THIS WEEK'S COMICS

Titles listed in the Comics Guide come from the weekly list at the Diamond Comic Distributors Inc. website, and are subject to change. The information in the Comics Guide comes not only from Diamond but from solicitations, press releases and previews released by the publishers, except for random comments by Captain Comics (in blue).

BEST BETS

For more information on Best Bets titles, consult the Guide below. Titles are grouped by Action Lab, Archie, Dark Horse, DC Comics, Dynamite, IDW, Image, Marvel, Valant and Other Publications.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.4 (Marvel, $3.99): Marvel has practically made a cottage industry of stories about Spider-Man's first year, but by and large they have been good and help remind us what made this character so fresh, unique and ... well, amazing back in the long-before time. This four-issue series was written Dan Slott, who has done a lot to bring the magic back to the web-swinger in recent years.

BOB'S BURGERS #1 (Dynamite, $3.99): I confess I've never seen the cartoon, but if you have, this might be for you.

DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE (TPB, Marvel, $16.99): Marvel billed the miniseries collected here as "good crazy vs. bad crazy," although critics of Deadpool's popularity might question which is which. But if you like your humor black, and your hero fruity as a nutcake, this is for you.

FABLES VOL 20 (DC/Vertigo, $19.99): As this excellent series barrels to its finale, they've finally introduced one of the biggest, bestest fables of all: Camelot.

FUSE VOL 1 (Image, $9.99): From the description, this series is Outland (the Sean Connery SF movie based on High Noon) done right.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #18 (Marvel, $3.99): This "Original Sin" tie-in will explain why, several years ago, the original Nova never returned from an adventure in another universe when everyone else involved did. Only Star-Lord (now a household name) and Thanos (soon to be a household name) have known the answer to that question, and with this issue we all will, too.

HARLEY QUINN #10 (DC, $2.99): Harley Quinn has enjoyed a spike a popularity lately, and the goofy fun presented here might be a clue why.

JESSICA JONES: THE PULSE -- THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (TPB, Marvel, $34.99): When Alias the comic book debuted, it was unique. It starred an ex-superheroine who had quit the "business" due to an unexplained trauma (which eventually got explained, and it is creepy), and become a self-loathing, alcoholic private eye specializing in superhero-related cases. Jessica Jones was an unpleasant burnout, but was still relatable enough that she got a second series, The Pulse, in which she became something of a journalist. Why do you care? Because Jessica Jones will be part of the series of series Marvel and Netflix are producing, beginning with Daredevil in March 2015. You might want to get familiar with a character who will soon be invading your TV, desktop, iPad or mobile phone.

KANG & KODOS #1 (Bongo, $3.99): The incompetent, cannibal aliens from The Simpsons get their own special! (Don't let the names fool you, as they are an in-joke reference to two Klingons from the original Star Trek series.)

LADY RAWHIDE (TPB, Dynamite, $19.99): High concept: Female Zorro. Sound good? It is!

POP #1 (of 4, Dark Horse, $3.99): The idea of superheroes as celebrities has been explored before (notably in Peter Milligan's X-cellent X-Statix), but these superheroes aren't born: They're made. In a lab.

THE SECRET SERVICE (HC, Marvel, $24.99): What's more secret than the Mossad, MI-6 and the National Security Agency? It's the Kingsmen, who are a service so secret, and so good, that nobody has ever heard of them. This series is written by fan favorite Mark Millar, and has been turned into a movie coming in 2015 and starring Sam Jackson, Colin Firth, Michael Caine and Mark Hamill.

SHINOBI: NINJA PRINCESS #1 (Action Lab, $3.99): If you're looking for comics for the girls in your family, look no further. This all-ages book stars a 14-year-old ninja-in-training named Shinobi, who promises to be that elusive role model for young girls comics have such trouble producing. Oh, and did I mention she's also a princess?

TUROK DINOSAUR HUNTER VOL 1: CONQUEST (TPB, Dynamite, $16.99): Dynamite has done an excellent job re-imagining the major heroes from the Gold Key line of the 1960s (who have also had publishing stints at Acclaim, Dark Horse and Valiant). Take a look at this modern Turok and see if you agree.

WAYWARD #1 (Image, $3.50): A teenage American girl is transplanted to Japan by her mother, and her feelings of outsider-ness are exaggerated by seeing mythological creatures no one else sees. Soon she's battling these creatures, which is probably why Image describes this as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a new generation." If true, that would be pretty awesome -- plus, we'd learn about Japanese mythology.

ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

BO, PLUSHY GANGSTA #4 (Bimonthly)

Writer/Art/Cover: PAVVEL BALABANOV

32 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC / $3.99

Bo and his new special forces unit are in a showdown with the Rasta Gang. It’s all out battle with our plushy protagonist, exosuits, ninja girls and Jamaican octopus-controlled zombies!

"... exosuits, ninja girls and Jamaican octopus-controlled zombies ..."

It must be ninja girl week! (See Shinobi below.)

HERO CATS OF STELLAR CITY

Writer: KYLE PUTTKAMMER

Art/Cover: MARCUS WILLIAMS (reg and var)

32 pgs./ Kids, All Ages/ FC / $3.99 / $4.99 Variant

Avengers and Justice League move over! The cutest heroes on the planet have arrived! Meet the Hero Cats of Stellar City in this spectacular first issue. Not your ordinary house cats, they're a tactical action-packed covert team dealing with extraordinary threats to humanity in ways that will amaze.

While the Superheroes and Villains of Stellar City battle it out for the fate of their world, another war rages beneath them. The HeroCats of Stellar City, A team of highly skilled house cats, protect humanity from those things that the superheroes are too busy to notice.

Join battle hardened leader Ace, the team muscle Rocco, the stalwart protector Midnight, mind reading Belle, the clever Cassiopeia and Rocket, the fastest cat in town as they battle the forces of evil to protect their home town.

Created by writer Kyle Puttkammer, and drawn by talented artists Marcus Williams and Ryan Sellers. HeroCats of Stellar City continues Action Lab Entertainment’s tradition of quality all ages comics entertainment.

Variant fold-out cover limited to 2,000 copies!

I bet getting super-felines to work together would be as hard as herding ... oh, never mind.

SHINOBI:NINJA PRINCESS #1

Writer/Art/Cover: MARTHEUS WADE

Color Assists: MARVIN CHEVEALLIER

Ink Assists: JANET WADE

Copy Edit: KEVIN WILLIAMS

Variant: TRESSA BOWLING

32 pgs / All Ages/ FC / $3.99 / $4.99 Variant

Variant cover limited to 1,500 copies!

Jishin 自信 (Confidence): 14 year-old ninja princess Shianndrea Toshigawa and her strike team  have a new mission: spy on their rivals, the Azumi Ninja Clan, and discover what secret dealings  they have with the evil Emperor of Japan. But when the plan goes awry and fellow ninja Hamasuke  is captured, can Shianndrea overcome her lack of confidence and save him before it’s too late?

Shinobi: Ninja Princess is written, illustrated and created by mastermind Martheus Wade. A prequel to Wade’s most famous creation Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa, Shinobi; Ninja Princess explores her formative years as Shianndrea struggles against her destiny. The all ages action/adventure series takes a manga inspired spin on this classic coming of age story and returns to a universe of warring clans and high adventure.

Wade’s approach is accessible to readers who may cross over from that realm but it manages to stay just light enough to attract the casual reader.  Wade, who’s work has been featured in graphic novels like Mail Order Ninja and The Bad Girls Club for IDW publishing, is joined by his wife and frequent collaborator, Janet Wade (Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa, Turra: Gun Angel)  and features a variant cover by Tressina Bowling (Hateink , Princeless: Short Stories for Warrior Women).

ARCHIE COMICS

JUGHEAD & ARCHIE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #5

Script: CRAIG BOLDMAN

Art: REX LINDSEY, JIM AMASH, JACK MORELLI, BARRY GROSSMAN


Cover: JEFF SHULTZ, BOB SMITH, TITO PENA

On Sale Date: 8/13


320-page, full color comic, 
$6.99 U.S.


A day at the carnival is the perfect outing for good ol’ Jughead! Funnel cakes, cotton candy, giant lollipops, corn dogs, and … Ethel in a giant turtle suit? Ethel’s volunteered to run as mascot in the carnival fun run, and she’s challenged Jughead to compete! If she wins, Jughead has to take her out to the movies, and dinner, and a bunch of other things that Jughead wouldn’t be caught dead doing! Well, no problem, right? Jughead can outrun a teen girl in a turtle suit … even if there is all kinds of free food being given away on the race track. … Find out what happens in “The Old Shell Game,” the lead story in this summery issue of Jughead & Archie Jumbo Comics Digest! (Formerly Jughead & Archie Double Double Digest.)

MEGA MAN #40

Script:  IAN FLYNN

Art:  JAMAL PEPPERS, GARY MARTIN, JOHN WORKMAN, MATT HERMS

Cover: PATRICK "SPAZ" SPAZIANTE

"Lost in Time" Variant: COLIN LAWLER

On Sale Date: 8/20

32-page, full color comic, $3.99 U.S.

The PULSE-POUNDING CONCLUSION to the latest crossover MEGA-event from Archie comics is here! "DAWN OF X" Part Four: The time-traveling adventure reaches its explosive finale as the mystery of Mega Man’s confrontation with the rogue Wily robot is revealed!  X and the Maverick Hunters have their final showdown with the mechanical monsters!  And Xander Payne’s fate comes to a startling conclusion!  Don’t miss this crossover between iconic eras, with a SHOCKER-ENDING that will blow your mind! Featuring all-new cover art from Mega-artist supreme PATRICK "SPAZ" SPAZIANTE and a time-spanning variant cover by Colin Lawler!

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG: COUNTDOWN TO CHAOS (TPB)

Script: IAN FLYNN

Art: EVAN STANLEY, LAMAR WELLS, TRACY YARDLEY, JERRY GAYLORD, TERRY AUSTIN, JOHN WORKMAN, JACK MORELLI, MATT HERMS and STEVE DOWNER

Cover: BEN BATES



$12.99/$14.99CAN


6 5/8 x 10 3/16”


TR
120pp, Full Color


Direct Market On-Sale Date: 7/23

IT ALL BEGINS HERE! Moving at the speed of sound, keeping the world free from robotic tyranny -- it’s SONIC THE HEDGEHOG! Spin-dashing directly out of the MEGA-SMASH “Sonic/Mega Man: WORLDS COLLIDE” story arc, “Countdown to Chaos” speeds into brand new comic book stories with new friends, new foes and new adventures! The entire planet has been rocked by Dr. Eggman’s Super Genesis Wave! Sonic wakes up to a world and a life he doesn’t recognize! It’s up to him to gather up his friends -- the Freedom Fighters -- and figure out what’s been changed. Meanwhile, below his very feet, a new threat is threatening to burst out!

SONIC UNIVERSE #67

Script:  IAN FLYNN

Art:  TRACY YARDLEY, JIM AMASH, JACK MORELLI, MATT HERMS

Cover: TRACY YARDLEY, BEN HUNZEKER

Pixel Cut Scene Variant: RYAN JAMPOLE

On Sale Date: 8/27

32-page, full color comic, $3.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW STORY ARC! The events of "Shadow Fall" and "Chaos Caper" have clashed to collision in the epic new tale -- "Total Eclipse" Part One! The third chapter in the DARK TRILOGY begins here as Team Dark comes to Angel Island on the hunt for Eclipse.  But Knuckles isn’t known for his hospitality!  Sparks begin to fly as he and Shadow clash over how to protect the world!  Meanwhile, the sinister Eclipse hunts our heroes! It's the first-ever SU TRILOGY and you'll be in on the ground floor with this titanic new issue, featuring cover art from TRACY YARDLEY and a special "PIXEL CUTSCENE" variant from Ryan Jampole!

DARK HORSE

ARCHIE ARCHIVES VOL 10 (HC)

Writer: SCOTT FLEMING

Writer/Art: BILL WOGGON, RAY GILL

Art: AL FAGALY, BILL VIGODA, IRVING NOVICK , JOE EDWARDS

FC, 264 pages, $59.99

HC, 6 5/8" x 10 3/16"

By 1948, America’s favorite teenager was headlining a radio program, a newspaper strip, and three comic books -- Archie, Pep and Laugh! Dark Horse Comics and Archie Comics are back with over 200 pages of wild wackiness from all three series’ Golden Age! Collecting Archie Comics #32-34, Pep Comics #67-79 and Laugh Comics #27-28!

Very shortly now Dark Horse will have collected every Archie story to appear in the 1940s. They deserve some kind of award for that!

BALTIMORE: THE WITCH OF HARJU #2 (of 3)

Writers: MIKE MIGNOLA, CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN

Art: PETER BERGTING

Colors: DAVE STEWART

Cover: BEN STENBECK

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Miniseries

Burials and bloody rituals!

Baltimore investigates a small town in Estonia where the Red King has been seen. But he has little luck getting the townsfolk to speak with him, and a farmhouse full of broken, bloodied bodies is his only lead.

• Art by Peter Bergting (The Portent, Domovoi).

• The story moves beyond the novel for the first time!

BLOOD BLOCKADE BATTLEFRONT VOL 6 (TPB)

Writer/Art/Cover: YASUHIRO NIGHTOW

B&W, 192 pages, $12.99

TPB, 4 5/8” x 7 1/4"

Jerusalem’s Lot -- the Big Apple gone to otherworldly hell -- has unique crime problems. One of the Lot’s yakuza gangs is looking to up their armor, and dealers from the Beyond can provide serious arcane firepower that may be more than even the special agents of Libra can handle!
• From Yasuhiro Nightow, creator of Trigun and Gungrave!

Trigun: Badlands Rumble animated film now available in North American markets.

• “Everything we’ve come to expect from Nightow, all done up in his signature style.” -- Comic Attack

CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT #14

Writer: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON

Pencils: MANUEL GARCIA

Inks: BIT

Colors: MARTA MARTINEZ

Cover: DECLAN SHALVEY, JORDAN BELLAIRE

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Ongoing

Time is running out for Captain Midnight, as Tempus ups the stakes by taking a small town hostage. Faced with an awful choice, Captain Midnight can only protect the innocent townsfolk by releasing his dangerous inventions to a lunatic. It’s the good of the many or the good of the few, and Cap doesn’t have much time to decide: Save the hostages or protect the world?

One of Comic Book Resources’ nine titles you should be reading!

“Project Black Sky is a pretty bold initiative for Dark Horse. ... With their flagship offering in this line ... they have nailed it.” -- Comic Bastards

I always wonder ... when I see ... quotes with this many ... ellipses, what was ... left out.

CONAN VOL 16: THE SONG OF BELIT (HC)

Writer: BRIAN WOOD

Art: PAUL AZACETA, RICCARDO BURCHIELLI, LEANDRO FERNANDEZ

Colors: DAVE STEWART

Cover: MASSIMO CARNEVALE

FC, 176 pages, $24.99

HC, 7" x 10"

Brian Wood’s epic and acclaimed adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s “Queen of the Black Coast” reaches its heart-rending conclusion! This thrilling volume collects issues #19-25 of the Dark Horse Comics series Conan the Barbarian.

• Wood’s acclaimed run reaches its earth-shattering conclusion!

• With the Legend of Conan film set for 2014, Dark Horse’s Conan is essential reading!

• Don’t miss Brian Wood’s Star Wars!

“I will never read comics the same way again.” -- Comic Bastards

“Highly recommended.” -- Unleash the Fanboy

“Shouldn’t be missed by anyone.” -- Multiversity Comics

CONAN THE AVENGER #15

Writer: FRED VAN LENTE

Art: EDUARDO FRANCISCO

Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH

Cover: DAN SCOTT

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

Conan’s ally Agara has been imprisoned after learning a deadly truth -- can he get word to Conan in time? Meanwhile, a witch sends a horrifying demon after Conan -- will Conan find out who is behind these terrors before fear drives the city to tear itself apart?

Fred Van Lente’s Conan is a hit!

