BEST BETS

DARK AGES #1 (Dark Horse, $3.99): Medieval barbarians vs. aliens-slash-demons. You won't find it in the history books, but then they don't include Conan's Hyborian Age, do they? Anyway, this book is by Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard, who brought us the excellent The New Deadwardians, and Abnett also re-invented Marvel's cosmic characters, including the Guardians of the Galaxy (with Andy Lanning). That gives this book a lot of credibility with me.

GODZILLA: CATACLYSM #1 (of 5, IDW, $3.99): The Big G faces the monster apocalypse, written by Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun).

LEGENDS OF RED SONJA VOLUME 1 (Dynamite, $19.99): Superstar writer Gail Simone picked some of the best and brightest female writers in the biz to produce a collection of stories about Red Sonja (which Simone is writing). Those names include Nancy A. Collins, Devin Grayson, Meljean Brook, Tamora Pierce, Leah Moore, Nicola Scott, Rhianna Pratchett, Mercedes Lackey, Marjorie M. Liu, Blair Buttler, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Simone herself, which is a pretty eye-popping collection of talent.

MIDNIGHT TIGER #1 (Action Lab, $2.99): He looks and sounds a bit like Coal Tiger, Jack Kirby's first draft for the Black Panther. But he's an urban kid with problems that sound a lot more like Spider-Man.

SOUTHERN DOGS #1 (Action Lab, $3.99): Teen werewolves hunt in the Deep South! That's a heckuva concept, and worth checking out.

THIS WEEK'S COMICS

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ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

THE F1RST HERO#1 (of 4)

Writer: ANTHONY RUTTGAIZER

Art: PHILLIP SEVY

Letters/Colors: FRED C. STRESING

Cover: LEE MODER

Variant: JAMAL IGLE (limited to 1,500 copies)

32 pgs. / Mature Readers / FC / $3.99 / $4.99 Variant

What if everyone who ever had superpowers had gone insane and became a threat to society?  If one man were to manifest powers yet somehow keep his sanity, would he choose to use his new abilities to help the innocent?  Or would he keeps his powers a secret to protect himself and his loved ones from a world that hates and fears his kind?  These are the questions asked in THE F1RST HERO, the latest release from Action Lab Entertainment.

Written by radio host/pop culture commentator and professional wrestler Anthony Ruttgaizer, the series is couched in real world events.  Jacob Roth, a U.S. Marine serving in Afghanistan, is just a few days shy of returning to the States.  In the heat of battle, Roth discovers that he is an “extrahuman,” a being whose extraordinary abilities normally come at a horrible price.  But even if he masters his new powers, Roth must still deal with a society that will see him as a ticking time bomb, easier to dispose of than to defuse.

Ruttgaizer doesn’t shy away from controversy, tackling real world history in establishing a grounded setting for THE F1RST HERO, and he has assembled an amazingly talent art team to help him tell this tale.  Anthony is joined by artist Phillip Sevy (a runner-up in Top Cow’s 2013 Talent Hunt), colorist/letterer Fred C. Stressing (Adventure Time Annual, Hello Kitty), with covers by Lee Moder (Wonder Woman, Shinku) and an issue 1 variant cover by Jamal Igle (Terminator, G.I. Joe). 

MIDNIGHT TIGER #1

Writer: DEWAYNE FEENSTRA, RAY-ANTHONY HEIGHT

Artist Name: RAY-ANTHONY HEIGHT

Colors: PAUL JOHN LITTLE

Cover: RAY-ANTHONY HEIGHT

Variant: JERRY GAYLORD

32 pgs./ All Ages/ FC $2.99/ $3.99 Variant

Spinning out of this year's FREE COMIC BOOK DAY hit offering and now a monthly series!

Having lost all hope in the heroes of his world, fate steps in and gives young Gavin Shaw the power to do the things they have not. Only as the teenage hero Midnight Tiger does his city have a chance at redemption. Retailer incentive cover by Jerry Gaylord!

SKYWARD #8

Writer/Artist: JEREMY DALE

Cover: CHRIS GIARRUSSO

32 pages/ All Ages / $3.99

The Runaway hit series continues! At last, the decision is made … WAR! From rising star creator Jeremy Dale (GI Joe, Marvel Kapow!), this issue also features a stellar homage

RETAILER INCENTIVE variant cover by Chris Giarrusso (G-Man, Mini Marvels)!

SOUTHERN DOG #1

Writer: JEREMY HOLT

Art: ALEX DIOTTO

Cover: RILEY ROSSMO

Variant: MEHDI CHEGGOUR (limited to 1,500 copies)

32 pgs. / Mature Readers / FC / $3.99 / $4.99 Variant

When awkward high school teen Jasper Dixon conceals an injury sustained during a hunting excursion with his family, his infected wolf bite combined with the hormonal changes of puberty triggers a disturbing physical transformation. Now he’s forced to confront his Deep South upbringing and monsters far worse than what he’s become! Featuring a regular cover by Riley Rossmo (Drumhellar), and a Limited Edition (1,500 copies) werewolf variant by Mehdi Cheggour (Enormous)!

This might make a nice companion titles to Southern Bastards. Can you imagine a crossover? Because I can!


VAMPLETS NIGHTMARE NURSERY BOOK 2 (HC)

Writers: GAYLE MIDDLETON, DAVE DWONCH

Art/Cover: AMANDA CORONADO, BILL BLANKENSHIP

$15.99

After the debacle at the Bizarre Bazaar, Destiny Harper is in more trouble than she imagined. To redeem herself, she must replenish the Vamplets' supply of blood; but to do that she and the Vamplets must travel to the Undead Dragon Farm and into danger!

ARCHIE COMICS

ARCHIE FUNHOUSE COMICS DIGEST #7


Script: Bill Golliher


Art: Bill Golliher, Rudy Lapick, Bill Yoshida, Barry Grossman


Cover: Pat & Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Tito Peña


160-page, full color comic, $4.99 U.S.

When Archie wipes out while surfing a monster wave at Riverdale beach, he meets a beautiful rescuer with … fins and seashell accessories? She’s beautiful, rich, kind and she takes Archie’s breath away -- literally! Is Archie’s new discovery a friend or a siren? Will she bring Archie safely back to his friends, or will Riverdale be missing its favorite redhead? Find out in “Mermaid Service,” the lead story in this summery fun issue of Archie’s Funhouse Comics Digest! (Formerly Archie’s Funhouse Double Digest)

This is the second Double Digest that's been re-named -- at least that I've noticed. Makes me wonder if they're retiring that naming convention.

KEVIN KELLER #14

Script: DAN PARENT

Art: DAN PARENT, RICH KOSLOWSKI

Cover: DAN PARENT

Dark Knight Returns Variant Cover: PHIL JIMENEZ, STEVE DOWNER

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

"That's Really SUPER, Kevin!" Kevin's world takes a surprising new twist when he becomes the masked crime fighter called "The Equalizer!" Of course, this doesn't just happen overnight. When he saves someone's life and becomes a media sensation, Veronica's wheels start turning and with her drive, determination (and unlimited cash!) she molds a new career for Kevin! Somewhat apprehensive, will Kevin move forward as a superhero? And what will happen to his everyday teenage life? Find out in the first part of this exciting new storyline!

This is almost three months late, but I hear the title is coming to an end anyway.

And do I really need to mention that the second cover up there is an homage to Dark Knight Returns #1? I didn't think so.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #263

Script: Ian Flynn & Aleah Baker


Art: Jennifer Hernandez, Evan Stanley, Terry Austin, John Workman, Gabriel Cassata and Mike Cavallaro


Cover: Ben Bates


CHAO-TASTIC Variant Cover: Evan Stanley



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


Cool off from the hot summer sun with Sonic the Hedgehog! "Waves of Change" Part Four: The tides are turning in Sonic’s favor—literally—as Chaos joins the fray! It’s all-out war to save the underwater city from total devastation in this thrilling conclusion! Then, in “Consequences,” take a sneak peek into Eggman’s shattered world crisis battle plan—we’ll give you a hint, it’s EVIL! Featuring super-cool cover art from BEN BATES and a CHAO-TASTIC variant cover from Evan Stanley.

DARK HORSE

ABE SAPIEN #15

Writers: MIKE MIGNOLA, SCOTT ALLIE

Art: JUAN FERREYRA

Cover: SEBASTIAN FIUMARA

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

Roger returns!

Before the Black Flame, Hell on Earth, and the death of Roger, Abe faces a creature that threatens to drain the soul from anyone it comes in contact with. The B.P.R.D. have fought for mankind for years -- and it’s their own humanity that’s at stake this time.

Colder artist Juan Ferreyra joins the Mignolaverse!

“As the year rolls on I can’t wait to see just what Mignola and the gang have in store for Abe Sapien.” -- Bloody Disgusting

BLACKOUT #4 (of 4)

Writers: FRANK J. BARBIERE, RANDY STRADLEY

Art/Cover: COLIN LORIMER

Art: DOUG WHEATLEY

Colors: RAIN BEREDO

Cover: MICAH KANESHIRO

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Miniseries

The dimension-jumping Blackout suit is a powerful weapon -- except when it doesn’t work! And if you’re Scott Travers and don’t know how the suit functions and are facing off against enemies wearing ultrapowerful combat armor, the Blackout suit is just extra weight -- dead weight!

• Story by Frank J. Barbiere (The White Suits, Five Ghosts).

• Special King Tiger feature by Star Wars stars Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley!

CREEPY #17

Writers: PAUL TOBIN, J. TORRES, DAN BRAUN

Art: JUAN FERREYRA, RON SALAS, PETER BAGGE

Cover: JUAN FERREYRA

B&W, 36 pages, $3.99

Ongoing

Celebrating 50 years of Creepy!

Uncle Creepy emcees an execrable exhibition from some of horror comics’ most talented creators! Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra share the tidings of a grim guardian angel, and J. Torres and Ron Salas mount some twisted taxidermy! Creeps unite!

New story from Colder team Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra!

Say, that looks painful. You should put some ice on it.

DARK AGES #1 (of 4)

Writer: DAN ABNETT

Art/Cover: I.N.J. CULBARD

FC, 40 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

A cosmic thrill ride from Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dan Abnett!

The medieval world is locked in war. As a godless mercenary company slogs across Europe in search of sustenance and coin, they encounter a demonic force born not of hell, but of somewhere else entirely!

• From the creators of Vertigo’s The New Deadwardians!

Starship Troopers meets Kingdom of Heaven!

• From New York Times best-selling author Dan Abnett!

 

GHOST #7

Writer: CHRIS SEBELA

Pencils: JAN DUURSEMA

Inks: DAN PARSONS

Colors: DAN JACKSON

Cover: JENNY FRISON

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Ongoing

GHOST HUNTED!

Ghost is drawn into the dangerous underground of black market weaponry!

The tech-savvy bounty hunter observing Ghost has pinpointed her weaknesses -- and now he’s ready to take her down and deliver her to his mysterious employers!

“Loaded with mystery and drama, set against a fantastically large supernatural backdrop.” -- Comic Vine

“Everything you could hope for.” -- Multiversity

Nice dress.

THE GUNS OF SHADOW VALLEY (HC)

Writer/Art/Cover: DAVE WACHTER

Writer: JAMES ANDREW CLARK

FC, 240 pages, $24.99

HC, 12" x 8"

EISNER AND HARVEY NOMINEE!

Somewhere in Shadow Valley lies a secret that could forever change the frontier. Only a posse of gunmen with special abilities can defend that secret from a tribe of ghostly warriors, an advancing army led by a deranged colonel and the perils of the valley itself.

Art by 2012 Russ Manning Award nominee Dave Wachter (Breath of Bones)!

“Whatever Wachter draws, I know I'll want to read it.” -- Comic Book Resources

My wife will like this. (Ponies.)

LOBSTER JOHNSON: GET THE LOBSTER #5 (of 5)

Writers: MIKE MIGNOLA, JOHN ARCUDI

Art/Cover: TONCI ZONJIC

Colors: DAVE STEWART

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

The Lobster engages in a firefight with a madman in a biplane on top of a zeppelin!

From the pages of Hellboy!

“This is just a fantastic comic.” -- Multiversity Comics

“Zonjic’s art is cinematic.” -- ComicsAlliance

A month or so late, but no problem for a trade-waiter!

SAMURAI EXECUTIONER OMNIBUS VOL 2 (TPB)

Writer: KAZUO KOIKE

Art/Cover: GOSEKI KOJIMA

B&W, 784 pages, $19.99

TPB, 5" x 7"

FROM THE CREATORS OF LONE WOLF AND CUB!

The shogun’s sword tester and executioner is a position of consummate skill and great prestige. While the feared Yamada “Decapitator” Asaemon holds the post, another sword master seeks the office, and this election can be won by only a single vote -- cast in steel and certified in blood! Collects stories from volume 3 and all of volumes 4 and 5 of previous Dark Horse editions.

Nearly 800 pages, value priced.

“Fully in keeping with the classic imagery of Koike and Kojima.” -- Blogcritics

STAR WARS #20

Writer: BRIAN WOOD

Art: CARLOS D’ANDA

Colors GABE ELTAEB

Cover: HUGH FLEMING

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Ongoing

The end of an era!

Leia risks it all for a friend she hasn’t seen since childhood! Han, Luke and Chewie risk it all for Leia!

Brian Wood and Carlos D’Anda say farewell to that galaxy far, far away before they send our heroes to an unknown fate!

“This is a great read and has been each and every issue.” -- Comics List

STAR WARS: LEGACY VOL 3 – ANIA SOLO (TPB)

Writer: CORINNA BECHKO

Writer/Art: GABRIEL HARDMAN

Colors: JORDAN BOYD

Cover: AGUSTIN ALESSIO

FC, 120 pages, $19.99

TPB, 7" x 10"

Ania Solo is charged with the murder of an Imperial Knight! Now she’s a wanted criminal, and even her pals Sauk and Imperial Knight Jao Assam are wary. Before Ania can explain, their ship is compromised, the friends are separated, and Ania is captured by one bounty hunter, while another is in pursuit! Collects Star Wars: Legacy #11-15.

