THE CAPTAIN'S PICKS

BATGIRL #26

Written by GAIL SIMONE

Art and cover by FERNANDO PASARIN and JONATHAN GLAPION

Cover by ALEX GARNER

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The shocking conclusion of “Batgirl: Wanted”! Can Barbara save her father’s life without compromising the truth about her brother’s death?

This cover immediately made me think of the Neal Adams cover shown below.

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In that 1972 comic book, Batgirl revealed her secret ID to her father, Commissioner Gordon -- who revealed that he already knew it! (Hey, he's the commissioner of police, a former detective -- and not stupid.) IIRC, the establishment of that fact did little to impact on the Batgirl strip, although the character did retire in the 1988 Batgirl Special #1 -- the same year as Batman: The Killing Joke, which overshadowed the Special, meaning few remember the retirement.

Anyway, I don't know if this issue will end with the commissioner aware that his daughter is Batgirl, and even if he does know, will he still blame her for the (supposed) death of his son? Simone has been building up to this, and I have a lot of confidence in her as a writer, so this may be the real deal.

Or not. I guess I'll have to read it and see!

CAPTAIN MARVEL #17 2ND PTG

(W) Kelly Sue DeConnick (A) Filipe Andrade (CA) Adrian Alphona

From Marvel Comics. The Carol Corps Issue! The special oversized issue to end all oversized issues! In the aftermath of Enemy Within, Carol Danvers must rebuild her memories through the eyes of her biggest fan. Find out why this is such a fan-beloved series!

This issue sold out because it includes the first appearance of the new Muslim Ms. Marvel. It's only a cameo, though, so you don't really have to have it, even if you're interested in the character. But it is sort-of historic, so there you go.

DOC SAVAGE #1

Publisher: DYNAMIC FORCES

(W) Chris Roberson (A) Bilquis Evely (CA) Alex Ross

In 1933, readers were first introduced to Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze. Raised from the cradle to be the pinnacle of mental and physical perfection, Doc Savage travels the world using science and sinews to right wrongs, aid the oppressed, and liberate the innocent. Whether with his team of able associates at their headquarters high atop the tallest building in the world, Doc Savage is tireless in his pursuit of knowledge and justice.  

$3.99

When it comes to pulp heroes I've always been a bigger Shadow fan, and Superman stole a lot of Doc Savage's thunder, but Doc's still a seminal character. I'll be on board for this iteration, as I have been for all the others.

HALO: ESCALATION #1

HALO BEGINS!

Chris Schlerf (W), Sergio Ariño (P), Juan Castro (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), Anthony Palumbo (Cover), and Kenneth Scott (Variant cover)

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Ongoing

Halo®, the most celebrated video game series of all time, joins forces with Dark Horse for a thrilling new ongoing series!

The UNSC flagship Infinity is assigned escort duty for a diplomatic mission between the Arbiter and a powerful chieftain of the Brute tribes—but when a rogue Covenant group attacks, it’s going to take all the firepower the Spartans have to keep the delegates alive!

• First issue of an all-new ongoing Halo series from Dark Horse!

• An essential addition to the Halo canon!

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

• From Christopher Schlerf, lead writer of Halo 4!

I've never played Halo, and have no interest in it. But I know a lot of Halo fanatics, and this looks like a snappy title set in that universe. So if you're into Halo, you might want to check this out.

RICHARD STARK'S PARKER SLAYGROUND HC

(W/A/CA) Darwyn Cooke

Darwyn Cooke's masterful and multi award-winning series of PARKER graphic novels continues with Slayground! Parker, whose getaway car crashes after a heist, manages to elude capture with his loot by breaking into an amusement park that is closed for the winter. But his presence does not go unnoticed-a pair of cops observed the job and its aftermath. But rather than pursue their suspect... they decide to go into business for themselves, with the help of some "business associates." From then on it's a game of cat and mouse, one played out through closed rides of the abandoned carnival... a game that slowly starts to favor the mouse.

$17.99

I've really been enjoying this series, even though Parker is usually the kind of protagonist I don't like. But nobody handles the '50s and early '60s like Cooke, and noir is in his wheelhouse too, so this is tailor-made for him.

Meanwhile, IDW sent out some news on Parker:

IDW Publishing announced this morning its plan to expand their relationship with Darwyn Cooke and the Estate of Donald E. Westlake to include illustrated Parker novels. Cooke, who will continue producing his award-winning Parker graphic novel series for IDW, will now also illustrate Westlake's ground-breaking crime novels. For the first time, the Parker novels will be published in a deluxe, hardcover format, and with Cooke designing the series, as well as providing stunning color illustrations to accompany Westlake's (AKA, Richard Stark's) crime classics! The first book, The Hunter, will arrive in the first half of 2014. Additional editions will be released in chronological order thereafter.

"The Parker novels written by Donald Westlake had a profound effect on me as a young man," said Darwyn Cooke, "to first be able to adapt them in graphic novel form, and now to illustrate his prose as well… for me, it just doesn't get much better than this."

Darwyn Cooke and IDW Publishing have released three Parker graphic novels to date, with the trio winning multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards. The fourth graphic novel, Richard Stark's Parker: Slayground, will be released in December.

Richard Stark was the most famous pseudonym of world-renowned author Donald E. Westlake. In 1962 he created the master thief Parker and began a series of novels that have been recognized as seminal works in crime fiction. Several of Westlake's books have been adapted by Hollywood, including PARKER earlier this year. He has won numerous awards for his fiction, including being named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, that prestigious society's highest honor.

STAR TREK ANNUAL 2013

(W/A/CA) John Byrne

A special extra-length, one-of-a-kind "fotonovel" sequel to a beloved classic! Years ago, James Kirk saved his ship, but the price was the life of his oldest friend in Starfleet-or was it? The crew of the starship ENTERPRISE faces a staggering discovery in a brand-new "episode" of the original STAR TREK.

I think we used to call this "fumetti," and I don't think I've ever actually enjoyed one. But it's a weird experiment, and it's by John Byrne, so I'll probably pick it up just to see if it works.

Meanwhile, here's more info from IDW:

John Byrne is no stranger to breaking new ground and he is doing it again with the extra-length Star Trek Annual 2013, arriving this December from IDW.

Byrne returns to the Star Trek universe in an entirely unexpected way—for this annual, he has created a completely original Star Trek story that plays out like a “lost episode,” using a uniquely constructed photomontage to create an entirely new story. “Strange New Worlds” serves as a direct sequel to the fan-favorite episode, “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” which aired as the third episode of Star Trek’s first season in 1966.

"There was a visual richness to that second pilot that really drew me in," said writer/artist John Byrne, "and since I have long wanted to experiment with something like this project, that episode seemed the perfect choice for a sequel."

Years ago, James Kirk saved his ship, but the price was the life of his oldest friend in Starfleet—or was it? Fans will see Gary Mitchell’s story take a surprising turn in this story. But the uniqueness of this project does not end with the plotline; rather, it continues with the photomontage art form that Byrne has chosen to tell this original story. Star Trek photonovels, in which a book was created by adapting a film or television episode using actual film stills in place of traditional artwork, with narrative text and dialogue presented in word balloons, were popular in the late 1970s. But this is where the past becomes the future—Byrne didn’t just insert film stills, he created them. In order to tell a new Star Trek story in this “fumetti” style, he did much more than pluck existing images, instead compositing together multiple pieces of film stills and manipulating them to tell the exact story he wanted.

“This project started out as just a fun diversion for John in between other projects,” said Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall, “and as is wont to happen with JB, it continued to grow and become something much bigger than his original intent. It’s a blast to see an ‘all-new’ original series episode done this way. Byrne has produced over 500 pages of Star Trek comics for us already, but I can promise readers that they’ve never seen this kind of Star Trek comic from him before.”

Star Trek Annual 2013, a 48-page issue, is under license by CBS Consumer Products.

$7.99

WWE ONGOING #1

Publisher: NBM

(W) Mick Foley (A) Alitha Martinez (CA) Alitha Martinez & Various

"Pandemonium Squared," Part 1 of 4. WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley brings us an all-new adventure straight from the world of WWE's powerful, ongoing clashes. It all starts with a fierce battle between WWE Champion John Cena and Mark Henry, but quickly turns into all-out chaos! Soon virtually every WWE Superstar faces off in a no-holds-barred Brawl to End it All - but what has caused the wrestlers to virtually go berserk? Can Vickie Guerrero and Booker T manage such chaos, or will Mr. McMahon have to step in? Featuring CM Punk, Fandango, Sheamus and more!

$2.99

This is precisely the sort of book I will never buy, but am delighted exists. NBM must be proud of it, too, because here's a press release:

Super Genius Comics, in partnership with WWE, will be launching in comic book shops December 11, 2013 with WWE SUPERSTARS #1, the first in a new ongoing series written by WWE Hall of Famer and New York Times best-selling author Mick Foley. The series is the first collaboration to come out of a licensing deal between WWE and Super Genius' parent company, Papercutz Graphic Novels. The new series is already creating a buzz, with wrestling fans around the country referring to the launch date as “WWE-DNESDAY”.

“Wrestling fans are used to looking forward to Mondays and Fridays,” explained Super Genius Publisher Terry Nantier. “Now they have another day of the week to get excited about. We’re working closely with the WWE to ensure that these new comics tie in closely with the WWE storylines and the spirit of the franchise. These definitely aren’t your dad’s wrestling comics!”

“WWE’s Superstars are truly larger-than-life, with the kind of personality and raw power that makes a comics page crackle with excitement,” said Super Genius Editor-In-Chief Jim Salicrup. “It’s the kind of action and drama that’s just perfect for comics, and Mick Foley is just the WWE Legend we need to make it happen.”

The first issue will be sold with 4 collectors' item variant covers by superstar creators Alitha (Iron Man, Batgirl) Martinez, also the series' artist, Dean (The Fox, HBO’s Bored to Death) Haspiel, Michael (Walking Dead, Spartan X) Golden and Jill (Sandman, Scary Godmother) Thompson, with a special limited edition cover by Miran (The Crow, X-Files) Kim in select comic book shops across the country.

With extensive online buzz in the wrestling fan community, comic book fans shouldn’t be surprised to find their local shops even more crowded on a Wednesday than usual.“The response from the WWE fans has been terrific,” enthused Super Genius VP of Marketing Sven Larsen. “Like traditional superhero fans they’re incredibly passionate about the athletes they follow. And it’s great to see that passion expressed in things like WWE-dnesday. I’m looking forward to seeing fans talking about ‘capes and costumes’ at one end of the comics rack and arguing about ‘heels and faces’ further down the aisle. It’s going to make for an exciting day on December 11th and plenty of other Wednesdays in the months to come!”

WWE: SUPERSTARS #1 by Mick Foley and Alitha Martinez is available in comic book shops nationwide on December 11th, 2013. To find a comic shop near you go to http://www.comicshoplocator.com/ or dial 1-888-COMIC BOOK. Digital copies will be available on a day and date release schedule at Comixology.

ABOUT SUPER GENIUS COMICS: Super Genius Comics is an imprint of Papercutz, one of the US’ leading graphic novel publishers. Dedicated to creating top quality graphic entertainment for teens and adults, Super Genius Comics’ mission is to provide first class storytelling while expanding comics’ appeal and readership. WWE Superstars is the debut publication of the Super Genius line. To find out more visit http://supergeniuscomics.com/.

DARK HORSE

ABE SAPIEN #8

Guest artist Michael Avon Oeming (The Victories, Powers)

Mike Mignola (W), Scott Allie (W), Michael Avon Oeming (A/Variant), Dave Stewart (C), and Max Fiumara (Cover)

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

Abe dives into a horrific cavern believed to be a portal to the Mayan version of Hell!

• Ties in to Hellboy in Mexico!

• A complete story in one issue—a perfect jumping-on point for the ongoing series!

“Ah . . . feel that? That’s the breath of fresh air that is Abe Sapien.”—iFanboy

ABE SAPIEN VOLUME 3: DARK & TERRIBLE & THE NEW RACE OF MAN TP

On the run at the End of the World!

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Scott Allie (W), John Arcudi (W), Sebastian Fiumara (A), Max Fiumara (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

FC, 144 pages, $19.99

TP, 7” x 10”

On the run from the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, a mutated Abe Sapien faces horrifying monsters, desperate madmen, and cities in ruin, on his quest to reveal his own role in the end of the world. Collects Abe Sapien #1–#5.

• The beginning of the new ongoing series!

“Fiumara’s art is gorgeous.”—Comic Book Resources

To tell you the truth, when Mike Mignola introduced Abe Sapien as one of the first three extra-human B.P.R.D. operatives (the other two being Hellboy and Liz Sherman), I was a bit disappointed. A water character? Didn't years of Aquaman being useless in the Justice League and Aqualad being useless in the Teen Titans teach him anything?

But that shows why Mike Mignola is a famous, successful comic-book creator guy and I am just another idiot. Sure enough, Sapien's water-based abilities (swims fast, breathes water) aren't very useful. But Mignola & Co. have developed Abe's personality to where he's the backbone of the B.P.R.D. and often the most interesting -- and usually the most admirable -- member of the whole cast.

Needless to say, I've got this on order.

BRAIN BOY #0

The Secret Service’s top agent knows EXACTLY what you’re thinking!

Fred Van Lente (W), Freddie Williams II (P), Ego (C), and Ariel Olivetti (Cover)

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

One-shot

When the United States Secret Service needs to make sure a location is safe for the president, they call Matt Price, a.k.a. Brain Boy, the world’s most powerful telepath. Raised by his parents’ employer after their deaths, Matt studied and honed his incredible psychic abilities under the tutelage of Albright Industries. Jump back in time to one of Brain Boy’s first missions with this #0 issue. He may have a powerful mind, but he’s in over his head! Collects the Brain Boy run from Dark Horse Presents!

• Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong) and Freddie Williams II (Green Arrow, Captain Atom) team up!

• A great jumping-on point for new readers!

I keep meaning to sample this, but I keep forgetting because I don't really have very high hopes. Brain Boy's provenance isn't very encouraging: He started as a mediocre and short-lived character at Dell in the early 1960s, and his powers -- telekinesis, telepathy -- aren't exactly unexplored in comics. But, hey, if Abe Sapien can be interesting, maybe this guy can be, too. Anyone reading it? This looks like a good jumping-on point.

CLOWN FATALE #2 (of 4)

WHEN YOU WANT A JOB DONE RIGHT . . . SEND IN THE CLOWNS!

Victor Gischler (W), Maurizio Rosenzweig (A), Moreno Dinisio (C), and Tim Seeley (Cover)

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

Harlequin vixens Chloe, Aya, Tina, and Candy may not be assassins, but they’re armed and dangerous and pissed. The girls must accept a local-yokel crime boss’s murder-for-hire contract if they ever hope to escape the demeaning life of being clowns in a two-bit circus.

• Featuring covers by Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash/Revival).

• By Victor Gischler (Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike—A Dark Place, Kiss Me, Satan!)!

CONAN AND THE PEOPLE OF THE BLACK CIRCLE #3 (of 4)

CONAN BATTLES FOR A KIDNAPPED QUEEN!

Fred Van Lente (W) and Ariel Olivetti (A/C/Cover)

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Miniseries

Desperate soldiers, ruthless mercenaries, vengeance-crazed tribesmen, and evil sorcerers—they’re all out for Conan’s blood! After the Black Seers of Yimsha seize Queen Yasmina and withdraw to their mountain fortress, will the Cimmerian be able to reclaim the woman that he himself has taken hostage?

• From Fred Van Lente and Ariel Olivetti, the celebrated team behind Hercules and Hulk!

• Conan like you’ve never seen him—fully painted by Olivetti!

• With The Legend of Conan announced for 2014, Dark Horse’s Conan is essential reading!

EERIE #4

WARNING: READING MAY INDUCE FEAR AND REVULSION!

Al Ewing (W), Dan Jolley (W), Howard Chaykin (W/A), Ales Kot (W), Kelley Jones (A), Norm Breyfogle (A), and Jim Pavelec (Cover)

B&W, 32 pages, $3.99

Ongoing

Cousin Eerie’s back to write you a prescription for terror! Prepare to show symptoms of psychological disturbance after psychotreatment by Professor Al Ewing and Kelley “Sawbones” Jones, while Dan Jolley, MD and Dr. Norm Breyfogle diagnose you with eternal doom! It’s time for your annual chilling checkup!

• Stomach-turning tales ripped from Grey’s Scarenatomy!

• Kelley Jones (Criminal Macabre) and Norm Breyfogle (Batman) lay down the ink with surgical precision!

• Monster gallery by Howard Chaykin!

I didn't pay any attention to this, because I assumed it was related to Papercutz' Creepy, which is aimed at kids. But looking at the creators involved in this -- Chaykin, Jones, Breyfogle, etc. -- it's clearly for adults. If there's ever a trade, I'll be signing up!