“Highly recommended.” -- Unleash the Fanboy

“Based on [Conan and the People of the Black Circle], I’m sure Van Lente ... will do a great job.” -- Comics Bulletin

DEEP GRAVITY #2 (of 4)

Writers: GABRIEL HARDMAN, CORINNA BECHKO, MIKE RICHARDSON

Cover: GABRIEL HARDMAN, MATTHEW WILSON

Art: FERNANDO BALDO

Colors: NICK FILARDI

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

From the team behind Star Wars: Legacy!

An interstellar cargo ship is hit! Meteors rip through the hull and hundreds of crew members are cast into space. How will the surviving crew make it back to the planet alive?

• Written by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko (Star Wars: Legacy, Planet of the Apes).

• From a story by Mike Richardson (47 Ronin)!

DREAM THIEF: ESCAPE #3 (of 4)

Writer: JAI NITZ

Art/Cover: GREG SMALLWOOD

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

“This is a winner.” -- Comic Book Resources

At the worst possible moment, John Lincoln gets possessed by another ghost! His daring prison-break plans take an unexpected detour as the Dream Thief and the spirit of his father take on a nasty drug dealer ... and see a familiar face!

“An ambitious and beautifully produced fever dream. Don’t wake me up, I want to stay in.” -- Jonathan Hickman

EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS’ TARZAN: THE SUNDAY COMICS VOL 2 1934–1936 (HC)

Writer: GEORGE A. CARLIN

Art: HAL FOSTER

FC, 120 pages, $125.00

HC, 15" x 20"

Hal Foster is celebrated in this deluxe collection of every Tarzan Sunday strip from September 1934 through September 1936! This giant-size second volume compiles over one hundred expertly restored strips, on archive-quality paper and in gorgeous color, replicating their original appearance!

• From all-time great Hal Foster, creator of Prince Valiant!

• Supersized presentation at 15" x 20"!

These are expensive, but I've heard about these comic strips all my life, and I'm willing to pay the premium to finally see them.

EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: BREAKING THE RECORD #3 (of 3)

Writers: ROB REGER, MARIAH HUEHNER

Art/Colors: CAT FARRIS

Cover: CAT FARRIS, BUZZ PARKER

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

The people responsible for the stray cat population explosion have been revealed, but can Emily and the Strangers stop the plot and find homes for these cats? And will they be able to put aside their differences and record an out-of-this-world album, all while playing detective on the kitty case? It’s gonna come down to the wire in the rocking conclusion to Breaking the Record!

An Emily the Strange feature film is currently in development!

“This is the Emily we’ve all been waiting for.” -- IGN

THE GOON: OCCASION OF REVENGE #2 (of 8)

Writer/Art/Cover: ERIC POWELL

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Miniseries

The Goon is back!

It’s full-blown war between the Goon’s Family and the Witch Gang, while the Goon becomes entangled with a woman who is more than willing to fight by his side. Meanwhile, Willy Nagel’s own personal story of revenge is played out, revealing his past secrets. 

Created by Eisner Award winner Eric Powell!

GROO VS. CONAN #2 (of 4)

Writer: MARK EVANIER

Art/Cover: SERGIO ARAGONES, THOMAS YEATES

Colors: TOM LUTH

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Miniseries

BARBARIAN BATTLES!

Eisner Award winners Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragonés team with the incomparable Thomas Yeates for a crossover thousands of years in the making. Groo vs. Conan pits the two most feared barbarians in comics against one another. Will the savagery of Conan overwhelm the stupidity of Groo, or will Groo’s unmatched aptitude for destruction catch the Cimmerian swordsman off guard?

Comics’ greatest barbarians together at last!

“What I thought would have just been a good start for this series turned into something great.” -- Geeked Out Nation

I confess to being consumed with curiosity about how they're going to make this work.

HALO: ESCALATION #9

Writer: BRIAN REED

Pencils: SERGIO ARINO

Inks: JUAN CASTRO

Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH

Cover: ANTHONY PALUMBO

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Ongoing

In the days following the events of Halo 4, the Master Chief faced one of his greatest challenges. Halo® lead writer Brian Reed (Amazing Spider-Man, Ms. Marvel) takes the Master Chief from the fires of Halo 4 to the pages of Escalation in “The Next 72 Hours”  Part 2!

• From Halo lead writer and comics veteran Brian Reed!

• An essential addition to the Halo canon!

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

HATSUNE MIKU: UNOFFICIAL HATSUNE MIX (TPB)

Writer/Art/Cover: KEI

FC, B&W, 480 pages, $19.99

TPB, 5 3/4" x 8 1/4"

Miku in Manga!

Who's that girl with the long green ponytails you've been seeing everywhere? It's Hatsune Miku, the Vocaloid -- the synthesizer superstar who's singing your song! She's a global cyber celebrity and a cosplay favorite at conventions. Now Miku's original illustrator, KEI, brings you Hatsune Miku: Unofficial Hatsune Mix -- an omnibus manga of the musical adventures (and misadventures!) of Miku and her fellow Vocaloids Rin, Len, Luka, and more -- in both beautiful black-and-white and charming color!

Hatsune Miku: Unofficial Hatsune Mix contains 44 pages in color.

Hatsune Miku has over 900,000 friends on Facebook!

• Over 170,000 music videos have been uploaded to YouTube using Miku as the singer.

• Miku has appeared in ads from Toyota USA and Domino's.

THE MASSIVE #26

Writer: BRIAN WOOD

Art: GARRY BROWN

Colors: JORDIE BELLAIRE

Cover: J. P. LEON

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

The Crash was only a prelude!

What remains of civilization is being obliterated by a series of cataclysmic events. The crew of the Kapital struggle to find a safe haven in the destructive chaos, but to no avail. Mary’s return to Ninth Wave comes with answers, but are they what Cal and the others want to hear?

“Between [The Massive] and Saga, be happy that we’re in the middle of a renaissance for sci-fi comics.” -- MTV Geek

MIND MGMT #25

Writer/Art/Cover: MATT KINDT

FC, 24 pages, $3.99

Ongoing

New York Times bestseller!

After nearly losing her mind at the hands of the Eraser, Meru begins her final journey to the heart of Mind Management!

• The beginning of the end!

• Includes a special recap story for new readers!

“It will blow your mind.” -- Unleash the Fanboy

PARIAH #7 (of 8)

Writers: ARON WARNER, PHILIP GELATT

Art/Cover: BRETT WELDELE

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

As personality clashes cause the Vitros to divide, Maudsley reveals his true colors on Earth, while Lila preps the ship to exit Earth’s orbit.

“Tense, suspenseful action + sharp characters + an interesting world I want to learn more about = a series that has landed itself on my pull list.” -- Comic Spectrum

“If you are a fan of classic sci-fi stories, you’ll find something to like in this book.” -- We the Nerdy

POP #1 (of 4)

Writer: CURT PIRES

Art: JASON COPLAND

Colors: PETE TOMS

Cover: DYLAN TODD

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

WE3 MEETS TRUE ROMANCE!

What if the world’s pop stars and celebrities were literally products, grown by the world’s wealthiest (and most depraved) minds -- and one of them escaped? Dark Horse presents the new four-issue miniseries Pop!

Smart and savage! Sexy and scathing! Writer Curt Pires (Theremin, LP) and artist Jason Copland (Daredevil, RoboCop, Kill All Monsters) deliver a series that’s original, exciting, and sure to draw attention!

As unique as it is entertaining, Pop is a white-knuckled thrill ride through the marketing-mastered, technologically tethered tragicomedy we call life.

Praise for Curt Pires and Jason Copland:

Multiversity Comics named Curt Pires a Creator to Watch in 2013

ComicBook.com named Jason Copland a Creator to Watch in 2014

“The best comics step outside of themselves. Be it through playing with the paneling, the perspective, the art, or the storytelling. Curt Pires achieves all of these things.” -- Bloody Disgusting

“Pires hits that happy medium that many sci-fi scripters aim for.” -- Multiversity Comics

“Curt Pires has played with convention, reality and rules of story telling. He also fits in some introspection throughout the books. It is risky and can create a lot of difficulty for the audience, but Pires has been largely successful in creating a very bold and unique book.” -- All Comic

STAR WARS: LEGACY #18

Writers: CORINNA BECHKO, GABRIEL HARDMAN

Art: GABRIEL HARDMAN, BRIAN ALBERT THIES

Colors: JORDAN BOYD

Cover: AGUSTIN ALESSIO

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Ongoing

The final battle!

Ania Solo and her friends find themselves fighting alongside the Imperial Knights and the Empress herself against a legion of Sith! While the others fight for control of the galaxy, Ania fights to save her friend -- Imperial Knight Jao Assam, who has been enslaved by the dark side!

Star Wars: Legacy is essential reading for any Star Wars fan, and it’s one of the best tie-in comics on shelves at the moment. Highly recommended.” -- All-Comic

"Ania Solo and her friends find themselves fighting alongside the Imperial Knights and the Empress herself against a legion of Sith!"

Wait -- I thought there could only be two Sith at any one time! Now there's a legion! Anybody know what the dillio is?

SUNDOWNERS #1

Writer: TIM SEESLEY

Art: JIM TERRY

Colors:  SEAN DOVE

Cover: CHRIS BRUNNER

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

NEW ONGOING SERIES!

Faster than lightning! Stronger than steel! Crazier than an outhouse rat? Enter the Sundowners -- sworn to protect humanity from interdimensional invaders! But is the threat real, or is it all in their heads?

• From Tim Seeley (Revival, Hack/Slash, The Occultist)!

• A dark look at the thin line between heroism and insanity!

TOMB RAIDER #7

Writers: GAIL SIMONE, RHIANNA PRATCHETT

Pencils: NICOLAS DANIEL SELMA

Inks: JUAN GEDEON

Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH

Cover: STEPHANIE HANS

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

Gail Simone!

A new story starts here, cowritten by Gail Simone and Rhianna Pratchett!

Lara Croft attempts to honor the past but is dragged into a dangerous new journey. A creepy amusement park and a mysterious woman with a personal connection to the terrifying events of Yamatai Island throw Lara’s world into peril once again!

• The Tomb Raider video game has sold over six million copies!

• The classic character reimagined!

X VOL 3: SIEGE (TPB)

Writer: DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

Art: ERIC NGUYEN, DANIEL MAIA

Inks: MARK PENNINGTON

Colors: MICHELL MADSEN

Cover: GARRY BROWN

FC, 104 pages, $14.99

TPB, 7" x 10"

Arcadia descends into chaos as old villains return to town and new ones are born! While X faces down suicidal psychos, superstitious mobsters, and thrill-junkie assassins, Leigh uncovers the secrets of his past ... before he locked on his mask and became X! Collects issues #9-12.

Featuring the return of some of the original X characters from Comics’ Greatest World.

“[X] just gets better and better.” -- Comic Book Resources

“Better than Batman.” -- Adventures in Poor Taste

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ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #16

Written by JOE KEATINGE

Art by MING DOYLE, BRENT SCHOONOVER, DAVID WILLIAMS, AL GORDON, TULA LOTAY and JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER

Cover by JON BOGDANOVE

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

As citizens of Earth flee to the stars, Kamandi tells the story of Superman’s earliest defeat – one that haunted him for years. Don’t miss this epic adventure spanning the entirety of Superman’s lifetime, from an all-star roster of talent!

ALL-STAR WESTERN #34

Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI

Art and cover by DARWYN COOKE

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T+ • FINAL ISSUE

Time has finally caught up with Hex as he battles to the death against his worst enemy: Jonah Hex!

AQUAMAN #34

Written by JEFF PARKER

Art and cover by PAUL PELLETIER and SEAN PARSONS

DC UNIVERSE SELFIE variant cover

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will arrive in stores with two covers.

The ruthless Chimera has arrived to destroy Aquaman – and Arthur may not be powerful enough to stop him! But with Atlantis in turmoil, does he have any allies left to save him?

BATMAN ‘66 #14

Written by JEFF PARKER

Art by PAUL RIVOCHE

Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED

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

Crime never sleeps, but even Batman can’t be on call 24-7. So the Caped Crusader introduces an ally who never needs rest: a futuristic Bat Robot! Astounding both Gotham City’s criminals and its police force, the chrome-plated crimefighter proves to be incredibly efficient. So much so that a dreaded question must be asked: Is it time for Batman and Robin to retire?

This is gonna be great!

BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE #13

Written by KYLE HIGGINS

Art by PHIL HESTER, THONY SILAS and ERIC WIGHT

Cover by MATTEO SCALERA

48 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

DIGITAL FIRST

Superstar artist Phil Hester (GREEN ARROW) joins the Beyond team for the start of a brand-new storyline, and the answers to the big questions of what really happened between Bruce Wayne and Terry McGinnis start to be revealed here! Plus: The Phantasm Returns!

BATMAN ETERNAL #21

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

Art by JASON FABOK

Cover by ALEX GARNER

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

After being injected with Fear Toxin, Alfred is dragged away to Arkham Asylum!

BATMAN/SUPERMAN #13

Written by GREG PAK

Art and cover by JAE LEE

BATMAN 75 variant cover

1:25 variant cover by BEN OLIVER

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

This issue will ship with four covers.

This story was previously solicited to appear in issue #11. This cover was previously set to appear on issue #12.

A new arc begins following the events of “FIRST CONTACT.” The worlds of Batman and Superman come to an explosive clash as something terrible happens to the World’s Finest team, and a Dark Knight who is not quite himself must team up with Lois Lane to find a missing Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle encounters a person of amazing strength who has no idea who he is.

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

This is only five weeks late, so maybe it's starting to catch up!

BODIES #2

Written by SI SPENCER

Art by DEAN ORMSTON, MEGHAN

HETRICK, PHIL WINSLADE and TULA LOTAY

Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

32 pg, FC, 2 of 8, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

With four bodies lying on mortuary slabs, speculation mounts from a century ago to the present day as to the identity of the victim. In wartime Britain and a forgetful future, however, living strangers are causing confusion. A hooker’s kiss, a fine young cannibal, a fascist mob and a suspect who literally falls from the heavens will send muddy ripples through history. The time-traveling serial-killer story heats up!

Wait -- there's a time-traveling serial killer? Way to spoil, Vertigo!

CATWOMAN #34

Written by ANNE NOCENTI

Art by PATRICK OLLIFFE and TOM NGUYEN

Cover by TERRY DODSON and RACHEL DODSON

DC UNIVERSE SELFIE variant cover

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

This issue will arrive in stores with two covers.

It’s buyer beware when Selina purchases a new house – but Catwoman is much more interested in the treasure that lies beneath the property!

I'm not actually reading this title, but from references in other Bat-books it appears that Selina has set herself up as some sort of kingpin of crime. Doesn't that mean she'll be responsible for deaths, which will change her status quo with the Dark Knight kinda forever? I don't see how it can go any other way, and that would not be a good idea for the character.

DC UNIVERSE VS. THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE (TPB)

Written by KEITH GIFFEN, TONY BEDARD and PAUL KUPPERBERG

Art by DEXTER SOY, POP MHAN and others

Cover by ED BENES

160 pg, FC, $14.99 U.S.

After escaping to Earth, Skeletor sets in motion a plan to drain the planet’s magic. He-Man and company go in search of Skeletor but find themselves at odds with the heroes of the DC Universe! Collecting the six-issue miniseries, plus DC COMICS PRESENTS #47.

Retailers: This title is resolicited. All previous orders are canceled.

The original solicitation was for four months ago. This book never could get out on time.

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #8

Written by TOBY LITT

Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM and RYAN KELLY

Cover by MARK BUCKINGHAM

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

After Charles and Crystal pledge to help one another in their investigations – no matter the cost – the duo set out to prove that Charles’s father did not murder Charles’s mother, and to find out whether Crystal really can bring her lost friend Rosa back from beyond the grave. Meanwhile, Edwin might discover the key to these mysteries – if he can break Tibetan Monk Lobsang out of a trance so deep he stopped breathing in 2012.

FABLES VOL. 20: CAMELOT (TPB)

Written by BILL WILLINGHAM and MARK BUCKINGHAM

Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM, STEVE LEIALOHA, RUSS BRAUN and others

Cover by DANIEL DOS SANTOS

256 pg, FC, $19.99 US • MATURE READERS

Rose Red takes the mantle of Paladin of Hope to rally the Fables in the tragic aftermath of “Snow White.” A new dark age calls for a new Round Table, with modern knights willing to take on a sacred quest to reassemble the shattered pieces of Fabletown. This new volume collects issues #131-136 of this multiple Eisner-Award-winning series.

