BEST BETS

ANGRY BIRDS #1 (IDW Publications, $3.99): One of the most widely played video games gets its own comic book. It's hard to guess how the game could be turned into an ongoing series, but IDW has done more with less.

ARMOR HUNTERS #1 (of 4, Valiant Comics, $3.99): This miniseries is the pillar around which Valiant will build its first, true, line-wide crossover. Powerful, alien hunters arrive on Earth to destroy the sentient X-O Manowar armor worn by Aric of Dacia, which apparently is a thing they do, and they don't mind wiping out the whole planet to be sure of the kill. Since Aric's X-O Manowar armor makes him the most powerful hero on Earth-Valiant, and he's outmatched by the Hunters, what chance does he have even when X-O is joined by the other Valiant heroes? A lot has been building to this, and Valiant has gone all-out on marketing.

BLOOD QUEEN #1 (Dynamite, $3.99): Taking from history the name and reputation (and very little else) of Elizabeth Bathory, writer Troy Brownfield drops her in a fantasy medieval setting of "knights, witches, monsters, warring kingdoms, star-crossed lovers, betrayal and loads of secrets. Or as I like to call it, a good time."

LIQUID CITY VOL. 3 (Image Comics, TPB, $29.99): The third volume in this Image series is like the first two, showcasing comics talent from Southeast Asia around a central theme. This time it's “If you knew the world was ending, what would be the story you would most want to tell?” Like any anthology, readers will find some stories they enjoy, and some they won't. But with 20 stories and illustrations, there should be something for everyone.

MIGHTY AVENGERS #11 (Marvel Comics, $3.99): What if there was an "Avengers" of sorts in the 1950s? What if it was mostly African-American? It may be something of a gimmick, but it's a good gimmick, and Marvel has a strong enough line-up of African-American heroes that it's plausible -- even set in the past.

ORIGINAL SINS #1 (of 5, Marvel Comics, $3.99): While the Original Sin maxiseries and individual titles will show hidden mistakes in the pasts of major Marvel characters, this companion miniseries will show those of less prestigious characters. First up are Lockjaw (of the Inhumans) and Deathlok, with part 1 of a Young Avengers story that will run through all five issues.

RED CITY #1 (Image Comics, $2.99): The writer of this new series describes it as L.A. Confidential on Mars, a blending of crime noir and sci-fi that, if done well, would be pretty cool.

WHISPERS (TPB, Image Comics, $19.99): A supernatural/psychological thriller that follows a young man who can travel in spirit form and urge people to do terrible things. That sounds pretty horrific, and the presence of Joshua Luna (Girls, Ultra, The Sword) is a big plus.

WILDFIRE #1 (Image Comics, $2.99): Matt Hawkins (Think Tank) tells a story about genetically modified food leading to an apocalypse. Hey, maybe this is the diet we've all been looking for!

WOLVERINE #8 (Marvel Comics, $3.99): Evidently the feral X-Men is going to die in three months, if you're to believe the hype surrounding the story "The Death of Wolverine." This is the first issue in the countdown, Wolvie fans!

THIS WEEK'S COMICS

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ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT

BO, PLUSHY GANGSTA #3 (of 3)
Writer/Art/Cover: PAVEL BALABANOV

Variant: PAVEL BALABANOV

32 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $3.99

As Bo Plushy’s showdown with the “Roswell” gang and their boss, the Serpent (a.k.a. Puppet Master) continues, things aren’t what they appear! Does the Puppet Master have the voodoo teddy gangsta by the strings?

Or is it the other way ‘round? Come on, it’s Bo! Features a painted cover variant by series creator Pavel Balabanov!

ARCHIE COMICS

ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #251

Script: FRANK DOYLE

Art: HARRY LUCEY, BILL YOSHIDA, BARRY GROSSMAN

Cover: JEFF SHULTZ, BOB SMITH, ROSARIO "TITO" PENA

On Sale Date: 5/28

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

Archie’s excited for a day at the carnival with his two best gals … but are they in for a fun ride? Or does Archie’s over-eagerness take the enjoyment out of their summer excursion? It’s no love rollercoaster in “Rights and Wrongs,” the hilarious lead story to a fun-filled double digest!

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #261

Script: IAN FLYNN, ALEAH BAKER

Art: JENNIFER HERNANDEZ, EVAN STANLEY, TERRY AUSTIN, JOHN WORKMAN, MATT HERMS

Cover: BEN BATES

"Is it Summer Yet??" Variant Cover by TRACY YARDLEY, MATT HERMS

On Sale at Comic Specialty Shops: 6/11

32-page, full color comic, $2.99 U.S.

Dive into the action in "Waves of Change" Part Two! Sonic, Amy, and Rotor -- in the deep sea and in deeper trouble! When their new friend Coral has run afoul of her government, will Sonic and the Freedom Fighters stand by her side? Or will they risk becoming fugitives? Then, in “The Light in the Dark,” Sally’s simple raiding plans take a turn for the worse! Featuring new cover art from Sonic superstar Ben Bates and a hilarious new "Is it Summer Yet??" Variant cover by Tracy Yardley! and Matt Herms!DARK HORSE

ABE SAPIEN #13

Writers: MIKE MIGNOLA, SCOTT ALLIE

Art/Cover: SEBASTIAN FIUMARA

Colors: DAVE STEWART

FC, 32 pages, $3.50

Ongoing

Haunted by guilt over the staggering death toll in Arizona, Abe vows to never let such horrors happen again -- until a crazed healer and a frog-possessed teen block his path!

A perfect starting point for new readers!

“Abe Sapien is an outstanding book that sets the tone for the coming year at Dark Horse.” -- Bloody Disgusting

“Great art, an excellent story line. What’s not to like?” -- Adventures in Poor Taste

BALTIMORE VOL 4: CHAPEL OF BONES (HC)

Writers: MIKE MIGNOLA, CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN

Art: BEN STENBECK

Colors: DAVE STEWART

FC, 144 pages, $24.99

HC, 7” x 10”

New York Times bestseller!

The world’s greatest monster hunter wages war against a plague of vampires intent on resurrecting a demonic god, an evil witch in league with a clan of undead, and his mortal nemesis, leading to a final showdown in London! Collects Baltimore: The Infernal Train #1-#3 and Baltimore: Chapel of Bones #1-#2.

By award–winning, best-selling writers Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden.

"One of the most energetic and inventive new horror comics.” -- Joe Hill (Locke & Key)

Excellent stuff, if you like moody horror.

BLACKOUT #3

Writer: FRANK J. BARBIERE, RANDY STRADLEY

Art: COLILN LORIMER, DOUG WHEATLEY

Colors: COLIN LORIMER, WES DZIOBA

Cover: MICAH KANESHIRO

FC, 32 pages; Miniseries; $2.99

The search for Scott Travers’s missing benefactor has turned up nothing but mystery and even more trouble. And this time he’s up against eight-feet-tall, cheetah-fast, bulldozer- strong, plasma-cannon-wielding, made-of-metal trouble. Good thing there are “only” three of them . . . for now!

* Story by Frank Barbiere (The White Suits, Five Ghosts), art by Colin Lorimer (UXB, Harvest).

* Special King Tiger feature by Star Wars stars Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley!

Two more characters in Dark Horse's burgeoning superhero line.

CREEPY ARCHIVES VOL 19 (HC)

Writer/Art: Various

B&W, 280 pages, $49.99

HC, 8 3/8” x 10 7/8”

Death lurks after every page turn! An unbelievable lineup of creators fills this volume. Shiver at the work of Frank Frazetta, Russ Heath, Carmine Infantino, John Severin, Bernie Wrightson, Bruce Jones, Richard Corben and many others -- and enjoy all original fan pages and a new introduction by writer Jack Butterworth (Creepy, Taboo)! Collects Creepy magazines #89-93.

These reprints come from a particularly fecund creative period.

CRIME DOES NOT PAY: CITY OF ROSES (HC)

Writer: PHIL STANFORD

Art/Cover: PATRIC REYNOLDS

Colors: WILLIAM FARMER

FC, 112 pages, $19.99

HC, 6” x 9”

Hard-boiled crime collected!

Portland, Oregon, is often called the Rose City, but the denizens that inhabit its underbelly rarely smell so sweet. Dirty cops, dirty robbers. These shady characters and their illicit connections reveal their boiling corruption in Phil Stanford’s true crime stories. Only the names have been changed to protect the guilty. Collects "City of Roses" parts 1-12 from Dark Horse Presents.

• Phil Stanford won an Independent Publisher Book Award in the True Crime category in 2005!

• Art by Patric Reynolds (Aliens, Abe Sapien)!

And you thought DH would be content just to sell reprints from the '50s!

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S MORELL AND THE MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE

Writer/Art/Cover: RICHARD CORBEN

FC, 32 pages, $3.99

One-shot

Killer apes and the return of the dead are presented in these two gothic horror Poe adaptations by Eisner Hall of Fame inductee Richard Corben.

The greatest horror artist of all time adapts horror’s greatest author!

“Some of the best comics of Richard Corben’s career.” -- Comics Bulletin

“Horror fans need to add this one to their collection.” -- Newsarama

EVE: TRUE STORIES (HC)

Writer: DANIEL WAY

Art: ALEJANDRO ARAGON, TOMM COKER, FEDERICO DALLOCCHIO, DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON

Colors: MICHAEL ATIYEH

Cover: JEAN-SEBASTIEN ROSSBACH

FC, 72 pages, $12.99

HC, 7” x 10”

One of the greatest multiplayer online role-playing games!

In the early hours of February 5, 2009, one man single-handedly destroyed the aggressive Band of Brothers alliance and brought an end to the Great War, the largest war in the history of EVE Online. Inspired by actual player-driven events within the universe of EVE Online, superstar writer Daniel Way tells the stranger-than-fiction tale of the most popular true story of the last decade!

• An amazing true story from one of online gaming’s most massive, multiple award–winning universes!

• Subscriber base is over half a million users, composing one of video game's most dedicated communities!

MICHAEL AVON OEMING'S THE VICTORIES VOL 3: POSTHUMAN (TPB)

Writer/Art/Cover: MICHAEL AVON OEMING

Colors: NICK FILARDI

FC, 136 pages, $17.99

TPB, 7” x 10”

With all the superheroes locked in internment camps and one of the world’s most powerful heroes a mind slave to the mysterious Advisors, who will save us from this shadowy group taking over the world? Collects The Victories #6-10.

• By Eisner Award winner Michael Avon Oeming (cocreator of Powers).

• #FindTheVictories.

“This book is perfect in every way.” -- Comic Bastards

NEW LONE WOLF & CUB VOL 1 (TPB)

Writer: KAZUO KOIKE

Art/Cover: HIDEKI MORI

B&W, 216 pages, $13.99

TP, 5” x 7 1/8”

AT LAST THE STORY CONTINUES!

Kazuo Koike returns to Lone Wolf and Cub with an epic sequel, New Lone Wolf and Cub. Ogami Itto, the Lone Wolf, and his nemesis, Yagyu Retsudo, lie dead after their titanic duel. Ogami’s young son, Daigoro, stays at his father’s side, and none dares help the child -- save Togo Shigetada, a samurai on a desperate and deadly mission of his own!

• Over one million copies sold of the original Dark Horse editions.

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

• Presented uncut and in authentic right-to-left reading format.

A NEW LONE WOLF from Kazuo Koike!

STAR WARS #18

Writer: BRIAN WOOD

Pencils: STEPHANE CRETY

Inks: JULIEN HUGONNARD-BERT

Colors: GABE ELTAEB

Cover: VICTOR MANUEL LEZA

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Ongoing

WEDDING-DAY BATTLE!

Princess Leia’s wedding day has arrived -- and so has the Empire! As Darth Vader’s fleet bears down on the planet, the Rebels scramble to defend themselves -- they have been double crossed!

STAR WARS: DAWN OF THE JEDI VOL 3 -- FORCE WAR (TPB)

Writer: JOHN OSTRANDER

Pencils: JAN DUURSEMA

Inks: DAN PARSONS

Colors: WES DZIOBA

Cover: DAVID MICHAEL BECK

FC, 128 pages, $19.99

TPB, 7” x 10”

The battle that will decide the future of the Star Wars galaxy!

The Rakata, powerful users of the dark side of the Force, have invaded the Tython system to enslave the Je’daii. ... With Forcesabers in hand, the Je’daii fight, led by mad Je’daii Daegen Lok and the mysterious Force Hound Xesh. But when Xesh is captured, the direction of the war is changed. ... Collects Dawn of the Jedi: Force War #1-5.

“The Force is indeed strong with this one.” -- Comic Book Resources

TWO PAST MIDNIGHT (TPB)

Writer: DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

Art: EDUARDO FRANCISCO

Colors: STEFANI RENNEE

Cover: PAOLO RIVERA

FC, 128 pages, $9.99

TPB, 7” x 10”

128 pages for only $9.99!

A madman is on the loose. His goal: Shock, awe, panic, and hysteria. Can three disparate heroes -- an investigative specter, a psychopathic vigilante, and a time-traveling genius  -- put aside their differences to defeat this terror-focused sociopath? Find out what happens when Ghost, X and Captain Midnight meet up in the first crossover of Dark Horse’s new superhero comics! Collects the Two Past Midnight Dynamics ePlate comics/Dark Horse Digital issues #1–#5.

• Written by X scribe Duane Swierczynski!

• Cover by Eisner Award–winning artist Paolo Rivera!

• Ghost, X and Captain Midnight meet for the first time!

If you haven't been getting any of the DH superhero books, this might be a good intro. It has the three most traditional superheroes of the line, two of whom are survivors of "World's Greatest Comics" (DH's 1990s stab at the superhero market), and a third who is a revived Golden Age character.

X #14

Writer: DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI

Art: ROBERT ATKINS

Colors: MICHELLE MADSEN

Cover: ALEKSI BRICLOT

FC, 32 pages, $2.99

Ongoing

A merciless and unstoppable army calling themselves “the Chosen” have invaded Arcadia, starting a full-fledged war with Carmine Tango’s forces. They’re looking for something ... or someone. X has recovered from Tango’s torment and is ready to pound some answers out of both parties!

A game-changing new villain -- a new chapter in the Project Black Sky event!

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ASTRO CITY #13

Writer: KURT BUSIEK

Art: BRENT ANDERSON

Cover: ALEX ROSS

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

24 hours. 24 pages. A robot. A bank robber named Gundog. The Hanged Man. Jack-In-The-Box. The eternal, mysterious Dancing Master. And a whole lot of romance. One of ASTRO CITY’s most unusual stories, of city-wide turmoil and changing lives, all in a single day.

I'm old enough to remember when this art style art was the norm! I don't know if this is swiped from a specific image, but you can search Peter Max in Google images and see tons of similar work.

BATGIRL #32

Writer: GAIL SIMONE

Art: FERNANDO PASARIN and JONATHAN GLAPION

Cover: ALEX GARNER

DC Collectibles Bombshells Variant: ANT LUCIA

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

This story was previously scheduled to appear in BATGIRL #31.

Clandestine meetings, tapped phones, video surveillance -- Barbara Gordon is being watched! Who has it in for her, and how can Batgirl investigate without compromising her secret identity?

 BATMAN ETERNAL #10

Writer: SCOTT SNYDER, JAMES TYNION IV, RAY FAWKES, JOHN LAYMAN and TIM SEELEY

Art/Cover: GUILLEM MARCH

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Batman and Catwoman -- together again! Professor Pyg is back! And we get some answers about Falcone’s past, and his motivations!

Everybody is acting like Carmine Falcone is the biggest, baddest, scariest guy ever. I don't remember him that way. What'd I miss?

BIRDS OF PREY #32

Writer: CHRISTY MARX

Art: ROBSON ROCHA and JONATHAN GLAPION

Cover: JORGE MOLINA

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

It’s time to settle some scores! Amanda Waller may have kept Kurt Lance alive, but she also kept him hidden from Black Canary. Now it’s on: Birds of Prey vs. the Suicide Squad!

COFFIN HILL #8

Writer: CAITLIN KITTREDGE

Art: INAKI MIRANDA

Cover: DAVE JOHNSON

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

Arrested for the murder of a fellow Boston cop, Eve takes a journey into her past and delves into the terrible truth about the night she caught up with the notorious Ice Fisher. Meanwhile, in Coffin Hill, Nate struggles to protect the town’s remaining witches from an outside menace, while in Boston, Eve confronts an evil that never left, and realizes that even though she caught the Ice Fisher, the case is far from closed. ... The second story arc of COFFIN HILL begins here!