MICHAEL AVON EOMING'S THE VICTORIES VOLUME 2: TRANSHUMAN TP

Powers co-creator  Michael Avon Oeming!

Michael Avon Oeming (W/A/Cover and Nick Filardi (C)

FC, 160 pages, $17.99

TP, 7” x 10”

Following the Jackal’s face-off with Faustus and an attack on the US infrastructure, the Victories face a plague of new evils. Can the Victories overcome their own spiritual demons to keep the team together and save the world? Collects issues #1–#5 of the ongoing series and DHP installments.

• Metatron and DD Mau’s secrets unveiled!

• A dark world of paranoid conspiracy!

“He transitions from one area to another of the city; histories between teammates, and motivations are executed masterfully.”—Bloody Disgusting

SHAOLIN COWBOY #3 (of 4)

ZOMBIE CARNAGE FROM GEOF DARROW!

Geof Darrow (W/A/Cover) and Dave Stewart (C)

FC, 40 pages, $3.99

Ongoing

The saga of the Shaolin Cowboy’s war against the walking dead, who have followed him from the Fourth Level of Hell, is running on fumes. Will he, with only his fists and twin chainsaws, be able to reform this congress of the undead before its mindless hunger and overpowering self-interest overrun the world?!

• From multiple Eisner winner Geof Darrow (Hard Boiled, Big Guy and Rusty)!

• Comics’ brutalest hero is back!

• Don’t miss Darrow each month in Dark Horse Presents!

Now a four-issue series!

"What do a talking horse and a shaolin priest have in common? Each other. Add to this strange pair a band of assassins (including a talking monkey with a gun) and you get Shaolin Cowboy." —Comic Critique 

STAR WARS #12

Brian Wood! Star Wars!

Brian Wood (W), Carlos D’Anda (A), Gabe Eltaeb (C), and Hugh Fleming (Cover)

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Ongoing

After a battle with the Empire, it is a time of reunions, departures, and reassessments. Han and Chewie return from their mission to Coruscant, Luke deals with love lost, and Leia must accept greater responsibilities within the Rebellion. But first she has an important announcement for the Rebel commanders . . .

• Wedge forms Rogue Squadron!

• Leia uncovers a deep betrayal!

“If you ever wondered if Star Wars could ever recapture that childlike glee of those earliest of memories, wonder no more. Star Wars is back and it’s never been better.”—Newsarama

“Wood's stories are filled with sentiment and suspense, action and adventure.”—Comic Book Resources

VAMPIRE HUNTER D VOLUME 20: SCENES OF AN UNHOLY WAR TP

D battles the Black Death!

Hideyuki Kikuchi (W) and Yoshitaka Amano (A/W)

B&W, 180 pages, $11.99

TP, 5 1/8" x 7 1/4"

In a village on the edge of the Frontier, D is among the warriors and mercenaries hired to defend the village from the Black Death, a notorious bandit gang. But the bandits don’t arrive, and the village mayor dismisses the mercenaries. As D leaves the scene, he’s struck by “sunlight syndrome”—the deadly ailment unique to dhampirs!

• The twentieth volume of the series.

• Features gorgeous black-and-white line illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano.

• Presented in English for the first time!

X #8

THE DOGS HAVE THEIR DAY!

Duane Swierczynski (W), Eric Nguyen (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and Alex Garner (Cover)

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Ongoing

Ruidoso and his partners have Leigh safely in custody, but Lt. Setter and his Dogs of War will stoop to any low to snatch her away. The struggle within the police force erupts into a full-on firefight when X shows up to enforce his own law—and what he does next will shock you!

• The high-octane series that’s been flooring readers!

• An intense conclusion to the “Dogs of War” arc!

“Nguyen does not hold back. Everything from explosions to knife wounds to headless corpses are all captured with gory accuracy.”—Major Spoilers

DC COMICS

ASTRO CITY #7

Written by KURT BUSIEK

Art by BRENT ANDERSON

Cover by ALEX ROSS

40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

A major new 4-part epic begins featuring Winged Victory, Samaritan and the Confessor, three of Astro City’s most popular heroes. It begins when a young boy seeks sanctuary and training at Winged Victory’s school for battered women—and builds to revelations, accusations and a threat that may spell the end of her heroic career. Plus: Winged Victory’s origin is revealed at last.

Is it just impossible to create a superhero universe without Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman analogues? Seems so. But as we like to say around here, there aren't any bad characters, only bad writers. And since the writer here is Kurt Busiek, Confessor, Samaritan and Winged Victory will be awesome.

BATMAN #26

Written by SCOTT SNYDER

Art by GREG CAPULLO and DANNY MIKI

Cover by GREG CAPULLO

1:25 Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN

1:100 B&W Variant cover by GREG CAPULLO

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for details.

ZERO YEAR continues! With Gotham City thrown into total chaos by The Riddler, Batman and Jim Gordon must learn to work together! This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE #4

Written by NATHAN EDMONDSON, DUSTIN NGUYEN, MICHAEL ALLRED, LEE ALLRED, DAVID MACHO and SEAN “CHEEKS” GALLOWAY

Art by KENNETH ROCAFORT, DUSTIN NGUYEN, MICHAEL ALLRED, RUBEN PELLEJERO and SEAN “CHEEKS” GALLOWAY

Cover by AMANDA CONNER

48 pg, B&W, 4 of 6, $4.99 US • RATED T

The latest issue of the new BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE miniseries serves up new tales of the Dark Knight from the creative talents of Nathan Edmondson and Kenneth Rocafort, Dustin Nguyen, Michael Allred and Lee Allred, David Macho and Ruben Pellejero and Sean “Cheeks” Galloway!

I've been enjoying this series. Batman lends himself to B&W, and the savings on not using full color means extra pages. It's still a little pricey, but usually worth it.

BATMAN: LI’L GOTHAM #9

Written by DEREK FRIDOLFS and DUSTIN NGUYEN

Art and cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN

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

When Batman and Robin chase the cunning Clayface into Gotham City’s biggest Comic-Con, they run into security, other heroes, and trouble! And on Labor Day, Jenna Duffy—carpenter to Gotham City’s criminal class—takes the day off. But will interruptions doom her personal project?

COFFIN HILL #3

Written by CAITLIN KITTREDGE

Art by INAKI MIRANDA

Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

The woods of Coffin Hill offer up some old bones, but the fate of the two missing teenagers remains a mystery. Nate reluctantly accepts Eve’s help with his investigation when he hits a wall. And just as Nate and Eve rekindle their disastrous relationship, Eve’s friend Mel wakes from her ten-year catatonic state and tells Eve that more darkness than she ever suspected has awakened along with her…

CONSTANTINE #9

Written by RAY FAWKES

Art by ACO

Cover by HOWARD PORTER

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

Who is John Constantine? Lost and confused now that he’s sold himself out to the Cold Flame, John becomes vulnerable to attack by Spellbinder! What secrets will be revealed when John is forced to travel though his own mind?

DC COMICS ESSENTIALS ACTION COMICS #1

(W) Grant Morrison (A) Rags Morales, Rick Bryant (CA) Rags Morales

The one and only Grant Morrison (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN) returns to Superman, joined by sensational artist Rags Morales (IDENTITY CRISIS), to bring you tales of The Man of Steel unlike any you've ever read! Don't miss this promotionally priced reprint of this cornerstone issue!

$1.00

DC COMICS — THE NEW 52 VILLAINS OMNIBUS HC

Written by GEOFF JOHNS, STERLING GATES, GREG PAK, MATT KINDT, DAN DIDIO, ANN NOCENTI, JEFF LEMIRE, CHARLES SOULE, PETER J. TOMASI, JAMES TYNION IV, GAIL SIMONE and others

Art by various

3D Motion montage cover by various

1,184 pg, FC, $150.00 US

The Joker! Grodd! Darkseid! Lex Luthor! These and dozens of other DCU evildoers took center stage in September’s giant Villains Month event! This incredible book collects JUSTICE LEAGUE #23.1-23.4, JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #7.1-7.4, JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #23.1-23.2, AQUAMAN #23.1-23.2, EARTH 2 #15.1-15.2, THE FLASH #23.1-23.3, GREEN ARROW #23.1, WONDER WOMAN #23.1-23.2, ACTION COMICS #23.1-23.4, SUPERMAN #23.1-23.4, BATMAN/SUPERMAN #3.1, BATMAN #23.1-23.4, BATMAN AND ROBIN #23.1-23.4, BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #23.1-23.4, DETECTIVE COMICS #23.1-23.4, GREEN LANTERN #23.1-23.4, SWAMP THING #23.1 and TEEN TITANS #23.1-23.2.

Retailers: The 3D motion cover will be available only on the first printing of this title.

FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS #6

Written by SIMON OLIVER

Art by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ

Cover by NATHAN FOX

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

When the newest member of the team is introduced, nothing is what it first appears—again! The agents of the FBP have learned to deal with unruly physics, but can they learn to deal with each other? The turbulent nature of the FBP gets even crazier in issue #6.

FOREVER EVIL: ARKHAM WAR #3

Written by PETER J. TOMASI

Art by SCOT EATON and JAIME MENDOZA

Cover by JASON FABOK

1:25 B&W Variant cover by JASON FABOK

32 pg, FC, 3 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED T

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

As the battle for control over Gotham City escalates, a new protector rises. But first, it’s the face-off you won’t want to miss: Killer Croc vs. Bane!

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #26

Written by VAN JENSEN and ROBERT VENDITTI

Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG

1:25 B&W Variant cover by BERNARD CHANG

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

It’s Lantern vs. Lantern as John Stewart battles Hal Jordan for the leadership of the Corps! For months, John Stewart has let his anger build as Hal Jordan sent Guy Gardner into the Red Lanterns and declared war against other corps across the spectrum. After the devastating events of “LIGHTS OUT,” John is determined to rebuild the Corps as he sees fit—even if it means taking down his oldest friend!

JUSTICE LEAGUE #25

Written by GEOFF JOHNS

Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO

1:25 Variant cover by AARON KUDER

1:100 B&W Variant cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for more information.

FOREVER EVIL continues as the Crime Syndicate hunts down the few heroes left foolish enough to challenge them—including Batman’s protege, Dick Grayson. But Owlman has other plans for Nightwing...and Owlman’s teammate: the most deadly being on the planet: Ultraman!

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

This has been delayed for weeks. I can only imagine what havoc that's wreaking on all the related titles. (P.S.: I HAVE to imagine, because I'm trade-waiting, so it really won't affect me. Sorry, monthly buyers!) But it's an important book in The New 52 continuity, so I'm glad it's finally here.

JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #1

Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS

Art and cover by HOWARD PORTER

1:50 B&W Variant cover by HOWARD PORTER

RESOLICIT • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information. This title is resolicited. All previous orders are canceled.

The new series starring the heroes of today—tomorrow is resolicited, now with legendary artist Howard Porter (JLA) on board! But what are these heroes doing in the year 3000? And who (or what) brought them there? Get ready for a dose of wonder from the writing team of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis!

Strange. The comics press reported that Giffen and DeMatteis were fired off this book, and then it was delayed -- presumably to bring in another creative team to do whatever it was that DC wanted that Giffen & DeMatteis hadn't provided. But here it is, really late, but with the same writers listed. Curious.

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #10

Written by MATT KINDT

Art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA

1:25 Variant cover by DALE EAGLESHAM

1:100 B&W Variant cover by EDDY BARROWS and EBER FERREIRA

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for more information.

A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! The survivors of the Crime Syndicate’s attack now face a world where Earth’s most dangerous criminals are in charge. Can they bring a new team together in time to combat them?

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

JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE CREATING THE DC UNIVERSE OMNIBUS HC

Written by STAN LEE and MICHAEL USLAN

Art by JIM LEE, CHRIS BACHALO, DARWYN COOKE, DAVE GIBBONS, GARY FRANK, KANO, JOE KUBERT, JOHN BUSCEMA, KYLE BAKER, MICHAEL WM. KALUTA, JOHN BYRNE, STUART IMMONEN, KEVIN MAGUIRE, SERGIO ARAGONES, WALTER SIMONSON, RICHARD CORBEN and others

Cover by ADAM HUGHES

Resolicit • 728 pg, FC, $75.00 US

The entire JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE CREATING THE DC UNIVERSE event from 2001 is collected in hardcover for the first time! Don’t miss Stan “The Man” Lee’s startlingly different visions of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, The Sandman, the Justice League of America and more, in collaboration with cowriter Michael Uslan and dozens of top comics artists!

This project didn't turn out nearly as good as I'd hoped.

KATANA #10

Written by ANN NOCENTI

Art by ALEX SANCHEZ and WAYNE FAUCHER

Cover by ALEX SANCHEZ

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Katana must choose: Side with her new Sword Clan allies or her old friend Shun as the Mad Samurai plots his revenge!

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #1

Written by DAN MISHKIN and JIM ZUBKAVICH

Art by TOM MANDRAKE and NEIL GOOGE

Cover by DAVID WILLIAMS

96 pg, FC, $9.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

In “Without Sin,” when the disfigured body of a priest is uncovered at a Gotham City demolition site, all clues lead Batman to suspect one of his old foes. But in Gotham City, not everything is as it appears. Plus: In “Dr. Quinn’s Diagnosis,” Batman interrogates Harley Quinn, who might reveal her puddin’s secrets…if Batman agrees to one strange demand.

Is digital-first the wave of the future? That's the way newspapers are going, but comic books aren't newspapers. My Magic 8-Ball says "Answer Unclear. Ask Again Later." Stupid 8-Ball.

NIGHTWING #26

Written by KYLE HIGGINS

Art and cover by WILL CONRAD

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

With the events of FOREVER EVIL looming, Nightwing enters the final stages of life as he knows it!

It's unlikely that DC will kill off Nightwing, given how fan outrage forced Dan DiDio to shelve those plans once. So the line reading "final stages of life as he knows it" could and probably does refer to a new status quo with his identity revealed.

To tell you the truth, I never found Dick Grayson very compelling as Nightwing. I know, I know: heresy. But he was the most redundant of the Bat-family, and fought with sticks. Really nice sticks, sure, but sticks. Maybe this will make him more interesting to me.

But the idea that Grayson's identity being revealed doesn't immediately unmask Batman -- and all the rest of the crew -- really stretches my credulity. I'm curious to see how they'll address that.

SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #40

Written by SHOLLY FISCH

Art by TBD

Cover by SCOTT GROSS

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E

The TexMex Shipping company delivers on time, every time—unless you live in Jackpot, which takes its “ghost town” reputation a little TOO seriously. Scooby and the gang are about to trade the Mystery Machine for a TexMex truck and go undercover to unmask a six-shootin’ specter!

SMALLVILLE: ALIEN #1

Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER

Art by EDGAR SALAZAR and DYM

Cover by CAT STAGGS

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

A new SMALLVILLE miniseries begins! Superman has barely adjusted to his new status quo when he finds himself racing against time (and Lex Luthor!) to uncover the secret behind a Russian meteor strike. Something has fallen from space—and it looks an awful lot like a Monitor! Don’t miss “Alien” part 1 of 4!

SUICIDE SQUAD #26

Written by MATT KINDT

Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER

Cover by STEVE SKROCE

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

A FOREVER EVIL tie-in! With a murderous King Shark on her tail, Amanda Waller must go deeper into the depths of Belle Reve to free a mysterious prisoner so dangerous that only she knows of his existence! Meanwhile, it’s a battle royal between the Squad’s two Gotham City psychos: Harley Quinn and James Gordon, Jr.!

I refer in the Batgirl entry to James Gordon Jr.'s "(supposed) death." This sort of lets that particular cat out of the bag, doesn't it?

SUPERBOY #26

Written by FRANK HANNAH and MARV WOLFMAN

Art by ANDRES GUINALDO

Cover by RAFA SANDOVAL

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Lost in time with the Teen Titans, Superboy comes to some startling revelations about his origins and future! Can he and the team rescue Kid Flash and find the way back to their own era?

SUPERMAN—ACTION COMICS VOL. 2: BULLETPROOF TP

Written by GRANT MORRISON, SHOLLY FISCH and MAX LANDIS

Art by RAGS MORALES, GENE HA, CULLY HAMNER, BEN OLIVER, CAFU, BRAD WALKER, RYAN SOOK and others

Cover by RAGS MORALES

224 pg, FC, $16.99 US

This new ACTION COMICS title features President Superman, Nimrod the Hunter, The Forgotten Superman and much more! Plus: meet “The Boy Who Stole Superman’s Cape,” in a tale from Clark Kent’s early days in Metropolis. Collecting ACTION COMICS #9-12, 0 and ACTION COMICS ANNUAL #1.

SUPERMAN — ACTION COMICS VOL. 3: AT THE END OF DAYS HC

Written by GRANT MORRISON and SHOLLY FISCH

Art by RAGS MORALES, TRAVEL FOREMAN, BRAD WALKER, CHRIS SPROUSE and others

Cover by BRYAN HITCH

224 pg, FC, $24.99 US

Grant Morrison’s run on ACTION COMICS reaches its conclusion with this new hardcover collecting issues #13-18 of the series. The Multitude returns, and Superman must face them on Mars! Then, the Man of Steel is on trial—and the jury is made up of the Anti-Superman Army! Plus: What is the secret of the Little Man?

