BEST BETS

THE DELINQUENTS #1 (of 4, Valiant, $3.99): The new kid on the block launches a miniseries combining the stars of their two funniest books, Quantum & Woody and Archer & Armstrong. It's superhero-ish action, but should also serve as an antidote to the shroud of grimness that seems to cover all superhero comics.

THE FADE-OUT #1 (Image, $3.50): The team of writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips have demonstrated their mastery of noir in such books as Fatale and Criminal, and now launch a book that perfectly suits their strengths: a crime noir set in 1930s Hollywood. That's all I need to know to sign up for the ride, which is bound to be good.

JUSTICE INC #1 (Dynamite, $3.99): If you're a fan of The Shadow, Doc Savage and/or The Avenger, the "Big 3" of Street & Smith pulp magazines in the 1920s and '30s, you've probably wondered what would happen if these very different characters tried to work together. It's happened once before at another publisher, but not for very long, so this new title from Dynamite should be very, very interesting.

LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND #1 (IDW, $3.99): This all ages book brings a beloved character back to print, albeit without the genius of creator Winsor McCay, who died in 1934. That's pretty gutsy -- this book is bound to be compared to the Little Nemo strips, long regarded as classics -- but they must have a reason for their confidence, and it's worth a look to find out if it's justified.

THE MULTIVERSITY #1 (DC Comics, $4.99): DC has made a lot of missteps with its multiverse of late, but this promises to be a huge on in the right direction. Grant Morrison, one of the best writers in comics, will use this book to tell stories from at least six different parallel worlds, with the fan favorite President Superman of Earth-23 as the backbone. This should be quite a ride!

SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #1 (DC, $3.99): The Amazing Amazon got her start in Sensation Comics back in 1940, and now DC is reviving the title with Wonder Woman stories that first appeared online. The chief draw here is that the first tale is by the excellent Gail Simone, which answers the fervent prayers of a lot of fans.

THE STRAIN: THE NIGHT ETERNAL (Dark Horse, $3.99): If you've been watching the excellent TV adaptation of Guillermo del Toro's Strain trilogy on FX, you know what a great story it is. Dark Horse has already adapted the first two books (available in trade paperback and hardback), and this issue begins the adaptation of the third.

THIS WEEK'S COMICS

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ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

SKYWARD #9

Writer/Art/Cover: JEREMY DALE

32 pages/ All Ages/ FC $3.99

All-out war! Three Rivers is under attack by Herod's armies, and it may just beup to Quinn, Abigail, and the Rabites to save the city from certain destruction! But wait ... who rides on the horizon? Plus: A HUGE REVELATION you won't see coming -- not to be missed! THE SMASH HIT SERIES CONTINUES! From rising star creator Jeremy Dale (GI Joe, Marvel Kapow!), this issue also features a stellar homage RETAILER INCENTIVE variant cover by Gene Ha (Top Ten, Action Comics)!

ARCHIE COMICS

BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS VOL 4

Script: Frank Doyle, Various

Art:  Bob Montana, Harry Lucey, Dan DeCarlo, Dan Parent, Fernando Ruiz

Cover: Bob Montana

$9.99/$10.99CAN

5 1/4  x 7 1/2”

TPB, 416 pp, Full Color

Direct Market On-Sale Date: 8/20

The BEST-SELLING Best of Archie graphic novel series is back! This fun, full-color compilation that collects more all-time favorite Archie and friends stories, lovingly hand-selected and introduced by Archie creators, editors, and historians from 200,000 pages of material. It is a must-have for any Archie fan--for that matter, it’s a must-have for any fan of comic books!

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG ARCHIVES 23 (TPB)

Script: KEN PENDERS, KARL BOLLERS, DANNY FINGEROTH

Art: STEVEN BUTLER, RON LIM, SAM MAXWELL, SALEEM CRAWFORD, JIM AMASH, VICKI WILLIAMS, JEFF POWELL

Cover: PATRICK "SPAZ" SPAZIANTE

$7.99/$8.99CAN

5 x 7 3/8”

Trade Paperback, 112 pp, Full Color

Direct Market On-sale: 4/2

It's adventure and questing galore in this installment in the acclaimed Sonic Archives series! Sonic fights for his life against, not one, but two robot doubles! Is the armor to Silver Sonic II really unbreakable? Is the latest Metal Sonic truly faster than the Blue Blur? Its up to Sonic and Tails to find out for sure! Meanwhile, Rotor makes a dangerous trek home to find the fate of his people. Monkey Khan is forced to relive his tragic past while a village of innocent lives hangs in the balance! And Knuckles begins to recover from the assault on Angel Island with some surprising and familiar faces! Sonic Archives 23 collects Sonic the Hedgehog #85-88WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #42

Script:  Dan Parent

Art:  Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Teresa Davidson, Barry Grossman

Cover:  Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Tito Peña

On Sale Date: 8/20

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

Pack your bags with Veronica, she’s tagging along on her father’s business trip to Paris! When a family friend introduces her to a handsome young French filmmaker who just so happens to share a name with Veronica’s favorite redhead back home, Veronica finds herself falling for him! When the Archie back in Riverdale hears what happened, he’s ready to take drastic action! Take an international ride with a new love triangle in “Archie or Archie?!”, the lead story in this exciting Comics Digest! (Formerly World of Archie Double Digest.)

DARK HORSE

B.P.R.D. HELL ON EARTH #122

Writers: MIKE MIGNOLA, JOHN ARCUDI

Art: JOE QUERIO

Colors: DAVE STEWART

Cover: LAURENCE CAMPBELL

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

The perfect place to dive into a world gone mad!

Johann travels to Japan to fight giant monsters, but what he discovers is even more disturbing. A man with no brain has been drawing pictures ... and they tell a terrifying story.

Perfect jumping-on point for new readers.

“If you’ve ever fantasized about fighting monsters, there’s no reason to not pick this thing up.” -- Comic Bastards

BRAIN BOY: THE MEN FROM G.E.S.T.A.L.T. #4 (of 4)

Writer: FRED VAN LENTE

Pencils: FREDDIE WILLIAMS II

Colors: JEREMY COLWELL

Cover: FREDDIE WILLIAMS II, DAN SCOTT

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Miniseries

Fred Van Lente and Freddie Williams II!

The president is in danger! The White House is under siege!

Brain Boy and his handler, the deadly secret agent known as Faraday, are locked in a psychic battle. But which one is trying to save the leader of the free world, and which one is trying to kill him? Which one of them is a pawn of the mysterious Men from G.E.S.T.A.L.T.? This turbulent climax will extend your cerebral cortex to its very limits.

“This book has action, mystery, the supernatural, humor, and fantastic visuals; the whole package.” -- All-Comic

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 10 #6

Writer: CHRISTOS GAGE

Pencils: KARL MOLINE

Inks: ANDY OWEN

Colors: DAN JACKSON

Cover: STEVE MORRIS

Variant: REBEKAH ISAACS

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

What should have been a simple exorcism turns into a disaster for Buffy and the Scoobies when, instead of horrors, a demon fights back with blissful childhood fantasies!

Fray artist Karl Moline returns!

“Anyone who was on the fence about Season 10 should be convinced that it’s going to be one hell of a ride.” -- Newsarama

“Dark Horse has brought their A-game talent to this comic, and it shows.” -- Comic Book Resources

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #1

Writers: GEOF DARROW, FRANK MILLER, PETER HOGAN, BRENDAN MCCARTHY, JIMMY PALMIOTTI, JUSTIN GRAY, DAMON GENTRY, DAVID MACK

Art: GEOF DARROW, BRENDAN MCCARTHY, DAVID MACK, STEVE PARKHOUSE, ANDY KUHN, AARON CONLEY

Cover/Variant Cover: GEOF DARROW

On sale Aug 20

FC, 48 pages, $4.99

Ongoing

New DHP 48-page format!

Geof Darrow and Frank Miller’s Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot returns in this new volume of the award-winning, long-running anthology powerhouse Dark Horse Presents! Also in the 48-page tome of awesome comics: Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse’s Resident Alien, Brendan McCarthy’s Dream Gang, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, and Andy Kuhn’s Wrestling with Demons, Damon Gentry and Aaron Conley’s Sabertooth Swordsman, and David Mack’s Kabuki!

• Big Guy and Rusty return!

• The award-winning series returns at a new price -- $4.99!

• Features special Geof Darrow gallery!

“Dark Horse’s prestigious anthology series showcases emerging talent alongside some of the greatest writers, artists and cartoonists comics has to offer, as well as promising new and underground talents.” -- ComicsAlliance 

EYE OF NEWT #3 (of 4)

Writer/Art/Cover: MICHAEL HAGUE

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

From fantasy legend Michael Hague!

The imaginative genius of Michael Hague weaves an unforgettable myth of sorcerers and dragons! As the wizard’s apprentice Newt continues his trek through the Netherworld, he finds magical clues to solve the mystery that is his fate!

From the renowned illustrator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Hobbit!

A SECOND CHANCE AT SARAH (HC)

Writer: NEIL DRUCKMANN

Art/Cover: JOYSUKE WONG

FC, 96 pages, $14.99

HC, 6" x 9"

NEIL DRUCKMANN!

As his wife Sarah lies dying, John makes a deal with a demon for a desperate chance to save her! Transported to their childhood, John gets a single day to prevent the tragedy that led to Sarah’s present-day doom, all while trying to convince her that he really is who he says!

An original graphic novel from the Last of Us creative director!

STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL – SON OF DATHOMIR #4 (of 4)

Writer: JEREMY BARLOW

Pencils: JUAN FRIGERI

Inks: MAURO FARGAS

Colors: WES DZIOBA

Cover: CHRIS SCALF

FC, 40 pages, $3.50

Miniseries

Doom on Dathomir!

Count Dooku is possessed by the spirit of Mother Talzin! Darth Maul’s Shadow Collective is shattered! The Separatists attack! And Darth Sidious himself enters the fight!

Based on unproduced episodes of the television series The Clone Wars!

THE STRAIN: THE NIGHT ETERNAL #1

Writer: DAVID LAPHAM

Art: MIKE HUDDLESTON

Colors: DAN JACKSON

Cover: E.M. Gist

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Ongoing

It’s been two years since the Master’s plan succeeded and a near apocalypse coated the world in darkness. Now able to roam freely, the Master’s legion of vampires rule the world -- a horrifying police state where humans are harvested for blood. As humanity despairs, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and an unlikely team of heroes continue their fight against extinction and hope to unlock the secret to the Master’s demise.

The final chapter in the Strain Trilogy, by Guillermo del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan, begins here!

“A truly engrossing tale.” -- Bloody Disgusting

“Great writing Lapham. I'm locked in.” -- Comic Bastards

WITCHFINDER: THE MYSTERIES OF UNLAND #3 (of 5)

Writers: KIM NEWMAN, MAURA MCHUGH

Art: TYLER CROOK

Colors: DAVE STEWART

Cover: TOTINO TEDESCO

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Miniseries

From horror fiction legend Kim Newman!

Local officials present a façade of normalcy, but the Witchfinder knows there’s something wrong with the denizens of Unland, and he’s starting to uncover what that has to do with the dying founder of the town and the elixir he invented that put the town on the map ...

• Created by Mike Mignola!

• From the pages of Hellboy!

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DYNAMITE

THE ART OF VAMPIRELLA: THE DYNAMITE YEARS

Writer: ERIC TRAUTMANN, BRANDON JERWA, DAVID ROACH

Art: J. SCOTT CAMPBELL, ALEX ROSS, JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER, JOE MADURIERA, PAUL RENAUD, JOE JUSKO, LUCIO PARRILLO, DAVID FINCH, MICHAEL TURNER and many more

Cover: PAUL RENAUD

240+ pages/Teen +/$39.99


ON SALE DATE: August 2014

Since the 1970s, Vampirella has been known as the good-hearted bad girl of vampire lore. Brought back to life once again by the creative minds at Dynamite, she’s graced cover after cover with her piercing stare and iconic red outfit. Now, all of her stunning covers over the past few years are collected in this one volume. This must have art edition showcases the work of all the fantastic artists who have put pen to paper for the Drakulonian beauty. Including covers by: J. Scott Campbell, Alex Ross, Paul Renaud, Alé Garza, Joe Jusko, Lucio Parrillo, Fabiano Neves, Rodolfo Migliari, Johnny Desjardins and many more!

DOCTOR SPEKTOR: MASTER OF THE OCCULT #3

Writer: Mark Waid

Art: Neil Edwards

Main Cover: Christian Ward

Teen +/32 pages

MARK WAID (Daredevil) & NEIL EDWARDS (Fantastic Four) bring the The GOLD KEY universe closer to unlocking! Why is a Master Of The Occult forced to deal with a Robot Fighter, a Dinosaur Hunter, and a Man Of The Atom!?

JUSTICE INC #1 (of 6)

Writer: Michael Uslan

Art: Giovanni Timpano

Cover: Alex Ross, Francesco Francavilla, Gabriel Hardman, Ardian Syaf, Stephen Segovia

FC, 32 pgs $3.99

An airliner vanishes en route without a trace! It’s the crisis that brings together, in a historic team-up for the first time ever, Street & Smith’s super-star trinity: The Shadow! Doc Savage! The Avenger! This historic crossover is 75 years in the making, Justice, Inc. begins here, spawned by a horrific tragedy of death and destruction secretly orchestrated by some of the most powerful and unexpected villains in the history of the pulps! Chapter 1 (of 6): “The Time Machine!”

THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN: SEASON 6 #5

Writer: James Kuhoric

Art: Juan Antonio Ramirez

MAIN COVER - ALEX ROSS

KEN HAESER "LI'L DOLLAR MAN" VARIANT COVER

Teen +/32 pages

The world is falling apart around Steve Austin. Maskatron is out of control and appears to be unstoppable. Oscar Goldman's carefully crafted OSI kingdom is in shambles. And with his bionics failing and the entire NASA program transformed into an alien landscape, the Six Million Dollar Man could be heading for the scrapheap. The key to Steve's survival may rest with the one person closest to him, Jaime Sommers, the Bionic Woman! Join the ranks of bionic fans in this official continuation of the classic Six Million Dollar Man television series!STEAMPUNK BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: 1880 #1 (of 4)

Writer: Tony Lee

Art: Aneke

Cover: Ardian Syaf, Sergio Fernandez Davila

Welcome to the world of Battlestar Galactica as never seen before, as #1 NYT bestselling author Tony Lee gives it a Steampunk spin! After Professor Baltar’s clockwork Cylonics destroy the Colonial empire, Arch Duke Adama learns that his son Apollo is missing! It’s up to Lady Athena to travel to the Sky Pirate world of the Rising Star and ask for help from the only hope she has -- the disgraced Captain Starbuck and his humanoid / Daggit copilot Muffit …

FC, 32 pgs, $3.99

VAMPIRELLA BITES (TPB)

Writer: Mark Rahner

Art: Randy Valiente, Cezar Razek, Ilias Kyriazis

Cover: Joseph Michael Linsner

SC, 7×10, 120pgs, FC $15.99

In this collection of vampirella’s excursions into other vampire and horror worlds of pop culture, Vampi attends a festival in a Pacific Northwest town that’s the setting for a popular sparkly vampire series. Plus, she squares off against “Fluffy the Vampire Killer,” uncovers the grotesque secrets of a Southern town whose vampire residents subsist on “nu Blood,” and crosses paths with a serial-killer-with-a-code named “Baxter.” Collects Vampirella Annual #2, Vampirella Annual 2013, Vampirella vs. Fluffy, and Vampirella: Nu Blood.