I guess this storyline will explain the significance of the events of Coffin Hill #1, which weren't mentioned in, and had no bearing on, the next five issues!

CONSTANTINE #15

Writer: RAY FAWKES

Art: ACO

Cover: JUAN FERREYRA

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

John Constantine witnesses the horrifying reach of magic when he meets the world’s wealthiest mage -- a woman who’s been draining all the good luck out of her home city of Hong Kong and benefiting from the suffering of millions!

DETECTIVE COMICS #32

Writer: FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO

Art/Cover: FRANCIS MANAPUL

DC Collectibles Bombshells Variant: ANT LUCIA

1:25 Variant: JOE QUINONES

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

This issue will ship with four covers.

The next great Batman murder-mystery continues to unfold in “Icarus” part three, brought to you by the acclaimed creative team of THE FLASH! Batman is caught in the clutches of the crime boss known as “The Squid” as he digs deeper into a whodunit for the ages!

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

I can't read "The Squid" without thinking of The Spirit's "The Octopus."

DMZ DELUXE EDITION BOOK 2 (HC)

Writer: BRIAN WOOD

Art: RICCARDO BURCHIELLI, NATHAN FOX, DANIJEL ZEZELJ and others

Cover: BRIAN WOOD

384 pg, FC, 7.0625” x 10.875”, $29.99 US • MATURE READERS

In these stories from DMZ #13-28, Matty heads undercover to infiltrate a terrorist cell, interviews an enlisted U.S. soldier who’s found guilty of a massacre, and turns his attention to several locals: a guerilla artist, a former ally who’s now worse off than a homeless person and the powerful head of an organization within the DMZ.

FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS #11

Writer: SIMON OLIVER

Art: ROBBI RODRIGUEZ

Cover: NATHAN FOX

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

One man’s reality is another man’s machine gun shootout! Adam and Rosa are up against more than they bargained for, but physics could be on their good side for once! The dicey adventures of everyone’s favorite FBP agents continue here!

I still haven't warmed up to Adam, and I've only read one story with Rosa in it, where she was presented as cold and unfriendly, maybe even emotionally autistic. So calling them "everyone's favorite FBP agents" might be a bit of a stretch!

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #32

Writer: VAN JENSEN

Art/Cover: BERNARD CHANG

DC Collectibles Bombshells Variant: ANT LUCIA

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with three covers.

“UPRISING!” part 4! The casualties of the uprising against the Green Lantern Corps reach monumental proportions as the Durlans reveal their sinister endgame! John Stewart leads his ragtag team of Lanterns against an army of shape-shifters that can assume any form. Meanwhile, one Lantern must decide if he will make the ultimate sacrifice to give the Corps any hope in this war.

I haven't read any of this yet, but I'm mildly excited about a Green Lantern adventure where -- finally -- the Corps isn't fighting other people with rings.

And while I don't know that this is a direct swipe of anything, it's certainly a very similar concept to this:

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GREEN LANTERN CORPS VOL. 3: WILLPOWER (TPB)

Writer: PETER J. TOMASI

Art: FERNANDO PASARIN, CAFU, CHRISCROSS and others

Cover: ANDY KUBERT

256 pg, FC, $16.99 US

The Green Lantern Corps face their greatest threat ever when the Guardians deem them obsolete and raise The Third Army -- but in doing so they unleash a far more dangerous threat: the First Lantern. Then, in the aftermath of their battle against the First Lantern and the Guardians, it’s up to Guy Gardner, John Stewart and the other survivors to try to put the Corps back together, or decide if there should even BE a Corps anymore. Join Peter Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin for the epic conclusion of their run in these stories from GREEN LANTERN CORPS #15-20 and GREEN LANTERN CORPS ANNUAL #1!

INFINITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE #1

Writers: DAN DIDIO and KEITH GIFFEN

Art/Cover: KEITH GIFFEN and SCOTT KOBLISH

1:25 Variant: HOWARD PORTER

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

This issue will ship with two covers.

Four of the best students from New Genesis arrive on Earth to study and aid in the advancement of humanity -- but they soon discover a darker purpose to their mission: a threat so great that it may bring the multiverse itself to its knees! The only thing that stands between them and total destruction is the mysterious entity known as the Infinity Man!

Don’t miss the start of this new series by Dan DiDio and Keith Giffen, the team that brought you the over-the-top adventures of O.M.A.C.!

http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2014/03/11/dc-all-access-announces-inf...

Jack Kirby was awesome, but the Forever People were so one-note and anchored to the '60s that they really have to be re-invented to be ongoing characters. And lo, they have been.

JLA VOL 5 (TPB)

Writer: MARK WAID

Art: BRYAN HITCH, PAUL NEARY, JAVIER SALTARES, DOUG MAHNKE, MIKE S. MILLER and others

Cover: BRYAN HITCH, PAUL NEARY

434 pg, FC, $24.99 US

In these tales from JLA #47-60 and JLA: HEAVEN’S LADDER, Batman’s betrayal and expulsion from the group leads to a loss of trust in the team! How can Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman, Martian Manhunter and Plastic Man face the fairy-tale nightmare of the Queen of Fables and the world-altering abilities of Dr. Destiny.

This was a pretty good run of the League.

JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #2

Writer: JEFF LEMIRE

Art/Cover: MIKE McKONE

DC Collectibles Bombshells Variant: ANT LUCIA

1:25 Variant cover by BEN OLIVER

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

This issue will ship with four covers.

It’s all-out battle issue as Hawkman has a showdown with Lobo as the League is teleported to Rann to face the shape-changing alien called Byth! This looks like a job for Supergirl!

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

Let's hope Future's End uses the Reset Button, or Hawkman only has five years to live. Also Green Arrow, Apollo & Midnighter, Adam Strange .... Come to think of it, there are so many dead already that the Reset Button is guaranteed.

LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT 100-PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #3

Writer: DEREK FRIDOLFS, KENNETH ELLIOTT JONES, SHANE DAVIS, BRANDON MONTCLARE, MIKE W. BARR and JIM KRUEGER

Art: JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER, SHANE DAVIS, SANDRA HOPE, TOM LYLE and TOM RANEY

Cover: JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER

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

In “The Beautiful Ugly,” when Batman arrives on the scene to discover the final verdict in the case Two-Face argued against local gangs, will anyone go home happy? Then, when Clayface gives Batman the slip in “Break the Mold,” the Dark Knight Detective is hot on his trail. And Batman and Robin face an old foe at the Gotham Science Museum and ponder “Elements of Crime.” Plus, in “The Echo of Pearls,” young Bruce Wayne discovers a cave that sets echoes reverberating throughout his life.

THE NEW 52 -- FUTURE'S END #6

Writers: BRIAN AZZARELLO, JEFF LEMIRE, DAN JURGENS and KEITH GIFFEN

Art: PATRICK ZIRCHER

Cover: RYAN SOOK

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Ray Palmer, Frankenstein and Amethyst take a dangerous journey into the Phantom Zone! And Batman Beyond’s mission could be over before it begins when someone discovers his arrival five years from now!

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS VOL. 4: LEAGUE OF ASSASSINS (TPB)

Writer: JAMES TYNION IV

Art: JULIUS GOPEZ, JEREMY HAUN, AL BARRIONUEVO and others

Cover: AL BARRIONUEVO

176 pg, FC, $16.99 US

Following The Joker’s attack, Jason Todd finds himself lost in his own past. Kori and Arsenal set out to the far reaches of the globe to rescue him, but when they come face to face with Hugo Strange and the League of Assassins, the team might reach its breaking point. Collects issues #19-24 and ANNUAL #1!

THE ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR #5

Writer: ROB WILLIAMS

Art/Cover: SIMON COLEBY

32 pg, FC, 5 of 6, $2.99 US • MATURE READERS

As the Allied forces prepare to invade France, Hitler’s V2 rockets decimate London, and King Albert is faced with the knowledge that, despite his best efforts, he could not protect his children from the war. The effects of the Stalingrad mission leave Rose’s sanity in tatters, while Henry must battle his morally bankrupt brother, Arthur, to try and convince him to join the Normandy armada. But Arthur left Henry to die once before, and the Nazi’s spy in London is about to be revealed...

SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #46

Writer: SCOTT GROSS

Art: FABIO LAGUNA

Cover: SCOTT GROSS

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED E

When Shaggy and Scooby dig up a mysterious artifact on the beach, they take it to the local college, where the head of the Marine Archaeology Department claims to have recovered hundreds of similar artifacts -- evidence that the lost civilization of Atlantis was real! So when some creatures calling themselves Atlanteans show up to cause trouble, the whole gang has to figure out what’s up.

SMALLVILLE SEASON 11: LANTERN #3

Writer: BRYAN Q. MILLER

Art: MARCIO TAKARA

Cover: CAT STAGGS

40 pg, FC, 3 of 4, $3.99 US • RATED T

A rain of yellow “stars” falls on Gotham City even as Superman and the Green Lantern John Stewart face a threat from Oa’s past that has reappeared on the moon. Batman, Nightwing, Green Arrow and the Wonder Woman from the DEO are doing their best, but they need help. When Clark returns to Earth, will John’s luck run out?

SUPERBOY #32

Writer: AARON KUDER

Art: JORGE JIMEMEZ

Cover: KARL KERSCHL

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The return of the son of Superman to the present day means an all-new Superboy for The New 52! Jon Lane Kent takes off for a N.O.W.H.E.R.E. lab and finds Ravagers -- and the Superboy clone body captured by Harvest! What comes next changes Jon’s life forever!

SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN #9

Writer: CHARLES SOULE

Art/Cover: TONY S. DANIEL

DC Collectibles Bombshells Variant: ANT LUCIA

32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $4.99 US

This issue will ship with three covers.

“SUPERMAN: DOOMED” continues with “ENEMY OF THE STATE”! As things get more dire on Earth for him, the Man of Steel may have to go into exile in space, but the self-proclaimed protectors of Sector 2814, the Red Lanterns, don’t want him there either! Don’t miss this deadly face-off between Kal and Kara!

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

WORLDS’ FINEST #24

Writer: PAUL LEVITZ

Art: R.B. SILVA and JOE WEEMS

Cover: BARRY KITSON

32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Get ready for action as Power Girl and Huntress begin their journey back to Earth 2! Plus, Desaad returns!

 

WORLDS’ FINEST VOL 3: CONTROL ISSUES (TPB)

Writer: PAUL LEVITZ

Art: ROBSON ROCHA, WAYNE FAUCHER, JOE WEEMS

Cover: EMANUELA LUPACCHINO

144 pg, FC, $14.99 US

In these tales from issues #13-18, Desaad and the Hellhounds of Apokolips are hunting Huntress and Power Girl, who may not survive the encounter! to find out what Desaad is really after, they must go deep underground and discover who is impersonating the missing Mr. Terrific.

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

ASH AND THE ARMY OF DARKNESS #8

Writer: STEVE NILES

Art: NACHO TENORIO

Cover: JUSTIN ERICKSON

Subscription Variant: DENNIS CALERO

Page Count: 32 pages
/Teen +/$3.99

FINAL ISSUE!!! Ash comes face to face with his own destiny as he discovers a possible clue to the origin of the curse of the dead. But before he can get any answers he has to go through...Sheila. This is the final throw down in the haunted woods that leads to the beginning of the end for the Army of Darkness.

THE BLOOD QUEEN #1

Writer: TROY BROWNFIELD

Art: FRITZ CASAS

Cover A: JAY ANACLETO

Cover B: ALE GARZA

Retailer Incentive #1: ALE GARZA (“Black and White” Line Art)

Retailer Incentive #2: JAY ANACLETO (“Black and White” Line Art)

Retailer Shared Variant: SERGIO FERNANDEZ DAVILA

Blank Authentix Variant

32 pages/Mature/$3.99

A new dark fantasy epic begins here! In a fairy tale land of knights and magic, a royal child's life hangs in the balance. Summoned to save the princess, a young woman of untold power begins a journey that will uncover secrets, reveal forbidden desires and stoke the fires of war! The reign in blood is about to be born! Inspired by the nightmares of your youth and the notorious Countess Elizabeth Bathory, THE BLOOD QUEEN comes from writer Troy Brownfield!

Dynamite Entertainment proudly announces the upcoming June release of Blood Queen #1, the first issue of an ongoing dark fantasy comic book series by the creative team of writer Troy Brownfield and artist Fritz Casas. To commemorate the launch, Dynamite has commissioned artists Jay Anacleto, Ale Garza and Sergio Fernandez Davila to provide the series' captivating cover artwork.

"I'm really excited to be working on Blood Queen for Dynamite," says Troy Brownfield, perhaps best known for his fantasy work on Grimm Fairy Tales. "I've always liked books that pull together different genres and manage to work on a few levels, and that's definitely something that we're doing here. We've got the horror element, the fantasy element, and we have medieval drama and all that entails. That means knights, witches, monsters, warring kingdoms, star-crossed lovers, betrayal and loads of secrets. Or, as I like to call it: a great time."

Set against the fairytale backdrop of knights and magic, Blood Queen begins with the heartbreaking plight of a royal child, teetering between life and death. Summoned to save the princess, a young woman of untold power begins a journey that will uncover secrets, reveal forbidden desires and stoke the fires of war. Inspired by the notorious true story of the Countess Elizabeth Bathory, Blood Queen imagines the Renaissance era as a colorful nightmare of mayhem, lust and sorcery.

"In terms of characters, one of the central issues is the idea, ‘How are the evil queens of fairy tales made?'" says Brownfield. "It's less a deconstruction like Wicked and more of a look at what could make a fundamentally good person go bad. Then again, that's not to say that it's always going to be the person that you expect, and it's not going to happen in the ways that you think you'll see coming. We want to deliver twists, turns and shocks. We'll also deal with questions of power: who has it, who earns it, who takes it, and why."

Writer Troy Brownfield has a lengthy history as a comic book writer, journalist and college professor. He began working in comics on the journalism side, founding ShotgunReviews.com and notably contributing to Newsarama, The Pulse, Newtype USA magazine and more. He was Associate Editor for Fangoria Comics and The Scream Factory. In addition to creating the webcomics Sparkshooter (with art by Sarah Vaughn) and Solo Acoustic at Sparkshooter.com, Troy has written for the likes of DC Comics, Dynamite, and Zenescope, where he was the regular writer on Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths & Legends from 2012-2013. Blood Queen is his first ongoing series for Dynamite.

Fritz Casas, the artist of Blood Queen, has contributed extensively to the Dynamite line in recent years, depicting dynamic, gorgeous female characters in such titles as Miss Fury, Red Sonja: Berserker, Kirby: Genesis -- Dragonsbane and Queen Sonja. "Fritz Casas is doing amazing work," says Brownfield. "It looks incredible."

"Troy's writing is fresh and brings a great take on the character." says Dynamite Publisher Nick Barrucci. "Troy's first project for us was a Buck Rogers Annual he wrote years ago, which was nominated for an Eagle Award. I can't say express how pleased I am that we are finally able to work on a new project together. Fans will be amazed by Blood Queen."

Cover artwork for Blood Queen will be provided by Jay Anacleto (Warlord of Mars, Red Sonja) and Ale Garza (Deadpool, Teen Titans), while Sergio Fernandez Davila (Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure) has created a Retailer Exclusive Variant image that can be tailored to promote individual comic shops.

 

CHAOS #1 (CAMPBELL B&W 2ND PTG)

Writer: Tim Seeley

Art: Mirka Andolfo

Cover: J. Scott Campbell

$3.99

With Chaos 20th anniversary and Dynamite Entertainment's 10th anniversary in 2014, the horror-heroes of the Chaos! Universe return in an epic event! A shared vision of the Apocalypse sets the supernatural serial killer Evil Ernie, the blood goddess Purgatori, the vampire assassin Chastity and the outcast teen heroes of team known as The Chosen on a collision path with each other! As claws, blood and blades fly, only one outcome is assured: Total CHAOS!

LEGENDERRY: A STEAMPUNK ADVENTURE #4 (OF 7)

Writer: BILL WILLINGHAM

Art: SERGIO FERNANDEZ DAVILA

Covers: JOE BENITEZ

Teen + / 32 pages / $3.99

"Jungle Tales" - the journey to Landing isn't half as easy as Magna Spadarossa had hoped! From the aftermath of the crash, Magna is saved by the mysterious Phantom and whisked away on a jungle adventure, where she must prove to herself that she is more than just a damsel in distress.

