COMICS GUIDE FOR DEC. 24, 2014

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

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consult the "This Week's Comics" section below.

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #9 (of 9, $4.99, Marvel Comics): This is the climax to Marvel’s latest big crossover story, in which many of the world’s heroes and villains have had their alignment – you know, good/evil, lawful/chaotic – flipped. Evidently some will stay that way, some will die (at least temporarily), and this issue will tell us who ends up what.

THE AVENGER SPECIAL 2014: THE TELEVISION KILLERS ($7.99, Dynamite): This is one of three Dynamite specials this week starring pulp characters in pulp-style adventures, with pulp-style covers. (The other two are DOC SAVAGE SPECIAL 2014: WOMAN OF BRONZE and THE SHADOW ONE-SHOT 2014: AGENTS OF THE SHADOW, $7.99.) They had me at “pulp”!

THE COMPLETE CORTO MALTESE VOL 1: UNDER THE SIGN OF CAPRICORN (TPB, $29.99, IDW Publications): “Corto Maltese” is a legendary adventure strip by the legendary writer/artist Hugo Pratt about a globe-trotting sailor named … well, you know. It’s so legendary, in fact, that an island on “Arrow” is named Corto Maltese. Now IDW is planning to reprint the entire series in a 12-volume collection, starting with “Under the Sign of the Capricorn.” I can’t really say how good it is, as I’ve never read it, but I sure intend to. After all, it’s legendary.

GRAVEYARD SHIFT #1 (of 4, $3.50, Image Comics): Image describes this new miniseries as “Fright Night-style thrills and Castle-style crime-solving as a homicide detective and his girlfriend find their love put to the ultimate test when they run afoul of a gang of vampires!” Vampires have been kinda overdone lately, but Image has been on a roll lately, and the writer of this series – Jay Faerber – won me over with Noble Causes.

ROBIN RISES: ALPHA #1 ($4.99, DC Comics): I never thought I’d miss Damian Wayne, but the little creep really grew on me. So I’m glad to see him back, which happens in this issue – but in what form, DC won’t say.

THEY’RE NOT LIKE US #1 ($2.99, Image): The description of this new series makes it sound like “What if mutants appeared and there was no Professor Xavier to teach them to play nice?” In other words, the teens in this series who get super-powers acts like teens everywhere: Rude, selfish and borderline psychopathic. Sounds like fun!

THIS WEEK'S COMICS

Titles are grouped alphabetically by publisher, in this order:  
Archie Comics, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Marvel Comics, Valiant Comics and the catch-all Other Publishers.

ARCHIE COMICS

BETTY & VERONICA COMICS DIGEST #229

Script/Art: FERNANDO RUIZ

Cover: JEFF SHULTZ, BOB SMITH, ROSARIO “TITO” PEÑA

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

The Lodge Mansion becomes the meeting spot for all of the clubs in Riverdale High while the school is being cleaned, thanks to a “bright” idea from Archie. It turns out that there are a lot more afterschool activities that go on at Riverdale High than everyone imagined—will there be enough space to house all of them? And how will Mr. Lodge react to this afterschool invasion? Find out in “The Club House!” the new, zany lead story to this comics digest.

SONIC UNIVERSE #71

Script: IAN FLYNN & ALEAH BAKERWEB LYNX

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

Cover: TRACY YARDLEY & BEN HUNZEKER

Variant Cover: RAFA KNIGHT

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

ALL-NEW STORY ARC! “Spark of Life” Part One: Nicole detects a distress signal from the Digital World—but how can that be if nobody is supposed to know about the Digital World?! Sally, Tails and Big must travel to Isolated Island to answer the call for help! Who is Dr. Ellidy? And in what way does he link the lives of Sally and Nicole? Featuring a stunning new cover by Tracy Yardley and “Web Lynx” Variant cover art by rising Sonic star Rafa Knight!

DARK HORSE

ALIENS FIRE AND STONE #4

Writer: CHRIS ROBERSON

Art: PATRIC REYNOLDS

Colors: DAVE STEWART

Cover: DAVID PALUMBO

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Miniseries

STRANDED SURVIVORS CLASH -- ALIENS FEAST!

Tying in with the Prometheus and Aliens films, this tale of stranded survivors and the tenacious xenomorphs that stalk them comes to a close! Scientist Derrick Russell makes more stunning discoveries about the strange planet the Hadley’s Hope refugees crashed on, while Aliens close in on him!

• Ties directly into two hit motion pictures!

• From critically acclaimed writer Chris Roberson!

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 10 #10

Writer: CHRISTOS GAGE

Art/Variant Cover: REBEKAH ISAACS

Colors: DAN JACKSON

Cover: STEVE MORRIS

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

With the responsibility of writing new rules in the Vampyr book, Buffy and crew are literally the bosses of all magic -- but as more baddies learn who has the power, protecting the book is becoming a full-time job!

“A fantastic continuation to the Buffyverse.” -- Unleash the Fanboy

CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT #18

Writer: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON

Art: FERNANDO DAGNINO

Colors: JAVIER MENA

Cover: MICHAEL BROUSSARD

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Ongoing

With teleporting assassin Helios on a tight leash, Captain Midnight and his allies soar south to infiltrate an impenetrable jungle compound and attempt to capture Midnight’s sidekick turned enemy, Chuck Ramsey, and force him to answer for his crimes. But what traps lie waiting in the undergrowth? And what mysterious forces is Chuck tapping into?

“Joshua Williamson is putting out a great book month after month.” -- All-Comic

COLDER: THE BAD SEED #3

Writer: PAUL TOBIN

Art/Cover: JUAN FERREYRA

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Ongoing

Sequel to the Eisner nominated series!

A glimpse into Declan’s past holds a startling and strange revelation, and causes him to slip further into the insane and dangerous Hungry World.

• Art by Bleeding Cool’s 2013 artist of the year, Juan Ferreyra!

• Don’t miss Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra on Prometheus: Fire and Stone!

This is one of the strangest homages I've ever seen. Remove the standing man, the fallen man and the bloody stump, and you have Andrew Wyeth's classic painting, "Cristina's World."

Cristina was a real person, and that was her farm, where she lived with her bachelor brother. (She was in her 50s when this was painted, but Wyeth used his twentysomething fiance as a model as well.) Cristina had an undiagnosed degenerative disease (probably polio), but refused to use a wheelchair, and instead crawled or dragged herself around the farm. Note the wasted arms on Cristina, and that she's not standing -- because she can't. And she's a long way from that farmhouse. Her posture is one of ... what? Longing? Sadness? Dread? Determination? Everyone sees something different.

Wyeth's father had died in an accident in 1945, three years before he painted "Cristina's World," and those who know these things say that his palette became more muted and his subjects more strained and plaintive, as if they were acting out his grief. I'm no expert, but certainly "Cristina's World" is unforgettable even if you don't know the back story.

What on earth it's doing on this comic book cover, I have no idea.

CONAN THE AVENGER #9

Writer: FRED VAN LENTE

Art: BRIAN CHING

Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH

Cover: STEVE ELLIS

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

A war, a spy, and false allies stand in Conan’s way as he and his comrades fight to free the slave girl Natala in order to learn the location of a legendary treasure!

• The chronological journey through Conan’s life continues!

“Guaranteed fun every month.” -- Comic Bastards

FATHER'S DAY #3 (of 4)

Writer: MIKE RICHARDSON

Art/Cover: GABRIEL GUZMAN

Colors: JAVA TARTAGLIA

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

A father-daughter road trip should be a happy time ... unless that daughter hates her father and his former mob employers want him dead. And how does an ex-hitman who has renounced violence fight back? Maybe with the help of a former colleague who has renounced nothing! 

• An action-packed crime thriller written by Dark Horse publisher Mike Richardson (The Secret, The Atomic Legion).

GRINDHOUSE: DRIVE IN, BLEED OUT #2 (of 8)

Writer: ALEX DE CAMPI

Art/Cover: R. M. GUERA

Colors: GIULIA BRUSCO

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

Scalped artist R. M. Guéra!

When you think of comics that really bring the Christmas spirit, put Grindhouse at the top of your naughty list! We’re leaving sex and violence under your tree this year, as the desolate plains of the West fall victim to a terrifying quartet of cold-hearted demons, in “Slay Ride”’s gory climax!

• The nasty holiday gem “Slay Ride” concludes!

• Alex de Campi (Smoke/Ashes, Lady Zorro) is back with a vengeance!

• R. M. Guéra (Scalped, Django Unchained) paints the snow red!

HALO: ESCALATION #13

Writer: DUFFY BOUDREAU

Pencils: SERGIO ANNO

Inks: JUAN CASTRO

Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH

Cover: DANIEL CHAVEZ

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Ongoing

A GREAT JUMPING-ON POINT!

Requiem has been destroyed, but the real war between Commander Sarah Palmer’s Spartans and Jul ’Mdama’s New Covenant is just beginning . . . and everything hinges on control of one all-powerful artifact. Duffy Boudreau (BlackAcre, Bloodshot) and Sergio Ariño (Ms. Marvel) team up for an all-new chapter of the Halo saga and a great jumping-on point for new readers!

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

• The beginning of an all-new story arc!

THE MASSIVE #30

Writer: BRIAN WOOD

Art: GARRY BROWN

Colors: JORDIE BELLAIRE

Cover: J.P. LEON

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

The final issue!

Dead calm. Quiet seas. Second chances? The Ninth Wave crew enter a brand-new chapter in Earth’s history.

“Garry Brown and Jordie Bellaire simply rock this book’s artwork; every page seems so rugged and calculated it’s scarily good.”—Geeks Unleashed

“Please go out and pick this up. I really can’t urge you enough.” -- Comic Bastards

MIND MGMT #29

Writer/Art/Cover: MATT KINDT

FC, 24 pages, $3.99

Ongoing

New York Times bestseller!

Meru takes on the Eraser one on one, with deadly results. But will a familiar face in sunglasses show up just in time?

“Kindt outdoes himself on so many levels.”  -- IGN

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

NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: THE SHINJI IKARI RAISING PROJECT VOLUME 15 (TPB)

Writer/Art/Cover: OSAMU TAKAHASHI

B&W, 184 pages, $9.99

TPB, 5 1/8" x 7 1/4" 

Is it just an optical illusion, or are Rei and Shinji actually getting closer to one another? Asuka isn’t too sure—but one thing you can be sure of is that she’ll be giving this perception test a hard stare! And on that note, is Asuka falling victim to the same baka-tivity that afflicts her childhood friend, as she decides to use some of Shinji’s “techniques” to help bring Toji and Hikari closer together?

• The most famous anime franchise of the last 20 years!

• The most successful Evangelion spinoff manga -- now with more volumes then the original!

If this looks familiar, it's because it was solicited for last week, too!

RESURRECTIONISTS #2

Writer: FRED VAN LENTE

Pencils: MAURIZIO ROSENZWEIG

Inks/Colors: MORENO DINISIO

Cover: JUAN DOE

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

New ongoing series!

Jericho Way is a Resurrectionist, a unique person who can unlock the memories and abilities of his past lives. The architect-turned-thief is on the verge of sparking the connection to his own history with the help of an enlightened Resurrectionist called the Scout, but time is short. The evil Sojourn corporation is wise to their actions and will stop at nothing to destroy their plans to complete a heist three thousand years in the making. 

“Van Lente gives readers just enough of everything to satisfy curiosity without overwhelming . . . on a tear of late as a writer, infusing a lot of fun in the stories he tells.” —Comic Book Resources

SUNDOWNERS #5

Writer: TIM SEELEY

Art: JIM TERRY

Colors: SEAN DOVE

Cover: CHRIS BRUNNER

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

The Sundowners are on the run, pursued by the law and a horde of invisible aliens! Will they be able to forge a superteam from the remnants of their support group, or do they need to turn to a new “hero” to lead them?

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

• Covers by Chris Brunner (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight)!

TERMINATOR SALVATION FINAL BATTLE #12 (of 12)

Writer: J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI

Art/Cover: PETE WOODS

Colors: MATT WILSON

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

STRACZYNSKI ENDS IT ALL!

This is it! With John Connor’s fate now sealed and Skynet taken over by the psychotic intelligence of Thomas Parnell, has humanity reached its final hour?

• Celebrate 30 years of The Terminator!

“Straczynski and Woods are on a roll and they show absolutely no sign of stopping or slowing anytime soon.” -- Comic Bastards

One thing I've always wondered about with the Terminator franchise is why the people of the future were armed to the teeth with automatic weapons -- weapons that seemed utterly useless against the Terminators, and were probably more dangerous to each other in a firefight.

Shouldn't they have developed weapons specifically useful against robots? I'm not sure what that would be -- maybe something that shot talcum powder into their gears? Paint guns to cover their sensors? I'm no engineer, but there had to be something they could cobble together that would be more effective than bullets, which in the course of all those movies and TV shows, never stopped one single Terminator.

Anybody know if there's an in-story explanation? Or are the guns simply there because they look cool?

TOMB RAIDER #11

Writers: GAIL SIMONE, RHIANNA PRATCHETT

Pencils: NICOLAS DANIEL SELMA

Inks: JUAN GEDEON

Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH

Cover: DAN SCOTT

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

“Without a doubt it easily comes recommended.” -- Unleash the Fanboy

The newest addition to the Tomb Raider saga, cowritten by Gail Simone and Rhianna Pratchett!

Lara’s risking her life to reveal a terrifying secret -- however, while she’s globetrotting, things aren’t right at home. What price must Lara pay to learn the truth?

• The classic character reimagined!

• The events of the comic will lead into the Tomb Raider sequel!

VAMPIRE HUNTER D NOVEL VOL 22: WHITE DEVIL MOUNTAIN PARTS 1 & 2 (SC)   

Writer: HIDEYUKI KIKUCHI

Art/Cover: YOSHITAKA AMANO

$11.99

From Dark Horse Comics. Commissioned by a vampire ancient to recover the coffin containing the body of the demonic Gilzen, hated even by his own kind, D travels to a frightening mountain landscape perennially shrouded in snow. Within a castle piercing the mountainside, D discovers a group of knights tasked to protect Gilzen at any cost.  It's time for D to use all the forces and powers at his command to prevent Gilzen's resurrection! This volume of the long-running series combines two novels and features 11 original illustrations by Final Fantasy designer Yoshitaka Amano.

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DC COMICS

AQUAMAN #37

Written by JEFF PARKER

Art and cover by PAUL PELLETIER and SEAN PARSONS

Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

The King of the Seas takes on the Warlord of Gorilla City when Aquaman and Grodd collide!

ARKHAM MANOR #3

Written by GERRY DUGGAN

Art and cover by SHAWN CRYSTAL

1:25 Variant cover by CHRIS BRUNNER

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

All is not as it seems as Batman’s plans unravel in Arkham Manor, and Jack Shaw investigates the serial killer who’s murdering inmates!

BATMAN ‘66 #18

Written by JEFF PARKER and TOM PEYER

Art by RICHARD CASE and DAVE BULLOCK

Cover by MICHAEL ALLRED

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

Two Bat-tales in one issue! When Barbara Gordon finds her library attacked by the Bookworm, it’s time for Batgirl to sprint into action. Meanwhile, Batman and Robin find things in Gotham City turned upside down when the Archer steals the GCPD’s computer and gives the criminals the upper hand on the police.