 

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #3

Written by CHARLES SOULE

Art and cover by TONY S. DANIEL and BATT

1:25 Variant cover by GUILLEM MARCH

1:100 B&W Variant cover by TONY S. DANIEL and BATT

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

Retailers: This issue will ship with four covers. Please see the order form for details.

Zod unleashed! Can Superman and Wonder Woman stop this madman before he gains full power under the Earth’s yellow sun? Guest-starring the JLA, and featuring a shocking conclusion that could mean the end of Superman and Wonder Woman together!

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

Man, I don't want to be anywhere around when these two break up. I had an ex who soaped my car once, but I shudder to think what she'd have done with super-strength.

WORLDS’ FINEST #18

Written by PAUL LEVITZ

Art by R.B. SILVA and JOE WEEMS

Cover by EMANUELA LUPACCINO

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

As Power Girl’s abilities grow increasingly uncontrollable and unpredictable, Huntress finds herself without backup as she stalks a new villain preying on the upper crust of New York City glamour.

YOUNG JUSTICE VOL. 4: INVASION TP

Written by GREG WEISMAN • Art and cover by CHRISTOPHER JONES

128 pg, FC, $12.99 US

In this action-packed collection from issues #20-25 of the all-ages series, Young Justice adds to its ranks in an effort to battle the impending invasion by The Collector of Worlds and Brainiac!

IDW PUBLISHING

DANGER GIRL THE CHASE #4

(W) Andy Hartnell (A) Harvey Taliboa (CA) Dan Panosian

The final episode is even faster and more frantic than the first three-and, dear reader, that's saying a lot! Abbey, Sydney and Sonya are on a frenzied collision course of a mission that finds them sliding headfirst into danger-will they come up safe, or be tagged out at the plate? Find out in the most energized comic you will read this year!

$3.99

DOCTOR WHO SERIES 2: GIRL WHO WAITED BOY WHO LIVED HC

$49.99

(W) Tony Lee & Various (A) Andrew Currie & Various

The complete 16-issue Series II featuring the first comic book tales of the 11th Doctor, as portrayed by Matt Smith, plus the 2011 Annual are collected in this volume.

Tony Lee, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Matthew Dow Smith & Dan McDaid (w)

Andrew Currie, Richard Piers Rayner, Horacio Domingues, Tim Hamilton, Mark Buckingham, Smith, Josh Adams, Paul Grist, Blair Shedd, Mitch Gerads & McDaid (a)

GHOSTBUSTERS ONGOING VOL 6 TP

$17.99

(W) Erik Burnham (A) Dan Schoening, Evan Shaner (CA) Albert Carreres

The original Ghostbusters are back in Manhattan, picking up the pieces of their interrupted lives. Ray and Egon throw themselves into their research, while a decision Janine made when she was busting ghosts comes back to haunt her, and to top all of that a ghost ship roams the waters off Long Island.

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GI JOE #11

$3.99

(W) Fred Van Lente (A/CA) Steve Kurth

THE ORIGIN OF ROADBLOCK! How did a humble army chef become the man-mountain we know and love? (Hint: It wasn't through home cooking!)

GI JOE SPECIAL MISSIONS #10

$3.99

(W) Chuck Dixon (A) Paul Gulacy (CA) Paul Gulacy, Will Rosado

DESTRO MUST DIE-PART ONE! The Special Missions team recruits Copperback from a Supermax prison to lead them to her former employer: Laird DESTRO. COBRA's favorite weapons maker is in G.I. JOE's crosshairs. But only if they can survive their alliance with the deadly and duplicitous Copperback.

HAUNTED HORROR #8

$3.99

"Dear Pre-Code Horror Fans, A BIG thanks to all the folks that come up to me at conventions where I've been a guest and said how they "got" and love what we are doing with this comic: reprinting beautifully reproduced, never seen, rare horror comic book stories with amazing art or wild concepts. All this love for Haunted Horror by fans and the support by comic shop owners is deeply appreciated! Please join the Facebook group Horror Comics: 1950s and Beyond for news, comic covers, foreign treasures, rare original art, and the fun fellowship of a great group of collectors and horror comics fans." -Craig Yoe, aka the horror host Forelock the Warlock.

INDESTRUCTIBLE #1

(W) Jeff Kline (A) Javi Garron, Salvia Garcia (CA) Jose Lopez

$3.99

San Diego, CA (November 15, 2013) – Darby Pop Publishing in partnership with IDW launches the first in its new line of all-original comic books this December with the release of the satiric superhero tale, Indestructible.

Indestructible is the story of a not-so-heroic slacker, Greg Pincus who when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time, thwarts a robbery with what the general public believes to be “superpowers.”

This ongoing series will explore the pitfalls of celebrity, and examine just how far an “average Joe” will go to maintain his (potentially lethal) fame and the perks that come with it.

Indestructible #1 is written by Jeff Kline, penciled by Javi Garron, inked by Salvi Garcia and colored by Alejandro Sanchez. Jose Lopez is providing the main cover, with Bernard Chang providing a special subscription variant cover.

Jeff Kline has been responsible for more than 40 animated and live-action television series and pilots including Transformers Prime, and G.I. Joe: Renegades. His passion for storytelling also led him to found Darby Pop Publishing in early 2013.

I know nothing about this. But clearly IDW has high hopes for it, so it's worth checking out.

JUDGE DREDD COMPLETE CARLOS EZQUERRA HC VOL 01 RED LABEL ED

(W) John Wagner (A/CA) Carlos Ezquerra

The first collection of tales illustrated by Carlos Ezquerra, limited to 250 copies in a custom-designed slipcase! Packaged with a hardcover portfolio featuring 12 exclusive lithographs, and signed by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra!

LIL ABNER HC VOL 06

(W/A/CA) Al Capp

Beware, readers, beware! Amidst such buxom beauties as Daisy Mae, Wolf Gal, and Moonbeam McSwine, nothing can prepare Abner-or you!-for (*choke*) Lena the Hyena, the woman so hideous, so frightening, that men literally leave their country to avoid her face. When Fearless Fosdick cartoonist Lester Gooch plans to bring Lena from Lower Slobbovia to America, it sets off a fantastic chain of events that ropes in Boris Karloff, Frank Sinatra, and Salvador Dali!

$49.99

MAGIC THE GATHERING THEROS #2

(W) Jason Ciaramella (A) Martin Coccolo (CA) Dan Scott

Dack Fayden follows the trail of his most recent stolen artifact to THEROS, where he makes his way to a sinister island that holds the secrets of his newest acquisition. But such powerful artifacts are rarely left unguarded...

$4.99

MAXX MAXXIMIZED #2

$3.99

(W) Sam Kieth, William Messner-Loebs (A/CA) Sam Kieth

The second issue of Sam Kieth's classic MAXX series continues with all pages completely rescanned from Sam's original art, and new coloring that is overseen by the creator. For longtime fans, this completely remastered version of Kieth's quirky classic is truly a brand new look at an old and treasured friend. For those just new to the Maxx, Julie, and the Outback... we envy your discovering it for the first time!

MEMORY COLLECTORS #2

(W) Menton3, Ben Murphy (A) Menton3, Ben Templesmith (CA) Menton3

Magdalena and Edith join the mercurial Beatrice and venture forth to battle demon-vampire hordes in an attempt to confront the actual forces behind them. Amid the ensuing chaos, the models-turned-hunters pay a severe price for their perceived transgression.

$3.99

OTHER DEAD #4

(W) Joshua Ortega, Digger T. Mesch (A) Qing Ping Mui (CA) Michael Shoyket

The hurricane has hit land and President Obama is trapped with Tommy and Az in the zombie animal-infested disaster zone! All-star creators Kevin Eastman (TMNT), Joshua Ortega (Gears of War), and Digger T Mesch (Agent 88) join up with rising star Qing Ping Mui for the action-packed fourth issue of the year's most talked-about new horror series!

$3.99

POWERPUFF GIRLS #4

(W/A/CA) Troy Little

Beware crime, for the City of Townsville is being overrun with heroes! That's right, the Ex-Villains have teamed up alongside the Powerpuff Girls as protectors of this fair city! Wow, Blossom was right; everyone DOES deserve a second chance after all! But WAIT... What's that sound? Where is that evil laughter coming from? Oh no, something is going very wrong! Powerpuff Girls - HELP!!!

$3.99

POWERPUFF GIRLS CLASSICS VOL 2: POWER UP TP

(W) Jennifer Moore & Various (A) Phil Moy & Various (CA) Phil Moy

They're cute. They're fun. And they're powerful! The Cartoon Network classic Powerpuff Girls return in this collection of comic-book adventures. Featuring issues #5-10 of their ongoing series, this second volume includes hi-jinks like "Holy Molar," "Dial 'M' for Mojo," "Creature at Large," and more!

$19.99

ROCKETEER SPIRIT PULP FRICTION #4

(W) Mark Waid (A/CA) Jason Bone

In Central City, Denny and Cliff, AKA The Spirit and The Rocketeer, are on the trail of a deviously dangerous, glove-wearing foe-but will they be able to unravel the web of mystery and intrigue they have become embroiled in? Find out in the grand finale of Pulp Friction, as two timeless characters finally discover the truth... or do they? Bonus! What happens to our hapless heroines, Betty and Ellen?

$3.99

THUMBPRINT BY JOE HILL HC

(W) Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella (A/CA) Vic Malhotra

Private Mallory Grennan had done terrible things as an Abu Ghraib prison worker. After being discharged from the army, Mal thought she was leaving her sins behind to start a new life back home. But some things can't be left behind-some things don't want to be left behind. By Joe Hill and Jason Ciaramella, the writing team that brought you the Eisner-award nominated one-shot, The Cape, with art by Vic Malhotra.

$21.99

THUNDER AGENTS CLASSICS VOL 2 TP

(W) Bill Pearson & Various (A) Reed Crandall & Various (CA) Wally Wood, Ryan Brown

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Classics brings back all of the original silver age comics from the beginning. Volume 2 contains issues #5-7 and Dynamo #1 featuring the artwork of such comic luminaries as Wally Wood, Gil Kane, Dan Adkins, Reed Crandall, Steve Ditko, and more!

$29.99

If you don't already have this material in one form or another, the Wally Wood material makes it worth having. (The rest isn't terribly good.)

TMNT 25TH ANNIVERSARY HC

(W/A) Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird (CA) Kevin Eastman

This special collection is a re-mastered & expanded version of the enormously popular and completely sold out TMNT 25th Anniversary Book. Hand-picked by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman as "some of his personal all-time favorite Turtles tales," this 25th Anniversary special not only brings back some of the "classics" of the early years, but Eastman was able to re-master, re-touch, and with a few very special stories - color them - for the very first time!

$49.99

TMNT COLOR CLASSICS SERIES 2 #2

(W/A/CA) Kevin Eastman

"The Unmentionables." On the snowy streets of Northampton, a bored Casey Jones has gone from vigilante to old-school gumshoe, prowling the quiet streets looking for a case. He gets his wish in the form of a stolen golden cow, a kidnapped April O'Neil, and Slovakian mobsters! Can the Turtles bail him out of this misadventure of bovine proportions? Originally published as Mirage's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #14.

$3.99

TMNT ULT COLL VOL 5 HC

(W/A) Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird (CA) Kevin Eastman

This final Ultimate Collection brings the end of the "City At War" storyline and concludes the Eastman & Laird era of TMNT. Featuring brand-new annotations by Eastman and Laird as well as an all-new cover by Eastman, this is a must-have for TMNT collectors and fans.

$49.99

TRANSFORMERS MONSTROSITY TP

(W) Chris Metzen, Flint Dille (A/CA) Livio Ramondelli

In the early days of the war on CYBERTRON, OPTIMUS PRIME puts everything on the line to unify the planet-but not everyone agrees that this new Prime should be in charge! Meanwhile, the fallen DECEPTICON leader, MEGATRON, begins a journey that will change everything.

$19.99

TRANSFORMERS PRIME BEAST HUNTERS #8

(W) Mairghread Scott, Mike Johnson (A) Agustin Padilla, Atilio Rojo (CA) Ken Christiansen

THE FIGHT FOR CYBERTRON! GRIMLOCK and his DINOBOTS meet up with old allies and try to stop the new threat to the planet. But as things get heated, the outcome becomes uncertain. A new beginning... or the end of the DINOBOTS?

$3.99

WRAITH WELCOME TO CHRISTMASLAND #2

(W) Joe Hill (A/CA) Charles Paul Wilson III

Desperate men will do desperate things. It was desperation that drove Chess Llewelyn to commit a crime that bought him seven years hard time... and it's desperation of another sort that drives the King Geek, Denis Sikes, to attempt a jailbreak of staggering ingenuity and violence. Chess will find himself hauled along for the ride: a ride so terrifying it could almost be one of the attractions in scenic Christmasland!

$3.99

Krampus? Is that you?

X-FILES CLASSICS HUNDRED PENNY PRESS ED #1

(W) Stefan Petrucha (A) Charlie Adlard (CA) Sam Sheron

Check out the first time the truth was in comics, with this new edition of the first Topps X-Files comic, for only a buck!

$1.00

X-FILES SEASON 10 #7

(W) Joe Harris (A) Elena Casagrande (CA) Carlos Valenzuela

Hosts, Part 2 of 2: Missing persons reports point to the return of the "giant, bloodsucking worm" known as the Flukeman, sending Mulder to Martha's Vineyard to invesigate and Scully to Quantico to examine the supposed remains of the creature. And what they both discover lies beyond belief and terror!

$3.99

 

IMAGE COMICS

ALEX + ADA #1 2ND PTG

(W) Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn (A/CA) Jonathan Luna

From JONATHAN LUNA (GIRLS, THE SWORD, Spider-Woman, ULTRA) and SARAH VAUGHN (Sparkshooter) comes ALEX + ADA, a sci-fi drama set in the near future. The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But when Ada is dropped into his life, will Alex keep her?

The first issue sold out at the distributor level. In light of its success, ALEX + ADA has been expanded from 12 issues to a 15-issue series.

Praise for ALEX + ADA #1:

“I'm hard pressed to imagine a reader that wouldn't be intrigued enough to come back for issue two to see exactly where Luna and Vaughn plan to take this story. On the whole Alex + Ada #1 is simply an excellent start to an exciting new book.” --Kelly Thompson, Comic Book Resources

“Luna and Vaughan have taken what could have been a derivative story about androids and the humans who love them and turned it into a promising debut.” --Melissa Grey, IGN

$2.99

The first issue was all set up, and it's a pretty good set-up. In the near future, Alex is an anal-retentive young man (his apartment ridiculously clean and ordered, which I'm guessing is a plot point) who broke up with the love of his life seven months ago, and his friends and family are all worried that he hasn't been able to move on. Enter Ada, a Life Model Decoy android girl, given to him as a gift. It's been established that he thinks the whole idea of android lovers is gross, so I'm guessing the series will be about him getting past that idea (or there won't be much of a series).

Anyway, it's by Jonathan Luna, whose work I have mostly enjoyed, although his art is a bit sterile. There are some throwaway bits here that are interesting, like how at Alex's party there are virtually no romantic couples portrayed that are both hetero and of the same race. It's all a mixed bag, and come to think of it, that may be a plot point, too. I mean, if mixed race and non-heterosexual couples are the norm, that would imply that human/android pairs would have few if any social barriers in the way. The only impediment would be, of course, Alex's reluctance. Or, in this world, would that be considered bigotry?

Hmmm. I suppose I'll need to read a bit more to find out!

ALEX + ADA #2

Story JONATHAN LUNA & SARAH VAUGHN

Art / cover  JONATHAN LUNA

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

Alex struggles with figuring out what to do with Ada, his new android, before anyone finds out about her. She is not what he expected.

ARTIFACTS #25 10 COPY SGN ED

(W) Ron Marz (A) Marco Turini (CA) Stjepan Sejic

Signed by Marc Silvestri and Ron Marz.

$25.00

CHEW #38

Story JOHN LAYMAN

Art / cover ROB GUILLORY

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

“FAMLY RECIPE,” Part Three

Cibopath behind bars.

THE DARKNESS #116

(W) David Hine (A/CA) Jeremy Haun, John Rauch

Story DAVID HINE

Art / cover JEREMY HAUN & JOHN RAUCH

SERIES FINALE!

As The Darkness virus becomes a citywide epidemic, the Old Gods run rampant. What will it take for Jackie Estacado to reclaim the Darkness from his nefarious Doppelganger?

$3.99

According to the solicits, The Darkness ends here as a series, to be followed by an OGN (original graphic novel) titled The Darkness: The Death of Jackie Estacado.

