The September Previews catalog is sitting on the desk at the shop as always, 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 of 2015. If there’s anything that you’d like please try and let me know by the twenty first of this month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders.
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.
The theme this month is ‘As Seen On TV’ showcasing the many comics of the fifties and sixties which tied into current television programs. In 1953 Adventures of Superman was the top watched show as was Batman in 1966 and the biggest publisher of the time, Gold Key/Dell published comics based on every show and film from The Munsters, Lassie and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to I Love Lucy. So expect a lot of collected editions of classic stories plus more modern programs adapted to comics. There will also be articles throughout the month about these comics @PreviewsWorld.com.
DARK HORSE: Larry Hama writes the prequel to the next game in the popular franchise with CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III #1 of 6 with art by Marcelo Ferreira. Mike Mignola writes a new one shot of the earliest adventures in ☻HELLBOY & THE B.P.R.D. 1953: THE WITCH TREE & RAWHEAD AND BLOODY BONES illustrated by Ben Stenbeck and Mike co-writes with Christopher Golden ☻JOE GOLEM: OCCULT DETECTIVE #1 OF 5 with art by Patric Reynolds that ties into the illustrated novel Joe Golem and the Drowning City. A new all age series further expands the Mignola-verse with ☻ITTY BITTY HELLBOY: SEARCH FOR THE WERE-JAGUAR #1 OF 4 by Art Baltazar and Franco. If you’ve never experienced the wonderful passion and history that Stan Sakai puts into every page ☻USAGI YOJIMBO #150 is a good jumping on point and, since I’m mentioning brilliant work that deserves a much larger audience, Matt Kindt’s ☻MIND MGMT HC, VOL. 6: THE IMMORTALS concludes the series. (Once it’s translated to film you’ll be kicking yourself for not reading it first.) ☻KINGSWAY WEST #1 begins a magical western written by Greg Pak and illustrated by Will Quintana. Adam Warren returns with a new one shot: the ☻EMPOWERED SPECIAL: PEW! PEW! PEW!.
DC: I suppose you’ve already heard: ☻DARK KNIGHT III: MASTER RACE #1 OF 8 will be the third and final story of the ‘Dark Knight Trilogy’ that began in the late eighties with The Dark Knight Returns and continued a couple of decades later with The Dark Knight Strikes Again. Frank Miller will write this one in collaboration with the great Brian (100 Bullets) Azzarello and the art will be by Andy Kubert inked by Klaus Janson. Each issue will contain a full 32 page comic plus a 16 page mini comic bound in, priced at five ninety nine. Each issue will also have a collector’s edition with both stories printed full size in an oversized stiff covered (paper over board) format for twelve ninety nine and issue eight of the collectors’ edition will include a slipcase to contain them all. Also ☻BATMAN: EUROPA #1 OF 4 is offered (again). Created and written by Matteo Casali and Brian Azzarello this was originally supposed to ship in the spring of 2011 but someone missed their deadlines. Each issue will feature layouts by Giuseppe Camuncoli with a different artist doing fully painted finishes on each issue with the first one by Jim Lee, a story of an infected Batman having to rely on the Joker for a cure. The ☻BATMAN ENDGAME: DIRECTOR’S CUT #1 is a reprint of Batman #40 featuring Greg Capullo’s pencils as well as Scott Snyder’s full script and, for those of you playing the video games, aside from ☻BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT #10 and ☻BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT GENESIS #4 OF 6 there’s also the ☻BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT-ROBIN SPECIAL #1. The new ☻SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN #1 OF 7 is by screenwriter Max Landis and tells tales of Clark Kent’s formative years as a Kansas farm boy with a host of artists; issue one illustrated by Nick (East of West) Dragotta. Twenty of DC’s regular monthly titles will have a Looney Tunes variant cover this month; I posted nineteen of them to Facebook recently; the twentieth is a secret. These variants are the same price as the regular covers (don’t let unscrupulous retailers tell you differently) so let me know if you’d like any of these. ☻PREZ #6 OF 6 is offered, originally a twelve part series, DC cut it in half due to low initial sales, which shocks me; the comic is a blast and should appeal to all fans of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert as Mark Russell is writing some of the best political satire I’ve ever read in comics. (I’ve just heard that Dan DiDio has relented and decided to keep this as a twelve issue series.) And speaking of cool overlooked mini series, wait until you see Six-Pack on the cover of ☻ALL STAR SECTION 8 #6 OF 6 guzzling the Bottled City of Kandor! In deluxe collected editions this month comes ☻BATMAN/SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY DELUXE EDITION HC collecting the series written and illustrated by Matt Wagner and pitting the three against three of their united villains: a renegade Amazon, Ras Al Ghul and Bizarro. The BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS, VOL. 7 ANARKY HC collects thirty five through forty plus the Endgame and the Future’s End one shots. The BATMAN BY NEAL ADAMS OMNIBUS HC collects the legendary artists’ complete run, over one thousand pages for a hundred dollars. THE FLASH, VOL. 7: SAVAGE WORLD HC collects thirty six through forty plus Secret Origins #7 and LEX LUTHOR: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC collects stories from the very beginning (Jerry Siegel) to the present (Geoff Johns) of the ultimate villains’ history. And Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen’s four part series of the boy with the unfortunate name of Clark Kent is collected in the ☻SECRET IDENTITY DELUXE EDITION HC. In soft cover editions comes the BATMAN VS SUPERMAN TP collecting the many battles between the most popular super heroes of all time, BATMAN ’66, VOL. 3 TP collects eleven through sixteen, BATMAN: THE DOOM THAT CAME TO GOTHAM TP collects the horror series co-written by Mike (Hellboy) Mignola, the ☻BATMAN/SUPERMAN, VOL. 3 TP: SECOND CHANCE collects ten through fifteen of Greg Pak’s story, BATWOMAN, VOL. 4 TP: THE ONE YOU LOVE collects thirty eight through forty nine of the previous series under an Adam Hughes cover, DEATHSTROKE THE TERMINATOR TP, VOL. 2: SYMPATHY is issues ten through thirteen plus the Annual from the previous series by Marv Wolfman and Dan Jurgens and guest starring Nightwing and Vigilante, EARTH 2-WORLD’S END TP, VOL. 2 has the second half of the weekly series, DEMON TP, VOL. 1: HELL’S HITMAN collects a ten issue run by Garth Ennis and John McCrea featuring a team up with Etrigan and Hitman, GREEN ARROW TP, VOL. 4: BLOOD OFTHE DRAGON collects issues twenty one through twenty eight of Mike Grell’s series, INFINITE CRISIS: FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE TP, VOL 2 collects seven through twelve and the ☻JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED TP, VOL. 1: JUSTICE LEAGUE CANADA collects zero through five introducing the new team by Jeff (Descender) Lemire and Mike McKone. ☻HARLEY QUINN TP, VOL. 2: POWER OUTAGE gathers issues nine through thirteen of the current series plus Future’s End #1, Secret Origins #4 and the San Diego Comic Con Special, ☻NIGHTWING TP, VOL. 3: FALSE STARTS collects nineteen through twenty five plus the four issue Nightwing and Huntress limited series and WORLD’S FINEST TP, VOL. 6: SECRET HISTORY OF BATMAN AND SUPERMAN continues the origin of the Earth 2 heroes. The ☻SUPERMAN: DOOMED TP collects the whole series, more than five hundred pages, the ☻SUPERMAN-ACTION COMICS TP, VOL. 6: SUPERDOOM collects issues thirty through thirty five plus the third Annual and the SUICIDE SQUAD TP, VOL. 2: THE NIGHTSHADE ODYSSEY is from John Ostrander’s run and crosses over with the Justice League and the Doom Patrol. Two different reprints (for under eight dollars) are the DC PRESENTS: LOIS & CLARK 100 PAGE SPECTACULAR #1 with the wedding and more and the DC PRESENTS: TITANS HUNT 100 PAGE SPECTACULAR #1 with stories from their earliest adventures in Brave & the Bold with Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl and Speedy. DC’s creator owned imprint, VERTIGO is expanding of late with the new editor and they launch four new series’ this month: ☻JACKED #1 OF 6 is by Eric Kripke, the creator of Supernatural, a story of a mid life crisis guy who tries a ‘smart pill’ from the internet which gives powers and is addictive. ☻RED THORN #1 is a fantasy mixing Scottish mythology with the modern world of Glasgow by David Baillie and Meghan Hetrick. ☻SLASH & BURN #1 begins an ongoing series by Si Spencer with art by Max Dunbar and Ande Parks about a fire fighter, or is she an arsonist? ☻UNFOLLOW #1 is by Rob (The Royals) Williams and Michael Dowling with a diverse cast as 140 random people inherit billions from a dying social media mogul. The STRANGE SPORTS STORIES TP collects the recent limited series of the same name, the ☻FLINCH TP collects the six issue series of several years ago and the ☻IZOMBIE OMNIBUS HC collects the entire twenty eight issue run for seventy five dollars. DC’s collectible line, DC DIRECT offers new figures from the animated series including the COMMISSIONER GORDON AF, ZATANNA AF, RAS AL GHUL AF and the ETRIGAN WITH KLARION AF, the Arrow: Season 3 figures include the ARROW AF, MALCOLM MERLYN AF and the BLACK CANARY AF while the new Flash TV figures include the REVERSE FLASH AF and the HEAT WAVE AF. From the video game comes the BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT: RED HOOD AF and there are two new critters: DC COMICS SUPER PETS: HOPPY PLUSH FIGURE of Shazam’s super rabbit and the DC COMICS SUPER PETS: KRYPTO PLUSH FIGURE with Superboy’s per.
