September 2019 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

The September Previews catalog arrived on Wednesday, August twenty eighth. These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in November of 2019. I will try to point out the new and notable items that I think might interest you. If there’s anything that you’d like, please try to let me know by the twenty first of the month so I can be sure to have enough copies on hand to fill your requests and subscription orders. Don’t feel obligated to subscribe to a whole series; if you’d just like a copy of the first issue of a new series to try it out, let me know and I’ll be sure to put a copy aside for you. And, especially with DC, if you’d like a particular cover let me know and I’ll make it happen. And if it’s past the twenty first there’s still a very good chance that I’ll be able to place your order and still get the books you want.

IMAGE: The unbelievably prolific
Jeff (Gideon Falls, Ascender) Lemire with artist Phil (Green Arrow) Hester begins a horror adventure about the lengths a mother will go to in order to keep her children safe in FAMILY TREE #1. Scott (Wytches, Batman) Snyder and Charles (Curse Words) Soule write while Giuseppe (Amazing Spider-Man) Camuncoli and Daniele (Darth Vader) Orandini provide the artwork to UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #1, a dystopian tale of the near future in a nation, once the United States, that has been totally walled off from the rest of the world for three decades. Shawn (Mortal Kombat 11) Kittelsen and Eric (Eternal) Zawadzki launch HEART ATTACK #1, a super hero romance mystery as the gene therapy that has made us disease free has also given birth to ‘variants’, people with powers for whom the government has denied human rights. Television screenwriter Rodney (Wutang: An American Saga, American Gods) Barnes writes and Jason Shawn (Spawn) Alexander illustrates KILLADELPHIA #1, a supernatural crime story with vampires. Curt (Wyrd) Pires co-created OLYMPIA #1 OF 5 with his father, Tony Pires while the latter was undergoing cancer treatments, illustrated by Alex Diotto and Dee Cunniffe, a comedic and heartfelt love letter to the comics medium. The stellar team of Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso begin a new arc in the hit horror/crime series with MOONSHINE #13. The first six issues of the magic fantasy series is collected in EXCELLENCE, VOL. 1: KILL THE PAST TP. A neglected slice of American history, LA VOZ DE M.A.Y.O.: TATA RAMBO, VOL. 1 OGN tells the story of Ramon (Tata Rambo) Jaurigue, an orphan and WWII veteran who co-founded the Mexican, American, Yaqui and Others organization which lobbied the Tucson City Council to improve conditions for members of the Pascua Yaqui tribe. Created, researched and written by ‘Tata Rambo’s’ great grandson, Tucson’s own Henry Barajas and illustrated by J. Gonzo, this brilliant memoir is collected for the first time after a successful Kickstarter campaign. (I’m currently scheduling a signing event for this book for sometime in December with the author.) POSTAL: DELIVERANCE, VOL. 1 TP collects the latest four part by Bryan Hill with the kinetic art of Raffaele Ienco, the SECTION ZERO, VOL. 1 TP: THERE IS NO SECTION ZERO TP collects the six issues by Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett and the six part SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER TP is from Mark Millar and Simone Bianchi if you’d like to read it before it’s inevitable Netflix adaptation. Becky Cloonan’s one shot, BY CHANCE OR PROVIDENCE TP gets a new printing (although I do have the first printing in stock), DESCENDER: THE DELUXE EDITION, VOL. 2 HC collects the second half of Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s cosmic odyssey coming to film soon and Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans ongoing fantasy, DIE, VOL. 1: FANTASY HEARTBREAKER TP also gets a new printing (although I do have the first printing in stock). The IMAGE FIRSTS COMPENDIUM, VOL. 3 TP collects six first issues, close to three hundred pages priced under six dollars. MAN-EATERS, VOL. 3 TP completes the series, MIDDLEWEST, BOOK 2 TP has issues seven through twelve of Skottie Young and Jorge Corona’s fantasy adventure and issues ten through fourteen of Sean Kelley McKeever and Alexandre Tefenkgi’s OUTPOST ZERO, VOL. 3: THE ONLY LIVING THINGS TP. THE REALM, VOL. 3 TP continues Seth M. Peck and Jeremy Haun’s supernatural fantasy, REDNECK, VOL. 4: LONE STAR TP has issues nineteen through twenty four as the family leaves Texas for Mexico, the SUNSTONE BOOK ONE HC collects the first three trade paperbacks in a new printing and THE WARNING, VOL. 2 TP from Edward Laroche has six through ten of the science fiction story. THE BEAUTY #31 ends the series, FARMHAND #11 begins a third ‘season’, LAZARUS: RISEN #3 ends the first arc, OUTER DARKNESS #12 ends it’s second arc, POSTAL: DELIVERANCE #5 begins the second arc, Jason Aaron’s SEA OF STARS #5 completes the first tale as does SONATA #6, SPACE BANDITS #5 OF 5 ends the series with a double sized issue and UNEARTH #5 ends its first arc.