I trade-wait this series, so phrases like "tragic aftermath" make me a little nervous!

THE FLASH #34

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN

Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND

DC UNIVERSE SELFIE variant cover

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will arrive in stores with two covers.

Time is getting closer as Future Flash reaches the point that broke his spirit – Wally West’s death – while Wally meets his uncle Daniel, the Reverse Flash, and Barry Allen is trapped in the middle!

Every time-travel story has a big, red Reset button in the middle of it, so it's hard to get worked up about who gets killed or maimed or whatever.

GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS VOL. 4: GODS AND MONSTERS (TPB)

Written by JUSTIN JORDAN and ROBERT VENDITTI

Art by BRAD WALKER, ANDREW HENNESSY, GERALDO BORGES, ANDREI BRESSAN, SEAN CHEN and others

Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE

192 pg, FC, $16.99 US

The Templar Guardians have been locked away for millennia and now, they need Kyle Rayner’s help. But once he sees the strange anomaly lurking at the edge of known space, he may have no choice but to get on board with their mission. Don’t miss these tales from GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #21-27 and GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #2.

HARLEY QUINN #10

Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI

Art by JOHN TIMMS

Cover by AMANDA CONNER

1:25 Variant cover by AMANDA CONNER

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

The first rule of Skate Club is … you do not mess with the Mistress of Mayhem! Harley stumbles across an underground fight club where big money winds with a body count. She’s in … and she’s making Sy Borgman her agent for the fights. But what happens when love gets in the way?

HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #16

Written by DAN ABNETT

Art by POP MHAN

Cover by KEN LASHLEY

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

“Wanted: He-Man and Adora!” After reaching the mystical island of Anwat-Gar, He-Man and Adora are still on the run from Hordak and his villainous Horde. And He-Man can’t shake the suspicion they’re being hunted – but by whom? Fan favorite villain Tri-Klops returns in the latest chapter of “The Origin of She-Ra!”

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR TWO #10

Written by TOM TAYLOR

Art by BRUNO REDONDO and others

Cover by JHEREMY RAAPACK

32 pg, FC,

$2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

As the attack of the Green Lanterns continues, things turn personal between Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner. At a turning point in the battle between former allies, Sinestro offers Hal a deadly choice. Meanwhile, the battle at the Hall of Justice may have come at a fatal price.

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #34

Written by J.M. DeMATTEIS

Art by ANDRES GUINALDO

Cover by MIKEL JANIN

DC UNIVERSE SELFIE variant cover

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

Deadman’s secret back story is revealed ... and the JLD battles Pantheon for the soul of paradise!

I thought we knew Deadman's back story! Didn't we already see the New 52 origin in DC Universe Presents?

THE NEW 52 – FUTURES END #17

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

Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER

Cover by RYAN SOOK

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Who is the Masked Superman? What does his identity have to do with last week’s startling ending? The answers will shock you as the entire New 52 gets ready to jump five years into the future!

RED LANTERNS #34

Written by CHARLES SOULE

Art by ALESSANDRO VITTI

Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

Guy Gardner vs. Atrocitus! The future of the Red Lanterns will be decided by the winner – and the loser faces certain death!

SECRET ORIGINS #5

Written by MARV WOLFMAN, SCOTT LOBDELL and JEFF PARKER

Art by ANDRE COELHO, PAULO SIQUEIRA and ALVARO MARTINEZ and RAUL FERNANDEZ

Cover by LEE BERMEJO

 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

The latest explosive origins from DC Comics – The New 52 include Cyborg by Marv Wolfman and André Coelho; Red Hood by Scott Lobdell and Paulo Siqueira; and Mera by Jeff Parker and the art team of Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez.

SINESTRO #5

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art by DALE EAGLESHAM

Cover by RAGS MORALES

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Sinestro and Hal Jordan have a score to settle – but they won’t get a chance before the deadly cult of anti-emotion, The Paling, attacks! Plus, the answer to the question everyone’s been asking: Where is Parallax?

The Paling? Do Sarah and Todd know about this?

STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEATURING G.I. ZOMBIE #2

Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI

Art by SCOTT HAMPTON

Cover by DARWYN COOKE

1:25 Variant cover by HOWARD PORTER

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

This issue will arrive in stores with two covers.

An undercover operation exposes a guided missile terrorist plot – and the only thing in its way is a zombie with an AK-47!

SUPERMAN #34

Written by GEOFF JOHNS

Art and cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and KLAUS JANSON

1:100 Variant cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and KLAUS JANSON

1:50 B&W Variant cover by JOHN ROMITA, JR. and KLAUS JANSON

DC UNIVERSE SELFIE variant cover

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

This issue will ship with five covers.

Geoff Johns and John Romita, Jr. continue their epic Superman run with “THE MEN OF TOMORROW” chapter 3! Introducing the bizarre villain known as The Machinist – the man behind the recent technological attacks on Metropolis. But what is his strange connection to Superman? Where is he from? And what does The Machinist want with The Daily Planet? Plus, the mystery behind the disaster at the Ulysses Research Lab sends Clark on an investigation that will reveal a dark secret from his past.

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

DYNAMITE

ARMY OF DARKNESS: ASH GETS HITCHED #2 (of 4)

Writer: Steve Niles

Art: Nacho Tenorio

Cover: Jae Lee, Francesco Francavilla

Subcription Variant: Lucio Parrillo

FC, 32pgs, $3.99

The Curse of the Faceless Man has been unleashed on the land. The dead can now walk in sunlight. There is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. now Ash and Sheila must fight for their lives if they are ever going to get married.

BOB’S BURGERS #1

Writers: RACHEL HASTINGS, MIKE OLSEN, JUSTIN HOOK, JEFF DRAKE

Art: FRANK FORTE, BRAD RADER, BERNARD DERRIMAN, TONY GENNARO, LIZA EPPS, TYLER GARRISON, KIMBALL SHIRLEY, ANTHONY AGUINALDO, HECTOR REYNOSO

Cover: DEVIN ROTH

Blank Authentix Variant available

FC, 32pgs, $3.99

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Fox's hit animated series, Bob's Burgers, will be coming to comic stores everywhere, and the series will be written, drawn and overseen by the writers, animators and producers of the TV Series! Now you can read about the Belcher family (parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene and Louise) in brand-new in-canon stories, appearing exclusively in this comic book series. Bob's Burgers is an animated sitcom that airs on Fox television with other hits such as The Simpsons and Family Guy!

The very first issue of the Bob's Burgers comic book includes hilarious installments of: "Louise's Unsolved Mysteries," "Tina's Erotic Friend Fiction," "A Gene Belcher Original Musical," "Letters Written by Linda" and "Bob's Burgers of the Day."

"If you like Bob's Burgers and you like comic books then you may feel like you're living in one of the greatest times in human history because Bob's Burgers and comic books are coming together in the form of the Bob's Burgers comic book. But of course we could really mess it up. Then you'd feel like you were living in one of the worst times in human history. Either way, we hope you'll check out the first few issues. We tried to make something that's true to the show and true to the form without being a sad knock-off of either." -- Loren Bouchard, The creator of Bob's Burgers

"When we announced Bob's Burgers at San Diego Comic-Con last July -- and the fact that Loren and his entire team would be involved in every detail of production -- the response was huge," says Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci.  "And the results are fantastic -- the creative team over at Bento Box Entertainment has put together some incredible stories and artwork, perfectly suited for the comic book format.  We're grateful for their dedicated involvement, and eagerly anticipate that the Belcher family's comic book shenanigans will draw in fans from outside of the direct market."

FLASH GORDON #5

Writer: JEFF PARKER

Art: EVAN SHANER

Cover: MARC LAMING

Subscription Variant: Ken Haeser

80th Anniversary Variant: Roberto Castro

FC, 32pgs $3.99

BRAND NEW ARC! Same Creative Dream Team! Jeff Parker (Batman ’66, Aquaman), Evan “Doc” Shaner (Adventures of Superman) and Jordie Bellaire (Moon Knight) take Flash to Sky City, as The Man From Earth battles against the Hawkmen under rule of Ming The Merciless! How’s one man supposed to save a galaxy? Simple… punch stuff and keep smiling! Find out why IGN says “If you are starting a list of Best Comics of 2014, make sure you leave room for Flash Gordon #1!”

GRIMM: PORTLAND, WU (ONE-SHOT)

Writers: Marc Gaffen, Kyle McVey

Art/Cover: Daniel Govar

FC, 64pgs, Prestige Format, $7.99

A missing girl. A femme fatale. A dark family secret. What starts as an unofficial investigation into his neighbor’s disappearance drags Sgt. Wu deep into a world of Wesen intrigue. In the vein of classic film noir tales, Wu unravels a case that could not only cost him his job, but his life.

LADY RAWHIDE (TPB)

Writer: Eric Trautmann

Art: Milton Estevam, Rey Villegas

Cover: Joseph Michael Linsner

SC, 7×10, 136pgs, FC $19.99

Lady Rawhide, the masked heroine of the West, returns in an all-new adventure! This time, she faces not only the corrupt forces of the government -- bent on cowing the populace through privation and cruelty -- but also a new team of vigilantes: The Sisters of the White Rose. The Sisters, inspired by Lady Rawhide’s actions, have taken up the struggle against tyranny. Although she supports the Sisters’ aims, Lady Rawhide is forced to stand against their bloody methods! Collects issues #1-5 of Lady Rawhide.

TUROK DINOSAUR HUNTER VOL 1: CONQUEST (TPB)

Writer: Greg Pak

Art: Mirko Colak, Cory Smith

Cover: Bart Sears

152 pages / Teen + / $16.99

Shunned from his tribe, a young Native American named Turok fights to survive, making a lonely life for himself in the unforgiving forest. But his hard-won cunning and survival skills face the ultimate test when man-eating Thunder Lizards attack his people! Why are dinosaurs here? How have they survived? And will Turok use his abilities to save a society that's taken everything away from him? Prepare for history-twisting carnage from superstar Greg Pak (Batman/Superman) and Mirko Colak (Conan)! Collecting issues #1-4 along with the original script to issue #1 and a complete cover gallery featuring the art of Bart Sears, Jae Lee, Jonathan Case, Rob Liefeld, Sean Chen, Bob Layton and many more!

IDW PUBLISHING

24 #5

Writer: ED BRISSON

Art: MICHAEL GAYDOS

Cover: PAUL SHIPPER

Subscription Variant: Photo

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

“Underground” comes to a fiery conclusion! With both the CIA and the Russian mafia hot on his heels, Jack Bauer must find a way to escape them and rescue his new “family” at the same time!

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

• Art by Eisner Award nominee Michael Gaydos (Alias)!

7TH SWORD #4

Writer: JOHN RAFFO

Art: IMAN MAX

Cover: ANDREW ROBINSON

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

As the students finish their training, Kathleen must develop a plan to take on the Warlord Kavanaugh and his army, but will she put her faith in a dangerous killing machine they've discovered or in the reluctant warrior, Daniel Cray and his deadly Malathane sword.

BORDERLANDS: THE FALL OF FYRESTONE #2

Writer: MIKEY NEUMANN

Art/Cover: AGUSTIN PADILLA

Subscription Variant: SERGIO DAVILA

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The adventure continues in part two of Borderlands: The Fall of Fyrestone! The Vault Hunters know that saving Fyrestone means a confrontation with Nine Toes. To succeed they’ll need to enlist the help of a reclusive, quirky blind man. Fan favorite TK Baha makes his comic debut! The action heats up and things get complicated for our heroes in the continuation of this four-part story! Claptrap and TK Baha in the same issue? It’s almost too much awesome to handle!

CARTOON NETWORK: SUPER SECRET CRISIS WAR! #3 (of 6)

Writer: LOUISE SIMONSON

Art/Cover: DEREK CHARM

Subscription Variant: TROY LITTLE 

FC • 32 pages • $3.99           

Our heroes are trapped, but not for long! The League of Extraordinary Villains has underestimated Samurai Jack, Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls and Dexter (oh, and Ed, Edd and Eddy!), and now they’re teaming up to get to the bottom of the League’s devious plan …

FLESH & STEEL: THE ART OF RUSS HEATH (HC)

Writer: FLORENTINO FLORES

Art/Cover: RUSS HEATH

HC • FC • $49.99 • 320 pages • 9.5” x 12.25”

Following in the footsteps of the critically acclaimed Wallace Wood: Woodworks and Big John Buscema museum catalogs comes Flesh & Steel: The Art of Russ Heath. As with those first two books, this is an art catalog of a single artist's extraordinary body of work, following Heath from his very earliest days as an artist to the present, and featuring a cornucopia of rare and never-before-seen-art, many from Heath's personal archives. His early days at Atlas, EC, DC, Warren, National Lampoon and Marvel are all showcased. Intricalely researched, with a complete index of his work is presented, this is a masterful book focusing on a masterful artist! Text is in both English and Spanish.

 Published in the U.S. for the first time!

I don't really know when this is being published -- or if it has already been published. The only firm date I have is Aug. 26, when it hits bookstores. Otherwise it's a mish-mash of dates as IDW has hop-scotched it across various shipping lists. The Previews site lists two different dates in two different places, so that's no help.

Anyway, I wanted to make sure I run it, because Russ Heath was one of my favorites growing up. His soldiers looked dirty and war-weary, his spotting of blacks was so good it was educational, his women were gorgeous and his machines of war, especially, were worth gazing at for long periods of time. I'm glad to see he's getting some love.

GHOSTBUSTERS #19

Writer: ERIK BURNHAM

Art/Cover: DAN SCHOENING

Subscription Variant: TRISTAN JONES

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Tiamat is too powerful to be destroyed and her growing interest with humanity promises unheard of catastrophe for the city, county, and state of New York if the Ghostbusters don't come up with a fix … and fast! But with all of their usual methods laughed off, will the team have to make a deal with devil to save the day? Find out in the penultimate installment of Mass Hysteria!

GODZILLA: RULERS OF EARTH #15

Writer: CHRIS MOWRY

Art: MATT FRANK

Cover: PAUL HANLEY

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

MechaGodzilla madness abounds as a new villain makes his plan known! He seeks to raise the strongest of Godzilla’s. But what mystery allies will help him? The answer will shock you!

• An epic introduction to a fearsome foe!

• Variant Cover by Jeff Zornow!

THE ILLEGITIMATES

Writers: TARAN KILLAM, MARC ANDREYKO

Art: KEVIN SHARPE

Cover: JERRY ORDWAY

HC • FC • $24.99 • 152 pages

Jack Steele: World renowned agent of OLYMPUS, super-spy, debonair, lover of ladies, man-slut. While facing off with his arch-nemesis, Viktor Dannikor, Steele faces his biggest defeat, but who will take his place? Olympus scrambles to find not one, but FIVE newbie agents to fill the void and, unbeknownst to them, they share a common thread. Can these five strangers embrace their fates and come together to save the world? They are THE ILLEGITIMATES! And if you called them bastards ... you'd be absolutely right!

“Killam knocks it out of the park with his first comic book. This is a really funny and fresh story that quickly raises above the parody some thought it would be.” -- Comic Book Therapy

KILL SHAKESPEARE: THE MASK OF NIGHT #3 (OF 4)

Writers: ANTHONY DEL COL & CONOR MCCREERY

Art/Cover: ANDY BELANGER

Subscription Variant: J.K. WOODWARD

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Juliet, Hamlet and Captain Cesario must escape the clutches of mutinous Viola and her pirate crew or else face an even larger threat – the cannibal Lucius.

An excellent companion piece to the new Kill Shakespeare board game released by IDW Games!

MAGIC: THE GATHERING, THE COMPLETE COLLECTION OVERSIZED HARDCOVER

Writers: MATT FORBECK, JASON CIARAMELLA

Art: MARTÍN CÓCCOLO, ATILIO ROJO, JACK JADSON, CHRIS EVENHUIS

Cover: N/A

In search of greater knowledge and on the hunt for the people who destroyed his town, Dack Fayden is the greatest thief in the Multiverse. When he gets his hands on his latest prize though, he has no idea where it will lead him -- or to whom!