BATMAN ANNUAL #3

Written by JAMES TYNION

Art by ROGE ANTONIO

Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE

48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

Don’t miss this top-secret tale that ties in to the “Endgame” storyline running now in BATMAN – sorry, but that’s all we can tell you! Trust us – it’s going to be big!

BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS (HC)

Written by ADAM BEECHEN, DOUG WAGNER and FRANK HANNAH

Art by CHRISTIAN DUCE, VICENTE CIFUENTES, TOM DERENICK, VICTOR DRUJINIU and others

Cover by BRYAN HITCH

160 pg, FC, $22.99 US

Based on the hit video game, this volume collects in print for the first time the ground-breaking, multi-path digital comic. This prequel story features an inexperienced Batman going up against crime bosses Black Mask and The Penguin for the first time!

BATMAN ETERNAL #38

Written by SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, KYLE HIGGINS and TIM SEELEY

Art by ANDREA MUTTI

Cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The refugees from Arkham Asylum think there’s safety in numbers -- but not if one of them is Bane!

BODIES #6

Written by SI SPENCER

Art by DEAN ORMSTON, PHIL WINSLADE, MEGHAN HETRICK and TULA LOTAY

Cover by EDUARDO RISSO

32 pg, FC, 6 of 8, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

Four time periods, four detectives, four murders, identical M.O, identical location, same body – and now four murderers step into the frame, all very different yet all unnervingly familiar. It’s time for our detectives to face their quarry, but which is the hunter and which is the prey?

CATWOMAN ANNUAL #2

Written by GENEVIEVE VALENTINE

Art by PATRICK OLLIFFE

Cover by GARY BROWN

48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T+

The Hasagaua crime family has been a big thorn in Selina’s side as she grapples with the underworld. Now learn the secret of how their stories intersect!

DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #12

Written by TOBY LITT

Art by MARK BUCKINGHAM and RYAN KELLY

Cover by MARK BUCKINGHAM

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

After her whirlwind adventures with Charles and Edwin, Crystal’s supernatural entanglements can’t be shrugged off – particularly when Charles is looking to get as entangled as metaphysically possible. And so, Crystal is almost relieved when Tragic Mick turns up at the tree house, bringing with him a very unexpected visitor.

DEATHSTROKE #3

Written by TONY S. DANIEL

Art by TONY S. DANIEL and SANDU FLOREA

Cover by TONY S. DANIEL

1:25 Variant cover by DAVID AJA

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

This issue will ship with two covers.

Deathstroke’s taking bigger and bolder risks as the hunt for his stolen memories continues. Slade will be pushed to the edge to achieve his goal, but will he ultimately be undone by executing his way to the truth?

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #12

Written by DANIEL H. WILSON, MARGUERITE BENNETT and MIKE JOHNSON

Art by ROBSON ROCHA, JAN DUURSEMA, JACK HERBERT and JORGE JIMENEZ

Cover by JAE LEE

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The epic battle rages on as elemental Avatars of Earth-2 try to take down The Furies of Apokolips!

THE FLASH #37

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN

Art and cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND

Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE

This issue will arrive in stores with two covers.

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Behold the all-new, all-murderous Flash!

GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT #2

Written by RAY FAWKES

Art and cover by BEN TEMPLESMITH

1:25 Variant cover by RAY FAWKES

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

Internal Affairs Agent Rook is learning the Midnight Shift really does have the hard cases – and Jim Corrigan may not be able to bail him out. At least, not without some divine intervention! But can Corrigan risk letting loose the wrath of God, especially against a departed sister?

GRAYSON ANNUAL #1

Written by TIM SEELEY and TOM KING

Art by STEPHEN MOONEY

Cover by MIKEL JANIN

48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

At last – it’s the secret origin of Helena Bertinelli!

GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #3

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI

Art by BILLY TAN and ROB HUNTER

Cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER

48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

“Godhead,” act 3, part 6: The massive finale is here! On one side stand the New Gods, on the verge of conquering our universe in order to save it! On the other stand the combined might of the various Lantern Corps – or what’s left of them. And in the wings wait the unlikeliest of allies: Hal Jordan and Black Hand. Changes are coming to the heroes of interstellar space, and it all starts here, in the climactic final battle of mortals vs. gods!

GREEN LANTERN: LIGHTS OUT (TPB)

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI, CHARLES SOULE, VAN JENSEN and JUSTIN JORDAN

Art by BILLY TAN, ALESSANDRO VITTI, BERNARD CHANG, BRAD WALKER and others

Cover by SEAN CHEN

192 pg, FC, $16.99 US

In this epic from GREEN LANTERN #24, GL CORPS #24, NEW GUARDIANS #23-24, RED LANTERNS #24, GL ANNUAL #2 and GL #23.1: RELIC, Relic has arrived! The lights of the Lanterns are fading as the emotional spectrum is being drained. It’s up to Hal and the Green Lanterns to rally the Corps if they are going to survive!

HARLEY QUINN #13

Written by AMANDA CONNER and JIMMY PALMIOTTI

Art by CHAD HARDIN

Cover by AMANDA CONNER

Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE

1:25 Variant cover by AMANDA CONNER

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with three covers.

Harley Quinn and Power Girl! The team-up that no one said could last ends with spectacular violence!

Tomorrow?

HE-MAN: THE ETERNITY WAR #1

Written by DAN ABNETT

Art by POP MHAN

Cover by STJEPAN SEJIC

Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

This issue will arrive in stores with two covers.

The war to end all wars has begun in Eternia! Hordak and the villainous Dark Horde have taken over Castle Grayskull and plan to use it as a weapon to terrorize and rule the universe. However, a resistance is building led by She-Ra, The Sorceress Teela and the benevolent warrior He-Man! To what lengths will the Masters of the Universe go to reclaim their kingdom? What sacrifices must He-Man make to salvage his family legacy? Don’t miss a moment of this epic new MOTU series!

INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE #6

Written by DAN DIDIO and KEITH GIFFEN

Art by KEITH GIFFEN and SCOTT KOBLISH

Cover by HOWARD PORTER

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

A tie-in to the “Godhead” storyline! Simon Baz joins the fray and unleashes a green Mecha Darkseid to battle an oversized Infinity Man as the Green Lantern/New Gods War reaches its climax.

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR THREE #6

Written by TOM TAYLOR

Art by BRUNO REDONDO and MIKE S. MILLER

Cover by NEIL GOOGE

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

Swamp Thing has an answer for Constantine’s request, but it’s not the one the mage had hoped to hear – and a major rift severs the uneasy alliance these two have shared. Plus, Constantine tells Batman that they now have a new, more deadly foe to face!

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #37

Written by J.M. DeMATTEIS

Art by ANDRES GUINALDO and WALDEN WONG

Cover by GUILLEM MARCH

Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

Trapped in a universe outside time, the members of Justice League Dark must survive a surreal landscape to find their way home – at the beginning of time!

LARFLEEZE VOL. 2: THE FACE OF GREED (TPB)

Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS

Art by SCOTT KOLINS

Cover by TYLER KIRKHAM

144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

In these stories from issues #6-12, Larfleeze has become the embodiment of a power battery. Having been defeated by his once-undead Corpsmen, Larfleeze is locked away in a dungeon to serve as the remaining Orange Lantern’s power battery. It will take a cosmic miracle for Larfleeze to escape and regain control over his Orange Lanterns.

LUCIFER BOOK FIVE (TPB)

Written by MIKE CAREY

Art by PETER GROSS, RYAN KELLY, COLLEEN DORAN, MICHAEL WM. KALUTA and others

Cover by CHRISTOPHER MOELLER

352 pg, FC, $29.99 US • MATURE READERS

In this final volume collecting issues #62-75, the forces of Heaven, Hell, and everyone in between wage a final battle to determine the fate of both Yahweh and Lucifer’s Creations – a fate no one, not even the Lightbringer, could foresee. And in the aftermath of the battle, how will Lucifer and his cohorts pick up their lives and tie up loose ends?

THE NEW 52: FUTURES END #34

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

Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER

Cover by RYAN SOOK

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Thirty-five years from now, Brother Eye continues to prove that he won’t allow himself to be beaten. Five years from now, it’s clear that he may already have won.

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS ANNUAL #2

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL

Art by JONBOY MEYER

Cover by R.B. SILVA and WALDEN WONG

48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

Red Hood, Arsenal and Starfire face the one enemy they may not be able to defeat: the holidays!

RED LANTERNS #37

Written by CHARLES SOULE

Art by J. CALAFIORE

Cover by SCOTT HEPBURN

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

“Godhead,” act 3, part 4: As the battle rages on New Genesis, Guy Gardner is dispatched on a dangerous mission that could change everything! But the New Gods don’t know Guy – or his secret death wish! Unfortunately, Guy wasn’t expecting an incredible temptation to appear in his way!

ROBIN RISES: ALPHA #1

Written by PETER J. TOMASI

Art by ANDY KUBERT and JONATHAN GLAPION

Cover by ANDY KUBERT

1:50 Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG

48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

It all ends here! Batman’s been to the hells of Apokalips and back just to retrieve his son’s body.  But what has he brought back with him? And who is the new Robin?

SECRET ORIGINS #8

Written by TIM SEELEY, TOM KING, JEFF LEMIRE and ANN NOCENTI

Art by TRAVEL FOREMAN, CLIFF RICHARDS and STEPHEN MOONEY

Cover by BRYAN HITCH

48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

Three more stars of the DC Universe shine as their origin stories are revealed! Don’t miss the DC Comics – The New 52 origins of Grayson by Tim Seeley, Tom King and Stephen Mooney; Animal Man by Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman; and Katana by Ann Nocenti Cliff Richards!

SHOWCASE PRESENTS: THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES VOL. 5 (TPB)

Written by CARY BATES, JIM SHOOTER and PAUL LEVITZ

Art by DAVE COCKRUM, MIKE GRELL and others

Cover by NICK CARDY

520 pg, B&W, $19.99 US

These 1970s stories reestablished the Legion’s popularity and introduced new heroes Timber Wolf, Karate Kid and Wildfire. Collects SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #193, 195, 197-220 and KARATE KID #1.

Boy, I was in seventh heaven when the books reprinted here first came out. I came to love the Legion during the Jim Shooter-Curt Swan days in Adventure, but then they fell on hard times -- and virtually disappeared. But here they returned, not only getting their own book (well, it was Superboy's), but being drawn by the likes of Nick Cardy and Dave Cockrum. I saw nothing but blue skies ahead for my beloved Legion. And sure enough, the next few years were pretty darn good! 

SINESTRO #8

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art by DALE EAGLESHAM

Cover by GUILLEM MARCH

Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will arrive in stores with two covers.

“Godhead,” act 3, part 5: Sinestro knows the only thing standing between the New Gods and universal domination is bringing Hal Jordan into the fight on New Genesis! But Sinestro always has more than one plan: the one you know about and the one you don’t. Which mission succeeds will depend on many factors, not the least of which is Sinestro’s lust for power!

STAR-SPANGLED WAR STORIES FEATURING G.I. ZOMBIE #5

Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI

Art by SCOTT HAMPTON

Cover by DARWYN COOKE

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

In September we saw a glimpse of a zombie-infected world five years in the future. Now, even as Jared tries to save Carmen’s life, he’s forced to lead his new team against the terrorists, whose actions are making it look less and less like that future can be avoided.

SUPERMAN #37

Written by GEOFF JOHNS

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

Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE

1:50 Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER

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

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

This issue will ship with five covers.

Can there be peace and good will toward people without a price? Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. serve up some holiday shocks as they answer this question and more in this the penultimate chapter of “MEN OF TOMORROW”! And be warned – some significant changes are in store for the Man of Steel to ring in the New Year!

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

SUPERMAN – ACTION COMICS VOL. 5: WHAT LIES BENEATH (HC)

Written by GREG PAK

Art by AARON KUDER and others

Cover by AARON KUDER

160 pg, FC, $22.99 US

In these stories from ACTION COMICS #25-29 and SECRET ORIGINS #1, the Man of Steel features a BATMAN: ZERO YEAR tie-in as a cocky young Superman battles the forces of nature to save Gotham City! Then, all hell breaks loose as Superman is caught between an alien menace and the super-powered soldier the U.S. Army has sent to kill it!

SUPERMAN – ACTION COMICS VOL. 4: HYBRID (TPB)

Written by ANDY DIGGLE and SCOTT LOBDELL

Art by TONY S. DANIEL, TYLER KIRKHAM, JESUS MERINO and others

Cover by TONY S. DANIEL and BATT

200 pg, FC, $16.99 US

Determined to turn Metropolis against the Man of Steel, Lex Luthor unleashes a virus on Metropolis capable of rewriting the DNA of those infected, including Superman. Collecting ACTION COMICS #19-24 plus tales from YOUNG ROMANCE #1 and SUPERMAN ANNUAL #2.

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #14

Written by PETER J. TOMASI

Art and cover by DOUG MAHNKE

Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

This issue will ship with three covers.

It’s no surprise that after recent events, Superman and Wonder Woman are cautious about the appearance of the new hero who calls himself Wonderstar. But this mysterious hero seems to be asking for nothing more than their guidance in dealing with his strange, erratic powers – and for their help in protecting his loved ones and his secret identity! The only problem is that his past is a blank slate. He doesn’t know who he is, where he comes from – or why is feels a strange connection to the Man of Steel and the Amazon Warrior!

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

TALES OF THE BATMAN: LEN WEIN (HC)

Written by LEN WEIN

Art by various

Cover by JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ and DICK GIORDANO

560 pg, FC, $49.99 US

These tales from the 1970s, written by Len Wein, pit Batman against the villainy of The Joker, The Riddler, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, Ra’s al Ghul and many others. Collected from BATMAN #307-310, #312-319, #321-324, #326-327, DETECTIVE COMICS #408, #444-448, #466, #478-479, #500 and #514 and UNTOLD LEGENDS OF THE BATMAN #1-3.

TWILIGHT (TPB)

Written by HOWARD CHAYIN

Art and cover by JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ

160 pg, FC, $14.99 US

DC’s science fiction heroes star in this title collecting the 3-issue 1990 miniseries! TWILIGHT tells the story of how one of the Star Rovers became a living god when caught in an explosion with a race of immortal creatures called Methuseloids. It’s up to renegade hero Tommy Tomorrow to stop his former ally – but he ends up absorbing Sorensen’s power and becoming an all-powerful tyrant himself!

Maybe I was expecting too much after Dark Knight Rises and Watchmen, but I felt pretty let down by this 1991 "prestige" project. Or maybe I just didn't know much or care much about the characters being put through the ringer here. Does anybody really care what happens to Tommy

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

THE AVENGER SPECIAL 2014: THE TELEVISION KILLERS

Writer: MARK RAHNER

Art: EDU MENNA

Cover: ROBERT HACK

FC / 48 Pages / Teen+ / $7.99

1939: Ordinary, law-abiding citizens are turning into shambling maniacs who attack and eat their victims. As The Avenger and his Justice Inc. crew investigate, a new client comes to the man with the dead face and icy eyes for help: a young singer named Billie Holiday, who’s received death threats before her appearance on a new invention called “television.” Pulp-era thrills and horror from writer Mark Rahner (The Twilight Zone, Army of Darkness/Reanimator).