DC COMICS

BATMAN AND ROBIN #34

Written by PETER J. TOMASI

Art and cover by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY

DC UNIVERSE SELFIE variant cover

2 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

Batman’s quest for Damian’s body is about to take him further down the road to damnation than he’s ever gone before! His first stop: the Justice League's Lex Luthor?!

If this is a Luthor-Batman team-up, I may wretch. Let's hope Batman stays in character -- and Luthot is the recipient of another Bat-punch at some point!

It also occurs to me that with Luthor as the Justice League's equivalent of Iron Man, and Wonder Woman now a god (of war, not thunder), all the JL needs is a Captain America equivalent to become Avengers Lite!

BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED VOL. 4 (HC)

Writer: KAREN TRAVISS

Art: CHRISIAN DUCE, FEDERICO DALLOCCHIO, TONY SHASTEEN, BEN LOBEL and others

Cover: CHRISTOPHER MITTEN

168 pg, FC, $24.99 US

The prequel to the best-selling video game Batman: Arkham City concludes with these tales from issues #16-20. The mysterious new villain known as the Bookbinder has corrupted Gotham City’s food supply, leaving the Dark Knight in a race against time to uncover the identity of this threat to his city!

BATMAN: ARKHAM UNHINGED VOL. 3 (TPB)

Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS

Art by JORGE JIMENEZ, MIKE S. MILLER, JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER and others

Cover by JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER

232 pg, FC, $16.99 US

In the third collection of stories inspired by the hit video game, Dr. Hugo Strange has gained control of Arkham Asylum and is determined to keep the city’s criminal element behind bars. Collected from issues #11-15 and the story “End Game.”

“Thrilling and shocking in equal measure...reads like a movie.” -- IGN

BATMAN ETERNAL #20

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

James Gordon takes on Falcone’s crime army from inside Blackgate!

BATMAN, INCORPORATED VOL. 2: GOTHAM’S MOST WANTED (TPB)

Written by GRANT MORRISON

Art by CHRIS BURNHAM and JASON MASTERS

Cover by CHRIS BURNHAM

224 pg, FC, $16.99 US

In this collection of issues #7-13 and BATMAN, INCORPORATED SPECIAL #1, Batman and his allies battle Leviathan to save Gotham City. Everything has been leading to the moment in which Damian Wayne pays the ultimate price in the war on crime!

BATWOMAN #34

Written by MARC ANDREYKO

Art by JEREMY HAUN

Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

This issue changes everything! Batwoman must make a choice that Maggie’s not willing to make! And where does Nocturna fit into all of this?

BRIGHTEST DAY OMNIBUS (HC)

Writer: GEOFF JOHNS and PETER J. TOMASI

Art: IVAN REIS, PATRICK GLEASON, ARDIAN SYAF, SCOTT CLARK, JOE PRADO and others

Cover: DAVID FINCH and SCOTT WILLIAMS

696 pg, FC, 7.25” x 10.875”, $75.00 US

In this follow-up to BLACKEST NIGHT, twelve heroes and villains were resurrected by a white light expelled deep within the center of the earth. Now, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Deadman, Jade, Osiris, Hawk, Captain Boomerang and Zoom must discover the mysterious reason behind their return and uncover the secret that binds them all in this massive hardcover collecting issues #0-24 of the hit series!

FABLES #143

Written by BILL WILLINGHAM

Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM

Cover by NIMIT MALAVIA

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

A fight is coming between Rose Red and Snow White, and everybody knows it – except maybe Rose Red and Snow White. The only trouble is, they’ve been pegged as highly magical creatures all of their lives, but the true measure of that magic is only now being revealed. When they do finally throw down with each other, will it be a personal duel, or all-out war involving thousands?

GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #34

Written by JUSTIN JORDAN

Art and cover by BRAD WALKER and ANDREW HENNESSY

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Have the Psions already defeated Kyle before their final battle can begin? And the New Guardians reveal just how powerful they can be!

HARLEY QUINN #0 DIRECTOR'S CUT (2ND PTG)

Writers: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti

Art: Amanda Conner & Various

Cover: Amanda Conner

The sold-out, four-wall breaking issue that jump-started Harley's bestselling new series is back! This special issue features a new cover by Amanda Conner, commentary by the writers and many of the superstar artists, plus unpublished material, top entries from the talent search, sketch material and more!

$4.99

INFINITE CRISIS: THE FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE #2

Written by DAN ABNETT

Art by TOM RANEY and STJEPAN SEJIC

Cover by DAN PANOSIAN

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

Based on the hit videogame INFINITE CRISIS, the cosmos spanning series continues. On Earth Prime, Cyborg, The Flash and Zatanna search for the missing Batman. Meanwhile, still reeling from disaster, Batman and his strange new allies – Arcane Green Lantern, Gaslight Catwoman, Atomic Wonder Woman and Nightmare Robin – have taken off in pursuit of Atomic Two-Face. The killer’s in possession of the Eternal Key that he stole from Harbinger – and this artifact could give him the power to level a universe!

INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE #3

Written by KEITH GIFFEN and DAN DIDIO

Art and cover by KEITH GIFFEN and SCOTT KOBLISH

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The secret of Infinity Man threatens to splinter the Forever People! And back on New Genesis, Himon wants the team’s Mother Box back at any cost!

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK VOL. 4: THE REBIRTH OF EVIL (TPB)

Written by GEOFF JOHNS

Art by IVAN REIS, JOE PRADO, DOUG MAHNKE, CHRISTIAN ALAMY, JESUS MERINO and others

Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO

208 pg, FC, $16.99 US

When Superman is stricken by a mysterious illness, Wonder Woman leads the JL Dark on a quest to find Pandora’s Box and a cure it may contain – but the Phantom Stranger pleads with the team to stop before they accidentally end the world! Collecting issues #22-29 of the hit series!

KATANA VOL. 1: SOULTAKER (TPB)

Written by ANN NOCENTI

Art by ALEX SANCHEZ, CLAUDE ST. AUBIN, CLIFF RICHARDS, CHRISCROSS and others

Cover by DAVID FINCH

RESOLICIT • 256 pg, FC, $19.99 US • RATED T

Former assassin and new Justice Leaguer Katana embarks on a noble quest to restore the Outsiders to their former glory! Will she succeed, or will she be overcome by the power of her sword, the Soul Taker? Don’t miss this title collecting KATANA #1-10 and JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #23.1: THE CREEPER.

This is a re-solicitation, with the original release date Jan. 22. I can't imagine what the delay could have been, especially since I think they'd want to strike while interest in Katana was at its height, back when she was being introduced to the New 52. Surely every week's delay means fewer sales, no?

LUCIFER BOOK FOUR (TPB)

Written by MIKE CAREY

Art by PETER GROSS, RYAN KELLY and others

Cover by CHRISTOPHER MOELLER

392 pg, FC, $29.99 US • MATURE READERS

In this final LUCIFER volume collecting issues #62-75, the war in Heaven reaches its universe-shaking conclusion as the forces of Heaven, Hell and everyone in between wage a final battle to determine the fate of both Yahweh and Lucifer’s Creations – a fate no one, not even the Lightbringer, could have foreseen.

THE MULTIVERSITY #1

Written by GRANT MORRISON

Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO

1:10 B&W Variant cover by IVAN REIS

1:25 Variant cover by CHRIS BURNHAM

1:50 Variant cover by BRYAN HITCH

1:100 Variant cover by GRANT MORRISON

Blank variant cover available

48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with six covers.

The biggest adventure in DC’s history is here!

Join visionary writer Grant Morrison, today’s most talented artists, and a cast of unforgettable characters from 52 alternative Earths of the known DC Multiverse! Prepare to meet the Vampire League of Earth-43, the Justice Riders of Earth-18, Superdemon, Doc Fate, the super-sons of Superman and Batman, the rampaging Retaliators of Earth-8, the Atomic Knights of Justice, Dino-Cop, Sister Miracle, Lady Quark, the legion of Sivanas, the Nazi New Reichsmen of Earth-10 and the latest, greatest Super Hero of Earth-Prime: YOU!

Comprising six complete adventures – each set in a different parallel universe – plus a two-part framing story and a comprehensive guidebook to the many worlds of the Multiverse, THE MULTIVERSITY is more than just a multipart comic-book series. It’s a cosmos spanning, soul-shaking experience that puts YOU on the frontline in the Battle for All Creation against the demonic destroyers known as the Gentry!

In issue #1, pencilled by superstar artist Ivan Reis (AQUAMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE), President Superman of Earth-23 uncovers a threat to all Reality so apocalyptic it will take a team of incredible heroes from across the Multiverse to face it – including Captain Carrot, like you’ve never seen him before!

But even with a multitude of alternate worlds to choose from, where every variation is possible, can anyone hope to prevail against the onslaught of ultimate evil and undying hatred – in the unstoppable form of a one-time cosmic defender with unimaginable powers?! Join us, if you dare, for the beginning of THE MULTIVERSITY!

This looks pretty awesome.

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #16

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

Art by JESUS MERINO

Cover by RYAN SOOK

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The threat behind StormWatch’s entire existence reveals itself!

NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #1 (2ND PTG)

Writer: Sean Ryan

Art/Cover: Jeremy P. Roberts

The world has changed for Task Force X, a.k.a. the Suicide Squad. Director Amanda Waller no longer has the autonomy she once had. New members disrupt the team dynamic. And the team takes on an international scope. New members Joker's Daughter, Deathstroke and Black Manta join Harley Quinn and Deadshot for a mission in the most dangerous and unpredictable place in the world: Vladimir Putin's Russia!

$2.99

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #34

Written by WILL PFEIFER

Art by RAFA SANDOVAL

Cover by KEN LASHLEY

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The Outlaws deal with the fallout from Kori’s past and learn that a top-secret villain has returned to make things much, much worse for them!

SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED: A CRISIS OF IMAGINATION #8

Written by JOSH ELDER

Art and cover by ADAM ARCHER

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

With the universe hanging in the balance, Maxwell and Lily must venture into worlds unknown to recruit new heroes for their Ultimate League of Ultimate Justice!

SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #1

Written by GAIL SIMONE and AMANDA DEIBERT

Art by ETHAN VAN SCIVER and CAT STAGGS

Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER

1:25 Variant cover by PHIL JIMENEZ

40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

DIGITAL FIRST

This issue will ship with two covers.

Diana Prince: Amazon warrior, ambassador to Man’s world, or champion of women in need? All of the above! This digital-first anthology series will bring some of comics’ greatest talents to Themyscira, and give them leave to explore Diana, her world – and ours!

Gail Simone and Ethan Van Sciver kick things off when Oracle calls for help after the entire Bat-Family gets sidelined. But when Wonder Woman steps into the breach, Gotham City’s criminals get the surprise of their lives! Then, Amanda Deibert and Cat Staggs take Diana to school, where she meets her biggest fan!

SUPERGIRL #34

Written by TONY BEDARD

Art by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO

Cover by CAMERON STEWART

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

A “SUPERMAN -DOOMED” tie-in! Kara must deal with the fall-out of the green Kryptonite skies over a dead Earth, and the horrors still to come!

TEEN TITANS #2

Written by WILL PFEIFER

Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT

DC UNIVERSE SELFIE variant cover

1:25 Variant cover by CAMERON STEWART

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will arrive in stores with three covers.

Now the new hotness on social media, the Titans try to control their own images as a new threat continues to grow around the team. Meanwhile, S.T.A.R. Labs takes an interest in DC’s teen heroes.

TEEN TITANS GO! #5

Written by SHOLLY FISCH and AMY WOLFRAM

Art by LEA HERNANDEZ and JORGE CORONA

Cover by DAN HIPP

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

How do Beast Boy and Cyborg kill time between missions? By making prank calls, of course! Plus: A package for Raven leaves the rest of the Titans asking, “What’s in the box?!”

TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #14

Written by RAY FAWKES

Art and cover by FRANCIS PORTELA

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

Pandora already has a target on her back from S.H.A.D.E. – the last thing she needs is a nest of savage vampires at her throat! And the last thing Andrew Bennett, vampire killer, needs is Pandora getting in the way of his mission. Unfortunately for Pandora, killing immortals is Bennett’s specialty!

THE UNWRITTEN: APOCALYPSE #8

Written by MIKE CAREY

Art by PETER GROSS

Cover by YUKO SHIMIZU

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

In “Sang” part three, to find the maanim, Sir Thomas must succeed where all other knights have failed. Which isn’t going to be easy when his own identity keeps shifting, and when the story itself seems determined to create a very different hero.

IDW PUBLICATIONS

AIRBOY ARCHIVES VOL. 2 (TPB)

Writer: CHUCK DIXON

Art: BO HAMPTON, TOM LYLE, RON RANDALL, ATTILIO MICHELUZZI, DAN SPIEGLE, PAUL GULACY, TOM YEATES, MARK JOHNSON, GRAHAM NOLAN

Cover: TIMOTHY TRUMAN

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 292 pages

The adventures of Airboy, Valkyrie and Skywolf continue. Collects the Eclipse Comics series issues #17-25, the first 3-issue Valkyrie mini-series, and all of the Skywolf backup stories.

For the first time the complete series will be collected!

I remember reading these when they first came out, and they weren't life-changing or anything, but they were entertaining.

JUDGE DREDD #22

Writer: Duane Swierczynski

Art/Cover: Nelson Daniel

Subscription Variant: KELSEY SHANNON

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

“Black Light District, part 1” -- The area formerly known as Sector One has been sealed off from the rest of Mega-City One—locking the Dark Judges in, but also keeping most of the Justice Department out! The only man who can cross the border is Judge Dredd, so it’s up to him to single-handedly rescue the Chief Justice and the Council of Five, who are trapped inside and fighting for their survival. Meanwhile, there’s a new Acting Chief Justice, and he’s got a whole lot of “reform” in mind…

You’ve never seen Mega-City One like this before. Step inside before it’s too late …

LITTLE NEMO: RETURN TO SLUMBERLAND #1

Writer:ERIC SHANOWER

Art/Cover: GABRIEL RODRIGUEZ

Subscription Variant: ERIC SHANOWER

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

An all-new, all-ages series full of magic and whimsy from award-winning creators Eric Shanower (Adventures in Oz) and Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key)! Spinning out of Winsor McKay’s brilliant early 20th century strip, Little Nemo in Slumberland sees King Morpheus’ daughter, in the Royal Palace of Slumberland, select her next-playmate: Nemo! Only Nemo has no interest in being anyone’s playmate, dream or no dream!