IDW: A new limited series begins with TRANSFORMERS: SINS OF THE WRECKERS #1 OF 5 as well as with ORPHAN BLACK: HELSINKI #1 OF 5. The GHOSTBUSTERS ANNUAL 2015 features some nostalgic adventures while setting up some future story lines while the TMNT 2014 ANNUAL DELUXE HC EDITION reprints last years forty eight page story in color, and includes Eastman’s pencils, character studies, sketches and more and TMNT #52 begins a new arc. And if that’s not enough the SAN DIEGO ART GALLERY: KEVIN EASTMAN EXHIBITION COLLECTION TP is a hundred and forty pages from the very first sketches to the most recent covers. The ☻HAUNTED HORROR PRE-CODE COVER COLORING BOOK TP, VOL. 1 is sixty four pages of classic horror comic book covers in black and white for you to color, featuring art by Frazetta, Ditko, Wally Wood and more, the 8 1/2″ X 11″ book is priced under ten dollars.
IMAGE: There’s SO much goodness from comics’ best creators I hardly know where to start. Jason (Thor: God of Thunder, Southern Bastards) Aaron begins ☻THE GODDAMNED #1 with artist R. M. (Scalped) Guerra, a tale taking place 1,655 years after Eden and before The Flood, a biblical apocalypse story for mature readers. Marjorie (Black Widow) Lieu writes and Sana (X-23) Takeda illustrates an ongoing mature fantasy epic titled ☻MONSTRESS #1 described as Kaiju meets Steampunk with the first issue being sixty six pages of story for under five dollars. Sam (Guardians of the Galaxy) Humphries with Tommy (Game of Thrones) Patterson launch the ongoing ☻CITIZEN JACK #1 the story of a scandal ridden small town politician’s Presidential candidacy; Jack has a shot due to his malevolent but ambitious demon from Hell. Mark Millar and Wilfredo Torres continue the prequel to Jupiter’s Legacy with ☻JUPITER’S CIRCLE, VOL. 2 #1 as MillarWorld expands in comics and on the big screen. And if that’s not enough, Mark also launches ☻HUCK #1 with Rafael Albuquerque, a tale of a small town that tries to keep the nice local boy’s special gifts secret, and what happens when the media finds out. With contenders like Dark Knight III, Citizen Jack and The Goddamned it’s another tough choice but the Pick of the Month
goes to HUCK #1; I think this is going to be as strong as all of Millar’s work with the rare emotional sentiment that he displayed in Superior; he doesn’t do the more sensitive stories often but when he does, he does it well.