That sounds pretty final, but a miniseries will follow that will set up a new status quo for the Top Cow superhero universe. Well, I'm assuming that's what it'll do, given that the current one was set up by Jackie Estacado, whose future doesn't look terribly bright.

Maybe soon I won't have to type "Estacado" any more! (I always have to look up the spelling.)

DEAD BODY ROAD #1 (of 6)

Story JUSTIN JORDAN

Art / cover MATTEO SCALERA & MORENO DINISIO

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

The men involved in his wife’s death must die. All of them.

Writer JUSTIN JORDAN (LUTHER STRODE) and artist MATTEO SCALERA (BLACK SCIENCE, Indestructible Hulk) craft the bruising story of one man’s revenge and the dark road he travels.

Revenge fantasies are a dime a dozen in comics, but Image has really been on a roll lately, so I'll check this one out.

DRUMHELLAR #1 2ND PTG

Warning: things are about to get very strange—even for paranormal detective Drum Hellar. When Hellar starts experiencing shock-induced visions, he’s compelled to pay a visit to a small town in South Dakota. But what he’s met with is not your usual South Dakotan. Flesh-eating bog-men, ex-girlfriend werewolves, and a psychedelic-stealing demon abound in this wonderfully weird new series from creators Alex Link and Riley Rossmo (WILD CHILDREN and COWBOY NINJA VIKING).

DRUMHELLAR #1 sold out at the distributor level and went back to press for a second printing to meet demand. Rave reviews include:

“Drumhellar proves that comics can do things other mediums can't. It crosses multiple genres in a spacious world that teems with imagination and care from the creators. I have no idea where Link and Rossmo are going to take us, but you can bet I’ll be along for the ride.” — Lonmonster, Bloody Disgusting

“Drumhellar #1 doesn’t disappoint, especially not to fans of Rossmo. It’s a strange, winding story with a cast quite unlike any other. The well-placed jokes and comedic situations only make it even better. Definitely worth a read.” — Leo Johnson, NerdSpan

“Rossmo’s art, as with anything he does, shines the brightest because he really lets himself go and just does the story the way he wants it. From his cleaner lines in the more normal scenes, to the uber colorful and crazy out of body experience that Drum has towards the end of the book, this book is Rossmo at his finest.” — Tyler Goulet, All-Comic.com

“This is one you can read a couple of times and get something new out of it. Well done guys, well done.” — James Anders II, Comic Bastards

“Alex and Riley have penned a funny and engaging mystery that rapidly opens up and pulls you in.” — Hansel Moreno, The Weekly Crisis

The first issue was full of interesting things, but not enough for me to have even the slightest idea what's going on.

Is that a review? Well, if not, then try this: "The story is really out there and could be interesting, a mash-up of soap opera and peyote dreams, but I'm not a big fan of the art style, which is cartoonish, which is OK, but not very polished, which isn't."

I'll be there for the next issue, below, to see if any of this makes any sense!

DRUMHELLAR #2

Story RILEY ROSSMO & ALEX LINK

Art / cover RILEY ROSSMO

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

Psychedelic detective Drum Hellar searches for a wayward bog-man, but finds mutilated livestock instead. Meanwhile, someone else has a gruesome job in mind for Drum's elusive, soggy bog-buddy, and a new mystery for him to investigate...himself!

GØDLAND FINALE

Story JOE CASEY

Art / cover TOM SCIOLI

72 PAGES / FC / T+ / $6.99

AT LONG LAST — THE FINALE IS HERE! 72 PAGES OF GIANT GØD-COMICS!

What began eight long years ago comes to its cosmic conclusion! Will all questions be answered? Let's just put it this way: THIS IS IT! The single issue where comic books are changed forever is finally dropping! Buy this book and take the next step!

This was delayed many, many, many weeks.

HAPPY! DELUXE HC

Story GRANT MORRISON

Art / cover DARICK ROBERTSON

128 PAGES / FC / T+ / OVERSIZED / $24.99

Meet Nick Sax: a corrupt, intoxicated ex-cop turned hit-man, adrift in a stinking twilight world of casual murder, soulless sex, eczema, and betrayal. With a hit gone wrong, a bullet in his side, the cops and the mob on his tail, and a monstrous child killer in a Santa suit on the loose, Nick and his world will be changed forever this Christmas by a tiny blue horse called Happy...

Re-presented as an oversized hardcover just in time for the holidays, this deluxe edition of HAPPY! includes an all-new 10-page story by creators GRANT MORRISON and DARICK ROBERTSON.

Collects HAPPY! #1-4

INVINCIBLE #107

(W) Robert Kirkman (A/CA) Ryan Ottley, John Rauch

Monax did not deserve this life. Monster Girl has to deal with her failure as a father (not a typo-it's complicated). All the while, the greatest foe Invincible has ever faced... plans to make his move.

$2.99

KRAMPUS! #1

Story BRIAN JOINES

Art / cover DEAN KOTZ

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

The only thing chillier than a Christmas Day blizzard is a visit from Krampus, the child-punishing demon of holiday lore. But when The Secret Society of Santa Clauses discovers their powers have been stolen, there’s no one else to turn to for help but their worst enemy.

Brian Joines and Dean Kotz team up to add a frosty touch to the festive season with their spin on Old Saint Nick and his demon counterpart, Krampus. In KRAMPUS!, a new monthly ongoing series, Father Christmas, Ded Moroz, Hoteiosho, and the rest of The Secret Society of Santa Clauses must rely on Krampus’ help or risk not being able to deliver gifts on time.

Writer Brian Joines was inspired by the one-on-one relationship that the Krampus figure has always had with Santa. “I liked the idea of the Krampus beholden to an organization greater than he was, something that lent itself to the portrayal of the Krampus as a put-upon protagonist," Joines explained. “Given that Santa has so many names around the globe, I thought it would be fun to make each name an individual working that particular territory. It shakes the paradigm up a bit.”

Joines puts a dark twist on Christmas and chooses to reimagine a long-forgotten demonic character from traditional tales. “I've always had a darker sense of humor and liked the idea that all the stories and legends we knew as kids had darker underbellies… like the Grimm's Fairy Tales,” said Joines. “When I found out that there was this demonic thing that used to ride around with Santa and punish wicked children… I knew I had to do something with that someday. It took a while to figure out how to use him, but once I did, the Krampus wrote himself.”

KRAMPUS! is a darkly comedic adventure series launching just in time for the holidays and for fans of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! It is sure to boost any reader’s Yuletide cheer, all year long.

Krampus is a real thing, a Feast of St. Stephen-cum-Christmas figure who stuffs bad kids in a bag and carries them off in German-speaking parts of Europe. That's about all I know about him from the photographs we run in the newspaper every year.

He is not to be confused with Black Pete (or Petes), who accompany Sinterklaas in the Netherlands, some former Dutch colonies and parts of Spain (long story), and listen down chimneys to identify bad children. Although, for all I know, they're related.

LAZARUS #5

Story GREG RUCKA

Art /cover MICHAEL LARK

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

NEW STORY ARC!

“LIFT,” Part One

Following Jonah’s betrayal, Forever is beginning to question the nature of family, in particular her own. Waste from all over the Carlyle domain travel to Denver in hopes of improving their lives.

 

MANIFEST DESTINY #1 2ND PTG

(W) Chris Dingess (A/CA) Matthew Roberts, Owen Gieni

In 1804, Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark set out on an expedition to explore the uncharted American frontier. This is the story of what they discovered lurking in the wilds...

Skybound's newest original series unveils the monsters of the western frontier in the adventure of a lifetime by writer CHRIS DINGESS (Being Human) and up-and-coming artist MATTHEW ROBERTS.

The first issue sold out at the distributor level.

Praise for MANIFEST DESTINY #1:

“Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts and Owen Gieni have produced an opening issue that will pique your interest and get you invested in our heroes. This is the kind of trailblazing you won't want to miss.” --David Pepose, Newsarama

“What I liked the best is the unknown, and what lies ahead… I am anxious to see what happens when this creative team is given a chance to unleash the strange and dangerous beasts that even Lewis and Clark themselves could not have seen coming… Go pick up this issue, and see for yourself. It's well worth a read. Trust me.” --Jeremy James, Geeked Out Nation

$2.99

The first issue was a delight, quickly sketching in the particulars of the series, getting our heroes on the move, setting up some potential betrayals in the future and offering the first attack on the Lewis & Clark Expedition that has nothing to do with the natural order. And I liked the art. Excellent!

MANIFEST DESTINY #2

Story CHRIS DINGESS

Art / cover MATTHEW ROBERTS & OWEN GIENI

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

Lewis and Clark uncover a new breed of savage creature with the Louisiana Purchase. No wonder the French gave it up so easily…

MORNING GLORIES, VOL. 6 TP

Story NICK SPENCER

Art JOE EISMA

Cover RODIN ESQUEJO

144 PAGES / FC / T+ / $14.99

After the climactic events of the Season Two premiere, the Glories and the Truants find themselves more lost than ever before, haunted by the things they've seen and done. Collecting the supense and heartbreak-filled arc DEMERITS.

Collects MORNING GLORIES #30-34

PROTECTORS, INC. #2

Written J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI

Art  GORDON PURCELL & MIKE ATIYEH

Cover A GORDON PURCELL & MIKE ATIYEH

Cover B RENAE DE LIZ & RAY DILLION

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

An unexplained local disappearance, a corpse that lands several hundred miles from the scene of the crime, and the very first death of one of the Protectors...what do these three seemingly unrelated incidents have in common? And why is Protectors, Inc. so determined to whitewash the possibility that the super-powered hero was murdered? Lieutenant Detective Riley may be the only one who really wants to discover the truth.

SATELLITE SAM #5

Story MATT FRACTION

Art / cover HOWARD CHAYKIN

32 PAGES / BW / M / $3.50

The plot sickens as Michael and Kara descend into some dark, DARK places together all in the name of discovering the truth behind Carlyle White's death. The only truth they're going to find is that some hungers never go away. Meanwhile, Guy finds himself between a rock and a hard place as his secret threatens to sneak out. It's sex, death, and live TV the way YOU demanded it from this summer's dark noir smash.

I recently read issues #2-5. Since I missed the first issue I feel a tiny bit lost, but I was able to follow the gist, I think.

The upshot is that Matt Fraction is doing a good job aping a typical Howard Chaykin story -- except, for a change, all the sex and naughty lingerie are important to the plot. And the lead character isn't a dashing, cynical, extremely well endowed Jewish man in his twenties.

In fact, there really isn't a lead character as such, since all the intrigue and plotting and events center around the character the book is named for, who is dead. Or maybe it's named for his television show, which isn't dead, but is in trouble.

Either way, I was only mildly intrigued. I'll probably read the first trade and make up my mind then if this is worth pursuing.

SHELTERED, VOL. 1 TP

Story ED BRISSON

Art / cover  JOHNNIE CHRISTMAS

128 PAGES / FC / T+ / $9.99

SPECIAL LOW INTRODUCTORY PRICE!

A PRE-APOCALYPTIC TALE OF SURVIVAL AT ANY COST.

In a pre-apocalyptic world where any day could be humanity’s last, the youth of Safe Haven make a decision based on self-preservation. With limited resources and the end of the world swiftly approaching, the kids band together to kill off their parents and take society into their own hands. The first five issues of Ed Brisson (COMEBACK, Secret Avengers) and Johnnie Christmas's (Continuum: The War Files) SHELTERED, an unnerving series about what happens when logistics of survival trump empathy, will be collected in trade paperback form on December 11.

Praise for SHELTERED:

"Sheltered #1 is a solid debut, one that should have readers back next month for the next installment. I'll definitely come back for more.” -- Greg McElhatton, Comic Book Resources

“Sheltered #1 begins to prove its true worth when it tears away from the obvious comparisons and the starting-point premise that has been well-tread in modern science fiction and horror.” -- Vince Ostrowski, Multiversity Comics

“Depending how they handle things, this could easily turn into the epic that The Walking Dead has in a post-apocalyptic setting.” -- Stuart Conover, ScienceFiction.com

“With its startling conclusion and inventive set-up, the team behind Sheltered is off to a stellar start. It's getting harder and harder to put a fresh spin on end-of-the-world narratives, but Brisson and Christmas have made it look easy.” -- Melissa Grey, IGN

“It's rare when a new comic book series can surprise you… Sheltered starts off with a different take on the survival stories we've seen many times. If that wasn't enough, Ed Brisson completely pulls the rug out from underneath your feet. Getting something new and different is such a treat.” --Tony Guerrero, Comic Vine

“Sheltered #1 leaves readers with a surprising twist at the last page. I can't wait to see what happens in the second issue.” --Jorge Solis, Bloody Disgusting

“Sheltered is a gut check. Brisson and Christmas have decided to come out swinging. A great read.” --Iann Robinson, Crave Online

The first volume of SHELTERED collects issues 1-5 of the series for $9.99.

SNAPSHOT TP

Script ANDY DIGGLE

Art / cover  JOCK

104 PAGES / BW / T+ / $12.99

When Jake Dobson finds a lost cell phone, he’s horrified to discover it’s full of snapshots of a murder victim. Suddenly he finds himself hunted by a ruthless hit-man who will stop at nothing to recover his "proof of kill" photos - and silence Jake forever!

Collects SNAPSHOT #1-4

THREE #3

Story KIERON GILLEN

Art / cover RYAN KELLY & JORDIE BELLAIRE

historical consultant PROF. STEPHEN HODKINSON

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

Curse the Spartan who is a Trembler. Shave his beard. Rip his cloak. Beat or spit on him if you will. If you found yourself condemned in such a fashion, a few short years after all of Sparta's men ran, the hypocrisy could bite. Discover why it's not just the helots who suffer under Spartan Law, and discover what a Trembler plans for the three slaves responsible for his shame...

I was impressed with the first two issues, not just as a good comic book, but as one that uses actual true historical stuff as the basis for that story. And that's possible mainly because, wow, those Spartans had a bizarre society! You don't have to make stuff up when the reality is so rife with potential conflict and drama.

THE WALKING DEAD #118

Story ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art CHARLIE ADLARD, STEFANO GAUDIANO & CLIFF RATHBURN

Cover CHARLIE ADLARD & DAVE STEWART

32 PAGES / BW / M / $2.99

ALL OUT WAR CONTINUES!

Maggie takes a stand as Rick’s new plan comes together.

MARVEL COMICS

A+X #15

GERRY DUGGAN & JAI NITZ (W)

DAVID YARDIN & GREG SMALLWOOD (A)

Cover by GREG SMALLWOOD

• Dr. Strange + Beast = a truly insane story by Dream Thief creators JAI NITZ and GREG SMALLWOOD!

• Part 3 of the Captain America + Cyclops story by Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL) and David Yardin (X-FACTOR, Injustice).

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700. 2

DAVID MORRELL (w) • KLAUS JANSON (a)

Cover by PASQUAL FERRY

Variant Cover by KLAUS JANSON

• One year after his death at the hands of the Superior Spider-Man – PETER PARKER IS BACK!

• Acclaimed novelist David Morrell (First Blood) and legendary comics icon Klaus Janson (DAREDEVIL: END OF DAYS) team up to kick off this celebration of the world’s greatest super hero!

• With a blizzard crippling New York City, Spider-Man must protect the city – but Aunt May’s life is in danger!

40 PGS. / Rated T …$3.99

If this solicitation and cover look familiar, it's because Marvel only released one soliciation for both issue #700.1 and #700.2.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700.3

JOE CASEY, JEN VAN METER & CLAY CHAPMAN (w)

TIM GREEN, EMMA RIOS & JAVIER RODRIGUEZ (a)

Cover by PASQUAL FERRY

VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

• Continuing the special celebration of THE ORIGINAL SPIDER-MAN from Man of Action’s Joe Casey & Tim Green (AVENGERS ACADEMY)!

• What is the Black Lodge? And how has Spider-Man been trapped there, surrounded by his deadliest foes? Then, the Black Cat and Spider-Man team-up to bust an international art thievery ring in CAT & MOUSE by Jen Van Meter (CAPTAIN MARVEL) and Emma Rios (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN).

• Finally, a young boy must learn he can’t rely on super heroes like Spider-Man to stand up against bullies in 12 O’CLOCK HIGH by Clay Chapman (AVENGERS: EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HEROES) and Javier Rodriguez (DAREDEVIL).

40 PGS. / Rated T …$3.99

AVENGERS A.I. #7.INH

SAM HUMPHRIES (W)

ANDRÉ ARAÚJO (A)

Cover by DAVE MARQUEZ

• HERE COMES INHUMANITY…and ol’ Hornhead himself!

• Cleaning up New York in the wake of INFINITY, the A.I. find themselves at the mercy of…Grandma??!

• Daredevil + Ant-Man = a doctorate in Wisecracks and Hijinkery!

• Doombot finds his inner hero. Sort of.

