September 2014 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

    The September Previews catalog is sitting on the desk here, available for your perusal when you stop by. Meanwhile I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you.

    These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in November. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and 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.

    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) please send me an email and I will send you this month’s adult catalog in a .pdf format with images, descriptions and prices.

    The theme this month is ‘From the Archives’, so expect a lot of solicitations for Classic Comic Strip Reprints and other things related to the history of comics and collecting.

    DARK HORSE: The RESURRECTIONISTS #1 begins a new, creator owned ongoing series by Fred Van Lente about ‘one of a select group of people who can not only remember their past lives, but become them’. Marizio Rosenzweig, who illustrated the recent Clown Fatale series provides the art. THE GHOST FLEET #1 begins another ongoing series, about the adventures of an elite combat trained trucking outfit, written by Donny Cates with art by Daniel Warren Johnson. Chris Savela with the art of Harvey Tolibao and Keith Champagne begin a new arc with GHOST #9 and the same with Joshua Williamson and Fernando Dagnino’s CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT #17. Do you remember the Itty Bitty Hellboy series by the team of Baltazar and Franco who did the Tiny Titans previously? Then I won’t have to say anything more than ITTY BITTY MASK #1, an ongoing all age series. A second round of B-movie madness by Alex de Campi and R. M. Guéra is offered in GRINDHOUSE: DRIVE IN, BLEED OUT #1 of 8 and in the manga line comes DRUG & DROP, VOL. 1 from CLAMP, picking up where Legal Drug left off.

