COMICS GUIDE FOR DEC. 3, 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).

BEST BETS

For more information on Best Bets and other titles, 
consult the "This Week's Comics" section below.

ADVENTURES IN OZ VOL 1 ($34.99, IDW): Eric Shanower was born to draw Oz books, and by some amazing convergence of good luck and good decisions, he is.

ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #1 ($3.99, Marvel Comics): Angela has been revealed in the “Original Sin” crossover to be a deep, dark Asgardian secret – a hidden sister of Thor, exiled to a Tenth Realm in an Asgardian cosmology that until now was thought to only have nine realms.

But her real-world origin is equally surprising: She was a Neil Gaiman creation when he was guest-writing issues of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn comic book, and when McFarlane claimed ownership, Gaiman took him to court, where Angela has been tied up for years. That legal wrangling is over, and now Angela has re-appeared at Marvel Comics, of all places, being written by off-beat writer Kieron Gillen.

So, yeah, I’m a little curious.

ESSENTIAL HARVEY KURTZMAN VOL 1: HARVEY KURTZMAN'S JUNGLE BOOK (HC, $24.99, Dark Horse/Kitchen Sink): As I say in an upcoming column, this book is famous for how influential it was, and infamous for how out-of-print it stubbornly remained. Dark Horse has fixed the last part, and I suspect we’re all going to go “Oh, so that’s where that came from” a lot when we read it.

PRIDE OF BAGHDAD DELUXE EDITION (HC, $24.99, DC Comics): This graphic novel follows a pride of lions who escape from the Baghdad Zoo during one American invasion or other. That might seem like a flimsy premise, but in the hands of Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon it’s a story that will engage both heart and mind, and one you will never forget.

SHAFT #1 ($3.99, Dynamite): Dynamite has assembled an impressive group of creators who could make this an awesome book. OTOH, the concept may be so dated and so tied to blaxploitation that no one can make it work. I'm eager to find out!

VALIANT-SIZED QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 (One-Shot, $4.99, Valiant Comics): When it looks like Earth is going to be destroyed by an asteroid, Woody (of Quantum & Woody, the world’s worst superhero team) chooses the obvious (for Woody) plan: He flees into another dimension.

But, as we know from every Marvel and DC comic book ever, there are jillions of parallel worlds, with duplicates of every character ever conceived, so yeah, there are a lot of other Woodys out there – all with the same idea.

If that doesn’t sound like 40 pages of non-stop hilarity to you, then I just don’t know who you are any more.


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

ARCHIE #662


Script: ANGELO DECESARE


Art: PAT and TIM KENNEDY, RICH KOSLOWSKI, JACK MORELLI, Digikore Studios


Cover: DAN PARENT


Chestnuts Roasting Variant Cover: GENEVIÈVE F.T.


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

Archie knows that Veronica has a long Christmas list -- but what does her dad want for Christmas? Veronica and Archie set out to buy Mr. Lodge, “the man who has everything,” an extra special gift. But when Mr. Lodge notices the two sneaking around and plotting behind his back, he gets the idea that the two are planning to elope -- and hijinks are sure to ensue! What will Mr. Lodge do? And most importantly, what will Archie and Veronica get him for Christmas?


Nice to see Arch alive again after reading the last two issues of Life with Archie!

ARCHIE’S COMICS ANNUAL #256

Script: BILL GOLLIHER

Art: BILL GALVAN


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

192-page, full color comic
, $5.99 U.S.


The night before Christmas Eve one of Santa's less-famous reindeer, Flander, hopes to have a chance to make the team in case there's a last minute cancellation by one of the top nine. He goes out for a test flight and gets lost in a terrible snowstorm -- and winds up literally “crashing” at Archie’s house! Now it’s up to Archie and Vegas to get Flander back to the North Pole. See if they can fix this Christmas conundrum in “It Looks Like Reindeer!” the all-new lead story to this comics annual!


SONIC BOOM #2

Script: IAN FLYNN


Art: EVAN STANLEY, RICK BRYANT, JACK MORELLI, MATT HERMS


Cover: PATRICK "SPAZ" SPAZIANTE


Hero Variant Cover: T.REX


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

Get ready for the BOOM, baby! The NEW HIT ONGOING SONIC COMIC BOOK SERIES from Archie Comics continues here with Sonic Boom #2: Knuckleduster! Race along at Sonic speed with the blue blur and his pals Tails, Knuckles, Amy Rose and the newest edition to the team—STICKS! But is there a traitor in our heroes’ midst? Say it ain't so! Find out in this sensational second issue, featuring explosive new cover art from Sonic art legend Patrick "SPAZ" Spaziante, and a super-special "SONIC SPOTLIGHT" variant cover by artist T.REX! Be sure to pick up this next exciting chapter and own a piece of Sonic comic history!

DARK HORSE

ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: FIRE AND STONE #3 (of 4)

Writer: CHRISTOPHER SEBELA

Art: ARIEL OLIVETTI

Cover: E. M. GIST

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Miniseries

When a Predator is exposed to a mysterious genetic accelerant, the rest of the hunting party is put in unforeseen peril. And as the android Elden continues his violent evolution, his xenomorph allies reject him from the hive.

ANGEL & FAITH SEASON 10 #9

Writer: VICTOR GISCHLER

Pencils/Variant Cover: WILL CONRAD

Colors: MICHELLE MADSEN

Cover: SCOTT FISCHER

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

Clearly in a magical mire with Amy the Rat, Angel brings in backup to shut down the witch and save Magic Town ... Faith is reunited with Riley in a brawl with the tribal vampires -- staking, dusting, and feeling awkward!

Angel & Faith Season 10 continues to twist an entertaining take.” -- Unleash the Fanboy

CONCRETE PARK: R-E-S-P-E-C-T #4 (of 5)

Writers: TONY PURYEAR, ERIK ALEXANDER

Art/Cover: TONY PURYEAR

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

As Scare City tears itself apart, Isaac must fight his enemy from Earth in the Big Top arena. But how can he defeat the “Six Hundred Dollar Man”? Concrete Park—a dark, sexy sci-fi saga by Tony Puryear (Eraser) and Erika Alexander (Living Single)—continues its R-E-S-P-E-C-T arc!

• Exclusive print-only bonus story!

“The swagger of the characters and their surroundings just burst off of the page.” -- Read about Comics

“Concrete Park is brilliant.” -- The Berkeley Graduate

ESSENTIAL HARVEY KURTZMAN VOL 1: HARVEY KURTZMAN'S JUNGLE BOOK (HC)

Writers:HARVEY KURTZMAN, GILBERT SHELTON, R. CRUMB, PETE POPLASKI, DENIS KITCHEN

Art/Cover: HARVEY KURTZMAN

FC, 176 pages, $24.99

HC, 6 1/2" x 11”

Harvey Kurtzman’s Jungle Book (#26 on The Comics Journal’s Top 100 Comics) is a “lost” classic. Crumb, Spiegelman and Gilliam, among others, were inspired and influenced by Kurtzman’s masterpiece. In a deluxe hardcover, this collection is back in print after twenty-five years! Includes an introduction by Gilbert Shelton, an essay by Denis Kitchen, and a conversational afterword by Pete Poplaski and Robert Crumb!

• The first volume in the Essential Kurtzman library!

• The definitive version of this influential classic from the creator of MAD!

• Includes Art Spiegelman’s original introduction from the 1986 edition!

GHOST #10

Writer: CHRIS SEBELA

Pencils: HARVEY TALIBAO

Inks: KEITH CHAMPAGNE

Colors: DAN JACKSON

Cover: EMANUELA LUPACCHINO, WES DZIOBA

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Ongoing

BLOOD ON GHOST’S HANDS!

Ghost’s war on crime in Chicago is attracting the interests of the city’s powerful -- and her friends may pay the price. A gruesome new villain is revealed, who offers to help the movers and shakers rid themselves of “the lady in white” and let them return to crime as usual!

“In short: it easily earns the right to be highly recommended.” -- Unleash the Fanboy

THE GHOST FLEET #2

Writer: DONNY CATES

Art: DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON

Cover: DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON, LAUREN AFFE

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Ongoing

ONE HELL OF A ROADBLOCK!

Two years after Trace and Ward’s truck of top-secret cargo was driven off an overpass, Ward runs the Ghost Fleet from a hidden bunker. But Trace has reappeared ... a one-man militia with a trigger finger that’s itching for revenge!

From the critically acclaimed writer of Buzzkill!

“Donny Cates, an ex-Bleeding Cool writer, is a rising star in the comic book scene right now.” -- Bleeding Cool

HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D. #1 (of 5)

Writers: MIKE MIGNOLA, JOHN ARCUDI

Art/Cover: ALEX MILEEV

Colors: DAVE STEWART

Pencil Sketch Variant: MIKE MIGNOLA

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Miniseries

A bizarre series of murders and rumors of something worse lead Professor Bruttenholm to send a young Hellboy to a Brazilian village on his first mission. Hellboy and a small group of agents uncover something terrible in the shadows of a sixteenth-century Portuguese fortress . . .

• Twenty years of Hellboy!

• Mike Mignola named one of “12 Vital Creators to Watch” by LA Times!

"Alex and Hellboy are a match made in heaven. Alex is one of the truly great comic book artists of this generation and the Mignola universe is going to show a whole different side to his genius.”  -- Brian Michael Bendis

THE MIGHTY (TPB)

Writers: PETER TOMASI, KEITH CHAMPAGNE

Art: CHRIS SAMNEE, PETER SNEJBERG

Colors: JOHN KALISZ

Cover: RYAN SOOK

FC, 304 pages, $19.99

TPB, 7” x 10”

The world’s only superhero returns!

As the world’s only superhero, Alpha One has become an icon of hope in uncertain times. But while the population is inspired from a distance by their savior, police captain Gabriel Cole has gotten close enough to discover that Alpha One’s plans for a utopia are more radical than anyone suspects! Collects all 12 issues of the acclaimed series!

• From Peter Tomasi (Light Brigade), Chris Samnee (Daredevil), and Peter Snejbjerg (B.P.R.D.)!

• For fans of Powers, Ex Machina, and Irredeemable!

• Check out new installments of The Mighty in DHP next month!

“An instant classic.” -- Ain’t It Cool News

NEW LONE WOLF AND CUB VOL 3 (TPB)

Writer: KAZUO KOIKE

Art/Cover: HIDEKI MORI

B&W, 240 pages, $13.99

TPB, 5” x 7”

Kazuo Koike returns to Lone Wolf and Cub with his twenty-first-century sequel, New Lone Wolf and Cub. Samurai Togo Shigekata has brought the dead Lone Wolf’s son, Daigoro, to an oasis of safety, the warship of Togo’s master, the lord of Satsuma. But when Togo is accused of treason, all hell breaks loose!

• Over one million copies sold of the Dark Horse Lone Wolf and Cub editions.

Lone Wolf and Cub omnibus program is collecting the entirety of the original series in value-priced editions.

TIGER LUNG (HC)

Writers: SIMON ROY, JASON WORDIE

Art/Cover: SIMON ROY

Colors: JASON WORDIE

FC, 88 pages, $15.99

HC, 6” x 9”

Thirty-five thousand years ago, the world was ruled by strange beasts and ancient gods! For some Paleolithic tribes, hope lay in the shaman warriors who stood between them and the unknown. Tiger Lung follows the struggle of one of these shamans to keep his people alive in a vast, hostile universe! Collects the Tiger Lung adventure from Dark Horse Presents #21-23, along with two bonus stories.

• Co-written and drawn by acclaimed creator Simon Roy!

• Collects “Beneath the Ice,” bonus stories and additional material!

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DC COMICS

ACTION COMICS #37

Written by GREG PAK

Art and cover by AARON KUDER

Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE

1:25 Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with three covers.

The spread of evil supernatural forces in Smallville continues to get worse – and Superman has no way to stop it. Will this damnation contamination spread to the rest of the world?

AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS #8

Written by DAN JURGENS

Art by LAN MEDINA and ALLEN MARTINEZ

Cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The Others try to survive the repercussions of their secret histories as Cheshire and the KGBeast look to thin the team’s ranks -- permanently!

DC ESSENTIALS: BATMAN: HUSH SPECIAL EDITION #1

Written by JEPH LOEB

Art by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS

Cover by JIM LEE

64 pg, FC, $1.00 US

Batman’s 75th anniversary celebration continues with another promotionally priced special presenting one of the Dark Knight’s greatest tales plus related pages from the 2014 DCE Essential Graphic Novels catalogue! This special kicks off the acclaimed, best-selling epic by writer Jeph Loeb and artist Jim Lee!

I don't think there's anything essential about anything starring Hush, a character whose introduction was about the clumsiest attempt to create an arch-villain I've seen since the Silver Age. Heck, I'd rather read about Big Wheel or the Rocket Racer!

But I'm sure that's just me.

BATMAN ETERNAL #35

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

Art by FERNANDO BLANCO

Cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The events of BATMAN ETERNAL have changed the world of Batman for months – jump on here to see the new world order! The third act begins with a bang, as Gotham City’s police have done the impossible – they’ve beaten Batman!

"Gotham City’s police have done the impossible – they’ve beaten Batman!"

UM-possible. He's eternal, you know. Says so right there in the title.

BATMAN: THE JIRO KUWATA BATMANGA BOOK 1 (TPB)

Writer/Art/Cover: JIRO KUWATA

352 pg, B&W with spot color, 1 of 3, 5.75” x 8.1875, $14.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

In the 1960s, at the height of the Batman TV series’ popularity, a shonen manga magazine in Japan serialized fifty-three chapters of original comics starring The Dark Knight, all written and illustrated by Managaka Jiro Kuwata. Now, DC Entertainment is proud to publish the complete Batman Manga adventures in English for the first time in three painstakingly restored volumes. The adventure begins when the Dynamic Duo faces the insidious threat of Lord Death Man!

If nothing else, this might explain a few things about the Japanese Batman in Morrison's Batman Inc.

And, BTW, is it just me, or does that cover look like it was inked by Joe Giella? And that the pose is uncannily like the Aurora Batman model?

DETECTIVE COMICS #37

Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO

Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL

Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE

1:25 Variant cover by TIM SALE

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US

RATED T • Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

This issue will arrive in stores with four covers.

Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato return – and now’s the time to take back Gotham City! Anarky now!

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

EARTH 2 #29

Written by TOM TAYLOR and MARGUERITTE BENNETT

Art by ANDY SMITH and TREVOR SCOTT

Cover by YILDIRAY CINAR

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The displaced masses taking shelter in Chicago run for their lives when an unbelievable force descends on the city. Scattered and frantic, Barbara and Dick Grayson hunt for shelter and find a safe haven that hides a sinister secret. Will the two make it out alive with their son?

"Will the two make it out alive with their son?"

And if they don't, will we care? I don't mean to be callous, but I don't really feel any connection to these characters, aside from the familiar names. The writer hasn't done anything with them to make me care, and in the case of Dick Grayson, I'm beginning to actively dislike him. 

EARTH 2: WORLD’S END #9

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

Art by TYLER KIRKHAM, JORGE JIMENEZ, ROBSON ROCHA and JAN DUURSEMA

Cover by PAULO SIQUEIRA

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Outgunned, outnumbered and outmatched, The World Army led by Mister Miracle and Big Barda begin their invasion of Apokolips!

FAIREST #32

Written by MARK BUCKINGHAM

Art by RUSS BRAUN

Cover by ADAM HUGHES

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

The big day has finally arrived, and the Lottery winners are drawn. Who has the winning tickets? More importantly, will they be passports to liberty and happiness, or five tickets to trouble? And speaking of trouble, will the Fox family make it to the Farm before their pursuers catch up with them? And if they do make it, will anyone there be happy to see Reynard again? It’s out of the frying pan and into the fire in the thrilling conclusion of “The Clamour for Glamour”!

THE FLASH SEASON ZERO #3

Written by ANDREW KREISBERG

Art by PHIL HESTER and ERIC GAPSTUR

Photo cover

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

The origin of Mr. Bliss is revealed! What plans does this terrible telepath have for Central City? And what can The Flash do to stop him when he can’t even control his own mind?!

GOTHAM ACADEMY #3

Written by BECKY CLOONAN and BRENDEN FLETCHER

Art and cover by KARL KERSCHL

1:25 Variant cover by BECKY CLOONAN

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

If you thought getting detention was a pain, just wait till you see detention Gotham Academy-style!