DARK HORSE: While ‘Elfquest: The Final Quest’ concluded the long running story of Cutter Kinseeker but the tale of Skywise, the stargazer elf continues as Wendy and Richard Pini write and Sonny Strait illustrates ELFQUEST: STARGAZER’S HUNT #1 OF 6. While the third arc has just completed, the first spin off, HAZEL AND CHA CHA SAVE CHRISTMAS: TALES FROM THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY is a one shot illustrated by Tommy Lee Edwards. Jeff Lemire’s BLACK HAMMER: 3 FOR $1.00 has the first issues of the original Black Hammer, Sherlock Frankenstein and Quantum Age so if you haven’t tried this wonderfully realized super hero universe, now is your chance; the release coincides with BLACK HAMMER/JUSTICE LEAGUE: HAMMER OF JUSTICE #5 OF 5. Sir Edward Grey returns in WITCHFINDER: THE REIGN OF DARKNESS #1 OF 5 by Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson and Christopher Mitten. Dennis (Burnouts) Culver and Justin (Stumptown) Greenwood begin CRONE #1 OF 5, described as equal parts Unforgiven and Xena: Warrior Princess, the reclusive ‘Sword Savior’ once know as Bloody Bliss answers the call for one final battle. The late legendary Joe Kubert’s opus, FAX FROM SARAJEVO TP returns to print, a true war story from Bosnia. ALIENS: RESCUE TP collects the four issue series by Brian Wood and THE WITCHER OMNIBUS TP collects the first limited series and a bunch of one shots in time for the Netflix series starring Henry Cavill. DISNEY FROZEN: TRUE TREASURE #1 OF 3 is a lead up to November’s film release of Disney Frozen 2 and WHAT’S MICHAEL? FATCAT COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP collects over five hundred pages, six trade paperbacks worth of Makoto Kobayashi’s popular manga cat scenarios and feline fantasies.