Star Wars -- 140 years after A New Hope!

“More please!” -- Adventures in Poor Taste

THE STAR WARS (DELUXE HC)

Writer: JONATHAN RINZLER

Art: MIKE MAYHEW

Colors: RAIN BEREDO

Cover: NICK RUNGE

8” x 12 1/4”

FC, 244 pages, $99.99

GEORGE LUCAS’S ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY!

Before Star Wars, there was The Star Wars! This is the official adaptation of George Lucas’s rough-draft screenplay for what would become Star Wars -- the film that changed motion pictures and the world. You’ll see familiar characters and places -- but not all is the same in this long-ago and faraway galaxy. Still, strap yourself in for high adventure and lazersword duels, Jedi Knights, Princess Leia, Han Solo and a battle to defeat the evil Empire!

• Trade paperback collects issues #1-8 of The Star Wars.

• Hardcover collects issues #1-8 and issue #0 of The Star Wars.

• The deluxe oversized boxed-set edition contains the entire saga -- plus extras -- in three deluxe, foil-stamped, hardcover volumes.

TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE FINAL BATTLE #8 (of 12)

Writer: J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI

Art/Cover: PETE WOODS

Colors: MATT WILSON

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

“Highest possible recommendation.” -- SciFiPulse

While Skynet struggles against the deranged digital psyche of a serial murderer, John Connor makes plans to avert the present crisis in the past! Resistance hero Simon braces for his fateful journey across time, unaware that what awaits him twenty-six years ago could lead to his doom ... 

• J. Michael Straczynski!

• Pete Woods (Superman, Deadpool) brings the destruction!

• Celebrating 30 years of The Terminator!

I know a certain Horn'd One who'll cheer to see this!

X #16

Writer: DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

Art: ERIC NGUYEN

Colors: MICHELLE MADSEN

Cover: TONY PARKER

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Ongoing

THE ARCHON ATTACKS!

X has faced some tough foes in his vigilante career -- but even Berkshire, Deathwish and the Dogs of War were still regular humans! Now, a case of mistaken identity has pitted X against the immense (and immensely powerful) Archon ... in a fight that will bring Arcadia to its knees!

A crucial chapter in the Project Black Sky event!

“I like where X is headed and have bought in to Swierczynski and Nguyen’s world, lock, stock, and bloody barrel!” -- Unleash the Fanboy

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DC COMICS

ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #14 (2ND PTG)

Writers: MAX LANDIS, FABIAN NICIEZA

Art: JOCK & Various

Cover: JOCK

The Joker's in town ... and he wants to meet Superman! Find out what happens next in this one-of-a-kind story from Chronicle writer Max Landis and legendary artist Jock (GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE)! Plus, don't miss Clark Kent's babysitting adventures as he looks after none other than Sugar and Spike!

Wow, Sugar and Spike can sure move some books! And I guess The Joker didn't hurt much ...

ASTRO CITY #14

Written by KURT BUSIEK

Art by BRENT ANDERSON

Cover by ALEX ROSS

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

A roadside killer-robot sanctuary and museum? Only in Astro City. Meet Ellie and her very unusual friends. Plus: Samaritan, Cleopatra, Reflex 6 and more!

BATGIRL #34

Written by GAIL SIMONE

Art by FERNANDO PASARIN and JONATHAN GLAPION

Cover by ALEX GARNER

DC UNIVERSE SELFIE variant cover

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

“Deadline” concludes as Batgirl teams with Huntress and Black Canary to stop the evil of Obscura! After everything Barbara has been though to become Batgirl – will she be undone by her demons?

I dunno if Batgirl will be undone by her demons, but from the look of the upcoming revamp, everything Gail Simone did with the character will be undone.

BATMAN #34

Written by SCOTT SNYDER

Art and cover by MATTEO SCALERA

DC UNIVERSE SELFIE variant cover

1:25 Variant cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

This issue will ship with four covers.

ZERO YEAR is over, and the events of BATMAN: ETERNAL have put Gotham City in a tailspin, but Batman is focused on finding a killer who has haunted his hometown in secret for years. This special issue features art by Matteo Scalera (DEADPOOL, Black Science) and sets the stage for the next major Batman story in the fall.

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

"ZERO YEAR is over ..."

Sweeter words have ne'er been spoken.

BATMAN: EARTH ONE (TPB)

Written by GEOFF JOHNS

Art by GARY FRANK and JON SIBAL

Cover by GARY FRANK

144 pg, FC, $12.99 US

The spectacular original graphic novel by writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank, the acclaimed team behind SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN and the SHAZAM! stories in JUSTICE LEAGUE! In the tradition of SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, this tale gives new insight into Bruce Wayne’s first year as THE DARK KNIGHT. In this all-new take on the Batman mythos, Bruce Wayne is on the hunt for his parents’ killer. His target? The Mayor of Gotham City! Plus, who is Alfred Pennyworth – and why is he so determined to put an end to the Batman?

BATMAN ETERNAL #19

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

Art by EMANUEL SIMEONI

Cover by ALEX GARNER

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Jason Bard and Batman are forced to help Killer Croc when his followers are attacked by demonic monsters from The Black Maze!

BIRDS OF PREY #34

Written by CHRISTY MARX

Art by ROBSON ROCHA and OCLAIR ALBERT

Cover by JORGE MOLINA

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • FINAL ISSUE

By Batgirl betrayed! But why is she siding with the Suicide Squad? Find out in this tale from the Birds’ past!

I gave up on this title after the first issue. Looks like other readers shared my antipathy.

COFFIN HILL #10

Written by CAITLIN KITTREDGE

Art by INAKI MIRANDA

Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

Eve and Detective Frost zero in on the Ice Fisher while the clock runs out on his latest victim’s life. Still jailed for Detective Donovan’s murder, Eve survives a cellblock attack motivated by more than a simple grudge and gets an offer from her new lawyer she can’t refuse! And in Coffin Hill, Patrick Finn’s resentment toward his brother Nate threatens to explode – and without Eve to stand by his side, Nate may not survive!

This book could easily have ended after the first story arc, but I'm glad it didn't. Eve is kind of a post-Lisbeth Salander heroine -- not perfect, not always using the best judgment, not remotely a good little girl. She's pretty rough around the edges, but her heart's in the right place, so she's easy to root for.

CONSTANTINE #17

Written by RAY FAWKES

Art by EDGAR SALAZAR and JAY LEISTEN

Cover by JUAN FERREYRA

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

John Constantine is no stranger to death, but he’s never seen it on this scale – a spell gone terribly wrong has sent him back through time to World War I! Unfortunately, he’s not the only mage in the trenches … and where death has this much power, black magic couldn’t be more dangerous!

FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS #13

Written by SIMON OLIVER

Art by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ

Cover by NATHAN FOX

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

The conclusion of the “Wish You Were Here” story arc! Realities collide, sparks fly and history will come back to haunt Adam!

I read the first trade of this and had the opposite reaction that I did to Coffin Hill: I found the lead (male) character pedestrian and uninteresting. He, too, is rough around the edges with a heart in the right place, but male characters like that are a dime a dozen.

Howsomever, a number of Legionnaires have expressed their enjoyment of this series, so I think I'm a minority opinion on this book.

THE FLASH VOL. 3: GORILLA WARFARE (TPB)

Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO

Art by FRANCIS MANAPUL, MARCUS TO, MARCIO TAKARA and others

Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL

176 pg, FC, $16.99 US

When Grodd and his army descend on Central City, The Flash faces a threat that’s murderous and ruthless. And he’ll need help from the Rogues to keep himself and Central City alive. This new title collects THE FLASH #13-19.

THE FLASH VOL. 4: REVERSE (HC)

Writer: FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO

Art: FRANCIS MANAPUL, TOM NGUYEN and SCOTT HEPBURN

Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL

176 pg, FC, $24.99 US

In this new hardcover, a mysterious and powerful Speed-Force killer has left a trail of bodies in his wake, and only Barry has the power to stop him. But when the killer stays one step ahead of him, Barry finds himself face to face with the Teen Titans and Kid Flash for the first time, which leads to a confrontation with the Reverse Flash! Don’t miss these stories from THE FLASH #20-25, and #23.3: REVERSE FLASH!

This is in my to-read pile. I'm getting there! I'm getting there!

GRAYSON #1 (2ND PTG)

Writer: TIM SEELEY

Art: MIKEL JANIN

Cover: ANDREW ROBINSON

Dick Grayson. Former sidekick. Former Super Hero. Former dead man. And now ... agent of Spyral?!

A thrilling new chapter of Dick Grayson's life begins in this new, ongoing series. It's a super-spy thriller that will shock you and prove one thing: You might think you know Nightwing -- but you don't know Dick.

That off-color tagline has worn out it's welcome quickly, hasn't it?

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34

Written by VAN JENSEN

Art by BERNARD CHANG

Cover by TREVOR McCARTHY

DC UNIVERSE SELFIE variant cover

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

After last issue’s shocking revelation John Stewart’s world is turned upside down! Is it too late for him to find the truth, or has he started down a dark path he can never return from?

To tell you the truth, John Stewart's had so many re-inventions I'm not sure what would sort of behavior would constitute being out of character for him. I really wouldn't be surprised at much of anything he did.

GREEN LANTERN: WRATH OF THE FIRST LANTERN (TPB)

Written by GEOFF JOHNS, PETER J.

TOMASI, PETER MILLIGAN and TONY BEDARD

Art by DOUG MAHNKE, DAN JURGENS, PHIL JIMENEZ, SZYMON KUDRANSKI, ARDIAN SYAF, AARON KUDER, MIGUEL SEPULVEDA, WILL CONRAD and others

Cover by GARY FRANK

416 pg, FC, $19.99 US

The Wrath of the First Lantern is here as the Green Lanterns battle the Guardians of Oa and the Third Army – but who will win, and at what cost? And as the First Lantern moves on the brightest of the Corps for his reality-altering experiments, we learn the shocking fate of Hal and Sinestro in this must-read crossover event! This title collects GREEN LANTERN #17-20, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #17-20, RED LANTERNS #17-20 and GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #17-20.

HARLEY QUINN #4 (2ND PTG)

Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI

Art by STEPHANE ROUX

Cover by AMANDA CONNER

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Meet Harley's new neighbors, and shudder at the horrifying realization that they are so twisted they make her seem like the normal one on the block!

HARLEY QUINN #9

Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI

Art by CHAD HARDIN

Cover by AMANDA CONNER

DC UNIVERSE SELFIE variant cover

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

Shipping twice in August! When Harley fills in as a burlesque dancer, she kills it on the main stage – literally! But what happens when she gets caught by the cops and finds herself face to face with her most devoted stalker?!

It's tough to look good in cuffs, but Harley pulls it off!

HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE VOL. 3 (TPB)

Written by KEITH GIFFEN and MIKE COSTA

Art by POP MHAN and DREW JOHNSON

Cover by ED BENES

160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

The hordes of Hordak attack Eternia in this new title collecting issues #1-6 of the monthly series. When He-Man discovers the true identity of their leader, Despara, it will take all his power to stop her from destroying everything and everyone he loves. Also includes MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE digital chapter 9.

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR TWO #9

Written by TOM TAYLOR

Art by BRUNO REDONDO and others

Cover by STEPHANE ROUX

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

A powerful force of Green Lanterns, Sinestro Corps members and Guardians assaults Superman and his allies, while Gordon and the Birds of Prey attack the Hall of Justice. Meanwhile, in the Batcave, Black Canary prepares for what may be the riskiest confrontation of all.

THE INVISIBLES DELUXE EDITION VOL. 2 (HC)

Writer: GRANT MORRISON

Art: JILL THOMPSON, PHIL JIMENEZ, PHILIP BOND, GLYN DILLON, TOMMY LEE EDWARDS and others

Cover: BRIAN BOLLAND

352 pg, FC, $29.99 US • MATURE READERS

This deluxe hardcover focuses on Lord Fanny’s past as a prostitute in Brazil, while King Mob leads the team in a search for the missing Jack Frost. And King Mob’s past as a mod super-agent is revealed when he’s captured and tortured by his enemies. Collects THE INVISIBLES #13-25 and a story from VERTIGO: WINTER’S EDGE #1.

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #4

Written by JEFF LEMIRE

Art and cover by MIKE McKONE

DC UNIVERSE SELFIE variant cover

JUSTICE LEAGUE CANADA variant cover

1:25 Variant cover by KARL KERSCHL

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

This issue will ship with five covers.

Justice League Canada’s first adventure comes to an explosive end!

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

MAD MAGAZINE #529

Written and illustrated by THE USUAL GANG OF IDIOTS

56 pg, FC, $5.99 US

Summer’s almost over – but that’s no reason to get mad! Instead, why not get MAD?

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #15

Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN

Art by SCOT EATON

Cover by RYAN SOOK

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Constantine realizes he’s on to something much bigger than he thought as the events of five years from now begin to collide!

NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #2

Written by SEAN RYAN

Art and cover by JEREMY ROBERTS

1:25 Variant cover by MEGHAN HETRICK

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

This issue will arrive in stores with two covers.

Trapped inside Russia with no hope of rescue, the Squad does what they do best: Go out with a bang!

Say, wasn't the Suicide Squad just in Russia on Arrow?

PREACHER BOOK FIVE (TPB)

Written by GARTH ENNIS

Art by STEVE DILLON

Cover by GLENN FABRY

356 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS

Jesse Custer’s dark journey to find God continues as he becomes the sheriff of a troubled Texas town. Then, Custer decides it’s high time to renew his quest to find God and hold Him accountable for his actions. Collecting PREACHER #41-54.

SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #48

Written by SCOTT NEELY

Art and cover by SCOTT NEELY

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E

Shaggy gets himself in trouble at the gang’s yard sale, when he wears a Tiki memento from an old case. Is the Tiki really bad luck or is something else at play? Shaggy better think fast because Scooby is moving fast…in the opposite direction!

Retailers: Please note this story and cover were originally scheduled to appear in issue #47.