My wife read the first two issues and liked them. "Not what I expected," she said.

GRAYSON #5

Written by TIM SEELEY and TOM KING

Art and cover by MIKEL JANIN

Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Grayson is on a mission to stop Paragon from using the body parts of a dead villain to create something far more sinister!

GREEN ARROW #37

Written by ANDREW KREISBERG and BEN SOKOLOWSKI

Art by DANIEL SAMPERE and JONATHAN GLAPION

Cover by BRYAN HITCH

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Blood will be shed when Green Arrow faces off against the assassin known as Merlyn!

GREEN LANTERN #37

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI

Art and cover by FRANCIS PORTELA

Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition $3.99 US

This issue will arrive in stores with three covers.

“Godhead,” act 3, part 1: Hal Jordan has to enlist the help of one of his greatest foes, Black Hand, or else watch the universe fall before the growing army of the New Gods! But getting Black Hand to help and getting him to help the way you need him to are two very different things.

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

HINTERKIND #13

Written by IAN EDGINTON

Art by FRANCESCO TRIFOGLI

Cover by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

Step back in time to before the deadly plague that almost wiped out mankind took hold in “A Diary of the Plague Years” part 1. From the streets of New York to the boulevards of Paris and the mountain strongholds of Afghanistan, the beginning of the end starts here as the Sidhe prepare to unleash their long-awaited revenge. War has been declared – and we have already lost!

It's become commonplace now to have post-disaster scenarios where the disaster is a mystery. Nice to see this one will be explained.

INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR THREE #5

Written by TOM TAYLOR

Art by BRUNO REDONDO and MIKE S. MILLER

Cover by MIKE S. MILLER

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

On Themyscira, Ares, the God of War, explains to Hippolyta that Wonder Woman’s coma is no natural thing. Meanwhile, in the Tower of Fate, Constantine and his allies deal with their losses and try to determine who was responsible for the carnage. It’s time to try to recruit a new ally from the mystic realm. But whose side will he actually be on?

JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #12

Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS

Art and cover by HOWARD PORTER

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Two words: Blue and Gold. Well, okay, three. Three words, the Blue and the Go ... Wait, that’s four words. Okay, let’s try this. The team of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold are BACK! By Giffen and DeMatteis! Is the universe ready for either of them …? Are you?

LOBO #3

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art by REILLY BROWN

Cover by AARON KUDER

1:25 Variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

This issue will ship with two covers.

Learn the truth about Lobo, including why he left his home, how he adopted the code he lives by and how he’s going to defeat six deadly assassins trying to destroy the Earth! If that’s not enough, wait till you see what he does when a special guest star is revealed on the last page of this issue!

I read the first two issues of this title and have already forgotten them.

LOONEY TUNES #222

Written by SHOLLY FISCH

Art by ROBERT POPE and SCOTT McRAE

Cover by DEREK FRIDOLFS

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E

Bugs in space! Marvin the Martian visits his outer space neighbor Bugs Bunny to borrow a cup of sugar – and to take over the universe! With the help of K-9, will Marvin succeed? Or will one of Bugs’ ACME space products (just add water!) save Earth from being conquered?

MARSHAL LAW (TPB)

Written by PAT MILLS

Art and cover by KEVIN O’NEILL

480 pg, FC, $29.99 US • MATURE READERS

MARSHAL LAW is back! This futuristic law official is charged with policing superheroes gone rogue by any means necessary, all while fighting his own self-hatred for being the thing he hates most: a superhero. Featuring art by Kevin O’Neill, illustrator of THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, the centerpiece of this massive paperback is the six-part tale in which Marshal Law hunts down the Sleepman, a serial killer who is connected to the popular hero known as The Public Spirit. Collects MARSHAL LAW #1-6, MARSHAL LAW: FEAR AND LOATHING, MARSHAL LAW TAKES MANHATTAN, MARSHAL LAW: KINGDOM OF THE BLIND and MARSHAL LAW: THE HATEFUL DEAD, MARSHAL LAW: SUPER BABYLON and MARSHAL LAW: SECRET TRIBUNAL #1-2.

I read the Marshal Law comics originally back in high school, and really didn't care for them. I understood they were satire, but they were so dark and cynical I found them repulsive. (It doesn't help that I find Kevin O'Neill's art somewhat repulsive.) I'm looking forward to re-reading these stories now in my dotage, to see if the change in perspective changes my opinion.

THE MOVEMENT VOL. 2: FIGHTING FOR THE FUTURE (TPB)

Written by GAIL SIMONE

 Art by FREDDIE WILLIAMS II

Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA

144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

It’s the cops and politicians of Coral City against a rag-tag group of young vigilantes known as The Movement in these stories from issues #7-12! But after the team has been taken down, only Vengeance Moth is left to protect the streets from the Graveyard Faction!

THE NAMES #4 (of 8)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN

Art by LEANDRO FERNANDEZ

Cover by CELIA CALLE

32 pg, FC, 4 of 8, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

Things seemed to be looking up for Katya and her stepson Philip’s quest to discover who killed Katya’s husband – but now the arrival of the Surgeon complicates matters. Katya discovers the truth about the Surgeon’s origins, Philip reveals he’s never seen a woman naked, and the Dark Loops make a move.

THE NEW 52: FUTURES END #31

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

Art by JESUS MERINO and DAN GREEN

Cover by RYAN SOOK

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

After the revelations of the last two issues, the Endgame begins! One hero retires, another reconsiders his career, and the world says goodbye to a third.

THE NEW 52: FUTURES END VOL. 1 (TPB)

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

Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER, JESUS MERINO, DAN JURGENS, AARON LOPRESTI, SCOT EATON and others

Cover by RYAN SOOK

416 pg, FC, $39.99 US

Five years from now, the DC Universe is reeling from a war with another Earth, leaving the world unprepared for an approaching evil that threatens to destroy the future. As heroes are turned into mindless villains, the planet as we know it is no more. The only salvation lies in the past, where this future apocalypse must be averted. Can a time-traveling Batman Beyond help a massive cast of the DCU’s finest avert the impending apocalypse in these stories from issues #0-17 of the new weekly series?

NIGHTWING VOL. 1: BLUDHAVEN (TPB)

Written by DENNIS O’NEIL and CHUCK DIXON

Art by GREG LAND, SCOTT McDANIEL, KARL STORY and others

Cover by SCOTT McDANIEL

288 pg, FC, $19.99 US

Nightwing flies solo in these 1990s stories from his 4-issue miniseries and issues #1-8 of his solo series! To kick things off, Nightwing uncovers new facts about the murder of his parents that suggests there was far more to their deaths than he ever suspected. But shadowy forces have reasons to keep the truth buried!

PRIDE OF BAGHDAD DELUXE EDITION (HC)

Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN

Art and cover by NIKO HENRICHON

160 pg, FC, 7.0625” x 10.875”, $24.99 US • MATURE READERS

The acclaimed original graphic novel written by Brian K. Vaughan is back in a new, deluxe edition featuring previously unpublished developmental art and more! In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives.

This is a terrific book. You should buy it. You should read it.

RED LANTERNS VOL. 5: ATROCITIES (TPB)

Written by CHARLES SOULE and TONY BEDARD

Art by ALESSANDRO VITTI, YILDIRAY CINAR and others

Cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA

272 pg, FC, $19.99 US

The Reds have a new recruit: Supergirl! But even her power won’t make Guy Gardner’s team unstoppable, and they weren’t counting on the arrival of the Judge! Collects #27 and 29-34, the Red Lanterns half of GREEN LANTERN/RED LANTERNS #28, RED LANTERNS ANNUAL #1 and SUPERGIRL #31.

SECRET SIX #1

Written by GAIL SIMONE

Art by KEN LASHLEY

Cover by DALE EAGLESHAM

Blank variant cover

1:25 Variant cover by KEN LASHLEY

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

This issue will ship with three covers.

Gail Simone is back with the NEW 52 debut of the fan-favorite team – THE SECRET SIX! Six strangers are brought together under mysterious circumstances for an explosive first issue that will leave everyone asking, “What is the Secret?”

Following her historic run on BATGIRL, writer Gail Simone is about to embark on a new series, SECRET SIX.

So, what's the secret? We're not saying, but with covers and character designs by Dale Eaglesham and interior art by Ken Lashley this is going to be one incredible comic book.

Full of mystery and danger, SECRET SIX features six characters who, when thrown together, hate each other and must learn to work with each other.

Who are the Secret Six? Well, for now, Simone is only sharing a couple. Making their first appearance in The New 52 are Catman and Black Alice. 

Head on over to DCCOMICS.COM for the details!

I loved the previous iteration of this book, when Simone was writing it. Now here she is again, writing another one. Stoked!

 

SINESTRO #7

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art by RAGS MORALES

Cover by GUILLEM MARCH

Lego Variant cover

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

“GODHEAD,” act 2, part 5: The mission to Zamaron and the Star Sapphires yields a shocking secret about the White Lantern, but in this case, knowledge isn’t power. It’s clear that a strike on New Genesis is imperative, but without a Mother Box, the home of the gods is forever out of reach. Sinestro, however, is not convinced, and a determined Sinestro can be a very bad thing!

SWAMP THING #37

Written by CHARLES SOULE

Art and cover by JESUS SAIZ

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

“The Machine Queen” part 3! Lines are drawn and strange allies are recruited as the Machine Queen assembles her army, while Anton Arcane and the Fungal Avatar take sides! Plus, Swamp Thing receives a dire visit from John Constantine!

WOLF MOON #1

Written by CULLEN BUNN

Art by JEREMY HAUN

Cover by JAE LEE

1:13 Variant cover by JEREMY HAUN

32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

This issue will arrive in stores with two covers.

Don’t miss the start of this new 6-issue miniseries! WOLF MOON is a horrific werewolf hunt unlike any other. When Dillon Chase’s family was slaughtered by the wolf, his life was forever changed. Dillon sets out to destroy the creature, but he soon learns that lycanthropy is far more insidious than the legends ever said. With each full moon, he draws closer to the monster – and with each full moon, he becomes more aware that in order to stop the wolf, he must kill a human being and become a fearful monster himself.

I've mentioned before that the werewolf concept doesn't do much for me. But I've enjoyed a lot of Cullen Bunn's work, so maybe I'll enjoy the story anyway.

DYNAMITE COMICS

ARMY OF DARKNESS #1

Cover A is obviously an homage to one of the most-homaged covers ever, Steranko's Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #6 (left). Cover B looks realllly familiar, but I can't remember if it's a Wolverine cover I'm thinking of, or a Conan/Kull/Sonja/Savage Tales cover, or something else entirely, so I don't know where to begin to look. If it strikes a memory for anyone else, let me know! Finally, Cover D is an homage to the movie poster for E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, in which a boy is riding a (flying) bicycle in front of the moon, with the titular character riding on the handlebars. 

Writer: CULLEN BUNN

Art: LARRY WATTS

Covers: GABRIEL HARDMAN, TIM SEELEY, ART ADAMS, WALTER FLANAGAN

32 PGS / Teen + / $3.99

As the Chosen One, Ash has seen some strange things and visited some strange times and places. But nothing has prepared him for this! Catapulted into the depths of space, Ash must confront the Deadites in a place where no one can hear his screams … or his chainsaw … or his boomstick! What do the forces of the evil dead want with the International Space Station? Whatever it is, Ash embarks on his most out-of-this-world adventure in order to stop them!

Dynamite Entertainment proudly announces that its flagship title and longest-running comic book series, Army of Darkness, will launch with a brand new #1 issue in December. Cullen Bunn, the celebrated writer of Deadpool, will take iconic horror hero Ash Williams somewhere he has never been before: outer space. Longtime franchise fans are invited to strap themselves in for the bold new direction, in a series featuring interior artwork by Army of Darkness staple Larry Watts, as well as cover artwork by industry heavyweights, including Gabriel Hardman, Tim Seeley, Art Adams, Walter Flanagan, and Jay Shaw.

Ash Williams, the hero of horror franchise Army of Darkness and reluctant "Chosen One" in the war against demons, has encountered so many strange happenings over the years, but nothing could have prepared him for his latest misadventure. Catapulted into the depths of space, Ash must confront the Deadites in a place where no one can hear his screams... or his chainsaw... or his boomstick! What do the forces of the evil dead want with the International Space Station... and can our square-jawed protagonist prevent Armageddon?

"Ash is kind of the ultimate screwball knucklehead, and he really has no business being the 'Chosen One' in the battle against ultimate darkness. That's what makes him such a compelling underdog," says Bunn, whose new Army of Darkness series follows on the heels of his contribution to November's Army of Darkness #1992.1 one-shot special. "With this new series, we're taking the 'fish out of water' storyline to the next level, because not only is Ash fighting the Deadites, he's doing so in the depths of space! With such a strange set-up, it might be easy to think that this is a big departure from what we've seen before, but my goal has been to make this 'feel' very much like it belongs in the same family as the source material, even though the setting is so vastly different."

Cullen Bunn is a freelance writer perhaps best known for Marvel Comics' popular Deadpool and Magneto series, as well as the Oni Press series The Damned and The Sixth Gun. He is also a short story writer and novelist; his major publications outside of the comic book sphere include Crooked Hills and Creeping Stones & Other Stories. He has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award (2012), the Eisner Award (2012), and the Ghastly Awards (2011), and is the winner of Broken Frontier's "Best Writer Independent" Award (2011).

Army of Darkness is a 1992 fantasy/comedy film with strong horror elements starring Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice) and Embeth Davidtz, the third installment in a trilogy featuring reluctant hero Ash Williams.  Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man), the film saw its tough-as-nails, wise-cracking protagonist transported from the modern era to the Dark Ages in his continuing war against demonic evil. Army of Darkness generated a dedicated fan following for its premise and lead actor.

"Cullen Bunn has been tearing up the comic book universe with his work on Deadpool -- an offbeat, unpredictable explosion of mirth and mayhem -- and it's just that sort of frenetic storytelling that makes Cullen the perfect fit for the Army of Darkness world," says Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. "Larry Watts is the icing on the cake, because his comic and horror sensibilities are just right to bring Cullen's script to life. We're taking Ash to the stars on his biggest adventure yet, and you'll never believe what happens next."

Army of Darkness #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' October Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in December. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Army of Darkness #1 with their local comic book retailers. Army of Darkness will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: THE DEATH OF APOLLO #1

Writer: DAN ABNETT

Art: DIETRICH SMITH

Covers: MIKE MAYHEW, DIETRICH SMITH, LIVIO RAMONDELLI

32 PGS / Teen + / $3.99

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to reveal one of the biggest secrets of the Battlestar Galactica mythos in the upcoming miniseries event, Battlestar Galactica: The Death of ApolloThe Death of Apollo reunites the creative team of fan-favorite comic book writer Dan Abnett (one of the architects of the Guardians of the Galaxy phenomenon) and talented artist Dietrich Smith in a heart-wrenching chronicle of the iconic Viper pilot's last days -- an event hinted at during official TV series continuity but never before revealed.

When Battlestar Galactica first captured the hearts of sci-fi fans in 1978, the bold starfighter pilot Captain Apollo stood out as the central character of the series, defending the fleet from the Cylon menace as deftly portrayed by actor Richard Hatch. After the original series came to an end in 1979, the sequel series Galactica 1980 continued the tale of the nomadic fleet, but set years after the events of the previous run.  Captain Apollo was no longer a member of the cast, and in-story dialogue strongly implied that the implacable hero had met his demise in the intervening years. Dynamite Entertainment, for the first time ever, fills in the gap between Battlestar Galactica and Galactica 1980 which officially reveals the fate of the beloved character.

The solicitation for Battlestar Galactica: The Death of Apollo #1 sets the stage for the action of this milestone event:

"The shocking new Battlestar Galactica event starts here! The fleet has been travelling for 10 years, and at last the human survivors seem to be leaving the war and the Cylons behind them. But the threats never go away. A voice from the past and a bizarre twist of fate leads Galactica into danger once again, and events will take place that will change everything, forever. A milestone in Battlestar continuity, by Guardians of the Galaxy writer Dan Abnett and cosmic superstar artist Dietrich Smith."