    DC: Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang brought new life to the Amazon over the past three years, but all good things must come to an end. Beginning with WONDER WOMAN #36 the new team of Meredith and David Finch takes over the reigns and the first arc guest stars Swamp Thing, introduces a new villain and new supporting characters. Artist David Finch came to DC writing and illustrating the Batman: The Dark Knight series but it wasn’t long until DC assigned him a collaborating writer. I’m hoping that his much sexier depictions of the hero doesn’t take away from any of the feminism that she has come to represent. Last month’s launched two new Batman related titles: Gotham Academy and Arkham Manor and this month they offer yet another with GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT #1 written by Ray Fawkes with art by Ben Templesmith and featuring Jim Corrigan investigating the city’s supernatural events. The fourth chapter of Grant Morrison’s foray into the alternate universes continues in THE MULTIVERSITY: PAX AMERICANA #1 featuring art by long time collaborator Frank Quitely. (The first issue of this series was great; I’ve read it at least four times so far.) CONSTANTINE #19 by Ray Fawkes and Jeremy Haun finds our anti hero on Earth Two fighting for his family(?) and this issue will lead into the weekly EARTH TWO: WORLD’S END #8. NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #4 by Sean Ryan with the art of Jeremy Roberts has an incredible cover featuring Harley, Deadshot and Black Manta; if I don’t see a poster of this, then DC is asleep at the wheel. In the NEW 52: FUTURE’S END #28 it’s Batman vs. Batman Beyond and in NEW 52: FUTURE’S END #30 it’s an all out war between Cadmus and Brother Eye. A new arc begins in ACTION COMICS #36 by Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder as our hero’s home town is poisoned. SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN #13 also begins a new arc with the new creative team of Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke. Other new arcs and creative teams include SUPERGIRL #36 by Mike Johnson and Kate Perkins with the art of Emanuela Lupacchino as the Girl of Steel enrolls in the cosmic Crucible Academy and BATMAN SUPERMAN #16 still with Greg Pak writing but with new series artist Adrian Syaf has the Dynamic Duo solving a mystery involving an invisible foe with the only clue being Kryptonite. The weekly BATMAN ETERNAL #31 features the unlikely team up of Alfred Pennyworth and Bane while BATMAN ETERNAL #32 focuses on the Spoiler’s detective work. So, what kind of creepy after school activity is the Order of the Bat? I guess we’ll find out in GOTHAM ACADEMY #2 by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher with art by Karl Kerschl. You would think that Arsenal is the character most likely to mess with drugs but it’s Jason Todd who gives in to his addiction to Venom in an effort to find the missing Starfire in RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #36. Will Hal team up with the Black Hand in the Corps battle with the New Gods? Find out in GREEN LANTERN #36 by Robert Venditti with Francis Portela’s artwork. Back in the sixties when the campy Batman television show was popular there was a fifty three chapter story serialized in a Japanese shonen manga magazine and for the first time these tales are being collected and translated; BATMAN: THE JIRO KUWATA BATMANGA BOOK 1 TP OF 3 will be in black and white with spot color. Speaking of that popular television program, it’s now available in multiple formats as BATMAN: THE COMPLETE TELEVISION SERIES BLU-RAY SET, BATMAN: THE COMPLETE TELEVISON SERIES DVD SET and BATMAN: THE COMPLETE TELEVISION SEASON ONE DVD SET plus, available only in comic shops is BATMAN: THE COMPLETE TELEVISION SERIES BLUE-RAY AND BOOK SET which features all 120 episodes, remastered in HD, collectible premiums, a Hot Wheels Replica Batmobile, the Adam West Scrapbook, 44 Vintage Trading Cards, an Ultraviolet Digital Copy, a 32 page Complete Episode Guide and over three hours of all new extras. As BATMAN ’66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET #6 brings the series to an end BATMAN ’66: THE LOST EPISODE is released. An eighty page one shot for ten bucks, the story is by Harlan Ellison, the script by Len Wein and the art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and Joe Prado under an Alex Ross cover. The story was intended to introduce Two-Face but never made it to the little screen. The sixty four page, one dollar reprints of the Dark Knights’ greatest adventures continues with DC COMICS ESSENTIALS: BATMAN-YEAR ONE SPECIAL EDITION #1. Just two hard cover collections this month: the over sized ABSOLUTE GREEN ARROW BY KEVIN SMITH HC, four hundred pages for a hundred dollars and THE FLASH: A CELEBRATION OF SEVENTY FIVE YEARS, four hundred pages for thirty dollars. Soft cover collected editions include BATMAN ETERNAL, VOL. 1 TP, the first twenty issues, THE NEW 52: FUTURE’S END, VOL. 1 TP with the first eighteen issues, BATGIRL, VOL. 4: WANTED TP, GREEN LANTERN: LIGHTS OUT TP, LARFLEEZE, VOL. 2: THE FACE OF GREED TP, THE MOVEMENT, VOL. 2: FIGHTING FOR THE FUTURE TP, NIGHTWING VOL. 5: SETTING SON TP, RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS, VOL. 5: THE BIG PICTURE TP, RED LANTERNS, VOL. 5: ATROCITIES TP, SUPERMAN-ACTION COMICS, VOL. 4: HYBRID TP, SWAMP THING, VOL. 5: KILLING FIELD TP and WORLD’S FINEST, VOL. 4: FIRST CONTACT TP. New collections of older works include THE AUTHORITY, VOL. 2 TP by Grant Morrison, Mark Millar and others with art by Frank Quitely, Arthur Adams and others, DIVINE RIGHT: THE ADVENTURES OF MAX FARADAY TP by Jim Lee and friends, GREEN LANTERN BY GEOFF JOHNS OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC, over twelve hundred pages for a hundred and twenty five bucks, NIGHTWING, VOL. 1: BLUDHAVEN TP with the first eight issues of his nineties solo series, the MARSHAL LAW TP with all of the stories by Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill, SUPERMAN/BATMAN, VOL. 2 TP by Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness and others, the TWILIGHT TP, a science fiction tale starring Tommy Tomorrow written by Howard Chaykin with art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez and The SPECTRE, VOL. 2: THE WRATH OF GOD TP by John Ostrander. At DC’s creator owned imprint, VERTIGO is a fresh take on seventies gangster stories in THE KITCHEN #1 OF 8 written by Ollie Masters with art by Ming Doyle under covers by Becky Cloonan and, collected is AMERICAN VAMPIRE, VOL. 7 HC, the ENIGMA TP collecting the long out of print eight issue series by Peter Milligan with art by Duncan Fegredo, LUCIFER, BOOK FIVE TP and THE ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR TP. New collectibles from DC DIRECT this month include statues: the BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT STATUE, DC COMICS ICONS: GREEN ARROW STATUE and SUPERMAN: THE MAN OF STEEL BY MOEBIUS while action figures feature Batman, Harley Quinn, Arkham Knight and the Scarecrow in the BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT series. Also, from the Sandman series is the DEATH ANKH NECKLACE, two inches tall, solid sterling silver, it’s due in February of next year and is priced at seventy dollars.