SMALLVILLE SEASON 11: CHAOS #1

Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER

Art by AGUSTIN PADILLA and DANIEL HDR

Cover by CAT STAGGS

40 pg, FC, 1 of 4, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

When Lex Luthor attempts to invest in Ted Kord’s new experiments, the scientists working on the supercollider are skeptical. But Lois Lane is at the Antarctic compound to cover scientific achievement, not corporate espionage, so it’s not until things go massively awry that her fiancé gets sucked into the action!

SUPERBOY #34

Written by AARON KUDER

Art and cover by JORGE JIMENEZ

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • FINAL ISSUE

Superboy battles an army of Superboys from across the Multiverse!

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #11

Written by CHARLES SOULE

Art by PAULO SIQUEIRA

Cover by TONY S. DANIEL

DC UNIVERSE SELFIE variant cover

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

This issue will ship with three covers.

“Last Sun,” the next sensational chapter in the “SUPERMAN: DOOMED” saga! Diana must do the unspeakable as the God of War in her effort to beat the forces of Brainiac! And now, there is no Kal-El – only Doom!

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

WORLD’S FINEST #26

Written by PAUL LEVITZ

Art and cover by TYLER KIRKHAM

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • FINAL ISSUE

Power Girl and Huntress return to Earth 2 just when their homeworld needs them most!

DYNAMITE COMICS

DEJAH THORIS AND THE GREEN MEN OF MARS VOL 2 (TPB)

Writer: Mark Rahner

Art: Lui Antonio

Cover: Jay Anacleto

FC • 128 pages • $16.99 • Mature

Dejah Thoris has survived a horrific ordeal at the hands of the ravenous Thark, Voro. Now in hiding and mutilated, Voro is behind a terror campaign that threatens to destroy the peace that John Carter brought to red and green inhabitants of Barsoom. The violent Green Martian dreams of the streets of Helium flowing with the blood of its people. Traumatized, isolated, and fighting eons of race hatred, Dejah Thoris must stop the villain's red flood!

COLLECTION FEATURES

•  Issues 5-8 of the hit series written by Mark Rahner and illustrated by Lui Antonio

•  Complete risqué cover gallery featuring the art of Jay Anacleto, Mel Rubi, Alé Garza, Walter Geovani,  Wagner Reis, Carlos Rafael and Milton Estevam

•  Script to issue five by Mark Rahner This book is not authorized by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

“Dejah Thoris and the Green Men of Mars is an entertaining read, sure to capture your imagination.” – Word Of The Nerd

“Dejah continues to shine in this mystery on Mars!” – SciFi Pulse

All I can say about Dejah Thoris' sartorial decisions is that it must be really warm on Barsoom.

THE DEVILERS #2 (OF 7)

Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov

Art: Matt Triano

Cover: Jock

FC • 32 pages • $2.99 • Teen+

From the critically acclaimed creator of The Bunker comes a daring new series that follows a team of the world’s best exorcists as they battle the army of Satan himself. Picking up where the last issue left off, our heroes must venture through hellfire and demons in order to face the devil himself. But, the secrets they all hold may be their undoing. With breathtaking art from breakout artist Matt Triano and covers by Jock, Joshua Hale Fialkov pilots the boldest new series in years.

This looks pretty interesting, and I usually like Fialkov's writing.

DOODLE JUMP #3 (OF 6)

Writer: Meredith Gran, Mario Udzenila

Art: Steve Uy

Cover: Rebekie Bennington

Subscription Variant: Photo

FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Doodler and Triple are fully immersed in the wild and crazy ninja world! Now they must navigate the ancient ninja-themed mega-mall to find answers to their journey’s questions … and inevitably, some danger. Continuing the brand new, all-ages accessible, original comic book series from Dynamite! Doodle Jump is the #3 all-time top paid app, and has been a top 25 app title for over three years, with hundreds of millions of downloads and updates.

HEART OF THE BEAST (20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION HC)

Writer: DEAN MOTTER, JUDITH DUPRE

Art/Cover: SEAN PHILLIPS

FC • 116 pages • $24.99 • Mature

Signed by artist Sean Phillips and writers Judith Dupre and Dean Motter: $49.99

Signed and remarked by artist Sean Phillips and writers Judith Dupre and Dean Motter: $95.00

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of this hauntingly evocative graphic novel written by Dean Motter and Judith Dupre, and featuring lavishly painted artwork by superstar Sean (Fatale, Criminal) Philliips!

"Science transformed his body, artistry inspired his soul."

The Heart of the Beast explores the timeless themes of classic horror literature against the backdrop of New York City's decadent contemporary art world. Sandra, a beautiful bartender who aspires to be an actress, meets Victor, an enigmatic man who hides strange scars and stranger secrets.  Always at the beck and call of his employer, the mysterious Dr. Wright, Victor struggles to share his life with Sandra -- until she learns the true nature of his ghoulish work. And is he concealing an even more horrific secret? This haunting homage to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein drew praise from critics and fans alike when it was first published. Dynamite is proud to release a 20th anniversary edition of this gothic love story in an all-new prestige format edition, which includes additional scrapbook material and commentary by the creators. Written by Dean Motter (Mister X, Terminal City) and Judith Dupré (Skyscrapers, Churches), The Heart of the Beast features lavishly painted artwork by Sean Philliips (Fatale, Criminal).

Since this is apparently 20 years old, has anyone read it? Any recommendations?

KING'S WATCH (TPB)

Writer: JEFF PARKER

Art/over: MARC LAMING

FC • 160 pages • $19.99 • Teen+

Flash Gordon, The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician are together again … for the first time! When strange phenomena fill the skies and all humanity shares the same nightmarish vision, three iconic heroes rush headlong into danger to save us all! While playboy adventurer Flash Gordon uncovers an alien menace, the ghostly jungle champion known as The Phantom faces murderous creatures in the African wild. But it's only Mandrake, a stage performer in touch with the mystic realms, who knows how these horrors are related... and how they threaten to shatter the Earth. Brought together through the efforts of reporter Dale Arden, the eccentric Professor Zarkov, and man-of-action Lothar, the heroes must overcome the Cult of the Cobra and their otherworldly allies! Collects issues 1-5 along with Jeff Parker’s original script to issue #1, character sketches, a complete cover gallery and more.

“Jeff Parker and Marc Laming have created a completely accessible, fully formed world with memorable characters, a clear vision and intrigue. What is so amazing about this is that there are some books at the Big Two entering their second or third year with far less developed characters of interesting plots.” -- Multiversity Comics

"Every comic book reader has some frame of reference for Phantom, Flash Gordon and Mandrake, and Parker welcomes them all into this story.” -- Comic Book Resources

"Marc Laming’s amazing artwork steals the show.” -- Newsarama

And I know some Legionnaires read this in series form. Any recommendations?

LADY ZORRO #2 (OF 4)

Writer: Alex De Campi

Art: Rey Villegas

Cover: Joseph Michael Linsner

Joseph Michael Linsner “Art Board” retailer incentive cover

FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

As Lady Zorro battles with her urge to exact vengeance on the General, Hugo is ridden down by the mercenary troops, brought back to the mansion, and tortured. The General uses Hugo’s theft of an axe as an excuse to exert martial law on Alta California, wresting command from (and arresting) Capitain Ramón. Can Lady Zorro rescue Hugo, the axe and the Capitain from a mansion teeming with ruthless mercenary soldiers? The odds are almost impossible … and Lady Zorro will find herself using a rallying cry that she never thought would pass her lips.

Man, Lady Zorro must work out a lot. Looka those biceps!

LEGENDERRY: A STEAMPUNK ADVENTURE #6 (of 7)

Writer: Bill Willingham

Art: Sergio Fernandez Davila

Covers: Joe Benitez

Johnny Desjardins Battle Red Sonja Concept Art retailer incentive cover

Johnny Desjardins Battle Vampirella Concept Art retailer incentive cover

Johnny Desjardins Exclusive “Travelogue” retailer incentive cover

FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

THIS IS IT! The moment you have been waiting for since landing in the Big City with Magna Spadarossa: the appearance of RED SONJA! Monsters, villains and bloodshed fill this issue as The Steampunk She-Devil fights her way through the beast-laden lands of Monstocity to unravel the true mystery of this saga: what are these beast men, what is their connection to the multitude of identical assassins, and where do they all come from?

LEGENDS OF RED SONJA VOLUME 1 (TPB)

Writers: Gail Simone, Nancy A. Collins, Devin Grayson, Meljean Brook, Tamora Pierce, Leah Moore, Nicola Scott, Rhianna Pratchett, Mercedes Lackey, Marjorie M. Liu, Blair Buttler, Kelly Sue DeConnick

Art: Jack Jadson, Noah Salonga, Carla Speed McNeil, Mel Rubi, Cassandra James, Tula Lotay, Doug Holgate, Naniiebim, Nei Ruffino, Valentine de Landro, Phil Noto, Jim Calafiore

Cover: Jay Anacleto

FC • 152 pages • $19.99 • Teen+

In this unique collection, ongoing RED SONJA series writer GAIL SIMONE hand-picked eleven of the fiercest, most talented, and most popular female writers from the worlds of comics, prose, games and television, to help her tell the greatest legends in the She-Devil’s long history!  A group of savage mercenaries hired to hunt and kill Sonja come across campfire tales of her at every turn, and Sonja does NOT like to be hunted. Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey, Marjorie M. Liu, Kelly Sue DeConnick and many more tell fascinating bits of Sonja’s legend, with a wrap-around tale by Simone herself, and art by the likes of Phil Noto, Jim Calafiore, Jack Jadson and more! Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime collection!

I don't much care for the cover, but man, look at the all-star line-up of writers!

PATHFINDER: CITY OF SECRETS #4 (OF 6)

Writer: Jim Zub

Art: Leandro Oliveira

Cover: Genzoman, Carlos Gomez

Subscription Variant: Sean Izaakse

Ultra-Limited Variant: Steven Cummings

FC • 32 pages • $4.99 • Teen+

Kyra and the remaining Pathfinder heroes venture down into the catacombs beneath the abandoned monastery of Sarenrare in the Shadow district to confront evil forces growing in Magnimar. What they find will test their courage like never before. Come see why Pathfinder is the industry’s best-selling fantasy tabletop game. Each issue features an exclusive removable, playable tactical map and poster!

PATHFINDER VOL. 2: OF TOOTH AND CLAW (HC)

Writer: JIM ZUB

Art: JAKE BILBAO, IVAN ANAYA, SEAN IZAAKSE, KEVIN STOKES

Cover: CARLOS LOPEZ

FC • 216 pages • $29.99 • Teen+

When Valeros and his companions are tasked with tracking down a mysterious beast scaring the locals of Sandpoint, they find far more than they bargained for! A seemingly simple monster hunt becomes a twisted tale of danger and betrayal as the Cult of Lamashtu exacts its revenge on our iconic heroes.

Paizo's award-winning tabletop RPG, fiction line, and card game is the ultimate fantasy comic! With an action-packed story written by Jim Zub (Samurai Jack, Skullkickers) and lavish artwork by newcomers Sean Izaakse and Ivan Anaya, this second volume continues the thrilling adventures of the Pathfinder iconic characters in the richly envisioned fantasy world of Golarion.

COLLECTION FEATURES

Pathfinder issues 7-12 and the 2013 Pathfinder Special by Jim Zub (Samurai Jack), Jake Bilbao, Ivan Anaya, Sean Izaakse and Kevin Stokes

• All 20 beautiful covers by Carlos Gomez, Jorge Faras, Sebastian Cichon, Mike Capriotti, Kevin Stokes

• 28 pages of encounters, characters, and world detail for the Pathfinder RPG

• An all-new, removable poster-map of the region explored in the comic

• An adaptation of the adventure from the best-selling Pathfinder Beginner Box, making it a perfect jumping on point for game fans and new readers alike.

• And more!

"... a fun comic that should readily appeal to any fan of the fantasy genre as it strikes a balance between adventure, humor, and character development." -- Newsarama

RED SONJA #11

Writer: GAIL SIMONE

Art: WALTER GEOVANI

Cover: JENNY FRISON

Variant: EMANUELA LUPACCHINO

Subscription Variant: STEPHANIE BUSCEMA

FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Sonja's epic quest to collect the world's most gifted people races towards its climax, with the lives of a thousand innocent people at stake! The She-Devil chases a man who understands (and possibly controls) a dreadful power from the stars themselves!

Three months late, but since I trade-wait, I don't much are.

And once again, Jenny Frison decides on an unusual camera angle for her cover. She does it well, but it's still a bid odd.

WARLORD OF MARS VOL. 4 TPB

Writer: ARVID NELSON

Art: VINCENTE CIFUENTES, LEANDRO OLIVIERA, EVERTON SOUSA, RAFAEL LANHELLAS

Cover: JOE JUSKO

FC • 272 pages • $24.99 • Mature

John Carter smashed the power of the Therns, the evil priests who enslaved Mars for thousands of years with their false religion. But Matai Shang, the Holy Father of their order, has found the perfect way to strike back: through Carter's beloved, Dejah Thoris. Shang has kidnapped the princess and is heading for a remote kingdom that still blindly clings to his discredited faith. Meanwhile, distressing evidence emerges of a conspiracy that threatens to break the fragile peace, plummeting the Red Martians against the savage Green hordes! Can Carter's most steadfast ally, the mighty Tars Tarkas, overcome his own bestial urges and save the planet?

Meanwhile, a beloved figure from Mars’s past makes a surprise reappearance, but all is not well, and soon Carter and his family find themselves hunted and on the run. What's John Carter to do? Whip out his sword and start killing people, of course! Two epic tales of betrayal, mystery, romance and action await you in Warlord of Mars Volume 4, collecting issues 26 through 35 of the ongoing series.

COLLECTION FEATURES

• Issues 26-35 of the hit series written by Arvid Nelson and illustrated by Everton Sousa, Leandro Oliveira, Rafael Lanhellas, Marcio Abreu and Wagner Reis

• Complete risqué cover gallery featuring the art by Joe Jusko, Lucio Parrillo, Cint Langley, Lui Antonio, José Malaga, Cezar Razek, Carlos Rafael, and Wagner Reis.