"During one of our editorial meetings, it came to light that Apollo -- whom many would consider to be the very soul of the original BSG series -- had died tragically off-screen in-between the 1978 and 1980 Galactica shows," says Nick Barrucci, Dynamite Publisher and CEO. "We realized that we had not just an opportunity, but a responsibility to the fans, to shed light on the character's noble sacrifice. The first person who came to mind to write such an important story was Dan Abnett.  Thankfully, he agreed and turned in an amazing pitch. The term 'blaze of glory' cannot even begin to describe what Dan Abnett and Dietrich Smith have planned for the Galactica's favorite son."

Dynamite Entertainment has been publishing Battlestar Galactica comic books since 2006, focusing on each incarnation of the franchise from the classic continuity of the 1978 television series, to the Galactica 1980 follow-up, and finally to the re-imagined series aired on SyFy from 2003 through 2009.  Recently, Dynamite has published a bestselling Battlestar Galactica series by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning set in the classic continuity, as well as a miniseries focusing on Galactica's scoundrel with a heart of gold, Starbuck.

I remember being vaguely curious some 34 years ago how Apollo died, but I don't think I've given it much thought since Galactica 1980 aired!

CHAOS! HOLIDAY SPECIAL

Writer: STEVE SEELEY, MICHAEL MORECI

Art: RODOLFO RODRIGUEZ, JUAN ANTONIO RAMIREZ, CARLOS RENO

Cover: EMANUELA LUPACCHINO

40 PGS / Teen + / $5.99

Join your favorite characters from the Chaos universe for holiday mayhem! This oversized one shot has the slashers, lunatics, and dark heroes you know and love -- Evil Ernie, The Chosen and more show the dark side of killer Santas and psycho snowmen on the loose!

CHASTITY #6

Writer: MARC ANDREYKO

Art: DAVE ACOSTA

Cover A Main: EMANUELA LUPACCHINO

32 Pages / Teen+ / $3.99

It’s Christmas! And nothing says “Happy Holidays” like -- a vampire Santa Claus? Chastity returns home to New York City, but her most likely lonely holiday is interrupted by the evil machinations of a child-collecting Saint Nick! Can Chas overcome the flood of melancholy memories of family holidays past before “Santa Claws” adds more victims to his horrifying collection? He knows if you’ve been bad …

OK, Cover B? NOT what a woman arching her back looks like.

JENNIFER BLOOD: BORN AGAIN #5

Writer: STEVEN GRANT

Art: KEWBER BAAL

Cover: STEPHEN SEGOVIA

32 Pages / Mature / $3.99

Final issue in the character-defining Born Again miniseries! As her mysterious benefactor’s agenda becomes clear, Jen and her psychopathic doppleganger finally square off in their ultimate death match. But even if she somehow survives that, she faces being mercilessly hunted by a world that now knows she’s still alive. Where can you run to when everyone’s out to get you? Does she face an endgame she can’t possibly win, or can Jennifer Blood carve out a new direction for her life and gain a new lease on death?

MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER #4 (2ND PTG)

Writer: FRED VAN LENTE

Art: CORY SMITH

Cover: GABRIEL HARDMAN

$3.99

THE SWARM. A robotic collective that devours metal and recombines into modular monstrosities. They cannot be destroyed. They cannot be stopped. But screw it, Magnus is gonna try and punch 'em anyway. It's the action-packed end of Arc 1 by FRED VAN LENTE (Conan) and CORY SMITH (Fathom)!

SHAFT #1

Writer: DAVID WALKER

Art: BILQUIS EVELY

Covers: DENNIS COWAN, BILL SIENKIEWICZ, FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA, MICHAEL AVON OEMING, ULISES FARINAS, MATT HALEY

32 Pages / Mature / $3.99

Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the signing of writer David F. Walker and artist Bilquis Evely to its upcoming Shaft comic book, based on the hard-hitting detective created by novelist Ernest Tidyman and popularized in films featuring Richard Roundtree and Samuel L. Jackson. Slated for release in December, Shaft #1 celebrates the 45th anniversary of an American icon with a wealth of cover art options by industry talents including Francesco Francavilla, Michael Avon Oeming, Ulises Farinas, Matt Haley, Sanford Greene, and a landmark collaboration between Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz.

John Shaft, described as a "tough, take-no-guff detective" and "private dick that's a sex machine to all the chicks" in composer/singer Isaac Hayes' Oscar-winning "Theme from Shaft," has gone toe-to-toe with organized crime bosses, stood up to the cops, squared off against kidnappers, and foiled assassination attempts in his novel and film appearances. But who was John Shaft before he became the hardboiled investigator with a reputation as big as New York City itself? For the first time ever, the detective's origins are explored, courtesy of the new series by Dynamite Entertainment.

"Working on Shaft, one of the most iconic characters in pop culture, is a dream come true," says David F. Walker. "I've been a fan of the character since I was a kid, and especially love him in his original iteration, as created by author Ernest Tidyman. My take on Shaft is steeped in Tidyman's work, and builds on the world created in the original novels. I'm exploring who he is as a man, as a private detective, and as a cold-blooded killer. This John Shaft is much grittier, more badass, with a complexity never seen in the films. The name may be familiar, and some aspects of the character may be recognizable, but at the end of the day, he will be something new and exciting -- especially in the world of comics. This is Shaft the way Shaft was meant to be."

David F. Walker is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and author of the Young Adult series The Adventures of Darius Logan. His publication BadAzz MoFo became internationally known as the indispensable resource guide to black films of the 1970s, and he is co-author of the book Reflections on Blaxploitation: Actors and Directors Speak. His work in comics includes the series Number 13 (Dark Horse Comics), The Army of Dr. Moreau (Monkeybrain Comics), and The Supernals Experiment (Canon Comics).

Bilquis Evely is a rising star on Dynamite's roster of talented artists. Recently she worked alongside writer Chris Roberson on the critically acclaimed Doc Savage miniseries. Her other works include The Shadow / Green Hornet: Dark Nights crossover event with writer Michael Uslan, The Shadow Annual #1, and Miss Fury. Evely's experience with Dynamite's pulp heroes has made her the perfect fit for the mean streets of 1970's New York City in Shaft.

"The response by the media and fans over the announcement of a Shaft comic book series was nothing short of electric," says Nick Barrucci, Publisher and CEO of Dynamite Entertainment. "Frankly, there's no one better suited to take the reins on this project than David F. Walker, whose vast knowledge of and appreciation for the genre have been welcome and invaluable in our launch of the Shaft series. Combining his energetic take on this superbad private detective with Bliquis Evely's impressive artistic skills, we have all the makings of an explosive comic for Shaft fans to love."

This could be good stuff, or hilariously awful.

DYNAMITE ANNOUNCES SHAFT PUBLISHING DEAL

DEAL INCLUDES ORIGINAL COMICS AND PROSE, AND RIGHT TO RE-PRINT EXISTING NOVELS OF ICONIC CHARACTER

Dynamite Entertainment announced today their agreement to bring John Shaft into the Dynamite fold!  The agreement covers not only original comics and graphic novels, but also new prose, and includes the right to re-print all existing Shaft novels.

John Shaft is a fictional character created by writer Ernest Tidyma.  A tough, take no guff detective who composer/singer Isaac Hayes described him, in the Oscar-winning Theme from Shaft as: "the Black private dick that's a sex machine to all the chicks."

Most people are familiar with John Shaft via the movies, the original 1971 film, and it's two sequels, all starring actor Richard Roundtree in the title role, which helped spawn the 70's blaxploitation film movement, and make Shaft a household name.  There was also a Shaft film in 2000 with Samuel L. Jackson reprising the role as Shaft's nephew.

But between 1970 and 1975, Ernest Tidyman actually wrote seven Shaft novels:

Shaft (1970)

Shaft Among the Jews (1972)

Shaft's Big Score (1972)

Shaft Has a Ball (1973)

Goodbye, Mr. Shaft (1973)

Shaft's Carnival of Killers (1974)

The Last Shaft (1975)

These novels have long been out of print, and Dynamite intends to bring these back and make them available again.  In addition, the new prose stories and Original Graphic Novels will be the first new Shaft stories, outside of the movie, since Tidyman's passing.  Further editorial plans for new comics and prose will be announced at a later date.

Ernest Tidyman was quoted on the origins of Shaft: "The idea came out of my awareness of both the social and literary situation in a changing city. There are winners, survivors & losers in the New York scheme of things. It was time for a black winner, whether he was a private detective or an obstetrician."

Curtis Brown literary agent Steve Kasdin, who represents the Tidyman estate said: "The literary craftsmanship that built John Shaft sent him into the world fully formed and moving. You knew who and what he was from Jump Street. So much so that even a less than stellar sequel or two didn't kill his standing. The consensus seemed to be: ‘Oh my

Lord, they done put poor Shaft in another bad movie.'  I'm thrilled with Dynamite's vision for Shaft, and look forward to his new adventures."

"John Shaft is an American Icon, with feature films starring Richard Roundtree and Samuel L. Jackson.  Shaft has resonated in popular culture because he's such a cool, compelling character.  We couldn't be more happy that we're getting a chance to tell new stories in multiple mediums, with all new prose in addition to Original Graphic Novels, and create a publishing program that will bring Shaft back to the forefront of pop culture, where he belongs!" said Nick Barrucci, CEO/Publisher of Dynamite.


THE SHADOW: MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW #6 (OF 6)

Writer/Art/Cover: HOWARD CHAYKIN

Teen + / 32 pages / $3.99

The doomsday clock tolls for mankind -- and only one man can save both nuclear powers from Armageddon in the breathless final chapter of what may be the SHADOW'S final adventure. "With The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow, Chaykin returns to the character that made his career in grand style, displaying that underneath the icon, there is still just an artist who wants to tell an entertaining story. It's an amazing time to be a Chaykin fan." -- Newsarama

THE TWILIGHT ZONE #10

Writer: J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI

Art: GUIU VILANOVA

Cover: FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

Teen + / 32 pages / $3.99

When Private Investigator Ben Chambers was hired to investigate a murder that took place several years earlier, he never anticipated that his inquiry would lead to the seemingly impossible: to penetrate the veil of time and see the murder happen right before his eyes. Now that he knows who committed the crime, a larger question makes itself apparent: can he stop it from happening? Can he save the life of a young man who didn't deserve to die? Or does the timestream prevent such things?

VAMPIRELLA #7

Writer: NANCY A. COLLINS

Art: PATRICK BERKENKOTTER

Cover: MIKE MAYHEW, JENNY FRISON

32 Pages / Teen+ / $3.99

Vampirella assumes the role and obligations of the Drago, joining the Kabala clandestine organization of supernatural creatures. When a strange, rabies-like plague spreads through the slums of Sao Paolo like wildfire, infecting victims with homicidal fury, the Kabal calls upon Vampirella to capture the disease’s murderous creator -- one of The Accursed, a human condemned to eternal life for his sins: the fabled Dr. Faustus.

IDW PUBLICATIONS

ADVENTURES IN OZ VOL 1

Writer/Art/Cover: ERIC SHANOWER

In the marvelous land of Oz, magic is always around the next corner. Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and their many friends can't stop plunging into one adventure after another. Wonder abounds in this collection by award-winning artist Eric Shanower.

HC • FC • $34.99 • 160 pages • 9.5” x 13”

• Oversized Hardcover!

• From the acclaimed writer of Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland!

G.I JOE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL 6

Writer: LARRY HAMA

Art: ROD WHIGHAM, HERB TRIMPE, RON WAGNER, MIKE ZECK, DENNIS JANKE, TODD MCFARLANE, MARSHALL ROGERS

Cover: N/A

HC • FC • $49.99 • 312 pages • 7” x 11”

G.I. JOE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION presents the full run of original G.I. JOE comics in proper reading order. Includes an introduction by Mark W. Bellomo, issue notes, and vehicle profiles.

Collects issues #54–61 of A REAL AMERICAN HERO, #3–5 of SPECIAL MISSIONS, and YEARBOOK #3.

X-FILES SEASON 10 #19

Writer: JOE HARRIS

Art: TOM MANDRAKE

Cover: FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

Variant Cover by TOM MANDRAKE

Subscription Variant: Photo

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G-23, Part 1 of 2: A government plot leads Mulder to ponder his early days as a cadet at Quantico, including his relationship with Diana Fowley and the fateful day that he found the iconic “I Want to Believe” poster. But the intrigue goes even further back in time, to when Bill Mulder was partnered with the Cigarette Smoking Man.

The most offbeat X-Files story yet!

IMAGE COMICS

’68: HOMEFRONT #4 (of 4)

Story: MARK KIDWELL

Art: KYLE CHARLES & JAY FOTOS

Cover A: NAT JONES

Cover B: CHRISTOPHER SHY

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

Trapped in a snow bound cabin somewhere outside Black Falls, Canada, a group of terrified survivors must battle more than the blizzard outside to keep their pulses. A maniacal, gun-toting mountain man, an undead Mountie, and a mob of shambling, rotting, reanimated corpses all want inside. As Vietnam-era draft cards burn, horror mounts ... and blood will stain the snow.

BIRTHRIGHT #2 (2ND PTG)

Story: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON

Art / Cover: ANDREI BRESSAN & ADRIANO LUCAS

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

Bestselling writer Joshua Williamson (NAILBITER, GHOSTED), artist Andrei Bressan, and colorist Adriano Lucas have forged an epic fantasy riddled with plot twists in BIRTHRIGHT and fans can’t get enough of the broad-scope adventure. This second issue has sold out instantly at the distributor level and is being fast-tracked to a second printing in order to meet customer demand.

BIRTHRIGHT begins with a game of catch in the park between father and son and turns into a parent’s worst nightmare. For the Rhodes family, losing their son was the most devastating thing that could’ve ever occurred … but it couldn’t prepare them for what happened when he returned.

In issue #2 readers are left to wonder: Where is the line between fantasy and delusion? In the aftermath of the previous issue, the Rhodes family is looking for answers … but nothing is what it seems.

BIRTHRIGHT #3

Story: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON

Art / Cover: ANDREI BRESSAN & ADRIANO LUCAS

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

After a standoff in the police station, the Rhodes family is on the run from the law, and for their lives. And just what horrors did Mikey survive while he was away?

CHEW #45

Story: JOHN LAYMAN

Art / Cover: ROB GUILLORY

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

“CHICKEN TENDERS,” Conclusion!

The aftermath of last issue’s shocking events, and an ending that’s even MORE shocking.

Plus, this issue comes with a WRAPAROUND TRI-FOLD COVER, starring everybody’s favorite government secret agent cyborg rooster, POYO!!!

FIVE GHOSTS #14

Story: FRANK J. BARBIERE

Art / Cover: CHRIS MOONEYHAM

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.50

“MONSTERS & MEN,” Part Two Fabian vs. Van Helsing.

GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS #4

Story / Art / Cover A: RYAN BROWNE

Cover B: PAOLO RIVERA

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

The invasion of King Tiger Eating a Cheeseburger's space crab army is about to begin! I sure hope all those crappy NASA "superheroes" are ready to save the Earth. Oh, spoiler alert -- THEY AREN'T!

THE HUMANS #2

Story: KEENAN MARSHALL KELLER

Art / Cover: TOM NEELY

Color: KRISTINA COLLANTES

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

From out of the smoke of their lost brothers' funeral pyre comes a ghostly figure from the past. A long-thought-dead member returns to The HUMANS, bringing visions of hell and loss with him and a night of mourning quickly turns into an outta-sight homecoming party!

IMAGE FIRSTS: INVINCIBLE #1

Writer: ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art/Cover: CORY WALKER

$1.00

Image Comics is re-presenting 10 first issues as an introduction to of the publisher's most acclaimed titles, with each acting as the perfect primer to their ongoing series and collected editions!

IMAGE FIRSTS: OUTCAST #1

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: WICKED & DIVINE #1

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!

JUST THE TIPS: A SEXUAL GUIDE BY THE CREATORS OF SEX CRIMINALS (HC)

Writers: MATT FRACTION, CHIP ZDARSKY

Art/Cover: CHIP ZDARSKY

96 PAGES / FC / M / $12.99

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, creators of the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning bestselling Image Comics series SEX CRIMINALS, will share some of the sexual wisdom that only a year spent creating a comic book about a couple who stop time when they climax can give you, in an elegantly satirical, NSFW hardcover book, JUST THE TIPS.