MONSTER & MADMAN (TPB)

Writer: STEVE NILES

Art/Cover: DAMIEN WORM

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages

The year is 1888 and the area of the city known as Whitechapel is about to become a slaughterhouse. Eleven women will be murdered. Only five will be attributed to Jack the Ripper. Discover the secret history of the Ripper and the Frankenstein Monster!

“Dark, melancholic, gloriously illustrated, coloured and scripted, if you are a fan of the ‘dark’ side of life, in all of it’s deliciously demonic and gruesomely gothic parts, then this is the book for you.” –Geeked Out Nation

MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDS FOREVER #8

Writer: KATIE COOK

Art: ANDY PRICE

Cover: AMY MEBBERSON

Subscription Variant: ANDY PRICE

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

It’s road trip time with Applejack and Rarity! When the two friends discover they are headed to the same destination, they naturally decide to ride together. A seemingly easy trip turns disastrous when calamity upon calamity interrupts their journey! Will Applejack and Rarity’s friendship ... or sanity ... survive the trip?

SAMURAI JACK #11

Writer: JIM ZUB

Art/Cover: ANDY SURIANO

Subscription Variant: GENNDY TARTAKOVSKY

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

After the Threads of Time failed to return Jack back to the past, he searches for a new way to return to his rightful era. But will Jack be willing to risk his magical blade in order to open a new portal to the past?

SINISTER DEXTER (TPB)

Writer: DAN ABNETT

Art: ANDY CLARKE

Cover: ANTONIO FUSO

TPB • FC • $24.99 • 172 pages

This is Downlode, a super-sized urban sprawl that used to be Western Europe, and these are the stories of Irishman Finnigan Sinister and his smooth comrade, Ramone Dexter. Killers for hire, the best gun-sharks money can buy. You pay, they slay.

Collects all 7 issues of IDW’s run of the classic stories by Dan Abnett and Andy Clarke.

STAR SLAMMERS: RE-MASTERED! #6

Writer/Art/Cover: WALTER SIMONSON

TPB • FC • $24.99 • 172 pages

Continuing the re-colored and re-mastered classic, from the legendary Walter Simonson! The captured Star Slammer, Rojas, has broken free and is loose aboard the Starship Meredith. Let the dance begin. 

• Each page of art has been scanned from Simonson's personal archives to ensure the finest reproduction!

• Completely re-mastered and re-colored!

SUPER SECRET CRISIS WAR!: THE GRIM ADVENTURES OF BILLY AND MANDY #1

Writers: KATE LETH, LOUISE SIMONSON

Art: TROY LITTLE, DEREK CHARM

Cover: TROY LITTLE

Subscription Variant: ETHEN BEAVERS

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

A malfunctioning robot crash-lands in Billy and Mandy’s school! Billy wants to keep it, Mandy wants it out, and Grim is just confused. As the robot starts causing havoc, it’s up to our heroes (and Billy) to put an end to the mayhem!

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ADVENTURES, VOL. 8

Writer: DEAN CLARRAIN

Art: CHRIS ALLAN

Cover: STEVE LAVIGNE

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 124 pages • 7” x 10.187”

The all-ages action continues in this collection of TMNT Adventures as the team heads to Japan! Enjoy classic tales like the three-part "Midnight Sun" and "Turning Japanese."

Collects issues #28–31 of the Archie Comics series.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ANNUAL 2014

Writers: KEVIN EASTMAN, TOM WALTZ

Art/Cover: KEVIN EASTMAN

FC • 48 pages • $7.99

The Turtles are whisked away to another dimension by a stranger -- Renet! Forced to fight for their survival in a tournament featuring the greatest warriors in the universe, the brothers will have to master new fighting techniques and forge new alliances. But with the deck stacked against them, their chance of survival is slim!

TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman’s most epic adventure yet!

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #32: DAWN OF THE AUTOBOTS

Writer: JOHN BARBER

Art/Cover: ANDREW GRIFFITH

Subscription Variant: CASEY W. COLLER

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

AUTOBOTS VERSUS EARTH! OPTIMUS PRIME and the AUTOBOTS discover the humans’ secret—and they aren’t pleased with what they learn! Will the DECEPTICON’s alliance tear down the peace—and will the world learn the CYBERTRONIANs are back?

• OPTIMUS PRIME versus GALVATRON!

• DEVASTATOR versus EVERYBODY!

• Earth will never be the same!

• Variant Cover by Casey Coller!

THE X-FILES: YEAR ZERO #2 (of 5)

Writer: KARL KESEL

Art: VIC MALHOTRA, GREG SCOTT

Cover: CARLOS VALENZUELA

Subscription Variant: ROBERT HACK

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

When a blue-collar worker from New Jersey passes prophetic messages to the FBI from a mysterious “Mr. Zero,” Mulder is convinced it is the same otherworldly entity that contacted the FBI through a suburban housewife in the 1940s. This similarly named “Mr. Xero” pointed the FBI toward many unusual cases, leading to the establishment of “the X-Files”!

• At last, the true origin of The X-Files!

• Written by Karl Kesel (Fantastic Four, Superboy)!

IMAGE COMICS

ARTIFACTS #38

Story: DEVON WONG

Art : ISAAC GOODHART

Cover: STJEPAN SEJIC

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

2013 Talent Hunt winners DEVON WONG and ISAAC GOODHART bring you the most shocking Darkness and Magdalena story ever told. Set in 1671 Mexico, the story “Through the Glass, Darkly” brings you the story that took place just before THE DARKNESS: BLACK SAILS.

DARK ENGINE #2

Story: RYAN BURTON

Art / Cover: JOHN BIVENS

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

Sym is worshiped as the Eater of Hearts and the Dark Engine learns the pleasures of being a feared god.

THE FADE OUT #1

Story: ED BRUBAKER

Art / Cover: SEAN PHILLIPS & ELIZABETH BREITWEISER

40 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

Ed Brubaker (FATALE, VELVET, Captain America: Winter Soldier) and Sean Phillips (FATALE, Criminal, Marvel Zombies) launch the first show-stopper from their unprecedented five-year deal announced at Image Expo in January -- the hotly anticipated epic noir series, THE FADE OUT.

"Everyone at Image loves working with Ed and Sean,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “They’re one of the best creative teams working in comics today, with an absolutely stunning catalog of work, and I personally consider bringing Fatale to Image one of the best things to happen to us over what has been a pretty amazing last couple years. One of the great things about this business is the opportunities we’re given to work with good people, and it’s really gratifying to see directly how talent like Ed and Sean respond to the unparalleled freedom and support we offer at Image.”

"This is amazing. It's like having an overall deal with a studio, except we get to greenlight our own projects," said Brubaker. "Sean and I have been making comics together for fifteen years, and in the early days before we built the passionate readership we have now, we struggled to survive, so a deal like this is exactly what I was looking for. I've already got more than enough ideas to fill those five years, and both Sean and I are looking forward to experimenting and really pushing the boundaries."

As an added bonus to this exciting launch, this first issue will clock in at 40 pages and feature exclusive back page articles. For fans wishing to experience noir fiction in true ‘40s style, an oversized "movie magazine replica" variant edition with 8 extra pages of behind-the-scenes art and articles will be available for order.

An intricate and groundbreaking crime story on a level Brubaker and Phillips have never tackled before, THE FADE OUT weaves a tangled web through the underbelly of a 1948 Hollywood. ... A noir film stuck in endless reshoots. A writer plagued with nightmares from the war and a dangerous secret. An up-and-coming starlet's suspicious death. And a maniacal studio mogul and his security chief who will do anything to keep the cameras rolling before the Post-War boom days come crashing down. THE FADE OUT is the most ambitious series yet from the award-winning Noir Masters.

"The Fade Out is my ultimate noir story. It's a brutal crime story set in late '40s Hollywood, and all spinning around the mysterious death of an up-and-coming starlet," said Brubaker. "For people who've been waiting for us to return to Criminal, this will be exactly what they're looking for, but on a much more epic scale -- going from studio backlots to the debauchery of the rich and famous, and even stretching back to the horrors of World War Two."

Early praise for THE FADE OUT:

"Brubaker and Phillips's books have always been about eight years ahead of their time." -- Brian K. Vaughan (SAGA, Y the Last Man)

"Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are the gold standard of the crime graphic novel." -- Warren Ellis (Planetary, Transmetropolitan, Gun Machine, Fell)

"Brubaker & Phillips continue to make sweet music together, broadcast to you in the form of the best comics around." -- Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE)

"How can you resist the Lennon and McCartney of Feel-Bad Comics Noir heading out west for the flickering horrors of Hollywoodland? THE FADE OUT feels like the book Ed and Sean were born to make." -- Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS, CASANOVA, Hawkeye)

"Ed and Sean are that rare longterm collaboration that never become complacent, each project is a new revelation, the love visibly increased, the enthusiasm for the craft only growing over time. You don't have to consider the purchase, you make it on instinct at this point."  -- Rick Remender (BLACK SCIENCE, DEADLY CLASS)

"Like Scorsese and De Niro, Brubaker and Phillips are the unmatched masters of a certain kind of storytelling -- those fables of doomed and deluded men who are ready to die bloody, defending the tatters of their soiled American dreams. A new title from the sharpshooters behind Criminal and Fatale is reason enough to go on living." -- Joe Hill (Locke & Key, Horns, NOS4A2)

"Brubaker and Phillips have achieved the sort of creative consistency that'd justify critics filing their INSTANT CLASSIC reviews before they even read whatever they put out next." -- Kieron Gillen (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Phonogram, Young Avengers)

"I’ve been reading Ed Brubaker comics since the first appearance of Ed Brubaker comics and every single time he announces a new title I mutter to myself: 'ugh! I wish I would’ve thought of that!'"  -- Brian Michael Bendis (POWERS, Alias, Ultimate Spider-Man)

"I'm a pretty easy mark for any Brubaker-Philips creation, but the ambition behind this one has me spinning with anticipation. Couldn't be more excited." -- Jonathan Hickman (EAST OF WEST, MANHATTAN PROJECTS, Avengers)

“Two of the best in the business, no contest.” -- Kelly Sue DeConnick

“I never know what to say in these things” -- Kelly Sue DeConnick

“Seriously, just buy the [expletive deleted] book. I promise you’ll like it. Unless you’re [expletive deleted].” -- Kelly Sue DeConnick

“I don’t think we’re supposed to say [expletive deleted] anymore.” -- Kelly Sue DeConnick

“Forget I said that." -- Kelly Sue DeConnick (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel)

Several of Brubaker and Phillips' previous projects are currently in development as films, with Kim Jee-Woon (A Bittersweet Life, I Saw The Devil) recently signing on to direct COWARD, the inaugural story arc of their celebrated series Criminal, and Sleeper being produced by Ben Affleck (Argo) and Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity) at Warner Bros.

THE FADE OUT #1 -- MOVIE MAGAZINE VARIANT

Story: ED BRUBAKER

Art / Cover: SEAN PHILLIPS & ELIZABETH BREITWEISER

48 PAGES / FC / M / $5.99

Special oversized magazine variant! Read issue one of THE FADE OUT in a special movie magazine replica edition with 8 extra pages of behind the scenes art and articles. A true collector's edition!

GENIUS #3

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.

Mature/$3.99

MANIFEST DESTINY #9

Story: CHRIS DINGESS

Art / Cover: MATTHEW ROBERTS & OWEN GIENI

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

Lewis’ newest specimens aren’t the only things threatening to kill the expedition ...

PETER PANZERFAUST #20

Story: KURTIS J. WIEBE

Art / Covers: TYLER JENKINS

32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.50

“THE HUNT,” Part Five

When revenge is at the tip of a finger ... a finger on a trigger, there's only one thing that stands in Lily's way. The fate of the entire French Resistance lies in Lily's hand and one bullet could change history.

This was originally due in May, and this title's lateness is forcing Rat Queens to go late, because they have a cover crossover coming up. If you're a Rat Queens reader wondering why it's late, that's why.

As to why this title is so late, I have no idea!

PROTECTORS INC. #8

Story: J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI

Art / Cover: GORDON PURCELL & MIKE ATIYEH

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

After having mysteriously disappeared over a decade earlier, The Patriot has returned from his long absence. But what has prompted this sudden reappearance? Does he know something of value about the murders that have lately gripped Chicago in a fist of terror ... or is he trying to hide something? Who do you trust in an organization where everyone wears a mask and very few tell the truth? Detective John Riley must decide whether or not to trust someone he once idolized, but who may now be a serial killer.

SAVAGE DRAGON #197

Story / Art / Cover: ERIK LARSEN

MAY 21 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

Malcolm Dragon is transformed into a hideous freak as he faces his greatest menace yet -- a deadly virus that turns average people into mindless monsters! Get ready for a whole new Savage Dragon!

SAVIORS #5

Story: JAMES ROBINSON

Art / Cover: J. BONE

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

Tomas and fellow freedom fighter Kurt have escaped the horror of the Mexican town La Calma and the aliens who hunted them. Or so they think. However, now at adrift at sea, a greater alien horror awaits them, with no way to destroy it and nowhere to run.

SOUTHERN BASTARDS #1 (3RD PTG)

Writer: Jason Aaron

Art/Cover: Jason Latour

Welcome to Craw County, Alabama, home of Boss BBQ, the state champion Runnin' Rebs football team...and more bastards than you've ever seen. When you're an angry old man like Earl Tubb, the only way to survive a place like this...is to carry a really big stick.
From the acclaimed team of JASON AARON and JASON LATOUR, the same bastards who brought you Scalped and Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted, comes a southern fried crime series that's like the Dukes of Hazzard meets the Coen Brothers ... on meth.

Mature/$3.50

STRAY BULLETS: KILLERS #6

Story / Art / Cover: DAVID LAPHAM

32 PAGES / BW / M / $3.50

For as long as she can remember, Virginia Applejack has been running. She's run from her family, run from the mob, and run from love. But now she's going to take a stand. There's a murderer in her neighborhood that only she knows about. A man she's ready, willing, and able to kill to preserve her new life ... Just like God told her to. See how a Beach House, a Hanukkah Party, and a bowl of hard boiled eggs add up to a fateful decision for one scarred young lady in “The Chosen One” ...SUPREME: BLUE ROSE #2

Story: WARREN ELLIS

Art / Cover: TULA LOTAY

32 PAGES / BW / M / $2.99

Diana Dane is being transported by Darius Dax in the hunt for the mysterious Ethan Crane. It's a car ride that takes her a lot further than she expects: out into the nature of the universe itself.

