THE CAPTAIN'S COMMENTS

Here are some of this week's books worth special mention:

START ME UP

Two big summer stories launch this week with single issues.

The biggest is Original Sin #0 (Marvel, $3.99), which is numbered accurately -- it isn't the first issue of Original Sin the miniseries (that comes next month), but is instead a background guide explaining the principal characters and concepts in play in the crossover. While most of us know who Uatu the Watcher is, for example, not everyone does, so this is a good idea for newbies. And for us old hands, there's always the possibility we'll learn something new.  And for us even older hands, there's always the possibility we'll learn something we've forgotten! old photo old.gif

The other is Harbinger #22 (Valiant, $3.99), which isn't really Valiant's summer crossover (that would be "Armor Hunters," which is spinning up in X-O Manowar). But the three-part "Death of a Renegade" begins this week, which sets the dominos tumbling for the end of this series (with issue #25), and the miniseries to follow, Harbingers: Omega. So there are big changes afoot for Harbinger, which will likely affect books like Bloodshot and Unity as well.

As to the identity of the corpse-to-be, it's really difficult to pinpoint a likely red shirt -- all of the characters, in their own way, are necessary components of the title. This promises to be genuinely emotional if you're invested in the characters, as I am.

THE HORROR, THE HORROR

EC Archives Weird Fantasy Volume 1 (Dark Horse, $49.99): At last, the first six issues of the legendary Weird Fantasy get the high-quality Archives treatment. Woo-hoo! (I've already ordered my copy from Amazon.)

In the Dark (IDW, $49.99): The list of creators on this horror short-story anthology is impressive, and the good news/bad news of anthologies is that if you don't like one story, you'll probably like the next.

Someplace Strange (Dark Horse, $19.99): This hardback is a reprint of graphic novel that first appeared at Marvel's Epic imprint in 1988. I don't recall anything about it, but the creators (writer Ann Nocenti, artist John Bolton) are sufficient to give it a look.

BARBARIANS AT THE GATES

Conan the Avenger #1 (Dark Horse, $3.50): We've all snickered at the latest fad in comics, which is to cancel perfectly healthy titles and start 'em over at No. 1, often with the same creative team. I'll give DH credit here, though -- there's goood reason to start Conan over. First, the last series ended with the death of Belit and the end of Conan's pirate career, which is a big turning point in the Cimmerian's life. Secondly, this series has a new creative team in Fred Van Lente and Brian Ching. So this is an obvious point to start over, at a publisher that hasn't had a bad Conan series yet.

Frank Thorne Red Sonja Art Edition (Dynamite, $150): Presumably this is Dynamite's answer to IDW's successful, high-end "Artist's Edition" line; this book contains high-resolution, color scans of the original art from seven Silver Age books by the same artist (Marvel Feature #1-7, Nov 75-Nov 76, starring Red Sonja). However, the choice of Frank Thorne is a curious one, given that he isn't a big fan favorite and the original books only go for about three or four dollars each. But Thorne has eked out a living ever since his glory days on Red Sonja by doing "erotic"art and stage acts with a Sonja lookalike named Ghita (I think), so maybe there's a market there I just never knew about.

A Princess of Mars (IDW, $29.99): This is ERB's novel with illustrations by the legendary Michael Kaluta. Really, even if you already have a copy, you know you want it.

FABULOUS FIRSTS

24 #1 (IDW Publishing, $3.99): I'm no fan of the series 24, because I think it plays into and supports the idea that torture is A-OK for Americans if there's a ticking clock -- a rationalization that, obviously, I do not share. But you may disagree, or may just be a 24 fan. If so, here you go.

Elektra #1 (Marvel, $3.99): Despite Frank Miller famously saying that Elektra has been dead since he had Bullseye kill her back in 1980s Daredevil, Marvel keeps trotting the character out here and there. And, in truth, I haven't enjoyed most of those appearances, because her limited screen time and lack of any reason to exist made her presence in any story more distracting than additive. (And the less said about her presence in Thunderbolts, or the very existence of that book, the better.) So maybe with a dedicated writer and artist creating a status quo and supporting cast for Ms. Natchios will give her the raison d'etre so horribly absent at the moment. And while Marvel's press release (see the Marvel section) touts writer Haden Blackman, I was actually more intrigued by the art shown in the preview, which seems to fall somewhere between traditional art and watercolors!

Secret Origins #1 (DC, $4.99): In the Long Ago Time, the Li'l Capn bought various Secret Origins titles to find out the details of origins he didn't know. As a young man, the Captain bought Secret Origins titles for reference, because he already knew all the details. Now, the middle-aged Captain needs to buy Secret Origins titles just as he did as a boy, to find out the details of New 52 origins he doesn't know. It's the circle of life, comic-book style.

Vamplets: The Undead Pet Society #1 (Action Lab, $3.99): I confess to knowing nothing about My Little Pony, except that the My LIttle Pony comic-book franchise is currently being published by IDW. This is now IDW's My Little Pony, but something very similar, starring a "ghost pony" in a story that promises to be "terrifyingly sweet" and looks amazingly like My Little Pony. Normally that would trigger my snark response, except that 1) My Little Pony has a huge following and 2) the writer on this series is Gayle Middleton, who was apparently instrumental in creating the MLP franchise at Hasbro. So, if you like My Little Pony, you'll probably like this.

THIS WEEK'S COMICS

The Comics Guide is assembled from the Diamond Comic Distributors Inc. website, and is subject to change. Clicking on most images results in a larger image. All information is from Diamond and/or publisher solicitations and press releases, except for random comments by Captain Comics (in blue), and occasional comments by The Baron (in this here purplish color).

ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

It's always feast or famine with Action Lab. The first three weeks of April had no Action Lab titles at all; but here we are in Week 4 with six!

BO, PLUSHY GANGSTA #2 (BI-MONTHLY)

Writer/Art/Cover: PAVEL BALABANOV

Variant: PAVEL BALABANOV

28 pages/ Mature Readers /FC $3.99

After clashing with the “Roswell” gang, Bo lies in a coma. Now it’s up to his posse to help him fight back from limbo to finish the job of taking out the next big boss, Serpent (a.k.a. Puppet Master). It’s plushy teddy vs. alien mutant gang warfare … can you dig it!?

Bo Plushy is like Ted meets Scarface in Vice City video game combat!

FRACTURE VOL.2 #4 (of 4)

Writer: SHAWN GABBORIN

Pencil/Inks: CHAD CICCONI

Colors: BILL BLANKENSHIP

Cover: CHAD CICCONI, BILL BLANKENSHIP

32 pages/ Rated PG/ FC $2.99

In this climactic last installment of the newest arc of FRACTURE, the city of Triton is held hostage by the Society of Thorns and its minions, while Virtue fights Jeff for control of their shared existence. An unexpected ally joins the battle with disastrous consequences, leading to a final shocking twist.

Variant cover by Dark Horse Comics (Athena Voltaire) creator Steve Bryant!

GHOST TOWN VOL 1 (TPB)

Writers: RYAN LINDSAY, DAVE DWONCH

Art: DANIEL LOGAN, JUSTIN GREENWOOD

Cover: JUSTIN GREENWOOD

116 pages/ Mature Readers/ FC $11.99

Collecting the hit series’ first arc.

The unthinkable has happened. In the wake of time displaced terrorist attacks on Baltimore and Las Vegas, Washington DC has been evacuated. With the government uprooted, the abandoned Capital has become a refuge for bandits, smugglers, hardened criminals and those who have chosen to stay behind in this pre-apocalyptic Ghost Town.

JACK HAMMER #3 (of 4)

Writer: BRANDON BARROWS

Art/Cover: IONIC

Variant: DES TAYLOR

32 pages/ All Ages/ FC $2.99

Synopsis: With the architect of Eddie Newman's death revealed, Jack goes on the offensive to confront the mastermind pulling the strings of Boston's underworld and rescue Newman's kidnapped widow. He knows the who and the how, but the questions remain: why? And does he stand a chance?

Variant cover by pop art Superstar Des Taylor (The Trouble with Katie Rogers)

SKYWARD VOL 2: STRANGE CREATURES

Writer/Art/Cover: JEREMY DALE

96 pages/ All Ages/ FC $8.99

Jeremy Dale and Action Lab proudly present the second volume of the runaway hit action-fantasy, Skyward! New, curious allies and strange, twisted enemies emerge as Quinn runs headfirst into a conflict that's bigger than he ever dreamed possible. Who will catch up to our young hero? Enter ... the savage Rabites! Or will it be Skerrigan who ends our hero's journey? Continuing the series that TMStash lauds as "... Breathtaking. You won't be able to put this down!" Thrill to the fantastic storybook adventure from Jeremy Dale (G.I. Joe, Marvel Kapow!), following the exciting tale of Quinn and his dog, Jack -- left orphaned by an invasion of his homeland. Collects Skyward #4-6, as well as the critically-acclaimed Halloween Comicfest 2013 short story, "Into the Grim."

VAMPLETS: THE UNDEAD PET SOCIETY #1

Writers: GAYLE MIDDLETON, DAVE DWONCH

Pencils: AMANDA CORONADO

Inks: DAVID DWONCH

Colors: BILL BLANKENSHIP

Cover: AMANDA CORONADO, BILL BLANKENSHIP

Variant: GAYLE MIDDLETON

FC / 32pgs. / $3.99 (regular cover); $4.99 (variant cover)

The Legend of the Ghost Pony begins here in this terrifyingly sweet installment from  Hasbro designer/illustrator of My Little Pony Gayle Middleton! Ghost Ponies have been the  harbingers of the weird for years. Whenever they appear, creatures near have disappeared,  never to return. Where do they come from? What is their terrible secret? And what is the Ghost  Pony’s connection to a vampyre baby named Lily Rose Shadowlyn? Find out in this all-new  adventure!

ARCHIE COMICS

BETTY & VERONICA #270

Writers: ANGELO DECESARE, GEORGE GLADIR

Art: BOB SMITH, JEFF SHULTZ

Cover: BOB SMITH, FERNANDO RUIZ

32-page, full color comic, $2.99 U.S.

Excited for a new Betty & Veronica story? How about FOUR new B&V tales? First, in "The Minds of Betty and Veronica," we get an inside look at what the two BFFs REALLY think of each other-and their thoughts may surprise you! Then in "The Wish," find out what happens when Betty FINALLY gets Archie all to herself! Next in "The Shopping Scene," can Veronica turn her shopping haul into profit? This time her spending spree may just help Daddykins' wallet! Finally, in "The Winning Float," it's girls vs. boys! Find out if the gals of Riverdale have what it takes to make the best float at the Homecoming game!

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #259

Script: IAN FLYNN

Art: EVAN STANLEY, TERRY AUSTIN, JOHN WORKMAN, STEVE DOWNER

Cover: TRACY YARDLEY

Game Art Variant Cover art provided by SEGA

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 4/9

32-page, full color comic, $2.99 U.S.

The brand new world of Sonic the Hedgehog barrels ahead at breakneck speed with "The Chase" Part Two: Sonic fights for his life against a NEW terrifying super-badnik! Just to make matters worse, they’re battling on an out-of-control train! With Dr. Eggman waiting at the depot, Sonic’s in a fight against time – and killer robots! Featuring high-speed cover art from Sonic artist supreme TRACY YARDLEY! plus an exclusive SEGA game art variant!

DARK HORSE

BRIDE OF THE WATER GOD VOL 15 (TPB)

Writer/Art/Cover: MI-KYUNG YUN

B&W, 168 pages, $9.99

TPB, 5 7/8” x 8 1/4”

On sale Apr 23

No peace in heaven or on earth!

Mui and Soah’s attempts to live happily in the human world are complicated by Soah’s former fiancé and his sister—who quickly falls in love with the powerless Mui and vows to steal him from Soah! What’s worse, Mui’s curse makes him revert to his childlike form whenever Soah is near!

• Best-selling series in the United States and Korea!

• Two pages of sumptuous color artwork in this volume!

“In its best moments, Mi-Kyung Yun’s story reads like an honest-to-goodness fairy tale.” -- Manga Critic

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 10 #2

Writer: CHRISTOS GAGE

Art/Variant: REBEKAH ISAACS

Colors: DAN JACKSON

Cover: STEVE MORRIS

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

On sale Apr 23

Ongoing

Back together with the big ol’ gang!

The Scoobies are back -- including li’l Giles! Revelations about a new kind of vampire menace and the blank Vampyr book have only just begun. Everyone has a job to do, and for Buffy, it’s treading the road of past relationships! Lucky girl ...

• The team from Angel & Faith tackles Buffy!

• Executive produced by Joss Whedon!

CONAN THE AVENGER #1

Writer: FRED VAN LENTE

Art: BRIAN CHING

Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH

Cover: IAIN MCCAIG

On sale Apr 23

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

Writer Fred Van Lente takes the helm!

Nursing his broken heart, Conan drinks himself into a stupor in the troubled city of Shumballa -- until a brazen act of thievery launches the Cimmerian into a wild hunt and a supernatural adventure!

• A perfect jumping-on point for new readers!

• Cover by Star Wars and The Avengers concept artist Iain McCaig!

THE EC ARCHIVES: WEIRD FANTASY VOL 1 (HC)

Writers/Art: Various

On sale Apr 30

FC, 216 pages, $49.99

HC, 8 3/16” x 11”

EC AT DARK HORSE!