Originally solicited for April 9. At this rate, it's going to take two years to publish seven issues!

MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER #1 (2ND PTG)

Writer: Fred Van Lente

Art: Cory Smith

Cover: Jose Malaga

THE GOLD KEY UNIVERSE IS EXPANDING! Superstar Fred Van Lente (Marvel Zombies, Amazing Spider-Man, Archer & Armstrong) and the astounding Cory Smith (Fathom) present a stunning re-imagining of Magnus: Robot Fighter you never saw coming! In the blink of an eye, young martial artist Magnus has everything taken from him...his father, his wife, his entire life. He's suddenly thrust into a futuristic world he doesn't understand, populated by humans and robots living together in oppression! Can Magnus fight to get his life back ... and once he learns the truth about himself, will he want to?

$3.99

MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER #2 (2ND PTG)

Writer: Fred Van Lente

Art: Cory Smith

Cover: Gabriel Hardman

$3.99

Russell Magnus thought he was a normal man living a normal life...until massive robots tore him from his home and thrust him into a world where men are controlled by machines! How does he get back to his family? Who is the mysterious and deadly Leeja Clane? And why is Magnus so damn good at fighting robots? FRED VAN LENTE (G.I. Joe) and CORY SMITH (Fathom) bring mechanized mayhem to the Gold Key Universe!

MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER #3 (2ND PTG)

Writer: Fred Van Lente

Art: Cory Smith

Cover: Gabriel Hardman

$3.99

How do you kill a robot fighter? Send a human. Leeja Clane: Human Hunter! Her guns are huge! Her car is fast! Her theme music is awesome! How's Magnus possibly going to survive against an opponent with no robot parts? It's flesh-and-blood brawling brought by Fred Van Lente (Conan the Barbarian) and Cory Smith (Fathom)!

PATHFINDER: CITY OF SECRETS #2 (OF 6)

Writer: JIM ZUB

Artist: LEANDRO OLIVEIRA

Cover: GENZOMAN

Variant: CARLOS GOMEZ

Subscription Variant: SEAN IZAAKSE

Ultra-Limited Variant: STEVEN CUMMINGS

32 pages/Teen +/$4.99

The Pathfinder heroes are plunged into danger as a new threat emerges in Magnimar. Ezren ambushed, Kyra targeted, Merisiel tempted by her past. ... Will the group endure?


Come see why Pathfinder is the industry's best-selling fantasy tabletop game. Each issue features an EXCLUSIVE removable, playable tactical map and poster!


SHERLOCK HOLMES: MORIARTY LIVES #4 (OF 5)

Writer: DAVID LISS


Art: CARLOST FURUZONO

Cover: FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

32 pages/Teen +/$3.99

The deadly game of cat-and-mouse between the world’s most notorious villain and the most dangerous man in Switzerland continues to unfold with skull-cracking, wife-stealing, cattle-mutilating action! Moriarty begins to move his plan into his endgame, but he may have already been outwitted by the master alchemist who delights in murder and atrocity. Can Moriarty be evil enough to emerge as a hero, or will the people who have trusted him find themselves betrayed? The game is afoot in the penultimate issue!

IDW PUBLISHING

ANGRY BIRDS COMICS #1

Writer: JEFF PARKER

Art: DAVID BALDEON

Cover: PACO RODRIGUES

Subscription Variant: PILOT STUDIO

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Rovio Entertainment’s worldwide multimedia sensation Angry Birds™, is the newest property to join the IDW Publishing family! Beginning in June, the playfully fun adventures that took the world by storm will explode onto the page in the boundless world of comics.

The immense success of Angry Birds began in 2009 when the mobile game debuted. With 2 billion downloads through apps, the Angry Birds franchise has now been featured in nine different editions of the game, a number of successful toy lines, an animated series and is in development as a feature length film to be distributed by Sony Pictures. The innovative game solidified a market of casual gamers in the changing landscape of mobile devices.

“We're very happy to be in business with Rovio on Angry Birds comics,” said Chris Ryall, IDW's Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “Rovio has taken what was once a captivating game and built it into an interesting world filled with interesting and, uh, feathered characters who will make a perfect addition to our growing line of fun, all-ages comics.”

The world of Angry Birds has already expanded beyond its initial gameplay, with popular characters such as Red, Chuck, Bomb, Stella, Matilda, King Pig and many other colorful and delightful personalities inhabiting the Piggie Island and forming the basis for an unending series of adventures.

The partnership between IDW and Rovio provides a relationship greater than just a license as Rovio has applied their unique creative vision towards the comic adaptation of Angry Birds. Enlisting top talent from across the comics industry, such as Jeff Parker (Thunderbolts) and Eisner Award-winning writer Paul Tobin (Bandette), Angry Birds captures the fun and originality of the game itself.

“The Angry Birds comics are a perfect way of getting to know the characters, their personalities, and their world more closely. I hope that readers of all ages will have fun with these comics by top-notch creators,” said Jukka Heiskanen, Rovio’s Editor-In-Chief of Comics.

The upcoming comics from IDW will be one way to experience the sensational series in print! Look for more announcements in the coming months, and prepare to bash some green piggies!

CHICACABRA (TPB)

Writer/Art/Cover: TOM BELAND

TPB • B&W • 200 pages • $17.99

Tom Beland, best known for his multiple Eisner-nominated series True Story, Swear to God, brings his unique storytelling to IDW this June in an all-new graphic novel series, Chicacabra.

Chicacabra is a story infused with the humanity for which Tom’s work is so rightly acclaimed, but this time, Tom has written and illustrated an all-new cast of very human characters in a more supernatural setting.

“Tom Beland’s work is the perfect mix of comic-book storytelling with expressive art, interesting characters, and a resonant, emotional core,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer-Editor-in-Chief, “and I couldn’t be happier to see him apply those skills in this new way on Chicacabra. Tom’s books have always been the kind of thing you want to hand someone, whether they’re new to comics or a veteran reader who thinks they’ve seen it all. There’s something for everyone in his work, and never moreso than with Chicacabra, which pushes into the supernatural while still staying a fundamentally grounded, human tale.”

In Chicacabra, you would think being a young woman in high school would come with more than enough drama, but for Isabel Sanchez that is a mere drop in the bucket of her life. On the outside, Isabel looks and acts like your average Puerto Rican girl but after a family tragedy and then a mysterious incident she finds herself with a monster capable of great brutality living inside her. But is it her friend or foe?

Isabel will have to learn to life with a killing machine inside her and navigate high school in this first in a series of planned Chicacabra graphic novels. And heads will roll, to say the least!

"I think people will relate to Isabel. I think we all have a chupacabra in us in some way. There's fear, doubt, many things that you hold deep inside of yourself,” said Tom Beland, “This is about two souls working together in a relationship that could be damaging as well as healing. I love making it. To a degree it was as emotional as making TSSTG."

"It's the greatest comic I've ever read. And I've read the Bible." -- Lily Garcia

I'm not crazy about the art stye, but the story sounds interesting.

THE CROW: PESTILENCE #4 (of 4)

Writer: FRANK BILL

Art: DREW MOSS

Cover: JAMES O'BARR

Subscription Variant: DARICK ROBERTSON

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

What Salvador thought he knew … what he thought was driving his furious vengeance … has violently shifted. And when a former enemy is revealed as friend, these events converge to change Salvador's path forever.

I've never read any Crow comics, but if I did, it would probably be this one.

DANGER GIRL GI JOE (LTD DLX HC)

Writer: ANDY HARTNELL

Art: JOHN ROYLE

A dynamite crossover collected in explosively awesome fashion! In addition to the blockbuster miniseries, this special limited edition volume contains hand-drawn, original artwork from John Royle secured in a hardcover portfolio; a mounted signature page signed by J. Scott Campbell, John Royle & Andy Hartnell, exclusive IDW Limited cover and casing; and an exclusive fold-out pin-up featuring artwork by J. Scott Campbell! Limited to just 50 hand-numbered copies.

DEXTER'S LABORATORY #3 (of 4)

Writer: DEREK FRIDOLFS

Art/Cover: RYAN JAMPOLE

Subscription Variant: TROY LITTLE

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Dexter has located his missing sister in an alternate DEEmension ... in her own mind! A world of pink clouds, unicorns and fantasy, but more importantly … a world without science! Unable to use his inventions in this imaginary land, can Dexter find a way to convince his sister to return home and make things right again? Or will she keep her brother prisoner from ever returning back to his lab? The reign of Princess Dee Dee has begun!

Dexter's Laboratory returns to comics!

• Ryan Jampole was nominated for a 2013 Harvey award for "Most Promising Talent" for his work on Archie Comics' Mega Man!

• Variant cover by Paulina Ganucheau!

GODZILLA: THE IDW ERA

Writer: CHRIS MOWRY

Art: various 

Cover: MATT FRANK

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The King of the Monsters is no stranger to comics, but no other company has brought him to the comic page like IDW! Packed with a monstrous amount of artwork, this special edition book takes you through every Godzilla series from IDW featuring work from the creators that helped make IDW's Godzilla the fan-favorite.

I sure wish I'd had this when I wrote my Godzilla column last month!

HAUNTED HORROR #11

Writers/Art: Various

Cover: WARREN KREMER

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Reprinting the best of golden age horror fare, unseen since the code shut these comics down! Rare comic stories showcasing the grisliest artists and the most shocking tales captured in full lurid color. The Horror Comics Review screeches, "The coolest pre-Code comics from the annals of horror comics history!"

"Some of the greatest horror comic material ever to be reprinted!" -- Decapitated Dan

MARS ATTACKS: ATTACK FROM SPACE (LTD DLX HC)

Writer: JOHN LAYMAN

Art: JOHN MCCREA

The invasion begins! The first stories of an all-new Mars Attacks universe are here, bringing outrageous action and dark humor to the comics page. Eisner Award-winning writer John Layman (Chew) is joined by Eisner Award-winning artist John McCrea (Hitman) to sound the alarm. Beware! The Martians are coming in this special edition signed by Layman & McCrea! This Deluxe Hardcover includes: an exclusive case and cover, only available through this release, plus a hand-drawn sketch card in each book from a premier artist pool featuring NAR! Charles Hall, Tim Proctor and more. Limited to 250 copies.

POPEYE CLASSICS VOL 4 (HC)

Writer/Art/Cover: BUD SAGENDORF

HC • FC • $29.99 • 252 pages • 8.5” x 11”

Re-presenting the classic Popeye comic book series that debuted in 1948 by Bud Sagendorf, the long-time assistant to creator E.C. Segar! Carefully reproduced from the original comic books and lovingly restored. Also included are more of Sagendorf's gloriously funny one-pagers, rare photos, and extra artwork!

Collects issues #15–19.

ROCKY & BULLWINKLE #4 (of 4)

Writer: MARK EVANIER

Art/Cover: ROGER LANGRIDGE

Angry Birds Subscription Variant: MATT KAUFENBERG

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

In "The Burger Monster," Boris and Natasha have a new scheme to undermine this country: They open a fast food stand selling the craziest fast food item ever! But how will that help them in their fight for evil? Bullwinkle has a recipe for a burger that tastes twice as good, but with a catch! And in "Moving Experience," Nell hears that Dudley's moving to another camp -- and horse is going with. How will she stop the transfer?

• A comedy classic from Eisner-winners Mark Evanier and Roger Langridge!

• Variant cover by Roger Langridge!

ROGUE TROOPER CLASSICS #2 (of 12)

Writer: GERRY FINLEY-DAY

Art: DAVE GIBBONS

Cover: JOHN MCREA

Subscription Variant: STAZ JOHNSON

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Clone war! Nu-Earth, a planet ravaged by war, its atmosphere poisoned by chemical weapons. In this battle-scarred landscape, the Norts and Southers fight where only the Genetic Infantrymen can survive unaided. Rogue is one such soldier, and these are his tales. ... Created by Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), this series features the earliest stories surrounding one of 2000 AD's best-loved characters, all in color for the very first time!

• Art by Dave Gibbons, of Watchmen and Doctor Who fame!

• All-new covers by Eisner Award winner John McCrea!

• Enjoy the classic Rogue Trooper strips in color for the first time!

SINISTER DEXTER #7 (of 7)

Writer: DAN ABNETT

Art: ANDY CLARKE

Cover: DAVID MILLGATE

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Kal Cutter is new to the Gun Shark business but being an assassin apprentice to Sinister and Dexter is giving him more than enough on the job training. What lesson will he learn when the next job is the girl of his dreams?

STAR MAGE #3 (of 6)

Writer: JC DE LA TORRE

Art/Cover: FRANCO CESPEDES

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Rebellion and desertion! JC De La Torre's saga of space and wizardry continues as Darien adjusts to school at Lambdu Kishpu, meets new friends and learns of the treachery of his brother Orasmas. Orasmas reveals his new, unstoppable weapon - one Darien thought was lost forever. Gorgeously illustrated by artist Franco Cespedes, issue three will have a lasting effect on the rest of the series.

De La Torre's novel Ancient Rising and its sequel Rise of the Ancients Annuna were compared to Clive Cussler and Dan Brown by Baryon Speculative Fiction Review!

STAR TREK #34

Writer: MIKE JOHNSON

Art/Cover: JOE CORRONEY

Angry Birds Subscription Variant: CRAIG ROUSSEAU

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

"Lost Apollo" concludes here! Stranded on an alien world and cut off from the Enterprise, Spock and Bones must work together to save Captain Kirk from a fate worse than death... a fate tied to the earliest days of humanity's journey to the stars! Overseen by STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci, this all-new adventure continues the Five Year Mission between the new movies!

TMNT 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL (2ND PTG)

Writers: TOM WALTZ & Various

Art: KEVIN EASTMAN & Various

Cover: KEVIN EASTMAN, PETER LAIRD

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first TMNT comics with this spectacular anthology of all-new tales from the comic creators who have most influenced the Turtles over the decades! The book will feature short stories from Kevin Eastman, as well as various stars of the Mirage, Image and Archie TMNT! The perfect collection for Turtle fans old and new!

TRANSFORMERS: DARK CYBERTRON VOL 2

Writer: JAMES ROBERTS, JOHN BARBER

Art: ATILIO ROJO, JAMES RAIZ, LIVIO RAMONDELLI, ANDREW GRIFFITH, PHIL JIMENEZ, BRENDAN CAHILL

Cover: PHIL JIMENEZ

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 152 pages

The conclusion to the 12-part epic DARK CYBERTRON! OPTIMUS PRIME and MEGATRON join forces against SHOCKWAVE! Titans clash and the ultimate battle will leave the planet changed forever.

Collects Robots in Disguise #25–27, More Than Meets The Eye #26–27, and Dark Cybertron #2.

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #30: DAWN OF THE AUTOBOTS

Writer: JOHN BARBER

Art/Cover: ANDREW GRIFFITH, CASEY W. COLLER

Cover: ANDREW GRIFFITH

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Subscription Variant: CASEY W. COLLER

GALVATRON THE BARBARIAN! From Cybertron's ancient past came the warrior-king, GALVATRON.

Once, he united CYBERTRON and ushered in a Golden Age. Now, he wants to do the same to Earth… but OPTIMUS PRIME has a problem with that plan.

• DAWN OF THE AUTOBOTS continues!

• OPTIMUS PRIME commands the AUTOBOTS on Earth!

• Variant cover by Guido Guidi!

WRAITH #7 (of 7)

Writer: JOE HILL

Art/Cover: CHARLES P. WILSON III

Subscription Variant: DAVID STOUPAKIS

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Epilogue: "Phantoms." You have worked the big grift your whole life, conning a fortune off the rubes and always on the run from enemies, shadows, and phantoms. But no one outruns the Wraith... not with Charlie Manx behind the wheel.

• Spinning out of the NY Times Bestselling novel NOS4A2

• Written by NOS4A2 author/Locke & Key scribe Joe Hill!

• Variant cover by painter David Stoupakis!

• Special series-ending incentive cover by Gabriel Rodriguez!

One of the downsides of doing this list is becoming hyper-aware of delays, because they mean extra work. Every issue of this book was delayed multiple times, so without knowing a single thing about its content or quality, I'm relieved it's over!

IMAGE COMICS

GHOSTED VOL. 2 (TPB)

Story: JOSHUA WILLIAMSON

Art: DAVIDE GIANFELICE & MIROSLAV MRVA

Cover: MATTEO SCALERA JUNE 11 / 120 PAGES / FC / M / $12.99

Collects GHOSTED #6-10

After his last job, Jackson Winters won his freedom. But even now, he can’t put his very real ghosts to rest. News of his reappearance has spread, and there are people who have waited a long time to use his peculiar talents for all the wrong reasons.