HC • FC • $49.99 • 400 pages • 7” x 11”

• Collects the first four volumes of IDW's Magic: The Gathering series.

• Comes poly-bagged with a random variant-art Magic: The Gathering Card!

MARS ATTACKS DELUXE EDITION (HC)

Writer: JOHN LAYMAN

Art/Cover: JOHN MCCREA

HC • FC • $39.99 • 252 pages • 7" x 11"

The invasion … is collected! John Layman brought his special brand of comics writing to Mars Attacks and the explosive results can all be found here in one oversized, deluxe package. Includes issues #1-10 and features art by John McCrea!

RAGNAROK #1 (2ND PTG)

Writer/Art/Cover: WALTER SIMONSON

Ragnarök ... the Twilight of the Gods in Norse mythology ... the destruction of the Nine Worlds.  And now, three hundred years later, the birth of vengeance. Walter Simonson returns to comics in a BIG way with an all-new series ... and doing what he does best!!

My wife and my children are dead. My brothers and sisters are dead.

My parents are dead. The Great Enemies still live.

But I swear on the shattered bones of my kinsmen ... they will not live forever.

I shall become ... the storm.

Walter Simonson is one of the most acclaimed and respected creators in comics. He has done defining runs on Thor, Manhunter, Star Slammers, Elric, Orion and more. Now, in his first creator-owned series in 20 years, he brings his tremendous artistic arsenal to a brand new world ... the twilit world of Ragnarök! 

STAR TREK: HARLAN ELLISON®’S CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER #2 (of 5, 2ND PTG)

Writers: HARLAN ELLISON & Various

Art: J. K. WOODWARD

Cover: JUAN ORTIZ

Harlan Ellison's WGA Award-winning teleplay, visualized for the first time! Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Yeoman Rand return to the Enterprise following their first encounter with the Guardians of Forever, only to find a darker, more vicious crew of renegades awaiting them! Can they return the timestream to its proper state? And will they even survive long enough to try?

STAR TREK: HARLAN ELLISON®’S CITY ON THE EDGE OF FOREVER #3 (of 5)

Writers: HARLAN ELLISON, SCOTT TIPTON & DAVID TIPTON

Art: J.K. WOODWARD

Cover: JUAN ORTIZ

Subscription Variant: PAUL  SHIPPER

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Harlan Ellison’s Hugo- and WGA Award-winning teleplay, visualized for the first time! Stranded in the past of old Earth, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock search for the focal point that altered the timestream and changed everything about the universe they knew. And once they find her, they could find themselves foiled by a force even greater than the Guardians of Forever -- love!

THE LAST FALL #2 (of 5)

Writer: TOM WALTZ

Art/Cover: CASEY MALONEY

Subscription Variant: PHIL HESTER

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

IDW’s original sci-fi/military drama continues! Know your enemy! A top-secret recovery mission explodes into deadly betrayal and Marcus Fall finds himself battling for his life against a most unexpected foe.

An all-new original sci-fi/military drama from the creative team behind the critically acclaimed Children of the Grave -- fan-favorite writer Tom Waltz (TMNT) and artist Casey Maloney (Star Trek).

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: TURTLES IN TIME #3 (of 4)

Writer: ERIK BURNHAM

Art: BEN BATES

Cover: DAVID PETERSEN

Variant: BEN BATES

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The Turtles hit the high seas when they are dropped in the middle of a pirate battle! Little do they know that the true leader of the pirates is an enemy they are all too familiar with. Getting out of the time period alive will all depend on the quick wits of the Turtles’ captain ... Michelangelo?!

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES VOL 3: THE WORKS

Writers: PETER LAIRD, KEVIN EASTMAN, ERIC TALBOT (W)

Art/Cover: PETER LAIRD, KEVIN EASTMAN, ERIC TALBOT, JIM LAWSON

From the newly colorized Eastman & Laird original run made popular by Color Classics, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issues #12, 14–15, 17, and 19–21 are collected here!

HC • FC • $49.99 • 276 pages • 9” x 12”

Reproduced in all-new full-color!

TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #32: DAWN OF THE AUTOBOTS

Writer: JAMES ROBERTS

Art/Cover: ALEX MILNE

Subscription Variant: NICK ROCHE

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

SLAUGHTERHOUSE! The crew of the Lost Light are used to past decisions coming back to bite them, but nothing -- not even an ULTRA MAGNUS-certified crash course in the law of unintended consequences -- could have prepared them for the horrors of Sector 113. Be warned: this issue is not for the easily distressed -- or the easily heartbroken.

• MEGATRON leads the AUTOBOTS into the gravest danger they’ve ever faced!

• What is the horror of Sector 113?

• Variant Cover by Casey Coller!

TRANSFORMERS VS G.I. JOE #2

Writer: TOM SCIOLI & JOHN BARBER

Art/Cover: SCIOLI

Subscription Variant: ED PISKOR

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

BOOTS ON THE GROUND! The war has begun -- and no bars will be held! SCARLETT’s forces go head-to-head with MEGATRON’s hordes -- and the most off-beat adventure in comic book history hits a new level of dangerous alliances, deadly invasions, and devastating betrayals!

• The comic book event of the millennium!

• One world was never enough for this war!

• Cosmic action as you like it!

• Connecting Variant Cover by Tom Scioli

V-WARS #5

Writer: JONATHAN MABERRY

Art: ALAN ROBINSON

Cover: RYAN BROWN

Subscription Variant: KEVIN EASTMAN

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The Crimson Queen makes her first appearance and brings with her one of the most disturbing truths about the Vampire Wars: you can’t tell who is infected. The enemy might be right next to you. This is a war that will be fought everywhere -- within the government, within communities, within families. And, no matter how it ends, The World. Is. Going. To. Bleed.

By New York Times best-selling author, Jonathan Maberry!

IMAGE COMICS

BLACK SCIENCE #8

Story: RICK REMENDER

Art / Cover: MATTEO SCALERA & DEAN WHITE

AUGUST 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Trapped in a fantastical dimension, the Anarchist League of Scientists discover a race of bizarre creatures that hold the mysteries of the Eververse ... and a startling discovery behind the Pillar’s deeper mythological significance.

CHEW: WARRIOR CHICKEN POYO (2ND PTG)

Writer: John Layman

Art/Cover: Rob Guillory

$3.50

John Layman and Rob Guillory’s new CHEW spinoff one-shot WARRIOR CHICKEN POYO boasted a foil exclusive at San Diego Comic-Con last week and fans of CHEW flocked to the booth for the issue. WARRIOR CHICKEN POYO’s ending shocked long-time CHEW fans and pulled in new readers with fun pop culture references. The issue has sold out and has a second printing with a new cover by Rob Guillory already in flight.

In this issue, the heroic, world-saving warrior chicken Poyo is plucked from the world of CHEW and dropped into the magical kingdom of Yoek, a land that is home to characters that are strikingly similar to classic fantasy literature. Unfortunately, Yoek is also newly plagued with an evil Groceryomancer bent on destroying the kingdom with, well, angry sword-wielding, asparagus-spear-throwing vegetables, fruits, tubers, and legumes. The fate of the kingdom rests on the brave and noble warrior chicken Poyo’s shoulders.

"Poyo is the ultimate bad-ass, and so is everybody who picked up the first printing of Warrior Chicken Poyo,” said Layman. “But, in an effort to make the world less pathetic and lame, we're giving even more people a chance to prove their supreme awesomeness with an opportunity to pick up what's probably the best comic book in the entire history of mankind, if not the universe!"

Man, these guys love their language puns.

C.O.W.L. #3 (2ND PTG)

Writers: Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel

Art: Rod Reis

Cover: Trevor McCarthy

$3.50

The third issue of Kyle Higgins (Batman, Nightwing), Alec Siegel (Captain America, Avengers), and Rod Reis’ (Justice League) all-new ongoing series C.O.W.L. has sold out and is slated for a second printing to meet customer demand. A runaway hit, C.O.W.L. has captivated superhero fans with its unique, moody tone and fresh spin on the superhero genre. Critics and leading industry professionals have embraced the new series enthusiastically and readers are hooked.

The Chicago Sun Times and IGN both praised the story for incorporating strikingly real issues for the characters and excellent character work. C.O.W.L. #3 explores the superheroes in depth and delves into Radia’s history, including her struggle to gain respect within and without the labor union. Meanwhile, Geoffrey uncovers more about C.O.W.L.’s dire plight and John’s investigation into the union takes a turn down a much darker path than anyone expected.

C.O.W.L. #4

Story: KYLE HIGGINS & ALEC SIEGEL

Art: ROD REIS

Cover: TREVOR MCCARTHY

AUGUST 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

As City Hall continues to threaten Geoffrey Warner, Blaze must find a way to unite C.O.W.L. ... even as John's investigation brings a dark cloud over the organization.

DREAM POLICE #5

Story: J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI

Art / Cover: SID KOTIAN & BILL FARMER

AUGUST 13 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $2.99

Who exactly are the Dream Police? Where do they come from? How are prospective officers chosen? Those seem like fairly straightforward questions...except that they are cover for a secret that goes back to the beginnings of civilization, a secret that must be protected at all costs, especially from the inquiries of Lieutenant Detective Joe Thursday. Joe has always been a loyal member of the Dream Police ... but when his instincts as a cop tell him that the people he's working for are aligning against him, how far will he go to find the truth about them?

DRUMHELLAR #8

Story: RILEY ROSSMO & ALEX LINK

Art / Cover: RILEY ROSSMO

AUGUST 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

Harold’s strange accident is finally revealed! Red teases Drum with clues to his past, and it leaves Drum with uneasy questions. Just what does Red know? Will Drum ever find the killers leaving a trail of orphans across the state? And most disturbingly: does he even want to?

THE FUSE VOL. 1: THE RUSSIA SHIFT (TPB)

Story: ANTONY JOHNSTON

Art / Cover: JUSTIN GREENWOOD

AUGUST 27 / 160 PAGES / FC / M / $9.99

Collects THE FUSE #1-6

22,000 MILES UP, THERE IS NO BACKUP.

Working homicide on an orbiting energy platform, in a five mile long jury-rigged steel city stuffed with a half million people, and no help from your so-called colleagues back on earth, is more than tough ... it's murder.

Cynical, foul-mouthed veteran ANTONY JOHNSTON (UMBRAL, Wasteland) gets partnered with fresh-faced idealist JUSTIN GREENWOOD (Wasteland, Resurrection) for a new crime series with serious attitude!GENIUS #4-5

Writers: Adam Freeman, Marc Bernardin

Art/Cover: Afua Richardson

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99 each

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.LOW #1 (2ND PTG)

Story: RICK REMENDER

Art / cover: GREG TOCCHINI

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

In the far distant future, the sun's premature expansion has irradiated Earth, sending humanity to the lowest depths of the seas, hidden within radiation-shielded cities, while probes scour the universe for inhabitable worlds to relocate to. After tens of thousands of years, a single probe returns, crashing on Earth's surface, a now-alien place no human has seen for many millennia.

Frequent collaborators RICK REMENDER (BLACK SCIENCE, Uncanny Avengers) and GREG TOCCHINI (Last Days of American Crime, Uncanny X-Force) dive into an aquatic sci-fi/fantasy tale following two teams from the last remaining cities undersea as they race to the most unexpected alien world of all-the surface of Earth.

Special introductory issue features 30 full pages of painted art!

LOW #2

Story: RICK REMENDER

Art / cover: GREG TOCCHINI

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

Rick Remender (BLACK SCIENCE, DEADLY CLASS) and artist Greg Tocchini (Uncanny X-Force, Last Days of American Crime) dive deeper into their underwater dystopian environment in LOW, with schools of absorbed fans of the new series following close behind. Issue #1 made a splash with readers, selling out instantly, and will torpedo into a second printing to meet customer demand. In order to quench the thirst for more LOW, we are pleased to reveal early artwork from issue #2.

In issue #2, the underwater city of Salus, humanity's last refuge, is in jeopardy of running out of air. Poverty, disease and corruption are rampant, and the church of Quantumology can offer no solace as powerful as hard cream, the strange drug that keeps the bleak realities at bay. Police Inspector Marik Caine has sunk low into that haze; should an opportunity for hope present itself, can he rise again?

"It's a pleasure to work with Greg again, but to also see the incredible sales and fan reaction is icing on the cake,” said Remender. “We have years worth of stories to tell in this world and the reader response secures our ability to realize them."

THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #23

Story: JONATHAN HICKMAN

Art: NICK PITARRA

AUGUST 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.50

“COLD WAR CRISIS”

With the world split in two, and President Kennedy's back against the wall, the only hope for the planet lies deep underground in Los Alamos.

The thrilling FEEL GOOD, BAD SCIENCE series continues in THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #23: COLD WAR CRISIS.

MICE TEMPLAR IV: LEGEND #13

Story: BRYAN J.L. GLASS & MICHAEL AVON OEMING

Art: VICTOR SANTOS & SERENA GUERRA

Cover A: MICHAEL AVON OEMING

Cover B: VICTOR SANTOS & CHANDRA FREE

32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99

"DEFIANCE"

The fate of the Mole Goblins is revealed -- and are they Karic’s greatest betrayal or one of his darkest tragedies? But while Templar forces regroup against the deadliest threat they’ve ever faced, Karic’s family and friends trapped within the walls of the capital city unleash youthful insurrection against the very heart of King Icarus’ stronghold!

OUTCAST #2 (2ND PTG)

Story: ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art: PAUL AZACETA & ELIZABETH BREITWEISER

Cover: PAUL AZACETA

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

"IT WATCHES FROM THE DARKNESS"

In the second issue of KIRKMAN & AZACETA's horror epic, Kyle Barnes is still reeling from the revelations about demonic possession last issue and what they may mean about the time his mother was possessed.

OUTCAST #3

Story: ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art: PAUL AZACETA & ELIZABETH BREITWEISER

Cover: PAUL AZACETA

AUGUST 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

"I REMEMBER WHEN SHE LOVED ME."

“Whether you're a fan of things that go bump in the night or just someone who likes good comics, you can't do much better than Outcast.” -- IGN

On track to match the worldwide success of THE WALKING DEAD, the second issue of Skybound/Image Comics’ OUTCAST BY ROBERT KIRKMAN & PAUL AZACETA has sold out completely and is slated for a second printing. The first new series written by Kirkman himself in years, this demonic possession-focused horror comic builds on the mystery and mounting terror in its second issue and has hooked fans of classic horror and the entertainment phenomenon THE WALKING DEAD. Robert Kirkman and Fox International Channels announced late last week that Cinemax has green lit the pilot for Outcast. More news regarding casting and production to follow in the upcoming weeks.

Still reeling from the revelations of issue #1, Kyle Barnes is faced with the implications of what he’s learned about demonic possession and the time during his childhood when his mother was possessed by evil. Kyle must put the pieces together and uncover the truth behind why he seems to attract darkness and demonic activity at every corner.

REVIVAL #23

Story: TIM SEELEY

Art: MIKE NORTON

Cover: JENNY FRISON

AUGUST 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

Dana gets dangerously close to the killer stalking black market organ thieves in NYC. Ibrahaim gets even closer to the terrible origins of the scarred hitman.

SAGA #22

Story: BRIAN K. VAUGHAN

Art / Cover: FIONA STAPLES

AUGUST 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

The family is tested.

SEX #15

Story: JOE CASEY

Art / Cover: PIOTR KOWALSKI

AUGUST 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

SPECIAL FIFTEENTH ISSUE COLLECTOR'S ITEM!

You've heard about it. You've thought about it. All your friends are doing it. Now experience it for yourself: SEX! It's even better than they say it is!

SPAWN #246

Story: TODD MCFARLANE

Art: SZYMON KUDRANSKI

Cover: SZYMON KUDRANSKI & TODD MCFARLANE

AUGUST 6 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

An unthinkable act takes place in Sara’s apartment. Meanwhile, Marc learns Jim’s dark secret.

