COMICS GUIDE FOR JAN. 14, 2015

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

Here are Captain Comics' suggestions for this week. For more information on these and other titles,  continue to the "This Week's Comics" section below.

CONAN/RED SONJA #1 ($3.99, Dark Horse): These two iconic characters have met before, but not when Gail SImone was writing the titian-haired tigress. I expect both characters will get their due, which means a big adventure.

HENSHIN ($19.99, Image Comics): Henshin means "transformation" in Japanese, and this collection of short stories by acclaimed artist Ken Nimura gives us a lot of that!

STAR WARS #1 ($3.99, Marvel Comics): Marvel re-launches the Star Wars line. 'Nuff said!

VAMPIRELLA #100 ($7.99, Dynamite): Congrats to Vampi for hitting the century mark -- and that's just at Dynamite! Here's a 48-pager to celebrate.

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

JUGHEAD AND ARCHIE COMICS DIGEST #9

Script: GEORGE GLADIR

Art: Various

Cover: FERNANDO RUIZ, BOB SMITH, ROSARIO "TITO" PENA

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

Cupid headquarters have just received a message that a girl in Riverdale wishes to be kissed. The girl: Ethel. The hopeful kisser: Jughead. The cupids know better than to try and strike the female-hater himself, but a wish is still a wish. This looks like a job for a woman! Can “Queenie,” the new female cupid successfully grant Ethel’s wish? Or will Jughead resist the feminine wiles once more? Find out in “Mission Most Improbable,” this fun, new lead story!

DARK HORSE

ABE SAPIEN #19

Writers: MIKE MIGNOLA, SCOTT ALLIE

Art: SEBASTIAN FIUMARA

Colors: DAVE STEWART

Cover: MAX FIUMARA

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

In a strangely tranquil town on the Texas Gulf Coast, Abe has found a little peace. That peace is threatened by Abe’s hunch that there’s a connection between this town and a deadly threat he faced not too long ago . . .

“You’d be a fool to miss out on Abe Sapien: Fine comics indeed.” -- Bloody Disgusting

Abe Sapien is another strong monthly dose of horror, and now’s a great time to find out for yourself.” -- Comic Book Resources

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

Writer: CHRISTOPHER SEBELA

Art: ARIEL OLIVETTI

Cover: E. M. GIST

On sale Jan 14

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Miniseries

As a desperate scientist’s violent evolution reaches its deadly apex, an alien-and-predator battle royale erupts in the bowels of the doomed Geryon armada! Now, on a ship of killers -- there can be only one survivor ...

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 9 LIBRARY EDITION VOL 1 (HC)

Art/Stories: Various

FC, 304 pages, $29.99

HC, 8” x 12 3/16”

The world has lost its connection to magic, and a new breed of vampires has been born -- zompires! Still, there’s more trouble for Buffy the Vampire Slayer: a magic siphon is loose, student loans have to be paid, Willow goes walkabout and Buffy finds herself pregnant while coming to terms with her relationship with Spike. Collects Buffy Season 9 Volume 1 and Volume 2.

Expanded sketchbook and deluxe oversized format.

CONAN/RED SONJA #1 (of 4)

Writers: GAIL SIMONE, JIM ZUB

Art/Cover: DAN PANOSIAN

Colors: DAVE STEWART

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

Miniseries

Simone and Zub pit Sonja against Conan!

Gail Simone teams with Jim Zub to bring together legendary warriors in this truly epic crossover!

In a story spanning multiple eras in the lives of these classic characters, Conan and Red Sonja become comrades to take down a sorcerer-priest hell bent on creating a dark new age in Hyborian warfare!

DOCTOR SOLAR, MAN OF THE ATOM ARCHIVES VOL 4 (TPB)

Writers: DICK WOOD, DONALD GLUT, ROGER MCKENZIE

Art: ERNIE COLON, DAN SPIEGLE, JOSE DELBO, AL MCWILLIAMS, JESSE SANTOS

FC, 216 pages, $19.99

TPB, 7” x 10”

Doctor Solar faces a clever new nemesis named King Cybernoid, terrors from other dimensions and electric aliens from Mars! This collection restores and reprints issues #23-31 of the original Doctor Solar comic-book series and also includes Solar’s guest appearance in The Occult Files of Dr. Spektor #14!

• Featuring a foreword by Batton Lash (Supernatural Law)!

• Classic adventures by Ernie Colón, Dick Wood and others!

Don Glut, who created Dr. Spektor and was writing the bulk of the Gold Key adventure comics toward the end, says the publisher's editors were four-square against establishing a "Gold Key universe." Despite all evidence to the contrary -- such as Marvel's success -- Gold Key management held to the 1950s view that comics were bought by kids who wanted simple, done-in-one issues, and that readership turned over every three years or so. The Solar cameo in Dr. Spektor included in this book was just about the only time Gold Key heroes teamed up in the '70s, outside of the comics I drew as a kid!

ITTY BITTY COMICS: THE MASK #3

Writer/Art/Cover: ART BALTAZAR, FRANCO

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Ongoing

After the fiasco in the zoo, the mayor tries on the Mask! Now as Mayor Mask paints the town green, the once-quiet burg suddenly becomes the most exciting and crazy place on the planet! Find out how it feels to have the Mask running things! Fun! Crazy! And a little scary! 