Looking forward to this.

GØDLAND VOL. 6: GØØDBYE, DIVINE! (TPB)

Story: JOE CASEY

Art / Cover: TOM SCIOLI

260 PAGES / FC / T / $19.99

COLLECTS GØDLAND #31-36 and the GØDLAND FINALE one-shot

Endowed with supernatural powers after an encounter with celestial beings on the first-ever manned mission to Mars, Adam Archer is the only human being in existence to glimpse universal enlightenment. In GØDLAND, Joe Casey’s and Tom’s Scioli’s trippy, psychedelic spin on the Kirby tradition, Archer has returned to Earth and, along with his four sisters, protects it from threats from the cosmos. The final volume of the series, GØDLAND VOLUME 6: GØØDBYE DIVINE, will answer the question posed from the beginning: Can he truly become one with the Universe?

“From a macro-story/allegorical point of view, Adam Archer is us. His evolution is our evolution, humanity's evolution,” said writer Casey in an interview with Comic Book Resources. “And, yeah, he not an ‘everyman’ ... he's special from the moment you meet him in issue #1 … He's got unique abilities, he's got some psychological damage, he's got loads of personal issues. I think that describes a lot of people, y'know? So, taking that character as a surrogate for all of us, we could show a particular type of human evolution -- an emotional one -- the kind that I can personally relate to.”

Throughout the series, Archer has battled robot zombies, villains in search of the ultimate high, the sadist Discordia, and sibling rivalry. He has encountered a god-like being called Iboga and been guided by a wise dog-like alien named Maxim. But throughout it all, it’s unclear if, as a human, Archer has the potential to achieve what his brush with infinity makes possible.

The job of illustrating such a far-ranging and idiosyncratic work falls into capable hands with Scioli, whose bold character designs, celestial landscapes, and eye-popping color bring the vast universe of the co-creators' shared imagination to life.

Praise for GØDLAND:

“Joe Casey and Tom Scioli are publishing a tribute to Jack Kirby and Steve Englehart, without mimicking the greatness set forth by those creators. At the same time, this book doesn’t slavishly plod forward solely as tribute, but it offers a story that is odd, fun, and amazing. Scioli’s art is so Kirbyriffic that neophytes to the world of comics might easily mistake this work of some of Kirby’s, albeit less refined than his, and significantly more playful. Like those comics of old … Gødland is pulsating with cosmic energy that strains to pop from the page. -- Chad Nevett, Comics Book Resources

“The concepts and scope of Gødland is big in the way that the universe is big. There are huge alien machines of war the size of mountains putting the island of Manhattan in grave danger. Gods responsible for all life in the universe are behind the scenes of this story, and it’s no mere chemical spill or experiment gone wrong that leads to Adam Archer’s power. There’s a sense of grandiosity to Gødland and it’s almost so unfamiliar to me that I don’t know what I’m looking at. There was a time when this was actually commonplace in comics, but I’m pretty sure that was before I was alive. There’s a little bit of ‘it’s so old it’s new’ going on with this, but it’s doing it in a new way. It’s a big new way.” -- Josh Flanagan, iFanboy

“... this book was a real watershed book for Image and non-Big Two comics in general in that it had an aesthetic and a viewpoint that built on past comics in an additive and not just imitative way. By drawing on Jack Kirby’s cosmic period for inspiration, Casey and Scioli provided the kind of conceptual art that was usually the realm of more indie comics, giving Image comics creators a whole new field to play in.” -- Heidi MacDonald, The Beat

I never sampled this comic, because everything I learned about it -- including the above -- sounded like the creators were having a lot of in-jokey, private fun, and charging readers for it. Anyone a Godland follower and want to set me straight?

LIQUID CITY VOL. 3 (TPB)

Story / Art: VARIOUS

Editors: SONNY LIEW & JOYCE SIM

Cover: GARY CHOO

280 PAGES / FC / T $29.99

Since 2008, the LIQUID CITY comics anthology, edited by Sonny Liew (MALINKY ROBOT) and Joyce Sim, has been showcasing fresh voices from Southeast Asia. The anthology has been well-received by readers and critics alike, picking up an Eisner Award nomination for the second volume in the Best Anthology category in 2011. The third volume of LIQUID CITY continues in this tradition with more than 20 comics stories and several stand-alone illustrations that ponder the question “If you knew the world was ending, what would be the story you would most want to tell?”

LIQUID CITY VOLUME THREE collects the answers from more than 30 artists from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia. The stories, Liew writes in his preface, “provide a snapshot of the lives of Southeast Asian creators and their ultimate hopes, dreams, and fears at world’s end, capturing that one moment in their lives when they dared to play a game of make-belief.”

The stories explore the theme through the lenses of autobiography and current events, as well as through science fiction and fantasy. The diversity of ethnicity in Indonesia is explored in Tita Larasati’s autobiographical “Bloemen Blij Plukken Wij,” and Elvin Chang, from Singapore, also draws from his own experience in the military in “Boy." In “Pig When Small, Cow When Big,” Vietnamese artist Nguyen Thanh Phong takes a humorous look at a food market with no regulations.

Malaysian artist Aks Kwan’s story “Disappear” has a point of view between magic and reality, telling the story of his and his brother’s glimpse of giant guardian spirits. Singaporean artist Benjamin Chee envisions a different kind of behemoth in “Let Me See the Giant Fall,” a story of humanity’s resistance to tyranny and brutality. Adrian Ngin, an artist from Singapore, has an original take on the standard comics trope of superheroes in “iPocalypse,” asking “What if the retiree uncles and aunties frequenting your neighborhood coffee shops had special powers?”

Praise for previous volumes of LIQUID CITY

“Drips with Southeast Asian comics talent." -- Publishers Weekly

“Imaginative and visually stunning collection of new work. [Liquid City] seeks to expose mainstream readers to other exceptional talents from the region.” -- Comic Book Resources

“[Brings] together diverse talents from across Southeast Asia; the resulting collection of stories is as varied and rich as the regions they come from.” -- The Star (Malaysia)

MANIFEST DESTINY #7

Story: CHRIS DINGESS

Art / Cover: MATTHEW ROBERTS & OWEN GIENI

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

MANIFEST DESTINY #7 features a new arc, and a new adventure, allowing readers to jump into the Chris Dingess' and Matthew Roberts' series.

Lewis, Clark and the surviving members of their expedition continue westward, only to learn there is nowhere to run on the river ...

Image is pleased to reveal a variant cover featuring art by Marc Silvestri, inked by Todd McFarlane and colored by series colorist Owen Gieni for issue #7 of Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts’ critically-acclaimed Skybound series MANIFEST DESTINY.

“Historical fiction can be a gamble in comics… By keeping it weird and focusing on their characters, Dingess and Roberts make a great case for how well it can work.” -- Comic Book Resources

I read the first trade of this series, and really enjoyed it.

REAL HEROES #3

Story / Art / Cover: BRYAN HITCH

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99

Lost and alone in a world they only knew as fiction, the cast of The Olympians movies are beginning to realize things aren't easy when fantasy is made reality. The dangers are all too real and it might mean their deaths when Brainchild and Brute come to defeat the world's greatest heroes.

RED CITY #1

Story: DANIEL COREY

Art / Cover: MARK DOS SANTOS

32 PAGES / FC / T+ $2.99

Brimming with political conspiracy and raging with rival alien mobs, nothing is ever as it seems on the streets of RED CITY. Writer Daniel Corey (MORIARTY) and artist Mark Dos Santos bring you a whole new take on American crime noir.

In the wake of a system-wide civil war, hard-nosed interplanetary investigator Cal Talmage is given a simple mission to find a missing ambassador’s daughter in Mars Central, a.k.a. Red City. The routine case quickly complicates as Cal finds himself in the midst of rival alien mobs, street vendettas and political conspiracies. He struggles with personal demons as he discovers that another war is brewing, and the lives of an entire race hang in the balance.

Coming off a run on the acclaimed series MORIARTY, also published by Image Comics, writer Daniel Corey brings you a new mystery that combines femmes fatale and hard-boiled heroics with classic science fiction. Federal Security Officer Talmage just wants to be left alone, but with a girl in danger, a corrupt mayor in power and the lives of an entire race at stake, he’s got some tough choices ahead, because no one comes out clean in this town.

“You might say RED CITY is like L.A. Confidential on Mars,” said Corey. “Ellroy and Chandler shaking hands with Bradbury. We’ve got a likable-but-troubled cop who tackles a complex case in the midst of a vast criminal conspiracy, and it happens to take place on Mars. The really exciting thing is that we’re building an entire world, and the art of Mark Dos Santos brings a retro-futuristic vibe that will make RED CITY the most dangerous place in the New Solar System.”

THE REVENGE #4 (of 4)

Story: JONATHAN ROSS

Art / Cover: IAN CHURCHILL

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

MINISERIES CONCLUSION!

Griffin Franks is finished, done for, as good as dead. At least that’s what his trophy wife Candy believes. But she’s wrong. When Griffin's beloved dog Lobo dies in his arms, the trigger is pulled -- “If you wrong us, shall we not revenge?” You bet your ass he will ... after all, he IS The Revenger.

SHUTTER #3

Story: JOE KEATINGE

Art / Cover: LEILA DEL DUCA & OWEN GIENI

32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.50

SPECIAL ‘JOE KEATINGE’S BIRTHDAY’ ISSUE! It’s a day of celebration for our beloved writer, but a day of horrible consequence for Kate Kristopher! Major loss comes when the life Kate left behind sends an assassin with a gigantic bomb gun after her. ALL THIS PLUS: a triceratops.

STARLIGHT #4

Story: MARK MILLAR

Art / Cover C: GORAN PARLOV

cover A: TRAVIS CHAREST

cover B: PASQUAL FERRY

32 PAGES / FC / M / $2.99

Duke and his young companion are getting deeper into Tantalus’ underground movement, doing everything they can to infiltrate the invaders and meeting some unlikely allies. It’s been 40 years since Duke last held a gun. Does he still have what it takes to drive out alien invaders and save Tantalus for a second time?

TALES OF HONOR #4

Story: MATT HAWKINS

Art / Cover A: SANG-IL JEONG

cover B: LINDA SEJIC

32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99

THE HONORVERSE EXPANDS TO COMICS! Based on the best-selling military science fiction novels by David Weber, this original comic book series continues the story of Honor Harrington as she investigates the threat to Basilisk Station by the Republic of Haven.

THAT’S BECAUSE YOU’RE A ROBOT (ONE-SHOT)

Story: DAVID QUANTICK

Art / Cover: SHAKY KANE

32 PAGES / FC / T $3.99

Two cops. One's a robot. But they don't know which.

Coming from Image Comics this June, BAFTA winner and writer on HBO’s award winning Veep David Quantick teams up with legendary comics artist Shaky Kane (THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN) on the migraine-inducing Pop Art, Cop-Buddy one-shot THAT’S BECAUSE YOU’RE A ROBOT.

Two cops patrol a near-future Los Angeles together in an oversized patrol car, and one of them is a robot -- but we don’t know which! “Welcome to a world where identity is uncertain, the definition of humanity is open to question and there is an evil giant leprechaun who can fly,” said Quantick. “Welcome to That's Because You're a Robot.”

Kane further described the mix of styles in THAT’S BECAUSE YOU’RE A ROBOT. “Imagine Car 54 Where Are You? channeled through Philip K. Dick's cryogenically preserved brain, broadcast via the first Pye color television set with the color turned up to full retina burn,” said Kane. “If you did, you'd get something close to That's Because You're a Robot ... but not that close.”

WARNING: Contains oversized patrol cars and perilous situations.

THE WALKING DEAD #127

Story: ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art: CHARLIE ADLARD & Various

Cover: CHARLIE ADLARD & DAVE STEWART

44 PAGES / BW / M / $2.99

The 127th issue of the bestselling ongoing series THE WALKING DEAD sold out instantly at the distributor level and will be immediately rushed to a second printing to meet customer demand.

On the heels of Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s conclusion to the epic All Out War story arc, this issue marks a new beginning for the hit series and has left longtime fans and new readers alike eager to know what happens next. “This ‘new beginning’ was a big risk for us, and it's extremely gratifying to see how well it's been received,” said Kirkman. “It's good to know that despite so many changes in the book, the devotion of its readers hasn't changed at all.”

Despite being the bestselling franchise in the industry according to Diamond Distributors, a fixture of the New York Times bestseller list for numerous consecutive weeks, and having a hit cable television show on AMC of the same name, the series remains under-ordered within the direct market a stunning 10 years and 127 issues after its debut.

“It’s always frustrating when a bona fide hit like The Walking Dead sells out,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “When we sell out, stores can’t sell the book, and readers can’t get it -- we all suffer. In the time it takes to reprint a book like The Walking Dead #127, we’re all left waiting weeks, and it just winds up being a missed opportunity. That said, we are making it easier for retailers to restock this issue, while also making sure they don’t sell out of the next one quite so quickly."

THE WALKING DEAD #128

Story: ROBERT KIRKMAN

Art: CHARLIE ADLARD, STEFANO GAUDIANO, & CLIFF RATHBURN

Cover: CHARLIE ADLARD & DAVE STEWART

32 PAGES / BW / M / $2.99

After all this time, she should be more prepared.

WHISPERS (TPB)

Story / Art / Cover: JOSHUA LUNA

154 PAGES / FC / M / $14.99

Collects WHISPERS #1-6

In WHISPERS, a chilling graphic novel by Joshua Luna (ULTRA, GIRLS, THE SWORD), Sam is a young man struggling with anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder when he suddenly gains the ability to leave his body in “ghost” form and travel, free from his body, unseen.

As he travels, Sam finds he can manipulate people, nudging them to perform acts, as well as hear their thoughts. Unable to control this power, Sam’s actions lead to uncontrollable consequences, and soon he finds himself witnessing horrific acts. Can he right what has gone wrong in his life? Or will he lose himself in a shadow world of demonic forces?

“We are so accustomed to the filter that exists between a person's true thoughts and feelings and what they actually express out loud that we often don't know what it's like to get the raw truth,”  said Luna, who both wrote and drew WHISPERS. “But what if someone could override that filter? What if someone could peek into your mind and know your deepest fears and desires and use that knowledge to influence or even manipulate you? Whispers is about the headspace that we all try to protect from the outside world and how the awareness of its vulnerability can lead to empowerment or destruction."

WHISPERS is an intense supernatural thriller, sure to captivate fans of television shows like the BBC’s and Syfy’s Being Human and dark fiction like Joe Hart’s The Waiting. It will be in comic book stores on June 11 and in bookstores on June 24.

WILDFIRE #1

Story: MATT HAWKINS

Art / Cover A: LINDA SEJIC

Cover B: STJEPAN SEJIC

32 PAGES / FC / T+ $3.99

Is genetically modified food an end to world hunger or a first class ticket to the apocalypse?

Coming from Minotaur Press, Top Cow publisher Matt Hawkins (THINK TANK, TALES OF HONOR) teams up with artist Linda Sejic in a haunting story that gives a Sinclair-eque speculation of the future spoils of genetically modified food consumption.

Dan Miller is a plant biologist working with a small team perfecting an accelerated plant growth process. When things start to go wrong, Los Angeles finds itself careening toward unforeseen disaster.

"Wildfire came out of an obsession I had researching genetically modified food," said Hawkins. "When I discovered that both pro and con are shamelessly lying and covering up facts I wanted to do something fun, but rooted in the core science of what they're doing and the debate. This is basically a disaster story unlike any before!"

Wait -- we're already being killed by modified food. An ingredient called "high fructose corn syrup" is giving us all Type 2 diabetes and obesity.

MARVEL COMICS

ALL-NEW INVADERS #6

Writer: JAMES ROBINSON

Art: MARC LAMING

Cover: GREG LAND

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

Bonus Digital Edition Included

EVERYBODY HAS ONE ...

This June, the secrets of the world’s greatest heroes come undone in ALL-NEW INVADERS #6 – an ORIGINAL SIN tie-in! From Eisner-award winning writer James Robinson and guest artist Marc Laming comes the next blockbuster chapter of the series that will have you on the edge of your seat and question everything you thought you knew about the Invaders!

Brothers in arms. Companions in battle. Originally assembled for one purpose – battle back the Axis of Evil and free the world from the grip of tyrants. Though the Invaders ultimately helped win World War II, it came at a heavy cost.