Joe Jusko is still doing covers? Man, I didn't know that! He was awesome on Conan back in the long-before time.

IDW PUBLICATIONS

DAVE GIBBONS' WATCHMEN: ARTIFACT EDITION (HC)

Writer: ALAN MOORE

Art/Cover: DAVE GIBBONS

HC • BW • $75.00 net discount item • 144 Pages • 12" x 17"

Watchmen has been called the greatest graphic novel of all time. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created a story and graphic narrative unlike anything that preceded it, and revitalized the entire art form that followed. It is the one book that nearly all comics readers know inside and out … or so you thought! Now, with the full assistance and cooperation of Dave Gibbons, comes Dave Gibbons' Watchmen: Artifact Edition, crammed full of high resolution scans shot directly from Gibbons' original art. Covers, interiors, advertisements, portfolio pieces, color guides -- this is the ultimate collection of the ultimate graphic novel!

DOBERMAN #2

Writers: SCOTT MARDER, ROB ROSELL, AND JACK LAMBERT

Art: BRANDON MCKINNEY

Cover: BERNARD CHANG

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Frank Doberman rejoins the police force after years of exile, but instead of being top dog like in the old days, he finds hims himself starting over with a new uniform, new rules and regulations and a new partner.

The writing team behind It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia offer this action-packed take on the buddy cop comedy.

G.I. JOE: SILENT INTERLUDE 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Writer: LARRY HAMA

Art: LARRY HAMA, STEVE LEIALOHA

Cover: LARRY HAMA, KLAUS JANSON

HC • FC • $19.99 • 88 pages • 7" 11"

SILENT INVASION! The story that defined a generation -- G.I. JOE #21: remastered from the original art and lovingly recolored to the highest of contemporary standards. This wordless issue introduced the world to SNAKE EYE's mysterious nemesis STORM SHADOW and his ARASHIKAGE NINJA -- and they've never looked better. Plus -- an unprecedented glimpse of Larry Hama's original layouts and Steve Leialoha's finishes, and a look behind the scenes of the comic's creation -- and at its enduring legacy!

• The most important single issue in G.I. JOE history, in the deluxe format it deserves!

• All-new commentary by Larry Hama!

• An all-new history of the issue and a look at it's impact on popular culture!

Never having been a Joe reader, I don't know anything about this. Is what they're saying above true, Joe fans, or hyperbole?

GODZILLA: CATACLYSM #1 (of 5)

Writer: CULLEN BUNN

Art/Cover: DAVE WACHTER

Subscription Variant: BOBB EGGLESTON

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

This summer, the fire-breathing goliath, Godzilla faces a ravaged earth in the brand new mini-series Godzilla: Cataclysm! Like the previous critically acclaimed Godzilla mini-series, Godzilla: The Half-Century War, this new five-issue series explores a self-contained journey of epic proportions!

Last seen in the monster apocalypse, Godzilla has all but abandoned humanity. In the ashes of a nightmarish future, an elder tribe leader, Hiroshi, is haunted by the monsters of the past that nearly wiped out mankind. As danger begins to escalate for his tribe, the memories of the past may well be the key to saving the future.

Industry veteran Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun) brings his renowned talents to the series as writer, with the immensely skilled Dave Wachter (Night of 1,000 Wolves) handling the art in this dystopian Cataclysm.

“I've wanted to write a Godzilla story for as long as I can remember,” said Bunn, “before I even started Kindergarten, I drew a book titled ATTACK OF THE MONSTERS, which featured Godzilla, along with other monsters, terrorizing the world. The story started with Godzilla erupting from an iceberg and ended when the military dropped a massive sword on his head. I like to think that my storytelling sensibilities have matured since those days, but the desire to write a Godzilla story has remained with me.”

2014 marks the 60th anniversary of Godzilla stomping on to the screen and captivating audiences worldwide. Fans can catch Godzilla every month in the ongoing IDW Godzilla series, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. Godzilla: Cataclysm will come crashing down, starting this August. Follow IDW on Facebook, facebook.com/idwpublishing and on Twitter @IDWPublishing for information and updates.JUDGE DREDD: ANDERSON, PSI-DIVISION #1

Writer: MATT SMITH

Art; CARL CRITCHLOW

Cover: MATT HALEY

Subscription Variant: MIMI YOON

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

IDW Publishing will add a brand-new series to its growing line of critically-acclaimed Judge Dredd titles -- Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division, spotlighting the eponymous judge and her early days with the unique branch of the law.

Created by legendary writer John Wagner and artist extraordinaire Brian Bolland, the telepathic and precognitive Judge Cassandra Anderson is well-known to Dredd fans, and her popularity has demanded she get her own series. With events taking place prior to IDW’s ongoing Judge Dredd series, “King of the Six Sectors” kicks off with Judge Anderson having a haunting vision of an attack on the Megapolitan Museum. Shaken to the core, she sets out to prevent the unthinkable.

“Following up his exploration of Judge Dredd’s early career in Year One, Matt Smith turns his keen eye toward defining Judge Anderson for a new generation of readers,” says series editor Denton J. Tipton. “From the halls of the Justice Department, to the galleries of the Megapolitan Museum and swamplands outside Texas City, Anderson will face a trial by fire, forging her into the authoritative Judge we know today.”

2000 AD editor Matt Smith brings his extensive knowledge of the character and lore to the new series as writer. The distinct and eye-catching artwork of Carl Critchlow will be on full display as he handles all of the interior art duties for the series. Matt Haley will provide covers for the series, with issue #1 featuring variant covers by Chris Weston and Mimi Yoon.

'Psi-Judge Cassandra Anderson is one the great, iconic characters from 2000 AD – an irreverent foil to Dredd, her wit and warmth made her an instant favourite with the fans the moment she was first introduced way back in 1980, and she's been a mainstay of the comic ever since,' says Smith. 'Her position as one of the signature figures in Dredd's world was cemented by her appearance in the 2012 DREDD movie. So I had a lot of fun writing a new case for her for IDW – and Carl has done a phenomenal job, capturing both Cass and the Big Meg beautifully.'

Exploring a whole new corner of Mega-City One, Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division is the next essential adventure for Dredd-heads! Judge Anderson also can be found regularly alongside Dredd in the ongoing IDW title Judge Dredd.

The last I heard of Anderson, she was serving as the prison for Judge Death and those guys, and couldn't move or speak. Wha' hoppen?

LITTLEST PET SHOP #4 (of 5)

Writer: GEORGIA BALL

Art: NICO PEÑA, ANTONIO CAMPO

Cover: CAMPO

Subscription Variant: AMY MEBBERSON

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Blythe leaves the pets to watch over the shop while she takes Zoe to an audition for the starring role in a new television show, but when a mysterious package arrives at the Littlest Pet Shop the pets can’t resist opening it! What they find inside is a box full of trouble with no intentions of being put back! Plus, Blythe endures the embarrassment of attending a rock concert with *gasp* her dad!

THE MAXX: MAXXIMIZED #10

Writers: SAM KIETH, WILLIAM MESSNER-LOEBS

Art/Cover/Subscription Variant: SAM KIETH

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Fairy Tale: As Julie is spring cleaning, Mr. Gone entertains us with a little child-like tale of Julie's traumatic up-bringing, and the little sickly rabbit that scrape, scrape, scrapes, which she keeps hidden under her bed. She learns lessons from her absentee father's denial, and her mother's unflinching willingness to face things that Julie (and Maxx) would rather avoid all together.

Featuring an all-new cover by Sam Kieth!

MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #22

Writer: TED ANDERSON

Art: AGNES GARBOWSKA

Cover: GARBOWSKA, ZANDER CANNON

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Has Trixie been framed for stealing a diamond, or is she up to her old tricks? It’s a classic whodunit set in the hustle and bustle of Manehattan! Don’t miss the conclusion to this madcap caper!

• From the creative team of My Little Pony: Friends Forever #3!

• Variant Cover by Alison Blackwell!

MY LITTLE PONY: ANIMATED VOL 3: THE RETURN OF HARMONY

The celebrated animated series comes to bookshelves! Revisit the habitants of Equestria and learn about the magic that friendship brings in this adaptation of the television series. This volume adapts season two episodes "Return of Harmony" parts 1 and 2!

TPB • FC • $7.99 • 112 pages • 5" x 7"

The hit My Little Pony show comes directly from the screen to the page!

SQUIDDER #1 (2ND PTG)

Writer/Art/Cover: BEN TEMPLESMITH

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

This all-new four-issue series finds an old soldier from a forgotten war in a post-apocalyptic world that has left him behind. He was one of the last of the legendary Squidder Legions. Can a discarded relic with a death wish and a rebellious Squid priestess overthrow humanity's tentacled alien overlords? Ben Templesmith returns to his roots to finally do the tentacle/Cthulhu-orientated book he's always promised! The Squidder mixes action, horror, science fiction, and fantasy elements with a touch of Squidly destruction.

STAR TREK #36

Writer: MIKE JOHNSON

Art/Cover: TONY SHASTEEN

Subscription Variant: Photo

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The epic STAR TREK event of 2014 continues here, in Part 2 of "The Q Gambit"! Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise are thrust into the future of their new timeline thanks to the mysterious being known as Q. But in this alternate reality, what has become of the space station once known as Deep Space Nine... and the man called Benjamin Sisko? Don't miss this all-new story developed in association with  STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci!

• The Star Trek comic event of the year!

• The crew of the new films encounter Q!

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #14

Writer: LANDRY WALKER

Art: MARCELO FERREIRA

Cover: DARIO BRIZUELA

Variant Cover: PAULINA GANUCHEAU

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Donatello has created a new scent in the hopes of getting April’s attention. Unfortunately it’s got the attention of all of the insects in New York City instead... including a swarm parasitic wasps! Will the Turtles be able to stop the insect hordes before everyone bug’s out?

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #37

Writers: TOM WALTZ, KEVIN EASTMAN

Art: CORY SMITH

Cover: SMITH, EASTMAN

Variant Cover: MIKE HENDERSON

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

From the start, two villains have dominated the Turtles’ lives: Shredder and Krang. Now, for the first time, they come face-to-face with each other in the present day! Will they be able to overcome their differences and join forces? It’s a very special stand-alone issue that guarantees some major surprises!

Guest art from Cory Smith (TMNT Villain Micro-Series: Karai)!

That is a really unattractive shirt.

TRANSFORMERS: PRIMACY #1

Writer: CHRIS METZEN & FLINT DILLE

Art/Cover: LIVIO RAMONDELLI

Subscription Variant: SARAH STONE

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

THE WAR FOR CYBERTRON! Optimus Prime versus Megatron. Autobots versus Decepticons. At the dawn of the conflict, battle lines are drawn and sides are set… now legends will be made. The war that would define a planet begins in earnest—and its revelations will shake the TRANSFORMERS’ world to the core!

• The end of the beginning!

• The final chapter of monumental Cybertron War trilogy!

• Written by World of Warcraft and Diablo’s Chris Metzen and the legendary Transformers writer Flint Dille!

• Variant Cover by Casey Coller!

• Art by fan-favorite Livio Ramondelli!

TRANSFORMERS VS GI JOE #1 (2ND PTG)

Writers: Tom Scioli, John Barber

Art/Cover: Tom Scioli

Space War I! Earth makes contact with an alien race -- and G.I. Joe is on the front lines of first contact! But when the Transformers arrive -- their version of "peace" does not match our own ...

THE X-FILES: SEASON 10 #15

Writer: OE HARRIS

Art: MATTHEW DOW SMITH

Cover: FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

Subscription Variant: Photo

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Pilgrims, Part 5 of 5: Flying saucers, the Cigarette Smoking Man, the New Syndicate ... this mind-blowing conclusion sets the agenda for the rest of Season 10. Don’t miss the series that Geeked Out Nation says holds “nearly as much quality and charm as its small screen predecessor ever did.”

• Witness the strange return of fan-favorite character Alex Krycek!

• Variant Cover by Mark McHaley!

IMAGE COMICS

BURN THE ORPHANAGE: REIGN OF TERROR #4 (OF 5)

Story: DANIEL FREEDMAN & SINA GRACE

Art / Cover A: SINA GRACE

Cover B: ED LUCE

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

Rock, Bear and Lex finalize their plans to win back the city that MannCorp sieged ... only one problem: the evil witch Elyse is alive, and hungry for revenge!

I assume Rock beats Bear in Rock, Bear, Lex. Does Bear beat Lex, and Lex beat Rock?DEAD@17: THE BLASPHEMY THRONE #1 (of 7)

Story / Art / Cover: JOSH HOWARD

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.50

IT’S ALL BEEN LEADING TO THIS: THE FINAL CHAPTER TO THE DEAD@17 SAGA BEGINS HERE!

Fan-favorite creator Josh Howard begins an all-new saga and sequel to the popular DEAD@17 series with BLASPHEMY THRONE #1, the first issue in the seventh and final installment in the DEAD@17 story -- and an epic finale that will take readers’ breaths away.

DEAD@17 follows the story of Nara Kilday, her subsequent death and resurrection, and her ongoing struggle with the forces of darkness. Nara's quest to discover her true nature and realize her destiny has put her in conflict with sinister cults, demon lords, a vampiric succubus, and even her closest friends.

At the conclusion of the previous series, DEAD@17: THE WITCH QUEEN, Nara found her spirit torn from her body as she attempted to escape Purgatory. Now, held captive by unknown entities in another dimension, Nara must find a way to return to Earth, reunite her spirit with her dying body, and put an end to the reign of Abraham Pitch and The Beast.

"I couldn't be more excited to finally be telling the conclusion to Dead@17 and to be doing it at Image. It's been a great ride, and I couldn't have done it without the support of the series' loyal and dedicated fans,” said Howard. “Having spent a third of my life with these characters, it's going to be hard to let them go, but I can't wait for everyone to learn the ultimate fate of Nara and her allies."