    IDW: These folks sure do love their robots: TRANSFORMERS #35 and TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #35 are part of a new cross over titled ‘Days of Deception’, TRANSFORMERS: PRIMACY #4 OF 4 ends the series centered around the Cybertron War, TRANSFORMERS: DRIFT-EMPIRE OF STONE #1 OF 4 begins along with the ANGRY BIRDS/TRANSFORMERS #1 OF 4. The brilliant, best selling horror novelist, Joe Hill writes the first issue of SHADOW SHOW #1 OF 5, a series featuring different creators with each issue paying tribute to the legendary Ray Bradbury! The JACK KIRBY: MISTER MIRACLE-ARTIST’S EDITION HC collects seven of the King’s issues, scanned from his original art pages, 12″ X 17″, two hundred page hard cover for a hundred and forty bucks. BORDERLANDS #5 begins a new arc, ‘Tannis & the Vault’ part one of four, THE BIGGER BANG #1 OF 4 is a space epic by D.J. Kirbride and Vassillis Gogtzilas and the DITKO’S SHORTS HC is a magazine size book collecting the one, two and three page stories that cover a variety of genres, culled from dozens of publishers and meticulously restored, over a hundred pages for twenty five bucks.

    IMAGE: Okay, just about everyone has now read the first three volumes of B.K. Vaughan’s brilliant series. Captain America even made a reference to Lying Cat in an Avengers comic recently. Maybe your copies are as well read as mine? Maybe you’d like to own the SAGA: BOOK ONE HC collecting the first eighteen issues of the Eisner and Hugo Award winning series, over five hundred pages for fifty bucks? Okay, I got excited about that; let me go back and tell you about all the cool new series this constantly ground breaking company has this month. ODYC #1 is by Matt (Sex Criminals) Fraction with art by Christian (Infinite Vacation) Ward, a gender bending, psychedelic science fiction odyssey (ODYC=Odyssey), and there are five introductory pages that won’t be in the first issue; if you want to check them out, go here: http://comicsalliance.com/ody-c-preview-prologue-matt-fraction-christian-ward-image-comics/. (Then I suspect you’ll call or send me an email to have me order it for you!) Kurt (Marvels, Astro City) Busiek with artist Ben Dewey launches TOOTH & CLAW #1 described as ‘Conan meets Game of Thrones meets Kamandi‘, a high fantasy with a forty page first issue for under three bucks. Michael Avon Oeming along with artist Taki Soma offers SINERGY #1 about a girl whose first sexual experience allows her to see inter-dimensional creatures. DRIFTER #1 is by Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein, described as ‘joining the dark revenge themes of Unforgiven with the universe building of Dune‘, yet another ongoing science fiction series; seems to be a trend of late. In Keenan Marshall Keeler and Tom Neely’s new series the Bakersfield bikers who call themselves THE HUMANS #1 are actually apes in this seventies exploitation adventure. ‘Madness and warped flesh’ describes Ray (Batman Eternal, Constantine) Fawkes fully painted new horror series, INTERSECT #1 and Eric Larsen releases the hundred page SAVAGE DRAGON #200. A limited series, shipping weekly, AMERICAN LEGENDS #1 OF 5 is written by Bill and Zachary Schwartz with art by Studio Hive mixing history and myth and featuring Davy Crockett, Lewis & Clark, Napoleon, Johnny Appleseed, the Hatfields & McCoys, Sacajawea, Paul Bunyan and more. The MADMAN: IN YOUR FACE 3-D SPECIAL features a new story by Michael Allred, tons of guest artists, a pair of Madman 3-D glasses, a cut out and assemble 3-D cube, the World’s Biggest Comic Panel and more surprises; eighty pages for ten bucks. PENNY DORA AND THE WISHING BOX #1 OF 5 is by Michael Stock with Sina Grace’s art, an all age adventure, obviously a lighter take on the Pandora’s Box tale. Brandon Graham and Simon Roy write with Ron Ackins’ art beginning the conclusion in PROPHET: EARTH WAR #1 OF 6. The JUST THE TIPS HC is a guide full of tricks, advice, suggestions, moves, stories and confessions culled from the letter columns and with additional new material from the pages and creators of the popular Sex Criminals series. Collected editions this month include THE BOUNCE TP, BUSHIDO TP, CASANOVA, VOL. 2: GULA-THE COMPLETE EDITION HC by Matt Fraction and Fábio Moon, INVINCIBLE, VOL. 20: FRIENDS TP, KRAMPUS! TP, KINSKI TP, LAZARUS: BOOK ONE HC with issues one through nine, a four page preview and additional content, THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, VOL. 5: THE COLD WAR TP, RAT QUEENS, VOL. 2: THE FAR REACHING TENTACLES OF N’RYGOTH TP. REVIVAL: DELUXE COLLECTION, VOL. 2 HC, SHUTTER, VOL. 1: WANDERLOST TP, the first six issues for ten bucks, TEN GRAND, VOL. 2 TP, THE WALKING DEAD, VOL. 22: A NEW BEGINNING TP, THE WICKED + DIVINE, VOL. 1: THE FAUST ACT TP, one through five for ten bucks, and the WILDFIRE, VOL. 1 TP.