They had orders. They disobeyed. And the cost for their defiance was impossibly high. What secret have the Invaders been keeping? A secret that could have saved countless thousands. Now the secret is out – and Captain America, The Winter Soldier, Namor and the Original Human Torch will face the consequences for their actions.

“This is a haunting story, filled with emotion and tense action, the kind that James does best,” says Editor Mark Paniccia

“Human Torch’s first mission as an official Agent of SHIELD forces him to confront a new superhuman with ties to the INVADERS’s sin,” Paniccia continued. “The mysteries uncovered here are just the beginning. Something’s brewing here that’s way bigger.”

What untold horrors lay the blood soaked past of Namor and Jim Hammond? And how will those sins come to bear in the present day? All will be revealed when the Invaders charge headlong into Original Sin this June in ALL-NEW INVADERS #6!

I guess this will be a DIFFERENT original sin than the one where they wiped out an entire Eurpoean town to prevent the spread of a plague, a story I remember, although I don't remember where I read it. Seems a bit redundant to me. Anybody who's been in combat is bound to have a lot of regrets.

Incidentally, anonymous Marvel person who wrote the copy above, Germany, Japan and Italy were never called the "Axis of Evil." That's a phrase first dropped by Pres. George W. Bush in some speech or other, in reference to Iran, South Korea and Iraq. The trio in WWII were simply "the Axis powers" and it's a name I believe they coined themselves. They did not, by any stretch, call themselves "evil."

ALL-NEW ULTIMATES #3

Writer: MICHEL FIFFE

Art: AMILCAR PINNA

Cover: DAVID NAKAYAMA

Variant: SIYA OUM

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

FROM THE CREATOR OF THE HIT COMIC “COPRA”

• Miles Morales the Ultimate Spider-Man! Cloak & Dagger! Bombshell! Black Widow! Kitty Pride!

• The next generation of ULTIMATES is here, but are they in over their heads?

• They’ve fought Galactus but can they survive super-powered street gangs and a psycho trying to clean up the streets?

ALL-NEW X-MEN #28

Writer: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art/Cover: STUART IMMONEN

32 PGS./Rated T/$3.99

• The future Brotherhood of Evil Mutants make their next devastating step against the sanctity of the X-Men.

• Plus, more on the new mysteries surrounding Jean Grey!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.2

Written by DAN SLOTT

Art by RAMÓN PÉREZ

Cover by ALEX ROSS

Variant Cover by PASQUAL FERRY

Alex Ross Sketch Variant Also Available!

32 PGS./Rated T/$3.99

• J. Jonah’s Jameson’s crusade against Spider-Man kicks into overdrive! He warned us! He told us that kids might try to emulate Spider-Man! And he was RIGHT!

• Meet CLASH, New York’s newest menace. He may be Spidey’s biggest fan, but he’s about to become one of his worst enemies.

• Wanted by the cops, turned away by the Fantastic Four, his grades are slipping, and he still hasn’t figured out this whole crime-fighting-thing. Pete’s not a hero ... not yet  ... but he’ll get there. Somehow.

Set between the character’s first appearance in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15 and 1963’s Amazing Spider-Man #1-3, Learning to Crawl blazes new trails for upcoming Amazing Spider-Man story arcs in Dan Slott’s new series! Don’t miss the story you never knew about the story you know by heart when AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1.2 swings into comic shops!

Looking forward to this in trade.

 

AVENGERS: THE LEGACY OF THANOS (TPB)

Writer: ROGER STERN & JOHN BYRNE

Pencils: JOHN BUSCEMA & JOHN BYRNE

Cover: KERRY GAMMILL

256 PGS./Rated T/$34.99

When Monica Rambeau, the new Captain Marvel, visits Thanos’ abandoned starship, she ends up the unwitting -- and unwilling -- guest of space pirate Nebula. Planning to conquer the Skrull Galaxy, Nebula just might be the granddaughter of Thanos himself! If Cap’s teammates back on Earth can topple the towering Terminus in the Savage Land, they’ll be drawn into Nebula’s interstellar conflict -- but this time, the Avengers will fight on the side of the Skrulls! Get ready for a cosmic classic as the flame-haired Firelord and the all-mighty Beyonder enter the fray. And it’s a small universe when the Fantastic Four appear -- but can even two teams of heroes prevent the biggest shakeup in Skrull history? Collecting AVENGERS (1963) #255-261 and ANNUAL #14, and FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #19.

I don't remember this adventure very well, but it's sure got some stellar names attached.

AVENGERS VOL. 3: PRELUDE TO INFINITY (TPB)

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN & NICK SPENCER

Penciled by MIKE DEODATO JR. & STEFANO CASELLI

Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

152 PGS./Rated T+/$19.99

The buildup to the biggest cosmic event of all! Hyperion and Captain Universe begin the godlike education of the transformed Savage Land children. But when the High Evolutionary stakes his claim on the Children of the Sun, Hyperion learns the true cost of the decisions he’s made -- and the techno-titan Terminus returns! Then, the prelude to Infinity begins as all of Earth’s Origin Sites go active -- and the planet begins communicating with something much more ancient than humans. And when alien races fleeing an intergalactic terror crash to Earth, Captain Universe and Manifold must take a trip across the universe. But whatever happened to Ex Nihilo, Abyss, Starbrand and Nightmask? As the Avengers recruit more members to deal with the mounting threat, the Builders enter the Marvel Universe -- and INFINITY is upon us. Collecting AVENGERS (2012) #12-17.

AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #5

Writer: DENNIS HOPELESS

Art: KEV WALKER

Cover: FRANCESCO MATTINA

32 PGS./Rated T+/$2.99

“DESCENT” PART 5 (OF 5): WHICH HEROES WILL JOIN THE MASTERS OF EVIL?

• Baron Zemo has made our young superhumans an offer they can’t refuse -- or can they?

• Who agrees to join the Masters of Evil -- and who goes rogue?

CAPTAIN MARVEL #4

Writer: KELLY SUE DECONNICK

Art/Cover: DAVID LOPEZ

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

• Captain Marvel has a hunch about the REAL reason behind the forced resettlement of the Rocket Girl’s people and sets out with a new crew to find proof!

• Turns out Carol’s got a history with the man behind the plot. Rut roh.

• What time is it? When the bad guy tries to blackmail our hero and use the Avengers against her …

Could it be PAYBACK TIME?

I know the hair plume is supposed to resemble the Kree helmets with fins we saw on Mar-Vell's first uniform (the green and white one), which were themselves reminiscent of the ancient Greek pilos, a helmet with a horse-hair crest. Very impressive warrior lineage. But I still think it looks stupid.

DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #2 (OF 4)

Writer: MIKE BENSON

Art: TAN ENG HUAT

Cover: DAVE JOHNSON

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

• Shang-Chi versus mystical kung fu masters in the streets of London!

• With a little help from THE DAUGHTERS OF THE DRAGON!

• Terrible truths about Shang’s fallen comrade revealed!

DEADPOOL #30

Writers: GERRY DUGGAN & BRIAN POSEHN

Art: JOHN LUCAS (A)

Cover: MARK BROOKS

32 PGS./Parental Advisory/$3.99

ORIGINAL SIN tie-in!

• Deadpool has recruited some GROOVY help in fighting vampires!

• Meanwhile: the secrets of Wade’s past that Preston learned lead her to a surprise!

Hasn't Dazzler's on-sale date expired?

FIGMENT #1 (OF 5)

Writer: JIM ZUB

Art: FILIPE ANDRADE

Cover: JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER

Disney Figment Variant by ANDY GASKILL

Imagineer Variant Cover by TOM MORRIS

Disney Variant also available

32 PGS./All Ages/$3.99

What is the Academy Scientifica-Lucidus? Who is Blarion Mercurial? What is the Integrated Mesmonic Spark Convertor?

Journey into the exciting depths of your own imagination in FIGMENT #1, the new Disney Kingdoms series created by the unique collaboration between Marvel and Walt Disney Imagineering. This five-issue series, created by rising star writer Jim Zub (Skullkickers), fan-favorite artist Filipe Andrade (Captain Marvel) and blockbuster cover artist John Tyler Christopher, weaves an all-new steampunk fantasy adventure that reveals the never-before-told origin of the inventor known as Dreamfinder and his trusty dragon companion!

A mainstay of Walt Disney World’s Epcot® Theme Park, Figment and the enigmatic inventor Dreamfinder have captivated visitors of EPCOT’s Journey Into Imagination attraction for years and Marvel and Disney are proud to bring their exciting story to the masses this June!

“Can you imagine the never-before-revealed origin of one of Disney’s most creative characters? Can you picture a Marvel spin on the Epcot® Theme Park’s mind-expanding attraction, Journey Into Imagination? Have you ever wondered how the inventor known as Dreamfinder created a certain inquisitive purple dragon?" says editor Bill Rosemann. "Be prepared for all of these answers--not to mention amazing creatures, magical lands, and cool clockwork contraptions -- in FIGMENT!”

“Expanding the story of Figment has been intimidating, but I’m genuinely enjoying it,” says writer Jim Zub in an interview with Marvel.com. “I want to do right by Disney fans and new readers alike, creating an entertaining story and that comes from working with engaging characters. Digging a bit deeper into Figment and Dreamfinder has been a fun challenge. In so many ways this story really is a ‘Journey Into Imagination’, in both word and deed.”

“After years of requests from Figment fans for new content starring their favorite purple dragon, the Imagineers suggested we expand upon the story told in the Journey Into Imagination attraction,” explained editor Bill Rosemann. “Aiming to surprise them with an adventure they thought they’d never experience, we’re traveling through the mists of time – and from Victorian-era London to the Nightmare nation and revealing how one intrepid inventor became the hero known as Dreamfinder…and also created his famous friend.”

Imagination is inside all of us, waiting to be unlocked. All it takes is one little spark to let yours take flight and make our wildest dreams come true!  This June, let your imagination take flight when one of the most popular Walt Disney World attractions comes to life in the exciting FIGMENT #1!

Elements based on Figment © Disney

On-Sale 6/4/14

I guess the first Disney Kingdoms book, Seekers of the Weird, sold well. Well enough, anyhow, to do another.

GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #14 (2ND PTG)

Writers: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS & Various

Art: NICK BRADSHAW & Various

Cover: NICK BRADSHAW

100th issue Anniversary Celebration! 45 years in the making! It's finally here!!! The 100th issue of Guardians of the Galaxy! (Okay it's actually the 101st, but we had an X-Men crossover to get through! Sheesh!) It's an all-star celebration of the most popular super team of 2014 as cosmic captain Brian Michael Bendis welcomes Nick Bradshaw (Wolverine and the X-Men) to the team! As the GOTG gets ready for new members Venom and Captain Marvel, there are unexpected dangers that promise to tear the team to its core. Plus in this special double-sized anniversary issue ... two special back up stories by former GOTG writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning!

HULK #2 (2ND PTG)

Writer: MARK WAID

Art: MARK BAGLEY, ANDREW HENNESSY

Cover: JEROME OPENA

All-new direction! The epic "Banner D.O.A." begins now!!! Following the shocking events of the Indestructible Hulk finale, Bruce Banner lies at death's door! If he survives, it won't be as the Bruce Banner we've known! How will the Hulk wreak vengeance on Banner's assailant? How can he?

HULK #4

Writer: MARK WAID

Art/Cover: MARK BAGLEY

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

“BANNER DOA” TAKES A MIND-BLOWING TURN!

• To stop HULK from destroying the AVENGERS a dangerous plan is put into play!

• Bruce Banner’s brain damage is cured, but at what cost?

• What forbidden knowledge has TONY STARK used to save his friend?

I still haven't finished the last Waid run on Hulk, and now I'm looking forward to the second!

BTW, even this stodgy old fan fully approves of the retcon tying Bruce Banner and Tony Stark together going back their origins. It helps de-isolate the Hulk, who spent decades wandering the Southwestern deserts with no goal, no motivation and no reason to have adventures that weren't thrust upon him. It got a bit tiresome, at least to me. This connection puts the Hulk back in the center of the Marvel U, as he briefly was in the '60s.

INVADERS CLASSIC: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 1 (TPB)

Writer: ROY THOMAS

Pencils: FRANK ROBBINS, DICK AYERS, RICH BUCKLER, DON HECK, JIM MOONEY, ALEX SCHOMBURG, DON RICO, LEE ELIAS & SAL BUSCEMA

Cover: FRANK ROBBINS

512 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 entire 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! Relive the heroes’ untold tales as they face the evil Axis powers; fall under the Red Skull’s spell; and battle U-Man, Baron Blood, Master Man, Warrior Woman, the three-in-one Agent Axis and more! Plus: the debuts of Spitfire, Union Jack and the Liberty Legion! The return of genuine GA villains not seen in decades! And a time-bending crossover with the Avengers! Collecting GIANT-SIZE INVADERS #1, INVADERS (1975) #1-22 and ANNUAL #1, MARVEL PREMIERE #29-30, and AVENGERS (1963) #71.

I know one Legionnaire who is probably doing the happy dance!

MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #9

Adapted by Joe Caramagna

32 PGS./All Ages/$2.99

• The fiendish Attuma send monsters and a giant tidal waves to sink the island of Manhattan!

• Hulk must prove that he is the strongest one there is … or perish!

MIGHTY AVENGERS #11

Writer: AL EWING

Art/Variant Cover: GREG LAND

Cover: FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

Ask yourself – who are the Original Mighty Avengers? All will be revealed this May in MIGHTY AVENGERS #11 – an Original Sin tie-in!

The ghostly Deathwalkers have risen again, stronger than ever. The only thing stopping them from using their powers to end humanity once and for all? The Mighty Avengers! Only this isn’t the first time a team of Mighty Avengers went toe-to-toe with the Deathwalkers. A team who’s clandestine activities were lost to the annals of history – until today!

“The Deathwalkers plan to end the world is about to come to a terrifying head,” says series writer Al Ewing. “So it’s a good time to ask if they’ve ever tried it before. And it turns out they have – in 1972. Luckily, there were six people around to stop them.”

In 1972, Luke Cage’s father, NYPD Detective James Lucas joined forces with super-scientist Dr. Adam Brashear, master of black magic Kaluu; two-fisted reporter Constance Molina, explosives expert and were-woman The Bear and Blade, vampire slayer, to combat the undead menace of the Deathwalkers. Though they sacrificed everything to save the world, their struggles were kept a close guarded secret.

But no one escapes their past – and secrets never stay truly buried. This issue, Luke Cage confronts his father -- to learn the secrets of the Avengers that time forgot!

As the Original Mighty Avengers race against time to stop the Deathwalkers in 1972, their present day counterparts attempt to uncover the startling secrets they’ve been keeping. Why have their deeds been kept hidden all these years? And what will they do once they’re uncovered? Time is running out for the Mighty Avengers. The secret history of Luke Cage’s father and the Original Mighty Avengers starts in MIGHTY AVENGERS #11!

Cover B appears to be an homage to a design that was pretty popular on movie posters in the 1970s. I don't know if it's an homage to a specific poster, or just to the genre. Here's a couple of examples, followed by the previews.

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN MARVEL VOL. 5 (HC)

Written by SCOTT EDELMAN with JIM STARLIN, GERRY CONWAY, BILL MANTLO, DOUG MOENCH, JIM SHOOTER & ROGER McKENZIE

Penciled by AL MILGROM, JIM STARLIN & PAT BRODERICK with GEORGE TUSKA & DAVE COCKRUM

Cover by AL MILGROM

Captain Marvel has returned to Earth, but the space-born super hero shouldn’t expect a warm welcome. His enemies from the Kree Empire have followed him to our world, and a war is about to break out -- the War of Three Galaxies! Teamed with the Inhumans and Kree agents on Earth, Captain Marvel must stop the Kree Science Council from escalating their struggle for genetic superiority and galactic empire. Meanwhile, Cap fights with the Avengers against the Super-Adaptoid, and he and Rick Jones are at long last separated. Each their own man for the first time in ages, Rick and Mar-Vell must search for a new purpose before it finds them -- in the guise of Nitro and Thanos! Collecting CAPTAIN MARVEL (1968) #47-57, AVENGERS ANNUAL (1967) #7 and MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE ANNUAL (1976) #2.

