September 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

The September Previews catalog arrives on Wednesday, August twenty-ninth. I’ll do my best to get this to you as soon as possible. These solicitations are for comics and products that will begin shipping in November of 2018. 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 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: David Walker and Chuck Brown write BITTER ROOT #1 with Sanford Greene’s artwork, a supernatural tale set in Harlem in the twenties, Walker and Greene previously worked together on the Power Man and Iron Fist series at Marvel. OUTER DARKNESS #1 is by John (Chew) Layman with Afua (Immortal Iron Fist) Chan’s art, a science fiction horror story with hauntings and demonic possession in space. Keith Giffen returns to creator owned work with AUNTIE AGATHA’S HOME FOR WAYWARD RABBITS #1 OF 6; illustrated by Benjamin Roman, Agatha and her niece run a shelter for damaged and dysfunctional rabbits threatened by a wealthy businessman who wants to tear it down. Written and illustrated by popular Brazilian creator Arabson and translated by James Robinson ELISABETH DUMN AGAINST THE DEVILS IN SUITS tells of independent and rebellious Elisabeth trying to make her own way; unfortunately, her father has sold her soul to the Devil and he’s come to collect; this is a one-shot priced under six dollars. MIDDLEWEST #1 begins an ongoing series by Skottie (I Hate Fairyland) Young and Jorge (Feathers) Corona with young adventurer Abel crossing a land full of hidden magics in an effort to reconcile his families’ history. WARNING #1 begins when an enormous machine appears in a west coast city prompting a multinational combat brigade to engage the extraterrestrial threat, written and illustrated by Edward Larouche. The WICKED + DIVINE FUNNIES is a one shot where every ninety years the gods are reborn as dogs, some fun before the final arc begins. The 24 PANELS TP is an anthology to benefit the PTSD needs of the survivors of last years’ Grenfell fire in West London that killed seventy-two people; with twenty-four stories, none more than twenty-four panels each, creators include Alan Moore, Melinda Gebbie and many more. Some new collections include CRUDE TP, VOL. 1 with the first six issues of Steve Orlando and Garry Browns ‘bone shattering account of murder, masculinity and mayhem’, a new edition of DEADLY CLASS TP, VOL. 1 with a media tie-in cover, the FLAVOR, VOL. 1 TP with issues one through six of Joe Keatinge and Wook Jin Clarke’s foodie fantasy adventure, the INJECTION DELUXE EDITION HC, VOL. 1 has the first three volumes of Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey’s science fiction tale of five who poisoned the world and then tried to save it, and the OUTPOST ZERO TP, VOL. 1 by Sean Kelly McKeever and Alexandre Tengfenki, a coming-of-age and survival story in outer space. The RAT QUEENS DELUXE EDITION HC, VOL. 2 has one through ten plus the Orc Dave Special plus extras from volume two of the series, the REALM TP, VOL. 2 has six through ten of Seth Peck and Jeremy Haun’s orc hunting fantasy with the Spider King and Dave Lapham’s visceral crime series STRAY BULLETS: SUNSHINE & ROSES TP, VOL. 3 collects issues seventeen through twenty-four; not for the weak of heart. Brian Maruca and Jim Rugg’s latest original graphic novel continues the adventures of America’s first homeless hero in the STREET ANGEL VS NINJATECH HC, Stejpan Sejic releases the SUNSTONE OGN, VOL. 6, an adult love story between two women involving bondage and submission and Mirka Andolfo’s brilliant tale of illegal love between species in the UNNATURAL, VOL. 1 TP: AWAKENING. After a hiatus LOW #20 returns beginning a new seven-part-story and this is the month that coincides with the fifteenth anniversary of the Walking Dead so there are two new tee shirt designs and a whole bunch of new cloisonné pins, and a tee shirt featuring the logo from Kirkman’s new, ultra-violent Die, Die, Die series.