This looks like a Brubaker/Phillips book masquerading as a superhero book!TREES #4

Story: WARREN ELLIS

Art / Cover: JASON HOWARD

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

Chenglei is starting to find himself in Shu, the Chinese city built under a Tree: but things are starting to find him, too. There's a storm coming, and the pressure is starting to be felt all over the world.UMBRAL #8

Story: ANTONY JOHNSTON

Art / Cover: CHRISTOPHER MITTEN

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

"WHAT WHISPERS IN A WODE"

What indeed! But don't worry, you'll find out soon enough -- after some sword-fighting, horse-stealing, spooky-forest-riding, soldier-tracking, nightmare-enduring, and corpse-finding, of course!

Also: a teensy bit of Mistwalker. See how nice we are to you?

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #3

Story: KIERON GILLEN

Art / Cover: JAMIE MCKELVIE & MATT WILSON

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

Laura has no choice. She has to go underground to find the goth-goth-gothity-goth of the Morrigan. Is this the most ill-advised underworld-related decision since Orpheus decided to see how Eurydice was doing in the back seat? To find out, read the comic that people are literally calling "The one by GILLEN/McKELVIE/WILSON with the very long title."

MARVEL COMICS

ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #6

Writer: FELIPE SMITH

Art: DAMION SCOTT

Cover by TRADD MOORE

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

“LEGEND”

• GHOST RIDER has become a local hero.

• Can ROBBIE REYES resist the call of street racing?

• Who is the mysterious figure who takes an interest in the new Ghost Rider?

ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #6

Writer: MICHEL FIFFE

Art: AMILCAR PINNA

Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA

32 PGS./Rated T+ /$3.99

THE CLIMACTIC CONCLUSION OF “POWER FOR POWER”

• The ULTIMATES’ battle with the SERPENT SKULLS! Fever pitch violence drives this war between the classes & sexes.  

• DIAMONDBACK breaks hearts and faces! SCOURGE goes out in a blaze of glory! CROSSBONES fights to the bitter end!  

• Will the team quit while they’re ahead? Or will they emerge as something even STRONGER?!

ALL-NEW X-FACTOR #12

Writer: PETER DAVID

Art: CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO

Cover by KRIS ANKA & JARED FLETCHER

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

• Serval holds an X-Factor press conference!

• Everything should be fine.

• It’s not like any of the members have secrets, right?

CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION: SOCIETY OF SERPENTS (TPB)

Written by MICHAEL CARLIN, MARK GRUENWALD, FRANK MILLER & ROGER STERN

Penciled by PAUL NEARY & FRANK MILLER

Cover by PAUL NEARY

432 PGS./Rated T/$34.99

Volume #12 in the Captain America Epic Collections

Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes? Prepare for an ophidian infestation as the sinister Sidewinder assembles a slithering squadron of super villains for sale, under the sensational sobriquet of the Serpent Society! But the Sentinel of Liberty must face this new threat alone, after his partner Nomad’s very sense of self is called into question during a life-changing encounter with the maniacal Madcap! The identity crisis continues when Hawkeye wields Cap’s shield, the Beyonder takes his face, and Steve Rogers dons the red, white and blue of … Captain Britain?! The armored Armadillo, the Batroc Brigade and the fundamentalist Flag-Smasher all await, while Steve’s personal life suffers its own share of turmoil. But he’s about to find his true artistic calling -- in the hallowed halls of Marvel Comics! Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #302-317 and material from MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #18.

DAREDEVIL #7

Writer: Mark Waid

Art: Javier Rodriguez

Cover by Chris Samnee

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

ORIGINAL SIN TIE-IN!

• The man without fear braves the wilds of Wakanda!

• And the truth behind Matt’s mother’s greatest sin is finally revealed.

DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID VOL. 6 (TPB)

Written by MARK WAID

Penciled by JAVIER RODRIGUEZ, CHRIS SAMNEE & MATTEO SCALERA

Cover by CHRIS SAMNEE

112 PGS./Rated T+/$15.99

Some days, it feels like the whole world is out to get you. Matt Murdock’s dual life as a defense lawyer and the vigilante hero Daredevil comes to a head when the judicial system turns against him! As he struggles to keep his law firm afloat while his best friend and partner Foggy Nelson undergoes cancer treatment, a new case reopens a chapter from Matt’s past — and pits Daredevil against a conspiracy that grips the highest levels of law and order in New York City. Plus: Daredevil takes on international and interstellar threats in tremendous team-ups with all-stars Silver Surfer and the indestructible Hulk! Collecting DAREDEVIL (2011) #28-30 and INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #9-10.

DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #4 (of 4)

Writer: MIKE BENSON

Art: TAN ENG HUAT

Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

• THE STUNNING CONCLUSION! The shocking truth of Leiko Wu’s murder revealed!

• Shang-Chi’s epic showdown with the enemy he never saw coming!

• The jaw-dropping final twist of the knife that NO ONE will see coming!

DEADPOOL DRACULA'S GAUNTLET #7

Writers: Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn

Art: Reilly Brown & Various

Cover: Reilly Brown

$3.99

• 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!

DEADPOOL VS. X-FORCE #3 (of 4)

Writer: DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

Art: PEPE LARRAZ

Cover by SHANE DAVIS

32 PGS./Parental Advisory/$3.99

• Can X-Force stop Deadpool from rewriting history?

• Cable chases the M w/the M to the Boxer Rebellion to try!

• Plus: did you know there is a character named “Boom Boom”?

ELEKTRA #5

Writers: William Haden Jr. Blackman

Art/Cover: Michael Del Mundo

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

• The critically-acclaimed and captivating story of Elektra’s search for redemption reaches a bloody climax.

• Legendary assassins go head to head at the edge of the world, but it looks like Elektra’s soul is right at Death’s door.

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY BY KIERON GILLEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 2 (TPB)

Written by KIERON GILLEN, DAN ABNETT,

ANDY LANNING, J.M. DEMATTEIS & MATT FRACTION

Penciled by CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO,

RICHARD ELSON, ALAN DAVIS, BARRY KITSON

& STEPHANIE HANS

Cover by STEPHANIE HANS

456 PGS./Rated T+/$34.99

A forgotten hero returns -- but will the truth behind his exile consume the world? Only the New Mutants can help young Loki now! Then, civil war breaks out among the British Manchester Gods! But even with Loki’s aid, can Merlyn, King Arthur and Captain Britain prevail? And what does Hela want with the Holy Grail?! Meanwhile, Thor is caught in an eternal game between cosmic entities -- and when the cursed Vanir return and declare war on Asgardia, Surtur’s fire rages across the nine worlds! A desperate Loki journeys into the heart of Surtur’s fiery kingdom, but Loki’s future and past collide when Thor becomes trapped in the underworld -- and the truth about young Loki is finally revealed! Collecting EXILED #1, NEW MUTANTS (2009) #42-43, JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (1952) #637-645, and THE MIGHTY THOR #18-22 and ANNUAL #1.

LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD VOL. 1 -- TRUST ME (TPB)

Written by AL EWING

Penciled by LEE GARBETT

Cover by JENNY FRISON

120 PGS./Rated T+/$19.99

Kid Loki’s all grown up -- and the God of Mischief is stronger, smarter, sexier and just plain sneakier than ever before. As Asgardia’s one-man secret service, he’s ready to lie, cheat, steal, bluff and snog his way through the twistiest, turniest and most treacherous missions the All-Mother can throw at him -- starting with a heart-stopping heist on Avengers Tower! And that’s just the beginning as Loki takes on Lorelei in Monte Carlo’s casinos and heads back to the dawn of Asgard to join its greatest heroes on a quest for a certain magical sword! But when he puts together a crew to crack the deepest dungeons of Asgardia itself, there may be one plot twist too many for even Loki to handle! Collecting LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #1-5 and material from ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1.

MAGNETO #8

Writer: Cullen Bunn

Art: JAVIER FERNANDEZ

Cover by Declan Shalvey

32 PGS./Parental Advisory/$3.99

• MAGNETO was once arguably the most powerful mutant on the planet.

• But after his latest tenure with the X-Men, his powers have been reduced to a whisper of what they once were.

• Maddened by the fact that he struggles to safeguard mutantkind in uncertain times yet his own mutant gift wavers, to what lengths will Magneto go to become the Master of Magnetism once more?

MIGHTY AVENGERS #13

Writer: AL Ewing

Art/Cover: Greg Land

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

Unlucky for some! The moon is full, the sacrifice is ready, and the Deathwalkers are about to end humanity as we know it!

• The Mighty Avengers get a new member -- but is that enough to stop the Four Who Rule attaining godhood?

• Or ... is it already too late to save the Earth?

MS MARVEL #1 (6TH PTG)

Writer: C. Willow Wilson

Art: Adrian Alphona

Cover: Sara Pichelli

32 PGS./Rated T+/$2.99

The legend has returned! Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the ground breaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is just an ordinary girl from Jersey City -- until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm, and prepare for an epic tale that will be remembered by generations to come. History in the making is NOW!

MS MARVEL #4 (2ND PTG)

Writer: C. Willow Wilson

Art: Adrian Alphona

Cover: Jamie McKelvie

32 PGS./Rated T+/$2.99

Marvel's breakout hit, Ms. Marvel, continues as Kamala Khan discovers the dangers of her newfound powers. And unlocks a secret behind them as well. Don't miss the boldest (and adorable-est!) hero to make her Marvel debut!

MS MARVEL #5 (2ND PTG)

Writer: G. Willow Wilson

Art/Cover: Adrian Alphona

32 PGS./Rated T+/$2.99

How does a young girl from Jersey City become the next biggest super hero? Kamala has no idea either. But she's comin' for you, New York.

MS. MARVEL #7

Writer: G. Willow Wilson

Art: Jacob Wyatt

Cover by JAMIE MCKELVIE

32 PGS./Rated T+/$2.99

IT’S WOLVERINE!

• Kamala may be fan-girling out when her favorite (okay maybe Top Five) super hero shows up for some help, but that won’t stop her from protecting her hometown.

• Who is the Inventor, and what does he want with Kamala and all her friends? Maybe Wolvie can be of some help.

• “If you’re not reading Ms. Marvel, you’re missing out on one of the best series out there.” -- Says Almost Everybody

Wolverine. What a surprise.

NEW AVENGERS #23

Writer: Jonathan Hickman

Art: KEV WALKER

Cover by CHRISTIAN WARD

32 PGS./Rated T+ /$3.99

 “OF ALL THAT WE ONCE WERE”

• We follow the members of the now-broken Illuminati through their last day on Earth.

NOVA #20

Writer: GERRY DUGGAN

Art: David Baldeon

Cover by DAVE WILLIAMS

32 PGS./Rated T/$3.99

ORIGINAL SIN tie-in! GUEST-STARRING ROCKET RACCOON!

• The secrets of the Black Novas and Sam Alexander’s dad have been revealed.

• Sam’s world is torn apart, but can he come out of this stronger?

ORIGINAL SINS #5 (OF 5)

Writer: AL EWING, RYAN NORTH & CHIP ZDARSKY

Art: RAMON VILLALOBOS, CHIP ZDARSKY & MORE

Cover by Mark Brooks

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

• The Young Avengers’ battle with the Hood reaches its climax!

• The prime mover behind the Watcher’s murder confesses his own Original Sin!

• Plus, Everybody’s Got One! Find out the Original Sins and hidden secrets of dozens of other Marvel heroes and villains!

THE PUNISHER VOL. 1: BLACK AND WHITE (TPB)

Written by NATHAN EDMONDSON

Penciled by MITCHELL THOMAS GERADS

Cover by MITCHELL THOMAS GERADS

136 PGS./Parental Advisory/$17.99

For years the Punisher waged war on crime in New York -- but a lead on a major source of drugs, weapons and more has set his sights due west! Frank Castle is in the City of Angels, taking on the powerful Dos Sols gang -- but when he discovers their newest weapon, it’s bad news…for him! Now the Punisher must duke it out with A.I.M., even as the Dos Sols’ takeover of Los Angeles begins and war breaks out in the streets! Will the city burn, or can Frank fight fire with fire? And even if Frank can overcome A.I.M. and the Dos Sols, can he escape the tightening noose of the Howling Commandos? Caught between a posse of Punisher predators and the targets of his own one-man war, Frank’s manifest destiny may be a shallow grave! Collecting PUNISHER (2014) #1-6.

SAVAGE WOLVERINE #22

Writer: John Arcudi

Art: JOE QUINONES

Cover by Kevin Nowlan

32 PGS./Parental Advisory/$3.99

• John Arcudi brings Logan’s World War I story to a conclusion!

• Logan finds himself at the business end of 20 Germans soldiers’ guns -- for anyone else that might be a challenge!

SECRET AVENGERS #7

Writer: Ales Kot

Art: Michael Walsh

Cover by Tradd Moore

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

• “EXECUTIVE DECISION”

• DEADPOOL DEADPOOL DEADPOOL DEADPOOL DEADPOOL! WE HEARD THAT DEADPOOL RAISES SALES SO WE’RE DOING THIS EARLY ON.

• JUST KIDDING. ALL ABOUT THE ART. YOU’RE GOING TO PAY FOR THIS, RIGHT?

• THE NOOSE: TIGHTENS! SECRET AVENGERS: HUNTED! MARIA HILL: INVESTIGATING! ALSO DEADPOOL!

SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 (2ND PTG)

Writer: Peter David

Art: Will Sliney

Cover: Simone Bianchi

$3.99

All-New Series from the Pages of Amazing Spider-Man! The book you have been demanding for months finally hits the stands! Miguel O'Hara is Spider-Man in the year 2099 but he's currently stuck in the year 2014. He was stranded here by his father who is the head of an evil corporation called Alchemax in 2099. But in 2014, Alchemax has just been formed and Miguel has a chance to stop its corruption before it starts! You'd think being a man out of time would make you a man without enemies, but Spider-Man 2099 is about to discover that he's not the only one hoping for a better tomorrow, one that might be ensured by The Adjustor eliminating Miguel from the time stream altogether! Join comics legend (and Spider-Man 2099 creator) Peter David and breakthrough artist Will Sliney (Superior Spider-Man Team-up) for the most adventure you'll find in a book this side of the twenty-second century!

STORM #2

Writer: GREG PAK

Art/Cover: VICTOR IBANEZ

VARIANT COVER BY PASQUAL FERRY

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

• STORM is on a mission to use her extraordinary powers for the betterment of not just mutantkind, but the entire world.