With tips, tricks, moves, advice, suggestions, stories, and confessions, how-tos, do’s, don’ts, and do-agains-but-slower-this-times from the unmissable letters column of SEX CRIMINALS, plus helpful illustrations of hot positions* and other brand-new material, JUST THE TIPS will give every sex-dummy the tools for totally not sucking at sex anymore.**

Fraction spoke for himself and Zdarsky about their new creation: “On the cusp of becoming internationally renowned Sex Experts (note to Chip: we really need to figure out a way to tighten up ‘Sex Experts’ for the Press Release. Sexexp? Seexperts? Think it over some), Chip and I feel what anyone might feel in our position: drunk, absolutely drunk, with power, and overdosing on raw sex energy. Today: this book. Tomorrow: public office.”

JUST THE TIPS is 96 pages of pure sexual knowledge as hard as the covers that contains it, guaranteed*** to take readers’ boudoir**** life from boring to brimpin’. It will be in comic book stores on November 26 and bookstores on December 2 and is very available for pre-order now.

Not sure if JUST THE TIPS is for you? What’s wrong with you? Of course it is. But we’re still very generously offering a 23-page PDF preview, downloadable here.

* Including, but definitely not limited to, swaffling, shrimping, twerging, and auto-erotic twerging.

** Some tips may require the purchase of additional tools from reputable sex-tool vendors.

*** Not guaranteed.

**** French, and therefore sexy, for “bedroom."

LOW #5

Story: RICK REMENDER

Art / Cover: GREG TOCCHINI

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

Stel infiltrates the Third City, ruled by the charismatically insane Pirate King Roln, only to find that Roln holds two things very dear to her: her late husband’s Helm suit...as well as the means to pilot it. Don’t miss the chilling conclusion of the first arc of RICK REMENDER & GREG TOCCHINI’s LOW.

MORNING GLORIES COMPENDIUM VOL 1 (TPB)

Story: NICK SPENCER

Art: JOE EISMA, RODIN ESQUEJO

Cover: RODIN ESQUEJO

1048 PAGES / FC / T+ / $59.99

Collects MORNING GLORIES #1-38

Often described as “Runaways meets Lost,” MORNING GLORIES by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma is getting its very own massive compendium edition that collects the first 38 issues of the supernatural suspense series.

 Over 1,048 pages, six brilliant new students find something much different from what they expected within the walls of what, to outsiders, looks like a prestigious college preparatory boarding school. Pit against each other in deadly battles of wits and wills, the students meet the insurrectionist Truants and begin to unravel the sinister secrets of Morning Glory Academy.

 A cult hit among fans who analyze and theorize where the twisting plot points are heading (such as in the MGA Study Hall at Multiversity Comics and the Morning Glories Wiki), MORNING GLORIES now has the perfect volume for readers who want to delve into its world and perhaps answer the question “What did you see when your eyes were opened?”

MORNING GLORIES VOLUME 1 COMPENDIUM by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma (additional art by Rodin Esquejo)

An in-depth discussion of MORNING GLORIES with writer Nick Spencer at Comics Alliance:

"... the fandom for this thing, the community around this book, is so amazing to me. That’s the most rewarding part of all this: the fantastic annotation at Study Hall, and the Tiny Chats we’ve started over the past few issues where we’re gathering with the fans and talking over there, the Tumblr tag… all of this stuff that’s sprung up around the book, it’s incredible to me. I don’t think that any book has the infrastructure and community and analysis around it that Morning Glories has. That’s surpassed anything I ever dreamed of. I look at that and say, 'I wouldn’t trade my career with anybody’s, just because no one else writes this book.'"

NAILBITER #8

Story: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON

Art / Cover: MIKE HENDERSON

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

“BEES!”

Since the beginning, the Nailbiter’s hometown has been plagued with bees. Are they responsible for creating the serial killers?

PENNY DORA & THE WISHING BOX #2 (OF 5)

Story: MICHAEL STOCK

Art / Cover: SINA GRACE

32 PAGES / FC / E / $2.99

It was the day after Christmas when the mysterious box began to ask its question again. “What do you wish for? What do you wish for??” it insisted. This time, to Penny’s best friend, Elizabeth. And that’s where the trouble really began. With Elizabeth’s small, simple wish.

RASPUTIN #1 (2ND PTG)

Writer: ALEX GRECIAN

Art/Cover: RILEY ROSSMO

$3.50

New York Times bestselling writer Alex Grecian (PROOF) and fan-favorite artist Riley Rossmo (PROOF) have resurrected the mad monk in their new ongoing historical fantasy RASPUTIN, and readers have fallen under their spell. Issue #1 sold out instantly at the distributor level and is slated for a second printing to meet customer demand.

RASPUTIN #1 combines the dark horror of Dracula with the historically rich drama of Downton Abbey. In one night Rasputin was poisoned, beaten, stabbed, shot in the head, drowned, then tied up and thrown in a frozen river. It was really bad timing. His beard was just coming in nicely.

The feedback we’ve had on this book is amazing,” said Grecian. “It feels like this is the best work Riley and I have ever done together and we’re thrilled that so many readers seem to agree. Rasputin is going to stay alive for a long time to come. We’ve got big plans for him.”

RED CITY (TPB)

Story: DANIEL COREY

Art / Cover: ANTHONY DIECIDUE & MARK DOS SANTOS

120 PAGES / FC / T+ / $14.99

Collects RED CITY  #1-4

Cal Talmage thought it would be a pretty simple job: find an ambassador’s daughter, who has disappeared in Mars Central City, and keep her safe until treaty negotiations between Venus and Mercury have ended. But the protagonist of the new Image Comics graphic novel RED CITY should have known better — nothing is ever simple in The Big Red, especially when you’re throwing yourself in the midst of rival alien mafias, political conspiracies, and the threat of interplanetary war.

Classic hardboiled suspense matches up with sci-fi glitz and grit in this graphic novel by Daniel Corey (MORIARTY), Anthony Diecidue (MORIARTY), and Mark Dos Santos (IMPERIAL). Inspired by classic noir stories, writer Corey places his conflicted hero in a complex world where right and wrong aren’t clear-cut.

“The hard-boiled noir hero’s struggle is a spiritual one, in my view,” said Corey in an interview about RED CITY at Flickering Myth. “He or she contends with forces greater than themselves, and must gather arcane facts and clues in order to find their way out of the maze. And the results are usually gray and ambiguous.”

RED PLANET collects #1-4 of the series, plus the new short story MORIARTY: ENDGAME by Corey and Diecidue. It will be in comic book stores on December 3, in bookstores on December 16, and is available now for pre-order.

Praise for RED CITY:

“RED CITY is right up my alley: film noir mixed with fantasy/sci-fi, topped with elements of an episode of Angel, and complete with a likable, rogue leading man a la Han Solo. It left me wanting more!”  -- Adam Huss (star of Starz Entertainment’s Power, Dark Highway’s Resurrection County, True Auteur’s Misirlou)

“Sparkling sci-fi noir awesomeness.” –Joshua Hale Fialkov (writer PUNKS, The Bunker, The Life After)

“If Joss Whedon had intended Firefly to be a noirish detective dramedy, it would have been a dead ringer for Daniel Corey’s Red City. Corey matches Whedon’s humor, wit, and underdog mentality, while deftly shepherding the noir genre to a modern audience.” –Barbra Dillon, Fanboy Comics

“If you are captivating by classic noir and science fiction, then do not pass up buying Red City!”  -- Michel Birttany, Bleeding Cool

“... great story and tons of style.” -- Joey Caswell, All-Comic

REVIVAL DELUXE COLLECTION, VOL. 2 (HC)

Story: TIM SEELEY

Art: MIKE NORTON

Cover: JENNY FRISON

296 PAGES / FC / M / $34.99

For one day in rural central Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. Now it's up to Officer Dana Cypress to find the murderer of her undead sister and maintain order in a town separated by ideological differences. When Dana is called to assist the FBI in New York City, she'll see how big the mystery is, and how dangerous the world can be. Collects REVIVAL #12-23, CHEW/REVIVAL, and additional material

SOVEREIGN (TPB)

Story: CHRIS ROBERSON

Art / Cover: PAUL MAYBURY

136 PAGES / FC / M / $14.99

Collects SOVEREIGN #1-5, plus extras

An epic fantasy in the tradition of Game of Thrones, SOVEREIGN is set in a world which once knew gods, demons and magic, and to which all three are returning. New York Times bestseller CHRIS ROBERSON (iZombie, Edison Rex) joins artist PAUL MAYBURY (AQUA LEUNG, Catalyst Comix) to tell the story of masked undertakers facing the undead with swords, of civil wars and cultures in collision, of ancient threats emerging from the ashes of history to menace the future. SOVEREIGN is a lush, dark fantasy which reveals an expansive world of clashing religions and philosophies, rich cultures and untold horrors.

In Khend, “Land of a Thousand Gods,” the old traditions of the Luminari, who conduct the rites of the dead, burning the bodies to keep them from being vessels for dark powers, are fading. Three Luminari journey to the court of the Emperor to warn of the Convergence, an event that will raise the dead, while power struggles within the court threaten the empire.

Writer Roberson has been a science fiction and fantasy author for many years, but SOVEREIGN marks his first foray into epic fantasy, as he related in an interview on the Image Comics website.
“I’d always wanted to do a big, sprawling ‘secondary world’ fantasy (as they’re called in the prose world),” Roberson told Multiversity Comics, “and had wanted to do a story that was about different cultures in collision, with their various philosophies and religions and outlooks.”
Artist Maybury’s drawing strategy reflected the themes of colliding cultures.

“Part of what I like about fantasy as a genre is the idea of it coming from within,” he said. “If I have to draw an elephant, I first want to draw whatever default elephant is in my head. Then I’ll go look one up and bring some of those details into the drawing. The same goes for people and architecture. It keeps everything loose, and leaves the door halfway open to follow history and culture just enough to give you an idea of what to expect, but also allows me to pull from different cultures and ideas that might not be historically or even geographically present.”

Praise for SOVEREIGN:

“Roberson and Maybury have created a vast and deep fantasy world that any fan can and should get lost in.” -- Kyle Welch, All-Comic

“... an intellectually stimulating read on every level. Roberson’s writing and Maybury’s art conspire to build a world that you have to participate in to understand…” -- Michelle White, Multiversity Comics

“... this book achieves a rare kind of world-building that envelops you from the moment you read the first page… The richness of that story crafting combines well with the consistently brilliant art of Paul Maybury, who continues to affirm his self as a premiere action-oriented / monster artist, the likes of Jeff Stokoe and Paul Pope.” -- Mike Sains, Capeless Crusader

SPAWN #249

Story: TODD McFARLANE

Art: SZYMON KUDRANSKI

Cover: SZYMON KUDRANSKI & TODD McFARLANE

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

Jim faces off with Bludd and the costume, and the outcome is something no player expects.

Meanwhile, a mysterious infestation infects the city of New York, paving the way for a monumental event.

TECH JACKET #6

Story: JOE KEATINGE

Art / Cover: KHARY RANDOLPH & EMILIO LOPEZ

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

Where Zack Thompson has failed against the Colossal, can the Tech Jacket Corps succeed? It’s the most amazing action comic you’ll read all year!

TOOTH & CLAW #2

Story: KURT BUSIEK

Art / Cover A: BENJAMIN DEWEY

Cover B: ALEX ROSS

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

TOOTH & CLAW, the exciting new fantasy epic from bestselling writer Kurt Busiek (Marvels, Astro City), artist Benjamin Dewey (I Was the Cat, Tragedy Series), Eisner-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, PRETTY DEADLY), and letterer John Roshell of Comicraft will feature a very special variant cover by artist Alex Ross of Marvels and Kingdom Come fame. 

In TOOTH & CLAW, a secret conclave of wizards brings a legendary champion forward through time from the forgotten past to save the world—with disastrous consequences. Featuring swords, sorcery, beast-wizards, gods, vast animal empires, golems of radioactive decay, crystalline badlands, con women, ancient armories, young love, mystery, blood and death and treachery and destiny … TOOTH & CLAW is the sprawling, world-building fantasy series readers won't want to miss out on.

Ross’s creative process was immediately inspired by TOOTH & CLAW’s fantasy-feel when approaching his variant cover. "The world in TOOTH & CLAW is kind of a quasi-medieval fantasy, joined with classical designs,” said Ross. “That made me think of paintings like The Raft of the Medusa, and I wanted to capture that feeling, with the characters and situations from the series. Although really, the only reference I had was the Pogues album, Rum, Sodomy & The Lash, so in a way, that was my reference and my inspiration."

"It's an unusual subject for Alex,” added Busiek. “But he's painted such a wild range of stuff for Astro City that I was sure he'd do something amazing. So I showed him the art to the first issue, and he was glad to join in. And he really outdid himself, I'd say -- it's a gorgeous, moody cover that really encapsulates what's going on in this world."

Ross was also influenced by Dewey’s caliber of artwork. "At this point, we all know what great work Kurt can do, but look at this awesome artwork by Ben Dewey!” said Ross. “This is some of the most impressive and elaborate illustration you can find in comics. How often do you see a world of animal protagonists in a comic story related with such realism and pathos? This book looks damn unique to me, and isn’t that what we should all be looking for?"

WHITE LIKE SHE (TPB)

Writer/Art/Cover: BOB FINGERMAN

136 PAGES / B&W / M / $14.99

Louella Schwartz and Luther Albert Joyce -- one a white teenage girl with a Ms. magazine subscription, the other a middle-aged African-American man who’s fallen on rough times. Their paths seem destined never to cross, but, in an extraordinary set of circumstances, Luther’s brain ends up in Louella’s body in WHITE LIKE SHE by Bob Fingerman (MINIMUM WAGE), which gets a sleek new Image Comics edition in December.

Originally published in 1993, Fingerman’s graphic novel is a cutting satire exploring gender and race privilege with the creative abandon of a grindhouse film.

"What I’d set out to do was pulp with a message. Something Roger Corman might have made in the early ’70s, hence the new Blaxploitation poster-style cover,” wrote Fingerman in the Afterword of the new edition. “Really, that’s what White Like She is -- pulp that could use a little more juice and pits. I still think it’s a fun idea; the beast with two heads minus a head. Race, gender and body-swapping is a fun concept."

WHITE LIKE SHE takes a cue from the ’70s exploitation movie playbook and mixes message, humor, violence and Frankensteinian brain-juggling. Featuring never-before-seen bonus material and newly added gray tone, this is the definitive edition.

Praise for WHITE LIKE SHE:

“A grim and ambitious work -- very, very realisticially executed." -- Will Eisner

"If there were any justice in the world, fans of brain-related entertainment would have their own glossy magazine... A comic as good as White Like She would undoubtedly merit a cover story. Fingerman would be a god to these people." -- The Comics Journal

MARVEL COMICS

ALL-NEW X-FACTOR #17

Writer: PETER DAVID

Art: CARMINE DI GIANDOMENICO

Cover by KRIS ANKA & JARED FLETCHER

32 PGS / Rated T+ / $3.99

AXIS TIE-INS!

The X-Factor team, having stolen the nuclear football from the President, now has to handle a direct attack on Serval Industries courtesy of Longshot and Sunfire. Meanwhile, Quicksilver is kidnapped under extremely mysterious circumstances.

ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #1

Written by KIERON GILLEN & MARGUERITE BENNETT

Art by PHIL JIMENEZ & STEPHANIE HANS

Cover by STEPHANIE HANS

Variant Cover by STEPHANIE HANS

Variant cover by PHIL JIMENEZ

Design variant cover by JOE QUESADA

Variant cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG

32 PGS / Rated T+ / $3.99

The Marvel Universe’s newest star is about to show you why she’s the most dangerous in ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #1 -- the newest ongoing series launching as part of Avengers NOW! The star-studded creative team of Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett, Phil Jimenez and Stephanie Hans show you a side of Angela you’ve never seen before, as she cuts a bloody swath across the Marvel Universe!

The finest warrior of the Tenth Realm, she has been trained all her life to hate Asgard with every fiber of her being. But following the events of Original Sin: Thor & Loki -- The Tenth Realm, she must confront the truth of her lineage. She is the daughter of Odin. The sister of Thor. An Asgardian. Now, she has been cast out from the Tenth Realm, and wants nothing to do Asgard. What does she want? A clean slate. And she will destroy any who try to take it from her. But what does she have that both Asgard and Heven want? And what are they willing to do to take it from her?