    DARK HORSE: Although Joss Whedon has moved his Serenity comics to a new publisher, he hasn’t abandoned Dark Horse; DR. HORRIBLE: BEST FRIENDS FOREVER #0 is a time travel tale with Captain Hammer illustrated by Josep Maria Beroy and others. WILLIAM GIBSON: ALIEN 3 #1 begins the adaptation of the screenplay by the author of Neuromancer featuring Hicks, Bishop, Newt and Ripley and illustrated by Johnnie Christmas. The PROBLEM OF SUSAN AND OTHER STORIES HC is from author Neil Gaiman with artists P. Craig Russell, Scott Hampton and Paul Chadwick and CRIMSON LOTUS #1 OF 5 is a new entry to the Mignolaverse as Lobster Johnson’s greatest adversary gets a back story, written by Mignola and John Arcudi and illustrated by Mindy Lee and Michelle Madsen. Also, from the Mignolaverse this month comes HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D. 1956 #1 of 5, JOE GOLEM: THE DROWNING CITY #3 OF 5 and WITCHFINDER TP, VOL. 5: GATES OF HEAVEN. LIGHTSTEP #1 OF 5 written and illustrated by Milos Slavkovic begins an epic science fiction tale where royalty lives on accelerated ‘lightstepped’ worlds where a single day is a lifetime on a normal planet. Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s super hero epic continues in BLACK HAMMER TP, VOL. 3: AGE OF DOOM, PART I and Rafer Roberts and Kristen Gudsnuk’s first arc is collected in the MODERN FANTASY TP. A new story set in the world of Sony’s hit video game will be written by Chris Roberson and illustrated by Tony Parker and Dan Jackson with GOD OF WAR #1 OF 4 and Ethan Young’s WWII tale of the Chinese capital’s reaction to the seizure by the Imperial Japanese Army is told in the NANJING TP: THE BURNING CITY, winner of the 2016 Ruben Award for Best Graphic Novel.

    DC: The ‘Sink Atlantis’ story that crossed through Aquaman and Suicide Squad rolls into the ‘Drowned Earth’ tale which begins in JUSTICE LEAGUE/AQUAMAN: DROWNED EARTH #1 and continues through AQUAMAN #42, JUSTICE LEAGUE #11 and #12 and concludes in the AQUAMAN/JUSTICE LEAGUE: DROWNED EARTH #1, five chapters across five weeks by James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder and Dan Abnett with art by Howard Porter, Francis Manapul, Lan Medina and Frazer Irving. AMERICAN CARNAGE #1 begins a new, mature ongoing crime series written by Bryan Hill and illustrated by Leandro Fernandez featuring a disgraced FBI agent attempting redemption by infiltrating a white supremacist group. The DC NUCLEAR WINTER SPECIAL #1 has ten tales to make the post-apocalyptic wasteland of 2018 more bearable with a host of top writers and favorite characters. Steve Orlando writes, and Travel Foreman illustrates ELECTRIC WARRIOR #1 OF 6, set in the Cosmic Dark Age where, to prevent galactic war each coalition sends their top warrior who forsakes their personal life for galactic peace. GREEN LANTERN #1 will be written by Grant (All Star Superman) Morrison and illustrated by Liam (Brave and the Bold: Batman & Wonder Woman) Sharp with Hal Jordan investigating an inter-galactic conspiracy that may rock the multiverse. (Depending on interest, I may host a midnight release for the launch of this one.) Geoff Johns writes, and Dale Eaglesham provides the art for SHAZAM #1, the first series with these characters set in the DCU in over two decades. The SUICIDE SQUAD: BLACK FILES #1 OF 6 will run two stories back to back throughout the series, one being ‘Revenge of Kobra’ by Mike W. Barr and Phillippe Briones where the Task Force X member is stalking Katana, the other being ‘Task Force Black’ by Jai Nitz and Scot Eaton with an expendable team of dark arts masters to hunt down the rogue Sebastian Faust. WONDER WOMAN #58 brings a new story, ‘The Just War’ and a new creative team with G. Willow (Ms Marvel) Wilson writing and Cary Nord illustrating. FLASH #58 begins ‘Force Quest’ as Barry, no longer the fastest, travels the planet to learn the history of the ‘Strength’, ‘Sage’ and ‘Still’ forces. The INJUSTICE 2 ANNUAL #2 ends the series as it segues into and sets up the Injustice 2 video game. Dan Abnett and Jack Herbert begin ‘Die Another Snow Day’ in SILENCER #11 and ‘Squad on Trial’ begins in SUICIDE SQUAD #48 when Amanda wakes up in prison with a brain bomb in her head. Dan Abnett with Minkyu Jung starts ‘Marooned’ in TITANS #29 as the team finds themselves lost in space in the aftermath of the battles of ‘Drowned Earth’ and, in UNEXPECTED #6 by Steve Orlando and Ronan Cliquet the most important tombstone in the DCU appears along with another shocking last page reveal. Deluxe collections this month include ANIMAL MAN BY GRANT