• When wayward youth start disappearing from the streets of New York, Storm is reminded of her own past as a thief and decides to investigate.

• But little does she suspect that the culprit behind the disappearances is one of her oldest foes: CALLISTO!

WINTER SOLDIER: THE BITTER MARCH (TPB)

Written by RICK REMENDER

Penciled by ROLAND BOSCHI

Cover by ANDREW ROBINSON

112 PGS./Rated T+/$16.99

The year is 1966. S.H.I.E.L.D. sends secret agent Ran Shen to collect two Nazi scientists with the key to winning the Cold War. But the Soviets want the scientists, as well, and they’ve unleashed their most dangerous operative: the Winter Soldier, aka the brainwashed and presumed-dead partner of Captain America -- Bucky Barnes! His mission: acquire the scientists by any means necessary -- or kill them. The only obstacles in the Winter Soldier’s way are an elite Hydra squad run by Chancellor Cassandra and Madam Worm -- and his own returning memories! It’s a classic ’60s-style, high-octane spy pulp told at the Cold War’s peak, filled with intrigue, adventure, romance and murder -- with ramifications that will shatter relationships in the modern-day Marvel Universe! Witness the birth of the man who will one day destroy Captain America: the Iron Nail! Collecting WINTER SOLDIER: THE BITTER MARCH #1-5.

WOLVERINE ANNUAL #1

Writer: Elliott Kalan

Art: JONATHAN MARKS

Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN

VARIANT COVER BY ED MCGUINNESS

40 PGS./Parental Advisory/$4.99

ONE MONTH TO DIE!

• A little Father/Adoptive Daughter/Adoptive Daughter’s son time. Now that’s a mouthful.

• Wolverine and Jubilee take Shogo on a camping trip.

• Hey, it’s a Wolverine story in the middle of the wilderness. What could go wrong?

VALIANT COMICS

ARMOR HUNTERS: BLOODSHOT #2 (of 3)

Written by JOE HARRIS

Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE

Cover by PHILIP TAN

#ValiantCraft Cover by DONOVAN SANTIAGO

Massacre in M.E.R.O.!

Something deadly has escaped and is running loose in the underbelly of America’s Military Extraterrestrial Reconnaissance Outpost (M.E.R.O.)! With all hands on deck dealing with the fallout of the Armor Hunters’ attack, it’s down to Bloodshot and M.E.R.O.’s number one officer, Colonel Jamie Capshaw, to stop the alien menace only known as…Malgam! Spoilers on: not everyone is going to get out of this in one piece!

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color | T+

ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER #2 (of 3) (VALIANT FIRST)

Written by JOSHUA DYSART

Art by ROBERT GILL

Cover by LEWIS LAROSA

#ValiantCraft Cover by DONOVAN SANTIAGO

Under siege … and out of control!

The Armor Hunters have decimated a major metropolis, and the battle to save the survivors still rages. In the midst of the devastation, the volatile team of Harbinger Foundation escapees called Generation Zero are about to stumble headlong into an insidious alien counteroffensive – one with the potential to bring down not just a city, but the entire world. When push comes to shove, can this group of immensely powerful, immensely temperamental teenagers be trusted to repel the Armor Hunters’ second wave? Absolutely not…but they’re the only chance we’ve got!

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color | T+

BLOODSHOT VOL. 5: GET SOME! (TPB)

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE, JOSHUA DYSART, and DUFFY BOUDREAU

Art by BART SEARS, CHRISCROSS, and AL BARRIONUEVO

Cover by LEWIS LAROSA

‘90s tech. Bad attitudes. No wifi . It’s Valiant’s 21st-century shock troops – head-to-head against Project Rising Spirit’s first wave of superhuman specialists!

With a valuable oil pipeline in dire peril, Bloodshot and the expendable commandos of H.A.R.D. Corps are headed to Africa to bring down a network of terrorist saboteurs. But as Bloodshot digs into the multinational oil conglomerate he’s been brought in to protect, he’ll soon find himself confronted by the complex truth behind the terror – and up close and personal with an older, scrappier, more grizzled generation of wet-wired soldier from the glory days of proxy wars and state-sponsored assassination.

Collecting BLOODSHOT AND H.A.R.D. CORPS #18-19, BLOODSHOT AND H.A.R.D. CORPS: H.A.R.D. CORPS #0, and BLOODSHOT AND H.A.R.D. CORPS #22-23, don’t miss a single shot fired as acclaimed creators Christos Gage (Superior Spider-Man), Joshua Dysart (Harbinger Wars) and Duffy Boudreau (BlackAcre) partner with an all-star cast of top talents – including Bart Sears (X-O Manowar), ChrisCross (Superman/Batman) and Al Barrionuevo (The Authority)  – for a brutal, globe-spanning cavalcade of missions from the classified archives of Project Rising Sprit and beyond.

“You want a team book with exciting action, good writing and fun powers? Look no further than Bloodshot.”  – Comic Vine

$14.99 | 112 pages, full color | T+

THE DELINQUENTS #1 (of 4)

Written by JAMES ASMUS & FRED VAN LENTE

Art by KANO

Cover by PAOLO RIVERA

#ValiantCraft Cover by DONOVAN SANTIAGO

Board Game Variant by JUAN DOE

Variant Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO

Blank Cover Also Available

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color | T+

Confrontation! Devastation! Inebriation! (And the lost secret of the hobos too!) Oh dear God no, you'd better get out of the way … because here come the Delinquents!

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of THE DELINQUENTS #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new superhero joyride colliding Quantum and Woody and Archer & Armstrong for the summer's most disastrous team-up adventure! From fan favorite writers James Asmus (Quantum and Woody) and Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong) and heat-seeking artist Kano (Quantum and Woody, Immortal Iron Fist), start reading here on August 20th as the VALIANT FIRST initiative unleashes another must-read starting point for two sets of heroes with one big problem … each other!

Quantum and Woody are the world's worst superhero team. Archer & Armstrong are a mismatched pair of conspiracy-busting adventurers. When a mysterious force collides these ill-suited and irresponsible "heroes" for a cross-country race through the darkest corners of American mythology, all hell is bound to break loose. Can two busted pairs become four of a kind in time to defeat the Hobo King, save the day and make it back home in time for happy hour? Let's hope so … 'cause these guys make a really, really bad team. (And you don't even want to know about the goat.)

And an Ass Map Shall Guide Them in THE DELINQUENTS #1!

SHADOWMAN: END TIMES (TPB)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN

Art by VALENTINE DE LANDRO

Cover by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI

$14.99 | 104 pages, full color | T+

Death comes to all ...

Jack Boniface thinks that he’s finally fixed his life -- and the source of the dark power inside him. But when a figure from the past emerges to reveal the troubling truth about his destiny, the latest Shadowman will be forced to run a gauntlet of his darkest fears realized: the rise of a wild new pantheon of Voodoo loas … the return of his father, Josiah … and the earthly restoration of his oldest and deadliest enemy, Master Darque. Make no mistake -- doom is coming for Shadowman…and the devastating consequences are about to lead Jack Boniface to a perilous turning point!

Collecting the oversized SHADOWMAN: END TIMES #1-3, the end times begin right here as master storyteller Peter Milligan (Hellblazer, X-Statix) and red-hot artist Valentine De Landro (X-Factor) push New Orleans’ nocturnal guardian over the edge … and into a sinister new adventure!

OTHERS PUBLISHERS

ACG COLLECTED WORKS: ADVENTURES INTO UNKNOWN VOL 8 (SLIPCASE EDITION)

Publisher: PS ARTBOOKS

Writer/Art: Ken Bald & Various

Weird, mysterious, and spine-tingling tales featuring issues #37-43 (November 1952 to May 1953) of the ACG classic Adventures Into The Unknown. This volume has been meticulously compiled from the original source material and painstakingly digitally restored.

 $64.99

ACG COLLECTED WORKS: FORBIDDEN WORLDS VOL 7 (HC)

Publisher: PS ARTBOOKS

Writer/Art: Kenneth Landau & Various

They may have been Forbidden to some, particularly when Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent hit the newsstands, but to kids the length and breadth of the United States (and a select few in the UK), Richard Hughes and his tremblin' team of terrific tormenters were where it was at. Big time. Tempus certainly does fugit. Tales exploring the supernatural collected together from the ACG classic Forbidden Worlds issues #40-46. Meticulously compiled from the original source material and painstakingly digitally restored.

HC $47.99, SLIPCASE EDITION $64.99

ADVENTURE TIME: BANANA GUARD ACADEMY #2

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: Kent Osborne, Dylan Haggerty

Art: Madeline Rupert

Cover: Aimee Fleck, Kelsey Sunday

Root Beer Guy has his first class of Banana Guard recruits and it's time to send them to boot camp. With the Head Banana Guard looking over his new class, what could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately, these Bananas are a little more than bruised by this new class and they're not going to make it easy. Will Gingerbread Muto, Tree Trunks, Gum Drop Lass, Peppermint Butler, and Mr. Cupcake make it through?

$3.99

ADVENTURE TIME #31

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: Ryan North & Various

Art: Shelli Paroline & Various

Cover: Kostas Kiriakakis

The world of Ooo is a quiet place, where candy and creatures stick to themselves and nothing ever happens...it's almost ACCEPTABLE. It's a twisted adventure starring Ooo's most yellow Earl and there is pretty much nothing Finn and Jake can do about it.

$3.99

ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA & CAKE (MATHEMATICAL ED HC)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer/Art: Natasha Allegri

Cover: Hannah Nance Partlow

When Fionna rescues a feral flame boy from the Ice Queen, it starts her on a quest she'll never forget. It's a crazy adventure with magic flan and magic wands, everything you need in a monster fighting, queen defeating, wacky story filled with friends and sweet, sweet justice. Join Cake the Cat and Fionna the Human in this totally algebraic new adventure, written and drawn by FIONNA & CAKE creator and ADVENTURE TIME™ storyboard artist Natasha Allegri! This totally mathematical hardcover edition features never-before-seen extras, including an inside look at the ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA & CAKE comic.

$39.99

ALAN'S WAR (GN)

Publisher: :01 FIRST SECOND

Writer/Art/Cover: Emmanual Guibert

When Alan Cope was 18, he joined the army and went off to fight in World War II. Like every American, he felt a patriotic fervor burning in him after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. But he had little idea what he was getting into by enlisting. This graphic memoir tells the story of his life during wartime, of his journey from his home on the west coast to basic training in Kentucky to leave in New York City, to the battlefields of France, to the terrors of the Bulge and General Patton's drive on Germany and Prague.

$24.00

ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND & THROUGH LOOKING GLASS VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Writer: Lewis Carroll

Art/Cover: Kriss Sison

Seven Seas is pleased to present Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, an all-new, lavishly illustrated omnibus collection that contains Lewis Carroll's original Alice in Wonderland novels. For those who have never read Lewis Carroll's Alice novels, or for those who wish to revisit the beloved tales, this new edition of a perennial classic will appeal to today's reader who appreciates adorable manga-styled artwork. This 320-page collection contains all of Lewis Carroll's original text along with two full-color spreads and one hundred black-and-white full-page and spot illustrations.

$14.99

AMULET VOL 6: ESCAPE FROM LUCIEN (SC)

Publisher: GRAPHIX

Writer/Art/Cover: Kazu Kibuishi

Kazu Kibuishi's bestselling series continues! Emily, Navin, and their friends continue to battle the Elf King in hopes of destroying him forever, but one of his most loyal followers, Max, isn't making it easy for them. The crew journeys to Lucien, a city that's been ravaged by the war. Emily has more enemies there than she realizes - and it'll take everything she's got to get herself and her friends out of the city alive.

$12.99

ATTACK ON TITAN: BEFORE THE FALL VOL 2 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writers: Isayama Hajime, Ryo Suzukaze

Art/Cover: Satoshi Shiki

Humanity has been devastated by the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Seemingly unintelligent, they have roamed the world killing off humankind for years. This prequel series to the main Attack on Titan series is set before humanity had the weapons to effectively combat the Titans, when the Survey Corps was nothing but a group of ambitious soldiers who dared to dream of combating the Titan menace.

$10.99

BABY-SITTERS CLUB VOL 1: KRISTY'S GREAT IDEA (NEW PTG GN)

Publisher: GRAPHIX

Writers: Ann M. Martin, Raina Telgemeier

Art/Cover: Raina Telgemeier

Based on Ann M. Martin's bestselling series, America's favorite baby-sitters are back - this time, in a heart-warming and hilarious graphic novel series. Raina Telgemeier captures all the drama of the original in warm, spunky illustrations. Witness Kristy's eureka moment, when she gets the idea for a "baby-sitters club" and enlists her best friends, shy Mary Anne and artistic Claudia, in an exciting new venture. But the baby-sitting business isn't the only thing absorbing their attention: Kristy is having a hard time accepting her stepdad-to-be, and the newest member of the gang, Stacey, seems to be hiding a secret.

$10.99

BLACK MARKET #2

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: Frank J. Barbiere

Art/Cover: Victor Santos

Under Denny's coercion, Ray has successfully procured and sold his first batch of Super DNA on the black market. The scary part? He's a natural, so much so that he and Denny need to expand their operation by bringing in some added muscle -- a former hero with an axe to grind against the Supers who forced him out of the life.

$3.99

BRAVEST WARRIORS VOL 3 (TPB)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: Joey Comeau

Art: Mike Holmes

Cover: Tyson Hesse

Catbug is the most dangerous creation in the universe and now it's up to Chris to save the world and Catbug...through punches. It's the tournament everyone has been waiting for -- MULTIVERSE BATTLE CHESS BLITZ BLOODBATH! Will our heroes be up to the challenge or is it already too late? Find out in these brand-new missions, written by acclaimed cartoonist Joey Comeau.

$14.99

BULLY'S BULLY VOL 1 (TPB)

Publisher: RORSCHACH ENTERTAINMENT

Writer/Art/Cover: Courtney Huddleston, James Taylor

The hit Kickstarter-funded webcomic, now in print! Meet the Bully's Bully. She wasn't bestowed with super strength, flight, laser projectiles, a million-dollar utility belt, or even karate lessons; instead her special birthright is absolute empathy with bullying victims. The Bully's Bully is an all-ages treat for readers, serving to inspire any person involved in bullying, including bullies themselves. Includes 50 pages of new, unseen content not found online.