THINK TANK BOX SET

Writer: MATT HAWKING

Art/Cover: RAHSAN EKEDAL

$39.99

This limited edition set includes all three THINK TANK trade paperbacks, shrink-wrapped in a custom box with a special, exclusive tip in plate signed by writer/creator MATT HAWKINS.WAYWARD #1

Story: JIM ZUB

Art: STEVE CUMMINGS & JOHN RAUCH

Cover A: STEVE CUMMINGS & ROSS A. CAMPBELL

Cover B: ALINA URUSOV (Birds of Prey)

Cover C: JEFF “CHAMBA” CRUZ (Street Fighter)

Cover D: ADAM WARREN (Empowered) & JOHN RAUCH

AUGUST 27 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER FOR A NEW GENERATION!

Writer Jim Zub (SKULLKICKERS, Samurai Jack) teams up with penciler Steve Cummings (Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot) and color artist John Rauch (INVINCIBLE) to create a Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a new generation in WAYWARD, coming from Image Comics in August.

Rori Lane is an outsider by nature, but moving to Tokyo to live with her single Mom has only exacerbated her weirdness. She's feeling out of sorts, worried about fitting in and, as if that wasn’t enough, strange things are beginning to happen. Glowing symbols and patterns are starting to appear before her eyes … and she's the only one who seems to notice. 

"Wayward is a coming-of-age story filled with mystery and emotion. It's also an ass-kicking joy ride with teenagers beating the hell out of Japanese mythological monsters,” said Zub. “Steve and I built this series from the ground up to play to both our strengths. I can't wait for people to see what we have planned.”

In WAYWARD a group of teens living in Tokyo find a common bond in manifesting strange, supernatural abilities. As they begin to unravel the mystery behind their powers and their common source they're drawn into a war with the vestiges of Japan’s monstrous mythic past. 

WHITE DEATH (HC)

Story: ROBBIE MORRISON

Art / Cover: CHARLIE ADLARD

SEPTEMBER 3 / 104 PAGES / BW / T+ / $14.99

In 1916, Pietro Aquasanta, an Italian rifleman, returns to his childhood home of the Trentino mountain range to find that it's no longer the realm of wonder and adventure he remembers, but has become a place of death and despair, where the elements are as great a threat as the enemy.

No weapon of war was more feared than the White Death, thundering avalanches deliberately caused by cannon fire which consumed everything in their path.

"On a sunlit day in September 2013, 500 people attended a double funeral in the small alpine ski resort village of Peio, northern Italy. The bodies were those of two Austrian males, aged 17 and 18 years old. They weren’t, however, holiday-makers who had fallen victim to a tragic ski accident. Both had bullet-holes in their skulls and had been frozen in the snow and ice of the Presana glacier for almost 100 years. They were First World War soldiers who had fought in a relatively obscure part of that conflict, now known as the White War.” -- From the introduction to WHITE DEATH

Image Comics is pleased to announce the September release of WHITE DEATH, a hardcover graphic novel by Robbie Morrison (2000 AD) and Charlie Adlard (THE WALKING DEAD). Set in the Trentino mountain range, WHITE DEATH follows Pietro Aquasanta, who, as a rifleman in the Italian army, returns to what was a realm of wonder adventure in his childhood during World War I, but has now become a sterile world of death and despair.

“‘White Death’ is a slang term used to describe avalanches in French and Italian Alpine regions,” wrote Morrison in his introduction, “and in my head, the avalanche became a metaphor for war -- a terrifying, irresistible force that remorselessly consumes and destroys everything in its path.”

Heightening the tone of isolation and destruction is Adlard’s art -- smudged and scratchy black charcoal and white chalk on a stark gray background that depicts the horrors of trench warfare and hand-to-hand combat. WHITE DEATH pre-dates Adlard’s arrival on the comics phenomenon THE WALKING DEAD, but his work on it informed the direction of his career.

“I could do my OWN thing,” Adlard wrote in his introduction. “This, to me at the time, was a revelation. I hadn't been aware very much of the concept of creator-owned comics and, yet, here I was, doing just that. White Death eventually formulated my world view and opinions on where I wanted my career to go after this.”

WILDFIRE #3

Story: MATT HAWKINS

Art / Cover A: LINDA SEJIC

Cover B: STJEPAN SEJIC

AUGUST 20 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

In the aftermath of the fire that swept through West Los Angeles, other plants are now growing wildly out of control and no one seems to know why or how to stop it. The city has been quarantined and the military is considering. Can Dan and Violet stop the disaster before the military takes more drastic measures for containment?

MARVEL COMICS

ALL-NEW INVADERS #9

Writer: JAMES ROBINSON

Art: STEVE PUGH

Cover by MICHAEL KOMARCK

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

DEATH BY DEATHLOK! THE LAST LUTHER MANNING STORY!

• WINTER SOLDIER, NAMOR and the ORIGINAL HUMAN TORCH’S initial mission to rescue Jim Hammond’s old partner and fellow Invader TORO has changed in light of a new threat that Toro’s kidnapper has at his disposal…

• … Every DEATHLOK in the Marvel Universe!

• How will the Torch overcome his enemy’s ability to control artificial intelligence?

• PLUS How will Cap react to Namor in the aftermath of ORIGINAL SIN?

ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #7

Writer: MICHEL FIFFE

Art: GIANNIS MILONOGIANNIS

Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA

32 PGS./Rated T+ /$3.99

• SPIDER-MAN, BLACK WIDOW, KITTY, CLOAK & DAGGER barely hold back the carnage of vengeful sewer leaders AGENT CROCK & VERMIN!

• The BENGAL joins the police squad just in time to regulate Scourge’s murderous aftermath!

• Will the hunt for CROSSBONES reveal a deeper, darker secret behind the city’s rampant crime wave?

ALL-NEW X-MEN #31

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art by MAHMUD ASRAR

Cover by STUART IMMONEN

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Variant by MIKE DEL MUNDO

32 PGS./Rated T/$3.99

On-Sale – 08/27/14

This August, young Bobby Drake has had enough, and he’s letting loose in ALL-NEW X-MEN #31! Blockbuster writer Brian Michael Bendis welcomes new series artist & Marvel All-New Young Gun Mahmud Asrar for a nail-biting issue that will show the world why Iceman is snow joke! The Future Brotherhood have been defeated, but there’s no rest for the weary – as the All-New X-Men must scramble to come to the aid of a mysterious teen with an unthinkable power!

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to have Mahmud Asrar join us as the regular artist on ALL-NEW XMEN … well, actually I can tell you -- I’m beyond excited!,” says Executive Editor Mike Marts “As an editor, it’s always a nerve-wracking experience when you lose an artist as great as Stuart Immonen to another project (best of luck on All-New Captain America, Stuart!), but when you have someone as talented as Mahmud to fill that void, well .. things don’t seem so gloomy anymore!”

Meanwhile, for someone who said she doesn’t find him particularly pleasant to be around, X-23 seems to have taken an odd interest in young Angel. But to what end? Plus, don’t miss the heart-stopping last page that will have the everyone talking when ALL-NEW X-MEN #31 hits comic shops and digital devices!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.4

Writer: DAN SLOTT

Art: Ramón Pérez

Cover by ALEX ROSS

SKETCH VARIANT BY ALEX ROSS

32 PGS./Rated T/$3.99

• Witness another secret chapter from the first days of Spider-Man!

• What started off as fun-and-games for new villain Clash turns deadly serious.

• As if that weren’t enough, a classic Spider-Man villain joins in on the fun!AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 (2ND PTG)

Writer: Dan Slott

Art/Cover: Humberto Ramos

32 PGS./Rated T/$3.99

Electro's power is out of control! And only one person can fix it ... the Superior Spider-Man! Wait. This book's the Amazing Spider-Man now. So we're probably out of luck. Plus: That thing that freaked you out last issue? There's more on that. The return of you-know-who? There's much more on that. Action! Drama! Surprises! There's more of everything! AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3 (2ND PTG)

Writer: Dan Slott

Art: Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba

Cover: Humberto Ramos

32 PGS./Rated T/$3.99

Because of her last encounter with Spider-Man, Felicia Hardy lost everything. Now the Black Cat is back, and she doesn't want any apologies or excuses ... just revenge. Plus: Spidey teams up with a real hero, fireman Pedro Olivera ... who just happens to be the current boyfriend to one Mary Jane Watson. And ... more on you-know-who from the opening scene back in ASM #1. You know who we're talking about. Yeah, that's right. You better not miss this one!

AVENGERS #34

Writer: JONATHAN HICKMAN

Art/Cover: LEINIL FRANCIS YU

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. VARIANT BY PAOLO RIVERA

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

ORIGINAL SIN tie-in!  – “THIS PROBLEM OF AVENGERS”

• The first Avenger meets the last Avenger ...

• And the Avengers World crumbles.

• You won’t believe what comes next.

AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #9

Writer: DENNIS HOPELESS

Art: TIMOTHY GREEN II

Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA

32 PGS./Rated T+ /$2.99

THE AVENGERS & S.H.I.E.L.D. ATTACK IN “GONE NATIVE” PART 3 OF 4!

• Justice comes to Baron Zemo’s super-villain city!

• When the heroes arrive, whose side will our Murder World survivors pick?

AVENGERS UNDERCOVER VOL. 1: DESCENT (TPB)

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS

Penciled by KEV WALKER & TIMOTHY GREEN II

Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA

136 PGS./Rated T+/$15.99

When teen heroes infiltrate the Masters of Evil, who will break bad? Damaged by their experience in Murderworld, five conflicted young superhumans go rogue and pose as villains, planning to bring the Avengers’ rivals down from within. But the longer the teens spend undercover, the more they descend into darkness — and as they start to build relationships with these multi-layered criminals, the line between good and evil blurs. What will happen first: joining the Masters for real, or getting exposed and killed? What happens when the teens confront their former captor, Arcade? And what on earth do the undercover heroes do that brands them as Public Enemy No. 1? As Death Locket must choose between murdering Captain America or blowing her cover, Baron Zemo makes the teens an offer they can’t -- they dare not -- refuse! Collecting AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #1-6.

CYCLOPS #4

Writer: Greg Rucka

Art: RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

Cover by ALEX LOZANO

32 PGS./Rated T/$3.99

• Scott and Corsair are stranded on an alien planet with no hope of rescue

• The indigenous species are none too happy with them

• Not that they’re very happy with each other, either -- what bargains will need to be struck to get either or both of then out alive?

DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE (TPB)

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Penciled by SALVA ESPIN & KIM JACINTO

Cover by GLENN FABRY

112 PGS./Parental Advisory/$16.99

Come one, come all, for the bloodiest showdown the Marvel Universe has ever seen! It’s two red-suited madmen for the price of one when Deadpool takes on Carnage in the ultimate battle of good-crazy vs. bad-crazy! Will Carnage spread Deadpool all over the landscape? Or will Deadpool talk the scarlet sociopath’s ear off? Find out in this blood-soaked brouhaha for the ages! Plus: Cletus Kasady is behind bars, and the Carnage symbiote is in quarantine! But we all know that’s never going to last, right? Cletus has been evaluated, imprisoned and even lobotomized. Carnage has been sampled, cloned, poked and prodded. But they’ve had enough! It’s time to get the band back together! It’s a return to bloody, murderous form for the deadliest killer in the Marvel Universe! Collecting DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE #1-4 and SUPERIOR CARNAGE ANNUAL #1.

FANTASTIC FOUR #9

Writer: JAMES ROBINSON

Art: DERLIS SANTACRUZ

Cover by LEONARD KIRK

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

• Who is the new FRIGHTFUL FOUR?

• Can REED prove BEN’S innocence?

• And an adventure with the kids of the FUTURE FOUNDATION and the ORIGINAL HUMAN TORCH!

FANTASTIC FOUR VOL. 1: THE FALL OF THE FANTASTIC FOUR (TPB)

Written by JAMES ROBINSON

Penciled by LEONARD KIRK & MORE

Cover by LEONARD KIRK

112 PGS./Rated T / $15.99

The World’s Greatest Comics Magazine begins anew! But as the Fantastic Four embark on a strange mission, they aren’t met with new beginnings — they face an untimely end! Marvel’s First Family heads toward its darkest hour, but who’s behind the FF’s downfall? Manhattan is under attack by a killer swarm from a corrupted pocket universe; to defeat it, the Human Torch must make a terrible sacrifice! And with one member down, a new menace emerges: the Wrecking Crew, their powers mysteriously elevated! As Ben and Alicia’s romance rekindles, the threats of Fin Fang Foom, the Wizard and the Puppet Master loom; the Baxter Building is quarantined; and the Fantastic Four are held accountable for the destruction in Manhattan! It’s the trial of the century and a major turning point for the FF! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR (2014) #1-5.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #18

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by ED MCGUINNESS

75th Anniversary Variant Cover by ALEX ROSS

75th Anniversary Sketch Variant by ALEX ROSS

32 PGS./Rated T/$3.99

Original Sin Tie-In!

The burning question of what happened to one of the greatest heroes of in the Marvel Universe finally gets answered in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #18 – an Original Sin tie-in! New York Times Bestselling creators Brian Michael Bendis and Ed McGuinness bring you the blockbuster answer to the question on everyone’s mind:

What happened to Richard Rider?

“We have literally been dropping hints since the Guardians guest-starred in Avengers Assemble,” says Brian Michael Bendis in an interview with Marvel.com. “I have known exactly what we were doing with this from the moment I agreed to do the book, but I thought it would be best to slow burn the reveal.”

Nova, the Human Rocket -- once one of the greatest heroes in the Marvel Universe -- gone in a flash. Side-by-side with Star-Lord, Nova fought valiantly to save the entire universe from encroaching death. Sealed in a twisted and horrific version of our own universe, Richard Rider sacrificed everything to prevent the onslaught of Thanos.  

Now, the truth of that sacrifice will finally come to light! Thanos and Star-Lord miraculously reappeared, but Nova was nowhere to be found. The true story about what happened has remained a closely guarded secret between two bitter enemies. Now, thanks to the events of Original Sin, the truth is about to come out!  What happened to Rich Rider in the Cancerverse? How did Star-Lord and Thanos escape their hellish imprisonment?  And most importantly, why did they lie about it?

“Not only does this reveal answer a question for die-hard readers, it also tells something about the character to newer readers,” continued Bendis.

“This is a story Brian Bendis has been dying to tell for several years,” says Executive Editor Mike Marts. ”Now that time is finally here and we can’t wait for readers to find out what happened to Richard Rider!”

How did Star-Lord and Thanos escape their hellish imprisonment? And why did Nova not return with them? The explosive last stand of Richard Rider begins now! No fan can afford to miss the blockbuster GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #18!                                                                                                                                                                                         

INHUMAN #4

Written by CHARLES SOULE

Art & Cover by RYAN STEGMAN

Variant Cover by JOE MADURIERA

ON-SALE 08/27/13

Marvel is pleased to present your new look at INHUMAN #4, from critically acclaimed creators Charles Soule and Ryan Stegman! Inhumans are being hunted across the globe, snatched up by those who would use their powers for ill. As Medusa struggles to rebuild the Inhuman kingdom from her new seat of power in New Attlian, there are those who would seek to depose her. And Attilan will receive a visitor from another royal kingdom – The Mighty Thor, Prince of Asgard! But does he come this time as friend…or foe? And who is the mysterious Inhuman named Reader, with the power to bring to life anything he reads? Operating in secret, the spreading cloud of Terrigen Mists have forced him out of hiding. But who will he side with? Don’t miss one moment of the action as Marvel All-New Young Gun artist Ryan Stegman takes over series art duties this August with INHUMAN #4!

JESSICA JONES: THE PULSE -- THE COMPLETE COLLECTION (TPB)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Penciled by MARK BAGLEY, BRENT ANDERSON, MICHAEL LARK, MICHAEL GAYDOS & OLIVIER COIPEL

Cover by MIKE MAYHEW

360 PGS./Rated T+/$34.99

SOON TO BE A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES!