The ☻THOUGHT BUBBLE ANTHOLOGY 2015 is the fifth collection with all proceeds to benefit Barnados, one of the largest children’s charities in the UK and featuring stories by top creators including Jeff Lemire and Farel Dalrymple. Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey begin their second arc in the lavish anthropomorphic fantasy adventure ☻AUTUMNLANDS #7. LIMBO #1 is by Dan Watters and Casper Wijngaard described as a ‘surreal neon-noir series crossing 50’s pulp with an 80’s VHS aesthetic, drawing from the likes of Carpenter, Cronenberg and Lynch’. Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill write and Isaac Goodheart illustrates ☻POSTAL: FBI DOSSIER #1. Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios return with a new arc in ☻PRETTY DEADLY #6 and Joe (Shutter) Keatinge writes and Nick Barber draws ☻RINGSIDE #1, an ongoing series set within the world of professional wrestling exploring the relationship between art and industry from the view of the wrestlers themselves. ☻SAGA #31 begins a new arc as Hazel begins kindergarten. The ☻DOUBLE D: BOOK ONE OGN is written by Eddie Argos, lead singer and lyricist for classic rock band Art Brut and illustrated by Steven Horry, the tale of an overweight bully magnet who finds he can use his excess body mass to fuel super powers. Collected editions this month include ☻INVINCIBLE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, VOL. 10 HC, ☻MORNING GLORIES, VOL. 9 TP, SPREAD, VOL. 2: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE TP, ☻FATALE DELUXE EDITION, VOL. 2 HC, ☻SAVAGE DRAGON ARCHIVES, VOL. 5 TP, ☻WOLF, VOL. 1 TP, DEAD @ 17: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP, SPAWN RESURRECTION, VOL. 1 TP, the ☻BLACK SCIENCE PREMIERE HC: THE BEGINNERS’ GUIDE TO ENTROPY, DRIFTER, VOL. 2: THE WAKE TP, POSTAL, VOL. 2 TP, SONS OF THE DEVIL, VOL. 1 TP and ☻STRAY BULLETS, VOL. 4: DARK DAYS TP.
MARVEL: As you’ve probably heard Secret Wars has been expanded to a nine issue series which is scheduled to finish up in December now. However the ‘not a reboot’ launches in October with twenty new titles I told you about here last month. There are more than twenty new ones this month as well so here we go. The ☻ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #1 is by Mark Waid with art by Adam Kubert; Captain America, Vision, Thor and Iron Man are no longer members but they’ll show up to help out Nova, Ms Marvel and Miles Morales if needed. NOVA #1 features two Novas: Sam Alexander and his father, written by Sean Ryan with art by Cory Smith. The ALL-NEW X-MEN #1 is by Dennis Hopeless with Mark Bagley’s art and the team consists of Cyclops, Beast, Iceman, Angel, the all new Wolverine, Kid Apocalypse and Oya. SPIDER-WOMAN #1 is also written by Dennis Hopeless with artist Javier Rodriguez and Jessica is still a private investigator and a super hero but now she’s also a Mom. WEB WARRIORS #1 is written by Mike Costa with art by David Baldeon, this is the aftermath of Spider-Verse with Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Man India, Spider-UK, Spider-Ham and lots more Spider heroes. Sam Humphries writes and Javier Garron provides the art for ☻STAR-LORD #1 which will tell of the days before he was a Guardian, when he was NASA’s biggest burn out in astronaut school. ☻VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT #1 is by Robbie Thompson and Ariel Olivetti featuring Flash Thompson as the hero he’s always wanted to be; this should appeal to all the symbiote fans as well as those who miss Rom. ☻DRAX #1 will be written by wrestler CM Punk and Cullen Bunn with art by Scott Hepburn, it’s an Intergalactic Fight Club with the Destroyer on a mission of vengeance on the trail of Thanos. ☻ILLUMINATI #1 is by Joshua Williamson and Shawn Crystal, a team of villains led by The Hood and featuring Titania, the Mad Thinker, Thunderball, Black Ant and the Enchantress just trying to survive in a universe filled with super heroes. Gerry Duggan and Mike Hawthorne return to the rude, smelly and murderous fan favorite with DEADPOOL #1. The macho misogynist (no, he is definitely not gay or bisexual in the Marvel Universe) returns in HERCULES #1 by Dan Abnett and Luke Ross as the age old hero tries to function in the modern world. The ☻ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #1 is written by Tom Taylor with art by David Lopez and David Navarro as Laura Kinney, X-23 takes over for her late mentor. MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #1 is written by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare with art by Natacha Bustos. This isn’t the golden age Moon Girl who debuted in 1947 but a pre-teen super genius Inhuman who happens to have a large prehistoric pet. (I’m curious as to how she houses, feeds and deals with waste disposal for this pet.) AVENGERS VS INFINITY is a one shot with four stories by Joe Caramagna featuring Doctor Doom, Dracula and the Blood Brothers and the art is by Ron Lim and Wellington Alves. The UNCANNY AVENGERS ANNUAL #1 is written by James Robinson, the art is by Marc Laming and this is a supernatural adventure with Deadpool, Doctor Voodoo, Agatha Harkness and Nazi’s and the Emerald Warlock debuts. Jose Molina who writes Agent Carter for television writes ☻AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.1 with Simone Bianchi’s richly detailed artwork, the story taking place in Harlem and involving the Santerians. ☻CARNAGE #1 is written by Gerry Conway with art by Mike Perkins, the homicidal symbiote is being chased by the FBI as well as a reformed Eddie Brock/Toxin and military hero John Jameson but when he escapes into an abandoned coal mine would you follow? ☻SILK #1 is by Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee and, like a lot of Marvel characters she walks the line between hero and villain, currently in search of her missing family and teamed up with the Black Cat. The relaunch of Kamala Khan’s series comes with the expected price increase (from $2.99 to $4.99) but is still written by the incomparable G. Willow Wilson with art by Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona and ☻MS MARVEL #1 is now an Avenger. Frank Tieri writes and Luca Pizzari illustrates BLACK KNIGHT #1 with Dane Whitman in possession of the cursed sword which will no doubt take him to Weirdworld. ☻THE VISION #1 is by Tom King with art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta as the deadly construct builds himself a family in his quest to become human. THE ULTIMATES #1 is Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Ms America Chavez, Spectrum and the Blue Marvel written by Al Ewing with Kenneth Rocafort’s art and they go up against Galactus in their first adventure. The ☻ALL-NEW HAWKEYE #1 is the same team, Jeff Lemire and Ramón Pérez as the previous series so it should continue to be one of Marvel’s best titles. HOWARD THE DUCK #1, like Hawkeye is a relaunch with the same team as the previous series, so expect more of the same from Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones. The ☻MIGHTY THOR #1, again, is the same creator as the two previous series’ Thor and Thor: The God of Thunder, Jason Aaron, the art is by Russell Dauterman and Dr. Jane Foster still wields the hammer while battling cancer. SECRET WARS TOO #1 is a one shot with a bunch of short and humorous tales involving the Beyonders by ten creators including Jonathan Hickman, Sergio Aragones and Eric Powell.. SPIDER-GWEN #0 is a reprint of her first appearance from Edge of Spider-Verse #2 with bonus back matter. James Patterson’s young adult novels get their second volume adapted to comics with ☻MAX RIDE: ULTIMATE FLIGHT #1 OF 5 adapted by Jody Houser with art by R. B. Silva. ☻STAR WARS: VADER DOWN #1 is the first chapter of a six part cross over beginning in January with part two in DARTH VADER #13 and part three in STAR WARS #13 co-written by Jason Aaron and Kieron Gillen. As a lead in to the new Blade series there’s BLADE: UNDEAD BY DAYLIGHT, a hundred page one shot reprinting some of his classic stories. The second of the new OHotMU series (Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe) is the GUIDEBOOK TO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE-MARVEL’S INCREDIBLE HULK/MARVEL’S IRON MAN 2. In collected editions is offered the CIVIL WAR BOX SET SLIPCASE, the complete original series, eleven hard cover volumes (plus an exclusive poster) for five hundred bucks. There’s also the CIVIL WAR ILLUSTRATED PROSE NOVEL adapted from Mark Millar’s story and featuring artwork from the comics by Steve McNiven. And with DC‘s announcement of the Dark Knight III book, Marvel is bringing back into print some of Frank Miller’s best work with the DAREDEVIL BY FRANK MILLER & KLAUS JANSON OMNIBUS HC and, my personal favorite work of Miller’s, the ☻ELEKTRA BY FRANK MILLER OMNIBUS which collects Frank’s OGN Elektra Lives Again as well as the eight issue collaboration with Bill Sienkiewicz Elektra: Assassin; (if only they’d included Daredevil: Love and War it would’ve been perfect IMHO). The DEADPOOL CLASSIC OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC is over one thousand