DC: Sean Murphy pens a one shot illustrated by Klaus Janson in BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT PRESENTS VON FREEZE #1 and the second offering from Joe Hill’s Hill House imprint, both under the Black Label begins THE DOLLHOUSE FAMILY #1 OF 6 with the main story written by Mike (Lucifer) Carey and illustrated by Peter (The Unwritten) Gross and Vince (Sandman) Locke and a backup from Joe Hill and Dan McDaid telling of Alice’s present for her sixth birthday, a beautiful 19th century dollhouse. FAR SECTOR #1 OF 12 is also under the Black Label and part of Gerard Way’s Young Animal imprint written by brilliant author N. K. (The Broken Earth and The Inheritance trilogies) Jemisin with Jamal (Naomi) Campbell’s art, a rookie Green Lantern, Sojourner ‘Jo’ Mullein deals with a murder mystery in the City Enduring, a metropolis of twenty billion at peace for over five centuries. gen:LOCK #1 OF 7 from Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing has Earth at war in space and the soldiers are five able to transfer their minds to mech suits, this is a spin off of the hit animated series Rooster Teeth. The GREEN LANTERN #85 FACSIMILE EDITION reprints the award winning story from 1971 where Ollie discovers his former sidekick Roy Harper is hooked on heroin. The 100 page giants available in mass market outlets last year will also be in comic shops going forward, each with brand new stories and classic reprint material with DC WAR GIANT #1 and CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS GIANT #1 debuting in November. Grant Morrison’s crazy run ends with issue twelve, moving on to GREEN LANTERN: DARKSTARS #1 OF 3 illustrated by Zermanico as the Green Lantern Corps is not only gone; they never existed. HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE MULTIVERSE #1 OF 6 comes from Tim Seeley and Dan Fraga as maybe Prince Keldor, the man who would be Skeletor might be the only one who can stop the devastation of multiple Eternia’s. Si Spurrier writes and Aaron Campbell illustrates JOHN CONSTANTINE: HELLBLAZER #1 under the Black Label. One shots spinning out of the Year of the Villain story include THE INFECTED: KING SHAZAM by Sina Grace and Joe Bennett and THE INFECTED: SCARAB #1 by Dennis Hopeless and Freddie E. Williams. The long awaited LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Ryan Sook is a brand new Legion requiring no previous knowledge of the team but still embracing the original ideals and concepts. As soon as this series was teased on social media I had a bunch of people add it to their subscriptions: THE QUESTION: THE DEATHS OF VIC SAGE #1 OF 4, forty eight page square bound issues from the Black Label imprint, the series will be written by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz. The one shot expansions of the Dark Nights: Metal saga continue in TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE: BLACKEST NIGHT #1 by Tim Seeley and Kyle Hotz and TALES FROM THE DARK MUTLIVERSE: INFINTE CRISIS #1 by James Tynion IV and Aaron Lopresti. Three new graphic novels for kids offered this month are DIANA, PRINCESS OF THE AMAZONS TP by Shannon and Dean (Princess Academy) Hale with Victoria Ying’s art, GREEN LANTERN: LEGACY TP by Minh (Drawn Together) Lê with art by Andie Tong introducing a new thirteen year old ring bearer and WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER TP adapted from Leigh Bardugo’s novel by Louise Simonson and Kit Seaton. The blood lust of Nora Fries won’t be satisfied with defeating her ex; as the first ice queen of Gotham she wants to take down the Dark Knight in DETECTIVE COMICS #1016 by Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke. The SUPERGIRL ANNUAL #2 by Robert Venditti and Laura Braga will tell of Kara’s last days on Krypton as the infection turns her to the ‘Supergirl Who Laughs’. Deluxe collections offered this month include the ABSOLUTE SWAMP THING BY ALAN MOORE, VOL. 2 HC, AQUAMAN, VOL. 2: AMNESTY HC, BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS, VOL. 2: ARKHAM KNIGHT HC, Howie Chaykin’s BLACKHAWK: BLOOD & IRON HC, the second half of Grant Morrison’s run in THE GREEN LANTERN, VOL. 2: THE DAY THE STARS FELL HC, GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH DELUXE EDITION HC with Geoff Johns first six issues and JUSTICE LEAGUE BY SCOTT SNYDER: DELUXE EDITION-BOOK ONE HC with one through thirteen plus the Drowned Earth connecting issues. MISTER MIRACLE BY STEVE ENGLEHART AND STEVE GERBER HC has all of the issues that followed Jack Kirby’s epic run, FAMOUS FIRST EDITION: NEW FUN #1 HC is a tabloid sized black and white reprint of the very first DC comic in celebration of their eighty fifth anniversary PROMETHEA DELUXE EDITION: BOOK TWO HC by Alan Moore and J. H. Williams III and SUPER FRIENDS: SATURDAY MORNING COMICS, VOL. 1 HC with more than five hundred pages of the regular series plus some ultra rare stories. SUPERMAN FOR TOMORROW: 15TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION HC has the twelve part story by Brian Azzarello and Jim Lee, SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN DELUXE EDITION HC has the six part tale by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank and the SUPERMAN/BATMAN OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC has over twelve hundred pages, the stories by Jeph Loeb and Mark Verheiden with art by Ed McGuinness, Michael Turner and Dustin Nguyen. TEEN TITANS/DEATHSTROKE: THE TERMINUS AGENDA HC has the six part cross over, WONDER WOMAN: THE WAR OF THE GODS OMNIBUS HC collects the whole saga and all of the tie ins from George Pérez and the WATCHMEN COMPANION HC which has the ‘Watching the Watchmen’ and ‘Taking Out the Trash’ game modules, the ‘Watchmen Sourcebook’, the ‘Who’s Who’ pages, the Question #19 and a page from DC Spotlight #1, the 1985 first appearance of the cast in print. Soft cover collections include AQUAMAN, VOL. 1: UNSPOKEN WATER TP with Kelly Sue DeConnick’s first arc, BATGIRL, VOL. 6: OLD ENEMIES TP by Marighread Scott, BATMAN, VOL. 11: THE FALL AND THE FALLEN TP with an alternate universe Thomas Wayne setting the stage for ‘City of Bane’, Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s BLACK ORCHID TP thankfully returns to print and the first half is collected in DIAL H FOR HERO, VOL. 1: ENTER THE HEROVERSE TP. The beautiful ‘artgerm’ one is followed by the DC POSTER PORTFOLIO BY JOSHUA MIDDLETON TP, forty two 12″ X 16″ heavy card stock pages suitable for framing with the variant covers from Aquaman, Batgirl and more priced under twenty five dollars. The FEMALE FURIES TP has the six issue series plus Kirby’s Mister Miracle #9 that inspired the series, THE GREEN LANTERN, VOL. 1: INTERGALACTIC LAWMAN TP has the first half of Morrison’s run, HARLEY QUINN & THE BIRDS OF PREY TP has six issues from various titles with Black Canary, Huntress, Renee Montoya and Cassandra Cain, HAWKMAN, VOL. 2: DEATHBRINGER TP has issues seven through twelve by Robert Venditti and Bryan Hitch, INJUSTICE 2, VOL. 6 TP has thirty one through thirty six plus the second annual and PEARL, VOL. 2 TP has the second arc from Bendis and Michael Gaydos in the Jinxworld imprint. SUPERGIRL, VOL. 2: SINS OF THE CIRCLE TP has Kara’s space adventures by Marc Andreyko and SWAMP THING: THE BRONZE AGE, VOL. 2 TP includes never before collected issues and the surviving script and art pages from the previously unpublished issue twenty five. New from DC Collectibles comes RED HOOD and AZRAEL ACTION FIGURES based on the nineties animated series for thirty dollars each.