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

AVENGERS EPIC COLLECTION: THE FINAL THREAT TPB

VOLUME #9 IN THE AVENGERS EPIC COLLECTIONS

Written by STEVE ENGLEHART, STAN LEE, GERRY CONWAY, JIM SHOOTER, JIM STARLIN & BILL MANTLO

Penciled by GEORGE PEREZ, JOHN BYRNE & JIM STARLIN with JACK KIRBY, JOHN BUSCEMA, SAL BUSCEMA, DON HECK, GEORGE TUSKA & JIM SHOOTER

Cover by GEORGE PEREZ

A new era begins for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes begins with a new Avengers lineup under the guidance of writers Gerry Conway and Jim Shooter! Teamed with a who’s who of top 1970s art talent — George Pérez, Jim Starlin and John Byrne — these master storytellers pit the Avengers against the greatest threats in the Marvel Universe. From Dr. Doom to Ultron, from Attuma to the Sub-Mariner, the Avengers are put to the test in issue after action-packed issue! Ant-Man amok, the return of Wonder Man and the Avengers’ all-time classic battle with Thanos highlight this epic collection! Collecting AVENGERS (1963) #150-166 and ANNUAL #6-7, SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP #9, and MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE ANNUAL #2.

448 PGS./Rated T …$39.99

I'm glad to see a major publisher reprinting some higher numbers of their long-running titles. I'm as big a fan of the Silver Age as you'll find, but those books have been reprinted to death. And I own all the Bronze Age stuff, (and later) too, but a whole lot of fans don't. So I'm glad to see books like this exist, even if the material found therein isn't terribly interesting or memorable. It's history and deserves to be accessible.

CABLE & X-FORCE #17

DENNIS HOPELESS (W) • GERARDO SANDOVAL (A)

Cover by SALVADOR LARROCA

• In the thrall of the Adversary, what havoc will Forge unleash upon Cable and X-Force?

• And in the wake of the devastation, can Cable come to terms with his drastically altered powers in time to save his daughter?

32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

CAPTAIN AMERICA #14

RICK REMENDER (W) • CARLOS PACHECO (A/C)

LOOSE NUKE PART 4

• Falcon and Captain America in the fight of their lives!

• The Iron Nail’s revenge takes form.

• No more greed. No more pollution. No more you. No more me. From here out there is only us!

• What is Nuke’s true mission? What does it have to do with the Weapon Minus program?

32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

Captain America and the Falcon fight for their lives as Loose Nuke continues in Captain America #14! From the blockbuster creative team of Rick Remender and Carlos Pacheco – Cap finally has his chance to take down Nuke once and for all! But as the deranged super-soldier’s true mission comes into view, will it be too late to stop an even greater threat closing in from the shadows? And how is the disturbing Weapon Minus Program involved? As the sinister Iron Nail’s revenge takes shape, Cap must give it his all to stop him from causing untold destruction...but can he? All leading up to the shocking conclusion that will change the life of Captain America forever, no fan can miss Captain America #14!

Marvel promoted this one with a press release and previews. Enjoy!

CAPTAIN AMERICA: LIVING LEGEND #4 (OF 4)

ANDY DIGGLE (W)

AGUSTIN ALESSIO (A)

Cover by ADI GRANOV

Variant cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

Legends Variant Cover by JIM STARLIN

• Past and present collide as Captain America leads a Russian assault squad into the heart of darkness!

• Can even a super-soldier survive possession by an alien dark energy being?

• The fate of humanity hangs in the balance as flesh and steel meld into something utterly alien - and utterly unstoppable!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

CATACLYSM: ULTIMATES #2 (of 3)

JOSH HALE FIALKOV (W) • CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO (A)

Cover by MUKESH SINGH

• HULK ORGANISM DESIGNED ONLY FOR KILLING VS. HERCULES!

• MODOK PREPARES THE WORLD FOR THE END.

• REED RICHARDS’ city is the key to GALACTUS’S FINAL SOLUTION.

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

CATACLYSM: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #2 (of 3)

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • DAVID MARQUEZ (A/C)

• The young heroes of the ULTIMATE UNIVERSE gather together to save New York from the terror of GALACTUS!!!

• War time romance blooms!

• A NEW hero debuts!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

The original Galactus story lasted 2.5 issues. How many months has this one been going on? If you're enjoying it, great, but man alive Marvel is milking this to death.

DAREDEVIL BY MARK WAID PREM VOL 6 HC

(W/A) Various (CA) TBD

There was only one man young Daredevil feared - and now Matt Murdock is representing him in court. Find out how the minor demons of Matt's past will lead to some Daredevil-sized problems in the present! Then: What weird menace unites Daredevil with the Silver Surfer, Cosmic Rider of the Spaceways? The Jester has returned - and for once, it's no laughing matter. And as Hank Pym delivers shocking news, meet Matt's new law partner - and witness the Man Without Fear as he finds himself trapped in a nightmare situation. Something final is building in Daredevil's life - and it's building fast! Collecting DAREDEVIL (2011) #28-32.

You know a comic book is good when Captain Comics has all the individual issues and still wants to buy the HC collections.

DEADPOOL BY DANIEL WAY COMPLETE COLL TP VOL 02

Deadpool wants to be two things in life: a pirate and an X-Man! So after a stint on the high seas, he decides to make the X-Men love him by...assassinating the father of one of their students?! Then, 'Pool pays a visit to a certain wisecracking wall-crawler's friendly neighborhood - or is it? Deadpool doesn't play second banana to anybody, especially not Spider-Man! But Wade had better deal if he wants tosurvive the threat of Hit-Monkey! Neither X-Man nor Amazing Friend, is Deadpool fit to stand alongside Earth's Mightiest Heroes? When Dr. Bong clones the Secret Avengers, Deadpool must fight alongside the real deals - and try not to shoot the wrong guys! Plus: When Wade targets a Vegas club owner, he draws the ire of The House: a super-suited security guard with a secret history with the Merc With a Mouth! And finally, a bunch of good Draculas hire Deadpool to fight a bunch of bad Draculas! Collecting DEADPOOL (2008) #13-31.

THE EMERALD CITY OF OZ #5 (of 5)

ERIC SHANOWER (W) • SKOTTIE YOUNG (A/C)

FINAL ISSUE!

• The Nome King’s hordes pour into the Emerald City, bent on destroying the Land of Oz, while Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, Ozma, and the rest of their friends can only wait and watch, helpless.

• The Scarecrow has one plan to save Oz, thanks to his humbug brains, and Glinda the Good has another.

• Discover why this is, in fact, the last anyone will ever hear of the Land of Oz.

32 PGS./All Ages …$3.99

ESSENTIAL HULK VOL. 7 TPB

Written by ROGER STERN, PETER B. GILLIS, ELLIOT S! MAGGIN, STEVEN GRANT, BILL MANTLO, JOHN BYRNE & DOUG MOENCH

Penciled by SAL BUSCEMA, JIM MOONEY, CARMINE INFANTINO, JOHN BYRNE & STEVE DITKO

Cover by DAN ADKINS

When the members of the villainous Corporation set their sights on the Green Goliath, they send the manipulative Moonstone to turn the Hulk’s couch time with Doc Samson into a destructive rampage, imprison him on Alcatraz Island and manipulate ol’ Greenskin into going toe-to-toe with Machine Man! Then, on the run from Gamma Base, the Hulk finds himself used as a gamma-irradiated battery by new foe Goldbug and old nemesis Tyrannus! Plus: The Hulk is enraged to learn Gamma Base has the remains of his departed love Jarella — and no one, not even the visiting Captain Mar-Vell, will stop him from giving her a proper burial. Guest-starring Captain America, the Falcon, Quasar, the Angel, Power Man and Iron Fist, and Alpha Flight’s Sasquatch! Collecting INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #226-248 and ANNUAL #7-9, and CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #230.

544 PGS./Rated T …$19.99

IMMORTAL IRON FIST: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 1 TPB

Written by ED BRUBAKER & MATT FRACTION

Penciled by DAVID AJA, TRAVEL FOREMAN, RUSS HEATH, KHARI EVANS, KANO, TONCI ZONJIC, DANIEL BRERETON, HOWARD CHAYKIN, JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC, NICK DRAGOTTA, LEWIS LAROSA, MITCH BREITWEISER & MORE

Cover by DAVID AJA

Experience a new kind of Iron Fist story, steeped in legends and fables stretching back through the centuries! Orphaned as a child and raised in the lost city of K’un Lun, Danny Rand returned to America as the mystical martial artist Iron Fist — but all his kung-fu skills can’t help him find his place in the modern world. After learning the legacy of the Iron Fist holds more secrets than he ever dreamed, Danny is invited to fight in a tournament against the Immortal Weapons. At stake is the life of his friend, the legacy of his father and mentor — and the future of K’un Lun! Collecting IMMORTAL IRON FIST #1-16 and ANNUAL #1, IMMORTAL IRON FIST: ORSON RANDALL AND THE GREEN MIST OF DEATH #1, and material from IMMORTAL IRON FIST: THE ORIGIN OF DANNY RAND #1 and CIVIL WAR: CHOOSING SIDES #1.

496 PGS./Rated T+ …$39.99

This was a darn good series. Since Iron Fist is little more than a background character in Avengers titles now, you should pick this up to see what the character could have been.

INHUMANITY: THE AWAKENING  #1 (of 2)

MATT KINDT (W)

PAUL DAVIDSON (A)

Cover by JORGE MOLINA

INHUMANITY HITS MARVEL’S SUPERHUMAN SCHOOLS!

• Inhuman chrysalises have appeared across the world…some want them, some want to destroy them…and your favorite superhuman students are caught in the crossfire!

• From the pages of INFINITY: THE HUNT comes more craziness from the Avengers Academy and the Jean Grey School – written by THE HUNT’s Matt Kindt!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

MARVEL KNIGHTS: HULK #1 (OF 4)

JOE KEATINGE (W) • PIOTR KOWALSKI (A)

Cover by PIOTR KOWALSKI

Variant cover by CHRIS STEVENS

AN ALL-NEW HULK EPIC SPOTLIGHTING THE UNIQUE TALENTS OF TWO RISING STARS!

• Marvel Knights returns as a platform for the continuing influx of unique independent voices to Marvel—as writer Joe Keatinge (Glory) and artist Piotr Kowalski (Sex) unleash the green goliath!

• An amnesiac Dr. Bruce Bannner awakens on the banks of the Sienne—and soon finds himself in a desperate race through the streets of Paris! Who is hunting him—and how are they both transforming into grotesque Hulks?

• A mind-bending mystery + an iconic city + huge monsters = quirky cool Hulk action downloaded directly from the mad minds of Keatinge & Kowalski!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #3

Adapted by Joe Caramagna

• It’s up to Falcon to save the day when a mysterious foe turns the Avengers into evil ghosts!

• Based on the hit animated show on DISNEY XD

32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #21

Adapted by Joe Caramagna

• The terrifying villain Nightmare plunges New York City into a deep sleep.

• Spider-Man seeks the help of Doctor Strange. Together they must face their own worst fears to break the spell.

• Guest starring Iron Fist!

32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

MARVEL’S CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER 2 (OF 2)

PETER DAVID (W)

WELLINTON ALVES (A)

GET READY FOR CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER WITH AN AWESOME ADAPTATION OF THE FIRST AVENGERS’ DEBUT MARVEL STUDIOS FILM!

• Travel back to the deadly days of World War II as the newly created, shield-slinging Super Soldier battles the nefarious Red Skull…for nothing less than the fate of the world!

• Captain America! Bucky! The Howling Commandos! Peggy Carter! All of this and more movie magic!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

MIGHTY AVENGERS #4

AL EWING (W) • GREG LAND (A/C)

Variant Cover by STEVE EPTING

50TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT by DANIEL ACUÑA

INHUMANITY TIE-IN!

• In the aftermath of Infinity, Luke Cage brings his Mighty Avengers together! And a certain Superior someone is not happy about it!

• Plus: The birth of the new Ronin!

• This solicit sponsored by CORTEX Incorporated. CORTEX. Tomorrow is in our hands.

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Trade-waiting. I like most of the characters, so it could be interesting.

MINI MARVELS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION TPB

Written by CHRIS GIARRUSSO, SEAN MCKEEVER, MARC SUMERAK, PAUL TOBIN & AUDREY LOEB

Penciled by CHRIS GIARRUSSO

Cover by CHRIS GIARRUSSO

All-ages fun, featuring the wild and crazy kid counterparts to Marvel’s greatest heroes! All of your favorite hilarious, action-packed Mini Marvels adventures collected in one complete volume! Spidey gets the paperboy blues, Wolverine embarks on a cereal quest, Hulk goes on a date, and alien Skrulls impersonate the Fantastic Four! Iceman and Firestar help Spidey deliver his newspapers while he babysits Power Pack! Thor returns, Iron Man builds armor for the Avengers, and Hawkeye squares off against Galactus! And where did Red Hulk and Blue Hulk come from, anyway? Plus: Hawkeye battles the Curse of the Crimson Crown! And who is Elephant Steve?! All this, and a complete run of Mini Marvels comic strips!

216 PGS./All Ages …$24.99

NOVA #11

Gerry Duggan (W) • Paco Medina (A)

COVER BY Ed McGuinness

• It’s All-New Nova Now as we welcome new writer Gerry Duggan (DEADPOOL; “Guy” on one episode of the SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM)!

• The deadly secrets of the Nova Corps stand revealed...and Sam is waaay over his helmeted head.

• This is the beginning of something big, cosmic fans! An EPIC Odyssey that will take our warp speed wunderkind to the very ends of the Marvel Universe!

32 PGS./Rated T…$3.99

THE SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #6

Nick Spencer (W) • Steve Lieber (A/C)

Variant Cover by Frank Barberie

• FOES! FOREVER!

• You can’t steal the head of Silvermane without severe repercussions – a lesson the Foes are about to learn the hard way!

• Don’t miss out on the next action-packed chapters of the sleeper hit of Superior Spider-Month!

32 PGS. / Rated T+ …$2.99

Once again, Marvel only released one solicitation for two issues (Superior Foes #5-6). So enjoy the deja vu!

I haven't been buying this, but I've heard enough good things about it that I think I'll get the trade.

 

THANOS: INFINITY ABYSS TPB (NEW PRINTING)

Written by JIM STARLIN

Penciled by JIM STARLIN

Cover by JIM STARLIN

Spider-Man. Dr. Strange. Adam Warlock. Pip the Troll. Captain Marvel. Five classic costumed champions whose combined strength can move planets and change the course of time itself. What threat could be dire enough to bring these heroes together? Only the most feared villain in the entire cosmos: Thanos! For the vengeful Eternal seeks not only the death of his enemies — he seeks the eradication of life itself. If Thanos attains his goal, the entire universe will face complete annihilation. Following in the legendary tradition of Jim Starlin’s acclaimed Infinity trilogy, this star-spanning epic features heroic adventures on a breathtaking cosmic scale — showcasing writer/artist Jim Starlin’s wondrous imagination without boundaries or limits. Collecting INFINITY ABYSS #1-6.

176 PGS./Rated T+ …$24.99

THUNDERBOLTS #19

CHARLES SOULE (W)

GABRIEL HERNANDEZ WALTA (A)

Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO

• The Thunderbolts hit the road in the Punisher’s War Wagon!

• A team that gets along this well will be a dream on a road trip, right?

• RIIIIIIIIGHT…

32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$2.99

I can't believe this book is still being published.

UNCANNY X-MEN #15.INH

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • KRIS ANKA (A/C)

INHUMANITY TIE-IN!

• The ladies of the UNCANNY X-MEN go out on the town and find themselves face-to-face with the effects of INHUMANITY.

• Wait, is that Kitty Pryde with the UNCANNY X-MEN?!?!

• Rising star KRIS ANKA (covers of UNCANNY X-FORCE, ALL-NEW X-MEN SPECIAL) comes in as guest artist for this special issue!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

WOLVERINE #12

PAUL CORNELL (W) • ALAN DAVIS (A/C)

• The penultimate chapter of KILLABLE, the storyline that will change Wolverine as we know him forever!

• Wolverine is confronted with the mastermind behind the bounty on his head.

• Meanwhile, the virus is in its final stages of a hostile takeover of the human race!

32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

WOLVERINE MAX #14

JASON STARR (w) • ROLAND BOSCHI (a)

Cover by JOCK

• VEGAS part 4 of 5!

• Logan is one step closer to finding out who he was…but what he finds out might not be what he was expecting.

• An old friend turns out to be another, older enemy!

32 PGS./Explicit Content …$3.99

THERE IS A STRICT NO OVERPRINT POLICY ON ALL MAX TITLES.

WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN # 39

JASON AARON (W) • PEPE LARRAZ (A)

Cover by NICK BRADSHAW

• The effects of BATTLE OF THE ATOM continue to be felt!

• WOLVERINE AND CYCLOPS VS. SENTINELS!

• What does this have to do with SHIELD?