Weird Fantasy Volume 1 touches down at Dark Horse Comics! Fully remastered in magnificent digital color, this otherworldly volume includes twenty-four extraterrestrial tales from a stellar collection of writers and artists -- Bill Gaines, Al Feldstein, Harry Harrison, Gardner Fox, Jack Kamen, Harvey Kurtzman, and Wally Wood! Collects Weird Fantasy issues #13-17 and #6, in full color!

• Dark Horse reprints the famous science fiction comic series!

• Foreword by Walt Simonson!

* Check out the complete line of EC archives!

THE ELTINGVILLE CLUB #1

Writer/Art/Cover: EVAN DORKIN

On sale Apr 23

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

One-shot

Eisner and Harvey winner Evan Dorkin!

After twenty years, three Eisner Awards, and a smattering of hate mail, the Eltingville Comic Book, Science-Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Role-Playing Club is finally breaking up. When Bill’s dream job in a comic shop turns into a nightmare for the club, more than bridges and membership cards are burned in a fiery, fan-tastic finale!

From the creator of Beasts of Burden and Milk & Cheese.GANTZ VOL 31 (TPB)

Writer/Art/Cover: HIROYA OKU

On sale Apr 23

B&W, 216 pages

$13.99

TP, 5 1/8” x 7 1/16”

“Bold, shocking, and entertaining.” -- About.com

The Tokyo team use their Gantz orb to recruit fellow warriors for a desperate assault to free humans imprisoned on the alien mother ship. But the orb no longer has the power to heal or regenerate them, so if they die on this mission, they stay dead!

• Gantz has sold over fifteen million copies in Japan!

• Franchise includes anime series and live-action feature.

* The team on a suicide mission!

HALO: ESCALATION #5

Writer: CHRIS SCHLERF

Pencils: RICARDO SANCHEZ

Inks: ROB LEAN

Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH

Cover: ANTHONY PALUMBO

On sale Apr 23

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Ongoing

An essential addition to the Halo canon!

Missing for thirty years, a legendary UNSC warship is discovered deep behind enemy lines. As Infinity plans a rescue mission, however, Admiral Hood’s past with the ship’s captain threatens to jeopardize the mission. The investigation into the UNSC saboteur continues as the journalist infiltrates an Elite holy land in search of answers.

• An all-new ongoing series from Dark Horse!

• The franchise has sales eclipsing $3 billion over its lifetime!

• From Christopher Schlerf, lead writer of Halo 4!

MASS EFFECT: FOUNDATION #10

Writer: MAC WALTERS

Art: TONY PARKER

Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH

Cover: BENJAMIN CARRE

On sale Apr 23

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Ongoing

“5 Stars!” -- Unleash the Fanboy

Before joining Shepard, master thief Kasumi Goto was known as the most skilled burglar in populated space. Witness her early adventures as she pilfers from the galaxy’s most elite -- and most dangerous!

• Written by Mac Walters, lead writer of Mass Effect 2 and 3!

• A canonical entry in the Mass Effect series!

• Ties directly into Mass Effect 2!

“Mass Effect's lead writer does it again in this next installment of the sci-fi franchise.” -- Culture Mass

THE MASSIVE #22

Writer: BRIAN WOOD

Art: DANIJEL ZEZELJ

Colors: JORDIE BELLAIRE

Cover: J. P. LEON

On sale Apr 23

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

Access to clean water could save millions ....

Roaring across North Africa, a five-mile-long convoy of water trucks represents life for millions of people. Local soldiers sign on as security, and it’s a high-risk job to repel pirates, saboteurs, and well-armed warlords in 120-degree heat. So why is Mary here?

“If you liked Wood’s work on DMZ, or if you just want to read a comic book with some brains, you should take the money you would otherwise spend on a superhero title and give [The Massive] a shot instead.” -- Complex

MIND MGMT #21

Writer/Art/Cover: MATT KINDT

On sale Apr 23

FC, 24 pages, $3.99

Ongoing

New York Times bestseller!

MIND MGMT goes quiet this month in a special “silent” issue! But in a world of psychics and mind readers, silence screams louder than words!

• Comics visionary Matt Kindt (3 Story) reinvents the silent issue!

• Immortals! Siamese twin assassins! Fights! Thoughts!

• Comics’ most innovative series.

SOMEPLACE STRANGE (HC)

Writer: ANN NOCENTI

Art/Cover: JOHN BOLTON

On sale Apr 30

FC, 84 pages, $19.99

HC, 8 7/16" x 11 3/16"

A SURREALIST, NEW WAVE ALICE IN WONDERLAND!

Two brothers, masters of childhood fantastical imagination, vow to kill the bogeyman, freeing the world from half-seen monsters hiding under beds and in dark basements. Along with art-punk nihilist Joy, they journey to a world of magic where ordinary rules no longer apply -- and yet their fears, and the dangers they spawn, are as real as the waking world.

• New edition of the fantasy graphic novel!

• Written by Ann Nocenti (Green Arrow), with art by John Bolton (Harlequin Valentine).

STAR WARS: LEGACY #14

Writer: CORRINA BECHKO

Art: GABRIEL HARDMAN

Colors: JORDAN BOYD

Cover: AGUSTIN ALESSIO

On sale Apr 23

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Ongoing

Who IS Ania Solo?

A look into Ania Solo’s prison-camp past reveals a secret connection to the brutal bounty hunter who is desperate to bring her to justice -- dead, not alive!

But bounty hunters are only part of Ania’s problems!

• The answer to “Who is Ania Solo?” is at hand!

“Bechko and Hardman do a fantastic job.” -- Comic Booked

STAR WARS OMNIBUS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC VOL 3 (TPB)

Writer: JOHN JACKSON MILLER

Pencils: RON CHAN, BRIAN CHING, BONG DAZO, ANDREA MUTTI, DEAN ZACHARY

Inks: PIERLUIGI BALDASSINI

Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH

Cover: DAN SCOTT

On sale Apr 30

FC, 416 pages

$24.99

TP, 6” x 9”

Free from the false charges against him, former Padawan Zayne Carrick discovers that one of his allies, Jarael, has been running from her past. Soon Zayne is caught in a web of sport dueling, slavery, an evil twin, an ancient society, and finally, the frontline of the Mandalorian Wars. Collects Knights of the Old Republic #38-50 and Knights of the Old Republic -- War #1-5 (part of volume 7 and volumes 8–10).

• Expands the story of the smash-hit video games!

• From the New York Times best-selling novelist John Jackson Miller!

“A tremendous effort from Dark Horse.” -- Geeks of Doom

TOMB RAIDER #3

Writer: GAIL SIMONE

Pictures: NICOLAS DANIEL SELMA

Inks: JUAN GEDEON

Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH

Cover: ARIEL OLIVETTI

On sale Apr 23

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

Gail Simone!

Lara Croft is on the hunt for the strange force that is terrorizing the survivors of the Endurance crew! As ancient mythological creatures appear to wreak havoc on Lara, so too do the ghosts of her past!

• The official continuation of Lara Croft’s story!

• The video game sold over 3.5 million copies in 2013!

THE WITCHER #2 (of 5)

Writer: PAUL TOBIN

Art/Cover: JOE QUERIO

Colors: CARLOS BADILLA

On sale Apr 23

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

Eisner award winner Paul Tobin!

As our heroes explore the creepy corridors of the House of Glass, monster hunter Geralt faces an army of horrific creatures ready to sink their teeth into him!

• Based on the hit game by CD Projekt Red!

• The Witcher games were collectively granted over 250 awards and sold more then 5.5 million copies worldwide!

• There are currently two games and a third is slated for release in 2014!

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DC COMICS

ALL-STAR WESTERN #30

Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI

Art by STAZ JOHNSON

Backup art by JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ

Cover by DAN PANOSIAN

On sale APRIL 23 •

40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+

Now back in the Old West, Hex finds readjusting to his old life a bit more difficult than he expected – especially when he finds out that there’s a NEW Jonah Hex! Plus: This extra-sized issue features a back-up story drawn by the legendary Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez that introduces Madam 44 to The New 52!

AQUAMAN #30

Written by JEFF PARKER

Art and cover by PAUL PELLETIER and SEAN PARSONS

1:25 MAD Variant cover

On sale APRIL 23 •

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

Centuries ago, he aided Atlantis in a time of great need and suffered great betrayal for his efforts. Now he’s back – but is he bent on revenge, or has he been consumed by madness? Don’t miss The New 52 introduction of … Hercules! Good luck, Aquaman!

BATMAN ETERNAL #3

Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, JOHN LAYMAN, RAY FAWKES and TIM SEELEY

Art and cover by JASON FABOK

On sale APRIL 23 •

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

A gang war erupts in Gotham City, but the G.C.P.D. doesn’t plan to help Batman stop it. Plus: The return of a fan-favorite Batman supporting character: Stephanie Brown!

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #9

Writer: GREG PAK

Art/Cover: JAE LEE

1:25 Robot Chicken Variant cover

On sale MARCH 5 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

This issue will ship with three covers.

“First Contact” continues from last month’s explosive WORLD’S FINEST #20 as Batman, Superman, Huntress and Power Girl battle a massive new threat to the DC Universe! As Kaizan Gamorra unleashes the means to take down Superman, an unbelievable discovery is made that will have major repercussions in 2014!

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

THE BOOKS OF MAGIC (NEW EDITION TPB)

Written by NEIL GAIMAN

Art by JOHN BOLTON, CHARLES VESS, PAUL JOHNSON and SCOTT HAMPTON

Cover by JOHN BOLTON

On sale APRIL 23 •

208 pg, FC, $16.99 US • MATURE READERS

From Neil Gaiman comes a tale of the dangers and opportunities of youth, reprinted the original four-issue miniseries. Timothy Hunter could be the most powerful magician in the world, but does he really want to be? John Constantine, Phantom Stranger, Mister E, and Doctor Occult attempt to aid Timothy in choosing his path, but by the time Timothy makes a choice, it may already have been made for him.

CATWOMAN #30

Written by ANN NOCENTI

Art by PATRICK OLLIFFE

Cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON

On sale APRIL 23 •

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

“The Race of Outlaws” begins! Despite her best efforts, Selina Kyle just can’t stop being Catwoman. What’s dragged her back into the catsuit? A globe-trotting contest that will have her competing to earn the prize for being the best thief in the world. But watch out, Catwoman – there’s no honor among thieves!

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #5

Written by TOBY LITT

Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM and GARY ERSKINE

Cover by MARK BUCKINGHAM

On sale APRIL 23 •

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Back at her parents’ swanky house, after causing the destruction at St. Hilarion’s, Crystal bonds with Charles over a high tech investigation of his mysterious family history. Feeling distinctly unwanted, Edwin huffs off to begin his very own investigation -- of the spooky, cat-infested house across the way. What he finds there is a portal into his own past that will turn his whole world upside-down.

DEADMAN BOOK FIVE (TPB)

Written by ANDREW HELFER and GERRY CONWAY

Art by JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ, KEVIN MAGUIRE, KEITH GIFFEN and others

Cover by JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ

On sale APRIL 23 •

176 pg, FC, $16.99 US

This new DEADMAN collection features the four-issue miniseries from 1986, plus CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #85-87 and a story from SECRET ORIGINS #15, with appearances by Swamp Thing, Batman, the Challengers and more!

THE FLASH #30

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN

Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND

1:25 MAD Variant cover

On sale APRIL 23 •

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

An all-new creative team makes its debut to show the deadly consequences of The Flash’s speed powers. During the traumatic events of FOREVER EVIL, Central City suffered the worst that the Crime Syndicate could dish out. Now The Flash has returned to make things right, but there are limits to what even the Fastest Man Alive can do!

GREEN LANTERN VOL. 3: THE END (TPB)

Written by GEOFF JOHNS

Art by DOUG MAHNKE and others

Cover by DOUG MAHNKE and MARK IRWIN

On sale APRIL 23 •

264 pg, FC, $19.99 US

The mysterious Third Army has risen across the cosmos like a plague, destroying everything in its path, and Hal Jordan and Sinestro are nowhere to be found. Now Simon Baz must clear his name and become the hero the Corps needs in these stories from GREEN LANTERN #0 and 13-20, the finale of Geoff John’s historic run on the series.

GREEN LANTERN VOL. 4: DARK DAYS (HC)

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI

Art by BILLY TAN, DALE EAGLESHAM, RAGS MORALES, RICHARD FRIEND, ROB HUNTER, CAM SMITH and JON SIBAL

Cover by BILLY TAN

On sale APRIL 23 •

200 pg, FC, $24.99 U.S.

In this first collection from the all-new superstar creative team of Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar, DEMON KNIGHTS) and Billy Tan (Thor, Wolverine, X-23) from issues #21-26, GREEN LANTERN #23.1: RELIC, and GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #2, Hal Jordan becomes the leader of the most feared and hated group in the universe: The Green Lantern Corps! And while Hal struggles with his new role as leader of the Green Lantern Corps, he must solve the mystery of why the universe is atrophying! All this leads into “LIGHTS OUT,” as Relic arrives on Oa to douse the central Power Battery forever!

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #30

Written by J.M. DeMATTEIS

Art by ANDRES GUINALDO and MARK IRWIN

Cover by MIKEL JANIN

1:25 MAD Variant cover

On sale APRIL 23 •

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

After the shocking events of “Forever Evil: Blight,” the team has a new leader -- and the first order of business is dealing with a traitor in their midst!

