIRE: Jeff is credited with writing ANIMAL MAN #14 with art by the incomparable Steve Pugh but, as ‘Rotworld’ continues I think that Jeff and Scott Snyder are collaborating on both ‘Animal Man’ and ‘Swamp Thing’ for the duration of this Universe spanning tale. Jeff begins a new arc with JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #14 as the team explores the House of Mystery with art by Mikel Janin. At Vertigo Jeff writes and illustrates his own series SWEET TOOTH #39.
LEVITZ: Paul writes WORLD’S FINEST #6 where Huntress, the Robin of Earth Two meets Damian, with art by George Perez and LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #14 with art by Scott Kolins and Paul along with Arnold Drake wrote the ‘seventies tales in DEADMAN TP #3 with art by Mike Grell and Kurt Schaffenberger. Paul is one of a host of commentators featured in the film WITH GREAT POWER: THE STAN LEE STORY available on DVD or BD this month.
LIEFELD: Rob, along with Mark Poulton writes SAVAGE HAWKMAN #14 with art by Art Thibert and Joe Bennett and the story leads into ‘Green Arrow’ #14 as the two warriors meet for the first time in the ‘New 52’, Rob writes and draws DEATHSTROKE #14 which also ties into the ‘Hawkman: Wanted’ story as Deathstroke tries to collect the bounty on the Thanagarian’s head. Rob and Frank Tieri write GRIFTER #14 with art by Scott Clark and David Beatty guest starring Midnighter and Voodoo and set in Paris. At Image Rob writes and illustrates BLOODSTRIKE #34, rated mature for extreme violence and sexual situations. At Marvel the X-FORCE OMNIBUS HC #1 starts with ‘New Mutants’ #98 and follows the team from the ‘seventies through the mid ‘nineties with a Liefeld cover.
LIU: Marjorie writes ASTONISHING X-MEN #56 with art by Mike Perkins, concluding the ‘Weaponized’ story.
LOBDELL: Scott writes SUPERMAN #14 illustrated by Kenneth Rocafort and spinning out of ‘Supergirl’ and ‘Superboy’ #14 an unknown Kryptonian more powerful than Superman may change the fate of the planet. In Scott’s RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #14 there are more ties to the upcoming ‘Death of the Family’ story and Pascal Alixe provides the art while in TEEN TITANS #14 with art by Alé Garza the team goes to Gotham in search of Red Robin. Scott is one of the contributing writers on the PHAZER: WAR OF THE INDEPENDENTS TP from RZG Comics.
LOEB: Jeph wrote the story collected in the AVENGERS: X-SANCTION TP with art by Ed McGuinness featuring Cable and Hope and leading into the ‘Avengers vs X-Men’ summer cross over event.
MARZ: Ron continues the Top Cow cross over series with ARTIFACTS #24 illustrated by Stjepan Sejic and he also writes PROPHECY #6, the final chapter of this company wide cross over featuring Dracula, Vampirella, Red Sonja, Pantha and more battling the prophecies of the Mayan calendar.
MIEVILLE: As already mentioned China writes DIAL H #6 with art by David Lapham under a Brian Bolland cover.
MIGNOLA: Mike and Christopher Golden write the BALTIMORE: PLAY ONE SHOT with art by Ben Stenbeck, Mike and John Arcudi write B.P.R.D.: 1948 #2 OF 5 with Max Fiumara’s art and B.P.R.D.-HELL ON EARTH: RETURN OF THE MASTER #4 OF 5 with Tyler Crook’s art.
MILLIGAN: Pete writes RED LANTERNS #14 with art by Miguel Angel Sepulveda in the midst of the ‘Rise of the Third Army’ cross over and he also writes STORMWATCH #14 with Will Conrad’s art where the team wonders if their battle with Demon Etrigan has perhaps thrust them into the public spotlight. And at Vertigo Pete writes HELLBLAZER #297 as the ‘Curse of the Constantines’ concludes with Stefano Landini inking the pencils of Giuseppe Camuncoli.
MOORE: The second collection of Terry’s project in progress is RACHEL RISING TP #2: FEAR NO MALUS.
☼MORRISON: Grant will be writing ☼ACTION COMICS #14 (I hear that his last issue will be issue sixteen) with art by Brad Walker as Superman comes in contact with the Multitude on the planet Mars and ☼BATMAN INCORPORATED #5 with art by Chris Burnham is a story in the future where Damian wears the cowl and Batman is the warden of Arkham Asylum. At Image Darick Robertson illustrates Grant’s ☼HAPPY #3 OF 4. Some of Grant’s earlier work is collected by IDW in the STEED & MRS. PEEL TP: GOLDEN GAME with art by Ian Gibson.