    MARVEL: AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #4, 5 and #6 OF 9 are three of the fifteen Axis chapters and tie ins offered this month,(bringing the total to twenty four so far) including WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #12, NOVA #23 and #24, AVENGERS WORLD #15, DEADPOOL #37, ALL-NEW X-FACTOR #16, MAGNETO #12, LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #8 and more. CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #1 and #2 are both tie ins and this new series will be written by Al Ewing with art by Luke Ross, and Cap is Sam Wilson, not Steve Rogers. SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1 and #2 are also tie ins, this one written by Tom (Earth Two) Taylor with the art of Yildiray (Supergirl) Çinar as Tony’s over inflated ego once again gets the best of him when he decides to release Extremis upon the city of San Francisco. Another new series this month is the ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 by Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen featuring Sam Wilson and Nomad. The ‘Time Runs Out’ cross over runs through NEW AVENGERS #26 and #27 and AVENGERS #38 this month and the ‘Spider-Verse’ cross overs run through AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 and #10, SPIDER-VERSE #1 OF 2, SPIDER-MAN 2099 #6, SPIDER-VERSE TEAM UP #1 OF 3, SCARLET SPIDERS #1 OF 3 and the new SPIDER-WOMAN #1, an ongoing series written by Dennis Hopeless with Greg Land’s art and with a controversial variant cover. The SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #17 will be the final issue of the series. DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #4 OF 7 features Lady Deathstryke while issue #5 OF 7 features Daken. Then DEATH OF WOLVERINE: LIFE AFTER LOGAN is a one shot continuing the grieving while DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE WEAPON X PROGRAM #1 and #2 OF 5 is written by Charles Soule with the art of Salvador Larroca. Also NIGHTCRAWLER #8 and STORM #5 are both ‘Death of Wolverine-Aftermath’ issues. Putting Flash Thompson on the team may have been a poor decision as GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #21 encounters an entire world of alien symbiotes on Planet Venom. ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #9 co stars Johnny Blaze, and in FANTASTIC FOUR #13 they team shows off their new, slightly different blue uniforms. A special report by Anderson Cooper causes people to question allegiances in BLACK WIDOW #12 and Kamala, with her new pet, Lockjaw battles the Inventor in MS MARVEL #10. IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON #7 begins a new arc; it was originally a six part limited series, and NEW WARRIORS #12 will be the final issue of the series. In MILES MORALES: THE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #7 we find out about his girlfriend, Katie Bishop and ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #10 begins the final three issue arc of the series. ALL-NEW X-MEN #34 and #35 continue the teams adventures in the Ultimate Universe with Miles Morales and Magneto returns in UNCANNY X-MEN #28, all three issues written by Brian Michael Bendis. Collected Editions this month include: THE UNITED STATES OF MURDER, INC., VOL.1: TRUTH PREMIERE HC, the PAINKILLER JANE: THE 22 BRIDES TP, the FIGMENT HC, a Disney all ages adventure, THANOS: A GOD UP THERE LISTENING HC collecting the six issue weekly series along with the first Thanos Annual, the HOWARD THE DUCK OMNIBUS HC, CAPTAIN AMERICA, VOL. 5: THE TOMORROW SOLDIER PREMIERE HC, INHUMAN, VOL. 1: GENESIS TP, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, VOL. 1.1: LEARNING TO CRAWL TP, SAVAGE HULK, VOL. 1: THE MAN WITHIN TP, CYCLOPS, VOL. 1: STARSTRUCK TP, DEADPOOL, VOL. 6: ORIGINAL SIN TP and two new epic collections: CAPTAIN AMERICA LIVES AGAIN, VOL. 1 TP and WOLVERINE: MADRIPOOR NIGHTS TP, VOL. 1.