THE BIONIC WOMAN: SEASON FOUR #4

Writer: BRANDON JERWA

Art/Cover: DAVID T. CALBRERA

FC / 32 Pages / Teen+ / $3.99

It’s the final issue of Dynamite’s Bionic Woman revival! Jaime Sommers will do anything she can to escape North Eden … but not if it means leaving the town’s innocent citizens behind. There are surprises around every corner (and we mean that), with plenty of bionic action and intrigue along the way! Guest-starring The Six Million Dollar Man!THE DEVILERS #5 (OF 7)

Writer: JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV

Art: MATT TRIANO

Cover: JOCK

32 pages / Teen + / $2.99

As the team regroups, Chun-Bai suspects her team is not what it seems, and her suspicions might just get them killed. An unlikely force appears to save them, but will it damn them as well?

DOC SAVAGE SPECIAL 2014: WOMAN OF BRONZE

Writer: DAVID WALKER

Art: KEWBER BAAL

Cover: ROBERT HACK

FC / 32 Pages / Teen+ / $7.99

Known as the cousin of world famous adventurer Doc Savage, Pat Savage wants nothing more than to prove she has what is takes to be a hero. What starts out as a thankless job as a babysitter, soon turns into an epic life-and-death struggle that finds Pat squaring off against sinister forces. It’s a double-size tale of two-fisted action starring the first lady of pulp adventure, Pat Savage, Woman of Bronze.

DOCTOR SPEKTOR: MASTER OF THE OCCULT VOL. 1 (TPB)

Writer: MARK WAID

Art: NEIL EDWARDS, ROBERTO CASTRO

Cover: CHRISTIAN WARD

TPB / 136 Pages / Teen+ / $16.99

TV legend. Wall Street wolf. Internet mogul. Tabloid bad boy. Master metaphysicist. Spiritualist. Monster hunter. Doctor Adam Spektor is all of these things … and less. For 15 years, Spektor has traveled the globe to smoke out and defeat werewolves, vampires, ghosts and everything else that goes bump in the night … and yet, his success has brought him no peace. Some part of him is missing, something he needs but can’t name. But he’s about to find what’s missing in an unlikely place. A supernatural thriller that shatters all realities, courtesy of award-winning author Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Daredevil, Indestructible Hulk)!

PURGATORI #4

Writer: AARON GILLESPIE

Art: JAVIER GARCIA MIRANDA

Covers: NEI RUFFINO, JOYCE CHIN

FC / 32 Pages / Teen+ / $3.99

With the chalice of regeneration in her hot red hands, Purgatori is one step closer to regaining her powers. But in order to get them back, she’s going to have to return to the fiery pits of hell … this time as a mere mortal. Don’t miss the Hell and Back story arc’s action-packed penultimate issue!

THE SHADOW ONE-SHOT 2014: AGENTS OF THE SHADOW

Writer: MICHAEL MORICI

Art: ANTHONY MARQUES

Cover: ROBERT HACK

48 PGS / Teen + / $7.99

Faced with a world without The Shadow, his agents must step up and take down a crime syndicate that is crippling the city! From the mean streets to the mountains of China, the agents run a counter operation to break up this menace and uncover its mysterious leader. Margo, Jericho, Cliff, and more unite to stem the bitter fruit of crime!

SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN: SEASON 6 (TPB)

Writer: JAMES KUHORIC

Art: JUAN ANTONIO RAMIREZ, DAVID T. CABRERO

Cover: ALEX ROSS

TPB / 144 PGS / Teen+ / $19.99

Better. Stronger. Faster. The original Six Million Dollar Man, Steve Austin, was a man barely alive until the OSI transformed him into the world’s first Bionic Man. Now, he and Oscar Goldman are the most effective team in National Security. But a rogue faction in the OSI is making a power play for that position with a new type of infiltration agent – one that is completely obedient and robotic. Fan-favorite classic action figure Maskatron joins the official Six Million Dollar Man original television continuity. Can a soulless machine that wears Steve Austin’s very face make the Six Million Dollar Man obsolete? And as Steve’s world is threatened from within, his very actions unknowingly release an alien menace upon an unsuspecting world. It’s a return to the original 1970s Six Million Dollar Man in all its groovy bionic glory – Da-Na-Na-Na-Na!

IDW PUBLICATIONS

THE COMPLETE CORTO MALTESE VOL 1: UNDER THE SIGN OF CAPRICORN (TPB)

Writer/Art/Cover: HUGO PRATT

TPB • B&W • $29.99 • 140 pages • 9.25” x 11.75”

Long before the term “graphic novel” entered the popular lexicon, the Italian cartoonist Hugo Pratt pioneered the long-form “drawn literature” story in 1967 when he introduced Corto Maltese in the epic adventure “The Ballad of the Salty Sea.”

Pratt set the standard for all adult adventure comics in Europe, and by the mid-1970s Corto was the continent’s most popular series and Pratt the world’s leading graphic novelist. “He is one of the true masters of comic art,” says Frank Miller.

Hugo Pratt’s peripatetic sailor was featured in a series of 29 stories. The adventures of this modern Ulysses are set during the first 30 years of the 20th Century in such exotic locales as Pratt’s native Venice, the steppes of Manchuria, the Caribbean islands, the Danakil deserts, the Amazon forests and the waves of the Pacific.

Pratt’s books remain best sellers in Europe and are published in a dozen languages yet until now, Corto Maltese has been poorly represented in English.

“We intend to change all that,” says EuroComics editor Dean Mullaney. “Pratt deserves a first-rate American edition and America deserves Corto Maltese. We’re proud to publish Hugo Pratt as the first graphic novelist in our EuroComics imprint; we’re similarly pleased to publish him alongside Milton Caniff and Alex Toth, two important artistic influences on Pratt, from our long-standing Library of American Comics line.”

The late Kim Thompson, best known as the Vice President and Co-Publisher of Fantagraphics Books, summed up the Pratt’s historical importance: “Corto Maltese was the first European strip to advance a mature, artistically serious sensibility within the traditional adventure format. The elliptical narrative of the stories, the pervasive sense of destiny and tragedy, the side trips into the worlds of dreams and magic -- all capped off with the exotic, guarded nature of the hero -- combined with Pratt’s hard-won craft, worldly experience, and scrupulous research to form a work of breathtaking scope and power.”

EuroComics is working closely with Patrizia Zanotti, Pratt’s long-time collaborator, to present the complete Corto Maltese in a series of 12 quality trade paperbacks in Pratt’s original oversized black and white format. They will also feature new translations from Pratt’s original Italian scripts by Simone Castaldi, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Hofstra (and author of Drawn and Dangerous: Italian Comics of the 1970s and 1980s), and Mullaney.

“At long last, Hugo Pratt’s masterpiece washes up on American shores the way it was intended to be seen and read, the way fans all over the world have known and loved it for decades,” said Eisner Award winner Matt Fraction. “I read my first Corto Maltese story when I was ten years old and, ever since, this was the version of Corto I’ve wanted on my shelves. ”

The first of the twelve volumes, Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn, to be published December 2014, collects the first six inter-connected short stories Pratt created in France in the early 1970s: “The Secret of Tristan Bantam,” “Rendez-vous in Bahia,” “Sureshot Samba,” “The Brazilian Eagle,” “So Much for Gentlemen of Fortune,” and “The Seagull’s Fault.”

The second volume, collecting the subsequent five stories, and will be released Spring 2015.

The series will also be released in a matched set of six original art-sized limited edition hardcovers, each containing the equivalent of two of the trade paperbacks.

“Hugo Pratt is one of the true masters of comic art.” -- Frank Miller

“Hugo Pratt is among the greatest storytellers in all of literature, but what’s more, he also draws like a god.” -- Milo Manara

“I read my first CORTO MALTESE story when I was 10 years old and ever since, this was the version of CORTO I’ve wanted on my shelves.” -- Matt Fraction

© Cong S.A., Lausanne – Art © Casterrman Bruxelles

Translation © 2014 Simone Castaldi and Dean Mullaney

Corto Maltese ® & Hugo Pratt TM © Cong S.A., Lausanne.

All rights reserved.

GARBAGE PAIL KIDS COMIC BOOK PUKE-TACULAR

Writers/Art: Peter Bagge, Dean Haspiel, Various

Cover: Mark Pingitore

Blank Sketch Variant available

Variant Cover: JOE SIMKO

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Deluxe “Peter Bagge’d” Edition poly-bagged with an exclusive official GPK sticker by Brent Engstrom: $4.99

Remember mullets and teased bangs? Stonewashed denim jackets and jeans? Well, not everything about the ‘80s was lame, because that’s when the Garbage Pail Kids ruled the world! Those irreverent, satirical stickers quickly became a pop-culture phenomenon, but they never had their own comic book... until now! In the spirit of the avant-garde cartoonists and humorists who fathered these miscreants, a new generation of alternative-comics creators has lent their unique talents to bring the Garbage Pail Kids into the wacky world of comics— just in time for their 30th birthday!

• Revisit the pop-culture phenomenon from the minds of Art Spiegelman, Mark Newgarden, John Pound, and many others!

• Featuring the most righteous creators in alternative comics!

• Still not amped? Well, this is just the beginning. Expect a totally tubular wave of new comics in the coming months!

JOE KUBERT'S ENEMY ACE ARTIST'S EDITION (HC)

Writer: BOB KANIGHER

Art/Cover: JOE KUBERT

HC • BW • $75.00 net discount item • 152 Pages • 12” x 17”

Reimagining the popular war stories that filled the pages of comic books throughout the 1950’ and 1960’s, Joe Kubert’s Enemy Ace made an unlikely hero into a genre icon. The classic tales of airborne suspense that first thrilled readers over 50 years ago, will make their mark all over again with Joe Kubert Enemy Ace: Artist’s Edition.

Created by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert in 1968 as an alternate take on the highly successful war-based comics, Enemy Ace introduced a hero that by all superficial definitions was a villain. A high-flying pilot for the Germans, Hans von Hammer was a star soldier but morally conflicted by the duties that his role demanded.

“I’ve loved every single one of our Artist’s Editions, but for me, this is the big one,” said Dirk Wood, IDW’s Vice President of Marketing. “Ask Scott Dunbier, I’ve bugged him about the possibility of this book since pretty much my first day at IDW. Kanigher and Kubert’s Enemy Ace was my absolute favorite comic as a kid, and remains so to this day. To see that material again, in this format, is going to be something special.”

Joe Kubert: Enemy Ace Artist’s Edition presents five entire issues of the decorated DC Comics series Star Spangled War Stories, including #139, 140, 141, 142 144. Scanned directly from the original art, this complete collection will also feature bonus material like covers and promos. At over 150 pages, the Artist’s Edition measures at 12” x 17”.

The masterwork joins the two Artist’s Editions that already showcased Kubert, Joe Kubert’s Tarzan of the Apes and Joe Kubert’s Tor.

JUDGE DREDD ANDERSON PSI DIVISION #4 (of 4)

Writer: MATT SMITH

Art: CARL CRICHLOW

Cover: MATT HALEY

Subscription Variant: MIMI YOON

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

In an all-new adventure from Cassandra Anderson’s early days in Psi-Division, writer Matt Smith and artist Carl Critchlow present “King of the Six Sectors.” The theft of Cursed Earth artifacts has led Anderson from the mutant-filled swamplands near Texas City back to the criminal underground of Mega-City One, but nothing could prepare her for what’s coming next!

• Written by writer/Eagle Award-winning 2000 AD Editor Matt Smith (Judge Dredd: Year One)!

• Art by fantasy and science-fiction artist Carl Critchlow (Judge Dredd, Magic the Gathering)!

• Ask your retailer about the adorable variant cover by Agnes Garbowska!JUDGE DREDD #26

Writer: DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

Art: NELSON DANIEL

Cover: MARK SEXTON

Subscription Variant : MARK TORRES

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

“Mega-City Manhunt, part 2”-- Everybody wants Dredd. Chief Justice Cal wants Dredd erased, since he's the only one who knows the truth about the Council of Five. SJS Judge Verrity wants Dredd to answer for his crimes in Sector One. Judge Anderson wants Dredd to stay alive long enough to figure out how she'll get her body back. And Dubbie Cruz -- an unfortunately Judge Cal lookalike -- wants Dredd to leave him alone. Everybody wants Dredd. You'll want Dredd, too. Specifically, Judge Dredd #26. Add it to your pull list now, punk!

MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #26

Writer: KATIE COOK

Art: ANDY PRICE

Cover: ANDY PRICE, AGNES GARBOWSKA

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

All plans to stop the Cattle Rustler gang have failed! Hope seems to be in short supply in the small town of Canter Creek. Luckily a new sheriff is in town… Applejack!

• A western … MLP style!

• Variant Cover by Chan Chau!

SILENT HILL DOWNPOUR: ANNE'S STORY #4 (of 4)

Writer: TOM WALTZ

Art/Cover: TRISTAN JONES

Subscription Variant: XERMANICO

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The terrifying finale of the all-new tale spinning directly out of the hit 2012 video game Silent Hill Downpour and featuring fan-favorite characters from Silent Hill lore! Anne Marie Cunningham's deadly journey through Silent Hill comes to a haunting end. Written by Downpour writer Tom Waltz. 

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES/GHOSTBUSTERS #3 (of 4)

Writers: ERIK BURNHAM, TOM WALTZ

Art/Cover: DAN SCHOENING

Subscription Variant: CORY SMITH

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Time is running out for the Turtles to get home, and a new villain is determined to make life as difficult as possible for the Ghostbusters! The two teams will have to think outside of the box to save themselves … and New York!

TRANSFORMERS VS. G.I. JOE VOL 1 (TPB)

Writers: TOM SCIOLI, JOHN BARBER

Art/Cover: TOM SCIOLI

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 152 pages

Earth makes contact with an alien race -- and G.I. JOE is on the front lines! But when the TRANSFORMERS arrive -- well, let’s just say you’ve never seen TRANSFORMERS or G.I. JOE like this! Visionary comic book maker Tom Scioli (with TRANSFORMERS fan-favorite John Barber in tow) combine two of the biggest names in entertainment into the surprise breakout hit of 2014!

Collects issues #0-4.THE X-FILES X-MAS SPECIAL

Writers: JOE HARRIS, KARL KESEL

Art: MATTHEW DOW SMITH, LOSTON WALLACE

Cover: CARLOS VALENZUELA

FC • 48 pages • $7.99

The holidays have brought together all the X-Files agents for the very first time! Walter Skinner hosts a get-together for his most special agents, but the festive night turns tense when someone -- or something -- comes down the chimney! In a second story, the X-Files team of the 1940s -- Bing Ellington and Millie Ohio from the Year Zero miniserie -- investigate a potential Communist saboteur, but discover an impossible creature -- a gremlin!