288 PGS./Rated T/$69.99

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: CAPTAIN MARVEL VOL. 5 HC -- VARIANT EDITION VOL. 207 (DM ONLY)
288 PGS./Rated T/$69.99

MS MARVEL #1 (4TH PTG)

Writer: C. WILLOW WILSON

Art: ADRIAN ALPHONA

Cover: SARA PICHELLI

The legend has returned! Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the ground breaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is just an ordinary girl from Jersey City -- until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm, and prepare for an epic tale that will be remembered by generations to come. History in the making is NOW! 

NEW AVENGERS #19

Writer: JONATHAN HICKMAN 

Art: VALERIO SCHITI

Cover: DUSTIN WEAVER

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

It’s the battle you didn’t know you wanted to see -- until now! As the New Avengers take on the combined power of the Great Society -- and only a single parallel Earth can survive!

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

The Great Society is a great name for a faux Justice League -- it's what Pres. Lyndon Johnson called his social programs, and LBJ was president for the bulk of the Justice League's Silver Age run (Nov 63-Jan 69). Nice touch, Hickman!

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL (TPB)

Writer: CULLEN BUNN

Pencils: RAMON ROSANAS

Cover: JAY SHAW

96 PGS./Parental Advisory/$16.99

Deadpool awakes from a food coma to find -- the zombie apocalypse has occurred! Now, can the Merc with a Mouth avoid becoming the Merc in their mouths?! Thrill to the sight of a hideous, rotting-fleshed monster shambling about the landscape -- and don’t forget all the zombies he’s fighting! (Get it? That first one referred to Deadpool. Who says zombie horror comics can’t have a little humor?) Cullen Bunn, writer of the fan-favorite Deadpool Killogy, brings us one of Deadpool’s darkest tales ever -- and we’re not just saying that because it’s in black and white (and red)! You’ve been warned, my friends! So ring the dinner bell and nail shut the door as Deadpool takes on the ambulatory undead! Collecting NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL #1-4.

NIGHTCRAWLER #1 (2ND PTG)

Writer: CHRIS CLAREMONT

Art: TODD NAUCK

Cover: CHRIS SAMNEE

Nightcrawler is back! Newly-returned from the afterlife, veteran X-Man Kurt Wagner finds himself in a world that's a far cry from the one he left: Professor Xavier is dead, Cyclops is on the run, and the X-Men are divided. But determined not to let his new lease on life go to waste, Nightcrawler hits the road alongside Wolverine, eager to right some wrongs and safeguard the future mutantkind ... and he's going to do it by the means he loves most: swashbuckling, lady-charming and -- of course -- BAMFing!

NIGHTCRAWLER #3

Writer: CHRIS CLAREMONT

Art: TODD NAUCK

Cover: JAMIE MCKELVIE

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

VARIANT COVER BY NIKO Henrichon

Racing across the globe to save his nearest and dearest from the fate he just escaped, Nightcrawler makes a grim discovery: Could it be his return that set these events in motion in the first place?

I'm glad Claremont is getting work, but I won't be reading this.

ORIGINAL SIN #1 (2ND PTG)

Writer: JASON AARON

Art: MIKE DEODATA

Cover: TOTINO TEDESCO

$4.99

WHO SHOT THE WATCHER?

The Watcher, the mysterious space-god who's been watching us from the moon for as long as we can remember ... is dead. Thus begins the greatest murder mystery in Marvel Comics history.

As Nick Fury leads the heroes of the Marvel Universe in an investigation, other forces are marshaling as well and other questions are arising. Why is Black Panther gathering a secret team of his own, including Emma Frost, the Punisher and Dr. Strange? Who is the Unseen? What was the Original Sin? What was stolen from the Watcher's lair? And most importantly, who now holds the Marvel Universe's darkest secrets in the palm of their hand?

ORIGINAL SINS #1 (of 5)

Written by NATHAN EDMONDSON, RYAN NORTH & STUART MOORE

Art by MIKE PERKINS, RAMON VILLALOBOS & RICK GEARY

Cover by MARK BROOKS

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

Bonus Digital Edition Included

EVERYBODY HAS ONE ...

Prepare yourself for more secrets, more reveals and more impact on the Marvel Universe than could be contained in just one series! Spinning directly out of the events of the highly anticipated Original Sin – ORIGINAL SINS, a new 5-issue companion series set to flip the script on some of your favorite Marvel superheroes as the best and brightest creators in the industry explore the deepest darkest skeletons in their closets!

Featuring top-tier creators including James Robinson, Charles Soule, Mark Bagley, Dan Slott, Nathan Edmondson and many, many more – each issue of ORIGINAL SINS contains three all-new stories spotlighting fan-favorite characters throughout the Marvel Universe.

Everyone has a deep, dark secret – from the Avengers to the X-Men to everyone in between. Truth’s hidden for years. The omniscient cosmic being known as The Watcher has borne witness to every event and every secret in the history of the Marvel Universe. But now he’s dead, and the knowledge he’s collected has been released. And those secrets are about to come out.

“Like the ultimate NSA leak, the Watcher – regardless of whether you’re a hero, villain, innocent bystander – the Watcher has seen everything you’ve done,” says Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “He’s seen it and he knows all, and there’s so much that affect so many players in the Marvel Universe that apart from the spine of the murder mystery proper [in Original Sin] and the impact on the characters that have their own titles, there was still grist to deal with characters of all sorts throughout the Marvel Universe.”

Who is Deathlok? Rising star writer Nathan Edmondson (Black Widow, The Punisher) and fan-favorite artist Mike Perkins expose the secrets of the cyborg super-soldier! But all is not as it seems. And a hidden truth will finally be revealed, setting the stage for Deathlok’s return to the forefront of the Marvel Universe!

Then, Eisner-award winning writer Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics, Adventure Time) and artist Ramon Villalobos (What If: Age of Ultron) follow the Young Avengers in the first of a 5-part serial running through each issue of ORIGINAL SINS. As Hulkling, Marvel Boy and Prodigy attempt to track down the super-powered crime-lord The Hood, even they’re not prepared for what they find. And for one Young Avenger, the death of the Watcher will become a very personal affair!

Finally, writer Stuart Moore joins prolific artist Rick Geary expose the secrets of the faithful Inhuman companion Lockjaw! And you won’t believe what he’s been keeping.

Now, uncover the earth-shattering secrets behind the extended Marvel universe too big and too shocking to be contained in the main Original Sin series!

“No matter who you are, hero or villain or even merely a bystander, the Watcher saw everything that you did -- every dark secret, every embarrassing indiscretion,” says Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “It’s too late for the MU to erase its browser history -- all of the sordid and scary and sadistic secrets are now being brought into the light of day, and the shockwaves will ripple across the Marvel Universe and its denizens in ORIGINAL SINS.”

Everybody has one. This is Marvel’s ORIGINAL SINS!

SAVAGE WOLVERINE #20

Writer: FRANK TIERI

Art: FELIX RUIZ

Cover: DECLAN SHALVEY

32 PGS./Parental Advisory/$3.99

• Meet the sole survivor of the Valentine’s Day Massacre -- WOLVERINE!

• Gangsters, bullets, babes, villains, heroes and murder!

• Frank Tieri returns to Wolverine with Felix Ruiz of Wolverine MAX fame for a showdown in Capone’s town!

SECRET AVENGERS #4

Writer: ALES KOT

Art: MICHAEL WALSH

Cover: TRADD MOORE

Variant: MICHAEL WALSH

32 PGS./Rated T+/$3.99

“INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT”

• The Fury reappears inside the Kowloon Walled City -- which is deep inside the Chinese territory. Who you gonna call?

• No-one, but Nick Fury, Hawkeye and a bunch of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents come anyway. Problems? You bet. The Kowloon gangs want The Fury as well.

• On the Helicarrier, someone dies. The ground is not steady. Things escalate.

SHE-HULK #5

Writer: CHARLES SOULE

Art: RON WEMBERLY

Cover: KEVIN P. WADA

32 PGS./Rated T+/$2.99

• She-Hulk & Hellcat must uncover the secrets of the Blue File -- a conspiracy that touches the entire Marvel Universe!

• This new mystery brings us She-Hulk’s most terrifying role ever: DEFENDANT!

• Charles Soule (THUNDERBOLTS) and Ron Wemberly (MIGHTY AVENGERS) continue the smash hit of All-New Marvel Now!

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER VOL. 2 — GODBOMB (TPB)

Writer: JASON AARON

Pencils: JACKSON GUICE & ESAD RIBIC

Cover: ESAD RIBIC

136 PGS./Rated T+/$19.99

Somewhere at the end of the time, all the gods of the universe are enslaved, working to build a machine that will forever change the face of creation. What is the Godbomb? And what can Thor do to stop it? While Gorr’s master plan continues to unfold, all hope for divinity is lost when Thor finds himself in chains alongside his fellow gods. And even as Gorr’s dark origin is revealed, along with the truth behind his bloody quest to butcher the gods, three time-bending Thors unite to lead an army of slave gods in the fight against Gorr. But will it all be for naught as the clock ticks down and the massive Godbomb is triggered at last? And after the dust clears, what will be left of the universe’s deities? Collecting THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #6-11.

UNCANNY X-MEN SPECIAL #1

Writer: SEAN RYAN

Art: RON ACKINS

Cover: GARY CHOO

Interlocking Variant: LEE BERMEJO

40 PGS./Rated T+/$4.99

• UNCANNY X-MEN, IRON MAN & NOVA CROSS OVER!

• Cyclops is kidnapped, but by who?!

• But what force could bring the Children of the Atom, the Armored Avenger and the Human Rocket together!

THE UNITED STATES OF MURDER INC. #2

Writer: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art/Cover: MICHAEL AVON OEMING

Variant: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Variant: DAVID MACK

32 PGS./Mature/$3.99

This new crime epic saga from the creators of POWERS continues! Welcome to a world where the influence of organized crime has risen to a place where parts of the United States are actually fully controlled by the five families. At the end of last issue, the biggest secret in history of the five families was revealed! The newest made man, Valentine, now must figure out how he and his associate, Jagger Rose, are supposed to continue on knowing what they now know. Every issue delivers powerful visuals by Eisner Award winner Michael Avon Oeming and a story by the writer of some of your favorite Marvel comics including ALL-NEW X-MEN!WOLVERINE #8

Writer: PAUL CORNELL

Art: KRIS ANKA

Cover: STEVE MCNIVEN

Variant: RYAN STEGMAN

32 PGS./Parental Advisory/$3.99

• Logan, Iron Fist, Shang Chi vs. an army of deadly ninja.

• Three Months to Die -- The title says it all!

Strap in for a gut-wrenching, blood soaked tale of betrayal, vengeance and a hero’s death as 3 MONTHS TO DIE kicks off this June in WOLVERINE #8! All culminating in a grisly September finale that will have the whole world on the edge of their seat!

Friend. Teacher. X-Man. Avenger. Assassin. Hero. The man called Logan has worn many faces and lived many lives. Tortured by the horrors of his past, Logan has spent the better part of his life on a path to redemption.

But all paths eventually end. And there will be no happy ending for the Wolverine. Left without his healing factor, the invulnerable killing machine has found himself mortal for the first time in his long life. And as past sins come back to haunt him – he’ll have to pay the ultimate price.

"If the title sounds ominous, it's for a good reason," says Editor in Chief Axel Alonso. "What will be waiting for readers in September, when '3 Months to Die' is over? Let's just say, it's going to be the buzz of the comics world."

Alienated and alone with no X-Men to protect him, a killable Wolverine prepares to make his final stand. Deadly forces are closing in, and time is almost up. What will become of the Wolverine? And what does the Marvel Universe look like without him in it? Nothing lasts forever, and the beginning of the end starts this June in WOLVERINE #8!

The clock is ticking. Wolverine has 3 MONTHS TO DIE!

It doesn't take much imagination to figure that each subsequent issue will have a cover like Cover B above, with one fewer claw up, right?

VALIANT COMICS

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #21

Written by FRED VAN LENTE

Art by PERE PEREZ

Covers by SHAWN CRYSTAL and MICHAEL WALSH

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color | T+

Living it up at the Hotel California!

Dead celebrities, an extra-dimensional hotel, the truth about The Doors … and that was all in our first issue! Fred Van Lente’s ground-breaking run continues as Archer & Armstrong face off against their greatest foe, The Lizard King, as the fate of reality itself hangs in the balance!

Cover B is an homage to the Jimi Hendrix album cover below. I'd bet a dollar Cover A is also an homage, but I don't recognize the image.

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG VOL. 5: MISSION: IMPROBABLE (TPB)

Written by FRED VAN LENTE, CHRISTOS GAGE, and JOSHUA DYSART

Art by PERE PEREZ and TOM RANEY

Cover by TOM FOWLER

$14.99 | 128 pages, full color | T+

Archer & Armstrong are going to war with Bloodshot and H.A.R.D Corps! (GULP!)

That’s right, Valiant’s globetrotting adventure duo have been targeted for elimination by Project Rising Spirit’s most elite kill crew. Their mission? Assassinate the the newly appointed leader of a homegrown fundamentalist terror sect named … Obadiah Archer?! And if they could take out his mentally ill, alcoholic bodyguard who just happens to think he’s a 10,000-year-old immortal, that’d be swell, too!

It’s an improbable mission with impossible odds. Do Bloodshot and the steely killers of the H.A.R.D. Corps stand a chance against two conspiracy-smashing heroes that never go down without a fight? Find out right here with the complete collection of the mayhem-soaked "Mission: Improbable” crossover, collecting ARCHER & ARMSTRONG: ARCHER #0, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #18-19 and BLOODSHOT AND H.A.R.D. CORPS #20-21 by acclaimed writers Fred Van Lente, Christos Gage and Joshua Dysart, and all-star artists Pere Pérez and Tom Raney!

ARMOR HUNTERS #1 (of 4)

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI

Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE

Chromium & Standard Edition Covers by JORGE MOLINA

Character Design Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN

Armor Hunters Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE

Artist Variant by DOUG BRAITHWAITE

Blank Cover also available

CHROMIUM EDITION: $5.99 | STANDARD EDITION: $3.99

32 pgs. | T+

The most ambitious crossover event of 2014 begins in ARMOR HUNTERS #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new, four-issue mini-series by New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar, Green Lantern) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (Unity, Justice)!

When Aric of Dacia returned to Earth with the stolen X-O Manowar armor of an alien race, he thought he finally found a weapon to guard the peace and kingdom he’d struggled so long to secure. But now, a relentless and surgical strike team from the farthest reaches of space -- sworn to exterminate the armor and all like it -- have found their final target. The ARMOR HUNTERS are coming. They will hunt. They will trap. They will kill. And they will rid the universe of the X-O Manowar’s incalculable destructive power … even if it means taking the Earth with it.

"The Hunters have been hardened by a long and difficult campaign against the Manowar armors," writer Robert Venditti told USA Today. "They don't come to Earth to make friends or forge alliances. They come to finish the fight."

“2014 will be a year of all-new jumping-on points for Valiant, and ARMOR HUNTERS #1 is the perfect place to start. Robert Venditti and Doug Braithwaite are two of the finest storytellers in the medium. They’ve shaped the Valiant Universe, and we couldn’t be happier to have them architecting ARMOR HUNTERS,” said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons.

"X-O Manowar is about to find himself at the center of a firestorm embroiling all of Valiant's most powerful heroes. Believe us when we say that, in an era of events, the scale, scope and intensity of ARMOR HUNTERS will be the biggest and most daring undertaking we’ve ever attempted,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

ARMOR HUNTERS #1 (of 4) kicks off Valiant’s landmark 2014 crossover event in June. Then, ARMOR HUNTERS continues with two brand new story arcs beginning in UNITY #8 by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Justice League of America) and rising star Diego Bernard (Eternal Warrior); and X-O MANOWAR #26 by Venditti and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (Conan). And look for even more Valiant heroes to join the fight against Valiant’s first full-scale alien incursion as the summer continues. Further details will follow in 2014.

Next summer, bend the knee … or take the head when Valiant unleashes an all-new starting point for the year's most acclaimed comic book universe, beginning in ARMOR HUNTERS #1 (of 4) by superstar creators Robert Venditti and Doug Braithwaite!

Valiant will offer qualifying retailers worldwide the chance to "unlock Chromium" with five specially manufactured, limited edition Chromium covers for Armor Hunters #1 (of 4), Unity #8, and X-O Manowar #26 in June; and Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1 (of 3) and Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1 (of 3) in July. Non-chromium standard editions of all five titles will also be offered for sale.