pages for a hundred and twenty five dollars; (I’m not sure why it’s not chronological but it begins with issues thirty four through sixty nine of the 1997 series). The INHUMAN HC collects the whole fourteen issue series plus the annual, all written by Charles Soule. Also offered is the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS TP, the WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN, VOL. 0-WARZONES TP, the MARVEL 1872 TP, the INFERNO: WARZONES! TP, the X-MEN: YEARS OF FUTURE PAST TP, the ☻ULTIMATE END TP, the M.O.D.O.K. ASSASSIN TP, the RUNAWAYS: BATTLEWORLD TP, the WEIRDWORLD, VOL. 0: WARZONES! TP, the STAR-LORD & KITTY PRYDE TP and the SPIDER-VERSE: WARZONES! TP, all of these being the limited series’ that are currently in progress as tie ins to the Secret Wars series. The ☻UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL, VOL. 2: SQUIRREL YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE TP collects issues five through eight, the SPIDER-GWEN, VOL. 0: MOST WANTED? TP collects her first appearance from Edge of Spider-Verse #2 plus the five issue limited series while the ☻MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN-ULTIMATE COLLECTION-BOOK 3 TP brings us up to date, other than the Ultimate End series. There’s also the DEADPOOL VS THANOS TP, (of which the first issue is due next Wednesday) and ☻DAREDEVIL, VOL. 4: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MATT MURDOCK TP bringing the collection right up to the latest issue. The STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: INFINITIES TP collects four of the alternate time lines, kind of ‘What If’ stories originally published by Dark Horse Comics and the third and final volume collecting one of Brian Michael Bendis’ best series is offered with ☻JESSICA JONES: ALIAS, VOL. 3 TP. And that’s what’s new from the Big Five publishers so here’s what the small press is up to.
INDEPENDENTS: Fans of Terry Moore’s work should like the ☻SIP (STRANGERS INPARADISE) KIDS COLLECTED EDITION TP from ABSTRACT STUDIOS with all four issues of the Peanuts like adventures of the series’ characters as children, suitable for all ages. JUST ANOTHER SHEEP #1 OF 5 is the coming of age story of a teen seeking the origin of his superhuman abilities in the late sixties whose quest gets derailed by the anti-war movement from ACTION LAB, written by Mat Heagerty with the art of J. D. Faith and, from their mature readers imprint, DANGER ZONE they launch TOMBOY #1 by writer/artist M. Goodwin described as Punisher meets Sailor Moon. ARCHIE offers ☻ARCHIE #4 by Mark (Kingdom Come) Waid and Annie (Hawkeye, Black Canary) Wu and ☻JUGHEAD #2 by Chip (Sex Criminals) Zdarsky and Erica (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) Henderson. Garth Ennis returns to one of his more disturbing creations at AVATAR PRESS with CROSSED: DEAD OR ALIVE #1 OF 2 with the intent of bringing Garth’s uncensored version of this series to the big screen; all proceeds will go towards this goal and there are lots of different covers in limited print runs. BENITEZ PRODUCTIONS offers the ☻LADY MECHANIKA TP VOL. 1: MYSTERY OF THE MECHANICAL CORPSE collecting the first series of this popular and beautifully illustrated Steampunk series. The ☻WE CAN NEVER GO HOME TP from BLACK MASK COMICS collects the sold out five issue series for under ten bucks. If you’re the type who plans ahead the SIMPSONS WINTER WINGDING #10 from BONGO COMICS would make a good stocking stuffer. And speaking of that approaching season of crass commercialism Grant Morrison writes ☻KLAUS #1 from BOOM! STUDIOS approaching the folk hero as a super hero in need of an origin story; with art by Dan Mora, Grant describes the series as ‘Santa Claus: Year One’. Newcomer Phillip Kennedy Johnson writes ☻THE LAST SONS OF AMERICA #1 OF 4 with artist Matthew Dow Smith, an interesting premise where a biological terrorist attack leaving American’s sterile brings about a huge demand for adopted children of third world countries, both legal and illegal. Their alternative imprint, BOOM! BOX has the LUMBERJANES: TO THE MAX EDITION HC with the first eight issues while their ARCHAIA imprint offers the ☻MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD HC, VOL. 3 and their all age imprint, KaBOOM! has the UNCLE GRANDPA TP, VOL. 1 as well as the AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL OGN, VOL. 1: FAIRY TALE TROUBLE. COMICMIX brings back to print the ☻GRIMJACK OMNIBUS TP, four hundred pages by John Ostrander and Timothy Truman of space mercenary for hire. It’s been more than two decades since