MORRISON HC, BOOK ONE-30TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION with the first ten issues plus a story from Secret Origins, BATMAN/SUPERMAN: SILVER AGE OMNIBUS HC, VOL. 2 collects issues one-seventeen to one-fifty-eight of World’s Finest Comics, BATMAN REBIRTH DELUXE COLLECTED HC, BOOK THREE has issues thirty-three through forty-four plus the second annual and the CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS COMPANION DELUXE EDITION HC gathers the rest of the tie-ins and reverberations. DEATH & RETURN OF SUPERMAN OMNIBUS HC gets a new printing, HARLEY LOVES JOKER BY PAUL DINI HC collects the back-up stories and the two issue series set in Harley’s earliest days in the DCU and the LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN JUBILEE EDITION HC adds the third Black Dossier volume, complete with 3-D section and glasses to the first two volumes in a seventy-five dollar volume by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill. Brian Michael Bendis’ first ten issues are collected in the ABSOLUTE SCARLET HC from the Jinxworld imprint with art by Alex Maleev, the SHAZAM: POWER OF HOPE HC has Paul Dini and Alex Ross’ fully painted origin and adventure and the SUPERMAN/SHAZAM: FIRST THUNDER DELUXE EDITION HC collects the four issue series by Judd Winick and Joshua Middleton where the Man of Steel meets Earth’s Mightiest Mortal for the first time. New soft cover collections include AQUAMAN TP, VOL. 6: KINGSLAYER with issues thirty-four through thirty-eight, BATGIRL TP, VOL. 4: STRANGE LOOP has eighteen through twenty-four, BATMAN BEYOND TP, VOL. 4: TARGET BATMAN has twenty through twenty-four and BATMAN TP, VOL. 8: COLD DAYS with fifty-one through fifty-seven. BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS, VOL. 8: ON THE OUTSIDE TP collects nine-eighty-two through nine-eighty-seven, the BATMAN: EUROPA TP has the four issue series written by Matteo Casali and Brian Azzarello with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Jim Lee where only the Joker can help Batman defeat an incurable virus and the BATMAN/THE SHADOW: THE MURDER GENIUSES TP has the six issue tale by Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando illustrated by Riley Rossmo from a partnership with Dynamite Entertainment. CAVE CARSON HAS AN INTERSTELLAR EYE TP has the six issues by Jon Rivera and Michael Avon Oeming, THE CURSE OF BRIMSTONE, VOL. 1: INFERNO TP has Justin Jordan and Philip Tan’s first six issues and DC MEETS HANNA-BARBERA, VOL. 2 TP has the four one shot mash ups from several months ago: Aquaman/Jabberjaw, Black Lightning/Hong Kong Phooey, Flash/Speed Buggy and Super Sons/Dynomutt. DOOM PATROL, VOL. 2: NADA TP has Gerard Way’s issues seven through twelve (although twelve hasn’t shipped yet), the FLASH, VOL. 8: FLASH WAR TP collects forty-six through fifty-one plus the first annual and the GOLDFISH TP under the Jinxworld imprint collects the five A.K.A. Goldfish crime tales written and illustrated by Brian Michael Bendis. GREEN ARROW: WAR OF THE CLANS (DC ESSENTIAL EDITION) TP collects the Jeff Lemire run with extras, HELLBLAZER, VOL. 4: THE GOOD OLD DAYS TP has Tim Seeley and Richard Kadrey’s arcs from issues nineteen through twenty-four and HARLEY QUINN, VOL. 1: HARLEY VS APOKOLIPS TP has Sam Humphries and Christopher Sebela’s first arcs from issues forty-three through forty-nine. The new Jinxworld edition of the JINX TP has the complete first two volumes plus the one shot special of the bounty hunter crime adventures and there’s also a new edition of JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE WORLD’S GREATEST SUPER-HEROES BY ALEX ROSS AND PAUL DINI TP with the six fully painted origin stories. Dan Abnett’s recent tale is collected in the MERA, QUEEN OF ATLANTIS TP under an ‘Artgerm’ cover, the NEW CHALLENGERS TP has the six issue New Age of Heroes story and NIGHTWING, VOL. 1: THE BLEEDING EDGE TP has issues forty-four through forty-eight plus the first annual collecting Benjamin Percy’s first arc. Also, from Jinxworld comes POWERS: BOOK TWO TP and SCARLET: BOOK TWO TP while SCALPED: BOOK FOUR TP has issues thirty-five through forty-nine of Jason Aaron’s intense work of life on the Rez post casino. TRINITY, VOL. 4: THE SEARCH FOR STEVE TREVOR TP collects the final arc of the series as does WILDSTORM: MICHAEL CRAY, VOL. 2 TP. WONDER WOMAN, VOL. 7: AMAZONS ATTACKED TP collects thirty-eight through forty-five and the WONDER WOMAN: THE GOLDEN AGE, VOL. 2 TP has more adventures by creators William Moulston Marston and H. G. Peter from the early days of World War II.