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Wolverine & The X-Men #39, from blockbuster writer Jason Aaron and red-hot artist Pepe Larraz! The effects of the critically acclaimed Battle of the Atom continues to send shockwaves through the mutant community. The X-Men have discovered that S.H.I.E.L.D. has secretly been amassing its own army of mutant-hunting Sentinels! Now, Wolverine must enlist the aid of an unlikely ally in his quest to shut them down once and for all – the man called Cyclops! It’s Wolverine and Cyclops vs. an army of Sentinels! And when the dust settles, who will be left standing? It all comes to a head this December in Wolverine & The X-Men #39!

 

 

OTHER PUBLISHERS

12 REASONS TO DIE #5

Publisher: BLACK MASK COMICS

(W) Ghostface Killah & Various (A) Breno Tamura, Gus Storms

Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and Ghostface Killah finally tie together the many threads of this crime-horror tapestry and reveal the bloody details you've been clamoring to know. This book will leave readers breathless for the final act to come.

$3.50

3 GUNS #5

Publisher: BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

(W) Steven Grant (A) Emilio Laiso (CA) Rafael Albuquerque

Burned by her government handler and left for dead, Joey must team up with Bobby and Marcus to fight their way through both the separatist militia and the Russian mafia with stolen weapons and money intact.

$3.99

ADVENTURE TIME CANDY CAPERS #6

Publisher: BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

(W) Ananth Panagariya, Yuko Ota (A) Ian McGinty (CA) Wook Jin Clark, Yuko Ota

It's the conclusion to this sugary sweet mystery of a series! Has Peppermint Butler finally found Ooo's new protectors? Will Cinnamon Bun ever stop trying to help? You definitely don't want to miss this final issue as Peppermint Butler and Cinnmon Bun finally figure out what has happened to Finn and Jake!

$3.99

ARATA THE LEGEND GN VOL 16

Publisher: VIZ LLC

(W/A/CA) Yuu Watase

Arata Hinohara and his friends enter the territory of Kikutsune, one of the Six Sho, a group comprised of Arata's most formidable adversaries. The greeting they receive from Kikutsune's lieutenants is anything but friendly and only Arata, by sheer chance, escapes injury. This, however, does little to help him figure out how to defeat Kikutsune-if that's even possible!

$9.99
ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #16

Publisher: VALIANT

Written by FRED VAN LENTE

Art by KHARI EVANS with CHRISCROSS

Cover by CLAYTON HENRY

Variant Cover by MICHAEL WALSH

Editor: Josh Johns

$3.99 / Rating: T+ / Pages: 32

Showdown on the lowdown! The secret factions of Sect Civil War steamroll into their biggest battle yet!

The multiple Sects that secretly govern our world have stepped out of the shadows and right into each others’ faces! Now the newly reunited Archer and Armstrong (for now) must stand tall in this conspiracy free-for-all and find a way to not only survive, but save the world in the process (again)!

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of Archer & Armstrong #16 by New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente and Harvey Award-nominated artist Khari Evans! Sect Civil War continues! It's a showdown on the lowdown as Archer & Armstrong regroup to capture an ancient weapon forged way back in mummy times before it falls into the hands of…well, just about every scary group of secret conspirators history has ever known.

The multiple Sects that secretly govern our world have stepped out of the shadows and right into each others' faces! Now the newly reunited Archer and Armstrong (for now) must stand tall in this conspiracy free-for-all and find a way to not only survive, but save the world in the process (again)!

The illuminated banksters of One Percent! The masonic brothers of the Master Builders! The consecrated murder nuns of the Sisters of Perpetual Darkness! The anonymous anarchists of the Black Bloc! And more! The secret factions of Sect Civil War steamroll into their biggest battle yet right here on December 11th, only in Archer & Armstrong #16 – in stores the same day as Unity #2!

For more information on Archer & Armstrong and the rest of the Valiant Universe, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, and at ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit Valiant.CinderBlock.com.

I trade-wait this book and enjoy it. I have no further words of wisdom. But here are some preview pages, in case you're making up your mind:

 

ARMY OF DARKNESS VS HACK SLASH #4

Publisher: DYNAMIC FORCES

(W) Tim Seeley (A) Daniel Leister (CA) Stefano Caselli

Ash and Cassie head to Connecticut to stop a heavy metal wizard intent on reviving a long dead witch! But the fires built for human sacrifices might not be the only heat between our heroes!

$3.99

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA STARBUCK #2

Publisher: DYNAMIC FORCES

(W) Tony Lee (A) Eman Casallos (CA) Sean Chen

The origin of Lt. Starbuck continues, told by #1 New York Times best-selling author Tony Lee! Two years before the attack on Cimtar and Starbuck has hit rock bottom - But when a clue to the Cylon spy behind the attack on Umbra appears, Starbuck finally has a chance to gain justice for his parents - but can Starbuck and Apollo find the spy before the Cylons stop them?

$3.99

BUZZ GN

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

(W) Ananth Panagariya (A/CA) Tessa Stone

Webster is a bundle of nerves headed into his first day of high school, but whatever academic and social horrors he feared are nothing compared to what's in store for him as he stumbles into an unsanctioned street level spelling bee! And this ain't no staged production, either - letters fly like jump kicks and the losers leave bruised and beaten more often than not! Soon he's propelled into the fast-paced world of competitive spelling by the mysterious Outlaw King and his cohort the Black Queen. Does Webster have what it takes to get the spelling world buzzing? Find out in this word-based battle royale from web-sensations Ananth Panagariya (Johnny Wander) and Tessa Stone (Hanna is Not a Boy's Name)!  

$19.99

CRAWLING SKY TP

Publisher: ANTARCTIC PRESS

(W) Joe R. Lansdale, Keith Lansdale (A/CA) Brian Denham
Horror novel legends Joe R. Lansdale and Keith Lansdale team up with Brian Denham (X-Files, Zombie Kid Diaries) and Antarctic Press to bring you a tale o' terror set in the wild, weird West!
When his dad accidentally committed murder, plug-ugly Norville had to flee with him to Texas to start a new life. Near the town of Wood Tick, Norville meets and marries the pretty Sissy and even finds a homestead, good as new, but abandoned. The only problem is the well, which is blocked by big, white stones. One by one, they unblock the well, unaware they're slowly setting free something old and dark and evil...

Collects Crawling Sky issues 1-4  

$12.99

CRITTER (ONGOING) #17

Publisher: BIG DOG INK

(W) Tom Hutchison (A) Fico Ossio (CA) Fico Ossio, Jenevieve Broomall

Critter is back where she belongs, according to Paradox.  

$3.50

CROSSED VOL 7

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

(W) Christos N. Gage, David Lapham (A) Christian Zanier, Miguel Ruiz (CA) Christian Zanier

From the boundary-pushing world of Crossed come two master storytellers who take you into the depraved depths of uncensored grueling survival horror. CHIRSTOS GAGE tells the tale of ultimate betrayal as one of the survivors betrays his own kind to live among the monsters in "Quisling" with the luscious art of Christian Zanier. DAVID LAPHAM reveals the final chapter in the trilogy of stories digging into the deepening insanity overtaking the mind of Crossed: Psychopath survivor Amanda. This volume of Crossed collects issues #29 - 36 of the Crossed: Badlands series.  

HC $27.99, TP $19.99

So, I'm guessing this is sort of a zombie apocalypse story, only instead of a zombie virus, we have a drives-people-homicidally-crazy virus? Someone give me a recommendation, please.

DAY MEN #2

Publisher: BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

(W) Matt Gagnon, Michael Alan Nelson (A/CA) Brian Stelfreeze

David Reid is not having a good day. A fullblown war has erupted between the Virgo and Ramses families, and David is left to pick up the pieces while his vampire employers sleep. But with the Ramses' legendary Day Man Jacob the Burner on his tail, will David even make it to sundown?  

$3.99

DEATH SENTENCE #2 2ND PTG

Publisher: TITAN

(W) Monty Nero (A/CA) Michael Dowling

From Titan Comics. Given incredible superpowers - and six months to live - by the sexually-transmitted G+ Virus, three Londoners kick back against the spectre of death with everything they've got. Washed-up indie guitarist Weasel tries to make amends for a life that's totally f*****d - but changing the direction of a lifetime can be murder! Comedian and media personality Monty tests the limits of his new powers of persuasion, with horrifying results ... and, after her explosive activation, Verity is on the run from the government - but can her nascent abilities keep her one step ahead of a crack team of GCHQ operatives? Don't miss the chance to get on board this critical smash-hit right now - it's the future of superpowered storytelling! Scheduled to ship 12/11/13. (5321)  

$3.99

DEATH SENTENCE #3

Publisher: TITAN

(W) Monty Nero (A/CA) Michael Dowling

Given amazing superpowers - and six months to live - by the G+ Virus, three Londoners struggle to make their time count! Discover what made Monty such a manipulative git; can he use his powers to climb all the way to the top? Washed-up singer-songwriter Weasel puts in a paternity visit - and ends up on the run from GCHQ's power-hunting division! Already imprisoned, can Verity's artistic side flower in captivity? More importantly, is there a chance that the G+ Virus could be cured?  

$3.99

This is a UK comic book, in case you were wondering. I've read Monster Massacre and Sharky from the same publisher, and found them a little juvenile. I'm guessing the target audience is junior high to early high school.

DEATHMATCH #12

Publisher: BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

(W) Paul Jenkins (A/CA) Carlos Magno

The final battle is here, as the two heroes left standing wage war for the fate of the universe. The conclusion to the vaunted superhero maxiseries from famed creators Paul Jenkins (FAIRY QUEST, INHUMANS) and Carlos Magno (PLANET OF THE APES, TRANSFORMERS).  

$3.99

DEATHMATCH VOL 2 TP

Publisher: BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

(W) Paul Jenkins (A/CA) Carlos Magno

The second round of the ultimate battle royale begins here, as the world's greatest superheroes
are forced to fight each other to the death in a mysterious, otherworldly prison. The mysteries grow deeper and the casualty list grows longer as DEATHMATCH continues.  

$14.99

DOMINO LADY: SEX AS A WEAPON GN (NEW PTG)

Publisher: MOONSTONE

(W) Chuck Dixon, Nancy Holder (A) Ver Curtis (CA) Uwe Jarling

New printing of this long sold-out collection! Stunned and enraged by the murder of her crusading politician father, beautiful socialite Ellen Patrick becomes determined to bring her father's killers to justice...at any cost. A talented Berkley graduate, she knows that to truly fight the men who killed her father she must break all the rules. Donning a distinctive white dress and a black domino mask, she becomes The Domino Lady, one of the sexiest -and most elusive-crime fighters of all time. Guest-starring: Sherlock Holmes, The Black Bat, and Airboy!  

$16.95

Anyone tried this? It seems like Phantom Lady without the black-light weapon, but I have a lot of confidence in Chuck Dixon.

FARLAINE THE GOBLIN #3

Publisher: STUDIO FARLAINE

(W/A/CA) Anonymous

Farlaine the Goblin has spent years wandering the very many Oddlands of Wug in search of a forest to call his own. He only has 8 lands left. The Racelands is the next stop, a land where you can race anything from shoelace tying to dictionary dictating! And there appears to be one race promising a forest as a prize!  

$5.00

FEARLESS DAWN: JURASSIC ONE-SHOT

Publisher: ASYLUM PRESS

(W/A/CA) Steve Mannion

Cover: Steve Mannion

Intended Audience: General Readers

Genre: ACTION/ADVENTURE

Format: 28 pages 7x10 SC standard comic, B&W INTERIORS

Retail Price: $3.99 

This seems like little more than soft-core porn to me, but I may just not be the right audience for this type of humor.

Asylum sent out a press release and preview for this one:

Frank Forte announces that Asylum Press is releasing a five-page preview to Fearless Dawn: Jurassic Jungle Boogie Nights #1. "We are very excited to release the latest ONE SHOT in the Fearless Dawn series, 'explains Publisher Frank Forte," Steve's battlin' bargirl is back with a vengeance!"

Synopsis: Steve Mannion's fighting mad badgirl FEARLESS DAWN is back and better than ever in this Dinosaurrific tale of Action and Adventure! OUR STORY THUS FAR- It's World War Two and the Nazis are threatening world domination. A new hero rises to fight the Axis ... It's a New Dawn! ...  FEARLESS DAWN! With her trusty Retro-Rocket and Sidekick Betty, there's plenty of ACTION afoot. Enter the evil Helga Von Krause, Fearless Dawn's arch nemesis and the sparks really begin to fly! Helga's cooking up a plot to invade with an army of genetically-modified Dinosaur warriors that threaten to smash everything in the free world unless she is stopped! Can FEARLESS DAWN save the Day?!? ALSO features a Steve Mannion sketchbook section.

Fearless Dawn: Jurassic Jungle Boogie Nights #1 received a "STAFF PICKS" and CERTIFIED COOL" from the Diamond Comics Previews catalog and PreviewsWorld website.

“Steve Mannion’s Fearless Dawn has been working her way back into the spotlight this year. If you have ever seen the TV show Venture Bros. on Adult Swim then you’ll feel right at home with Fearless Dawn. The book’s villains are just as quirky and over the top as the Monarch or Phantom Limb from Venture Bros. but the real focus is on our alluring fighter heroine. Mannion’s art has also been showcased in Detective Comics, Batman Black & White, and Captain America Sentinel of Liberty. In Fearless Dawn his stylish artwork lends Dawn her sex appeal and brings a lot of humor to the title.

In May's PREVIEWS we were treated to Fearless Dawn in Outer Space, pitting our heroine against an army of Space Nazis and now we’re getting a second helping with Fearless Dawn: Jurassic Jungle Boogie Nights #1. After the events of Fearless Dawn in Outer Space, the Nazis are settled in back on Earth, and it is going to be up to Fearless Dawn to take the fight to them. Will Dawn be able to put a stop her archenemy Helga Von Krause and her army of genetically engineered dinosaurs from rampaging across the Earth?”

FEMFORCE #165

Publisher: AC COMICS

(W) Mark G. Heike & Various (A) Eric Coile & Various (CA) Eric Coile, John Nadeau

It's all-out war when Ms. Victory, Tara, and Stardust experience Rad and Madame Boa "attacking" Femforce HQ. Only clear-thinking Synn can make peace. She-Cat fights alone in Dawn World alongside Cave Girl and Thunda, while Nightveil remains AWOL. Plus, solo Tara and Stormy Tempest adventures! Two cover versions!

$9.95

This cover leaves little doubt what the sellling point of this book is. (I guess I should say "points"!)

GEORGE R. R. MARTIN: SKIN TRADE #4

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

(W) George R. R. Martin, Daniel Abraham (A/CA) Mike Wolfer

The brutal conclusion is unleashed when Randi Wade finally found the truth about the creature that killed her father. But now she is face-to-face with a real werewolf and an otherworldly demon that skins people alive. GEORGE RR MARTIN's World Fantasy Award winning horror tale comes to a close with a violent and unforgettable final act. Available with Regular, Wraparound, Grisly and Skinned Retailer Incentive covers by series artist Mike Wolfer.  

$3.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: CODE RED #1

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

(W) Patrick Shand (A) TBD (CA) Talent Caldwell

Recruited for the Realm Knights, Brittany Water finds herself facing the Dark Horde on a regular basis. But with a new leader in the Dark Queen the Horde is getting ready to launch their ultimate attack. Don't miss this new miniseries that ties directly into the upcoming milestone Grimm Fairy Tales #100.  

$2.99

I'm guessing Code Red is an updated Little Red Riding Hood? If so, I'm glad she's getting to do more than play victim in her own story. OTOH, the exaggerated boobage  is a bit much.

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: NO TOMORROW #4

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

(W) Raven Gregory (A) TBD (CA) Tommy Patterson

The horror series that every one is talking about reaches it's penultimate chapter!
With the help of a university professor, Patrick uncovers the origin of Keres and what part he
he may be destined to play in her downfall. But will that knowledge be enough to stop the
Grimm Reaper gone mad who seems to be intent on bringing about the end of the world as
we know it or will Keres succeed in insuring that Tomorrow never comes? Don't miss one
of the best action/horror stories Zenescope has ever brought you!

THE ORIGIN OF KERES REVEALED!

THE STRANGE AND UNCANNY BIRTH OF PATRICK CLAY!  

$2.99

GIRL GENIUS VOL 2: AGATHA & THE AIRSHIP CITY (NEW PTG) TP

Publisher: STUDIO FOGLIO

(W) Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio (A) Phil Foglio, Mark McNabb (CA) Phil Foglio

Adventure, Romance, Mad Science! Meet Agatha Clay, Transylvania Polygnostic University student with the drive to create and the worst luck in the world. This collection reprints Volume Two of the Hugo Award-winning series.  