•  Featuring appearances by all known X-Files agents!

•  Present-day story by Season 10 team, Joe Harris and Matthew Dow Smith!

• A 1940s story by Year Zero writer Karl Kesel and artist Loston Wallace!

• Ask your retailer about the variant cover by Vic Malhotra (Year Zero, Roche Limit)!

IMAGE COMICS

BLACK SCIENCE #11

Story: RICK REMENDER

Art / Cover: MATTEO SCALERA & DEAN WHITE

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

As the Pillar counts down towards its next jump the Dimensionauts are besieged by an endless wave of horrors. Can they hold out long enough to escape, or will one of them have to remain behind and pay the ultimate price? Join RICK REMENDER, MATTEO SCALERA, & DEAN WHITE, as they bring the second chapter of the smash sci-fi hit series to a close!

C.O.W.L. #7

Story: KYLE HIGGINS & ALEC SIEGEL

Art: ROD REIS

Cover: TREVOR MCCARTHY

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

The times they are a changin'. After the shocking murder of a C.O.W.L. hero, members of the organization must put aside their differences in order to find the killer ... before Detective Evelyn Frost and the Chicago Police do.

DARK ENGINE VOLUME 1: THE ART OF DESTRUCTION

Story: RYAN BURTON

Art / Cover: JOHN BIVENS

Colors: KELLY FITZPATRICK

112 PAGES / FC / M / $9.99

Collects DARK ENGINE #1-4

In desperation, alchemists on a cracked and ruined Earth -- where dead men’s ashes rain down and a plague of spore-beasts terrorize the living -- create Sym. She is their last hope, their Savior. The mysterious figure at the heart of the Image Comics graphic novel DARK ENGINE by Ryan Burton and John Bivens is a primal force. Her story begins in DARK ENGINE VOLUME 1: THE ART OF DESTRUCTION, due in stores this winter.

Sent back in time to save humankind, Sym is a relentless killer, with gore in her long hair, ribsword in her hand, and a skull as her helmet. But what her creators do not realize is that, though they created her, Sym will not necessarily do their bidding.

“I wanted a female Beowulf … a Gilgamesh … a Kratos that didn’t shy away from her instincts, that was violent, that was fury-born,” said Burton of his fierce protagonist in an interview at Women Write About Comics. “That wasn’t afraid to get hurt or make a incredibly violent gambit in order to cut down her enemy. I believe that all women are a force of nature -- they are capable, they are adaptable, they are scary smart. So with all that, it felt natural to make Sym a woman.”

With visceral, hard-etched art and action spanning epochs, DARK ENGINE is a graphic novel experience that artist J.H. Williams III (Sandman: Overture, Promethea, Batwoman) describes as “an otherworldly horrific poetic movement that is immediately immersive.”

Praise for DARK ENGINE:

“... there’s no denying the uniqueness of this concept and the flair with which it’s being executed. There’s nothing like watching a vicious character set history on fire; and even if that’s an itch you don’t think you have, you’ll get it scratched when you read Dark Engine.” -- Michelle White, Multiversity Comics

“Dark Engine is hauntingly beautiful and unique. It beckons you in with poetic dialogue and captivates you with visceral force.” -- Zack Thompson, Bloody Disgusting

Multiversity Comics: “... there is really no other medium where one or as small a handful of people can create something so large in scope.”

Comic Book Resources: “She is battling ever-changing environments that bring about a variety of predators. Some of the threats are prehistoric, some are human and some are -- other.”

DEAD@17: THE BLASPHEMY THRONE #5 (of 7)

Story / Art / Cover: JOSH HOWARD

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.50

The final battle between gods and man begins, and all of Earth is the battlefield.

GRAVEYARD SHIFT #1 (OF 4)

Story: JAY FAERBER

Art / Cover: FRAN BUENO

32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.50

Reunited after their memorable run on the critically acclaimed NOBLE CAUSES, JAY FAERBER and FRAN BUENO bring you a new tale of crime, horror and romance! It's Fright Night-style thrills and Castle-style crime-solving as a homicide detective and his girlfriend find their love put to the ultimate test when they run afoul of a gang of vampires!

GREAT PACIFIC #18

Story: JOE HARRIS

Art / Cover: MARTÍN MORAZZO

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

“BIG GAME HUNTERS,” Part Four

The trash-trouncing finale! All nations have growing pains, and many have known the horrors of civil war. But if this is to be the final battle for Chas Worthington’s New Texas, who will survive, what will be left and, most importantly ... who shall rule?

IMAGE FIRSTS: NAILBITER #1

Publisher: IMAGE COMICS

Mature/$1.00

Our IMAGE FIRSTS editions reprint the first issues of some of our most popular series for only $1. Perfectly priced for new readers interested in trying out a new series or sampling the first chapters of some of our trade paperbacks at little to no risk, IMAGE FIRSTS are available year-round to order upon retailer request, and this month we're adding eight new titles to our growing list of dollar comics that are always in stock!

IMAGE FIRSTS: SOUTHERN BASTARDS #1

Publisher: IMAGE COMICS

Mature/$1.00

Our IMAGE FIRSTS editions reprint the first issues of some of our most popular series for only $1. Perfectly priced for new readers interested in trying out a new series or sampling the first chapters of some of our trade paperbacks at little to no risk, IMAGE FIRSTS are available year-round to order upon retailer request, and this month we're adding eight new titles to our growing list of dollar comics that are always in stock!

THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, VOL. 5: THE COLD WAR (TPB)

Story: JONATHAN HICKMAN

Art / Cover: NICK PITARRA

144 PAGES / FC / T+ / $14.99

It's the fifth volume of the world's greatest secret science history, THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS. "The Cold War" reveals the dark days of the 'real' Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of an American President, and the end of the Manhattan Projects-Star City alliance. Collects THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #21-25

THE MERCENARY SEA #8

Story: KEL SYMONS

Art / Cover: MATHEW REYNOLDS

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

"ON TREASURE ISLAND"

The second of a two-part story: On the hunt for Koji Ra, Jack and the crew of the Venture explore ancient ruins on a deserted island and run into an old adversary.

This issue also includes a bonus short story just in time for Christmas.OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #6

Story: ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art / Cover: PAUL AZACETA & ELIZABETH BREITWEISER

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

“RECEIVE YOUR MARK” Our first group of stories comes to a very startling conclusion, setting the stage for what is to come.

RASPUTIN #3

Story: ALEX GRECIAN

Art / Cover: RILEY ROSSMO & IVAN PLASCENCIA

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

Young Rasputin has the power to heal people, to give them energy, and to make them feel better than they ever have before. The ladies do not complain.REVIVAL #26

Story: TIM SEELEY

Art: MIKE NORTON

Cover: JENNY FRISON

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

Blaine Abel. Demonologist. All around evil scumbag. But now he's on the side of the angels, offering his expertise with the supernatural. Can Em trust a man who she once ran into an eighteen-wheeler?

SUNSTONE (TPB)

Writer/Art/Cover: STJEPAN SEJIC

128 PAGES / FC / M / $14.99

Two women deal with modern themes of sex, relationships and fetishism in this erotic romantic comedy.

A webcomic sensation and #1 bestseller on Amazon, with tens of millions of views on DeviantArt, SUNSTONE by Stjepan Sejic is being published as a graphic novel in December by Image Comics/Top Cow. The story of two women who find love through their shared passion for bondage, SUNSTONE is poised to introduce readers to a new kind of S&M story, one that will surprise readers with the heart and humanity of its story.

Ally and Lisa are happy, well-adjusted young women, but they’re both a little lonely. Ally loves the creativity of being a “domme” in her sex life but hasn’t found the right person to share it with. And Lisa … Well, Lisa loves to be tied up. When they find each other online, they know they have to meet. But bondage is all about trust, and even after they’ve explored every facet of their sexuality together, Ally and Lisa will find the ultimate test of this trust lies in three simple words.

Writer and artist Stjepan Sejic (APHRODITE IX, DEATH VIGIL) has one word for the fan response to SUNSTONE: “overwhelming.” He attributes the success of his love story to its themes. “I don't just mean the obvious ones of fetishism and general sexuality,” he clarified.

“In Sunstone, the main theme is in fact human nature. Sunstone has over time become a book showing the very human and understandable nature of fetishism and people responded to that.” Sejic categorizes the comments he’s gotten from reader three ways:

I came for the art but got hooked and stayed for the story.

I'm not into bdsm but this made me understand it.

This story helped me make some sense of my own fetishism.

And finally, the comments Sejic says he “will forever treasure,” are notes from couples who thank him for SUNSTONE helping them share what they had been too embarrassed to tell their partners.

SUNSTONE readers are the best ambassadors of this unique story, so here are what a few die-hard fans had to say when they were asked why they love it:

“Loved it from its inception and will love it forevermore. It shows the reality behind the BDSM life. And frankly my friends and I needed that. It shows that there isn't anything wrong with us. ... We just don't like vanilla. ;)” - @ErinMorragin

“The series is too much fun. A character-driven take on the subject & one hell of a gorgeous comic.” -- @Elysian_Chaos

“#Sunstone is a fantastic comic for anyone who loves great art, relatable characters, a beautiful love story, and a bit of kink!” -- @Jo_Techsmith

“started following for the art and unique theme, stayed for the story. The sun is always brighter with a new page of #sunstone” -- @Gumberian

"Because the art will draw you in, but the story will keep you - bound, if you will.” - @MooskieNet

“been following since it was just concept art on DA! Killer aesthetic, with great character and story. What's not to love?” -- @Gospodin

A must-read for erotica fans, SUNSTONE will be in comic book stores on December 24 and bookstores on January 6. It is available for pre-order now.SUNSTONE by Stjepan Sejic.

I guess after the success of 50 Shades of Grey, the mainstreaming of BDSM was inevitable. Hey, maybe someday William Moulton Marston will be considered a visionary!

SUPER DINOSAUR #23

Publisher: IMAGE COMICS

Writer: ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art: JASON HOWARD, CLIFF RATHBURN

Cover: JASON HOWARD

Super Dinosaur has fallen!  Derek Dynamo must save the day on his own!

THEY’RE NOT LIKE US #1

Story: ERIC STEPHENSON

Art: SIMON GANE & JORDIE BELLAIRE

Cover: SIMON GANE & FONOGRAFIKS

24 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

Eisner-nominated writer and Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson (NOWHERE MEN) collaborates with red-hot artist Simon Gane for the all-new ongoing thriller series THEY’RE NOT LIKE US, coming to Image Comics on December 24.

We all have advantages over one another, but what if the next generation of youth were capable of things most of us could only imagine? What would they do -- and who would they be? A doctor? An athlete? A soldier? A hero? Since the beginning of time we’ve all had to make choices about how to use our own unique abilities, but not like this generation ... THEY’RE NOT LIKE US.

In a spotlight interview with Stephenson, he described the series as a “slow-building horror” that explores what happens if people take advantage of their special abilities for personal gain instead of goodwill. “Power does different things to different people, and in They’re Not Like Us, we’re going to meet a group of very desensitized young people whose extraordinary abilities have put them in a very unique position within the modern world.”

“When Eric told me the concept of They're Not Like Us and asked if I'd like to draw it, I said ‘Yes’ with something approaching superhuman speed,” added Gane. “It's smart, satirical and more than a little bit sinister. Now, I'm not psychic or anything, but you expect that edge from Image Comics and Eric's writing.”

MARVEL COMICS

ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 (2ND PTG)

Written by RICK REMENDER

Art & Cover by STUART IMMONEN

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

Be there when Sam Wilson dons the stars and stripes as the new Sentinel of Liberty.

 “… these new directions are taking readers to some very fun places” -- The AV ClubALL-NEW INVADERS #13

Writer: JAMES ROBINSON

Art/Cover: STEVE PUGH

THE DEADLIEST KREE WARRIOR! EVER!

• In the aftermath of the KREE’S defeat by the ALL-NEW INVADERS and the loss of the GOD’S WHISPER, TANALTH seeks answers sending her on a cosmic quest and combat with the ETERNAL (and Golden Age Hero) MAKKARI.

• Will Kree warrior and Eternal speedster KILL each other or get the answers they both seek?

• Plus SAM WILSON’S first meeting with the ALL-NEW INVADERS.

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

ALL-NEW X-FACTOR #18

Writer: PETER DAVID

Art: CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO

Cover by KRIS ANKA & JARED FLETCHER

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

AXIS TIE-INS!

Sunfire returns to X-Factor with an odd proposal. Meanwhile the team is dispatched to the Middle East to intervene in an ongoing war between two countries.

ALL-NEW X-MEN ANNUAL #1

Writer: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art/Cover: ANDREA SORRENTINO

Variant: DUSTIN NGUYEN

40 PGS. / Rated T+ / $4.99

THE SECRET LIFE OF EVA BELL -- Part 2

• Part two of Eva Bell’s journey through the ages!

• With limited control over her powers, and even less control over her destinations, Eva had believed herself lost in time.

• But just when she had come to accept this as truth, her world was once again ripped asunder as she is once again sent tumbling through time.

AMAZING X-MEN VOL. 2: WORLD WAR WENDIGO (TPB)

Written by KATHRYN IMMONEN, CRAIG KYLE & CHRISTOPHER YOST

Penciled by PACO MEDINA, ED MCGUINNESS & CARLO BARBERI

Cover by CARLO BARBERI

136 PGS. / Rated T+ / $17.99

Writers Craig Kyle and Chris Yost return to the X-Men! When Wolverine discovers an old friend is missing, his visit to Canada soon transforms into a hairy situation. The Wendigo virus is running rampant, changing people into flesh-eating monsters! Now, the X-Men and Alpha Flight must fight to stop the growing tide of Wendigos from consuming everything and everyone in their path — a task made harder when an X-Man falls prey to the deadly disease! Desperate, the X-Men take the fight to the Spirit Realm, but how do the Great Beasts fit into this mayhem? And will even the combined forces of the X-Men and Alpha Flight be enough to save Canada from this cannibalistic plague? Plus: Iceman, Firestar and Spider-Man must renew their amazing friendship to save New York City! Collecting AMAZING X-MEN (2014) #7-12.

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #9 (of 9)

Writer: RICK REMENDER

Art: JIM CHEUNG

Cover by JIM CHEUNG

Looper Variant by PAUL RENAUD

Inversion Variant by ADAM HUGHES

40 PGS./Rated T+ / $4.99

ACT III: NEW WORLD DISORDER

• Who will live? Who will die? Who will remain inverted? A shocking climax that promises to crack the Marvel Universe to its very core!

• An old foe must claim the mantle of his greatest enemy to save the lives of all he cares for!

• An X-Man’s horrifying fate! An Avenger’s appalling choice! If you read only one comic this century – This is it!

The Earth-shattering finale to the biggest comic event of the year explodes into comic shops as heroes, villains and more collide in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #9 – the epic conclusion! Blockbuster writer Rick Remender along with artists Jim Cheung, Terry Dodson and Leinil Yu bring heroes and villains to the brink for the finale of Act III: New World Disorder – and not everyone will make it back!