he’s had a comic but, arriving two days before the new film DYNAMITE launches ☻JAMES BOND #1, a new ongoing series written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Jason Masters the story will go from Helsinki to London and Berlin. The new PATHFINDER: HOLLOW MOUNTAIN #1 OF 6 will contain a pull out poster map and official Pathfinder RPG bonus encounter. They also offer VAMPIRELLA #1969, a square bound one shot, and ☻CAGE HERO #1 OF 4 co-written by Kevin (TMNT) Eastman, Ian (MMA expert and former UFC Manager) Parker and Mark (MMA personality) Mastrandrea. New collections include the LEGENDERRY RED SONJA TP, PATHFINDER HC, VOL. 4: ORIGINS, BOB’S BURGERS: MEDIUM RARE TP and NEW VAMPIRELLA TP, VOL. 2: GOD SAVE THE QUEEN. DEVIL’S DUE now combined with FIRST COMICS offers SERVING SUPES #1, the tale of Cheech and Clive O’Huang, two guys dumb enough to have the job of serving summons to super powered people being sued. Out of print for more than three decades DOVER PUBLICATIONS offers the ☻NIGHT AND THE ENEMY GN, five stories written by legendary science fiction master Harlan Ellison and illustrated by Ken Steacy. FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS offers ☻ZAP COMIX #16 featuring all of the regulars plus Aline, some jam pages and the first color section the series has ever had; it’s for mature readers, of course and is priced at fourteen ninety five. 451 MEDIA launches SIX #1 OF 8 written by George (HBO’S The Wire) Pelecanos, adapted by Andrew Ewington and illustrated by Mack Chater this is a crime revenge story involving a Mexican cartel and a bunch of old Marine buddies. The company that brought the Overstreet Price Guide, known as the ‘comic shop bible’ these past few decades, GEMSTONE offers the OVERSTREET GUIDE TO COSPLAY in both hard and soft cover editions. Based on the UK science fiction film HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE solicits NARCOPOLIS: CONTINUUM #1 OF 4 written by Scott Ducall with art by Ralf Singh this is the story of a narcotic that takes the user on a trip through time. And they also offer ☻THREE FLOYDS: RISE OF THE ALPHA KING #1 OF 4 written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Simon Bisley; Three Floyds being the legendary brewery. ☻BLACK BAG #1 is an espionage thriller written by Chris Roberson with artwork by J. B. Bastos and published by LEGENDARY COMICS who also offer ☻COPS FOR CRIMINALS #1 by Steven Grant with Pete Woods’ art; when a federal agent is framed and convicted as a traitor he learns a new code of justice. The KRAMPUS: SHADOW OF SAINT NICHOLAS TP tells a new story based on the upcoming horror comedy film, but their big launch is ☻PACIFIC RIM: TALES FROM THE DRIFT #1 by Joshua Hale Fialkov with Marcos Marz’ art. New publisher LION HUDSON offers THE LION COMIC BOOK HERO BIBLE, a retelling of the Bible produced in the Marvel comic style with the Biblical heroes bearing superhero like personifications. Tom DeLonge, founder and frontman for Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves wrote and released a four issue comic series from MAGNETIC PRESS which is now collected as ☻POET ANDERSON: THE DREAM WALKER HC, about two slacker teens who find their ability for lucid dreaming offers wide possibilities as well as dangers. The collected edition includes the comic series plus pages of production art and info from the award winning animated short, an in depth interview with the creator and a CD soundtrack of songs by Angels & Airwaves. Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Gabo have been putting out a great series at ONI PRESS about a man, Jude, trapped in Purgatory where he was befriended by Ernest Hemingway. ☻EXODUS: THE LIFE AFTER #1 tells what happens next. RED 5 COMICS begins VERSUS #1 OF 5 by Paul Ens and David Ziebart with art by Glauco Silva set on a world where tropes have been battling for centuries, but the actions of Pirate and Ninja disrupt the equilibrium of all. SCOUT COMICS reissues a 25 year old one shot comic originally written by Stan Lee and published by Marvel, SOLARMAN #1. British publisher TITAN, beyond all of their Doctor Who titles this month offers ☻JOHNNY RED #1 OF 8; written by Garth Ennis with art by Keith Page these are war adventures featuring legendary British fighter ace, Johnny ‘Red’ Redburn. Also WAKFU #1 OF 8 brings Yugo and gang from the hit series into comics for the first time. Also, ☻SKYDOLL: DECADE GN collects the mature series that Marvel published under their Soleil imprint several years back, about a pleasure android who strives to be more. TOR BOOKS