$19.99

CARBON (GN)

Publisher: CALIBER ENTERTAINMENT

Writer: Daniel Boyd

Art/Cover: Edi Guedes

What if there really was a Garden of Eden - a place with a history before the first people we know of, and a God before the one we now recognize? A civilization cursed and banished underground for breaking their own commandment - to live in balance with the Earth. When an evil coal operator discovers that the "sacred" carbon can burn forever, he will sacrifice the land and the people to extract the full deposit. After 30 years of failed attempts, covered up as fatal mining accidents, the coal baron has finally found a way to extract his riches. But in his final attempt he awakens and releases a hell the surface world cannot imagine. And the only thing that stands in the way of the end of the world as we know it is a disgraced, ex-pro baseball pitcher and a community of courageous coal miners. Carbon is a new take on Man, Earth, and the God we know. Or think we know. Fantasy? Maybe, maybe not. But for certain, Carbon returns to life in 2014!

$19.99

CAVEWOMAN 20TH ANNIVERSARY 2014 FULL COLOR SHOWBOOK SPECIAL EDITION

Publisher: AMRYL ENTERTAINMENT

Writer/Art/Cover: Budd Root

2014 is Cavewoman's 20th anniversary! This very special item is our 2014 Full Color Special Edition Convention Book. As with the first 2014 Con book, this one also has a signed cover, is limited to 1,000 copies, and comes bagged and boarded with a Certificate of Authenticity.  However, this particular book features a new cover and has an original Budd Root Cavewoman head shot already done on the sketch page!

Mature

CAVEWOMAN: FALLEN (ONE-SHOT)

Publisher: AMRYL ENTERTAINMENT

Writer/Art/Cover: Rob Durham

Wrap Variant: Budd Root

Rob's special edition cover for Cavewoman: Fallen features Meriem running for her life! She has something that her dino pursuer wants badly and won't stop until it has it! Limited to just 425 copies, each book is bagged and boarded and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity!

Cavewoman may have fallen, but on this Special Edition cover by Budd Root she is on the hunt! A beautiful painted cover limited to just 575 copies, each book is bagged and boarded and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity!

CHI SWEET HOME VOL 11 (GN)   

Publisher: VERTICAL INC

Writer/Art/Cover: Kanata Konami

Chi's Sweet Home is recognized as one of the most popular cartoon properties in Japan today. Chi, this full color comic's titular cat, is beloved by fans worldwide on the Internet and mass media. A tender fun adventure focusing on the life of a newborn kitten and the young family that raises her.

$13.95

CONSCIENCE OF A CARTOONIST (HC)      

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: Jeff Danziger

The Conscience of a Cartoonist collects the lauded editorial cartoonist's post 9/11 body of work. Danziger documents, via cartoons and extensive, educational commentary, the tragedy of that day and the politically disorganized response that followed. This coffee-table book is also his exegesis on the art of editorial cartooning.

$100.00

COURTNEY CRUMRIN VOLUME SIX: THE FINAL SPELL

Written and Drawn by Ted Naifeh

Colored by Warren Wucinich

On the run from the Coven with her former teacher Calpurnia, Courtney Crumrin is quickly learning just how sinister the witches and warlocks of Hillsborough can be -- but she never thought she’d see the day when Uncle Aloysius turned on her as well. It’s a lot harder to fight a battle when the only family you care about is against you, and Courtney’s only salvation may lie in the Twilight Kingdom -- and away from the mortal world. But Aloysius won’t give up his niece so easily -- even if he has to fight the night creatures to do it.

I occasionally read this series and enjoy it, but I always wonder why Courtney has no nose. Has that been explained in some book I haven't read, or is it just an artist quirk?

DEAD LETTERS VOL 1 (TPB)           

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: Christopher Sebela

Art/Cover: Chris Visions

WHY WE LOVE IT: Here at BOOM! Studios, crime is in our blood. From our comic-turned-feature film 2 GUNS to our critically acclaimed series HIT, we've always had a passion for all things noir. DEAD LETTERS is the next step in our exploration of the genre.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Creators Christopher Sebela (Ghost, High Crimes) and new-comer Chris Visions have combined to create a perfectly moody tale that will evoke memories of your favorite noir story-then turn it on its head. Don't miss out on a wholly unique take on crime fiction perfect for fans of Richard Stark's Parker, Criminal, and Fell. "Christopher Sebela writes this thing to damn near perfection. ... overall, this book looks supreme." IGN

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Waking up in a fleabag motel with bandaged arms and a revolver on his desk, Sam doesn't remember a thing-not how he got here, where here is, or who he is. But the armed men knocking on his door do and Sam will have to use every trick from his forgotten repertoire to outrun and outsmart his way through a hard-boiled wonderland of gang wars, femme fatales, and big secrets. Collects issues #1-4.

$9.99

DEATH IN OAXACA #1

Publisher: ALTERNATIVE COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: Steve Lafler

This surreal adventure from the creator of Dog Boy and Bughouse serves up Lucha Libre wrestlers and an ancient vampire who prefers chicken. Two expats, move to remote Oaxaca, the fabled highland city in southern Mexico. Rex, earnest yet duplicitous, flees from mid-life crisis and fear of death. Beautiful Gertie, cynical but honest, is just plain bored and craves adventure.

Mature/$4.99

DOCTOR WHO CRUEL SEA (GN)   

Publisher: PANINI UK LTD

Writers: Gareth Roberts & Various

Art: Mike Collins, John Ross

By popular demand! An outstanding volume of comic strips collecting the complete adventures of the ninth Doctor (played on TV by Christopher Eccleston) and Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) from the pages of Doctor Who Magazine. Featuring five complete stories from the acclaimed writers of the Doctor Who television series Gareth Roberts and Robert Shearman, and also by Doctor Who Magazine writer Scott Gray, this volume includes a wealth of exclusive, brand-new material revealing how the strips were created, featuring contributions and commentary from the writers and artists.

$19.99

DOROHEDORO VOL 13 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: Q. Hayashida

En's murder sends his gang into chaos as Shin and Noi attempt to hunt down his killer's whereabouts. Meanwhile, Nikaido and Asu team up to locate the elusive Caiman. And the Cross-Eyes continue their quest to see their boss; unaware of his role in En's death, or that their path is taking them straight into danger themselves. A battle royale of the bloodiest kind awaits...

Mature/$12.99

EMPTY MAN #3

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: Cullen Bunn

Art/Cover: Vanesa Del

After the harrowing attack at the precinct, Langford and Jensen continue to follow the tenuous leads they've uncovered, traversing deeper and deeper into the dark underbelly of the Witness cult. But will they find the kidnapped children before Patient Zero strikes again?

$3.99

ENORMOUS #3

Publisher: 215 INK

Writer: Tim Daniel

Art/Cover A: Mehdi Cheggour

Cover B: Sarah DeLaine

Military chaos. Governmental breakdown. Societal collapse. The natural order of life has been turned upside down as still even more of "The Enormous" rise up to claim the top spot on the food chain. James Coyle takes extreme measures, but for Ellen Grace, it's already too late.

$3.99

FIRST KINGDOM VOL 5 (HC)

Publisher: TITAN COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: Jack Katz

From Stone Age to Starship! With the conclusion of The First Kingdom, human champion Tundran and his children fulfill their ultimate destiny and bring down the pantheon of the gods, heralding a new epic! From a far-flung future of space-faring humans to races of strange new gods, The Space Explorers Club is published here exclusively for the first time by Titan Comics, expanding what is considered by many to be the first true graphic novel!

Mature/$19.99

FROM THE NEW WORLD VOL 5 (GN)

Publisher: VERTICAL INC

Writer: Yuusuke Kishi

Art/Cover: Toru Oikawa

A grand tale of the fate of mankind upon obtaining God's gift -- telekinesis! Yet beneath this thrilling adventure lie deep themes about the driving forces in life. Humanity, with the newfound "power of the gods," is on the brink. A new species of beast, with the intelligence of man, and another race of monsters begin to clash in this unpredictable story told through the eyes of a group of six youths.

$10.95

I don't think the power of the mind is what these two girls are thinking about.

GANGSTA VOL 3 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: Kohske

Ergastulum is a tough town, a place where the rule of law takes a backseat to the law of violence, where Handymen like Nic and Worick make a living doing odd jobs from routine deliveries to extrajudicial killings. Discreet, ruthless and efficient, the men are respected by both the police brass and the Mafia dons, but it took many long, hard years for them to make their names. Behind those years is the hidden history of how the scion of an elite family and a boy soldier of the Twilights ranks formed an improbable, unbreakable bond.

Mature/$12.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: ASCENSION (TPB)

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Story: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco & Pat Shand

Writer: Patrick Shand

Art: Butch K. Mapa

Cover: Eric J

The god-like entity known only as "the Being" has succeeded in his plan to begin a new order on Earth. Now with almighty power running through his veins, the Being has descended onto the world to bset his plan in motion. His intentions are to rid the world of evil,  but the means by which he plans to do so goes against the laws of nature. Now it will fall on Sela Mathers and Liesel Van Helsing to put a stop to an all-powerful entity gone mad.

This trade paperback collects Grimm Fairy Tales Ascension issues 1 through 5.

$15.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES #101

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Story by Ralph Tedesco, Joe Brusha & Pat Shand

Writer: Patrick Shand

Art: Sergio Osuna

Cover A: ArtGerm

Cover B: Marat Mychaels

Cover C: Roenato Rei

Cover D: Alfredo Reyes

A new era begins for Grimm Fairy Tales! With the four realms of power -- Myst, Neverland, Oz and Wonderland -- at Sela Mather's fingertips, life as the Guardian of Earth has never been more work. However, when Sela is put in charge of a group of young, powerful highborns, she finds that protecting the world from the threat of otherworldly forces may be the least of her worries.

Mature/$2.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: ROBYN HOOD #1


 

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: Patrick Shand

Art: Larry Watts

Cover A: David Finch

Cover B: Giuseppe Cafaro

Cover C: Tina Valentino

Cover D: LaisoZenescope's fan-favorite character gets her own ongoing series

The critically acclaimed creative team returns.

Great jumping on point!

The most badass archer in comics is back in a brand new ongoing series! From drug lords to corrupt bankers to the things that go bump in the night, no evils that plague the streets will be safe when Robyn Locksley sets up shop as a private detective in New York City.

While Robyn settles into her new life, the Cabal, a collective of mysterious and powerful individuals, sets their sights on bringing down the hooded heroine, who will face the biggest threat of her life.

"A genius modern reconstruction of the Robin Hood Tale." -The Pulbox

"Robyn Hood continues to be one of the best female-starred books on the stands." -- Unleash the Fanboy

$2.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES VS. WONDERLAND #2

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Story by: Ralph Tedesco, Joe Brusha, and Pat Shand

Writer: Troy Brownfield, Drew Ford

Art: Luca Claretti

Cover A: Emilio Laiso

Cover B: Jason Metcalf

Cover C: Mike Krome

Final issue!

The battle between Calie and Sela rages on! The two most powerful forces in the Grimm Universe find themselves pitting against one another... but when something darker and more sinister rears its ugly head, will the heroes of Grimm Fairy Tales and Wonderland be able to put aside their differences long enough to save the world?

Mature/$2.99

GIANT ROBOT WARRIOR MAINTENANCE CREW #1

Publisher: COSMIC TIMES

Writer: Nate Hill

Art: Mervyn McKoy

Cover: Jerry Gaylord

Erica Pratch always wanted to pilot a giant robot, but when she received her rejection notice she opted for the next best thing - working inside of one as part of the maintenance crew. Now along with an eclectic crew of mechanics and misfits she saves the galaxy every day by making sure that, despite the efforts of the inept pilots and an infestation of space parasites, Herotron makes it home from every mission in one piece.

$2.99

GIANTS BEWARE (GN)

Publisher: :01 FIRST SECOND

Writer: Jorge Aguirre

Art/Cover: Rafael Rosado

Make way for Claudette the giant slayer in this delightful, fantastical adventure! Claudette's fondest wish is to slay a giant. But her village is so safe and quiet! What's a future giant slayer to do? With her best friend Marie (an aspiring princess), and her brother Gaston (a pastry-chef-to-be), Claudette embarks on a super-secret quest to find a giant-without parental permission. Can they find and defeat the giant before their parents find them and drag them back home?

$14.99

GYO VOL 1 (2ND EDITION GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: Junji Ito

The rank odor of death floats above the famous island. What is the source? Then a strange fish with legs appears! So begins teenagers Tadashi and Kaori's plunge into the horror (and stench) of the sea.

Mature/$9.99

This is a bizarre, improbable but well-done and particularly creepy horror manga, which is sort of Ito's specialty. Worth a look if you like horror stories.

 

 

GYO VOL 2 (2ND EDITION GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: Junji Ito

Trapped on an island filled with the stench of mutating bodies, can teenager Tadashi save his girlfriend from a fate worse than death? Or will the cure prove worse than the disease? Hold your breath until all is revealed - along with the final stinking secrets of the Walking Fish of Okinawa! Rating: M

Mature/$9.99

At first blush these covers may look identical, but if you squint you can see that the black elements in the dark green are different.

HAGANAI I DONT HAVE MANY FRIENDS VOL 8 (GN)

Publisher: SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Writer: Yomi Hirasaka

Art/Cover: Itachi

Hasegawa Kodaka is pathetically inept at making friends. Kodaka is an outcast, with his natural blond hair  and his unpleasant, fierce gaze. When he comes across the brash loner Mikazuki Yozora, who typically chats with her imaginary friend, the two outsiders become the unlikeliest of allies. Realizing that they have no hope of a normal social life, they form a group called "The Neighbor's Club" in order to make friends and maybe even learn a thing or two about social skills. As luck would have it, five new members join the club who are more socially awkward than they are. Will these quirky misfits ever make normal friends, or are they all doomed to social failure?

Mature/$12.99

HARVEY HORRORS: BLACK CAT MYSTERY VOL 3 (TPB)

Publisher: PS ARTBOOKS

Writers/Art: Lee Elias & Various

See, you talk to us and we listen. What could be easier? And so it is that, by popular demand, we're making available the whole run of Black Cat Mystery in a run of sumptuous soft covers, each volume containing five to six comic books but without the support material featured in the hardbacks.

$24.99

HARVEY HORRORS COLLECTED PACK: BLACK CAT MYSTERY (HC)

Publisher: PS ARTBOOKS

Writers/Art: Christopher Fowler & Various

For those folks who just gotta have their fix of four-color mayhem between boards instead of as paperbacks, check this out. All four volumes collecting the 23-issue Black Cat Mystery comic which found favor with kids the length and breadth of the U.S. from 1951 through 1954. Hey, plus you gat a copy of  PS's Showcase sampler.

$129.99

HARVEY HORRORS COLLECTED PACK: BLACK CAT MYSTERY (SGN SLIPCASE EDITION) 

Publisher: PS ARTBOOKS

Writers: Christopher Fowler & Various

Art: Graham Humphreys & Various

All 23 gruesome issues of one of Harvey's greatest creations collected together in four state-of-the-art slipcased editions, complete with a special signed certificate!