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #0

Written by JEFF LEMIRE

Art and cover by MIKE McKONE

1:50 Variant cover by MIKE McKONE

Blank variant cover available

On sale APRIL 23 •

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

This issue will ship with four covers.

Top comics writer Jeff Lemire teams with superstar artist Mike McKone for the all-new monthly series JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED, starring the new team of powerful heroes Earth calls Justice League Canada!

In the aftermath of FOREVER EVIL, Adam Strange is caught up in an adventure across the far reaches of the cosmos that will unite an unexpected team of heroes including Supergirl, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Stargirl, Martian Manhunter and Animal Man -- but if they’re on the team, who exactly is Canadian?

Meet Equinox! Don’t miss the debut of new teenage Cree superhero from northern Ontario. For more information click here.

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

LARFLEEZE #10

Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS

Art by SCOTT KOLINS

Cover by TYLER KIRKHAM

On sale APRIL 23 •

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

It’s a dog-eat-dog world when “legendary” Green Lantern G’nort shows up to pick a bone with Larfleeze!

MAD MAGAZINE #527

Written and illustrated by THE USUAL GANG OF IDIOTS

On sale APRIL 23 •

56 pg, FC, $5.99 US

Hey, here’s a question: If April showers bring May flowers, what do April MAD Magazines bring? On second thought, don’t answer that!

RED LANTERNS #30

Written by CHARLES SOULE

Art and cover by ALESSANDRO VITTI

On sale APRIL 23 •

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

Guy Gardner’s got a missing comrade, a red-ring-wielding Supergirl, and a deeply pissed-off Atrocitus to deal with! The last thing he needs is another new Red Lantern -- especially when this one may be the deadliest Red to ever wear the ring! But whose side will this new Lantern join? And will Rankorr survive his close encounter with Atrocitus and Dex-Starr?

SECRET ORIGINS #1

Written by TONY BEDARD, KYLE HIGGINS and GREG PAK

Art by PAULO SIQUEIRA, WILL CONRAD and others

Cover by LEE BERMEJO

1:25 Variant cover by ANDY KUBERT

On sale APRIL 23 •

48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

At last, the SECRET ORIGINS of the World’s Greatest Heroes in The New 52 can be revealed! This new series gets off to an awesome start with the origins of The Last Son of Krypton and Kara Zor-El, Supergirl, plus the first Robin, Dick Grayson.

SUPERMAN #30

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL

Art by KEN LASHLEY

Cover by ANDY KUBERT

1:25 MAD Variant cover

On sale APRIL 23 •

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

Every man, woman and child in Smallville has suddenly fallen into a coma while the citizens of the Bottled City of Kandor begin to rise again. Meanwhile, Superman has his hands full as Doomsday cuts a swath of destruction through the heart of the earth itself!

TEEN TITANS #30

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL

Art by TYLER KIRKHAM and ART THIBERT

Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT

1:25 MAD Variant cover

On sale APRIL 23 •

40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • FINAL ISSUE

This issue will ship with two covers.

In the wake of FOREVER EVIL, The Titans return to learn that Harvest has grown more powerful in their absence! And with the body of Jon Lane Kent gone from its chamber, Harvest is marshaling all the resources of N.O.W.H.E.R.E. to get it back! All this and the return of Bunker and Beast Boy!

TEEN TITANS GO! #3

Written by AMY WOLFRAM and RICARDO SANCHEZ

Art by JORGE CORONA and BEN BATES

Cover by DAN HIPP

On sale APRIL 23 •

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E

The Teen Titans know how to throw hat parties and meatball parties! But can they throw a regular old “Party Party”? Plus, when Cyborg is named CEO of the Silicon Valley startup “ChirpFolio,” he hires the Titans as his employees! Cyborg is out to show the world that ChirpFolio is the next big thing! But … what is it that this company does, anyway?

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ASH AND THE ARMY OF DARKNESS #6

Writer: STEVE NILES

Art: NACHO TENORIO

Cover: JUSTIN ERICKSON

Subscription Variant: DENNIS CALERO

Teen + / 32 pages / $3.99

ON SALE DATE: April 2

A new adventure awaits Ash in the Dark Wood as he tries to find Evil Sheila and the Book of the Dead. But Sheila is too busy trying to resurrect a new undead husband to bother with Ash.

 

FRANK THORNE RED SONJA ART ED (HC)    

Writer: ROY THOMAS, BRUCE JONES

Artist/Cover: FRANK THORNE

Teen +/120 pages/$150.00

ON SALE DATE: December 11

Celebrate the seminal work of legendary fantasy illustrator Frank Thorne with this gorgeous hardcover collection, presenting for the first time the actual storyboard artwork from his complete 1976 run of swords-and-sorcery icon Red Sonja appearances in the Marvel Feature comic book series. Scanned in high-resolution color and printed at original size, Frank Thorne's Red Sonja Art Edition preserves every detail of the artist's meticulous skill and hard work, while simultaneously presenting a complete storyline for the enjoyment of longtime She-Devil fans. Limited to initial orders ONLY.

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GAME OF THRONES #20

Writer: GEORGE R.R. MARTIN, DANIEL ABRAHAM

Artist: TOMMY PATTERSON

Covers: MIKE S. MILLER

Mature/32 pages/$3.99

ON SALE DATE: October 23

Battle is joined at the Trident, with Tyrion Lannister in the vanguard-placed there by a father determined to rid himself of an embarrassment. But the fortunes of war are not so easily manipulated, as Lord Tywin is about to learn, to his great regret...and even greater rage. For in a brilliant tactical move, the host of young Robb Stark has descended upon the army of Jaime Lannister outside the besieged gates of Riverrun, and has won a great victory...and a prize that might end the war before it has fairly begun.

GARTH ENNIS BATTLEFIELDS VOL 3 (HC)

Writer: GARTH ENNIS

Art: CARLOS EZQUERRA, RUSS BRAUN

Cover: GARRY LEACH

Teen +/184 pages/$24.99

ON SALE DATE: April 9

Two riveting tales of war, as only bestselling graphic novelist Garth Ennis can deliver! In "The Green Fields Beyond," veteran Sergeant Stiles leads the Tankies on the killing fields of Korea during the Chinese spring offensive of 1951. It's British steel against massed Communist hordes, as our heroes are cut off and outnumbered ten to one! In "The Fall and Rise of Anna Kharkova," the USSR's pilot heroine flies straight into trouble as her aircraft is shot down behind German lines. Anna faces her worst nightmare as a prisoner of the Nazis, and events are set in motion that will see her made an outcast amongst her own people.

LADY RAWHIDE #5

Writer: ERIC TRAUTMANN

Art: MILTON ESTEVAM

Cover: JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER

Variant: JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER B&W line art

Teen +/32 pages/$3.99

ON SALE DATE: December 18

The final battle for the heart and soul of Old Mexico begins! Lady Rawhide has fought for the people a relentless battle against corruption and oppression-along the way becoming a folk hero to the countless citizens she's aided. But with the mercenary forces of Yanqui silver and rail barons on the march, the soldiers of the corrupt governor crushing any who stand before them, and a violent band of female vigilantes fighting a war against them all, is this Lady Rawhide's last ride?

ROBOTECH/VOLTRON #3 (OF 5)

Writer: TOMMY YUNE, BILL SPANGLER

Art: ELMER DAMASO

Cover: TOMMY YUNE

Teen + /32 pages/$3.99

ON SALE DATE: April 23

Bimonthly! Part 3 of 5. Commander Keith Kogane struggles to find out what happened to his Voltron team as Colonel Edwards has top Robotechnologists toiling furiously to re-engineer the recovered lions back to into working order, but one of them is missing! A universe away, the SDF-1 puts up a gallant defense of the planet Arus, but how long can advanced alien technology hold out against the forces of black magic? In the midst of all this, Khyron the Backstabber brings his trademark Zentraedi treachery in his quest to claim the prize of the SDF-1 for himself!

THE SHADOW NOW #6 (OF 6)

Writer: DAVID LISS

Art: COLTON WORLEY

Covers: TIM BRADSTREET

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Teen + / 32 pages / $3.99

ON SALE DATE: April 2

FINAL ISSUE!!! New York has been plunged into darkness and chaos looms as Khan attempts to restore his youth while his granddaughter seeks to stop the Shadow. This is the moment of truth, as the Shadows plans, at long last reveal, begin to unfold, but will it be enough to stop Khan and save New York City? It's the final chapter of the Shadow's return!

SHERLOCK HOLMES: MORIARTY LIVES #3 (OF 5)

Writer: DAVID LISS

Art: DANIEL INDRO, OLAVO COSTA

Covers: FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

Teen + / 32 pages / $3.99

ON SALE DATE: April 23

Bimonthly! Driven by a promise to a dying woman and a vow of vengeance, the world's most notorious villain must take on a madman who is as brilliant as he is dangerous. In deep disguise, Moriarty works his way deeper into the trust of his new enemy, but even as he forms new alliances and plots new treacheries, his own allies begin to move against him. But when charged with a task too sinister to contemplate, Moriarty must find a way to maintain his cover and pursue his plot. It's mastermind versus mastermind, as the plot thickens!

VAMPIRELLA ARCHIVES VOL 9 (HC)

Writers: BRUCE JONES, ROGER MCKENZIE, GERRY BOUDREAU, BUDD LEWIS, BILL DUBAY

Art: JOSE GONAZALEZ, CARMINE INFANTINO, DICK GIORDANO, ESTEBAN MAROTO, GONZALO MAYO

Cover: ENRICH

Publication Date: March 2014

Mature/400+ pages/$49.99

ON SALE DATE: March 26

The supernatural sensation Vampirella welcomes you to the latest spine-chilling volume in the Vampirella Archives! Join the iconic horror hostess in over thirty terrifying tales from issues #57 through #64 of the celebrated 1970s Vampirella Magazine. The finest macabre masters of an era (Jose Gonzalez, Carmine Infantino, Dick Gordano, Gonzalo Mayo, and more) deliver vicious vignettes and featured fright-fests like "City of Ghosts", "Little Monsters", and "The Sultana's Revenge", each a vintage classic guaranteed to curdle the blood!

WARLORD OF MARS #35

Writer: ARVID NELSON

Artist: WAGNER REIS

Covers: JOE JUSKO (50%), LUCIO PARRILLO (50%)

Risque Variant, B&W Risque Variant: CARLOS RAFAEL

Mature/32 pages/$3.99

ON SALE DATE: December 18

John Carter blunders into a trap set by the brutal tyrant laying waste to the Red Planet. But in doing so, the tyrant unwittingly reveals his greatest secret and only weakness. It's just what Carter and his family need to strike back -- if they survive.

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24 #1

Writer: ED BRISSON

Art: MICHAEL GAYDOS

Cover: DAVIDE FURNO

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FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Jack Bauer lives again! Before the Emmy Award-winning drama returns to your television with LIVE ANOTHER DAY, find out what the heroic agent has been up to in the several years following the events of the final season. Re-starting the clock on the high-octane saga are writing sensation Ed Brisson (Secret Avengers) and Eisner Award nominee Michael Gaydos (Alias).

• Jack Bauer returns ahead of the debut of the “Live Another Day” TV event!

• Ask your retailer about the Paul Shipper variant cover!

• Written by Ed Brisson (Comeback, Secret Avengers)!

• Series covers by Davide Furnò (Scalped, 30 Days of Night)!

7TH SWORD #1

Writer: JOHN RAFFO

Art: NELSON BLAKE II

Cover: ANDREW C. ROBINSON

Subscription Variant: NELSON BLAKE II

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Daniel Cray -- a samurai mercenary -- stumbles upon the legendary city of ZenZion, a mysterious desert outpost under siege from a vicious warlord. The peace-loving citizenry beg Cray to defend them … forcing Cray to reluctantly draw his deadly “Malathane” sword one last time to battle a relentless army of robots and their savage masters. Science Fiction meets Samurai in an epic new adventure from John Raffo (Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story).

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CITY: THE MIND IN THE MACHINE #3

Writer: ERIC GARCIA

Art: DREW MOSS

Cover: TOMMY LEE EDWARDS

Subscription Variant: BERNARD CHANGE

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Ben has uncovered a terrible secret about the accident that cost him his sight, but will his growing connection to the City help him survive long enough to exact revenge?

DANGER GIRL: MAY DAY #1 (of 4)

Writer: ANDY HARTNELL

Art: JOHN ROYLE, JOSE MARZAN

Cover/Subscription Variant: JOHN ROYLE

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

An all-new cast of sinister characters! Secrets from Deuce's past! And the shocking return of the deadliest (and sexiest!) Danger Girl villain of all-time! Fans of the original and best-selling Danger Girl series CAN’T MISS what’s sure to be the wildest adventure of the year! Plus … a mysterious Major lurks in the wings!

The return of Natalia Kassle, the rogue Danger Girl from the very first series!

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FORGOTTEN REALMS CLASSICS OMNIBUS VOL 1

Writers:JEFF GRUBB, BARBARA KESEL, JIM LOWDER, KATE NOVAK-GRUBB, DAN MISHKIN

Art: RAGS MORALES, MICHAEL COLLINS, DAVE HOOVER, DAN REED

Cover: RAGS MORALES

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 440 pages • 6” x 9”

Collecting the comics from the most popular fantasy campaign setting in history, this omnibus contains the first 14 issues of Forgotten Realms and the TSR Worlds Annual #1 originally published by DC Comics.

15 issues of D&D action!

