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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SHEENA #3

Publisher: MOONSTONE

Writers: David De, Paul Storie

Art: Shawn McCauley

Cover: Jake Minor & Various

Die Hard screenwriter Steven E. de Souza's critically acclaimed reboot of Will Eisner's Sheena, Queen of the Jungle continues in this action packed series! The trail of both half-human footprints and all too-human victims is leading hunters right back to Rachel Caldwell (AKA Sheena's) remote jungle estate -- and the race is on:  Can the Jungle Queen uncover the secrets of the Jaguar Men death cult before Colonel Pinto and the Val Verde secret police close their own trap -- on her?

$3.99

SMURFS ANTHOLOGY VOL 3 (HC)

Publisher: PAPERCUTZ

Writers: Peyo, Matt Murray

Art/Cover: Peyo

One of Peyo's most iconic smurfs, the Astrosmurf, gets the deluxe Anthology treatment. Fifty years ago, mankind set off into outer space. Now, a smurf sets foot on another planet -- or does he? Could it possibly be a smurfspiracy to fool Dreamy Smurf into becoming the Astrosmurf? Or has Dreamy Smurf gone where no Smurf has gone before? Also featuring "The Smurfs and the Howlibird" and "The Cursed Land," a Johan and Peewit story appearing here in a U.S. edition for the first time! The Smurfs have delighted us all with their silliness, bravery, heroism and heart for over 50 years, and now we finally have a definitive collection of Peyo's original comics to see where it all began.

$19.99SNAKEPIT (10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY ED GN)

Publisher: MICROCOSM PUBLISHING

Writer/Art/Cover: Ben Snakepit

By now you know the drill: Ben White draws his life everyday in 3 comic panels. This was his first book, collecting quite a few various zines. Said Jimmi Payne's Punk Zine, "Taken individually, each strip resembles what a friend would say if you asked what they had done that day. Ben sifts through the minutiae of life as well as the full experience of time in a day. This is different than James Kochalka's work as there is no pretense at narrative or point. The narratives in Snakepit open up on the macro level." Introduction about doing cocaine by Aaron Cometbus.

Mature/$14.95

SPONGEBOB COMICS #35

Publisher: UNITED PLANKTON PICTURES

Writer/Art: Dave DeGrand & Various

Cover: Dave DeGrand

First, in "Plankton's Playtime," that tiny terror joins SpongeBob and Patrick for game night ... and Plankton will wish he'd stayed at the Chum Bucket! Then in part 4 of the epic "Showdown at the Shady Shoals," it's a lie-down, passed-out battle of the geriatric underwater superheroes; Mermaid Man and sea king Viro Reganto compete in the Old Fogeython winner-take-all -- all the oatmeal! And in "Stupid Patrick," SpongeBob worries that Patrick's new friends just like him because he's so dumb! All this plus "Flotsam and Jetsam" by Maris Wicks and "SpongeFunnies" by James Kochalka equals United Plankton's usual mix of strange, soggy and silly!

$2.99

THE PEOPLE INSIDE (HC)

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer/Art/Cover: Ray Fawkes

A new original graphic novel from the Eisner-nominated cartoonist of ONE SOUL! This ground-breaking new book looks at the lives and relationships of 24 individuals in a way only the medium of sequential art could. Relationships change, grow and end but the one thing that always remains is the people inside who define both ourselves and our liaisons.

$24.99

This could be good, or it could be a lot of twentysomething self-indulgence.

 

THOMAS ALSOP #3

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: Chris Miskiewicz

Art/Cover: Palle Schmidt

What is the supernatural mystery that tortures Thomas Alsop? To discover the truth, he must take a psychedelic journey to the past. There is a dark secret that will bring together colonial New York with the 21st Century, but only Thomas Alsop knows it. But will the world believe him?

$3.99

TOWER CHRONICLES DREADSTALKER #1

Publisher: LEGENDARY COMICS

Writer: Matt Wagner

Art/Cover: Simon Bisley

The supernatural bounty hunter John Tower returns in this thrilling new monthly series from writer Matt Wagner (Grendel, Mage) and artist Simon Bisley (2000 AD, Lobo). After thwarting a demonic possession and tearing a mystic artifact away from the clutches of the Brotherhood of the Rose, Tower believes himself one step closer to his mysterious goals. But the next chapter of his journey leads him and his unofficial partner, FBI agent Alicia Hardwicke, to the frozen wilderness of Canada where they must face off against a nightmarish beast that has been feasting on the locals. Will Tower's mission prove successful, or is he leading Alicia to an icy tomb?

$3.99

TWISTED DARK

Publisher: T PUB

Writer: NEIL GIBSON

Art: Various

Cover: CASPAR WIJNGAARD

$9.99

The first volume in Neil Gibson's acclaimed series of twisted tales! This 200-page book contains 12 individual, unique and interelated stories, featuring a varying cast of characters from 10-year-old girls to Colombian drug lords and everything in between. It's up to you the reader to find the connections between the stories -- some which come easy, others whose connections will only become clear in later volumes. Designed for return-reading, author Neil Gibson describes the genre as psychological thriller, but the book contains horror, dark (at times demented) stories incorporating every human emotion, illegal activity, and brutal reality. Using various illustrators allows each story and character to develop their own form. Twisted Dark has been embraced by the comic book world receiving critical acclaim and a cult following. If you haven't read one yet, you don't know what you're missing!

CEO and writer Neil Gibson explains, “We are so excited to extend our reach into the United States. America is the home of comics and it’s great to interact with so many hungry fans.”