$279.99

HARVEY HORRORS SOFTIE COLLECTED PACK #2

Publisher: PS ARTBOOKS

Writers/Art: Al Avison & Various

For more than two years now, the folks at PS have been reprinting classic volumes from the legendary Harvey Comicbooks line of over-the-top horror and supernatural yarns. Here for your edification are the second volumes of each of four titles: Chamber Of Chills, Witches Tales, Tomb of Terror, and Black Cat Mystery, plus a copy of PS Art Showcase.

$64.99

HELLRAISER BESTIARY #1

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: Victor La & Various

Art: Colin Lorimer & Various

Cover: Conor Nolan

WHY WE LOVE IT: Over the past three years, Clive Barker has re-imagined the HELLRAISER mythos as only he could, building a longform narrative that became one of the best-received horror comics in recent memory. Now, the Master of Horror takes us into his Bestiary for an anthology series-free of continuity, but full of shocking consequences.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: HELLRAISER: BESTIARY will pick up where classic horror comics anthologies like Tales From The Crypt, Vault of Horror, and the more recent Flinch left off. And not only will some of comics' rising stars, such as Ed Brisson (Sheltered), and Michael Moreci (CURSE), get a chance to open the puzzle box in this series, but the first issue features the comics debut of award-winning novelist Victor LaValle (The Devil in Silver, Big Machine).

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Step into the Bestiary for all-new tales of the LeMarchand Device and its guardians! This first issue contains the start of a six-part serial written by Mark Miller (CLIVE BARKER'S NEXT TESTAMENT) and Ben Meares (HELLRAISER ANNUAL 2013), and drawn by Carlos Magno (DEATHMATCH), where a group of mercenaries are hired to steal Pinhead's pins. Also, superstar author Victor LaValle teams with artist Colin Lorimer (CURSE) to tell a story set on the outskirts of New York City, as a close-knit community is torn apart by the presence of the puzzle box.

Mature/$3.99

HEROIC LEGEND OF ARSLAN VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer: Yoshiki Tanaka

Art/Cover: Hiromu Arakawa

Backed up by only a few companions, including the philosopher/swordsman/tactician Narsus and his young servant, Elam; Pharangese, an aloof, cold priestess; and Gieve, a traveling musician and con man, Arslan must stand against overwhelming odds to assemble an army strong enough to liberate his nation from the Lusitanian army which is led by the elusive warrior known as "Silvermask."

$10.99

"Lusitania"? They're at war with Portugal?

HIP HOP FAMILY TREE VOL 1 (NEW PTG GN)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: Ed Piskor

An exciting announcement from Fantagraphics Books: after only twelve weeks, Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree Book One is going back to press for a third printing. The historical account -- in graphic novel form -- of hip-hop music and culture hit shelves December 11, 2013, and the first printing sold out within a month. A second printing sold out even more quickly after hitting stores in early March.

The book is beloved by critics as much as fans. The Washington Post: “Piskor’s book feels just as real and authentic as the retro rap it celebrates.” NPR calls the series “a real fusion of both art forms”; it continues, “Piskor tells the gripping origin story of hip-hop in storyboard form with original artwork. Illuminating for kids and grown-ups alike.”

“I’m literally making a comic that I want to read,” says cartoonist Ed Piskor. “I feel like Hip Hop Family Tree is a comic I was born to draw and it’s an absolute pleasure that people seem to dig it too. Truthfully, though, I’d be lying if I said I was surprised about the reaction from readers.”

$27.99

HIP HOP FAMILY TREE VOL 2 (GN)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: Ed Piskor

The best-selling nexus of comics and Hip Hop culture continues with this 2nd volume covering 1981-1983 when Hip Hop made the transition from parks and rec rooms to downtown clubs. Established icons such as Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash appear along with new superstars like NWA, The Beastie Boys, Doug E Fresh, KRS One, ICE T, and early Public Enemy plus cameos by Dolemite, LL Cool J, Notorious BIG, and New Kids on the Block(?)!

$27.99

IKIGAMI ULTIMATE LIMIT VOL 10 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: Motoro Mase

Episode 19 : Entrusted Words

Episode 20 : The Phantom Country

One more time ... live as if you're about to die.

Mature/$12.99

 Another interesting one that looks at what people might do if they knew they had only 24 hours to live. The set-up's somewhat implausible (the Japanese government's set up a program where random people are chosen to die), but the stories themselves are interesting, and there's a subplot where a government agent begins questioning the morality of his work. One of a number of manga that seems to reflect a belief that Japan is only a short step away from a totalitarian state.

JACK AND THE BOX (TPB)

Publisher: TOON BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: Art Spiegelman

Jack just got a new toy, and it's full of surprises. Each time the box pops open, there's a new and bigger surprise. Is it a silly toy, a scary toy, or something else entirely? With limited vocabulary and unlimited imagination, Art Spiegelman applies his out-of-the-box thinking to a book that has all the surprise and bounce of a jack-in-the-box.

$4.99

JELLABY VOL 2: MONSTER IN THE CITY (GN)

Publisher: CAPSTONE PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: Kean Soo

The second book of this award-winning graphic novel series. Ten-year-old Portia Bennett and her friend Jason continue their journey through the city of Toronto. They're one step closer to finding the home of their lost friend, a sweet, silent creature named Jellaby. Unfortunately, dangers await, including a tentacled monster with a taste for children. To succeed in her quest - and save her friends - Portia must step up and kick some monster butt.

$12.95

KILLER OMNIBUS VOL 2 (TPB)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: Matz

Art/Cover: Luc Jacamon

For the first time ever, Volumes Three and Four of the Eisner Award-nominated series THE KILLER are collected in a definitive omnibus. After four years away from a world of violence and corruption, the Killer is drawn back to the life of a hired gun. Though his brief retirement has not dulled his skills or resolve, new jobs will threaten his way of life and the very foundation of his morality. From the creative team of Jacamon and Matz, this collection tells the continued story of one assassin's journey through a world of relentless violence

Mature/$24.99

I enjoyed these stories as individual books, so I'm comfortable recommending them in an omnibus.

KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #210

Publisher: KENZER & COMPANY

Writers: Jolly Blackburn, Various

Art: Jolly Blackburn

Cover: TBD

This multiple award-winning comic magazine features the hilarious misadventures of a group of gamers (the Knights) and their friends, along with useful role-playing and other articles for gamers, from a gamer's perspective.  It's a slice of (fantasy) life in strips, articles, reviews and features, and a wonderful celebration of the gaming culture!

$5.99

Do I need to mention that this is an homage to the cover of Justice League of America #1?

LAST BROADCAST #4

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: Andre Sirangelo

Art/Cover: Gabriel Iumazark

Ivan uses his hypnotism skills on Landell in hopes of finally helping Harumi locate Damon. However, what they learn may not be what they want to hear, especially when it leads them straight into the hideout of the Nonchalants, Backbone's archrival urBex team.

Mature/$3.99

LEGO LEGENDS OF CHIMA VOL 2: RIGHT DECISION (GN)

Publisher: PAPERCUTZ

Writer: Yannick Grotholt

Art/Cover: Comicon

The eight heroes travel through the Outlands, on their quest to find the Legend Beasts, when the Eagles' Castle comes under attack from the Bats! Laval and his friends take on the bats, but Eagle warrior Equila crashes his Ultra Striker in a tree. Hanging precariously, the vehicle threatens to crash on the village of the skunks. Fellow Eagle Eris is faced with a dilemma: she can either use the Eagles remaining CHI orbs to fight the bats, or to save the skunk village. Which decision is the right one? Also featuring three more stories starring Laval, Cragger, and the rest of the warriors of Chima! Available in Softcover and Hardcover editions.

$7.99

THE LIFE AFTER #2

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov

Art: Gabo

Cover: Nick Pitarra

Variant: Joe Infurnari

The afterlife is just beginning for Jude and his new friend, ERNEST F'ING HEMINGWAY, but the powers that be come to realize that there's something very wrong in Purgatory. From Joshua Hale Failkov, the critically-acclaimed egomaniac behind THE BUNKER, and the humble and handsome breakout artist Gabo.

Mature/$3.99

LOVECRAFT ANTHOLOGY VOL 2 (TPB)

Publisher: SELFMADEHERO

Writer: H. P. Lovecraft

A graphic anthology of tales featuring collaborations between established writers and artists and debut contributors, The Lovecraft Anthology showcases Lovecraft's talent for the macabre. From the insidious mutations of "The Shadow over Innsmouth" to the mindbending threat of "The Call of Cthulhu," this collection explores themes of insanity, inherited guilt, and arcane ritual to startling effect.

$19.95

I read these books when they were separates and enjoyed them. I think Lovecraft actually works better in comics than in print, but your mileage may vary.

MINECRAFT OFFICIAL MOJANG COMBAT HANDBOOK (HC)

Publisher: SCHOLASTIC INC.

In Minecraft, you're never alone and the threat of attack is constant. How will you survive? The Official Combat Handbook will teach you everything you need to know to defend yourself from hostile monsters and enemy players. You can learn how to build a fort, craft armor and weapons, set mob traps, defeat your enemies in one-on-one combat, and battle your way out of the Nether and the End. With tips from Minecraft experts, as well as developer Jeb and creator Notch himself, you'll be a Minecraft warrior in no time!

$7.99

MISSIONS OF LOVE VOL 8 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: Ema Toyama

Romantic hijinx and sexual tension are rampant in this funny and dramatic shojo series. Can a girl blackmail a boy to teach her about love, just so she can write a new novel?

$10.99

Yeah, 'cause you can always learn about love by blackmailing someone, right?

MONSTER MUSUME VOL 4 (GN)

Publisher: SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: Okayado

What do world governments do when they learn that fantastical beings are not merely fiction, but flesh and blood -- not to mention feather, hoof and fang? Why, they create new regulations, of course! "The Interspecies Cultural Exchange Accord" ensures that these once-mythical creatures assimilate into human society -- or else! When hapless human twenty-something Kurusu Kimihito becomes an involuntary "volunteer" in the government homestay program for monster girls, his world is turned upside down. A reptilian lamia named Miia is sent to live with him, and worse, when a buxom centaur girl named Centorea and a scantily clad harpy named Papi move into Kimihito's house, what's a full-blooded young man with raging hormones to do?

Mature/$12.99

And the "harem comedy" genre just gets weirder ...

Agreed. And the description forces me to wonder how one would have sex with a girl who is a fish from the waist down, and that isn't something I want to think about. Then there's the centaur, and that's just plain old bestiality.

ODD DUCK (GN)

Publisher: :01 FIRST SECOND

Art/Cover: Sara Varon

Theodora is a perfectly normal duck. She may swim with a teacup balanced on her head and stay north when the rest of the ducks fly south for the winter, but there's nothing so odd about that. Chad, on the other hand, is one strange bird. Theodora quite likes him, but she can't overlook his odd habits. It's a good thing Chad has a normal friend like Theodora to set a good example for him. But maybe Chad's not the only odd duck here.

$15.99

It looks like Chad is dancing with some sort of rodent, so there may be no hope for him.

PEANUTS WAITING FOR GREAT PUMPKIN (HC)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: Charles M. Schulz

Linus and his wait for the Great Pumpkin have been a pop culture touchstone for nearly 50 years thanks to the animated television special, and it all started in the classic Peanuts strips from 1959-1962 collected in this affordable, fun-sized gift book. Charles M. Schulz's homage to the power of idealism and belief makes these some of the most beloved comic strips of all time.

$9.99

ROY THOMAS PRESENTS: SHEENA QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE VOL 1 (BOOKSHOP EDITION)

Publisher: PS ARTBOOKS

Writers: Roy Thomas & Various

Art: Robert Webb, Alex A. Blum & Various

Roy Thomas Presents: Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. She may still be everyone's favorite yellow-tressed leopard-skin-clad Jungle Jane but, having made her first appearance almost 80 years ago (courtesy of Will Eisner and Jerry Iger in the British mag Wags #1), Sheena, Queen of the Jungle could be forgiven for being somewhat less spritely swinging through the trees righting wrongs and wielding her knife. There have been other incarnations, of course, but it's this classic material that strikes at the very heart of Good Girl Art. Whhhoooooaaaarrrrrgggghhhh!

$47.99

Sheena is one of those concepts I've always known a lot about, but never read. Now I can correct that. I don't expect Watchmen but it should be interesting from a historical standpoint.

ROY THOMAS PRESENTS: SHEENA QUEEN JUNGLE VOL 1 (SLIPCASE EDITION)

Publisher: PS ARTBOOKS

Writers: Roy Thomas & Various

Art: Robert Webb, Alex A. Blum & Various

She may still be everyone's favourite yellow-tressed leopard-skin-clad Jungle Jane but, having made her first appearance almost 80 years ago (courtesy of Will Eisner and 'Jerry' Iger in the British mag Wags #1), Sheena, Queen of the Jungle could be forgiven for being somewhat less spritely swinging through the trees righting wrongs and wielding her knife. In 1938, she made it Stateside with her first showing in Jungle Comics #1 where she settled happily in every issue (plus a decade in her own title) until April 1953. There have been other incarnations, of course, but it's this classic material that strikes at the very heart of Good Girl Art!

$64.99

SHARK KING (TPB)              

Publisher: TOON BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: R. Kikuo Johnson

From the islands of Hawaii comes the electrifying tale of Nanaue, who has to balance his yearning for Dad's guidance with his desire for Mom's nurture. Award-winning cartoonist R. Kikuo Johnson transports young readers to the lush, tropical shores of his native Hawaii. Emerging readers, fluent or not, will be thrilled when they experience the transformative powers of this stirring literary work.

$4.99

SHERWOOD TX #2 REG ROBINSON

Publisher: 12-GAUGE COMICS

Writer: Shane Berryhill

Art: Daniel Hillyard

Cover: Andrew Robinson

Rob Hood, shot and left for dead by members of the Nobles Motorcycle Club, has miraculously survived. After a year in hiding, Hood assumes the identity of a mysterious new member of the Jesters MC known only as "Loxley." As 'Bike Week' begins in Nottingham, Texas, the disguised Hood puts his plans for revenge into motion. Don't miss the second installment of this bold reimagining of the Robin Hood legend!

$3.99

This book should cross over with Pantalones, TX. Minds would be blown.

SIMPSONS COMICS #214

Publisher: BONGO COMICS

Writer: James W. Bates

Art: Nina Matsumoto

Cover: Jason Ho

There's a new comic convention coming to Springfield, and it's Homer who's going bananas over the chance to meet his favorite, primetime, primate TV star Christmas Ape!

$2.99

I just bagged and boarded my Bongo comics last night. Evidently I bought this title for 150 issues before getting bored.