IDW: Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman co-write the landmark double sized TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #100 which concludes the ‘City at War’ story. Stan Sakai celebrates the thirty fifth anniversary with USAGI YOJIMBO #6 by expanding his very first story, ‘The Goblin of Adachigahara’ from eight to twenty four pages and there’s also the USAGI YOJIMBO/RAGNARÖK JAM POSTER BY STAN SAKAI & WALTER SIMONSON-SIGNED, priced under twenty dollars, there are only five hundred prints. The STAR TREK: PICARD-COUNTDOWN #1 is the prequel to the new CBS television series. GLOW VS THE BABYFACE #1 OF 4 brings the wrestling women into a PR problem when they discover a homeless girl living under the ring. RISING SUN #1 is based on the game from Cmon and written by Ron Marz and David Rodriguez with art by Martin Cóccolo. Jim (Avengers) Zub writes and Max (Avengers) Dunbar illustrates DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: INFERNAL TIDES #1. IDW gets into the illustrated comic box market with their TRANSFORMERS and MY LITTLE PONY SHORT BOXES. James Asmus writes the MY LITTLE PONY HOLIDAY SPECIAL and the MARVEL ACTION CLASSICS: ANT-MAN one shot is forty pages of all age appropriate adventures. Tim Seeley writes and Meredith Laxton illustrates THE CROW: HARK THE HERALD one shot, a Christmas tale.