“The story is Angela is basically on the run,” says co-writer Kieron Gillen of the first arc in an interview with Marvel.com. “It gives her a chance to interact with a lot of different people so by the end of the first arc we really get a sense of who Angela is vis-à-vis the Marvel Universe. This is how she interacts with Asgardians, this is how she interacts with Angels. This is how she interacts with the Guardians and the cosmic stuff. Here is how she interacts with the Earth. You get a sense of who she is and where she fits into the larger picture.”

Superstar writer Kieron Gillen returns to Asgard following his critically acclaimed run on Journey Into Mystery along with rising star writer Marguerite Bennett and the out of this world art team of Phil Jimenez  & Stephanie Hans! Each issue features a main story drawn by Jimenez with a second story drawn by Hans!

For more on Angela: Asgard’s Assassin & Avengers NOW!, please visit www.marvel.com. Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #AvengersNOW and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel [www.twitter.com/Marvel]!

AXIS: REVOLUTIONS #3 (of 4)

Writers: RAY FAWKES & FRANK BARBIERE

Art: TAN ENG HUAT

Cover by KEN LASHLEY

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

Companion series to AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS!

• In the wake of their battle with the Red Skull, the world has been altered: Heroes have gone bad! Villains have gone good! And AXIS REVOLUTIONS brings you tales of these shocking turns …

• She-Hulk breaks the law!

• Sandman reaches out to help a friend … in prison!

• And Kitty Pryde robs a bank??

CAPTAIN AMERICA: PEGGY CARTER, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

Writers: KATHRYN IMMONEN, ED BRUBAKER, STAN LEE & STEVE ENGLEHART

Art: RAMON PEREZ, STEVE MCNIVEN, JACK KIRBY, JOHN ROMITA SR. & FRANK ROBBINS

104 PGS. / Rated T+ / $7.99

• Marvel’s Agent Carter makes the leap from the movies to the small screen this winter -- and Marvel has you covered with this essential look at Peggy’s espionage career!

• In the dark days of World War II, Peggy Carter -- aka Agent 13 -- works with the French Resistance to liberate Nazi-occupied Paris. When she meets Captain America, will their mutual missions blossom into romance?

• And in the modern day, Peggy Carter, now an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., faces down the Red Skull!

• Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FIRST THIRTEEN, CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #184-186, and material from CAPTAIN AMERICA (2011) #1-2 and TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) #77.

CAPTAIN AMERICA VOL. 3: LOOSE NUKE (TPB)

Written by RICK REMENDER

Penciled by CARLOS PACHECO & NIC KLEIN

Cover by CARLOS PACHECO

136 PGS / Rated T / $19.99

Captain America has returned home! But his years in Dimension Z have left him out of synch with the world he knows. And his return coincides with shocking news: the deranged super-soldier Nuke has been let loose in a foreign nation, and he’s on a rampage! The disturbing existence of the Weapon Minus program is revealed — but who is the Iron Nail, and what will make him Cap’s newest arch-nemesis? Captain America takes on Nuke with the lives of thousands on the line — but as the Iron Nail’s revenge takes form, Nuke’s true mission is revealed! Captain America and the Falcon are in for the fight of their lives! Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA (2012) #11-15.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: TRIAL OF CAPTAIN AMERICA OMNIBUS (HC)

Writers/Art: Various

Cover: TBD

Rated T+ / $99.99

Bucky Barnes, the once and future Winter Soldier, took on the mantle of Captain America after Steve Rogers' seeming death. But now Steve is back, and the two Caps must decide which one of them will wield the shield! As the Grand Director, Baron Zemo and Sin make life difficult for the heroes, Steve settles into a new role as head of S.H.I.E.L.D.  -- and Bucky's secret past is exposed to the world! Now, Steve must race to keep Bucky from being swallowed up by a Russian gulag! But when tragedies strike and the Serpent Squad returns, will Steve have the strength to soldier on? Guest starring the Falcon, Black Widow and more! Collecting CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN: WHO WILL WIELD THE SHIELD? #1, CAPTAIN AMERICA (2005) #602-619 and #615.1, STEVE ROGERS: SUPER-SOLDIER #1-4, and CAPTAIN AMERICA (2011) #1-10.

DEADPOOL #38

Yep, it's another homage, this time to Uncanny X-Men #210 (1986, left).

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 #2 (3RD PTG)

Writer: CHARLES SOULE

Art/Cover: STEVE MCNIVEN

Rated T+ / $4.99

The beginning of the end is now here ... The Death of Wolverine! Three Months to Die, the loss of Wolverine's healing factor -- all led to this, the single most important X-Men event of the decade. Logan has spent over a century being the best there is at what he does ... but even the best fade away eventually. Over the years, Logan has been a warrior, a hero, a renegade, a samurai, a teacher -- and so much more. But now, the greatest X-Men hero will play a role he's never played before in this special weekly event brought to you by industry superstars Charles Soule and Steve McNiven.

DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE WEAPON X PROGRAM #3 (of 5)

Writer: CHARLES SOULE

Art/Cover: SALVADOR LARROCA

32 PGS. / Parental Advisory / $3.99

• The team of Weapon X escapees is on a mission...but what happens when they find the one man who can shed some light on their condition – SABRETOOTH?!

• Also, when a bit of the team’s past is revealed, they have more in common than they thought – is it coincidence or is it the sign of something bigger?

FIGMENT (HC)

Written by JIM ZUB

Penciled by FILIPE ANDRADE

Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

136 PGS / All Ages / $24.99

Trim size: oversized

The next great Disney adventure is here -- starring one of Disney’s most popular characters! Dive into a steampunk fantasy story revealing the origin of the inventor known as Dreamfinder, and learn how one little spark of inspiration created a purple dragon called Figment! Our daring duo explore the realms of imagination, finding friends and foes alike -- while back on Earth, a clockwork army assembles under the command of the frightening force known only as the Singular! And when Clockwork Control invades London while the intrepid explorers are trapped within the Nightmare Nation, the only obstacles standing between the Singular and total domination are Dreamfinder, Figment and their newfound friends! Acclaimed and uniquely talented creators Jim Zub (Skullkickers) and Filipe Andrade (CAPTAIN MARVEL) give a Marvel spin to Epcot’s mind-bending attraction, Journey into Imagination! Collecting FIGMENT #1-5.

GUARDIANS 3000 #3

Another homage, this time to Marvel Premiere #11 (1977, left). But I wouldn't be surprised if both aren't lifted from an Adam Strange pose.

Writer: DAN ABNETT

Art: GERARDO SANDOVAL

Cover by ALEX ROSS

Variant: GERARDO SANDOVAL

32 PGS. / Rated T / $3.99

Who are The Stark? What is their aim? Can the Guardians survive a lethal clash with such formidable entities? Action, cosmic wonder and some surprise allies, brought you by the Most Amazing Creators in the World, D and G ....”

HULK #9

Writer: GERRY DUGGAN

Art/Cover: MARK BAGLEY

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

AN X-MAN COMETH FOR THE “OMEGA HULK”

• DOC GREEN says “Hello, KITTY!” The PRYDE of the X-MEN guest stars.

• Plus -- BRUCE BANNER returns! But in what shape?

• And -- a recently de-powered HULK is placed in mortal danger.

Well, that's gonna sting.

INHUMAN #7 (2ND PTG)

Writer: CHARLES SOULE

Art: PEPE LARRAZ

Cover: RYAN STEGMAN

Rated T+ / $3.99

Thought dead by most of the world since Infinity, King Black Bolt steps back into the spotlight! Black Bolt and Maximus have been busy over in New Avengers, but that's not the whole story of what is going on with the Boltagon brothers!

INHUMAN #9

Writer: CHARLES SOULE

Art/Cover: RYAN STEGMAN

32 PGS. / Rated T+ / $3.99

AXIS TIE-INS!

• Medusa’s inversion in AXIS makes her a very different ruler of Attilan!

• What is the Ennilux Corporation?

INVADERS CLASSIC: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 2 (TPB)

Written by ROY THOMAS & DON GLUT

Penciled by FRANK ROBBINS, ALAN KUPPERBERG, DON HECK, DAVE HOOVER & LEE WEEKS

Cover by GIL KANE

504 PGS / Rated T / $39.99

Published in the 1970s, set in the 1940s, INVADERS was Marvel’s best and brightest retro revival of the Golden Age heroes of World War II -- and now, the series is collected across two massive volumes! Captain America, the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner -- plus scrappy sidekicks Bucky and Toro -- first banded together when the United States entered WWII! Now, relive the heroes’ untold tales as they face the evil Axis powers — and battle Scarlet Scarab, Master Man, Iron Cross, Super-Axis and more! But how will the Invaders react when Cap and Bucky die?! Plus: the formation of the Kid Commandoes and the villainous history of the X-Men’s Dr. Nemesis! Guest-starring Nick Fury, dozens of GA heroes -- and believe it or not, the mighty Thor! Collecting INVADERS (1975) #23-41, INVADERS (1993) #1-4, GIANT-SIZE INVADERS #2 and WHAT IF? (1977) #4.

IRON FIST: THE LIVING WEAPON #7

Writer/Art/Cover: KAARE ANDREWS

32 PGS / Rated T+ / $3.99

The REDEMPTION arc begins!

• Can the broken hands of Danny Rand re-form to IRON FISTS?

• There’s a hostile takeover of Rand Tower. VERY hostile.

• Young Danny Rand discovers the mechanical heart of K’Un-Lun!

LEGENDARY STAR LORD #1 (4TH PTG)

Writer: SAM HUMPHRIES

Art: PACO MEDINA, JUAN VLASCO

Cover: STEVE MCNIVEN

$3.99

From the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy! A brand new series from Sam Humphries and Paco Medina! In this exciting first issue, Peter Quill battles the Badoon, fights to save an orphanage, and still finds time for some flirting with Kitty Pryde - but it's all in a day's work for the Star-Lord!

LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #6

Writer: SAM HUMPHRIES

Art/Cover: PACO MEDINA

32 PGS. / Rated T / $3.99

Peter desperately attempts to keep a phone date with Kitty while simultaneously getting wrapped up with Mister Knife and his crew!

MEN OF WRATH #3 (OF 5)

Writer: JASON AARON

Art/Cover: RON GARNEY

Variant: TBA

Ira Wrath is ready to pull the trigger on the last remaining member of his family, and bring the story of his bloodline to a violent end.

32 PGS. / Mature / $3.99

THANOS: A GOD UP THERE LISTENING (HC)

Written by ROB WILLIAMS & JIM STARLIN

Penciled by IBAN COELLO, NEIL EDWARDS, PACO DIAZ, DANIEL GOVAR, RON LIM and GEOFFO & MAST

Cover by DALE KEOWN

168 PGS / Rated T+ / $24.99

Trim size: oversized

In the aftermath of INFINITY, Thane must come to terms with being the son of Thanos. But when he is offered a way to witness his father’s black work firsthand, can he retain his humanity? Thane’s determination to not follow in his father’s diseased footsteps is put to the ultimate test as he flees from killers from across the galaxy — but what is the truth behind Thane’s vision quest, and who has been leading him? Elsewhere, Thanos makes war on Ego the Living Planet, but Ego’s retaliation is more terrible than Thanos bargained for. What, if anything, can torture the Mad Titan? Plus: Jim Starlin returns to the character he made famous as Thanos takes on Mephisto, the Avengers, his own future self and more! Collecting THANOS: A GOD UP THERE LISTENING INFINITE COMIC #1-6 and THANOS ANNUAL #1.

THANOS VS. HULK #1 (of 4)

Writer/Art/Cover by JIM STARLIN

Variant: RON LIM

32 PGS / Rated T+ / $3.99

The Green Goliath goes toe-to-toe with the Mad Titan for a universe shaking cosmic throwdown in THANOS VS. HULK #1 – the first issue in a brand new limited series kicking off this December! Legendary creator Jim Starlin (Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos: The Infinity Revelation OGN) returns to answer the question -– is Hulk really the strongest there is? Abducted by Pip the Troll and dragged halfway across the galaxy to be ransomed to Annihilus, Hulk is already angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. But Annihilus has plans of his own –- plans that will put the Incredible Hulk directly in the path of Thanos, the Mad Titan! Guest starring Iron Man, Blastarr, S.H.I.E.L.D. and more, be there when Jim Starlin brings two of the Marvel Universe’s heaviest hitters to planet shaking blows in THANOS VS. HULK #1 this December!

X-MEN INFERNO PROLOGUE (HC)

Writer/Art: Various

Cover: TBD

The X-Men are dead! At least that's what the world thinks -- but Marvel's mightiest mutants are secretly alive and well in the Australian Outback! How long will the X-Men's self-imposed exile last when the Brood and the mutant-exploiting nation of Genosha come calling? Meanwhile, the New Mutants battle Freedom Force as they deal with Doug Ramsey's shocking death, and X-Factor befriends Apocalypse's Celestial ship and faces Infectia! But as all three teams fight the Evolutionary War, Limbo's demons begin to pursue a sinister agenda - on Earth! A spark has been lit - and if the X-Men aren't careful, the flames will fan into an all-out inferno! Collecting X-FACTOR (1986) #27-32 and ANNUAL #3, UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #228-238, NEW MUTANTS (1983) #62-70 and ANNUAL #4, X-MEN ANNUAL (1970) #12, and material from MARVEL AGE ANNUAL #4 and MARVEL FANFARE (1982) #40.

Rated T  / $125.00

YOUNG AVENGERS BY GILLEN AND MCKELVIE OMNIBUS (HC)

Writer: KIERON GILLEN

Art: Various

Cover: JAMIE MCKELVIE

Rated T+ / $49.99

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's groundbreaking, critically acclaimed epic is collected in one oversized volume! The Young Avengers are reinvented for the 21st century as Wiccan, Hulkling and Kate "Hawkeye" Bishop unite with Kid Loki, Marvel Boy, Prodigy and Ms. America. Someone has to save the entire multiverse. They're someone. No pressure, right? As a cosmic horror emerges from the shadows of the past, the Young Avengers race desperately across dimensions -- but once they take on the gig to save reality, they may never be able to go home again! Meanwhile, Kid Loki is up to something. Surprise, I know. Fight scenes! Kissing! Fake IDs! Kissing! Drama! Conflict! Plentiful feels! (a.k.a. "meaningful emotional character beats" for people who aren't on tumblr.) And oh yeah, nightclubs! Read it! Collecting YOUNG AVENGERS (2013) #1-15 and material from MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1.

VALIANT COMICS

ETERNAL WARRIOR: DAYS OF STEEL #2 (of 3)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN

Art by CARY NORD

Cover by LEWIS LAROSA

Variant Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE

$3.99 | 32 pages. | T+

Reborn in blood!

The child who will save his people was born in the wilderness, under a blood moon … and now Gilad Anni-Padda, the Earth’s Eternal Warrior, must guard him and train him! An oppressed people begin to rally and fight the brutal army that rules them … but their only prize has been death. For thousands of years, the Eternal Warrior has stood under the grindstone of history, and held it back. But with so little hope for the child whose narrow shoulders must bear the weight of his people’s future, will this be the battle that finally forces surrender upon the Eternal Warrior?

RAI #5

Written by MATT KINDT

Art by CLAYTON CRAIN

Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN

Cover B by DAVID MACK

Cover C by RILEY ROSSMO

QR Voice Variant by MICO SUAYAN

Variant Cover by GLENN FABRY

$3.99 | 32 pages. | T+

NEW ARC – "BATTLE FOR NEW JAPAN"

After multiple sell-outs and a myriad of critical acclaim, Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain are returning to the year 4001 this December for an all-new volume for the series that everyone is talking about – RAI!

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of RAI #5 – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new story arc for the series Comic Book Resources calls "an immersive experience…unlike anything else in comics." Written by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (THE VALIANT, Mind MGMT) with fully painted artwork by superstar artist Clayton Crain (X-Force, Carnage), start reading here as "Battle for New Japan" unleashes a pivotal new turning point for the spirit guardian of the rising sun!

In the aftermath of the devastating insurrection against Father's empire, Rai must pick up the pieces as he grapples with the startling truth about Japan and his true purpose. Will Rai remain a champion of the people…or will he succumb to the same fate as the men who carried the mantle before him? And why is everyone looking at him so strangely? Go back to the future as Kindt and Crain unleash a brand new chapter for Valiant’s smash-hit ongoing series on December 3rd!