DEATH VIGIL #2 (of 8)

Story / Art / Cover: STJEPAN SEJIC

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

Clara Jenkins never had many friends. Then she joined Death Vigil ... and she gained many friends. The end! Oh ... and of course there is that whole small print deal about the League of Necromancers who aligned themselves with a world-devouring enemy of all life, can summon unholy abominations to do their bidding, and seek to destroy the vigil above all else...

DISPLACED PERSONS (OGN)

Story: DEREK McCULLOCH

Art / Cover: ANTHONY PERUZZO

168 PAGES / FC / T+ / $17.99

From the Eisner-nominated writer Derek McCulloch (STAGGER LEE, Gone to Amerikay) and artist Anthony Peruzzo comes DISPLACED PERSONS, a riveting tale of murder, love, crime, friendship, betrayal and just the slightest bit of time travel.

San Francisco, the twentieth century: In 1939, a private detective searches for a missing heiress. In 1969, twin brothers approach a drug heist from opposite sides of the law. And in 1999, a woman slowly comes to realize the terrible danger she faces in her own home.

McCulloch was inspired to write DISPLACED PERSONS because of a love of puzzle stories, detective stories, time travel stories and a fascination with how history imprints itself on the smaller story of a family's history. “It's like reading rings in a tree ... you can see the growth of the tree, ring by ring, and the distance between the rings tells you when the droughts hit, or the long winters, or the hurricanes,” explained McCulloch.

“You can look at a family tree the same way, and when you see that someone was born, say, in Poland in 1920, and their child was born in Baltimore in 1947, there's a story between those two rings. Displaced Persons takes those rings, and takes all the different kinds of stories I love, and mixes them up and twists them into a shape you won't really understand until the last page. It's a book I hope people will read twice. ... I guarantee you'll see things the second time you didn't know were there the first time."

Spanning the 20th century, DISPLACED PERSONS follows the travails of intertwining families as they navigate love, loss, and, most of all, time. The full preview can be viewed and downloaded at Image Comics’ website.

Advance Praise for DISPLACED PERSONS:

"A mammoth, sprawling family saga — both enchantingly surrealistic and cruelly realistic — with a dazzling array of haunting and resonant characters all drawn together through an unlikely paradox. Derek McCulloch delivers an ambitious, complex work that’s not afraid to take chances, and the art by Anthony Peruzzo is richly detailed and evocative.” -- Karen Berger, Vertigo founding editor

Sounds interesting.

DREAM MERCHANT #4

Writer: Nathan Edmondson

Art/Cover: Konstantin Novosadov

The vision of the impossible becomes real, and only Winslow is awake to stop it.

GENIUS #2

Writers: Adam Freeman, Marc Bernardin

Art/Cover: Afua Richardson

GENIUS: ISSUES 1-5, WEEKLY THROUGHOUT AUGUST

The Winner of Top Cow's Pilot Season makes its triumphant return to print!

What if the greatest military mind of our generation was born to a people who are already supremely conditioned to wage war, who know nothing but violence since birth, and must continually adapt to new predators in order to survive? What if the second coming of Alexander

the Great, of Genghis Khan, of Napoleon, of Patton...what if it was a teenaged girl from South Central, L.A. named Destiny? And what if she decides to secede three blocks Of the 'Hood from the Union? Who is going to take it back from her and her army of gangbangers? Who CAN?

From writers MARC BERNARDIN and ADAM FREEMAN (Alphas, X-Men Origins: Nightcrawler, The Authority, The Highwaymen) and rising-star artist AFUA RICHARDSON comes a harrowing, action-packed tale of a city that declares war on a brilliant young woman pushed to the edge.

I haven't gotten started on this new batch of Image titles, because I'm still catching up on the last batch of new Image titles!

GHOSTED #12

Story: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON

Art: DAVIDE GIANFELICE & MIROSLAV MRVA

Cover: DAN PANOSIAN

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

NEW STORY ARC! Do you have a death wish? If so, there’s a man out there who will grant you it ...

RED CITY #3

Story: DANIEL COREY

Art / Cover: MARK DOS SANTOS

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

The case unravels: Cal confronts personal demons as he realizes that the lives of an entire race hang on the outcome of his investigation and that someone near him isn't who they appear to be.RISE OF THE MAGI #3

Story: MARC SILVESTRI

Art / Cover A: SUMEYYE KESGIN

Cover B: STJEPAN SEJIC

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.50

The wall between the world of man and the world of magic has cracked. Two realities never meant to coexist are bleeding into each other with terrifying results. Unimaginable horrors that belong there have come here. But as Asa and his gang of thieves and murderers have discovered, horrors from the world of men have entered the realm of magic. And that may prove to be far, far worse.

SEX CRIMINALS #7

Story: MATT FRACTION

Art / Cover: CHIPPARD ZDWARRGGKY

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

Jon breaks into Kegelface’s house and oh my golly what on EARTH do you think he finds there. Not only are our beloved Sex Criminals not alone ... they’re not unwatched, either. And Suzie learns once and for all the fate of her precious library.

SHUTTER #5

Story: JOE KEATINGE

Art / Cover: LEILA DEL DUCA & OWEN GIENI

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

Ten years ago Kate Kristopher quit her career as a globe-trotting adventurer, but there’s something she’s hiding. Something big.SKULLKICKERS #30

Story: JIM ZUB & WILL HINDMARCH

Art: JEFF "CHAMBA" CRUZ & ROYCE "FOORAY" SOUTHERLAND

Cover: JEFF "CHAMBA" CRUZ

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

TAVERN TALES THROUGH TIME!

Through the abyss of time and across the far reaches of space there lie other pairs of monster mashing idiots called "Skullkickers." In this special issue written by JIM ZUB (our regular writer -- duh) and WILL HINDMARCH (Always/Never/Now), you'll get a glimpse at some of these deadly duos for the first time -- a tasty appetizer before the fighting feast yet to come ...STARLIGHT #5

Writer: MARK MILLAR

Art: GORAN PARLOV

Cover: TOMMY LEE EDWARDS

Variant: ROB LIEFELD

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

Duke and Space-Boy are hiding out in the jungles of Tantalus with the rebels, under the command of Tilda Starr, the former head of the Queen's Imperial Guard. Their aim: to retake the capital and free the people from the Brotean invaders! But their numbers are tiny, their hope is running low, and new secrets are coming out about the tragedies of Space-Boy's past.

Image Comics is pleased to reveal the Tommy Lee Edwards and Rob Liefeld covers for the hit Mark Millar and Goran Parlov series STARLIGHT.

In issue #5, Duke and Space-Boy are hiding out in the jungles of Tantalus with the rebels, under the command of Tilda Starr, the former head of the Queen's Imperial Guard. Their aim: to retake the capital and free the people from the Brotean invaders! But their numbers are tiny, their hope is running low, and new secrets are coming out about the tragedies of Space-Boy’s past.

THIEF OF THIEVES #23

Story: ANDY DIGGLE

Art / Cover: SHAWN MARTINBROUGH & ADRIANO LUCAS

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

When shots are fired in the Cartel/Mob war, will Conrad steal something he never has before -- a human life?

THE WALKING DEAD #130

Story: ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art: CHARLIE ADLARD, STEFANO GAUDIANO, & CLIFF RATHBURN

Cover: CHARLIE ADLARD & DAVE STEWART

32 PAGES / BW / M / $2.99

"There were whispers and I was afraid."

After watching The Strain, zombies don't seem as scary any more!

WHERE IS JAKE ELLIS #4

Writer: NATHAN EDMONDSON

Art/Cover: TONCI ZONJIC

32 PAGES / FC / $3.50

"CHAPTER NINE"

Together, Jon and Jake will face a realization neither of them is prepared for.  Does Jon have what it takes to  save Jake and himself?

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #2 (2ND PTG)

Writer: Kieron Gillen

Art: Jamie McKelvie, Matthew Wilson

Cover: Matthew Wilson, Jamie McKelvie

32 PAGES / FC / $3.50

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, the white-hot new series by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie about gods being briefly reincarnated as pop stars before dying, drew crowds of worshipers, causing the second issue to sell out instantly. Leaders in the industry and critics alike have praised the series as the creative team’s best work yet and perfect for fans of PHONOGRAM.

Bestselling writer Warren Ellis raved, “If you’re looking for a new favourite comic, tell your store you want The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.”

Issue #2 picks up from the previous issue's cliffhanger with diabolically divine pop-god Lucifer still in hot water. And superfan Laura enters into a Faustian bargain when she agrees to help her …

Newsarama gave the issue a 10/10 and said, “If The Wicked + The Divine’s bombastic debut issue didn’t do it for you, issue #2 is sure to change your mind.”

Praise for THE WICKED + THE DIVINE:

“So if you’re looking for a new favourite comic, tell your store you want The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie in June.” -- Warren Ellis, TREES, SUPREME: BLUE ROSE

“Just read The Wicked + The Divine by Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen. Holy shit, holy shit, holy shi -- “ -- Becky Cloonan, Demo, Batman, By Chance or Providence

“It's one of the best books I've read this year.” -- Wil Wheaton, actor

“Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s The Wicked + The Divine is better than Young Avengers. Better than Phonogram. Better than Watchmen. Better than the Bible.” -- Matt Fraction, SEX CRIMINALS, Hawkeye

“I got to read Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's new series, The Wicked + the Divine and it's the best thing they've ever done. You need it.” -- Ed Brubaker, FATALE, Criminal

“The first issue of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s The Wicked + The Divine is a wonderful door to a seductive new world. Let’s all go in!” -- Fábio Moon, CASANOVA, Daytripper

“Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s The Wicked + The Divine is a warp into the middle of a wildly imaginative mythology and I’m itching to read more.” -- Rick Remender, BLACK SCIENCE, DEADLY CLASS, Uncanny Avengers

“If you're headed to the comic shop tomorrow, please tell them to preorder you a copy of The Wicked + The Divine. Jamie and Kieron are both masterful here. Just a great job by the whole team. Give the first issue a try, you won't regret it.” -- Jonathan Hickman, EAST OF WEST, MANHATTAN PROJECTS, Avengers

“Gillen and McKelvie shared their upcoming The Wicked + The Divine with me, and it's amazing. Please tell your retailer this week to order!” -- Mark Waid, Daredevil

The Wicked + The Divine has an absolutely perfect first issue. 10 out of 10. This is going to be a very special book. We live in an era spoilt by great creator-owned work -- but The Wicked + The Divine has as good a shot at ‘classic’ status as any book I’ve read in the last 5 years. Congrats Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matthew Wilson, and Clayton Cowles.” -- Nick Spencer, MORNING GLORIES, THIEF OF THIEVES

“Just read an advance issue of Wicked + Divine. The team is firing on all cylinders! Order it, quickly!” -- Jordie Bellaire, THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, PRETTY DEADLY

“Not solely because of my art-crush on Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, I had the honor of losing my shit over issue #1 of The Wicked + The Divine.” -- Max Bemis, lead singer of Say Anything, Polarity

The Wicked + The Divine #1 is excellent, surprising nobody. You should pre-order it right now.” -- Al Ewing, Mighty Avengers, Zombo, Loki: Agent of Asgard

“I have read The Wicked + The Divine #1 and it’s probably my favorite Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen book to date. Both are in their prime.” -- Mike Norton, REVIVAL

“Pretty sure The Wicked + The Divine gave me a hangover. Need the hair of the dog that bit me.” -- Ivan Brandon, Viking, 24Seven

“I just got a look at Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s The Wicked + The Divine #1, and I urge you to order yours at your local comic store now.” -- Emma Vieceli, Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel, Alex Rider: Graphic Novel, Breaks

"It's so much good and then some. Pick it up." -- Andy Suriano, Samurai Jack, CHARLATAN'S BALL

The Wicked + The Divine #1 is an astonishingly awesome debut by top-class gents Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen. You need this in your life.” -- Joe Keatinge, TECH JACKET, SHUTTER

“Gillen and McKelvie’s The Wicked + The Divine is the Gillen-and-McKelviest thing Gillen and McKelvie have ever done.” -- Andy Diggle, MANIFEST DESTINY, The Losers

“Was lucky enough to see an issue of Jamie McKelvie and Kieron Gillen’s new comic The Wicked + The Divine and yes it’s amazing.” -- Christian Ward, INFINITE VACATION, ODY-C

“I was delighted to read an advance copy of The Wicked and the Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. Trust me, you want this.” -- Paul Cornell, Doctor Who, London Falling, Wolverine

“Just read Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie and Wilson and Cowles' The Wicked + The Divine #1 … it’s gorgeous. I can’t wait to read more. Buy it!” -- Ray Fawkes, Batman Eternal

“My favourite comic books are Lucifer, Transmetropolitan and Preacher: the new The Wicked + The Divine, by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, is right up there.” -- Musa Okwonga, pundit for the BBC World Service

“Just read The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and crew -- IT’S GREAT, so pre-order now and support creator-owned!” -- Michael Oeming, Powers, The United States of Murder Inc., Victories

“Reading The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie is like trying to eat a fluorescent light tube whilst electricity is still in it. You should probably order The Wicked + The Divine. If you like pop gods and explosions and having a late twenties crisis like me that is.” -- Cara Ellison, Eurogamer

“I got to read The Wicked + The Divine from Image Comics and it put me on my ass. You can pre-order it, or settle for a second print.” -- Gerry Duggan, Deadpool, Nova, THE INFINITE HORIZON

The Wicked + The Divine #1 reviews itself a few pages in: ‘it’s what orgasms aspire to be.’ Awesome first issue, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.” -- Lucas Siegel, Newsarama

The Wicked + The Divine is everything you love about Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, LEVELED UP. You’ll kick yourself if you don’t pre-order this.” -- Dennis Hopeless, Avengers Academy, Cable & X-Force

“I read The Wicked + The Divine just now and it is great. Jamie McKelvie really knows about eyeliner.” -- Kate Leth, Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time: Seeing Red

“Just read advance first issue of The Wicked + the Divine by Mckelvie, Gillen and Wilson -- a gorgeous book by a comics superteam. A+” -- Cameron Stewart, Seaguy

“Read Episode 1 of Kieron and Jamie's The Wicked + The Divine. Exactly as splendid as you'd expect, with added wiggy courtroomery.” -- Si Spurrier, X-Force, Six-Gun Gorilla

“I love the phrase ‘a book that teaches you how to read it’ and The Wicked + The Divine #1 reads like a beautiful realization of that ideal.” -- Christopher Sebela, High Crimes, Dead Letters

WITCHBLADE #172 (VALENTINE'S DAY COVER)

Writer: Ron Marz

Art: Laura Braga

Cover: Stjepan Sejic

Sara Pezzini will soon discover who the Witchblade chose to be its next bearer...