$25.00

GOD IS DEAD #1 ENHANCED ED

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

(W) Jonathan Hickman, Mike Costa (A) Di Amorim, Rafa Ortiz (CA) Jonathan Hickman

From Avatar Press. The sold- out first issue is now available again with this special no-ads Enhanced Edition! Hickman's smash series is now an ongoing and the early issues are in huge demand. But to make it even better, this edition features an all-new second story, not available anywhere else, from co-writer Mike Costa and artist Rafa (Crossed) Ortiz! Just like with our sold out Über #0 Enhanced, this will be the last printing of #1, and it is limited to only 7500 copies. Scheduled to ship 12/04/13. (9341)  

$3.99

GOLD DIGGER CHRISTMAS SP #7

Publisher: ANTARCTIC PRESS

(W/A/CA) Fred Perry

When it comes this time of year, the cast of GD get together to celebrate, regardless of religion, species, or world/dimension of origin. Give the gift of Gold Digger this season (even if it's to yourself), because you care enough to send the very best.  

$3.99

GRIMM: WARLOCK #1

Publisher: DYNAMIC FORCES

(W) Jai Nitz (A) Jose Malaga (CA) Greg Smallwood

Check out this new mini-series based on the hit NBC show! Follow Portland Detective Nick Burkhardt on his adventures as a cop and as a monster-hunting Grimm. Nick and his partner Hank have to put the stop to a fixed basketball game that will keep the hometown team out of the playoffs. But the stakes are even higher when Nick finds the dangerous Wesen at the heart of the case.  

$3.99

I've never seen this TV show, even though TV shows and movies based on fairy tales are getting a little thick on the ground, aren't they?

Anyway, Dynamite sent out a press release on this one:

Dynamite proudly announces the upcoming Grimm: The Warlock comic book series, based on the hit NBC television show and licensed from NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products. Set within Grimm continuity, this new five-issue miniseries is written by Jai Nitz, the acclaimed author of Dream Thief and Bram Stoker Award winner. Featuring artwork by José Malaga (Dark Shadows/Vampirella), Grimm: The Warlock launches with a first issue featuring cover artwork by Greg Smallwood (Dream Thief).

"I am a huge fan of the monster-hunter sub-genre of fiction and wanted to be involved with the Grimm comic," says writer Jai Nitz. "Every character on Grimm is so well defined. They have their limits and their hesitations just like anyone would. It would be a huge mistake for the show to be a monster-hunter-kicking-ass show; it only works when the main hunter and the main prey are both developed as characters. Otherwise, we wouldn't care if anyone kills, gets killed, or changes in any meaningful way. The characters appeal to me because they seem human, even when they're monsters."

In the new Grimm: The Warlock miniseries, an investigation by homicide detectives Nick Burkhardt and Hank Griffin leads to a fixed basketball game, one that -- once revealed -- keeps Portland's team out of the playoffs. As tensions rise from wounded hometown pride, Nick and Hank discover that a dangerous Wesen is at the heart of the case, a shape-shifting creature that craves blood and profit.

"I pitched The Warlock to accentuate the unique storytelling techniques of comics and mix them with the real settings in Portland," says Nitz of his goals for the series. "I wanted to show parts of Portland that would be impossible to film for the show for logistical reasons, but would be amazing in the comic and the mythos in general. I wanted to capture some of the dark grandeur of the show along with the humor of the actors in particular. I love the way they blend horror and comedy with subtle acting and wanted that to come through in the comic. I also wanted to show some incredible action that might be too much for even the most experienced stuntman. That's the fun of comics. We don't have a special effects budget or limit. We can do anything you can imagine with pencil and paper. It's fun to push the limits of an already established show on the page."

Jai Nitz is a Bram Stoker Award-winning author who has written comic books for Marvel, DC, Image, Disney, Dynamite and other publishers. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1998 with a degree in film studies. He won the prestigious Xeric Foundation grant in 2003 for his self-published anthology, Paper Museum. He won the Bram Stoker Award in 2004 for excellence in illustrated narrative for Heaven's Devils from Image Comics. He is currently writing Dream Thief at Dark Horse Comics. His short film Rhino is currently touring the country on the festival circuit. He also works as a professor at the University of Kansas teaching courses on comic books and film.

"We've been extremely fortunate with the folks at Grimm and NBCUniversal," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite. "When we launched Grimm at Free Comic Book Day this past year, show creators Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt took personal interest in the project, plotting a story set 100 percent within continuity and really capturing the vibe of the hit series. Now we're stoked that they've welcomed Jai Nitz, a writer who we've worked with closely over the years and one of the industry's rising stars, to contribute the next chapter in its comic book expansion. With José Malaga on art chores, this miniseries is going to deliver chills and thrills aplenty!"

Grimm: The Warlock #1 is solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' October PREVIEWS catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in December 2013.

Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Grimm: The Warlock #1 with their local comic book shop or hobby specialty store. Grimm: The Warlock #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

HARBINGER #19

Publisher: VALIANT

Written by JOSHUA DYSART

Art by BARRY KITSON

Cover by KHARI EVANS

Variant Cover by ANDY FRIEDMAN

Editor: Warren Simons, Josh Johns

$3.99 / T+ / 32 pgs.

Perfect Day no more!

The grim truth behind the most shocking arc of Harbinger yet is finally revealed. Peter Stanchek prepares for the mental battle of his life, with the fate and freedom of his fellow Renegades hanging in the balance!

"The opportunity to present the human side of Peter Stanchek was interesting to me. The [Harbinger Renegades] are a group of outcasts, which makes them instantly relatable, because I would venture to guess that feeling like an outcast is something that we all feel at times, some perhaps more than others," said Friedman. "When we come to terms with the positive aspects of what might set us apart from the rest of the people, we begin to celebrate our unique existence in the world, and only then do we tend to discover and put to good use our true powers and purpose. Harbinger reinforces this truth and it's a healthy metaphor, the way I see it."

"Andy is a singular artistic talent. He's delivered an incredible new vision of the world that Joshua Dysart and Barry Kitson have been building with this series. His inimitable depiction of Peter Stanchek – who he's captured here not as a superhero, or a Renegade, or an omega-level Harbinger, but as an everyday teenager – is the perfect way to cap off the end of our tensest, most mind-bending story arc yet," added Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons.

Join the series that Comic Book Resources calls "one of the best superhero comics currently available" here as Peter Stanchek prepares for the mental battle of his life, with the fate and freedom of his fellow Renegades hanging in the balance. It all happens when "Perfect Day" reaches its unforgettable conclusion in Harbinger #19 – in stores December 11th! And look for the Harbinger #19 Order All Friedman Variant on shelves at your local comics retailer.

For more information, including a complete interview with Andy Friedman, visit Valiant online at ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit Valiant.CinderBlock.com.

Trade-waiting again. And, again, Valiant provided preview pages:

 

 

 

HONEY WEST & T.H.E. CAT #1

Publisher: MOONSTONE

(W) Trina Robbins (A) Silvestre Szilagyi (CA) Valarie Jones

Two cult TV icons heat it up together for the first time! Ex-cat burglar and aerialist Thomas Hewitt Edward Cat is back for the first time in 45 years! He puts his skills to good use as a professional bodyguard - primitive and in love with danger! Now he teams up with TV's first lead-female private eye. In "Death in the Desert", 1960's mob infested Las Vegas, they investigate a series of accidents - but will the attraction between the two cause the case to overheat?  

$3.99

IN CROWD #4

Publisher: BIG DOG INK

(W) Eric M Esquivel (A) C. B. Zane (CA) C. B. Zane, Corey Knaebel
The epic conclusion! Surf meets Turf!  

$3.50

JUDGE DREDD MUTANTS IN MEGA CITY ONE TP

Publisher: POCKET BOOKS

(W) John Wagner & Various (A) Carlos Ezquerra, Various

Muties Out! The great Atomic Wars of 2070 created a population of mutants who, due in part to their bizarre (and in most cases grotesque) deformities, have been denied citizenship in Mega-City One. Rejected by the prejudiced "norms" and forcibly kept away from the city by the Judges, the mutants have had no choice but to live in the vast, radioactive wasteland known as the Cursed Earth. Harboring resentment and hatred against those that have exiled them, bands of mutants now prey on those that stray from behind the city walls - and sometimes even launch all-out attacks in a bid to gain entry to the Big Meg. This action-packed collection features classic encounters between Judge Dredd and mutantkind. 

$25.00

JUGHEAD DOUBLE DIGEST #198

Publisher: ARCHIE

Script: Craig Boldman

Art: Rex Lindsey

Cover: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Rosario ‘Tito’ Peña

160-page, full color comic

$3.99 U.S.

Jughead’s a man of many things… a heavy appetite, fondness for new words, a sage when it comes to girls (avoiding them, that is) and now—a fashion expert?! That’s right, Jughead can now add the title of “clothing connoisseur” to his list of glowing attributes. When he steps out in the frigid weather in shorts, he gets everyone talking. Will he start a new trend? Or just be laughed at kneedlessly? Find out in “Knees Freeze!” the lead story to this hilarious double digest!

KINGS WATCH #3

Publisher: DYNAMIC FORCES

(W) Jeff Parker (A/CA) Marc Laming

Jeff Parker (Batman '66, Agents Of Atlas, Thunderbolts) and Marc Laming (Planet Of The Apes, Splinter Cell) propel further into their epic event! Phantom, Mandrake and Flash Gordon have gone through hell to stop The Cobra from reaching the King's Watch, but the mastermind pulls one last deception on them all...and gets exactly what he seeks! Now the forces of the universe turn against us and unleash a fate that changes the world...  

$3.99

I usually enjoy Jeff Parker's work. Anyone reading this and have a go-no go recommendation?

KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA VOL 6 GN

Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE

(W/A/CA) Tsutomu Nihei

In his follow up from the hit Biomega series, Tsutomu Nihei tackles the world of hard science-fiction by creating a modern space comedy inspired by the genre's hits from his youth. Nagate Tanikaze was a homeless teen living in the depths of a space colony with a thing for
simulation games and stealing rice. Now he is the lead fighter pilot protecting said space colony
from a race of shape-shifting space giants!  

$12.95

LAST ZOMBIE VOL 5: THE END TP

Publisher: ANTARCTIC PRESS

(W) Brian Keene (A/CA) Chris Allen

The explosive final chapter! In the aftermath of Before the After's shocking cliffhanger, the team are imprisoned by a brutal despot, the last surviving member of pre-apocalypse Chicago's notorious political machine. Warner faces torture, Planters is on the run, and time is running out for everyone-especially Ian, who is succumbing to the zombie virus raging through his veins! 

$14.95

Wow, people sure get guns put to their heads a lot in zombie apocalypses. At least now that Robert Kirkman used that scenario to good effect, right?

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #33

Publisher: ARCHIE

SCRIPT: Paul Kupperberg

ART: Fernando Ruiz, Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli, Glenn Whitmore

Cover: Fernando Ruiz, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña

Josie & the Pussycats Variant Cover: Chrissie Zullo

48-page, full color comic

$3.99 U.S.

“Archie Marries Veronica”: Veronica’s in trouble, but with a smart legal counsel and SAM HILL, the best detective around, on her side, she can’t possibly lose—can she? Jughead struggles to save his Chocklit Shoppe so he calls in the big guns—an old “friend” and business partner. Can the Shoppe survive or will it go under like the rest? And big questions arise—for everyone!

“Archie Marries Betty”: Big changes are happening in Riverdale! Between switching careers and growing families, everyone’s got a lot on their plates! With everyone so busy, Archie has had to hire someone new to manage the Chowhouse Too. The new manager is efficient and experienced, but a newbie to Riverdale. Can he make good decisions without changing the way things were too much? Meanwhile, Jughead’s a wreck while his and Midge’s baby is on the way. Can he continue to run the Chocklit Shoppe while he waits? Or will he need to get by with a little help from his friends? Features variant cover art by rising comic star Chrissie Zullo (Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love)!

I read this regularly in TPB form, and enjoy it a lot more than I did Kupperberg's Big Two work, like the second iteration of Doom Patrol. I guess he's found his niche!

Meanwhile, the idea of grown-up Pussycats has me all a-tremble. If this had come out when I was an adolescent, when I had mad crushes on all the Pussycats,  I expect I might have simply exploded.

LUNITA #1

Publisher: AMIGO COMICS

(W) Xavier Morell (A/CA) Sergi San

There is a new drug on the streets, only for the rich and wealthy people. But it is a drug that links you to the supernatural - and that is a problem. D.E.A. Agent Summer finds herself joining forces with a strange agent from a Spanish agency. She has strange powers and affirms to be the same daughter of the Moon!

$3.99

MAGI VOL 3 GN

Publisher: VIZ LLC

(W/A/CA) Shinobu Ohtaka

Aladdin finds himself among the Kouga tribe, who live deep in the desert far from Qishan. An emissary from the Kou Empire arrives offering peace, but when it turns out to be an offer they can't refuse, things take a turn for the worse. Aladdin learns more about the legend of the Magi and the Rukh, bird-like beings of light, with whom he appears to share a deep connection...

$9.99

MEGA MAN #32

"Curse of Ra Moon" Part Four: The startling, jaw-dropping conclusion to this MEGA-EPIC story is here! The tables have turned as the evil Dr. Wily and his sixteen Robot Masters stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Mega Man! But the ominous alien known as RA MOON still threatens the lives of both the heroes AND the villains! Who will survive and what will become of them? Can their combined power overcome Ra Moon? One thing is certain—there’s no way our hero will be walking away from this one unscathed! Featuring an all-new cover art from Mega-art-guru Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante and an awesome new "payback" variant cover from artist POWREE (Sandra and Woo)!

SCRIPT: Ian Flynn

ART: Mike Cavallaro, Gary Martin, John Workman, and Matt Herms

Cover: Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante

"Payback" Variant cover: POWREE

32-page, full color comic

$2.99 U.S.

NIGHT OF THE 80s UNDEAD #3

Publisher: ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

(W) Jason Martin (A/CA) Bill McKay

This is it! Our gang of Hollywood teens make their last-ditch effort at escaping the escalating commie zombie cocaine virus that is rapidly spreading to engulf their fellow tinsel-town residents! Can a superstar celebrity's outlandish home offer respite from the pending cold war meltdown? Can anyone survive the Night of the Cokeheads?

$2.99

I guess the generation who grew up in the 1980s are now old enough to be taking charge of our entertainment companies, and we'll see the '80s mined as thoroughly as previous decades have been. God help us when we get to the '90s.

Meanwhile, here are some preview pages:

PATHFINDER #12

Publisher: DYNAMIC FORCES

(W) Jim Zubkavich (A) Ivan Anaya (CA) Carlos E. Gomez, Jorge Fares

The Pathfinder adventurers barely survived their first confrontation with Black Fang. How will they endure now that the dragon is empowered by Thelsikar's dark magic? The second Pathfinder adventure ends with wall to wall action.

The hit comic series based on Paizo's incredible award-winning fantasy world, fiction line and tabletop RPG continues! Sword & sorcery fans and gamers alike will enjoy this latest chapter from Paizo Publishing and Dynamite Entertainment.

$3.99

PENNY FOR YOUR SOUL: DEATH #4

Publisher: BIG DOG INK

(W) Tom Hutchison (A) J. B. Neto (CA) J. B. Neto, Oren Kramek

Death is unleashed Lucifer is far from happy with his appearance!

$3.50

POLARITY VOL 1 TP

Publisher: BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

(W) Max Bemis (A) Jorge Coelho (CA) Frazer Irving

WHY WE LOVE IT: The combination of a very personal story with a completely fresh take on the nature of super powers had us hooked from the beginning.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Max Bemis is not only an incerdibly talented songwriter (and lead singer for the band Say Anything), but an exciting, fresh voice in comics. Jorge Coelho serves up dynamic, expressive action while keeping POLARITY grounded. Plus everyone hates hipsters, right?

WHAT IT IS: What if having super powers meant losing your mind? Tim Woods is a bipolar artist stuck in the world of hipsters, meaningless sex, and vain art - better known as Brooklyn. But after he survives a near fatal car accident, Tim discovers that his mental instability is more than just a disorder, and that his bipolar medication hasn't just been subduing his manic depression...it's been suppressing his super powers. This collection comes with a free download code for the entire POLARITY E.P., including a fifth original song written and performed by Max Bemis!

$14.99

PROTOCOL ORPHANS #2

Publisher: BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

(W) Michael Alan Nelson (A) Mariano Navarro (CA) Stéphane Roux

Being a member of this family means a lifetime of death, danger, changed identities and buried memories. After the mysterious murder of a fellow orphan, our agents are thrust head first into another mission. On the tail of the high society funders of the terroristoperation Black Friday, our agents are further from the truth then they could ever imagine

$3.99

REAL VOL 3 GN

Publisher: VIZ LLC

(W/A/CA) Takehiko Inoue

Real is a tale of triumph over adversity told in the unmatched illustrative style of one of Japan's most popular and talented creators, Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk, Vagabond). The series' main characters, three young men in their late teens, have one thing in common - their love of basketball. As they experience harrowing personal tragedies, their love for the sport provides an unexpected lifeline and a path to redemption.