Armies of heroes and villains wage war in the streets of Manhattan as the X-Men and their leader Apocalypse prepare to annihilate all of humanity. With the remaining Avengers twisted and corrupted by the Inversion, our only hope lies with the most despicable villains in the Marvel Universe. Led by the frail and vulnerable Steve Rogers, these villains are all that stands in the way of total obliteration.

To save everything, sacrifices will be made – and the lives of Avengers and X-Men alike will be torn asunder. An X-Man will meet their horrifying fate! An Avenger will make an appalling choice! An old foe must claim the mantle of his greatest enemy. And a new team of Uncanny Avengers will be born!

The Marvel Universe as you know it is about to be rocked to its core. No fan can afford to miss the shocking finale in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #9 – on sale this December!

For more on Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, please visit www.marvel.com. Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MarvelAXIS and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel [www.twitter.com/Marvel]!

CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 5: THE TOMORROW SOLDIER PREMIERE (HC)

Written by RICK REMENDER

Penciled by CARLOS PACHECO

Cover by CARLOS PACHECO

136 PGS / Rated T / $24.99

This is it! The final chapter of the story that begin in Dimension Z! After Cap’s earth-shaking battle against the Iron Nail, Steve Rogers is Captain America no more! But can he survive his new situation as a face from the past hunts him? Meanwhile, two of Cap’s oldest foes continue their plan: Arnim Zola and the Red Skull! Zola wages war on New York— but without Cap to lead them, can the Avengers stop the Bio-Fanatic’s plot for revenge? As the Falcon faces a secret from Cap’s past, Zola unleashes his hyper-mutates, and Jet Black joins the battle — to the death! The Red Skull’s long game is revealed as the road to AXIS begins! But Zola and the Skull didn’t anticipate a new player in the game: Who is the all-new Captain America?! Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA (2012) #22-25.

CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE MIGHTY AVENGERS #3

Writer: AL EWING

Art/Cover: LUKE ROSS

Variant: AFUA RICHARDSON

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

AXIS tie-in!

• You’ve dreaded it! You’ve dreamed of it! Now -- it’s here! THE AVENGERS/AVENGERS WAR!

• With Captain America and Iron Man bringing the full power of the Avengers against the Gem Theater, can our heroes possibly survive?

• Guest-starring Spider-Man! But which side is the wall-crawler on?

CYCLOPS #8

Writer: JOHN LAYMAN

Art: JAVIER GARRON

Cover: ALEXANDER LOZANO

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

• The cutthroat space-pirate crew Scott Summers has joined up with is rampaging across space, plundering, and cutting throats. And now Scott is expected to cut throats with them!

• Exactly how far will Scott go to save his skin – and to rescue his captive father?

• At least on the romance front there’s some good news: Scott’s discovered there are other girls in the universe besides Jean Gray.

• But let’s just hope the pirate captain doesn’t discover Scott’s got his eye on his daughter. (Get it? “Eye on his daughter.” That’s a Cyclops joke right there!)

DAREDEVIL #11

Writer: MARK WAID

Art/Cover: CHRIS SAMNEE

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

• Daredevil’s recent traumas have him coping in an unexpected way!

• A mystery that’s been building since issue one starts to pay off big!

• San Francisco now has TWO men without fear--and only one will be left standing!

DEADPOOL #39

Writers: GERRY DUGGAN & BRIAN POSEHN

Art: MIKE HAWTHORNE

CoverS by MARK BROOKS

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

AXIS TIE-IN!

• You heard right -- since the events of AXIS inverted him ...

• DEADPOOL HAS GONE ZEN!

• HE FOUND PEACE! HE SWORE OFF VIOLENCE!

• So how is he going to help his friends live through the inverted X-Men?!?

DEATH OF WOLVERINE: LOGAN’S LEGACY #7 (of 7)

Writer: CHARLES SOULE

Art: PETER NGUYEN

Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE

Canada Variant also available

32 PGS. / Parental Advisory / $3.99

It’s all come to this! The heroes and villains closest to Wolverine -- Mystique, Daken, Sabretooth, X-23 and Lady Deathstrike -- make a monumental decision that will forever alter the Legacy that Logan built years forging. That is, if they survive the threat of the vampiric menace challenging their goals!

HAWKEYE VS. DEADPOOL #3 (OF 5)

Writer: GERRY DUGGAN

Art: MATTEO LOLLI

Cover by JAMES HARREN

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

• The baddest brawlers in Brooklyn continue to tear up the town in the next issue of HAWKEYE VS DEADPOOL!

• So Black Cat’s been brainwashing goons and dressing them as super heroes, huh? Good thing Hawkeye and Deadpool are on the case.

• If they can stop fighting amongst each other, that is.

LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #9

Here's an homage to Journey into Mystery #85, which I don't think I've ever seen homaged before. Because ... why would you? Why did they?

Writer: AL EWING

Art/Cover: LEE GARBETT

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

AXIS tie-in!

• Loki, swashbuckling savior of truth and justice, versus Lorelei -- scheming sister of the noble Enchantress!

• Once -- in a time Loki would rather forget -- these two were allies. Now, Loki must bring Lorelei in -- or die trying!

• Also featuring: the base villainy of Thor -- Marvel’s brutish God Of Evil!

MAGNETO #13

Writer: CULLEN BUNN

Art: GABRIEL HERNANDEZ WALTA

Cover by DAN PANOSIAN

32 PGS. / Parental Advisory / $3.99

• In his war against those who would see his kind extinguished, Magneto has one steadfast ally: the mysterious woman called Briar Raleigh.

• But what are her true designs for the Master of Magnetism?

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: WARLOCK VOL 1 (TPB)

Written by ROY THOMAS & MIKE FRIEDRICH with RON GOULART, GERRY CONWAY & TONY ISABELLA

Penciled by GIL KANE with BOB BROWN, HERB TRIMPE, JOHN BUSCEMA & TOM SUTTON

Cover by GIL KANE & RICHARD ISANOVE

Variant: Volume 72 (DM only)

296 PGS. / Rated T / $24.99

In 1972, Marvel Comics marched into a new era -- an era in which super heroes increasingly reflected the world’s turmoil and social unrest. And the hero for that era was the newly christened Adam Warlock! Mixing action and allegory, Roy Thomas and Gil Kane armed the character that Stan and Jack called “Him” with the sublime Soul Gem, and launched him on a wild ride across the cosmos to Counter-Earth. Hastened by the High Evolutionary to become the savior of this parallel planet, Warlock must rally humanity against the evil of the Man-Beast! This volume is a can’t-miss foundation for Marvel’s cosmic era, so reserve your copy today! Collecting MARVEL PREMIERE #1-2, WARLOCK (1972) #1-8 and INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #176-178.

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS #1 (of 2)

Writer: WILL CORONA PILGRIM

Art: JOE BENNETT

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $2.99

GET READY FOR MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON WITH THIS OFFICIAL ADAPTATION OF THE FIRST BLOCKBUSTER FILM!

• Iron Man! Thor! Captain America! Black Widow! Hawkeye! The Hulk! They’re all here … and so is Loki!

• When the trickster god makes a play for the mighty Tesseract, it’ll take a historic assemblage of heroes to save the day … that is, if they don’t kill each other first!

MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN: WEB WARRIORS #2

Adapted by Joe Caramagna

32 PGS. / All Ages / $2.99

• Join Spider-Man as he teams up with the greatest heroes of the Marvel Universe!

• It’s a superhero bug hunt, Hawkeye the Avenger joins Spidey to swat the villainous Beetle!

NEW AVENGERS #28

Writer: JONATHAN HICKMAN

Art: MIKE DEODATO

Cover by ALAN DAVIS

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

IN 5 MONTHS … TIME RUNS OUT!

NOVA #25

Writer: GERRY DUGGAN

Art: DAVID BALDEON

Cover by ZACHARY MONTOYA

VARIANT COVER BY ARTHUR ADAMS

40 PGS. / Rated T+ / $4.99

AXIS TIE-IN!

• Over-sized monumental 25th issue and great jumping-on point!

• Things are changing for Sam Alexander, A.K.A. Nova, the Human Rocket, so get on board to the fastest moving comic in the business!

This cover looks familiar, although I seem to remember a skull or some or some other kind of helmet beside the flower.

NOVA VOL 4: ORIGINAL SIN (TPB)

Written by GERRY DUGGAN

Penciled by PACO MEDINA, DAVID BALDEON & FEDERICO SANTAGATI

Cover by DAVE WILLIAMS

136 PGS. / Rated T / $16.99

ORIGINAL SIN tie-in! The Watcher’s eye presents a pair of mysteries: Was Nova’s father a murderer? And what is the secret origin of the Black Novas? Sam Alexander grieves for the Watcher, and turns to a friend for help -- everyone’s favorite Guardian of the Galaxy, Rocket Raccoon! As the secrets of the Black Novas and Sam’s dad are revealed, Sam’s world is torn apart -- but can he come out of this stronger? Plus: When the Alexander home is threatened, there may not be anything that Nova can do to help out. And when Halloween rolls around, Nova joins the students of the Jean Grey School for trick-or-treating -- and trouble! Collecting NOVA (2013) #17-22.

SECRET AVENGERS #11

Writer: ALES KOT

Art: MICHAEL WALSH

Cover by TRADD MOORE

32 PGS./Rated T+ / $3.99

• Hawkeye and Coulson face off. Who survives? Why is this even happening?

• Vladimir makes a deal with the Fury. Is this a good thing? Is this a bad thing? We won’t tell! But you’ll find out!

• Helicarrier is under attack. Spider-Woman engages. M.O.D.O.K. gets the message.

SHE-HULK #11

Writer: CHARLES SOULE

Art: JAVIER PULIDO

Cover by KEVIN WADA

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $2.99

• At long last, it’s all come down to this: THE BLUE FILE revealed!

• Titania vs She-Hulk

• Angie Huang, no more?!

• Eep eep!

STEPHEN KING’S THE DARK TOWER: THE DRAWING OF THE THREE – THE PRISONER #5 (of 5)

Writer: PETER DAVID & ROBIN FURTH

Art: PIOTR KOWALSKI

Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO

32 PGS. / Parental Guidance / $3.99

CONCLUDING THIS CHILLING CHAPTER OF STEPHEN KING’S DARK FANTASY EPIC!

• With magic doors appearing, his eyes changing color, strange voices in his head, and monstrous lobstrosities hungry for his flesh, can the drug-addled Eddie Dean survive his desperate mission to Miami?

• A bold new chapter comes to a chilling conclusion by writers Peter David (All-New X-Factor) and Robin Furth (The Dark Tower: A Complete Concordance), and artist Piotr Kowalski (Marvel Knights: Hulk)!

SPIDER-WOMAN #1 (2ND PTG) Writer: DENNIS HOPELESSArt/Cover: GREG LAND$3.99

SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1 (2ND PTG)

Written by TOM TAYLOR

Art by YILDIRAY CINAR

Cover by MIKE CHOI

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

Be there when Tony Stark unleashes Extremis on the city of San Francisco.

“Tom Taylor does have a knack for bringing out the worst in some of our greatest heroes … this is a title to keep an eye on.” -- Comic Vine, on Superior Iron Man #1SUPERIOR IRON MAN #3

Writer: TOM TAYLOR

Art/Cover: YILDIRAY ÇINAR

Cover by MIKE CHOI

Variant Cover by YILDIRAY ÇINAR

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

THE LAST TEMPTATION OF MATT MURDOCK

• After the life-changing events of issue #2, MATT MURDOCK is faced with an impossible choice.

• Will DAREDEVIL rebel or will he buy into TONY STARK’S vision?

• Can nothing stop the SUPERIOR IRON MAN’S non-stop party? You’ll be surprised at who wants to crash it!

THOR #1 (3RD PTG)

Writer: JASON AARON

Art/Cover: RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

$3.99

THOR #2 (2ND PTG)

Written by JASON AARON

Art & Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

Be there when the new Thor tests her mettle against a horde of angry Frost Giants!

“… all I really want out of my Thor comics.” -- Newsarama, on Thor #2UNCANNY X-MEN #29

Writer: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art/Cover: CHRIS BACHALO

75TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT BY ALEX ROSS

75th ANNIVERSARY SKETCH VARIANT BY ALEX ROSS

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

Everything over the last several months has been leading to this -- a turning point for the X-Men. And it all revolves around their deceased former mentor and leader, Professor Charles Xavier!

X-MEN EPIC COLLECTION: CHILDREN OF THE ATOM (TPB)

Written by STAN LEE with ROY THOMAS

Penciled by JACK KIRBY & WERNER ROTH with ALEX TOTH

Cover by JACK KIRBY

520 PGS. / All Ages / $34.99

Volume #1 in the X-Men Epic Collections

Billed as “The Strangest Super-Heroes of All!,” the ever-uncanny X-Men blasted onto the comic-book scene in 1963. Now, in this massive Epic Collection, you can feast your eyes as Stan, Jack & Co. lay down the building blocks of comics’ most famous franchise! You’ll experience the beginning of Professor X’s teen team, and their mission for peace and brotherhood between man and mutant; their first battle with arch-foe Magneto; the dynamic debuts of Juggernaut, the Sentinels, Quicksilver, the Scarlet Witch and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants; and the Golden Age jungle man, Ka-Zar, reinvented for a new era! All this and more Epic X-Men adventures await within! Collecting X-MEN (1963) #1-23.

X-MEN: THE ROAD TO ONSLAUGHT VOL 3 (TPB)

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL, JEPH LOEB, PETER MILLIGAN, JOHN OSTRANDER, MARK WAID, LARRY HAMA & MARK BOURNE

Penciled by JOE MADUREIRA, BRYAN HITCH, LEONARDO MANCO, NICK GNAZZO,

FRANK TOSCANO, ANDY KUBERT, PASQUAL FERRY & VAL SEMEIKS

Cover by ANDY KUBERT

448 PGS. / Rated T / $39.99

Onslaught is coming! But first, the X-Men must survive his herald, the punishing and powerful Post! Archangel and Wolverine join Dr. Strange on a quest for a mystical cure to Psylocke’s grievous, Sabretooth-inflicted injuries — but Warren, too, has wounds, both physical and psychological. Meanwhile, the Brood return, the Age of Apocalypse’s Dark Beast targets his Marvel Universe doppelganger, Wolverine succumbs to his animal side — literally — and the X-Men race to save a trainful of commuters from Mr. Sinister’s explosive experiments! The X-Men have reached the end of the road to Onslaught, but have all their trials been enough to prepare them for the mysterious villain’s imminent assault? Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #329-332, ARCHANGEL #1, X-MEN/BROOD #1-2, X-MEN UNLIMITED (1993) #10, X-MEN (1991) #50-52, WOLVERINE (1988) #101 and the XAVIER INSTITUTE ALUMNI YEARBOOK.

VALIANT COMICS

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG VOL. 6: AMERICAN WASTELAND TPB

Written by FRED VAN LENTE

Art by PERE PEREZ

Cover by MICHAEL WALSH

$14.99 | 112 pages. | T+

Living it up at the Hotel California!