Jessica Jones, breakout star of Brian Michael Bendis’ hit series ALIAS, is back! And the ex-Avenger-turned-private investigator is starting a new chapter in her life -- working for The Daily Bugle’s new super-hero section, The Pulse! Jessica’s first assignment: to uncover the identity of a former Bugle reporter’s super-powered murderer! How is Norman Osborn involved? And how will Jessica’s shocking discovery affect the entire Marvel Universe? And when Nick Fury’s Secret War spills over into the streets, it hits Jessica and Luke Cage right where they live! With their lives in shambles, Jessica decides to fight back! Finally, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: the birth of Jessica and Luke’s baby, and their wedding day! Guest-starring Spider-Man, Captain America, the New Avengers and more! Collecting PULSE #1-9 and #11-14, and NEW AVENGERS ANNUAL (2006) #1.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA TALES OF SUSPENSE VOL. 1 (TPB)

Written by STAN LEE, LARRY LIEBER & MORE

Penciled by JACK KIRBY, STEVE DITKO, DON HECK, JOE SINNOTT, AL WILLIAMSON, BILL EVERETT, JOHN BUSCEMA, RUSS HEATH & MORE

Cover by DON HECK & RICHARD ISANOVE

272 PGS./Rated T/$29.99

In 1958, Stan Lee stood before the decimated Atlas line. Having gone from editor of a line of dozens of titles to just eight, Stan refocused his efforts on only biggest and best: enter TALES OF SUSPENSE! Anchored by the visual talents Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and Don Heck, this new “big monster” book became part of a creative revival that would change comics forever. Their twist-ending tales featuring Martians, killer robots and massive monsters were the very foundation for what would become Marvel’s super-hero House of Ideas. So strap on your tin-foil hat, grab your ray gun, and get ready to dive into one of the most amazing eras of comics’ history! Collecting TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #1-10.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA TALES OF SUSPENSE VOL. 1 TPB — VARIANT EDITION VOL. 68 (DM ONLY)

272 PGS./Rated T …$29.99

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MARVEL RARITIES VOL. 1 (HC)

Writer: STAN LEE, LARRY LIEBER & ROY THOMAS with GERRY CONWAY

Pencils: JACK KIRBY, GENE COLAN, WALLACE WOOD & LARRY LIEBER with GEORGE TUSKA, HOWARD PURCELL, SYD SHORES, TOM PALMER & FRANK GIACOIA

Cover: LARRY LIEBER

344 PGS./Rated T/$75.00

That’s right, True Believer! Because you demanded it, the Marvel Masterworks proudly bring you a collection of the rarest stories from the Marvel Age of Comics! Experience classic tales featuring mystic hero Dr. Droom, arch-villain Dr. Doom and the cosmic Watcher in one must-have Masterworks collection! Featuring some of the era’s greatest talents -- Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas and Gene Colan -- it’s a perfect Masterworks pedigree! This volume will also include a host of amazing extras from the 1960s peak of the Marvel Age -- original Marvel Merry Marching Society memorabilia; rare pinups, posters and prints; and more! It’s the volume you’ve dreamed of, so reserve your copy today! Collecting material from AMAZING ADVENTURES (1961) #1-5, TALES OF SUSPENSE #49-58, SILVER SURFER (1968) #1-7, MARVEL SUPER-HEROES (1967) #20 and #23, and ASTONISHING TALES (1970) #1-8.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MARVEL RARITIES VOL. 1 HC — VARIANT EDITION VOL. 209 (DM ONLY)

344 PGS./Rated T/$75.00

MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #29

Adapted by Joe Caramagna

32 PGS./All Ages/$2.99

• Loki puts a hex on Spidey, turning him into a pig! Enter: Peter Porker!

• Can Thor our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Ham survive an Asgardian boar hunt?

MS. MARVEL #2 (4TH PTG)

Writer: G. Willow Wilson

Art: Adrian Alphona

Cover: Jamie McKelvie

32 PGS./Rated T+/$2.99

As seen in the New York Times, CNN and other media outlets the world-over, the all-new Ms. Marvel has made her thunderous debut! Kamala Khan's very ordinary life has suddenly become extraordinary. Is she ready to wield these strange and immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Critically acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and fan-beloved artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways, Uncanny X-Force) bring you the groundbreaking Marvel series that has set the world abuzz. Don't miss history in the making.  NEW WARRIORS VOL. 1: THE KIDS ARE ALL FIGHT (TPB)

Written by CHRISTOPHER YOST

Penciled by MARCUS TO & NICK ROCHE

Cover by RAMON PEREZ

136 PGS./Rated T+/$17.99

Warriors reborn! Speedball and Justice gather a group of young heroes including Sun Girl, Hummingbird, the new Nova and a couple of fresh faces to stop the latest threat to the Marvel Universe! Atlanteans, Inhumans, Morlocks, clones and hundreds of other so-called “superior” beings are living among normal humans — but not everyone is pleased about that. The High Evolutionary has raised an army to combat the evolution of humanity — and the New Warriors are locked in his deadly sights! If it’s not human, it dies — but why? And what do the mighty Evolutionaries want with Nova? As worldwide genocide approaches and Nova encounters the captive Scarlet Spider, the Second Evolutionary War begins! Can the Warriors stop worldwide genocide? Should they? How many lives would you sacrifice to save all of humanity? Guest-starring the Avengers! Collecting NEW WARRIORS (2014) #1-6.

ORIGINAL SIN #2 (2ND PTG)

Writer: JASON AARON

Art: MIKE DEODATA

Cover: JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO

32 PGS./$3.99

Who holds the eye? Who knows its secrets? The cosmic manhunt for the Watcher's killer continues. More bodies are discovered. The killer's trail leads to the far corners of the universe and beyond. And just when Nick Fury and the Avengers think they've cornered their murderer ... everything explodes, unleashing the Marvel Universe's greatest secrets.

ORIGINAL SIN #5 (2ND PTG)

Writer: JASON AARON

Art: MIKE DEODATA

Cover: JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO

32 PGS./$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!

ORIGINAL SIN #5.1 (2ND PTG)

Writers: JASON AARON, AL EWING

Art: SIMONE BIANCHI, LEE GARBETT

Cover: DALE KEOWN

32 PGS./$3.99

Thor: The Tenth Realm -- Thanks to the events of Original Sin, the deepest secret of the Nine Realms is revealed ... a Tenth Realm! Thor and Loki embark on a quest to discover this strange new world -- and the sister Thor never knew he had ... Angela! But can Loki be trusted? And will brother and sister murder each other before the truth comes out?

ORIGINAL SIN #5.4 (2ND PTG)

Writers: JASON AARON, AL EWING

Art: SIMONE BIANCHI, LEE GARBETT

Cover: SIMONE BIANCHI

32 PGS./$3.99

THOR: THE TENTH REALM

•  Thanks to the events of ORIGINAL SIN, the deepest secret of the Nine Realms is revealed... a Tenth Realm!

•  Thor and Loki embark on a quest to discover this strange new world -- and the sister Thor never knew he had ... Angela!

•  But can Loki be trusted? And will brother and sister murder each other before the truth comes out?

ORIGINAL SIN #6 (2ND PTG)

Writer: JASON AARON

Art: MIKE DEODATA

Cover: JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO

32 PGS./$3.99

Who Pulled The Trigger?

OZ: DOROTHY & THE WIZARD IN OZ (TPB)

Written by ERIC SHANOWER

Penciled by SKOTTIE YOUNG

Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG

184 PGS./All Ages/$19.99

Once upon a time, a tornado brought her to Oz. Now, an earthquake sends Dorothy on her latest and greatest adventure! L. Frank Baum’s magical worlds come to life again as Dorothy Gale takes yet another unexpected trip. This time, Dorothy and her cousin Zeb tumble deep into the ground after an earthquake! They’ll encounter the strange Mangaboos and invisible bears. They’ll tussle with fierce wooden gargoyles and hungry 66-year-old baby dragons! But Dorothy will have an old friend at her side: the wonderful Wizard of Oz! But can the Wizard’s guile save Dorothy and Zeb? And what master plan has he been hiding? Experience Marvel’s fourth amazing adaptation of the L. Frank Baum classics, written by award-winning scribe Eric Shanower (Age of Bronze) and illustrated by Skottie Young (NEW X-MEN). Collecting DOROTHY & THE WIZARD IN OZ #1-8.

SAVAGE HULK #3

Writer/Art/Cover: ALAN DAVIS

Variant Cover by JIM STARLIN

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

THE ALL-NEW SERIES BY COMICS SUPERSTAR ALAN DAVIS CONTINUES!

• Who, or what, is the newest gamma-powered goliath?!

• Robots, mutants and Hulks, oh my!

• To what lengths will Charles Xavier go to save Bruce Banner?

THE SECRET SERVICE (HC)

Writer: MARK MILLAR

Art: DAVE GIBBONS

ALL-NEW Cover by DAVE GIBBONS

176 PGS./Rated T+/$24.99

Kick-Ass writer Mark Millar, Watchmen legend Dave Gibbons and superstar director Matthew Vaughn team up to reinvent the spy genre for the 21st century in one of the most brilliant new comics of recent years. A British secret agent feels guilty about never spending time with his deadbeat sister and takes his wayward nephew under his wing after he’s arrested in the London riots. The boy is heading straight for a jail cell until his uncle steps in and tries to give him a new life, training him up to be a gentleman spy. Gone are the garish street clothes and chunky jewelry, replaced with a Savile Row suit and bulletproof umbrella as he travels the globe to uncover a plot that links the kidnapping of the world’s most famous sci-fi actors with a plot to eradicate 90% of the human race. This hardcover edition collects The Secret Service #1-6, and includes special bonus material! Collecing THE SECRET SERVICE #1-6 plus bonus material (sketches, commentary, etc.)

SILVER SURFER #5

Writer: DAN SLOTT

Art/Cover: MICHAEL ALLRED

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ARTIST VARIANT ALSO AVAILABLE

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

• The demon, Shuma Gorath, is ready to cast the Earth into Eternal Chaos!

The problem is, if the Silver Surfer, the Hulk, and Dr. Strange CAN find a way to stop him...

• ... it’s Dawn Greenwood who will have to pay the price ... with her life.

THUNDERBOLTS #30

Writers: BEN ACKER & BEN BLACKER

Art: GERARDO SANDOVAL

Cover by DAVID YARDIN

32 PGS./Parental Advisory/$2.99

PUNISHER VS. THE THUNDERBOLTS, parts 3-4!

• First: Skull to Skull against the Ghost Rider!

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

UNCANNY AVENGERS #23

Writer: RICK REMENDER

Art: SANFORD GREENE

Cover by AGUSTIN ALESSIO

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. VARIANT BY EMMA RIOS

32 PGS./Rated T/$3.99

• Uncanny Avengers reunited!

• The threat of Kang is over, but what are the repercussions?

• Meet the new faces of the Marvel Universe!

WOLVERINE #12

Writer: Paul Cornell

Art: Peter M. Woods

Cover by Steve McNiven

Variant Cover by Ryan Stegman

64 PGS./Parental Advisory/$5.99

ONE MONTH TO DIE! A DOUBLE-SIZED SERIES FINALE!

• Looks like Sabretooth is ready for his final showdown with Logan and he sure picked a meaningful venue.

• Didn’t we just see a fight in a shopping mall that seriously scarred Logan?

• Oh, right. That whole “messing with Wolverine” thing.

WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #8

Writer: Jason Latour

Art: TBA

32 PGS./Rated T+ /$3.99

Cover by Mahmud Asrar

• What’s it like to be a rich, famous, teenage mutant? Just ask Quentin Quire!

• Logan and Storm go on a long overdue date!

• And when the headmasters are away, villains come out to play

X-FORCE BY CRAIG KYLE & CHRIS YOST: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 2 (TPB)

Written by CRAIG KYLE & CHRIS YOST

Penciled by MIKE CHOI, CLAYTON CRAIN, CARLO BARBERI, GABRIELE DELL’OTTO & MORE

Cover by MIKE CHOI

384 PGS./Parental Advisory/$39.99

X-Force returns from the future, but as they race to defuse the Leper Queen and the Sapien League’s plot, X-23 is captured by the Facility! Now, her only hope is S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Morales — but can either of them survive against Kimura, the one foe X-23 has never beaten? Meanwhile, Wolfsbane is reunited with X-Force — just as Selene’s forces descend on Utopia! X-Force fights an unsettling battle against Selene’s army of undead mutants, including former teammate Caliban and Warpath’s brother, Thunderbird! Can the team obtain the one weapon capable of stopping Selene in time? And when the Assassin’s Guild targets Wolverine and Domino, the two heroes must face a murderer’s row of villains — while insanely distracted by each other! Collecting X-FORCE (2008) #17-25, X-NECROSHA: THE GATHERING, X-FORCE: SEX & VIOLENCE #1-3 and material from X-NECROSHA and X-FORCE ANNUAL (2010) #1.

X-FORCE VOL. 1: DIRTY/TRICKS (TPB)

Written by SI SPURRIER

Penciled by ROCK-HE KIM & JORGE MOLINA

Cover by JORGE MOLINA

136 PGS./Parental Advisory/$17.99

Almost every sovereign state in the Marvel Universe uses superhumans to covertly protect national interests. The United States has the Secret Avengers. The United Kingdom has MI13. And mutantkind has X-Force! Cable. Psylocke. Fantomex. Marrow. Mutantkind’s protectors, spies, assassins and torturers — but what drove them to join this new, deadly incarnation of X-Force? How has Marrow regained her powers — and how is it connected to X-Force’s first target, ruthless arms dealer Volga? X-Force races Volga through the Brazilian jungle and battles France’s superhuman black-ops team. But when they finally face Volga directly, one member of the team may meet an untimely end! In this dirty, deadly, no-holds-barred game of superhuman black ops, X-Force will spy, torture and kill to ensure that mutantkind not only has a place in the world — but also a stake in it! Collecting X-FORCE (2014) #1-6.

VALIANT COMICS

RAI #1 (4TH PTG)

Written by MATT KINDT

Art & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs.

Valiant First begins in force with an all-new vision of the future in Rai #1 from comics superstars Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain! The year is 4001 A.D. Led by the artificial intelligence called "Father," the island nation of Japan has expanded out of the Pacific and into geosynchronous orbit with the ravaged Earth below. With billions to feed and protect, it has fallen to one solitary guardian to enforce the law of Father's empire -- the mysterious folk hero known as Rai. They say he can appear out of nowhere. They say he is a spirit ... the ghost of Japan. But when the first murder in a thousand years threatens to topple Father's benevolent reign, Rai will be forced to confront the true face of a nation transformed ... and his own long-lost humanity.

Valiant is proud to announce that all printings of RAI #1 – the red-hot launch book of the VALIANT FIRST initiative by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (THE VALIANT, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (Carnage) – and RAI #3 have again sold out at the distributor level, and will soon return to store shelves with new printings and covers featuring the stunning interior artwork of Clayton Crain.

Look for the RAI #1 FOURTH PRINTING VARIANT and RAI #3 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT to arrive in stores on August 27th, the same day as RAI #4 – a brand new installment of the astonishing new ongoing series that Comic Book Resources calls "an immersive experience…unlike anything in comics today."

"The critical praise and retail demand for RAI is only continuing to mount, and the first issue has now matched X-O MANOWAR #1 in terms of sell-outs and reprintings," said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. "That's a major milestone, and Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain have delivered a story truly worthy of it on every level. With RAI's second story arc set to begin in December, the future couldn't be brighter for RAI."

In 4001 A.D., as the nation of Japan soars above the Earth, Rai is to about unravel the mystery of the first murder in a thousand years…and discover his own profound connection to the crime. Everything Rai knows — about his existence, about his country, and about the benevolent Father he serves — is about to be thrown out of orbit.

Do not miss the next shocking chapter of this comics masterwork in the making on August 27th as all-star creators Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain deliver RAI #4 into comics shops everywhere – right alongside the RAI #1 FOURTH PRINTING VARIANT and RAI #3 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT!

Then, be here on December 10th as Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain return for an all-new story beginning in RAI #5!

It's not too late to discover why RAI's visionary adventure through the world of 41st century Japan is leaving fans and critics awe-struck:

“✮✮✮✮✮… [Rai] comes with the highest praise.” – PopMatters

“✮✮✮✮✮… A great new series… [Rai] has my attention.” – Max Level Geek

“✮✮✮✮½… Rai is just plain amazing.” – IGN

"✮✮✮✮… An immersive experience…unlike anything else in comics." – Comic Book Resources

“✮✮✮✮… This is a book you really need to check out.” – Comic Vine

“✮✮✮✮… You do not want to miss out on Rai." – Comic Bastards

RAI #3 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT

Written by MATT KINDT

Art & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (JUN148315)

$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs.