    IDW: Perhaps you’ve noticed that, since Disney acquired Marvel Comics that the mouse has been expanding profits by licensing characters to other companies. Archie Comics has been putting out Marvel digests for several months now and IDW’s all age Star Wars Adventures titles have been doing quite well. One would think that Marvel would catch on and start producing some all age titles themselves, but apparently that light hasn’t gone on so starting in November Idea & Design Works will be publishing an all age monthly SPIDER-MAN #1 comic written by Delilah S. Dawson with art by Fico Ossio (and, in December they’ll do the same with the Avengers, and, in January Black Panther). STAR WARS ADVENTURES #16 is written by Chris ‘Doc’ Wyatt and Kevin Burke and the stories tie into the Star Wars: Resistance animated series which they also write. STAR WARS ADVENTURES: DESTROYER DOWN #1 OF 3 is written by Scott Beatty with art by Derek Charm, set during the days before The Force Awakens. MY LITTLE PONY: THE CRYSTALLING is an eight-dollar book adapting the two-part story from the sixth season premier and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MACRO-SERIES #3: LEONARDO is written and illustrated by Sophie Campbell. The one dollar ATOMIC ROBO: GREATEST HITS comic has two introductory tales celebrating ten years of science adventure tales, followed by ATOMIC ROBO & THE DAWN OF A NEW ERA #1, all by creators Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener. The STAR TREK: WAYPOINT SPECIAL #1 is a forty-eight-page one shot with tales from the original series, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and more. Tom Scioli writes and illustrates GO-BOTS #1 and MAGIC: THE GATHERING: CHANDRA #1 is by Vita Ayala and Harvey Tolibao promising to tie into the ongoing Magic story more than any comic before. SUKEBAN TURBO #1 OF 4 is like a seventies Japanese Girl Gang, but set in Brooklyn with scooters, armed with golf clubs and supported by selling drugs. The JINGLE BELLE: THE HOMEMADES Tale is this year’s tale of Santa Claus’ rebellious teenage daughter by creator Paul Dini with art by Nicoletta Baldari. A noir horror series set in Las Vegas is written by VJ (Justified producer) Boyd and Clay McCormack titled NIGHT MOVES #1 OF 5. The BLACK CROWN OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 TP has all of the quarterly content, the first issues of Kid Lobotomy, Assassinistas and Punks Not Dead plus interviews and new stories.