Featuring covers by Clayton Crain, David Mack (Kabuki, Daredevil), Riley Rossmo (Bedlam, Drumhellar), and Glenn Fabry (Preacher), RAI #5 also features a one-of-a-kind shelf cover revealing the true voice of Japan's spirit guardian! Look for the RAI #5 QR VOICE VARIANT on shelves everywhere on December 3rd. Use any QR code smart phone application to activate Rai's fully animated talking action!

And don't miss the RAI #5 PLUS EDITION – featuring 15+ extra pages of stories and artwork that won’t be collected for the trade! Matt Kindt, Clayton Crain, and a host of special surprise guests join forces to go beyond Rai’s latest quest and into the darkest corners of Father’s futuristic empire with all-new tales of Japan’s solitary protector. The extra material presented in the RAI #5 PLUS EDITION will not be reprinted in trade paperback form or available digitally, so pre-order with your local comics retailer to reserve your copy today!

Plus: catch up on the blockbuster events of the Rai's sold-out first story arc with the RAI VOL. 1: WELCOME TO NEW JAPAN trade paperback collection. Collecting RAI #1-4 at the introductory price of $9.99, go back to the beginning to relive the events of one of the year's hottest new series debuts – Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain's RAI!

RAI #5 PLUS EDITION

Written by MATT KINDT with SHAWN KITTELSEN and SEAN RYAN

Art by CLAYTON CRAIN with RAUL ALLEN, RYAN LEE, and DYLAN TODD

Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

$4.99 | 48 pages. | T+

For Valiant’s dedicated pullbox customers, return to the world of 41st century Japan with a special expanded edition of RAI #5 – featuring 15+ extra pages of stories and artwork that won’t be collected for the trade!

Matt Kindt, Clayton Crain, and a host of special surprise guest join forces to go beyond Rai’s latest quest and into the darkest corners of Father’s futuristic empire with all-new tales of Japan’s spirit guardian. The extra material presented in the RAI #5 PLUS EDITION will not be reprinted in trade paperback form or available digitally, so pre-order with your local comics retailer to reserve your copy today!

VALIANT-SIZED QUANTUM AND WOODY #1

Written by TIM SIEDELL and JAMES ASMUS

Art by PERE PEREZ

Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY

Draw Your Own "Blank" Variant by PERE PEREZ

Variant Cover by MIKE HAWTHORNE

$4.99 | ONE-SHOT | T+ | 40 pgs.

Reality hopping, multiple Woodys, and certain destruction? Welcome to life in the Woody-Verse! This December, if you thought one Woody was too much, get ready for VALIANT-SIZED QUANTUM AND WOODY #1!

As revealed at io9.com, writer and comedian Tim Siedell (@badbanana, Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Cry of Shadows) is joining Harvey Award nominees James Asmus (Quantum and Woody, The Delinquents) and Pere Pérez (Archer & Armstrong) to launch the world’s worst superhero team into an overloaded adventure that only a VALIANT-SIZED 40-page giant could possibly handle!

When an asteroid with a fifty-fifty chance of hitting Earth is spotted hurtling toward the planet, the unlikely super-team of Quantum and Woody are drafted onto the international team of specialists tasked with stopping it! But when the duo inadvertently cause a training exercise to go horribly wrong, they manage to doom the entire planet along with the only team capable of saving it. With few options and less time, Woody decides to ditch our world and escape into another through a secret space-time rift created by his arch-nemesis – old timey clone-Frankenstein-robot Thomas Edison! (No … you shouldn't ask.) Our Woody's betrayal, however, leaves the door to our dimension open to THEIR counter-Woody and his own counter-asteroid … leaving two worlds in the balance as two Woodys cut a reckless rampage through the multiverse! (Yes … it's complicated.)

"A giant Earth-crushing asteroid is heading this way, forcing an uneasy alliance of international and interpersonal foes to put aside differences and work together to save mankind," writer Tim Siedell told io9.com. "Quantum and Woody join forces with Edison, as well as a North Korean superhero and a rabidly anti-Semitic, but otherwise genius, nuclear scientist. This is Earth's hastily-assembled Dream Team (or Nightmare Team, depending on how you look at it). It's a story so big it can't be contained on one Earth."

Featuring covers by Eisner Award winner Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and acclaimed artist Mike Hawthorne (Deadpool, Fear Agent) – plus a partially completed "Draw Your Own 'Blank' Cover" on virgin board stock by "Most Promising New Talent" Harvey Award nominee Pere Pérez (Archer & Armstrong) -- Quantum and Woody's first perilous voyage into the Woody-Verse might just mean the end of all mankind!

Find out who lives … who dies … and which evil doppelgänger has the best goatee ... when VALIANT-SIZED QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 leaps into comic shops everywhere this December!

OTHER PUBLISHERS

ADVENTURE TIME #34

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: RYAN NORTH, KAT LEYH

Art: SHELLI PAROLINE & VARIOUS

Cover: STUART LIVINGSTON

Finn has made it to Magic Man at last! It's time for this adventure to end and for Finn to finally get his memory back. It might seem like an easy end, but it looks like there is still one more trick up Magic Man's sleeve.

$3.99

ALICE IN THE COUNTRY OF JOKER VOL 2: NIGHTMARE TRILOGY (GN)

Publisher: SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Writer: QUINROSE

Art/Cover: YOBU

A three-book tale that focuses on Alice's romance with the incubus of bad dreams! Alice has been living in the Clover Tower for a while now, and with the coming of April Season, she is able to see Julius again and has met with Joker. Nightmare isn't very pleased, and comes up with ways to keep Alice distracted with all sorts of mini adventures. While Alice can't get away from Nightmare's penetrating gaze, she does not fear him; she may even love him. What will happen when Alice wakes up.

Mature/$13.99

ANNOYING ORANGE VOL 6: MY LITTLE BALONEY (GN)

Publisher: PAPERCUTZ

Writer/Art/Cover: MIKE KAZALEH, SCOTT SHAW

Will Marshmallow abandon the produce section to hang out with new friends in the cold cuts department? Friends such as Twilight Ham, Porkie Pie, Spamity, Applejerkie, Flutterball Turkey, Roastbeef Dash, or Princess Pastrami? Or will Marshmallow simply find out that friendship is tragic? More fresh-squeezed mayhem from Orange and the fruit bowl gang!

$7.99

ASSASSINATION CLASSROOM VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: YUSEI MATSUI

Meet the would-be assassins of class 3-E: Sugino, who let his grades slip and got kicked off the baseball team. Karma, who's doing well in his classes but keeps getting suspended for fighting. And Okuda, who lacks both academic and social skills, yet excels at one subject: chemistry. Who has the best chance of winning that reward? Will the deed be accomplished through pity, brute force or poison...? And what chance does their teacher have of repairing his students' tattered self-esteem?

$9.99

ASTERIX AND THE PICTS (GN)

Publisher: ORION

Writer: JEAN-YVES FERRI 

Art/Cover: DIDIER CONRAD

The long-awaited brand new Asterix adventure now in softcover! The Picts are people of ancient Scotland; fearsome warriors of multiple clans, whose name, given by the Romans, literally means "painted men." Asterix and the Picts will be, as in all the best adventures of the most famous Gaul, an epic journey to a land rich in tradition, and an introduction to a people whose cultural differences with the Gaul will translate into lots of fun!

$10.95

BETTIE PAGE IN DANGER GIFT BOX

Publisher: SHH PRODUCTIONS

In a rare move, Shh! Productions is packaging all 13 issues (#0-11, plus the Holiday Special) of this funny, sexy series, featuring actual photos of pin-up queen Bettie Page in comic adventures, collected all in one box set, plus both DVDs featuring newly made short films using original footage from Bettie's striptease and fighting reels. Find out what may have caused the iconic pin-up queen's mysterious disappearance with every issue of this innovative photo-comic series, along with a limited edition postcard, poster and 3-D portfolio booklet that was originally only available with one DVD. Now get BOTH DVDs and ALL 13 comics in one Bettie-themed gift box perfect for keeping your collection together or giving to the ultimate Bettie fan and pin-up collector. This is an officially licensed product by the management of Bettie Page's estate and every box set includes free limited edition 3-D glasses shaped like ladies legs.

Mature/$59.95

BRAINSTORM #4

Publisher: FUTURE DUDE

Writers: JEFFREY MORRIS, FREDRICK HAUGEN

Art/Cover: CHRISTOPHER JONES

As the now radioactive Hurricane Brandon begins to fight back, Cale is forced to admit to the Project Zephyr team that he is ultimately to blame for the disaster. Now it is a race against time to outthink his meteorological doppelgänger before it destroys him and the entire continent.

Mature/$3.99

BRASS SUN (HC)

Publisher: REBELLION / 2000AD

Writer: IAN EDGINTON

Art/Cover: I. N. J. CULBARD

The Orrery is a fully functional, life-size clockwork solar system, a clutch of planets orbiting a vast Brass Sun via immense metal spars. But the once-unified collection of worlds has regressed into eccentric fiefdoms, and ice is encroaching on the outer planets as the sun is dying. Wren and Eptimus must find the key to restart the sun, but first must escape the world known as The Keep! Collecting the acclaimed mini-series from the artist of New Deadwardians and the writer of Stickleback. UK customers may order from the UK section of PREVIEWS.

$25.00

CAVEWOMAN RISING (ONE-SHOT)

Publisher: AMRYL ENTERTAINMENT

Writer/Art/Cover A: ROB DURHAM

Cover B: DURHAM

Cover E: Budd Root

As the hired mercenary called Tripwire closes in for the kill on Professor Cook, Meriem and Klyde are still searching for their fallen star. What they discover instead might have major repercussions for Cavewoman's world forever!

$3.99CAVEWOMAN: ROAM

Publisher: AMRYL ENTERTAINMENT

Writer/Art: DEVON MASSEY

Cover A: DEVON MASSEY

Cover B: DEVON MASSEY

Cover D: BUDD ROOT

Cover F: ARTHUR ADAMS

Budd offers up this great cover of Meriem for Devon's new color book Cavewoman: Roam! This special edition cover by Budd is limited to just 600 copies, each book is bagged and boarded and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity!

I used to wonder how Cavewoman kept her top on -- it seems completely inadequate for the task at hand. But now I just wonder how she stands up!

CIUDAD (HC)

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writers: ANDE PARKS & VARIOUS

Art: FERNANDO LEON GONZALEZ

Cover: ERIC SKILLMAN

She was kidnapped and taken to the worst place on earth. He was hired to get her out. Now, they're both trapped in a city that wants them both dead, and their hopes of getting out are fading fast. From the bloodthirsty criminals, to the corrupt police, to the kid hiding a Glock under his sweatshirt on the corner, everyone wants Tyler Rake and Eva Roche dead.

Set in the real world locale of Ciudad del Este, Ciudad explodes with breathtaking action and hyper violence from critically acclaimed writer Ande Parks [Capote in Kansas, Union Station], writer/directors Joe & Anthony Russo [Captain America: The Winter Soldier], and artist Fernando León González!

Mature/$19.99

CLOAKS #4

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: CALEB MONROE

Art: MARIANO NAVARRO

Cover: W. SCOTT FORBES

It's the final showdown in the Cloisters: Evy and her team against Adam and CLOAKS. But with a few tricks (and secrets) up her sleeves, does Adam stand a chance? And what would failure mean for Adam's future with the organization, and with Blackstone?

$3.99

COCHLEA & EUSTACHIA (GN)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: HANS RICKHEIT

This surreal new graphic novel from the author of the acclaimed The Squirrel Machine is the story of two masked girls, possibly twins, exploring a strange, mysterious building and engaging in purposeless destruction motivated less by curiosity than boredom. Lighter in tone than his previous works, yet its myriad charms remain as sinister as Rickheit fans would expect.

Mature/$19.99

If they met a girl whose name was Latin for "nose," they could open their open medical clinic.

COMPLETE PEANUTS 1959-1962 (HC BOX SET)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: CHARLES M. SCHULZ

Schulz introduces Frieda, she of naturally curly hair. Sally starts kindergarten; Linus gets glasses; Snoopy makes some unlikely friends. Plus baseball blowouts, Beethoven birthdays and dubious psychiatric help for a nickel.

$59.95

COMPLETE ZAP COMIX (HC BOX SET)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art: R. CRUMB & VARIOUS (CA) R. CRUMB

FEATURING:

•  New introduction by R. Crumb!

•  The never-before-published 17th issue!

•  A custom clamshell portfolio of archival giclée prints of all 17 ZAP covers

•  An all-new 200-page oral history of ZAP

•  The rarely-seen 1974 ZAM mini comic

•  Every ZAP cover and every story

•  Limited, never-to-be-reprinted edition

This gigantic, five-volume, slipcased hardcover set is the comics - and cultural - publishing event of a generation! ZAP is the most historically and aesthetically important comics series ever published. Featuring four hardcover volumes collecting the entire series (1968-2014), a fifth volume containing a book-length oral history of ZAP with hundreds of photos and obscure drawings as well as a lengthy introduction by founder R. Crumb, and a clamshell portfolio, all housed in a deluxe, custom slipcase.

Mature/$500.00

I bought a lot of Zap Comix back in the Long-Before Time, looking for the art of a guy I later learned was named R. Crumb. But I was often disappointed, because he wasn't in every issue, and pretty much everything not drawn by R. Crumb was drug-addled nonsense, badly drawn or -- most often -- both. Spending $500 on a Zap collection seems like a preposterous waste of money.

CROSSED BADLANDS #67

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: DAVID LAPHAM

Art: FRANCISCO MANNA

Cover: JACEN BURROWS

Final Fantasy Variant: MICHAEL DIPASCALE

Wrap Cover: MICHAEL DIPASCALE

Torture Variant: GERMAN ERRASMOUPE

David Lapham delivers a violent and bloody tale of revenge that can't be quelled.  When a man's world and family are systematically destroyed in front of him, something snaps inside.  And once that dam holding back the insanity is gone, he is capable of anything.  Now his sole purpose is make the man that wrecked his world suffer.  And the Crossed are just another obstacle to overcome on the way to revenge.  Available with Regular and Red Crossed covers by Jacen Burrows, Wraparound and Fatal Fantasy covers by Michael DiPascale, and a Torture cover by German Erramouspe.

Mature/$3.99

CROSSED PLUS-100 #1

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: ALAN MOORE

Art/Cover: GABRIEL ANDRADE

Crossed Culture Variant: GABRIEL ANDRADE

American History X Wrap Variant: GABRIEL ANDRADE

New World Order Wrap Bagged Variant ($5.99): GABRIEL ANDRADE

Future Tense Variant: GABRIEL ANDRADE

Alan Moore returns to monthly comics in epic fashion with Crossed +100!  Set 100 years in the future, Moore has created a whole new world and history with a stunning attention to detail.  Examining how civilizations rebuild and how generations grow, Moore weaves a rich tapestry of humanity evolving under extreme hardship, all of which is lushly rendered by Gabriel (Ferals) Andrade.  Archivist Future Taylor leads a salvage team working to rebuild the historical record of the original Crossed outbreak.  She's seen them in videos, but never any live ones, the Crossed are part of the distant past.  Until suddenly, a handful appear, and the blood begins to flow.  All is not as it seems as a horrific mystery unfolds and once again Alan Moore redefines the medium.

This masterwork is a self-contained whole new world, no prior knowledge of the Crossed series is needed.

All the covers for the series have been planned out by Alan Moore, with the images enriching and expanding on the series.  Clues and glimpses of what came before, and what might be, are found throughout the variant covers.

American History X Wraparound - Each of these will depict a specific time in the past hundred years, showing how things have changed and offering a peek at some key events.  Each cover will display the year in which it takes place to help build the full picture.

Crossed Culture: These are all images of how the Crossed have changed the way they live.  With few humans left to hunt, and the animal kingdom thriving with predators, even the thrill-driven Crossed have had to make adjustments to their lifestyle.

Future Tense: Each cover is an homage to a famous work of science fiction, and each of those original works ties into themes of this issue.

New World Order Wraparound: These are not for the faint of heart or delicate of constitution.  We can't even picture them in this catalog, they are visions of what an ideal all-Crossed world would be.  If the madmen have their dreams come true, what would the everyday life look like?  These covers are brutally intense images of true horror and may have scenes of torture, depravity and nudity. These are clearly for adults only.  Each copy of this edition will ship in a sealed polybag with a protective slip cover over the actual image to assure it can be racked in stores.  The graphic pictured here is the slip cover only.  Due to all these special protective measures this edition is strictly limited to initial orders.