Nothing is what it seems ... not even yourself ... A seemingly random murder -- the first in a thousand years -- is unraveling the mysteries at the heart of Rai's very existence. As the country of Japan completes another orbit around 41st century Earth, Rai, its sole protector, turns his investigation toward two figures he never questioned before: Father, the A.I. that controls Japan ... and himself.

RAI #4 (VALIANT FIRST)

Written by MATT KINDT

Art & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

#ValiantCraft Cover by DONOVAN SANTIAGO

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color | T+

The most daring comic book launch of the year unleashes a cascade of shocking revelations as RAI rockets toward its second arc!

In 4001 A.D., as the nation of Japan soars above the Earth, Rai unravels the mystery of the first murder in a thousand years … and discovers his own profound connection to the crime. Everything Rai knows -- about his existence, about his country, and about the benevolent Father he serves -- is about to be thrown out of orbit. Do not miss this masterpiece in the making … Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain’s RAI!

Unless these extra printings are a gimmick -- and Valiant's not known for this particular gimmick -- then Rai is doing pretty well!

X-O MANOWAR #28 (ARMOR HUNTERS)

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI

Art & Cover by DIGEO BERNARD

#ValiantCraft Cover by DONOVAN SANTIAGO

Variant Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color | T+

From across the void … the true history of the Armor Hunters revealed!

In the far reaches of deep space, an elite and hardened corps of soldiers has protected the galaxy by eliminating one unparalleled threat -- a plague of X-O Manowar armors that has driven the universe to the brink of madness. Now, for the first time, Robert Venditti opens the vault to reveal the stunning secret of the Armor Hunters -- who they are, where they come from, and why a terrible secret from their past now threatens the present!

OTHER PUBLISHERS

ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE & SCREAM QUEENS MATHEMATICAL ED (HC)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer/Art/Cover: MEREDITH GRAN

Thanks to a newfound interest in rock 'n' roll, Princess Bubblegum volunteers to manage Marceline's paranormal rock band for a pivotal tour across the land of Ooo! But when the band is threatened by everything from snobby scenesters to beasts born of self-doubt, can they hold it together and make it to the RADDEST GIG EVER in time, and manage to stay friends throughout the process?!Written and illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Meredith Gran (OCTOPUS PIE) and featuring short stories from several indie comics superstars, including Jen Wang (KOKO BE GOOD) and FRIENDS WITH BOYS cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks! This totally mathematical hardcover edition features never-before-seen extras, including an inside look at the making of MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS!

$39.99

ALIEN LEGION UNCIVIL WAR #3

Publisher: TITAN COMICS

Writer: CHUCK DIXON

Art/Cover: CARL POTTS, LARRY STROMAN

The slime of the cosmos has been heat-tempered into the diamond-sharp tip of the Galactic Union's armed forces. But the battle-hardened veterans of the Legion's toughest unit, Force Nomad, will need all their experience to blast their way out of a peacekeeping mission turned rammin' red hot!

$3.99

"Force Nomad." "Alien Legion." "Jugger Grimrod." Boy, this title sure dredges up some memories.

AND THEN EMILY WAS GONE #2

Publisher: COMIXTRIBE

Writer: JOHN LEES

Art: IAIN LAURIE

Cover: IAIN LAURIE, NICK PITARRA

The skin-crawling horror saga continues! On the remote island of Merksay, Hellinger, and Fiona cross paths with the highly eccentric locals in their search for Emily, unaware that they are being hunted. What secrets lie in Merksay's dark hidden places? And more importantly, what's in the box? Features a variant cover by superstar artist Nick Pitarra (The Manhattan Projects).

Mature/$3.50

ARIOL VOL 5: BIZZBILLA HITS BULLSEYE (SC)

Publisher: PAPERCUTZ

Writer: EMMANUEL GUIBERT

Art/Cover: MARC BOUTAVANT

All of Ariol's friends know that he has a big crush on Petula, but no one seems to notice that Bizzbilla has her sights on Ariol, including Ariol! While she's waited in the wings hoping Ariol will notice her, this sweet little fly has been cooking up a plan. Mister Cantharide, Bizzbilla's dad, is an ophthalmologist. An ophthalmologist is the eye doctor. Ariol wears glasses. And it seems he has an appointment coming up! Bizzbilla is all abuzz with impatience; will Ariol finally get the message? With charming artwork and hilarious vignettes, Ariol is the perfect series for anyone who started off life as a kid!

$12.99

ATTACK ON TITAN VOL 13 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: ISAYAMA HAJIME

Humanity has been devastated by the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming humanity. Seemingly unintelligent, they have roamed the world killing off humankind for years. For the past century, what's left of mankind has hidden in a giant, three-walled city. People believe their 100-meter-high walls will protect them from the Titans, which are 10 to 20 meters tall. But the sudden appearance of of an immense Titan is about to change everything.

$10.99

BAD DREAMS #4

Publisher: RED 5 COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: GARY WINNICK

Under the Dream Queen's thrall, Mary finally manages to break free and recover her short term memory. Outraged she's hauled away to toil in the palace kitchen making pies, where she finds her spellbound companions performing menial chores. Queen Amorpha seeks to separate her from any hope of restoring Mother Night forever. Meanwhile, Shroom and Oaken discover a key secret bringing Mary the means to fight the Queen's magic.

$3.50

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #3

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer/Art: NATASHA ALLEGRI

Cover: NATASHA ALLEGRI, ZAC GORMAN

Bee just wants to get paid! Sure, she might not be qualified for any actual jobs -- or at least any jobs in the normal world-but she's a hard worker ... most of the time, and she gets stuff done ... sometimes! This mission might be tougher than it looks; aliens always tend to complicate things. It's a hard life but at least she has PuppyCat to help her out!

$3.99

BRAINSTORM #1

Publisher: FUTURE DUDE

Writers: JEFFREY MORRIS, IRA LIVINGSTON

Art/Cover: DENNIS CALERO

Mature/$3.99

FutureDude Entertainment announced today that their first comic book in their product line will be hitting stores August 27th. Brainstorm raises the ever intriguing question..can we control weather or does it control us? The series is written and created by Jeffrey Morris and Ira Livingston IV and features art by Dennis Calero (X-men Noir). The title can be found in comic book stores or on Comixology. FutureDude’s next title Parallel Man -- featuring a multiverse adventure -- is hitting stores October 8th.

Founder and visionary Jeffrey Morris explains “Comics are best known for escapism, but we believe that people are hungry for something more. Engaging minds, does NOT mean you can’t tell fun, epic stories with groundbreaking characters and we are hear to prove it!"

What other are saying about Brainstorm #1:

“Like I said, it takes a lot to get me involved with a comic series, but Brainstorm has definitely hit home. It has everything: an incredibly topical story that is only going to get better, artwork that pulls you into the story, and characters that you can identify with and root for.” -- Project-Nerd.com

“This is one exciting thrill ride that will lift you up and not let you go.” -- JazmaOnline.com

"The future of science based thrillers is here people get in at the beginning!" -- IndieComix.net

BRASS SUN #4

Publisher: REBELLION / 2000AD

Writer: IAN EDGINTON

Art/Cover: I. N. J. CULBARD

The stunningly beautiful clockpunk series continues! Wren, Conductor 17 and Ramkin are in the run as the Duchy is under invasion. The key to escaping off-world comes from an unexpected direction and they flee along the rails of the clockwork solar-system to the next planet. But nothing has prepared them for the airborne world they find themselves in!

$3.99

BRAVEST WARRIORS #23

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: KATE LETH

Art: IAN MCGINTY

Cover: TARA HELFER, RENATA LATIPOVA

Chris is missing and it's up to the Bravest Warriors to save their good friend and kind of leader. Will the Bravest Warriors be able to save Chris from the slug people even though they're one member short? And what nefarious purpose could they have for the team's residential Emotion Lord? Join Danny, Beth, and Wallow as they try to get to the bottom of this and save their friend.

$3.99

BTOOOM VOL 7 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer/Art: JUNYA INOUE

In "BTOOOM!", a twisted live-action game of survival underway on a mysterious deserted island, actual people must use bombs to murder their opponents in order to live. Ryouta Sakamoto has overcome countless near-deaths in this game, while finding allies in Himiko and Kiyoshi Taira as he searches for a way out. But after Masahito Date, a former doctor who treats the injured Taira, is welcomed to the group, Ryouta begins to see the doctor's true colors! Combining his past experience of having already beaten the game once with his wicked shrewdness, this demon doctor starts to eat away at the trust between Ryouta and Himiko. How will they beat Date and his sinister scheme?

Mature/$11.99

Being stranded on a mysterious island has its upsides, apparently.

CAGE OF EDEN VOL 15 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: YOSHINOBU YAMADA

Akira and his classmates are on a plane heading back home after a field trip abroad. Suddenly the plane crashes on a mysterious island. Akira is somehow still alive despite the crash, but soon discovers that he's not exactly safe and sound when enormous supposedly extinct beasts begin hunting him. Akira begins to find other classmates who have also survived the crash. Alliances and rivalries quickly form as they all must fight to survive on the strange island.

$10.99

CARDFIGHT VANGUARD VOL 3 (GN)

Publisher: VERTICAL INC

Writer/Art/Cover: AKIRA ITOU

The basis of the hit trading card game and animation franchise, Cardfight!! Vanguard is a modern fantasy tale of trading card playing and making friends through gaming. The inspiration for the hit anime and card game, Vanguard is an up-and-coming trading card game from the creators of YuGiOh. And much like its predecesor this game combines high-fantasy action elements with fun vibrant character designs that is appealing to collectors and gamers alike.

$10.95

CHARLEY'S WAR VOL 1 OMNIBUS

Publisher: TITAN BOOKS

Writer: PAT MILLS

Art/Cover: JOE COLQUHOUN

From renowned UK comics writer Pat Mills and legendary artist Joe Colquhoun comes a truly classic piece of British comics history, by turns thrilling, humorous and horrifying. In 1916, Charley Bourne enlists to fight on the battlefields of France and finds himself swept up by bloody horror and needless sacrifice in the trenches of the First World War. Collected now in a bumper paperback omnibus format, an ideal jumping-on point for new readers. This collects the original episodes #1-87.

$24.99

CLOCKWORK SKY VOL 2 (GN)

Publisher: TOR BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: MADELEINE ROSCA

The conclusion to this exciting all-ages steampunk manga! Sally Peppers is the highly-curious, ambitious niece of steambot magnate Erasmus Croach, who has supplied Britain's factories with an endless supply of near-perfect robot employees -- and his latest and greatest invention, the steambot police-boy, Sky. Sky is troubled by dreams where he, like Pinocchio, has become a "real boy." Then he meets Sally, who has run away from home, and together they venture into the tunnels beneath London in search of a missing child. Sally has always been a bit of a tinkerer and quickly figures out the terrifying truth about her uncle's magnificent steambot factory. But it might be too late; can Sally's wits and Sky's pure heart save the day?

$12.99

DAMSELS IN EXCESS #2

Publisher: ASPEN MLT INC

Writer: VINCE HERNANDEZ

Art/Cover A: MIRKA ANDOLFO

Cover B: JENEVIEVE BROOMALL

Five realms. Five princesses. Zero men.

As the remaining ladies turn on Bethany following the reveal of the men's final wish, the princess finds herself alone in the Five Realms with everyone out to murder her. Yet, not all citizens-and rulers-of the Five believe in following the pleas of a dying gender, as she will discover. However, first, she must find a way to escape Crossman's Hall before Barra's soldiers can end her reign-and her life!

Creator Vince Hernandez and artist Mirka Andolfo present to you the newest Aspen hit series -- DAMSELS IN EXCESS!

$3.99

DOCTOR WHO 10TH #2

Publisher: TITAN COMICS

Writer: NICK ABADZIS

Art: ELENA CASAGRANDE

Cover: ALICE X. ZHANG

On the Day of the Dead, the mystery deepens in a brand-new brooklyn adventure for the tenth Doctor! All Gabriella Gonzalez wanted was to skip her shift at the Laundromat and hang out with her friends. It's Halloween, and Sunset Park is hosting its first-ever Day of the Dead festival! But her father wouldn't listen -- again -- and now Gabby is stuck with a store full of empty washing machines while the rest of the neighborhood goes wild. But this graveyard shift is living up to its name! Vortexes explode out of the machines, shadowy creatures stalk on the edge of sight, and Gabby finds herself pursued by unearthly forces. Finally, on the longest night of her life, Gabby is trapped in a powerless subway car -- and the only thing standing between her and horrific death-by-monster is some skinny white guy in a suit -- who's waving a blue flashlight around!

$3.99

EVEN MORE BAD PARENTING ADVICE (GN)

Publisher: DRAWN & QUARTERLY

Writer/Art/Cover: GUY DELISLE

Paperback • 208 pages • 5" x 7" • B&W • $12.95

Even More Bad Parenting Advice marks Guy Delisle's second foray into the world of offering bad advice to parents, and a second opportunity to express the minor frustrations and many joys of parenting. Delisle's skillful hand at illustration and ironic way with words, which helped to popularize his travelogues about daily life in faraway places, are just as much the stars here as he or his children are. Delisle celebrates the reality that parenting isn't all first steps and gold-starred report cards; it's stinky diapers and never-ending drives to the grocery store, too.

EVIL EMPIRE #4

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: MAX BEMIS

Art: ANDREA MUTTI

Cover: JAY SHAW

How have we let things come this far? As the lines are being drawn on both sides and alliances are forming, who can Reese trust? The country continues to spiral out of control and nothing is as it seems.

Mature/$3.99

FACE VALUE #1

Publisher: AUTISM AT FACE VALUE

Writers: DAVID KOT, ANGELA KOT

Art/Cover: SKY

Our Autistic, Golden Age comic hero smashes both robots and stereotypes! Michael and his friends start their first day of middle school, and fight against aliens and lots of misunderstanding. Readers build empathy by studying our characters' facial features and emotional expressions. Kids want and need heroes like themselves!

$3.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: GODSTORM -- HERCULES PAYNE #5          

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writers: PATRICK SHAND, CHUCK BROWN

Art: AC OSORIO

Cover A: PAOLO PANTALENA

Cover B: ERIC J

Cover C: VINCENZO CUCCA

Don't miss this final issue!

After taking a stand against Taylor and his thugs, Andre Payne has drawn the attention of Venus, an evil goddess who wants him dead. Gods and gangsters clash in the explosive finale of the origin story of Hercules Payne.

$3.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: WARLORD OF OZ #4

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: JEFF MASSEY

Art: MIGUEL MENDONCA

Cover A: MIKE LILLY

Cover B: RICHARD ORTIZ

Cover C: JOSE LUIS

The sequel to the best-selling Zenescope smash hit series continues!

Thora's plan continues to come together as her slaves finally uncover the tomb of the arch witch Zamora. Thorne, Adraste and the Scarecrow barely survive their encounter with the Warlord while high in the mountains above the lost city Dorothy faces a new enemy who may permanently end to her second trip to Oz.

$2.99

Strange, I don't recall Judy Garland ever being that, ah, robust.

HAUNTED #4

Publisher: RED 5 COMICS

Writer: SCOTT CHITWOOD

Art/Cover: DANNY LUCKERT

It's all out war between the surviving humans and their ghostly conquerors!  In the final battle, Sarah and her friends face off against the ghosts, demons and revenants of Abaddon. The fate of the world hangs in the balance in the conclusion of the series.

$3.50

HERGE & TREASURES OF TINTIN (HC)

Publisher: GOODMAN

Writer: DOMINIQUE MARICQ

Art/Cover: HERGE

Hergé and the Treasures of Tintin tells the story of how Georges Rémi became Hergé, how his private life and interests influenced his work, how Tintin came to be, and what sparked Hergé's other delightful characters. In addition to 20 beautifully reproduced removable facsimile documents -- including sketchbook extracts, illustrated letters, personal drawings, and posters -- special information boxes discuss many of the people who appear in the Tintin stories.