G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #201

Writer: LARRY HAMA

Art/Cover: S L GALLANT

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

After last month’s landmark issue, G.I. JOE is ready to make a change! With COBRA on the run and the Pit in shambles, DUKE leads the team into a brave new era, as new teams are formed and G.I. JOE finds another base of operations.

• A perfect jumping-on point to this classic series!

• Special incentive cover by the inimitable Rob Liefeld!

• Variant Cover by Larry Hama!

G.I. JOE: THE IDW COLLECTION VOL 4 (HC)

Writers: MIKE COSTA, CHRISTOS N. GAGE, CHUCK DIXON, LARRY HAMA

Art: ANTONIO FUSO, ALEX CAL, S L GALLANT, SERGIO CARRERA, J. K. WOODWARD, JOE BENITEZ

Cover: PAUL SHIPPER

HC • FC • $49.99 • 344 pages • 7” x 11”

G.I. JOE: The IDW Collection presents all of the G.I. JOE stories in recommended reading. Includes Cobra Special #2, G.I. JOE: Origins #16–19, G.I. JOE #18–22, and Cobra II #5–9.

Catch up on all the G.I. JOE action!

GODZILLA: RULERS OF EARTH #11

Writer: CHRIS MOWRY

Art/Cover: MATT FRANK

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Undersea adventure awaits! The Devonian threat has been identified, and monsters across the globe converge in the depths of the ocean! As the humans test new weapons and methods, Godzilla will be forced to face some of his most fearsome foes!

• All of your favorite aquatic monsters in one issue!

• Variant Cover by Jeff Zornow!

IN THE DARK (HC)

Writers:RACHEL DEERING, JUSTIN JORDAN, CULLEN BUNN, PAUL TOBIN, DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI, TOM TAYLOR, F. PAUL WILSON, TIM SEELEY, MARGUERITE BENNETT, BRIAN KEENE, CHRISTOPHER SEBELA, MATTHEW DOW SMITH, JAMES TYNION IV, SEAN E. WILLIAMS, MICHAEL MORECI, STEVE SEELEY, JODY LEHEUP, ED BRISSON, MIKE OLIVERI, NATE SOUTHARD, VALERIE D'ORAZIO

Art: TRADD MOORE, DALIBOR TALAJIC, ANDY BELANGER, MATTHEW DOW SMITH, CHRISTOPHER MOONEYHAM, GARRY BROWN, MARC LAMING, CHRISTIAN WILDGOOSE, DOUGLAS HOLGATE, BRIAN LEVEL, CHRISTIAN DIBARI, MIKE HENDERSON, MACK CHATER, ALISON SAMPSON, JONATHAN BRANDON SAWYER, DREW MOSS, THOMAS BOATWRIGHT, DAVID JAMES COLE, ERYK DONOVAN, TADD GALUSHA

Cover: CHRISTIAN WILDGOOSE

HC • FC • $49.99 • 336 pages • 9” x 12.5”

The terror tome that has all the horror hounds frothing, In The Dark, is poised to make its debut! Featuring top writers and artists from the comic-book industry, In The Dark contains over 20 all-new, original horror stories that you’ll want to read with the lights on.

In The Dark launched as a Kickstarter project put together by Anathema scribe Rachel Deering last year, and successfully doubled the intended target goal for the project. Assembled and edited by Deering, In The Dark dives into a myriad of sinister horror stories from writers including Justin Jordan, Cullen Bunn, Steve Niles, Duane Swierczynski, Tom Taylor, Tim Seeley, Brian Keene, F. Paul Wilson, Ed Brisson, Marguerite Bennett, Valerie D’Orazio, Paul Tobin, James Tynion IV and many more. Nate Powell, Tradd Moore, Damien Worm, Tyler Jenkins, Drew Moss and Andy Belanger are just a few of distinguished artists that will give each tale a unique and distinct style.
 
“This book is the 8-year-old Rachel's dream come true. I wanted to make something that, had I found it on the shelves as a kid, would have been my favorite book of all time,” says Rachel Deering, In the Dark editor and project manager. “I wanted to give this generation a chance to feel that macabre magic that held me spellbound when I picked up my first horror anthology comic, and I can only hope it serves the scare the crap outta readers, young and old, for years to come.”
 
Along with the terrifying original stories, this over 250-page hardcover will feature an introduction by New York Times Bestselling author Scott Snyder and an in-depth look at the history of horror comics by comic book historian Mike Howlett.
 
“Rachel has assembled an amazing team for In the Dark,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “I know well how difficult it can be to put together an anthology at all, let alone one with solid creative teams from front to back, and that is exactly what Rachel has done here. The book’s successful Kickstarter campaign speaks to peoples’ interest in this project, and I’m excited that IDW can help bring the book to an even wider audience.”
 
In The Dark is the latest anthology IDW is pleased to publish under its banner, joining Womanthology and the prose anthologies V-Wars and Zombies Vs. Robots: This Means War!

MAGIC: THE GATHERING: THEROS (TPB)

Writer: JASON CIARAMELLA

Art:MARTIN COCCOLO, CHRIS EVENHUIS

Cover: ERIC DESCHAMPS

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 124 pages

After eliminating Sifa Grent, the Planeswalker that destroyed his hometown, Dack has settled down in Ravnica to do what he does best: break in and steal the secrets from Ravnica’s rarest artifacts. But upon uncovering half of a mysterious gauntlet, Dack is led to a strange new plane: the realm of THEROS, a sun-dappled land ruled by gods and inhabited by mythological beasts!

Collects issues #1-5!

POPEYE CLASSICS #21

Writer/Art/Cover: BUD SAGENDORF

FC • 52 pages • $3.99

Featuring an epic tale, "Popeye in Interplanetary Battle"—it's as wild as you might expect! Co-starring everybody's hilarious favorite: J. Wellington Wimpy! Plus, lots more Spinach-fueled fun!

"Gloriously funny writing and drawing style! Sagendorf comics are great comics!" -- MTV.

PRINCESS OF MARS ILLUSTRATED (PROSE HC)

Writer: EGAR RICE BURROUGHS

Art/Cover: MICHAEL WILLIAM KALUTA

$29.99

Relive Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic adventure tale in this handsome representation featuring illustrations by Michael Kaluta. A revered illustration powerhouse, Kaluta's unmistakable style presents John Carter's "Barsoom" experiences like you've never seen before. A must have for Burroughs and Kaluta fans. 

ROCKETEER/THE SPIRIT: PULP FRICTION (HC)

Writer: MARK WAID

Art: PAUL SMITH, LOSTON WALLACE, J. BONE

Cover: PAUL SMITH

HC • FC • $21.99 • 104 pages

Will Eisner's The Spirit and Dave Stevens' The Rocketeer are two of the most beloved characters ever to grace comics -- and now these two great pulp-inspired heroes meet for the very first time!
After a Central City Alderman disappears and is found dead in Los Angeles, commissioner Dolan, along with Denny Colt (AKA The Spirit), and Dolan's daughter Ellen, trek out to the City of Angels to investigate. Meanwhile, Cliff Secord (The Rocketeer) consoles his sweetheart Betty … who is traumatized after accidentally discovering the politician's body. As the unlikely duo dive into the mystery, a deeper one unfolds -- one that is masterminded by two of our heroes' arch-villains! Hold on tight for a rocket-propelled double-dose of danger!

“This comic is an absolute blast, but it has a sense of love, care and history that raise it to the level of the truly great.” -- Comic Book Resources

ROGUE TROOPER #3

Writer: BRIAN RUCKLEY

Art: ALBERTO PONTICELLI

Cover: GLENN FABRY

Subscription Variant: JAMES STOKOE

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

As the battle for Strongpoint Charlie goes into overdrive, Rogue Trooper is up against enemies who aren’t even on the same battlefield as him. And something even worse is closing in fast, because his creators want him back: Dead or alive!

One of 2000 AD’s best-loved characters, created by Dave Gibbons and Gerry Finley-Day!

Written by acclaimed fantasy novelist Brian Ruckley (author of the Godless World trilogy) with art by Alberto Ponticelli (Unknown Soldier, Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.) and covers by Glenn Fabry   (Preacher, Slaine) and James Stokoe (Orc Stain, Godzilla: Half-Century War)!

SAMURAI JACK CLASSICS VOL 2 (TPB)

Writers: ROBBIE BUSCH, JIM ALEXANDER, JASON HALL, AARON WILLIAMS

Art: SCOTT COHN, DAN DAVIS, RICARDO GARCIA FUENTES, ETHEN BEAVERS, PHILIP MOY

Cover: ETHEN BEAVERS

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 148 pages

The hit TV show turned hit comic book returns in this collection of classic Samurai Jack stories. Continuing the action, with all of Jack’s appearances between issues #21 and 60of the "Cartoon Network Action Pack" series. It's sword swinging, fist-pumping, vengeance-getting action at its best. 

Never before collected!

STAR TREK #32

Writer: MIKE JOHNSON

Art/Cover: ERFAN FAJAR

Subscription Variant: Photo

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The concluding chapter of "I, Enterprise"! The flagship of the fleet is now a sentient entity with a mind of its own... and it doesn't take kindly to the biological "invaders" inside its hull! How do Kirk, Spock and the rest of the crew fight an enemy upon which their very survival depends? This all-new adventure is overseen by STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci!

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ADVENTURES VOL 7

Writers: DEAN CLARRAIN, DOUG BRAMMER, RYAN BROWN

Art: CHRIS ALLAN, GARRET HO, JIM LAWSON, KEN MITCHRONEY

Cover: STEVE LAVIGNE

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 140 pages • 7” x 10.187”

The all-ages action continues in this collection of TMNT Adventures! Enjoy classic Turtles tales like "Search and Destroy", "Gimme Danger," "Raw Power," "The Keeper," and "In The Dark."

Collects issues #23–27 of the Archie Comics series.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #33

Writers: TOM WALTZ, KEVIN EASTMAN

Art: MATEUS SANTOLOUCO

Cover: MATEUS SANTOLOUCO, KEVIN EASTMAN

Variant: STEPHEN MOONEY

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The Turtles return to New York to find a city in Shredder’s grip. The Turtles will have to use all of their skills and stealth to survive. But is Casey ready for a homecoming welcome from Hun?

Fan-favorite artist Mateus Santolouco returns!

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: ANIMATED ADVENTURES #10

Writer: DEREK FRIDOLFS

Art: DARIO BRIZUELA, CHAD THOMAS

Cover: DARI BRIZUELA

Variant: JAMES SILVANI

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

It’s Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air … but not for Spider Bytez! The surly mutant has had enough of the mushy stuff and is going to make sure that everyone is just as miserable as he is! The Turtles will have to act quickly or else the entire city will become ensnared in his evil web!

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #28: DAWN OF THE AUTOBOTS

Writer: JOHN BARBER

Art: ANDREW GRIFFITH

Cover: CASEY W. COLLER

Subscription Variant: ANDREW GRIFFITH

Variant interlocking cover: LIVIO RAMODELLI

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

EARTHFALL! The AUTOBOTS return to Earth -- with OPTIMUS PRIME in command! But what brought them back -- and what terrifying secret do the humans hold? A bold new era begins here!

OPTIMUS PRIME LEADS THE AUTOBOTS ON EARTH!?

The perfect jumping-on point for new readers!

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the TRANSFORMERS!

IMAGE COMICS

DEAD BODY ROAD #5

Story: JUSTIN JORDAN

Art/Cover: MATTEO SCALERA & MORENO DINISIO

APRIL 23 /

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

Holed up and under siege, Gage and his accomplices may have run out of road ... but not bullets. Or heads to put them through.

DEADLY CLASS #2 (2ND PTG)

Writer: RICK REMENDER

Art/Cover: WESLEY CRAIG

Mature/$3.50

It's Marcus's first day at the Kings Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts. A locker full of death threats, a schedule full of brutality, and whispers in the hallway about his mysterious past ... which is fast catching up to cut out his freshly broken heart.

A DISTANT SOIL, VOL. II: THE ASCENDANT (TPB)

Writer/Art/Cover: COLLEEN DORAN

240 PAGES / BW / T / $16.99

A small team of champions band together to protect young Liana from the Hierarchy, a corrupt otherworld government determined to destroy her. Unknown to the Hierarchy, Seren, their enshrined Avatar, a powerful psionic and religious leader, secretly aids Liana, and plots a coup to overthrow his masters.

FIVE GHOSTS #11

Writer: FRANK J. BARBIERE

Art/Cover: CHRIS MOONEYHAM

MARCH 26 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

"LOST COASTLINES," Part Five

What horrors await on The Island of Dreams? Find out in the penultimate chapter of “Lost Coastlines!”

THE FUSE #3

Story: ANTONY JOHNSTON

Art/Cover: JUSTIN GREENWOOD

APRIL 23 /

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

"THE RUSSIA SHIFT," Part Three

Whoever thought two dead bums could be such a pain in the ass? Now even the Mayor's office is under scrutiny, but even an old Muscovite like Klem Ristovych knows that's a whole new bag of hurt to be poking.

And why the hell is Ralph researching terrorist groups?

GHOSTED #9

Story: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON

Art: DAVIDE GIANFELICE & MIROSLAV MRVA

Cover: MATTEO SCALERA

APRIL 23 /

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

Jackson Winters may think he knows everything about the supernatural world, but the jungles are filled with all sorts of ghosts ...