Also available with a rare Black Leather cover, and Retailer Incentive covers of Red Crossed and Design Sketch, showing the original works of series artist Gabriel Andrade.  Don't miss out on the ultra-rare CGC Numbered Edition as well!

$3.99

This seems like a step down for Alan Moore to me, but then again, he made Supreme readable for a while, so I shouldn't make any assumptions.

DARK GODS #2

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: JUSTIN JORDAN

Art: GERMAN ERRAMOUSPE

Cover: MICHAEL DIPASCALE

Deity Variant: MICHAEL DIPASCALE

Wrap Variant: GERMAN ERRAMOUSPE

Siren Variant: CHRISTIAN ZANE

Justin Jordan unleashes a vision of bleak horror as the group known as the Storm tries to hold back the forces that claw at your nightmares.  This is the return of the Dark Gods!  Tiamet has her children spreading carnage and preparing for her return!  Available with Wraparound cover from series artist German Erramouspe, sultry Siren cover from Christian Zanier, Regular and a Fully-Painted Deity cover by Michael DiPascale, and a special Nightmare Retailer Order Incentive cover also by Zanier.

Mature/$3.99

DASH #2

Publisher: NORTHWEST PRESS

Writer: DAVE EBERSOLE

Art/Cover: DELIA GABLE

After the shocking events of the last issue, Dash is now on the hunt for the mysterious Zita Makara. But will a violent interrogation by his former colleague turned rival, Detective Bruno Fernez, prevent him from stopping another murder?

$3.99

Wasn't Dash Riprock a famous movie star on Beverly Hillbillies?  photo tongue.gif

 

DOCTOR WHO 11TH #5

Publisher: TITAN COMICS

Writer: AL EWING

Art: BOO COOK

Cover: VERITY GLASS

Subscription Variant: Photo

Still trapped aboard the SERVEYOUinc research satellite, Alice and the Doctor must unravel the mystery of the creature codenamed 'ARC' while staying one step ahead of its whisper-quiet rampage through the station! But there's something essential the Doctor's missing, something he's overlooked. Can Alice help him see it, in time to save her life - or is the story of the Doctor's favorite sarcastic library assistant doomed to end in the icy depths of space?

$3.99

DRAGON BALL 3-IN-1 VOL 7 (TPB)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: AKIRA TORIYAMA

Goku and Vegeta face off at last, and both are determined to emerge victorious in this epic fight.

$14.99

DRY SPELL #4

Publisher: DANGER ZONE

Writer/Art/Cover: KEN KREKELER

32 pgs./Mature Readers/ FC / $3.99

Everything has gone to crap. One week ago, Tom Ferris worked in an office. Today, two of his costumed team members are dead, the bank job has failed, and he finds himself racing toward the last person in the city who can help him. But the Black Baron still has a few secrets left hidden - and the time has come to show them off. The conclusion has come. The Dry Spell is over. And the city will never forget him again.

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #1

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: CHRISTOPHER SEBELA

Art: DIEGO BARRETO

Cover: DECLAN SHALVEY, TIM BRADSTREET

WHY WE LOVE IT: We can't get enough John Carpenter! It means so much to us to have brought BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA to comics the right way. The response has been so strong that we knew we had to bring another Carpenter classic to comics in a style and approach that does ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK  justice.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: If you already love the ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK film, this is a noBut if ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK is new to you, writer Christopher Sebela has been garnering high praise for his recent BOOM! Studios original DEAD LETTERS, as well as for his Eisner Awardoriginal, HIGH CRIMES.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: The crime rate in the United States has risen 400 percent. After humiliating the President in front of the world and destroying America's one chance to end World War III, Snake Plissken has become America's Most Wanted man in a land of criminals and the insane. Everyone wants Snake dead. Luckily, Snake knows the feeling all too well. War hero. Outlaw. Renegade. Snake's back!

$3.99

I still haven't seen this movie. Since my wife isn't interested in watching it, I probably never will!

EVIL EMPIRE #8

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: MAX BEMIS

Art: ANDREA MUTTI

Cover: JAY SHAW

With the Evil Empire's influence spanning from the East coast to the West coast, what's left to do than expand its touch to the rest of the world? Reese and her crew struggle to raise their resistance's threat level, but with tensions rising, internal struggle might get the best of them.

Mature/$3.99

EXTINCTION PARADE WAR #5

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: MAX BROOKS

Art/Cover: RAULO CACERES

End of Species Variant: RAULO CACERES

Wrap Variant: RAULO CACERES

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.

Mature/$4.99

F1RST HERO #4

Publisher: ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

Writer: ANTHONY RUTTGAIZER

Art: PHILLIP SEVY

Cover: LEE MODER

32 pgs./Teen/ FC / $3.99

The streets of Philadelphia have been turned into a war zone with Jake Roth standing at ground zero. All Jake wants now is to get home in one piece. But how will the extrahumans who saved him from being captured by the authorities react if he rejects an offer to join their insanity-fuelled revolution? The climatic final issue of the first arc of The F1rst Hero is here!

FAIRY QUEST OUTCASTS #2

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: PAUL JENKINS

Art: HUMBERTO RAMOS, VICTOR OLAZABA

Cover: HUMBERTO RAMOS

After finding the map maker, Red and Woof must venture through the land of Oz and

Wonderland to find their end to fiction and path to reality. On the yellow brick road, there

are more dangers than just lions, tigers, and bears ...

$3.99

FICTION SQUAD #3

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: PAUL JENKINS

Art: RAMON BACHS

Cover: RAMON BACKS

After throwing Humpty into custody for the murder of the Eastside Witch, the police precinct has all but closed the book on this case. Without the law on his side, Detective Frankie Mack must take the investigation into his own hands and find a way to end this growing turf war before there is no going back. Someone is looking to put this town in an early grave and it is up to Frankie to find out who before another key player bites the fairy dust.

$3.99

FIGHT LIKE A GIRL#1

Publisher: ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

Writer: DAVID PINCKNEY

Art/Cover: SOO LEE

32 PGS / Teen / FC / $3.99

Action Lab Entertainment is all about great stories and great female characters. Now the company that brought you PRINCELESS and MOLLY DANGER continues that tradition with the launch of FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!

Created by writer David Pinckney, FIGHT LIKE A GIRL stars Amarosa, a normal girl who is desperately trying to find a way to cure her terminally ill brother.  To save him, she must earn the right to make a single wish. To do so she must face the Pantheon of Gods and go through a series of nine trials within the Wishing Well, a source of unimaginable power. If Amarosa survives, her wish will be set in stone. If she fails, her soul will be damned for all eternity. She’ll have to get past her insecurities in order learn more about herself than she ever imagined. Will she succeed? Find out in this fantastic four-issue miniseries.

Fight Like A Girl features art by Soo Lee (Liquid City, Dim Sum Warriors).

I hope this is good, and that it's something parents can give to their girls to excite them about comics -- and their own possibilities.

FOOD WARS SHOKUGEKI NO SOMA VOL 3 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer: YUTO TSUKUDA

Art/Cover: SHUN SAEKI

The friendship and team-building camp from hell begins! While most students are already petrifi ed by the threat of instant expulsion for low marks, the unveiling of the teachers responsible for judging their dishes ratchets their fear to a whole new level! Includes the one-shot "Your and My Romance Counseling"!

Mature/$9.99

GARFIELD #32

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writers: MARK EVANIER & VARIOUS

Art: ANDY HIRSCH & VARIOUS

Cover: ANDY HIRSCH

Whether you've been naughty or nice this year, we've got an allissue for you, featuring a winter's tale with the gang, and a short story by guest artist Lissy Marlin as Nermal makes new friends in the forest, including bears, robots and ninjas!

$3.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: REALM WAR #5 (of 12)

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: JOE BRUSHA

Art: SAMI KIVELA

Cover A: MIKE S. MILLER

Cover B: PASQUALE QUALANO

Cover C: ARTGERM

Cover D: REYES

Sela finds herself against impossible odds as the Dark Queen continues to stay a step ahead. But unbeknownst to anyone, there's a chink in the Queen's armor, but Sela must find it in time before all is lost.

*AGE OF DARKNESS Tie-in

Mature/$3.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: TALES OF TERROR #5

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: RALPH TEDESCO

Cover A: ORTIZ

Cover B: CAFARO

Cover C: ERIC J

Don't go in the attic! A secret is stored in the attic of an old home. And a 12 year old is both intrigued and terrified of what he might find if he goes upstairs.

Inspired by Tales From the Crypt, Twilight Zone, and Creep Show, Zenescope goes back to its roots of horror as the publisher known for re-inventing classics delves into an entirely new bag of tricks.

Mature/$3.99

Do I need to mention the EC trade dress? No? OK.

GRIMM FAIRY TALES OMNIBUS VOL 2 (TPB)

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writers/Art: Various

The gorgeous 2nd volume of the Grimm Fairy Tales Omnibus is here! This huge collector's item is a must-have for any serious Grimm fan! This dark, epic, and fun reimagining of your favorite classic tales collects over 40 issues of Grimm Fairy Tales (issues #51 thru #93)!

$59.99

GOLD DIGGER #216

Publisher: ANTARCTIC PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: FRED PERRY

The final chapter in Penny and Ace's honeymoon saga, and the final showdown between Ace and Dark Bird!  It's an underground volcanic dogfight to the death over the remains of the ancient buried city of gigantic, autonomous, transforming iron golems!  One shall stand and one shall fall!$3.99

GOLD DIGGER ANNUAL #18

Publisher: ANTARCTIC PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: Various

Every year, the Gold Digger universe grows and provides more for readers to appreciate.  Fred Perry gives month after month, and this is his readers' chance to give back.  Pro and amateur fans alike present their own takes on their favorite GD characters.  Whether you're adding a story or just grabbing up a copy, you too can be a part of the GD universe!

$3.99

HAPPY MARRIAGE VOL 9 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: MAKI ENJOJI

After she is attacked on the street, Chiwa suspects that Hokuto's ex-lover is behind it, so she decides to confront Misaki Shitara herself. Later, Hokuto and Chiwa visit his father in the hospital, and Hokuto comes to an important realization ...

Mature/$9.99

HEADS OR TAILS (TPB NEW PTG)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: LILLI CARRE

A stunningly designed and packaged collection of some of the most poetic and confident short fiction being produced in comics today, touching on ideas of flip sides, choices and extreme ambivalence.

$24.99

HONEY BLOOD VOL 2 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: MIKO MITSUKI

When Hinata Sorazono meets her new neighbor, Junya Tokinaga, the author of an incredibly popular vampire romance novel series, she's inexplicably drawn to him. Junya has a taste of Hinata's blood and tells her it's sweet. ... In Junya's novels, a kiss with a vampire means that only the human's blood can be taken as nourishment. If that person dies, so will the vampire. Could it be that Junya is actually a vampire?

$9.99

H.P. LOVECRAFT: DREAM QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH (GN)

Publisher: SELFMADEHERO

Writer: H. P. LOVECRAFT

Art/Cover: I. N. J. CULBARD

Randolph Carter embarks on an epic quest across a world beyond the wall of sleep, in search of an opulent and mysterious sunset city. When he prays to the gods of dream to reveal the whereabouts of this magical city, they do not answer, and his dreams stop altogether. Undaunted, Carter resolves to go to Kadath, where the gods live, and beseech them in person. However, no one has ever been to Kadath, and no one even knows how to get there -- but that won't stop Randolph Carter from trying.

$19.95

I have the first couple of Lovecraft adaptations by SelfMadeHero, and they're pretty good.

ICE VOL 1 (TPB NEW PTG)

Publisher: 12-GAUGE COMICS

Writer: DOUG WAGNER

Art: JOSE HOLDER, BRIAN STELFREEZE

Cover: BRIAN STELFREEZE

The U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agency (a.k.a. ICE) is charged with keeping our borders secure. The politics are complicated, but they don't matter to Cole MataI, leader of the best tactical group ICE has to offer. For him, it's all about protecting the public from men like Luis Morales, head of a ruthless Mexican drug cartel. When Morales notices that some of his drug runners are stealing inventory, he takes it personal. Shockwaves hit three U.S. cities as members of his cartel are savagely murdered over a period of weeks, all at the hands of Morales. The cross-country manhunt for this vicious killer pushes Cole and his team to the limit! Collects issues #0-4.

$14.99

JACK HAMMER USURPER #2

Publisher: ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

Writer: BRANDON BARROWS

Art/Cover: IONIC

32 pgs./ All Ages/ FC / $3.99      

Betrayed, bloody and mad as hell, it's Jack's turn to go on the hunt, sucking chest wound or no. But Jack hasn't even met the man called Usurper face-to-face and he's already fighting for his life. With both Jack and Ramona's lives on the line, who'll go down for the count?

KIMI NI TODOKE VOL 20: FROM ME TO YOU (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: KARUHO SHIINA

At career conferences, Kazehaya's father blows a fuse! When Kazehaya shares his complicated feelings about his strict father with Sawako, their relationship deepens. It's just in time for Valentine's Day, when Sawako's plans to give Kazehaya chocolate for the first time hit a surprise twist!

$9.99

KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA VOL 12 (GN)

Publisher: VERTICAL INC

Writer/Art/Cover: TSUTOMU NIHEI

One of the manga world's most intriguing artists returns with a science-fiction tour de force which combines post apocalyptic action, modern sci-fi video game tropes and a traditional Japanese aesthetic in The Knights of Sidonia. Nagate Tanikaze is the lead fighter pilot protecting said space colony from a race of shape-shifting space giants!

$12.95

KRAMPUS: THE DEVIL OF CHRISTMAS (HC)

Publisher: LAST GASP

Writer/Art/Cover: Various

In the early Christmas traditions of Europe, the "Krampus" was St. Nicholas' dark servant -- a hairy, horned, supernatural beast whose pointed ears and long slithering tongue gave misbehavers the creeps! This new and improved edition includes an introduction, a historical survey of the character, and over 180 lavish pre-World War 1 Krampus postcard images.

$18.95

I got a kick showing Baron's video (from last week's Guide) to my relatives at Thanksgiving. That tune is kind catchy!

"Christmastime is Krampustime, ja ja ja ja ja! ..."

LATE CHILD AND OTHER ANIMALS (HC)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer: MARGUERITE VAN

Art: JAMES ROMBERGER

Created by the team responsible for the acclaimed 7 Miles A Second, legendary poet Marguerite Van Cook and artist James Romberger (Post York) present a generational autobiography of Hetty and her daughter Marguerite. Set against the backdrop of post WWII Britain and France and linked in five episodes that veer between lyricism, wry wit, and harrowing suspense, it tells of the journeys and struggles over decades of this mother and daughter.

$29.99

LEGEND OF THE MANTAMAJI BOOK 2 (GN)

Publisher: AND ACTION ENTERTAINMENT

Writer: ERIC DEAN

Art/Cover: BRANDON PALAS

In a single week, Elijah Alexander has gone from being a famous and successful ADA in New York, to a hunted, haunted renegade on a mission of vengeance. Because Elijah is the last of a race of ancient warriors called the Mantamaji who once fought the world's greatest evils. And now the greatest evil of all has just reappeared and seeks to destroy the world as we know it. Elijah's the only one who knows how to stop this, and the only one with the power to get it done - because it takes a warrior to kill a mystical being. Or four of them.

$14.99

MAGIC WHISTLE #15

Publisher: ALTERNATIVE COMICS

Writer: SAM HENDERSON

Art: SAM HENDERSON, MEGHAN TURBITT

Cover: SAM HENDERSON, VICTOR CAYRO

The 15th issue of Sam Henderson's long-running and award-nominated Magic Whistle is here with way too many gags, Dirty Danny's private island, more fun with Monroe Simmons and the world's meanest gym teacher, the return of "Always Funny"; plus guest appearances by Steven Kraan, back cover art by Victor Cayro and a three-page confessional about her tryst with the Thing by Meghan Turbitt.