☼MURPHY: Sean created ☼PUNK ROCK JESUS #5 OF 6 and he writes and illustrates it in glorious black and white; this is a fun and bizarre series from Vertigo with more story per issue than most graphic novels; highly recommended.
NELSON: Arvid writes WARLORD OF MARS #26 with art by Leandro Oliveira and he also writes Tarzan’s adventures in LORD OF THE JUNGLE #12 with Roberto Castro’s art.
NILES: Steve writes CRIMINAL MACABRE: THEY FIGHT BY NIGHT for Dark Horse, a one shot featuring the art of Christopher Mitten with Cal McDonald investigating supernatural crimes and LOT 13 #2 OF 5 for Vertigo with the art of Glenn Fabry answering the question of how far would one go to protect his family and, again with Christopher Mitten, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT ONGOING #12 for IDW. At Image Steve contributes to CREATOR OWNED HEROES #6 with Dave Johnson’s art.
NOCENTI: Ann writes GREEN ARROW #14 which ties in to the ‘Hawkman: Wanted’ story with Rob Hunter inking Freddie E. Williams’ pencils and CATWOMAN #14, a ‘Death of the Family’ tie in with art by Adriana Melo and our feline hero caught in the Joker’s trap. At IDW Ann, along with Michael McMillian writes TRUE BLOOD ONGOING #7.
OEMING: Michael writes and illustrates MICHAEL AVON OEMING’S THE VICTORIES #4 OF 5, an original and violent super hero series at Dark Horse. At Marvel’s creator owned Icon imprint Michael illustrates the all age title☼TAKIO #4 written and created by Brian Michael Bendis.
OSTRANDER: John begins STAR WARS-DAWN OF THE JEDI: PRISONER OF BOGAN #1 OF 5 with art by long time collaborator Jan Duursema and he continues on STAR WARS-AGENT OF THE EMPIRE: HARD TARGETS #2 OF 5 with Christian Dall Vecchia inking Davide Fabbri’s pencils.
PAK: Greg writes X-TREME X-MEN #6 and #7 beginning a new arc with Paco Diaz’ art.
PARKER: Jeff writes BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER-WILLOW WONDERLAND #1 OF 5 with Jason Gorder inking Brian Ching’s pencils and Jeff is a contributor to the second collection: CREEPY COMICS: AT DEATH’S DOOR TP at Dark Horse. At Marvel Jeff writes ‘The End of the Thunderbolts’ in DARK AVENGERS #39 with art by Neil Edwards and RED SHE-HULK #59 with art by Carlo Pagulayan and Wellington Alves; she continues her war on super heroes in this classified issue (although I do know that the story continues the Red She-Hulk’s war on superhumans, Cap is hunting her down and the new X-51 is on the case).
PEREZ: As previously mentioned George is the artist on WORLD’S FINEST #6 as written by Paul Levitz.
POWELL: Eric writes BILLY THE KID: ODDITIES & ORM LOCH NESS #2 OF 4 with Kyle Hotz’ art and GOON #44 with art by Eric and Mark Buckingham.
REED: Brian who was tapped by Brian Michael Bendis to help write the ‘Ultimate Spider-Man’ video game wrote the story collected in the HALO-FALL OF REACH: INVASION TP.
REMENDER: Rick writes UNCANNY AVENGERS #2 with John Cassaday’s artwork as the team fights a new and, of course, much more powerful Red Skull. Rick also writes the new CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 with John Romita’s art, SECRET AVENGERS #34 with Andy Kuhn’s art and the team fighting robots gone rogue and UNCANNY X-FORCE #246 and #247 with Phil Noto’s art.
ROBERSON: Chris, along with Joe Straczynski wrote the material collected in the SUPERMAN: GROUNDED TP #2 with art by Jamal Ingle and others completing the tale of the Man of Steel’s voyage by foot across America. The I, ZOMBIE TP #4: REPOSSESSION collects the final arc of this now canceled series featuring the art of Michael Allred. Chris starts a new series, MASKS #1 at Dynamite Entertainment starring the Shadow, Green Hornet, Kato and the Spider with art by Alex Ross (!) set in 1938 and promising more guest appearances like the Black Terror and the Green Lama.
ROBINSON: James continues on his hit title EARTH TWO #6 with Trevor Scott inking Nicola Scott’s pencils with Green Lantern battling Solomon Grundy and the JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: OMEGA TP has the team in battle with their evil doppelgangers, the Crime Syndicate with art by Mark Bagley and others.