    MARVEL: Now that both X-Men Blue and X-Men Gold have ended it’s time for the long awaited return of UNCANNY X-MEN #1 written by Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson and Matthew Rosenberg with the first issue illustrated by Mahmud Asrar and others, priced under eight dollars (with fourteen variant covers so far), issue two to be illustrated by R.B. Silva and issue three by Yildiray Cinar; the first arc is titled ‘Disassembled’, a ten issue tale shipping weekly. Donny Cates writes, and Travel Foreman illustrates MARVEL KNIGHTS 20TH #1 OF 6, issue two by Matthew Rosenberg and Donny Cates and illustrated by Niko Henrichon. AVENGERS #10 of volume seven is, according to ‘legacy numbering’ issue #700 so it will be priced under six dollars, written by Jason Aaron with art by Ed McGuinness, David Marquez and Adam Kubert and promises more on the mystery of the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC and a new member is revealed. Riri Williams stars in IRONHEART #1 by Eve Ewing and Kevin Libranda, THE VISION #1 OF 6 is by Chelsea Cain and Marc Mohan with art by Aud Koch and DEAD MAN LOGAN #1 OF 12 is by Ed Brisson and Mike Henderson, bearing the ironic tagline ‘Dead Means Dead’. WEB OF VENOM: CARNAGE BORN #1 is a one shot by Donny Cates and Danilo S. Beyruth dealing with a cult determined to resurrect their idol, Cletus Kasady. Jumping from Infinity War into their own series comes BLACK ORDER #1 OF 5 by Derek Landy and Philip Tan starring Thanos’ most feared warriors and disciples, the five dreadlords, the Cull Obsidian. The TYPHOID FEVER: X-MEN #1 is a one shot by Clay McLeod Chapman and Will Robson, guest starring Spider-Man. Additional tie-ins to Infinity Wars this month include INFINITY WARS: INFINITY WARPS #1 OF 2 with three stories and INFINITY WARS: GHOST PANTHER #1 OF 2 by Jed MacKay and Jefte Palo. THOR #7 by Jason Aaron and Tony Moore is a tale of a young Thor from the Viking Age. SPIDER-MAN: ENTER THE SPIDER-VERSE #1 is a one shot by Ralph Macchio and Laviano with Peter Parker, Miles Morales, Spider-Ham, Spider-Gwen and Spider-Punk plus a reprint of Miles first adventure in the Marvel Universe Prime. MARVEL’S CAPTAIN MARVEL PRELUDE #1 is a one shot by Will Corona Pilgrim and Andrea DiVito, a set-up for the upcoming film. DOCTOR STRANGE #7 by Mark Waid and Javier Pina finds the Sorcerer Supreme back on Earth and, in MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #37 Lunella brings holiday cheer to the children of Yancy Street, with a guest appearance by Santa Claus. STAR WARS: HAN SOLO-IMPERIAL CADET #1 OF 5 is by Robbie Thompson and Leonard Kirk with Han joining the Imperial Navy as a means to escape Corelia and, lately Marvel has been offering something they’re calling MPGN (Marvel Premiere Graphic Novel) and this month they have the CLOAK AND DAGGER: SHADES OF GRAY MPGN TP by Dennis Hopeless and David Messina. Deluxe collected editions include: STAR WARS BY JASON AARON OMNIBUS HC with twenty-five issues, the EARTH X TRILOGY OMNIBUS: OMEGA HC, the final volume with the last specials and limited series’, THE AVENGERS OMNIBUS, VOL. 4 HC available with either a Neal Adams or an Art Adams cover and the SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN: THE ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS OMNIBUS, VOL. 1 HC available with either a Gabriele Dell’Otto or a Boris Vallejo cover. Soft cover editions include STAR WARS, VOL. 9: HOPE BURNS TP, THOR, VOL. 1: GOD OF THUNDER REBORN TP by Jason Aaron with art by Mike Del Mundo and Christian Ward with one through six of the current series, MIGHTY THOR, VOL. 5: THE DEATH OF THE MIGHTY THOR TP with the final issues of the previous series, VENOM: FIRST HOST TP with the five issue series currently in progress, by Mike Costa and Mark Bagley, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY NICK SPENCER, VOL. 1: BACK TO BASICS TP with one through five of the current series and DOCTOR STRANGE BY MARK WAID, VOL. 1: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE TP with one through five of the current series. The limited series’ leading the latest return of Logan are collected in HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA TP, HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: CLAWS OF A KILLER TP, HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR TP and HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: WEAPON LOST TP all written by Charles Soule. WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN, VOL. 9: THE HUNTER AND THE HUNTED TP collects the penultimate arc of the series, CABLE: THE LAST HOPE, VOL. 2 TP has the rest of the stories leading up to and including the one shot, X-Men: Hope, X-MEN GOLD, VOL. 7 TP has the final arc of the short lived series, SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL, VOL. 7: EVENTPOOL TP has issues thirty-four through thirty-nine, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: WORLDWIDE, VOL. 9 TP has Dan Slott’s final arc and QUICKSILVER: NO SURRENDER TP has the recent five-part series. MOON KNIGHT: LEGACY, VOL. 2 TP has Max Bemis final arc, through issue two hundred, the last issue of this series, X-MEN: GAMBIT-THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 2 TP, NEW X-MEN: ACADEMY X-THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP and X-MEN CLASSIC: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 1 TP need no explanations, same with SHE-HULK BY CHARLES SOULE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP and NOVA BY ABNETT & LANNING: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, VOL. 2 TP. The MOON GIRL AND THE MARVEL UNIVERSE TP has issues twenty-four and thirty-one plus four other appearances in other titles, Jim Starlin’s THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL returns to print and CAPTAIN MARVEL: CAROL DANVERS-THE MS MARVEL YEARS, VOL. 3 TP is the third of three.