Mature/$4.99

MASSIVE: GAY EROTIC MANGA AND THE MEN WHO MAKE IT (TPB)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS

Writers/Art: Various

Editors: ANNE ISHII & GRAHAM KOLBEINS

Designer: CHIP KIDD

280 PGS • TPB • 7" × 10” • B&W • $35.00

Big, burly, lascivious and soft around the edges: welcome to the hyper-masculine world of Japanese gay manga. Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It is the first English-language anthology of its kind: an in-depth introduction to nine of the most exciting comic artists making work for a gay male audience in Japan. Jiraiya, Seizoh Ebisubashi and Kazuhide Ichikawa are three of the irresistibly seductive, internationally renowned artists featured in Massive, as well as Gengoroh Tagame, the subject of The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame: Master of Gay Erotic Manga. Get to know each of these artists intimately, through candid interviews, photography, context-providing essays, illustrations and manga. Massive also includes the groundbreaking, titillating work of gay manga luminaries Takeshi Matsu, Fumi Miyabi, Inu Yoshi, Gai Mizuki and comic essayist Kumada Poohsuke.

Edited by Anne Ishii and Graham Kolbeins, and designed by Chip Kidd, this unprecedented survey of manga "made by gay men for gay men" is an essential addition to the queer comics canon; it will introduce the genre often referred to as "bara" (a misnomer for gay manga that has taken on new meanings online) to a new, international audience.

The Massive anthology showcases Japan's most talented and influential gay manga artists, including Gengoroh Tagame, Jiraiya, Seizoh Ebisubashi, Kazuhide Ichikawa, Gai Mizuki, Takeshi Matsu, Fumi Miyabi, and Kumada Poohsuke. In Massive, many of these artists' works are featured in English for the first time; this collection offers an intimate, in-depth look at a criminally overlooked component of Japanese queer culture. In addition to comics and illustrations, Massive features photographs of the artists and their workspaces; cultural and historical context; and interviews with the creators about what it's like to be a gay erotic artist in Japan.

MERCY SPARX #7

Publisher: DEVILS DUE ENTERTAINMENT

Writer: JOSH BLAYLOCK

Art: MATT MERHOFF

Cover: MATT MERHOFF, JENEVIEVE BROOMALL

Trouble continues in the Big Easy! Mercy Sparx wraps up her "chores" helping the spooky Wallace Bordeaux, but that doesn't mean it's safe for her to return to Chicago.

Mature/$3.99

MILLENNIUM SNOW VOL 4 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: BISCO HATORI

Toya still hasn't agreed to make Chiyuki his partner, but while his opinion hasn't budged, time has. It's now their last year in high school, and Toya is facing the prospect of supporting himself for the rest of his long life. But even with Chiyuki's calming influence, is Toya capable of holding down a job? And if he's not, how will a lone vampire survive in this cold world?

$9.99

MONSIEUR JEAN FROM BACHELOR TO FATHER (HC)

Publisher: HUMANOIDS INC

Writer/Art/Cover: PHILIPPE DUPUY, CHARLES BERBERIAN

The complete collection of touching, hilarious, and all-too-familiar graphic stories featuring the early adventures -- and misadventures -- of the titular, charming Parisian novelist. Follow Monsieur Jean through his meandering life, from fêted bachelor author through to the responsibilities of fatherhood, as he deals with a wide range of relationships and exasperating friendships in this touching slice-of-life comedy drama.

$34.95

NARUTO VOL 68 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: MASASHI KISHIMOTO

Even as the Shinobi Alliance's resolve begins to falter in the face of Obito's overwhelming power, Naruto refuses to give in. But how can he turn the tables with the odds so stacked against him? Can Naruto and Sasuke work together long enough to lead the ninja world to victory?!

$9.99

NURA: RISE OF THE YOKAI CLAN VOL 24 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: HIROSHI SHIIBASHI

Rikuo struggles to keep his clan energized for battle with the Gokadoin clan.

$9.99

PLANET GIGANTIC #2

Publisher: ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

Writer: ERIC GRISSOM

Art: DAVID HALVORSON, WILL PERKINS

Cover: DAVID HALVORSON

32 pgs./ All Ages/ FC / $3.99

When Queen Neva takes Yuri and Valentina prisoner, she puts them to work in the infamous Blood Mines of Woodmere. Meanwhile, Neva and her dark sorcerer Narog devise a plot to steal their power. Also in this issue: A steadfast messenger must carry the fate of the war across an unforgiving landscape!

POKEMON BLACK & WHITE VOL 19 (GN)

Publisher: PERFECT SQUARE

Writer/Art/Cover: HIDENORI KUSAKA

Pokémon Keldeo learns something surprising! Meanwhile, the Pokémon League is under attack by Team Plasma and ... their castle?! Who will drive Team Plasma out - not to mention rescue all the kidnapped Gym Leaders? Not Black... because now that he's awakened Reshiram, he's got another battle to fi ght! Is Black ready to take on Legendary Pokémon Zekrom? Plus, meet powerful Team Plasma Pokémon Zweilous, Scolipede, Seismitoad, and Mandibuzz!

$4.99

POKEMON XY VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: PERFECT SQUARE

Writer/Art/Cover: HIDENORI KUSAKA

As the new champion of the Pokémon Battle Junior Tournament in the Kalos region, X is hailed as a child prodigy. But when the media attention proves to be too much for him, he holes up in his room to hide from everyone -- including his best friends. What will it take to get X to come out?! How about an attack on his hometown of Vanville Town by the two Legendary Pokémon Xerneas and Yveltal and a mysterious organization named Team Flare ...?!

$4.99

ROBOCOP 2014 #6

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON

Art: CARLOS MAGNO

Cover: GONI MONTES

After a bank robbery goes wrong, RoboCop gets locked into a headbattle with a mysterious new war machine ...  a Frankensteined EDMore guns. Bigger. Faster. Old Detroit is in trouble and it looks like this is just the beginning. As Anne Lewis investigates Killian's mysterious past, the new, underground OCP puts its endgame into action.

Mature/$3.99

SANKAREA VOL 10 (GN)

Publisher: KODANSHA COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: MITSURU HATTORI

Boy meets girl, then accidentally turns girl into a zombie when she falls off a cliff and disembowels herself. Caught between his concern for Babu and Rea's feelings, Chihiro awakens one morning to find Rea has left for the ZoMA, the Zombie Medical Anthropology Institute! What new answers -- or threats -- await the two of them in the "zombie Holy Land"?

$10.99

SERAPH OF THE END: VAMPIRE REIGN VOL 3 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer: TAKAYA KAGAMI

Art/Cover: YAMATO YAMAMOTO

Instead of getting to celebrate his newfound power, Yuichiro and his friends are given their first mission -- head to Shinjuku and investigate vampire activity. Unbeknownst to him, his best friend-turned-vampire, Mika, is headed for the same place ...

$9.99

SHAOLIN COWBOY (TPB)

Publisher: BURLYMAN ENTERTAINMENT

Writer/Art/Cover: GEOF DARROW

After fighting demons, sharks, and maniacal crustaceans, the Shaolin Cowboy battles his way to this harrowing collection which includes the entire buffet from his first extended Burlyman run. In this overstuffed volume, the Cowboy continues his trip across the pockmarked landscape of the American psyche. You'll want to see the Cowboy confront his nemesis, King Crab, grapple hand to fin with a Great White, and dance with an army of the Undead! Plus, an abundance of extras, showcasing all the alternative covers with art by such peerless luminaries as Moebius (Jean Giraud), Mike Mignola, Kevin Nowlan, Ricardo Delgado, Scott Gustafson, and John Severin.

$19.99

SHINOBI: NINJA PRINCESS #4

Publisher: ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

Writer: MARTHEUS WADE

Art: MARTHEUS WADE, JANET WADE

Cover: JANET WADE

32 pgs./ All Ages/ FC / $3.99

Oni (Demon): After the escape of Shianndrea and her team in New Tokyo, the Oni sets his sights on the southern security outpost of the Toshigawa Clan. Master Gaudient chooses a team to assist their fellow ninja but orders Ai and Shianndrea to stay behind. The girls make the risky decision to join the battle anyway. Meanwhile, Hamasuke's anger from being "overshadowed" could prove to be the downfall of the Toshigawa Clan.

SIMPSONS ILLUSTRATED #14

Publisher: BONGO COMICS

Writers: IAN BOOTHBY & VARIOUS

Art: PHIL ORTIZ, JAMES LLOYD

Cover: JASON HO

Explore the facts, the failures and the foibles of the busiest, bureaucratic business in Springfield -- the Unemployment Office! Every citizen has a tale to tell. Then, Bart is mistaken for a big ugly fish -- the Feios Peixes Grande -- and has to run for his life from a crew of revenge-obsessed sailors. And finally, after winning a free trip from Krusty the Clown, Bart manages wreak havoc on an airplane and create his own "No Fly Zone."

$3.99

SIXTH GUN #45

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer: CULLEN BUNN 

Art/Cover: BRIAN HURTT

With the magical aid of Screaming Crow, Drake Sinclair and Becky Montcrief have taken the fight to the heart of the Grey Witch's empire! But the tides of battle are fickle at best. As Griselda unleashes a devastating assault, Drake and Becky are faced with a grim revelation -- they may not be able to save the world after all!

$3.99

SOPPY LOVE STORY (GN)

Publisher: ANDREWS MCMEEL

Writer/Art/Cover: PHILIPPA RICE

The wildly popular web comic Soppy, with more than half a million notes on Tumblr, is the illustrated love story of author Philippa Rice and her real-life boyfriend. True love isn't always about the big romantic gestures. Sometimes it's about sympathizing with someone whose tea has gone cold or reading together and sharing a quilt. When two people move in together, it soon becomes apparent that the little things mean an awful lot. The throwaway moments in life become meaningful when you spend them in the company of someone you love. Soppy captures the universal experience of sharing a life together, and celebrates the beauty of finding romance all around us.

$14.99

STREET VIEW (HC)

Publisher: NBM

Writer/Art/Cover: PASCAL RABATE

A visually incomparable treat and a brilliant homage to Hitchcock's Rear Window, this unusual accordion book opens in two directions. One, a series of ten tableaux on a street scene as it evolves during the day. The next on 10 evening tableaux of the same view. A window may serve as a source of light and fresh air, but it also presents a view onto the life of a street and its many other windows, each a separate scene of its own, with its multitude of on-going stories developing before your eyes. Within those windows, you can witness the lives of single people, couples, families, stories of love, separation, and possibly even murder.

$27.99

TORIKO VOL 25 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: MITSUTOSHI SHIMABUKURO

Toriko's chef partner, Komatsu, is captured, and the long-held rivalry between the IGO and Gourmet Corp. explodes into all-out war.

$9.99

UBER #20

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: KIERON GILLEN

Art/Cover: CANAAN WHITE

Propaganda Poster Variant: MICHAEL DIPASCALE

Wrap Variant: CANAAN WHITE

War Crimes Variant: CANAAN WHITE

1945. Days before the fall of Berlin, a secret German program for manufacturing enhanced humans turns certain defeat into unlikely victory and starts a whole new chapter in the World War.  Most recently, England loses a leader in a terror attack on London, and the latest German technology is used to resume the naval blockade against the Allies.   The hope is the Allies' own technological edge -- Heavy Panzermensch -- will be enough to turn the land war. And then it's revealed the Germans have them too. ...  Kieron Gillen has captivated the comics' community as the misery of superhuman warfare continues to unfold.  Available with Regular,  Wraparound, War Crimes, and Blitzkrieg covers by Caanan White and a Propaganda Poster cover by Michael DiPascale.

Mature/$3.99

UNCLE GRANDPA #3

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer/Art: YEHUDI MERCADO & VARIOUS

Cover: ALEXIS ZIRITT, CORY FULLER

If you want to be like me, Pizza Steve, one of the coooolest people around, pick up this spicy issue. All your friends are doing it! Your doctordosage of Giant Realistic Flying Tiger, grumpy Mr. Gus, and the uncle and grandpa to everyone in the world, Uncle Grandpa, can be served on this platter of goodness. Like a fresh pizza pie, am I right? And don't forget, Pizza Steve will know how uncool you are if you miss out.

$3.99

VAPOR (HC)

Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: MAX

Award-winning Spanish cartoonist Max (Bardín The Superrealist) is back, engaging in delightful philosophical mind games. Vapor stars an endearing protagonist who flees the modern world for the solitude of the desert. Max deploys a striking, crisp black-andwhite graphic style perfectly suited for this desert-based fantasia.

Mature/$24.99

VOICE OVER SEIYU ACADEMY VOL 8 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: MAKI MINAMI

While Senri Kudo isn't used to being close to people, Shiro has slipped into his affections by reminding him of a cat. But now that Senri realizes that Shiro might actually be his friend, he starts to freeze up. Can confronting his unconventional upbringing help Senri come to terms with his feelings, or will history just repeat itself?

$9.99

WAR STORIES #3

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: GARTH ENNIS

Art: KEITH BURNS

Cover: MATT MARTIN

Good Girl Nose Art Variant: MATT MARTIN

Wrap Variant: MATT MARTIN

War is horror.  And no one knows how to chronicle the bitter and bloody corners of conflict than Garth Ennis.  Is this final chapter of the first arc, the brave bomber pilots have to suffer through the worst kind of Hell to carry out their mission.  Or die trying.  Available with Regular, Wraparound, Good Girl Nose Art, and Battle Damage Retailer Incentive covers by Matt Martin.

Mature/$3.99

WASTELAND VOL 10: LAST EXIT FOR THE LOST (TPB)

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer: ANTONY JOHNSTON

Art: BRETT WELDELE & VARIOUS

Cover: CHRISTOPHER MITTEN

As the hit sci-fi western epic approaches its end, this penultimate volume collects all the previously uncollected one-shot issues from the series in one trade paperback! With guest art from Eisner award nominee Brett Weldele (SURROGATES), plus exciting newcomers Sandy Jarrell and Omar Olivera! Get the lowdown on all the remaining stories in WASTELAND, before the series' cataclysmic conclusion!

Mature/$14.99

WOODS #8

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: JAMES TYNIONIV

Art/Cover: MICHAEL DIALYNAS

With the swarm close on their tail, the kids have managed to reach the mountain peak ... but not before the Hunters. But will the humans battle once and for all, or team up to take on the larger threat the Woods have unleashed?

$3.99

YUKARISM VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: CHIKA SHIOMI

When Yukari meets classmate Mahoro Tachibana for the first time, the two of them can't help but feel like they know each other. Yukari senses that they had a major connection in the past, but was their relationship friendly or deadly?

$9.99

ZENITH PHASE TWO (HC)

Publisher: REBELLION / 2000AD

Writer: GRANT MORRISON

Art/Cover: STEVE YEOWELL

Zenith is the only super-human pop star. He's saved the world, has a number one record -- but his only interests are women, drugs, alcohol and fame. But Peter St. John and the unexpected reappearance of Ruby forces the superbrat to take off and take a nuclear threat to London -- from his own creator!

$25.00

ZORRO COMPLETE DELL PRE-CODE COMICS (HC)

Publisher: HERMES PRESS

Writers: MAX ALLAN COLLINS, JOHNSTON MCCULLEY

Art: EVERETT RAYMOND KINSTLER & VARIOUS

Cover: EVERETT RAYMOND KINSTLER

Now for the first time in over sixty years read the original comic books that introduced Zorro to young readers all over the world.  Starting with Four Color #228, Dell Comics introduced Zorro with a book based on the original Johnston McCully story. Featured in this deluxe full color reprint of all of Dell's Pre-Code Zorro comics are issues 228, 425, 497, 538, 574, 617 and 732.  These stories feature artwork by Everett Raymond Kinstler (497, 538, and 574), Bob Fujitani, Bob Correa and Alberto Giolitti. Collects seven complete issues, with a special essay by Max Allan Collins.

$60.00

Army of Darkness #1 Cover B looks realllly familiar... If it strikes a memory for anyone else, let me know!

The signature reads "Seeley a la Byrne!" (There's another line I can't make out which may be the date.) I think it's partly based on Power Man #50. This was the first issue with a Power Man and Iron Fist logo, and the image was used in a house ad at the time. The two men on Seeley's cover both have their shoulders tilted towards the camera like Cage's, and their legs in similar positions. Vlad's right arm is positioned almost exactly like Cage's, and Ash's left arm is positioned somewhat like Cage's. The positioning of Cassie could be (more vaguely) based on the positioning of Iron Fist, but I think the figure has a Byrne-ian look about it, so it may be she's based on a Byrne woman from elsewhere.

Byrne has also done the character-lifting-the-image thing, but I can't remember where. I thought for sure he did it on a Sensational She-Hulk cover, but I checked the gallery at the GCD and can't see it.

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