    INDEPENDENTS: On to the small press beginning with ACTION LAB who offers FIGHT LIKE A GIRL #1 OF 4 about a girl facing nine trials to win one wish, to save her terminally ill brother. Their Mature Readers imprint, DANGER ZONE offers the ITTY BITTY BUNNIES IN RAINBOW PIXIE CANDY LAND: COCK FIGHT one shot which may look like a kids comic but the drugs and excessive violence will quickly disabuse you of that notion. ANTARCTIC PRESS offers ROD ESPINOSA’S STEAMPUNK SNOW QUEEN #1 OF 3; Espinosa is an extremely talented artist and storyteller. AVATAR PRESS launches a new, ongoing series created by Justin (Green Lantern: New Guardians, Spread) Jordan titled DARK GODS #1, a tale of chaos disrupting order with the art of German Erramouspe. I’m sorry to say that BIG DOG INK has closed its doors; we may never see the last chapter of the latest story arc of Ursa Minor with the art of Tucson’s own Ian Snyder. BLACK MASK COMICS who burst onto the scene with their Occupy Comics series launches TOE TAG RIOT #1 by Matt Miner with art by Sean Von Gorman about a punk rock band cursed to become zombies whenever they perform, a LGBT positive book that the Westboro Baptist Church accidentally endorsed (and then felt really stupid about doing). Justin (Dead Body Road, Luther Strode) Jordan also launches a new ongoing series at BOOM!
STUDIOS this month, too, with DEEP STATE #1, an exploration based on the premise that all of the conspiracy theories are factual, with art by Ariela Kristantina. Michael (Hoax Hunters) Moreci and Dan (Mind the Gap) McDaid launch DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES #1 OF 6 bridging the ten year gap between the ‘Rise‘ and the ‘Dawn‘ films. Boom’s recently acquired imprint, ARCHAIA offers MOUSE GUARD: BALDWIN THE BRAVE AND OTHER TALES HC, a fifteen dollar, seventy two page book collecting the short stories by the series’ brilliant artist/creator David Petersen. Boom’s all age imprint KaBOOM! offers the OVER THE GARDEN WALL SPECIAL #1 by Pat (Adventure Time) McHale, a kind of Victorian fable (and Cartoon Network’s first original animated mini-series) as well as CAPTURE CREATURES #1 by Frank (Amazing World of Gumball) Gibson, a story of the arrival of over a hundred new creatures appearing on Earth and the two teens trying to investigate and protect them. Also, the entire cast appears in the BRAVEST WARRIORS: PARALYZED HORSE GIANT #1 one shot. DEVIL’S DUE ENTERTAINMENT, after an extended absence from publishing, has returned and this month offers SOLITARY #1 OF 4, a superhero prison drama by C. W. Cooke with art by Nando Souzamotta featuring a possibly immortal hero on Death Row. Quentin Tarantino writes a sequel and cross over to his film with DJANGO/ZORRO #1 OF 6 with writer Matt Wagner and artist Esteve Polls at DYNAMITE. And Ron Marz writes JOHN CARTER: WARLORD OF MARS #1 with art by new talent Abhishek Malsuni, while the LONE RANGER: VINDICATED #1 OF 4 will be written by Justin (Jonah Hex, All-Star Western) Gray with Rey Villegas’ art. The ARMY OF DARKNESS :1992.1 is a forty eight page one shot with stories taking place in simpler times, hence the date, but still tying into the current series. Vampirella in an all ages tale? Sure enough, LI’L VAMPI HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2014 in time for Christmas and the SHADOW SPECIAL 2014 is forty eight pages, square bound from Phil (Green Arrow) Hester with art by Ivan Rodriguez. Five volumes, hard cover in a slipcase, eleven hundred pages for five hundred dollars, FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS offers THE COMPLETE ZAP COMIX, every issue, plus issue seventeen that has never see print, the rare mini comic Zam, a two hundred page oral history of the series, a custom clamshell portfolio of all seventeen covers and a new introduction by Robert Crumb in a limited, never to be reprinted edition. LEGENDARY COMICS starts EPOCHALYPSE #1 written by historical author Jonathan (The US Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation) Hennessey with art by Shane (Superman: Earth One) Davis, a science fiction tale about a phenomenon that cause six hundred years of history to collapse into a single era. (They also offer ANNIHILATOR #3 OF 6 by Grant Morrison and Frazer Irving that I’m surprised hasn’t gotten more press.) The first five issues of Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo’s intriguing story of ‘life’ in a special Purgatori for suicides is collected in THE LIFE AFTER, VOL. 1 with an exclusive cover and price for comic shops of ten bucks from ONI PRESS. Also, a new, all age series about a girl and her T-Rex, TERRIBLE LIZARD #1 is written by Cullen Bunn with the art by Drew Moss. NBM‘s all age imprint, PERFECT SQUARE has their latest one shot, HELLO KITTY: WORK OF ART and RED GIANT offers BANZAI GIRL, VOL. 1: BY DREAMS BETRAYED TP, a collection of Jinky Coronado’s web comics. STORM KING collects the first six issues with a new prologue in JOHN CARPENTER’S ASYLUM, VOL. 1 HC. British publisher TITAN BOOKS now has three series’, each shipping fifteen issues per year telling adventures of the tenth, eleventh and twelfth Time Lords and are now offering the first collected editions with DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR, VOL. 1: REVOLUTIONS OF TERROR HC and DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR, VOL. 1: AFTER LIFE HC for twenty bucks each. New titles this month include CAPTAIN STONE #1 OF 6 written by Liam Sharp and Christina McCormack with art by Liam, where the world’s first and only superhero said the world was in danger and then he disappeared, and MONO #1 OF 6 by Liam Sharp with art by Ben Wolstenholme about a ape-human hybrid and Queen’s assassin’s adventures from the thirties through the seventies. Also PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR #1 OF 4 by Alex Matthews and Lucas Fereyra. A wonderful, but sometimes strange publisher, TOP SHELF has THE LEG GN written by Van Jensen with art by Jose Pimienta about the disembodied leg of Santa Anna returned from the grave to help Mexico in troubled times, this is a mash up of Spaghetti Westerns and Mexican history and folk tales. At VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT Peter Milligan writes and Cary Nord illustrates ETERNAL WARRIOR: DAYS OF STEEL #1 OF 3, X-O MANOWAR #30 stars a new arc as does UNITY #12 and BLOODSHOT #25 is a big forty eight page issue telling the classified history of the brutal hero. Ray Fawkes writes and Joe Eisma illustrates the one shot ONE PERCENT #1, about Archer & Armstrong’s nemesis and PUNK MOMO is a one shot that introduces a different kind of magic into the universe, written by Peter Milligan with the art of Robert Gill. Manga publisher VIZ MEDIA gets the first thirteen volumes in print to offer NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, VOL. 14, the epic conclusion of this series that redefined the Mecha genre and they also have RESIDENT EVIL: THE MARHAWA DESIRE, VOL. 1, the manga that was a prequel to the Resident Evil 6 video game. ANNE RICE’S THE WOLF GIFT GN HC is a black and white adaptation of the popular author’s re-imagining of werewolf mythology from YEN PRESS and the AREA 51: THE GRAPHIC HISTORY OF AMERICA’S MOST SECRET MILITARY INSTALLATION GN is written by Dwight Jon Zimmerman with art by Greg Scott, published by ZENITH PRESS.