LAZARUS #8

Writer: GREG RUCKA

Art/Cover: MICHAEL LARK

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

“LIFT,” Part Four

Forever calls on the Daggers. The Barrets reach the final stage of their journey as all threads converge on Denver for the Lift.

 

THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #20

Writer: JONATHAN HICKMAN

Art: NICK PITARRA

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.50

“FINITE OPPENHEIMERS: FOREVER”

High stakes as the imagined reality of the Mad Oppenheimers finally collides with the Manhattan Projects proper.

THE MICE TEMPLAR IV: LEGEND #9

Story: BRYAN J.L. GLASS

Art: VICTOR SANTOS

Cover A: MICHAEL AVON OEMING

Cover B: VICTOR SANTOS & CHANDRA FREE

APRIL 16 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.50

Mad king Icarus's destruction of the Great Ash Tree has galvanized the entire Templar remnant around the legend of Karic, for both good ... and ill. While the charismatic Field Marshal Payton seeks control of the young mouse's legacy, the schemes of Ronan enlist intervention by the Bats of Meave to restore his own fading leadership no matter the cost!

PROTECTORS, INC. #6

Story: J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI

Art/Cover: GORDON PURCELL & MIKE ATIYEH

APRIL 23 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

It began with two seemingly unconnected deaths: a young woman, washed up on the shore of Lake Michigan, and the Huntsman, whose death Protectors, Inc. insisted was an accident. But now the lines connecting those two events are becoming clear, and Lieutenant Detective John Riley finds himself on the edge of a conspiracy that may shatter everything the public believes about their heroes ... assuming he can survive the investigation.

THE SAVIORS #4

Writer: JAMES ROBINSON

Art/Cover: J. BONE

MARCH 26 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

After last issue’s mayhem and slaughter, Tomas is alone, hunted by alien invaders in a strange town where the Day of the Dead celebration does little to help things. And when Tomas manages to trap an alien to learn its secrets, is he unwittingly setting up his own death too?

 

SHELTERED #8

Writer: ED BRISSON

Art/Cover: JOHNNIE CHRISTMAS

MARCH 19 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

A coup is on the horizon. Violence erupts outside Safe Haven's borders.

SHOTGUN WEDDING #4 (of 4)

APRIL 23 /

32 PAGES / BW / M / $3.99

Writer: WILLIAM HARMS

Art/Cover: EDWARD PUN

Mike Stone wants nothing more than to marry the woman of his dreams. Denise is smart, sexy, teaches the second grade, and loves Mike more than anything in the world. What she doesn't know is that Mike is one of the world's top assassins and was once engaged to a fellow assassin named Chloe. And when Mike abandoned Chloe on their wedding day, she vowed revenge ...

SKULLKICKERS #26

Story: JIM ZUB

Art: EDWIN HUANG & MISTY COATS

C0ver: JAMES GHIO

APRIL 23 /

32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.50

"A DOZEN COUSINS AND A CRUMPLED CROWN," Part Two

In this special issue (they're all special, but whatever): The HiSTORY: of Dwarves (The 'Short' Version).

SOVEREIGN #1 (2ND PTG)

Story: CHRIS ROBERSON

Art/Cover: PAUL MAYBURY

32 PAGES/FC/M/$2.99

An epic fantasy in the tradition of Game of Thrones, SOVEREIGN is set in a world which once knew gods, demons, and magic, and to which all three are returning. New York Times bestselling author CHRIS ROBERSON (credits TBA) joins artist PAUL MAYBURY (credits TBA) to tell the story of masked undertakers facing the undead with swords, of civil wars and cultures in collision, of ancient threats emerging from the ashes of history to menace the future ...

SOVEREIGN #2

Story: CHRIS ROBERSON

Art/Cover: PAUL MAYBURY

APRIL 23 /

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

An emperor lays dead, with no successor named for his vacated throne. Visitors from a distant land discover that there is more in the world than their philosophies know. And three masked outcasts come bearing word of a coming apocalypse ...

THIEF OF THIEVES #20

Story: ANDY DIGGLE

Art/Cover: SHAWN MARTINBROUGH & FELIX SERRANO

APRIL 23 /

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

"THE HIT LIST" starts here!

From Robert Kirkman, the creator of THE WALKING DEAD, new ongoing writer Andy Diggle (SNAPSHOT, Green Arrow: Year One, The Losers), and dedicated artist Shawn Martinbrough comes THIEF OF THIEVES #20. Conrad Paulson is after a big score once again, but this time he may not be so lucky.

Conrad pulled off his last heist, but not without making some new enemies to add to his ever-growing list. Diggle hinted that the stakes would be raised in this new arc. “Master thief Redmond was hoping to retire after the biggest heist of his career, but instead it's dropped him into the crossfire of an international gang war,” hinted Diggle. “He's been on the back foot for too long; now it's time for Redmond to go on the offensive. Things are going to get bloody.”

Is anyone in his life really safe with number of individuals bent on causing him harm? Find out when THIEF OF THIEVES #20 arrives.

UNDERTOW #3 (of 6)

STORY: STEVE ORLANDO

ART / COVER: ARTYOM TRAKHANOV

APRIL 23 /

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

Surrounded by bloodthirsty humans, boiling in their landsuits as the sun rises, Redum Anshargal and Ukinnu Alal's team comes face to face with a primordial god. He's never killed a god before, but that doesn't mean Anshargal isn't up for trying.

The dry frontier takes another life as the pulp monster adventure continues!

THE WALKING DEAD #117 (3RD PTG)

Story: ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art: CHARLIE ADLARD & STEFANO GAUDIANO

Cover: CHARLIE ADLARD

32 PAGES / BW / M / $2.99

"ALL OUT WAR" continues!

In the aftermath of the battle of Sanctuary, Ezekiel must survive on his own.

THE WALKING DEAD #126

Story: ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art: CHARLIE ADLARD & STEFANO GAUDIANO

Cover: CHARLIE ADLARD & DAVE STEWART

APRIL 23 / 32 PAGES / BW / M / $2.99

"ALL OUT WAR," Conclusion

This changes everything.

ZERO #7

Story: ALES KOT

Art: MATT TAYLOR & JORDIE BELLAIRE

Cover A: MATT TAYLOR & TOM MULLER

Cover B: SEAN PHILLIPS & TOM MULLER

APRIL 23 /

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

Zero and Zizek come to a place fifty-six miles away from Juarez, Mexico. There is business to be made in human misery.

MARVEL COMICS

ALL-NEW INVADERS #4

Writer: JAMES ROBINSON

Art: STEVE PUGH

Cover: MUKESH SINGH

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

ON SALE APRIL 23

“GODS AND SOLDIERS” PART FOUR

• THE INVADERS incursion into Hala, the Kree Homeworld, has begun ... and already our heroes are in trouble.

• Now the team must fight a Kree-controlled God, but which God? From which pantheon? And how can they defeat an immortal with unlimited power?

• See NAMOR unleashed, CAPTAIN AMERICA fight and THE HUMAN TORCH turn up the heat!!!

• And what is the dangerous side mission that only WINTER SOLDIER and AARKUS THE GOLDEN AGE VISION can complete?

ALL-NEW X-MEN #23 (2ND PTG)

Writer: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art: STUART IMMONEN

Cover: DALE KEOWN

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

"The Trial of Jean Grey" Part 3! Jean is on trial and it's up to the All-New X-Men and the Guardians of the Galaxy to get her free.

AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #3

Writer: DENNIS HOPELESS

Art: TIMOTHY GREEN III

Cover: FRANCESCO MATTINA

Variant: JORGE MOLINA

32 PGS./Rated T+/$2.99

ON SALE APRIL 23

FACE-TO-FACE WITH ARCADE!

• What happens when the Murder World survivors confront their former captor?

• Hint: Someone doesn’t survive!

 

BRILLIANT VOL 1 (PREMIERE HC)

Writer: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art/Cover: MARK BAGLEY

152 PGS./Mature/$24.99

On sale April 16

The first creator-owned book by ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN co-creators Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, BRILLIANT tells the story of a handful of college-age geniuses who challenge each other to solve the mystery of superpowers. Can the best and brightest change sciencefiction into science fact? And if so, how will the world at large react? BRILLIANT is a thriller of the highest order. It is a story of how true power can either destroy or protect the strongest of friendships. It is the story of how the world will react when our true potential is finally unlocked. Collecting BRILLIANT #1-5.

© 2013 Jinxworld Inc.

CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 (2ND PTG)

Writer: KELLY SUE DECONNICK

Art/Cover: DAVID LOPEZ

 Hero! Pilot! Avenger! Captain Marvel, Earth's Mightiest Hero with death-defying powers and an attitude to match, is back and launching headfirst into an all-new ongoing series! As Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, comes to a crossroads with a new life and new romance, she makes a dramatic decision that will alter the course of her life and the entire Marvel Universe in the months to come. It's time to go higher, further, faster and more in the most super-powered comic around!

DAREDEVIL #2

Writer: MARK WAID

Art/Cover: CHRIS SAMNEE

Artist Variant: FRANK CHO

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

ON SALE APRIL 23

• Daredevil’s in over his head in his new hometown, which isn’t at all as he remembers it!

• New threats, new obstacles ... and a forgotten Marvel hero steps from the shadows to make him feel MOST unwelcome!

 

DEXTER DOWN UNDER #3 (OF 5)

Writer: JEFF LINDSAY

Art: DALIBOR TALAJIC

Cover: MICHAEL DEL MUNDO

32 PGS./Parental Advisory/$3.99

ON SALE APRIL 9

DEXTER’S BACK IN AN INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURE WRITTEN BY HIS CREATOR JEFF LINDSAY!

• Dexter Morgan, the serial killer of serial killers, is on the trail of a new murderer … but he’s out of his comfort zone of his native Miami and feeling the Australian heat!

• When everything is flipped Down Under, Dexter finally finds himself as not the hunter, but the prey!

ELEKTRA #1

Writer: HAYDEN BLACKMAN

Art/Cover: MIKE DEL MUNDO

Variants: MILO MANARA, PAOLO RIVERA, BILL SIENKIEWICZ, SKOTTIE YOUNG

Blank Cover variant also available

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

ON SALE APRIL 23

Witness the beautifully violent return of the world’s deadliest assassin. A life spent in silent pain has led Elektra to the precipice of despair. As she prepares to shed her past and take her next step, everything you know about her will change! Death is no escape, but she will find her way as a new option opens up that will take Elektra to places no other Marvel character can go.

Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce the addition of Haden Blackman as series writer for Elektra beginning with an All-New Marvel NOW! #1.

On shelves this April, the perilous and dangerous adventures of Elektra Natchios -- simply known by her enigmatic moniker of Elektra -- will be orchestrated by critically acclaimed writer Haden Blackman (Batwoman). Previously announced with Zeb Wells writing the series, Haden is prepared to take Elektra down the dangerous paths of the Marvel Universe.

“If anything, we’ll be putting Elektra into even more precarious situations,” says writer Haden Blackman in an interview with Marvel.com. “Not only will she be risking her life, but it’s finally her life; she’s no longer answering to anyone and is now striking out on her own to figure out who she is and what she wants, so she has even more to lose than ever before.”

“I’m extremely excited about this series,” says Blackman. “Elektra is a complex character who is still searching for her identity and purpose. My goal is to put Elektra into new situations facing terrifying enemies and hard moral choices she hasn’t encountered before. All the while exploring her evolving motives and personality.”

Series Editor Sana Amanat teases, “Elektra sets off on a treacherous trek through the far corners of the Marvel Universe on a mission of salvation. For the first time in her life she must protect instead of kill -- in the hopes of finally expelling the demons that have terrorized her for so long.”

Can Elektra choose a new path and walk away from her previous deadly ways? Or will her past now be on the hunt for her? Look for more information in the April issue of the Marvel Previews Catalog.

Every FIRST ISSUE bearing the All-New Marvel NOW! branding includes a code for a free digital copy of that same comic on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. For more on Elektra & All-New Marvel NOW!, please visit now.marvel.com and join in the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MarvelNOW.

FANTASTIC FOUR #2 (2ND PTG)

Writer: JAMES ROBINSON

Art: LEONARD KIRK, KARL KESEL

Cover: LEONARD KIRK

 "The Fall of the Fantastic Four" Part 2 -- Manhattan is under attack by a monstrous killer swarm from a corrupted pocket universe, and in order to defeat it the Fantastic Four will need all their courage, powers and skill ... as well as those of every other hero in New York! But to attain final victory one of the First Family will must make a terrible sacrifice! And so the first strings are pulled and the first pieces are put in place ... on the Fantastic Four's downfall!

FANTASTIC FOUR #3

Writer: JAMES ROBINSON

Art: LEONARD KIRK

Cover: JOHN ROMITA JR.

Variant: J. G. JONES

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

ON SALE APRIL 23

“THE FALL OF THE FANTASTIC FOUR” PART 3

The fall of the Marvel Universe’s first family continues this April in FANTASTIC FOUR #3 – from the explosive creative team of James Robinson and Leonard Kirk! The Fantastic Four have saved Manhattan from an inter-dimensional invasion – but the cost was severe. What was once a team of four has been reduced to three. Is this the end of the Human Torch? Plus – don’t miss the introduction of a stronger, even deadlier WRECKING CREW! But with the team down one member, will the Fantastic Four be strong enough to stop them?