His whole life, Obadiah Archer has been lied to about his true heritage - but when he and his pal Armstrong arrive in L.A. to meet his real parents, they find them in the clutches of the Church of Retrology! What insidious plans does The Lizard King, the head of the favored religion of the Left Coast’s rich and famous, have for the Valiant Universe’s premier conspiracy busters? And what lurks in the Hollywood Hotel? (Hint: You can check in anytime you like, but you can never leave!)

Collecting ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #20-23, start reading here to discover the truth behind dead celebrities and the sacred mysteries at the heart of rock ‘n’ roll as New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente and red-hot artist Pere Pérez unleash an all-new history mystery on Valiant’s foremost conspiracy smashers!UNITY #13

Written by MATT KINDT

Art & Cover by CAFU

Handbook Variant by GLENN FABRY

Variant Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE

$3.99 | 32 pages. | T+

A Renegade stands against The United!

Even the addition of the bright and bubbly Faith Herbert – aka Zephyr of the Harbinger Renegades – can’t solve Unity’s PR crisis in the wake of the team’s actions during the Armor Hunters’ attack. But can she help stand against the threat of the international strike force known as THE UNITED? And what secret is the US harboring that threatens to push the world to the brink of war?

X-O MANOWAR VOL 7: ARMOR HUNTERS (TPB)

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI

Art by DIEGO BERNARD

Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

$14.99 | 128 pages. | T+

Hunt it! Trap it! Kill it!

The Armor Hunters are the most dangerous fighters in the galaxy — unparalleled in their abilities to catch and destroy their prey. Their mission has been long and unforgiving and featured the destruction of many X-O Manowar armors from across the civilized universe. Now, for the first time, discover the brutal origin of the alien Armor Hunters and the devastation they long ago vowed to combat.

Before the Armor Hunters bring ruin to X-O Manowar and the people of Earth, join New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Green Lantern, Flash) and red-hot artist Diego Bernard (Red Lanterns) for an all-new, standalone story arc that will reveal the stunning secret behind the universe’s most elite fighting force — who they are, where they come from, and why a terrible secret from their past now threatens our present! Collecting X-O MANOWAR #26-29.

OTHER PUBLISHERS

8 BIT ZOMBIE FULL BYTE (TPB)

Publisher: ANTARCTIC PRESS

Writer: FRED PERRY

Art/Cover: ZECHARY GRAY, DAVID HUTCHISON

When digi-villain Zilla scores his own video game as the hero after a game-jumping adventure, his buddy Zombie decides to do the same.  Unfortunately, the trip leaves him hungry, and other games' characters can't shake off his zombie virus once they're bitten!  The plague gets out of the arcade and into newer and newer games.  With every upgrade, the zombies get better brain-bytes to bite!  Can Zilla stop them ... or even survive?

$12.99

ACCEL WORLD VOL 2 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer: REKI KAWAHARA

Art/Cover: HIROYUKI AIGAMO

From bullied to Burst Linker, one boy grasps his true destiny in this manga adaptation of the mega-popular and award-winning futuristic series! To negate the threat of Cyan Pile, the mysterious enemy attacking Kuroyukihime, Haruyuki -- now the Burst Linker Silver Crow -- stands up to fight as her knight. But Kuroyukihime's suspicions about the true identity of her foe are placed squarely on a certain person Haruyuki knows well! Suddenly, Haruyuki is at odds with his princess, and this strain in their relationship sends everything careening off in the absolute worst direction! The unmissable clash between Silver Crow and Cyan Pile begins!

$13.00

ADVENTURE TIME #35

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: RYAN NORTH

Art: SHELLI PAROLINE, BRADEN LAMB

Cover: SHANTI RITTGERS

It's the end of an era ... the last ADVENTURE TIME issue featuring the Eisner Awardteam of Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb. It's your chance to say goodbye, and experience an adventure you'll never forget.

$3.99

AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL #6

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: FRANK GIBSON

Art: TYSON HESSE

Cover: BECKY DREISTADT, NICOLE HORST

Gumball just wants one thing in the whole wide world -- to be famous. He would make a great star! He's got the charisma, the toopersonality, the embarrassing family the paparazzi would love ... now if only he had some talent.

$3.99

ARE YOU ALICE? VOL 7 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer: IKUMI KATAGIRI

Art/Cover: AI NINOMIYA

A twist on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in which "Alice" is a boy whose "adventures" more closely resemble a gunfight! It's a very special holiday in Wonderland, the one day a year when everyone can take a break from Alice. In celebration, the Queen of Hearts is throwing a grand bash, and everyone in Wonderland is invited! Everyone except Alice, that is. Outraged when the Hatter abandons him for the festivities amidst reassurances that absolutely no one is bold enough to break the rules and come after him, Alice knows well enough that he'll never be so lucky. But even Alice is surprised when, of all people, the Jack of Hearts attempts to abduct him!

$13.00

BARAKAMON VOL 2 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: SATSUKI YOSHINO

Calligraphy meets the countryside in this slice-of-life comedy manga! His house suddenly a hangout for the local kids, weird rumors about him getting spread all over the island in the span of day. Handsome young calligrapher Seishuu Handa, unused to rural life, can't take it anymore and collapses from the weight of it all! The equally heartwarming and hilarious tale of a sullen city boy teacher and his tolerant island neighbors continues! Will Handa finally start to learn that living life at a slow pace isn't all that bad?

Mature/$15.00

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #7

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: NATASHA ALLEGRI, GARRETT JACKSON Art: NATASHA ALLEGRI

Cover: FELICIA CHOO, GENEVA HODGSON

PuppyCat is hungry so he is going to make some pizza ... or he would if Bee would stop trying to help. These two pals have to work their way around the kitchen and some unforeseen surprises before they can get some grub!

$3.99

BIG BOX APOCALYPSE (GN)

Publisher: MIRROR COMICS

Writer: KRIS WADDELL

Art: TOM SYZC

Cover: STEPHEN BURGER

A supernatural Big Box Store corrupts a small town to open a gate to Hell! Teddy St. Louis, owner of "The Black Cat Emporium," battles "Star Mart" owner, Mona, a demon of avarice and greed. The end is nigh. The Big Box Apocalypse approaches!

$11.99

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #7

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: ERIC POWELL, JOHN CARPENTER

Art: BRIAN CHURILLA

Cover: ERIC POWELL, ALEXIS ZIRITT

The SevenWidow has been humiliated by Jack Burton but now she has a plan for vengeance! But now it's Egg and Miao Yin who are in the cross hairs! Jack and Wang have their own strange hell to deal withLords of Death are back

$3.99

BLAKE & MORTIMER VOL 19: TIME TRAP (GN)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer/Art/Cover: EDGAR P. JACOBS

Professor Mortimer is bequeathed an old house in France by a former adversary: Miloch, the evil genius of SOS Meteors fame. Along with the house is a letter inviting the Briton, as the only man of worthy intellect, to discover a fabulous invention left behind by the departed. Following recorded instructions, Mortimer activates the device - and wakes up a hundred million years in the past! Thus begins an incredible odyssey through time!

$15.95

BLOODY CROSS VOL 5 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: SHIWO KOMEYAMA

Demons and angels collide with a curse in this gothic fantasy that strikes to the core of manga fandom! With spies working on both sides, the third crusade between Angel and Fallen Angel reaches its conclusion. Now that both parties are aware there is a mole in each of their camps, identifying the traitors before the next set of Divine Relics appears is crucial. Reports of disagreement between Satsuki and his allies in Arcana have already given Tsuzuki a chance to make his own negotiations with Arcana and further the distance between them and the Fallen Angel. But if the discord was a ruse, Tsuzuki and his inside man -- not to mention the Crusade itself -- may be in jeopardy!

Mature/$11.99

BUTTERFLY #4

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: ARASH AMEL, MARGUERITE BENNETT

Art: STEFANO SIMEONE

Cover: PHIL NOTO

No matter the mission, the life of a Project Delta operative is one of isolation, and once again Butterfly finds herself on her own and desperate. She'll need to rely on every skill she's acquired to ensure her father's family does not become a casualty of the global conspiracy she brought down on them.

Mature/$3.99

CAPTURE CREATURES #2

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: FRANK GIBSON

Art: BECKY DREISTADT

Cover: BECKY DREISTADT, MAGGIE RUDY

When 151 critters appear on earth all with a variety of weird, wild powers, it's up to two teenagers to figure out where they came from and how to save them from an world that doesn't understand them... all the while having a ton of fun in the process! It's the second issue in Becky & Frank's highly anticipated original series!

$3.99

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED VOL 12: MONKEY GOD

Publisher: PAPERCUTZ

Writer: JEAN-DAVID MORVAN

Art; YANN LE, JIAN YI

$17.99 (DLX HC)/$13.99 (TPB)

Excerpted from "Journey to the West," one of the Four Great Classic Novels in Chinese literature, comes the supernatural adventure story of the Monkey God. 500 years after being imprisoned by the Buddha, Sun Wukong, the Monkey God, has been freed. The Bodhisattva Guanyin is on a pilgrimage from China to India to retrieve an ancient Buddhist text, and has enlisted Sun Wukong to protect him on his journey in exchange for his freedom. Guanyin's safety on the journey will be under constant threat from bandits, demons and other supernatural beings. The Monkey God will be difficult to control -- he was imprisoned for rebelling against gods and emperors. How will Guanyin be able to make the Monkey God deliver his side of their agreement? And will the two be able to complete their journey to the West?

CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED #8

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: MARC ANDREYKO

Art: PIOTR KOWALSKI, EMMANUEL XERX JAVIER

Cover: RILEY ROSSMO

As the stories of the Breed come to an end, Boone must face his past and embrace his demons. The man he was must be lost so that Cabal can rise! Alongside his journey, the story of Otis and Clay will bring the worst of enemies together as one.

Mature/$3.99

COMPLETE PEANUTS VOL 6 1961-1962 (HC)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: CHARLES M. SCHULZ

Launching into the 1960s, Schulz adds another new cast member. Two, in fact: The obnoxious Frieda, of "naturally curly hair" fame, and her inert, seemingly boneless cat Faron. The rapidly maturing Sally, who was after all just born in the previous volume, is ready to start kindergarten and not at all happy about it. Linus' life is particularly turbulent in this volume, as he is forced to wear glasses, sees the unexpected return of his favorite teacher, Miss Othmar, and coaxes Sally into the cult of the Great Pumpkin (with regrettable results). Snoopy, meanwhile, becomes a compulsive water sprinkler head stander, unhappily befriends a snowman or two, and endures a family crisis involving a little family of birds. Plus baseball blowouts (including a rare team victory), Beethoven birthdays, and plenty of dubious psychiatric help for a nickel. This book collects 730 daily and Sunday comic strips, the vast majority of which are not currently available in any in-print Peanuts collection, and many of which have never been reprinted since their initial appearance in papers over 50 years ago. New introduction by legendary jazz pianist/vocalist Diana Krall!

 $29.99

COMPLETE PEANUTS VOL 15 1979-1980 (HC)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: CHARLES M. SCHULZ

Charles Schulz enters his fourth decade as the greatest cartoonist of his generation and Peanuts remains as fresh as ever. This volume includes classic storylines such as a hospitalized Charlie Brown and a litigious Peppermint Patty (sporting cornrows) hiring a lawyer (unfortunately, Snoopy). Snoopy tries on identities, launches an airline and engages in an especially eventful trek with Woodstock and the scout troop. Plus a romance that will startle even long-time Peanuts connoisseurs: Peppermint Patty and... "Pig-Pen"?!

$29.99

COPRA ROUND ONE VOL 1 (TPB)

Publisher: BERGEN STREET PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: MICHEL FIFFE

They're ugly. They're mean. But up until today, they've always been loyal. So when one of their own betrays them, the men and women of COPRA have no choice but to turn their nightmarish skills back on everyone who ever looked at them funny. Collecting the first six issues of Michel Fiffe's super-hero revenge series focusing on the exploits of the COPRA team, a group of super-powered vigilantes and mercenaries betrayed by one of their own and hunted by the US government.

Mature/$19.95

CREEPING DEATH FROM NEPTUNE BASIL WOLVERTON VOL 1 (HC)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: BASIL WOLVERTON

This is the first of two volumes reprinting copious amounts of comics stories and recounting the career of cartoonist Basil Wolverton. All of Wolverton's non-humorous comic book stories will be presented in full, along with prime examples of his humorous comics and dozens of pages of unpublished art, including editorial drawings, advertisements, caricatures, pulp illustrations, rejected comic book covers, and unsold features.

$39.99

D FRAG VOL 3 (GN)

Publisher: SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: TOMOYA HARUNO

D-Frag! is a new ongoing manga series that parodies high school clubs, nerd culture, and the slice-of-life genre in a side-splittingly hilarious storyline. Kazama Kenji thinks he's a delinquent. Deep down, however, Kazama is a good-hearted kid who finds himself and his loyal gang in over their heads when they stumble upon the Game Creation Club. The club's formidable members, Chitose, Sakura, Minami, and Roka, are four girls to whom he might actually be attracted if they weren't so freaking weird. Can Kazama resist the girls' bizarre charms and return to some semblance of a normal, everyday life?

 $12.99

DAWN OF PLANET OF APES #2

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: MICHAEL MORECI

Art: DAN MCDAID

Cover: CHRISTOPHER MITTEN

After their Rise. Before the Dawn. The end for man is only the beginning for ape. At Koba's request, Caesar sends a search party into the wild. The time to create sanctuary for all apes is upon them. On the other side of the Americas, Malcolm refuses to let Rita, his wife, die alone. Willing to risk the infection, his family must venture through the harsh and dying cities to find some chance for a cure.

$3.99

DECEIVERS VOL 1 (TPB)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: STEVEN GRANT

Art: TBD

Cover: STÉPHANE ROUX

WHY WE LOVE IT: Steven Grant is the man behind 2 GUNS and 3 GUNS so we know he has a knack for crafting crime stories chock full of twists and turns. DECEIVERS does not disappoint.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: These aren't buddy cops, they're buddy con men! In the vein of stories like THE ITALIAN JOB, AMERICAN HUSTLE, and THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, this is a story of a couple of bad guys you'll end up rooting for.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Lincoln McCord and Prince Adony Zaruka are two American con men living abroad in Europe, posing as an oil magnate and the descendant of longroyalty so they can enjoy the high life by leeching off the European elite. But when an international thief begins wreaking havoc on their marks, the deceivers are enlisted by a rogue CIA agent to help entrap the target. Collects the complete miniseries.

$19.99

DEMON FROM AFAR VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: KAORI YUKI

A thrilling gothic fantasy steeped in black magic penned by Kaori Yuki, master of Gothic suspense! This time travel period fantasy steeped in black magic is one of the newest works to come from the pen of Kaori Yuki, master of Gothic suspense. When Sorath is miraculously saved following a great earthquake and taken in by a sinister baron, he becomes ensnared in not only a romantic triangle, but also the dark secrets of the estate that becomes his new home.