$49.95

Has anybody ever put out a complete Tintin?

HIGH SCHOOL DXD VOL 2 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer: ICHIEI ISHIBUMI

Art: ZERO MIYAMA, HIROICHI

Cover: ZERO MIYAMA

Reincarnated as a demon by Rias, the school beauty, Issei, finds himself in servitude to his devilish mistress. But when Issei befriends Sister Asia, a nun from the Church, which is widely known to be hostile to demonkind, he's practically asking for a target on his back -- as Rias is quick to inform him! Worse yet, when the good sister is kidnapped by a fallen angel, Issei rushes to her aid! But little does he know that Heaven plays dirty!

Mature/$13.00

Wait -- a guy is the "school beauty"? Is that the norm in Japan?

HIS FAVORITE VOL 2 (GN)

Publisher: SUBLIME

Writer/Art/Cover: SUZUKI TANAKA

Satoru and Keigo, now a lovey-dovey couple, plan to spend their vacation together, but Keigo is forced to attend a mandatory baseball camp instead. Keigo thinks Satoru is angry with him for canceling their time together, so shy Satoru decides to break into the camp to explain himself.

Mature/$12.99

Um.

HIS FAVORITE VOL 5 (GN)

Publisher: SUBLIME

Writer/Art/Cover: SUZUKI TANAKA

Awkward Yoshida's life got flipped upside down when the hottest guy in school started hanging around him. Sato may have strong feelings for Yoshida, but the girls in school just can't take a hint. What crazy antics will they use to try and woo Sato this time?!

Mature/$12.99

Ohhhhh kay.

HIS FAVORITE VOL 6 (GN)

Publisher: SUBLIME

Writer/Art/Cover: SUZUKI TANAKA

Awkward Yoshida's life got fl ipped upside down when the hottest guy in school started hanging around him. Sato may have strong feelings for Yoshida, but he always loves expressing them in the cruelest ways possible. Just what happened in Sato's childhood to shape him into the man he is today?

Mature/$12.99

Sheesh! Is it impolitic to consider this relationship a little ... off-putting?

HUGH HOWEY'S WOOL #2

Publisher: CRYPTOZOIC ENTERTAINMENT

Writers: JIMMY PALMIOTTI, JUSTIN GRAY

Art: JIMMY BROXTON

Cover: DARWYN COOKE, JIMMY BROXTON

The New York Times-bestselling science-fiction novel by Hugh Howey is now told as a six-part graphic novel. This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

$3.99

INVINCIBLE DAYS (HC)   

Publisher: NBM

Writer/Art/Cover: PATRICK ATANGAN

From the artist of The Yellow Jar, this collection of short stories forms a singular narrative that reveals the tiny moments when you realize you are at the precious end-days of youth. Atangan creates an intricate mosaic from his own childhood memories as well as those gathered from friends and family. Bittersweet, joyful and reflective, these are the type of marking moments that best define us as adults.

$19.99

JAEGIR (ONE-SHOT)

Publisher: REBELLION / 2000AD

Writer: GORDON RENNIE

Art/Cover: SIMON COLEBY

A female war-crimes investigator in future fascist state, Kapitan-Inspector Atalia Jaegir must bring a monster down before he can murder his own family. In the universe of 2000 AD's  classic series Rogue Trooper, the endless war between the Southers and the Norts rages on countless planets. Scarred war veteran Atalia Jaegir of the Nordland State Security Police, hunts down escaped war criminals and roots out corruption in the ranks. But her fearsome reputation will not protect her from the inhuman quarry that she is tasked with finding.

$3.99

JOHNNY HAZARD DAILIES VOL 3 1947-1949 (HC)

Publisher: HERMES PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: FRANK ROBBINS

Frank Robbins' masterpiece, one of the all-time greatest action/adventure newspaper comic strips, Johnny Hazard, returns with volume three of the series! Continuing the adventures of Johnny Hazard and Brandy picking up the storyline where volume one left off. See more trend-setting artwork by comics legend Frank Robbins in one of the most important adventure strips to ever grace newspapers. Reproduced entirely from the original King Features press proofs.

$49.99

KANG & KODOS #1

Publisher: BONGO COMICS

Writer: MATT GROENING

Art: Various

Cover: JASON HO

It's time for everyone's favorite alien enslavers to take center stage. Experience these tantalizingly tentacled "things from another world" as Bongo pulls back the curtain and presents the Rigellian rapscallions, as you've never seen them before!

$3.99

KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #211

Publisher: KENZER & COMPANY

Writer/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

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

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!

$12.99

LETTER 44 #9

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer: CHARLES SOULE

Art/Cover: ALBERTO ALBURQUERQUE

Isobel Blades, First Lady, pays a visit to Congressman Chris Higgins, a former love interest rumored to be plotting Stephen's impeachment. In the asteroid belt, the purpose of the Chandelier becomes clear, as it powers up for the first time. Earth's solar system will never be the same.

$3.99

MAXIMUM RIDE VOL 8 (TPB)

Publisher: HACHETTE BOOK GROUP USA

Writer: JAMES PATERSON

Art/Cover: NaRAE LEE

Joining a scientific expedition gives Max and the flock a perfect opportunity to distance themselves from the heated debate over their future, but frostbite isn't the only danger in the Antarctic! A powerful figure in the underworld has promised the super-human kids to the highest bidder - and he has the robotic army to ensure the goods are delivered!

$13.00

MONOMYTH #2

Publisher: OSSM COMICS

Writer: SIIKE DONNELLY

Art/Cover: ERIC NINALTOWSKI

After the first murder in Eden history occurs, Enoch heads into the darkness for revenge, with Lucifer and others in pursuit. Not wanting his plans derailed, Michael sends his army to Eden as he attacks the boy. Will Lucifer arrive in time to save Enoch? Michael vs. Lucifer, Round 2!

$3.99

NO. 6 VOL 8 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer: ATSUKO ASANO

Art/Cover: HINOKI KINO

When Shion, a privileged boy, gives shelter to an urchin for the night, the city he once called home forces him into the ghettos for insubordination. Four years later, an epidemic breaks out across the city. Shion, along with the help of the urchin Rat, must clear his name, even if it means exposing the ugly truth behind the perfect city No. 6.

$10.99

PARIAH MISSOURI VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: SALAZAR ENTERTAINMENT

Writer: ANDRES SALAZAR

Art/Cover: JOSE LUIS PESCADOR

Set before the Civil War, Pariah, Missouri is a frontier riverboat town and a haven for evil. Hiram Buchanan, a Pinkerton spy, uncovers a crime syndicate and manipulates a misfit team to follow him into danger, where the supernatural is all around them. Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Deadwood.

$16.99

REGULAR SHOW #14

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: K.C. GREEN, RACHEL CONNOR

Art: ALLISON STREJLAU, CAREY PIETSCH

Cover: ANDY HIRSCH

It's time to check out what happens at the coffee shop when Mordecai and Rigby are off on their own and Eileen is definitely up to something. What could possibly go wrong? Well, Mordecai and Rigby aren't the only ones who get into crazy things during the day!

$3.99

SAINT: THE MAN WHO WOULDN'T DIE (GN)

Publisher: MOONSTONE

Writer: LESLIE CHARTERIS

Art: SCOTT J. LARSON, BARBARA KAALBERG

Cover: SCOTT CALLIE

The Saint encounters adrenaline junkie Miles Hallin. Hallin claims to be able to cheat death, but when one of Templar's friends is killed, the Saint decides to put that to the test. A classic Leslie Charteris novel adapted to a graphic novel!

$7.99

SANKAREA VOL 8 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: MITSURU HATTORI

Since he was little, Chihiro has felt an unusual emotional connection to zombie movies. It's not that he feels bad for the survivors -- instead he fantasizes about comforting the poor undead girls they slaughter! When his beloved pet passes away, he decides to brew up a resurrection potion in secret. But he's discovered by popular girl and local heiress Sanka Rea, whose life isn't as perfect as it seems, and Furuya suggests that she could serve as a test subject!

$10.99

SAY I LOVE YOU VOL 3 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: KANAE HAZUKI

Since her "friends" framed her for the death of the class rabbit in elementary school, Mei Tachibana has given up on other people. But when she kicks Yamato, the most popular boy at her high school, in the head (she was aiming for someone else), she becomes enemy No. 1 among the student body, while Yamato himself grows more and more fascinated with her! Candid and complex, Say I Love You breathes new life into common themes, thanks to Hazuki's unique insight into the awkward bluster and emotional vulnerability of teenage life.

$10.99

SHONEN JUMP PACK 2014 #3

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: Various

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

$19.99

SIXTH GUN #42

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer: CULLEN BUNN

Art/Cover: BRIAN HURTT

The Six, when brought together under the right circumstances, can destroy the whole of the world. Now, the most vile of creatures -- Griselda the Grey Mother -- has claimed all of the weapons for herself. Using the guns, she'll call down endless darkness and remake reality in her own monstrous image! The end of the world is nigh!

$3.99

STEAM ENGINES OF OZ COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL 1 (HC)

Publisher: ARCANA STUDIO

Writes: ERIK W. HENDRIX, SEAN O'REILLY

Art/Cover: YANNIS ROUMBOULIAS

Collecting the complete, two-volume SteamPunk epic future of the World of Oz! A century after the Wicked Witch was killed, The Emerald City is ruled by a once-revered hero, an ice-witch rules over the north, the Lions overrun the forests, evil twins approach from the West, and secrets hide in every shadow. Salvation for Oz comes from the unlikely young Victoria Wright. She comes to find that the smallest of actions can have much larger implications, and the most insignificant of us can change the world. Collects The Steam Engines of Oz FCBD, The Steam Engines of Oz #1-3, and The Steam Engines of Oz: The Geared Leviathan #1-3.

$29.95

STEED & MRS PEEL: YOU'RE NEEDED #2

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: IAN EDGINTON

Art: MARCO COSENTINO

Cover: ALICE X. ZHANG

John Steed continues the quest for the truth about his fellow agent, uncovering some secrets about the remote seaside resort he's investigating -- and the locals are willing to go to extreme measures to keep Steed quiet. Meanwhile, Mrs. Peel weaves her way through the London Underworld before hitting the beach, as the return of Britain's coolest secret agents continues.

$3.99

SUPURBIA VOL 4 (TPB)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: GRACE RANDOLPH

Art/Cover: RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

From rising star writer Grace Randolph (Marvel's Nation X, Herand hot new talent Russell Dauterman, GRACE RANDOLPH'S SUPURBIA is a unique new twist on the superhero genre that takes a scandalous, TMZlook at what it's like to live with a superhero. Collecting the critically acclaimed fourth arc, join Hella, Eve, Gio, Zari, and Sara as the evil shapeshifter "Ruth's" ultimate plans come to fruition and the war is brought to the homefront.

$14.99

TALENT (DLX ED TPB)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN, TOM SNIEGOSKI

Art/Cover: PAUL AZACETA

WHY WE LIKE IT: For our next full-size reprint of classic titles we decided to spotlight an early series from modern master artist Paul Azaceta (THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), written by Christopher Golden (SONS OF ANARCHY) and Tom Sniegoski (B.P.R.D.)! Featuring an all-new cover by Azaceta!

WHY YOU'LL LIKE IT: For the first time ever, Azaceta's realization of Golden and Sniegoski supernatural thriller can be seen in full-size glory. All the explosions, chases, and mayhem are now seen they way they were always meant to be!

WHAT'S IT ABOUT: When a plane mysteriously crashes, sole survivor Nicholas Dane discovers he can channel his fellow dead passengers' talents. Chased by the killers who destroyed the plane, Dane fights to stay a step ahead of death, while piecing together the puzzle of his life.

$14.99

TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #87 (DLX ED)

Publisher: BROADSWORD COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: JIM BALENT

This deluxe litho plate edition comes bagged and boarded with a copy of Tarot #87 (either cover A or B) and a black & white 6 1/2" x 10" litho to Tarot and a little pterodactyl titled "Friends 'til the End." This limited collector's litho is penciled by the artist, Jim Balent.

Mature/$19.99

THESEUS & MINOTAUR (GN)

Publisher: TOON BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: YVAN POMMAUX

Master French cartoonist Yvan Pommaux introduces a wealth of historically accurate details that immerse readers in the context and culture of ancient Greece. The story is supplemented with character cards, maps, mazes and an index of cited names that will keep readers coming back for more! The literary quality of this book will appeal to readers young and old, making it an excellent addition to every classroom and library.

$16.95

Caught a movie on FX the other night called The Immortals, which was really odd. For one thing, the immortals of the title consisted of only seven Greco-Roman gods, six of whom died in the movie. (Maybe they should have called it Very Nearly Immortals.) And Mickey Rourke was the chief bad guy, King Hyperion, in full scenery-chewing mode.

But what really made me do a double take was that the hero, Theseus, was played by our very own Superman, Henry Cavill. I looked up King Hyperion to see if was really a big deal in myth, and as I expected, he existed, but not much is known about him. But evidently, I should have looked up Theseus -- evidently he was a big deal!

TOMBOY GRAPHIC MEMOIR

Publisher: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT

Writer/Art/Cover: LIZ PRINCE

Growing up, Liz Prince wasn't a girly girl, dressing in pink tutus or playing Pretty Pretty princess like the other girls in her neighborhood. But she wasn't exactly one of the guys either, as she quickly learned when her Little League baseball coach exiled her to the outfield instead of letting her take the pitcher's mound. Liz was somewhere in the middle, and Tomboy is the story of her struggle to find the place where she belonged. A memoir told anecdotally, Tomboy follows author and zine artist Liz Prince through her early childhood into adulthood and explores her ever-evolving struggles and wishes regarding what it means to "be a girl."

$15.99

TRIAGE X VOL 7 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: SHOUJI SATO

An intense action thriller from the artist of the bestselling series, High School of the Dead! A pair of fierce combatants calling themselves the Highjetters face off against Yuko Sagiri and Ample Zero near Tobioka Harbor. Who are these powerful girls whose strength rivals even that of the elite Black Label team? And why do they call Hitsugi "senpai"? Black Label's own dark past gradually comes to light as the battle for the city rages on!

Mature/$14.00

WALLFLOWER VOL 33 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: TOMOKO HAYAKAWA

Four fabulous guys must completely transform a high school recluse into a real lady if they want to go on living rent-free in her aunt's luxurious mansion. But the girl turns out to be Sunako, the most fashion-hopeless girl in Japan, who'd rather live like a hermit and watch her favorite horror movies than undergo a makeover!

$10.99

Does "four fabulous guys" have the same implication in Japan that it does here?

WWE SUPERSTARS ONGOING #7

Publisher: SUPER GENIUS

Writer: MICK FOLEY

Art/Cover: ALITHA MARTINEZ

"Haze of Glory," Part 3 of 4. Talking gorillas. Knights and dragons. Mazes and minotaurs. Why does Daniel Bryan keep insisting they were all part of a WWE Monday Night Raw gone completely out of control? With their jobs at stake, Rey Mysterio and CM Punk must help Bryan make sense of his sword and sorcery fantasy memories to uncover who or what was actually responsible for all of them going bananas. And speaking of bananas, that talking gorilla proves to be all too real when it attacks Mysterio in a David versus Goliath confrontation of great ape proportions.

$3.99

Groo vs. Conan #2 - The first issue wasn't bad. There was something in it that bothered me, but I don't to spoil it here. I loved the meshing of Aragones' and Yeates' art though.

All-Star Western #34 - Sad to see this go, but it had been a great ride.

Bodies #2

The Flash #34 - My last issue, for now.

Star-Spangled War Stories #2

Dream Police #5

Outcast #3

Saga #22

Avengers Undercover #9

 

EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS’ TARZAN: THE SUNDAY COMICS VOL 2 1934–1936 (HC) - Man, over a buck a page? That is all you, Cap.

Star Wars Sith - That was a rule the Sith made themselves a long time ago. I guess in the future they decided it was a rule meant to be broken. That they followed it for so long is a miracle in and of itself.

Deadman - Maybe this is his Original Sin...

Russ Heath - Man, I would love to get this one. Just not in the cards right now.

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