Contact your local retailer to pre-order your ARMOR HUNTERS Chromium Editions today ... and ensure that you get the full, armor-plated experience of the biggest Valiant event ever!

"Valiant introduced Chromium to comics and we won a slew of innovation awards for Joe Quesada's beautiful Chromium cover to the original X-O Manowar #0. We've received countless requests to bring Chromium back since our return in 2012, but wanted to wait until we had a story that justified its return. Now, with Armor Hunters, we have that story. In the wake of the announcement of Valiant First and Rai #1, the timing couldn't be better to launch our biggest crossover event yet with the armor-plated opening salvo it deserves," said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce.

"This is bigger and bolder than anything we've done before. With Armor Hunters, Robert Venditti and Doug Braithwaite are laying down what could quite possibly be the most ambitious, most high stakes, most consequence-filled story in Valiant's history. We're going to be equally bold with our marketing and sales, and the first of those initiatives is Chromium. It's a story-centric enhancement that reaches right back to Valiant's roots and we're proud to be able to offer these five Armor Hunters Chromium Editions as on-the-shelf items for excited fans across the world," said Valiant CEO and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

Retailers will be eligible to "unlock Chromium" based on their orders of Armor Hunters #1 (of 4), Unity #8, X-O Manowar #26, Armor Hunters: Bloodshot #1 (of 3), and Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1 (of 3). After "unlocking" each separate title, qualifying retailers may order as many Chromium editions of the corresponding title as they like. Retailers be advised: due to the lead time needed to manufacture this special cover process, print runs for all five Armor Hunters Chromium editions have already been set. Supplies are robust but limited, and allocations may occur. If allocations do occur, they will be made based on initial orders.

For some reason, I think the words "All my power ... and I couldn't save them!" should be coming out of X-O's mouth on Cover B.
           

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BLOODSHOT AND H.A.R.D. CORPS #23

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE & JOSHUA DYSART

Art by AL BARRIONUEVO

Covers by AL BARRIONUEVO and PERE PEREZ

$3.99 | 32 pages, full color | T+

BLOODSHOT VS. H.A.R.D. CORPS – ROUND II!

The six men and women of H.A.R.D. Corps are all that stand between Bloodshot and everything he’s ever wanted -- the total destruction of Project Rising Spirit. The clock is ticking down to zero, the stakes are life-or-death … and no one in this fight has anything left to lose.

OTHER PUBLISHERS

A CENTAUR'S LIFE VOL 3 (GN)

Publisher: SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: Kei Murayama

Being a teenager is never easy, especially for a centaur! Himeno is a sweet, shy girl, who like many teens her age, struggles with the trials and tribulations of attending high school. The difference is she's a centaur; but she's not alone. In fact, all of her classmates are supernatural creatures, sporting either horns, wings, tails, halos, or some other unearthly body appendage. Yet despite their fantastical natures, Himeno and her best friends - the dragon-winged Nozomi, and Kyoko with her spiraled horns - are down-to-earth, fun-loving teenagers who grapple with issues of life and love in a mostly normal daily school setting.

MATURE/$12.99

Every time I see a centaur now I think of a line from Image's Manifest Destiny, where Captain Clark refers to a centaur, in all seriousness, as "a man with a horse's bottom."

I’ve been reading this series – it’s an interesting mixture.  Much of it is standard “Japanese high school hi-jinks" – comparable to something like Azumanga Daioh. But it’s interspersed with some serious world-building. There’s been a chapter discussing how the different races evolved, and looks at how technology would have to be adapted to suit centaurs or people with wings. There also political commentary -- hate-crime laws are even stricter in a world with many distinct races, and so on. It’s not for everyone, but I’m a sucker for stories in which the author has obviously tried to think everything through.

ALICE IN THE COUNTRY OF JOKER VOL 5: CIRCUS & LIARS GAME

Publisher: SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Writer: Quinrose

Art/Cover: Mamenosuke Fujimaru

Alice's romantic tribulations continue in this ongoing series by the New York Times bestselling author of Alice in the Country of Hearts! Alice Liddel has now entered a new realm - the country of Joker - where she is reunited with old friends. Yet new challenges abound, as Alice must unravel the mystery of the Circus and the Prison Realm, and deal with the enigmatic Jokers.

MATURE/$12.99

I’ll cop to never having been that big of an Alice in Wonderland fan, so I’m not sure what the fascination is for the character.

ARATA THE LEGEND VOL 18 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: Yuu Watase

Both Arata of the Hime and Arata Hinohara come under attack by members of the Six Sho, a group from Hinohara's world who found themselves in the other, gained great power, and now wish to return home for reasons more sinister than just being homesick. Arata of the Hime is tasked with protecting his classmate and friend Oribe, who turns out to be a lot more than either of them suspected, while Arata Hinohara faces perhaps his greatest challenger yet among the Six Sho - Isora, who wields the power of the written word!

$9.99

"Isora, who wields the power of the written word!"

The most dangerous power of them all!

BAD VENTURES: BOBO BACKSLACK (GN)

Publisher: ADHOUSE BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover: Jon Chadurjian

Oh, geez! There is no one as unlucky in all of North Dakota as Bobo Backslack. All he wants to do is work hard at his job, get a girlfriend and make his mom proud, but it seems that all forces from the natural to the supernatural are poised against him. His miserable life is exquisitely detailed within these pages.

MATURE/$14.95

BAR MAID VOL 1 (TPB)

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: Patrick Shand

Art: Jacob Bear

Cover: Billy Tucci

Taken in and trained by her uncle to be a freedom fighter after her parents were murdered, Cassidy O'Hara leads a dual life in the mountains and forests of Manchuria. Part time guerilla, part time saloon girl, Cassidy is about to be pulled into a plot that will affect the outcome of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and the very outcome of World War II.

$15.99

I look at covers like this and wonder if these young artists who draw in what I call the "Michael Turner School" have ever been close to an actual girl. Hint: They do NOT look like this, and I for one am glad they don't.

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #2

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer/Art: Natasha Allegri

Cover: Leslie Hung, Zac Gorman

Bee and Puppycat save the day! Sort of. It's a crazy life when you're job is beating up bad guys and your biggest worry is paying the rent. Hopefully things will start looking up for Bee as she learns the ropes of her new "job."

$3.99

BONE COLOR ED VOL 7: GHOST CIRCLES (NEW PTG HC)

Publisher: CARTOON BOOKS

Writer/Art/Cover:  Jeff Smith

A long-dormant volcano explodes, blacking out the sun, mowing down trees, and filling the land with soot and ash. The Lord of the Locusts is released with the eruption. Against this apocalyptic backdrop, the Bone cousins along with Thorn and Gran'ma Ben struggle to reach safe haven in the city of Atheia. Meanwhile, Lucius Downs lies severely wounded and trapped with the villagers in the camp at Old Man's Cave.

$26.99

BRAVEST WARRIORS 2014: IMPOSSIBEAR SPECIAL #1

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: Kevin Panetta & Various

Art: Paulina Ganecheau & Various

Cover: Ian McGinty

If there is one sassy fur ball in BRAVEST WARRIORS that deserves a comic dedicated to how awesome he is, it's Impossibear! Impossibear and Catbug are up to no good with the Bravest Warriors off on a mission! Between music appreciation, karate-chopping space chickens, and trying to eat a baglewich in peace, there are plenty of shenanigans to be had.

$4.99

CALIBAN #3

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: Garth Ennis

Art/Cover: Facundo Percio

GARTH ENNIS has created a science fiction horror story that grabs you and rips a black hole in your chest while reading.  The crew of the Caliban is dying.  When an alien ship melded with their vessel in hyperspace, it unleashed something long forgotten from the darkest and coldest corners of the universe.  Creeping flesh, mutating fears, and paranoia pushed to the brink of sanity rule now.  Garth Ennis delivers a modern day sci-fi masterpiece in the vein of Alien that tears you screaming from your safe place and leaves you naked before unimaginable horrors.  Available with Regular, Wraparound, Terror and Design Sketch Incentive covers by Facundo Percio and a ultra-limited Dark Matter edition of just 1500 copies.

MATURE/$9.99

This is starting to sound a lot like Crossed, horror-wise.

CHOSIN: HOLD THE LINE (GN)

Publisher: MACHINE GUN BOB COMICS

Writer: Richard C. Meyer, Brian Iglesias

Art: Tom Jung

Cover: Tom Jung, Otis Frampton

Korea, 1950. A young mail clerk finds himself trapped on a frozen hill that is defended by US Marines who are surrounded by thousands of North Korean soldiers. Victory is no longer an option. Their only hope is to survive long enough to allow the rest of their division to escape to the sea. A true story of the Korean War told in the heightened tone of Frank Miller's 300.

$24.99

Oooh! Me wantsa! My only concern is the reference to the "heightened tone of Frank Miller's 300." Because, 300 was a load of hogwash -- it was the recounting of a myth, not history. So I hope they really do mean "tone" and not "content." I really would like to know the unvarnished history of the Chosin Reservoir, a battle I've heard about all my life and know next to nothing about.

CROSSED BADLANDS #55

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: Garth Ennis

Art/Cover: Christian Zanier

Final Fantasy Variant: Matt Martin

Torture Variant: Christian Zanier

Wrap Variant: Gabrel Andrade

GARTH ENNIS has redefined horror with the grueling bloody world of Crossed.  In this penultimate issue of "The Thin Red Line" we trace the steps of C-Day, the horrific event that turned the planet into a charnel house.  As the last vestiges of the global governments attempt to identify and contain the rapidly spreading plague, a group of soldiers are sent on a desperate mission to avoid nuclear Armageddon in the middle of what appears to be the End of Days.  Crossed fans have waited over five years for this story ... to finally have some glimpse at the cause of the outbreak.  But be warned...once you see these images of depravity, you can't unsee them ... no matter how badly they scar you.  Available with Regular,Torture,and Red Crossed Incentivecovers by Christian Zanier, a Fatale Fantasy cover by Matt Martin and a Wraparound cover by Gabriel Andrade.

MATURE/$3.99

Shouldn't everyone normal in this world be dead by now? Get it over with!

CROSSED VOL 9 (HC)

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: Daniel Way, Simon Spurrier

Art: Emiliano Urdinola, Gabriel Andrade

Cover: Gabriel Andrade

Two very different Crossed scribes open new wounds in the miserable world of the Crossed!  Daniel Way introduces a naval captain and his crew as they attempt to survive the plague of insanity spreading across the globe in "Grave New World."  He's a shrewd man and watching the monsters has given him an insightful plan for saving those in his charge.  But whether it is inspiration or insanity, the crew still faces the gleeful misery of the Crossed.  And Simon Spurrier returns to tell a tale set in the infected outback.  Todd drives a road train through the desolate Australian desert. Before C-day he was a loser, an outcast, a fat nobody with a nobody-job. Now he's an Emperor of the wasteland. His rig and its trailers are the safest place around: stocked to the brim with canned food and gasoline. But his desire to have a harem who worship him opens himself up to the true horrors of the outback.  Spurrier brings his trademark flare for developing intricately flawed characters to a story that will haunt your dreams for years to come.   In a world of Crossed...there is no hope and there is no help.  There is only the Crossed.  This volume collects Crossed: Badlands #44 - 49 and the Crossed Special 2013.  Also available in Hardcover. 

MATURE/HC $27.99, TPB $19.99

DEAD LETTERS #3

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: Christopher Sebela

Art/Cover: Chris Visions

You can't die twice ... unless you're "Here." Sam's about to find that out the hard way, as his double-cross is discovered by Mr. Jones and his right-hand man Charnel, a serial killer in a past life who has found renewed vigor and purpose in the dark city.

$3.99

DEADMAN WONDERLAND VOL 3 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art: Jinsei Kataoka, Kazuma Kondou

Cover: Kazuma Kondou, Jinsei Kataoka

Ganta enters the Carnival Corpse, a battle between two Branch of Sin users. Ganta's next opponent is a timid girl; can he even take her on? Meanwhile, deep in the bowels of the prison, the warden stands face to face with the Red Man. Who really murdered Ganta's friends?

$9.99

Why would anyone deliberately enter something called the “Carnival Corpse”?

DICKS: END OF TIME #1

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: Garth Ennis

Art/Cover: John McCrea

Offensive Variant: John McCrea

The Dicks are back, now as perhaps the worst masked heroes the World has ever seen!  Fondly miss The Boys?  Well, this won't help much as GARTH ENNIS and JOHN MCCREA have even less respect for heroes with Super Dicks! Join the boys as they return to their riotous roots with the new misadventures of Dougie and Ivor!  Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the comic shop, the Dicks are back for a new round of the most offensive misadventures imaginable.   Available with Regular, Offensive, and Classic Moment Incentive covers by McCrea.

MATURE/$3.99

This is another Garth Ennis property I don't care for. But I do enjoy his Battlefields immensely.

Incidentally, the cover at left is an homage to a famous illustration by Carmine Infantino that is frequently swiped, while the one on the right is an homage to the classic "Flash of Two Worlds" cover on Flash #123.

EMPTY MAN #1

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: Cullen Bunn

Art/Cover: Vanesa Del

WHY WE LOVE IT: There's nothing scarier than horror that hits home-a tale of terror only one or two steps removed from our reality. THE EMPTY MAN is a dystopic version of the world we know, where a terrifying disease has taken on almost deific connotations.

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Cullen Bunn (THE SIXTH GUN, VENOM) and Vanesa R. Del Rey (HIT) are two of the most exciting talents in the industry, and perfectly in sync on this haunting new crime procedural.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: It's been one year since the first reported case of the Empty Man disease, and no drug has been able to slow its progress. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms include fits of rage, hideous hallucinations, suicidal dementia, followed by death, or a near lifeless, "empty" state of catatonia. As murder cults rise nationwide, the FBI and CDC enter a  joint investigation of the Empty Man, hoping to piece together clues to stop the cult and uncover a cure.

$3.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: ROBYN HOOD LEGEND #4

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: Patrick Shand

Art: Larry Watts

Cover A: EMILIO LAISO

Cover B: MATT TRIANO

Cover C: CHRIS EHNOT    

THE FINAL ARC OF THE ROBYN HOOD TRILOGY CONTINUES!

Robyn vs. the Sheriff of Nottingham. One lives, one dies.

Don't miss this shocking issue of ROBYN HOOD.

$2.99

"One lives, one dies."

Just a hunch, but I bet the bad guy is the one who dies.

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: WARLORD OF OZ #2

Publisher: ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT INC

Writer: Jeff Massey

Art: Miguel Mendonca

Cover A: SEAN CHEN

Cover B: RICHARD ORTIZ

Cover C: MIRKA ANDOLFO

Cover D: GIUSEPPE CAFARO

The sequel to the best-selling Zenescope series of all time continues!

There is a new evil in Oz, and it is greater even than that of the wicked witches. When Dorothy is called back into the realm that she once saved, she will find out a secret about her power that she may not be ready to accept. As her destiny looms in Emerald City, the Warlord begins his plan to send it all to hell.

$2.99

More "Michael Turner" girls. Man, I miss Jenny Frison!

Also, Cover D is an homage to Michelangelo's Pieta sculpture, which is frequently copied for comic-book covers. We've talked about Pieta swipes HERE and other places, and mycomicshop.com has a pretty lengthy list of Pieta covers HERE.

GIRLS UND PANZER VOL 1 (GN)

Publisher: SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Writer: Girls

Art/Cover: Ryouichi Saitaniya

Tank girls take the front seat in this new manga series based on the popular military anime. Miho Nishizumi, a new transfer student to Ooarai All-Girls High School, would like nothing more than to enjoy a peaceful, stress-free school life. Unfortunately, her new school just revived its tankery program and enlists Miho to put together a team so that they may compete in a national tournament. As Miho struggles to overcome her turbulent past with tanks, she must first learn to tread lightly with her eccentric companions. Can Miho possibly plow through the challenges and master the art of tankery, or will she get left behind in the dust?

$12.99

Technically, it should be Madchens und Panzer or Girls and Panzer. (Panzer is the same in English or German, if you're referring to the tank.) And what is it with the tanks, anyway? 

The title seems to be a straightforward  transliteration of the Japanese title “Gāruzu ando Pantsā,” which is how the Japanese would say “Girls and Panzer." (It’s been my experience that when the Japanese borrow words from other languages, they don’t worry much about things like precise meaning or grammatical correctness.) 

I’ve heard of this. It seems to be set in a universe where a sort of real life version of Tank Command is considered one of the “womanly arts.” My suspicion is that Japan’s militaristic side, officially suppressed since 1945, occasionally manifests itself in odd ways.