GEORGE ROMERO’S EMPIRE OF THE DEAD: ACT ONE #4 (of 5)

Writer: GEORGE ROMERO

Art/Cover: ALEX MALEEV

NYC Variant: ARTHUR SUYDAM

32 PGS./Parental Advisory/$3.99

ON SALE APRIL 23

IT’S ZOMBIES VS VAMPIRES -- WITH HUMANS CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE -- AS THE LEGENDARY GEORGE ROMERO UNLEASHES HIS NEXT UNDEAD EPIC!

• Welcome to New York years after the eruption of an undead plague -- a city not only teeming with zombies, but also ruled by a vampire!

• Who is the ultimate wild card: the undead gladiator Zanzibar ... the former cop known only as X … or the southern firecracker called Dixie Peach?

• Plus: It’s a terrorizing team-up in variant cover form when the Zombie Godfather George Romero unites with the Zombie King Arthur Suydam!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #12 (2ND PTG)

Writer: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art: SARA PICHELLI

Cover: MIKE DEODATA

"The Trial of Jean Grey" Part 4! A surprise ally from one character's past comes to help, but is that enough against the most powerful army in the Universe?

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #14

Writer: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art/Cover: NICK BRADSHAW

100th issue ANIVERSARY CELEBRATION!

48 PGS./Rated T/$4.99

ON SALE APRIL 23

• 45 years in the making! It’s finally here!!! The 100th issue of Guardians of the Galaxy! (Okay it’s actually the 101st, but we had an X-Men crossover to get through! Sheesh!)

• It’s an all-star celebration of the most popular super team of 2014 as cosmic captain Brian Michael Bendis welcomes Nick Bradshaw (WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN) to the team!

• As the GOTG gets ready for new members VENOM and CAPTAIN MARVEL, there are unexpected dangers that promise to tear the team to its core.

• Plus in this special double sized anniversary issue ... two special back up stories by former GOTG writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning!

IRON PATRIOT #2

Writer: ALES KOT

Art/Cover: GARRY BROWN

Variant: JOE BENNETT

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

ON SALE APRIL 23

“UNBREAKABLE” PART 2

• Who is controlling the IRON PATRIOT suit?

• The conspiracy to destroy America from within grows

• And … James Rhodes dies!!!

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL 16 (HC)

Written by LEN WEIN with BILL MANTLO

Penciled by ROSS ANDRU with GIL KANE

Cover by ROSS ANDRU

288 PGS./Rated T/$69.99

Peter Parker’s past comes back to haunt him in his latest and greatest Marvel Masterworks volume! Doc Ock has returned, and he’s brought the ghost of Hammerhead with him! And those two aren’t the only ones back from the grave: The Kingpin is out to resurrect his son, and he can only do it if Spider-Man dies! The danger doesn’t stop there, either, as the Punisher sets his sights on Spider-Man in an adventure guest-starring the X-Men’s Nightcrawler, dinosaurs rampage down Broadway in the war of the reptile-men, one of Spidey’s oldest foes hijacks the Spider-Mobile, and J. Jonah Jameson secures proof of Spidey’s secret identity in the return of the Spider-Slayer! Reserve your copy today! Collecting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) #156-168 and ANNUAL #10.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 16 HC — VARIANT EDITION VOL. 205 (DM ONLY)

288 PGS./Rated T/$69.99

(ON-SALE 4/23/14)

MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #25

Adapted by Joe Caramagna

32 PGS./All Ages/$2.99

ON SALE APRIL 23

• The evil Scorpio and the super army Zodiac have taken over the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier and set it to self-destruct!

• Spider-Man and Fury must put their differences aside and fight the new menace as a team.

MS. MARVEL #2 (2ND PTG)

Writer: G. WILLOW WILSON

Art: ADRIAN ALPHONA

Cover: JAMIE MCKELVIE

On-Sale 04/23/14

As seen in the New York Times, CNN and other media outlets the world-over, the all-new Ms. Marvel has made her thunderous debut! Kamala Khan's very ordinary life has suddenly become extraordinary. Is she ready to wield these strange and immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Critically acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and fan-beloved artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways, Uncanny X-Force) bring you the groundbreaking Marvel series that has set the world abuzz. Don't miss history in the making.

ORIGINAL SIN #0

Writer: MARK WAID

Art/Cover: JIM CHEUNG

Artist Variant: PAOLO RIVERA

40 PGS./ONE SHOT/Rated T+/$3.99

ON SALE APRIL 16

IT’S THE PROLOGUE TO THE BIGGEST MARVEL SERIES OF THE SUMMER!

WHO IS THE WATCHER? That’s what Nova is wondering after his latest brush with the moon-dwelling enigma he’s encountered before! But what he discovers will have a profound effect on the young hero, as well as priming the pump for the most cataclysmic event in Marvel history! WHAT DID HE SEE?

Marvel is proud to announce ORIGINAL SIN, the eight-part blockbuster comic event of the summer, from critically acclaimed writer Jason Aaron (Amazing X-Men, Thor: God of Thunder) and red-hot artist, Mike Deodato Jr. (Amazing Spider-Man, New Avengers)!

On the moon, the dead body of Uatu, the Watcher is discovered. His home destroyed. Looted of its valuable alien technology. Now, the manhunt is on. And the biggest heroes of the Marvel Universe -- Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine, Black Widow and more are on the hunt for his murderer.

But no one is ready for the secret knowledge the Watcher held. Secrets that will shake the Marvel Universe and it’s heroes to their very core!

“This is basically a crime story. A murder mystery. A manhunt. But with the entirety of the Marvel Universe as its backdrop,” said Jason Aaron. "We’re taking all the toys out of their packaging for this one. Everyone and everything is in play. For some characters, life will never be the same again. And it’s only a matter of time before more bodies are popping up.”

“If you know nothing about Uatu, or you’re not up on what his deal is right now, the story in Original Sin #0 will give you all of the information you need,” says Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort in an interview with Marvel.com. “[Presented] in the context of an emotionally affecting story featuring the Watcher and Nova – and leave you ready for him to turn up as a cold, dead corpse in Original Sin #1 and understand why that is so very unsettling and dangerous a situation.”

What did the Watcher see? And who wanted him dead because of it? With the greatest secrets of the Marvel Universe in the hands of his killer, it’s won’t be long before the shocking truth comes out! And even the greatest heroes of the Marvel Universe are not safe from the skeletons in their closets. All sins come with a price, and this summer – the truth can cost your life! This is … ORIGINAL SIN!

ORIGINAL SIN #1 also includes a code for a free digital copy of the very same comic on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. For more on ORIGINAL SIN, please visit marvel.com and join in the conversation on Twitter with #originalsin.

POWERS: BUREAU #9

Writers: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS & MICHAEL AVON OEMING

Art/Cover: MICHAEL AVON OEMING

32 PGS./Mature/$3.95

The Eisner award-winning team of Bendis and Oeming brings you another shocking chapter of one of the most successful independent comics of its generation. Walker and Pilgrim are in Hollywood investigating the death of a true American icon. The story of how these icons came to be is one of the darkest, most fascinating secrets of American superpower history. From the writer of some of your favorite Marvel comics like ALL-NEW X-MEN and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!

© 2013 Jinxworld Inc.

 

SAVAGE WOLVERINE #17

Writer/Art/Cover: RICHARD ISANOVE

32 PGS./Parental Advisory/$3.99

ON SALE APRIL 16

• Logan stands between an innocent family and a corrupt time!

• What is the secret of Grand Rapids? And how is it connected to Logan?

• Richard Isanove (THE DARK TOWER) concludes his most brutal tale in the life of Wolverine!

SAVAGE WOLVERINE VOL. 1: KILL ISLAND (TPB)

Writer/Art/Cover: FRANK CHO

136 PGS./Parental Advisory/$19.99

Wolverine awakes to find himself transported to the Savage Land and labeled Public Enemy Number One! With no memory of how he got there, and Shanna the She-Devil his only ally, Logan must unravel the mystery that slumbers at the heart of the Savage Land before it finds a way to kill him first! In search of answers, the ferocious duo venture into the depths of the Forbidden Island, where they face a brutal gauntlet of battles with the Island natives, wild dinosaurs, giant apes and a deadly threat from another world. And when another hero crash lands on the island, he will turn the tide of battle…but is he friend or foe? Featuring guest appearances from Amadeus Cho, Man-Thing and the Incredible Hulk! Collecting SAVAGE WOLVERINE #1-5.

(On-Sale 4/23/14)

SECRET AVENGERS VOL. 3: HOW TO MA.I.M. A MOCKINGBIRD TPB

Written by NICK SPENCER & ALES KOT

Penciled by BUTCH GUICE

Cover by Butch Guice

112 PGS./Rated T+/$17.99

Mockingbird is undercover, infiltrating Advanced Idea Mechanics…but as her deception crumbles, can she escape before the High Council of A.IM. discovers her true identity? As Maria Hill gets a mind-bending offer from a rogue A.I.M. operative that you’ll probably recognize, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Fury plumb the organization’s depths. But when A.I.M. strikes and takes out the team, Taskmaster and Mockingbird must go full stealth mode as the entire A.I.M. Island searches for them! As A.I.M.’s secrets are spilled, Forson’s wild card is revealed, a traitor at the heart of the group comes to light…and Mockingbird faces a crossroads that threatens to tear her apart. Collecting SECRET AVENGERS (2013) #12-16.

(On-Sale 4/23/14)

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP #12

Writer: KEVIN SHINICK

Art: MARCO CHECCHETTO

Cover: PAOLO RIVERA

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

ON SALE APRIL 23

• As THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Returns, flashback to a never before revealed team-up between Doctor Octopus and Peter Parker that sheds new light on their violent relationship.

THOR BY WALTER SIMONSON VOL. 5 (TPB)

Writer/Cover: WALTER SIMONSON

Penciled by SAL BUSCEMA & WALTER SIMONSON

248 PGS./Rated T/$29.99

Few people have ever left their mark on one character quite the way Walter Simonson has. His work on the Mighty Thor swept the Norse God of Thunder to heights never before seen and rarely achieved in his wake. Spanning epic tales of heroism and treachery, love and war, Simonson’s work is often considered the definitive Thor. From the majesty and mystery of fabled Asgard to the gritty streets of New York City, Thor was never the same. That is the mark of a true visionary. This fifth volume concludes the collection of Simonson’s epic run — completely remastered from the original artwork and newly colored by Steve Oliff! Collecting THOR (1966) #375-382.

(On-Sale 4/23/14)

THUNDERBOLTS #25

Writer: CHARLES SOULE

Art: PACO DIAZ LUQUE

Cover: JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO

32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

ON SALE APRIL 23

• The T-Bolts turn adventurer as they trek into Central America!

• Thrill, chills, and romance in the heart of the jungle!

• A mysterious power that’s too much for anyone to contain!

UNCANNY AVENGERS #19

Writer: RICK REMENDER

Art/Cover: DANIEL ACUñA

Variant: AGUSTIN ALESSIO

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

ON SALE APRIL 23

AVENGE THE EARTH Continues!

Kang the Conqueror has returned, and he’s brought some friends! This April, the blockbuster “Avenge the Earth” arc continues in UNCANNY AVENGERS #19, from the New York Times Best Selling Creative team of Rick Remender and Daniel Acuña! Assembled from the splintered fringes of time and space comes Kang’s Chronos Corps, and they’ve arrived on Planet X with a terrible offer. Now, Havok must reunite the surviving members of the Uncanny Avengers in a race against time to save the planet! But with Magneto and his human hunting X-Force closing in, how far is Havok willing to go to save all he holds dear? No fan can afford to miss the epic UNCANNY AVENGERS 19, on-sale this April!

WHAT IF? AGE OF ULTRON #4

Writer: JOE KEATINGE

Art: PIOTR KOWALSKI

Cover: CHRIS STEVENS

Variant: PIOTR KOWALSKI

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

ON SALE APRIL 23

TRI-CENTENNIAL BATTLES!

• In a world without Captain America, the United States has lost its spirit, its inspiration.

• A secret cabal unites to create a new Captain America in the nation’s most trying time.

• The war veteran Frank Castle is transformed into something far more than he ever imagined — but not everyone is Steve Rogers …

X-MEN LEGACY VOL. 4: FOR WE ARE MANY TPB

Writer: SIMON SPURRIER

Pencils: KHOI PHAM & TAN ENG HUAT

Cover: MIKE DEL MUNDO

136 PGS./Rated T+/$15.99

(On-Sale 4/23/14)

It’s the climactic story to which this series has been building, guest-starring the allies Legion has made along the way — and not all of them will emerge unscathed! One of Legion’s most troublesome personalities threatens to annihilate an alien species, and S.W.O.R.D. director Abigail Brand is on the case — but will she be able to work with David to solve this extraterrestrial conundrum? Legion prepares for a final showdown with the monster in his mind that wears his deceased father’s face, but the demonic Professor X has escaped into the real world. What price will Legion pay to stop him from razing the Earth? And prophesied to stop Legion, will Young X-Man Blindfold take matters into her own hands and extinguish her first love? One thing’s for sure: As this groundbreaking series concludes, anything is possible! Collecting X-MEN LEGACY (2013) #19-24.

VALIANT COMICS

ETERNAL WARRIOR #8

Writer: GREG PAK

Art: ROBERT GILL

Cover: LEWIS LAROSA

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

ON SALE APRIL 23rd!

Is the Eternal Warrior finally out of time?