SISTERS (GN)

Publisher: GRAPHIX

Writer/Art/Cover: Raina Telgemeier

The companion to Raina Telgemeier's bestselling and Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir, Smile. Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she's also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn't improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn't seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all. Raina uses her signature humor and charm in both present-day narrative and perfectly placed flashbacks to tell the story of her relationship with her sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.

TPB $10.99, HC $24.99

SMILE SISTERS BOX SET (SC)

Publisher: GRAPHIX

Writer/Art/Cover: Raina Telgemeier

A special boxed set of the #1 New York Times bestselling and Eisner award-winning Smile and its companion, Sisters! Includes bonus stickers! In Smile, Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. What follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. In Sisters, Raina can't wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren't quite how she expected them to be.

$21.98

SONS OF ANARCHY #12

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: Ed Brisson

Art: Damian Couceiro

Cover: Garry Brown

In the wake of Damon Pope's death, there's a power vacuum left all along the West Coast and the Sons of Anarchy are determined to make sure the right crew fills it with whatever force necessary, and deadly force is always on the table.

Mature/$3.99

I get a white supremacist vibe from this book and from the commercials for the TV show (which I've never watched). Someone clue me in: What's this about?

STAR WARS: JEDI PATH BOOK OF SITH (BOX SET SLIPCASE EDITION)

Publisher: QUIRK BOOKS

Writer: Daniel Wallace

This box set brings the light and dark sides of the Force together for the first time. The Jedi Path is the ancient training manual that has educated and enlightened generations of Jedi, including Yoda, Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Luke Skywalker. Book of Sith is a compilation of six legendary dark texts gathered and bound together by Darth Sidious, and featuring comments from Darth Vader, Mace Windu, Darth Maul, and others. This deluxe edition contains an exclusive portfolio with two prints, each depicting a prominent figure from either side of the Force.

$45.00

STRIKE WITCHES VOL 1: 1937 FUSO SEA INCIDENT (TPB)

Publisher: SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Writer: Humikane Shimada

Art/Cover: Ningen

Strike Witches re-imagines World War II as a confrontation between the allied human forces and an invading alien menace. It has been nearly twenty years since the last Great War, and while smaller skirmishes are still taking place across the world, peace is mostly the norm. In the Fuso Empire, Sakamoto Mio is about to join the war effort against the Neuroi alien invaders. She will have to distinguish herself among the other hardworking cadets if she is to become a full-fledged Strike Witch. Soon, she will have the chance to prove herself in battle, as the Neuroi launch their latest brutal attack.

$12.99

Well, that's one way to whitewash Japan's role in World War II. Not that I blame them.

SUICIDE RISK VOL 3 (TPB)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: Mike Carey

Art: Elena Casagrande, Jorge Coehlo

Cover: Tommy Lee Edwards

Now awake, aware and furious about what's been done to him, the murderous superknown as Requiem wants answers. There are huge gaps in his memories -- he doesn't understand how he comes to be in this world he doesn't know, in this life that isn't his. But he does know there's no one he won't hurt or kill to get information. Not even Leo Winters' family. Mike Carey (Lucifer, The Unwritten) and artist Elena Casagrande (Hulk, Hack/Slash) continue to tell amazing stories in this critically acclaimed third arc of SUICIDE RISK, which also includes the thrilling standalone story illustrated by spotlight artist Jorge Coehlo (Polarity, Venom).

$14.99

SWORD AND THE BUTTERFLY (GN)

Publisher: RAZOR WOLF ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Writer: Matthias Wolf

Art/Cover: Jim Jimenez

A teenage girl has fought for the right to be the "Keeper" of the sword Excalibur. She must now face her childhood demons and return the weapon to its true king. He is England's only hope against the darkness that is coming. The year is 1910 and the legend of Excalibur continues.

$14.95

Evidently the Lady of the Lake's judgment has suffered since Arthurian times.

TALES DESIGNED TO THRIZZLE VOL 1 (TPB)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: Michael Kupperman

The smash hit humor comic is now finally available in paperback! Tales Designed to Thrizzle are about evil girls and their owls, Mysterious Avengers, Dick Crazy, scary snakes, delicious bacon, the Silver Knight, Murder She Didn't Write, the Mannister, the Space Patrol, portraits where the eyes move, Pablo Picasso, sex blimps, soccer jousting, Hercules the Public Domain Superhero, Cousin Granpa, Mister Bossman, the silent robot Citobor and, of course, the '30s. Acclaimed and sought, get your thrizzles while you can!

$22.99

TITMOUSE VOL 1 (HC)

Publisher: TITMOUSE INC

Writer/Art: Various

Cover: Dave Johnson

Titmouse is not a cartoon. It is also not a comic book, not a magazine, and it's not a book -- it's a Mook, a magazine-book. Like Sushi, Mook is an addictive Japanese concept that will take the world by storm. We have assembled a team of weirdo artist-types to create this 100 page hardcover anthology and printed it in full color on fancy paper featuring comic strips, paintings, and interviews from some of the art world's most interesting individuals. It's 1/3 Heavy Metal, 1/3 MAD Magazine, 1/3 Juxtapoz, and 1/3 Ralph Bakshi film-on-paper, fancy paper.

Mature/$24.99

TITMOUSE VOL 2 (HC)

Publisher: TITMOUSE INC

Writers: Paul Harmon & Various

Art: Dave Johnson & Various

Cover: Jim Mahfood

Titmouse is filled with a new batch of art, comics and interviews from the art, comic and interview world's most interesting group of talented artists, comic-book artists, and interview-people. Limited to a print run of only 1,000 copies!

Mature/$24.99

TOTO TROUBLE VOL 2: DEADLY JOKESTER (GN)

Publisher: PAPERCUTZ

Writer/Art/Cover: Thierry Coppee

During summer vacation, young Toto's monkey business only escalates. So much so, that his mom takes him to see a counselor. But it's no use! Blunders, pranks, and cream pies always prevail to the great displeasure of Miss Jolibois and the little boy's family. He's decided to try their nerves to the utmost! Whether it's his dad, his dad's friend, his mom, his grandma, Miss Jolibois (his teacher), or his friends (Yassine and Oliver), Toto's got shenanigans for everyone! Available in Softcover and Hardcover formats.

TPB $7.99, HC $12.99

TRANSLUCID #5

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert

Art: Daniel Bayliss

Cover: Jeff Stokely

When did The Navigator truly become the legend? See the child become the man when young Cornelius steps up and helps a friend in need. But what will this victory cost him? Find out as The Horse's master-stroke is revealed. Will this be checkmate for our hero?

$3.99

TSUBASA OMNIBUS VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: Clamp

Princess Sakura has a mysterious power that will change the world. But she's fallen under a curse, and it's up to her friend Syaoran to journey through many alternate worlds to find a way to save her. Combining sci-fi and fantasy, with space/time travel and dramatic battles involving magic, Tsubasa is one of CLAMP's most successful series with over 1.4 million copies sold in the US. Collects the first three volumes of the original series.

$19.99

This is a sort of an extended "Elseworlds" for Cardcaptor Sakura. I've read a few volumes of it, it's not bad. Worth a look if you're a CLAMP fan.

UBER SPECIAL #1 (PURE RAGE COVER)

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: Kieron Gillen

Art: Gabriel Andrade

Cover: Michael DiPascale

Michael Dipascale unleashes pure rage with this fully painted vision of terror that is limited to a scant 500 copies.

Mature/$9.99

VAMPIRE KNIGHT VOL 2 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: Matsuri Hino

Outside the safe boundary of the academy, Yuki is attacked by a vampire. Injured and unable to defend herself, two Night Class students come to her aid and kill the vampire. When Yuki asks them why they killed their own kind, they tell her to come to the Moon Dormitory at midnight to learn the answer.

Teen + / $9.99

Yes, please come to a room full of vampires tonight and we'll answer your question. Perhaps we'll have dinner.

VINLAND SAGA VOL 4 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: Makoto Yukimura

The epic action manga for fans of Vikings and Game of Thrones! A story of war, royal intrigue, suspense, and revenge set against the backdrop of the Viking invasions of England. Askeladd's band has successfully extracted Prince Cnut and escaped into the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they seize control of a town and hunker down to endure the winter snows. But no ice could cool the rage of the terrifying Thorkell, whose chance meeting with a survivor of Askeladd's attack will put him back on their trail.

$19.99

WESTWARD #8

Publisher: TOOL PUBLICATIONS

Writer/Art/Cover: Ken Krekeler

Victor West, once a shallow and superficial playboy that shirked all responsibility, has rescued his niece Penelope from the clutches of a terrorist organization. But the agents of C.L.A.W. continue their attacks, relentless and without mercy, helmed by an invisible doctor that no one has ever met. Now, Victor must work together with Penelope and Brain to take them down, and recover a weapon that could obliterate the dynasty of Westward Enterprises.

$3.50

WWE SLAM CITY VOL 1: FINISHED (GN)

Publisher: PAPERCUTZ

Writer: Mathias Triton

Art/Cover: Alitha Martinez

Papercutz, the industry’s leading children’s graphic novel publisher, has announced the latest addition to its successful WWE publishing program. WWE SLAM CITY, the second Papercutz series to feature the WWE Superstars will make its debut in August 2014.

Based on the hit animated series featured on the WWE Network and multiple online platforms, WWE SLAM CITY recounts the humorous adventures of popular WWE Superstars like John Cena, Kane, and Rey Mysterio after they’ve been fired from their regular jobs by a mysterious character known as “The Finisher”. Forced to find employment in the real world, the Superstars end up performing jobs like auto mechanic, crossing guard, and lunch lady. The series depicts the hilarious consequences as these sports entertainers put their skills to work in everyday situations. Since its debut, SLAM CITY has proven wildly popular, amassing over 3 million views online and spawning a successful toy line from Mattel.

“Like Papercutz, the WWE believes in reaching out to fans of all ages,” said Papercutz Editor-In-Chief Jim Salicrup. “And we all know that when kids like something they just can’t get enough of it. Our new graphic novels will help expand the SLAM CITY universe and give kids new stories and adventures featuring these extremely popular versions of their favorite stars.”

Written by Mathias Triton and penciled by versatile artist Alitha E. Martinez (BATGIRL, WWE SUPERSTARS), the first volume of the series features an array of WWE Superstars including Big Show, Santino Marella, and Randy Orton as well as the aforementioned Cena, Kane, and Mysterio. Previews of the series will be available for viewing at the Papercutz booth at Comic-Con International and attendees will also be able to pick up some special promotional items — business cards for the newly employed Superstars!

"Part of the fun of putting these books together has been working closely with Mattel and the WWE,” explained Papercutz’s VP of Marketing Sven Larsen. “They’ve been great partners and with their help, we’ve created unique items available at this year’s Comic-Con.”

Business cards featuring John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Kane, and Rey Mysterio will be given out at both the Papercutz booth (#2546) and the Mattel Booth (#3029) on Thursday and Friday of the show.

“WWE SLAM CITY is the perfect companion to our WWE SUPERSTARS series,” noted Papercutz publisher Terry Nantier. “Papercutz is dedicated to publishing the most diverse range of graphic novels and reaching as many readers as possible. With this new addition to our lineup, we’ve got the chance to not only create a whole new generation of WWE fans but a whole new generation of graphic novel fans as well. Are we excited about that opportunity? As Daniel Bryan would say, ‘YES!’”

$7.99

ZAYA (HC)

Publisher: MAGNETIC PRESS INC.

Writer: Jean-David Morvan

Art/Cover: Huang-Jia Wei

Magnetic Press has announced the acquisition of ZAYA, by French author JD Morvan and Chinese illustrator Huang-Jia Wei, to be published for the first time in English this Summer. Originally published in French in three serialized volumes by Dargaud Editions, Magnetic Press’s edition will collect the complete series into an all-new, 224-page hardcover compilation for its North American debut.

ZAYA tells the story of a secret agent in the distant future who left her post to seek a normal life as an artist and mother. When a biomechanical threat destroys an orbiting colony station and former fellow agents start dying, she is called back into the field to find and stop the danger. Her investigation leads to many questions about her own past, filled with explosive revelations. This sci-fi action-mystery is told through breathtaking design and illustration by Huang-Jia Wei, known throughout the field for his bio-mechanical aesthetic and lushly painted artwork. The original series received a Silver honor from the 3rd International Manga Awards, granted by the Japan Foundation, established to honor and promote outstanding contributions to the art of Manga worldwide.

“ZAYA is an absolute feast -- you can spend hours just soaking in the atmosphere and exquisite design work on every page,” says Magnetic Press’s Publisher, Mike Kennedy. “We cannot contain how excited we are to put this book in the hands of English-speaking readers for the first time!”

ZAYA was the brainchild of writer JD Morvan and Huang-Jia Wei, who wanted to establish an original style of “Franco-Chinese” Manga, combining characteristics of both aesthetics with a mutual love of Japanese speculative-sci-fi manga to form something wholly unique and remarkable. Wei’s first published work just out of school, YA SAN, earned him a rabid following, but it was ZAYA that established him as a sought-after artist among Asia’s great “conceptual mangaka”, including Katsuya Terada, Yasushi Nirasawa, and Range Murata.

Mature/$29.99

The new Magnetic Press appears to be filling a niche somewhere between upscale manga and Humanoids. They could be a player.

I thought the Spider was a more important pulp hero than the Avenger, whose series didn't last too long after he lost his "power" and became normal looking. I can't see a team up between Doc Savage and the Shadow working. Doc was a pacifist while the Shadow loved to shoot people and laugh while doing it. Perhaps the Spider isn't there because he's too sadistic for Doc to put up with him? Otherwise it seems strange he's missing, unless there's a copyright problem, and the way more than one publisher has released his stories in recent years you wouldn't think that would be a problem.
While the supporting cast in Little Nemo looks reasonably Winsor McCayish, Nemo himself looks too modern, and suddenly he's against going to Slumberland? Does every modernization of a classic character mean making him or her "in your face"? Because I have a feeling Nemo is suddenly going to have attitude, completely against the original Nemo who pretty much went along with anything he was told. I think the only person he ever disagreed with was Flip, and usually only when the guy got especially annoying.
Do the people that make Grimm Fairy Tales know what clothes are?
I like how Sheena actually looks like a human female while Cavewoman looks like she's had quite a few implants. Don't artists go to art school anymore?
The ACG and Harvey horror are now in a cheaper softcover format, making them about as expensive as a hardcover Marvel Masterworks.
Several covers for Dr. Spektor and not one of them looks even vaguely like the character I remember. But then I've heard he's a wizard now, and I don't remember him being one. When did being a psychic investigator mean you have to have magic powers? (I believe he was a werewolf for awhile, but he got better.)

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