RUCKA: Greg is writing PUNISHER WAR ZONE #2 OF 5 with art by Marco Checchetto as Frank Castle takes on the Avengers. Greg also writes ☼STUMPTOWN II #3 with art by Matthew Southworth for Oni Press, a contemporary urban crime tale.
SAMNEE: Chris completes ☼ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM #4 OF 4 written by Mark Waid, an excellent team handling the characters just right and the same team is doing a wonderful job on DAREDEVIL #20 as Murdock is no longer practicing law and it appears his base of operation may be somewhere other than New York City soon.
SEELEY: Tim, along with Josh Emmons writes EX SANGUINE #2 OF 5 for Dark Horse and Tim also illustrates the new crime suspense series. Tim wrote the stories collected in WITCHBLADE: REBIRTH TP #2 with art by Diego Bernard and he continues on HACK/SLASH #22 with art by Elena Casagrande and REVIVAL #5 with Mike Norton’s art at Image.
SIMONE: Gail writes BATGIRL #14 with Ed Benes’ art, a tie in to ‘Death of the Family’ as Barbara again faces the Joker who is responsible for her years of paralysis.
SLOTT: Dan along with Christos Gage writes AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #697 with the wall crawler joining the war of the Goblins and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #698, a prelude to ‘Dying Wish’ leading to the big issue seven hundred; both feature art by Giuseppe Camuncoli. Dan and Christopher Yost wrote the tales in the SPIDER-MAN: TROUBLE ON THE HORIZON TP with art by Humberto Ramos and others.
SNYDER: Scott writes TALON #2 with art by Guillem March and introducing the Tomb of the Unworthy and he writes BATMAN #14 as ‘Death of the Family’ continues with the Joker more sinister than ever and with Alfred missing; with art by Greg Capullo, and in the Penguin back up Cobblepot is also confronted by the Clown Prince of Crime. While being the conductor of the ‘Death of the Family’ story Scott is also orchestrating the ‘Rotworld’ tale as he writes SWAMP THING #14 with art by Yanick Paquette tying into Jeff Lemire’s ‘Animal Man’ and affecting Beast Boy, Deadman, Frankenstein and others throughout the DC Universe. At Vertigo Scott writes AMERICAN VAMPIRE #33, the conclusion of ‘The Blacklist’ with art by Rafael Albuquerque.
☼SPENCER: Nick is writing ☼BEDLAM #2 with Riley Rossmo’s art, the first issue will be 48 pages for $3.50: Fillmore Press was once Madder Red, a homicidal maniac and criminal overlord who terrorized the town of Bedlam for years; then he got better. This is what happens next. Based on the high quality of Spencer’s other work (‘Morning Glories’, ‘Thief of Thieves’) I expect this one to be another gem.
SPURRIER: Simon will be writing X-MEN LEGACY #1 with art by Diogenes Neves and the team will be fighting Professor Xavier’s psychotic son, Legion. Simon also writes EXTERMINTATION #6 with Jeffrey Edwards’ art.
STRACZYNSKI: Joe writes the final chapter of BEFORE WATCHMEN: NITE OWL #4 OF 4 with John Higgins’ art and BEFORE WATCHMEN: DR. MANHATTAN #3 OF 4 with art by Adam Hughes. Joe along with Christopher Roberson wrote the material collected in the SUPERMAN: GROUNDED TP #2 with Jamal Igle’s art.
SWIERCZYNSKI: Duane writes BIRDS OF PREY #14 with art by Romano Molenaar as the team finds the cult they’re pursuing have ties to Katana. At IDW Duane writes JUDGE DREDD #1 with art by Nelson Daniel and a Paul Gulacy back up story, this is a new ongoing series. He also continues his work with GODZILLA ONGOING #7 and the first story is collected in the GODZILLA ONGOING TP #1, all with Simon Gane’s art. He was also a contributing writer to INFESTATION II: COMPLETE SERIES HC with David Messina and other artists. At Valiant Comics Duane writes BLOODSHOT #5 beginning the second arc with art by Manuel Garcia.
THOMAS: Roy adapted the stories in CONAN TP #12: THRONE OF AQUILONIA with Mike Hawthorne’s art.
TIERI: Frank co-writes GRIFTER #14 with Rob Liefeld with art by Scott Clark and David Beatty and the recent limited series is collected in the SPACE PUNISHER TP with art by Mark Texiera.
TOMASI: Peter writes BATMAN AND ROBIN #14, a lead in to ‘Death of the Family’ with Mick Gray inking Patrick Gleason’s pencils, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #14 as ‘Rise of the Third Army’ continues with Scott Hanna inking Fernando Pasarin’s pencils.