ZERO #10

Story: ALES KOT

Art: MICHAEL GAYDOS & JORDIE BELLAIRE

Cover: MICHAEL GAYDOS & TOM MULLER

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

Iceland.

MARVEL COMICS

ALL NEW X-MEN #30     

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Art: Sara Pichelli

Cover: Stuart Immonen

• Past, present and future collide as the Future Brotherhood exacts their final judgment on the All-New X-Men.

•  Plus, Angel takes control!

32 PGS./Rated T/$3.99

Man, how many of the original X-Men is X-23 gonna lock lips with?

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5

Writer: DAN SLOTT

Art/Cover: HUMBERTO RAMOS

ORIGINAL SIN tie-in!

• The greatest untold secret of Spider-Man’s world has a name – SILK!

• Who is this mysterious woman and what does she have to do with Black Cat and Electro?!

32 PGS./Rated T/$3.99

AMAZING X-MEN #10

Writer: Christopher Yost & Craig Kyle

Art/Cover: CARLO BARBERI

World War Wendigo Part 3 (of 5)!

• As the Wendigo virus runs rampant through Canada, one of the X-Men falls prey to the deadly plague!

• Guest-starring Alpha Flight!

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

AVENGERS #31 (2ND PTG)

Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Art: Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan

Cover: Leinil Francis Yu

Original Sin tie-in! Propelled fifty years into the future, the Avengers come face-to-face with the legacy of their actions!

32 PGS / $3.99

AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #8

Writer: DENNIS HOPELESS

Art: TIGH WALKER

Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA

EVERYTHING CHANGES AS WE JUMP THREE MONTHS LATER!

• After last issue’s huge reveal, what else has happened in the 90 days since the events of issue #7?

• Why is Hazmat working for Madame Masque … and maybe Mystique and Sabretooth?

• And how does this issue’s cliffhanger change everything again?

32 PGS./Rated T+ /$2.99

AVENGERS WORLD #11

Writer: NICK SPENCER

Art: STEFANO CASELLI

Cover by PAUL RENAUD

• The UPRISING begins.

• The Island opens its doors. The Dead march into the light. The Dragon declares war.

• Confronted by immense dangers on all sides, The Avengers face a world on fire -- and to restore peace, they’ll have to become something even bigger than before.

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

CAPTAIN AMERICA #23

Writer: RICK REMENDER

Art/Cover: CARLOS PACHECO

The Tomorrow Soldier part 2

• Zola has waged war on New York!

• Without a Captain America to lead them, can the Avengers stop the Bio-Fanatic’s plot for revenge?!

• The Falcon faces a dark secret form Captain America’s past!

32 PGS./Rated T/$3.99

I'm tired of complaining that the Captain America-loses-the-Super-Soldier-Serum plot has been done before. Instead I'll complain that Steve Rogers without the formula should be dead of old age.

CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 4: THE IRON NAIL (PREMIERE HC)

Written by RICK REMENDER

Penciled by PASCAL ALIXE & NIC KLEIN

Cover by NIC KLEIN

The Weapon Minus Program has been reopened, and Captain America has become unhinged thanks to the mad machinations of the twisted Dr. Mindbubble! Jet Black, daughter of criminal mastermind Arnim Zola, allies with the Falcon — but when the mysterious and powerful Iron Nail begins assassinating the heads of the world’s five largest corporations, they must make a terrible choice! Meanwhile, can Captain America put a lid on Dr. Mindbubble, or will the villain shatter Cap’s already-fragile psyche? And what happens when S.H.I.E.L.D.’s greatest secrets are revealed to the world’s most dangerous man? Captain America lays a final sacrifice on the altar of freedom as he takes on the Iron Nail — and is broken! This is the day when it all changes; this is the beginning of the end for Steve Rogers. Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA (2012) #16-21.

136 PGS./Rated T/$24.99

Trim size: standardCAPTAIN MARVEL #6

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick

Art/Cover: David Lopez

• THE BATTLE ISSUE. Space! Ships! Super heroes!

• Captain Marvel has been caught in the middle of an interplanetary turf war for weeks.

• Now, it’s time for Earth’s Mightiest Hero to get her hands dirty and show the Spartax and the Haffensye what’s what.

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

I'm tired of complaining that the Mohawk/Spartan crest on Carol Danvers' helmet looks stupid. Instead I'll complain that the sash around her hips makes her look fat.

DEADPOOL #33

Writers: GERRY DUGGAN & BRIAN POSEHN

Art: JOHN LUCAS

Cover by MIKE DEL MUNDO

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. VARIANT BY PASCAL CAMPION

ORIGINAL SIN TIE-IN!

• Deadpool’s.

• Daughter.

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

DEADPOOL BY DANIEL WAY: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 4 (TPB)

Written by DANIEL WAY

Penciled by CARLO BARBERI, ALE GARZA, SHAWN CRYSTAL, SALVA ESPIN & FILIPE ANDRADE

Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

Deadpool is desperate to end it all, but his healing factor makes dying a near-impossibility. When Wade finds the one thing in the world that can kill him — a serum that permanently disables his regenerative abilities — he just might get his wish. But his newfound ability to die makes Deadpool feel more alive than ever, and his sudden lust for life gets him in hot water with everyone he crosses — including crime bosses, super villains, his fellow mercenaries and even a dual-Beretta-wielding monkey! Can the Merc with a Mouth escape his pursuers and his pattern of insanity-fueled self-destruction, and finally live life to the fullest? Guest-starring the Uncanny X-Force, Daken, Kingpin, the Intelligencia and more — all of whom want to ensure that Deadpool finally meets his maker! Collecting DEADPOOL (2008) #50-63.

320 PGS./Parental Advisory/$34.99

DEADPOOL DRACULA'S GAUNTLET #6

Writers: Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn

Art: Reilly Brown & Various

Cover: Reilly Brown

• Representing the hit Infinite Comic in print for the first time!

•  Deadpool and his bride-to-be take on the forces of Dracula ... for keeps!

•  Plus: an all-new epilogue story!

$3.99

Man, there sure is a lot of Deadpool material these days.

FANTASTIC FOUR #8

Writer: JAMES ROBINSON

Art/Cover: LEONARD KIRK

ORIGINAL SIN TIE-IN!

BEN GRIMM: MURDERER?!

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

Given the way Ben Grimm used to go berserk every so often in the Silver Age, it would be a miracle if he hadn't killed someone by now.

HULK #5

Writer: GERRY DUGGAN

Art: Mark Bagley

Cover by ALEX ROSS

Variant Cover by GARY FRANK

• New writer Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL) joins superstar artist Mark Bagley on an all new arc!

• HULK is now ...

• BANNER no more???

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

Nice covers!

INHUMAN #3

Writer: CHARLES SOULE

Art/Cover: JOE MADUREIRA

Variant: ED MCGUINNESS

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

This July, the Inhuman Queen fights for the future of her people in INHUMAN #3 – the next blockbuster chapter in the expanding saga of Marvel’s strangest superpowered beings! From rising star writer Charles Soule and blockbuster artist Joe Madureira, the first arc of the pulse-pounding new series reaches its climax as Medusa and Lash come to Earth-shattering blows over the future of their race! New Inhumans are emerging across the globe, manifesting strange and terrifying powers as the Terrigen Mists engulfing the planet. As a new Inhuman named Flint emerges from his cocoon, he’ll witness his world crumble before his very eyes. Will he stand with Medusa, or side with Lash? Plus – don’t miss the secret history of a new, ancient tribe of Inhumans as they cope with being thrust into the spotlight for the very first time! No fan can afford to miss the game-changing climax to the first arc this June in INHUMAN #3!

With Karnak dead and both Black Bolt and Triton missing, there's really not much left of the Inhumans Royal Family, is there? They better come up with some appealing characters tout de suite!

MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #11

Adapted by Joe Caramagna

• The Red Skull has turned the Avengers into rampaging monsters!

• Hulk and Black Widow must team up and stop the raging Hulk-Vengers!

32 PGS./All Ages/$2.99

NIGHTCRAWLER #5

Writer: Chris Claremont

Art: odd Nauck

Cover by JAMIE McKELVIE

• Who knew the life of a high school teacher isn’t as glamorous as it’s made out to be?

• Struggling to adjust to everyday life back at the Jean Grey School, Nightcrawler turns to his fellow X-Men for inspiration.

• But when it comes to life with the X-Men, inspiration may just come from the unlikeliest of places!

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

NOVA SPECIAL #1

Writer: Sean Ryan

Art: JOHN TIMMS

Cover by GARY CHOO

Interlocking Variant by MARK BROOKS

CONCLUSION TO THE UNCANNY X-MEN/IRON MAN/NOVA CROSSOVER -- “NO END IN SIGHT”

• Nova gets tied up into an adventure with the Uncanny X-Men and Iron Man that takes him half-way across the galaxy.

• See three of the best books at Marvel collide!

40 PGS./Rated T/$4.99

ORIGINAL SIN #7 (of 8)

Written by JASON AARON

Art by MIKE DEODATO

Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO          

Variant Cover by GABRIELLE DELL’OTTO

Teaser Variant by MIKE MCKONE

Interlocking Battle Variant by ART ADAMS

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

The LAST BATTLEGROUND!

All roads have been leading to this! Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at ORIGINAL SIN #7 -- the penultimate chapter from New York Times Bestselling writer Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder) and critically acclaimed artist Mike Deodato (New Avengers). The shocking final page of last issue kept fans on the edge of their seats, and now as Original Sin races towards its epic climax – the heroes of the Marvel Universe prepare for their final stand against … Nick Fury?

Operating in the shadows, Nick Fury has protected the Marvel Universe from unseen forces. Protecting the Marvel Universe by any means necessary, Fury has “guarded the wall” for decades right under the noses of both S.H.E.I.L.D. and the Avengers. Now, drained of the Infinity Formula that kept him youthful, the battle-hardened soldier is rapidly aging, his time left short. But his job is never done …

He’ll stop at nothing to protect the Marvel Universe from what’s coming – even if he has to go through the Avengers to do it! Armed with the Watcher’s eyes, the secrets and sins of the entire Marvel Universe are now at his disposal. The knowledge Uatu kept could now be their very undoing! How can anyone stand up against a tactical genius with access to all the heroes greatest weaknesses?

The series that critics have hailed “a riveting thriller” and “one hell of a story” is approaching the heart-stopping climax no fan can afford to miss. Open your eyes wide for ORIGINAL SIN #7 when it hits comic shops this August!

Everybody has one. This is Marvel’s ORIGINAL SIN!

Every issue of ORIGINAL SIN includes a code for a free digital copy of that same comic on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, each issue of ORIGINAL SIN features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

SPIDER-MAN 2099 #2

Writer: Peter David

Art: William Sliney

Cover by Alexander Lozano

ARTIST VARIANT BY TBA

•  Life’s not easy when you’re a Spider-Man from the year 2099 stuck in our present.

•  But what’s the bigger danger: bank robbers, or beautiful women?

•  Peter David’s truimpant return to the character he created continues!

32 PGS./Rated T/$3.99

THUNDERBOLTS #29

Writers: BEN ACKER & BEN BLACKER

Art: GERARDO SANDOVAL

Cover by DAVID YARDIN

PUNISHER VS. THE THUNDERBOLTS, parts 3-4!

• First: Skull to Skull against the Ghost Rider!

• Then: watch lovers quarrel as Frank takes on Elektra!

32 PGS./Parental Advisory/$2.99

ULTIMATE FF #6

Writer: JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV

Art/Cover: ANDRÉ ARAÚJO

• The ULTIMATE UNIVERSE’S worst nightmare approaches

• Jump into the future of the Ultimate Universe as the DOOMSDAY CLOCK counts down.

• The END of the FUTURE FOUNDATION.

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

The coming of ... Galacduck?

THE UNITED STATES OF MURDER INC. #4

Writer: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art/Cover: MICHAEL AVON OEMING

VARIANT COVER BY DAVID MACK

VARIANT COVER BY Ray Fawkes

This new crime epic saga from the award-winning creators of POWERS continues! Valentine and Jagger are on the run as the five families meet to decide the fate of the United States of Murder Inc. Every issue delivers powerful visuals by Eisner Award winner Michael Avon Oeming and a story by the writer of some of your favorite Marvel comics including ALL-NEW X-MEN!

32 PGS./Mature/$3.99

© 2013 Jinxworld Inc.

WOLVERINE #11

Writer: Paul Cornell

Art: Peter M. Woods

Cover by Steve McNiven

Variant Cover by Ryan Stegman

ONE MONTH TO DIE!

• With the fates of two human beings placed in her hands, Pinch is faced with a decision that may haunt her for the rest of her life.

• That is, unless Wolverine and his S.H.I.E.L.D. cavalry can reach her in time.

• Classic Sabretooth, still finds time to mess with Logan, even while he’s busy trying to remake the world in his image.

32 PGS./Parental Advisory/$3.99

Wait -- isn't Wolverine dying in some other book?

WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #7

Writer: Jason Latour

Art: TBA

Cover by Mahmud Asrar

• Guest-starring Matt Murdock!

• Melita Garner returns, but not for romance -- she’s got something on Logan that throws the entire school into uproar.

• Little does Melita know she’s also drawn the attention of the Red Right Hand!

32 PGS./Rated T+ /$3.99

X-FORCE #8

Writer: SIMON SPURRIER

Art/Cover: ROCK-HE KIM

• Every country employs covert superhumans to protect their interests.

• And while pursuing the foe who killed one of their own, X-Force is about to run afoul of the United Kingdom’s superhuman operatives: PETE WISDOM and MI13!