MARVEL: After the success of his House and Powers of X series, Jonathan Hickman will write the ongoing X-Men series solicited last month with Leinil Francis Yu’s artwork and he’ll also write the NEW MUTANTS #1 along with Ed Brisson, Rod Reis illustrates and the team consists of Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Karma, Magik and Cypher with new additions Chamber and Mondo as their first mission takes them to space with the Starjammers. Benjamin Percy will write and Joshua Cassar will illustrate the new X-FORCE #1 with the team being like a mutant CIA with Beast, Jean Grey and Sage providing intelligence and Kid Omega and Domino providing special ops skills. Bryan Edward Hill writes and Szymon Kudranski illustrates FALLEN ANGELS #1 featuring Psylocke, Cable, X-23 and Kwannon. ANNIHILATION: SCOURGE ALPHA #1 is a one shot teasing something bad in the Negative Zone that Nova, Silver Surfer, Beta Ray Bill and the Fantastic Four will investigate, written by Matthew Rosenberg and illustrated by Juanan Ramirez and ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #5 OF 5 ships along with the one shot ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: WEAPON PLUS #1, the one shot ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 and SCREAM: CURSE OF CARNAGE #1 launching a new ongoing series by Clay McCleod Chapman and Chris Mooneyham and VENOM #20 will be the final tie-in because now we’re moving onto 2099 beginning with AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #33, #34 and #35 by Nick Spencer and Pat Gleason and 2099 ALPHA #1 by Spencer and Viktor Bogdonovic. Gerry Duggan and Rogê Antônio provide the CONAN 2099 #1 one shot, Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson write and Matt Horak illustrates the PUNISHER 2099 #1 one shot and Karla Pacheco and Steven Cummings bring the FANTASTIC FOUR 2099 #1 one shot. Kelly Thompson writes and Chris Bachalo provides the art for this sixth DEADPOOL #1 as the merc fights kaiju on Staten Island. MORBIUS #1 will be by Vita Ayala and Marcelo Ferreira as biologist Michael Morbius believes he’s close to curing his vampirism. YONDU #1 OF 5 will be written by Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson with John McCrea’s art as he tries to sell a dangerous weapon and mayhem ensues. I know several customers who will be happy to hear that PUNISHER SOVIET #1 OF 6 will be under the long absent Max imprint and will be by Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows. MARVEL TALES: DOCTOR STRANGE #1 is an eighty page one shot with a story from the fifties, one from the sixties and one from the eighties. The BLACK CAT ANNUAL #1 by Jed Mackay and Javier Pina teases the wedding of Felicia and Peter (but if they were actually getting married you know that Marvel would have hyped the story for months). SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: DOUBLE TROUBLE #1 of 4 will be written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Gurihiru, with a Freaky Friday mind swap plot. GHOST RIDER #2 has the inevitable Johnny versus Danny fight. FANTASTIC FOUR: NEGATIVE ZONE #1 is a one shot with one of Reed’s old experiments gone awry by Mike Carey and Stefano Caselli plus a back up by Ryan North and Steve Uy with an adventure featuring the new Baxter Building residents, the Fantastix. Jason Aaron writes and Dale Keown guest pencils AVENGERS #26 for the origin of the original Starbrand, one of the Avengers of one million B.C., continuing into AVENGERS #27 with art by Ed McGuinness as Black Widow joins the team. CAPTAIN MARVEL #12 begins a new arc by Kelly Thompson and Lee Garbett as Carol is tasked to kill the Avengers. The UNCANNY X-MEN #266 FACSIMILE EDITION reprints Gambit’s first appearance while the TOMB OF DRACULA #10 FASCIMILE EDITION reprints the first appearance of Blade. UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #50 is the final issue of the series; of course there will be a new series starting soon. DAREDEVIL #13 by Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto begins a new arc and, IMHO Chip has been doing some of the best writing at Marvel the past couple years. The events in MAGNIFICENT MS MARVEL #9 ‘will change Ms Marvel forever’, in GWENPOOL STRIKES BACK #4 OF 5 Gwen is wielding Mjolnir and in IRONHEART #12 Riri ‘faces her own past and things will never be the same’. STAR WARS #75 will be the final issue of the series. Deluxe collections start off with HOUSE OF X/POWERS OF X HC, the twelve issues, just over three hundred pages in an oversize format priced at fifty dollars, then MARVEL COMICS 1000 HC has the eighty page special, issue #1001 plus bonus material. CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER-MARVEL SELECT HC collects Captain America (2004) issues one through nine and eleven through fourteen and the MARVELS 25th ANNIVERSARY HC has everything from the original plus the Epilogue plus all variant covers from the recent remastered editions. The AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI OMNIBUS, VOL. 2 HC has over eleven hundred pages, as did the first volume, POWER PACK CLASSIC OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC has most every comic and appearance that the team ever had, great story telling for the younger fans. The X-MEN: CHILDREN OF THE ATOM, BOX SET SLIPCASE set has the complete sixties through the seventies adventures, eleven hard cover books, an exclusive poster in a slipcase the size of a small comic storage box, of thirty six hundred pages priced at five hundred dollars. MARVEL MASTERWORKS: DAZZLER, VOL. 1 HC has her earliest appearances in the X-Men and Amazing Spider-Man plus the entire thirteen issue run of her series. Softcover collections include MARVEL VISIONARIES: JOHN ROMITA, JR. TP, MARVEL VISIONARIES: CHRIS CLAREMONT TP and MARVEL MONOGRAPH: THE ART OF ED McGUINNESS TP, picking the best works of these creators. THANOS: ZERO SANCTUARY TP collects the six issues by Tini Howard and Ariel Olivetti. AVENGERS BY JASON AARON, VOL. 4: WAR OF THE REALMS TP with issues eighteen through twenty one, DAREDEVIL BY CHIP ZDARSKY, VOL. 2: NO DEVILS, ONLY GOD TP with six through ten, BLACK PANTHER, BOOK 8: THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA, PART THREE TP with thirteen through eighteen, CHAMPIONS BY JIM ZUB, VOL. 2 TP with seven through eleven and DEAD MAN LOGAN, VOL. 2: WELCOME BACK, LOGAN TP with seven through twelve (Sooner or later we will have a new Wolverine series, right?) FANTASTIC FOUR: GRAND DESIGN TP collects the two issues in the tabloid size format plus a reprint of Fantastic Four #1 is included. FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN, VOL. 2: HOSTILE TAKEOVERS TP collects seven though fourteen of the story as well told by Tom Taylor, IRONHEART, VOL. 2: TEN RINGS TP has issues seven through twelve and MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR, VOL. 8: YANCY STREET LEGENDS TP with forty two through forty seven. The SILVER SURFER BLACK TREASURY EDITION TP collects Donny Cates and Tradd Moore’s five part story in a tabloid size format priced under thirty dollars. JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER-ALLEGIANCE TP has the four part limited series by Ethan Sacks and Luke Ross, the MS MARVEL TEAM-UP TP has the six issues teaming Kamala Khan and Carol Danvers, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN, VOL. 2: OTTO-MATIC TP has issues seven through twelve and STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA, VOL. 6: UNSPEAKABLE REBEL SUPERWEAPON TP has issues thirty two through thirty six. The AVENGERS/DEFENDERS WAR TP returns to print as does Jo Duffy’s eight part series from nineteen eighty seven with X-MEN: FALLEN ANGELS TP. DEATH’S HEAD: CLONE DRIVE collects the four part currently in progress, LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD-THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP has all seventeen issues of his series plus the five part Original Sin story, IRON MAN: INVINCIBLE ORIGINS TP reprints Season One by Howard Chaykin and Gerald Parel while X-MEN: SUMMERS AND WINTER TP has stories focusing on Hope, Nathan, Rogue and Gambit. X-MEN CLASSIC: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 2 TP his issues twenty four through forty four including the expansive back up stories, X-MEN: RELOAD BY CHRIS CLAREMONT, VOL. 2-HOUSE OF M TP concludes Chris’ final Uncanny X-Men run and X-MEN MILESTONES: PHALANX COVENANT TP returns to print. Their ‘Epic’ books collect big chronological arcs and this month they offer X-FORCE EPIC COLLECTION: X-CUTIONER’S SONG TP, the second X-Force volume, DEFENDERS EPIC COLLECTION: THE END OF ALL SONGS TP, the ninth Defenders volume and the AVENGERS EPIC COLLECTION: THE GATHERERS STRIKE! TP, the twenty fourth Avengers collection. SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN: LO, THIS MONSTER TP has a retelling of the origin, AVENGERS VS FANTASTIC FOUR TP with stories from the sixties through the oughts, M.O.D.O.K.: HEAD TRIPS TP is a big collection of M.O.D.O.K. Tales while TIGRA: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP requires no description. The smaller format books for middle school readers include ADVENTURES OF SPIDER-MAN: RADIOACTIVE GN, UNCANNY ORIGINS: MYTH & MAGIC GN and THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL: POWERS OF A SQUIRREL GN.