    DYNAMITE: JAMES BOND: 007 #1 begins an ongoing series written by Greg (Planet Hulk) Pak with art by Marc (Star Wars) Laming set in Korea with Oddjob and BETTIE PAGE #1 has more international spy adventures again written by David Avallone, this time with artist Julius (Sherlock Holmes) Ohta. John (Star Wars, Halo) Jackson Miller and Daniel (Red Sonja) HDR bring BATTLESTAR GALACTICA CLASSIC #1 picking up right where the television show ends and RED SONJA: THE BALLAD OF THE RED GODDESS OGN HC is by Roy Thomas and Esteban Maroto, colored in black, white and red, this is being translated from Spanish and appearing in English for the first time.

    BOOM! STUDIOS: FIREFLY #1 returns to the start of Mal’s journey: the Unification War as told by Greg (Mech Cadet Yu, Totally Awesome Hulk) and Dan (Judge Dredd: Mega City Zero) McDaid and they also release the FIREFLY LEGACY EDITION: BOOK ONE TP collecting the first three books originally published by Dark Horse and they also have the FIREFLY: BIG DAMN HEROES BOX SET limited to one-thousand copies and priced at one-hundred and fifty dollars the box includes all eight of the covers for issue one, a map of the ‘Verse another exclusive variant by Tula Lotay, the Firefly Legacy Edition: Book One with an exclusive variant cover by Rahzzah and an exclusive print by Dylan Todd, (some of which have been randomly signed by Joss Whedon). Cullen Bunn writes and Jesús Hervás illustrated THE EMPTY MAN #1, an ongoing horror series where America is in the grip of a pandemic that causes insanity and violence. Issues one through four of Cullen’s necromantic horror story with artist Jonas Scharf is collected in the BONE PARISH, VOL. 1 TP. The SONS OF ANARCHY LEGACY EDITION: BOOK ONE TP is the first of three collecting all of the comics, over three-hundred pages each priced under thirty dollars each. SMOOTH CRIMINALS #1 OF 12 is by Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City) and illustrated by Leisha (Project Solace) Riddel, a tale of felonies and friendship from their Boom! Box imprint. Their Archaia imprint offers JIM HENSON’S THE POWER OF THE DARK CRYSTAL, VOL. 1 TP with the first four of twelve issues and there’s also JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH: THE NOVELIZATION TP with twenty illustrations by Brian Froud as well as JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH: UNDER THE SPELL #1, a forty-page collection of new stories. Their all-age imprint, KaBoom has RUGRATS: C IS FOR CHANNUKAH SPECIAL #1, a forty-page family vacation tale and the AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL: MIDSUMMER NIGHTMARE OGN TP.