$18.00

DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR #6

Publisher: TITAN COMICS

Story: ROB WILLIAMS

Art: SIMON FRASER

Colors: Hi-Fi

Humour Strip: MARC ELLERBY

Cover A: VERITY GLASS

Cover B: Photo

32 PGS / $3.99

!REVERSE IN GOING IS TARDIS THE INSIDE TIME THAT REALISES DOCTOR THE WHEN STRIKES TERROR

The Doctor is the only one who realises that the flow of time in the vortex has been disrupted, but can he uncover the cosmic culprit and put causality back on the right track – before Alice and her fellow TARDIS travelers are de-aged right out of existence?

Rob Williams and Simon Fraser spin a mind-bogglingly unique tale that cannot be missed!

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DOCTOR WHO 12TH #3

Publisher: TITAN COMICS

Story:  ROBBIE MORRISON

Art: DAVE TAYLOR

Variant: Photo

32 PGS / $3.99

THE DOCTOR AND CLARA FACE AN IMMORTAL ENEMY!

In the distant past, the land that would be India played host to a war between ancient aliens, whose cross-temporal battles contributed to the country's rich myths and legends. Kali, oldest and deadliest of these creatures, was thought defeated long, long ago; her body scattered throughout time to prevent her return.

But her psychic essence could not be killed... nor her millennia-long quest for vengeance.

Now, in the 23rd Century, she is on the brink of resurrection. And with India at the forefront of human spaceflight, it's not only Earth that falls to her predations if she succeeds – but the whole cosmos!

In a race against time, and across it, the Doctor and Clara must gather secrets, intelligence and allies from across India's past, present and future – if they are to survive... THE SWORDS OF KALI!

For more information visit:​ http://titan-comics.com/c/117-doctor-who-the-twelfth-doctor/

EHMM THEORY EVERYTHING IN SMALL DOSES #3

Publisher: DANGER ZONE

Writer: BROCKTON MCKINNEY

Art/Cover: LARKIN FORD

32 PGS / Mature Readers / FC / $3.99

 The conclusion to Everything and Small Doses is here. The final battle with the time-jumping assassin monkey Mister Everything is fought. The discovery of what he was after, and his secret past are revealed. Dominika’s plans to find a portal come to fruition as our heroes, Gabe and Whispers, fight for their very lives!

EVIL EMPIRE #9

Here's an homage to the Woodstock movie poster. I guess I'd have to read the book to find out why!

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: MAX BEMIS

Art: VICTOR SANTOS

Cover: JAY SHAW

How exactly would an Evil Empire effect pop culture? This one issue of EE follows the path of a mega celebrity and gives us a glimpse into what sort of countera society so lost could create. Illustrated by special guest artist Tyler Crook (B.P.R.D., BAD BLOOD).

Mature/$3.99

EVIL WITHIN #4

Publisher:  TITAN COMICS

Story:  IAN EDGINTON

Art: ED ANDERSON

Cover: ALEX SANCHEZ

32 PGS / $3.99

NEXT STOP: DEATH!

Based on Bethesda Software’s new survival horror game, The Evil Within™ comic further explores a ruined, horrific world alive with living nightmares, monstrous mutations and psychological terror.

Desperate to escape the tortured dream world that ensnares them, Dana and Paul risk boarding an apparently empty train, but they are not alone; the damned, tortured and tormented are with them, determined to make their journey a terminal one!

For more information visit:​ http://titan-comics.com/c/204-evil-within/

EXTINCTION PARADE WAR #5 (LEATHER COVER)

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: MAX BROOKS

Art/Cover: RAULO CACERES

Mature/$19.99

The final issue of the second series epic conflict erupts into a super-size issue as the Army of the Bloodline is finally revealed!  The war between Vampires and Zombies reaches a critical point as the long rumored Vampire army is finally assembled, preparing for a way to end this War.  New York Times Bestselling Author MAX BROOKS pushes the limits of modern horror to the breaking point in this pivotal chapter in his epic tale of undead class battle.   Extinction Parade will return in 2015 with the third, and final chapter of the most epic conflict ever!  Available with Regular, Wraparound, End of a Species, Leather (limited to just 1000 copies), and Bloodwashed and Pure Art Retailer Order Incentive covers, all by series artist Raulo Caceres.

FATHOM SOURCEBOOK #1

Publisher: ASPEN MLT INC

Writer:  HANNIBAL TABU

Your journey into the FATHOM Universe begins here!

Michael Turner's best-selling Fathom series has celebrated over 15 years of thrilling adventures, and now fans and new readers alike can dive even deeper into the depths of the Fathom Universe with Aspen's first-ever FATHOM: SOURCEBOOK! Jam-packed from cover to cover with detailed character profiles, in-depth power charts, revealing story elements and so much more--this is the definitive source to learn about all things Fathom!

$4.99

FIGHT LIKE A GIRL #2

Publisher: ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

Writer: DAVID PINCKNEY

Art/Cover: SOO LEE

32 PGS  / Teen / FC / $3.99

Round 2! Amarosa has survived her first trial but the next may be more than she can handle. Amarosa will confront a fear she had lost but has regained in a new fashion as she braves a fight against a colossal robot responsible for the eradication of the human race.

G.I. JOE VS. COBRA SPECIAL #7 ZOMBIE INITIATIVE

Publisher: FUN PUBLICATIONS INC

Writer: JESSE WITTENRICH

Art: SHELDON GOH

Cover: TIM SEELEY

Cobra have just proved that there is no line they're unwilling to cross - not even the line between living and dead! With the insidious Compound Z, the terrorist organization hopes to unleash absolute chaos on the world in the form of relentless, remorseless undead hordes that stalk the streets looking to turn anyone they find into more mindless fodder for Cobra's reanimated army. Desperate for a counterploy, G.I. Joe has rushed Flint and the ECO Warriors back into commission. Will their ingenuity save the day? Or will the boots of the marching dead thunder on?

$4.95

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: DARK SHAMAN #3

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer:  ERICA J. HEFLIN

Cover A: MEGURO

Cover B: MYCHAELS

Cover C: HAMMOND

The horror escalates and nothing is what it seems.

The Dark Shaman will take what is his ... one way or another!

Mature/$3.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: JUNGLE BOOK FALL WILD #1

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: MARK L. MILLER

Cover A: FINCH

Cover B: GRANDA

Cover C: KROME

THE FINAL MINI-SERIES OF THE JUNGLE BOOK TRILOGY HAS ARRIVED! As each tribe makes a power play to become stronger in the war between species, Mowglii stands at the center of it all -- the one person who may be able to bring them all together against a greater threat.

Mature/$3.99

Wait, Mowgli is a chick now? Well ... I guess if Robin Hood can be a girl at Zenescope, any character is fair game.GRIMM FAIRY TALES: ROBYN HOOD #5

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: PATRICK SHAND

Art: TONY BRESCINI

Cover A: MIKE S. MILLER

Cover B: JASON METCALF

Cover C: CHRIS EHNOT

ROBYN HOOD VS. RED RIDING HOOD: GRUDGE MATCH!

As the monsters that dwell in the underbelly of New York City take advantage of a blackout, Robyn and Red are forced to fight to the death. The city that never sleeps will burn through the night in the conclusion to the second arc of Robyn Hood's epic re-launch!

$3.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: WONDERLAND #30

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: ERICA J HEFLIN

Art: VINCENZO RICCARDI

Cover A: HARVEY TOLIBAO

Cover B: VINZ EL TABANAS

Cover C: DANIEL LEISTER

The finale of RENAISSANCE

The Surgeon, a broken man corrupted by the wickedness of Wonderland, makes his final stand against Earth. Tasked with bringing him down, Calie once again will straddle the line between Wonderland and Earth ... madness and sanity. When all is said and done, will the White Queen fall to an insanity that could never be quelled?

Mature/$3.99

GOLD DIGGER CHRISTMAS SPECIAL #8

Publisher: ANTARCTIC PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: FRED PERRY

Whether they're out to spread Yuletide joy or just to grab some goodies and Grinch it up, the Gold Digger cast is here to bring a smile to your face for the ho-ho-holidays!

$3.99

GRUBBY LITTLE SMUDGES OF FILTH (GN)

Publisher: AMAZE INK (SLAVE LABOR GRAPHIC

Writer/Art/Cover: DANIEL REED

In a land ruled over by a self-indulgent king, a prisoner uses whatever filth is at hand to create a work of great beauty on his cell door. When it is discovered, those who seek to profit from his talents drag the artist through the thorny forests and sterile deserts of the kingdom. Only when he stands before the King himself will we learn of his true nature. In the grand SLG Publishing tradition of introducing new creators and daring new concepts we proudly present Daniel Reed and his cautionary tale about an artist who has created the world's most beautiful piece of art using his own boogers.

$19.95

HENNI (GN)

Publisher: Z2 COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: MISS LASKO-GROSS

In a fantastical world where old traditions and religion dominate every aspect of life, lives a girl named Henni. Unlike most in her village, Henni questions and wonders what the world is like as she comes of age. Striking out on her own, Henni goes out in search of truth, adventure, and more! Henni is a commentary on, religion, coming of age, and being yourself.

$19.99

HE’S MY ONLY VAMPIRE VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: AYA SHOUOTO

A dangerously seductive Vampire paranormal romance! This seductive, paranormal romance demonstrates that love can have a way of coming back and biting you - in the neck! It's a lesson that Kana Takachiho learns all too well through her relationship with Aki, her childhood friend and pure-blood vampire!

$13.00

HIGH SCHOOL DXD ASIA & KONEKO SECRET CONTRACT (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer: ICHIEI ISHIBUMI

Art: ZERO MIYAMA, HIROICHI

Cover: ZERO MIYAMA

The naturally clumsy Sister Asia and taciturn cutie Koneko form an unlikely devilish duo in this spin-off of the mega-hit High School DxD! The two head out to answer summons from humans with requests, but they want Koneko and Sister Asia to do what? These two little devil beauties get to work! But can they really fulfill every desire?

Mature/$13.00

ICE: CRITICAL MASS #2

Publisher: 12-GAUGE COMICS

Writer:  DOUG WAGNER

Art: DANIEL HILLYARD

Cover: JASON PEARSON

It's the second day on the job for Cole Matai, but things aren't getting any easier for the new ICE agent. His partner, agent Ezra Delgado, takes him into the mountains of northwest Montana to investigate a drug trafficking case near the Canadian border. While entering the small town of Cedar Creek to meet with the local Sheriff, they are greeted by armed mercenaries. A firefight breaks out and Cole is seriously injured. What have the agents stumbled into and will they survive long enough to stop this new threat?

$3.99

IRS VOL 5: CORPORATE AMERICA (TPB)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer: STEPHEN DESBERG

Art/Cover: BERNARD VRANCKEN

There are bad memories in Larry Max's past. Dark figures specialised in shady dealings that once bullied and defeated the young, novice IRS agent. He never forgot, though. And now those names are coming up again in relation to some relatively minor trading fraud. But when Larry begins unravelling the threads, from Texas to Azerbaijan, what he discovers is anything but minor: secrets that could make a select few immensely rich -- and set the world ablaze.

$11.95

So here are two books portraying immigration and IRS agents as heroes. Who's the target audience again?

KENYA VOL 1: APPARITIONS (GN)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer: RODOLPHE

Art/Cover: LEO

Kenya, 1947. A hunting expedition led by American writer John Remington makes a startling encounter, and then vanishes without a trace. Shortly afterwards, Katherine Austin, agent of the British Secret Intelligence Service, arrives in Mombasa. Her mission: investigate a series of mysterious sightings and incidents, of which the disappearance of the Remington party could be the latest. Undercover as a teacher, courted by colleagues who may be working for competing secret services, she's about to enter a whole new reality ...

 $11.95

KINGDOM HEARTS II VOL 3 (TPB)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: SHIRO AMANO

The Hollow Bastion Restoration Committee has discovered something that could help everyone in their quest to save the worlds: Ansem's computer. Sora and company join them at Hollow Bastion to see what they can find out, but they're in for a surprise when the computer pulls them inside of it!

$19.00

LAST BORN #4

Publisher: BLACK MASK COMICS

Writer: PATRICK MEANEY

Art/Cover: ERIC ZAWADZKI

All forces converge on the infant universe as Julia and her group try to restart reality. Their hopes are dashed, though, when they find the universe is already infected by The Viral Man. With time running out and the future of humanity in the balance, they wage a battle to save the infant universe. The cosmological epic mini-series concludes with a big bang!

Mature/$3.99

LETTER 44 #13

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer: CHARLES SOULE

Art/Cover: ALBERTO ALBURQUERQUE

President Blades reveals the truth about Project Monolith to the world, hoping to end a global war before it starts. In space, most of the crew of the Clarke has been taken captive by unknown forces. A desperate gambit is attempted to retrieve them, and we get our first look at the alien visitors.

$3.99

LOVE AT FOURTEEN VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: FUKA MIZUTANI

The second year of junior high, when most students are in the throes of puberty and feeling the pangs of first love. It's no different for Kanata Tanaka and Kazuki Yoshikawa, a girl and a boy who have been friends since elementary school. But even though Kanata and Kazuki are at the same point in life as their classmates, an air of adulthood sets the two apart. Kanata is taller and more attractive than the other girls, but the boys stay away because she seems too mature for them. Kazuki too stands out from the other boys, but the girls are wary of him because he seems like a player. And so, Kanata and Kazuki are thrown together in a charming, bittersweet tale of two very adult students falling in love like the teenagers they are.

$15.00

LUCKY LUKE VOL 49: DALTON’S AMNESIA (TPB)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer: JEAN LETURGIE

Art: XAVIER FAUCHE

Cover: MORRIS

After a fellow inmate, having received a blow to the head, forgets his own name and is freed as a brand new man, the Daltons start pretending to be amnesiac in order to escape the prison. So as to test their supposed amnesia - and hopefully allow them to retrieve their memories should it be real -- they are put in familiar situations: bank hold-ups, train robberies ... under Lucky Luke's supervision, of course!

$11.95

MASTER KEATON VOL 1: URASAWA (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: TAKASHI NAGASAKI

Taichi Hiraga-Keaton, the son of a Japanese zoologist and an English noblewoman, is an insurance investigator known for his successful and unorthodox methods of investigation. Educated in archaeology and a former member of the SAS, Master Keaton uses his knowledge and combat training to uncover buried secrets, thwart would-be villains, and pursue the truth ...

$19.99

MCBAIN #1

Publisher: BONGO COMICS

Writers: MATT GROENING, VARIOUS

Art: VARIOUS, MATT GROENING

Cover: JASON HO

You Only Die Once! Springfield's #1 box office draw finally gets top billing on the Simpsons One-Shot Wonders marquee! Many of you may know him as the muscle-bound strongman turned action star Rainier Wolfcastle, but the world (as if that wasn't enough) knows him simply by one name -- McBain! Never Say One-Shot Again!

$3.99

He'll be back!

MEMETIC #3

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: JAMES TYNIONIV

Art/Cover: ERYK DONOVAN

Day Three is finally upon us. As Marcus's dwindling team makes its final last assault on the compound of the supposed creator of the meme, Aaron comes to grips with his shocking loss and the impending apocalypse.