What others are saying about T Pub:

"Neil Gibson is an undiscovered Brian Michael Bendis" -- Bleeding Cool

"Gibson has a talent for suspense and it really flourishes in his writing ... he takes a left turn right in front of you, cuts off your train of thought and leaves your mind crashed and wondering what just happened -- in a good way, of course." -- Comics Bulletin

"Neil Gibson does everything he needs to and in just 24 pages creates a life, a problem and delivers enough suspense to make us intrigued." -- Forbidden Planet

"Well written and illustrated, this is a fantastic story that leaves you feeling sorry for the main character. What makes this such a gripping read is the slow and steady build up and evenly sectioned story." -- Pages&Panels

T Publications is a new publisher from London. The first issue of Twisted Dark was the #1 book on Amazon Kindle in the UK. Looking for horror that will make you laugh as well as gasp? Check out their miniseries Tabatha! And for those looking for light-hearted reading, make sure and pick up Twisted Light!

Twitter (@tpublications), Facebook (www.facebook.com/tpublications), www.tpub.co.uk

U.S. JUDGE DREDD COMPLETE CASE FILES VOL 8 (TPB)

Publisher: REBELLION / 2000AD

Writers: John Wagner, Alan Grant

Art: Steve Dillon & Various

In Mega-City One the streets are awash with danger, whether it be rampaging giant alligators or crazed perps with murder in mind. Keeping order in this crime-ridden metropolis are the Judges, stern guardians of the peace with the power of judge, jury and executioner at their disposal. The most fearsome is Judge Dredd and these are his greatest cases. This bumper volume of Thrill Power includes such classic tales as "Dredd Angel," "The Wally Squad," and "City of the Damned." Written by comic legends John Wagner (A History of Violence) and Alan Grant (Batman) this volume features the art of Ron Smith, Steve Dillon (Preacher), Ian Gibson (The Ballad of Halo Jones) and Cliff Robinson, among many others.

$19.99

I'm falling way behind on these. I think I want to like Judge Dredd more than I actually do like Judge Dredd.

WOLFSMUND VOL 5 (GN)

Publisher: VERTICAL INC

Writer/Art/Cover: Mitsuhisa Kuji

It is the 14th-century and as the Swiss begin to initiate their movements toward independence a fortress in the Alps known as the Wolfsmund continues to strike fear amongst the German and Italian communities that dare threaten Hapsburg (Austrian) rule!

$12.95

ZOMBILLENIUM VOL 2: HUMAN RESOURCES (HC)

Publisher: NBM

Writer/Art/Cover: ARTHUR DE PINS

9x12, 48pp. full color POB, $14.99

Tempers are flaring around Zombillenium, the monster amusement park run by monsters. When one hires only the dead (or witches!) in a region where unemployment is in the double digits, one must expect some friction. But things get particularly ugly when the park's security is breached from two sides: activists and a very strange visitor, mom to two peculiar sons the head of the park seems to remember from somewhere. Gretchen and Aurelian do their best to help save a precarious explosive situation! All presented in De Pins' trademark tongue-in-cheek jubilant black humor and stunning art.

http://www.nbmpub.com/fantasysf/zombie/zomb2cover.jpg

I enjoyed the first volume of this, which is reviewed somewhere on this site. So I intend to read this one as well.

I'm still not really buying the idea that Nick Fury was doing all of what he has been supposed to have been doing and no one noticed.  Especially when I remember all of the times SHIELD was infiltrated and taken over.

ALL NEW X-MEN #30
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5 SIN
BATMAN #34
BATMAN ETERNAL #19
CAPTAIN AMERICA #23
ORIGINAL SIN #7 (OF 8)
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #2

Ghost's dress may be based on the swimsuit from the movie The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini.

Carol Danvers' new outfit with that horse hair thing on her head reminds me of the never published Starhawk.

Star Wars #20

Star Wars Legacy vol3. - Eventually. I find the characters here so much more likeable than the last Legacy one.

X #16

Astro City #14

Batman #34 - So glad for a new storyline
FBP #13

Ghosted #12

Thief of Thieves #23

Where is Jake Ellis #4 - Last issue came out March of last year. I kind of hope my LCS forgets to pull it for me.

Avengers Undercover #8 -  My only Marvel monthly right now

Archer & Armstrong #23

G.I. Joe  - To me it isn't hyperbole. I absolutely loved this comic when it came out. When I sold off my Joe collection years and years ago this was one of the very few issues I kept. Not sure how it holds up now, but it was great.

Nightcrawler - Nice to see odd Nauck getting some work. His brother Todd normally gets all of the gigs <heeheehee>

KODT Bundle of Trouble - That also doesn't sound like a Knights of the Dinner table book. I think something got mixed up somewhere.

Terminator Salvation: Final Battle #8
TMNT #37

"ZERO YEAR is over ..."

Sweeter words have ne'er been spoken.

Why so?

Just from a glance, it looks like they are doing the old trick of "We don't have a proper ending for you after all that, but even better!  Here's a whole new beginning!  Keep buying, Tiger!"

Figserello said:

Why so?

Because "Zero Year" lasted a year in Gotham -- and a year in real time. Twelve consecutive issues on one story could be really good if the reader is hooked, but really boring if the reader isn't hooked. Guess which kind of reader I was!

Inkadently, everyone, I found some big previews for the three Oni Press books out this week, and have added them.

I thought it was Batman:Year One for the new generation.  Wee purple gloves!  A motorbike!  Some manner of cuteness!

For the most part I liked "Zero Year" it was just 2-3 months too long.

Figs said:

Just from a glance, it looks like they are doing the old trick of "We don't have a proper ending for you after all that, but even better!  Here's a whole new beginning!  Keep buying, Tiger!"

No, they had a proper ending.

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