INDEPENDENTS: POWERS IN ACTION #1 is an all-age comic set in Art Baltazar’s Aw Yeah universe from ACTION LAB. WITCH HAMMER OGN TP from AFTERSHOCK is written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Dalibor Talajic, two agents hunting a serial witch killer in a magic world. Also, the first arc of Garth Ennis’ and Goran Sudzuka’s horror series are collected in the A WALK THROUGH HELL, VOL. 1 TP and DARK ARK, VOL. 2 TP collects Cullen Bunn and Juan Doe’s second arc. GRUMBLE #1 OF 5 from ALBATROSS FUNNYBOOKS is by Rafer Roberts and Mike Norton, an anthropomorphic chase between a hustler magically turned into a pug and the hustlers’ long-lost part demon daughter. This month’s one-shot Presidential parody comic from ANTARCTIC is TRUMP-PUNCH MAN: DELETE THIS. The new and more contemporary tales of Riverdale from ARCHIE COMICS resume legacy numbering for the next arc; ARCHIE #700 will be written by Nick (Amazing Spider-Man) Spencer and illustrated by Marguerite (DC Bombshells) Sauvage and they also offer THE BLACK HOOD, VOL. 3 TP by Duane Swierczynski with Greg Scott’s art, a great series for fans of Punisher. ASPEN begins NO WORLD, VOL. 2 #1 OF 5 by Scott Lobdell and Blake Northcott with art by Giuseppe Cafaro and they’re also offering the NO WORLD PRIMER for just a quarter. A WAVE BLUE WORLD offers THIS NIGHTMARE KILLS FASCISTS TP by Matt Miner, Ariela Kristantina and others, a horror anthology with stories that reflect the current state of world politics. Pat (Breathless) Shand and Emily (The Wilds) Pearson begin a stylish crime thriller at BLACK MASK titled SNAP FLASH HUSTLE #1 and Paul (The Bus) Kirchner releases the HIERONYMUS & BOSCH HC from EDITIONS TANIBIS, a hundred pages of one-page strips featuring our dead friends’ experiences in hell, inspired as much from medieval depictions as from zany Warner Brothers cartoons. JAMES WARREN, EMPIRE OF MONSTERS, THE MAN BEHIND CREEPY, VAMPIRELLA AND FAMOUS MONSTERS HC is the biography of visionary magazine publisher by Bill Schelly from FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS. The chronological adaptations of Stephen King’s work published by Marvel Comics will henceforth be published by GALLERY 13, the first two, STEPHEN KING’S THE DARK TOWER: BEGINNINGS, VOL. 1-THE GUNSLINGER BORN HC and VOL. 2: THE LONG ROAD HOME HC are adapted by Peter David and Jae Lee and priced under twenty-five dollars each. Richard Isanove takes over artwork for VOL. 3, TREACHERY HC, VOL. 4: THE FALL OF GILEAD HC and VOL. 5: THE BATTLE OF JERICHO HILL HC. A new addition to GEMSTONE’S line brings the OVERSTREET PRICE GUIDE TO STAR WARS COLLECTIBLES TP and KRAZY: GEORGE HERRIMAN, A LIVE IN BLACK & WHITE TP is a biography by Mike Tisserand of the controversial creator, published by HARPER PERENNIAL. Grant Morrison is still the editor and HEAVY METAL #295 will continue Richard Corben’s ‘Murky World’ and HEAVY METAL also releases TAARNA, VOL. 1 TP by Alex De Campi and Esau Escorzi under an Alex Ross cover; you may remember Taarna on her winged mount from the movie. Roy William writes and Sylvian Dorange illustrates the biography HEDY LAMARR: AN INCREDIBLE LIFE GN from HUMANOIDS and the FANTASTIC WORLDS: THE ART OF WILLIAM STOUT HC is from INSIGHT EDITIONS. The DUNKIRK ONE-SHOT is the first in a line of World War II comics by top creators from IT’S ALIVE!, the first being this forty-eight-page tale by Sam Glanzman. The eighth parody from KEENSPOT has our President as the leader of a super hero team: TRUMP’S TITANS VS THE END. French publisher NBM release THE BEATLES IN COMICS HC, the illustrated story of the Fab Four with art by Michels Mabel. RICK AND MORTY PRESENTS: PICKLE RICK #1 from ONI PRESS is a forty-page quarterly by Delilah (Star Wars) S. Dawson and CJ Cannon, LETTER 44 DELUXE HC, VOL. 2 completes Charles Soule and Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque’s critically acclaimed award-winning series about presidency and first contact and RICK AND MORTY, VOL. 8 TP has issues thirty-six through forty. PENGUIN BOOKS solicit CHE: A REVOLUTIONARY LIFE HC by Jon Lee Anderson and Jose Hernandez. The HOPE…FOR THE FUTURE TP from Guy Adams and Jimmy Broxton at REBELLION is a supernatural