Every moment in the centuries-long life of Gilad Anni-Padda has led to this moment. Far removed from the modern day, standing resolute at the last tattered edge of the civilization, the Eternal Emperor of 4001 A.D. is about to make the hardest choice of all -- and two thousand years of Valiant heroes will feel the fallout. Don't miss a moment as the very first vision of Valiant's all-new future timeline reaches a milestone turning point!

HARBINGER #22

Writer: JOSHUA DYSART

Art: CLAYTON HENRY

Cover: MICHAEL WALSH

Interlocking Variant: ZACH MONTOYA

Variant: BARRY KITSON

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

ON SALE APRIL 23rd!

"DEATH OF A RENEGADE" – PART 1 (of 3)

Peter Stanchek and his wayward team of teenage Renegades thought they had found freedom. They thought they could get their old lives back. They thought they could bring down Toyo Harada and the Harbinger Foundation. They were wrong.

And now one of them will die.

The critically lauded, best-selling series Harbinger will deliver its most gut-wrenching story yet when a beloved member of Valiant's band of Renegades pays the ultimate price. Peter. Kris. Zephyr. Flamingo. Torque. Standing head-to-head against Toyo Harada, the superhuman CEO behind the Harbinger Foundation, one of these daring teenage heroes is about to lay their life on the line.

As revealed by USA Today, it all begins in HARBINGER #22 -- the FIRST ISSUE of DEATH OF A RENEGADE, a new three-issue story arc from New York Times best-selling creators Joshua Dysart (Harbinger Wars, Unknown Soldier) and Clayton Henry (Harbinger Wars, Archer & Armstrong)!

United by their unique abilities, five teenage misfits have come together under the leadership of troubled runaway Peter Stanchek -- a psionically-powered “harbinger” with the potential to reshape the course of human history. Recruited into the Harbinger Foundation by wealthy business magnate and omega-powered harbinger Toyo Harada, Peter quickly discovered the true purpose of Harada's secretive superhuman empire -- subversion, conspiracy and control on a global scale. Now, with only the rejected recruits of the Renegades to aid him, the one boy to ever challenge Harada's vise grip on the future of humanity has been left with no choice to expose his former mentor to the world -- then bring the fight to his front door.

"It's not hyperbole to say that EVERYTHING will change after this," Joshua Dysart told USA Today. "People say that, but in the past we've proven that we mean it. And this time I think people will be very surprised as to what's going to happen in this book."

"We're losing one of our most important characters forever," said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons. "This isn't a decision we take lightly -- there was heated debate about this in all quarters -- but it's a necessary choice, even if it means breaking the hearts of our beloved Harbinger fans."

One of the most critically acclaimed new series debuts of 2012, Harbinger has been repeatedly cited as one of the best ongoing series in comics today by leading industry sources including Ain't It Cool News, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek and Uproxx, with series writer Joshua Dysart also named as "Best Writer of 2013" by Comic Impact.

Now, find out why the Onion/A.V. Club calls Dysart's Harbinger "one of the most binge-worthy superhero comics currently available" with an all-new beginning -- and a sudden end -- for Valiant's premier team of teenage heroes. Start reading here with DEATH OF A RENEGADE, beginning this April in HARBINGER #22 -- the opening chapter of the most important Harbinger story ever told and the perfect jumping-on point for new readers.

 

X-O MANOWAR #23 (2ND PTG )

Writer: Robert Venditti

Art: Diego Bernard, Alejandro Sicat

Cover: Brian Reber

$3.99/T+/32 pgs.

PRELUDE TO ARMOR HUNTERS -- PART 1! The countdown to the Valiant Universe event of 2014 starts now!

For eons, one threat above all others has brought pain and strife down upon civilizations across the universe -- the X-O Manowar armor. And now the Manowar has come to Earth. What will follow in its wake? The road to ARMOR HUNTERS begins here as Valiant superstars Robert Venditti and Diego Bernard unleash the opening salvo of the cataclysm that is come ...

OTHER PUBLISHERS

ALL NEW SOULFIRE #4

Publisher: ASPEN MLT INC

Writers: J. T. KRUL

Art/Covers: V KENNETH MARION

Colors: KYLE RITTER

$3.99

This is no game anymore. Someone is trying to kill PJ, but is it an overzealous combatant in the arena competition or another? Or possibly, someone looking to settle a score with the man behind the man - Benoist? Meanwhile, Malikai confronts the strange messiah who has entranced the believers of Gabriel's Voice, but are his actions justified or just plain jealous?

Join veteran Soulfire scribe JT Krul, along with the amazing artistic talents of V. Ken Marion and Kyle Ritter, as an all-new direction for Michael Turner's fantasy epic Soulfire continues!

ANIMAL LAND VOL 9 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: MAKOTO RAIKU

A quirky adventure manga set in a fantastic animal world with off-beat humor and unique art, Animal Land is a heartwarming tale of courage, determination and love. Orphaned after her parents were killed by Lynxes, Monoko is the only tanuki (raccoon dog) in her village without a family, until she finds a human baby in a river. In Animal Land, a world inhabited solely by animals, this human child is a mystery. This baby is Monoko's only chance at having a family and she is determined to raise the human child as her own.

$10.99

Tanuki  are are a type of raccoon dog native to Japan.  In Japanese mythology, they are famous shape-shifters who use their mastery of disguise to make humans look foolish.  Statues of tanuki are fairly common in Japan.  For reasons upon which I steadfastly refuse to speculate, they are typically depicted as having enormous scrotums (scrota?).

BRAVEST WARRIORS #19

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: BREEHN BURNS

Art: MIKE HOLMES

Cover: NICHOLE MATTHEWS & Various

$3.99

Things are finally winding down for our heroes, it looks like the Bravest Warriors can finally take a breather ... or can they? Could it be that they are in an illusion that just wants them to relax before it breaks and reigns terror on their minds? What if there is a memory donk near by and they just can't remember the mortal peril they are actually in?

BUNKER #2 (2ND PTG)

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer: JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV

Art/Cover: JOE INFURNARI

Mature/$3.99

Second printing cover by The Auteur's James Callahan! Each of the friends must decide their fates, as they're faced with the first day of the rest of their lives.  By the end, lines are drawn between the Believers and the Skeptics, while another shadowy figure from the future is watching them to make sure they all decide 'correctly.'

BUNKER #3     

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer: JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV

Art/Cover: JOE INFURNARI

Mature/$3.99

Heidi goes through her journey to find the uncle who abused her, and must decide between revenge and justice. What she learns about herself forces her down the path her friends are already walking. She knows that she has to help them change the future.

BUNNY DROP VOL 10 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: YUMI UNITA

$14.00

A middle-aged bachelor adopts a little girl when she is rejected by the rest of his family. As Rin and Daikichi embark on a new kind of life together, this collection of vignettes takes a trip down memory lane: Snapshots of Daikichi's chaotic life immediately after taking in Rin, his evolution from bachelor to parent, and his growing understanding of his duties not only to Rin, but also to his parents. Kouki's childhood with Rin, his time as a young delinquent, and the story behind his scar. Masako's struggles with the decision to give up her child, and her fateful meeting with her future husband. Like looking through an old photo album, these unique stories of the unlikely pair of Rin and Daikichi and their friends and family are colored into exquisite detail in this final volume of Bunny Drop!

This sounds harmless enough, but the synopsis seems so convoluted to me that I would be likely to shy away from it.  I  appreciate that a good story has to be a little complex, but nothing turns me off quicker than a story where I keep having to re-answer the question "Wait, who is this again?" every three pages.

CROSSED ANNUAL 2014

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: SIMON SPURRIER

Art: RAFAEL ORTIZ

Cover: JACEN BURROWS

Wrap Variant: RAFAEL ORTIZ

Torture Variant: GABRIEL ANDRADE

Mature/$5.99

Crossed scribe SIMON SPURRIER  teams up with artist RAFAEL ORTIZ to unleash this vile tale of misery and mischief in the all-new over-sized Crossed 2014 Annual!  Ah, the English countryside! Tweeting birds, friendly vicars, crumpets and jam: the peaceful rural idyll. The cow's in the dairy, the dog's in his bed and there's a fat asthmatic kid hiding up the old tower. Also: a mob of Crossed lurking near the duckpond - quaint and friendly sadists who want nothing but to eat your face off and violate your skull - and nobody but the withered old farmer's wife to stop them. Problem is, she's Crossed too. And insane. Can old Wheezy play them all off against each other long enough to escape? SUCH JOLLY LARKS. Available with Regular cover by Jacen Burrows, Wraparound by Rafa Ortiz, Torture cover by Gabriel Andrade and special Red Crossed Incentive cover also by Burrows.

CROSSED BADLANDS #50 (DLX COLL BOX SET)

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: GARTH ENNIS

Art/Cover: CHRISTIAN ZANIER

Mature/$99.99

With almost $200 worth of product, this is a real value at $99.99!  This Deluxe set is everything a battle-hardened Crossed collector could want all bundled into one giant box!  Check out the incredible contents:

-- All seven Crossed #50 covers and the two Retailer Incentive covers !

-- A special Crossed #50 VIP edition -- that you can only get in this set!

-- The Crossed Patient Zero Ashcan Signature Edition triple signed by Garth Ennis, Christian Zanier and Jacen Burrows -- that you can only get in this set!

-- An original art Crossed sketch card from artist Tomas Aira - that you can only get in this set!

-- Six amazing giant 11 x 17 Crossed Art Prints!

-- Limited to a tiny 400 sets, these are sure to go fast!  (Allocations are likely.)

CROSSED BADLANDS #52

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: GARTH ENNIS

Art/Cover: CHRISTIAN ZANIER

Fatal Fantasy Variant: RAFAEL ORTIZ

Torture Variant: JACEN BURROWS

Wrap Variant: CHRISTIAN ZANIER

Mature/$3.99

For over five years fans have followed GARTH ENNIS' masterful horror series wondering how it all began.  Now in an underground bunker, the remains of the British government must try to work that out themselves.  How far has is spread?  And how?   In this world full of monsters, there is no help.  There is only the Crossed.  Available with Regular, Wraparound and Red Crossed Incentive covers by Christian Zanier a Fatale Fantasy cover by Rafael Ortiz and a Torture cover by Jacen Burrows.

DAY MEN #3 (2ND PTG)   

Publisher: BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

Writers: MATT GAGNON, MICHAEL ALAN NELSON

Art/Cover: BRIAN STELFREEZE

 $3.99

From BOOM! Entertainment. War continues to rage throughout the vampire underground, as David's role for the Virgo family comes into question. But will Azalea, the mysterious matriarch, cast David out in search of a more proper wartime Day Man? 

DUFFMAN ADVENTURES #1     

Publisher: BONGO COMICS

Writer/Art: MATT GROENING

Cover: MIKE ROTE

$3.99

Get ready to be blown away by the book you never thought you'd see! We asked which character you wanted us to feature in our next One-Shot Wonder and the answer was a resounding, "Duffman!" The masses have spoken! Now the big question is, can Bongo deliver an awesome issue devoted to Springfield's most one-dimensional and underdeveloped character? We've got two words for you: Oh Yeah!

This has potential to be either really funny or really lame.  I'm thinking of giving it a shot - some of these Bongo Simpsons one-shots have been pretty good.

EVIL EMPIRE #2

Publisher: BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

Writer: MAX BEMIS

Art: RANSOM GETTY

Cover: JAY SHAW

Mature/$3.99

The sands are shifting in America's public consciousness. One action has torn the country apart in a debate over the meaning of right and wrong, and Reese is not about to stand by as the American people support the rantings of a mad man. But how far will people go to take a stand in what they believe in?

FATHOM KIANI VOL 3 #2

Publisher: ASPEN MLT INC

Writer: VINCE HERNANDEZ

Art/Cover A: GIUSEPPE CAFARO

Cover B: V KENNETH MARION

$3.99

Kiani has risen!

She has spent her entire life fueled by a hatred of the Human race. However, now, Kiani must align her actions to the Russian Scientists of the Volna, in order discover the whereabouts of her long lost sister, Anika. Yet, her past continues to brutally remind her that no one is to be trusted below-or above-the surface!

Returning writer Vince Hernandez joins forces with Trish Out of Water artist Giuseppe Cafaro to bring you the latest adventures of one of Fathom's most fierce and beloved characters. Kiani is back and the world of the Blue will never be the same again!

FLOWERS OF EVIL VOL 9 (GN)

Publisher: VERTICAL INC

Writer/Art/Cover: SHUZO OSHIMI

Mature/$10.95

One of the top ten manga in Japan today comes to the US. From the editors of Love Hina and Negima! Neo, comes a new age romance comedy of rural teens and classic french poetry! Lonely bookish teen struggles to find his identity through Charles Baudelaire's poetry, until two girls, a bully and the class beauty, help him realize true love and real friendship.

I guess I'm not a good literature-lover. I've never read any Baudelaire. In  fact, I haven't read much love poetry at all.  I'm so non-romantic! No wonder I haven't got a girlfriend!  ;)

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: CODE RED #5

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: PATRICK SHAND

Art: JOEL OJEDA

Cover A: DREW JOHNSON

Cover B: TALENT CALDWELL

Cover C:  MIKE KROME

Cover D: FELIPE MASSAFERA

Mature/$2.99

Red Riding Hood vs. the Dark Horde! Surrounded and hopelessly outgunned, Red puts it all on the line as she throws down with the vindictive Ivory. Can she save the all-powerful Cyclops' Eye from falling into the wrong hands, or will she meet the fate of all of the people she has failed to save?