$12.99

REGULAR SHOW SKIPS #2

Publisher: BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

(W/A) Madeline Rupert (CA) Madeline Rupert, Kory Bing

This vacation isn't what it seems and Skips is starting to think there is a lot more going on with the tourists then just fanny packs and sunscreen. Will he be able to figure out what is really going on before his day suddenly repeats? Join Skips in this crazy adventure...that just might never end.

$3.99

When I first saw John Kricfalusi's art on Ren & Stimpy, I thought it was an amazing blend of retro-'50s "Atom Age" style and just plain 10-year-old-boy gross-out. But even at the time I worried that if it became popular, others would use that style simply as an excuse for poor drawing skills. I'm not saying that's what's happening here, but I have my suspicions.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: MORIARTY LIVES #1

Publisher: DYNAMIC FORCES

(W) David Liss (A) Daniel Indro (CA) Francesco Francavilla

Professor James Moriarty has faced his arch rival, Sherlock Holmes, above Reichenbach Falls, where they have both plummeted to their doom. Or have they? Washed ashore in a strange town in Switzerland, Moriarty is alone, penniless, and without his network of thieves. Will his cunning and guile be enough against a foe more ruthless than Holmes himself? It's one of the greatest villains of all time as you've never seen him!

$3.99

What, again? This guy just won't die! He's over at Image, too!

Meanwhile, here's a press release:

Dynamite is proud to announce the upcoming release of Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives, a five-issue comic book miniseries that pits the literary world's greatest villain Professor Moriarty against a foe every bit as devious and deadly. Written by David Liss (The Shadow Now, Black Panther) and featuring the artistic talent of Daniel Indro (Mark Waid's The Green Hornet), the new Moriarty Lives series launches its first issue in December with a cover by Eisner Award-winning artist Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle).

The first issue of Moriarty Lives begins where the epic Sherlock Holmes story ends: the final confrontation between the legendary detective and criminal mastermind above Reichenbach Falls, where both seemingly plummet to their doom ... or have they? Washed ashore near a strange town in Switzerland, Professor James Moriarty finds himself alone, penniless and without his network of thieves. Will his cunning and guile be enough against a foe more relentless than Holmes himself? It's one of the greatest villains of all time in a pitched confrontation the likes of which his fans have never seen.

"Moriarty is, of course, one of the best-known villains in literature, but I've always been interested in the idea of telling a story from his perspective," says writer David Liss. "No one is the villain of their own narrative, and no one is evil all the time, so I thought it would be fun to tell a story about a very bad man who finds himself in a situation in which he chooses to be good -- mostly. At least a little. This story is going to take place right after the Arthur Conan Doyle story, "The Final Problem," in which both presumably die in Switzerland. What if Moriarty survived the fall? Where did he go? This is going to be a gritty comic, but also a fun adventure in which Moriarty's devious mind is set against an even more evil and dangerous enemy."

David Liss has written comic books for Marvel and Dynamite, including Black Panther, Mystery Men, The Spider and The Shadow Now. He is also the author of five novels, with more on the way. His debut novel, A Conspiracy of Paper (2000) with its hero, the pugilist-turned-private investigator Benjamin Weaver, was named a New York Times Notable Book and won him the 2001 Barry, MacAvity, and Edgar awards for Best First Novel. David's second novel, The Coffee Trader (2003), was also named a New York Times Notable Book and was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the year's 25 Books to Remember. His third novel A Spectacle of Corruption (2004), the sequel to A Conspiracy of Paper, became a national bestseller. David's fourth novel, The Ethical Assassin (2006), is his first full-length work that is not historical fiction. David's most recent novel, The Whiskey Rebels, is set in 1790′s Philadelphia and New York. The third Benjamin Weaver novel, The Devil's Company, arrived in stores in late 2009.

"David Liss is a damn fine writer, one who has delivered some of the most atmospheric scripts we've ever seen," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite. "We've taken that skill and made great use of it on The Spider and The Shadow Now, two pulp series set in the modern era. Now, we're taking his writing talents and tossing them back in time to 1891, where he can bring to life one of the darkest tales of villainy -- and perhaps redemption -- that we've ever done. And who better to bring that vision to life than Daniel Indro? Daniel's work on Mark Waid's The Green Hornet could go from foreboding mood to explosive action in a heartbeat... and that's exactly the feel we need for Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives."

Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

SIXTH GUN #36

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

(W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Brian Hurtt

The forces of dakrness have hounded Becky Montcrief since she first placed her hand on the Sixth Gun. Now, Becky and her allies are taking the fight to their enemies. Their goal - destroy the cursed guns once and for all! The war for the Six starts here! This is the beginning of the end!

$3.99

SIXTH GUN: SONS OF THE GUN TP

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

(W) Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt (A) Brian Churilla, Bill Crabtree (CA) Bill Crabtree, Brian Churilla

Bloodthirsty Bill Sumter, Filthy Ben Kinney, Will Arcene, Silas "Bitter Ridge" Hedgepeth. Since the very first issue of The Sixth Gun, readers have clamored for more information about General Hume's horsemen. What happened to these cutthroats and killers after their master died? Some seek wealth. Some seek redemption. Some seek to forget the horrors they've wrought. Now this untold story of ne'er-do-wells and cursed six shooters can be revealed!

$19.99

I'm going to start on this one, one of these days ...

SONS OF ANARCHY #4

Publisher: BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

(W) Christopher Golden (A) Damian Coueciro, Emilio Lecce (CA) Garry Brown

With Kendra's life on the line, tensions rise and guns are drawn. As the Ghost Brothers close in on Kendra's location, Jax must win Lin over to the side of honor and family, driving the Sons closer to war with Griggs.

$3.99

Not interested in the TV show. Ergo. not interested in this. Your mileage may vary.

SPONGEBOB COMICS #27

Publisher: UNITED PLANKTON PICTURES

(W) Jacob Chabot (A) Dave DeGrand & Various (CA) Vincent DePorter

In this issue: SpongeBob is dragged to court by a mob of angry jellyfish! It's "Trial By Jelly" for SpongeBob and Patrick, by Vince DePorter (Scooby-Doo). Then cartoonist Israel Sanchez (Flight) puts Squidward through the ringer in "Blue Bonnet Society." Can Squidward survive the chaos after he interrupts SpongeBob's warm-up exercises? In "The Amazing SpongeBot" by David DeGrand (Zombie Chasers) a mechanical future SpongeBob must stop the present-day Mr. SquarePants from performing a comedy routine - or else the future will be all messed up or something! Also in this issue: SpongeBob blows up big; Gary's shell gets detailed; and Patrick declares a new holiday. Plus: SpongeFunnies by James Kochalka and a kooky coral maze by Robert Leighton (New Yorker) and Gary Hallgren (Air Pirates).

$2.99

STANDARD #4

Publisher: COMIXTRIBE

(W) John Lees (A/CA) Jonathan Rector

The Standard is back, but not everyone is happy to see him return. And with a monstrous killer still on the loose and the body-count of headless victims continuing to pile up, Gilbert Graham's heroic comeback might be fatally short-lived. Also: The Standard and The Corpse, face-to-face at last!

$3.99

STEAMPUNK CINDERELLA ONE-SHOT

Publisher: ANTARCTIC PRESS

(W/A/CA) Rod Espinosa

In a stately home upon a grand estate lives the lovely Cinderella...slaving away to please her stepmother and stepsisters. She stokes the boiler pressure to meet their needs and answers all their calls through the intercom tubes, all for a few scraps and no gratitude. But with the help of her father's steam-powered inventions, she just might get to meet her prince...

$3.99

Like last week's Steampunk Snow White, I find weird mash-ups like this reallly interesting.

SUNDAY NIGHT MOVIES SC

Publisher: DRAWN & QUARTERLY

(W/A/CA) Leanne Shapton

Sunday Night Movies features Leanne Shapton's watercolors of resonant moments in black-and-white cinema. Selecting a brief fragment of each chosen film, she creates an indelible image that is both a hand-painted movie still and a personal response to a fleeting celluloid moment. Together, the seventy-eight paintings create a valentine to the world of cinema. Shapton's journey through film history becomes a wistful celebration of the subtle moments in stories, which can often slip by unnoticed. What could be a simple title, still life, or portrait of an actor becomes both illusive and allusive through the medium of these personal paintings. With Sunday Night Movies she brings her love of film to light, and the effect is restrained and fanciful, familiar and all new.

$19.95

TIGER & BUNNY COMIC ANTHOLOGY VOL 2 GN

Publisher: VIZ LLC

(W/A/CA) Sunrise

The Heroes of Stern Bild City are larger than life when they appear on Hero TV, but when they take off their costumes, their lives are just like anyone else's! Or are they?! Why would someone impersonate Barnaby to work at a host club? Dragon Kid is a hero, but still has to struggle with homework. What will happen when Barnaby meets Kotetsu's family? And is it possible for Origami Cyclone to ride into battle on a kite, or is he just going to break his neck? Over two dozen stories take you deep into the world of Tiger & Bunny!

$12.99

UBER #8

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Canaan White

The Pacific Theater of war has changed dramatically with the deployment of Japanese super soldiers. Their use of this new technology alongside their Kamikaze terror strategy is starting to turn the tides of Allied power on the seas. Join KIERON GILLEN in an epic tale of the evolution of horror in World War II with the arms race now focused upon developing super human warriors. Is there an answer to the misery of war that will allow for a victor or will both sides be devastated by the amplified violence and destruction? Available with Regular or Wraparound cover by Caanan White, Propaganda Poster cover by Michael Dipascale, and a special Blitzkrieg Incentive cover by Caanan White

$3.99

Are there Allied super-soldiers in this series, too? They never seem to make the covers, and I'm starting to get a little worried!

UNCANNY #5

Publisher: DYNAMIC FORCES

(W) Andy Diggle (A) Aaron Campbell (CA) Sean Phillips

Weaver discovers he's just a tiny cog in a big machine as he unlocks the secrets of Maggie's past and Deacon Styles' true agenda. But what does it have to do with the shadowy organization known only as Cadre, and what is their connection to the world of the Specials?

$3.99

UNITY #2

Publisher: VALIANT

Written by MATT KINDT

Art & Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE

Variant Cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN

Variant Cover by CARY NORD

B&W Sketch Variant by DOUG BRAITHWAITE

Editor: Warren Simons, Josh Johns

$3.99 / T+ / 32 pgs.

*100% returnable for qualifying retailers*

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside UNITY #2 – the next issue of 2013's chart-topping, smash-hit new series debut by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Justice League of America) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (Justice, Journey Into Mystery)!

Broken but not beaten… Unity has to put down X-O Manowar and avert nuclear war. But Harada’s super-team lasted a grand total of five minutes last issue before they were taken out. Time for Unity 2.0…but how do you get a cast of malcontents, egotists, immortal warriors, and manipulative backstabbers to work together? The answer? You don’t tell them they’re working together.

Unity cannot be stopped – and X-O Manowar doesn't stand a chance! The most talked-about, most surprising new series of the year steamrolls into an all-new, action-packed chapter on December 11th, only in UNITY #2 – featuring covers by Doug Braithwaite, Travel Foreman, and Cary Nord, and 100% returnability for qualifying retailers!

And don't miss your chance to start at the beginning with UNITY #1 – in stores now and limited to one printing only! Start reading here to find out what fans and critics agree – Unity is the coming of a comic book milestone!

"Amazing… [Unity] is a big superhero book done right." -- IGN
"★★★★★… Matt Kindt sets everything up perfectly…[and] Doug Braithwaite's art is breathtaking." -- Comic Vine
"9 out of 10… If you are someone who loves superhero comics…[Unity] is one title that shows a lot of promise." -- Newsarama
"[Unity] lives up the hype… Kindt and Braithwaite already have readers on the edge of their seats…" -- Bloody Disgusting
"This is gutsy, high-conflict, page-turning storytelling… If you want a great jumping on point, this is it." -- Geeks of Doom
"Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite have created something monumental. It is that simple." -- Comic Bastards
"Awesome all over the place… A very good comic that has me genuinely excited about what’s next." -- Multiversity Comics

For more information on Unity and the rest of the Valiant Universe, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, and at ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit Valiant.CinderBlock.com.

I suspect if you were to buy only one Valiant book, this might be the ticket, since it involves most of the major characters and concepts. I'm trade-waiting, so I can't comment on quality, but here are some preview pages to help you sort it out:

URSA MINOR (ONGOING) #2

Publisher: BIG DOG INK

(W) Tom Hutchison (A) Ian Snyder (CA) Ian Snyder, Nei Ruffino

Friendship is more important to Naomi than the destruction of the vampire race. Onyx is alive and held prisoner in the Vampire Embassy in Alaska, and that will not stand if she has anything to say about it. And in Washington state, there appears to be a rogue werewolf on the hunt for young flesh.  

$3.50

VICTORIAN SECRET MASQUERADE 2013 ONE-SHOT

Publisher: ANTARCTIC PRESS

(W/A/CA) Various

Our saucy steampunk sweethearts are all "geared up" for the season in a captivating cavalcade of costumes. Their outfits may be a little brief, but they still leave plenty to the imagination. What lurks behind their masks? Dare to find out!  

$3.99

I'd say "Victorian Secret" was a good pun, except that I think I've heard it outside the funnybook world, too.

VOICE OVER SEIYU ACADEMY VOL 2 GN

Publisher: VIZ LLC

(W/A/CA) Maki Minami

After their successful first lunchtime broadcast, Hime and the other Stragglers are looking forward to their next chance to wow the school and prove they have what it takes to stay in the program. But the scriptwriter they were counting on to pen their piece has lost her creative spark. Can Senri and Hime work together to jump-start her imagination?  

$9.99

WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS #33

Publisher: DYNAMIC FORCES

(W) Robert Place Napton (A) Carlos Rafael (CA) Fabiano Neves, Jay Anacleto

Recently, Dejah discovered she had an older brother she never knew existed. Bent by his harsh upbringing as a slave, Kajak Thoris is determined to destroy the family that he feels should have been rightfully his. Will Dejah have to spill her family's blood in order to save it?!  

$3.99

Boy, these covers just barely passed the Round Table's nudity ban. Barely.

WATSON AND HOLMES #6

Publisher: NEW PARADIGM STUDIOS, CO.

(W) Brandon M. Easton (A/CA) N. Steven Harris

When a prominent politician's wife ends up dead at the base of the George Washington Bridge, NYPD's Lt. Stroud knows she needs the best to find the people responsible quietly. Watson and Holmes follow the trail of clues but when the case goes quickly down the rabbit hole will our heroes keep their heads? Don't miss "The Case of Mr. and Mrs Gemini" in this month's installment of Watson And Holmes.  

$3.99

This is a clever idea. I've never seen an issue, but if the execution is just as clever, it could be awesome.

WATSON AND HOLMES VOL 1: STUDY IN BLACK TP

Publisher: NEW PARADIGM STUDIOS, CO.

(W) Karl Bollers (A) Rick Leonardi, Larry Stroman (CA) Rick Leonardi

Collecting the entire first arc of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson re-envisioning as African Americans living in New York City's famous Harlem district. Watson, an Afghanistan war vet, works in an inner-city clinic; Holmes, a local P.I. who takes unusual cases. When one of them ends up in Watson's emergency room, the unlikely duo strike up a partnership to find a missing girl. Watson & Holmes bump heads along the way as they enter a labyrinth of drugs, guns, gangs and a conspiracy that goes higher and deeper than they could have imagined. Containing epilogue issue #5 as well as chock full of extra material on the evolution of a new classic 

$16.99

I'm reading Brain Boy, Cap -- and I'm enjoying it. The 0 issue is a decent done-in-one story; Van Lente is the regular writer, and the art in this issue by Freddie Williams III, who's grown into a hell of an artist, IMO; he's doing some really nice stuff on The Movement. The lead character, Matt Price, is a bit of a self-centered jerk, but he's good at his job, and has basically been raised as an "asset" by a security corporation. I think he'll soften a bit as the series goes on. If you like it, the first story in the ongoing series is already complete, running from issues 1-3. I like it -- Psi vs Spy is a fun concept -- but I'm not rabid about it. The next few issues will be make or break for me.

As for Justice League 3000, I think you're misremembering the coverage. It was Kevin MacGuire who was dropped from the book, in favor of Howard Porter (who was always involved in one respect, since he designed the characters). 

And I loved Manifest Destiny, too! I'm definitely onboard for issue 2!

BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE #4

CABLE AND X-FORCE #17

CAPTAIN AMERICA #14
EERIE COMICS #4
INHUMANITY AWAKENING #1 (OF 2)
JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #1 (RES)
MIGHTY AVENGERS #4.INH
THUNDERBOLTS #19 INF
UNCANNY X-MEN #15.INH
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #39

I was going to pass on Justice League 3000 but I'll give it a shot just to see what all the fuss is about.

I've been reading a lot of Doc Savage lately but always get depressed when a new series comes out. Because, no matter how good or innovative it is, it never lasts long!

I read Kings Watch #1 but it didn't leave much. I'll read #2 to see if it's any better.

I liked Day Man #1 but that's a long time between issues.

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