• In this game of spy versus spy, how can X-Force manage to outplay the best spy there is?

32 PGS./Parental Advisory/$3.99

X-MEN #18

Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM

Art by DEXTER SOY

Cover by TERRY DODSON

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

FROM THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF TV’s “ARROW”!

• NEW CREATIVE TEAM! And a new mission for the first all-female team of X-MEN…

• S.W.O.R.D. is Earth’s premiere counterterrorism and intelligence agency when it comes to dealing with extraterrestrial threats.

• But when the ferocious Shi’Ar warrior Deathbird lands on their doorstep at the brink of death, S.W.O.R.D. calls in the X-MEN to investigate!

• But are the X-Men equipped to handle the horrific new threat that’s emerged from the edge of space?

Comics superstar and Arrow Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim (Amazing Spider-Man, Wolverine) takes Marvel’s mutants into space for an explosive new mission for a brand-new 4-issue story arc kicking off in X-MEN #18!

High above the Earth in the floating space station known as The Peak, extraterrestrial threats are monitored by S.W.O.R.D. -- the planet’s alien counterterrorism and intelligence agency. From the cold reaches of space, a familiar face returns. The ferocious Shi’Ar warrior Deathbird has landed on their doorstep, gravely wounded and inches from death. Unable to identify the who or what that caused her life threatening injuries, the X-Men are called in to investigate!

Speaking with Paul Montgomery at Marvel.com, Guggenheim shared where the idea for his upcoming arc originated: “The idea really came from the fact I’d been jonesing for an X-Men in space story as a reader. I’d been re-reading the Brood Saga and it reminded me how much I love that concept of the X-Men in outer space. It’s a milieu that suits them really well.”

What horrible dangers await Rachel Grey, Storm, Jubilee, Psylocke and Monet in the cold, lifeless vacuum of space? And are they equipped to handle it? Don’t miss the start of an epic sci-fi horror tale as Guggenheim and Soy take the reins this August in X-MEN #18!

Mutants in spaaaaaaace!

VALIANT COMICS

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #23

Written by FRED VAN LENTE

Art by PERE PEREZ

Cover by MICHAEL WALSH

#ValiantCraft Cover by DONOVAN SANTIAGO

THE END IS NEAR HERE! 

Archer & Armstrong have been dragged down and knocked out, left at the mercy of the Lizard King and his plot to unleash total annihilation. But, when you least expect it, what unexpected visitor might step in to save A&A from a fate worse than death? The secrets of Valiant’s seminal series are about to come to light – and you won’t believe the top-secret, classified, totally hush-hush conclusion their latest history mystery has in store

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color | T+

Needless to say the cover at top right is an homage to the famous album cover for The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

ARMOR HUNTERS #2 (2ND PTG)

Writer: Robert Venditti

Art/Cover: Doug Braithwaite

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color

Surrender the Armor or Earth Will Die!  Following the shocking final moments of the previous issue, the Armor Hunters have made their intentions clear, and unless X-O Manowar is turned over to them immediately, thousands of innocents will become additional casualties of this already brutal war. Valiant's most formidable heroes are about to go on the offensive, but the Armor Hunters have another trick up their sleeve, and this one will change the battle forever. Who will live? Who will die? The world will know what it feels like to be powerless as Valiant's big summer blockbuster continues!

ARMOR HUNTERS #3 (of 4)

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI

Art & Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE

#ValiantCraft Cover by DONOVAN SANTIAGO

Armor Hunters Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE

Artist Variant by MICO SUAYAN

ALL OUT WAR! Five alien Armor Hunters now control the planet, millions are dead – and that was only the beginning!

But if X-O Manowar surrenders now, will he spare the Earth …or spell its doom? And, as the world descends into pandemonium, can Bloodshot and the Unity team finally pinpoint a weakness in an enemy with more power, more endurance and more technology? When you can't find a way to win ... you'd better find a way to cheat! Valiant's summer crossover sensation rockets toward a climax so big it's going to register on the Richter scale!

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color | T+

The descriptions of "Armor Hunters" are making me eager for the trades!

UNITY #8 (2ND PTG)

Writer: Matt Kindt

Art: Stephen Segovia

Cover: Mico Suayan

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color

Armor Hunters descends on Valiant's all-star superteam in an all-new story arc from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and red-hot artist Stephen Segovia (Superior Carnage)! When an ultra-powerful threat from deep space begins brutalizing Earth, humanity's first response is -- who else? -- the fearless team of heroes, soldiers, and short fuses called Unity! Now it's down to Ninjak, Eternal Warrior and Livewire -- plus some special surprise recruits -- to lead the assault on the Armor Hunters' frontline ... even if they die trying!

UNITY #10

Written by MATT KINDT

Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA

Cover by MICO SUAYAN

#ValiantCraft Cover by DONOVAN SANTIAGO

Variant Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

In battle with the Armor Hunters!

Mankind is locked in a life or death struggle against the alien Armor Hunters, and the fate of civilization itself now lies with the unlikely team of short-tempered walking weapons called Unity! Can X-O Manowar give Ninjak, Livewire, and the Eternal Warrior enough of an edge to stop the galaxy’s most feared team of hunter-killers before more die?  There’s no quarter asked and none given as Valiant’s all-star superteam goes on the offensive!

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color | T+

X-O MANOWAR #26 (2ND PTG)

Writer: Robert Venditti

Art: Diego Bernard, Alisson Rodrigues

Cover: Clayton Crain

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color

Armor Hunters unleashes an all-new starting point for the world's most wanted hero -- X-O Manowar -- right here with a brand new story arc by Robert Venditti (Green Lantern, The Flash) and Diego Bernard (Eternal Warrior)! Abducted from his own time by a vicious alien race, the courageous Visigoth warrior known as Aric of Dacia spent years in slavery among the stars before escaping with his captors' most feared weapon -- the X-O Manowar armor. Now, stranded in the modern day, the world's most primitive man also just happens to wield its most powerful weapon. But what is the X-O Manowar armor? And who before Aric of Dacia dared to wield its incalculable power? The Armor Hunters hold the key to the armor's untold history and -- one way or another -- they'll crush anything that dares threaten their secret.

OTHER PUBLISHERS

ABC WARRIORS VOLGAN WAR VOL 4 (GN)

Publisher: REBELLION / 2000AD

Writer: Pat Mills

Art/Cover: Clint Langley

Mars, the far future. War droids created for a conflict that ended centuries ago, the A.B.C. Warriors are resistant to Atomic, Bacterial and Chemical warfare. Recruited to bring peace to the civil war-ravaged frontier colonies on Mars, the Mek-nificent Seven have to bring all their skills to bear on the intractable conflict, with friends and enemies changing sides, there's no knowing how this will end.

Mature/$22.99

CAVEWOMAN: FALLEN (One-Shot)

Publisher: AMRYL ENTERTAINMENT

Writer/Art/Cover: Rob Durham

Following the direction of the fallen star from the conclusion of Cavewoman: Journey #2, Meriem and Klyde discover that the meteor isn't what they thought it was. Back in town, the merciless gang leader Blackstone has Professor Cook marked for death by a former marine, now mercenary, called "Tripwire." Unaware of this, the Prof. and Corporal Mack continue their search to find Meriem, hoping to bring her home and back to Bruce whom she believes is still dead.

$3.99

CLIVE BARKER NEXT TESTAMENT #12

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: Clive Barker, Mark L. Miller

Art: Haemi Jang

Coer: Goni Montes

The finale of Clive Barker's original series is upon us! All the pain and suffering Tristan and Elspeth have gone through has led them to Providence, where they are reunited with Julian ... but that's not the only family reunion taking place, as Wick finally faces his jailers. Clive Barker, Mark Miller, and Haemi Jang bring this epic to a shocking conclusion!

Mature/$3.99

CROSSED BADLANDS #59

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: JUSTIN JORDAN

Art: GEORGES DUARTE

Cover: CHRISTIAN ZANIER

Fatal Fantasy Variant: MATT MARTIN

Wrap Variant: RAFA ORTIZ

Torture Variant: TIM VIGIL

JUSTIN JORDAN continues a tale of Crossed misery as that one flicker of hope turns out to be the worst person to believe in.  There is no joy in a world of monsters.  All that is left is to live for the sake of living and to find a way to swallow the constant fear that burns your gut like acid.  And yet ... amid the monsters the human spirit flickers but does not go out.  Available with Regular and Red Crossed covers by Christian Zanier,Torture cover by Tim Vigil, Wraparound cover by Rafa Ortiz, and Fatale Fantasy cover by Matt Martin.

Mature/$3.99

DEADMAN WONDERLAND VOL 4 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: Jinsei Kataoka

Ganta is recruited into the Scar Chain, an antiestablishment group planning a mass prison escape. After a brief meeting with Shiro, he stands at a crossroads, but Nagi persuades him to take part in the escape. However, a traitor has already leaked the plan to the Undertakers, a unit specially formed to stamp out the rebels.

$9.99

DINOSAURS VOL 3: JURASSIC SMARTS (HC)

Publisher: PAPERCUTZ

Writer: Arnaud Plumeri

Art: Bloz

Everybody knows the Brontosaurs, but what about the Mamenchisaurus? The third chapter in the Dinosaurs saga delves deeper into the world of these fearsome lizards, exploring rarely discussed creatures like the Cryolophosaurus, taking a look at the spines of the Stegosaurus, and asking important questions like "What happened when a dinosaur had a toothache?" Dinosaurs is your guided tour through the rough-and-tumble world of the mightiest beasts to ever walk the earth!

$10.99

"Everybody knows the Brontosaurs ..."

Yeah, but they're called "apatosaurus" now.

EL NINO OMNIBUS (HC)

Publisher: HUMANOIDS INC

Writer: Christian Perrissin

Art/Cover: Boro Pavlovic

After the death of her father, Red Cross nurse Vera Michailov discovers a stunning family secret: she was a conjoined twin and has a brother she was separated from at birth. Left behind when the family escaped Eastern Europe for France, he grew up to become the modern-day pirate known only as "El Niño." Determined to find him, regardless of the cost, Vera sets out on a global quest for acceptance and salvation. A contemporary Heart of Darkness with an international backdrop of civil wars,kidnappings and modern-day piracy, by writer Christian Perrissin (Cape Horn) and artist Boro Pavlovic. New edition collects the entire series for the first time, and features an all-new afterword.

Mature/$44.95

FAIRY TAIL VOL 41 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: Hiro Mashima

Seventeen-year-old Lucy is an attractive mage-in-training who wants to join a magician's guild so that she can become a full-fledged magician. The guild she dreams about joining is the most famous in the world, and it is known as the Fairy Tail. One day she meets Natsu, a boy raised by a Dragon who mysteriously left him when he was young. Natsu has devoted his life to finding his Dragon father. When Natsu helps Lucy out of a tricky situation, she discovers that he is a member of the Fairy Tail magician's guild, and our heroes' adventure together begins.

$10.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: AGE OF DARKNESS VOL 2 (TPB)

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writers: Ralph Tedesco, Patrick Shand

Art: Various

Cover: Artgerm

The Age of Darkness has descended upon the Grimm Universe! All hell is about to break loose as the Dark Queen prepares to wage war on Earth and the four realms of power all at once. Can Sela, Robyn, Cross, Shang and the rest of the Realm Knights stop her in time or will the Queen finally get what she wants: Power over all things.

Volume 2 of the epic Age of Darkness series is here!

This 160-page Trade Paperback collects Grimm Fairy Tales: Age of Darkness one-shot, Grimm Fairy Tales issues #94-98.

$15.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: HELSING (TPB)

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: Patrick Shand

Art: Tony Brescini

Cover: Mike S. Miller

Liesel Van Helsing's life of hunting down vampires 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, Liesel discovers a clue which leads her on a voyage to Europe. What she doesn't know is that her journey is being manipulated by her father's greatest nemesis.

This 152-page trade paperback collects together Zenescope's hit comic book series, Grimm Fairy Tales: Helsing issues 1 through 4.

$15.99

Does dressing like a streetwalker aid in the hunting of vampires? Maybe the male ones are easily distracted.

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: INFERNO RINGS OF HELL #1

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: Mike Wolfer

Art: Fernando Argosino

Cover A: Drew Edward Johnson

Cover B: Emilio Laiso

Cover C: Pasquale Qualano

Following the events of Grimm Fairy Tales #100, The Dark Horde is victorious and the Age of Darkness has begun on Earth.

As the Dark Queen rules over all, one of her orders of business includes a plan for revenge on her step-daughter, Lucifer. And the Queen will stop at nothing to capture both Lucifer and Mercy Dante with the idea to kill them in a unique and epic fashion.

Mature/$3.99

One thing you can always count on with Zenescope: Sooner or later, there's gonna be a chick-fight!

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: WONDERLAND #26

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Story: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco & Raven Gregory

Writer: Erica J Heflin

Art: Vincenzo Riccardi

Cover A: Mike Krome

Cover B: Dan Leister

Cover C: Chris Ehnot

GREAT JUMPING ON POINT!

The war is over, and Calie Liddle has found victory. Dubbed the White Queen of Wonderland, Calie begins her plan to purge the madness from the Dimension that was once called the Realm of Dreams.

With the White Rabbit as her advisor and the Cheshire Cat as her guard, it appears that the Liddles have finally triumphed over the evil of Wonderland ... but Calie knows all too well that this new peace was never meant to last.

Mature/$3.99

GOD IS DEAD #18

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: Mike Costa

Art: Emiliano Urdinola

Cover: Jacen Burrows

End of Days Variant: Jacen Burrows

Carnage Wrap Variant: German Nobile

Iconic Variant: Jacen Burrows

The smash-hit series continues and the last chapter of volume three is all carnage!  The returned Norse and Greek gods are waging all-out war against each other, but thanks to Jesus and his miracle, they are having a hard time staying dead!   And the savior of humanity is far from what those faithful to his teachings believed.  Now MIKE COSTA delivers a spiritual punch in the face as the End of Days approach. Available with a Regular, End of Days, and Iconic covers by Jacen Burrows, a Carnage Wraparound cover by German Nobile, and a special Gilded Retailer Incentive Cover also by Burrows.