The final, epic issue of Code Red is here and you don't want to miss it!

This sounds like they've stolen Baby Bonnie Hood's gimmick.

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: HELSING #1

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: PATRICK SHAND

Art: TBD 

Cover A: MIKE S. MILLER

Cover B: MARAT MYCHAELS

Cover C: MIKE LILLY

Cover D: NEI RUFFINO     

$3.99

Liesel Van Helsing's life is shaken up when a mysterious package shows up at her door. Inside it is an old journal written by her father, the famed vampire hunter, Abraham Van Helsing. Desperate to find out who sent her the book, she discovers a clue which leads her on a voyage to Europe. What Helsing doesn't know is that her journey is being manipulated by her father's greatest nemesis ... Dracula.

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: WONDERLAND #22

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: RAVEN GREGORY

Art: JG MIRANDA

Cover A: SHELDON GOH

Cover B: ANDREA ERRICO

Cover C: PAOLO PANTALENA

Mature/$3.99

SHATTERED REFLECTIONS -- Part Two

As Calie's search to defeat Wonderland continues, she finds herself faced with god-like entities who will set her on a path she never could have seen coming. But when a new "Alice" rises, will Calie be ready to face the challenge or will she finally fall victim to the madness?  The countdown to WONDERLAND #25 continues.

GRAVEL COMBAT MAGICIAN #3

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: MIKE WOLFER

Art: GABRIEL REARTE

Cover: CANAAN WHITE

Wrap Variant: MIKE WOLFER

Horror Variant: MIKE WOLFER

Mature/$3.99

On a clandestine mission to Tokyo to clean up the mess created by another British Combat Magician, Gravel must find the rogue madman or risk an international incident. But once he comes face-to-face with his occult-powered foe, the seasoned veteran will find that the green trainee has brought something with him from England, something which makes him impervious to harm. In the underground subway of magical horrors, Gravel's only hope is to use his head, which has never been one of his strong point, and even if he survives, a far greater threat to his life awaits in the darkness!  Available with Regular cover by Caanan White and Wraparound, Horror, and a Black Magic Order Incentive cover by Mike Wolfer.

HACKTIVIST #4     

$3.99

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: ALYSSA MILANO & Various

Art: MARCUS TO, IAN HERRING

Cover: MARCUS TO

Reeling from tragedy, Ed has to orchestrate the most elaborate and far-reaching hack so far in order to right the wrongs he has brought to Sirine's doorstep in Tunisia. However, if his message is to reach the entire world under the eagle eye of Agent Ori and the CIA, he will need the help of an old friend. In this gripping conclusion to Alyssa Milano's four-part series, will Nate and Ed come together in order to save each other and change the world?

HEROBEAR AND KID SAVING TIME #1     

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer/Art/Cover: MIKE KUNKEL

$3.99

WHY WE LOVE IT: Tyler and Herobear are back in an all-new original adventure! We've been waiting to see these two back in action and we're looking forward to see what shenanigans these two get up to in SAVING TIME, the first new Herobear series in x years.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Whether you're already a fan of this dynamic duo, or new to HEROBEAR AND THE KID, nobody does the magic of childhood like Mike Kunkel.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Henry, the family's magical butler, is missing!! It's up to Tyler and Herobear to figure out what happened to their friend...only they might learn a lot more about Henry than they initially thought ... and be forced to get help from an unsuspected source.

I'M NOT POPULAR VOL 3 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: NICO TANIGAWA

$11.99

In this surprise, runaway bestseller, a high school first-year realizes that her dreams of popularity may be out of reach -- and it can't be her own fault, can it?! Mokocchi's second semester of high school has only just begun, but already it's taken a turn for the worst, as the dreaded tradition of seat changing lands her smack-dab in the middle of the cool kids' action. As if dealing with their not-so-subtle barbs wasn't bad enough, this time in the school year is overflowing with social events, including the most notorious and legendary of them all: the cultural festival! How will poor Mokocchi survive?!


The cultural festival  (unkasai) is an annual event at most Japanese schools in which the students are expected to show off their artistic skills -- sort of a glorified art fair-cum-recital.  It turns up in most high school-based manga sooner or later.

INU X BOKU SS VOL 3 (TPB)    

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: COCOA FUJIWARA

$11.99

At the exclusive and mysterious Maison de Ayakashi, each elite tenant is protected by an elite supernatural Secret Service agent of their very own! The residents of Ayakashi Hall decide to make a time capsule and bury it on the grounds, so everyone writes letters to their "future selves" to be included within. As Ririchiyo composes her letter, she reflects on her time with Soushi, realizing how much she has grown with the fox at her side. But when those heartfelt feelings are accidentally delivered not to her future self but to Soushi, Ririchiyo's budding social skills will be put to the test! Is she ready for a face-to-face confession of her true feelings?!

Why doesn't my landlord provide an "elite supernatural Secret Service agent"? What a rip-off!

JUDGE DREDD COMP CASE FILES VOL 22 (TPB)

Publisher: REBELLION / 2000AD

Writer: JOHN WAGNER & Various

Art: CARLOS EZQUERRA & Various

$32.99

In this volume of the bestselling Case Files series, Dredd travels back to 2001 New York City in order to destroy a deadly space parasite capable of wiping out all known life on Earth. And the alien action continues in Crusade, where Dredd competes with other Mega-City Judges to recover a long-lost Justice Department craft that has recently crash-landed in the South Pole.

LETTER 44 #6     

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer: CHARLES SOULE

Art/Cover: ALBERTO ALBUQUERQUE

$3.99

The first arc of Letter 44 comes to a close: new life arrives in deep space, the crew of the Clarke learn important truths about the reason the aliens have come to our solar system, and President Blades teaches his enemies what it truly means to go up against the President of the United States.

MIDAS FLESH #5     

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: RYAN NORTH

Art: SHELLI PAROLINE, BRADEN LAMB

Cover: JOHN KEOGH

$3.99

The ship is torn by a battle of head vs. heart. Now that they have the alL-mighty power of The Midas Touch at their hands, do they have what it takes to use it on the Federation's home planet? Lives are at stake and friendships are challenged in issue #5 of THE MIDAS FLESH!

OVER EASY (HC)

Publisher: DRAWN & QUARTERLY

Writer/Art/Cover: MIMI POND

Mature/$24.95

A fast-paced memoir about diners, drugs, and California in the 1970s. Over Easy is equal parts time capsule of late 1970s life in California -- with its deadheads, punks, disco rollers, casual sex and drug use -- and bildungsroman of a young woman from naïve, sexually inexperienced art-school dropout to self-aware, self-confident artist. Mimi Pond's chatty, slyly observant anecdotes create a compelling portrait of a distinct moment in time. Over Easy is an immediate, limber and precise memoir narrated with an eye for the humor in every situation.

PEANUTS VOL 2 #17     

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer/Art/Cover: CHARLES M. SCHULZ

$3.99

Snoopy loves Woodstock, but sometimes his storytelling can get a little rusty. He tends to fall asleep mid-sentence and laugh endlessly at his own jokes. As his dear friend, Snoopy must find a way to stay engaged throughout the diatribe of a lifetime. TASTY IS A VIRTUE and many more adventures can be found in this month's latest issue of Peanuts.

PLANET OF THE APES CATACLYSM VOL 3 (TPB)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: CORINNA BECHKO, GABRIEL HARDMAN

Art: DAMIAN COUCEIRO

Cover: ALEX ROSS

$14.99

Still recovering from the terrible cataclysm that rocked the planet, Doctor Zaius tries to maintain the fragile coalition of apes, chimps and orangutans, in an effort to ensure that the rebuilding of Ape City continues apace. But cleanup is turning out to be just as dangerous as the calamity itself. Ape must not harm ape, but soon there may be no choice ...

Collecting issues 9-12 of the critically acclaimed series from Corinna Bechko (HEATHENTOWN) and Gabriel Hardman (HULK) along with INCORRUPTIBLE fan-favorite artist Damian Couceiro, this volume is a must have for PLANET OF THE APES and sci-fi fans everywhere!

REGULAR SHOW #12

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: NICK SUMIDA

Art: ALLISON STREJLAU

Cover: MATT CUMMINGS, FELICIA CHOO

Cover A: ANDY HIRSCH

Cover B: FELICIA CHOO

$3.99

Time is slowly running out for Mordecai and Rigby. Will they be able to reach their goal in time or is everything doomed for the Park and the rest of the world? Either way, it's definitely going to be a crazy finish.

SHONEN JUMP PACK 2014 #2     

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: Various

$19.99

Weekly Shonen Jump is bridging the gap between print and digital! Get 100+ pages of manga including Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal and more! Includes a code for a 3-month weekly digital subscription, plus an Ultra Rare Weekly Shonen Jump exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! promotional card and more!

I guess I'm not a good otaku -- I've never read One Piece or Yu-Gi-Oh.

STEED & MRS PEEL VOL 3 (TPB)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: CALEB MONROE

Art: YASMIN LIANG

Cover: JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER

$14.99

After a series of stinging defeats, John Cartney has reached out for help in his battle against John Steed and Emma Peel, teaming up with the Cybernauts, robots designed to replace humanity. Our super-spies face their biggest challenge yet as their two fiercest foes join forces!

I guess they can't call these folks "The Avengers" anymore.  Shame, really, It's not as though anyone is going to confuse these two properties.

STREET FIGHTER CLASSIC VOL 3: PSYCHO CRUSHER (HC)

Publisher: UDON ENTERTAINMENT CORP

Writer: KEN SIU-CHONG

Art: JEFFREY CHAMBA CRUZ

Cover: JAMES GHIO

$54.99

Presenting UDON's classic Street Fighter comics in a gorgeous, oversized hardcover! It's all the pulse-pounding martial arts action of the ultimate fighting game experience, presented through spectacular anime-influenced artwork! In Vol.3, Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Guile, Cammy, and more have finally reached the Street Fighter tournament! Some seek revenge, others aim to uncover M.Bison's secrets, while others still are simply looking for a good fight! It's all-out no-holds-barred martial arts action with the fate of the world at stake! Collects The original Street Fighter II Turbo #1-12.

THANIEL #2   

Publisher: OSSM COMICS

Writer: OMAR SPAHI

Art/Cover: TERRY HUDDLESTON

Mature/$3.99

After discovering the person behind the drug trafficking in his city, Thaniel's forced to use his power against someone he cares about. Every decision he's made, every tragedy he's faced was only a precursor of what's to come. Delivering others from evil comes at a price.

UBER #11

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: KIERON GILLEN

Art/Cover: CANAAN WHITE

Wrap Variant: CANAAN WHITE

Propaganda Variant: MICHAEL DIPASCALE

Mature/$3.99

The explosive end of the second arc turns everything you know upside down!  This issue is what this has all been building towards - Hitler's secret plan, Churchill's massive new Ubers, and a stunning assault that threatens to change the face of the war.  Prepare for one jaw-dropping shock after another as Kieron Gillen's masterpiece rockets into high-gear!  Available with Regular or Wraparound cover by Caanan White, Propaganda Poster cover by Michael Dipascale, and a special Blitzkrieg Incentive cover by Caanan White

UBER #9 WAR CRIMES

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: KIERON GILLEN

Art: CANAAN WHITE

Cover: MICHAEL DIPASCALE

Mature/$5.99

The German atrocities continue on another stunning War Crimes painted cover! Limited 1250 copies.

UBER SPECIAL #1 (Cover set)

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: KIERON GILLEN

Art: GABRIEL ANDRADE

Covers: MICHAEL DIPASCALE

Mature/$29.99

KIERON GILLEN digs deep into the origins of Uber with this all-new super-size Special!  For the first time ever, he is unveiling the origin and first missions of Sieglinde and the German Battleships illustrated by GABRIEL ANDRADE!  The German war machine has been developing the most powerful weapons ever fashioned.  Their Battleship class Ubers are like living atom bombs annihilating every obstacle in their paths.  But they were once humans, and it takes more than power to make a monster, so what could have forged such cold, murderous beasts?   Available with Regular or Wraparound cover by Caanan White, Propaganda Poster cover by Michael Dipascale, a Blitzkrieg Incentive cover by Caanan White, and a special commemorative Three Objectives set of three books that is limited to just 500 sets!

UMINEKO WHEN THEY CRY VOL 6: BANQUET GOLDEN WITCH PT 2 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer: RYUKISHI07

Art/Cover: KEI NATSUMI

$22.00

A  closed-circle mystery from the creator of the New York Times best-selling Higurashi When They Cry! Determined to secure a place of respect within the Ushiromiya family, Eva stretches her wits to their limit and successfully solves Beatrice's riddle! There is more than enough gold in the family fortune to ease everyone's financial woes, but Eva has no intention of sharing her findings with her siblings. Eva has claimed more than Beatrice's gold-she has claimed also the role of "Beatrice the Golden Witch" for herself! And there are still nine nights that each demand a sacrifice to be carried out ...

I've read that the whole "magical girl" genre in manga is ultimately traceable back to when Bewitched was first shown in Japan. Interesting cultural cross-pollenization, there.

"2104"? Guess you're really ahead of schedule, Skipper!  ;)

Batman/Superman number 9, that explains why the storyline of the first contact had a big whole in it. I thought that I had lost an issue since it jumped from Huntress in the Batcave to everyone on Gamora and never covered the Superman Power Girl meeting. That sort of scheduling is just plain irritating, the story's already ended.

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