$4.99

MONSTER HIGH VOL 2: I ONLY HAVE EYE FOR YOU (GN)

Publisher: LITTLE BROWN & COMPANY

Writer: HEATHER NUHFER

Art/Cover: KELLEE RILEY

A dynamic full-color graphic novel featuring a collection of original Monster High stories! Romance is in the air in this brand-new graphic novel featuring a collection of six original stories about all your favorite ghouls. The Fraidy Hawkins Day Dance is creeping up, and the monsters are aflutter with romantic hopes and screams! To make things even more screamtastic, the girls must ask out the guys! Join in on the "winks" with Cleo, Scarah, Draculaura, Lagoona, Iris Clops, and more!

$10.00

MONSTROSITY VOL 2 (GN)

Publisher: ALTERNA COMICS INC

Writers: RYAN FERRIER & VARIOUS

Art: JASON BONE & VARIOUS

Cover: JAMES STOKOE

From the dark void of outer space and the edges of time comes a monster anthology like no other! Alien transmitted diseases, dimension hopping serial killers, robot massacres and more -- they all roam in the pages of Monstrosity!

$14.99

NNEWTS VOL 1: ESCAPE FROM LIZZARKS

Publisher: GRAPHIX

Writer/Art/Cover: DOUG TENNAPEL

A little hero faces big challenges in the first book of this totally unique fantasy-adventure series. The first book in the Nnewts series follows the story of Herk, a lovable Nnewt who longs for stronger legs, something his mother and father wish they could give him. When his quaint village is attacked by the reptile Lizzarks, he's forced to flee his home and leave behind the only life he's ever known. Now, all alone and on the run, Herk navigates a dangerous world filled with strange creatures and mysterious wonders, where friends are few and an evil lord is in hot pursuit. Available in softcover and hardcover formats.

$10.99/$19.99

PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR #2

Publisher: TITAN COMICS

Story: ALEX MATTHEWS

Art/Cover: LUCAS FEREYRA

​​32 PGS / $3.99

DreamWorks' Penguins of Madagascar are getting their own brand new 4-issue comic series! Yep, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private are jumping from the big and small screen to the CMYK panels!

Written by comedy genius Alex Matthews (Phoenix, Dandy) with eye-popping art from Lucas Fereyra, feathers are set to fly in this unique and exciting – and very funny – new series.

​ For more information visit:​ http://titan-comics.com/c/162-penguins-of-madagascar/

RED BARON VOL 2: RAIN OF BLOOD (GN)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer: PIERRE VEYS

Art/Cover: CARLOS PUERTA

Manfred Von Richthofen survived his first aerial combat with light injuries only. As a rear gunner, though, he felt particularly frustrated by his inability to control the plane. Convinced that he must be able to fly and shoot at the same time to make the most of his mysterious mind-reading ability, he works hard to obtain his pilot licence. It's in March 1916, in the sky over Verdun, that the Red Baron earns his first victory as a pilot ...

$11.95

ROBERT MOSES: MASTER BUILDER OF NYC (HC)

Publisher: NOBROW PRESS

Writer: PIERRE CHRISTIN

Art/Cover:  OLIVIER BALEZ

The achievements of one man changed the the face of an entire city. Robert Moses: the mastermind of New York. From the subway to the skyscraper, from Manhattan's financial district to the Long Island suburbs, every inch of New York tells the story of one man's mind: Robert Moses, the architect who designed it all. Now, in Pierre Christin and Olivier Balez's new graphic biography, the rest of Robert's story will be told.

 $24.95

ROY THOMAS PRESENTS BRIEFER FRANKENSTEIN 1948

Publisher: PS ARTBOOKS

Writers: ROY THOMAS & Various

Artists: Dick Briefer & Various

 $47.99 (HC)/$64.99 (SLIPCASE EDITION)

Dick Briefer's Frankenstein for Prize Comics is widely regarded as being America's first ongoing horror series. Indeed, it was Briefer's work that probably caused the creature to be actually named as Frankenstein instead of the nameless monstrosity from Shelley's novel. Splitting the stories between two stools -- humor and horror -- Briefer's tales are absorbing and unsettling in equal parts. Some of the humorous material has already been reprinted, though not necessarily in order nor in total. Until now, of course! Collects issues #11-15 (Jan/Feb to Sep/Oct 1948).

ROY THOMAS PRESENTS PLANET COMICS VOL 5 MARCH- SEPT 1942

Publisher: PS ARTBOOKS

Writers: MICHAEL T. GILBERT & Various

Art/Cover: NICK CARDY & Various

PS Artbooks is continuing its epic journey "out of this furshlugginer world" with this volume of the groundbreaking awe-filled Planet Comics that appeared from Fiction House over a thirteen year period ending in 1953. They're all here - Flint Baker, Reef Ryan, The Space Rangers, Gale Allen, Star Pirate, Mysta of the Moon, Norge Benson, plus many more and a bevy of the most scantily-clad females you're likely to see outside of Silvio Dante's Bada Bing strip joint in The Sopranos. Collects issues #17-20 (March 1942 to September 1942) of the original titles from Fiction House.

$49.99 (HC)/$64.99 (SLIPCASE EDITION)

SAM VOL 1: AFTER MAN (GN)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer: RICHARD MARAZANO

Art/Cover: SHANG

In the grim future of our world, the Earth has been ravaged by sentient machines, and the human race has all but been exterminated. Only scattered groups of children have survived by hiding in tunnels to escape the murderous robots that still scour the surface. One day, a scavenging party for one such group happens upon a massive humanoid robot bearing the letters SAM on its armor. Caught by surprise, young Ian is about to be vaporized... but the machine doesn't shoot ...

$11.95

SAND LAND VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: AKIRA TORIYAMA

In the far future, war has destroyed the entire Earth, leaving only a barren wasteland called "Sand Land" where the supply of water is controlled by the greedy king. In search of a long-lost lake, Sheriff Rao asked the king of the demons for help...and got the king's son, Beelzebub, and his assistant, Thief. Together the unlikely trio sets off across the desert, facing dragons, bandits and the deadliest foe of all ... the King's Army itself! It's travel adventure and tank action in this new story from the creator of Dragonball Z!

 $7.95

SLEEPY HOLLOW #3

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: MARGUERITE BENNETT, NOELLE STEVENSON

Art: JORGE COELHO, NOELLE STEVENSON

Cover: PHIL NOTO

Hidden for a century, a terrible evil is awakened when movers unwittingly unearth a huge grandfather clock bound in chains. Drenched in magic, riddles, and mystery, the clock itself has gone mad. Abbie, Ichabod, and their companions must outwit its riddles and madness to free themselves - or be consumed. With a back-up story by Noelle Stevenson (LUMBERJANES).

$3.99

SOLANIN (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: INIO ASANO

Meiko Inoue is a recent college grad working as an office lady in a job she hates. Her boyfriend Shigeo is permanently crashing at her apartment because his job as a freelance illustrator doesn't pay enough for rent. And her parents in the country keep sending her boxes of veggies that just rot in her fridge. Straddling the line between her years as a student and the rest of her life, Meiko struggles with the feeling that she's just not cut out to be a part of the real world.

Rating: T+ / $17.99

SOUL EATER NOT VOL 4 (TPB)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: ATSUSHI OHKUBO

Tsugumi Harudori is in love with life at DWMA, but she still hasn't made a decision on whether to take Meme or Anya as her meister. Anya has delivered an ultimatum: Tsugumi must make her choice by Halloween - and the clock is ticking! Can Tsugumi make up her mind in time, and without hurting one of her friends? It's a savage but super-fun life!

$13.00

SOUL EATER VOL 23 (TPB)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: ATSUSHI OHKUBO

Young meisters battle to strengthen their weapons and eradicate the evil souls that threaten our world in this comedic action series! Kid, accompanied by an escort of witches, enters the witches' realm to appeal for help. Though they have been DWMA's enemies for years, the witches share a respect for order-and are equally threatened by the Kishin. Kid's immediate goal is to deal with the situation on the moon, but he hopes that the negotiations will forge a new pact between DWMA and witches in the future-assuming anyone survives the Kishin's madness!

Mature/$13.00

SPICE AND WOLF VOL 10 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer: ISUNA HASEKURA

Art/Cover: KEITO KOUME

The violent struggle for the legendary sea beast is underway, but how will it end? Drawn into the fight over the narwhal in Kerube, Lawrence finds himself in a dangerous position. Despite this, Holo continues to scold him and plead with him, but why?

Mature/$13.00

STRANGE DETECTIVE MYSTERIES (GN)

Publisher: CALIBER ENTERTAINMENT

Writers: TERRY PAVLET, SAM GAFFORD

Art/Cover: ROSARIA BATTILORO

A most unusual case as illuminaries such as H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, Nikola Tesla, Harry Houdini, and Bat Masterson are called in to solve a decades old crime - the murder of Edgar Allen Poe! Delve into a world full of crime, horror, and murder, all set in 1902 within a world enhanced by the machinations of steampunk. Follow the struggles of the group as they fight against a hideous evil that threatens their very existence, for the murder of Poe was just the beginning!

$13.99

SWORD ART ONLINE FAIRY DANCE VOL 2 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer: REKI KAWAHARA

Art/Cover: TSUBASA HAZUKI

Kirito jumps into a new VRMMORPG called ALfheim Online (ALO) in search of Asuna, who still hasn't regained consciousness. On his quest to find the World Tree and reach Asuna, he meets a sylph girl named Leafa. A veteran player experienced with the sword, Leafa recognizes that Kirito is motivated by serious circumstances and decides to help him. But Leafa's identity in the real world is Suguha Kirigaya - Kirito's sister. And it's the glimmer of her beloved brother she sees in Kirito that prompts her to lend him a hand. Now, despite the conflicting interests guiding them on, the pair set off on a journey to the World Tree!

$13.00

TAROT BAT-O-LANTERN BUNDLE

Publisher: BROADSWORD COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: JIM BALENT

Blessed Samhain & Happy Halloween! Enjoy 3 spellbinding tales in this Tarot bundle: issue #63: "The She-Wolf of Salem," issue #64: "Stay Away from my Girl-Friend," and issue #65: "The Last Mermaid." Each is a one-shot story that see the cast haunted by werewolves, vampires, and sea creatures! Also included is a signed brand-new b&w art print of Tarot and some flappy friends, the Bat-O-Lanterns! And you may even find a rare Studio Edition in your bundle!

Mature/$24.99

TAROT WITCH OF THE BLACK ROSE #89 (DLX ED)

Publisher: BROADSWORD COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: JIM BALENT

This deluxe litho plat edition comes bagged and boarded with a copy of Tarot #89 (either Cover A or Cover B) and a black & white 6 1/2" x 10" lithograph of Tarot & the Krampus titled, "You've been Naughty." This limited collector's litho is penciled and signed by the artist himself, Jim Balent!

Mature/$19.99

TENA ON S STRING VOL 6 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: SESUNA MIKABE

A new movement bursts to life in the tale of Tena, Kyousuke, and the music of the soul! Tena's feelings for Kyousuke grow stronger by the day, the notes of love resounding within her heart. But just when she decides to take matters into her own hands and tell her clueless housemate how she feels, her plans are thwarted by another major force on the move and the emergence of a new clandestine plot! Does the rise of Takuto herald the end for Tena and Kyousuke?

$30.00

TOE TAG RIOT #2

Publisher: BLACK MASK COMICS

Writer: MATT MINER

Art: SEAN VON GORMAN

Cover: CHRISTIAN DIBARI

Picking up in the middle of last issue's explosive Nazi skinhead slaughter, our sometimes-zombie punk rock heroes Toe Tag Riot head out on tour for their next concert, where they find a joint protest by One Million Moms and Jerry Falwell's Christian Coalition picketing the band's inclusion of lesbian couple Annie and Evie. The protest turns south as the zealots rush the stage! Fall Out Boy's own Andy Hurley guest stars and finds his inner hero -- but at what cost?

Mature/$3.50

My nephew, who plays in a band, saw the solicitation for Toe Tags #1, and said "Omigod! That's my life!"

I worry about that boy.

TRANSFORMERS TIMELINES #10 PIRATES VS KNIGHTS

Publisher: FUN PUBLICATIONS INC

Writer: MARTY ISENBERG

Art: HAYATO SAKAMOTO

Cover: MARCELO MATERE

Noble, wise, and loyal to the cause, the Knights of Cybertron are steadfast in their protection of their homeworld. Any villainy that dare threaten the planet will be met with valiant courage, unwavering will, and Cybertron's greatest warriors! What remains of Unicron has cast its shadow over Cybertron for years, a constant reminder to the planet's inhabitants of the war that almost destroyed their world. Though he has been dormant for a long time, Captain Cannonball, Scorponok, and the pirate crew of the Star Seekers have arrived to change that. Hoping to use Unicron's insatiable hunger to drain Cybertron of Energon, the pirates may have underestimated the chaosbringer's own ambitions!

$4.95

TRIAGE X VOL 8 (GN)

Publisher: YEN PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: SHOUJI SATO

Even as she rampages through Black Label's high security wards, Sayo Hitsugi teeters between life and death. The team has always been glad to have Hitsugi's fearsome strength on their side, but now under barrage from her blows, they're starting to appreciate just how much! Sagiri holds her teammate at bay, her heart in turmoil as she recalls the last time she was forced to stop Hitsugi's violence, by driving a blade through her!

Mature/$14.00

VALERIAN VOL 8: HEROES OF EQUINOX (GN)

Publisher: CINEBOOK

Writer: PIERRE CHRISTEN

Art/Cover:  JEAN-CLAUDE MEZIERES

Every 100 years or so, the infertile people of Simlanne send their champions to the sacred island of Filene, where the best among them, chosen via a series of tests, will find and bring back the next generation. This cycle, though, the local heroes seem to fail repeatedly, and the aging Simlannians have sent for heroes from other worlds. Valerian, chosen to represent Earth, will have to overcome the tests and his competitors in a dangerous odyssey...

 $11.95

WASTELAND #59

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer:  ANTONY JOHNSTON

Art/Cover: CHRISTOPHER MITTEN

Rocks fall. Everybody dies.

... Well, maybe not everybody.

Mature/$3.99

WHAT IF (ONE SHOT)

Publisher: COSMIC TIMES

Writer: DJ STRONG

Art/Cover: JERAMY HOBBS, ZACH BASSETT

What I.F. is an emotionally moving story told from the point of view of an imaginary friend, who ponders his own existence. It is time for him to move on, but to where? Was he imagined or did he imagine the world he lives in? "What I.F. reads like a poetic love letter..." -- Christina Brookman, Fanboy Comics.

$2.99

ZOOHUNTERS #2

Publisher: ASPEN MLT INC

Writer/Art/Cover A: PETER STEIGERWALD

Cover B: SYLVIA OUM

There IS life on other planets -- THEY find it.

Abros has been teaching his son Ty the skills it takes to be a ZooHunter when on a far frozen planet they are ambushed by the rogue ZooHunter Minalara! What menace does her appearance spell for our duo? Read issue two to find out!

Creator and artist Peter Steigerwald presents to you the newest Aspen hit series  -- THE ZOOHUNTERS!

$3.99

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