Mature/$3.99

GOD IS DEAD BOOK OF ACTS OMEGA

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writers: Mike Costa & Various

Art: Rafael Ortiz & Various

Cover: Jacen Burrows

End of Days Variant: Jacen Burrows

Carnage Wrap Variant: German Nobile

Iconic Variant: Jacen Burrows

The greatest assembled team of writers unleash all-new tales of Gods and men in the biggest event of the summer!   KIERON GILLEN unveils Alastor, the demon assassin who sees nothing but opportunity in the new order of things.  While Gods are away, the demonic can play... JUSTIN JORDAN unleashes a pitch-black tale of evil as Pan decides to mix with mortals.  And don't miss the second part of the greatest murder mystery in the pantheons as MIKE COSTA finally solves the mystery of who killed God!  The Alpha and the Omega, two epic tomes that you don't want to miss!  Available with lovely Regular, Iconic, and End of Days covers by series cover artist Jacen Burrows.  Also a Carnage Wraparound by German Nobile and Divine and Pure Art Retailer Incentives by Burrows.

Mature/$5.99

I finally got the first God Is Dead trade, but I haven't gotten to it yet. That's not due to lack of interest, but lack of time!

HEXED #1

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: Michael Alan Nelson

Art: Dan Mora

Cover: Emma Rios

WHY WE LOVE IT: DAY MEN. 28 DAYS LATER. DINGO. Besides being one of our favorite writers, Michael Alan Nelson is one of the industry's preeminent voices in horror, and we couldn't be happier to be bringing back his fan-favorite creation HEXED for another dive into the depths of the Aether with an ongoing series!

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Lucifer is the perfect mash-up of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lara Croft. Plus, HEXED was Pretty Deadly and Amazing Spider-Man superstar Emma Rios' introduction to the American comics scene back in 2008, and new series artist Dan Mora is poised to continue the trend with his lyrical, horrific, and wholly unique take on Lucifer.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Luci Jennifer Inacio Das Neves (most people just call her "Lucifer") is a supernatural thief-for-hire, stealing wondrous objects from the dark denizens of the netherworld for her mentor/mother figure, Val Brisendine. But when Lucifer accidentally unleashes a terrible evil from one of the paintings hanging in Val's art gallery, will any of the tricks up her sleeve be enough to stop it?

$3.99

HUGH HOWEY'S WOOL (GN)

Publisher: JET CITY COMICS

Writers: Hugh Howey & Various

Art: Jimmy Broxton

Cover: Darwyn Cooke

Wool as you've never read it before: The New York Times bestselling novel is now told in graphic novel format. This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside. Note: Previously offered in PREVIEWS Plus #1134.

$14.95

ITSUWARIBITO VOL 12 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: Yuuki Iinuma

After a fierce battle, Utsuho and his friends manage to foil the plot of a group of assassins to take the life of a southern monarch. Will this earn them the Kokonotsu treasure they've been after? That question aside, they add some new members to their group and set out on another journey, finding that the village they visit on the way is a little strange ...

$9.99

JASON SHIGA DEMON #1

Publisher: SHIGABOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: Jason Shiga

From Jason Shiga, creator of Meanwhile, Bookhunter and Empire State comes a new 21 issue series about one man's quest to conquer the world using mathematics and the power of demon posession. After killing himself, Jimmy Yee wakes up in a filthy motel room without a scratch on his body. Yesterday he was a mathematician working at Oakland's leading actuarial firm. Today he's the most wanted man in America. Using only his mathematical training to aide him, Jimmy must push himself to his mental limits if he is to figure out what is happening and stay one step ahead of the government agency determined to capture him.

$4.95

I thought the art looked familiar: I read Empire State when it came out. I thought that was a mildly diverting little confection, which is fine. But I can't image an art style less suited to a story about espionage, demon posession and, uh, mathematics.

JIM (HC)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: Jim Woodring

Collected for the first time is a mind-bending anthology of Jim Woodring's cartoon alter-ego, Jim. Included are 30 year's-worth of comics, prose stories, drawings, and paintings, with a new introduction and afterword by the man himself. Abounding in metaphors and naked self-disclosure, this volume is a bounty of Woodring's inspired artistry.

$29.99

KODT BUNDLE OF TROUBLE VOL 45 (TPB)

Publisher: PENGUIN BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: Anya Ulinich

Anya Ulinichs long-awaited second work of fiction, the graphic novel Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel, evokes Louis C.K.'s sensibilities and Amy Winehouse's longing and anguish -- often in the same frame -- as Ulinich turns her sharp eye toward the strange, sometimes unmooring world of "grown-up" dating. After 15 years of marriage, 37-year-old Lena embarks on a string of online dates and receives a brutally eye-opening education in love, sex and loss while raising her two teenage daughters. With references to Bernard Malamud and Chekhov along the way, this is a smart, funny story told beautifully through Ulinich's text and drawings.

$14.99

Wow. This sounds unbelievably depressing.

LENA FINKLE'S MAGIC BARREL (GN)

Publisher: KENZER & COMPANY

Writer/Artist: Jolly Blackburn, Various

Cover: TBD

This new perfectbound trade paperback contains four full issues worth of classic strips from Knights of the Dinner Table #155-158! It's always a great time to pick up these hysterically funny strips, so don't miss out on this incredible addition to any gamer's bookshelf!

$17.00

LOVELESS VOL 12 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: Yun Kouga

When Seimei refuses to fight alongside Nisei against an enraged Moonless, it cuts the final tie in the web of manipulation that binds the dirtiest Fighter to his heartless Sacrifice. Meanwhile, while looking at his brother's photo album, Ritsuka discovers new information about his old self that doesn't match up.

$9.99

MAGI VOL 7 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: Shinobu Ohtaka

Balbadd is in the throes of upheaval as Alibaba and the Fog Troop confront the corrupt ruler, Ahbmad. With agents of the Kou Empire waiting to pounce, Alibaba, Aladdin and Sinbad form an alliance to take on the powerful enemies arrayed against them. With Alibaba's newfound Djinn Equip ability and the Sword of Amon, he has the strength, but does he have the will? And will an old friend become his worst enemy?

$9.99

MARVEL COMICS COVER ART (HC)

Publisher: DK PUBLISHING CO

Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art brings into the spotlight the greatest cover art seen over the course of Marvel Comics' 75-year history. It is a beautiful, large-scale poster book from DK that will showcase and celebrate the most impactful, inspiring, and unusual comic cover art in Marvel's long history. Featuring the likes of Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the Avengers, as well as the artists who gave them life, like the legendary Jack Kirby, this book brings together the most-loved Marvel characters in the comic business.

MEGALEX (HC)

Publisher: HUMANOIDS INC

Writer: Alejandro Jodorowsky

Art/Cover: Fred Beltran

On the planet-city of Megalex, urban sprawl and technology consume all, leaving only a tiny bastion of nature. That will all change for its drug-addled citizens, when a clone, known only as the Anomaly, is created and escapes. Straight from the untamed minds of Alexandro Jodorowsky (The Incal, The Metabarons) and Fred Beltran (The Technopriests) comes an intriguing and highly original sci-fi adventure. New edition of the complete story, featuring an all-new afterword.

$29.95

Does Alejandro Jodorowsky write everything Humanoids publishes? Seems that way sometimes!

MEN OF MYSTERY #93

Publisher: AC COMICS

Writers: Toni Blum & Various

Art: Lou Fine & Various

Cover: Lou Fine, Reed Crandall

Everett Arnold's Quality Comics Group is our focus this issue, headlined by MOM first-timers Uncle Sam and Alias the Spider, plus never-before-reprinted adventures of Quicksilver, Dollman, Kid Eternity, Manhunter, The Human Bomb, The Jester, Marksman, Rusty Ryan and a lot more! Art by Fine, Crandall, Gustavson, Spranger and other greats!

$29.95

Hunh. I woulda thought DC had the copyright on old Quality comics.

MONSTER SOUL VOL 2 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: Hiro Mashima

In the Monster Soul world, a war was waged between humans and monsters, with the monsters falling on the losing end of a treaty. The peace between the monsters and humans is tenuous and monsters are frequently persecuted by humans. As a result, monsters tend to stay away from humans and keep a low profile. One group of monsters, known as the Black Airs, lives boldy with a purpose: to have fun and take care of each other. They get in to all kinds of trouble with reckless abandon, but as long as they stick together, they'll be all right -- probably.

$10.99

MY LITTLE MONSTER VOL 3 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: Robico

Mizutani is a self-absorbed overachiever, concerned only with maintaining the highest grades in school. Haru is an impulsive short tempered brute, who scares everyone with his explosive bursts of violence. Haru gets suspended on the first day of school when he encounters some bullies harassing a student and dispatches the bullies with great bloody violence. Mizutani is tasked with delivering school materials to Haru who interprets this as an act of friendship and latches on to Mizutani, much to her dismay. And so begins a strange and potentially combustible relationship!

$10.99

NEGIMA VOL 28 KODANSHA (NEW PTG GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: Ken Akamatsu

The latest volume of manga fun and mayhem starring a young wizard who teaches English at an all-girl Japanese junior high school.

Mature/$10.99

NIGHT OF THE LIVING VIDIOTS (GN)

Publisher: ALTERNATIVE COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: Andrew Ristaino

Sci-fi, horror and comedy melted together and topped with a Twilight Zone twist. Darkly funny tales featuring mad science, gothic anime, TV zombies, kaiju, giant robots, monsters from the deep and even a haunted sweatshirt. from the Emmy Award-winning storyboard artist and character designer of Adventure Time. A Direct Market exclusive.

Mature/$19.95

PHANTOM COMPLETE SUNDAYS VOL 2 1943-1945 (HC)

Publisher: HERMES PRESS

Writer: Lee Falk

Art: Ray Moore, Wilson McCoy

Cover: Ray Moore

Fans of The Ghost Who Walks have waited for years to have a complete series of full size hardcover volumes featuring the complete Phantom Sundays and this is the second book in the series. This book contains every strip digitally reconstructed to perfection.  Presented in Volume Two are eight storylines, including, "Castle in the Clouds" (October 18, 1942-April 18, 1943) to "The Strange Fisherman" (July 1-December 2 1945).

$60.00

These are really a lot of fun.

PRINCESS UGG #3

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer/Art/Cover: Ted Naifeh

The third issue of Ted Naifeh's new series! Ülga is interrupted in her escape attempt by a curious teacher. Revealing why she came to the Academy in the first place, Ülga may have finally gained an ally -- but she may also have gained another enemy.

$3.99

 

 

RACHEL RISING #27

Publisher: ABSTRACT STUDIOS

Writer/Art/Cover: Terry Moore

Who killed Rachel? Rachel is investigating her own murder and has narrowed the list of suspects to two. But she doesn't know about someone close to her with a horrifying secret, one worth killing to keep.

$3.99

RED TEN VOL 1 (TPB)

Publisher: COMIXTRIBE

Writer: Tyler James

Art: Cesar Feliciano

Cover: Charles Paul Wilson

The Red Ten is a superhero retelling of Agatha Christie's classic novel And Then There Were None. When the world's greatest detective is violently murdered by her nemesis, her corporate backed super team and former sidekick band together to bring the villain to justice. However, the mission goes terribly wrong, and before the night is out each of the ten "heroes" will pay dearly for past transgressions. Collects The Red Ten #1-5.

$14.99

I was in this play once. I got killed.

ROBOT CLOWN MOB (GN)

Publisher: KICKSTART COMICS

Writers: Ray William Johnson, Christopher E. Long

Art/Cover: Javi Fernandez

Ever since the "Don" rescued Skip from foster care as a young boy, Skip has wanted nothing more than to be a member of the Clown Mob. But now that his "brother" Moe is running things, the war between the gangs has escalated. Pullled from all sides by the Little People, the Mimes and more, Skip must choose between family, love and his face paint.

Mature/$9.99

RUN LIKE HELL (GN)

Publisher: APE ENTERTAINMENT

Writer: Jeff Dixon

Art/Cover: Karl Slominski

Run Like Hell is the comedically twisted tale of one man's mission to escape the demon, frat boy, mime, diva, clown and pet peeve filled land known simply as Hell.

Mature/$14.99

Clowns in hell? I never doubted it.

SAN HANNIBAL #3

Publisher: POP! GOES THE ICON

Writer: Dan Schkade

Art: Jesse Snavlin, Dan Schkade

Cover: Ibrahim Moustafa

Men of Gilded Fortune: The search for missing photojournalist Savannah Loy leads private detective Ira Avery outside of San Hannibal to the exclusive and tightly guarded Stockbridge Club. But even if Avery can uncover its secrets, there's no guarantee he'll live long enough to tell them.

$2.99

Let's hope that's a mask, and not an unfortunate skin condition.

SANITARIUM #2

Publisher: DIABLO PRODUCTIONS

Writers: Scott Marcano & Various

Art/Cover: Juan Romera

Sanitarium is a four issue horror comic series that revolves around the bizarre and terrifying back-stories of patients who have been committed to an eerie insane asylum. Each story is introduced by the creepy head of the institution, Dr. Stenson. A brilliant artist, Gustav, is a man obsessed with perfection, who's been offered a small fortune to sell his collection of handmade miniature figurines - only Gustav doesn't want to sell, because his "babies" are telling him not to abandon them. Is Gustav going slowly insane, or are his little devils really manipulating him to doing their evil bidding?

Mature/$3.99

Hell is full of puppets as well.

SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR VOL 5 (HC)

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer/Art/Cover: Bryan Lee O'Malley

The penultimate Scott Pilgrim full color hardcover edition is here! There are many questions in Scott Pilgrim's terrible little life. First of all, why did he have to turn twenty-four? Secondly, why do robots keep trying to kill him? And why is Sex Bob-omb falling apart? Why is Ramona acting so weird? And finally, why won't these brilliant and deadly Japanese twins leave him alone? Scott Pilgrim will find the answers to these questions... or die trying! Featuring exclusive bonus content and previously unpublished extras you won't find anywhere else in the Universe!

$24.99

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