DYNAMITE: Ethan (Old Man Hawkeye) Sacks writes KISS: ZOMBIES #1 with Rodney Buchemi’s art, although Kiss; The End coincided with their final tour and was meant to be their final comic series, they’re going one more with the band as the undead. They also offer KISS: THE END TP and KISS DELUXE ULTRA-PREMIUM TRADING CARDS. With a new era of popularity due to the hit television series THE BOYS OMNIBUS, VOL. 5 is offered, the first three are available in signed and remarked editions and they have some related novelties like a trading card series and THE BOYS COLLECTIBLE HOMELANDER $2 BILL, an authentic US bill recolored with added comic art and a Certificate of Authenticity priced at forty dollars.

BOOM! STUDIOS: FOLKLORDS #1 OF 5
is written by Matt (Grass Kings, Black Badge) Kindt with art by Matt (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.) Smith exploring the line between fantasy and reality. HEARTBEAT #1 OF 5 is a dark high school drama, violent and decadent written and illustrated by Maria (Faithless) Llovet. The BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, SEASON 11 LIBRARY EDITION HC is designed to fit well with the previous editions published by Dark Horse; this collects issues one through twelve with bonus material. Their Boom! Box imprint begins B.B. FREE #1, a adventure of growth and destiny by Gabby (Marvel’s America) Rivera with debuting artist Royal Dunlap. An all new story set in Lev Grossman’s fantasy world, THE MAGICIANS #1 OF 5 is adapted by Lilah Sturges and illustrated by Pius Bak from their Archaia imprint.