    And, before I forget, my Pick of the Month
for September is ODYC #1 from Matt Fraction and Christian Ward, and published by Image.

    And that completes this months’ comic book listings. As part of the ‘From the Archives’ theme, there are a bunch of titles offered in the BOOK section related to vintage toys including THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO VINTAGE STAR WARS ACTION FIGURES 1977-1985, ACTION FIGURES OF THE 1960’s, ACTION FIGURES OF THE 1980’s, MEGO ACTION FIGURE TOYS TP (3RD EDITION) and the MY LITTLE PONY, MINI PONY COLLECTORS GUIDE and vintage comics like the MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA: 75TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION HC, THE SUPERMAN FILES HC and DC COMICS: YEAR BY YEAR VISUAL CHRONICLE HC WITH SLIPCASE. The APPAREL section has the DC BOMBSHELLS: HARLEY QUINN WOMEN’S SATIN BATHROBE, the FLASH TV SYMBOL T-SHIRT and the ‘Three Rocket Moon’ ROCKET RACCOON T-SHIRT. And there’s all kinds of other items in the TOY, STATUES, MODELS, IMPORT TOYS, COLLECTIBLES & NOVELTIES, GAMES, DVDS & DIGITAL MEDIA sections so check those out when you stop by the shop if you’re so inclined.

    Also, if you’re so inclined, please visit my web site (www.CharliesComics.com) and click the button on the home page to follow my updates on Facebook. And, finally, I have to sincerely thank you all for your friendship and support and for honoring me with the responsibility of keeping your collections up to date; I am so grateful to you all. See you in the funny books!

    Peace,

    Charlie

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