detective noir mixing magic and the movies in an alternate post-war nineteen-forties Los Angeles. DIABLO #1 OF 4 by Marv Wolfman and Piotr Kowalski from TITAN COMICS brings Blizzard’s video game back to the comics page and the LIFE IS STRANGE #1 OF 4 comic picks up after the heartbreaking ending of the game as told by Emma Vieceli and Claudia Leonardi. They also offer MINIONS: VIVA LE BOSS #1 OF 2 and THE BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE LIMITED BOX SET, which will be limited to 1,968 copies with the graphic novel, a 6.5″ Yellow Submarine, five Yellow Submarine badges, an exclusive art card signed by artist Bill Morrison and reproductions of the Movie Premiere Ticket, four movie posters and sixteen lobby cards priced under two hundred dollars. Now that the first three volumes collecting The Macross Saga are out, ten years later comes ROBOTECH ARCHIVES: THE SENTINEL, VOL. 1 TP. The TANK GIRL COLOR CLASSICS, VOL. 1: 88-90 HC has the original strips by Jamie (Gorillaz) Hewlett and Alan Martin, finally in full color with lots of extras. DC NOVELS: HARLEY QUINN: MAD LOVE HC is by co-creator Paul Dini and Hugo Award-Winner Pat Cadigan, the tragic love story retold and expanded. Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson (Cable) with artist Ken (Black Panther) Lashley begin a new, ongoing series at VALIANT: BLOODSHOT: RISING SPIRIT #1, disclosing the true origin of the nanite infused super soldier. ZENESCOPE offers VAN HELSING: SWORD OF HEAVEN #1 OF 6 written by Chuck Dixon and CONSPIRACY: THE ILLUMINATI one shot, a horror anthology written by Hans Rodionoff. On to the MANGA section where DISNEY PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: JACK SPARROWS ADVENTURE is the third all-age manga volume based on the franchise from TOKYO POP. The DRAGONBALL: THAT TIME I GOT REINCARNATED AS YAMCHA GN, VOL. 1 from VIZ MEDIA is a one shot where a fan becomes everyone’s favorite punching bag. BATTLE ANGEL ALITA: COMPLETE SERIES BOX SET from KODANSHA has the five volumes plus a sixth of short stories, over two-thousand pages priced under one-hundred and eighty dollars and EDEN’S ZERO, VOL. 1 GN is the new adventures by Hiro (Fairy Tail) Mashima, a high-flying space adventure with, of course, blue cats.

    Every month I choose what I think might be the best new comic offered in this months’ catalog and there are always plenty of contenders and one winner. Contenders this month include: AUNTIE AGATHA’S HOME FOR WAYWARD RABBITS #1 OF 6 by Keith Giffen and MIDDLEWEST #1 by Skottie Young at IMAGE, William Gibson’s ALIEN 3 #1, Neil Gaiman’s THE PROBLEM OF SUSAN AND OTHER STORIES HC and LIGHTSTEP #1 OF 5 from DARK HORSE, Bryan Hill’s AMERICAN CARNAGE #1, Grant Morrison’s GREEN LANTERN #1 and Geoff John’s SHAZAM #1 from DC, the new all-age SPIDER-MAN #1 from IDW, WEB OF VENOM: CARNAGE BORN one-shot from Donnie Cates at MARVEL, the new FIREFLY #1 from BOOM and Nick Spencer’s ARCHIE #700 from ARCHIE COMICS. (Personally, if I could justify the expense I’d want the ABSOLUTE SCARLET from Jinxworld and the limited YELLOW SUBMARINE Box Set from Titan.) But when all is said and done the new comic I’m most excited about this month is WONDER WOMAN #58, the Pick of the Month
beginning a new arc with stellar writer G. Willow Wilson who impressed me with her Cairo HC OGN and her long running AIR series, both from Vertigo before she knocked her Ms Marvel series out of the park. I think she’s going to bring some much-needed humanity and personality to the Amazon.

    My eternal gratitude to all of you who have supported my comic shop as well as the support for the quarterly benefits. I am humbled and awed by your friendship and generosity. On Saturday, the twenty-seventh of October it will be time for the annual Halloween Comic Fest and the day will include four free comics for attendees, free sketches from a half-dozen talented artists, raffles and a silent auction with all proceeds to benefit the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank this time so please mark your calendars! I hope to see you all there!



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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