INDEPENDENTS: A relatively new publisher who appears to have a good editorial knowledge of the industry, ABLAZE brings UN/SACRED #1, the first work of creator Mirka (Unnatural) Andolfo. (Last month they offered the first issue of THE CIMMERIAN: QUEEN OF THE BLACK COAST adapting the original, uncensored tales of Robert E. Howard for mature readers only and the first issue of VAMPIRE STATE BUILDING written and illustrated by Charlie (Walking Dead) Adlard.) ACTION LAB releases MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG AND CAT NOIR, SEASON 2, VOL. 10 and VOL. 11 TPs priced under nine dollars each. No new series’ launching this month but AFTERSHOCK has new collected editions including Tim Seeley’s DARK RED, VOL. 1: THE FORGOTTEN MAN TP, Marguerite Bennett’s ANIMOSITY: YEAR TWO HC, Donny Cates BABYTEETH, VOL. 3: CRADLE TP and ROUGH RIDERS: LOCK STOCK AND BARREL HC with the complete series, all three volumes by Adam Glass and Patrick Oliffe featuring Harry Houdini, Annie Oakley, Jack Johnson, Thomas Edison and more. THE DRAGONFLY AND DRAGONFLYMAN #1 OF 5 from AHOY COMICS is a prequel to The Wrong Earth by Tom Peyer and Peter Krause. AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY has a one shot CASPER’S CLASSIC CHRISTMAS #1 with Wendy and Hot Stuff. ANOMALY has the ‘how to’ book ANOMALY PRODUCTIONS PRESENT COMIC BASICS; priced under ten dollars it features tips, tricks and techniques from professionals Brian Haberlin, Jay Anacleto and Whilce Portacio with a free downloadable app. ARCHIE COMICS begins COSMO THE MIGHTY MARTIAN #1 OF 5 by Ian Flynn and Tracy Yardley along with new collections SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH, VOL. 1 TP and RIVERDALE: SEASON 3 TP. The Wachowski’s BURLYMAN ENTERTAINMENT releases DOC FRANKENSTEIN: THE POST MODERN PROMETHEUS HC with the complete six issue series plus sixty four first time in print pages, written by Larry and Lana Wachowski with the artwork of Steve Skroce as well as THE MATRIX COMICS: 20TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION HC with art by Geoff Darrow and others. Three all age books from DRAWN & QUARTERLY include LITTLE LULU, VOL.1: WORKING GIRL HC with John Stanley’s early feminist strips, THE BOOK ABOUT MOOMIN, MYMBLE AND LITTLE MY HC with die cuts on every page bringing Tove Jansson’s nineteen fifties classic to a new generation, and YELLOW YELLOW HC by Frank Asch and Mark Alan Stamaty, a boy in a gritty urban landscape wandering the sidewalks in a found yellow construction hat. The J & K HC from John Pham at FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS follows a couple of idiots navigating the modern world, like Seinfeld meets Peanuts and, as Jay and Kay reference pop culture ephemera, the artifacts are included as extras and inserts to the book. FANTOONS has the FRANK ZAPPA COLORING BOOK TP, seventy two pages of all new illustrations celebrating the musician, futurist and innovator. The GRAPHIC IMAGING TECHNOLOGIES company offers the VALIANT CLASSIC DIGITAL COMIC BOOK COLLECTION: 1992-2000 with 695 comics, the total output on a 32GB flash drive for seventy five dollars and the VALIANT COMPLETE DIGITAL COMIC BOOK COLLECTION: 2012-2018, 592 digital comics for sixty dollars. MAD CAVE STUDIOS offers RVP #1 OF 5 by Ben Goldsmith and Travis Mercer where Velveteen, a former assassin on the run for years, has decided to take the battle back to the organization that took her family. Joel Christian Gill writes and illustrates his memoir, chronicling his coming of age as a Black child on rough city streets and foreboding backwoods in the FIGHTS GN from ONI PRESS who also have RICK & MORTY PRESENTS: UNITY #1, a one shot by Tini Howard and Marco Mazzarello. Salvador Sanz writes and illustrates ANGELA DELLA MORTE #1 from RED 5, a spy who puts her soul into dead hosts, if Death doesn’t catch her soul during the transfer and MACHINE GIRL #1 by Matts and Sertio Monjes, with a young human girl battling aliens and obsessing with the long forgotten planet Earth. WRETCHES #1 from SCOUT COMICS is by James E. Roche and Salo Farias, a science fiction survival story with two siblings alone on a lifeless planet hunting and killing sentient robots for profit. BECOMING RBG: RUTH BADER GINSBURG’S JOURNEY TO JUSTICE from SIMON & SCHUSTER is a biography for young readers available in either hard or soft cover editions. Three new first issues from SOURCE POINT PRESS this month: OGRES #1 by Bob Salley and Shawn Daley with dwarves and young ogres in a fantasy world of decaying times for mystical creatures, TOUCHING EVIL #1 written and illustrated by Dan Doughtery where an attorney acquires the ability to kill anyone with a touch, but only if they’re evil, and THE MISPLACED #1 by Chris Callahan, a supernatural tale discussing existence, eternity and the afterlife. In JOHN CARPENTER’S TALES OF SCIENCE FICTION: REDHEAD #1 from STORM KING Marnie Young has a seizure one day and when she wakes in a hospital room she finds that anyone who comes withing three feet of her dies instantly, written by crime writer Duane Swierczynski with art by Jason Felix. British publisher TITAN COMICS has the DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR HOLIDAY SPECIAL #1 OF 2 written by Jody Houser. The MEDIEVIL HC has an all new story coinciding with the new PS4 remake due in October. Their MINNIONS: PAELLA #1 OF 2 is a new series featuring silent strips for all ages. The METRO GN from TOONHOUND is written by Cullen Bunn and Brian Quinn with Walter Flanagan’s artwork, the story of Hunter Murphy who dies of an overdose in a NYC back alley and awakes in the City Morgue with no memories, but an innate knowledge of the city. FOR REAL #1 from UNCIVILIZED COMICS is written and illustrated by Eisner nominated James (7 Miles a Second) Romberger, a tribute to Jack Kirby by melding his cancer diagnosis with his experiences during WWII. VALIANT relaunches RAI #1 (OF 10) by Dan (Guardians of the Galaxy) Abnett and Juan José (X-O Manowar) Ryp. VAULT has two first issues: BLACK STARS ABOVE by Lonnie Nadler and Jenna Cha set in 1887 where a young fur trapper gets lost in a winter wilderness that harbors a sinister cosmic threat and HEIST, OR HOW TO STEAL A PLANET #1 by Paul Tobin and Arjuna Susini about a planet of the worst people in the galaxy which the government doesn’t know what to do with, but some thieves decide to steal it. The HEART OF DARKNESS HC GN from WW NORTON is a haunting portrait of colonialism in Africa from writer/artist Peter Kuper. New ZUIKER PRESS releases ACTIVIST: A STORY OF THE MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS SHOOTING HC GN written by survivor Lauren Elizabeth Hogg and illustrated by Don Hudson as well as IDENTITY: A STORY OF TRANSITIONING HC GN written by Corey Maison, born a girl trapped in a boy’s body and illustrated by Ahmara Smith, both ninety six pages and priced under thirteen dollars. ZENESCOPE begins ROBYN HOOD: VIGILANTE #1 OF 6 and offers their GRIMM FAIRY TALES 2019 HOLIDAY SPECIAL as well as their GRIMM FAIRY TALES: 2019 ARMED FORCES EDITION one shot. In MANGA comes SCARLET SOUL, VOL. 1 GN by Italian creator Kira Yukishiro, a fantasy series in the International Women of Manga collection from TOKYOPOP. The TRANSFORMERS: A VISUAL HISTORY HC from VIZ MEDIA features behind the scenes production sketches, beautifully polished final art and everything in between and there’s also a limited edition with a collector’s box and five exclusive art prints. LEVIUS EST GN, VOL. 1 by Haruhisa Nakata is set in the nineteenth century with cybernetically enhanced fighters, a new entry point into the Netflix anime. KODANSHA has the MAGIC KNIGHT RAYEARTH 25TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET with the three volumes of manga plus the rare full color art book companion in a larger format embossed with gold foil, all by the legendary Clamp team. And TALES OF BERSERIA, VOL. 1 GN by Nobu Aonagi and Bandai is a prequel to the Tales of Zestiria series. SEVEN SEAS offers the DIRTY PAIR OMNIBUS GN, for the first time in English the retelling of the first light novel.