launches HERO HOURLY #1 OF 3 by James Patrick with art by Carlos Trigo, about superheroes with a time clock, bad pay, work politics and passive-aggressive bosses. A new ongoing series from VALIANT, ☻WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #1 is written by Robert Venditti with art by Raúl Allén. For those with a non-fiction bent VERSO publishes ☻RED ROSA: A GRAPHIC BIOGRAPHY OF ROSA LUXEMBURG GN, following Rosa from Jewish Poland, where she led a strike at age fifteen, was exiled at eighteen, founded the German Communist Party and led the German revolution of 1919, New publisher Z2 offers ☻CARVER: A PARIS STORY #1 written and illustrated in black and white by Chris Hunt with a variant cover and a back up story by Paul Pope telling gritty crime stories set in 1923. They also offer ☻HARVEY PEKAR’S CLEVELAND HC, with art by Joseph Remnant, this is on of the last of the late Pekar’s autobiographical works.
And that completes the comic book listings although there are also sections in the catalog featuring books, magazines, trading cards, apparel, novelties, toys, action figures and lots of imports that are available no where else so feel free to flip through the Previews next time you stop by and if there’s anything that you’d like just let me know and I’ll be happy to order it for you.
Upcoming shop events include:
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7TH! From ten until seven BEN MACKEY will be here to celebrate the release of SAINTS #1 from Image comics, written by award winning playwright and actor Sean Lewis and gorgeously illustrated by Ben Mackey, this will be a great and popular series and you can meet the artist and get your copy autographed! Ben has also generously offered to produce an original piece of art that YOU could own; we’ll have a silent auction for the piece with the proceeds appropriately going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31ST-HALLOWEEN! From ten until five we’ll be giving away free comics for Halloween while supplies last and we’ll have a bunch of great artists with big hearts who will provide free sketches, there will be a raffle, one dollar per chance to win action figures, graphic novels and more, there will be a silent auction where you can bid on original art from a group of generous and talented artists and all proceeds will benefit the TUCSON COMMUNITY FOOD BANK. (You can donate food if you’d like but the Food Bank is capable of buying about three times as much food for the same amount of money as you or I, so cash donations are greatly appreciated.)
Other upcoming events:
SEPTEMBER 4TH, 5TH & 7TH: SABOTEN CON This anime con has moved to the Sheraton in Phoenix this year and more info can be found at: http://www.sabotencon.com/
SEPTEMBER 26TH is officially BATMAN DAY! Here’s where DC Comics will be posting updates as we get closer: http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2015/06/25/batman-day-is-coming
SEPTEMBER 26TH & 27TH: CAR-CON 2015 This will be at the Tucson Expo Center on Irvington, will have vintage cars and comic book artists and dealers selling their wares. This is the first event these folks have put on; more info at their web site: http://www.tucsoncarcon.com/
NOVEMBER 6TH, 7TH & 8TH: TUCSON COMIC CONVENTION This will be held at the Tucson Convention Center as previous shows have been. The web site is here: http://www.tucsoncomic-con.com/ but at the time of writing this the site has no information about programming, registration or general admission posted, although I’ve heard that the price has increased.
I want to express my humble gratitude for the support that is constantly shown by the incredible artists and creators of Tucson (and elsewhere) to use their talents to help raise money for some wonderful charitable organizations, to sit and sketch for SEVEN STRAIGHT HOURS, FOUR TIMES A YEAR, to create pieces of original art and donate these physical manifestations of their years of study and practice and of their skill and passion to benefit total strangers they’ll most likely never meet.
And I would also like to thank the customers who support the shop, keeping the lights on here at the shop and keeping my family secure with food in the fridge and a roof over their heads. I’m immensely and eternally grateful to you all. I know that you could buy your comics via the internet and get them delivered to your door, probably at a discount, but you’ve chosen to support this small local business AND to turn out in droves to support the quarterly benefits-there’s no way that I can thank you enough.
See you soon!