GOD IS DEAD #14

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: Mike Costa

Art: Omar Francia

Cover: Jacen Burrows

Carnage Wrap Variant: German Nobile

End of Days Variant: Jacen Burrows

Iconic Variant: Jacen Burrows

Jesus has risen and walks among us again.  But thousands of years of recounting the stories of the Bible won't prepare mankind for the truth about the All Powerful.  MIKE COSTA pushes the limits of sanity in the world of JONATHAN HICKMAN's divine war.  Sacrilege and blasphemy are the order of the day as the human race attempts to cope with the true intentions of God returned.  Available with a Regular, End of Days, and Iconic covers by Jacen Burrows, a Carnage Wraparound cover by German Nobile, and a special Gilded Retailer Incentive Cover also by Burrows.

MATURE/$3.99

GOLD DIGGER #211

Publisher: ANTARCTIC PRESS

Writer/Art/Cover: Fred Perry

Gina, Ayane and Britanny uncover the workshop of the Death Trap Architect and accidentally activate a titanic trigger that threatens to set off an continent-wide array of ancient catastrophes!  The trio must crawl their way to the trigger's reset chamber to disarm the disasters and learn the source of the ancient death trap empire!

$3.99

LEWIS & CLARK (GN)

Publisher: ST. MARTINS PRESS

$17.99

LUMBERJANES #1 (2ND PTG)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis

Art: Brooke A. Allen

From BOOM! Entertainment.

WHY WE LOVE IT: Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp ... defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons ... what's not to love?!

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: It's Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls and features five buttkicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake. And with the talent of acclaimed cartoonist Noelle Stevenson and talented newcomer Grace Ellis writing and Brooke Allen on art, this is going to be a spectacular series that you won't want to miss.

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together ... and they're not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but Lumberjanes is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things.

$3.99

LUMBERJANES #3

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson

Art: Brooke A. Allen

Cover: Noelle Stevenson

The girls have a lot more to worry about than crazy creatures and supernatural events ... they have FIELD DAY. It's a competition between the Lumberjanes and the Genteel boy camp next door that's going to be filled with surprises!

$3.99

MAGI VOL 6 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: Shinobu Ohtaka

The furious battle between Ugo and Judar ends with the sudden appearance of Ren Kogyoku, Eighth Princess of the Kou Empire. The strange creatures she unleashes only drive home the point that Balbadd is surrounded by powerful enemies and further weakened by treachery from within. Sinbad has a plan to save Balbadd that will require strength and courage from everyone, particularly Alibaba, but no one doubts Alibaba more than himself...

$9.99

"No one doubts Alibaba more than himself."

I bet I do …

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS VOL 1: RITA REPULSA (HC)

Publisher: PAPERCUTZ

Writer: Stefan Petrucha

Art/Cover: Paulo Henrique Marcondes

When an ancient stone idol comes to life and starts blasting everything in its path with a morphing ray, it looks like the world is in pretty deep trouble; but it's nothing compared to the havoc unleashed when Rita Repulsa gets her hands on it! The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers join the fray, but this new baddie has extra muscle from Squatt and the Putty Patrol. If the team doesn't get a little help of their own from a trusted friend, this latest mission may be their last!

In 1993, the Power Rangers burst on the scene in an explosion of colorful combat, bizarre monsters, incredible robot battles, and Megazord-sized fun, spawning a global phenomenon and an ever-expanding storytelling universe. Papercutz is proud to present the long-awaited continuing adventures of the team that started it all!

$12.99

PEANUTS: THE BEAGLE HAS LANDED, CHARLIE BROWN (ORIGINAL GN)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Charlie Brown and the gang have got space on the brain and Snoopy leads the way as the World Famous Astronaut! While the kids play space, Snoopy has got troubles of his own with The Cat Next Door, who has taken Snoopy's supper dish! Will our favorite beagle get his dish back in time for dinner or will he have to travel to the moon on an empty stomach? Fire the rockets and see what happens in this all-new original graphic novel featuring Charles M. Schulz's PEANUTS!

$9.99

RETURNING #4

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: Jason Starr

Art: Andrea Mutti

Cover: Frazer Irving

Beth Turner has been lied to, shot at, and put through the ringer in her quest for answers. Now, in the conclusion of Jason Starr and Andrea Mutti's thriller, Beth will find out the truth about her accident, and whether the mysterious man known as Marcus is either friend or foe.

$3.99

SAN HANNIBAL #2

Publisher: POP! GOES THE ICON

Writer: Dan Schkade

Art: Jesse Snavlin, Dan Schkade

Cover: J D Faith

Private detective Avery's search for missing photojournalist Savannah Loy finds him once again crossing paths with rock singer Diane Thrax as she leads him into the shadowy -- and violent -- underbelly of San Hannibal.

$2.99

SAVAGE BROTHERS (DELUXE ED TPB)

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: Andrew Cosby, Johanna Stokes

Art/Cover: Rafael Albuquerque

WHY WE LOVE IT: We are so proud to have been the first publisher to give Rafael Albuquerque (AMERICAN VAMPIRE, ANIMAL MAN) his first full-length American series! In fact, we're so proud we're bringing back the story in a full-size deluxe edition!

WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: Before Albuquerque perfected vampires he was giving you another monster -- zombies! Never has the zombie apocalypse looked so rich and vibrant! All under a brand new cover by Albuquerque!

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: When the living want their undead loved ones put of their misery, the Savage Brothers are the only two guys for the job. But their latest job takes them on a strange trip, involving virgin strippers, heads in jars and the secret of the zombie apocalypse! Written by Johanna Stokes and EUREKA's Andrew Cosby.

$9.99

SCHOOL BITES NIGHT CLASSES PT 1: JUST DESSERTS

Publisher: BROADSWORD COMICS

Writer/Art/Cover: Holly Golightly

The adventures of the Shadow Academy Girls continue in this new chapter of School Bites! In the waking world of Cherri Creeper and her pals, all seems to have calmed down. But there is a danger that lies waiting in dreams. And in our dreams, we face those terrors all alone - or do we? If you are a lover of Harry Potter and The Breakfast Club, this is a manga treat that you can sink your teeth into! Edition comes bagged with a postcard sized print of Cherri Cosplaying her favorite Space Princess!

$4.99

SHEENA #2

Publisher: MOONSTONE

Writer: David De, Paul D. Storrie

Art: Shawn McCauley

Cover: Jake Minor & Various

Die Hard screenwriter Steven E. de Souza's critically acclaimed reboot of Will Eisner's Sheena, Queen of the Jungle comes to Moonstone in this action packed series! A man-eater is on the loose, the government bounty is in the thousands, and trigger happy hunters are descending on Sheena's private jungle like shark fisherman pursuing "Jaws." As the mutilated victims pile up, Sheena knows her jaguar companion is innocent, but can she prove her theory that the killer is neither man or beast before the intruders end up killing an innocent - or stumble upon her own secret role as the leader of Val Verde's spreading revolution?

$3.99

This looks like it ought to be at Dynamite. For a while there, Moonstone was on the way to becoming the repository of pulp characters that Dynamite has become instead. All they have left is Sheena, I guess.

Nice cover, though!

SHOWA HISTORY OF JAPAN VOL 2: 1939-1944 (TPB)

Publisher: DRAWN & QUARTERLY

Writer/Art/Cover: Shigeru Mizuki

Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan continues award-winning author Shigeru Mizuki's autobiographical and historical account of Showa Era Japan. This volume covers the final moments of the lead-up to World War Two and the first few years of the Pacific War; it is a chilling reminder of the harshness of life in Japan during this highly militarized epoch. Mizuki writes affectingly about the impact on the Japanese populace of world-changing moments. On a personal level, these years mark a dramatic transformation in Mizuki's life, too; his idyllic childhood in the countryside comes to a definitive end when he's drafted into the army.

MATURE/$24.95

Me wantsa! Anybody know how many volumes this will be?

Not sure. If he plans to cover the entire Showa Era, the Showa Emperor (a.k.a. Hirohito) didn’t die until 1989, so we could have quite few yet.

SIXTH GUN #41

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer: Cullen Bunn

Art: Tyler Crook

Cover: Brian Hurtt

We know that Griselda the Grey Witch is the mother of General Oliander Bedford Hume. But what other twisted secrets does her history hold? How did she come to possess such terrible power? What dark force does she serve? And what drives her quest to collect the Six and recreate the world?

$3.99

This cover shows a typical Jack Kirby pose of someone pulling on a hood -- an image of DeSaad jumps into my head unbidden -- but I doubt it's really an homage. How else are you going to pull on a hood?

SONS OF ANARCHY #10

Publisher: BOOM! STUDIOS

Writer: Ed Brisson

Art: Damian Couceiro

Cover: Garry Brown

With their release from prison rapidly coming due, Jax, Clay and the other jailed Sons of Anarchy must find a way to settle the score before they're let loose, along with the hell that's coming so close on their heels. Jail was bloody, but freedom may bring even more carnage to the Sons of Anarchy!

MATURE/$3.99

SPONGEBOB COMICS #33

Publisher: UNITED PLANKTON PICTURES

Writer: Brian Smith & Various

Art: Jerry Ordway & Various

Cover: Vincent DePorter

SpongeBob's first multi-part epic continues in part 2 of "Showdown at the Shady Shoals," featuring a knockdown, drag-out, underwater battle between Mermaid Man and his haughty rival, Viro Reganto! It's a sub-aquatic slap fight (with art by Jerry Ordway!) that's got SpongeBob on the edge of his square seat!

$2.99

The continuing parody of Aquaman is in danger of breaking some tort laws. Yes, parodies and satires are allowed. But if you make the character ongoing, or you cover feature him more than three times, it's copyright infringement territory. And that's just federal law -- whatever state this is published in would have its own laws.

STITCHED VOL 3 (TPB)

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: Mike Wolfer

Art/Cover: Fernando Heinz

Approached by the mysterious Nameless Ones, Nakamura discovers the secret of the Stitched and uses their soulless drive for destruction to rein misery upon his targets within the criminal organization. Violence and terror drive the Kuroko-Kai to bloody revenge and one slip up by Nakamura will put his family and friends in their vicious sights. But the secret of the Stitched comes with a steep price and his family may ultimately be the ones to pay in blood for his ambition and vengeance! MIKE WOLFER and FERNANDO HEINZ weave a story of ancient evil and terrifying horror, Stitched is a modern masterpiece of darkest nightmare.This volume collects Stitched #14-19.

MATURE/$19.99

TIGER & BUNNY VOL 5 (GN)

Publisher: VIZ MEDIA LLC

Writer/Art/Cover: Mizuki Sakakibara

Because of a kidnapping threat, Kotetsu and Barnaby have their hands full babysitting the mayor's infant son, who is also a telekinetic Next! Unfortunately, Kotetsu's face just makes the child cry, setting off his destructive wailing. Pao-Lin and Karina have the right touch for this job, but sinister forces are lining up against them!

$9.99

"Unfortunately, Kotetsu's face just makes the child cry."

Yeah, I’ve seen that happen.

UBER #10 WAR CRIMES COVER

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: Kieron Gillen

Art: Canaan White

Cover: Gabriel Andrade

Gabriel Andrade continues his vivid line of War Crimes covers with a special edition that glimpses the gates of hell! Limited 1250 copies.

MATURE/$5.99

UBER #14

Publisher: AVATAR PRESS INC

Writer: Kieron Gillen

Art/Cover: Gabriel Andrade

Propaganda Poster Variant: Michael DiPascale

War Crimes Variant: Gabriel Andrade

Wrap Variant: Gabriel Andrade

Dominate Variant: Michael DiPascale

KIERON GILLEN and GABRIEL ANDRADE have brought an incredible visceral bloody misery to the pages of "Uber Year II."  The Russians have a monster.  Katyusha has activated and appears to be Battleship class.  But she was already a wild card, uncontrollable and unstable.  How can they hope to base their military survival upon the shoulders of a psychotic soldier?  The German Ubers continue to push their advantage in the world theatre and the ground quakes from their titanic powers.  Casualties continue to mount in a conflict that is quickly sending the world to the brink of utter destruction.  Available with Regular, War Crimes, and Wraparound covers by Gabriel Andrade, Propaganda Poster cover by Michael Dipascale, and a special Blitzkrieg Incentive cover also by Andrade

MATURE/$3.99

I'm surprised the blonde lady in the "Wrap" cover doesn't topple over forward. She MUST be an uber-Madchen to lug those things around!

U.S. JUDGE DREDD XXX FILES (TPB) 

Publisher: REBELLION / 2000AD

Writer: John Wagner, Alan Grant

Art: Simon Bisley & Various

Judge Dredd is famous for showing no emotion and upholding justice, but what happens when the citizens of Mega-City One want to cut loose, let their hair down and really lay down the law? In this brand new collection launching first in the U.S. and Canada, Dredd discovers that the sin-seekers of the Big Meg are more inventive, funny and downright sexier than he could have imagined!

MATURE/$24.99

I haven't found a specific image this cover copies, but images and words inside the silhouette of a sexy chick was a fairly common concept in the 1960s and 1970s. Here are some examples:

WALT BEFORE SKEEZIX: 1919-1920 (HC)

Publisher: DRAWN & QUARTERLY

Writer/Art: Frank King

Cover: Chris Ware

Walt Before Skeezix collects the first years of Frank King's beloved comic strip, Gasoline Alley. These comics, produced between 1919 and 1920, focus primarily on Walt Wallet and his friends, as they engage with the then-novel automobile sensation that was sweeping the nation. This period of the newspaper strip is especially fascinating as a historical time capsule, charting a moment in America's past when horses and buggies shared the road with cars, and when the USA was making the transition from a country of rural farmers to an urban, industrialized society. Designed and edited by world-renowned cartoonist Chris Ware (Building Stories).

$44.95

Somebody educate me on whether this is something historically important. My knowledge of the "Gasoline Alley" is near non-existent.

Maybe you can get Jeff of Earth-J to chime in on this one, I’m pretty sure he’s been collecting this strip. I can only say that while I’d be interested to look at these, I don’t quite have 45 bucks worth of interest.

WASTELAND #55

Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.

Writer: Antony Johnston

Art/Cover: Christopher Mitten

FINAL STORY ARC CONTINUES! Michael, Abi, and Thomas continue to discover the truth about the world before the Big Wet -- a world on the brink of disaster! Will the arctic team's discovery help them save the world ... or bring about their doom?

MATURE/$3.99

WONDER MOMO BATTLE IDOL VOL 1 (HC)

Publisher: UDON ENTERTAINMENT CORP

Writer: Erik Ko, Jim Zub

Art/Cover: Omar Dogan

Momoko was a typical Japanese teenager with dreams of becoming a famous pop idol, until an alien powersuit transformed her into the spectacular WONDER MOMO! This buxom new superhero punches, kicks, and hula hoops her way through monsters, henchmen, robots, and her most dangerous foe ... the dreaded paparazzi! WONDER MOMO: BATTLE IDOL Vol.1 collects over 100 strips from the hit webcomic, plus rough concepts, bonus art and more!

$19.99

It's another "Impossible Story," starring Queen Hippolyta, Wonder Woman, Wonder Girl, Wonder Tot and Wonder Moma! Watch them battle aliens, dinosaurs, robots and robot-dinosaur aliens! Often underwater!

WWE SUPERSTARS ONGOING #5

Publisher: SUPER GENIUS

Writer: Mick Foley

Art/Cover: Alitha Martinez

"Haze of Glory," Part 1 of 4. Monday Night Raw is chaos.The WWE Championship is missing. Announce tables are destroyed. John Cena is handcuffed to Mark Henry. Ring ropes are snapped in half. Three Superstars are to blame -- CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and Rey Mysterio. The problem is, none of them remember a thing! Now they must retrace their steps over the past few hours to uncover how they could possibly be responsible for such wanton damage and save their jobs with Triple H and the McMahons.

$3.99

I can't read "The Squid" without thinking of The Spirit's "The Octopus."

I took the 80s version of the Squid to be a homage to the Octopus. I think in his first appearances he wasn't clearly shown. He had a speech impediment and turned out to be a comical looking guy, short and overweight. Killer Croc first appeared as a guy working for him. They had a falling out and Killer Croc murdered him.

The Spirit had a recurring foe called the Squid in the early 40s. He was a Nazi agent who always wore a mask. Eisner killed him off after the war. I don't know if his face was seen in his final story, so I can't say if Batman's foe looked like him.

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