There are more sections in the monthly Previews catalog with games and tee shirts, toys and statues, cards and collectibles that I’m happy to order for you, so please feel free to look through the catalog when you stop by. And, each month I try to pick one new title as the best offering and, as usual there are several contenders including Jeff Lemire’s FAMILY TREE #1, Charles Soule and Scott Snyder’s UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #1 and Henry Barajas’ LA VOZ DE M.A.Y.O.: TATA RAMBO, VOL. 1 TP from Image, the HAZEL AND CHA CHA SAVE CHRISTMAS: TALES FROM THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY #1 one shot from Dark Horse, BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT PRESENTS VON FREEZE #1 one shot and N. K. Jemisin’s FAR SECTOR #1 OF 12 from DC, the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #100 from IDW, Garth Ennis’ PUNISHER SOVIET #1 from Marvel Max, Matt Kindt’s FOLKLORDS #1 OF 5 from Boom! Studios and Mirka Andolpha’s UN/SACRED #1 from Ablaze but my Pick of the Month
for September has to be Jeff Lemire with Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz’ QUESTION: THE DEATHS OF VIC SAGE #1 OF 4.

Thank you all for reading, thank you all for your friendship and thank you for supporting not only the shop but the quarterly benefits. I hope you’ll all mark you calendars and participate in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital benefit on Saturday, the twenty sixth of October which is also the Halloween Comic Fest 2019. You can follow along with the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/368181824104552/?active_tab=discussion

See you in the funny pages,

Peace,

Charlie

    Some of the codes and abbreviations that I use are: HC (hard cover), TP (trade paperback), SC (soft cover), GN (graphic novel), OGN(original graphic novel-not a reprint or collection), MMPB (mass market paperbacks), AF (action figure), T/C trading cards, T/S (tee shirt) and (to denote an excellent writer, creator or title deserving wider recognition in my humble opinion).

    Besides the monthly Previews catalog there is also an ‘Adult Supplement’ which showcases the ‘adults only’ comics, books and videos. If you are interested in seeing what’s available (and you’re over eighteen) just send me an email and I will send you this month’s adult catalog with images, descriptions and prices.

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