TRUMAN: Tim is a contributor to the CREEPY COMICS: AT DEATH’S DOOR TP and Tim’s work with his son, Benjamin is collected in the HAWKEN TP at IDW.
VAN LENTE: Fred writes ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #4 for Valiant Comics with art by Clayton Henry.
☼VAUGHAN: Brian with artist Fiona Staples begins the second arc of their wonderful hit series with ☼SAGA #7 and if you’re not already reading this then you should be, in my humble opinion.
WAGNER: Matt writes ☼TOWER CHRONICLES GN #2 OF 4: GEISTHAWK with art by Simon Bisley, the series created by Thomas Tull, executive producer of 300 and The Dark Knight with a cover by Alex Ross.
WAID: Mark works with stellar artist Chris Samnee completing ☼ROCKETEER: CARGO OF DOOM #4 OF 4 for IDW and also on DAREDEVIL #20. Mark will also write INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #1 with art by Leinil Francis Yu. Mark’s work is collected in the DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID HC #1 featuring art by Marcos Martin and Paolo Rivera and the DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID TP #2 has the hornhead teamed up with the wall crawler to try and clear Black Cat’s name. Mark along with Caleb Monroe writes STEED & MRS PEEL #3 with art by Steve Bryant.
WAY: Daniel’s work is collected in the DEADPOOL: DEAD HC with the addled ‘hero’ trying unsuccessfully to end his wayward life.
WELLS: Zeb’s recent series with Clayton Crain’s computer generated art is collected in the CARNAGE USA TP.
WILLINGHAM: Bill writes FABLES #123 with art by Gene Ha and Shawn McManus. Bill has passed the spin off title, FAIREST #9 to writer Lauren Beukes and artist Inaki Miranda as the story redefines the tale of Rapunzel.
WILLIAMS: J. H. illustrates and co-writes BATWOMAN #14 with Haden Blackman as the team up with Wonder Woman continues. The BATWOMAN HC #2: TO DROWN THE WORLD was also written by Williams and Blackman and features art by Amy Reeder.
WILLIAMS: Rob’s THE TEN-SECONDERS: THE AMERICAN DREAM is a graphic novel with art by Dom Reardon about humanity fighting back against the race of super powered beings who took over the planet after vowing to help. Ten seconds is the average life expectancy for those who fight back. This is from Rebellion/2000 AD publishers in England who have published Judge Dredd’s adventures for thirty five years.
WINICK: Judd writes BATWING #14 with Ryan Winn inking Marcus To’s pencils.
WOOD: Brian writes CONAN THE BARBARIAN #10 with art by Declan Shalvey and CONAN HC #13: QUEEN OF THE BLACK COAST collects his first six issues with art by Becky Cloonan and James Harren. Also at Dark Horse Brian writes his own series ☼MASSIVE #6 now with artist Garry Brown, this is a post-apocalyptic environmental adventure on the high seas. The finale to Brian’s Vertigo series is collected as NORTHLANDERS TP #7: THE ICELANDIC TRILOGY with Paul Azaceta’s art; if you like Brian’s ‘Conan’ work you will probably like this more mature series of Viking barbarians in a time when Christianity was replacing Paganism. Some of Brian’s early self published work comes back into print with the COURIERS: COMPLETE COLLECTION TP, all four volumes of the mercenary bike messengers’ adventures in one book with art by Rob G. and Brett Weldele. At Marvel Brian writes ULTIMATE COMICS: X-MEN #18.1 and begins a new story, ‘Reservation X’ in ULTIMATE COMICS: X-MEN #19 both with Carlo Barberi’s art, and X-MEN #38 with David Lopez’ art begins a story with Domino against the team. WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN TP: ALPHA AND OMEGA collects the first five issues with art by Mark Brooks and Roland Boschi.
YOST: Christopher writes SCARLET SPIDER #11, part four of the ‘Minimum Carnage’ cross over with art by Khoi Pham, which concludes in part six: MINIMUM CARNAGE: OMEGA #1 written by Christopher and Cullen Bunn with art by Lan Medina. Chris also writes one of the two stories in the all age series MARVEL UNIVERSE: AVENGERS-EARTH’S HEROES #8 with art by Christopher Jones, the other story by Eliott Kalan with Adam Dekraker’s art. Chris along with Dan Slott also wrote the stories collected in SPIDER-MAN: TROUBLE ON THE HORIZON TP with Humberto Ramos’ quirky graphitti style art.