All-ages mayhem!

“The art is fantastic, which is pretty much what you’d expect from Art Baltazar.” -- Comic Book Resources

PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: TIMEPOCALYPSE (HC)

Writer: PAUL TOBIN

Art/Cover: RON CHAN

Colors: MATTHEW J. RAINWATER

FC, 80 pages, $9.99

HC, 6” x 9”

A “fun-dead” adventure through time!

Crazy Dave -- the babbling-yet-brilliant inventor and top-notch neighborhood defender—helps his niece, Patrice, and young adventurer Nate Timely fend off Zomboss’s latest attack in Plants vs. Zombies: Timepocalypse! This new, standalone tale will tickle your funny bones and thrill ... your brains! Collects the Plants vs. Zombies: Timepocalypse digital comics into one hardcover!

• The hit video game returns to comics!

• Tobin and Chan take us on another original PvZ adventure.

RESURRECTIONISTS #3

Writer: FRED VAN LENTE

Pencils: MAURIZIO ROSENZWEIG

Inks/Colors: MORENO DINISIO

Cover: JUAN DOE

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

The Maker must be unlocked ... In order for Jericho Way to call upon the memories and abilities of his past lives, one of his fellow Resurrectionists must kill him. Kinda. Almost. As long as he doesn’t permanently die in the process. Once he’s near-death experienced, he can use the knowledge he’s gathered over millennia of lifetimes. But with that knowledge comes grave danger -- the Sojourn Corporation is now hot on his heels!

Ongoing series from New York Times bestseller Fred Van Lente (Archer and Armstrong)!

VEIL (HC)

Writer: GREG RUCKA

Art/Cover: TONI FEJZULA

FC, 136 pages, $19.99

HC, 7" x 10"

Beautiful and brutal!

Passions run high when a beautiful woman wanders out of an abandoned subway tunnel.  With no memory of who she is or how she got there, Veil must figure out who to trust and what she is -- an object of desire or a force to be reckoned with -- as her past is revealed. Collects Veil #1-5.

• From Eisner Award–winning writer Greg Rucka (Whiteout, Stumptown, Queen & Country, Gotham Central)!

“This is one mystery that is not to be missed.” -- IGN

Veil will haunt readers for days to come.” -- Comic Book ResourcesX #21

Writer: DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

Art: ERIC NGUYEN

Colors: MICHELLE MADSEN

Cover: RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Ongoing

MARKED FOR DEATH!

The last time the Archon showed up in Arcadia, it was to deliver the beating of X’s life. X vowed that if the Archon ever showed his face in his city again, it would be for the last time. So when an enigmatic masked man arrives in town sniffing around for information on the Archon, he gains X’s full attention, whether he wants it or not!

Be here for the first issue of the Marked for Death saga that starts in X #21-22 (Chapter 1, Jan-Feb) and concludes in Captain Midnight #21-24 (Chapter 2, March-June)!

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AvP: Fire & Stone #4.

"Hentai" is a foreshortening of "hentai seiyoku", meaning "a perverse sexual desire". From what I have read, it is not used as a synonym for "porn" in Japan itself, but has come to be so used outside of Japan. Even so, someone called "the Hentai Prince" is probably not someone you'd want your daughter going out with.

You have to wonder what sort of royal perks come with a title like "hentai prince."

The Baron said:

"Hentai" is a foreshortening of "hentai seiyoku", meaning "a perverse sexual desire". From what I have read, it is not used as a synonym for "porn" in Japan itself, but has come to be so used outside of Japan. Even so, someone called "the Hentai Prince" is probably not someone you'd want your daughter going out with.

Conan and Red Sonja live through multiple eras? Is this a time travel/reincarnation story?

Astro City 19

Fables: The Wolf Among Us 1

Copperhead 5

Jupiter's Legacy 5- will it be worth the wait?

Lazarus 14

Amazing X-Men 14

Daredevil 12

Spider-Verse 2

Star Wars 1

and maybe SHIELD 2 and Wolverines 2

Why has Marvel started new series when they know they're just going to cancel them in a couple of months? What was even the point of Spider-Verse when they're getting rid of those realities anyway? And why get rid of realities you haven't mentioned in years in the first place?

Didn't Don Glut establish that Dr. Spektor was directly descended from Tragg (of Tragg And the Sky Gods) and Dagar the Invincible? I think there were also hints of a connection with Magnus Robot Fighter and/or Mighty Samson. Amazing a publisher wouldn't want his comics connected. Fiction House did pretty much the same thing.



Ron M. said:

Why has Marvel started new series when they know they're just going to cancel them in a couple of months? What was even the point of Spider-Verse when they're getting rid of those realities anyway? And why get rid of realities you haven't mentioned in years in the first place?

Because they want to tell those stories, and sell them to people who will enjoy the experience of reading them. The people I know who are reading Spider-Verse are loving it. 

Will Spider-Verse even have happened a few months from now? Seems like they've rushed it out just before it gets erased.

Marvel is saying that all the stories that happened before Secret Wars will still have happened. Maybe they're lying, maybe they're not. There's no such thing as "Spider-Man," so "happened" is an imaginary construct regardless.


Marvel also says its new series were started with Secret Wars in mind -- they won't simply be discontinued but will instead contribute to the launch of NuMarvel or whatever they're going to call it.

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